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Bath & Body Favorites of 2014

These are some of the products I've used consistently in 2014. No matter what I try, I always return to these. 
Carmex: It's a lip balm that consistently works for me. I've been using it for at least 10 years now.

Bekura Beauty (formerly BASK Beauty) Cocoa Nibs & Banana Sugar Sorbet:
This is a a great exfoliator packed with sugar. Unlike some scrubs that are mostly oil, the Sugar Sorbet is packed to the rim with sugar. It's an intense scrub, and I don't need to use it everyday.

Bekura Beauty (formerly BASK Beauty) Plantain Spice Warming Body Butter:
I love this and have had it for about a year now. It's a firm butter that smells of plantain and cinnamon. Ash be gone!

Dudu-Osun Black Soap:
this cleanses my skin better than any other product I’ve ever tried. It works for me, and I’ve been using it for years. Whenever, I try a new product, I always return to this black soap.

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Braiding Process - Winter 2014

I decided to braid my hair on a whim after seeing a picture of Chrisette Michelle with braids in a high bun. I saw the picture on Wednesday night and started my braids that Friday around midnight. Prior to braiding, I deep conditioned with Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) Strenghten, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque. Then applied the JBCO leave-in, sealed with a small amount of Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment (review here), and blew my hair out using the tension method. I thoroughly detangled prior to doing so, and again detangled while parting my hair for the braids. Before installing each braid, I trimmed the parted sections.

I used two different brands of hair and two different colors: Love Fashion Paris Hot Braid (£1.49) in color 33 for the back and Jazzy Afro Silky (£0.99) in color 340 for the front. I initially bought 6 packs and had to go back for 3 more. I used 8.5 packs total to complete the look. The Jazzy hair was softer, easier to braid with, and sealed …