I Love My Fro Review & Style: Twistout Puff

Peace Beautifuls, I’m super excited to tell you about I Love My Fro products.  As you may know I have 4C type hair and “She” feel in love with I Love My Fro.  If you follow me, then you know Shea Moisture was my everything.  But I must confess there is about to be a take over!!!  Check out my review and see how much “I LOVE MY FRO!!!
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Small Business Spotlight Feature: Cases by Cherrell

Beautifuls, I absolutely love my custom cell phone case soooooooo much that I had to do a feature on it!!! Check out the video and see for yourself…to learn more about Cherrell & Cases by Cherrell read the Q&A below.

 

 

Q. What is your name and where are you from?
A. Cherrell. Baltimore, MD

Q. Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)?
A. I started my company in 2013, with no specific name other than, Cases by Cherrell. I create custom phone cases to represent many different personalities.

Q. What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?

A. I began making the custom phone cases after I lost a dead end search for my own custom case, soo.. I decided to make my own and it picked up ever since then!

Q. What distinguishes your product from other brands?

A. All of the designs are custom, however some started from my own likes and inspiration to create the initial design.

What distinguishes me from other brands is that, I make what the customer wants, and I work with them throughout the entire process to ensure that they are completely satisfied.

Q. What challenges have you faced with starting the line?
A. The challenges that I have faced, were that; it’s hard to market, “custom items” because everyone wants something different.  I have to price things based on exactly it is that each person wants, so it is hard to place an exact price on my website. However, I love making new things and I love the versatility!

Q. What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?
A. I would like to reach fan bases all over and I would like to continue to expand my business in other directions and ventures.
Q. Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?
A. I would say that it is not an easy process at all! It takes trial and error and you are never going to be perfect at what you do. You have to put yourself into the place of a consumer and put into place what you would expect yourself as a buyer.

Q. And finally, how do we get our hands on your custom designs?
Ig: Naturallycherrell #casesbycherrell

 

 

    Also I know you are also a fellow Naturlista! Why did you decide to go natural? 
 

Q.  How long have you been natural? Did you transition or did you big chop?
A. I will be three years natural at the end of June! 🙂 I did a pretty big chop and transitioned the front of my hair (about an 1ch long)

Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your natural hair journey? 
A. I loved watching my hair grow back and grow back healthy!

Q. Has anything been a challenge on your journey?
A. The first few months were a challenge with the awkward length of my hair, but I was able to adjust! I don’t regret anything!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME CHERRELL!!!

Small Business Spotlight Feature: Trust Me Cosmetics

Peace Beautifuls, I’m back with a new feature that is great for the make up lover in all of us!!! I had the great pleasure to try the “Passion” lipstick by Trust Me Cosmetics.  Please view the video below followed by the Q&A with the owner Kimberly Howard.   Thanks for viewing 😘  and head over to her Facebook page…tell her Im Just Jackie sent you!!! https://www.facebook.com/trustmecosmetics

 

Q.  What is your name and where are you from?
A.   Kimberly Howard originally from Pelican, La, but currently residing in Dallas, Tx.

Q.  Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)?
A.  Trust Me Cosmetics offers lip-glosses and lipsticks for now. We will eventually offer nail polish, eye shadows, and other cosmetics products. 

Q.  What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?
A.   Our line is in honor of my godmother Pearlie Clark. She passed away last year from pancreatic cancer. She taught me to always to trust in God and even when she was in pain she still kept her spirit to beautiful. This line is to honor her and her will power to trust and believe. As a child I would give her a kiss to get her lipstick on my lips.

Q.  What distinguishes your product from other brands?
A.   Our products are highly pigment and handmade in the US.

Q.  What challenges have you faced with starting the line?
A.   A major challenge is being able to find the perfect colors that is fitting for women of all colors.

Q.  What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?
A.   My personal goal is to make sure that all of our customers are satisfied and feel beautiful on the inside and outside. Also, we plan to have a line so that makeup artist will be able to have a personalized makeup that they are proud of.

Q.  Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?
A.   Advice that I would give anyone is “All things are possible through Christ.”

Q.  And finally, how do we get our hands on your custom designs?
A.   To order you will be able to visit www.trustmecosemtic.com. The site will be launching on Friday May 9, 2014. Until then please email us atsales@trustmecosemtice.com.

Thank you for your time Kim!!!

New Color!!!

Hi Beautifuls, I just wanted to share my new color with you all.   I used Shea Moisture coloring system again. But this time the color is Reddish Blonde (results will vary)!!! After coloring I decided to try my new wet2straight flat iron from Remington and this is the final look.  I love it!!!

      
Face:
Maybelline BBcream (deep)
MAC mineralize skin finish (Sunpower)
Eyes:
Julep neutral palette
Elf eyeliner & mascara (black)
Cheeks:
Maybelline Fit blush (deep nude)
CoverGirl Queen bronzer (ebony bronze)
Lips:
MAC Velvet Teddy
Maybelline Sheer Linen

 

Small Business Spotlight Feature: Fatemeh’s Jewelry & Accessories

Hi Beautifuls, here is my latest Small Business Spotlight!!! Take a moment to watch the video and read the Q&A to learn more about Fatemeh’s Jewelry & Accessories!!!
What is your name and where are you from? Fatemeh Grant. I live in the central valley of California.
 

Can you tell us a little about your company (name, what you offer, when established, etc)? 

  • Fatemeh’s Jewelry & Accessories was established in 2010. I offer handmade beaded or crochet jewelry, hair accessories, hair products and crochet items.
 

What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?

  •  I was bored one day and just starting crocheting earrings. I would make something and put it aside and my sister gave me the idea to start selling them. I really don’t have an inspiration for each design. It just pops in my head. If the beads or yarn aren’t in front of me I’ll make a drawing and write what beads/material I want to use and make it later.

What distinguishes Fatemeh’s Jewelry and Accessories from other brands? 

  • My items are one of a kind. In the past, I would only make 1 of each item but I had to start duplicating items per customer request. Ask and you shall recieve. I also pride myself in having reasonable prices.
 

What challenges have you faced with starting the line? 

  • Advertising.
 

What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business? 

  • No personal goal. Its something I’ve added to my list of hobbies.
 

Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur? 

  • Do what you love and love what you do. Don’t let people discourage your dream. It will be slow in the beginning but hang in there and don’t give up.
 

And finally, how do we get our hands on Fatemah’s Jewelry and Accessories?

  • You can purchase my items online. www.fnggrant.etsy.com. Im offering you Im Just Jackie followers a 10% discount. coupon code: IMJUSTJACKIE. 
 

    Also if you are also a fellow Naturlista! Why did you decide to go natural? 

  • I went natural before I found out about the natural hair community. I went natural a couple of times because I wanted a change. 

    How long have you been natural? Did you transition or did you big chop? 

  • I’ve been natural (for the second and last time) since 2007 when I BCd. I starting locing in Oct 2012.

    What has been the most rewarding part of your natural hair journey? 

  • I just love my hair.

    Has anything been a challenge on your journey? 

  • Those dang split ends. LOL. Thats why I started locing. I got tired of cutting 2-4″ off each year. Although I was hitting milestones, I still had that setback.

Small Business Spotlight Fearure: A Life Balanced

Peace Beautifuls, I want to introduce you all to A Life Balanced.  If you are interested in holistic / natural based products to enrich your well being, than this is it!!! Take a moment to watch the video (sorry kind of lengthy) and then continued to read the Q&A to learn more about A Life Balanced and the owner, Alana Hinds.
From A Life Balanced website: 
In ancient Egyptian mythology, the heart portion of the soul was weighed in a balance against the feather of Ma’at, symbolizing truth, harmony, peace, balance & order. This is how we should live our lives (mind, body & spirit). Let our heart be as light as a feather=BALANCE
Are you living A Life Balanced?
What is it that you are carrying in your heart? Guilt, shame, regret, fear, resentment, unresloved issues.
What seems to be eating away at your heart? Processed foods, fats, sugars, salt, substances.
Our mission is to balance your health & well-being using holistic approaches. A life Balanced will give you the knowledge & support you need to achieve your nutrition goals. No one diet works for everyone. We will guide you to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support you. We will also help you to make gradual, lifelong changes that enable you to reach your current and future health goals.
Q. What is your name and where are you from?
A. Alana Hinds


Q. Can you tell us a little about your company?
A. My company is a Holistic (whole person mind, body & spirit) Nutrition based company that assists individuals in achieving their health goals both inside and out
 
Q. What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?
A. My inspiration began with my passion on healthy living and eating. It was pretty much a reflection on how I was raised from a child and how I continue to live today. I was raised in a health conscious/alternative medicine household by my parents and grew to know the importance of it as I got older. The inspiration behind each product resulted in simply wanted a more holistic and natural product to use both internal or external.  


Q. What distinguishes A Life Balanced from other brands?
A. We are a very small business (just me) 🙂 that caters to the individual needs of each client/customer to provide optimal results. And I believe that’s something that is lacking in “healthcare”. Also we provide “holistic” services and products that is safe and beneficial for both the internal/external body. Although our products may be similar to other brands the quality and benefits supersedes others. 
 
Q. What challenges have you faced with starting the line?
A. Being able to supply the demand. Being that it is only me mixing, preparing or consulting, it can be challenging at times. So I would say time can be a the challenge but overall I love what I do.
 
Q. What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?
A. To be able to reach individuals on a globally
 
Q. Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?
A. To continue to do what you love regardless of the financial or supportive (family, people) ups/downs because the reward is in the passion that you will later discover
 
Q. And finally, how do we get our hands on A Life Balanced?
A. A Life Balanced can be reached on all social networks @alifebalanced (IG, Twitter, Facebook)
SAVE 15% ON ORDER $20 OR MORE USING DISCOUNT CODE JUSTJACKIE
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If you are a fellow Naturalista please continue…
Q. Why did you decide to go natural?

A. Did my loc chop (get my dread locs off) 10/2011 after 12 years. Read the story here:http://aroundthewaycurls.com/alana-hinds-from-a-life-balanced-discusses-the-big-chop

Q. How long have you been natural?

A. Always was natural since birth 

Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your natural hair journey?
Freedom of expression, individuality, versatility  

Small Business Spotlight Feature: Toni Daley

Hey Hey Hey Beautifuls, have you heard of Toni Daley??? If not, you gone learn today😃. I was asked by one of you to do a feature on Toni and I’m so glad I did. Toni was more than willing to participate in my small business segment. Her work is absolutely amazing!!! I love her creativity and the love she has for gift!!! Don’t take my word for it….see for yourself!!! If you want to know more about Toni and her business read the Q&A below…Thank you Toni!!!

 

 

Q. What is your name and where are you from?
A. My name is Toni Daley. I’m from Toronto, Canada.
Q. Can you tell us a little about your company?
A. My website is tonidaley.com and I offer unique handmade jewelry, custom earrings and original artwork. I started about 2 years.
Q. What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?
A. My inspiration for my brand, my jewelry and my artwork is natural hair. It’s a bit of an obsession of mine! I love natural hair and because I find so much beauty in it, it’s often reflected in my artwork as well certain images within my jewelry. Although anyone can wear my jewelry I do tend to design with the naturalista in mind. I offer large bold pieces that will stand out against big dark hair, and sleek rounded designs that won’t snag in loose hair.
Q. What distinguishes Toni Daley from other brands?
A. I think there are three main things that separate me from other similar brands.
1) Originality – All my designs are my own original concepts and I like to add fresh new designs often.
2) Diversity – Although it’s obvious that my main love is natural hair my designs don’t solely focus on that. You can find an array of designs ranging from afro picks to dragons!
3) Value – I search for the best value for my materials so I can keep costs low and pass the savings down to my customers
Q. What challenges have you faced with starting the line?
A. I can’t think of a specific challenge that I had to face, it’s all been an ongoing process. I’m still learning as I go.
Q. What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?
A. I’d love to be able to do it full time one day.
Q. Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?
A. I never decided one day that I wanted to start making art, I’ve ALWAYS made art. I didn’t decide one day that I wanted to make jewelry, I’ve ALWAYS made jewelry. I’m an artist, I love to create so this has always been my hobby. I would make earrings for my family and friends and people would see them wearing my creations and then try to find out how they could get some. So my advice would be do what you love because when you love something and have a passion for it, people can see that and will seek you out.
Q. And finally, how do we get our hands on Toni Daley jewelry & art?
A. You can visit me at www.tonidaley.com
For the Naturalsita in You!!!
Q. Why did you decide to go natural?
A. I actually didn’t decide to go natural….at least not intentionally. I damaged my hair with relaxers and as an alternative started wearing braids. I ended up absolutely loving my braided styles and went through a sort of “Brandy” phase. I wore braids for 2 years straight! When I finally stopped, I fell in love with what was revealed underneath and decided not to go back to chemicals.
Q. How long have you been natural?
A. Since about 2006
Q.What has been the most rewarding part of your natural hair journey?
A. The most rewarding thing has to be YouTube. Going/being natural opened my eyes to this amazing online community full of support and love and I’m so happy to be a part of it.
Q. Has anything been a challenge on your journey?
A. I can’t think of any challenge that is specific to my natural journey. It’s been a great road so far.