The Herald Beauty welcomes everyone to Black History Month. There have been so many instrumental Black women in the beauty industry, many of whom are just now getting their shine. Take for example the first Black Woman Millionaire, Madam C.J. Walker: who first started selling a hair grower at the turn of the 20th century, was the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire. Recently Netflix came out with her story, but previously you never really heard much about her.
Over the course of February, Herald Beauty will aim to spotlight black owned beauty businesses, products to try and as always remind our audience that our Black is truly beautiful. Personally, for as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with all thing’s beauty, fashion and lifestyle. I blame my mother. I grew up being the only girl and watching my mother in awe when she got dressed to attend a function or a meeting. She had a full walk-in closet with amazing shoes, dresses and my personal favorite, handbags. My mother is beautiful without material things, but these just enhanced her style – I envied it.
My grandma (my mom’s mother), the only grandmother I’ve known, Pauline was a beautician – it definitely must run in my blood! I remember my grandmother had vintage jewelry and beautiful fur stoles/coats. As a little girl I would play in her jewelry, hats and anything I could get my hands on. They were the ultimate images of Beauty to me. Something one day, I would inspire to be like.
Black Women and Beauty are truly part of not only Black History but History. According to Essence Magazine, “African Americans spend $1.2 trillion each year, and that number is projected to rise to $1.5 trillion by this year. A 2018 study found that African American women entrepreneurs accounted for 20 percent of all women-owned businesses and had the highest rate of growth in new companies between 2017 and 2018.” Yet, we are often left out of the conversation and representation. That is exactly why Herald Beauty is here and we hope you have enjoyed this far with more to come.
Thank you Freschetta Gluten Free Pizza for sponsoring this post. Start the year off right with delicious frozen pizza that just happens to be gluten-free!
It’s a New Year y'all! That means you’re probably looking to start your year off healthy right, right? Let’s face it, 2021 better treat us better than 2020 did! If anything, I’ve learned that you have to LIVE your life and not take away from it. Especially depriving yourself of your favorite things – good food and pizza!
Now, if you know me - you know I LOVE PIZZA! If I could eat it every day, I would - but I always have pizza night at least once a week.
Pizza does not have to be associated with a “cheat” meal either. Recently I tried Freschetta Gluten Free Pizza - and it is AMAZING. It’s delicious pizza that just happens to be gluten-free so you can feel better about what you’re eating. Freschetta Gluten Free Pizza is the perfect frozen pizza to stock in your freezer.
I’ve had my fair share of frozen pizzas and I can honestly say this one is a winner. Freschetta Gluten Free Pizza is available in traditional Pepperoni - because who doesn’t like Pepperoni!? Or you can roll with the Four Cheese - and who doesn’t like cheese!? Now, I know what you’re thinking - “Morgan, just because it’s Gluten Free doesn’t mean it’s good for my “New Year, New You” diet. Well, check out how you can still incorporate pizza without compromising your New Year’s resolution:
1. Plan Ahead Of time - if you know you want pizza on a Friday night - eat really well during the week.
2. Don’t Overdo it - I know it may be tempting to eat the ENTIRE pizza, but don’t :)
3. Add A Side of Green - add a side salad to your pizza experience, typically 2 slices of pizza and a big salad satisfies me and makes me feel less guilty!
4. Work it Off - Plan to work out earlier in the day before enjoying your pizza - let’s make room for that tasty meal!
5. Make it Good - If you’re going to enjoy pizza, make sure it is a pizza WORTH enjoying - Freschetta definitely passes the test for me!
You can find Freschetta Gluten Free Pizza nationwide in the freezer aisle of your local grocery store so make sure you pick a box or two up! Let me know when you do and what flavor(s) you plan on trying. Also, don’t forget to incorporate these great tips on how to maintain your “New Year, New Me” diet. Actually, let’s take out the word DIET and replace it with LIFESTYLE CHANGES - it works for me, it can work for you!
Do minority women get injectables? 🕵🏽♀️
Absolutely. Does it have to look scary, absolutely not. I’ve decided to dive into this billion-dollar beauty trend and research, learn and see if injectables are for me. With the help of The Christ Med spa and discussed a variety of things such as myths and misconceptions about injectables and fillers. I decided to learn and find out more about Kybella, Botox and Lip Filler. Kybella is a nonsurgical injection used to reduce excess fat beneath the chin. With all the weight loss, eating right, I still had some stubborn chin fat that really bothered me and made me feel self-conscious while taking pictures - which is part of my business. Dr. Gina and Lauren walked me through the whole process and made me feel comfortable and at ease. I decided to go for it.
Kybella, depending on the patient takes 1-2 rounds of injectables. The process itself took only 15 minutes, but Lauren made sure to numb the area she was about to inject longer than that. I did not feel a thing. Now, if I say it did not hurt then anyone can do it. I do not like needles and I’m pretty much a scaredy cat with a lot of things - but this was no scary at all. I was anxious at first but they both eased my fears and concerns.
I’ve been getting Botox for years for my migraines. I tried everything previously for my migraines; tracked down what triggered them, got prescription medicine (that made me nauseous) and then I saw a commercial for Botox and how it was used for migraines. I asked my father, who is a physician and he told me to try it. I’ve been hooked ever since! Not only does it help with my migraines, but I loved how it smoothed my forehead - double win! Botox can also be used for wrinkles or a natural lift.
Spoiler alert: I’ve also been getting lip fillers for a couple years. When I turned 30, I wanted a little bit more “juice” in my lips. I had not gotten lip fillers in close to two years when I saw Dr. Gina and Lauren, and I was a little apprehensive. I wanted my lips to look natural, and not overdone. Like any procedure done with someone the first time your guard is up. However, I decided to trust their opinion, I knew they would not stray me down a “botched” lip filler path. I am so happy I did! They came out AMAZING. Now, if you are wondering the healing process of lip fillers, this is what you need to know. YOU ARE GOING TO SWELL, the first 24-72 hours you are going to regret what you did - your lips are going to swell, but just wait on it. The best time to do this procedure is on a weekend that you don’t have to be seen or you can just relax. I like to keep my lips iced during the first 24 hours so it helps with the swelling and bruising (that will be normal). Also, the less friction for your lips the better. Dr. Gina and Lauren told me to make sure to not use a straw or eat any foods that would make me have to pout my lips.
I’m 34 and you don’t have to be in your 60-70’s to try fillers or injectables. There is also no shame in wanting to enhance your natural beauty or maintain it. It does not have to look overdone and it can be natural. In fact, many people that I told I’ve had fillers/injectables one for years - did not believe me. That’s exactly how I like it! It’s for me, to feel good for me - it’s not for everyone and that’s okay. There are so many options for everyone, I would contact these amazing ladies at The Christ Med spa to learn how fillers/injectables can benefit you!
Would you try?
Alright ya’ll, only a few days left of 2020 - who else is happy about this!? I think we all can say we have mixed feelings about 2020 - most of us thought it was a year of clarity, and it was. However, I don’t think anyone asked for a pandemic. Nonetheless, if nothing else, Covid has taught us, at least me - that we need to LIVE each day to the fullest. Not only that but TRY NEW THINGS - because why not!? Before the New Year, I’ve put together some ideas on how you can step into 2021 renewed and refreshed! Let me know which of these you are going to try.
Try A New Beauty Treatment: Christ Medspa
Here is a brand new beauty treatment new to the area. I met with Dr. Gina Maccarone at the Christ Medspa and she gave my the 411 about this amazing new machine/technology called The Virtue RF. This machine is comprised of microneedles that do amazing things to your skin such as removing fine lines and wrinkles. It's safe for all skin types and has no downtime. Get this procedure done before or after the New Year and get glowing tight skin for 2021. You can learn more at The Christ Medspa.
Treat Yo Self: Luxe Food
Looking for the perfect snack for NYE? Well look no further, this woman owned business, Feast Grazing Platters is exactly what you need. Now ya'll know I love me a good charcuterie board, this steps my homemade one up a million notches. They are loaded with organic and locally sourced meats, cheeses, nuts, fruit, cookies and more! They make custom grazing platters and more. What better special occasion then ringing in the New Year with something fancy :) Make sure you check out Feast Grazing Platters and get your own for NYE and beyond.
Take Care of YOU: Self Care Box Subscription
Ya'll know I'm all about SELF CARE, well let me introduce to a minority owned business called HER Brand. They offer a monthly self care subscription box that provides women with monthly self care gifts such as candles, essential oils, room sprays, bath and body products, journals, planners and other items that provide self care. Taking this box out the mailbox smelled AMAZING too :) You can sign up for a 1-month, 3-month or 6 month subscription. Such as cute and amazing subscription to take care of YOU in 2021. Get yours today!
Let it Go: Clean Out Your Wardrobe
I just recently cleaned out my closet when I moved and it was very therapeutic. Let’s not step into a New Year with a wardrobe that we haven’t worn in years - it’s time to let it go. In fact, this is the perfect time to reorganize and rethink about a different look moving forward. I understand you may not be able to get purchase a new wardrobe but you can take the clothes you no longer need/make you happy and resell them to stores such as Clothes Mentor. In fact, with the money you make selling, you could even find some great new outfits for less at Clothes Mentor as well. In the picture I’m rocking a complete sport chic look I got at the Hyde Park Clothes Mentor for less than $40! What else is great is, the clothes they don’t buy from you, they offer to donate for you - don’t bring those clothes back home!
Which lippie would you rock?
What if I told you, they are ALL minority women owned lipstick lines? Let's get all of them! These would make awesome stocking stuffers for your friends, family or just yourself. These holiday lip colors are the perfect touch this season.
What I love about all of them is they are great quality, texture and shine. These lippes range in matte's, glosses, lipstick and lipgloss. Whatever type of texture or shine you need, these amazing lip lines have them. This season let's support small owned businesses - they truly need it. In my opinion, and ya'll know I don't play about my lipsticks - all have the same quality, cute packaging like billion dollar brands do.
So, where can you find these lippies? Click the link below to fulfill all your holiday lip color needs. Make sure you subscribe to their email list and follow them on social media as well.
Let me know which color you get!
Lady in Red - Glorious Tresses & Glam
Confident Qutie - Qute Cosmetics
Dreamy Kyi - Meek’d Cosmetics
Sweet Spot - JaDour
Favor- Emblazing Beauty
Baddie - Pout Lippies
Ice Wine - Nikki’s Magic Wand
#4 - CarMel Cosmetics
Troy - Tauntus Cosmetics
Savage -Just Pretty Lips
Pinch me, I was able to partner up with Allegiant on their new #WorkStayPlay campaign. If we have to work from home (which I typically already do) might as well get some fresh air. Allegiant Air has an amazing #WorkStayPlay campaign where you can getaway to Vegas, do your work and play a little bit, all safely!
I must admit, it was just what I needed to refocus and get some much needed ME time in. Vegas has a lot of beautiful scenery that I don’t see much of here in Ohio. If you know me, you know I am not an “outside” girl but look how beautiful the mountains are in Vegas. The weather was a perfect late 60’s just the way I like it.
After a work day, I had to play a little bit while in Vegas. Play for me means eating amazing food and shopping. Vegas has one of the BEST shopping offerings, I would put them in my top 5 places to shop. They have every store you can imagine plus all of your high end favorites, okay - my high end favorites such as Fendi, Dior, Chanel, Valentino and so much more. Masks were required everywhere and stores were monitoring and cleaning after so many people entered. Hand sanitizers were everywhere, as well as signage asking you to stay masked up and 6 feet away.
The food, oh the food was amazing as well. While I was there I had to hit up my favorite steakhouses of all time STK. Luckily there was one in the hotel I was staying at, The Cosmopolitan as well as a delicious breakfast spot called The Henry. The last night we went to Mastro's and it DID NOT disappoint, a little pricey but hey - we in Vegas baby!
I know people come to Vegas to gamble or hit the night scene - but you can definitely enjoy Vegas if you are not into that. It’s a great spot to enjoy the fresh air, amazing food, bright sights and of course, the shopping. Thank you to Allegiant for this amazing experience. Make sure you check out their #WorkStayPlay Campaign.
I think I’ve found the most comfortable bralette ever ladies! You have to try the Maidenform modern comfort pullover wireless bra. It is so lightweight and smooth it makes you feel like you are wearing your own skin. It has a medium support and perfect to wear with your favorite Tee, Sweater or Pullover Dresses.
If you are like me, I don’t really get along well with wired bras for everyday wear. I know some of my more blessed ladies, can’t wear barrettes - so this may not be for you :) But for my ladies who can relate to me - this is far one of my favorites. The bralette stays in place, does not bunch up, and the cups are easy to move around but don’t crumple up (like most bralettes do) I often find myself finding them useless after the cup either falls out or crumples up inside making the bralette impossible to wear unless I want a weird front chest situation (ladies I know you can relate).
I’m wearing the cinnamon nude color but it comes in an array of other colors. I found out about this bra from Influenster and had to try it out for myself. Now, I know right now we are all working from home and not going out as much or at all, some may have even abandoned the notion of wearing a bra at all, but if you do - and you want something that won’t get on your nerves - try this one out! I purchased mine at Macy’s and right now it's on sale - don’t say I never told you anything :)
Over the past 6 months you’ve heard me talk about my wellness journey with Profile by Sanford. It truly has been a blessing, but it has not been easy. Like most things that are worth it, you have to work hard at it. I put so much time and energy into my business - I should also put the same time and energy into myself (mind, body and soul). Profile by Sanford has allowed me to regain my confidence, make me feel better overall and giving me a platform to encourage my own community to follow suit.
Often times, we let our health sit on the back burner as well take care of other issues. This Black Friday, I am so excited that Profile by Sanford is offering a month of food and 2 months of health coaching for FREE. You can’t beat that or let this deal pass you by. Take it from me, don’t keep promising yourself you’ll change your lifestyle around tomorrow or next week -start TODAY. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll start to see the results you’ve been wanting.
Every holiday season I make personal goals and wellness is always on the list. Honestly, I got tired of not following through and decided to put in the work and time. Aren’t you?
So are you ready to join me? Use this link and sign up today.
After my 3rd annual Professional Pretty Conference, I was SO ready for a recharge. Ralph and I decided to decompress and check into 21c Cincinnati Hotel. An extra perk is, right now they are waiving all their pet fees until 2021, so you can take your fur babies with you! I know, that hotels may be a scary notion right now - but rest assure, many hotels like 21c are taking great precautions to ensure the safety of every guest. In fact, when I checked in, they took my temperature and had plenty of hand sanitizer on deck. 21c Cincinnati also has many amenities such as a built in museum, spa and restaurant. Check it out below!
The Museum at 21C
How dope is this artwork in the lobby - and it features a lot of artwork and installations that you will not find anywhere else. Ralph also got to check it out :) Artwork is throughout the entire hotel, so there is something new to explore. Due to the pandemic, art exhibits are only by appointment only.
The Spa at 21C Cincinnati
The Spa at 21c was JUST what I needed. I had an amazing massage that really made me escape from everything going on in the world. Not all of the services are being offered right now due to Covid, but there are many that you can still enjoy, safely! Make sure you book an appointment and check out their spa menu.
Metropole at 21C Cincinnati
One word: YUM! I must admit, I've been sleeping on the Metropole restaurant at 21c and I'm sad about it. The menu is every innovative and different. I decided to have a charcuterie board (y'all know I love me some charcuterie), the crispy deviled eggs, brussel sprout salad and Fazzoletti - braised short rib bolognese, burrata, spicy greens. It was all SO GOOD! My favorite was definitely the pasta - it was filling yet not over indulgent.
Overall, my stay at 21c Cincinnati was nothing short of amazing. It's located downtown, stones throw from a lot of great shopping options and sights to see. Again, I know times are crazy right now, but that is all the reason why you should take a day to recharge and focus on YOU. 21c Cincinnati is a great option to escape - if even for a little bit.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week!? Lucky for me, 21c Cincinnati has made my side dish I’ll be social distancing eating with my family. Thanksgiving may look really different this year, but food should still have that same comfort. If you’re in Cincinnati, 21c Cincinnati has made life easier with dine-in and carry-out options including this amazing Shaved Brussel sprout salad.
Here is the recipe to the Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad from Executive Chef Vanessa Miller:
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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