YouTube Friday’s: Melanin HairCare New Product Demo

I don’t know about you but I’m loving this Fall weather and little bits of Summer as well. Fall is one of my favorite seasons if you didn’t know lol. I’m just excited to hopefully go apple and pumpkin picking with the family and just enjoy the amazing weather!

Today on my channel is a demo and review of the new product that Melanin HairCare just dropped, the African Black Soap Reviving Shampoo! I have been waiting on this brand to drop a shampoo and spoiler, it did not disappoint at all!

I’ve reviewed and demoed this Black Owned Business before on my channel and have been loving everything so far. I feel like this shampoo makes the collection complete and you can have a full wash day with all the products!

The Multi Use Leave In is not pictured

Again, I am working on doing a full detailed post reviewing this collection but I highly recommend checking them out like now lol! Enjoy the demo and also enjoy your weekend! See you guys Tuesday!

So What Now……

“The most disrespected person in America is the Black Woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black Woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black Woman” Malcolm X. I felt compelled to write how I feel after yesterday. If you have reservations about what I’m speaking about, please leave the negative comments to yourself.

I feel like I have no more tears left to cry, no more emotions to feel and just left feeling helpless. Yes 2020 has been a lot but in the black community, it has been tiring, frustrating and way too much. The fact that we have to experience all these hashtags, the videos of our own being murdered on social media and seeing that footage over and over, dealing with the ignorance of others is just too much. I’ve been feeling heavy and weighed down after the footage of George Floyd surfaced. It was so heartbreaking to watch and I literally cried for a week. Then hearing about Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Rayshard Brooks and so many more unarmed African Americans whose lives have been cut short and no justice. Now with this news about Breonna Taylor and we have been waiting for 6 month for justice is just enough. Her life mattered and she deserves more than this. Her life mattered more than the stupid magazine covers, billboards, t shirts, memes, songs, dumb social media challenges…she deserved justice. Like what else can we do? Why don’t our lives matter?

We have been protesting, making lists of black owned businesses to support, posting, crying, screaming, burning things down and no change. It feels like at times our lives will never matter, that we can do all of these things until we are blue in the face but it just feels like things will never change. I don’t want to keep living in fear, I don’t want to keep cringing and praying every time a cop car pulls up behind me, I don’t want to keep fearing for my life and everyone in my family when they leave the house. I am just tired of people’s ignorance, disregard for us, the racism, injustice, the hashtags, trying to be mentally sane and show up everyday when I am not okay….I AM TIRED AND NOT OKAY!!!

I know I can’t think like this. I know that things do have to change, things have to get better. I want our children to grow up in a better environment than this. It hurt for me to have to sit my son down with my husband and explain what is going on, he should be worrying about playing with his friends, video games and candy but this is the world we live in now. We can’t give into defeat and need to have more hope. I am just tired of waiting for change to come because it should of been here like yesterday. We are asking for more than the street painted with Black Lives Matter, the black squares from companies that still want the black dollar but don’t care about us, the blanket statements of “support” and we don’t hear anymore from you supporting us and so much more. I’ve noticed certain people get quiet when things like this come up or stop viewing what I post and speak about what is going on and my frustrations and about black lives matter. They were someone’s daughter, son, husband, brother sister, wife, cousin, mother, father, loved one…a human life that was tragically ended over nothing. More people should be outraged about this, they had a family who now left to grieve and have to constantly see the last moments of their loved on all over social media and the news. That is just so heartbreaking to me.

At this point, I am literally at a loss for words, feel like I can no longer cry, don’t know what to feel or do anymore. I just want things to change, get better, justice to be served and for our lives to matter along with everyone else. It doesn’t seem like too much to ask but at the same time seem impossible. I do may small part of making other aware of black owned businesses and supporting them more. I want to know what else can I do, how can I help my community more, how I can I just help?

Black Owned Business Feature: Ivy’s Tea Co

I believe I previously featured this amazing Black Owned Business on my previous platform but I had to do so again. After viewing the recent replay of the IG Live addressing the events that have happened, I had to highlight this business again. Sidenote, I started drafting this in August and got side tracked for some reason lol but I wanted to put this post out.

I believe I came across Ivy’s Tea Co in the beginning stage of the business or within the first year. I know I saw someone’s IG post and became interested. If you knew me back then, I was a heavy coffee drinker and drank nothing else but coffee. The last time I really drank tea was when my Grandmother was alive. I would have an occasional chai tea or green tea but it was mainly coffee.

I love the hip hop vibe and references of Ivy’s Tea Co. The names of the teas were super unique and dope and I love that all the ingredients were all natural. It wasn’t your typical bagged tea and the flavors were just so different in a good way. It was my first experience with loose leaf tea and it was just so good. I think some of the first teas I tried were Green Bae and Rise and Grind I believe. I was just blown away on deep the flavors were and the amazing benefits. I didn’t fully give up the coffee but I started incorporating tea into my daily life.

I love that there is a tea for everyone. There are teas to help with increasing energy, your mood, for those annoying cramps during the time of the month, to relax, for stress and so on. Most of these teas have helped me through stressful days at work, when that time of the month hits, to help me relax and for a boost of energy to get through the day.

Since the beginning of Ivy’s Tea Co, the brand has expanded to honeys, tea infusers, more teas and even trap china. The brand was even featured on Beyonce’s Black Parade list! I am just so proud of Shanae on how she continues to push forward with growing Ivy’s Tea Co despite what others say. She continues to mind her own black owned business and takes the time to educate us on the different herbs in her teas and herbs that are beneficial for our health. I really commend someone who keeps going despite all the obstacles that have been thrown in her way, she keeps her head up and presses forward.

So if you have not checked out Ivy’s Tea Co yet…umm what are you waiting for? You can visit the site and support right here: https://www.ivystea.com

YouTube Friday’s: Using My Makeup Stash

You know, I have a pretty nice stash of makeup that is currently collecting dust due to this pandemic lol. I wanted to start using my stash a little more for tutorials and rediscovering things that I forgot about.

In today’s tutorial, I’m am using a few products from Colourpop, Makeup Revolution, Elf and so much more. What are some beauty products that you have been rediscovering in your stash? Let me know. Have a great weekend and see you guys Tuesday!