Oct 26, 2018

Skincare101: The Correct Order To Apply Skincare Products

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I'm so excited to bring you an updated version of my original post from back in the dinosaurs age of 2016 lol...

OMG!!! You've Been Applying Your Skin Care in the Wrong Order

 Since then we've seen new editions to the skincare family and a lot of these things aren't new at least to the Koreans but to us AMERICANS, as usual, we're always 100 steps behind.

Everyone finds value in different things and mines just so happen to be skincare. And with all the new technology and products such as cleansers, toners, essence, serums, and more that's out there I'm sure it can become overwhelming. When I first got into the beauty industry it was overwhelming getting sent tons of skincare products but not knowing how to use it effectively. And the more the industry evolved and new innovative products came out the more confused I became UNTIL I followed the basic rule of thumb when it's pertaining to the application and what order to apply your skincare products in. 

The general rule of thumb is to layer your products from thin to thick and water-based to oil base. If you follow this logic you won't be confused. This is important to know because you want the products to penetrate the skin and do their job. Applying in the wrong order won't allow you to get the most of your products and what happens is not only are you not getting the benefits but you're wasting product time and money. So I'm here to share some nuggets with you that will get your skin back on track. 
This is the first thing in your skincare routine that you want to do. If wearing makeup you definitely want to go into it differently. Especially when you're wearing eye makeup such as mascara and eyeliner. If waterproof you need something that's going to grab hold to the product and the key is to use something with oil. I like to use coconut or olive oil on a q-tip to remove the product. But I have tried other products if you prefer to purchase a product from the store. 
I also like to take a clean spoolie brush (it looks like a mascara wand) and a q-tip to assure that the residue is removed from the eyes with the eye makeup remover. Then I follow up with my cleansers. I have many products but I alternate between a few cleansers that I know will thoroughly clean my skin without leaving it totally dry. 

Exfoliating your skin is something that you don't necessarily have to do but I recommend it. It's an important step and should always come after the cleansing phase or you can merge it with your cleanser to kill two birds with one stone. Consider exfoliates like an abrasive cleanser that scrubs the dead layers away. There are different types of exfoliating methods. You have exfoliants with microbeads in them, you have exfoliated tools such as the Clarisonic and Foreo luna, and then you have the natural exfoliants like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and enzyme peels that a form of exfoliant. The reason why I recommend exfoliating your skin is that it's important to lift the dead layers from your skin to reveal the new. And if you are someone that suffers from acne scarring, blemishes, and other skin conditions then you want to add exfoliates to your routine. I guarantee you will start to see results. 

Masking is not something you have to do but I will say it makes a difference. And with masking, you want to make sure you do it after you cleanse and exfoliate. I try to be consistent with my masks but I have used a plethora of masks for different purposes that I really liked. There are moisture masks, clarifying masks, detox masks, exfoliating masks and more. 

Some dermatologists are saying that toner is not needed for the skin. And that may be true with all of the additional skincare products added you don't necessarily need toner. I've tried both with and without toner and I've been fine. The goal is to put the moisture back into the skin and you can definitely do that without a toner. But if you can't afford essence or a good hydrating serum having a good toner is still important for your basic skincare. There are many toners out there and a few I'd recommend. But if you know me very well there is only one toner that I consistently use and that's Pixi Glow Tonic but I'm going to give you some other recommendations also. 

When it comes to prescription medication for the skin you want to ensure that the product absorbs so you want the product to be on clean skin so they can fully absorb and do their job.

Essence is a Korean method which most times is a form of a serum because of the active ingredients and the benefits you get from it. Depending on the texture will determine in what order it should come. Most essences I've tried or seen or either in liquid form or it's more of a creamy gel consistency. But there are come cream essences and if you ever run into one and decide to try it, instead of putting it before the serum you would put it after the serum. Remember the rule of thumb. Gel always comes before creams because gel is light in consistency so you always want to make sure the product penetrates the skin. 

Now it's back to your skincare products. The order of your products is determined on the consistency of the products. Remember thin always comes before thick and this is the rule of thumb you should follow no matter what. When it comes to getting the results in your skin this is it! I am an advocate for them even though they cost the most it's totally worth the investment because they're highly concentrated which means you will definitely see results. Remember earlier when I recommended exfoliants and why I felt they were important? Once you remove the dead layers of the skin which you only have to do 2-3 times a week. You would treat the skin with a serum. There are different serums for different purposes. I use Hydrating Serums, Glycolic Acid Serums, Hyaluronic Serums, Vitamin C Serums, Retinols and more...These serums, oils, and creams promote healthy skin and are anti-aging. I use all of these at night because the skin regenerates overnight and these products help in evening out my skin tone by fading hyperpigmentations, it helps diminish fine lines & wrinkles and gives a boost of hydration. If my skin is a bit drier than normal I'll add a few drops of Derma E Radiant Glow Face Oil or Pixi Rose Oil to my cream.

Now that you've read this post are you a bit more comfortable with your skincare routine or adding new steps to your routine? Let me know in the comments below. 

Oct 16, 2018

5 Tips On How To Create Gorgeous Photos On A Budget

Last week I had the opportunity to take some fresh photos for content and branding purposes. YAY for me! Now if you've been following me for a good amount of time you may know this...Faith doesn't take many professional photos of herself. Yes you see selfies and photos that I take of myself obviously as a beauty & lifestyle blogger and with that, you see my face a lot but it's not only easier and comfortable for me to do it by myself but it's also more affordable because right now I have a budget and can't exactly hire a photographer everytime I need photos done. I do want to express that imagery is important not only as a content creator but as a business entrepreneur. And there are so many options that would allow for us to have imagery done without breaking the bank. So I'm sharing 5 Tips On How To Create Gorgeous Photo On A Budget.  

1. Write The Vision & Make It Plain. Having a plan is important and there are some things that you should take into account so you are getting the most of your time and so the images will be something that you can use. Angel Santos at Christian Shepreneur Academy said this and I agree. It's important to have an idea of your brand colors, theme and the overall feel that you need for your overall brand to be cohesive. Think about your website, banners, poster, social media images and any other marketing materials. YES, this may be a tedious process but you want your time and efforts to be beneficial.
"Taking pretty pictures that don’t match your style or your existing branding will only cause you or your designer problems later." ~Angel Santos
2. When taking photos for branding and marketing materials always consider what the photos are going to be used for. When taking verticle shots or horizontal shots you want to leave space above your head and on the right or left side of you if it's a horizontal image. This is important because when creating your marketing materials you want space for your text or branded imagery. 

3.  If you don't have a budget or funds are tied up consider trading off services or bring in a buddy for a shoot that may have somewhat of an eye for it.  I'm sure if your buddy has a business also they may need professional images for their brand so take advantage of this moment. You don't necessarily need a professional camera t take nice branded photos but it doesn't hurt. Then hire someone to edit your photos. I edited my own photos but you consider sites like Fiverr where you can get a bulk of photos edited for a low price. 

4. Consider taking your own professional photos. Yes, it comes with a learning curve and strategic planning but sometimes it's easier to just do it yourself because no one understands your vision better than you do and also you don't feel like you're harassing anyone to do that favor for you. 

5. When it comes to choosing a beautiful location you always want to first find out the requirements when shooting in locations and get permission from the managers on site because the last thing you want is to show up and be turned away. if you are a last minute person and by any chance, you are turned away always have a back-up plan. And another thing you should consider is may want to bring a portable light source for that extra support if needed. Keep your photos bright and crisp. 

So it is possible to create gorgeous photos on a budget with the right resources and strategic planning your shoots will definitely be successful. 

Oct 3, 2018

How Yoni Therapy Gave Me Full Control Over My Life

Yoni Therapy also known as vaginal therapy was a topic that was uncomfortable for me to talk about for multiple reasons. But as you know for over a month I've been talking about yoni health and the power of it when you take care of it. 

*This post is in partnership with Essentially True. All thoughts and experiences are my own. 

So back to my story and I promise I'll keep it short. (MAYBE LOL). So at the beginning of this post, I mentioned that this topic was hard for me to talk about for a couple of reasons...

  1. Well, It was embarrassing and I thought I was the only one going through what I was going through
  2. Well being the daughter of a pastor and with the strong upbringing I had, I guess I thought it would be taboo to talk on this subject because I never heard anyone around me talk about Yoni/Vaginal Health or the things women go through. So I guess I thought that it wasn't normal to talk about or it was a sin to talk about.
But I'm guessing no one talked about it because this topic was always private. If there were ever an issue what the women did was just go to the doctor. And there wasn't much of a need to talk about it. But times have changed. In the world of technology, information is readily available to us and now people seek more for information and now people are discussing this topic because women's health is really important to talk about and we shouldn't feel awkward  in discussing these things because every woman at one time in their life has had questions about and possibly experienced certain things such as BV, UTI and more. It's not a disease, it's not a curse. Well, it may be a curse that Adam & Eve started but we won't get into all of that. My point is that I'm not alone and you're not alone. There is a way to cure this and I'm going to be talking about this. But first, let me share my story...

I've suffered from chronic reoccurring Yeast Infections and UTI. To give you around estimate I may have gotten UTI's 1-2 times a year and as I've gotten older my yeast infections increased. I mean I can't even give you a round estimate because I felt that it was a part of my life. I just couldn't shake it off. From as far as I can remember I think I started having issues when I started going to college and it was scary because I didn't know what was wrong with me and why these things were continuously happening to me. I didn't do anything for it to happen. I wasn't sexually active. So what was going on??? That was my question. And the scariest thing for me was to tell my parents because I didn't know what it was, neither did I know how to describe it or what to expect when I told them. And remember guys I was in college. I thought there was a curse over my life. Eventually, I did tell my mother because it was torture. So we went to the doctor and they prescribed me with (roll eyes) "Antibiotics". I guess this was "THE CURE" back then. I don't know but they never said why I was having these issues. No explanation just a prescription and out the door I go. 

So over the years it increasingly has gotten worse and it was so embarrassing to the point I didn't want to be around anyone because of the discomfort I had with the itching and the unbearable scent, the inflammation. No bath, could get rid of the scent or soothe the inflammation and itching I would get from it. It was torture. It got to the point where 2-3 years ago I started looking into alternatives because it was really affecting my life overall. Because when I start missing church it's time to make a change.  Mind you...your girl is 33 now. I got tired of being prescribed with antibiotics, with no explanation. of why this was happening. I was tired of the creams that didn't work and the over the counter pills that didn't work. I was tired of not knowing. No one would or could explain to me what was going on. And I got weary. So I started doing my own research. I knew that it had to be something out there to help me with what I was going through. I knew I couldn't have been the only one going through what I was going through. And when I googled I seen so many stories about women that were going through what I was going through. And that's when I ran into a topic on Yoni Health! 

I was like WTHECK is "Yoni"??? It made me want to dig deeper into this topic and I was amazed at the different things that women did to care for their yoni and was like GEESH this has been going on for centuries!!?? More women need to know about this! Why haven't I heard about this??? Why don't the women in my church know this? And if they do know how come they holding back information? Honestly, the women in my church didn't know because if they did I wouldn't have been walking around the way I was for so long. 

So as you know, for over a month now I've done a series on Yoni Health and ladies if you're new to this topic I want to share some past posts that you should definitely check out. 

Ok, so back to the story...Earlier this year after learning about the yoni I knew I wanted to talk about it on my blog but at the time didn't know how to approach it. And some months ago, I was reached out to by Essentially True. Essentially true is a Beauty & Feminine Health company that was birthed by Aressia. I'm so excited to be doing an interview with her because I wanted to learn more about this woman also known as the "YONI WHISPER". She's very active on Instagram so be sure to follow her page. 

I was sent a beautiful package of feminine goodness that you all already know about because I shared on social media and on here. I've had the chance to thoroughly use everything that I was sent so I'm able to share my experience. Life-Changing is probably an over-used word but let me tell you something... When you have had BV for years and there was nothing that helped you, this brand was literally God sent for women around the world. So I was sent...

🌿 3 Packs of Yoni Steam $45
🌿 4oz Uplift Yoni Spray $15 
🌿 4oz Yoni Oil $30 (The 4oz Yoni Oil is no longer available for purchase. The only option you will have is the 2oz. But remember a little goes a very long way!)

These products are made by hand from scratch with a lot of love. So yes everything is organic and cruelty-free.

Here are my thoughts and breakdown of each product.


Essentially True Yoni Oil is packed with amazing herbs and essential oil blends and is one of the top-selling products on the online boutique store.  There is a reason why though... Not only does it help in prevention but it naturally heals and restores vaginal balance. The pH Balance is important because when there is an imbalance, bad bacteria can grow and we can develop irritations, odor, inflammation, and infections,  such as BV (Bacterial Vaginosis), which is the most common vaginal infection for women and there are women that suffer from endometriosis which is an inflammatory disease and so much more. So the PH Balance is an important factor when it comes to vaginal health. And I can attest to all of this because as I said above, I suffered from reoccurring BV and this product has been a lifesaver. Normally around my menstrual cycle which is when the hormones increase... I noticed that my vaginal flora would become very sensitive and that's when I would experience the itching, burning, inflammation and all of the things that come with BV.  I started using the yoni balancing oil and noticed immediately the relief I would get. And now I use it more for a preventative care and have noticed that I have not had any major issues. And it also promotes freshness because as I mentioned when you suffer from BV you will notice not only a strange discharge but almost a fish-like or fungus scent that is not pleasant. I've also noticed that I've been very lubricated down there. 
*Quick Tip: When needed I would apply this oil on an organic tampon and insert it in and apply a little on the outside of the vagina and vulva area. After 1-2 hours I would remove and toss. 
Because this yoni oil is natural it can also be used all over the body, it can help in healing acne/acne scarring, it gets rid of hair bumps and discoloration and much more. 

The yoni oil that I have is the 4oz bottle and is now discontinued but the 2oz and 1oz bottle are available for purchase and little goes a long way. 

Purchase at this link:


The Uplift Yoni Spray is an organic Feminine Hygiene Spray that freshens and clears odor fast. It's natural and gentle and formulated to be used in your most sacred area. It helps to maintain a healthy pH balance, supports the natural acidity and helps to prevent infections from yeast or bacteria. I've also used this product as a step in my skincare routine. It is a great skin toner, makeup misting spray and a great underarm spray.  I've also used it on my scalp to treat my hair while wearing wigs. 


Aloe Vera Juice - Aloe Vera is a rich source of antioxidant and vitamins and is great in treating skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis and more. Aloe Vera is our source of protection and is hydrating for the skin. 
Lavender Water - is a great source for acne prevention. It is ant-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. 
Jasmine Water - jasmine is a natural oil that won't clog the skin. It hydrates providing natural moisture to treat dry skin and it evens the skin tone. 
Witch Hazel - Is known for treating problematic skin such as acne. It helps in reducing inflammation, it helps treats bacteria and helps in healing scars, scabs, and infections. 

*Quick Tip: When using as a facial mist I have a smaller spray bottle that I purchased from Target from the travel section and I poured some of my uplift yoni spray in it and added a couple drops of lavender essential oil and tea tree oil to treat the skin on my face and my scalp. The uplift spray can work alone but I like to kick it up a notch. 

With using this product it has maintained the freshness and in combination with the yoni steam (which I'll be talking about next) and yoni oil it has helped in maintaining the pH balance and has helped clear the irritations. I treat that area like I do the skin on my face. I only use the best and only use natural products. 

Purchase this product here:

Essentially True - Yoni Steam

The foundation of yoni health I feel is the yoni steam kit. In this kit, I received 3 yoni packs that retail for $45 but if you're wanting to test it out you can just get 1 pack that retail for $15. Ok, I mentioned that to me this yoni kit is the foundation and what started it all for me. I have noticed a TREMENDOUS change in my menstrual cycle and how I feel before, during and post my cycle. I've also noticed a shift in my infections that I was having. First, menstrual cycles would originally range from 3-4 days. Most times it would start vacating the house on the 3rd day and then on the 4th day I would have the little minor clean up. My menstrual cycle has now extended to 5 days. I know you're probably thinking...What's good about that??? LOL well, remember that our cycle is our purification or detox phase and the fact that we have it is a blessing. Despite the cramps, migraines, and pain that we may have to endure, the benefits far outweigh those things that we suffer through. 

- Having a cycle helps in warning us about future diseases

- The menstrual blood’s color, length, and odor can offer hints of our medical conditio

When you don't have a menstrual cycle it's an obvious sign that you have either a heart disease, diabetes or other reproductive health-related problems. So that's why it's a blessing to be a woman because with us we can spot things faster if we pay attention.  

And this is where the topic of yoni steaming comes in. Although not cleared by FDA so many women have made claims of how yoni steaming has regulated their cycles and have basically changed their lives. Many of these women didn't even have cycles. They had to take hormone pills to regulate it. But just because it's not cleared by the FDA doesn't mean it doesn't work! Also, women have reported that yoni steaming has helped and possibly cured them of endometriosis, fibroid tumors, cysts and more...These are testimonials!

As for me, as I said earlier I suffered from Chronic Bacterial Vaginosis. It was literally torture for me. When I first did my yoni steam I felt I was releasing all of the pain that I was going through. It was liberating, to say the least. I didn't start to notice a difference until my second steam and that's when I recognized that my period was extended and not only that but it also shifted the time that my cycle would come in. So normally my cycle would come around mid-month but now it comes at the end going into the beginning of the month. I also noticed a difference in how I felt before my cycle, during my cycle and post my cycle. I've never had cramps so I can't speak for that but I would have migraine headaches that were unbearable! I also would feel groggy but after that second steam, I noticed a major difference in how I felt. My headaches weren't as painful nor did they last throughout the duration of my cycle. Also, I noticed that my Yeast Infections would be minimal to non-existent. I haven't had any relapse or discomfort from BV since I've started using Essentially True. I feel free because I am free. And also keep in mind that our diet also plays a huge roll in how our yoni feel. A healthy diet with self-care will promote a healthy yoni! 

Yoni steaming has so many benefits you have to check it out! It's UNBELIEVABLE! I did a whole post about it that you should check out >>> Self Care: Yoni Steaming

Purchase Your Yoni Steam Here:

Overall I would recommend this product and also would recommend looking into alternatives and talk to a doctor that also specializes in holistic alternatives. 

For more information about these awesome products be sure to check out

Get 15% Off using my Code "FAITH1"

Check out the Interview >>> Interview With Essentially True Founder Aressia

Keep it Natural Keep it pHresh!

Interview With Essentially True Founder Aressia

I am so excited to present this interview to you all! I've had the pleasure to collaborate with this beautiful woman and now today I am presenting this exclusive interview with the Yoni Whisperer herself Aressia - Founder of Essentially True! She also has a bonus for you but you have to read through the interview to get it. 

Can you please tell us about yourself and your profession? 
My name is Aressia. I'm a mother to a great daughter and a grandma to a big baby of a dog. I'm a business owner who wears so many hats! Plus, I work a full-time job in billing and finance.

How did you get the name Yoni Whisper?
A close friend actually gave me this name. I was offering her advance and she said, "You are like a dog whisper, but for yonis!" I hollered and it's stuck since then.

What inspired you to start this company? 
My own need is what inspired the company. I went to the doctor because of a strange odor. I didn't know what could be wrong since I wasn't sexually active and I hadn't changed any of my hygiene practices. After testing everything returned negative, not even a yeast infection. Before walking out of the room the doctor turned and said, "Maybe this is just the way you smell now." Like, what!!!

I left really upset, thinking what good are doctors if they can't diagnose something so simple. Then to say well this is your new normal, especially being taught since childhood if something smells funny it's off.

So I went through several DIY remedies looking to cure the mysterious odor and discharge, which didn't work, over the next couple of years. In my search I came across a few Instagram pages, @nerissnefeteri begin a big help, of women discussing natural vaginal health. As I continued studying I read how oils and herbs can heal, and from my experience and other women's testimonies quite quickly.
So there are a plethora of companies out there now that sell yoni steam packs and more. What makes your company unique? 
What makes me unique is I care. I really listen and ask each client what are you trying to achieve with my products. I take certifications to obtain additional knowledge, I even began a Certified Yoni Steaming Facilitator. 

In addition, all my products are made by me start to finish. If I could I would grow the herbs too lol! So instead I find suppliers who sell organic or wildcrafted herbs.
Outside of all this, I strive to teach women to love themselves and take control of their health. Just because your doctor says this is good for you or even me, doesn't mean it's true. Health advance, in my opinion, should be a starting point of your own research to weigh the risk and benefits of treatment.
" Health advance, in my opinion, should be a starting point of your own research to weigh the risk and benefits of treatment. "
With all the misinformation out there and more and more companies popping up what should people like myself look for when searching for a company like yours?
I think yoni steaming is the new brow micro-blading! Last year everywhere I turned there was a new class and techs offering the service. Now I rarely hear of it. I believe it's how yoni steaming will be. Those that really love helping women and enjoy teaching natural health will be open many years.

When looking for a reputable business is how does the business contact treat you, is there a connection? 
Are they providing detailed answers, do they make sure you understand the info or are they simply hyping up the product results. Get some background on how they started the company, if possible.

I didn't know anything about the term "yoni" a year ago. I just learned of it this year. Why do you think that this topic is so taboo to discuss?
Yoni, of course, means vagina but it's the essence of a woman. The area which regulates her body, her creativity, and center for bringing forth life.
I think the main reason the topic is taboo is because we automatically associated our vaginas with sex, even at a young age. Many mothers have asked me about yoni steaming for teenagers who aren't sexually active. So I switch the conversation from sex to self-care. I go into detail how yoni steaming teaches women how to appreciate their bodies and care for the overall health, not just sexual health. Once we are able to separate sex from our vaginas women's health will no longer be taboo.

" Once we are able to separate sex from our vaginas women's health will no longer be taboo. "

Yoni-Steaming is something that you talk about a lot and your company is rooted of course around yoni health. I know that this has been a popular topic. I don't know when people started getting hyped about it but why do you think there is so much negativity around yoni steaming and using alternative methods to heal? Mainly from the doctors?
A couple a weeks ago I invited a special guest who is a pharmacist to a joint Instagram Live and I asked the same question. She explained doctors are not taught about herbal medicine and in addition, they can't offer medical advice for treatments not approved by the FDA. The alternative she suggested was to find health practitioners versed in herb/alternative medicine. She explained these practitioners also receive degree/certification in their field of choice. So look for this in when selecting an alternative doctor.  Remember no matter what type of doctor you choose, you pay the co-pay so get your money's worth. Ask plenty of questions and understand your treatment plan. 

" Remember no matter what type of doctor you choose, you pay the co-pay so get your money's worth. Ask plenty of questions and understand your treatment plan. "

So tell me and my readers because it's always said that our "yoni" is self-cleaning which is one of the things many doctors say and they believe that we're doing too much and doing this triggers issues. How true is that? What are your thoughts on that subject?
LOL! People love to say this! First, we have to understand our anatomy. The vulva, the external genitals, is the area which needs a gentle cleanser. The vagina, which is internal, does NOT need soap, douches, or any other cleaning agent. When these products are used internally the vaginal pH is changed causing bacteria overgrowth leading to yeast infections, UTI, odor and many more symptoms. 
  • Yoni steaming helps remove excessive mucus/discharge, increase healthy bacteria, and neutralize odor.
For ladies who are balanced yoni steaming still has many benefits...
  • It cleanses the stagnant blood, blood clots, calms cramps, helps with PMS symptom, and promotes relaxation. 
Sooo we aren't doing too much, we are taking care of our yonis!
Your company is constantly growing and you're constantly adding more and more products for women's health. One of your most recent adds were your feminine wash & the menstrual cup. What inspired you to add a menstrual cup to your online store.
I absolutely love menstrual cups! They are reusable hospital grade silicon and easily sterilized before each use. By switching to a cup the environment is saved from hundreds of sanitary products being placed in landfills. Plus, the initial cost of the cup is recuperated after about 3 months of use, because it's only purchased once. More importantly, most pads and tampons are made from recycled plastics and cotton. NASTY!! To make them white companies use bleach and the cotton has been in contact with numerous pesticides which had direct contact with your vagina. This is extremely harmful because the vagina is super absorbent which allows harmful chemicals direct access to your internal organs and blood.
What's not to be excited about!

What is your most sold product? If you could recommend anything from your store if someone new wanted to try something to get a feel for your brand and products what would it be?
The product I love to suggest is Essentially True Yoni Oil. It's great for pH balance, odor, frequent yeast infections. The real bonus is it can be used anywhere on the body, like for acne, facial moisturizer, or even bug bites. It's bottled liquid gold. If your readers are interested in trying this great oil, it can be purchased online at In addition, your readers can receive 15% off their purchase by using code FAITH1 at checkout.

What's next for Essentially True? Do you plan on doing workshops and expanding the company for retailers to sell your products or do you plan on keeping it more in-house? 
I'm glad you asked! I'm working on opening a yoni steaming studio in Houston. I'm moving quickly to have it up and running to accept appointments in October. Would you like to be my first customer?!

I'm always looking to work with retailers large and small. I actually received my first wholesale request in September from another black-owned business owner in Virginia. For all the ladies in the area follow @beautypopva for the grand opening announcement!

Where can my readers find you at for more information?
If you can't tell I'm very active on Instagram, @essentiallytrue, I go Live at least once a week. Outside of that I frequently update my stories and post.
You can also see me on Facebook, my page is Essentially True.
If readers, want more info on yoni steaming I have a free yoni steaming guide to answer common questions surrounding the practice. Here is a quick link to take a look

Well friends, there you have it! Wasn't this awesome???!!! You should check her out! And definitely give her products a try. Aressia said it and I'm just repeating what she said lol... You can recieve 15% using my promo code "Faith!". What's your hold up? Ain't nothing else working for you so it doesn't hurt to try a holistic alternative. I would highly suggest that you sign up for her Yoni Steaming Guide if you are new to yoni steaming because there are some do's and don'ts in there. And be sure to follow her on her social media especially Instagram because she's very active on there. 

Sep 17, 2018

Veil Cosmetics AutoMatte A Powderless Base That Cuts The Shine

*Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was gifted to me by Veil Cosmetics for my honest opinions.

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Happy Monday fam, I'm starting off the week with a review and today we're taking a look at the new Veil Cosmetics AutoMatte Mattifying Base which is a lightweight powderless mattifying skincare-infused base.  

So let me first say, It's one thing to have glowy skin (I love glowy skin! If you followed me for a while that's all I talk about) but even for the driest skin, no one likes to look and feel oily. 

And let's not get on the subject of touch-ups; most times when adding powder on to mattify your makeup if not done correctly you can see traces of it. It makes the makeup look cakeier and heavy. And on hot summer days that is not the business! Which is what inspired Sebastien Tardif, who is the CEO of Veil Cosmetics to create this product. 

If you know anything about Veil Cosmetics they are all about skin perfection and all of their products are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. 

So let's get into the details on this product! 

AutoMatte is a weightless Mattifying base that has multi-tasking benefits. 
  • It's multi-use, you can apply to lips to prep and prime for a smoother application making your lipstick last longer.
  • It's a great mattifier with or without makeup
  • It's powderless & oil-free (which is what makes this unique)
  • It has Vitamin C and E which promotes collagen synthesis while brightening and clarifying the skin
  • It's Non-caking
  • It's 100% Vegan, Cruelty-free, paraben free & Oil-Free
  • It's perfect for photography & videos because it's HD approved

I was able to put this product to the test with and without makeup. Now 95% of the time I'm without makeup. I know it's hard to believe but as I get older I appreciate my skin far more than with makeup.  So here is a before and after side by side. You can see how it mattifies my skin and it's not cakey or you don't see transfer anywhere. It's very skin-like. Of course, throughout the day you may start to break into a glow but what makes this more efficient is the fact that it's easy to use, it's not cakey. You can apply this with their sponge which they supply a sponge in the compact. You can apply with your fingers or with a flat brush. I've tried all methods and personally for me I prefer the sponge. The sponge is reusable so you can clean the sponge as you do your beauty blender. When using the sponge I use the press and roll method. Some people dab it on but I feel that when pressing and rolling it gets into the skin and if you're wearing makeup this technique works more because I believe it locks the product into the skin and doesn't disturb the makeup. Wiping at it will remove your makeup and if you're dabbing at it I believe that it creates blotchiness. So I would suggest using the press and roll method with or without makeup.

Also if you look closely at the before & after this product instantly gives me a face-lift and a more slimmed effect which I sure don't mind that at all. Not that my face is sagging or anything but I love the instant face-lift effect. 

If you know me I'm all about skincare and 95% of the time I'm not wearing makeup. So having something that not only keeps the oil at bay but helps improve the skin is A-1 with me. Overall for my skin type this is an amazing product and have included it in my routine. This wouldn't be a review if I didn't share this... If you have acne-prone skin or skin sensitivity to dimethicone then you may want to steer clear. Dimethicone doesn't clog the skin but because this is a product that cuts the shine what that mean is, it's trapping moisture, sebum, oil and possibly bacteria and if you possible have acne prone skin or some form of sensitivity to dimethicone if overly used in combination to not caring for the skin properly you may experience some form of sensitivity. If you decide to get it I will say use in moderation and make sure after every use you clean the skin thoroughly and whatever you do for your skin process.  This is an amazing product though and if you've used primers that contain this ingredient and haven't had issues then you good. Overall Veil Cosmetics Automatte does what it says it does. It is a weightless and natural option for mattifying the skin.

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Sep 12, 2018

Self Care: Yoni Steaming

Over the course of this month, I've been doing a series on yoni care. I know that this has been a popular topic but still, many women don't know what it is and why it is so important to have this discussion. 

What Is YONI And Why Is It So Important? 

The Yoni represents the womb, the whole reproductive system the sacred space, the vagina, and vulva the uterus, cervix, ovaries and more. There is a lot of history and background to this term and its origin.

In India in the Hindu culture, "the Yoni which is an old Sanskrit word is referred to as your "Goddess: and is worshipped as the sacred symbol of the divine feminine the Devi, the goddess Shakti, the source of life, the Universal Womb and the consort of Shiva. In Shaivism, the Hindu worshipped the god Shiva, the yoni is often associated Our yoni is a sacred temple. with the ligam, which is Shiva's symbol. In sculptures and paintings, the lingam is depicted as resting in the yoni as a cylinder in a spouted dish. The two symbols together represent the eternal process of creation and regeneration, the union of the male and female principles, and the totality of all existence. 

Now there are things that I can take from this. Being a Christian I believe in only one God and believe that God is THE SOURCE of life because He is THE CREATOR and He has made men and women for the purpose of reproducing offsprings. And as women, we grow a whole new body in our wombs. We have this whole ecosystem in our wombs that's capable of feeding the baby the nutrients that it needs to grow. And that is so amazing and a blessing!!! God made us as women so special and capable of carrying.

And figuratively I do believe that our yoni is sacred and because our bodies are the Temple of the Lord I believe that we as women should be careful of what we allow around us and into us because we weren't designed to have multiple visitors or parties entering our sacred areas. That's why I believe God tells us to wait because having multiple parties can not only mentally effect us but it can affect us spiritually and physically. This is very deep! So I'll stop with the preaching lol. 

And aside from that, the health of our yoni can also be altered by stress and diet. So after saying all of this...

What inspired me to get into this topic?

For years I've suffered from reoccurring bacterial vaginosis and uti and I could not figure out what was wrong with me. Growing up you think you have a disease and it's really scary and it was embarrassing to talk to my parents because it wasn't normal. I tried to treat it with antibiotics, which only made it worst not knowing that I should have been taking probiotics while taking antibiotics but the doctors neeeeeever told me that. (Of course they didn't) Did they not know? The scent that I would get from bv and uti was so embarrassing I didn't even want to go out. 

So over a year ago I started switching to mostly organic products from my tampons/pads and even douching method. Now I've never been into the traditional douching method. Logically it didn't make sense so I didn't do it but I did run into this natural douching device from Waterworks and it has made a difference in my life. You can read more about it HERE.

But I've been doing a lot of research and earlier this year I've been researching on the topic of yoni steaming and the benefits of it for us women. Yoni Steaming has many benefits such as: 

  • Regulates irregular or absent menstrual cycles. 
  • Increases fertility
  • Speeds healing and tones the reproductive system after birth
  • Treats uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness, uterine prolapse & endometriosis
  • Assists with the repair of a vaginal tear, episiotomy, or c-section scarring
  • Assists with the healing of hemorrhoids.
  • Treats chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and works to maintain healthy odor. (I'm a living witness to this)
  • Relieves symptoms of menopause including dryness or pain during intercourse.
  • Detoxifies the womb and removes toxins from the body
  • Releases stored emotions tapping into the energy that is our creative potential 
  • Minimizes the pain from cramps
In my case, I was suffering from chronic vaginal/yeast infections and uti which weakened my urinal canal. I needed a herbal detox. UTI's I would get maybe once or twice a year.

There are spa's that offers yoni steaming services but I do my yoni steam from the privacy of my home which is a lot more cost effective. 

I've currently been using Essentially True Yoni Steam and I've noticed an incredible difference since I've used it. 

A question I was asked in regards to my yoni steaming process. 

"Did you have to wear a light pad afterward to catch what the body is detoxing from?"

No I didn't have to wear a pad but everyone's body is different and purges differently. Normally I wait a few days after my cycle before I do the yoni steam detox. So basically directly after my cycle I would flush it out with my natural douche system which I talked about on this post . And then 1-2 days later I will do the yoni steam detox. Sometimes I would do it in conjunction which depends on how I'm feeling at the moment. It doesn't hurt to wear pads or if you're into tampons you can do that. I'd suggest organic tampons/pads. Which I also linked you too in the post. Also allow your body time to adjust because when you're making changes it takes time for your body to adjust to holistic alternatives. So if you don't notice anything immediately allow time. Just be consistent!

If you're interested in trying it out check out Essentially True use my code "FAITH1" and you will get 15% off. Also, check out her other products... (Stay tuned for my overall review)

She has other products too. If you don't want to commit to the full size she has other options that would allow you to try it out. Also, she will be discontinuing the 4oz size of yoni oil but I will say a little goes a long way. But get them while they're still in stock because they are 50% off. Once they run out there will only be 2oz available. 

Also signup for her Free Yoni Steaming Guide


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