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!!!!!!!!

Blogmas Day 14 | #HolidayFeels Pop- Up with Shea Moisture

Hello Passionista!

Shea Moisture hosted the best holiday event I’ve been to this season (in Atlanta, GA) today, the #hoildayfeels Pop Up at Westside Cultural Arts Center. When I tell you I had a good time, a good time was had. This was a free event. They had like 5 holiday photo booths set up, a DIY shea butter bar, a cash bar, and the first 200 people received a free Slutty Vegan meal. Oh! and they handed out goodie bags with 1 full sized Shea Moisture product. Yesssss sis, all this for FREE!!!

Blogmas 13 | 8 Blogging Apps I Use and Recommend

Hello Passionista

There is a lot that comes with blogging. You have to come up with blog ideas for content, then plan how to create the content, then do what you planned to do, then edit photos and video, then create the complete blog, then make social media posts to share it, then schedule all that to post. Yes, A LOT!!!! I am always looking for tips and tricks and apps and tools to make my life as a blogger easier.

Last week I share the equipment I use to blog in a post. This week I want to share with you some of the apps I use to create my content. I’m no professional by far, but every week I am learning. I’ve been doing this blogging thing for almost 4 years, often time I go back to some of the blogs I created in my first year of blogging. There is growth, lol. My photo quality has gotten better, but still not where I want it to be. My content and creativity has expanded.

I use my iPhone and computer to create content. Mostly my iPhone to take picture, edit them, and post on social media. There are the apps that helps make my life easier.

Hootsuite

I use Hootsuite to schedule content for social media post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. This app is extremely useful when it comes to pre planning. On a regular basis I try to have each week blog post and all the supporting social media post scheduled by Sunday. This helps so that I don’t have to physically stop what I’m doing each day to make a social media post. Around this time of year (blogmas), this app is my best friend.

Canva

Now, Canva makes me feel like a graphic artist when it comes to designing flyer, postcards, and social media post for my blog and my business. I have never used a graphic artists to do anything for me outside of designing a logo. Everything I do myself with Canva. It’s free and has so many templates for you to choose from.

Unsplash

Up until this summer I never used stock images. I would take every picture that you see on my website. This summer I came across Unsplash and became open to the idea of using stock images for some of my blog post. Unsplash has so many photos from all types of categories. You can find just about everything on this app. It has really came in handy lately. I still want most of the pictures on my page to be original and created by me. But it nice to have the option when I need it.

Mojo

I use mojo more for my event planning business than for blogging. But it helps me create quality Instagram stories that fuel the marketing campaigns I am running. I’ve created several ads for my business with this app that has gotten me business leads.

Lightroom

I’m going to be honest, Abode Lightroom is a little confusing. It has taken me c=some time to get used to it. But there is nothing you can’t learn on YouTube. So I have used YouTube as a training source to teach me how to use Lightroom for editing and touching up pictures. It mostly thing like making a picture brighter or getting rid of a shadow. But it has come in handy and helped make my iPhone photography look a bit more professional.

Splice

Splice is one of those apps that give you like 2 weeks free, then you have to pay. So each time I use it I sign up with a different email address (but don’t tell anyone, lol). Splice is how I edit my videos. It rare that I post a video because I don’t know how to edit and make it look good. But Splice makes it simple and easy to do.

Ripl

I learned about Ripl at a Facebook conference I attended this summer and its great for creating business ads. I have played around with it some but haven’t released the content I’ve created yet. I’ve used it mostly for business use. But they have a lot of templates that you can customize to your liking.

TRIBE

Tribe is a app for influencers to collaborate with brands on campaigns. There are a lot of campaigns to choose from. This is a great way to start working with brands if you haven’t before. Also a great way to get your blog out there for brands to see. Some of the campaigns require you to make a purchase, I tend to stay away from those.

I was not paid to share this with y’all, these are my honest opinions because they have truly helped me. All of these apps have free options with some paid offerings. I will be honest I don’t pay for anything. I use the free version for each app. But I highly recommend these apps to any one who is interested in blogging or have started a blog and looking for tools to make the process easier.

Tell me, what other apps are you using to create content?