Toxic Tuesday – I’m Divorcing You, Acne.

Oh Acne!

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Psst… it’s true.  Junk food causes acne, at least based on my personal experience.

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 Last week, it wasn’t even a struggle to say NO to every single cake, donut or chocolate which was right in front of me. I’m sure you can relate to it, it was just one of those days you want to eat everything and anything.

 So this happened after I savored every single delicacy for the whole week…

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 I’ve been trying to find ways to clear my skin up but the thought of just looking at it is pretty demoralizing.  Hiding my imperfections under a good concealer sounded like a perfect idea but I refrained from doing so as I feel it will only make things worse.

So here’s a list of things I’ve trying to do to get back on track

  1. Consuming copious amount of plain water
  2. Limiting my sugar/junk intake
  3. Trying to exercise even if it’s for 15 minutes (The sweat helps, a lot)
  4. Rinsing my face with organic lemon juice once a night
  5. Leaving Manuka Honey on my face overnight

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Have you ever been in the same situation? What did you do to get back on track? Share your story with us in the comment box!

You know how everything these days is related to YOLO, well you only have one skin, in the words of Tim Gunn, “Make it work!”

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Written By: Nadiah N.

Follow her on Instagram at: @virtualrainbows

DIY Tree Branch Jewelry Holder

Cleaned earlier today & realized that I never shared what was probably the easiest DIY like, EVER for me. 💁

The Tree Branch Jewelry Holder. 💍

Step 1: Find a small branch.

Step 2: Pick a spot & nail it to the wall.

Step 3: Hang accessories or anything else you can on it! That’s it! 🙆

Once adorned with jewelry, etc., it actually looks pretty cute. I’d like to add more pieces like this to my room to give it a bohemian vibe.

Written By: Lady

Follow her on Instagram at: @LadyOnTheGooo

Alicia Keys – We Are Here

So Alicia Keys has done it again by bringing us music with substance! Don’t get me wrong, I am all for a party, music & all, but it’s good to hear some real R&B with a REAL message from time to time.

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I’m pretty sure many music lovers have noticed how much good, quality music has decreased over the last few years. Let’s hope artists such as Alicia Keys never lose that because spreading a positive message through music is one of the reason’s music is so powerful in the first place!

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Think John Lennon or Michael Jackson. Through music, they spread love and a message of unity for all. I’d like to think we will always have musicians like this that will never forget the power of a song with a purpose. 🎶🎶🎶

Written By: Lady

Follow her on Instagram at: @ladyonthegooo

Cynthia Rowley Presentation SS15: Highlighting BirchBox & Color Club nail lacquers

I’m a BIG fan of Cunt Claws and want to share this talented artist with you all!

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ROWLEYBLOG4Ready To Wear, Spring/Summer 2015 looks hip and mod for the, Cynthia Rowley fashion show this season! Continuing on, New York Fashion week with an outburst: nails coverage are completely on point and ready for exposure as beauty sponsor, BirchBox and Color Club give the ultimate essentials for cool significant press this week!

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THIS JUST HAPPENED: CELINE DIONE & NE-YO DUET – “INCREDIBLE”

I love both of these singers so much! They are so talented without having to be as gimmicky as most artists have to be nowadays to garner attention. This is already a hit to me! Beautiful! Modern enough to be relevant yet still keeping in line with the musical styles of both singers. ❤

MOLLY KATE KESTNER – HIS DAUGHTER

Molly became a YouTube sensation off of this video of her singing a song she wrote that recently hit the ‘net. The crazy thing is, she recorded “His Daughter” on her phone that happens to sport a cracked screen and even wrote the song in just 15 minutes. Apparently, she’s been uploading and sharing videos of original music that she plays on the piano as she sings and sharing it with friends and family via social media platforms.

She says of the song “His Daughter”, that it wasn’t written about her own experiences but actually inspired by friends and other women who have dealt with situations described in the song. Molly never expected for it to go viral, much less for it to resonate with so many around the world (“His Daughter” has more than 6 million views at this point).

This goes to show that a true artist/musician does not need flashing lights and flashy attire to create music that touches the heart and souls of so many.

Best of luck, Molly!

FOODIE ALERT: BREAKFAST CUPCAKES

On Saturday, I woke up with a craving. A craving for something new.

Then, it hit me.

I’d been holding off on trying a fun, creative way of having breakfast that I was inspired by on Instagram of all places.

Breakfast cupcakes.

Cupcakes? How could cupcakes be a part of breakfast? They are anything but!

Do not lose yourself in a dark world of hysteria trying to figure this out, for I have the answer ready for you because it is possible.

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Aren’t they just beautiful? 😀

All you need are eggs, baconcheese (shredded)hashbrown (optional), and peppers (optional).

I chose to use bacon, peppers, and shredded cheese for mine. Mainly because I didn’t have hashbrown available so I’ll definitely make another post for that one.

And so it begins…

I made 12 cupcakes for 6 people; 2 cupcakes a person. Thankfully, the tray already has 12 molds.

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The instructions are simple:

Heat oven to 400°F

Place foil liner in each of 12 molds and spray with generous amount of cooking spray

12 Eggs (or as many as you think you’d need – 1 per person is suffice)

(Mix in a bowl and add a little bit of milk for extra fluff)

Cook bacon

(I recommend doing this first to save time) I used 6 pieces of bacon to get enough for each person and shredded it once the strips were cooked. Just pull it apart in little pieces with your hands.

Peppers

I used red, yellow, and orange peppers by cutting them into small pieces.

Once those two parts were completed, the bacon, cheese, and peppers were dumped into the bowl and mixed with the eggs.

Afterwards, the mix was poured into the cupcake molds making sure that there was enough in each mold. There was nothing left over in the bowl so as stated above, 1 egg per person is perfect for this.

Once this is done, the next step is simple: Bake!

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Let it bake for about 13 to 16 minutes. To be extra sure that they are done, just use a knife and insert into center of cupcake. If the knife comes out clean they are ready!

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The recipe I had tried recommended Siracha sauce to pair with the cupcakes and I just so happened to have some at home. I liked it!

There you have it! Simple and deliciously creative Breakfast Cupcakes! If you have kids at home, they’ll love this fun twist on a traditional American breakfast. You don’t need to have children to enjoy these yourself though!

As always,

oxoxo ❤

 

New Body Art: Thirsty for Curls

I’m working on getting the most out of my curls too!

Check out Minx’s dope blog!

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Who doesn’t love a girl with huge curls. Working with model A.J. made me miss my natural kinks so much. Maybe I should stop dying it crazy colors, and start over naturally….tempting, but I’m so addicted to all the chemicals … (Cough cough cough…let’s get back to the topic on hand)

This was the only back I got to paint on today, the biggest canvas on the body, which made it easier for me to get whole image to be seen by another. Usually when I paint legs, arms, the image turns, so it’s a tad harder to catch on camera.

Photographer David Zayas Jr. made it easy for this curly haired beauty to jump in front of the camera and have some fun… Plus, she was already super excited that I made her Minxette look almost exactly like her… Curly locks, big earrings and all!

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How To Make Your Vajayjay Taste Sweeter! (Seriously)

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This might sound funny or awkward but I was recently wondering how a woman can make herself taste better “down there”. It may be weird to you but I have many random thoughts. Daily. So, this is pretty normal for me to think about things like this. 😀

Before you laugh about this notion, you might be surprised to read that there are actually several ways to achieve a more pleasant taste in our “love glove”. (I’m cringing too.)

I’ve read and heard about men drinking or eating certain things to create a less bitter taste in their semen and make it more enjoyable for their partner. Then, it hit me, how come I’ve never heard anyone talk about the same thing for the ladies? I’m sure women would want to surprise their honey with a taste of honey all their own.

Regardless of that cheesy one-liner, you might find this to be a tasty read. 😉

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*Important*

Fluid intake, diet, and the natural balance of chemicals that affect fluids of the vagina all have a role in how it can taste. Eating certain foods will help reduce the acidic factors that can cause it to taste less sweet however all of the points above work together to create the distinct goût of your nether region.

Here are 5 edibles that can help sweeten up the action for you and your mate:

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5) Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice is already full of flavor when you drink it so this should actually be a no-brainer. Not only is it naturally sweet but it helps to fight harmful bacteria and prevent urinary tract infection. It also improves the smell of urine in a big way! If you have at least one glass of cranberry juice a day, you’ll surely spot the changes.

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4) Honey

Sugar, oh, honey, honey! There is a reason that honey is recommended as an alternative to sugar in almost every way. Honey not only tastes good, but is natural so you don’t have to feel guilty about drizzling a bit on fruits (which just about any fruit can also up the “sweet” factor as well) or even drop some in drinking water. Sound weird? You won’t know untill you try!

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3) Pineapple Juice

It’s kind of funny to me that pineapple juice is highly recommended for this idea because I actually drink lots of pineapple juice, straight from the fruit itself! Whenever I am craving something sweet, I whip out my Nutribullet and for the most part, choose to make a pineapple smoothie (no additional ingredients) or a juice which simply requires more water when blending to thin it down. Honestly, it’s another healthy and delicious treat that has so many positive benefits. Pineapple is good for our digestive system, skin, and regarding this piece in particular, will sweeten up our natural juices in no time!

Personally, I prefer making natural pineapple juice as opposed to buying it. Although many products claim they are 100% organic, nothing beats seeing and making what you put into your body from scratch. It also feels good mentally to know exactly what you put into your body without having to wonder if it is actually as healthy as a product would claim to be. Just the other day, I almost bought pineapple juce from a store but I saw that although it claimed to be 100% natural, sugar was still added to the drink. To me, that isn’t 100% natural and being that I already know how natural pineapple juice tastes, I don’t understand why sugar should be added. It’s sweet all on it’s own!

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2) Fruits

I already mentioned that fruits in general are great to achieve this goal. However, some specific fruits to look out for on your next grocery trip are apples, kiwis, grapes, and strawberries. Try focusing on kiwis and strawberries as they have been known to provide even better results.

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1) Water

This may come as a surprise but water is, as it has always been, the number one way to help maintain one’s health, hydration, weight, and many other factors of a person’s well-being. Without water, it’d be so much harder to look and feel good, even if you follow a healthy diet. Water is life; what more do you need to know? Regardless, when it comes to this particular topic, water flushes out toxins and filters chemicals throughout the body. Remember how I mentioned that the vagina is acidic? Water will help with that!

So drink more water!

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*Tip* If water doesn’t have enough flavor for you to kill a crave for sweetness, try infusing fruits into  a bottle of water. Not only will it have a great taste to it, but once again, you won’t feel guilty later because the sweet taste is tout naturel. There are also tons of recipes to try so you’ll feel like you are drinking a new beverage every time. Can’t get better than that!

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*Note* I can’t stress enough about the dangers of sugar. Sugar will not sweeten anything down there. In fact, avoid sugar at all costs and if you must, replace sugar with natural sweeteners. They are out there! Sure, sugar is a quick and easy way out, it’s what we know. However, if you don’t watch how much sugar you digest daily/weekly, the long-term effects are no fun. Some of them being weight-gain, lowering hydration levels, upping chances of diabetes, plus more. So, if you are a sugar lover, cut it out already! Do some research and you will be pleasantly surprised that you can replace sugar with just about any natural sweetener there is!

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you did, please leave a comment letting me know! It’ll encourage me to write more! 🙂 ❤

As always, until! xoxo

(All facts and statements on this topic gathered from multiple sources. Basically, Google is your friend. 😉 )