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!
I remember celebrating my very first Cinco De Mayo with my father. He took me to a festival happening in Cincinnati Ohio. I was blown away with all the culture, food and family vibes. If you don’t know my father’s mother was part Mexican, no wonder I am so caliente! :)
Since we are quarantined and I can’t celebrate with my friends and family, I decided to have my very own little “Cinco De May-Mo!” Here is what I did:
Picked up these super cute decorations, dishes and cups from Target you can find them here
Made a super easy taco dip
-Mix cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning (about 3-4 tablespoons) in bowl. I got fancy and mixed it with my electronic hand mixer my mother gave to me
-Spread mix in a square or round pan - I used a 12 X 9 inch pan
-Top with cheese, lettuce, tomato, olives and any other toppings you wish
-Serve with Chips! (Make sure you refrigerate until ready to serve.)
Enjoyed a delicious tequila cocktail from Hidden Spirits Cocktails
(PS this is a black woman owned liquor brand and this drink was AMAZING).
Hidden Spirits Cocktails is a black woman owned liquor brand and I got to try a bottle of the Strawberry. It’s already mixed with tequila and ready to serve. I loved it! The cocktail was not overpowering, the tequila is subtle and smooth. Unlike most pre-made mixed drinks it tasted as if it was just made in front of me at the bar. Please go check out their brand here
Hope you enjoyed my fiesta!!
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!
Alright, this was the most low maintenance meal but was SO GOOD. I promise, if I can do this - so can you! So lately, I’ve been keeping it low carb/high protein but it was Friday so I decided to treat myself to some carbs, responsibly. Also, I decided to cook with whatever was in my fridge because my bank account told me to sit down somewhere. Here is what I made and the sauce is only 4 ingredients! (Minus seasoning, gotta have seasoning).
Here is what you need:
Let me start by saying, I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL COOK and you know I typically don’t have much time to cook. So anything made easy, I’m on it. Many of you may know me as the crockpot queen but I can also make a mean one pan meal. Right now during quarantine I am focusing a low carb, high protein meal plan (not a diet, lifestyle changes). I am cutting out most meat, although I treated myself to a little bacon, for this meal :) The Lord is still working on me.
My favorite recipe inspiration site is Pinterest! I found this bomb, “Loaded Cauliflower Casserole Bake.” So I decided to make a Kroger run and pick up all the ingredients I needed. It’s really simple and most things you probably have in your refrigerator already.
Ingredients all found at my local Kroger:
Let's Make Magic!
Where are my ladies that LOVE to shop!? <Raises Both Hands> Yes you are my people. I fell in love with fashion at a very young age. I like to blame my mother, we shared the house with 3 men, so we had to make up for it with shoes, bags and clothes. My mother has the best walk in closet that you could really live in. Rows of shoes, handbags and clothes that I envied over, until I was old enough to start wearing some pieces. Sadly, not her shoes. She wears a size 7-7.5 and I was cursed with size 9.5-10 feet - God works in mysterious ways.
Recently I was featured in Cincinnati Magazine in their style section. I was asked about my style and some of my shopping habits. I consider my style all things GIRL BOSS. It ranges from power suits to dresses.
Make it Fashion but Make it Affordable
Designer clothes don’t make it fashion, you do. I love mixing high and low pieces in my wardrobe. My favorite trend stores are: H&M, Zara, TjMaxx, Pretty Little Things, Asos and Nordstrom Rack. You shouldn’t spend a lot of money on “in trend” pieces because they change often - instead invest in staple pieces from higher ends that will last you season to season. I am guilty of buying a lot of trend clothes and end up having to give a lot of unworn or barely worn clothes away. This is where “Morgan’s Closet” came from :)
Get A Great Power-suit - try other colors
I love a great two piece suit. It is such a boss babe look! This does not mean you have to stick to black, grey or blue suits - try pastels, neons and jewel tone suits. Asos and Pretty Little Things often have great two piece suit sets ranging in sizes from regular to curvy. They have great stretch, washable and super affordable!
Shop Offseason for Designer
I LOVE shopping designer pieces around holidays and after seasons. Why, because that is when you can buy staple pieces for a very low cost. Various designers like Saint Laurent & Valentino often have great classic bags that go on sale around that time for 50-75% the original price. Yes, it's a gamble to wait to shop for bags you love, but if you are risk taker - go for it.
Use Cash Back Rewards
I utilize a site called Ebates, it has hundreds of your favorite online and in store retailers with cash back ranging from 2%-15% cash-back. The service is completely free, all you have to do is click on the website you want to shop at though Ebates and that's it - you get a check in the mail every 3-4 months. To learn more and to start making money use my link to sign up here.
Happy Shopping :) Let me know what you get!
Do you Sleep Pretty?
Ladies, ladies I am LOVING this satin sleep set by Kitsch I’m a bit of a wild sleeper so sometimes my satin scarf or bonnet falls off during the night. Sleeping on a satin pillowcase still protects my hair from getting frizzy and protects my edges :) Also, did you know sleeping on a satin pillowcase is great for your skin as well :)
The Satin Sleep Set includes:
-Satin Sleep Scarf
-Satin Sleep Mask
Of course I got mine in pink but they have other colors and prints. This sleep set is a DEAL as well, it was only $60!! It’s also at a super affordable price and great for traveling! I look forward using my satin sleep mask next time I travel internationally.
Until then, I’m pretending I’m in the South of France lounging in my hotel room.
Who sleeps in a satin scarf or wants to try a satin sleep set?
Do you like Bloody Mary's? Give it a try!
It’s Fri-yay! Let’s face it, we had a long week not knowing what day is. I’ve missed happy hour with friends, so I decided to pick me up a few ingredients to my favorite cocktail, a Bloody Mary. Now, I know some folks may not like them, but have we really given the Bloody Mary a chance? It’s the perfect drink anytime of the day, I literally ask for a Bloody Mary at both morning and evening events. Plus, it has tomato juice in it, which has vitamin C - did you know that? Every now and then I #treatmyself
Here is the recipe to my favorite drink (and it’s super easy!)
* 1 part vodka of your choice, I made this with Titos Vodka
* 4 parts Bloody Mary mix, my favorite is Zing Zang Mix
*Squeeze of fresh lime
*Optional: I like adding celery seed, black pepper, green olives and a pickle :)
You can also jazz up your bloody mary with cheese, meats and really anything you want. I love going to a bar or restaurant who has a bloody mary bar where you can make your own. It's like a drink and meal all in one!
Remember, we may be quarantined but drink safely and only if you are 21 and older.
Small business owners & full time entrepreneurs are entering a new season we couldn’t expect or dream of. It seems as if I woke up one day and my whole world was crumbling around me and I couldn’t pick up all the pieces. If you follow my story, you know I am always on the GO. Whether it be speaking engagements, working in the schools speaking to young girls about healthy body image and self esteem, traveling the country on my national book tour for “Finding My Sparkle”, or hosting the ultimate boss babe events.
And then here come Covid-19 with its funky self.
Book tour dates cancelled/postponed, After school programs closed, speaking engagements cancelled, even some pending influencer work was put on hold. What am I going to do!? Everything I worked so hard for is gone, at least that is what I thought. How am I going to have income coming in? How am I going to be able to maintain everything after all this is over? When is this going to be over?
I am going to lie, I cried for days. I stayed in the bed, I tuned all the way out. I binged watched tv, I ate junk, I let myself go. People were calling and texting me offering ideas on what I could to do to stay afloat. I then realized a lot of people count on me and look to me for inspiration and positivity. I bossed back up. One, because I know who the author of my life is and second, because I know my support system won’t let me fall. I’ll never be one of those entrepreneurs who portrays everything to be “perfect” because that’s just not real.
Times are hard, I get it. I understand. You’ve worked so hard to stay afloat, you’ve worked so hard towards your dreams to have it all slip away. It’s like, you take 1 step forward to only get knocked back 2 steps. You are stuck, it’s not from a lack of trying, because you are giving it you all. You are nearly in tears fighting just to make it. You want to quit. You want to give up. It would be so much easier if you did. What’s the point of it all?
Nah, sis. We are not quitters, we are survivors. We’ve been through so much worse than this, even though it doesn’t feel like it in the moment. It’s okay to cry, it’s okay to want to quit, but we are going to push through like this ain’t nothing.
We won’t let each other fail! Here is what we are going to do:
🙏🏼Pray. Our faith is greater than our fear.
💄Get out of bed and get dressed.
💎Look yourself in the mirror and say, “You GOT THIS Girl!”
👭🏽Call your Tribe, “Girl I’m tripping I need a Pep Talk.”
🧘🏽♀️Go workout or meditate.
☀️Realize, tomorrow is a new day.
💗Nothing worth having doesn’t come easy.
Know, you are more than enough.
Since we all are spending more time at home, this is a great chance to get some self-care and beauty routines in place. Time is always something we say we need more time of and now we have it. Try one or all of these suggestions:
1. DIY Mask
For glowing skin mix together 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of lemon. Do a patch of skin to test, make sure you are not sensitive to break out. Let the mask sit on your face for 5 minutes and rinse. Continue with your normal daily skin routine. If you are doing face masques I would not over do them. Try it once a week.
2. Plan it out
Utilize this time to plan out some healthier meal options to keep your mind, body and soul healthy. Use free platforms such as Pinterest to search for meals no matter your dietary restrictions. Whether you are keto, vegan, vegetarian, low carb, high carb - whatever it is, they have a ton of meal ideas and recipes that you can simplely pin and plan your meals for the week!
3. Get Moving
Gyms are closed but don’t let that keep you from executing your health goals. There are a ton of online platforms with workouts to keep you accountable. Curvy Cardio has a great at home program that has daily challenges, meal ideas, live workouts and more in a private support group for only $15 a month! Interested in joining? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to participate all in the comfort of your own home!
4. Stock up on Vitamins
I’ve started incorporating taking apple cider vinegar gummies from a brand called Goli three times a day. These replace taking ACV shots that honestly, I could not stand the taste or ‘burning’ feeling when ingested. These gummies have also helped with my digestion, my energy level and immune system. They are vegan and 100% organic. If you want to try them visit www.goli.com and use my code ‘miss_morgan86’ for a special discount!
5. Online Shopping
I know a lot of us do this anyway, but take advantage of the deals and discounts retailers are rolling out right now due to a lot of stores closing temporarily. On top of saving, you can also earn money back. You heard me right, you can get cash back on your online purchases. I utilize a site called Ebates, it has hundreds of you favorite online and in store retailers with cash back ranging from 2%-15% cash-back. The service is completely free, all you have to do is click on the website you want to shop at though Ebates and thats it - you get a check in the mail every 3-4 months. To learn more and to start making money use my link to sign up https://www.rakuten.com/r/MORGAN6440?eeid=28187
Whatever you do, let's try to stay positive and healthy!
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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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