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Fashion with a Passion

Hey yall, it’s Mo. I am excited to announce that I will be attending the Fashion With a Passion (FWAP) show this weekend, Nov. 2 at The Venue Scottsdale as a media guest!

FWAP is an exciting fashion show that features local models and local businesses offering their latest in fashion and style,  with the added bonus of supporting the efforts for missions all over the world.  100% of the proceeds will be going to support mission work in cities such as Dallas, Fort Worth and Gainesville, as well as international regions in Russia, South Africa, Philippines and Guam.

Featuring music from  Mesa, AZ-based The Hipnotix, this will be a dynamic show unlike anything else you’ve seen in the valley.

For more information about the show visit the Facebook page.

Tickets start at just $20, with front row VIP tickets available for $35. Get tickets here.

I’m excited to participate in this event, be sure to follow us on Instagram for the behind-the-scenes photos!

 

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CWK Straight Plates – Production HALTED

This past summer the natural hair community was excited at the news of a new invention, the CWK Straight Plates, a product that straightens hair without the use of a flat iron (or curing iron, or whatever you use). The KickStarter campaign was HUGELY successful, creator Kelechi Bradley exceeded her crowdfunding goal more than three times over, raising more than $24,000.
We’ve been keeping tabs on the progress of this  product, watching the vision take shape as production began.

However, recent developments have caused production to come to a halt: someone has come forward claiming to own the patent for the CWK Straight Plates. According to the website and Kickstarter page,  the CWK Team planns to “straighten this out or come up with another design ASAP”. Refunds are being issued to backers in phases, with the second round occurring on 26 Oct.
We certainly hope that everything works out for the good of the patent’s rightful owner.

What do you think of this situation? If you were a backer of the CWK Straight Plates and a different product is brought to market will you support?

 

Photo credit: http://www.cwkgirls.com/

 

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Never Run Out of Your Must-Have Beauty Products Again!

You’re getting ready for a big event, you reach over to grab your favorite mascara (you know, the one that makes your lashes look AMAZING…), after your signature three coats on the first eye, to your horror you realize that…..you’re out of lashy goodness 🙁

 

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Allow us to introduce the Stash app. This  app (currently available on iTunes) is your “on-the-go beauty dashboard”, allowing you to scan the bar codes of all of your beauty faves to sync to your phone. The app monitors shopping patterns of your products and reminds you to replenish your stash before you run out. Oh, it also alerts you when items in your profile go on sale!

You can also shop from the app using its universal shopping cart, with products ranging from drugstore staples to high-end beauty counter items.

The social component of the app allows users to discover new favorites through beauty influencers, magazines and  beauty blogs.

 

So, what are you waiting for? The app is FREE!!!

 

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Here’s to your Beauty, Honey!

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Honey is THE BOMB. Not only does it sweeten your food and drink, but the humectant, antioxidant and antibacterial properties make it an amazing product for the skin and hair. To ensure that you are getting the most benefits when using it in your beauty regimen, use 100% pure, raw, unfiltered honey.

Check out a few ways to sweeten your beauty routine:

Dry Skin Mask – Mix honey, plain yogurt and water (or rose water to take it up a notch) into a paste. Apply mask to face and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Rinse

Oily Skin Mask – Mix honey, flour, and water (or rose water) into a paste.  Apply mask to face and let sit for at least 20 minutes. Rinse.

Normal Skin Mask – Mix honey, egg yolk and almond oil into a paste.  Apply mask to face and let sit for at least 20 minutes. Rinse.

Hair Mask – Mix honey and coconut oil (add 1 egg for a protein boost) and apply to wet hair. Cover with shower cap and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Rinse. Shampoo and condition as usual.

 

All of these recipes are relatively inexpensive, which makes any of them a great option for boosting your regimen.

Do you use honey for more than drinking? Let us know and remember to Be Exclusively Inclusive!!

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VBar Review from LA Curly Girls!!!

Some of you may recall that we participated in the Los Angeles INHMD event in May as a sample sponsor. We provided VBar samples for the LA Curly Girls event, and the group founder and President Lydia Boyd has shared her impression of the VBar, check out this video:

We are SO grateful for the support of Lydia and LA Curly Girls! If you’ve received a VBar sample be sure to share your testimonial!

 

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Promote Hair Health with Herbal Rinses

What causes unhealthy hair?? Diet? Improper use of heat? Shampoo? Weather?

When our hair isn’t in its healthiest condition, there are several variables that can be the culprit. Fortunately there are relatively inexpensive, time-tested, ol’ school products/techniques available that can help treat damaged hair…and you may only need to look in your kitchen cupboards.

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Think of an herbal rinse as “hair tea” because you literally steep herbs in hot water and pour over the hair (after it’s cooled, of course). Check out a few of our favorite herbs and their benefits:

Lavender – Rosemary: AKA “the sisters”, these two herbs offer the calming, moisturizing properties of lavender along with the scalp-stimulating, strengthening, antiseptic properties of rosemary. Check out this video tutorial to learn how to make your own sisters hair tea.

Sage: known for its cleansing properties, sage is a dandruff fighter and contains the minerals potassium and calcium, both valuable for promoting healthy hair.

Black Tea: Black tea is a tea for hair growth that helps to restore shine and color to your hair. Rinsing your hair with black tea helps to darken your hair and also give it luster. It can be used in cases where hairs are being damaged with shampoos that contain a lot of chemicals. Using black tea as a tea for hair growth helps to slow down hair fall and increase the quantity of your hair.

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Chamomile – Rose: chamomile is a scalp soother and helps prevent and/or eliminate dandruff. Rose is a super moisturizer, it softens and adds shine to the hair.

Peppermint: balances scalp pH, normalizes oil production and stimulates the scalp and promotes hair growth

Basil/Parsley: AKA “the OTHER sisters”, basil is an anti-inflammatory, moisturizer and growth stimulator. Parsley is an antioxidant, adds luster, moisturizes and also stimulates growth.

 

Most of these herbs are staples in cooking, which means you won’t have to look hard to find them, and don’t require spending extra money. (#winning!)

Do you use herbal rinses in your hair care regimen? Are you open to trying these on your next Shampoo day??

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2014 Diaspora Showcase Africa

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Diaspora Showcase Africa debuted on September 18, 2004, in Tucson, Arizona, as a fashion drama on the runway, while spotlighting humanitarian organizations that have made a significant contribution to Africa. The first show, “The Princess and the Porcupine,” was based on a script written by Kwevi Quaye , the creator and producer of the show, and co-developed by the eminent Professor Anselm Omoike. From the 2005 showcase “The Wedding” to the 2006 “The African Renaissance” , the Diaspora Showcase has received critical acclaims and awards for its presentation of Africa in a unique entertaining format by integrating the fashion, music, dance and food from the five regions of Africa into a single show.

This year’s show takes place on October 11, 2014 at 6pm at The Sabbar Shriner Center in Tucson and will feature an evening of Music, Dance and Fashion of Africa. Contemporary African Fashion Designers will also be showcased on the runway.

Musical performances will feature the Togolese songwriter Massama Dogo’s Afropop and World Beat band ELIKEH, the Egyptian percussionist Gamal Gomaa, and a Chamber Music quartet, playing classical arrangements of songs by South African artist, Miriam Makeba.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.