Treat Yo Self W/ Zandra Beauty

Zandra Beauty is a newly launched skin-care line by the young and beautiful entrepeneur, Zandra Cunningham of Buffalo, New York, U.S. But, Zandra is more than just an entrepreneur, she is also an influencer who serves to empower and encourage confidence to young girls and women from all over the world. Since a young girl she has aspired to create natural products that inspires girls & women to feel beautiful! In the words of Zandra herself ” My fascination with entrepreneurship began when I was just 9 years old. It was totally the result of my dad’s refusal to buy me my beloved lip balm. His NO forced me to do the work and make my own.” She then made her start in the summer of 2010 by making a few products (lip balms & body butters) at home & selling them at the local farmer market in her area. And as she got older she decided to expand her products after she began to use popular products from the mall and found that those products left her skin dry, itchy, and uncomfortable. (Many mainstream products are filled with unhealthy ingredients that often just smell good and that’s about it, no other benefits.) Fed up with having to choose between smelling good or having itchy & irritated skin Zandra made it her mission to create products that not only smell good but also make her skin feel nice & smooth as well! Now here we are in 2019 & she has successfully launched her very own skin-care line that is eco-friendly, 100% plant-based, cruelty-free & “yuck-free” (toxic chemical ingredient free). Her line offers hair & body butters, exfoliating body scrubs, deodorants, lotions, soaps, and lip balms that will be distributed nationwide on her official website. But that’s not all, she also has an exclusive “Treat Yo Self” gift box currently being sold only at Target! This is just the beginning for Zandra and I am anxious to see her and her brand grow and flourish! So let’s all support her and purchase some products, if not for yourself then maybe as a gift for a loved one. As if she isn’t amazing enough she also donates 10% of the net value of each product purchased towards girl’s education! For more information on Zandra & her brand or products please use the contacts provided below. Stay yuck-free! ✌🏾

Contact Zandra Beauty:

Website: http://www.zandrabeauty.com

Email: orders@zandrabeauty.com

Facebook: @ZandraBeauty

Instagram: @ZandraBeauty

Twitter: @ZandraBeauty

D.I.Y. Lemon Lime Pink Salt Face & Body Scrub

Nothing’s more refreshing than exfoliating, it literally feels like you’re washing all of your sins away! Scrubbing away old dead skin cells, smoothing out your top layer of skin, and receiving a rejuvenating glow, all sounds like wins to me. Now imagine all of that plus the citrusy smell of lemon & lime, the soft yet even roughness of Himalayan pink salt crystals, silky smooth olive oil, and the sweet succulent smell of fresh honey all mixed together anxiously awaiting to make you feel brand new 😏. Oh and did I mention that it’s incredibly simple to make, includes natural, inexpensive ingredients, and that it will be easy store away and preserve? Very tempting right? If so just follow my D.I.Y. ingredient and instruction list below, and get to exfoliating and showing your beautiful skin some loving!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pink salt (aka Himalayan rock salt)
  • 1/4 cup of your choice of oil* (I use olive oil)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp of honey

Instructions: 3-4 uses

  1. Measure out salt into a medium sized plastic tupperware style bowl
  2. Squeeze the juice from one fresh lemon and one fresh lime on top of the salt in the bowl
  3. Scoop in the 3 tbsps of honey
  4. Add the oil of your choice and mix all the ingredients together
  5. Let the scrub settle in a cool environment for 25 minutes before using
  6. Apply scrub to a freshly washed face or if using on body in the shower in bath wash your skin before applying for best results
  7. Rub scrub into skin soft in a circular motion for a few minutes
  8. Rinse with lukewarm/cool water
  9. Pat dry skin afterward to avoid irritation
  10. Moisturize skin with shea butter or an oil of choice

 

Storage: Place lid on bowl and store in a dark cool place until next use. Be sure to discard after 30 days.

Choosing the “Diet” for Your Lifestyle

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, lactovarian, fruitarian, pescatarian, or have no preference, a diet isn’t something that should be equated to a temporary intake or quick fix to lose/gain weight. Your diet should be your way of life, in other words it should be consistent and beneficial. I personally think that we should throw away this whole idea of “going on diets” and transition our intake to foods that are more reasonable and responsible. Your diet should consists of foods that makes you comfortable (tastes good & makes you feel good), caters to your health, and provides a balance to your digestive system. Labeling yourself as vegan, vegetarian, or whatever doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily “eating right” or that you even feel 100% good about the decision that you made. At the end of the day the food that you consume should benefit you, be eaten in moderation, and shouldn’t make you feel bad or create side effects. And by side effects I mean acne (most commonly caused by sodas, white bread & rice, & dairy), high blood pressure (most commonly caused by fried food, sodium filled food & canned food), and digestive issues (most commonly caused by red meats, dairy products & high amounts of fructose). What we eat not only affects our bodies, but our minds and spirits are heavily influenced as well. So you should always take into consideration the foods you choose to intake because they certainly play a major role in the future of your health, just saying! Which is why transitioning to the plant-based diet is the most realistic, comfortable, beneficial, and effortless decision that one can make. Think about it, by going plant-based you don’t have to restrict yourself to certain foods or even refrain from the ones you enjoy (just as long as you eat it occasionally or at MAX in moderation). To be plant-based simply means that you’re eating MOSTLY delicious, naturally grown products given to us from our bountiful and beautiful earth (beans, grains and oats, nuts, fruits, vegetables, soy, etc) but with a the option of flexibility. Basically you won’t have to cut off animal products but definitely cut back on them. If you’re someone who eats meat or any animal product (milk, cheese, eggs, honey, etc) everyday then start by going a few days without them, and eventually attempt to only eating animal based products a few times a month or every once in a while (every couple of months or so). It’s challenging (only in the in the beginning), but not impossible. Remember that your health is wealth, and that without it you won’t be worth a damn, (I said what I said🤷🏽‍♀️)!

 

Need help with plant-based recipes?

Use the search bar below and type in “recipes” for some of my favorite plant-based meals, feel free to add your spin on them!

 

3 More Beginner Yoga Poses & Their Benefits

When I bring up yoga to those who don’t practice it I generally get the same reactions, “Oh, I could never do that”, “I’m not flexible enough”, “It seems too hard” or something along the negative route. I get it, yoga can be intimidating but only at first. You’ll get better over time, just as any other new thing in life it will take some time to master. Don’t let your negative conscience, or fear cheat you out of working on your posture, flexibility, and balance. To be honest yoga isn’t even all about the poses, yeah sure they look pretty cool but it’s more so about gaining full body strength and stretching those neglected muscles out! So I’m back again with 3 more beginner poses that almost anyone can do. And don’t be so hard on yourself because many people stay in the beginner phase for a while. So just continue to practice until you become comfortable enough to move on to more challenging poses!


Wheel Pose- also known as urdhva dhanurasana is the perfect pose for stretching your entire body at once. It stretches the muscles of the chest, stomach, hips and legs, while also captivating the muscles on the back of your body.


Side Plank- also known as vasisthasana helps to prevent joint and bone diseases and complications (arthritis, frequent popping, scoliosis, carpal tunnel, etc) by strengthening your wrists, forearms, shoulders, and spine. It also increases the flexibility of your hips and hamstrings and increases focus skills.


Shoulder Stand- also known as salamba sarvangasana is the ideal pose because it stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system which then helps to decrease depression and anxiety. This pose calms the brain, relieves stress, reduces insomnia, alleviates fatigue, while also helping to stretch your neck and shoulder muscles and toning your butt and legs.


Happy practicing! Don’t forget to breathe, think positive, and be patient with yourself.