Blogmas Day 11| Christmas Music All Year

Hello Passionista!

I have a confession, I listen to Christmas music all year long. Like come on, who has time to delete Christmas songs from their playlist after Christmas time. So when it come on during a shuffle I let it ride. And don’t let me. Be in the care by myself, I’m going to have a full concert for the seatbelts. 😂

Check out my Apple playlist:

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/passionista-christmas-2020/pl.u-e98llGphZoJ2Xy

Tell me, what’s your favorite Christmas song?

Blogmas Day 10| Do you trash your expired beauty products?

Hello Passionista!

Okay, Beauties! We have to talk about expired beauty products. If I’m being honest I just started paying attention the expiration icon on my beauty products, meaning skincare and makeup.

Have you ever since this icon on your beauty products before?

This icon meaning that your product is good for 12 months. Depending on the product the icon may read 6M, 12M, 18M,or 14M. Most cosmetic products should have a shelf life of at least 2 years before its considered no longer any good to use. Only products with active ingredients like acne meds in it have expiration dates with a specific date on it.

A few days ago I went through all of my products to check the expiration dates and this is what I have to get rid of.

I was slightly sad about the eye shadow palettes because as you can see from the picture I barely used them. I was really upset about my skincare products because I WANT THEM.

Here’s my issue? If I purchase a product in May for example and the label has a 12 month icon on it how am I suppose to keep up with the date for when I should throw the product out. Also, if I’m purchasing a product in May, how am I suppose to know how long that product has been on the shelf or in warehouse storage since manufacturing. THIS ICON IS ACTUALLY POINTLESS. It’s not telling me anything.

Here’s my dilemma? Some skincare products will start to look or feel different once the expiration date has passed. This may cause break outs on your skin, and no one wants breakout. Picture below is what the expired product from my collection looks like months after the advertised expiration date. None of the formula look watery or like they have started separating the oils from the soild ingredients, which is a good thing. But I still decided to trash them anyways.

As a beauty influencer, I have a lot of beauty products. I may use a product for a month or 2 then I’m on to trying something else for content purposes. So it rare that I finish an entire bottle of something before the expiration date. Should companies produce smaller packaging sizes? I would appreciate smaller packaging that I know I will use entirely rather than wasting perfect good product.

Let’s discuss… Tell me

Do you pay attention to the expiration date on beauty products?

Do you use your products completely or do they go to waste?

Have you experienced a break out due to a product being old?

Blogmas Day 9 | 5 Places to work and chill in Atlanta

Happy Blogmas, Passionista!

I live in Atlanta, GA where there are so many cool places to hang out and explore. As a business-women and blogger bae, I find that I am more productive when I go out to a coffee shop or lounge to get some “real” work done.

Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite places to go to work, chill and enjoy peace.

Starbucks

There’s a Starbucks on just about every corner in the city. I’m lucky enough to live across the street from one. When I want to have a workday or a quick meeting I go to Starbucks. I can knock out a lot of work at Starbucks rather than sitting on my sofa getting distracted by everything in my apartment.

The Dancing Goat

Picture from Pinterest

This cute coffee shop is a new one I recently discovered. It’s a great place to have a work date with your favorite Boss Bae. There are 2 locations in Atlanta, one in Buckhead and another near Ponce City Market. The Ponce location is my favorite (pictured) they have an outside seating area with swings. I have literally sat in the place for 6 hours straight planning content and working on my weekly to-do list.

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market is such a beautiful place with so much to do. You can eat, shop, network, and work. The second level of the building has cafe seating, perfect for you to disconnect from the madness and answer a few emails. I actually did my very first branded blog photoshoot at Ponce City Market this summer.

Piedmont Park & Morgan Falls Park

I find the park to be the best place to go to destress, clear your head, and think of new creative ideas. As much as I love a picnic in the park, I enjoy just sitting in the park with a notepad and pen to just write. Journal my thoughts and feelings or jot down the many ideas running through my head. I’ve found it to be the best way to spend some quality alone time.

Whole Foods

Just like Starbucks, Whole Foods is a great place to dine and work. Atlanta has a new Whole Foods location that has a rooftop. The rooftop is equipt with games, a concession stand, and dining tables. This is the perfect place to have a small group meeting to grab some food while getting some work done on a beautiful rooftop.

TELL ME, where do you go to get work done or just relax?

@thepassionista__

Blogmas Day 8 | 2019 Favorite Podcast

Hello Passionista!

It’s no secret that I love podcasts. I listen to podcasts more than music now. I used to have the perfect schedule of podcasts. I literally had a different podcast of new episodes for everyday of the week (Monday- Friday). But “The Read” switched up days on me and I stopped listening to “Sword & Scales” so no my podcast schedule is all over the place right now.

I listen to podcast on the iPhone podcast app, its free and great quality. But if you don’t have a iPhone you can tune in via Sound Cloud, Pandora, and Stitcher.

Podcasts I MUST listen to weekly…

The Read

The Breakfast Club

WHOREible Decisions

Women Evolve

Deadass with Devalue and Khadeen

Podcasts I listen to based off the topic for the week…

Lip Service

Hood x Holistic

Fck Work But Ima Go

Mediocre to Masterful

Small Doses with Amanda Seales

Podcasts I listen to every now and then…

Jada and XD

Jesus and Jollof

Newly subscribed to…

The Boss Print

Tell me, How often do you listen to podcasts? And what’s your favorite Podcast?

Blogmas Day 6 | Equipment I Use To Blog

Hello Passionista!

Blogging takes a lot of work. When you are a 1 women show you need equipment and tools to help make the process easier. Over the years, I have tried many different things, but I feel like I’m at a great space of creative resources now. If this world was mine and I had my way, I would have a photographer and videographer do all my images, videos, and editing. But, until I make it big and have the budget to have a fully staffed tech team for my blog and brand I do it all \AZmyself.

The main equipment I used for creating images for a blog or social media post is a tripod and ring light. I have 3 different types of tripods, they all work just about the same. I’ve just collected multiples over the years.

50 Inch Aluminum Tripod

12 Inch Flexible Tripod

50 Inch Universal Tripod

I use the 12 inch flexible tripod for hand held projects or when I’m sitting at my desk vlogging or taking pictures. Most of time I use the universal tripod for indoor and outdoor timers. These tripods make it easy to take pictures and video on your phone. I use the timer on the photo app or sometimes a bluetooth clicker.

The newest tool I’ve added to my inventory is a ring light. I was looking for a low cost solution, so I purchased this one from Facebook market for $15.00. It works perfect and has improved the quality of my photos.

Some of my digital resources are Canva, Abode Lightroom, Mojo, and Hootsuite. If you are thinking about starting a blog but concern about how you would do it. My advice to you is to just start. There are so many free tools and resources write at your fingertips with your smartphone. I have been blogging for 4 years and use my iPhone to take all pictures and record video. One day I’ll be able to add a professional camera to my inventory. But until then my iPhone 8 Plus is working perfectly. (Maybe Santa will bring me a iPhone 11 Pro, lol ).

To all my fellow blogger, TELL ME: What equipment and resources are you using to create content?

Blogmas Day 5 | Winter Bucket List

Hello Passionista!

It is day 5 of blogmas!!!! Ya girl is still hanging in there and still ahead of the game.

A lot of the content I have prepared and created for blogmas is a repeat of the topics I’ve blogged about in past blogmas posts. But I noticed that I haven’t made a holiday or winter bucket list since 2016. So here is my winter bucket list:

This year I decided to keep my list short and sweet, because I have plans to do every single thing on this list. Since winter is my favorite time of year, there are lots of activities that I want to do with my family and friends. I’m like the lifestyle coordinator. So I’ll make a plan and let everyone know the plan and have some fun. Most of the time my family and friends are down for my little creative plans, it makes for the best quality time.

What I’m looking forward to the most is a movie day in PJs. I want to lay in bed with snacks and hot coco all day and do nothing but watch all the movies I’ve added to my Amazon Prime watch list. What’s on your winter bucket list?

Blogmas Day 4 | Gift Guide

Hello Passionistas!

The holidays are my favorite time of year to shop for the people in my life I love the most. Although, there are so many department stores that I have been custom to shopping at I now like to support black owned businesses. As a fellow entrepreneur I find it important to support small businesses. I’ve put together a small gift guide of suggestions for gifts for your loved ones.

Make It Classy delivers plant-based ingredients and step-by-step instructions needed to craft your own chemical-free DIY beauty creations.It’s like a dinner kit, but for beauty. These kits make the perfect gift for that special lady in your life, your mother, or sisters and friends.

Holiday Offering (Sale, Bundle Deal or Gift Set) Dec. 9-19: Save 20% with code CHEER and receive a free lip balm gift with purchase at makeitclassydiy.com

Kaeess Nail Polish offers 10% off when subscribing to email list as well as free shipping for orders over $40. Orion Collection available for purchase at  www.kaeessnailpolish.com. These polishes are the prefect stocking stuffers for any lady of glamour in your life.

IWI Fresh Garden Day Spa not only offers farm to skin spa service, they offer raw skincare products as well. Products are made from fresh veggies and fruit locally sourced from the garden and perfectly blended by the owner, The Skincare Chef, herself. Products like body oil, body scrubs, and the 14 carrot glow face cream can be purchased at iwifresh.com. IWI Fresh products are perfect for the entire family.

This holiday season, Children’s book author Celina Monique is not only accepting donations for the R.O.Q. scholarship fund, she is also offering a Bundle Deal that offers BOTH children’s books (signed) for ONLY $30 (plus shipping). In addition, the first 5 orders will receive the “Note to Self” coloring book for FREE. To take advantage of this deal, please inquire via email to celina@celinamonique.com while the official website (www.celinamonique.com) is being updated. The books are also available via Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites.

CEO apparel is a great gift for the entrepreneurs and hustlers in your life. Sweatsuits, hoodie and sweat pants can be purchased online at http://www.experienceelegancenow.com/shop