Book Review |Don’t Settle for Safe by Sarah Jakes Roberts

Hello Passionista!

This book review has been a long time coming. I think I’ve listened to this audible twice now. Sarah Jakes Roberts, daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, First Lady, and creator of Women Evolve sharing her stories and helpful messaging for embracing the uncomfortable to become unstoppable in the best selling book, Don’t Settle for Safe.”

So y’all know I listen to my books on the audible app, this book is not narrated by Sarah, its actually read by Sisi Aisha Johnson- who did an amazing job. But I tune in weekly to Sarah’s podcast Women Evolved (on the podcast app), so it would have been nice to hear her narrate the book. It was her podcast that lead me to purchasing her book in the first place.

I love how real and down to earth Sarah is in this book and on her podcast. She gives relatable insight to the message she is preaching as well as inspiration by sharing her own stories and tribulations. This book is truly a blessing and a valuable lesson to anyone seeking to start a journey of change in their life. It is beautifully written with wisdom, love and a sense of mentorship. They are several chapters that I’ve went back to re listen to when I need a inspirational word of the day. Overall the book is a reminder and a pick me up when you feel like the going is getting tough and you can’t push forward.

I give this book 5 stars for the audio performance, story line and overall flow of the book.

“Do not compare your growth with anyone else’s The only person you are competing with is who you were yesterday.” – Sarah Jakes Roberts

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SheaBassador 2019 | 1st Unboxing

Hey Passionista-

Have you heard the GOOD News?

I’m a 2019 #SheaBassadoor !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m so excited and honored for this opportunity. This is my 1st major ambassador partnership with a brand. It’s amazing because Shea Moisture is a brand that I’ve been using for years. I have some Shea Moisture faves and some not so faves. This journey is going to be so amazing to receive products that I can trust, use, review and share with you.

How it Works?

Shea Moisture will send me 8 to 10 product boxes throughout the year. Each box will be filled with products for me to share tutorials, unboxings, display of products, using and sharing the product. So be sure to stick around for all the great new content I will have to share with you.

I love when my readers get involved and send me questions and comments or just share how you like or don’t like the products I review. If you’re not already, follow me on Instagram and Twitter so you can chat with me.

Here’s my first unboxing clip ….. IGTV

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo

Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Shampoo

Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner

100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Conditioner

Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Silicone-Free Miracle Styler Leave-In Treatment

Hair Brush


I am impressed with the packaging. I knew the package was being mailed to me but I didn’t know what to expect. I love that the packaging is branded and has lots of pictures and educational content about the ingredients of the products. I am shocked about how many full sized products I received. I was thinking I might receive one or two full size products and some sample sized products. So this package exceeded my expectations.

I’ve purchased the Strengthen & Restore product line and Curl & Shine product line of Shea Mositure several times. In the past I felt like the Strengthen & Restore shampoo and conditioner were stripping my hair of its natural oils and causing my curl pattern to look stringy, but now that I’ve gotten my curl pattern together (NO HEAT for 1 year) I am willing to try this line again to see if it was indeed the formula or just my damaged hair. I use the Curl & Shine leave in conditioner and curl creme often. When I first started using it I thought it left my hair to greasy and heavy without volume. Once I started using the L-O-C method for a wash n’ go style, now the Curl & Shine Curl Creme is a essential need for my hair routine.

My favorite product from this box… so far, has been the Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Silicone-Free Miracle Styler Leave-In Treatment. I’ve never purchased this product or seen it in stores before, but I love a good leave in product that will help refresh my wash n’ go on a day to day basis.

It helps with detangling and soften curls again. It also nourishes and adds shine to my curls for a refreshed look eliminating over night frizz for a fluffy full head of curls.

What’s you favorite Shea Moisture product?

DIY | Tuffing Class at DIYher Workshop

Hello Passionista

DIYher Workshop is a new studio in Atlanta operated by the talented, Bianca Octavia. Bianca has taken her creativity to a new height, she will be hosting DIYher workshops and private crafting parties. The DIYher is a beginners workshop series designed to teach women how to build, craft, cook, and create. The first DIYher workshop was Tuffing 101, Bianca lead the class for a hands on learning experience with creating a fun sized cuffing board. 

I was so excited to finally learn the tuffing technique. I’ve watched many YouTube tutorials of creatives making headboard, office memo boards, and upholstering furniture, but I never felt confident enough to make one. When I saw the flyer for the Tuffing 101 workshop, I knew I had to attend. Bianca is super sweet and a really great instructor. She’s very hands on and creative as a DIYher and workshop instructor. The workshop was only $30 and included all the supplies and wine needed for the project. I’ve never been to a DIY class before so I didn’t have any expectations. Soon as I walked into the studio, I was in awe of the workshop set up, the open space and location. The studio really embodies creativity, making it a relaxing place to learn, create and share. I had so much fun throughout the workshop. We learned how to make cuffing boards step by step, listen to music and talked, took pictures, enjoyed some wine.

I think I’ve found my new favorite “me time” place. I love when I can get lost in a project that allows me to create something amazing but takes my mind off everything else going on in my life for hours. I’ll be attending many more workshops.

For upcoming events and to purchase tickets to attend a DIYher Workshop, visit the website and follow Bianca on IG.


March Creations and Event

Hello Passionista!

March has came and gone. It has been filled with so many ups and downs, but I’m grateful to enter into Spring.

This month I had the pleasure of putting together a Networking Expo along side my Millennial Moguls of Atlanta Co-founders. The Young Black Networking Expo Vol.2 was held on March 23rd at the World Congress Center – Junior Achievement Discovery Center. We had over 30 millennial business owners as vendors and a day full of networking and collaborations. Here are a few pictures of the event:

My creations the month….

I tried making my very D.I.Y dream catcher and it turned out better than I thought, so an D.I.Y blog will be coming soon.

Get Your Glow On | Aveeno Positively Radiant |Product Review

Hello Passionista- 

My blogging journey has been unique and I have enjoyed it all. I’ve learned a lot, shared a lot, and still have a lot to learn. One thing I’ve been working towards is getting recognized by brands and gaining partnerships with brands I use to create quality beauty, skincare, and hair content. I’ve always enjoyed the maintenance of being a women. The innovative products on the market makes life easier to keep up with yourself. My preferences change just as much as the industry trends, so I am able to always try new products and brands to see how they work for my body type/ skin type/ hair type and give my opinions and tips. 

I recently received my first brand box from one of my favorite brands…. Aveeno! They reached out to me after I posted a skincare blog post that included one of my favorite Aveeno products, and sent me some Positively Radiant products. I’m super excited share these glow getter products with you. 

GET YOUR GLOW ON

Aveeno Positively Radiant Micellar Gel Cleanser Makeup Remover

This gel cleanser draws out your skin’s dulling impurities while removing makeup, dirt, and oils from your skin. I have been using it every day for about 2 weeks now. Before bed, I wash my face and apply a generous amount of the micellar gel cleanser all over my face. The gel formula is easy to rub into face with hands and it lathers really good with just a little bit of product. The Aveeno scent is light and fresh, I appreciate the gentle scent without having in harsh fragrance chemicals in the formula. After massaging into my face for a few minutes, I use a face towel and cold water to wipe product off.

My favorite thing about this product is that it washes away make up, dirt and oils to cleanser skin for a positively radiant glow. I appreciate the finger pump bottle for a clean dispensing of the formula. This is a 5.1 fl.oz. product that I feel will last at least 3 months if used at least 3 times a week.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Max Glow Infusion Drops

The infusion drops are meant to even tone & textures leaving your skin with a dewy glow. The product claims to give a 48 hour moisturization for a lit- from- within glow. I love that it only takes a drop or two to massage into you face and your skin feels flawless. I’ve used a drop every morning after washing my face with cold water. It has been taking the place of my daily moisturizer cream and last all day long. I’m not a big fan of the drops being in a small tube, I think a bottle with a dropper would be better. It would make it easier to get all of the product on your face without any waste.

Beauty Tip:

Was you have with cold water to prevent wrinkles and saggy skin.



February| Passion Palette Creations

Hello Passionista-

So, I thought I would end the month by sharing some of the custom orders and creations I’ve completed this month. As some of you may know, I am an Event Planner and I have a small business called The Passion Palette specializing in events, customer decor and gifts, and marketing consulting. One of my goals for 2019, is to expand my business by advertising and collaborating more. I want to start sharing more of my work with you all. My new challenge is to share my creations each month in a blog post and develop a web page for The Passion Palette.

This month, I completed 2 custom order and 1 event. My photographer hasn’t gotten back to me with the photos from my most recent event. But I do have picture of the custom order from this month.

Custom Order: Travel Coffee Cups

Custom Order: Personalized Wine Glass w/ Glitter

If you are in need of promotional material, gifts, or decor for your home or business, consider hiring me. I can ship to anywhere in the USA, no international inquires at this time. To place a order email passionlockedblog@gmail.com or DM on instagram.

#SephoraSquad

Hello Passionista!

One of my blogging goals for 2019 is to partner with 3 brands as a Brand Ambassador/ influencer.

My first opportunity has come, I applied for the #SephoraSquad 2019. The #SephoraSquad is a beauty influencer program that highlights some of the most authentic and inspiring digital influencers.

For three years, I have been sharing my beauty secrets, thoughts and opinions on products I use, and my skincare and hair care regimens. I’ve shared my favorite trends and not so favorite trends, as well as tried the latest beauty products just out of curiosity and to share with you. I love the skin that I am in, I love taking care of it and I love sharing it with you. Becoming a part of the 2019 #SephoraSquad will help me produce more true to myself beauty content to share with you.

You can support my #SephoraSquad application by clicking the link below and leaving a testimonial.

https://www.sephorasquad.com/testimonial/thepassionista__

Your love and support is great appreciated!!! 🥰😘😍

Blue Agave Cooling Mask |Product Review

Hello Passionista!

I am loving this new cooling mask by Biore. It is a whipped nourishing detox mask with blue agave and baking soda. The natural baking soda has the ability to give your pores a really deep cleaning. The blue agave conditions the skin. The formula combination works to eliminate impurities under the surface of your skin. It lifts dirty and unclogged pores. The whipped formula texture is fluffy and allows for a smooth application to your face. It really has a cooling and pore-tingling affect to it. I felt it as soon as I started applying it to my face.

One of my favorite things about this mask is that it’s blue. The color really sparked my interest which was why I purchased it. I don’t think I’ve ever purchase a Biore product before, so this was a first for me.

With the cooling affect of the formula, I thought it would be nice to add some steam while I letting the product sit for 5 minutes or more. I used my facial steamer from Amazon. The steam mixed with the cooling feeling of the mask made my experience feel like I was at the spa.

Pros

Non-Greasy, smells good, and very moisturizing

Cons

Messy and leaves skin red after use

If you have not already, please click here to leave a testimonial for my #SephoraSquad application.

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Pamper Routine

Hello Passionista

I love pampering myself. But, honestly its been a while since I’ve had a pamper day. Normally I’d pick a Saturday out of the month to sleep in, make myself a fancy breakfast and give my body the pamper works it needs. 2019 has been a busy year. I’ve been busy planning and connecting with other entrepreneurs that I haven’t had a pamper day all year. Last night I decided to relax and try some new pampering products.

My pamper routine always involves food and a hot bath. Last night I had dinner from Olive Garden (one of my favorite restaurants). My hot bath was accompanied by a Jingle Bell peppermint bath bomb, ULTA Beauty coconut shower whip and Dead Sea Himalayan Salt Scrub and a Bath & Body Work (black tie) candle.


The new additions to my pamper routine are these moisturizing gloves and socks I picked at Big Lots for $1 each. Yes! That’s right Big Lots, I freaking love that store. The mositurizing gloves and socks by Epielle Beauty are meant to relieve and soften dry skin with sunflower seed + avocado oil. They feel absolutely amazing. I put both the gloves and socks on, then just kicked up my feet and relaxed for about an hour. I was super shocked about how soft and hydrated my hands and feet felt afterwards. These are 5 star quality product for only a buck.

As you can imagine, if I haven’t had time to pamper myself this year I also haven’t had time for a pedicure. So my feet were a little rough, but after letting them sit in the moisturizing socks the gel formulated with sunflower seed oil, avocado oil and vitamin E left my feet feeling silky and cool.

Nothing feels better than a cooling hydration facial sheet mask to instantly replenish my stressed skin. This is a Daylogic (Rite Aid store brand) sheet mask.

Before I wrap up this blog, I applied to be a part of the Sephora Squad 2019. If you have a few seconds to spare, please click here to leave a testimony about my blog. This will be an opportunity for me to create more creative beauty content.I appreciate all the support and love.

5 Event Planning Tips

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I love planning events, everything from weddings, dinners, parties and conferences. I’ve always been a planning person. I remember when I turned 15, I started a notebook with my ideas and plans for my sweet 16. When it was time for my parents to start planning my Sweet 16 I had a notebook full of “grand” plans. Needless to say, not all of my “grand” ideas were taken serious by my parents, but it felt great to see some of my ideas put to life by an Event Planner.

Don’t think just because event planning isn’t your thing that you can’t be heavily involved in the event planning process. As a event planner, it is my job to execute every one of my clients ideas and visions for their event within reason. Some clients give me a theme and allow me the control to come up with whatever my creative leads me to, other clients give a detailed vision that I work with them to create for the entire event.

Here are 5 event planning tips to help non- event planners plan an event.

1.Organize your thoughts and ideas.

Use a notepad or journal to write down all of your ideas, no matter how big or small.

2. Create a detailed plan with a budget

List all the detailed that will take place or be needed for your event, set a budget according to the plan.

3. Make a checklist

Create a list of things that need to be completed before, during and after the event.

4. Make a schedule

Make time to complete your checklist in a timely manner.

5. Hire help

Build a team of vendors or hire a coordinator to manage all vendors for the event.