Dove Intensive Repair for Natural Hair

In Beauty

The summer has a way of damaging my hair like no other. Moreover, since I have a 4b natural hair type, trying to revive my after heat damage and chlorine damage from all the pool parties felt near impossible…until now. So far I have been to three tropical locations, and every time I came back to the United States, my hair would feel unmanageable and brittle. While I have hair products that aid in placating my damaged ends, it was hard finding something that would bring my hair back to life. Moreover, naturalistas, we know the summer struggle is real!

While searching for products that specialize in natural hair care, I stumbled upon  Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. Now, I know that my fellow naturalistas may think I am kidding, but it works! In the past, I have spent over 30.00 dollars in trying to find products that repair my damaged and ends and brittle hair. However, Dove’s Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner does the trick, and it is very affordable. I am usually against using products that have sulfates, but this duo has an ingredient that helps with softening damaged hair: Nutri-Keratin Repair Actives. Keratin is an essential protein that combats frizzy, dry ends. It is every natural girl’s best friend! Kudos to Dove for adding an important ingredient that helps support our tresses!

Since I have purchased the product, I have used it about three times, and the Intensive Repair Conditioner is a perfect co-wash. I live for products that are multi-functional. With today being the second day of a heat wave, I feel at ease about jumping into the pool. Since Dove Intensive Repair works to repair hair and stop 90% of hair damage before it happens, I am ready to enjoy the rest of my summer and my luscious locs!

What are your thoughts? Ready to try Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner? Let me know what your results are!

Until next time,
Char!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Happy Prime Day

In Plus Size Fashion, Where to Shop

Happy Prime Day my friends!! I honestly look forward to this day like it’s Christmas part. 2! But before we get into the nitty-gritty, here’s the gag on Prime Day: Amazon Prime Day is in its third year, and it’s a sales palooza! It’s sorta like a Cyber-Monday. Amazon describes it as a “global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members.” With Amazon being such a powerhouse, I had to give the low down on the deals that I am indulging in this year.

But before we getting into my list, there are a few things you need to know:

  • Although Amazon has AMAZING deals, you want to do a little bit of research on what products you are getting. If you’d like to know the history of an individual item, Tom’s Guide suggests these two sites to help you out:

CamelCamelCamel — a site that tracks the price history of many Amazon products — can help you spot fake deals from true price drops.

Fakespot–this site can assist in determining whether the Amazon user reviews for a given product are legit or fake.

  • You have to sign up for Amazon Prime. Not necessarily to indulge in all of Amazon’s products, but to receive perks like FREE Two-Day Shipping for eligible purchases, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, and the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for $99 a year or $10.99 a month.
    So sign up, click here: PRIME DAY SIGN UP! I love Prime because I find everything on there, from shoes to food and everything in between, it’s heaven sent. If you don’t believe me, Amazon lets you try Prime for a 30 Day Trial!
  •  When browsing the links below, don’t be scared by the cover price. When I searched for my size, the prices went down by 40%! Make sure you click through EVERYTHING!
  •  Prime exclusive deals end at 7/11 11:59 pm PT / 7/12 2:59 am ET! So what you waiting for!! Here are my top ten deals from Amazon Prime Day!!

Women’s Clothing


Women’s Shoes

Beauty Products

Boyfriend Picks

Find anything you like? Make sure you hit Amazon today because new deals are being added every 15 mins and I have my eyes on a pair of pumps that’ll be available in the next 15 mins! Remember, if you don’t like Amazon Prime, you can always end your free trial! So sign up, click here: PRIME DAY SIGN UP!

5 Ways in which Forever 21 Got “Brand New” on Us

In Fashion, Plus Size Fashion

I must admit, I haven’t shopped at Forever 21 in almost 6 or 7 months. Last I checked, it was pretty young and fast-fashioney. But today honey, I went on the website, and it felt brand new. It didn’t just feel like a Taylor Swift video anymore.

In fact, it felt like every song I ever listened to. I am talking about the Temptations to Daft Punk! I am all here for the latest and greatest changes on Forever 21, and I’m already guilty of adding 20 things into my cart in less than 20 mins.

Since you all know that I am a fan of lists, I had to break down the 5 Ways in which Forever 21 Got “Brand New” on Us!

Shoes up to a size 13!
The shoe gawds must have heard my cry because F21 had so many nice shoes, but they never fit my size 11 foot! Today, I found at least 6 pairs that not only go up to size 13, BUT THEY ARE ACTUALLY CUTE!! And get this, they are wide! I just ordered two pairs, so I’ll put the width to the test!

Model Diversity/ Size Diversity
If there’s anything that I noticed, it was that the models look so different. Different shapes and colors! Like, come on yasss! It feels good to see a little bit of everything. There are few bloggers on there too! Also, I saw some pieces go up as high as a 4x!

Web Exclusives
Yup, Forever 21 has some web exclusives that I haven’t seen in many other stores! Never thought I’d see this coming but there’s a first time for everything. I am talking about oversized denim jackets to sexy body suits!

 

Prices
With all good things, prices inevitably go up! But that’s expected. When a brand goes from general fast fashion to opening up their offerings and even picking up indie artists, the prices are going to go up! And you know what, I am not mad at that! Now like I stated earlier, I got about 20 items in my cart so I will def dish on the quality and sizing soon!

Formal on Fleek
I am probably the only person who still says “fleek” but whatevs. F21’s formal clothes def came up! When I saw my blogger boo, Gavyn Taylor in a gorgeous red dress , I knew my wedding dresses for this season would all be here! Like isn’t she stunning?!!? 

Make sure you head to Forever 21 and check out some of their clothing!

Til next time,
Char!

Wearing my Awkward Crown

In Body Positive

Remember that time when being awkward was cool? It lasted a whole seven days; then people went back to following the “IT GIRL.” You see, I was always awkward. I have done a pretty good job at masking it, but from time to time you will catch me in my natural state.

Being awkward is more than responding to common situations weirdly, it is also stressing over the reason why others do not react the same way you do. Each of my friends will collectively say, “Chardline is so awkward, but I love her though.” Moreover, as I grew older, I realized that being awkward is not such a bad thing—it is a great thing. While everyone is crying at a scene from Titanic, I still find solace in knowing that if I were on that ship, I would not have to pay my student loans anymore–I would be at peace.

Does that mean I am savage? Nah, it just means that I process things differently. I am writing this post not only to show off my dope fedora from Kuronne, but to encourage everyone to be the best version of yourself. We live in a time where our quirks and personalities are not celebrated. In fact, we are invited to be more like sheep than a flock of diversity.

Some days I wish I were normal. Sometimes I think to myself, “If I were less awkward, I would finally get the guy.” Alternatively, my favorite, “If I were less awkward, I would be able to express myself better instead of joking about matters that were serious to me.” However, God made me this way for a reason, and I am gonna let it fly.

However, don’t get me wrong be awkward is probably what led me to all of my accomplishments today. Too many to name but one of my favorites is my relationship with my nephew. No one in the family understands why we are as close –and I think it’s because awkwardly, we understand each other. 20 years apart and he’s the only person I can connect with in my house.

So today, celebrate the things about yourself that you’ve been trying to hide. Learn to embrace those things about yourself, too. Issa Rae did it when she first wrote The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, and now look where she is! AN AWKWARD BOSS! Jesse Eisenberg is my #MCE and I think it’s because he’s a pretty awkward guy himself.

See we are not all that strange!

Want to see how my homegirls expressed their Kuronne fedoras? Check out their Instagram pages. Bianca + Genevieve.

 

Which Kuronne hat best represents you?

Til next time, Char!

Plus Size Camo Print Pants

Why Women Can’t Stop Buying Camo Print

In Fashion, Personal Style

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Is anyone else a sucker for camo print like I am? There’s something about the mix of military greens that always gets me. But let’s face it, it isn’t the easiest to style. Sometimes it’s a little challenging trying to figure out if you want the camo print stick out by itself or treat it as a neutral to make another piece stand out.

Well, why not both? Eloquii’s hottest selling item is their  Camo Cigarette Pant! And after trying it on, I can see why. You can easily dress these pants up and wear it to work (my co-workers loved it), or you can pair it with some denim and pumps and make it party outfit!

Today, I take on styling Eloquii’s Camo Cigarette Pant as both a neutral and the pop out item! The way I accomplished this was by pairing it with Eloquii’s neutral but fun Tassel-Trimmed Off the Shoulder Chambray Top . By doing so, both items have an equal opportunity to shine. Also, by pairing it with my favorite pumps olive green pumps from Amazon Fashion, they bring out the hues of green in Eloquii’s Camo Cigarette Pant.

What are some ways that you style camo print?

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Outfit Details

Top: Eloquii

Pants: Eloquii

Sandals: Amazon Fashion

Earrings: Eloquii

Till next time,

Char.