#ProductJunkie: YASSSSS vs. MESSSSS Top Coat Edition

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Top coats we need it for that flawless finish to a perfect nail job.  Top coats are equivalent to MAC Fix Plus +, it’s gives that extra umph to perfect the perfect job.

So, why have I put what people call the Beast of top coats Seche Vite against Milani Quick Dry Top Coat?????

Because I honestly haven’t had the best experience with Seche Vite Top coat, Yes, my nails are shiny and they look amazing, but after a day or two the top coat seems to dull out very badly, making my nails look extremely dirty.  Then it starts to peel. Now, maybe I haven’t applied it right, but coming from a girl who owns over 200+ polishes I’m pretty sure I know how to apply a top coat.  I have given this a try a couple times and it always fails me.  I also noticed this top coats gets a little gunky after a short period of time and leaves bubbles from time to time.

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NOW!!!!! Let’s get into MILANI which I happened to stumble upon

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Cutting the cost of Seche Vite in half at a $3.99 price point, this top coat has stolen not only my heart, but have rekindle my love for a good top coat.  This polish not only dries fast, but gives my nails a gel like shine and finish. I have not experienced any dullness in my nails nor have my nails been chipping. I love the face that this top coat stays consistent with texture, it’s does not get gunky and goes on very smooth.

This to me has got to be the best top coat I have ever tried. I will be purchasing more, because I will be switching the nails up one a week.

So, tell me what are some of your fav top coats? Mines as  you can see it’s Milani it’s ruling right now.

#ProductJunkie: LUSH

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WHO ELSE IS A LUSHIE?!? *RAISES BOTH HANDS*

I am a true Lush Fan! I did a seasonal gig there over the Christmas holiday about 2 or 3 years ago, and I am so glad  I did.

Lush is Fresh Handmade Cosmetics.  Everything in the store is hand made and made with all natural and safe synthetic ingredients. None of their products are tested on animals, and they only purchase for ingredient suppliers who does not test on animals either.

So, let’s get into my purchase.  I love taking baths, it’s something very relaxing and soothing about them.  When I am bathing I only use Lush Bath Bombs, there will be no bath taking if I don’t have lush bath bombs in stock (THEY DISCONTINUED MY FAVORITE ONE PHOENIX RISING *inserts sad face*)

Anywho, can’t cry over spilled milk, but I picked up my second favorite “Sex Bomb” and a newbie to me “Lord of Misrule”

“Sex  Bomb”

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Brazen jasmine flirts with your senses

What’s in a name? When it comes to the Sex Bomb we take the moniker seriously. A must for any romantic bath, our world famous sphere of sex appeal contains all of Nature’s most potent and seductive ingredients to get you in the mood for a good… bath. Scintillating jasmine, clary sage and ylang ylang are powerful aphrodisiacs that are known to relax you as they warm your heart, and other body parts too. Soya milk makes the water milky, softening your entire body as you enjoy a luxurious soak with our best-selling Bath Bomb. Consider yourself warned. (Source)

And, I will agree 200% with lush on their write-up about this bath bomb. It smells like roses to me, and the water turns extremely silky soft!

“Lord of Misrule”

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Strange and magnificent

Inspired by the ruler of the Pagan Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule brings mischievous revelry to the tub with a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil. As it slowly froths in the water, hypnotic swirling silver luster is released and the deep green exterior soon gives way to a rich, wine-colored center. Just like at the Feast of Fools, when the wine begins flowing, the revelry really begins! Popping candies fizz and crackle, creating a world of magic and mischief right before your eyes. (source

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I’m excited to try this with a glass of wine!

NEXT UP!

TOOTHY TABS

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OMG!!! This all natural solid toothpaste is amazing!! I actually use this over my crest toothpaste.  I feel it truly gives my mouth a serious clean feel, and this flavor “Chou Chou… I love you” is a very refreshing taste of Lemon and Rose, and not to mention your breathe smells just like roses a nice change from that traditional mint smell, that sometimes only mask morning breath.  These completely get rid of all bad smells, you don’t even need mouth wash afterwards.

I will admit, upon first bit it’s a very acquiring taste, but once you warm up to it, I don’t know how I was ever truly brushing my teeth before these.

What a cool feature Lush added to their products, they feature the person who made my toothy tabs and when he made it. Oscar made my toothy tabs 8/6/15 and I need to use them by 10/4/16.

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This is how the tabs look

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How to use these:

Crunch one tablet up between your front teeth. Grab your wet toothbrush and start brushing those pearly whites. The Toothy Tab will foam just like “regular” toothpaste. Rinse well and show off your smile to everyone!

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Earth-friendly tab: Toothy Tabs are 100% preservative free and come in a recyclable box.

Solid toothpaste: Although it tastes incredibly delicious, Chou Chou is solid toothpaste- not a breath mint. So brush away for a shining set of chompers!

These toothy tabs come in 7 different flavors this just happens to be my absolute favorite one! and are vegan.

Lastly in this post

OCEAN SALT SCRUB

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When I worked at Lush this stuff right here was the talk of the town.  So, it was only right when I did not find one in Sephora that I went here, which to be honest was always my 1st choice.

Washing with Ocean Salt is like taking your skin on a trip to the seaside for an invigorating splash in the water. The minerals in sea salt soften as it scrubs away dirt, dead skin and blockages for a bright, fresh complexion. We mix in fresh avocado and coconut to hydrate thirsty skin, leaving it balanced and soft, while lime and vodka deep clean and tone the skin leaving it visibly brightened. This formula has been expertly rebalanced, so there’s no need for us to add any synthetic preservatives – it’s completely self-preserving! (source)

This is another product that features the person who made this.  Wayne made this just for me! LOL

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I have used this already.  I will do a before and after in a updated post.

Make sure you mix it together before using

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How to use:

Splash water on your face and apply about a teaspoonful of scrub using an upward, circular motion to exfoliate and refresh the skin. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and pat dry. Ocean Salt can also be used on other parts of the body including chest, back, arms and legs.

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And vegan too! Self-preserving Ocean Salt is vegan, too!

Our most exfoliating cleanser: Contains a combination of coarse and fine sea salt.

For an invigorating scrub: Love how your face feels after scrubbing with Ocean Salt? Use it all over your body for bright, soft skin from head to toe.

So, tell me what’s your favorite products from Lush?

#ProductJunkie: Sephora’s Facial Mask

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Let’s get into these Sephora Face Mask hunt-y! Yesterday I decided to go shopping for a new facial scrub. So, what better place to go than Sephora.  They have so many options to choose from.  While browsing the store my attention was caught, and I was immediately intrigued by the bold colors of the display that the served as the house for Sephora’s facial mask.

With 8 different masks to choose from, these mask were developed using 10 different kinds of imported natural ingredients – Avocado, Green Tea, Ginseng, Honey, Red Pomegranate, Rose, Lotus, Pearl, Barley and Lingzhi to match your mood and address your different skin concerns everyday.

I picked up three that spoke to me immediately, and for only $6.00 a mask, I should have bought them all, but I showed a little self control!


The Ginseng mask.  This mask is good for toning and revitalizing/energizing the skin while providing a tightening effect for a plumped and supple complexion.  With the fall season approaching, and my skin tends to get a little dry around this time of year.  I would like my face to appear more energized and more fresh faced!

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Next, I picked up the Pearl Mask. This mask is good for perfecting and brightening the skin with natural-origin pearl to create high luminosity.  I have alot of blemishes on my face, so this will help with evening out my skin tone as well as giving a nice glow to my skin, and with this colder weather, that can be harsh on the skin, a nice glow will be greatly appreciated.

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Last, but certainly not least, I picked up the Lingzhi Mask which is good for creating the appearance of smoother, plumper, and younger-looking skin.  So, if you did not know I will be 31 next month (SCREAMS).  So, anything ANIT-AGING I am here for it, LOL.

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I have yet to try mines, but I will this weekend!

 Here’s some extra  information about these AMAZING MASK! Source

What it is:
A line of natural fiber sheet masks, each with a skin refreshing benefit.

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What it does:
Each of these masks is infused with a different active ingredient for relaxing the skin and achieving a brighter, more revitalized complexion. The fiber masks perfectly hug facial contours for better penetration of the active ingredients.

 All 8 Mask:
Lingzhi Mask: Creates the appearance of smoother, plumper, and younger-looking skin.
Lotus Mask: Refreshes tired skin and reduces signs of strain and fatigue.
Honey Mask: Nourishes and balances to soothe and refresh dry or sensitive skin.
Pearl Mask: Perfects and brightens with natural-origin pearl to create high luminosity.
Ginseng Mask: Tones and energizes while providing a tightening effect for a plumped and supple complexion.
Green Tea Mask: Mattifies and purifies to soothe skin, absorb sebum, and reduce the appearance of outbreaks.
Rose Mask: Provides deep moisture and brightening properties through natural rose extract.
Pomegranate Mask: Awakens, energizes, and protects the skin with antioxidant-rich natural pomegranate extract.

What else you need to know:
These masks are dermatologist tested and are quick and easy to use.

So, there you have it! Which mask will you be purchasing?

 

Hair Goals: Wash DaY!!!!

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I have decided to share my wash day regimen.  I don’t wear my natural hair out to often, it’s too much maintenance for me, so it’s easier for my to braid it up or wear a weave, but I thought I would show you all the latest products I have decided to try, since I am trying to embrace my natural hair more!

Let’s start with the washing, now, typically I just use any shampoo and usually it’s motions, which does the job, but I love my hair to have a clean feeling without feeling stripped, and although motions does not do that, I’m still left wanting more out of a shampoo. It’s like you want more you just don’t know what more is until you experience something different.

Well I came across Creme of Nature’s Argan Oil Shampoo, and just like any other natural targeted shampoo it read sulfate free, now I may be the only one, but I never really cared if the shampoo was sulfate-free or not until I read why you want a sulfate-free shampoo.

Shampoo that contains sulfate often strips hair of its essential natural oils (hence, my hair always feeling stripped) and in some cases can strip away pigmentation in the hair.

(Hair Before the wash, product build up)

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So, needless to say this being my 1st time using a sulfate-free shampoo, and I am completely hooked, my hair was so soft after using this shampoo, I could not believe it, yet it felt clean and smelt good.  This will be my new shampoo for a while!

(My hair after washing it with the CON Argan Oil Shampoo, because of the color my curls are as defined anymore, but I am working on that)

AFTER WASHING MY HAIR WITH Creme of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Next I condition my hair.  Now, when I condition y hair I typically use a quick conditioner just to soften my hair, and then a deep treatment conditioner.

So, My TOP PICK in conditioners for everyday use is HANDS DOWN  Herbal Essence Hello, Hydration.  This stuff right here is like literally the best inexpensive conditioner to ever hit the market, I pray they never change the formula.  It’s really hydrates my hair, and makes it extremely soft.

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Yes, I use this much, LOL. I like to saturate my hair!

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(That’s all the hair that came out during my detangling session)
I like to use a medium wide-tooth comb to detangle my hair, and put my hair in twist to help keep it manageable
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I don’t cover my head when I am doing the everyday conditioner I do let it sit on my hair for about 10 mins before I rinse it out.  Once I rinse my hair out with cool water. I was told by a hairstylist you should rinse your conditioner out with cool water, any who, once I do that I unravel the twist and not my girl are a little more defined, and ready for the deep treatment conditioner

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Now, this next deep conditioner was introduced to me by some good friends who loves this stuff. I had never heard of it until about 3 weeks ago, and needless to say I am a MAJOR FAN!!!!!

Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioning Protein/moisture replenisher definitely restored my dry and damaged hair.

So babassu is a native Amazonian palm fruit that is high in sterols and tocopherols which are healthy for the hair and scalp.   This conditioner is enriched with fatty acids that provide a rich softness to the hair.  Derived from natural oils and cetearyl alcohol which helps reduce frizz and fly-aways.  This deep conditioner is also filled with two complex amino acids from wheat, soy and other natural sources that actually mimic the function of hair amino acids helping to restore the function and moisture to damaged and dry hair, plus it’s safe to use on color treated hair. (and with this color in my hair, LORDT knows I need all the help I can get).

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(After detangling my whole head with my denmand brush this is how much hair loss I had)

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Hair before putting this conditioner on (mind you my curls are a little more defined after using the hello hydration, and medium wide-tooth comb) but after  putting this conditioner in my hair and then using my denmand brush to make sure the strands are evenly coated and tangle-free look at the resultswh15

AMAZING my curls were popping ya hear me! LOL.  I will forever be a fan as long as the formula don’t change. I love the fact that the peppermint is not over powering opening my pores up for the world to see.  You know those minted shampoos or conditioners that is just to powerful and gives you a brain-freeze and then when the water hit it, it burns, NOT THIS one, it’s very mild and almost undetectable, it’s perfect.

After all that I then, cover my head, and leave this on for about 30 mins to and hour depending on how I’m feeling.

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After I rinse my hair I apply the 1 of my new fav holy grails of leave in-conditioners!!!!! Click here to visit her site

This Lemongrass Leave In conditioner from Alikay Naturals, is no joke, not only does it smell absolutely delicious, and very refreshing, because of the lemon zest it carries.  It’s also very lightweight, which I love, and has no build-up effects like some leave In’s I’ve tried in the past.  It helps penetrates deep into the hair cortex to lock in moisture, soften, strengthen and condition each strand. Infused with Essential oils, Aloe Vera and Silk Amino Acid that repair dry damaged hair to promote moisture from the inside the cuticle.

I really don’t have a con, but I will say this, it sprays out in a nice amount and evenly, so I can see me using this up really fast, and depending on how you look at it some will consider it a con, but not me I love it!!!!

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and there you have it, my WASH DAY routine! if you know of any other products that work well for you, let me know. I would love to try it out.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Will be posting my oil treatment later tonight, I had made a video, but it got deleted:-(

Streams

We have all heard the saying:

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And it’s true! I’m finding that out as I grow and expand my beauty brand.

But, there is (for lack of  a better word) a science behind different streams of income in my personal opinion, and watching shark tank proved that my opinion has truth.  I remember when I first got introduced to the entrepreneur lifestyle, and trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do.  I’m telling you one minute I was a Make-up artist, Blogger, Event Planner, Author, Hair stylist, Actress,  the list can go on and on.  At my day job I promise me being a Jamaican was the running joke among my friends in the office, LOL.

I had so many things that I thought I wanted to do, and it wasn’t that I can’t or couldn’t do them all it’s just I needed to pick a lane and stay in it.  So, for me Beauty is a passion of mine to help others feel and look their best.  So, building a beauty brand was perfect for me, because it allowed me to stay in my lane and do everything beauty wise to create income.  I do what I love and it makes sense.

A lot of times we do so much and to others it’s like we are all over the place, and in most cases we are, LOL.  Pick your lane, and stay in it.  ABC’s “Shark Tank” comes up, because I see many ideas come through the tank and one of the sharks may actually love the idea, but they make a business decision, a decision that makes sense to them and their branch, and they leave ideas to another shark who may be more knowledgeable or have more resources in that area.  I have seen them pass up on a lot of inventions that they like simply because it’s not their lane.

So, in closing have multiple streams, just make sure they make sense to your over all vision.

I can’t sell car parts and then turn around and sell tea, then sell candles, and sneakers all at once and say I have multiple streams of income, LOL, it does not make sense, and in branding and marketing you will lose your audience and people will become disinterested in anything you post because it will seem all over the place.  I have been there.  I had to reel it in real quick if I wanted people to take me and my brand serious.

I love all the things I am learning on this journey as I grow, I want you to grow with me.  I hope this helps someone out!

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~STAR~

When Passion Is the Motive

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For a long time I had no idea what I was passionate about.  All I knew was that I wanted to live a certain lifestyle where all I did was travel the world.  I knew in order to live this lifestyle I needed money.   The life I wanted, my current job working for the government was not meeting the financial goal alone.   So, I turned to what I did best, got a part-time job.  I mean let me tell you, when I say I have worked literally every job imaginable in the retail arena except fast food (I could never bring my self to do fast food) I’m telling you I have had every job known to man, LOL.  Thinking back I laugh, because sometimes I can’t even believe all the jobs that I have had.

Little did I know that June of 2014 would be my last part-time job ever! Let me say this, when you are use to getting a check whether it’s big or small, you get complacent, because every check helps. I remember being so complacent at MAC because I was bringing in an extra 1,000 a month working only 16 hours a week.  Now, that may sound like a lot for a part-time especially working only 16 hours a week, but the stress, and the physical demand of the job the numbers weren’t adding up to how I felt.

Money had become the motive in all my part-time jobs, and I was missing out on life, because I was chasing after money, and because I was never really passionate about any of the jobs, over time they became a burden to me, but because I thought I was getting money I stayed.  I do make-up and everyone who does make-up wants to work at MAC Cosmetics.  This was me I just knew that this would have been the perfect job for me, and it was to a certain extent.

I always made sure I got a job where I could benefit from the store discount, I thought it would motivate me to actually like working there, LOL. It did for about 2 weeks, until I would start to think about out I was trading time for dollars.

So, back to MAC I loved MAC it was everything I thought it would be in the beginning. It was edgy, fashion forward, diverse, creative, and when you tell people you work at MAC it was like you were the All-Star of Make-Up Artists. I always had this joke that if you were the worst Make-Up Artist, but somehow you got to work for MAC people would hire you even if you are some trash with the brushes, LOL .  That’s the type of feeling working for MAC gives you, it gives you confidence that you must be amazing to work for MAC, because they are know for their artistry.

But, even with the amazing discount, all the free products, and not to mention I was working in a field, and with a BRAND that fueled a passion of mine,  why was I unhappy? why was I stressed,? why did I give it up after only 16 months with the company?  Well, like any retail job it became a numbers game, and making sales goals, I feel the artistry got lost. So, for me it became a burden.  I started realizing I can’t freelance for myself, because I have to be at work.  All my weekends MAC owned them, but we got paid every Friday, and that became my focus. I knew that I could spend like crazy because Friday I had a check coming in, but I started losing myself in the process.

I had started this journey to becoming an entrepreneur, and it was becoming less of a reality with every part-time job I would get.  I quickly found that my passion was to help people, but through my own brand. I found that every time I started to chase the money. I became unhappy real fast.  I noticed that I was my happiest when I was doing make-up working under my own brand.  I was so happy that I could and would often do it for free.  That is when I discovered when I don’t chase the money and follow my passion the money will come.

When I first left MAC it was hard, OMG! I did not realize how much I had just really depended on that weekly check. I realized how irresponsible I was with money. I was still spending like I had that extra income (I will save that lesson for another post) only to get into a financial bind and automatically think the best way out of this is to GET A PART-TIME job. NO! the best way out was for me to FOLLOW MY PASSION.  The same hours I would give to a job, I needed to give to my business and start to build, brand and grow it. Yes, the income may not come as fast or steady, but I was happy.

I stopped trading time for dollars, and started pursuing what made me happy and in return let’s just say 15 months later (September 2015) I have never thought about getting a part-time job, because I am so consumed with my passion of helping women feel good on the inside as well as the outside it has brought income into my household as well as an array of amazing opportunities. I think about what if I had continued to let money be the motive, I would not have had the opportunities that I have had or met the people that I have met.

I am blessed and happy to do what I love. Though I currently have a 9-5 all that will be changing come 1-1-16, and that will bring fourth a whole different level of blog post, LOL.

So, I hope this encourages you to follow the passion. Don’t take that job because of the money, because a few months later you will be miserable. Money can’t always be the motive, find what  you are passionate about and turn it into a business it can be done!

~Star~

THANK YOU!

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I’ll keep it short and sweet.

I just want to take the time to say THANK YOU!! for your patience, as I bring my blog to life. THANK YOU for your support in my brand.  THANK YOU for being such amazing people.  I hope that as my brand expands, and I continue to grow that you are inspired, encouraged, and motivated by my journey.

Faith is Beauty! It’s because of my faith that, I am the woman I am today!

~Star~

 

 

 

 

30 Years Later: A Letter to My 15 Year Old Self

So, I seen Oprah do this one time and I thought it was a pretty dope idea, because it shows growth and gives you a chance to reflect on some of the lessons life has taught you up to the point when you are writing the letter.

I thought I would take the time to write a letter to the 15-year-old me, who was literally about to enter into my junior year in high school and give her some powerful advice.

Dear 15-year-old Star,

Hey, Gurlllllll…(LOL). This is you 15 years from now, and yes, I know it seems so far away 15 years right, but listen it’s going to come fast, and unless you get focused now, you will waste a lot of time trying to figure it out, some things I can’t share with you because you need those experiences to grow and build character, but what I can share, I really want you to listen, and apply.

First, let me start of by saying this, HIGH SCHOOL, I know you are having a ball and enjoying life care-free, but buckle down, get focused don’t think about the right now, think about your future. What do you truly aspire to be (let me give you a hint, it will be the thing you fear the most). I know your mom drills in your head getting a good government job, but there is more to life than working for someone. I know this may be foreign to you, but start to find what you are passionate about, and research what an entrepreneur is (this word alone will be a true defining point in your life)…..Remember your candy business your freshman year, you were an entrepreneur.

I know when mom says her famous “Prepare your teens for your twenties, your twenties for your thirties, your thirties for your forties”, and so on and so on, you laugh her off, but take heed to what she is saying. You are about to graduate in 2 years,  what are your plans? That saying is not just a saying it’s truth.

Are you planning to go to college? (Don’t get any credit cards!!!!). Also, start looking for grants and scholarship money NOW!!!  That college in Florida you had your eye on GO!, but listen if you don’t change your mindset now, and start hanging around those people you think are uncool (you know, the ones that actually do their school work), you will take this same care-free attitude to college, only to drop out for a boy who you don’t even stay with. So, avoid that whole mess and focus on following your dreams, your heart, your passion. I know you don’t know what that is right now, but start to discover it, by looking at where you lack the most confidence, it’s in that you will discover your passion and purpose.

You have been raised in church all your life, don’t fall away from that, these same people who you are hanging with won’t be around in the future, so start gaining your independence now. It’s going to come a time when you discover you have to remove yourself to discover who you are, and I want you to grasp that now, so you won’t have to go through that wandering period in life. You will have those moments, but if you listen to what I am saying to you in this letter, your identity won’t be one of those areas of wandering.

All this wanting to be popular and wanting everyone to like you, all of that won’t matter in the real world, because it’s not about how many people like you, it’s about how many lives have you impacted in a positive way, how many people have you helped. THAT is what will matters. Become SELFLESS! Your spoiled, and you are a BRAT, the truth hurts, but I’m telling you this to help you, if you don’t become selfless, being spoiled and a brat will enable you in life.

Also, don’t let peer pressure, pressure you into giving up your virginity, just because your friends are all talking about it and doing it, don’t let that influence you. Hold on to that with your life, and actually wait for marriage, stay close to GOD and he will keep you. It will seem like you are uncool because everyone is doing it, but trust me, it’s a great reward that comes with keeping your virginity.  No matter how much the boy tells you he loves you,  remember this, if he really does, he won’t put you in a situation to compromise your walk in Christ.

I know this letter seems a little lengthy, but trust if you follow the advice I am giving you, you will thank me at 30! and, listen 30 is literally a beautiful number, it sound old now, but trust it’s just the beginning. Let’s talk money for a second, SAVE, SAVE, SAVE. If I can’t stress nothing else to you LEARN MONEY, how to MAKE it, and how to INVEST and GROW it. Start being more responsible with the money you get, put into good practice now, paying 10% tithes on your income. Start to trust GOD in that area of your life, because it’s in this area the enemy will attack you the most, but trust you will be fine if you take heed to what I am saying.

You are such a beautiful person develop character, meditate on 1st Corinthians 5:22-23 the fruit of the spirit this scripture will take you a long way in life. I am so proud of the woman you will grow to become.

If you remember nothing I put in this letter remember two things (1) FAITH is BEAUTY and (2) Do Not, I REPEAT Do Not Get That DOG. He cute but don’t get him!!!!!!!!!!!

Faithfully Yours,

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9-Week Birthday Challenge

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So, everyone that knows me, knows that I start my diet everyday. Who else starts their diet everyday like me? Cool, I am not alone. I have written so many blogs post on losing weight to the point I’m just rambling now, LOL.  This time I am going to actually try my hardest to document everything and hopefully, just maybe that will help hold me accountable to stay on this 9-week challenge.

Let me tell you my plans and the products I will be using on this 9 week journey:

IASO DETOX TEA

This gentle 100% organic detox tea does just what it claims to do, detox your body on a cellular level, it filters and detox your entire body. It cleans your lungs, kidneys, colon, liver and more.

It contains 9 herbs.

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Persimmon Leaves

Compounds in Persimmon Leaves have been shown to help remove excess fat from the body. The tannins and flavonoids in Persimmon Leaves are also believed to have anti-hypertensive, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-mutagenic properties. Persimmon Leaves have been used to help alleviate digestive problems and dermatitis, and also act as a natural antihistamine, which helps reduce allergic reactions.

Holy Thistle
Holy Thistle has been used medicinally for more than 2,000 years. A flavonoid in the fruit, called Silymarin, is a powerful antioxidant that may also protect the cells of the liver by removing and blocking the entrance of harmful toxins. Holy Thistle is believed to have great power in the purification and circulation of the blood, and has been used to cure chronic headaches. It is also used for stomach and digestive problems, can strengthen the heart, and is good for the lungs and kidneys.

Malva Leaves
The Malva, or Chinese Mallow, plant has been used for centuries to soothe the membranes of the digestive system and treat a variety of conditions from stomach ache and gastroenteritis to irritable bowel syndrome. It can also soothe bronchial irritation in people with bronchitis or emphysema.

Marsh Mallow
Marsh Mallow was used by the ancient Greeks to remedy bruises and bleeding, and as a mild laxative. It was used in medieval Europe for indigestion and diarrhea. Rich in calcium, zinc, iron, sodium, iodine, B complex vitamins, and pantothenic acid, Marsh Mallow soothes and supports the stomach, intestines, and respiratory tract. It is also believed to have mild anti-infective and immune-boosting properties.

Blessed Thistle
Blessed Thistle has been used in traditional medicine as far back as the early sixteenth century to improve memory, aid digestion, and treat a wide variety of other diseases and disorders. In herbal medicine, Blessed Thistle is used for cancer, infections, inflammation, gallbladder disease, jaundice, liver disorders, cervical dysplasia, heart ailments, skin ulcers, yeast infections, and diarrhea.

Papaya
Rich in antioxidants, B vitamins, magnesium, and fiber, Papaya promotes cardiovascular health and provides protection against colon cancer. Papaya may also help prevent such illnesses as recurrent ear infections, colds, and flu. Papaya also contains the digestive enzyme papain, which is used to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma, and allergies.

Ginger
Chinese Medicine recommends ginger to treat a number of health problems, including inflammatory joint diseases such as arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, and body aches. Ginger may also ease sore throats, headaches, ulcerative colitis, and fevers and aches caused by colds and flu.

Chamomile
A natural anti-inflammatory, Chamomile can be used to treat digestive disturbances, gastrointestinal spasms, inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, coughs and colds, fevers, and bronchitis. It’s mildly sedating and muscle-relaxing effects can also help those who suffer from insomnia fall asleep more easily.

Myrrh
Myrrh is used in many countries to treat a variety of mouth and throat irritations. It can be found in some mouthwashes and sore throat medicines, and has been approved in Germany for treating mouth inflammation.

NUTRABURST

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Now, while I am detoxifying my body getting rid of all the toxins, I have to put all the nutrients back into my body, so with nutraburst I am getting:

72 Minerals, 12 Herbs, 19 Amino Acids, 13 Whole Food Greens, Antioxidants, 22 Phytonutrients from Fruits and vegetables, Ellagic Acid, Multi-Fiber complex, and all Benefits of Ganoderma

The advantage of a liquid vitamin.
Nutrients are most useful when they’re completely absorbed into your bloodstream. Studies reveal that only 10-20% of the nutrients in pills or tablets are absorbed into the body compared to 98% of liquid formulas like Nutraburst. This means that your body will absorb up to 88% more nutrients when taking Iaso Nutraburst.

NRG

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product, I need this more so when I workout, because I don’t know about ya, but when I work out I don’t get that burst of energy everyone else claim to get. NOPE! not me. I am SOOOOOO tired after a workout that I actually dread doing it, but this right here BABY let me tell you I take it everyday at 10am because I work out at 2pm at work and when I tell you this gives me the energy I need during and after my work out, I’m telling you it’s absolutely amazing.

Iaso NRG is a synergistic blend of ingredients including dark cocoa, phenylethylamine, natural caffeine and geranaX (active from geranium flower), plus key support minerals. I take one or  two capsules depending on how I feel.

RESOLUTION DROPS

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Now, this RIGHT HERE IS THE BUSINESS!!!!! This right here will help me lose 1-3lbs a day, as long as I follow the , 1,200 calorie intake plan that comes with it.

What I love about this product is that this is  TLC’s own exclusive proprietary formula to assist with your  dietary needs. The active ingredients in Resolution Formula No. 20 are only available from Total Life Changes. (THIS IS EXCLUSIVE)

Resolution is a ​phenomenal product. It is not a new HCG nor contains hormones. It is a completely new technology only found with Total Life Changes. The way it works is that it fixes the core problem that makes you gain weight by training your body to dislike sugar, flour and fried foods. That’s it!!! It reprogram’s the body’s fat reserves and can be combined with any of our other products for a maximum effect. It does not cost side effects, and when using any supplements that is the main thing I look for.

I plan to eat extremly clean the 1st 7 days juicing. Then the next 7 smoothies. I will then begin to eat clean following the meal plan that comes with the resolution. My goal is to get to 130 lbs.

So, I have 55 lbs to drop. I am not saying I am going to drop all 55 lbs in 9 weeks, but that is the goal people. If you care to join me click here and order your products.

 I am very excited about this, and honestly writing this post has seriously got me extra hype right now can’t wait to workout today.

Now, I am going to be realistic, I want to do 2-a-days where you work out twice a day, but I know for sure I can do once a day. LOL

Follow my journey here!

 Faithfully Yours,

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Wellness: Recipe of the Day!

Hey Beauties!

If you follow my Instagram, than you have seen my recipes of the day. Below I have posted the recipe for one of the drinks that I had posted. I want to help you get healthy from the inside out! It’s a lifestyle not just a fad.

The Hydrating Detox

Hydrating Detox

  • 1 half watermelon slice
  • 1/4 of ginger
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass
  • 1/2 lime

No need to add water the watermelon provides enough liquid for you. I also used my nutribullet to make this.

Benefits of this drink:

Watermelon contains Lycopene which is good for Your Heart, Skin and Cancer Prevention.

Lycopene is responsible for the beautiful red color of watermelon pulp. It is a powerful antioxidant, known to protect your cardiovascular system from free radical damage and studies have shown people who eat a lot of lycopene rich foods have a lower instance of heart disease

Watermelon contains Citrulline for Better Blood Flow.

The amino acid citrulline is found in particularly high amounts in watermelon juice. Citrulline can be converted in your body into arginine, an essential amino acid for improving blood flow and relaxing blood vessels.

Watermelon Juice for Kidney Health.

Watermelon juice is great for your kidneys, having a highly cleansing effect when you drink it. It helps to flush out ammonia and uric acid and has even been known to help with kidney stones.

Ginger is an anti-inflammatory. One of the most effective uses of ginger is that it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that helps reduce joint inflammations.

Ginger Prevents Cancer. Ginger acts excellently for preventing cancer and also killing the cancer causing cells. In a study, it was found that ginger slows down the growth of breast cancer cells.

Ginger helps with Blood Pressure. Ginger acts as a blood thinner and reduces blood pressure in people instantly

Ginger acts as an active agent for digestion. It speeds up the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestines. By consuming ginger, one can be less prone to getting stomach pains or any other digestive problems. It clears the stomach of all impurities.

Lemongrass is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. It also has minute traces of B vitamins.

Lemongrass promotes healthy digestion. It has antiseptic compounds that effectively kill bad bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract and repopulate the good bacteria in the colon.

Lemongrass helps control cholesterol. The anti-cholesterol and anti-atherosclerosis action of lemongrass helps reduce the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine. Plus, it helps in the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol in the blood, which in turn helps prevent atherosclerotic plaque buildup.

Lemongrass cleanses and detoxifies the body. The diuretic nature of lemongrass helps remove toxins, uric acid and bad cholesterol from the body by increasing the frequency and quantity of urination. Urination also helps clean out the kidneys.

Lemongrass also helps in fighting cancer. Research at Ben Gurion University in Israel has shown that lemongrass tea can help fight cancer. A component called citral found in lemongrass causes apoptosis in cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. Simply put, it causes the cancer cells to commit suicide.

In fact, to help the healing process, cancer patients in Israel are encouraged to take fresh lemongrass tea while undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatments.

Limes contains the Dietary Vitamin C which helps to meet the body’s daily requirement for. The USDA reports that a cup of freshly squeezed lime juice contains 72.6 milligrams of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that is needed for the growth and repair of tissues, as well as the repair and maintenance of our bones and teeth, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. It also helps the body to produce collagen, a protein that plays a vital role in the production of blood vessels, skin, tendons, ligaments and cartilage.

Limes help aid in Detoxification. They contain eight different kinds liminoids, which are compounds that promote the activity of an enzyme in the liver called glutathione-S-transferase or GST. This liver enzyme detoxifies a variety of cancer-causing chemicals. In effect, it deactivates these harmful chemicals, turning them into harmless chemicals that are then removed from the body in your urine.

Limes are high in potassium. Potassium is an important mineral that works with sodium for smooth electrical transmission in the brain and nervous system. Depression, anxiety, fogginess, and forgetfulness can often be traced to low potassium blood levels. That same nervous system needs potassium to assure steady signals to the heart. So your heart health is improved from the lime water’s potassium.

Limes can help lower blood pressure.

Limes have an alkalizing effect in the body as it is buffered it helps your body maintain a higher pH. The higher or more alkaline your pH, the more your inner terrain is resistant to minor and major disease.

Limes help reduce phlegm in the body

And, of course there are many more benefits to this delicious cup of awesomeness, but these are the benefits that stood out the most. ENJOY!

#HealthEqualsWealth