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MY EXPERIENCE WITH BENTONITE CLAY

The reputation of bentonite clay is not that pleasing, a number of people claim that it caused them a number of side effects. Before putting on your face, ensure it works for your skin and be sure to consult your dermatologist. I form the paste using rose water, a few drops of vitamin e and a quarter a teaspoon of the clay.I apply it on my face and leave it 15 minutes or till its visibly dry then wash it off. There is a sting on the face, so you can actually know the mask is working. My skin feels fresh and is actually very smooth. It gets rid of acne or spots on your face. I can generally say that it is a really great detoxifying mask.

My Recipe:

  1. Rosewater
  2. Bentonite clay

Procedure:

Mix it well to form a smooth yogurt like paste. Do not use metallic dishes.

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JUMPROPE WORKOUT

Jump Rope for weight loss

I tried the 1000 jump ropes a day challenge for 30 days

For a while,I had been looking for a method of exercising that suited me. Some people go to the gym everyday, others do intense at home workouts and others do the weirdest things. None of these were ever suitable for me. I decided to hope onto something that seemed a little easier.I got into skipping rope as exercise. Not long after I decided to join a 1000 jump ropes a day challenge. Honestly the best thing I’ve ever done for my body. It’s quite tiring during the first days but slowly by slowly your body gets used to it. This shocked me but in just a week I could see a difference, I was losing some excess fat and my body was toning itself.In a few more days I was light on my feet when jumping rope if you know what i mean.I would 100% recommend this if you are just trying to get fit or even lose weight.Jumping rope has baller benefits.

Honestly the jump rope is a totally underrated piece of equipment.

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BALLER BENEFITS OF JUMP ROPE EXERCISE

1. Burns major calories

Jumping rope is a great calorie-burner.According to Science daily This aerobic exercise can achieve a “burn rate” of up to 1300 calories per hour of vigorous activity, with about 0.1 calories consumed per jump.Ten minutes of jumping rope can roughly be considered the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile.

2. Portable and fun

You can easily bring a jump rope with you when you’re traveling. You have a dependable and portable exercise routine anywhere you end go. Take it to work, take it to school and try all kinds of tricks.

3.Improves bone density

Bone density increases as it is directly coincided with the amount of exercise performed.Denver, and a researcher who has studied the bones of the elderly and of athletes, says that the best exercise to improve bone density is simply jumping up and down. “Jumping is great, if your bones are strong enough to begin with. If you have any history of fractures or a family history of osteoporosis, check with a physician before jumping.

4. Improves coordination

Jump Rope makes you focus on your feet.Your brain is aware of what your feet are doing. This practice, over and over again, makes you “lighter” on your feet.The feet must jump in time with the wrists rotating in order to create a continuous jumping motion.

5. Improves Cardiovascular health

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, skipping rope is recommended for aerobic conditioning. In order to increase your heart and lung health. 

6. Makes you smarter

It was actually shocking to me.Believe it or not, jumping rope can make you smarter. According to the Jumprope institute, jumping aids in the development of the left and right hemispheres of your brain.enhances spatial awareness, improves reading skills, increases memory, and makes you more mentally alert.

7. Improves your posture

We now live in a society where everyone spends most of the day hunched over the computer or using their phone.Your body will learn how to center over your feet, helping to improve postural efficiency.

My experience with jump rope exercising.

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STYLING TIPS EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW

STYLING TIPS

  1. Play With Proportions

What it basically means to play with proportions is to pair up loose top with tight bottoms or tight top with loose top.This not only makes you look leaner but also makes your body type look more flattering.This is too essential to miss out.

  1. Tuck your T-shirt

Tucking your shirt has the effect of making you look more put together and people can actually tell  you are stylish. You can bring a drape and even add a belt to make it look even better.

  1. Dainty Jewelry

The thing about dainty jewelry is that it’s actually cheaper than the heavy,chunky jewelry. Layering is a good way to wear dainty jewelry and also not too much jewelry.Hoops look more feminine.

  1. Nude shoes

Nude shoes literally go with anything so it’s really important that you go with the type you are comfortable with and complements your skin tone. This is definitely a must have item.

  1. Emphasize your waist 

Buying dresses that emphasize your waist especially if you are still trying to work on your lower body will most definitely flatter your waist.

  1. Be Yourself 

By having that one thing you like and people can identify you with like a scarf,sunglasses and any other kind of accessory you are obsessed with.

  1. Hair & Make-up

Hair and make-up can easily make a casual outfit look ten times better. It really does make a big difference.

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BEAUTY IN THE PANDEMIC

HOW BEAUTY BEHAVIORS HAVE CHANGED DURING LOCKDOWN

As we look for ways to spend their time stuck at home during the pandemic, beauty routines have been a focus for some. From advancing their skincare routine to giving themselves a haircut due to closed salons, we have taken our beauty and personal care into our own hands. What’s your lockdown personality? Are you the type that applies a full face of makeup or more the kind of person who has to think for longer than perhaps they should when asked when they last showered?Online sales surged, seeing a 200% increase in customer sign-ups following lockdown.Beauty is therapy. That much, we all know by now, over half a year into the coronavirus pandemic, beginning with a community lockdown that had us confined, self-isolating in our homes to contain its spread. In our frustration, boredom, or despair, beauty soothes and excites. Beauty gives us a semblance of normalcy — a way to feel like ourselves again. And because we each have our own way of coping, there are two sides to the trends that the lockdown influenced. You’re either doing the most, or the bare minimum. You are either D.I.Y.-ing it all, getting busy with your hands with the help of online tutorials or video calls from supportive loved ones, or you find comfort in buying new things; you just love the anticipation of a package delivery.

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TIMELESS FASHION ESSENTIALS

FASHION ESSENTIALS THAT NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE

Fast fashion has become a key characteristic of the fashion industry we know today, stimulating a short clothing lifecycle. Trends are changing so quickly that we can hardly keep up.

  1. Trenchcoat

 The trench coat will never go out of style, though it’ll likely be reinvented.The trench coat is chic and casual, modest and immodest, office and evening style. Trench coats look good on everyone, they add adult sophistication to any outfit, keep you dry, and look great with both rain boots and shorts or party dresses and stilettos. There’s nothing worse than completing a dressy outfit with a sloppy jacket, but a trench is a great option–comfortable and cute.

  1. Black Heels

 The black pair of heels is a shoe that will never go out of style. You can wear them with pretty much anything — from that little black dress to a business suit to skinny jeans with a blazer. Feminine, sexy, classic and black. You probably expected this one coming. Black shoes are a wardrobe must have for every woman.

  1. White Tee

 Honestly, every woman needs a good, plain white t-shirt in their life. Of all classics, there’s no doubt that this is the most simple and fresh item. Due to its versatility it never goes out of style. This piece can be worn for every occasion and has many styling options.

  1. A Little Black Dress

Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral colour.The black dress slims the body, frames the face and hides imperfect tailoring. When you need to make an impression, nothing disguises your figure flaws or adds height and general allure like a little black dress.

  1. Blazer

 The blazer is an extremely versatile garment. The outfit possibilities of a blazer are endless. It is considered a suitable piece for any situation, both formal and informal occasions. It’s an easy way to make your outfit look proper. If you get a neutral color, you can pair it with all of the items you already own.

  1. Jeans

Jeans are constantly being reinvented, always changing, always evolving. This is the primary reason why jeans will never go out of style.They can take you from work to a casual party, and from casual daytime to a dressier evening with a simple swap of accessories and a pair of heels. A pair of jeans that fit flawlessly is your best friend for life. The perfect pair, however, is hard to find.

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MONEY LESSONS/ESCAPING THE FINANCIAL ‘RAT RACE’

 The  books I’ve read focus on the importance of financial independence and emphasizes the importance of building wealth through investments.These books also highlight the importance of increasing your financial IQ for establishing a successful business not forgetting practical steps that teach you financial freedom at a very early age. There are smart ways to escape this “rat race” of working for unlimited hours yet struggling to make ends meet.This contains links incase you want to make a purchase at a friendly price, here are the books i’ve read are ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill in 1937 , ’Rich dad poor dad – Robert Kiyosaki’‘Cashflow Quadrant – Robert Kiyosaki’

IMPORTANT LESSONS FROM FINANCIAL LITERACY BOOKS I’VE READ

  1. Make Money Work For You

For most people, their profession is their income and they live through their work to survive. For rich people, assets and investments is their income. Making money work for you simply means using your money to make more money.There is  importance in that journey and how you should be very strategic about that journey from employee, to being able to retire because your passive income is greater than your expenses.

  1. Work To Learn

 The value of being an employee isn’t in the money, it’s in leveraging the resources of a particular company in order to better yourself by learning a little about a lot. Find a job where you can learn skills.

  1. “Winning means being unafraid to lose”

Failure inspires winners and defeats losers. Do not be afraid of losing and be bold enough to admit and learn from your failures.Every rich person has lost money at some point, but many poor people have never lost a dime. Playing not to lose money means you will never make money.“One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.” — Napoleon Hill

  1. Surround Yourself With Winners 

 Sit with people who are smarter than you and you can learn a lot by surrounding yourself in their company.If you consistently surround yourself with winners, winning would become the only option in all your endeavors.Don’t be afraid or too arrogant to surround yourself with people who are doing much better than you, because they could definitely push and stretch you to discover your hidden abilities in life.

  1. Open Up Your Brain

Saying “I can’t afford it” shuts down your brain. Asking “How can I afford it?” opens up your brain. Change your thoughts to change your life.Be in control over your emotions. Do not let fear or opinion of anyone dictate your actions. Money is essentially an illusion and fear is what drives us to get out of bed and go to work every morning and desire is why we are tempted by pay rises as we desire increasingly to have luxurious and expensive things.

  1. Pay Yourself Fast

Each month, first invest a certain amount of money into income-generating assets before you pay your bills. Short of money, use this pressure to keep yourself on your toes to generate more cash. The point behind giving yourself that pressure is a sound one to inspire in you some commercial creativity that might just lead to a new business idea or some other income-generating proposition. This is why you often find that entrepreneurs come from financially unstable backgrounds – the pressure inspired them.

  1. Develop Your Listening skills

 Listening is more important than talking. Do not constantly argue, instead listen and observe. Ask questions and try to gather as much knowledge as you can from others. Active listening is an important “soft skill”, like problem-solving, leadership and teamwork.

  1. Choose Your Study Materials carefully

You become what you study, so choose your study materials carefully, read a lot.Know a little about everything. Learn something about accounting, investing, markets, law, sales, marketing, leadership, writing, speaking, and communication. Know little about anything you can. Bill Gates has also talked about the same point in his interviews.

  1. Gain more Assets That Cover Your Liabilities

Assets are basically things that earn you money while Liabilities are things that takeaway your money.If you want to buy something, you must first generate enough cash flow from your assets to cover the expenses which are your liabilities.Reduce your expenses low and cut your liabilities. Expenses and liabilities beyond means are not good.Do not simply aim for more income, aim for more valuable assets, keep repeating the circle.Excess cash flow generated by your assets should be invested again to acquire more assets. 

Hope this knowledge i’ve shared gets you to the point you want to reach in your life…

Let’s Start Winning!

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LOOK GOOD EVERYDAY, EVERYWHERE

Lets feel good!

HOW TO LOOK GOOD EVERYDAY EVEN WHEN YOU ARE NOT LEAVING THE HOUSE

It’s not easy to look good everyday,especially when you have a lot to do and are working or studying from home.I have observed and learnt stuff worth sharing.

It’s not a bad thing to want to look good

It’s very true that when you look good you feel good.You feel confident and ready.Some it might be superficial, but that’s judging others for wanting something better for themselves.When you feel good in your body, when you’re confident in what you’re wearing – you’re more open to things and approach life with a different attitude. You’re prepared to meet anyone and you don’t need to hide behind a dumpster or explain yourself for the way you look. 

  1. Wake up a little earlier

Probably something you didn’t expect or want to see here.After a night of restful sleep, our skin is at its best first thing in the morning. And if you’re an early riser, you can take advantage of the morning hours to give your skin some extra TLC. People who get up later in the day tend to focus less on healthy morning habits like hydrating and exercise, which oxygenates your blood and promotes healthy skin. Early morning risers can also use the extra time to exfoliate, moisturize and cleanse.

  1. Moisturize

Moisturizing your skin is important to help prevent further breakouts. When your skin is dry and irritated, it actually causes breakouts and acne. Conceals other Skin blemishes  using a daily moisturizer ensures that the skin’s blemishes are camouflaged.Apart from moisturizing creams, drink your water!

  1. Exercise

Exercise, by getting the heart rate up and improving blood circulation, can help to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin which keeps the skin healthy, promotes collagen production, and promotes new skin cells which keeps the skin looking glowing and is also helpful for anti-aging.Just sweat a little everyday.

  1. Do your hair

It enhances her personality. It’s an important part of your appearance and sets the tone for your entire look. A bad hair day is just a bad day. If you’re dressed to impress but your hair doesn’t match your clothes it can ruin your entire look and make you look like a homeless person who stole someone’s good clothes.

  1. Wear clothes you feel good in

You don’t need to wear a tight dress and high heels to look good, if you’re not feeling confident wearing that outfit. That outfit you feel good in probably also makes you look as good. Wear  what makes you feel confident that day.

  1. Smile!

Put on a happy face. A cheerful facial expression may compensate for relative unattractiveness. The stronger the smile, the more attractive a face looked.

  1. Brush your teeth

Keep those teeth pearly white!A white and evenly spaced set of teeth make you seem 

more attractive.

  1. Enough sleep

 Research has proven that a good night’s sleep makes you look healthier, happier and even look good..That works like a miracle. If you’re going to get up earlier and still want to look good – go to bed earlier. Prioritize sleep. It will get rid of bad food cravings, bad moods and undereye bags for you.

Add value to yourself each day

Love yourself!!!

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A DOSE OF POSITIVITY.

A positive lifestyle means a positive attitude and taking positive action. It means focusing on solutions, not on problems.It means constantly improving yourself.A positive lifestyle means a positive outlook and viewpoint, expecting the best, and striving to do the best you can.

Tips To Achieve A Positive Lifestyle

1.Daily Affirmations

Affirmations are a powerful way to maintain a positive and peaceful state of mind. Positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes which will improve your mental and physical health.

2. Listen to Music

Taking your time to listen to your favourite songs while focusing on nothing else but the music helps improve your mood.The best thing about it is you may never even notice when it happens.Just take your time to feel the beats and understand the lyrics.

3. Meditate

Meditation is proven to relieve stress and reduce anxiety and what better way to achieve a positive and clear mind than by getting rid of all stresses and anxiety. Find yourself a comfortable position and settle.Focus on your breathing and empty your mind.

4. Smile

 Smiling is not just a way that our body expresses the joy in our mind, but a way that it can help to create the positive emotions. Taking just a few minutes of your day to smile intentionally will improve your confidence and attract positive energy. Even a forced smile can lead to a mood boost.

5. A Gratitude Journal

Gratitude helps counterbalance negative thought patterns by focusing on the good. Over time you develop a more positive mindset, better relationships with yourself and others, and increase your overall well-being. Gratitude journaling is all about the feeling behind the gratitude. Take your time each day to write at least five things you are grateful for.The little things matter!  Write about a time you were grateful for something a loved one did for you.

6. Surround yourself with positive people

Positivity and happiness is contagious. The most successful people are those who have a happy, healthy and positive approach to life.They’ll inspire you – and you’ll inspire them right back.Being good is good for the soul.Positive people are grateful.

7. Positive self talk instead of negative thoughts

Positive self talk is a way of challenging any negative thoughts.Positive self-talk makes you feel good about yourself and the things that are going on in your life. It’s like having an optimistic voice in your head that always looks on the bright side.

8. Focus on the present

 If you focus on the present and be grateful for what you have right now, then you can be happy and joyful right now and life will be lighter. This concept is worth absorbing to the fullest. “The only moment we ever have is NOW”.

9. Sing!

Singing improves your mood.It is very effective as a stress reliever and improves sleep.Of course it doesn’t matter whether you are good or bad at singing.

10. Understand that You’re Responsible for Everything That Happens To You

You are responsible for everything you feel and think because you are responsible for your thoughts. Being responsible is about being positive and solution focused. It is not a sign of weakness to take responsibility for your mistakes. It is a sign of supreme confidence.

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CLEAR & GLOWING SKIN WITHOUT PRODUCTS

HOW CAN I ACHIEVE CLEAR GLOWING SKIN WITHOUT PRODUCTS

There are a number of things you can actually do to achieve clear and glowing skin that do not involve the use of any products. By doing these things you also get numerous benefits when it comes to your health. Lets get healthy!

1.Nutrition

This is very important for your skin’s health.I have personally seen great improvements by drastically reducing refined carbs and sugar consumption and instead adding plenty of veggies to your diet.

2. Dairy Intake

Dairy is inflammatory and could potentially cause pimples or acne. If you can’t understand why you get pimples try to cut off dairy completely for 3 weeks and see if you get any improvements. You have a lot to gain!

3. Exercising

The effort generated by the workout makes it so that your blood circulation increases. Increased blood circulation and oxygen supply to the skin are clearly visible in the reddening of the skin during exercise.High intensity workouts are the best for your skin. Luckily high intensity is subjective, so don’t get discouraged.

4. Preserving skin barrier

Every time you clean your face you are disrupting the skin barrier. This is especially true if you use harsh detergents or hot water.he skin barrier is responsible for making sure water doesn’t evaporate from skin.It also acts as a protective shield against harmful microorganisms by producing antimicrobial peptides and proteins. On top of that, it regulates inflammation.When the skin barrier is healthy, your complexion appears smooth, clear, even-toned, and balanced.Washing your face two times a day is plenty.

5. Sleep well!

This goes without say as we all know it as beauty sleep.Don’t forget to use a clean pillow!

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WHY YOU SHOULD START WRITING A JOURNAL TODAY

BENEFITS OF WRITING A JOURNAL

1. Goals in Track

When writing a journal your creative and vulnerable side is awakened you can at times feel like writing down your goals and even steps you are taking to achieve them.It is known that you are more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. You can monitor your progress and continue to motivate yourself by documenting new developments and achievements.

2. Know yourself a lot better

As you continuously write about the happenings in your life, whether good, bad, sad, spectacular or unbelievable you’ll tend to notice some trends on how you handled some difficult situations. This will allow you to know your strengths and your weaknesses, what you like and what you don’t like. So that the next time someone asks you to tell them about yourself it won’t be quite a hustle.

3.Improve your mood

Helping you prioritize problems, fears, and concerns. Tracking any symptoms day-to-day so that you can recognize triggers and learn ways to better control them. Providing an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and identifying ways that helped you deal with them before.

4. Helps in problem solving

Journal writing will help you to solve your problems more easily. Just like talking to a friend about problems helps reduce stress, writing in a journal helps clarify the problems in your own mind and allows you to concentrate on finding a solution.

5. Channel your inner creativity

Journaling can prove to be an important way of relaxing and letting your thoughts flow.Writing about the ideas that flow through your mind can allow you to tap your inner creativity and might also be helpful for individuals that want to identify their passion or interests.

6. Long-term Memory

Life changes rapidly and although certain significant events are stored in the memory, many other events tend to be forgotten. Writing a journal will allow you to keep track of your life and the events that took place. The journals can serve to be a valuable piece of writing later in life when you want to sit back and reminisce over the past years.

7.Stay Organized

 

Diaries help keep your thoughts organized and comprehensible. You can record daily musings, the feelings you had about a certain experience or the opinions you had about a specific event. They can become memory banks of whatever you wish or reminders of anything you want.By creating diaries that are specific to certain topics, you can organize and archive your thoughts even more. Whatever you decide to write about, writing in a diary helps you sift through the clutter in your mind by organizing your thoughts into notes, lists, memories, stories and more.

8. Brainstorm ideas effectively

The benefits of journal writing are that you are able to keep all of your ideas in one place, no matter how all over the place they may be. Feel free to jot down whatever pops into your head and let your mind wander. Later on, you can come back to these ideas and look for connections and conclusions that may promote even more new and awesome ideas.

10. Improves Immune Function

Believe it or not, expressive writing can strengthen your immunity and decrease your risk of illness. Expressive writing has been shown to improve liver and lung function and combat certain diseases; it has even been reported the wounded heal faster.

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HOW DO I KNOW MY PERSONAL STYLE

PERSONAL STYLE

What is personal style?

Personal style is attitude and everything, it is how you dress, style your hair, decorate your home, act on a date, choose a gift, treat a friend, drive your car, say yes to something, say no to something, do your job and basically make your choices.

How do i find my personal style in relation to fashion

I mean your personal style, the style that is uniquely suited to you and most importantly how you choose the clothes you’ll buy in order to wear and feel more like yourself.I prepared a couple steps that will help you define your personal style.No matter where you are on your path to mastering your personal take on fashion, there are certain actions you can follow to hone in on it.

1.Find your style icon

The likelihood of finding a style icon who’s style completely defines you is kinda low. I Would recommend doing a little research on style icons either in pinterest or through any kind of platform you find most suitable. A style icon is someone you can look upto for style inspiration.

2.Find your label

Have a collection of inspiring photos which you choose focusing on the looks and outfits.Pinterest will be of good help at this point.Pick a few words to describe your look,are they classic, modern, eclectic, bohemian, or trend-forward.Write the ones that fit best for future reference.

3.The special pictures

You know those days when you go out and you’re just feeling good about how you look, take a picture for future reference or look at those photos you consider your favourite.These pictures will be easiest to interpret your true personal style and should serve as inspiration.

4.Choose your signature piece

Have a signature item or two that becomes part of their style identity.It could simply be oversize sunglasses, a personalized piece of jewelry or a memorable fur coat.Such that if someone will easily notice if you don’t have it on.

5.Note the repeats and excesses

There is a reason your closet has an excess of a certain type of item.You purchase it again and again because they make you happy and comfortable. They are your style sweet spot, if you will. As long as the item is flattering and works for your current style, embrace them.

6.Identify the odd piece

The odd piece is the one that does not fit with the overall vibe of your clothes. The chances are it’s something you like but you might not be well comfortable with.If you’re aiming to evolve your look or try something new, consider going after pieces that feel more like that aspirational item.

7.The little compliments

Give some importance to those little compliments you get whether on your shoe game your top or your overall style on that certain day. Those are your strengths and will make you look good no matter what.

8.Pay attention to the whole look

While we focus on clothing don’t forget your makeup and accessories.They also play an important role in your overall appearance. Beauty comes in all aspects.

9.Know and Trust yourself

Wherever you go shopping for clothes, trust your instincts and choose only what you like and makes you feel like more of yourself. After all you are the one who’ll be wearing those outfits.

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