Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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.

Monday, February 26, 2018

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.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

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.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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.

Monday, February 19, 2018

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.

Friday, February 16, 2018

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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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.

Monday, February 12, 2018

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.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

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. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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!

Monday, February 5, 2018

I'm back and ready to discuss a wild theory.  I've been thinking a lot about this and wanted to share with you all.  The topic today is related to an article I wrote long ago.

Basically, I discussed the premise of how physical exercise could spark hair growth.  When the idea first crossed my mind,  I tried to validate it by searching for the personal experiences of others.  Sure enough, I read multiple accounts of folks who claimed to have experienced increased hair growth once these started working out regularly.

Heck, even Adriana Lima attested to it.

In researching the experiences of others, it was evident that some reaped the healthy hair rewards of exercise while others didn't.  Genetics is sometimes blamed as the culprit for the disparity. And they could be right. But I think there's another factor at play.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

It began about a month ago.  Cold temperatures meant that I had the heater on full blast.  An unintended side effect was extremely dry air.  The job of any good heater, or AC unit, is to control humidity.  This isn't a bad thing during summer.  But, when humidity levels are already low, plucking what's left of it out of the air is disastrous for the skin.

There were nights when I'd wake up extremely uncomfortable.  I thought that removing layers of clothing was the solution to help improve my rest.  But that wasn't the answer.  What I was dealing with was an onset of dehydration as I slept.  And it was pretty bad.

To solve the problem, I implemented a simple solution and have experienced a multitude of benefits ever since.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

I'm a compulsive snacker.  When I'm bored, I'll reach for whatever's available.  Typically that means something sugary and devoid of nutrition.  But now I'm thinking about spring skin goals and I've made the conscious decision snack on foods that'll feed my skin from within.

I'm trying to keep everything easy & effortless. So basically, I plan to keep snack options around that I can feast on knowing that they'll bring me closer to my skin goals.  Here's the list I've compiled so far.

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