Product Review: Shea Moisture African Black Soap

Back in January, I purchased two new products from Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap line. I bought the body lotion and the body wash, they were on sale, buy 1 get 1 50%, on-line at Ulta.com. I HAD to get both…I was forced. I’ve been on this natural kick since 2011 when I started transitioning my hair from relaxed to it’s natural state and natural/organic hair and body products are always on my radar. I’ve heard nothing but good things about african black soap, so I decided to give these two a whirl.

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Item Description (from the SheaMoisture website)

SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap Body Wash cleanses, hydrates and calms problem skin. Helps to balance oily skin for a clearer appearance. – Made with natural and certified organic ingredients. – Oats help soothe irritated skin while absorbing excess oil. – Aloe moisturizes and calms dry sensitive skin. – Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant highly effective in protecting skin from free radical damage.
I can’t speak for oily, problem, or sensitive skin, but this definitely hydrated and moisturized MY skin. Right after the wash, my skin felt really smooth and even once I was out of the shower and dried off, my skin still felt hydrated and soft. The body wash suds up a great deal, so a little definitely goes a long way. Although the body wash itself is black, it lathers up white. As far as the smell goes, it’s not strong or overbearing, it has a natural (surprise) sweet, earthy smell that is suitable for both men and women.
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Item Description (from the SheaMositure website)

SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap Body Lotion hydrates, calms and heals problem skin. Helps to balance oily skin for a clearer appearance.

Before I say anything positive about this product, I’m going to mention the ONE flaw this product has in my opinion. The layout in which this container was designed creates a major defect with the consistency of this lotion. This lotion is more of a thick, dense cream, so for it to be packaged in an ordinary squeeze bottle, is a bit illogical. This lotion would do better in a tub with a twist off lid. To get all the contents of this lotion out, the top had to be cut off so the rest could be easily scooped out. Other than that, I have nothing but positive things to say about the lotion. In spite of the fact that this is more of a cream than a lotion, the final coating on  your body isn’t gooey or heavy at all. This product leaves your skin highly mositurized without feeling oily. Much like the body wash, the smell is pleasant and not very strong. Oh, and another thing, on the bottle it reads “For best results, apply to damp skin for moisture retention.” I would have to disagree on this one, I tried it on both damp and dry skin, and trying to rub this thick cream in on damp flesh, just didn’t work too well. I would advise drying off before applying this lotion.

Overall, I loved these two products! I’ll definitely continue to purchase the body wash, but until the lotion creates (if ever) a different packaging, I won’t buy it again. Too much effort for a lotion that I can find a cheaper dupe for…just being honest!

Have you out there tried either of these products? 

What were your thoughts? 

Products mentioned in this post were purchased using my own funds. Opinions are based on the characteristics of MY skin.
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7 things I would rather do than clean my bathroom…

I’m assuming this prompt insinuates cleaning the bathroom is a retched, detestable chore, and there are minimally seven better yet putrid things one would rather do. Well, the one chore I don’t mind doing is cleaning the bathroom, so I’m going to twist this list around a bit. I’m going to do a list of 7 ghastly things and 7 satisfying things I would rather do than clean my bathroom.

Ghastly

  1. Read comments on the internet. This is including, but not limited to, Facebook and YouTube.
  2. Run. I don’t like running and my knees don’t like running.
  3. Clean out my inbox. There are two types of people. Those who have 1 or 2 unread e-mails and those who have THOUSANDS of unread e-mails. I’m the later.
  4. Do nothing. Absolutely nothing. To the point where I’m mind-numbingly (is that a word) bored.
  5. Re-organize Forever 21. Or Ross. Or Marshalls. You get it.
  6. Go to the DMV…said no one ever. Except me.
  7. Cut off all my hair. It’s hair. It would grow back. Not sure what I would look like while it grew back though.

Satisfying

  1. Spend time with Myles (my son). I mean, who wouldn’t?
  2. Go shopping. On-line and in person.
  3. Practice ASL and/or Spanish. I’m a language fanatic.
  4. Watch Netflix. With or without the chill, I’m not picky.
  5. Go on a date. Preferably with a beau.
  6. Sleep. You can never have enough sleep.
  7. Makeup. Anything to do with makeup. Apply it. Buy it. Watch tutorials.

What would you rather do than clean your bathroom?

4th of July Edible Sparklers

I decided to make something 4th of July-ish this week during my SAHM adventures with Myles. We had the time of our lives making these edible sparklers. We will probably make more on the 4th of July so him and his cousins can enjoy these tasty treats as well. Check out my YouTube video here (edible sparklers tutorial) on how to make them! ENJOY!

Cheerleading Prologue

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to randomly speak of any and everything. As you can tell, I’m as random as blogging to once a week for a couple of months, to not blogging at all for a couple of months. It’s who I am. Sorry!

For those of you who do know me, know that cheerleading is everything to me. I love everything about it, and my goal in life is to make everyone that is a part of cheerleading, understand what it is all about. I want people to understand the athleticism, the politics, the music, the everything. I don’t know EVERYTHING about cheerleading, but I know a lot. I want to be an educator about the “sport” that I grew to love. The only reason I put sport in quotations is because it’s not considered a sport. I’m not sure if I’ve blogged or broadcasted via my podcast about that, but I promise I will.

I just spent over 60 hours in a span of 3 days judging almost 1,000 cheerleading teams. Most people would consider that stressful, boring, hard, or some other negative synonym to the aforementioned words, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I got to meet people who are just as passionate about cheerleading as I am and who can teach me as I go along.

Cheerleading is definitely part of my DNA, and as long as I can educate people whether it be by a blog, a podcast, or a presentation in front of a crowd, I will do it.

Anyone who is interested can check out the few podcasts I do have at cheerology.podomatic.com or follow me on Twitter at cheer_ology.

P.S. This is what a cheer hangover does to you.

Racism will NEVER die.

Let’s start off with this one point. Not one person in this world is/was born racist. Children do not see color. People are taught to be racist, and ignorance (which falls under the same category as racism) is tolerated, which leads to racism.

So of course I’m bringing up this topic because of the Michael Brown case. I’ll let you know how I feel. Do I think Michael Brown’s actions lead to his death? Yes. Do I think his death is justified? Absolutely NOT. Nobody knows the entire story, and unfortunately Michael Brown’s side of the story will never be told. The officer says “he reached for my gun”. How do we know that Michael Brown wasn’t trying to take the gun to throw it so the cop wouldn’t shoot him? Or how do we know that he reached for the gun at all? There is also the “brutal attack” the cop claimed and the busted eye socket that supposedly was done to him. I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen a broken eye socket, but the pictures of Officer Wilson did not show one.

I’m not here to say who was right or who was wrong, but I will say Michael Brown did NOT deserve to die. For the people claiming “he was a thug who we needed off the streets” you sir or ma’am are very ignorant and I will pray for you. Unless you knew him personally, there is no reason to call him any kind of name, or judge him because of the color of his skin. I’m not sure if anyone is aware of the definition of thug, but if not, a thug is a violent criminal; a brutal ruffian or assassin. To MY understanding, Michael Brown was none of these. People are bringing up the store incident, and once again to my understanding, the person on camera wasn’t Michael Brown. I watched an interview with the lawyer of the store clerk and at the time of the interview, the person in the video was NOT identified as Michael Brown. And if it WAS, those actions had nothing to do with the altercation with Officer Wilson. People act as if it is rare for teenagers to steal or get an attitude. I’m sure you’ve stolen something or know someone who has stolen something and they turned out just fine.

I’ll continue to use the Trayvon incident as a perfect example of why people still use the race card. When Trayvon Martin was murdered (yes murdered) people started calling him a thug and posting pictures of him smoking weed, with a grill in his mouth, and taking pictures while flipping off the camera. One, this hardly qualifies as being a “thug” and two, if you look on social media at any given time you will see all sorts of teenagers of different races, gender, ethnic backgrounds posting the SAME pictures. The media posted those pictures of Trayvon and then placed pictures of Justin Beiber and Miley Cyrus doing the EXACT same thing that lead to the labeling of Trayvon as a “thug”. Why is okay for them, but not him? That’s why the race card is still being pulled.

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There is also a picture floating around of “Michael” with a stack of money in his mouth and him holding a gun. A lot of people have been reposting this picture saying “this is the thug we needed off the street” or something unnecessary. Fortunately, that picture wasn’t even of Michael Brown. So shame on those of you who posted things without doing your research.

What I’ve concluded is people only want to read, hear, and believe one side of the story. The minute they hear something the media posted (not anything they researched themselves) that backs up “their side” of the story, they’re quick to repost with an “I told you so”. The Internet has brought out the worst in people during this time and it has shown the true colors of how some people really think. For instance I’ve seen my fair share of non-black people posting pictures saying “we never riot like this when an officer kills a white teen” or “they wonder why their race is treated as such” but when black people come back with pictures of white people rioting because of a coach being fired, or a team winning/losing they become defensive and say “oh white people were just drunk celebrating” WHAAAAAT? Double standards. Not okay.

I know I’ve gone off on a tangent, but I want to give my final reasons on why racism will never die.

Segregation in certain areas still exists, and as soon as a colored person walks into a predominantly white neighborhood, people become scared. Why can’t that non-white person just be there visiting a friend? Or just moved there because they got a new job?

Black people are still using it as a cop out. Sometimes it might be true, but don’t use it as a way to try and get out of a mistake YOU made. Don’t get an attitude with someone to try and prove a point. Just do what’s asked and be on your way. Let karma deal with that other person.

When black people are articulate and intelligent, it’s considered “acting white”. Why does there have to be a label on it? What does acting white mean? Being smart? So bring dumb is acting black? I’m confused.

I just watched a few of Chris Rock’s stand ups and he speaks nothing but the truth on racism in America. It’s all sad, but 100% true.

And for the people tired of racists, take a screen shot of their ignorant comments and send them to the “getting racists fired” blog. Make a difference. Don’t just watch ignorance take place. And with that said, always correct spelling and grammar. Maybe we can start an epidemic.

Lost iPhone

I know it’s been a while, and believe me I’ve had PLENTY to talk about, but I thought I would talk about the fact that I have “lost” my iPhone. I use the word lost in quotations, because there is still a chance that it could be at the hotel I stayed at. When I woke up from a fun night (that may or may not have involved alcohol) I didn’t have my phone or my glasses. I’m usually good about keeping my phone with me, but I had no clue where my phone was. I wasn’t too worried because I didn’t leave the hotel and the fact that I couldn’t find my glasses either probably meant I misplaced them.

When I started asking my friends if they had seen my phone or glasses, they were all wondering why I wasn’t freaking out. Let me explain. I regularly back up my pictures/videos/messages/apps/etc to my computer. So if my phone is truly lost or stolen, I still have all the memories I need on my computer. Another thing, my phone is REPLACEABLE. I can easily go to apple or sprint and buy a new phone. Yes it’s a waste of time and money, but it’s not like I had the last phone on the face of this earth. The great and amazing thing about iPhones is that they have this amazing “find my iPhone” feature, so I can track my phone. According to the app I used on my friend’s phone, my phone is still at the hotel. I keep telling people that it’s not a big deal that I can’t find my phone. Say my phone had been stolen…I have the iPhone 5s. In order to get into my phone, you have to have my fingerprint or my passcode. And even if someone got into my phone, I don’t think there’s much they can get from my phone.

I figure, it’s more of a health hazard to stress about my misplaced phone. Stress doesn’t do anything positive for your body, mood or behavior.

The effects of stress on your body are:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems

The effects of stress on you mood are:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression

The effects of stress on your behavior are:

  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Social withdrawal

I don’t need anything of this happening to me all because of a missing phone.

I’ve recently been starting my days with positive affirmations which has led to this positive thinking. Check out this website that will show you just how you can benefit from these affirmations.

http://www.creativeaffirmations.com

E-mail me! cheritaisrandom@gmail.com