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  1. Bet on yourself. It’s one of the safest bets you can make.
  2. Family is foundational.
  3. Lots of people have good ideas. Not many people have the patience to execute them.
  4. Gratitude is key. Use gratitude to frame your life.
  5. Social media only tells half the story. Sometimes less! Take it with a grain of salt.
  6. Don’t rely on social media for your social life. Spend time with people in real life.
  7. Everybody has a story. Everybody’s story has joy and pain.
  8. Wherever you live, home is what you make of it.
  9. Be honest with yourself and with others.
  10. Play with your clothes, your hair and (if it’s your thing) your makeup. Dressing yourself is one of the funnest forms of self expression.
  11. Hobbies are not just for kids. Keep exploring them.
  12. Take a personal finance class.
  13. Failing is a part of learning and growing. It always stings, but it teaches you a lot.
  14. True friends are hard to find. Treasure the ones you have.
  15. But also be vulnerable and open to meeting new people. The world is full of incredible people!
  16. It doesn’t always feel like it but life goes on, even after traumatic events.
  17. You learn the deepest lessons from your darkest times.
  18. Learn to love your hair and your body sooner rather than later. You’re stuck with them forever, might as well enjoy them!
  19. In the words of Lil Wayne, ‘Real G’s move in silence like lasagna’ Influential people tend not to excessively self-promote. Their work speaks for itself.
  20. Schedule sleep and rest in your daily and weekly schedules. You can’t be at 100% all the time.
  21. Make a habit of celebrating your milestones big and small. Not just birthdays, any date that means something to you. Celebrate it.
  22. Don’t be afraid to travel alone.
  23. Ask. for. HELP! If you need it, ASK!
  24. Don’t chase fame. Live a life that is meaningful to you.
  25. It’s okay to feel lonely. Don’t be embarrassed, lots of people go through it.
  26. Keep dreaming!
  27. Know how to cook 3 or 4 yummy meals from start to finish.
  28. Use a portion of Sunday to prepare for the week ahead. Even if it’s just half an hour. It makes the week start smoother.
  29. Physical touch is important. Get your hugs in when you can.
  30. Learn to forgive. Even the people you love most will mess up.
  31. Plan and prepare for your future.
  32. Change often happens in small increments. Small changes bring huge results over time.
  33. Sometimes meditation is as simple as having a conversation with yourself.
  34. Don’t compare! Learn to value your uniqueness.

The post 34 Things I’ve Learned in my 34 Years appeared first on Black Beauty Magazine |Black Hair Styles, Natural Hair Styles, Fashion and Beauty Editorials.

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We all know shea, cocoa and mango butter can give you an incredible glow. But why?

1. They are high in vitamin A, which promotes healthy skin cell production.

From ILoveSheaButter.com;

“Shea butter is so rich in vitamin A that you could call it vitamin A (retinol) cream, no kidding! Retinol and retinoic acid are important for healthy skin cell production. Vitamin A also stimulates the cells responsible for developing tissue, known as fibroblasts, that keep skin supple and healthy from within the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin.”


2. They are rich in compounds that reduce inflammation (itching, redness, irritation) in the skin. 

3. They are high in fatty acids which improve hydration and elasticity.

PLUS

4. All of our whipped butters contain coconut oil, which is anti‐bacterial and recommended as a treatment for eczema.

Given this ‘my dry skin is gone forever’ (or some variation of this) is a sentiment we often hear from customers.

“I have had very itchy eczema and this is cooling and refreshing and melts into skin. I used it on wash day for my 4C hair and it made my twist out buttery soft and moisturized for days.” — Shafiqah on Vanilla Latte Blended Butter

“AMAZING STUFF! I have eczema, and I have tried and used countless lotion brands with no success. I decided to try this butter out, and I am so happy I did. This whipped shea butter has done wonders for my skin, and my skin is so soft and glowy!” — Em on Vanilla Whipped Shea Butter

“These products are amazing! I simply love the butters. They are so fluffy and smooth. My skin feels WONDERFUL, especially in winter! The whipped cocoa butter smells divine. It smells like pure chocolate. My husband has problems with dry skin/eczema and he has seen 100% improvement. I’ve also tried the Mango/Shea butter. It made for twist out that slaaaayed! Much carnage in the lands after letting my twists set with the Mango/Shea butter.” — Tasha Jay on Whipped Butters 6 oz Sample Pack

The post Why Whipped Shea, Cocoa and Mango are So Good for Dry Skin appeared first on Black Beauty Magazine |Black Hair Styles, Natural Hair Styles, Fashion and Beauty Editorials.

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I started BGLH Marketplace out of my career as a natural hair blogger. On my site I covered the launches of many natural hair product lines, and while it was exciting to see more businesses catering to textured hair I noticed two huge gaps in the market.

1. Natural hair products were segmented for particular uses (deep condition, leave in, gel, etc) but very few were all-purpose.

Because natural hair products are divided up for different uses you wind up having to buy a bunch. But I don’t think it has to be this way.

I remember as a girl my mother keeping a sea green bottle of Ultra Sheen on her dresser. She used it for everything from braiding to oiling my scalp to slicking down my edges. I see BGLH Marketplace whipped butters as a modern, healthier and more effective alternative to the grease our mothers and grandmothers swore by. It’s a product you can reach for in a variety of scenarios to smooth, strengthen, style and soften your hair.

Our butters do not flake and are incredibly absorbent. They are not heavy or greasy, improve scalp health, play well with our products and reduce breakage. Basically they are the perfect primer for textured hair.

2. The effectiveness of many natural hair products seemed to decrease as a person’s hair became more textured.

My curls are 4B/4C. This means that, according to the hair typing system, they are incredibly tight. They pull to my scalp and aren’t prone to definition. For years I watched women with looser curls glide natural hair products through their tresses and get immediate shine, softness and definition. Meanwhile the same products had little effect on my tight curls and sometimes even made them worse.

I  formulated my butters with ingredients that I knew would work well on my tight curls. For the first time in my life I have a product that imparts softness and a gentle stretch, can give me light definition for wash and go’s, or a stronger definition for twist outs and braid outs.

(I achieved this fro with the help of our Vanilla Whipped Shea Butter!)

This year we will be releasing tutorials of how to use our whipped butters for your hair. But for now, here are a few reviews from customers who have incorporated them into daily hair preparation (click name to be taken to original review.)

“This is by far the best thing I have ever purchased.…for my HAIR ! Yes ! Believe it or not this is better than all of the other hair products I have ever tried (shea moisture, argan oil, cantu etc.)” — Esther P on Vanilla Whipped Shea Butter

“Thank you, Ms. Leila for creating this product. For years, I have searched for something which could help tame my oftentimes uncontrollable hair. The Coconut Lime Whipped Mango Butter is a dream come true. For starters, the whipped butter is very light and melts within my hand, which makes applying it to the hair a gentler process. Due to the butter’s airy‐like texture, my hair does not appear as though it is weighed down in oil, and works perfectly to combat those frizzy strands. In addition to that, the butter also leaves my hair soft and manageable. BGLH has definitely secured a place in my personal hair regimen.” — Mocha Dream on Coconut Lime Whipped Mango Butter

“I ordered the whipped shea ( and cocoa butter) a few months ago. After trying out a few natural hair products nothing worked for my hair and dried it out. But when I received this shea butter my hair was moisturized really well. Actually, it is the only product that I have used that does not dry out my hair.” — Quinisha on Unscented Whipped Shea Butter

“The ice cream blended butter grew my hair and I’ve used it for 3 months straight (bought a big jar) which is now empty.”  — Courageous Kitten on Ice Cream Blended Butter

“Being a 30 year old male with a health hair line, I decided to let my hair grow a lot longer than usual and wanted to be sure that I was taking good care of it in the safest possible manner along the way. After being recommended this product by a colleague and trusted friend, I originally struggled learning to apply it, but still got good results. Having learned the quantity and methods of application for products with longer hair styles in general, I’ve gotten really good results, as it leaves my hair soft, easily styled, healthy, and without any crunchiness, dryness, or excessive flaky build up. I’ve really enjoyed this product, am here to support black owned businesses, and plan to continue using it for years to come. It makes for a great gift as well (4 sisters with various different hair styles), and I highly recommend it for the brothers looking to impress their ladies or on a new hair journey of their own.” — Christopher Smith on Whipped Butters 2.5 oz Sample Pack

“Great product 5+stars. It works wonders on my son’s 4C hair and my dry no C hair. Definitely will reorder, unlike most oils our hair drinks up the whipped butter and never feels greasy or OMg cause acne where his curls touch his face.” — Kat on Whipped Shea Butter 1 oz Sample Pack

Stop using hair products that only kind of work and try our butters today. Our whipped mango butters, whipped shea butters, and blended butters that contain mango and shea are most effective for natural hair routines! Enter FIRSTTRY to get 10% off your first order!

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Since our founding in 2014 we have shipped to more than 15,000 customers in the United States, Canada and Europe. Everything is made from scratch and by hand at our Brooklyn facility (click here for a cool video of our butter being whipped!)

Orders are currently processing in 1 to 2 business days. Call (312) 448‑3343 or reply to this email if you need to reach somebody.

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In the age of Instagram there are a lot of beauty products flooding the market. Hot new creams and elixirs pop up every day, chasing beauty care trends and promising miraculous results.

At BGLH Marketplace, we’re playing the long game. We envision our products being a staple in bathrooms and bedrooms for decades to come. We’re not here to compete with what is hot and new. We’re here to become the bedrock of your beauty routine.

Many of our customers start their day by applying our butters from head to toe — literally — from their strands all the way down to their ankles. Our butters are the perfect all-body primer, locking moisture and softness for the entire day. No ash, no dryness, no hassle.

We know we are a unique product, and our commitment is to keep producing fragrant, light, and deeply moisturizing butters you can count on for years to come.

(Click name to be taken to original review.)

“OMG! I love, love, love this freaking product! No more bath and body works for me! I appreciate the smooth, creamy and luscious feel of the butter.” — Angela Cunningham on Vanilla Whipped Shea Butter

“I ordered the whipped shea ( and cocoa butter) a few months ago. After trying out a few natural hair products nothing worked for my hair and dried it out. But when I received this shea butter my hair was moisturized really well. Actually, it is the only product that I have used that does not dry out my hair. I love it for my hair and skin. Great product! Now, I have recently ordered the raw and want to see how that form is.” — Quinisha on Unscented Whipped Shea Butter

“I absolutely love these butters! I’ve tried and love the whipped cocoa butter, lemon cream, coconut mango, and coconut shea butter! They leave your skin feeling so amazing and smells amazing awesome. My skin feels so smooth and moisturized! My whole family has been using the whipped cocoa butter which is my ultimate go to for my 12 month old son and 6 year daughter! My son had theses dry dark patches on his knees from crawling on the floor at 7 months which cleared up and smooth out after a few weeks of applying the whipped cocoa butter. I bought samples and gave as gifts which friends loved! I even bought 6 oz jars for my mother and father and they too loved the whipped cocoa butter and cocoa blended butter!” — Audrea on Whipped Butters 6 oz Sample Pack

“I mentioned the product to my son and he gifted the Lavender whip to me for Christmas last year. I was blown away! It is the only product that soothes my extremely dry skin. Then I tried it on my hair. Heaven! Thank you so much. It’s the only product that satisfies my needs.” — Carol Johnson

Use coupon code FIRSTTIME for 10% off your first order.

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Since our founding in 2014 we have shipped to more than 15,000 customers in the United States, Canada and Europe. Everything is made from scratch and by hand at our Brooklyn facility (click here for a cool video of our butter being whipped!)

Although we are a handmade company we strive for quick fulfillment. 90% of our orders ship out within 2 business days. If it takes longer than that it means we are still creating items for your order. You can call (312) 448‑3343 to get real time updates.

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There is nothing more frustrating than looking down at your ankles or knuckles on a busy day and finding that — despite having applied lotion — they are ashy, white and bone dry. This is especially common during the winter months. The truth is that many lotions just aren’t up to the task of providing deep, penetrating, long-lasting moisture.

Our whipped butters contain two basic components: butter and oil. It’s a rich mixture with absolutely no filler. Working in small batches, we whip the butter for more than an hour so it is light, airy and sinks right into the skin.

It is the perfect combination of richness and absorbency — all the benefits of butter and oil with none of the heaviness and greasiness.

It’s no wonder that the moisturizing properties of our butters are so commonly mentioned in product reviews.

Here’s a sampling (click name to be taken to original review);

The lavender butter is perfectly whipped and smells soooo good. It lasts on my skin throughout the day. A very good product to use during winter months for extra moisture against cold weather. — Chawntea Palmore on Lavender Whipped Shea Butter

Literally the most amazing thing I’ve ever put on my skin (or hair)! Soft, fluffy and luscious. I am crazy about these products! It’s like lotion for your hair but , easy to put on, not too greasy but still has PLENTY of moisture packed into each scoop. The texture is unbelievable. It’s like a cloud, definitely sent from angels. I’ve never tried whipped shea butter before and this is the way to go. — Nialena on Whipped Butters 2.5 oz Sample Pack

Love this shea butter and I especially love the scent, a hint of vanilla but not overwhelming. I have extremely dry skin and this has been a good product to lock in enough moisture, but not too greasy at the same time. I would highly recommend! — Gabby on Vanilla Whipped Shea Butter

I can only say I’m totally satisfied. I’m sold. I set out to find me a true replacement for what I was previously using in my skin, Batch & Body Works. I’ve just placed my 2nd order for 3 more scents to add to my collection. I see no more dry ashy skin & have to wonder did I ever use a skin moisturizer. Thank you! — MsKColes on Whipped Butters 2.5 oz Sample Pack

For too long people have felt that ashy, dry skin in cold weather is unavoidable. It isn’t! And our butters prove that.

Use coupon code FIRSTTIME to get 10% off your first order.

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Since our founding in 2014 we have shipped to more than 15,000 customers in the United States, Canada and Europe. Everything is made from scratch and by hand at our Brooklyn facility (click here for a cool video of our butter being whipped!)

Although we are a handmade company we strive for quick fulfillment. 90% of our orders ship out within 2 business days. If it takes longer than that it means we are still creating items for your order. You can call (312) 448‑3343 to get real time updates.

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CLICK TO SHOP WHIPPED BUTTER CLICK TO SHOP BLACK SOAP CLICK TO SHOP SAMPLE PACKS CLICK TO SHOP THE FULL SITE

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