“Turns out, my Pantene contains a chemical linked to cancer and lots of products in my bathroom from sunscreen to lipstick and even baby shampoo; also linked to cancer or other problems such as learning disabilities, asthma and even male fertility (damaged sperm.” – The Story of Cosmetics(Short Youtube Video)
It is no secret that we do not know for sure what goes into our foods but how about our beauty products? Although there is a list of things unsaid, it is our job to be mindful and educated in these areas. Just because it taste good, does not necessarily mean that it is good for you to consume, right? Same goes for beauty products, just because it smells good or look pretty, this does not mean that it is safe for us to use.
”The average woman in the U.S uses about twelve personal care products daily. The average man uses about six. Each product containing a dozen or more chemicals.” – The Story of Cosmetics (Short Youtube Video)
If you look closely, you will learn that some of products contain deadly chemicals and some are not even approved by the FDA! Chemicals that are banned in many countries, are legal in America and freely swimming in our daily products. Anyone can understand that some ingredients used for our products are not safe for humans to consume but it is allowed on the market, for us to buy and consume!! (I don’t know about you but that is insane to even think about, please take a few minutes to let this information marinate)
The bottom line is; we all want to enjoy a fruitful life without devoting half our lives to the healthcare industry paying medical bills.
Using some graphics from Safe Cosmetics, here are some ingredients to look out for and why:
Now that you know about a few ingredients to look out for, pick a beauty product and search for these ingredients.
This is what I got rid of, after learning about the ugly ingredients:
If you feel like you need help identifying the ingredients, you can use these websites/app that will tell you exactly what is in your product. My top favorite ones are Safe Cosmetics, Think Dirty App and Good Guide.
Beautycon Festival here in New York City was an adventure of its own. I learned about different beauty companies that I never knew of before. However, the highlight of the festival for me was Gabrielle Union! Shes more flawless in person!! Anyways, she shared some inspirational tips, talked about her book; “We’re going to need more wine” and her new hair product line; Flawless Hair.
People come to these types of festivals for different reasons. Since I am fairly new in the blogging community I wanted to meet bloggers like myself and learn about different beauty companies. Mission accomplished! Below you will find a list of freebies that I got!
Hey you guys! May was such a busy month! What were some of your highlights from May? (Comment and share below)
Looking back, May was so much fun for me and here’s why:
Fitness goal accomplished
As a follow up to my April goal, this month I mastered my goal of running for a minimum of at least twenty minutes, three days a week. Yippie!! I have dropped five pounds just by running a few times a week. My favorite part of this small workout, is that its just twenty minutes and its completely free! On top of that, you feel so much better and stronger after every single run.
Read 4 great books
This month I read four amazing books. One book for self development, another book for inspiration and two fun non fiction books! I loved each one, but if I had to choose which one I enjoyed the most it’ll be “The Happiness Project”. This book can be a hit or miss, depending on the reader. However, reading this book has taught me so much about myself and my future goals. Nonetheless, all books are amazing in their own ways.
I’m not too sure about ya’ll but I love good food. Before I enjoyed the idea of paying for a home cooked meal until I took a cooking class in Italy and realized that I can make anything that I want to in my own kitchen! I also love food network and recipe books. By keeping a list of recipes that I want to try, here’s what I scratched off for this month.
I am superrrr excited about the Beautycon festival!!! The main purpose of this event is to celebrate beauty with celebrities, bloggers and popular beauty brands. Not only do they host this beauty festival here in NYC but they also host it in LA and London. Check out their website for more information.
Are you attending Beautycon NYC? If you are, let me know! I’d love to meet and chat with you. If not, have you heard of this festival before?
Just like clothes, makeup changes along with the season! And sometimes we hold on to them a little longer than we should, without even noticing. As I shared with you guys in my post Blooming Flowers and April Goals, spring cleaning is one of my goals for this month. As I was cleaning, I thought it will be very useful to put together a makeup cleaning cheat sheet, to help you get rid of unnecessary makeup clutter. It is time to finally get rid of all the products that you do not need and treat yourself with new ones. When you are putting on your makeup, you want to know where everything is and know what you have.
Does this look familiar to you? If so, its time for a spring clean.
Step 1 – Divide makeup
Divide your makeup products by sections, it is up to you to divide the products how ever you please. What I like to do is divide them by face, lips and eyes. This way you can tackle them one by one, by groups.
Step 2 – Get rid of old/expired makeup
Although it is cute and you got it on sale somewhere in France, if its expired it has to go! Holding on to expired makeup, will cost you your beautiful skin!! The last thing you want or need is spending more money on getting your skin back to normal because you were too stubborn to let go.
Spring makeup cleaning guide:
Mascara, Liquid Eyeliner
Liquid Makeup, Cream Shadow
Powder, Pencil Lip/Eyeliner, Lipstick, Lip gloss
For the sake of my beautiful skin, they had to go!
Step 3 – Wipe down products and organizers
After getting rid of all the unwanted products, you want to clean each product before storing them away. I like to use Invisible glass, because I can use it in different ways. We all know that some makeup products stain really bad and sometimes difficult to clean, however Invisible glass wipes it all off. I use it to wipe down my makeup mirror, makeup station and each product individually with a simple “spray and wipe” process! Usually, I will have to switch cleaning products depending on what I am cleaning but invisible glass does it all.
One more thing, Invisible glass also has sunglasses wipes that you can use to wipe down your cute shades and electronics!! Once again, using one product to clean multiple things. Its small, so its easy to pop in your bag on your way out the door!
Step 4 – Store makeup in clear organizers
Oprah magazine’s amazing creative director Adam Glassman, suggests that this important so that you know what you have at all times. If you are like me and buy things simply because you cant find it, then you need to invest in some clear organizers. You will be saving money and space at the same time.
After a marvelous spring cleaning project.
Thank you for reading, I hope that this motivates you to do some spring cleaning of your own! ♥♥
Time waits for no one! Being that it is April already, this quote proves itself to be completely true. Phew, time is just flying by.
Although we are a couple days into this month, I thought I’d share my goals with you guys. Besides me being a neat freak and a huge planner, it is extremely important for me to have a productive year as a newbie in the blogging community. In order to have a great year, it is crucial to take one step at a time by taking each month at a time. Checking off each accomplishment as time goes, one by one.
Without further ado, here are my goals for April:
Finish reading “Tired of being tired by Jesse Lynn Hanley”
Okay, so I believe the universe drew me to this book because I was looking for a cookbook online and I found this instead. This book is exactly what I need to read right now, in order to reshape my plan for a healthier lifestyle. In just ten simple solutions, Jesse dissects each step and teaches you everything you need to know. This book influences most of my goals for this month. Has any read or heard of this book??
Walk at least 10,000 steps (5 miles) four times each week
I consider myself to be active for the most part, I love a good workout. However, I have been out of the gym for a couple months so I thought I start with something very simple and then work my way up. Otherwise, if I go back to my usual workout my body wont be able to keep up and I will most likely give up. Which is why I am taking one step at a time, literally!
Explore healthy recipes
For a healthy body, we must fuel our bodies with natural whole foods. Meaning that we must eat fruits and vegetables everyday. Eating fruits is not a problem for me as much as eating vegetables. If I can actually enjoy eating vegetables, then I more likely to eat them frequently. This month I am going to get in the kitchen and try new recipes, so that I can enjoy my veggies. Any recipe recommendations?? Please let me know
Spring clean my room
After reading Three Minimalist Lessons in My Thirties, from one of my favorite bloggers. I was inspired to clear my room and get rid of things that I do not use or need. I find myself holding on to things, just because its mine. I am talking about makeup, clothes, and shoes!! Oh my, I have so much things.
Publish a new post, at least 4 times a week
So far this is m 4th month as a blogger, woohoo!! Although I feel like I have been doing a great job thus far, I want to challenge myself to post at least four times a week for the rest of the month. How was your first couple months as a blogger? Do tell, I feel like I am alone and a bit puzzled sometimes!
I plan to accomplish my goals by planning out each week every Sunday. Making sure that I incorporate each goal within my weekly plan. I feel pretty good about this month.
With six locations in The Bronx, Bliss Beauty is marking its beauty territory here in The Bronx! Bliss Beauty is a store that any beauty guru will consider to be beauty world, because it has everything you need.
What makes Bliss Beauty different from other beauty supply stores?
Well to start, Bliss Beauty only sells natural hair products in all of their stores.
The only store in The Bronx, that carries Morphe Brushes. These brushes are really hard to find, unless you order them from online.
Bliss Beauty also carries Crown Brush, which is an international beauty company with professional cosmetics.
Bliss is the only store here in The Bronx that carries Bellatique Hair which is 100% virgin Brazilian remy hair.
Huge selection of makeup! From NYX, wet n wild, O.P.I, LA Girl Cosmetics and much more.
Bliss Beauty has everything you need for a fab wig/weave, beat face, nails, hair and skin. Check it out and let me know what you think!