Friday, March 30, 2018

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Yesterday, I made a couple of stops to some local beauty supply stores in search of a product or conditioner to help me address my unusually dry hair.  My hair was in need of something special and intense.  A product with the ability to transform it with just one use.

Once I arrived at the second location, I realized that the answer to my ultra dry hair would not be found at any of the stores.  I didn't need another product, I need to refine my technique.  More specifically, a technique I developed a couple of years back when my hair was at its worse.

I'm here to share this intense moisturizing technique with you today.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A few years ago Salma Hayek stated in an interview that she doesn't have much time to work out to maintain her lean figure.  Instead of sweating it out in the gym, she holds her body in a way that "activates her muscles" all day long.

When I first heard of this, my mind immediately wanted to dispell her "fitness secrets" as a big fat lie.  Shortly after giving the interview, a bunch of news outlets published articles to dispell the myth that holding your body a certain way to maintain a toned figure is possible.

Over the years, I've really reflected on what Salma said and now I realize that she may actually be on to something.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Self-care is something that I've been very interested in over the past few years.  The idea of treating and nourishing your outer and inner self was just too attractive not to pass up.

I fell in love with the idea of enjoying facials, massages, and various other beauty rituals as a means of taking care of myself.  All of these things are really great. But they fall into the category of what I call "self-care 101." These are the easy activities that we enjoy doing but they only scratch the surface of the layers that make up one's self-care journey. 

Let's talk about some of the not-so-easy self-care activities that are just as important as getting a mani-pedi. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

As a woman with tiny little eyes, I'm forever grateful for the advent of mascara.  Unfortunately for me, simply coating my lashes with mascara doesn't always produce the result I want.  I'm pretty sure that I own over 20 tubes of mascara.  Each one of them promised to give me the appearance of false lashes but many failed to deliver.

Over the years, I picked up a few tips to help improve the end result. Some worked well, others, not so much.  But today, I learned a new trick that made an immediate difference.  Best of all, the solution is absolutely free and takes only a second.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

I adore when celebrities give us a glimpse of products they're loving.  Some of them are very generous with sharing some of their #notsponsored favorites.  Karrueche Tran is a favorite on this blog because (1.) she's really into her skin and beauty routine and (2.) she shares what snapshots of the products she loves.

The other day, she shared a simple image of a product with no caption.  As usual, I took a screen shot.  After taking the screenshot, I did something I've never done before.  I immediately went online and purchased without even researching any reviews.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

My tummy has always been my problem area.  Not only do I store a lot of belly fat in my midsection, I'm also prone to bloating.  Recently, I decided that I've had enough.  Instead of sitting back and hoping the bloat would go away, I implemented what I call the "bloat protocol" to massively reduce my daily bloating.

My tummy is rarely ever completely flat.  The culprit is a combination of excess belly fat and bloat.  Because I was bloated most of the time, I couldn't accurately assess the amount of belly fat I was dealing with.  In order to get to the truth, I had to eliminate the bloating once and for all.

Friday, March 16, 2018

I'm pretty sure that most, if not all of you have heard of dry skin brushing before.  It's basically a holistic technique where you stroke your body with a huge bristled brush for the purposes of stimulating blood flow while exfoliating the skin.  Sounds good right?

Loads of women utilize their body brushes before jumping in the shower to loosen dirt and hopefully diminish the appearance of cellulite.  Before getting into rebounding, I'd often brush my body to stimulate lymphatic drainage and detoxification.

Dry brushing the body is cool and all, but I think I've stumbled onto something even better.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

This is the second post in a series where I gush over the effortless glow of a summer muse.  Last time, we analyzed the root cause of Gabrielle Union's summer glow.  Today, we'll rehash what we know of Kelly Rowland's beauty rituals.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I was scrolling through reviews for a liquid hair supplement the other day.  I then came across a comment that immediately caught my attention.  The reviewer shared her disdain for the product. She then went on to say that taking probiotics and other vitamins gave her better results.

Probiotics? What do probiotics have to do with healthy hair growth?  At first, I thought this woman was sadly mistaken. But then I did some digging and realized that probiotics might play a major role in healthy, shiny hair growth.

Monday, March 12, 2018

We're nearing the end of the first quarter of the year.  Around this time, I like to take a moment to assess my progress in relation to my goals.  In 2018, I'd like to apply the lessons learned from the goals reached in 2017 along with those that I didn't accomplish.

After taking time to dissect the reasons why some goals happened, while others didn't, I've finally realized the ultimate factor in goal achievement.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Many years ago, I took a finance course as a part of my college curriculum.  I was already working in my career field by day while taking classes at night. I'll never forget the guy who taught the course.  He was an investment banker who taught college courses in his off time.  A portion of the class was dedicated to reviewing required coursework. The rest of the time, he would show us how to find high-performing stocks and mutual funds using resources online.

This guy was a bit of a genius.  He often boasted about being the youngest person to pass the Series 7 course in our state.  Because of him, they developed a law that no one under the age of 18 could take the test.  At at the age of 17, he couldn't legally sign binding agreements with his clients although he was technically licensed.  He loved his job and gladly gave out free investing advice to the entire class.

On the last day of the course, one of the students raised his hand and asked for permission to speak. He then stood up and thanked our professor for the advice he graciously provided about how to pick out high performing investment opportunities. This student immediately applied the technique taught to us.   His picks performed so well that it provided him the income to purchase a boat.  I sat in my seat in complete shock.  We were all given the same knowledge. But he was the only one to apply the stock picking advice.  And he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts.

From then on, I made a vow to apply any financial tips and strategies that came my way.  Today, I'm here to share a small tip that 100% of you can and should apply ASAP to start earning more money right away.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Every time a person of influence shares a glimpse of their favorite beauty or health product, I take a screenshot.  Recently, I noticed something peculiar.  Looking back at all the images captured over the past year or so, I've amassed a small collection of images of people proudly displaying their ginger tonics.

Is this a trend?

There has to be a reason why so many pseudo-celebrities are serious about making sure ginger is a part of their daily life.  Let's discuss a few reasons of why ginger shots should also be your newest obsession.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The other day I captured a screenshot from an Instagrammer who shared a glimpse of how much revenue her online store is doing. After taking the screenshot, I sent it to a couple of friends who are aspiring entrepreneurs.  Soon afterward, we exchanged a series of messages proclaiming #goals while celebrating the success of another girl boss.

Looking back at my images, I realized that I've been capturing inspiring screenshots for a while now. Each one of them is more inspiring than the last. Yesterday, I came to the realization that no matter how amazing these screenshots are, they haven't impacted my life one single bit.

This has to change.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Spring is within arms reach.  Which means that we'll be rocking open-toed shoes again.  Are your feet spring ready? If not, I stumbled on a quick little DIY tip that could save the day.

Best of all, it involves using a facial product that most of us already own.  This by far is the most effective hack I've ever come across for hydrating and nourishing your feet.  I promise that if you try this, you will have no worries come spring.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

I'm currently on nail polish purchasing rampage.  Ever since I discovered these amazing pinky nudes, I've been on a mission to collect every shade on my list.  My intention, this year, is to maintain the appearance of my nails as much as possible.

But, I gotta be honest, it's sometimes a hassle.  I paint my nails and, within days, I start seeing signs of chipping.  Since I'm not one of those girls who immediately addresses the issue, I end up walking around with raggedy nails.  That defeats the entire purpose.  I'm not opposed to redoing my nails, but just not every few days.

Determined to find a solution, I did a research by reaching out of a nail guru I follow on Instagram.  She revealed her secret to manicures that last several weeks.

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