Hey Girl?! What Happened to Fitness?

Hey Loves,

So it has been 3 years for my blog and my youtube channel and I am still very happy doing this. HOWEVER, for those of you who have been here since the beginning then you know that originally I started my platform to journal my weightloss and assumed by now I would be feeling great, Gucci and awesomeness. Around last year this time was probably my last fitness video and I have no excuses other than I have not been consistent and I have let life run me to the ground.

Lately when I record videos all I can see if my super round face and my “adorable” double chin. At this point I do not even know if it is real or if I have personified the “issues” more. I have also been watching a lot of youtube videos that I figured I would make and I was searching for something. All of the times I have tried to lose weight and all the times I did not has just made me do the reflection.

The most honest thing I can say is that I do better when I have someone to report to other than myself. Obviously some people are not going to like that but it is the honest truth. I am not the person who can stay dedicated in the nature and I want to get it together. So I am trying to figure out a way to handle this. I will be testing something out for May but it will only be for the last 2 weeks of May. I also have the fitness journal and SNAPCHAT is my daily reminder. Pretty much if I don’t post about it I am not happy about it and I need to keep the journey going despite all of the bad moments.

Plus living in a hotel for more than a week SUCKS and I am honestly ready to be back in my house. Either way I am saying, it is coming back and I am tired of it. I will be trying a couple different ways to experiment about how I “journal” the info.

What have you guys done to lose weight?

First Impression| Juvia’s Place Saharan Blush Palette Vol. 1

Sahara Blush Palette Blog

As an actual skeptic of these palettes, I am here to review this one for you guys.

Name: The Saharan Blush Palette Vol. 1

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Price: $18

Where to Buy: Click Here (Sold out as of May 9)

Colors:

Sahara Blush Palette HighLight

The Highlights

Sahara Blush Palette Swatches

The Matte Colors

Claims:

This palette can be used as eyeshadow, blush and contour.

For darker skintones you can use it as all 3.

For lighter skintones, treat it like a beautiful eyeshadow palette.

Due to high pigmentation, a little goes a long way.

My Thoughts:

Because I am a darker skintone I decided to use the product as it claims and I can say I used this entire palette for my look in the video. I used Toby and Zane on the lids, Neo as a transition (with Dance in the Tides), Aby in the corner and my contour, Zara and Lila as my highlight. Which I think is great for travel. Also I can note that this palette is the same size as the Saharan eyeshadow palette so it fits. I will say that as far as pigmentation (live swatch in the video above) I had issues with Toby and Zane the most. I had to really back those on my lids. The color vibrancy is true to Juvia’s Place in that they are beautiful and truly complimentary, but the pigmentation for those 2 colors were my issue.

I personally like this palette and I will be trying it again. Below is my picture for this look and if you guys want to see this look in a video please let me know down below.

What do you think?

Sephora 2017 VIB Haul

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I am absolutely positive you are sick of seeing these hauls but the reason I want to introduce to you guys some of the items I will be reviewing and giving you guys reasons why I am trying these products. I figure what is the point of breaking down ingredients if I am not showing you products with them. I will try to list some of the key ingredients down below so that I can discuss them.

Please Check Out the Video above:

CLINIQUE Bottom Lash Mascara $11.99

Beauty Blender $20

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion $20

Sephora Collection Green Tea Eye Mask $5 (Relaxing and Refreshing)

  • Natural Green Tea Extract: Purifies
  • Bu Gu Zhi leaf, Magnolia, and Willow Extracts: Purify, mattify, reduce the appearance of imperfections on the skin’s surface, and diminish excess shine.

Dr. Jard+ Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Mask (5 Pack) $35

  • Spearmint Extract: Improves pore elasticity
  • Activated Charcoal: Tightens and detoxes
  • Arginine: Clarifies pores
  • Moroccan Lava Clay: Removes dead skin cells and firms

CLINIQUE Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm $29

CLINIQUE Exfoliating Scrub $21

GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment $22

  • Glycolic Acid
  • Salicylic Acid
  • ACNECIDIC-6™ 4.4%: Delivers a blend of AHA and BHA acids for clearer-looking skin
  • Activated-X Charcoal: Attracts toxic substances into its mass up to 500 times its volume to benefit all skin types
  • K17-Clay™: Addresses excess oil, bacteria, and toxins
  • TEAOXI™: Refreshes skin with eucalyptol, linalool oil, and powerful flavonoids derived from real pieces of eucalyptus leaf.

April “IT” Items

April IT Items

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So I have decided that instead of doing a favorites video I would rather show you guys the things that I have been using for the month and I surprisingly have been using a lot of different things. I hope you guys. If you guys haven’t checked out my latest wig review CLICK HERE.

I’m Judging You: Do Better Manual $7.19 (Amazon)

NYX Pore Filler $13.99 (Ulta) 

NYX Lip Pencil Prune (Ulta) $3.49

NYX Soft Matte Lipstick La Jolla (Ulta) $6.99

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy (Ulta) $12.99 

EOS Smooth Stick Sweet Mink (Ulta) $2.49

Ardell Faux Mink Lashes 811 (Ulta) $5.99 (Click Here for My Review)

Trader Joe’s Facial Cleansing Oil With Coconut and Argan Oil $4.99 (Trader Joes)

Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb (Sephora) $40

Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil Free Moisturizer (Ulta) $6.99

Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 (Ulta) $6.99

Nivea Nourishing Body Oil (Walmart) $8.49

Cantu Argan Oil Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream (Walmart) $5.99 

Cantu Edge Stay Gel (Walmart) $3.99

Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats 3 Wireless (Best Buy) $149.99

Spring Sunglasses 2017

Hey Loves,

Now that spring is officially here and I have been getting some much needed sunshine, I have decided to share my new babies in my collection. As you guys know I love sunglassspot for the affordable cute shades and I even did a video that I was very proud of. You can click the picture to be directed to the website to get your own. Also after watching “here for the tea” lay out receipts of people being deceitful I would just like to state that by click on these photos I will NOT make any money off the link. In fact I do not make money off of anything as I do not have affiliate links yet BUT when I do I will happily tell you guys.

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What are your favorite shades for the season?

What are You Wearing? | Sulfates 101

Sulfates 101

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Please Note: shampoos of all kinds will strip your hair of oil regardless so conditioning agents are added.



What is it?

Cosmetic companies usually get sulfur from coconuts and palm trees. Sulfates are aggressive detergents made of sulfur that contain mineral salts. The two most commonly used sulfates you will see are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Sulfates are also known as a surfactant and an emulsifier which is great as a cleansing agent. Also remember that when you think of clean you think of suds and bubbles and that is what people associate with being clean. This only happened after we started adding sulfates to the mix.



What does it do?

Sulfates wash away the natural anti-microbial peptides, proteins and water-proofing oil our bodies create. This causes vital moisture to be stripped away thus exposing your scalp to harmful microbes, allergens and environmental pollution. There are some sources that say it can make your scalp vulnerable to damage, infection and illness but I am assuming that is for extreme cases. Sulfates also lift the cuticle of your hair which causes a reduction in surface tension and it exposes the cortex of the hair to moisture which can cause frizz and potentially cause dryness. Sulfates leave a negative charge on your scalp which can leave a dulling residue and cause static and flyaways. (Another reason to always dry with a tshirt.



What products is it in?

In the 1930s, Proctor and Gamble was the first company to create a shampoo known as Royal Drene Shampoo. They can be naturally or synthetically derived. SLS comes from lauric acid which can come from coconut oil, palm kernel oil or petroleum which can all contain high quantity of lauric fatty acid. Lauryl alcohol reacts with sulfur trioxide gas then neutralized with sodium carbonate.

Sulfate compounds (Sulfates) are found in shampoo, toothpaste, shaving foam, body washes and facial cleansers.



Side Effects

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review says that it is safe to use if used in rinse off products. “SLS and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate appear to be safe in formulations designed for discontinuous, brief use followed by rinsing your skin.  The Canadian Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association says that when used as intended, SLS and SLES are found to be safe.

Sulfates can fade hair color and cause hair to become brittle. Sulfates can also cause scalp irritation because it strips the natural lipids off the scalp and breaks your natural water barrier. It can also cause what is known as “follicle stress” since each hair follicle is covered by a “lipid cap”and sulfates remove the cap by exposing the good microbiota that lives within.


SULFATES YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED BEFORE

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate

Sodium Lauroyl Isoethianate

Sodium Lauroyl Taurate

Sodium Cocoyl Isoethionate

Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isoethionate

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate

Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate



MILDER ALTERNATIVE INGREDIENTS

Na Cocoamphoacetate

Cocoamidopropyl betaine

Lauryl glucoside

Coco glucoside

Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate

Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate



RUMOR DEBUNKED

I am sure you have heard that sulfates are carcinogenic and that is a MYTH. Technically in the 1970s shampoos used Ethanolamine Lauryl Sulfate which contains cancer causing nitrosamines which are actually banned from cosmetic products now. The American College of Toxicology and the Cosmetics Ingredient Review says SLS has no carcinogenic properties.


IMPORTANT NOTES

(That I will post at the end of every blog and in the description box of every video)

  1. This is just information that I have found myself while researching and therefore it is not my own information. I will leave links to all the original files and even other bloggers who dove into this before me. I am not an expert but I want to share what I have found.
  2. At no point during this series should you take the information given as the GOLDEN STANDARD. Listen to your own body and do what is working best for you. So if you find out a product has a chemical that does not work for me and your skin is fine…KEEP IT
  3. Always feel free to do your own research and come to your own conclusions
  4. A dermatologist is a great source of information

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Sources

Reader’s Digest: Best Health

Illumai 

Livestrong 

Sulfate Free Shampoo

XOVAIN (Really good website)

Cocoon Apothecary

 

Review|Delectable by Cake Beauty Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream

 

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I know lately I have been doing reviews on a lot of products and not really doing any other blogs but because I have been on such a long hiatus I just wanted to share with you guys all of the things I found and fell in love with. With that being said, in my November Ipsy Bag, I was introduced to Delectable by Cake Beauty. I got the mint flavored lotion in my bag and I was not a fan of the smell but once I added it to my purse it became a necessary staple. In fact I bought this 4 pack from Amazon for $16. It comes travel size ready and the shea butter is perfect. My hands look and feel great. The 4 pack comes with four different scents, (lemon, coconut, strawberry and vanilla). I personally do not like the smell of vanilla or coconut things but the scent on this lotion is not overbearing enough to make me care.

*This is not an affiliate link, I make no money from these.*