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How To Achieve Healthy Skin

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Healthy eating, drinking lots of water, exercising regularly, sleeping seven to eight hours nightly, a skin care regiment and taking vitamins and supplements equals beautiful skin. When these steps are incorporated into your lifestyle at an early age the long term affect will be gorgeous skin no matter what your skin looked like when you were a teen. I know. I am living proof. However, if you want to improve your skin now, it is not too late to start.


I started breaking out when I was 12-years-old. At 13 I realized my acne can be controlled, not cured, but controlled with a regular skin care routine. From then, until today, I have a daily method of caring for my skin. I changed things up a lot because my skin wouldn’t let me maintain one process but what stayed the same was a regiment. I had oily skin with pimples, white heads and black heads on my face, chest, back and shoulders! As an insecure teen I used to try to be confident but that was shot to pieces when strangers approached me and said, “You have really beautiful skin. All you need to do to clear up things is…” I know they were trying to be helpful but at the time all I noticed was that they saw my acne and I was trying so hard to act like it wasn’t there. I thought it must look really bad for a stranger to say something to me. And guess what? It did!

As an adult I realized one of the first steps of a healthy skin care routine is wearing less make-up. You want to obtain clear skin so you won’t have to need make-up. So not using make-up will help you get clear skin.


As a teen and young adult I would apply make-up over my unhealthy skin. I wasn’t fooling anyone. In fact I looked worse with a layer of foundation smeared across the bumps, dry and oily patches, and scars that the make-up couldn’t cover.

If you are experiencing something like this now do yourself a favor and ditch the make-up. When you are able to start wearing it again opt to wear less and use brands that are less toxic. It’s important to understand that your lifestyle, including your cosmetics, all affect the health of your skin. Stop using brands that possess harsh chemicals and switch to organic and cleaner cosmetics to get healthy overall.


When you have healthy, clear skin, your need or want for make-up vanishes. These days I don’t wear make-up every day like I used to. When I have a personal or professional meeting I apply a natural look that doesn’t include a lot of make-up. This is the benefit of healthy skin and this is the benefit I want you to have. It is important to be confident in your own skin than to hide behind a mask of make-up.

My favorite organic, vegan, and/or natural cosmetic and skin care lines are:

  • Shea Moisture
  • Tart
  • Juice Beauty
  • Dr. Hauschka
  • ZuZu Luxe
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC)
  • Gabriel Cosmetics, Inc.

New Facial Products

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

I had to update some of my Juice Beauty products and along the way I decided to try a few new things just to experiment.

I have used Juice Beauty on and off for years but I returned a couple of years ago and decided to maintain this brand as my go-to for skin care necessities.

Juice Beauty is great because the products are organic and they do wonders for my skin without harsh ingredients doing who knows what to my face and organs.  Plus I get more compliments, and for someone who grew up with oily acne prone skin with scars, that means a lot!

The new stuff I am trying for the first time includes Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil. I use this anti-aging product at night to remove make up. It was made to clean, soften and purify while dissolving makeup. Perfect.

The other new product is the Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads. These anti-aging pads are applied at night and I have noticed a certain glow to skin. In addition, my make up goes on easier.

The last new nightly product I use is Nutrient Moisturizer. This is thick, moist and perfect for the dry, cool, fall nights in Albuquerque.

Hydration is key as we get older and I make sure to apply suitable items to my skin as I rest through the night and heal.





Five Tips to Help You Age Gracefully

Monday, June 8th, 2015

I think it is safe to say everyone wants to age gracefully. I know I do. I love it when people think I am in my mid 30s, when in actuality, I am much older than that. Looking youthful has a lot to do with genetics but there are steps to take to enhance those baby looks and one way is eating a healthy diet. You probably heard that before but it’s worth repeating. So below I provided five top tips anyone can use to age gorgeously for many years to come. Check it out.

Eat Healthy Fats

People tend to think that fat is the enemy however that isn’t fully true. There are bad fats such as lard and butter which are dangerous for the waistline and heart health, but there are also healthy fats such as those found in olive oil and avocado. Not only do they taste great, they possess properties which can help to keep anyone looking young and feeling great.

Give Your Body Lots of Hydration

The body needs water in order to perform even the most basic function. It also needs water to help it stay looking young. Have some fun with water. Infuse fruits such as watermelon, oranges, apples or pineapples to make it taste sweet naturally.

Eat Guava

Guava is very high in Vitamin C which is an important component of any anti-aging diet.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes have been called the perfect food because they are low in calories but high in fiber. They are packed with vitamins and minerals and can assist in cell repair. Bake, boil or steam them and then add some cinnamon. Sweet potatoes can also be eaten mashed like white potatoes.

Omega Fatty Acids

Omega Fatty Acids are a key part of any anti-aging diet not to mention any healthy lifestyle. You can get them from things like chia seeds, flax seeds or in whole grains. You can also take supplements to help boost your intake.


Living With Confidence

Monday, May 4th, 2015


Living with confidence is difficult to achieve and it’s extra tricky if you brought insecurities from your childhood into your adult life. Many of us do just that but we are not aware of it. If the negativity isn’t caught and fixed, it can turn into unhealthy behaviors such as overeating, alcohol and drug abuse or mental and physical abuse to various people.

So to stay confident and have a healthy lifestyle I follow the steps below that help me keep it all together.

Do something that brings you pleasure. What makes you happy? Does it bring a certain satisfaction to you by just thinking about it? When you do whatever it is that brings you pleasure, does doing it feel effortless? If so, then keep that activity alive.

I am sure I am about to embarrass the Women’s Liberation Movement but I get pleasure from taking care of my house, dog and husband. I enjoy baking, cooking, blogging, exploring new adventures, taking care of my health, hair and beauty and conversing with family and friends. I will continue to do these things and more as I travel through my life with confidence.

Be true to yourself. Do not set your personal or career path in a direction based on what others want for you. If you can dream it, you can live it. I have finally come to terms and accepted that the Universe wants me to have my own business. I experienced a lot of unnecessary corporate drama working for someone else (I am still removing all the knives from my back) and it is high time I start to call my own shots. My husband and I have a business. I would rather spend my time expanding our business instead of someone else’s. It took a long time for me to be true to myself and admit that working for someone else is not where the Universe wants me to be. Once I developed the confidence to move on, my space felt better, and I realized that space is truly what I need.

Stay on course and persevere. No matter what you might be facing, now or ahead of you, as you move forward in your quest to accomplish your goals and dreams, you must stay on course and persevere. As you set out to achieve your goals and your dreams, be aware: you must have thick skin. You must possess sheer determination and be willing to do whatever it takes to get you where you want to go. Once that confidence is in place insecurity will not be an option and failure will not be a word to use when you seek to reach your ultimate goals and dreams.

As Venus Williams said, “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.”

The Natural Look Using Shea Moisture

Monday, October 20th, 2014

So I order a few more items from Shea Moisture’s make-up line on My goal was to achieve a natural look and I think I found it with the products I purchased.

Check out the pictures below.


I applied the primer pre-base for a long-lasting makeup application. The primer may look white and thick but it easily blended into my skin smoothly. I wanted to try this product because it’s formulated for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin, all of which I have.



Wearing only primer.


The CC Cream, a base foundation, has SPF 15.  When you live in an area where the sun is more intense like I do, you can never wear too much protection. This matte finish product was designed to neutralize imperfections with built-in color correcting creams. I selected CC Cream in Medium and I like it a lot.


The CC Cream hid some imperfections I have but not my dark circles. I had to add concealer in Tropea Almond for that.


The press powder I selected is the same color as the sheer foundation I purchased before – Madidi Mocha.


Wearing the press powder in Madidi Mocha.


I really like the illuminating powder in Cinnamon Ceylon.


The compact has a flip-up part the provides a mirror and brush. It’s very nice and easy to put in your make-up bag.


Wearing the illuminating powder.

By the way, did any one notice that my protective style for the fall are box braids? For me what else would it be?


All done. Make-up that provides a natural look with natural ingredients for women of color. I love it.

This is what 48 looks like!

Now I’m going to have Sunday brunch with my mom at the country club.


At the country club.


The country club’s grounds. Golf is very popular.

Pure Shea Butter Bar Soap by Out Of Africa

Monday, May 26th, 2014

I received one box of Pure Shea Butter soap by Out Of Africa to review. This soap quotes as being “A revelation in hydration for all skin types.” With just that I became interested. Living in the desert has dried me out so I am always looking for the next best thing in moisturizers.


The African Black bar is 100% pure and unrefined shea butter. I liked that. The ingredients were understandable and I liked that too.


I was pleased that the soap provided a nice lather. I am aware that lather should not matter but I do like it in my cleansing products as long as all ingredients are natural.

After bathing with the soap while under running water my skin was squeaky clean. Once dry I needed to moisturize right away but that is not unusual for me. The test was to see if I required to lotion-up two or three times throughout the day, like I normally do. However, to my pleasant surprise, I did not.


For more information about Out Of Africa, and to obtain a bar of soap, visit their website at

Your purchase of this product will contribute five cents to provide medical care and education to children in West Africa!

Wash Day!

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

I was really amused when I saw this photo, so much so, I had to post it. Look at the broccoli, jelly, I think that’s apple sauce and ketchup, Pam and Ranch dressing. They just put all kinds of food elements together and took a picture.

So funny!

Happy wash day. It’s Sunday!


My Daily Vitamin Regiment – Update

Monday, May 19th, 2014

10348304_10203119991434957_8178967134021242225_nI haven’t written about my vitamin regiment in a few years so below is an update. Some vitamins I will always take because I like them that much but there are some new findings on the list that are super cool and I had to add them to my daily routine.

Some of the supplements I am taking cater to hair growth and strength but they also focus on other health issues that many of us deal with regularly.

It’s important to know all of the benefits vitamins supply. While helping to improve one element you can also prevent another.

Biotin 2 mg/day

Also known as Vitamin H Biotin is a B-complex that is good for hair and nails strength and growth. It promotes healthy skin, prevents hair loss in men and enhances healthy sweat glands, nerve tissues and bone marrow. Biotin with chromium improves blood sugar control it can reduce insulin resistance and improve glucose tolerance which could help type 2 diabetics.

Super B Vitamins/2 capsules day

It’s the ultimate health supplement which provides all the essential B vitamins: thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), biotin (vitamin B7), folic acid (vitamin B9), & cobalamins (vitamin B12)… all in a single supplement! I now feel comfortable that all of my B’s are covered.

Vitamin C 1000 Complex/day

Vitamin C has a vital role in maintaining the health and beauty of your skin. Also known as ascorbic acid it is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. This vitamin also helps your skin repair itself. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can slow down the damage of dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.

CoQ-10 200 mg/day

CoQ-10 is a highly beneficial vitamin-like substance that is present in almost all plant, animal and human cells.  It is not considered a vitamin because it can be made in the body. CoQ-10 is an anti-aging supplement. It can enhance fertility issues, manage high blood pressure, increase energy and mental alertness, plus it can assist many heart related conditions. CoQ-10 helps the immune system to work better, and in so doing, helps to prevent cancer and it has been reported to extend the lifespans and well-being of patients with AIDS.

Vitamin D3 1000 IU/day

I take Vitamin D3 in a liquid form. One drop is 1000 IUs. This vitamin promotes overall health, a longer life, strength and it keeps the brain performing adequately. Vitamin D3 also aids to bone health, psoriasis and skin disorder, blood sugar regulation and insulin resistance, fetal brain development for pregnant women, reproductive health and the prevention of multiple sclerosis, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, rickets and osteomalacia.

Vitamin E 400 IU/day

My favorite vitamin of all time is great to improve hair and skin issues. Vitamin E helps cope with stress, fertility, minimizes the risk of cancer and coronary heart disease. It is also associated with the slowing of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Folic Acid 800 mcg/day

Folic acid improves the hair, skin and nails. It increases fertility and breast milk, prevents birth defects, miscarriages, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, eye disease like Macular degeneration, colon cancer, cervical cancer, heart disease and stroke. Folic Acid also improves brain development and functioning.

Hair, Skin and Nails Supplements/2 day

Designed to enhance the beauty of the hair, skin and nails.

Zinc 50 mg/day

The health benefits of Zinc include proper functioning of the immune and digestive systems, control of diabetes, reduction of stress levels, energy metabolism, and an increased rate of healing for acne and wounds. Zinc is also helpful in terms of fertility, prostate disorder, hair growth, eczema, weight loss, night blindness, colds, eye care and appetite loss.

I purchase all of my vitamins online at It’s easier this way because I don’t have to go to different stores to get what I want. Everything is already there.