Strutting Into Spring Like …

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Now that the new season, Sprinter, Spring and Winter, is trying to gradually fade away, we can finally look forward to enjoying Spring.  I can’t lie, though, I thought Winter was never going to leave.  Still, once the groundhog sees his shadow, that should only mean six more weeks of Winter, not ten! All I know is that Mother Nature has a strange sense of humor! I didn’t think the resurgence of Winter was funny one bit!

Nevertheless, Spring is definitely trying to push through.  It’s time for us to get excited about all the pretty things that Springtime brings.  During this season, the flowers are the prettiest and the grass starts to turn evergreen.  Blondes are in and brunettes are out!

Likewise, Spring is the best season by far because it symbolizes so much.  It is during this time of growth and change that we tend to experience the most development.  We plant flowers in Spring so that they can bloom by Summer.   The temperature changes and darkness turns to light.  Women tend to change their hairstyles, wardrobes and attitudes over the course of the season.  Therefore, this is the perfect time to evaluate the things that you might want to explore that can aid expansion and personal development.

Each year I try to encourage myself to do things that I’ve never done before, but I tend to create the list around my travel plans.  However, this time I’ve decided to change my list and tailor it specifically for this season.  The beauty of Spring offers so many wonderful and adventurous opportunities to be fearless.  After watching Beyonce’ perform at Coachella, I believe I need to just step it up! Boy has she inspired me!

In honor of fearless women around the globe, I have created my Spring Bucket List of things that are outside of my norm.  Here are just a few things that I will be attempting this Spring:

  1. Attend a Houston Astros game. (I live in Texas and have never been into baseball so why not go see the World Champions?)
  2. Go horseback riding. Again, horses are all over Texas yet I haven’t ridden a horse since I was a kid. Why not?
  3. Take a road trip at least 5-6 hours away for the weekend.  I already have a destination in mind so stay tuned.

These are my top three things on my Spring Bucket List.  I have given myself until June to get it done.  By then it will be time for my Summer Bucket List.  What are you doing to step outside the box and live outside of your comfort zones? Share some of your ideas and plans in the comments below.

 

 

 

BeyChella 2018: Sorry Not Sorry!

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Whether you attended Coachella in the flesh or watched Beyonce’s awe-inspiring performance on Youtube, there’s no denying the fact that Bey wasn’t playing games with her performance at the festival.  Not only did the performer make history by becoming the first black woman to headline at Coachella, she also killed by incorporating her feminist and political themes throughout her performances.  Meanwhile, she slayed the stage with her beauty and stylish digs to match.

When you are affectionately called “Queen Bey” and you walk out on stage in Cleopatra costume and you can makes one feel your energy through your presence, then you have successfully proven your grandeur as an artist.  One thing is for certain, two things are for sure, if you don’t walk away from a Beyonce’ show feeling like you should go harder, then you need to check your pulse.  You are obviously not on this planet!

The performance lasted for two hours and it was the most dynamic display of  advancement for the culture by far.  Beyonce’s attention to detail and precise execution of choreography was epic.  She told a story that summarized twenty years of her career and chart topping songs incorporating the sounds of other artists.  She shared the stage with Destiny’s Child, Solange, and her husband, Jay-Z.  Even though the show was not completely about the BeyHive, you still walk away knowing that it is all about Bey!

If you’re a woman that loves music, beauty, culture, and the overall advancement of women, then you need to watch Beyonce’s Coachella 2018 performance.  You will never be prouder of the fact that a wife, mother of three, and winner of many awards showed up and showed out at the festival.  It wasn’t just a win for her; it was a win for all women.  Her performance belied the greatness that we all have within us.  Nevertheless, she continues to prove that one woman can be fierce and unapologetically great and create her own rules. There is no reason to be sorry for that…..

Share your comments below and tell us what you thought of Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella performance.

 

Top Five Ways to Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

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It is officially Spring and what better way to start it off than with Spring cleaning.  Since this blog is about makeup, we are going to focus on spring cleaning our makeup bags.  Each year we purchase and accumulate all kinds of products that we have great intentions on using, but somehow never do for whatever reason.  Most of these products come with expiration dates.  Today, we are going to focus on the products that you need to get rid of that are probably well beyond the expiration.  Here’s my top ten list of items that you need to get rid of if it’s just taking up space in your makeup bag.

  1. Mascara- I don’t care how expensive it is. Mascara comes with an expiration date.  If you have had it longer than three months, then it’s time to get rid of it.  If not, mascara is one of those products that can carry lot of bacteria.  If you don’t want to risk getting some type of eye infection, I encourage you to get rid of that old mascara. It’s just collecting dust…and more bacteria.
  2. Foundation-Foundation gets old and watery.  It’s just ineffective if you allow it to get that way.  Who wants to put on extra streaky foundation that’s watered down? I promise you the outcome won’t be your desired look so just throw it away and start over.
  3. Liquid concealer- Liquid concealer is foundation on a smaller scale.  Therefore, the same rules as #2 applies.  Just get rid of it.
  4. Liquid Eyeliner -Anything that is liquid has the ability to become ineffective after about 4-5 months, especially if you’re not using it.  Rule of thumb-if it’s watery, then it’s probably of no use.
  5. Eye Lash Glue- Bonding glue is the worse because after a nonuse it become porous and the adhesive is not going to stick.  Therefore, you should throw away your lash glue after 6 months.  I’ve tested this practice, as well, and it’s definitely no good after 5-6 months.

I hope this helps.  Spring is the perfect time to start fresh with your beauty products and what better way to do so than by getting rid of the things you don’t need.

What I look forward to in 2017

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Last year I had so much for which to be thankful.  Looking back, I can’t help but think about all the highs and lows.  The first part of the year is always the most exciting for me.  That is the time in which I start to put my plans in motion.  I use previous years to build upon for the next.

Last year, I took some time off to get myself together.  I went on a few trips to reflect on my life and try to prioritize my business. The time away helped me to come up with some pretty good ideas for the future.  Oftentimes, it’s  in those still moments that you have your greatest moments of clarity.  I have learned that it is critical to my growth and elevation.

As this month comes to an end, I am excited to share what I have to look forward to in 2017.  I have planned my entire year and it is going to be an exciting one.  For the next twelve months, I hope to engage my readers more by allowing you to get more involved with my posts.  I have a few giveaways that involve products for men and women in the Spring.  I will be connecting with more entrepreneurs for my first Pop Up Shop in April.  I’m excited about the photo shoot for Ponch Cosmetics’ Spring lipstick line.  Finally, I plan to end the year by giving back with my event that I haven’t planned in two years! I hope that it will be the highlight of this year.

Stay tuned to find out what all I have in store.  I hope to make 2017 as stimulating for my readers as well as for me.  Last year was great, but 2017 will be my best year ever! If not, it won’t be due to lack of effort on my part.  What do you look forward to in 2017?

 

Why Every Woman Should Be Wearing Red This Month

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February isn’t just the month for lovers.  It’s also the month for “red”.  Red has so many different meanings.  It’s such a strong color.  It has the power to make you react.  It’s the color that ignites passion.  Red is associated with emotion and power.  That’s why it’s the perfect color to symbolize  and express love.  When you wear red, it arouses the same emotions from the opposite sex, which is why every woman should be wearing red this month.

Studies have shown that women who wear red can easily get a man’s attention.  It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a red dress, a red hat, or red lips.  Red can get the attention of a man.  Therefore, single women looking to attract the opposite sex should be wearing red.  I mean lots of it! This doesn’t just apply to women who are single. Women who are attached should try my theory on their significant others, also.  Put some red on and see don’t you grab your man’s attention faster.

This month, I have a challenge for you ladies.  Wear red as much as you can. Wear red clothes or red lips.  Make sure to help make this “red” month.  Even though Valentine’s day will soon be approaching, you should be preparing for this special day by wearing the heck out of red.  Not just because you’re trying to get someone’s attention, but because red is stimulating and exciting. Ladies, put that red hot chilly pepper dress on and let’s all woman wear red.  Tell me what type of reaction you receive.

 

 

 

 

Bright Lights, Big City

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For the past five days I have been trying to navigate my way through The Big Apple. I learned a few things while I was traveling: boy, is it big! There is absolutely nothing small about it, but land mass.  The beauty of this wonderful adventure has been the fact that I have been able to learn so much about myself in the process. Growing up in a small town, all you know is what you hear about New Yorkers. Supposedly, New Yorkers are mean, rude, and unfriendly. As a result of those rumors and assumptions, it makes you enter the city with a little trepidation.  Then you’re told to watch out for crazy people on the subway and that’s frightening, as well. I’m proud to say that my experience with New York was one of much appreciation and adoration. I can say that because I traveled around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and The Bronx by myself. 

I learned that I’m sure there are those who are rude and unsavory, but for the most part people are kind. It’s hard to say that they are considerate because everyone is in a hurry trying to get to their next destination or hustle, but not as rude as most would think. 

As I rode the subway throughout the city and met countless New Yorkers, I was amazed at the allure of New York City. People move to New York for three things: money, fashion, or success. For those who are hungry and ambitious, it doesn’t seem so unimaginable. Everybody in the city is on their grind. Everybody I saw moving made me believe in the possibility of wealth and success, if that’s what you’re chasing. Staring at the Empire State Building reminded me to believe anything is possible. 

Friday I had my first real experience with greatness and all the grandeur of the city. I met some amazing people that were doing amazing things in their fields. These same people were working with me, talking with me and encouraging me with possibilities of the future. For the first time in my life, I looked beyond my small town roots and knew that success and greatness were mine for the taking. Success to me was beginning to look as big as The Big Apple.  

I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that The Big Apple is more than just bright lights in a big city full of rude people. Those lights inspire people like me. They are the guide that lights the way when you think you’re lost. Those lights gave me the extra push to keep going and believing in the magic of thinking big as the Empire State Building. 

Top 3 Ways to Make the Most of 2017

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If you’re like me,  you walked away from 2016 scratching your head and wondering what just happened.  There were so many highs and lows of the year that left many of us in disbelief.  This past year was a year of surprises, upsets, and losses.  Whether you’re a Trump supporter or not, you have to admit your disbelief of the fact that 1) a man with no political experience won the Republican nomination and 2) won the race.  If you never believed that anything can happen in America, then now you’re a true believer. Even though the first black man won the Presidency eight years ago, the racism that he experienced the entire time in office was no surprise.  Nonetheless, 2016 taught us a lot and made us pay attention.

Our surprise and disgust at the Flint, Michigan water crisis made us totally look at government agencies differently.  Then there was the loss of the greats: Prince, David Bowie, Alan Thicke, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds.  Kim Kardashian got robbed at gunpoint in Paris, but Kanye eventually had the meltdown we all saw coming!  Then it happened.  Brad and Angelina finally broke up.  Lastly, the Dallas Cowboys walk away with the greatest record in their NFL history and achieved this momentous feat by way of two very explosive rookies named Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.  Last year was no punk!

I could go on and on about all the craziness that occurred last year, but it would be pointless because 2016 is gone.  Now we must focus on how to make 2017 better than the last.  I came up with a few tips to help make this new year a little more bearable.

Add Color to Your Perspective

Have you ever noticed how color can cheer you up?  Likewise, it can bring you down also.  It can and will cloud your vision when you see things in only one or two colors: black or white.  I have a friend that sees everything in black and white. There is no gray area.  However, I have argued that there are many ambiguities in life.  Everything has to do with your perspective.  If you see everything in the black, then everything will appear dismal, hard and hopeless.  On the other hand, add a little color to your perspective and watch how your views will change.  Once you start thinking with an open mind, then possibilities will abound.  There is more than one way to view life and its circumstances.  Color changes the way you view things because your mind starts to open up.  I don’t mean black and white color.  I mean yellow, green, purple, red, or orange.  Try living your life in color and watch your vision change for the better.

Don’t Give Up On Mankind

With all the negativity and complete horror stories that we hear in the media, it’s hard to have faith in people these days.  In most cases, until something awful happened to make you distrust people, you were born into this world trusting others.  After all, as babies, we have to completely rely on others.  In life, we are going to have to work with and deal with others.  I am not suggesting that we trust blindly.  I am suggesting that we give more people the benefit without first assuming that all blacks are bad, or all whites are racist. This goes back to opening our minds and adding a little color to our perspectives.  We have got to start giving people the benefit of the doubt.  Give people a chance to prove themselves before you completely count them out.  If they fail, at least you tried to be a part of the solution and not the problem.

Look at the Big Picture

You must know by now that we are all apart of a bigger picture. With a world population exceeding 6 billion, every individual has a part to play in the universe in which we live whether big or small.  As you create the story of your life, make sure your stamp impacts the world in such a way that you realize the importance your contribution makes to the big picture. If you’re a stay-at-home mother, raising kids that are respectful and kind is important to the big picture.   If you’re a factory worker, understand that your work product contributes to products that not only consumers need, but contributes to our country’s gross national product.  The scientist is just as important as the convenience store worker.  Each person has a roll that contributes in some way to the bigger picture in the grand scheme of our lives.  If we can just continue to think of the big picture instead of merely thinking of ourselves, then we can all contribute to making our world a better place in 2017.  Make sure you’re making the right impact.

 

 

 

My 2017 Beauty Wish List

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I’m a list person. I love to make lists. I take pleasure in writing goals, resolutions, and especially to-do lists. I like to plan for the things that I try to accomplish and the things I want.  However, I rarely make Christmas lists.  When Christmas rolls around, I just wing it. Even though my children made their Christmas lists for me faithfully each year when they were young, I never paid much attention to their lists because I had my own. Don’t judge me. 😦

For me, Christmas is a time for giving. I always considered creating a Christmas list as an act of selfishness. Christmas isn’t the time to be selfish. Typically, we tend to spend money for Christmas gifts that we wouldn’t buy any other time of the year.  Thus, the splurge mentality.  This past year I had a thought. I realized that creating a want list for Christmas is no different than when I create lists for my goals and my New Year’s Resolutions. I completed my “want list” for Christmas and recently got everything on my list.  I am rewarding myself with a few items that I have worked hard for throughout the year. I decided to splurge a little. Lucky for me, the only thing I love is makeup!!!!

I made my list and checked it twice.  Therefore, I decided that is even more of a reason for me to follow through with my list. This year has been a doozie for me, complete with many highs and lows. With every obstacle, I managed to survive. I can’t think of any other reason why I shouldn’t treat myself to a few of my favorite beauty goodies for conquering all of the hurdles of 2016. These are my MVPs for 2017.

1) The Tartelette Naturals Palette $34.50 (www.ulta.com) Shown above.

What’s great about it:  It’s great natural clay palette for the eyes.  Clay matte makes the application go on smoothly and naturally.

2) Mia 2 Clarisonic Brush $169 (www.ulta.com)


What’s great about it: It has dual power with two speeds.  It deep cleans the skin and leaves the face feeling like a baby’s bottom.

3) Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer $35 (www.ulta.com)

What’s great about it: It can be used on any complexion. It gives the perfect bronze glow and it’s not too light or too dark.

4) Anastastia Beverly Hills eye brow pencil (dark brown and soft brown)v $18.50 (www.sephora.com)


What’s great about it: It’s the Bentley of eye brow pencils.  It can be described in one word: precise.

5) DiorShow Mascara $28.50 (www.ulta.com)


What’s great about it: This one product makes your lashes look like fake lashes. It has ltwo ends: one primer, the other mascara.

These are my beauty favs. What are yours?

 

 

 

 

Spring into Pink

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The onset of Daylight Savings Time means Spring is right around the corner. We have approximately 6 more days before it is officially Spring. You know what that means? We will be seeing all shades of pink and more pink. If you’re a girlie girl like me, you can’t wait.

One of my favorite colors is pink. I love pink lipsticks and glosses. Spring Time means more soft pinks and nude pinks, but I don’t care. I can’t wait for hot pinks and fuchsia, also. Pink is a girl’s color just like blue is associated with guys. The color pink always makes you think of softness and femininity.

When I wear pink, I just feel like such a lady. This is why Spring is my favorite season. Spring is the season associated with fun, sun, and flowers. It’s the season where you begin to plant your flowers and watch them bloom. In essence, it’s the season of growth and expansion.

For those of you who haven’t started doing anything productive yet this year, now is the time to plant and wait for your harvest. Therefore, when you see pink flowers, pink lips, or pink dresses, you should think about cultivation, sprouting, and production.

Don’t wait another six months to try to do something. Get started today! Pull out your pink and let it inspire you. I’m wearing my pink all Spring! Pink has power. Tap into it today…

What is the meaning of love?

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Love. The simple utterance of the word sends fireworks into the atmosphere. It evokes images of laughter, smiling faces and holding hands. Probably one of the most captivating words in the English language, it conjures up feelings of passion, yearning and undeniable emotion. At mere mention, women get giddy while men become afraid. It is a word that has the ability to rock a solid foundation or construct a weak one. Like lightning, love will jolt the body and electrify the soul. Each letter taken seriously, love, in all of its glory, is the air by which many of us breathe.

The world has deemed February as the month of love. What is True love?

Defined by Webster’s as a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection toward; love is penetrating. It is thought provoking. It is heart wrenching.

Defined by the Bible (I Corinthians 13); love is patient, love is kind, love is not envious, is not puffed up, is not selfish or easily provoked, does not think evil, rejoices in truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

True love is the essence of Webster’s worldview definition and the biblical definition combined. It is the ability to respond unconditionally. With no strings, attachments or judgment, love pays no regard to circumstance. Love is both shared and given “in spite” of condition. Love is faithful and shows affection or concern no matter the circumstance. It keeps no record of wrong. Love, in its purest form, acts as a catalyst drawing others close.

Love is so amazing it searches for the best, hunting deeply its prey, vowing never to give up.

Love is not “me first.” It places others in the space that “self” yearns to occupy, always considering the will and desires of others.

Love takes its time and considers things that are good. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. It does not take from others to satisfy self. It is not haughty or puffed up. On the contrary, love is mild and meek but not weak by any means; always focusing on the greater good.

Love is honest and true. It means what is says and expresses itself genuinely.

Don’t misunderstand these characteristics of love, they are filled with passion but are careful, considerate, intentional.

If you’ve determined by now that true love is inconceivable, you’re right. True love is rare; a sparse commodity. When discovered, it should be cherished, adorned, preserved. For the Bible reminds us that the grass will wither, the flowers will fade (Isaiah 40:8), even the gifts will cease, but love never dies.

As we prepare for Valentine’s Day, I implore you to search your hearts and minds. Determine if what you truly feel for the object of your affection meets the scope of the true definition of love.  If not, you might have some work to do.  Check your love meter.  In order to find and have true love, you must first open your hearts to it. I challenge each of you to try to truly love someone other than yourself.

Please share your comments and experiences of true love with us! We would love to hear your stories.