My Bye Bye Acne Skin Care Routine 👋🏾

Let's talk about skin baby! For the past 2-3 years my face has been going through it. I was holding off on skin care related post until my face started showing progress. And ladies let me tell you, in 2 short months my face has made a complete turn around. All thanks to Marie, at the Skin Science clinic, who since May has been helping me through this process. My first visit was a 1 hour consultation where she evaluated my face, identified the causes of my acne, reviewed my makeup/skin care products, edited the products in my routine and recommended future treatments.

There are a lot of factors that contribute to the success of my routine besides the products I use morning and night. Here are just a few  🙋🏾 

  1. Clean everything that comes in contact with your face before every use. This includes your hands, makeup brush, and towels. They are all a breeding ground for germs and bacteria that you don't on there. I keep a stack of clean white hand towels in my bathroom solely to dry face. I toss them in the laundry after every use.
  2. Say deuces ✌🏾  to pore clogging products and ingredients such as primer (silicone), BB & CC creams, anything long lasting, Glycerin, and oil ( oil combating oil is a lieeee! ). Make sure to research the ingredients in your products because some ingredients have alternative names such as silicone (aka dimethicone). We oily skin gals are already prone to experiencing blockage in our pores so we do not need to add to that. 
  3. Start steaming. Your products will absorb better with nice clean and opened pores. At night I precleanse, cleanse, and exfoliate in the shower to allow the steam to release everything my skin has absorbed throughout the day. Because I'm EXTRA I also use a facial steamer 2-3 times a week on nights I apply my face mask to create a relaxing at the spa kinda vibes.

Now that we got through the preliminaries here is my morning and night skin care routine: 

Morning time  

  • Light Steam with warm rag or hot shower
  • Cleanse - Skinsceuticals Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel 
  • Tone - Clear Cell Salicylic Clarifying Tonic (this stuff is magic and it doesn't dry out my skin)
  • Treat - Lancôme Genefique serum  
  • Moisturize/ Protect - PREVENTION+ Daily Matte Moisturizer SPF 32
     
Night Time Skincare Routine

Night Time  

  • Pre cleanse - Purity 3 in 1 cleanser (Forget baby wipes this is my holy grail everything remover)
  • Cleanse - Skinsceuticals Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel
  • *Exfoliate - Rocky Mountain Soap co Vanilla Coconut Revitalizing Face Polish 
  • *Steam - Dr. Dennis Gross Facial Steamer Solutions 
  • *Face Mask - depends on what my skin needs that day
  • Tone - Apple Cidear Vinegar & Kangen beauty water mix (compliments the next product better than Clear Cell Salicylic Clarifying Tonic)
  • Treat - Tacupump (treatment prescribed by my physician) 
  • *Sheet Mask - I follow up with one if I do a clay or clarifying mask
  • Moisturize - Image Clear Cell Mattifying Moisturizer for Oily Skin and Rocky Mountain Soap co Beech Tree Bud Eye Cream 

*completed 2-3 times a week  

This complete routine has made a huge difference in cleansing my pores, treating my inflammation, and preventing future pimples. I can't say these exact products will work for your needs but it worked for me.  In my consultation Marie discussed with me the ingredients in my makeup and skin care products to educated me on how they affect my skin. Now I have a better understanding on how each products works and to pay attention to why purchasing new items. I'm so happy I took a leap of faith and put my complete trust in Marie. She has not failed me 🙂  

Do you have a solid skin care routine? What's helped with your acne? What products have changed the game for you. Comment below!

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Avocado Toast Recipe

I love avocados and I'm surprised it took me this long to try Avocado toast. Last week I finally made my own version. I kept it as simple as possible so that it can be done in the mornings quickly before work. 

Ingredients   

  • 1/2 organic avocado
  • 1 organic Rabbit River Farms vegetarian feed egg
  • 1 slice of  organic Ezekiel 100% sprouted whole grain bread 
  • a dash of Himalayan salt
  • a dash of black pepper
  • a dash of grace Jamaican pepper sauce  
  • 1 tbsp organic grapeseed oil

First thing first!  

1. Add a tablespoon of grapeseed oil to your nonstick frying pan. Heat the pan on medium.  I have an induction stove so it heats up quick. If I'm not careful I can burn whatever's in my pan. 

2. Toast your slice of bread  

3. Crush up 1/2 avocado in a bowl. I like to leave it chunky so I just mash it 3 times. I didn't do this in the picture but I found my avocado kept sliding off my toast. The second time I made it I found it worked better applying it as a spread haha.

4. Crack your egg into a bowl to double check that it's good and then add it to the frying pan. Puncture the yolk so that it spreads. Once the egg white is cooked flip it over to ensure the yolk gets fully cooked. This style of eggs is what Jamaicans call fried egg but I learned not too long ago the more technical culinary term is over hard. 

5. Time to layer. Toast, add the avocado spread, and add your fried egg on top. I wouldn't be me if I didn't sprinkle a bit of Grace pepper sauce to add a little heat. 

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Voila! Comment below with what you layer your avocado toast with.

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On May 3rd A Queen Was Born. . .

I'm 27 now and I started my birthday on my knees giving thanks to God for blessing me with another year. I'm so grateful for where I am today and the beautiful spirits that are a part of my life. I reflect all the time but on my birthday I especially like to acknowledge my growth and identify what my next steps are. I have come so far in my faith but at the same, I notice that I'm still allowing fear to prevent me from reaching my full potential.

A few years ago I started experiencing what some would refer to as anxiety but what I prefer to call moments of uncertainty. It stemmed from me feeling that I was falling short of my personal goals.  I started out strong well on my way but somewhere along the way, I deviated from the path I mapped out for myself. No matter how much I tried to double back I couldn't get back on it. Knowing what I know now, my anxiety didn't stem from feeling like I was a failure for not sticking to "the plan" but more so from fear. Fear of not being successful because I wasn't following what I thought was going to guarantee me the future I wanted for myself.

With lots of soul searching I started to explore the idea that maybe that's not the way I'm supposed to reach the level of success that's intended for me. It wasn't until I started taking small leaps of faith that my anxiety started to subside. Most recently I took a big leap of faith and soon, I'll be taking an even bigger leap (I'll explain in a later post). I got to this point by conditioning myself to trust the process. What it means to trust the process is that you relieve your mind of all doubts or worries and replace it with the thought that things will happen in the sequence they are supposed to. You may take a leap and it may not pan out in the way you liked but it could be a part of something better coming along. 

I wrote this post to share with you guys to let go of whatever fear you have and to have faith that no matter where life takes you that you will be okay. Less thinking and more doing.

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Getting ready for PARKSHOW at Zara ...

If you’re last minute like me then you don’t have a clue what you’re wearing to PARKshow this weekend.  I know I know I should be on top of this. But I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret. I almost never plan my outfits ahead. The odd times I do, I end up changing my mind last minute.

PARKshow has helped us narrow down our choices by giving us a theme color. YELLOW, just in time for Summer. The color yellow represents joy, freshness, and positivity. Which are all characteristic that the PARKshow fashion event embodies. 

Zara Bell Sleeve Jacket| Zara Trousers | Forever 21 Bralette Body Chain | Express Sunglasses

Zara Bell Sleeve Jacket| Zara Trousers | Forever 21 Bralette Body Chain | Express Sunglasses

It just so happens that my favorite store ZARA has an abundance of yellow items in their Spring/Summer’17 collection to suit everyone’s fashion needs. Whether you’re going full throttle yellow head to toe or a more subtle with a pair of earrings, Zara has it all. Don't overthink your outfit, have fun and play around with different patterns and fabrics. And if you still get stuck, ask yourself what would Rihanna wear?

 

Here are a few of my favorite Zara picks that will have you PARKshow ready:

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Haven’t bought your tickets yet? What are you waiting for the 1st show is tomorrow. For my fellow procrastinators use my exclusive promo code “CHERRY10” to get $$ off your tickets here. Bring a friend and tell some friends because you don't want to miss out on this experience.

 

As Heidi Klum says "Meet you on the runway" 🍒

Blooming into Spring at Urban Barn

Blooming into Spring at Urban Barn

When retail therapy starts to include items for your home, you might as well drop the young from Young Adult. At this point, you're a full blown adult. Since moving out on my own, I've developed a love for home stores. I can literally spend hours in there.  My most recent purchase was two sets of Hotel Collection bed sheets. I still get excited every time I lay down in my bed.

With the season changing and an e-vite in my inbox, I couldn't resist spending my Tuesday night at an Urban Barn Workshop. I find decorating overwhelming and expensive so I'll always accept any FREE help I can get.

Keep reading for my takeaways from my workshop at the Roxboro location here in Calgary.

3 Day Cold Pressed Juice Cleanse

3 Day Cold Pressed Juice Cleanse

We're all guilty at some point or another of jumping on the "New year, New me" bandwagon. For most of us, that means creating these open-ended new year's resolution that we never stick to. The most popular ones are health and fitness related. Now because I know 2017 is going to be an EPIC year for me, I want to feel and look my personal best.

Toxin - Free With Rocky Mountain Soap Co.

Toxin - Free With Rocky Mountain Soap Co.

This morning I woke up feeling so blah! The only thing that could cure me of my FriNAY blues is a nice hot shower. I don’t know about you guys but my soap makes or breaks a great shower for me. Of all my years of buying shower gel I never found a favorite and I still haven’t.