A while back, this image showed up on my Pinterest feed. After reading the enthusiasm contained in the caption, I decided to file the image away for later.  I thought to myself that if I ever came across the item at Marshall's, I may give it a shot.

Fast forward a few months and I just so happened to be rummaging through the aisles at a random Marshall's.  There, staring back at me was a bottle of Pearl Essence Rose Water.  "Cool, I thought.....but I wonder if they have the cucumber version?"  Sure enough, they did!  After grabbing both bottles, I made my purchase which added to my facial mist collection.  

Little did I know that this facial spray would be one of my current favorites. 
What really drew me to this product was that cucumber water was high on the ingredient list.  Cucumber water is amazing for the skin.  It's loaded with nutrients such as vitamins A, B, & C, potassium, and magnesium. 

More importantly, they contain silica and sulfur, which are beauty minerals.  I don't come across many skin products with cucumber water as a top ingredient so I jumped at the chance. 

Once home, I immediately tested my green tinted mist to formulate a first impression.  Instantly, I fell in love with the scent.  It's very spa-like and invigorating.  Whenever I test out a new mist, I always touch my face afterward to determine if the liquid is simply wetting my face or if it's actually hydrating/moisturizing it.  

Once my skin soaked in the liquid, it left behind the nicest hint of moisture.  This is probably because of the glycerin and aloe.  Oh, did I also mention that the cucumber mist also contains witch hazel?  As we now know, witch hazel is a major beauty secret for dealing with acne breakouts.  A short time later, I peeked at the mirror again only to realize that the cucumber left my skin with the most amazing, natural looking flow.  I wasn't expecting that at all.  This sealed it for me. I was in love.

Not only does it contain quality ingredients, but you get a lot of product for the price (a full 8 ounces).  So when I posted a pic of the mist on Instagram, it was no surprise that a few of you came in the comments praising the goodness of this beauty essential.  If you have a Marshall's/TJMaxx or something similar in your town, stop in and grab a bottle.  Even if you aren't lucky enough to score one for under $10.00, you can find them online.  

Yes, they're a bit higher in price, but when you compare to other facial mists, it's worth the investment. 


Nellie Robert
Okay Ladies, it's Black History Month and since we're always ready for an opportunity to feel ourselves, why not with a new look? UK makeup vlogger Nellie Robert definitely had us in mind when she came up with this one! The fro, the yellow glittery gold eyelids (that she will show you how to execute in the video), the earrings, are all a WIN. Who knows, maybe this can be your I'm-going-to-kill-it-watching-Black-Panther look! Oh, and if you like, show her some love by sharing, leaving a comment and/or subscribing to her channel...

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By Erickka Sy Savané

Young, Ivorian artist Latitia Ky is someone to watch. Using hair (yes hair!) she's creating beautiful, thought-provoking images to spread body positivity and draw attention to the subtle and not-so-subtle ways that we body shame young girls. Here's a story, in her own words, taken from her IG that may have you thinking differently about some of the ways that you may be body shaming a young girl without even knowing it. 


Via IG
Latitia writes of this image via her IG: 
I never struggled with my body, I always liked it. What I never liked were the comments. In relation to my body I have big boobs, which is not the problem even if I'm not always happy with them. People might think, I should be and even if I am very Ok. with that the most time, it's not always funny. When i was younger (about 14), many people, especially women called me a whore, for just having them. I often got told that I am too slutty and my shirts are too sexy. The thing is, i never wore anything the others don't, just normal shirts, it just looked different on me. People won't belive how many adult (in my case women) assault young teenager girls. When you are 14 and haven't even thought about sex, being a "whore" really confuses. In the other case for the men you're also just boobs, nothing else. It's the only thing they can see. 
I don't dress nondescript, I don't want to. I can't see why I should dress very careful just because anybody feels attacked by my body. I wear what I like, and I do what I like, not to impress any men, not to be "sexy" for society. I do it just for me because I want to.
Commenters could definitely relate...

--"I feel this story personally because I know what it feels like even though I am only 14"

--"It's nice to know that people experience and have experienced the same things as me at such a young age... People think I'm "asking" for attention when all I want is the opposite. I've been going through this since I was 11, and it's been getting worse recently. I'm slowly learning to love myself and accept myself for the way I am."

--"I've had similar experiences my whole life and its nice to hear I'm not alone. I've been told such things even from family members and its shocking and it hurts. My whole life I've heard stuff about my body because I'm curvier and honestly this whole series us amazing. It's such a blessing to hear that other people understand and have been there too."

--"You’re amazing!! This art brings me joy and I even share with my 9 year old daughter!!"

Via IG
Latitia also writes that she was shamed in her teens for being too skinny.
"Does she eat?" "I feel like she's going to break," "she looks like she is sick" "she's awful."
"When I was 18, a lot of things changed for me. I have met, discovered people and experienced events that helped me to love myself as I am, and this growing self-confidence in my physicality has affected my entire life. I started to dream, to have projects and to believe that i was able to achieve them despite my limitations.
Read more of this extremely intelligent young woman's posts on her instagram page and share them with a teen who might need to hear what she has to say!

Were you body shamed as a teen for being too skinny or too developed? 

Erickka Sy Savané is managing editor of CurlyNikki.com, a wife, mom, and freelance writer based in Jersey, City, NJ. Her work has appeared in Essence.comEbony.com, Madamenoire.com, xoNecole.com, and more. When she’s not writing...wait, she’s always writing! Follow her on Twitter, Instagram or  ErickkaSySavane.com

Goddess Abiola Abrams 
A lot of people talk-the-talk, but they don't necessarily walk-the-walk. So when someone like Abiola Abrams comes along with a smile that could light up the darkest sky, you know that she's the real deal. Find out how this transformational speaker, author, advice columnist, media personality and Spiritpreneur coach stays motivated, what products she uses on her gorgeous hair, and how her beautiful, afro-wearing Aunt from Guyana influenced her growing up!

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What do you do and why do you love it?
Hi there, Curlies! I love Curly Nikki and I am so honored to be part of this column. I’m Abiola, founder of Womanifesting.com, born in NYC of Guyanese parents. I help spirit-led women leaders - coaches, healers, creative priestesses - to step greater into personal power, reach more people than ever before, and build lives of freedom and abundance. I do this through coaching, courses, award-winning books and affirmation cards, and events, like my 2018 Goddess Pray Love Feminine Power Retreat to Belize.

I say all the time that I have created the BEST job in the world. In the past 12 months, my kinky-curly-coily Afro and I have: led my Abundance Pray Love Retreat in Bali, spoken at the College of Psychic Studies in London, meditated at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, spoken in the Bahamas at the Creativepreneur Summit, and this year’s Goddess Pray Love Retreat to Belize will allow us to work with Garifuna and Mayan healers and bellydance, meditate and pray in the jungle. YES!!


What motivates you?
I think we have a sacred duty to have each other’s backs.
My work - holding space for us to evolve - really is my ministry. My YouTube channel houses my self-love sermons. Every Sunday morning on my Facebook page we have church in Goddess Temple Sunday. In my Facebook groups we pray, meditate and share inspiration in a safe container for creative women, coaches, and healers -- to build their businesses and build their lives. I try to share more than just the fun and highlights on my Instagram (@abiolaTV) because we are all in this together.

My great-grandmother was a midwife and women’s fertility healer in Guyana, South America. I am the first person in my family born in the United States. She helped women to give birth to their babies and I help us to give birth to ourselves.

 What's been the best part of your natural hair journey?
I created the African Goddess Affirmation Cards because I couldn’t find any decks that looked like me. These cards feature goddesses from throughout the African diaspora. They also feature beautiful contemporary African goddess art, in all shades of US from cafe au lait to the deepest ebony, with all shades of our hair from tight luscious kinks to bountiful curls.

The fact that people contact me from around the world and say, your African Goddess Affirmation Cards make me feel beautiful inspires me!! This year, a matching journal and second edition is coming.

How did you discover your passion?
My passion has always been there. It just took different forms. I was just having this conversation with one of my coaching clients who expressed feeling overwhelmed at not having everything all figured out. Nobody has it all figured out! As an international retreat leader, Spiritpreneur coach, transformational speaker, media personality and author, it may sound like I do a lot of things, but I only do one thing. I help us to have a voice, to be seen and to be heard. I feel like I was doing the same thing when I was in a rap group when I was 16, when I was hosting TV shows when I was younger, when I was directing art films. It was all the same. My passion is being a “Goddess Spiritpreneur” -- and as corny as that sounds, I am passionate about helping us as women to be who we were born to be.


How do you stay healthy?
As a spiritual teacher and student, what I eat is very much a part of my spiritual practice. I also have an unhealthy history with food, so I try to be intentional about what I eat but not excessive. I was a raw vegan for a while, but that wasn't the best for my body so now I am a vegetarian. I grew up in a plant-based household so this comes very easy to me. My workout of choice is kettlebells. I can't get enough. I have a personal goal of one day getting a yoga certification -- but that hasn't happened yet and I'm not even close!!

What do you do for fun?
A lot of my work is fun for me, so I don't think I have what others would consider a healthy work-life balance at all. I do have beautiful work-life harmony. For fun, travel is HUGE to me. I have been to 47 of the 50 states and countries from Guyana to Germany. I love to dance, watch great movies, have meaningful conversations with beautiful people, hang out out with people I love, laugh, meditate, play with crystals, cook and eat soul-nourishing food. I am also a huge nerd so I love to write and read, am WAY into stationery and planner swag, and crafty fun like vision boarding.



How has having natural hair contributed to your life? 

We were all taught, “your hair is your crown and glory.” Having eczema on my scalp as a teen made me feel ugly. But actually YOU are your own crown and glory. We are the crown and glory, bald, weave, long hair don’t care, kinky, curly, coily, bobbed straight and everything in between. My free self-love gift for Curly Nikki readers is my Chakras on Fleek Meditation Album:

What products do you use on your hair?
Here are some of the products that I recommend from my hair care regimen:
Pre-Pre-Poo Detangling: Pantene Gold Series Detangling Milk
Pre-Poo: Coconut Oil/Olive Oil
Shampoo: As I Am Coconut Cleansing Conditioner
Conditioner: SheaMoisture® Community Commerce Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque
Leave in: Carol's Daughter Almond Milk Leave-in Conditioner
Daily Maintenance: Cantu Shea Butter Curling Creme
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Styling: Camille Rose Naturals Style Maker
Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Curl Defining Crème Glaze
Carol's Daughter® Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Hair Smoothie
Natural Hair Clip-Ins: HerGiven Hair


Did you have any positive hair role models growing up?
My beautiful mom and my aunts had these glorious afros back in the day, but I only got to enjoy those in photos. By the 80s, all of the women in my family had jherri curls.

But I have a powerful memory of my Aunt Wendy coming to babysit me on breaks, when she came from Guyana to attend Tuskegee. I didn’t know at the time that she was bullied for her gorgeous ebony skin by the other students, just after the height of the Black Power movement. But when she came to take me out, I was allowed as a toddler to have my hair combed out into an afro like hers. And I got to wear a special sundress called “my Afro dress.” And my Aunt Silvy ALWAYS rocked a stunning, close cropped wash and go fro in colors from midnight to copper.

I look at photos of my mom and aunts in their 70s fros and feel beautiful and invincible. Just this morning, I was about to beat myself up for not having my next book out yet. Then I looked at these women with halo hair and said, “All is well!”

If you want to see Abiola answer our Naturally Glam questions live check out the video! 
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If you'd like to be featured in Naturally Glam submit your photos to [email protected] and answer these questions:

1) Where are you from/live and how long have you been natural?
2) What products do you use on your hair?
3) If you have a business, are in school, have a blog, products you sell, a job in a field you'd like to talk about, have initiatives and organizations you'd like to highlight, advice to give, or family that you are proud of and want to share, please do.
4) How has having natural hair contributed to your life? Your self-esteem?
5) What's been the best part of your natural hair journey or your hair journey in general?
6) What do you do for fun?
7) How do you stay healthy 

Goddess Abiola Abrams 
A lot of people talk-the-talk, but they don't necessarily walk-the-walk. So when someone like Abiola Abrams comes along with a smile that could light up the darkest sky, you know that she's the real deal. Find out how this transformational speaker, author, advice columnist, media personality and Spiritpreneur coach stays motivated, what products she uses on her gorgeous hair, and how her beautiful, afro-wearing Aunt from Guyana influenced her growing up!

Continue


What do you do and why do you love it?
Hi there, Curlies! I love Curly Nikki and I am so honored to be part of this column. I’m Abiola, founder of Womanifesting.com, born in NYC of Guyanese parents. I help spirit-led women leaders - coaches, healers, creative priestesses - to step greater into personal power, reach more people than ever before, and build lives of freedom and abundance. I do this through coaching, courses, award-winning books and affirmation cards, and events, like my 2018 Goddess Pray Love Feminine Power Retreat to Belize.

I say all the time that I have created the BEST job in the world. In the past 12 months, my kinky-curly-coily Afro and I have: led my Abundance Pray Love Retreat in Bali, spoken at the College of Psychic Studies in London, meditated at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, spoken in the Bahamas at the Creativepreneur Summit, and this year’s Goddess Pray Love Retreat to Belize will allow us to work with Garifuna and Mayan healers and bellydance, meditate and pray in the jungle. YES!!


What motivates you?
I think we have a sacred duty to have each other’s backs.
My work - holding space for us to evolve - really is my ministry. My YouTube channel houses my self-love sermons. Every Sunday morning on my Facebook page we have church in Goddess Temple Sunday. In my Facebook groups we pray, meditate and share inspiration in a safe container for creative women, coaches, and healers -- to build their businesses and build their lives. I try to share more than just the fun and highlights on my Instagram (@abiolaTV) because we are all in this together.

My great-grandmother was a midwife and women’s fertility healer in Guyana, South America. I am the first person in my family born in the United States. She helped women to give birth to their babies and I help us to give birth to ourselves.

 What's been the best part of your natural hair journey?
I created the African Goddess Affirmation Cards because I couldn’t find any decks that looked like me. These cards feature goddesses from throughout the African diaspora. They also feature beautiful contemporary African goddess art, in all shades of US from cafe au lait to the deepest ebony, with all shades of our hair from tight luscious kinks to bountiful curls.

The fact that people contact me from around the world and say, your African Goddess Affirmation Cards make me feel beautiful inspires me!! This year, a matching journal and second edition is coming.

How did you discover your passion?
My passion has always been there. It just took different forms. I was just having this conversation with one of my coaching clients who expressed feeling overwhelmed at not having everything all figured out. Nobody has it all figured out! As an international retreat leader, Spiritpreneur coach, transformational speaker, media personality and author, it may sound like I do a lot of things, but I only do one thing. I help us to have a voice, to be seen and to be heard. I feel like I was doing the same thing when I was in a rap group when I was 16, when I was hosting TV shows when I was younger, when I was directing art films. It was all the same. My passion is being a “Goddess Spiritpreneur” -- and as corny as that sounds, I am passionate about helping us as women to be who we were born to be.


How do you stay healthy?
As a spiritual teacher and student, what I eat is very much a part of my spiritual practice. I also have an unhealthy history with food, so I try to be intentional about what I eat but not excessive. I was a raw vegan for a while, but that wasn't the best for my body so now I am a vegetarian. I grew up in a plant-based household so this comes very easy to me. My workout of choice is kettlebells. I can't get enough. I have a personal goal of one day getting a yoga certification -- but that hasn't happened yet and I'm not even close!!

What do you do for fun?
A lot of my work is fun for me, so I don't think I have what others would consider a healthy work-life balance at all. I do have beautiful work-life harmony. For fun, travel is HUGE to me. I have been to 47 of the 50 states and countries from Guyana to Germany. I love to dance, watch great movies, have meaningful conversations with beautiful people, hang out out with people I love, laugh, meditate, play with crystals, cook and eat soul-nourishing food. I am also a huge nerd so I love to write and read, am WAY into stationery and planner swag, and crafty fun like vision boarding.



How has having natural hair contributed to your life? 

We were all taught, “your hair is your crown and glory.” Having eczema on my scalp as a teen made me feel ugly. But actually YOU are your own crown and glory. We are the crown and glory, bald, weave, long hair don’t care, kinky, curly, coily, bobbed straight and everything in between. My free self-love gift for Curly Nikki readers is my Chakras on Fleek Meditation Album:

What products do you use on your hair?
Here are some of the products that I recommend from my hair care regimen:
Pre-Pre-Poo Detangling: Pantene Gold Series Detangling Milk
Pre-Poo: Coconut Oil/Olive Oil
Shampoo: As I Am Coconut Cleansing Conditioner
Conditioner: SheaMoisture® Community Commerce Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque
Leave in: Carol's Daughter Almond Milk Leave-in Conditioner
Daily Maintenance: Cantu Shea Butter Curling Creme
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Styling: Camille Rose Naturals Style Maker
Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Curl Defining Crème Glaze
Carol's Daughter® Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Hair Smoothie
Natural Hair Clip-Ins: HerGiven Hair


Did you have any positive hair role models growing up?
My beautiful mom and my aunts had these glorious afros back in the day, but I only got to enjoy those in photos. By the 80s, all of the women in my family had jherri curls.

But I have a powerful memory of my Aunt Wendy coming to babysit me on breaks, when she came from Guyana to attend Tuskegee. I didn’t know at the time that she was bullied for her gorgeous ebony skin by the other students, just after the height of the Black Power movement. But when she came to take me out, I was allowed as a toddler to have my hair combed out into an afro like hers. And I got to wear a special sundress called “my Afro dress.” And my Aunt Silvy ALWAYS rocked a stunning, close cropped wash and go fro in colors from midnight to copper.

I look at photos of my mom and aunts in their 70s fros and feel beautiful and invincible. Just this morning, I was about to beat myself up for not having my next book out yet. Then I looked at these women with halo hair and said, “All is well!”

If you want to see Abiola answer our Naturally Glam questions live check out the video! 
********
If you'd like to be featured in Naturally Glam submit your photos to [email protected] and answer these questions:

1) Where are you from/live and how long have you been natural?
2) What products do you use on your hair?
3) If you have a business, are in school, have a blog, products you sell, a job in a field you'd like to talk about, have initiatives and organizations you'd like to highlight, advice to give, or family that you are proud of and want to share, please do.
4) How has having natural hair contributed to your life? Your self-esteem?
5) What's been the best part of your natural hair journey or your hair journey in general?
6) What do you do for fun?
7) How do you stay healthy