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Raw Stories – topmodelc_

My name is Carlene John. I am a 30 year young Brooklynite and Vitiligo warrior. Vitiligo is a skin disorder which causes melanin loss in the skin, but in “losing” melanin I found myself and a true purpose. Instead of it holding me back, my skin disorder made me determined to push through the many barriers of conventional beauty. It is my motivation to pursue an art I am extremely passionate about. I began modeling at the age of 17 and have grown tremendously over the years in crafting a walk I can call my own.

 

Photographer: @Garren.Pryce

Your Next Hair Color Hero at Sally Beauty!

Introducing PRO Remedy exclusively at Sally Beauty, your new clean hair care solution for professional salon quality formulations, look, & scents made with plant-derived ingredients and cold pressed products. 

We created PRO Remedy to bring the salon feel to you—especially during quarantine era, most of us are looking for ways to help maintain salon hair color and vibrancy between salon visits.   

If you need a good hair fix and seeking to maintain, repair, and protect your hair, say hello to Raw Sugar’s PRO Remedy lineup. The new affordable, professional-grade collection of products crafted with high-functioning, nutrient-rich botanicals, organic extractsand plant-based formulas. Do we hear some hand clapping? Because, yaaaas. Not to mentionthe exclusive line features the most gorgeous, head-turning scents.    

 Lean on us to help protect your hard-earned color with our clean ingredients! 

 

 *Due to COVID 19, PRO Remedy bamboo tops may have alternative temporary substitutions and will be back shortly.   

 

PRO Remedy Reconstruct Shampoo- White Orchid + Mushroom

Protect your hard-earned color while you cleansegently remove unwanted product build-up and pollutants without stripping.  Made with nature’s most powerful hero ingredients that are high in antioxidants, vitamins and mineralsthis proprietary blend of Reishi and Cordyceps Mushroom extracts and White Orchid extract helps replenish moisture and rebalance PH levelsnourishing scalp care for optimal hair growth. Infused with a blend of fermented oils to prevent split-ends and breakage while boosting elasticity, bounce and shine. Hair smells gorgeous with a light floral scent of white orchid, jasmine and nuances of rosewood.  Balance your spirit as well as your scalp for longer, stronger, and visibly more vibrant hair. 

PRO Remedy Reconstruct Conditioner – White Orchid + Mushroom

The ultimate damage control rescue treatment! This color-locking conditioner helps repair broken bonds, softens split ends, and adds moisture to prevent further breakage. Made with nature’s most powerful hero ingredients rich in hair-strengthening proteins, vitamins and mineralsthis proprietary blend of Reishi and Cordyceps Mushroom extracts and White Orchid extract helps to seal in moisture, boost shine, for incredibly nourished long strong hair. A unique combination of natural UV-protective fermented oils, rich antioxidants and phytonutrients instantly repair split-ends and strengthen hair bonds without weighing hair down. Soothe your senses as well as your scalp with pure floral notes of white orchid, jasmine, and rosewood.  The result is silky soft, legendary hair. 

 

 

PRO Remedy Leave-In Primer Mist – Wild Rose + Watercress

This amazing lightweight, pre-styling treatment is a multi-tasking hair-primer that does it all!  Infused with botanical extracts of Wild Rose, Watercressand Mojave Yucca. The gentle mist helps to detangle, bonds hair strands, and seals split-ends for ultimate frizz control. Cold Pressed Sunflower Seed Oil and Coconut Oil, work like a pro to keep hair protected from heat damage and breakage without weighing it down. Leave hair smelling gorgeous with rich and delicate notes of wild rose paired with watery fresh greens. The result is wonderfully silky and radiant looking hair. 

 

 

PRO Remedy Protective Dry Shampoo Camelia Flower + Agave

You’re a quick spritz away from refreshed, volumized and gorgeous hair! Save time between washes and extend your look with this Protective Dry Shampoo that cleanses and absorbs oil and odor. Revive your bounce and maintain color vibrancy while shielding from environmental stress. Infused with Vegan Quinoa Protein, to make hair feel thicker with lustrous volume, and a proprietary botanical blend of Blue Agave and Green Tea to naturally detangle and prevent future damage. Extra fine Rice Seed and Bamboo Powder leaves no powdery residue, only a soft-to-the-touch feel. The result is incredibly fresh hair with a camellia flower, lilies and sweet agave scent. 

 

PRO Remedy Unbreakable Balm Leave-In Bond Treatment – Banana Leaf + Coconut

Bliss out with this brilliant, instant frizz-smoothing and structure-strengthening leave-in Balm that seals, heals and protects while bringing damaged hair back to life! Made with a lush botanical extract blend of Banana, Coconut and Lotus Leaf, to seal in color, enhance elasticity, boost shine and soften hair. Infused with bond sealing, vitamin-rich fermented oils to help restore over processed hair, protect color and prevent further breakage. Embrace the scent of a lavish tropical paradise of creamy coconut and banana. The result is truly brilliant strong hair.  

 

All PRO Remedy products:  

  • Made with plant-derived and Cold Pressed ingredients 
  • Made with organic extracts 
  • Free of Parabens & Silicones 
  • Cruelty-Free & Vegan 
  • Color-Safe 
  • For every product purchased, Raw Sugar donates a bar of soap to a family in need 

Quick Spritz to Fabulous: Why We Love Our Dry Shampoo 

Did you know, we now have 3 totally different Dry Shampoos! Each specialized formula is tailored to meet your mane needs.  

If there’s one thing Covid has taught us, it’s tprioritize our time. Who has the energy to spend an extra hour or two washing and styling their hair daily?!  Certainly not this Raw Sugar babe. 

As we’ve adapted to the new norm by homeschooling, remote workingvideo conferencing, and quarantining—any extra time has shifted to indulging in new hobbies, meditating, and relaxing. We’ve become less concerned about perfection and more obsessed with ease.  That said, we still want to look cute AF for the video calls and FaceTime chats 

Let’s celebrate self-care hacks that give us more time for what’s important! Not to mention, saving the earth’s precious water resources.   

PRO Remedy Protective Dry Shampoo Camelia Flower + Agave 

Save time between washes and extend your look with this Protective Dry Shampoo that cleanses and absorbs oil and odor. Revive your bounce and maintain color vibrancy while shielding from environmental stress. Infused with Vegan Quinoa Protein, to make hair feel thicker with lustrous volume, and a proprietary botanical blend of Blue Agave and Green Tea to naturally detangle and prevent future damage. Extra fine Rice Seed and Bamboo Powder leaves no powdery residue, only a soft-to-the-touch feel. The result is incredibly fresh hair with a camellia flower, lilies and sweet agave scent. 

Raw Sugar Volume Dry Shampoo, Watermelon + Lychee  

Say goodbye to bad hair days. With a few quick sprays of our color-safe Dry Shampoo, you achieve maximum volume with minimum effort. Bamboo Powder and organic Marshmallow Root extract magically absorb oil and impurities so hair instantly bounces back to life with revived softness, shine, volume and vibrancy, leaving hair smelling super fresh and juicy with subtle notes of watermelon and lychee. Poof! No more dull, flat, tired hair.

Raw Sugar Texture Dry Shampoo, Maqui Berry + Coconut 

Say goodbye to bad hair days. With a few quick sprays of our color-safe Dry Shampoo, you achieve maximum volume with minimum effort. Bamboo Powder and organic Marshmallow Root extract magically absorb oil and impurities so hair instantly bounces back to life with revived softness, shine, volume and vibrancy, leaving hair smelling beautifully fresh with hints of coconut, maqui berries, rose and cedar wood.

For you babes who embrace the dry shampoo lifestyle, rejoice! These Dry Shampoos have your back, so you avoid pulling out the blow dryer and get back to living life.  All three formulas are safe for color-treated hairvegan + cruelty-free, and made without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, or artificial dyes. Also safe for use on chemically treated hair, extensions, and will protect your color investment. 

 

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Raw Sugar Hair Care Breakdown

Available at Sally Beauty! Click the image to shop 👆

Find your clean hair care solution with Raw Sugar’s line of products that are made with plant-derived ingredients and cold pressed products.

Healthy self-care includes your hair, but shampoo and conditioner are not one size fits all.  Finding the right hair care for your hair type could make the difference between life with lustrous locks or fighting the frizzies on a daily basis. That’s why we tailor our hair care line to specific needs. Check out which collection may be the perfect fit for you!

  1. The Moisture Smoothie

For overworked, dehydrated hair that needs an extra shot of moisture and nourishment.  

Amazing for hair that’s dry and overworked and needs a heavy dose of moisture. The Moisture Smoothie Shampoo + Conditioner is a hair strengthening duo to achieve a tamed mane. This super hydrating formula with Coconut + Agave + Sweet Almond Milk delivers thirst quenching hydration and shine to keep your hair sleek, glossy, and vibrant.

  1. The Bounce Back 

For hair that doesn’t want to be weighed down, craves weightless body, and bounce.  

 

Add more life to your hair with our Bounce Back Shampoo and Conditioner. Infused with shine enhancing carrot oil, mango butter and nourishing agave, it delivers weightless bounce and soft body, with a delicious mango scent.

  1. The Truly Unruly 

For hair that is wild and unruly, needs curl-defining nourishment and frizz fighting power.  

Our Truly Unruly puts life back in your curls without weighing them down. The deeply cleansing formula is fortified with rich Avocado, cleansing Apple Cider Vinegar, and healing Rosemary Oil so your curls are under control but wild spirit is still fully intact!

 

  1. Dry Shampoo Volume 

For tired, flat hair that needs a quick pick-me up between washes to revive volume and freshness. 

This lush, gorgeous smelling Dry Shampoo is your go-to for quick volume between washes. The super-fresh formula is crafted with Bamboo Powder and organic Marshmallow Root extract to magically absorb oil and impurities so your hair instantly bounces back to life with added volume, revived vibrancy, and beautifully fresh scent of watermelon and lychee.

 

  1. Dry Shampoo Texture 

For tired, dull hair that needs an instant boost of style between washes to add texture and revive freshness. 

For flat, lifeless hair in need of extra style. This lush, plant-derived formula made with Bamboo Powder and organic Marshmallow Root extract to magically absorb oil and impurities to add instant texture for maximum style between washes. It revives stale hair with a beautifully fresh scent with hints of coconut, maqui berries, rose, and cedarwood.

  1. Healing Power Hair Masque

For some extra love and damage-repair done from over-styling, overheating and product build-up.

Immerse your hair in the ultimate Healing Power of Avocado + Banana Oil + Coconut Milk + Agave nutrients: a super dose of nourishment for shinier, stronger, visibly healthier hair. Made with an indulgent blend of nature’s highly nourishing plant-derived power ingredients repair over-worked hair that’s in need of a little Raw lovin’.

  1. Mighty Curls Hair Masque

For curly hair that needs frizz tamed, curls defined, and an overall hair revive.

 

This rich, blossoming tropical scented hair masque will help you tame, soften, define and add shine to curls, kicking frizz to the curb. A powerfully nourishing and regenerative blend of Organic Papaya and Shea Butter extract, Hemp Seed Oil, and Pro-Vitamin B5 ramps up moisture while giving curls weightless, silky volume, vibrancy, and bounce.

  1. Fierce Renewal Hair Booster

For a shot of hydration, restoration, and boost to damaged hair.

We’ve loaded up this hair booster with Soy Protein for extra shine and Coconut Oil to restore hair breakage! This quick, leave-in treatment was made to give your hair that extra love it needs. This booster protects and reduces any further hair damage, so your future self will be thanking you! Glossy, silky hair will always be in style. Each Raw Boost bottle contains up to 2 uses.

5 Sustainable Ways to Clean Your Body

Taking care of yourself should never be at the expense of others or the environment. That really is the heart of what sustainable self-care means.  Since our skin absorbs up to 64% of what you put on it, it also means being very intentional about what you put on your body — from cruelty free to non-toxic ingredients. All said, it’s clearly the time to clean up your self-care regimen.  

 

Here are 5 ways you can be more sustainable with your clean routine. 

 

  1. Use products made with natural or organic, plant-derived ingredients.  You’ll be giving yourself self-care that not only feels good, performs well, you’re using ingredients that align with nature and are actually good for your body and don’t poison the planet. Instead of chemicals, you’re infusing vitamins, minerals, plant extracts and skin-loving ingredients into your body that has a feel-good effect that extends to your spirit as well.    

 

  1. Use products that are cruelty free.  Sustainability means taking care of our planet, and all the living things on it. There is no place for animal testing in a soulful, sustainable world.  

 

  1. Just say no to chemical, unnatural ingredients. Using body washes and soaps that are non-toxic with no harmful chemicals is key —  not only because we absorb 64% of what goes on our body and could eventually make us sick, but the chemical waste can destroy our planet. 

 

  1. Opt for a shower to save water. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons. 
  2. Find eco-friendly packaging and re-use containers. Currently only an estimate of 14% of plastic gets recycled. Re-use is the best way to live a sustainable lifestyle.

See our blog here for ideas on reusing plastic containers, 5 hacks for to be more eco-friendly, and our guide to a plant-based diet.  

Is Mask Mouth a Thing?  

We’ve all heard of maskne (aka, acne caused by wearing a mask) and unfortunately, that’s definitely a thing. But mask mouth? Yep. Also a thing. When you’re wearing a mask for any length of time, you’re breathing your own breath, the moisture in your breath gets damp which goes into the fabric of your mask, which in turn is a breeding ground for bacteria such as candida — you may get a rash and your lips may get extremely dry.  Hello, mask mouth.

 

The antidote for dry-lip mask mouth is creating a barrier of moisture on our lips with a nourishing Lip Balm to prevent the constant dryness.  Forget lipstick and lip gloss unless you want it sticking to your mask — and the rest of your face.  Raw Sugar Natural Lip Balm is the perfect layer of protection, because not only does it moisturize lips with a blend that is made with Cold Pressed ingredients, it has Vitamin E,  safflower and jojoba oils to lock in moisture, creating the protection you need while nourishing them at the same time. The added bonus of using Natural Lip Balm in delicious flavors is that the extracts act as a mini aromatherapy session so your brain signals a happy, calm sense of well being.  And yet another bonus? Every Lip Balm comes with a tub of exfoliating Lip Scrub.

 

Lip Scrub is key to exfoliation of sensitive skin on and around your lips, treating dry, chapped lips and adding softness. It will help keep lips primed and pretty and infuses them with a protective veil of moisture to prevent mask irritation. So exfoliate with Lip Scrub. Apply Lip Balm with wild, reckless abandon or at least once an hour. Let’s make mask mouth a thing of the past. Shop below!

 

Lemon Sugar Lip Balm

Watermelon + Fresh Mint Lip Balm

Almond Milk + Agave Lip Balm

Pineapple + Maqui Berry + Coconut Lip Balm

Raw Coconut + Mango Lip Balm

How to Get Ridiculously Soft Skin for Winter. 

Soft skin is always the goal but winter weather wreaks havoc on getting and maintaining soft, glowy skin.  The key is to stay hydrated inside and out. Load up on extra water, hot teas and for your outside, cleanse gently and use lotions full of botanical extracts and plant-derived ingredients that nourish while they moisturize.  

 

Raw Sugar Sensitive Skin Green Tea + Cucumber + Aloe Vera Body Wash cleans gently and has a little shot of Shea Butter for the extra moisture winter skin needs.  

 

The Sensitive Skin Lotion infuses your skin with weightless hydration and a super effective blend of Cold Pressed oils, Hyaluronic Acid to plump skin, Shea Butter and Aloe Vera to help heal and nourish skin.  

 

A little extra TLC even when your skin isn’t traditionally sensitive will go a long way to giving you your softest skin when winter weather comes knocking.  

 

Blog Four: 5 Amazing Benefits of Lemon for Your Lips! Yes! Lemon:

Want to give your lips a lift?  Try using lip care with the amazing superpowers of lemon extracts to keep your pout pretty.  Here are the top five reasons to pucker up and say yes to Lemon lip balm.

Raw Stories – jacqueline____montanez

Sharing Raw Stories is a way for us to connect, acknowledge the beauty, strength and perseverance involved in every journey. We hope these stories enlighten, inspire and encourage you as you walk your own path and help you to know that you are never alone. What is your Raw Story?

 

It’s one of many beautiful days today and I find myself reflecting on life and really acknowledging the journey and along with it, the maturation of the woman who stands before me in the mirror. It has been 20 years that I have lived with Vitiligo and with it, has bestowed immense growth. I can’t say those years came and went with the breeze. In fact, the majority were quite trying and haven’t completely come to a halt and so I’ve certainly had my share of insecurities. I’ve had people stare, which continues to this day. I’ve had people not want to shake my hand. I’ve even had people laugh. Those situations were at the time, crushing and disheartening; but I am stronger now because of them and in the best way possible. The experience of living with Vitiligo has definitely been humbling and honestly, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’ve come to learn that it’s okay for people to stare. Some people are not educated on mental health or certain conditions that exist in the world. So, I believe it’s my…or more so, it’s our job to walk in faith and with confidence and to bring enlightenment to those around us and also on a grander scale. It’s okay to ask questions and discuss issues. That won’t always be easy either, but it’s a way of growth with a bridge to compassion and empathy. I’ve come to learn to love myself and accept my beautiful imperfections. They are me and we are all perfect. Today, I can stare back at the woman in the mirror with bright eyes and an open heart. I am a Mom and a wife. I’m a friend and I’m a daughter.  I am me and I need to be a light and an honorable example for my children and whomever or wherever else I can shine my light on. Let us be brave and let us be raw.

@jacqueline____montanez

October Horoscopes 

Once in a Blue Moon is here. 

 

You know the phrase “once in a blue moon”?  Well, welcome to October, a month bookended by two super-powered full moons on the 1st and 31st. A Halloween Blue Moon only seems appropriate for 2020 and adds to the supercharged intensity of the month ahead. There is a lot of lunar action going down that brings plot twists and curve balls and to add fuel to the fire, Mercury goes into retrograde on October 13th. So, even though the Sun is moving through Libra’s sign of balance, this might be a good month to pump the brakes and spend some time in quiet meditation and stillness. It’s going to be a wild ride. But what else would we expect from 2020?  

 

Check out your individual Horoscopes from Astrostyle here:  

 

Aries:  https://astrostyle.com/zodiac-signs/aries/

 

Taurus:  https://astrostyle.com/zodiac-signs/taurus/

 

Gemini:  https://astrostyle.com/zodiac-signs/gemini/

 

Cancer:  https://astrostyle.com/zodiac-signs/cancer/

 

Leo:  https://astrostyle.com/zodiac-signs/leo/

 

Virgo:  https://astrostyle.com/zodiac-signs/virgo/

 

Libra:  https://astrostyle.com/zodiac-signs/libra/

 

Scorpio:  https://astrostyle.com/zodiac-signs/scorpio/

 

Sagitarius:  https://astrostyle.com/zodiac-signs/sagittarius/

 

Capricorn:  https://astrostyle.com/zodiac-signs/capricorn/

 

Aquarius:  https://astrostyle.com/zodiac-signs/aquarius/

Pisces:  https://astrostyle.com/zodiac-signs/pisces/

Raw Stories – chickvscancer

Sharing Raw Stories is a way for us to connect, acknowledge the beauty, strength and perseverance involved in every journey. We hope these stories enlighten, inspire and encourage you as you walk your own path and help you to know that you are never alone. What is your Raw Story?

 

I am Cat and I am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 2018 with Stage 2B Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and In Situ breast cancer. My journey to get to where I am now has been one of self-discovery, immense fear but also great love. Facing my own mortality, and what cancer does to a body, I’ve broken down more times than I’ve held my head high. But when I do find that space, that feeling like I’m comfortable with this new me, I’ve been able to heal. After three surgeries, 4 rounds of chemo and incredible bodily loss, I’ve done things I thought I would never do. I’ve shown other women how to embrace their post cancer bodies; I’ve survived through moments I did not know were survivable. I’ve conquered unimaginable grief to get to where I am today. Although breast cancer was and is one of the most insurmountable obstacles I’ve faced yet in my life, I know that if I put my scars out there, my real, raw story, I’m helping another woman face those obstacles. We are never alone in our fight against what may take us.

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