Let everyday be Self Care Saturday with your skin with Saturday Skin clean beauty favorites. I am loving all of these - they include:
💛Yuza Vitamin C Sleep Mask
According to their website, “This unique jelly-textured mask infuses your skin with yuzu, which contains three times more Vitamin C than any other citrus. It works overnight to soothe skin, support better barrier function, and improve dryness so your skin feels hydrated, supple, and smoother. This lightweight mask also targets signs of aging, dullness, pores and stress.”
💛Waterfall Glacier Water Cream
According to their website, “This anti-aging glacier water cream delivers mineral-rich moisture while protecting skin from free radicals; a fusion of ferments, amino acids, and plant extracts help calm skin while boosting vitality and suppleness. Hydrating Iceland Moss extract helps to soothe dry skin while revealing radiance.”
💛Rub-a-dub Refining Peel Gel
“This refining peel gel gently cleanses skin and improves dullness with natural fruit enzymes. Natural cellulose lifts and removes impurities while aloe extract soothes the skin.”
💛Pore Clarifying Toner
This toner helps to smooth and refine your skin’s appearance with an effective dose of 10 percent glycolic acid and a blend of ingredients.
What I love about Saturday Skin is that they are certified by Sephora as a clean beauty product - so that means my skin will only get the best ingredients to truly help me sparkle! You can find these at Sephora, SaturdaySkin.com, Nordstrom.com. Use my promo code: OCTOLY20: 20% off your entire purchase. One-time use only.
I was able to participate in The Wellness Experience by Kroger this past weekend. It was truly amazing! I was super excited to be working with Palmer’s in the Beauty Cafe talking about investing in yourself. If you stopped down or missed it, I also talked about my favorite Palmer’s products including their Stretch Mark Lotion, Skin Therapy Oil and Coconut Oil Formula Moisture Boost System for hair.
While also there I got to serve on two panels in Jewel’s inspiration lounge. The first panel was all about “Female Founders” I was so excited to sit on a panel with Jewel, Stevi Gable Carr, Lucrecer Braxton, Karena Dawn and Amy Nelson.
The second panel talked about Mental Health in the Minority Community. I was excited to share the stage with Sheryl Burke from Dancing with the Stars. It was truly an amazing weekend.
I want to especially thank everyone at The Wellness Experience and Kroger for a fantastic event, Palmer’s for believing in me and my sparkle and the help of my good girlfriend Stevi Gable Carr for always thinking of me.
Josie Moran gifted me their Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter and it is E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. Josie Moran whipped face butter is full of great ingredients but I like that is very lightweight, a perfect year round moisturizer for your face. Some of the benefits listed are: Watermelon Seed Oil, Shea Butter and Fresh Cucumber Extract that leave your skin soft, smooth and ready to sparkle :)
Calm down, I’m talking about lipstick. I had the chance to try out Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Divinyl Lip Shine in Belle Amour and it did not disappoint. First, honey let's get into this packaging - it is so slick and luxe. Lip Fetish Divinyl Lip Shine goes on smooth with a high gloss finish. I would describe it as rich pigment but with a lip balm texture. It left my lips soft, hydrating and oh so kissable.
Make sure you guys look out for this line by Pat McGrath - just look for the pink chrome case, which of course I couldn’t pass up. Is this something you would try?
I had an opportunity to try out Bliss Clear Genius Body Acne Spray before it hit the shelves and it did not disappoint. My face skin care I keep top notch but I’ve always been on the look out for a solution for certain parts of my body that breakout. This body spray has two things that I really love:
🚿This body acne spray with maximum strength 2% salicylic acid shrinks and prevents acne for clearer skin without over-drying.
🚿Clinically-proven to reduce acne severity by 50% in 7 days (without irritation, flaking or over-drying)
Additional benefits also include:
I highly recommend you all go try out Bliss Clear Genius Body Acne Spray and let me know how you like it!
This post is sponsored by Lexington Law, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. https://www.lexingtonlaw.com/disclaimer
Can we normalize talking about the “C” word? Yes, Credit! Storytime: Growing up, I never really listened to my parents about credit or even learned about it in school. How important credit is, how it can affect your life’s goals, wants and needs. In College I ran my credit to the ground, stores were handing out store cards like candy and the next thing I knew I was over 20,000 in debt as a college graduate! There was no way I was going to dig myself out of that hole. I made a vow to pay off all this debt by my 27th birthday, and I did. This made me very self-aware and dedicated to never putting myself in a bad credit position again.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. When I became an entrepreneur, there were tough times when I had to lean on my credit cards to purchase products, pay bills and really survive off credit. Statistically minority entrepreneurs don’t get the same access to loans and business funding, so my personal credit was affected. Now that the world is changing and uncertain, I seek out companies like Lexington Law to help me build and maintain my credit so I can be a thriving entrepreneur, who doesn’t have to worry about applying for a loan in the future without fear of being denied due to my credit.
Even now, shopping is my kryptonite. It’s a part of my lifestyle but also my business, which I blog about. Since college I don’t lean on my credit cards when I shop, I learned that if I can’t splurge and pay for it now, then I probably don’t need it (or need to put on a credit card) only emergency things I keep reserved for my credit card which I can pay off month to month.
Lexington Law has really helped me learn new things about my credit, including disputing old accounts since my college days. You would be really surprised on what remains on your credit report that does not need to be there. They have options online, as well as a convenient app that you can download so you can always be confident about your credit even on the go. I will also note that they are super responsive and judgement free, credit affects everyone. Take a look at these great services/tools including:
Credit Analysis – This is easily one of the best tools as it gives you a direct breakdown of the factor’s creditors use to review your credit score + report! This tool will also allow you to see what accounts are affecting this factor and how to improve this factor of your credit report and score.
Money Manager – This is a budgeting tool that allows you to link your accounts with the app/website and set financial goals (paying off debts, saving accounts, etc.).
Credit Reports – You have access to your credit reports 24/7 and can download them at any time under the “Credit Reports” tab in the menu. This tab will also break down ALL the accounts on your credit report and show you positive and negative history on your accounts.
Inquiry Assist – Due to our agreement with the credit bureaus, CreditRepair.Com is unable to personally dispute inquiries on your report. The way we have gotten around this is with our Inquiry Assist tool on. Under Inquiry Assist, you are able to download pre-written letters by our attorneys that dispute the inquiry on your credit report. All you have to do is print, sign and mail the letter out. The letter will have the address for the creditor and the bureau on there.
24/7 Credit Monitoring - This is a big one for credit repair! Any changes that happen on your credit report or social security number, we will notify you and ensure these changes were made by you. If not, we will get in touch with the creditors for clarification and to make sure you are not to be held liable for the changes. This doesn't always happen but it's important that someone's got your back!
I encourage everyone reading this to check out Lexington Law, they have different levels of services that fit everyone’s budget but ultimately, building healthy credit knowledge is priceless.
Fun fact: I grew up always in dance. It started when I was only 6 I was put in Ballet, but that was short lived because the instructor told my mom, I talked too much in class :( I could have been the greatest ballerina ever! I even remember I had an all black Minnie Mouse tu-tu. Anyway, I was so excited to hear about this upcoming show from the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.
Rooted in the African-American experience, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is a culturally diverse contemporary dance company committed to reaching the broadest audience through exceptional performance and arts-integrated education.
If you are around Cincinnati/Dayton/Columbus make sure you check out their upcoming show, “Taking It To The Streets” on August 18th. For more details click here.
2021 is all about making sure we are taking care of ourselves from the inside out. With my love of beauty and wellness, I found some pretty awesome beauty essential products that can not only help with beauty but some wellness goals as well. Check out a few of them below and let me know tour your thoughts! Some of these products may even surprise you with their benefits.
Beauty for Body Goals
Bliss Fabgirl Sixpack and Love Handle - Helps tone abs and obliques
Truly - Buns of Glowry - Who needs to do squats?
Give your tush an extra push with Truly's Buns Of Glowry Tighten & Glow Smoothing Butt Polish. Its two key ingredients are wheat protein and watermelon extract. Wheat protein's film-forming properties will increases firmness of the skin, while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and cellulite.* Amino-rich watermelon extract will intensely hydrate and plump your skin - leaving you with a firm derriere that glows.
Beauty IV Drip
Beauty IV Drip Hydration
Beauty IV Bag Drip: brings out your skin's radiance and natural glow or wanting to nurture your hair, skin, and nails
IV hydration & vitamin therapy is a safe and effective treatment that delivers fluids directly into your bloodstream through an IV that is inserted into your vein. The fluids may also include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, electrolytes, and even medication. IV hydration therapy ensures 100% absorption by the body and delivers nutrients directly to the cells for optimal use. Also, it replenishes our body with nutrients that we sometimes don’t put into our bodies due to poor diet, always being on the go, or lack of education regarding proper diet.
Pacifica Dream Beauty Sleep Vitamins
Sleep is one of the most important parts of any beauty routine. Be sure you get yours. These tasty gummies contain melatonin, chamomile, elderberry and L-Theanine and are designed to support occasional sleeplessness.*
Ingredients We Love
Pathology Moodpatch - Chill Mode
Patchology's Moodpatch Chill Mode Eye Gels: Bask in ten minutes of blissful relaxation, while your delicate under eyes are softened, toned, and protected. Formulated with Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil and natural Tea Leaves, these eye gels will lull stressed skin into a state of total relaxation.
Hollywood Beauty Products, Pure Organic Tea Tree Oil
Skin Benefits: May help relieve nail fungus. May help relieve itching from insect bites. Naturally containing anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Add to skin products to work harder, anti bacterial, help with skin goals
Fun fact: I LOVE A CHARCUTERIE BOARD, and one that mainly is healthy for you - is even better. As a Boss Babe on the go, often times a good charcuterie board is a perfect lunch and/or snack option for me. I look for quality ingredients that are both savory and will let me power through the rest of my day. Let’s be honest as well, a little indulgence too. If you aren’t familiar with Crunchmaster Crackers they are a healthy snack alternative for when I need that “crunch” Who knew a cracker could not only taste good but BE GOOD for you. Crunchmaster crackers are made from simple, wholesome ingredients, and that’s about it. What’s not? GMOs, gluten, and artificial flavors.
What I love about Crunchmaster Crackers is even the brownie thins I used with my board are packed with Vegetable Protein and made with Cocoa - it doesn’t get better than that! The other crackers are packed with whole grains to I can keep my “Summertime Fine” Goals on track! Are you ready to make your own Summertime Board with Crunchmaster Crackers? Here is all I used:
How to Assemble:
Lay each ingredient straight down the board, there’s no wrong way! I alternated the whole grain crackers with cheese and the brownie thins at the end next to my seedless red grapes. It’s as easy as that. Enjoy :)
You can find Crunchmaster Crackers at Kroger or visit their website here.
It’s a hot girl summer but we are going to be fine for fall as well. I’ve been switching out my breakfast options lately with protein shakes. I want you all to check out Amazing Grass Organic Plant Protein Blend. Now, I know what you’re thinking, does it taste like a plant? NO. I have the Vanilla flavor and it taste good all while getting your nutrition in.
Amazing Grass Organic Plant Protein Blend is your all in one nutrition shake and a super easy way to add daily nutrition into your diet. One scoop has 20g of protein, 7 nutritious greens, 2 cups of fruits and veggies and Vitamins C, D and iron. BOOM
Let me know how you like it!
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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