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I know that I am not the only one that is struggling with getting into the holiday spirit. I’ve seen so many Christmas lights since Halloween, but I guess I haven’t felt the vibes of the Christmas angel. One thing that I know for sure is 2017 moved faster than Usain Bolt.  I swear I was just watching the 2017 count down in New York City, like it was yesterday. I am quickly realizing that as I get older, time seems to move faster. I love Christmas time because my birthday is 2 days before Christmas. For me, that means double presents and since my parents are divorced, their partners always tend to slide in an extra gift for me. This year I will be turning 23 years old on the 23rd of December. This year is my golden year, so I know I am supposed to shine everyday of 2018. I have so much to be excited about this holiday season but I guess I need some more help. My Mom used to do these 4 things to jumpstart the holidays so I think I need to start them up again:

1) LISTEN TO THE JACKSON 5 CHRISTMAS ALBUM 

My favorite thing to do is listen to Christmas music, even when it’s not Christmas. There is nothing like hearing little Michael Jackson sing ” Santa Clause is coming to town”. His voice was so perfect and infectious that the holiday bug has to bite you when you listen to this album.

2) EAT PANETTONE: THE ITALIAN CHRISTMAS CAKE

I’ve always loved Panettone Christmas cake ever since I was a little girl. I love bread and I love raisins, so to have a cake that kills two birds with one stone is a great feeling. The texture is fluffy and easy to pull apart. The smell is sweet, zesty and fruity. Lastly,  it can be purchased in your local grocery in a red box or SOMETIMES it is sold in Staples.

3) MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE

Gingerbread cookies and houses are always a classic. If you’ve got some little ones in your household or family, it’s time to pull out the frosting and cookie cutters. When I used to make gingerbread houses with my mother, she always told me the importance of having and owning your own home. I feel like building a gingerbread house is a great way for children to learn about what they might want in their own home one day. Once you’re done and the children have gone to bed, you can eat it and throw it back with some spiked eggnog or rum punch.

4) DRINK JAMAICAN SORREL

Being a Jamerican, I’ve always celebrated my holidays with a glass of sorrel. It is a hibiscus drink that tastes great with white Jamaican rum. It has a sweet and savory taste that is divine. If you’re looking for a holiday drink that isn’t eggnog or a mixed cocktail, I suggest trying out some sorrel.


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Lashes and Eyebrows done by May at Luxurious Lashes in New York.

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Finding the proper person to install your lash extensions and do your eyebrows can be very challenging. When women get their eyebrows and lashes done, it must be PERFECT! There is no room for error and for someone like me who is very particular about the thickness of my eyebrows, I don’t let any random person lay their hands on me. I moved to New York in October and I haven’t found the right person to shape up my eyebrows and install perfect lashes, until NOW! Last week I had the pleasure of taking the train to West Hempstead, Long Island (30 mins from NYC), and getting my lashes and eyebrows done by the one and only May, owner of  Luxurious Lashes.

When I arrived in West Hempstead, May was so kind enough to pick me up from the train station (it was a SUPER snowy day) to escort me to her salon. I truly was shocked and thankful at her kind gesture. I was greeted into the salon by one of her assistants, who took my coat and gave me the most delicious cup of tea ever! May made sure that I was comfortable and relaxed because getting your lashes done is very tedious and time consuming. May made sure she informed me about having lash extensions, prior to the installation, which I really appreciated.  She gave me 3 tips to know when having individual lashes:

3 TIPS TO KNOW WHEN HAVING INDIVIDUAL LASHES:

  1. Make sure that your aesthetician knows how to apply the style of lashes that will enhance your eye shape.
  2. When you wear eye makeup with your lashes, make sure that you remove the makeup with a WATER BASE makeup remover
  3. Make sure to brush your lashes everyday with a spoolie brush so they don’t get tangled. (May will give you a free spoolie brush after your appointment)

Example of a spoolie brush:

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After an hour and half, my lashes were done and they looked FLAWLESS! I was almost in tears because May really knew how to create a lash structure that enhanced my eye shape. I was truly over joyed and I felt beautiful. The best thing about May and Luxurious Lashes is that she and her team know how to make you feel comfortable and treat you feel like a QUEEN. May is a licensed aesthetician, so she was able to wax my eyebrows as well. She cleaned up my eyebrows so that they stayed thick and didn’t look sparse. If you want more than your lashes and eyebrows done, Luxurious Lashes is the perfect place because they also do nails, micro blading, waxing, spray tanning, and makeup. Luxurious Lashes is your ONE STOP SHOP! You can get everything done at one place and still save time.

Make sure to follow May’s business Instagram @LuxuriousLashesli

Here are my results that I was VERY satisfied with

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