Back at it again with the CLEAN EATING

Ever since I’ve gotten back from Miami, I’ve been eating not so clean. I haven’t been eating extremely bad either just not as clean as I normally do. I’ve been going out a whole lot more than usual since the weather is warmer. What can I say? I love rooftop bars!

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It’s no secret that alcohol isn’t great for you and neither is most bar food. So, today I took it upon myself to go to the grocery store and buy whole foods. That’s not to say I won’t be going to the rooftops anymore, but I am going to be a whole lot more mindful of my intake of well anything again.

Before Miami, I was eating more salads, drinking more water and eating frozen and canned vegetables. Now, I’m taking it a bit further and I plan on eating fresh veggies that I can eat raw, steam, or sauté. Of course, I’m still going to be eating salads, but I want to start eating more of them more often.

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As for meat goes, I’m already a chicken and seafood girl and only indulge in red meat very rarely. As I’m typing this I am eating a salad that has lettuce (duh,) green onions and cucumbers with some salt and pepper and homemade honey mustard dressing.

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One cool thing I noticed while shopping today, the vegetables (lettuce, green onions) smelled extremely fresh like they were pulled straight from the dirt earlier this morning.  I am very much here for that!

Also, it might as well be Summer now because I found a really fresh watermelon that is so sweet! Look for black spots on the melon. This shows that bees have pollinated the watermelon, which gives it that sweet flavor! Fun fact!

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Well, that’s all for today. I wanted to get back on my clean eating game and include you guys in it. So, I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Back at it again with the CLEAN EATING

Not Your Mother’s® NATURALS

As most of you know, I have naturally curly hair that more often than not, gives me the blues. Over the past couple of months, I fell into a routine that I really liked for my hair. I would wash it with conditioner, put in all my styling products and then braid it up for the night. The next day I would usually take down the braids to reveal crinkly curls that last about 3-5 days. I’m a very lazy natural because I do this every week and leave it alone until it is time to wash it again. Occasionally, I do re-braid it, but I mostly just put it up into a big ‘ol puff.

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I noticed that my hair wasn’t really maintaining length even with my super simple routine and products that contained little to no protein. I realized that my detangling method was the problem, which you can read about here. Two weeks ago I did my six month trim that I so desperately needed and ran across a natural hair care line that really took me by surprise.

I am not a hair care junkie by any means. When I find a product that really works for my hair, I will stick to it and repurchase it. I do wish that I was good at making my own products, but I’ve tried and my hair does NOT respond well whatsoever.

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Anyway, the product line that I ran across was Not Your Mother’s® Naturals line that has a nice variety to choose from. Sometimes, you have to choose them all though. Every product is only $9 and every now and then Ulta has a buy one get one 50% sale. I’m not much of a bargainer, but that’s a steal!

Initially, I chose the Coconut Milk & African Marula Tree Oil Smoothing Cream and the Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Curl Defining Combing Cream. Yes, I know…such a mouthful! I’ve never actually been in love with a hair care product until I tried these products. My hair stays moisturized for at least three days and doesn’t even frizz up too much in the humid weather. NO natural product has ever been able to do that for my hair EVER!

What I love most about these products is that you can use them together without getting a white cast on your hair or crazy product build-up. I try to use at least two together and that gives me the best styles I’ve ever had. Also, my hair is starting to retain length again AND even getting longer.

Today I plan on trying out the Royal Honey and Kalahari Desert Melon Leave- in Conditioner along with the Curl Defining Combing Cream (pink bottle) to see what effect that gives me. So wish me luck!

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If you’re a curly natural too or even have curly/wavy hair then give these products a try because they smell good, they work and they’re inexpensive! If you’re not a fan of heavy creams that may leave a greasy feeling in your hair then I do not recommend this product for you. I prefer it because my hair sucks up everything.

What are some hair care products that you are in love with?

 

ChelsiKay

Not Your Mother’s® NATURALS

150 Followers GIVEAWAY!!! (CLOSED)

I know I once again neglected you guys on Wednesday, but here I AM on this lovely Friday!

So it’s time for something special on this here lovely blog! A giveaway! I reached 150 followers on this blog, so I thought hey why not do a giveaway to celebrate?! It took me awhile to figure out what to do for the giveaway, and then it came to me… SKINCARE!

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I’m going to be giving away a First Aid Beauty Faves To Go Kit. The set comes with:

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I’m going to make this super easy for you guys because I know there are a TON of rules for some giveaways. So, here are the rules:

  1. Follow me on Instagram @chelsiiohkay
  2. Comment on this blog post that you followed me on Instagram and leave your Instagram handle so that I can direct message you if you won.
  3. (Optional) Tell me what your skin is like in the comment that you leave with your Instagram handle.

That is all! I am going to be checking if you follow and comment so be sure to follow these rules!

*You must be 18 years or older to take part in the giveaway.*

The giveaway will run until  June 2nd, 2017 and the winner will be announced June 5th, 2017.

GOOD LUCK!! =D

ChelsiKay

150 Followers GIVEAWAY!!! (CLOSED)

Just A Curly Girl Problem

Ok, so I’m not sure if you guys know this, but I am completely in love and obsessed with my own hair. I know I know how self-centered am I? Only a little and mainly when it comes to my hair.

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When I was 11 years old, my mom cut all of my damaged relaxed hair out and I was rocking a short cut in middle school. Cue the mild bullying about looking like a boy. In high school, I straightened my hair to the point of heat damage until I got to college. Now, I have some crazy big curly hair that sits on top of my head that for whatever reason I embraced in the last five years.

So technically, I have a pretty damn good reason for loving and being absolutely obsessed with my hair. All I want to do is grow it as long as I possibly can until I get sick of it, which I doubt will happen.

A week and a half ago, I noticed that my hair has been the same length for a while and I wasn’t retaining nor gaining much length. I had those pesky fairy knots and it seemed as if I was losing more and more hair every time I washed it.

Now I expect to lose at least a ping pong ball size of hair…sometimes more but nothing crazy like I was experiencing. I was brushing out at least three ping-pong balls twice a week. I wasn’t freaked out, but I knew something in my routine was causing this problem.

It didn’t take me very long to come to the conclusion that my detangling step in my routine was the culprit. In fact, it’s probably been setting me back for a long while now. Looking back on it now, I was pulling actual full strands out rather than shed/dead hair. At the time I was religiously using the Tangle Teezer, which apparently is not at all the best for my type of hair. Oops. My other detangler of choice was the Denman Brush…another fail on my part. The Denman Brush is just as bad if not worse than the Tangle Teaser.

This WHOLE time I was pulling my hair out without even realizing it. I mean, I realized it but I thought it was perfectly normal at the time. Silly me!

Last Thursday, when I refreshed my hair I opted for a comb rather than a brush and the comb wouldn’t go through my curls. The comb’s seams caught onto my hair and were causing that problem.

FullSizeRender 2IMG_5602I searched for a comb that I used to use when I first started wearing my hair curly and was elated that it didn’t have any of those seams!

I began at the ends and worked my way up to my roots and saw that there was minimal hair in the comb. YAY! I deep conditioned my hair on Sunday and used the same comb and glided through my hair yet again. I will say my hair does have a little more frizz than when I detangle with my Tangle Teezer, but frizz doesn’t really bother me that much.

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I recall the Tangle Teezer and Denman Brush working in the past, but maybe it caused the fairy knots and then began yanking my hair out. I’m glad I know this now and I hope to retain and gain some length now. So if you’re experiencing some excessive shedding or breakage while detangling, it could be your brush or even comb.

What do you guys detangle your hair with?

As always, thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

Just A Curly Girl Problem

Acne Woes Pt….101?

Sometimes I feel like every time I have clear skin, here comes another breakout just waiting to happen. About two weeks ago, I broke out all over my T-zone, (minus the forehead) cheeks and chin. I’m not sure why exactly, but I felt like I had this great routine to keep all the pimples away and it wasn’t working. All I know is that my skin was really inflamed and was giving me the blues.

I had been using the Peter Thomas Roth Acne System that is loaded with salicylic acid, which is known to keep acne away. It worked for about a week and then, BAM, another breakout. To try and remedy the pimples, I did my Leahlani Mermaid Mask and then later that week my Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask. They did help temporarily, but the pimples would not budge!

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At one point, I was just extremely frustrated, which I’m sure caused some more acne. So, I went back to basics. Each pimple, I applied a hot compress and slowly drained them. It was a process but it did work.

I came to a realization (thanks to the Youtuber Gothamista) that maybe I was being way too harsh on my face. She is very knowledgeable about pH and the ingredients in the products out there on the market. I began to use some of the same steps she uses to keep her skin clear as well as some steps that I thought would help.

  1. Don’t over wash my skin
    • I began washing my face with just water in the morning followed by a gentle toner   IMG_5582
  2. Calm my skin down
    • I used a calming mask (stolen from mom) from the Farmacy line: Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask
    • I also used Glossier’s Super Pure niacinamide serum which is unexpectedly gentle.IMG_5580
  3. Hydrate my skin
    • I stopped using just the Herbivore Lapis Oil and applied an actual moisturizer. Dr. Jart’s Water Drop to be exact…also stole from mom.
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  4. Use a gentle yet effective cleanser at night
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Within two days, my skin improved. My pimples didn’t hurt and weren’t nearly as big. It’s been four days now and even my hormonal acne is responding well to this new routine. I would love to pinpoint exactly what’s helping, but it could be all of it or some of it. I get so irritated with my acne that I slather EVERYTHING onto my face just to get rid of pimples and that could have been setting me back this whole time. I’m going to keep up this routine for a few weeks and then be sure to update you guys. I’m also going to take a before picture now so that I don’t forget and can show you all actual results! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Acne Woes Pt….101?

Finally, Glossier.

Today I decided to be proactive and start blogging a little bit earlier than normal, especially since it’s going to be a busy day for me. Today I’m celebrating my best friend’s birthday. She has a blog too called thelavendersmile. So instead of completely neglecting my schedule and you guys, I thought why not just get a head start and post early?!

Most Friday’s, I don’t have too much to talk about unless of course, I’ve planned something in advance. Today isn’t really a planned post but I do want to talk about my purchase from Glossier.

I have no idea what took me SO long to buy anything from them, but the day has finally come. This, of course, isn’t a review, because I JUST got the products yesterday and I’ve only used one of them.

Glossier is a brand that stands for pretty much everything I am about! It minimal, clean, no nonsense, still fun, quirky, and of course aesthetically pleasing! I have used their skin tint and it is a little too lightweight for my hyperpigmented skin, but one of these days I will ONLY be able to do lightweight.

Anyway, onto the purchases. I will do a review on these products very soon…I have a long list of products to review already!

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So I had to get the Glossier Boy Brow in black because 1. It’s a bestseller and 2. It makes everyone’s eyebrows look natural and filled in instantly! I think everyone should have a little bit of boy brow in their makeup kit and I haven’t even used it yet! I’ve seen countless videos on YouTube of people using this brow gel and it’s a hit. The tube should be a whole lot bigger for the price. I’m not usually one to complain too much about price, but the Boy Brow is pretty small. At $16 they could definitely make the tube a bit wider. It does seem to be the only product that is that small as well as the only product you’ll need to buy over and over again. There’s gotta be a method to their madness.

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I was not supposed to be buying skincare this month, but I really couldn’t resist. So I kind of tweaked my no buying skincare month into purchasing from Sephora. I am in Sephora at least 3 to 4 times a month and I ALWAYS buy something skincare related. Anyway, I had to get my hands onto the Glossier Super Pure Niacinamide + Zinc serum. Apparently, niacinamide and zinc are supposed to help with inflammation that accompanies acne. Well, guess who has acne prone skin and lots of skin inflammation? This girl. So it was almost written in the stars that I had to buy this serum. I already like it because it goes on your skin like water!

So, I think that I’ll really like both of these products and I’ll probably purchase some other ones later on. I couldn’t make this post too long, but I did want to get it up for you all nice and early!

Comment if you’ve tried Glossier and tell me what your favorite product is!

ChelsiKay

Finally, Glossier.

So Long, Hyperpigmentation

Have you all noticed that I no longer have been complaining about my acne as much? I’m not sure why exactly I had that crazy breakout almost a month ago, but it is finally gone and I have clear skin for the most part. I still have some pretty bad post inflammatory hyperpigmentation since that horrible breakout. Luckily, getting rid of dark spots are a whole lot easier even though it can take a long time for the spots to go away.

I’m not going to be all informative and what not because I’m still learning about hyperpigmentation and acne scarring myself and I don’t want to give any wrong information about it!  All I know is I really want to speed up the healing process of these spots that were left behind from my acne.

I do know that there are products that can help with this kind of problem and I do plan on using them! So, I just want to show you some products that I actually already had to help me (and you) with my little dark problem(s)!

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FAB Facial Radiance Pads – If you read my post from last week then you already know a little bit about this product. These have AHA’s (glycolic and lactic) that help to exfoliate and promote cellular turnover. Over time, these pads can really help to get rid of the appearance of dark spots.

NeoGen Dermalogy Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Pads – These pads also contain AHA’s (glycolic and lactic,) as well as Vitamin C. The pads contain lemon extract which naturally has Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a well-known brightening treatment and also helps reduce the appearance of dark spots over a period of time.

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Odacite Pure Elements Papaya + Geranium Serum – This is an all-natural serum that is specifically formulated to get rid of dark spots caused by acne. The papaya fruit enzymes plus the added lemon essential oil helps to dissolve dead skin cells and produce a nice glow. In other words…more cellular turnover! The Geranium provides a more evened out skin tone as well as some aromatherapy benefits.

Somme Institute Vitamin C Serum – More vitamin C! As I stated above, vitamin C is a great brightening treatment. What I didn’t state above is that Vitamin C is a good serum to add to your routine to protect against harmful environmental damage.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum – You know the drill with all this Vitamin C…also see my Drunk Elephant Skin Care Review.

I will try to have more information on Vitamin C because I’m a bit confused whenever I read about it.

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The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA – Alpha Arbutin also helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and is supported with hyaluronic acid for enhanced delivery (paraphrased from Deciem website.) I’ve never even heard of alpha arbutin until The Ordinary hit popularity a few months ago. The Ordinary line provides amazing products for an even more amazing price. The Alpha Arbutin is only $8.90!

So, I have my options to get rid of my hyperpigmentation. These are products that we (mom and I) already had, therefore I don’t have to go out and buy anything! I never thought to already include these serums and exfoliants (other than FAB Radiance Pads) to my skin care routine. I want to keep you guys updated every month or so because I know this isn’t going to be an overnight process.

Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

So Long, Hyperpigmentation