Thursday, January 19, 2017

Teyana Taylor's Dance Workout with Vogue is a Work of Art

ismail Alminda | 8:16 AM
Teyana Taylor is probably on everyone's vision board as body goals ever since her recent appearance in Kanye West's Fade music video.  Most of us were well aware of Teyana's amazing physique and dedication to fitness.  But her collaboration with Kanye really put her on the map.

Teyana gave us so much fitspo that the team at Vogue reached out to her for a fitness video collaboration.  And, of course, the final product is pretty much work of art. When you're the premier source for all things fashion, it's only natural for you to create a workout video complete with embroidered corsets and 18th-century inspiration.

The short film is a visual masterpiece but it also actually has some great workout moves incorporated as well.  Let's discuss.
In under two minutes, we witness Teyana execute a series of exercises in perfect form.  She starts off with the jump squat is a terrific move for activating the entire body.   Jump squats are challenging because you're pushing your body weight against the force of gravity. It's a bit more of an aerobic workout than your normal squat which means more calorie burn.
 Teyana then moves on to floor work where she completes push ups and some other moves. Floor work is a great option because you're leveraging your body weight as resistance.  No machines needed.

Her "no excuses" workout routine continues as Teyana grabs a couple of fancy looking antique vases to work on her biceps.  Who needs dumbells when you have hand-painted porcelain decorative pieces lying around?

Finally she literally "jumps" into bed and proceeds to knock out a few situps.  Remember when I talked about working out without having to leave your bed?  Turns out that in-bed workouts aren't only for us lazy folks.  Celebrities with washboard abs do it too!

Overall, the video inspired me to make exercise a priority. You could be chillin' at home or in a hotel far way. It's all about moving your body.  Sometimes we forget that our bodies are works of art.  As we move, we only become stronger.  Let's always remember to move our beautiful bodies so that we too can become #goals.


Eva Marcille Is On The Cover Rolling Out Magazine And Her Locs Are Gorgeous

ismail Alminda | 7:04 AM

Eva Marcille is on the cover of Rolling Out magazine and when I saw her locs I had to find out who was responsible for the look. Eva has been wearing Locs for awhile and Dr. Kari the originator of the ‘goddess locs’ was the stylist responsible for the look. Check out her pictures: In […]

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

[Notable] The Skin Care Brand that keeps popping up on my Social Media Feed

ismail Alminda | 9:21 AM
As you are well aware, I'm constantly on the prowl for new beauty tips and interesting brands.  I've stumbled on so many gems thanks to the generous women who photograph & share their holy grail products.

Yesterday I was scrolling, per usual, when I stumbled upon a reveal of a brand I'd never heard of.  I quickly took a screenshot then moved on.  Hours later, another product from the same company showed up on my feed.

Could this be a mere coincidence? Or was the universe trying to get my attention?
Brittany Hampton's caption was enough to peak my interest.  She strongly urges us to get some [of the PowerSpot blemish lotion] and "stop playing."  According to the label, this appears to be an overnight acne treatment infused with awesome botanicals such as tea tree oil, witch hazel, cucumber and aloe.

Keep in mind that Brittany has what I consider to be "perfectly flawless skin."  It practically radiates an amazing glow even when she's sporting a bare face.  I've never seen her with a pimple.....ever! Why would she even need a blemish control product?

This overnight acne lotion may be a contributor to her perfect skin.  If M-61 blemish lotion really works, then she might be preventing acne breakouts before they become a problem which means Brittany is also avoiding having to deal with stubborn acne scars.

Years ago, I broke out all the time.  After a long, hard-fought battle, I finally got my acne somewhat under control.  I still get a pimple here and there but it's nothing like the breakouts I suffered before. I've taken a passive approach to dealing with acne and, as a result, I'm having to deal with scarring.

Speaking of acne scars, it appears that the good people at M-61 have just the thing that may help with that.

As I mentioned early, on the exact same day that I was introduced to the brand, this image came across my timeline with the simple caption: "New Fave"

Pictured were M-61's PowerGlow peel pads which, like their lotion, seems to be a blend of exfoliating acids (glycolic/salicylic), nutrients like vitamin K to help reduce discoloration plus ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties.

This brand has really peaked my interest....these two products in particular.  In my current skincare routine, I have nothing deal with unsuspecting breakouts. That needs to change. An overnight acne treatment sounds like a dream come true right about now.


What You Should Do When You Notice A Bald Spot In Your Hair

ismail Alminda | 7:10 AM

I had the scare of a lifetime a year ago when I noticed a small bald patch pretty close to the crown of my hair. It was sort of odd because at the time I could not figure out what I did to my hair that would cause any sort of trauma nor did I […]

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

#GrowAndSlay Length Check Update - Month 2 with Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin

ismail Alminda | 5:29 PM
#GrowAndSlay Length Check Update - Month 2 with Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin
I'm a few days late but listen...

Okay, I don't have any excuses. I'm behind, content-wise for The Mane Objective. Y'all still love me thought right?

Great. (I totally assumed you said "of course, girl!" and kept reading) 😂

Anywho, so let's get into this month 2 update! You guys know how I roll, so after I break down my length check, it's time to discuss the pros and cons of CURLS Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin.


I'm sure you're wondering how a effective a vitamin is when there's only 1/4 inch of growth between December and January. Not so fast! The truth is, I trimmed my hair...twice. If you'll recall, right around the holiday season, I did a fab blowout (which I still dream about! Lol). I took advantage of my hair being in the stretched state, and gave myself a trim to even up my ends and get rid of split ones. And then, I did something that I don't recommend you do (but I'm hardheaded) - after I reverted my hair back curly, I trimmed it again. I'm obsessed with straight, blunt ends. When my hair reverted back, there were some tapered pieces that I couldn't detect while my hair was straight - so snip, snip!
#GrowAndSlay Length Check Update - Month 2 with Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin
Now that my hair is in a happy place, I'm ready for forward progress and growth. But even still - 1/4 inch of growth after two trims is pretty darn good.

Easy to Take
Swallowing pills is no big deal for me - I take big @$$ vitamins all the time. But there's just something so easy and quick about knocking back a tablespoon of liquid vitamin. It's definitely a plus - especially for my peeps who don't like swallowing pills.

Great Taste
Not gonna lie, I was expecting blueberry flavor. I don't know why - there's nothing on the label about blueberry flavor and it's not a part of the Blueberry Bliss Collection. So when it came out orange, I was shocked. I expected some syrupy gag-worthy cough medicine flavor, but it's so far from that. It's nice, bright, sweet (but not overly so), and has a nice gingery flavor to it. I love ginger, so I definitely might be biased in that regard, lol.

Versatility in Dosage
Have you ever emptied out a vitamin capsule to mix it in a drink because you didn't feel like (or couldn't) swallow a pill? Worst. Experience. EVER. Vitamins notoriously taste terrible. But with Blissful Lengths, it's super easy to mix it in your bottle of water, your breakfast smoothie, or a cup of juice. Easy peasy.
#GrowAndSlay Length Check Update - Month 2 with Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin
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They Work
After downing 4 bottles of Blissful Lengths, I can confidently vouch for the vitamin's effectiveness. Not only am I experiencing growth (hey there inches), but my hair is looking fuller and healthier than it has in a long time. I'll be back at my 2014 hair goals in no time!

No Interference
Some vitamins are finicky, and cause upset stomach and other reactions when combined with other supplements. I've found that this is not the case with Blissful Lengths - I've taken it with my other vitamins, before my pre-workout, and even right before bed - without any issues. This is great for someone like me, who's always on the verge of or getting to do things (like take my vitamins).

No Random Growths
This is a common question - will the vitamin make me grow hair faster other places? I hear ya ladies. Who wants extra hair...on their upper lip? Or on the back of the kneecap? I'm happy to report that my hair growth isn't taking off all over the map - just on my head. Lol.

No Breakouts
I learned a long time ago that biotin by itself for me is a no-go. It makes my skin breakout in really painful pimples. I'm happy to report that Blissful Lengths does not result in adverse skin reactions. Because nobody - NOBODY wants bangin' curls and bumpy skin. Nobody.
#GrowAndSlay Length Check Update - Month 2 with Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin
Make sure you keep Blissful Lengths in the kitchen!
Refrigeration Necessary
Okay, so con is a bit of a misnomer here - but this is something I felt necessary to call out. After opening, the Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin must be refrigerated. I totally missed that step on my first bottle, but have been refrigerating it ever since. Refrigeration is not a con in and of itself (honestly it's a pro - it lets you know that the ingredients are fresh and not full of shelf-stabilizing chemicals), but it's something to consider for folks like me - where out of sight = out of mind.

Price Value in Comparison to Other Brands
Listen. No ifs, no buts, no coconuts here - Blissful Lengths costs more than the competitors in terms of dosage. One bottle = 15 days or 1/2 a month supply - which means you'd spend $50/month to take these vitamins. For all my economicaccountologists out there, a cost/benefit analysis is handy at this point. For someone who doesn't like swallowing (or can't swallow) pills, Blissful Lengths is well worth it. If you're looking for a straight shot and to start seeing results within a month, Blissful Lengths is worth it. If hair growth is not a priority for you right now, then you may be better off holding out, or catching it on sale. I will tell you this - one bottle is not enough to gauge benefit. You definitely need at least a month to assess whether it will work for you. But that's the case with all vitamins and supplements - don't expect to see any benefits until 30-60 days.
#GrowAndSlay Length Check Update - Month 2 with Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin
Me, trying not to spill because I'm good at spilling things. Lol.
Alrighty folks! Month 2 is in the books - onward to month 3! I can't wait to finish bottles 5 and 6, and show my final growth measurements!

Got questions about the vitamins that I didn’t answer here? Leave ‘em in the comments below! Don’t forget to follow @frizzfreecurls on Instagram to get all the details on the #GrowAndSlay challenge! You can win some forreal for serious dough!

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Confessions of a Compulsive Snacker + How I overcame it!

ismail Alminda | 7:52 AM
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a friend's house to for a small gathering.  While there, we chatted about our goals & intentions for the year.  My friend is the perfect hostess who prepared plenty of snacks for her welcomed guests.

The small spread included mini cupcakes, popcorn, and a few other selections.  As we all gathered around to enjoy our mimosas and discuss the year ahead, I reached for a little treat.  Three mini cupcakes later, I moved on to the popcorn.  It was the bagged popcorn that already comes "pre-popped."  To be honest, the popcorn wasn't really all that great. So nobody really ate it......except for me.  They were all perfectly content in simply enjoying each other's company whereas I kept going back for more food.

A short time later, I looked up from my notebook and realized that for the past several minutes, I had been mindlessly eating the popcorn non-stop.  Without thinking, I blurted out to the table that I think I have a problem.
Suddenly, the lightbulb flashed revealing my propensity to snack compulsively.

A large bag of chips won't last 24 hours in my house. If I buy a pack of 4 cupcakes, I eat them all the same day.  If there are snacks around, I indulge in them without inhibition.  I snack out of boredom. I receive pure enjoyment from the immediate rush of sugar or the salty crunchiness of whatever I'm eating.

Then suddenly, and without warning, I realized that snacking non-stop is a habit that I no longer wanted to maintain.

That was a couple of weeks ago. Now things are radically different.  I still snack from time to time, but now I do it like a normal person.  I can even walk through the grocery store without randomly grabbing indulgent sweets.  I'd like to share with you what changed in my life and maybe my experience can help someone else.

The biggest contributor that helped me break free of compulsive snacking is mindful eating.  If you recall, I embarked on an experiment where make a conscious effort to chew my food thoroughly.   This not only helped me to eat less, it also improved my eating experience. When I slow down to eat, I get to enjoy the flavors and textures versus when I just shoved food down my throat.

Mindful eating soon spread into my snacking life.  I realized that, after eating too many sweets, my body felt a bit uneasy.   It took away from the temporary enjoyment I first experienced.  Mindful eating is what made me realize that I was eating popcorn that I didn't really enjoy.  In the past, I would have continued just so I can experience the sensation of munching on something. Now, I'm aware that I was eating the popcorn just to be eating it.
Another fatal mistake that I was making was snacking when I was hungry.

Snacking on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster.

In order to feel satisfied, I'd have to each a lot of junk food.

Then I decided to change the rules. From now on, I could only snack AFTER I ate my meal.  By that point, I'm already satiated so I don't consume nearly as much.  If I find myself snacking while hungry, I stop, put it away and eat "real food" before I do too much damage.

I read a book on mindfulness years ago and what I got from the book was that people who utilized the power of choice led "happier" lives.  They shared a simple example where participants in a study were asked to engage in a mindfulness experiment. Instead of reaching for their typical breakfast, they were to ask themselves about the other options available to them.  After they mentally reviewed their choices, they could do whatever they chose.

In the past, I didn't execute my free will.  If I saw cupcakes, I reached for them whether I was hungry or not.

Now, before reaching for the bag of chips, I ask myself what other options are available.
-I could chew on a piece of gum.
-I could drink water because perhaps I'm actually thirsty.
-I could grab an apple.
-Or I could eat the chips.

If I opt for the chips, I ask myself, am I hungry or am I craving the crunchy, salty taste.

If I'm hungry, I eat something else that will be more satisfying. If it's a craving, I eat the chips slowly, savoring the experience.  When I'm mindfully eating the chips, I only eat a handful before putting the rest away.

That NEVER used to happen.

 My cravings now aren't as powerful as they used to be. Before my cravings powered by old habits, now they're much smaller and more manageable.  I judge my cravings based on what I'm really feeling at the moment, not by how I conducted myself in the past.

My exact methods may or may not work for you.  But, keep in mind that compulsive behavior usually operates from past actions repeated over and over.  Once we become present to what we're doing, we open up the possibility of rewiring our brains and creating new habits.

Practicing the art conscious consumption has freed me of my compulsion.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be experimenting with ways to use conscious decision making to start new habits (vs. stopping old habits).  If it works, I'll share details.


4 Ways To Use Instagram To Document Your Hair Journey

ismail Alminda | 7:00 AM

We are always looking at ways to document our own hair journey as well as share with our audience ways that they can document theirs as well. We have had a few questions from you all about new ways to document the journey that will add value and most of all fun to the whole […]

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