The Magic Challenge | Day 23 | The Magical Air That You Breathe

Magic Practice Day 23

The Magic Challenge | Day 23 | The Magical Air You BreatheCount your blessings

  1. I am truly blessed to have faith because hope is the biggest motivator in life. Living without faith is dull and depressive. I need to know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel in which total happiness supervenes.
  1. I am so happy and grateful for curry because its one of my favorite cultural flavors–seasoning meats, legumes and seafood, curry is so delicious.
  1. I am truly grateful for Earth because it has been specially created and wonderfully designed to house us. From Oxygen and gravity to trees and water, every component of planet earth sustains life—sustains me.
  1. With all my heart, thank you for butterflies because they are beautiful creations that start out as not so attractive caterpillars but blossoms into magnificently painted creatures that spreads pollen as well as joy that warm weather is here.
  1. I am so thankful for my writing abilities because since I was young, I’ve had a way with words. Communicating was always my strength but putting those words to paper, in text form, is a great release. I can vent without the stress of needing another’s ears.
  1. Thank you so much for the basement because it belongs to Courtney, which means it belongs to us. It’s where we can retreat without invasion of privacy, annoyance or criticism of how WE live.
  1. I am truly blessed for nature because enjoying all of the creations we share the earth with as such a blessing. I’m so happy to see the coming of spring & summer again. It’s been so long since I’ve felt the sun kiss my skin and a bumblebee hover pass my ear.
  1. Thank you so much for exfoliator because getting rid of dead skin is a great way to show the true beauty of my skin and it feels so smooth afterwards.
  1. I am so grateful for blue skies because the color is so rich and beautiful and it means great weather.
  1. With all my heart, thank you for my smile because I look more beautiful with one than without. It also means I feel good within and nothing feels better than that.

THE MAGICAL AIR YOU BREATHE

The Magic Challenge | Day 23 | The Magical Air You Breathe

Have you ever taken time to think about your breath? The fact that there is air to breathe. Oxygen filling your lungs every few seconds without which it would only take us minutes to die. Well, today, we are going to appreciate that very sentiment. That the divine design of the universe has perfectly placed air for us so freely. That even our environment is set up so wonderfully that trees gives of as waste the very thing we need to survive and vice versa. How amazing is the creator!

Five times today, stop and think about the glorious air you breathe. Take five deliberate breaths and feel the feeling of the air air moving in and out of you.

After you have taken your five breaths, say the magical words: Thank you for the magical air that I breathe. Be as grateful as possible for the precious, life-giving air that you breathe.


 

The Magic Challenge | Day 7

Before bed, say thank you for the best thing that happened to you today while holding your Magic Stone.

Best,

–C Marie

How To | Fix Your Broken Powder Makeup

When it comes to practicality, I find myself to be very practical. Even economical. I like to fix, repair and patch what I can in the name of saving time and especially coins. So, when my favorite (I mean favorite) everyday blush broke, I had to do something to salvage my love.

C, just buy another one. Why go through all the hassle. For one, this favorite blush is DISCONTINUED (sobs uncontrollably). Its by Black Radiance and it was from their now discontinued Sheer Blush collection in the super beautiful and ultra flattering Soft Honey color. How to Fix Your Broken Makeup

It’s a wonderful matte toasted peach color that warms your skin with a kiss of color from its sheer but pigmented formula. It goes with ANY makeup look. From glam to casual, this blush is my favorite buy. I bought 3 of them. All three broke (smh). The first two, I said to hell with it and discarded after it got messy and messed up my dresser, makeup bag and anything else. Then, after realizing I cant buy this anywhere else again, even after searching eBay, I knew I had to fix the third one.

How to Fix Your Broken Makeup

This, this is Soft Honey. She’s on her death bed. But mama’s love is here to repair her.

Here’s whatcha do!

  • Take your broken powder cosmetic product and crush it to fine dust. Make sure no large chunks remain. Fine mill it.
  • Take isopropyl alcohol and mix with the milled powder until a paste is formed. Try to use only whats needed until a pasta can form. You don’t want it to take forever to dry.
  • Mix and smooth inside makeup container. Tap container on a hard surface so everything can settle and smooth.

How to Fix Your Broken Makeup

Does this change the formula of the makeup? NO! That’s the reason for using alcohol. It evaporates while it mends leaving just a cohesive back to new product. Texture is the same. Pigmentation is the same.

How to Fix Your Broken MakeupYou don’t even understand. I’m so happy to have my baby back in original form. Ready for my brush to swipe over her newly formed smoothness and onto my waiting cheekbones. Ahhh. Ain’t she a beauty.

So, before you throw out your perfectly good makeup for its shortcomings, fix it with a little alcohol. No hangovers included.

 

The Magic Challenge | Day 22 | Before Your Very Eyes

Magic Practice Day 22

The Magic Challenge | Day 22 | Before your very eyes

Count your blessings

  1. I am truly blessed to have my hooded dryer because its helpful for my deep conditioning treatments and speeding up my roller sets. Its lasted for over 7 years and still going which is amazing.
  1. I am so happy and grateful for my kidneys because they are healthy and fully functional in cleansing my insides.
  1. I am truly grateful for my gold hoops because simple gold hoops have been my favorite since sophomore year of high school and Tracy gave me these cute perfectly sized gold plated hoops (that don’t change) as a gift. I wear them with everything.
  1. With all my heart, thank you for my eyelashes because they protect my eyes from dust and dirt plus they are a lovely length to compliment my makeup looks.
  1. I am so thankful for my turbie twist because it helps protect my hair from humidity while my it’s straight and a quick go to for drying my hair.
  1. Thank you so much for straws because they are a fun convenient way to drink beverages much faster! I’m truly sad when I run out of straws to drink my smoothies and water.
  1. I am truly blessed for tax returns because it is a welcome chunk of money I receive to help out in my life.
  1. Thank you so much for my razor because I like to keep groomed and hair free so using my razor keeps unwanted fuzz at bay.
  1. I am so grateful for my scalp because it’s healthy, flake free and produces healthy sebum to coat my strands. It also sprouts healthy hair.
  1. With all my heart, thank you for my daddy because he was the first man I’ve ever loved and I was his baby. His shadow. His tail. I get my height, cheeks and eyes from him, which I embrace fully. Though I lost him in 2006, I never forget his bright smile and hearty laugh. My loving giant, I’m so proud to bear you your first grandson from your wash belly and I never question whether you are near. For your everlasting presence, I am grateful.

BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES

The Magic Challenge | Day 22 | Before your very eyes

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical, and more to whosoever will think of it.

THOMAS CARLYLE

No matter how big your desires may seem, you can receive them through gratitude. Even more, gratitude will bring you the utmost happiness and joy to your life you’ve never once felt before.

At the start of the day, take your Top Ten Desire List and read through each sentence and desire on your list. For one minute, imagine or visualize that you have recieved your desire. Feel as much gratitude as you can.

Carry your desire list with you and on at lest two occasions in the day, read your list and feel as much gratitude as you can.

I wrote my official list in my journal and I won’t share it online yet because it is pretty dear to me but as they happen, I will definitely share what I cross off my desire list. And as they come true, I will add more!


Magic Challenge | Day 14| Have a Magical Day

Before bed, say thank you for the best thing that happened to you today while holding your Magic Stone.

Best,

–C Marie

The Magic Challenge | Day 21 | Magnificent Outcomes

Magic Practice Day 21

The Magic Challenge | Day 21| Magnificent Outcomes

Count your blessings

  1. I am truly blessed to have family that cooks on Sundays because I didn’t and they have a lot to share. Plus, there’s nothing like some delicious Jamaican food.
  1. I am so happy and grateful for my Jamaican heritage because Jamaicans are such a proud set of people. They’re lively, spirited and determined. I’m so proud to be of Jamaican decent and be raided with West Indian values because I understand the struggle of not having it all handed to you. Plus, I took on a cool little accent and a love for dancehall music.
  1. I am truly grateful for memory cards because they hold all the information I record in a little chip.
  1. With all my heart, thank you for rollers because they allow me to stretch my hair without using heat and while maintaining moisture.
  1. I am so thankful for Virgin Mobile because I have a phone plan that’s right for me and get decent service all while paying $35 a month for unlimited data and text and 300 minutes of calling I barely use.
  1. Thank you so much for iPhone case because it does such an excellent job of protecting my phone from falls.
  1. I am truly blessed for soap because it cleans my skin, hair and clothes properly and it’s a little luxury I do not take for granted.
  1. Thank you so much for tutorials because I wouldn’t know most of the things I’m spreading information about if it weren’t for the creative before me.
  1. I am so grateful for my mom’s iPad because now she can search, play and watch what she wants from the comforts of her bed.
  1. With all my heart, thank you for moisturizers because they keep my skin smooth, soft and supple.

MAGNIFICENT OUTCOMES

The Magic Challenge | Day 21| Magnificent Outcomes

At the beginning of the day, choose 3 things that are important to you where you want Magnificent Outcomes.

List 3 things and write each one as though you are writing after it has happened: Thank you for the magnificent outcome to __________!

As the day progresses, choose 3 unexpected events that come up in your day where you can be grateful for a magnificent outcome. Each time, close your eyes and mentally say and feel: Thank you for the magnificent outcome to ____________!


 

Before bed, say thank you for the best thing that happened to you today while holding your Magic Stone.

Best,

–C Marie

The Magic Challenge | Day 20 | Heart Magic

Magic Practice Day 20

The Magic Challenge Day 20 Heart Magic

Count your blessings

  1. I am truly blessed to have my toes because they help balance my steps and I can feel sand between my toes.
  1. I am so happy and grateful for pharmacies because I can easily fulfill prescriptions for medications and get any cosmetics and convenience items I may need.
  1. I am truly grateful for the Sony Camcorder because it is good quality, light and handy plus the best part is its flip LCD screen so I can see exactly what I’m recording.
  1. With all my heart, thank you for waking up because being able to see a new day is such a gift. Especially, when the sun is bright and the sky is blue and you hear the birds chirping. It’s very exhilarating.
  1. I am so thankful for my blood cells because they are healthy and I provide them good nutrients to help my body work optimally.
  1. Thank you so much for my eyebrows because though sparse, they frame my face beautifully.
  1. I am truly blessed for sunglasses because they help protect my eyes from the sun’s glare and dust and dirt particles.
  1. Thank you so much for my headscarf because I can protect my hair at anytime to maintain the longevity of a style.
  1. I am so grateful for my enthusiasm because I’m so excited to keep bringing in new content for my followers, subscribers and readers and have a few videos in the editing room as well as plenty of ideas for new ones.
  1. With all my heart, thank you for my nipples because they are normal and will be feeding baby soon.

HEART MAGIC

I found this cutie on Pinterest.

I found this cutie on Pinterest.

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

JEAN -BAPTISTE MASSIEU

Today’s Heart Magic practice was created to powerfully increase the depths in which you feel gratitude because the aim of gratitude is to feel it as deeply as possible. Focusing on your heart as you feel gratitude has been proven to improve your health, especially your immune system.

Here’s how it goes:

  1. Focus your mind and attention on the area around your heart.
  2. Close your eyes, and while keeping your mind focused on the heart, mentally say the magic words, thank you.
  3. Take (or make) your Top Ten Desire List and practice Heart Magic by reading each desire, closing your eyes, focusing on your heart and slowly saying thank you, again.

The Magic Challenge Day 20 Heart Magic


 

Before bed, say thank you for the best thing that happened to you today while holding your Magic Stone.

Best,

–C Marie

 

The Magic Challenge | Day 19 | Magic Footsteps

Magic Practice Day 19 The Magic Challenge | Day 19 | Magic Footsteps

Count your blessings

  1. I am truly blessed to have my intestines because they absorb nutrients from what I eat and expel waste from my body.
  1. I am so happy and grateful for the dress I got from ASOS because its pretty, blue and girly and so comfortable to wear to my cousin’s wedding.
  1. I am truly grateful for cool moderate weather because soon we’ll all wish it were a bit cooler in the dead summer heat.
  1. With all my heart, thank you for AutoCorrect because the foolishness in vocabulary and grammar I would subject my readers to would be far worse and it really helps me understand syntax and punctuation much better.
  1. I am so thankful for my lungs because they’re fully functional, taking in full breaths of air without issue, filling my body with good old oxygen.
  1. Thank you so much for Facebook because I’m able to keep in contact with ALL my family and friends from any place in the world as well as stay up to date on current issues.
  1. I am truly blessed for fish and seafood because they provide essential omega 3’s and nutrients. Plus, it’s a lean tasty source of protein.
  1. Thank you so much for professors because they do an excellent job of teaching young adults what they need to know book wise and experience wise and I’m so grateful to my college professors for lending their knowledge so I can be successful in my life.
  1. I am so grateful for energy because for the first few months of my pregnancy, I had no energy and was sick as a dog but now, I’m so grateful for how good I feel and what I can now do that I do not take my energy for granted.
  1. With all my heart, thank you for colors because they make the world so pretty and magical. I love colors and study how they blend and their composition. Color makes the world come alive!

MAGIC FOOTSTEPS

Take one hundred Magic Footsteps in gratitude any time of the day.

With each footstep, say and feel the magic words, thank you.


Before bed, say thank you for the best thing that happened to you today while holding your Magic Stone.

Best,

–C Marie

*Sorry for the late post, however, I did complete this practice yesterday. The challenge is successfully and continuously practice these exercises for 28 days in a row. Its suggested if you are doing the challenge, please get the book, The Magic by Rhonda Byrne, so you won’t miss a day. I f you do, you’ll have to go back three days in practice exercises.

 

Polished: Neon Ruffian Manicure

Time to primp, polish and be pretty! A good manicure session is always a time to relax, unwind and get creative, and this time, I wanted a simple but chic mani that’s neutral with a pop! Hence, the cool neon ruffian manicure.

This style of manicure has been trending for a few years now combing color blocking colors to decorate your tips. Here are how other ladies are doing their ruffian manis:

Pretty right? So I had to give it a go!

I always start off by filing and painting my nails with a base coat. I used Sally Hansen Miracle Nail Thickener.

Then, I painted all my nails with a base coat of white. Because neon colors are so streaky, the white really makes the neon color pop.

Polished: Neon Ruffian Manicure

Then went over with two coats of a neon yellow polish. I used Q.R.S. nail lacquer in Lemon Spritz.

Polished: Neon Ruffian Manicure

I then took Sally Hansen’s Earl Grey and started a little before the cuticle so I’d have a nice amount of that neon showing and painted the tips. I applied 2 coats for max opacity.

And that’s all folks! Wait a bit for it to dry before you apply top coat so the colors don’t blend. I used my favorite Seche Vite fast dry top coat. Polished: Neon Ruffian Manicure

Polished: Neon Ruffian ManicurePlay with brights, prints and pastels which would be gorgeous for spring! Have fun and tell me what colors you’d use for your ruffian manicure!