Blogmas Day 20| Goals for 2020

Hello Passionista!

Can you believe we are 12 days away from this new year? It really seems like this year has flew by so quickly. But, I’m excited for what 2020 has to offer.

New Goals. New Projects. New Money. New Challenges. New Prayers. New Growth. New Blessings. All of that!!!

This year I experienced a lot of major changes in my life. It has taken me some time to get used to my new situations. One thing that I’ve learned is that I have to get used to being uncomfortable to evolve in life. When it comes to my professional life, love life, and relationships with other people it’s important to understand that things change. Life goes on and everyday is not the same, so every situation is not going to stay the same.

I had to be real with myself and admit I put too much pressure on myself with setting goals this year. I made about 10 goals that I wanted to achieve this year between my personal life, my professional life and my blogging lifestyle. And a few months ago I broke down, which made me realize I wasn’t living. I was working everyday from start to finish to achieve he goals I had set for myself in order to feel accomplished. The feeling of being accomplished doesn’t last long for me. So day after day ever aspect of my life was a piece of work. I was such a HOT MESS!!!

Moving forward, I’m working on living in the moment and enjoying everyday I’m blessed to still be on this earth. Blogging is a major part of my life and my vision for how I want this blog to take off is huge. So don’t look for me to stop or slow down anytime soon. Sis, I’m inspired!

For 2020 I am only setting 3 goals to focus on when it comes to my brand in the making (The Passionista x PassionLocked):

Goal #1: Establish a mailing list and create a monthly newsletter.

This is something I should have been started doing but just haven’t. Honestly for a long time I felt like no on read my blogs or even visited my website 🙄 lol. But this year I really saw growth in my blog and a deal of support from my viewers. So I guess that makes me confident enough to start a mailing list. A monthly newsletter will help me engage more intimately with my subscribers and offer exclusive content.

Goal #2: Pre-plan content for weekly post using a content calendar.

This blogmas is the first time I have successful created a content calendar and followed it to create content to post (so far). I’ve attempted in the past and wasn’t consistent. I plan to be more intentional about the content I’m creating.

Goal #3: Work with 5 brands for paid influencer campaigns.

This year I wanted to work with brands and I made a goal to do so. I successfully worked with 6 brands this year. Now I want to elevate to more paid campaigns and sponsorships.

Blogmas Day 22 | 2019 Top 50 Songs

Hello Passionista!

I was creating a top 50 playlist on my own. Then Apple Music graced me with a replay 2019 playlist. When I first listened to it I was like wtf do I be listening to. But I noticed those are the song on my shuffle repeatedly.

Check out my Top 50 of 2019.

Blogmas Day 19| 19 Fun Facts About Me

Hello Passionista!

I love blogging but I feel like you guys don’t really get to know the REAL me. Don;t get me wrong I’m not trying to share everything with y’all. But sometimes I wish y’all knew a little bit more about me as a blogger and influencer, just as I want to know more about my readers. So today I decided to share 19 facts about myself and few old photos I found to bring y’all a bit more into my world. Hope you enjoy !

  • I prefer tea over coffee.
  • I played the trumpet for 3 years in middle school.
  • The Best Man and Best Man Holiday are my favorite movies.
  • My favorite colors are Black, Pink, and Gold.
  • I prefer pearl studs over hoop earrings.
  • November through February is my favorite time of year.
  • I will try to make most things before purchasing it.
  • My favorite snack is red wine and kettle popcorn.
  • I am Leo (Birthday July 31st)
  • I have traveled to 5 countries
  • I prefer museums over amusement parks
  • I would rather go to a chill lounge/ bar than a night club
  • I have 2 degrees (B.A in Marketing, M.B.A – concentration in Prject Management)
  • I am from Athens, GA
  • I did pageants as a kid
  • I lived in New York for a few years
  • I used to sew my own clothes
  • I am a night owl ( & not a morning person what so ever, lol)
  • I started my first business in college (undergrad)

Tell me something about you…

Blogmas Day 18 | My Clean Beauty Skincare Routine

Hello Passionista-

I was recently selected by Influenster to receive a Vox Box from the Biossance Clean Academy to kick start a new routine with these clean and sustainable goodies. Now that I have developed my clean routine I’m ready to share it with you.

First a little about Biossance.

Biossance developed a patented technology that allows them to create a accessible cure for malaria. This innovative biotechnology makes it possible for them to impact the world with clean beauty options. Using the rich history of science and sustainability, Biossance is able to create skincare that is effective and safe without harming the environment or animals. The company strives to make clean beauty the new standard.

I am a huge supporter of plant based consumer goods with non toxic or harmful chemicals and added ingredients. I’m elated to be able to share with you my new clean beauty skincare routine that has kept my skin feeling and looking well polished and hydrated.

Watch how I used each product here.

Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Mask

This gel to cream mask really transform your skin from look dull to radiant glow in 5 minutes. I like to use this mask in the morning time to start my day with a fresh clean face. 3 to 4 times a week I will apply the mask before getting in the shower then wash it away after my shower and follow up with the rose oil. The best fresh face you can curate at home.

Squalene + Peptide Eye Gel

I’m not a big fan of eye gels and never really used them before. But I’ve learned that you should take preventative measure to control puffy eyes and sagging before it actually starts. So I use this eye gel twice a week for my under eye area. Lord knows I don’t want all of my late nights and early mornings to catch up with me in the form of permanent sagging eye bags in the future.

Squalane +Omega Repair Cream

This whipped moisturizer really soothes the skin and leaves your face looking all dewy and fresh. It’s hard to accomplish a dewy look with a fresh face and no make up. So I love using this product before bed after I’ve cleaned and toned my face but also throughout the day as needed.

Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

I love a good oil product for my face and body. This rose oil is meant to brighten and hydrate the skin for that natural glowing look. Not only does it hydrate the skin but it protects the skin from moisture loss. And a little bit goes a long way. I used this product at night before bed and in the morning before starting my day. It truly lasts all day and night. It give you that picture perfect rose glow.

Rose Vegan Lip Balm

This vegan lip balm packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Y’all know I am big fan of anything with hyaluronic acid in it. That means that the product is water based and works to give your skin the overload of hydration it needs. I apply the lip balm before bed so I don’t wake up with crusty lips, but I also use it throughout the day when I’m not wearing lipstick.

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary in exchange for my honest review.

Tell me, what clean beauty products are you using?

Blogmas Day 17 | My Holy Grail Feminine Products

Hello Passionista !

Ladies it’s time we talk about our periods…

So (any) guys reading this, you can stop right here and come back tomorrow. lol

For years we have been focused to purchase hygiene products that are made up of harmful materials that should be used on our bodies. We finally have products on the market for our periods that are safe and made with our vagina’s in mind. Just last week I went into Target and was so proud to see that the organic section of tampons and pads are growing. It was like half of the aisle. I still have an issue with the fact that Target is about the only retail store that sells organic tampons and pads, but we are slowly getting there.

I want to share with you the organic hygiene products I use and my experience with them.

I’ve covered a review on the L. brand before… click here to read. I have been using these pads in tampons for about 2 years, since I stumbled upon them in target one day. and for a while they were the only organic brand on the shelf in stores. I’m proud to see that more organic brands are taking up space on the shelf with harmless feminine hygiene products for out vaginas.

I noticed a few new things about this brand when I was last in target. Not only do they have more shelf facings in store but they have expanded their product line. There is a new variety pack of tampons that offer light, regular, and super tampons. Which is great for a girl like me who has unpredictable cycles. Every brand offers regular and super tampons but I’ve never seen light ones. Of course I tried them last month and LOVED them. Same experience as the others, no leakage and fully protected. I would say the lights are great to use on that last day or when spotting. Also, I see that the brand has launch new packaging. I was already in love with the clear pale and sustainable resealable bag but now they offer a box for different variety packs.

The Honey Pot makes herbal- infused pads with wings. They are made by humans with vaginas for humans with vaginas. I started using them about a month ago and feel in love with them. I’m not a “pads” girl. I normally use tampons but its not good to sleep with tampons, so of course I wear pads to bed. When I first put on a Honey Pot pad the feeling was unexplainable. At first I didn’t like it. I am not used to any tingling feelings down there like that. But as did some research on the company and learned more about herbal infused pads I started to understand what was going on. The pesticide free cotton is infused with essential oils that creates a cooling effect that soothes your vagina and helps with cramps and discomfort. I don’t experience cramps much, they only come that first day while I’m trying to sleep of course. Normally, I would treat a cramp with a stick on heating pad while I sleep so that I can get some good rest. But when I wore these pads I didn’t have to use my heating pad. After I got used to the cooling feeling down there I noticed I didn’t cramp at all. These pads are made up of lavender, rose, aloe vera, and mint to soothe, refresh, and reduce irriration.

I also started using the Normal Wash by The Honey Pot. This foam wash is great for washing away odor-causing bacteria and balancing your pH for long-lasting freshness and protection. We all know how important it is to maintain a normal pH balance. This formula is 100% natural and made with herbal ingredients made just for your vagina. The foaming wash is made up of coconut oil, lavender, grapefruit seed extract, apple cider vinegar and colloidal silver. And made without artificial fragrances, parabens, and sulfates. The OBGYN tells us that we should not wash with our vaginas with soaps and cleansers with fragrance, yet just about every body wash and soap has some type of scent. I use the Aveeno body wash that is fragrance free, but its not sold in all stores for some reason. I still use my regular body wash to cleanse the rest of my body. But I now use the foaming wash to cleanse my vagina. I recommend this wash to any women who doesn’t typically experience irritation or dryness and can use new products without any inflammation or sensitivity.

Goodwives are cool, convenient, and eco-friendly disposable wipes perfect for on the go use during that time on the month and others. I have been using them for a few months now. They are really good for clean up and refreshing through out the day when are on or off of your cycle. Not only do they offer feminine hygiene wipes but they offer personal care body wipes as well.

Rael Organics makes period and skincare products that are better for you and the environment. This month was my first time discovering this brand (in target) so I decided to try their panty liners. They are so small and compact yet thick enough to absorb a lot. I gave away all my always liners so I could start using and continue to use these.

Tell me, What feminine hygiene brands are you using?

Blogmas Day 16 | Bloggers I Follow

Hello Passionista!

As a blogger I find it important to follow other bloggers for research. But there are some bloggers that I am truly a fan of and love there content. Today, I am going to share my favorite bloggers and bloggers.

Color Me Courtney

Courtney is the most colorful girl on my IG timeline and I love it. She also has a disney Instagram account where she post everything disney inspired. Her style and her personality is so inspiring. I follow her for all things style and color. She’s become one of my favorite fashion icons. I wish I could go shopping in Manhattan with her. Courtney also is very informative about how to grow your social media accounts as a influencer or blogger. I appreciate her sharing her knowledge with her following, I definately use alot of the tips she share.

Follow her hashtags #colormemagic #colormeclassroom #colormewedding

@colormecourtney

Classy Curlies

I met Victoria this year, as I was ambassador for a event she had in Atlanta for her business Make it Classy DIY. After the event, I started following her blog page for all thing DIY beauty and hair care. Y’all know I love DIY things.

@classycurlies

Lauren Conrad

I have been following Lauren since high school. I love Laguna Beach and The Hills. I love her style and since of modern chic crafty-ness. So over the years, I’ve followed her website for all things cute, home decor and crafts.

@laurenconrad

I am Brittany Patrice

Brittany Patrice is the newest blog I follow. I connected with Brittany at a Cliquish event in Atlanta, GA. I love her Crynicles content she shares on her blog. It’s real reliable and realistic content.

@iambrittanypatrice

World of a Wander

I came across this account from my exporter page and like the content that she posts and have been following her every since. I aspire to travel the world. So seeing her page and all the places she’s visits is very inspirational for me.

@worldofawanderer

Raven Elyse

I have been following Raven for years, I love her style. She recently did a series about the building and buying process of her first house and I love how she showed the entire process. Now I’m obsessed with her Pinterest inspirations boards because her style is soo chic and simple her cute. I love when she does little home decor DIY projects.

EveShudawn

I met EveShudawn this year at a hair event and started following her, soon after she started a YouTube channel all about hair. I am always looking for hair inspiration. She has beautiful, full, and thick natural hair that she knows how to style really well. So when I want to try a new look I check out her page for how to’s and what products to use.

Blogmas Day 15 |Beauty Products I’ll be leaving in 2019

Hello Passionista-

It is no secret that I am a product junkie. Most of you come here just to see what products I am using on my face and hair, or to read my reviews before purchasing a product. First things first, thank you for using me as your beauty resource. But, today I want to keep it real about a few products that just haven’t been working for me.

Often times I buy products to try based off go industry trends and not so much of a personal need or desire. And I always get samples and products from brands to try and review. Not everything makes it to the blog but I try my best to give my honest opinion and review to most of all the products I try. One of my goals next year is to do more social media post of product reviews and leave blog post for most creative content. So Stay Tuned, Girl!

As I was doing some end of year cleaning, I created a basket of products that I need to just let go of. Not because they didn’t work or wasn’t good for me but for various reasons. As a influencer I try so many products and not all of them can be apart of my everyday/ weekly line up. So some of them I really do only try once or for a week or 2 to give a review and then they get pushed in a closet somewhere, lol.

Body Products

Face Products

I thought about doing a giveaway, but then I thought it would be weird to send a stranger product that I have already opened and used. But don’t worry, I’m not throwing these products away. I actually send out a text to my family and friends letting them know what I’m getting rid of and let them come shop for things they may want to try.

One day, a brand is going to add me to their PR list and I’m going to get sooooo much product that I’ll have enough to do a giveaway (of unopened product) for y’all. GOALSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!