AN IMPROVED WASH N GO

AN IMPROVED WASH N GO

Hair Serums serve as a tool to reduce frizz and protect the hair from future damage. With my constant struggle with frizz and dryness, I needed a hair serum capable of bringing my dry coils to life. JNL Naturals Hydrate Hair Serum is made for people like me with dry low porosity hair that has a hard time absorbing moisture; this hair serum can hydrate and reduce frizz while making the hair more manageable to maintain. This product is made with four unique moisturizing oils that has restored my hair :

  • Coconut oil moisturized my hair.
  • The sweet almond oil reduced frizz.
  • The jojoba oil reduced the buildup on my scalp.
  • The argan oil made my hair more manageable. 

First, I washed and deep conditioned my hair; Then, I applied five drops of the Hydrate Hair Serum on my scalp and massage for one minute. I used the remaining serum left from my scalp massage to gently run my hair through my fingers and finally applied styling products to complete my wash n go. Adding JNL Natural Hydrate Serum helped improved wash n go; my hair feels hydrated, looks shinier, and is more manageable to handle

Special Note for those with low porosity hair: This product has light oils that will not weigh down your hair.

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VINTAGE FINDS: JOURNEY TO MAKETTO

VINTAGE FINDS: JOURNEY TO MAKETTO

I love getting dressed up to go to new places! This weekend, I ventured out to Maketto to indulge in authentic Cambodian/Taiwanese cuisine. This place is unique; it has a lovely Jungle Bungalow aesthetic outside on the upper level that reminds me of an old Vietnam war movie scene where the soldiers are getting drinks at a local bar. My vintage silk Bedford fair skirt paired with an oversized white shirt that I decided to tie up to add spunk to the outfit perfectly matched the scenery. This fabric was breathable and light; I couldn’t help but doing a couple of twirls in this vintage masterpiece. On a hot, humid day, this outfit was extremely cool and fun to wear.

Skirt came from:
The Cottage Shop

811 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006

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

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SUMMERTIME GLOW USING LUNE + ASTER

SUMMERTIME GLOW USING LUNE + ASTER

Summertime is my favorite time of the year! My hair gets lighter, and my skin gets darker. I usually neglect my budget around this time of the year to invest in a new vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free Skin Tint and Concealer from Lune + Aster.

I’m not a fan of wearing too much makeup in the summertime, but when I do? I prefer a dewy look that gives me a radiant finish. The Real Glow Skin Tint from Lune + Aster has a creamy texture that offers excellent sheer coverage and a natural look after minimum application. The Deep Almond was slightly darker than my summer tan; So, I used their Medium/Deep Hydrabright Concealer to blend perfectly with their Deep Almond Skin Tint shade to match my color. This brand has 11 shades in their Skin Tint to choose from, which is pretty impressive for a vegan line.

How do I achieve this Summer Time Glow? First, I use a moisturizer to hydrate my skin. Next, I apply Lune + Aster’s Real Glow Skin Tint on my face using a moist blending sponge. Once again, I neglected my eyebrows, so I use their Hydrabright concealer under the brow to hide the fine hairs, under my eyes, forehead, upper lip, chin, and then blend in with my Skin Tint using my blending sponge. Finally, I applied blush and setting powder, and viola, I have an effortless glow for the summertime.

Music: Another Time; Musician: LiQWYD

My Favorite Ingredients found in both products:
Hyaluronic Acid- helps replenish the skin’s moisture levels.
Vitamin E- helps to hydrate, repair, and protects against UV damage.

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CONSIGNMENT FINDS: A PERFECT SUNDAY AFTERNOON

CONSIGNMENT FINDS: A PERFECT SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Sometimes after church, I like to link up with my friends for brunch, so finding a suitable transition attire for both church and brunch can be tricky. Although I want to look appropriate for church, I don’t want to look too conservative for brunch afterward. This long light blue pleated skirt with a simple white tie-hem tank top was perfect for both occasions on a Sunday afternoon.

Pleated Skirt came from:
Current Boutique

1009 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22134

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

When people think about the breakfast of champions, everyone’s mind goes to eggs, toast, grits, and bacon. Although it’s a good source of protein, A simple fruit bowl can provide that and more while satisfying your taste buds. There’s a saying that you should eat every color of the rainbow because of each color’s benefits. For Instance, Red is for the heart, white is for immunity, yellow is for the skin, green is for cleansing, orange is for inflammation, and violets are for Antioxidants. This morning for breakfast, I had each rainbow color (except for green) in my bowl. See what I had this morning for breakfast:

MANGO

Great for your skin
Good for Eyes and Vision
Lowers Cholesterol
Removes Acne
Fights Dandruff
Helps in Diabetes
Boosts Sex Drive
Keep your immune system healthy
Fights against Heart Diseases and Cancer

PLUM

It helps your body, muscles and forms the blood vessels
Ease Anxiety
Constipation Relief
Combats high blood pressure and stroke
Rich in antioxidants
Reduce blood sugar
Helps bone health

WHITE PEACH

Helps improve eyesight
Boost immune system
Helps reduce wrinkles
Improves skin health
Promotes weight loss
Promotes Heart health

BLUEBERRIES

Best Antioxidant food
Rich in Vitamin C Nutrition
Good Source of Dietary Fiber
Prevents Heart Disease
Improves Memory Power
Hair Care
Fights Cancer

RAMBUTAN

Improve the Health of the eyes
Prevents Anemia
Reduces Cholesterol
Prevents Cancer
Cleans Kidney
Boosts Immunity
Lowers blood pressure
Cure’s Diarrhea
Rejuvenates Skin
Good for pregnant mothers

Fruits have a great source of vitamins and minerals that keep us healthy and protect us from different ailments. Did I mention how delicious they are? List your favorite fruit combination!

THRIFT STORE FIND: A DAY AT THE HARBOR

THRIFT STORE FIND: A DAY AT THE HARBOR

Sometimes, I feel like putting on a cute outfit just to go the Harbor and look at the beautiful scenery. On my outing this past weekend, I wore a simple white button-up shirt with a navy blue mini skirt, a multi-color belt, and a vintage Liz Claiborne purse.

Skirt, Belt, and Purse came from:
Goodwill of Greater Washington Retail Store

6136 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church, VA 22044

Goodwill of Greater Washington – Transforming Lives and Communities (dcgoodwill.org)

THE BEST THINGS ARE DONE AT HOME!

THE BEST THINGS ARE DONE AT HOME!

When you have a rough week, it’s good to take care of yourself to feel good for the next day. Thursdays are my days for self-care; this is the time for me to put my phone on airplane mode, listen to some 90’s R&B, and give myself a spa treatment. I don’t know about you, but an at-home Facial before the weekend is what I need to feel refresh and rejuvenated. I tried a new Simple Skin Regimen from the JNL Naturals Shine collection. This kit consisted of a cleansing bar, Lip Balm, Face Salve, and Konjac Sponge. Let’s see how everything worked on this night of self-care.

Face and Body Cleansing Bar

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There’s a saying to never use the same cleanser for your body and face. But, JNL Naturals put those stereotypes to rest with their unique Face and Body cleanser that has seven organic ingredients found in your home to cleanse your skin without any irritation. To start self-care Thursday, I took a shower, paired the cleansing bar with JNL Natural’s bamboo loofah to exfoliate my skin, gently applied the bar to my face, and washed in a circular motion until my face felt squeaky clean. The smell was light and didn’t contain any fragrance. The consistency of the product was excellent and didn’t break out my skin. My face felt prepared for the next step of my skincare regimen using the Konjac Sponge.

My Favorite Ingredients
Grapefruit Essential Oil- prevents and treats skin conditions like acne
Litsea Essential Oil- helps to balance sebum production.
Orange Essential Oil- promotes clarity, radiance in the skin.

Konjac Sponge

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Our skin is constantly under attack with environmental stresses and toxins every day when we leave the house, so it is essential to exfoliate at least twice a week. JNL Natural has created the Konjac Sponge that is gentle enough to use on a baby’s skin but powerful enough to slough off dead skin cells to get that smooth and glowing complexion. After cleansing my skin, I placed the sponge under water and squeezed the water out; I gently rotated the sponge on my face in a circular motion and then applied the face salve.

My Favorite Ingredient
Cherry Blossom Powder- helps cleanse the body of impurities, suppresses toxins that speed up skin aging, lightens hyperpigmentation, clarifies uneven skin, and repairs damaged skin.

Face Salve

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After cleansing and exfoliation, moisturizing my skin is a must, even before I go to bed, regardless of skin type. Every night before I go to bed, I apply the face salve. This face salve creates better skin for the next day and added the appropriate moisture to my dry spot without having my skin look and feel super oily. The following day, I woke up to smooth and hydrated skin.

My Favorite Ingredient
Sweet Almond Oil – improves complexion and skin tone.
Grapeseed Oil – moisturizes and balances the skin.
Papaya Seed Oil – helps combat wrinkles, scars, large pores, acne, dark spots, and other skin blemishes.
Organic Argan Oil- protects against sun damage.
Lavender Essential Oil- lessen acne.
Rose Geranium Essential Oil- applied to the skin as an astringent that tightens, brightens and removes dead skin cells.

Lip Balm

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Who doesn’t love a good lip balm? I apply the lip balm after my morning shower, multiple times throughout the day, and before bed. My lips always feel smooth and moisturize when I use this product.

My Favorite Ingredients:
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil- moisturizes lips. Perfect for chapped lips.
Olive Oil- Healing for cracked or dry lips.
Shea Butter- nourish and hydrates lips.

Final Results from my At-Home Facial using JNL Natural’s Simple Skin Regimen Shine Collection. Use my discount code SKYLARREA to get 10% off of your next purchase.

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DERMA-E HYDRATING NIGHT CREAM

DERMA-E HYDRATING NIGHT CREAM

Imagine before you go to bed at night, you apply the Derma-E hydrating cream and then wake up to a smooth and clear complexion. How does this happen? Derma- E uses Hyaluronic Acid to moisturize and aid clear complexion for those struggling with dry skin. Before I go to bed, I cleanse my skin with a Tata Harper cleanser; I may either use a facial steamer, JNL Shine Facial mask, or an exfoliator to regenerate and remove dead skin cells and then apply the hydrating cream to my face.

My Favorite Five Ingredients Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Oil – protects the skin from UV damage
Macadamia Seed Oil- hydrates the skin without clogging the pores.
Green Tea Extract- help to soothe and calm the skin while also protecting against collagen degradation and skin discoloration.
Vitamin E- soften and smooth the appearance of a younger-looking complexion.
Jojoba Oil- moisturize dry skin.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DERMA-E HYDRATING CREAM

THRIFT STORE FINDS: GROOVY BABY

The weather is getting warmer, but not warm enough for me to wear shorts. So on my way to brunch on an 88-degree day, I wore a spaghetti strap cami top with wide-leg jeans, tan suede wedges, and a cream color bookbag purse to carry my belongings. This 70’s inspired outfit was a show stopper and a great transition from a hot day to a cozy night in late spring.

Sidenote: You notice that I tend to go to brunch a lot, but that is all it is to do during a pandemic.

Cami Top, Wide-Leg Jean, and Purse came from:
Goodwill of Greater Washington Retail Store

6136 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church, VA 22044

Goodwill of Greater Washington – Transforming Lives and Communities (dcgoodwill.org)

OH MY GOODNESS, OH MY GARDEN, THIS IS GOOD!

OH MY GOODNESS, OH MY GARDEN, THIS IS GOOD!

Recently, I went to the hairdresser this past weekend to get a ponytail for my recent photoshoot, and Boy, was it laid! My stylist used Got2BGlue hair spray to accomplish this slick look. And I did not have to worry about frizz or flyaways. Got2BGlue got the job done, but my hair was stiff, crunchy, and flaky after a couple of days. For the first time in my life, I tried out this Shampoo Bar from Oh My Garden to get my hair back to normal. Although, I was skeptical at first because I am use to using shampoo out of a bottle. After looking at the ingredients, I realize that it wouldn’t hurt to try it—Friday morning after an excellent workout. I gently rubbed the shampoo in a circular motion until it lathers in my hair and massage the ingredients into my scalp and repeat a couple of times until I felt comfortable washing the product out of my hair and following up Deep Conditioner; my hair felt squicky clean. This shampoo bar dismantled any flakiness I received from the Got2BGlue hair spray and added shine to my hair.

And Viola, my hair is back to its natural state, and I love it! I would recommend this shampoo bar solely based on its ingredients. OH, MY GARDEN is made with organic ingredients that don’t dry out your hair and gently cleanses and nourishes the hair and scalp.

My Favorite five ingredients
Macadamia See Oil – helps add shine, strengthens, and nourish hair follicles. fights hair loss
Mango Seed Butter – softens dry hair, reduces breakage, and smooths split ends.
Coconut Oil – moisturizes hair and reduces breakage.
Chamomile Extract – strengthens hair and protects it from easy damage.
Tea Tree Leaf Oil- soothes an itchy scalp, reduces dandruff, prevents excess oil production, and stimulates the hair growth.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON OH MY GARDEN SHAMPOO BAR