GENTLE MAGIC AND EID COMBO FOR CLEAR SKIN.

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For as long as I could remember I always struggled with my skin especially in High School,  it only became worse and worse. My glory days were not in university either but it did become a little bit better. I do have to say that for me the older that I got the clearer my skin became. It may be genetics, that I cared more about my skin or that I now had a choice on what products I could buy. You know how it is when you are a bit younger and you really have no choice but use what is there, that was me in high school.

From my pictures you can see that my skin is pretty clear I am left with a few acne scars and I am so happy about that. From my older picture you can see where I am coming from this is a major difference. The first picture was taken when I was 15 or 16 and this was not even the worst that my skin got to, it only became worse and it really took a toll on my confidence. I do feel this picture did not really pick up how bad my skin looked and this is one of the few pictures that I have because I hated taking pictures. Looking at my skin now makes me so happy even though I am still trying to clear it out even more.  After I started using Gentle magic especially I can count the number of times that I have had a break out in one hand. One of the times was when I was eating chocolate pretty much everyday or every other day, that is when my skin went crazy. It was so bad I had to be drastic and cut out sugar completely, even in my tea I did not put sugar. Now because my skin is a bit more clearer I have chocolate here and there and even put sugar in my coffee or tea sometimes. From the picture you can see I have no makeup at all and you can see all my smile lines.

My skin was so bad that even my dad noticed and he even bought me some products to try out. I tried a couple of products but non of them really worked well with my skin. It was not until I tried Gentle magic that my skin cleared up. Since I started using it I hardly if ever have breakouts even if its that time of the month. Most people swear by Gentle Magic and I feel it is over looked. People just think such an affordable product will not work well. As people we think that the more expensive a product is the better it will work but that is not always the case.

From the whole range of Gentle Magic I have only stuck to two products, which is something you can try if you do not want to buy everything. Pick only a few to try and if you like it you can always try the whole range. If I could choose only two Items I would say the Gentle Magic Soap and their serum. These for me work well and I believe they have cleared my skin, of course you have to be drinking your water as well and all that good stuff. One thing that I believe has helped me clear my skin is drinking 500 ml of water first thing in the morning. I have a full review on my blog that you can check out, if you want more information on the ingredients and benefits of those ingredients for your skin using Gentle Magic.

As for Eid skincare collection I would have to say that one thing that stands out is how natural the ingredients are and I also love the fact that you can pronounce or have an idea of every single ingredient. I also have a full blog post review on the Eid collection, all the good stuff you may need to know in that post. In a previous post I mentioned that I had stopped using the serum and this was purely because it is a bit on the oily side. With winter literally here my skin needs a bit more love so this works amazing in winter. If you have oily skin I would say that use less that a pea size, this has worked for me and at times I still get oily so use a little then add.

My Skincare combination products includes;
⦁ Gentle Magic Serum
⦁ Gentle Magic soap
⦁ Gentle Magic Face Mask
⦁ Eid serum

I love the mask like crazy and I am going to be using it forever, and again I have a detailed post on this so please go ahead and read through it for a detailed review. I think these four work well together because Gentle Magic is more intense in terms of the ingredients where as it is the opposite for Eid their ingredients are more on the natural side which I love. These four for me work well together, please try them and let me know if they will work out for you

This winter I do plan on using the whole range for Gentle Magic and see how much more clearer my skin can get. So be on the look out for more reviews and skin updates coming this winter. I am also going to be trying out the whole Eid Collection so look out for that. If you have any recommendations please let me know below in the comments so I can try out the products. To those that have not tried Gentle Magic and Eid products please do try it you will not regret it and it is so affordable as well . Thank you for reading, I will see you in the next one.

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR

Hello everybody, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read my blog l appreciate every single one of you. So without wasting so much time let’s get into it…..

 
Initially l thought of making my title be careful what you wish for but I am not a believer of wishes so I decided to drop that. Let me speak for myself but l tend to just ask things in prayer without fully realizing how big a thing l am asking for. I have asked for things because they come with a title or for the glitz and glam. There can be many reasons why one would pray for something but in some cases our intentions are not always pure or we want whatever it is for the wrong reason. These are my three reason why you should really think before I ask for something, or try because I still forget sometimes.

 

⦁ Your prayer might just be answered and then what?
In most cases we just ask for something but we never think of what happens afterwards. We know that God does answer prayers and what if the answer is yes and you get what you asked for. Have you set in place plans to help you progress in that area or issue. For example; you may be praying for a job and yet you do not want to work but you just want the pay check. Another question is that are you even ready for the answer because it may not be what you want to hear or what you expect. God has been in the future, He is in the future which means He knows what you need and when. He may give you what you need at that time and not exactly what you prayed for.

 

⦁ What leg work do you have to do?
As much as God loves us there are things we have to do for ourselves. You have a part to play in this, God does not and will not do it all for you. He may give you the capital, relationships, idea and resources then you have to do the rest. We are creatives as we are made in His image and when He gives us raw materials in whatever form be it an idea or actual materials we have to create what we want to see. You have to create and not God. When you ask for something make sure you are prepared to work for it, God will not give you a finished product you make it on your own.

 
⦁ Are you ready for responsibility?
Whatever you ask for comes with responsibility. One may ask what if its healing? l would ask a question, can God trust you with that testimony? Whatever that maybe, can you be trusted to steward that testimony or answered prayer. Make sure you ask yourself if you are ready for the responsibility that come with answered prayer. Another example; you are praying for a house and God does give you that house. A house is a good thing to have however it also comes with responsibilities and it comes with bills. You have to pay for water and electricity, maintainance of the house. You do not want a situation where God does really bless you and you are not a good steward of that what He has given you. Whatever He gives you, you have to care for it and be grateful for it very single day.

Please let me know of your thoughts in the comments, have you asked for something and when your prayer was answered you did not know what to do? as always thank you so much for reading, see you in the next one……

LESSONS I HAVE LEARNT SO FAR IN 2019

Hello everybody, I hope all of you are good and the year has been amazing so far. To start with I would like to apologize for the inconsistency since end of 2018 and I have a few reasons why I have been MIA so without wasting much time lets get into it….

Some of you may or may not know this but I am based in South Africa and I have been for a few years now. Initially l came for University so my parents where taking care of me. The end of last year l ended up staying with my aunt outside of Jo-burg and I even ended up working there for the whole of 2018 till November. l then decided to move back to Jo-burg because I had a job offer this side and so the journey began.
The step I took was in faith because I knew with what l wanted to do this was the best thing I could do for myself to get to and achieve what l wanted to achieve. Moving out meant that no one was paying rent for me and I had to do it all by myself AKA adulating. I came with such high hopes and l had all these ideas and l had even set plans in motion but things did not pan out the way I had planned.

This brings me to this very moment as I am writing this. The job I moved here for did not come through but God is amazing I got another one that is a bit more challenging. It is challenging because I have to learn new systems and mastering them has not been easy but I am still here pushing. After a week or two after this I trust that I will be fully used to everything.

As if mastering a new job was not hard enough I had to move accommodation which messed up my schedules badly. All these things are still in motion and I can say I have not fully settled yet even after all these months. Adulting has not been a walk in the park as l had imagined it to be. ln my mind I thought if I had a job then everything will be sorted, which brings me to my first realization.

⦁ A job and money will never be enough
I have no idea where I got this from but in my mind l thought once l have a stable job then everything else will align which was obviously not correct. I remember growing up my dad always used to say never strive to be an employee be the employer. A basic salary will never be enough unless you are earning a lot money depending with your expenses because you may be earning more and yet your expenses are just as high. With the way the world is you need something else on the side for things to balance. A few people can barely survive on a salary that is if you can survive with what you getting. Entrepreneurship or a side hustle will definitely take you places. Do not see yourself as an employee forever have your eyes and ears open to opportunities.

⦁ As people we are always in transition
I think l once heard this but at that time it did not really click. In any season one may be in, you are always transitioning into another season. No one ever arrives to a place where everything is in place and God made it that way for a reason. We should never be stationary but always moving. I always get comfortable in a place and when the transitioning begins to happen it messes me up. Everything just starts falling apart but l think this time it has really stuck in my head that transition is constant and there is no way of running away from it. Transitioning shows that you are moving and going somewhere and not only just moving but in the path set out for you. I say this because you can be moving and transitioning in someone elses’ path or destiny. So keep moving and brace yourself for transitions.

⦁ To keep your sanity you need God
I would say adulting and life together combined is not an easy thing alone with no supernatural support behind you. You need all the help you can get and God is the ultimate help. In life it can be one thing after the other and it is very easy to give up or go crazy. For things to come together you need God, I need God in my life. I want to make it a point to ensure I have solid time to have quiet time in the morning and in the evening as well. My fellowship in the morning prepares me for the day and at night it is to off load to God and a time for nourishment and refreshment in the word. I have had many days since I started my job where I am in a rush and I was not intentional about spending time with God that there where effects. That sense of direction was not there and things where not smooth. Things will not be easy but God helps us though every single one of our battles. I chose and continue to cling to God for dear life and not only that but because l want to and l love him. Nothing forced but everything is out of love and fellowship.

My hope is that you picked up one or two things from this or at least you where reminded of something that you already know. Thank you so much for reading, l will see you in the next one……

Welcome to 2019

I know I am a little late to the party but here I am irregardless. Welcome to 2019 guys, I know it’s almost the end of January but it’s still the new year right. How has your year been so far? I am sure all of you are crushing your goals like crazy.

I have to be honest I have written this post a couple of times and it has not turned out exactly how I wanted it to be like. It was the usual and nothing different and I am glad I took a bit more time to think through how I wanted my year to be and now I can confidently say I have an idea of the direction I want it to go.

This year like I mentioned is a little different but I am still keeping values from the previous years. I will still be intentional as this has been a major factor in all of my new year resolutions blog posts.

This year my focus in on two things only so let’s get into it.

◦ Know God more intimately

The anchor verse for this is:

Philippians 3:10

[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]

I had read this verse a couple of times and it flew past me I did not understand it. In life I have realized that whenever I am connected to the Holy Spirit everything just flaws. I may be having problems but things sort themselves out without me having to try. And I do not want power struggles and control struggle where I am fighting God for control of my life and wanting to have my way. This year and the rest of my life I want him to control all that I do.

One might ask why this verse and why is knowing God intimately the most important thing to you here is why.

◦ As I am connected and in alignment with God and I know more and more of Him, I have begun to know more and more of myself. I always saw knowing myself as something on the side to my walk of faith but that far from the truth. Who is better to tell me about who I am that the God who made me and knows me I intimately. As I discover who God is I realize there are certain beliefs about myself and others that are really unnecessary. I don’t need to do everything by my power but by the Holy Spirit ,Zachariah 4:6.

I have fallen in love with the presence of God I never want to leave or do anything else.

◦ Me knowing God intimately brings knowledge that no books or degrees or doctorates can ever teach you. You get wisdom not the wisdom of this world which is foolishness but of God. Knowing him encompasses everything that goes on in my life. Whatever situation he advises me on and if I need to make changes and even in my behavior he is sure to let me know. He cover everything from

🌸school

🌸business

🌸relationships

🌸family

🌸church etc

We can keep going but I very area He is my adviser so I know I am covered.

◦ It also brings a sense of direction I can never be confused

The time we are living people run to Google, friends and family but I run to God. Unexpected things happen but guess what God knows anything and everything before they happen. In a time of uncertainty you can be certain in the in a God that has never failed, is not failing and never will fail.

Whenever I am uncertain about something I go to Him and by the time we are done things are sorted and I am ready to go.

Secondly

◦ I want to work hard

Plain and simple but that is the goal. Before this we where talking about God doing all this for us but there are somethings you have to do for yourself. He won’t go for the job interview for you you have to go by yourself.

Proverbs 16:26

The appetite of the laborer works for him, for [the need of] his mouth urges him on.

How bad you want something will be seen byhow much you will push yourself to get what you want or need.

Now the anchor verse for working hard for me this year are;

Proverbs 6:10

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to lie down and sleep–

Proverbs 6:11

So will your poverty come like a robber or one who travels [with slowly but surely approaching steps] and your want like an armed man [making you helpless]. [Prov. 10:4; 13:4; 20:4.]

Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes and you will be satisfied with bread.

So here have your pic but all of them mean the same. I want to work hard and give the best of me. Of course grace is there and some things will come to you without you having to work for them. At the same time if you sit around and wait for grace without also putting in the work you will starve for sure.

So yeah guys those are my two things to focus on this year and I can go on and on but let me stop here. If you enjoyed this and you want an even more detailed post please leave it down below and I will do that for you guys. What are your plans and what you want to do this year please also leave me a comment below. Thank you so much for reading I appreciate every single one of you. Be the light and spread the love all around you, till next time bye …….

Walking to boost your confidence- 5 Benefits of walking

When talking about confidence there are things that you have to be pro active about to better your confidence. From my last confidence post I talked about God being the source of you confidence and it still has not changed. There is only so much God can do for you some things you have to work on your own.

Now some of you maybe thinking walking really, yes really. For some people it can be going to the gym, Zumba classes, yoga or anything else. For me I have found that walking works best for me right now and it costs me nothing which is amazing.

Fun fact: it is actually proven that walking is better than running.

Since I started walking my confidence levels have greatly increased and l feel better. From my last post I mentioned feelings fluctuating and this is my one way of mastering my feelings. Here are the benefits I have experienced so far;

◦ Improves digestion

I used to get bloated so frequently and most of you may know the feeling, it sucks. My metabolism is so much faster and I do not even remember the last time I was bloated. Honestly speaking I love food and when I would eat even a little I would be bloated. But now I can eat like a normal person and not feel like crap.

◦ Aids in weight loss/ maintains weight

In October I felt like crap I did not like the way my body looked. I thought my weight was ok, I was not over weight but I still wanted to loose a few kilos. My mid section has always been a concern, I have always wanted to have flat tummy. Since I started walking I have shed some weight and I look so much better. My tummy is so much flatter which is what I always wanted. Now I am still walking but now it’s to maintain my current weight it’s build muscle. If you are looking to shed weight or maintain it, this can be the thing for you.

◦ Uplifts mood

I struggle with mood swings and this has helped me greatly. My hormones have stabilized and I cannot be more happier. I love the fresh air in the morning and I am happier in nature.

◦ Increases productivity

During my walk I have plenty of time to think about my plans for the day and in general my brain functions better. I wake up super early and this helps me get a head start before everyone wakes up.

◦ Prayer time

This is one of the most important thing for me. There are little to no cars meaning less noise it’s just so peaceful and when I go at almost six the birds are still singing it’s beautiful. I go with no phone and so I have no distraction and I can fully fellowship with God. With time I now even look forward to my walks at first it was a pain but I feel so much better afterwards.

I have so many more benefits but these are the most important that I wanted to share. What do you guys do mantain , loose weight and to boost your confidence let’s continue the conversation down below. Thank you for reading, till next time bye ………

How I achieve my perfect Afro

To all my natural sisters you know how important it is to get that perfect Afro. It’s a pride thing when you have mastered your hair and you can rock your perfect Afro. Here is how I achieved my Afro and this is the best it has come out so far, I am still experimenting with other ways of styling which I will share with time. So let’s get started….

◦ Clean and fresh canvas

Obviously your hair has to be clean because it’s very easy to see flakes in an Afro. Shampoo and condition to make sure your hair is clean and easy to detangle when you are combing it.

◦ Stretch your hair: [optional]

To do this I do mabhanzi [African threading]. I am trying not to use heat as much as I can so this works out perfectly for me. If you use heat then this step use a hair drier or blower.

◦ Ensure ends are nice and trimmed

With an Afro because your ends are visible it is easy to spot split ends or browning ends. The worst thing is when you comb your Afro out and it’s gets chunky at the ends. When hair is trimmed it makes it easier to run your comb through your hair and makes a better Afro.

◦ Moisturize hair

I cannot emphasize this enough your hair has to be moisturized and oiled. I do this when I am doing mabhanzi [african threading]. I do two lines and three sections each side. Since I will be having smaller sections I massage my scalp then I put hairfood or coconut oil at the ends [ a generous amount because my hair is so dry]. After this I will use head wraps for a couple of days, I personally don’t mind.

◦ I then undo my mabhanzi sections and I comb as I go. I then proceed to do Bantu knots and depending with how big I want the hair to be I do bigger knots. In these pictures I did eight and I still loved the way it came out. If you want you can skip this step but it gives me great volume. With the Bantu knots since your hair is straight use a little amount of a moose or conditioner to help mold the hair. Please wrap hair with a thick head wrap so that it’s easier to sleep.

◦ Now for the fun part: undo Bantu knots. I do this the very next day. I just comb the out I am not trying to keep the curls at all. I then open a side part as it’s my preference. I then comb and tweak here and there until I get it to how I want it.

This is the one I have mastered and it works all the time. Please try it out and share with me how it came out. As always thank you for reading, till next time.

Where does your confidence come from?

I thought I would start this post by defining what is confidence from the worlds perspective and from what we already know.

From the Cambridge dictionary it means:

◦ The quality of being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future.

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

◦ A feeling or consciousness of ones’ powers or of reliance on ones’ circumstances.

Out of these two I like the second one better. From what I can tell it’s a feeling, that’s basically it. Now there is nothing wrong with feelings but as we all know feelings are not consistent. One moment you may feel the most confident and a couple of seconds later you feel like crap maybe because of a small comment someone made.

One cannot rely on their feelings to guide them in anything. An example I can give; last year when I started walking [for fitness purposes] I felt great and I was so happy with the progress I was making. After a while I lost all the fat and muscle was starting to form especially on my thigh and butt area. One morning on the way to the bus one of my friends said to me; “wow you look plump”. She did not in any way say it to hurt my feelings but that really hit hard. I had been working out and I was happy with where I was. Plump does not mean anything bad but I took it like I was adding on a few kilos. That morning I was feeling great, I loved my outfit only to have a little comment putting me down.

Feelings whether you have mastered them or not will make you feel like crap. They change like the weather which sucks. Some have mastered their feelings but I have not and things get to me sometimes.

After all this writing the bottom line is that your confidence must never be based on how you feel or look. I am also thinking to myself what about on those days when my makeup is on point and I am dolled up am I not supposed to be confident? I personally think it can boost the confidence you already have but must not be the basis of your confidence. Who or what must your confidence be based on?

Psalm 71:5 For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence.

Simple and straight to the point, your confidence must be in God. Why?

Hebrews 13:5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] [Josh. 1:5.]

God will never fail you in any way, He can do all things. When your confidence is in a person chances of that person failing or disappointing you are very high. Because we are human we are bound to fail.

When your confidence is based on who God has made you, you are guaranteed it will not change because He does not change.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).

If He never changes and He is the source of your confidence then that means your confidence is sure. It will not fluctuate like the body or our feelings. Study the word to see who He has made you to be, you are precious to him.

Zechariah 2:8 For thus said the Lord of hosts, after [His] glory had sent me [His messenger] to the nations who plundered you–for he who touches you touches the apple or pupil of His eye:

This gets me all kinds of excited. The pupils are a vital part of the eye without it you cannot see. You are that important to Him. He could have said legs or arms I mean every part of the body has its function and is important but He chose the pupil. Your confidence must be in God who has placed so much value on and in you but not only you but other people as well.

I would encourage you to search the scriptures for such verses that help you see who you have been made to be. Walk confidently knowing exactly who the source of your confidence is. That’s it for this post thank you so much for stopping buy. Let me know your thoughts on this down in the comments . Till next time …….