5 Spring Beauty Must Haves for the Busy Professional

 

Spring 2018 is here and it’s a perfect reason to update your beauty game. I have played with a lot of new goodies and some old hits as well. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to items that work. I tend to look at products I’m always reaching for and make me feel bawse on the regular. Being someone who not only blogs but also holds a professional role and is an entrepreneur, I need products that go the distance from catching a flight to sealing the deal over cocktails.

Just like your Spring cleaning, you should make sure everything you have is actually something you can use. I know when working with some of my beauty clients, people tend to hang on to products just to have it. If it’s not adding to your life then it needs to go.  I often will give products I don’t love to family and friends or if it’s a lot, I will donate to a local women’s shelter in order to spread the joy of beauty!

5 Spring 2018 Beauty Must  Have’s

Eyeshadow

With a billion new eyeshadow palettes dropping every few minutes, quality has gone done substantially.  As someone who is learning to work with less but still gets a big bang, I have really been intrigued by the 9 pan palettes from Morphe! I have about 4 palettes from them and they all bring the results I want. Now with any curated palette, there will be a shade or 2 that I just can’t wear because of my skin tone. But with their palettes, I have found they can translate well on a variety of people.  I have my eye on a few more as I want a bit of color for the summer months.

Foundation

My quest for a great BB cream for Spring and Summer has been a bit of a struggle. Many of the high-end brands just don’t believe black women exist or if we do we aren’t all the same color.  It’s upsetting as my hard earned dollars spend just as well but I found this beauty while in Target.  I  have loved Black Radiance for a few years now actually back when they had the best blushes for chocolate girls. I love this BB cream as it doesn’t make me look ashy and helps to even out the skin. If I want more coverage I will use a bit of concealer on the areas I want to be covered then buff this on.  It takes a few minutes for it to dry down to a beautiful matte finish. Can’t beat a 4.99 foundation find.

Sunscreen

Chocolate girls must wear sunscreen.  As I deepen my knowledge of acids and other skincare treatments something that constantly popped up was the need for sunscreen. The issue for women with darker skin is the horrid ashy look. No one wants to work hard on laying their makeup flawlessly to only see when they take pictures or in natural light, they look ghastly. I  picked up the Murad Invisiblur  SPF in a set from Ulta however if you want just the sunscreen Sephora will be your winner. I love how this blurs my pores well and acts almost like a primer for my BB cream. I will be giving a more in-depth review soon.  Take care of your skin and it will take care of you.

Lips

Ultra-violet is the Pantone Color of the  Year and I was so here for it. I love Smashbox’s Always Matte Liquid Lipstick in UltraViolet. It has a powerful color payoff and lasts forever. I have put this on in the morning and worked through many client meetings without needing a touchup. I love the formula as it looks on but doesn’t make my lips peel which is a common theme for liquid matte products. The color is a great way to add color to your daily makeup look and I have been stopped everywhere getting compliments on this color from both men and women lol. Take a step on the wild side a little.

 

Spring is a great time to clear outdated and unused beauty products and update with products that really meet your needs.  Each season I have made it a practice to clear out as I am always trying new products and I don’t want to end up on Hoarders Buried Alive edition because of beauty products.  Which product did you love and want to go ahead and pull the trigger on?

Traveling Beauty Must Haves: How to look like money with limited products

Back in March, I had another luggage scare because of American Airlines. I was tired from yet another work week on the road. To my fear and horror, once I sanitized my seat on the plane, one bag was logged but not the other. I look at my luggage like my kids so one of my children was not accounted for.

I am a lover of beauty and looking marvelous no matter where I am. The plane ride home was the longest 1 hr and 54 mins of my life. I was so thankful to see both bags appear on the baggage claim. After recovering I thought long and hard about this risk. Each time I check a bag it could be the last time I see them. Now, this may sound hella dramatic over beauty products, but for me, it was a great wake up call. I don’t want to sacrifice my best makeup for a job I’m not in love with.

To help recovery from such trauma I took it to the streets and found myself at Ulta. I wanted to find products that are compact and delivery results but more cost-effective.  The struggle for the girl who enjoys looking her best is making sure product quality is on par.  The days of drugstore products being below the standard have changed substantially. I love Ulta as it gives me the best of both worlds, the prestige lines, and the drug store.  I made a game plan of items I knew I needed in order to not skip a beat while out traveling.  A neutral eye is always going to be your best bet especially for professional trips, your base must make you look well rested and the tools of the trade don’t have to break the bank but must deliver.

Travel Beauty Must Have’s

Eyes

I found the Morphe 9B Bronzed Babe palette gives me exactly what I need to create my classic look and for only 12 dollars I couldn’t pick it up fast enough. I have been able to create my classic look with ease. The variety of finishes in the palette allow me to create that neutral look but then the shimmer shades allow me to add a bit of sparkle when I’m taking my look from day to night.

To finish an eye look liner is a must for me. To mix it up a bit I use colorful liners to give me a pop of color under the eye. It can create an entire mood depending on the color I chose.  The NYX Faux Black liners have really been helpful in adding color. I like the faux line because it gives you color but with a lot of depth.  My go-to eye always has some smokey elements.

I have a real love affair with lashes you guys. I feel it makes a basic look just instantly seem like it has it’s life together.  However, I have learned to forgo falsies as it just gives me a few more minutes back of my time.  If your adventurous getting semi-permanent lashes would be a great substitution.

Face

Your foundation needs to help your skin look better and not be something your constantly having to check. So back in December at my local Walgreens, to my delight, they were getting rid of all the Iman Cosmetics products. For me, I was like a kid on candy. I bought a variety of stick foundations and powders for 4 bucks. I love the finish of the foundation and they can double as concealer and contour sticks without taking up much space. I  have found using a damp Beauty Blender to blend it in and then set with powder allows me to reclaim my time through out the day.  

Blush will forever be a thing for me. I know for many years, I was afraid to use blush as I didn’t want to look crazy. Back in my younger days, there was a lady at church that looked like she got into fights with blush and lost every time. She would have to big red circles on her face where she applied the blush.  My former years as an MUA has taught me the beauty of it. To add color back into my face, I use an inexpensive yet effective blush trio from Sleek that I picked up while at Ulta as well. It gives me the variety I so crave but is compact

Tools

Going back to my former MUA days, I have accumulated a gang of brushes and have gotten spoiled with having a variety. I normally tote an entire bag of brushes but now I have truly minimized what I use. I take 1-2 brushes in order to swap out and clean in between now. My Real Technique brushes are highly effective and dry super fast. I also pack brushes that are double-sided in order to max space and provide me what I’m used to.

I’m still adjusting to how I look with less. At times we get super uncomfortable with baring our own skin. I recently took a bold move at work with my looks and it’s an emotional journey.   I miss my vanity at home which has everything under the sun I could want. However, I value my sanity and would prefer to pack less in order to limit the risk of losing things I adore. Travel is already highly stressful especially if you fly as much as I do. Streamlining your beauty game is life changing and I can sleep in a bit more.  What’s your favorite products to travel with or your travel beauty hacks?

 

 

My Skin is Magik: The Better Skin Co Review

I love getting goodies in the mail especially when they are skin care goodies. I was sent products from The Better Skin Co to test out. I admire the story of the owner who came over to the US and put her stamp on the beauty world. Ladies, never ever feel what you know can’t be used to help others.

About the Brand

They are Paraben, Surfactant and Gluten Free and Vegan. I tend to like products that aren’t chopped full of toxins as much as I possibly can. Each product is fast acting and helps to prevent skin issues like acne and dehydration from re-occurring.

Price points are between 18-68 dollars and they just recently launched at Ulta.

The Product Review

Mirakle Cream

I tried this product first as my skin is still recovering from the brutality that is Salt Lake City, UT and almost a month in Connecticut. I have what is considered combo dry skin. I applied this cream after doing my nightly routine and felt my skin was still a bit parched.

 

the better skin co mirakle cream I noticed an immediate boost in my skin moisture levels. I have tried a variety of creams from the low end and high end that doesn’t always hit the bill. I prefer creams that are moisturizing and not greasy. I felt this cream did its job of penetrating the skin and making me feel supple.

My initial review of this product is stellar and I want to continue using this to see i

 

f it lives up to its claim to help decrease hyperpigmentation.

Lava Magik

This is a unique product of the line to me as it’s a 3 in 1 product that can be used as a cleanser, scrub and mask. As someone who is learning to be a minimalist with travel, using products that serve multiple purposes is awesome. One of the claims of the product is that it helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars. As someone who gets the occasional hormonal outbreak, this really made me happy.

 

The product also helps to prevent acne outbreaks, has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to minimize pores, blemishes and re-texturizes the skin. With Spring being in full rotation, I have opted for a more 2nd skin finish which means using less full coverage foundations. If your skin is smooth and supple your foundation can thrive, if not then it will have a lot of issues.

Zit No More

Me and stress no each other real well. When I am stressed to the max my skin lets me know I’m out of order. Listen to your body ladies as it speaks very clearly. This product is a great acne treatment.the better skin co zit no more

I love products that help dry out stubborn and sometimes painful acne bumps and harnesses the greatness of essential oils such as Tea Tree, Rose Hop, and Rosewood. It also has a special technology to help protect skin from environmental pollution, especially since I’m always being introduced to foreign areas.

I love a great day, especially for great skin care products. From 3/18 to 4/7, ULTA.com will be offering TBSCO’s Lava Magik at 40% off as part of their 21 days of Beauty promotion.

Spring Fresh: How to get the that face in 20 minutes

The birds are chirping outside my window on this bright glorious morning. I have a meeting with a potential client for my consulting firm later this afternoon. As I do some daily self- reflection I notice I feel uninspired. As someone who is constantly burning both ends of the candle, I run the risk of burnout quite often. This is the plight of many women out there especially those who are aspiring entrepreneurs or those who are on their corporate ladder grind.

Makeup is often seen as a luxe item or optional item, however,  I beg to differ. What you invest in, will produce results. I invest in my appearance and personal development in return, I have grown by leaps and bounds. You don’t have to be rich to look it. To advance in life how you package yourself matters.  As a black woman, it’s easy to put on this mule mentality where you don’t take the proper time to care for your own needs. Being someone who is transitioning from that mentality, it hasn’t been easy but I know I’m worth the time.  If you plan what is important to you, you will see results. If you want to see a better you this is the perfect time to start investing.

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Spring Revamp Fashion: How to refresh your closet on a Budget!

Bright prints and florals will always be the spring fashion staples. I adore wearing bold colors as my skin looks amazing in them. Now some parts of the country are stilling getting this white stuff that falls from the sky, but being in Texas we are enjoying wonderful cardigan weather. I’m always on the web looking for fashion inspo for the office. I got a lot from this article from ThredUp.  Working in corporate doesn’t have to be boring nor complicated. I don’t allow myself to be boxed in by what people think is plus fashion, I always will push the envelope and try new things.

Wardrobe Temperature Check

As I looked through my closet, I began to start taking into account what fits me well and what must go.

. I also took into account my weight loss. As my weight decreases, I want to make sure my favorite items still add to my image.  It’s nothing worse than a nice garment that doesn’t positively contribute to your life. It’s like a boy who well isn’t great.

Now that I know what’s in my closet, I created a list of pieces I really wanted to try this season. I really adore bright, hyper-feminine items. It’s something that feels bad ass when I wear things that people don’t believe should be done by a plus chick or professional. As a woman in these corporate streets, many believe you have to wear boring drab fashion. As long as I am alive, I will fight that with dope fashion.

Updating your wardrobe doesn’t have to break the bank. I first hit my local thrift stores to see what they have that can hit my goals. I also hit one my favorite site, Thredup an online thrift store that has amazing brands and up to 70% off retail. We can always use extra coins in her purse lol.

The Results

Outfit 1- Walking on Sunshine

I picked this bright yellow Eloquii skirt from ThredUp that instantly felt like a sunny day. Wear pieces that make you happy, your mood and bounce will change. I am a big supporter of rocking whatever the hell you want. Bozma St. John defines what a woman should wear to the office. Own your power ladies and rock out. I paired it with my other love, stripes. The nautical vibe screams wealth and lavish in my book.

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