Healthy Hacks for the Spring

I’m always searching for something delicious and healthy to eat. I’ve been so excited to find more and more options in my area. I find that I can easily get tired of eating the same foods, but the grocery stores are doing a great job at stocking up on a wide food variety. This week, I discovered a few tasty alternatives.

Lemon Blueberry Luna Bar

I’ve always been a fan of Clif Bars but like to try out some new energy bars every now and again. One of my favorite bars by the company is the Luna bars. The lemon bars calm my sweet cravings and have proven to be a great snack. I decided to try a new flavor, lemon blueberry and was pleasantly surprised. I would have never thought about mixing the two flavors together.

190 Calories

Gluten-Free

Made with Organic Oats

Non-GMO

Shredded Lettuce

I’m always challenged with mastering the bite. I can never seem to get the right amount of food on my eating utensils. Shredded lettuce makes it much easier. I would have never thought that this easy step would simplify my salad-making process and make it so much easier to get a better bite. It’s a great way to get some greens!

5 Calories – 1 Cup Shredded

Tons of minerals and vitamins like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins B6, C, A, E, and K.

Probiotic Pop

This is like a new phenomenon to me. I’m seeing prebiotics in a lot of different products. The new Poppi Soda’s give me another way to do my tummy good. Their slogan is Be Gut Happy and I’ve seen them poppin up at places like Whole Foods and Publix.

15 Calories

0 Fat

Gluten-Free

Non-GMO

Made with sparkling filtered water, apple cider lemon juice, stevia, and more

http://www.drinkpoppi.com

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If eating is your thing (which I’m sure it is), you may find this useful. I’d love to hear from you! Tell me what kind of healthy snacks do you like?

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The Beauty of Eating Well

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Eating healthy is one of the most important parts of self-care. It’s been important to me for as long as I can remember. My family has a pretty serious history of health challenges, so I’ve been very focused on trying to stay fit and active since I was very young (although I haven’t always been successful). As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten even more serious about finding ways to improve my eating habits and cut down on some of the things that I used to consume that were potentially harmful. Like everyone else I’ve had bad habits, but I find that despite missing those things that we all crave, I feel a lot better, have a lot more energy, and can focus through long hours of toiling work. Most recently, I’ve been trying to practice self-care and self-love by trying new healthy foods from the grocery store, trying new restaurants, and exploring healthy alternatives without sacrificing good taste.

In Atlanta, there are tons of great restaurants to choose from. I’ve tried halal, Mexican, and many other kinds of food, but the vegan restaurants are serving up some tasty options that have left me quite pleased. One of the restaurants that I’ve taken a liking to is Maepole. They serve traditional type meals with quinoa, sprouts, sweet potatoes, green beans, and protein. Eating at this spot really inspired me to put a new spin on some of my recipes and to add a few crunchies (tasty, crunchy toppings) on the top.

One of the things that I continue to work on is my sugar cravings. I use sugar substitutes instead of regular sugar on a daily basis, but I am often hit with major cravings that leave me searching for ice cream, cake, and cookies. I decided, recently, to search for healthy options and I found a few that I might suggest.

Trail Mix with M&M – Publix

Lemon Luna Bar – Kroger

White Chocolate Cliff Bar – Whole Foods

Friendly’s Ice Cream Cup – Walmart

Chocolate Covered Pretzels – Publix

In the past, I could not escape the desire to fill my bowl with some ice cream and cake or cookies (which I still do occasionally), but these healthy options have helped me to satisfy my cravings without getting me too far off of my diet.

It’s great to look back and see how far I’ve come with following and maintaining healthy habits. I’m excited about discovering all of the new foods and ingredients that I’ve never even thought about before. Maybe one day I’ll even learn how to make some authentic, healthy dishes at home that my future dinner guests will praise.

#cheers

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s day is just a few days away and there are plenty of places to order your gift and still get it delivered on time. Whether you’re thinking about pampering yourself or getting something special for your Galentine, here are a few trending Valentine’s day gifts making everyone’s heart glow.

Green Canyon’s Spa Gift Basket 12 Piece

Who wouldn’t want a spa in a basket? Get your loved one the perfect spa gift basket for Valentine’s Day from Amazon. Grand Canyon’s Spa Gift Basket is packaged and priced just right and includes an assortment of beauty and bath products that are perfect for relaxing in the bathtub for some refreshing moments of self-care. It includes a Shower Gel Reed Diffuser, Bubble Bath, Bath Salt, Body Butter, Hand Lotion, a Bath Bomb, and a Pouf. Your Valentine will love the fresh lavender scent and it’s made with all-natural ingredients.

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Ralph Lauren Romance

Although there are many wonderful fragrances in the world of perfume, the classic Ralph Lauren Romance is still one of my favorites. If I were my own Valentine, I would definitely buy this for myself. It’s available as a 3.4 Fl Ounce on Amazon and is said to be the perfect fragrance for evening wear. Your Valentine can set off the perfect date night doused in the smell of romance.  It’s the perfect blend of ginger, rose, marigold, violet, musk, and oakmoss.

Romance by Ralph Lauren for Women – 3.4 Ounce EDP Spray

ESNA Luxury Scented Candles

Share a quiet, romantic evening together at home on Valentine’s Day and set the ambiance with ESNA’s luxury scented candles. These candles are uniquely made with premium soy and essential oils. They can burn for up to 60 hours, leaving a crisp, clean scent in your home. Create a Zenlike ambiance with fragrances like Geisha Girl, Zen Garden, Mount Fuji, and Tokyo Dreams. This gift set comes in a set of 4 Japan-inspired, re-usable votives with signature engraved gold-coated metal lid. They’re also eco-friendly, vegan, and cruelty-free.

ESNA HOME Luxury Scented Candle, Aromatherapy Candles for Home Scented, 100% Natural Vegan Soy Wax, Self Care Valentine Gifts for Women, Home Decor Gifts for Women, 8.8oz Long Lasting Slow Burn

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ATTENTION: Marketing Professionals – Free online marketing conferences this week!

It’s kinda last minute, but I had to share this information. There are three great marketing events happening tomorrow! The only problem is that they’re all happening around the same time. Fortunately, we can catch the replays and feast on some great marketing insights over the weekend. Why not start 2022 with tons of inspiring and informative marketing sessions from some of the most knowledgeable marketing professionals in the industry?

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Virtual Conference: The Year Ahead in Marketing

January 25 – 27, 2022

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January 25 – 26, 2022

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January 26 – 27, 2022

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Best App to Create Your Instagram Content Calendar

Creating the perfect feed on Instagram can be quite challenging without the right tools. Thousands of new photos are posted every minute. It’s important to create content that stands out if you want to grow your following and become a social media influencer. Luckily, there are tons of great apps that allow you to plan your content and create a unique feed that will make your followers read your bio, click your links, and press that button to get notifications on your every post, reel, and story.

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Apps like Planoly, Plann, and Preview are perfect for making the perfect Instagram feed, but what’s the difference between them? 

Planoly

https://www.planoly.com/

Planoly allows you to plan and schedule posts to your Instagram and Pinterest profiles. You can easily upload photos, write captions, and add hashtags. You can also coordinate auto-posts for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The most unique feature is the ability to easily create shoppable posts. Planoly also has excellent capabilities for data analysis.

Plann

https://www.plannthat.com/

Another great all-in-one social media suite is Plann. You can use it for Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and LinkedIn. It allows you to upload and edit photos for carousels, reels, and stories. You can also schedule posts and monitor results.  The unique features are the ability to create and store a hashtag set and the ability to create strategic placeholders to help you build your feed.  And if you need free content, you can search for photos and videos from Pexels, Pixabay, and Unsplash inside the app. 

Preview

https://thepreviewapp.com/

Preview allows you to add media for reels, videos, and stories to your Instagram feed with the click of a button. The app makes it easy to review analytics and insights like profile views, impressions, reach, and follower count. You can also schedule posts, create placeholders, upload free photos, and repost photos. The unique feature is the function that lets you search for top hashtags within the app and create hashtag groups.

All three apps also have websites sites with additional resources and content. You can find post ideas, best practices, and social media trends. Plann That offers free training, content calendars, and marketing tips. Planoly’s site also offers tons of social media marketing guides, case studies, and downloadables.

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New Morphe Collab with Louie Castro

Have you heard about this? Los Angeles-based cosmetics brand Morphe Cosmetics is known for its ability to form great partnerships with influencers to create bold new palettes and makeup lines that makeup connoisseurs love.  They worked with influencers like Jaclyn Hill and Jackie Aina to launch fabulous new makeup collections that were coveted by many and recently, Morphe announced yet another exciting partnership with makeup artist Louie Castro!  

Castro is a popular influencer on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. He has over 2.2 million followers on Instagram, 2.75 followers on YouTube, and 4.1 million followers on TikTok. The social media trailblazer, also known as the Baddest Perra, is popular because of his inspiring makeup looks, personality, and authenticity.  You can find tons of entertaining videos on his YouTube channel like how to skits, cooking videos, and collab challenges.

This Morphe collection features tons of lavish mattes and fancy shimmers in the Sweetest Tea Artistry Palette 35T, as well as a plumping gloss, two lip trios, and a color pencil.  The prices range is from $5.00 to $28.00 and you can purchase it on Morphe’s website.  

The Sweetest Tea collection by @louiecastro is worthy of your wish list! If you’re looking for impressive, posh colors to add to your makeup haul, Morphe offers free shipping for orders over $45 and you can get 30% of purchases this weekend if you use the code WEEKEND30.

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New Year New Makeup Tips for 2022 – Must-See New Arrivals from ULTA

Are you ready for the Year of the Tiger? Do you even know what that means? According to Pure Wow, 2022 is the year of the Tiger. The Chinese New Year is a celebration preceding the Winter solstice after the second new moon. It is also called the Spring Festival. The Lunar New Year doesn’t start until February 1st but the best part about it is Ulta’s timely new makeup releases from NARS and NYX, including a tiger-striped covered limited-edition line commemorating the beauty of 2022’s anticipated roar.  

The NYX Limited Edition Lunar New Year Matte Setting Spray will immediately catch your eye. The packaging is a bright red with large-printed letters that say “Tiger Energy” and “With Love from Los Angeles.” The lightweight formula is equally appealing and is made to keep your makeup fresh while preventing smudging. The setting spray also contains Niacinamide that helps prevent shine and creates a silky, smooth glow. It’s also cruelty-free and vegan. It’s available at Ulta for $8.50.

The NYX Limited Edition Lunar New Year Eyeshadow Palette features 12 bold colors from matte to metallic. The palette is creatively crafted with intense lettering and dazzling colors. You’ll definitely feel 2022’s tiger flow once you pick this up from Ulta and it’s only $10.00.

If you’re still searching for the perfect lip shine for everyday wear, you might really like the NARS Afterglow Lip Shine Gloss. It has 5 stars on Ulta’s website and comes in several modest colors that are perfect for the office, business meetings, or church. Names like – Supervixen, Chelsea Girls, A-Lister, and Unbroken – make you want to try a few swatches. It comes in 10 colors from shimmers and pinks to rose colors and mauves. Many of the reviews offer great feedback telling how lip shine gloss is lightweight, hydrating, subtle, and non-sticky. It’s available for $26.00.

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Social Media Marketing Trends for 2022

If you’re looking for creative ways to reach new audiences and build your brand in the new year, you’ll want to check out the top trends as recommended by leading influencers and experts in the social media marketing sphere.

META’s New Ad Manager

According to Social Media Today, one of the most significant changes is the introduction of Facebook / Meta’s new dashboard for ads management. The platform will shift to offer fewer options for campaign approaches and launch a new outcome-driven ad experience model (ODAX). As opposed to giving marketers 11 objective options they’ll now only offer 6.

Top Brands Using NFTs

Another major trend to look out for is the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).  Ilia Markov defines NFT’s as “unique digital assets, or collectibles, that are created using the blockchain,” on the Falcon.io blog. These assets might include photos, music, videos, and art. They’re growing in popularity because they allow brands to create unique experiences that improve relationships with consumers and improve brand loyalty. Companies like Taco Bell, Asics, and Charmin have used NFT’s as a part of marketing campaigns with much success.

More Video, Fewer Tags

Instagram and Tik Tok have become popular because of exciting video features like stories and reels, but don’t forget about YouTube. According to Social Media Examiner, top trends include changes in YouTube’s video search criteria and a demand for long-form content despite the popularity of user-generated micro-videos called Shorts. The platform will shift its algorithm to focus on keywords and titles as opposed to tags, which played a major role in organic growth in the past.  Educator and course creator Jessica Stansberry says authenticity and a community are the keys to continuing to build awareness of your brand in 2022.

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Makeup Lovers

What good is a beauty blog without a list of the most popular items for your holiday season? If you are still shopping for last-minute gifts for the fashionista on your list, NARS, Too Faced, and ColourPop have released their top picks for your holiday gift guide.

NARS

The NARS Gift Guide is perfect for anyone who loves trendy new colors, creamy foundations, and products filled with ingredients that do good for the skin.

 It’s time to join the #NARSissist club.

The radiant essentials bundle is $73.10 and features a mini radiant creamy concealer, tinted moisturizer, and a soothing lip balm full of antioxidants. The concealer perfects your skin and gives you a radiant glow. The moisturizer protects your skin with ingredients SPF 30 and Vitamin C. With colors like Dolce Vita, Orgasm, Turbo, and Fast Lane, the Afterglow lip balm is the perfect prep for the mistletoe.

Photo by Karly Jones on Unsplash

NARS also offers free shipping for purchases over $35 and you can book a complimentary session with a makeup consultant. If you are in Atlanta, stop by the NARS store in the The Shops At Buckhead. The address is 3004 Bolling Way, Atlanta, GA 30305.

https://www.narscosmetics.com/

Too Faced

Too Faced gives makeup enthusiasts something sweet at spicy. The Christmas Shop features a Limited Edition Sweet and Spicy Eye Shadow Palette that your gift recipient will thank you for. It’s the perfect combination of warm and toasty neutrals with colors like Lick the Spoon, Batter Up, I’m Toasted, Frost Those Buns, and Muffin Top. The site also shows you how to create the perfect holiday look using copper metallic and sparkly pink eyeshadows to highlight your eyes from crease to brow bone. The palette is $49.00 and received 4.5 out of 5 hearts.

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https://www.toofaced.com/

ColourPop

ColourPop’s Tim Burton The Night Before Christmas Collection is the real deal for daring makeup lovers who like bold new shades and chromatic textures. The set includes a 12-pan palette with matte and metallic shades. With an assortment of smokey eye neutrals and vibrant hues, the possibilities are endless. It also comes with a Luxe Crème lipstick, 2 liquid liners, and new colors from the Jelly Much line.  

The line also has a great selection of makeup products for female sports fans. You can gift a collection with a 9 shade pressed powder palette, glittery face stickers, a gel liner kit, and themed makeup bag spotlighting their favorite basketball team, from the Los Angeles Lakes and Miami Heat to the Chicago Bulls.

The set is great for #girlfans and only costs $59.

https://colourpop.com/

Black Friday Self Care Tips

Even when you commit your life to following rituals for self-care and renewal you can get hit with a curveball, especially around Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Maintaining your healthy lifestyle, sticking to weight loss goals, or sticking to any kind of self-improvement plan is not easy. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Make it even harder. One wrong decision can lead to a bad habit that seems impossible to break. I’ve been on a long journey with my health and fitness, but I can attest to the many struggles that come along with this personal commitment. However, I’ve found that these challenges can cause you to take a closer look inside to find resilience and remember the many reasons why you became passionate about health and wellness in the first place. And the end of the year is the perfect time to do it.

My interest in beauty, health, and wellness came from my exceptional mother who was a registered nurse. She lived her life serving others and caring for people of all ages with illnesses. Unfortunately, she passed away after fighting cancer but what she taught me never left me. She was always so focused on caring for others that she rarely made time for herself. Many of my family members suffered from health conditions, and I became very health conscious at an early age. But that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t plagued with temptations that were not good for me.

Ultimately, you have to learn to take care of yourself. It isn’t always a natural instinct and sometimes people will even make you feel guilty for putting yourself first. Having a health scare will cause you to refocus your energies on being good to yourself. Self-care Sundays are perfect for taking time to reflect on what loving and caring for yourself means. Through the storms of life, I’ve come up with a few simple self-care rituals that leave me feeling like a functioning human being and I’m glad to share.

Eat More Cake

A moment of tasteful indulgence can make the world of a difference. I find renewal in eating a perfectly prepared slice of cake with a coffee or glass of wine. Usually it’s from the deli at Publix or from Starbucks (although recently I found some darn good slices for $1.00 at Walmart). I take my time to enjoy the flavors and mindfully eat each bite. In that moment, I’m taken away from tribulation and filled with endorphins that say everything is good.

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Do Absolutely Nothing

It’s hard to be lazy sometimes but finding balance means being still enough to reflect, relax, and renew. Sometimes it’s okay to take some time to do nothing. That means turning it all off and just listening to some music and laying on the couch. You’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel afterwards. 

Take a Bubble Bath

Grab the candles and your favorite bubble bath. Fill up the tub and get in the water. You might feel anxious at first and have to convince yourself to enjoy the moment. Try to let go of all of your thoughts, plans, and concerns and just enjoy the special little private getaway that you’ve created just for you.

Create a Gratitude Journal

Write down all of the things that you are grateful for. Take some time to think about the many great things that are going on in your life. It can be easy to get stressed and overburdened with daily tasks, but a gratitude journal will help you to think about positive things and feel better about your life. Do you have a great family? Did you make an exciting new dish for dinner last night? Did you finally pick out the perfect nail color? There’s always something to be thankful for.

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Wet and Wavy Hair Style Review

When I was younger, I was fearless about trying new hairstyles. I tried half wigs, braids, twists, natural styles, and more. In the most recent years, I’ve been satisfied with natural looking body wave extensions. I’ve gathered all the right tools to maintain this style. I tried a few edge control creams and wondered whether or not it is mandatory for me to participate in baby hair rituals. I’ve also questioned whether or not I would like a frontal. I’m not quite as daring with my hairstyles as I used to be, but I recently found a few trendy styles that add some excitement to my style.

Wet and Wavy Hair Style

Most recently I tried a curly look. I literally purchased this hair about six months ago and kept making up excuses about why I shouldn’t install it. I wanted to have a professional look. I didn’t know if it would look too bold or gaudy on me. I didn’t know if my hair would blend in with the extensions or how to wear the “wet look.” I finally tried the wet and wavy hair this summer and was surprised at how easy it became to maintain this style. It was low maintenance and seemed to fit the summer vibe. Next time, I think I’ll get a nice haircut so that I can try out a dry kinky curly look. It also made me get into edge control more and I think I found one that I really like. I can’t say that I’ll wear this style frequently, but it was fun!

Photo by Joshua Oyebanji on Unsplash

Trying a New Style

The next hairstyle will be straight extensions with a middle part. I swear by the good ole side part. I just don’t feel like the middle part frames my face. I tried it and just really didn’t like it, but I’ve decided to give it another try. I used to wear my hair with a middle part when I was younger, but my face was fatter. I think if I can pull the hair behind my ears and make it look more natural then I may like it more.

Back to the Basics

Ultimately, I am most likely to go back to my typical look. I’ve pondered braids but that’s as far as I’ve gotten with that. The body waves are fun to style every day. Even when you wear it pressed straight, it seems to have more volume without being too gaudy, and it’s easy to roll up and wrap at night. Now that I’ve found an edge control, I may be able to perfect this look.

What’s next?

Highlights, color, a professional haircut, or a silk press maybe.

Check out these highly recommended products from Amazon.

Style Factor Edge Booster Extra Strength Moisture Rich Pomade | Thick Coarse Hair (Pink Sapphire))

Cantu Argan Oil Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream, 16 Ounce

Goldwell Stylesign Ultra Volume Lagoom Jam Styling Gel, 5.1 Oz

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Summer Skincare Essentials

Have you ever noticed that you skin gets dryer in the winter or tends to produce more oil in the summertime? Do ever feel like the skin care products that you used in the fall don’t work that well in the spring? Are you wondering what products may work well through different seasons? I’ve found a few skin care products that help me to manage changing skin year-round.

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Cerave is undoubtedly one of my top summer skincare essentials. My dermatologist recommended this many years ago and I’ve tried several different skin care products in this line. I like the foaming cleanser and the light feel of the moisturizers, but sometimes I feel like I can use a bit more moisture on my face. I’ve also tried their skin care products with Hyaluronic Acid and swear by this stuff because it helps to exfoliate the skin.

Many of the Asian skincare brands are amazing as well. The soaps are very natural and also exfoliate. In some seasons they can be a little harsh and I wouldn’t recommend them if you have really sensitive skin. The funny thing is that many of the old school soaps work well too! I think the skin is okay if it just gets a little attention.

Photo by Courtney Smith

In the past, I used to use Aveeno and I really like this product too. They have a brightener that seems to balance the skin if you’ve recently had a scrub or a peel. The misconception is that the any quick wash is good is enough. If you’ve ever used makeup removal wipes or oil blotters, you can literally see the dirt buildup. Just like the rest of our bodies, the skin needs a little affection. Just a few moments of self-care really will go a long way. 

At the end of the day, nothing beats a good portion of water and some beauty rest!

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Summer Essentials 2021

There are a few items that I recently added to my list of must have’s this summer and I thought it would be nice to write a blog post about them. I am always amazed at the vast array of new products being offered – especially in the beauty industry. Just when you think you’ve had enough hyaluronic acid and collagen filled skin care products and exfoliating body washes you discover yet another ground-breaking product that seems to get the job done. I have tried out some great new places and products this summer, but these few have made it to the list of summer makeup bag essentials.  


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Smudge Free Foundation

The options for foundation are endless when it comes to summer essentials amazon. There are always a ton of great new products to try, but I’ve learned that the right drug store foundation can keep me looking fresh and eliminate my fear of the smudge. I was looking for a light foundation that wouldn’t rub off on someone if I gave them a hug and I think I found it. It’s called L’oreal Infallible 24-Hour Fresh Wear with SPF (you need that SPF!). You wouldn’t believe how smooth and seamless this looks for casual grocery store shopping or even trips to the gym.

No More Flaky Cheeks!

I waited forever for the ColourPop blush STIX. When I finally found the right color, of course it was out of stock and so I waited yet again. I had used another brand for creamy stick blush in the past, but really liked the bright summery colors that this line offered when I saw it at Ulta.  Well low and behold, I tried it and added it to summer makeup bag essentials. It’s something about a touch of “under pressure” that seems to give my face a glow.

Photo by Kym Ellis on Unsplash

More Reds!

Red Wine. Did you say wine?! Yes, I was a Merlot lover for such a long time but recently transitioned over into something with a balance of bitterness and tart. I felt like my Merlot and even Shiraz was getting a bit sweet and really began liking something slightly darker. I’ll probably work my way back around to the Merlots and maybe even white wines again someday, but for now I am really into the Cabs.

If you like wine or if you’re curious, please send me an email for an invite to the next One Hope wine tasting on Thursday August 18, at 7PM EST. The wines are top rated Napa Valley bottles, and every purchase goes towards a good cause.

Shop here: https://www.onehopewine.com/myshop/lwilliams

Cheers to a great rest of your summer and to the fluffy fall sweaters and boots that are soon to come!

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National Friendship Day – Beauty Blogger Spotlight

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An ancient Irish proverb once said, “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.” Like good beauty products, good friends are truly hard to find. August 1st is the perfect time to celebrate those who truly care for you, bring joy to your life, and teach you significant lessons. It’s National Friendship Day. To honor this day and inspire wonderful new friendships, we are featuring a beauty blogger. Each month we will continue to recognize outstanding beauty bloggers, influencers, make up artists, and professionals in health and wellness. Send an email and social media links to sohealthyandwell@gmail.com to get featured.

Erika Somerfield is a multi-talented creative professional and beauty blogger who seamlessly balances the role of Creative Director for The Beauty Channel, Director Public Relations for ToteNCarry.com, and Blogger for ZatikNaturals.com. Somerfield studied at University of Southern California, Boston University, Harvard University, and New York University. Her work has been featured in OK, STAR, CA Stylist, Femme Fatale, Santa Monica Sun, Beverly Hills Times, Women’s Health & Fitness, and Black Noir.

You can learn more about her expertise on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/erikasomerfeld

http://www.twitter.com/beautychannel10

http://www.facebook.com/beautychannelnews

Q: What inspired you to (launch your) blog?

A: Helping other companies using my writing skills, I create blog content for beauty companies like ZATIK Naturals, Tote & Carry Bags, Seattle Facialist Patty Huang, Sports Co. Phi Ten USA and more!

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Q: In honor of National Friendship Day what would you say are three qualities of being a good friend?

A: Being a good listener, patience, acceptance

Q: What is your favorite skin care line? Why?

A: ZATIK Naturals because it has no alcohol, uses healing and powerful Black Seed Oil in their formulas, as well as botanical, herbal extracts (Green tea! Rose! Wild cherry!)  to heal instead of parabens or chemicals. My skin drinks it up like a daytime and nighttime health cocktail!

Q: What is one makeup product that you cannot live without? Why?

A: Liquid Bronzer from Tom Ford. I use it to highlight my skin, as an eyeshadow, on my lips- even to cover strands of gray hair!

Q: How long have you been blogging?

A: 5 years

3 Hot Makeup Looks for the Summer

There are so many exciting things to do in the summer and even more reasons to show your unique style. Fabulous finds from your makeup collection like bright eyeshadows, nude lipsticks, pastel blushes, and bronze tone foundations can make it so much fun. Before you step out into the sun, spruce up your season by trying these posh new beauty looks.  

Cookouts

There’s more to cookouts than burgers and buns. What about beauty? Fill your tummy, but first try a flirtatious makeup look with the latest stuff from NARS, NYX, and Anastasia.

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Gel Primer – NYX Bare With Me Aloe & Cucumber Extract Hydrating Jelly Primer

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

Gloss – Lancome Juicy Tubes Original Lip Gloss

Bronzer – Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer

Spritzer – Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

Summer Weddings

Say I do in style with a fresh new look and a glittery, magical glow. Look absolutely flawless for photographs but don’t forget the SPF while you dance the night away on the beach.

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Lotion Primer – NARS Radiance Primer SPF 35

Foundation – Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Eyeshadow – TOO FACED Natural Eyes Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

Lashes – EYLURE Luxe XL Indulgence

Blush – Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Sunny Golden Pink Powder Plus

Sheer lipstick – MAC Lipglass

Nightlife

Grab your besties and party it up while you rock the sexiest cat eye and pouty lip gloss ever. Capture the moment like a star with runway ready primer and full coverage foundation.

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Primer – Dermablend Insta Grip Jelly Primer

Foundation – Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Eyeshadow – NYX Shimmer Down Pigment

Cat Eye Liner – L’oreal Infallible Flash Cat Eye Liquid Liner

Contour kit – NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Face Palette

Lashes – KISS Lash Couture Matte Black Faux Mink, Matte Velvet

Lipstick – Morphe Out & A Pout Nude Lip Duo

Have a great summer and an even greater selfie!

5 Social Media Tools That Really Work

One thing that I have learned about social media marketing is that it is always changing. Sites like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and Snap Chat are always doing something new. Influencers and experts rant and rave about new algorithms, features, and functions and social media marketers ride the wave onto the next thing. It can be challenging to keep up with it all and even more difficult to sift through the tips and trends to find out what works. I learned a lot about social media management in school, but it is always exciting to check out recent trends. I took some time to take a peek at the latest developments in the social media marketing world and discovered some good stuff.  

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There are some great new tools for Content and Automation

As far as content is concerned, I found a few resources that make it easy to create content that your audience will relish. Ivory Mix and Pixi Stock impressed me with amazing stock photos with a variety of color schemes and appealing backgrounds. I used to have a hard time finding diverse photos in the past, but Pixi Stock gives you a great selection if you aren’t able to hire a photographer to create your own custom photos.

Regarding content planning I must say that I have used several apps to plan content, but I really liked Tail Wind. The app design is seamless. It allows you to easily measure social media activity. You can automate posts, review hashtag performance, and see what posts people like the most. It also gives you recommendations for scheduling posts. There are a myriad of quality content planning apps to choose from like Planoly, Plann, and Preview, but I would definitely give this one a try.

Words are still everything.

As a former copywriter, I learned a lot about keywords and search engine optimization years ago. It was nice to see that keywords are still very important when it comes to social media marketing and blogging. I took a peak at the Stupid Simple SEO site for a quick refresher. Mike Pearson was the truth and had some really great insights.

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You can send amazing emails with Convert Kit.

Email marking can compliment blogging and social media marketing, but sometimes it can be intimidating. Tools like Convert Kit make it easy to create emails to engage your followers. This site shares some really great tips and videos to help you get started. In just a few clicks, you can easily promote your brand with Convert Kit.

Instagram offers even more options to interact with friends.

I must admit I have been a little scared of trying out new Instagram tools. I am not that into doing videos, but everyone has been talking about how much video content performs so well for a long time. A lot of social media influencers gave good reviews on Reels — I might just be inspired to give it a try. It is not technically a new feature, but according to social media expert Christina Galbato, Reels is still a popular way to grow your Instagram audience.

I could spend hours clicking away on the internet checking out new social media marketing trends. One thing is for sure – everybody has their own way of doing things online and their preferred way to do it.

Amazon Prime Day Wish List

There are hundreds of notable holidays and special events throughout the year that inspire shoppers to pull out their credit cards and swipe it up. For many, the holiday season is the best time to get your good ole shopping fix on. Around Easter you can always catch some good sales and deals too. And of course everyone loves Black Friday!

AMAZON PRIME DAY is for the real deal online shoppers. I use Amazon Prime a lot year round but I must admit that I missed the event last year. This year I made up my mind to join in on the excitement of global online shopping.

Here are a few hot items I’m keeping my eye on.

Michael Kors Sunglasses

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

BIOSILK Trio Value – Shampoo, Conditioner, and Silk Therapy

Top Three Sizzling Summer Makeup Trends

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If you are thinking about ways to spice up your summer look and try out something new, top makeup artists and cosmetic enthusiasts are seemingly in agreement on a few things. Now is the time for bold black eyeliner, polished eyebrows, and effortless looking foundation. With temperatures rising and restrictions from COVID-19 lifting, your mask-less outings will be all the more glamourous with these stylish makeup trends.    

#1 Graphic Eyeliner

Perhaps you have always thought of dark eyeliners as a bit much. Maybe you just couldn’t think of the right occasion to showcase your artistry. If you are feeling more adventurous this year and are in the mood to express your creativity and spice up your makeup life, graphic eyeliner is in this season.

According to Cosmopolitan, dramatic eyeliners that accent they eyes in a variety of ways are a trend this summer. If you are into that you might try eyeliner that shapes the bottom and top of your eyes, extend your almond eye shape more, or even fills the full eye lid.

#2 Brushed Up Eyebrows

As far as eyebrows go, some like a soft arch, some like straight brows, and some like a high arch. This year the brushed-up eyebrow is really popular.  If the quarantine has left you a bit isolated and hairy, the full eye-brow might be a good look for you.

#3 No Makeup Makeup – Dewey Skin

Another steamy summer trend is dewy looking makeup that looks so good that it appears as if you are not even wearing it. InStyle magazine says this look can be achieved by keeping skin hydrated, using a good primer, and selecting a base that closely matches your natural skin color.

For instant lavishness, try one or all of these this season.

Happy Spring 2021

Today marks the first day of the 2021 spring season. Many also recognize this day as the Spring Equinox, the start of the Persian New Year – Nowruz Mubarak, Ostara, and Holy Hai, This means a little extra sunlight, spring cleaning, and a change in the earth’s elliptical orbit. For makeup enthusiasts, this means switching up a few products. Now is the time for that bright fuchsia lipstick, teal eyeshadow, and peach blush.

According to Vogue, fuchsia gets a good look because of its versatility. You can easily go from a light and prissy glam to a bold, dramatic display with the right bright pink. Paris recommends a little glitter and a matte base for a timeless spring palette. I can surely agree. I always tend to go back to my classic pinks or even peach tones to keep a cheery bright glow.

Burts Bees also recently mentioned a few makeup tips for the spring. Their twitter feed lit up with comments on ways to purge of your old makeup at the start of the spring. Their top spring essentials are products like the deep moisture bundle, lip shimmer, very volumizing pomegranate shampoo, lavender and honey hand cream, and satin lipstick. I instantly fell in love with the hydrating facial mist and love everything micellular.

Another line that launched a new collection just in time for the spring is AVON. Several twitter feeds featured images of the 3-in-1 palette with pastel colors like pink, gold, purple, and blue for the eyes and cheeks. I must say that these soft colors are my favorite and I enjoyed the touch of glimmer.

On a more serious note I am deeply saddened by what is going on with this hatred in Atlanta. It would be an injustice to not mention my concern and recognition of the connection that I have had with the Asian community through the years. I pray for healing and justice for all of those affected.

#stopasianhate

NARS Orgasm Blush Limited Edition




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Have you heard about the new line recently released from NARS? Word has it that this top of the line beauty brand introduced a new collection of blushes for all of the beauty obsessed folks out there and the reviews are saying good things. I took some time out to do some research on the NARS Air Matte Blush and I am anxious to tell you all about it.

The NARS Air Matte Blush comes in several illuminating colors called gasp, rush, torch, hushed, darling, scandalous, orgasm, and freedom.   This flossy cheek color collection is described as a metamorphizing blush that seamlessly transitions from mousse form to a velvety glaze with a light, airy feel.

You can purchase the blush through Narscosmetics.com, Ulta, or Sephora for just $30.

Top beauty influencers have some really good things to say about it too! YouTuber Heyjess talks about the color Freedom from the NARS Air Matte Blush line. She called the blush effortless, natural, and sheer while she raved about how much she loved it in her video. Rebecca shows a few swatches on her arm comparing the original NARS orgasm blush to the NARS Aire Matte orgasm blush in her YouTube video.

I personally love cream blushes. I have really dry skin sometimes and the creaminess helps to eliminate the late afternoon dull skill look. They go on really smooth and seamless and make you look really vibrant. AND you can throw them in your bag and do quick touch ups on the go.

I am very excited to try this new line and will post a video review soon.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. #Glamchat later!

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Best Lipstick for Office Vibes #beautyreview

I have literally spent years trying to find the right lipstick colors that not only match my moods, style, trends, and complexion – but one that I can wear in the office. I know things are a lot more relaxed right now and many people are working remotely but I’ve always dreamed of having a lip color that works for that ultimate professional vibe or you know the makeup with no makeup look.

I have tried a number of lipsticks from Revlon, Kylie Cosmetics, Maybelline, Ulta, Sephora, Burt’s Bees, and local beauty shops. I tried mac lipstick, matte lipstick, and liquid lipstick – even pink lipstick, nude lipstick, and lip gloss, but I never really just found that one perfect everyday lipstick color for me. I must admit that I am a big fan of Carmax but I wanted something with that same soothing feeling with just a hint of color. This has been a process that has taken place over the years resulting in a collection of at least 25 lipsticks. BUT recently, I decided to give it another try and stumbled upon the perfect Chapstick that gives me just a hint of lip color without being too overly made up or glossy.

Along came Chap Stick total hydration. I ordered the Chap Stick from Amazon and I was really impressed so here’s my review!

(Just as a side note – I designed a new scoring system for my future beauty product reviews and I’ll be using it to rate this beauty product.)

Beauty Score

Price                                                                                                                      10

The item is reasonably priced.

Quality                                                                                                                  10

The product is of good quality and there is a wide variety of colors.

Availability                                                                                                          10

The product is widely available in local drug stores and online.

Packaging                                                                                                            10

The packaging is of high quality, protective, and easy to open.

Product                                                                                                                10

The product aligns with claims made by the company.

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Luna Magic Beauty for Mask Eye Makeup

For most makeup aficionados the thought of having to wear a mask constantly, despite major concerns caused by COVID-19, is quite unsettling. As silly as it seems I have personally felt secretly frustrated about putting on my makeup and then putting on my lipstick and then remembering that I just have to put a mask over it. Sometimes I wipe it off and other times I just leave it and let it smudge inside the mask. Without taking away from the dangers of not wearing a mask, I started thinking about ways to still enjoy doing my mask eye makeup and stumbled upon Luna Makeup.

The Luna makeup shark tank cosmetic line inspired me to think about ways to enjoy doing makeup again by focusing one area of my face that is not covered by a mask – My Eyes. According to Heavy.com, Luna Magic makeup was founded in Los Angeles by two sisters who shared a passion for multicultural cosmetics. The Frías sisters pitched their cosmetic line to investors Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary, and Barbara Corcoran on Shark Tank and the brand has been growing ever since.

The makeup line features eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, luna makeup brushes, eyelashes, fragrance oils, and scented candles with a unique flair. Their bestselling eyeshadow makeup palette offers an array of vibrant eyeshadow colors like Salud, Amor, Papi, Plata, and Diamante and the Luna Magic Exclusive eyelashes will most definitely give you an extra flair behind the mask. You can also find the Blend It Girl Eye Makeup Brushes Set on Boxy Charm, a subscription-based makeup and beauty box service (which I hear are really popular right now).

So, if you are looking for a way to reclaim your creativity and beauty with makeup and get over the hum drum of the daily mask a few extra pairs of lashes or colorful eyeshadows might help. Here are a few spicy makeup looks that I found that might inspire you to fight the good fight for glam.

Now is the time to try a bright new color like green, purple, or fuchsia for bold eyes behind the mask.


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Think eyeshadow outside the box. Use neutral colors to highlight the area between the lid and brow line or spice up your glam by applying eyeshadow under the lower lashes.

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Use bold lashes to let your beauty shine through.

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Want to see more looks – Check out this article from Allure.

Bold Eye Makeup Looks to Wear With Your Face Mask

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Do Waist Trainers Work?

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Learning about waist trainers, cinchers, and body shapers can be quite confusing. You may ask yourself things like what size do I purchase, what fabric is best, what is the best waist trainer, and does price really mean quality. My first trainer was a size 38 from Anne Chery. The current waist trainer is a size XS. Over the past 5 years, I have tried several waist trainers with excellent results and can offer a few tips of the trade.

My first waist trainer was a latex trainer. I then went on to try a workout waist trainer with the Velcro covering, but found that it was bit too bulky for me to wear under workout clothes. Next, I tried the short torso waist trainer and really liked that one. Most recently I discovered the waist trainers of all waist trainers – the latex trainer with steel bones, but I really think you need two.

Many people ask “Do waist trainers work”? After purchasing a steel bone waist trainer, I experienced a real difference in body shaping and back support. I spent more because I had a few waist trainers that poked and prodded me enough to convince me that spending a little extra was well worth it.  Now, I use a high-quality waist trainer for walks, bike riding, or even house cleaning. I suggest a seamless one for wearing under clothes and one for workouts.

The Real Rundown on Waist Trainers

#1 Steel Boned Trainers are the Truth – The more you wear them, the more they shape your body. They help to control posture and back pain. You can simply wear them for walks or daily tasks like gardening to achieve results. They are even great for working at a desk throughout the day. Try a little at first and then extend use as you feel comfortable.

#2 You Get What You Pay For – The more they cost the better they work. Avoid unnecessary poking and comfortability by investing in a high-quality waist trainer. Waist trainers are not created equally. Also, they do stretch over time so you may need a new one occasionally.

#3 A Waist Trainer Will Make You Eat Right – The good news is that you cannot overeat with a waist trainer on. In addition to creating the perfect hourglass figure, they help to curb your appetite and make you eat a little more slowly.

The Elegdy Latex Waist Trainer (Top waist trainer on Amazon)

  • 25 Steel Boned Corset
  • XS to 6CLA
  • 100% Latex
  • Flexible and Durable
  • No Pinching or Irritation

Make It Lash – Magnetic Eyelashes Review

I have been a fan of Lilly Lashes for a very long time. I highly recommend their line of lashes for everyday glam or over the top fabulousness. I have worn these lashes for over two years and will continue to stay abreast of their new products. However, I was recently tempted to try something new. I had been eyeing this new kind of lash for the longest time and felt really captivated by something that seemed really simple and fast. I initially saw them on makeup tutorial on Dominique Sachse’s YouTube channel and just recently decided to purchase them on Amazon.

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Lashes! For Me?

I was really excited about getting them in the mail and thought they might compliment my regular girl’s night in on Fridays (which of course now is a daily event because of the Coronavirus – Covid-19). They arrived to the lock box in just a few days. I immediately stopped everything to try them out. Here’s what I found.

#1 Options Galore

There are two kinds. Magnetic lashes with magnetic eyeliner vs. A pair of top and bottom magnetic lashes that snap onto each other.

#2 Accentuate the Eye
The accents are really nice if you already have some lashes.

#3 Not That Easy
They are easy but it still takes some practice. I ended up going to the local store to get the snap together kind because I wasn’t used to the magnetic eyeliner thing but I will try both kinds of eyelashes a bit more as I get used to it.

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At First Glance
Overall, I thought it was a pretty cool new beauty product. I was excited about getting them and trying them out. However, I do still feel that there is a learning curve. They do seem to help preserve the lashes that you have but if you use a good glue and take the glued lashes off the right way this shouldn’t be an issue.

Generally, I enjoy trying different makeup routines based on how I feel that day. I may use liquid foundation one day and powder the other or use a different primer, eyeshadow, or eyeliner pencil. In the eye lashes category, I can see myself using both the magnetic and glue on lashes in the future. I did really, really like the Ardell professional magnetic accents.

When I tried these eye lashes, I thought they looked really natural on me. I have very short and thin lashes and I’m always looking for a way to accent my small eyes (and balance my eyes to my nose) so I’m down to try out a few different kinds. I even saw that they have one that uses some sort of magnetic liner powder. It’s always great to see innovative, new beauty products and I look forward to doing more beauty reviews to let you all know what’s poppin!

Here’s where you can find these hot items:
Magnetic Lashes with Magnetic Liner

Magnetic Accent Lashes by Ardell

Lilly Lashes

Elf Eyeliner

CHI Ceramic Curling Iron Review

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When I wanted to experience a true “California Press” on my curly kinky natural hair with real bounce and shine – there was CHI. When I wanted the classic layered look like Claire Huxtable – there was CHI. Whether I wanted a bone straight long weave or a slightly curled natural body wave look, I could always count on my ceramic curlers to get the job done. After trying many, many hair curlers and irons and exploring ceramic curling iron benefits, I realized that there is good reason for investing $100 in a CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium 1 1/4″ Hairstyling Iron. It makes a major difference and after one try, I was immediately addicted. You have to CHI it to believe it!

From my initial discovery about 7 years ago to today, CHI has introduced many new products, but I will never forget that day that I fell in love with this curling iron did to my hair. It was amazing and well worth an exceptional ceramic curling iron review! I highly recommend this product for anyone looking to take their hair experience to the next level.

Surviving the Coronavirus Quarantine

After watching movies, monitoring the news, and making countless phone calls to people all across the country, I’ve decided that I have got to find a way to carry on. As my own unique way to fight this Covid-19 pandemic, I’ve created this nifty list of good things to get done.

Check Off To-Do List Items

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There is always a list of things to do – even outside of moments of chaos and crisis. Usually, this list is comprised of daily activities with a few other long-term things that need to be taken care of. This is the perfect time to revisit things that have been lingering on the list for the past few weeks. For me, this means doing things like managing files, organizing, drawers, and completing essential paperwork.  I’ve also rearranged my living room, found a heatless home waxing kit, returned an old cable box, and found a makeup application process for daily wear. There is plenty to do to keep your mind at ease during these trying times. You can use this time to complete small projects that you usually procrastinate on.

Spring Cleaning

In addition to completely changing my living room, I’ve also managed to grab some cleaning supplies and get down to the nitty gritty. My floors had been looking really sticky before all of this and I was glad to be able to do a deep clean. After washing my mop cloth in the washing machine and using a new cleaner, I can no longer see my footprints on the kitchen floor. I was also able to clean out excess papers and trinkets in the kitchen drawers.  Next on the list is cleaning the bathroom floor and giving the refrigerator a quick wipe down.

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Stay Active

It feels completely weird to be trapped in the house. I’ve been tempted to just lay around and mope in pity, but I was inspired to pull out my bike and get a workout in after watching a few YouTube videos. It is so important for the mind and body to stay active. It took me a few moments to overcome my state of shock. I was able to find a way to recreate normalcy by establishing new routines and forming good in-home habits.

I’m Here for Support

This pandemic is really tough on everyone. I am saddened at these events and have tried so hard to stay uplifted. After touching bases with everyone, I’ve found that handling old tasks, cleaning up, and getting in a little exercise are excellent ways to survive this horrid virus. 

Here is my video with more details on Coronavirus survival tips.

My Secret to No Crease Foundation

Hopefully you enjoyed my last post on the #UltaCollection. I created a weekly schedule for blog posts but forgot to post it last week so hopefully I can stay on schedule. I have something that I would really like to talk candidly about. I have had such a challenge with finding the right primer that lasts all day long, prevents creasing in my smile lines, and keeps me looking nice and fresh.

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I’ll be honest and tell you that it is something that I ignored for the looongeeest time but when I got into it I immediately noticed a difference in the way my foundation lays and stays. I tried several different kinds and had to figure out what worked well for my skin and make up. Finally, after countless trials and errors I can tell what to do to keep an all day glow and keep you skin feeling refreshed, moisturized, and smooth.

The answer is primer.

I’ve found a few that work well at several different price points. I really like the Cover Girl Simply Ageless. It gave me a nice moisturizing layer to prepare for my foundation. I also tried the Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly. It has an easy to use pump and I just love the feel and hydration of the jelly primers. I also tried the NYX Bare With Me Jelly formula and was pleasantly surprised. I preferred the pump but found a way to put this cooling jelly primer on my face with ease. But here’s the key! I use the Ulta Hydrating Primer with Coconut Water underneath as an extra layer of moisture.

 

 

Ulta Beauty Hydrating Face Primer

I know it may seem like a bit much to use two primers but the one is a bit more oily and tends to prevent the mid day dryness. It’s like the moisture activates at the right time and as I refresh my makeup I’m simply blotting away the moisture. I do not see creasing or any dullness. Sometimes I use the Mario Badescu Spritz Mist or Mac Prep and Prime Fix Plus Setting Spray for a little facial refresh. This has been my optimal path for all day makeup success. This is so important to me because I like a matte look but I don’t want to look too dry.

Here are the top primers I recommend (click to buy):

 

 

Cover Girl Simply Ageless

 

Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly Primer

NYX Bare With Me

I’m glad to here about any others that you have found successful! Please send me your suggestions, reviews, and recommendations.

I can tell you from experience that you makeup is not complete with out a primer.

New Makeup from ColourPop

Avatar: The Last Airbender

If ColourPop’s new Avatar: The Last Airbender collection is anything like the movie or animation series, you’ll be inspired to give it try.

Allure says, “The brand has launched countless collections full of makeup products based on the mythical worlds and characters in movies and shows such as Nightmare Before Christmas, Powerpuff Girls, and even Lizzie McGuire…” The Last Airbender Full Collection Makeup set transports you into the World of Avatar with themed palettes, vibrant shades, and dazzling pigments that remind you of the fascinating fantasy series.

Fans of the Animated Nickelodeon show can experience the power of Water, Earth, Air, and Fire with each makeup application. The set includes a masking kit, gel eyeliners, lip stains, highlighters, an eyeshadow palette, and lip stains.

According to PopSugar, “The color range represents the four nations, reds for fire, blues for water, golds and shimmers for air, and browns and neutrals for earth.” The gel eyeliners represent characters Aang, Zuko, Toph, and Katara with colors like pink, red, bronze, and blue. The mask contains great ingredients like hyaluronic acid, marine algae, aloe, and vitamin E for hydration and pore reduction. The highlighter comes in a golden, buttery formula with colors like Got Glow and Moon Peach.

The full set is available at colourpop.com for $135.

Interested in learning more? Check out these YouTube reviews by top beauty influencers:

Colourpop x Avatar The Last Airbender Palette – Angela Bright

Colourpop x Avatar The Last Airbender Collection Review – Makeup Molly

Popsugar.com

https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/colourpop-avatar-last-airbender-makeup-collection-48766315

Allure

https://www.allure.com/story/colourpop-cosmetics-avatar-the-last-airbender-collection

ColourPop’s Newest Collection

ColourPop recently launched a new collection made just for the artistic makeup connoisseur, collector, and beauty influencer. This collection features an array of colorful hues in the Lippie Kit and Colour Kit, as well as a lovely set of pressed powder blushes.

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Spring Makeup Tips

It’s just in time for the spring with bright greens, blues, reds, and oranges. The lippies are available in new dual retractable pencils that make it easy to define your lips and build color. The colour sticks are super vibrant and offered in a wide variety of appealing colors. You can also enhance your look with the Meow, Kitsch, and Retro hues of blush.

ColourPop Beauty Reviews

I found a few reviews on YouTube by Makeupbytreenz and Makeup.Just.For.Fun that spoke highly of ColourPop’s packaging, which kinda reminds you of corner store candies and bubble gum. They also raved about the minimalist-inspired nudes. I personally like the blush colors and the mirrored palette. The full set is available online for $110.

With names like Juice pop, Seltzer pop, Fizzy pop, Lolli pop, and Sizzle pop, this launch is sure to spark inspiration in the beauty community.

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Beauty Influencer Success

If you are into artistically inspired makeup you might also like The Crayon Case Cosmetics by female entrepreneur Reynell Steward. The African American female founder, also known as Supa Cent, launched this brand in 2017. The Big Box that literally looks like a box of Crayola crayons contains 64 vibrant shades of eyeshadow. The line is school-themed with a host of coveted products like Loose Leaf makeup wipes and The Matte Book. Use the hashtag #crayoncutie and #futurecrayoncutie on Instagram to find instant makeup inspiration.

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