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How to get rid of dark armpits

I literally took this sloppy, rushed picture a minute ago, just so you guys could see.
I literally took this sloppy, rushed picture a minute ago, just so you guys could see.

Before I start , I just want to say ladies . . . You’re welcome. I had no other pictures of my armpits so this is what you guys got ! This a just a spontaneous post so don’t expect great photos.

If you’re like me, you hate hairy armpits and shave/nair/wax so you don’t see any kind of fuzz emerging from the place where your arms and the rest of your body meet. The constant shaving and application of deodorant can cause the skin where your armpits meet to darken.

First of all , buy aluminum free deodorant and your problems are solved. I use Tom’s natural products. Make sure, if you decide to buy some, it says aluminum free because they do sell ones that contain aluminum.

You’re probably reading this like “That’s it?”, but yes it’s simple. When you make the transition from aluminum to aluminum free deodorant, you’re skin will start to peel. DO NOT PANIC. It is completely normal, it’s basically your skin adjusting to the healthier product. Dead skin will begin to come off.

I would suggest going with the waxing route. Can you believe they sell wax in places like CVS, so you don’t have to go to the salon if you don’t want to? Just be careful. I choose waxing over things like nair and veet because of all the harmful chemicals they use to remove body hair.

I hope this works for you all. I’ve been giving out a lot of skin advice lately.

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What does Cleopatra use on her skin?

IMG_3143And the answer to that question is Derma E. You know any product I’m using on my body has to be natural and that’s just what Derma E products are. I use three of their skin care products and I adore them. They’re safe, paraben free, and eco friendly.

I get asked a lot of questions about my skin and how I keep it clear. The Derma E product I use for that is called the Exfoliating Mask with fruit enzymes and Dead Sea Salt. It’s the kind of mask you use one to two times a week. It deep cleans and detoxifies and aside from soap, it’s the only product I have been using to clean my face

2013070315474619550_medClearly, I am an extremely active person and I do a lot with my hands that can cause them to be dry and rough. Things like boxing or exercising on the bars can cause my hands to be eternally rough. Ha! Derma E gave me a solution for that problem though. . . It’s their Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Hand Creme. When my hands get dry or rough, I have it right by my side. I was getting tired of people asking me why my hands are so rough.

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Last but not least, Derma E’s Soothing Eye Gel. Don’t you hate when you have places to be almost as soon as you wake up, and you happen to wake up with under-eye puffiness? Well my friends, that is just one of the things the Soothing Eye Gel is for. I use it once in the morning and once in the evening. It’s purpose is to reduce fine lines, puffiness, and other things like crows feet. Who doesn’t want their face to continue looking young?

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If you want clearer, more younger looking skin, Derma E is one of the best possible choices. It’s also great that their products are natural so you would be doing your body a favor and avoiding harsh chemicals. This is just three of their products but there are so many more. Go check them out here.

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Time for TeaTox

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Your Tea is a company who sells organic tea blends that can really help your body. Lucky for me, they sent me a 14 day detox, called the Tiny Tea Tox that worked wonders.

Detoxification is when you remove toxins from the body. A detox tea simply does that but it’s tasty as well. I enjoyed my tea for 14 days with agave as my sweetener. You have to have the tea 3 times a day, either 30 minutes before or after a meal. That’s is specifically for the type of detox I had, others may be different. I chose to do it before. I had my morning tea , my before lunch tea, and my before dinner tea. I have never had so much tea before!

You can be on whatever diet you want while taking this tea, I’m just glad I’ve been on a healthy one for quite some months now. Don’t think the tea means you do not have to drink water, you still do. Remember, there is more than just the detox I had, there are others. You should try at least one out! Visit Your Tea’s website here.

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Drinking at different BARZ .

I’ve been asking myself lately “Cleo, what the heck took you so long to begin your fitness journey?” . . . You want to know why I’ve been pondering that?! It’s because I’ve met some amazing people these past couple of months. Bartendaz that has blown me away. I am honored to be a part of this group and in doing so, inspiring other people to want to join the movement.

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Allow me to introduce the man who started the Bartendaz movement many years ago Giant a.k.a. Hassan Yasin a.k.a. the BarFather. He has easily become one of my mentors and in just two weeks helped me a lot. I admire people who are passionate and aren’t all talk and that is exactly the kind of person Giant is. He is this week’s “New Yorker of the week” via NY1 news. You can catch us both in the segment here. Sadly, they didn’t use my one on one interview *sheds tear*.

If you thought that Bartendaz was strictly a guy thing, trust me I am not the first female to be a Bartenda.

IMG_2434Meet my sister in arms Earth! She has been a Bartenda longer than me and it shows. She helped train me my first day exercising with the Bartendaz. It’s cool learning from someone who you can relate to. There are more males in Bartendaz than there all females, but that would NEVER intimidate us.


IMG_2828Butterfly and Frenchie are two other women I have met while Bartending. They both showed me some awesome moves to work on my core and I can’t wait to use them in my next class. 

All of you should check out the Bartendaz website if you want to learn more about us. BartendazNYC.com

 

 

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Double A Fitness

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The founders of Double A Fitness

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IMG_2528 Thank the Universe because I finally held my first l fitness class on August 23rd, 2014.  Not to toot my own horn but it was successful. I am very proud of Essence and I for making this all come together.

Also, a special thanks to one of our sponsors DripDrop. I am an official DripDrop ambassador and I thought it would be wonderful for all the ladies participating in the class to try it out for themselves. My favorite flavor is lemon and I strongly suggest you guys try it out for yourselves! It is a tasty way to stay hydrated. You can purchase DripDrop at CVS and Walgreens.

Yes, there are other parts to your body that need to be exercised, but in this class we are focusing on two. These days a lot of women really want a tight, flat stomach and a nice round booty and my job is to try and give that to them!

We got great feedback from the class. I can’t wait for the next one we are having on September 20th. . . And this time with a special guest! I hope more and more ladies sign up for the class, I love teaching and helping others. The class costs $20 and will be held in Manhattan just like the last time. Water and DripDrop will always be provided.

Thank you to ByAjani for these amazing pictures. This is a FAQ but yes you can book him for a shoot. Just visit his website and hit him up. #CleopatrasArmy

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Rejuvenate Juice Bar

IMG_1414 IMG_1426 IMG_1430 IMG_1436 IMG_1441 IMG_1460 IMG_1471Recently I stumbled across a gem of a juice bar in Harlem. Rejuvenate Juice Bar basically saved my life. In my journey towards being the healthiest me I have to have healthy drinks too. I can’t just go around drinking something that contains only 5% juice. Now when I finish a workout and I need a protein boost, you know exactly where I’m headed.

Rejuvenate Juice Bar makes fresh juices, smoothies, patties, and sometimes soup. My favorite smoothies so far are the Cool Breeze and the Sunrise so I recommend them to EVERYONE. The guy behind the bar Nigel Bennett is a great guy. Not only does he make great beverages but he also gives the juice bar a very friendly feeling. I hate going to places and feeling like I am talking to a bunch of robots that make my food.

Honestly, this place is perfect and healthy. I wouldn’t be giving you guys the scoop on this place if it wasn’t. I think everyone should stop by Rejuvenate juice bar and pick something up. I guarantee you’ll adore it. Rejuvenate is located on 171-B West 133rd Street between 7th & Lenox Avenue in Harlem. Make your way over there and tell them Cleopatra sent you!

All photos taken by Ajani.

 

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The Champ is Here

IMG_1226 IMG_1241 IMG_1250 IMG_1260 IMG_1291 IMG_1372 IMG_1402Someone please phone Floyd Mayweather, I am coming for his spot! I am totally kidding but guess what everyone. . . I officially started boxing this past Saturday and let me tell you, I am beyond excited.

Let me introduce my wonderful trainer Joshua ” Iron Boy ” Gonzalez. He has been boxing pretty much his entire life and is going pro soon, so you know I am honored to be learning from him. It was only our first day of training and he told me I was a faster learner (which of course made me happy). He trains me at up in the boogie down Bronx at the Willis Avenue Boxing Gym. They host a bunch of boxing events and its honestly an awesome place. If you want to get into boxing and you’re from NYC, I strongly encourage you to sign up at this gym.

Why did I choose pink gloves and hand wraps you ask? With every purchase of pink gloves/hand wraps Everlast donates money to breast cancer research. Green is my favorite color but trust me it wasn’t a hard choice.

If I do something, I put my all into it. I do not plan on fighting in the ring but you never know, plans can change. For now I will just be doing boxing training. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it. I cannot wait to show you guys my new skills.

All of these photos were taken by Ajani.

 

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