Shocker! Check Your Makeup…Here’s Why? |Phzuniquediva

Check Your Makeup…Here’s Why?

I’ve been hearing people say they’ve had their makeup past a year or almost two years.  Looks like makeup could have a manufacturers date that will make you rethink how long to keep your favorite mascara or lipstick.  It may say fresh for 6 months, but do you know when it was first manufactured?  Check out this article from Tales of Belle, where she explains how you can check your makeup’s manufactured date.

I got this idea from Michala at andhonestly to check the manufacturing dates of my makeup since some of her makeup was 1-2 years old before she even bought it!

via Checking Makeup Expiration Dates — Tales of Belle

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Celebrate Your Body & Good Health | PhzUniqueDiva

Celebrate Your Body & Good Health

I was watching the movie To Wong Foo the other day.  The song “I Am Body Beautiful” by Salt-n-Pepa just spoke to me in so many ways. Read the chorus below.

Lights, camera, action!
Satisfaction guaranteed, that’s what I need
I celebrate the body and enjoy good health
And I gets down with my bad self
It’s all good from the front to the back
Two snaps and a clap for a body like that
It’s a good damn thing I don’t care what you say
Somebody beautiful (I am body beautiful), hey, that’s me

Often times we can be our own worst critics.  If we don’t love ourselves and love our bodies as well as appreciate good health, how can we expect other people to do the same?!  It’s time to let go of the negativity.  Your body is your body.  We only get one body to live in.  We as women (and men) were created uniquely.  Embrace the body you have. Celebrate good health instead of body imagery that doesn’t embrace the body you already have.  Remember with the right amount of confidence you can make ANYTHING look good on you.  😉

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My Body, My Shape | PhzUniqueDiva

My Body, My Shape

Guess you are wondering what I mean by “My Body, My Shape“.  What could this article possibly be about?  First a little history…

Body Goals: Not so positive.

I didn’t always love the person I was.  It never was the stretch marks or surgical scars…it was always how I looked in clothes.  I would get so aggravated and didn’t like to go shopping because I would have to face how I looked in whatever it was I was trying on.  My goals were always someone else’s body goal.  I want to look like her or I wish my abs popped like hers.  I wanted to be the girl in the magazine.  I took so many pills, so many supplements, so many different FADs (false advertising diets) and my health deteriorated.  I even made myself throw up all the time and abused laxatives. I didn’t think much of health.  I honestly didn’t.  My priority was to look what I thought sexy was supposed to look like, thin.  If I were thin I wouldn’t have to worry about any outfit looking unappealing on me.  I needed to be thin.  It didn’t take the constant hospital stays, numerous diagnosis, the prescription drugs or even the constant dehydration episodes to make me think health should be my number one priority.  My appearance was always number one.  I fought this battle for many many years.

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Pictured here at Pensacola Beach with my son. Weight 196 lbs. Circa: December 3, 2011.

The Wake Up Call

In 2012, I had a wake up call.  It was time to let go of the depression.  It was time to stop self-hating.  It was time to let go of self-shame.  My body was suffering so bad because I chased the goal of body imagery. By 2012 I had been diagnosed with numerous things like: kidney stones that shifted to a kidney infection that lead to hospital stay and surgery (2008), Caffeine addiction on a drug level 😦 (2009), GERD (2009), Barrett’s Esophagus (2009), IBS w/ Chronic Constipation (2009), Gastritis (2009), Unable to Have Children (2008-2009), Pancreatitis (2010), Hyperemesis Gravidarum (2010), Lupus like symptoms (2009-2014), Urinary Incontinence (2012-2013), Depression (2010), Anxiety (2011), etc.  That’s just to name a few.  Doctors and nurses would tell me I was just too young to be suffering from so much.  I mean prior to 2012 it just wasn’t a worry for me.  Sad that I had ignorance towards a healthier lifestyle.

That’s when I decided to change my blog name from Smiley’s Healthy Way of Life to Physically Unique Diva.  I had to become my own body goals, in love with my own body shape, desire health before appearance, I was uniquely made and became a diva of healthier eating (nutrition). My body, My shape!  We have one body to live in until we are gone to eternal life. We can only be our own shape.  Listen to me when I say…

My Body, My Shape!

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Do not sacrifice your mental health to have the “perfect body”…as loving yourself is the greatest revolution.  Remember, weight or body image does not dictate your health or worth.  Be Body Aware! Self love is utmost importance as well as mental health.  Be Unique…Physically Unique!

-Smiley Reed

 

 

 

If you know someone in your life that needs to hear this…please feel free to share.  I want to reach as many people as I can.  Let everyone know you are not alone. I’ve been there and I know the struggle.  This is a judgement free zone here.  I’m here to help in any way that I possibly can.  Choose life over body imagery.  Choose Health. Love and thank you all for your continued support.

—PHYSICALLY UNIQUE DIVA—


Au Naturale Cosmetics | PhzUniqueDiva

Au Naturale Cosmetics | Clean Beauty

I’ve been recently reading the book Green Enough written by Leah Segedie. She speaks on the toxic chemicals that are endocrine disruptors. This could be the food we eat, the cleaning supplies we use, our air quality all the way up to our beauty products. The list of products are graded from Bad to Better to Best.  I was curious about the beauty brands. This is because in the past I have had issues with buying beauty products due to my extremely sensitive skin. My lips broke out from the Beauty 360 lip balm. I can’t wear MAC cosmetics especially not their mascaras.  I can’t cleanse my face with any of the over the counter cleansers. Foundations can’t come near my face so on and so forth.  My safe bet is my NK eye liner, Tarte Gifted mascara, lip balm and Fenty Beauty lip color.

Clean Beauty Try Outs!

I decided to try out cleaner beauty brands since maybe it could just be a chemical in those streamline beauty brands that causes me to have an allergic reaction.  I’ve purchased samples from The Detox Market: Vapour, Hush + Dotti, Kjaer Weis and W3ll People foundations (Retail: $7.95+shipping); received samples from BeautyCounter: Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation (Rep: April Dutcher); and purchased Au Naturale Cosmetics samples: Creme Foundation, Creme Concealer, Creme Bronzer and Lipstick (Retail: $15). Since I received the Au Naturale Cosmetics first, I decided to try their brand for my first clean beauty brand review.

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I do love the personal touch that you receive with your package. “Thank you for your order! Cheers!”  The sample sizes are as you see them in the above picture. I decided to try the Au Naturale Creme Foundation in the PUNALUU, Creme Concealer in BAJA, Creme Bronzer in CARAMEL and Lipstick in GH ROSE GLOW.  I added to the look with NK eye liner, Tarte Gifted Mascara, and Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Griselda.

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The Application of Clean Beauty Brand: Au Naturale Cosmetics

I used the e.l.f. Foundation Brush 24111. It has a rounded design which helps with small contours and completely blended application. The foundation applied well. There were no clumps and it didn’t make my skin look dry.  I only needed very little to apply to my entire face.  Skin felt smooth.  After applying foundation I used the concealer around eyes, nose and eyebrows.  I’m a beginner so a full on contouring is not what I was going for.  Concealer was a perfect color in my opinion.  Very little was needed.  Applied smoothly and didn’t make any clumps. Finished the Au Naturale Cosmetic applications with the bronzer.  It may have been too dark for my skin complexion. Pictured below is my before (I apologize for the bored look, LOL) and after application.

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Final Results

End result, I ended up having to remove the makeup because as usual my face started itching.  Once the itching started fine bumps started to appear. As much as I love the quality of product and my after shots…it just didn’t work for my extremely sensitive skin. 😦

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Skin broken out here.

 

 

 

 

 


This was my own personal experience.  This is not a paid post nor is this post affiliated with Au Naturale Cosmetics.  Pictures are proof of my own personal experience.  Please feel free to leave a comment below. Would love to hear your experience with cleaner beauty products.


DIY Green Beauty: Lip Exfoliator | PhzUniqueDiva

DIY Green Beauty: Lip Exfoliator

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Photo Taken By: Smiley Reed, Physically Unique Diva

Adapted this recipe from Edens Garden.  In the original recipe it uses mango butter, but I am allergic to mango.  I have to substitute the mango butter with something more suitable for my sensitive skin.  Created two different recipes to test and see what works best for me.  Exfoliating your lips help remove dead skin. It lifts and removes dirt (or toxins) from the lips.  It suggests to use a toothbrush, but I will be using the dk&t (Do Kiss And Tell) LIPSCRUB BRUSH.

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dk&t Lip Scrub Brush

The LipScrub Brush Is: Made From Natural materials, Vegan Friendly, Activated Charcoal Infused Bristles, BPA Free, Cruelty Free, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal & Anti-Viral.

This dual action brush help scrub top, bottom, corners and outer lining of lips.  It’s recommended to use daily for best results.  You have to wet brush before use. This brush is best to be replaced within 3 months.  Scrub lips prior to product application or before bedtime. Want to purchase one click here (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2H76WXq.

Recipe

The Lip Exfoliator contains two of the Eden’s Gardens Oils:  Safflower Carrier Oil and Coffee Oil.  It makes 2 oz.

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RECIPE A INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp soy wax (I used this one)
  • 2 tsp shea butter
  • 2 tsp safflower oil (I used this one)
  • 2 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 6 drops coffee essential oil (I used this one)
  • Lip balm tubes (I used 2 oz jars instead)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a double boiler, melt wax and shea butter together over medium to medium low heat.
  2. Once melted, add in the safflower oil and sugar.  Make sure to stir with glass stirrers. Then remove from heat.
  3. Stir in the 6 drops of coffee essential oil.
  4. Once mixed well, pour into lip balm tubes or glass jars. Which ever you choose. 🙂
  5. Let sit until it becomes hard.

RECIPE B INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp carnauba wax
  • 2 tsp shea butter
  • 2 tsp safflower oil (I used this one)
  • 2 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 6 drops coffee essential oil (I used this one)
  • Lip balm tubes (I used 2 oz jars instead)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a double boiler, melt wax and shea butter together over medium low heat.
  2. Once melted, add in the safflower oil and sugar.  Make sure to stir with glass stirrers. Then remove from heat.
  3. Stir in the 6 drops of coffee essential oil.
  4. Once mixed well, pour into lip balm tubes or glass jars. Which ever you choose. 🙂
  5. Let sit until it becomes hard.

TO USE

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Pull out your handy dandy lipscrub brush (or toothbrush if you do not have one). You can purchase one using this link (dk&t lipscrub brush).  Wet brush prior to using.

Apply the lip exfoliator to your lips as if you are applying lip balm. If you used the 2 oz jars, dip the wet brush into the exfoliator and then apply exfoliant to lips with the hex side.  ***If you need to, remove any excess sugar.***  Scrub lips: outer lining, top, bottom and corners.  The goal is to remove any dry skin, dirt and impurities. Rinse lips with warm water. Dab dry. Vuala!

Before & After

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You can see (the before) where there are dry areas.  Below (the after) shows where the dry skin was removed.

 

This was my own personal experience.  This is not a paid post nor is this post affiliated with Eden’s Garden or dk&t.  Pictures are proof of my own personal experience. I hope you enjoyed making the DIY Lip Exfoliator. Please feel free to leave a comment below. Would love to hear your experience with either the Lip Scrub Brush or the DIY Lip Exfoliator.

***There are affiliate links in this post that are not a fee to you, but Physically Unique Diva receives a small kick back from your purchase.  This helps to keep content current. Thanks for your continued support.***

 


Clarisonic Mia FIT + DIY Facial Cleanser

Clarisonic Mia FIT + DIY Facial Cleanser

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This is the Clarisonic Mia FIT daily facial cleansing device. I received this from my Aunt as a Christmas gift, December 2017. Sadly, I am just taking off the plastic and giving it a try. The Mia FIT is a small electronic device that can be used daily with two speed settings. The first speed setting is for a light cleanse, or daily cleanse.  The second speed setting is for deep cleansing when you’ve worn makeup or cleansing your face post workout. The delicate or light cleanse is set for 60 seconds while the power or deep cleanse is set for 80 seconds.  The Clarisonic Mia FIT comes with a USB charger making it easy to charge on the go as well as charge at home.

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Tonight I did a D.I.Y. Facial Cleanser to use with my Clarisonic Mia FIT.  I have extremely sensitive skin and cannot cleanse my face with over the counter facial cleansers.  This cleansing recipe is light and great for sensitive skin.

Facial Cleanse Recipe

  • 3 Tbsp. Distilled Water
  • 1/3 cup 18 in 1 Hemp Almond Pure Castile Soap or Hemp Baby Unscented Pure Castile Soap
  • 1/3 cup Raw Honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Viva Naturals Sweet Almond Oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a pump bottle, add distilled water.  Next add the castile soap, then raw honey and last sweet almond oil.  You can use jojoba oil if you prefer.
  2. Shake well until all of the honey is dissolved.

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Let’s Cleanse!

  1. Wet your face and the Clarisonic Mia FIT head with warm water.
  2. Take your newly created cleanser (or the cleanser that came with the Mia FIT) and pump a small amount onto the head.
  3. Choose the speed setting whether one for a delicate cleanse or two for the power cleanse.  Remember one is for a daily use and two is for washing off makeup as well as a facial cleanse post workout.
  4. Turn the device on once you’ve set it to one or two. Start cleansing your forehead clarisonicmiafit-forehead-phzuniquediva.jpgthen next your nose and chin.  Finally, cleanse your cheek and then your neck.
  5. Rinse your face as well as the brush head.
  6. I followed up with my rose water toner (rose water + distilled water).
  7. Take a piece of ice and rub it around your face.  This will help close your pores.
  8. Last, rub on a light “evening” moisturizer.

 

 

 

Post Cleanse: Brush Before & After

Below is a picture of the Mia FIT head after cleansing my face and then after washing the brush head. As you can see it removed the impurities pretty well. I really like the Mia FIT and could see myself adding it to my daily routine.

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This was my own personal review of my Christmas gift.  This was not a paid post nor is this post affiliated with Clarisonic.  Pictures are proof of my own personal experience. I hope you enjoyed making the DIY Facial Cleanser. Please feel free to leave a comment below. Would love to hear your experience with either the Clarisonic or the DIY Facial Cleanser.

***There are affiliate links in this post that are not a fee to you, but Physically Unique Diva receives a small kick back from your purchase.  This helps to keep content current. Thanks for your continued support.***

Being BeYOUtiful

Being BeYOUtiful

Beauty is a characteristic that pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.  Your beauty is defined by YOU. Being beYOUtiful includes uniqueness of hair, skin, body shape and SO MUCH MORE!

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You have to first learn to love yourself.  No one can love you more than or better than you can.  You don’t have to deprive yourself, starve yourself, and most importantly you do not have to comply to today’s beauty standards.  Make a statement. Empower and embrace it! I learned this throughout my personal journey and that was the birth of Physically Unique Diva.  I am my own person, my own body goals, I am unique, I am different, and I love me.  I’m a diva because I am determined to reach my goals, celebrate uniqueness, victorious in conquering my fears, and am always respectful of others.

Deep down this is you and sometimes we have to be reminded who we are as well as what we are capable of. Just be YOU! Just be Unique!

-Physically Unique Diva