Trashy Talk: My Final Impressions

Hey Passionista Hey!

I think June was the last edition of my “Trashy Talk” sessions, so I’ve been collecting empty products to share with y’all. You know the drill, go ahead and grab some snacks and a glass of wine to read this post. It’s gonna be a long one … Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready!

Like always, I will only be hyperlinking the brands or products that were previously sponsored. I’m not giving no free promo over her. So if you see a product that is linked, click it just because you love and support me. 

Let’s start with the Home Decor and Candles ….

My Home Decor Diffuser from Kroger finally gave out on me. I think I’ve had this thing for about 2 years. I found it on sale at Kroger for less than$15 (I think). I really wish I could find this same one again. I’ve looked everywhere, even Amazon doesn’t have it. I loved the way it diffused my oils and filled my room with greatness. Not to mention is it super cute and goes with the decor my living room. It has a light feature, so at night then I am winding down it also served as a lamp for me.

The White Barn Mahogany Teakwood High Intensity scented candle is one of my favorite candles to collect from Bath and Body Works. I love the intense scent of rich mahogany and dark oak with a hint of lavender. I normally stock up on these candles during the $8 candle sale annually. I think I purchased like 4 of these during the last sale. This was the last of my stash, so I’ll be in line to get more of my Mahogany Teakwood come this year’s sale.

The White Barn Fresh Cut Lilacs scented candle is a new scent for me. I’m more of a must and natural oak type girl, but the soft spring airy scent was not too bad. I enjoyed burning it. It made a great addition to my shower routine. But I don’t know if I will be repurchasing this candle scent.

Now this Candle- Lite Company Vetiver Oakmoss scented candle is another Kroger sale find. It was less than $5 and it’s true what they say, you get what you pay for. This candle doesn’t have a strong scent. You can barely smell it when you enter the room. Do not recommend!!!

Let’s keep those hands washed ….

I got the Pure Haven’s Body sugared pink grapefruit moisturizing hand soap in a Instagram giveaway. This product is 100% free of toxins and super hydrating to the skin. You know often times washing your hands dry your skin out and leaves you needing lotion after every wash. I’m normally not a fan of grapefruit scented products, but this pink grapefruit coconut scent was very light and pleasant. Now that I have experienced Pure Haven products, I think I might purchase more of their products for my self care pleasure.

I fill my diffuser with Ambi Escents Balancing Essential Oil mixed with a mint based oil. I also like to put a drop inside my face mask to help with easy breathing while out and about wearing a mask. These essential oils are great for diffusers and adding to your natural cleaning products. I’ve repurchased this particular brand several times, after finding it in Kroger. I was able to repurchase it from Amazon.

It’s all about clear skin and clean beauty ….

Now if you’ve been following my content for a while, you know I love Formula 10.0.6 products. I’ve been using the One Smooth Operator Pore Clearing Face Scrub from Ulta Beauty at least once a week or every other week for about 2 years now. The scrub is very gentle and leaves my skin feeling smoother and gets rid of dead skin. I really feel the impurities bring drain out of my skin with the oatmeal and zinc. I don’t have oily skin but this formula still leaves my skin feeling and looking good, yet shine free. I follow up with moisturizer after using this face scrub to rehydrate my skin. For only $6.99 I like to keep one on deck for when I run out.

For someone who doesn’t get much sleep, yet needs to stay camera ready the iwi fresh Cucumber to the Rescue eye cream is a award winning product for me. I love that product is 100% natural and made with fresh cucumbers. Just a few dots of product under each eye every morning really hydrates the skin and give you a awaken look that will last all day. I received this product in a PR package but for $22.50 I really need to re-purchase this product to keep it in my daily skincare routine.

I didn’t know that carrots has so many skincare benefits, this iwi fresh 14 Carrot Glow face cream really helps to nourish the skin from within if used twice a day like the directions say. I received this product in a PR package but for $35.50 I have already repurchase this product and continue to use it daily. I’m not going to lie, I do not use it twice a day but it is a part of my daily skincare routine and I feel the difference from using this product vs. other products.

The iwi fresh Squash it Out cleanser gets a 10 out of 10 from me. When you want to revitalize dull, tired skin add some squash to your skincare routine. I can’t explain how, but this cleanser has really helped keep my skin looking and feeling it’s best even when I didn’t feel my best on the inside.

Sweet Potato are my favorite vegetable, so why not put it on your skin. iwi fresh Sweet Potato Skin Tone face serum has the power to really soften and nourish the skin. I apply just a few drop all over my face after washing my face daily. Not only does it feel amazing, it leaves my skin looking amazing and hydrated throughout the day. I received this product in a PR package and it was 1 of 3 different serum in a pack. Now that I have used this one up I am currently using another oil from the 3 pack. I would highly recommend using these serum on a daily basis. I plan to purchase this on my own.

Y’all know I am a big fan of toners. I use them daily. The iwi fresh Lettuce-Face-It face toner is a special delight, I like that the product comes packaged in a spray bottle. I just this toner several times a day to improve the moisture levels of my skin when needed. I’m not sure if it makes any difference but I definitely used this toner for more than just my face. After coming in from outside on a hot summer day, a cool few sprays of this toner all over my skin feels like paradise.

***All iwi fresh products are made with fresh vegetables and herb. They are a sustainable company, so they offer a discount to all customers who bring back their product jars to replenish products.

I received the Ultra Beauty Full Coverage Concealer in a Influenster VoxBox for a campaign. I’m no makeup guru or anything but I like how easy it was to use this product. I don’t really know how to contour my face. But I am good for a good under eye highlight. I used the color Deep Warm to highlight my under eye area when doing my make up for shooting content. Filming and content days are about the only days I wear makeup. I think this product lasted for about 6 to 9 months, I might have used it once a week on average. I love how creamy it is and easy to blend with or without foundation. Often times when my skin is clear and flourishing I don’t wear foundation, I just highlight under the eyes and add everything else for the look I’m going for. Ultra Beauty will has a great brand of products. I could see myself purchasing this product on my next trip to Ulta.

My newest favorite gloss is Fenty Beauty Glow Gloss Bomb. I think I have shared with y’all before in a empties. Because this is definitely now my first gloss from Fenty Beauty. And you all ready know I have repurchased it. I can’t go with out my Fenty Beauty gloss. I love how long lasting that gloss is. It’s super rich and leaves my lips looking sooooooooo kissable. For Fall I am trying the Hot Chocolit flavor.

Now, girls I have some “that time on the month” favorites ….

There is nothing that I don’t like about The Honey Pot Herbal Infused Pantyliners. They have this mint cooling sensation that makes the experience of wearing them daily feel good. I love that they are 100% plant based with no chlorine, pesticides, and fragrances. I even enjoy the calming lavender and nothing aloe that infused into the liners. If you have not tried The Honey Pot products I highly recommend you experience them.

I prefer tampons over pads, but pads are good to wear at night. I have added The Honey Pot Herbal Infused Pads with wings to my period must haves because they are 100% plant based and infused with mint, lavender and aloe. The experience of wearing them is truly something I had never felt before yet enjoyable. I would say they are not sticky enough for me. Sometime I experience them shifting in my underwear when doing daily actives. I would recommend these pads as a overnight solution when on your period.

I absolutely hate using baby wipes “down there”. Baby wipes are just no absorbent and shouldn’t be flushed- so that doesn’t work for my needs. But I discovered the biodegradable wipes in target, Goodwives Down There Wipes with Rose Water and they do a great good getting the job done of keeping these clean “down there” lol. I love that they offer a individually wrapped packets. Each wipe is moist and large enough to use only one each visit to the restroom. I put them in my car, my purse and in my travel bag. So you already know I have several of these boxes on standby.

Y’all know I stay with the hair products ….

Honestly I don’t know what this iwi fresh Lavender Throwback Curls is made of but I love it. I mainly used the gel formula as a curl cream for my twists and twist out styles. When I tell you this product never fails with giving me juicy twist and curls. I love how fluffy and whipped the gel feels. It even really smells like Lavender.

I received Moisture Love’s Deep Indulgence Replenishing Conditioner in a PR package months ago, it came with the whole product line. I used all the product maybe 3 or 4 times before I ran out of the conditioner. The hair washing experience with Moisture Love is very gentle and soft. After the first time using the product I couldn’t believe how soft and moisturized my curls felt with no product in it (after washing and deep conditioning). I am a naturalist that like to use the matching shampoo and conditioner when washing my hair and the same line of style products when styling my hair. So, It sucks that I ran out of conditioner before I ran out of shampoo and styling products. Because now I’m less likely to finish using the other products. I wish this conditioner was offer in a bigger size than the 8oz bottle so that it would last longer.

I was selected for a Tik Tok campaign when I was sent Originals Africa’s Best Coconut Creme Leave in Conditioner and Coconut Creme Restorative Conditioner. After using these product once I feel in love with them. They left my hair feeling like baby hair soft. I couldn’t keep my hand out go my hair. I think I got about 4 to 5 usages out of each on of the products. I wish I had the shampoo to go along with the duo. But the next time I’m in need of conditioner and leave in and have to buy some, I could see myself purchasing these products. If you have dry and ruff curls with lots of tangles, I highly suggest these products to her soften your curls.

Before you go, share with me if you have ever tried any of these products I reviewed today, and what was your experience with them.

XOXO

Falling in love with Fall

Hey Passionista!

Fall is here!!!! This is my favorite time of year. I cannot wait to pull out my cardigans, wraps, and boots. I personally think that my fall wardrobe is AMAZING and comfortable.

Fall has always felt so good and so full of love. It’s not too hot yet not too cold. There so many seasonal things to do and enjoy with your loved ones. Don’t get wrong the rest of the year is lit too, but FALL is my season.

As I was preparing this blog I took a scroll down memory lane of my Pinterest boards and my personal stash of photos I’ve never posted. I smiled as I thought about the time I randomly called up my girls to meet me at Piedmont park for a lunch and THEY came. I was crying laughing thinking about the time I got my friends to go to Southern Bell farm for a campfire, I can’t explain how unexpected the chain of events from that day turned out to be. I have soooooo many cabin pictures because both my family and friends loves to take a good cabin trip to the mountains to get away and have some quality time.

This year I’m not letting this pandemic ruin my favorite season. I’m just going to find ways to work with this pandemic to safely enjoy all the wonderful things about fall and the traditional activities I enjoy.

Although I’m crafty all the time. I find myself creating some really stuff during this time. Like this table latern I made of out items found that the dollar tree.

But my favorite thing to do during this season is plan family photoshoot with my family. It feels good to look back over the years and see how much my family has changed. GROWTH is real, y’all !

Happy Fall!!!!

Before you go, tell em you favorite thing to do in fall?

Dismiss the discomfort of your period!

Hey Passionista!

I’m all about good vaginal health and finding comfort during that time of the month. A few years ago, I stopped buying Always and Kotex products because of the unreported harmful ingredients in their products. I started using organic (100% cotton) pads and tampons. My current favorite brand of pads, tampons and liners is The Honey Pot. But I was recently introduced to a new brand that helps relieve the discomfort of your period.

NannoPad has nannogenic technology infused in their pads and tampons. Now when I first read this on the packaging of the product, my first thought was “why does a pad need technology?” But I think that’s just a fancy word that a group of marketing folks thought would help sell the product. But from my understand the all natural nannogenic “technology” is infused into the pads to improve blood circulation and thus, helps in relieving menstrual discomfort. Luckily, I don’t cramp much during my time of the month. I mostly cramp or feel discomfort on the first day of my period or when I’ve gone long periods of time without eating.

I tried the NannoPad pads and liners for about an month. I would say the experience was good. Nothing out of the norm happened. I didn’t experience any cramping while wearing them either. I like that the pads are ultra absorbent because I did notice a slightly heavier flow than I’m used to, but I figured that was from the blood circulation benefits of these pads.

NannoPad is the first innovative menstrual pads developed to help relieve menstrual discomfort naturally with no drugs or medications! It is made with certified organic cotton, as thin as a nickel with up to 180ml absorbency.

These pads are ultra absorbent , extra breathable, super thin, controls odor, relives discomfort, and are free from chemical, dyes, and fragrance.

If you looking for a product that helps relieve the discomfort of your period without taking any drug or meditation, I recommend you try the multipack, which contains 18 pantyliners, 12 regular pads, and 6 super pads.

I received this product complimentary in exchange for my honest review. Thank you NannoCare for allowing my the opportunity to experience this all natural remedy.

Are you taking care of yourself?

Hey Passionista!

Can you believe it’s the end of August? Seems like time is flying by so quickly and most of my time has been spent in the house this year. I haven’t felt my toes in beach sand all year… and that just ain’t right!!!

My days seems to be full of work, WERK, work and more work. Even though I’m in house out of the time (due to COVID-19), I find myself being more busy now than I’ve ever been before. There always seems to be some project to coordinate, e-mails to send, and ideas to plan. For instance, this week I started planning for my annual Self Care November and Blogmas. It’s never too early to start planning in my mind, but I easily let these things consume me and my time.

I want to be more intentional about taking care of my mind, body and soul- and encourage y’all to do the same. Here are 7 things you can do to take care of yourself.

  1. Drink Water!

Drinking water helps improve your memory and mood, reduces headaches and migraines, and prevents other health issues like kidney stones, dehydrations and bladder infections.

My motto is, ” Drink your water and mind your business” lol

2. Meditate

Meditation is a great way to control anxiety. Lately, I find myself getting anxious more than ever before which makes it hard to meditate sometimes. But I continue to try to meditate and take 5 minutes out of my day to just relax. You deserve your 5 minutes !!!

3. Journal

I love to write (One of the main reasons why I started this blog). I find joy in writing my journal everyday, either in the morning or right before bed. Journaling can help you control your mood and attitudes by tracking your thoughts, feelings and fears.

4. Reward Yourself

Celebrate the little victories from day to day. During things times achieving any goals is big deal!!! This can help boost your self confidence and also help maintain healthy habits.

5. Get Dressed Up

I’ve fell off with getting dressed up. I’m always in lounge clothes or oversized t-shirts because there is no where to go, unless I’m running to the store or going to visit a friend. But I have found getting dressed up one day a week to brighten up my mood.

6. Facetime A Friend

This pandemic is truly hard for people like me who are extrovert and love being social and being around people. On Friday nights, I get sad thinking about the plans I could of made. I’m that girl that usually ALWAYS has plans, especially on the weekends. So now I just make FaceTime dates. I love the group FaceTime feature. I can sit on FaceTime with my friends all night playing games, drinking and talking shit. LOL!

7. Pray

Talk to God! You shouldn’t need a reason to call him. Just talk to God, simple.

Before you go… check out these cute pics I took this past Sunday when I decided to get out the house for some blog pictures.

Shirt By: Beahive Boutique

Natural Hair Heatless Style

Hey Passionista-

I love my curls big and fluffy. I’m always looking for new ways to treat and style my hair. I’ve discovered a new styling tool that gives me Voluminous luscious curls without any heat. 

This styling method works on all types of hair and all ages. Head over to Octo Curl‘s Instagram page and check them out. 

Thank you @octocurl for being the inspiration for this weeks blog post and natural hair style. 

After using the Octo Curl, I was so happy with my results. At first look I didn’t think the styling tool would work for my hair. I was thinking that my hair is too thick and frizzy for the Octo Curl but I was mistaken. I styled my hair with damped hair and let it air dry over night. The styling tool is much more comfortable to sleep in than flexi rods. I think this is a tool I will be using more often.

Before …

After…

Thank you Octo Curl for being the inspiration for this weeks blog post and natural hair style. 

How to create a greenery wall?

Hey Passionista!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a DIY project for the blog.

Today, I will be showing y’all how I created this cute greenery wall in my bedroom.

This DIY was super easy and cheap to make.

All you need is greenery vines (which can be purchased on Amazon), 2 thumb tacks, floral wire, and floral tape.

Step 1: Place the thumb tacks evening in the wall covering the area you want your greenery to hang.

Step 2: Wrap the floral wire around the thumb tack from one end to the other, firmly.

Step 3: Take the tail end of your greenery vine to make a loop around the wire. Then use a small piece of floral tape to secure your loop. Repeat until you have hung all your vines.

Step 4: Spread out your vines to your liking.

Wear Your Testimony

Hey Passionista-

Today I have a story to share. I pride myself in keeping 80% of my “personal” business detached from my blog, my business, and social media. I just feel like some stuff should remain personal. So the content that I create and the work I do is what I share, my personal life is off limits….. PERIOD!

But today I am going to open up to y’all in a way I don’t think I have done before on the blog. Thank you to Testimony Clothing Brand for encouraging me to- wear my testimony and share my testimony.

Testimony clothing brand is on a mission to speak conversations that unite communities and bring radical improvements in the areas of mental health and social equality.

2020 has been a year, and it’s only August. I can’t say it’s been a bad year. I can say God has been good to me. For years, I have had entrepreneurial aspirations but I didn’t have faith in myself to just do start the business. So I went to college and started a career in Corporate America, working for someone else doing the same things I wanted to build a business doing for myself. My degree and Corporate America became my safety net even before actually obtaining the degree or getting my first job. Throughout college (undergrad and grad school) I would tell myself, “I’m putting in the work now to get my dream job later” but a corner office owned by someone else is not my dream job. A corner office with an amazing skyline view that’s owned and operated by me is my aspiration.

May 2019, I was laid off my job for the 2nd time in my overall 6 year career in Corporate America. The first time I got laid off from a job, I was in a panic and feared for my future. But this time I felt so much peace after being laid off. Honestly I slept better and I felt better. Yet I had no plan. My time and funds were limited but I knew I had to make something shake. I spent days trying to wrap my head around running an business, making enough money to maintain on my own, and provide a service that has a great impact on small businesses. My business The Passion Palette serves small business owners who do not have a fully staffed marketing team. I offered project based marketing services and event planning to small businesses in the Atlanta area or virtually across the nation. Honey, running a business is not for the weak! I have made so many mistakes, probably making a few new ones as I write this blog, but I am learning. God has placed me in the season to learn, grow and flourish. If someone had told me I’d be a full time entrepreneur, sort of winging it day by day this time last year, I would have laughed in their face and told them they were tripping.

It’s been a little over a year and in the midst of a pandemic my business is thriving. And it’s all because I let go of my fear and started believing in myself and putting all my faith in God. I am learning everyday and on a path to becoming a better me. I know there are still some bad and good days ahead but I have faith. This season has taught me to be grateful and stay focused. A lesson that I could of and should of learned long ago, but God works in the most blissful ways.

Today, I am a full time entrepreneur learning to push through being uncomfortable with life’s circumstances and having faith in God’s promise. My testimony is not complete, I am living through it right now. But I growing and learning every day. I’m thankful for these times.

Purchase your Testimony tee and share your story!

God Bless These 20 Somethings

Hey Passionista-

Tomorrow is my birthday !!!!!! 29 laps around the sun and I’m so blessed. As I get even closer to 30, I think about my younger self and how I imagined my life would be. I can’t believe I actually thought I would be married with kids by 25. Knowing what I know now and the experiences this journey called life has brought me the thought of that is almost laughable. Don’t get me wrong, I still want those things … but the fact that I used to put age labels on life achievements is just laughable.

For my birthday I’m going to gift y’all with 10 things my 20’s have taught me.

Have a grateful heart.

Have faith over fear.

Believe in yourself or don’t expect others to believe in you either.

Live for today, because tomorrow is not promised.

Don’t let ANYTHING or ANYONE disturb your peace.

Some people are seasonal. When some one shows you who they are, BELIEVE THEM. And move on.

Everybody is not your friend, so cherish genuine friendships and relationships, because they are rare and hard to come by these days.

A set back is a set up for a comeback. It’s all a process!

Sow a seed, watch it grow! #PERIODT

Invest in others! Invest in yourself! Invest in your community! Invest in Stock!

Most importantly, be the person you want in your life !!!!

Before you go, tell me something your 20’s taught you. If you’re reading this and your not 20 yet- bless your heart!

XoXo

How I plan monthly content for the blog & social media

Hey Passionista-

If you’ve been following me on social media I have expressed how I’ve been struggling with creating content lately. I used to be so on top of my game with creating content and being consistent with creating and scheduling blog post and social media posts. I was really starting to see growth in both my website subscribers and social media platforms. But life happens! My business started growing and my blog suffered. Now I’ve been struggling to find ways to remain consistent between my blog and my business, because both of them at lacking right now.

So, I am taking a different approach and holding myself accountable for the following practices.

  1. Making blogging and being a influencer a Lifestyle and not a hobby.
  2. Scheduling time for planning and preparing.
  3. Do everything with the same passion an drive I had when I launched Passionlocked.com

Now, I’m going to need y’all help to keep me accountable as well. that’s why I am letting y’all know this.

Here is how I plan to prepare my monthly content for the blog and social media

  • Review my brand deals, sponsorships, and collaborations and fill my calendar with dates that these things need to be posted.
  • Fill in other dates with natural hair, skincare, DIY or lifestyle content
  • Schedule 2 dates a month to shoot sponsored content
  • Schedule weekly time blocks to prepare and edit blogs and social media posts

To make things easier on me I started a blogging journal to write all of my blog ideas, grows, rates and track my growth. Up until now I’ve been using my notes app on my phone to jot down things as I think of them.

Even tho I have a editorial calendar, I bought a calendar so that I am able to write out my schedule for blogging, deadlines and photoshoots and hang it in a place that I will see everyday as daily reminders.

I’ve decided to switch my scheduling app from Hootsuite to Later, because Later seems to be a bit more functional and has more features I need for creating content.

August is the 1st month I will be applying these steps and new strategy. Wish me luck!

How To Make Money As A Blogger & Influencer: LadyBossBlogger Course Final Review+ Giveaway Announcement

Hey Passionista-

Okay, so in my last blog I introduced y’all to this new course I am taking by LadyBossBlogger. If you haven’t read that blog post, stop here and go back to read it then come back.

Now, I finally finished the course and I’m excited to share my final thoughts with you and announce the giveaway winner FREE influencer the course. Thanks to LadyBossBlogger + Elaine Rau for sponsoring this post.

First things first, I have to admit it took me longer than expected to complete the course because its all text based. I thought it would be video to watch. But I motivated to complete the course it provided so much valuable information I need to know as a influencer. My daily schedule is filled with work stuff but I was sure to keep scheduling time for me to complete this course and implement new techniques to my blogging routine.

Y’all blogging and trying to be a influencer is hard. No, it’s not rocky science but it’a lot of work. Sometimes I tend to make the process harder for myself, but this course taught me a few ways I could make things easier on myself. I committed to changing a few things I had been doing for years, and adding a few new things to my process, which landed my a paid brand deal with Africa’s Best Hair Care and increase of traffic to my website.

One thing that I started doing that I wasn’t doing before is posting on Pinterest. Just by simply sharing the same pictures in each blog post on Pinterest with links to the blog URL increased my website traffic in days. I went from 4k views on Pinterest to 8.9K views in one week. I went back and pinned blog post from last year that drove more traffic and views to those old posts.

NOW…. one of my lucky instagram followers will win a FREE LadyBossBlogger course.

Congrats Savanna Wilson– you won the @ladybossblogger giveaway! To claim your prize, post a photo of yourself on your feed talking about winning the course and tag @ladybossblogger and @elainerau in both the caption and the photo itself. Next, email ladybossblogger@gmail.com the link to your post and let them know which course you’d like.

I enjoyed this course so much that I have collaborated with LadyBossBlogger to offer y’all 40% off any course. The courses are $397, however with promo code KHADIJAH the course is only $238.20 for you.

Simple click the link and use promo code KHADIJAH to take advantage of this offer.

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