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 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 ]]

Saturday, January 14, 2017

forgetting the past & looking towards the future xx

 Hey there bloggers,

So i'm not where I want to be but thank GOD, I'm not where I used to be. I'm OK, and i'm on my way. && that makes me VERY content right now.

As I am waiting for the honey to get home from work, I turn on my TV to catch a few minutes of a program about the children of convicts on E! channel. I believe the message of this program was that you don’t have to follow in your parents’ footsteps. The program ended with the following comment made by one of the children: “It’s not where you come from… it’s where you choose to go.”

as I heard that comment, I was reminded of all the people who feel trapped in their present life due to their past. I’m sure there are many of you reading this today who feel like a prisoner because of your past. Well, I’m here to challenge that belief and reiterate the wisdom I heard on that TV program. So regardless of where you come from, the question really is… where are you choosing to go?

i know when it comes to letting go of the past, there are so many challenges that can arise from even trying to do so. But I wanted to point out at least a few reasons why i think you should just go for it, and see where it takes you!

reason #1: you SURVIVED.

what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. no matter what you have been through! if you are reading this, then you have survived your troubles! that should be a good enough reason to move on and make yourself a better person for the future. never let anyone bring you down and tell you that you should be sad over anything.

disclaimer: unfortunately, there have been some people who went through just as much as you went through and didn't make it out of the situation. i have not completely disregarded these people, so please don't consider me being ignorant that i assumed we all have survived each trial and tribulation because that is soo not the case..i am merely trying to point out that one should be glad and rejoice that he or she has made it to another stage in their life.

reason #2: resentment = more problems

Just face it. Nobody likes to be around a person who is always dwelling over the past. When you are just beginning to move on from any situation that may have happened to you and you make better situations worse by comparing them to your past. That is not the way to go. If you start to notice things are getting better, then take them for what they are. Do not try to nit-pick them and make them into bad situations when they are not. It is logical, that when you start to appreciate all the good around you and let go of resentment, that more good will follow for you.

reason #3: you're more than likely the ONLY person lingering on this.

I can almost guarantee someone, somewhere let this issue go a loooooong time ago. Usually, if you've had a bad experience with another person that caused you pain and betrayal, they do not hold the problem over their heads like you may. This is bad, because it may mean that they let it go and may have had indifferent emotions towards what you call pain. So, the best thing for you to do is to act indifferent towards it. If not, then it shows that the person still has some sort of power over you that you just cannot seem to let go. So, prove to yourself that you have complete control over your emotions. You are the only person that you may need to prove that to.

i hope all that makes sense. i know i should practice what i preach, but for some reason i have always been better at giving advice as opposed to listening to it. i seem to deal with this quite often myself. i'm going through a difficult time right now, but i am not dwelling on playing the victim role-- i am dwelling on the fact that i have SURVIVED. i have made it through the hardest part of this ordeal, and only the best is yet to come. what has been does not have to affect what could be, and i really have to let that seep through my brain. ;)

Thank you all for baring with me with this post. After all self reflection is the best way to move forward in life. I have been reflecting on my life quite a bit lately; and rather than feeling unfulfilled or upset with it, i realize life is a roller coaster. It is a roller coaster that I am sometimes very frightened by-- so much that i do not want to open my eyes at what is in front of me. As well as at other times I am opening my arms wide open ready to take in all that is coming my way. Either way it goes, this is a roller coaster I am NOT getting off any time soon.

Thanks for reading lovelies <3