Friday, June 24, 2016

[Post Work Out Ritual] How to Maximize your after Work Out Glow.

The other day I was browsing through a thread on LHCF where the ladies were discussing their experience with Beautifully Bamboo.  One member shared that she was experimenting with drinking her tea in the evening instead of in the morning after breakfast.  That's when I chimed in and presented my theory that drinking the tea at night could bring additional benefits.

We know our bodies rebuild and repair while we sleep (which is why it's so important that you get your beauty rest). A while back I experimented with taking certain supplements before bed and felt like I could see a difference with my skin in the morning.  Then I started brainstorming what other supplements could add value when taken before bed. The first thing that came to my mind was Beautifully Bamboo tea. It's caffeine free and loaded with the ultimate beauty mineral - silica.  As you sleep soundly, you've provided your body a little something special which it can use for your benefit.  Since silica is essential for building skin firming collagen, drinking the tea before bed would make a lot of sense.

Then a member chimed in and said she too believed in the theory that taking some supplements before bed could be advantageous.  She then goes on to say that post workout would be another great opportunity because of the increased blood flow.

My mind was blown.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Zoe Kravitz nails the "No Make Up" look with YSL's Touche Eclat.

A while a go, I swung by the YSL counter at my local Neiman Marcus.  It was a weekday afternoon, and since there weren't many customers around, the woman at the counter gave me plenty of attention.  I later learned that rep who gave me a mini makeover turned out to be a national makeup artist for YSL. I kid you not, Pamela did the most amazing job. She was so talented that I ended up purchasing everything she recommended.

One of the items I came home with was YSL's Touche Eclat.  To be quite honest, I didn't fully understand the full potential of this highlighter pen so I packed it away in my makeup stash where it quickly faded into the background. Then, out of the blue, I stumbled on a mini-video featuring Zoe Kravitz.  Zoe, who appears to be running late, quickly gets ready simply by concealing,  correcting and highlighting.
Within moments of watching the video, I went looking for my tube of Touche Eclat to see if I could mimic her results.

[Your Best Skin Ever] Why the Laxative Facial might be your newest beauty secret.

You may remember the article we shared a few weeks back where Jourdan Dunn practically invited us to have full access to her beauty cabinet.  She revealed an arsenal of products, many of which landed on my wish list.

Then Jourdan decided to be extra generous and reveal her Sunday evening skin perfecting routine.  One of the items in her reveal was Skin Owl's Beauty Steam.  It's a combination of skin loving herbs that take your facial steam to a new level.  It sounded amazing.....but a bit pricey.

The idea of enjoying an herbal facial steam seemed too intriguing to pass up.  So I started researching for alternatives.  Soon, I stumbled on an age old beauty secret that women have been enjoying for years to create their most flawless glow.
Monday, June 20, 2016

You won't need to be motivated if you can develop this.....

I absolutely love getting motivated.  My favorite sources of motivation usually come from listening to powerful talks or hearing about stories of others who were able to achieve their dreams.  Whatever the type of motivation, I'm all for it!

But here's the thing....I'm realizing that if I don't constantly refuel my motivation tank, I get uninspired. Soon, my behaviors shift.  Suddenly, I'm not taking action like before.  Once I realize what's happened, I seek out more motivation to reignite my feelings of wanting to take on the world!

Today, I realized that I've been doing it all wrong.....

Sunday, June 19, 2016

[WHO TO FOLLOW] @Sophia_Roe

I'm coming back at you with another recommendation for who to follow.  Our feature today deserves an instant follow because she  will bringing flawless wellness and health inspiration into your life.

This woman is a plant based chef and "wellness influencer."  I stumbled on her feed this morning and, within minutes of scrolling, I was inspired to live a greener, healthier life.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

[Wash Day Project] Try adding this powerful detoxifier to your shampoo

The weekend is here. And many of us have set aside time to conduct the almighty wash day ritual. And perhaps we'll do a mini-facial as well.  Since it's summer now, and with the warmer temps, I'm sure most of you are really focusing on scalp cleansing to remove any excess oil, dirt and sweat.

May I offer you a suggestion that could easily provide the best scalp cleansing you've ever had?

For this wash day experiment, I invite you to add one additional ingredient to your shampoo to ensure your hair and scalp are clarified to the fullest.  What's this additional ingredient?
Activated Charcoal face mask
Friday, June 17, 2016

[Summer Ready] The Simple Eating plan that is transforming my body.

I'm sharing this post as a way of commemorating a milestone in my health/fitness journey. For the first time in a (long) while, my weight is officially back in the 120's  again. I attribute this achievement to a new eating lifestyle that I've recently implemented.  Truthfully, this is the easiest weight lost strategy that I've ever executed. And because of its simplicity, I'm confident that it has become a permanent way of life.

This new way of eating that I speak of is intermittent fasting.  Simply put, I "skip" breakfast and consume my daily calories within a specific time window.  By waiting until later in the day, I allow my body to operate in a fasted state for a longer period of time.  While in a fasted state, your body is able to tap into fat stores versus running on blood sugar.  As we sleep, we enter into a fasted state, once we have break-fast, we supply our bodies with fuel. That's what our bodies use as energy. So our fat stores remain untouched.
swapping out breakfast for an amazing lunch

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

[Snapchat Beauty Secret] I've stumbled upon the Universal Hair and Skin Moisturizer

My new daily ritual consists of watching Snapchat stories while bouncing on the mini-trampoline.  While getting my workout, I keep my eyes and ears peeled for any glimpses of must have product reveals.

I struck gold the other day when a popular blogger shared her entire nightly routine.  I watched closely as she walked us through her process, while revealing the pricey products that nourish her perfect skin.  As she approached the end of her layering regimen, she pulled out a product, patted into her face then proceeded to rub the rest into her hair.  "It's a universal moisturizer" she explained "it boosts moisture levels of your products and you can even rub it into your hair if it's feeling dry."

What kind of foolishness is this? I thought as she saturated her ends with her facial product.  But soon, disbelief turned into curiosity causing me to quickly capture a screenshot of the product reveal.
Monday, June 13, 2016

[Monday Motivation] How to use your drive to work to accomplish your goals

For years, I had this desire to launch a business and have full ownership of my time.  The only problem is that I worked extended hours and didn't have much time to invest into building a new reality.  Because time was of the essence, I took on a strategy of utilizing my drive time to the upmost.  I can say, without a doubt, that my commute was an integral part of my success. Let me break down exactly how I used my drive to work as part of a freedom strategy.
1. Learning
In the early years, I would visit the local library on the weekends to select a bunch of audio books to learn from that week.  When I first began this habit, my commute was about 45 mins one way.  In a five day week, I would listen to nearly 10 hours of personal growth content. Jim Rohn advised us to work harder on ourselves than we did at our job and that's exactly what I did.  I'd listen to instruction in the morning and apply the insights during the workday.   In my mind, I was listening to books but, in reality, I was receiving valuable training from various mentors.  Training that would eventually pay off big time.

2. Planning
Eventually, I had my own office and could listen to books while at work.  Then I decided to use the morning drive for a new purpose.  It was time to put my intentions into action but first, I needed to develop strategies .  At the time, I had no clear idea of what to do so I leveraged the drive to work as a time to brainstorm. I planned my day, week, month, quarter and the rest of the year.  Everything did always go as planned but the act of doing so was very powerful.   Once I got into the habit of planning, I could no longer get in a car and listen to the same old songs on the radio when I could be building my future.

Part of the time, I was planning, the rest of the time, I used the commute to activate the law of attraction.  I did lots of visualizing (with eyes open).  Sometimes I would even verbalize my future reality. Example, one time I shared my goodbye speech to my coworkers (even though I hadn't landed another job).  Although it wasn't real, that speech felt, in my car, so intense and powerful. Months later, it manifested in the form of my first work from position.  

Another random thing I would do on the drive to work was switching up the route every so often.  Driving is one of those things that we tend to blank out while doing. You can easily get in your car and follow the same route to work you've driven countless times before, without ever being present.  To me, this is a senseless waste of valuable time.  To keep from being complacent try following new routes and exploring unfamiliar parts of town.  

3. Assessing & Course Correcting
I have this ritual of recording voice memo sessions where I talk about all aspects of my life.  It's kinda like an audible diary.  Once a month, I would update the status of my goals and detail what was working well versus what wasn't.  The end goal was to set intentions for the upcoming 30 days and learn from the mistakes of the month before.  Since then, I've increased the frequency of this habit to a weekly recap versus monthly. That way I increase the probability of actually achieving these goals. I owe so much of my success to this amazing habit of updating my monthly progress and it all started from my long car rides.

A lot of us have big goals.  But at the same time, we have work, family, and other responsibilities.  Instead of remaining stagnant with our actions, let's get crafty about how we allocate our limited time to propel our goals forward. 
Friday, June 10, 2016

[HOURGLASS WORKOUT] This Powerful Ab Exercise needs to be a part of your routine.

When it comes to workouts, I'm not really a big fan of intense ab exercises.  I fear developing a boxy waistline.  That's why I typically focus on fat burning and exercises that target the transverse abdominals.

If you're unfamiliar, the transverse are the core muscles that act as an inner corset.  The stronger they are, the more they pull the waistline inwards.  I first learned of these a couple of years ago and got serious.  My efforts paid off big time in the form of my slimmest waist ever!
strong core inspo.