Friday, May 31, 2019

Poem: Love What Makes You, You

Love What Makes You, You
Written By: Princess Hiyah Jahan Ara Akanqi
Love your hair.
Love your shape and size.
Love your beauty.
Love your beauty marks.
Love your brilliance.
Love your personality.
Love your confidence.
Love your life.
Love how wonderful you are.
Love how kind you are.
Love how gentle you are.
Love your heart.
Love what makes you unique.
Love what makes you, you.
Love that you are made with love.
Love yourself from head to toe.
Love yourself because you are you.
And being you is the best person you could ever be.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Review: Avon Put Your Cool Face On Calming Sheet Mask

Whenever I need to relax, there’s nothing better than sipping on some warm tea while wearing a face mask but I’ve never tried one that was quite like this one. There is three new sheet mask that Avon has released that will focus on whatever you might need at the moment but the one that I wanted was called, Avon Put Your Cool Face On Calming Sheet Mask ($5.00) which I was amazed by.

After applying this sheet mask on my skin, I felt calm right away as the fresh aroma graced my scenes. It’s made with cucumbers and aloe vera gel which has many benefits for your skin; Aloe vera gel has healing properties and cucumbers can be used to rejuvenate your skin. I also felt a wonderful cooling sensation that might be from the ingredient of a cucumber (but I could be wrong.)

It’s amazing how I was able to get this sheet mask because I’ve been having some issues with my skin lately and because this sheet mask is made with beautiful ingredients, it gave my skin a healthy ever after. It has not only hydrated my skin but it left it feeling ultimately soft and smooth. What a great and magical experience that this mask gave me. Shop at my Avon boutique by clicking the link here and thank you for reading my blog post.

Love always,
Princess Hiyah

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A Great Alternative to Coffee: KeVita Master Brew Kombucha

Coffee and I have a very odd relationship with each other. Sometimes it wakes me up but most of the time it can soothe me so much that it makes me fall asleep. I honestly don’t see myself letting go of coffee forever (because Starbucks is one of my favorite treats) but I do have to take a break from it every once in a while.

You know it’s a big issue to drink something that gives you a boost of energy but after a few minutes pass, I crash. I can’t drink coffee every single day… I must take breaks and because of these little breaks, I feel much better mentally and physically.

Luckily, I discovered Kevita Master Brew Kombucha which is an all natural and healthy energy drink that is designed to help you with your digestion. Whenever I drink this on my break at work, I always receive a boost of energy that coffee usually never gives me like it does for most people. Plus, it’s perfect for tea lovers and comes in many other flavors that you might love.

I don’t know exactly how to explain it but it almost has a “pop” to it just like soda but somewhat different. I couldn’t resist it because I’m always on a search for a new healthy beverage to try and this one is a winner.

Love always,
Princess Hiyah

Monday, May 13, 2019

Avon Beauty Boost Face Masks Pt. 3: Moisturizing Face Mask

Because I’m from Wisconsin, I’m used to seeing the snow flutter down from the sky once Winter presents itself. I’m used to walking through the beautiful fluffy snow and the cold air, but I am also used to the freezing cold days where I have to deal with chapped lips and super dry skin. Using a quality moisturizer is a lifesaver, especially during the Winter, but when it comes to Georgia, things are much different.
Because I’m used to the Winters days of Wisconsin, the weather in Georgia isn’t as bad to me and it seems like Winter in GA is pretty short. Here, I’m used to the heat but I can’t always get away from the cold. When it does get cold here, I feel as if it’s not a big deal but have to remember to moisturize because the weather can definitely affect my skin.

There is a lot of research that shares how moisturizing your skin on a regular basis can promote youthful skin and we could all admit that we want to look young as long as possible. So, I don’t hesitate when it comes to keeping my skin hydrated. Plus, your skin would look a lot better if you protect your skin from the cold and dry Winter days.
The second product I’ve tried recently from Avon Beauty Boost Face Masks ($20.00) was the Moisturizing Face Mask which is made of hyaluronic acid. From some research, I’ve found that hyaluronic acid is already in us, but there are studies that shares you can get the benefits of HA within your diet. Many companies use this in our skincare products in order to give our skin a boost of hydration, including this lovely and creamy face mask that I applied to my skin.

Long story short, this Moisturizing Face Mask left my skin feeling extra hydrating. I wouldn’t mind using this again…

Love always,
Princess Hiyah

Sunday, May 12, 2019

5 Ways to Relax After a Long Day for Foot Care

After a long day at work where I am constantly on my feet, there‘s nothing better than relaxing with a foot care treatment. My feet always feel 10x better whenever I do this treatment at least once a week (I mean, it’s like work shoes was created just to hurt your feet. Can anyone relate?) I’m still on the search for good foot care products, so if you have a list of them, feel free to share.

Start your bubbly foot bath. You can use whatever bubble bath you desire but recently, I’ve been loving my Pass the Bubbly Champagne Bubble Bath By Avon. It has a yummy raspberry fragrance that calms me right away and it makes you want to celebrate because it looks like a champagne bottle. I’m loving the fact that it’s like a treat at end of the day.
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Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your foot bath. Because we walk a lot, our feet may pick up some unwanted bacteria that can cause some harm. This could be prevented of course just by taking a shower every single day but if you want to kick things up a notch, you can add three drops of magic.

Be aware that tee tree oil isn’t for everyone, so please do some research on it before you use it. Also, note that it’s very strong in scent so brace yourself.

Use a foot scrub. Because your feet have been soaking under warm water, it softened dead skin so you can easily exfoliate while leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth.

Clip your toenails. You can easily clip your toenails because the bubble bath made them soft. It’s the perfect time to do this self-care treatment.

Moisturize your feet. Use whatever you desire but if I must recommend anything, I would recommend olive oil, coconut oil or body lotion. What I use depends on how I’m feeling that day but each has its own way of moisturizing your feet.

Use a foot mask. I don’t give myself a foot bubble bath when I use a foot mask because it’s everything in one to me. After I nice shower (or bubble bath,) I love to use this Relaxing Peppermint Foot Mask Socks ($9.00) by Iroha which smells so good and refreshing. All you have to do is put them on just like socks and if you’re like me, put real socks over them. This locks in the moisture even more while your feet are receiving all the love it could get.
After you remove them, massage your feet and the best thing about it is, you don’t have to wash it off because it’s not only a foot mask but it’s a moisturizer too. It always leaves my feet feeling extra soft and smooth. Have you tried this yet? Go get it now if you haven’t because it’s my favorite.

Last but not least, put on your favorite slippers or footies and enjoy a nice cup of tea.

Love always,
Princess Hiyah

Saturday, May 11, 2019

6 Amazing Benefits of Not Wearing Makeup ft. Anew Hydra Fusion Skincare Treatment

There’s nothing better than applying on that perfect shade of lipstick that makes you feel like royalty or that mascara that always makes your eyes stand out but sometimes it’s nice to see that bare face in the mirror. Not only does wearing no makeup have a positive effect on your skin but it can make you feel more confident about yourself. It’s always important to love that girl underneath all that glamour because, at the end of the day, that makeup is coming off and it’s important that you can admire what you see in your reflexion just as much as when you are wearing makeup…
It’s a great way to embrace your natural beauty. When you look into the mirror at your bare face, this is your moment to embrace your natural beauty. Often when you compare yourself to someone else’s beauty, you might think that there is something wrong with your own look but there’s nothing wrong with the way you look. You are beautiful and if you tell yourself that often, you’ll begin to see it.

"Admire someone else's beauty without questioning your own." - Unknown

You can keep your pores clean. I used to hear all the time that there are different skincare products that can shrink your pores but recently, I’ve heard from somewhere that you can’t really shrink them. We have two types of pores: Oil pores (also known as hair follicles) are the ones that we can see while sweat pores are not visible enough for us to see with our naked eye. Our goal shouldn’t be to shrink them but to keep them clean. Your pores might only seem large when they are clogged or sometimes will open after you've washed them with warm water. If you see your pores open after you've washed your face, know that this is normal.

Don’t get too obsessed with the sight of your pores because they are meant to be visible and it’s okay to have pores. They aren't supposed to be invisible.

You can admire your pores. I understand that foundation and concealer cover them “to make your skin appear as though it’s flawless” as I hear from many sources but why would we see our pores as flaws when it’s what makes us human. Love your pores.

You are giving your skin a chance to breathe. It’s nice to give your skin a chance to breathe, especially your pores. You don’t want your pores to be clogged up with all that makeup because makeup is pretty harsh when it comes to all the ingredients they put into it.

You’ll begin a healthier relationship with yourself. When you get used to seeing your natural beauty, you’ll begin to love it. Don’t get me wrong, if you want to wear makeup, wear it. It’s okay to adore the glamorous side of you too.

Now for some skincare products. I love keeping my skin extra hydrated when I’m not wearing any makeup such as creamy skincare products but recently I’ve tried something new called, Anew Hydra Fusion by Avon. My skin feels so relaxed during these #nomakeup days and I must share three products that made me feel amazing.

All you need to do is massage your skin with a cotton pad infused with this cleanser and it’ll remove dry skin and dirt leaving your skin feeling extra clean. Normally, I massage my skin with a warm and wet face towel before using this product because you don’t have to rinse it off. It does all the extra cleaning for you while leaving your skin feeling hydrated.

I’m loving how lightweight this product is but I normally use it when I’m not at work. Because I work at a restaurant, it’s never a great idea for me to wear a skincare cream because my natural oils are enough. At the end of my shift, my skin looks too oily but I can wear it on my off days. Can anyone relate to this?

It feels pretty good to have something hydrating on my face during these no makeup days but you can also mix it with different face cream to enhance to moisture (if you need it.)

After a long day, it’s always nice to wash your face and then apply a night cream. It has a soft rosy fragrance and it’s made with shea butter seeds to give your skin the ultimate midnight treatment. It’s also made with raspberry seeds which might protect your skin from getting damaged caused by free radicals.

Love always,
Princess Hiyah

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Taking a Leap of Faith: What Mr. Hopper Taught Me

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream
- A Children’s Song
Have you ever had a dream that stood out to you more than your other dreams and it’s just something that you couldn’t get out of your head? Well, sometimes it’s more than just a dream. It’s a spiritual message from your higher-self that it trying to tell you something very important. These dreams are always very interesting but one thing that I was shocked by was the fact that spiritual messages can come into our reality.

One day, at work, I spotted a big green grasshopper that you couldn’t miss inside the restaurant and I am not a bug person at all so I did what I usually do and reported what I saw to a brave co-worker who opened the drive-through window to set Mr. Hopper free but little did I know was that that was my spiritual message and if you don’t notice the message right away. It’ll repeat itself until you get it.

Soon after the grasshopper was released, I spotted another grasshopper just as big but dead inside of a pot. I told my co-worker again (because eww...bugs) and she took the pot to clean it out. This time the spiritual message was loud and clear and I got it.

This might sound strange to you but if you were in my shoes, you would understand. I was working at a job that I liked and wanted to continue to work there but I had bullies amongst me that gave me the hardest time ever. It’s like, you can report these things but the entire morning crew was hostile to me that I would sometimes come home in tears. It was time for me to take a leap of faith just like Mr. Hopper and leave that place.

I would love to hear relatable stories from you guys if you’ve experienced something like this in the comments below and if you can’t comment, feel free to Tweet me your story. I love inspirational stories.

Love always,
Princess Hiyah

Made with Love: So Good So You Cold-Pressed Juices

I’ve heard many great things about cold-pressed juice cleanses, especially because there are so many good health benefits you can receive from them. I wouldn’t mind going on a cleanse one day but until then it’s nice just trying them out first.

As I was shopping at my local grocery store, I spotted So Good So You cold-pressed juices and grabbed me two of them. Yesterday on my break when I was at work, I tried Fierce Greens which is made with Celery, Dandelion, Kale, Romaine, Greens, and Lemon but I tasted the celery the most. Because I love my veggies, this beverage really pleased my taste buds.

This one really made me feel good physically which I wasn’t expecting at all. I knew it was healthy but I felt amazing emotionally, physically and mentally. It’s amazing! I wouldn’t mind buying this one again.

The next day, I drunk the Happy Green juice which was weird for me. I’m not trying to be mean, it’s just that it kinda tasted like pickles to me (but maybe that was just me.) It’s made with Cucumber, Kale, Pineapple, Mint, and Lime which are all amazing ingredients. It wasn’t gross but it taste like a hint of pickles to me which was kinda weird.

I’m not trying to scare you off from buying it because it might be a different story for you and who knows maybe if I try it again, it might taste different. I can say that all the flavors were visible to me, especially the lime but you know… a hint of pickle flavor.

Overall, this is a great company to try out because it’s non-GMO and So Good So You is dedicated to helping you have a healthier life one sip at a time. You can look forward to an update on when I try there one-week cold-pressed juice cleanse because I am so ready for it now.

Love always,
Princess Hiyah

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Why You Should Never Underestimate the Power of Coconut Oil

If you ask me, coconut oil is the most magical ingredient that every girl should add to their beauty and health routine. One reason why it’s magical is that coconut oil by itself has many benefits alone that can help you in so many ways. I use it just as much as Tinkerbell uses her fairy dust but after my research, I’ve found out more ways you could use coconut oil that I think I’m going to try as well. Enjoy!!
Coconut oil can give you a boost of hydration. You can finally say goodbye to dry skin by applying coconut oil all over your body. It’s a natural moisturizer and it’s healthy for your skin. Go ahead and try it.
Coconut oil is an anti-aging serum. From my research, coconut oil is one ingredient that can act as a natural anti-aging serum. Because it’s so hydrating, it helps you fight against dry skin which prevents wrinkles. Becoming mature and wiser is the goal but looking like your 10+ years younger is a gift from the Heavens above.
It’s a natural makeup remover. Obviously, using chemicals on our skin isn’t the best option. Luckily, coconut oil is a natural cleanser that can gently remove your makeup without any harm to your skin. Massage it all over your face (including mascara) and watch this fairy dust do its magic.
You can use coconut oil as a cleanser. It’s not just for removing your makeup, you can cleanse your skin with coconut oil as well. I sometimes massage coconut oil onto my skin and then leave it on my skin for a few minutes as if it’s a face mask. Then I wash it off by exfoliating my skin with my face towel. It’s hydrating and cleansing at the same time. Plus, this method removes dead skin. I don’t know if anyone else does this, but it’s one of my favorite beauty treatments.
Coconut oil can help you with dry, cracked lips. I’m obsessed with hydrating my lips, especially during the Winter and coconut oil it one of the best ways to maintain a perfect pout.
You can shave your legs with coconut oil. Treat yourself with a natural hair remover treatment. Coconut oil can shave your legs while leaving them hydrated at the same time.
Coconut oil can reduce dandruff. If you have issues with a dry scalp and dandruff, then you should give coconut oil a try. It might work for you.
Coconut oil promotes hair growth. Massage your scalp with coconut oil at least once a week to promote hair growth. Trust me. It works.
Coconut oil can heal damaged hair. I’ve experienced hair damage for many years and the moment my hair begin to be repaired was the moment I’ve begun to use coconut oil in my hair. It’s magical.
Coconut oil can prevent hair loss. Studies have shown that coconut oil can not only help you with hair growth but it can also prevent fall out and hair loss for many people. Add coconut oil to your hair care routine and you’ll see some progress.
Coconut oil can moisturize dry hair. The reason why your hair is itchy, dry and if you are experiencing breakage, it might be because you need to hydrate your hair more. Coconut oil is a long-lasting hydration that can help your hair with so many issues, including dryness. Don’t hesitate before applying this to your hair.
Coconut oil is the best hair mask I’ve ever used. You can use coconut oil alone as a hair mask or add it to your homemade hair mask to give you a magical boost. Hair mask idea: Blend some coconut oil with one (or two) avocado and you have yourself an instant hair mask. You can also heat coconut oil, olive oil, tea tree oil, etc. together and apply it to your hair as a hot oil treatment. Go crazy with experimenting.
Coconut oil can prevent split ends. Yup...
Coconut oil can tame frizzy hair and it’s a detangler. Coconut can instantly make your hair neater as you smooth it gently into your hair.
It can kill germs. Coconut oil is absolutely healthy for you to eat and it can kill so many harmful germs and bacteria for you.
It’s perfect for helping you with your oral health. I’m new to oil pulling and I’m officially obsessed with it. It can prevent so many health issues and it can help you with bad breath. You might also want to try this method to whiten your teeth.
Coconut oil can reduce your appetite. I’m no expert in weight loss but I’ve heard so many benefits that coconut oil has that help you with weight loss. For one, it can curve your appetite which means you might think twice before grabbing that second piece of the pie.
It can burn fat, especially stubborn belly fat. I’m gonna give this one a go since I’ve heard it can help me get rid of my pooch. Have this one worked for you?
Coconut oil can you with digestion. <3
You can cook with it. You can replace butter and olive oil because this is much healthier. Trust me. Plus, I love the flavor it gives my food.
It’s possible that coconut oil can prevent cancer. Or at least that’s what I’ve read from some articles.

Love always,
Princess Hiyah


Disclaimer: I am not an expert on health but I personally use coconut oil myself and it works for me. I also shared some research I've found about coconut oil that works for many others. Have a great day loves!!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Avon Beauty Boost Face Masks Pt. 2: Detox Clay Mask

There are so many reasons why the Detox Clay Mask from Avon Beauty Boost Face Masks ($20.00) was perfect for me and it completely had me feeling bummed out for the fact that I don’t have this product in a bigger size. I would say that my skin type is probably a combination, but sometimes I feel as if it’s more on the oily side. Quality clay masks are known for absorbing access oils from your skin but this product actually does a lot more than that.
It’s not called a detox for nothing. A clay mask can naturally cleanse your skin from access dirt, cleanse away dead skin cells and remove any harmful bacteria and toxins, leaving your skin feeling extra soft and smooth. Luckily, this is exactly what this Detox Face Mask did for me. The results were lovely and I’m hoping that Avon would create a bigger size because I’m obsessed with it. Are you reading this Avon??
Another beautiful quality that this detox mask has is that it’s made with green clay and charcoal which are made to help purify your skin. After seeing a few tiny pimples pop up on my face, this detox was the best way to start my Sunday morning. I highly recommend this amazing little sample. It’s truly addicting…

Have you already tried this Detox Clay Masks? Amazing, right?? Let me know how much you adored this product and stay tuned for part three.

Love always,
Princess Hiyah

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Espira Power Greens: Have You Been Eating Enough Veggies?

It’s always nice to buy a frozen bag of fruit to add into my breakfast smoothies and I always add a handful of veggies, such as kale and spinach but I haven’t been doing so lately. I’ve been grabbing all ready made smoothies which are nice but sometimes I feel like I need a little bit more veggies.

Grabbing a salad works but their’s nothing wrong with getting a superfood powder that you can add to your smoothies but I’m new to Espira Power Greens ($30.00) and wanted to try it just as it is without a smoothie first.

It has 50 organic greens and live probiotics that most people need if they aren't eating enough vegetables every day. Because I’ve been craving veggies, this vegan shake was perfect for me. It has a strong veggie flavor but you can add it to your smoothie or whatever beverage you desire. I personally don’t think that this is a meal replacement shake but it does make a great snack. I enjoyed sipping on this today and can’t wait to add it to a homemade shake whenever I get a chance.

Love always,
Princess Hiyah

The divine message of the bumblebee…

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One day, a bumblebee flew into the crack of the double glazed window of our last apartment in Wisconsin. So that it wouldn't get into our home any further, my bother, King, placed a towel on the area trying to block it from coming in, but it just kept buzzing around inside the window. It continued to buzz around until he thought that maybe the universe was trying to tell us something. Once we recognized the wisdom from the universe, the bumblebee "disappeared". We didn't see it leave. The bumblebee was only there to deliver us an inspiring message.

The divine message of the bumblebee…

A bumblebee’s body is far too large and heavy for its wings to be able to fly. According to science, it shouldn’t be possible for a bumblebee to fly, yet we can see them buzzing around happily with our own two eyes. Although our dreams may seem impossible to the Maya we are living in, it is more than possible to accomplish; But the only way we can become as magical as a bumblebee is to believe that our dreams are truly possible to achieve.

Love always,
Princess Hiyah
“According to laws of aerodynamics, the bumblebee cannot fly; Its body is too heavy for its wings and that’s the simple reason why. But the bumblebee doesn’t know this fact, and so it flies anyway for all to see. Remember this when you’re losing faith or hope — God’s proof that the impossible can be.” ~A. S. Waldrop

“Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.” - Mary Kay Ash
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