Review: Buddha Teas

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I was so excited to receive these 2 organic teas from Buddha Teas. This is my first ever tea review so if you have any questions, please leave them for me in the Comments section. Each box came with 18 individually wrapped tea bags.  I received Chamomile Flower and Divine Immunity Blend to try; my first time trying both flavors.

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First Impression: So fancy, the packaging and with the gold Buddha Teas logo.  The tags on the tea bags have inspirational messages.  You know I love that kind of touch!

Preparation: I used my Keurig for hot water and used my glass cup; to show the color of the teas. Used no sugar.  I tried them on separate days so pardon the change in lighting in the photos.

Taste: Both teas have a smooth flavor of their own.  I cannot find the words to describe what they taste like, LOL.  They are good, Chamomile Flower being my favorite, it calmed me.

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Final Thoughts:  You will love their teas. Since trying these teas, I have had more tea than coffee.  If you follow me on Instagram, this explains the lack of coffee posts.  The benefits of drinking tea fall in line with my “get healthier” goals.  Scroll down to see the benefits of drinking tea.  Next, I want to try their line of Chakra Teas.   Please go here to shop, learn much more about Buddha Teas and the benefits of organic tea.

Until next time, be well. xo, Pascha

http://www.buddhateas.com

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IKEA Campaign: Brighter Lives For Refugees

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(Atlanta, GA – January 28, 2015) The Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign returns to make a difference and create a better everyday life for the many refugees living around the world. Starting February 1 and running till March 28, 2015, for every LED light bulb purchased in IKEA stores, the IKEA Foundation will donate one euro ($1.16 *) to help UNHCR light refugee camps— making them a safer, more suitable place for the families who live there. In its first year (2014), the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, raised $10.6 million (€7.7 million**) globally, and the US alone raised over $570,000 through IKEA co-worker and customer support.

 Today there are almost 13 million refugees *** under UNHCR’s care, half of whom are children. For those refugees living in camps, all livelihoods, social and educational activities usually stop after sundown, because refugee camps can be extremely dark places. Thanks to the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, many now have lighting and energy solutions.

Part of the funds from last year’s campaign have been used to help over 11,000 Syrian refugees living in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan, by providing families with a solar-powered lantern, which can be used for mobile-phone charging and as a light source so families can carry on with their everyday activities. Solar lanterns allow girls and boys to study after dark, helping them with their education and progress in school. Lanterns and solar street lights mean that adults can continue working and communities can have social gatherings after sunset.

IKEA continues to lead in sustainable business practices. In October 2012, IKEA US announced it would make a bold move to sell only LED lights in all its US stores by 2016, thereby enabling millions of people to live a more sustainable life at home and save on their energy bills.

*one euro (€1) = $1.16 on January 20, 2015

** one euro (€1) = $1.38 on March 20, 2014

*** Facts based on UNHCR Report released January 7.2015. http://unhcr.org/54aa91d89.html

About IKEA Group

The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 315 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com.  IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit IKEA.com@IKEA_Atlantafacebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA,  www.theshare-space.comwww.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About IKEA Foundation

The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and sustainable family income. Currently-funded programmes benefit an estimated 100 million children. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and facebook.com/IKEAFoundation

About UNHCR – The UN refugee agency

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also known as the UN refugee agency, was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. It is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives.

Learn more by visiting:

unhcr.org

facebook.com/UNHCR

twitter.com/refugees

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Manicure Monday

Love this set from OPI inspired by the Fifty Shades of Gray movie. Today I’m wearing Embrace The Gray topped with Deborah Lippmann’s Today Was A Fairy Tale.

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Review: Tarteist Clay Paint Liner

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Hi beauties!  Check out my quick video reviewing this new product by taste.  Questions, or comments, let me know above in the comments section.

New! Wet n Wild Velvet Matte Lip Color

Wet n Wild, Fergie, lipstick, Velvet Matte Lip Color, Walgreen's, beauty blogger, The Posh BlogMy drug store only beauties will LOVE this! Great, non-drying, matte formula. Many shades but this is the only shade I would fool with. $3.49 (meh). I think it should be $1.99.  If you have it, what do you think?  I think it is a great shade for everyone.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk

IMG_2943.JPGI have found my new moisturizer for my dry skin. Yes, I know it’s not a new product and I’ve been eyeballing it since it came out but I promised myself I’d finish what I was currently using, Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream. It is okay but not a great match for me, it is a light formula but did not moisturize my skin well, in the end I was using anything moisturizer on top of it. Who does that? Finally, I hit the bottom of my jar (hallelujah) and I went to Sephora for a sample of Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Milk. After the first morning I knew it was the one for me but I used 3 days before going full size.

Why I love it: lightweight but very moisturizing. My skin feels GREAT.

What they say: “Argan Oil is clinically proven to significantly improve skin hydration and smoothness, and to visibly reduced course lines and wrinkles–in just 4 weeks. 83% of users said their skin felt and looked more supple, radiant, and smooth.” (Yesssssss!)

IMG_2945.JPGJust 3-5 drops on a clean face. You will love the way your skin feels and looks.

My skin care method is OCM; I use coconut oil to cleanse my skin. Go here to read more about OCM.

Have you tried or been eyeing this product?

Viva Glam Miley Cyrus

IMG_2911.JPGMy beautiful black MAC box came today! The latest celeb collaboration for MACs Aids Research Fundraiser was with Miley Cyrus. I’m no Miley fan but I do like pink…and lipstick…the lippie is pretty. Not special. What do you think?

What is your makeup REALLY concealing?

[Guest Post] If you already follow Dr. Drai on social media then you need no intro. Don’t know him?  Get to know him. As always, I love hearing from you in the comments (see above).  xx, Pascha

Dr. Drai, women's healthHi GYNEGirls! It’s ME Dr. Drai- your FAV OBGYN. I love seeing you girls come to my office B-E-A-T down. Reminds me of Drake’s lyrics’- Hair done, nails done, everything DID Oh you fancy huh? That face is lookin’ R-I-G-H-T. Ladies you give me a run for the money AND Dr. Drai loves IT. I’ve always been a fashionista myself. WERK! I’m NOT that new at getting my face PAINTED though. Hunni- I still remember getting THIS FACE slayed with makeup for my first TV gig. I had to take a class at MAC. LOL! Chile- Now I’m a PRO at the BRUSH. #StrokeSumthn. Let me give you the “Medical T” (TIPS) on makeup. I know I KNOW #GYNEGirls- I love MAKEUP just like the next girl. BUT Dr. Drai has to tell you the REAL DEAL…

Makeup could be concealing dangerous toxins. A majority of my #GYNEGirls use some form of makeup DAILY, but most of YOU are unaware of the toxic chemicals found in some of these cosmetics and their links to long-term health problems. YOU are exposed to toxins by breathing in sprays, swallowing chemicals on the lips, or absorbing them through the skin. Ladies (& some #GENTs)-You need to know what ingredients to look for on cosmetic labels. Keep reading…

CHECK LABELS FOR TOXIC CHEMICALS

Unfortunately, lots of beauty products contain chemicals that are pollutants. Avoid products that contain toxins, such as paragons, phthalates, and sodium laurel sulfate, a degreaser that’s used to clean engines and is found in 90% of all personal care products. You should also avoid products that contain synthetic dyes and musk, which is labeled as fragrance. Chile it doesn’t matter how it’s worded, it’s still a toxic chemical BOO. Here’s the real “Medical T.” MANY of these chemicals cause BAD reproductive (LADY PARTS), neurological (BRAIN), and immune effects such as cancer, organ failure and birth defects. CHILE PLEASE- you betta check those labels #GYNEGirls.

REVIEW CONSUMER PROTECTION WEBSITES FOR PRODUCT RATINGS

Dr. Drai recommends his #GYNEGirls to check out Skin Deep, a cosmetics database managed by the Environmental Working Group. This site ranks cosmetics containing chemicals with known or suspected health risks. Ladies-I use this MYSELF to see which products are actually natural. You know companies put the word NATURAL on everything these days.

MAKEUP MAKEOVER

Common cosmetics like lipstick and mascara contain ingredients that are potentially damaging to your health. To stay away from some of these dangers,  here is some MORE #DrDraiMedicalT:

Lipstick: Most lipsticks contain lead and studies show that women ingest pounds of lipstick over the course of a lifetime. When shopping for lipstick, verify that it’s composed of  natural ingredients.
Mascara: Avoid mascaras that contain retinyl palmitate and parabens. These preservatives can mimic estrogen and interfere with the endocrine system.
Blush: Avoid products that contain rose quartz and silica, which are considered possible human carcinogens and have proven toxic to immune and respiratory systems over prolonged exposure.
Sunscreens: Discard sunscreens and makeup that contain the ingredient known as octinoxate. While this chemical helps filter UV rays, it’s also been linked to thyroid and brain signal problems in lab animals.

Next time you put on your makeup, take the time to read and research the ingredients. Always look at packaging and check for labeling that says ‘formulated without’ the aforementioned chemicals. No worries…You will still have a B-E-A-T FACE but NOW not with all the risk. Knowing what to look for is the first step in becoming aware and staying a healthy #GYNEGirl! Toodles…

Remember, for any other makeup or beauty question, click here.

Dr. Drai is a practicing board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist who is also a nationally recognized author, speaker, professor, and media personality. Visit DrDrai.com to download his FREE NEW eBOOK- 20 Things You May Not Know About The Vagina.

Manicure Monday with OPI

I. Love. Black. Polish. It’s so clean and neat.

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My MUA’s Top 5 Beauty Tips

Hi guys!  I asked my MUA and now friend to come by and share her 5 favorite beauty tips.  She is so fun and informative,  I hope you enjoy the video as much as we did recording it. xoxo, Pascha