It’s Tuesday but here’s a little Monday Make-up Magic!!

► F A C E Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Nyx Cosmetics Dark Circle Concealer – Medium Tarte Shape Tape Concealer Maybelline Matte + Poreless Foundation NYC Cosmetics Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder Nyx Matte Finish Setting Spray Makeup Geek Cosmetics Contour Pan – Complicated Makeup Geek Blush – Soulmate & Covet ColourPop Cosmetics […]

via MAKEUP MONDAY: Red, Lavender + Mauve Magic — O H A L Y S S A K

Clean Beauty – Routine Changes

This post is reprinted from “Because I’m Addicted” on bloglovin at bloglovin – Because I’m Addicted  I thought that it was a great article, so I’m sharing it with you!


If you’re not into clean beauty, I get it! I really do. The truth about non-natural beauty products is that they work – really well! There’s a reason beauty is a multi-billion dollar industry, and when it comes to benefits like clearing skin, fighting aging, nourishing your hair, etc. a lot of the toxic products get the job done BUT that can come with a price: your health.

Women who wear makeup and use beauty products on a daily basis can absorb an average of 5 pounds (five pounds!!) of chemicals into their bodies each year. Everything that we slather onto our bodies goes directly into our blood stream. So just like being mindful of what we eat and drink, we need to be mindful about what we’re putting on our bodies in the same way.

What they’ve discovered is that the chemicals being used are proven to cause cancer and are endocrine disruptors which can increase production of certain hormones; decrease production of others; imitate hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones. Scary stuff!

So, if you want to start making switches to clean beauty but aren’t ready to give up your Tom Ford foundation (I feel you, girl!) my suggestion is to make three simple changes to daily used items. The first two are the products that are used all over your body: soap and lotion (if you don’t use this daily, you still need to change this one). And the third, deodorant. Switch those three to organic/natural/clean and you’ve made a big change in the amount of toxins you’re absorbing annually. Yay, go you!

Product recommendations:

Organic soaps: Makes 3 Organic Eucalyptus Cedarwood Soap (highest rated by the EWG), Dr. Bronner’s (what I personally use) & Pure ProvenceOil/body butter/organic lotion: Organic Matcha Body Moisturizer,  Aura Cacia Organics Skin Care Oil Sweet Almond, Fig & Yarrow Body OilTrue Botanicals Body Balm (I love their Frankincense + Sandalwood) plus more below

Non-toxic deodorants: Erbaviva, Agent Nateur, ORGANIC 101, EO Organics & Schmidt’s  plus more below

Wow! Harvard Students Host Black Commencement 2017

African-American students at Harvard University will hold their own commencement ceremony on May 23, reports The Boston Globe. From The Boston Globe: Student organizers said the event, called Black Commencement 2017, is the first university wide ceremony for black students at Harvard, and is designed to celebrate their unique struggles and achievements at an elite institution that…

via Black Harvard Students To Host Own Graduation Ceremony — Black America Web

Beyoncé Launches New Scholarship for Female Students

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of her award-winning album, “Lemonade,” singer, songwriter and actress Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has established the Formation Scholars for the 2017-2018 academic year. Spelman is one of four colleges participating in the program, with one scholar to be chosen from each institution. The other academic institutions are the Berklee College of Music, Howard University and Parsons School of Design. The goal of the one-time award of $25,000 is to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box, and who are bold, creative, conscious and confident.” Eligible Spelman students must be incoming, first-year or currently enrolled students majoring in creative arts, music, literature, African-American studies or women’s studies. Other requirements include a 3.5 GPA, evidence of work in the field of study, and a short essay (maximum of 300 words) on how the album “Lemonade” inspired the applicant’s educational goals. All application materials must be submitted by 12 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 12. Read more about the scholarship at Spelman Scholarships.