Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It's A Girl xx



 My brother and his fiancee are welcoming their third child, and finally a girl!!! Our family is so excited; especially the grandmothers! :)   Brina is so blessed to have so many women around her that love her; so we all got together and threw her an amazing shower!! I will let the pictures speak for themselves!  

Here is the Dad and Mom !!

 


 Here are pictures of the decor/room. We had it at a golf course in our home town, which actually proved to be the perfect place!

 
  

Here is the cake/cupcakes and fruit salad: 
 

 Cake Pops!!



This was our sweets table I put together! :)








Here are the few people I was able to bribe into taking selfies with ... hehehe :)
 

 Here is a picture of the Paternal and Maternal Grandmothers. These two women came together and pulled off such a beautiful shower. They are the most loving, caring, and generous women ever -- and we are all so blessed to have them !! <3




 Can we all take a second to admire my eyelashes here? I tried out the Better Than Sex mascara (yes, i hate the name) It gave me the volume and length I wanted in only two coats! 

 


 That is all I have to share for now -- stay tuned to when she is born .. 4 weeks, 5 days, and counting!!

So essited!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 01, 2017

trent reznor ;; nine inch nails


trent reznor

he's the lead singer of Nine Inch Nails and someone who I believe single handedly changed rock music forever. He has been around for the past 25 years and in those decades.. hes come out with numerous #1 songs that have put his personal thoughts out there for everyone to see. && it is quite obvious that his defiance not only made him a millionaire but it also made him an icon. He isn’t afraid to break the rules and let people see him for who he is. ... if that isn't inspiration, i don't know what is! 

i havent always been a NIN fan, the only song i really liked was "Closer." It wasn't until these past few years that I truly started getting into their music... i was friends with a girl who was obsessed with them who has since moved away, but we still keep in touch and of course our main topic is Nine Inch Nails news... did i mention how upset i was to have missed their show in 2009..ugh, i'll never forgive myself.. lol



as stated above, the first song I ever heard was “Closer” and I was immediately in love by the boldness of the lyrics. I knew what he was getting at and I really liked it. Trent’s words go into motion and it just truly feels amazing.

You let me violate you. You let me desecrate you. You let me penetrate you.
And yes Trent, you can complicate me any day. LOL

Not only did “Closer” tap into the hidden sex kitten inside of me, but other songs really spoke to me as well. The following are some of my favorite lyrics from my favorite NIN songs.
 

 
" I hurt myself today .. To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain.. The only thing that's real."




You can have my isolation.
You can have the hate that it brings.
You can have my absence of faith.
You can have my everything.”


“Devils speak of the ways in which she’ll manifest.
Angels bleed from the tainted touch of my caress.
Need to contaminate to alleviate this loneliness.
I now know the depths I reach are limitless.”



“so impressed with all you do
tried so hard to be like you
flew too high and burnt the wing
lost my faith in everything
lick around divine debris
taste the wealth of hate in me
shedding skin succumb defeat
this machine is obsolete
made the choice to go away
drink the fountain of decay
tear a hole exquisite red
fuck the rest and stab it dead
broken bruised forgotten sore
too fucked up to care anymore
poisoned to my rotten core
too fucked up to care anymore”


“In my nothing, you meant everything to me.”


“My moral standing is lying down”.





 


Are you a NIN fan?
Can any of you tell me what song each of those quotes are from? :)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Make Up Bag Clean Up!

hello beauty queens,

It isn't hard to tell by now how much of an extreme germaphobe i am. So when i saw some tips on how to keep your make up bag super clean, i was instantly drawn in. I then thought of different things i do without even noticing since being a fanatic is such second nature to me, and made a short list below.
Makeup bag. 

Most girls don't know that every time you pull out your lip gloss or mascara, bacteria starts to  descend, ready to spread nasty infections such as sties, cold sores and the flu even!! && surprisingly, a new survey from the folks at Q-tips has found that only 34% women clean their makeup bags at least once a year. Ewww!

press the reset button;;
First of all, dump out everything and clean the bag thoroughly (inside and out) using anti-bacterial wipes or baby shampoo - Dawn sometimes works due to its grease fighting. Allow to dry completely before replacing the contents. Next, wash all makeup brushes thoroughly, whether or not they seem visibly dirty. This is also the perfect time to take stock of what you are actually using right now and store away the rest in a cool, dry place.
sanitize, sanitize, sanitize;;
I have an abundant supply of 99.9% alcohol, hand sanitizer and antibacterial brush cleansers. Once a month (or after you have had any infection, if you do)-- gently swab all makeup surfaces – blush, compact powder or foundation, lipstick, etc – with the 99% alcohol to DE-germify. And keep a pencil sharpener handy – it’s the best way to keep your brow, eye and lip pencils sanitized. i also sanitize all outsides of each containers.
switch to plastic;;
Powders, dyes and germs latch on to cloth or canvas surfaces, making them difficult to clean. A makeup bag made from plastic, on the other hand, can be easily cleaned with a wet cloth, making it easier to maintain. a lot of people have various thoughts on this as with cloths, you can always throw it in the washer and dryer. only issue i have with that is i'd have to wash it by itself as i wouldnt want any of the poweders or creams getting onto any of the other items in with it.
sharing is not caring;; Try your best not to share make up - especially mascaras and eyeliners. some make think some thing like eye shadows are okay, but if you use your make up brush on it, apply to your eye, go get more, then reapply, you are putting the bacteria and skin cells on that eye shadow now. when your friend goes to use it, the same thing will occur. this is not being selfish–merely smart && safe. Even your own bacteria is something to ward against as much as possible let alone another human beings!
double tasking;;
do not double-task your tools. Lip brushes should only be used on the lips, and the same goes for eyes. This is not a place to  mix-and-match. this is how cross contamination can easily occur. all parts of the face carry different skin bacterium you do not want getting mixed up. your mouth has a ton of acids in it to break down food, would you want any of those getting in your eyes per say? not likely.


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make up is life <3

Now for individual make up items, i listed one by one and what i do to
keep them cleaned as best as i can. i got a lot of these tips from a simple google search.
lipstick;;
metal containers are the best to buy as they aren't as bad of a breeding ground for bacteria like plastis ones are. as far as cleaning your lipstick, it’s a two-step method and should be followed every two weeks, or at least once a month. first grab a q-tip, hold it at an angle, slightly twist up your lipstick, and then scrape the top of the lipstick off. you don’t have to remove a large chunk, but instead remove the top layer of the lipstick. second, pour some rubbing alcohol [or shitty vodka] into a small dish and duck your exposed lipstick into the solution for at least 30 seconds. afterwards you can allow it to air dry, or gently wipe dry with a clean tissue.

pencils;;
This includes any type of makeup pencil from lip liner to eyeliner, brow pencil, etc. the simplest way to keep pencils clean is to sharpen them before each use. you don’t have to remove that many layers, just a couple quick twists will do. if your pencils are retractable instead of sharpening, then pour some rubbing alcohol or vodka into a small container then dip the tip of the pencil into the solution for 30-seconds. later air dry or gently wipe dry with a clean tissue.
foundation;;
If you use a liquid foundation in an open bottle that requires the use of your fingertip, then you have to pour out the very top portion of the foundation in order to clean it. This doesn’t always remove all germs, since you tend to shake your foundation. this really bothered me so what i began doing was using q-tips to dip into the bottle instead, usually get a goop on the top of my hand, and use my foundation brush to apply face. of course wash and sanitize your hands every time you begin doing your make up. also use a different clean q-tip each time!

The ideal foundation will come in a pump, enclosed squeeze container, or in a large jar if you use a mousse or thicker cream foundation. the pump foundation is the cleanest, and you only need to take an antibacterial wipe to the pump in order to remove germs. squeeze containers are similar, requiring only the cleaning of the tip with an antibacterial wipe every two weeks. just remember not to touch the tip of the squeeze container with your fingertip, since this can cause germs to go into the container.
cake eyeshadow, powder, blush, & bronzer ;;
cake makeup products such as eye shadow and blush are rather easy to clean. Simply grab a butter knife and scrape the top of the product into the trash can. Just be careful not to press down hard or you’ll break your product into pieces. This is also a good plan if you use a powder often and you form a compacted shiny area on the product, which is caused by oil from your skin.

make up bags && cases;;
Bags and cases that we store our makeup in can get very dirty quickly.  refer to the blog post i posted on keeping your make up bag germ-free! At least twice a month, or at least monthly, you should remove all products from your bag or case and give it a good cleaning. The best and quickest way to do this is with antibacterial wipes. Simple wipe the inside of the bag or case until any makeup residue is gone. do not wipe the outside of your bag or case with antibacterial wipes unless you know that it will not damage the finish.if you feel that your makeup bag or case is still loaded with germs after wiping them down then simply place them in the freezer overnight. The extreme cold will destroy any germs left behind, even after using antibacterial wipes.

make up brushes ;;
Brushes may seem difficult to clean, but it’s actually very easy. i am currently writing a more in depth blog post on this and will be posting later this month. In between washing your makeup brushes. you can spray them with a solution of one part water to nine parts vodka or rubbing alcohol. Spray the solution on a dry cloth and then wipe your brush across it, quickly and easily removing makeup from the surface of the bristles. It’s a good idea to do this after each use, and then follow up with a regimen for washing your makeup brushes every two weeks or every month.

makeup products you can’t clean;;
 There are certain products you can’t clean, and should be thrown out after using it for so long or if you end up with an infection. i have the basic life line of each item listed below.
--the most important product not to clean is mascara. You may think you can clean the wand in order to keep the mascara longer, but germs still get into the product with each use. Besides, mascara isn’t manufactured to last for years so just let it go. in extreme situations, i'll just use water and a baby wipe the wand  down, but that's as far as i will go. it is also dangerous to use a product as opposed to just water as the products may cause eye infections, or a sty.
-- lip gloss in a tube is easier to clean because you can wipe down the tip, but sponge applicators and pan lip gloss can’t really be saved and should be tossed if you have an infection. otherwise, if it smells normal you may be able to keep it for a year or two.

-- disposable makeup sponges are just that; disposable. They are not meant to be washed and reused for months at a time. If you find that you’re getting more breakouts than normal and you use sponge applicators then toss them ASAP.
-- nail polish really can’t be cleaned. So if you have a fungal infection on your nails, or you let a friend use your favorite nail polish and they have an infection just throw that shit out. it’s better to buy a new one than take the risk of getting a nail infection..those are never fun!

So that's it in a nutshell. Stay tuned for my post on how to thoroughly clean your make up brushes.
i have so many blogs that i have been working so hard on, i am almost finishing them all up. so hard working 50hr+ work weeks, spending time with my boyfriend, and trying to furnish and make this new home 'homey' to get time in for my blog. but i never stay away too long!! =)


so tell me how often do you all clean your makeup bag?
tell me in the comments section--i promise not to judge!

if you learned some thing new, or have some thing to add let me know and i'll add it on!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Cocktails


Happy Spring!  What screams spring more like spring colors .... in your drinks! I have been trying out cocktails every chance I get since my first cruise in December. I have tried a few that bartenders shared with me and after some research on what exactly is in them, i wanted to share this post with all of my (over 21) readers in case you wanted to try some thing new !! They are soooo yummy !! Let's get started!

top 6 spring cocktail recipes

1. Tropical Blue Margarita
1 1/2 oz Tequila
1 o zBlue Curacao liqueur
1 oz lime juice
coarse salt
Rub rim of cocktail glass with lime juice. Dip rim in coarse salt. Shake tequila, blue curacao, and lime juice with ice, strain into the salt-rimmed glass, and serve.

2. Pink Lemonade Cocktail (serves 4-6)
1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
3 (12-oz.) bottles beer (not dark), chilled
3/4 cup vodka, chilled
Ice
Garnishes: fresh cranberries, citrus slices

3. Passion Fruit Mojitos
Combine in a pitcher 2 parts Passion Fruit Mojito mix, 1 part white rum, and ice. Mix, then pour into ice-filled glasses. Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lime slice.

4. Raspberry Beer Cocktails (serves 6)
3/4 cup frozen raspberries
3 1/2 (12-oz.) bottles beer, chilled
1 (12-oz.) container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup vodka
Garnish: lemon and lime slices
Stir together first 4 ingredients. Serve over ice.

5. Kiwi Colada (serves 6)
5 peeled kiwifruit, divided
3 cups ice
1/4 cup light rum
1/4 cup Midori (melon-flavored liqueur)
3 tablespoons Cream of Coconut (such as Coco Lopez)
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained

6. Blackberry Julep (serves 1)
1 1/2 oz. Marie Brizard Blackberry
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
1 oz. water
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass filled crushed ice. Stir until the glass begins to frost. Garnish with marinated mixed berries


make your own cocktail umbrellas 






To made your drinks look even more prettier you can add little umbrellas as pictured.

I love when I order a certain fruit drink, and the actual fruit is around the rim of the glass such as pineapple, kiwi, cherries, etc.


There are so many ways to make these cocktails more springlike, just use your imagination!







Happy Drinking Everyone -- Be Safe !!!
Do NOT Drink & Drive !!!!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

life is a gamble

Lately, it’s been hard for me to find the words.

I used to dream up blog ideas while standing in line at the grocery store, or while going on my numerous walks. Topics would hit me in the shower, while driving to work, during long drives to who knows where. And how I have lost this passion is beyond me. I have an idea, I draft it up, get about halfway, and stop. Not sure why, but I am just second guessing myself a lot lately. Jeff and I  have been going through so much lately, and I just feel like I am losing control a bit. He is so amazing to be my strength when I am feeling weak, but I am just not sure what it is that is wrong.



In any case, I am working on getting out of this funk. A lot of people cope by relying on close friends to get them through the tough times. I unfortunately do not have friends. I have a few girls I associate with, but no actual best friend. You never really realize how much this sucks until you have patches like this. I often wonder why I was given this hand and whether or not I regret laying down certain cards. But then I think about how Life is all about taking what you are given and making the most of it. I firmly believe that I do this each and every day. And it turns out my writing, not my other bad choices i make, is what ended up hurting me in the end.

Now there is some fucking irony.

When most kids were playing with dolls and toy cars, I was playing with words. Creating stories. Getting lost in worlds that were so much more peaceful than my own. How can I possibly regret this wonderful gift I was given? The answer is I don’t.

Life is a gamble. 

There are times when you are up and times when you are down. There are times when the house takes you for all you are worth and you are left broken and alone. But the point is to stay in the game. At casinos, this is point you need to call a gambling addiction hotline. In life, this is the point where you begin to fly.




Also on my mind today…

Summer is coming - and we have a rooftop deck that needs some decor. I already have some items coming, but so excited to get some great furniture for it. Stay tuned as I am trying to do more DIY/Pinterest ideas as opposed to purchasing decorative items..We will see how it geos!

Also, we are adding a new family member to the apartment - and no I am not pregnant. So essited!

Next month is going to be intense. Bring it.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Summer Tanning

hay dolls!

I did a flawless winter tanning blog post a few months ago, and promised i'd update with a summer tanning post as well - so here it is! We all want that makes your skin look && feel absolutely amazing! It might sound crazy, but you, too, can achieve the most effortless glowing bronze skin, without any bronzers or tanning beds!! I posted some great tips & tricks that will help boost your progress!!

My ALL NATURAL tips:

1. prepping your skin: EXFOLIATE - it is absolutely important to rub away the dead skin cells or any loose, rough skin, and oils before you go out into the sun.

2. never go into the sun with make up on. Tanning salons have Aussie Pads that allow you to wipe all of your make up off prior to bed tanning. Australian Gold typically. However I also am sure to carry wipes in my purse.

** I know some people who go to the beach in full party makeup and it's just ridiculous. Not only do you look like a clown, but you're damaging your skin too! I love makeup, because I think it's a great way of expressing yourself, and it's truly like art, where you can just let your imagination run wild, but please. Not for tanning. Not even eyeliner, or lipstick. I'm serious. Try using lip balm instead, and make sure you remove any excess makeup. You don't want to have spots on your face and your skin to look blotchy for the rest of your life, do you? It's really really important. **

3. carotene and caffeine - try these! they enhance tanning and the result will be an even deeper, richer tan! There are a lot of tanning lotions on the market that contain both of these ingredients!  You can also get beta-carotene in pill forms, but to be honest, I've never tried those and don't plan to either! A great substitute is to drink carrot juice, you can mix apple, kiwi, any sort of fruit into it if you don't like the taste, it's also nice if you add some ginger too! Carrot's contain carotene which boost and intensify tanning!

           

4. Glitter!  tanning oil/lotion. Trust me it's amazing!

The glitter attracts the sun rays, so your tan will be even better, I guarantee you! In some countries, you can get tanning lotions and oils which already have the glitter in them, but if you can't find any, don't worry! You can just mix your own glitter in it! It's easy as that! I suggest you use fine glitter, almost like powder, and not chunky glitter, because you don't want to look like a pole dancer... Do you?


The glitter will add a gorgeous sparkle to your skin. Not only will it make your tan better, it will also provide you with an instant glow!

5. Cocoa butter works wonders!
Yes, I know that people bake goodies with cocoa butter, but believe me, it also works wonders when it comes to sunbaking!  Once you've achieved a nice tan, you can start using it to intensify your tan even more, and be even more bronzed! I usually get mine at a pharmacy, you can ask for it melted, or in a bar, which looks just like soap. Just rub it on your skin and you're done! It will make it super smooth and moisturize your skin along with giving you a better tan!

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6. Tan near the water, or in the water on a float. 
If you go in the water every 20 minutes or so, you'll tan much easier! Water reflects and intensifies the sun rays!

7. Wear Sunscreen. The last, but most important one.

If your skin is sensitive, you're fair skinned, or you just want protection against harmful UVB rays, please don't forget to use sunscreen! I personally don't use any, and never have in my life, but that's my personal choice. I've only ever been sunburnt once in my life, thanks to my naturally olive skin. That is why I don't really feel the need to use SPF 50 sunscreens, but I do always encourage everyone to use it though, nobody wants a bad sunburn, which can later of course, lead to more serious problems.


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x0x Rica 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

the movie SpUn xox

Just recently, I watched a movie that completely blew me away. I was intrigued by the four stars it received on Netflix and I am a big Brittany Murphy fan (RIP), so I decided to give it a try. It is entitled “Spun” and here is the synopsis.

"unique glimpse into the world of methamphetamines has wowed audiences since its debut at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, with outstanding performances from Jason Schwartzman, Mena Suvari, John Leguizamo, Brittany Murphy and more. The fast-paced, hard-hitting drama expertly combines the gritty reality of drug addiction with occasional biting humor for an unforgettable look at frantic lives spinning out of control."

The film is a very interesting, unique look into the lives of drug addicts and I honestly loved every second of it. Most of the scenes were very choppy and fast paced and there was also some random images thrown in here and there that made you feel like you were tweeking right along with the characters. Very well done.

So how does this movie fit in with me? Not only do I LOVE Brittney Murphy, Rest In Peace Britney Murphy. But you can’t have a movie about drugs without some hardcore strip club scenes.. Despite my intense love for the style of this film, I felt it played on stereotypes that I really don't believe to be 100% true. For example, in the first club scene, the dancers are walking around with exposed breasts. Although this isn’t a huge deal, it’s not very realistic. In most clubs, you must be completely covered by an outfit while hanging out with customers on the floor. I think this makes sense because why would you show the goods for free? Second of all, the main character goes home with a really beautiful stripper and ends up having wild sex with her. He then keeps her hand cuffed to the bed for three days while he does work for the drug dealer. They don’t really go into detail as to how he knew the dancer prior to this fuck session, but this does not happen. Yes some dancers sleep with customers for a fix or a quick buck, but there was no exchange of any of this (maybe a little drug use). Also, is she really that big of a loser that no one would realize she was missing for three days? And lastly, Nikki, the character played by Brittany Murphy, was dating the drug dealer and seemed more strung out than any of them. Surprise surprise she was also a dancer. I understand that it is only a movie and alot of things are exaggerated for a dramatic effect. But I feel that every movie that has a club scene features a stripper or group of strippers that are completely fucked up to the point where people feel confident saying all dancers suck at life. Some of them definitely do, don’t get me wrong.

What you see in the movies is not always what happens in real life, dude. If that were the case, music would start magically playing through imaginary speakers when we kissed our significant other for the first time. Us ladies would wake up with make up on and you men would always have the perfect pick-up line. And most importantly, everyone would have a happy ending. That, in my opinion, is the biggest joke of all.

xox rica

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Day < 3

Happy Valentine's Day!!

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I personally do not have a personal vendetta against Valentine's day; but a lot of my friends do. I do not understand it! I have my personal beliefs as to why they do, and wanted to address them in this post. Of course you cant have wild accusations without hardcore rebuttals, so please read on. Tell me your thoughts!

"It's a Hallmark Holiday"
Hallmark is a corporation; therefore people are indirectly supporting an evil empire by taking part. How ridiculous? Unless you ban all gas stations, walmart, and Facebook -- then you have no room to hate on Hallmark! Seriously though - pretty silly.

 "people should love each other EVERY day"
This is true. However why do we celebrate anniversaries? Shouldn't we appreciate and be cognizant of how long we have been together EVERY day? How about Birthdays? Why celebrate getting OLDER? We know this EVERY day. See the ridiculous logic there? Valentine's day offers a day to people where they can remind their loved ones their appreciation and love they have for them that is usually scoffed at throughout the year. It puts it all into perspective, doesn't it? Not to mention why is it so bad to buy a card, chocolates, flowers, or any thing else for someone? It puts a smile on that person's face, and that is all that matters! So this is not a good excuse.

"all the restaurants/bars are too crowded to go out"
Who said you have to go out? If you are not one for the crowds, then how about a nice cozy dinner at home? How about the person who cooks the most gets the night off, and is the one coming home to a home cooked meal instead? What about spending some $$ and renting a closed off room? How about celebrating it the day before or after? Again, this is no excuse.

"I just hate Valentine's day!"
That's your choice. But Valentine's day and I still love you!




Image result for valentines dayThose are the main 1-liners I hear all day this time of year. It is so silly. What did this holiday do to you? Stop being bitter about being single, or in a shitty relationship, and just go to feeling indifferent about it. If you cannot be happy for others, then you are a miserable soul who doesn't deserve roses and chocolate any way :)

Lastly, I want to mention how important I think this can be for the children in our world. We do not necessarily have to use the word LOVE, but rather care for .. meaning a day to emphasize how important it is to treat someone with kindness by doing something thoughtful for that person. This can be a day to really get the creative imaginations working, and put confidence into kids when they know some one cares for them.

Meh.. maybe it is just me. But I really enjoy Valentine's day.. and look forward to it every year <3 
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- Fee xx

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

hair care secrets ;-)

Hi Babes!

Alright, let’s be honest, the way your hair looks can make or break your day. Ladies who wear short styles aren’t entirely exempt from the universal bad hair day, but the odds are more for than against them. My hair is just so heavy, I am prone to flat hair. Once your hair hits shoulder length, it tends to have a mind of its own. Longer hair is also more prone to damage and breaks, which is never a good look. Therefore I came up with a list of my top tips to provide -- coming from a girl who has had hair of all lengths and styles!

Put down the straightener, curler, or whatever your weapon of choice. Heat styling sucks the life out of your hair at any length. I have thin hair, but a lot of it! I typically shower at night, put my hair into a twist bun, and blow dry in the morning when it is half way dry. If you absolutely must use heat to style your hair, do it once every few days instead of every day. I literally do so about twice a week, MAX. I use dry shampoo to absorb any oils on days in between.

Wash less frequently, definitely not every day. Shampooing too often strips your hair of its natural protective oils, which both dries out the lengths and ends and urges your scalp to produce more oil. there are plenty of dry shampoos on the market that will absorb grease and add a fresher scent. Not to mention a bit of grime also gives hair texture and makes it easier to style.



Switch your shampoo to one that doesn’t contain sulfates. These harsh detergents are commonly listed in the ingredients as sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, and ammonium lauryl sulfate. Many people opt out of them because of the rumored carcinogen properties; I don’t use them because they strip color from hair. My hair is currently highlighted, so very cautious about it! If your hair is damaged or color-treated, or you’re susceptible to a sensitive scalp, steer clear of formulas with these chemicals. Yes, shampoos that don’t contain them can be significantly more expensive, but it is so worth it when you think about how often you need to RE treat/color your hair.



 Try a supplement like biotin. Biotin is a B vitamin necessary for cell growth and the production of fatty acids, both of which are hallelujah for your hair. Fish oil pills not only work wonders for the growth and quality of hair, but they also are believed to have countless other health benefits. Both of these of supplements can be purchased at any drugstore or pharmacy. There is also an all-natural treatment called Viviscal which is significantly more expensive — I’ve never tried it but heard good things about it!

Use a deep conditioner weekly for soft, shiny hair. If you make a routine out of slathering your hair with a rich cream and hanging out with a shower cap on for a half an hour every week, your hair will be that much better for it. Such a habit can even help to get rid of split-ends before they even begin so you’ll need less haircuts to keep ends healthy and able to grow.

There are a lot of little things you can do to make your hair healthier and keep it that way. A silk pillowcase may sound over-the-top but it will put an end to nighttime pulling and breakage, and also good for your skin/wrinkles! Flip your hair around to get blood flowing to the scalp. Give yourself a head massage for a couple of minutes; you’ll look weird but your hair won’t! Get a trim to part with your dead ends every 6 to 8 weeks. Whatever you do, don’t get frustrated and cut it all off, because chances are you will regret it! Been there, done that… more than once, I’m sorry to admit.


I will list some of my "Holy Grail" products that seem to keep my hair just how i like it. Long, lustrious, volunious, and split-end free. :) Felicia's Shopping Guide:

Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo [$5.49, Walgreens.com]
Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo [$24, Dermstore]
Swissco Tortoise Wide Tooth Wet Comb [$12, Amazon]
Pureology Hydrate Shampoo [$29.99, Target.com]
Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo [$7.99, Drugstore.com]
Solgar Biotin 5000mcg [$14.38, Amazon]
Res-Q High Grade Fish Oil Pills [$41, Amazon]
Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplement [$38.69, Amazon]
Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Replenishing Mask [$5.03, CVS.com]
Spasilk 100% Pure Silk Beauty Pillowcase [$19.99, Amazo]

Let me know if you have tried any of these, or would like to even add to the list! I am always open to trying new products out! Thanks for reading loves!

xOx Fee

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

you can't trust any one.

Trusting people can be one of the biggest mistakes of your life. 
are hated if you're rich, && you're hated if you're poor. you are hated if you have big boobs, or if you're as flat as a board. no matter what you are or have, there will always be one person that will truly try to show you down as they always wish to see themselves in your position. i have first hand experience with this.

let me explain this a little more in depth.

when listening to some one speak, it's fine to listen to them while they speak about themselves, family, things of that nature.. however, things can become problematic when they begin to bitch about others. Listening to juicy gossip is always somewhat exhilarating but always keep in mind that you just have to JUST listen, no speaking in front of such people, because sooner rather than later it will eventually be you that will be the center of their gossip.. && bam, then there goes your reputation. yes, that easy.


in my past friend relationship, i've noticed people seem to thrive off of belittling others. this is their ultimate drive as they get very irritated by seeing others progressing in their lives. All these people do not like to make good relationships with the people of higher ranks or their colleagues, so they try to befriend people who they consider "less" than themselves. for instance you always see a pair of friends-- one is obviously considered the pretty one, and she becomes best friends with an ugly duckling. when in reality, that pretty girl has an uglier inside than any other female you've ever met, which in return makes that pretty girl super ugly to the intelligent eye.. but that is just the thing-- how many people really have anything more than common sense? not many, shit -- some even lack the sense that is presumed oh so common.

All these people who envy others always try to prove themselves the best amid everyone. They compliment themselves, post dozens of pictures of their face in 20 different angles (ugh, soo annoying) and then post things like "i'm sooo insecure" or "this is such an ugly picture of me" which really makes them sound like fools. We all need that attention, I get it, we are women. But let's not be so dramatic, shall we?

Sometimes it was a female so close to me, it hurt to cope with knowing the fact that she was doing those things I said above. So I'd indiscreetly distant myself from them.. by  skipping their requests to get together, not called them/answered their phone calls or texts, made up excuses as to not hang out with them, etc. because some of the shit they do is just not acceptable. i know this may be considered fake or whatever on my part, but it's really just me not having the ignorance and mean bone in my body to tell them to their face how messed up they are for doing what they are doing to me behind my back. Like I said, this female was close to me. I couldn't understand why she would say such mean things about me and all the other stuff she did. I was at a lost as to what to do really.


I finally came to understand that all the people are different and have different natures. If i make any effort to change them, then i am wasting my time... well my time is done being wasted. i'm done worrying about society, and trying to get into people's minds to 'heal them' if you will. psychology is amazing, and just a little bit of studying can truly open your eyes to the ways people operate and why. and a looooooooot of it revolves around jealousy.

Jealousy is a powerful emotion. it can be the reason you cheat, the reason you tease, and even the reason some kill. so the next time you feel the urge to ridicule Justin Bieber, homosexuals, your friends or anyone else, just think about what your motive is, and the consequences. the world is not perfect and never will it be, but if you fight for the cause--- regardless, one more person will be able to live their life to their potential. and to me, that almost seems worth it considering you probably never will.

xox rica

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

menstraul cramps remedies xx

If there is one thing that brings us women all to our worse, it's menstrual cramps! i have always
gotten them the absolute worse! I had to miss two days of school each month, both of which i laid in  the fetal position balling and balling until the two Vicodin, midol kicked in and to when my skin was scorching red from sticking the heat pad on it without the cover because it wasn't working unless i did so! I stopped getting them so bad EVERY month around 19 years old, and now get them to that magnitude every other or two months. && for that i am 1000% grateful.

Along with the period comes the tender boobies, acne prone all over your face and body, the grogginess, the  "ohhhs" and "ahhs" -- as you get older most of which go away. I still get the oohs and ahhs, and tender boobs, but my acne has been great -- haven't had a flare up in forever. I also have a lot of energy due to my diet and vitamins.

I came across an article on the beauty gypsy stating these little home made formulas are the top 5 tried, tested and proven to work !! These menstrual cramp remedies seem to be a big hit...

[1] Guyanese Ginger & Clove Blend
Put 2 teaspoons of powdered ginger, 5 whole cloves and one cup of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and drink while hot.

[2] Jamaican Wonder Water
Place a quarter cup of white over proof tequila (bonus points if you can get your hands on Cabo Wabo) and some ice cubes in a cocktail glass. Add a splash of water and a twist of lemon. Repeat judiciously! This really works… so well, in fact, that it’s my favorite period pain remedy of the lot!

[3] Chinese Ginger Tea
Pour a cup of boiling water over one tablespoon of freshly grated ginger. Allow the ginger to steep for at least 5 minutes, then strain and drink as a tea.

[4] Mexican Oregano Potion
Place one tablespoon of dried oregano in a tea ball or a small square of muslin cloth. Pour a cup of boiling water over the oregano and allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea ball and drink the tea while it is hot. Repeat if the menstrual cramps persist.

[5] South American Chamomile Cure
Pour a cup of boiling water over one tablespoon of fresh chamomile flowers (or half a tablespoon of dried chamomile) and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Then strain out the flowers, add some honey and lemon (to taste) and drink while hot. Voila!

What’s your go-to remedy for tackling the cruel menstrual cramps?
Have any of these worked for you, or have not worked for you?

Let me know as I am unsure which to try first!!

[[ Rica x0x ]]

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