Jan 3, 2019

The Best Immune Boosting Herbal Tea

If you've experienced a Cold, Flu Bronchitis or Pneumonia at least once a year then I have the best Immune Boosting Herbal Tea for you. 

**Disclaimer I am not a certified herbalist. The things that I share on this blog are from personal experiences. I've done my own research but you should always consult with your doctor(s). And I do have a few affiliates on here. I get a small percentage for recommended products that I love. This is not sponsored and all thoughts are mines and all ingredients were purchased with my own money. Thank you for your support. 

Ok now that I've gotten the disclaimer out of the way some of you all may or may not know this. I never officially shared this on the blog but if you follow me on Instagram & Facebook then 9/10 you probably have seen my herbal garden. Most of my herbs are gone because of the winter season but my rosemary is still alive so I've been using that a lot in my teas. Everything else was purchased. I'm working on a system that will allow me to grow herbs all year round. But until then I'll have to wait before I can start planting my other herbs. 

Around this season is when a lot of people get sick. In, Houston we've had such unhealthy air quality it's a lot of people with not just the Flu but Pneumonia & Bronchitis. Some people get this every year quite often. One of the best tips besides this Herbal tea that I can share with you is rest. If you don't allow your body to rest it will be hard to fight these things especially when your immune system is suppressed. 

What inspired me to write this post is that I'm always making herbal teas and when a lot of people were getting sick at my church I would send them a care package with these ingredients: so they coined me as their herbalist. Many of these traditions Historians have said can be traced back to Hippocrates. And many of these herbs have healing power. God put them here for us to use.

Elderberry: Elderberry is perfect for boosting the immune system because it is high in antioxidant. The parts that are used is the flower or the berries. Which is needed to fight colds, Bronchitis, Pneumonia, and the Flu. They're also rich in flavonoids which is the plant's pigment color. You will notice a deep plum-ish purple or eggplant-ish color with this ingredient. But also contain antiviral, anti-inflammatory agents which fight viruses and other infections. They reduce the risk of Cancer, Heart Disease, Asthma, Stroke and it protects the brain. LISTEN we are fighting for the mind in 2019! Okkkkkkurt. I will have to do a separate post on this because it's so much about this plant that Y'all need to know. 

Chamomille: Chamomille is loaded with antioxidants and it not only lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer, and other diseases but it's a natural sedative that is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, it helps to relieve stress insomnia, migraine headaches, muscle tension, it also fights free radicals that age the skin. Y'all know I have to toss some beauty in there. But I'm sure you ask what does this ingredient have to do with Colds, Flu, Pneumonia and Bronchitis. I said it earlier and I will say it again. One of the best ways to heal faster is through sleep. Chamomile relaxes the nerves and soothes the nervous system, therefore, it's helping you to relax and sleep better. Good rest is important and we should skimp out on it. Chamomille has so many benefits it needs its own post. 

Lavender: Just like chamomile it's a natural sedative and is also anti-inflammatory which helps you sleep better but here is the difference. It is high in antioxidants to boost the immune health which you need to fight colds, flu, Pneumonia & Bronchitis. It detoxifies the body through the antioxidants that eliminate toxins that can cause harmful side effects. It eliminates free radicals that are caused by pollution, excessive drinking & smoking.Free radicals have been linked to the cause of cancer. This ingredient boost the digestive system and the respiratory system. 

"Lavender tea can help people who suffer from breathing problems by opening up airways. The anti-inflammatory properties of lavender soothe inflamed muscles in the throat and chest, making it easier to breathe. The antibacterial properties of lavender tea also help to eliminate bacteria that can cause chest colds and congestion."

Ginger: Ginger helps you sweat out the toxins in the body which is very helpful if you have a cold or flu. It also soothes a sore throat, and it is a natural cough suppressant. It is rich in Vitamin C, iron, calcium, phosphorus and riboflavin. Vitamin C strengthens the bodies natural defense which therefore boost the immune system fighting free radicals that can cause chronic diseases and other sicknesses. 

Sage: Sage is an excellent source of the mineral manganese, which is an essential co-factor in some enzymes essential in antioxidant defenses. Sage contains magnesium, which is a mineral that is directly linked to improving the quality, duration, and sleep tranquility. Sage also helps to regulate the metabolism, to help reduce sleep disorders and insomnia. Remember sleep is very important to allow the body to heal. It also assists in red blood cell formation which requires copper and iron for the new blood cell formation. And it is anti-inflammatory.

Rosemary: Rosemary is a member of the mint family. It's a great source of iron, calcium and vitamin B-6.  It's a perennial plant so it can live more than 2 years which explains why my rosemary is still thriving. Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which helps to boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. I can go on and on but I must move on.

Lemon: Lemon is a great detoxifier. It is rich in Vitamin C that helps to boost the immune system. It also helps to maintain the PH balance of the body.

Honey: Honey is a good source of antioxidant. It is antibacterial and antifungal. It soothes a sore throat. The phytonutrients in honey are responsible for its antioxidant properties, as well as its antibacterial and antifungal power. They’re also thought to be the reason raw honey has shown immune-boosting and anticancer benefits. Heavy processing destroys these valuable nutrients. The phytonutrients in honey are responsible for the antioxidants properties which are the reason why honey has shown immune-boosting and anticancer benefits.

And if you really want to kick it up a notch add some cayenne pepper which is going to help break up the mucus build up. 

This tea is delicious and it's best to drink it at night because of the ingredients in the tea it will relax you so much you will become sedated. Which is a good thing. It's optional to leave the rosemary & sage leaves in the tea. If you prefer to strain out the leaves use get you a Stainless Steel Fine Tea Mesh Strainer Colander. They come in different sizes. 

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 If you try this tea let me know your thoughts on it. 

Jan 1, 2019 | 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW

Well, we're here again! Happy New Year family. I've been reflecting on the past year and I thought it would be great to do my first year in review. This is my opportunity to not only share my wins but it's also a chance for me to keep it 100. I always do but I've never fully opened up to you all because I keep a level of my life private. Which I still will but I don't mind doing something different. I think a year in review at least for me allows me to reflect on the things that I need to do better and it makes me a lot more grateful because sometimes I can take things for granted and it just puts life in perspective when I reflect back on all the things that God has blessed me with. 

I had some great moments with my business in 2018 working with brands, branching out on my blog with home decor, food and gardening which also opened more doors but I won't deny it was still a hard year for me and I had many losses or I call them a loss but it may be a blessing in disguise. We shall see. I live in Houston so 2018 I already knew it would be interesting because of Hurricane Harvey which occurred in 2017. So 2018 was the year of recovery but it's the year that I set the most goals and accomplished many of them. 

Earlier in this post, I mentioned that this year was the first year I've actually written down my goals and followed through on them. I've done vision boards but it's not the same. I'm not goal writer or, New Year resolution type of person. I just have always been the type of person that went with the flow. But writing the vision and making it plain is not a bad thing. When you can see it you start to believe it. And that's exactly what happened to me in 2018. I worked with many brands. Neutrogena, Loreal, Sara Happ, The Makeup Show and so many more. 

My two favorite highlights of the year were the opportunity to collaborate with TJMaxx for the MAXX 50 Challenge where I took over TJMAXX Instagram stories for the day which was the best opportunity. I was a bit shocked when I received an email from them. 

I also collaborated with Gordmans which was another brand that I was excited about because I said before 2018 started that I wanted to incorporate more lifestyle posts on my blog. So this collaboration was that thing that would allow me to accomplish that goal. I also was featured on their website where 
I created my dream space for under $100

April was the month of blessings. Outside of the fact that I was born on this month my father received his blessing. The gift of a Kidney donation! Which was the best gift of all because watching my father go to dialysis constantly was really hard. I talked about it on the post of Why I Decided To Become An Organ Doner. The story behind how he received his blessing is a must read.

I took a look at my analytics on the backend of my site and I must say some of these I am a bit shocked by the amount of traffic I got. It definitely puts things into perspective or does it? Either you guys know what you like or I marketed a post more than the other? Who knows lol. 

1. Amazing Lash Studio Lashonista 2018 Recap made #1 because it received the most views. WTHECK lol? Do y'all really like event recaps? This was definitely a fun event to be a part of! I seen familiar faces and met new faces. 
2. 6 Brands That Are Giving Away Free Lipstick For National Lipstick Day Boy Oh boy lol. This was a shocker but a part of me was not surprised that this came in #2. I'll definitely be doing more of these. 
3. The Introduction To The Yoni | I was so glad that this made the list. This was a series that I did in collaboration with Essentially True and I wanted to do this series to educate my females and their partners on yoni health. Definitely check out the full series. This was one of my favorite posts of the year. 
4. Create Your Dream Space For $100 | Heeeeeyyyy so glad that this made the cut! Because this collaboration was on my top 2 list for this year. I had teamed up with Gordmans to bring you this post. 
5. Greyhound vs Megabus | As long as I've been riding both I thought it was the perfect time to share the tea. 
6. How To Get That Killer Office Space at TJMAXX For $50 | This was at the top of my list as one of my greatest accomplishments for 2018.
7. The Best Sunscreen For Your Face | This tied in with #6 but I knew this would make the cut because on Pinterest it's also considered one of my top post and it made cut as #2018BestNine so it looks like you guys actually love my skincare posts. 
8. Tarte Is Expanding Shade Ranges For It's Top Selling Products | I'm so glad that you all understand the need for diversity & inclusion. This was one of the best things Tarte could have done and I hope that they continue to expand their shade ranges and other brands follow suit. That's all I'm going to say and you can check out the post and the scandal that happened with Tarte. 
9. What's New In Beauty At Target | Target also did some expanding and collaborated with not only women entrepreneurs but women of color. This was an epic move in beauty at Target. 
10. Veil Cosmetics Automatte A Powderless Base That Cuts The Shine | This product is revolutionary for a reason! And I'm glad that I had a chance to try out this product and share the transformation. So I see you guys like innovative things. 

I don't all the way trust Instagrams algorithm because let's be real...IT SUCKS! But for the "analytics" I'm going to share the top 10 of Instagram based on the likes, comments, and impressions. 

1. | I don't rock my natural hair often. You may see it 1-3 times a year. 3 is really pushing it. 
2. | Some products I used to maintain my natural hair.
3. | My no makeup look for Valentine's Day.
4. | I hated that Instagram removed the feature that allowed you to build a collage of photos in the stories. But you all love my foodie tutorials. 
5. | A look into the Bright Lights Palette by Pinky Rose Cosmetics
6. | Happy Birthday To Me!
7. | The Best Sunscreens For Your Face. 
8. | My collaboration with Loreal
9. | Morning Breakfast Recipe

I thank God for the good and what some may describe as not so good. If it wasn't for these moments that I had in 2018 I would have totally thrown the whole year away. But I'm so grateful for the good and even the bad. I've had some major losses towards the end of this year but God told me that He wanted to give me something better but He had to remove some things from my life. As much as it hurts and trust I cried over and over again because I felt like I never had a chance to just breathe. But sometimes we're holding on to things that we think is good for us when a treasure is waiting on the other side. So I'm trusting God's process. I also want to say that I had many more moments that were dear to me but if I shared EVERY moment on here I would never finish this post. 2019 is about working smarter not harder. Happy New Year

Dec 19, 2018

The Makeup Show: Become An Ambassador

The Makeup Show is the largest pro-only 2-day beauty event in the USA that is geared towards Artistry, Networking, Community, Inspiration, and Education.  Mark your calendars The Makeup Show Houston will be held on March 23-24, 2019 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak location, and you don't want to miss this one! For more information and constant updates head to this link >>> The Makeup Show Houston 2019

I get asked quite a bit about how to become an ambassador for the show. It's awesome that you all would like to be a part of the family in this way. The Makeup Show Ambassador Program is a fantastic opportunity to stay on top of everything that is happening in the beauty industry. This program is a way for you to work with and assist top makeup artists and industry insiders. Help us to promote The Makeup Show in your area and become a part of our team. This is a chance for you to not only attend and experience all that The Makeup Show has to offer but positions you for a well sought after opportunity to begin building a working relationship with artists from all over that can further your knowledge and career.  We know many of you have jobs, families, etc. and we do take that into account. Based on your individual productivity The Makeup Show offers you a variety of opportunities and perks during and at the conclusion of the promotional process. 

Benefits for Ambassadors:
* Become a part of The Makeup Show family.
* Opportunity to create valuable relationships with artists and brands that can lead to employment
A chance to volunteer as a partner of the show. 
* A chance to assist artists from The Makeup Show team or a Keynote Artist during the show or fashion week.
* A chance to receive a variety of James Vincent’s must-have products.
* Invitation to The Makeup Show exclusive opening party.
* Invitation to exclusive seminars and workshops given by The Makeup Show Artists.
* One on One portfolio review by an Artist from The Makeup Show.
* Membership to our exclusive Facebook group of ambassadors 

The Makeup Show is a valued experience and a networking opportunity for all those working in the freelance and/or professional beauty industries.

Ready To Join The Family???  CLICK HERE

Dec 11, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide Stocking Stuffer For Under $40

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored but does contain affiliate links. For everything that you decide to purchase from my recommendations I get a small percentage of commision. Thank you for your support on my site!

Tis The Season for Holiday Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas! I realize that the holidays can sometimes be really stressful especially when you are on a budget trying to stretch that dollar & doing last minute shopping. And also it can be pretty tricky shopping for friends & loved ones. I'm bringing you some great stocking stuffers for under $40 for the holidays to make the process easier!  Some of these products I've tried and others are products I would desire in my stocking.


Y'all already know how I feel about Alchimie Forever. I use it daily and share it as much as possible! Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask is one of the first products from their brand that I've tried and is definitely a top fav moisture mask. They come in travel sizes now This is a luscious, creamy mask that is loved by many beauty editors and travelers is packed with natural botanicals to soothe, protect, and brighten dull skin. Every woman and even men love a good pamper. This is a great way to pamper the skin for these wintery cold days and a great recovery mask to wear when traveling on the plane. and get number 1 as a stocking stuffer. 


If you've been following me then you know that I've been talking a lot about holistic health and the benefits of essential oils for mental, physical and spiritual health. This gift is the perfect stocking gift for your girlfriends. It's a unique aromatherapy essential oils and diffuser necklace gift set for you or to give as a gift. It has a 24-inch chain that is made from hypo-allergenic surgical grade stainless steel & four bottles of 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils, and refill pads packaged in a finely crafted box. If you suffer from anxiety, or you work in a stressful environment this is definitely the perfect.


This is a two-piece lip treatment featuring products that exfoliate and conditions the lips. As you know I recently worked with Sara Happ and I love her products and added it to my daily routine. Sara Happ focuses on all things lips and provides a luxury spa experience with her products. She was the first person to see the need for a lip scrub and create one Also when you spend $48 online will receive a cosmetic bag and full-size sample of The Lip Slip One Lux Lip Gloss which is valued at $23 which can also be a stocking stuffer.  

* Give your lips the total experience by adding The Dream Slip which is the night treatment for your lips that will soothe, restore, repair & nourish your lips overnight with the blend of jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and chamomile! It will take your pout to the next. Check out the benefits of adding this product to your routine >>> Check out the star ingredient & it's the benefit for your pout >>> HERE


It has now been made easy to carry your favorite fragrance wherever you go with TRAVELO. If you are a heavy traveler this is perfect for that, your gym bag, your car or office. You can literally take it anywhere! A great space-saver and it's also great for anyone. They come in different shades. 


I love bath bombs but I don't always take baths but I don't have to miss out on the full experience with this unique shower fizzy bomb. This is a great stocking stuffer for anyone in the family. It turns any shower into a full-on spa experience and totally restores and puts you in the holiday season of giving. 


If you are a traveler this gadget would definitely be a great gift. You no longer have to play the guessing game on how much your luggage weighs and no longer have to worry about having to unpack items out of your luggage. Weigh your luggage in style with the universally pleasing smart scale and feel cool while doing it. All you have to do is loop it around the handle of your bag, then lift and it beeps when the weight is locked in. Pretty cool gadget and stocking stuffer for all my travel gurus.


I've talked much about this gadget on my instagram and use it often. As we age our skin loses it's elasticity and vitality. This tool will turn back the hands of time.  It helps to stimulate blood cells, boosting collagen, firming and lifting the skin. This would be a great stocking stuffer!

I hope this blog post made it easier for you to decide on great stocking stuffers and I thank you for stopping by to my blog. Be sure to follow my instagram page @faithhaller I'm pretty active on there and share tips, quick reviews, knowledgeable information, demos and get ready with me on my stories & lives.

Dec 5, 2018

Sara Happ Is Coming Back To Houston: Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show 2018

*This Post Is Written In Partnership With Sara Happ. earns a small commission from referring visitors to products using affiliate partnership. Please know that I will always show integrity and that I only share products that I love and all opinions are my own. Thank you for your support.

I can't believe how fast this year has flown by and now we're here again for Nordstrom Fall Beauty Trend Show 2018 Edition! If you remember I worked with the Sara Happ Team in 2016 for the Nordstrom Fall Beauty Trend Event and OMG was it amazing! The amount of influence she has is amazing. We had a never-ending foot traffic coming to our booth and I'm so excited to work alongside Sara Happ again!

This show is being hosted at of course Nordstrom inside the Houston Galleria where they will be having a Beauty Trend Runway show 8am - 9:30am followed by a pop-up shopping experience with not only Sara Happ but many other brands will be there. 

Following the runway show, we will be doing some complimentary lip facials that will treat, smooth, hydrate, prep, plump and add a pop of color to the lips. Now before I share the products that will be featured at the pop up I want to share a little bit about Who Sara Is!

Be sure to RSVP HERE So I'll know to look for you. And you can receive constant updates on that page. 

Sara Happ, also known as #TheLipExpert is the first person to ever create lip scrubs. But aside from that, she is a mom, A women who uplift other women and she is a beauty enthusiast at heart! Before starting her beauty venture back in 2004 she studied journalism in school and went straight from there into ESPN and she realized that her love for the beauty cosmetics was more important. Sara will probably tell this story at the event but "She was at home one evening searching for a product for her dry lips in 2004 on Google and it was coming up empty. Why? Well because it was non-existent. She said that she got chills and it dawned on her that this was a major gap in the market. She wanted something to cleanse her lips- like a body scrub would do for your body, but for your lips. She then went into her kitchen and began mixing up essential oils, salts and anything she could find that might result in the combo she was looking for. It took her a while but she finally got that perfect concoction. This is where it all started and then she started expanding her brand strategically. #HowSway is that? Learn more about Sara HERE.

So following the beauty trend runway show on the main floor where the counters are we will be doing complimentary lip facials. So what is a lip facial? The lip facial is a series of treatments for the lips that removes, smooths and resurface the skin on the lips leaving it soft & supple. But not only that it helps in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it hydrates, moisturizes, restores and plumps and keeps the lips defined. This is what lip facials should do and what we will be doing for you at the trend show!

The #PerfectPout In A Box is everything you need to achieve that perfect kissable smooth, soft, hydrated pout.  It comes with The Lip Scrub to exfoliate the lips, The Lip Slip: One Luxe Lip Balm to hydrate the lips & the one of a kind  Sweet Clay Lip Mask to Restore the lips. This kit retails for $62 but you can get Sara Happ Passion Fruit Treatment Set for $60 only through QVC.  But come to the Nordstrom Fall Beauty Trend Show in Houston this Saturday, December 8 you will be able to get the original treatment set only at the show with a gift with purchase which I'll share at the end. you can purchase it here also Sara Happ Perfect Pout In A Box! 

The Coconut Flavor - The Lip Scrub is the most requested flavor to date and is paradise for your pout. This scrub comes in different flavors but the scrub is the most important step because it sweeps away dull, winter-worn lips and preps lips for any lipstick/gloss for a better application.  This scrub is vegan & cruelty-free. The Superstar ingredients to The Lip Scrub are Sugar (gently exfoliates) with nourishing food-grade Grapeseed & Jojoba Oils. These retail for $22

So what's your flavor style? Classic, Fresh or Fun?
CLASSIC - Vanilla Bean, Brown Sugar, 
FRESH - Pink Grapefruit, Sparkling Peach, Coconut*
FUN Sparking Peach, Sprinkles Red Velvet*, Coconut (*Limited Edition)

The Originally formulated One Luxe Lip Slips also comes in 6 pigmented blue-based shades that give the appearance of whiter teeth. The Lip Slip: One Luxe Gloss hydrates nourishes and compliments any pout on any skin tone. You can wear this alone of course but it also serves as a great topper for your favorite lipstick or you can mix several shades together to customize your color. These babies retail for $24. This has become a part of my skincare because of the benefits it gives to my lips. 

Make your Pout So Pop with Sara Happ Plump & Prime Lip Airbrush This is a lightweight, velvety cream that instantly primes & airbrush lip lines and painlessly plumps lips in one swipe and minimizes texture. The Superstar Ingredients are hyaluronic ultra-filling spheres which naturally moisturizes and fill in line while the irritant-free Maxi-Lip plumps the lips. You can combine this with your favorite matte lip. For better results exfoliate with The Lip Scrub first then smooth the plump & prime onto the lips. This can also be worn alone as well. This miracle in an applicator retails for $28

Cozy up your pout with the limited-edition The Sugar & Shine - Holiday Set that retails for $58 but on Sale for $38. This on the go kit makes it totally convenient for moms and those who love to travel keep their pout in check with ease.  This kit comes with a two NEW lip-smoothing Lip Scrubs in a tube in the flavors Hot Cocoa & Pink Marshmallow. Then top off your pout with the ultra-hydrating One Luxe Whipped Vanilla Lip Gloss, which is the first flavored lip slip gloss. The formula in the tube is a bit oilier then the formula in the original container but that's because it has to be able to squeeze out the tube and personally I prefer it more because of the cold weather. It keeps the pout more hydrated and it tastes DELICIOUS! The Pink Marshmallow is actually my fav but I love to mix them together for the full on hot cocoa effect. 

Wake up to the lips of your dreams with The Dream Slip retailing for $32. This treatment is a night treatment for the lips. Applying nighttime treatments that work while you sleep means less time and effort needed in the morning and also better results. That's why I use this replenishing night lip balm that soothes, repair, restores & nourished lips with a blend of jojoba and sweet almond oil and the calming effects of chamomile. Once you wake up, your lips will be prepped and ready for the day.


Earlier in this post, I mentioned the gift with purchase. When you spend $48 before tax you will receive the Sara Happ Makeup bag with her Best Selling Lip Slip Gloss in a Tube. This set is valued at $23 but it will be free with your purchase of $48 and up. 


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