May The Inward and Outward Woman Be As One

May The Inward and Outward Woman Be As One

        General Rule:  Lightweight Products should go under heavy ones. 

Serum:    Serums will stick to dirt and dead skin. For maximum absorption, cleanse the face thoroughly and while skin is still damp, massage two peas size drops of your favorite serum over your face for 60 seconds.

Retinol cream:  In order to reduce irritation, wait 20 minutes after washing the face  before applying retinoids to the skin. Applying a retinoid cream on damp skin, will cause is to absorb faster, increasing the chances of redness and irritated skin.   Retinol, especially prescription retinol, will lose its effectiveness in sunlight. They should only be applied at night.  Less is more. Apply two pea size dabs over your face,  and one pea size amount on the neck and chest.

Moisturizer:  If you have noticeably dry skin, use a moisturizer twice a day; If you have oily skin, use it once a day, preferably at night. Pay close attention to the cheeks and area around the mouth as they  tend to be the driest.  To trap moisture on the surface, its best to apply moisturizer on damp skin.  Pat and massage for 60 seconds.  DON’T RUB!

Sunscreen:   To ensure full protection when applying sunscreen,   start with about a quarter size amount and apply on the outside of the face first near the hair and jawline and move inwards.

Eye Cream:   Apply a pea size amount of eye cream under the eyes and on the UPPER lid close to the brow bone, creams tends to travel at least an inch downward after applied,  so, if you apply directly to the lower lid or near the lash line, the cream will get into the eyes and could make them irritated or puffy.  Eye creams should always be applied with the ring finger as its the weakest finger.

Want to spice up your life? Want to avoid getting sick, and shed a couple of pounds while doing it?  Raid your rack!  (the one in your kitchen) 😂  and become a spice fairy; sprinkle the following  spices on everything from tea, coffee, fruits, meats, and pastas..... 

CUMIN:  Cumins anti-inflammatory properties improves memory and lowers stress.  

CINNAMON:  Not only does this tasty spice regulate blood sugar, but it also provides manganese, a mineral that helps maintain bone density.   

FENUGREEK:  Fenugreek is packed with fiber and does a great job at curbing your appetite. 

CLOVES:  A compound in ground cloves called eugenol  may soothe respiratory infections and an upset stomach.   

GINGER:  Ginger is great for post workouts. It contains gingerol, a natural anti-inflammatory that studies find reduce next day muscle pains AND ginger does a good job at easing period cramps and building up the immune system.  

Crushed Red Pepper: The capsaicin in crushed red pepper boost metabolism and when just 2 tbs of the spice is added to food; you'll eat fewer calories and fat throughout the day.     



TURMERIC:    Turmeric is truly a spice of life.  Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent churchmen has several health benefits including reducing depression.  

Say Hello to Viola Davis. The new face of Loreal  "Because she's worth it" 

Viola is no stranger to hard work and perseverance. She started her humble beginnings struggling  her way to better. “I was the kind of poor where I knew right away I had less than everyone around me,” she says. “We had nothing.”  Growing up in Central Falls, R.I., Davis and her five siblings endured harsh living conditions as their parents, Dan and Mae Alice, struggled to make ends meet. “I would jump in trash bins with maggots looking for food, and I would steal from the corner store because I was hungry,” the actress says. “I never had any kids come to my house because my house was a condemned building, it was boarded up, it was infested with rats. I was one of those kids who were poor and knew it.” 

The only childhood photo of Viola Davis. Her mother couldn't afford a camera. 

 Fast forward years later and you're looking at a graduate of  the prestigious Julliard School of Art in New York City, and  the first black woman to ever be nominated for three Academy Awards, Davis has been paving her own way for more than 30 years, with powerful performances in films like 2011’s The Help and on TV, where she currently stars in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder.

Starting from poverty and feeling like you're nothing-- because you have nothing-- can really put a toll on your self esteem. Viola admits she struggled with this feeling for awhile."I thought the only way for people to see me was when I was on the red carpet,"  "I could wear the dress, I could wear the lipstick. I was trying to show that I was good enough. I think that is too much of an ongoing narrative out there: that you get your worth from something on the outside. Really, if it’s not coming from within, it's coming from no place." the actess says. Viola is a light. A bright light and the epitome of knowing ones worth. Circumstances do not define you, character does. A worthy character is well deserving of  the spot light.  Good Job Loreal. 
By now, I'd be shocked if you haven't  heard about the amazing benefits of drinking coffee. 
But guuuyyyssss.... It doesn't stop there!  Coffee has beauty boosting benefits for the outside too. 😍 Here are just a few of my favorites. 


When coffee is frozen, then applied under the eyes, blood vessels get constricted, reducing bags, and dark circles. The tannins in coffee help expel trap fluids, de-puffing eyes even more.  

Diminish Cellulite and Brighten Skin 

Grinding coffee and applying it onto the skin, for at least 5 minutes, will tighten and brighten the skin in no time. The high level of caffeine in coffee quickly dehydrates fat cells of their water content, shrinking dimples. Coffee grounds do an amazing job at exfoliating off dead skin, significantly increasing circulation giving the skin a glow that will last all day. Over time, coffee helps with hyper pigmentation and evens out the skin tone. 

Boost Hair Growth 

Coffee suppresses the hormone DHT that is responsible for hair loss. The high level of antioxidants and caffeine in coffee encourages hair follicles to come to the surface.  Coffee darkens the hair, so blondes should use a coffee enhanced shampoo. Dark hair can use strong brewed coffee. 

Lifestyle of Beauty Coffee Recommendations 

I  thought those epic underwater images of fashion models were ALWAYS photoshopped or at least  digitally enhanced, until I stumbled across this extraordinary photographer, Brett Stanley.   

Brett builds super intricate sets from scratch. The rooms, the props, the lighting, camera and the models are all submerged into water where he does an underwater photoshoot, in his scuba wear. The shoots are very challenging but the results are stunning.  

Brett on why he wouldn't just digitally enhance the photos.

Being an Underwater Photographer I’ve always been drawn to creating dreamscapes below the surface, it’s just part of the allure for me, and trying to build a whole room underwater was one of the goals I’d set myself quite a while ago.
Having been a primarily traveling photographer meant that I didn’t have a proper studio in which to experiment, but that all changed last year when I built my own Underwater Studio at my home in Long Beach, California. 
Having an underwater studio at my house meant that I could spend days experimenting with all sorts of crazy ideas that had been percolating in my soggy brain over the years, one of which was “the sunken room.”