Garnier Fructis Style on Natural Hair

Recently I was chosen to participate in the #GarnierStyle Voxbox Campaign, courtesy of Garnier Fructis and Influenster. As you know, I have natural hair. This made me a bit weary about trying out the products. I typically try to use as few products as possible in my hair as my natural hair is so quick to experience residue build up. However, the products were free, so I had nothing to lose.

Influenster sent me two products, both shown below. I received these complimentary products in exchange for my honest opinion.

garnier fructis style

Curl Renew Activating Spray (Reactivating Milk Spray)

Curl Scrunch Controlling Gel (3 Extra Strong Hold)

I was excited to get to try these products out because Garnier Fructis was my go to brand when I had relaxed hair. I had nothing but positive experiences with the brand. I hadn’t use the line on my natural hair until just recently. My relaxed hair loved these products! If you’re curious to see how the products did on my natural hair, go watch my live demo video here on Youtube!

 

 

If you’re interested in getting free products like this, go sign up for Influenster right now! They need opinions on everything from hair, to makeup, to snacks! You name it…

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Breakups & Little Black Dresses – Sponsored Post

 The worst part about a breakup is knowing that you have to go through the emotional roller coaster of getting all of your feelings back on track. It’s like you’re drowning in a soiree of different moods: happiness, sadness, independence, sorrowfulness, hopefulness, hopelessness, loneliness, anger…. Umm, shall I continue? LOL! In the wake of it all, you finally start to see the light and realize that things aren’t so bad after all.

“I can see clearly now the rain is gone!” This rang so true the first few days after my separation. Hindsight truly is 20/20.

It is at this point in time that you start to see the perks of not having anyone there governing a part of your life. You can go out on dates again! Doing your makeup can take 3 hours and no one will have anything to say about it! You can go shopping without having to worry guilt trips from your significant other. There won’t be anyone nagging for you to come to bed at 2 in the morning, while you’re binge watching Orange is the New Black on a week night. You’re now the only reason that you’d miss a girl’s night out.

Anyway, I digress… The whole point of this blog post is that you have to take the bitter with the sweet. Know that there will be ups and downs, breakups and recovering shopping, sorrowful binge eating and extreme bubble booty gym bounce back. Heh!

This breakup has actually treated me pretty well. I’ve learned a lot about myself, that my BFF is truly “bout it, bout it” and what expectations I have for future suitors.

It may still be a bit early, but I’m well prepared to jump back on the proverbial horse. I’ve even got the perfect little black dress, from Holly O Boutique, for when that time comes.

This little black dress  (by Holly O Boutique) is sexy, yet still tasteful. I love the lace detailing, as it adds just enough delight and intrigue to have your date on his toes all night.

These  pictures do this swanky little dress very little justice. If you want a better view of the detailing, be sure to check out my review video over on my Youtube channel.

Link to Holly O Boutique dress shown:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EORZ734

Pair this with a warm, inviting perfume and a cute pair of black stilettos–MAGIC! I promise you that your date won’t know what hit him!

Seriously, this is a dangerous combo. Try it out, let me know how it goes!

 

African Fashion Week Houston 2017

Any newcomer to Houston knows how daunting this city can be. When I first moved here I was always so overwhelmed. With all of the tollways, highway and sub-cities, it’s no wonder I ended up Google mapping myself everywhere. Oh, and don’t even mention public transportation. I’ve never been in a taxi or on a bus.

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After years of living in Houston, I’m finally finding the time and courage to take in all of what #HTOWN has to offer. Despite having lived in many different areas of Houston, I had never really visited downtown… It was just too intimidating. Limited parking. One way only traffic. The possibility of getting smashed by a Metrorail. Umm, no… I’ll pass!

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That was my mentality back then, it only took an eternity to shift my thoughts. Friends, dating and boredom inevitably lured me out of my small town city shell. I love Houston’s night life: the sports life, the bar scene, the great eats! When my friends ask where we’re going, I’m the one that’s usually persuading them to go downtown now. I’m finally getting a taste for the fine and eclectic city life that Houston boasts. And… boy, is it addicting! The more hidden spots you find, the more you want to explore… Like, what else have I been missing out on?!

This past weekend, I got to experience my first local fashion show: African Fashion Week Houston. I had my beloved BFF of all time with me, Cristal! She’s a Houston Youtuber too, check out her YT channel here. It was quite entertaining: the  unique outfits, the handsome men, the playful ambiance, the mini bar. You can imagine how psyched I was to be there and able to capture all of the glory. It was like a small scale, more intimate New York Fashion Week meets #blackexcellence. Y’all know I’m here for that!

 

natural hair houston

 

African Fashion Week included a week of luxurious events all across downtown Houston. Beautiful venues, all composed around a concurrent theme: Making the Connection. All of the international beauty that was on site was simply mesmerizing.

 

african fashion week in houston

 

I got an aesthetic dose of African culture, tradition and art. Do y’all see these colors and patterns. The models rocked the runway! Those hosts were great! The designers did their thing! The crowd was very receptive to it all… Good times!

 

african fashion week houston

 

And, just as I said in my last post, there was plenty to eat, drink, and shop! I was at both the food counter and the mini bar. I promise I only had one cocktail! It was a myriad of events, with something for just about everyone.

 

african fashion week houston

 

It’s safe to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the event, the designers, the model and the other photographers that I met. Throughout the event, I made sure to Tweet, Snap and IG. To see more of my Houston African Fashion Week posts, check out the event hashtag #AFWH2017.

 

african fashion week houston

If you want the first look for any of my upcoming events, be sure to follow me on Instagram @final_rant (: