Meet Passionista Phylicia Greene

Hello Passionista’s!

My name is Phylicia Greene and I am the content creator behind @Beyoutifulgreene on instagram, youtube, Facebook, and well as wordpress, which is my personal blog. I was born and raised in Miami FL, however, I just moved to Atlanta GA two months ago and I am mom to two beautiful girls. 

Writing has always been my passion. I even went to school for it. Although I never finished, starting a blog was just something that made sense to me. Writing about what I was passionate about that surprisingly everyone shared interest in which was motherhood and natural hair. After having my blog for sometime I decided to make a youtube page also dedicated to natural hair and motherhood and that has been my passion ever since. 

For as long as I can remember when I hit adulthood I could never keep a job, I always found myself hopping around because my passion just wasn’t there. So after having my second daughter, Summer, who was born prematurely my boyfriend and I decided that I should stay and work from home. So I took that opportunity to hit the ground running on my dream. I never returned back to the normal working world. I decided to put my all into what I love to do which was writing and making videos and it is with god’s blessing that I havent had to return back since. Now, I am a full time mompenure and with our current situation with COVID-19 I am a full time homeschooling mom and I love it. I am able to work my dream career as well as be with my kids full time, which can be exhausting and cause me to drink wine but the bonding experience is everything.!

Sometimes dropping everything and following your dreams can be scary, which can cause us to put it on hold or maybe not do it all but sometimes god throws you into the situation that causes you to just go for it because it is your time. I truly believe my daughter being born prematurely forced me to stay home in one spot to focus on what I truly love to do. If she wasn’t born prematurely I am positive after my 6 weeks maternity leave I would have just gone back to a job I hated. So follow your passion, the outcome will amaze you! 

You can follow my journey on all my platforms

 www.youtube.com/beyoutifulgreene 

www.instagram.com/beyoutifulgreene

www.beyoutifulgreene.wordpress.com

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Meet Passionista Shundra of Brown Mommy Diary

Hi Passionista!

My name is Shundra and I am the blogger of Brown Mommy Diary. Nearly a few days after I had delivered a healthy baby boy, I found myself wondering how I could encourage and provide insight through my journey. This sparked my interest in starting a blog, because motherhood is NOT easy! Brown Mommy Diary is a space for transparency through the challenges of motherhood, but it is also a space to learn how to be your best self through self-care, fashion, and so much more.

I have heard countless times that when you become parents that you have to put your life on hold. Motherhood does not have to halt your life and I am here to show you that motherhood can be fun and enjoyable while still “slayin’ for the gawds”.  

Yes, parenting is serious business, but a dose of fun makes everything worthwhile. This is why you will see my baby boy bouncing to the beat of music or a TikTok exposing my obsession of Target. I’m passionate about motherhood, but I’m also passionate about discovering my new self through this journey. I understand that motherhood is a lifestyle and it is my goal to make the transition of motherhood easier for others as they embark on this journey.

To learn more about Brown Mommy Diary, visit https://www.brownmommydiary.com/ . In addition, follow Brown Mommy Diary on Instagram (@brownmommydiary) and Facebook (Brown Mommy Diary).

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Meet Passionista Naturally Madisen

Hey Passionista’s!

My name is Madisen and I’m a Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger based in Charlotte, NC. I’m a proud dog mom and a full-time Content Creator. Growing up, writing was always a passion of mine. I enjoyed writing short stories and poems — my mind constantly had different ideas popping up and the best way for me to express those was through my writing.

Writing is therapeutic for me and I’m glad that I’ve been able to start my own blog, Naturally Madisen. I decided to start blogging when I transitioned to natural hair in 2018. I’ve always wanted my own website and played around with different ones in the past, however, I never kept up with them and ended up losing the motivation. I was determined to try again and document my journey for the world to see.

I love that I’ve been able to share my journey and educate women on how to care for natural hair. All of the nights I spent researching paid off! What started out as a hobby has now become a source of income for me. The fact that I can wake up every day and do something I’m passionate about is amazing. I hope my story encourages other women to just go for it. Don’t second guess yourself. You have something unique to offer and your experiences will resonate with someone.

As I continued to grow my blog and social media platforms, I expanded the purpose of my brand and started discussing clean beauty, skincare, and wellness. All of these topics tied in perfectly and I’m glad I incorporated other parts of my life into my content. I also share tips for upcoming Bloggers/Content Creators because I want to see everyone win. I was clueless at the beginning of my journey and wish I had some guidance. Now that I’ve gained more experience, I don’t mind sharing the strategies that have helped me build my brand.

My community, also known as Maddy Squad, has been supportive and if it wasn’t for them, I’m not sure where I’d be! I love knowing that my content is helpful, inspiring, and providing value for other women. At the end of the day, I want to help others, put a smile on their face, and show them anything is possible.

Make sure you check out my blog NaturallyMadisen.com and follow me on Instagram: @naturally_madisen to keep up with me!

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Spooky Season Activities

Hey Passionista!

My favorite time of year is slowly approaching. It first starts with Halloween. As a kid I wasn’t really into the whole dress up for Halloween thing. But over the last few years I have enjoyed dressing up with my friends and craving pumpkins.

I’m stuck between if I’m going to be a witch or little red riding hood for Halloween this year. While I’m still trying to figure out my costume idea, I decided to carving pumpkins and roast pumpkin seeds with my family.

Carving pumpkins with your family can be a really fun seasonal tradition. Last year I carved pumpkins with my friend. We made it into a Sip n’ Carve girl night. This year my brother and nephew joined me in pumpkin carving and seed roasting. We used a simple carving kit from Kroger to create our masterpieces.


Once we were done carving our pumpkins, I lit a small candle in each of them and sat them out on the front porch for display. Which is your favorite: The Cat or The Spider?

There’s nothing better than pumpkin bread or pumpkin seeds as the season starts to change. So I used the seeds from our craved pumpkins to roast for a snack after creating our spooky masterpieces. Here’s how I made my Cajun Spice Pumpkin seeds.

I’m still learning how to use TikTok so bare with my creativity. Before you go, what are you planning to be for Halloween?

Two Strand Twist with Mixed Chicks Styling Gel

Hey Passionista!

Y’all know my favorite go to protective style these days is a Twist set. I used to two strand twist my hair and let it air dry for a day then take it down for the curly look. But now, I just neatly twist my hair and wear the twist for a week or so as a protective style. Sometimes, I make the twist really small and other times I make them bigger. It’s truly a simple and easy way to keep my hair looking descent for days at a time when I don’t feel like touching my hair.

As a new ambassador for Mixed Chicks, I decided to try adding their Styling Gel to my twisting routine. My main goal is to make my twist look neat and last up to a week or until the next wash day. Normally, I don’t use gels in my hair ever… BUT this styling gel is fluffy and soft and adds texture to my curls. It’s really great for the ends of my twist to help seal the twist from coming undone over time.

Before you go, what products do you use when twisting your hair?

My Morning Routine

Hey Passionista!

What does your morning routine consist of?

The chapters of my morning routine:

7:30 AM Wake Up + Get Dressed for Work Out

8:00 AM Walk 1 Mile

9:00 AM Eat Breakfast + Drink Tea

9:30 AM Make Bed + Shower + Get Dressed Day

10:00 AM Start Work

Interested on what I used on my skin in this video:

Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Toner

O’lay Cleansing Cloths

Biossance Repair Cream

Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Face Mist

Before you go, let me know how you liked this video and share with me other videos you would like to see!!!!

Work spaces and Creative spaces

Hey Passionista!

I don’t know about you but I’m sick of working from home- in my home. Let me explain!

I have been full time entrepreneur, running a business from the comfort of my home for over a year now. As a creative entrepreneur my work allows me to be out of the house for most of my projects. Pre-pandemic a typical day for me was working a few hours at a coffee shop, on-site meeting with clients, running errands and shopping for events. Since March I’ve mostly been in the house. At first it was cool then Summer came around and things start to feel different for me. I just want to go to my favorite coffee shop, pick a nice spot by the window and bust out some work for a couple of hours of my day. Now I’m having to be extremely creative about how and where I work.

Since outside has opened back up a little bit, I now get the opportunity to take onsite meetings again. But my admin day to day tasks are still being done from my home. It’s annoying sitting the house all day- in the same spot. So this week I tried to get a little creative with my work space for a day. I decided to work outside at the Botanical Gardens (in Athens, GA). I took my notebook, laptop and book to the garden to quietly get some work done and soak up the cool breeze and sunlight. Now I’m not normally a outdoor person but it felt good to work outside for a few hours.

I even had time sit on a bench a read a few pages from the book HER by Pierre Jeanty.

Now I’m on a quest to find even more creative spaces that will get me out of the house to do some work. Hopefully this seasonal weather will allow me to explore more outdoor places.

Before you go, share with me other outdoor places you go to work, relax, or read a book.

Trashy Talk: My Final Impressions

Hey Passionista Hey!

I think June was the last edition of my “Trashy Talk” sessions, so I’ve been collecting empty products to share with y’all. You know the drill, go ahead and grab some snacks and a glass of wine to read this post. It’s gonna be a long one … Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready!

Like always, I will only be hyperlinking the brands or products that were previously sponsored. I’m not giving no free promo over her. So if you see a product that is linked, click it just because you love and support me. 

Let’s start with the Home Decor and Candles ….

My Home Decor Diffuser from Kroger finally gave out on me. I think I’ve had this thing for about 2 years. I found it on sale at Kroger for less than$15 (I think). I really wish I could find this same one again. I’ve looked everywhere, even Amazon doesn’t have it. I loved the way it diffused my oils and filled my room with greatness. Not to mention is it super cute and goes with the decor my living room. It has a light feature, so at night then I am winding down it also served as a lamp for me.

The White Barn Mahogany Teakwood High Intensity scented candle is one of my favorite candles to collect from Bath and Body Works. I love the intense scent of rich mahogany and dark oak with a hint of lavender. I normally stock up on these candles during the $8 candle sale annually. I think I purchased like 4 of these during the last sale. This was the last of my stash, so I’ll be in line to get more of my Mahogany Teakwood come this year’s sale.

The White Barn Fresh Cut Lilacs scented candle is a new scent for me. I’m more of a must and natural oak type girl, but the soft spring airy scent was not too bad. I enjoyed burning it. It made a great addition to my shower routine. But I don’t know if I will be repurchasing this candle scent.

Now this Candle- Lite Company Vetiver Oakmoss scented candle is another Kroger sale find. It was less than $5 and it’s true what they say, you get what you pay for. This candle doesn’t have a strong scent. You can barely smell it when you enter the room. Do not recommend!!!

Let’s keep those hands washed ….

I got the Pure Haven’s Body sugared pink grapefruit moisturizing hand soap in a Instagram giveaway. This product is 100% free of toxins and super hydrating to the skin. You know often times washing your hands dry your skin out and leaves you needing lotion after every wash. I’m normally not a fan of grapefruit scented products, but this pink grapefruit coconut scent was very light and pleasant. Now that I have experienced Pure Haven products, I think I might purchase more of their products for my self care pleasure.

I fill my diffuser with Ambi Escents Balancing Essential Oil mixed with a mint based oil. I also like to put a drop inside my face mask to help with easy breathing while out and about wearing a mask. These essential oils are great for diffusers and adding to your natural cleaning products. I’ve repurchased this particular brand several times, after finding it in Kroger. I was able to repurchase it from Amazon.

It’s all about clear skin and clean beauty ….

Now if you’ve been following my content for a while, you know I love Formula 10.0.6 products. I’ve been using the One Smooth Operator Pore Clearing Face Scrub from Ulta Beauty at least once a week or every other week for about 2 years now. The scrub is very gentle and leaves my skin feeling smoother and gets rid of dead skin. I really feel the impurities bring drain out of my skin with the oatmeal and zinc. I don’t have oily skin but this formula still leaves my skin feeling and looking good, yet shine free. I follow up with moisturizer after using this face scrub to rehydrate my skin. For only $6.99 I like to keep one on deck for when I run out.

For someone who doesn’t get much sleep, yet needs to stay camera ready the iwi fresh Cucumber to the Rescue eye cream is a award winning product for me. I love that product is 100% natural and made with fresh cucumbers. Just a few dots of product under each eye every morning really hydrates the skin and give you a awaken look that will last all day. I received this product in a PR package but for $22.50 I really need to re-purchase this product to keep it in my daily skincare routine.

I didn’t know that carrots has so many skincare benefits, this iwi fresh 14 Carrot Glow face cream really helps to nourish the skin from within if used twice a day like the directions say. I received this product in a PR package but for $35.50 I have already repurchase this product and continue to use it daily. I’m not going to lie, I do not use it twice a day but it is a part of my daily skincare routine and I feel the difference from using this product vs. other products.

The iwi fresh Squash it Out cleanser gets a 10 out of 10 from me. When you want to revitalize dull, tired skin add some squash to your skincare routine. I can’t explain how, but this cleanser has really helped keep my skin looking and feeling it’s best even when I didn’t feel my best on the inside.

Sweet Potato are my favorite vegetable, so why not put it on your skin. iwi fresh Sweet Potato Skin Tone face serum has the power to really soften and nourish the skin. I apply just a few drop all over my face after washing my face daily. Not only does it feel amazing, it leaves my skin looking amazing and hydrated throughout the day. I received this product in a PR package and it was 1 of 3 different serum in a pack. Now that I have used this one up I am currently using another oil from the 3 pack. I would highly recommend using these serum on a daily basis. I plan to purchase this on my own.

Y’all know I am a big fan of toners. I use them daily. The iwi fresh Lettuce-Face-It face toner is a special delight, I like that the product comes packaged in a spray bottle. I just this toner several times a day to improve the moisture levels of my skin when needed. I’m not sure if it makes any difference but I definitely used this toner for more than just my face. After coming in from outside on a hot summer day, a cool few sprays of this toner all over my skin feels like paradise.

***All iwi fresh products are made with fresh vegetables and herb. They are a sustainable company, so they offer a discount to all customers who bring back their product jars to replenish products.

I received the Ultra Beauty Full Coverage Concealer in a Influenster VoxBox for a campaign. I’m no makeup guru or anything but I like how easy it was to use this product. I don’t really know how to contour my face. But I am good for a good under eye highlight. I used the color Deep Warm to highlight my under eye area when doing my make up for shooting content. Filming and content days are about the only days I wear makeup. I think this product lasted for about 6 to 9 months, I might have used it once a week on average. I love how creamy it is and easy to blend with or without foundation. Often times when my skin is clear and flourishing I don’t wear foundation, I just highlight under the eyes and add everything else for the look I’m going for. Ultra Beauty will has a great brand of products. I could see myself purchasing this product on my next trip to Ulta.

My newest favorite gloss is Fenty Beauty Glow Gloss Bomb. I think I have shared with y’all before in a empties. Because this is definitely now my first gloss from Fenty Beauty. And you all ready know I have repurchased it. I can’t go with out my Fenty Beauty gloss. I love how long lasting that gloss is. It’s super rich and leaves my lips looking sooooooooo kissable. For Fall I am trying the Hot Chocolit flavor.

Now, girls I have some “that time on the month” favorites ….

There is nothing that I don’t like about The Honey Pot Herbal Infused Pantyliners. They have this mint cooling sensation that makes the experience of wearing them daily feel good. I love that they are 100% plant based with no chlorine, pesticides, and fragrances. I even enjoy the calming lavender and nothing aloe that infused into the liners. If you have not tried The Honey Pot products I highly recommend you experience them.

I prefer tampons over pads, but pads are good to wear at night. I have added The Honey Pot Herbal Infused Pads with wings to my period must haves because they are 100% plant based and infused with mint, lavender and aloe. The experience of wearing them is truly something I had never felt before yet enjoyable. I would say they are not sticky enough for me. Sometime I experience them shifting in my underwear when doing daily actives. I would recommend these pads as a overnight solution when on your period.

I absolutely hate using baby wipes “down there”. Baby wipes are just no absorbent and shouldn’t be flushed- so that doesn’t work for my needs. But I discovered the biodegradable wipes in target, Goodwives Down There Wipes with Rose Water and they do a great good getting the job done of keeping these clean “down there” lol. I love that they offer a individually wrapped packets. Each wipe is moist and large enough to use only one each visit to the restroom. I put them in my car, my purse and in my travel bag. So you already know I have several of these boxes on standby.

Y’all know I stay with the hair products ….

Honestly I don’t know what this iwi fresh Lavender Throwback Curls is made of but I love it. I mainly used the gel formula as a curl cream for my twists and twist out styles. When I tell you this product never fails with giving me juicy twist and curls. I love how fluffy and whipped the gel feels. It even really smells like Lavender.

I received Moisture Love’s Deep Indulgence Replenishing Conditioner in a PR package months ago, it came with the whole product line. I used all the product maybe 3 or 4 times before I ran out of the conditioner. The hair washing experience with Moisture Love is very gentle and soft. After the first time using the product I couldn’t believe how soft and moisturized my curls felt with no product in it (after washing and deep conditioning). I am a naturalist that like to use the matching shampoo and conditioner when washing my hair and the same line of style products when styling my hair. So, It sucks that I ran out of conditioner before I ran out of shampoo and styling products. Because now I’m less likely to finish using the other products. I wish this conditioner was offer in a bigger size than the 8oz bottle so that it would last longer.

I was selected for a Tik Tok campaign when I was sent Originals Africa’s Best Coconut Creme Leave in Conditioner and Coconut Creme Restorative Conditioner. After using these product once I feel in love with them. They left my hair feeling like baby hair soft. I couldn’t keep my hand out go my hair. I think I got about 4 to 5 usages out of each on of the products. I wish I had the shampoo to go along with the duo. But the next time I’m in need of conditioner and leave in and have to buy some, I could see myself purchasing these products. If you have dry and ruff curls with lots of tangles, I highly suggest these products to her soften your curls.

Before you go, share with me if you have ever tried any of these products I reviewed today, and what was your experience with them.

XOXO

Falling in love with Fall

Hey Passionista!

Fall is here!!!! This is my favorite time of year. I cannot wait to pull out my cardigans, wraps, and boots. I personally think that my fall wardrobe is AMAZING and comfortable.

Fall has always felt so good and so full of love. It’s not too hot yet not too cold. There so many seasonal things to do and enjoy with your loved ones. Don’t get wrong the rest of the year is lit too, but FALL is my season.

As I was preparing this blog I took a scroll down memory lane of my Pinterest boards and my personal stash of photos I’ve never posted. I smiled as I thought about the time I randomly called up my girls to meet me at Piedmont park for a lunch and THEY came. I was crying laughing thinking about the time I got my friends to go to Southern Bell farm for a campfire, I can’t explain how unexpected the chain of events from that day turned out to be. I have soooooo many cabin pictures because both my family and friends loves to take a good cabin trip to the mountains to get away and have some quality time.

This year I’m not letting this pandemic ruin my favorite season. I’m just going to find ways to work with this pandemic to safely enjoy all the wonderful things about fall and the traditional activities I enjoy.

Although I’m crafty all the time. I find myself creating some really stuff during this time. Like this table latern I made of out items found that the dollar tree.

But my favorite thing to do during this season is plan family photoshoot with my family. It feels good to look back over the years and see how much my family has changed. GROWTH is real, y’all !

Happy Fall!!!!

Before you go, tell em you favorite thing to do in fall?

Dismiss the discomfort of your period!

Hey Passionista!

I’m all about good vaginal health and finding comfort during that time of the month. A few years ago, I stopped buying Always and Kotex products because of the unreported harmful ingredients in their products. I started using organic (100% cotton) pads and tampons. My current favorite brand of pads, tampons and liners is The Honey Pot. But I was recently introduced to a new brand that helps relieve the discomfort of your period.

NannoPad has nannogenic technology infused in their pads and tampons. Now when I first read this on the packaging of the product, my first thought was “why does a pad need technology?” But I think that’s just a fancy word that a group of marketing folks thought would help sell the product. But from my understand the all natural nannogenic “technology” is infused into the pads to improve blood circulation and thus, helps in relieving menstrual discomfort. Luckily, I don’t cramp much during my time of the month. I mostly cramp or feel discomfort on the first day of my period or when I’ve gone long periods of time without eating.

I tried the NannoPad pads and liners for about an month. I would say the experience was good. Nothing out of the norm happened. I didn’t experience any cramping while wearing them either. I like that the pads are ultra absorbent because I did notice a slightly heavier flow than I’m used to, but I figured that was from the blood circulation benefits of these pads.

NannoPad is the first innovative menstrual pads developed to help relieve menstrual discomfort naturally with no drugs or medications! It is made with certified organic cotton, as thin as a nickel with up to 180ml absorbency.

These pads are ultra absorbent , extra breathable, super thin, controls odor, relives discomfort, and are free from chemical, dyes, and fragrance.

If you looking for a product that helps relieve the discomfort of your period without taking any drug or meditation, I recommend you try the multipack, which contains 18 pantyliners, 12 regular pads, and 6 super pads.

I received this product complimentary in exchange for my honest review. Thank you NannoCare for allowing my the opportunity to experience this all natural remedy.