Friday, October 22, 2021

 One activity that I loved doing on the weekends was trying out new makeup techniques.  Weekends are perfect to experiment with makeup.  A successful attempt at a new makeup look automatically redies you to enjoy any last-minute weekend plans.  I haven't been inspired to try out a new makeup look in a while.  But something magical happened while I was randomly scrolling through TikTok.


After watching the 10-second video demonstration, I knew this technique was too good to pass up.  The method is so simple that you can literally try it right now.  It's called the "eyeglasses concealer" trend.  All you have to do is apply concealer around your entire eyes in the shape of glasses (complete with nose bridge and the part that extends over the temples).


Once the concealer is fully blended in, you're left with a perfect blank canvas for shadow or whatever eye makeup look you prefer.


I immediately jumped on this bandwagon because I have really small, almond-shaped eyes with dark lids that tend to get oily. This ingenious method basically solved all of my problems.  By circling the undereye and the lid, I got rid of all the extra pigmentation that surrounded my eye.  Once the recess pigmentation was neutralized,  suddenly my tiny eyes became more of a focal point.  I quickly grabbed mascara and liquid eyeliner to finish the look.  For the first time in...like ever... I could clearly see my lashes using just a single coat of mascara. My winged liner looked better than usual too.


Here's a clear demonstration of the actual technique.  You must try it.  

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021


 Yesterday, I was casually browsing through random Instagram stories when I landed on the account of a Swimsuit Entrepreneur who just to happened to be answering questions from her followers.  She's a  busy mother raising two young children while simultaneously building an empire.  


A lot of the questions asked were geared towards her growing brand.  One question, in particular, had my full attention.  Even after having two children in a short time span, she still was able to a healthy weight.  Someone asked her what foods does she stay away from when it comes to nutrition.  


Her response was simple, there aren't really any foods that she stays away from.  But, instead, she lives by one rule which helps keep her on track and her one rule is this...


"Eat One Salad A Day (no matter what)."


She also accompanied her response with an image of her lunch which included a side of fries and a salad. 


When it comes to my eating habits, I'm either at one end of the spectrum or another.  Either I'm eating salads all day every day or everything I eat is deep-fried..there is no in-between...and that's a problem.


If you were to ask me today when the last time I had a salad, I don't think I could answer accurately.  That's probably because on my currently on a "healthy eating kick" so salads aren't something I'm thinking about right now. 


But what if I took on this mantra of eating a salad a day? What impact could that make in my life? Currently, I'm eating approximately zero salads a day.  This means that I'm giving up a lot when it comes to micronutrient intake.  Most of the foods I eat in a day are fully cooked which means lowered levels of enzymes, fewer antioxidants, and barely any naturally occurring micronutrients.  I'm eating to satisfy hunger, not to nourish my body. 

Salads, as we all know, also provide us with ample amounts of fiber which promotes a healthy gut.  A healthy gut isn't just about improving digestion but it also improves our skin health and brain function.  Ideally, I'd love to eat a diet of mostly raw, plant-based foods but Popeyes won't let me be great so I'll take the second-best option...treat myself to fast food from time to time while still incorporating salads in my daily routine.  


Eating a salad every day means I'll eat less of the other stuff.  Less french fries, less bread, less fried foods.  Ever heard stories from people who lost 10 lbs by simply eliminating soda from their diet?  Imagine the potential benefits to our waistline by eating a minimum of 7 additional salads a week.  


Even if your weight stays exactly the same,  eating one salad a day will benefit your body in too many ways to pass up. 


Sunday, October 17, 2021


Some schools of thought would have you believe that achieving success requires a great amount of effort.  Don't get me wrong, hard work will most certainly amplify your results.  But I also want to highlight that you can also enjoy positive results by doing the least.

I know that sounds crazy but I believe that doing the bare minimum might be one of the most effective strategies for success


Let me explain...


When I first became interested in the topic of personal development and motivation, I'd often hear stories of people achieving significant results by incorporating incredible amounts of hard work as their main strategy.  One LOA teacher talked about how he achieved success in real estate by making 100 cold calls daily before noon.  Millionaire, Grant Cardone encourages us to 10X our efforts if we really want powerful results.  Gary Vaynerchuk's advice to budding entrepreneurs is to out-hustle your competition. 


The idea of grinding our way to success is valid, but I want to also highlight that doing the least can also move you forward.  


Moving forward is probably the most powerful thing you can do if you're trying to achieve a goal.  No matter how far the finish line, the most important thing you can accomplish today is to move one step closer.  


What moves us closer? 


 Progress. 


How do we achieve progress?


By doing something....anything. 


How you define that something is up to you.  Some days, this might mean an 18 hour day of dedicated work.  On other days, you might allocate only a few minutes of activity towards something that impacts your goal.  A few minutes of activity might not sound like much but any action is always better than zero action.  

Doing the Bare Minimum Will Prevent Negative Consequences from Taking Over. 


Let's say your goal is to get healthier and your ideal is to go to the gym for an hour a day, you might consider a 15-minute workout on YouTube as doing the bare minimum.  Fifteen minutes compared to an hour may not sound like a lot until you consider how a few minutes of activity each day has the power to improve your health.  


Doing anything for 15 minutes a day will make an impact because all of your actions will compound over time. 



Doing the bare minimum is the genesis of Habit Creation.

The reason why doing the bare minimum matters is because it's the opposite of doing nothing.  Neglecting your goals completely will cause you to lose any and all progress that you've made so far.  Imagine someone who wants to build the brand of her new business.  She puts up a lot of effort in the beginning and starts to gain some traction.  But she comes discouraged by the speed of her progress and gives up on her project.  For days or weeks, she does nothing to related her business....not even the bare minimum.  When she finally decides to return and try again, she finds that the progress she made, in the beginning, has nearly gone away.  Frustrated, she has to start the process all over again.

Doing the bare minimum is a powerful concept because it allows us to maintain the progress we've already made without having to put in a ton of effort.  Another positive aspect of doing the minimum is that it doesn't require as much internal motivation as someone who's trying to focus on taking massive action.   When you do something related to your goals every day, you are essentially training your habit muscle.  Once the habit muscle is activated, you will encounter less resistance each day.  

While doing the bare minimum, think negatively about whether your bare minimum activities are making an impact.  There will be days where you have the motivation to take massive action.  When that happens, you don't have to start from the beginning again.   Taking massive action is futile when you've gone days or weeks without doing anything at all.  


If you're intentional, you can figure out a "bare minimum" strategy that also helps move your progress forward.  I'll never forget listening to an interview over a decade ago by the guy who wrote the "Chicken Soup of the Soul" series.  The author reached the status of writing the top-selling book series of all time.   When asked what he did to achieve such massive success, he said that "every day, they had to do 5 marketing actions."  In his case, he did 5 interviews talking about his book every single day.  He established a bare minimum that still produced incredible results.  


For every goal on your list, write down the minimum set of activities that will create progress, or at least, keep the progress you've made so far.  Identifying your bare minimum activities can really be a game-changer.     No matter what you do decide, just make sure you aren't doing nothing. 

Friday, October 15, 2021

 


I like to think of myself as a comb connoisseur. Ever since the early days of my hair journey, one of my main focuses was to get my hands on the very best comb or brush I could afford. Preferably one that with the ability to melt through tangles like a hot knife through butter. 


One of my all-time favorite detangling tools of all time was the double-rowed comb crafted by Conair.  Unfortunately for me, that comb (which I loved so dearly) is no longer in production.  More recently, I stumbled on a hot new detangling comb (EZ Dentangler) which has several rows of teeth that flexes and bends with hair.  I love this comb, but I need something that can help me detangle small sections with ease.  Detangling is an art and sometimes, one size doesn't fit all when it comes to detangling tools.   

 

Many years ago, the Tangle Teezer took the hair industry by storm with its unique detangling tool that fits neatly in the palm of your hand.  Everyone raved about it so, of course, I had to get one.  My first impression of the Tangle Teezer wasn't that great.  I felt like I couldn't really trust that the bristles weren't damaging my (then relaxed) hair.  Also, the shape of the Teezer felt slightly awkward to hold during the delicate act of detangling.  


Tangle Teaser vs. EZ Detangler

I've since learned that Tangle Teezer released a paddle brush version of their original detangler.  The paddle detangling brush has similar bristles/teeth to the original design but with a convenient, easy to use, handle.  Although I didn't love the original Tangle Teezer, I'm willing to give the paddle brush version a try because I'm fascinated by the tiny, flexible, plastic bristles.  I often roller set on wash days to stretch my hair.  The EZ Detangler is great but it can't detangle with the precision required for me to achieve a successful rollerset. I need something that can handle the smaller sections flawlessly.  So the plan is to use my EZ Detangler to remove shed hairs on a macro level.  Then, I'll employ the expertise of the Tangle Teezer to finish the job.  


One thing I learned about my search for the perfect detangling comb is that the perfect comb doesn't exist.  It's more about finding the right comb that does what it's supposed to do without causing unnecessary stress to the hair.  I think the combination of the EZ Detangler + The Tangle Teezer brush might be just the right move.  


Wednesday, October 13, 2021



Once upon a time, I would make a weekly trip to Whole Foods for a bag of fresh cut wheatgrass.  While there, I would often stop by the little juice stand in the middle of the store and pay a few dollars for a shot of freshly juiced grass.  Although it was costly, I was committed to my weekly wheatgrass ritual because, after learning of the wonders of wheatgrass juice, I needed to experience it for myself.   


It's been years since I've tasted nutrient-rich elixir of juiced grass.  Although I loved the benefits, I didn't want to scrape pulp out of a juicer every morning nor did I want to take out a second mortgage to sustain my Whole Foods spending habit.  


Then one day, I was introduced to my new bestie, Wheat Grass Juice Powder, and everything changed. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

As a beauty technology buff, I've always had this fascination with red light therapy (RLT).  I first learned of RLT years ago when red light masks first entered the market.  At the time, these super-expensive masks were only used by celebrities because the hefty price tag made them so inaccessible.  Madonna and Kourtney Kardashian had their very own red light masks at home. The rest of us had to pay outrageous prices for 15-minute sessions at a spa.


Fast forward a few years and now we've advanced to a place where anyone can buy their very own red light therapy mask on Amazon.   I've owned a couple masks over the years which allowed me to experience the benefits of red light therapy at home.  My personal experience with RLT has only left me wanting more.  Red light masks are great but I've had my eye on another device that's even more powerful.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

 

Who doesn't love a good transformation?   Typically we see a lot of before and after body transformations.   But what's better than a total face transformation achieved without the aid of fillers or surgery?

Wednesday, September 22, 2021


This summer really wreaked havoc on my skin.  The combination of sweltering weather and a face mask creates the perfect environment for breakouts.  My cystic acne flared up for the first time in years.  Although my skin is a lot calmer now, I'm left with new acne scars as a reminder of the turmoil that I had to go endure.

Now that fall and winter are on the way, my number one priority is to fade these scars as soon as possible. Thankfully, I may have found the right product to help correct my blemishes once and for all. 

Monday, September 20, 2021


I have this weird obsession with exfoliating my body.  This obsession has served me well over the years.  I'm constantly on the hunt for beauty essentials that will aid in my mission to have the smoothest, glowiest skin ever.  Recently, I stumbled on one of my favorite finds yet.  And I can't wait to share it with you.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

 I have really been slipping on my beauty routines.  My slacking has caught up with me so now I have to make up for the lost time.   I'm really impatient when it comes to wanting results.  The sooner I start experiencing benefits, the more motivated I am to stay consistent.  So when I asked myself, "what can I do today that can create nearly instant results", my mind came back with one answer...


Take cold showers.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021


The other day, a video featuring Zoe Kravitz's skincare routine showed up on my list of recommendations.  Zoe has nice skin so I figured, "why not?"  Any time I watch a celebrity skin routine video, I scour the content for gems that I can incorporate into my routine asap.  Sometimes I come up empty-handed but that didn't happen this time. 


In fact, one of Zoe's favorite products has now become a staple in my routine and I can't wait to share it with you.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Netflix recently released the second season of their breakout show, Too Hot Too Handle.  The premise of the reality program is to collect a group of attractive single people, put them in a beach villa, and forbid them from engaging in physical contact so they can focus on building emotional connections.  

The breakout star of this season is Miss Melinda Melrose, a tiny model who went viral for turning the streets of New York into her personal runway.  Melinda's confidence and charisma led her into becoming one of the most popular stars on the show. 

I'm excited to see how her career progresses from here, but what I'm more excited about is that Melinda generously gave us an *unsponsored* sneak peek of her simple skin routine.

Let's discuss.

Friday, July 2, 2021

 

We've made it the mid-point of the year. Are you still motivated to reach all of your goals?  If not, I want to share a simple success tip that will change absolutely everything.  

We all know and understand the motivation can be the fuel that causes us to move in the right direction.  But staying motivated is hard.  Am I right?  


Sometimes I have zero drive to do anything at all.  When that happens, I can either continue to remain stagnant or I can choose to do something to change it.  Let me share with you the technique that I've been using to create motivation when there is none to be found. 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021


 I'm here to sing the praises of my newest facial cleansing tool.  Those of you who are long-time readers of the blog know that I'm obsessed with facial tools...the fancier the better. 


Until recently, I was primarily focused on finding the most technologically advanced skin care tools on the on market.  That was until I was introduced to a low-cost beauty accessory. 

Friday, June 25, 2021

 

 Chlorophyll is having a moment on TikTik as a new group of people are now discovering the potent green liquid.  I've been a fan of Chlorophyll for a while now.  It's always been a staple in my pre-summer routine for years.  

Every summer, I load up on chlorophyll for the following reasons:

-Improved digestion.

-Internal detox

-Odor control (for when I sweat)

-Helping prevent summer-induced breakouts.


Those benefits alone are enough to keep me coming back.  But I'm here to talk about yet another, little-known benefit of chlorophyll that no one's talking about.  If you're still working on shedding those quarantine pounds but struggle because you can't seem to overcome those out-of-control cravings, then keep reading. 

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