February 2016 archive

my top WINTER moisturizer’s…

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although this winter hasn’t been as brutal as past winter’s, it is still necessary to treat your skin properly. during winter months, I NEED a moisturizer that will withstand the elements. here are my go to winter moisturizer’s:

 

1. shea moisture: olive and green tea body butter

so, within the past 6 months, I’ve become OBSESSED with shea moisture products. I feel it’s one of the top brands that performs. I use multiple products from this brand ranging in hair care, soap, shampoo, and moisturizers and I love them all.

the body butter is thick and creamy, and is truly moisturizing. I’ll normally apply in the morning, and 12 hours later… baby girl is still shining. (sidenote: during winter months, my skin gets extremely dry. if I moisturize before bed, by morning my skin is dry and flakey.)

2. sol de janeiro: bum bum cream

pronounced “boom- boom,” this cream is da shit. made with guaraná, an extract native to Brazil. the product smoothes and tightens the skin, ideally to be used on your BUM BUM. but this product is so great, that I use it on my entire body. also made with cupuaçu butter, which locks in moisture making this product a great winter moisturizer. oh, and the smell is amazing.

3. shea moisture: extra virgin coconut oil

this product stays in rotation all year round.

not only is this an amazing hydrating skin product, it’s also great for removing makeup, adding shine to the hair, as well as decreasing frizz.

4. aveda: tourmaline charged hydrating creme (facial moisturizer)

there are a few aveda products that I swear by, one being their tourmaline hydrating creme. I’ve been using this face moisturizer for over 6 years, and have found no other product that produces the same results. i love to exfoliate (which you should do at least twice a week), and then drench my skin in the tourmaline creme. It keeps my skin smooth and moisturized. (side note: product pictured above is NOT the retail size of the product. I have friends in high places who supply me with “salon only” product sizes.)

 

** not listed, but another product I swear by is aquaphor… all I am going to say about that is “get you some.”

valentine’s day… are you focusing on bae?

does anyone else have a boyfriend who says dumb shit like, “… what are you getting me for Valentine’s Day” when discussing the holiday. *raises hand* I seriously hate how guys try and turn the one day dedicated to the special lady in their life, and make it about them. I’ve never researched the history of Valentine’s Day, mainly because I don’t care. I think it’s a fun day, where women should be celebrated for picking up their man’s dirty drawls all year long, washing their clothes, cooking and cleaning, rubbing vick’s vaporub on their chest when they’re crying bloody murder over a cold, and hyping them up when their beard is starting to grow in properly. don’t get me wrong, it’s not all about the gift, (that’s not my Love Language) a simple, ‘I love you’ and morning cuddle session is enough for me, but I think it’s weird when guys try to flip the situation. damn, can we have one day that celebrates US… or nah?

anyway, enough of my rant. continue reading if you’re the girlfriend who needs ideas on what to get your boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. guys don’t want flowers and candy, so step outside the box, and choose a gift bae will use and love. one thing for certain, i will NOT be in the checkout line with you though!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

happy valentine’s day everyone… enjoy and appreciate your love on this day! xoxo

new year… “new YOU?”

 

 

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I came across this post on Instagram the other day, and it literally spoke to me. I am normally a huge fan of the new year, and being a “better you,”  but for some reason, this new year hasn’t put any fire under my ass. 

so, let’s just call February the start of the new year. I have a few goals set in place, which I did kick off in January, but in February, I plan to be 100% committed. check out a few of my goals listed below:

SAVING:

honestly, saving money has always been a struggle for me. I’ve never been taught  how to spend and save money wisely. I’ve always spent every coin I’ve earned. sometimes on items that are frivolous, and some items that last a lifetime. but, either way, as this old age creeps up, I’ve decided to get serious about my finances. so, I recently joined a savings challenge with my close friends with the help of financial educator, Tiffany Aliche. tiffany created the live richer challenge, and in 22 days, I’ve learned so many helpful tips that have changed my outlook on money and saving.

THE BLOG:

the blizoggg is on and poppin in 2016. I took a break the last few months of 2015, but I had so much going on. but I’m back, and will be dedicating more time and love to my blog, and readers. I appreciate the notes, and constant visits to the blog while I was away on vacation, and if it wasn’t for your kind words, I would have taken another month off. so, thank you, thank you, thank you for your encouragement, and continued support… 2016, LET’S GOOOOO!

HEALTH:

let’s go back, say… 3 years. With the exception of high school, that was the best, and happiest I’ve been with my body. not only was I happy with my body shape, but also my health and fitness overall. 3 years ago, I moved to NYC, started doing yoga 4 times a week, and was serious about my paleo lifestyle. somewhere along the line, i got hooked on cheeseburgers, empanadas, mac & cheese, crown royal, and everything in between. now that’s a hard habit to kick. so, I’m going back to what makes me happy, and ultimately what works. so, I signed up to YogaGlo, which offers online yoga classes. for the month of February, I will be joining the Fit Girls Challenge with my friends, join the challenge… it’s free!

 

I hope everyone is having an amazing New Year, remember to work hard for the goals you want to achieve. by the way, what are some goals you wish to achieve this year?!