So This Happened…

What?

No… it’s not permanent. Yes, it’ll be black. I got Jagua tattoos, to celebrate my anniversary (10 years)! I learned about Jagua quite by accident; I was looking for a henna tattoo artist to doodle some lovely stuff on me, and stumbled onto a website called Beauty Marks Henna run by Erynne… the nicest person you will ever meet.FullSizeRender1_zpswclf1cmc

Erynne was the third person I’d contacted for the service. The first one was RUDE… RUDE!!! Tells me not to book at the last minute (I contacted her a week prior) and that she only does ‘henna on  hands.’ M’kay… way to solidify your reputation! I went to check her out on Yelp… turns out she’s rude to everyone, and charges three times more than Erynne. As if that’s not enough, she doesn’t do what you ask of her… instead opting for her own interpretations and often joking that she’s not ‘feeling creative.’ Okay girl.

But enough about the harpy…

Erynne showed up to my home on time, and literally took 2 hours (TO THE MINUTE) to prep her product, apply it, and FullSizeRender_zpsjqozjenrleave me with specific instructions on how to take care of it. I had to shower and use aloe to moisturize (so the Jagua wouldn’t be hindered by something like a lotion or a balm). After Erynne left, I had to sit perfectly still (don’t smear the jaqua!) for two hours while it set. I passed the time by watching a movie with hubby. Then I washed off the jagua with warm soapy water. Initially, NOTHING shows up. But Erynne warns you about this. After 12 to 24 hours, the tint reaches its peak. As I type this, I’m at 8 hours. It’s a dark grey color, like a real tattoo that maybe only had a pass or two.

I gave Erynne a picture of a lotus to work from, and told her I wanted barbs coming from the lotus and scrolling about. She did a PHENOMENAL JOB. And she’s super fast! I got the jagua on the backs of my calves, inside of my forearms, and on my upper back… across my shoulders… and to my chest.

I LOVE IT!finaltattoo

You can preserve jagua by using heavy creams or balms (Did someone say Habibi?). Erynne even wants to check out the balms to recommend to her clients. Win/Win! I’m too happy with these tattoos. Even hubby is eyeing them like maybe he wants to try one.

The couple who plays together…

❤ ❤ ❤

So about the time I OVERDOSED…

…on B-Complex!

Did you know that too much of that stuff causes massive amounts of cystic acne? Yeah, neither did I. So this girl, who fought ALL HER LIFE for clear skin… and finally got it… effed it up with too much B-Complex!

cryingemojiFML.

It all started with a juice cleanse. I was too lazy to do it myself, so I bought a cleanse from the local Pressed Juicery. While I’m waiting for them to put everything together, I see these little bottles of ‘drops’ off to the side. Antioxidant, Immunity, Weight Control… and B-COMPLEX. I make a beeline for the B-Complex because, you know, healthy! I immediately start popping a drop under my tongue first thing in the morning. The taste reminds me of childhood… bee pollen… orange juice… my Mom… just good stuff. Then I start taking it in the morning and the evening. Love the taste. Love the feeling.

quasimodo charles laughton 1939Then about a week later… BAM! Big fat cystic pimple on my cheek. The next day, one on my eyebrow. The next day, THREE ON MY NECK. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m running around looking more and more like Quasimodo and trying to figure out who I harmed in a past life, who decided to put a hex on me in this one. SMH. I had to go over every single thing that I’d done in the past week (I was also testing a new skin care line) and start eliminating things one by one. I went back to extremely simple skin care, and STILL the pimples kept showing up. So I consulted the Google Machine:

CAN B-COMPLEX CAUSE ACNE?

Nearly everyone said NO. However, overdoing it on certain b-vitamins can jack up the skin of the acne prone.

*raises hand*

That would be me.

So I IMMEDIATELY stopped taking the drops. My skin started clearing up within 48 hours. I went BACK to trying out the new skin care (releasing in December), with fantastic results. I went from 14 cystic pimples (yes, I counted those horrible monsters), to 1 blemish/discoloration at my temple. In about a week, that will be cleared up too. These things never came to a head; they just sat there red and angry and mocking all of my hard work. It was awful.

I’m so sad about the B-Complex because I REALLY liked taking them.

Proof positive that you can actually have too much of a good thing.