Pumpkin Spice came early this year, but no worries you’re girl got you! I’m sharing some of my favorite Pumpkin Spice favorites in beauty, skincare, body and foods that you need to try.
Pumpkin Spice Skin
You know I love me some great skincare! Did you know Pumpkin is great for your face? You need to try out this Pumpkin Enzyme Mask from Peter Thomas Roth. This mask is a three-in-one skin resurface that exfoliates with Pumpkin Enzyme.
To finish out your Pumpkin Spice skincare routine finish off with Peter Thomas Roth Bright & Plump Moisturizer. This anti-aging and brightening moisturizer formulated with d collagen and THD ascorbate-a mega-potent, ultra-stable form of Vitamin C.
Pumpkin Spice Body
The season is changing and so is our Fall/Winter body skincare routine. I’m loving this Pumpkin Spice Vanilla Chai Body Mask from Hempz. It smells just as amazing as it sounds as well. This mask is a rinse off, daily body mask helps hydrate, condition and soften skin. Pumpkin-Puree like consistency provides soft, smooth even application.
If you check out the body mask, then make sure you try Hempz Pumpkin Spice & Vanilla Chai Herbal Body Moisturizer contains pumpkin seed and vanilla extract to help seal in moisture and leave your skin soft and beautiful. It helps deliver heavy moisture and essential nutrients to help hydrate your body.
Pumpkin Spice Beauty
We can’t forget to get “spicy” with our beauty essentials this fall. I found two “Pumpkin Spice” themed beauty products. Let your nails have some seasonal fun with these Pumpkin Spice Gel Nail Strips from Dashing Diva Gloss. These are full-cover rich color and flawless chip-resistant gel shine that lasts up to 14 days. This festive set features a warm orange color, perfect for captivating that fall feeling. What I love about these, they are no fuss manicure that you can DIY.
One of my favorite lip brands, Boxom has released a “spicy” fall lip plumper called Pumpkin Chai Latte Lip Cream (sweet pumpkin spice scent), and YES it smells just like Pumpkin Spice! If you’re ready to perk up your pout with a full-on plump lip then grab one of these before they run out.
Pumpkin Spice Snacks
It’s all about the Pumpkin Spice snacks! I know we are familiar with Pumpkin Spice coffee and all the great pumpkin beer out right now, but let's not forget about these seasonal gems that you really should give a try. I know some or all of these may not sound tasty, but I assure you THEY ARE.
Ladies, are you looking for the right shade of nude lipstick? Often times especially for women of color, nude lipstick can apply as ashy - and we don’t want ashy. Do yourself a favor and check out Qute Cosmetics matte lipsticks, especially this perfect nude called “honour”
Be sure to follow Qute Cosmetics and check out the feature in Herald Beauty last week.
It’s the end of Hot Girl Summer ya’ll. That means when we can, get in these last pool days here in Cincinnati. Regardless whether you’re in the Tri-State Area or not, you can use these Poolside Essentials to make the most of your pool day solo or with your crew. You know me, I do everything a little “extra” so I have to have the right supplies for this Boss Babe.
Poolside USB Portable Fan
Hear me out. While sitting Poolside it can get HOT, so what better way to make sure you’re still cooling off then with this cordless, blameless fan I found off Amazon. Let me tell you, looking cute in the heat hits different after 30. What I love about this fan is its completely rechargeable with a USB, it has various fan settings and it has an internal light that you can change to whatever color you want. Trust me, with this bad boy you’ll look like the coolest, boggiest boss babe at the pool.
Wine Cooler Bag
Your cooler game has stepped up. This is the perfect solo wine cooler bag for your luxe pool day experience. What I love about this bag is the color - I mean you can’t go wrong with translucent Pink. This will keep your wine or whatever beverage you decided to sip on by the pool cold.
The Perfect Snack: Mini Charcuterie Bites
Now, ya’ll know how I feel about charcuterie boards - how perfect are these mini charcuterie boards I found at Target. This saves time on making your own, when you can just stock up on these in your fridge, pop one out when you’re headed to the pool and enjoy poolside during your luxe pool day.
While its our last #hotgirlsummer pool day, we still need to make sure we are taking care of your skin as well.
Bliss Blockstar Sunscreen
Bliss Blockstar Mineral SPF is just what you need! This is a 100% mineral sunscreen with no chemical sunscreens, irritation, white cast, chalkiness, greasy sheen or clogged pores.
Black Girl Sunscreen
This sunscreen is broad spectrum with an SPF of 30. It is lightweight and eliminates all white residue. It has been specifically crafted for women of color.
Shea Moisture Gotu Kola & Raspberry Seed Oil After-Sun Body Glee
Revive and rehydrate skin after a long day in the sun with this moisturizing, refreshing after-sun gelee treat! This lightweight nourishing formula, infused with Gotu Kola and Aloe, helps to balance hydration while leaving skin with a sun-kissed glow.
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.
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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