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Decide what you want. Take baby steps towards that goal. Never stop making an effort each and every day to get closer to your goal. Do not speak anything negative. Wake up and confess that you are making great progress in life and are coming very close to reaching your goals, say that you are going to have a productive day. Say that things are going to be great!

What I'm wearing: thrifted halloween thigh-high socks. vintage sweater from an estate sale.
 Hey everyone, 

I wanted to do a "Summer Essentials" post before Summer ends, so here we go! The photo up top features my two favorite nail polish colors, INSTA-DRI by Sally Henson. I don't have time to let my nails dry for very long so the Insta-dri polishes are perfect for me. I like how thick and flawless the colors come out. And these colors are so beautiful.


*Received this item for free. 8This cooling eye gel reduces lines, wrinkles and soothes puffiness. I could definitely notice a difference within days of using it. I love the cooling sensation, the applicator tip, and most importantly, I love that this does not sting my eyes!   

 

I really love this scent by Rue 21. I don't usually shop there, but I went in there looking for a phone case and the lady suggested it to me and now I'm really feelin' it for Summer 2017 vibes.

 

Absolutely recommend this lavender deodorant spray, it is light and refreshing. Not at all sticky, it's like a refreshing spritz but it works and it lasts! No toxic aluminum deodorants for me!




This stuff is great for dry and damaged hair. It leaves my hair very soft and manageable. 
And no harsh ingredients!

 

Love  my renewel cream by Andalou naturals, works with or without makeup... 
it's light and not greasy at all. No bad ingredients!



 *Received this item for free. I use this at night..1-2 drops goes a long way... very natural, very pure and very concentrated... it's for your face but I also use it on dry skin areas like knees, elbows and hands!


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I know that wigs have been around for a long time, but I had never actually considered buying one for real, until now and I will tell you why I have changed my mind.



Lace front wigs

It's basically a hairpiece or wig, in which human hair or synthetic hair is tied by hand to a sheer lace base which goes over the scalp. Black Hairspray has very high quality, affordable options. They offer thousands of wigs and hair care products, and lots of people use their products, even professional stylists and beauticians.


OK, now onto why I want one:
  • they look amazing (and real, they look real)
  • it's a great way to try out different styles and see what best suits you (you get to experiment without having to commit to a permanent color/style change)
  • lots of celebrities wear them
  • you can express yourself by choosing the color and style that best represents who you are (even if your natural hair is not able to be that)
  • they're great for taking fun, versatile photo shoots
  • great way to get mermaid hair (currently trending) without drying it out or causing damage or breakage
Here are some of the ones I was looking at from Black Hairspray:











Have you ever considered wearing a lace front wig? Which style would you choose?
I received items for free. This post contains affiliate links. These claims have not been confirmed by the FDA or a medical professional. Be sure and consult your healthcare provider before use.

In my other blog post,  


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I talk about how we (women, especially) need to speak up about unhealthy beauty standards and trends being pushed on us. The thought of buying or doing something that will make us look better but possibly damage our health, is outrageous; and yet, it is something that women have been doing for centuries, and continue to do even to this day.




Over the next few posts, I'm going to be:
  1. sharing why you should be using all-natural products 
  2. showing how to use essential oils to create your own products
  3.  Sharing some amazing deals on essential oils and other goodies from Spark Naturals

This will save you lots of money and 

get you started on your journey to 

being healthy and happy.



How I use it:

-add it to my foot soak/baths-
-put 1-2 drops on my pillow at night-
-mix it with coconut oil and rub some on my chest to relax-


Stay tuned for lemon ......

As I've gotten older, I've realized a couple of things. First, I've realized that women are amazing. And our amazing-ness has nothing to do with our appearance, it goes way beyond that. Secondly, I finally realized how important it is to take good care of my body, and not just by eating healthy and staying fit.

Women's bodies are incredible. We are capable and built for so much. We are so much stronger than society portrays us. Why are we referred to as the weaker, more gentler sex? We're beasts. And yet there has always been pressure on us to be the more attractive sex. According to the influence, our skin should be smooth and hairless, our faces should be wrinkle-free, our lips glossy and painted. But is that what makes a woman attractive?



Those things waste a lot of time, a lot of energy, and a lot of money. I wonder what men accomplish with all that extra time, energy and money? I wonder how much money we spend in our lifetimes on beauty routines that are not even good for us, but can actually be very damaging to our health. Such as, injecting toxins into our faces in an attempt to look younger, running needles over our face until we bleed to improve our skin tone and shooting painful lasers over our skin for hair removal. When are we going to stop spending our money on products that damage our bodies and health?

Our appearance in it's most natural state, is more striking than any unrealistic, photo-shopped, smoothed-over, contoured, computer-engineered non-human portrayed in 80% of magazines.

Check out these celebrities before and after photoshop










                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                           


So, what made me write this post? Well, I've been limping for the past three days after injuring my foot by wearing heels. When I went in my closet to find some shoes with support, what I found instead was several more pairs of high heels and some flats. Thinking back on how much money I have spent on shoes that could damage my feet was really depressing. I have barely worn these shoes. Why did I do this? What would cause a woman to buy shoes that hurt and she couldn't even walk properly in? Do you have tons of shoes you can barely wear too?

I'm sure lots of you will tell me that you enjoy looking good and wearing heels, that's fine and it's normal to want to look good. But we should really at least, be putting our health first. And remember, it's your personality, your smile, and your unique, one-of-a-kind spirit that makes you beautiful.

I just want us to be brave enough to say (if we want to) hey I'm not going to wear stilettos because they may cause serious damage to my hips and joints. I'm not going to spend all of my hard-earned money on getting waxed every week. And If I feel like a trip to the beach, I'm going to go regardless of how my body looks, or if my legs are hairy.

JUST SAYING.
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 Norabloom Botanicals is 

all natural and cruelty free.

 

I got a chance to test out 3 Norabloom products 
that were personally recommended to me 
based on my answers to the Norabloom Skin Story Quiz, 
which is available on their website. 
This quiz asks you all kinds of open-ended 
questions about your skin, and then 
Holly emails you personalized 
recommendations 
within 48 hours.  

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Here are the 3 samples they sent me:

 Hibiscus Face Crème

Packed with antioxidants. This felt so soft and gentle on my skin. 
My face felt fresh, soft and moisturized but not sticky, like some creams do.

Aloe & Shea Crème Cleanser

This cleanser is very gentle, for extremely sensitive skin; 
which is great because my face will breakout if a cleanser
is too strong. It smells refreshing, and the aloe heals while the shea hydrates.

Rosehip & Carrot Organic Serum 

 This one was my favorite. It says it is good for flaky skin, 
great for scars, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and correcting dark spots. Also, apparently even great for diaper rash.

Here is the skin care chart from their website: 

 


Go Check It Out For Yourselves





God bless every single person 
 I have crossed paths with. 
Every loving soul. Every hateful soul. 
Thank you God for all of the love and the hate 
I have encountered on my journey thus far. 
Thank you for every trial and tribulation, 
every defeat, every struggle, and every single victory. 

Thank you for healing me from every sickness.Thank you for closed doors that redirected me to the right path. Thank you for open doors that brought me joy. Thank you for the yes's and the no's. 
Thank you for bringing me here to exactly where I need to be and all in your perfect timing. Thank you for planting me, watering me and having the patience to watch me grow.

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