Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Every so often, I'll receive a DM from one of you lovelies informing me of an Instagram Beauty secret reveal that I wouldn't want to miss.  Days ago, a reader sent a message after she witnessed the masking routine of a makeup artist known for creating the most beautiful glow on her clients.

The perfect glowy finish is nearly impossible to pull off unless you have an ultra smooth surface.  That's probably why this makeup artist is so serious about her masking routine.  In the stories, she created a "masking cocktail" comprised of two separate clay-based masks.  The moment I saw her mix the two products together, I was instantly inspired to create a masking cocktail of my own.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Lori Harvey is one of my favorite muses.  I love how she'll sometimes give us a glimpse into what products she's using to maintain her perfect skin.  Last summer, she shared a couple of IG stories that I quickly captured and filed away for reference.

I nearly forgot about that beauty secret reveal until I came across the lost files today.  In the stories, you see Lori proudly displaying her skin's insane glow.  She then proceeds to give thanks to two products that helped create such a magnificent outcome.

Let's discuss.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

When contouring gained popularity, I took a look at the technique and decided that contouring wasn't really for me. But, at the same time, I realize that simply applying one shade of foundation over the entire face can sometimes produce a result that's flat and monotone. 

I thought there was no solution to the problem...until now.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Losing weight isn't quite as difficult as keeping it off.  When we need to trim off a few pounds, we know what to do.  We modify our diet and the pounds start coming off.  That's because we're creating a calorie deficit.  Meaning that we consume fewer calories than we burn.  Simple enough, right?

Maybe not.

Because often times, the weight we lost months ago starts to creeps back. I've experienced this personally and most others have too. Why? Because long term weight loss is nearly impossible unless one major puzzle piece exists.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

What's your definition of a holy grail product? For me, when a product reaches holy grail status, it means this product has met all of your needs. You no longer desire to seek out alternatives to create better results because you found the product of your dreams.

Well, ladies, I have found the exfoliating products of my dreams.  For years I've written about the impact of physical exfoliation and how it holds the key to beautiful skin.

  I've tested a lot of products in search of the one.  Today, I'm here to proclaim that I have indeed found my holy grail exfoliating products.  And life will never be the same.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Over the years, I've invested quite a bit of mental energy on eliminating bad habits.  I've tried some of the common advice you typically find online. A lot of those techniques haven't produced effective results.  Recently, I was inspired by a brilliant idea that might be the answer to getting rid of bad habits once and for all.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

This year I vowed to rely on protective styles all summer to avoid having to battle with the Florida humidity.  The very first style idea that came to mind were goddess locs.  Since I have a mini-getaway coming up soon so I decided that now would be the perfect time to try these silky dreads.

The first thing I did was head to Instagram and search the tag for a local stylist.  I landed on a page and admired the girls work.  Eventually, I clicked the bio link to her website and discovered that these locs could cost me nearly $400.  I understand that braiding styles are a huge time investment, but $400 was a bit pricey.  In actuality, I didn't need a stylist to hand wrap the individual locs. I needed a simple solution that would produce the same results.

And I think I've found it!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

As you guys know, I'm a sucker for a beauty secret reveal.  Typically, the tips are coming from Instagram models and pseudo-celebrities. This time I was inspired by A-lister, Will Smith.  When you think of Will Smith, you don't expect him to share his beauty secrets.  You can imagine my surprise when I opened Instagram and saw his recent post from the set of another installment of Bad Boys.

The caption was simple, he explained how keeping his eyes and hands "soft and glowy."  The accompanying image showed Will sitting pretty as he wore undereye sheet masks.  What really caught my attention was gloved hand.  My first thought was "is he wearing a sheet mask for hands?!" 

Indeed he was.  Until that very moment, I had no idea that sheet masks for hands even existed.  As soon as that realization came, I was inspired with an idea of how to do this treatment at home for less.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Every so often I'll walk by someone who smells absolutely amazing.  I still think about that person moments after we've crossed paths, simply because I was enamored by their scent. I've always wondered if I ever left an impression on a complete stranger because of the captivating nature of my favorite fragrance.

I  categorize my perfumes into two groups.  Group #1 is comprised of the date night/evening scents. The rest are the fragrances that fall into my everyday rotation.    My day time fragrances were hand selected to play an important role in my feel-good routine

The only problem is that some of my favorite every-day scents have very little lasting power.  Yes, I know that budget-friendly fragrances don't last as long. but I still want to extend them for as long as possible.

Thankfully, I've learned of a simple & effective hack that several people proclaim is a solid strategy for a longer lasting fragrance.

Monday, April 8, 2019

It's Monday.  At the start of every week, we typically make a mental note of everything that we'd like to accomplish.  Last week, I had a pretty extensive list.  Some of it consisted of personal goals, the rest of the tasks were given by my business coach.  

A new week has rolled around and I realize that many of the tasks aren't yet completed.  Why? Because I still have time to quickly do them and......I'm waiting until the last minute.  Yep, I'm procrastinating and I'm fully aware of it.  In my mind, there still seems to be an infinite amount of time left to complete my to-do list so I'm waiting until a later time to start.  

Actually, I'm not going to wait until a later time.  I'm getting it done today!  How?  I'm going to break my procrastination cycle using a simple technique that will propel me into immediate action.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Last month, I spontaneously walked into a lab testing center and asked for them to conduct a complete micronutrient blood test.  This is something that I've thought about doing for a long time.  After turning 40, I understand that my body isn't operating the same as it did 2 decades ago.  I had a bunch of questions in my mind and I wanted answers.  Which vitamins was I deficient in? How was my metabolism functioning? What changes did I need to make to my diet to be the healthiest version of myself?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Over the years, I've developed sort of an obsession with body exfoliation.  Having soft skin all over is an amazing feeling.  Now that warmer weather is approaching, all I can think of is how to slough off the dead skin so my arms, legs, back, and shoulders will glow in the summer sun.

I have a few tricks up my sleeve.  Just the other day, I restocked on my favorite Tree Hut Sugar Scrubs.  I also plan to make good use of the Salux Cloths I've purchased in the past.  I thought I was set.....that is until I learned of a body exfoliation product that may be far superior to everything I own.

Monday, April 1, 2019

My mom loves working in her garden.  Every year, she always brings up how she needs to start planting seeds within a certain time frame in order to produce a decent harvest.  Recently, news came out that Rapper 50 Cent could be the beneficiary of hundreds of millions of dollars thanks to his savvy investing strategy.  50 was an early investor in a mattress company now worth a billion dollars.  Curtis Jackson (50's government name), has made a lifetime of investing.  He has a string of successful investments on his resume. He believes in allocating a portion of his money into opportunities that produce a solid return.

I, too, want to become great at investing.  Basically, I want to allocate money and time into endeavors that have a potential payoff.  Investing takes on many forms. Most of us think about investing as buying shares of companies.  Yes, this is a common type of investing, but I want us to expand the definition so the habit of investing can become a regular part of our lives. 
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