I'm a Guest Blogger on Chocolate Curls Beauty

Hello Beauties & Beaus,

I'm excited to share that I am not a featured guest blogger on Chocolate Curls Beauty an amazing online blog dedicated to multitextured beauties. Check out my first article here. I'm excited to be able to share some more of my many ideas and talents on such an amazing online platform. Special thanks to the Editor-N-Cheif Aisha for having me!

Stay Tuned for more information... I some more exciting news to share!!

Peace and Blessings,


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Beauty Hits Atlanta October 6th-7th #FDFabulous 2015 Event

Hey Beauties & Beaus,

I've been invited to attend Family Dollar's Fabulous Blogger Event in Atlanta Georgia this October! I'm so excited for this event and this great opportunity! I will be working with the Family Dollar brand over the next year to bring you guys some great information on their top-notch beauty and hair products offered in their retail stores across America. During the two-day event, I will vlog my entire experience to share with you guys. I am so excited to be a part of such a great event! Check out the video below and more facts about the Fabulous event!

Facts about Fabulous

  •          Family Dollar offers top notch beauty and hair products in our more than 8,100 stores across the U.S. to provide women an affordable way to connect their amazing inner beauty with their fabulous outer beauty.
  •          Fabulous serves as a foundation to bring awareness to the extensive line of national hair and beauty brands.
  •          Family Dollar is a virtual treasure trove because of its diverse product offerings. From beauty and hair brands to its new “Just Be…” fashion line, which launched in spring 2015
  •          Family Dollar’s ‘Just Be...’ fashion line was featured on the today show as a product to look fabulous on a dime (specifically the leopard print clutch)
  •          Family Dollar and its leading beauty and hair brands will provide beauty tips, hair how to’s, and insight on incredible looks on a budget to the beauty industry’s who’s who.
  •          Family Dollar’s assortment of brand-name hair and beauty products help create fast, affordable looks for in advance of the fall fashion season and holidays.
Check out more information on the event here

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Peace & Blessings


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How to Create a Basic Skin Care Routine

Beauties and Beaus, 

I always receive compliments on how great my skin looks. EVERYONE seems to want to know what do I do to get/keep clear skin. It can be flattering to a degree, but I honestly work hard and overtime to make sure my skin is in great condition. Just like everyone else, I have bad days and my skin looks horrible.  I frequently wear makeup, so I have to make sure I'm really sticking to my skin care routine to make sure my skin stays the way I like it. Growing up, like everyone else, puberty made my skin look awful! I have experienced bad breakouts and to combat this, I had to create a skin care routine that I have stuck to for years. The only thing that has changed over the years is the products. Before I proceed, here is my disclaimer: I am a licensed cosmetologist, not a dermatologist. I can't give you sound advice concerning acne and/or what products you should use to help clear your acne. If you believe you have acne and it's a serious case, please consult your dermatologist. 

A good skin care routine will consist of the following: CTM (Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturize). Simple and straight forward. EVERYONE, including the guys, should clean, tone, and moisturize their skin twice daily (Morning and Night). Skipping the twice a day will only create skin problems, not prevent them. I can not stress this enough. Most people wake up, splash water onto their face and they are out the door. This is not a great routine, water is great, but it's not enough. Let me break this down... 

Cleansing your face with a cleanser (soap, gel, or cream) will help to keep your skin clear from dirt, oil build up, and bacteria (all three are the primary cause for acne issues). Cleansing your skin regularly (2x per day) will help to get your skin on track and keep you from having problems in the future. In order for your toner, moisturizer and your extras (eye cream, exfoliant, facial mask) to work properly, you have to cleanse your skin. Avoid Bar Soaps such as bath soaps to cleanse your face. They can be over drying. 

Toning your skin will help to smooth it, calm it down after the cleansing process, replenish the surface of the skin, hydrate the skin, and remove any leftover makeup or dirt. Some toners even help to prevent breakouts or clear them up. You don't want to leave this out of your skin care routine.

Moisturizing your skin is necessary to help add moisture to your skin, prevent wrinkles, and protect it from sun damage. All skin types need moisturizer. Don't skip your moisturizer! 

How to determine which products to use

Before you purchase your products, you must first know your skin type. Many of the products your find in the store will be formulated to fit these five skin types. 

  • Normal: This skin type is neither oil or dry
  • Dry: This skin type may experience tightness, flaky areas, and/or dry patches
  • Oily: This skin type tends to be shiny, more prone to skin breakouts, and large pores
  • Combination (Normal/Oily) (Dry/Oily): This skin type will be oily in their 'T-Zone' (forehead, nose, and chin) area.
  • Sensitive: This skin type tends to react negatively to certain cosmetics and may become irritated by climate changes.

After you have determined what your skin type is, you can start purchasing products. You should know what your concerns are and what your desire to correct before choosing/trying a product to determine if you like it. For example I desire to prevent breakouts, I have combination skin, when I decide to try a new skin care product, I look for products formulated to prevent breakouts for combination skin. Finding the right product is simply trial and error. I have tried my share of skin care products and my favorite at this moment is the Aveeno skin care line. My focus is improving dark spots and evening out my skin tone. Aveeno focuses on doing this using soy. I use this product line daily and when I remove my makeup I use Neutrogena skin care products because they focus on deep cleaning my pores. If you've watched any of my tutorials, you will understand why I'm focusing on deep cleaning my pores at the end of the day. 

Products you need for a Basic Skin Care Routine
1. Cleanser
2. Toner/Astringent
3. Moisturizer (Day/Night)

Tools Needed for a Basic Skin Care Routine
1. Cotton Balls/Pads
2. Facial Cloth/Facial Buffs

Exfoliating and Facial Masks are two other important steps to incorporate into your skincare routine. Both can help to improve your skin further and keep it looking healthy and glowing. I will discuss both of these in later posts.

Keep in mind your diet (food intake) and water (8 glasses +) can determine the outcome of your skin. What you put into your body will reflect on the outside. I drink lots of water daily and I make sure to avoid sugary drinks/juice as much as possible. I prefer green tea (enriched with antioxidants) over other drinks. 

PS. As a woman of color, I swear by the Ambi Skin Care Product line. Especially the Complexion bar, Cocoa Butter bar, and Fade Cream. I will use these when I feel necessary. Throughout high school, these products were my favorites.

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Stylish Frames with Firmoo

My Friends at Firmoo sent me my first pair of fashion specs/computer glasses a few weeks ago and as your beauty best friend and blogger, I wanted to share my experience with you.  I don’t wear glasses, and according to my doctor I have 20/20 vision. However, I work at a computer for my full-time job, my blog, and I’m just an all-around computer nerd, so my eyes do get a little tired. I’ve experienced blurred vision and just achy eyes in general just from extended computer use. There’s a name for these symptoms, according to the vision doctor, the issue is Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). The solution is simple…computer glasses.  It was suggested to me to find some computer glasses to wear while working on the computer, and after searching Amazon and EBay, all I could find were these ugly yellow tinted glasses.  The frames were unflattering and the yellow tint just made it even worse. I just put it to the back of my mind to revisit at a later time.

Firmoo contacted me and sent me a pair of fashion specs/computer glasses to try and I love them! They are completely adorbs and I’ve received tons of compliments. Good-Bye to the traditional goofy looking computer glasses and say hello to computer glasses that can double as the perfect faux specs to add to your everyday look.  Firmoo offers glasses for both men and women and some amazingly cute sunglasses to help you beat the heat. The selection of frames to choose from are great, they offer nerd glasses, designer glasses, reading glasses, prescription sunglasses, big glasses, computer glasses (including blue-light blocking lenses) and much more! Their website is updated daily with new frames to choose from, no worries with finding frames to fit your style preference. 

As I mentioned earlier, the typical computer glasses are just unflattering in appearance. I took advantage of their virtual look viewer to find the perfect frames to fit my face and appease my sense of style. I uploaded a picture of myself, made my selection, and I placed my order. It was that simple. The checkout process was easy and far from difficult. I was so happy to have the option to choose from multiple styles and not just one specific style for my computer glasses. Most of all my frames would be clear and not yellow. What’s even better, my glasses serve two purposes. I don’t have to limit them to computer use only. 

 My glasses came within a matter of days, and I received my new stylish frames, a case, carrying pouch, a cleaning cloth, and a tiny (double ended) screwdriver.  They have helped tremendously when I use the computer. No more suffering from CVS! If you check out their site right now, they are having a sale until the end of July. As a bonus, new customers receive 15% off your first pair. If you wear prescription glasses, you can enter your information before checking out.

I love my new frames and I’m sure you will find a pair to fit your style and personality! Happy Shopping!  

Bare Face Kinda Day

Stay connected with Firmoo! 

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Honey for your Hair: The Amazing Benefits

Beauties and Beaus, 

Recently, I've been adding honey to my deep conditioner to add some extra love to my tresses. My hair is color treated, so it needs all the extra love it can get! I posted on my Instagram and Facebook page that honey can help to add moisture to your hair when used in your conditioner or as a conditioner. Who would have thought that nature's candy, the one thing I love to put in my oatmeal and on my toast, could help to improve my hair? The first time I decided to add honey to my deep conditioner, I was nervous. I was scared my hair was going to stick together or worse. I wasn't sure if I would need to shampoo my hair after rinsing, or if I would simply have a sticky mess on my hands. Surprisingly, I didn't have any of those problems. I rinsed my conditioner out with tepid water (lukewarm) and all of it rinsed out clean. No sticky residue and no need to shampoo my hair again. After drying my hair, I noticed how my hair was EXTREMELY soft. Honey is a natural emollient, it's going to automatically make your hair or skin feel softer. To my surprise, there are a lot more reasons why honey is great to use in your regular hair care routine. Check it out below:

  • Honey is a natural humectant, it will help to retain moisture and draw moisture into your hair or skin from the outside. 
  • Honey is a natural antioxidant, it will keep your scalp or skin clean. In doing so, it helps to stimulate the growth of your hair.
  • Honey also has antibacterial/antiseptic properties, it can help to prevent infections

There you have it, nature's candy can help to retain moisture, add moisture, make your hair feel softer, keep your scalp clean and free from developing further issues that will prevent hair growth. I highly recommend adding honey to your hair care routine, if you haven't already, it's great for the skin also! Many people use it to clean their face, it's great for eczema, preventing breakouts and helping to make your skin glow. I will admit, I haven't tried using honey in my skin care routine. Who knows, maybe in the future. Using Organic, unprocessed honey is better to use. Unfortunately, the honey bear we may be used to purchasing is not as potent as the raw natural honey. 

Adding to your conditioner 2 tbsps should do it. I never measure it out directly because I have free spirit tendencies. Whatever feels right to me. I squeeze and let my gut tell me it's enough (don't ask). I could use anywhere from 2-4 tbsps.

Check out these awesome conditioners you can make using other products you may have on hand: (Source)

Simply Honey
- Use honey and add some water to thin it out. Combine 1/4 cup of honey and fresh water to dilute it a bit. Apply it to your damp hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water. 

Apple Cider Cocktail
-Combine 1/4 cup of honey and 10 tbsps of Apple Cider Vinegar. Apply it to your damp hair and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Coconut Oil Sweetness
-Combine 1/4 cup of honey and 3 tbsps of warm Coconut oil. Apply it to your damp hair and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. 

Olive Oil Magic
-Combine 1/2 cup of honey with 1/4 cup of Olive oil. Warm the mixture a bit, apply it only as needed. 

I'm sure you have a huge question at this point, and I'm sure it's pertaining to rinsing it out to make sure your hair is free from honey. I get asked this question a lot and most of the time, I have heard that most can't seem to rinse their hair free of their conditioner. Rinsing your hair for about 3-4 minutes (5 minutes max) under warm water should do the trick. You have to make sure you rinse every part of your head completely (if you are doing this at home) under water using a spray nozzle or under the faucet. Your hair and scalp should feel clean to the touch (no slip, no gummy feeling), if it feels clean your hair is completely free from conditioner/honey. 

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GRWM: I just wanted to record a Video! Happy 1-month Anniversary to BLUSHED DIGITAL MAGAZINE

Beauties and Beaus,

I just wanted to record a video to share with you some good news in my life! Exactly one month ago I ventured into starting my own business. I recently launched Blushed Digital Magazine. More details are in the video. As a bonus, I simply recorded my makeup and hair for the day! Happy 1-month Anniversary to BLUSHED! 

Products Used

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: Ebony
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow: Dark Brown
MAC Studio Finish: NW 40

Rimmel London Face Primer: Fix & Perfect Pro
Maybelline Matte & Poreless Fit Me Foundation Coconut 355
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish: Dark

Urban Decay Primer Potion
LORAC PRO Pallet Light Bronze (Mobile Lid), (Crease/Transition Color) Sleek Cosmetics Contour Powder [Kelly skin tone brown], (Brow Bone Highlight) Taupe, (Crease/Outer ’V’) Pewter
MAC Fluidline: BlackTrack (Winged Liner)
Milani Supreme Khol Kajal Liner  (Lash line)

Top Lashes: Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptuous Mascara
Bottom Lashes: Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptuous Mascara, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

LASHES: Beauty Supply Store #747 S

LA Girl Pro Conceal: Toffee
NUANCE Concealer Stick: Deep
Ben Nye Setting Powder: Banana
Contour: Sleek Cosmetics Contour kit: Medium
Top of Cheeks Highlight: Sleek Cosmetics Contour Kit Medium


Urban Decay Deslick Setting Spray (HOLY GRAIL)

LIPS: MAC Fresh Brew 

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Five MUST HAVE Items for your Makeup Bag

Beauties and Beaus, 

Here is a quick/short list of the five items every beauty needs in her makeup bag. I'm sure you are wondering which makeup bag I'm referring to, but this makeup bag is the one you will carry with you in your purse. In the past, I've made the mistake of carrying a makeup bag and a lipstick bag (a bag loaded with all of my lipstick shades #teamtoomuch). After much thought and consideration, I realized that I needed to minimize and lighten my load by reducing the products I carry with me on a daily basis. 

5 MUST Have Items 

1. A Setting/Matte Face Powder: Every beauty needs a setting/matte face powder in her makeup bag. After leaving the house and getting busy our makeup tends to separate. The face powder is going to reduce shine and and get rid of any oil. Depending on your foundation, the setting powder will help to put everything back into place. 
2. A Kabuki Brush (Small): The small Kabuki Brush is for the Setting Powder application. After your foundation has began to oxidize, it's important to use a dense brush to apply your powder. Using the Kabuki brush will prevent your foundation from moving. Use a stippling motion and not a buffing motion to apply your powder. 
3. 2 Lipsticks (Dark Shade/Lighter Shade): You need at least two lipsticks to care with you. I'm a nude girl, so those lipsticks stay within the nude/pink family. These two lipsticks should be two that compliment your complexion well. I would suggest carrying the two you reach for the most. I got rid of my lipstick bag and decided to carry two lipsticks with me at all times. If I decide to change up my lipstick from the two I carry with me, I add the new shade to my makeup bag and put it back at the end of the day. 
4. Lip Balm: You need a lip balm! I'm sure you're probably wondering why if you're wearing lipstick, trust me, you need it. Applying a lip balm before you apply your lipstick will help to protect your lips and prep them for a smooth lipstick application. There are days after eating and drinking my lipstick disappears (I HATE THIS), and I may decide to not reapply. When I don't reapply I start to lick my lips. Let me just say licking your lips will make them drier. Apply the lip balm to keep your lips soft and beautiful. 
5. Oil Blotting Sheets: Depending on how oily your skin may become throughout the day, you may need to use an oil blotting sheet. If you have to use an oil blotting sheet, follow with your setting powder. My skin becomes oily in my T-zone only, the powder is sometimes the only thing I need. This is determined on your skin type and the foundation you use. 

Do you have these five items in your makeup bag? If not what are some of the beauty items you can't leave home without? Let me know below in the comment section. 

Thanks for reading! Please Share and Tell a Friend! Peace & Blessings


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Must Have Tools to Create Flawless Brows

Beauties and Beaus, 

I know you are probably thinking to yourself, "She's talking about eyebrows again?"...YES! I have my reasons, but just in case you're not up to speed about past eyebrow posts, check them below. It's a total of seven brow posts and this makes post number eight. I have finally reached my perfect number, so I guess I will rest my case after this post. Let me just catch you up to speed about you and the sisters (not twins) that have a permanent place in your life. Your brows frame your face and it’s important to take your time while sculpting your brows including choosing the right brow products for flawless brow enhancement. It's safe to say that I must stress the importance for your brows to look natural and not heavily “drawn on. Choosing the wrong brow product, or the most convenient brow product can yield the wrong result and give you heavy brows, which aren’t appealing in pictures.  I have found that using wax-based brow products make your eyebrows appear heavier leaving your brows extremely oily at the end of the day. In my opinion,  sculpting the brows with a great matte brow powder or a brow product that dries matte will give you a natural looking brow, but if you want the BEST brows, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil and their Dip Brow Pomade is going to give you the best looking brows ever!

This is not a shameless plug, and I am not getting paid to mention these beauty products. I believe they will give you the results you need to look your best. I swear by these two products (Brow Wiz and Dip Brow). I have attempted to go backward with using products I’m accustom to using and they just don't look the same. 
Sculpting your brows
When sculpting your brows, make sure you follow the three-point diagram. Your brow has a beginning, middle (the arch), and the end. It doesn't matter if your brows are thin, thick, or non-existent the three-point diagram works! Keeping the three-point diagram in mind, it's important to make sure you keep in mind the shape of your face. You don't want to over enhance your brows and you don't want to under enhance your brows. Over enhancing and/or under enhancing simply looks unnatural. You want to make sure you have a safe balance between the two. Below is a list of the tools need to sculpt the perfect brows. 
Avoid the Eyebrow Halo

Recently, I started to sculpt my brows before I did anything else to my face. Since I started to do this, I've noticed this has helped to make sure my eyebrows look the most natural, and to make the application easier. The purpose for sculpting your eyebrows before applying your foundation is to help you avoid the eyebrow halo. I cannot express how important it is for you to do this first before applying your foundation. Don’t misunderstand me, you can always do your brows last, but if you choose to do so, make sure you  use a flesh tone concealer (one that matches your skin tone) on the top of your brow and use the highlighting concealer under your brow. If you decide to sculpt your brows first, you can simply use the concealer of choice to clean up your brows. If you fail to blend out all of your concealer, you will have an unwanted eyebrow halo in all of our bridal pictures. 

If you decide to NOT wear foundation, use a flesh tone concealer. PLEASE do not use a light concealer. It's not a good look. 

1. Spoolie Brush: Use the spoolie brush to tame your brows and make sure the products your use are evenly distributed throughout your brow. 
2. Angled Brush: The angled brush will help to apply your brow product and make sure your eyebrows are sculpted perfectly.
3. Concealer Brush: The concealer brush is used to help clean up your mistakes and to enhance your brows more.
4. Brow Pencil: Your brow pencil is needed for obvious reasons, I use my brow pencil to help give me the shape that I want and sometimes I will use the same pencil to fill in my brows. 
5. Brow Pomade, Gel, or powder: These three products are used to further enhance your brows. If you are a brow expert, you can skip the pencil and use your angled brush to completely enhance your brows. Completely up to you! 

 My final wish for you and your brows: May your brow game be as strong as your coffee! 

Find more Makeup Info and Tips inside of the First Issue of Blushed Digital Magazine. 

Thanks for reading! Peace and Blessings


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Three Beauty Steps to Help You Beat the Heat

Beauties and Beaus, 

We are into the second week of July and I am excited about this because there will be exactly one more month left of this smoldering Georgia heat! I love the summer time, it's great for fun, cookouts, going to the beach, and the swimming pool. All of this is great, but what about your makeup at all of these different events and gatherings. You want to enjoy yourself, but you also want to look cute. I've come up with three different beauty solutions to help your makeup last in the sun and while getting wet! Ladies, we no longer have the excuse to not get in the water to avoid ruining your makeup.

1. Setting Spray: Apply a makeup setting spray after you've finished your makeup. I honestly swear by the Urban Decay Setting Spray. They have more than one type to choose from, but my favorite is their Deslick formula (helps with my oily skin). This setting spray will help to keep your makeup in tact all day until your wash your face. TRUST ME! It will hold up under water (I've tested it and it works) and keep your face flawless.

2. Refresher Spray: I'm sure you're probably wondering why you need a refresher spray, but the refresher spray is for the days when you're just out and about in the heat. The refresher spray will cool you down and also help to refresh your makeup if needed. The best refresher spray is the Evian Facial Spray, I featured it in my skincare routine video a few posts ago, it comes in various sizes and you carry it in your purse and keep it with you at all times. 

3.Water Proof it: Water Proof as much of your makeup as possible. Foundation, Mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and your brows! Most of the most popular products on the market today are waterproof. Using waterproof makeup products will of course stay put under water, but will also stay put all day. I love to use waterproof products just to make sure my makeup stays the same way as it did after applying it.  My favorites are the MAC Prolongwear Foundation,  L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara, Rimmel London, Urban Decay Primer Potion (you can always get a long wear cream eyeshadow), and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow.

Don't let the heat get to you, these three beauty steps will help to make sure you stay flawless in all of this heat and while playing in the water. 

Thanks for reading! Share and Tell a Friend! Peace and Blessings!


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The Ultimate Bridal Emergency Kit


I just posted the Ultimate Bridal Beauty Checklist and as a bonus, I had to share the ultimate bridal emergency kit. It's an easy kit that can be put together on a small budget. Honestly, most of these items can be purchased at your local dollar store. Find a cute wicker basket to place your items in and you're done! As the bride, you can create your own emergency kit basket, or you can simply pass this list on to your Maid of Honor or any of your Bridesmaids. Check it out below! 

  • Pain Reliever
  • Band-Aids
  • Chalk
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Eye drops
  • Hand Towelettes
  • Hair Pins/ Bobby Pins
  • Dental Plackers
  • Extra Earring Backs
  • Hem Tape
  • Fashion tape
  • Mini Sewing Kit
  • Safety Pins
  • Spot Remover (Tide To Go Pin
  • Tissue
  • Tweezers
  • Nail File
  • Nail Clippers
  • Breath Mints
  • Tooth Brush/Tooth Paste
  • Hair Spray
  • Tampons/Pads
  • Oil Blotting Sheets
  • Extra Panty Hose
  • Extra Undergarments
  • Deodorant
  • Super Glue
  • Q-Tip
  • Cotton Balls
  • First Aid Kit
  • Lip Balm
  • Lint Roller
  • Spare Phone Charger
  • Hair Elastics
  • Acne Spot Treatment
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hair Spray
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Batteries
  • Binder Clips
  • Your Favorite Drinking Tumblr or Straws
Find this checklist to keep it with you by downloading a free copy of Blushed Digital Magazine

Peace and Blessings

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