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My 1st Giveaway: Self Care Prize Pack

Hey Queens!

So this is a #latenight giveaway. However, I’ve decided to show you all my appreciation for your support by doing my first giveaway!!! I truly hope you all enjoy the prizes and I can’t wait to do more giveaways! Giveaway ends at 11:59PM EST Sunday, July 15, 2018 (Open to U.S. only)(GIVEAWAY CLOSED! WINNER: KELLY W. FROM WI)

You can enter below through Gleam.

The prizes include:

• Victoria’s Secret Pink “You’re My Blueberry Jam” sheet mask

• Victoria’s Secret Pink “Namaste Cool & Calm With Aloe” Sheet Mask

•Eva NYC “Freshen Up Dry Shampoo”

•Eva NYC “Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner”

•Eva NYC “Therapy Session Hair Mask”

•Aldo Gold Snake Earrings

•Sephora “Instant moisture cream” (hyaluronic acid booster)

•NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream “Monte Carlo” (red)

Head over to the link below to enter:

https://gleam.io/tLinv/1st-giveaway-selfcare-prize-pack

MightNest Subscription: Bee’s Wrap Review

I’m so excited to share my latest subscription with you, not to mention the first product that I received. But, first I want to tell you all just a little about MightyNest. They offer you one “green” or eco friendly product a month for $10. This item is can range from safe plant-based cleaning products to safe skincare items that do not include synthetic chemicals. You are however able to add other products to your cart 🛒, and all of your items will ship for free! Not to mention that your first item will ship for only $3 if you use code “INVITE7” at checkout (MightyNest.com)
I’m super excited to have discovered this subscription because I truly believe that it’ll help me feel like I’m not only helping the environment , but also helping my household to be environmentally aware.
So the product that I received was “Bee’s Wrap”, which is reusable and an alternative to using plastic wrap. The package came with one large 13″X14″ wrap and a medium sized wrap as well. I must say I enjoy using this product. The wrap is a little sticky at first, but once you wash it, of course it wears off a bit. This product is made with beeswax, organic cloth, tree resin, and organic jojoba oil. However, it is not recommended to use for meat. This product is definitely a way to keep our food fresh in a natural way, I couldn’t beat that. I’ve shared some photos below! I definitely recommend checking out this subscription for only $10/month. If you have tried MightyNest subscription or would like to, please feel free to leave your comments below.

The Humiliation of Black Women Through Reality Tv: Basketball Wives

I’m going to discuss how the show Basketball Wives is showcasing black women in such a negative light. More positivity is necessary for this show
I’m going to discuss how the show Basketball Wives is showcasing black women in such a negative light. More positivity is necessary for this show

Hey Queens !

So let me start off by saying, PATHETIC! I am so disappointed in the direction this season has gone so far. Through the constant petty fights and arguments, to the bashing of other women, where has the substance gone? For women who are supposed to serve as a platform representing black women, it truly disgusts me to have this type of show representing the black culture.

Instead of speaking on their business ventures and ideas or taking fun trips that showcase the fun times that women can have together, this show is just highlighting issues that high schooler go through and I’m over it.

The only people that I like this season are Tami, Jackie, O.G. and Cece. I’m going to briefly pinpoint the reasons why I like these women:

Tami: She has her days where she can be a little petty, but she always keeps it real and stands her ground. I’m also happy that she’s starting a new chapter in her life and she’s preparing to get married and live happily with a man that she loves.

Jackie: Now I know most people don’t like Jackie because she’s eccentric. However, I’m very proud that she’s going to counseling this season and dealing with her personal issues. She has also been staying out of the drama lately. Not only that, I admire how open and free she is and although everyone may not like that about her, I feel that the world needs people like her.

O.G.: She is very sweet, but if you come for her she will come for you. I feel that this group of women typically attacks the newbies, but O.G. Isn’t having it and I love that about her.

Cece: She is such a sweet woman, and I can tell she genuinely wanted to have positive friendships with these ladies, but from the beginning, some women were attacking her character and being childish. I respect her for knowing how to walk away and knowing what is beneath her.

Now onto all of the ladies that I don’t too much care for and why:

Evelyn: I have no respect for this woman. She’s rude, she throws shade, she can’t give a complement, she thinks she’s better than everyone, she always try’s to play the victim, and all she does is talk about the other cast members, aside from Shaunie. This woman is the type to pinpoint why everyone else is wrong in a situation and not be able to own up to her mistakes. She also plays this “mean girl” and it really isn’t a good look in my eyes. Some of you may know that she starred on Iyanla Vanzant “Fix My Life” and I assumed that this would help her become a better woman. However, it just seems like when she’s around this group of women, she just becomes a very hateful person that I just can’t stand or respect.

Shaunie: I used to love Shaunie, until I witnessed how much she jumps on the “Evelyn Lozada” bandwagon. It just seems like in her eyes, Evelyn does no wrong and it’s really sad. She also has mean girl tendencies, so for those reasons I’m just not much of a fan of hers anymore.

Malaysia & Kristen: I pretty much don’t like them for the same reasons. They all of a sudden want to jump on the Evelyn bandwagon as well. They seem to want to fit in with these ladies so bad that they would turn against Cece, who’s supposed to be like their family. I have no respect for these two because they’ve let her get attacked by these women on many occasions and for them to continuously blame Cece, or try to get Cece to stoop to their level, I don’t respect it.

Jen: I don’t respect Jen, simply because she has let Evelyn take her down to the lowest level she could possibly go and befriended her AGAIN. Not only that, she has been the center of so much drama this season, she has been Evelyn’s minion, and she doesn’t have a voice until Evelyn is around. I respect her for admitting to her starting the rumor about Evelyn sleeping with Shaunie’s ex. However, she went to great lengths to hurt this woman because of how she made you feel about yourself and you allowed yourself to become friends with her again . I’m not saying that we all don’t make these types of mistakes, but for these women to be in their 40s I just can’t respect it.

At the ages that these women are, they should be elevating and trying to do better rather than partake in so much drama. They are some of the only representation that black women have on television and I feel that they are wasting this platform. Of course it wouldn’t be good reality tv without a little bit of pettiness, but the amount of irrelevant mess that this show has broadcasted is seriously sad and ridiculous.

This show should definitely do a better job of representing black women and should focus on the great things that black women are doing with their lives, from their businesses to the way they take care of their families. I’m sad to say that I’m over this show and unless more positivity is incorporated into the show, there’s a strong chance that I won’t be tuning in anymore.

If you watch Basketball Wives, please leave your comments below. Even if you don’t, leave your opinions on the topic. I would love to hear what you all think.

My Current Me-Time Essentials

Hey Queens!

So today I wanted to share some things that are super important for my self-care or “me-time”. Some items are newer , but they’ve definitely become apart of my daily routine. So let’s get to it!

Bath bombs– these are the cutest things ever. They literally make your bath-time fun! Not only that some of them are made with really great ingredients for your skin and can make your bath water a different color.

Victoria’s Secret Pink Charcoal Scrub– now I’ve used other charcoal scrubs and this one definitely doesn’t disappoint. Scrubs are amazing to give your skin that extra care that it needs.

•Victoria’s Secret Pink Siren Soak Bath Salt- This is one of the best bath salts that I’ve ran into thus far. It smells amazing and the scent lasts on your skin for a while.

Queen Helene’s Cocoa Butter Stick This is awesome after a bath, you run it on your skin in areas with stretch marks to help the decrease the visibility of them.

Victoria’s Secret Pink Mud Mask-Nothing better than using a good mask to get your skin together and it’s a great tool for relaxation.

Candles– I absolutely love candles. Whether I grab them from Dollar Tree or Walmart, it is a must that I light them during my relaxation time. They smell wonderful and set the mood.

Essence Magazine– this is my favorite magazine to read, so of course I like to read it when I have down time. It’s always great to see what other black women are accomplishing in the world, it’s so inspiring.

Dermasil Cocoa Butter– this is essential because this is what I run on my skin after a bath. It smells awesome and is super soft on my skin.

Victoria’s Secret Satin Gloss-Nothing better then ending your me-time by applying a super smooth gloss that smells amazing.

Journal– a good self-care day should always be followed by a journal entry. Journaling is one of the best way to relieve stress, express your feelings, and to reflect on your day.

If you have some great essentials you turn to during your self-care time, please feel free to share them below.

Later Queens!

Small Fashion Haul!

Hey Queens!

Check out my mini fashion haul below! The items featured were from sales that were held at Charming Charlie’s , Victoria’s Secret, and Old Navy. If you have any questions about any products shown or just want to comment on any items shown, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below. This is my first mini fashion haul and I’m excited to do more, so please let me know what you all think.

P.S if you’d like to see the quick video, follow me on Snapchat @MyBrightIdeas , I had difficulties uploading the video, so I decided to break down the prices and details of everything below.

(Charming Charlie’s deals were already marked down, but you received an additional 50% off, so when I say “original price” I’m referring to the initial markdown price)

First are these two Victoria’s Secret undies , which were both apart of the $3.99 and up deal. The colorful pair (Victoria’s Secret Pink) were actually $3.99, but the gray pair (Victoria’s Secret) were actually $6 or $7.

I believe this bag was originally $18 so I got it half off which would be $9 from Charming Charlie’s

Both of these stylish drinking accessories were half off as well, “Nap Queen” cup was originally $8 so it was $4 at check out and the “Everyday I’m Hustlin” cup was originally $10 which made it $5 at checkout. These both were from Charming Charlie’s.

I was super excited to run into these awesome Victoria’s Secret Pink beauty deals. They had many sales going on, but each of these were $3.99 each. I love good self care items!

These handbags were half off as well at Charming Charlie’s. The first black bag was originally $20, so it was $10 at checkout. The second black bag was originally $18, which made it $9 at checkout.

I apologize for the side handbag photo. However as you can see the handbag was marked at $18, which made it $9 at checkout. He wallet was marked at $12, which made it $6 at checkout.

All of these Victoria’s Secret Pink self care items were $0.99, besides the Satin gloss (Victoria’s Secret), which was $6.

Old Navy flip flops $2 each (sale price)

Pack of 3 socks originally $4, at checkout $2. Stylish notebook marked at $6, $3 at checkout. (Charming Charlie’s)

Cute little slippers from Charming Charlie’s, marked at $5, $2.50 at checkout.

10 for $5 face masks at Victoria’s Secret Pink

Sundress $9 at Forever 21 and the leggings were $3.50

Black sundress $12.50 at Forever 21

Sundress $12.50 at Forever 21

This shirt was marked at $16, so it became $8 at Charming Charlie’s at checkout.

$6 at Old Navy

$6 at Old Navy

Sundress $12.50 at Forever 21

Top was $4 at Old Navy

Marked at $10, so it became $5 at checkout. (Charming Charlie’s)

Foaming Body Scrub $2.97 at Old Navy

I can’t forget my adorable slippers that I got from Charming Charlie’s these were marked at $8 or $6 , I can’t exactly remember but these were half off as well at Charming Charlie’s.

My Charming Charlie’s purchase also received $20 off of $75, so that made my deals even greater. I hope you enjoyed these cool deals I’ve found. Please let me know your thoughts below, and feel free to share any cool deals you’ve run into lately.

Later Queens!

Let’s Get To Know Our New Guest Blogger! Queen Vanessa!

Hey Queens! So I’m super excited to introduce a queen who will be working closely with TogetherQueens as a guest blogger. I’m super excited for you all to get to know her and for you all to see what topics she has in store for you all. So without further delay, please read below for some really cool Q&A with my girl, Vanessa.

Q: So first off tell everyone a little about yourself (maybe give a few facts like name, age, where you’re from to make a decent intro.

A: 22. From Maryland, in Atlanta. Vanessa. I’m a Capricorn, and that’s all I got. I’m a Capricorn to like the T – emphasis on the fact that it’s capital! So if you read about one, yup DAS ME. I’ve always been so bad at telling people about myself when they say “so tell me about yourself” – I’m just like ask me questions instead. *laughs*

Q: What interested you in becoming a guest blogger for TogetherQueens?

A: Just following you, Charnel! Seeing that you have a vision and wanna grow, and something told me that you needed genuine hands just like I do. It presented itself as mutually beneficial for the both of us, so I didn’t hesitate to reach out. Blogs are also an interest of mine, just not something I feel like I can personally manage so being able to just be an addition to yours and help you grow is perfect.

Q: What are some of the topics that you plan on discussing on TogetherQueens?

A: I’m honestly scared to even start actually writing for TogetherQueens. Look, I’m all over the place with my thoughts – I feel like they sound better in my head than in words or whatever *laughs*. But seriously, the first three topics that come to my head are:

– health and fitness, for sure. Hastag fueled by Herbalife.

(official IG hashtag: #FueledbyHerbalife)

– money management and financial tips. This is a huge umbrella because there’s cashback apps, additional sources of income, side hustles, hell – even just budgeting ya money right! I may need to break it up so people will actually read everything I have to say about it *laughs*. Because seriously, it’s like real deal spill! I’ve had a lot of my friends ask me how I “move” the way I do at my age, but I quickly caught on to the fact that being “broke” didn’t feel good especially when I had too many opportunities not to be.

– Then also, furthering your education as a woman and what I’ve learned in “corporate” America so far.

Q: Now on to some fun topics, what is your favorite social media platform and what are 3 things you like about it?

A: I guess, Instagram. Snapchat would’ve been good competition, but it got wack when it got complicated. So Instagram because although we joke about em, don’t we all love the Instagram famous girls? And then just the fact that people all over are just sharing great pictures, and you’re connected to people everywhere.

(Vanessa’s Instagram: @elleestbelle_)

Q: What is your favorite type of music and who’s  your favorite artist

A: Favorites are way too hard when there’s so much good shit – excuse me! Lol but to throw out some random ones, um…H.E.R, Travis Scott, Drake came to my head first. But don’t get too deep with me on music. I’ll admit that I don’t keep up enough, and I’m probably not aaas hip as most!

Q: Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert and why?

A: Definitely a serving of Half & Half on this one! I like to use the “introverted extrovert” one to classify myself because I’m very reserved and in my own world, but the people I’m closest to would describe me totally opposite of that *laughs*. They’d probably use such good words like exuberant, lively, fun and whatever, and I’m just like “Yeah, ya know, I’m just regular and lonely” *laughs*. I guess it’s just that everybody doesn’t get that same side of me because I just kind of let my body guide my interactions. If it feels right, “heyyyy friend!” If it doesn’t, it just doesn’t, and that’s cool, too. It’s seriously just a mix but also heavily influenced by how comfortable that person makes me feel.

Q: Who inspires you most and why?

A: Ahh…my parents, Lisa Nichols, my mentor – typical reasons. Their mind is a temple that allowed them to overcome so much and put themselves in a position to live a life worth living. And that’s the real dream.

Q: What are three things you’d tell your 18 year old self?

A: Nothing, actually. I enjoyed how I let myself grow. Maybe I should’ve spent a little less money and skipped a few less classes *laughs*

Q: What message do you want to send to world?

A: What’s inside of you is what radiates out of you. Put good food in your body, and a little less of junk. Think positive thoughts so that you act from a positive place. Be calm and kind in your heart so that you live in that energy! Like really, just realize you really are what you put out. And don’t ignore that. Don’t limit yourself not realizing the power that you have.

Q: What is your astrological sign? 

A: I guess I already said this, didn’t know this question was coming. I’m a Capricorn. And everybody knows how obsessed I am with zodiac signs; I believe in the compatibilities and all that.

Q: Paris or Puerto Rico?

A: I went to Paris when I was a super baby like 3 or 4, so I don’t remember it at all. But if I could choose today, Paris – Puerto Rico is messed up right now realistically anyway.

Q: Beyoncé or Rihanna?

A: Ah, please don’t kill me BeyHive, but lately I’ve been more into Rihanna than Beyonce.

Q: Tacos or fried chicken?

A: In any life, CHICKEN ME. But at this moment, shrimp tacos would be good.

Q: What’s a fashion hack that you wish everyone knew?

A: This may not really be a fashion hack. I can’t think of any of those, but one thing is every girl should really go read up the RIGHT way to wear a bra. I saw an article about it on the discovery page for Snapchat a while ago and was shook!

(link: https://www.today.com/style/thirdlove-explains-how-put-bra-correctly-tag-t117621)

Q: What’s a makeup hack that you wish everyone knew? 

A: Ooh I wish I even knew how to put on real makeup. I’m like your simple, hastag no makeup on the daily girl. If I ever have a full face or even half of one, believe I probably paid for it, sadly *laughs*. Lipstick or lipgloss, mascara or lash extensions and a good skincare routine is all I keep up with.

Q: What are 3 of your favorite hobbies?

A: Working out FOR SURE. Whether it be at the gym, on a walk with my dog, yoga, training, whatever – just anything physical that is active for me I’m usually doing or into. Um reading, a lot. I’m actually on a goal to read 100 books in 2018. Wish me luck! I’m only on book number 3 because I got stuck on one that’s really boring *laughs*. Then I guess, it’s expected – shopping, and not always just for clothes but house decor, groceries, pet toys, and everything else. I have fun cause I’m always following a deal.

Q: So I know you’ve mentioned Herbalife, tell us a little bit about the brand and why it’s important to you.

A: In a nutshell, Herbalife is one of the top nutrition companies – I actually didn’t always know this, I recently found it – but they’re one of the top nutrition companies out making products that focus on weight and health management. So it’s popularly used to lose weight and maintain an active lifestyle! But a lot of people don’t realize that it helps people gain weight, control their diets to help with their medical issues and so much more like it’s just a total package. It’s important to me because I found it when I was frustrated with how I looked and basically didn’t even feel like myself. But I couldn’t get the recipe right! Like whatever I was doing was working but not enough, and I really wanted to transform how I felt inside and out. It’s become my business, so I have a whole different attachment to it now *laughs*.

Q: What difference has Herbalife made in your life and why do you think others should try it?

A: Being a Herbalife distributor has, first of all, helped me make some great money on the side, and that’s always a blessing. I get to travel, meet people from all over, change lives, and work with a fabulous group of coaches, as well, so I really appreciate myself for going for it. Otherwise, the whole health change has changed the way I feel and see myself, and I’m like crazy happy and always feeling myself like it’s Nicki Minaj and Beyonce song, so it’s cool!

(contact Vanessa for wellness evaluations via Instagram: elleestbelle_ or via email: sunshineverrier@yahoo.com)

Q: so lastly, where can our audience connect with you?

A: Instagram: elleestbelle_

Snapchat: sunshinevan

Facebook: Vanessa Verrier

Email: sunshineverrier@yahoo.com

I want to thank our special guest, Vanessa for stopping by and giving some cool facts about herself. I’m sure you all will enjoy her time with us and I know she’ll bring great content to the table for you all. So please stay tuned because this queen has some great things in store for you all!

Later Queens!