Here's why you should get into Dry Face Brushing

I'm pretty sure that most, if not all of you have heard of dry skin brushing before.  It's basically a holistic technique where you stroke your body with a huge bristled brush for the purposes of stimulating blood flow while exfoliating the skin.  Sounds good right?

Loads of women utilize their body brushes before jumping in the shower to loosen dirt and hopefully diminish the appearance of cellulite.  Before getting into rebounding, I'd often brush my body to stimulate lymphatic drainage and detoxification.

Dry brushing the body is cool and all, but I think I've stumbled onto something even better.

Kelly Rowland is Summer Goals. Let's Discuss.

This is the second post in a series where I gush over the effortless glow of a summer muse.  Last time, we analyzed the root cause of Gabrielle Union's summer glow.  Today, we'll rehash what we know of Kelly Rowland's beauty rituals.

The Link Between Taking Probiotics and Healthy Hair Growth

I was scrolling through reviews for a liquid hair supplement the other day.  I then came across a comment that immediately caught my attention.  The reviewer shared her disdain for the product. She then went on to say that taking probiotics and other vitamins gave her better results.

Probiotics? What do probiotics have to do with healthy hair growth?  At first, I thought this woman was sadly mistaken. But then I did some digging and realized that probiotics might play a major role in healthy, shiny hair growth.

This is what will determine if you'll reach your goals

We're nearing the end of the first quarter of the year.  Around this time, I like to take a moment to assess my progress in relation to my goals.  In 2018, I'd like to apply the lessons learned from the goals reached in 2017 along with those that I didn't accomplish.

After taking time to dissect the reasons why some goals happened, while others didn't, I've finally realized the ultimate factor in goal achievement.

Two Money Moves You Should Be Making Now.

Many years ago, I took a finance course as a part of my college curriculum.  I was already working in my career field by day while taking classes at night. I'll never forget the guy who taught the course.  He was an investment banker who taught college courses in his off time.  A portion of the class was dedicated to reviewing required coursework. The rest of the time, he would show us how to find high-performing stocks and mutual funds using resources online.

This guy was a bit of a genius.  He often boasted about being the youngest person to pass the Series 7 course in our state.  Because of him, they developed a law that no one under the age of 18 could take the test.  At at the age of 17, he couldn't legally sign binding agreements with his clients although he was technically licensed.  He loved his job and gladly gave out free investing advice to the entire class.

On the last day of the course, one of the students raised his hand and asked for permission to speak. He then stood up and thanked our professor for the advice he graciously provided about how to pick out high performing investment opportunities. This student immediately applied the technique taught to us.   His picks performed so well that it provided him the income to purchase a boat.  I sat in my seat in complete shock.  We were all given the same knowledge. But he was the only one to apply the stock picking advice.  And he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts.

From then on, I made a vow to apply any financial tips and strategies that came my way.  Today, I'm here to share a small tip that 100% of you can and should apply ASAP to start earning more money right away.

Everyone's Obsessed with Ginger Shots! Here's why you should be too!

Every time a person of influence shares a glimpse of their favorite beauty or health product, I take a screenshot.  Recently, I noticed something peculiar.  Looking back at all the images captured over the past year or so, I've amassed a small collection of images of people proudly displaying their ginger tonics.

Is this a trend?

There has to be a reason why so many pseudo-celebrities are serious about making sure ginger is a part of their daily life.  Let's discuss a few reasons of why ginger shots should also be your newest obsession.

When You're Inspired, Take Action.

The other day I captured a screenshot from an Instagrammer who shared a glimpse of how much revenue her online store is doing. After taking the screenshot, I sent it to a couple of friends who are aspiring entrepreneurs.  Soon afterward, we exchanged a series of messages proclaiming #goals while celebrating the success of another girl boss.

Looking back at my images, I realized that I've been capturing inspiring screenshots for a while now. Each one of them is more inspiring than the last. Yesterday, I came to the realization that no matter how amazing these screenshots are, they haven't impacted my life one single bit.

This has to change.

This Simple Technique gave the me the Softest, Most Hydrated Feet Ever!

Spring is within arms reach.  Which means that we'll be rocking open-toed shoes again.  Are your feet spring ready? If not, I stumbled on a quick little DIY tip that could save the day.

Best of all, it involves using a facial product that most of us already own.  This by far is the most effective hack I've ever come across for hydrating and nourishing your feet.  I promise that if you try this, you will have no worries come spring.

I've Been Told The Secret to Nail Polish that Stays on for Weeks!

I'm currently on nail polish purchasing rampage.  Ever since I discovered these amazing pinky nudes, I've been on a mission to collect every shade on my list.  My intention, this year, is to maintain the appearance of my nails as much as possible.

But, I gotta be honest, it's sometimes a hassle.  I paint my nails and, within days, I start seeing signs of chipping.  Since I'm not one of those girls who immediately addresses the issue, I end up walking around with raggedy nails.  That defeats the entire purpose.  I'm not opposed to redoing my nails, but just not every few days.

Determined to find a solution, I did a research by reaching out of a nail guru I follow on Instagram.  She revealed her secret to manicures that last several weeks.

This is what Lori Harvey Drinks to Stay Summer Ready

You guys know that I'm always up for a good beauty secret reveal.  Usually, around this time of year, we get glimpses of not only beauty tips, but summer body secrets as well.  Last year, Brittany Hampton filled us in on her favorite "skinny tea" tonic.  It turned out that her beverage wasn't really a  tea at all. Instead, it was a concoction of various juices that helped stimulate circulation while helping to keep her waistline in check.

Today, I bring you yet another "fit tonic" reveal.  This one is brought to you by model Lori Harvey.  On Snapchat, she let us in on a couple of her favorite fit drinks to get ready for summer. We'll discuss one of those drinks today.  The other I'll share in an upcoming Instagram Beauty Secret Roundup.

This Product Got Rid of Her Pimple in Hours

If I had a quarter for every time I suffered a breakout prior to an important event, I'd have a down payment for my beach villa.  It never fails, the exact moment where it's important to have flawless skin, a pesky pimple pops up.

In the past, I figured a few things that could help manage the inflammation.  But I had to make sure I caught it in time. None of my home remedies had the ability to destroy live acne in a matter of hours.

But, thanks to this Instagram Beauty Secret reveal, I've stumbled on a product that clears breakouts in no time.

FEEL Amazing and You'll Attract Amazing

A while back, I was inspired to write a post on the topic of "being amazing" in order attract amazing experiences and people into our lives.  While I do feel that the message is relevant, I'd like to tweak the verbiage just slightly.

While I do still believe that being amazing will attract wonderful people and experiences into your life, I think I've found an easier (clearer) method to constantly attract more of what we want.

Use this Skin Care Product in Your Arm Pits to Get Rid of Odor For Good

It's already getting pretty warm in my neck of the woods.  Which means I have to think about heat-related concerns like underarm sweating.  I don't mind sweating. It's a natural function. What I'm concerned about is sweating related odor.

If you're someone who switched to natural deodorants in an effort to be more health conscious, you know that they aren't as strong as their drugstore counterparts.  Even though I was trying to do the right thing by switching, I was still dealing with the concern of sweating and odor.

I think I may have found a solution that actually works.

Never Dry Your Face With A Towel Again! Do This Instead.

Several years ago, I was instructed by my facialist to stop using a towel to dry my face after cleansing.   She didn't go into detail as to why I should switch up this part of my routine but I took her advice.  Over time, I found myself going back my old ways out of convenience.

Now I'm ready to ditch the towel for good.  Because I'm convinced of the undeniable benefits.

The Unlived Life You Desire Is Possible If You Overcome This.

Take a moment and reflect back on the goals you set for 2018.  How's the progress going? Do you feel like you're steadily working towards the realization of your desires?  If this isn't the case.  I'd like to suggest a solution that will unlock your ability to accomplish all of your goals.

The one thing that stands between you and what you want is resistance.  Our job is to identify then dismantle our resistance so it no longer stands in the way of what we want.

The Beauty Bias// How Embracing Your Femininity Could Actually Make You Happier

I've received a few requests to write about the topic of femininity.  I often hesitated because, growing up, I wasn't taught to nurture my feminine energy.  In fact, I can't recall a single conversation with my mother on the topic, with the exception of the typical talk covering hygiene.

She was the oldest girl in a family of seven. Much of her girlhood was spent helping to raise her siblings.  To her, it was important to be hardworking and industrious.  Those qualities were passed on to me and I'm grateful for that.  But, on the flip side, I was almost completely ignorant when it came to being comfortable expressing my feminine nature.

As a child, I recall examples of extreme feminity on television. Most of them portrayed ultra-feminine as hyper-sexual or how they used their womanly qualities solely for the purpose of attracting a man.  Because I was focused on getting good grades without the distraction of dating, I made the decision to suppress my feminine qualities.  My teachers always praised me for being smart so I took full ownership of that and decided to make it my main attribute.

In the back of my mind, I was still enamored with the idea of fully embracing my feminine attributes. In 10th grade, I transferred from a predominately white school to one with more diversity.  Once there, I was introduced to a whole new world of black women who were fully aligned with their femininity.

Summer Glow Project // Acid Toners Make Poreless, Perfect Skin Possible

We're getting into that time of year where we have to make shifts in our skin regimen.  Winter is all about hydrating with ultra-moisturizing products. But, as we transition to spring, we must be mindful of our skin's changing needs.

In staying true to the goal of replicating perfectly poreless skin by summer, I've decided to incorporate a product that can refine the skin & eliminate imperfections each and every single day.

Feature// The Side Hustle that Doubled her Income & Allowed her to Quit her Job

I love reading about the entrepreneurial journeys of others.  I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for those who shared their wins and struggles.  Today I bring the full story of someone you might be familiar with.  I featured Nikki in a previous article where she talked about how the Compound Effect helped inspire the launch of her business.

Today she's back and sharing her entire story.  She was faced with the difficult decision of leaving her long-term career for her passion.  Stepping out into the unknown is never easy.  Especially when we have the comfort of what we already know.  I believe in learning from those who have experienced what we want.  Nikki is one of those people.  Let's learn from her journey to success.

Everyone's Digging This Cucumber Hydrating Mist & So Am I!

A while back, this image showed up on my Pinterest feed. After reading the enthusiasm contained in the caption, I decided to file the image away for later.  I thought to myself that if I ever came across the item at Marshall's, I may give it a shot.

Fast forward a few months and I just so happened to be rummaging through the aisles at a random Marshall's.  There, staring back at me was a bottle of Pearl Essence Rose Water.  "Cool, I thought.....but I wonder if they have the cucumber version?"  Sure enough, they did!  After grabbing both bottles, I made my purchase which added to my facial mist collection.  

Little did I know that this facial spray would be one of my current favorites. 

3 Entrepreneurs Who Provide Endless Girl Boss Inspiration.

While I was in corporate America, I dreamt of becoming a full-time entrepreneur.  At the time, everyone I knew was also a part of the system.  Thank goodness for the internet.  There I found countless examples of successful people who launched their own company.  Back then, the silicon boom was still in effect. So all of the stories featured 20 something males who lived in San Fransisco.

Times have changed. Now pretty much anyone can launch and scale their own brand. This is good news for us because there's tons of inspiration available.  Even though I've been on my own for 3 years, I still look for women who are out there doing their thing!  Today, I'd like like to share a few of my entrepreneurial inspirations and why they're each so amazing!