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Believe it or not: Trader Joe’s Rose Water Review.
So it's been a busy past few weeks filled with long days and tiring nights. After my makeover at Il Makiage (which I'll post about...
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I Tried Pink Clay| Here’s What Happened.
Pink clay is a fairly new trend in the beauty market in regards to skin care. Pink clay is a mixture of red and white...
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Mofajang Color Wax Review
First off, I must say, I've never truly colored my hair. I have a fear of bleaching my hair and then it falling out. Thus,...
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Hey Beautiful!

Everyone is beautiful! This page is all about ways you can maintain and enhance your beauty.

Skin Fasting?
So I know about fasting to cleanse your body, but I was...
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Teaching

As a Pre-K teacher, I’ve learned that teaching is not telling children what they should learn. Teaching is about granting children opportunities and tools to explore concepts of life, consequently engaging them in learning.

Exploratory learning includes using your auditory, tactile and visual learning skills. Allow children to utilize their senses as they learn and allow children to explore the world around them.

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No Sugars, No Bad Carbs| 10 Day Challenge

If you haven’t seen yet, Jennifer Lopez has created a ‘snatched body’ through exercise and of course the no carb, no sugar challenge.

I refrain from using the word diet because this is not a diet. This is a challenge to your mind and body. You are challenging your mind to eat better and you are challenging your body to break down and process valuable nutrients for these ten days.

I like to think of it as a cleanse to your mind and body because what you eat also affects your mood and how you think.

I will begin this challenge in conjunction to exercising and update this post with my results.

What to eat

  • Meat (Fish, limit fried foods)
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts/ Seeds
  • Whole grains
  • Fruit (apples, strawberries, pears, berries contain natural sugars)
  • Brown rice
  • Low fat milk/ Soy milk
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Drink lots of water

What not to eat

  • Sugary goodness (refined sugars including ice cream, donuts, candy)
  • Soda (fizzy drinks)
  • Bread
  • Processed foods
  • White rice
  • White flour
  • Limit sodium
  • Alcohol

Your body needs carbs to fuel your brain. Good carbohydrates replenish nutrients, vitamins, minerals and more that your body converts to energy.

Bad carbs on the other hand, contribute no nutritional value for your body.

Remember, it’s only 10 days. Try it!

The countdown starts now!

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The 7 Best Beauty Benefits of Baking Soda

7. Deep Cleans Hair

Baking Soda deep cleans hair and can soften hair as well. Add tea tree oil and your favorite scented oil for added benefits and an uplifting smell.

  • Gets rid of dandruff
  • Gets rid of excess oil
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Deep cleans hair

6. Cleans and lightens under arms

Using baking soda and lemon can lighten that dark area under your arm. Mix baking soda and lemon into a paste and rub it under your arm. The lightening effects of lemon juice is exasperated by baking soda. Try this technique three times a week for 2-3 weeks to see results. However, if you have sensitive skin, this combination can cause irritation.


5. Whitens Teeth

Baking soda and lemon work together to whiten teeth by abrasively removing surface stains. I’ve tried this method twice a week for over three weeks and I actually think I’ve done more harm than good. My teeth were whiter but also felt more sensitive.

Whiten teeth with Baking soda and lemon

It’s important to note lemon juice is very acidic and can harm enamel with continuous use.

Some foods that are naturally high in fiber can actually whiten teeth such as apples and pears.


4. Lightens Dark Marks

Mixing baking soda and lemon, then applying it to your face for 5-10 minutes can gradually lighten dark marks. Try this treatment over a period of three to four weeks of continuous use.


3. Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Mix baking soda and brown sugar for a deep cleaning scrub. Brown sugar is an exfoliator that is gentle enough to scrub away dead skin cells. I’ve even added honey which is a natural antiseptic and antioxidant.

Deep clean and exfoliate skin with baking soda and brown sugar.


2. Natural Deodorant

Mix a pinch of cornstarch, add a tablespoon of baking soda and three drops of your favorite oil.

Apply under your arms and reap the benefits. This concoction can also stop stains too, which is an added benefit.


1. Natural Fungus Fighter

Ready for beach ready toes? Baking Soda and lemon fights fungus as it also works to brighten nails. Soak hands and feet in water for ten minutes preferably twice daily for best results. Do this for a month to see a major difference.


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Magefy Eyelash Review

Pros

  • Magefy Eyelashes are pretty good quality
  • Comes with 3 different types of tweezers
  • 5 of each style (2 styles total)
  • Good quantity (should last a long time)
  • Easy to clean
  • Quick Shipping from Amazon
  • Quick response rate from Amazon seller (Monkey King was the seller if I remember correctly)
  • Comes with eyelid stickers
  • Instructions on putting on the eyelashes are on the back of the package
  • Good price for the value (about $15)

Cons

  • Does not come with glue
  • 5 of the same (wish there were different types)
  • Eyelid stickers were personally unnecessary for my eyes (Eyelid stickers are meant to create a lid crease also called a double lid.)
  • Not magnetic ( in the wave of magnetic lashes, it’s time to switch things up)

Recommendations

If you watched my YouTube video, my biggest recommendation would be to get a good quality eyelash glue. I originally used a cheap white eyelash glue that came from a previous eyelash set and it was the worst. The eyelashes kept falling off.

Overall, the pros outweigh the cons. I would definitely recommend buying these eyelashes especially if you’re an eyelash lover and on a budget. You can’t go wrong. Plus, you’ll have a lot for rainy days.

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If you can read this…. Thank You

So it’s been a bit over a month but you guys have encouraged me to keep writing. As the following on each social network continues to grow, I must stop to say thank you.

You…. All of you reading this, you have helped me to reach a new level of followers. This encourages me to keep writing and continuously work on improving my writing and video content.

Let’s continue to celebrate with the March Madness Giveaway. Entries are pouring in. I’m so anxious to see the winner, I’m thinking of ending it early. We’ll see. In the mean time, thank you again.

Good luck! 🎉🎉

With Love ❣️,

BnB

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10 Minute Yoga|Abs Warm Up

Overview

So I’m finally back in the gym after a 6 week hiatus. Summer is right around the corner and I’m ready to put in some work.

Last fitness session, I began a 21 Day challenge to prepare my body for a transformation. It has been going great. I have strongly resisted bread and honestly don’t miss it. However, now it was time to put some action behind the talk. So I headed to my gym to begin this quick warm up, them I explored the machines. However, you can simply do this warm up at home with no major equipment needed.

To get me back into the routine, I started with this altered yoga warm up, some of which I learned from a personal trainer. However, I made my own tweaks based on yoga exercises that have worked for me. It is aimed at strengthening your core. Grab a mat, your workout music and your bottle of water to try out these yoga poses.


Yoga Workout

Duration: 10 minutes

Aim: Core Strength

Level: Moderate


Exercise/ Yoga poseTime
Boat Pose (Navasana)
30 seconds
Elbow to Knee (Bird Dogs)60 seconds
Boat Pose30 seconds
Yoga Bridge 60 seconds
Rest15 seconds
Elbow Plank60 seconds
Lying Spinal Twist60 seconds
Yoga Bridge60 seconds
Elbow Plank60 seconds
Rest15 seconds
Left Knee to Chest30 seconds
Right Knee to Chest30 seconds
Elbow Plank60 seconds
Ab curls15 seconds
Savasana (Corpse Pose)15 seconds

Poses (For Reference)

Boat Pose

The boat pose strengthens abdominal muscles by forcing your core to keep your body balanced. Click To Tweet Navasana (boat pose) is also said to create a state of healthy being.

In a sitting position, slowly extend your both legs in an angled position pointed up high. Extend your arms towards your feet. Attempt to hold this pose for 30 seconds.


The elbows to knee pose creates balance while strengthening your core. Click To Tweet Start on all fours. Extend your right leg and your left arm simultaneously. Then bring your left arm to your right leg. Alternate sides by extending opposite arm to opposite leg. Do as many reps as you can for 60 seconds.


Yoga Floor Bridge

The floor bridge is amazing as it challenges your body to balance while stabilizing your lower back and engaging your glutes. Click To Tweet It also strengthens your core and works wonders for your glutes.


Elbow Plank

Keep your body in a straight line as you do this elbow plank for 60 seconds. This pose works your arm muscles as it tones your core, while also strengthening your back.


Knee To Chest

Raise your left knee to your chest and hold for a few seconds. Work on your left side for 30 seconds before switching to the right side. Repeat the same movement on your right side by bringing your right knee straight to your chest as close as you can get it. Hold it for a few seconds. Make sure to engage each side for 30 seconds each.

The lying Spinal twist engages your obliques (side muscles) as well as your spine. Twist slowly from side to side for 60 seconds. Make sure to engage your core (suck in those ab muscles).


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Natural Hair? |5 Things You Should Not Do

5. Don’t give up on your hair

You’ve worked so hard and I know it seems frustrating sometimes but don’t give up on your hair. Give it time and it will get to where you want it, reasonably speaking. When I say reasonably speaking, I mean don’t expect ankle length hair in 3 months.

Additionally, this is probably the only time I’ll say, don’t set expectations, because you may be sadly disappointed. Just relax and give it time.


4. Don’t forget to moisturize often

So I make sure to moisturize my hair at least three (3) times a week. I’ve recently set a hair goal to have the healthiest hair possible for me. After about two (2) months of continuous blowouts, I did some real heat damage to my hair. As a result, I felt as if my hair growth was stagnant.

When you continuously moisturize your hair, it helps it to be healthy because it’s gaining the nutrients it needs to thrive.

In the past, I’ve used coconut oil which leaves it oily but also gives it nutrients. However, after I made the 6 tips to hair growth video, I remembered Shea butter. Natural or raw shea butter has made my hair feel very soft. This is one way I know my hair is being moisturized.

My hair sucks up oil quickly so it needs a retouch of moisture often. It is also important to keep your hair moisturized with satin bonnets at night.

6 Natural Hair Growth Tips

3. Don’t towel dry your hair.

Towels dry out your hair and snags at your hair follicles. So while you’re running that towel all over your head, you’re pulling hairs and possibly causing damage.

Micro fiber towels are a new subject for me. Therefore, I cannot share more information on it until I have personally tried it. Honestly, I am reluctant to try it because in my opinion, it is still a towel. It simply absorbs water better.

Nonetheless, I still grab an old cloth T-shirt and cover my head. This works wonders for me. My hair also takes a long time to dry because it’s thick. Thus, after some excess water has been soaked up with the T-shirt, I let it air dry.


2. Don’t put excess heat.

Heat causes breakage, especially if you do it often. If it’s once in a while, you should be okay. However, if it’s every week, slow down.

Using heat protectors help diminish the damage, however nothing is 100%. Additionally, make sure to clip your ends often to avoid possible damage from spreading.


1. Don’t try every product on the market.

So I know you’re saying, why not? Aren’t you supposed to try different products to see how your hair reacts?

Think about food, are you trying every single type of food out there? Maybe, but you also have learned, you have to read or know about the ingredients in the food to be selective of what goes in your body.

Hair is similar. Be selective of what’s good for your hair. If you haven’t already heard, sulfates dry your natural hair. Therefore, it’s safe to say avoid sulfates in your ingredients.

Similarly, parabens, mineral oil, fragrances and a list of other ingredients are not good for your hair. Don’t take my word for it, read more about the list of unhealthy natural hair ingredients at the Naturall Club.

Hope this list helps.

With Love,

BnB

Everyone Knows Their Red Star… But did you know they have a beauty box?Macy’s Beauty Box Review.

I’m back! After a 10 day hiatus for Spring Break, I’m well rested and ready to continue sharing all the new things I’ve been doing. Over the break, I received my Macy’s Beauty Box, priced fairly reasonably at $15. However, keep reading to see my thoughts. Pros Collection of random …

Skin Fasting?

So I know about fasting to cleanse your body, but I was shocked to learn about fasting to cleanse your skin. Overview Skin fasting which apparently originated in the millennial era is where people fast. Just kidding! It’s fasting, but not from food. It’s a way to rejuvenate skin by …

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