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10 Green Products to Buy If You Don’t DIY: Home Edition

I am a fan of making my own cleaning products because I feel it’s cheaper and cleaner for me to do so. I’ve also been doing it long enough that it doesn’t take me long to make a batch of laundry detergent or whip up some homemade body scrub. However, I realize that not everyone out there feels the same way.

In fact a good friend of mine is a fan of green living but not a fan of the DIY portion of the program and she often asks me what products that she should buy that are safe, healthy or at least eco-friendly, so I decided to make up this list of 10 Green Products to Try If You Don’t DIY. It’s made up of products that I have used myself (Yes, sometimes I do actually buy products), or that friends have told me that they use. So if you’re looking for a comprehensive list of green products to use to clean your home, this list* is for you:

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DIY Hair Accessory Organization #1

I’ve used a bunch of things to organize my hair accessories in the past, but I’ve come up with a few tricks that I now consider my faves. I decided to post a few of my DIY Hair Accessory Organization tips as a series. Hopefully some of them will be helpful! This one uses upcycled shower curtain rings and Command Wire Hooks. Continue reading

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Quicktip: Use Foundation to Fix Makeup Mistakes

I learned this trick from a fabulous makeup artist at Sephora one day. If you make a mistake when applying makeup, (especially around the eyes), don’t use a tissue or makeup sponge to try to fix the problem. This will usually mess up the concealer and foundation as well and then you’ll be sitting there trying to patch everything up. Instead, take a cotton swab and dip it in your foundation and use that to dab over your runny mascara, or lipstick then just blend with your fingers and done! Neat , right?

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Spicy Chickpea Snack

Chickpeas as a snack? Yes! Absolutely. This Spicy Chickpea Snack is crazy simple and I will fully admit to having skipped dinner and eaten half a bowl of this stuff while watching movie after a hard work day instead of popcorn. Continue reading

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100 Percent Pure Maracuja Mascara Review

I have been looking for a mascara without parabens, pthalates, aluminum, cadmium (or half  of the periodic table)mascara for awhile now. But most either irritated my contacts or ran off my face before I’d even made it out the door. I have reviewed other 100 percent pure products and I like their brands, so I thought I’d try the mascara. Continue reading

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8 Health Benefits of Dandelion Root Tea

Dandelion Root Tea has been used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans for hundreds of years.* It is high in Vitamins A, B, C and D and minerals iron, potassium and zinc. I’ve been drinking Dandelion root tea  a couple of times a week for a little over a month now and I can already see (and feel) it’s health benefits, so I thought I’d share!

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100 Percent Pure Foundation Review

You know how hard it is to find a foundation that performs well right? Well think about how hard it is finding one that performs well, is affordable AND doesn’t have any ikky ingredients! For women of color, the choices get REALLY limited. That’s why I was REALLY happy to find 100 Percent Pure Fruit Pigmented Healthy Skin Foundation.  Here’s what I think… Continue reading


Henna and Indigo Treatment for Gray Hair

This post is about my attempt at covering my gray hair with an henna and indigo hair treatment. As you know, I’ve done henna before, but I was getting tired of the henna turning my grey copper. I just wanted them GONE. I had come across this video on Youtube and this tutorial from Hairscapades and so I thought I would give it a try. Apparently, when you apply indigo after you apply henna, the henna binds to the proteins in the hair and the indigo binds to the protein.

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My New Natural Skincare Regimen

If you get the newslettter, then you know I’ve been doing a bunch of research about the Korean Skincare Method and have been revamping my natural skincare regimen. Skincare is approached much differently in the east vs here in the west. In Asian culture the emphasis is on having beautiful skin through diet and skincare, even facial exercises and the emphasis here in the West is primarily spot treatments and covering up flaws with makeup. In many parts of Korea and Japan, girls and boys are taught how to take care of their skin from an early age. On the one hand, Asian women, like many women of African and Indian descent have genetics on their side, but the reality is that some Korean women use up to 20 different products on their faces and many have some seriously questionable ingredients. (Pig collagen or snail mucus anyone?)

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