THRIFT STORE FINDS: NEW YEARS EVE ATTIRE

New Years’ Eve night looks different this year with everything being canceled, but that’s not going to stop me from getting dressed up to bring in the New Year with my quarantine crew in style. On Thursday night, I will be wearing a black festive mini skirt with a long black blazer and a white-collar shirt. This a perfect attire to sip champagne in; while counting down to the New Year.

Festive Mini Skirt came From
B-Thrifty
4917 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

Black Blazer came from:
2nd Ave Value Stores
13770 Smoketown Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Black Ankle Boots can be found on the PRETTY LITTLE THING website.

THRIFT STORE FINDS: SAVED BY THE BELL

Saved by the Bell was one of my favorite shows growing up. I wanted Lisa Turtle’s confidence and Zack Morris to be my boyfriend. What I loved most about the show was the fashion. I couldn’t wait to get to high school to rock a mini dress along with a denim jacket like Lisa, Zack’s trendy graphic tees, Kelly’s crop tops, or Jessie’s high-waisted jeans. They all had their own style, and I loved it!

In this post, I will pay homage to the athletic hunk with the killer dimples, AC Slater. He was known for wearing printed shirts tucked into his denim washed jeans and reeboks. I decided to add a feminine twist to this AC Slater inspired look with an oversized floral print blouse, high-waisted black washed denim jeans, and black booties. How did I do with this AC Slater inspired look? Please comment below.

Blouse came From
B-Thrifty
4917 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

Jeans came from:
The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center
1590 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

UOMA BEAUTY!

UOMA BEAUTY!

From reading my previous post on finding a clean foundation, it’s evident that I am a fan of the Mineral Fusion Sheer Tint Foundation. My only gripe with this product was the lack of representation when it came to shades. I was able to pass by using the “Olive, Olive” shade. But, what about everyone else who is unable to wear the available three shades? This brand failed to portray consumers with unique skin tones, which was the real reason why I switched to Uoma Beauty. This black-owned beauty brand launched in 2018 with the Beauty Innovator Award Winner, Say What?! Foundation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, places like Sephora and Ulta Beauty suspended product testing. For my advent beauty buyers, you know first hand how difficult it can be to find the right shade without testing the foundation first. Little did I know that Uoma Beauty was one step ahead of the game with their accurate online shade finder that sifts through 51 shades to find your complexion match. First, you select your shade out of six skin color groups, pick the shade within the skin color group, identify your undertone, and they will pull-up your proper skin match. They successfully matched me with Honey Honey, T2N. I intended to purchase the foundation, but I couldn’t resist adding the concealer and contour stick to my cart. See my review of each product below.

SAY WHAT?! FOUNDATION

I bought this foundation in July during the quarantine. It came just in time for me to try on my birthday. This soft-matte foundation was perfect for my oily skin because it could soak up the excess oil while giving me long-lasting full coverage makeup without drying out my skin. The Say What?! Foundation was the ideal shade until I developed a bronze skin tone after exercising every day outside. So, I had to manipulate a lot using my contour stick and bronzer to match my summer tanned skin. I recommend applying the foundation on clean skin after your moisturizer and primer. I apply a generous amount of foundation to get full coverage and then use a makeup sponge to blend the application into my skin.

STAY WOKE CONCEALER

I apply the Stay Woke Concealer after the Say What?! Foundation to brighten my complexion, most importantly, under my eyebrow to shape, define and hide the hair (it’s been a year since I had my eyebrows done, so this concealer has been my BFF). First, I use the concealer as a primer on my eyelids and under eyebrow before applying the foundation on my face (Helpful tip: I recommend doing your eyes before your foundation). After I finished my eyes and lay the foundation, I use the Stay Woke Concealer under my eyes, swipe down the nose, chin, and on the area of my forehead located between my eyebrows (sorry, I don’t know what part of the face this is). This product was easy to blend and brighten my darker areas.

DOUBLE TAKE CONTOUR STICK

The Double Take Contour Stick is my favorite product from the line because you get two products for one price. This Double Take Contour Stick has a highlighter that gives you a luminous glow, and the contour stick enhances your face’s shape. I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I used the contour stick to compliment my newfound tan. I’m aware of the contour stick’s job, but buying another foundation wasn’t in the budget until fall. After using the foundation and concealer, I applied the contour stick along the hairline of my forehead, temples, under my cheekbone, Jawbone, and then blend using my makeup sponge (Fyi: a little goes a long way). Then I apply my translucent setting powder, blush, and finally, use the highlighter on my cheekbone, the bridge of my nose, and tear ducts; and gently blend using my fingers to get that luminous finish.

HERE ARE THE RESULTS

As you can see, the results are breathtaking. I get a long-lasting natural look.

For my Beginners (like me), I would suggest watching Slim Reshae on applying makeup for beginners.

FIND YOUR SHADE ON UOMA BEAUTY’S WEBSITE

Sidenote:  All of the ingredients in the products mentioned in this post are 100% vegan and received a score rating from good to fair on the EWG website.

THRIFT STORE FINDS: CUTE & COMFY

Sometimes in life, you want to chill but look cute doing it. I recently met up with a couple of friends for lunch, and I just wanted to wear something comfortable. So, my look for the day was an Old Navy high-waisted blue denim cut-off ankle jeans with a classic button-down shirt and gray Adrienne Vittadini shoes. Of course, it was my turn to pay; I carried my wallet in a red vintage Liz Claiborne purse. I had a great time catching up with my friends in style.

Jeans came from:
2nd Avenue Value Stores
6307 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20748

Blouse and Purse came from:
B-Thrifty
4917 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

For Shoes:
Follow @only1ofakind46 for vintage clothing

THRIFT ONLINE FINDS: IN BETWEEN WEATHER OUTFIT

Fall can be unpredictable with the weather fluctuating from 50 to 70 degrees. It’s good to have a sweater for a 72-degree day and a cold evening, which was the case this past weekend at the winery. I wore a pink pullover midriff sweater with distress boyfriend jeans and a neutral color sandal heel. I could have worn this outfit with a neutral color ankle heel boots or white tennis shoes. But I wanted to get as much wear out of my sandals before the weather gets cold.

Dress came from THRED UP.

Jeans came from:
Goodwill of Greater Washington Retail Store
8228 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309

THRIFT ONLINE FINDS: FALL WEDDING ATTIRE

Fall weddings are beautiful. Its the in-between weather that allows you to wear darker colors and explore new fabrics while holding on to your open-toe shoes. During quarantine, I found a chic velvet navy blue cocktail dress on Thred-Up – a popular online thrift store. I wore a simple sandal heel to complete this look . I may not have a wedding to attend this season, But I do have a dress to wear in Fall 2021!

Dress came from THRED UP.

HEALTH ALERT: BLUSHING FLAMES FIRE CIDER

HEALTH ALERT: BLUSHING FLAMES FIRE CIDER

We interrupt this scheduled programming to bring you an important message concerning your health! The second wave of Covid-19 is set to hit again during the flu season, and now is the perfect time to build your immune system with fresh herbs that you will find at your local grocery store. Blushing Flames has developed the ideal remedy made of ginger, turmeric, habanero pepper, garlic, jalapeno pepper, and cayenne pepper to help boost your immunity, clear up sinuses, aid gut health, and alleviate allergies and colds. As a person who suffers from a leaky gut, it’s refreshing to know that there’s a company that relies on herbs to combat any ailment that attacks your body. At times my body has a hard time digesting certain foods, and when this happens, I tend to experience stomach aches, fatigue, and skin breakouts.

Along with removing food that my body views as toxic, I added Blushing Flames Fire Cider to my morning regimen to help me detox. I instantly felt the impurities leave my gut after taking a shot of Blushing Flames Fire Cider every other morning for the next two weeks (hence to the bottle being half full). The ingredients found in the Fire Cider are better than anything that you will purchase over the counter.

This Fire Cider is made to clear any toxins in your body that may weaken your immune system, cause a cold or a sinus infection.
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See Blushing Flames powerful ingredient below:
Ginger– helps with digestion, reduces nausea, and helps fight the flu and common cold.
Turmeric– helps your body fight foreign invaders.
Garlic– strengthens the immune system, help prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses such as the flu and common cold.
Habanero Pepper– reduce inflammation, eliminate sinuses, provides allergy and asthma relief, and soothe the lining of the lungs.
Jalapeno Pepper– serves as an antioxidant to help fight damaged cells.
Cayenne Pepper– boosts metabolism and helps strengthens the stomach’s defense against infections and digestion.

THRIFT STORE FINDS: A VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF EXTRAVAGANCE!

Gold symbolizes extravagance, wealth, riches, and excess. Even if we are house hopping for the rest of the year, I will find a reason to wear this gold fitted midi dress to the next get together.

PSA: When you see a unique piece like this dress, pick it up, I guaranteed that you would not see it anywhere else.

Dress came from:
Thrifty’s
3115 Sherwood Hall Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306

THRIFT STORE FINDS: End of Summer Attire

The end of summer is near, and I want to take this time to show as much skin as possible before we transition into hoodies and jean season. On a safe day out with the girls, I wore this beautiful neutral colored split wrap skirt with a plain white crop tank top and sandals. I completed this look with a little vintage wooden bag.

Skirt Came From:
Goodwill
8228 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309

Vintage Wooden Bag came from a thrift store in the DMV area (I bought this bag 10 years ago).

A VEGAN WASH DAY

A VEGAN WASH DAY

Since the beginning of this pandemic, I had more time to research hair products out on the market. I came across CurlSmith’s products while searching the web for vegan hair care. This product has been on my radar for three years. But, I was reluctant to purchase this product due to the prices because there’s nothing worse than investing money in a product that does not work on your hair. After watching a product review of Curlsmith’s Weightless Air Dry Cream on Alyssa Marie’s youtube channel, I realized that I had the wrong approach when it came to purchasing hair products. All of the hair products that I had in my cabinet had horrible ingredients for my low porosity hair. So, I threw out my hair products and took the curl quiz on Curlsmith’s website to determine which product will be good for my hair. They asked detailed questions about my hair porosity, density, curl pattern, texture, and problem areas to select custom products that will work for my hair. Let’s see what products Curlsmith has chosen for me!

Super Slip Pre-Biotic Primer

When Curlsmith suggested the Super Slip Pre-Biotic Primer, I wondered why I would need to apply a primer before shampooing my hair. From the research that I’ve done on primers, I found that it serves as a protective layer to maintain its moisture before you shampoo. According to Curlsmith, “The super slip prebiotic contains balanced pre-biotics to help create the perfect environment for hair follicles strengthening the scalp and prepping it for clarifying.” I wet my hair, and put a quarter size primer on my hand, and work the product through my hair. I leave the primer in my hair for one minute before applying the Wash and Scrub Detox Pro-Biotic.

Five Main Ingredients:
Glycerin
moisturizes hair and prevents breakage.
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
helps to remove grease from oils and causes them to become suspended in the liquid.
Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) root
encourages healthy growth by stimulating the hair follicles and improving scalp circulation.
Inulin
is prebiotic, which is a nutritional compound that feeds the good bacteria.
Citric Acid
improves the scalp condition by getting rid of dandruff.

Wash & Scrub Detox Pro-Biotic

After using the primer, the Wash and Scrub Detox Pro-Biotic gently exfoliates the scalp and removes all impurities to promote a healthy environment for the hair follicles to flourish. People with Low Porosity hair tend to have trouble absorbing moisture, so it’s imperative to have a shampoo that will effectively clean your scalp, making it possible for your pores to open for moisture to penetrate your hair follicles.

Five Main Ingredients:
Lactobacillus ferment Lysate is a probiotic that strengthens the scalp’s protective barrier and helps your hair to grow.
Dragonfruitis a natural antioxidant that calms and clears the scalp creating the perfect condition for growth.
Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extracthelps with those who have psoriasis, eczema, and many skin problems that affect the scalp.
Perlite is a micro scrub made of volcanic ash that effectively exfoliates and gets rid of buildup.
Acetic Acid (Vinegar) It is excellent to clarify the hair, get rid of buildup, and enhance your natural healthy shine.

Weightless Air Dry Cream

Curlsmith’s Weightless Air Dry Cream is my favorite product from their scalp line. After applying a deep conditioner, I use Curlsmith’s Weightless Air Dry Cream to add moisture to my hair. This is a lightweight water-based product that provides intense moisture and makes it easier for moisture to absorb in my hair without weighing it down. With fine low porosity hair, it’s essential to have water as the main ingredient because our hair characteristics like to repel moisture. After applying this product to each hair strand, my hair feels silky and soft, making it manageable for me to comb through.

Five Main Ingredients:
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil enhances hair follicles’ health and promotes hair growth.
Babassu OilSoothes the scalp and promotes hair growth.
Wild Murumurusoften hair, improves manageability, and seals in moisture.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oilhelps increase hair growth.
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)nourishes the hair with Vitamins.

Hold Me Softly Style Balm

I use the Hold Me Softly Style Balm after the Weightless Air Dry Cream. This styling product provides a soft hold on my curls without leaving a hard, crunchy residue.

Five Main Ingredients:
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Penetrates the hair shaft due to its molecular weight, cools the scalp, and retains moisture in your hair.
Rosemary Improves scalp health and stimulates hair growth.
Avocado smoothens, condition, and deeply nourishes the hair.
Apricot Kernelsoftens hair, improves manageability, and seals in moisture.
Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf ExtractThe natural oils in sage strengthens the roots and stimulate healthy hair growth.

I love the products that CurlsSmith suggested for me. Take the test to see which products will work for your hair.
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