7 Self-Care Practices During This Quarantine Season

Hey Passionista!

COVID-19 has shocked us all. I never thought the 1st 100 days of 2020 would turn out like this. But I’m not canceling 2020 goals, plans, and ideas. Yes, this is a road block on the journey but it doesn’t define anything.

2020 is still lit. Dreams are still coming true in 2020. Businesses are still being started in 2020. The vibes and the energy is still going to be great for 2020 overall. Don’t let this situation stress or depress you. Here are 7 self care practices that have really came in handy for me during this time.

#1 Drink Water

Try adding some natural flavors to your water. Lately, I’ve been enjoying cucumber and mint leaves in my water. If you’re a citrus person, try adding some lemons and lime. Pinterest is a great source to finding infused water recipes.

#2 Have a warm cup of tea or coffee

All of my healthcare friends have been telling me to drink something warm everyday. Apparently it helps strengthen your respiratory system. I’m a tea lover over coffee. so I start my morning with some Yogi Tea. The green tea blend is my favorite because its a natural source of energy.

#3 Take your vitamins

Make sure you are getting your daily dose of vitamin C or a multi- use vitamin to nourish your body.

#4 Get some fresh air

Even though we are under quarantine, its helpful to take a walk outside at least once a day. Smell the fresh air and allow your skin to get some vitamin D.

#5 Spend some time offline

If you’re like me and you are working from home, spending time away from your computer and phone will help you maintain your self wellness.

#6 Practice healthy eating habits

It’s easy to just snack all day when you’re just sitting at home. Try making a weekly menu for 3 meals a day and snacks in between each meal. This will help you control your sweets intake.

#7 Get a hobby or learn a new skill

This is the best time to try new things and learn a new skill. Each week I use YouTube to try a new DIY project.

Most importantly, enjoy this time with yourself!

5 Helpful Work from Home Tips

Hey Passionista!

I don’t know about you but I’m on week 4 of working from home and quarantining. And I’m so over it. I just want to get all dressed up and go to brunch with my girls and do ratchet stuff like I used too. Even though I’m a full time entrepreneur I’ve had to adjust to not leaving the house everyday. Luckily, my business allows me hands on experiences so I may “work from home” but I’m normally never home.

I guess I can appreciate the downtime that quarantine is focusing me into. But I struggled in the beginning to simply stay home and be productive each day. So here are 5 helpful tips for anyone working from home during this time.

#1 The culture go your working environment is important. Don’t let the culture of your home effect your work ethic.

#2 Set up a work space. Even if you don’t have a home office, create one. Rather it be your kitchen table, in the living room or your bedroom have a place you can go to work.

#3 Stick to a routine. Make a schedule for work with a start time, lunch time, break times, and most importantly work end time.

#4 Hold yourself and your team accountable.

#5 Make it fun!

Most importantly, stay home and stay safe.

10 Blogging Journal Prompts

Hey Passionista!

So with everything that’s going on I have found myself in need of a lot of self care, and not just my beauty/skincare routine. Recently I’ve been practicing other forms of self care like journaling. I enjoy writing which a main reason why I started this blog. I have some many journals for different things. At the beginning of the year I started a manifestation journal, I have a creative writing journal, a journal for my ideas, and another for my thoughts. It’s mostly like I sleep with these journal now. Overnight before bed and sometimes throughs out the day I am sitting in bed and find myself journaling about EVERYTHING in my head.

Here are 10 journal prompts that I think will be a writing muse to every blogger or writer.

Before you leave, enjoy more cute photos from my latest branded photoshoot at Moo Tea (Duluth, GA) with Ariel from Ariel Views Photography .

I Applied for the 2020 #SephoraSquad

Hey Passionista!

I have applied for the 2020 #SephoraSquad. Your support would mean so much to me. I can not do this without your support. It only takes a minute.

The #SephoraSquad is a beauty-influencer program.

If you’ve been following me for a while, I actually applied for the 2019 #SephoraSquad but I did not make the semifinalist list. I was invited to apply again this year and I feel that this program will be great for me as a influencer. So, I applied again.

I want to be known for sharing honest experiences for beauty products for consumer friendly brands. I’ve been blessed with opportunities to work with some really great brands that I love. Those collaborations and partnerships have allowed to build some great relationships within the industry.

As a blogger and influencer, I strive to work with different brands and build relationships within the beauty industry that will afford me the opportunity create more content and share more experiences with you. Working with Sephora will be a big deal for me and my brand. I’m passionate about promoting everyday beauty to the everyday homegirl. Sephora is a place I shop for mostly make up and skincare products.

To help me advance to the next steps of becoming a part of the 2020 #SephoraSquad, leave a testimonial or review on my behalf, click here. By leaving a testimonial or review you are helping Sephora understand the impact I have on within the beauty community. So far I’ve reached the 10 testimonials milestone. But I’d love to reach 70+ testimonials by March 31, 2020.

DIY| Hand Knitted Blanket

Hey Passionista!

Listen, quarantine life is bored. Even as a work from home entrepreneur, I am bored out of my mind. I like to be on the go. This is day 6 of me being in house. With all the madness going on right now, my work load is light. So, I have a lot of time on my hands. To occupy my time I thought I’d try a Youtube tutorial.

Blankets are one my favorite things. I have a collection of throw blankets and quilts. So I thought it would be fun to make a blanket to cuddle with during all this madness.

I found some chucky yarn in my craft stuff so I decided to try to hand knit a blanket. I watched a YouTube video to get me started (click here). Once I got the hang of the technique, I sat back and watched a few episodes of All American on Netflix to relax while I knit. I wish I could do a DIY/ How to blog for y’all but it’s a little to complicated to explain. If you’re interested in making your own hand knitted blanket, just watch the video I linked above.

For this project I used 3 bundles on Roving Yard that were 78 yards each. I randomly found this this yarn on sale for $5 (regularly priced $16.88) a bundle at Walmart. The label said it was great for arm knitting or crochet projects. I think I just bought it cause I’m a collector of craft junk and thought that I’d use it for something one day. And look, I did!

Tell me, What have you created lately?

Trashy Talk: My Final Impressions

Hi Passionista!

It’s been a while since I’ve written a empty product blog, but I’ve been collecting empty products. And I have a lot of them, so this is going to be a long post. Go ahead and grab you a snack while you read and escape the madness of this coronavirus outrage for a moment.

Taliah Waajid Green Apple & Aloe Nutrition Curl Definer

It’s something about this thick creamy curl formula that makes my curls more defined and my twist out longer lastings. One of the major benefits of this product is being able to use it daily without producing a overwhelming amount of product build up. The green apple nutrients in the formula helps strengthen and balance pH levels for optimal hair and scalp health. This curl definer is definitely a hair essential for me now.

Taliah Waajid Green Apple & Aloe Nutrition Apple Seed Oil

This apple seed oil give my hair life! So, this oil is a major key when it comes to doing the LOC method for a wash n’ go. It really sealing the deal to help hold your product in place to give you them popping’ curls you desire. I love that this oil is some nutrient rich with sweet almond oil, avocado oil, organ oil, and bergamot oil. I’m a little heavy handed with applying oil to my hair on a daily basis, because I hate dry looking curls. So, I should have purchased more than one of these 4 fl oz bottles. I like the screw top tip on the bottle so that you can apply product directly to your scalp. I personally don’t ever apply oils directly to my scalp, I like to pour it in my hands first and finger comb it into my hair. I think this bottle lasted through 4 hair styles, so about 4-5 weeks before I was completely out of it. This is a product I don’t mind spending my own money to purchase and re-purchase.

As a small business owner myself, I try to always support black women owned businesses whenever I can. These 2 items were my first introduction to this brand and I’m hooked. I recently posted a video on my Instagram using these products and the CEO saw my video and loved it so they sent me a few more products to try. Blessings!

I purchased both Taliah Waajid products at the Curls, Kinks, and Coils Festival in Atlanta, GA they were $10 each.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Cactus Water Pick Me Up Lite Masque

This hair masque has become one of my favorites to deep condition my hair. It just really leaves my curls feeling amazingly soft and smelling fresh. You really don’t have to let the product sit in your hair super long to see results in your curls. The directions say to leave it in for 5 minutes then rinse with cold water and if you follow those steps you will see a softer distance in your curls. I wish it came in a larger package size than 8 oz. I think I get like 3 to 4 usages out of this 8 oz. jar because I’m really heavy handed with applying product to my hair.

Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Conditioner

This conditioner is great during the summer or hotter month of the year, when you just want to wet your hair to refresh your curls overtime you leave the house. I mostly used this product to refresh curls from a wash n’ go every other day. I think the coconut oil and coconut milk ingredients helped my curls remain smoother and softer longer. If I’m being honest I hate the packaging, the label design is cute and fresh looking. But this “pump” is horrible. The finger pump is super hard to press. It literally takes 2 hands to pump product out and when you’re in the mist of doing your hair, you’re hand are already slippery. It’s really annoying. Also the straw inside the bottle is too small for such a thick formula, so at a certain pump its slow pumping out. At one point, I added water to the formula to loosen it up a bit so that I can use the rest of the product. I don’t plan on repurchasing this product until they change the packaging.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner

This conditioner is another on that is great for the summer months. I found it to be very greasy and the formula was super thick. It made my curl feel a little stiff, I like it when my curls shake and move when I move. But I did find benefits in using this conditioner during the times I was going swimming multiple times a week. we all know pool water can be damaging to natural hair, but this conditioner help protect my hair from breaking during pool session. Just like the other product I mentioned, I hate the packaging. There is a corner of product left in the bottle that I’m just over trying to get out of the bottle to use. I feel like I’m throwing product away but I’m sick of trying to force it out.

Shea Moisture Coconut Custard Make it Last Wash N’ Go Shampoo and Conditioner

Aside from my HATING the packaging of this duo, I love love love the Make it last/ Wash n Go line. The I feel you, you couldn’t tell me my wash n’ go styles weren’t popping’ this summer, honey! I can’t wait for this heat to heat so I can start back rocking my wash n’ go style. I think the plant peptides in the formula really works to coat every curl on your head for the best results you’ve experienced in a wash n’ go. I literally hated doing a wash n’ go style before being introduced to this product, Now, I can’t get enough of this entire product line.

Each of these products were sent to me by Shea Moisture in my SheaBassador monthly boxes.

Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Coco Repair Deep Conditioner

Curl friend, you should be using s deep conditioner every time you wash your hair. You don’t have to let it set for hours, but at least 5 to 10 minutes overtime you wash your hair. This repair creme not only smells amazing but really nourishes my curls from roots to ends. It’s very affordable and effective. I think I purchased this from Walmart for $5 or $6 and I was able to use it at least 5 wash days.

Pantene Gold Series Hydrating Butter- Creme

Honestly, I loved this butter creme formula when I first bought it. But after using it maybe 2 times I was then introduced to other curls creams and this one got kind of pushed to the back of my product shelve until I was out of all the other stuff again and needed a curl cream to style my hair. I was actually surprised that Pantene had a natural hair product txt I actually enjoyed using on my hair to do a protective style. I purchased it in Kroger for less than $10. I would re-purchase this product eventually.

Carol’s Daughter Wash Day Delight Water-to-Foam Shampoo

This is a natural hair game changer! if you have not tried this shampoo, please go buy it and try it. I was a little concerned about trying it when I first received the product but after using it the first time I fell in love with it. The packaging is perfect. the screw top lid really helps your apply the product direct to your scalp so that you are able to really cleanser your scalp from all the product residue and build up. I received this product free in a Voxbox from Influenster.

Camille Rose Lavender Shaken Hair Spirtzer

This spritzer is a hair refresher and detangling spray. It became apart of my daily rotation of products to refresh my curls. I love the bottle design, the spray trigger is super easy to use with 1 hand to spray directly onto your hair. I purchased this product during the World’s Natural Hair show last year and it lasted a fairly long time considering how often I used it.

Victoria’s Secret Tease Parfum

I’m not a big fan of expensive perfume. Honestly, I’ve never owned a expensive perfume. All of my scents come from Victoria’s Secret and Tease is my favorite scent. I love that they have these roll on sticks. I literally keep this thing in my purse for on the go moments.

Biossance Rose Vegan Lip Balm

This lip balm is extremely hydrating and leave my lips feeling like satin and looking luscious and kissable. I apply lip balm like every hour of the day, so this little tube of product didn’t really last a complete month. I received it from a VoxBox from Influenster, but I don’t think I could afford to purchase it at regular costs.

The Honey Pot Company Normal Foaming Wash

I’m so glad the honey pot is now a part of my life. This feminine wash the perfect wash for me. I’ve been needing this all my life and didn’t even know it. The formula is foam and plant based. It has allowed me have a well balanced pH level all month long. I love the label and packaging, its great for travel and the pump is easy to handle with one hand in the shower. I think 1 bottle lasts me at least a month and a half, sometimes 2 months. I have re-purchsed this several times, just so I have stock of it so I never run out when I need it most. the first time I purchased it, I was in Target for $8.99 but when I went back a month later to purchase it again, it was sold out. So I started ordering all my honey pot essential directly from their website.

Aveeno Positively Radient Micellar Gel Cleanser Makeup Remover

I’m a sucker for micellar water and gels. So this cleanser has been my go to cleanser for a while now. When talking about skincare and what I use on my face, I am always telling people about this product. I have been in love with Aveeno skincare products for a while now. I plan on re-purchasing this after I use my other Aveeno cleanser. The brand actually gifted me this product to try and review back before the summer.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Scrub

If you can remember, my February blog posts were all about exfoliation. It is super important to exfoliate your skin. The refresh body scrub is gentle and made with your skin in mind. I use this scrub before and after I shave or wax to keep my skin feeling smooth and free of ingrown hairs. This product will be a essential in my body scrub rotation.

Shea Moisture Tranquility Candle

I received this candle in a SheaBassador box and it has become a key player in my weekly self care routine, It smells amazing and I’m sad it’s all burnt out because I don’t think you can buy it anywhere.

White Barn Black Tie Candle

Hands down my favorite candle scent ever. Every year when Bath and Body Works hosts it’s annual candle sale, I’m sure to get as many of this scent as I can. It’s a seasonal scent but I love to burn it all year around.

Skincare| 5 ways to keep your face clean & cute

Hey Passionista!

Keeping your face clean and clear is simple. You just have to make it a habit to provide your skin with a few things it needs to maintain its health and beauty. Here are 5 tips that I have found to be very helpful when it comes to my skincare routine.

#1 Drink Water

What goes into your body affects your skin. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin clear of breakouts and rashes.

#2 Keep your hands away from your face

Your hands are full of germs transferred from all the things you touch throughout the day. Make it a habit to not touch or scratch your face.

#3 Wash your face daily

Washing your face everyday helps avoid breakouts. Find a gentle cleanser that will help clean your pores. I recommend use a cleanser once a day at night or in the morning. Then washing your face again later in the day with just a wash cloth and cold water.

#4 Use a toner

Toner have so many beauty benefits but most of all it help restore your skin over time. So if you are experiencing breakouts, pimples, and dark marks try using a toner everyday and watch how your skin improves overtime.

#5 Treat your skin to a mask

A clay mask or sheet mask makes all the difference in radiant skin. I have made a habit of using a clay mask or hydrating sheet mask once a week to keep my skin poppin’.

Tell me (in the comments) what others tips to do you suggest?

I have applied to be a part of the #SephoraSquad 2020. I need your help to advance to the next level of this program. Please click here to leave a testimonial about my skincare content and why you love my blog.

Also, I’m still in the running for the #SallyCrew for Natural Hair. If you haven’t already click here to head over to Sally Beauty’s instagram account and let them know why you think I am a bomb influencer and will represent their brand and partners well.

XOXO

5 Reasons Why I Should Be A #SallyCrew Influencer for Sally Beauty

Hi Passionista-

So, I am applying to be on of the next #SallyCrew influencers for Sally Beauty for textured hair.

I came across a advertisements about the #SallyCrew and felt like I would make a great Sally Beauty influencer. One of my goals is to work with different brands that I believe in and actually use their products as a consumer and influencer.

Sally Beauty is a place I got to shop of all of my hair supplies like brushes, clips, satin hair ties, and other hair care essentials. I was even recently introduced to their COL-LAB makeup line.

Here are 5 reasons why I should be a #SallyCrew influencer for Sally Beauty.

#1 I share my HONEST experience using different natural hair brands and trying new trends to give useful tips for natural hair care.

#2 I have a organic following from the natural hair community and have become a natural hair influencer

#3 My brand “Passionista” has inspired women to rock their natural hair and be confident while doing so.

#4 I don’t just have Instagram friends, I have a community of curl friend online and in real life to talk all things curls with

#5 I AM THE BOMB, because God made me that way!

Okay, Plassionista! I need your help. If you want to see me be on of the next #SallyCrew influencers, please clip on the Instagram links below and leave comments using #sallycrew and tagging @sallybeauty letting them know why you like my natural hair content or why you’d like to see me represent their brand.

Announcement Video

Natural Hair Style featuring KurleeBelle

Natural Hair Style 2 featuring KurleeBelle

Twist Out Tutorial featuring KurleeBelle

Your support is greatly appreciate.

Don’t forget to follow me if you’re not already.

XOXO

DIY | How to make a Prayer Box

Hey Passionista !

I have a prayer journal, manifestation journey, and a journal for my thoughts and ideas. But sometimes I find myself writing down my thoughts and affirmations on random slips of paper that I find laying around. I think it has become a form coping for me. And there’s no greater feeling than finding a old slip of paper or journal from years ago, re-reading it and seeing the growth, change, and answered prayer in your life.

I recently started a prayer box for my conversations with God. Today, I’m going to share with you how to make your own.

Materials you will need: A wooden or tin box, spray paint, stickers or vinyl design cuts, makers, and note cards.

I used a circular tin I picked for a dollar at Micheals during the after Christmas sale. I didn’t like the colors of it so I decided to paint it.

STEP 1: Paint the outside of your box any color you’d like.

Then, I used my Cricut Explorer Air 2 to cut out some crosses and saying to add to the outside of my box. If you don’t have a cricut machine you can just use stickers, markers, or paint.

STEP 2: Decorate the outside of you Prayer Box and Lid.

Next, I decided to write my favorite scripture inside the lid of the prayer box.

STEP 3: Write your favorite scriptures and affirmations inside of the prayer box, for your eyes only.

STEP 4: Add a pin and notecards inside.

STEP 5: Begin writing down your prayers.

I pray that this prayer box brings to closer to God and help you see the growth and change he is making in your life. I’d love to see how your prayer box designs turn out, post a picture on instagram and use #passionxDIY to share yours with me.

3 Simple Date Night Ideas

Hello Passionista!

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! If you haven’t planned anything for you and your boo, don’t worry I have a few date night ideas that you’re sure to enjoy.

#1 Dinner and a Silent Movie

Spend some time in the kitchen with your boo cooking y’all’s favorite meal. Then pick a movie neither one of you have seen and watching it on mute as you have dinner. See what type of conversation you spark from watching a silent movie.

#2 Late Night Snacks Under the Stars

Grab you’re favorite snacks and some blankets and pillows, go outside to a stary around after dark and spend some quality time under the stars.

#3 At-Home Sip N’ Paint

You can find a instructed painting tutorial on YouTube, guided just like the Sip N’ Paint experience. Just purchase your canvas, acrylic paint, and brushes. If you and your boo are advanced in the craft department, try painting Portraits of each other.

Tip: Shop in Five Below for your supplies. I found a 2 pack of 8in x 10in canvas for $4 and a paint brush set for $5. They have table easels as well.

Before you go enjoy these Valentine’s pictures I took at this beautiful magically place I found called The Tree Room in Athens, GA.

I hope you have a blissful Valentine’s Day!