My favorite makeup look this summer has been very natural.
With the summer heat, sweat dripping down my face, and my pores more susceptible to being clogged, I’ve shied away from heavy products.
Thick day creams; I’m good on it.
Full coverage foundations; I think not!
Honestly most days, I just like a little mascara, some lip gloss, and a quick swipe of one of my favorite highlighters. It gives you the perfect “I’m confidently glowing in this sun and my skin poppin’ look” and spares you skin from unwanted breakouts.
So, after cleaning out my makeup and recognizing the slew of highlighters I own, I got the idea to pass along some of the best I’ve used to date for you all to add a bit to your collection.
Nars Illuminator (Orgasm)
I don’t have these highlighters in any specific order, but I think this subconsciously came first cause it was one of the first liquid highlighters I started using.
It’s so smooth, perfectly pigmented, and has an amazing smell. (Odd pro, but it really does smell like citrus.) My favorite part about this product is that you can layers it a bit. With a tiny dab, you can add a sheer illuminance to your skin, or use a thicker layer for a more noticeable pop!
Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter (Liquid Champagne)
So clearly there is a big difference in cost here. Mainly due to the fact that NARS is a high-end brand and even their smallest travel sized items are on the pricey side.
Yet, fun fact, Make Up Revolution is actually completely cruelty-free and most of their products are vegan! (This highlighter falls under that category, pretty cool right?!)
It comes with a cute dropper and is great not only as a highlighter but also as an additive to your foundation. I like mixing my foundation, a bit of Clinique’s Moisture Surge Moisturizer, and this together to create a tinted moisturizer with an added glow!
ColorFX Glitter Drops (Aurora)
This highlighter also comes with a dropper as an applicator and for good reason. Out of all of these highlights, this is hands down the most pigmented.
That can be a blessing and a curse. If used properly, you will look like a blossoming unicorn from the fairy forest, get too glitter happy and you will look like that unicorn’s sparkling poop walking around on two feet.
Again, you can use this as a highlight, an addition to your foundation, or even use it as a cute pop to your eyeshadow!
This product is also cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, fragrance-free, and vegan!
Milk Highlighter (Everyday Dewy Highlighter)
Vegan. Smooth. Moisturizing. Multi-use.
This product is good for any skin type and its ingredient list explains why it smells so yummy! Mango butter, coconut oil, avocado oil and other cruelty-free products were blended up for this light reflecting concoction.
You can use one easy swipe and add a subtle glow or layer it up for a more intense look.
This is the only highlighter on the list that isn’t liquid, so if you prefer an easy stick applicator, this is for you. Don’t forget what’s inside though, it emulsifies easily and blends well.
Out of all four, I would say:
-Milk is perfect for every day as advertised and looks great even on a fresh face with no other makeup.
-Revolution is a wonderful choice and being that it’s $9, it is a great deal. If you are looking for a cheap version of NARS grab this one, or even the liquid highlighter from NYX.
-NARS is a boujee brand people love so if you can afford it, get it. It is a wonderful quality and leaves behind a sheer luminance you will love.
-ColorFX the priciest, yet the product that will last the longest. I was nervous to purchase this, but even 2 months into using it I am not even halfway through. A little goes a long way.
I hope you guys glow all summer long, enjoy these suggestions, and comment below what your favorite highlighter is!
Make sure to check out my post from last week on my favorite Aveda products for the summer!
I know I have been gone for a while, but it was for a good reason, DON’T WORRY!!
For the past five months, I have been furthering my knowledge about skin care and attending Aveda Institute. Now that I have graduated, I decided to do a little dedication piece to their products, which I do unbiasedly love for the most part.
As you all know, or maybe don’t, all natural products stay near and true to my heart. I love creating my own stuff at home, it’s why I went to school in the first place, and although Aveda isn’t 100% natural, their products are close to it, produce results, and leave your skin glowing.
So, if you are looking to make your summer skin pop, add a lil glow, or just give your skin the attention it deserves, keep reading as I go over my top three favorite Aveda products! It also just so happens that together, these products work hand in hand. So feel free to grab all three and add a little pick me up to your at home regimen.
My all-time favorite product in general, not just from Aveda, is this liquid exfoliant. Good for all skin types, this liquid exfoliant is gentle enough for sensitive skin, yet contains natural and powerful ingredients to target multiple skin problems that you may be facing.
Being that Aveda is on the natural side of things, most of this ingredients are just that. Their exfoliant contains wintergreen-derived salicylic acid which targets acne, dark spots, and so much more by not only turning over skin cells but minimizing your pores, revealing a smoother texture and even tone.
My favorite part about this product isn’t just it’s generic benefits, but the unconventional ways you can use it as well.
I’m not sure if you get waxed, but if you do, you know how pesky ingrown hairs can be. This little bottle of gold can heal what’s there and prevent new ingrowns from reappearing later. A quick few pumps of this on a cotton ball dabbed where ever you’ve been serviced will ban any irritations, which is why it is a staple in my bathroom.
That, and it just shows a glowy side to my skin I haven’t seen before.
Intense Hydrating Masque
So, this masque has one main goal hydration. It is, again, good for all skin types, yet covet by those of us with dry or aging skin. What I like most about it are the many ways you can use it.
What’s the most traditional way? Like your average masque, throw it on for 10 minutes and wipe it off with a warm hand towel.
If you wanna get even better results though, there are two other ways to get even deeper product penetration.
This one may be the simplest: Leave it on overnight as a substitute for your night cream. I would suggest this method as the best way to target dry patches or even give your face added plumpness after a tiring night.
You can also massage it into your face while you shower, or even better while under a steamer. Doing it this way opens your pores and lets everything sink past your first layer of skin. Personally, I include this in my daily shower routine. I always feel and look more refreshed after I use it!
Another fun use for this product; sunburn treatment! Since this masque contains aloe, it’s the perfect summer staple to throw in the fridge and apply any time you’ve gotten to little too much sun.
Hydrating Treatment Lotion
Now although this is called a lotion, and people often ask if it’s a moisturizer, it’s not!
Don’t get me wrong, this product offers wonderful hydration, but it’s actually a toner.
Sadly, I feel like most of us don’t use toners and I never understood it’s importance until I educated myself. Luckily, now that I know, I could never go back to a regimen without it and I can pass down the knowledge to you.
Before I tell you why I love this product, I’ll tell you why using a toner is important.
They are essential to balance your skin’s PH as well as getting rid of leftover debris, minimizing your pores, and depending on the product, it can even target more specific problem areas.
When it comes to Aveda’s Hydrating Treatment Lotion, it’s purpose is in its name; hydration. So while it removes the grime left after cleansing, it goes a step further to balance the moisture level of your skin and contains humectants which attract moisture naturally from the air.
There is only one way to use this product: after cleansing and before you apply serums and moisturizers.
All three of these products work great alone, but if you are searching for optimum results, of course, you gotta use them together; EVERY DAY! (More like twice, but sometimes we just can’t find time for that.)
If you have any questions, feel free to ask, but when you snag these products off the shelf, be sure to leave a comment about how you like them!
PSA! Lil Mama has came all the way thru with this one! Alot of people don’t give her the credit she deserves and being that me and her are around the same age so I will always be rocking with her ! Like come on she is beautiful, smart and her recent video and song is straight fire! This summer my shoe game might just be looking like my boo game !
Enjoy this newness from this beauty!
…And just like the Jeannie from the tv show her “image” caters to the fantasy of the male wishes (and some females too lol) but seriously that is not any of her concern. The true business woman from Dayton Ohio is focused on the check daily and very little else in the way of drama or negativity. Her name is Jigi Deniro as in Spanish currency. Her movement you ask? Pretty Pesos. The rest is self explanatory.
These days everybody says they’re about the check, but what caught my attention was Jigi’s consistency. It’s one thing to constantly flood a social media timeline, but to do it in a versatile way that shows your skills, grind, hustle, and doesn’t bore the audience…now that’s saying something. For example, early risers can catch her on Wright State University’s Hip Hop WakeUp Radio on 106.9fm bringing sunshine to her loyal listeners and informing them on all the latest happenings with Ohio Hip Hop artists. You might also see her at a fund raising event empowering the youth to stay in school. And for the people involved in the night life, Jigi heavily promotes Plush Adult Night Life ENT.
Being that she was from Ohio, I wanted to do more than interview her, I wanted to be a part of the Jigi Deniro brand. So, I called her up one day and asked her if I could have the number to her manager and the information on who does all of her marketing and branding. She replied “You’re speaking to her. That would be me, me & me” LOL! I also asked her if she wouldn’t mind being a part of a worldwide organization that promotes a represents artist in every state (Fleet DJs). She said “Are you kidding me or what?…yeah I’m down.” After speaking with Aaron and presenting her artist press package, it was a go. Jigi became an official Fleet Artist.
But please don’t judge her by what you see on the surface. Jigi is from good stock and receives love and support from her parents and the rest of her family. I asked her if her folks were ever uncomfortable about her promoting adult entertainment (dem skrippers) and she stated “Of course, any parent wants to protect their child from the pitfalls of this world, but they know that Jigi is grown at the end of the day, that means Jigi got her own bills to pay.” …she adds “But I receive so much love and support from my family, my mother especially”
What most may not know, is that even though Jigi is from Ohio she developed her HU$TLE down south at good ol Tennessee State University. She says “Attending school down there really opened me up to diversity and life outside of my Ohio bubble. When you’ve got all that talent in one area from New York, Chicago Atlanta, and California, different personalities are going to influence creativity and you give some and you take some, but it’s all there to develop what you’re trying to become.” I want to give a shout out to my HBCU family because I still carry those connections to this day….
She’s very witty. I asked how she feels when she thinks people might think she’s doing too much…and already speaking in third person she responds…“Jigi got a whole lotta Plan A’s “ I bust out laughing. “No for real…All my Plan A’s bring in some sort of revenue or income stream for me”
She has a single out now entitled Y.E.S. being pushed by The Fleet DJ’s however, please go to her youtube channel and check out her other two hot songs “Lost Count” and “Lingo” ft D. Seanny
Be sure to follow her on all of the social media sites because her star is rising and she shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
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Photographer: J Da Photog
Makeup Artist: Zeta Banx
Hair Stylist: Zeta Banx
Wardrobe Stylist: Zeta Banx
Name: Zeta Banx
Born/Raised: Philly, PA
Social Media Links: Ig: @IAmZetaBanx SC: @ZetaBanx
Favorite Quote: Don’t just be grate, be grateful!
For those just seeing you for the first time. What can you tell us about yourself? I’m very friendly, like to have fun, and enjoy being wet.
What sets you apart from other models? I been modeling for over 17 years, from pageants to runway to commercial to urban n videos.
Sometimes modeling comes with a lot of baggage. Do you feel that you’ve been misperceived? No, I think I represent myself very well and I’m not interested in who thinks differently.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next 5 years? To have an accomplished business and working toward a family
Have you/or would you ever consider mixing business with pleasure? No
If you were looking for a relationship what type of person would spark your interest? I like a person with a great personality, beautiful teeth, good head on they shoulders and knows what they want.
What are the three most important things in your life? Family, Health and Work
If you could only choose one person, who is your inspiration and why? Marilyn Monroe, she G.O.A.T.
If you could change 3 things about yourself, what would it be? Nothing I love who I am and my growth.
What would you say is your best feature and why? My smile it shines even in the dark lol
What is playing in your (iPod, iPhone, Android, music device)/Favorite song (currently)? Post Malone Patient
How do you get into character for a photoshoot? I like to listen to music and think of if the camera was my man
What’s something that most people would be surprised to find out when they actually meet you? I’m short lol, it never fails.
Before we go do you have any last words? Thank you for letting me be apart of something great and thank you for everyone that supports me
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RJ: I wanted to empower those like me and I figured what better way to influence confidence than to do it with a brand of things I love and believe in. I wanted people to have a certain feeling when they got a package in the mail from my company. I wanted them to be like 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽”yasssss, it came”. I want people to wear my dresses when they expect to see that guy they like out, and it give them the feeling of things being in their favor. I want people to wear my lashes for their glamour shots And know they nailed every pose. I want people to buy my extensions when they want reliable hair because they KNOW I invested the time, money, and energy into knowing they have a premium product shopping with me,Queen of Blush wasn’t only meant to be Eyelashes, clothing, hair, etc. It’s meant to be a brand that exudes confidence, to help build it in fellow women who you may not know but is your sister with same struggle!
What better way to put things in perspective and out there so make sure you all go shop
Week 1 down.
51 weeks to go.
Last week we talked about a daily skincare routine, for men or women, that can benefit our skin during any season. Today I am here to touch on a step you can add to your weekly routine, between cleansing and toning. It is perfect for normal to dry skin types, yet anyone can benefit and below I will let you know how. The only skin type that should feel weary is acneic, but we will talk more in detail about that later down the line.
My favorite skin care products are the ones that you can create at home. They are cost efficient, usually quick to whip up, and although it may take longer, they can definitely treat your skin problems as well. In a nutshell, this scrub is great for exfoliation that won’t strip too many natural oils from your facial skin yet will still penetrate those pores that need a little deeper attention.
If all of this sounds like what you are looking for, or even if you decide you want to alter it to create your own scrub, continuing reading below to learn the recipe and benefits of this easy to create DIY sugar scrub!
Before going into the details of how to make this exfoliating Lavender scrub, let’s talk about what each individual ingredient is doing for your skin.
Fine White (organic) Sugar
I know what you are thinking, how could sugar, especially white sugar, be beneficial? Isn’t that something we are all supposed to run from? Well, if we are talking about nutrition, sure, run away, run far away! Yet, we aren’t we are talking about your skin and that is a completely different story.
Sugar is a natural humectant. If you don’t know what a humectant is, don’t worry, I didn’t either until I started school for Estiology, and that’s why I am here, at your disposal, to expand your knowledge about your own skin. Anyways, being a humectant is my favorite feature of sugar. It is what seals in the moisture and hydrates your skin. Meaning, it works hand in hand to lock in those nourishing ingredients you will find in the vitamin E, lavender, and coconut oil included in the recipe.
Another benefit of the sugar is pretty obvious, it’s an amazing exfoliator, but you probably already assumed that one. Being that it is a fine sugar (and hopefully organic. Hint, hint.) it will not be too harsh on your facial skin as opposed to a larger grain sized sugar like brown or sugar cane which can tare your skin up. Please make note of that when choosing what to use in what kind of products and only use larger grains for less sensitive areas like your hands or feet.
Acne scarring be gone! Thanks to the lavender oil in this scrub, it will help diminish hyperpigmentation caused by acne scars and even heal broken skin. Lavender not only accelerates healing but also fights bacteria and has anti-inflammatory properties. Along with those benefits, you will also find it naturally detoxes your skin, cleaning out your pores and penetrating past the surface to help bring out any underlying dead skin and dirt.
(Another tip, when purchasing essential oils, make sure they are 100% pure and therapeutic grade.)
First of all, I will be honest, the opinion on coconut oil and it’s compatibility with facial skin varies. Since the oil is comedogenic, which means it can clog your pores, some stray from using it. If you do have extremely clogged pores or highly oily skin, maybe this scrub is not for you. Yet, even if your skin is congested you could try it out to see how you like it. As long as you are cleansing before and making sure to wash it all off completely, you should be good to go!
As someone who has dealt with cystic acne before, I found that adding coconut oil to my skin routine helped clear up major breakouts. I added this oil to my scrub because not only will it moisturize, but it is also antibacterial, so it helps add a protective barrier against the funk our skin comes in contact with on a daily basis.
(If the thought of using coconut oil scares you off, substitute it will grapeseed or almond oil.)
Vitamin E Oil
Although this scrub is perfect for most skin types, anyone who has again concerns will love it! With the addition of Vitamin E oil, this scrub provides a defense against free radicals due to the oils antioxidant properties. Fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring will all diminish after adding this ingredient to your life, whether it’s by this scrub or just topical application.
Now that we have gone over what is inside this awesome moisturizing face scrub, check out the recipe below and get to scrubbing!!!
Rosemary Lavender Sugar Scrub
1/2 cup of sugar (fine, white, organic)
1/2 cup oil (coconut, almond, grapeseed)
1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
8-10 drops of lavender oil
1 pinch of dried rosemary (optional: I thought it was pretty)
If you guys try this scrub out or alter it to make your own recipe, comment below and let me know how it works out!!!
Hello you! First of all, I see that “New Year, New You” glow that you’re rocking! I can tell you must have left a whole lot behind in 2017: Your ex, your attitude, your old job that’s been getting under your skin for a while now. Yet, I think there is one more area in your life that needs some major attention, your SKINCARE!
Sure, most of you know to wash your face before bed, especially if you have on makeup. You might even use a good exfoliator here and there. But, let’s get real, you don’t really know the ends and outs of having naturally glowing skin that puts anyone to shame, and that is why I am here! Luckily for all you men out there who are looking to cuff a good looking, great cookin’ woman in 2018, you can use these steps too!
So keep reading to get your skin right before the new year flashes before your eyes and you are dealing with the same skin problems in 2019!!!
Step 1: Always Cleanse
If you’re reading this…. Go wash your face. Unless of course, you’re at work and just getting some in light reading. In that case, take a mental note: GO WASH YOUR FACE. This is the most simple yet commonly overlooked step to ensure your face is looking it’s absolute best. The saddest skin story ever told: “I went clubbing all night and woke up with my eyeshadow still in place.”
Ladies, Gents, a properly cleansed face is key to fix any skin problems you currently have and prevent more issues in the future. Like wrinkles, who wants those?
Some of you may be wondering, “Well Lo, what kind of cleanser is best for my skin type?” I am so glad you asked! You have come to the right place!
Best Kind Of Cleanser For Your Skin Type:
OILY: If you have oily skin, I am sure you already know to lean away from any kind of moisturizing products. Some hydrating products may clog pores that you can not afford to clog anymore, some may increase oil production and overall contribute to more breakouts than you already have the patience for. Not all moisturizing cleansers are built equal, but if you wanna play it safe, steer clear.
The best cleanser for your skin type will be of a gel or foam consistency. Those cleansers will be able to penetrate your pores, giving them a deep cleanse all the while removing excess oil, and if it is medicated, clearing up any existing breakouts you may have.
DRY: You dry? Then MOISTURIZE. Especially during this cold weather. Any sort of creamy face wash is going to help add the bit of hydration that your skin has been begging for.
If you deal with breakouts and have dry skin, still wash with a creamy cleanser, but make sure it is oil-free and add some tea tree oil to your blemishes after step 3 and before step 4. Tea tree will help kill the bacteria on your face without drying it out more like the average spot treatment.
COMBO/NORMAL: This is the easiest skin type to shop for. Don’t get anything too extreme like a deep hydrating cleanser or a harsh soap, but other than that, pretty much anything can be up for grabs. Try some out and pick whatever leaves your skin feeling hydrated, but not oily, and tightened, but not flakey.
Step 2: Prep Your Skin With A Toner
Raise your hand if you use a toner…..
Sadly enough, that’s what I thought.
This step may very well be the most neglected in all skin routines day or night and some of you may not even know what a toner is. That is okay though because mama Lo is here and I’m gonna give you all the details on why you should be using this product.
Toner is important for many reasons, but mainly, give your face that extra deep clean it really needs. Toners, which come in a variety, collect the dirt and debris left behind by the cleanser (and you would be surprised by how much is left after washing!)
Also known as hydrating lotions, toners can be used to help with acne as well. Witch Hazel, alcohol-free of course, is a great choice for toner if you are dealing with some pesky breakouts! But beware, do not overdo it. Witch Hazel can be drying and there is nothing worse than dry skin in the winter.
Step 3: Grab A Potent Serum
Dermatologists often swear by a good serum and some believe they lack importance. My opinion, if you can afford it, GO FOR IT, but don’t feel bad if you can’t.
Serums are great, especially when it comes to preventative uses. Serums are what prep your skin for whatever is coming next. They penetrate your skin with more potent ingredients than your usual moisturizer and work well in combat with aging skin. A.K.A. wrinkles watch out!
Right now, even at the young age of 24, I use an anti-aging serum. Why? It was on sale and I’d rather be safe than sorry. Serums can range between $10 for a cheap drugstore brand to in the hundreds. Quite honestly, depending on the product, it can reach over $2,000. So again, if you got it like that, grab a penetrating face serum!
Step 4: Dab! On An Eye Cream
Look at my dab! Look at my dab! With this cream around my eyes that is! Using eye cream is one of my favorite parts of my daily routine. Here is where we lose our tired eyes and look a couple years younger!
Using eye cream is simple and straight to the point. There are creams for different uses: fine lines, dark circles, puffiness. My personal favorite right now is good for all skin types. I ran across it in ULTA and I will post a pic below for reference.
Step 5: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
If this seems like a lot, the actual process takes less than 7 minutes and we have finally made it to the last step!
Dry, oily, combo, or normal, no matter what sort of skin type you have, you should moisturize. Now, that doesn’t mean if you are oily you should be using any old product, you still want to look for oil-free options if you are picking something creamy. Don’t cut out all oils though, some oils like tea tree or lavender essential oils or even Black Jamaican Castor oil can work to clear up current breakouts and help stop the overproduction of oil. Weird right, Oil fighting off oil? Well, it’s true and it works!
After moisturizing, the only thing you will have left to do is step out the house and slay your day because your face will be living it’s healthiest life.
Make sure to leave any questions in the comments below as someone else may be wondering the same!
I hope these 5 steps help you with your daily skin routine and pray your new year is filled with nothing but glowing skin, healthy hair, and white teeth!
Until next time!
I Had a chance to meet the wonderful Plus Size Model and creator, who goes by the name Bigsexz, omg she is killing the game. Bigsexz is not only beautiful but very down to earth, her brand is really on point. Couple weeks back she visited my hometown Chicago all the way from Detroit. She had a meet & greet @addictionsluxe 130 Madison St. Oak Park, Il after Bigsexz came in for an interview on Plus Size Pretty Radio which airs every Friday, from 8-10pm on www.que4.org Hosted By Nieisha Bibbs, life was spoke that night and I just know every woman should lend an ear and listen to what she has to say.
Kalif Johnson also was known as Bigsexz was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. BIGSEXZ4REAL earned the name Bigsexz because she is super curvy and always keeps it sexy. Bigsexz started her modeling career in 2015. Debuting in the “Ashley Stewart love your curves tour.” Following her runway experience, she went to do local Detroit fashion shows such as Walk, Dream, Curv Bella, and Stylez. Through these opportunities, she was endorsed to be the modeling face for Curv Bella then and Fashionn Junkiee.
A few months later, Bigsexz started two internet blog shows, “Statuesque” focusing on curvy girl conversation. and “Bigsexz from the D” where she interviewed local and visiting artist. But she didn’t stop there. She soon opened her photography company “Bigsexz Imagez” She wanted to learn both sides of the production not just the stage as a model but, behind the scenes. This leads her into her latest project the “Bigsexz from the D calendar” which showcases local designers and models. Then in 2017, she had the opportunity to be a judge in the ” Finding Ashley Stewart 2017 ” tour when Ashley Stewart came back to Detroit. Through her journey she charmed and encouraged the plus size community, to be beautiful and love yourself, no matter what point you are in your life or what size you are!
Go Check Her Website Click Here