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Who is having a sale? Black Friday Cyber Monday 2017 deals

We are already at the end of November! This year has flown. I am looking forward to 2018, but before we get there, there is some shopping to do. Thanksgiving in the US and hence the start of a frantic 6 week shopping season beginning with Black Friday. There is also Small Business Saturday, focused on supporting your local small businesses. It seems as though companies are starting earlier and earlier with the sales.

Here are some beauty and haircare sales that I think are interesting. I will continue to add as I discover more deals!

Before you start shopping, check out Honey and Ebates. Ebates gives you cash back on many of the places that you shop both online and in-stores. Honey scavenges for coupon codes and applies then automatically. This is not a sponsored post, but I do have affiliate links listed below. Feel free to sign up using my links, but you have no obligation to do so.

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Black Friday Cyber Monday 2017 – Deals
Black Friday Cyber Monday 2017 – Makeup & Skincare

Brand: The Body Shop

  • Discount: 40% off items under $11; 3 for $33 for items over $11
  • Shipping: Free
  • Code: -None-
  • Dates: November 20 – November 29
  • Other Details: Store exclusive deals, $50 Black Friday tote

Brand: Senna Cosmetics

  • Discount: 25% off all items
  • Shipping: Free over $50
  • Code: GIVING
  • Dates: Now thru November 27th 11:59PM PT
  • Other Details:

Brand: Paula’s Choice

  • Discount: 20% off eligible items
  • Shipping: Free for US and CA
  • Code: -None-
  • Dates: Now thru November 27th 11:59PM PT
  • Other Details:

See my review on some Paula’s Choice products here.

Brand: NARS Cosmetics

  • Discount: 20% off online and boutiques
  • Shipping:
  • Code: TAKE20
  • Dates: November 23 to November 28 11:59PM ET
  • Other Details:

Brand: Cirque Colors

  • Discount: 20% off online
  • Shipping:
  • Code: CIRQUE20
  • Dates: Now thru November 27, 11:59PM ET
  • Other Details: Excludes Holiday Collection and Clearance items

Brand: Mischo Beauty

  • Discount: 50% off online
  • Shipping:
  • Code: BLACKFRIDAY17
  • Dates: Black Friday only, November 24
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Brand: Barielle

  • Discount: 35% off
  • Shipping: FREE
  • Code: BLCKFRIDAY&CYBERMONDAY
  • Dates: November 20 to November 26
  • Other Details:

Brand: Smashbox

  • Discount: 25% off orders over $50
  • Shipping: FREE
  • Code:
  • Dates: Now thru November 26
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Brand: Camera Ready Cosmetics

  • Discount: 20% off sitewide
  • Shipping:
  • Code: BLKFRI20
  • Dates: Now thru November 24, 11:59PM CT
  • Other Details:

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What you must buy at the Sephora VIB Sale 2017 + wishlist

It’s that time of year! It is early Christmas at Sephora. Today, 10th November is the start of the Sephora VIB Sale 2017. This is Sephora’s biggest shopping event of the year and it only happens annually. In this video, I share all of my product recommendations and items on my wishlist. This is quite a long video, but it is broken down into sections: Haircare, Fragrance, Skincare and Makeup. I will have timestamps listed below to guide you. These are the products that I have loved using, or that I have been lemming for. There are a few items that I included are products that have gotten rave reviews and are well respected and loved.

Sephora VIB Sale 2017 – Tips

A few details on the Sephora VIB Sale 2017….

  • You have to be a Beauty Insider member. Different tiers have different discounts.
  • VIB Rouge: 20% off, November 3-6 and November 10-15. Code: 20FORROUGE
  • VIB: 20% off, November 10-15. Code: 20FORVIB
  • BI: 15% off, November 10-15. Code: INSIDER15
  • I have my coupon saved to my Apple Wallet and it can be used both online and in stores multiple times.

Here are my recommendations 🙂

Let me know what you are getting!

Sephora VIB Sale 2017 Recommendations – Video

Check out my haul from the last VIB Sale! Sephora VIB Haul

Some of the items mentioned:

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5 simple tips for Transitioning to Natural Hair from Relaxed

Transitioning to natural hair. It is probably one of the most discussed topics in the natural hair community. Everyone has a story. So do I. So I want to quickly discuss 5 tips for transitioning to natural hair.

But first, really quick, my natural hair story.

I was natural for most of my childhood and teenage years. My parents always made sure that my siblings and I were proud of who we were, including our skin and hair. I wore a lot of canerowed (cornrowed) styles in school and when I was about 17, I wanted to do something different. I started relaxing my hair and experimenting with colour. After being totally done with the smell of relaxers, I decided in 2008 to transition to natural hair. I had no idea what to expect, or what I was doing. I also did a lot of research and experimentation into what products made my hair happy.

So here are 5 tips that I always tell people when they ask me about transitioning. These tips help me through my journey and I hope they help you too!

Let me know what are your transitioning tips!

Transitioning to Natural Hair – Video

Transitioning to Natural Hair – Transition pics!
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Me with relaxed hair!

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How To Strengthen Your Natural Hair – Aubrey Organics GPB Review

I have been natural since 2008 and I immediately began to search for products that were gentle, suitable for naturally kinky hair and made of natural ingredients. Back then, there were not a whole lot of options but I discovered the Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Protein Conditioner at Whole Foods.

But why do a protein treatment? Hair is made up of chains of proteins. And the chains are made of up layers. The top layer of hair reminds me of fish scales. When they all overlap properly the hair feels smooth and it efficiently retains its moisture. When we manipulate our hair by combing, braiding, dyeing etc., the outer layer can become damaged and the ends can split. The outer layer can lose its ‘scales’ and there will be breaks or gaps on the surface of the strand. Adding a protein treatment can repair and fill in some of the spaces or holes in the hair.

Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner – Video

If you want to head straight to the video review, here you go.  Otherwise keep scrolling for photos and more details.

Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner – General Product Details

Aubrey Organics’ GPB Balancing Protein Conditioner is a pale yellow, thick creamy product with a slight pearlescent sheen. Very mildly scented. Naturally sourced ingredients and it is vegetarian (not vegan), gluten-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free and cruelty-free. It also contains 70% organic ingredients.

The most noticeable ingredients are two proteins and a hydrator. Glycoproteins and milk proteins are the strengthening and repairing factors and aloe vera provides hydration.

Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner – Packaging

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Comes in a classic plastic squeeze bottle that is recyclable. I have no problems with dispensing the product.

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How to effectively remove product buildup: DevaCurl Buildup Buster

Hey!

One thing that excites me about discovering new products, is finding out that they have a new take, or an innovative way to solving a problem. One of the most important parts of my haircare routine or any routine is cleansing. Getting rid of the dust, dead skin cells, pollution from living in a big city, excess oils and product buildup that accumulate and are trapped on my scalp by my kinky coils and protective styles. Your scalp is part of the largest organ in the body and it is vital to the health of your hair. It is a living entity that nourishes your hair, helps get rid of metabolic waste from the body and can be the gateway to calming the soul. My mum often gives newborns scalp massages to welcome them into to world!

Image via Sephora

I heard the buzz about one of the newest offerings from curly hair line DevaCurl. DevaCurl is one of the OG brands that I discovered years ago specifically dedicated to the needs of curly hair. I actually never tried a product from them, but when I saw that Sephora had the DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum as a 100-point perk, I picked it up.

If you are in chill mode, watch the video instead – *click here*.

Product Details

DevaCurl claims that this is the first micellar water to be used in haircare. There are a plethora of makeup removers and cleansers that use ingredients that form micelles as a very gentle skincare cleansers.

Anatomy of a Micelle

Basically a micelle is a ‘vehicle’ that traps oils/dirt and that gets washed by water. In the simplest of terms, think of a micelle as a bubble made up of ‘tadpoles’. Each ‘tadpole’ has a hydrophilic (water-loving) end and hydrophobic (water-hating/fat-loving) properties. When you apply the cleanser to your hair, each tadpole is attracted and attaches itself to the oils on your scalp and when you rinse your hair, the hydrophilic ends are attracted to the water, forms the micelles and then is washed away.

This product is a colourless liquid, that is not sticky are makes a very minimal foam. It is also, vegan, sulphate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, silicone-free and is mostly made of naturally derived ingredients. This lightweight serum is supposed to be used no more than once a week so that it can gently remove excess products and debris that can weight down your curls. It also contains a bunch of botanical extracts, oils and other ingredients, including rosemary extract, hops extract, and glycerin which help hydrate, and condition the hair.

Packaging

My deluxe sample comes in a plastic tube but the full size product comes in a large round plastic bottle with a pointed tip closure. I think this a great idea as it allow you to directly apply product to the scalp without having to pour it onto your hands. Since the scalp is the most important part of head to clean this makes it quite easy. This contain 8fl.oz./236ml of product, which is inline with many readily available liquid shampoos/cleansers. The lettering/labels are printed directly onto the gray/package and yellow-green and teal accent colours, which are in line with the rest of their branding.

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