Daily Skincare Practices to Achieve Clear Skin

Hey Passionista! 

I take pride in having healthy clear skin, but I can’t lie it takes having daily habits to keep my skin looking clean and clear. Over the years I have learned just how much drinking water impacts my skin. The more consistently I drink water the healthier I experience my skin being. My daily goal is to drink 64 fluid ounces of water. When I start slacking on my water intake, my face is sure to remind me to drink some water. 

Take a look at  my morning skincare routine. 

Here are 7 products I use on a daily basis and how they will help you achieve clear skin: 

#1 Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Gentle Balancing Toner

Witch Hazel helps to cleanse the skin, fight acne breakouts and keep and even skin tone. I can honestly use this product multiple times a day. 

#2 Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser

If you are not using a gentle exfoliator daily, you should make sure that you exfoliate at least twice a week. Exfoliating the skin can fix uneven skin tones and keep your pores from getting clogged. 

#3 Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser

If you don’t do anything else at all, make sure you clean your face daily. Do it in the morning and at night. A good cleansing of the face with a facial brush will give your skin a thorough deep clean, naturally hydrate your skin, remove daily toxins and give you a natural glow. 

#4 111 Skin Hyaluronic Aqua Boost

My aesthetician put me on game about using hyaluronic acid  to improve skin elasticity, revitalize tired looking skin, and retain moisture below the surface of the skin. I added a Hyalurinoic acid serum to my skincare routine about 2 years ago and now I look for products that have it as an ingredient to ensure that I am giving my skin exactly what it needs. 

#5 Biossance Squalane Vitamin C Rose Oil

Rose oil is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking youthful. I don’t know about you, but I want the “foreva young” kind of skin. Using a face oil daily will stimulate the skin and give you a natural glow of clear skin. 

#6 ProX by Olay Advanced Facial Cleansing Brush System

A facial brush helps to minimize clogged pores and help smooth skin. It also creates a blissful experience for cleansing your face on a day basis. 

#7 Beauty by Earth Rose Quartz Facial Roller

Facial rollers are not a product you have to use everyday, but it has youthful benefits that will keep you skin looking youthful longer. Using a face roller will help reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the face and neck and well as promote blood circulation. I enjoy using my facial roller as a final step in my daily skincare routine. 

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links and any sales made through such links will reward me a small commission- at no extra cost for you. 

Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask To Moisturize Dry Hair

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Queenie P deserves some tender love and care to soften up her curls and make sure they stay poppin’ the way that I like. For those of you who are new here, Queenie P is the name I gave my hair because she has her own attitude and deserves her own name. So, I thought it was over due time for a clay mask. I used to apply a clay mask to my hair at least once a month, but quarantining made me lazy. It’s time that I get back to my regularly scheduled program and treat Queenie P the way she deserves to be treated.

The Benefits

Here are 5 primary benefits of using a clay mask on your natural hair that has helped me grow healthy natural hair: 

  1. Clay masks draw out toxins, impurities, and build up on skin and scalp.
  2. Clay masks contain natural minerals that support healthy hair growth.
  3. Clay masks soften and condition hair to give a more manageable head of curls .
  4. Clay masks naturally define curls and give it moisture.
  5. Clay masks help defrizz and give hair a natural shine.

The Mixture

For the clay mask, I will be using Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Distilled Water. You will need a bowl and spoon to mix the mask. 

Step 1: Mix 3-5 scoops of the Indian Clay Mask powder and 1 cap full of ACV into a bowl. 

Step 2: Add water and stir. Start with a small amount of water, then add more as needed. 

Once you have achieved your desired consistency, it’s time to prepare your hair.

The Process

Prep the hair by using a spray bottle to damp the curls to make it easier to part through and apply the clay mask. I suggest sectioning the hair into 4 sections or more and work on one section at a time. For each section of the hair you want to part smaller sections with your fingers and apply the clay mask from roots to tips to every strand of hair. 

Once the clay mask has been applied throughout the hair, place a shower cap over the hair and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. DO NOT let this clay mask dry and harden in hair, it will be hard to wash out. After 15 to 20 minutes, shampoo and condition hair as normal.

The Results

After cleaning the hair with shampoo and conditioning the curls, you will experience more defined, stronger curls. The more this process is performed over time the softer the texture will become. I highly recommend performing this process at least once a month for best results. 

Disclaimer: I am not a professional. I did not watch any in depth video or do any depth research prior to performing this clay mask on my hair. I just wanted to try a clay mask on my hair to deep cleanse my scalp and help keep my dry hair moisturized. 

What to put in a mini skincare fridge?

Hey Passionista! 

I can’t get over how much better my skincare journey has been since I started storing my products in a skincare fridge. The cooling sensation of a toner, cleanser, mask or face oil takes my skincare routine to a whole other level. When chilled skincare products have the potential to last longer, improve any puffiness, and show better results over time. Most of you don’t pay attention to this, but most of your skincare products have an expiration date or a 2 year shelf life. By keeping those products cool, it’ll keep those active ingredients working longer to give you flawless skin at every use. 

I’ve been enjoying more raw skincare products and those have to be refrigerated. Most of them will go bad within 2 days if not refrigerated. I also prefer to refrigerate my at-home made masks in my skincare fridge to help get more than one use out of them. Another great item to store in a skincare fridge is sheet masks. There is nothing more blissful than a cold sheet mask laying on your face for skin that glows. I even store my facial roller in the skincare fridge so that it cold during every use. 

Applying cold pressure to the skin helps prevent wrinkles. It’s important to start great skincare and wellness habits early in life to prevent any problems from appearing. I plan on having flawless skin and a healthy lifestyle for as long as I live. 

Take a inside look at my skincare fridge as I clean out my old fridge and install my new one. 

How To Do A Brain Dump | 2 Step Process to Planning

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As we say good bye to 2020, and enter 2021… I want you all to do a “Brain Dump” to help you start planning your year. Doing a Brain Dump every few months will help you better organize, prioritize and set goals for yourself. I have developed a 2 step process that is super easy to follow and has been really effective for me. Take a look!

There are only 2 steps to the process, and you can’t mess it up. Trust me!

You’ll need a dry ease board or poster board, and a notebook.

First things first, set your phone timer for 20 minutes. Using your dry ease board or poster board, write down everything going on in your head for 20 minutes. Don’t worry about being neat, or forming complete sentences. Just jot everything down in 20 minutes.

When the times goes off, YOU STOP WRITING!!!!

Next, you want to review everything you wrote down and group like things together and began to organize each thing with greater details, action items, or ideas. Use your notebook to gather all your thoughts and create checklist, set deadlines and further plan out the things from your brain dump.

Continue to plan and work on these things daily. Once you have completed everything that’s when it time to perform another “Brain Dump”.

Be sure to come back and tell me all about your brain dump experience.

Do All Things With Passion!

Work with me | Blogmas

Hey Passionista!

I’m not only am I a blogger, I am also a entrepreneur.

I started my full time journey as a entrepreneur in May of 2019. After working in Corporate America for 6 years and starting my business as a side hustle for 4 years, I transitioned into a new world of being my own boss. The journey has been crazy, yet rewarding all at the same time.

I am the Founder & CEO of The Passion Palette. The Passion Palette is a Events & Marketing agency that works with small business to deliver project based marketing services and special event management. Today, I’m going to show you what a typical work day is like for me.

Tell me how you liked this type of content and if you would like to see more like it. Ask me questions about entrepreneurship. I’d love to share my journey.

Create a Balloon Wall With Me |Blogmas 2020

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The best thing about being a creative is having friends who are creative as well. I love to get together with friends to create something dope and outside of the box. I’ve been wanting to do a Balloon Wall for some time now, so I thought Christmas would be the best time. So I hooked up with my DIY bestie to create one. Take a look!

Blogmas Update/ Check In:

Y’all I can’t seem to keep up. Putting together content for Blogmas is a lot and the days are flying by. But I hope you are enjoying my content. I will continue to put my best efforts forward to share new content everyday until Christmas. Then I’m going on a much needed break until after the New Year. Send me some encouragement, please. I need it!


DIY Hot Chocolate Bar | Blogmas 2020


Hey Passionista!

I am also looking on Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest for crafty creative stuff. A few days ago I came across a Dollar Tree project that I couldn’t help but try myself. Watch as I create a DIY Hot Chocolate Bar.

Perfect for family movie nights!

Materials Used: 

Chocolate Spoons 

Peppermint Spoons

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Santa Claus Candy

Peppermint

Candy Canes

Marshmallows 

Chocolate Syrup 

Wooden Craft Crates

Inspired by http://www.instagram.com/bargainbethany

Easy Flexi Rod Set for Natural Hair

Hey Passionista!

One style that will forever be one of my favorites …. is a Flexi Rod set. I love the look of a fresh flexi rod set on my full natural hair. You are in for a treat, because I’m about to show you just how I do my flexi rod styles.

In case you were wondering, here are the products I used: 

  • Taliah Waajid Apple & Aloe Leave In Conditioner
  • African Pride Moisture Miracle 
  • Lotta Body Foaming Mousse
  • Mixed Chicks Styling Gel
  • Cantu Style Stay Frizz-Free Finisher

Family Holiday Photoshoot

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One of my favorite things to do to kickoff the holiday season is to take pictures with my family. About 4 years ago I realized I didn’t have many family portraits. When I was little I remember getting dressed up and going to Sears to take holiday pictures that my mom would share with the family in our Christmas card. Well as I started to get older, for some reason we stopped taking family photos. So, I planned a family photoshoot for my extended family. I look forward to our Christmas photoshoot every year. We create some really funny memories during each photoshoot, and we create some real dope pictures too.

Here are 5 tips to help you plan a family photoshoot for the holidays

#1 Pick a color scheme.

The color scheme is important. You can either choose for everyone to wear the same thing, or select a color scheme. When you are dealing with more the 3 or 4 people, I highly suggest a color scheme for every to stick to. That way everyone can choose what’d like to wear, be comfortable, and show their personality. Pinterest has really good color scheme templates/ inspiration for group photoshoots.

For our pictures this year we decided on Yellow, Red, and Denim. In the past we have wore, Green and Tan; shades of Purple.

#2 Find the perfect location for your family.

Location is everything!!!! Keeping in mind your family dynamic when selecting your photoshoot location and be creative. There are parks, farms, shopping centers, and city skylines. Try googling “Top places for a photoshoot near me” you’ll be surprised at what you find.

Our family photo location this year was Prospect Farm in Lawrenceville, Georgia. I found this location from a google search that lead me to their Facebook page.

#3 Book a photographer.

A photographer who has experience working with a group of people instead of just one or two people is very important. If you have children in your family, you need a photographer who can work with children during a photoshoot. I personally like a photography team of 2 or more shooters, that why you can capture more moments in a hour long session. I really like to see the behind scene footage and candid shoots from a photoshoot.

As a blogger, I have a list of to go photographers. For my family and event photography, I always hire Vision of Life photography. They are a couple duo, so you have 2 shooters and they are very detailed oriented.

#4 Create a mood board on Pinterest.

Pinterest is the best app for you to find photoshoot inspiration. From poses and facial expressions to props and filters, Pinterest is the best. I highly suggest you create a mood board for your photoshoot before hand so you know exactly what type of shoots you want to get.

#5 Have Fun.

Photoshoots are meant to be fun and capture the great memories with your family. So, don’t be to serious. Just have fun. Create a fun atmosphere by play music that everyone can groove to during the photoshoot. Genuine happiness looks better than any planned smile in a photo.

Before you go, share one thing you like to do with your family during the holidays.

GRWM| Mielle Organics Rice Water Collection

Hey Passionista-

Mielle Organics just released a collection of rice water products. Even though I gave up on rice water a while back, y’all know I had to cope this collection to test it out.

This collection comes complete with a split end therapy serum, moisturizing milk, clay masque, and shine mist. Mille Organics is even offering this products for $5 each on their website right now (for a limited time of course). Don’t say I ain’t never put you on game. After you read this blog, head over to their website to order your new products.

So I decided I’d get cute and share a “Get Ready With Me” video of me using the collection for the first time and give y’all my honest opinions on each product.

Y’all know I used to make my own rice water, and I complained about the deadly smell it produced. The smell was one of the main reasons why I stopped using rice water. Surprisingly, these product smell fairly good. they don’t stink and they do leave your hair smelling good. If you know what pure rice water smells, you get hint of it in these products. But nothing overbearing at all.

The split end therapy serum is something I’ve been needing and didn’t even know. I don’t trim my ends as often as I should. I can’t remember the last time I had my ends trimmed. This serum is lightweight product designed to strengthen your ends and can be used daily. I decided to apply it to my hair before applying the clay masque and letting them both sit on my hair for 30 minutes before rinsing out and styling.

Now the clay masque is something special. It smells amazing and I love that it is pink. But it’s not just for detoxifying your hair, you can use it on your body too. I love a product with multiple usage benefits.

I slick have a bone to pick with the moisturizing milk but I’m not going to be picky. It flakes a little — or maybe it was the way I used the product. Overall, the product is thick yet very moisturizing. My protective style was looking well moisturized for a few days. When I did need a little hydration I used the shine mist to refresh my style.

Now, the shine mist is my favorite product from this line. I get real spray happy with this product everyday. It’s easy to spray and it hits a wide range of hair per spray. Best of all it feels amazing on my scalp.

For only $5 (right now) GO RACK UP SIS!!!!!