We’ve heard and read countless times how important it is to watch what we put in our mouth. As the saying goes, you are what you eat but, what about the products we put on our body or on our face? Reality is, this beauty industry is highly unregulated. These beauty companies use ingredients and raw materials with no regulations, review, or approvals from the government. Yes, there’s a minimal approval process, but with all the chemicals in those products which are absorbed by our body and which subsequently do us more harm than good, we need more than just a minuscule level approval.

The fact is, we as consumers need to take the matter in our own hands, and do our own research on the toxic beauty ingredients to avoid for example. We need to read labels on our products as much as we do for the food we eat… We need to educate ourselves and take proper actions! That’s one way we can  take care of this one body that we have. It’s not as difficult as it sounds. Check out the quiz below; it will help you to getting started.

Think about your health, and how you love to invest time and money on the things you love. This is as important, if not, more important! Take the quiz now and educate yourself! 

 

Here’s a tidbit About Health IQ:

HealthIQ’s mission is to improve the health of the world. In pursuit of this mission, they’ve created over 1,000 health-related quizzes and worked with innovative insurance companies to create financial rewards for health conscious people. To date, Health IQ has helped over ten thousand triathletes, vegans, runners, and other health-conscious people secure billions in life insurance coverage, and they hope to expand to other financial rewards in the near future.

About Health IQ’s Learn About Life Campaign:

Learn About Life is a health-education campaign, with the goal of driving more people to learn something new about their health.  To accomplish this goal, Health IQ has partnered with a select group of nonprofits and bloggers to produce and promote thousands of health related quizzes.  If you’re a nonprofit or blogger and want to learn about how you can support this campaign, email cleo.kirkland@healthiq.com with subject line “Learn About Life…I’m In”

 

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Having just to turn the page on a month that has been very hectic for me, I look back and realize that the last few weeks were far from being a walk in the park. Gosh, I’m not complaining, because God knows how grateful I am for the blessings and even the lessons. However, having to treat myself to a mini-spa in the comfort of my own home, to unwind and refresh when I needed it the most, was one of the most rewarding things I’ve actually done to ease the burden of the tiredness.

With the ended month being one in which we celebrated the International Women’s Day, we all chanted and praised the bricks of foundations, women are posing everyday all around the world, but there’s one question we women need to ask ourselves… How I’m treating myself? How am I taking care of myself? Reality is most women (and men) are out there caring for their loved ones and even strangers, working diligently to make the world a better place, but they have zero time and consideration in treating themselves. They just don’t! But the matter of the fact is, you must treat yourself, and you must do it unapologetically! 

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This is not a selfish act, but in fact a self-love gesture toward your own psychosomatic health. If you don’t care for yourself, treat yourself to a whatever you love doing that will benefit not only your body, but your entire being, how well do you think you can take care of your loved ones in the long term? The thing is, well often, we think unproportionally big or out of our means and needs. The luxury trip to the 5-star salon or hotel, for example, may be your ideal “treat yourself” moment; and if you can afford that, hey girl, you totally deserve it! But, what if you can’t? Well, that’s where you call in your imagination; – A very simple one actually –  and If you don’t have your mini-spa essentials ready, a quick trip to a nearby store should do the trick… Lucky me, Soap And Glory and Boohoo were kind enough to send me some products and items which tended to my own mini-spa moment!  

While I was home alone sans the kids, I had a “Eureka!” moment. Maybe it wasn’t that big of “Eureka!” situation, but grant it, the unnerving and exciting idea of pampering myself was quite enchanting. So I decided to treat my face to a Soap And Glory face mask that was in my goodies package and then I enjoyed a nice, warm, and soothing bath with all the bell and whistles… Yes! You can lit scented candles, add some aromatic or therapeutic oils and petals to your bath, and let an enchanting music of your choice playing in the background. I did; and it was suave and debonair!

Now, what would be a pampering moment without the feel of a soft and smooth skin afterwards? Soap And Glory and Boohoo have come to the rescue again.  It was time to tune in to a re-run of a favorite TV show and pamper myself to a soft baby skin. We all love and yearn for that soft baby skin, don’t we? 

If you haven’t tried Soap And Glory’s ” The Righteous Butter”  and “Hand Food” cream this might be the season to stock up on a couple of those and get your skin ready for the beach and those summer outfit days. Without even a feel to the touch, I appreciated that the scents weren’t overpowering. After my bath, I butter up myself with the Righteous Butter (which is made with softening Shea Butter and Aloe Vera) and it soaked right into my skin and left it smooth and soft.

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I love it; and while I’m working on getting my Summer body ready to show off the bikini ensemble boohoo has sent me along with these pampering products, I might as well, keep treating myself to these mini-spa moments whenever I can. Why? Because I deserve it; and so do you! Treat yourself, girlfriends! 

Cheers to a fabulous week ahead!

Love,

Edwige

” I participated in the “Treat yourself” campaign and these products were sent to me free of charge. All opinions are my own”

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Bad hair day? We’ve all had at least one in the span of our lifetime; and I’m not just talking us the average citizens. Have you seen how the internet went crazy over Halley Berry’s hair at her last appearance on the red carpet!? This one made it out to the internet because it’s Hairy Berry… sorry, it’s Halley Berry. Sarah, Jessica, and Amanda had a bad hair day last time they were out dancing, but no one gave it a thought…  It was a bad hair day for them nonetheless!

I remember a few years back, when I went for short hair; As much as I was rocking my “baldy” style, shortly after, came the harsh Midwest Winter. I tried to keep my natural short hair for most –  if not all of my blog shoots, but in my private outings, I had to rely on some wigs as a protective style; What I love about protective styles is that you can play around them and switch things up as much as you want… and as some of my ladies who love wigs would tell you, be careful because you might totally be addicted.
Well, I just wish then that I new Black Hairspray. However, I do now! I haven’t purchased any of their product yet, but browsing through their site, the problem I now face is that there’s too many cute and stylish options!!! 🙂

Black Hairspray is a leading beauty e-commerce company that offers thousands of wigs and hair care products.
Browsing through the site and reading about them, I see that their clients range from professional stylists, beauticians, to working mothers, students, glam hair enthusiasts… and many more. My point is whoever you are or whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to leave satisfied! 
I might just do a follow-up post when I get my first glam hairstyle from them for myself or a client;) 

No more bad hair days ladies.. head over www.blackhairspray.com now and grab a pair or a few. 

As always, thank you for stopping by and cheers to a fabulous weekend

Love,
Edwige

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Naked-sugar-body-scrrub-reviewThe one thing most men and women altogether complain about in the coldest seasons (beside the cold obviously) is dry skin. With the dry air of the season taking a serious toll on our skin, it’s essential to take extra care of ourselves, making sure that we still have this baby soft skin even in the harshest of weathers. Perfect timing! Thanks to my friends at Naked Sugars, I was able to treat my skin to a little pampering!

naked-sugars-body-scrubs-reviewThis naked sugars body scrub is a life saver. “Morning Riser” was the scent I picked; and I’m glad I did. The smell is divine… and nothing says good morning better than a citrus-lemon and sweet orange-infused scent!

img_3673When, I decided to treat myself to a little spa moment after a long and tiring day, I’m glad I started with this Naked Sugars scrub. The texture and feel on my body were very gentle and smooth. I love it! And oh, the scent! Have I already said the scent is just divine!? Yes, I probably did! 🙂 Seriously though, I get off the bathroom not only feeling invigorated with soft skin at the very first use, but both my body and my bathroom were left with a heavenly smell!!! That’s a win-win if you ask me… 🙂

Naked-sugar-body-scrrub-reviewWell, I think I just found a new favorite addition to my mini-spa moments. I’ve used this scrub twice already since I received it and my skin is starting to love all the oils infused into the blends, and I can’t get enough of having my shower time becoming more spa-like!

Naked-sugar-body-scrrub-reviewBonus? The packaging! If you’re anything like me, you’d appreciate an aesthetically packaged product. Seeing the black and gold packaging and a sticker which reads “Smile, you’re going to love what’s inside!” did actually made me smile (no pun intended lol) and feel some type of way. It must be the queen in me… 🙂

naked-sugars-reviewnaked-sugars-review2I’m actually really excited for this scrub and I will be trying all the other scents once I’m done with this one. I just wish the package was more filled with the scrub… Mine was only about half way filled, but again, it could be the weight settling after transportation, gravity and all… Nonetheless, one could get quite a few scrubbing sessions out of this package. Bottom line, I love this product; and I know my girlfriends would each love one for their Christmas present! 🙂 

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a fantastic day! – I was sent this product for my honest review and all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Hypnoz Glam!

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Beauty-skin-care-rules-tipsYou’ve heard countless times how important it is to have a skin care routine that works for you. I’ve heard it too. And there are so many products out there claiming to do the magic on our skin. Truth be told, It can all get really overwhelming and very expensive, but the frustration gets even more real when the results are barely there or the product don’t leave up to their names. Having a consistent routine will most likely give you a great skin as long as you chose the products that work wonder for your skin; but let’s face it, there’s no guarantee you will have a flawless skin just by washing or cleansing your face, toning, using moisturizers or serums and exfoliating etc… Even though I suffer from adult acne sometimes, I get a lot of compliment on my skin. What I really find essential for the health of my skin, especially in the winter months when the climate gets dry and affects our skin, are these simple beauty rules:

1- What you eat is what you are: Yep! What you put in your mouth or your body is as important, if not more important than the products you use regularly on your skin. It’s often said that you can determine how healthy a person is by just taking a thorough look at their skin. If you’ve heard the benefits of eating food such as fruits, veggies, and how having a low-carb diet can tremendously improve the health of your skin, then you probably know what I’m talking about. On the contrary, refined sugar, processed foods, and obviously carbs such as pasta, breads, and white rice are food recommended to be consumed in moderation for not only a healthy skin, but also for a better health and controlled weight in general. 

2- Get your beauty sleep: At least 7 hours of sleep is what the experts say we need for our body to function at it best and look its bests. This is something most people, including myself, struggle with, because let’s face it, We only have 24 hours in the day and there are so many obligations and so little time! Some people feel that 5 to 6 hours of sleep is all they need to “David their Goliath”, and that works for them. After all, It is what is it. Just make sure you’re catching those Z’s!

3- Where are you putting your head and face? Go for a satin pillow case! Yes, one of the simple yet best advice I’ve heard when it comes to preventing your face from breaking out is using a satin pillow case. It’s simple: The material is satin (duh), the feel is luxurious. Your face is the money maker; you got to treat it like royalty! 😉 Using a satin pillow case allows you to insure no harsh texture is coming in contact with your skin when you’re sleeping. Plus, regular fabrics tend to store the chemicals/lotion etc from our hair, then transfer it onto our face.

4- Drink Plenty of water: This rule shows up in every circumstance, doesn’t it? That’s right, water is the golden rule of a beautiful and healthier you! Keeping your skin healthy and hydrated starts from within; and just like eating healthy, when you drink plenty of water, you’re getting closer and closer to that glowing skin you’ve been praying for. Drink up, darlings! 

5- Always keep your skin clean, hydrated, and moisturized. Keeping any germs away from your skin/face is common sense. Always  make sure your hands are clean before touching your face. You’d also want to make sure your bed sheets and pillow cases are been washed regularly with a recommended detergent.  As for keeping your skin hydrated, If drinking water isn’t your best friend, spraying water-mix on your face at times may be another option. Moisturizing is probably the most blatant and effective skin advice you’ll ever heard. Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, you need to keep your skin moisturized at all times. In the winter, most people with dry skin will opt for an oil based moisturizers such as coconut, jojoba oil or any essential oil. However, make sure to try all the options available and determine what works best for your skin.

6- Sweat the toxins out: Cliché,  but exercising is good for your overall health, period. However, if you need another reason to finally become friends with the gym again or make a better use of your sport gears, here you have It: When you sweat those toxins out, you’re actually cleansing your body from any impurities that may be having a toll on your skin. 

7- Detox your body and your life: When you try all of the above (and some more) and you seem not to have a beautiful skin, just relax. Don’t panic. Ok, maybe panic a little. 🙂 -Who doesn’t want a gorgeous skin!?-  But take a deep breath, maybe it’s time to detox your body and live a stress-free life. Beside sweating the toxins out of your body by exercising, there are quite a few other ways to detox your body. Colon cleansing, foot detoxing, juicing, water detox, etc… are just a few of the detoxing methods you can use to cleanse your body. Chances are, you probably need to detox your life as well from anything that doesn’t serve you anymore, any negativity or negative people that are not building you up, but instead, are giving you headaches. Try to leave a stress-free (or a less stressed) life as much as you can. Believe it or not, stress can have a huge affect on your skin health, leaving your skin looking dull, saggy and old. 

There you have it. I’m sure by following these beauty rules, your skin will be at its best, but if all fails, it’s probably time to see a dermatologist or your doctor for any undergoing health issue.

I wish you the best of luck in having a youthful, glowing, and beautiful skin! 😉 – Happy Monday! 

Xo, Edwige

 

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