Soft-and-moisturized-skin-careFor living in Minnesota for over a decade now, I’ve come to make peace with the idea that Winter will always be what is, for us Minnesotan, bitter Cold, freezing and harsh on our skin! That’s why, if you live in Minnesota (or in the midwest), upping your beauty game during this time of year to have a moisturized, well-hydrated, soft and supple skin is a MUST! That’s the reason why I have teamed up with Olay to join their Winter Skin Challenge – And I think you should too 🙂 

All you need to do, is use the Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus to achieve your softest, most moisturized, and most hydrated skin all winter. 

Having a beautiful skin that looks and feels great in winter isn’t impossible; and to achieve this baby-soft skin we all yearn for, I have been using my Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus religiously, but just one use was enough for me to notice a more radiant, and more moisturized skin. These luxurious body washes have made shower times “pampering sessions” for me, and it’s a real struggle trying to keep the kids’ hands off em. Oh, and isn’t it lovely when your significant other love the smell of a body wash you’re using and compliment you on it!?  (The opposite does happen too, unfortunately… Ugh) 

Olay-moisture-ribbons-Plus The scents are divine and it’s a total bonus that they are therapeutic. They are formulated with a deep conditioning ingredients that includes Shea butter which is a great cleansing and moisturizing ingredient, and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth as soon as you leave the shower. I usually use the Comforting Lavender scent in the evening. It is so delightful going to bed with baby soft and smooth skin with a a relaxing and comforting aromatherapeutic scent. The Olay Moisturize Ribbons Plus also comes in Manuka Honey, which smells so good and refreshing and is indulgent and rich with every wash. This scent has quickly become my favorite, plus we all know the amazing benefits honey has on skin.

Winter-skin-and-beauty-careIn all honesty, I have never been disappointed with any of the Olay products I’ve used in the past; and the Olay Moisturize Ribbons Plus is another successful launch of the brand! I’m thrilled to be part of this challenge as the Olay Moisture Ribbons plus is doing wonders to my skin.

Would you like to have a noticeable soft and more moisturized skin at just one use? Get the exact same products I’m using HERE or HERE now, and join me in the Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus Winter Skin Challenge! 😉


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.


Top-black-beauty-bloggersHello loves!

The weather may feel like we are still in summer, but Fall is definitely here! When you think “Fall”, do you happen to think about skin care especially for your face? I know there’s no definite season when you should take serious care of your skin, but for me, I feel like with winter around the corner, I have to put in the extra work! The dry and cold air in the Midwest is just too harsh not to think about protecting your skin. I have tried a few skin care products from drugstores to the brand names and I can say that I came to understand a few things about skin care routine.


  • Cleansing: Cleansing is a very important part of your skin care routing. Did your mom yell at you countless times to wash your face everyday?  Mom was right! Washing your face is critical for a healthy and good looking skin. It helps eliminate waste and toxins. Find a great face cleanser that will not dry out your face and help support its regularity. – Take a look at some cleansers below.



  • Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!  Even when you have an oily to combination skin you still have to keep your skin moisturized! Find a good moisturizer, possibly with SPF for daytime and apply on your face daily. You can also have a night time moisturizer or serum. A good night moisturizer or serum will hydrate and reveal natural radiance in the morning.



  • Exfoliating: Exfoliating your skin will take you a long way; and your skin will thank you for it. You want to remove the dead skin on your face at least once a week.


  • Hydrating: I know you’ve heard this many times, but yes, your skin needs to be hydrated! Drinking a good amount of good old dear water is the best and most efficient way to keep your skin always hydrated; and drinking water doesn’t have to be “painful” anymore. You can opt for fruits or herbs-unfused water to make it more bearable if you’re not a big fan of plain Jane water. 🙂 Another way to keep your skin fresh and hydrated is spraying facial water on your face when needed.


  • Face Mask: From pore-cleansing clay masks that lift oil and impurities to super-hydrating sheet masks that flood skin with essential moisture, face masks are an essential part of your beauty regimen and  each treatment can reveal a healthy and glowing complexion.

  •  Sunscreen: Sunscreen is not optional. This is a myth in the black community; and I hope everyone gets to know and understand that black or not, sunscreen is very important for the ultimate health of the skin. Let’s educate ourselves on the matter. –  Experts say even in colder seasons, we need to protect our skin against the Ultra Violet rays which can be pretty harmful even when the sun is not out.

    Well, I hope you take something away from this post. Stock up on your favorite moisturizers, and drink up! 

    What are  your favorite Fall beauty staples, and what skin care routine do you adopt ? Do share.

    Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!


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We’ve heard and read countless times how important it is to watch what we put in our mouth. As the saying goes, you are what you eat but, what about the products we put on our body or on our face? Reality is, this beauty industry is highly unregulated. These beauty companies use ingredients and raw materials with no regulations, review, or approvals from the government. Yes, there’s a minimal approval process, but with all the chemicals in those products which are absorbed by our body and which subsequently do us more harm than good, we need more than just a minuscule level approval.

The fact is, we as consumers need to take the matter in our own hands, and do our own research on the toxic beauty ingredients to avoid for example. We need to read labels on our products as much as we do for the food we eat… We need to educate ourselves and take proper actions! That’s one way we can  take care of this one body that we have. It’s not as difficult as it sounds. Check out the quiz below; it will help you to getting started.

Think about your health, and how you love to invest time and money on the things you love. This is as important, if not, more important! Take the quiz now and educate yourself! 


Here’s a tidbit About Health IQ:

HealthIQ’s mission is to improve the health of the world. In pursuit of this mission, they’ve created over 1,000 health-related quizzes and worked with innovative insurance companies to create financial rewards for health conscious people. To date, Health IQ has helped over ten thousand triathletes, vegans, runners, and other health-conscious people secure billions in life insurance coverage, and they hope to expand to other financial rewards in the near future.

About Health IQ’s Learn About Life Campaign:

Learn About Life is a health-education campaign, with the goal of driving more people to learn something new about their health.  To accomplish this goal, Health IQ has partnered with a select group of nonprofits and bloggers to produce and promote thousands of health related quizzes.  If you’re a nonprofit or blogger and want to learn about how you can support this campaign, email with subject line “Learn About Life…I’m In”


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Having just to turn the page on a month that has been very hectic for me, I look back and realize that the last few weeks were far from being a walk in the park. Gosh, I’m not complaining, because God knows how grateful I am for the blessings and even the lessons. However, having to treat myself to a mini-spa in the comfort of my own home, to unwind and refresh when I needed it the most, was one of the most rewarding things I’ve actually done to ease the burden of the tiredness.

With the ended month being one in which we celebrated the International Women’s Day, we all chanted and praised the bricks of foundations, women are posing everyday all around the world, but there’s one question we women need to ask ourselves… How I’m treating myself? How am I taking care of myself? Reality is most women (and men) are out there caring for their loved ones and even strangers, working diligently to make the world a better place, but they have zero time and consideration in treating themselves. They just don’t! But the matter of the fact is, you must treat yourself, and you must do it unapologetically! 


This is not a selfish act, but in fact a self-love gesture toward your own psychosomatic health. If you don’t care for yourself, treat yourself to a whatever you love doing that will benefit not only your body, but your entire being, how well do you think you can take care of your loved ones in the long term? The thing is, well often, we think unproportionally big or out of our means and needs. The luxury trip to the 5-star salon or hotel, for example, may be your ideal “treat yourself” moment; and if you can afford that, hey girl, you totally deserve it! But, what if you can’t? Well, that’s where you call in your imagination; – A very simple one actually –  and If you don’t have your mini-spa essentials ready, a quick trip to a nearby store should do the trick… Lucky me, Soap And Glory and Boohoo were kind enough to send me some products and items which tended to my own mini-spa moment!  

While I was home alone sans the kids, I had a “Eureka!” moment. Maybe it wasn’t that big of “Eureka!” situation, but grant it, the unnerving and exciting idea of pampering myself was quite enchanting. So I decided to treat my face to a Soap And Glory face mask that was in my goodies package and then I enjoyed a nice, warm, and soothing bath with all the bell and whistles… Yes! You can lit scented candles, add some aromatic or therapeutic oils and petals to your bath, and let an enchanting music of your choice playing in the background. I did; and it was suave and debonair!

Now, what would be a pampering moment without the feel of a soft and smooth skin afterwards? Soap And Glory and Boohoo have come to the rescue again.  It was time to tune in to a re-run of a favorite TV show and pamper myself to a soft baby skin. We all love and yearn for that soft baby skin, don’t we? 

If you haven’t tried Soap And Glory’s ” The Righteous Butter”  and “Hand Food” cream this might be the season to stock up on a couple of those and get your skin ready for the beach and those summer outfit days. Without even a feel to the touch, I appreciated that the scents weren’t overpowering. After my bath, I butter up myself with the Righteous Butter (which is made with softening Shea Butter and Aloe Vera) and it soaked right into my skin and left it smooth and soft.


I love it; and while I’m working on getting my Summer body ready to show off the bikini ensemble boohoo has sent me along with these pampering products, I might as well, keep treating myself to these mini-spa moments whenever I can. Why? Because I deserve it; and so do you! Treat yourself, girlfriends! 

Cheers to a fabulous week ahead!



” I participated in the “Treat yourself” campaign and these products were sent to me free of charge. All opinions are my own”


“This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. Thank you for supporting the brand that support Hypnoz Glam”

Bad hair day? We’ve all had at least one in the span of our lifetime; and I’m not just talking us the average citizens. Have you seen how the internet went crazy over Halley Berry’s hair at her last appearance on the red carpet!? This one made it out to the internet because it’s Hairy Berry… sorry, it’s Halley Berry. Sarah, Jessica, and Amanda had a bad hair day last time they were out dancing, but no one gave it a thought…  It was a bad hair day for them nonetheless!

I remember a few years back, when I went for short hair; As much as I was rocking my “baldy” style, shortly after, came the harsh Midwest Winter. I tried to keep my natural short hair for most –  if not all of my blog shoots, but in my private outings, I had to rely on some wigs as a protective style; What I love about protective styles is that you can play around them and switch things up as much as you want… and as some of my ladies who love wigs would tell you, be careful because you might totally be addicted.
Well, I just wish then that I new Black Hairspray. However, I do now! I haven’t purchased any of their product yet, but browsing through their site, the problem I now face is that there’s too many cute and stylish options!!! 🙂

Black Hairspray is a leading beauty e-commerce company that offers thousands of wigs and hair care products.
Browsing through the site and reading about them, I see that their clients range from professional stylists, beauticians, to working mothers, students, glam hair enthusiasts… and many more. My point is whoever you are or whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to leave satisfied! 
I might just do a follow-up post when I get my first glam hairstyle from them for myself or a client;) 

No more bad hair days ladies.. head over now and grab a pair or a few. 

As always, thank you for stopping by and cheers to a fabulous weekend