Friday, July 22, 2011


Hi Curlies,

This is a review of the Kiss my Face upper management gel.  I got curious about this gel after watching a fellow youtuber achieve great wash and go's (wng) with the product.  I must say that I am not disappointed that I decided to go on the hunt for this product and try it myself.  Needless to say I LOVE IT.

Purified, Deionized Certified Organic Floral Water of Nettle, Calendula and Chamomile, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Amino Acid derived), Yeast Extract, Panthenol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Grapefruit Extract

$9.95 on island at Chelseas Drug Store Red Hook St. Thomas
$5.45 on-line at

I used this gel on freshly washed hair over my  Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion leave in conditioner.  I sectioned my hair into 8 sections and worked the gel through my sections.  I did not rake it through instead I smoothed it into my sections ( this method works best for my curls).  I must say that the application of this gel was not great for me.  It was not slippery to the touch and as I applied it to my hair it felt a little stripping, kind of as if I was applying lemons to my hair however, I continued with the application.  Well, I am so happy I didn't stop mid application and run under the shower to wash it off because the end result was a bouncy, natural feeling, wng that lasted me 3 days straight and could have lasted up to five days.  

Since this was an impulse purchase, I only purchased one bottle however, the results were so wonderful that the next day I immediately went back to the store and purchased the last bottle that was left on the shelf.  That weekend I went on line and found it at such an affordable price that I ordered 5 more bottles for my stash.


  • natural product
  • thick consistency but not sticky
  • dries quickly
  • great clump of curls 
  • available on ground


  • application is not slippery
  • product is only 8oz
As you can all see the pros out weigh the cons.  I know that most curlies are in love with eco styler gel for the most economical product to achieve a great wng. However eco for wng on my hair is a fail. The Kiss my Face gel has proven to work for me every time and it works well with other products such as Curl Junkie smoothing lotion.  I give this product a 9 out of 10 rating curlies, and I only give it a 9 because no product is perfect.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Reflection in the Mirror part 2....

Helloooo Curlies!

Welcome to my "Reflection in the Mirror" blog series!  I am so excited to bring to you today a guest blogger. My guest blogger is Dr. Dionne Pickering-Simmonds.  Dr. D or better known as "shoes" by her dear friends is a Natural sister her very self and has been for a very long time.  Dr. D possesses a Doctorate in Social Work and has lent her talents as a Probation Officer for over 10 years.  As part of Dr. D's as well as, her place of employments mission to affect our children young before they start committing crimes and  become part of  the system she travels to our  Middle Schools, Jr. High and High Schools imparting information on the system and basically living within the law.

Dr. D conveyed to me how often her speech is circumvented by questions from girls about her natural hair. Sooo of course I took the opportunity to ask her to write and blog for my "Reflection in the Mirror" here it is curlies enjoy the perspective of yet another beautiful, successful curlie Dr. Dionne Simmonds.


            1 Corinthians 11:15 reads: …”but if a woman has long hair, it is glory to her?" First, allow me first to set the record straight, I give honor and respect to my sisters who prefer to wear their hair short, or boldly bald, and I applaud your confidence.  I have always, however, been blessed with very long tresses. With that said, I embarked upon my “totally” natural hair journey in October, 2010. I say “totally” because I had been pressing my hair for the past eight years and finally the unrelenting and consistent heat was taking its toll. As a consequence, my hair was badly damaged and falling the “HELL” out (Ooops! who said that!) I believe it was by divine appointment that made me seek the consultation of Ms. Kim Aska---and, “what ah revelation it was!” Quickly, I learned about curl patterns, organic products, protective styling, the bomb wash and go and the fact that although left-handed, I could manipulate and style my own hair---with PRACTICE!  As I reflect on October, 2010, I could not see myself wearing a “Nappy Do!” Twist outs, Bantu Knots, Braids!!! Yuck! Oh! Heck no! Although this is a rare occurrence, (LOL!!!) I was so wrong. First, I embrace the fact that my Afrocentric look and Kinky, Coily Hair is indeed a gift from GOD and it is beautiful.

            How do I know my “Natural Do” is making great strides? Well, I recently took an International trip and I rocked some Bantu knots. A fellow passenger of Mexican descent asked me about my hair. She told me her daughters were bi-racial and she was having a difficult time controlling and styling their respective locks. “Natural Hair Girlies..!” I took immediate action schooling her on products, recent studies, styles and tools of the natural hair trade. Before it was over, she admitted to feeling inadequate as it related to her daughter’s hair care. Since leaving feelings of inadequacy was not my mission, I encouraged her by offering other tips and to begin by researching natural hair. Hey! “I could not believe it---yes, she asked me if I was a stylist!” Kimmo---would have been proud! Over the course of my trip, strangers everywhere were commenting on the beauty of my hair and I was enjoying the compliments. Interestingly, while on the hunt for Eco Styler Moraccan Argan Oil Gel at Sally’s in Atlanta, I loudly remarked to a friend, how great the Natural Hair movement was progressing. The salesperson heard my comment and retorted, “It’s been a movement!” She was wearing her hair in lock braids and was glaring at me as if to say, “look at this Johnny Come Lately, Heifer!” Still, I understood her seemingly disgusted posture because her journey unlike mine had begun a long time ago and she was comfortable in her own “Natural Hair Skin.” I lend the words of the Madonna character in the movie, Desperately Seeking Susan: “Good going stranger!”

            My intent is not to brag or bore you with my adventures of Natural Hair living. It is simply a call to build self-esteem, launch creativity, exchange valuable tips and release the beauty within you. Now, this is very important! Prayerfully, as we age gracefully, let your style, your look, YOU---EVOLVE. On a final note, I missed out on an awesome opportunity via an islandgurl3601 contest to give voice to sharing is caring or was it caring is sharing? Whatever!!! I still got a Tangle Teezer just for making pathetic excuses as to why I had missed the contest deadlines. I call this FAVOR! Ms. Aska, much love and thanks for taking me along with you on the Natural Hair Journey. Anyway, this will not be the last time---you get it “HAIR” from me.

With All Natural Hair Blessings,

Dionne M. Simmonds, Ph.D.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Fierce Friday's Contest & Update

Hi there Curlies!

Welcome to my blog! Now lets get down to what you have come here for. I hope that those of you who are following my blog due to my "Fierce Friday's" contest will not only follow but keep coming back to read my stories and my reviews.  If you have joined me and are not aware I am having a contest on youtube. My contest is about the entire look, hair, makeup, and outfit. You don't have to be a makeup and hair expert just show me your style and don't forget the shoes. Periodically I will post updates to the contest on my blog so don't forget to check frequently.

I read a blog not to long ago that inspired me to start my fierce friday's series. The question was does your natural hair  determine your style? I wanted to challenge myself and see if my style had changed since going natural so I started the series. Six installments is all I could muster so I decided to end it with a bang and get inspiration from my subbies by having a contest.  Thus far there have been no entries but the contest will run for one month, it began on July 15, 2011 and will end August 15, 2011.  Here are the rules;

  1. You must be a subscriber to my youtube channel.
  2. You must follow me on my blog
  3. Video can be 5 min to 10 min long
  4. You must say in the video or hold up a sign with my name and the contest name. Must be a new  video.
  5. You must have fun
Now here are the prizes:
There will only be one winner. (If I get a large number of entries I will revisit this decision)

  1. A $100.00 gift certificate to (check them out)
  2. An Urban Decay Roll Girl eyeshadow palette
  3. Jewelry by Natasha Illis jewelry designs here is a picture

This contest is co-sponsored by
  1. BEADED JEWELS BY MS. ILLIS you can contact her at You can find more of her designs at!/media/albums/?id=636537422
  2. your unique beauty boutique you can check them out at!/aveyou
  3. And me islandgurl3601 follow