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SKINCARE ROUTINE, TAO AURA CLEAN FACIAL BRUSH, FACIAL BRUSH, SKINCARE REGIME, SKINCARE ROUTINE WOC, HYPER PIGMENTATION, HOW TO TREAT ACNE SCARS, BEAUTY BLOGGER, TATA HARPER SKINCARE, LUXURY SKINCARE, CETAPHIL, BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHÉ LOTION PIGM, SUNSCREEN ON WOC, WOMEN OF COLOR SKINCARE, SKINCARE BLACK WOMEN, DALLAS BLOGGER

 

Hey loves!

 

Today’s video is all about my day and night skincare routine. My skin is typically Normal to Dry and never suffered any acne related issues. Well, this year my skin decided to freak out on me. I was getting a hormonal pimple EVERY, SINGLE, MONTH! Not fun!

 

Not only was I dealing with trying to figure out what was happening, but I suffered from hyper pigmentation scarring as well. Hyper pigmentation on women of color can be a bit of a challenge in regards to fading the dark marks. Thankfully, I found a few products that has gotten rid of them. Hey, playing connect the dots with your pimple scars is not cute at all.

 

I knew then that I would have to step up my skincare game. No more going to bed with makeup on or only using one cleanser and a moisturizer. No ma’am! That would no longer do! So I’ve tried a few different products that have gotten my skin in check. When trying to develop a skincare routine, trying lots of products is a given. You have to determine what works and what does not. Yes, it seems like a lot of products and I don’t use all of them, ALL OF THE TIME. But, I now know what my skin needs when I do my daily routine. And that, my friends is coming a mighty long way from where I started.

 

Check out my Youtube video as I share with you my skincare routine, how I treated my hyper pigmentation and discuss a few of my fav products. One being the TAO Aura Clean Facial Cleansing brush! What I love about this brush is the sanitizing base which has a UV lamp inside that sanitizes the brush head. Thats right, you don’t have to leave your facial brush out on the counter exposed to dust, hair and who knows what. The sanitizing feature was the main reason why I purchased this brush. I love it and can’t imagine washing my face without it!

 

Must have product for your skincare routine!

If you are interested in the TAO brush,  they were so kind to provide my readers with a coupon code “AFL50” for 50% off!! MAJOR coins saved! It also comes in a Matte Black, so get one for your boo too 🙂

 

Products Mentioned:

CLEANSE

Cetaphil

*TATA HARPER Regenerating Cleanser

SERUM & TONE

YEOUTH Vitamin C Serum

*TATA HARPER Hydrating Essence Spray 

Mario Bedescu Rose Water Spray

BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE PIGM Toner

TREAT & CORRECT

SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

MOISTURIZE

*TATA HARPER Eye Cream

CO BIGELOW EXTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION

ROC Multi Correction 5 in 1 SPF Cream

*TATA HARPER Clarifying Moisturizer

HydroPeptide Eye Authority

*TATA HARPER Beautifying Face Oil

 

Disclaimer: Items marked with a (*) have been gifted to me.  All views and opinions of the products shown are solely my own!

September 22, 2017 0 comment
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Hey Loves!

 

Happy Sunday! I receive so many emails, DMs or what have you from those of you who are interested in blogging. The blog life can be A LOT!! I haven’t gotten to where I want to be with blogging. It is my hope to do it full time with the income to match. I got a ways to go before I get there. But, let me tell you, the journey has still been quite rewarding.

 

Blogging requires time, money, and passion! If you plan to only blog once a month or barely that, you need to re evaluate your goal. You MUST be consistent. Blogging is an oversaturated industry. I always tell those who are interested in starting a blog, that you have to treat your blog like it’s your best friend. You don’t go months without saying hi to your bestie do you? If you did, your relationship may suffer a bit and you may not be as close as you once were. Thats why consistency is important! If you followers don’t see you or hear from you, they move on to the next blog. You have to remain in front of the faces of those who support your blog. Otherwise, they will forget you and move on! You want to grow your audience, in order to do that, you must remain present!

 

I have been blogging for about 2.5 years. Majority of that time I was working a full time job. Well, I was laid off several months ago. I am actually looking into a new career in the field of Social Media. I am hoping to work with a brand or company as a Social Media Specialist or Strategist using what I have learned in blogging. During this time of being laid off, I had to be more mindful of my spending habits, which also meant not shooting with my photographer every two weeks. Insert tears here! lol. It’s not too bad, as its hot here in Dallas, so the thought of doing a shoot in this heat drains me. So I have to look for other ways to get pictures done and keep the blog going.

 

Queue the title of this post, work with what you have!! My husband blessed me with a DSLR camera for Christmas and honey it’s the best gift ever! I’ve used this baby constantly!! I am yet learning how to use this camera to the best of its capability. I took online workshops on photography, looked on Pinterest for tips and just practiced on how to use my camera.  Today I had the day to myself with Camille in school. I had to get this top and beach blanket photographed for the blog. So I pulled out my tripod, my handheld timer and headed to my back yard. I just wanna say that I appreciate my neighbors for their gorgeous pink tree in the background. It was just what I needed for a pop of color lol.

 

So even though this photo isn’t filled with a bright wall, or a downtown backdrop, its still a pretty picture. Sometimes we get caught up in to the look of things, that we don’t admire whats around us. The trees, the sunshine and the breeze that blessed me this morning. Now, the mosquito bites I received on the other hand, I can’t do anything about that! lol.

 

I encourage you to make the best with what you have in this blogging adventure. People are looking to see you for who you are. Who is the girl behind the lens? What is her personality? What makes her laugh, what makes her dance?! Embrace that and enjoy the ride!

Want to know more about this Blog Life?

If you enjoyed this post, PLEASE let me know. I have more to come! Especially behind the scene tips and the like!

 

 

Outfit Details

c/o SheIn Eyelet Dress $23

(comes in four other colors,

dress is meant to wear shorts, pants, leggings underneath)

Henri Bendel Bella Flat Top Sunglasses 

Banana Republic Straw Fedora Hat 

(old, linked similar)

c/o Shein Tribal Beach Blanket $12

(this is very thin, sheet like material)

 

*Disclaimer: Items marked with “c/o” have been gifted to me. Views and opinions are my own. I strive to provide honest and open feedback to my readers.

September 10, 2017 2 comments
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Hey loves!

 

So I was contacted by Chrystal, the owner and designer of Fifteen and Fifteen, a handbag and accessories company, to check out her handbag line for review. As soon as I clicked on her site, I was immediately drawn to the fanny pack and knew I had to have it. This Fifteen and Fifteen fanny pack is leather, big enough to hold my iPhone 7plus (because thats important) and you can also wear it as a cross body or clutch. I love when I can get a versatile handbag that I can style multiple ways. It also comes in burgundy and black. Absolutely perfect for fall season, am I right?!

 

Its so funny, I remember back in the day (late 80s, early 90s) rocking a fanny pack a time or two. My mom had one too. It was the age of convenience over fashion. If we were headed to a theme park or field trip, the fanny packs came out to play. Too bad they were not as cute as this one. Clearly we committed a few fashion dont’s back then! Lord, bless us!

 

Anyways, its hot as heck here in Dallas. So I kept this look simple and wore it with t-shirt and jeans. Oh, and this Zara bandana scarf? I happened to find myself there the other week (oops). I had to have it for only $12! Sometimes, you just need a little “something” to pull an outfit all together and I believe this scarf did just that. I’ll be wearing it all season long with blazers, jackets, wrapped around my handbag and even a bracelet. I can’t wait!

 

Where can you purchase this Fifteen and Fifteen fanny pack?

 

Head to Chrystals site or check out the ones I linked below. Everyone will be asking you where can they find this unique piece. Best part, its very affordable too. Trust me, you won’t be sorry!

 

 

 

 

Outfit Details:

Fanny Pack  $45

Zara Printed bandana scarf

Henri Bendel Bella Flat Top Sunglasses (on sale)

JustFab Gray Heeled Sandals 

(old, linked similar in silver)

 

September 6, 2017 0 comment
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Hey Loves!

 

So I was in Target the other day (what else is new?) and saw this color block leather skirt beauty on the rack. Of course, I had to pick it up and try it on. This color block leather skirt is a new piece from the Who What Wear collection at Target. If you are not familiar, Who What Wear is a clothing line that features on trend, affordable clothing options exclusively at Target. I am a sucker for anything leather, so add in a bit of color blocking and all for $32?! I’m here for it!

 

I typically don’t shoot fall looks so early considering its about 90 degrees here in Texas. But, I wanted to get this look out to you guys before it sells out. Its such a great piece that you can wear with blazers, sweaters, blouses. Shall I go on? So I sacrificed myself a bit (and my edges lol) to bring you this look even in the heat. I do it for my followers!

 

I kept this look simple by pairing it with a black bodysuit and black heeled sandals. The skirt makes such a statement on its own. There’s really no need to do anything else. Don’t you love those pieces in your closet that just speak for themselves?

 

Have you checked out the Who What Wear fall collection at Target?

 

What new items had you at hello?? I linked a few of my picks for you to check out as well.

 

 

Happy shopping!

 

 

Outfit Details 

Zara Black Sheer Bell Sleeve Bodysuit 

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Who What Wear Colorblock Leather Skirt

Enzo Angiolini Leather Heeled Sandal

(old, linked similar for $30!)

 

September 3, 2017 2 comments
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Hi Loves!

In this video I am swatching and trying on the new “Becca Cosmetics Lush Lip Color Balms” in all EIGHT shades! This collection offers four neutral color lip balms and four dark, vampy ones!

I really love the formula of these lip balms. They feel very soft and conditioning, yet are build able and perfect for every day. I have three of them in my purse already that I’ve been wearing consistently. I cannot wait until fall to wear the darker tones. BECCA did their thing on this collection!

Where to buy it?

BECCA Lush Lip Color Balms are available at Ulta Stores and website as well as www.beccacosmetics.com for $22!

SHOP Lush Lip Balms and Lip Liner used:

BECCA LUSH LIP COLOR BALMS
MAC “CORK” Lip liner

What I’m Wearing:
Anthropology “Brynna” Melon Oversized Shirt
The Styled Collection Gold Lariat Necklace
Kendra Scott Turquoise Drop Earring

*Disclosure*

BECCA Lush Lip Color Balms were gifted to me courtesy of BECCA Cosmetics. All opinions are my own! I strive to provide open and honest feedback to my viewers!

August 7, 2017 0 comment
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2017 Mega Fest Interview with Celebrity Hair Stylist Kiyah Wright. Kiyah is a hair stylist to celebrities such as Tyra Banks, Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Kerry Washington, Halle Berry and more.

Kiyah hosted a session at the 2017 Mega Fest in Dallas, Texas, founded by Bishop TD Jakes, on “Unapologetically Beautiful Inside & Out.” She also shared with us live beauty makeovers to two deserving women.

I was able to interview Kiyah personally to learn more about her journey and ask a few questions. Check out my very first interview! As well as the reveal of one of the makeovers!

 

Want to learn more about Kiyah Wright?

More information regarding Kiyah Wright can be found on her website www.kiyahwright.com

August 4, 2017 0 comment
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Ok, Dallas I don’t have time for this heat! If this is what hell feels like, I know for sure I better live right!! Lol. The heat here in Dallas is the main reason I have not done a photo shoot. The heat is exhausting. Not to mention, who wants to take pictures while they are sweating?? Not me! So anytime I have plans for brunch or just meeting up with a friend, its prime time for a photo shoot. So lets queue this Anthropologie cold/open shoulder dress on sale for under $50!! Girl, its all that!

 

You all know how much I love dresses, especially for summer. I went into Anthro this week just to look at their home items. But, I saw they had a major sale going on and GIRL. Soon many cute things!  I had a handful of clothes that I loved, but this piece had to come with me. The tangerine color looks so good on darker skin tones, the fabric is very breathable. The best part, this dress is $49 and 30% off the sale price!!  I did a round up of all of my favorite pieces from the Anthropologie sale going on. So be sure to click HERE so you can shop my favs before they sell out!!

 

 

Do you shop at Anthropologie?

 

Apparently I’ve been slipping on their sales. But, not anymore!!

 

Tell me, what is your favorite sale piece?

 

Outfit Details

Anthropologie Carina Open Shoulder Dress

Banana Republic Woven Bag

(old, linked similar)

Turquoise Chandelier Earrings

(old, linked similar)

DVF Aviator Sunglasses

July 23, 2017 0 comment
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So yeah the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on but Anthropologie Sale is where its at!! I scored the cutest jumpsuit and dress today that I love. So I had to check out the sale on Anthro’s website to see what other goodies they had marked down. The sale is an additional 30% off already mark down items. Y’all, this Anthropologie Sale has so many things I NEED (ok want)! I rounded up all of my picks for you all to check out. I know there are tons of sales out there but I don’t want you to miss out. It just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share! #sorrynotsorry

 

Anthropologie Sale is 30% off sale price!

Please check out my picks and let me know what you think. Some styles are sold out. But, you can always go to your local store and see what they have in stock. Fortunately for me (or maybe not so fortunate) there are about three Anthro stores in my area. Jesus fix it!!

 

See you Sunday for my next post!

 

Have a great weekend!!

July 21, 2017 1 comment
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Happy Friday eve!!

I don’t know about you but the kimono trend is here and I am feeling it. Kimonos can sometimes be a bit tricky to pull off. They can be too long and drag to the floor, too big to where you feel like you’re wearing a bath robe or even the fabric can be too flimsy or silky. Basically, you have to find one that works for you in terms of fit, use of wear and how you plan to rock it!

 

It was Zara (one of my fav places to shop) who had some super cute kimonos this season and I fell in love. I wanted them all! Fortunately, the Zara sale came thru and your girl got two to cure my craving. I particularly love how this kimono has buttons so it draws you in a bit and creates a shape. This eliminates the problem of feeling like you’re drowning in fabric. I wore it to brunch with a fellow blogger this past weekend. So of course we took to the streets and took some pics afterwards. I got soon many compliments and it made me think to round up some kimonos for you to try as well!

But, before we get into that, lets discuss a few things to look for when buying a kimono and styling it.

 

First, fit is everything! Kimonos typically come with a belt which is helpful to cinch you in and create a shape. But, if the belt is a bit too thin or give you bath robe vibes, consider wearing a wider belt with your kimono instead. Sometimes just because a belt comes with an item, doesn’t mean you should wear it. Switching out the belt gives you an opportunity to give the kimono some extra flair. Not to mention, make it your own unique piece!

 

Second, wear fitted clothes underneath the kimono such as a dress, skinny jeans or pants, pencil skirt or shorts like I am wearing here. For me, I don’t feel I would look good with loose clothes under an already flowy kimono. As you see in the pic, I chose to wear a cami and shorts which are more fitted to my body versus being baggy. I have seen some style the kimono with loose fitted pants and it looks amazing on them. But, I’m 5’3 so I want at least one piece to be fitted to my body so that I am now drowning in material.

 

Thirdly, determine what length is best for you. Kimonos come in various lengths which I love. That means if you are on the shorter side, maybe a kimono that hits at the thigh is best for you. You can also go midi length with the kimono which would be a great layering piece with a fitted dress. Ankle length kimonos also look great with pants or skinny jeans. The one I am wearing is a bit in between midi and ankle. So it worked perfectly styling it with shorts.

 

I hope these tips were a bit helpful in finding the perfect kimono. I’ve linked 21 for you to shop all under $50!! I already have a few of these on my wish list!

 

Which one is your favorite? Are you here for the kimono trend or nah??

 

Outfit Details

Zara Two Button Kimono

(no longer avail, linked similar)

American Eagle Distressed Tomgirl Shorts

Tory Burch Thong Sandals

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Tory Burch Satchel

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Black Cat Eye Sunglasses

(no longer avail, linked similar option)

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Hi Loves!

 

I hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend. It seems like I spend most of my weekends running errands or spending time with my little family. In those moments, I reach for easy, versatile dresses that I can throw on, put on sandals and GO! I was so happy to receive this cute, classic, stripe dress from Lauren Ralph Lauren. Its super comfy, has flare sleeve detail and comes at the knee. All of these components are so important for a dress for a mommy on the go! You can dress this piece up with heels for the office and keep wear it as a boatneck dress as shown above or wear it off shoulder with sandals or cute tennis shoes. Winning!

 

I also love this cute bucket bag by Lauren Ralph Lauren as well. Its deep enough to put everything but the kitchen sink! Not only that, I can wear it as a cross body too. I swear I prefer all of my purses to come with that option because I need to be as hands free as possible when I am out with Camille. Its also a nice timeless yet modern bag that could be worn with just about anything!

 

Be sure to check out more from the Lauren Ralph Lauren collection. They have some really nice, versatile pieces that will take you from summer into fall. Who doesn’t love clothing that gives you a bit of longevity to wear and at a decent price point? I sure do!

 

See you Thursday for the my next post! I’ll be chatting about some of my favorite kimonos!!

 

 

Outfit Details

*Lauren Ralph Lauren Striped Off Shoulder Dress 

(currently on sale! Size Down!)

*Lauren Ralph Lauren Stitched Debby Drawstring Bag

Tassel Earrings 

(old, linked similar)

Tory Burch Thong Sandal

(no longer avail, linked similar)

 

Disclosure: Items marked with a (*) has been sponsored. All views and opinions of any sponsored post are of my own. I strive to provide honest feedback on all of my posts!

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