Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's Time to Create Your Perfect Weekend Morning Routine.

 Today I came to the realization that I'm missing a critical component of my life.  I'm currently without an established weekend morning routine.  I have a morning routine that I carry out during the week but on the weekend, I just sort of go with the flow. Some of you might be wondering why such a routine is even necessary.

My answer to you is this.....

For most, the weekend is your time. You have full control of it.  There aren't any stresses hanging over your head causing you to rush through your mornings just to get to work on time. The weekend is all yours.  But if you aren't careful, those two days zoom by. Before you know it, you're laying out clothes to wear on Monday morning.

We need to savor our weekends like a delicious glass of wine.  Let's do that by creating the weekend morning ritual.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Adding This Step on Wash Day Could Mean Major Length Retention.

My last wash day experience started off like normal.  It all began with a pre-poo using coconut oil. I have to admit, I was a little nervous. I waited way too long to wash and was a bit fearful about the possible consequences I'd have to face.

As I gently divided each section to apply the coconut oil, I was pleasantly surprised by how little breakage I was seeing. I hadn't done a protein treatment in a while but my hair was still doing A- OK. 

Everything seemed to be going exceptionally well. Even while I cleansed the shedding was minimal and there were no signs of excessive breakage.

I was in the clear......or so I thought.
Friday, February 17, 2017

This fitness guru recommends a snack that can actually help you lose weight.

I was checking out some fitness tips from Lana Ector, half of the mother-daughter duo responsible for Gymnetics fitness program.  They often coach women who are ready to create physical transformations in their lives.

Their meal recommendations contained commonly known fitness advice like avoiding white carbs, drinking lots of water, etc.  But there was one tip in particular that immediately caught my attention.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

[Try This] Mariah Carey's Bed Time Beauty Secret.

I was on SnapChat the other day living vicariously through bloggers traveling for New York Fashion Week.  This blogger happened to share several pics of her travel essentials.  One image in particular immediately caught my attention.  Sitting near her bedside was a gadget that looked very familiar.

But what was most interesting was the caption included with the image.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Oily Skin Girls Rejoice! Matte Powder Foundation is Here to Save The Day.

We're embarking on that time of year where the days are getting longer.  This means that warm weather is approaching.  And with warm weather comes increased oil production.  Oily skin is both a blessing and a curse.  On the one hand, it keeps your skin nice and supple.  But, at the same time, overly oily skin can look unpolished.

Last year, I discovered the importance of building a matte skin routine.  This year, I'm continuing to build on that routine.   I've picked up just a beauty staple that can finally help control oil production over the warm summer months.
Monday, February 13, 2017

The 7 Day Experiment that Created My Ideal Self

Last week I posted on Instagram about an experiment where I would visualize at least twice a day.  I set this intention was to see if I could impact my ability to manifest.  In the past, whenever I placed a lot of mental energy to focus on a clear outcome, that outcome would (eventually) take form.

Most of the time, it takes a while for the intention to show up in reality.  I very aware of that. So when I embarked on this little experiment, I didn't expect to notice any results right away.  But, in just a few short days, I noticed a shift start to occur.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Instagram Beauty Secrets // Simone's Complete Flawless Skin Routine

I'm pretty sure that my reason for following Simone a.ka. @cocoaflowerr was partly because of her amazing skin.  If you just spend a few minutes scrolling through her feed, you'll silently wonder what she does do keep her skin so smooth and blemish free.

That's probably because she receives daily messages and comments from her followers wanting to know the details. Good thing for us, Simone isn't stingy with her skin secrets.   Over the past several weeks, she's been sharing her favorites products via Instastories and I was there to capture it all.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Your Pre-Summer Skin Detox Starts Now!

I have a friend with perfect skin. Her bare skin looks like she's wearing high-end foundation.  She doesn't even own foundation. She wears eye makeup, lipstick, and a little under eye concealer yet it looks like she's wearing a full face of makeup.   Part of the reason why her skin is so pretty is because she never has breakouts.  She doesn't have to worry about covering blemishes or scars.

Recently she really increased her water intake.  Not too long afterward, she started to break out.  A little confused, she reached out to talk about how her skin was behaving out of character.  But I wasn't all that surprised.  Then I went on to explain my theory about why her skin was freaking out.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Not All Heat Is Created Equal. Why Infrared Heat May Be Your Hair's Best Friend.

I already have several flat irons in my arsenal. But yesterday I made the last minute decision to purchase yet another one.  This new flat iron will come into my life because it's quite different from everything else I own.
Monday, February 6, 2017

Why We Fall out of Routines and How to End the Vicious Cycle

I love watching Morning Routine videos on Youtube.  The other day I stumbled on a video that sparked a little self-reflection.  At the start of the video, the Youtuber proclaimed that she recently started her routine again.  She goes on to say "I'm back to into my routine and it feels so good.  I just fee like my week just flows better when I'm in a nice routine. It just really makes things a lot easier throughout the week."

My first thought was "me too!"  Whenever I follow a certain routine, things go incredibly well.  But, for some reason, I can't get these routines to stick.  Why?

Saturday, February 4, 2017

How to Take Your Sheet Mask Routine to New Levels

There was a time when I attempted to try the 7-day sheet mask challenge.  Although I put forth a valiant effort, things didn't quite work out.  Subconsciously there was some resistance.  After a little bit of self-exploration, I realized the source of my issues.

First, I struggled with having to throw away the sheet mask packet which still contained tons of product.  That's when I realized I had to come up with a way to salvage the rest of the hydrating serum.  Then I wanted to find a way to be more efficient while enjoying my mask. In a previous post, I talked about an inexpensive item that could solve all of my woes.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

How spraying on bacteria could do "wonders for your skin."

You might recall when we discussed the benefits of leveraging probiotics in the war against acne and other skin ailments.  And I'm not just talking about taking probiotics supplements (even though you should do that religiously).  I'm referring to a new wave of beauty products which feature probiotics as an active ingredient.

It makes sense that some of our skin woes could be attributed to an imbalance of the bacterial ecosystem of our skin.  But, I nearly forgot that I absolutely needed to include a probiotic rich product into my skin reggie until I stumbled on a recent beauty secret reveal.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Why Micellar Water Might Be Your Next Go To Hair Product

I've been hooked on micellar water ever since my first bottle.  This powerful cleansing water truly a beautiful thing.  What makes micellar water so amazing is the microscopic oil molecules ("micelles") that have the ability to attract and lift all the dirt, makeup and grime off your skin without  any tightness or over drying.

It dissolves all the bad stuff leaving your skin perfectly hydrated.  The origin of this wonderful creation stems from French women who sought out an alternate approach to cleansing their faces.  Their water is harsh so they needed a suitable workaround to maintain beautiful skin.  To me, micellar water is a must have beauty item if you want to cleanse often but don't want to overdry with harsh ingredients.
Basically, micellar water is perfect.  So it only makes sense to incorporate it into a hair product.
Monday, January 30, 2017

What Beyonce & Mariah Carey can teach us about having a Successful Day.

When I first entered corporate America, many years ago. I worked in a career that I thought would allow me to interact with a diverse group of people.  Little did I know that part of my job responsibilities also included giving presentations to large groups.  The only experience I had in public speaking was a speech class I took at a community college in which I barely received a B.

I recall the early days when my supervisor forced me to speak in front of a crowd. My voice cracked, I was covered in sweat and my heart raced a million miles a minute.  Years later, I "mastered" the art of public speaking.  My presentations were so perfected that I would receive countless compliments on how well it went.  I even had people come up to me afterward asking if I could coach them on becoming a better speaker. A couple years ago, I attended a success conference.  During the break, I told the woman hosting the conference a story about how I was introduced to her organization.  Unbeknownst to me, she randomly invited me up on the stage to share my story with her audience as an illustration of her effective marketing strategies.  I got up, grabbed the mic off the stand, said a few words, and sat down.  Later during the break, a few people came up and praised me about my stage presence and speaking voice.  This happened multiple times over the two-day conference.

When I tell people that I used to be afraid to talk in front of an audience, they're shocked! They immediately ask me what I did to become the confident speaker I am today.  The answer is simple and can be summed up with one word.

That one word is preparation.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Simple Makeup Trick that Helps You Get Rid of Resting Mean Face

Have you ever had someone tell you that you're much nicer than they expected? If so, then you're probably the victim of resting mean face.

You're one of those people that others automatically characterize as being unapproachable or having an attitude.  You're  unknowingly walking around with a look that says "please don't talk to me." Sometimes having "resting mean face" can be advantageous for those days when you don't want to be bothered.  But, who wants to walk around looking like that all of the time?

Kelly Rowland talks Confidence, Self Care & Self Love in this video Interview

 I've always admired Kelly Rowland's gorgeous skin and toned figure.  I've always got my eyes and ears open to learning more about Kelly's beauty secrets. What I know thus far is that Kelly believes in and invests in her self-care routines. Even back in the Destiny's Child days, Kelly revealed that she loved to indulge in facials and various spa treatments.  As a matter of fact, she often performed facials on her Destiny's Child bandmates. We also know that she isn't afraid to spend a little extra on her skin.  Kelly is a huge fan of the luxury brand, Nutra Bisse. Some other notables who also love this line include Brandy, Beyonce, and Meagan Good.

We also know that Kelly maintains her washboard abs by knocking out at least 200 sit ups a night.  She also works out faithfully with trainer Jeanette Jenkins.  This screams of a woman who's dedicated to living a fit and healthy lifestyle.

When I got word that Allure conducted a video interview with Kelly to discuss her self care routine, I was all over it.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Simple Tweak That Increases Your Fat Burning Potential by 9X!

I live within walking distance from the local park.  I try my best to get at least 30 minutes of walking in on a regular basis. This park is pretty big and if I do a full round it's over a mile long.
I know that walking is good for me but I've noticed that my leisurely stroll in the afternoon doesn't produce the weight loss I want. This is because my regular walks aren't really doing much to impact my fitness levels.
Then I learned that I've been doing it all wrong.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Queen Boss // The Show Seeking to Discover the Next Big Female Entrepreneur

I'll never forget the very first time I watched The Dragon's Den, the British version of Shark's Tank.  The program invites new & upcoming entrepreneurs to pitch their business to potential investors for funding.  To me, this show was pure gold.  As someone who desired to launch my own business, seeing this on TV felt like a dream come true.

I've learned so much from watching countless seasons of both Dragon's Den & Shark's Tank.  Not only did it provide loads of inspiration, I also received real insights into the thought process of successful entrepreneurs.  Every time the Sharks/Dragons challenged an entrepreneur with tough questions, I did a little self-reflection.  I absolutely attribute some of my success to what I've learned from the passionate pitches and subsequent questions from the investors.

You can imagine my excitement when I found out that Centric TV was launching a similar show featuring black women entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

How to Enjoy an Endless Supply of Fresh Juices & Health Tonics like a Celebrity

Just a couple of weeks ago, I expressed my desire to live out my lifestyle fantasy of enjoying fresh juice and tonics every morning.  Today, that dream has become reality.

Several months ago, I searched for the closest juice bar via the Yelp app.  A nearby location was found so I immediately grabbed my keys and headed out.   I walked into the small establishment and stood motionless in front of their industrial refrigerator brimming with bottled juices.  After chatting with the employees for a little bit, I walked out with 4 bottles and $40.00 lighter.

Within days, those 4 bottles of juice were consumed. I had a choice to make. I could either rush back to the juice bar and invest over $100 for a week's worth of juice, or figure out another solution.  Although the intention stayed with me, I didn't take any action until being inspired by a few celebrity SnapChats.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Karrueche Tran's Sauna Routine is Everything! (and I've made it just a little better).

I followed Karrueche Tran on SnapChat specifically to see if I could learn of 1or 2 of her beauty secrets.  Months went by and I got no insight into what she does to maintain her glowy skin.  Then suddenly, and out of nowhere, the floodgates were opened.