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  • InHair, Beauty & Fashion, Health + Wellness, Tips and Advice, Uncategorized

    My Favorite Skincare Products Under $20

    Hey everyone, it’s Ronnesha! I’m gonna share some skincare tips with you all, yayyy! Now look here, I wouldn’t consider myself to have perfect skin, but I have cleared up my skin drastically over the past couple of years. I wanted to share with you all my list of inexpensive skincare products that have helped me minimize acne and acne scarring. You don’t have to spend big bucks on quality skin care products to have healthy skin. Consistently using all of these products have done wonders for my skin! Let’s jump into the list! P.S. I included the price and links to each product/brand I use!

    Vitamin E

    (Walmart, $5.94)

    Vitamin E used to be my daily moisturizer, in high school I used to glaze my face with it and people used to say, “Why are you sweating profusely?” The reason I didn’t mind going to school looking like I just ran a marathon, was because this stuff did wonders for my skin. It alleviated dark acne scars and my blotchiness. Now to combat the greasy look when I’m out in public,  I mix my vitamin E with my actually facial moisturizer. When I go to bed at night, I wash my face and put nothing but vitamin e on it.

    Witch Hazel

    (Walmart, $3.64)

    I use witch hazel as a natural toner. After washing my face, I use a cotton ball to wipe it all over my face to remove any extra impurities. It’s really great for controlling acne blemishes.

    100% Tea Tree Oil

    (Vitamin Shoppe, $6.79)

    Tea tree oil is a great spot treatment, I put it on my face. It’s pretty strong so mix with a carrier oil, I use vitamin e so that I don’t get acne scars.

    Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

    (Ulta, $17 )

    This is a great spot treatment as well, whenever I sense a pimple coming I immediately put this on my face. I sleep with it on overnight as well. Oh this is a powerful product, so it may sting a little. (p.s. if you sleep with this product on beware that it will rub off on your pillowcases and sheets)

    Mario Badescu Facial Spray

    (Ulta, $7)

    If you’re seeking seeking dewy, bright, glowing skin, I would suggest this spray. When I wear makeup I tend to go for the No-Makeup, Makeup look, my everyday look is usually just my eyebrow filled in and mascara, when I spray this on my face I get an instant glow.

     

    Elf Daily Moisturizer

    (Target,$8)

    I’ve always had trouble with moisturizers drying out my skin, this is one of my favorite moisturizers because it actually MOISTURIZES my face. This moisturizer is infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil. The texture is very smooth and creamy and doesn’t leave behind a filmy residue.

    7th Heaven Facial Tea Tree Peel

    (Ulta, $1.99)

    Sooo I am really obsessed with products that have tea tree in it. This is hands down one of the best peels I’ve ever used. Tea tree is for the strong (lol), when applying this peel you instantly feel a tingly somewhat medicated sensation, which for some people could be too intense, but I don’t mind the feeling at all.

    St. Eves Facial Scrub

    (Walmart, $3.63)

    This is definitely one of my favorite inexpensive facial scrubs, this scrub comes in many variations for different types of skin and problem areas. I tend to use the “Blemish Control” scrub.

    Aztec Clay mixed w/ Apple Cider Vinegar

    (Amazon  Aztec Clay $8.80; Walmart, Braggs ACV $5.62)

    Anyone that is really into skincare will know that this stuff is amazing. I found out about this mask about 2 years ago, my forehead was breaking out so bad and I was desperate to find the perfect product to help clear it up. I love mixing it with ACV because I feel like i’m getting the maximum effect of both products. This mask gets super tight, I can feel my pores being pulled shut! After removing the mask, your face will be really red but don’t be alarmed the redness will go away in a couple of minutes! I would advise you to NOT sleep in this mask or keep it on for longer period time past the suggested time length or you’ll be chiseling it off your face for hours.

    Water

    (You already know where to find this)

    For the most part, water is free. Drinking at least 8 cups of water a day is very beneficial for your skin. Like most kids I HATED water growing up, now that I am an adult I try to drink nothing but water.

    Tea Tree Facial Wash By Body Shop

    (Body Shop, $11.20)

    I’ve been wanting to try this facial wash for a while, so I purchased it a couple month ago and have been hooked on it ever since.

    Tea Tree Soap By Dr. Bronners

    (Ulta, $4.69 or If you live near a Mom’s Organic Market get it from their because it’s cheaper)

    This is the soap I use for my body because it is one of the only quality organic soaps that is close to your bodies natural pH. This soap is also the only bar soap I feel comfortable using on my face. This soap is amazing, it really has kept my skin clear.

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    If you hadn’t noticed, tea tree was the reappearing product on my list, remember that tea tree is pretty strong so please use it moderately. Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed the list! Comment if you are interested in using or already using some of the products I’ve listed above, let me know how it’s helped you out! Also, comment if you know of any other great inexpensive skin care products I should try out!

     

    Love,

    Ronnesha

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  • InEvents, Hair, Beauty & Fashion, Health + Wellness, Uncategorized

    Naturalista Hair Show Review!

    Sorry this post is super delayed! We wanted to release content from the Naturalista Hair Show shortly after we attended the show but we were busy with travel, moving and getting our website together! But, as we promised, here is our review of the show!

    On September 16th, 2017 we attended the 5th annual Naturalista Hair Show (NHS) in Silver Spring, Maryland. The hair show was created by the talented Angela Walker, owner of N Natural Hair Studio Salon located in Silver Spring, MD. When we came across the event on instagram we immediately got excited, we were even more excited when we found out our good friend, Deborah Martins, would be hosting a couple panels at the event.

    Seeing so many beautiful, fearless, confident  women come together at one event was so powerful and motivational. As naturalista’s we get a lot of backlash for wearing natural kinks and curls, dreads and braids, so it’s important that we support events that shine light on how beautiful we are being our natural selves. Aside from the NHS being a motivational event promoting healthy hair and self-love, it was an outlet for various self made business owners to showcase their work. We loved walking through the event and seeing food vendors, florist,  handmade organic beauty products, apparel and accessories produced specifically by local black owned businesses.

    When it came to the hair vendors we were very happy with the selection, they had booths from top name brands such as Uncle Funky’s Daughter and Camille Rose Naturals. I don’t know about you guys but we tend to be really picky when it comes to hair products, it takes a lot out of us to try different things because once we get a good routine we don’t want to mess it up (lol). All the brand ambassadors were very friendly and knowledgeable of the products, so we were pretty eager to try something new!

    We thought it was creative how the show was split up between day and night. During the day the featured popular social media influencers and health advocates speak about various topics. The blogger panel had well-known naturalista bloggers @HazelGoddess, @Kiitana and @Ronkeraji. The after show was strictly 21 and up and showcased sip & paint, salsa dancing, men’s grooming services, speed dating, men’s panel and various musical performances. In the main room, the hilarious Jasmin Brown, also known as @WatchJazzy on instagram, hosted the night time activities. Motivational speaker/relationship guru Derrick Jaxn, participated in the Men’s panel and dropped some major knowledge! We’re so mad we weren’t able to capture the the Men’s panel, our memory card was full! Anyways, there were a multitude of activities to participate in! We found the after show to be very entertaining because it felt like one big party! While we were on our way out the door to leave the event, volunteers handed us complimentary goodie bags filled with quality samples from Shea Moisture, Palmers and Lotta Body!

    Overall, our experience was really amazing, and there is no doubt that we will be attending the next show! Our only suggestion in regards to the event would be to have the event at a bigger venue in order to properly spread out all the activities.This is such a large scale event, we feel they are deserving of more space in order to accommodate all their guest. This concludes our review, we hope to see all you naturalistas at the next show! If any of you all went to the show give us your thoughts!

    WATCH OUR RECAP:

    Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel, there will be more videos to come!

    Some of the activities we didn’t get to capture because we ran out of memory on our SD card, please enjoy the footage we were able to get! 

    Love,

    NeshaKiwi

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  • InAll, Tips and Advice, Uncategorized

    Self-love is the best love.

    Kimia: I’m actually still working on this concept myself…but I’m slowly but surely getting there. As ironic as it sounds, seems like the need for self love comes into realization when a person has been subjected to some type of major letdown from another individual. This could be a falling out with old friends you never saw yourself losing, being bullied at some point in your life, a first love that broke your heart, or family members that you’ve shared toxic relationships with. From these tough situations/ dark times of life stems the awareness of self-worth. You start to understand that how others envision you or treat you does not equate to who you are. People’s opinions don’t make you less of a person. You learn to respect yourself in the absence of the respect you weren’t given.

    Personally, I found myself seeking validation from the partners of my past relationships, but once these relationships ended I was left with my own insecurities to clean up. Each person however, taught me something different about the importance of self-love. In my very first relationship, I didn’t have much of a voice for myself and would find myself making excuses for every mistake “he” made (I was young and naive). The second time around I was much more vocal and confident about what I deserved and wouldn’t tolerate. However at this time I found myself inseparable from this person, so of course when it was officially over I cheated myself of the confidence I had originally established.

    For the first time in years I found myself single again and couldn’t remember what I was like before. I had to become re-acquainted with being alone, but not lonely, instead more of a sense of peaceful solitary. This state of embracing a peace of mind took some time of course. In these moments I found myself coming into the awareness of self: I was less stressed, more enthused, more motivated and less concerned with seeking the validation of others….all these things subconsciously led me to self love.

    Ronnesha: I’ve personally struggled with embracing self-love. For years I felt like I was working extremely hard to please certain people in my life, while neglecting my own needs. I would instantly feel backlash from those individuals whenever I did something I really wanted to do. When I got into my first official relationship in 2011, it was one of many experiences where I felt like I was hindering myself of self-expression and happiness.

    I was so vulnerable that I let my relationship dictate my behavior and limit my interactions with the people in my inner circle; all because I didn’t want to make my significant other upset or irritated. I was afraid to let go of a relationship I knew wasn’t working, fearful that I would never find anyone to love me. Being free of that relationship helped me realize I shouldn’t have been afraid to be alone. It wasn’t just a romantic relationship that I needed to break free of in order to grow, I’ve experienced toxic friendships that needed to be ended as well.

    2016 was the year I became single and officially cut off all the insignificant relationships that served me no purpose. That year was special because it was the first time I felt so liberated and confident in who I was becoming.  A lot of pressure has been placed on me throughout the years and I’ve had enough of letting people distort the image I saw of myself. Discovering myself was the best journey I could have ever stumbled across. With my new found confidence I knew that the only way I would could truly be happy in any relationship was to love and respect myself first.

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    Defining self-love

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    Here are a few ways in which we find useful to establishing self love:

    Stable Mental Health

    • Mental health plays the most important part of emotional wellbeing. Making sure your mental health is stable means ridding yourself of things or people that bring you down or fuel insecurities.

    Ignore Negative Social Media Influences

    • It’s 2018 and let’s face it…influence is all around us. Social media has fostered a ton of beauty standards in which seem unattainable and unrealistic. Because of this it is easy to point out our flaws and start comparing ourselves to the population of curvy, well put together, “perfect” looking models that are displayed all over the web. It’s important to realize that beauty is deeper than how physically attractive you are.

    Eliminate Comparison

    • Don’t base your standards on what others have that you might be in the same pursuit of. It’s fine for you not to have it all together, important things take dedication and time to acquire. Always make sure to set realistic goals for yourself and enjoy the journey to reach them despite personal defeats and downfalls…these are all apart of the process. Motto: “Your current situation is not your final destination”. Embrace your uniqueness and individuality.

    Accept Change and Move On

    • No backtracking. Changes will come and some of them will be uncomfortable, but accepting change is necessary to not falling back into old bad habits that you once found comfort in (exes, self-doubt, laziness). Keep moving forward towards things that bring you fulfillment in life.

    Put Yourself First

    • Anyone can tell you what happiness is, but you have to figure out what happiness means to you! When you’re constantly putting other people’s feelings and obligations before yours, you lose a little bit of yourself every single day. You become so invested in what makes other people happy you completely forget who you are and what YOU like. We’re not saying can’t care about other people, but when caring about other people overpowers the care and love you have for yourself it’s poses a major problem. Letting people walk all over you and accepting disrespect is an example of NOT putting yourself first.

    Recognize Past Mistakes

    • Of course we all have made mistakes in the past and have bad habits we want to shake, but don’t beat yourself down and please don’t let other people beat you down for a common act of humanness. Recognize that no one is perfect and as humans we will forever make mistakes and fail. Forgive yourself for any experiences you may have been ashamed of and focus on working towards appreciating the lessons learned from it.

    Think of self-love as being in a healthy relationship with yourself. Give yourself the same energy and dedication you would use to show another person you really loved them. Pamper yourself, physically and mentally, take care of yourself and KNOW YOUR WORTH. Do what you love and invest in your happiness. You are just as deserving of your own love and affection as anyone else in this world! What experiences have you all faced that prompted the feeling of inferiority? What helped you realize the importance of self-love?

     

    Love,

    NeshaKiwi

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  • InAll, Uncategorized

    Welcome to NeshaKiwi

    Hello everyone! We’re NeshaKiwi and we are very excited to finally launch our site with the world. NeshaKiwi is a home for all of our creative endeavors including our blog, shop and events. But, before we go into detail about our purpose, let’s start off by giving you a little background about us. We came up with our name by combining  our childhood nicknames, “Nesha” (Ronnesha) and “Kiwi” (Kimia). We’ve been best friends for over 12 years and we started our blogging ventures on BlogSpot and YouTube circa 2008.  We documented our lifestyle, goals and frustrations, as well as our favorite diy fashions, trends and music. When it came to vlogging, we have a vault full of embarrassing weird videos…like this one below:

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    We went through a phase were we stopped creating content, deterred from blogging because we thought we didn’t have adequate resources to become a successful blog and brand. At the time, we didn’t own expensive high-tech DSLR camera’s or creative software such as Adobe Creative Cloud and Final Cut. What we learned throughout the years is that we shouldn’t have been discouraged for not owing expensive “blogging equipment”. A top selling DSLR, MacBook Pro and the finest editing software are beneficial tools, but that advanced technology doesn’t make you a better blogger or more creative. Being doubtful sets you up for failure before you even have a chance to chase your goal. Comparing ourselves to other bloggers and their success was not useful because it caused us to miss out on a lot of great opportunities.

    As a blogger you get to share your most  personal content with the world. It can be very scary to broadcast your opinions while being completely oblivious to whether people will be accepting or judgmental towards your work. Many people equate success to the amount of followers and subscribers a person has. If you’re not widely recognized it makes it hard for newcomers to gain an audience on social media platforms. We want people to look pass the “populatrity” aspect of blogging and really absorb the content of our blog. We create to inspire our supporters and likeminded individuals, that is our number one focus ALWAYS!

    NeshaKiwi Presents: ‘Where Da Party At?’ at Big Chief, July 1st 2017

    Now to the good stuff! You’re probably asking yourself the question, “What does NeshaKiwi do”? For starters, NeshaKiwi is blog where we will talk about our FAVORITE things, such as natural hair, diy projects, lifestyle, travel and music. We will showcase interviews with talented inspiring individuals from the DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia). Second, we throw events. We threw our first event called, “Where Da Party At?” in Summer 2017. Not to toot our own horn…but it was EPIC. We wanted to throw a party paying homage to our favorite era, the early 2000’s. We are very excited to start planning for the next one, so stay tuned because it will be bigger and better! (Check out photos from the party here. ) Third, we design and make clothes. We are on the hush about a our clothing line but we promise to have everything in order very soon! Lastly, we support our community. We have a passion for helping underserved communities and we want to use our site as a platform to raise awareness to social inequity issues.

    Please subscribe to our site in order to keep up with weekly post, events and our clothing line launch! Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to collaborate!

    Love,

    NeshaKiwi

     

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