THRIFT STORE FINDS: Beginning of Spring Edge

The weather is starting to get warmer, with the temperature being at a steady average of 70-degrees; this is the perfect weather to get away with wearing a nice leather jacket and black booties with no stockings. For a mid-week link-up with friends at happy hour, I will be wearing a black leather jacket, white oversized short sleeve collar blouse, and a blue knee-length skirt with black booties.

Leather Jacket Blouse came from:
Goodwill of Greater Washington Retail Store
8228 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309

Skirt came from:
Prime Thrift
3115 Sherwood Hall Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306

Purse came from:
B-Thrifty
4917 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

2ND ANNUAL GALENTINES DAY SLUMBER PARTY

2ND ANNUAL GALENTINES DAY SLUMBER PARTY
Video Production by Lightning World LLC @earthtopanama

Last week, we celebrated our 2nd Annual Galentines Day Slumber Party. Last year was a huge success, and I decided to continue this tradition of incorporating Self Care and Fun into our Galentines festivities. We had fun and partook in a good girl talk while enjoying vegan beauty products that I discussed on my blog.    

Partnership:

This year I partnered with Style Me Shanny for the fantastic decor and Lightning World LLC for the timeless footage and production.

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Stylemeshanny @stylemeshannyb
Lightning World LLC @earthtopanama  

Sponsors:

Thank you to Canviiy for providing their Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum. Click Here to view their products.

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Thank you to Red Apple Lipstick for providing a sample of their lipstick, lip balm, and a $5 discount card. Click Here to view their products.

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Thank You to Mad Hippie for providing samples of their full advanced skincare line. Click Here to view their products.

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Canviiy’s Scalp Bliss

Canviiy’s Scalp Bliss

Many strive for long, thick, beautiful hair, but few are willing to maintain proper scalp health to achieve this goal. I was excited when Canviiy provided products for my Second Annual Galentine’s Day Slumber Party because I am guilty of neglecting my scalp and wonder why I am experiencing dry and itchy scalp. This week I added Canviiy’s Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum and Sea Mineral & Organic Herb Infusion Restorative Growth Serum to my morning and night routine. See my review on each product below!

Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum

Often, in between wash days, I experience an irritated and itchy scalp due to product buildup or just neglecting my scalp altogether. There wasn’t a product that worked, oils would clog the pores, and other brands had harmful ingredients that weren’t good for me. The Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum was just right; it wasn’t too thick that it’ll clog my pore, and it had healthy ingredients. I use this lightweight serum before I put my hair in a pineapple each night before bed. I applied a pea-size amount of product on my scalp and began massaging for three minutes. Immediately, the cooling sensation cleansed my scalp of any impurities and toxins found in my pores.

Sea Mineral & Organic Herb Infusion Restorative Growth Serum

Proper scalp health contributes to long and healthy hair. I don’t believe my hair grew five inches after five days of trying the Sea Mineral and Organic Restorative Serum. Still, giving my scalp the proper tender love and care it needs by massaging it every morning with this serum helps strengthen the hair follicles and allows the serum’s nutrients to penetrate the scalp and promote long-term hair growth.

My Favorite four Ingredients found in both products:
Aloe Vera Leaf Extract- repairs dead skin cells on the scalp, promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, and reduces dandruff.
Witch Hazel- help treat scalp sensitivity and provide relief from symptoms such as itching and tenderness.
Peppermint oil – improve hair growth and prevent hair loss.
Manuka Honey- cleanses and protects the scalp.

Good News, For those located in the DMV area, Canviiy will be launching its Scalp Bliss line in CVS Oxon Hill, MD location. For those of you living anywhere else, Click Here to purchase your very own Canviiy Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum and Sea Mineral & Organic Herb Infusion Restorative Growth Serum

THRIFT STORE FINDS: Casual Wear for Outdoor Dinning

There’s not much to do now and days due to restrictions. So when I want to meet up with friends, we find a restaurant with outdoor dining. January has been very mild, so I was able to feel comfortable under heated lamps in a casual Tahari ASL blazer paired with a white-collar blouse and an Old Navy high-waisted blue denim cut-off ankle jeans. I wore a red purse with this outfit to add a pop of color.

Blazer came from:
Thrifty’s Georgia Avenue
6101 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20011

Jeans came from:
2nd Avenue Value Stores
6307 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20748

Purse came from:
B-Thrifty
4917 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

Black Ankle Boots can be found on the PRETTY LITTLE THING website.

Earth Harbor’s Glow Juice

Earth Harbor’s Glow Juice

This past year my skin has experience breakouts due to stress, hormonal balance, and excess oil. I managed my stress and hormones by making minor lifestyle changes, but I struggled with breakouts caused by the overproduction of sebum in my skin, and Earth Harbor’s Glow Juice was the solution to my problem. This Glow Juice is made from exotic fruits and herbs found in Asia’s gardens to the Caribbean island. These unique ingredients helped removed any excess oil and dirt that contributed to my breakouts and improved my skin’s tone, texture, and clarity. I used a facial steamer with this product to get the full penetration of enzymes and nutrients into my skin. I tend to use Earth Harbor’s Glow Juice once a week for 10 minutes after cleansing my skin, and the results are breathtaking, to the point when a friend of mine told me that I was glowing. I would recommend this product for those who struggle with redness, dullness, acne, oily skin.

Glow Juice step- by- step process:

1.) Cleanse your face
2.) Apply Glow Juice to a cleanse face and let it sit for 10 mins
Fun Fact: I like using this mask with my facial steamer to allow the nutrients from the Glow Juice to penetrate my skin
3.) Wash off the mask and Voilà!

My Favorite Five Ingredients:
1.) White Willow (Salix Alba) Bark Extract – clarifies the complexion and protect skin from bacterial buildup.
2.) Pineapple (Ananas Sativus) Fruit Extract – contains organic acid and enzymes that gently exfoliate and cleanse the skin while providing deep hydration.
3.) Passionfruit (Passiflora Incarnata) Extract – soothes acne-prone skin, eradicates dryness, promotes healthy skin and refreshing goodness.
4.) Lychee (Litchi Chinesis) Fruit Extract – combat the microbes causing acne and reducing inflammation and acne scars.
5.) Guava (Psidium guarana) Fruit Extract – slow down the skin’s aging, and treat acne.

Click Here to purchase you own GLOW JUICE!

THRIFT STORE FINDS: NEW YEARS EVE ATTIRE

New Years’ Eve night looks different this year with everything being canceled, but that’s not going to stop me from getting dressed up to bring in the New Year with my quarantine crew in style. On Thursday night, I will be wearing a black festive mini skirt with a long black blazer and a white-collar shirt. This a perfect attire to sip champagne in; while counting down to the New Year.

Festive Mini Skirt came From
B-Thrifty
4917 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

Black Blazer came from:
2nd Ave Value Stores
13770 Smoketown Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Black Ankle Boots can be found on the PRETTY LITTLE THING website.

THRIFTING WITH THE HOMIES

THRIFTING WITH THE HOMIES

It’s good to have friends who love to thrift just as much as I do. Since there is no- where to go right now, we decided to shop for outfits to wear to brunch at Mi Vida Restaurant. See what looks we brought to the restaurant this past weekend.

With the state of the world today, I wanted to pay homage to those who have fought, marched, preached, and spent time behind bars for me to have opportunities today. I transformed this comfy burnt orange pull-on-pants into a stylish outfit by pairing it with a long sleeve crop top, a vintage- gold plated belt buckle to bring out the look, and wore a beret to make a statement. Since brunch is an all-day thing, I wore a black blazer to protect me from that fall breeze and black booties for height.

Not only does she decorate homes , but she also puts fashion masterpieces together. She wore hot chocolate leather pants with a soft white dressy turtleneck blouse and decorative black necklace to add finishing touches to her outfit. Be sure to follow her home décor page for the latest trends @stylemeshannyb.

She brought 90s nostalgia to brunch with her short plaid skirt, black turtleneck, black thigh-high boots, and yellow raincoat to add a pop of color to her trendy outfit. Did I mention that she’s a dope artist? Follow her @pnma to listen to her music.

Yes, we came to Slay, and We did! All looks came from:
Thrifty’s Georgia Avenue
6101 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20011

RESERVE YOUR TABLE AT MI VIDA RESTAURANT

LAZY WEEKENDS ARE FOR MUD MASKS

LAZY WEEKENDS ARE FOR MUD MASKS

Our skin takes a beating on a day-to-day basis. Every time we step outside of our home, our skin is continuously under attack by environmental conditions, stress, diet, and hormones. We all are guilty of neglecting our skin due to our busy schedule; Why not take advantage of this lazy weekend to give your skin the proper tender, love, and care with Eminence’s Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment. This treatment is suitable for detoxifying your skin of impurities, opening your pores, and regenerating your skin cells all in five minutes. Let me take you through my step-by-step process of using this treatment.

Step One: Cleanse
I use Tatcha’s Deep Cleanse to wash my face before applying the treatment

Step Two: Apply Treatment
I appy a thin layer of Eminence’s Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment on my face and leave it on for five minutes. Note: this treatment is powerful, so I recommend diluting it with water first.

Step Four: Apply Serum
After five minutes, wash the treatment off. Note: Due to the increased circulation from the treatment, you may experience a tingling sensation for 20 minutes and redness for up to 45 minutes.

Step Four: Apply Serum
I apply Dirty Lab’s Ultra Night Serum to close my pores.

Here is my skin fully detoxed and refreshed. I use this treatment once a week.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:

  • Hungarian Thermal Mud: has a high amount of mineral trace elements, and sulfur which improves acne conditions and nourishes the skin; the mud reduces sebum production, improves skin’s texture, tone, and vitality.
  • Cinnamon – conditions the skin and revitalizes its appearance.
  • Paprika -has an enormous amount of vitamin C source that fights the aging effects of free radicals to protect and brighten your skin.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil – acts as an emollient to keep the skin well hydrated.
  • Acai– unclog pores and encourage the regeneration of skin cells.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EMINENCE’S THERMAL MUD TREATMENT

THRIFT STORE FINDS: Rainy Days in Fall

Rainy days in the fall are difficult to dress for; the weather is colder, the wind is harsher, and the rain lasts longer. Finding a good rain jacket during this time of the year can be challenging because if you wear a coat, you’ll be too warm, and wearing a spring rain jacket is not heavy enough to keep you warm. This past Monday, the weather called for rain with a high of 56 and a low of 39; I wore a Liz Claiborne rain jacket, along with a forest green sweater and rain boots to keep me warm and dry.

Rain Jacket came from:
B-Thrifty
4917 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

Sweater came from:
The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center
1590 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

MATCHA BOOST: Protein For the Hair

MATCHA BOOST: Protein For the Hair

The next time you go to Starbucks, make sure you order a tall matcha green tea, take the lid off, dump the drink on your hair, and watch your hair strengthen and see growth overnight. I am just Kidding! No need to do that when Ecoslay has created a stellar protein treatment for high and low porosity hair that will restore health to your hair and prevent damage. Ecoslay’s Matcha Boost consists of ingredients found in your kitchen that wake up hair follicles, cause growth, and strengthen weaker hair strands. First, I use a primer to prep for washing; next, I use the wash & detox shampoo to cleanse my scalp; then I apply the Matcha Boost protein treatment for five minutes with heat; and finally, I use a deep protein-free conditioner to add moisture to my hair. After one use, my hair looked healthy and felt stronger. Since I have low porosity hair, I apply this treatment once a month with heat. You can refer to the table on the product label to determine your hair porosity’s proper usage. Although this treatment has worked on my hair, if you are experiencing any damage to your hair, I would recommend seeking a professional hairstylist to correct this problem.

Four Ingredients found in your kitchen:
Hydrolyzed Quinoa Protein –
penetrates the hair shaft for robust protection.
Colza Oil-
loaded with Vitamin E that increases moisture and smoothness while assisting with hair growth.
Matcha Extract –
is useful for hair growth, maintaining healthy hair, and beneficial to your scalp’s skin.
HP Starch –
helpful for those with oily and moist scalp; cornstarch sucks up the the condensation and grease , so your scalp and hair stays fresh.

CLICK HERE FOR TO GET YOUR MATCHA BOOST