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Sunday, July 9, 2017

BH Cosmetics Take Me To Brazil + Club Tropicana


I am in awe of BH Cosmetics right now. I never knew how good their products were until I purchased the Carli Bybel palette a few months ago. When I swatched the highlighters I knew that was the start of this long-term relationship with BH Cosmetics. Now I like Ulta but Ulta never really has every palette I would want so I simply thought it would be wiser to get the product straight from BH Cosmetics. Boy was that a mistake. Their processing time takes some days. That's not even talking about shipping, that is just me talking about them creating labels and getting everything sorted for shipping. You would think because this is a company that is pulling in a good amount of money their customer service for online customers would be great, It took almost about two weeks to receive this product. Then, to top it off once the product was moving the scheduled delivery date was changed because they were afraid it would be late I'm sure. LATE?! I remind you it took a long while to be processed so I would think that part would be okay at least. Once I got to my door I seen a box with BH all over it. Now, where I reside is somewhat the "hood" so I was hoping if they did leave a package it would be discrete. No, it was very obvious and my product could have been stolen from my doorstep.

The reason I was so excited to get this palette is that I don't have another palette anything like this. I was really excited about the Take Me to Brazil palette but the first time I did use it was I was very disappointed. The palette was very chalky and the fallout was severe. However, once I put a nice white base under the shadow I came to love the palette. The colors we true to color once I had that base under it which all in all helped with the fall out dilemma. As for the Club Tropicana palette,  it was beautiful. All of the colors showed without an issue and the colors what a what you see is what you get situation.   Have you all tried either one of these palettes and if so what did you think of them?















Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Motive Podcast Ep.1 : Productive Day



Hey everyone. Today I sat and I had a moment where I was just writing away in my journal. I thought about the days that I am productive and compared it to the days where I do absolutely nothing and I learned that those stagnant days are the product of me starting my day off that way. I have been on
vacation from work and I can say I got nothing done. That is because I didn't have a goal to do anything. I knew in my mind that this week would be a week of relaxation. Let's be for real now  I have two children there is no time for relaxation except maybe when I take a bath but this week has been so unproductive and very very boring. To top it all of the time went by so fast so I really didn't get to enjoy it. I learned that I much rather be doing something that will show results than something where I won't see anything but time being spent doing nothing.
Here is my list of things to do to help make it easier to have a productive day. If you would like to engage in the discussion on the next podcast comment down below or send us a tweet using # themotivemovement . Thanks <3



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Hijab Experience





The hijab experience is something so unique and empowering. A lot of people wouldn't think so since that is what society wants people to believe. Society tells you to show more skin. People looking at you makes your ego larger, therefore, makes your self-esteem heightened.  I have never liked for someone to look at me. It was okay in school you know, you felt like someone but then you realized that those stares didn't mean what you thought it did. Someone people think "oh this person is smiling at me they must be interested in me." No that's not what they are always interested in. You are not your flesh. So, me showing skin for guys quickly died out and when they looked I rolled my eyes and would suck my teeth at them.  What did I really expect? I thought I looked better that way or something but I attracted the wrong attention. That was in middle and high school. Now that I am an adult imagine the cat calling I get. I decided I don't care how hot it is outside. Allah (SWT) wants me to cover my body so I do. I try to dress as modest as my pockets will allow me to. Basic long sleeve tops and cardigans do the trick. I was still wearing my hair out. I noticed when I got into arguments with people my poor hair suffered. It would be dry and my scalp would become inflamed as if someone put something in my hair I was allergic to. So I began to wear turbans. That was my go-to style 8 years ago. Yesterday a man asked me if I was a Muslim because I didn't wear a hijab so it wasn't obvious however I always had my turban on. I told him yes and he began to ask me a series of questions. He was almost too interested but kind. Today I woke up and I told myself this is the day I will do it. I will wear my hijab proudly and unapologetically. So after salaat, I kept my hijab just as I had put it on this morning for Fajr and walked out to go to work. No cars honked. No one looked back. It was wonderful. Almost as if I was invisible today. I loved every moment of it.  When I made it to work the people didn't even say good morning. I mean some would think that was rude but I felt at people. I don't want to come off as unapproachable but sometimes it's nice to just be able to walk and think without distractions. I smiled at one woman and she just put her head down at me. don't know why. It must be that Islamophobia thing that has been going on for ages. I didnt mind it though.  Everyone has an opinion all I can do is carry on with my life. As long as it doesnt harm me or my children I didn't care too much why she did that. I guess she had some thoughts going through her head as well this morning.  I went into work and clocked in.  No one said a word, expect one coworker. He ask me why was I wearing a hijab. I told him I was muslim and he just hugged me as if I lost a family member. It was different, but welcoming. How is a person suppose to greet you as a muslim if you do not look like one? They just wouldn't know the sense of community was refreshing. The respect in the islamic religion is one of the most high. I reverted because I had a talk a very serious talk with Allah (SWT) as to why my life was going the way it was and he showed me that it was because I lost touch with my creator. I made that decision to become a muslim. I'm glad I did because I have gained so much more than what I expected to.  Respect on a different level. I doubt I will ever take off my hijab.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Refresh Your Life.

I am taking a whole new road in my life. I'm quickly learning that nothing is forever except Allah. Even life its self can be taken away and all that will be left behind is memories. I wondered why was life going the way it was for me? Things I worked for taken from me and nothing going the way I needed it to. I wasn't doing what I was supposed to here on earth. I knew that. While I was pregnant last year I took my Shahadah but I didn't pray. I have been trying to pray more often. I even put my brain to work to study Arabic.
The video below explains everything.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hard Candy Glitteratzi Fail




Beautiful right? Yes, when I first laid my eyes on this glittery gem of a product I said I must have this. Then I looked at the price. Only $6.00 so you know I threw this into my basket and ran to the register. I couldn't wait to get this baby home. All the sparkle I could dream of so I swatched it in the car just to make sure it was what I thought it was. So much glitter. I was in awe. It even was great in the swatches for the image above. So I said okay I will record a tutorial on a glitter look. Boy oh boy was I so wrong . I don't know if it was the eye shadow base or what Mixing powder and gel. Maybe that was it. But it reacted horribly. It makes the look so muddy, And the glitter gel became some kind of muddy paste on my eyes. I ruined an entire eyeshadow look with this palette that it saddened me. So I wiped my eyes and looked at this palette and thought... was it a total waste? Maybe not maybe I could use it as a base for loose glitter. or on its own. No that would be so plain. I would use it as a base definitely. Hopefully when I try that I will get positive results.

Monday, June 12, 2017

WHAT I ATE SUNDAY


I will be doing these every single Sunday. If time permits me of course. I love to eat food actually makes me dance. In every sense of the phrase. So I decided why not show you all what I chow down on throughout my day. So this is the birth of What I Ate Sunday. 

Today for breakfast I had Eggs ( which were a little burnt because I was distracted by Spider-Man.), turkey bacon, grits made with milk and sugar ( Yes, I am a sugar in grits kind of girl.), and lastly, some wonderful blueberry waffles with syrup drizzle over everything except the bacon. 
what i ate sunday
Eggs, Waffles, Turkey Bacon, and grits 




 I was so busy today I only had a salad from McDonald's. A grilled chicken and bacon salad to be exact. I didn't photograph that one. Sorry I didn't enjoy it very much anyhow.


Chicken Spinach Alfredo
Chicken and Spinach Alfredo


My favorite meat will forever be chicken. It's so many different ways you can cook it. I baked my chicken this time with rotisserie seasoning and Garlic salt. and spinach it was wonderful. I may cook this again just with broccoli next time. 

Recipe
  • 2 boxes of Farfalle 
  • Boneless Chicken Breast 
  • Pack of Fresh Baby Spinach
  • Rotisserie Seasoning
  • Garlic Salt
  • Cilantro
  • Prego Alfredo Sauce
Instructions

  1. Boil water for the pasta. ( Salt is optional)
  2. Preheat the oven for marinaded (Cilantro, Rotisserie Seasoning, Garlic Salt) chicken breast to 425 degrees.
  3. Once the water is boiling put the pasta in the water and cook for about 15 mins.
  4. Place the chicken breast in the oven and cook until it's golden in color or tender.
  5. Place spinach and water with a little seasoning inside a pan and cook on low. 
  6. Once the Pasta is done take it out the oven and rinse it off, place back into the pot.
  7. Once the chicken is finish let cool and then chop it into squares, then mix it with the pasta.
  8. Mix in the spinach and alfredo sauce.
  9. Turn the heat to medium and cook or 10 mins.

Enjoy 😍😍😍



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Walmart and CVS Haul + First impressions

Hard Candy Wet Ever Lipgloss( Selfish) , Hard Candy Metallic Mousse (Sweet As Honey),NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Cannes), NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray, Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder (Translucent)
Hard Candy Wet Ever Lipgloss( Selfish) , Hard Candy Metallic Mousse (Sweet As Honey),)NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Cannes), NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray, Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder (Translucent)

Okay, so I have been ignoring my urge to buy makeup because I know how much of and addiction it is to me. I know that I love a well beat face and a lip product that will make someone's jaw drop. However working for a profit to put towards priorities is extremely hard when you know you deserve a treat for all your hard work. This isn't even all I purchased 😆 I know better. Once I picked up the loose powder it was a wrap. I went back maybe a total of 4 times to the beauty department debating if I truly needed this. Yes, I needed to get my fix. 
I have been on a hunt for a great metallic matte lipstick and I love the way the gold compliments my melanin. Both the Metallic Mousse Lipstick from Hard Candy and The Wet Ever Lip Glos Both ran for about $6.99 Not bad. Out of both of these, my heart weighs in more on the Metallic Mousse only because I love me and matte formula. With the Wet Ever Lip Gloss, I expect something a little different and this just wasn't it. I was extremely thick and it had streaks in it. I am absolutely disgusted by the color. My skin just doesn't agree well with baby pink. I don't know. Maybe I'm wearing it all wrong. No, definitely just not my color. I should have bought the red one instead.

Hard Candy Wet Ever Lipgloss( Selfish) , Hard Candy Metallic Mousse (Sweet As Honey)

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Cannes

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream was an oldie but goodie. I was so upset that I ended up losing the first one I actually purchased. It's a beautiful muted pink and works well for me. So it looks like I could do a pink. Just not whatever that was in that beautiful packaging. Yes, the Wet Ever Lip Gloss had great packaging but the formula was just too thick for me.


As for the setting spray, as I said I love a matte formula so I much rather the matter spray with this one. I feel as though this setting spray did absolutely nothing as far as a dewy finish. My highlighter covered that one. So thankful for the highlighter. Once I sprayed the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray on my hand over the lip products it started to separate the Wet Ever Lip Gloss. I guess it didn't agree well.





Saturday, June 3, 2017

Project VBC





Sitting at work and looking through the assortment of pieces, very simple pieces to be exact I thought " Wow I could do this in my sleep." Literally whoever designed these pieces are probably sleeping and making boat loads off of my wants and sometimes needs in clothing. Why purchase from them when I could make my own? So a light bulb went off in my head like a spark on the 4th of July. I thought " Yup I'm going to do this." This here is my mark. The day after my great idea. I just have to keep going with this idea and let nothing stop me. I am in the research area right now getting everything put together and thinking of what products will be in the shop for sure. I have a few things in mind but I know 100 % clothing will be there. This is my first time ever doing something this bold and serious and I am going get it right. I am willing to invest in it. I want more for my children and this is indeed something great. Entrepreneurship who would have thought. I may be a very good look on me and my pockets. I hope to have it up and running by Jan 2018. I will keep giving updates on this matter because it is indeed something big for me and I am so excited.



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit Review


I can not believe Sally would do this. I love Sally's polishes. I really do but I don't know what this foolery was. I went extremely brave with this I said okay I want to wax my armpits. It seems like waxing has a long term effect why not. So I asked my sister hey do you want to help me out with this daunting task and she said yes with a devious smirk. I had to build up courage for a whole hour before she laid that strip upon my skin. Now I knew this would hurt because my sister smile gave me an "I'll be glad to inflict horrible pain on you." So I talked myself into it. She warmed the strips in her hands and peeled them apart. She did everything right. She swiped the strip on my skin three times and pulled against the grain. "RIP!!!" I let out the most serious scream. It was so painful but for the result, I felt okay I can tolerate this. Man, I looked at my armpits and I saw a whole landing strip under both. NOOOOOo! It didn't do a thing. All that torture for what? After the waxing was done I was a really sticky. The wax felt like some adhesive that was never meant to pull off the hair.  This product may work for my Caucasian people or someone other than POC however for my hair I guess because it's thicker it didn't work. I was so disappointed I would never ever use this product again. #1 Selling Wax Product my behind.




Friday, May 26, 2017

One Year Natural


Last year I vowed to myself I would not cut my hair. It went through the works. I mean from color to relaxer to texturizer. I did every and anything to my hair. One day I would wear a full buzz cut then the next I will be rocking a full head of bohemian curls. Nothing would stop me from getting the style I wanted. The only style I have not rocked was my hair outside of a pixie styled cut. Like I have never seen my hair touch my shoulders. The growth I have experienced is amazing. No, it's not as much as others growth results, however, It is my hair. Which is very rare to see. People would say have you ever had long hair? The answer is No. I don't remember honestly. My hair was never properly taken care of as a child it would fall out on the sides. I was the girl in the classroom with breakage in the nape area of my head. I remember my mother sent me to school with this ugly afro. Now, before someone says " what? Afros are beautiful." I know they are but being a little girl you always dreamed of having that pretty long braid or that relaxer that had your hair so slick and long you felt like Pocahontas. No, I never experienced that. I was the girl teased for having this issue. So I would get my sister to cornrow my skull out of my head and still, nothing worked. The last time I allowed someone was when I was starting middle school and when to a hair salon and got this jacked up cut that I absolutely hated. So to cope with the fact that I was the daughter with the hair that wouldn't grow I would cut it just to feel better and make it look like I accepted having short hair. After that first cut, I just could not stop I cut my hair for six more years after that. I had someone really close to me tell me that I cut my hair to deal with my problems to feel a sense of relief yet my problems were still there. So, he asked me "Why do you cut your hair?" I told him I just need a fresh start. He told me I was mutilating myself to deal with my problems and asked that I would stop cutting my hair and I haven't since. boy am I glad I didn't. My hair measures about 5 inches. I'm waiting until I get to ten inches before I chop off more.  This is a very interesting journey.


Two Strand Twist Out.





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