Defeat Your Dry/Cracked Feet Monster


Hi there my lovelies! Hope you had a wonderful long weekend. Today I want to discuss wit you regarding my battle with dry and cracked feet and how I finally defeated my monster.

If you are like me, then you know the agony of dealing with dry and cracked feet, and how unsightly it is to look at. I was always amazed by my grandma’s baby soft feet till her death on her 84th birthday. Her secret to soft feet is putting vaseline generously on her feet ever morning after a shower and then wearing sock all day. At night, she would wash her feet again and were soft cotton socks to go to bed.

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I have tried by grandma’s routine and it just didn’t work for me. It reduced the dryness a little but my feet are still dry and cracked. My prayers were finally answered with Boscia Baby Soft Food Peel that I got from Sephora for $22. I was amazed how it got rid of all the trouble spots, leaving my feet nice and softer than ever before.

Description: This natural exfoliating peel contains alpha hydroxy acids and fruit extracts that help reveal softer and smoother skin. It gently removes dead skins from dry and rough feet and leaves smoother and rejuvenated skin.

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How to Use:

  1. Thoroughly wash your feet. Fort best result, soak clean feet in warm water to soften skin.
  2. Open foil to remove booties, and to open booties cut along the dotted lines along each bootie with
  3. Slide one foot into each bootie, and leave on for 60 to 90 minutes depending on the amount of exfoliation you want. I left mine on for 90 minutes. For best result, wear a thick pair of sock over booties to warm feet and to help the formula penetrate into the skin. DO NOT move around on fee while wearing booties.
  4. Remove and discard booties once used.
  5. Dead skin cells will begin to naturally peel in four to five days. Individual peeling time varies and can take up to two weeks. DO NOT forcibly remove peeling skin.
  6. Wear socks until the peeling process is complete in order to contain dead skin and protect your feet.

Verdict: To be honest. I was a little bit skeptical at first about using this peeling treatment but then decided to give it a try. I followed the instruction. For me, the peeling process started slowly by day 6. However, by day 8, the peeling skin was very visible. I continued to follow my daily routine of washing my feet every day. I wore socks to protect my peeling feet. By day 11, I had soft, rejuvenated feet. My beautiful readers,  I defeated my dry and cracked feet monster thanks to Boscia Baby Soft Foot Peel.

If you have problems with dry and cracked feet and are tired of fighting with your monster try out this foot peel and let me know if it works for you. Is there any other routine you follow to keep your feet soft? What is your technique to defeat your dry and cracked feet monster? Please leave a comment.

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Spreading Positive Thoughts and Kindness


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Hi there my lovelies! Hope you all are having a good Sunday. Today, I want to spread happy thoughts. As I am still in the voyage to find my positive self, while at the same time fighting my mind and soul, I am taking the step to finally persevere. However, while I am going through my journeys of ups and some horrible downs, I cannot stop myself from thinking of other wonderful people out there (some of whom you and I may know) who are going through even harder times than me. Hence, my beautiful readers, let us take a moment to send happy and positive thoughts to everyone who may be going through a hard time right now.

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Positive thoughts are not enough; when you go out and meet a stranger please have a smile on your face and show a little empathy and kindness towards that person. My beautiful readers, I always believe that smile and kindness are always contagious. When you perform an act of kindness it warms up your heart and it does the same for those who are witnessing the act. Watching someone perform an act of kindness, creates an act of kindness creates a warm fuzzy feeling in our heart. That fuzzy feeling is known as moral elevation. According to Thomas Jefferson, “When any … act of charity or of gratitude, for instance, is presented either to our sight or imagination, we are deeply impressed with its beauty and feel a strong desire in ourselves of doing charitable and grateful acts also”. Even Huffington Post did an article looking at the science behind the contagiousness of kindness.

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My beautiful readers, take your time to show kindness and let the kindness spread. Let us take the time to spread happy thoughts to everyone, and let us take time show a little compassion. It does not take the time to say “hi and thank you” with a big smile on your face. The act may be small but its impact is enormous. After all, as John Holmes said, “there is no better exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up”. I took a small step by just holding the hold for someone at the store and smiling and saying thank you for their hard work to the staff member at the mall. The sparkles in their eyes I saw in return is all worth it. I cannot wait to continue my part to spread positivity and kindness. We need it now more than ever. What act of kindness have you witnessed lately? How did it make you feel?

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Beauty Products Not Worth Your Money and 100+


Hi there my lovelies! Happy Saturday to all my lovely and wonderful readers out there. I want to start by saying thank you to each one of you for helping me reach 100 plus followers! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart! Today, I want to take the opportunity to write to you about three beauty products that you should not waste your time and hard earned money.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade ($18): Being a huge fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills fan, I was really excited about trying the brow pomade. However, I was surprised by its poor quality.  The pomade is a waterproof formula that acts as an all-in-one brow product. However, I found it to be very dry. As a result, it’s hard to use and shape my brow. At the end, I don’t think it’s worth your money.

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Better Together Palette ($65): This is one of the most hype about beauty products of 2016. However, as I have mentioned in my review, the eyeshadow palette is disappointing. The packaging is great and the concept is beautiful, but this palette is not worth your time and money. Some of the shades are nearly invisible. Overall for $65, it’s not worth the hype and your money.

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Brazilian Kiss Lip Butter ($18): This $18 balm did leave my lips soft and supple, but it smells like butter.  I am not willing to spend $18 for a lip butter that actually smells like butter and does not provide anything new. So my beautiful readers, don’t waste your money that gives you butter smell and nothing spectacularly better than eos.

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch ($42): This is supposed to be an instant pick-me-up product that immediately erases any signs of fatigue, and brightens the complexion. Got get me know, I love YSL products, they are the ultimate bearer of luxury beauty and carries wonderful products. However, for $42, I just don’t find this product worth the hype or the money.

In conclusion, my beautiful readers there are some beautiful products out there. Nonetheless, the above products don’t provide the bang for the bucks. Have your tried these products? What beauty products is not the hype for you? Which are your favorites?

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Energize Your Dull Skin with Clarins Booster Energy


Hi there, my lovelies! I hope you are having a lovely Thursday. Today, I am feeling particularly blessed because I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know it’s not going to be long before I can start breathing freely again. However, that’s not the reason for the post, I want to share my review on the Booster Energy  from Clarins. This tiny little bottle carries powerful little punch to boost your skin with energy.

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Description: The Booster Energy from Clarins with filled with skin reviving ginseng to minimize the sign of fatigue. You can mix it with your moisturizer, mask, serum or even foundation to revive dull skin to give it the oomph it needs to wake up. The booster is ideal for all types of skin.

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Ingredients: The key ingredient in Clarins Booster Energy is ginseng, which is known for its stimulating properties. Other ingredients include Water, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Protein, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Acetyltetrapeptide-2, Dextran.

Verdict: Due to the stress level I have been dealing with lately, my skin took the brunt of the suffering. It looks tired and dull all the time. This small little bottle helps me give the energy back to my skin it so bad needs. I remember when my dad used to the night shift, he relied a lot on ginseng extract to give him energy. You can get the same energy for your skin with Clarins Booster Energy. It has made my face appear to be more energized and fresh. I will definitely recommend this to everyone.  This small little bottle carries a big punch and is worth the $39.

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Style of the Day with Faux Fur Vest


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Hi There! Happy  Hump Day to all my lovelies! Today I want to talk to you about the style of the day featuring faux fur vest. As you know,  faux fur is the current trend of the season and you will find it everywhere. However, I don’t know if told you this before, I am not much of a trend follower. Growing up, I always liked to stand out in the crowd. I fell in love in faux fur back in the early 2000s when faux fur wasn’t a big trend. I used to wear it as a teenager everywhere and liked standing out in the crowd. I love the chic look it creates and the warmth I get from it as well. Additionally, do doesn’t like the glamorous look created by faux fur style?

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The Faux Far Jacket:  I absolutely love this Jacket. I got it from Ann Taylor Loft back in 2006/2007 and fell in love. The quality of the faux fur is amazing. I am always pleased with my purchase from the Loft. There is nothing similar to this available at the Loft, but you can get this Collared Faux Fur Vest from Inc, which is available at Macy’s on sale for $73.99. Like the Loft version, this vest also has a zipper closure and looks beautiful.

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The  Baby Soft Sweater: I loved pairing my vest with my favorite baby soft crewneck sweater from French Connection. I got mine from Gilt. You can get the same sweater in Roxy Kiss color from Asos. It’s currently on sale for $55. One thing that I love so much about this sweater is that it’s really soft.

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The faux leather pant: I love my faux leather coated slim pant from NYDJ. It’s very soft and huggable and worth every penny. Wear yours with your favorite pair. I also love my Eva Longoria Faux Leather Pants (on sale for $49 at the Limited). l love how breathable and stretchable it is. Most of all, it looks amazing. I am so glad that I did because this beautiful item is currently sold out. You can get a more affordable version at Forever 21 for only $24.50. I actually like the NYDJ version available at Bloomingdales on sale for $110.68.

The Boot: In winter, no style is complete without the perfect pair of boots. I got my boots ages ago from DSW. They go great with the dress. I just love my tan suede boots. The tan boot combines comfort and style together and completes the look of this stylish and chic outfit. What is your favorite outfit to wear during the winter?

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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer: Worth the Price?


Hi there, my lovelies! I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday. Today I want to talk about the much hyped about It Cosmetic’s Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer. I was able to try it out for the first time this morning and I will give my first-hand experience of what I thought about the moisturizer.

Description: I first found out about the product from those infomercials. Infomercials usually don’t persuade me to buy something but I went online right away because I am a fan of It Cosmetics and love their products. This moisturizer is supposed to be the first-ever full-coverage moisturizer from It Cosmetics that will let you say bye to your foundation. This moisturizer was clinical shown to improve the look of your skin, even after you take it off. Its anti-aging ingredients will help treat and correct the look of aging skin and transform your skin into a more youthful looking skin. Most of all, its mineral-based SPF 50+ broad-spectrum physical sunscreen will protect and help prevent free-radical damage for a healthier, younger-looking skin. It comes in four different shades: light, medium, tan, and rich.

Verdict: As you can see from the picture, I have raccoon eyes with dark circle and hyperpigmentation along with dark spots. I was surprised how light the moisturizer is. I actually received mine (Described as 100% Authentic) from Ebay for only $39.99. You can get yours from It Cosmetics for $65. This moisturizer does a better job than a lot of the foundations in making my face look flawless. It just took me less than a minute to get the look. However, I still had some dark some though significantly lightened. I will actually give this moisturizer 4 stars just because it does not cover everything, but it does do a very good job. Additionally, it doesn’t last long time. You will have to reapply it to continue the look. You often have to do it with foundation too. Will it replace foundation for everyday use? Definitely. My beautiful readers, I have just found my favorite moisturizer that may just have replaced foundation for me for the most part. I will still use foundation but only in special occasions. I would like to point out that this product comes with a pump. I personally prefer this kind of lovely packaging because you’re able to better control the amount of product that comes out.

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If you are like me and don’t like to spend so much time getting your looks in the morning, then get the It Cosmetic’s Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer, and it will dramatically cut down morning beauty time. Trust me. This stuff delivers on its promise. Get it if not for anything else but as a flawless CC moisturizer with SPF 50+. However, Bye Bye Foundation is not oil-free. It does contain essential oils to hydrate, nourish, and calm the skin. Hence consult your doctor before use to confirm this product is right for you!  Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I loved writing it.

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Healthy Greek Chicken Recipe


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Hi There my lovelies! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday afternoon. If you are anything like me, I bet you enjoy delicious homemade recipe, especially if it is delicious. Today, I want to share with one such recipe that my sister came up with and it’s absolutely heavenly. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it. It’s quite easy to make as well and is full of flavor.

Ingredients: 

  1. 6 Chicken Breast
  2. 4 Tbs Greek Yogurt
  3. 2 Tbs Garlic powder
  4. 1 Tbs Ginger Powder
  5. 1 large red onion (chopped)
  6. ½ tsp dried basil leaves
  7. ½ tsp parsley
  8. 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  9. ½ tsp black pepper
  10. Salt to season
  11. 2 Tbs oil (I use extra virgin olive oil, but can try using extra virgin coconut oil as well)
  12. ½ Stick I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
  13. 1 medium jalapeno chopped
  14. Chopped cilantro chopped
  15. 1 bunch scallion chopped (optional)

Instructions: 

  1. Tenderize the chicken breast with meat blade-tenderizer.
  2. Marinate the chicken overnight in the refrigerator with mixture of yogurt, garlic, ginger, basil, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  3. Brush olive oil or Pam on baking pan and place the marinated chicken. Add thinly butter and red onion on top of each chicken, and add bake in the oven for 1 ½ to 2 hours at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the juice from the marinate into the chicken as well.
  4. Five minutes before taking your chicken out of the oven, top cilantro, jalapeno, and/or scallion.

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Let me know how yours come out. I loved how amazing this Greek yogurt chicken was. We served it with steamed and lightly seasoned beans, mashed potato (made from scratch), and corn on the cob. I want to thank my sister for this lovely recipe. The meat was so juicy and flavorful and most of all delicious!

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Fighting My Mind and Soul – Learned Helplessness


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Hi There my lovelies! I hope you are having a wonderful day. It was snowing outside this morning and is frigid outside. Hence, I thought today I briefly speak to you regarding something that has really affected me. It is extremely difficult for me I will share my experience with you and I would love to hear your thoughts and how you handle similar situation. The topic of my post is Learned Helplessness.

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Before I can explain what I mean by learned helpless, I want to give a brief history of myself. I have a background in Public Health and Research with minor and graduate courses in behavioral science and Psychology. I have also received training in Mindfulness Meditation. I really believe in living in the moment and the idea of mind over body. I have seen the world in the point of view of glass half full. However, the past year I have been in the fight of my life with my mind.

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This is one of the reason I had to take a break from blogging. My beautiful readers, when you are constantly in a fight or flight respond, you cannot enjoy day-to-day activities. I thought with my mindful based training I can handle it. However, slowly I tachycardia, rapid heart rate, became worse. I also started to have arrhythmias or abnormal heart rhythm. I saw a cardiologist and he didn’t find any underlying heart condition. My migraine symptoms got worse and I started have multiple auras (both visual – blurry vision, and sensory –  tingling in one limb or a feeling of numbness that travels up your arm over 10 to 20 minutes. The sensation can spread to one side of your face and tongue).

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My beautiful readers, the past year has been the worst year of my life and and led to what is known as learned helplessness, a  belief that failure is we can’t change the course of negative event and that failure is inevitable and insurmountable. In my case, the past year I have been living in a very toxic environment, dealing with very hard to deal with people. Being the optimistic person I am, I did not want to give up and thought I would be able to handle the situation. After months, I started to have my symptoms and was unaware of the reason. My years long insomnia that I have learned to control the past 5 to 6 years returned. My family and friends started to notice the change. Towards the end of almost a year I really began to feel burnt out and helpless. I really don’t wish this feeling on anyone.

Finally, after almost a year my family, friends, and physicians have convinced me to seek help. Yes, I have started seeking counseling. I cannot tell you how helpful this has been for me. My beautiful reader. One thing I advice from my own experience, please seek help when your surroundings become overwhelming. Through my work meeting with counselor and my support system, I know that the first step to overcome your stress is to remove your stressor. I have come to terms with my stressor and am working to remove my stressor. Just acknowledging the problem is a great start. My sister is another of my big support system who sat with through many of my meltdowns and showed me that I am not alone. She is my unsung hero. Thanks to the support I’ve received, I am now working hard to remove my stressor.

The year is new and I have a purpose. I am still stressed but I no longer feel helpless. I feel supported. I will be dealing with my extreme stressor but I know that soon it will be over. My beautiful reader, writing to you gives me courage and hope. Every time I read a wonderful blog of yours or share something I love, I feel connected. Thank you for your support and thank you for all the wonderful and thoughtful post of yours. Please keep doing what you do.

I would love to hear if you can share your story of your tools for facing your mental challenges. Today more than ever I can hear my Grandpa’s words ringing in my ears, “If there is a will, there’s a way”. May your mind help you find the strong will to find light in darkest of paths and lead you to extraordinary destinations.

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Style of the Day with Sweater Jacket


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Hi There my Lovelies! Hope you are having a wonderful day. Happy Friday everyone. Today I want go over a very simple style of the day for work for those days when you have to those big meetings. It’s winter now and in fact we just had our first snow of the year today. Specially, during these time of the year I really hate wearing suit for those very important work meetings. Hence, I try to keep it simple and chic with sweater jackets.

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Draped Fringed Tweed Jacket (On Sale for $24.99)

Jacket: I got my sweater jacket last from New York and Company and absolutely love it. It is like with faux leather creating a more chic edgy look to the outfit. I got a lot of complements for this sweater. I have also went to interviews and big presentation in Chicago, the Windy city (in November) wearing this sweater. If you don’t like wearing suits all the time but want to the chic look, get your favorite sweater jacket and face your meeting or any presentation with chic confidence. I have added some of my favorite examples to help you get started.

Turtleneck: As you know I always love layering, specially during the winter. Whether you layer to achieve a certain look or to just stay warm, it never hurts to have fresh combinations on hand. When I layer, my goal is to achieve both. Depending on the weather , I like my sweater jacket with either a turtleneck or or my favorite mock neck short sleeve blouse.  Whether, it’s turtleneck or just mock neck, I love how it add sophistication to any style.

Pant: You always have to complete your look with the perfect pair of pants. I have gotten my pants from everywhere and Ann Taylor and Loft has by far the perfect pairs. I remember sister first introduced me to Loft pants a decade ago when she worked there a summer during my undergraduate years. I absolutely fell in love with how it fit me. Back then I was very skinny but a curve and both Loft and Ann Taylor knew how to fit my size. I absolutely love the Kate all-season stretch trouser from Ann Taylor, because of its curvy fit.

What are you waiting for? If you are me and get tired of the same of suit, try these sweater jackets a try and let me know what you think. What are some of your favorite style for dressing up for the all important meetings and presentations?

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All that Metal is Amazing


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Hi There! How are you? Hope you are having a nice day. Have you ever tried metallic eyeshadow palette that you really impressed by and then found out that it only cost fraction of the price of the designer beauty brand? Today, I want to talk to you regarding a metallic palette and has really impressed. Most of all, the amazing part is it cost less then $5 and is so popular that it’s currently out of stock.

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Description: I really love metallic palettes because of the extra oomph it adds to your look, and Ulta’s Metals Eye Shadow Palette includes 12 versatile, stunning, and highly pigmented eye shadow shades in matte and shimmer textures. You know after trying the 12 shades from the Better Together Collection from Too Faced and Kat Von D, I was really disappointed. Hence, I hesitantly ordered Ulta’s metal palette. Boy, I was surprised. You can create a myriad of subtle to dramatic looks. It also includes a full size brush.

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Ingredients: Mica, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mineral Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarine Blue (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Carmine (CI 75470).

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Verdict: After receiving the color I was amazed by the color. I love the metallic look that you can create from this palette. With less than $5, I definitely give this palette five stars and I can see why it is out of stock. The colors show through exactly how they are on the pallet, which took some getting used to because a little goes a long ways. It also lasts well. This 12 palette is worth much for than the $4.97 it cost me to get the palette.

If you like the metallic colors keep you eye out for this palette and trust me you will not be disappointment. I hope you enjoy this post as much as I loved writing it.

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