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Monique is Green and Glam!

Based on the title you may be wondering what is Green & Glam? This is a new series I am launching where you will hear from different women of color sharing their stories on how they started living a more green healthy lifestyle and changed their health and beauty routine.

I’m so excited to share this with you all because I think it’s a great way to build a sense of community and learn tips & tricks from others along the way. My first interview for this series is my beautiful friend Monique also known online as Brown Skin Green Beauty! Monique and I attended the Indie Beauty Expo together and had such an amazing time. I know you’ll enjoy reading this just as much as I did!

 

How long have you been going green with your health and or beauty routine?

I have a 2 part answer for this. My mindset for going green has been 9 years. My true practice in green beauty has been 7 years. The early two years were all about education and transitioning.

 

Why did you decide to go non-toxic & organic and how has it changed your life?

It all started with my hair. Conventional hair care products were doing more damage to my hair than good. At my wits end, I turned to plant based food to see if it would save my hair and it did! I figured, if this can do wonders for my hair, I want to see how well it would work for my body inside out. So far, nature has served me well.  It’s amazing to see my body transform into better health with the use of organic and non toxic ingredients.

When I witnessed nature nourishing and healing my body, it was my rebirth to health and a big wake up call to all the misinformation we’ve been given for so long. I no longer had to summit to conventional products to survive. Non toxic, natural and organic products allowed me the freedom to live life. I’m more sensitive to what my body is whispering to me, more connected to nature and more aware of my environment.

 

What is your go to green beauty product?

I have so many, but the one that is on repeat with me is the Plain Jane Beauty Liquid Creme Mineral Foundation #14. It took me forever to find a natural foundation that actually works with my complexion. PJB gave hope for us dark skin green beauties! And let me not forget the amazing ingredients it offers to nourish and heal the skin while looking fabulous.

 

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What does going green mean for you?

Going green means self awareness and knowing the truth behind the lies.

 

What advice do you have for someone who is new to the idea of going green?

It can be so overwhelming when entering the green living arena. Ease into it. Take it one product/ one ingredient at a time when transitioning. Find a green beauty/ living advocate to help you along your journey. Trust me, before you know it, it will be second nature to you.

 

How can we keep up with you? 

Yes… Let’s stay connected! You can find me on Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest @brownskingreenbeauty. I’m working on a blog next. Would love to hear from you all!

 

Four Ways to Cope with Anxiety

For some the holidays can be filled with great joy and gladness. The music, the Christmas decorations, spending time with family and loved ones can bring a smile to one’s face. For others this can be a time of sadness or anxiety for various reasons.

Much can be said about anxiety which is defined one way as “painful uneasiness of mind usually over an anticipated ill.” A second definition is “an abnormal apprehension and fear often accompanied by physiological signs, such as sweating and increased pulse, etc.” For many people, anxiety is occasionally experienced when attempting to do something like public speaking or when they find themselves in an unfamiliar situation. For others, anxiety is a disorder that manifests itself in a variety of symptoms, including difficulty breathing and even insomnia. If you suffer from anxiety in any of its forms, you know how painful and limiting it can be.

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Unmask Your Natural Beauty Event

I love connecting with like-minded people especially when it comes to natural beauty and wellness. I also try to support eco-friendly female owned businesses. So when I was invited to attend the Unmask Your Natural Beauty Event, I said heck yeah! Plus me my green beauty bestie Brown Skin Green Beauty attended together and had such a blast as always!

 

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The Unmask Your Natural Beauty Event was hosted by Leslie Carrington of Holisticitilyfe (HCL), an innovator for wellness travel trips all about supporting the mind, body, and spirit balance. Leslie is such a gorgeous natural beauty, Licensed Social Worker and Holistic Life Coach. Her organization HCL is committed to natural beauty, wellness, and healthy lifestyle practices. Since that is what my platform is all about I had to share this on the blog.

 

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The event was held last weekend at the House of Juice Brooklyn– the organic juicer and brewery. This was my first time at this local juice bar. They have a variety of organic cold pressed juices, smoothies, and kombucha. If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I have been obsessed with kombucha lately. So if you’re if in the Brooklyn area stop by and order the Golden Buch Pineapple Kombucha, tell The Holistic Honey sent you!

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It was a fun afternoon filled with healthy tasty drinks, laughter, natural beauty and holistic conversation. What I loved most about the event was how it brought together women color and wellness, all together to support beauty health and beauty from the inside out.

 

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I got to meet so many black-female owned businesses and entrepreneurs in the beauty space. These are a few of the featured vendors:

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These are few of the green beauty goodies from my swag bag. I’ll be sharing my review on some of my favorite items so be on the look out for that soon!

More green beauty and wellness events to come!

Get more information about HolisticitiLyfe events here

Indie Beauty Expo NY 2016 | Recap

Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Indie Beauty Expo NY for the first time. To say I had a great time would be an understatement! If you’re not familiar with this event it’s a 2 day expo where indie green beauty & wellness brands come together to showcase products, discuss topics affecting the market, and how we can spread the word about healthy beauty. continue reading

Healthy Pantry Makeover

A healthy beauty routine starts in the kitchen. You’ve heard that old saying “you are what you eat”. If you want outer beauty then you must look at nourishing the body from the inside out. Did you know that your hair, skin, and nails are the last parts of the body to receive nutrients? Your body gives whatever nourishment to the vital organs first then the remaining nutrients go to the outer areas. That’s why it’s important that your diet has an ample supply of fresh leafy greens, veggies, and antioxidant boosting fruits like berries.

 

Your kitchen is the go to place for the foods to make meals and snacks. Most of your foods should be whole unprocessed foods. Foods without ingredient lists or heavy handed health claims on the labels are the best choice. Fresh food and items without a shelf life are a good way to go.

 

Below are a few ways you can start to give your panty a healthy makeover:

 

  1. GET A CLEAN START

Clear out all your shelves of your pantry, kitchen, cabinets, and refrigerator. You won’t be able to see what you’re working with until you’ve completely removed everything. You don’t have to throw everything out at once but it’s best to know what not to buy again and what needs to be swapped with a better choice when you go grocery shopping. By emptying your pantry you may uncover a few hidden gems that you’d completely forgotten.

 

 

  1. SORT AND PURGE

Go through everything to see if it loosely fits within the suggested items above. IE fresh whole foods or grains like wild rice, quinoa, spelt, amaranth, etc.

Items you should also toss include:

  • can goods
  • bags and boxes with rips or tears
  • spices older than one year
  • items that are expired
  • anything with an infestation

 

Inspect ingredient labels- look for these artificial food colors, sweeteners, flavor enhancers, preservatives, hydrogenated or highly processed oils and fats, GMO’s (genetically modified), high fructose corn syrup, sugar.

 

Ditch the junk- It’s better not to have those items in your kitchen to tempt you and learn to find healthier choices to snack on. Get rid of the potato chips, candy bars, cookies, etc especially any with the ingredients we have discussed so far.

 

Bypass BPA- I stopped buying canned good and plastic for this reason. Shop labels that say BPA free or buy items in glass containers instead. BPA is a hormone-disrupting chemical also known as bisphenol-A, a synthetic oestrogen

 

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  1. ORGANIZE 

Once you’ve purged your pantry, organize your remaining items grouping like items with like items. For example snacks in one area (crackers, nuts, dried fruits), containers of cut carrots, celery, snow peas on a low shelf in the fridge. Keeping your pantry organized in this way will make it easier to identify the items you need when heading to the store or preparing healthy meals.

 

  1. CLEAN

Obviously before restocking your pantry make sure you thoroughly clean out the space. Start at the top shelf wipe down all surfaces with a warm, damp cloth. If any of your food containers are sticky or dusty wipe them down before placing them back in the cupboard.