#SelfcareNovember | Week Recap

Hello Passionista…

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November has been pretty amazing so far. There is so much to look forward to between now and the end of the month. If you follow my social media accounts, I have been posting my daily recaps of the #selfcarenovember challenge. This challenge has really been going well for me. It is helping me slow down and be more mindful.

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Day 1: No Complaining for a day

I thought no complaining for a day would be hard, but what it lead to was me not talking much that day.  It was different but not so bad. I listened to music and podcasts most of the day and I felt much more energetic.

Day 2: Do something kind for someone else 

It was a long work week for me. Honestly, I don’t know why. It just seemed like the week dragged out. Friday on my way to working, I thought I’d get Krispy Kreme donuts for the office. Sweet treats always make me feel better and nothing is better than a warm donut about an hour after lunch. And I know if I had a long week, so did my coworkers.

Day 3:  Buy yourself a gift (something you really like)

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As I was in Big Lots I came across some nice smelling candles. I love candles, But I only buy bath and body works candles. I thought to myself, I can buy other brands of candles. If you like the scent get it. So I bought it. Big Lots is dangerous. I spend more money there, than I do in Target. That’s bad! Not really tho, cause Bigs Lots as great discount stuff for everything.

 

 

Day 4: Pamper Yourself 

Sunday was a great day for pampering myself. I woke up early and started cleaning up my place. I was even in the mood to rearrange some of my furniture for comfort. Once I was done cleaning, I took a hot bath, relax and listening to ” Don’t settle for safe” by Sarah Jakes Roberts.

Day 5: Write a letter to someone

I decide to write my letter to a decaesd loved one. It felt good to release some of those inner thoughts in a open letter.

Are you taking the challenge with me? How’s it going? Let’s dialogue!


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Pinch Me Box | Use and Review

Hello Passionistas

Pinch me is an online service that allows you, as a consumer, to take surveys and recieve FREE samples to try and review. It’s totally free. All you have to do is complete surveys throughout the month. Every 2nd Tuesday of the month new sample boxes are sent.

This month’s box includes: 

RX Nut Butter- Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter

$50 off Hello Fresh

1850 Folgert Medium Dark Roast Coffee

Clairol Color Touch Up

First off, I already have a Hello Fresh subscription, so I can’t use this $50 off card. It is for first time users. I am going to pass it along to my parents though. They are newly empty nesters so I think they could benefit from Hello Fresh.

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Honestly, I have not need for Clairol Color root touch ups. I don’t have any color in my hair. So I’m going to give this same away.

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I am not a big fan of peanut butter, but I tried the RX nut butter on flat bread bagels as a afternoon snack. It was tasty. But I must admit, I probably won’t purchase.

I’m more of a tea drinker than coffee, but I have my fair share of Starbucks ice coffees. I tried the folders coffee and LOVED it. I have a reusable K-cup, so I can just put the coffee in the reusable cup and use my Keurig to make my coffee.

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Visit Pinchme.com to sign up and receive your own box of free samples.

Self Care Tip

Hello Passionistas!!!

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Everyone needs “Me Time”. Just time to destress, relax and love on yourself.

I love me! My “Me Time” is normally on Sunday or Monday nights, I like to take a extra hot soak with bath bombs, candles, music, and red wine. I want to start having even more “Me Time” where I do things outside of the house- but by myself. Once upon a time, years ago, I would go to dinner and bars alone. YESSSSSSSSSSSS! You read it right, I said alone. I lived in a state where I had no family or friends, so on Friday nights I would google a new restaurant, lounge or bar to for drinks after a long work week.

I challenge you all to start enjoying yourself, by yourself. You will learn so much about yourself once you start spending time with yourself.

“Me Time” Activities: 

  • Go to restaurant or lounge alone
  • Go see a movie
  • Go to a spa
  • Have a picnic in the park
  • Have a mini staycation at a local hotel

 

Bobby Brown Rich Color Gloss

Hello Passionistas!!!

This week’s lipstick of the week is actually a lip gloss by Bobby Brown Cosmetics -Rich Color Gloss in the color, Pink Cocoa 12. I’ve been using this product all year.

This gloss formula is thick but not sticky. It actually last a long time if you’re not eating or drinking. Since it’s a gloss of course it’s going to transfer over to a cup or napkin when eating and drinking. But the formula is rich enough to hold its form and color when on your lips. It doesn’t smudge nor harden. The color Pink Cocoa just tickles my fancy soooo much. It’s cute and neutral to match with just about any make up look. An added benefit to the gloss is that the color is so close to my skin tone. Y’all know how much I love nude colors.

You don’t really need a liner for this gloss but, Of course, I use my Mac lip pencil in the color Plum to line my lips.

What other glosses should I try? Comment below.

Lipstick of the Week

Hello Passionistas!!!

This week I have been rocking my Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick, in the color Veronica and Mac lip pencils, in the color Plum.

The Plum lip pencil is a go to make up essential for me. Since I love nude colors, plum goes good with just about every lip color I wear. Mac lip pencil lasts a long time. It’s well worth $18.

I don’t normally purchase Anastasia Beverly Hills products. But ULTA was running a sale back in July on the brand- buy one get on free. I thought it was a great deal on a $22 Lipstick, so I purchased the Veronica liquid lipstick along with another matte lipstick that I will feature another week. The formula spreads nicely, making it easy to apply and it lasts a long time. I often reapply after drinking anything. Best of all it’s easy to wipe off.

What other lipstick colors from Anastasia Beverly Hills do you recommend? Comment below.

My 1st Hello Fresh Box

Hello Passionista!

I am excited to share my first Hello Fresh Box with you.

So, a friend on my mine recently started using Hello Fresh and shared her coupon code with me- for $40 off my 1st box. I downloaded the app and registered for my first box on a Friday and my box arrived on Monday.

There are different plans you can choose from, there are also feature that allow you to  select foods you wish not to receive. I selected the Classic Meal Plan, which includes 3 meals for 2 people. The app shows you the meals that you will be getting immediately. Here are my 3 (egg + nut free) meals :

  • Chicken Sausage Flatbread Pizza with Broiled Zucchini and Fresh Oregano
  • Beef Chiles Rellenos with Poblano Peppers and Chipotle Sauce
  • Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Cucumber Tomato Salad

The box comes complete with recipe cards for each meal and the app also stores all recipes in the “my cookbook” feature.

The ingredients for each meal comes in separate recyclable paper bags. Here’s the ingredients for my 3 classic meals:

Everything you need is included, expect the pots, pans and stove of course.

I’ve already cooked my first meal and it was delicious. I mean, I can cook but I’m bad at finding good recipes. So having the ingredients sent to me and a detailed recipe card helps a lot.

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Chicken Sausage Flatbread Pizza with Broiled Zucchini and Fresh Oregano

Hello Fresh is so simple and easy to register, select a plan, cook, and enjoy. You too can get $40.00 off your first box by using my promo code: KZNURI. Once you sign up you will be given your own unique code to share with family and friends. You will receive $30 off for every person you get to sign up.

 

ULTA Beauty is my Favorite

Hello Passionistas!!!

I recently stopped by ULTA to pick up a few goodies. I wanted to try some new facial cleansers and I’ve really been interested in trying a peel mask. So, Here’s what I found in ULTA:

Formula 10.0.5 Be Berry Awake Energizing Peel Mask, Yumberry + Pomegranate

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This is the first peel mask I have ever tried. It is a gel. So the gel and perry effect makes the formula very thick. All it takes is one thin coat. Once applied it dries pretty quick. The peel process is easy, painless, and no hassle. After the product was all peeled off, my skin instantly felt different.

Formula 10.0.6 Keep Your Cool Skin-Calming Gel Mask, Coconut +Cucumber

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This mask feels so good. The gel is thick but not hard to spread across your face. Its meant to reduce the appearance of harsh breakouts. Now, I don’t experience a lot of breakouts on my face- but heat has a way of making my skin feel and look stressed. The cucumber in the product is meant to help calm your skin to feel cool, calm and under control.

ULTA is my favorite because overtime I go in this store, they have some type of ULTA beauty sale that excites me. This time it was “spend $16.50 or more on any ULTA beauty products and get a FREE gift”. I love FREE gifts, so these types of sales are targeted for people like me. I like to try lower- end makeup brands and products before buying the more high-end brand, just to see how I like the product and how it looks on me.  Here’s my bonus goodies:

ULTA Beauty Matte Lip Crayon, in the color Soiree

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ULTA Beauty Matte Lipstick, in the color Mulberry

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The FREE gift was this makeup wallet filled with Eyeliner, Eyebrow Pencil, Shadow sticks , oil blotting Sheets, and Pink Satin Hair Tie.


Side Bar: So, a lot has been going on and I have gotten off schedule with blogging. I recently started a YouTube channel, It’s something I’ve been wanting to introduce to PassionLocked.com. Be sure to check them out and subscribe on YouTube. I’m trying to find the best compromises in my weekly schedule to set specific days for blogs and blogs. You all can look forward to blogs on Sunday’s and Vlogs on Wednesday.


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EMPTIES!!! PRODUCTS I’VE USED- WHAT’S GOOD? WHAT’S NOT?

Hello Passionistas!

Here is a video where I share my EMPTIES with you! I have been collecting my beauty and skincare trash for over a month now and I wanted to share some products I’ve used. Some of them I love and have already repurchased, some of them are going in the trash, FOR GOOD.

Products Mentioned:

Lotta Body Setting Lotion

Curls Goddess Curls Botanical Gelle

Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Leave in Conditioner

OGX Coconut Oil

OGX Coconut Milk

Deep Sea Body Oil:

Jergens Natural Glow

Nivea In shower Lotion

Bath and Body Works Hand Soap

 

What I’m wearing:

Plus Fran Distressed Cut Shoulder Tee- boohoo.com

Necklace- Alex and Ani

Stud Earrings- Forever 21

Lipstick- MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick, color- Oh Lady

 


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NEW In- Store Target Beauty Box

Hello Passionista!

I am super excited for what is in store for Passion Locked.

I filmed my every first YouTube review video.  This is something that I have been talking about for some time now, but never really put forth any effort. So, this weekend I just started filming and researching how to edit and post my first video. 

Today, I will be reviewing the “Treat Yourself” Beauty Box from Target. These Beauty Boxes used to be available online only- but they are now IN STORE for only $7.00

 

I really hope you enjoyed this video. I can’t wait to decorate a little vlogging station in my tiny apartment and produce more content for you. I hope to be able to post at least 1 video a week and 1 written blog or picture palette.

Be Sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel and I would love to hear you feedback.

This box includes:
Bodycology Free & Lovely Coconut & Rose Body Butter
Dr. Teal Pink Himalayan Foaming Bath
ME! Bath Bath Bomb
Luxe by Mr. Bubble Sweet and Clean meltaway soak
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm Red Dahlia
Olay Regenerist Whips Facial Moisturizer
Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser


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