Miss Colombia Wins Miss Universe, Miss Jamaica Wins Hearts around the World

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So like every other Jamaican around the globe, I was glued to my television this past Sunday to cheer on and to send positive energy to our Miss Universe hopeful, the lovely, stunning and jaw dropping Kaci Fennell.

Kaci captured my heart not only because she was a fellow Jamaican but because she forgo that weave nonsense and chose instead to be who she really was, a Jamaican girl of mixed heritage with a short pixie haircut. It was probably the haircut and her resemblance to American icon, Audrey Hepburn that captured the hearts of everyone else. Or maybe it was the red Uzuri gown and her quiet confidence.

Througout the pageant, Kaci smized, she allowed her happiness to radiate from within! She didn’t flash a fake toothy smile like the other contestants, but when she did, I could tell that her smile was as authentic as her hair. Clearly from her stance, expressions and interaction with the audience, Kaci was marching to the beat of her own drum. We stopped breathing when she tripped or slid several times on her gown or the slick pageant stage floor but a loud roar of gladness and a sigh of relief erupted from every Jamaican across the globe when she was named as the first contestant into the top 5 of the pageant. Read more

Review: My Oil Pulling Exeprience Using Gurunanda Pulling Oil

Disclosure: A press sample was provided for this review. The opinions expressed are my own and are honest.

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So I finally had the chance to try this oil pulling thing.  Honestly, the thought of putting a cup of oil in my mouth and then swishing it around for 20 minutes made me gag. It took me back to my youthful days in Jamaica when my Grandma gave me cod liver oil. Do I even need to go into the details of how awful it was to swallow a spoonful of oil that was siphoned from the liver of fish every morning right before school?  When I read about the benefits and then realized that WebMD had kind of sort of endorsed the practice I decided to take the plunge, however.

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5 Great Skincare Tips for Cooler Temperatures

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(BPT) – It’s almost that time of year again, the time of year when you forget about sunburns and start worrying about windburn. Yes, sadly, the cooler months are here and winter is around the corner. That means long coats, scarves and an entirely different skincare routine.

Skincare you say? True, it’s easy to forget about your skin when it’s covered by all those extra layers, but dermatologist Dr. Anne Chapas, who is the founder and medical director of Union Square Dermatology, says cooler months are when skincare, particularly lip care, is most important. “The skin is our first line of defense against environmental elements, but the skin on our lips has extremely unique properties. It is one of the most sensitive areas of skin, so they require special attention in order to maintain a healthy appearance,” says Dr. Chapas.

With that in mind, Dr. Chapas offers these tips to help you keep your lips and the rest of your skin feeling and looking healthy no matter the temperature. Read more

Review: Red Door Spa Orange Pomegranate Revitalizing Body Treatment

Disclosure: I received in-kind service in consideration for this post regarding Red Door Spa’s new winter treatments. The opinions expressed within are my own.

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This past Sunday I was invited to experience one of the Red Door Spas new winter treatments and opted for the Orange Pomegranate Revitalizing Body Treatment at their Groton, Connecticut location.

The orange pomegranate body treatment is one of the seasonal offerings at the spa and one of their most popular. According to the description on the website:

ORANGE POMEGRANATE REVITALIZING BODY TREATMENT – $135 (seasonal)

 

Premium sugar crystals gently exfoliate skin with invigorating orange and pomegranate to nourish and soothe. Naturally derived from pure fruit extracts, vitamins and antioxidants stimulate collagen production and improve skin immunity to protect from environmental stressors and restore skins radiant glow.”

Before I give my review on the treatment, however, allow me to share my total experience. Read more

Holiday Home Safety Checklist

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3 helpful additions to your holiday home safety checklist

(BPT) – The holidays are a wonderful time of the year when everyone spends a little less time focusing on their day-to-day lives and a little more time on family and friends. If you’re hosting at your home this year, you’re probably already preparing your decorations and your menu for the duration of their stay. Read more

Some Holiday Gift Ideas for Last Minute Shoppers

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Are you procrastinating the whole holiday shopping thing because everyone on your list already has everything? Well, if it’s the latter, I think I can help. I’ve been scouring the internet for the last few weeks. I’ve read every email that was sent to me from every PR person from every corner of the earth {you guys have no idea how much emails I get everyday} and some or all of these items should land on your shopping list somewhere. Here are 7 Holiday gift ideas for last minute shoppers.

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Review: Lashem’s Colour Strokes Brow Tint


A press sample was provided courtesy of Brandbacker. The opinions expressed within are my own.

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After reading the product description, I really had high hopes for Lashem’s Colour Strokes Brow Tint Lift w/ Lash Enhancing Serum. Unfortunately, after several attempts, this product just did not work for me. Before I explain why, allow me to give you a little background of my brow situation. Read more

Macy’s Boston 2014 Christmas Tree Lighting

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Macy’s at downtown crossing in Boston ushered in the 2014 Holiday season with a live concert and an elaborate Christmas tree lighting ceremony last Friday. Of lately, I’ve been signing up for blogging assignment more for the opportunity to experience something new than for the money. I had never attended a tree lighting ceremony before and so I didn’t know what to expect.

I knew the event was going to be outdoors so I dressed in double layers before donning my quilted motorcycle jacket, scarf, hat and two different pairs of gloves. {Full ones for when my fingers felt like they were ready to fall off and half ones to wear when I was taking pictures}.

Even with the frigid temperature, the sun was shining and therefore the driving conditions were perfect for the 2 hour drive into Boston. To save money, I opted to park at the Braintree MBTA subway station {$7} and took the train to downtown crossing {$5.30 roundtrip}.

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Holiday Shopping At Westfield Trumbull Shopping Mall

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Westfield Trumbull Shopping Mall 5065 Main St. Trumbull, Conn. Shopping Hours: Monday- Saturday: 10am-9:00pm / Sunday: 11am-6pm Instagram|Twitter @WestfieldTRU #shoptrumbull

On Saturday I had the chance to do some holiday shopping at the Westfield Trumbull Shopping Mall in Trumbull, Connecticut. My Connecticut mall experience was limited to the two that are nearest to me and so I was pretty excited to see what the Trumbull Mall had to offer.

The mall is a two-story structure located at 5065 Main Street in Trumbull right off of the Merrit Parkway. It’s a about an hour from Hartford and the Bronx, and 25 minutes from New Haven. The mall was renovated, four years ago and everything looked sleek, modern and felt brand spanking new.

The hallways are quite wide which allowed us to move through the mall with ease. As a matter of fact it didn’t at all feel crowded (not according to the parking lot though.) I loved that there was a great mix of shoppers and I absolutely loved the great selection of stores which included: Macys, Sephora, Apple, Lush, Michael Kors, Uniqlo, Aldo, H&M, J.C. Penny, Lord & Taylor AND Target! The mall also has a number of fast food specialty chain restaurants including the Cheesecake Factory. Read more

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