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

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Quick Review: SAMY Get Curls: Curls Reactivator

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Always one to look for a new product to test on my curls, I purchased SAMY Get Curls: Curl Reactivator for about $5.00 after reading (mostly) good reviews about it. See, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect curl product that is also reasonably priced. I’ve tried a lot of products and unfortunately, over the years, the products I loved most have been discontinued or the formula has been changed.

That has left me in quite a rut. I have weird curls. If I wash my hair and do nothing to it but let it air dry, I get some waves and a lot of poof. If I style if with a diffuser, I can manage to get beautiful curls with a lot of volume on days my hair wants to work with me. The thing is, some products will give the latter to me but leave me with a bunch of frizz which I then have to tame into decency. I’ve been hunting for my dream product:

Something that will help create and DEFINE curls without weighing it down yet preventing/taming frizz as well as having a decent hold throughout the day. Is that too much to ask for?!

I’ve been recommended a few products to try so far but if anyone reading has suggestions of their own please help this curly girl out!

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I had a wonderful, chill New Year’s Eve experience this year. It was the first time I spent NYE in my own house in years! (Literally)

Even though I spent it at home with a small group of people, that didn’t stop me (or any of us) from taking advantage of the holiday to glam it up!

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Dem shoes though! lol

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We watched the ball drop (I refuse to head to the city to do that!) and ate some amazing churrasco. (If you don’t know what it is, TRY IT.)

On New Year’s Day, I sat down to watch the newly purchased visual album by none other than Queen King Bey which was fantastic! I seriously cannot say anything bad about this project. She slayed every song and every video and I’m not even a crazed fan although I do love her. She ended 2013 with the ultimate bang and raised the bar for all artists right now!

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SO beautiful!

This pretty much sums up the night, how was your NYE experience?

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O.P.I. – Liquid Sand Review

When I came across this beautiful, shimmery, eye-catching color of nail lacquer that is O.P.I. Liquid Sand in Kiss Me At Midnight I was floored.

Okay, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic but still, this color is absolutely gorgeous!

So much so, that I decided to create a quick review for you guys! 😀

O.P.I. Liquid Sand Review

Isn’t it great!? lol

Here is a picture of it with a better camera to really get you to understand why I’m freaking out (in a good way) about this nail polish.

BAM!

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What, you thought I was playing?

Here’s an even closer close-up:

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(With flash & without flash)

Look at that blue! Look at that shimmer! I DARE you to tell me it isn’t absolutely sublime!

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November Faves (It’s late, I know)

Okay so last month I chose to add some pics that I liked from the previous month (October) and I’m going to do the same this month.

If you want to know why I waited so long read my previous post. lol

Here goes (no particular order):

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I posted this pic for a previous Kanye West post I made about his concert I attended.

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Random shots taken on a random day…

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Princess Leia!!!

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An adorable photo I reposted on IG that someone with vitiligo colored.

So cute. 🙂

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Thanksgiving Day selfie…

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2 Throwback Thursday shots

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More #tbt shots…

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Loved that fish braid! Too bad my friend did it and not me!

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After a crazy workout… still keeping up with it too. 😉

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Got inspired by artist Valfre to make this DIY Wall Storage Box.

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When I was blonde!!!!

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Did my own french braid allll by me-self! 😉

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#tbt & a big ol’ smile

So there you have it folks! Pics I liked from last month.

Let’s hope this month brings me more opportunities to take awesome pictures!

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Telisha Gibson & Perfectly Flawed Featured on Yahoo!

It’s such a pleasure to see that Telisha Gibson’s project “Perfectly Flawed” and it’s message about vitiligo is spreading like wildfire!

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So far, she has been featured on Refinery29 and Yahoo! Shine.

I am so honored to have met her last Saturday to participate in the documentary her company is putting together and couldn’t be more proud.

You go girl!

Perfectly Flawed Vitiligo Project

Hey gang!

I’ve been up since 8am today and if I’m up at that ungodly hour on a Saturday there had better be a damn good reason.

Well, today, there was such a reason. Today, I participated in a video shoot for a project called “Perfectly Flawed Project” that focuses on raising awareness about the skin condition vitiligo and also helping others embrace their uniqueness.

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I am so proud to be a part of this movement created by Telisha Gibson and I honestly hope I can get involved with more projects like these. The shoot was relaxed and comfortable. I walked in and was pleasantly surprised to see and meet two girls who I follow on instagram and also have vitiligo.

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(Me taking paparazzi creeper pics)

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(then I asked for a photo like a normal person would)

It was a great experience to hear each person share their own stories on vitiligo from when they first noticed loss of pigmentation to how they coped and everything in between. Each person was strong and there was even a little 6yr old girl who was interviewed. She was such a cutie pie and also very brave to talk about how she felt when people teased her at school. Yet, when asked if she knew she was beautiful, she proudly responded with a “Yes”. :’)

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Headed out to supa fresh clothing brand Extra Butter for a few…

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Annnd I just couldn’t help sporting his newly bought Supreme beanie. 😉

All in all, today has been splendid. ❤

What Is This Random Chick Doing Here?

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I’m probably writing this for no reason. No one is going to read this but to hell with it. Everyone needs their own space to express themselves which is why I’m here. As mentioned in the one-liner “about me” under the blog title “LadyOnTheGooo”, I’ll be creating posts ranging from fashion-related topics, to DIY projects I take on; adventures I partake in and pretty much anything else my little heart desires.

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One of the re-occurring topics you will see from now on that I care about deeply will be on the topic of VITILIGO. Last Summer in late June, I was diagnosed with the skin disease (I prefer “condition”; “disease” sounds icky) that, in a nutshell, destroys the cells that create pigment in our skin. There is virtually no known direct cause or cure for this condition. Just theories. However, it’s a relief to say that, although it is considered an auto-immune disease, that doesn’t necessarily mean that those affected by it have any actual health problems. Some do, but not at all. If you are still unsure, google “Vitiligo” check out images to understand what it looks like on a person who has an extreme case of it.

Fun fact: Michael did NOT bleach his skin because he was ashamed of being black. Michael chose the bleach treatment which is an open option for those who have an extreme case of Vitiligo because he was ashamed of it. He had patches of white all over his face and body that were covered with makeup which is why we never saw them. Back then, there was even less known about Vitiligo then there is today. (Which is very little!) This is why he must have been so ashamed. People look at you funny and may even treat you differently when you don’t look “normal” to societies standards. I am 100% positive that this was the case with MJ, especially having such a high profile celebrity status. The scrutiny he feared might have been every bit as awful as he imagined if he had decided to let it be and not hide it since people can be very cruel.

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Anyway, this condition affected me greatly when it first started to appear on my face. As you can see in the photos above, I have patches on both sides of my mouth and one that  actually spread a little onto my lip as well. My first reaction was to think that my boyfriend was going to find me unattractive and break-up with me. (If he did, I would have gave him the finger regardless, so DON’T stay with anyone who is so shallow that they cannot accept a few flaws; it would have still hurt though, as we know) My second thought was that I was going to be treated differently or to be frank, like shit, over this. I spent a good part of that year researching online what was going on with me and whether or not I had Vitiligo or a case of hypo-pigmentation. (Almost the same things but not quite) I tried a treatment called the “ginger treatment” that I read about on a blog. The woman claimed to have “cured” her Vitiligo through the use of ginger root. I’d go into details about the routine but, I just don’t feel like it. Especially since I didn’t see much of a difference. I will say that if you try it out, get ready to do it daily for (more like religiously) 6 straight months before you expect to see any results. (Bummer, I know)

After all that and a big move to a new town, I finally got the chance (and funds) to visit a dermatologist. He took one look at me and said “My dear, you have Vitiligo). I won’t lie about my reaction; I started to cry right then and there and could barely hold it together on my way home. The beau comforted me and asked “Why are you crying over something you’ve been dealing with for a whole year now?” He was right, but I still cried because of it being CONFIRMED. I slowly accepted the fact that I would probably have this for the rest of my life but I was still using Dermablend to cover the spots. Since I had tanned by this time after a visit to the beach, I needed to buy a new shade of Dermablend but the Ulta store nearest to me did not have a shade that matched the shade I had darkened to. I felt naked at this realization that I could not cover up my spots until I lightened up at least which would probably happen during Winter. Yep, I was screwed; at least I thought I was.

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One day, I don’t why, but I decided to search the hashtag #vitiligo on Instagram. This literally changed my entire outlook on my situation. My beau was the first and main person to show me that it didn’t matter whether I had Vitiligo or not. He proved more than ever that he loved me for me and I am eternally grateful to have someone like him in my life. However, seeing other people, REAL people, post selfies and use the hashtag in a growing community made my heart sing. I no longer felt alone. I always knew I wasn’t alone in this, but to be able to see and interact with others who knew what I was going through was and is such a blessing.

I have never used Dermablend since.

Still, I highly recommend the product for people who are slowly coming out of their shell due to Vitiligo. If you find your shade, you’ll soon see that it works very well. The only cons are that not everyone will find their shade all the time and it can dry out your skin too. (Depending on your skin type I guess.) It’s still a GREAT product and truly helped me deal through my “hermit” stage where I was covering it daily. Honestly, I’d love to have them sponsor me or something of the like. I really believe in their products and the peace of mind they brought me!

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Back to the Vitiligo community though. Through them (and my lovely honey), I stopped covering and started SHOWING. I even made a YouTube video discussing this condition (though not nearly as lengthy as this post) and shared some tips on how to “deal”.

Okay, I know this intro was super long, but I hope that you visit my blog and stay for a while. I’m pretty confident that there will be a little “sumtin, sumtin” for everyone to gain interest in as time goes on.

 With that, I bid thee farewell until we meet again.

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