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Aloe: Benefits, Uses, & more!

Hello all!  Today I want to share with you why aloe is the plant to have and the juice to drink.

Here is a tiny bit of back story about Aloe.  Aloe comes from tropical climates and used for medicinal/agricultural purposes.  Between America, Europe, Asia, and Africa there are 240 varieties of aloe.

I was introduced to the aloe plant at a very young age because my grandfather had a garden and loves his plants and herbs. Anytime you get a cut, burn, or scrape, aloe is your fixer upper.  A couple of weeks ago my nephew broke out in a rash on our way to New York.  I had pieces of the leaf on me and rubbed the gel on every spot, by the time we reached New York his skin was clear!

Over the past few years it seems like this plant that’s been around for many years, is now getting the recognition it deserves. You no longer have to go to plant shops or home improvement stores to purchase them, they now sell huge aloe leafs in grocery stores in some states.

When it comes to using aloe internally like with aloe juice, I would suggest purchasing the ones that are at health food stores or in the pharmacy section of your grocery store.  Dr. Axe of http://www.draxe.com says that in approved commercial products, there is a certification program that validates the quality & quantity of aloe vera.

I started using it all over my skin in 2012.  I have always been into skincare so I would buy the plant from Home Depot, pick the leaf, open it up and put the gel all over then apply lotion.  It was very time consuming so that didn’t last long.  Now I am back doing it again but I only apply to my face and sometimes the back of my hands and cuticles.

On the face it acts as a mask which you can leave on for about 20 minutes and wash off.  I leave it on my face, the gel tightens up and pulls the skin which I feel will help with wrinkles and fine lines.  Once it tightens I then add oil to moisture.

I also drink aloe vera juice…………

I drink about a half a cup, and what it does for you is help alkaline the body and PH levels, it hydrates, and based on the vitamins and minerals aloe contains; A, C, E, calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium, you are sure to get a nutritional boost.

Other benefits:

-can clear up acne & scars from breakouts (gel)

-detox the liver

-great hair and scalp moisturizer

-heals cold sores

-reduces inflammation (drink)

If you have any preconditioned issues like diabetes or crohns disease, consult with your doctor or simply do your research first!

http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/aloe-vera-juice-benefits#3

 

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Black Radiance: Perfect Tone Matte Lip Creme

Welcome back!  This post is a review on the Black Radiance Lip Creme.

I first came across this product in Walmart. ¬†I saw the purple one and fell in love, but I talked myself out of buying it, even with a dollar off coupon on it! ¬†That wasn’t the last time though, I ended up buying the purple one maybe a week later. ¬†The purple is called Living In Violet

From the first swipe of this liquid lip fantasy, I knew I had to have more. ¬†The consistency is that of mousse, creamy, soft, then it drys matte almost instantly. ¬†When it drys it isn’t a skin cracking dry, it’s still smooth.

The same goes for the color in Go Nude

The application was perfect, creamy with a nice matte finish.  The colors look exactly the same from the bottle to the lips.  Now the one I had a problem with was the color Matte Bright

I was very confused with the application for this one, and it may have just been the bottle I purchased, I will be trying it again before making my final decision.  It was very messy, not a smooth application at all.  My lips looked dry and cracked after I applied this color.

I purchased the Go Nude and Matte Bright from Rite Aid for $3.99, they are the same price in Walmart and if you purchase from Black Radiance online.  The color payoff is worth much more than $3.99, the product last for hours after eating and drinking before needing to reapply, at least 3 hours.  To remove these lip cremes you need an oil based remover, I use coconut oil for everything. There are 9 more shades to choose from and the product is cruelty free!

Let me know below if you have tried this product and what your experience was, I would love to hear from you.  Thanks so much for reading!

 

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Saturday’s Beauty Buys¬†

Good Morning!!!  Today I am going to share with you the beauty products I purchased this week.  These products are definitely ones that I suggest you purchase as well because they are awesome.

Wet N Wilds Kohl Eyeliner Pencil is my favorite drugstore eyeliner…

I have used a couple different pencils and this one by far is the best, it’s so smooth for a pencil and extremely pigmented. ¬†The cost isn’t bad either, you can find these for $.99 to $1.09 depending.

Now, I am not quite sure what has come over me this year but I now love glitter and anything sparkly. ¬†I love it so much that I started going with the hashtag #sparklenshine. ¬†I own maybe two polishes that are glitter polishes and wanted more. ¬†I picked up this one from Wet N Wild for just $.99. ¬†With the work that I do in retail it is very hard to keep a decent manicure, but I have noticed when I use glitter polish you don’t really notice when it chips.

Told you I love me some glitter now! ¬†I picked up this glitter for the eyes. ¬†The color is Groupie and it’s from the Wet N Wild Coloricon collection. ¬†I have added this to the collection….

Now I have them all…I love this product because it isn’t a powdered type glitter where you will have glitter everywhere. ¬†This product is sticky which is a perfect consistency for application. ¬†I used to use eyeliner pencil all over the area I wanted to apply glitter, it helped it to stick, now I can just apply as is! ¬†Here is a look using the gold glitter…

Lastly, a few weeks ago I picked up this Black Radiance Lip Creme and fell in love!

Now for those who truly know me know that I love me a purple lippie, so I had to have this for that reason alone. ¬†I then used the product and was amazed at the pigmentation. ¬†It goes on as a creme and drys matte, not a dry cracking matte either. ¬†I said I would purchase more and I did, two more actually…


We have Go Nude and Matte Bright, I believe I will be wearing Matte Bright tonight with my makeup look so be sure to follow me on Instagram so you don’t miss the pictures! ¬†Oh, and these lippies are $3.99 ūüėĪ great price for the product.

 

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Facial Wipes…Yes or No?

There are a few different ways to remove your makeup at night, you can simply wash your face with a cleansing bar which probably won’t leave your face as clean as you’d like…there will be makeup left deep down in your pores and if you aren’t scrubbing/exfoliating, or masking once a week, you are doing your skin a huge disservice.

Many have taken the route of facial wipes, makeup remover wipes, even baby wipes.

Wipes have made removing makeup a breeze, too tired to wash your face? Just grab a wipe a voila, makeup gone.  There are so many options out now, seems like every makeup brand has wipes or makeup removers.  Are these products beneficial or are they doing more damage?

My experience with facial wipes/makeup remover wipes has been a frustrating one because I was looking for an easy route to remove product from my face. ¬†I’ve tried them all it seems, ¬†and every single brand I’ve tried has done the same, make it burn around my eye area. ¬†Have you had that feeling before? ¬†If so, did you ever try to figure out why? ¬†Well I did and that’s why I am here.

I figured it had to be the citric acid, a very common factor in all wipes and the word acid just doesn’t sound good. ¬†Let’s discuss citric acid in makeup wipes…in food is a totally different story!

Citric acid in wipes…they pretty much somehow pull all types of salt from the organic acid and it goes into the wipes for several reasons, mainly to adjust the acid/base balance. ¬†For specific purposes of the salts, check out http://www.cosmeticinfo.org/ingredient/citric-acid

Mostly the stuff you are unable to pronounce are salts from citric acid, then some wipes will have alcohol in them which combined with those salts seems very dehydrating for the face.

It is known that the first 5 ingredients listed are the ingredients said product contains the most. ¬†If you read some labels, alcohol will be within the first 5 ingredients. ¬†Even the soothing wipes that have aloe, cucumbers, green tea…all of them irritate my skin.

There are other great options to removing makeup such as steam, milk, actual cucumbers and of course coconut oil. ¬†I am sure there has to be a wipe brand out there that doesn’t contain citric acid, if you know of any let me know in the comments. ¬†Try another safer, healthier method of removing makeup and don’t forget to wash with a cleanser after!

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Let’s REVIEW!

Good Evening! ¬†It’s product review time…I have 2 products that I purchased and I will be sharing my thoughts on the both of them.

First we have a liquid matte lipgloss…..

The brand is Cherimoya by Max Makeup, and the color is called Lychee. ¬†I purchased this item from TJMaxx and since Marshall’s is a part of the same company, I’m sure you can find it there. The price for this was 2.99! ¬†I am always willing to try out products and brands I have not heard of, at prices like that.

The packaging is very appealing, the bottle is glass with a gold top and gold labeling.  You also get a great amount of product for the price.

The applicator is pretty basic, and you don’t get a lot of product on the applicator which can be a good thing, so you don’t overuse the product. ¬†The feel, look and lasting of this lip gloss is relatively comparible to Colour Pop’s lip gloss. ¬†It’s a matte lip gloss, goes on a bit shiny but dries to a matte finish. ¬†All in all I liked it…so much I just purchased another color!

Next, is this eye shadow palette by Max Studio…

One side you have metallics and the other side flat colors. ¬†I was drawn to this for a couple of reasons, one…I love bronze shadows, neutrals…also, I have another palette from them which I love so I said let me try another. ¬†In my opinion Max Studio does great with shadows but their lipsticks and glosses have been a waste of money for me, even getting them out of TJMaxx for $2.99.

Here is one look I did with the metallic shades…

I loved the outcome, and the application was so smooth, one time and done, the colors are so pigmented. The palette is the Canyon palette, I think these colors are ideal for Spring/Summer. ¬†I did do a look with the flat colors but I didn’t take a pic unfortunately. ¬†Also, the lip color is the gloss I spoke about earlier, with a bold eye like this you want to do something subtle on the lip during the day so why not a nude matte?!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments…thank you so much for reading!

 

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Weekend Fall/Winter Skincare ūü§ó

Good Evening! ¬†Welcome back…I hope you all enjoyed my first post for this new year and look forward to much more. ¬†Today I am going to share with you the steps I take and products I use during the Fall & Winter months, to keep my skin at its best.

These are the 4 products I use for my weekend skincare routine…..

*PHOTO COURTESY OF http://www.nubianheritage.com*

I made a decision of exfoliating during the Fall & Winter months and leaving masking for the Spring & Summer months, do any of you do the same?  In the Fall/Winter months, the air is much harsher on the skin, depending on location of course.  You want to make sure you are scrubbing away those dead skin cells.  Now, when exfoliating during these months you want to use a less abrasive scrub unlike one you would use during the warmer months.

There have been many negative posts about the St. Ives Scrub but I have enjoyed using it.  The only time I had an issue with a scrub was when I over used it, scrubbing like every other day, 2x a week is ideal for using a facial scrub. Exfoliation replenishes the skin and can improve your moisturizers effectiveness.

“The dead cells block moisture from the layers of live skin cells that actually need it” – birchbox.com/guide/articles/is-it-important-to-exfoliate-during-the-winter

First I start with St.Ives of course and this scrub in particular on a scale of Gentle/Moderate/Deep, it has a deep exfoliating factor.  I find that interesting because it is so gentle to me. The key ingredients are:

*Apricot extract

*Walnut shell powder

Also, within the first 3 ingredients listed you have water and glycerin, very beneficial.

Next I use my facial bar to wash my face and since October I believe, I’ve been using the Nubian Heritage Olive & Green Tea Soap w/Avocado. ¬†I really love this bar because it leaves my skin feeling smooth…looking like I have a glow…and it lasts forever, all of the Nubian Heritage Soaps are awesome.

This bar in particular is anti aging, ultra moisturizing, and nourishing.  It contains Shea Butter, Olive Oil and Avocado Butter.

My next step is to tone and I am in love with Heritage Store Rosewater and Glycerin.  I have been using this for over a year and it has never failed me.  I started using it on my locs when I had them, to moisturize them and my scalp. This product will stop any itch, even when I shave and start itching from hair growth, I spray this any and everywhere.

It contains:

*pure rose water

*vegetable glycerin

*Vor Mag Water (has been magnetized to raise the energy to a higher vibration)

You can use the product as a toner, moisturizer, primer and makeup setting spray!

Lastly, I must moisturize with Vitamin E oil.  I have been using it for over a year as well and I know I am reaping the benefits.  Vitamin E is an antioxidant, slows down aging, and repairs damaged skin.  There are many more benefits internally but I wanted to focus on the skin.

So, I hope that my skin care routine gives you some ideas of products to try and also I hope you found this informative. ¬†If you have any questions about these products please leave them in the comments. ¬†Thank you so much for reading, you all are awesome! ūüíč

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