It’s the end of January and, I’m curious, how are you all doing on your New Year Resolutions? Hopefully they’re going super well and you’ve even been able to cross some off already. ❀

I know ‘quit this and quit that’ is common on a lot of people’s lists and, within the past couple years, there are some things I’ve quit that I’m proud of! I would very much like to boast about them and possibly, help prove to YOU that quitting is possible. πŸ˜€

Here are My Top 5: Things I’m Happy I’ve Quit (in no particular order):

1. Going to Beauty Salons

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I used to go to the nail salon every two weeks or so and it was NOT cheap. I am not kidding when I say I used to spend a triple digit number (that I’m not willing to share) every visit. I would go all out, Jeffree Star style.

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My nail tech even messaged me on Yelp asking where I had been after I quit going… I would get gel on gel toe nails, my old nails removed every single time, and long ones that cost “extra,” and sometimes, I’d even add-on an eyebrow wax. If I didn’t, I’d make a second stop and get them threaded instead.

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Besides the cost, it was destroying my real nails! Removing the gel polish on my toes, with that drill thing, was severely thinning them out and they STILL haven’t fully healed. The tips are always chipping and there are horizontal white lines through both of my big toe nails… probably forever? 😦

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Also, since I had them peel off my fake finger nails every single time, they became like razor sharp, even thinner than paper! They have, thankfully, thickened and strengthened ever since but, my gosh. There was a point I thought they never would.

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And, my eyebrows… ugh, there’s not much else to say besides… “what was I thinking?” It’s taken forever to grow them out properly. You can see how thin they got in the photos I included for #3 (below), too.

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2. Using Eyelash Curlers

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My lashes were falling out at a scary fast rate while I was using eyelash curlers all the time. At first, I only quit curling them while I had mascara on (I know, crazy that I was *ever doing that, right?) then, I stopped using them altogether after discovering IT Cosmetics – Superhero Mascara. I realized the RIGHT mascara will do the curling for you. My lashes now fall out at a normal rate and look fuller than ever.

3. Mistreating My Hair

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My hair used to be disgusting. It was so heavy, flat, greasy and my dandruff was embarrassing. One day, I went for a haircut and my hairdresser was extremely disappointed… she was like, “this *could be so beautiful.”

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Of course, I was a little offended but, she ended up giving me some real life-saving advice. I was told NOT to shampoo and condition everyday! In fact, she actually told me my hair doesn’t need any conditioner at all.

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It took around a year for my hair to fully adapt but, now that it has, I only shampoo once a month with the world’s best shampoo: Alterna – CAVIAR Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo and on one other day of the month, I put in the most lovely leave-in conditioner: R+CO – Moisture and Shine Creme— that’s it! I never use any other hair products.

I do still get it wet everyday, I just don’t put anything in it anymore.

In the photos above, I don’t know if you can tell just how bad it was but, maybe you can tell how much it has improved by looking at the photos below.

It is now full, long, and voluminous!! ❀

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I ALSO quit brushing it while it was still wet– this has prevented me from so much breakage and split ends.

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I still stupidly straighten it 3-4 days a week but, I’m not perfect, okay? πŸ˜›

4. Smoking Cigarettes

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I was only 12 when I tried my first cigarette. It was one of my then-best friend’s mom’s “shorts” (a stubbed out, already smoked cigarette) from her ashtray but, I didn’t go back to them and get “hooked” until I was 14. By then, I always had my own pack on me.

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Funny thing is, I never really liked them. They always made my mouth dry and my stomach upset but, my lungs (and social status) were the ones that craved them so, I continued to smoke for years.

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Only now, in 2020, did I completely cut them out.

In 2018, I reduced it to 1-3 a day and ONLY while at work, so, on my off days that meant I was smoking 0! What an accomplishment thatΒ already was for me and, it’s honestly as far as I thought I could go.

Since this new DECADE hit, though, I haven’t puffed on a single one. Not at work, not when I get drunk, not when I’m nervous… just… NOT AT ALL!! πŸ˜€

5. Cutting Dairy, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and MSG Out of My Diet

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I won’t lie– I haven’t, 100%, STOPPED consuming these ingredients but, for the past 3-4 years, I’ve been VERY wary about how much I have of each. My body started feeling better right away and with time, it even started looking better.

Seriously, “cut these 3 ingredients out of your diet” is the #1 health and fitness tip I could ever give you.


What are some things you’re proud of quitting? Were they originally resolutions or did you just one day decide to quit them?

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68 thoughts on “My Top 5: Things I’m Happy I’ve Quit

  1. I wish my hair could get as long as yours! It’s been the same length for five years. It could be healthier, but I’m not willing to stop bleaching it (I don’t bleach the whole thing every time, just the roots).

    What would I like to quit? My job? Haha. I have a pretty sweet job, but it’s STILL A JOB. If I didn’t have a job, I could spend all that time time learning to do cool stuff like… a kickflip on a skateboard, or embroidery.

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    1. I’ve only ever dyed the tips of my hair three times in my life so that’s probably why it’s really healthy, too, but hey, do what makes you happy! I loved all the different colors you’ve had in your hair!

      & saaaaame, I would absolutely love to have NO job to do all the random cool stuff!

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  2. Wow you have made so many healthy changes – both in terms of physical and financial health! I am in awe that you only wash your hair once a month…. sadly I tried β€œtraining” my hair and it caused major scalp issues but I am trying to wash it only 2-3x a week as opposed to daily.

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  3. Your hairrrrrrrrrrrrrrr is so beautiful!!!! Looks so funny to see you with a cigarette in your hand. Very proud of you for all the things you’ve eliminated or cut back on in your life! You’ve got some mad will power!!!!

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  4. Wow this is so amazing!! πŸ™‚ I’m so happy for you girl! I’ve pretty much quit all these things too!

    I remember I picked up cigarettes for a while, first it was captain blacks then king du mauriers and then a vaping addiction ughhhhhh… I’m so glad I quit all of it. Vaping affected my lungs so badly. I too was an acrylic nail addict for a while in high school-SO PAINFUL because I was too cheap to pay to get them properly removed so I would just wait and pull them off myself….the horror.

    Your hair is SO BEAUTIFUL! I can’t wait till mine gets thick again, the last hairdresser I went to really thinned my hair out. 😦

    I love this post so much, congratulations on overcoming so much! much love xoβ™‘β™‘β™‘

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    1. Thank you, Jenni!!! ❀ I'm happy to hear you've also quit all these bad habits. πŸ™‚

      Cigs are the worst– I wish I had never picked a single one up. I have never heard of those ones that you smoked. I started with Turkish Royals & then became a strict Marlboro Reds only gal. πŸ˜› I think we have different brands in our countries, huh?? I never got into vaping nicotine!

      & acrylics are SO terrible for your real nails. I am glad we BOTH don't do those anymore. ❀

      THANK YOU! It was a long journey to get my hair to where it's at now! & I NEED to ask my hairdresser to thin it out now! Hope yours thickens up quickly. ❀

      Love ya, babe!!!! ❀

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  5. I love all these photos of you! Wow, that’s crazy that you stopped using hair products and your hair has gotten much better as a result. So it still feels clean after just washing it with plain water? Ugh, I’ve heard those fake nails can really destroy what’s underneath. My mom used to get them when I was a kid and she stopped cause her real nails got so weak.

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    1. Thank you, Erica!! ❀ My hair does still feel clean with just plain water, once it doesn't– that's when I know it's time for another shampoo!

      Ugh my nails were destroyed. My mom used to always get them too & she actually warned me not to get them so much once I started but of course, I didn't listen. πŸ˜›

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  6. You go Hunida!πŸ–€
    I love how this is so raw (not that your other posts aren’t) but there was something more about this one. I’ve decided to stop hiding my true interests or trying to throw hints of what I really like and want to share out there with the other stuff created to mainly please others interests. I also need to quit the inconsistency. But I’ve learned that it’s okay to take breaks to reflect and let go of outdated things. It happens even without planning for it. Sometimes life forces us to stop and sit back. So that’s something I’ll quit beating myself up about!✨

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    1. Thank you!!! ❀ That means so much that you felt this post was even more raw than the others– for some reason, it took me 3 days to fully complete.

      & I love that you've decided to quit hiding your true interests, it's going to make such a huge difference in your life. ❀ & absolutely quit beating yourself up, taking breaks is necessary!

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      1. Did you just get caught up with other things? Or maybe just a little hesitant about it? Or it could have been that you had to get all the older photos together for the post lol. And it’s already made a huge difference in the smallest of ways, so I can more than imagine.✨

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  7. Glad to see you’re happy with your choices and achievements!

    As for me, I’ve quit night eating. It wasn’t making me gain unwanted weight but I know it’s not good for the digestive system to eat so close to sleeping time, and it was probably an unhealthy emotional habit.

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  8. Congratulations on all of the things you have been able to quit! It’s so hard to stop doing something once it has become a habit. MSG is such a hard thing to cut out of your diet! I’m trying to do better in 2020 though.

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    1. Thank you so much, Hayley!! β™‘ Habits do really become hard to quit & MSG is a big cause of migraines for me– once I realized that, it was easier to cut it out, for sure. If it wasn’t doing me any harm, I’d probably never quit!

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  9. I loved reading this post and all the personal pictures that you included! That’s great that you’ve made so many positive changes! That’s funny how your nail tech messaged you to see what happened to you, but that’s so crazy of how it damaged your nails! I’ve never been to a nail salon and I’d worry about them saying something about how terrible my hands are, which my cuticles are a bit yikes, haha. I always love your nails and I am amazed at how long people can have them!

    That’s so neat how you only have to wash your hair once a month with shampoo, and you don’t even need conditioner daily — whatttt! I think I tried it once a few years ago and I can’t remember the results, but I guess it wasn’t as good as yours turned out since I still use it. But oh my gosh, my hair is such a tangled mess after showering and I’d be afraid to wait until it’s dry to brush.

    I tried using an eyelash curler when I used to wear mascara in my early makeup-wearing days, but I just wear eyeliner since you can hardly see my lashes anyway!

    Go you for making all these changes in your life! β™‘

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    1. Aw β™‘ thank you, Stephanie! I’m glad you enjoyed all these photos. It took awhile to make all these positive changes but, each one has been so worth quitting. 😊

      Lol, yeah, I think my nail tech thought I had found a different salon & was not happy. πŸ˜‚ It was SUPER damaging but, a simple mani, without fakes or gel, would help clean your cuticles right up. Who cares if they talk crap? At least you’re at the salon getting them fixed, right?! & thank you so much– it’s been a journey to get my nails to grow this long again so I try to take care of them best I can. β™‘

      My hair gradually got better & better when I stopped shampooing & conditioning but, I know it’s not the same for everyone! My hair is actually way more tangled when it’s wet, I think.

      Eyelash curlers are scary lol. I wish I never used them!

      Thank you so much for your support, Stephanie! β™‘β™‘β™‘

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      1. I would be hurt too if a regular customer left! Haha, thats so funny. You’ve got a point, and maybe I’ll have to go one to the salon one day and have my nails cleaned!

        I would’ve never known your nails were damaged by your nails because they look gorgeous! I’m definitely never using an eyelash curler again either!

        Always, Hunida! Thanks for sharing some memories too! ❦

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        1. Yesss!! Once your get your nails cleaned up at the salon, it will be easier to keep them that way at home. πŸ™‚ & thank you again, for the nail compliments, that means so much! I am definitely proud of how far they have come!

          ❀ ❀

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  10. What a great list of accomplishments you’ve made! Congratulations on all the habits you’ve stopped, especially smoking! I had a friend that was big on nail polish and even the task of changing colours every few days wore her nails thinned. Your hair looks so so beautiful now and I would never think you DID NOT put any products in your hair. How did you find kicking the habit of shampooing from a daily basis to once a month?

    Can’t applaud you enough to kicking these habits and thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you so much! ❀ That's so scary that even changing my polish every few days can wear them thin & the polish itself discolors your real nails, too. I can't give it up though, I love long painted nails too much!

      & ahh, that means so much that you think my hair is beautiful! I truly use no products (except the two I mentioned). My hair gradually got better & better as I stopped using shampoo & conditioner everyday! It was already so greasy all the time, there was no way it was going to get worse lol.

      Again, thank you so much!! ❀ ❀

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  11. I’m not doing resolutions this year lol. But I’m doing well on things I would like to accomplish this year lol. I’m not really gonna call them goals either, officially, it makes it sound more overwhelming at the moment so I’m choosing my words wisely lol

    Anyway…..

    I’ve only gone to the nail salon like once or twice in my life, didn’t like fake nails much lol. I love seeing gorgeous nail art on others though lol. Sucks that your nails were ruined but at least they have gotten better with time.

    Also, your eyebrows before don’t look so bad! I think mine were much thinner and also I overplucked so I’ve have a hard time growing them out. Still trying to strategically, I’m trying to shape them as they grow but I’ve already noticed some spots where my brow will no longer come in…oh well 😞 lol anyway this is getting away from me…

    I don’t use eyelash curlers either, at least not anymore. They don’t do much for my lashes anyway,. For me it doesn’t make a difference but yes, the right mascara will do the work for you.

    I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my hair, it’s honestly the most frustrating part of getting ready for me lmao. I’m thinking I’m gonna let it grow again and figure out if I can get away with washing it once a week but maybe not. I’ve tried for years and still cant make it happen lol. Dried shampoo only helps so much. 😀
    To be honest I’ve always had difficulty with my hair, it’s so fine it tangles easily, it also gets frizzy and the fact that its wavy doesnt help much lol. And all the baby hairs make it look so much worse haha ugh anyway, mission for 2020, figure out what to do with my hair lol.

    We’ve already talked about the cigarette thing and I’m so glad you quit for good!! So proud of you!!

    I started trying to cut dairy out of my diet like…idk almost 7 years ago? I started with milk, and over the last year I’ve found I can no longer tolerate so of course that has forced me to cut it out as much as possible. I’m proud to say that I also feel better. I do still consume it in small amounts like once a week or less, but generally, my daily diet doesnt consist of any dairy so yay!
    I have known about high fructose corn syrup for a few years now and usually stay away from it if I see it in something. I started with soda and now I dont even crave it lol. I drink water for the most part and I love it I cannot wait for the summer to infuse water with yummy fruits lol.

    I cannot think of things I’ve quit…I guess junk food? I’ve gone a whole year without it and I felt really good. When my anxiety and mild depression was at an all time high in December and majority of January, I did* go back to those habits but I’m proud to say I’ve minimized it again and I’m on my way to being junk food free again lol. I started exercising at the beginning of February too, so far so good.

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    1. I agree! Calling them resolutions or goals makes it sound way more overwhelming but, I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been doing well on the things you were hoping to accomplish. ❀

      My nails were so scary thin, they almost felt like another layer of skin… I'm glad I stopped when I did. My nail lady actually told me to take a break because one was bleeding & then I was like, maybe I should quit altogether lol.

      Ahh, I hated my face with the thinner eyebrows. My cheeks are too chubby not to have thick ones, I feel like. πŸ˜› & me too!! There are spots in my brows that are NOT coming back but, I keep my fingers crossed that they just need a little more time! I LOVE your brows though, they are perfect!!

      I'm glad I quit the eyelash curlers, they were doing much more harm than good.

      Dry shampoo makes my hair nasty AF! I've tried a couple & wanted to cry lol. Mine gets really tangly, too but, I would love to have a bit of curly hair like yours! How long is the longest you've grown it throughout your whole life?!

      ❀ ❀ Thank you, Rossy!!

      Ever since I was a kiddo milk made me throw up, I never liked the taste of it, either & chocolate always made me sick, too but I never knew why. I don't know how I didn't realize that dairy was the reason until like 4 years ago, I thought everyone got gassy from ice cream… LOL. I rarely eat it except for special desserts once in awhile now & my daily diet does not consist of it either! Yay us!!! πŸ˜€ ❀

      High fructose corn syrup is the DEVIL lol so hard to kick & so addicting once you slip a little. I never crave soda though, the real stuff is actually gross but I do like the cane sugar ones once in awhile. πŸ™‚

      It seems like a lot of restaurants have been starting to infuse the water with fruits & stuff lately. I like mine plain, to be honest!! πŸ˜›

      I always tell myself "junk food"/snacks are okay IF they don't have MSG or HFCS in them lol. πŸ˜› I don't know how true that is though.

      I still gotta check out that yoga girl you told me about!!

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      1. I posted a bucket list for the year on my new blog, so you’ll see everything i want to do haha
        oh man that really does sound awful! yay for healthy nails πŸ™‚
        lol really?? I feel like thicker eyebrows don’t look very on me because of the shape of my face xD and girl, I have to fill mine in XD
        have we talked about this before? LOL is your hair not wavy? I mean I know you straighten it and I love how it never looks flat. mine does T_T
        the longest my hair has been was……just as long as yours? when I was 15 that’s how long it used to be and then I cut it a bit, past my shoulders but still considered long….omg I should definitely do a hair journey post because I’ve cut my hair so many times and it has never been as long as it used to be when I was 15 because I always cave and chop it when it get really tangled LOL I really**** wanna let it grow though, no more cutting it for at least two years but idk if I can actually go that long without cutting it off again :X
        oooh gosh the cane sugar ones are delicious!!
        yeah plain water is great but during the summer I take advantage haha i’ve made a pineapple water one time and it was super delish! i guess I shouldn’t say “infused” since I don’t do that as often but we do try to make what they aguas frescas lol
        it’s possible that they’re healthier without those ingredients. i just can’t allow myself to eat them so often because then that snacking becomes a really really bad habit of mine lol. i’m doing really good so far πŸ™‚

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        1. Oh yay!! Can’t wait to see the bucket list!! 😁😁 & yes, my nails were scary lol. I think your face looks nice with thinner eyebrows– way better than mine did haha.

          When you came to Vegas, I straightened it the first time we met but not the other times lol. You prob cannot even tell the difference, I think really only I can… It just gets kinks from putting it behind my ears, y’know? πŸ˜›

          Oh my gosh, could you please do a hair journey post?!? I would LOVE to see all the styles, lengths, & colors you’ve been through. I’ve rarely ever change my hair up! It’s always been black & either short or long lol.

          Aguas frescas?! Gonna have to look that up lol

          & totally get what you mean! So proud of you babe! I don’t think I could ever cut snacking out of my life. 😭

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          1. lol thanks you’re too nice to me πŸ™‚
            ahh okay yeah, no I couldn’t really tell lol. if I put my hair behind my ears it gets really wavy even after straightening it, it sucks lol.
            I haven’t colored my hair much at all, the blue was the second time, bu I’ve been cutting it like no one’s business for years LOL. I have also noticed that my hair changed A LOT after pregnancy, and looking back recently at older photos of me when I was younger, I totally miss my hair. Perhaps I’m not putting enough effort into it but I should.
            The direct translation is “fresh waters” but that makes no fucking sense, so I call them “refreshing drinks” which I know makes no sense either haha. But they’re so easy to make.

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            1. Oh! I wonder if pregnancy does change your hair somehow?? Like messes with your hormones or something? I don’t know, could be lol.

              Okay so I just looked up agua frescas & there is a list of “6 different kinds” & the Hibiscus Flower Tea & Horchata are on there! I love both of those! & there’s this place in the Fashion Show Mall called Green Crush, they make/sell all kinds of them, too! Too cool that you make them yourself! I would love to know how!

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              1. It does. My hair looked amazing when I was pregnant and little to no fallout and once Ciel was born, my hair fell out a lot. My skin also looked really good, I suffered from really bad acne after he was born and I am literally barely getting control of it. Well it helps that now I know what products work for me lol.
                Yes hibiscus flower tea is so good but not everyone likes it and horchata is bomb but it does contain milk πŸ˜” I’m looking into making a dairy free recipe at home lol. I’ve tried pineapple water, watermelon I believe and homemade lemonade obviously but havent tried horchata because it takes a really long time and I cant find hibiscus flowers lol.
                And omg if I have time when we go to Vegas I wanna go to green crush. I’ll tell Alex about it and see if he wants to spend some time walking around the mall again lol

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                1. Ah that’s so crazy that your hair & skin were so different during & after the pregnancy. What were they like before?? Better or worse??

                  Mmm, boyfriend & I love the Hibiscus tea & the shop we get our horchata from says it is made out for rice milk so no dairy. 😁 I looked it up & it says that is how it is traditionally made, too? I could be wrong! Would love to see your recipe if you come up with one! & for your fruity ones, too. 😁

                  If I remember correctly, Alex actually pointed out Green Crush when we were going up the elevator! They add booze into any of them, too.

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                  1. I think before both my hair and skin were okay, but I noticed it got worse AFTER. I had so much acne, like way more than I ever had in my teen years, it was awful lol
                    Yeah some places do add milk to it, probably to make it more rich, because I know for a fact traditionally it is made dairy free. I really need to look into it I’ve been craving some
                    oh my goodness I must have completely missed it when he pointed it out then, sometimes my mind is so focused on Ciel lol

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  12. Oh wow! I’m so proud of you for doing all these and you inspired me to do some of these things too. Especially the one with the hair thing. It’s hard not to reach for shampoo and conditioner every freaking day.

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    1. Aw thank you so much, Jam. ❀ I'm so happy to be an inspiration to you! Seriously, my hair kept getting better & better the less shampoo & conditioner I used. Hope it helps you, too. πŸ™‚

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  13. Yaaaass girl! It looks like you’ve smashed it so far in 2020, especially with the quitting smoking – that’s fantastic! Your hair is also looking gorgeous too – wish mine was as full as that! Xx

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  14. Only shampooing your hair once a month?! Wow! My hair gets really flat and greasy if I go more than 2 days without it. Conditioning is definitely a necessity for me because I have dry hair from bleaching it.

    I refuse to go to nail salons. The price is ridiculous for the short time it lasts, and you have to keep going back and pay more if you want to keep up the maintenance. I just recently did my own nails by buying fake nails and glue and putting them on myself. I even got lots of compliments on them because they look the same as professionally done nails. I was always worried about them popping off, but so far so good. It’s only been 4 days though, but none have fallen off yet. The glue I bought had good reviews, with people saying it would keep your nails on from between one to two weeks, so we’ll see. I only spent $10 on the nails and $10 on the glue, so that’s a great price. Much cheaper than nail salons, and I even get multiple uses from them.

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    1. My hair is the opposite & gets flat & greasy if I shampoo or condition too often! I do wish I could condition everyday though because my hair isn’t the softest. πŸ˜”

      Yeah, I’m def done with nail salons for the rest of my life. The maintenance was way too much. Love that you’ve found some fakes that work for you! I’ve been just growing my real nails out. 😊

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    1. Thank you so much!! Oh my gosh, how much my hair has changed since I stopped with all the products. So glad to hear yours has improved, too. πŸ˜€ How long has it been since you stopped with conditioning? & again, thank you!! ❀

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