Tag Archive | teens

E.L.F. on the shelf

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E.L.F. lip exfoliator

Now that the winter months are here, I’ve noticed that my skin’s a little dryer, especially my lips. Switching to a thicker lotion or body cream is an easy fix for the skin on my body. If only everything were that simple…

I’ve tried a few different lip balms in my quest to keep my lips moisturized, but eventually, they go back to feeling dry and cracked. And of course, licking them only makes it worse.

Alas, there is a solution. One eventful day, while strolling the aisles of Target, I came across this brown sugar lip exfoliator by e.l.f. I threw it in the cart because, hey, why not? Anyway, I tried it as soon as I got home, and it was like heaven. It worked so well! It’s abrasive enough to scrub the dead skin away, but it’s also soothing. I can pair this with any of my favorite lip balms and I have soft, moist lips all day long. What I really love, is the packaging. It’s made like a lip stick, so I don’t have to worry about sticking my fingers into a container, then rubbing it on my lips. It’s also super inexpensive (best $3 I’ve ever spent). Now, I can fully enjoy sweater weather without dry lips. Because there’s so many other things I’d rather do… Like sip cocoa and sing carols lol.

Until next time…xoxo

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Cyntoia Brown

“… When I would do good, evil is present with me.” -Romans 7:21 kjv

I first became aware of Cyntoia Brown’s story a few years ago, while watching a series of documentaries on YouTube. I was shocked by the entire story. I was mostly shocked at the sentence that she received.
Cyntoia Brown was a sixteen year old girl who’d experienced a life full of hardship since conception. She was born to a teenaged mother who drank during her pregnancy, and used drugs after her birth. Cyntoia’s birth mother also suffered from mental illness, which had been genetically passed down for at least three generations. At eight months old, Cyntoia’s mother gave her up for adoption. Cyntoia lived with relatives and family friends for the first three years of her life; even being kidnapped at one time by relative. Needless to say, Cyntoia developed some abandonment issues as well as trust issues. Cyntoia was raised by Ellenette Brown, a family friend. And while things seemed picture-perfect on the outside, that was not the case. Cyntoia claimed that she was being physically abused by her adoptive father.
At the age of sixteen, Cyntoia ran away from home. She was exploited and trafficked for sex by a pimp named “Kut throat” for three weeks, before he told her that she needed to go make some money. Cyntoia went to a part of the city, known for prostitution, where she met a forty-three year old man. This man offered her (a girl- twenty-seven years younger than him) $150 dollars for sex. Cyntoia, young, desperate, and afraid agreed. She got in his car and went to his house. He told her about all of the guns he owned, and how well of a shooter he was. As Cyntoia recalls, the man became aggressive during the transaction. When he reached over to grab something, Cyntoia, feared for safety and grabbed a near-by gun and shot and killed the man. Afraid to go back to Kut throat empty-handed she stole, the man’s wallet.
These are the events that led to a sixteen year old girl being tried as an adult and convicted of 1st degree premeditated murder, felony murder, and aggravated robbery.
My heart completely broke while watching this documentary. Imagine my shock while scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day, I noticed Rihanna sharing a post about Cyntoia. I’m so happy that once again, someone is giving a voice to Cyntoia. She didn’t let a failed system take away her life, though it took away her freedom. She studied and received her degree while in prison. She is still fighting for her freedom and now few celebs have joined her. It is my hope that Cyntoia will be freed from prison, not at age 69, but in the near future. It is also my hope that the justice system in America will never again criminalize a victim. It is absolutely incredible to me how many times the system failed this girl: at birth, throughout her childhood, then in her adolescence.

To learn more about Cyntoia Brown’s story go here.

Escapism

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You took my heart captive

And demanded a ransom

And I’ve been paying the price

Year after year

I’ve been praying to Christ

Hoping that He hears

I’m just saying my life

Is nothing but these tears

Bottled up inside

Toast to me

Cheers

And they’re spilling now

Drowning everything

But there’s a way out

Promise everything

Is ok now

©Jocsalyn Janay 2017

Chrysalis

Sigh of relief

mixed with a little bit of

sadness

Take a good girl

And try to turn her

into a savage

I know what I want

And I know that I

Could never have it

Heart’s still racing

Pounding by the second

And time’s a wasting

Been here all my life

And I’m tired of waiting

For the prefect guy

To come and save me

I’m drowning in this tide

©Jocsalyn Janay, 2017

Pretty in pink

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Aurore Heeled Boot

Fall is finally here and I couldn’t be happier! It’s my favorite season and it never lasts long enough, so I’m going to enjoy it while I can. To help usher in the new season, I’ve purchased my first pair boots of fall ’17.

When I saw this pair of boots on shoedazzle, I immediately fell in love. Everything about her (yes, I refer to my shoes as “she” and “her”) reminds me of my pointe shoes. I had to have her and lucky for me, there was a labor day sale going on. When she finally arrived in the mail, she was everything I’d hoped she’d be. She’s a true knee high boot and at 4.75 inches, she’s super easy [for me] to walk in. She’s definitely sure to be a statement piece in my closet. She also comes in two other colors so if blush isn’t you’re cup of tea, there’s also black and red to choose from. I’m so excited for fall and I can’t wait to wear my new boots!

About Last Night

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The sky belongs to the stars -Buddy Holly

I’m not an athletic person. I’ve never played on a sports team for softball, soccer, water polo or even Marco Polo for that matter. Yoga, Pilates, and ballet are more my thing; however, I’ve always admired the spirit of the team. Teams are great, you’ve got a whole group of people, all doing different things to achieve one common goal. Once that goal is achieved, everybody wins together.

Last night, I had a chance to be a part of a team. Not a sports team, but a team of another sort…

I attended the 69th annual Primetime Emmys as seat-filler. As a seat-filler, your goal is fairly simple: make sure the camera doesn’t catch any empty seats. It’s basically a game of musical chairs all night.

While us, seat-fillers were working as a team to fulfill one goal, we watched as so many other teams of directors, writers, actresses and actors, etc. achieved their own goals. Even if one person won, the entire team won. Not one person got on the stage to say, “I’d like to thank myself, because I’m the only one that made this possible.” It was a group effort. There’s no such thing as a one-person show at the Emmys.

Speaking of teams achieving their goals, three teams in particular had an exceptional night. The cast and staff of Veep, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Big Little Lies all took home multiple awards. Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale each took home a total of eight awards, while Veep won a whopping seventeen awards! It was a great night for women in television. Having the opportunity to attend the Emmys has by far been the highlight of my year. Seeing so many people’s hard work pay off is both inspiring and incredible. I literally got to see history unfold before my very eyes as Donald Glover aka “Childish Gambino” became the first African-American to win an Emmy for directing a comedy. Lena Waithe also made history as the first African-American to win for comedy writing.

So congratulations to all of the winners and best wishes on everyone’s future endeavors. Thanks to FIJI water for keeping everyone hydrated and L’Oreal for keeping all the ladies beautiful with complimentary lipstick and mascara in the bathrooms! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I look forward to returning next year.

Team work really does make the dream work.

 

Fenty Beauty

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Fenty Beauty was created for everyone: for women of all shades, personalities, attitudes, cultures, and races. I wanted everyone to feel included, that’s the reason I made this line. -Rihanna

I’m not a beauty guru. I don’t spend insane amounts of money on makeup. In fact, about 90% of my makeup comes from target (because I love that place!). So on Friday when I opened up an email from Sephora and saw that Rihanna had a makeup line, I was intrigued. I clicked the link to the store and saw that I could get a free mini makeover at any Sephora. So why not?

I tried the ProFilt’r primer as well as the ProFilt’r foundation. At this point I’ve pretty much had it on all day and I have no complaints. Its super comfortable on my face and isn’t heavy or cakey. Oh and by the way, her foundation comes in forty different colors! Thank God for the color matching experts at Sephora! I also tried the Killawatt freestyle highlighter and the gloss bomb. The highlighters are super pigmented and the gloss is moisturizing, and long lasting. Her prices are pretty awesome too, so I am definitely planning on making a purchase of all the products that I tried.

Rihanna continues to expand her repertoire by making her mark in the makeup world; not an easy feat, but she seems to be easing in just fine. I’m so proud of Rihanna and excited to see what she does with the line in the future.

Until next time…xoxo