Learn to Color Outside the Lines…

Learn to Color Outside the Lines…

Hey, hey hey! It’s that time again- time to see what all the fuss is about  or not! So the other day I thought I’d make my day off a “spa” and outdoor therapy session 💄🌞 Can I just say, EVERY one needs time to recharge and release stress and negativity on a daily basis.

Anyway, I picked up some skincare goodies😉 along the way, as I get ready for the glorious intensity of summer (*skincare freak alert*) and just, YEAH!! I know, I admit it, summer is my favorite season and I’m going to spend most of it outdoors🌞

I loaded up on some goodies from LUSH , Kiehl’s Fresh, and few odds and ends from my local Fruitful Yield. The big surprise disappointment? The ultrabland fave cleanser! 😕 It was greasy, unwieldy and called for waay too much drama than I was prepared to deal with at the end of the day. Yes it was hydrating, but the clean after the CLEAN UP? NOT worth the drama; look, I might have diva skin, but my skincare can definitely NOT be diva in kind😥
As for the shower gel (it’s called beautiful, still not sure why)? Meh! They discontinued my favorite one so my LUSH journey continues.

Another surprise (in a good way) came in the former of an awesome organic black soap by Alafia. I always get a kick out of seeing beauty secrets from back home getting the spot light 💄🌞😂. I remember my aunties using black soap for literally every skincare mishap, and remember thinking , “wow! This stuff is ugly but it’s like magic)😂

Anyway, given the diva nature of my skin, I decided to try the commercial version with a few drops of my vegan essential oils and, BAAM! AWESOME! This is now on my list of skincare faves💄Uh did I mention it only cost nine dollars and some change for that awesome bottle, plus it’s WAAY cheaper than the LUSH brand of shower gel that left me feeling less than impressed!😉

Bottomline, investigate and find what works for your skin and DON’T be afraid to try something new-color outside the lines for a change….Boomsies😉
P.s. I’ve got tons more stuff to check out so laters😉
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Fun day…Getting some balance back

Fun day…Getting some balance back

So it’s Tuesday, and I’m still feeling “elevated” 😂 from a day off from the craziness of work, demands of life, blah blah blah! I had to take time to reflect, de-stress, and just stop with the overthinking EVERY LITTLE THING! Yeesh, sometimes I think we women drive ourselves batty from stress and majoring in the minor😉🌞
I’m still learning to let go and just embrace life, my fitness journey (with all my fitness buddies💪😉), AND the unknown. ALWAYS make time to for self-reflection, internal growth and healing-balance, balance, balance, is what I try to remember in the midst of the crazy! If you don’t take care of the “inside” you WON’T be able to take care of the outside beauty that is you!😉👠👙
The journey to fitness and health continues along with my review of some great skincare, workout gear and… 💄🔰 Starting >>here<< with more to follow…

Oh my skin!

Oh my skin!

Okay, okay!  Enough about the skincare recommendations!  Here’s the thing, your skincare recommendation is only as good as the “person” who’s giving the review 😐😉 My point is, I’m not recommending ANY product that 1. I wouldn’t use myself ( and I’ve got the diva skin to prove it), 2. Can’t back up their claims (i.e. nontoxic,  cruelty free, etc) and 3. Community and environmentally friendly!

That’s just my rant I guess, but the bottom line is that you need to investigate or research these products for yourself; realizing that a “recommendation” is just that, a RECOMMENDATION and it’s up to you to fact check this stuff!😉

Not only that, some of the stuff people are “reviewing” is mostly all fluff and no substance and waay over-priced to boot! Granted some of it’s worth it (especially if you have very sensitive skin, etc) but a lot of it just doesn’t past muster💄💲Also, just because it cost an arm and a leg or just your first born child *wink* DOESN’T MEAN IT’S ACTUALLY any good or effective so save your money!💲💲

Bottom line, if you don’t take care of your body from the inside out (eat healthy and nutrient dense foods, exercise, etc) even the most expensive “elixir” on the planet ain’t gonna change that rocky road skin into a baby’s butt; sorry I know the truth hurts sometimes, but there you have it!💄😕
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If I don’t use it or haven’t tried it, I’M NOT recommending it…and so I leave you with those few gems and happy skincare hunting!
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Skin Flint…

Skin Flint…

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On the road again..”

Hey!!

Everyone, I’ve some more skincare goodies for you to think about! Incase you’re wondering, all my skincare related  post will all have some reference to skin so here is my next one….it all started with my outdoor therapy outside and about, with a “little” side trip to the Oakbrook Center to complete my ME time.Well, I hoped in my ride and decided ; yep time for a drive he hehe! First stop? You guessed it, LUSH for my total body indulgence (and of course I couldn’t leave without demo-ing some items from their faves list, lol) 🙂
I have a small confession to make *cough* ; I went a little cray cray with the bath bombs because they smelt soo yummy plus, my skin felt awesome! OK this is ridiculous, they’ve gotta have a least one thing I totally hate! Naaw, dang it, I haven’t found it yet.

 

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More goodies

Oh well I guess the search continues…Oh did I mention I totally hated the cupcake fresh face mask? As much as I love chocolate, both the texture and smell soo did NOT work for me. Guess I found something I didn’t care for after all 😦 No point in taking a sample of that stuff home (I got a sample for one of my friends and she, HATED IT!! ).

 

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Say it aint so…

Moving on, I did love the feel and texture of the Ole Henriksen vitamin C serum. I’ve used it in the past and my girls at Oakbrook Sephora were nice enough to remind me why I love this stuff *giggles* !

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My investigation begins…

I’ve tried a few items from Fresh but their Black Tea Instant Perfecting mask didn’t work for me either. If you’ve got sensitive diva skin like mine, I’d pass on it (it had an unpleasant sting to it; which is ALWAYS a deal breaker for me). I’m still going to try this soy mask (it’s actually for sensitive skin) and see what happens!

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If at first…

Till my next skincare freak adventure, blessings y’all and take care of your skin from the inside out….P.s. for more about my journey to health and as a Beachbody fitness coach join me here…

 

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The End?…
Bye bye clown face; don’t hate!

Bye bye clown face; don’t hate!

Alright ladies, if you’re easily offended then THIS post isn’t for you. As a bonafide skincare freak, I’m here to tell you that rocky road looks and taste good as ice cream; as your skin? Not so much! Just saying, I know the truth hurts but there you have it.

In the words of my dear mamma, “what you eat is what you see” and “it doesn’t matter how much foundation you “spackle” on (lmao, mom was priceless), you can’t hide bad skin!”. In short, if you don’t take care of your skin (from the inside out), guess what? You end up with the rocky road ice cream effect, and as I ALREADY said, that ONLY looks tasty as ICE CREAM!!!
Just making sure you heard me, ha haha. But really, for some bad skin has become an issue of self-esteem,   heartache and literally a  frustration. I’ve been there too! Everyone has skin issues at some point (some both longer and more difficult to resolve than others), but the bottom line is, good skin requires a nutrient rich diet coupled with an excellent  (yes, that does include hygiene in case you’re wondering!) skincare regime (you those things like face wash, toner, moisturizer,  etc).

The “trick” is to find and optimize the one that works for YOU! Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) for me, I have “Diva” skin. Yep, you know, that skin that reacts to everything and anything unless it’s babied, lol!

When I was in my early teens and early 20’s this SOOO was NOT funny because my skin kept erupting like Mt Vesuvius anytime I put anything on it that it didn’t like! This from someone who had a skincare freak for a mom too, so it’s not like I didn’t healthy for the most part; it’s just that I didn’t now what my skin needed, what was “setting it off” and upping my skincare regime.

All that said, WHATEVER you do, don’t pack on the camo to cover up problem skin ’cause you ain’t fooling anyone about what’s underneath;  you’ve merely got the CLOWN FACE going, and THAT REALLY ain’t pretty!

Some of my miracle elixirs can be found at LUSH, Kiehl’s, Shiseido,  Clarins, and Tatcha. I know a bit pricey (in some cases) BUT I learned that most of the “cheap” stuff is a real killer and eruption bringer!!! Like I said, educate yourself about diet, nutrition,  and what works for YOUR skin type because we’re all different when it comes to our skincare needs…