Black Girl Chronicles 

Growing up, I absolutely hated getting my hair washed and combed. The natural hair resources available to us now, was unheard of back then. So when my mom combed my hair, she was only doing what was passed down to her. A wide toothed comb, brush  and “pink lotion”  were my mother’s staple items. She didn’t know anything about the liquid, oil and cream (LOC) method, or using the green house effect to promote moisture. I am one of 3 girls, so no wonder I got my first relaxer when I was 10. Taking care of natural hair can be very daunting and now that I’m a parent of 2 girls, I utilize all of the information that’s available. This Saturday was wash day for my baby girl, I used some of my favorite products on her hair. 


I honestly don’t know her hair type and I hate defining it. Natural hair is beautiful hair regardless of the curl pattern. For today’s wash day I’m using Creme of Nature, Ultra-Moisturizing shampoo. Just using the shampoo by itself it leaves my daughters hair soft and feeling moisturized. I used about a silver dollar size of shampoo. 



Using a pool noodle has simplified washing her hair. There’s less crying and mess. I don’t have to fight with her about how long I’m taking or worry about water getting in her eyes. Since the shampoo is so moisturizing I only use a leave in conditioner to comb her hair out. I usually use a kids version of Cantu, the consistency is a lot lighter but I ran out so I used my regular Cantu leave in. 




The leave-in made her hair manageable and easy to comb. I avoid using heat on my children’s hair so if I need to stretch it, I use African Threading. Click here to watch a tutorial. 

All of the products I used can be found at your local hair store, Walmart or Sally’s Beauty Supply.  I love natural hair, I love the versatility of styles and textures. It’s important that our natural hair is celebrated and not labeled. Let’s wear our puffs proud. 

Be C.H.I.C

-MB

Wind Down

It’s Wednesday and I’m in bed somewhat early. I’ve had a lot on my mind, so I appreciate the opportunity to slip under my covers and enjoy my NBC lineup. It’s always nice to take a moment  to reset your mind and take some time out to have fun, do a leisure activity or go to bed early. 😊 Tonight is one of those nights I don’t feel like washing my face, so instead I reach for one of my makeup remover wipes.


I purchased these from Family Dollar. They are Modesa brand and I ended up buying 3 packs because the store is closing. So I was able to get them for .85 each. I can’t turn down a good bargain. I purchased chamomile, cucumber and green tea scented. They come 25 in a pack and I use 2 wipes to remove all of my makeup. Tonight I used green tea. The wipes are 100% alcohol free so it doesn’t dry out my skin, it actually leaves it soft and feeling clean. These wipes also come in handy to clean my kids hands and face when I don’t have accesss to soap and water. 

Using the wipes are a great shortcut to clean skin, especially when I’m feeling lazy. 


What are some of your beauty shortcuts, leave your comment below. Until next time….

Be C.H.I.C

-MB

Being beautiful is being yourself 

Thanks for joining me on another episode of “Moxie’s Me Time”, I have another great facial product I want to share with you. I’m excited to tell you about this one because it’s not only a great product but it’s by a black owned business. Let me introduce you to Bolden USA Skin Care facial cleanser and toner.


I received these products as a gift for Christmas and I’m excited that I did. With the constant changing weather in New England, it’s important I keep breakouts and dry skin at bay. A few things I really enjoy about the cleanser is that a little goes a long way. It effectively removes makeup including waterproof eyeliner and mascara. The cleanser is PH-Balanced which makes it ideal for combination, oily and acne prone skin. It has a fresh pleasant scent and gets soapy easily. The  cleanser is gentle enough to use everyday, morning and night.

The skin brightening toner always leaves my face feeling clean. When I use the toner, I rarely followup with a moisturizer. The scent is calm and refreshing. It doesn’t burn or tingle when applied. It has ingredients such as cucumber, lemon extract and witch hazel which are phenomenal in toning the skin.

Each item is less than $20 and can be purchased directly from the website by clicking here.


As much as I love trying out new skin care products, it’s just as important to take care of the inside of my body.  I’ve been drinking 60oz of water daily and I recently decided to switch things up with this delicious concoction.  The only ingredients are cucumber, lemon and of course water. I juiced both the cucumber and lemon and poured it in my water. Cucumber is a diuretic which helps to flush out excess water in the body and lemon is a cleanser, even though it is acidic it will help to restore PH levels in the body. 


Do you prefer to drink plain water or do you enjoy mixing it up a little bit. Leave your comments I would love to hear about it.

I appreciate your time visiting my blog. Stay tuned for more.

Be C.H.I.C

-MB

Moxie’s me Time- Feat. All things charcoal

If you’ve been on Facebook, Instagram or social media in general you might’ve heard about or seen the latest craze about the black mask, black wax or activated charcoal. While skimming through my Facebook timeline I stumbled on the video of a barber using a charcoal mask on his clients to remove facial hair to produce a very clean finish and I must say I was impressed. The mask removes fine facial hair, black and white heads and produces smooth skin. I must admit I was a little skeptical and quite nervous about using it especially when I saw how painful it could be to remove. I wasn’t ready for that yet. However while shopping at Marshalls I stopped at their skin care aisle and saw a charcoal face wash so naturally I was intrigued and decided to give it a try.


This facial detox lathers really well. It has a medicated scent which was fine to me, it wasn’t overbearing at all. It washes off easily. The label says it “unclogs pores, removes impurities and removes dead skin cells” and because of that I felt like it left my skin feeling dry so I followed up with a moisturizer.

Not only did I use charcoal on my skin but I also used activated charcoal to brush my teeth. I’ve had this bottle for quite some time. I don’t use it very often because it can get very messy opening up the capsules and dumping the black powder on my toothbrush. I’ve read and watched videos that brushing with activated charcoal can whiten teeth. I’ll have to be more diligent and test that theory in the future.



Have you used the black masks or activated charcoal? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience. Please leave a comment and tell me all about it. Until next week….

Be C.H.I.C

-MB

Moxie’s Me Time

Hi, I’m Rebekah and I’m a product junkie. I have a very hard time seeing new hair or facial products on the shelves and not trying it. I’ve decided to do weekly sessions of me time and share them with you. These sessions will include new hair products and tools, facial cleansers, toners, face scrubs and the like. I hope you will join me on my blog as I pursue this new adventure. Tonight I’m featuring one of my favorite product lines: Shea Moisture. I’m using their Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Mud Mask. What I really love about this mask is how moisturizing it is. I had this mask on for about an hour and it washed off easily with water. My skin felt extremely soft and I didn’t have to follow up with a moisturizer. I credit the moisture in the mask to the Shea Butter.

Using facial masks and cleansers are great but it won’t replace what we put in our bodies. I’m getting into the habit of drinking more water and so I’ve given myself the goal of drinking a quart of water a day. Water hydrates and will flush my body of toxins which will result in glowing skin. I’m here for the long haul, I hope you will join with me

Be CHIC

-MB

Spilling the tea

What I’m about to share with you is probably the most transparent I will ever be. If you can relate to anything I’ve said, get excited because you’re not alone. I hope that this post will really help someone who may be struggling.

Let’s begin…

I’m the oldest of 5 kids. I know I’m supposed to lead by example and be that perfect sister that my siblings can look up to. But, how can I live up to that expectation when secretly I know that my flaws disqualify me?

I have 2 smart and beautiful sisters, one is a Dr. and the other works with children as a speech therapist. My sisters are impacting the world! They’re funny, they have a great sense of style and have bodies that I envy. They know how to set a goal and work hard until they accomplish it. In my eyes they’re perfect.

My brothers are the coolest, they are so down to earth,easy to talk to and seem to be the life of the party. They’re  handsome, witty, intelligent and always have things under control. In my eyes they’re perfect and have everything they want in life 😉

I’ve always wondered, man what happened to me? It kinda feels like when God made me He was only practicing and by the time everyone else came along He was a pro. I know it’s never a good idea to compare yourself with people. But God, seriously couldn’t you make me prettier like my sisters, why couldn’t I be more eloquent, why couldn’t I have a calm and cool nature? Why do I have to be the crazy and angry hot head? I hate being me.

Moment of truth: I have an anger problem. I’ve always been angry. For some reason I view anger as this taboo thing and if you show that you’re angry then you’re not a good Christian. I have no idea where that mindset came from. I have this bad habit of taking it all in, allowing hurtful words to stew and marinate and then comes that explosive moment. Sadly I’ve lost count of how many times it’s happened. Surprised? That’s ok. I’m taking off the mask and exposing  my demons.

In my church I serve as a praise and worship leader. Basically we are responsible to usher in the presence of God in our corporate worship services. How can I effectively serve in that capacity knowing I’m not good enough to be loved by the God I sing about? I’ve mastered the art of faking it. Painting on a smile and pretending like I’m not hurting on the inside. I’ve encouraged others and can’t even encourage myself. I feel like I’m one step away from losing myself. I’m tired of it.I want to be set free.

So, today at 11:11 pm, I’m setting myself free. You’ve heard the saying, in order to heal you have to reveal. I’ve made the first step and I’m ready for the healing process to begin.

-MB

Be C.H.I.C