Wednesday, 7 January 2015

A personal moment and a few random favorites

Hi Lovelies

     This is just a few random stuff I had the necessity to use and have found them to be invaluable in my arsenal of everyday stuff. Awhile, back just before the holidays I contracted the Chikungunya virus that have been slowly making its way throughout the Caribbean and has finally hit our island of "Trinbago". A couple of friends, co-worker and fellow acquaintances were complaining of the symptoms being "bad" meaning painful, but I really did not pay it any mind.. until I got it:(

Chikungunya Symptoms: this can last 3-7 days and is said to be spread by the Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes.

  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • joint swelling
  • fatigue and weakness
  • rash (face,limbs and trunk
Anyway, to get to the point of this post


 My  stepmom used this baby on me when I complained to her of the muscle soreness, joint pain and swelling I was experiencing, she started it on low speed because of the combination of muscle and joint pain and as the blood circulation in that area started to flow, she raised it to higher levels where the the discomfort was a bearable, then she started her actual hand massage. When she was finished my body felt "freer" and I could put more weight on my right side. The next day I was a bit sore but was not moving around like a senior citizen with really bad arthritis.
    The following day I started to get the itching, but  did not pay it much attention, it started mainly
in my arms and scalp but didn't seem to serious, but throughout the day it progressed to greater discomfort until my skin looked red and raised. I tried re applying  my homemade butter mix, which did seem to carry the bumps down, but not for long, because it would raise up again when I scratched. Decided to call my stepmom who within the hours of massaging me, also woke up with the virus?!!(there home in usually enclosed because they tend to run there airconditioning system), my stepmom suggested using a light weight cream on my skin, she had purchased the one below and was using it at first as a base with some other oil mixture added in, on her hair and then on her skin when her favourite Jergens Age Defying cream had finished and seemed to have disappeared from Pennywise shelves, until we recently saw its return in the new packaging.

Ingredient: aqua,cetstearyl alcohol, petrolatum, paraffinum liuidum, phenoxyethanol, sodium luryl sulphate, theobroma cacao,coumarin, cinnamyl, alcohol, CI 15510.

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Anyway both these creams seemed to have worked well in returning  the moisture balance and former smoothness to our skin, the first was sold to me from some quick talking street vendor, who obviously, (after I read the back!) had bought from the super ten dollar store, now renamed the twenty dollar and up?(not to certain right now). The second was bought at Pennywise for TTD$15. I bought it at first to try on my hair, but did not bother when I took a closer look at the ingredients and just thought I would  stick to the original use.

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This final body butter is one I carry around in my car, it smells heavenly, moisturises well and on the occassions I choose to overnight or leave home in a rush without moisturising  my skin this is the "bomb" or in simpler english, a sure necessity.TTD$15.

(^_^)
Hoping this post meets
you in great health
XOX

Note: You can always google/search the information on this Chik V, unfortunately I only got a pamplet in my mail box after I had already suffered through it. I personally avoided taking any traditional meds and instead used several different "old  wives" herbs (bush medicine) that functioned to build back up my blood count and purify/cleanse my body. On a local radio show, someone was explaining that the people who suffered the most, were the ones whose body was to acidic, and that they needed to eat foods, that  contained more fresh fruits and vegetables which would create an inner body that is more alkaline in nature.Please do not think I'm advocating my way, I just chose to do things my own way and I'm just sharing my own experience, no two bodies are alike or even reacts the same way. Just try and take care of yourselves loves. 





Monday, 5 January 2015

L.A COLORS CHUNKY LIP Pencil

Hi Lovelies,

This post that I'm about to make should have been done ages ago.. but life has its ups and downs and many distractions in between and as with most people I'm just trying to sort out the chaos and bring myself to a point where their is more balance in my life..

CCL584 HOT PINK;CCL586 HOT RED; CCL598 LILAC; CCL588 WINE; CCL591 SPICE

     So enough reflective rambling, today I'm going to try and remedy this situation, so here is a quick look at a few of the L.A. COLOR CHUNKY LIP PENCIL I purchased awhile back, which is HOT PINK, HOT RED,  SPICE,WINE and  LILAC.
    These colours were bright and pigmented showed true to colour when applied, and to me they seemed to have the consistency of a typical creamy lipstick just packaged in the form of  chunky lip pencil. From the colours I chose I preferred Spice and Wine, besides I knew my younger cousin has a pink fetish and would gravitate to the lighter colours..


 The colours do stain the lips a bit and as you can see from the photo above one of the colours came broken in the packaging. As with most lip colour application it's advisable to use your favourite  moisturising lip balm to keep your lips feeling soft and hydrated because these do tend to feel  a bit drying after about an hour or so when applied by itself. I've used the colour Spice for work with  my fav lip balm beneath and it lasted fairly well on my lips.  It has a slight cocoa/vanilla scent no particular taste, in fact here is the L.A COLORS  description on the item:

"CHUNKY LIP PENCIL

SOFT, CREAMY FORMULA
CONVENIENT RETRACTABLE PENCIL
18 VANILLA SCENTED SHADES!

Soft, creamy formula glides on smooth and moisturizes delicate lips while delivering gorgeious intense color. The perfect combination of a lipstick and lipgloss in a convenient retractable pencil- just twist and apply! 18 vanilla scented shades give lips a burst of color, from subtle nudes to bold brights."

So for me it was a worthwhile buy, it cost TTD$15.( had a lower price point than both the Revlon and Jordana) at the time of purchase,and also a wide enough range of colours to suit most skin tones. This will be a definite repurchase especially to try out a few of the darker colours.

Hoping you all have 
a beautiful and inspiring 
week
XOX

PS:To those who celebrated the new year may the resolutions you set be successful and  your journey peaceful and enlightening, as for myself as I go through my own journey and changes I've chosen  to celebrate my new year with the governmental new year which seems to fall in line with the ethiopean or mayan calender..who knows maybe with this tactic my finances will improve to please me;c)