Sunday, January 31, 2021

 


As you all probably know, my favorite thing to discover on Instagram are the beauty products loved by semi-celebrities.  I'm obsessed with unsponsored, behind-the-scenes glimpses of what the girlies are using to create amazing skin.  

And I love sharing the beauty secret reveals with you.


Model & tv-hostess, Kayla Nicole, has been glowing lately.  Perhaps it might have something to do with a recent reconciliation with her NFL beau Travis Kelce.  Or, maybe it's because she discovered a routine that makes her skin look unreal.

Friday, January 29, 2021

 


Wearing a mask every day has really brought my attention to the fact that I've really neglected my eyes.  I didn't really notice the tiny fine lines forming until I started covering half my face.  Now that I know, I've decided to take immediate action.  

My first plan of action is to smooth out and brighten my eye area with the help of Peace Out Retin A Stick.  

Phase Two of my plan involves paying a bit more attention to making my eyes appear more captivating.  Unfortunately, I was cursed with small eyes and even tinier lashes so I've got my work cut out for me.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021


 I own a lot of beauty products.  A lot. But there's one critical ingredient missing from my collection that I can no longer be without... retinol. 

If you're serious about slowing the signs of aging, retinol is a must-have.  


Retinol is basically a skin super-hero with the ability to do all of the following:


-Clear Acne


-Face Discoloration


-Brighten Skin


-Eliminate and Prevent Wrinkles.


Is there anything retinol can't do?  There's this woman I stumbled on Youtube years ago who looked waaayyy younger than her age.  Her secret? Retin A on a nightly basis.  Retin A is a prescription-strength version of retinol that sometimes causes visible peeling and irritation.  Those with sensitive skin prefer retinol to avoid the undesirable side effects.   I have a tube Retin A that I use from time to time, but I'm never consistent because of the excessive dryness and peeling.


Instead of giving up on Retin A altogether, my alternative is to incorporate retinol somewhere in my daily rotation.  Most brands offer a retinol creme but I'm already in love with Kiehl's Ultra Nourishing Creme and I don't want to let go. 


Thankfully, a new retinol product came along that is literally a dream come true.

Monday, January 25, 2021

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Not long ago, I wrote an article sharing the story of a woman who manifested her dream home in Bali. Within days of writing the article, an old friend reached out to catch up.  During our phone convo, I asked her to fill me in on what she's been up to for the past year. 

It turns out that her life has been on a positive trajectory for the past year.  When we last spoke, she was trying to gain her footing as a new entrepreneur and decided to move back home with her family to limit monthly expenses.   At one point was contemplating even selling her car. 

Fast forward to 2021 and her situation has completely turned around.  She has multiple clients and is ready to move into her dream apartment next month. I bet you're wondering how she went from crashing at her parent's place to moving into an apartment near downtown.  

Simple.  She followed the exact same formula as I shared just days ago. 

Let's discuss.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

 

Weekends are the perfect time to experiment with new makeup looks.  With only a month or so left in winter, it's not too early to start fantasizing about warm summer afternoons.   I long for the day where we can expose our entire faces in public again. When that day arrives, I'll be rocking a cheeky glow.

You might ask yourself, what's a cheeky glow?  It's a state of existence where you appear to be blushing and glowing all at once.  It's absolutely mesmerizing and I'm going to tell you exactly how to do it. 

Thursday, January 21, 2021


This year,  I really wanted to hone in on my ability to manifest.  Whenever I want to improve a skill, I seek out others who've achieved what I desire.  Today we're going to study the manifestation testimony from a young lady who lives in her dream home in Bali.

I love drawing inspiration by the experience of others. Being inspired essentially means that we're "filled someone with the urge to feel or do something (creative)."  So let's learn from her story and be inspired to create our own manifestation success. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021


 If you suddenly received a 10,000 deposit in your bank account, how would you allocate it?  Take a few minutes and relish in that thought.  Would you use the money to pay off debt?  Would you treat yourself to something nice or maybe upgrade your car?  Would the $10,000 put towards the purchase of a new home? The possibilities are endless.

Now imagine if you received an extra $10k in your bank account every year!  Think about how much that could impact your life.  

If you'd like to experience this as a reality, I'm here to show you the way.

Monday, January 18, 2021

One of my favorite, most memorable phrases from The Secret Movie is when Mike Dooley looks directly into the camera and dramatically tells the audience that "thoughts...become...things."  That was one of the most powerful statements I’ve ever heard. It also helped change the paradigm of how I viewed the act of creation.

If one would simply think the right thoughts, they could essentially experience that thought into reality.  I believed Mike 100%, but as time went on, and I practiced the law of attraction for myself, I realized that his statement was only partially correct.

Thoughts aren't a thing.  It’s an opinion or an idea that resides only in the mind. Thoughts don't automatically become things.   If repeated over and over, thoughts become a pattern of thinking. Thought patterns have the potential to influence our actions and that's where the magic happens.

Saturday, January 16, 2021


Over the past few years, we've seen a huge increase in loungewear's popularity.  Back in the day, we'd wear sweats for a lazy weekend at home.  Now sweats are the go-to essential for a casual winter look.  I like being comfy as much as the next person, but for some reason, I just can't fully get into sweats.  

So I'm taking a different approach.  

Instead of loading up on a bunch of sweatshirts, I'll be investing my hard-earned money on a few statement sweaters.

Friday, January 15, 2021

With dry air season upon us, all I can think about is how to maintain soft, hydrated skin.  Thankfully, I just so happened to be on Instagram on the day that Samaria Leah shared her favorite body creme.   If you don't know, Samaria is the daughter of LL Cool J.  But she's also a budding entrepreneur who's launched a denim based fashion line.  

Nowadays she mainly posts new releases from her brand, but every so often, she'll drop a gem like the one I'm about to share with you today.

Thursday, January 14, 2021


Somewhere on my list of to-dos is the intention of compiling a list of my current beauty favorites.  Today, I'm happy to share recent purchases that will certainly make an appearance on that list.  Last year, Glossier announced the release of a couple additions to their beloved Cloud Paint line up.  I couldn't resist myself, I had to give Spark a try.

Over the course of time, I've purchased Cloud Paint in numerous shades.  It feels like I've been on a relentless search for the perfect cheek tint.  I wanted to recreate the look of naturally flushed cheeks but that's not always easy to do on darker skin tones.  

Thursday, January 7, 2021

 

Today’s discussion is inspired by an article I published recently.  The topic was about how drinking green tea was shown in studies to promote increased circulation and blood flow to the skin. That discovery was exciting enough but while researching I came across one interesting note made by the researchers that I thought needed to be discussed further.

In the study,  researchers also compared a group that drank green tea in liquid form versus those that took green tea extract in capsules.  As expected the green tea capsule group did not compare with those who drank green tea in liquid form.  Their levels of antioxidants and other active compounds found a  much lower than the green tea drinkers. 

Earlier this week, I was on Amazon checking out reviews of a supplement I was interested in.  This supplement was developed specifically to help promote clarity and mental focus. One of the reviewers stated that they weren't experiencing the same level of results with supplements as they did when taking it in powder form.   

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The worst winter experience has to be stepping out of the shower then subsequently experiencing dry skin even though you were emersed in water only minutes before. It never fails, the minute you step out of the shower it’s like a timer goes off in which you have a small window to moisturize your skin otherwise you’ll be dealing with extreme dryness for the remainder of the day.


For some reason, lotions just don’t seem to have the same effect in the winter like when it’s warmer. Their formula seems to thicken as temperatures drop making it more difficult for them the permeate dry skin. 


Thankfully, it seems as if there’s a new answer to our winter dry skin woes. Beauty brands have felt our pain and developed a new line of products made specifically to moisturize post-shower skin.


Ladies, allow me to introduce you to in-shower body conditioners. 

Monday, January 4, 2021



One of my intentions for the year is to flatten my midsection. Ideally, I’d like to achieve this result in the simplest way possible. The easier method, the more I'm motivated to get started and stay consistent.

Wouldn’t you know it, I just happened to stumble upon one of the easiest ways to flatten and tone your tummy ever. It’s called the Japanese Towel Method and some claim that it actually works to flatten your stomach without you having to move a muscle.

Sunday, January 3, 2021


Here we are, in the midst of a new weekend. But this isn't just any weekend.  It's the first weekend of 2021.  To commemorate, I'd like to share a lifestyle design ritual I've implemented in the past that I'll be bringing with me into the new year.  


This ritual was born out of my desire to incorporate an action component to my feel-good routine.  I wanted to really raise my vibration before the start of a new week. The only way to do this was to invest part of the weekend into the deliberate act of creation.  

Saturday, January 2, 2021

 

Green Tea Benefits for the Skin

The other day I talked about how important it is to engage in activities that promote healthy circulation.  Within the context of beauty, I especially believe in maintaining healthy blood flow to the skin. One of the most powerful ways to stimulate circulation is via a relaxing session in the sauna.   

But I know that not everyone has direct access to a sauna so I'm here to bring you a suitable alternative.  

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