July 2017 WeAreOnyx Box!


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What can I say other than I’am completely satisfied with the products selected yet again! The theme was on point and well…I’ll just leave the link to my unboxing video right here WeAreOnyx Unboxing! I have yet to photographe each item but the video will do the items justice. For such a small box it sure packs a punch of goodness 😍

 

First We Are Onyx Box!

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Hey guys! I totally could not patiently wait for this so I will just cut the small talk and get right into what we all recieved this month and for me my very first box from We Are Onyx!

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Oh, let me just say that I’am hype about every single product! I shared the card above that on one side features the artwork and on the other the contents so you can see right away that this box is giving you value! I was able to subscribe with a code for $5 off each month for the duration of my stay with them making this and my future boxes $20 flat! Can you see why Im excited 😄But even at the orignal price of $25 this box is worth it! Now unto the first item by Rutz Naturals for your viewing pleasure…..

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And the Second product by Oils Of The World…..

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Now the third item by Eden BodyWorks almost made me cry when I thought it had all spilled out since the exterior was wet but it had not and the bottle does not have any punctures so we are good. It just leaked a little (Unlike the other oil this one did not come in bubble wrap ) Smells amazing so I’m happy it is still full!

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And the fourth item by Measurable Difference a blush in Strawberry Sorbet 😍 I like Blushes…I normally use them as eyeshadow too so guess who is happy 😊

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The fifth item is by ColourPop and from their Lippie Stix line in the color Dukes Matte!

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They even included and in their own words “A lil nugget of gratitude!” By Rutz Naturals

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I’am very happy I decided to try this box out! It looked like a box that would have items that not only I but my mini me could use and they did not disappoint! I will be back to add my opinions on the other items as we use them. The lippie Stix is already a winner because come on you can’t go wrong with a lippe really. If I had recieved an undesirable color I would have mixed it with another to create a whole new color but that was not the case today. I usually receive pink lippies from other subscriptions so this was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Also, it says matte but it has a subtle shine and is very smooth and moisturizing!

Until next post, stay sweet. Im out ✌

Wednesday June 21th 2017 @8:11pm

“Volume Up” theme….so two “sistas” this month were used for it….hhhmmm

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Hey ya’ll! So, I have already shared the contents of my IPSY Glam Bag on social media but I saved a few of my personal thoughts for here and a private account so here goes! I love the bag every single month that I receive it or that I’m subscribed to receive one.

It appears that they really do pay attention to your product reviews and the whole nine yards. They even went as far as to have one of the three faces of Ipsy be a young beautiful female of color aka what we call “Black”. And yes, she has blue eyes……so it would appear that it was too much to expect a black woman with a common eye color to be selected just like when “Blondes” with blue eyes are used when that is not a common physical trait. In any case at least they have included ALL representations more or less like the different types of people that subscribe to their beauty bag. I totally give them props for that! I already know what type of world and industry this is (sigh). One thing is always said like “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and another thing is always projected like a standard of beauty or beauty hierarchy which tells you who the beholder is at the end of the day as far as how this society sees it lol. Before I get into what grinded my gears lets just take a look at what I got this month. I’ll post the link to my YouTube channel below so that you can see everything better afterwards.

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Oh, I even took advantage of a Ipsy Deal they had and this is what came in that box

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I have to say the polish so far is my favorite product from that offer!

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Okay. Now, having said all the above lets Tak about what grinded my gears. The theme was what? VOLUME UP…. and they chose this month to have not one but TWO women of color for this theme that are not usually used for their campaigns and etc. Some may have missed the stereotyping but I did not! Sadly, in this Country and all over the world Women of color are said and ALWAYS depicted to be loud mouthed, outspoken or unmanageable females. Usually the darker the black female is the more “ratchet” her character has been as we have seen portrayed for YEARS on TV shows, movies and music. To the point that I honestly believe many sistas have bought into that image but that is a whole different topic for another post. Anyway, of ALL the months I find it no coincidence that two “black females” were used to promote the theme “Volume Up” and as they elaborated they wanted everyone to challenge themselves in regards to “Fearlessly Expressing” Themselves

-____- So for me it read as if and always that the only females who can do such are Black Woman. Bottom line, I found the whole bit insulting to me and to all the other race of women but then again black women are always depicted and have been for years as loud mouths and etc so this subliminal stereotypically representation nonsense probably went over so many peoples heads. You can think what you may or want to. I mean maybe others felt or will feel it was a compliment! To each their own. I CAN  understand that as well and play devils advocate. I could have said to myself “Hey, who better to showcase for “Volume Up” than women of color whose natural hair defys gravity and whom could have easily modeled whatever line of mascara that promised volume. Whom have been labeled outspoken and etc primarily because they/we have had to speak up against SEVERAL INJUSTICES against us and our people throughout history so “surprise surprise” the stigma that is attached to us til this day is of such so why not own it! I know the flip side. TRUST ME. But Im just sharing what was my pet peeve this month regardless! And to my recollection I have never disliked their themes or execution of them. Even when they did not have anyone who looked like me I thought well hell that’s a just the normal run of the muck American style Advertising and Marketing by any other race to leave out those of color and if a company did include us I knew they just wanted our money or to appear politically correct lol (Shrugs). I can’t say for a fact that it was INTENTIONALLY done to offend anyone so I wont dwell on it. Of course it absolutely may have been done with the thought that no one would see it as such. They tend to put their “best foot forward” with positive vibes/images/messages out that it would be hard to suspect that. I only really care about the products coming my way each month so I saw the subs and brushed it to the side until some mins ago when I decided to blog. And in this day and age it may be a trivial matter and/or of little importance to anyone. And I know no one or no company is perfect so I will let them have this one. Anyway for a much better look at the products I receieved and their size check out my Ipsy Unbagging video on Youtube.

Until the next bag or box….stay sweet ✌

Monday 6/19/17 @12:18AM

 

My 2017 Top 3 Beauty and Health picks!

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My new favorite beauty and Health products for 2017!

Now, if it was not for Amazon and their lightning deals I would not have bothered to ever try out the natural toothpaste cleaner by Primal life Organics in Black Peppermint but Im happy I did! I love the way my whole mouth feels after using it. And I apply it all over my teeth and let it sit for 2 to 3 mins before brushing and rinsing. It states that it “Gently Polishes, Detoxifies, Re-Mineralizes, Strengthens Teeth” I CAN SAY THAT IT DOES SUCH and you can click the image below to check them out!

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The next product I have fallen in love with is in a scent I adore which is Cake Batter by Eclispe! My lips tend to get dry very easily and then I pick at them and when I had that occuring two days ago I reached for the Lippiebox this came in that I subscribed to back in Feb for the Valentines box! And after two applications my lips returned to their natural non dry and chapped condition that I love to see them in.

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Lastly, a product I discovered via IG just like the previous item. The Franckincense and myrrh shea butter by The Black Market Group and I can tell you now that it will be a regular on my dresser for years to come! It smells wonderful and is very moisturizing. I love the way my face and legs look after applying!

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Now that I have shared what I love and fancy why dont you let me know what your top 3 product picks are as to date! Im curious to know!

Until next post, stay sweet ✌

 

Tuesday June. 6th 2017 @ 1:03pm

 

Mercuryiii 😍

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Yaaaasssssss! My Gemini lippie from Mercuryiii arrived today!

I have to say that at first I was a little dissapointed at the packaging that did not prevent their awesome product box from getting banged up on it’s way to me 😳 But then I applied some of the gold “lipstick in a bottle” and forgot all about it.

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As I shared in my prior post I am totally bias when it comes to this product because it is VEGAN! 

But come on it’s highly pigmented glosses or lipsticks in a bottle and smooth application was so totally amazing I cannot imagine anyone disliking this and I cannot wait to try another lip product of theirs in the future! Also, there is no weird smell….no strong scent at all as a matter of fact. I appreaciate that. Oh right! For those curious their lipsticks/lipglosses are $16 each and for me $21 total including shipping!

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Well, until my next beautiful discovery…. Stay sweet

3/18/17 @ 11:15pm

Time for a change! Entrepreneurs Galore!


Hello everyone! It is 11:02AM on this dreary Saturday morning as I begin to type. I have the lights off but my little one’s beam of light from his I pad and the annoying high pitched voice of a youtuber I have grown use to is all that fills this room right now. Yeeeeeaaaaa motherhood, gotta love it 😊 Anyway, I wanted to drop in and share with you all some of the most inspiring people I have come across in a good while. As you should know by now I’am not white and so the ways I experience life is not the same as my white counterparts. When I was a child and as an adult I was and have always been confronted and shown successful people or people who were considered beautiful who were non black. It didn’t bother me as I taught myself real history and understood as I do now why there has always been inequality in the way EVERY race has been portrayed ESPEACIALLY mine. If others were portrayed there would be limited excitment as some nonsense stereotype would be attached to them and what not. I’am never the less thankful for the shows I did get to watch as a child/teen that were decent like “A different World”, “The Cosby Show” and when I got a little more mature “Living Single”. Let me not forget my childhood favorite “Reading Rainbow”! Well, during the last two weeks in particular and thanks to IG, I was able to view multiple black owned businesses and even interview one Entrepreneur who prefers “Brown Entrepreneur”, to be exact and I like that lol.  (His interview is here)

I believe what we non whites need today more than anything else is to see our own within our communities doing big things. Making their dreams come true. Yes, I know plenty get accepted to the College of their choice and go on to be successful and Im not saying these individuals Im about to highlight have not but most of them are people with a clear stance on how they would like to give back to their community. To work within their community. To INSPIRE THEIR OWN COMMUNITY. SELF REPRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING. And one in particular whom has observed a need within their own community and has worked to fill that void is the first Entrepreneur I would like to introduce whom goes by the name of flip_the_hood_technologist on IG and who owns Fliptendo Electronics!  You can  follow his VR (virtual reality) Official Page at fliptendo_vr and hear first hand why he created the affordable ($65) Virtual Reality headset and controller! I highly recommend it! (See his images below)

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Now unto the next inspirational Entrepreneur who has a product that as a woman I totally respect! Houseofhaya ! If you click that link above you will be taken to their IG page where you can see all of their creative and wonderfully handmade Satin Bonnets! Here are some of their images…their Bonnets are sooooo amazing!

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This next Entrepreneur has a product that I find just as useful and that you will see has some similarities! They are ShopSkatsz ! These women have created a masterpiece by sewing into their beanies a satin lining! You can stay warm, cute and confident that your hairs moisture is being maintained. They actually have a Kickstarter Campaign so if you like what you see please click the link I just shared in blue to support these talented business women! See some of their images below…

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I so love everything I have shared so far but Im not dooonnneee…..there are more awesome people that I have to share with you so keep reading!

This next company stole my heart with their zodiac themed make up! Im still awaiting my lippie in Gemini so you guys know Im going to post all about that but anyway this company’s name is Mercuryiii and this link takes you to their IG page to explore all the goodies but you can also click here to go straight to their website mercuryiii.com. Just a word of advice. If you check out with paypal, when you are taken to paypal and then back to their website to finalize the payment wait a few minutes for the page to come up stating that you want to confirm your order….so that you are actually placing an order lol. I actually thought after being brought back to their page that I was all done and when I never recieved a email confirmation I contacted them via IG and they were very understanding and patient with me. Everything was cleared up in mins and yea I can’t wait to get my Gemini on! See their images below…

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Omg did I forget to mention that their Products are VEGAN!!!! Love it 😍😍😍…yeeeaaaa Im Bias right now lol. Anyway check them out for more images and info on their make up line and support them!

Okay, let me move along….I think this will be my longest blog post ever. This next company is based out of Houston with their product being made in Ghana, West Africa they are Africaonmyback! That is the link to their IG page and here is their website Africaonmyback.com. I dont even want to say anything the pics speak for themselves as well as the support that they have receieved since their launch on April. 1st 2017. See their images below and support if you love what you see (All made with Kente cloth)

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Now, this last person I’am about to share with you is someone I was able to interview via IG messenger! Yes, yes I did! His name is Mr.Lockett and he is the proud owner of Caiken Urban Fit! That link will take you to his website and this one will take you to his IG page Caiken_imabrand. As you will learn during the interview he also has Caiken Cookies! Please know now that your mouth will water as you scroll his IG page full of delicious cookies.  I could summarize our conversation but would much rather type out here how it went…..(this is exciting) Check out the interview below right after some of his images…

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Me: Your age now and when you first started your Bakery?

Mr.Lockett: I’am 26 about to be 27 on August 2nd and I started my Bakery at age 24.

Me: Inspiration? I read where you said something about your mother being the reason you bake…can you elaborate?

Mr.Lockett: My mother loved chocolate chip cookies. That was her favorite. I remember right before she went to the hospital she told my cousin don’t touch her cookies. She be back…. She did not come back…

Mr.Lockett: I believe she sowed alot of seeds in me…..Chocolate chip cookies was one.

Me: Im sorry. How old were you when you lost your mother?

Mr.Lockett: I was five years old when she passed away…She passed away around Mother’s Day in 1996.

Me: Of all your cookie creations…What are your most popular cookies? Be it most requested or most sold. And I believe I know the answer to this already but please tell me, to what do you accredit your success to. Was it your education? Your prior work experience? Your networking abilities?

Mr.Lockett: Hands down the Chocolate Chip cookies. They are called Richie Richie. They have a higher butter content and 90% more chocolate chips than any cookie on the market.

Me: Hmmmm sounds Delicious!

Mr.Lockett: I believe all in a sense to the above. However, the key to my success is my mother. Her love, is something like Jesus love. My mother had so much potential. I just want to keep her alive through my business ventures….she is my driving force and inspiration.

Me: (Nodding) Okay, can you tell me the set up of your bakery. Is it in house or outside the home at another location? And do you provide any sort of catering for speacial events like Birthday parties?

Mr.Lockett: For now the Bakery is still under construction. It has taken a back seat until enough funds are made to attain.

Me: Okay

Mr.Lockett: I do donate cookies and give free samples out to keep my name out there and to have people taste my product.

Me: Smart

Mr.Lockett: (smiley emoji)

Me: (I recpricated with one as well) And so this leads me to inquiring about CaikenUrbanfit

Mr.Lockett: Okay…

Me: So when did you come up with the idea to start that venture. I know it is fund the Bakery. But clothing or fashion, do you have an overall interest in such? And if so did that contribute to your decision?

Mr.Lockett: It all started in 2016 but what educated me was the movie “Joy”. I learned alot about the business through that movie…

Me: “Joy”?

Mr.Lockett: At this moment Caiken is only featuring other brands to generate money to have it’s own hats, T-shirts and etc. I would like to do alot more but I know I have to start small and build my way up….

(Mr. Lockett provided me with a image for the cover of the movie “Joy” and a image of the synopsis. The release date of this film was December. 13th 2015)

Me: I understand and thank you for the image of the movie. I have never heard of it before. Oh, and for the synopsis!

Mr.Lockett: Yes…..I even bought it just to remind myself to stay focused.

Me: Awwwww (thumbs up) So I had to scroll up right quick. You are 26 and were 24 when you started your bakery so it was 2015.

Mr.Lockett: Yes….I have been baking and cooking all my life.

Me: What state are you located in?

Mr.Lockett: Kentucky. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

Me: Ultimately, where do you see Caiken Urban fit and Caiken Cookies in the next….10 years? And in what if any ways will you be active in your community? If you are active in any ways now please share.

Mr.Lockett: Being a household name. With establishments in every state. And I would like to open a Entrepreneur center. Caiken will hire all races and disadvantage minorities. Caiken will be a Equal Opportunity work place.

Me: NICE! Do you have any promotions/sales that will be going on this Easter Weekend?

Mr.Lockett: Yes, we have 20% off with promo code (caikendeal4u) and buy 2 get 1 free with the promo code (LhookupCA)

Me: Great! Is there anything that you would like to share with the readers? Any advice? And for the purpose of my post do you identify with Black or African American. Both or other? I intended to refer to you as a Black Entrepreneur  and so this is why I would like to confirm by asking.

Mr.Lockett: Sky is the limit. You are in control of your own destiny. When someone gives you a No then you search for a Yes. Stay focused. Stay on the grind, this Caikenimabrand what’s good…I identify as Brown/Mixed.A I’am predominantly African mixed with European and Asian.

Me: How would you like me to refer to you?

Mr.Lockett: Brown Entrepreneur will be great. Caiken likes to be different….

Me: Aha! Okay then. Thank you very much for your time!!

Mr.Lockett: Your welcome…Thank you for taking the time out of your day for Caiken…

I appreacite Mr. Lockett of Caikenimabrand so very much for his time! This is Tiesha and I hope everyone who reads this post and clicks the links to check out these wonderful Entrepreneurs have a great weekend! There is a company that I mentioned in a prior post  whom I love and have to shout out right quick run by two sisters Anicosmetics! Love you guys and your bold colors that will help the Gemini in me! Stay sweet ya’ll until my next post. Later ya’ll!

April 15th 2017 @ 2:53pm

*Disclaimer, I do not own any of the photos you see in this post*

One last thing for the night! Goodies!!!

Last month I had the pleasure of purchasing some awesome lippies from a new cosmetics company called Anicosmetics! I ordered one of their lipsticks and one of their lipstains….Im in love! The stain stays put and the lipstick is super moisturizing. Check out the colors I selected below …Screenshot_2017-03-01-18-33-12-1

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And of course I have to show you how I looked in them😎

Wearing the Lipstain in Regal

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I absolutely adore these lippies and will be picking up some other colors as soon as I can!

Now let me tell you about the Company I discovered this weekend. They have a line of lippies that also blow me away and they are Vegan! The company is Mercuryiii! They have an astrology or should I say Zodiac themed line or lines of cosmetics that I find just so unique and clever. Not to mention right on the money color and concept wise. Check out a few here…Screenshot_2017-04-02-15-12-33-1

The top one is Gemini and that’s the one I bought! (Pic from their IG page)

I will be looking to try out some more great cosmetic lines and will be back to tell you guys all about them. I also will be back to give my opinion on Meruryiii’s Gemini lippie! Until then stay sweet. Later ✌

(Disclaimer, everything was purchased with my own money (Just as everything else I have ever blogged about was unless I mentioned otherwise) and neither one of the companies have sponsored this blog post (just as no others have unless I have mentioned otherwise…which was never lol) This was shared out of pure love and appreaciation for their products! Take care ya’ll 😊)

3/3/17 @11:24pm

The Teacher in me….

Screenshot_2017-04-03-18-01-28-1Hello everyone! I just wanted to share with you what I just came across which was an Easter coupon for free shipping in an email for Kiwi Crate! (The coupon code is HOP17) If you have never checked out a post of mine about this subscription box well let tell you that it has hands on activities for different age groups and a specific themed box each month for each age group. I have enjoyed these in the past and believe that anyone who tries them will too! They currently have a large variety of current and past boxes and more like that book shown above that you can purchase outside of a subscription so enjoy! Talk to you guys later!

April. 3rd 2017 @ 6:12pm