Thursday, April 27, 2017

Foundation Drops | A Dream Come True if You're #TeamNoMakeup

When I began my skin care journey, I've set one clear goal.  To have skin so flawless that foundation wouldn't be necessary.  I want skin that looks just as good bare as when it's camouflaged with high-end foundation.

Every day, I get one step closer.  I'm still not there yet so foundation is still a critical part of my life. I I'd like to ween myself off having to rely on a full face of foundation in order to look presentable. Seems like I may have found a product that aligns with my dream of having skin that looks incredibly natural and flawless.

While at The Makeup Show, I stopped by NYX's booth to see what all commotion was about.  The small crowd almost prevented me from taking a closer look.  But I decided that it was worth the trouble if it meant finding that one item that would change everything.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Model Grace Mahary Reminds Us How To Get That Summer Skin Glow

The warmer it gets the more I start thinking about the full manifestation of summer.  I've already begun rummaging through my drawers in search of summer gear.  The only thing going through my mind is how I can nurture a head to toe glow.  On my hit list is to one day finally experience a Korean body scrubbing but until then, I'll focus on the next best alternative.
Monday, April 24, 2017

How I came to believe that I could earn a $10,000 a month

Many years ago, I had a conversation with my brother in which I asked him to imagine what it would feel like to earn $10,000 a month.  I could see the expression on his face change as he tried to imagine the scenario.  He struggled mightily.  After a few moments of quiet and discomfort, he finally admitted that it was nearly impossible for him to imagine earning this much money a month.

Recently, I asked a few of my friends the same question.  Everyone I ask has difficulty picturing themselves earning this type of income.  I did one point.  Whenever I tried to imagine the scenario, my mind drew a blank.  That's when I realized that this was a huge part of the problem.  My mind kept shutting down because it didn't believe in such a scenario actually becoming a reality.

As long as my mind couldn't picture it, I knew I would never experience it.

Friday, April 21, 2017

This Simple At-Home Treatment Will Remove Your Stretch Marks & Body Scars

The other day I was watching one of my favorite reality shows.  There was a scene where two of the main characters enjoyed a day of beauty treatments.  Instead of enjoying a leisurely massage, they opted for a more aggressive option.

While laying face down, the two women endured a full body micro needling treatment. By the time the session was over, their entire bodies were red with all the blood flow.  My first instinct was to cringe at how much pain they had to endure.  Then I wondered why they would even do micro needling over their entire bodies.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Style Edit // Summer Festival Lookbook

Coachella is currently in progress which means the start of spring/summer outdoor season.  I figured now would be a great time to collect some style inspiration for festival outfits ideas.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Using The Power of Your Mind to Create the Perfect Ending for you Life.

One thing I hate more than anything is a movie ending that's completely different from what I expected. I loathe movies that end in a manner contrary to what I wanted to see. It doesn't matter if the movie was one of the most cleverly directed features ever if the ending is not up to my standards, I completely dismiss the entire film as useless.

Even when I was young, I would become extremely upset if I were ever interrupted from a pleasant dream. Whenever this happened, I would try my darnedest to fall back asleep and create the ending that I wanted. Sometimes I would even try to create alternate endings to dreams that did not meet my expectation of a suitable experience.  My number one priority was to always create the perfect result.
Friday, April 14, 2017

3 Ways I'll Incorporate Activated Charcoal into my Daily Beauty Routine

I've been aware of the many benefits of activated charcoal for years.  But I experiment with lots of products so I put charcoal on the backburner.  Today, I happened to stumble of Biore's Deep Pore Charcoal cleanser.  I wanted to try it so bad.

But instead pulling out my credit card, I came up with a better solution.  That moment I realized that I could use charcoal in multiple ways in my everyday beauty routine.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Is Pine Cone Extract the Key to having Toned, Firm Skin?

I'm sure 100% of us would all agree that if we could prevent or avoid sagging skin, we would.  Firm, taut skin is the epitome of youth.   Modern cosmetic science has a myriad of ways to address sagging skin from surgery to fillers and everything in between.

But Japanese researchers seemed to have uncovered an all-natural alternative that may hold the key to firming skin.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

10 Proven Methods To Eliminate Acne Scars For Good.

I love combing through various studies to uncover what methods really work based on clinical trials.  Today, I'm pretty sure I've stumbled on the mecca of all research papers on how to address acne scars once and for all.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Stop Your Doubts from Sabotaging Your Dreams

Back when I used to do a lot of development coaching, one strategy that I'd frequently employ is the art of listening.  I don't mean your typical listening that normally goes on in regular conversation.  I listened for the types of words used, I listened for the person's mindset, and I listened for hidden beliefs that resided in the person's subconscious.

One thing I notice that people do is sabotage their own efforts.  In the same conversation, they'll speak life on their goals and simultaneously destroy it.  The worst part is that most people have no idea they're doing it.  I think we all do it to some extent.  But to us is sounds like we're reasoning or like we're going over the pros and cons.   Going over pros and cons is a good thing, but there's a fine line between being logical and completely destroying any chance of you moving forward.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Four Phases of Growing Your Business to Six Figures

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend.  She's an entrepreneur who's somewhat in the early stages of scaling her business.  The two of us like to discuss our short and long-term business goals.   In one particular conversation, I went off on a small tangent and elaborated on my philosophy of how a business should scale.

My philosophy isn't necessary the truth, it's just my opinion based on personal experience and studying the path of others.  Since our talk, I decided to put some more thought into my process. I felt it necessary to share because I know there is a group of you who are either working on developing your business or want to explore entrepreneurial freedom in the future.

Here are my simple thoughts on the growth goals you should consider establishing along your journey to become a successful entrepreneur.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Is This Alternative Facial Treatment The All Natural Replacement to Botox & Fillers?

Yesterday, I stopped by local skin spa for another B12 shot.  While waiting for my appointment, I had a  conversation with another patient.  After communicating for a little while, we realized that we both shared a love for micro needling.  I've received multiple needling treatments and can confidently say that micro-needling was one of the best decisions I've made.

This whole idea of leveraging needles to promote collagen production is quite fascinating. Something magical happens when the skin experiences microtrauma. This mild trauma kicks off a healing and repair process that produces healthy, younger looking skin.  

Today I'm here to bring you yet another treatment that may produce similar results with less trauma.
Gwen Stefani @ 47 years old
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Yet another use for coconut oil that you've never thought of.

Who among us doesn't have at least one container of coconut oil nearby?  The number of ways that I use this heavenly oil is infinite.   Seriously, I use this stuff from my scalp to my toes.  Coconut oil works just well as pre-shampoo treatment as it does a makeup remover.

Today, I've discovered yet another use for the mighty coconut oil and I can't wait to give it a try.
Monday, April 3, 2017

How to Reach Your Goals without Taking That Much Action

We're at the start of a new month (and a new quarter).  This usually triggers me to take a look back at my previous results while clarifying new goals to focus on for the next 3 months.  This morning, as I thought about my strategy, I realized that over the years, I've utilized 2 main methods of goal achievement.

The first method is pretty traditional.  Identify what I want to accomplish, establish the right actions, then work hard until the objectives are met.  We're all familiar with this type of strategy because it's the most common.

The second method of goal achievement involves leveraging the law of attraction. It's a more indirect approach, but it works almost as well as the traditional method.  And it feels less strenuous.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

3 Reasons Why You Should Trim Before Summer

A couple years ago I instituted the micro trimming process into my hair journey.  Basically, I trim minuscule amounts of hair on a monthly or every other month basis.  One positive benefit I've enjoyed from implementing this method is thicker ends overall.  Micro trimming has been really good to me.  So good that I've pretty much avoided having to do a mini-chop to salvage my ends.

While I'm grateful to have not suffered any major setbacks, I'm strongly considering doing a mini chop anyway.  I'm really trying to convince myself of why I should do a "pre-summer trim" and these are the reasons why I think it makes total sense.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Clay vs Mud. Have You Been Using The Wrong Mask This Entire Time?

Two weekends ago, I attended the Makeup Show.  This is always one of my favorite events because that's when I stock up on my holy grail beauty item.  Once I scratch that off my list, I take time to fully enjoy the entire experience.

This year, one booth in particular, had my full attention.  Their marketing banners boasted about an all natural skin product loaded with minerals that would nourish the skin instead of polluting it with chemicals.  I stood at the front of the booth and listened intently as the co-owner passionately detailed the benefits of their dead sea mud based products.  At one point during the presentation, she pulled out their "mask in a tube" and applied a little on her hand.  One of the people gathered around the booth asked "is that a clay mask?"  "No, it's a mud mask!"  Although she didn't expand any further, I made a mental note to research the difference because the level of conviction in her voice convinced me that knowing the difference was important.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Albert Einstein's Visualization Process Gave Me Crazy Powerful Results.

Since it's Monday,  I wanted to kick off another week of experimentation.  To ensure that I have a powerful week, I decided to continue my practice of visualization.  But instead of doing it in a haphazard way, I wanted to create a definite process.

My mind isn't really wired to create clear pictures.  Some people are fortunate enough to easily visualize whatever they want.  If you're one of those people, please put that gift into practice as frequently as possible.  I struggle with it.  I struggle with figuring out what to picture. I struggle with making it seem real and believable.  I struggle with staying focused and not allowing my mind to wander to other topics.

But I think I have a technique that just might help me overcome all of these obstacles
Friday, March 24, 2017

Summer Body Project | How Not to Gain A Bunch of Weight on Your Vacation

In less than a month, I'll finally get to enjoy my first getaway of the year.  Typically, whenever a beach vacation is approaching, I'll ramp up the frequency of my workouts and watch what I eat.  Usually, if I'm disciplined enough, the results are pretty decent.

Getting down to my goal weight is not the problem. It's what happens after I return.  Vacations are sometimes a double-edged sword because it means lots of high-fat meals and added weight gain.  Normally, I don't mind it all that much but this year, I have two getaways planned months apart.  What I don't want is to slim down, come back heavier, then have to quickly drop pounds again before jetting off.

The plan is to enjoy all the fun and food without having to experience a weight loss set back.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Clarisonic has entered the Anti-Aging Game with this Product Penetrating Facial Massager

I'm huge fan of facial devices.  Currently, I have quite an extensive collection of various types of facial tools. we ever own enough?
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Essential Beauty Items that Should Be in Your Car

It's officially spring.  I love bringing in the new season by removing clutter, writing down new goals and such.  One idea that popped into my head is putting together a little kit of essentials to keep in my car.

It's gonna get really hot in my state really soon, and that's a huge factor in what items I keep in the car. Warm temperatures can destroy perfectly good products and I don't want that.  But there are still some essentials I want to keep on hand in the case of emergencies.
Monday, March 20, 2017

How to Ensure You'll Actually Do What You Say You'll Do.

An interesting thing happened over the weekend.  At the start of the year, I established the intention to "live a lifestyle that creates a desirable weight."   Ideally, I wanted to maintain a decent weight without having to work too hard for it.  The easier it was to maintain, the better.

At this point, I'm happy to say about 5 lbs away from my goal.  With 5lbs left, I decided to be a bit more intentional.  With the weekend approaching I told myself "I'm gonna eat healthy for the next few days."

Fast forward 24 hours and I'm ordering from a drive thru menu.  The following day, I place an online order for a veggie pizza.  That was in complete misalignment to the intention that I set the day before.  That's when I deiced to take a completely different approach.  Instead of putting out a weak intention and allow things to magically happend, I changed the strategy.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Struggling to lose Weight? You're Probably Missing the Obvious Culprit.

A friend and I were having a conversation the other day about our plans to slim down by summer.  Both of us started off strong and experienced decent weight loss thanks to our newly formed habits. But now, we've hit a slight plateau.

I'm sure that a lot of that is related to some backsliding in our eating habits, but there could be something else at play.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Acne Scars | The One Instance Where Your Melanin Is Working Against You

A short while ago, I watched a video of a young lady enjoying an Oxygen Facial.  Once all the steps in the process were complete, the esthetician grabbed the sunscreen.  This is a pretty normal way to end every facial. But it was what the woman said during application that peaked my interest.

As the woman was rubbing in the sunscreen, she told the happy client that the sun's harmful rays are "attracted" to dark spots.  There was no further explanation.  Once the video ended, I went on about my day like normal.  But for weeks now, her comment has stayed with me.  I had to find out if her statement about the sun being attracted to dark marks was actually based on reality.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Process of Redefining Yourself As Who You Want to Be

Sometimes, when I'm having a conversation with someone, they'll describe themselves as having certain characteristics. In my mind I'm thinking, "you say that about yourself but your actions don't reflect it."

This weekend, I realize that I've been doing the same thing.

 After reviewing my list of priorities for this week, I noticed that most of the list is a continuation of things I haven't gotten done.  Worse yet, some have been lingering for months.  I like to think of myself as someone who takes action but, truth is, I've become an avid procrastinator.  

It wasn't always that way.  I actually was someone who took fast action.  But, over time, I created a new reality for myself.  I designed a reality where I operate as someone who continuously procrastinates. I take full responsibility because I know that it was my own doing.  
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Must See // This Obagi Facial is the Greatest of All Time.

You may remember Brittney Hampton from a previous article on the topic of her favorite detox tonic.  Brittney is one of my faves to follow on social media because she's pretty transparent about her beauty routine.

The other day, I received a message from a homie on Instagram alerting me that Brittney was documenting her professional facial.  I've seen videos of Brittney's facials in the past. In fact, she's even a client one of my favorite skin centers in L.A.

But this time was quite different.  After watching the video, I concluded that Brittney was receiving the best facial of all time.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Got Acne? Follow This Simple Advice Straight from a Professional Dermatologist

I still shudder when I reflect back on the days when I constantly suffered from breakouts.  It was years of sheer agony.  There was a lot of trial and error before finally making progress.  One thing I wish I would have done differently was visit a dermatologist for professional advice.

Yesterday, I happened upon a video where a beauty guru with amazing skin mentioned that her skin's turnaround was a direct result of partnering with a dermatologist.  He gave her a small suggestion that really made a difference in her acne routine.  After following his advice, her skin transformed.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Forget Lotions. Body Oils Are What Your Skin Is Craving

A few years back, I was introduced to baby oil gel by a stewardess with amazing skin.  Since then, I've been hooked.  Every winter, I stock up on a couple bottles.  But as it gets warmer, I realize that I may need to switch up.

What I needed was a lighter version of my beloved skin gel.  So I began the search for a suitable alternative.  The solution was to replace the gel with oil. But not just any oil would do.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Style Obsession // The Pleated Skirt

Last fall I visited New York for a few days.  Whenever I travel to a major city, one thing I always do is keep an eye out for any emerging style trends that haven't yet reached the mainstream.  Sometimes I come back unsuccessful, but this visit was quite different.
Sunday, March 5, 2017

[Try This] The Layering Technique That Takes Your Highlight to the Next Dimension.

A little while ago, I shared a lash magnifying trick from a world renown makeup artist. Pat McGrath has decades of experience in the world of high fashion.  Her makeup looks have been featured on countless runways and editorials.

When Pat announced the launch of her own makeup line in 2015, anticipation was at an all-time high Shortly after the launch, everything sold out. I'm just now learning about Pat and her contribution to the beauty industry.   The instant I learned of Pat's Skin Fetish highlighter kits, I wanted one.  But since they were all sold out, I tried to be patient and wait for the next release.

Once again, I'm too little too late.   This morning I learned that Pat released her coveted highlighter kits on March 3rd (just two days ago). When I rushed to her website this morning, they were already gone.  Maybe a year from now she might release Skin Fetish again.  But until then, I'm determined to create a DIY workaround that produces similar results.
Friday, March 3, 2017

If You're Serious About Hydrated Skin, You'll Definitely Want This Beauty Gadget

As I grow older, one thing I need to be really obsessive about is the moisture level of my skin.  I'm one of those people who have naturally oily skin.  Sometimes we oily girls don't moisturize adequately because we think our skin doesn't need it.  This way of thinking is flawed and only perpetuates the problem of dry skin.

 I've had professionals look at my skin up close and tell me that I need to focus more on moisturizing.  But I don't really listen.  I've done stuff like buying various facial mists and making sure there's always a humidifier nearby.  But I don't really take topical skin moisturization all that seriously.

Yesterday, something happened that changed all of that.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Do This After Meals To "Erase" The Effects of Your Bad Eating Choices

I'm having some work done on my home.  My stove to be disconnected for a couple of days.  I used this as an excuse to cheat a little on my diet.  Out of convenience, I treated myself to frozen pizzas. Out of greed, I finished my meals by enjoying ample amounts of caramel gelato.

As soon as I was done, I questioned my choices.  I imagined my arteries becoming clogged with all of the sugar & fat now floating around in my bloodstream.

Instead of regretting my gluttonous rampage and making a promise to myself never to do it again, I went online to see if there's anything I could do to minimize the impact.  Moments later, I learned the solution that could help balance out my high-fat meal.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Mid-Day Refesher//Creating Perfect Moments in a Stressful Workday

When I held an office job, I developed a set of routines and self-care rituals that I'd incorporate throughout the day.  It was my little way of getting reconnected with myself in a crazy, hectic environment.  By the end of the workday, I'd leave the office looking refreshed, unphased and unbothered by the craziness of the day.
Once I left the office environment, I'd forgotten about my little routine and how amazing it was. I realize now that I absolutely need to create an updated version.
Monday, February 27, 2017

Decisions are useless, you have to make a choice.

This month is wrapping up.  It's time to stop and do a little assessment on how things are going.  Remember the two months ago when you were all excited about everything you'd get accomplished this year?  How's it going so far? Sure, we still have many months ahead but we all know how fast time flies by.
At the start of the year, I set a few goals.  In actuality, I made several decisions about the direction of 2017.  Making a decision is a great starting point.  It's like getting into a car and turning the keys.  But, I gotta be honest.  Most "decisions" take us absolutely nowhere.  There is another key element required if you actually want to achieve your goal.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The 7 Day Experiment That Saved My Skin

I had such a great result the last time I did a 7-day experiment that I decided to do another one.  The inspiration for this challenge was two-fold.  First, there's road construction just outside my home which essentially turned my street into a dirt road.  Every time I step outside, I'm surrounded by dust. The second reason why I tried a new technique for 7 days was due to a revelation I received after watching a YouTube video.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Working on Your Summer Body? The Collagen Bed May Be a Beauty Treatment You Need

Yesterday, I was strolling through a small, hip part of town when suddenly I saw a building that looked somewhat familiar.  I'd never been there before. The familiarity came from having seen it online.  It's a local skin spa owned by a WOC.  When I first discovered it online, I made a little promise to myself that I would visit.  I loved the fact that she offered many "up to date" treatments like microcurrent and skin needling.

When I walked into the luxuriously decorated waiting area, I had no expectations. I just wanted to check things out.  Little did I know that I would be introduced to a full body beauty treatment of the future.
@king_khaila enjoying a collagen bed experience
Thursday, February 23, 2017

This is How to Keep Your Eyes Looking Younger Forever.

I was asked via email if I could share a few recommendations for a decent brand of eye cream.  After a few moments of reflection, I decided to respond by writing an entire article dedicated to creating a well-rounded eye care routine.
Monday, February 20, 2017

Naomi Campbell's Makeup Artist Taught Me the Secret to Perfecting My Mascara Application

Naomi wearing a glamorous sequence dress + diamond accessories
I love watching beauty gurus on Youtube as much as the next guy. Even though they're a talented group of young women, there's nothing that compares to learning makeup application techniques from seasoned professionals.

They offer up simple tips and tweaks that make an immense impact on the final result.  So far I've learned quite a bit from Sir John, the man notorious for keeping Beyonce looking flawless. When I recreated a look from Kim Kardashian's makeup artist, I loved it!

This time, I learned the ultimate tip from the woman who's artistry helps to perfect Naomi Campbell's face.

Remove Your Self-Imposed Limitations to Make Room for the Impossible

Once upon a time, I attended a small gathering with a group of people who were on a path to personal success.  At the meeting, we were all encouraged to talk about our current intentions and share goals we achieved in our past.

When it was my turn to speak, I felt pretty good.  For at least a year, I was hard at work on my goals and I had some great news to share.  My story began with the reveal of how I utilized the principles learned from "Write It Down, Make It Happen" to nearly double my annual salary.  In my mind, I had achieved a huge feat.  I was certain that the facilitator would use my story as an example of how to do it right.

But the exact opposite happened.
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.

Cozy winter scarf + Jacket
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.