Nubian Heritage Lotion Roundup Review

I’m all about lotions that are natural and cruelty free! Thankfully, I’ve been able to find some amazing options and Nubian Heritage is one of them! They sent me the most GENEROUS care package chock full of goodies for my skin. So generous in fact that this is one of three reviews to come. I don’t know about you guys and gals out there but summer takes just a much of a toll on my skin as the winter does. So I’m always looking for a moisturizer that lasts without turning my skin into a slip and slide. 

Can you get over this amazing care package???

Can you get over this amazing care package???

Of their lotions, I was able to try the Lemongrass and Tea Tree Cold-pressed Shea Butter, Raw Shea Butter Lotion with Frankincense and Myrrh, and the Lavender and Shea hand cream. I loved the simple packaging and the wholesome and simple start this company had. I also like the fact that almost all of their products are offered at a very reasonable price of $20.00 or under. Their shea butter is also sourced ethically and benefits women’s co-op’s in Northern Ghana. So, the behind the scenes action is just as authentic as the products themselves. Let’s get lotioned up, shall we?

These lotions are love!

These lotions are love!

 

 Lavender & Wildflower Hand Cream: This hand cream is thick and silky without making your hands greasy. It absorbed fast and had a light, fresh scent that…I swear…helps me sleep better at night. Another key ingredient is the Aloe Vera which helps to soothe hands and skin, especially if they are irritated from the sun or hot weather. I love using this before I go to work and after a shower in the evening. Even after washing my hands, this lotion stays on for a long time leaving my hands feeling deliciously smooth.

 Raw Shea Butter Body Lotion: I loved using this Shea Butter Body Lotion. In addition to Raw Shea Butter, this lotion also contains Soy Milk, Cocoa Seed Butter, and Honeysuckle Oil. The scent of the Shea mixed in with the Frankincense and Myrrh reminds me of Christmas. I actually don’t wear perfume at all since the scent is strong enough that you don’t need anything extra. The formula is thick and a little bit goes a long way. I use a dime-sized dollop for each leg and half that amount for each arm. For me, a lotion’s “worth” is proven once I use it on my freshly shaven legs. This lotion is gentle on my skin after shaving and soaks in quickly. I love that it doesn’t sting or burn and soothes the skin. 

 Cold Pressed Shea Butter with Lemongrass and Tea Tree: This product has literally three ingredients which I LOVE! I tend to use this product at night since it is concentrated Shea Butter and after I shave my legs. I love how rich and luxurious it feels on my skin. This product needs a bit of love when you scoop it out of the round container. Warm it in your hands to make it pliable and spread it on your dry bits. The scent is earthy and fresh. I love this clean scent!

I love that all of these lotions are sourced ethically. Since going completely cruelty free, I like to do my research and see how the companies treat their suppliers and employees. I love that Nubian Heritage truly believes in giving back and that they started out small in Harlem (which is less than 90 minutes from where I live!) I love that women and under-served communities are put at the forefront of the company’s mission. For me, this cruelty free company is where it’s at! 

 Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration.  I was not in any other way compensated for this post. All reviews are 100% honest and of my own opinion.

Product Review: Firmoo Glasses

I started wearing specs when I was at the tender age of nine. It was 1996 and the larger your classes were (with thin barely there frames), the more stylish you looked. Times have changed, huh? I went from giant round glasses, to almond shaped black wire frames, to the thick black rimmed style I have now. Recently, Firmoo contacted me and I received the opportunity to check out some of their amazing styles. I love thick, square glasses, so when I saw all of the options Firmoo had, I was excited to start shopping. I’m not one to change up shapes, but I do love to change colors! So, I chose a simple shade of Burgundy since that still matches a lot of my style and colors I wear. 

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They came with a nice hard case (with a pretty cool world print on them) and with a soft cloth to clean the lenses. I love how the burgundy color is subtle but still adds a bit of character. My go-to black frames are me playing it safe whereas with these babies, I can step out of the box!

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Love the shape and the color!

 I wore them to work the other day to test them on the road. I love how they fit and how comfortable they are around my temples. Anyone who wears glasses knows that tightness around the sides = insta-headache. Not so with this style. It’s comfortable, secure, and flattering!

Firmoo was really great to order from since the website is so user-friendly and easy to navigate. Customer service was great and updated me each step of the way, too. Firmoo also offers prescription sunglasses which are just as reasonably priced and stylish. So, if you wear your glasses in the sun or in the shade, this website offers one stop shopping!

Best of all, when you spend $39.00 or more, you get free shipping with the code FREESHIP. 

Have you ever ordered glasses online? It sure beats waiting at the doctor’s office!

 Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration.  I was not in any other way compensated for this post. All reviews are 100% honest and of my own opinion.

Quinoa Black Bean Burger (It’s Vegan!)

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It might not look too crazy, but this baby is bursting with flavor!

This summer has given me so many creative eating experiences! Keith and I have been entertaining often, and when it’s a smaller crowd we like to turn up the hipster heat and make our own veggie burgers. After trying three different recipes (and me sampling them), we finalized and tweaked this simple quinoa-based burger with some chili pepper and sun-dried tomatoes.

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers
Serves 8
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208 calories
38 g
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9 g
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96 g
316 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
96g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208
Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
4%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 316mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 38g
13%
Dietary Fiber 5g
20%
Sugars 4g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
9%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup quinoa
  2. 1 small onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  3. 6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped (¼ cup)
  4. 1½ cups cooked black beans, or 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced ( about 2 tsp.)
  6. 1 tsp. chili powder
  7. 8 whole-grain hamburger buns
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Stir together quinoa and 1½ cups water in small saucepan, and season with salt, if desired. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. (You should have 1½ cups cooked quinoa.)
  2. Meanwhile, place onion and sun-dried tomatoes in medium nonstick skillet, and cook over medium heat. (The oil left on the tomatoes should be enough to sauté the onion.) Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until onion has softened. Stir in ¾ cup black beans, garlic, steak seasoning, and 1½ cups water. Simmer 9 to 11 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.
  3. Transfer bean-onion mixture to food processor, add ¾ cup cooked quinoa, and process until smooth. Transfer to bowl, and stir in remaining ¾ cup quinoa and remaining ¾ cup black beans. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F, and generously coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Shape bean mixture into 8 patties (½ cup each), and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, or until patties are crisp on top. Flip patties with spatula, and bake 10 minutes more, or until both sides are crisp and brown. Serve on buns.
Notes
  1. Instead of cooking the burgers as mentioned above, you can also bake for 10 minutes on each side and then grill for 10 on your grill for a smokey flavor.
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We make these all summer long. They’re easy, cheap, and they hold together nicely. I top mine with some grilled vidalia onion and a little bit of lettuce. Do you eat veggie burgers? Have you ever made your own?

Three Easy Summer Outfit Must-Haves

I’m so ready for summer even though I’m spending my summer working like a nut! Despite my packed schedule, I have still made time to host and attend some great parties and BBQs. This week we’re celebrating a lot since the beach is down the street and that’s where my town shoots off the fireworks. To stay cool while also looking stylish, I have a few key pieces that I rely on…paired with some awesome, basic accessories.

The Flowy Linen Pant

 

I became obsessed with Linen this spring. It’s airy, fun, and I love a good wide leg pant. These khakis are what I’ll be rocking when I host MY fourth of July picnic. Since I’ll be running around, I’ll add on a simple black flowy tank and comfy flats. But, because I like a whole, complete look, I’ll pile on one or two bangles and minimal makeup.

The Dress

 

When it comes to going to someone ELSE’s get together, I like to be a bit more casual. It probably seems strange, but I like to kick up the fashion notch a bit when I am running the show. This dress is perfect for being the relaxed (but ready to help, note the shoes) cookout guest. Its fun colors remind me of a sunset, and the pattern looks good on just about everyone. When I’m a guest I also like to bring a small, drama free bag and a good pair of shades. Who knows whether you’ll be outside or in?

The Shorts and Burnout Tee

This look has two feature pieces that I am OBSESSED with. I love a dark denim short and I love a burnout tee. It’s effortless and easy. If you’re not a dress girl, or you know that the crowd is much more casual, this look is key. I like the longer short for family parties or work functions. No matter what kind of legs you have, the daisy dukes need to stay home if you’re with a more reserved crowd. These shades are from my own collection and give a little bit of spice to the otherwise basic outfit. 

How many parties do you have coming up this weekend? What will you wear? 

Product Review: Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum

If you’re been reading my blog for a while, you know that Radical Skincare was one of the first cruelty free beauty companies that I got the chance to work with. I was sent yet another amazing product to try out and couldn’t wait to share it with you all. This time, I’m reviewing their Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum

First, here is what Radical has to say about this product:

ONE SERUM for all skintypes, all ages, all ethnic origins to fight 16 identified causes of aging. The triple potency action of Trylacel™ technology in a complete, universal and multi-tasking serum designed to achieve fast and visible results. 13 active ingredients chosen for their efficacy ,their ability to work in synergy, their clinical results to reduce the deepest wrinkles, even skin-tone, improve skin elasticity and firmness. Feel and see Radical results : increased hydration and comfort, less wrinkles, and reduced wrinkle depth, improved skin firmness and density, more even complexion, better protection due to broad spectrum antioxidants.

Their claim that this is the ONE serum is pretty spot on. I didn’t use any other skincare products and my skin looked and felt great. The consistency is light and almost pearlescent. I thought it would have a bit of a tint to it, but it doesn’t. The color of the product does not show up on the skin. Immediately, I had a dewy, summer complexion and a nice base for my makeup. 

radical First impression? I loved the silver, sleek packaging. It caught m eye and fit nicely in my hand. I also loved the handwritten note from the ladies behind the brand. I don’t care of EVERYONE gets a hand written note, I like that the time has been taken to do it. It adds a personal touch to any product. 

Next up, the ingredients! This serum contains Coffee Seed Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Cranberry Seed Extract, Jojoba, and Rosemary Extract. What a bouquet of amazing ingredients. The oils conditioned my skin and the extracts give a fresh scent that doesn’t overpower you. The Advanced Antioxidant Peptide Serum is also equipped with Trylacel Technology meaning that it fights the 16 causes of aging with three amazing methods. 1) Antioxidants, 2) Repairing Damage, and 3) Calming the skin.

I used this product in the morning as a base for my makeup and found that my skin was definitely smoother! I didn’t notice too many drastic changes, but I looked brighter and my skin tone was definitely more even. This product isn’t what I would call budget friendly, so I would most likely recommend this to someone over the age of 35.  Want to try some of Radical’s products? I recommend their Exfoliating Pads or their Revitalizing Mask!

 Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration.  I was not in any other way compensated for this post. All reviews are 100% honest and of my own opinion.

 

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