Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Charlotte Tilsburry Comes Thru with Lip Colors that look Amazing on Brown Skin

I was a lip balm kinda gal for such a long time.  Deep down I had this unhealthy fear of wearing lipstick.  Since my lips were already pretty full, the last thing I wanted to do was accentuate them.  Another challenge was finding colors that flatter my two-toned lips.

I've finally decided to stop avoiding lipsticks and start embracing them.  I love colors that enhance the natural feminity and beauty of the lip.  It should compliment your overall look, not take away from it.  Which is why I'm really excited to have stumbled upon Charlotte Tilbury's lip color collection.
Monday, August 29, 2016

How to Create the Life You're Obsessed With

I'd like to share a story that marks the turning point in the direction of my life. One day, several years ago, I took a morning walk before work at a popular park downtown.  While there I saw a young lady who embodied the vision of I had for myself.  She was physically fit. Her skin was even toned and glowing. Her hair was ultra healthy and she looked really put together.  The moment I saw her, I started thinking about how much I was unlike her.  My mind instantly began to focus on how different my current life was compared to the vision I had for myself.
The negative thoughts grew until I could physically feel it in my body.
Sunday, August 28, 2016

[Who to Follow] @tostos_

Happy Sunday.  Time to feature another stylish Instagram muse.  These are the women who grace our feeds with endless glimpses of inspiration.  The young lady we're featuring today is Alexandria Sho-Silva.
I absolutely love this girl's style.  Particularly, I appreciate how she blends a bit of old Hollywood glam with a modern aesthetic. Her unique take on traditionally feminine looks is quite refreshing.  One thing that Alex does really well is to dress right for her body type.  She figured out what looks work for her and she wears them well.

Notice how most of the dresses she wears have a similar silhouette 
Alex's style is also quite minimalistic.  Instead of centering her outfit around accessories, she chooses to accentuate her look with a bold red lip, voluminous curls, and a pair of statement sunnies. Although she maintains a signature style, Alex also likes to switch it up, from time to time, which is what makes her feed so interesting.
Alex rocking a glorious black and white kimono
I should also mention that our girl is a budding entrepreneur who launched her line of uniquely designed  framed sunglasses.
Be sure to follow Alex on Instagram and check out her website.


The Facial Gadget that Exfoliates, Deep Cleans Pores & Makes Your Products Work Even Better

After finding a local esthetician school that offered skin care services at a fraction of the price, I immediately scheduled a series of microcurrent facials. I'm one of those annoying clients that like to talk and ask questions throughout the entire ordeal.

Durning my second visit, I asked the nice young lady, with beautiful skin, what her favorite treatment was.  Her answer was a bit surprising.  Instead of microdermabrasion or deep exfoliating peels, she started telling me about a little machine that she claims "made a real difference in her skin."
Friday, August 26, 2016

How to prepare for an Amazing Weekend

Happy Friday! The thing about Fridays is that we're always excited when it arrives. And, by Sunday night, we're thinking "where did the weekend go?"  Saturday and Sunday seem to go by so fast.  I think part of the reason is because we unconsciously allow those short 48 hours to slip through our fingers.

One way to make each weekend better than the last is to create a mini ritual to set these two days apart from the rest of the week.  Friday's are the perfect time to kick it off.  Feel free to create your own personal ritual but here are a few suggestions to help jump start your weekend.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

[Mark Your Calendars] MAC to launch a Taraji P Henson Capsule Collection

I just got wind that MAC is launching another celebrity inspired makeup line and I couldn't be more excited.  Typically, I admire these mini collections from afar.  Probably because the colors aren't always as wearable as I'd like.  But they're finally releasing a line that I'm truly happy about.
This time, their muse of choice is Taraji P Henson.  But instead of using her infamous character Cookie Lyons as inspiration, they opted for hues that Taraji herself would wear.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

[Get with the Winning Team] The Exfoliating Ingredient that Outperforms Glycolic Acid

After learning of the power of acids to eliminate dead skin cells and diminish discoloration I immediately sought to implement it into my daily skin routine.  So far, I've picked up a glycolic acid based cleanser and a serum.

Although the products I chose are pretty mild in strength, I still enjoyed some benefits.  Recently, a facialist checked my skin up close under ultra bright lights and commented on how well the scars were fading.  That made me feel good but, in reality, it's still taking way too long for them to finally go away.

Today I stumbled on a study that detailed the effectiveness of acids on treating discoloration. Turns out that I could have experienced faster results if I had gone with a different type of acid.
Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Motivation | Stop Being Petty about your Fears

One of the first things I sought out to do, after leaving my job, was to connect with entrepreneurs and those who were on their path to freedom.  One thing we all seem to have in common is this constant struggle between wanting to experience success and having to face our fears just outside our comfort zone.

All of us have the same thing in common. Our fears seem so big and so real. But are they or are we making them out to be something they are not?  Are you being petty regarding the things you fear?
[When someone takes a small subject and blows it out of proportion. ]
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sophia Roe Reveals Her Flawless Skin Care Secrets

You may recall our previous feature on the Plant Based Chef and Nutrition Curator, Sophia Roe.  She's committed to living a healthy lifestyle.  As we know, enjoying a largely plant based diet and drinking loads of pure water will have a positive effect on our appearance. Sophia has radiant skin. But, that's kinda expected, right?  But even with the help of eating really clean, she still has a very detailed routine that takes her skin to the next level.
Friday, August 19, 2016

[Love Her Look] Rihanna Perfects the Boyfriend Shirt

Rihanna is one of those people that can pretty much wear anything and get away with it.  But I think she shines the brightest when she keeps it simple.  One of my favorite looks of hers is this over-sized shirt paired with the distressed skinny jean.
What makes this outfit work is the perfect balance of both masculine and feminine.  The loose fitting button down resembles a man's dress shirt.  Rihanna  then softened the look by opting for a pair of ultra sexy slim heels.

And what's more feminine than the red lip?   I'm sure she's rocking her signature RiRi Woo which is a slight variation from the original cult classic.  Notice the loose curls which also add a feminine element to her otherwise masculine look.  Another thing to point out is how Rihanna sports minimal accessories.  In another snapshot of the same look she's carrying an oversized white clutch bag.  Instead of layering on jewelry, she opted for a few statement rings.
What great about her look is that we can easily recreate it.  All it takes is the perfect boyfriend shirt.  Rihanna is rocking the Will Striped Shirt by Isabel Etoile. After doing a little checking online, I found a wallet friendly alternative from H&M in a men's or women's version.  As fall approaches, I'm on the lookout for outfit ideas that transition easily into the new season.  This look is just perfect for that.  The open toe sandals are reminiscent of summer while the long sleeve top provides a little warmth during the cool autumn nights.

 

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