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Hello lovely people!

I hope you guys are doing well!

I can’t believe we’re in June already, halfway through this year. Man, have the days been flying lately! So this post is another life update. I have been very open about my bariatric surgery on my blog and there is nothing wrong with that. I am not here to encourage everyone to go that route, but I just thought that sharing my personal journey on my blog can be useful to anyone who decides to go through it.

Anyways. I finally went through the hardest part of my journey, which is the surgery and I am now 3 days post op. I am not going to say that I am feeling great right now because in reality I feel like ish. I feel sleepy and tired most of the time and don’t feel hungry as much, therefore i have to force myself to follow a eating schedule so that i get my nutrients in for the day. I feel very thirsty, but i can’t drink lots of water at  time, mostly sips of water. At this point, my stomach is the size of an egg, since i had the Roux n y, which is the standard method here in Canada; therefore, i get full very easily.

The pre-op diet stage for me was really hard. I have never fast in my life, i have always been afraid of fasting because i didn’t want to get a migraine after not eating for so long. During the pre-op diet I was taking the optifast and I did that for 2 weeks. O my Lord! these were the roughest 2 weeks for me because I felt like i was depriving myself of food. One thing i realized as I was reflecting, is how much I depended on food and how much of it i was consuming. Having the luxury to go to my fridge or pantry and eat whatever i wanted whenever i felt hungry or peckish. I also thought about the people who survived only on 1 or 2 meals a day. I realized that i was addicted to food and the pre-op diet stage was a time of reflection for me. Surviving just on 4 optifast a day, which provided me with the amount of protein, vitamins and nutrients that my body needed for the day, blew my mind. I am not gonna lie, everyday was a struggle for me. My olfactory senses was heightened because i could smell food everywhere.  I stayed home most of the time  aside from going to school and work. The point of this pre-op diet is to shrink your  liver so that it doesn’t get damaged during the procedure.  So if you are thinking about doing the surgery, just be prepared mentally, physically and emotionally for the pre-op diet.

I had my surgery on june 12, and the doctor said that everything went well according to plan, which I am really happy about. Today I am 3 days post-op and I am starting the other part of my journey. My highest weight was 282 lbs, my weight before surgery was 245 lbs. So far this has been one of my greatest accomplishments for the year and I am excited to keep on losing until i reach my goal weight.

I know this is quite a long life update, but I just wanted to share my journey on my blog. I hope you find it inspiring and useful, whether you are trying to lose weight naturally or using the bariatric surgery as a tool.

Thanks for reading.

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Hello Everyone!

Happy Wednesday!

This post is long overdue, but here we go.  In this post I am going to review the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Oil, Body Lotion and Body Cream. Here is my disclaimer as per usual; I was sent these products just for the sole purpose of testing them out and sharing  my honest opinion.

We are right in the middle of winter and my skin gets extra dry during those winter months. Keeping skin moisturized is very important, if not I will start scaling and shedding like a snake. On top of that i don’t want to be walking around with ashy skin, it’s not cute.

When I was contacted to try out these products, I felt that it was an exciting opportunity to try something new from Palmer’s aside from my usual favorite body lotions from Vaseline and St Ives. What I got sold on is the fact that these products are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, gluten, sulfate and dyes.

We all know Palmer’s. They have been around for ages and they have many products on the market that we all at some point ended up purchasing and using. So there’s no need for me to talk about the company. The only thing I can say is that their products are fairly decent and affordable, and I have always loved the smell of the cocoa butter body lotion.

Application and Wear ability:

The body oil applies very well and it has a 24 hrs of moisture hydration lasting power. I love the fact that it has a pump which makes it easier to dispense the product. 

It is not greasy and it absorbs quickly and it smells good. Here is a picture of my skin before and after applying it.

 The body lotion applies just like any regular body lotion. It has a regular consistency  and smells really good. It smells like the regular Palmer’s cocoa butter lotion that I love so much.

 The body butter applies just as well as the other two, but it has a thicker consistency , which I also love. It smells like cocoa butter as well.

Main ingredients found in these products are raw Coconut oil, Tahitian Monoi oil, vitamin E and Almond  oil

Availability and price: All three products are available at walmart. The body cream cost $7.99 CAD, both the body oil and the body lotion retails for $5.99 CAD.

Do I recommend?   Definitely.

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That is it for this post. Thank you so much for reading, until next time!

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Hello Everyone!!

Happy Black History Month!

Welcome back to my blog.  As you can see by the title of this post, it is a quick life update on my weight loss journey.  2018 has a lot of question marks for me, because I have no clue what to plan for this year.  I have read so many blog posts about new year resolutions and felt inspired to make my own, but when it came to actually write them down, my mind just goes blank….??? 

So I figured that this year I am not going to make resolutions, instead I am going to set some small achievable goals for both my personal  and blogging life.

One of the biggest resolutions people(including me) make on the first of January of every year is to lose weight and look good by the time summer hits. That has been my goal every single year and man, I have had a rough time with this. Last year, in one of my summer life update, I shared with you all that I am starting the process of getting bariatric surgery. Fast forward to this year, everything is so far so good, I have not changed my mind. I have been able to follow the program and went to all my scheduled appointments. Now I am just waiting for my surgery date.  What I like the most is the changes that I have been able to make during this journey such as drinking more water instead of soda and high in sugar juices. Keeping track of what I eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  Meal prepping, reprogramming my mind about food and adopting new healthy habits. It’s a lot of work, but it is worth it. So far I have lost 20lbs pre-surgery and I am excited to continue shedding the weight off.

That is it for now. Thank you so much for reading,  until next time!

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Hello Everyone!

Happy Tuesday, Happy New Year!

I know it is a bit too late to wish you all  Happy New Year, but I figured it’s better late than never.

This is my very first blog post for this year and in this post I will share with you my go-to everyday simple make up look using mostly Maybelline products. As you all know, Maybelline is a drugstore brand and I have been a fan for quite some time now. Just like any other brand, some of their products are either a hit or a miss, but for the most part, they are pretty good and affordable.

Check out this video

MY NEW GO TO EVERYDAY MAKEUP - YouTube

I hope you enjoyed watching this video and reading this post. Stay tune for my review on the Maybelline products that are new to my collection.

Thanks for reading, until next time!

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Hello Everyone!!

Happy Friday!!!

I was recently contacted by the Monthly Watch Club. I was a bit hesitant at first, but I decided to give it a try. Based on my research about the company, I found out that it is legitimate and I love the different styles of watches they offer. As per usual, her is my disclaimer; I received this watch for the sole purpose of trying and sharing my honest thoughts and opinions with you all.

A little bit about the Monthly Watch Club; it is a monthly subscription. Individuals pay a monthly subscription fee  of $39.99 CAD  and receive a brand new custom made watch that is theirs to keep every month. The Monthly Watch Club offers flexible plans; month to month plan, 3 months plan, 6 months plan  or yearly plan.

For more information, check out their website at http://www.monthlywatchclub.ca  and their Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/monthlywatchca/

Here is the watch that I received

     

It is a very nice watch and the band is made with genuine leather. I love the detailing on the band and I think that it is old-fashionably beautiful. The only con for me is that the watch is a bit too small. I prefer watches that are slightly bigger than this one and the band is a little short which made it feel a bit tight on my wrist.   Aside from that, It is a great watch and it is great for women who have smaller wrists than me.

Overall, I think that out of all the subscription programs out there, this one is a good one because watches are great and functional accessories. With the holidays right around the corner, I think that purchasing a subscription for someone special would make a great gift.

That is it for this post. As always, thank you for reading. Until the next one!

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Hello Everyone! Happy Wednesday!

This post is a quick and short review for the Slim Design Night anti-cellulite cream that I have had the chance to try lately. As I always, my disclaimer is that this product was sent to for the sole purpose of trying and reviewing. All opinions in this post are my own and as honest as possible.

When I was approached about this product, I thought that it would be the perfect cream for me to try especially given that I am in the process of getting my VSG surgery. Here are some Important facts about this cream: it claims to fight stubborn cellulite, intense nighttime slimming, smoothe dimples, and provide intense nourishment. The main ingredients are caffeine – which eliminates fat; ivy -which detoxify tissues; salacia – which de-structure connective tissue; safflower oil – which hydrate and nourish the skin.

This cream has a light, non-greasy, creamy consistency and smells really good. It is made in Paris and is available here in Canada at Shoppers Drugs Mart. The cost for this cream is $60 CAD, which in my opinion, is expensive based on the fact that I am on a budget and there are many cheaper options on the market. However, I prefer this cream because of the main ingredients in it. Spending $60 on a 200ml bottle of anti-cellulite cream is justifiable.

So now the million dollar question is; does it work?  I  have tried this cream for about a good month now and the only thing I have noticed so far is that the skin on my inner and outer thighs is much firmer than it was before. As for my cellulites, I am not too sure because I am not too worried about them, my main interest in this cream is its firming ability, given that loose skin is one of my concerns especially after I have the surgery.

Do I recommend it?  I am on the fence with this one. The price is a little steep, but the list of ingredients is great.

That is it for this post. I hope you enjoyed reading it. Until next time!!!

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Hello Beautifuls!  Happy Saturday!

This post is about my long overdue Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks Swatches and Review. So let’s just dive in…

Here the 3 lipsticks I received in my goodie bag. I thought what a better time to get those especially with the fall and winter months right around the corner  

Here are the swatches…

According to the estee lauder website, here is the list Ingredients:  Octyldodecanol; Triisostearyl Citrate; Ozokerite; Tricaprylyl Citrate; Silica; Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline; Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax\ Copernicia Cerifera Cera \Cire De Carnauba; Moringa Oil/Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters; Ethylhexyl Palmitate; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride; Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer; Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil; Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil; Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil; Tocopheryl Acetate; Polydecene; Ascorbyl Palmitate; Saccharin; Fragrance (Parfum); Tin Oxide; Calcium Sodium Borosilicate; Synthetic Fluorphlogopite; Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate; Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate; [+/- Mica; Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891); Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850); Iron Oxides (Ci 77491); Iron Oxides (Ci 77492); Iron Oxides (Ci 77499); Red 27 (Ci 45410); Manganese Violet (Ci 77742); Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140); Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380); Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360); Red 6 (Ci 15850); Carmine (Ci 75470); Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163); Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200); Red 21 (Ci 45380); Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985); Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090); Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410)] <ILN43107>

As you can see by this long list, these are the ingredients in the lipsticks. There are a lot of the names I can’t pronounce but I don’t see anything too alarming (correct me if I am wrong).

Price: $22 USD and $28 CAD.

Application:  is really smooth. I love the angular shape, which makes it conveniently easy for me to line my lips.                                             

Pigmentation: very pigmented

Quality: Ultra Matte, they are non-drying and very comfortable to wear.  They last quite a bit. As you can see in this picture, I wore Rose XCess for about 7 hours and that is after eating a soft pretzel, drinking lemonade and no touch up. As any regular lipsticks, they do transfer, but nothing dramatic. 

My verdict: I really love these lipsticks. I find that they are very smooth and non-drying especially for ultra matte lipstick. I love the wide range of color in this collection, I believe there are about 30 shades and there is a shade for everyone. Definitely Women of Color Approved! I also love the fact that there is a list of ingredients available on their website for concerned consumers such as myself. https://www.esteelauder.ca/product/631/46704/product-catalog/makeup/pure-color-love/lipstick#/shade/Rose-Xcess                                                                                   Lastly, I love the packaging; it is very nice and sophisticated!

Would I repurchase and recommend the Pure Color Love Lipsticks?  Yes and Yes!

That’s about it for this post. I hope you enjoyed reading it. Until next time!

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Hello Beauties! Happy Friday!

Roughly two weeks ago I had the chance to attend the Estee Lauder Pure Color Collection Release Event in Toronto. It was a great and fun event. There were many other bloggers and youtubers and I was able to meet and network with the ones I am familiar with. Here is the event in pictures…

I had the chance to try out these lippies!

Finally, this what I went home with in my goodie bag… 

Thanks for reading loves… Until next time!!!!

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