Love Your Skin

Skin care is very essential; this includes body and face. Sometimes, it can be very difficult to find what actually works because there are so many skin types and the skin on your face acts or reacts completely different from the skin on your body. It’s important to love yourself and to feel absolutely comfortable in the skin you’re in, so we have to take measures to ensure this. Now, of course your skin will probably not be as smooth or clear as someone else’s but this is why understanding your skin is so important and loving yourself regardless plays a major role. Continue reading Love Your Skin

NexGenNails Gel Powder: Review

If you’ve never heard of Next Generation Nails, then you’re in a for a treat! This could be the best alternative to acrylic and gel polish.

What is NexGenNails?

This the latest lacquer technology in form of a gel powder. Yes! It’s really powder. You literally just dip your nail and instantly you have a gorgeous gel manicure, it works like magic. NexGenNail powder promises no damage to the nail bed, unlike what some people generally experience from acrylic or regular gel polish. There is no need to worry about you nails becoming brittle because NexGenNail powder is fortified with calcium and vitamin E to help ensure healthy nails. The powder is also environment friendly and has no odor. It is lightweight yet durable, so chipping and cracking presents no issue. NexGenNail powder dries superfast and does not require UV light. This was one of my pet peeves about gel polish but that’s all taken care of by NexGenNail gel powder. Continue reading NexGenNails Gel Powder: Review

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MUA in the making: My Journey to Perfecting Makeup Skills

Before I get started, let’s all get on the same page. First, I am not a true aspiring makeup artist, I just like to pretend and I really enjoy the art. But, if you are one, I hope that you are encouraged by this post. Second, this post is not solely focused on perfecting the craft of makeup you can definitely apply it to whatever craft you may be trying to improve or perfect. So, here we go! Continue reading MUA in the making: My Journey to Perfecting Makeup Skills

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Delicious YET Healthy Meals

Getting into the habit of eating healthy is hard for two reasons. One, it’s probably something you are not used to. Two, you have no idea what foods to prepare. These were the two major reasons why my journey to healthy eating was and sometimes is still difficult. Everyone has personal, distinct reasons why they want to start eating healthy or healthier. For me personally, I just felt like I was not doing my body and good by consuming grams of sugar and fat. Not that I was going to forbid myself from eating these things, I just did not want to eat them as often (only on my “cheat days” … but not every cheat day). Continue reading Delicious YET Healthy Meals

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Young Entrepreneurs Round Up

Creativity is step one. Innovation is step two.

Entrepreneurship requires strategic planning and execution. It is comprised of two major processes: creativity and innovation. Creativity is the ability to develop new ideas and ways to look at problems as well as opportunities. Innovations involves application of those creative ideas to actual problems and opportunities to enhance lives and to enrich a society. We all have ideas that we wish to implement but too often we allow these ideas to make our minds their home. Your ideas can become substance but you must be disciplined and determined as our young entrepreneurs.

These young individuals who have taken it upon themselves to bring their visions to reality. It is not easy, and it can be very scary. You may fail the first time or even the fifth time but if you want it, you have to go get it. Don’t live through others succeed, rather, use it as encouragement to obtain your own. Continue reading Young Entrepreneurs Round Up

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God’s Plan vs. Your Plan

Life happens, and well, things don’t always go as we planned. Usually when this happens, we feel the need to hit the reset button. We try to start all over, take a different approach but maybe all you really need to do is hit the pause button. Have you ever just sat down and thought “maybe things aren’t meant to be this way”? We can be overly ambitious as humans, and this causes us to try to pursue things we ought not to at a particular point in time. God’s plan and your plan, like it or not, may just be quite opposite, or maybe your timing is just all out of whack. Continue reading God’s Plan vs. Your Plan

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Limitations and Boundaries: Knowing when enough has become too much

We all go through this process in life called growing up, and the truth of the matter is, it’s more than just a phase. You don’t just pass through it, its lifelong, continuous. I am a firm believer in physical manifestation, meaning that if I cannot physically see with my own eyes what you are saying or claiming then it is null. It’s easy to really want something and declare it and profess it, but yelling and screaming it loud and proud will not bring it to manifestation. You can pray and fast but you are going to have to put in some work! Continue reading Limitations and Boundaries: Knowing when enough has become too much

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The Cut Life

Growing up, I always wanted long hair, waist length to be exact. Unfortunately, my hair never grew that long or that fast even. Before I went natural, my hair was about armpit length, and even after 4 years of being natural, my hair is barely armpit length. I never did the big chop when I decided to go natural, I transitioned because I wanted to retain some type of length so all I did was trim my hair between washes until all the damaged hair was gone. While on my natural hair journey I have come to love my hair, regardless of its length (or so I thought). I love my curls and the fullness of my hair. However, I have come to a point in my journey where I believe I need a change. I will honestly say that my hair growth has been stunted for the past year and a half almost.

I have always been afraid of cutting my hair because I’m not sure if the look will fit me. I’ve been proclaiming for over a year that I will cut my hair but I always convince myself not to do it, and everyone always tells me “You have good hair, don’t cut it,” but they don’t know my personal struggle. Continue reading The Cut Life

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Claudine’s Go-to Hair Styles

I think we can all agree that one of the major problems with having natural hair is styling. Taking care of natural hair can be very hard and tedious; or maybe it’s just me. However, over time as you learn more about your hair, you figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. some styles look better or are easier to maintain on certain textured hairs than others. So, we often cannot simply mimic styles that we see on others or online. I’m not saying it’s always impossible to get your hair to look a certain way but you may have to do a thing or two in addition to what the other person did, depending on your hair texture. Continue reading Claudine’s Go-to Hair Styles

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Major Keys to Success #3: Embracing the Journey

It is very easy to get caught up in visions and dreams forgetting that the end-point is actually but a small fraction of the big picture. In the words of Arthur Ashe, “Success is a journey, NOT a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome”. It is human nature to long for something but not want to put in the work to get our desired end-product. Unfortunately, even when we do choose to put in the work, it is only for the sole purpose of getting the desired outcome, simply neglecting all that the process has to offer.

Continue reading Major Keys to Success #3: Embracing the Journey

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