Thursday, March 22, 2012

In Review: Lux Naturals Moonlight Pomegranate Shea Body Butter

Hello my name is Etoile and I am a product junkie…no really a licensed, card carrying, certified, don’t try this at home kids PJ and right now I am #pissed off!

The other day my girlfriend’s and I make a run to Whole Foods after dinner to pick up a tea that purportedly has sleep enhancing benefits (more on that in another post) and while in their my friend who shall remain nameless says to me ‘Etoile you have got to smell this Body Butter’ HA now why does she say that to me?! So I mosey on over take a whiff and hold the bottle up to read the name of this jar of butter that smells like QUITE THE SLICE OF HEAVEN…Lux Naturals Moonlight Pomegranate Shea Body Butter; I then dip my finger in dab a small amount on my hand and am #blownaway by the ‘sheer’ lusciousness of it all.

They Say:
A blend of pomegranate, orange, cinnamon and vanilla. Sophisticated and complex this is sure to awaken your senses. Treat yourself to this rich deep penetrating Shea Body Butter. It will soothe, nourish and pamper your skin. Use it on your elbows, knees, hands, feet or all over. It is ultra rich and thick so a little goes a long way! Contains: 90% Organic Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Tapioca Starch, Mineral Pigments, Blend of Natural Fragrances and Essential Oils. Note: Color will vary based on scent. Do not expose to heat, may melt.

I Say:
I am hizooked! This is simply the most emollient body butter that I have ever used. Loaded with good for you oils & shea butter whipped to cloud like consistency my body stayed not only moisturized all day but the light yet moody fragrance stayed with me all day as well. #loveit. #curveapproved.

RUN do not walk to your nearest Whole Food to buy it!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

In Review: Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intense Moisture Mask

Ever have THAT moment when you are standing in the bath room with your hair drenched in olive oil from the pre-poo that you did the evening before and you suddenly realize that you have not only no conditioner but no deep conditioner in the house…sigh. What’s a #natural to do? Bun my hair, wipe the oil from the nape of my neck and shamelessly head to Walgreen’s. With no conditioner in the house my inner PJ is so happy to be unleashed! I’ve been itching to try the Organix Macadamia Oil Line so I grab the Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intense Moisture Mask, my staple HEHH for detangling and head out.

They Say:
“This totally indulgent deep conditioner drenches even the driest, most brittle hair with moisture, leaving it soft, supple, and touchable with a fusion of gentle conditioning macadamia oil and moisturizing bamboo extract, while sugar can extract gives hair silky new life.”

I Say:
Found a NEW Holy Grail Product! Whooo Hooo! After shower detangling I applied the conditioner to my hair and was amazed at the slip. I sat under my heating cap for an hour, jumped back in the shower to rinse and my hair was super soft and shiny.

This product is Curvy Curly Approved!


Friday, March 2, 2012

On The Couch With Amira Mahmoud!

The Curvealicious Chronicles recently had the opportunity to sit with rising young Entertainment Exec Amira Mahmoud…Amira epitomizes the phrase “Mover & Shaker”...enjoy!


What is your name and what do you do?
Amira Mahmoud, I'm a Music Artist Manager and I'm also the Director of Artist Relations at ELW Productions, Inc.

When did your 'love affair' with music begin?
As far back as I can remember, my parents always tell me how when I was a baby and I would cry, they would put me in the stationary swing in front of the TV and put on Janet Jackson and I would immediately stop crying because I was mesmerized. I've always LOVED dancing, singing, and listening to music.

How did you break into the entertainment industry?
I actually fell into it by accident, I was filling out online forms to do a co-op program in college and clicked on multiple positions in my area of interest, and surprisingly I ended up getting a call from Verve Music Group at Universal. I had always wanted to be in the music industry, but thought it was so exclusive and you had to know someone to get in...apparently not.

What advice would you give other young people hoping to have a career on the business side of the entertainment industry?
Do as many internships as possible! Once you're an intern, ask a lot of questions and make yourself useful to the people around you. It's also very important to keep in touch with the people you worked for and worked with.

What has been your career high-light to date?
There have been many highlights, but working on Son of a Gun would have to be the highlight for me. I really learned a lot about another side of management, reality television, and dealing with many different people. It was an eye-opener for me seeing how people deal with one another, whether it be positively or negatively. I also built a lot of great relationships with the people I met.

What are your goals and aspirations?
I feel like the question should be what AREN'T my goals and aspirations because I have so many! I really want to build my brand and eventually become a household name. I'm interested in many different areas and want to be involved in everything! I really look up to women like Kimora Lee Simmons and Jennifer Lopez who "do it all" and have built great brands and names for themselves. They are successful and involved in many different ventures while still having families, and ultimately that's what I want.

What projects are you currently working on?
Musically, I'm currently working on projects for Alex Young and my artist, Dougie Cash. I'm also in the process of developing a website with a partner of mine that focuses on dating and relationships. In addition I'm working on a couple of other projects, you'll see...

How do you balance work & play?
I think it's very important to find balance and to know when to balance. I try to incorporate both as much as I can, if I'm at an event with friends I still make an effort to network and build relationships that can transpire into my work, while still having a good time. There may be times where there is just too much work to be done or you know you have something important coming up and when that happens, you need to learn when to skip the social scene.

What's on Amira's playlist?
Currently, the albums that I keep rotating are Adele, Rihanna, J Cole, Drake, and Dougie Cash's First Class Mixtape. I love all kinds of music, and especially like music I can sing and dance to.

What can we expect from Amira in 2012?
You can expect me to keep growing and building myself as a brand, I'm really looking forward to new business ventures that I'm working on and developing my and Ed Woods' artist, Dougie Cash. I can't reveal all of the moves I'm making, but stay tuned because it's definitely going to be interesting...