By Winnie Gaturu

I have a close friend, Janice, who always adds a piece of lemon to the water in her water bottle. I've always thought it looks pretty cool so in a bid to improve my water intake on a daily basis, I decided to add a piece of lemon to my water bottle too. After all, I've heard and read about the many benefits of lemons to our bodies. I found myself refilling my 16 ounce water bottle one or twice a day and was really proud of myself. Surprisingly, by the second day my lips, mouth and throat were feeling dry all the time and I started feeling dehydrated, so I  thought that the answer was to drink more lemon water. After two weeks of this, I decided to stop drinking lemon water in exchange for plain old water, and the dehydration was gone. Now we can agree that lemon water has a wide range of benefits. It is supposed to help digestion, boosts the immune system, and is even safe for kids, in a more diluted form, so what was I doing wrong?

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Initially, after that experience, I had sworn to myself not to drink lemon water ever again. It was only after talking to Janice and some of my other friends that I realized some of the mistakes I had made.
For starters, I would put a half-lemon piece in the water bottle which made it hard to monitor the concentration of lemon I was drinking. Since I weigh 150 pounds, I should squeeze a lemon to get 1/2 ounce of lemon juice and mix it with 8 to 12 ounces of water. Janice didn't have a problem since she would only put a thin slice of lemon not half of it like I did. Secondly, I'd drink and refill the bottle once or twice during the day. Apparently, drinking too much concentrated lemon water leads to dehydration. Janice doesn't refill her bottle once the water she left home with is over. So maybe that’s why our outcomes were different.

I also realized that lemon water has its share of disadvantages too, like heartburn, frequent urination, aggravated stomach ulcers, and tooth sensitivity caused by the citric acid that can lead to tooth erosion. To avoid this, simply swish clean water in your mouth once or twice after drinking lemon water.

Clearly, there was a lot I hadn’t considered before starting my lemon water journey. I am wiser now! I’ve learnt that there's a limit to the amount of lemon water I can take daily and some of the precautions I should take. Although I'm now sticking to drinking plain water, I'll go back to drinking at least a glass of lemon water every morning soon.

What do you think? Yay or Nay to lemon water?

Winnie Gaturu is a writer, tech lover, mom, wife and student from Nairobi, Kenya. During her free time, she loves trying out new recipes, diy projects, filling in crossword puzzles and spending time with her family. You can catch up with her on yourhairandbeautywrite.wordpress.com.
Back when the liquid lipstick craze appeared on the scene, I wanted in.  These colors were bold, had a high color payoff and looked great on women of color.  The first chance I got, I placed an order for a bunch of matte lipsticks from Colour Pop.

My first impression was that liquid lipsticks were phenomenal!  But, they had one drawback.  The final look was flat and left me with dry looking lips.  Soon thereafter, my liquid lipsticks were neglected for more hydrating options.  If only there was a way enjoy the bold look of matte lip color without the negative side effects.
As time when on,  I'm positive that beauty brands wised up and reformulated their products. But what about all the unused tubes currently collecting dust?

I think I've stumbled on a solution that turns my matte liquid lipsticks into ultra hydrating formulas.

The idea stems from a product that's been floating around on Instagram. It's a "dry oil" meant to be applied prior to makeup application for a dewy base.

Here's a glimpse


I wanted to learn more so I checked out their product description online.   You can imagine how excited I was to learn that I already had access to their main ingredient (rosehip oil).  But the kicker happened when I scanned the usage instructions and saw the recommendation to apply a couple drops to the lips before applying lipstick.

Immediately, the imaginary lightbulb above my head turned on.  I rushed over to my stash of beauty products and searched for those long lost liquid lipsticks.  But, instead of reaching for rosehip, I decided to try something different.  I keep my trusty bottle of squalane oil front and center because this product can do no wrong.  I'm honestly going to purchase a larger quantity so I can cover every square inch of my body in this universal moisturizer.

But I digress...

The experiment began with me swiping a tiny bit of squalane oil on my lips.  I pressed them together to allow the nourishing goodness to better penetrate.  Then came the big moment. I grabbed a tube of Color Pop's TooLips and prayed for the best.  The color glided on wonderfully.  There was no compromise in the color payoff.  My lips looked great!

**I added less oil than you see in the video**

Best of all, they felt ah-may-zing!  So hydrated and so soft.  And it didn't look like I was wearing oil underneath my lipstick.  The final outcome looked natural, not too glossy, not too matte.  It was perfect.  I'll be honest with you,  I probably gave up some of the long-lasting qualities of the original formula for this boost of hydration, but I don't care.  It's better than rocking dry painted lips all day.

I can always play around with using less oil. A little goes a long way.  And, did I mention how thankful I was for the reminder to incorporate natural oils into my winter makeup routine.  How could I forget that?! Instead of spending $40.00 on an illuminating foundation, why not make your own?




Black Girl In The Rok Niesha Davis
Ever thought about living abroad, but for some reason you keep talking yourself out of it? I don't speak the language, I won't know anyone, I'm too old, too young, yada, yada, yada...well, while you're thinking about it there are Sisters moving abroad every single day. Former ESL teacher-turned-magazine-editor Niesha Davis is one such woman. Listening to why she moved abroad might inspire you to go ahead and take the leap; if not, just follow her youtube channel as she hips us to her many adventures from the Chinese dating scene to apartment hunting, getting her natural hair done and more!

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Black Girl In The Rok Niesha Davis
Ever thought about living abroad, but for some reason you keep talking yourself out of it? I don't speak the language, I won't know anyone, I'm too old, too young, yada, yada, yada...well, while you're thinking about it there are Sisters moving abroad every single day. Former ESL teacher-turned-magazine-editor Niesha Davis is one such woman. Listening to why she moved abroad might inspire you to go ahead and take the leap; if not, just follow her youtube channel as she hips us to her many adventures from the Chinese dating scene to apartment hunting, getting her natural hair done and more!

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