Sunday, July 27, 2014

That Time I Explored A Forest

Nestled away on the most western side of the island lies a national reserve kept by the Bahamas National Trust called Primeval Forest

R and I woke up bright and early on a Saturday morning with the intention of roaming around this heavenly (not a typo) secluded place. Once we entered the gates, it felt like we were transported to a whole other island. Dorothy, we're not in Kansas any-more or in my case...holy shit! This is awesome sauce bitches! Oh wait...what is that? *breaks off running* Lo and behold just as we got to the trail, a spider was there to greet us. When it comes to spiders (and snakes, and centipedes...and creepy crawly things...I think you get the point), I am THE scariest person on the planet. But f*ck it! We came too far to turn back now. 

As we trekked the trails, more and more spiders started to show up. WTF! Did they hear that I was coming through? But anyway, I got on my gangsta shit and walked through like a bawse! Terrified AF. Shhh! We learned about native trees and plants, as well as poisonous barks and butterflies. I learnt (I'm sure R already knew) the difference between a poisonous animal and a venomous animal. We learned the differences between a sink hole and a solution hole...and there just happen to be a lot of those throughout the forest. We saw native fruits that we wouldn't normally see within the city and heard birds all morning long. 

Remarkably undisturbed with it's limestone caverns; the place was so serene, it was hard to believe that we were still in Nassau. We also got some really cool photos and I, being the biggity (meaning overbearing) person that I am, made the park warden take adorable photos of R and I. He's a pretty cool photog if you ask me. 

If you want to check out Primeval Forest, it's opened only on Saturdays from 8am-2pm at just $5 per person. But if you're a tourist and happen to ride by on a Tuesday or Thursday, they might just let you in. Just tell 'em Eesh sent ya!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Adovia Eye Cream Review

*I received this product for an honest review. 

From childhood, I've had these hideous dark circles under my eyes. Now that I'm older, I chalk it up to stress but it couldn't have possibly been because of stress in my childhood. It's one of those things that makes you go "hmmm". Anyway, when I learned that I would be receiving the Adovia Eye Cream to review, I felt a glimmer of hope. I'm not one to wear make-up everyday thus, my dark circles aren't concealed everyday and who wants to have dark circles under their eyes??? I want my eyes to look me! 

When I got the package, I was a bit shocked to see how small the bottle was; but how big could a 1oz bottle be? I washed my face and decided to use the cream right away. My skin easily absorbed the stuff and didn't feel weird at all. The scent of the cream is quite a pleasant one...sort of like a floral mix. It could be just me. 

After two weeks, I started to notice that my dark circles were lightening up. I was uber excited and continued to use the cream religiously and let me tell you this, a little bit goes a long way. My jar is still half full. 

Adovia Eye Cream also has Vitamin C & A as well as Dead Sea Salt Minerals. 

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. If you're interested in purchasing or maybe reading other reviews, you can find the product on Amazon for $29. I think it is a bit pricey but to be honest, I would purchase it if I had to. Also, check out Advovia Mineral Skin Care's website to view more of their products.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones Supplement Review & Giveaway

*I received this product for an honest review. 

Hey dolls,

I'm back with another review. This time with a product by Summit Nutritions called Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones. 

How It Works: 

Proven Fat Burner & Appetite Controller; In Vivo & in Vitro studies, it shows that it increases the Fatty Acid Oxidation, stimulates Adiponectin, which is a protein involved in regulating Glucose Levels and Fatty Acid Oxidation. It burns body fat and converts it into energy when the body needs it and that is how it helps the body to control appetite. As a result, it is an appetite suppressant. Raspberry Ketones works as an efficient weight loss supplement when combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise.

These days I'm a bit sceptical with taking "diet pills" because I want to achieve my weight loss by clean eating and exercise. However, once again I have plateaued and no matter what I do, the weight wasn't coming off. Week after week I would step on the scale and see the same number staring back at me and begrudgingly step off while rolling my eyes. So, why not try my hand? 

After the first week of taking the supplements, I noticed that I had lost one pound. I would usually have chalked it up to working out but it was pouring cats and dogs outside and I was too unmotivated to workout at home and clean eating somewhat went out the window. (Yes Faith, this is why you haven't seen a clean eating photo on IG in a minute) So pound down with minimal exercise. Week two was no different, another two pounds but this time, I felt motivated. I felt...energized. Imagine what the heck I could lose if I combine working out, clean eating and these raspberry pills! Unfortunately, I didn't want to rely to heavily on the supplements so I decided to skip the following week...and nothing. What in the entire EFF! Did I not just kick-start my body? Eff you body!!!! So I decided to start with the pills again, praying that the rain would go away and I'd be able to get outside to put in work but alas, mother nature was being her usual bitchy self. Bless her heart. But that week, I saw another loss and was motivated again. Honestly, I have stopped the pills because I haven't been able to get outside and workout how I wanted and I'm really curious to know how it would work with clean eating (notice I'm not saying diet) and exercise if it blew my mind with eating the usual crap. 

I wouldn't say that it is a miracle pill but it comes pretty darn close. If you're interested in purchasing it, you can at Amazon for $29.99. The price to me is a bit steep and I think it would sell better for $19.99 but hey, to each his own. 

If you want to try the product but don't want to spend the money just yet, Summit Nutritions is giving away ONE bottle of Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones to one of you lucky dolls. All you have to do is enter below.

As always, I only recommend products or services I use personally & believe will be good for my readers. 

Good luck!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

That Time I Did My First Youtube Video (Make-Up) Haul

Youtube videos, for a long time has been something that I've always wanted to get into but for fear of being criticised harshly, I stayed away from it. I'm really insecure when it comes to speaking on camera because 1). There's a gap between my teeth and 2). I'm a bit tied tongue. Le struggle. But I eventually bit the bullet when I returned from my trip to Atlanta and decided to try my hand. Of course, practice makes better =)

Don't you just love how YouTube "screen-captures" your pretty ugly face?! 

 Do you have tips on how to make the perfect...or a really good YouTube video?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Bedtime Bliss Best Sleep Mask & Ear Plugs Review

Disclaimer: I received this product for an honest review.

For a long time, I've had problems with falling asleep. I'd often joke around and tell R that we'd need blackout curtains in our home because the light coming in at night through the blinds keeps me awake for like...half the night. Another thing that keeps me up at night? Barking neighborhood dogs. As if light wasn't enough especially since I wear glasses and tend to get migraines from said light at night. When Bedtime Bliss agreed to send me their Best Sleep Mask & Ear Plugs set, I was excited. Finally a chance at a full and good night's rest! 

When I received the package, I immediately opened it to find a cute soft black carrying case almost resembling a cloth sunglasses case. I pulled the items out and jumped with glee. Bedtime couldn't come sooner! The sleep mask has a Velcro snap that adjusts to your head size thus fitting my big head perfectly. The mask is perfectly contoured and soft which makes it quite comfortable to wear and move around with when turning in bed at night. It also blocked out every bit of light...which is particularly most important. I was a bit sceptical with using the ear plugs because every ear plug (whether it's music or not) would hurt my ear. However, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go. Surprisingly, it was comfortable and cancelled all noises around me leaving me to get a good night's rest. 

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my reader. With that being said, Bedtime Bliss Best Sleep Mask & Ear Plugs can be purchased from Amazon for $13.97 which I think is quite reasonable. 

Do you have trouble sleeping? If so, what methods do you use to fall asleep and have a good night's rest?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Scenes From Atlanta

So many Peachtree St. So little time =(
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw some of the photos and that this was my first time travelling outside of the country alone. However, I'm grateful for the experiences that I've encountered and even though everything did not go as planned right off the bat and I feel like I don't really have anything to offer my readers with this post, I have no regrets. I was able to reflect and learn things about myself and now I'm eager to move forward with my life plans and all the other plans that God has for me. You live, you learn and you grow.

I did however get to visit Underground Atlanta and fell in love with ViVi and was able to see SkyView Atlanta (the line was just too long)  and some really cool skyscrapers.

It's been real ATL! Until next time! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cross That Off The Bucket List: Blogger Meet Up

Dress: Casual Plus
Earrings: Craft Cottage Bahamas
As a kid, I was shy and would not talk to people unless they were really close friends or family members. As I grew older, I began to come out of my shell and now you just can't get me to shut up. From the moment I booked my ticket, I made it my mission to meet with one of my favorite bloggers, come hell or high water and I'm so thrilled that I did. She is everything she perceives to be on her blog and so much more! I love to hang out with people who are successful and inspiring, and she definitely fits the bill.

When Vett (Real College Student of Atlanta) agreed to meet up with me at Starbucks in Downtown Atlanta, I was stoked. I enjoy sitting outside, soaking in the sun and taking in the fresh air and gorgeous scenery. I guess it's the islander in me. Vett & I got to talk about the things we've blogged about including our businesses and awesome things like zip-lining. I can't wait to meet up with her again, hopefully for more than just iced coffee and fraps.

Another one off the bucket list

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Number One Nutrition Advanced Probiotic Review

*I received this product for an honest review.

Hey dolls, 

I'm back with another review. This time with a product by Number One Nutrition called Advanced Probiotic.

Product Overview: 

What are probiotics? 
Probiotics are good bacteria that perform a very important role in our digestive, methabolic and immune systems. They produce enzymes that break down the food we eat, regulate vitamin intake and covert sugars to the essential nutrients our bodies need.

This is how the Number One Probiotic may help you:

-Drastically improve your digestive health.
-Balance your intestinal flora.
-Improve your mood.
-Break down allergy causing proteins.
-Accelerate your fat loss.

Now, let me start by saying that before receiving this product, I didn't really know what probiotics were or what they were supposed to do but after a few days of taking the supplement, I figured it out. I have what I call "Sunday sickness" meaning almost every Sunday, I get sick. My body (stomach basically) just doesn't feel right. I don't feel like eating and I feel heavy and bloated. After I started taking the supplements as directed on the bottle, I noticed that I would get full quicker than I normally do and I'm not gassy (sorry guys) as I usually am. The first Sunday I took it, my body felt lighter and I wasn't feeling sick or bloated. I'm not certain if I can fully credit this to the Probiotic or my lifestyle change but I will say that since I've started taking them, I have felt a whole lot better.

The pills are basically little veggie capsules and are easy to swallow. It is suggested that you consume them (two) with food once daily. 

The company claims that the product helps with Irritable bowel disease, bloating, acid reflux, Crohn's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, "stress causing gut illnesses (I have no clue what that is or means), inflammatory conditions and fat loss. I haven't seen a decrease in weight or inches but it was never really my intention to check for it. 

If you're interested in purchasing this product, it is available on Amazon for $19.99. It seems like a reasonable price to me.

As always, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. If you decide to purchase, let me know how it works out for you.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Pure & Essentials Morocco Argan Oil Hair Treatment Review

About three weeks ago, I decided to get rid of the relaxed ends that I was so desperately holding on to. It became a burden, okay maybe that's a bit dramatic but it really was a struggle having two different textures to deal with especially when one of them was a limp lifeless..thing. So naturally, no pun intended, after that, I was on the hunt for products that would help to make my hair more manageable and sustain health. I was thrilled when I was chosen to review Pure & Essential Minerals Morocco Argan Oil. I've tried all types of oils: Olive Oil (which just so happens to leave my hair looking and feeling dry) and Jamaican Castor Oil (I can't get over the smell! Plus it leaves my hair and head feeling heavy). I've also tried Macadamia Oil so the only oils left to try were coconut and argan.

The bottle recommends that you wash your hair fifteen minutes after application. Since I tried it, which was three weeks ago, I did as instructed and was pretty impressed with how quickly it worked. My hair was softer which means the comb went through easily without sounding like it was raking leaves and more bouncy. My hair was screaming "YASSS GAWD!" to it's natural curl pattern and so was I. Today, I decided to switch it up. Instead of washing it out, I left it as a leave in. I twisted my hair into bantu knots and sat under the dryer (on low) for about an hour and then left it to air dry the rest of the day. Although my hair was still wet, I was still kind of happy with the way the curls came out but extremely pleased with the way my hair felt and looked. Once again, soft, shiny and bouncy. 

Ain't I fancy?

Pure & Essentials Morocco Argan Oil is paraben & sulfate free. However, there are a few ingredients that I can't pronounce: stearalkonium chloride and phenoxyethanol; I'm not certain how good they are for your hair but I will definitely research it. Also note that they claim to be cruelty free, which means their products are not tested on animals and I'm all for that.  

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. If you want to find out more about Pure & Essentials Minerals, you can check their website here.

As for my current hairstyle, when I chopped it I wasn't too happy with the little afro thing I had going on. Being dramatic Eesh, I enlisted le boyfriend to shave one side of my head and I LOVE IT! 

Which organic or natural hair product do you swear by?