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Fitness Friday: Benefits of Lime & Cucumber Detox Water


         
              Happy Friday Love! I finally got around to making my Limes & Cucumbers Detox Water. I am pretty sure this drink has been around for a long time, but I only heard about it last year when I started writing fitness posts. When I heard detox, the words loosing weight quick came to mind. I thought it was one of those drinks that make you lose 20 pounds in 10 days. Don't get me wrong! Your body will benefit from drinking this water. The benefits range from having less blemishes on your face to feeling less bloated. Read more {here}
            
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Fitness Friday             I did my water detox without the mint leaves. I kept it in the fridge for the whole night to let the limes and the cucumbers marinate. I drank about 8 glasses a day for a full week.  
Here is what I noticed after the first week: I went to the bathroom more frequently, either for number one or number two. I did notice less blemishes on my face. I guess that had to do with the fact that Limes contain a great amount of vitamin C. I felt less bloated by the third day. My stomach became less upset after I eat any big meal. That's what encouraged me to keep doing this detox. Not having to buy Tums every month is a good thing. What a good way to enjoy drinking water, too! The flavor is awesome. I squeezed some lime juice in the water, and that makes it taste so much better. I think the only weight that I lost was water weight. Nothing to jump on the bed about. I will continue to drink it to see if I will lose a few inches around my waist .


Have you tried any kind of detox water before?

 

Washing And Caring For Crochet Braids

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            It's been a week since I installed the crochet braids, and I am still feeling the tightness. My scalp feels itchy, but I am afraid to scratch because I know how sensitive it is. Tea tree oil mixed with castor oil is pretty good at relieving itchiness. I also like the tingling sensation after massaging my scalp with the mix. I know the hair still looks good and fresh, but I am ready to do some deep conditioning. I cannot stress enough on the importance of taking care of your hair while it is in a protective style. Always make sure that your hair is well cared for while it is being protected. Washing and moisturizing the hair regularly is the only way to avoid breakage and shedding. I used to think that wearing extensions meant that my hair is good and I don't have to worry about it. Your hair is still thirsty, whether it in or out.

#WashDayExperience

{1} I massaged my scalp with extra virgin coconut oil while the crochet braids were in jumbo flat twists.

The Wash Day Experience{2} I added a good amount of shampoo and  warm water in an applicator bottle and squeezed the mix on my scalp. I massaged my scalp to distribute the shampoo.

 {3} I rinsed my hair very well with cool water.

{4} I wrapped my hair with a towel for about 15 minutes to make sure that no excess water was left on the braids.

{5} I spritzed my Garnier Fructis Trippe Nutrition spray on my leave-out part and between the cornrows/braids when my hair was completely dry.

{6} I added a little bit of castor oil for more moisture because the towel soaked up a lot of the water from my hair.

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            I mentioned on my last post that I was going to use my Apple Cider Vinegar, but I did not do it. I did not do my coffee rinse either. It's been a while since I did any rinses. That is so bad! My hair felt very clean. I just hope that it stays that way until the next wash so I don't have to co-wash in between. I will try not to use too much products to avoid any buildup. How was your wash day?
 

Outfit of The Week: The Oversized Sweater Plus The Red Coat

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           Hello Love! I hope you are having a beautiful week so far. I was telling my blogger friend, Beauty, how I lost this red coat on Sunday. Okay, let me explain! We all went to Wendy's after church to get something to eat. I was so hungry, I decided to lay the coat on the chair next to AJ because we had the booth. I sat on the coat. Like I said, I was hungry and was not thinking straight. *covers face* While I was getting my pictures taken by AJ when we got home, my husband asked me if Cianna was wearing her coat after church, because it was not on her when she got home. Cianna's coat was in the car. It turned out that mine was the one missing. My husband wanted to go back to get it, but I had no doubt in my mind that I was not going to find it. So, I decided to leave it behind and save the gas. Phew!
        
            There was no way I was going to let this month end without sharing at least one outfit post. I know I have been busy posting reviews. And I am sorry!
 I got all comfortable for church on Sunday because it was cold in the morning. This sweater is a size medium, but it is a little wider at the top. It keeps me warm and comfortable. I love the design, too. I paired it with my blue jeans that I got a long time ago. These boots are too big for me, by the way! But I just couldn't leave them in the store.

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What is the ONE thing you lost and wish you could have it back?
 

Product Review: Zenwise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins plus DHT blocker



Product Description


Zenwise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins formula contains our distinct blend of 27 ingredients, including 5000 mcg of Biotin, that promote hair growth and overall hair health. This formula also provides essential vitamins and antioxidants to address deficiencies that have been shown to cause hair loss.

Our all Natural formula can be used to:
Promote Thicker Fuller Hair
Stimulate Hair Growth
Address Vitamin Deficiencies Associated with Hair Loss

Key Ingredients:
Biotin
MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)
Grapeseed Extract
Saw Palmetto
Pumpkin (Seed-Curcubita Pepo)(4:1)
Gotu Kola (Herb-Centella Asiatica) (4:1)
Ginkgo Biloba (Leaf)
L-Lysine Hcl
L-Proline
Kelp
Citrus Bioflavanoids
Nettle (Leaf-Urtica Dioica)
Catalase
Resveratrol


Where to buy: Amazon.com

Price: $27.95
My Opinion

Pros
  • Fast shipping
  • Excellent packaging (nicely sealed)
  • No after taste
  • Easy to swallow
  • Stronger nails
  • Thicker hair 
  • It works for me
Cons 
  • Slow results
  • Side effects (acne if you don't drink enough water)
 Why and How I Take These Supplements

              I just went through the worse shedding period of my hair journey. Since my hair is 100% natural, I cannot blame hair coloring products, nor chemical straighteners for my hair loss. I don't use heat on my hair, and I rarely use hair care products that contain harsh chemicals. So, I cannot even blame my shampoos and conditioners. I blame it rather on vitamin deficiency and some protective styles. Sometimes you may think that you are protecting your hair, but you are actually destroying it with tight braids and extensions.  I lose hair easily around my edges, nape, and my crown. And these areas are the main reasons why I requested to try this product. I noticed new growth around my edges. And most of my patches are covered with stronger hair after taking the supplements for 30 days. I take 1 pill after breakfast with a full glass of water. And another one after I eat lunch. I also drink 8 glasses of water every day. 


  The bottom line
             
              This is not a miracle pill. Don't buy this product if you expect to see overnight results. While my hair looked shinier and felt strong after the first week,  I did not notice a significant change in hair growth until after the third week of taking the supplements. The pills are easy to swallow, and they leave no after taste. The bottle itself was tightly sealed. Shipping was very fast, too. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water while taking any product that contains biotin to prevent your skin from breaking out, especially if you already suffer from acne. As you can see from the above picture, my skin did break out. And I can only blame it on not drinking enough water while taking the supplements. If only there was a little note on the bottle that mentioned that! I will continue to use this product because it worked for me. 
Have you tried any hair vitamins before?

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for my honest review. However, the opinion expressed here is my own. I would not recommend a product that I did not use myself. 
 

Fitness Friday: My Experience with Celestial Candy Cane Lane Decaffeinated Holiday Green Tea


           Hi love! Friday is here. I was going to say TGIF! Then I thought about how fast time is moving. And how fast I am getting closer to 40. I don't want the week to end anymore! When I was a teenager I could not wait to get married and have a family of my own. No. What I really wanted was to get out of my parents' house. I am pretty sure my son is  thinking the same thing right now. Life is funny, right? Now I wish could be 15 again and not having to worry about time. I don't know how much time I have left. But what I know for sure is that I can make the best of the time that I have now. I try to enjoy every single minute of it. And one of the ways I enjoy my time is buy drinking a good cup of tea. I had a chance to try Candy Cane Lane Decaffeinated Holiday Green Tea during the holidays last year, and it was one of the best moments of my life. Never take for granted a good cup of tea!


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                 This delectable holiday blend starts with naturally decaffeinated green tea and adds unmistakable seasonal flavors like cool peppermint, creamy vanilla and a dash of cinnamon. Candy canes have been cherished symbols of holiday spirit for centuries, and Candy Cane Lane is sure to become a festive and healthy tradition at your celebrations! — Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster Since 1975 Holiday Tea, Caffeine Free, Kosher, Gluten Free, 100% Natural. This product contains all-natural ingredients and flavors, and no artificial colors or preservatives.



             I love green tea in general. It is a great antioxidant. It also gives me energy and helps with digestion. Celestial Candy Cane Lane Decaffeinated Holiday Green Tea became part of my holiday traditions.  I really enjoyed it last year.  This special holiday collection will make a great gift, too.  It has just the right amount of peppermint in it. It smells and tastes good at the same time. Did I mention that it id decaffeinated? While I don't have a problem with caffeine, having a tea that you can drink a few hours before going to bed sounds pretty good to me. The whole family can enjoy this tea. It will go well with cookies or other holiday treats. You have to try this tea if you haven't tried it already.  You will love it.
             Have you tried any holiday tea before?
             

 

Product Review: Petunia Skincare Professional 12 Set Makeup Brush Kit with Travel Pouch


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Product Description  
 
  • THE ULTIMATE PROFESSIONAL STUDIO QUALITY MAKEUP BRUSH KIT - Our 12 set makeup brushes includes all the essential pieces for any type of makeup applications you desire; from eyelashes to eyebrows to eyeshadow to foundation to lips and to powder - everything you'll need on a day-to-day basis and even more, we've got you covered!
  • PREMIUM QUALITY BRUSHES, HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS, AND LONG LASTING - Our sturdy wooden handles are handmade to shape and fit the grip of your hands for an easy and perfect application. Made with a combination high quality pony hair, goat hair, and synthetic hair. Natural animal hair is soft, durable, and does not hold color - allowing makeup to distribute evenly on your skin. No animals are harmed to create these natural brushes.
  • SLEEK BLACK TRAVEL POUCH - These brushes come in a convenient fold-up pouch that is easy to travel with and protect your brushes from dust and dirt. Includes free brush guards help to keep your beautiful brushes retain shape and looking great.
  • THE PERFECT GIFT OR PERSONAL KIT FOR A MAKEUP ARTIST, STYLIST, ETC. - Made with high quality materials, comes in a beautiful travel pouch, and includes all the essential pieces necessary for any makeup application you can't go wrong with choosing Petunia Skincare's 12 set makeup kit!
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - Backed with our lifetime guarantee we're confident you'll love our brushes, or your money back

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Where to buy: Amazon.com
Price: $47.77 - $28.67 with coupon code GUKEN6AH

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My Opinion 

Pros
  • Fast shipping
  • Excellent Packaging
  • Soft Hair
  • Minimal shedding
  • Glide smoothly
  • Durable
  • Long enough Handle
  • Strong Bristles 
  • Full Coverage
  • High Quality
Cons
  •  None

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           Finding the right makeup brushes is like finding the right pair of shoes. We want them to be both comfortable and durable.  Petunia Skincare Professional 12 Set Makeup Brush Kit contains all the brushes you need for a flawless makeup look. The main reason why I love these brushes is because each brush provides full coverage with minimal makeup left on them. How often do you get that? I think the pink and black design is very attractive. The brushes look like they are clamped instead of glued, which is good. The hair is so soft I could barely feel it on my face.  I love the density of each brush and how sturdy they are. I did notice a few shedding, but it was normal because it was my first time using the brushes. The foldable snap pouch itself is made of durable materials. I use it to keep my brushes in place instead of using a different brush holder. It is also travel ready this way.

          This is a good kit to have, especially if you are experimenting with different makeup looks, because the kit comes with a little booklet that explains what each brush is used for. I washed only one of the brushes so far. It dried up very quickly and I did not notice any shedding. Is the product worth the price? To me it is! I could not really find something that I did not like about it.
             You can use coupon code GUKEN6AH to get a 40% discount if you are interested in trying this kit yourself. This offer is limited. So use it as soon as you can. 

Have you tried any professional makeup brush kit before?

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for my honest review. However, the opinion expressed here is my own. I would not recommend a product that I did not use myself. 
 

Hair Wash Day Plus New Hair Style


            Hi doll! Can you believe it is the middle of January already? The weather was so beautiful outside, all I wanted to do was taking pictures. It's been a while since we had a 66-degree weather in the middle of winter. My wash day was very short on Saturday. I co-washed my hair because I was a little too generous when I applied oil to my scalp the night before. I also installed my crochet braids on Monday because it was Martin Luther King day and I did not have to pick up the kids from school. It took me a good 5 hours to get it done. I love the fullness of the hair, but I have a feeling I will only keep it on for a few weeks.

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The Wash Day Experience{1} I co-washed with TREsemme Moisture Rich conditioner once and used a little bit of Alberto V05 Clarifying conditioner before rinsing my hair.

{2} Deep conditioned with my Pantene Natural for exactly 30 minutes.

{3} T-shirt dried my  for 10 minutes

{4} Moisturized with Giovanni Leave-in conditioner

{5} Sealed my hair with Castor oil



 Hair of The Week

Hair Wash Day Plus New Hair Style

Hair Wash Day Plus New Hair Style

Hair Wash Day Plus New Hair Style
      
              Have you noticed how my eyes are always red in my pictures?  It is because I am tired all the time, especially around 2 PM. I wake up automatically at 5:30 every morning. But because I went to bed at 7 PM yesterday, I woke up at 4:30 am this morning. I had such a good time taking those pictures of my hair during the day.   I will be trying apple cider vinegar for the first time on my next wash day. Don't forget to join me! How was your most recent wash day?
 
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