Too Much Of Nufin’

Friday, September 4th, 2020

I am still in quarantine even if some people and places act like it’s all over. I am high risk. I am still scared. Therefore I stay home to be healthy and alive.

I’ve been doing too much of nothing.  I work from home plus cook and clean all day every day. That’s my life. I want the world to go back to it’s normalcy so I can get out of the house, go to work, and take a break. Seriously.

I tried a new leave-in conditioner by Camille Rose called Honey Hydrate Step 1 The “Leave-In” Collection. I love it! I saturated my hair with the product, and because the conditioner is so thick, it gave my hair length, plus super moisture. I bought it at Target. It’s a new staple.

Then my 81-year-old mom braided my hair in jumbo braids because I didn’t know what else to do with it. It was fast and easy. Not bad for 81-years-old.

 

Update – Hair Care Supplements and Serum

Monday, June 15th, 2020

I have been following my hair care routine for five months and have not noticed any improvement in hair growth, not even a tiny bit, and because of that, I felt the need to try something else for better results.

My main reason for selecting the products I used was because I did not want to order items online. I just wanted to go to the store, purchase them with ease, and call it a day.

But because of covid-19 all I do is order stuff online. So when I decided to change my hair care supplements I selected products I liked with good reviews.

I purchased my little niece the children’s hair growth supplements and selected to take the advanced formula of Healthy Hair Adult Vitamins with Biotin by Mielle for myself. I take two tablets a day.

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I also purchased the Beauty Formula by Anser! This company was co-founded by actress and twin, Tia Mowry, and the Beauty Formula focuses on support for the hair, skin, and nails. I take one capsule a day.

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In addition I bought Hollywood Hair Bar Extra Strength Growth Serum. I apply the serum to my scalp every morning and massage it in for about one minute.

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I still use Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration line of products. I wash, condition and deep condition every two weeks. I apply leave-in conditioner daily after my hair is damp from the morning shower.

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I feel good about this program. Fingers crossed for health and growth.

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New Beauty Stuff

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Like many during this quarantine time I ordered a lot stuff online. I ordered so many products, and so often, I can’t remember all I received.

Even though I wasn’t going any place or doing anything I still sought out just a few make-up items I wanted to include in my collection.

Juvia’s The Festival: Love the fun colors and I have been looking for red and white eye shadow that suits my color for the longest.

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Mented Cosmetics: I adore this brand and adore the fact that I never worry about their colors not having enough pigmentation for my skin tone.

I own all of the nude lipsticks in matte with matching lip liners and now I have their matte red collection in red & butter, red rover and red carpet. Too excited!

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These blushes by Mented are so dog-gone pretty I had to purchase all of them. Featuring Clay Too Much, Pinky Promise, Peach For The Stars and Berried Away.

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Mented’s Night lip-liner is my favorite. I wear it so much I had to restock along with their high brow precision pencil in Brow or Later.

Check out my little rosemary bush. I’ve been doing some planting while in quarantine.

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My favorite product in the Tarte collection is their Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara in color black. Must have.

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If I were stranded on an island and could only have one make-up product it would defiantly be concealer without a doubt. Fenty Beauty’s  Pro Filt’r instant retouch concealer in color 410 and Born This Way super coverage in color Chai is all I will need.

I use Fenty Beauty’s foundation as well in 390. I like 410 in the concealer because it covers my dark circles better than 390.

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I had so much fun creating this Beauty Oil using herbs and oils that felt good to me at that time. I use my Beauty Oil to remove makeup and cleanse my face. I also use it to moisturize my face, and body, day and night.

I’m in love!

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Feeling Kinda Blue

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

I’m feeling blue about a couple of things so I put on some blue lipstick by LipBar in color “Icon” to brighten things up for me.

Many people don’t like this color, but I do, and I wear it for me. I think once blue lipstick becomes normal to wear folks will change. That always happens. I am a risk taker, leader, and don’t follow the norm (whatever that is).  Folks who went to college with me know what I am talking about ;) . Yes there are people wearing blue lipstick, but when it becomes extremely popular to wear, that’s when it will be accepted by the masses and blend in with everyday life. Watch.

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I’m blue about and scared of covid-19. Even though I have managed to stay healthy life has changed and will remain this way until a vaccine is discover and released which I heard will be in June of 2021.

The unnecessary shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia is ridiculous and the entire situation has made me very angry. Little black boys are now asking their mothers’ if they will get shot while running.

I colored my hair once while in quarantine then stopped. I want to see how long my curls will grow from the gray strands that stand out. By looking at the new growth I say my hair grew one inch since February. But in all honesty it doesn’t look any longer in length.

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I’m on a diet. I put on so many pounds it is crazy. I can’t go to the gym right now so I walk about 30 minutes to an hour a day or stay active. I eat a lot less and the Hubs said he sees a difference in my face. I don’t see anything.

Is Covid-19 Malaria?

Monday, April 13th, 2020

I’ve been listening to people talk about their symptoms during their covid-19 scare.

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They had fever, chills, headache, diarrhea, aches, cough, and just felt horrible. Their sickness was also up and down and some never had symptoms at all but were still positive. People have died from covid-19 due to complications.

When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Congo I had malaria three times. The first time I had fever, chills, headache, diarrhea, aches, cough and just felt horrible. My sickness was also up and down.

The second and third time I didn’t know I had it at all. I felt a little weird, told a Congolese nurse, and she told me what I had. She said having malaria this way is the most dangerous because you don’t know you have it and can’t treat it. In the Congo people died all of the time due to complications from malaria.

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We got malaria from the mosquitoes. If you got bit, which we all did, then malaria was in you. We took medication every Sunday to prevent the disease from developing but nothing was 100% effective. Chloroquine and fansidar was used then as a remedy for healing, like chloroquine is used now as a remedy for healing with covid-19.

To me covid-19 is malaria. But malaria is not airborne. So how is this happening? How are people worldwide contracting malaria aka coronavirus without getting bit by a mosquito? Can someone help me out?

So, So Far…

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

I am kinda enjoying myself during this self-quarantine phase. I like working from home. The prep time to get ready to go to work, and the commute time to go to work, is time I now use all for myself. I love it.

I’ve been able to finish little projects I put off because of time, and now with that list getting shorter, I feel organized.

I’ve been flipping back and forth from Netflix to HBO to Prime Video. I light candles, maybe turn on the fireplace, relax with a glass of wine, and enjoy the television. It’s a different feeling from before.

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I always feel like I don’t have enough supplies and order more, sanitize the package when it arrives, and sanitize each item in the package before they are opened or placed in my pantry and refrigerator.

I juiced all of my oranges because I want to try to increase our immune system as much as possible using any and everything I got.

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I am very grateful for the acre of land and wall surrounding our property. At first I didn’t want to move here because the house is a fixer upper. We are fixing it up and now we have distance which is much needed right now.

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I am currently burning my second St. Michael the Archangel candle.

Self-Quarantine

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

The times we are living in right now is like something out of a movie. I am waiting for the director to say “Cut!” and we all go back to our normal lives.

I am currently on day 5 of self-quarantine. Monday, March 16 was my last regular day of work. My job was trying to figure out what to do. Things were changing by the hour. I informed my supervisors, because of what I heard on the news, that I am more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus because I have a pre-existing condition (type 1 diabetes). On Tuesday, March 17 my supervisors told me to work from home for the next 30 days.

So, I organized my work laptop to gain access to my emails and have been working from my home office as much as I can. I like working from home. I get to stay up late and sleep longer. It takes me maybe an hour to shower, moisturize my hair, face, and body (sans make-up) then jump into some sweats (that I probably wore the day before), make the bed, set up my work laptop, turn on my work cell phone and eat a bowl of cereal while checking my emails. Normally I take two hours in the morning and I don’t make the bed.

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The last time I saw my 80-year-old mom was Tuesday. I check in with her every day and encourage her to stay home. If she needs supplies I gave her a number to call that will deliver to seniors. We did a big shop last weekend. I gave her vitamins to increase her immune system, and without knowing the relation elderberry was going to have with the coronavirus, I ordered the herb for her sinus condition that arrived this week. What luck! Elderberries have practically disappeared from the shelves. I ordered another bag of herbs and gummies for my family on amazon, with an inflated price, and will have to wait until April to receive everything.

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The Hubs and I have also increased out vitamin intake and I am always sanitizing. It’s hard. I have to be careful with bags and products and packages delivered because, if infected, the virus can stay on items for at least 24 hours. Whenever I go to Wal-Mart, if I see toilet paper, paper towels, and any disinfectant I get it. I am constantly sanitizing my hands and wiping things down, including products I purchase before I put them in my pantry and refrigerator. Before all of this the Hubs had men working on the property. I told him to postpone. We don’t need people running around on the property at this time and they defiantly wasn’t coming in my house. I have to watch the Hubs carefully with hand sanitizing and so on. Sometimes I think he thinks he is invincible.

To pass the time I binge-watched season 3 of “The Deuce,” watched the movies “US,” “Little,” and “Aquaman” all on HBO and binge-watched, in one sitting, the limited series “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” on Netflix. I was truly inspired by the story of Madam C.J. Walker. She was brilliant!

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I cook more. I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies (I can’t believe I never posted my recipe) and a loaf of banana bread. The Hubs liked that. And because the Madam C.J. Walker story was extremely inspirational to me I made another batch of my homemade hair cream. I went to the catholic store and purchased a St. Michael’s globe for protection and 12 white 7-day candles. I plan to burn a candle once-a-week.

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I disinfect the floors every couple of days but broke the mop trying to break up a fight between my cane corso and rottweiler.

I have to stop being paranoid about everything and start to meditate. I entered a store and felt weird. I thought I got something. I blamed it on the store. When I got home I immediately asked the Hubs to take my temperature. He got mad at me because I went outside. My temperature was normal. Then I remembered I am a diabetic (sounds weird, right?) and checked my sugar. I was low. That’s why I felt weird. I gotta calm down. If I keep this up I am going to make myself sick.

Twenty something more days to go…

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Future Deltas

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

I am so in love with my little grand nieces. I gave them these t-shirts for Christmas and have been bugging my nephew to send me pictures with them wearing the shirts since December. My two little pumpkins are future members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and I just wanted the world to know.

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I also purchased them t-shirts featuring names of the five black women who won major beauty pageant titles in 2019.

What an historical time and a wonderful way to celebrate #blackgirlmagic! I wanted my nieces to be apart of that in some way and thought t-shirts featuring the Queens’ names would be appropriate.

  • Nia Franklin – Miss America 2019 (New York)
  • Cheslie Kryst – Miss USA 2019 (North Carolina)
  • Kaliegh Garres – Miss Teen USA 2019 (Connecticut)
  • Zozibini Tunzi – Miss Universe 2019 (South Africa)
  • Toni-Ann Singh – Miss World 2019 (Jamaica)

I’ll probably see Hollis and Story in-person (they live in NY) before I receive pictures of them in the shirts so I am not even going to ask.