Affirming Your Future

What flows into my life, I let it.  What flows out of my life, I let it.

God, please be the director of all these things.

  We were all created for a purpose.  Something greater than your average 9-5 jobs or hustling.  If we were made to just pay bills and die then what’s the purpose?  The author of life is undoubtedly one of intention and strategy.  He watches our going out and coming in even when we forget to even thank Him for giving us another day to live and love.  

The two beginning sentences of this post are an affirmation that I’m going to start using every day because I don’t know about you, but I HATE letting go in general.  I’m not just talking about relationships, but anything that causes chain reactions of emotions ranging from small to great.  It’s one of my greatest challenges and literally feels like a knife in my chest when I think of all of the things that I need to let go of and place in God’s hands.  Why?  Because I don’t want to.  Ever felt like that?

When we don’t want to surrender something it could surely stem from the want to have just an ounce of control in our lives or the fact that we may very well have soul ties with things and people that we shouldn’t.  Not all soul ties are physical, but let me tell you they are real.  I guess that word could also resemble attachment.  If you attach your heart and soul to anything that isn’t constant or what God has for you, it can surely cripple you if things fall apart.  

I don’t know if any of you reading this can relate, but even letting go of words that were said several years ago can feel nearly impossible.  For instance, someone said something extremely hurtful and damaging to my heart and mind in 5th grade and sometimes I still find myself thinking about it (not often, but still!)  Isn’t that crazy? Whoever said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” was on crack or something! I then have to give it to God and say, “Alright, that’s enough!”  You can’t let thoughts take precedence over your mind because as you think, so you become.  Life really can feel like a war sometimes and usually, the battlefield takes place inside of our minds before anywhere else.

That’s why we all need to seriously guard our hearts and heads.  After all, we’re all we have sometimes.  It can be extremely difficult to love people properly and be open to the things God has for us if our hearts become sick and we chain our souls to the things we can’t surrender or let go of.  It can also keep us from the blessings that are ahead and I absolutely believe the enemy knows it very well and uses it to get into our heads. Isn’t he the worst?! Like, go back to hell and stay there okay.

Anyway, the next time you find yourself in a battle thinking about everything you may have lost in the past or the mistakes upon mistakes you’ve made, remember that we serve a God who is greater than our yesterdays and has a plan for prosperity and hope.  It may not look anything like you thought or planned, but you know the saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Love that!

Long story short, don’t attach your soul to anything but Him, and surely don’t put anything above. If you have done this (which I think all of us probably have at some point)  don’t worry! Can God still turn the ashes of our broken dreams and failed plans into beauty for His good and glory?  Absolutely!  Does He still speak and guide your life if you listen?  Absolutely! But there’s a price to pay if you want to see the fruit; you are going to have to let go, forgive, and give your life to Him completely.  If you stay in one place for too long either nothing will happen or if it’s urgent God will (metaphorically) send a huge fish like Jonah, and quite honestly who wants to go through that?!  No thank you!  I’ll take the route of least resistance. What about you?

Xo,

Rachel 

Why You Need To Ditch Makeup Wipes ASAP

Makeup wipes are trash. Yes, literal trash!

I know, I know, you’re probably having a heart attack right now because you’ve been taught by Neutrogena and numerous beauty articles to use these puppies for convenience. Heck, they’ve probably also told you to keep a nice pack by your bedside for those nights you refuse to properly wash your face after a long day of work, or a night out partying with friends. But hear me out, because this product is not all it’s chalked up to be!

Reasons I don’t like them:

BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

While these money makers may be “convenient” to you, they surely aren’t towards our environment. Makeup wipes are not biodegradable, and millions of them end up piling up and overflowing in landfills, not to mention the ocean as well. Not cool! You can’t reuse them like plastic, so they end up just accumulating and taking up space for the next oh, say one hundred years? Not today, satan.

HARSH ON YOUR SKIN

How do you think a nice stack of moist tissues stay properly sterile? You guessed it- preservatives! Strong preservatives also mixed with alcohol are used to keep bacteria and other harmful nasties at bay in order for the product to reap its full potential. But guess what? They’re terrible for your skin! Most makeup wipes are formulated with fragrances, and harsh ingredients that you’re happily smearing on your face for the sake of sacrificing two minutes to use a proper cleanser and some water. This eventually leads to sensitized and irritated skin.

YOU’RE NOT ACTUALLY CLEANSING YOUR SKIN

Not only are makeup wipes bad for the environment, and hold harsh ingredients that have been proven to disrupt the natural skin’s barrier, but it’s not even taking everything off of your face. Say what?!? Yes, you’re essentially just smearing around your sebum, dirt, pollution, and makeup on your face without fully removing it. Ever notice how many wipes you have to use after a full day of makeup to finally feel “clean” again? Even after the usage of the wipes, when you swipe your toner on, you see even more makeup coming off! Yeah, it shouldn’t be like that. A proper double-cleanse is necessary for all you makeup lovers, and I PROMISE, you will see visible results in your skin once you start.

YOU’RE ACCELERATING AGING PROCESS

Don’t lie, I know full well you want to put your best skin forward and look twenty-eight when you’re really forty-three. Well my dears, the problem with makeup wipes is that you’re most likely rubbing and tugging the skin (some of you vigorously; which gives me PTSD ..seriously, stop that) and being way too rough when it comes to removing your makeup. You also need to be extra careful around your eye area- as that’s the most delicate part of the skin on the entire body!

Those are the main reasons why these just aren’t the best products despite how beautiful and radiant the model promoting them on TV or Youtube is. I can almost guarantee she has a good solid skincare routine, and doesn’t fully rely on these wipes at the end of the day.

I also found this informative video that confirms a lot of what I mentioned! For those who don’t know, Susan Yara is such a knowledgable beauty expert and YouTuber that I’ve been watching for quite some time now! You’ll thank me later when your skin becomes ten times healthier. Check it out!

If you want to learn more about the double-cleasne- which I highly recommend, I made a post a while back addressing that! Click here: https://remtique.life/2019/05/02/my-10-step-skincare-routine/

I owe it to my sister who introduced me to the joys of K-beauty. (Which stands for Korean beauty!) It changed my skin, and I know for a fact it will change yours too! As I always tell my clients, your skin is an investment. You’ll be wearing it until you die, so please take good care of it, and be oh so gentle. 🙂

Xo, Rachel

Thinking About Getting A Brazilian Wax? Here’s What You Should Know

Disclaimer!! – If anyone is shy or leans more on the prude side when it comes to talking about the body, this one probably isn’t for you. I could easily talk all day about subjects like this, but I’ll try to keep it short for you! No pun intended.

So let’s get to it! Ladies, I’m a firm believer that keeping your lady parts clean and neat is not only more hygienic, but an important ritual for your overall health. When it comes to waxing particularly, it’s best to keep hair at most the length of a grain of rice, or even a bit shorter, but not too short! The longer it is, greater the pain will be when the wax comes off, and If it’s too short, it could cause the hair to break whilst waxing.

First time? What you need to know.

1. Sorry sis, but the first time will most likely hurt. Like a lot. 

Everyone’s pain tolerance varies when it comes to hair removal process. While some women are clutching the bed shaking and can’t wait for it to be over with, others are reading a magazine or checking their phones. The more you do it, the less it will hurt.

2. The more often you receive this treatment, the less hair will grow back.

Not only does the pain decrease over time, but so does the hair. How great is that?! You know what they say, not a desert but not a forest? Well this treatment will most likely give you the perfect balance over time, but to those who prefer a desert or forest, all power to ya!

3. Exfoliate, exfoliate exfoliate!

Guys. This step is so important I can’t stress it enough. When it comes to any part of the body that’s being waxed, exfoliating beforehand is the best way to ensure a clean pull, no broken hairs, and no ingrown hairs! Those can be very painful, so be sure to use a nice scrub or exfoliating glove before and after the treatment. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

Hi Bye Vita Peel Exfoliating Scrub

4. Don’t be shy, speak up!

This is such an important lesson in life for literally anything. If the process is far too painful for you to bare, please for the love of God say something. It could be that the hair is too long or your pain tolerance isn’t as strong as you thought. And that’s okay! The person who is giving the service wants you to feel as safe and comfortable as humanly possible, but they’ll never know how you’re doing if you don’t speak up.

5. Invest in the right products.

Did you know that regular soap you buy from Target or Walgreens can throw off the PH balance in your skin? Yep. Especially in that lovely area. Regular soaps will get the job done when it comes to cleaning up, but it also causes the vagina to be more odorous (not the natural odor btw!) due to the antiseptics and fragrances in the soap, which may not be so nice for you or your s/o. So, I highly recommend you use a more mild soap that was designed for that special area.

Image result for summer's eve soap
https://www.target.com/p/summer-s-eve-simply-sensitive-cleansing-wash-15-fl-oz/-/A-11000573

~ Xo, Rachel.

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