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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bought A New Purse!

Hello Divas!!!

I just bought a new purse and I love it even though I have not used it yet. I am all about saving money where I can and I know that sometimes low priced means you get low quality as well.

However there are some times you can get good or even great quality for a low price. I bought a purse that cost less than $20 because I had a very good experience with the brand in the past.



I actually got it in tan but I cannot find a good image of the tan one so this will have to do. At less than $20 this bag is surprisingly sturdy. It is quite roomy, without being too large and I think the silver hardware lends an air of elegance that you just do not get with gold hardware.

It has three compartments and the two outer ones have a magnetic button, while the middle uses a zipper. My only complaint is that the middle compartment only has one zippered pocket on the inside, while my favorite purse has a zippered pocket, two medium open pockets and one small open pocket on the inside. Having that many inner pockets makes it easy to keep your purse organized because you can have a designated area for each thing.

I will use this purse as a going out/church purse and probably not for school because of the small number of pockets. I like having a separate pocket for pens, pencils, flash drives, and other school related items and this just will not work. In fact I may have to use individual pouches to get everything organized when using this purse. That may actually be a better choice as it makes switching purses easier.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

I Have Been Tracking My Calories Wrong!

Hello Divas!!!!

I have been using a food tracking app on my phone to track my calorie intake for the day. If an item has a bar code I can scan it and the app usually picks up the right number of calories.

In some cases I have to manually enter the number of calories e.g. when I combine ingredients. I have been making a tuna paste with mayo recently and I was entering the right number of calories....but I was eating the wrong portion size.

I usually make the paste with a large can of tuna and that gives 5 servings. I started making it with a smaller can but I was using one fourth of the paste for a sandwich because off the top of my mind I remember seeing something about one fourth.

The crazy thing is the small can is TWO servings..so I was eating half the number of calories but logging the full amount.

I guess that is okay and it balances out because there are some other things where I do not eat exactly the serving size I needed.

Ooops!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Dark Armpit Update April 2015

Hello Divas!

I realize it has been a LONG time since I posted about my dark armpits but that was really because I had just given up on them ever looking nice again. I have tried so many different things but have not seen any results and some products made them worse!!!

Some products made me itch and burn, and some even caused rashes and bumps.

I was so frustrated that I really felt like nothing would ever work. I am currently trying out two products, one on the left armpit and one on the right, to see if I can tell any difference.

I am pleased to report that I think ONE of them is working. I know the pictures are not very clear but I really think the stuff is working in the right armpit.

Here is the left. As you can see the armpit skin is darker than the rest of my skin.



Here is the right. I know there is not much difference but I think in this image the dark patches are not as dark as the left side.





I have been using these two products for the same amount of time and following the same regimen. I use antiperspirant during the day after my morning shower, then use only the product on separate armpits after my nightly shower.

I am no longer waxing my armpits. Instead I use an epilator to remove the hair..it hurts a lot but it is worth it think because it removes more than shaving and it hurts me less than waxing.

I think the skin on the right side looks a little more even and less blotchy but I also think the dark patches are getting smaller as well as getting lighter.

If you look at the left side, the black mess is just one giant solid area but with the right side you can see the lighter lines where there are armpit creases.

I will keep up for another month, since it has only been about 3 weeks since I started these new products. I will then post more pictures for comparison. Wish me luck!

What do you think? Do you think the product is working in the right armpit?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Using PACT To Help With Weight Loss

Hello Divas!!

I have been on a roller coaster with trying to lose weight and become healthy and then falling off that bandwagon every time.

I recently tried a new app called PACT to help with my weight loss. It was recommended by a friend and I tried it out because it holds you accountable to a group of people. I did not know there was  free version so I signed up where I would have to pay if I did not complete my goals.

My friend later told me I could have signed up on a trial basis to not have to pay if I did not meet my goals but I had already made the commitment and wanted to go through with it.


So my PACT goals are to:
-log my meals for three days a week and
-log 10, 000 steps for one day a week.

I found the food goal easy because I was already logging my meals with MyFitness app. I have a Jawbone UP and that logs my steps as well and I figured I would go with one day per week because I know how difficult it is for me to get those steps.

I would have to pay $5 for every day that I miss and I gain a few cents for every day that I make the goal. The amount is determined by the people who miss their goals for the day and the amount is split among those who do make it.

Recently I have been walking about a half mile to the church near my place and then walking back for a total of a little over one mile every morning. It was easy to do this because we were on break but now that classes have started back I am not sure how many days I will be able to do this in the morning.

In any case I have that PACT app reminding me to get my goals done for the week because I really do not want to pay any money!!!

How are you keeping up with your goals?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My Hygiene/Shower Routine

Hello Divas!

Today I wanted to chat about something we all do but people don't really talk about.

Showering!

I have a basic shower routine that I do every morning and night and then I add a little extra on weekends and special occasions. I will include a few images with links to the products that I use so you can order them online if you wish as well.

So just to confirm, I do shower twice a day unless I am sick on a weekend or something. You all know I sweat a lot and I was trained to not leave the house in the morning without taking a shower. I also feel it is most important to shower at night because then you are washing all the nastiness of the day off your body.

Even if you don't sweat a lot, during the day you come into contact with dirt, dust, and pollution and I feel you should shower at night to get rid of that and go to sleep clean in your bed.

I do sweat at night sometimes so I will take a quick shower in the morning to feel refreshed.

Basic daily shower
So for my basic shower  I really use three products. I use one for my face and two for my body.
For my body I prefer a simple soap and I mostly use Ivory soap. I love Ivory and have been using it for YEARS because it works with my skin. It has a light scent and is gentle on my skin so it is my go to for soap.

I use Ivory with a wash rag to wash away the grime of the day and sometimes that is all I do.The next part of my shower is to use body wash with a shower pouf. I normally like the more rough textured shower pouf because I feel like they exfoliate better.


This is not the actual one I use currently but I could not find a link to it.

I use any shower gel I like because it is just to add a little scent. I use one shower gel or body wash until I run out and don't always match my shower product to my lotion.


Right now I am using a vanilla scented body wash/shower gel combo and it works well on my skin.


Quick rinse
In the morning I usually just have a quick rinse because I already showered the night before. For the quick rinse I will normally just use one product instead of the two I used for the Basic daily shower above. Normally I will use only the shower pouf and shower gel but if I feel like I sweated a lot that previous night I will use soap and the wash rag.

Special occasion/Weekend extras
 On the weekends I will take a little more time in the shower. I will go ahead and do the first step of the basic daily shower, which is to use the soap and wash rag. I will then use a scrub to exfoliate and what I am LOVING right now is the Brazilian Nut sugar scrub from Tree Hut.

It smells sooooo good I could almost eat it. This is one of the best scrubs I have ever used and I really love sugar scrubs because they are so gentle on the skin.  This has a deep sort of coffee, vanilla scent to it and I feel it energizes me if I use it in the morning but is versatile enough to calm me when I use it at night.

So those are the products I use in the shower and I know they may not work for everyone but they work for me.

Share your shower routine in the comments below!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Navy Dress from Agaci

Hello Divas!!!!

I recently bought a new navy and white dress from Agaci and I love it. The sizes run a bit small so I had to get a larger size than I usually wear but that was ok.



I love the print on this dress and it is a light dress that I can wear during the summer, yet still thick enough for spring weather.

It is a little bit over the knee but it is not too short. I think this dress can be extremely casual when paired with sandals, but it can be dressed up a little with the right shoes!

The price was right and I am happy with this purchase and can't wait to wear it.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Product Review: Freeman Pineapple Enzyme Mask

Hello Divas!!!

I have another mask to review and I am loving this one. It is the Pineapple Enzyme mask from Freeman and it is amazing!!!


I got the sample size at the store to try out and after just one use I have decided I will get the full size. this mask is a very light almost gel like texture, unlike most other masks that tend to have a creamy texture.

The smell of it is absolutely perfect and it makes  you want to eat the product!!! But don't do that..apply externally only.

I applied the mask to a clean, moist face and rubbed it in for a few minutes. The directions so not indicate that you should massage it in, but I thought that would help with the exfoliation process.

I left it on for 10 minutes and it does not dry hard like the mud masks...but also does not feel sticky like the peel off masks.

The product did not feel tingly or tight...it just felt cool and refreshing on my skin. It rinsed off easily and I felt like my skin felt a lot smoother  and softer afterwards. I do not know if it brightened my skin yet, I will have to see what it looks and feels like in the morning.

I am pleased with this item and will definitely try out the larger size!!!!

 

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