Senna Tea Will Work Wonders To Your Body

I had no idea Senna Tea existed until late last year when my sister suggested I give it a try.  It had been 3 uncomfortable days of not being able to poo and I was losing my mind!  She gave me a teabag and told me I had to take it overnight.  Unfortunately, I only remembered the next morning and decided to have it then.  Let’s just say that was one of the days I don’t like thinking back to because I had to poo one three many times at work…very “un-lady” like if you ask me.

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Pros

  1. It’s highly effective and gets you from constipation to relieved in a matter of hours.
  2. Once you purchase a box of Senna Tea you will keep it for a long time, I’ve had mine for close to a 6 months now and I’ve only used 3 teabags.
  3. It’s easy to use.  There’s no special method to follow.  All you need to do is add hot water, let it brew for about 5 minutes and it’s ready to drink.
  4. You can purchase it from a supermarket, no need to have to go and see a doctor and pay an obscene amount of money for doctor’s consultation. Zimbabwe  is currently going through a serious economic crisis so the less stressful alternative the better.

Cons

  1. It’s expensive.  It cost me RTGS10 back then and that was already a lot of money, I shudder to imagine how much it’s going for now.
  2. According to studies: “Don’t use senna for more than two weeks. Longer use can cause the bowels to stop functioning normally and might cause dependence on laxatives.”
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If you can’t get a hold of Senna Tea in your area you can also try some other remedies that might cure constipation such as:

  • chewing on ginger
  • making sure your diet includes high fiber; think fruits, vegetables and beans
  • Hunters Gold (I’ve tried and tested this myself works like a charm)
  • soap; when we were younger we used to rub soap and water and use the foam to rub against our erm..anus.  I’m laughing as I type this out, but yes it did the trick I don’t know if it will work now.
  • exercise, it helps with bowel movement, I’ve noticed that on days I don’t exercise I’m not as regular.

At the end of the day I’m still stuck on Senna Tea.  I would highly recommend you give it a try.  However, you need to remember to use it occasionally and AT NIGHT as your last “meal” of the day.  Trust me, you don’t want to go through my ordeal of not following instructions.

On a scale of 0-10 with 10 being the best I give Senna Tea a well deserved 9 out of 10.  They lost a point at the price there, perhaps it’s much more reasonably priced in South Africa where it’s produced.

Have you tried Senna Tea before?  What was your experience like?  I would also like to hear what some of your home remedies for constipation are.

©MaKupsy 2019

 

 

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WordCamp Harare 2018

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress.  WordPress is the simplest, most popular way to create your own website or blog.  I had the pleasure of being one of the WordCamp Speakers in Harare this year.  The WordCamp theme for 2018 was Business and Tech Aligned. I have two blogs I currently run on WordPress.  My Lifestyle Blog and my Fitness Blog.  I’ve been a WordPress user for the past 4 years and one of the main things I love about it is how user friendly it is.

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Part of my fitness blog mission statement reads:

 “Fitness Bae works towards enhancing the lives of the community through support, encouragement, mental and physical health awareness activities.”

When I started my fitness blog my goal was to reach as many people as possible and change their lives with one blog post at a time.  The plan was to make Fitness Bae  a household name, the moment anyone thought of fitness the first person who was supposed to come to mind was going to be Fitness Bae.  I’ve had my fitness blog for the past two years and to have it recognised by an entire WordPress community after all the hard work I’ve put into it means everything to me.  I happen to be the only Fitness Blogger in Zimbabwe and that truly is a big deal.  The fact that I got to combine two things that I love, blogging and fitness made this WordCamp experience double the fun. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that having two separate blogs would work for the greater good and actually have one of my mission statements accomplished.

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I attended the WordCamp to share both my Fitness and WordPress journey.  The first thing I did when I got up to speak was to ask everyone to stand up and get moving.  We did a few exercise moves before we jumped into my speaking segment.   However, if you haven’t done a presentation before please learn from my mistake.  DO NOT put everything on your presentation; put your ideas down in bullet or numbered points and then expand on them during your talk.  You want your audience to focus on what you’re saying not reading your very colourful work.  Despite that I made sure I kept my audience engaged and ended the session with another exercise routine.

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It was great to mix and mingle with people with the same passion for content creation.  I didn’t realise that there were so many WordPress users in Harare alone.  Day 1 of WordCamp had about 70 attendees.  I couldn’t make it for Day 2 which was Contributor Day but I’ll certainly attend next year and bring my daughter along; I know she’ll love it, she’s a tech savvy little person.

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My favourite time of day 🙂

 

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Laptop swag

 

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Some of the nuggets I got from attending WordCamp were:

  • Disney, Sony, Facebook are some of the top companies that use WordPress.
  • Keep your customers and consumers engaged.
  • Sell people an experience.
  • Become an authority in your niche.

You can follow #wchre18 hash tag on Twitter to see what other WordPress users had to say about the event on the day.

My Fitness Blog is www.fitnessbaeint.wordpress.com

The most popular posts from my Fitness Blog are;

Meal Prep For Beginners

I Found My Purpose

My Banting Journey

What has been your biggest achievement this year?  Let’s talk about it in the comments section.

©MaKupsy 2018

 

The Budget Phone You Need To Know About

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is a budget phone that has given me the ultimate Android experience.  It was released in June 2018 and I had mine delivered in October after making an online payment of $115 sometime in August.  This is the first time I’ve owned a brand new boxed smart phone.  I always buy second hand phones so this was a whole new encounter for me.

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Pros

  1. Amazing battery life.  I can go for two days without having to recharge it.  In Zimbabwe you can go for day(s) without power and this is the answer to one of my struggles.
  2. The picture quality is crisp and clear. A bonus feature is the beautiful pictures the front camera takes.  You can check out some of them from my Instagram account over here.
  3. The price is very affordable, for just $115 you can own your very own brand new boxed phone.
  4. It has an internal memory of 32gig which is ideal for my selfie addiction and video taking during events.
  5. It comes in three fresh and trendy colours which include Rose Gold, Blue, Grey and Black.  I had to settle for black because the Rose Gold I wanted was out of stock.
  6. It’s a sleek phone, a handful of people have mistaken it for a Huawei P10.
  7. It comes with a dual sim (I always forget I have this feature on my phone) and memory card slot.

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Cons

  1. It can’t be repaired in Zimbabwe.  I asked my go to person for all things smart phone related before I made the purchase and the first thing he told me was to take care of my phone because the parts for the phone are not available.
  2. I failed to use an app (DADApp) and resorted to using my iPhone instead.  I’m not sure if it’s the application or my phone that had a problem but either way I made no progress.
  3. No tempered glass or phone back covers are available.  I had to resort to improvising on sizes to protect my phone.
  4. No finger print scanner.  This was a huge disappointment for me because it’s 2018 and having to manually type in our passwords is really old school.

I watched this YouTube video yesterday and I was left feeling rattled.  I could never try this out but it’s good to know that if my phone happens to be exposed to water I won’t suffer heart palpitations.

 

I would rate the Xiaomi Redmi 6A a clean 8 out of 10.  If you would like to get your hands on this phone click on this here.  You can also find out which other awesome phones you can buy for just under $200 from one of my favourite Tech websites over here.

What was your best purchase for 2018?

©MaKupsy 2018

 

So I Tried The DADApp and…

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DAD App

Dial-a-Delivery has a brand spanking new mobile application they term DADApp.  I found out about this app through Twitter and given that I’m always up for any form of new adventures I decided to give it a try.  Dial-a-Delivery is best known for delivering your favourite take out meals from Pizza Inn, Nandos, Chicken Inn, Steers and RocoMamas as well. I put in a lot of work on my fitness journey and sometimes I’m exhausted.  Cooking is the last thing on my mind let alone packing a lunch box so I thought why not spoil myself?  I used up 85MB of data to install the app which is available on both iOS and Android so I went on and downloaded the app onto both of my phones.

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One of the features I gave a big thumbs up about this app is how at submitting your address and details there’s an area that asks you to type out instructions for example, “Ask for Fitness Bae at the entrance.”   This specific feature makes it easy for the delivery man to get to you.  No need to call you and locate you.  Yes, you do include your contact number as well in case the delivery man gets lost but giving clear cut instructions makes the process all the more smoother.

My colleague (work bae) and I do packed lunches A LOT so I decided to impress him and organise lunch.  I absolutely love Nandos, it’s my go to meal on cheat days so I wasted no time and got tech savvy.  I ordered 1/2 chicken + single side plain chips + a Nandos roll in lemon and herb flavour which happens to be the best flavour that was ever made!

I was pleasantly surprised when my food arrived exactly one hour after ordering it.  The customer service from the delivery guys is top notch.  They’re polite, friendly and always smartly dressed in their Dial-a-Delivery uniform.  My food arrived in a semi-warm state; thankfully we have a microwave at work so just a minute of reheating was good enough to dive into it. The chicken was grilled to perfection, sinfully tender just the way I love it; the chips were fresh and not burnt and the roll ended up being a meal I had the next day because I was seriously stuffed.  I ended up chewing up all the bones with no shame at all, this is what cheat meals are made of after all.  I’ve always had my Nandos straight from any one of their food outlets but having my food delivered at the office was a convenient and welcome change.  I loved it!

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What I love about DADApp

  1. The app has a tracking system.  You get to see the progress of your order.  No need to call to find out what’s going on with your food, the update is efficient.
  2. I love the colour theme.  I’m biased to the colour red and I’m also a very visual person.  Play that card on me and you’ve won me over.
  3. It’s simple and straight forward to use and works smoothly on my iPhone.
  4. It doesn’t chew much of your data, I’m working on a very tight budget so I didn’t feel the pinch when I downloaded the app.
  5. The food is lip smackingly delicious.  It maintains it’s original taste we’ve come to know and love.
  6. They deliver on time or a few minutes before the time stated on the app once you make your order.
  7. Friendly delivery men.
  8. They accept all methods of payment.  You can either use cash, swipe,  ZimSwitch, EcoCash, Visa or MasterCard.   Options aplenty so need to worry about how you’re going to pay up for your meal.

What I didn’t love about DADApp

  1. The app seemed to face a technical glitch of sort on one occasion when over the weekend at an event, I tried to get food delivered but was not successful. It seemed to work perfectly when I was in the CBD but once I was out of town, my order seemed to stay stuck at “order placed.”
  2. The app doesn’t seem to go past the “proceed” button when I’m using my Android.  I’ve had to resort to using my iPhone each time I want to make an order.  Again I’m assuming this is possibly teething pains of a new app.
  3. The food arrives semi-warm.  I work right in town close to a number of outlets one which happens to be just one street away.  I was thoroughly disappointed by this.
  4. I spent an entire afternoon waiting on an order that never arrived.  I was greatly inconvenienced.

*One super cool thing you didn’t know about DADApp*

Your friends and family from outside can also download this app and pay for your food from any part of the world.  The festive season is fast approaching; this would certainly be a welcome gesture if those close to you are food lovers.

On a scale of 0-10 with 10 being the best experience.  I would rate DADApp at 6 out of 10.  Their food and customer service are top notch.  However, I think that if technical glitches are looked into it DADApp might just land itself at top place for the best food delivery apps in town.

Have you tried out DADApp before? If yes, what did you love about it?

©MaKupsy 2018

 

 

 

The Drakensberg Mountain Range

The Drakensberg Mountain Range is the highest mountain range in Limpopo, South Africa.  It offers incredible natural beauty and a wealth of recreational activities. My friend Danai (@Miss_Chiherahad the pleasure of traveling to this beautiful place.  She shared her experience of staying at Champagne Sports Resort with me.

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What I Loved About Champagne Sports Resort:

1. Views

Breath taking views of the Drakensberg Mountain Range. The resort is situated along the mountain range which gives you a perfect view of the range. Absolutely AMAZING!

2. Accommodation
There are 1 to 3 bedroom chalets with kitchens, living room and dining areas.  It’s perfect for sharing with your friends.

3. The Amenities

The resort comes with a swimming pool, a lovely golf course , a spa to die for a tennis court and a fully equipped gym (You can still work out while you are on vacation).

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4. It’s Child Friendly

There’s a dedicated young guide that rallies the kids together each day to keep them occupied while you go about your day.  Activities for the kids include:

  • Putt putt
  • Jungle gym
  • Beach volleyball
  • Hiking

5. The Bar & Food

The bar has a variety of cocktails but one cocktail captured my heart.  I tried this amazing cocktail: Something Peachy which is made up of vodka, pineapple juice , orange juice and peach schnapps. The resort provides buffet breakfast. They cater for everyone; Halal, Kosher, Vegetarian; no one will feel overlooked.

6. It’s A Hideaway

It’s far from the city.  A perfect place for a romantic getaway or just a place to relax and unwind.

There is no WiFi at the chalets which gives you a chance to connect with your loved ones or detox from social media.  A must try! 

There are neighboring resorts with activities such as zip lining and canoeing.

What I Did Not Love About Champagne Sports Resort:

1. The drive from the Airport. It’s a 4 hour ride from OR Tambo Airport. You need a book and some really good music to get through it.  However, the plus side is that the resort provides a shuttle to and from the airport.

Would I want to go back?
Absolutely!

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If you would like to experience Champagne Sports Resort check out Rennies Travel on www.renniestravel.com

 

Did you get to travel this year?  If yes, where did you go to and which were some of your favourite destinations?

©MaKupsy 2018

Hairstyles That Make My Hair Happy

My love affair with braids started exactly a year ago when a friend referred me to her hairdresser, Christine.  Ever since then I’ve had no one else touch my hair when it comes to braiding.  There are thousands of people who can braid your hair but I keep going back to the same person because:

  • Whichever hairdo you show her you want if she can do it she’ll tell you she can and if she can’t she’s honest with you from the get go.
  • She keeps time.  If you set up an appointment with her best believe she will be there at the agreed time.
  • She’s almost always fully booked so you have to make an appointment in advance, sometimes a whole week in advance.  It will be worth the wait because your hair will look good and all her attention will be on you on the day.
  • She does home visits.
  • Her prices are very reasonable.
  • She can do your hair while you sleep.  She actually prefers that you sleep and she gets on with her work with peace, quiet and maximum concentration!
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Twist

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More of her work…

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Bob

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Box Braids

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Corn Rows

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Bob 2.0

You know I love all things beautiful and when I say something is good it really is good.  If you would like her contact details please get in touch with me and I will pass it on to you.  I’ve referred a handful of people to her and they too have nothing but amazing things to say about her work.

Give her a try, you won’t be disappointed!

©MaKupsy 2018

Acrimony, Movie Review

I finally watched Acrimony a movie produced, written and directed by Tyler Perry.  If  you haven’t watched it yet I suggest you stop reading now because there will be spoilers along the way.  Acrimony means bitterness or ill feeling.  The movie touches on issues I believe almost everyone has experienced in their life.  You have felt jealousy, anger, unforgiveness, you have been heartbroken and it has taken over your entire life at some point.  This movie brought flash backs of a time I was an angry black woman and never again will I allow a relationship to bring out the worst in me.

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The element that won me over during the movie was when Melinda was narrating life with her husband Robert.  The part where she walked to the bathroom, looked into the mirror, washed her face, wiped it and they both went from young and energetic to 20 years older and Melinda more miserable than ever.  That was a great way to transition  the times.

Robert pissed the heck out of me the first parts of the movie.  He was working tirelessly on his battery idea for 20 whole years while his wife worked not one but two jobs.  I mean, this guy could surely have looked for part time work of sort to help out Melinda with the bills and upkeep but he didn’t.  What made me even more upset was that he kept approaching the same organisation with his idea, surely there are plenty of other options, it’s 2018 for crying out loud!

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The movie had great picture quality; Tyler Perry movies are almost always like this.  However, parts of the movie had background elements that looked like it was shot in a studio.  A great example is when Melinda and Robert go for a walk after her accident.  I promise they could have done a better job by actually going outside instead of shooting that scene from who knows where.  It looked so unreal.

The sound track was honestly making me feel sad and depressed.  I suppose it helped to illustrate just how Melinda was feeling.  I’m not sure if that’s what he was aiming for but it worked.  I had to search for the movie playlist on YouTube and the artist is Nina Simone, I’m currently listening to some of her tracks while I type this.

The acting by Melinda (Taraji P. Henson) was fantastic, then again I’m biased towards her.  I still call her “Cookie” her character from the series Empire.  That’s the sort of impact she has on me.  She played her role perfectly and managed to portray the image of a bitter ex to the tee.

The costumes were a yawn fest.  Nothing out of the ordinary there.  Whoever was doing the wardrobe was probably uninspired or working with a budget.  I couldn’t steal a single idea for any look whatsoever. How disappointing.

I thought the movie was pretty okay until the end; the ending was horrible.  The set for the boat scene a complete disaster.  I’m assuming they shot it at a swimming pool because that’s what their budget afforded.  Surely in this day and age there’s a way to work around this to make things more believable.  The part that got me in stitches was when Melinda emerged from the water after being pushed over…she was back on the boat with the wedding gown she was wearing as dry as a bone and her hair still intact, didn’t she just get out of a whole ocean or sea or lake???  Oh wait, we agreed it’s a swimming pool from the looks of things.

Tyler Perry had an opportunity to dig deep into mental health issues but it only ended at; “Have you heard of Borderline Personality Disorder?”.  I had hoped he would shed more light on the subject.  Mental health is already a subject that’s hushed about in the black community and he could have done a world of difference but chose to just mention it in passing.  I’ve gone through phases of mental health issues myself (Depression In Pregnancy , My Battle With Suicidal Thoughts) I know how society makes light of the subject, I was completely let down by watching the topic swept under the carpet.  Melinda had a mental illness that went untreated and it’s a damn shame that she died in the end and never got any help.

To wrap it up, I’d say watch this movie in the comfort of your home.  Don’t worry yourself by going to watch it from the big screen because on a scale of 0-10 I rate it at 6.  At least if you don’t like it enough you can press stop and watch something else.  Tyler Perry wrote, directed and produced this movie, that’s a very big deal.  In my opinion input from other writers for his script this would have made Acrimony a 10 outta 10 movie.

©MaKupsy 2018

 

 

 

Dax 3 in 1 Super Curl Sheen Review

I bought myself a bottle of Dax 3 in 1 Super Curl Sheen a while ago because I was and still am out of coconut oil.  Members from the Facebook Page I follow for natural hair care highly recommend this product so I decided to give it a try as an alternative while I waited for my supplier to restock the product that makes my hair really happy.  I remember using Dax 3 in 1 Super Curl Sheen way back in primary school.  This is round about the time I learnt how to do my own hair.  How I wish I had taken it to the next level and learnt how to do cornrows, I could be making serious money right about now!  The country is on a serious natural hair movement and there’s no stopping us.  The product seemed to work just fine back then so I had no doubt it would work miracles yet again.

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The packaging is basic nothing too fancy.  Directions on how to apply the product are simple and written at the back of the bottle; they read:

Apply generous amounts of Super Dax 3 in  Triple Action Black Curl Sheen to your hair and massage evenly throughout your hair with your fingertips.  Comb into your favourite style.

I asked my Twitter followers if they had used this product before.  Their responses;

My clothing was always stained as a kid, especially collars – @SoulDeepZim

Awesome, my pubic hair had been flourishing ever since – @_iamTJ (I don’t know if he’s serious or just playing.)

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Dax is perfect if you want to rock the African Threading hairstyle (we call it “buns” this part of the world)

I’ve been using this product for a month and a half now.

Pros

  1. It’s cheap, I bought it in Bon Marche for $3.80.
  2. It leaves your hair soft and easy to manage if you plan on plaiting it.

Cons

  1. I don’t like the sticky effect it leaves on my hands.  After applying it my hair felt sticky, dirty and heavy I felt like I had to rewash my hair.
  2. Dax 3 in 1 leaves stains on my pillow cases and satin bonnet.
  3. There are no ingredients listed so I have no clue what I’m feeding my hair with.
  4. I didn’t see any positive changes after using it.  My hair felt and looked miserable.  I assume it works for certain hair types.  I’m still trying to figure out what my hair type is so there’s that.

The natural hair community hypes a lot of things, I’ve learnt that not everything that works for others will automatically work for me.  Thankfully the product was cheap and I wasn’t too heart broken when it didn’t work.  I gave it away to someone who made better use of it.

On a scale of 0-10, I rate the product at 3.  At least it will keep your hair moisturised until your reliable everyday product is back on the market.

What has your experience with Dax 3 in 1 Curl Sheen?  Would you recommend it to a friend?

©MaKupsy 2018

My Skin Care Routine

I’ve never had an actual skin care routine but thanks to declaring 2018 as the year of the glow up; I decided to start researching on ways to take better care of my skin.  My first stop was my facial skin.  I have really oily skin and my face is prone to break outs.  I can’t believe that at my very big age I still have to deal with acne.  Turns out that some of the reasons why this is happening is because:

  • Good old monthlys; I break out a few days after just like clock work.
  • I’m always man handling a phone and the handset is obviously swamped with germs.
  • I use any random lotion on my face after I wash it. (not a very bright idea!)

Once I figured out WHY I was breaking out I set out to work on the how to manage the situation.  I read a few articles from the internet and I needed to get anti-bacterial wipes for my phone, serum for my face and continue to drink a lot of water because I already do this religiously.  I’m a woman on a budget so after shopping around I settled for Gentle Magic Serum; it’s just $2.50 and $5 in some supermarkets but my secret spot has it for a very cheap deal!

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I can safely say that 3 months later my facial skin is in a very happy place!  This is my everyday routine.

  1. Wash my face with white soap and cold or warm water.
  2. Pat dry and apply gentle magic serum.
  3. Done

It doesn’t take much of my time to do this and if I choose to wear makeup on the day I simply apply it after applying serum first.  Gentle Magic comes in an entire range which includes the bar soap, lotion, cream, mask, oil, and the serum.  I tried the bar soap, it smells horrible so I dropped it and went back to using my good old white soap.

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Scars on my cheek before using Gentle Magic

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Scars have cleared 3 months later 🙂 

The only worrisome thing is that everyone around me is telling me that if I continue to use it I’ll go lighter in complexion.  That isn’t the plan for me; I just want to have even  skin tone.  I’ll do some more research and figure out how I can use it less often and find a face cream that will still work wonders for me.

Why I love Gentle Magic Serum:

  1. It’s affordable!
  2. The first ingredient is water.  If you’re anything like me you want to know what’s in the product you’re using.  The importance of having water as the main ingredient is that water hydrates the skin, a well hydrated skin is a glowing skin.
  3. It contains glycerin, glycerin is an emollient; making skin not only oist, but soft and supple to the touch.
  4. It contains sunscreen.  Have you seen the prices for sunscreen on the shelves?!  I’d rather buy Gentle Magic Serum any day!
  5. It lasts for weeks. I only bought my second tube a few weeks ago.

This is what has worked for me and I’m really excited about it because I’ve tried so many products before but none gave me such a positive result.  I also make sure I eat right, exercise, clean my phone with anti bacterial wet wipes as often as I can and stay hydrated.  My next step is to work on my hands, I do so much house chores they’re starting to look like they belong to someone else!

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What’s your skin care routine and how long did it take you to finally figure out what works for you?

It’s the year of the glow up baby!

MaKupsy 2018