Rise and Shine, while you gettin’ fine...
Ladies! I know I haven’t been dropping some of my favorite skincare products lately, so I’m catching up. One of my beauty secrets is to use Jade face rollers on my face.
I like putting mine in the freezer and then applying to my face. So what does a face roller do? It keeps that face tight and right, honey! They are so many benefits of using one such as:
So how do you you use it?
How often do you use it?
These roller balls come at a range of prices but honestly, I don't see much difference between a $20+ one versus a $8 one I found at TJMaxx - just make sure you stay consistent! There of course are other stone rollers you can use with different benefits. Would you like hearing about those too?
Do you use a face roller? If not, would you start?
Beauty Trends can sometimes be scary, but hey beauty is pain - right? Here are a few beauty trends you may be scared to try but you should do it anyway.
Now, I know what you are thinking. Botox is for really bad wrinkles or I don't want to get Botox and not be able to move my face. These are both misconceptions. For me, I get Botox for my chronic migraines, I tried everything prior to getting Botox and this has been my saving grace. I've gotten Botox for YEARS. If it serves a dual whammy of making my forehead smooth, then so be it :)
The secret to getting Botox is find someone who specializes in it and not just a bonus service. I paid my facial doctor, Dr. Donath a visit. He is the BEST. What led me to him was, he specializes just in the face and it took awhile to even get in for an appointment, you know that means he is doing something right.
Botox is not just for older women, you can get Botox for preventative measures as well as extra benefits such as stopping migraines, like me. In the video, Dr. Donath explains in detail what he is going to do, the procedure is painless as they numb the area before. If you're scared of needles then close your eyes, you'll only feel a slight pinch. The recovery time is very minimal. The basic things are, you can't exercise for 24 hours, you can't lay down for 4 hours to avoid increased blood flow which might cause the botox to be dispersed, and other guidelines your Doctor should give you for aftercare.
This is a beauty trend, I definitely approve and you should try. Please hit up Dr. Donath's office for a consultation, his whole staff is amazing.
You must be looking at this picture and saying, what is this Morgan and why. Let me tell you, my good friends over at Rapid Results Cryo. introduced me to this new beauty treatment with their Infrared Blanket.
Tiffany put me into this full body blanket that heats up and helps:
Sounds like a good time to me! Make sure you visit Rapid Results Cryo and take advantage of some special offers this month!
Everyone wants great eyebrows, right? Often times my eyebrows take the longest getting that perfect shape. The Brow Therapist offers semi permanent eyebrow services if you dare for great brows as soon as you wake up. Now, I have not tried this beauty trend yet, because I had several questions like: will it hurt? what if I don't like it? I don't want my brows looking crazy. My advice would be to go to someone who has a lot of pictures of their work like The Brow Therapist.
All my questions were answered on her FAQ page such as:
Things you should know about Semi-permanent brows?
This made me feel comfortable, I will be trying this beauty trend very soon!
Now, I know - what kind of steam? Well ladies, this is something that looks scary but really is not. I check out Me&She Doula Services which is also a Black Woman Owned business. Her space was beautiful and so relaxing. So what is a Yoni Steam?
A tradition used worldwide for centuries throughout many cultures across the globe. Yoni steam provides support to womb wellness through the use of gentle steam that permeates the delicate tissues of the vagina.
This treatment, bringing nutrients and health to the womb, provides women’s bodies with a multitude of benefits including:
For the month of August, Me&She Doula Services has a Fertility Friday Special. Every Friday steam sessions are only $35.
So, which one of these would you try or have tried?
Living my life it’s golden, rose gold that is.✨
Some days you wake up and just want to rest, y’all know what I mean? I’ve been up since 7am but just now starting my day.
What’s a better way to kick off slaying my goals then using Bliss Rose Gold Rescue. This Rose Gold Rescue Gentle Foaming Cleaner and Moisture Cream is perfect for sensitive skin! It has great benefits such as:
✨Nourishes damaged skin
✨Acts as a shield against free radicals
✨Gives skin anti-inflammatory & antioxidant support
✨Reinforces skin's natural protective barrier
Is this a bliss or a miss for you?
Who else was this happy to finally get a quarantine wax?!👋🏽
Im lying but it’s so necessary! I finally was able to book an appointment with my girl at Pure Beauty Skin Bar. Just because it’s a pandemic does not mean we can’t maintain self care and keep it cute. What I love about going to Pure Beauty Skin Bar is the owner Sylvia, she is very knowledgeable in skincare so she's going to make sure everything is done right and correctly. It's also a Black owned business, so double win!
I must admit I was nervous getting a wax done, I had not gotten a wax in YEARS. I know I am ashamed to admit it, Sylvia actually was the last person to do it at her old location. Its funny because I used to get them regularly with no problems, and now I was acting scared. I did have Sylvia spray some numbing spray I found at Sally's Beauty but I don't think it made a difference. If you have never had a wax before, it's not the most pleasant experience but if you have someone who knows how to do it quickly, it helps a lot!
So why get a wax? First of all, it makes wearing swimsuits easier, but it's also great for the summer heat and cleanliness - but really it's all about your preference and what makes your comfortable. I think every woman should experience a wax at least once in their life, who knows you may life it.
Before you go get a wax here are some of MY tips:
Here are Sylvia's (the pro) Tips before you go:
Sylvia shared some aftercare tips as follows:
Are you a wax vet or scaredy cat?
Make sure you visit Pure Beauty Skin Bar and schedule your wax!
Foxy Friday is here!
I am green with envy :)
Hair Clips: H&M
Shoes: Chinese Laundry
Hey ya'll! As you know, I've started back on my journey to growing my curls back out. 3 years ago I decided I wanted something new (around my 30th birthday) and wanted to go blonde! The blonde definitely was fun and exciting but it made me have to cut my hair :(
I then transitioned to a cinnamon red color for a few months and decided my hair was never going to get back to the length I wanted if I did not go back dark and let my natural hair breathe. So here we are :) Over the course of time I will share what I've been doing to my hair to get my hair moisturized especially during the summer months and how I keep my curls poppin!
I tried this deep conditioning treatment from Hollywood Beauty Products. Now, most of you may have heard of them before, most may not. I tried the Olive Oil that helps with hair breakage and Olive Cholesterol which is a deep conditioning product. Here is what I did:
1. Shower and Condition your hair as normal. I did comb my hair while wet in the shower.
2. Apply the Olive Cholesterol and added a few drops of the Olive Oil for maximum results.
3. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. The directions also said you could do this in the shower for 2 minutes if you are doing a quick treatment. If you decide to sit for 15-20 minutes you don't have to put heat on it, just wrap the hair in a moist towel.
4. Don't forget to Rinse!
5. I did apply some curl product to my hair after but that was really it!
Overall I really enjoyed these two products! I could see that my curls were reactivating and my hair felt so soft and manageable. They also smell really good!!
I had an easy time finding the oil but the hair cholesterol took some searching, but I finally found it at my local CVS. You can also find products at your local beauty supply, Target, Sally Beauty and more.
Is this something you would try?
You all know my love for SKIN. I decided to try this “ethical beauty” company named Derma-E. They say “they are committed to you health, well-being and the natural environment.” I am always down to try skincare products that are natural and clean. I only wish they had sent me a moisturizer and a cleanser. I used my own cleanser however and used the rest of their products. The products I used are:
Derma-E Vitamin C Instant Radiance Citrus Facial Peel
First Impression: It smells GREAT! It also comes with a small spoon, which I’ve never used before. It is used to take the peel off - we shall see. I typically swear from peels because my skin sometimes ain’t having it, but since the brand is “natural” we shall see.
After used: The citrus facial peel consistency reminds me of mashed sweet potatoes the application with a little spoon makes it a little tricky to apply. I think I prefer applying mask with my hands. After applying the mass I’m leaving it on for three minutes because sometimes my skin freaks out on peels, you can leave it on for five minutes it says.
However, I’m am going to just try it for three minutes. After about a minute or so and I can already feel it tingle a little bit not to the point where I have to take it off. The smell is amazing though, it’s really fragrant. After my timer went off, you’re supposed to scrape the peel off with the little spoon again so I did that and that was fine. Then you’re supposed to rinse with cold water to neutralize the peel slight (tingling after application is normal) and then follow with your favorite derma E moisturizer again they didn’t send me a moisturizer just the serum spray and toner so I’m going to use the toner next.
Derma-E Anti Wrinkle Toner
First Impression: Smells amazing. I like toners so I’m looking forward to using this.
After used: No complaints on this, it was light and not overpowering (did not make me face sting).
Derma-E Blue Light Shield Concentrated Serum
First Impression: Smells good, the texture is gel like and the color looks like a greenish/gray - I am used to serums being clear or white.
After used: Make sure you rub it into the skin really good and make sure your skin in dry first.
Derma-E Blue Light Shield Spray
First Impression: the spray is green, not used to color from sprays. The smell however smells like green tea, I’m looking forward using this.
After used: Spray felt amazing after the peel and toner. Spray was very light and the smell reminds me of being in nature (if that makes sense).
Derma-E Sun Defense Mineral Sunscreen (Face)
First impression: Looks like standard sunscreen
After use: Ladies, make sure your skincare routine includes sunscreen! Yes my melaninated ladies, we can still get skin cancer so wear it!
Derma-E Sun Defense Mineral Sunscreen (Body)
First Impression: Looks like standard sunscreen
After use: No complaints here.
In review, my skin felt amazing after the routine. I allowed my face to react to it after several hours and it was just fine. I like the company is clean, natural and stands behind their products.
Is this something you would try? You can find more information here
Who said you had to spend $30-75 bucks to have great pigmented or long lasting lipstick? I went to my local Walgreens and cleaned up on all these lipsticks that were under $10!! Yes you heard me right, all these cost $10 or less. Typically I use lip liners but I wanted to show you all the true color of lipsticks so I skipped the liner. Which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comments.
1. CoverGirl Colorlicious Melting Pout Lipstick, Gel-Ful
This beauty was only $4.99!! I got it on sale in store but it's still only $7.99. It comes out of a tube with gel like consistency. It is very smooth and easy to apply. My lips felt very moisturized and not dry. I also liked that it was very easy to take off.
2. Wet n Wild Lip Color, Honolulu Is Calling
OKAY! Online this is only $1.19!! I paid a little more in store I think around $3 dollars, but this is still a great deal. The lipstick comes in a tube and applies that regular tube lipsticks. My lips were moisturized and the color orange was very pigmented but not overpowering. It also removes great too ladies!
3. e.l.f. Liquid Matte Lipstick, Berry Sorbet
I love e.l.f!! This beauty was only $6.00 in store. So I am so already impartial - but this is a great matte lip that is very pigmented and poppin! It is a matte so it does dry, dry. You want to make sure your lips have some moisture already so you won't fill like your lips are stiff. You will need a makeup remover wipe to take off as well, but it comes off with no fuss.
4. Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour, Fire Starter
Hot MAMA! I don't typically wear a red lippie but when I do, it's got to be FIRE. This liquid lip was only $4.29! I loved the application stick, it made it easy to apply and stay in the lines. This had a little bit of moisture in it so not as stiff as some liquid lipsticks. The removal was simple with a makeup remover wipe as well.
5. Black Radiance Perfect Tone Matte Lip Creme, 5404
Shout out to a black woman owned business!! This purple was only $4.59! It is a matte, so it runs on the dry side. Make sure you have moisture on your lips before applying. This matte also is super at staying in place. So girl you can eat, take a nap, run a mile and your lips will still be poppin! Make sure you use a makeup removal wipe to take off.
6. Wet n Wild Lipstick Matte, Never Nude
Now, if you know me, I live for a GOOD NUDE LIP. This was only $2.99! This came in a traditional lipstick tube and applied very smoothly. I like my nudes a little more pinky - and I think this washed me out, I would use a pink liner and make it pop a bit more!
So which color are you rolling with?
Hey ya’ll! I decided to try out some Bliss products and thought I’d do a video for the first time ever! Let me know what you think :)
Cleanse face with Bliss Makeup Melt
-The texture is like jelly but not sticky :) This works much better if you do not wet your face first, apply the melt directly to the skin to get makeup off, make sure you cleanse for twenty seconds or more! Rinse your face and pat dry with a white paper towel. Pro tip: my friend Sylvia taught me that. A white paper towel has less chemicals and colors like hand towels that you don’t want to put on your face. Plus, a white paper towel you simply toss and don’t reuse. Lesser the chance to put more bacteria on your face.
Apply Bliss Mint Chip Mania Mask.
-I am in LOVE with this mask. It smells just has it sounds. It goes on smooth and it smells AMAZING. Since I am trying to get my body together, no mint chip ice cream - so a facial mask it is! When the mask is applied it has a cooling sensation but not overpowering. Allow the mask to sit for 10 minutes. In the video I steamed while having the mask on, you don’t have to be fancy like me and use a steamer however. Now, when you cleanse your face there is an extra bonus with this mask. The “chips” are exfoliates! You are giving your face a double whammy cleanse.
Moisturize with Bliss Drench and Quench
-After pat drying again with a white paper towel, I apply the moisturizer. This moisturizer is a fun blue color but goes on clear. This moisturizer is supposed to last all day long giving extra moisture to the face. Now, if you run a little oily - I would suggest getting a more matte moisturizer for the day. However if you are doing this a night, I think you will be okay.
Interested in trying this 3 step skincare routine? You can find all the products here.
Tell me how you like it! Get your glow on, sis!
Hey ya’ll! I recently had a chance to try out Tula Skincare. They are a clean + effective skincare brand that formulates all products with probiotics and superfoods. So basically all good things for your face - which I am all about!
They never formulate with Phthalates, Parabens, Toxins, Carcinogens, Mineral Oil, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, and harmful preservatives. We are also proudly cruelty free!
Products I tried (all pictured above):
The cult classic purifying face cleanser
-This smells AMAZING! I used this while showering after a workout. It calmed my face down from sweating and left it smelling so good hours after. You will need to use a good moisturizer after.
Get toned pro-glycolic pH 10% resurfacing toner
-This came In a cute pump, you will need to use a cotton ball or pad for the face. The texture is very water based and easy to glide on. It does not sting like some toners, which I liked.
Hydrating day & night cream
-This was very moisturizing and had a soft smell. It paired well with the cleanser.
Rose glow & get it cooling & brightening eye balm
-Okay, I loved this product! After washing my face, I used this under my eye area. It comes in a stick form so very easy to use on the face. It’s also pink :) When I applied it I felt the cooling feature right away, it did not have a smell to it.
Brighten up smoothing primer gel
-I used this after the eye balm before moisturizer. It did not have a smell but had a very smooth texture like a moisturizer cream.
Balance beauty gummy vitamins
-Can't go wrong with gummy vitamins! This is how I life to take mine :)
If you are interested in trying one or two or all these products, you can use my discount code MORGANOWENS and get 15% off at www.tula.com
Let me know if this is something you would try!
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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