Kiehl’s Visit| Skin Consultation

I’ve got to get out more. I finally got around to visiting the Kiehl’s cosmetic store! I have been wanting to venture out for a while now and pick up a few products. What products you might ask? I had no idea -I just heard so many amazing things about the line-I just knew I had to try them out. But not by making a call to the store first- Glad I did because I found out they offer skin consultations and facials! Yes, facials! So, I went in light and started with a consultation first. Here’s how it went…

Skin Type:

Amanda my skin expert first asked what type of skin I had. I explained I had normal to oily skin. She gathered a few products and proceeded to explain step by step what she was going to do. She grabbed the products that geared toward Normal to Oily skin. Which were The Calendula Line. Calendula is known for skin soothing properties, and is used as an herb in Chinese medicine. Below is a picture of all the products she pulled out.

 

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Next she cleansed my skin using the Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash. She then went in with a toner- The Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner which has the actual flower petals to help cleanse, smooth and improve the feel of the skin. Because I deal with stubborn blemishes-she applied the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. This solution is meant to diminish the appearance of skin discoloration to boost skin clarity.  Amanda applied a Hydro Plumping Serum that helps moisturize plump and smooth. Glycerin is a main ingredient , which is an humectant known to help retain moisture and soften skin.  To seal all the products in Amanda applied the Ultra Facial Cream (-which was so hydrating- you guys.

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Skin Test:

Amanda did was is called a Skin Moisture Analyzer test-to test your skins hydration level to see if you are lacking hydration or if your on the brighter side of hydration. The tool kind of reminds me of a fancy thermometer -but for your skin. I was on the brighter side! Which means a lot-Last time I had a skin moisture test was at Sephora about two years, and I was lacking moisture terribly. So, I guess I’m doing something right. What a relief! She also did a Skin Type Test: This test reacts to sebum on the skin-to determine on whether or not your skin is dry, normal, combination or oily skin.

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Overall: 

I enjoyed the experience-we can never learn too much about our skin. Since facials are provided at this location I will definitely be back for one! I highly recommend having a skin consultation done. Have you ever had a skin consultation done? Do you get facials on the regular?

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Ivy B.

Serums you need in your Skin Care regimen routine

Because our skin care regimen is super important to the foundation of our life and having healthy and great looking skin-Adding serums has been a must for me and I can’t get enough of them. With the extra added moisture my skin has been receiving-I can’t understand why I haven’t been using these earlier on in my young adulthood. But it’s better late than never right?! Below I have listed my favorite serums that I am currently using.

Let’s start with the Vitamin C serum

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Tuel C Power Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum. I use Vitamin C in my am/pm skin care routine. You can literally feel the goodness this Vitamin C is doing when applying to your skin. It feels so refreshing and I like to think of it as a skin barrier. Vitamin C is meant to help protect your skin from the sun, pollution and other damages that you may experience from environmental toxins. Vitamin C also claims to…

1.Brighten the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone

2. Delivers age fighting antioxidants to the skin

3. Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

These claims are listed on the website-I can give you a thumbs up in agreeing and saying the claims I’m here for. This serum is infused with lactic and malic acids, and green tea. You can’t go wrong with a Vitamin C. This serum is mild and non- irritating to the skin.

 

 

Next up is Tuel Rehab Acne Healing Serum.

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Ladies, there is nothing like having a secret weapon for your skin in a bottle. Especially when get those annoying hormonal breakouts, and your skin pretty much has a mind of it’s own. I keep trying to put my homegirls on this serum and they keep sleeping on it. I have gone through 3 bottles of this magic. This serum claims to…

  1. Help clear active breakouts
  2. Soothes redness and irritation
  3. Conditions and prevents future breakouts

These claims are also found on the website. And I can attest to all 3 claims. I don’t think I have used a serum that works as quickly as this one does. For me anyway. I do speak for myself-but I promise you  won’t go wrong at least giving it a try (consistently). I like to use this serum as a spot treatment. I only place it in the areas of concern at the moment along with an exfoliating toner.  It’s almost like an overnight fix….almost. This serum is infused with Cajeput, tea tree, and palma rosa, mushroom stem and rice bran.

Last product to mention is the Tuel Hydrate Super Moisture Serum.

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This I like to place on right before my moisturizer. This serum claims to…

  1. Deeply infuses the skin with quenching moisture
  2. Supports healthy collagen and elastin
  3. Softens, smooths, and gives skin a plumper appearance

Again, all these claims come from the website-and I’m here to tell you my skin gets every bit of what this serum has to offer. Sometimes after I place the serum I hesitate to go in with my cream moisturizer on top, because it’s that hydrating. This serum is infused with Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA and green tea.

Besides the great benefits these serums offer-I love the packaging. It’s sleek and simple but also convenient with a pump! And a little bit goes along way. This product line is 100% Vegan. They may not be the best traveling buddies because the bottles are glass-but it wouldn’t hurt to transfer some in plastic travel bottles. Trust me after adding these serums to your skin care routine you are not going to want to leave them behind.

These products are a little on  the pricey side-but worth it!

These items were sent to me by my Mom who is an esthetician. You can purchase them through her or directly from the website I have listed below

http://www.tuelskincare.com 

Diana’s Day Spa
Summerville, SC 
email:dlh51@outlook.com 

 

Thanks for reading ♥

Posted By: Ivy B.

Who are you?

WHO ARE YOU?: Are you who you are because someone told you who you are? Or are you who you are, because somebody told you who they think you should be? Do you blow wherever the wind blows? Or do you follow your own sound? Tough questions-but let’s dig deep. Grab your popcorn and let’s get into it.

There is something to be said: about an individual who is always flipping the switch. I mean flip to the flop. Every time you turn around you got a new agenda, a new act, a new attitude, a new person popping up that I now have to try and identify. Well, sweetheart, due to the many switch  ups my specs are now foggy…because I have no idea who you are. I’m not sure if it’s clear on how annoying and what a turn off this could be -correction-a turn OFF it is. This could lead to destruction real fast. In your home, at work, in your circle. I could imagine this being hard on your husband or best friend-because there is no awareness-no self awareness. It pretty much gets to the point where if someone told you “Hey, you know what- you look like you could be a good sword swallower… (you know those people that rear back and stick a gut wrenching sword down their throat for an applause?) Yea, that. Anyway, now here you go YouTube Channel searching “how to become a sword swallower, fast!” I mean…really? Neglecting the entire fact that there is a whole talent inside of you that you are afraid to embark on because you are scared of the commitment, scared of the sacrifice. So, you allow people to put you in a box-and now your’re stuck in the box , and not able to be or explore your truth because you settled for the box life. Not really digesting that it’s really all for “title” that paycheck won’t be a drastic change-you will still be trying to figure it all out 6 months down the road. In the words of Ciara “LEVEL UP” Listen to your sound, and only your sound. Walk your own path. I’m pretty sure that would be much more fulfilling.

Self Satisfactory:  It’s time to satisfy yourself. Feed yourself what you need to survive in your life. Key word is YOUR. Satisfying yourself comes with believing in yourself first-and understanding you, and what you are capable of and how far you will go to allow yourself to be who you need and want to be. Not settling because it’s easier. Playing it safe is not the goal here-and probably really boring. If you are not willing to take the risk for yourself-stop complaining about the struggle. Stop dreaming of another life that you won’t have because you like living in a box (mentally) Your dreams, your thoughts do not work themselves-they don’t manifest on their own. That part is totally up to you.

Thanks for reading ♥

Posted by: Ivy B.

Favorite Curly Hair Products

July 14th 2018: made my 1 year anniversary since I big chopped mt hair for the second time around. Celebrating a victory here ya’ll. I absolutely loved when I started over-I needed it. And my hair needed it. But I must say after the first nine months I was ready for my hair to grow back out. Taking care of my hair has been my first priority. Learning all that I have about my hair/and what I am still learning has been a process. Today, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite curly hair products that my hair has been loving.

Dax for Naturals Protein  Treatment: I absolutely cannot get enough of this product. This is a go to for me when I have had my hair in a protective style. This product comes through when my hair needs some extra attention, rejuvenation and moisture. I like to section my hair into four parts and then sub-section and apply the product. This way it allows me to make sure I apply the product evenly to my hair. My hair is super soft after rinsing out the product.

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Eco Styler hair gel is my jam: This gel helps me achieve a sleek low bun or my favorite finger coils. This is my go to gel and a staple product since I’ve been natural from the start. I am constantly reaching for this gel-it gives me the hold I’m looking for – I haven’t found another gel like it. However, this gel does clash with a lot of other products- If I apply a styler prior to the gel or a cream leave in-I get that white residue in my hair that completely messes up my entire hair style, so I find it best to use this product solo or with a spray liquid leave in-that way it doesn’t clash. Eco Styler has many different ones in this line-but I have two favorites that I rotate in between.

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Speaking of leave in conditioner: I am loving Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave In. This one is a great example of a liquid leave in that I mentioned in the section above. It smells amazing, it’s light weight, and is also great used as a curl re-fresher. This is another staple and a continuous repurchase.

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Now for the most important product:-That would be the deep conditioner. Eden Body works deep conditioner hair mask are at the top of my list these days. Not only am I pleased with my tresses after I have rinsed the product out-but I find myself swooning over what the product is doing to my curls while I am combing through it. You can actually see how the product is performing right at the application. They work well at detangling also. Which is a plus! These deep conditioners work so well I hate rinsing them out because the definition they give my curls is on point.

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That’s it! All of the products I mentioned stay in my hair care regimen rotation. I hope this post helped you fellow natualista’s out  there who are looking for staple products. **Disclaimer**: Remember all of our curls are uniquely different-and what works for my hair may not work for yours. I just like to share with you all my go to’s and recommendations. All products mentioned can be found at Target, Sally’s Beauty Supply, and Wal-Mart.

 

Thank you for reading ♥

Posted by: Ivy B

 

 

What kind of Mom would your kids say you are?

The Role: The questions

I always question this….well, not always more like from time to time.  Being a parent= taking on the role of a provider, teacher, nurse, counselor, confidant, etc. it’s all overwhelming, and making sure I am all of this and more-without a question. There are times where I am sitting back asking myself ” Did I give the right advice”? “Did I say that right”? “Was that the correct punishment”? That’s all up in my head floating around like alphabet soup. I think it is important the way our children receive information from us. And it’s also up to us to make it clear our teachings exactly. For example: chastising them-I am always making sure after the punishment has been given I sit them down, and ask if they understood why they are in trouble , and I have them repeat back to me what I said. I just want them to have a clear understanding that I am not fussing for no reason, and  that I am not handing down punishment for fun. You know that saying “This is hurting me more than it hurts you” I never understood that as a child. Like how is taking something away from me (putting me on restriction) etc. hurting you? It’s me who is being punished here. But I totally get it now. It truly hurts my heart to have to take something away from my kids that I know they love. I explain to them that there is a lesson in everything. And I am doing this because I want them to LISTEN AND LEARN!

 

Am I coming in clear: Seriously, can you hear me?

Not that the 1st time, or 2nd time worked completely because I find myself scratching my head thinking……Didn’t we just go over this. Also, remembering that with parenting comes trial and error-and we have to go with what works and often times switch things up. I hardly let things slide-but there are small moments , and I mean small- where they can depend on a talk coming later, when I just can’t deal at the moment- I do remind my kids to not underestimate me… I won’t forget! I would hope my kids would say their father and I teach them well. That we give instructions and if they don’t follow through-that we stand our ground and that we don’t let them get away with anything. I hope they would say we are loving, caring, selfless, and have an unconditional heart. I hope they would say we want them to be the BEST they can be. Even when there are times Mom is screaming at the top of her lungs!

What would your kids say?

 

Thank you for reading ♥

Posted by: Ivy B.

 

 

 

 

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You are MUVA: with some other stuff mixed up in there too

I feel like I am just now realizing there are other parts to me. I am a mother, and absolutely grateful for it- but I feel like somewhere I get lost in forgetting that I am much more than that.

Although, being a mom is a natural stone in our life. Sometimes I feel like we get so caught up in our mothering that we forget there is someone else inside of us that has a voice, we have a say in our life, we have goals, dreams. It’s so funny how we can post up our rod to let our children know ” we ain’t playing” and that “we mean business” But why is it that we don’t post up our rod and have that ” we ain’t playing attitude when it comes to conquering our personal. Yes, that was a Rhetorical question. I’m not so sure we know. Sure, we can make the excuse of how busy we are with work, kids in school , extracurricular activities….blah, blah, blah. But does it every dawn on us that Mom’s need to be happy too? Think about how good it feels to make a check list…you know the list-the “Things to do list” That has everything to do with household items needed to , the re-up on school supplies, to the dry cleaner run, to calling up your lawn care guy for a nice fresh yard cut, to new tuber ware, changing out the throw pillows because the season is changing. Think about if we made a list for ourselves… yes, a list for us…let’s call it ” (MY) TO DO LIST. This list would be made up of all the things we need to get to…things such as making a long over due hair trim appointment, taking that hot yoga class your neighbor raves about, picking up that book you have been meaning to get for the past six months, calling the girls up for a much needed lunch. Or finally getting around to working on that project you so quickly put on hold because you felt like there was absolutely no time. Think about how good it would feel to check off what you placed on YOUR list?!

 

Say what, self? I can’t hear you over all this noise:

We can get so use to hearing all the familiar noise around us -that we forget to pay attention to the most powerful sound-and that’s our voice. What we feel, and what you  say to yourself is so important-it’s that voice we hear when we feel like the walls are closing in, it’s that voice we hear when we are trying so hard to get to sleep at night-so exhausted + counting  on our fingers how many hours of sleep we are going to get that night. Praying the numbers on the clock move like molasses. That brings me to this….I find that one of the best exercises we can do is -meditate. Meditating helps us exercise our brain. It allows us to shut down the noise around us and get in tune with what’s going on in our minds, our body, and our soul. I know that sounds corny to some-but it’s true.  Try it! After the kids have gone to bed, and you are settling down take about 30 mins to shut down and concentrate -close your eyes , and allow your mind to relax. I have an oil diffuser I like to use -placing a few drops of my choice of scent. Set a timer if you need to, and meditate away. The key is to stay consistent- you’ll see results that way. Now, I have slipped off some myself-but I am getting back on track. You see giving to our self is giving to others. Our mind needs to be healthy and whole in order to give what we want to receive. I hope I was able to motivate someone today to listen to yourself, and through all the chaos make time for you.

 

Thank you for reading ♥

Posted by: Ivy B.

 

 

 

5 items every Mom should have in her closet

It’s easy to maneuver when you are comfortable. For me anyway…. but when it’s time to actually get dressed-because you need to show up looking presentable. These are the top 5 items you should have in the closet to make your workout/ errands ensemble  transform into  “I really put thought into my fit today” These items I feel you can’t got wrong with.

Let’s start with your base-and work from there. Which would be an item that converts. Meaning you can wear it in the winter, spring, summer, or fall. With either boots, sandals, or heels, and even a pair of sneakers. That item would be… a dress. A simple one, so you can dress it up or dress it down. Maybe a nice solid color so it’s easy to mix + match. Something loose fitting,  flowing  -something on the comfortable side.

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Next item would be a jacket. A denim one I prefer -because denim can pretty much bring any fit to life, and be dressed up or down. You can still rock it in the warmer months also, Especially at night. You can throw your denim jacket over your convertible dress for a nice relaxed look. Whether it’s a fitted one, or over sized. It’s all about preference.

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Now, on to shoes. Today we are going to talk about a nice pair of heels. Just for the fun of it. Heading out for dinner with the hubby and kids, or a girls night out. You can’t go wrong with a nice pair of heels that you are sure you won’t break your neck in! Your heels will definitely dress your fit up major. Obvi right! I’m not a heel freak-but I like to have a pair in my closet when I’m ready to stand tall! lol… The fun in having a convertible dress is the fact you can switch out your shoes. From a heel, to a sneaker, to a boot. Depending on the season or occasion.

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On to the bag. Depending on the type of carrier you are- depends on the bag you will want to carry to compliment your fit. Also, depending on where you are going. With the kids, I sometimes prefer carrying a bigger bag because I am always throwing something in there…”Mom, can you hold this?” But if it’s a girls night I prefer a shoulder bag , that I can use as a cross body, or satchel. So, I can have free hands to drink my wine…lol j/k (no I’m not)  I really don’t have a need for a bigger bag on a girls night, because I like to carry as minimal as possible…a small wallet, my phone, and whatever I am wearing on my lips that night to touch them up throughout the night.

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Which brings me to the last item… I mean this wouldn’t be in your closet-so we can call this one a bonus…and that would be a banging lip gloss. It’s imperative we keep our lips moisturized/hydrated or glossed up. The last thing you want are some crusty lips…because-well it’s just not lady like, DUH!  Either a nice clear gloss topper over a lipstick you are wearing, or one with pigment. Again, it’s about preference.

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That’s it y’all. What items are included in your top five? Be sure you guys subscribe to the blog-so you are not missing out on any post.

Thanks for reading ♥

Posted by: Ivy B.