Festival season is upon us. Whether you are enjoying your local outdoor concerts or going somewhere national like Essence Fest, you are going to need some amazing beauty and fashion products. I am born and raised from Cincinnati Ohio, we have an amazing Music Festival each year, now known as the Cincinnati Music Festival. Every year I make sure my skin, makeup, hair and accessories are on point – you never know who you will run into. Here are 5 small minority woman owned businesses you can support while getting “festival ready.”
1. Skin care
Basics first. Being outside, wearing makeup, traveling and in the heat can take a toll on your skin, so let’s make sure we take care of our face. This cleaner by CK Beauty & Aesthetics is just what you need for any weekend of turning up. This Cleanser is hyper pigmentation focused and infused with Kojic acid which helps to fade and lighten hyper pigmentation at a faster rate. Also glycolic is infused in this cleanser which also fade hyper pigmentation and helps to remove fine lines and age spots this cleanser is truly a win-win!
Press on nails have really stepped their game up. These are a great way to try out summer nail trends without making a big commitment. You also don’t have to go into a nail salon to achieve this look. You can go to your local drugstore or support local nail techs by purchasing custom press on nail sets. This set is by Boujie Nails. What I love about these is you can scan a nail with your phone, and it will pull up a website – now that’s a way to “work” your network!
Of course, you’ll need the perfect pout while you are attending any festival. Spice it up with colors, now is the time. I found this amazing minority owned business, Rouge Ligne Beauty – the owner is known for her love of a great red lip. Make sure this goes into your travel bag. Find the perfect shade(s) for you this summer.
Who doesn’t love a great pair of hoops? Cute Hoops is a Black woman owned company. I love their statement of, “The LOVE of hoop earrings is why we highlight an item that women have rocked so faithfully. We rock big hoops, small hoops and all sizes in between. It’s our culture. It’s our style. It’s our story.” This summer rock some “cute” hoops – like we do gracefully and effortlessly.
5. Self-Care Essentials
Make sure we are also taking care of our mind, body and soul – wherever we go. Healing Aroma, believes in using Natural, Vegan, and Cruelty Free ingredients to craft quality products. They’ve researched aromatherapy practices and essential oil use to create safe and effective products to provide self-care essentials. I am loving their body butter, body oil and shower spray. If you travel like I do, these are the perfect “self-care” on the go products to take.
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It’s heating up, but that does not mean your makeup has to fail you. It’s that time to transition your makeup bag to summer friendly beauty products that are going to stay on all day, sweat proof and water proof. During the Summer season, I also like to start using lighter makeup such as a tinted moisture instead of a heavy foundation. If I do wear foundation, I make sure it is a matte one, so I don’t get that “greasy” look on my face. Here a few products you can pick up at your local drugstore that will have you flawless all summer long.
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara
Take your lashes to paradise! L’Oréal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara provides voluptuous volume and length, for feathery soft lashes.
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara.Eyeliner: Milani Stay Put Liquid Liner
Milani Stay Put Liquid Liner leaves the perfect line every time. Smudge-proof and water-resistant, this long-wear liner doesn’t budge for up to 17 hours.
Milani Stay Put Liquid Eyeliner.Brows: Sephora Collection Retractable Pencil
What it is: A retractable waterproof pencil with an ultra-fine tip that creates hair-like strokes for precise definition and long-lasting, natural-looking brows.
Sephora Collection Retractable Pencil.Blush: Milani Cream Blush, Morphe Cream Blush
Milani Cheek Kiss Cream Blush blends seamlessly for a flushed-from-within glow. This balm-to-gel cream formula melts onto skin for a luminous wash of color.
Milani Cream Blush, shade 1 shown.
Milani Cream Blush, shade 2 shown.Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte
Achieve a matte finish that won’t fall flat with this air-light, longwearing liquid formula. Lightweight and creamy, foundation goes on smooth with a demi-matte finish that lasts up to 24 hours—hiding imperfections for a smooth, clear complexion.
L’Oreal Infallible Pro MatteUrban Decay – All Nighter Setting Spray
The award-winning Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray keeps makeup fresh, smudge-proof, and transfer-resistant for up to 16 hours.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting SprayFeaturing patented Temperature Control Technology, this weightless setting and finishing mist actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to lock in your look.
I took the Retexture and Renew challenge for 2 weeks with Palmer’s. My upper arms have always been a pain point for me when it comes to the texture of my skin, when I saw Palmer’s had a retexture and renew lotion that helps with bumpy skin, I knew I had to try it. Over the past 2 weeks I’ve been incorporating this lotion into my skincare routine and I am loving the results!
I love that this lotion helps smoothes & softens rough, bumpy skin with powerful ingredients like cocoa butter, coconut oil and shea butter to exfoliate dead skin cells and smooth bumpy skin. I can definitely see improvement with my skin, and I look forward using it more to see my optimal results!
Is this something you would try? You can pick this up at Target.
Pride is here, #LoveisLove. Grab some of my favorite limited edition Pride essentials at your local Ulta Beauty.
Xtreme Wear Pride Collection
Match your manicure to your mood with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear. Sally Hansen supports GLAAD with celebratory Xtreme Wear Pride Collection.
loveislove imPRESS Limited Edition Press-On PRIDE Nails
Kiss is proud to introduce loveislove imPRESS Limited Edition Press-On Manicure PRIDE Nails! Celebrate LGBT with this exclusive, curated nail collection featuring rainbow designs and colors. The mani in minutes comes ready to wear, no glue needed. Just press on & go!
NYX Professional Makeup
Limited Edition Pride Matte Setting Spray
The #1 vegan Matte Setting Spray from NYX Professional Makeup – where makeup has no gender, gets a Pride makeover! Lock in any look all Pride long!
Limited Edition Pride Lashes, Rainbow
Stand Proud and celebrate the LGBT community with a pair of KISS Limited Edition Pride Lashes. These easy-to-apply false eyelashes are available in flamboyant styles featuring exclusive rainbow designs, each with a dramatic, glittery, voluminous look!
Love Is Love Dry Shampoo – Fruity & Bright
Batiste Love is Love Dry Shampoo – Fruity & Bright. Removes oil effectively leaving hair looking clean and smelling splendid for you to feel all kinds of proud. With a hint of fruity & floral notes, whoever you love and whatever your style, seize the day and sparkly by night
Limited Edition Mini Love Out Loud Juicy Pineapple & Creamy Coconut Moisturizer
Get ready to sparkle! Hempz Limited Edition Mini Love Out Loud Juicy Pineapple & Creamy Coconut Moisturizer is a hydrating moisturizer that leaves your skin soft, smooth and subtly shimmering! This sweet treat is all you need to shimmer all day and sparkle all night!
Travel is picking up! Did you know it can affect your skin? I make sure I keep my glow while traveling and so can you. I’ve asked Lexi, Aesthetic manager & esthetician at HerMD for her best advice on travle skincare.
What’s in my travel skincare bag?
ZO Exfoliating Polish:
ZO Daily Power Defense:
Travel Skin Products:
ZO gentle cleanser:
ZO Brush on Sunscreen-
Traveling can take a toll on my skin, not to mention this crazy weather. I decided to pay my friends at HerMD a visit to get dermaplaning and a HydraFacial. If you have never had either, I suggest you treat yourself and try them out. Let’s talk about what each facial service is first:
Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure of shaving and exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine hair (peach fuzz). With this painless procedure, you can achieve a fresher, cleaner, and brighter glow to your face and help your makeup penetrate the skin more smoothly and flawlessly.
Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, they scrape the surface of the skin using light feathering strokes. While exfoliating the epidermis, dermaplaning also removes fine hair on the skin. This hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair not only results in smoother skin, but your skin will also be healthier looking with results lasting for 4-6 weeks.
HydraFacial™ treatments safely and comfortably revitalize the skin without causing irritation, providing immediately noticeable results that can last for weeks! The HydraFacial suite of treatments utilizes vortex technology to deeply exfoliate the skin. Vacuum extraction of the pores gently and effectively removes impurities from the skin, while infusing it with intense hydration from collagen-building hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and anti-aging peptides
I love dermaplaning because it gets rid of all the dead skin and makes my face super smooth. It also helps lets me apply my makeup better. When its combined with the HydraFacial, it gives me a skin a super youthful glow. Who wouldn’t want to glow? I suggest you get this facial every 4-6 week, your skin will look refreshed, youthful and glowing.
Want to try this with a discount? Use my code Morgan10 for a special discount, visit HerMD at https://hermdhealth.com
Spring is here, it is the perfect time to try something new. Here are a few Spring trends I decided to try and incorporate in my daily makeup routine. You can find these products at your local drugstore, Sephora, Ulta, Target and more.
The weather is slowly changing, in Cincinnati it seems its still Winter time, but we are officially in Spring. Now is the best time to start transitioning your skincare. I’ve asked Lexi, Aesthetic manager & esthetician at HerMD for her best advice on transitioning your skincare.
5 Tips to Transitioning Skincare:
- A good skincare regimen is a little bit of a lifestyle change. Cleaning your skin twice a day is a great place to start. When you brush your teeth, you should cleanse your skin.
- Lighten up your skincare routine. With the warmer months, let your skin breathe. The heavy moisturizers, deep hydrating masks may not be what your skin needs in the summertime. If you aren't wearing a coat neither should your skin.
-Using a moisturizer that can be used AM and PM is a simple but effective way to lighten your skincare routine and allow the skin to shine
-Protecting your skin is the #1 anti-aging treatment on the market. This means using a quality SPF and Vitamin C every day is non-negotiable. Vitamin C helps protect your skin against sun damage. This can help prevent hyperpigmentation in ALL skin types. SPF 30+ should be applied directly after your skincare products and before your makeup. Re-Applying with a powder sunscreen is an easy way to stay on top of it throughout the day.
-Why is sunscreen important, especially for darker skin types?
Darker skin types can hyperpigmented (dark spots) or hypopigmented (white spots) very easily due to the melanocytes being so prominent in the skin. Wearing sunscreen is one of the most important things you can do to prevent uneven skin tone and wrinkles.
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It’s my Boss-aversary! I stepped out on faith and left my corporate job. I decided to bet on me, despite it all it’s been one of the best decisions I could ever make.
Being a full time entrepreneur has not been easy, its been hard - really hard but the rewards have been abundant. My name has entered rooms I never imagined, I’ve met so many people that have helped me along the way, I’ve been supported and uplifted by amazing people including many of you reading this now. God has blessed me in many ways. I’m just a girl who decided to love herself and share her sparkle.
Thank you for letting me⭐️
I tried Cool-sculpting and here’s what happened...
Let’s rewind. So, what exactly is Cool-sculpting? Cool sculpting is an FDA approved fat freezing body procedure kills up to 25% unwanted fat cells. I wanted to tackle this stubborn chin fat that just won’t go away. I had to hit up my favorite places HerMD to see if this was a good option for me.
The procedure was not painful at all, you feel a slight tingling sensation then cold. Results can be seen in a couple weeks or more, so stay tuned. I chose to try this procedure because its less invasive, only takes 45 mins for each treated area and I was told I was a great candidate for it.
HerMD has reached the Preferred Crystal Status for CoolSculpting providers. This means you can trust us to treat you with the utmost education, training, experience, and care. Not all practices offering CoolSculpt has reached this status, so as ethical medically trained physicians, nurses and staff, we warn you to choose your provider for this life-changing procedure carefully.
No Surgery. No Downtime. This FDA approved fat freezing body procedure kills up to 25% unwanted fat cells (and not the cells that surround them) by freezing them. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and gets rid of these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.
Once your treatment is through, you can go about your day as normal. The frozen fat cells will be naturally eliminated from your body in the coming weeks or months. Once they are gone – they are gone for good. The new technology offered by CoolSculpting also means that you can say goodbye to stubborn cellulite and skin laxity issues.
If this is something, you’d be interested in trying, head over to www.hermdhealth.com and schedule a consultation – make sure you tell them Morgan sent you!
Is it Safe? CoolSculpting is FDA approved and has been used by more than 2 million men and women worldwide.
Does it hurt? During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain.
Are there any side effects? Rare side effects may occur. Immediately after treatment, there may be redness and firmness; transient blanching and/or mild bruising around the edges of the treatment area; tingling and stinging. Typically, these side effects are temporary and resolve completely. Many patients do experience redness in the treated areas for up to a few hours after the applicator is removed. In rare cases, this redness may persist up to 2 weeks, but it will completely resolve itself. Talk to your doctor if these side effects persist past 2 weeks or worsen over time.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for CoolSculpting? The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, or cold agglutinin disease.
The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask your physician if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.
Morgan Angelique Owens is the author of "Finding My Sparkle" and Founder & CEO of the MAO Brand, Professional Pretty, and Curvy Cardio, LLC.
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