CIII: Pattern Beauty: What's In The Box?

Tracee Ellis Ross…

Let’s just stop there because, A M A Z I N G! I have been an absolute fan of Tracee Ellis Ross since her younger days on The CW’s Girlfriends.

I admire her as a woman. She knows how to keep the personal, personal and the business, business. She’s all about empowering women and the youth. And, her hair has remained amazing throughout this whole ride. She hasn’t let ANYONE process her hair in ways that SHE didn’t agree with. And, she hasn’t let society define what beauty means in terms of her hair, body, clothing, etc.

SO,

When a queen as described above drops a haircare line and calls it Pattern Beauty, YOU BUY THE DELUXE PACKAGE!

UNBOXING!

This is the box that my products came in. It’s pretty standard with “Pattern” written across yellow tape.  Inside, there was protective packaging so that the products didn’t have the free rein to swish around and break or spill.

This is the box that my products came in. It’s pretty standard with “Pattern” written across yellow tape.

Inside, there was protective packaging so that the products didn’t have the free rein to swish around and break or spill.

The products were wrapped in yellow tissue paper with a white sticker that read “JUICY & JOYFUL”.  All of the products were inside of the paper as pictured above.

The products were wrapped in yellow tissue paper with a white sticker that read “JUICY & JOYFUL”.

All of the products were inside of the paper as pictured above.

If you take a look at the packaging of each product, however, you see the faces of women (or men) and their coils! In all of them, you get half of the face so that you can imagine yourself and your coils on the other half!

The yellow, black and white is simply perfect to me! This may be because Let’s Be Breef colors are yellow, back, and white, or it could be because these colors simply GO TOGETHER! No telling either way, but, I do know that the packaging is simple and beautiful even down to the matte feel of the shampoo and conditioner tubes.

I simply love the packaging. I can’t say enough about it!

THE PRODUCTS

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The Deluxe Bundle for coilies, curlies and tight textures includes:

  1. Hydration Shampoo (9.8 Fl Oz)

  2. Heavy Conditioner (13 Fl Oz)

  3. Leave-In Conditioner (9.8 Fl Oz)

  4. Jojoba Oil Hair Serum (3.9 Fl Oz)

  5. Shower Brush

  6. Microfiber Towel

  7. Hair Clip

I: HYDRATION SHAMPOO   This product is great for curlies, coilies, and tight textures and provides a nourishing cleanse.  It states that it is “creamy, luxurious & boosted with a blend of glorious oils to help cleanse your hair and scalp while removing buildup”. It does all of these things and more all while managing to NOT strip away your moisture.   II: MICROFIBER TOWEL   This product is SO important. Many of us don’t know how damaging a normal bath towel can be for our hair (depending on the texture), so including a microfiber towel with the bundle was, in my opinion, like including a silk bonnet in a nighttime face mask bundle! It’s a match made in heaven.  Now, a lot of people still don’t or won’t like microfiber towels and would just prefer the texture of a t-shirt to protect, but I’m going to try this towel out and let you know my feelings on it!

I: HYDRATION SHAMPOO

This product is great for curlies, coilies, and tight textures and provides a nourishing cleanse.

It states that it is “creamy, luxurious & boosted with a blend of glorious oils to help cleanse your hair and scalp while removing buildup”. It does all of these things and more all while managing to NOT strip away your moisture.

II: MICROFIBER TOWEL

This product is SO important. Many of us don’t know how damaging a normal bath towel can be for our hair (depending on the texture), so including a microfiber towel with the bundle was, in my opinion, like including a silk bonnet in a nighttime face mask bundle! It’s a match made in heaven.

Now, a lot of people still don’t or won’t like microfiber towels and would just prefer the texture of a t-shirt to protect, but I’m going to try this towel out and let you know my feelings on it!

I: HEAVY CONDITIONER FOR COILIES   Now, I looked at this conditioner and was shocked at how THICK this product is. When you have thicker and coilier hair, you have to battle it a little bit more with bigger and thicker products which are sometimes hard to find.  After a hard search, I’ve narrowed the conditioners that I can use for my type 4 hair down to Aussie’s 3-Minute Miracle with Jojoba oil and Texture ID.  BUT, in just looking at this product, I can tell that it may just be a game-changer that I will have to add to my list of “Must Haves”.  I definitely cannot wait to try this one.   II: LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER   The Leave-In Conditioner is thick also, but I don’t think that it is as thick as the heavy conditioner. This is a good thing, however, because a lot of us will need something a little lighter as a leave-in so that we can actually style our hair for the week.  So, I’m excited to see if this is either too light, too heavy, or just right as a product for me.  The product claims, however, to be a “refreshing and restoring hair pick me up”. This product was made to help lock in moisture after cleansing and for styling. I cannot wait to see how it smells, feels and lasts.   [I’m curious about the smell because it is a mixture of rose, citrus and patchouli, who wouldn’t want to know how that will come out!?]

I: HEAVY CONDITIONER FOR COILIES

Now, I looked at this conditioner and was shocked at how THICK this product is. When you have thicker and coilier hair, you have to battle it a little bit more with bigger and thicker products which are sometimes hard to find.

After a hard search, I’ve narrowed the conditioners that I can use for my type 4 hair down to Aussie’s 3-Minute Miracle with Jojoba oil and Texture ID.

BUT, in just looking at this product, I can tell that it may just be a game-changer that I will have to add to my list of “Must Haves”.

I definitely cannot wait to try this one.

II: LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

The Leave-In Conditioner is thick also, but I don’t think that it is as thick as the heavy conditioner. This is a good thing, however, because a lot of us will need something a little lighter as a leave-in so that we can actually style our hair for the week.

So, I’m excited to see if this is either too light, too heavy, or just right as a product for me.

The product claims, however, to be a “refreshing and restoring hair pick me up”. This product was made to help lock in moisture after cleansing and for styling. I cannot wait to see how it smells, feels and lasts.

[I’m curious about the smell because it is a mixture of rose, citrus and patchouli, who wouldn’t want to know how that will come out!?]

I: JOJOBA OIL HAIR SERUM   Now THIS OIL is shocking! It’s one of the products that I couldn’t wait until the “Try On” to actually try, so I opened it and tested it out during the unboxing.  In just looking at the ingredients list, you can see that this product is largely different from those that you’ll find on the market. It has ACTUAL NATURAL ingredients (like all of the products in this line) and extracts from seeds that you can literally smell during use.  It’s not like many other products that use fragrances to cover up the dangerous ingredients used in its production. It’s more like the makers over at Pattern Beauty just chose the extracts and used them in the right way.  The smell of these products is a big part of the  Pattern Beauty  experience from what I’ve seen thus far.   II: SHOWER BRUSH   For gentle shower detangling…  Now, I’m going to stop them right there because I don’t know a type 4 natural, let alone a 4c natural who can honestly detangle their hair from root to tip while being in the shower. Who has the arm strength for that? Who has the patience for that?  I usually have to condition and detangle while sectioning off my hair prior to showering and washing, otherwise I would just be a matted up mess. But, I’m actually going to give this product a try and attempt to detangle while in the shower as it suggests to see if it works.   III: HAIR CLIP   I think it’s adorable that  Tracee Ellis Ross  included a hair clip in this bundle because hair accessories are necessary!  This will come in handy the most while sectioning off my hair and detangling.

I: JOJOBA OIL HAIR SERUM

Now THIS OIL is shocking! It’s one of the products that I couldn’t wait until the “Try On” to actually try, so I opened it and tested it out during the unboxing.

In just looking at the ingredients list, you can see that this product is largely different from those that you’ll find on the market. It has ACTUAL NATURAL ingredients (like all of the products in this line) and extracts from seeds that you can literally smell during use.

It’s not like many other products that use fragrances to cover up the dangerous ingredients used in its production. It’s more like the makers over at Pattern Beauty just chose the extracts and used them in the right way.

The smell of these products is a big part of the Pattern Beauty experience from what I’ve seen thus far.

II: SHOWER BRUSH

For gentle shower detangling…

Now, I’m going to stop them right there because I don’t know a type 4 natural, let alone a 4c natural who can honestly detangle their hair from root to tip while being in the shower. Who has the arm strength for that? Who has the patience for that?

I usually have to condition and detangle while sectioning off my hair prior to showering and washing, otherwise I would just be a matted up mess. But, I’m actually going to give this product a try and attempt to detangle while in the shower as it suggests to see if it works.

III: HAIR CLIP

I think it’s adorable that Tracee Ellis Ross included a hair clip in this bundle because hair accessories are necessary!

This will come in handy the most while sectioning off my hair and detangling.


I’M SUPER EXCITED TO LATHER THIS LINE ALL OVER MY HAIR!

I can’t at the moment because I am rocking a protective style (we all know how that goes), but wash day is always near, so I’ll be back to let you all know how my hair reacts to this line.

I have a feeling that my hair will simply love it! ➿

CII: Anise, Hard As Dips Nail Polish (Product Review)

Let’s be honest about the NEW Anise Hard As Dips, acrylic-like nail polish:

I’ve been a regular at the nail shop since high school. I usually get a full set with fiber glass and gel polish. But, during bar prep, I definitely was not going to spend an hour plus at the nail shop once every two weeks just to get my nails done!

So, I took a break. And, now that I’m back to life a little bit, I was thinking about whether I should go back to allowing others to care for my nails, or if I should start to try and care for them myself.

Now, of course I can’t give myself a full set and make it look like a “professional” did it, but I can get good tools and paint them to the best of my ability. I can even pretend like they are better than they actually are since they are the fruits of my labor. 😉

AND that’s where Anise comes in! I saw these while out shoe shopping with my sister so I picked them up to test them out.

I mean, if your product says that it lasts for 16 days and is as hard as dipping your nails, then I have to test that out! The odds of finding a gem that actually does what this polish suggests are slim so I had to make sure I didn’t miss it!

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BUT, DOES THE PRODUCT ACTUALLY DO WHAT IT SAYS?

Unfortunately, it does not!

I put the polish and it’s top coat on around Sunday and it was chipped and peeling by Friday (a 5 day turnaround). So, no it does not last for 16 days as it suggests.

It also does not harden, nor does it feel like your nails are protected like they do when they are dipped. It honestly just feels like a regular nail polish. It’s not as dull in color as a regular nail polish but it is definitely closer to a regular nail polish than a gel polish.

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This is what my nails were looking like midweek and I have to admit that I truly love the color. It’s a very close match to Passion by OPI which is my all time favorite nail color, next to black.

But, if you’re purchasing the product because you truly think that it’ll last, DON’T BECAUSE IT WON’T. If you’re buying it because you simply want a nice soft pink like this one, then definitely go for it because their color range is very nice!

Given that I like the colors, I’d definitely buy this product again, but I am happy to know the truth about its longevity, or lack thereof.

CI: My Favorite Suits, The Bargains & The Gains.

This post is all about keeping the workplace fashionable, and on a budget!

I enjoy bringing my style to each new workplace that I get the honor of gracing daily. On the days that I decide not to be lazy, I like to bring out the big guns — i.e. the suits!

I love a good suit, but I cannot lie, they are super expensive. As a longtime student (well, not anymore) I am constantly and probably forever, ballin’ on a budget.

So post is all about the Steals of Deals that I’ve acquired over time, and the mixes and matches that I’ve made out of them.

Blazer: Black Label by Evan Picone (regular $74.00, sale $39.99)

Trousers: Worthington

Shoes: Nine West (on sale $14.99)

I know this isn’t a full suit, and but a couple of separates. But, I mean, look at the combo! The blazer gives me complete Clueless vibes and the shoes are red hot. I love this combo especially the pants which have a solid crease down the middle.

Now, call me old school, but I still love a crease, and if my pants come with one

Two Piece Suit: Le Suit (regular $120, sale $54.99)

Shoes: Mix No. 6 (DSW $49.99)

This number is a sleeveless dress and a 3/4 sleeved blazer. I love the white accents on the suit and I think that they make the suit look super chic and sophisticated.

Suit: Zara — Tuxedo Suit; Blazer and Trousers sold separately ($150.00)

Top: Worthington

Shoes: Mix No. 6 (DSW $49.99)

This is definitely my favorite look from this post. I LOVE THIS SUIT.

I honestly call this one my Special Occassion Suit and I have only worn it once. This beauty has silk lapels as well as a silk tuxedo line down the sides of the trousers.

The trousers are high waisted and fit perfectly. Every time I put this suit on I feel presidential! I believe that everyone needs at least one of these badboys in their closet.

Now this suit was a gift from my Aunty Kim, so I honestly cannot tell you where it came from, but I mean, look at how cute these pleats are!

This suit is the perfect summertime outfit and I definitely enjoyed dressing it up like a was a girls scout. The top is Worthington and The Shoes are Old Navy.

Casual Friday anyone?

These fun, high-waisted and whimsey trousers are perfect when paired with a tucked-in top to show off the bunches and bow at the top. They are the epitome of a Casual Friday piece with huge pockets and a comfortable fit.

The Top: Worthington

Shoes: Nine West


As you can see, I’m into the same brands and labels because they are the brands and labels that I have found to be affordable, comfortable and very fashionable.

Literally anyone can be a fashionista! And you can do it on a budget.

Style, however, is a different story. I thoroughly enjoy my style, and, based on the compliments, others do too!

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed this workweek worth of style and the little peek into my closet. There’s plenty more to come!

C: #BlogHER, Influencers Summit!

The BlogHer Influencer’s Summit is around the corner! For those who don’t know, this is an annual event for female content creators.

It features motivating and inspiring speakers, fun engagement activities and the opportunity to meet content creators from around the globe!

The Speaker’s Hall of Fame is impressive in and of itself and includes names like: Serena Williams, Barack Obama, Gabrielle Union, Maria Menounos, and so many more!

Ah, what the heck, I can show you better than I can tell you!

AND LET US NOT FORGET SOME OF THIS YEAR’S SPEAKERS:

This is literally the event to be at if you are in the content creation world. WE ARE 28 DAYS AWAY and I am so sad to be missing out on this event. BUT, next year, time, money and patience permitting, I will be in full attendance.

I’m so ready to network with other creators who know what it’s like to consistently do what they love [and what they want] regardless of it others read it, like it or love it. I’m ready to be around people who know what it’s like to build a family of readers who care about the content and wait for a new post each week!

#BlogHer! I won’t meet you in Brooklyn, New York this year, but I will definitely meet you next year!

XCIX: Love Doesn't Always Win!

We are raised with the fairy tale versions of love and romance. Disney tells us watered-down versions of tragic stories that somehow end in love and not the tragedy that they really ended in, and television shows sell us versions of life that simply don’t exist anymore.

THE REALITY IS…

Rarely do you end up with the love of your life. Rarely do you end up not regretting your ultimate choices. What we miss in all of the Disney stories and TV shows is the fact that reality is much different. When you fight and that loneliness kicks in, the vulnerability kicks in harder and mistakes are made.

When you think that there is no fix to your relationship — because who shows up at your window with a radio playing you guys’ song anymore and apologizing — you take the easy road and you quit because there’s always someone who is also alone who will “help you through your break up”.

Next thing you know, you’re married and regret everything. Love does not “always win” anymore.

RESPONSIBILITY, TIMING, EASE, AND COMFORT ARE THE REAL WINNERS!

Responsibility

Sometimes, doing the right thing is hard and it means hurting 1, 2, or 3 people to ‘be the bigger person’. Sometimes you have to lose everything in the name of being responsible. And sometimes you have to live out everyday knowing full-well what you’ve done and why you’ve done it — you’re stuck. Not in love, but in life…

Timing

The less time you have to spend actually hurting, reflecting and healing, the better, right? These days lazy is the default.

I mean, who wants to sit around and think about the hurt that they’ve caused or actually grow up when they can just scroll down social media or look around and find someone who also doesn’t want to be alone. Next thing you know, we’re calling a fling of convenience “heaven sent” and timing wins again.

Ease

Don’t even have me ramble on in this section, we all know that we are sliding, full force, into the time of ease. Whatever’s easiest is usually the choice for MANY people, and, I mean, in the age of everyone needing attention there are very few people making things anything other than easy.

Comfort

Comfort kills.

And the thing about it is that the first thing that many people say is that they live outside of their comfort zones. But, I guarantee that if you spend one month with them (and not even that long) you will soon see that their comfort zone is their home. It’s all they know. And they are only fooling themselves.

Comfort is what keeps a lot of people where they are. It keeps them for going for what they actually want. It keeps them from trying. It keeps them from being honest. It keeps them from bliss.

But, let them tell it, 🎶comfort don’t live here anymore🎶. Lies.

WITH THESE THINGS BEING THE FACTS OF OUR DAY…

I don’t know whether I’m in full support of leaving any and all situations when they aren’t right or fighting for what you have. I can tell you that I used to fully advocate for fighting for what’s yours, fighting for what you’ve worked at, fighting for “love”.

But…

These days, people are so selfish with their decisions that they really make you have to fight for something that you should have already had! They’re so selfish that they expect any and all of their bad actions to go unpunished. They’re so selfish…

These days, all relationships give me pause — friendships, dating relationships, significant others, etc., with the way a lot of people play, I’ve learned that this game/joke that they’ve made out of love is NOT FOR ME.

so, I DON’T KNOW WHO NEEDS TO HEAR THIS, BUT:

Don’t be their fallback plan.

Don’t be their second choice.

Don’t be the reason that they’re “stuck”.

Don’t be the one who makes your children suffer through a bad marriage just to keep a marriage.

Don’t be the one who ignores all of the signs.

Don’t believe that love won’t knock on your door again.

Don’t convince yourself that you don’t deserve more.

Check yourself.

Check your spouse/partner/bf/gf.

Be real with yourself.

Be real with others.

Keep your head up.

Don’t you ever forget that Love is a privilege reserved for the victor.
— Eli Pope