Luxurious products from Nubian Heritage

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My new favorite body care comes to us from Nubian Heritage. What started out as a small company from Harlem selling African Black soap and shea butter is now a company selling a variety of products that utilize healing ingredients. I’ve yet to try something from this line that hasn’t impressed me.

Recently I tried some body care  products and as usual, I fell in love.

The first thing I noticed about these products was the incredible scent. I cannot get enough of it, so soothing and warm.  The Patchouli Oil is calming without being overwhelming and the organic shea butter and buriti oil cleanse skin and hydrate too. My skin is ultra soft after my shower. I don’t even need a body butter but I always like to apply one for super duper velvet smooth skin.

The Shea Butter with Patchouli and Buriti Oil is equally as amazing smelling and its very very hydrating. You really don’t need a lot for the entire body. I find myself applying this throughout the day so I can enjoy the scent.

Nearby my computer desk is the Hand Lotion and I’ve been using the bar soap too. A+ for both. Healing, nourishing and smoothing.

The Lavender and Wildflowers scent is lovely too. I have yet to try something from Nubian Heritage that hasn’t had a great scent!

I also love that these are clean products  that are not tested on animals and do not contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil, petroleum, DEA or artificial fragrance or coloring!

You can find these products online and in the store.

 

Weekend Reading

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As a Seinfeld fan I was super excited to read the new book, Seinfeldia by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong . What a treat for a superfan!

Some may dream of meeting Beyonce, I dream of meeting Larry David, the brilliant, hilarious and observant co-creator and writer of the show. Larry and Jerry Seinfeld had an idea to write a show about nothing..rather, the little annoyances and observances we can all relate to. And the rest was history. The book details everything about the show from the early days to Larry David’s departure to the various writers and episodes. It was very interesting to me to learn about the show and relive some of the episodes that made me laugh.

The book is due out in July- mark your calendars, pre-order on Amazon, add to your Goodreads pile. A must read!

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I also really enjoyed the novel Multiple Listings by Tracy McMillan. It was one of those books that has heart, humor and a great plot. Every time I had to put it down, I was anxious to get back into it!

The plot revolves around Nicki Daniels a woman who runs a successful real estate appraisal business. She has a grumpy teenage son named Cody and a younger boyfriend named Jake who wants Nicki to buy a cool, new modern house, more suited for him than her. She’s jumping into starting a business with Jake though she has second thoughts…

Enter her father, a man who is just getting out of jail after being absent from Nicki’s life for seventeen years. With no where to go and no one to help him, he lands of Nicki’s doorstep hoping to make up for lost time, or at least a second chance.

While Nicki  doesn’t exactly welcome him with open arms, the two forge a relationship and her father helps bring Cody out of his shell and..well, you have to read it! Very good book.

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I’m finishing up Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld. I loved this book so much. Having never read Pride and Prejudice, I jumped into this novel not knowing what I was getting into!

First you need to know that Curtis is an amazing writer, I love how she describes details and crafts sharp sentences. That might be a little technical but since I love to write, I always pay attention to those things. I like the subtle humor woven throughout the novel and I just really want to know what happens to Jane and Liz! A good book keeps you turning the pages.

Here’s the wikipedia descripton of P&P and it’s the basic idea of Eligible too:

The novel centres on Elizabeth Bennet, the second of the five daughters of a landed country gentleman. Elizabeth’s father, Mr Bennet, is a bookish man and somewhat neglectful of his responsibilities. In contrast Elizabeth’s mother, Mrs Bennet, a woman who lacks social graces, is primarily concerned with finding suitable husbands for her five daughters. Jane Bennet, the eldest daughter, is distinguished by her kindness and beauty; Elizabeth Bennet shares her father’s keen wit and occasionally sarcastic outlook; Mary is not pretty but is studious, devout and musical albeit lacking in taste; Catherine, sometimes called Kitty, the fourth sister, follows where her younger sister leads while Lydia is flirtatious and lacks maturity.

The book is part of The  Austen Project, where authors redo the classic novels with a fresh take. You can learn more here.

Each daughter has her own storyline but mostly its about Liz, followed by a strong plot for Jane.Excellent book!

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About to start Don’t You Cry By Mary Kubica. She’s a favorite author of mine and I know I’m going to love this novel. Guaranteed to be a page turning suspense!

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under Pearl’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.

What are you reading?

Derma e for Dark Circles and Intensive Therapy Balm

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Unfortunately dark circles are a part of aging. Or a part of not sleeping well. Or not getting enough sleep. Sometimes, dark circles are due to allergies. Whatever the case and the cause, dark circles are not something we want!

*Derma e has some really nourishing products but the Evenly Radiant Dark Circle Eye Cream is just what you want to reach for when those circles pop up.

Puffiness, dark circles, fine lines are all under control with this rich eye cream.

The eye cream contains “Pycnogenol®, Horse Chestnut and Yarrow — ingredients shown to help diminish dark circles caused by poor circulation.”

You only need a little bit, I dab on a few dots under each eye before bed. Its pretty rich though not greasy or oily. My eyes are really sensitive and many eye products make them start watering but this one does not.

I’ve also been using the Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm. This is a decent sized jar (and its currently on sale, click here) I happen to LOVE balms like this to use from head to toe. I apply at the neck and work my way down to the feet then put cozy socks on.

I love the richness of this balm, the fact is so hydrating and it really keeps my skin soft. It contains Vitamin E along with a blend of oils. It helps with itchy skin, dry patchy skin, irritations. The consistency is not greasy or too heavy and works extra well if you use it after a shower or bath when skin is still damp.

You can find many Derma E products here!

 

 

*100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free

Get this look: Saoirse Ronan at the SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30:  Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 30: Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

I love a cute hair style. Unfortunately for me, my locks are too short to do much with! If you have shoulder length hair, you can easily get this updo.

“Celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel gave Saoirse a beautiful top knot for tonight’s SAG Awards. “I was inspired by the sleek and modern dress and I wanted a statuesque yet carefree undone updo that sat at the crown,” he says.

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attends The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_013

How To Get The Look:

  • I applied NEW John Frieda Luxurious Volume® Perfectly Full™ Mousse all over the roots through mid-shaft on towel dried hair. I then hand dried the hair and took a large round brush to create a soft voluminous blowout.
  • Then I used a 1 1/4″ curling on large sections of hair to create random waves and texture.
  • Next, I took a comb and teased the roots of her hair and pulled it loosely into a top ponytail leaving some height around the front.
  • Then I took the ponytail and back combed it prior to wrapping it around in a big deconstructed bun and pinning it in place.
  • I locked the look down with NEW John Frieda Luxurious Volume® Forever Full® Hairspray.
  • I made sure some pieces fell around the hairline for a more whimsical and romantic effect.”

If you prefer to go the all natural route with your products, I’d highly recommend using Josh Rosebrook’s phenomenal LIFT Texture and Volume spray followed by his natural Hair Spray which locks down a style for several hours with no need for a touch up.

This is a great look- natural, and unfussy. I love it!

Weekend Reading and a FREE KINDLE BOOK

 

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See this book? Its FREE on Kindle this weekend. This book was a labor of love for me, it took me a long time to write it because I wanted to get everything about Marilyn Monroe just right. There’s real quotes, outfits and more so if you are a Marilyn fan, its a must-read.

Here the brief story- when I couldn’t find a literary agent, I decided to publish it directly to Kindle, this explains why the grammar isn’t perfect.

Anyway…here’s the link to download it FREE for the next few days. 

And now, here are some books that I recently enjoyed!

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan is a thriller about a mother’s search for her missing son. Its definitely a page turner of a book and kept me interested all the way until the end.

Rachel is out for a walk with her son when she lets him run ahead of her. When she reaches their meeting spot, he’s gone without a trace. Suddenly a huge search is happening and Rachel herself is called into question.

If you are up for a mystery/suspense, pick this up now!

 

The Girl from the Savoy is Hazel Gaynor’s latest book and I just loved this detail rich novel about a young woman choosing what she really wants in life- a boring predictable life as a hotel chambermaid in London, or a glittery glamorous life as a  star in America?

I swear I reviewed this book earlier in the fall but cannot find my original review, I don’t want you to miss Lee Smith’s memoir, Dimestore: On Memory, Place, and Writing.  

I love small town, southern settings and in this book, Lee takes us to the town of Grundy, Virginia where she grew up. I enjoyed all the little details of her youth against the back drop of her father’s dimestore.

This book is due out in June so pre-order or add to your Goodreads list right now- I loved it! Im talking about Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood by Claire Hoffman.

When Claire’s father leaves the family, her mother moves to Iowa, to a community set up by the famous Transcendental Meditation guru, Maharishi. In this “utopia,” meditation and enlightenment is the fulfillment Claire’s mother seeks.

Claire and her brother are enrolled in the Maharishi School where meditation and philosophy are taught. As Claire gets older, she starts questioning the Maharishi and all of his money-making plans which go against all the enlightenment he preaches.

I found the entire book fascinating. I do love a good memoir and this did not disappoint. I’ve never read a book about TM and the inner workings of what can be considered a cult.

In All the Stars in the Heavens, Adriana Trigiani takes us to the golden age of Hollywood- a personal favorite of mine! The story focuses on Loretta Young and Clark Gable and their affair. This book imagines what might have happened in the private moments between Loretta and Clark.

I also want to give a shout out to Jenna McCarthy whose new novel is out this week. Everything’s Relative is a hilarious and heart warming book that  you simply cannot miss. I loved her non-fiction and now, this proves she’s equally talented when it comes to fiction. Get it!

 

By Hello Dollface