Top 5 Summer Beauty Goals

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I shop for makeup like I’m at the supermarket.  Each month I do a monthly cosmetics haul.  First, I go to Ulta and check to see which products I haven’t tried and might want to try.  Next, I check to see if there are any new products that have come out yet.  I do the same thing at Sephora, by the way.  Some months I alternate because they each may have different campaigns running.  Finally, I go through all of my stuff and decide which products are best for me during the particular season. If it sounds borderline compulsive, it is! Then next month repeat!

This month I was looking through all of my Summer products and realized that I had the same color theme working in my stash.  I tend to gravitate towards hot pinks, berry, purple, and reds.  I love color. The problem is that I like loud color and I should be changing a little based on the seasons.  For Summer, in particular, I should be wearing more nudes, soft pinks, and pastels.  After all, what could it hurt?

After looking through all of my lipsticks, I decided that I needed to add some seasonal makeup goals to my routine.  After researching the trends, I decided to invest in a few Spring-ish looks on my next Ulta run.  Here’s what I plan to try more of this Summer:

  • Play with colorful eyes.
  • Add a little glitter.
  • Glow with a lot of highlighter.
  • Nude pinks on the lips.
  • Blush with rosy cheeks.

 

Happy Fourth of July!

Before you go out today to enjoy great barbecue, family and Summer heat, let’s take a minute to remember the relevance of this holiday. Independence Day is the day that the United States of America adopted the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 1776, The Continental Congress declared that 13 colonies of The United States were no longer under British Rule.

The observance of this holiday commemorates the bravery of generations of the past who fought for our freedom from an unjust system of government. Even though we separated ourselves from control of a government that sought to undermine our existence and sabotage any attempts of American greatness, we still deal with similar injustices and similar attempts in our country today.

My personal feelings about this holiday and this great country is bittersweet. The United States of America has grown since 1776 from 13 colonies to 50 states, a federal district, and five territories. Even though we are free, we still live in a country dealing with many injustices and grievances like our ancestors with much little recourse from our government.

There is one thing that we as Americans must understand: Change does not happen by happenstance. Political and economic change happens by organization from factions and groups. If we really want change to take place in our country, we must get involved in our communities, cities, and states and effectuate change from the bottom to the top. Like our forefathers, we must stand together against the forces that attempt to disrupt our lives. We can only do this together.

We must understand that there is good and bad everywhere. However, a country is only as good as the people who comprise its makeup. If we want to truly live free amongst our people, we must first learn to live peaceably with our people no matter the color, religion, creed, or political views. While you’re enjoying your family and friends today, think about those countries that do not enjoy the same freedoms and remember to thank God for our freedom and pray for our country and countries around the world. God bless America!

Strutting Into Spring Like …

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.

 

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?

 

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

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?

 

 

 

 

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.

Why Women Who Go From Blah to Beat are the Real Heroines

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I have this thing with women who love to brag that they don’t wear makeup like it’s some badge of honor or something. I always tell those women, “okay, I get it!” What I don’t tell the ladies is the real tragedy of being the chic who doesn’t wear makeup EVER is that you’re limiting yourself from so many other growth possibilities. You see, when you reveal the fact that you never wear makeup, you’re essentially telling me that you don’t adapt well to change, you’re possibly not open to growth, nor do you like to learn new things.

After all, are you going to go to that important dinner without wearing any makeup?  You think Angelina Jolie wants to hit the red carpet with no makeup? Is Michelle Obama ever seen at the White House without makeup? Of course, these women would not ever attend any important function in the public eye without that quintessential “beat”.

I see applying makeup as an activity the same as learning how to ride a bike or drive a car. In the beginning it seems hard, but once you get going and doing it regularly you see driving as an activity that makes your life easier. Further, you look good doing it. One might think that comparing applying makeup to driving cars is ludicrous, but it isn’t. They are both two activities that you learn how to do so that it helps you. At first, you might not be that good at it, but over time with practice you can improve your skills. In the end, you benefit from learning.

I started experimenting with makeup when I was five years old. I’m not kidding! My fascination with makeup started early. I think I had mastered how to apply makeup to my face by the time I was in the 6th grade. In those developing years, I learned a lot. The most important thing I learned from applying my makeup is how I could go from blah to beat! One of my colleagues told me years ago that on any given day when I didn’t wear makeup I was just Ponchitta Thompson. However, once I walked in with my makeup and hair on fleek, I was transformed into someone else. That colleague was right! Just like me, you too, can take baby steps to learn to create your own beat face.

That face beat made all the difference for me. My attitude changed, my self-esteem was at an all-time high, and my confidence levels were incredible. When my makeup is done right, I feel like I can take on the world. I’ve had many women tell me they feel empowered in the same way when they get their faces beat.

I think it’s a beautiful thing when you’re naturally confident. The woman who needs no extra confidence boost in the morning when she awakens or the woman that doesn’t need a spike in their confidence by adding lashes or red lips is someone special. To that woman, I applaud you because you’re a rarity.

However, for the rest of us that need that extra pep in our step or the extra jumpstart to boost our morale, I say don’t you dare feel bad because you love the beat. That beat does for us what spinach did for Popeye. It turns us into the strong, courageous women that we need to be to conquer all we must do in this world. I lift my wine glass up to all the women that don’t mind admitting that they love going from blah to beat. Once you start, it will change your life. You’re the real heroines.

Are you a makeup snob?

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You’ve met this chic before.  You ask her what brand lipstick she has on and she pulls out her MAC tube like she’s holding gold straight from U. S. Mint.  You immediately want to tell her, “Girl, bye!” Instead you just sit back and gloat because she just spent $15 on lipstick that’s cute, but you spent $2.99 on your Wet n Wild and you’re cute, too, with an extra $12 in your wallet to go buy more!  Yea, makeup snobs are a trip aren’t they?

A makeup snob believes that your makeup isn’t poppin unless you have to rob a bank to pay for it.  A makeup snob believes that the best makeup only comes from expensive department stores.  Lastly, a makeup snob believes that because she strictly wears MAC, Lancome, or Dior, her makeup game is somehow superior to the budget-friendly shopper that chooses to wear Cover Girl or Maybelline.

Allow me to set the record straight.  Although some brands are marketed as high end products, price alone does not dictate whether its a better product or not for the consumer.  When it comes to makeup, there are many factors to consider that determine what products are better than others.  In particular, your personal skincare needs and sensitivities should determine which products are better suited for you. Cost, location, or prestige should have nothing to do with why you buy your cosmetics products.  Popularity and packaging does not mean better.

However, there are some products that cost more because they contain ingredients that others might not.  Be certain that those are ingredients that you personally need rather than want because someone told you you might need them.

The next time you shop for makeup don’t overlook drug store products because they are in the drugstore.  Cover Girl and Revlon have some of the best lipsticks on the market.  The quality is just as good as MAC and a few dollars cheaper.  Even if money isn’t an issue, maybe convenience is.  Don’t overlook some of the cheaper products because you’re busy being a makeup snob to notice there is very little difference in the quality.  After all, it’s just makeup, gals! Buy that Wet n Wild, girl!  Live a little…

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