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ZzzQuil

Finally something that is not addicting and can give you a beautiful nights rest! This product was given to me completely free for testing purposes by Influenster and I am glad I had the opportunity to try it for myself. Sometimes, I have restless nights in which I don’t get quality sleep. I decided that I should try my free sample, and I definitely did not regret it. It took me about 20 minute to fall asleep after taking 2 capsules and did not wake up throughout the night. I woke up feeling rested and refreshed! #ZzzQuil #Influenster #Free

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Kate Spade Fans

Hello Beautiful Beings~

For those shopaholics that are craving a fix, here is a link to a sale by Kate Spade New York. You can up to 75% off until 2/11/2016. Hurry and look…..

https://surprise.katespade.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-KateSale-Site/en_US/Search-Show?cgid=ks-view-all&srule=price-low-to-high&start=0&sz=550

 

Finding a Good Balance

Good Morning Lovely Beings,

I really have had a wonderful weekend and I couldn’t be happier. With that being said, I’ve had very deep conversations about important topics with several of my loved ones and one of them was about health and fitness. Motivation? I think one of the toughest things to do is to find motivation. Sometimes we are so comfortable and set in our ways, that we forget and neglect ourselves. What sparked my current motivation may you ask? I recently went to Disneyland after so many years and I took a picture at the entrance of the park, the one where you stand and pose to start your magical day?! yeah that one! Well when we purchased the picture at the end of our day, I was so disappointed in what I saw in myself. We took a series of 6 photos and I didn’t like none of them, NOT ONE!!! why? because in each one I looked so overweight, I looked 200lb!! I looked TERRIBLE. Now, let me say this, I have never been the type to extremely care about my appearance and for the most part I am very comfortable with myself. Of course I have some insecurities but God has blessed me with being happy with what I have. Here is a little background of my weight since my teenage years to now: from age 15-23 years old, I weighed 95-100 lbs. YES you heard that correctly! I was a size zero (0) in jeans and no I was not on ANY diets or nor was I skipping meals. My body genetically was meant to be thin; Too thin for my liking. Although I was that thin, I must say I did have my little curves and because I was so thin I enjoyed eating whatever I wanted. Well soon my happiness would come to an end and reality kicked in. Wow… was it a reality check. I felt as though my unhealthy eating habits cached up to me all at once. I was around 24 years old when I started to notice the changes in my body. There were many factors that I felt contributed to my weight gain at that time-for one, I was in a stable relationship, I was on birth control and I became a little bit of a foodie and ate large portions every meal I had. I went from weighing 120lbs at 25 years old to 149lbs by 26 years old. I was so comfortable, that my weight gain didn’t bother me as it should had. In 2012 I went through a really bad break up which really affected my health and my body physically. It resulted in several emergency room visits and panic attacks, and several other health issues inflicted by none other than STRESS -_- Fast forward to now, I again have gained some of that “relationship” weight and this time around, I am not happy about it. I have to do something!

At the moment, I am weighing 158, my height is 5’5 and now 29 years old. (Yes I turned 29-my birthday was ~November 17th~)

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I looked for information in regards to ideal weights and I found that I should be the following:

Height                                   Small Frame                        Medium Frame

5’5″ 117-130 127-141

Christmas Wish List

Hello beautiful beings!! Happy Monday!!!

I wanted to ask a couple questions in regards to Christmas gift giving/ receiving. From a woman’s perspective, do you like to be surprised or would you rather get what you want? How do you go about communicating what you want? And what kinds of thing do you ask for? Do you have a budget?

This year, my boyfriend and I are changing things up and are going with my sisters method. “The Wish List Exchange”.- ( Shout out to my sister Siria!!)@siriaxo

How does it work?! Well you pick your top 5  gifts you would love to receive from your significant other. Once you exchange the list, you determine what out of that list you want to get for your partner and then you gift it for Christmas. When we first started dating, we watched my sister use this method and we both felt it was impersonal. We both love surprises and he didn’t feel like it had a surprise element to it. We wanted I guess to be completely surprised by the other but this year he mentioned that maybe that method wasn’t all that bad. Now, were our gifts in the past not up to par with expectations? No, not necessarily but it did become hard to keep coming up with ideas for each other and this takes a little pressure off of that. He suggested that we try it this year and that it would still be a bit of a surprise because you don’t know what the other will choose from the wish list. What do you guys think? Would love feedback. Btw, I am excited and nervous to try it! Love to try new things!

Decisions…decisions

Ladies and Gents,

I am really craving a lot of things lately but mostly I want change and the only outlet I find suitable is change of hair 😁 with that being said I don’t know what to go for?!!! Please help me decide if whether to go lighter with the blonde or go an entirely different color?!!! Help!! 

 

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

I am sure this book has meant different things to different people, but here is what it meant to me. I’ll start by telling you guys that I was browsing through my Goodreads app to find a new read after reading Saving Grace by Jane Green. I looked through all the high rated and reviewed Chick Lit Books and ran across this title which really sparked an interest. Well I had no idea what the book was about, but the pretty red cover really sealed the deal for me. So I went to my local library and checked out the book. Needless to say, I couldn’t stop reading the book. I mostly read it at work and it was quite embarrassing. Why embarrassing? because this book made me cry so much and yeah….I was in my desk crying like a baby with a box of tissues while people walked by.

In addition, this book meant so much to me because I could relate based on personal experience. I think many people don’t even think about or even consider dating someone with a disability, it would be considered a whole another world that is platonic or not an option. However, there are wonderful people in the world that see past the physical and love people for who they are. Only those that have dated someone in such position would know exactly what it takes to love someone who is disabled or limited like in this book. Although this book in particular is fiction, it was really detailed about certain obstacles that not only the disabled face, but also the person caring for them making it easy to envision what its like to love someone for their true vulnerable self. For example, developing deep connections with someone in a wheelchair makes you realize so many things in life that we don’t think of on a day-to-day basis. From how to love and understand someone in a wheelchair, to learning their sexuality and your own, to simply getting in and out of bed or what places you can and can’t go to. We able body people, take so many thing for granted and it never crosses our minds that this could be us God forbid. Accidents or tragic events do happen and what if it happened to us? How would we want to be viewed or treated in today’s society.

Many of these things can only be known only if you experience them for yourself. Do people think they could date someone with disabilities? Not all. Although, I don’t think it ever crosses people’s minds in general, but there are a few people who do see past the physical disability and learned to love them for who they are. I really wanted to write about this because I am sure there are many people out in the world that look over people with disabilities and wonder but don’t dare to ask or experience. Some people disregard people with disabilities all together and some others have little to no knowledge therefore resort to ignorant thoughts that lead to misconceptions. We live in a world where disabilities are not as uncommon as before, yet people with disabilities still deal with obstacles and discrimination in this day in age. Each person is different in their particular disability of course. It takes knowing them on a personal level and caring for their individual needs to see who they are. There might be some limitations but they are as involved in our society as we are and we should never disregard them because this could be your husband or wife or your mother or father, or your children. Love is love

About the book (Goodreads)

Description: “Lou Clark knows lots of things. She know how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in the Buttered Bun Tea Shop and she knows that she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.”

What NJ thinks about this book:

It was amazing, I personally could relate so much to my personal life and recent events, that it hit home for me. However, for those of you that don’t relate to this story, but want an emotional tear-jerker, this is the one! And guess what? It has a sequel and it is being made into a MOVIE soon, which I am so excited about and looking forward to it!!!!

Tell me your thoughts or if anyone has questions, please feel free to write a personal email at njgmysticbeauty@gmail.com or comment below.

Love,

Nj ❤

Book App- Must Check it out!!

So growing up in Mid City and living in South Central, (Yes: I am a  “Los Angeles Baby” all the way!!!) I didn’t grow up inspired to read, not even in school. I never found reading to be appealing and never cared for it really. So my mother started to take my siblings and I to the local public library. My sister Siria was a total bookworm and my brother Brian and I would much rather ‘surf the net’ and sit in the computer area. My mother would constantly push us to grab a book, until one day I finally asked the librarian if she would recommend a book. The person proceeded to ask me my age and what kind of things interested me. Based on my answers she gave me a couple of suggestions. She recommended such awesome books appropriate for my age that I enjoyed reading for the very first time. I had a fallout with reading in High school because I had to read all this unnecessary textbooks but after graduating college I started to pick up reading again for leisure and the rest is history!!! I recently read about 4 books in a two month span which is a lot for me and I am loving it.

Instead of going to the library asking the information desk clerk about recommendations, I now have this handy-dandy app on my phone called Goodreads

Yes, I am probably late on the wagon….but its definitely worth a mention for those that are still not familiar with the app.

Here are a couple of features:

  1. You can see what your friends are reading
  2. Keep track of the books you read
  3. Challenge yourself to read more
  4. Get personalized book recommendations
  5. Read Reviews, join groups
  6. Scan Books (barcodes/ ISBN)

This app has definitely helped me choose my next book to read and feel confident that I will enjoy based on my likings. P.S: My favorite Genre is Chick-Lit 🙂

Who knows what GMO stands for?

Being healthy and staying healthy has become a real life challenge in today’s society. There are so many factors that contribute to our well being but most importantly, we are unaware of what can jeopardize the possibility of living a long life. Although, in today’s  society we strive to be the most educated millennials, we still struggle to know the most basic knowledge about what nurturing and caring for our bodies really embodies , especially amongst our new generation- the centennials. Therefore, learning the history of our food system and the potential repercussions is important in order to understand our world’s health’s progression and decline over the past century.

Our food system in the United States has become the poster child for the greatest agricultural phenomenon in the past century. This has created an era known for its abundance in food source and successful attractive marketing strategies.  Despite such successes, we have ignored as a country the other side of the horizon- Although we have reaped several benefits from such movement we are also experiencing the most difficulties in our health, making for uneducated decisions and ignorant eating resulting in chronic diseases today. The first step with understanding the origins of our food system is important due to the growing concern about how healthy is the food we are consuming, how is it affecting our environment, our economy, but most importantly- how is it affecting our bodies and what are the potential  repercussions. This can also open awareness amongst all generations, but in particular our new generations who are the future of our country and who will eventually control what we eat in the future. “Many of the most dramatic changes have taken place over the past century, ushering in an era of relatively abundant food production. With the benefits of plentiful calories, however, have come many costs, including ecosystem degradation, the loss of natural resources, rising rates of diet-related chronic disease and ongoing inequalities in access to food.” (John Hopkins-Bloomberg)

“What are GMO’s?” After watching several documentaries on GMO’s on Netflix, made me realize how only a few people in this country knew what the abbreviation GMO stood for or what it was for that matter.  In order to understand this term, we must first define the meaning- GMO- Genetically Modified Organism, also known as “genetically engineered food” is any organism, in this case, crops such as plants, fruits and vegetables that are being genetically altered in order to have higher crop yields and increase the success of crop survival. In other words, plants, fruits and vegetables genes are being changed/ or modified in order to have abilities they didn’t have before.  If anyone is familiar with farming, they would know that several crops face several unwanted weeds and insects. With genetically modified crops, for example, Corn- has been modified to ultimately produce its own herbicide that kills weeds. However, corn is not the only crop in the United States that has been genetically modified. Although Corn is the No.1 Crop grown in the U.S., there are also other crops such as Soy, Cotton, Alfalfa, Papaya, Canola, and Sugar beets that are being genetically modified.

According Margie Kelly from Huffington Post, “Corn is the No. 1 crop grown in the U.S. and nearly all of it — 88 percent — is genetically modified. In addition to being added to innumerable processed foods, genetically modified corn is a staple of animal feed. Soy: 93 percent of soy is genetically modified. Soy is a staple of processed foods under various names including hydrogenated oils, lecithin, emulsifiers, tocopherol (a vitamin E supplement) and proteins. Cottonseed: According to the USDA, 94 percent of cotton grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. Cottonseeds are culled from cotton, and then used for vegetable oil, margarine or shortening production, or frying foods, such as potato chips. Alfalfa: Farmers feed alfalfa to dairy cows, the source of milk, butter, yogurt, meat and so much more. Alfalfa is the fourth largest crop grown in the U.S., behind corn, soybeans, and wheat (though there is no genetically engineered wheat on the market). Papaya: 75 percent of the Hawaiian papaya crop is genetically modified to withstand the papaya ring spot virus. Canola: About 90 percent of the U.S. canola crop is genetically modified. Canola oil is used in cooking, as well as bio-fuels. In North Dakota, genetically modified canola has been found growing far from any planted fields, raising questions about what will happen when “escaped” GE canola competes with wild plants. Sugar Beets: More than half — 54 percent — of sugar sold in America comes from sugar beets. Genetically modified sugar beets account for 90 percent of the crop; however, that percentage is expected to increase after a USDA’s decision last year gave the green light to sugar beet planting before an environmental impact statement was completed.” (Kelly) Furthermore, it is important to know that the data gathered regarding GMO’s comes from all of the manufactures of these seeds such as Monsanto’s, Pioneer Hi-Bred International (a subsidiary of DuPont), Syngenta AGDow Agrosciences (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, BASF , and Bayer Cropscience (a subsidiary of Bayer).

It can be said that modification of plants is not a new phenomenon. For centuries, gardeners and farmers have been crossbreeding different species of plants to create plants that produce heartier, better tasting, or more beautiful crops. However, the type of genetic engineering of foods that has caused a groundswell of concern around the world is vastly different from these traditional plant breeding practices. With modern genetic engineering, genes from an animal, plant, bacterium, or virus are inserted into a different organism (most often a plant), thereby irreversibly altering the genetic code, the “blueprint” that determines all of an organism’s physical characteristics, of the organism that received the gene. Through this technology, scientists have created tomatoes with a longer shelf life by adding flounder genes, soybeans that are resistant to weed killers, potatoes that produce their own pesticides, and potatoes with jellyfish genes that glow in the dark when they need water. Genetic engineers are also working to develop fruits, vegetables, and grains with higher levels of vitamins and foods that contain vaccines against diseases like malaria, cholera and hepatitis.

While proponents of genetic engineering believe that this technology will make it possible to produce enough food to ensure that everyone in the world has enough to eat, farmers, scientists, environmentalists, health professionals and consumers throughout the world are outraged by the growing number of genetically altered foods in our food supply and are very skeptical about the purported benefits of this technology. Since 1996, when the first large-scale commercial harvest of genetically engineered crops occurred in the United States, the percentage of genetically engineered crops grown in the United States has increased to 25%, including 35% of all corn, 55% of all soybeans, and nearly half of all the cotton. In addition, much of the canola oil produced in Canada comes from genetically manipulated rape seed. It has been estimated that as many as two-thirds of all food products in grocery stores contain genetically engineered ingredients. In fact, unless you buy exclusively organic, you will likely bring home foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, especially if you purchase foods that contain soybeans, corn, or their derivatives (soy oil, soy flour, soy protein isolates, corn oil, corn starch, corn flour, and high fructose corn syrup).

At this point in time, the health risks of consuming genetically altered foods have not been clearly identified, since few studies have been conducted to evaluate impact of these foods on human health. However, many scientists have speculated that it is likely that these foods will trigger allergic reactions in some people, create new toxins that produce disease, and lead to antibiotic resistance and a subsequent resurgence of infectious disease. The impact on the environment may be even more devastating. Many farmers are concerned that it will be impossible to prevent genetically engineered crops from “polluting” organic farms, as the wind and bees will naturally carry pollen from the genetically engineered crops to nearby organic farms. In addition, farmers and environmentalists fear that foods that are genetically engineered to be resistant to herbicides, such as Roundup Ready soybeans, will result in heavier herbicide use, further polluting the groundwater, lakes and rivers. Heavy use of herbicides may also encourage the development of “superweeds” that are resistant to herbicides, which could threaten crops throughout the country. The results of a 1999 study conducted by researchers at Cornell University suggest that genetically engineered crops also endanger wildlife, specifically the Monarch butterfly. These researchers found that nearly half of the Monarch caterpillars that ate milkweed leaves dusted with pollen from genetically engineered corn died within four days. A study conducted one year later at Iowa State University found that plants that neighbor farms of genetically engineered corn are dusted with enough corn pollen to kill Monarch caterpillars.

As more is learned about the environmental and health risks of genetically engineered foods, people around the world are demanding that food producers eliminate these so-called “Frankenfoods” from their products. While the law in the United States does not mandate that foods containing genetically modified ingredients be labeled, many proactive food producers have stopped using these ingredients and are now labeling their products as “GMO-free.”(WHFOODS.org)

Finding the “One” – Foundation

Of course, finding a new foundation can be very tricky and doing your research is almost a must! My usual research consists of Makeup Alley Reviews, IG Make up Artist Reviews, YouTube videos and so on. The importance of reviews is key because not everyone’s skin type (Oily, Dry or Combination) is the same, therefore receiving helpful tips to choosing the right foundation are essential!

Long Story short, I ran out of foundation and was in desperate need of a new one and no time to do my usual research. I went to Sephora of course and asked one of the ladies there to save my life or save my face I should say, as I was down to my very last drop. I explained that I have tried several foundations to this point and that I was loosing hope in finding the “Right One”. She asked me what foundations have I used in the past and I began name dropping :

  1. Kat Von D- Lock It Foundation
  2. Urban Decay- Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Make Up
  3. Hourglass- Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free
  4. Laura Mercier- Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

Sephora has something known as:

hd-landing

It identifies your color IQ Number and it matches you with over 1,500 formulas.

So, needless to say, the young lady at Sephora had a lot of feed back and pointed me to:

Lancôme- Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation

I mentioned to her that one of my biggest problems was that my make up didn’t last for several hours and she stated that this Lancôme foundation was a 24 hour ware and that I was missing a crucial component to make my make up last longer……..Primer!

So after applying my primer every morning, I have fallen in love with my new Foundation! It has great coverage and its even toned, no creases and it lasts a while compared to other foundations.

I am so in love that I use it everyday! I will keep everyone posted on other products I just bought for Skin Care! Stay Tuned!!!

If anyone has specific questions about this product or anything else on my blog….ask away!!

Love,

Nj ❤

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