Cacao Powder Foundation Revisited

in , , by FroBunni, Sunday, June 29, 2014

Before and after: my skin looks a lot fresher, matter, and my blemishes are blurred

Remember this post; it's one of the more popular posts on my blog, which is great! But I realized something, I don't have a before or after to compare the results of my bare face vs. my face with cacao powder. I actually didn't intend to make a post like this, but this morning, I was taking selfies of my bare face, and just felt like it didn't look right. I had been slacking the past couple of weeks on using my Pineapple Enzyme Face Mask, as well as suffer from a few pimples, so I had a bit more acne scars than usual. Since I was going to brunch with my mom, I wanted to look a bit more fresh faced, so before we left, I put the cacao powder on my face, some mascara on my eyelashes, and snapped a few more pics. And voila, an unexpected FroBunni post!

Since I made the original post, some things have changed to my all natural foundation. For one, I got rid of the rice flour. It actually made the foundation clumpy after awhile, and was a bit grainy on my skin. The cacao powder blends right in evening out my skin, and except for the faint smell of chocolate (which I am ok with), I can't feel anything on my face.

I've also learned more about the benefits of cacao powder: antioxidant, physical sunscreen (provides a physical barrier that blocks UVA and UVB rays), helps prevent acne breakouts, and mattifies skin. All in all, this a keeper in my beauty regimen. I just loved it then and I still love it now!

Pescatarian Recipes

in , , by FroBunni, Thursday, June 19, 2014
In light of going (mostly) pescatarian, I was on overdrive on Pinterest pining as many recipes as possible to give me ideas.

Bistro Salad with Eggs, Peas and Bacon - I found this salad in Self magazine and it looks absolutely delicious. I will either nix the bacon completely or replace it with some chopped, caramelized shrimp
Bistro Salad with Eggs, Peas and Bacon

Coconut Milk Alfredo Sauce - I love alfredo sauce, and the first thing I did when I was thinking of removing dairy from my diet was find a milk/cream-free way of making alfedo sauce. Well lucky for me, coconut milk exists. I can't wait to try this!
Coconut Milk Alfredo Sauce

Harvest Grilled-Chicken Salad - Another salad recipe I found in Self magazine. I can't really picture blue cheese working well with seafood, and since quinoa has a lot of protein on its own, I can just eat this vegetarian style.
Harvest Grilled-Chicken Salad

Lemon-Ricotta Pasta with Seared Scallops - I absolutely love scallops and they're very sustainable in regards to the environment. My seafood board on Pinterest has a ton of seafood recipes. I just have to try this one first!
Lemon-Ricotta Pasta with Seared Scallops

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Baked Salmon - I've had many people tell me that sriracha sauce is the truth, so why not test it out on one of my favorite fishes, salmon.
Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Baked Salmon

A Sugar Fiend goes Pescatarian

in , by FroBunni, Thursday, June 19, 2014

Remember this post…well, yeah, I failed, lol. I went back to sugar quickly afterwards and honestly, I'm ok with it. I like sugar and it's a staple in my diet. But I'm not stupid, I realize that sugar is an evil, so I decided if I'm keeping sugar in my diet, I need to clean up the rest of my diet and get rid of other "evils." This means I'm going mostly pescatarian and dairy-free.

This means no more chicken (which I'm ok with, chicken really isn't my favorite meat) and almost no red meat. I can't give up red meat fully. I like a good bacon cheeseburger, but luckily for me, I don't need one every week. More like every 6 months or so. I also enjoy ham on Christmas and Easter a bit too much to say goodbye forever. And along with that eggnog is staying too. It's pretty much my beverage of choice during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. I'm giving up yogurt but cheese is staying in my diet as well. I won't consider removing it because polenta without cheese is a sin…so in short, I'm mostly pescatarian and dairy-free. I tried light coconut milk as a milk replacement in my coffee this morning, it was good. I could barely tell it wasn't milk. I can totally do this!

My Natural Hair Regimen

in , by FroBunni, Monday, June 16, 2014
I spoke briefly on my natural hair regimen in my feature on Black Hair Information, but I wanted to go over it in more detail on my blog.

Hair Products

  • Honey
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Extra virgin coconut oil
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Clay
  • Baking soda
  • Giovanni Direct leave in
  • Giovanni Smooth as Silk conditioner
  • Giovanni Smooth as Silk Protein Hair Infusion
  • Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor

Wash Day

In an 8oz applicator bottle, mix 3 tablespoons baking soda, 1 oz. aloe vera gel, and fill the rest with water. Wash hair as normal with the baking soda mix. Rinse, and apply Giovanni Smooth as Silk conditioner, leave on hair for at least 3 minutes. Detangle if necessary and rinse. In a bottle, mix equal parts coconut oil and olive oil (you may need to melt the coconut oil in microwave for 10 seconds first). Apply oil mix to hair. Apply Giovanni direct leave-in to hair and seal. I will do 2-strand twists, braids for a braid out, or foam rollers for a roller set.

During the Week

Nine times out of ten, I wear my natural hair stretched. There are two main ways I do this. The first is by doing a foam roller set. The night after I wear my roller set, I low bun my hair and the next day, it is straight. The other method is by doing a braid out, and again, the night after, I low bun my hair to make it straight the next day. Every night, I moisturize, seal, and low bun.


Clay Wash
I do a clay wash when I want to wear a wash n go. The clay wash cleanses my scalp while also encourages my curls to clump. In an 8oz applicator bottle, mix 2oz of clay with 6oz of water. Shake the bottle to make sure it is mixed well. Wash hair as you normally would with the clay wash. Leave on hair for at least 5 min. Rinse and apply coconut and olive oil mix.

Deep Conditioner: I try to deep condition once a month. Since I moisturize and seal every night, I find that I don't need to do it every time I wash.
Deep conditioner mix #1: Mix 2 heaping spoonfuls of Greek yogurt, 3 tablespoons of honey, and 1/8 cup of aloe vera gel. Apply to hair and leave on for 1-2 hours. Rinse, wash and style hair as normal.
Deep conditioner mix #2: Mix 1/8 cup of olive oil with 3 tablespoons of honey. Apply to hair and leave on for 1-2 hours. Rinse, wash and style hair as normal.

I don't cowash often, and cowashing with just conditioner or a cleansing conditioner does not work on my hair and scalp. It leaves buildup and my hair still smells, so I have to add baking soda. I mix Giovanni conditioner, 3 teaspoons of baking soda, aloe vera gel, and olive oil. I wash my hair with the cowash mix and rinse, apply my oil mix, and style.

Headwrap to Work?

in , by FroBunni, Sunday, June 15, 2014
should i wear a head wrap to work
(Ignore my open closet in the background…and yes, it is organized by color)

Yesterday, for the first time ever, I tried a head wrap. I really liked it, but I am debating whether I can wear this style at work or not. My job is not as stringent or conservative with work attire (no shorts, but people have worn capris). I'm really itching to put my natural hair away for a week or two. Since my hair is longer, I am not as fond of two-strand twists as a protective hairstyle (they look really scalp-y on my low density hair). I will test it this upcoming (casual) Friday and see how it is received before doing it during the rest of the week.

What do you think? Is a head wrap work appropriate?