Fashion: Tribal African Culture Inspired Swimwear BFyne

Currently embedded in the back of all of our minds, is that swimsuit season is soon upon us. The pressure is real. However, fly swimsuit line BFyne is serving much inspiration with their line of swimwear.

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The culturally inclusive swimwear line designed by Nigerian- American  Buki Ade, gives an undeniable nod to African culture through their choice of prints and design concept.

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For 2017, Bfyne has released an ambitiously innovative  line of swimwear. With strategic cut outs, long sleeves, structured bodice, and high neckline; the Bfyne 2017 line is in one word: sexy! With vibrant colors and strong patterns inspired by trends of West Africa, the swimwear line is sure to make you standout for all the right reasons.

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Sizes range from small to large.

Shop the BFyne line here.

 

#TackleItTuesday: 5 Tips For Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung, and after this last leg of old man winter that dumped over 4 feet of snow in my area,  I am welcoming Spring with arms wide open. But now that the sun will be shining extra bright, it will surely reveal all the indiscretions that the grey gloomy sky’s of the winter hid. So, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get busy with the Spring Cleaning duties.

Here are some handy tips to make Spring Cleaning all the more effective:

Cleaning the Refrigerator:

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A new season upon us means, a new eating plan. In the winter we crave comfort food. In the Spring, we  should begin eating lighter and fresher. First empty the fridge, and remove all the contents. Decide if you’re going to dump that bottle of mayo, or keep that container of vegan butter. If your contents are a little dirty on the outside containers, wipe them down.  Remove the drawers, and shelves and wash separately with warm water and soap. Wipe off  the walls and back of fridge with one part water, one part vinegar solution. Dry the drawers and shelves off and return them to the fridge along with the other contents. Clean the outside of the fridge.

Cleaning the Closet:

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Cleaning out the closet for Spring Cleaning, can be complex. It requires good judgement, and the removal of emotional attachment. Easier said then done, right? Well here are some pretty basic questions you should be asking yourself when you hit that ‘keep it or chuck it’ dilemma:

Does it fit? (Not will it fit in a few months or after I lose these 15 pounds; does it fit now? )If not, chuck it or donate it.

Will I ever wear this again? If not, chuck or donate.

Lastly, if it is damaged, is it repairable at a reasonable cost to you?

Now that you have removed all the unnecessary clutter from your closet, it time to organize the remaining items. It helps to have all hangers facing the same direction. For clothes and other items that won’t be used daily, utilize storage bins such as this one:

If you have a load of shoes to organize, consider investing in a few clear shoe-boxes like this:

Dusting:

The dust builds in the winter. Even if you have been keeping up with the daily dusting  routine during the winter months, you’ll see that there were spots missed. Use a microfiber cloth to remove the tiniest of dust mites. For hard to reach spots, grab am extended dust stick like this one:

Shining the Windows:

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Remove any build up of dust from around the corners and window sill, with a brush or broom. Now grab a sponge and a little soapy water (the fewer suds the better), and wash the window. Now wipe away the excess water with a squeegee, using a reverse S pattern, from top to bottom. Using old crumpled newspaper, buff the window for optimal shine!

Mattress:

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During the winter months, your mattress endured a lot. It’s where you laid, when you were hit with the flu and more. This is a great time to disinfect it and remove all the dead-skin that has accumulated. Start by removing the linens and toss in the laundry. Let the mattress sit and air for a little while. Toss some baking soda on the mattress, and grab an upholstery vacuum  like the one below, and suck up the baking soda.

For lasting fresh scent, add scented dryer sheets to the mattress before placing the fitted sheets  or mattress cover back on.

 

Dope! Beyonce Facetimes A Fan Battling Stage Four Cancer [Video]

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There is power in numbers in social media.

Just ask Ebony Banks; a teen bravely battling a rare form of stage four cancer.  After spending most of her Senior year of High School in the hospital, fighting  for her life; her local school district decided to throw a special early graduation ceremony just for Ebob -as she is affectionately called at the hospital-  earlier this month. After her kind classmates at Alief Hasting Highschool in Houston , Tx  got wind that EBob’s  wish was to meet the pop star, whom she idolizes, they decided to give Ebony the ultimate graduation gift, and  took to social media to light up the internet with the hashtag: #EBOBMEETSBEYONCE; hoping to grab the Queen Bey’s attention.

We started hashtagging it, tagging people we tagged the news. Mostly we tagged Beyonce we wanted to get her attention [……], said Shanya McKnight, senior at Alief Hastings and friend to Ebony Banks.

After much tagging, sharing and re-sharing  their little plan worked, and by Wednesday afternoon, Ebony was on Facetime with her idol, Beyonce. In the exchange posted on social media, you can hear Ebony telling Bey she loves her, and the sentiment is returned by the star, telling her fan “Love you too”: 🙂

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Ebony Banks is being treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. Kudos to Beyonce- pregnant with twins- for taking time out her busy schedule to show the brave teen some love!

 

Product Review: Finesse Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

Cute hair is a game changer! That’s right, having a dope doo will instantly give any girl a  #GlowUp.  However, maintaining that dope doo is key. I am an advocate for not only good looking hair, but also and most paramount, healthy hair. Therefore, the quality of the hair products used to maintain fly hair, should uphold the integrity of good ingredients,  so to promote healthy happy hair.

HealthyUrbanGirl.com was given a cool opportunity to try out a couple of hair products; to see how they would fair for our readers, and social media audience. This is a #sponsored post, but make no mistake, I holds no bars!

The hair care product, is  possibly already apart of your hair care and maintenance repertoire already; Finesse Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner; which promises to restore and strengthen the hair through a unique formula:

We’ve created a unique formula with active silk an soy proteins that penetrate deep into the hair shaft to help restore and strengthen hair that’s damaged, dry or just straight up damaged. With these ingredients, hair is replenished with natural moisture leaving hair healthier, stronger, and more alive. – finessehaircare.com

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With such claims, I could not wait to try this product out. A few things to keep in mind:  I am a black girl, with black girl, natural curly, kinky hair. Also, I normally stay away from hair products laden with ingredients I can not pronounce. Finesse is the kind of shampoo and conditioner you’re likely to find at your local drugstore, priced under $5 per bottle. Not bad for a brand backed by Kendall Jenner, who dubbed the hair washing duo her favorite. I say that all to say, as a natural girl, it’s not easy to find quality Shampoo and Conditioner at a drugstore, that isn’t riddled with not so nice ingredients, that do more harm than good to my hair. Not to mention, me and Kends, kind of have different hair types. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Optimism well intact, I dove in.

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So on my wash day I retrieve my cute little box of  the Moisturizing Shampoo/ Conditioner duo that was shipped to me from the fine folks at Finesse.  And I read, the label. Yes I read labels!

Not TOO many unpronounceable’s (ingredients), but there are some. Not enough to make me weary to lather up my natural, kinks in it.  Water was the first ingredient mentioned on the ingredients list, which is always a step in the right direction for a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

Next, was my smell test. Both the Shampoo and Conditioner smelled just as you’d imagine Shampoo and Conditioner to smell. There was nothing special to report about the smell. Also, nothing bad to report about it.

Now about how they work on the hair once applied:

The shampoo lathers really nicely. The consistency is not too watery, therefore, you don’t require a whole lot to get a nice build up of suds. The highlight of use that I noticed in my use of the moisturizing Shampoo was how soft it left my hair after I rinsed it out. Normally, shampoo strips the hair of natural oils and moisture, therefore leaving it feeling quite lifeless, and stiff. Not Finesse Moisturizing Shampoo; it actually does the opposite. My hair was so soft after I shampooed, that I wondered if I needed to condition it at all.

Purchase your own Finesse Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner at Walgreens or Walmart.

After much thought, I proceeded to condition, with the Finesse Moisturizing Conditioner. While the conditioner is a little thicker than the Shampoo, I found that I needed more of it to actually feel the difference in my hair strands. While I was in the midst of conditioning I was not very impressed with the softening/moisturizing qualities. It was not until after I rinsed the conditioner off my hair, that I realized how SOFT it actually did make my hair.

My hair felt weightless,  smelled fresh and clean. 

I would say that Finesse Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner are a good way to go, for drugstore hair care products. The results are lasting and come at a bargain when you think of the cost versus what you actually get in exchange.

Rihanna ‘Made It To Harvard’ + Full Speech

Earlier this week, Rihanna was in Cambridge,  to accept her 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year award. There, she delivered an down to earth, inspirational  speech;  that gave a road map to how she went from a dreaming little girl wanting to help others to being in a position to fulfill her philanthropic desires as early as a teenager.

“When I was five or six years old, I remember watching TV and I would see these commercials and I was watching other children suffer in other parts of the world and you know the commercials were [like], ‘you can give 25 cents, save a child’s life,’ you know?[….]And I would say to myself you know, ‘when I grow up, when I can get rich, I’mma save kids all over the world.’ I just didn’t know I would be in the position to do that by the time I was a teenager. [Laughs]”

Visible thankful for the honor, the singer looked elegant and stylish in a  Monse fall 2017 dress, while the crowd of Harvard students cheered her on.

“At 17 I started my career here in America, and by the age of 18, I started my first charity organization,” she continued. “I went on to team up with other organizations in the following years and met, helped, and even lost some of the most beautiful souls, from six-year-old Jasmina Anema who passed away in 2010 from leukemia, her story inspired thousands to volunteer as donors through DKMS. Fast forward to 2012 and then my grandmother, the late Clara Brathwaite, she lost her battle with cancer, which is the very reason and the driving force behind the Clara Lionel Foundation. We’re all human. And we all just want a chance: a chance at life, a chance in education, a chance at a future, really. And at CLF, our mission is to impact as many lives as possible, but it starts with just one. Just one.”

met the bravest, most humble kids and young women this week! I can’t wait to share more! #CLF #GC #GPE

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Bad gyal Rih Rih, charged the attendees to be that ‘just one’:

“As I stare out into this beautiful room, I see optimism, I see hope, I see the future. I know that each and every one of you has the opportunity to help someone else. All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian.”

So very true!

That same day, Dior announced that they will donate a percentage of proceeds from each $710 “We Should All Be Feminists” t-shirt to Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, that funds effective education and health programs around the world.

Watch the full speech above.

 

 

Product Review: L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paint

Like most girls, I am forever in search of the perfect lip candy to compliment my  luscious puckers. And with the warmer months ahead, I am on a all out hunt for  a lipstick/gloss/paint that added a pop of color to my lip repertoire. While browsing the make up isle in Walmart, I came across the L’Oreal section, and loved the display of colorful lush liquid  lipstick options.

Call me lame,  but I rarely venture outside my hues of pink, when it comes to my lips, so this  whole color journey, was new territory for me. I am a brown complexion, therefore I have found that color added to my lips will either add a little sex appeal,  or it  really hardens my features, making me look years beyond my age (not a good look). What I really liked about the L’Oreal Infallible  Lip  Paints, were that the colors were rich in hue, and that read to me as quality. I hate getting a lip color that is packaged as a eye- catching color, and you purchase it on only to find out it is a completely different, water down version. That’s definitely not the case with the L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paint, which follows through on it’s promise for bold color statement.

The price was not too bad at $7.95. That’s the amount I’m used to paying for drugstore brand lippies. Those two factors; color  quality, and price point; were enough for me to seal the deal and purchase the lip paint.  The beautiful color that I picked up was a rich purple hue called: 302 Violet Twist.

Once I got it home and tried it, there were a few things to take notice of:

  • For one, the applicator stick was quite unique in that it curved at the tip, for ease of a even and smooth  application.  Since L’Oreal Infallible Paints are deep in color, it’s important to not over apply. The designer applicator allows for full coverage in limited application. Less is more, since a little goes a long way with this Lip Paint.
  • Texture is key in this lip paint. I expected a sticky annoying texture that creates debris around the corners of the mouth (not cute), but to my great surprise, no such thing. The lip paint went on smooth, and remained smooth the entire time worn. It did not dry the lips, a issue that many drugstore brand lippies have.

Tip: Be sure to line the lip with a like color pencil and fill in the lips with the paint for a cleaner, more precise look.

  • The color pop I was hoping for was definitely delivered. Maybe even over delivered! Again, this is where it’s important to go light on the application. The color reads so rich that only a couple layers are necessary.
  • Unfortunately, one of my few areas of disappointment was that the lip paint, did not withstand the drinking test! That’s right, after a few sips of my drink, the lip color had almost all been transformed from my lips to the cup I had been drinking out of.  Sadly, this was not the only issue with sustainability; the paint did not stay on very long, no matter what. I found myself reapplying frequently; which was unfortunate, because who has time for that!! One thing, I would suggest for longer lasting wear, is to mix the lip paint with another more sustainable lippie, that blends well.

Overall, despite the lack of long lasting wear, I plan on buying a few other  L’Oreal Lip Paints in some other fun colors, mainly because, the price is great for the richness in color, and as I said, it mixes really well. There are 14 liquid lipsticks in the line of Lip Paint, from nudes to bolds.

I’m a light weight fan:)

Grab your L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paint here