9 December 2014

TNP Waistbeads - New for Dec 2014


Opelenge Two Strand Waistbeads (red tones)

This two strand set of waistbeads consist of a mixture of dark red to purple toned glass beads. Also includes a red rhombus glass bead as centrepiece. Very stunning and sleek finish, made to fit sizes 22-40 inches. 

If larger size required, then please feel free to contact me by sending a custom request.
Available to buy online.


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5 December 2014

My Skincare (part 2) - Using Aveeno Products


After having wonderful flawless skin throughout my teens, looking on in confusion as my peers struggled with their problematic skin, I was certainly not prepared for the onslaught that would later occur in my adulthood.

Fast forward to the present day, and I now have extremely sensitive adult acne prone skin, which constantly has me on the lookout for anything that will help control the breakouts, without creating any further long term problems.

I always strive to use natural products wherever possible, because I am very conscious of the damage that harsh chemicals included as ingredients in some of these seemingly harmless everyday products can do to your skin, in the long term. However, let's be truthful here, you may find yourself bending under the pressure, when things get desperate. So, these are some of the products that I would like to share with you, because they have been tried and tested over the years and have worked well for my skin type and issues.


Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser


This product serves as a creamy cleanser and gentle scrub. I was looking for a cleanser that would help fight my acne and keep any breakouts in check. 

Reasons why I like it:
  • The main active ingredient is Salicylic Acid (2%) which works to fight blemishes and clear breakouts
  • It contains moisture-rich Soy extracts to naturally even out skin tone and help smoothen skin
  • It has a nice creamy consistency but is not greasy on the skin
  • It has tiny particles that gently exfoliate
  • Is very gentle on my sensitive skin
  • Leaves my skin feeling very clean


 Aveeno Clear Complexion Foam Cleanser


This product serves as a foaming cleanser. I needed something that would remove any traces of makeup but would also help combat my adult acne breakouts. This range has given me the option to use one or the other depending on my cleansing requirements, also providing equally similar benefits.

It is perfect to use with my cleansing brush. 

Reasons why I like it:
  • It contains Salicylic Acid (0.5%) to control breakouts
  • Also contains a Total Soy Complex which naturally helps to even out skin tone and smoothen the skin without the use of harsh chemicals
  • It has a rich foamy consistency that quickly lathers up on the skin
  • It is oil free 
  • It is soap free
  • It effectively removes makeup  
  • It's very gentle on my sensitive skin (hypoallergenic)
  • It does not block my pores (noncomedogenic)
  • Leaves my skin feeling very clean


Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturiser


This product serves as a good daily facial moisturiser. I was looking for something good enough to moisturise my skin but would also help to gently fade any blemishes.

Reasons why I like it:
  • It contains Salicylic Acid (0.5%)
  • It is oil free
  • It contains moisture-rich Soy extracts
  • It has a very rich, thick, and creamy consistency but is not greasy on the skin
  • Very absorbing
  • Is very gentle on my sensitive skin
  • Helps to clear up blemishes
  • Brightens and evens out the skin tone
  • Leaves my skin feeling very soft and smooth
  • Smells citrusy and fresh
  • A little goes a long way

These products work for me...

Having to deal with adult acne is a pain, and the mild marks or scarring that is sometimes left behind can be very disheartening in the race for beautiful skin.  These products have worked really well over the years, and have helped to bring my acne under control, proven to be one of the best 'over the counter' skin products out there.


Salicylic Acid: is one of the main ingredients I was looking to include in my skin regimen, and although these products only contain small amounts, it can sometimes be drying on the skin. I find that in the colder months I need to apply some coconut oil, if my skin feels too tight.

Total Soy Complex: is the natural harnessing of the soy protiens to effectively promote a clear, bright and smooth complexion and is not damaging or harsh on the skin. 

Please note that this is not a sponsored post or a full product review, but only a brief description of why these products work for my skin.

Let me know which products you have used over the years to help combat your own skin problems? It would be nice to hear your thoughts and experiences.
 

29 November 2014

TNP Waistbeads - New for Nov 2014


This two strand set of waistbeads consist of a mixture of dark green to lime toned glass beads. Also includes a green flower bead as centrepiece.  A very stunning and sleek finish, made to fit sizes 22-40 inches.

If larger size is required, then please feel free to contact me by sending a custom request.

Available to buy online.



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13 November 2014

Pleasantries


I'm so done with pleasantries, for they feel more like an enforced regimen of falsities, created to cover up what we really think of each other. A barrage of fake platitudes belched out on demand, with no meaning or any feeling. Just empty words that signal our participation in a conversation that's not really taking place.

The truth is that nobody really cares anyway, and the mundane responses are equally insignificant, because nobody is paying attention. Yet we find ourselves going through this automated sequence every single time, without fail. Our actions remain politically correct, but equally dysfunctional.

We look each other in the glazed-over-eye, nodding, cooing and simpering, as we actively participate in listening with our bodies but nothing really registers in our minds. It's only a social ritual, a run of amateur stage acts, and we are all participators of the same role. We indulge in the appearance of being a part of society, determined to show up whenever it's required, snapping selfies for social media, because to neglect this would be failing in our duty as relevant human beings that 'know what's up'.

However, there are some who eagerly await this interactive role-play of pretence, to satisfy their egos and help fill in the heavily concealed gaping holes of boredom in their own lives.  So they lap up every word for what it's worth, their beady eyes searching for the cracks in your veneer, ready to strike. They only take delight in throwing tiny but persistent daggers of bitterness your way, trying to make you as miserable as they feel. If you let them have their way, they will reel you in and steal your joy.

Then there are those who are so over the top and delirious with joy, and they never fail at delivering a Grammy-worthy performance of bubbliness in response to your mediocre attempt at politeness, leaving you wondering why you even bothered to get out of bed that morning. We both know they are only pretending.

I can no longer humour these irritating platitudes, because my patience is wearing thin and I worry that I'll just blurt out exactly what I'm thinking. Yeah, how shocking! So, if you're anything like me, you'll stay inna yuh yard. It's better to keep myself to myself, for my own sake and theirs.


Oh and by the way, have a nice day lol.


10 November 2014

My Skincare (part 1) - Five Basic Skincare Rules


The colder weather is on the horizon, and in preparation for this, my thoughts are drawn to my basic skin care needs to get through the months ahead. In this first segment of my skincare series, I will focus on the very basics, and then the next will cover some product reviews and other tips that have helped me along the way.

The points that I will be mentioning below are probably nothing that you've never heard of before, but this is for the few who are just starting off and need a nudge in the right direction.

Cleanse
A proper cleanse is important for the skin, especially if you wear make-up. Sometimes, just washing with our hands may not be adequate enough to combat the layers of product, and all the other natural elements that settle on our skin. So, it is important to make sure we are using the most efficient means available, to remove the dirt from our skin.

Cleansing does not need to be too complicated, and you could use oils, face brushes or a simple face cloth. There are several cleansing systems, with facial brushes on the market right now, but this may not be a suitable option for you, especially depending on the condition or sensitivity of your skin. Great care must be taken when introducing new products or gadgets to your skincare regimen, and if you are not sure of how your skin may react, then you're better off seeking professional advice.

Exfoliate
There are so many types of scrubs on the market today, but with adult acne prone skin it's better to look for an exfoliator with finer particles so that your skin is not aggravated. It's best practise to exfoliate upwards, in circular motions, and always avoiding the more delicate areas around the eyes.

I have found this to be the most effective and beneficial means of keeping my skin in the best condition. Apart from removing all the dead layers of skin, the process also gently massages the face and promotes good blood circulation.

Some of these cleansing systems will exfoliate as they cleanse, so it's good to keep this in mind to avoid overdoing it, which will strip back the skin causing dryness, breakouts or general skin damage.

Tone
Using a toner after exfoliation will not only remove any leftover residue, but will help close the pores and tighten your skin. This is an essential step in my regimen to help improve the appearance of my pores and promote firmer skin.

Treatment

There are a range of issues that we may come across when it comes to our skin. They could be due to the climate or environment you live in, health related, age issues or simply hormonal. The list goes on. To stay on top of your skin health, as soon as any issue has been identified, it should be treated effectively.

Such treatments may take a while and will have to become part of your regimen, so some dedication and patience will be required. For the naturally occurring skin issues that are inevitable, we must learn how to keep at bay, for as long as possible.

There are also some simple home remedies that can be applied to resolve minor issues, so it would make sense to familiarise ourselves with these simple natural remedies. If in any doubt, then again, it's better to seek advice from a professional as soon as possible.

As long as we continue to learn how to treat our skin with care, then we will reap the benefits in the long run and hopefully it will be evident for all to see. Prevention is always better than cure.


Moisturise
Finally, moisturising your skin after cleansing will not only help to replace any lost moisture, but also protect it from the elements, leaving your skin supple and smooth. 



Which extra steps do you like to include in your skincare regimen?  
 

17 October 2014

Giving your all, even when it's not good enough.


One of my favourite lessons from the Bible is that of the Widow's mite. It speaks of a poor and lowly woman, a widower with probably no support, who was still prepared to give the little she had. So she came in to church with her two tiny coins, to drop in the offering bowl, while the rich on the other hand probably only gave a small portion of all their wealth. This struggling woman willingly gave all she had in humility, while others in a more fortunate position may have looked down their noses at her meagre offering.

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
Mark 12:41-44 New International Version

Learning to give my all to God at all times, regardless of misconceptions, is definitely one of the hardest life lessons I've had to accept.  There are points in life that we may feel we have nothing left to give, because it seems like we have already given our best, but we cannot continue to bask in the light of yesterdays glory. Reminds me of the scripture that speak of serving God in our youth:
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
Ecclesiastes 12:1 King James Bible
Another version says: Don't let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, "Life is not pleasant anymore."
Ecclesiastes 12:1 New Living Translation

It's not only about age, but it's about times and seasons, which are a natural process in life. The truth is that there will be times when we cannot do as much as we would like to, due to circumstances which are beyond our control. So while our hearts are still fully committed, we must be patient and learn to adapt until the new season is in full circle.

Sometimes, it’s a simple case of losing our perspective, because we can no longer see what we do have, or do not regard what we have as valuable. At such low times as these, we may not even be in the right frame of mind to sensibly evaluate what we do have, and may be too quick to dismiss it.

Most of the time we don't even know what God is requiring of us anyway, because we haven't stopped to ask. We are expecting it to be something big, extremely complex and of such unadulterated excellence that it must probably be unobtainable, but God doesn't work like that.

God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Romans 12:6-8 New Living Translation

He has already equipped us with what we need to be excellent. However most importantly, what He needs from us is to give all we have.  It may not even be a 'finished' or 'polished' work, but in our giving of it wholeheartedly, He will take it and use it for His excellence.

You see, it doesn't really matter what other people may think of your gift, or the quality and quantity of what you’re giving, by implying that it may not be up to scratch or suggesting that it's too insignificant to present before God, just start with giving what you've got and let God do the perfecting.
 

Life experiences can change your perspective in an instant, a change that could last forever. The goal posts of your existence are immediately repositioned, and there is a complete transformation of the mind. You don't see life as a big competition anymore, and your priorities change because your focus has changed.
 

So, in all we're giving today, let our focus be on God and not on any man. Who are we trying to please anyway? God can see your sacrifice, and He alone knows how much it has cost you.