Loving The Skin I’m In

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I love skin care and hair care!  Skin care is definitely going to dominate this post though.  I’m that girl who has honey and baking soda sitting on her bathroom counter.  If you haven’t tried that, you definitely need to.  The exfoliation is amazing and your skin feels so smooth and soft after!  Recently, and by recently I mean just this year, I decided to give makeup somewhat of a break.  I was never one to pile it on.  Lord knows I haven’t mastered contouring or anything like that.  My everyday routine was just some lightly applied makeup.  Even though it wasn’t heavily done, sometimes it felt like a real chore to remove it at nights.   That, along with a ‘new year, new me, unbothered’ feeling and generally just feeling more comfortable with myself helped me decide to start going about my day fresh faced. I totally understand how liberated Alicia Keys must have felt.  That being said, of course there are days I feel like primping, and out comes the foundation, eyeliner and so forth.  Come on now, I didn’t totally give it up.  I’m just glad I’m at a point where I’m equally comfortable with or without it.  Thankfully I had been taking care of my skin, or I can’t promise that I would have been comfortable enough to go without makeup.

That brings me to skin care products.  Recently I came across a natural skin care line called JAMNATURA.  It’s online based and offers a variety of products; soaps, creams, body oils and masks. I’m a stickler for products that are largely organic.  Of course being a Jamaican it sweetens the deal that these products are infused with Jamaican herbs and spices.  Winning! P.S. It doesn’t hurt that the sister duo behind this awesome new line has great skin.  I’m a believer already 🙂 The sisters describe the products as having ‘healing, regenerative and anti-aging properties.’  I’m most excited about the Dried Hibiscus Soap which is stated to offer benefits such as evening skin tone and controlling oily skin and clogged pores.  It gets better…from now until January 28th, 2017 at midnight JAMNATURA is offering 10% off the Dried Hibiscus Soap (while stocks last).  Just enter the promo code ‘HIBISCUS’ when you’re checking out.

Check out the site www.jamnatura.com and see the other products they have to offer.  You’re sure to find something that you like, just as I did.  I’d love to get your feedback.  Let me know what products you’ve tried from JAMNATURA or are going to try, and what your experience is like.

Carnival

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It’s carnival season.  I know many persons don’t like it.  For some, it’s because they hate soca and for others it’s because they find the dancing vulgar.  I like carnival and it should be noted that you can ‘indulge’ in it without engaging in vulgar dancing.  As I refer to carnival throughout my blog, it’s with regards to it on a whole, not specifically the road march.  On that note, you may not see me jumping in the road march but I do enjoy the season on a whole.

I enjoy it because firstly, the music is lively and it in turn livens up your mood.  Several of the songs are catchy.  Come on, you know back in the day you were singing along to Alison Hind’s ‘Faluma Ding Ding.’  Mind you, we made up the words because we had no clue what she was saying, but we sang with such conviction.  *pauses to find it on YouTube and sings along*  Okay, now that my impromptu karaoke session is over, the other thing I enjoy about carnival is everyone coming together.  No, we’re not coming together to cheer on an athlete or show our support for a Jamaican contestant in a singing competition, but there’s still this feeling of togetherness and happiness that it stirs. It’s also the one time that you don’t feel as though people are looking at you to see what you’re wearing, etc.  This is why many people feel they can get away with wearing things that they normally wouldn’t have the courage to because they know it doesn’t look flattering, however during carnival season there’s apparently a free pass to display things that are usually tucked away.  People are just too busy enjoying themselves to look at anyone else.

Well, that’s how it was back then anyhow, where the focal point was having a good time.  Now it seems it has become more of a social scene and there are things that are expected that weren’t so important in the past.  For example, you have to go to Trinidad.  Whether you genuinely love carnival or not, you simply have to be able to say that you went to Trini carnival.  It’s just a show for some.  Dem know dem doe like carnival to that extent but they can’t be outdone.  No sah, come high or low they must be in Trinidad.

Nowadays, no costume is complete without intense makeup (inclusive of lashes).  It’s beautiful and I can’t deny it certainly does complement the colourful costumes, but it never used to seem like a must.  Apparently, now you ain’t saying a thing if you haven’t gone to a makeup artist.  I’m sure the makeup artists don’t mind.  They can count on business during the carnival season, and that’s great for them (no sarcasm intended).

Then of course wearing sneakers seems to have become a fashion faux pas. Now you have to be dressed in boots, and those boots need to be bedazzled honey…rhinestones, feathers, anything.  Once again, more business for someone.  *starts pondering whether or not I have ‘bedazzling skills and could make some money* Hmmm

You have some persons complaining about being broke but yet check this…they’ve paid to attend the parties, bought their costume and boots, had their makeup done, and then some have the added expense of attending Trini carnival. If you can afford to do these things, then that’s fine.  However, if you cannot afford to then why put yourself in debt?  You know that song by Shurwayne Winchester where he sings, ‘Landlord rent is due, dat money spending on my costume?’  Yup…that’s them.

I’ve noticed that even the Sigma Corporate Run has become a social scene type of event with a lot of persons forgetting the reason behind it, but there is some advantage to be gained from this. More persons coming out, even for the wrong reason, means more money raised.

Anyway, that’s it from me, everyone.  *palances away*