This is my very favorite time of the year! Holiday lights, gatherings, sequins, colder weather and of course all the “sparkle.” The holiday season is also the perfect time to try new trends and to take some risks with your beauty routines. Tis’ the season to sparkle and shine and I’m sharing a few of my favorite holiday beauty products to help you glow all season.
A Daring Red Lip
Pat McGrath LABS MatteTrance Lipstick
Try this bold red lip in shade “Vendetta” from Pat McGrath this holiday season. This lip color is the perfect accessory at your next holiday party, date night or just running errands. What I love about this lipstick is its creamy matte texture and one-swipe coverage. This lip won’t dry your lips out because its formulated with an oil-infused powder giving you a smooth matte finish. This is the perfect red for all skin tones, you will for sure impress Santa with this one.
Dior Forever Skin Glow
I decided to switch up my foundation, and I’ve fallen in love with Dior Forever Skin Glow foundation. This foundation feels and looks like your own skin but with a natural and radiant glow. Benefits also include: 24-hour wear, a base formula that helps improve the quality of your skin and holds through the outside weather elements. It’s great for sensitive skin and considered “clean” with great natural ingredients. A foundation that helps you glow from the inside, out!
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
What’s the holiday season without shimmer? This is a staple in my beauty kit all year long. This is a dual, long-wear, cream-powder highlighter for the face and eyes. I love the coverage this highlighter gives and how easy it is to blend seamlessly. You can use this highlight all over from your cheeks, eyes, nose, collarbone.
Maybelline Facestudio Glass-Skin Makeup Finishing Spray
Let’s seal up our “sparkle” with this Glass-Skin finishing spray. This spray gives your skin that ultimate all-day glow, leaving your skin hydrated with a glassy finish. You can apply this spray after your makeup or throughout the day as a refresh.
New Year, let’s talk skin. I’ve gotten several questions on what is the best skin products for me? What is the difference between them? Do I really need to start using this at my age? Is it too late for me to start using this? I’ve decided to launch a Skin Series and discuss some important “skin talk” to help educate what helps with what, and how/when you should use what. Let’s begin with Hyaluronic Acid. I will preface by saying, if you see a dermatologist please ask them for advice before switching up a skincare routine or your regular esthetician.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring humectant that draws moisture from its surroundings and can be found in hydrating serums and moisturizers.
What does hyaluronic acid do for skin? Hyaluronic acid hydrates—and actually attracts water to—the surface of the skin. The result? Skin that feels plump, with a visible reduction of fine lines. See what hyaluronic acid creams and hyaluronic acid serums you can add to your skincare routine!
How do I use it?
Hyaluronic acid is a versatile ingredient that can be used day and night—just follow the directions on the packaging.
What can I pair it with?
The perfect complement to hyaluronic acid is a great moisturizer—it doubles down on the dewy look by locking in hydration.
Anything I shouldn’t pair it with?
No, hyaluronic acid is a great addition to any skincare routine.
Are there any potential side effects?
Don’t let the word “acid” scare you—hyaluronic acid creams and serums are unlikely to irritate your skin.
Establish a routine. Once you find the right formula for your skin, use it consistently to see results.
Layer on a moisturizer. This essential step nourishes and balances skin so it doesn’t overproduce oil. Plus, it seals in hydration.
Say yes to SPF. Protect your skin against harmful UV rays every single day—it’s a crucial part of a healthy routine.
Winter is here, that means we need a little more TLC when it comes to our hair and skin routine. Here are a few ways to help your hair stay happy, healthy and moisturized.
Cold weather triggers the scalp to produce more oil to counteract the dry environment. Try these products out:
Yes To Tea Tree Pre Shampoo Scalp Scrub, Gentle Exfoliant To Cleanse & Calm Itchy Scalp, Removes Build Up, With Tea Tree, Witch Hazel, Apple Cider Vinegar & Sage Oil, Natural & Cruelty Free
OGX Extra Strength Refreshing + Invigorating Tea Tree Mint Dry Scalp Treatment with Witch Hazel Astringent to Help Remove Scalp Buildup, Paraben-Free, Sulfate Surfactant-Free
Tea Tree Mint Dry Scalp Treatment.
Overnight moisture with gloves. Use a moisturizer of your choice, add a little body oil as well. Put on these gloves before bed and sleep your way to moisturized hands. Benefits include:
Throw a face mist in your bag. Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist Toner – Anti-Aging Toner Spray for Face that helps Firm and Hydrate Skin – For Use Throughout the Day. Refreshing antioxidant toner that helps firm and hydrate. Mist-on formula supplements skin’s protective barrier by creating an active antioxidant shield to help fight free radical damage and help prevent the signs of aging.
Use a humidifier in your bedroom. Using a humidifier pulls moisture back into the air to improve dry, itchy skin and help it retain that hydration.
Cold Therapy Stainless Steel Face Roller
The Crème Shop
How Do Eye Look? Rested Hydrogel Under Eye Patches
The Crème Shop
How Do Eye Look? Youthful Hydrogel Under Eye Patches
Ladies, are you trying to soften up stretch marks, scars or help soften dry skin? Then I have the perfect product for you. Palmers Skin Therapy has been my new best friend in helping with all the above. Over time our bodies change in texture, so we need something that adds extra moisture and anti aging ingredients to help combat that.
Palmers Skin Therapy is perfect to use daily, it’s really helped me soften up scars and stretch marks that I thought would never fade away. Pro Tip: use the oil after your night time shower routine directly on stubborn spots. Palmer’s skin therapy oil is packed with cocoa butter, vitamin E and other nourishing oils to help achieve more hydrated, firmer and healthier skin. You can pick up Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil at Walmart, Target and Walgreens.
Skin Therapy Oil Face
Heals and Softens
New Vitamin E Line
Watch me go from dry to fly with Palmers NEW Natural Vitamin E range (Body Butter, Concentrated Cream, Body Oil, and Body Lotion) They have concentrated natural Vitamin E that keep my skin extra moisturized, healthy and glowing!
You won't catch me slipping without my Palmers Softens Smoothes swivel stick while I'm out and about in the city. You never know who you'll run into, so you won't see me without moisturized lips, especially in this colder weather.
Palmers swivel stick is a Boss Babe's best friend. It's small enough to carry in my purse but big enough moisture to last 48 hours. I can even use on my face and body when needed. Show how you swivel and pick up one at Target or Walmart
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.
IG: healingaromallc Shop: https://www.healingaromainc.com/
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-
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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