Monthly Archives: August 2010

Mixed Chicks: Review

Author Note: Mixed Chicks was kind enough to provide me with product.

This is directly from their site:
For years, multi-cultural people with hard to manage hair traveled from store to store, trying to blend products in a hopeless attempt to tame their locks. Wendi LEVY (left) and Kim ETHEREDGE (right), two "mixed chicks", created a product line because they needed it. Then, something happened...friends and family started encouraging them to package it, and soon they had a full blown business running out of the garage. After a little door to door hustling, a few celebrity endorsements, and a ton of online customer support, MIXED CHICKS is bringing their products to the world.

I think they have an excellent product on their hand. I am going to break it down with each one I tried.

Their leave in conditioner is really nice. A lot of leave in conditioners are water based. They are for you to spray on, and then add some additional product. Not this. This is enough that I do not need any other product. A little goes a long way as well. I like that a lot. It is thick and it doesn't have much of a smell, so it doesn't compete with my perfume. 
Initially the deep conditioner and the leave-in product threw me off. I assumed that the leave-in would be in the jar, and the deep conditioner in the bottle. Luckily I read labels before I started applying product! 
I don't really know what qualifies as a "conditioner" and a "deep conditioner". I don't really know if there is a difference or if they are the same. I treat Mixed Chicks deep conditioner  as I would any other conditioner. I do occasionally use it as a deep conditioner. I like it, but it feels like it is on the same level as my Herbal Essence Hydration conditioner. There is nothing wrong with that at all, seeing as I like both, but I can't fathom paying 11 dollars in the long run for something that does the same thing as something that is 5 bucks. 
The hair silk however? Oh.. I love this stuff. LOVE IT!!!  It doesn't take much. I squirt two times in my palm, rub my hands together and distribute it from root to tip on my hair. My curls POP. This stuff provides so much definition to my curls. I love it. I sat there and watched my curls literally define themselves. This stuff is liquid gold to me and most definetly worth the 11 dollar price tag.
Overall: I would say that for the amount of money being paid, you could get products that work equally or possibly even better than these. Except for the Hair Silk. I have never found anything quite like it. Give their stuff a try and you won't be sorry!

Apple Cider VInegar Rinse

Do not forget we have a contest going on!!!! 

So, on the Twitter I have been hearing lots about people using apple cider vinegar (or ACV) for hair rinses. They swear that it makes their hair softer and more easier to manage. I did a bit of research on the internet as well, and I just kept hearing a lot of the same thing. A lot of the articles I read talked about the hair pores closing after using the vinegar, resulting in smoother hair all around.

It sounded a bit odd to me, but what the hell. The husbands gone (he had to go to a remote site for work for a week *sniffle*), I got two feuding dogs, and I am feeling lonely. What way to perk a girl up faster than a hair/ beauty treatment?

So, I put 2/3 of a cup of acv in a squirt bottle, and diluted it with one cup of water. I leaned my head over the guest tub and began to squirt.

I would like to note here that I love salt and vinegar chips. They are MY FAVE. The salty tangy goodness is almost too much to bear. mmmm....However, I do not like smelling like a salt and vinegar chip. That stuff burned my nostrils!! argh!

I hurriedly get done dousing my hair and hop in the shower. I rinse it out, condition, shower, and get out. My hair is thick, so it takes it some time to get finished drying. Before I went to bed though there were parts that were dry though, so I felt them....and, uh, they felt the same as usual. I shrugged and (because honestly? Nothing gets in the way of me and sleep) crashed for the night.

I wake up this morning and start feeling and looking at my hair.... um, bout the same. No difference. I was tweeting about this last night and someone was nice enough to send me this link. I am inclined to agree with the blogger on this one.

Oh well, lesson learned. and luckily I did not buy a huge container of acv. However, there is enough leftover for me to henna my hair. I will be doing that when Jeff gets home, because he is lord of the pictures!

Air America

Genre: Action/Comedy

Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Screenplay: John Eskow and Richard Rush, adapted from the novel by Christopher Robbins

Starring: Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr.

In the midst of war, Vietnam troops began to infiltrate the country of Laos in the late Sixties. The American government secretly provided aid to the many citizens of Laos using civilian pilots to air drop supplies with the help of the Laotian military, dubbing the operation, Air America. New recruit, Billy, gets thrown into a world of danger, secrets, and drunken hijinks as he gets used to flying the rough terrain of the country. Gene, a vet of the company, volunteers to break Billy in and show him the ropes and a little fun. The fun and adventure soon take a forbidding turn as secrets about the use and funding of Air America begin surface.

It is a movie such as this when I truly miss the Eighties and Nineties. This film is proof that Mel Gibson was not always crazy, but in fact loved and admired. This can also be said about Tom Cruise. I think many of us can also look back upon the movie, Legend, and at least remember some of it fondly. The main point is that there is a reason that these actors are so popular, and it is because they have talent and charm. Regardless of how they seem to use their talent nowadays, we loved them during these decades because of their acting abilities and good looks.

The main reason this film was watched was indeed for Mel Gibson. He was the shining action star of the time, the guys’ guy, but his charm and good looks also brought many female viewers. Oddly enough, I remember my parents taking my brother and me to this movie when I was six. Shocking, I know. That is what I told my mother when I picked it up in the cheap bin. I literally have not seen this film since I was six, so this was really the first time. It was the typical action and comedy that I expected. A bit predictable, but the movie was not looking for Oscar nods. It is an entertainment movie with Mel Gibson, acting his usual typecast character of the Eighties.

An added bonus is Mr. Robert Downey Jr. I am personally glad that he chose acting over drugs, not to say that his performance in this film was glowing. His potential was present, yet he was still honing his craft at this time. There was still the subtle sarcasm with this character that Downey is known for playing well. He was by no means the hilarious Tony Stark and Sherlock Holmes, but I still found him charming and good looking, which should be a plus in anyone’s book.

I give this film 2 Buttery Kernels.

Coming Soon: The Back-Up Plan

Kind of an Idea I have going on

I would love love LOVE to have a natural hair meetup here in Indianapolis. I think we are at a decent place, and there is plenty to do around here.

Problem is? I don't know the first thing about doing a natural hair meetup. I would do it early summer (when I don't have classes, and it would give me a year to plan things!) If you have any ideas, advice, or would like to help, shoot me an email, a message, anything! How do I get sponsors? Things like that.

Also you can find me on twitter with your ideas @mrsckugs.

I feel like I have been scammed, but I haven’t.. I just didn’t read.

Don't forget, we have a contest going on right here!

So, I was browsing my local wally world's hair supply area when I came across this:

Blue Magic has a coconut oil!? I grabbed it off the shelf and finished my shopping. I hadn't had time to use it since I got it, but when I finally got a chance, I was uber excited. I used it to condition my hair. After about 20 minutes though, something strange had happened.
My hair...felt stiff. I looked like my hair had been replaced with Dj Pauly D's

It was not attractive. My hair felt horrible. What the hell was in this stuff? I turned the jar over and lo and behold the first ingredient? Petrolatum. W.T.F.
So, Blue Magic, you are marketing a coconut oil when coconut oil isn't even the first ingredient on the list!? (For those of you that do not know, in an ingredient list, the first listed ingredient is the one that is most prevalent in your item)
I felt swindled, bamboozled, runamuck!

But then I realized.. It was my fault. I saw the packaging label and just like a kid I purchased without delving further. I am impulsive, and I have to consistently remind myself to "stop and look." Stop and look at what you are purchasing. Not just for my hair, but for pretty much anything that I do.

So here is your heads up everyone..Blue Magic.. stay away!

Welcome Wednesday- Big Chop Edition!

So, you have finally decide to do it. You have decided to cut off your relaxed ends. You have decided to big chop!

It can be a scary time. You're losing hair.. in some cases a lot of it. No worries though. If you follow some guidelines, a good experience can be had. Watch this video by Sunshinelovespeace!

Rocking My Puff

So, last week I discovered that my hair was finally long enough to put in a puff! How exciting! Some pictures for your viewing pleasure

The first puff

I had a wedding to go to this weekend, and this is the result....
Aren't I adorable! I had a great time at the wedding as well. That flower is is a separate accessory from the hair band I have in. 
Don't forget  I am running a contest!! Belle Butters is making it possible Click Here to go to the contest page.

Losing Touch

I’m still searching for employment. With my funds dwindling before my eyes, I am off to Kelly Services tomorrow. The whole not working thing has been fun, but now it is getting a little depressing. My growing concerns with my bills have begun shadowing my happy go lucky vibe. Ask me two weeks ago if I was happy, and I would have answered definitely yes. Now, I’d probably give you the go to meh response. I was gambling with the idea that I could be choosy and better my situation. I should have known. My gambling experiences in Las Vegas never worked out before. Lol! It also doesn’t help that the news constantly reminds me that Las Vegas has the highest ratio of unemployment in the country. These concerns are even affecting my writing. As you could tell if you follow the film review blog, my reviews have been lacking in content if not present period. That is what annoys me most. I get stressed when my writing isn’t flowing out naturally.

On the bright side, I still have fun with my nephew and the little walker he is developing into. He really is a riot. I jokingly call him Godzilla. He gets this intense, zoned look on his face if I have something he just has to investigate. Then he walks towards me focused completely on whatever interested him, whatever is in his way be damned. This is when my nephew channels Godzilla. It cracks me up. He’s also a little chatter box. I’m not quite sure what he’s saying, but I’ll let you know when I master the translation. The little man is starting to get very sneaky. It is amusing, but hard to discipline. I am being challenged just as he is. He’s starting to become aware of what he can and cannot do, and before he does something he is not supposed to, he shoots a look around to see if someone is watching. It’s pretty funny, but I have to work very hard not to laugh. We are both going to be learning a lot of things we cannot do.

I am looking forward to my first babysitting gig this week. I’m sure that I will have a lot of fun, because the little girl is a sweet pea. Hopefully, I’ll get some better news tomorrow after I venture to Kelly Services. They haven’t failed me yet, so I hope they don’t start now. I am starting to get a little homesick. I said a little, people, not a lot. Lol! Don’t make any party plans. I know you guys miss me as much as I miss you. I may currently be a squatter, but it is locationaly permanent. Yes, I just made up a word. It happens with me. As much as I appreciate the offer of some kind of employment if I return, this is supposed to be a lasting gig. I would like to take the opportunity to give a shout out to all of my ladies back at AHN, my friends in Indy, and my sisters. I love and miss you all.

For now, I will continue my usual “I’m bummed, and I cheer myself up with television shows I’ve seen over and over” ritual that has propelled me through the years. They’re perfect for me, because I don’t have to devote too much attention to them and can still be entertained. I just finished watching the Sailor Moon series again. Crikey, did she just mention an anime?!? Before you begin to question my values, I am not what you would call an anime enthusiast. This is the only one I’ll claim, because I watched it when I was a kid and loved it!! As an adult I got to know the Japanese version, which is actually a little more complex. It has a great romance story line that my inner hopeless romantic tripped over. The lead character is the unlikely superhero who is just entertaining if not loveable. I like revisiting my old favorite cartoons, because they allow me to slip into the delusion of what it was like to be a carefree kid. Since I finished that, I moved back to my current favorite, Supernatural. The guys are pretty and funny, so it’s obvious why I go back to it. Can’t help myself with my not so guilty pleasure. This is what happens when I have nothing going on. I talk about nothing. Lol! Here’s to a hopeful future something!

Until next time…..

Adventures in Babysitting

Genre: Comedy

Director: Chris Columbus

Screenplay: David Simkins

Starring: Elizabeth Shoe, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Penelope Ann Miller, and Maia Brewton

After her boyfriend cancels their date, Chris has nothing better to do, but babysit. Expecting a relaxing if not annoying at times night, Chris finds herself thrown into one mess after another. Hilarity and danger ensue as she and the kids brave downtown Chicago at night. Chris’s only goal is getting everyone back to the house and safe before the parents get home.

This is officially my first review of an Eighties film. For those who know me, I have a slight problem when it comes to this decade. I am a bit obsessed. Eighties film tend to be more story driven, because visual technology was not as strong to help the films. This is why I respect them a bit more. Sure there were fabulous displays of acting in Eighties, but with most films of the decade it didn’t seem to be a requirement. The Eighties mostly wanted to entertain you with whatever your poison was, and that they did.

For a film that was a favorite when I was young, it is still a favorite now. It is a bit hokey or campy at times, but most films from this decade were, which where I think those words actually came from. This movie is just fun for everyone. The story is entertaining, but not the best ever written. You can’t help but laugh along with the antics. The Mighty Thor probably got one of his first major advertisements with this film. I remember personally wanting a helmet like the girl’s in this film when I was younger. The film is certainly not going to change your life by any means, but it should make you laugh at something, whether it’s the story or the decade itself.

This was probably Elizabeth Shue’s first lead role. Her talent as an actress is apparent in this film, but it was still growing. She had not yet achieved the level that would eventually lead to an Oscar nomination, but she was still believable here. The actors that play the kids that Elizabeth Shue’s character is babysitting have been in other things here and there throughout the Eighties and beyond, the more famous being Anthony Rapp. He is probably best known for his role in the musical, Rent. The only thing I usually thought of when he would be on screen was Ron Weasley. Terrible? Yes. But, I couldn’t help myself.

Every actor has to start somewhere, and most of our favorite leading actors of today started in these movies. This film has the added bonus of seeing some of those young actors. Not only do we get to see Elizabeth Shue when she was younger, we get to see Penelope Ann Miller, Bradley Whitford, and a very blond Vincent D’Onofrio.

I give this film 3 Buttery Kernels.

Coming Soon: Air America