How my menstrual cup changed my life.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., raving reviews

This may be a little sensitive for a few people out there so readers be cautioned.

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I’ve tried a few menstrual cups in and after going back and forth, I finally settled on the Sckoon cup and I love it. Honestly, switching to menstrual cups was one of the best things I’ve done for myself.

WHY?
If not all, most commercial brand tampons and pads contain the chemicals asbestos, dioxin, and rayon (fibers). Asbestos is an irritant that has been known to cause excessive bleeding. Dioxin is toxic to the reproductive and immune systems and has been known to cause endometriosis (irregular bleeding/infertility which is very common among women today.) Rayon creates a breeding ground for dioxin within the vagina (from the use of tampons) by leaving fibers behind in the uterus. Using commercial tampons and pads leave women extremely susceptible to hormonal challenges, fertility issues, and general complications with their reproductive organs. [Source: Wild Woman Speaks]

The average woman menstruates for forty years and uses approximately 20 tampons per cycle, which is roughly 240 tampons each year. This means she will use about 9,600 tampons during the entire course of her menstruating years. That’s a freaking lot of tampons! Women, we must strongly consider our choices regarding menstrual care. Not only is that a massive amount of tampons that wind up in a landfill year after year, but that’s a lot of harsh chemicals that are making their way into our bodies if we are using commercial brands of menstrual products. Choosing to care for our menstrual cycle with organic reusable cloth pads and moon cups not only does our bodies good, it does our environment a whole lot of good, too! [Source]

The tampon industry is convinced that women need bleached white products. They seem to think that we view this as “pure” and “clean.” The fact is, if Dioxin puts women at risk for cancer and Dioxin is stored in fatty tissue (just like that found in the vagina), and a woman uses as many as 11,000 tampons in her lifetime, could the long term use of tampons increase cancer risk? [Source]

How it changed my life:

Every time I used to get my period, I would always get worried that I was leaking or that I would smell etc and would go to the bathroom 2 times more than I usually do. Ever since I’ve discovered menstrual cups, I feel so much more at ease whenever I’m on my period because I don’t have to go to the bathroom every few hours. I’ve always seen the bad effects of tampons so I never used those. Now I go to the bathroom whenever I need to pee or poop, and if you insert it right, you can keep it in for up to 12 hours depending on your flow. I usually wear a pantyliner just in case my flow is a little heavier than usual, but otherwise it’s made my life SO MUCH EASIER especially at night.

So many people get grossed out about putting something up your vagina but we need to get over the “gross”- it’s part of life and natural- even though it may be inconvenient and uncomfortable at times. It makes life so much easier and saves you so much money. You just invest in one and you don’t have to keep buying boxes/packages of pads and tampons and freaking out if you don’t have any in your house when you start your cycle etc.

If you want to get one, start with the a Sckoon cup because they’re a little bit smaller than the rest and are more comfortable. If you have a light to medium flow and have a low cervix, get Size 1 and if you usually have a heavier flow and a higher cervix, get size 2.

I really hope you guys get a chance to try one out and I promise you’ll love it. You just need practice. Here’s more information on how to use it.

Good Luck,

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How jewelry has the ability to empower people.

Random, raving reviews

Jewellery has the power to be this one little thing that can make you feel unique.- Jennie Kwon

“People will stare; Make it worth their while with a statement piece or stunning prints from our collection.

Our jewellery and accessory collection consists of mesmerising colours, patterns and texture; it’s the perfect finishing touch to your every great fashion look.

We pride ourselves on personally choosing each piece that we sell and we are constantly changing our products to keep up to date with the latest trends. With more products being added it means some products may no longer be available, so if you see something you like, it’s best to get it straightaway as there is no guarantee that it will be continued.

Don’t be afraid to make a statement with one of our embellished pieces.”

An acquaintance of mine has a jewelry shop, Lollypop Accessories, and I just wanted to show it to you guys. She has drop-dead gorgeous pieces at affordable prices so anyone can feel glamorous without having to splurge on anything.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces: (btw everything in her store is under $40)

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Being able to afford things, in general, is great and wearing jewelry also has the ability to make a woman feel more classy, put together, sexy and beautiful. I strongly urge you to check out Lollypop Accessories, because you won’t find jewelry in that kind of quality at such an affordable price anywhere.

Enjoy,

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How to make your hair grow faster.

Beauty., Health and Wellness., raving reviews

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Hey guys, I’ve been busy working on some new things for my blog (like ^) so that’s why I haven’t been as active but I’m back and I’m here with a few great tips.

  • DO NOT WASH YOUR HAIR EVERYDAY
    • I cannot stress this enough. Just like our skin, our hair can get dry but unlike our skin we have limited things we can apply to our hair so prevent it from drying out. When you wash your hair with shampoo, it strips your hair of it’s natural oils. Your body then thinks, “omg their hair is too dry, lets me produce some oils to moisturize their scalp”; eventually after a while of too much shampooing your hair is used to producing so many oils that you’ll have to shampoo even more which will just dry out your hair, ruin it and prevent it from growing.
  • Eat foods that have a lot of protein.
    • Your hair is made up of keratin (a protein that’s made up of amino acids). The more protein you the longer your hair will get and just remember the healthier you eat, the better you’ll look, your body, skin, hair, nails, etc.
  • Limit the heat and chemical you use on your hair or else your hair will get brittle and start breaking.
  • Try to deep condition your hair once a week. I love to use coconut oil 30 minutes a week before I shower then I wash it off. I also love coconut oil because it has so many beauty benefits. Check them out here.
  • Damaged hair takes a long time to fix and if your hair is damaged it takes it a long time to repair and unless your hair is healthy, it’ll never grow.
    • Because of this you shouldn’t try to manipulate it too much and this includes getting it colored, a perm, etc.
  • Get a lot of vitamins into your body through your diet or supplements.
    • Omega 3 is one of the best things that can help you get and maintain smooth and shiny hair. It’s known for its ability to combat dry and brittle hair, hair loss, dry, flaky scalp and reduced circulation to the scalp. The benefits of omega-3 EFAs include adding luster, sheen and elasticity to your hair. Both DHA and EPA are vital for the nourishment of hair follicles. Omega-3 can help restart hair growth, help hair grow quicker and stronger and even prevent or reverse hair loss. (If you want to read more about the science behind it, read all about it here).
      • As a Muslim, it’s really hard for me to find supplements that don’t contain pork or just meat products in general so when I found this Omega-3 I was thrilled. It also has Omega 6, Omega 9, DHA, EPA and unlike other fish oil supplements I’ve had, this doesn’t taste weird or leave a lingering smell. Honestly, all their products are amazing.
  • Try to brush your hair often so it doesn’t knot up and force you to pull at it (which makes a lot of your hair rip off.
    • I’ve heard a lot of people raving about The Wet Brush but personally since I don’t have too much of a problem with my hair, I never had to resort to buying one but if you need it, you definitely should buy it.
  • Don’t always keep your hair in the same style, part etc. After a while, your hair gets pulled too much, your hair gets weak and your hair starts thinning which contradicts the whole idea of making your hair grow faster.

Hope these helped,

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Trying to get rid of acne? Take a look at this.

Beauty., raving reviews, Reviews and Unboxings

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A few years ago I had smooth and clear skin but hormones started kicking in and sadly, I didn’t anymore. I’ve been trying many things and these have worked the best for me so I thought I should share.

At night, I use the Trilane Retinol +Vitamin C moisturizer with an added drop of Radha Tea Tree oil. Keep in mind that Tea Tree oil is REALLY strong and needs to be diluted, you shouldn’t just apply it to anything as it is.

The Trilane moisturizer is a good product you should invest in because it works both as a serum and a moisturizer. It noticeably made a difference on my skin. My skin seems healthier and brighter than ever; another great thing is that it didn’t clog my pores. The great thing about this that it really does go a long way. If I put a drop onto my hands, I can use it all over my face and still have some left over so I know I can use this for a while.

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Another great product is the tea tree oil. Here are some benefits of it:

  1. Helps heal and soothe sunburns.
  2. Heals skin infections naturally.
  3. Relieves itchiness from rashes as well as helps reduce rashes.
  4. Can be used as an all-purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with 1-2 tsp. of tea tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water.
  5. Treats acne.
  6. Helps to prevent lice naturally; just add a few drops to your shampoo.
  7. A few drops in your pets’ crates or beds keep the fleas away.
  8. Removes ticks; just add to skin, and the little stinker will usually unlatch.
  9. Cures toenail fungus and Athlete’s foot.
  10. Helps remove skin tags.
  11. Naturally cures bad breath. (Swish some tea tree oil and water in you mouth.)
  12. Can be used in a homemade toothpaste recipe.
  13. Has been found as an effective treatment for warts.
  14. Soothes insect bites.
  15. Treats ringworm.
  16. Treats psoriasis and other skin conditions.
  17. Relieves asthma or other breathing conditions when a few drops are added to a humidifier.
  18. Works as antiseptic on small cuts.
  19. Keeps your bathroom fresh.
  20. Relieves earaches; mix 1 drop of tea tree oil with 1 tsp. olive oil, drop mixture into the ear and then remove by tilting head.
  21. Freshen laundry: Add a few drops in your washing machine to scent your clothes. Also, if you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer, run again with tea tree oil to remove mildew. You can also scent wool dryer balls with tea tree oil.
  22. Helps freshen carpet.
  23. Can be used in several homemade kitchen cleaners.
  24. Cleans mold: Mix apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil and scrub mold; place outside to sun-dry.
  25. Can be used in a homemade natural deodorant.

This bottle is WAY bigger than any other bottles I’ve seen so that’s a plus. Keep in mind it does have a strong, dirt/ pine-sol smell.

Hope this helps,

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My skincare routine + mini reviews.

Beauty., raving reviews


Everyone’s skin is different and reacts to every product differently than others but if you have combination, dry or oily skin these will help you because I’ve faced all.

(I’ll write if a certain product is best suited for what type of skin type. If nothing is mentioned, all skin types will like it)

Ok so let’s start off what I use when I first wake up. I usually just wash my face to emulsify the oils and then wipe it off with a towel. Then I apply the Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer. It’s a drugstore product but unlike the products below, this is a more natural product which has no harsh chemicals, dyes, or other harmful things for your face. That was a big part of why I switched to this. It also works as well as the products below, moisturizes really well but doesn’t make my skin oily, plus its way more affordable.

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Before I used to use Tatcha Moisture Rich Silk Cream in the winter (The sample size was only .5 oz, but it lasts a while) and the Clinique moisturizing gel in the summer. The thing was though, the Tatcha one is good for drier and sensitive skin types. It really replenishes is and makes your skin better. This is a product you’ll have to invest in because it costs $150 for a 1.87 oz tub, BUT I promise you, it lasts a long time. I had the .5 oz one and used it for months (I still have some left over after using it all winter).

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If you have oilier and more acne prone skin, I suggest you get the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. This literally feels like putting water on your skin. I use it in the summer a lot because it doesn’t make my face breakout and in a weird way it controls the oil on my face.

Throughout the day, I don’t really moisturize as much. Sometimes I do it after I’ve been out all day and kinda just wash up a bit, but most times I just moisturize in the mornings and at night.

Before I go to bed I wash my face with AVEENO Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub. Honestly for me, face washes don’t really do much besides get rid of oil and freshen up my face about it, that’s about it. This is great if you have oily skin, darker spots on your face or both even.

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I used to use the Olay Foaming Face Wash for sensitive skin, but it left a weird residue behind. It’s not really noticeable at all, but the weather started to get warmer so I started using the Aveeno above. That’s the only complaint I have about it though. This is a really nice product to you if you have drier, sensitive skin. It doesn’t dry your skin out more than it already is and if you have something like eczema on your face, this would work really well.

Once I wash my face, I like to apply this Vitamin C serum called Radha Beauty Vitamin C Serum. It’s really nice and light enough for everyday use. It smells a little like coconut oil and quickly absorbs into your skin. I love that it also doesn’t leave it feeling greasy at all so that’s amazing. The thing is with this, I really love that this quickly produces results. I had a few breakouts on my skin and within a week they were gone with no scars. A few of my older scars also had started to fade.

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After this, I apply the Simple Moisturizer from above.

A few times a week I like to use the Clinique Clarifying Lotion #2. This is really great. I didn’t really see much of an improvement on my skin after using this, but the stuff that comes off with it is AMAZING. I use it at night once a week after I wash my face. You just pour some onto a cotton pad and wipe it all across your face and neck. The amount of gunk that comes off is so surprising. I don’t even wear makeup and so many things come off from dirt left behind even after washing my face with soap, to the color left on my neck from a scarf which I can’t see.

I still use this because I feel so much better knowing all these hidden things are off my face. They also have one for dry skin and oily skin. (Mine is combination). It literally feels like wiping water on your face and it kinda just dries away.

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Every three weeks I use the Adovia Dead sea facial mask. It’s nice and thick and definitely smells like mud. Even after one use, my skin feels brighter and looks cleaner. I really recommend this to anyone because it kinda just gives your skin a little boost.

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Every six weeks I like to DermaRoll. If you guys are interested in a more in-depth post on that, comment below. I like to use the OZ Naturals Vitamin C serum. This one is a little bit thicker than the one mentioned above.

If you’re lazy like me and don’t always have time to sit and apply products, get this. Even if I don’t Dermaroll, I use this once a week at night without lotion to let this just sink into my skin. It’s really nice and does what it’s supposed to, clear up my skin.

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Hope this helped some of you,

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Raving Reviews: Caltrate 600 Vitamin+D Soft Chews [Chocolate Truffle]

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So I’ve been planning to start this little series for a while. Basically I’ll be posting little reviews of things I’ve tried so that you guys can benefit and get some too.

Today I’m gonna talk about this:

Most people I know don’t really like Vitamins but lack them. Before these I hardly took any vitamins because I usually forgot or just didn’t like them. These taste great and the only con about them is that you should try to have some self-control because they’re really addicting.

The lowest you can by 60 is for $8 at Walmart.

Why you might need Vitamin D:

Your body must have vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Too little vitamin D results in soft bones in children (rickets) and fragile, misshapen bones in adults (osteomalacia). You also need vitamin D for other important body functions.

Vitamin D deficiency has now been linked to breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, depression, weight gain, and other maladies. These studies show that people with higher levels of vitamin D have a lower risk of disease, although they do not definitively prove that lack of vitamin D causes disease — or that vitamin D supplements would lower risk.

What other people are saying about it:

“I can not believe how great these taste! I am homebound and I have been battling with my Vitamin D deficiency for years! I always take Vitamin D and Calcium together because I was told that the Calcium absorbs better. I love that these are both Calcium and Vitamin D!

That being said I’ve tried other gummies, caramels, liquids, pills, chewables, yuck after yuck after yuck. Each and every one of them has either had the worst flavor possible, given me heartburn, or left an unpleasant chalk like after taste. We had a $1.00 off coupon from the paper so I went against my better judgment and asked my husband to pick these up when he went to the store. I am so glad that I went against my better judgment now! These are wonderful! Great taste, great texture, and unlike a lot of other supplements I’ve tried they don’t make me ill!”

I really think you guys should get it and I promise, this is a set of vitamins you won’t forget to take.

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