beauty, health & wellness, lifestyle, skincare

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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The most peaceful exercise: WALKING

Good Afternoon!  Today I want to share with you why I enjoy walking.  I am not talking about when I walk to the bus stop, or walk from the car to the house, but really walking.

There are a few workout routines I have designed for myself, but I find the most peace during my walks.  Where I live there is a path to the church, I wanted to see exactly where the church was one day so I walked towards the area and noticed my new meditation space.  It’s filled with trees, which makes it even more of an oasis.

I started out walking around 2x, most recently I added speed walking and running.  I now walk around once, then speed walk, then run twice.  In walking this path, all you hear and feel is nature, it’s a great way to meditate.

The troubles of the world literally seem miles away when this is your scenery.  The deer have come out and peeked a bit, I admit it startled me, I thought the rustling was a squirrel.  You never know what you may witness, but you’ll walk away more open to what nature has to offer!

Source energy of course has to beam it’s magnificence down on you…

So if I don’t feel it in me to do one of the routines I put together for a workout, I just lace up my sneakers, grab my water and go for a walk!

If you have trouble sleeping, go for a walk…feeling stressed, walk it out…need to close out the noise, go for a walk!  Your heart will thank you…your energy level will increase…and so much more!!!

 

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Lookbook: Spring/Summer 2017

Fashion 101: Wear the clothes, DON’T let the clothes wear you!

Good Evening!  I am back and I am sharing with you a few Spring/Summer looks for 2017, to hopefully inspire you with…the items photo’d were purchased at various stores, so make sure you check out the info after each look.  Let me know in the comments which look you loved the most, thanks so much in advance for your time!!!

 

On Trend: Backpacks & Stripes

The striped dress/tunic was a thrift store purchase, the brand name is Liang E Liang Ying, the ticket price was $3.99 and it was half off so I paid $2

The backpack is from TJ Maxx, the brand is Ceremia and it is a vegan brand…TJ Maxx price was $24.99 (not on website)

The sandals are Steve Madden (kids) and they were purchased at Nordstrom Rack, you can purchase them here https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/product/1916528/steve-madden-millie-sandal-toddler-little-kid-big-kid?color=BLACK

 

On Trend: Cut-out shoulders with sleeves

The dress is from TJ Maxx and the brand is Soprano, the TJ Maxx price was $19.99, you can purchase it here http://tjmaxx.tjx.com/store/jump/product/women-women-juniors-dresses/Juniors-Ribbed-Cold-Shoulder-Swing-Dress/1000212973?colorId=NS1003537&pos=2:24&N=677720737e

The handbag is from Nordstrom Rack, the brand is Emperia…another Vegan brand, the bag was purchased on clearance for $9.97 and can still be purchased for that price (except they are out of black) here https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/product/2012850/emperia-faux-leather-tote?color=CORAL

The shoes are over 4 years old!!!

 

On Trend: Floral print, High Waist pants, Lace Up sandals

The pants are from TJ Maxx, the brand is Japna and they were I believe $16.99 (not pictured on website)

The tank was a thift store purchase, ticket price $1.99

The cover up is from TJ Maxx (over 3 years old)

The clutch is from TJ Maxx, the brand is RACHEL Rachel Roy, price was $19.99 (over 3 years old)

The shoes are from Nordstrom Rack, the brand is Mia (kids) and can be purchased here https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/product/1936080/mia-harlee-lace-sandal-little-kid-big-kid?color=NATURAL%20NO

 

On Trend: Romper and Floral Print

The romper was purchased at TJ Maxx, the brand is One Clothing, price was $14.99 (not pictured on website)

The sandals are from Nordstrom Rack (Christmas 2016), the brand is Sam Edelman (kids), the were on clearance for $5!!!

 

On Trend: White on White, Pop Of Color

The tank was a thrift store buy, the brand is Maidenform and it was $2.99 with half off so I paid $1.50

The jean leggings are from TJ Maxx, the brand is Blue Asphalt and they were $14.99 (not pictured on website)

The sneakers and Asics and they were gifted to me

 

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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 😱 great price for the product.

 

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I survived LENT!

Have you ever contemplated giving something up?  Smoking, Drinking, Sex, certain foods…well I believe a great way to start is participating in Lent.  That is exactly what I did, but first let me explain what Lent is.

Lent is a self discipline practice mostly observed by Catholics and Protestants.  It is 40 days of fasting, counting Monday to Saturday.  So for 6 weeks you say no to whatever you may be weak for.  Culturally it can differ time frame wise, it begins Ash Wednesday and ends either Easter Sunday, the Saturday before Easter, or like this year it ended the Friday before.  I do suggest you read http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/history-of-lent.html for more detailed information as to why it’s 40 days, etc.

I participated and I am glad I did.  I have always, well most of the time, found comfort in eating cake…muffins…doughnuts…chocolate…and chips like Doritos, now it’s usually during PMS but sometimes not.  At the time I decided to give all of those things up for Lent, I felt like I was going overboard with it.  I am used to giving stuff up cold turkey, I did that for smoking and drinking but I just knew I’d have moments of weakness but I didn’t.  During those 40 days I did not once crave any of it and felt very proud to say no to it if it was offered or if that voice in my head told me to give in.  The experience leads me to believe that it’s all mental, the cravings…you just have to retrain your brain.

The week leading up to the last day was exciting for me because I was starting to feel like I wanted chocolate.  When Lent was over, the first thing I did was get a chunky chocolate chip muffin from Starbucks, yes it tasted the same but I felt bad eating it.  So, I think a change has occurred and I will no longer be weak to those things.

Do you participate in Lent?  What did you give up?

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