EVERYONE Swears By These Two Products To Eliminate Breakouts + Acne Scars

One of my favorite pastimes is scrolling through my Pinterest feed. There, I immerse myself in endless amounts of inspiration.  But, sometimes, I come across valuable content.  My favorites are the beauty secret reveals. Whenever one shows up, I take note and move on.

But, every so often, the same recommendation will pop up from several different sources.  That's when I sit up in my seat and take notice.

Today, I bring to you one such example of a little-known beauty secret that comes highly recommended.

Could This Be The Reason For Your Dark Under Eye Circles?

While shopping not too long ago, I happened to catch a glimpse of myself in a brightly lit mirror only to discover that my worst nightmare had occurred.  Starring back at me were tired looking eyes with visibly dark under eye circles.  At first, I didn't know what to think. Should I chalk it up to age?  Is this something that automatically happens once a person enters their 40's? 

Eventually, I was at peace with knowing that I could never leave the house again without undereye concealer.  But then I wondered if there was something else at play.  Could there have been another reason why suddenly my under eyes looked the way they did?

How Shorter Days Offer A Huge Advantage in Raising Our Productivity.

I'm not a fan of fall daylight savings. Everyone is excited about the extra hour of sleep while I mourn the loss of our longer days.  In my mind, shorter days equates to a loss of productivity.  There's less time to get everything done.

This year, instead of getting bummed out about losing several hours of sunlight, I'm going to take a different approach.   If done right, we might actually be able to leverage these shorter days to get a ton more accomplished...and I'll tell you exactly how to do that.

How Obsessing Over Moisture Might Be A Winning Anti-Aging Strategy.

I just shared an article detailing the results of a study conducted to determine the technique that created the highest moisture retention over the course of 8 hours.  It turns out that the most effective method of long-term moisturization involved the repeated application of product every couple of hours.

This makes total sense. But to some, it may sound unreasonable or inconvenient.  But what if I told you that at least one celebrity over 50 swears by this method to help keep her looking amazing.

Study Reveals the Exact Method to Keep Your Skin Hydrated Longer.

We're getting incredibly close to the dryest time of the year....winter.  Every year I suffer through the discomfort of dealing with excessively dry skin.  But, this year, things will be different.  I'm already planning a detailed strategy way ahead of time.  And, thanks to the findings of a recent study, I just may have another way to keep my skin's moisture levels exactly where they need to be.

If you aren't doing so already, chances are that you'll be layering products this winter in order to experience maximum hydration levels.  Layering products is great but is it the most effective technique?

The Fall Drink that Helps You Keep Your Summer Body.

Tis the time of year when we start to notice a shift in the types of beverages we consume.  Instead of reaching ice cold water, our cravings are leaning towards warmer, more festive drinks.

Last fall, I really got into drinking a lot of tea.  I also developed a love for warm matcha lattes.  There's a slew of benefits associated with drinking matcha tea but I recently learned of another benefit that might convince me to become a daily matcha drinker.

Rave// The Product Line I'm Counting on to Even Out My Skin

Last year, I connected with a PR agency that sent me a bunch of products from the Body Shop.  I hadn't used Body Shop products in years so it was nice to get reacquainted.  The first set of gifts I received were a wide range of masks.  That was when I was first introduced to their Himalayan Charcoal mask which, in my opinion, is the perfect GlamGlow dupe.

Their masks were incredible but I wasn't expecting to fall completely in love with their vitamin C sunscreen.  It was the only sunscreen I owned that made my skin look better.  Once I squeezed the last bit of product from that tube, I immediately rushed to replace it.  Little did I know that the rest of their vitamin C line would completely steal my heart.

Do Something That Sucks! How To Fight The Resistance That Holds You Back.

We're close to entering the last 60 days of the year.  This is the perfect time to do a little reflection on those goals that we set months ago.  Two months is more than enough time to get hyperfocused and make huge progress on manifesting our intentions.

But, in order to make up for lost time, we have to utilize a certain strategy.  This strategy, when applied properly, can completely change everything.

7 Ways to Use this Most Perfect Product to Create "Crazy Soft Skin!"

Months ago, I walked into Sephora with one plan in mind...to find the perfect skin highlighter that would give me the most natural glow.  My current collection of highlighters all have some type of golden tint.  The product I wanted would contain no glitter or shimmery hue.  What I had in mind was a product that would replicate the look of dewy skin.

Before walking in, I said a silent prayer to myself in hopes that the sales rep would know exactly what I wanted.  The first person I spoke to was no help.  Lucky for me, she enlisted the help of a peer who led me to the product of my dreams.

Friday Feeling // How to Prepare for Your Best Weekend Ever!

Fridays are the best part of the week.  What makes them so great is their association with a potentially awesome weekend.  You're off for two days and you have complete freedom over the next 48 hours.  Friday is the perfect time to make plans....better yet, Fridays are perfect for setting intentions.

The reason why we want to be intentional is because those 48 hours will fly by.  On Sunday night, you want to feel refreshed & rejuvenated before the start of the new week.  Let's talk about how to do that.

Model Leomie Anderson has Poreless Skin Because of This....

I was scrolling through my phone, checking out old pics, when I came across some screenshots I captured from Leomie Anderson's IG story.  I hadn't seen these pics in a while and I was once again blown away by how flawless her skin was. 

As I zoomed into the pictures for a closer look, I was absolutely astounded by how poreless her skin was.  Not one flaw in sight.

Of course, the next thought that came to mind to dissect her skincare routine.  As luck would have it, there are at least two videos online detailing her skin reggie.  Years ago, before becoming a Victoria Secret Angel,  Leomie shared a skin favorites video on her little known YouTube channel.  The most recent video has a much higher production value but her regimen has pretty much stayed the same.

After analyzing her skin routine, I realize that her perfect skin isn't really just a result of hitting the genetics jackpot.  She uses a few specific products that work hard for her skin.

You vs. You. [The Art of Overcoming Mediocrity.]

Happy Monday! Ready to start a new week?  Today marks the beginning of a new month but chances are that not much has changed in your life from last month and the one prior.  I can say this with confidence because I believe that most of us (including myself)  are operating in a state of mediocrity. 

That statement might offend some folks.  But, if you fully digested this message, you would probably agree with me.  When most of us think of the word mediocrity, we often associate it with a negative connotation.  It's viewed so negatively that we rarely think of our lives as mediocre.  I'm here to explain why & how you are living a mediocre life and exactly how to break free of it.

How to Make Your Paper Sheet Mask Perform Like a Fancy Hydrogel

Cold, dry weather will be here before we know it.  If you're like me, you're already planning to tackle dry skin with the help of a hydrating sheet mask.  Have you noticed that sheet masks have been evolving lately? It appears that the paper-based masks are being replaced for ones made of gel.

These newer masks are often referred to as hydrogel.  At first glance, you can easily spot the difference between these and their paper-based counterparts.  I made the correct assumption that gel masks would probably run a bit steeper than your run of the mill sheet mask.  After contemplating whether I should invest in a few gel masks, I realized that I already discovered a sheet mask hack that could work even better.

Three Ways to Walk for Flatter Abs

In an ideal world, I'd be able to get to the gym 3-4 times a week.  But sometimes my schedule doesn't permit. Whether we work out regularly or never make it to the gym, there is on exercise that all of us do every day.  And that is walking.

You may not think of walking as a legit exercise but there are countless testimonials on Youtube that paint a different story.  There are entire weight loss journeys based on the simple premise of getting fit one step at a time.  Today, come to you with additional strategies that transform every day walking into a tummy trimming workout.

This is how I exfoliate my scalp now....and it's magnificent!

The moment when summer transitions into to fall, I'm hit with the realization that soon I will be battling my greatest enemy--dryness.  Low humidity weather hates me!   My skin gets obscenely dry and itchy. My lips are dry, my cuticles are dry.  But none of that compares to the level of dryness that occurs to my scalp.

I don't just experience dry scalp.  Low humidity weather actually causes my seborrheic dermatitis to flare up.  This type of dermatitis induces the skin to peel on the face.  Worst of all, it completely takes over my scalp.  Think of it like a bad case of dandruff...on crack.

My hairline usually suffers the most.  It gets so bad that I lose hair around the area where flaking is present.  Typically, the hair loss isn't permanent but who walks to walk around with a sparse hairline?

This year, I'm not having none of that! I've come up with an ingenious plan to keep my scalp as healthy as possible this fall & winter.

How to Take Inspiration From Others to Create Massive Successs

In the day and age of social media, we're constantly bombarded with inspirational quotes, images, and testimonials.  In fact, a lot of these public online figures purposely utilize the strategy of living an aspirational life to draw you in. 

It's easy to crave a lifestyle that resonates with you and based on carefully crafted images.  But I want to talk about what it will take to bring that lifestyle into reality. 

The Beauty Essentials You Should Be Keeping In Your Office Drawer.

When I got my first real job in corporate America, I couldn't wait to work my butt off and climb the ladder to success.  Working towards promotions meant taking on more responsibilities which also translated to more stress.

I remember coming home, some days, looking like I had gone through it.  Once I realized what was happening, I decided to put a stop to it. I had to devise a strategy to keep me looking polished & refreshed all throughout the workday.  
I made a few changes to my workday routine and it made a world of difference!  This was years ago. If I were to go back into the workforce, I'd make it a priority to execute a mini-beauty and wellness routine throughout the workday.  

Here are just a few beauty habits that I'd incorporate.

Beyonce Has Mastered The Anti-Aging Makeup Look....Let's Discuss

Remember when you were younger and you couldn't wait to start wearing makeup.  It seems like nowadays younger girls are highly skilled at makeup application thanks to the beauty guru boom on Youtube.  Many of the self-taught, self-proclaimed makeup artists were wearing a full face beat while still in their teens.  They're able to get away with it because their youthful faces, combined with layers of makeup, created an interesting contrast. 

They'll soon realize that once they enter their 30's and beyond, a full face of heavy contoured makeup will have the opposite effect that it once had.  I'm starting to notice that celebrity women who are no longer in their 20s are leaning towards "no-makeup-makeup."  The reason for this is because everyone looks younger when wearing a fresh face. 

Recently, Beyonce released a series of images to celebrate another year of life.  In one pic in particular, she looked much younger than her age.  I'm sure photo was retouched to show Beyonce in her best light.  But that doesn't take away from the fact that Beyonce has perfected the clever strategy of using barely there makeup looks to appear forever youthful. 

You've OverIndulged on Sweets...Now What?

Although I don't have as much of a sweet tooth as I used to, overindulging on sweets is still very much a concern for me.  I noticed that, as I get older, my body doesn't respond to sugar the same way it used to.  Once upon a time, I could feast on sugar confections without having to worry about gaining weight, enduring any sugar crashes or headaches.  Nowadays, I really feel the effects of consuming too much sugar.

My theory is that, as we get older, our cells aren't as efficient at properly removing the high levels of sugar from the bloodstream.  Simply put, the older we get, the more obvious the consequences from a sugar overload.  I'm not ready to give up all sugar just yet, so I asked myself if there's anything I can do to minimize the negative impacts of sugar on the body. 

I came up with a few strategies that can really help word off some of the worst side effects of too much sugar.

How To Turn Your Daily Cup of Tea into the Ultimate Anti-Aging, Beauty Brew.

Not long ago, I shared a timely reminder from Halle Berry to incorporate a certain food into your diet as a part of your anti-aging and beauty regimen. Her favorite youth-inducing food just happens to be bone broth.  I'm sure Halle consumes lots of freshly brewed bone broth on a routine basis.  Bone broth advocates recommend that we indulge in this superfood every day.

That's a wonderful idea in theory but is it practical?

I love a homemade cup of broth as much as the next guy but it's really time-consuming.  After spending a few moments in reflection, I think I finally came up with a suitable alternative that will easily allow me to get my dose of collagen every day.