Sunday, July 8, 2018

Zum Tub Frankincense and Myrrh Bath Salts Review



One of my favorite things to do is take baths. I could sit in the bathtub for hours. Maybe it has something to do with me being an Aquarius, which is the water sign. Maybe not. Anyway, I've tried two bath products from this brand previously and loved them, so I thought I would continue trying them out. This time...the Frankincense and Myrrh. 

Zum claims:
Salt your rim and take a dip in this moisturizing drink. Zum Tub's shea butter infusion transforms a mix of sea salt crystals and Epsom salts into a submersible bathrodisiac. Your skin goes glug glug and your mind goes unplugged.

I've tried the soap and the massage oil in the same scent previously. I believe it has healing properties. Frankincense and Myrrh were two of the gifts that the wise men brought Jesus in the bible and I did a little research on some of the things it helps with. It's supposed to be great for the skin and it's a pretty calming, relaxing scent. This particular one kind of reminds me of the Avon Skin So Soft oil every one in the south seems to own and use to keep those mosquitos from eating you up. I don't like that, but I do like this. 

It doesn't have anything fancy in it, like the other one I tried had little flowers. And I don't like that they don't tell you how much you are supposed to use. I'm pretty sure I use way too much as a result. I think I used about 1/3 each time. But I was using a pretty big bathtub too. 

It's super relaxing, calming, and softening. And the scent really sticks to you. Which is one of my favorite things about it. A lot of bath products you get out and the scent just dissipates to nothing. Not this.

All natural ingredients, how I like it! 

Ingredients:
sea salt, Epsom salt, essential oils, fragrance oil, meadowfoam seed oil, rosemary oleo, and herbs.

I do really like it. And if you are a fan of Frankincense and Myrrh I would recommend trying it. I think I would prefer the Dragon's Blood or the Patchouli Ylang Ylang over this though. 

Random:
This video is so hilarious to me I had to share. Poor Terry. 


Grandmaster Flash

I miss old school hip hop ya'll. A lot of what we are stuck with today doesn't come anywhere close to what they had back in the day.

Everyone knows this song I'm sure. But if for some reason you haven't....



If I made a list of my absolute favorite hip hop songs, I'm pretty sure this would make the top ten. Nah, top five. Keeping the 80's alive.

One of the verses alway makes me think of one of my favorite poems by Gwendolyn Brooks.Actually the whole songs kind of reminds me of the poem.

We Real Cool


THE POOL PLAYERS.
SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.
We real cool. We Left school. We
Sing sin. We
Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Thin gin. We
Jazz June. We
Die soon.

I just recently discovered Adventures of Grandmaster Flash On the Wheels of Steel. Can't Sit Down when it plays. And I recognize a lot of the the songs it sampled. My fave being "Good Times" by Chic. I love me some Chic.
Excuse me while I go jam for next seven minutes and four seconds. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

South African Chandler Vanilla Glycerin Soap Vanilla Soap



I was just about to give up on blogging....I haven't written a post since April. And it's not July. The motivation just hasn't been there. But I've just kinda come to the conclusion I'm not ready to give it up. Plus it helps me keep on track with sticking to natural body care. Which I think is becoming a necessity. I've been using pretty much anything on my skin and I have been breaking out in hives. And it's not cute. In addition to the hives, my skin has been itchy. So back to natural I go.

Anyway....

My sister picked this soap up for me on a trip to South Africa. She knows I love the natural soaps. And especially soaps from other countries. So here we are.


I'll start with the scent. It's vanilla. Which is one of my favorite scents. This didn't smell like Vanilla. It was more like a spicy chai tea scent. It wasn't strong at all. And it didn't linger. It was just aight. 


The lather was decent. And non-drying. Which is most important. I don't like soaps that make lotion necessary instead of just optional. 

It got me squeaky clean. And was nice to try. If I ever get the chance to go to South Africa...I probably won't seek another bar out. 

Now, I need to dig into the Hawaiian soaps she got me, but I just don't want to open them up and use them. I just want to save them forever and ever.

Random:
Do y'all like the blues? After coming across this song by Gary BB Coleman called The Sky is Crying I just want to listen to the blues all day. And I've never been a big blues person....






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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

HIV Rates for Black Women

Normally I avoid "serious" topics. It's not what I originally intended when I started blogging. I had ideas for all kinds of things I wanted to write about. But as time went on I just wanted my blog to be a place of lighter topics. There's so much going on in the world...this was kind of my escape.

Until I was reading in a gossip blog (probably not the best use of my time) and came across some very concerning facts. 

From the CDC website
Blacks/African Americansa account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses, those living with HIV, and those who have ever received an AIDS diagnosis, compared to other races/ethnicities. In 2016, African Americans accounted for 44% of HIV diagnoses, though they comprise 12% of the U.S. population.b

This infographic shows new HIV diagnoses in the United States for the most-affected subpopulations in 2016. Black male-to-male sexual contact = 10,223; Hispanic/Latino male-to-male sexual contact = 7,425; white male-to-male sexual contact = 7,390; Black women heterosexual contact = 4,189; Black men heterosexual contact = 1,926; white women heterosexual contact = 1,032; Hispanic/Latina heterosexual contact = 1,025.

Black women accounted for 4,189 new diagnosis in 2016. How can this be and why? What can we do to stop this disease?

Per the CDC website:
Stigma, fear, discrimination, and homophobia may place many African Americans at higher risk for HIV. Also, the poverty rate is higher among African Americans than other racial/ethnic groups. The socioeconomic issues associated with poverty—including limited access to high-quality health care, housing, and HIV prevention education—directly and indirectly increase the risk for HIV infection and affect the health of people living with and at risk for HIV. These factors may explain why African Americans have worse outcomes on the HIV continuum of care, including lower rates of linkage to care and viral suppression.

These numbers shocked me. I remember learning about HIV/AIDS in high school. Which was 10+ years ago (I'm old ya'll!). Since I've learned about it in high school, there have been some advances. People diagnosed can live 20+ years if they take their medication. Which is great. But as my high school teacher stressed to me, it's a VIRUS. And a virus is never curable.


Another Advance...home HIV tests. They range from $45-60 and you can have your results in about an hour. There are some limitations to the test so I would recommend really researching and reading before taking one. 

These are some stories that I think everyone should hear that should help break down any possible stigmas.






There are many more people sharing their stories and speaking out to make a difference. Especially on youtube from people as young as 20.

We need to protect ourselves.

Monday, April 9, 2018

L'oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara Review



I've been planning to get this post up since this mascara came out. It was hyped by pretty much every blogger/vlogger. And I just wanted to see if it lived up to the hype for myself. More than likely, you've already tried it for yourself since it's been out for awhile...but I'll post the review just in case you haven't. Lash Paradise is a spin off of the OG Voluminous mascara. Which is one of my all time faves. So I figured it couldn't go wrong. It's also extremely similar to Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara which is another one I really like. The brushes are very similar and even the packaging with the  pale pink tubes are similar. Although Too Faced's packaging is cuter. 

L'oreal claims:
Take your lashes to paradise! Our 1st mascara for voluptuous volume & length. Soft wavy bristle brush holds maximum formula for a dramatic volumizing charge. 200+ bristles catch every lash for a full fringe effect. Waterproof smooth glide formula provides silky volume in one coat. Lashes are feathery soft to the touch. Women agreed: 3 of 4 women saw volume and length, 90% said it doesn't flake, 95% said it lasts all day.

Usually I'm super careful when I buy mascara- I check and then check again to make sure I'm not picking up the waterproof version. Somehow I still ended up with the waterproof version. I didn't realize it until I got home. And I was way too lazy to take it back and exchange it. So I just decided to suck it up and try it out anyway.

So it is very similar to the Too Faced. But I think it takes a little longer to build lashes up to what would take one coat with the Too Faced. It's also a little less clumpy than it's higher end version. I feel it just doesn't give my eyes the ooh la la factor of Too Faced. But the effect lasts longer. And the curl doesn't fall. And it's way cheaper. Especially if you get it on sale.

It's not bad. It's actually pretty good. But I just don't love it. That could be because I feel like it's destroying my lashes. It's almost impossible to get off. Even with my handy dandy coconut oil. I still feel like it's left on my lashes. I haven't noticed a ton of lash fall...but there has been a little. And I love and NEED every single one my lashes so even that little bit bothers me.

Overall...it's aight. I may try the regular washable version. But the waterproof just isn't for me. I think  regular old Voluminous is still my preference. 


Random:
Have you heard this song? I've had it on repeat the last couple days. I love some Brian Mcknight. He fell off for awhile but I think his music is a little better these days since it sounds like he's playing the piano/guitar and cranking out better lyrics. 



Monday, March 26, 2018

Koche Ab-e-Dandaan (Melt in Your Mouth Cookies)

I don't want to brag but I'm a master cookie baker. The only thing holding me back these days is the oven. The oven pretty much has one temperature and that's "burn everything." Which is a bummer because these days I really want to bake. I want to make eclairs and cream puffs and layer cakes and...well everything!

I did manage to make these in a mini oven where you can only make twelve cookies at a time. And this recipe makes thirteen. And yes I did put a whole tray in the oven for one cookie because who wastes cookie dough?

So anyway....these cookies were completely new to me. Most cookies are straight forward. And easy. These were a bit different. I have never come across a cooke recipe where you need to knead the dough for 10 minutes. Usually I just mix until it comes together and bake them up!

Also the flavors were a bit different. Pistachios on top were a new thing for me...but to be honest it really didn't add much flavor. The main flavor was cardamom. Which is the cinnamon of Afghanistan. 

The cookies were themselves were very firm and crisp. And surprisingly, they did melt in your mouth. Usually I like 'em soft and chewy but you can't beat a couple of these with some coffee or black tea. 

So overall, they were easy to make. And pretty good. And if I had a craving for cardamom cookies I would probably makes them again!

Click here to check the recipe I used.