Blogmas Day 17 | My Holy Grail Feminine Products

Hello Passionista !

Ladies it’s time we talk about our periods…

So (any) guys reading this, you can stop right here and come back tomorrow. lol

For years we have been focused to purchase hygiene products that are made up of harmful materials that should be used on our bodies. We finally have products on the market for our periods that are safe and made with our vagina’s in mind. Just last week I went into Target and was so proud to see that the organic section of tampons and pads are growing. It was like half of the aisle. I still have an issue with the fact that Target is about the only retail store that sells organic tampons and pads, but we are slowly getting there.

I want to share with you the organic hygiene products I use and my experience with them.

I’ve covered a review on the L. brand before… click here to read. I have been using these pads in tampons for about 2 years, since I stumbled upon them in target one day. and for a while they were the only organic brand on the shelf in stores. I’m proud to see that more organic brands are taking up space on the shelf with harmless feminine hygiene products for out vaginas.

I noticed a few new things about this brand when I was last in target. Not only do they have more shelf facings in store but they have expanded their product line. There is a new variety pack of tampons that offer light, regular, and super tampons. Which is great for a girl like me who has unpredictable cycles. Every brand offers regular and super tampons but I’ve never seen light ones. Of course I tried them last month and LOVED them. Same experience as the others, no leakage and fully protected. I would say the lights are great to use on that last day or when spotting. Also, I see that the brand has launch new packaging. I was already in love with the clear pale and sustainable resealable bag but now they offer a box for different variety packs.

The Honey Pot makes herbal- infused pads with wings. They are made by humans with vaginas for humans with vaginas. I started using them about a month ago and feel in love with them. I’m not a “pads” girl. I normally use tampons but its not good to sleep with tampons, so of course I wear pads to bed. When I first put on a Honey Pot pad the feeling was unexplainable. At first I didn’t like it. I am not used to any tingling feelings down there like that. But as did some research on the company and learned more about herbal infused pads I started to understand what was going on. The pesticide free cotton is infused with essential oils that creates a cooling effect that soothes your vagina and helps with cramps and discomfort. I don’t experience cramps much, they only come that first day while I’m trying to sleep of course. Normally, I would treat a cramp with a stick on heating pad while I sleep so that I can get some good rest. But when I wore these pads I didn’t have to use my heating pad. After I got used to the cooling feeling down there I noticed I didn’t cramp at all. These pads are made up of lavender, rose, aloe vera, and mint to soothe, refresh, and reduce irriration.

I also started using the Normal Wash by The Honey Pot. This foam wash is great for washing away odor-causing bacteria and balancing your pH for long-lasting freshness and protection. We all know how important it is to maintain a normal pH balance. This formula is 100% natural and made with herbal ingredients made just for your vagina. The foaming wash is made up of coconut oil, lavender, grapefruit seed extract, apple cider vinegar and colloidal silver. And made without artificial fragrances, parabens, and sulfates. The OBGYN tells us that we should not wash with our vaginas with soaps and cleansers with fragrance, yet just about every body wash and soap has some type of scent. I use the Aveeno body wash that is fragrance free, but its not sold in all stores for some reason. I still use my regular body wash to cleanse the rest of my body. But I now use the foaming wash to cleanse my vagina. I recommend this wash to any women who doesn’t typically experience irritation or dryness and can use new products without any inflammation or sensitivity.

Goodwives are cool, convenient, and eco-friendly disposable wipes perfect for on the go use during that time on the month and others. I have been using them for a few months now. They are really good for clean up and refreshing through out the day when are on or off of your cycle. Not only do they offer feminine hygiene wipes but they offer personal care body wipes as well.

Rael Organics makes period and skincare products that are better for you and the environment. This month was my first time discovering this brand (in target) so I decided to try their panty liners. They are so small and compact yet thick enough to absorb a lot. I gave away all my always liners so I could start using and continue to use these.

Tell me, What feminine hygiene brands are you using?

Blogmas Day 16 | Bloggers I Follow

Hello Passionista!

As a blogger I find it important to follow other bloggers for research. But there are some bloggers that I am truly a fan of and love there content. Today, I am going to share my favorite bloggers and bloggers.

Color Me Courtney

Courtney is the most colorful girl on my IG timeline and I love it. She also has a disney Instagram account where she post everything disney inspired. Her style and her personality is so inspiring. I follow her for all things style and color. She’s become one of my favorite fashion icons. I wish I could go shopping in Manhattan with her. Courtney also is very informative about how to grow your social media accounts as a influencer or blogger. I appreciate her sharing her knowledge with her following, I definately use alot of the tips she share.

Follow her hashtags #colormemagic #colormeclassroom #colormewedding

@colormecourtney

Classy Curlies

I met Victoria this year, as I was ambassador for a event she had in Atlanta for her business Make it Classy DIY. After the event, I started following her blog page for all thing DIY beauty and hair care. Y’all know I love DIY things.

@classycurlies

Lauren Conrad

I have been following Lauren since high school. I love Laguna Beach and The Hills. I love her style and since of modern chic crafty-ness. So over the years, I’ve followed her website for all things cute, home decor and crafts.

@laurenconrad

I am Brittany Patrice

Brittany Patrice is the newest blog I follow. I connected with Brittany at a Cliquish event in Atlanta, GA. I love her Crynicles content she shares on her blog. It’s real reliable and realistic content.

@iambrittanypatrice

World of a Wander

I came across this account from my exporter page and like the content that she posts and have been following her every since. I aspire to travel the world. So seeing her page and all the places she’s visits is very inspirational for me.

@worldofawanderer

Raven Elyse

I have been following Raven for years, I love her style. She recently did a series about the building and buying process of her first house and I love how she showed the entire process. Now I’m obsessed with her Pinterest inspirations boards because her style is soo chic and simple her cute. I love when she does little home decor DIY projects.

EveShudawn

I met EveShudawn this year at a hair event and started following her, soon after she started a YouTube channel all about hair. I am always looking for hair inspiration. She has beautiful, full, and thick natural hair that she knows how to style really well. So when I want to try a new look I check out her page for how to’s and what products to use.

Blogmas Day 15 |Beauty Products I’ll be leaving in 2019

Hello Passionista-

It is no secret that I am a product junkie. Most of you come here just to see what products I am using on my face and hair, or to read my reviews before purchasing a product. First things first, thank you for using me as your beauty resource. But, today I want to keep it real about a few products that just haven’t been working for me.

Often times I buy products to try based off go industry trends and not so much of a personal need or desire. And I always get samples and products from brands to try and review. Not everything makes it to the blog but I try my best to give my honest opinion and review to most of all the products I try. One of my goals next year is to do more social media post of product reviews and leave blog post for most creative content. So Stay Tuned, Girl!

As I was doing some end of year cleaning, I created a basket of products that I need to just let go of. Not because they didn’t work or wasn’t good for me but for various reasons. As a influencer I try so many products and not all of them can be apart of my everyday/ weekly line up. So some of them I really do only try once or for a week or 2 to give a review and then they get pushed in a closet somewhere, lol.

Body Products

Face Products

I thought about doing a giveaway, but then I thought it would be weird to send a stranger product that I have already opened and used. But don’t worry, I’m not throwing these products away. I actually send out a text to my family and friends letting them know what I’m getting rid of and let them come shop for things they may want to try.

One day, a brand is going to add me to their PR list and I’m going to get sooooo much product that I’ll have enough to do a giveaway (of unopened product) for y’all. GOALSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

Blogmas Day 14 | #HolidayFeels Pop- Up with Shea Moisture

Hello Passionista!

Shea Moisture hosted the best holiday event I’ve been to this season (in Atlanta, GA) today, the #hoildayfeels Pop Up at Westside Cultural Arts Center. When I tell you I had a good time, a good time was had. This was a free event. They had like 5 holiday photo booths set up, a DIY shea butter bar, a cash bar, and the first 200 people received a free Slutty Vegan meal. Oh! and they handed out goodie bags with 1 full sized Shea Moisture product. Yesssss sis, all this for FREE!!!

Blogmas Day 12 | DIY Christmas Ornaments

Hello Passionista-

Y’all remember making salt dough ornaments as kid at school or in Sunday school. Well that’s the DIY of the day. I made some salt dough gingerbread ornaments for the christmas tree. If you never got a chance to make these at a kid or have forgotten how, I’m going to show you:

You’ll need: Flour, Salt, Water, Coco Powder, Gingerbread Cookie Cutter, and a baking sheet.

Mix 1 cup go salt and 1 cup of flour with 1/2 cup water. Mix together until the dough is form

Fun fact: You can add 1/2 cup of coco powder to the mix to make the dough brown for gingerbread men.

Use a glass cup to roll the dough flat and use the cookie cutter to cut of the gingerbread shape, or any other shape you would like. Lay them on a cookie sheet. Be sure to use a straw to make a hold at the top of your ornament for hanging.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and back for 1 hour. Cool for 1 hour or until complete dry.

Paint them to decorate them as you like and thread string through the hanging holes. then, decorate your tree.

This is a good project to do with your family for family night. Plan it and let me know how it goes.

Blogmas Day 11| Christmas Music All Year

Hello Passionista!

I have a confession, I listen to Christmas music all year long. Like come on, who has time to delete Christmas songs from their playlist after Christmas time. So when it come on during a shuffle I let it ride. And don’t let me. Be in the care by myself, I’m going to have a full concert for the seatbelts. 😂

Check out my Apple playlist:

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/passionista-christmas-2020/pl.u-e98llGphZoJ2Xy

Tell me, what’s your favorite Christmas song?

Blogmas Day 10| Do you trash your expired beauty products?

Hello Passionista!

Okay, Beauties! We have to talk about expired beauty products. If I’m being honest I just started paying attention the expiration icon on my beauty products, meaning skincare and makeup.

Have you ever since this icon on your beauty products before?

This icon meaning that your product is good for 12 months. Depending on the product the icon may read 6M, 12M, 18M,or 14M. Most cosmetic products should have a shelf life of at least 2 years before its considered no longer any good to use. Only products with active ingredients like acne meds in it have expiration dates with a specific date on it.

A few days ago I went through all of my products to check the expiration dates and this is what I have to get rid of.

I was slightly sad about the eye shadow palettes because as you can see from the picture I barely used them. I was really upset about my skincare products because I WANT THEM.

Here’s my issue? If I purchase a product in May for example and the label has a 12 month icon on it how am I suppose to keep up with the date for when I should throw the product out. Also, if I’m purchasing a product in May, how am I suppose to know how long that product has been on the shelf or in warehouse storage since manufacturing. THIS ICON IS ACTUALLY POINTLESS. It’s not telling me anything.

Here’s my dilemma? Some skincare products will start to look or feel different once the expiration date has passed. This may cause break outs on your skin, and no one wants breakout. Picture below is what the expired product from my collection looks like months after the advertised expiration date. None of the formula look watery or like they have started separating the oils from the soild ingredients, which is a good thing. But I still decided to trash them anyways.

As a beauty influencer, I have a lot of beauty products. I may use a product for a month or 2 then I’m on to trying something else for content purposes. So it rare that I finish an entire bottle of something before the expiration date. Should companies produce smaller packaging sizes? I would appreciate smaller packaging that I know I will use entirely rather than wasting perfect good product.

Let’s discuss… Tell me

Do you pay attention to the expiration date on beauty products?

Do you use your products completely or do they go to waste?

Have you experienced a break out due to a product being old?