Beauty

How to Use Jojoba Oil

How to Use Jojoba Oil

I’m always one for testing new beauty products & mixing up my skincare rotation, but jojoba oil has been part of my routine for a couple of years now. It took me time to warm up to the idea of putting oil on my face – I used to think it would make me break out! “Oil free” was always a positive thing in my mind – but I’ve learned that’s SO not the case. I find myself using jojoba oil the most out of any other oil (I use coconut & vitamin E oil too), because it’s lighter and absorbs really well. In fact, it’s supposed to be very close to the natural oils our body produces. I buy mine from acne.org – it’s such a great value! I’ve had mine for over a year and there’s PLENTY left. You can also find it here & here. Now, on to how I actually use it…

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How to Use Face Gloss

How to Use Face Gloss

We’re nearing the end of winter (THANK GOD), which means my pastiness is at an all time high. I’m in desperate need of a tan – my go-to tanning pads aren’t even helping me at this point. I tried packing on more concealer, more bronzer, more moisturizer to help with my dry, pale winter skin, but nothing was working.

Finally, last week at Sephora, I discovered a magical product. One that brightened up my skin instantly, giving me the dewy look I’ve always strived for. I didn’t even care that my skin was pale because it was GLOWING. Introducing…Milk Face Gloss.

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Curly Hair Tips: How I Care for My Curls

Curly Hair Tips: How I Care for My Curls

I’ve been rocking my curls since age 3. Sure, I could straighten them (and sometimes do), but I think the curls represent me and my style. It’s sort of my “thing” at this point. Luckily, I’ve figured out how to manage these bad boys over the years. They didn’t always look like this. I can pull up some scary photos from my Facebook archive – apparently, I was very into the “wet” look in my high school days. Not sure it was intentional, but it definitely happened.

It takes time, lots of trial and error, but once you know how to manage your curls, you’ll put that straightener away for good. These are the rules I live by when it comes to caring for my hair.

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Latest Obsession: Benefit Gimme Brow

Latest Obsession: Benefit Gimme Brow

I’ve got thick, bushy, unruly eyebrows. If I didn’t maintain these bad boys, I’d have an eyebrow (that’s right, just one) that would connect with my hairline on both sides. It would all blend in real nicely. Though it took me quite some time to appreciate their unruliness, I’ve finally accepted my brows and learned to embrace them. More importantly, I’ve learned to keep them in check. This involves frequent trips to my girl Vanessa at Parlor 836 (if you’re into threading, you need to see this girl – she works magic), in addition to trimming and tweezing here and there in between visits.

Recently, I discovered a new product that has changed my eyebrow game…Benefit’s Gimme Brow. It’s essentially a brow-volumizing gel that grooms your brows and gives them a thicker, fuller appearance.

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Greek Yogurt Face Mask (with Avocado)

Greek Yogurt Face Mask (with Avocado)

Heading into my late 20’s, I started to prioritize skincare more than ever. I look back at my teens & early 20’s and cringe at how I treated my skin – i.e. no sunscreen, not drinking enough water, sleeping with makeup on…I can go on for days. I’ve started to notice & appreciate other women with gorgeous skin, and often ask what their skincare regimen is.

A couple of weekends ago at a family wedding, I was seated with one of my cousins at the dinner table. She’s in her late 40’s and has phenomenal skin. I asked her to share her skincare secrets – in addition to the usual ones (stay out of the sun, exfoliate, sunscreen it up, etc.), she mentioned that she has been using a Greek yogurt mask on her face 3X a week for 20+ years! She had me convinced that I needed to give it a try.

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Latest Obsession: Function of Beauty

Latest Obsession: Function of Beauty

It’s always good to switch up your beauty routine, especially when it comes to hair product. Your hair tends to adjust to the products you use frequently, and over time, you don’t maintain consistent results. I’ve been using Moroccan Oil shampoo and conditioner for years now, so when Function of Beauty asked me to try their customized shampoo & conditioner, I didn’t have to think twice.

Did you catch that? It’s customized shampoo and conditioner, for your hair. Just. For. You. As technology improves, customization will be key. From skincare, apparel, fragrance to hair care, everything will be customized based on your needs. Function of Beauty is one of the first to attempt this, and truth be told, I’m quite impressed with their product.

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Latest Obsession: Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads

Latest Obsession: Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads

This is the time of year when I wish I was tanner than I actually am. It’s too soon to have any color because we’re just starting to get some sunshine, but it feels like summer so I feel like I should have a little somethin’ somethin’. If my face is a little tan, my makeup looks better, and I get that “dewy” look everyone strives for.

I made my usual bi-monthly (or monthly really – who am I kidding) Sephora trip a few weeks back, and decided to give Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads a shot. I’ve heard from friends that they work well, and they get stellar reviews so…what did I have to lose?

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Fresh Spring Hair

Fresh Spring Hair

I’ve been trying to grow my hair out, so I haven’t had a hair cut since October. OCTOBER. My ends feel like the end of a broomstick. I know they say it’s best for hair growth when you get a cut every 6 weeks or so, but I refused to do it in fear that my hair just wouldn’t grow. I’m finally comfortable enough with the length where I’m willing to go in and get a fresh style, because this 6 month old hair cut has run its course. Here are some looks I’m loving lately. Which one should I go with?

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My Daily Skincare Routine – Winter

My Daily Skincare Routine – Winter

It took time to get my skincare routine down this winter, and after a lot of trial and error, I’ve discovered a few products that I absolutely love. My skin is on the drier side, so my main challenge is finding products that are hydrating and also contain the important ingredients I need. I’ve narrowed it down to 7 products that I use on a daily basis (I know, it seems excessive but trust me, it’s really not that bad!).

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Best Daytime Moisturizers for Every Skin Type

Best Daytime Moisturizers for Every Skin Type

Every season I switch up my moisturizer to ensure I’m getting the necessary hydration & protection I need with the changes in weather. Finding a new moisturizer can be tricky – there are endless options, prices vary greatly, and you never know which one is best for your skin type. We’ve lucked out with the weather as of late, but cold weather is on the horizon…that means it’s time to prep and make sure you’re taking care of your skin during the colder months. I’ve put together a top 5 list for each skin type to help you shop for winter moisturizers (& included ones with SPF as well to serve as a reminder that this should be a part of your skincare routine too!).

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