Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Besties!

358935F8-33B3-43A5-90B2-F5CAAD5745B5Hi there!!! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I thought I’d put together a Gift Guide for the besties! If you have a few awesome women in your life who you consider your “soulmate” (remember Samantha said that off Sex and the City?), I’m sure you’re shopping for the perfect gift. I thought I’d make this as simple as possible, also fun! My girls are the ultimate girly girls, (even my best friend who thinks she’s a tomboy, likes girly things),  so I’m sure that they would love anything on this list.  If your girls or anything like mine then earrings, make up and champagne will be a hit!

1. Kate Spade Princess Cut Studs: Subtle, yet gorgeous earrings. You can’t go wrong with earrings

2. Myelik Teele Limitless Journal: If you are a woman of color and you don’t know who Myleik Teele is, GET. YOUR. LIFE! An entrepreneur, and an avid book reader, she gives us aspiring entrepreneurs insight on the “life”. She comes out with a journal every year and inside her journal are several pages of encouragement. This journal would be great to write some real magic.

3. Fenty Beauty. The hottest makeup brand in the game right now and there’s something for everyone. Whether it’s the Killawatt highlighters or the Stunna Lip Paint, get it for your sis!

4. Mielle Organics: Majority of my girls are natural hair curly girls and beauty products can get expensive. This brand has high reviews for moisture retention and keeping the curls soft and moisturized during the cold weather is major key.

5. Alex and Ani Bracelets: These are the cutest bracelets and I like to think these are grown up friendship bracelets. They’re inexpensive and collectible.

6. Burberry Blush Perfume: My sister in law, LOVES all things designer just like me, and we are now adding designer fragrances unto our beauty arsenal now that we’re grown and can afford them. This perfume is very light and soft and very lingering and one of the best scents I’ve come across in a while.

7. Msoët and Chandon Champagne and the Kate Spade Ingram Way Wine Glass:  A nice bottle of Champagne and beautiful  wine glass would be perfect in my book. What girl wouldn’t?

8. Lush Valentine’s Day Set: I have a soft spot for bath bombs and I love to take baths with them and Lush products are organic and animal cruelty free. The scents linger and they make great decor pieces in an apothecary jar. I myself can’t wait to try these!

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February Goals

I decided that January is a free trial month and February 1st starts my new year.” 

Lol! I think everyone feels this way. Now that January is out of the way, and we have 6 more weeks of winter, it’s time to get down to business. I’m looking forward to spring and all things floral and pastels, including the all white mani/pedi. For me, January was a tough month for me because I’m between setting all my goals, reflecting on old goals, focusing on what I need to work on, do new budgets, etc. When Charlotte got snow, it threw me off because I endured a few lazy snow days. A week later, I got sick. 😷 That really threw me off. Although I was thrown off, I managed to get a few things off the ground! It helps to break down major goals into “sub-goals” to help make them manageable.

  • No spend February 
  • Gym 3x a week
  • Start spring cleaning 
  • upgrade blog site
  • DO.NOT.GET. SICK.
  • Start crafting for a project
  • start a natural Hair health and growth challenge
  • Date Night with Hunbun
  • See BLACK PANTHER
  • Read at least 2 books

Stay tuneed for my updates at the end of the month to see if I accomplish them all on my Instagram here!

What’s on your to-do list this month?

My Favorite Affordable Face Masks

 

There’s nothing like a great face mask to complete a pampering facial session. Why is it when we think we’re having a bad skin day, or we feel like our skin is not up to our expectations, that if we use a face mask, everything is right in the world? You know, I have no idea how, but it does every time!

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There’s just something about laying in bed or on the couch, relaxing and enjoying the tingling sensation on your face, reaping the benefits from a mask. A simple, piece of moist paper with many vitamins, minerals, and products working to give your skin a pick me up.

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Make sure your face is clean!

When I use a mask, I love how my skins just glows and radiates after 20 minutes. I wanted to share a few of my favorite affordable masks that helps my skin beam, ready for the day ahead.

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It’s okay if your shirt is dirty😝

I saw this mask from Neutrogena and I was immediately drawn to the gel mask with tha seaweed extract. The gel side will penetrate your skin and it feels like you’re getting a facial. After the contents are well within your skin, the outside part of the mask dries. This mask also covers your eyes too. 

When it comes to skincare, the products can get very expensive, but that’s not to say we should be lazy in caring for our skin. Sometimes, we just can’t afford the luxury items…yet. In the meantime, I found some great masks that does just the trick to giving me beautiful, glowing skin.

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When I traveled to Philly a few weeks ago, I wanted to try something new, just because I knew my skin was going to act funny in super cold weather. And what do ya know? My skin was so dry and brittle and that was new for me since I have super oily skin.

Sidenote: I learned the reason why my skin was so oily; it was because I wasn’t taking care of my skin properly, not to mention I wasn’t using moisturizer. Sad. Thank God for growth.

Our first night at Philly, it was around 27 degrees and snowing and I think I felt my skin cracked (ha!). I tried the Rose Face Mask, and for something so inexpensive, it really put some life back into my face. When I rub the excess into my skin, after it dried, my skin flourished. The next morning, it was still soft!  I dabbed into the eye masks as well every time my under eyes are puffy, and I am excited to try the gloves. Although $6/mask is quite pricey, I think they’re worth it. Plus, they don’t test on animals.

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Tony Moly Sheet Mask

I’ve talked about these masks in a Favorites Post several months ago, and I still love them today. Apparently Korean skin care is where its at these days, and who could blame the Koreans? Their skin is flawless. I tried several of these sheet masks over the summer , and these masks helped me with a few skin issues I had such as redness, and crazy pores around my nose. It tamed my oiliness, reduced pimples (unless the time of the month came), and the excess essence from the mask helps with moisturizing my skin.  I also started using these masks every two days or so just to see how my skin would act. Less redness and soft shiny skin. Even my makeup looks better on me now. Although they are close to $4/each at Ulta.com, I stumbled upon SamsBeauty.com looking for hair accessories when I found them for $1! You can find them here.

what are some of your favorite masks?

 

 

My 2018 Goals.

Hello! Happy New Year! I hope you are off to a great start to the new year so far. If you aren’t, don’t sweat it. But get on the ball. I’m always excited when the new year comes because it’s a fresh start. It really bugs me to see people on social media always speak so negatively about people using the new year to do new things. In my opinion, some people need that push and excitement to start their goals. For example, getting healthy and going to the gym. I saw someone speak so horrible about people about going in the gym and then after a couple of weeks, they stop. Well, I wonder if they ever stop to think why that person stopped? Maybe they didn’t have the motivation or SUPPORT they needed. So if you see someone wanting to make changes with their body, HELP them. Be their accountability partner. Support and uplift them. Everyone needs support. Stop saying that crap.

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Before you can work towards any goal, you have to be your best self. Around my birthday, I reflect on the year, go back to old journal entries, to see how I reacted to life treating me. I look at old journal entries, and I write down all the things that I can work on within myself and things I can do differently. You know what, it was a slap in the face from me to me. And I really needed it. It lead me to sharing a few tips on how to be my best self this year and you can read here.

So I decided to share a few goals that I NEED to accomplish this year. My word for this year is COMMITTMENT. Although I won’t share everything with you (gotta keeps some things to myself), I wanted to share some goals that I can write down and check off throughout the year.

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  • Learn to swim– yes, I’m a grown woman, and I can’t swim. Look, it wasn’t on my parents to-do list when I was younger and although I took lessons in college, I didn’t keep up with it. I’m learning swimming is equivalent to breathing (lol!) so this year, at my nearest YMCA, I am taking lessons.
  • Network/Attend More Blogging Events- I’m a nervous wreck and a serious closet introvert, lol. Is that even a thing? Okay, so you know how you feel like you are desperate to socialize and get out to meet people, and when you do, you’re like….naw, I’m good. That’s me! My fiancé thinks I’m faking because when we’re out with people, I’m a social butterfly. My goal is to attend 3 blogging events this year and network with people.
  • Read More– I just finished watching the entire series of Sex and the City and I am fried from watching TV. Reading is fundamental! It also stimulates the brain. I did okay last year with reading but I want to take it up a notch. There’s nothing like getting lost in someone else’s story. My goal is to review every book I read this year.
  • Travel More– Traveling is something I want to do more this year, especially with Benjamin. We have the best time together and he tolerates my shopping (well, almost!). When we wrote our goals for this year, we learned that a lot of travel is included and we’re super excited.
  • Start that business girl!-I don’t know how many “faux business plans” I wrote this year, but I wrote some interesting things. After several nights of researching and scoping out competitors and looking at the market, I’m ready to bring one of them to life.
  • Learn to sew– I’ve had a sewing machine in my Amazon cart for over a month now, and I’m going to get it. My sister-in-law and cousin encouraged me to do it so I’m gonna! When I’m shopping for certain things, I can never find exactly what I want because they are either too expensive, too small or sold out.
  • Invest more with CurlswithStyle– In 2017, I decided to put a little effort into my blog and I was able to land a sponsored blog post (how cool!) and I met some cool people. I’ve seen what consistency and dedication can do in ONE YEAR, so this year, I’m taking a huge leap of faith to do more. I’m investing in better equipment, more time to produce amazing content and hiring a photographer (I’ll still have Benjamin though).

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what are your goals?

5 Ways to Be Your Best Self This Year!

Happy new year! Don’t you just love the smell of the new year? The excitement that you can start over, or make drastic improvements or even do something new? Well, I do. The new year just does something to me. It’s your time to carve out how you want the year to turn out. Now, granted, things won’t happen the way we want all the time, but what if our actions could help? After all, faith without works is dead. I know I’m not the only person that has a list of resolutions or goals that I want to accomplish in the new year, so if you do, keep that list. If you don’t, get one. Instead of focusing on the list and exhausting yourself, I came up with five things you can do to be your best self this year! When you are your best self, accomplishing your goals will be more manageable.

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Keep people out of your business.

This is pretty self explanatory. Not everyone deserves a front row seat in your life regardless if they’re friends or family. Even those closest to you can disrupt your blessings. You ever wonder when you mention something exciting to a friend or family member and they immediately start to speak the negatives? “ I just want you to be aware”, or “ I just want your best interest,”. You start to hear the things that will discourage you from doing the thing you’re excited about. Those people don’t need to know a single thing.

 

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Protect your peace.

Let me tell you! I wish I took this advice in 2017! Trust me when I say, your sanity is very important. Don’t let anyone try to force their differences on you or try to make you do something you don’t want to do. If they’re upset or pissed at you, oh well, they’ll get over it. I decided to tune people and their crap out and they were upset. Somehow, I was the bad person. And you know what? They will be okay. You weren’t put on this earth to make EVERYBODY happy.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. 

People will always have something to say about you, don’t forget that. I say this because their opinions don’t matter. Your own opinions about you matter, so don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re doing the best you can. When you become too hard on yourself, you discourage yourself and then you start to feel sorry for yourself. Then you start to talk yourself out of the goals you want to acheive. Benjamin watched me do this to myself and hes’s had to shake me out of it. All because i was too hard on myself. So, relax!

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Make sure to reflect on 2017.

Write about the things that happened to you, good and bad this year. What did you mess up on? Make a plan on how to make things better. One of my biggest issues I did was let everyone’s opinion get the best of me. “oh I think you should….you need to do this….” All year. It drove me crazy. So I started blocking that out and I will definitely be continuing it. Try it. Trust me, you will have less headaches.

Keep God first.

With God, all things are possible. Enough said!