4 Beauty Ingredients that are making us sick!

No one can deny that Cancer is on the rise and is taking many of our loved ones daily.  I don’t think that there is 1 person that I know personally who hasn’t been affected by cancer in some way.  There is also a rise is allergies and sickness.  In my quest to do better and put less chemicals in my body I am learning a lot.  These ingredients can be up for debate but I would rather be safe than sorry.


There is a debate as to whether or not it is proven that paragons cause Cancer but anything that disrupts your endocrine system and mimics hormones are very likely to cause cancer or other sicknesses.  Even though the studies are not conclusive it is a great idea to stay away from using products that use the paragons.  Paragons are great at preserving a product but it is just my opinion that some things were not meant to be preserved and it only causes us to consume something that is not healthy for our bodies.


The natural hair community is split on whether sulfates are bad for your hair or not.  Many of us when we were transitioning or had newly begun our natural journey were told that we should avoid sulfates altogether.  WE should avoid shampoos that produces suds because it can be damaging to our tresses.  However after some research I have learned that Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS, SLES) emits toxic fumes when heated, is a skin irritant and its a penetration enhancer meaning that if other toxic chemicals are in the product it causes them to penetrate easier.  It also pollutes the water and is undetected by many drinking water filters.


Studies have found that these chemicals may affect hormones and moreso in boys.  It is believed to decrease the amount of testosterone in boys.  It can be passed from mother to fetus during pregnancy and the affects will be seen later on with the boys.


This is a very familiar preservative.  Johnson and Johnson recently announced that they are removing it from their baby products but many companies are still using formaldehyde producers.  They are easier to hide in the ingredient list but cause the same effects.  Formadehyde is listed in EPA as a “probable carcinogen”  It is toxic when inhaled and also a known skin sensitizer.


There are many many more toxic chemicals that we are exposed to daily.  Some may argue that these studies aren’t proven but no one can argue that Cancer is taking our family members, friends, and co workers at an alarming rate.  If we take little steps to make better conscious decisions about the products that we use or buy I believe we will see a decrease of Cancer in our lives.  Checkout the video that I made about these toxins.


Dollar Tree Spring Haul

I love Dollar Tree for many reasons.  The first being that I love a great bargain.  I make sure to get to Dollar Tree when they switch seasons/holidays so that I can stock up on their decor/decorations.  I didn’t find a huge amount this time because there was Saint Patricks decor as well but I think I did alright.  I bought some flowers to make a nice faux floral arrangement for my porch, a map for my homeschool, a selfie stick, and some other decor!  Dollar Tree items are all $1 or less.  They are decent quality for that price but I understand that they are cheap and not the strongest when I shop there.  Other great finds are some of the cleaning items, dishes, school supplies, art supplies, and party items.  Checkout my video where I give you a rundown of what I found there.

DIY Ring Light (Cost less than $25)

I have been wanting a Ring Light for awhile now and I just thought that I would just have to wait until it was in the budget.

This is the cheapest one that I found on Amazon.

Then I saw a video on Youtube featuring Shameless Maya where they showed how to make your own for cheap.  I was too impatient to wait to order all of the parts from Amazon so I didn’t end up doing their version but it sparked a desire to make my own.  I started searching Youtube and found that there were more than a dozen videos on how to make your own Ring Light for under #30.  I found all of the parts at my local Walmart and went for it.  The links below are through Amazon and may cost a bit more.  Crafting isn’t really my gift but I do love a good copycat project that will allow me to save money.

So the items that I purchased for this project were:

All of these items were at Walmart and cost me just under $25! Woohoo!  Im a sucker for a bargain!  It only took me around 30 minutes to make this light and saved me so much $$$.

Checkout my video where I show you step by step how I made it.

Wash Day Chronicles featuring Hot Head Conditioning Cap


Wash Day can be a full day event for naturally curly girls.  I don’t have time for an all day event so I am always looking for ways to be more efficient.  My wash day routine consists of Washing, Conditioning and Detangling and Deep Condition followed by my style of choice.  I will do a video soon of my Wash and Go technique.  Wash and Go is my go to style because it is easy.  It is not the best during the winter but if you are going to be inside for a few hours it works well.

  • I start my process with just water.  Make sure your hair is fully hydrated and ready to soak in the product.  If you are using a Clarifying Shampoo it will need plenty of water to soap up and cleanse well.  You really should follow up with a moisturizing shampoo but for sake of time and pure laziness I make sure that my conditioner is extra moisturizing and I deep condition EVERY Wash Day.  Depending on your hairs needs as well as your level of damage you can deep condition weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.  My hair really needs a good dose of vitamins and goodness weekly.  I am currently using Mizani True Textures Shampoo but there are many great shampoos out there.  I use Shea Moisture Shampoo as well and I like to switch it up every couple of weeks for maximum results.


  • Next I apply my conditioner of choice very liberally.  I start sectioning my hair and detangle each section.  This ensures that I get the conditioner everywhere and it takes advantage of the slip of the conditioner.  This day I am using Shea Moisture Yucca And Plantain Anti Breakage Conditioner.  I let that sit in my hair uncovered while I continue with my shower and wash my body.  The steam of the shower really helps that conditioner get into the hair.  I rinse that conditioner out completely then I finish the process of deep conditioning after I get dressed.
  • Then I apply a deep conditioner and let it sit for 30 minutes or more before rinsing with cool water and styling.

There are many different recipes for a deep conditioner.  Here is my tips on great ingredients for a deep conditioner that you have right in your kitchen (or can purchase for cheap)



You can download a copy here.


Recipe used in the video is:

1 Ripe Avocado

1 Tablespoon Raw Unfiltered Honey

1/8 cup Aloe Juice (Can substitute 1/8 of Aloe Vera Gel from the plant)


For the deep conditioning process. I separate my hair into sections and apply generously.  I like to detangle again to verify that the product is getting evenly applied and I twist each section.  If my hair gets dry I re-wet it.  Wet hair absorbs product much better because the follicles are still open.  I place my hair in a conditioning cap or shower cap (whatever I have available) but I received the Hot Head Conditioning Cap in exchange for my HONEST review.


Details about this cap:

There are 2 sizes Hot Head (adult) Starting circumference, approximately 21″ Max circumference (fully stretched), approximately 34” Diameter, approximately 20”

and  Starting circumference, approximately 17″ Max circumference (fully stretched), approximately 30” Diameter, approximately 18”


and Little Hot Head (kid) Starting circumference, approximately 17″ Max circumference (fully stretched), approximately 30” Diameter, approximately 18”

It is made with 100% Cotton Materials, FlaxSeed and TLC


Here are the directions from the website.




Step 1: Wash hair, then gently towel dry to prevent dripping. Apply hair treatment of choice. Follow with a plastic cap, completely covering the hair and hairline.

Step 2: Place Hot Head flat on a clean glass or ceramic plate. Heat in 1000 watt microwave with elastic facing up for 30-45sec. Power level must be lowered accordingly for higher wattage microwaves! Refer to owner manual to find out how. Remove, flip inside out and shake up heat source. Replace elastic side up and heat for additional 30-45sec. Remove, flip inside out and shake up heat source once again. Replace elastic side up and heat for additional 30-45sec once again. If additional heat is desired proceed in 10-20sec increments, following the above flipping and shaking method, until desired heat level is achieved. Do not exceed a combined total of 3min, from start to finish.

Step 3: Remove Hot Head completely at the conclusion of treatment. Allow hair to cool 5min before rinsing with cold water. Style as usual.


Buy Your Own Conditioning Heat Cap Here


Checkout my Wash Day Process Here


Skincare Routine and Giveaway

A Great Skincare Regimen will help us look younger and healthier.  I am an Esthetician and went to school for skincare.  A great skincare routine also includes a weekly masque and spf.   I am giving away a beginner set.  This set includes a Cleanser, Moisturizer and an Eye Cream.  This set is meant to be used in the morning and in the evening.  I suggest you use my DIY hair/facial masque once a week (Check my youtube channel for the recipe)  The Elf Skincare Starter Kit is great for dry, normal or even oily skin.  The Super Sonic Washing Machine uses SuperSonic vibrations to clean deeply.  It quickly removes facial dirt and restores clear skin, promotes blood circulation, and increases absorption capacity to make your skin smooth. One Lucky Winner will win a SuperSonic Washing Machine and an Elf Skincare Kit.  Contest ends March 1,2017 at midnight.  Don’t forget to follow the rules and enter below!  Good Luck!!!

Enter to win an Elf Hydration Skincare Starter Kit and a Supersonic Washing Machine

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Sweetheart Glam Valentines Day Makeup Challenge

I was wanting to try to create a Valentines Day Makeup look so when my fellow Youtube friend Supa.Dupah.Chris @ AllTheseThingsTV created the Sweetheart Glam Makeup Challenge I went for it.

Here is my look that I created:


I also filmed a full video on the application of this look.




The products that I used were:


L.A Colors Glam Palette

L.A. Colors Matte Lipstick in Mad Love

Color Design Eyeshadow in Trendsetter


M.A.C. Pro Longwear Foundation NC50

M.A.C. Technakohl Liner in GraphiBlack

Almay One Coat Multi-Benefit Mascara in Black

Elizabeth Arden Cheekcolor in Apricot

StoryTime Autism Wandering

Autism Wandering

It felt like just an ordinary morning.  My then 2 year old woke up the second that the sun hit the window, jumped out of bed and began to play immediately.  I tried to jump up and my body said “Lay back down”  I was mentally awake but my body was still sleep so I decided to just lay there a few more minutes.  I could hear my son making his normal vocalizations and I could hear him playing.  He had just gotten a new ride on power toy so I thought he was just excited to play with that as he had done the last couple of days.  It couldn’t have been more than 5-10 minutes before I realized I didn’t hear his vocalizations anymore.  I got up and looked around the corner and saw the door wide open.  I flew down my stairs and out the front door.  Watch my video above to see how the situation turned out.