Beauty Secrets: Hair One and the Denman Brush

In May of 2013, I cut off my relaxed hair after only transitioning to natural for three months. I loved my ultra short hair and I loved trying out the many different hair products that would “define my curls.” It had only been a couple months later and I was realizing just how fast my hair was growing. Gone were the days when I could throw some moisturizer in my hair and go. I needed a new game plan.

I wanted to make sure that my hair was cleansed and properly moisturized. I wasn’t focused on my curls “popping” anymore. I went through plenty of products that just weren’t right for my 4b hair type. When I was almost at my breaking point, a customer came into my job and changed my “hair journey” forever.

She told me about Wen cleanser and conditioner. She said that there was a product comparable to it at Sally’s for more bang for my buck. It was called Hair One cleanser and conditioner. While I was in the store, I also picked up a D4 Denman brush. I heard about its magic so I knew I had to at least give it a try.

When I got home, the first thing I did was hop in the shower to try out my new products. First, I used Hair One. I followed the directions to a T and I was amazed at how soft it made my hair feel. Before rinsing the conditioner out of my hair, I began to detangle with the denman brush. I was absolutely astonished.

For the first time, I was able to get something with teeth through my hair without it hurting or pulling my hair out. I could’ve kicked myself. Why hadn’t I tried this before? Now all I use is the Hair One, the denman brush and the light Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk. My hair stays moisturized and when it comes to a new hair routine, I think it’s safe to say I’ve found a keeper.

Try all of these products for yourself! They will not disappoint!


Ashley Renee


Celeb Gossip: My Issue With Kanye West

BBC Radio

BBC Radio

Recently, Kanye West did an interview with BBC’s Zane Lowe. The 4 part interview featured West talking about what he’s gone through with designers not accepting his work, hip hop as the new rock & roll, his “God-ness,” Wreck-It Ralph and much…much more.

Interpretive freedom allows viewers to listen to this interview and decipher it any which way they want. That theory allows people to say he’s crazy or he’s brilliant. Yes, in theory this could all make sense but in reality it is a mess of incomplete thoughts that are longing to be rearranged into a meaningful existence.

I want so bad to be able to take what West says as insightful and really join in on his revolution. The issue is that no one but West knows what exactly that revolution is about. We might understand pieces of his argument but no one can say that when he speaks, they have a clear view of the pictures he is painting.

Personal life aside, West is a confused individual. He uses samples from other composers’ work and adds his own twist to them to make music that is sonically pleasing to the ear and then calls himself a genius. I love his music. I think he is a great producer and artist but genius…god? No. And who’s to say that there’s anything wrong with that viewpoint.

It’s beautiful to see a black man love himself and put his work on a pedestal. I am all for it but to lash out when anyone has a differing opinion about what should be placed on that pedestal instead is downright tacky. I believe West is so consumed in his own being that he forgets that not everyone is him.

No one is looking for West to be perfect. There will always be naysayers but such is life. West should focus on doing what makes him happy. If pushing his message forward is what will make him happy then he should do it in complete thoughts. I am open to what he has to say, I just can’t fully receive that message if I am always waiting for clarification.


Ashley Renee

Beauty Secret: Cetaphil & Water

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

When I was in the tenth grade, I got acne. It wasn’t just any type of acne. It was bad! It was limited to my forehead which was a good thing because I could cover it with bangs and maybe a side-swoop. Although I could hide it, I couldn’t hide from it. I missed my blemish-free skin and even when the bumps would go away for a while, I was still left with dark marks.

In an attempt to rid my face of the enemy, I tried Proactiv. It worked at first and I found myself getting less and less zits but eventually it came back…with a vengeance. I then tried Clean & Clear Morning Burst.  I had been using it since I graduated from high school and it wasn’t my favorite but it kept some bumps away. The major downside was how dry it made my face feel and oddly enough my face would still be oily in the mornings.

It wasn’t until my niece was born in 2012 that I decided to start using Cetaphil. My niece has sensitive skin and an acute form of excema so she was prescribed Cetaphil.  I noticed that it wasn’t strictly for babies so I decided to try it out on my own skin. Thank God I did.

I’ve continued to use Cetaphil since that day. My skin is close to flawless! I only get a zit or two if I am pms-ing or if I avoid water for more than about five days which brings me to my next point.


Although I would prefer to drink something sweet and tasty, I force myself to drink water often. I know that without water, my skin will go back to how it was and that’s just something that cannot happen. My face is never oily, I get less blackheads and the light face moisturizer is just enough to moisturize my face but not go overboard and add too much oil.  

I am happy to have found the perfect recipe to having clear and healthy skin. Try it out for your self. It will not disappoint!


Ashley Renee



My name is Ashley and I love to write. I also love to paint, sing, dance and laugh. When contemplating what exactly I wanted my blog to be about, I suddenly came to the realization that there are no limits to what I can write. I’m definitely not a one-trick pony, so why should my writing be?

This blog will cover topics such as celebrity gossip, national and international news, beauty tips and secrets, funny stories and more. This blog is dedicated to everyone who wants to see the ugly and beautiful side of this world we live in. 

I am excited to enter this new world of journalism and dedicate my last year as an undergrad to this passion of mine. I hope that you enjoy my postings and find them informative. Thank you for joining me on this journey. God bless you all.



Ashley Renee