Top 5 FroBunni Posts of 2015

in , by FroBunni, Thursday, December 31, 2015
Liquid amino acids, protective styles, and moisturized hair! These are the posts that you have kept coming back to in 2015!

Liquid Amino Acids Results on Natural Hair
Liquid Amino Acids Results on Natural Hair: I had always wanted to try liquid amino acids, and finally got the chance. And the results and effects on my hair are pure perfection!

Black in America | The Dark Skin, Long Hair Paradox
Black in America | The Dark Skin, Long Hair Paradox: An honest op-ed about being black with long hair and the stereotypes that come with it.

Protective hairstyles on short natural hair without weave
Protective hairstyles on short natural hair without weave: People always assume protective style equals weave, but it doesn't have to. These naturals help you protect your hair without buying any.

5 Tips on Getting Long Hair Longer
5 Tips on Getting Long Hair Longer: Growing my hair to hip length has been a challenge, but these tips have been helping me make my goal.

5 Easy Tips to Keep Natural Hair Moisturized
5 Easy Tips to Keep Natural Hair Moisturized: Originally written for a natural hair group on Facebook, this post gives wonderful tips for keeping hair moisturized!

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The Effects of Long-Term Baking Soda Use on my Hair

in , by FroBunni, Wednesday, December 23, 2015
FroBunni | Baking soda vs shampoo on natural hair

I was looking through old photos last night and noticed a stark difference in my hair this time last year compared to now. Last year, my hair looked really damaged, dry, and my ends looked rough. Of course, at the time, I thought my hair was doing fine and you couldn't tell me nothing. Fast forward to a picture I took a few days ago, and my hair looks much smoother, shiner, healthier, and not to mention, significantly fuller. Of course, my hair is a little longer, which is to be expected. But there's a huge different in my hair's health.

So what's the difference? It's that I finished my stint with baking soda. Remember last year, where I was doting on baking soda and how it's this awesome, great cleanser that's gentle on hair...yeah. At the end of last year, I picked up on how my hair wasn't exactly doing well, and decided to nix the baking soda and move to shampoo (of course, there was the short lived cowash and saponin era, but that didn't last long). The end the result. Well, you can see the difference.

So what's the takeaway here? Of course, listen to my hair. I wasn't doing that. I was ignoring how my hair looked and felt because I was determined to make baking soda work.  The other takeaway? Natural isn't always better. Yeah, baking soda is natural, but should it be regularly used on hair? For me, it's a no. Baking soda is very abrasive and extremely alkaline, two bad combos for hair (think of it like taking a pumice stone and cuticle remover to your hair...not good). While shampoo gets a bad name, they aren't necessarily bad. Of course, you have to find one that works well with your hair, and make sure you use it as directed (no need to wash hair with shampoo daily if you have dry hair).

Taking care of your hair takes dedication and time. While it took me awhile to stop using baking soda, I made a better choice in the end. Make sure you listen to your hair and try different products. You may be surprised at works and what doesn't.

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Check Out Cosmetic Info

in , by FroBunni, Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Remember my guar gum gel post? If you don't, it's where I detail why I don't use products with PVP, and that I make my own gel using guar gum powder. It's a pretty neat way to make some homemade natural hair gel with strong hold, so take a look at it when you get a chance.

I was just updating that post to insert better science on why I don't like PVP. When I first wrote it, I added, what I now realize, wasn't the best, most accurate scientific information on PVP. I included some more scientific links, while also reiterating that not everything works for everyone, and to test a product before deciding if you want to use it. Anywho, while doing real research, I came upon Cosmetic Info, "an information Web site that includes factual, scientific information on ingredients most commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products in the United States."

I don't get into the science of products very often because I'm not a scientist. But as a "classically-trained librarian" (this is how I refer to Master's in Library Science), I pride myself on providing people with accurate, peer-reviewed information. I also work for a non-profit that works to communicate science-based information on food, nutrition, and agriculture. So in short, my life is dedicated to making sure people know what they're talking about.

When it comes to natural hair forums, I see a lot of mis-information and fear mongering about ingredients, which leaves a lot of naturals fearing hair products and making their own products. While I have no real emotion towards this, I hate seeing inaccurate thrown around, and I do my best to clear up anything, but whenever I research sources to support my stance, I am often left with fear-mongering blogs. But no more...

With the Cosmetic Info, I can finally provide that accurate information to, not only others, but to myself. Case in point, I avoid PVP in all of my hair products because it dries out my hair. I never knew why until today. It's because it's a hair fixative meaning that it "helps hair hold its style by inhibiting the hair's ability to absorb moisture." So it makes sense that it dries out my hair. This website is officially hair science bae.

Oh, and just real quick, while I am not a scientist myself, if you want to check out a scientist who's also a natural hair blogger, then check out Natural Haven. I love her blog and it's a great resource for hair care from a science perspective. Not to mention she is actually a scientist, so cool!

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Outfits of the Week

in , by FroBunni, Monday, December 21, 2015
Saturday (two Saturdays ago)
FroBunni | Outfits of the Week
Tank Top - Forever21
Cardigan - Agaci
Pants - MissGuided
Shoes - DSW

FroBunni | Outfits of the Week
Bodysuit - BooHoo
Boots - Madden Girl

FroBunni | Outfits of the Week
Blazer - Agaci
Dress - Agaci
Boots - Madden Girl

FroBunni | Outfits of the Week
Dress - ASOS
Boots - Madden Girl

FroBunni | Outfits of the Week
Crop Top - Agaci
Shoes - Aldo

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10 Takeaways from the CDC's Food Safety Twitter Chat

in , by FroBunni, Sunday, December 20, 2015
FroBunni | 10 Takeaways from the CDC's Holiday Food Safety Twitter Chat

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining a twitter chat on food safety hosted by the CDC. Since I have Crohn's Disease, I am very particular about food safety. With a compromised immune system, I am more at risk for certain illnesses and when I do contract them, it is more difficult for my immune system to fight it off (i.e. if I get the flu, it can take me twice as long to get better than a healthy person).

I am pretty meticulous when it comes to keeping my kitchen clean and I always wash my hands before preparing food, but I learned a lot during the chat (especially regarding washing poultry), so I am sharing what I learned with you!
  1. Don't wash your poultry; the heat from the cooking process kills any bacteria present.
  2. Perishable and prepared foods should not stay out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours.
  3. Keep raw meats on the bottom shelves of your refrigerator so that any liquids don't drip on to food below.
  4. Keep raw meats separate from other foods in your grocery cart to prevent cross contamination.
  5. Avoid foods like soft cheese, unpasteurized milk, cookie dough, and raw eggs, which can carry food-borne illnesses.
  6. Use bleach when cleaning surfaces in the kitchen to effective kill bacteria.
  7. Use a clean towel when cleaning surfaces, sponges and wash clothes spread germs.
  8. Transport food in a cooler with ice to keep food below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  9. Have separate cutting boards for meat and produce to prevent cross contamination.
  10. Always wash hands before preparing and eating food.
Learned something new? Let me know in the comments. And have a happy and safe holiday!

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Outfits of the Week

in , by FroBunni, Friday, December 11, 2015
FroBunni | Outfits of the Week
Shirt - ASOS
Pants - MissGuided

FroBunni | Outfits of the Week

Pants - BCBGMaxazria

FroBunni | Outfits of the Week
Dress - Forever21
Belt and Tights - Target

FroBunni | Outfits of the Week
Blazer - Wet Seal
Shirt - ASOS
Skirt - BooHoo

FroBunni | Outfits of the Week
Shirt - Forever21
Shoes - DSW

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Review on ColourPop's StingRAYE for Dark Skin

in , , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Colourpop's stingRAYE on dark skin women

For the past year, I have been watching Raye Raye on YouTube. She's one of the very few YouTubers that I regularly watch (FusionOfCultures is the other), so of course, I jumped at the chance to get stingRAYE, a lip color she created with ColourPop. I got the lipstick last week, and I have to admit, I'm not feeling it. I've looked at the pictures all weekend and with each glance, I like it a little bit less.

Having heard the very depressing phrase "dark skin women can't wear bright lipstick" growing up, I've always been one determined to break down that stereotype. I knew that dark skin women can wear a myriad of light and bright lipstick colors. Within the past couple of years, as my love for makeup began to grow, I found this more and more true, but also learned that a lip color has to match the right undertone and complexion. This began my journey for finding the perfect nude lipstick for dark skin.

So far, I have found 6 different nude lipsticks for darker complexions, and was hoping to add stingRAYE to the mix, but I'm bummed to find out that it just doesn't look good on me. This of course doesn't change my opinion of Raye Raye or ColourPop, and I will continue to support them. It just means that it's not the right color for me.

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5 Things I've Learned on my Journey to Long Hair

in , by FroBunni, Monday, December 07, 2015
FroBunni | 5 Things I've Learned on my Journey to Long Natural Hair
  1. Consistency: I do the same thing each week. I wash at the beginning of the week, cowash in the middle of the week, and I moisturize and seal almost daily. I do this day in, month out, and all year round. Consistency helps to ward off breakage and dry hair, and it also means that I will be style ready at all points of the week. It is the key for growing long hair, as well as making natural hair easy.
  2. I'm Unique: I used to try to use other naturals' regimens as my own. I would eat up my favorite bloggers and vloggers regimens, only to find it didn't work for my hair or wasn't working within my time commitments. Instead, I had to develop my own regimen. Because my hair is unique only to me, I had to create my own regimen, my own techniques, and my how-to's for hair styles so that everything fit perfectly for me.
  3. Patience is Golden: I big chopped in 2009, I wasn't waist length by 2010. In fact, it took til 2013 for me to reach waist length hair. I can't say that I embodied patience at all times, but I knew that I could do nothing other than be patient.
  4. Miracle Products Don't Exist: Miracle products promise an ideal outcome with little effort. They're always too good to be true. From tea rinses to scalp massages to protective styles, I used to try everything to grow my hair quickly until I realized that they weren't working...and some were even causing damage. Instead of trying to find a miracle product, I began to focus on products that properly moisturized my hair and products that made my hair strong. I began to incorporate techniques to prevent breakage. When I focused on the health of my hair, my hair began to flourish.
  5. Health Over Aesthetics: I continue to struggle with today. But I always have to remind myself to focus on the health of my hair. When my hair starts to get dry in the middle of the week, I can't continue with my hairstyle, I need to cowash and start over. If I love my stretched style, but my ends are getting ragged, I have to wash. And in the summer when humidity is at an all time high, I need to stick to protect styles. Making a hairstyle last isn't worth the damage it causes.
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Curlformers Barrel Curl Glam Up Kit

in , by FroBunni, Saturday, December 05, 2015
FroBunni natural hair curlformers

Earlier this year, I found out that Curlformers came out with different size kits, but when I had found out, they were sold out. Bummer, I know. They restocked a few weeks ago, but since Black Friday was coming up, I knew they would probably have a sale, so I waited a little bit longer. So last week, I finally ordered them, and was able to try them earlier this week (the delivery was pretty fast). I now have 40 curlformers total, and can make smaller sections which makes for a more defined, shinier, sleeker curl. And the end result, perfection! 

To set, I cowashed my hair, then removing some of the water out of my hair with a t-shirt (it helps reduce frizz), I applied some aloe vera juice to my scalp. I made four sections, and on each section, I sprayed my hair with liquid amino acids (helps to strengthen hair and I've found that it reduces frizz), applied Giovanni Direct Leave-In, sealed with my coconut and grape seed oil mix, then applied some aloe vera gel to my hair. Working on small, one inch sections within the bigger sections, I put the curlformers in my hair. I slept in them to let air dry (sleeping on an airplane pillow really helps to make it comfortable). In the morning, I removed them, and put my hair in a ponytail. Voila!

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Review | Dragonfly Lake Scents

in , , by FroBunni, Friday, December 04, 2015
Review | Dragonfly Lake Scents

A couple of months ago, Mioshee Greer, owner of Dragonfly Lake Scents, sent me soaps to try. There were a bunch of different scents like (my personal favorite) pumpkin spice, vanilla bean, and even beer, and all of them were handmade and all natural. Even better, they left my skin very soft and lasted a long time. Seriously, these are only sample sizes, and my original plan was to finish one before moving to the next, and eventually I realized that if I did this, it would take til March to finish. All of the scents smelled divine, like I was back home and my mom was baking (even the beer smelled really good).

With the holiday season coming up, these make the perfect gift, not to mention Dragonfly Lake Scents have more than just soaps. They sell bath salts and milks, sugar scrubs, and lotions. Their products are all homemade and natural, and they even have vegan varieties. So they're perfect for everyone. Check them out!

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

The Beginner's Guide to Going Natural

in , by FroBunni, Thursday, December 03, 2015
FroBunni | The beginner's guide to going natural

You may just be starting out, but with patience, persistence, and good hair care, your hair can be healthy!

I get a lot of questions from women who want to go natural or are just starting out, and there are a few resources throughout my blog that I am always referring them to. Unfortunately, they're all over the place, so I decided to make a post solely featuring those natural hair 101 posts. So if you're a beginner and you want to go natural (or are having a lot of difficulty with your natural hair), these posts are a great place to start.

Creating a Natural Hair Regimen
Creating a Regimen: The regimen says it all. A good regimen is the difference between healthy hair, and damaged hair. While there will always be similarities in everyone's regimen, you have to personalize it so that it works best for you. If you aren't sure what a regimen consists of, start with this post.

FroBunni | Essential Products and Tools
Essential Products and Tools: There are some things you will need to go natural: a cleansing agent, conditioner, hair ties, bobby pins. This list isn't that long, but it's a good start for someone just starting out.

FroBunni | Keeping Hair Moisturized
Keeping Hair Moisturized: Keeping natural hair from getting dry and staying moisturized is one of the most common problems I see. It can take awhile to figure exactly what you can do to keep your hair moisturized, but start with the tips in this post.

How to Properly Detangle: If you're hair is short, this post won't be beneficial for you til later, but if you're detangling and getting a lot of breakage, this post will help.

FroBunni | Long Natural Hair
Tips for Growing Long Hair: One of my more popular posts, here are 9 tips for growing long, natural hair. If you've read through all the previous posts, you will see repeat information, but that's because things like daily moisturizing and sealing have been a huge success in my regimen.

Of course, there is a lot of great information on natural hair on my blog, so peruse the site in general, but if you still have any questions, you can always email me at frobunni[at], or send me a message on one of my social networks below. Hope this helps!

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Long Time No Post

in , by FroBunni, Monday, November 30, 2015
Hey everyone! Long time, no post. I know it's been pretty barren with my blog lately, but a lot has been going on with me. I'm working on getting my yoga certification, and I'm moving (I know I've said it before, but I gave my apartment the 30-day notice). So it's been super crazy. But if you have any questions, or want to see what I've been up to, hit me up on Instagram or Twitter. I should have a few posts up this week, but my regular posts should kick back in next week!

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Out to Dinner | Perfect Hair and Makeup

in , , , by FroBunni, Wednesday, November 11, 2015
FroBunni | natural hairstyles, Milani Teddy Bear

Autumn is where my natural hair shines. Low humidity, not too cold, so I'm not wearing a hat. It's perfect. I went out to dinner on Sunday, and just loved my hair and makeup. 

I stretched my hair using curlformers. I've been using my curlformers a lot more lately, and I love waking up with stretched, dry hair after wash day. The following night, I moisturized with Giovanni 2 Chic Ultra-Moist Leave-In Conditioning & Styling Elixir. This moisturizer is perfect for my stretched hairstyles. It's very light, but also very moisturizing, and even has a bit of hold. So, when I do roller sets or bantu knots, it creates these soft, gossamer curls. I sealed with my coconut and grape seed oil mix, and then made three bantu knots - one at the nape of my neck, another in the middle, and the last at the top of head. In the morning, I undid the knots, separated the curls, and lightly fluffed. I made my usual side part, and voila. 

My makeup is consistent. Winged eyeliner, some highlight and blush, and lipstick. The only thing that really changes is the products. I used Colourpop highlighter in Avalon, Milani blush in Romantic Rose, and made Milani's Teddy Bear matte (this is a great nude lipstick for dark skin women, by the way). 

I absolutely loved this look, and I think I may make it my signature look for the holidays.

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"So, What Do You Use To Grow Your Hair?"

in , by FroBunni, Monday, November 09, 2015
FroBunni | Long natural hair

"So, what do you use to grow your hair?"

I get this question so often on Facebook and Twitter, and honestly, it's the worst question. It's not a question that can be answered easily, and the length of my hair is more so a testament to time and care, more than any product.

I've been natural for over six years, one of the biggest factors in my hair length is time. I didn't big chop, find some miracle product, and grow my hair to waist length in the course of a month. And you won't find any product that does (and be wary of anyone that claims their product can do such). Hair grows, on average, a half inch per month, and depending on one's genetics, it can grow more than a half inch or less. It takes a few years to go from a low fade to hair grazing the small of your waist, so understand that long hair takes time to grow long. And you will need patience.

Now, on to hair care. While your hair is always going to grow, great hair care is how you retain length. Length retention is the ability to keep the length of hair that grows from the scalp. Great length retention will keep breakage and damage to a minimum so that you can grow long hair. Poor length retention will result in seemingly stagnant hair grow. It is caused by poor hair care - consistently dry hair, handling hair roughly, and improper detangling, among other things. A great regimen will allow one to retain length, while a poor or nonexistent regimen, will consistently cause breakage and damage. So, when someone asks me what I use to grow my hair, I generally go to explaining my natural hair regimen...but have you seen my natural hair regimen?

My natural hair regimen is a little dense, and even with simple regimens, there's a lot to explain. "Wash, condition, moisturize, and style" really doesn't cut it as an answer because there's still the question of what products I'm using. And even if I explain my regimen in detail, there's still the (often-forgotten) question on hair handling which, in my opinion, is more important than products. I handle my hair very delicately. I've gotten so good at detangling my hair that I get virtually no breakage. For part of the week, I wear my hair in two-strand twists, which also decreases breakage. And by using curlformers to stretch my hair, I almost never use heat, which also decreases damage and dryness. There's a lot of little nuances that go into my regimen that can't easily explain how I grow my hair.

So, there it is. Despite the simple question, it requires a complicated, detailed answer. And I have never really mastered exactly how to answer it in a few short words.

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Making Your Own Matte Lipstick

in , , by FroBunni, Wednesday, October 28, 2015
FroBunni | Making Your Own Matte Lipstick

I'm obsessed with matte lipstick. And at one point, I thought the only way to get some was to buy it. But here is where the power of YouTube comes in. I simply typed in "how to matte lipstick," and I had over 100 tutorials showing me how. The easiest method, just take some translucent powder (or in my case rice flour) and press into the lipstick. Press lips together, which helps absorbs the wetness, and then lightly brush off excess. Voila! Matte lipstick. I mattified a few of my favorite lipsticks to show you how easy it is and amazing it looks. 

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FroBunni | Cooking Light Diet
Cooking Light Diet Homepage

On Saturday, I went to MetroCooking DC; I had a lot of fun and will make a blog post on my experience later this week. There was a Cooking Light booth and, unbeknownst to me, they put out a diet plan earlier this year. I received a one-week free trial to try it. I just finished putting my first set of recipes together for the week, and decided to write about my first impressions.

FroBunni | Cooking Light Diet
If you don't like the meals, just click the arrows to get new ones!

To set up, all you have to do is login, and it shows your meals for the week (by the way, you can choose if you want only vegetarian and/or gluten-free meals, so those options are nice). If you're not impressed with the meals, you click the "Edit Meals" button and you can switch out meals that you aren't interested in. Then, you customize your shopping list. If you're like me, and know that you'll eat leftovers, or if you know that you're going out to eat some days, you can un-check meals or even entire days. Once you click "Create," you get a customized shopping list that you can print off and take with you to the grocery store.

Fairly Easy to Use: This is a pretty easy interface, which is nice. It's pretty easy to follow, and it's nice that I can un-check certain meals and days if I want to eat leftovers or know that I will be going out to eat on a specific day. I also like that if I don't like a meal, I can find other meals for that day, instead of being locked in.

FroBunni | Cooking Light Diet
Un-check boxes if you know you'll eat leftovers or you're going out to eat

Not "Permanent": My biggest gripe with the interface is that it's not "permanent" meaning that once I decided on my meals for the week, if I log out and login again, everything I un-checked is now re-checked. This is a little frustrating because it means that I can't rely on the site to help me remember what I need to cook that day. I actually ended up writing down all of the meals I was cooking, which I felt was unnecessary.

Can't Set Servings: This is fairly minor, but I don't really like that I can't set the serving size. Since I eat leftovers, it isn't that big of a problem, but it would be nice. But again, it's not that serious.

All in all, I really liked that it put my recipes together without me having to think about it. I know that it's difficult for me to get my recommended fiber intake for the day, and this will really help me reach my goal. I also like knowing that I will stay within my caloric goal, as well. But one of the biggest downfalls of the apps is that it doesn't let me keep my changes from previous sessions, which can get really frustrating.

UPDATE: I did the Cooking Light Diet for two months before I ended my subscription. While I really enjoyed the recipes, and the concept was simple enough, I like being able to choose my meal based on what I'm craving. There were weeks when I didn't like the options that were provided, and I just went to look for a recipe on Pinterest. I also almost never used a recipe for breakfast because I like to keep it simple. Either some yogurt and fruit, eggs and toast, or a smoothie. The only thing I really miss is that it totaled my calories for the day, which was pretty helpful.

The diet can definitely work for people who need structure and to limit their food choices. Plus, counting calories is really useful for those who are trying to lose or manage weight (which I wasn't doing at the time). There have been a few changes to the system since I ended my subscription that might have addressed my above gripes to make it a bit more user-friendly. All in all, I still think it's useful, but just not useful for me. I would say try it to see if it works; it's not that much money, so a month isn't going to set you back that much.

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A Long List of Yoga Poses

in , , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, October 20, 2015
FroBunni | Yoga poses

Since I do a lot of yoga, I always keep a list of yoga poses to incorporate in my routine. So of course, I'm sharing with everyone else. Enjoy!

Triangle pose
Revolver triangle pose
Revolver bound triangle pose
Side angle pose
Revolved side angle pose
Revolved bound side angle
Half moon pose
Revolved half moon
Revolved bound half moon
Side stretch pose
Extended hand to big toe pose
Side extended hand to big toe pose
One-legged extended forward pose
Tree pose
Tree pose in half lotus
Warrior I
Warrior II
Warrior III
Eagle pose
Mountain pose
Chair pose
Dancer pose
Bound dancer pose
Wide angle standing forward bend
Revolved wide angle standing forward bend
Downward facing dog
One legged downward facing dog
Standing forward bend
Revolved standing forward bend
Bound half lotus standing forward bend
Crane pose
One legged crane pose
Side crane pose
One leg arm balance
One legged arm balance
Upward cock pose
Side cock pose
Peacock pose
Upward peacock pose
Inverted lotus peacock pose
Two hand arm balance
Firefly pose
Pendant pose
Scales pose
Garland pose
Tip toe pose
Handstand pose
Shoulder stand pose
Scorpion pose
Side plank pose
One legged side plank pose
Louise pose
Cobra pose
Upward facing dog
King pigeon pose
Now pose
One legged bow pose
Monkey pose
One legged king pigeon pose
Fish pose
Intense leg
Stretch pose
Fish pose
Intense front body stretch
Camel pose
Pigeon pose Inverted staff pose
One legged inverted staff pose
Wheel barrow pose
Inverted bow pose
Intense backbend stretch
Boat pose
Upward facing forward bend
Upward half lotus forward bend
Upward facing open angle pose
Heron pose
Archer pose
One legged over arm balance
Staff pose
Foot behind the head pose
Embryo pose
Feet behind head pose
Cow face pose
Lion pose
Easy seated pose
Adept pose
Lotus pose
Bound lotus pose
Child's pose
Hero pose
Open angle seated forward pose
Revolved open angle seated forward bend
Seated forward bend
Revolved seated forward bend
Head to knee pose
Revolved head to knee pose
Tortoise pose
Half cow face forward bend
Bound half lotus forward bend
Rabbit pose
Upward staff pose
Supported headstand
One legged headstand
Bound angle headstand
Headstand with split  Headstand with eagle leg
Upward lotus on headstand
Embryo pose in headstand
Headstand III
Unsupported headstand
Free hand headstand
Inverted lake seal
Supported shoulderstand
Intense lotus peacock
Bridge pose
One legged bridge pose
Plow pose
Embryo plow pose
Knee to ear pose
Formidable face pose
Inverted lotus pose
Extended formidable face pose

Review | My First Experience with ColourPop

in , , by FroBunni, Friday, October 16, 2015
FroBunni | ColourPop lippie stix in Grunge and highlighter in avalon
From ColourPop, I'm wearing the Grunge lippie stix and Avalon as my highlighter

About a month ago, I decided to order from ColourPop Cosmetics. Having never heard of this company before and it not being in stores, I was pretty reluctant. I didn't want to buy something and the quality was terrible, but since I saw so many women on Facebook raving about it, I decided "why not." My order came in a couple weeks ago, and I really haven't had much time to write a post about them, or better yet, write a post about how much I love them!

If you follow my blog, I rave a lot about NYX, and to be honest, I didn't think it was possible that another brand would actually give them a run for their money, but I was very wrong. I got a few things from ColourPop, specifically highlighters in Wisp and Avalon, blushes in Rain and Pegacorn, and a lippie stix in Grunge. The blushes and highlighters are very pigmented, which if you are dark skin, like me, is very important to get your makeup to show, and it also means a little goes a very long way. And the highlighters give the most ethereal shimmer that I have ever seen, so they strobe to complete perfection. And this lipstick! It looks gorgeous! It has a creamy finish, but very pigmented like a matte lipstick. (Grunge also makes for a great nude for dark skin women, but I will make a separate post for that.) Plus, I thought the thinner tube would be off putting, but it works really well (maybe it's because I have small hands). Either way, everything I got was perfect.

Oh, and before I go, their prices are very reasonable. Everything was $5 or $6, so it won't break the bank. So, if you're looking for new makeup, definitely try them!

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FroBunni | ThredUp
I got these J.Crew pants from ThredUp for only $23. They retailed for about $85.

Business Clothes: If you need good, quality business clothes, then check out ThredUp. For 70-90% off, you can get great quality, designer clothes in perfect condition, or even better, with tags still on them. A good chunk of my business clothes, especially pants, come from ThredUp. I would definitely recommend them because everyone needs quality, well-made business clothes in their wardrobe.

FroBunni | Elizabeth & Clarke
These simple, yet elegant pleated top came from Elizabeth & Clarke

Basics: The bulk of my wardrobe is built around basics. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with them because they create a great outfit effortlessly. I turn to a few different places for basics: ASOSBooHoo, and Elizabeth & Clarke. ASOS and BooHoo are both UK companies that have tons of basic, inexpensive clothes. Both are always offering sales as well. Elizabeth & Clarke is a subscription service (I did a review on them), that offers fairly basic tops with touches of detail.

FroBunni | MissGuided

Special Occasion or Date Night: I discovered MissGuided this year (I did a review on them, as well), and they are my new obsession. I call their clothes "classy-sexy." They're a bit too much for work or your Sunday's best, but perfect for date night or a gala. Like BooHoo and ASOS, they have a lot of sales and discounts, so you'll find you can get two dresses for the price of one.

Unique Pieces: I just discovered Etsy, and it is amazing! They're perfect for everything! Unique home and office decor, finding a website designer, a gold notebook, stencils; seriously, Etsy is great for everything. And when it comes to your wardrobe, they'll add that pop of pizazz. After searching up and down for a tulle skirt, I found that there are tons upon tons of Etsy story owners that sell them. I just ordered, so I am hoping I get it soon!

FroBunni | Scarves
Scarves galore! I wear them around my neck and on my hand. 

Accessories: Forever21 and Agaci take the win for accessories. Most of my scarves come from Agaci, and I am slowly building up a jewelry collection from Forever21. Both are pretty inexpensive, and have very unique pieces despite being big name companies.

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Review | Andalou Natural Brightening Line

in , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, October 13, 2015
FroBunni | Review | Andalou Natural Brightening Line
The Andalou Naturals Brightening Kit comes with the Myer Lemon Creamy Cleanser, Pumpkin Glycolic Mask, Clementine + C Illuminating Toner, Probiotic + C Renewal Cream & Purple Carrot + C Luminous Night Cream

For the last few months, I've been really unhappy with my face. It has looked really dull and drab, not to mention I noticed that my face had gotten pretty dark on my cheeks and chin. I started to use sunscreen lotion as a way to prevent any further damage (though I'm not sure if the sun had anything to do with the darkening in the first place). I began drinking more water, but I knew I would need help if I wanted to see immediate results. Having known about Andalou Naturals before and using their hair products, I already knew they had a face care line that could help. 

What I like Andalou Naturals, as a whole, is that they use natural, organic products. And when it comes to facial creams and cleansers that have the ability to repair and lighten dark marks, I look for products with no bleaching agents (which is why I stay clear of Ambi). The Get Started Brightening Kit was pretty hard to find at Whole Foods and Mom's Organics, but can easily be found on Amazon. I've been using it for one week now, and I decided to detail my results here. 

Myer Lemon Creamy Cleanser: This cleanser took some getting used to. For one, it doesn't get sudsy; I know I should be used to that since I cowash my hair, but it was unexpected for a face wash. It also isn't strong enough to remove makeup. So remember to remove that first. But all in all, it smells really good and my face seems to be benefiting from it.
Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask: I've used this mask before, and let me just say that I LOVE it! It really does help to fade dark marks and gives my face a really glowy look. Not to mention, it makes my face really smooth and makes my pores look smaller. And if you don't know already, I love pumpkin, so that makes it even better!

FroBunni | Review | Andalou Natural Brightening Line
The back of the kit tells you the order to use the products, as well as using them during the day or night

Clementine + C Illuminating Toner: I actually really like this toner. It had a very refreshing, citrusy smell. Plus, it did actually remove some dirt left behind on my face. 
Probiotic + C Renewal Cream & Purple Carrot + C Luminous Night Cream: Now, these creams are what really intrigued me into buying this, and honestly, they worked exactly like I expected them to. They really helped to smooth out my face and blur my pores. They're also, surprisingly, not drying. I thought that would be my number one problem that I would encounter, but they're very gentle. I've noticed that they also help to fade dark marks and tone my discoloration.

FroBunni | Review | Andalou Natural Brightening Line
As you can see, my face looks a lot brighter. The dark marks are fading, and slowly the discoloration is fading as well.

All in all, I am very happy with the results. I have noticed that my dark spots have virtually disappeared and slowly the darker color around my chin and cheeks is getting lighter. My face has also gotten brighter and I have found that I don't need to use my cacao foundation. I am hoping that after a month or two, my face will be much more even toned. If you have difficulty healing acne scars and dark marks, and/or your face is discolored or blotchy, I would definitely recommend the Brightening Kit. It really does help!

*If you plan to use this kit, or any product that lightens dark marks, make sure that you use sunscreen to prevent dark marks and discoloration from coming back.

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Herbal essences naked cleansing conditioner and organix nourishing coconut milk conditioner

I was at my mom's this past weekend, and wanted to wash my hair before going back to DC. Because I don't have my usual arsenal of natural hair products, I generally just wash with some black soap I keep there and whatever conditioner my mom has in the closet. I saw she had a big bottle of Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner, and decided to use it, even though I've never tried Organix products before. Let me tell you, I am glad I tried it because this stuff left my hair super soft, which is perfect for detangling. It took me a quick 5 minutes to detangle my hair with my denman, when normally I have to work a lot slower to prevent ripping out knots. But this stuff melted the knots and detangles away. And what's even better is that for this size of a bottle, it's only $5.

There's only one other cheapie conditioner that works this way, and that's Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner. My cowash for the middle of the week, it also melts away knots and tangles so well, that I am actually able to finger detangle and have no left over knots in my hair.

So if you still haven't found a conditioner to detangle with, I highly recommend these two gems!

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Four Ways I Make Detangling Easier

in , by FroBunni, Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Denman Brush
It may not be for everyone, but my Deman Brush gets tangles out of my natural hair, while being gentle at the same time.

There are many different ways to detangle, but I've found success with four different methods. What I love about all of them is that it keeps my breakage to a minimum, thus leaving me with more retained length. If you're having trouble with detangling sessions, consider trying one of these methods.

  1. Detangle in Section: Detangling in sections allows you to tackle your hair in smaller batches, instead of all at once. If you add your products in sections, and then detangle those sections, you will find it is easier and faster to detangle with less breakage. Remember to keep hair stretched (in braids, bantu knots, twists) both before and after you detangle to keep hair taunt, which cuts down on knots and tangles.
  2. Wash Hair in 12-16 Twists: Washing hair in twists helps to keep it detangled and stretched, which prevents it from shrinking up when wet. This also sets you up to detangle in sections once you're finished washing your hair.
  3. Detangle Before You Wash: If you keep your hair stretched most of the time, this method is for you. Before you wash your hair, using conditioner to soften and make the hair pliable, detangle in sections, then twist to keep them stretched and detangled. I've found this method is quickest and yields the least amount of breakage for me.
  4. Finger Detangle: If you find that you get significant breakage with a comb, then consider finger detangling. Your fingers are able to feel the knots and tangles, and gently remove them instead of ripping through them with a comb. This method is great for those with really fragile, delicate hair.

Regardless of what method you do, remember to keep your hair stretched while your hair dries (unless you're doing a wash n go). This will help to decrease tangles and knots, which reduces breakage.

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October Workout Schedule

in , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, October 06, 2015
FroBunni | October Workout Schedule

I'm keeping it nice and simple this month. I just started a new job, so I want to focus on that instead of waking up at 5am to figure out what kind of workout I'm doing. So whatever I can do in 30 minutes, whether it's a jog, a workout dvd, or some random tabata circuit, that's what it will be. Oh, and did I mention I'm going to have to wake up at 5am. It's all good though, just means I'll have to go to bed early.

Oh, and if you're wondering why yoga is missing on Halloween, it's because there's a decent likelihood that I may be in New York City. We'll see, but I just left it open. 

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5 Easy Tips to Keep Natural Hair Moisturized

in , by FroBunni, Monday, September 28, 2015
FroBunni | 5 Easy Tips to Keep Natural Hair Moisturized
Daily moisturizing and sealing has helped me keep my hair soft and shiny. 

Natural hair can be difficult to moisturize and stay moisturized. I often find that people make really easy mistakes when it comes to maintaining their hair's moisture. So consider these easy tips if you find that your hair is perpetually dry. 
  1. Moisturize and Seal Daily: This is natural hair 101, but moisturize and seal daily with a water based leave-in conditioner (could be water, aloe vera juice, a product, or even conditioner) and seal with an oil or butter, like coconut oil or shea butter. Natural hair needs more moisture than straighter hair textures, and by moisturizing and sealing it adds moisture to hair, while also preventing breakage and damage. 
  2. Wet Hair Twice a Week: Since changing my regimen to washing and cowashing weekly, I have noticed less split ends and damaged hair. Moisturizing and sealing hair is great, but saturating hair with water really helps to replenish hair's moisture making it soft, supple, and shiny. Consider cowashing or wetting hair during the middle of the week, and remember to seal the moisture in with oil afterwards. 
  3. Replace Conditioner with Deep Condition: If you find that your hair is really dry, consider replacing your conditioner with a deep conditioner. Lately, I have been using deep conditioners like Giovanni Blackberry and Coconut Milk Repairing Intensive Hair Mask and Giovanni Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Moisture Mask after I shampoo, and I have noticed that my hair is significantly more moisturized than if I use a regular conditioner.
  4. Oil Doesn't Moisturize: Oil doesn't moisturize hair, this is unfortunately a natural hair myth. While oils like coconut and olive oil can penetrate hair, they cannot add moisture to hair, which can only be done by a water-based product. So if you find that your hair is dry and solely use an oil, then this lack of moisture is, more than likely, the reason why.
  5. Don't Forget Your Scalp: Sometimes we forget to care for our scalp, but we have to remember that hair grows from the scalp. Consider applying water or aloe vera juice to scalp once or twice a week to keep the scalp supple and prevent dandruff and itching. 
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A Headwrap Can Definitely be Professional

in , , by FroBunni, Thursday, September 24, 2015
FroBunni | Headwrap
Since I started washing and cowashing my natural hair each week, I have to admit that it can get a little time consuming trying to figure out different hairstyles. I wear my hair in two-strand twists, but I get tired of them pretty quickly . This week, I decided to rock a headwrap for a couple of days. It was rather refreshing, and I absolutely enjoyed not having to worry about my hair while still looking professional.

FroBunni | Headwrap
Last year, I posted the question "Can you wear a headwrap to work?" Of course, this will depend on your job and their standards of "professionalism," but I still recommend to try it. But I'll just say, it went over quite well with my coworkers and boss.

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3 Fall-Inspired Smoothies for Glowing Skin

in , , by FroBunni, Monday, September 21, 2015
3 Fall-Inspired Smoothies for Glowing Skin

I love fall, it's my favorite season. The heat and humidity subside into a cool breeze and crisp air, and the leaves begin to change colors. But one thing I will miss about summer is always having that healthy, summer glow. But luckily there are tons of seasonal fall foods that will give you healthy, beautiful, glowing skin from the inside out. 

Grape and Lime Green Smoothie: I never knew grapes were a seasonal fruit until a couple of years ago, and honestly, they taste the best (and they're the cheapest) during the fall season. Packed full of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps to regenerate and repair skin, the grapes hide the flavor of the kale. The lime is also full of vitamin C and adds a refreshing zest to the yummy, green smoothie.
3 Fall-Inspired Smoothies for Glowing Skin | Grape and Lime Green Smoothie

1 cup grapes
1 cup of water (can also use coconut water or tea for added health benefits)
1/2 cup kale
Juice from half a lime

Apple Pie Smoothie: What's fall like without apple pie? And with this smoothie, you can have some without any of the guilt. Of course, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but the skin glowing secret in this is the maple syrup, which is full of zinc, a mineral that helps keep skin healthy and prevent aging.
3 Fall-Inspired Smoothies for Glowing Skin | Apple Pie Smoothie

1 apple, sliced
1 cup almond milk
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla

Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie: The secret ingredient in this fall favorite...cauliflower! I took a note from Aloha and their Secret Ingredient Sugar Cookie Smoothie for the idea. A perfect vegetable to add to a smoothie, the flavor is so mild that you can't even taste it. And with the pumpkin, it makes a creamy, healthy, and filling version of the restaurant variety. A vitamin A powerhouse, pumpkin contains beta-carotene, an antioxidant that helps keeps skin moist and supple.
3 Fall-Inspired Smoothies for Beautiful, Glowing Skin | Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup cauliflower
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp clove
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla

So, don't worry this season! You can love fall and having gorgeous, glowing skin with these tasty, healthy smoothies!

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