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Skin & Make-up

DIY: Detoxify Your Skin AT Home With This Bad Boy

When we think of detox, we usually think of detox drinks or colon cleansers. But you can also detox your body by taking care of the most important external organ, your skin! Did you know that our skin is called the “Third kidney”? It is called the third kidney because our skin’s primary function is to get rid of toxins. So one of the best ways to detox our skin is to use a Dry brush. That’s right! this bad boy can detox your skin from outside-in.

The dry brush method has been used for thousands of years by Greeks, then Japanese and American Indians. They used dry corn cobs to brush off dead cells on their skin. According to researchers, dry brushing with a corn cob was their secret for longevity.

Hmm, if I want to live longer all I have to do is use a corn cob to detox my skin? – exactly my thoughts when I found this out.

Dry brushing involves using a brush or any rough material that can take off dead skin cells. Here’s what else dry brushing is good for:

DRY BRUSHING BENEFITS:
  • Accelerates toxin elimination
  • Stimulates blood flow and circulation
  • Improve digestion & Kidney Function
  • Reduces cellulite by redistributing Fat cells
  • Unclog pores
  • Stimulate Your Nervous System
  • Enhances lymphatic flow
  • Exfoliates & Remove dead skin
  • Anti-aging through cell regeneration
  • Polishes skin
  • Stimulating both the sweat and sebaceous glands
HOW TO DRY BRUSH THE SKIN:

Use a natural bristle brush with a long handle, so you can reach each part of your body. You can also use a loofah sponge, gloves, or a dry face cloth.

  1. Start brushing your feet then upward your legs. (Brushing the front and back of your legs.)
  2. Then, once you reach your abdomen area always brush towards the direction of your heart. Use brisk circular motions or strokes.
  3. After you finish brushing your abdomen and chest go up your neck and down your arms, back and buttock area. ( do not dry brush your face since your face is very sensitive.)
  4. Remember to brush lightly on sensitive areas like your breasts and soles of the feet.

Note: You can dry brush before or after a shower. Most women dry brush in the morning, since toxins build up when we are sleeping. After brushing it is recommended to drink eight glasses of filtered water because water also help remove toxins. In addition to drinking eight glasses of water, you should massage your skin with pure oils. Like almond, avocado, olive, cocoa butter or coconut. This will help keep your skin hydrated.

Dry brushing is not recommended for pregnant women or women with sores and sensitive skin. For everyone else, purchase a dry brush at your local beauty supply store and practice this skin care regimen 5-6 times per week for 5-10 mins, to get faster results.

SELF LOVE IS TAKING CARE OF YOUR SKIN

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Women's Health & Wellness

Summer Walker Chooses Mental Health over Wealth

“ I truly appreciate all the support and love. As you know, I have been very open about my struggle with social anxiety. I want to continue to be healthy and to make music for y’all, so I have decided to cut down some of the dates on the tour.” Said the 23 year old “Girls Need Love” singer.

Summer goes on to say that the tour doesn’t coexist with her social anxiety and introverted personality. As an introvert myself, I totally understand where Summer is coming from. She also stated that she is a person with feelings, she get tired, sad, and it’s a lot.

“ I don’t want to lose myself for someone else. I want to give y’all what I can, so I’m going to keep making music and I’m going to do a few shows, but I can’t finish.”

More women should consider choosing their mental health over wealth. Now, I’m not saying stay in your bed for weeks and not make a single dollar, absolutely not. But know when enough is enough. Know when it’s time to rest, when it’s time to take a break, when it’s time to say no, when it’s time to put yourself first. You can not pour from an empty cup. So many of us are trying to show our talent to the world but forget what we need in order to show our talent. We need our mind, energy, and body. Rest up sis!

Money or Mind ? let us know your thoughts

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Women's Health & Wellness

Belly Dance The Pain Away: Natural Cramp Cures That Work

If you suffer from severe menstrual cramps or see changes in your normal flow we highly suggest seeing a doctor. For the women who don’t need medical attention and want to get rid of their cramps naturally here’s what you can do.

1. Drink one or two cups of Red raspberry tea daily or days before your period. Red raspberry is a uterine tonic that can help relieve cramping and pelvic congestion. Uterine tonics are Women’s herbs for the female reproductive system. It’s mostly use to tone the muscles of the uterus during childbirth.

2. Eat more anti -inflammatory foods to reduce menstrual cramps. Have a daily serving of oil rich fish like salmon, cod or sardines to help reduce cramping.

3. Avoid processed foods. Let us repeat that again, avoid processed foods. Eating canned foods and processed meats will cause you menstrual pain and bloating. Trade processed foods for fresh fruits, whole grains, and vegetables. You’ll cut out a lot of sodium, which will reduce discomfort of water retention and bloating. You’ll also get plenty of complex carbohydrates, which means your blood sugar levels and mood will be steady.


4. You need more calcium. Try taking 1,000 milligrams a day. Calcium is known as one of the top treatments for premenstrual syndrome because it soothe cramps, back pains, bloating , mood swings, and food cravings. Magnesium helps too, but you don’t want to go over 200 milligrams once or twice a day. Too much magnesium can give you diarrhea.


5. This one is a old-school remedy. Use a Castor oil Pack to get rid of menstrual cramps. First, Spread enough castor oil on your abdomen and cover it with a plastic wrap. Then, place a heating pad or warm moist towel on your stomach. The heat will relax your muscles, causing the cramps to slowly disappear.

6. Now here comes the fun part. Studies show that exercise ease the premenstrual and menstrual symptoms. Here are two types of exercise shown to help relieve menstrual cramps.

Belly dance. Yes belly dancing, it is said that the movements taught in belly dancing are good for stretching your pelvis and keeping your cramps under control. In Egyptian cultures, belly dancing was a method used to increase blood circulation in a woman’s body; which prevent menstrual cramps. I highly suggest belly dancing a week or two before your period.

-Yoga is also good for menstrual problems because it relaxes your body causing pain to be less intense.

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Career & Finance

Here Are The Best Job Apps All Job Seekers Should Know About

Social media has created a fake reality that has made people believe that they can just wake up and become entrepreneurs. This has encouraged many people to leave their jobs to become their own bosses. The fact of the matter is that most individuals are not born with an entrepreneurial spirit. They don’t have the drive to start a business and take risks. Let’s face it. There are still people out here that enjoy working Monday through Friday from 9am to 5 pm while having the weekend to themselves. There are also individuals that are currently searching for new positions and looking for ways to advance their careers. If you are one of these people then we understand you. We understand that you prefer set hours, a guaranteed paycheck every week and benefits such as a 401k and vacation pay. We also understand that you may be sick and tired of working at your current job. That’s why we did some searching for you. We found the best job search apps available on IOS and Android.

LinkUp

LinkUp is known for having the latest Job listings. It allows users to search for the latest jobs directly on companies websites, you can apply on your iPhone or Android. The app also allows you to save and view previous searches.

CareerBuilder Job Search

If CareerBuilder.com is one of your favorite sites for job searching, than you’ll definitely like the app version. With the app version you are able to search and apply to several job postings at any time and any where. You can download the app for free on your iPhone, iPad or Android.

Snagajob

Snagajob gives you easy access to their database of new job listings and matches you with jobs that are good for you. They offer a personality quiz for you to take and attach to your profile so employers can learn more about you. Not bad right ? This app is also free and can be downloaded on an iPhone and android.

JobAware

JobAware is an app that utilizes technologies like social networks, salary comparisons and more to help you find the right job for you . It has amazing features that both educate and enable you to be successful in your job search. This app can be downloaded for free on an iPhone, iPad or Android.

Good &Co

If you’re still wondering where you should work or what type of work you should do, Good &Co is perfect for you. Good &Co is design to help you find both a career and yourself. That’s right, it is also a self discovery app. They offer personality quizzes that ask questions like What Are Your unique Strengths? And What Are Your Weakness? The app then offers you companies and jobs that match your personality and work style.

LinkedIn Job Search

LinkedIn app is mainly use for professional networking and job searching. With customizable search tools, job alerts, and company information, you’ll have all the info you need to apply and connect with the right professionals. You can find this app for free in the Apple store and/or google play.

ZipRecruiter

The secret to using the ziprecruiter app is to first upload your resume from Dropbox, google drive, or import it from LinkedIn. Once you do this you are good to go, you can apply to jobs immediately on your iPad, iPhone , or android.

WayUp

WayUp is the perfect app for college students and recent graduates. You’re able to search for intern positions and/or regular positions. WayUp app only offer you jobs that match your career level.

Don’t let social media control your mind. We still need cashiers, bank tellers, tax preparers, mortgage brokers, doctors , nurses , pharmacists, lawyers and the list goes on.

I hope this blog encourage you to start your job search.

DO YOU POUR TOI,

D

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Travel

10 Swimwear Brands To Wear On Your Next Vacation

Summer is officially here and it’s time for vacations to the beautiful islands, pool parties and beach dates with the girls. I know, you’re probably thinking how can I attend all theses festivities with the same old bathing suit. Well no need to worry, we found some really cute bathing suits that’s worth buying.

Let’s start with the most affordable one, lovely wholesale. Lovely wholesale offer swim attire for a good price. They have one piece, two piece cover ups, casual swim wear, sexy swim wear, and the list go on.

Here’s another cute swim suit from shyfull.com Just like lovely wholesale, shyfull offer a wide selection of swimsuits at affordable prices.

How cute is this one piece? It’s available now on bellizimos.com and if you spend $58 or more you get %15 off using code : Happy15 with Free shipping. Yes! that’s right, free shipping and no this is not a promo we just want you to take advantage of summer sales before the season end.

If you’re into bright neon colors eleven26 is for you!

Photo Credit: @eleven26

We spotted MARY J BLIGE wearing one just like this! If you can spot your favorite celebs wearing mintswimusa then you know what that means, they’re official!

photo credit: @mintswimusa

If you’re looking for something sexy and sparkly swimwearbeastyz is the place to look. 

photo credit: @swimwearbeastyz

This white two piece bathing suit is perfect for any woman who wants to tuck in her belly and still look stylish on the beach.

Looking for cute and sexy plus size bathing suits wasn’t always easy for my curvy women to find but now your options are endless. Style blogger, Gabifresh have her own plus size swimwear collection @swimsuitsforall and as you can see she’s not giving you plain old bathing suits.

photo credit: @gabifresh

If you’re into African prints check out ashanti swimwear . 

photo credit: @ashantiswimwear

Not only is this two piece bathing suit cute but it’s also giving “Wakanda Forever ” vibes . If you’re looking for this type of vibe they have more styles like this one on their page. 

photo credit: @andreaiyamah

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Career & Finance

6 Tips To Save Money This Summer

I haven’t always been great at saving money in the summer. I have kept the air conditioner on for hours. I have spent tons of money eating out. I even signed up for gym memberships, using them for a while then forgetting all about them. If you have any of these problems then keep reading.

1. Cut down on air conditioning

First things first turn the AC off girl. Use a floor or ceiling fan. A lot of people underestimate ceiling fans but it gets the job done, making you feel just as nice and cool as you felt with the air conditioner on. If you’re in a hot climate try using a programmable thermostats, which can cut down energy costs. Also, replace your air filters regularly. Sources say dirty filters are less efficient and increase cooling costs.

2. Save on Laundry

Nice weather is a good reason to air dry your clothes for free. Give your dryer a break or even better save your quarters you was about to use on drying your clothes at the laundromat. Change up your laundry habits, this is an easy way to save money in the summer.

3. Skip The Gym

If possible, cancel or put your membership on hold in the summer time. Try running or jogging in the park. I don’t know about you but that funky smell at the gym drive me crazy. At least when you’re working out outdoors you can smell the fresh air and you can get a cool breeze while working out.

4. Save on Transportation

This one might be hard but rather than driving, consider taking a ride with a friend or family member. Another way to save gas money is to take public transportation or even better you can walk if you live close to work. If you feel like you have to drive, try using this site to search for the best gas prices in your area.

5. Save on electricity

Day time is the best time to save on electricity. Turn the lights off and open up your curtains , let the sun shine on you girl! Another tip, enjoy the weather and go out more rather than staying in. Go for a walk, do more outside activities. If you have work to do grab your laptop and head to your front porch or head to the library.

6. Pack a lunch for work

Never mind where everyone else is going for lunch you have your own. You also have your own coffee, that’s right. Keep your $2.00 or $5.00 in your pocket and make your own coffee at home. One thing that actually worked for me was meal prepping. Start prepping on Sunday and make foods that you will enjoy for Monday thru Wednesday. Then Thursday and Friday treat yourself but don’t go too crazy especially if you’re trying to save money.

If you ever feel like you about to spend more money than you should just come back to this post. We are here to remind you to keep your coins in your pocket!

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Daily Inspiration

Megan Thee Stallion Wants Every Girl To Have A Hot Girl Summer

“Hot girl summer” is all over social media, we are seeing it in people’s captions , on memes , twitter feeds and we’re even hearing it in conversations. The phrase belong to Texas Rapper Megan Thee Stallion aka Hot girl Meg. The rapper suggest that we all indulge in the hot girl vibes this summer and if you don’t know what this means keep reading.

Every girl who is screaming “Hot girl summer” right now is living their best life. The hot girl summer vibe is about doing you for you, hmmm sounds familiar right. We talk about this all the time, which is why we are here for it! It’s about enjoying life, being confident, having fun with your friends, securing the bag and not giving a damn about how people feel about you living your life. If you want to have a hot girl summer here’s what you can do.

  1. Go on dates
  2. Dress up and show up more
  3. Book a Girl’s trip
  4. Book a Romantic Trip
  5. Attend after work spots this includes: lounges and happy hour
  6. Stop worrying about that fu** Boy
  7. Stick to your goals
  8. Stay fit
  9. Stay hydrated
  10. Say ” No” to everything you don’t want
  11. Work on Building your credit
  12. Accept every job offer if you can
  13. Register your business name
  14. Block everything that’s in your way
  15. Make sure you keep your crystals on you, good vibes only.

Megan you really got the net working with this one and if you know what I know you’ll own “hot girl summer” and I say that in my BOSS VOICE *coughs*

How are you having a hot girl summer?

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Skin & Make-up

MJB Partners with Mac Cosmetics To Celebrate 25 Years Of “My Life”

MAC cosmetics and Mary J Blige are both celebrating 25 years of greatness. This year is the 25th anniversary of Mary’s album My Life and for MAC, the 25th anniversary of Viva Glam, The MAC AIDS FUND. So MJB partnered with MAC for a limited edition love me lipstick collection.

 

 

“The campaign is all about me loving me and finding that in myself”-  Mary J. Blige 

 

The Love Me lipstick collection will have 24 lipsticks this summer, starting with “French Silk “. The Queen was spotted on Instagram wearing the French silk. It is described as a light pink nude lightweight lipstick with a moisturizing satin finish. French Silk can be purchased at Mac cosmetics for $19.

Photo credit: MAC cosmetics

3 Reasons why we are heading to MAC to throw it in the bag!

1. It’s sexy

2. The lipstick is empowering women to love them

3. Mary J Blige

Are you coming with us ?

According to sources This is MJB third collaboration with MAC cosmetics. We will be wide awake to see what else they have up their sleeve .

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What's Happening

MJB Partners with Mac Cosmetics To Celebrate 25 Years Of “My Life”

MAC cosmetics and Mary J Blige are both celebrating 25 years of greatness. This year is the 25th anniversary of Mary’s album My Life and for MAC, the 25th anniversary of Viva Glam, The MAC AIDS FUND. So MJB partnered with MAC for a limited edition love me lipstick collection.

“The campaign is all about me loving me and finding that in myself”-  Mary J. Blige 

The Love Me lipstick collection will have 24 lipsticks this summer, starting with “French Silk “. The Queen was spotted on Instagram wearing the French silk. It is described as a light pink nude lightweight lipstick with a moisturizing satin finish. French Silk can be purchased at Mac cosmetics for $19.

Photo credit: MAC cosmetics

3 Reasons why we are heading to MAC to throw it in the bag!

1. It’s sexy

2. The lipstick is empowering women to love them

3. Mary J Blige

Are you coming with us ?

According to sources This is MJB third collaboration with MAC cosmetics. We will be wide awake to see what else they have up their sleeve .

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Women's Health & Wellness

Are You Struggling With Emotional Numbness? Here’s 3 Effective Ways To Turn Your Feelings Back On

Some of us are emotionally numb because we have been disappointed so many times. So we start to isolate ourselves from everything and everyone, we pretend like we don’t hear what’s going on around us and we act like somethings don’t phase us. Do this sound familiar? well when we do this the only person we tend to hurt is ourselves. You can not walk around with a chip on your shoulder for so long. This will only cause you more pain and confusion. When you express your emotions there is less confusion, problems get solved, relationships get better and you become a better person. So here are three things you can do that can help you turn your feelings back on.

Go Back For A Second…….. Yes that’s right, go back. Now I’m not saying to dwell on the past but telling a person how you truly feel can sometimes make you feel good. In fact people who often hide their feelings are ones to dwell on the past .This is why it maybe good to contact an ex, an ex friend or a family member to get whatever is on your mind off. You might not always get the response you’re looking for but that’s ok. The purpose of contacting them is not to reconnect or fix anything, or maybe for you it is but it’s to help you heal and to turn your emotions back on. Let’s try this today, contact whoever caused you pain or said something to hurt your feelings and tell them how you feel. Boss up and get it off your chest. You got this girl !

Don’t Avoid Your emotions. Instead of avoiding your emotions, deal with it. The next time you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out hit the brakes. Take some time, a day or so to figure out whats adding on to your stress and what you can do to eliminate the headaches. Get in tune with your feelings as deeply as you can. As soon as you feel any type of emotion whether you are happy or sad let it out. Express how you feel. If you don’t you will eventually develop anxiety or depression. Researchers say women are more likely than men to develop a mental illness such as depression. Not to say that men don’t have to deal with life but women have multiple roles. Some of us are moms, bosses, family caregivers and much more. Often times we handle all of these roles without taking time to get in tune with our feelings. I can relate to this, can you? If so, it’s time to protect your mental health and release whats been killing you inside.

Cry It Out! Laugh it out ! Girl regulate your emotions and cry it out. Don’t be ashamed of your emotions. Those tears only show that you are human. But sometimes you have to laugh before you can cry. If you don’t usually deal with your emotions by crying try laughing it out. Do Whatever works for you just don’t avoid your pain, your feelings , your frustration…… or you will end up sick. Mentally.

As we say

Do You Pourtoi,