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  • Tom Ford Bitter Peach Is A Lavishly Delicious Scent

    Tom Ford Bitter Peach Is A Lavishly Delicious Scent

    Luxury fragrances are our latest obsession. Listen, whenever we are allowed to try and wear designer perfumes, we are always beaming with glee! Obsessing may be a strong word, but we would never pass up an opportunity to sniff scents and aromas (the good ones). The moment we heard Influenster was sending us Tom Ford Bitter Peach eau de parfum to review, we felt so special! We’ve never shopped with the luxury brand Tom Ford before, so we were eager to wear one of their products.

    We’ve also seen some polarizing opinions about the Tom Ford Bitter Peach eau de parfum online, and many other influencers are obsessing over this fragrance too. So let us not wait any longer to share our review of Tom Ford’s explicitly sweet fragrance. Keep scrolling to get all the juicy details on the Tom Ford Bitter Peach eau de parfum.

    Thank You, Influenster!

    Before we take a bite out of Bitter Peach’s notes, intensity, and market value, we want to sincerely thank Influenster for sending us this complimentary gift. Influenster sent It’s The Lewk this product in exchange for our honest opinion. Our readers should note that the views and opinions expressed in this article reflect our experience after testing the Tom Ford Bitter Peach fragrance. The purpose of this article is to inform interested consumers about products on the market only.

    DISCLAIMER: Heads up! My posts contain affiliate links. Above all, if you buy something through one of those links, you will not have to pay a penny more, but I receive a small commission. In other words, it helps keep the lights on. Thanks!

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    Tom Ford Bitter Peach: Bright and Sensual

    Tom Ford released the Bitter Peach fragrance in 2020 as part of their Private Blend Collection. Although Bitter Peach is not the newest fragrance from the brand on the market, it is ripe and still mentioned as one of the best luxury fragrances released this decade. The scent is “explicitly sweet and dangerously voluptuous“- Tom Ford. “Bitter Peach surges with dark, skin-gripping sensuality. Like a full-flavored peach at its most ripe– the scent is erotic by nature“. Then, there’s the beautifully bright and sleek bottle design of Bitter Peach. It has an exquisitely tinted translucent outer layer with an opaque inner coat. The Bitter Peach bottle also has an appropriate peach-colored hue to its design, complimenting its scent. 

    Tom Ford Bitter Peach Notes

    Tom Ford Bitter Peach Eau de Parfum (50mL)
    Top, Middle, and Base Notes
    1. Peche de Vigne (Peach)
    2. Sicilian Blood Orange
    3. Rum
    4. Davana oil
    5. Patchouli
    6. Sandalwood
    7. Vanilla
    8. Cognac
    9. Jasmine
    Bitter Peach perfume intensity level

    To clarify, Bitter Peach is a noticeable fruity-floral scent. Peche de Vigne and Sicilian Blood Orange, two top notes, are detected within minutes of spraying and are strong openers for this fragrance! Although the peach and orange notes are prominent initially, we wouldn’t say that Bitter Peach has an overbearing aroma. As the scent settles, we notice other middle and base notes, like patchouli, jasmine, and vanilla. Just when you thought you figured out Bitter Peach’s aroma, it reveals other top, middle, and base notes as it lingers and softens.

    Longevity and Wear

    Tom Ford Bitter Peach gives us summer vibes! This fragrance is perfect for daytime wear in the summer or the fall. For example, the orange, peche de vigne, vanilla, and jasmine oils are very vibrant and colorful, much like the fall/summer seasons. We would also recommend wearing Tom Ford Bitter Peach during a date night. Your date or partner will comment on how delightful you smell that night. Trust us! Lastly, if you plan to wear Tom Ford Bitter Peach, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll never need to spray this fragrance multiple times within the day. Once you put this fragrance on, it lasts throughout the entire day. Bitter Peach is not a scent you will escape. 

    Polarizing and Lavishly Delicious Bitter Peach

    We love everything about Tom Ford Bitter Peach eau de parfum. The scent is cute and an intoxicating women’s fragrance. Bitter Peach makes us feel sensual, sexy, and erotic. It is one of our favorite fragrances that we’ve tested this decade and is a fragrance that will last for years to come (much like its scent). We recommend every woman try Tom Ford Bitter Peach because we feel all women deserve to feel this way, but we believe fruity-floral scent lovers will appreciate it the best! 

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    Where To Shop for Bitter Peach

    1. Macy’s 
    2. Nordstroms
    3. Sephora
    4. Tom Ford

    Lastly, you can find Bitter Peach at any of the above major retail stores in-store or online. Prices vary based on the bottle size (10 mL for $80.00, 30 for $250.00, 50 for $390.00, and 100 mL for $570.00).


  • Best Skincare Gifts for Normal to Dry Skin *Tested*

    Best Skincare Gifts for Normal to Dry Skin *Tested*

    Shopping for skincare products is not easy for everyone as it may seem. Firstly, dozens of skincare products are on the market with promises to correct and address the same concerns. Additionally, our skin goes through routine changes! A change in skin type or texture can present challenges for shopping for the right skincare products to help identify skincare concerns. Tbh, it’s chaotic. There needs to be an effective method in place to navigate all those skincare products on the market! So, we’ve compiled a guide to a few of our favorite skincare products. These products will make the best skincare gifts for the skincare lover in your life!

    (Whether that person is you or someone you may know.)

    Why You Should Trust Us: Reasons Why They’re The Best Skincare Gifts

    So if you’re asking for a friend, we want to tell you why you can trust us about these products. We got you! The reader should note that the skincare products in this guide work best for normal to dry skin types. This news is great for our readers and girlies who do not have many skincare concerns or goals. Secondly, we believe each item on this list is a great product to add to any beginner or expert skincare routine. Lastly, we’ve sorted through the best honest reviews from verified reviewers, we’ve tested these products ourselves, and we’re confident that skincare lovers will find them beneficial!

    DISCLAIMER: Heads up! My posts contain affiliate links. Above all, if you buy something through one of those links, you will not have to pay a penny more, but I receive a small commission. In other words, it helps keep the lights on. Thanks! 

    Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

    cetaphil moisturing lotion | best skincare gifts

    Let’s begin with the best skin care products that anyone can use daily. Cetaphil is a trusted brand by dermatologists and many consumers. Their body lotions and moisturizers provide hydration and nourishment that lasts all day. The Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion is perfect for the face and body of all skin types (normal, dry, and sensitive).

    Price at the time of publishing: $12

    *What Our Reviewers Say: 

    “My skin really likes Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. I usually apply right after I bathe/shower and don’t have to worry about reapplying as I would with [some] other lotions/moisturizers, and I consider this [to be] a pretty ‘clean’ skincare product which is a plus. I trust enough to let my whole family use it for this reason, and I would purchase it again.” – Aspiring D, Influenster Reviewer

    Chapstick Total Hydration with Sea Minerals

    chapstick total hydration with sea minerals

    This 3-in-1 lip balm has a botanical-moisturizing complex to help keep lips moisturized for up to 8 hours. Reviewers found their lips feeling nongreasy, soft, and smooth after using this Chapstick with a triple-action formula. Everyone and anyone who has used Chapstick’s products before knows that their products renew and transform dry lips for a radiant and youthful look.

    Price at the time of publishing: $7

    *What Our Reviewers Say:  

    “I absolutely love this Total Hydration Sea Minerals Moisturizing lip exfoliator, and I use it at night as a moisturizer for my lips. [This] tends to leave my lips soft and hydrated the next morning. I really enjoy this new product.” – Jamie U, Influencer

    CosRx Niacinamide 15 Serum

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    Serums are the best gifts for addressing and treating skin care concerns. CosRx’s Niacinamide 15 Serum rapidly treats mild to severe acne breakouts and dark spots. The serum is light and absorbs fast into the skin, and reviewers noticed a change in appearance within 30 days!

    Price at the time of publishing: $25

    *What Our Reviewers Say:  

    “I think this is a good everyday serum! I’m a huge fan of niacinamide in my routine and have been for years, as there are spots on my face that are an oil slick if left to their own devices, and I have massive pores in those areas as well. This serum is definitely in the top five niacinamide serums that I have used. I can really tell a difference in the oil production throughout the day on my skin.” – Shelby M, Skincare Enthusiast, Makeup Junkie

    CosRx Vitamin C 23 Serum

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    We believe our readers will no longer be interested in searching for the fountain of youth after using this serum. CosRx’s Vitamin C 23 Serum targets aging, improve skin, and boosts skin radiance. What we love most about the Vitamin C 23 Serum is its 23% pure vitamin c, perfect for reducing wrinkles and enhancing elasticity.

    Price at the time of publishing: $25

    *What Our Reviewers Say:  

    “I [honestly wasn’t too] sure what to think about this product at first. The consistency also [appears] like a lightweight oil at first, so I was nervous about it leaving my combination skin oily. All [of] my concerns were put to rest when I put the product on my face! While [it] has a strong smell in the bottle, once you put it on your face, you don’t notice a thing.

    The formula absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving it looking greasy. After just a few days of using this product, I noticed a big improvement in my skin tone. I have quite a bit of sun damage from years of living in Florida by the beach, and this definitely helped reduce some of the discoloration and fine lines.” – Allyson C., Influenster Reviewer

    Dr. Teal’s Melatonin Shea Sugar Scrub

    dr. teal's melatonin shea sugar scrub | best skincare gifts

    We’re all for total body care, so the decision was easy to include this product in our gift guide. Dr. Teal’s brand has many scrubs, oils, and salts that people use to help relax and heal their bodies. Their brand is one of the popular go-tos for relaxation. Dr. Teal’s Shea Sugar Scrub has vitamins like A and E and essential oils to exfoliate and lock in moisture. Our readers should note that a sugar scrub’s recommended use is 1-2 times weekly to avoid over-exfoliating the skin.

    Price at the time of publishing: $6

    *What Our Reviewers Say:  

    “I recently tried Dr. Teal’s Melatonin Shea Sugar Scrub, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. [The combination of] shea butter and sugar crystals creates a gentle yet effective scrub that leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. The added melatonin is a nice touch, and I appreciate the calming benefits it provides.” – Kira A., Influenster Reviewer

    Dr. Teal’s Sleep Body Lotion

    dr. teal's sleep body lotion

    The third moisturizer to make our list is Dr. Teal’s Sleep Body Lotion. If you’re trying out Dr. Teal’s Melatonin Shea Sugar Scrub (the fourth-best skincare gift in this guide), we recommend pairing the sleep body lotion with it for maximum results. How to use: use the sugar scrub during bathtime. Then, follow up with the sleep body lotion after your bath for additional moisture. Many testers agree that its lightweight formula works to promote better sleeping.

    Price at the time of publishing: $5

    *What Our Reviewers Say:  

    “I came across Dr. Teal’s Sleep Body Lotion at Wal-Mart. Let me tell you this [lotion] is part of my new nightly bath routine. The shea butter smell is not overpowering the essential oil in the lotion. To me, the best part is the melatonin in the lotion. It’s everything you need to relax your body at the end of the night.” – Leesha H., Blogger

    Mele Plump It Up Nourishing Cream

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    So just like all of the other moisturizers on this list, this melanin-rich nourishing cream is designed for dry skin care. What we love most about the Mele brand is that they make skincare products for women of color. We know firsthand about the lack of skincare products on the market that are inclusive to all skin types and how that makes it even harder to find products that work. Mele’s Plump It Up Nourishing Cream is just one of their products that identifies specific needs such as dryness and uneven skin tone in melanin-rich skin. 

    Price at the time of publishing: $12

    *What Our Reviewers Say:  

    “I was excited to try this brand out since this is Black-owned skincare. It isn’t oily and doesn’t give any scent, and I’d definitely recommend it for those with dry skin.” – Fallon B., Influenster Reviewer

    Philosophy Pore Minimizing Serum

    philosophy pore minimizing serum

    The Purity Pore Minimizing Serum decreases the appearance of pores instantly. If you’re looking for products that show improvement results quickly, we feel you can’t go wrong with this serum + multitasking moisturizer (more on this soon). We noticed a difference in our skin’s appearance, noting fewer blackheads and clogged pores; within 24 hours of using this serum. We gotta love a product that boasts of purity being made simplistic!

    Price at the time of publishing: $39

    *What Our Reviewers Say:  

    “I have been using Philosophy products for almost a decade now. Their products never let me down [and] this [one] has done wonders on my skin. As for pore minimizing, I do notice a slight difference when combining with other actives.” – Chelsea W., Content Creator

    Philosophy Hope In A Jar Moisturizer

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    We raved about this moisturizer on It’s The Lewk all last year as one of our favorite new products. This product is definitely one of our go-to moisturizers and is used routinely in our skincare regimen. In addition to targeting dehydration, this multitasking moisturizer promotes skin surface cell renewal and boosts radiance. We’ve never experienced a glow like this with any other moisturizer!

    Price at the time of publishing: $42

    *What Our Reviewers Say:  

    “I’m so pleasantly surprised by this product, mostly because I’m super picky when it comes to face creams, but especially when they promise to be the solution to several skin concerns like this one who says it can improve both fine lines and skin texture while also turning dull, dry skin into glowing well-hydrated skin. My expectations were high, and my skepticism even higher. I found myself cutting out several other products because this truly is a multitasking cream.” – Ine L., Influencer

    Rimmel London Wonder Serum

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    Enjoy longer, fuller, and revitalized lashes when you use Rimmel London’s serum for eyebrows and lashes. Its gentle, nutrient-rich conditioning formula supports lash and eyebrow growth. This serum is perfect for growing eyebrows and eyelashes for a fuller or thicker appearance.

    Price at the time of publishing: $8

    *What Our Reviewers Say:  

    “I was genuinely impressed by the results of this easy-to-use lash/brow serum! I had noticeable results with longer, fuller bare lashes and with mascara after just a few weeks of use. The formula is thicker than other lash serums I’ve tried, but I think that’s actually an advantage because it’s less likely to run into your eyes. This product is very affordable and is a great value compared with other popular lash serums on the market. It didn’t cause any irritation, redness, or discomfort to my eyes or the skin around my eyes.” – Gabriela S., Influenster Reviewer


  • Ouai Hair Mask Is A Miracle For Damaged Hair

    Ouai Hair Mask Is A Miracle For Damaged Hair

    Are you someone who is struggling with dry, brittle hair? Have you noticed how difficult it is for your hair to retain moisture and oil in thick coils? Lastly, is your hair unhealthy because of its dryness, split ends, heat, chemical, or color damage? If you responded ‘yes’ to any of those questions, then; I have the perfect solution for you! The time is up for dry, damaged hair! Ouai hair mask is the best solution to repair and heal thick, dry and damaged hair.

    DISCLAIMER: Heads up! My posts contain affiliate links. Above all, if you buy something through one of those links, you will not have to pay a penny more, but I receive a small commission. In other words, it helps keep the lights on. Thanks!

    Before we explain how the Ouai hair mask is the best solution for hair damage and dryness (and why you need to use it), let’s discuss how THE LEWK discovered this haircare miracle. I received this product complimentary from Influenster; in exchange for my honest opinion. I have been an Influenster affiliate for a year now, and that means I get to test and review hundreds of products to help consumers make easier shopping decisions. Please check out the other beauty products I’ve reviewed for Influenster in previous blog reviews. 

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    About Ouai Hair Mask

    The Ouai (pronounced ‘way’) hair mask is a treatment product for hair that restores and revitalizes natural hair textures. It repairs hair damage, restores moisture and hydration, and prevents breakage. The brand offers two options for this treatment mask for different hair types:

    1. fine-to-medium textures
    2. thick hair textures

    Each mask targets different hair concerns for all hair textures, but there’s one thing that they both have in common: building shiny, manageable, and healthy hair. You’ll want to use the thick hair treatment masque if your hair concerns and goals are:

    1. hair damage
    2. anti-breakage
    3. frizz control
    4. moisture retention

    If thick hair maintenance isn’t your struggle, then; you’ll need to use the fine-to-medium treatment masque to address your haircare concerns. Ouai’s fine-to-medium treatment masque targets:

    1. repairing split ends
    2. hydration
    3. frizz control
    4. strengthening fine-to-medium strands

    Ouai Hair Mask Ingredients

    contents of ouai hair treatment mask

    All of the products from Ouai are cruelty, gluten, paraben, and phthalate free. The fine-to-medium treatment mask contains:

    1. shea butter
    2. panthenol
    3. hydrolyzed keratin

    Click the jump for a complete list of ingredients.

    Additionally, the Ouai hair masque for thick hair contains:

    1. shea butter
    2. lillipe butter
    3. hydrolyzed keratin
    4. blend of almond, olive, and macadamia oils

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    How to Use Ouai Hair Masks

    Both mask products work best when applied to freshly cleansed hair. Next, starting from the ends and working into the roots, apply a quarter-size amount of the mask conditioner. Then, comb through with your fingers. Finally, let the mask sit for 5-10 minutes and then rinse with cool water. You can follow up with your favorite leave-in conditioner for added hydration.

    Where to Buy These Hair Mask Products

    Are you ready for your next hair miracle? It’s time to break up with split ends and do some damage control. Ouai hair masks are here to heal and repair everything your hair has been through in the name of maintenance. These hair treatments want to deliver smooth, shiny, healthy, manageable hair to your natural tresses! Visit your local Target, Ulta, or Sephora store to grab these haircare goodies! 

    Ouai $38

    Sephora $38

    Target $38

    Ulta Beauty $38

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    Do you feel that hair damage, breakage, and split ends aren’t your haircare goals or concerns? Check out the posts below for more hair-spiration and haircare products! Moreover, don’t forget to sign-up for our newsletter to stay in the loop about new haircare product reviews, be the first to know about new blog posts, and receive exclusive discount codes and shopping giveaways!


  • 30 Self- Love Affirmations from Beyonce’s Renaissance

    30 Self- Love Affirmations from Beyonce’s Renaissance

    Beyoncè Giselle Knowles-Carter is one of the greatest entertainers in the world. We notably recognize her for her vocal ability and contributions to music. She is an inspiration for so many women everywhere, and we can’t get enough of how much joy and happiness she brings to millions of faces. Her music is motivating and uplifting. She makes women feel seen and understood. She encourages women to love and believe in themselves. Renaissance is an album full of self- love affirmations and bad bitch energy. Let’s explore 30 self-love affirmations from the critically acclaimed studio album Renaissance.

    Renaissance is about feeling good, releasing stress, and finding joy in life and love. Beyoncè is a forever mood. Beyoncè reminds us that we are all unique, deserving of love, and to embrace love with grace. Above all, the best love is self-love! Her latest album, Renaissance, is her latest effort to lift happiness, boost self-confidence, self- love, and appreciate the minds/bodies/spirits of the modern woman today.

    Renaissance Self- Love Affirmations 

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    I’m That Girl

    Beyoncè starts Renaissance with a declaration: “I’m that girl.” The intro for this album commands you to recognize who you are and to take up space! It’s the perfect song for chanting and reciting positive statements to affirm that you are the best to do it and don’t forget it.

    1. “I’m that girl.”
    2. “From the top of the morning, I shine.”
    3. “I pull relief in.”
    4. “These motherfuckers ain’t stopping me.”

    Cozy

    Beyonce "Cozy" self- love affirmations

    One of the best things about self-love is appreciating who you are and being comfortable in your skin. Loving yourself means many things, but for this moment, let’s focus on how beautiful you are (inside and out). This song reminds you to be comfortable with how much you love yourself. Might we suggest nobody mess with you, sis? 

    1. “I am confident.”
    2. “I am lethal.”
    3. “I am comfortable in my skin.”
    4. “I love myself, goddamn.”
    5. “I’m so cozy.”
    6. “I love me.”
    7. “I’m a God. I’m a hero.”
    8. “I’m swaggy, effortlessly.”
    Beyonce "Alien Superstar"

    Alien Superstar

    Alien Superstar is the song to play from the Renaissance album if you’re looking for something that’ll help you express all the bad bitch energy you possess. It encourages you to celebrate your radiant beauty, elegance, and unique ability to stand out from the rest of the world. You are the standard and the bar!

    1. “I’m one of one. I’m number one. I’m the only one.”
    2. “No one in this world can think like me.”
    3. “Bad bitch, I’m the bar. Alien Superstar!”
    4. “I’m too classy for this world. Forever, I’m that girl.”
    5. “I’m too classy to be touched. I paid them all in dust.”
    6. “Baby, I’m unique.”
    7. “Eyes on me when I perform.”
    8. “Eyes on I when I put on.”

    Break My Soul

    "Break My Soul" self- love affirmations

    If you’ve been under a lot of pressure lately and feel like you’re about to explode, it’s time for you to find a solution for release. The first step is to remain kind to yourself. The second step is to reclaim your time. Next, stand tall and firmly cement your feet in place. Finally, let go of all the stress and forget the rest!

    1. “Release your wiggle.” (repeat with different actions!)
    2. “You won’t break my soul.”
    3. “I’m going to find a new drive.”
    4. “I’m on a new vibration. I’m going to build my foundation.”

    More Confidence and Self- Love Affirmations from Renaissance

    Beyoncè's "Church Girl"

    Church Girl

    Sometimes life forces us to ride rollercoasters with twists, ups, and downs. In times of uncertainty, we usually long to be and break free from those dark spaces. We want nothing more than to put it all behind us and get back to the way things used to be before the chaos. Church Girl is the flame for the ignite to bring life back into women’s bodies and is their safe haven for liberation. 

    1. “I’m going to let go of this body.”
    2. “I’m going to love on me.”
    3. “I was born free.”
    4. “Let it go. Let it out.”
    5. “I’m finally on the other side.”
    6. “I finally found the urge to smile.”

    Heated 

    "Heated" self- love affirmations

    After all the self-work and self-love you’ve poured into yourself, you deserve to show off this new version of yourself to the world! Everyone needs to see your glow and your abundant shine! It’s all about confidence and believing in yourself. *Grabs fan* nothing and no one can tame you!

    1. “Never met a girl with a mind like this.”
    2. “My face card never declines.”
    3. “I want to flaunt it.”
    Beyoncè "Pure/Honey"

    Pure/Honey

    Self-love is 100%, pure love. It’s not reliant or dependent on someone else, and you don’t have to wait for someone else to give you what you need. Loving yourself (inside and out) is one of the best gifts to give your mind, body, and spirit. It can take a lifetime to perfect, but repetition is the best technique to apply. Doing this act will make it easier, and soon you’ll be giving self-love effortlessly! 

    1. “It should cost a billion to look this good.”
    2. “I make it look easy because I got it.”
    3. “I ain’t never felt a feeling like this.”

    Self-Love Affirmations for Success and Abundance

    The entire Renaissance album is full of self-love affirmations. Listen to Beyoncè’s latest album on Apple Music to repeat these affirmations along with the songs. Be sure to listen to all 16 tracks to discover more self-love affirmations and other mantras for motivation, inspiration, and manifestation. 

    Want more affirmations? Check out Powerful Words of Affirmation for Success!

    Affirmations for Abundance and Success

  • Prada Paradoxe Perfume: The New Fragrance for Women

    Prada Paradoxe Perfume: The New Fragrance for Women

    Prada Paradoxe perfume is the latest fragrance by Prada. It is a luxury eau de parfum designed for women to explore and express their paradoxical multi-dimensions. Prada Paradoxe celebrates the woman who is “never the same, always herself“. Absurd as this may sound, I was lucky enough to be one of the first women to wear this fragrance before it became available in department stores in 2022.

    (Shoutout to Influenster for sending me this complimentary gift!)

    As a result, this post will contain everything I know about Prada’s Prada Paradoxe fragrance. Are you ready? Keep scrolling to get the details:

    • fragrance scent
    • product contents
    • retail value
    • my review and what others are saying online

    Disclaimer: Heads up! My posts contain affiliate links. Above all, if you buy something through one of those links, you will not have to pay a penny more, but I receive a small commission. In other words, it helps keep the lights on. Thanks!

    Prada Paradoxe Perfume: Notes

    The first thing you should know about this fragrance is the ingredients that make it smell great! Paradoxe top notes are calabrian bergamot hearttangerine essence, and pear accord. Its heart (middle) notes are primarily floral: neroli essence, neroli bud essence, Tunisian orange flower, and jasmine sambac. The base notes feature bourbon vanilla, amber accord, and white musk accord. To clarify, this is a floral fragrance. This inviting scent reminds me of a fresh bouquet of flowers. 

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    Influenster is the #1 go-to app for consumer product reviews and discovery. It is a platform known for showcasing honest reviews from real people in real-time. People love to use Influenster to share their experiences with hundreds of thousands of products!

    Did you know that anyone can join the review community for free? First, you’ll need an email address to get started. Then, once you’ve created a profile, start digging into other consumer reviews to discover new products on the Influenster app.

    Prada Paradoxe Perfume: Packaging and Contents

    In addition to its soft scent, Prada Paradoxe comes in the brand’s signature triangle shape and logo. The fragrance bottle design has a black cap, and the perfume liquid radiates a delicate pink color. Paradoxe is openly unique, iconic, and 100% refillable. That’s right, ladies! If you run out of Prada Paradoxe, you don’t have to worry about buying another bottle. When your bottle is empty, it’s not finished. You can easily unscrew the top and refill when you need to.

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    A New Fragrance For The Perfume Collection

    Moreover, Paradoxe is one of the best scents I’ve ever smelled. It is such a divine and feminine fragrance and takes my breath away. The floral notes are very sensational and the biggest highlight of this perfume. On the other hand, I do realize that floral fragrances can sometimes be a little strong and dominating. However, Prada Paradoxe is a rare exception. It is light, soft, and not overpowering. This fragrance is fresh, softly faint, long-lasting, and worthy of being in your fragrance collection. 

    Where to Get Paradoxe

    Paradoxe is available everywhere online and in stores. The product hit shelves last year, but it is one of the latest fragrance obsessions women can’t seem to get enough of! Here’s a list of all the places where you can shop for the fragrance (online and in-stores):

    1. Prada (retail value: $30- $142)
    2. Sephora (retail value: $30- $142)
    3. Macy’s (retail value: $112- $142)
    4. Ulta (retail value: $87- $142)

    Prices for this perfume vary depending on the bottle size you select. 

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  • How To Use Influenster: An App Review Guide

    How To Use Influenster: An App Review Guide

    Influenster is the #1 go-to app for consumer product reviews and discovery. It is a platform known for showcasing honest reviews from real people in real-time. People love to use Influenster to share their experiences with hundreds of thousands of products. In short, Influenster changed how consumers share reviews and create user-generated content. Additionally, the popular review app underwent a facelift earlier this year and made vital changes to its platform. This post is your guide to navigating the all-new and improved Influenster app! Here you will get a glimpse of how to use Influenster. Let’s learn how the app works, how to leave product reviews, and how to get the surveys that lead to free products. Let’s get started!

    Disclaimer: Heads up! My posts contain affilate links. If you buy something through one of those links, you won’t pay a penny more, but I’ll get a small commission, which helps keep the lights on. Thanks!

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    How To Sign-Up For Influenster and Join the Review Community

    Did you know that anyone can join the review community for free? First, you’ll need an email address to get started. Then, once you’ve created a profile, start digging into other consumer reviews to discover new products on the Influenster app.

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    Welcome to the Influenster Home Page

    After you’ve created your new profile, you will then be able to explore the app in detail. The first tab that you should get acquainted with is the home feed. This page will show any tier progress, daily tasks, and a product discovery feed. 

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    Tier Progress

    When you complete certain required activities, you will earn tier points. These points will allow you to unlock higher tiers. The higher you go, the better your chances of getting free samples and qualifying for campaigns. 

    Daily Tasks

    To put it simply, completing tasks earns you tier points. There are a variety of activities that Influenster will ask you to complete. Some examples of activities include: 

    1. writing reviews
    2. answering questions
    3. referring friends
    4. completing profile info
    5. making suggestions and recommendations
    6. creating polls for feedback

    Feed

    Your home feed will have recommended reviews based on your interests. You’ll see all of the top-rated products, participate in polls created by reviewers, share your expertise by responding to consumer questions, and connect with the brands you love. 

    How to Use Influenster to Search

    You can use the search tab to look for specific products on the app. To search, type the name of the product or brand. You can even search for a product by barcode. Additionally, you can use the search bar to discover your friends on the app and follow each other. 

    Find and Follow Me on Influenster!

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    Since you discovered the goodness that is Influenster by reading this post, you should definitely check out my reviewer profile. I am an active member of the Influenster community! Click the above image to follow me on Influenster to enjoy awesome, fascinating new products and read my reviews. 

    How to Get Product Samples

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    Influenster sends thousands of hand-picked samples to its members every month. If you get chosen for a sampling campaign, it’ll show under the sample tab. Moreover, Influenster selects members for product campaigns based on their interests and responses recorded in surveys. In conclusion, it is absolutely critical to complete those profiles after sign-up! 

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    Influenster Profile Set-Up

    Customize your profile by adding an avatar and personal details. An email and home address are crucial for receiving free samples! Connect your new Influenster account to your social media channels to amplify your reviews. Next, review your recent activity, interests, and badges, and invite friends to sign-up directly from your Influenster profile. 

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    The new changes to the app made it easier to navigate Influenster. Influenster absolutely knows how to make shopping easy. The new features make it simple to leave reviews and qualify for free stuff. I can honestly say that shopping is convenient when you use the Influenster app. Check out the new and improved website today to see what I mean, and start digging into those reviews!

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    Sharing product reviews is a special way to connect and engage with online shoppers just like you! The LEWK Digest is a weekly product guide newsletter for consumers to research buying options.

    Subscribers receive exclusive product details on many popular beauty, household, and lifestyle products. They also receive store locations, discount codes, promotions, and special pricing on select products delivered directly to their mailbox for free!


  • Trendy 4C Hairstyles for Natural Hair

    Trendy 4C Hairstyles for Natural Hair

    Whether you’re in the beginning stages of transitioning to natural hair or you’ve been natural for some time, you have to admit that styling natural hair is challenging. Learning how to care for your texture is a lot of trial and error. Sometimes natural hairstyles can be a bit of trial and error too. When I stopped getting relaxers and started to transition my relaxed hair to my natural hair, it was hard to find 4c hairstyles I liked. Then, I would meet other Black women with 4C hair, and they would say the same thing (and some still do). 

    It’s been helpful to see influencers and celebrities with 4C hair embrace their texture and coils in the entertainment world. Since the reemergence of the natural hair movement in the early 2000s, women with 4C hair can see more ways to style and manage their hair. In conclusion, this post has eight classic, trendy 4C hairstyles. Each hairstyle is a beautifully versatile protective hairstyle with low-med maintenance. However, you can apply any natural hairstyle on this list to any hair texture. 

    Beauty Tip: If you’re really feeling like taking these 4C hairstyles to the next level, try experimenting with color, braiding hair, or clip-ins (extensions).

    Disclaimer: Heads up! My posts contain affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links, you won’t pay a penny more, but I’ll get a small commission, which helps keep the lights on. Thanks!

    Is It Hard to Maintain 4C Hair?

    A common myth about 4C hair is that it is non-manageable because of tight coils and hard to keep moisturized. Although styling 4C hair can be challenging, 4C hair is not hard to maintain. The key to 4c hair is to moisturize. The right moisturizer will protect 4C hair from frizziness, shrinkage, breakage, and sluggish hair growth. 

    Tools For 4C Hair Texture Hairstyles

    Every hairstyle will require tools. Here are some popular hair styling tools used when styling 4C hair:

    8 Simple and Easy 4C Hairstyles

    1. Flat Twists

    The flat twist hairstyle is super trendy and a popular go-to hairstyle for natural hair. To clarify, flat twists consist of two twists done to the scalp. This twist hairstyle is a protective style that eliminates daily maintenance and creates a path to healthier hair. Twists are versatile and worn in just about any method (from twist-outs to updos).

    4C Hair Flat Twist Tutorial

    2. Mohawk, Fauxhawk

    Mohawk hairstyles for natural hair are so much fun! Many naturalistas rely on the mohawk (a*k*a the frohawk) to create trendy updos. This hairstyle gives many opportunities for geometrical parting, adding braiding hair, and accessories. To start, brush the hair upward towards the center of the head or crown. 

    How-to Mohawk on 4C Hair

    3. Halo Braid

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    Credit: CurlCentric.com

    The halo braid is a cornrow-style braid that wraps around the head. This plaited protective braid is the halo effect and is a beautifully elegant hairstyle worn casually or in glam. The halo braid has been famously seen before on many high-profile celebrities such as Beyonce, Ciara, and Tracee Ellis Ross. 

    How-to Tutorial for Halo Braid on 4C Hair

    4. Twist Out 

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    Source: @curldaze IG

    The twist-out hairstyle is one of my favorites. Next to box braids, the twist-out is a regular go-to protective hairstyle. Twists are a popular protective style that can create uniformity throughout natural hair. A twist-out style is a method of unraveling stranded twists. If you are going to recreate this hairstyle, the key to a successful, beautifully curly twist-out is to lock in moisture.

    The Perfect 4C Twist-Out Tutorial

    5. Afro

    An afro hairstyle is perfect for showing off coils and hair texture. The afro first gained its popularity during the Black Panther movement. This hairstyle gets rocked from puffs to curls and tapered designs. Many high-profile celebrities have sported the afro hairstyle in glam and everyday casual aesthetics (Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Marsai Martin, Solange, Lupita Nyong’o, Ebonee Davis).

    The Perfect Afro Tutorial for 4C Natural Hair

    6. Space Buns

    Although I am not too fond of their name, the space buns are fun, festival beauty trendy, and sassy! The space buns hairstyle is two high buns on both sides of the head. Easy and simple. Space Buns on natural 4C hair showcases coils and curls like no other hairstyle that made this list.

    Space Buns on 4C Natural Hair

    7. High Bun

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    Credit: @jascmeen IG

    If you are looking for something similar to the Space Buns hairstyle, you will want to try the High Bun. This classic hairstyle is a part of the “Everyday Essentials” starter pack. The High Bun is the hair sleeked together in a bun that sits at the top of the head. This hairstyle is a beauty favorite for convenience and low maintenance.

    High Bun 4C Natural Hair Tutorial

    Half Up/ Half Down

    The half up half-down hairstyle on curly, natural hair is another idea for an everyday casual look. To create this hairstyle, first, gather the top half of the hair into a high bun. Next, leave the back half down. If you want a lot of volume with this hairstyle, clip-ins would really take it to the next level.

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  • 7 Makeup Tips and Hacks No Girl Should Live Without

    7 Makeup Tips and Hacks No Girl Should Live Without

    Flawless makeup is the ultimate beauty goal. 

    It’s easy to unlock this achievement with the help of makeup artists (MUAs) and beauty experts. However, the makeup application process at home is much different. For this reason, it is absolutely impossible to have too many makeup tricks. You should always learn new makeup tips and hacks to enhance the application process. Like, why struggle with lashes or eyebrows when there are so many makeup tips and hacks to make the process easier? 

    I am not a makeup artist. I am someone who loves and wears makeup often and can share what she knows about makeup. This post contains seven makeup tips and hacks for applying makeup and creating beautiful, flawless makeup at home. Anyone can do these makeup hacks. Keep scrolling to read more about what makeup tips you should not live without. Ever.

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    Makeup Tip # 1: Apply Foundation Before Concealer

    The “foundation before concealer rule is golden and is the principle. Starting with one layer of foundation will help minimize any redness or discolorationThe goal: is to create flawless makeup. Next, follow up with concealer to cover additional redness, spots, and blemishes. 

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    Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation Buildable/Medium Coverage

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    Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation Medium/Full Coverage

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    Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Hydration Boost Full Coverage Lightweight Foundation

    Makeup Tip #2: Put on lip balm or scrub before applying lipstick

    Pucker up and get ready to exfoliate and moisturize those lips! Matte lipsticks are notorious for not gliding on smooth. Try this genius hack to buff away dry skin before applying lipstick. However, if you’re using lip scrubs, do not over-exfoliate! Lip scrubs are to be applied once a week max (anything more and you’ll risk irritation)

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    Fenty Beauty Universal Lip Luminizer

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    M.A.C Cosmetics Lip Conditioner

    Makeup Tip #3: Look down to apply false lashes

    Putting on false lashes is a struggle. However, this simple hack can make any lash application less problematic. The mission: after the lash glue has dried, grab a mirror and hold it downwards to look into it. Then, start the lash application process.

    Makeup Tip #4: Use spoolie brushes to tame brows

    Whether or not you plan on filling in those eyebrows, you need to get yourself a spoolie brush a*k*a mascara wand to tidy your brows. Spoolie brushes are great for keeping those tiny brow hairs in place. These brushes are inexpensive and easy to buy in bulk. 

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    Disposable Eyelash Mascara Applicator Wand

    Makeup Tip #5: Applying lip liner gives the illusion of fuller lips

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    The ‘fuller lips’ cheat code is activated when applying one of two methods. Method one is filling in your lips with a liner the same shade as your lipstick. Method two is drawing over your natural lip line with lip liner, also known as overlining your lips. Both methods for using lip liner are considered ideal for long-lasting wear and coverage.

    Makeup Tip #6: Use highlighter for eyeshadow

    Highlighter is for accentuating the highest points of your face, and while it is for cheekbones, it is just as useful for the rest of the face (Vogue link). Since the goal is to create flawless makeup, highlighter is what every beauty lover needs in their makeup collection. Apply the highlighter in the inner corner of the eye and brow bone to lift the eyes. Then, have a little fun with other parts of your face. Try this: add highlighter to the bridge of your nose to make it appear thinner.

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    Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

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    M.A.C Cosmetics Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish

    Makeup Tip #7: Use setting sprays/powders for long-lasting makeup 

    After you finish applying makeup, the last thing you want is for your fresh new face to get messed up before leaving the house. Apply setting spray (or powder if that is your preference) to lock in makeup and avoid smearing. Setting your face with spray or powder prevents caking and creasing. Think of it as if you’ve just finished mixing together all the ingredients for a cake. Now, you’re ready to bake.

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    Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder

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  • 18 Things I Learned From Reading Will Smith’s Book

    18 Things I Learned From Reading Will Smith’s Book

    The 18 things I learned about Will from reading his book are what make me thrilled to be a fan forever.

    Will Smith is arguably the biggest entertainment superstar in the world. He has starred in over a dozen films, sold millions of records, and is one of Hollywood’s highest-grossing actors. Now Will Smith is writing a book. Will Smith fans everywhere are intrigued and inspired by his constant ability to win

    I am one of them.

    If you pull my Will Smith fan card, you will see that I am an active member since 1990. I grew up watching Fresh Prince of Bel-Air & listening to “Summertime”. I forced my mom to take me to the movies summer after summer to see films like Men In Black & Wild Wild West. I even begged her for the Willennium album. I fully commit to my WS membership and have been for decades. 

    Before I go any further into this post, the reader should note that this post is not about that thing. Yes, the controversial moment of the 2022 Oscars thing. If the reader is looking for my opinion, the reader should note that I did not judge Will Smith for doing that thing. I recently read his memoir book. So that means I may have processed my feelings about that thing differently than others. My feelings about Will Smith did not change after that thing, but they did grow after reading his book. 

    I love him even more than before. Will (the book) tells the story of his incredible ride through music and film. He enlists Mark Manson (author of Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck) to help tell his story. Will by Will Smith is an instant #1 New York Times bestseller.


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    Will Smith has not always been confident. 

    He has always thought of himself as a coward. He grew up afraid of any and everything. He has since learned how to “hide the coward”, but Will Smith would be something he struggles with his entire life. Most of his fear stemmed from being afraid to stand up for his mom when she needed him to.

    Will is a master storyteller and will make you believe any story

    I would have never believed that a man with such a great work ethic as Will Smith would be into fantasy and make-believe. I guess from a creative standpoint, it totally makes sense. Fantasy allows you to create any character or story in your mind that will do anything you want or need that character to do. Will Smith lived in a fantasy world growing up to protect himself from the things, ideas, and people he feared.

    He has an obsession with the TV show Dallas

    Now, this is something that I was not expecting to learn about Will Smith from reading his book. What is it about Dallas? (note: I was born nine years after this tv show aired for the first time) Southfork, the Ewings family house, later became an inspiration for the Smiths family house, Her Lake

    Hip-Hop and humor allowed Will to find his voice

    Will Smith has heavily relied on comedy throughout his life. Humor is his power. Growing up, he figured that cracking jokes made people happy. That made him feel safe. He began to equate humor with safety. Hip-Hop and humor together made him untouchable. He soon started freestylin’, rhyming, and landing his scorching hot punchlines everywhere in West Philly and beyond. 

    His parents just didn’t understand 

    Will Smith started making a buzz as a rapper around Philadelphia, but Will still had to go to school. He was in his senior year in high school when his first song hit the radio airwaves. He would graduate from high school and had promised his mom he would go to college (before he knew where music would take him). Mom was not giving up hope on Will going to college, so he had to make a deal with his parents. He would commit to pursuing music for a year. If that plan did not work? He would be going to a college of moms choice.

    Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen managed his rap career

    Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff were hot like fire in the hip-hop industry. Russell Simmons, founder, and member of Run DMC had heard about them and even toured with the duo. Russell eventually reached out to label management for Will and Jazzy Jeff to see how he could help manage them. The management deal came together when Will and Jeff untangled themselves from a bad contract deal.

    Will Smith won the first Grammy ever for a rap category 

    In 1988, Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff were nominated for a Grammy. It was also the first year that the Grammys would include a category for rap performances. Will and DJ Jazzy Jeff would go on and win the best rap performance for their song, “Parents Just Don’t Understand”, but would miss the actual event. They chose to boycot the Grammys that year after learning that their category would not air.

    He always sought the approval of women 

    Will Smith loves the women. He loves women so much that he dedicates most of his time protecting and providing for them. To some women this is the dream. In his mind, as long as a woman has the necessities of life (plus a little luxury) that she will always be happy. He has since learned that protection and being the provider are not enough for a woman’s approval. 

    Will went broke after the success of his debut album w/ Jazzy Jeff 

    Living out your dreams can come with some harsh realities sometimes. Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff fans wanted more of their music, and the label agreed. Smith and Jeff went to work on their follow-up album and barely fulfilled their contractual obligations. I would say that they both got big heads and thought they would be easy to make another hit album. However, a flop album will make you rethink if you are really ready to be a musician for the rest of your life. 

    Will auditioned for Fresh Prince role @ Quincy Jones’ party 

    Imagine receiving an invitation to a birthday party, showing up, and finding out that you’re really there to audition for a role. This scenario unfolded in Will Smith’s life in a matter of minutes. He did not have time to prepare and had never acted before. In the end, he decided to take a chance because there was no paralysis through analysis. He took 10 minutes to look over the script and landed his first-ever acting gig. 

    One of Will’s favorite books to read is The Alchemist.

    If you have never heard of this book, The Alchemist, by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, you will after you read this memoir. The book is about a shepherd boy named Santiago who gave up everything in his life to follow his heart to pursue his destiny. Now I have never read this book. However, after reading Will’s summary, I want to check it out. A tale about following your heart to pursue your dreams sounds like something I can relate to.

    The world almost did not get to hear “Summertime”

    This fact is the biggest shocking revelation while reading Will Smith’s memoir. I have always figured that the story of how Summertime came to be would be one of those where everyone involved in the creative process was just in the studio vibing together. Instead, I learned that Will Smith almost turned down the opportunity to record the song. He had a busy schedule and was in the airport headed to LA when he listened to the track that Jazzy Jeff and other producers had slipped in his bag. If his flight were not for a delayed flight and if he did not pull the disc labeled “Untitled” from his bag, who knows if the world would have ever gotten the chance to hear “Summertime”.

    Will really was jealous of Tupac

    It was not because of Jada Pinkett Smith. Will Smith was jealous of Tupac because… well… that’s ‘Pac. Tupac was the opposite of Will Smith (when it comes to fear and cowardice). “Tupac had a fearless passion that was intoxicating, a militant morality, and a willingness to fight and die for what he believe was right”. Will hated that he was not “what he was in the world” and he wanted Jada to be able to witness those qualities in him. 

    Jada wanted to get married; she did not want a ceremony 

    Now I know that this review centered around Will Smith and his memoir, but Jada Pinkett Smith is a big part of his life. There has always been so much chatter about the Smiths’ marriage. People seem to believe that either party (or both) is miserable in their marriage. The Smiths have been married for more than two decades, and they continue to ride for each other. When it was time for the couple to wed, Jada wanted no one at their wedding and to do a non-traditional ceremony. She wanted to marry in religion and through God, but not by pastors or the government. Gammy Norris played a significant part in getting the Smiths to the altar in a traditional wedding ceremony New Years Eve (1997).

    Big Willie Weekend was epic 

    You had to be there. Will Smith managed to secure the best weekend for movie releases. He tested the “Will Smith Cinematic Success Formula” by releasing several of his films during the biggest summer holiday, the Fourth of July weekend. Reading about the success of his summer blockbuster films just let me know one thing: I was not crazy for begging my mom to let me go to the movies every summer. The hype of the Big Willie Weekend was incredible. (Note: this was during the time when there was no escaping Will Smith, he was everywhere. From radio to tv to the box office.)

    Will originally said no to the Muhammad Ali film

    Will Smith considers Muhammad Ali the greatest of all time (just like the rest of the world). He did not want to be the dude who ruined the portrayal of Ali’s life and legacy. He refused and turned down the role several times. He said no to management and the producer of the film. His mind was made up. Can you believe that he was set to tell Muhammad Ali no when Ali summoned Smith to visit him? The conversation that took place between Will Smith and Muhammad Ali made him realize that he might be able to pull it off. Yes, he said might pull it off. 

    Will Smith had 8 movies open at #1 within 6 years

    The “Will Smith Cinematic Success Formula” worked to Will’s advantage. He had mastered becoming Hollywood’s most bankable star (according to Reuters). Men in Black IIBad Boys III Robot, Shark Tale, Hitch, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, and Hancock opened at #1 at the box office, and grossed over 1 billion dollars domestically and over 3.3 billion globally. 

    Jaden and Willow Smith weren’t forced into the entertainment industry. 

    There have been lots of rumors all over the internet blaming the Smiths (Will and Jada) for getting them involved in music and film, but the truth is their kids grew up in the industry. They were around it 24/7. They liked it. They asked their dad if they could explore music and film. It would be after they became involved in the industry when Will pushed his kids to follow their hearts and pursue their passions. 

    Shop the memoir, Will by Will Smith, online everywhere now!


  • 25 Gorgeous Spring Nail Trends for 2022

    25 Gorgeous Spring Nail Trends for 2022

    The season for new beginnings has arrived. Spring is the optimal time for blooming, blossoming, and setting trends. Ladies, get ready to become nail trendsetters this season. Today’s blog post is all about the best nail trends that birthed the most memorable nail art moments of the season so far. If you have been looking for ideas for seasonal nail art inspiration, this post is filled with pretty pastels to lift your spirits. In other words, there is no need to look any further. You will totally spring on one of these gorgeous ideas! 

    Fresh Trends To Start Over With

    Welcome to the fresh, new phase. With spring in the air, it’s time to retire those moody winter nails and replace them with a fresh manicure that’s a bit more cheery and colorful. Let the sunshine in! Whether you’re looking for holiday-specific nail art ideas for Easter or something that captures the general magic of springtime, you’re in the right place. There are a lot of gorgeous new spring nail polish colors to try this season (whether on your own at home or at the salon), and these are 25 ways to wear them.

    Disclaimer: Heads up! My posts contain affiliate links. Above all, if you buy something through one of those links, you won’t pay a penny more, but I’ll get a small commission, in other words, helps keep the lights on. Thanks!

    Pretty Pastel Spring Nails

    It is no surprise that soft and delicate colors are the cutest and most adorable. These pastel nail designs are here to give you inspiration for your next Spring manicure. 

    1. Pastel Perfect
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    1. Bubble Gum Pink Pastel Tip
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    1. Neon Shine
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    1. Pastel Tips
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    1. Soft Pastel Marble Tips
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    Floral Spring Nails

    What is spring without flowers? Of course, many floral nail trends are soaring high this season. It is all about flower power in 2022. 

    1. Pink Garden Nails
    1. Flower Power
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    1. Blooming Daisies
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    1. Lavender Floral Nails
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    1. Floral Crown Nails
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    Animal & Nature Spring Nails

    During the spring, the natural world revives and reinvigorates after the cold winter months. The earth animals multiply, and the plants are plentiful. These gorgeous nails are the best examples of spirit animals you will ever see! 

    1. Ocean Blue Nails
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    1. White Croc Nails
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    1. Blue Butterflies
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    1. Fluffy Clouds
    1. Cute Easter Bunny Nails
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    Abstract Spring Nails

    Who doesn’t enjoy creative nails? These nail art designs are strictly for abstract art beauty lovers only. From gorgeous marble nails to simple shapes in beautiful colors, abstract nails are a guaranteed way to make any look pop!

    1. Simple Line Nails
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    1. Gold Tortoise Nails
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    1. Lucky Green Squiggles
    1. Super Bloom Abstract Nails
    1. Blue Marble Nails
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    Gorgeous and Stunning Spring Nails

    These nails are a breath of fresh, spring air! They were so stunning that we could not leave them off this list of gorgeous nail trends in 2022. Obviously, we think you should keep scrolling to see more beautiful spring nails!

    1. Ice Cream Sundae Nails
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    1. Tye Dye Nails
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    1. Ombre Nails
    1. Drip Pastel Nails
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    1. Coral Nude Nails

    More Gorgeous 2022 Spring Nail Ideas

    Pinterest has become my go-to for all my seasonal moods, aesthetics, and inspiration for fun and festive beauty ideas. There are so many spring designs for you to see. If you enjoyed the nail trends in this post, check out some of my favorite Pinterest boards for even more spring nail ideas. 


    230 Spring Nail Ideas

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  • First Look: Sally Hansen X Peeps Nail Polish Collection

    First Look: Sally Hansen X Peeps Nail Polish Collection

    If you have learned nothing about me yet, you should know that I love nails and all things nail beauty. Today, I went and treated myself to a lovely little spa day. Firstly, I got (what I like to call) “the works” and trust me– I needed to do this weeks ago. Secondly, I got a deluxe pedicure, eyebrow waxing, and a coffin full- set & it was such a beautiful gift to my crazy week. Keep scrolling to get a peep at my nails & get a first look at the new Sally Hansen x Peeps Collection.

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    The Nail Spa Day Went Like This 

    I took an early morning trip down to my regional Regal Nails & signed in, hoping to see my regular tech. Sadly my #1 pick was not there. However, there was someone available to service me upon arrival & I began with a much-needed & overdue pedicure. It’s astounding how soothing pedicures can be. I don’t get how there are women out here in this world who do not believe that pedicures or the nail salon are not relaxing experiences, but I digress. To sum up my emotions: I literally almost drifted into REM sleep in that pedicure chair! After that, it was time to move on to my nails. Choosing my nail shape certainly was a no-brainer decision. Meanwhile, I just lounged, watched, and waited while the nail tech got ready to start my full set.

    The Nail Polish: Sally Hansen x Peeps Collection

    It should be noted that it is sometimes hard to settle on a nail polish color, but I came to my spa day prepared. I already had my Sally Hansen’s nail polish from their new collection with their collaboration with Peeps. Therefore, being prepared allowed me to skip a few steps in this process. I received these complimentary products from Influenster for free in exchange for my honest opinion. Sally Hansen is such a household brand. Moreover, I have been wearing Sally Hansen nail polish since I was a little girl– so of course, I was down for testing out this new collection. Thank you, Influenster! 

    I received two colors to test out:

    Immediately, I love the fact that both nail polishes are insta- dri (dries in 60 secs) & are super cute colors just in time for the Spring season and Easter holiday. I brought them to the nail salon and asked the tech to use them to polish my nails. In short, my design was very simple: white nails with a pop of sparkle. It was quick and easy— and they really did dry super fast! I didn’t count the time to see if it was precisely within a minute, but I knew that my freshly painted nails dried quicker than usual.

    Take a look at my Sally Hansen x PEEPS nails below:

    Wearing Sally Hansen x Peeps nail polish on acrylic nails

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    Sally Hansen x Peeps

    Sally Hansen’s Insta Dri Nail Color is the #1 quick-dry polish in the US & I am here to tell you that it definitely is worth the try. The 3-in-1 formula with a built-in base and topcoat offers shiny, extended wear in a single step, and a contoured brush allows for a perfect application. The Sally Hansen brand has been around for over five decades and has proven to be a reliable resource for all our beauty needs. Although Sally Hansen partnered with PEEPS for this self-made beauty collection, I think you should know that this polish is not edible 😆. 

    This collaboration came together just in time for Spring celebrations!

    The White and Sparkling Wild Berry polishes are not the only colors from this collaboration. Sally Hansen and PEEPS gave us seven pastel nail colors in this collection, and they all remind me of the PEEPS Easter candies.

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    In conclusion, I just want to say that I’m happy I got to test the new polishes from Sally Hansen. This was such a fun and relaxing experience. I love being a girl and getting all wrapped up in nails, nail polishes, and nail care. In addition, I am always looking for nail inspiration and art– this collection came right on time! Everyone should add the Sally Hansen x PEEPS nail colors to their Easter baskets this year! 

    If you are looking for more nail art and inspo, you should check out these posts!


    What do you think of the new Sally Hansen x PEEPS nail polish collection? Will you try out any of these nail polishes this Spring? Let me know in a comment below.


  • How To Outline A Blog Post in 15 Minutes

    How To Outline A Blog Post in 15 Minutes

    How long does it take you to write a blog post? This question is one I see bloggers ask each other all of the time. I’ve even googled it out of desperation and curiosity to figure out the answer. It takes a blogger approximately 2-3 hours to write a quality blog post. I started comparing my writing performance to the responses of other bloggers. How to outline a blog post efficiently? Is two hours enough time to brainstorm a blog topic, gather thoughts, and still have enough time to write it?

    There are many ways to outline a blog post!

    Some bloggers do not take as much time as others to write their blogs. Don’t worry. The last thing you should do is compare yourself to another blogger’s writing schedule. The best advice for figuring out your writing schedule is to create a consistent timetable that works for you.

    I would not recommend adopting another bloggers’ writing schedule, but I would recommend learning the strategies that helped them develop the blogging schedule that works for them. This blog post highlights one of the best tools bloggers use to publish quality blog posts — blog outlines.

    Blog outlines are simple tools for bloggers to draft, write and organize their ideas for a blog post before publishing. 

    this guide will cover:

    • how to spend less time planning out a blog post
    • what to outline for your blog post
    • examples of blog outlines
    • how to outline your next blog post in 15 mins

    How To Spend Less Time Planning Out A Blog Post

    If you are spending more than the average amount of time it would take to write a blog post, you are most likely doing this:

    • struggling with coming up with topics
    • researching while you write
    • not passionate about the topic you chose to write about

    One thing that will help cut out much of the time you spend writing is to start drafting your blog posts in advance. Developing a blueprint for your blog posts gives you more ideas for what you will be discussing in your post. It can not be easy to juggle all our ideas for one topic & without drafting or jotting them down, we will forget them. Start sketching your blog posts & researching topics thoroughly before committing to writing the post.

    Need help brainstorming topics you should write about? Check out this list of 350+ blog topic ideas for any niche!

    blog post ideas

    How To Outline For Your Blog Post

    Are you looking for ideas for what to write on your blog post outline? First— you will need a topic. The topic you chose needs to be something you can talk about comfortably and freely. Next, you will need:

    • Key subheading content points
    • Supporting statements for that subheading 
    • Affiliate links for any suggestions for readers
    • List of keywords and tags for search engine optimization

    You can even take it a step further and create a checklist/to-do list for each step in your writing process. To-do lists and checklists for your blog post will help you remember to edit, format, schedule, publish, create pictures, etc. Here is an example of what a blog post outline should look like:

    how to outline a blog post
    example of a blog post outline

    A Simple Blog Post Outline

    Ready to start outlining your next blog post? I have the perfect blog post template for bloggers planning out their blog posts. I created this template to help with organizing and writing ideas for quality blog posts. The Blog Post Template is a digital pdf that you can download and save to any digital planner or notetaking application. This digital template is designed to help bloggers brainstorm post titles, publish dates, related posts, call-to-action, and key content points. The digital blog post template has checklists and to-do lists to keep bloggers on track with outlining, writing, editing, formatting, and scheduling their blog posts. The template also includes space for tracking tags, links, and keywords. 

    Click the jump to get your blog post template and start planning your writing content today. 

    Never have to worry about writing quality blog posts again! To keep your readers engaged, your blog posts have to be cohesive, entertaining, informative, and easy to read. It’s easy to write and have all your thoughts jumbled at once while you’re trying to remember to get all of your ideas out! 

    Use this Blog Post Planner template to avoid never having to worry about jumbled thoughts, incohesive paragraphs, and sloppy structures ever again! This Blog Post Planner template was designed to help bloggers and writers get their key points across, create blog outlines before writing, and checklists for blogging tasks. 

    Bloggers should be using outlines when preparing to write quality blog posts. Using an outline before you write helps you create thought-flowing, entertaining posts & cuts down on how much time you would usually spend writing your blog posts. You can easily create an outline for your next blog post in 15 minutes! Outlines are another tool to help you stay consistent with blogging & they will also help with coming up with ideas for additional blog post topics!

    Was this helpful? Leave me a comment below.


  • What Is Seo And Why Is Seo Important For My Website?

    What Is Seo And Why Is Seo Important For My Website?

    Search Engine Optimization is a vital digital marketing tool.

    Picture this. You own, manage, and run your own website. Your website is filled with entertaining, informative, and valuable content, but no one is reading it. You’re stressed because you’ve spent so much time, energy, and money invested in your website. However, it’s not thriving due to low or no traffic. You want to know how to increase your website traffic because you are passionate about seeing your business succeed. You landed here because you discovered SEO during your research, and you have no clue how to increase your traffic. You’re also not sure if you really understand how SEO works and how important it is. 

    SEO consists of many elements. Knowing what they are and how they work is key to understanding why SEO is so important.

    Search engine optimization is crucial for your website because it helps make it more visible. This then equates to more traffic, builds brand awareness, and positions you as a trustworthy expert in your niche.

    This post discusses the importance of SEO for your website and how to use SEO to rank on search engines. You will have a better understanding of how SEO works and a step closer to increasing traffic to your website.

    Quality Content is what Search Engines Look For

    Content is the most vital part of Search Engine Optimization. It is what the people will see first when they visit your website. The content you create is what you use to reach and engage with your target audience. You most likely know by now that you should be creating and posting content that readers will find valuable. Quality content varies in many forms for many website creators (blogs, videos, podcasts, e-books) and needs to be shared consistently to rank on search engines. A lot of content = a lot of chances to increase your website’s online visibility.

    For example, website pages and posts should have a minimum of 500 words for search engines to crawl the content on your pages. Even then, depending on which SEO expert you’d ask, they would say 500 is considered to be generously low and should really be around 700-800 minimum words. Valuable content is just one key element to increasing traffic with SEO.

    Keywords Will Help Search Engines Find Your Content

    Your content will also need to feature some keywords to rank higher on search engines. Keywords are words and phrases that consumers use to find what they are looking for online; and that brands can then use to connect with prospects looking for their products and services.

    Finding out what keywords you’ll need for search engine optimization is not a simple task. A general rule of thumb is to look for keywords with high search rates (but low competition). Choose short-tail keywords (such as kid), long-tail keywords (such as adolescent children’s books for sale), and local keywords (such as children’s books for sale in Biloxi) to work into your content. Use keywords to optimize your titles, URLs, and the usability of your website. All this work you are doing to optimize your on-page SEO content will be crucial to improving the visibility and traffic of your website.

    You Can Create SEO Opportunities Off-Page

    Off-page SEO refers to actions taken outside of your own website to impact your rankings within search engine results pages (SERPs). Backlink building is a popular tool for establishing off-page search engine optimization. There are many tactics for backlink building. Some of the current best practices include guest blogging, advertising, creating a lot of high-quality content to be shared, and using influencer marketing in your content. You will need to network to start building backlinks to your website. Networking and backlinks are great ways for your target audience to find out about who you are and what you do. Take advantage of collaboration opportunities! 

    Search Engines Love Websites With Quick Load Times

    A responsive and speedy website will make a user-friendly experience for all your mobile and desktop visitors. By increasing the load speed of your website, readers will be able to browse longer, decreasing your website bounce rate. You should find out what your website’s load speed is before you decide to make any changes for search engine optimization. If it ain’t broke, do not fix it!

    Word of advice for pages with low load speeds: if your load speed is low, take steps to improve your speed by optimizing high-resolution images, fixing JavaScript issues and excessive HTTP Requests, and bad hosting.

    Think about it: you have spent a lot of time putting content on your website. It would be a disappointment if your audience cannot access (or gives up waiting to access) the content because the website/page does not load.

    Some things to remember about SEO:
    • SEO does not happen overnight 
    • search engines are not perfect 
    • You do not have to be an expert to optimize your website content 

    I recommend researching and using SEO tools to continue learning how to use search engines to increase website traffic and brand awareness. Websites like Moz and Semrush have been extremely helpful for me and my journey to understanding SEO. There are plenty of SEO courses and e-books to help you create a consistent SEO strategy plan for optimizing your content, increasing traffic, and reaching your target audience.

    I have been working to understand how SEO works for years, and each time I learn something new about how important it is to rank (and rank higher) on search engines. The more elements of SEO we incorporate into our growth strategies, the more opportunities for increasing brand awareness, visibility, and site traffic. 

    What do you think about SEO and its importance to organic website traffic? How will you use SEO to help grow your website? What else do you think is important to know about SEO and search engines? What advice would you give someone who wants to rank higher on search engines and increase website traffic?

    Leave me a comment below.


  • GoodReads: Book Recommendation for Your Reading List

    GoodReads: Book Recommendation for Your Reading List

    Here’s a GoodReads summary and a new book recommendation for your list. 2022 just started, and I’m focused on committing to doing more things. One of my commitments for the year is to read more books; I plan to set aside some time to read at least one book per month. And so far, everything is going well. I’ve got a reading schedule. However, the thing that may slow me down is that I really don’t have a reading list put together. I finished my January book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson. I’ve wanted to read this book for a couple of years but just never dedicated any time to it. What the f*ck was that about? Who does that? I purchased this book two years ago because of all the great reviews I saw online. Moreover, somehow I never managed to read it. Until now.

    See Related: 3 Books Recommended For Self-Improvement

    Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck is a popular GoodReads book recommendation

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck (a New York Times Best-Seller) is a great book about finding the meaning in important things in life, and having values that only you can control. Mark Manson calls the book “a counterintuitive approach to living a good life.” If you are searching for books to add to your reading list, I definitely recommend you check this one out.

    Disclaimer: Heads up! My posts contain affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links, you won’t pay a penny more, but I’ll get a small commission, which helps keep the lights on. Thanks!

    I’m recommending this book to anyone who wants to learn new ways to find value in important things. I’m recommending this book to anyone looking for a better quality of life. The individuals who seek to invite more happiness, positive mindsets, and thoughts will enjoy this book. This book is all about adjusting how we think and view the experiences that happen to us every day. If you are into self-help and self-reflection, you need to be adding this book to your reading list now. 

    This book review will cover:

    • a summary of the book
    • my thoughts/ review
    • reviews from other people who have read this book

    This Book Recommendation has 4 Stars on GoodReads

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck is a book that challenges the conventions of self-help by inviting you to say “no” often and encourages you to embrace negative thinking. Sounds crazy af, doesn’t it? The book’s author, Mark Manson, wants readers to learn how to become comfortable with being different and care for something other than adversity. This book tells and reminds us that we must give a f*ck about something, but are we sure that we’re giving a f*ck about the right things or everything? 

    Choosing not to give a f*ck ain’t easy.

    Whether we realize it or not, we are always choosing what to give a f*ck about, and to be honest– there’s no such thing as not giving a f*ck. Not giving a f*ck doesn’t mean being indifferent. What it really means is

    • it forces us to get comfortable with being different
    • allows us to let go of trivial s*it that shouldn’t be bothering us in the first place
    • shows us how to embrace our problems and take responsibility for them
    • good values are reality-based, socially constructive, and controllable

    The messages in this book are powerful af. For years, I’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. Here comes this book that’s telling me that I’ve got it all wrong. Before, I thought I wanted to be on this journey to becoming a more positive person. However, I’m not so sure now.

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck is worth reading because it challenges people to take responsibility for their lives unconventionally. When we force ourselves to stay positive at all times, we deny the existence of our life’s problems. When we deny our problems, we rob ourselves of the chance to solve them and generate happiness.

    What did I think of the book?

    I learned that the desire for more positive experiences is itself a negative experience. The more I seek to understand negative experiences, the less satisfied I become with myself. The pursuit of “mastering” negativity reinforces and highlights what I’m dissatisfied with. I tend to be much harder on myself than before. I give too many fucks (about almost everything). This is why I am uncomfortable with the quality of my life.

    Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck helped me realize I need to re-evaluate how I think and process things. I’m now rethinking everything that I value. I’m learning to make better choices when placing value on really important things. I realize that I’m so bad about thinking “everything is a problem” when something terrible happens. Reading this book made me more conscious of finding happiness in problems. I realize that my problems aren’t as unique and special as I make them out to be.

    I am thankful for this book allowing me to see things in a new light. It has given me tools to control how I interpret what happens to me and how I choose to respond.

    You can check out more reviews for this book to see what others are saying about it online.

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck is available to purchase on Amazon.

    What books have you been reading so far this year? What books would you suggest for my 2022 reading list? Did you read this book and have a review/thoughts about it?

    Leave me a comment below.


  • 12 Classic Pink and Red Lipsticks for Valentine’s Day

    12 Classic Pink and Red Lipsticks for Valentine’s Day

    Cupid shot me with his bow. I have fallen in love. My love for all things beauty, glamour, and makeup runs deep. I love everything– eyeshadow, foundation, mascara. The truth is I have to say that there’s no beauty product I admire more than gorgeous lipstick. A good lipstick will have you feeling like you’re worth more than just chocolates and roses. A good lipstick can make any outfit pop and appear effortless– especially red or pink lipstick. I have many pink and red lipstick shades that I’ve worn that have ultimately become my favorites and are regulars in my makeup bag year-round (not just on February 14th).

    If you’re looking for ideas for your Valentine’s Day (or night) makeup look, the first thing you should know is you can never go wrong with pink or red lips. They are classic colors of beauty. Just listen to Cupid and wear your heart on your lips and not your sleeves this Valentine’s Day with 12 beautiful pink and red lipsticks for any skin tone.

    Disclaimer: Heads up! My posts contain affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links, you won’t pay a penny more, but I’ll get a small commission, which helps keep the lights on. Thanks!

    This guide will cover:

    • shades for any skin tone
    • my favorite red/ pink lipsticks
    • classic red/pink shades
    • ideas to complete your Valentine’s Day makeup look

    Favorite Classic Pink Lipsticks

    Bring out your soft and compassionate side with any shade of pink lipstick. These feminine lipstick colors will definitely have you feeling “pretty in pink” and are perfect for any skin tone.

    M.A.C Candy Yum Yum (Pink)

    Candy Yum Yum gives a full-face attitude! It’s a super bright Barbie pink color that is perfect for any Valentine’s Day look. Although Candy Yum Yum is a matte finish, it doesn’t dry out your lips and will have you and your date wanting to pucker up all night long.

    Fenty Beauty Unlocked Stunna Lip Paint (Pink)

    Honestly, any color from the Stunna Lip Paint collection is a must-have. If you haven’t tried the collection yet, this guide will inspire you to check it out. Several shades from the Stunna Lip Paint collection make this list! Unlocked is a vivid pink that you can wear all day. Your lips are guaranteed to be kissable and smooth.

    Fenty Beauty Uncuffed Stunna Lip Paint (Pink)

    This rosy mauve color is so pretty. Lipsticks from this collection have a soft matte finish– so dry lips are impossible! What makes this pink lipstick a classic is its versatility for every skin tone. It appears pink but can also be a pale, purple-ish color.

    M.A.C Flat Out Fabulous (Pink)

    Flat Out Fabulous is a beautiful, bright magenta lipstick with a matte finish. It is a super fun color if you are in the mood to feel fabulous on Valentine’s Day. This shade of lipstick comes from M.A.C’s Retro Matte collection (along with Ruby Woo— another shade on this list of classic pink/red lipsticks for Valentine’s Day).

    Fenty Beauty Flamingo Acid MatteMoiselle (Pink)

    Flamingo Acid is the exception to the rule. It is a lightweight, ultra-slim lipstick that glides on creamy and stays put. I love Flamingo Acid because it defines my lip curves and gives me fuller lips.

    Fenty Beauty Fu$$y Gloss Bomb (Pink)

    If you are not in the mood for lipstick, you can always go with a shiny gloss on Valentine’s Day. The Fu$$y Gloss Bomb is an ultimate gotta-have-it lip stain. Why? It gives a shine like no other & is super hydrating. Fu$$y is the essential finishing touch to a Glossy Valentine’s Day.

    Favorite Classic Red Lipsticks

    If you are passionate about red, you can never go wrong with this classic Valentine’s Day color. These fiery lipsticks will make anyone fall in love! 

    Revlon ColorStay Satin Ink (Red)

    This all-new lipstick has become a new favorite in my makeup bag. I recently received this product from Influenster to review, and I fell in love with its smooth, creamy texture. The Satin Ink is a matte lipstick with a shine finish and is non-drying. (Price + Link)

    M.A.C Ruby Woo (Red)

    I mean… what hasn’t been said about Ruby Woo that needs to be said? We love the woo! It is such a classic lipstick that continues to stand the test of time. It looks perfect on any lip! The Retro Matte Collection from M.A.C truly has some unforgettable shades.

    Fenty Beauty Uncensored Stunna Lip Paint (Red)

    If you are in the mood for uncensored activities for Valentine’s Day, this lip paint is the perfect addition to the equation. The way the Stunna Lip Paint glides across the lips so smoothly will make this universal red irresistible to you (and anyone else for that matter). 

    Revlon ColorStay Matte Lite Crayon (Red)

    Another new lipstick that just got added to my list of favorites. This crayon is 30% lighter than your average lipstick. I primarily use this as a lip liner, but it does give full coverage.

    Fenty Beauty Griselda MatteMoiselle (Red)

    If you are into deep, bold colors, then Griselda is the girl for you. This lipstick shade is not as bright as most colors on this list, but it is still a gorgeous shade of lipstick. Griselda is a burgundy red with a matte finish. Fenty Beauty and Sephora no longer carry this lipstick, but here’s a dupe I found online for $19.

    M.A.C Sheen Supreme (New Temptation) 

    My first M.A.C lipstick ever. All hail New Temptation! I love everything about this lipstick. The color is a fire red that leaves the lips shiny like a pretty penny. Unfortunately, M.A.C discontinued New Temptation, so if you were interested in this red lipstick– you will not be able to purchase it. However, if you are really interested in trying it, there’s a dupe you can try out.

    There you have it. 12 classic pink and red lipsticks you must check out for Valentine’s Day. These shades are perfect for day or night activities. The desire to wear pink or red has never been louder than on Valentine’s Day.

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    • Features and Benefits
    • Honest reviews
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    Express your love for beauty this Valentine’s Day with any of these classic lipstick shades. They are all tried and true!

    Related: Is The New Celestial Odyssey Holiday Palette Worth Trying?

    What are some of your favorite classic or new lipsticks? Have an idea for a shade that should be on the list? Leave me a comment below.


  • 350 Blog Post Ideas For Bloggers Discovering Their Niche

    350 Blog Post Ideas For Bloggers Discovering Their Niche

    What should I write about on my blog?

    Coming up with ideas for blog topics to write about after starting your niche blog can be rough. If you are a current or newbie blogger or someone thinking of starting a blog but not sure where to start, I have a few ideas to help you get started writing quality posts for your blog that your audience will love. This list of blog post ideas is here to supercharge your creativity!

    The best blog posts are the ones you can write from personal experience. Writing from personal experience can be instructional, informative, and entertaining for your target audience. For example, business owners and entrepreneurs use creative writing to highlight their brands, products, and services. If you are thinking of starting a blog or changing your blog niche, one of the questions to ask yourself is what experiences or daily activities do you enjoy that your readers will also find value in reading?

    So, what are some good blog post ideas for niche bloggers? We will discuss everything you should consider when choosing a niche and share a few blog post ideas for niche blogs today! 

    This guide will cover:

    • what is a niche blog
    • types of niche blogs
    • popular topics amongst niche blogs
    • 350 niche blog post ideas
    • examples of niche bloggers

    Use these blog topic ideas for inspiration in choosing your niche and writing your next (or first) blog post!

    What is a niche blog?

    A niche blog is a blog where writers record activities, thoughts, and experiences to use their writing to market a specific topic or category. Niche blogs may appeal to “geographic areas, a specialty industry, ethnic or age groups, or any particular group of people.” Niche bloggers write content inspired by personal interests, daily activities, hobbies, etc. It is an ongoing debate that every blog is a niche blog in some form. However, when it comes to learning how to market a blog, it is different for every niche blogger. Niche bloggers often use their websites to promote and sell products/services, land sponsorship or affiliate programs, and make money writing about personal interests, daily activities, and hobbies. 

    A niche blog is not a personal blog. Niche bloggers may share personal stories, but the content they create is not always in journal-entry form — the focus here is on the activities and the interests of the writer (with the audience in mind). 

    How to start a niche blog?

    The first step you’ll want to take in starting your blog is research. Research all the different types of niches to get an idea of what you want to be the focus topic of your blog.

    What topic will you be comfortable discussing?

    There are over 100 popular niches for you to make your decision. Choose one that you are passionate about and comfortable with, and start prepping for blog post ideas! Once you start writing and growing your audience and reach, you get even more ideas to maximize your content.

    Social media plays a major role in blogging and increasing your blog’s visibility. If you aren’t using platform tools like Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Pinterest to market your blog, you will need to decide how you plan to promote your niche blog. 

    Example: A Food and Beverage Blogger uses Instagram to post pictures or videos of their foods/drinks and tells their audience to visit their blog for the recipe. 

    Types of Niche Blogs

    Here are 14 popular and profitable blog categories to consider:

    1. Lifestyle
    2. Beauty/ Skincare
    3. Food & Drink
    4. Holidays
    5. Organizing/ Planning
    6. Reviews
    7. Self-Improvement/ Self-Help
    8. DIY, Crafting, and Decorating
    9. Mom/ Parenting
    10. Family
    11. Work-From-Home
    12. Blogging
    13. Life Coach & Motivation
    14. Wellness

    There’s nothing like having a little inspiration to get you started. Check out some of these amazing niche bloggers below. 

    Examples of different types of niche blogs

    Buckle With Jo: Inspiration Blog

    Jody-Ann is an inspirational lifestyle blogger who is passionate about motivating women to live abundantly. She inspires women to conquer new beginnings and create new memories along the way. Jody-Ann and I have collaborated quite a few times in 2021 & her posts continue to inspire women like me to get out of my comfort zone and try new things!

    That Lemonade Life: Lifestyle Blog

    Sarah is a cozy lifestyle blogger who is a big fan of making life as cozy and comfortable as possible! If you love food, home decor, reading, and more coziness in your life, then you’re in the right spot!

    All Day Britney: Mommy Lifestyle Blog

    All Day Britney is a safe space for moms who want to prioritize their self-care journey (no matter what that looks like) in order to show up in the best way for themselves and their families. It’s also where Britney shares her favorite Black-owned businesses that have helped me in my own self-care journey.

    Coffee till Champagne: Women’s Lifestyle Blog

    Coffee till Champagne is all about women! Their vision is to be a no holds barred, judgment-free, “damn, I can’t be the only one”, sanctuary. The conversations on this blog are dedicated to who women are, how they think/feel, and what infuriates them, and sometimes has us saying, “is this my life?”.

    Jodetopia: Family Blog

    On Jodetopia you’ll find travel adventures, children’s books, and advice for new moms. If you are thinking about starting a family lifestyle blog, Jodetopia has a lot of great content for blog post ideas.

    Jupiter & Dann: Food and Family Blog

    This lifestyle blog is all about food and family. Jupiter and Dann often cover things our children are interested in, places we’ve visited, and reviews of interesting products. Check out this blog to get ideas for posting food recipes, reviews, and family fun. There’s even a section on Jupiter and Dann where they share ways to learn all about SEO and how to get your blog to rank on search engines.

    Good Life Detroit: Lifestyle Blog

    GLD is a lifestyle blog created by Jennifer Harma. Good Life Detroit covers topics related to DIY crafts, culture, family life, recipes, things to do in Detroit, and well-being.

    The Lifestyle Blogger UK

    Becky is a UK lifestyle blogger based in the heart of the Cotswolds. She has a passion for health & fitness, veganism, and sustainability. Becky often writes about these topics. She has been featured on Channel 5 News, Express, Metro, and The Daily Mail.

    Plaid + Sugar Blog: DIY & Crafts

    Plaid and Sugar is a DIY, lifestyle, and sewing blog with the purpose to aid readers live a more colorful, creative, and fulfilling life. Learn how to make life colorful and fun while on a budget.

    With 350 blog post ideas to choose from, finding a few content ideas to write right now should make picking a niche easier 😍. These topic ideas are perfect for any niche blog. Check them out below, and be sure to tag #lewknewtopics if you decide to use them. I want to see your writing and share it with other niche bloggers! 

    Blog Post Ideas

    Lifestyle

    1. Top 10 things to do in your city or regional area
    2. Your tips for growing an Instagram account
    3. A round-up of life hacks
    4. 5 favorite accessories in your closet and the best way you use them
    5. Date night ideas
    6. Your workout routine: how you stay fit
    7. How to let go of negative thoughts and feelings
    8. Ways to get better sleep
    9. Home decor tips for fall/winter/spring/summer
    10. Top 10 ways you save money
    11. 10 books to read this year
    12. 7 apps to download for fun
    13. Shows worth watching on Netflix/HBO Max/Hulu/Paramount Plus
    14. Life lessons you learn before your 30’s
    15. Difficult changes you’ve made in your life
    16. Morning routine ideas
    17. Why you decided to start a blog plus your progress
    18. How you found your purpose in life
    19. Habits of successful people
    20. Your favorite hashtags for social media
    21. Share a personal story to motivate readers
    22. 7 things that make you happy all the time
    23. 3 books that you recommend
    24. List of inspirational quotes
    25. Party theme ideas

    Beauty/ Skincare

    1. A review of a new product you purchased (foundation, perfume, lipstick)
    2. Your morning skincare routine
    3. Your evening skincare routine
    4. How to apply skincare products
    5. A round-up of new products for hair/skin/make-up
    6. Best shades of lipstick for fall/winter/summer/spring season
    7. How to pick the perfect foundation
    8. How to make lashes look longer
    9. The best drugstore dupes
    10. Simple make-up swaps to save you money
    11. Hauls (Sephora/Ulta/Fenty Beauty)
    12. The hottest looks to try this spring/summer/fall/winter
    13. 5-min, 10-min, 20-min make-up routine tutorials
    14. The perfect make-up for work/school/date night
    15. How to determine your skin type
    16. What’s in my make-up bag?
    17. My daily skincare routine
    18. Beauty guide for beginners
    19. 5 beauty essentials you can’t live without
    20. How to make face masks
    21. My beauty wishlist for (year)
    22. A round-up of favorite nail art
    23. How to find the right SPF for you
    24. Beauty gift guides
    25. Host a giveaway

    Food & Drink

    1. A round-up of recipes
    2. Try a trending Pinterest/TikTok recipe and share the outcome
    3. How to cook (food) in 5/10/15 minutes
    4. Review a local restaurant, bar, or bakery
    5. Create recipes based on a single ingredient
    6. Share your favorite cookbooks
    7. Why you started/love cooking
    8. How to meal plan
    9. How to organize your kitchen
    10. Your favorite cocktail recipes
    11. The best cocktail recipes
    12. A drink/food pairing guide
    13. Local winery, distillery, or brewery guide
    14. “Wine Wednesday”
    15. Holiday food guides
    16. 10 ideas/recipes for healthy lunches
    17. Share your favorite go-to meal
    18. 5 affordable and tasty celebrity-owned wine brands
    19. 7 best foods to cook under 30 mins
    20. A beginner’s guide to cooking/baking
    21. How to prepare or store foods
    22. 12 must-have cooking essentials
    23. School lunch ideas for kids’ lunchboxes
    24. Healthy snack ideas for kids
    25. Try-it Tuesday recipes

    Holiday

    1. 15 days of craft ideas for the holiday
    2. Christmas gift guides for him
    3. Christmas gift guides for her
    4. Holiday bucket list ideas
    5. 10 best tips for traveling during the holidays
    6. Holiday games for adults
    7. Ultimate (year) review
    8. Mistakes I made in (year)
    9. My new year goals for (year)
    10. Home decor for the holidays
    11. DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas
    12. Best tips to save money around the holidays
    13. Must-try holiday desserts this season
    14. Thanksgiving table decoration ideas
    15. Holiday series: 10-holiday tradition ideas
    16. Christmas gift guides for small kids
    17. Holiday destination ideas
    18. List of new year affirmations
    19. Best make-up gift ideas
    20. Write a holiday travel guide for a local city
    21. Holiday gift guides for mom under $____
    22. Dollar store decoration ideas
    23. Fourth of July menu list
    24. 5 festive drinks for Cinco de Mayo
    25. Black Friday holiday shopping guide

    Organizing/Planning

    1. How to clean makeup brushes
    2. How to save money while shopping
    3. 8 ways you save money
    4. How do you stay organized?
    5. Share your daily routine
    6. Share your favorite planning apps
    7. 11 ways to manage time/ time-management tips
    8. Best goal-setting planners
    9. Your top productivity tips
    10. Time-saving tips for weekly activities
    11. Best tips for a great start to the day
    12. How to set realistic goals
    13. Habits of successful people
    14. Tips for spring cleaning
    15. Make-up/skincare organization hacks
    16. Best time blocking tips
    17. How to avoid distractions
    18. Wedding planning tips
    19. Baby shower planning tips
    20. Tips for eating healthy on a budget
    21. Ways to clean your pantry
    22. How to clean your garage
    23. How to pack a suitcase for days/weeks/months
    24. Minimal packing ideas for traveling
    25. Cleaning hacks

    Reviews

    1. First-time user reviews
    2. Book reviews
    3. How to hands-free control your Apple Watch
    4. A beginner’s guide to buying (product)
    5. How to write a helpful review online
    6. Baby/infant product reviews
    7. Music reviews
    8. Beauty product reviews
    9. 5 things to consider before buying a product on Amazon
    10. Apple/ Android product review
    11. 20 trends in home decor you must try
    12. How to identify legit and honest product reviews
    13. Jewelry/bags/accessories reviews
    14. Everything you need to know about (product)
    15. A round-up of your favorite reviews
    16. Best cameras on the market for vlogging
    17. Sports reviews
    18. How to find the best home furniture deals
    19. 5 products to buy if you’re a (product/brand) enthusiast
    20. Why I recommend (product)
    21. Thoughts about (product) then and now
    22. Digital product reviews
    23. Pet product reviews
    24. How to choose the right cooking pan for better cooking
    25. 5 tips to consider when buying (topic)

    Self-Improvement/Self-Help

    1. Simple goal setting: how I set 1 goal in 10 mins and changed my life
    2. How to say no without feeling guilty
    3. 10 green smoothies to give your brain a boost
    4. How a positive mindset helped me lose 7lbs in a week
    5. Gratitude habits that will drastically improve your life
    6. 7 ways to get out of your comfort zone
    7. 8 powerful lessons to learn from failure
    8. The 10- minute solution for getting your thoughts under control
    9. I stopped worrying about money. You should too. Here’s why.
    10. How to start your own business with no money
    11. 7 awesome apps to help you achieve your goals this year
    12. 15 mind-blowing facts that will make you change your sleep habits 
    13. Why journaling is a quick way to inspire creativity
    14. How to deal with difficult people and protect your energy
    15. Quick and easy breakfast/lunch/dinner ideas to boost your immune system
    16. 10 ways to raise your vibration when you’re feeling low
    17. 30 ways to boost your self-esteem
    18. Is low confidence ruining your career?
    19. A beginner’s guide to meditation
    20. Can mindfulness ease anxiety?
    21. How to achieve financial freedom with goal setting
    22. How to stop procrastinating
    23. The best self-discipline tips you can follow
    24. How to recognize negative thinking
    25. 5 ways to motivate yourself

    DIY, Crafting, and Decorating

    1. Write a craft book review
    2. Share your favorite DIY projects from other bloggers
    3. Round-up of previous DIY projects you created recently
    4. Create a DIY series using one specific product or theme
    5. 5 must-have craft tools
    6. DIY home organizers & hacks
    7. A Valentine’s Day craft tutorial for kids
    8. DIY tutorial for making wreaths
    9. Best tips for selling products at craft shows
    10. How to make DIY candles
    11. 5 Beginner Tips for Scrapbooking
    12. How to knit/sew
    13. 10 Crafts you can make and sell
    14. Recreate a craft from Pinterest
    15. 10 Easy crafts for toddlers
    16. Where to shop for the best craft supplies
    17. How-to sell crafts on Etsy
    18. 7 Tips for Online Craft Sellers
    19. How to make DIY beauty products
    20. Cricut tips, tricks, and hacks
    21. Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer craft ideas
    22. Interview your favorite craft blogger
    23. Beginner’s Guide to Cricut/Cricut machines
    24. DIY spa day
    25. 15 crafts kids will love

    Mommy/Parenting

    1. Healthy eating with and for toddlers
    2. How to get the baby sleeping through the night
    3. 3 tasks you accomplish during baby naps
    4. WFM/ SAHM daily schedule
    5. List of chores little ones can help out with
    6. 12 exercise ideas for kids
    7. How to make self-care a priority as a mom
    8. Mommy hacks you use on a daily basis
    9. Fun ideas for family day/ night activities
    10. Parent/ child date ideas
    11. Tips on traveling with children
    12. Pregnancy hacks you wish you knew when you were expecting
    13. Tips for parents expecting their first/ second/ third child
    14. Tips for amicable co-parenting
    15. Wishes that every parent has for their kids 
    16. Toy reviews and why you love them as a parent
    17. Share your best day as a mom
    18. Share your worst day as a mom
    19. How do you get your children to listen to you
    20. Parenting lessons you learned from your parents
    21. Tips for raising boys/ girls
    22. Favorite/ best books for children
    23. How to teach children manners
    24. Family bonding ideas
    25. Important life skills every child should learn

    Family

    1. How to keep kids entertained while you WFH
    2. How to talk to your teenager
    3. Meal prep ideas the whole family will enjoy
    4. Tips on saving for buying/building a house
    5. How to tell if you’re ready for another child
    6. Parent date night ideas
    7. Sibling bonding ideas
    8. Screen-free activities for families
    9. Budgeting ideas for large families
    10. How to talk to your in-laws
    11. Tips for maintaining a strong marriage after kids
    12. How to set boundaries in relationships
    13. Setting 5/10/15 year goals with your spouse 
    14. Tips on how to adopt or foster a child
    15. Favorite movies to watch as a family
    16. Share a problem your family is currently facing
    17. Family-friendly things to do in your local area
    18. How to set a family budget
    19. A Beginner’s Guide to meal-prepping
    20. How fathers can help their partners around the house
    21. Overnight camping ideas
    22. Tips for raising kids in multi-generational households
    23. Benefits of Having a Dog as part of the family
    24. 10 Benefits of packages from grandma, grandpa, or other loved ones
    25. Staycation ideas for parents

    Work-from-Home

    1. How to leave your 9-5 job and start working for yourself
    2. How to avoid online distractions and focus on work
    3. Your favorite WFH outfits
    4. Share what your WFH schedule looks like
    5. Tips for decluttering your home workspace
    6. Share how you get motivated to work
    7. How to make money from home
    8. How to WFM with kids
    9. Talk about any freelance services from home
    10. Time-blocking tips
    11. 3 biggest challenges you struggle with WFM and how to overcome it
    12. WFH tips from a thought leader
    13. Interview someone on how they started their business and career
    14. Beginner’s Guide How to work from home
    15. Top industries that hire remote workers
    16. Work for yourself or work for a company?
    17. Roundup or list of available WFH job boards
    18. How to create a work/life balance at home
    19. 7 WFH gifts under $10
    20. Skills you can quickly learn for a remote career change
    21. How to become a virtual assistant 
    22. 6 biggest mistakes remote job seekers make
    23. Simple tasks you can do today to start WFH
    24. Can you search for remote jobs on Indeed/Glassdoor/LinkedIn?
    25. Networking tips for remote job seekers

    Blogging

    1. Share 10 bloggers who motivate you
    2. Gorgeous fonts for bloggers and social media mavens
    3. Tips for social media
    4. Favorite blogging groups
    5. Favorite blogging books + courses
    6. Writing tips
    7. Essential blogging tools you can’t blog without 
    8. Tips for guest posting/ blogging
    9. A round-up of your best posts
    10. SEO essentials 
    11. Ways to build online relationships with bloggers
    12. Free social media technology tools to promote your blog
    13. Favorite hashtags for social media
    14. What motivated you to start a blog?
    15. 3 biggest challenges you struggle with as a blogger and how to overcome it
    16. Best tools for creating blog images
    17. Interview a blogger and share a success story
    18. 6 Perks to Blogging & Making Money
    19. How many hours do you spend running your blog?
    20. Why you need a blog planner
    21. Favorite Instagram Lifestyle Bloggers to follow
    22. What tricks/hacks to use to grow your blog
    23. How is your blog different from others?
    24. Blogging Course Reviews
    25. How to be consistent with blogging 

    Life Coach/ Motivation

    1. Collection of inspirational quotes + why you love them
    2. Personal growth tips + goals
    3. 5 Ways to motivate yourself
    4. How to pursue ambition in your life
    5. How to let go of negative thinking
    6. 9 things that make you happy all the time
    7. How do you get inspired?
    8. Share a personal story to motivate readers
    9. The best lessons you’ve learned in your life
    10. 7 Ways to Show Appreciation & Gratitude
    11. Share tips about self-improvement
    12. Share a failure and what you learned
    13. How-to stay calm
    14. 5 Habits of successful people
    15. How to stay motivated when things get difficult
    16. Tips for a stress-free life
    17. 10 things that make you happy right now
    18. How to have a winning mindset
    19. How to unlock your passion
    20. Mindset blocks you didn’t know were there
    21. Ways to get out of your comfort zone
    22. How to turn a weakness into a strength
    23. 10 Gratitude habits that will drastically improve your life
    24. 12 things you could do every day to live fearlessly
    25. 7 Apps to Help you Achieve your goals this year

    Wellness

    1. 15- min workout routine
    2. Workout routines for (topic)
    3. How to eat healthy on a budget
    4. Tips for intermittent fasting
    5. 5 Ways to live a healthy lifestyle
    6. Ways to get better sleep
    7. Beginner’s guide to meditation & mindfulness
    8. Health and fitness guide for busy entrepreneurs
    9. 10 healthy foods to eat daily
    10. Share a fitness challenge that you’re doing
    11. Everything you need to bring to the gym
    12. Are multivitamins good for you?
    13. How to lose belly fat
    14. How to calculate your BMI
    15. What you need to know about the keto diet
    16. The best workouts to do at home
    17. Beginner’s guide to meal prepping
    18. Ways to get your steps in
    19. The best apps for tracking calories
    20. How much weight can I lose per week?
    21. A round-up of workout music playlists
    22. Beginner’s guide to yoga & stretching
    23. Common myths about dieting
    24. Review meal box services (Hello Fresh)
    25. The best workouts for arms/legs/glutes/hamstrings

    Related: What is SEO and Why Is Seo Important For My Website?

    Which of these 350 blog post ideas will you write about first? Have a blog post idea that should’ve made this list? Share your thoughts in a comment below.


  • Wash Day Routine For 4c Hair Optimal Hair Growth

    Wash Day Routine For 4c Hair Optimal Hair Growth

    Wash days, for me, are all about using the right products for optimal hair growth and hydration. Being a naturalista for eight years has taught me the importance of managing my 4C hair and understanding which products are best for my hair type. If you have ever wondered whether you’re using the best products for your natural hair, you aren’t alone out here. I never imagined I’d be learning how to wash my hair all over again at my big age! In addition, my wash day routine has varied and changed several times throughout my natural hair journey. However, getting my wash day routine to where it is now has made washing my hair less of a nightmare and more of an adventure. The process is all about the products and the routine. As a result, I have developed an effective wash day routine for my 4C Hair.

    Disclaimer: Heads up! My posts contain affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links, you won’t pay a penny more, but I’ll get a small commission, which helps keep the lights on. Thanks!

    Wash Day Routine for my 4C Hair

    1. Scheduling
    2. Detangling
    3. Shampoo
    4. Conditioner
    5. Drying Method
    6. Moisturize & Style

    Scheduling

    I don’t have a scheduled day for wash days. I used to wash my hair every Saturday. But after hair length and growth, the frequency changed to every 2-3 weeks. So, dedicating time for your hair is just half of this battle. In other words, your wash day schedule is subject to frequent changes and moderation. 

    Detangling

    This step takes about 10-15 minutes. Before beginning to shampoo, I section my hair into four parts. Then, I saturate my hair with a Scalp-Foaming Pre-Cleanse to gently remove any knots, mats, tangles, and product dirt buildup. I never attempt to detangle without saturating my strands first. So now my 4C kinky coils are now ready for the shampooing process.

    Shampoo

    After I comb and rinse out the Scalp-Foaming Pre-Cleanse with a detangling comb, I use Rosemary Mint Strengthening Shampoo to nourish my tresses. Then, I lather a generous amount of shampoo in my hands, and massage the shampoo down the length of each coil and rinse. Therefore this process takes approximately 10 minutes. 

    Conditioner

    The next step is to gently smooth an Intensive Conditioning Treatment all over my freshly washed tresses. First I gently work it all over my hair with a detangling comb to lock in moisture, and this also helps prevent any hair damage. Then I place a plastic cap over my hair and sit under the dryer for 15 minutes. After rinsing the Intensive Conditioning Treatment, I use a Biotin and Collagen Conditioner for additional hair hydration and rinse after 2-3 minutes.

    Drying Method

    Next I grab a dry towel to squeeze the excess water dripping from my curls. Occasionally, I prepare my hair for styling while it’s still a little damp. Sometimes I will use a blow dryer to finish drying my wet hair. However whichever method I decide to use takes approximately 3-5 minutes. 

    Moisturizing and Styling

    After drying off my hair, I add a leave-in conditioner and start sectioning my hair for styling. Meanwhile, I use Rosemary Mint Scalp and Hair Strengthening Oil to treat my scalp and take care of any split ends. Then, I use Style and Shine Foaming Mousse to flat twist my hair. Consequently I then go to my favorite protective hairstyle is two jumbo flat twists, with a part right down the middle.

    Overall, it takes approximately 60 minutes to complete my wash routine for optimal hair growth and hydration. Consistency and repetition have made this routine become a quicker process. 

    4C Wash Day Routine Products

    Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges (Extra Firm Hold)

    Creme of Nature Argan Oil Style and Shine Foaming Mousse

    Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment

    Creme of Nature Argan Oil Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner

    Mielle Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil

    Mielle Rosemary Mint Strengthening Shampoo

    Mizani Wonder Crown Scalp Foaming Pre-Cleanse

    OGX Thick & Full Biotin and Collagen Conditioner

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    Click to get a product guide to all the products for wash day. The Lewk Digest product guides give details about each product. The Lewk Digest has product reviews, prices, store locations, coupons, and discount codes to make shopping for these products easy. In other words, The Lewk Digest makes shopping easier.

    How long does your wash day routine take? What are your wash day secrets and products that you like to use? Let me know what your wash day is like and what products you’re using in the comments!


  • Starting The New Year With Hope And A Radiant Glow

    Starting The New Year With Hope And A Radiant Glow

    I am full of hope about what’s to come next for me this year.

    As I reflect on 2021, I realize that I spent a lot of time building my brand and not enough time taking care of myself. My two-week break taught me that I am too much of a control freak, I should stop putting expiration dates on everything, and I still struggle with setting unrealistic expectations. No wonder I was burned out by the end of the year. I was putting too much pressure on myself, but I’m grateful I realized it before continuing to carry that energy into 2022. What I needed was a work/life balance. I want to secure the bag and the happiness at the same time.

    Although I did not find that balance last year, my goal is to accomplish that this year. I wrote down and set realistic goals, worked out a strategy to execute them, and prayed over each one of them. I have a plan for self-improvement, business growth, gratitude, and I have

    new hope in a jar.

    This radiant revelation started with my hope in a jar.

    What is the radiant Hope In A Jar?

    The Lewk Digest is your go-to newsletter to owning your look. The Digest has a product guide to Hope In A Jar ! If you want to try out the product mentioned here on the website, check out The Lewk Digest. These guides are put together to help make shopping easier. Each product guide has

    • Features and Benefits
    • Honest reviews
    • Prices and Store Locations
    • Promotions, Discount Codes, and Coupons
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    I use it only in the mornings after cleaning and treating my skin. It’s soft and smells great. My skin is already showing signs of radiance and clarity. It’s routine maintenance and self-improvement. Hope In A Jar and I get along great. It’s given me what I needed to start again (or to keep going).

    2022 is all about hope.
    2022 is all about optimism.
    2022 is all about renewal.


  • A Special First Look At Influenster Rimmel London Voxbox

    A Special First Look At Influenster Rimmel London Voxbox

    Disclaimer: Heads up! My posts contain affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links, you won’t pay a penny more, but I’ll get a small commission, which helps keep the lights on. Thanks!

    Rimmel London

    Rimmel London Voxbox Contents

    My Thoughts About the Rimmel London Voxbox

    I tried both products from the Influenster Rimmel London voxbox and have strong feelings about each one. #1: wasn’t too fond of the Lasting Finish foundation. It was very smooth and soft on my skin; I forgot that I had makeup on throughout the day. I don’t like that it promotes itself as a full-coverage foundation because it does not give full coverage. However, the Lasting Finish foundation is buildable. I had to do concealing and contouring to get it to cover all of my dark spots and blemishes. I can’t say how I feel about the Rimmel London Wonder’Serum yet. I’ll continue using it before giving my final opinion. However, I believe it will help my lashes and brows grow naturally.

    Influenster Rimmel London Voxbox Unboxing Video

  • Should I Trademark My Online Business Name?

    Should I Trademark My Online Business Name?

    Your name is your superpower. What you call yourself (personally or professionally) is your unique identifier. Your name, aka your identity, sets you apart from people/ businesses with similar names. Entrepreneurs realize that it takes hard work to establish their brand and create an identity different from their competitors. So, how will you stand out without blending? How will you organically grow your business? As a result, business owners must establish their rights to ensure that their name is one of a kind. Therefore, it is important to trademark your online business name.

    Scroll on to learn why you SHOULD trademark your online business name. Learn how to start the trademarking process and resources to help you start trademarking your business or brand today.

    So, what is a trademark?

    How does a trademark help my business?

    It gives you a legal avenue to protect your business or brand from copycats replicating your identity. Trademarking your business name, product, or symbol can protect you from scammers looking to make a profit off of your name. In other words, a trademark establishes your exclusive business owner rights to use your name, symbol, or word(s). Trademarking also helps you run a successful company. You will also be able to use the ® symbol next to a successfully registered trademarked name. Completing your trademark registration will make it much easier to file for trademark registration in other countries.

    I have an LLC, sole proprietorship, and DBA business. My brand is already protected.

    That’s great that you formed your online business. However, you should still decide to trademark your business or brand. A trademark is different in the sense that:

    1. Forming an LLC (limited liability company) only protects you from individuals using your business name/symbol in your state. It does not protect you nationally or internationally.
    2. DBA or doing business as; only protects you from individuals using your business name/symbol in your state. It does not protect you nationally or internationally.
    3. A copyright will protect original artistic and literary works. Copyrights apply to logos but usually do not apply to names.

    How to Trademark Your Business Name

    Here’s how you can start trademarking your online business today:

    First, remember filling out the application is the initial step. If you do not have the necessary information for your application, an attorney can help you with this step. Next, you should figure out what trademark class you want your business’ name or symbol recognized in before submitting your application. (There are 45 trademark classes, and each trademark class covers a wide range of goods or services.) 

    Example: If a beauty company with the name “Enchanted” wanted to register this name in the cosmetics trademark class, it could. However, if this company also produced jewelry, it might require an added listing in the jewelry trademark class. Therefore, the beauty company has to file for each trademark class that the business will be listed under.

    Additionally, if you want to trademark the same name for multiple classes, it might be a little costly. It costs as low as $250 to file a trademark application. To file for a trademarked name for multiple classes, that’s $250 for each trademark class.

    Attorneys Can Trademark Your Online Business Name

    Sometimes it is best to talk about things like this with your lawyer or attorney. If you are not sure how to fill out your trademark application, schedule a time to consult with your attorney or lawyer. If you do not have an attorney or lawyer, I have an available online resource for you.

    Enjoying these trademark tips? Check out these similar posts for online business tips:


  • 25 Gorgeous Winter Nails & Designs

    25 Gorgeous Winter Nails & Designs

    Winter nail season is here.

    Winter is coming! Shorter days and cold, dark nights are upon us. In addition, it is dismally cold outside, but it is a cool time for nail trends. Fall nails have much appeal, but just like seasons change, so do current trends.

    ‘Tis the season for sparkle, shimmer, glitter, and snow! The winter nails are here to sleigh, spread joy, and be the gift that keeps on giving. 

    Disclaimer: Heads up! My posts contain affiliate links. However, if you decide to buy something through one of those links, you won’t pay a penny more, but I’ll get a small commission, which helps keep the lights on. Thanks!

    Elegant, Classy, Gorgeous Winter Nails

    If you are looking for nail inspiration, the nail designs and colors are all about big fun with minimal work this season. Red and green are not the only colors for the holidays! There are a lot of metallics, icy blues, and wintry hues for inspiration. These designs are so fire that your manicures will melt the snow this winter. 

    Classy winterish nails
    Glamorous maroon winter nails
    Glamorous maroon winter nails

    You can never go wrong with shiny, sparkly nails. If you want to try to recreate this nail design, you’ll need matte maroon polish, glossy maroon polish, and glitter polish.

    gorgeous ombre winter nails
    gorgeous ombre winter nails

    How gorgeous is this ombre nail design? These nails are perfect for the winter & any winter outfit essentials.

    Goregous, Classy White Winter Nails

    icy chill winter nails
    icy chill winter nails
    milky white marble nails
    milky white marble nails
    opulent glitter winter nails
    opulent glitter winter nails

    A nail design that can be recreated with minimal work needed to accomplish it! This cute, simple design will cost you a little shimmer and glitter, with a little gloss and a clear coat.

    arctic blue winter nails
    arctic blue winter nails
    frost winter wonderland nails
    frost winter wonderland nails

    This nail art is all about fun and festive vibes. If you’re looking for something icy, this nail art is definitely cool enough for you to try.

    metallic frozen winter nails
    metallic frozen winter nails

    In the midst of grey skies and gloomy days, a new nail design is guaranteed to switch up the mood! To recreate this look and the look below, you will need glitter, grey, and holographic nail polish.

    posh frost winter nails
    posh frost winter nails

    In the midst of grey skies and gloomy days, a new nail design is guaranteed to switch up the mood! To recreate this look and the look above, you will need glitter, grey, and holographic nail polish.

    green Christmas ornament nails
    green Christmas ornament nails

    This oval design and art is the perfect choice for holiday nails. You’ll need green, white, and glitter nail polish to recreate this festive look.

    red christmas nail art
    red christmas nail art
    red sleek stiletto holiday nails
    red sleek stiletto holiday nails

    Go for this classy red nail design this holiday season for sleek and effortlessly hot nails!

    classy black nail art
    classy black nail art

    If you’re looking for something simple and natural this winter, try this classy black nail look.

    gorgeous christmas ornament nails
    gorgeous christmas ornament nails

    Here’s another festive Christmas nail design if you’re looking for natural nails this winter season.

    basic cozy winter nails
    basic cozy winter nails
    textured grey winter nails
    textured grey winter nails

    Grey has never looked so good! These nails are so gorgeous and will be easy to recreate with stickers and two shades of grey nail polish.

    Christmas blue winter nails
    Christmas blue winter nails

    If you’re feeling blue this season, you’ll want to try this starry night nail art the next time you’re in the salon.

    cute grey christmas nails
    cute grey christmas nails

    Another holiday nail design for your Christmas spirit! This nail art is a cuteness overload of all of your favorite winter things.

    cute peppermint holiday nails
    cute peppermint holiday nails

    Another holiday nail design for your Christmas spirit! This nail art is a cuteness overload of all of your favorite holiday things.

    cute oval snowflake nails
    cute oval snowflake nails

    Here’s another festive Christmas nail design if you’re looking for natural nails this winter season.

    glamorous classy winter nails
    glamorous classy winter nails

    A nail design that can be recreated with minimal work needed to accomplish it! This cute, simple design will cost you a little shimmer and glitter, white polish, and a clear coat.

    whimsical holiday nail art

    If you’re feeling whimsical this season, these unicorn coffin nails could be your next nail design. Gorgeous ombre nail design with glitter and unicorns!

    snowflake sweater winter nails
    snowflake sweater winter nails

    If you didn’t get to try this trend out during the fall, you still have a chance! Sweater nails are still trendy for the winter. To recreate this look you’ll need a nude color (or whatever color of your choice) and white polish for the nail art (snowflake, ornament, etc).

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  • This Is What My Stay-At-Home Mom Schedule Looks Like

    This Is What My Stay-At-Home Mom Schedule Looks Like

    I never believed that this would be the life for me. The life of a stay-at-home mom. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that the stay-at-home life would be something that I could afford to do or that it would be something that I could get comfortable doing. The pandemic forced me to see that I could create a stay-at-home mom schedule. I literally lost my job and became a stay-at-home mother overnight! Before this, I used to spend most of my time at work. Away from my family. Since 16, I have worked countless jobs for financial stability and security. While all the while, I was missing out on quality bonding time and precious milestones. Then four years into my son’s life, I suddenly became more accessible and available. 

    So I was at home, all of the time, 24/7.

    Subsequently, I have been dedicated to a stay-at-home mom schedule that allows me to work from home, start and build my business, complete household chores, and devote time to my husband and son.

    The ultimate goal for my stay-at-home mom schedule was to have time to do it all.

    Having no extra help made me realize that I needed to follow a schedule that could keep me organized and focused on my priorities: starting a business and being there when my family needed me the most. A flexible stay-at-home mom schedule would become my secret weapon, and it continues to be a routine that brings contentedness and peace. My daily stay-at-home mom schedule works well for me, and I want to share it to help other stay-at-home moms figure out a rhythm to juggling everything at home.

    5:15 am 

    I set my alarm to wake up 45 minutes before Landon gets up. Starting my day earlier allows me to get mentally and physically prepared for my day. I like to use this time for prayer and quick stretching exercises. Then, I will start ironing school uniforms and making Landon’s lunch to take to school. I will use any remaining time to let our family pet, Pablo, outside to use the potty and put food in his bowl.

    Early mornings set the tone that I am ready to tackle anything. It also allows me to finish all my tasks at a reasonable ending time. I don’t even sleep in late! To be honest, I can’t sleep past 7 am without feeling unproductive. I like to maximize my time in the mornings by choosing not to waste a single minute.

    6:00 am 

    I wake Landon up and make him breakfast. I’ve got to brag that I do my best gentle parenting in this hour. I want to make sure I am helping my son start his day with some positivity. There’s lots of hugging, smiles, and I love yous exchanged during this time. In conclusion, 6 am is one of my proudest hours of the day.

    6:50 am 

    It’s time to drop Landon off at school for the day. Morning drop-offs are usually 10-15 minutes long. While we are in line, waiting to make our way to the front, Landon and I will practice repeating daily affirmations. I like to encourage Landon to have a great day, believe in himself, give his best effort, and commit to learning new skills. This type of encouragement is the final preparation before he walks through those school doors to begin his day as a Kindergarten student.

    7:15 am 

    After drop-off, it’s time to get started with work. Before I shift into work mode, I take 20 minutes to eat a light breakfast, let Pablo outside again, and do those things that I might have skipped earlier (prayer, stretching, meditation).

    8:00 am 

    After that, it’s time to dedicate myself to my brand, my business, and evolving as an entrepreneur. From 8 am to 1 pm., I give my all to writing new blog posts, creating YouTube videos, Reels, or TikToks that could help increase awareness about my business, scheduling or creating content, reviewing products, editing, etc.

    I maximize my time during these hours because I can complete the bulk of my tasks without any distractions. No one is here to disrupt me or feel like I am not giving them any attention. I am prioritizing my business and my clients. I will schedule all of my consultations, client calls for social media management, and brand strategy between these hours. 

    1:00 pm 

    At this point in my day, I realize that I’m either hungry (if I’ve skipped breakfast) or feeling like I need to take a break. I usually make myself some lunch and watch something on tv, catch up on social media, or take a nap. Just because I can’t sleep in late doesn’t mean that I don’t know how to go lay down somewhere in the middle of the day.

    1:55 pm 

    After a much-needed recharge, it’s now time to get Landon from school. School dismisses for each day at 2:55. However, parents of car riders line up an hour early to prepare for dismissal. 

    In conclusion, sometimes your schedule will have events that throw curveballs in your plans. 

    Expect this. It’s okay.

    For example, waiting to get my child home from school takes an hour out of my day, but I choose to look at this differently. Instead of viewing this as me losing out on time, I will use this time to finish up something that I was working on or do something that I haven’t had the chance to do yet.

    Examples of Time Fillers for “Lost Hours”

    1. creating captions for Instagram posts/ reels
    2. researching blog topics and ideas
    3. researching youtube video topics and ideas
    4. pay a bill online
    5. watch an episode of a tv series
    6. digital planning
    3:00 pm 

    I’m back at home and back to full-time mama status. This hour belongs to Landon. He usually has so much to tell me about what happened at school! We also have snacks, do homework, and go outside to play before it gets too late. 

    4:00 pm 

    It’s almost time to end my work for the day. I wrap up anything that I didn’t finish that morning. Every day is different. On some days, I can say that I finished my workload by 5 pm, and on other days I can’t. Wrapping up the day helps me understand what I’ve already accomplished for the day, what’s left to do, and where to pick up the next day.

    4:30 pm- 5:00 pm 

    It’s time to start making (or buying) dinner. I’ve never been into meal prep, but perhaps it’s time that I start; because I never know what’s for dinner! Most of my dinner ideas come to me throughout the day. At 5 pm, I am cooking dinner or asking my husband to grab something on his way home.

    7:00 pm After everyone has made it home and had dinner, I get a little bit of free time. It is the ultimate hour for relaxation and chill time. I dedicate this hour to doing whatever I want to do. 

    1. conversations with my husband about his day
    2. bonding time with my husband, Landon, and Pablo
    3. taking a nice hot shower
    4. browsing social media
    5. listening to music
    6. preparing for the next day (pulling out school uniforms, making lunches, cleaning up)

    8:00 pm This is Landon’s wind-down hour. His dad bathes him, and after bath time, we read a 15- minute bedtime story. I appreciate this time to be able to take a break and regroup.

    9:00 pm It’s Landon’s bedtime and his parents’ bonding time. Both mom and dad are exhausted by now, but we still make time for each other. We have to because we hardly have any time earlier in the day to make it work.

    10:00 pm If I want to get up for my 5:15 am alarm, I need to be in bed no later than 10 pm. 

    More Tips for Success

    1. Don’t get wrapped up in exact times! These are the hours that work best for my life at home, and I provided them for structure. 
    2. Find your rhythm and rhyme for your reason. You’re crafting the ideal schedule for your life and goals. 
    3. You can still be productive throughout the day even if you don’t stick to a strict routine.
    4. Plan around family bonding time. Choose the repeat times throughout the day for consistent, fun times with your loved ones.
    5. Most importantly, don’t stress on days where following your schedule does not work out.

  • 25 Best Christmas Songs For The Ultimate Holiday Playlist

    25 Best Christmas Songs For The Ultimate Holiday Playlist

    Siri, play the “Best Christmas Songs” playlist. It is officially Christmas time in the city (we only acknowledge Christmas after Thanksgiving over here). I know that many of you have started prepping for Christmas by decorating and shopping. I don’t fault you for getting a headstart on spreading the holiday cheer! Even though we all choose different times of the year to start celebrating Christmas, there is one certain thing:

    There’s something magical in Christmas music!

    What could it be? It could be the traditions we create, the nostalgia, and the feelings that come over us whenever we hear our favorite Christmas songs. Hearing the right Christmas song is guaranteed to put anyone (Santa or the Grinch) in a merry mood. So, even if you’ve already started decorating the house, trimming the tree, wrapping presents, or needing to change your bah-hum-bug attitude, I’ve created a list of the Best Christmas Songs of all time.

    This list has many traditional and modern songs that you can add to your playlist this year. The songs range from many different genres of music– from gospel, rhythm and blues, and pop. You can definitely expect to find some of your favorites on this list! There is something on here for everyone! Whether you prefer originals or your favorite renditions, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love. As you are putting together your Christmas playlist this year, use this list of the best Christmas songs to help you create the ultimate holiday vibes.

    List of Best Christmas Songs

    “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey

    Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Christmas Song

    No Christmas playlist is complete without the best-selling modern-day Christmas song of all time.

    “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” Jackson 5

    Jackson 5 “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” Christmas Song

    It’s always wonderful to hear young Michael sing. This rendition by the Jackson 5 will for sure have everyone singing and dancing together.

    “You’re a Mean One,” Tyler the Creator

    “You’re Mean One” from The Grinch (2018) Christmas Song

    The Thurl Ravenscroft version is a phenomenal classic, however this modern version from the 2018 remake of The Grinch from Tyler, the Creator is just as great.

    “This Christmas,” Chris Brown

    “This Christmas” music video from Chris Brown

    There are so many great versions of “This Christmas”. I’ve got to admit that this Chris Brown remake knows how to get in the holiday spirit! Add this version or your favorite rendition to your playlist and you’ll catch yourself singing along in no time.

    “Santa Baby,” Eartha Kitt

    Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby” Christmas Song

    This classic holiday tune is my favorite Eartha Kitt song of all time. If you are needing some ideas for what to include on your Christmas list, play this song for some inspiration 😉

    “Let It Snow,” Boyz II Men featuring Brian McKnight

    Boyz II Men music video for “Let It Snow” Christmas Song

    I’m not making any promises that it’ll snow where you are, but just in case, I’ve got something that will make snow happen right in your living room. Listen to the smooth voices of Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight to make your winter season warmer!

    “8 Days of Christmas,” Destiny’s Child

    Destiny’s Child music video for “8 Days of Christmas”

    A fun spin on the 12 Days of Christmas and guaranteed to make you do a little holiday dance!

    “Silent Night,” The Temptations

    Silent Night Christmas Song

    “In my mind” your playlist will never be the same. The Temptations truly sang us into a blissful, peaceful night.

    “My Favorite Things,” The Supremes

    My Favorite Things Christmas Song

    Although I love the original from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music”, I prefer listening to this rendition by The Supremes.

    “Player’s Ball,” Outkast

    Official music video of “Player’s Ball” from Outkast

    The 1994 Outkast album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was heralded by this song as their lead single which was just in time for the holidays. The song imagines a “player’s ball” for pimps and hustlers on Christmas Day.

    “Sleigh Ride,” TLC

    Official music video for “Sleigh Ride”

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with this fun, holiday classic. You’ll be spreading lots of good cheer with this holiday dance tune.

    “What Do the Lonely Do?,” The Emotions

    What Do The Lonely Do by The Emotions

    Christmas time can bring lots of feelings and emotions for everyone. You’re not alone! Whether you’ll be celebrating with family in person or virtually this year, this song will be sure to help you get through your holiday emotions.

    “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” The Temptations

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas Song

    The famous reindeer of all has countless Christmas songs about him, but I’ve got to say that this one is my favorite! This rendition by The Temptations will for sure make you join in on all the reindeer games.

    “Silver and Gold,” Kirk Franklin

    Silver and Gold Christmas Song

    Whenever I want to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, I always play this beautiful gospel song from Kirk Franklin and the Family. “I’d rather have Jesus, than silver and gold.”

    “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Whitney Houston

    Audio from “Do You Hear What I Hear” on Youtube

    Enjoy a holiday tune from the greatest voice of all time! Whitney Houston’s “Do You Hear What I Hear” is a beautiful classic spin on previous renditions of the song.

    “Silver Bells,” Johnny Mathis

    Silver Bells by Johnny Mathis

    The unofficial announcement song of the Christmas holiday season.

    “Merry Christmas Baby,” Otis Redding

    Otis Redding’s’ “Merry Christmas Baby”

    An American Christmas standard song that has been covered dozens of times. This rendition recorded by Otis Redding in 1968 is sure to be a playlist favorite.

    “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire,” Nat King Cole

    https://youtu.be/huGJNckrvoE
    “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire”

    One of the most famous Christmas songs of all time is also known as “The Christmas Song”.

    “Christmas in Hollis,” Run DMC

    Music video for “Christmas in Hollis” by Run DMC

    “Christmas in Hollis” is the ultimate holiday song. Wrapped in samples of “Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Joy to the World,” and one of the best Christmas gifts ever presented in song.

    “O Holy Night,” Mariah Carey

    Music video for “O Holy Night” on Youtube

    A truly iconic performance of “O Holy Night” from the Queen of Christmas.

    “Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas,” The O’ Jays

    Holidays are most meaningful when they are spent with the ones you love. If you are planning to spend Christmas with family and friends, this song will be a great addition to the playlist.

    “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” Luther Vandross

    “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

    A soulful rendition of this classic Christmas song by Luther Vandross.

    “O Come All Ye Faithful,” Juanita Bynum

    Audio of “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Juanita Bynum

    A rendition of the classic holiday song by gospel singer Juanita Bynum.

    “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” Brian McKnight

    “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” track from Brian McKnight

    Another song for your holiday travels and family gatherings.

    “Jingle Bells,” Ella Fitzgerald

    Clip of Ella Fitzgerald’s performance of “Jingle Bells”

    Known as “one of the smoothest voices ever”, Ella Fitzgerald brings a swinging, unique sound to this Christmas classic.


    Need More Christmas Songs?

    Follow me on Apple Music to listen to my playlists. Be sure to leave me a comment below so that I can follow back 🎄🥳


  • 3 Cute & Easy Hairstyles Using Headband Wigs

    3 Cute & Easy Hairstyles Using Headband Wigs

    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through one of those links, you won’t pay a penny more, but I’ll get a small commission, which helps to keep the lights on! Thank you!

    Who doesn’t love cute and easy hairstyles?

    Wigs and braids have made styling my curly hair less of a struggle. I love using wigs and braids to switch things up. Wigs are a preferred protective style because they are generally quite simple to wear and don’t require much maintenance. After reading reviews online about different wigs, I decided to try a new style that I’d never heard of before: headband wigs.

    Here’s why…

    krissy bri wearing cute and easy hairstyles with headband wig

    More About Headband Wigs: Cute and Easy Hairstyles

    • Additional headbands and hair accessories
    • Iridescent cosmetic bag
    • LuvMe Hairclip
    • Bobby pins
    • Wig Cap
    • Wig Care Instructions
    • Hair Wrap
    • Edges Brush
    LuvMe Hair is an affordable luxury wig company with quality hair.

    The wig came with everything that I needed to style it. I put this wig on and styled it in less than 15 minutes! So, let me show you how I did it.

    Keep scrolling to reveal the long headband wig and easy hairstyles you can recreate using headbands.

    To Achieve Cute and Easy Hairstyles Using Headband Wigs, You’ll Need

    • wig cap
    • wig w/ clips and headband straps
    • extra headbands and accessories for styling
    Wearing the headband wig with one of the extra headbands that it came with.
    Headband Hairstyles: Wearing the LuvMe Hair headband wig as it is (kinky curly)
    Headband Hairstyles: Wearing the headband wig with a middle part and headband.

    Wig Hairstyles Are Easy To Achieve!

    I honestly love everything about wearing headband wigs as a protective style. It’s perfect for someone like me who loves convenient, cute, and simple hairstyles. I can still look cute while protecting my natural hair and my edges. It is so versatile and gives plenty of inspiration for switching up my hairstyles whenever I want. I’ve finally found the ideal protective style for me.

    Rating: 5 out of 5.

    I believe that the headband wig could help any naturalista looking for protective hairstyle solutions and inspiration. It is not too good to be true, ladies! You can achieve this simple look too!

    Watch my LuvMe Hair Headband Wig Tutorial and Review on Youtube

    What do you think? 

    Comment with some of your favorite time-saver protective hairstyles below!

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  • 6 Wishes For Kids From Parents

    6 Wishes For Kids From Parents

    Typically I try to steer clear of giving out unsolicited parenting advice. I rarely share my parenting experience or detail what my parenting journey has been like for me. When my son was born, I made a promise that I would not be one of these moms out here who shares everything. I am someone who enjoys privacy and likes to protect the people that mean the most to me. I believe in keeping some memories sacred and only allowing the people who experienced them to know what those memories are. Moreover, one thing that I believe in when it pertains to parenting is creating special bonds with your children. As I watch him grow, I wish and hope for him to have the world. What other wishes for kids do parents want?

    Wishes for kids are plentiful. However, the parent’s job is to love, provide, protect, listen, understand, and teach their kids. There’s no official parenting handbook that teaches or prepares you for the “perfect” way to do any of these things. Parents will always wish the best for their kids.  When I found out I was going to be a mother, I vowed that I would do everything to help my son grow, develop, and reach every milestone. I couldn’t be more proud of the little person he has become! As his sixth birthday approaches, I am hopeful that he will continue growing and owning his individuality. 

    The following wishes for kids are from parents like me. We are the parents that will be there to help our kids navigate in this world.

    My six-year old son Landon

    Wishes For Kids From Parents

    Always Count On Me, Don’t Ever Count Me Out

    I wish that my son always reaches out to me. I want him to know that I am forever accessible and only one call away. There isn’t a distance that I wouldn’t travel to get to him. One thing about it is mamas make great friends and confidants. I want my son to never feel like he can’t talk to me about something (good or bad). I don’t want him to rule out using the “mama lifeline” in a time of need. 

    The Gratitude Attitude

    Sometimes people take their blessings for granted. I never want my child to miss out on his blessing for not possessing a spirit of gratitude. Gratitude is a catalyst for change in life. My wish is that he thanks God every day for his life and his blessings. I hope that he appreciates and cherishes everything in his life and that he has no room to complain about anything. I want him to practice understanding what it means to be selfless versus selfish

    Be Proud Of You Who Are

    I want my child to know that it’s okay to be inspired by others and still be himself. Embracing individuality will help him understand that no one is the same, and everyone is unique. I encourage self-love and self-care. He needs to know I am proud of who he is. Additionally, I would like for him to affirm the type of person he wants to become. Be bold and unapologetic at all times!

    Chase Dreams & Passions

    As a person who is in the pursuit of making their dreams come true, I can only hope that my son becomes inspired to do the same. No, I do not wish for him to have my dream. My wish is that he finds the courage to pursue his own dreams. I ask that he discovers his passion for something and choose to go after it. Please never allow anyone to convince him that his vision isn’t capable of fulfillment; or that he isn’t deserving of success and happiness. Fairytales can come true, and children should believe in happily ever after. They should always follow their hearts and do what makes them happy.

    Forgiveness

    Moms are not perfect. Sometimes we make mistakes. I know that whenever I make a mistake, I hope for understanding and a chance to correct my wrongdoing. I never want my child to make a mistake and feel they aren’t allowed to make them. Mistakes happen; it’ll be okay. Disappointment in mistakes made should never lead to grudges. I want my son to learn how to let things/emotions go and accept them. I want him never to fear the words I’m sorry

    We’re all trying! 

    We are all doing the best that we can. 

    We are humans who deserve compassion.

    Be a Good Person

    Kids are naturally kind and sweet. They have to learn how to share, be polite, and engage socially. My son started Kindergarten this year; and has had to adjust how to learn and play in a classroom setting. This type of school environment is key because he needs to experience what it’s like to learn and play with other kids at school, listen to teachers and follow the rules. My wish is that he continues to challenge himself to be patient and kind to others. I want him to learn good versus bad behavior and the consequences for each of them. I want him to never be timid in meeting new friends and expressing his feelings. May he never be a bully, may he never be bullied by someone! Allow people to see the goodness of his nature.

    If you are a parent or soon-to-be parent, what wishes would you have for your children?

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  • Comfort Foods: One Delicious Chocolate Velvet Cake

    Comfort Foods: One Delicious Chocolate Velvet Cake

    The holidays have arrived! The 2021 holiday season would like to enter the chat and remind you to start prepping for the busy season. With Thanksgiving being just three weeks away, I have to ask. Have you finalized your holiday plans for the year? What comfort foods will you have this season? Who will be cooking for the holidays? What does your holiday dinner menu look like?


    If you aren’t able to answer those questions yet, it’s okay. Don’t panic. You still have a couple of weeks to make and finalize your plans! It doesn’t matter if you are the one doing the cooking, bringing a dish to the work potluck, or family gathering; I have an idea for a recipe that you’ll want to try this year. This Chocolate Velvet Cake recipe will bring something different to any menu and is the perfect addition to your holiday spread. Hopefully, this recipe will make your comfort foods list!

    That’s right. If you’re a chocolate lover, you will love this recipe! It’s an alternative to some of your favorite holiday desserts (red velvet or German chocolate). I found this recipe online via the Magnolia Charm Baking Company, and I’ve been thinking about adding it to my Thanksgiving menu. Every year I search for recipes and dinner suggestions to get ideas for my menu theme; this year was no different. Y’all, I believe this will be a sweet conversation piece around the table this year!

    Hold on. Before I reveal the recipe…

    magnolia charm owners

    You should know more about the creators of this recipe!

    MCBC is a family-owned cake and dessert boutique. Magnolia Charm’s cakes and desserts are made to order with only the best ingredients and personalized for any special event or occasion. Magnolia Charm’s mission is to create memorable sweets that exceed customer expectations through innovative, high-quality ingredients, event personalization, impeccable service, and flawless presentation.


    Delicious, Chocolate Comfort Foods

    Click here to reveal MCBC’s Chocolate Velvet Cake recipe. Be sure to download and save it so that you can make this dessert whenever you’d like!

    The Magnolia Charm Baking Company is located in the Greater Baltimore area and accepts local custom cake and dessert orders. You can visit the Magnolia Charm website to get more sweet recipes, view their portfolio, and shop their online store. Follow Magnolia Charm on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media platforms for updates and recipes!

    I’ve got to know if you will be giving this Chocolate Velvet Cake recipe a try this holiday season? What are some of your must-have desserts?

    Leave a comment below!


  • Celebrating 50: 10 Bonafide Favorites

    Celebrating 50: 10 Bonafide Favorites

    It’s time to raise our glasses and cheer because it’s a celebration! I am very excited about this accomplishment that I’m getting ready to announce, and I couldn’t wait to share the news with you, my friends, so that we can celebrate together. Its The LEWK is celebrating 50 published blog posts! Subsequently, I’ve officially shared 50 lifestyle blog posts with you, and I could not be any happier and prouder of this achievement. In short, for the past two years, I have shared content on my blog with the intention to help and entertain women and provide valuable advice, tips, information, and solutions.

    I must say thank you to you, the readers, for reading and your support! I am grateful for every single comment, read, share, and view. In honor of you, my friends, let’s take a look back at some of your favorite posts on the blog so far.

    CONGRATS ON REACHING 50!

    We’re celebrating 50 published posts on the site! Will you celebrate with me? Then, help me celebrate by joining the LEWK community by subscribing to the blog. Firstly, enter your email address below to subscribe and become a part of the Members Only community. Then, you will need to confirm your subscription to the blog. Members receive exclusive monthly newsletters, freebies, and discount code offers. In conclusion, members receive special notifications and alerts when new posts become available on the blog.


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    If you enjoy product reviews, you’ll love Influenster. Influenster is a product discovery app that allows consumers and influencers to review and discover new products. In addition, this app also sends free products to consumers and influencers to review and post on social media. In short, this post serves as a product review of my first ever Influenster voxbox, the reviewer platform, and how it works.

     Self-Care and Stress Management Strategies

    If you are looking for suggestions on ways to unwind, manage, and let go of everyday stresses, give this post a read. Most importantly, you will learn how to identify signs of burnout, when to find time to care for yourself, and ways to self-care and feel better in stressful situations.

    Reach New People and Make an Income on Instagram

    In the world of social media, Instagram is one of the most popular platforms out there. Users post pictures and videos daily for personal enjoyment, exposure, and business opportunities. For example, entrepreneurs and business owners use Instagram to reach their target audience, client, or customer for their business. If you are a business owner/entrepreneur, I recommend making a business or creator account to help you grow your business. There are over 1 billion monthly active users defining their audience. 

    Life-saving Habits and Practices

    The road to self-improvement can be a long journey that requires routine maintenance. Learn how to stop and redirect negative energy, healthily express thoughts and emotions, and give yourself grace.

    Manifest and Attract the Life You Want

    People use affirmations daily to attract confidence, abundance, love, success, and happiness. To clarify, affirmations are short and powerful statements that people can use to promote positive thinking. They allow us to be in control of our thoughts and shape our realities. Individuals can repeat affirmation statements until they become new beliefs. This blog post will provide insight into what affirmations are, what the laws of attraction mean, and how to incorporate these things together when motivating ourselves through self-care practices. 

    Create an Income With Affiliate Marketing

    Companies are looking to work with content creators daily to reach consumers through sponsored advertising. In addition, many Bloggers and Influencers use sponsored posts to generate more traffic and get link clicks to their website or social media. To sum up, sponsored posts are just one of many ways you can create additional income online and monetize your blog. If you aren’t using sponsored posts as a way to reach bigger audiences, drive website traffic, and increase your engagement on your website or social media, you are missing out! 

    Discover At-Home Body Waxing Techniques

    A product review about Veet’s 3-in-1 at-home waxing kit. I had quite the experience with body waxing and having to do it myself during the pandemic.

    How to Set Goals and Get Organized

    Here are three great resources to help anyone looking to buckle down and get serious about executing their goals, consistency, and organization.

    Discovering Friendships & Sister Circles

    This featured post from guest writer BuckleWithJo is about maintaining friendships and sisterhoods. Read about her experience in sister circles and how she made genuine connections, identified red flags in friendship behavior, and stayed clear of the drama.

    Celebrate With More Posts!

    Thank you for celebrating 50 published posts with me! Are you enjoying reading the content on the site? Then, make sure you visit lifestylewithkris.com every Friday for new blog posts! In the same vein, you can check back daily to catch up on previous posts and reviews.

    Please comment on which post has been your favorite to read on Its the LEWK. Let’s celebrate together! I’ll be following everyone who leaves a comment below.


  • 125 Of The Best Fall Hashtags For Instagram 2021

    125 Of The Best Fall Hashtags For Instagram 2021

    Fall is such a fun and festive season for indoor and outdoor activities. There are many activities to celebrate and enjoy in the Fall. Many people look forward to county or state fairs, festivals, pumpkin patches, and Halloween fun with their loved ones. Thanksgiving, harvest season, buffalo plaid, cooler weather, etc. Fall is easy, breezy, and beautiful. If you’re planning to participate in the Fall fun this year, statistics show that you’ll definitely post about it. Moreover, you may need some fall hashtags to sum up how you’re feeling (or what you’re doing) this Fall, and I’ve got you covered. 

    It’s time to take your Instagram posts to the next level. If you are searching for hashtag inspiration then look no further. Firstly, I’ve got 125 Fall Hashtags that are perfect for your Instagram captions

    Secondly, I’ve broken down the list of Fall hashtags for Instagram into different activities and events. This breakdown will certainly make it easier to find hashtags quickly. However, I am recommending these hashtags for nano and micro Instagram accounts.

    Accounts with a small following (1000) to large (10,000 +) can use these hashtags to reach more people. All hashtags in this list have about 10,000 – 300,000 people who use them every day on Instagram. 

    Are you ready? Let’s get into it!


    Before I reveal the Fall hashtags, do you need ideas for what to post on Instagram? What good are hashtags if you don’t know what to post? If you are stuck trying to figure out what to post on Instagram, check out 10 Ideas for Creating and Sharing Engaging Content on Social Media to help you with your in-feed posts, stories, and reels. 

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    Types of Fall Instagram Posts

    Here are a few of the best ideas to inspire you for your Instagram posts during the Fall:

    List of Fall Hashtags

    125 fall hashtags for instagram

    Home Decor

    #fallcandles #fallhomedecor #fallfavorites #autumndecorations #autumnfoliage #autumnwreath #falldecorating #falldecoratingideas #fallaesthetic #fallcenterpiece #fallflorals #pumpkindecor #pumpkindecorating #halloweendecorating #thanksgivingtable #thanksgivingdecor

    Fall Beauty and Fashion

    #fallnails🍁🍂 #fallclothes #fallmakeuplook #autumnmakeup #autumntrends #autumnhair #fallfashiontrends #fallfashion2021 #fallfashions #fallfashioninspo #fallstyles #fallhairstyles #fallsweater #falloutfitideas #fallboots #bootweather #falllooks #hoodieweather #scarfweather #autumnstyles #autumnmakeup #cozysweater #falljacket #autumndress #autumnlooks #fallnailart 

    Fall Activities and Events

    #fallactivities #fallharvest #fallwinter2021 #autumnfair #fallroadtrip #falltravel #fallcleanup #fallweddings #cornmaze🌽 #applepickingseason #applepicking🍎 #fallwalks #fallfestivals #autumnwalk #autumnactivities #harvestseason 

    General Fall Hashtags

    #fallthings #fallessentials #fallready #fallinlove #fallmood #fallvibes🍁 #fallvibes🍃🍂 #fallvibes🍂🍁 #fallbucketlist #fallisintheair🍁 #fallismyfavorite #fallismyfavoriteseason #fallismyfavoritecolor #fallishere🍁 #fallisthebest #fallisthebestseason #fallisfinallyhere #ilovefall🍁 #ilovefallmostofall #falldays🍁 #autumnadventures #autumnquotes #autumnfeed #autumnessentials #autumnvibes #fallcolors🍁🍂 #falltime🍁

    Family and Love 

    #fallfamilyphotos #falllove #falllover #falllovers #autumnlover #fallfamilyfun

    Fall Weather and Nature

    #beautifulfall #beautifulfallday #cozyfall #autumnsunshine #autumntrees #autumnnight #autumnsun #fallleaves🍁🍂 #falltrees #fallsky #fallsunset #fallmornings #autumnleaves🍂 #sunnyfallday #beautifulautumnday #autumnsunset

    Food

    #thanksgivingfood #thanksgivingmeals #turkeytime #thanksgivingturkey #comfortfoods #thanksgivingrecipes #thanksgivingdesserts #fallfoods #fallbaking #falldrinks #fallcocktails #pumpkinpies #pumpkinspicelattes #squashseason #falleats #soupweather

    Comment below if you use these hashtags and find them helpful!

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    Leave me a comment on one of my posts that you’re following me and I’ll follow you back! 🙃


  • Is The Celestial Odyssey Palette Worth Trying?

    Is The Celestial Odyssey Palette Worth Trying?

    Hi friends! I have been keeping a HUGE secret from you all for a few weeks now, and I am very excited that I can finally let the cat out of the bag. I can not tell you how stoked I am to be sharing this post! The Mothership Mega Celestial Odyssey palette from Pat McGrath Labs has arrived! YES, friends! I got the chance to be one of the first to try this palette before it hits the shelves (the palette from the Celestial Odyssey collection launched 9/24). I received this product complimentary from Influenster, in exchange for my honest opinion.

    This blog post is my official review of the Mothership Mega Celestial Odyssey holiday palette. In this review, I will be getting into all the shades, swatches, and sharing a look I put together while using the palette.

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    Celestial Odyssey Palette from Influenster

    The products that I get to review each month are sent to me from Influenster. I was selected for the Pat McGrath Labs campaign and asked to share my honest thoughts. Product reviewers and influencers on Influenster get sent surveys to qualify for campaigns. I never know what is going to show up in my mailbox or doorstep. I could not contain the excitement I felt when I found out that I was receiving this palette. Before I get into the details of the Celestial Odyssey palette, I want to share another secret.

    Get ready for this! You might need to sit down for this one.

    You can review products on Influenster and receive free products, too. Use my code to sign up and start filling out surveys and reviewing products.

    I have heard nothing but amazing reviews about Pat McGrath Labs, and I have always been interested in purchasing products from this brand. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Celestial Odyssey palette is my first Pat McGrath product ever. It’s surreal that I get to use this palette as my introduction to the brand. The Mothership Mega Celestial Odyssey palette is from the brand’s 2021 holiday collection released on 9/24.

    This palette value retails at $78 online and was the first product from the collection to become available for purchase. The Celestial Odyssey palette has 18 beautiful shades. The Celestial Odyssey palette from Pat McGrath Labs beams beyond the spectrum in an array of supernova gemstone-inspired shades presented in a cyber bronze starscape balanced with warm and cool tones. Each eyeshadow color consists of creamy textures in five different finishes: sateen shimmer, 24k duochrome sparkle, foiled metallic, velvet matte, and iridescent sparkle.

    You can watch my YouTube video for a deeper look into each shade in the Mothership Mega Celestial Odyssey palette when it premieres, this Sunday, October 17th at 12 pm central standard time. In this video, I will be discussing my thoughts on the palette and sharing how I achieved my first Celestial Odyssey look. I have so many ideas for these eyeshadow shades! You can count on me to create more holiday looks with this palette during the fall and winter seasons.

    My Review Look

    After swatching and playing around with these beautifully stunning hues, I couldn’t wait to try on a few of them. I decided to pick four colors that I loved from the “swatch reveal” and get creative with them. My application process was very random and spontaneous! I just wanted to throw something that I thought might look good together. If you want to recreate this look at home, I will share the colors I used below to achieve the look I created in my YouTube video:

    • Lunar Haze 
    • Noir Moon
    • Solar Flare
    • Lotus Luxe 

    Now for my final thoughts…

    The verdict is that this palette is EVERYTHING, and it is absolutely worth trying! I did not know that Pat McGrath Labs was coming like this. This palette is AMAZING. I was not disappointed. Since this product was my introduction to this brand, I will say that I don’t think it was too hard for me to be pleased. I have always expressed an interest in purchasing products, and I’ve heard nothing but great things online and from friends. I think this review will be the first of many about Pat McGrath Labs. I will be trying out some other beauty products, and I know I will continue creating more looks using the Mothership Mega Celestial Odyssey palette. 

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    What do you think about the Mothership Mega Celestial Odyssey palette?

    Will you be purchasing this palette after reading this review?


  • 15 Pinterest Nails For Fall

    15 Pinterest Nails For Fall

    The best thing about the season changing is not the weather or daylight savings! It’s honestly the new vibes and colorful foliage that I look forward to in autumn every year. It’s the fall color scheme that truly gets me going! I like to incorporate fall foliage and earth tone colors in my outfits, makeup, and nails all the time now. Pinterest has become my go-to for all my seasonal moods, aesthetics, and inspiration for fun and festive ideas for beauty and outfit choices. Lately, Pinterest nails have all been all of the nail inspo for the fall season. There are some new colors, shapes, and designs that are trending to be popular this season. LET’S GET INTO THEM!


    Don’t ask for my mood, just check my nails. They say it all.


    Popular Pinterest Nails: Color

    Now, as far as colors go, there’s PLENTY for the girls to choose from; because of this, you may have difficulty picking one you will enjoy. Shades of brown, orange, red, purple, gray, and blue will continue to reign supreme for fall colors. I am in love and invested in the brown color scheme. I love me some chocolate! Caramel and coffee are popular universal colors to have in your palette. My searches on Pinterest have also indicated never rule out shades of white. Why? Cream, ivory, or coconut colors are great for creating nude and natural nail aesthetics. My general advice is to choose colors that will accentuate your personality and capture your vibe. 

    Popular Pinterest Nails: Shapes and Patterns

    Choosing my nail color and design will be easy- Said no one ever

    Choosing a nail color is not the only decision you’ll have to make during this process. Patterns and designs are ways that you can create signature nails to match your personality or vibe. It’s all in the details! If you’re looking to spice it up this season, there are certainly some different trends for you to check out. Ombre or duo tone nails (features two colors that are smoothly graduating into each other) are not new but trendy. Plaid nail art is ideal for outfit matching, especially with anything flannel.

    Find Pinterest Nails to Recreate

    It’s important to remember to pick patterns and designs that your nail technician will be able to replicate. Nail technicians will be creative with abstract, marble, and leopard print designs. If you do not have a regular nail technician, please make sure that your tech can replicate the design you’ve chosen. I use Pinterest to create mood boards to show my nail tech where my nail inspiration came from. Look at the board that I’ve started for fall! It has all sorts of ideas for the season, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

    Nails are the #1 thing you can get into shape without exercising

    Nail color, design, and art are NOTHING without shape and length. Yes, girl! Your nail’s shape and length are important, too. It’s the first step in nailing the right aesthetic. How long will your nails be? How short would you like them to be? Do you like your nails square or oval? All shapes and lengths can be customized to any preference if you have communicated this with your nail technician. 

    I want you to nail it this season! Get fall-inspired nails from Pinterest searches if you are in need of some nail art ideas. Pinterest has you covered on the entire look! Piece your new nail art together by choosing from colors, patterns, designs, and shapes that you find on pins and boards. Halloween and Thanksgiving are just a jump, hop, and skip away! Set off your new season with some fun, festive nails.

    What is your favorite go-to color or design that you love to wear during fall?

    What are some colors or designs that you hope to try this year?


  • Good Podcasts: SIPMYTHOUGHTS

    Good Podcasts: SIPMYTHOUGHTS

    Good podcasts have been taking over the entertainment world for a few years now, and that reign is far from over. The podcast world continues to see significant upticks in podcasts created. Episodes are uploaded daily and listeners are looking to discover new podcasts to add to their audio library. Tyler Carter, journalist/ media professional, is a talented creative who’s entertaining, and enlightening stories through the audio waves.

    His brilliant SipMyThoughts podcast focuses on the storytelling of the Black community that mainstream media often neglects to share with the entire world. This blog post focuses on the creator Tyler Carter, what inspired him to create his awe-inspiring podcast, and how listeners can discover the SipMyThoughts podcast online.

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  • How To Start YouTube Channels & Earn Money

    How To Start YouTube Channels & Earn Money

    YouTube is one of the biggest video-based platforms on the entire world wide web. There are more than 37 million YouTube channels out there (2020 latest data)! So many people create YouTube accounts to watch new and trending videos that are uploaded daily by creators and vloggers. YouTube continues to be a popular platform that creators use to grow their brand or business, nurture video content for target audiences, and generate passive income online. If you’ve ever wondered how to start YouTube, this post is for you! YouTube users are subscribing daily to creators who provide relatable and valuable content! I recently developed a YouTube strategy to become more comfortable with creating video-based content and grow my brand. I have always felt that I’ve been ready to join the masses, but I had NO clue what my channel would be. What would I post?!

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  • Finding Friends: Black Women Sisterhood

    Finding Friends: Black Women Sisterhood

    Are you aging gracefully into your 30s and 40s but finding it hard to build new friendships or find a group of women that you can genuinely call your sisterhood? Do you get overwhelmed trying to establish genuine friendships and connections with women in your age bracket? Finding friends can definitely be challenging.

    You are not alone. 

    Thank you, Jody-Ann Buckle, for contributing this post to lifestylewithkris.com!

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  • 8 Blogger Groups to Help You Master Blogging

    8 Blogger Groups to Help You Master Blogging

    Are you a newbie blogger, business owner, content creator, or influencer looking to meet and mingle with other content creators within your niche? Are you looking for a networking community where you can promote your brand and learn about brands and businesses? One of the ways to build your tribe and community for your brand or business is to join online blogger groups.

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    Blogger groups have been helpful for me because I’ve learned from competitors about the dos and don’ts of being an online business owner. I’ve learned how to grow my business and generate website traffic by adopting marketing strategies and planning out content. Additionally, I’ve learned how to land collaborations and how to engage with all types of niche brands.

    This blog post will provide tips to newbie bloggers, business owners, influencers, and content creators who want to start networking and find blogging groups to join. This post also contains 8 Blogging Groups that I have recommended that will help you get comfortable navigating and engaging in online groups and communities.

    Finding Blogger Groups on Facebook

    Facebook is the #1 platform when it comes to searching for blogging groups to join online. I know that some people are skeptical about if Facebook groups are worth joining or if they work. I have had more success than bad experiences. Facebook is one of the best platforms for marketing and advertising your business, and it is easy to connect with content creators and business owners. Most blogging groups contain threads that will have discussions to allow you to ask questions for advice and support.

    There is a range of people who use Facebook groups to connect– from newbies to advanced experts. You must take advantage of the tools and resources given in discussions and topics posted in the blogging groups that you plan to join. These tools and resources will help you grow and promote your business online. I’ve tripled my followers, likes, and views on social media by networking in Facebook blogging groups! I’ve seen influencers land 3-6 figure brand deals with brand companies. The possibilities and opportunities are THERE. Just look at what other business owners, content creators, and influencers had to say about their experience with blogging groups: 

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    How To Join Blogger Groups

    So, how do you get involved and start networking? You can

    1.  Join the conversation
    2. Give & receive feedback
    3. Take advantage of opportunities
    4. Follow, engage, and subscribe to competitors

    Start with searching groups on Facebook to find one that will fit your goals and to achieve them. After you join your first group, agree to the rules of engagement and begin jumping into community discussions. It’s okay if you want to observe what’s going on first, to get an understanding of how the engagement group will work. Introduce yourself and your brand! You can instantly start following, engaging, and subscribing to brands that respond to you. Leave comments on social media posts and YouTube videos! There are some great conversations taking place and you should want to be a part of them. This is a great idea for influencers who are interested in landing brand deals and partnerships. Brand companies look everywhere online for influencers to be a part of their influencer campaigns!

    To help you get started building your online networking community and discover engaging blogging groups, here is a list of 8 Facebook groups that I would like to invite you to join: 

    Black Bloggers Community

    This group is a created private space for Black bloggers, influencers, and content creators to interact, connect, and network their creativity.

    Boss Girl Bloggers

    If you’re looking for a place where Lifestyle, Beauty, Fashion Boss Girl Bloggers interact, collaborate, & help each other with their growing blog success, then this is the group for you.

    BossBabe Engagement Tribe

    Although the name of the group is “Boss Babe”, this group is a safe space for women & men to connect with one another, grow your Instagram, encourage one another and learn/ask questions! 💕

    Digital Boss Hub

    Welcome to The Digital Boss Hub, here, we level up. This space was created for bloggers and NEW entrepreneurs to get access to tips, resources and support to successfully market, network, increase engagement to start or grow their brands!

    Black Women Who Blog

    This group is for Black Women Who Blog or are just getting into blogging. Here you can share your blog links, find other bloggers to collaborate with, and get insight and opinions on subjects you may want to post about. If you are interested in joining this group, please read the thread posting schedule and complete the mandatory questionnaire before your request to join the group will be approved.

    Influencers Only: Learn and Grow as an Influencer

    Influencers Only is a group made for social media influencers to discuss brands, sponsorships, and give all the tea on personal experiences with influencing.

    SEO for Bloggers 

    SEO tips for bloggers + training. Learn how to use SEO on your blog! A community for bloggers who are in search of SEO help. Inside the group you will find SEO tips for bloggers and SEO tips for beginners.Come on in!

    Women in Instagram Marketing: Social Media Engagement

    Women in Instagram Marketing is a group designed to support and empower women to make connections, build engagement, and learn how to earn money through Instagram marketing.

    There are several blogging and engagement groups out there on Facebook and other social media platforms. This list was created to help you figure out where you should start in networking and marketing your brand and business. I hope that you will STOP limiting your reach and maximize every platform that could help your business grow by networking and engaging with your peers.

    Get out there and meet new people! It’s time to spread those social butterfly wings and soar.

    Did you find this blog post helpful in the decision to start marketing your brand or business in blogging groups? How do you currently advertise your business online to make sales and boost website traffic?

    Comment Below.


  • How To Get Sponsored Posts On Instagram

    How To Get Sponsored Posts On Instagram

    Have you ever wondered how to get sponsored posts? Sponsored posts are advertisements created by a brand or business for a product/service. Companies are looking to work with content creators daily to reach consumers through sponsored advertising. Many Bloggers and Influencers use sponsored posts (also known as promoted posts) to generate more traffic and link clicks to their website or social media. Sponsored posts are just one of the ways you can create additional income online and monetize your blog.

    In the past, I worked with brand companies such as Amazon, Jenell B. Stewart’s DCU affiliate program, Influenster, and The Raw Dosage. I continue to work with businesses on collaborations through sponsored ads and partnerships. In this blog, you will gain insight into how sponsored posts work and how to get sponsored posts. Are you ready to generate website traffic and revenue for your website, blog, or social media? Let’s get started!


    Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Affiliate marketing is designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to brand websites. This is at no additional cost to you!

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    UGC is Key to Sponsored Posts

    It is important to remember that when promoting a company’s services and products through sponsored posts, you are introducing your community to brands that they’ll be interested in purchasing from and learning more about how they can benefit from them. Brands are looking to reach communities and audiences through UGC, user-generated content. You want to collaborate with brands related to your niche to create the authentic, quality image and video content that brands are looking to use to attract consumers.

    For example, my blog is a lifestyle blog. I am inspired to create content around my interests and daily activities. I create brand awareness by sharing content from companies who express interest in reaching consumers with interests in many topics (beauty, health, wellness, finance, travel, food, etc.). I love to promote products and services that are relatable to my everyday life and my brand.

    How To Get Sponsored Posts With Influenster

    The bulk of my sponsored posts are from my collaborations with Influenster. Influenster is a product discovery app that allows consumers and influencers to try products for free; in exchange for an honest review of the product on your website or social media. By signing up and becoming a member of the Influenster community, I save money by not spending it on products, connected with lots of cool brands to establish long-lasting partnerships, increased traffic to my blog, and gained followers on social media. Let’s look at some of my favorite campaigns that I have been a part of so far:

    TurboTax Ambassador Campaign
    MAC Cosmetics Campaign

    Are you ready to land sponsored posts to gain website traffic and grow your business? Are you ready to land sponsored posts as a way to generate a source of income? It’s time to figure out what your next steps should be. Here are 4 ways that you can get started today:

    4 Ways To Get Sponsored Posts

    Start a Blog or Create a Social Media Account Now!

    Having a website is a no-brainer decision. It’s time to start building your online platform if you haven’t already. Online marketing is crucial for brands in 2021. I recommend beginning with a blog to share quality content that you know your audience will want to see. Do research. Learn. Apply what you learn! Establish what you want you think your niche should be and create good content. If you aren’t on social media already, the decision to join is something that you will want to make soon. It’s free to create an account on all popular social channels (TikTok, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter) and most blog platforms (WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, ). 

    Pitch Ideas to Brands

    If you have an idea for a sponsored post, it’s time to pitch that idea to the brand or business. Don’t let imposter syndrome set in! Pitching content ideas is one of the ways that you can start landing brand partnerships. Create a media kit before reaching out to brand PR to showcase yourself and your business. Most media kits contain:

    A list of services that you offer

    Statistics (website/blog stats, engagement rates, followers/subscribers)

    A bio (one for yourself and your brand biz)

    Network Within Your Niche

    Most collaboration opportunities come from networking and meeting other business owners and content creators. It’s time to get comfortable with the competition by getting to know them. There are opportunities out there for everyone! I have met some amazing content creators in online groups and through taking blogging courses. Blogging and Engagement Groups are great ways to learn about partnerships, sponsorships, and collaborations. Facebook has a wide variety of blogging groups for you to research and join. 

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    Did you find this post helpful? Leave a comment below. Tell me your niche and what brands you are interested in collaborating with. 


  • Book Review: Reflections of a Queen Rising

    Book Review: Reflections of a Queen Rising

    Reflections of a Queen Rising is an inspirational, autobiographical poetry book written by author and blogger Jody-Ann Buckle. The poetry book has a rating of 4.9 stars out of 5 on Amazon and has been the source of motivation and encouragement for women of all backgrounds to believe in themselves, take risks, find their purpose, and live out their dreams. Jody-Ann began writing poetry at a young age to help her cope with expressing her feelings. Through her writing that she has been able to find comfort in her talents and realize her worth as a woman. This blog post is the ultimate guide and book review of ROAQR!

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  • 6 Best Thrift Store Fashionable Finds

    6 Best Thrift Store Fashionable Finds

    I recently went shopping to find some cute little summer outfits to take pictures in. Thrifting is one of my favorite ways to pick up fashionable threads for less. Whenever I need to search for statement pieces for a photo shoot, something to wear while vacationing, or maybe for a summer event like a barbecue, I can always count on finding unique threads at the thrift store. During my recent shopping experience, I found six creative and trendy looks for the summer. I traveled to three different stores (two Goodwill Stores and one America’s Thrift Store) and found six cute outfits under $20 each! I was impressed that I was able to find clothes that have never been- worn before. Markdowns on items already marked down! I even found a great pair of gently used shoes!

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  • 7 Ways to Boost Your Confidence

    7 Ways to Boost Your Confidence

    In a world that is constantly innovating, challenging and competitive, taking risks is paramount. Taking risks builds confidence and uproots you from your comfort zone. In addition, risk takers are more likely to take a stab at other endeavors that they were once afraid of doing. Let’s explore some good examples of ways to boost your confidence.

    Story time. If blogger and author, Jody-Ann, played it safe, she would have allowed her talents to waste instead of publishing her blog and writing her first book in 2017. For way too long, she’s allowed fear to get in the way. Stepping out and doing what she was afraid to do has been liberating.

    If fear and doubt are getting in the path of starting your business, publishing your book, or trying something new, here are a few things to tips from Blogger Jody-Ann Buckle that start to boost your confidence and be the first steps you take in getting out of your comfort zone.

    Thank you,  Jody-Ann Buckle, for contributing this post to lifestylewithkris.com!

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  • Top 10 Reasons To Use Lightroom

    Top 10 Reasons To Use Lightroom

    There are many photography apps on the market these days, so I can only imagine that it can be hard to find one that you’ll enjoy. You might have found yourself asking, Do I need to pay for an app to get the best option? Do I need something to do quick edits? Do I also need to think about being able to store and organize my photos? Adobe Lightroom is a powerful photo and video editor for managing and processing thousands of stunning images.

    Thank you Tracey Jones for contributing this post to lifestylewithkris.com

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  • 10 Creative Post Ideas for Social Media

    10 Creative Post Ideas for Social Media

    You’ve started a business, you’ve created a brand. You’re ready to start marketing your business/brand on social media, but there’s so much overwhelming information out there. Everyone is telling you that you should post at least 3 pieces of social media content per week, post to your social channels every day, and create high-quality content, but where are you going to find inspiration to post interesting, engaging and relevant things to share with your audience? Here are 10 creative post ideas for social media that can work for you!

    Thank you Tracey Jones for contributing this post to lifestylewithkris.com

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  • Powerful Words of Affirmation For Success

    Powerful Words of Affirmation For Success
    positive words of affirmation

    Words of affirmation are short and powerful statements that people can use to promote positive thinking. They allow us to be in control of our thoughts and shape our realities. Individuals can repeat affirmation statements until they become new beliefs. I use affirmations to eliminate negative thinking and to help me navigate challenges that will make achieving goals easier, through the law of attraction. This blog post will provide insight into what affirmations are, what the laws of attraction mean, and how to incorporate these things together when motivating ourselves through self-care practices. 


    Every day, people are using affirmations to attract confidence, abundance, love, success, and happiness. Studies have shown that it is not uncommon for people to increase their happiness through a positive mindset. Plenty of people desire to be more successful in life and have found affirmations help combat negative self-talk and negative mindsets. After I started using affirmations, I found that I have a better outlook on what my purpose is and that I am worthy of attaining success. I’ve learned how to be gentle with myself by becoming more trusting and confident in my abilities to make decisions. Positive affirmations require regular practice to achieve long-term changes in your life.

    Related: How Letting Go of Negative Thoughts Changed My Life

    Words of Affirmation: The Laws of Attraction

    The Law of Attraction is the belief that positive thoughts will yield positive results in your life, career, health, or relationships. There are 3 Laws of Attraction that detail this concept: 

    1. Like Attracts Like
    2. Removal of Negative Energy
    3. The Present is Always Perfect

    Like Attracts Like is the law that similar things are attracted to one another. Although opposites can often attract, it is the belief that it is more often that like attracts like. What we think about and choose to believe is what we tend to do. People will use affirmations to think and believe positive thoughts to do the work needed to attract positive results. 

    Removing negative thoughts makes space for positive thoughts! This law of attraction is identified as “nature abhors a vacuum” and is the belief that if we remove negative energy and replace it with positive, we will create a space to attract new things. Ex: Decluttering your closet will allow you to make room for the new clothes that you just purchased

    The Present is Always Perfect if you’re looking to use this law to attract the things you want. Amid a challenge, it can be hard to see the good in bad things. It is never too late to change how you choose to respond to negative situations. Implement the use of affirmations whenever there is a desire to complain about something that isn’t going right for you. Look for ways to improve the present moment.

    20 Powerful Words of Affirmation to Attract Abundance & Success

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    Now that you know about affirmations and the 3 laws of attraction, here are 20 affirmation statements that you can use to help you attract abundance, confidence, and success into your life. This list of affirmations that I’ve compiled consists of action statements that I’ve repeated throughout the year. Try saying them in the morning, to start the day or at night, before going to bed. Repeat affirmations daily and regularly (at least 10 times a day). Listen to yourself say each word, focus on them as they are leaving your mouth, and believe them to be true. 

    I hope that this post helps anyone interested in learning how affirmations work, and how to use them to attract success and happiness in their life. I have always encouraged positive thinking as a form of self-care and I believe it motivates people to meet their goals. What are some positive affirmations that you may say to attract what you want? 

    Let me know in a comment!


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    In the world of social media, Instagram is one of the most popular platforms out there. Users post pictures and videos daily for personal enjoyment, exposure, and business opportunities. For entrepreneurs, it’s important to reach your target audience, client, and/or customer for your business. This post contains everything you need to know about how to use Instagram for business. Anyone can grow an audience on Instagram! There are over 1 billion monthly active users, with accounts, defining their audience. 


    how to use instagram: five c's plan

    With The Five C’s Contingency Plan, you will be able to organically grow an online presence. You will be able to use this contingency plan with any Instagram algorithm. This Contingency Plan is a combination of strategies that I use regularly and simultaneously to reach new readers and subscribers to my blog, sell gratitude journals, and land brand partnerships. I used the 5 C’s Contingency Plan and reached over 60,000 accounts, receive over 400 new followers, and increase content interactions within 90 days in Q1. 

    What is the ‘5 C’s of Contingency Plan’?
    1. Connect
    2. Consistency
    3. Comment
    4. Commit
    5. Create

    Connect & Network

    Connecting with people can and will help you to grow your audience. You should be following more people and engaging in conversation. Get to know the competition, but do not compare too critically! Networking is an easy way to land new opportunities and business deals. Collaborations happen every day on Instagram. 

    Note: You should NOT be following “overwhelming accounts” that can trigger emotions like imposter syndrome or self-sabotaging doubt.

    Consistency Is Key

    Post consistently to your feed and Instagram stories. If you are inconsistent with posting, how will you truly be able to cultivate an audience? When will your audience know when or where you post? Everyone’s posting schedule is going to be different. Your posting schedule should be based on the peak days that you receive the most views. Using your insights and metrics, you will be able to figure out what is the best time for you to post your content. 

    how to use instagram: peak times
    My peak days of the week are Monday through Friday (9 am-9 pm). That’s a twelve-hour window for me to post my images and videos and maximize the views I receive during those times of the day. Although Saturday and Sunday are not the best days for views, according to my insights, I still find the best peak time of the day whenever I’m looking to post on the weekends.

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    Comment, Like, Share

    I’m 100% certain that commenting and liking posts will help you grow your audience on Instagram. After you leave a comment on someone’s post, their followers can see your comment and now have the option to engage with you! This type of banter often leads to clicks on your profile, clicks to the link in your bio, and someone else learning more about you. I hold plenty of conversations with brands in their comments! I’ve also pitched to brands for sponsorship post opportunities via email just through conversations that developed in the comment section.

    Note: Pinning comments is good exposure for your business, and can be small examples of CTAs when guiding your clients to make a purchase or subscribe to a newsletter.

    Commit to Quality

    Commit to sharing quality pictures, videos, and graphics. Use Canva to create your graphics and use photo-editing apps like Lensa for brighter and high-quality pictures. Image quality is important to increasing user engagement and decreasing your bounce rate, which means more traffic and higher rankings! Commit to making content with value! When recording videos, try to find spaces in your home that will make great aesthetic backgrounds. Committing to sharing quality images will help you create content you know your target audience would want to see.

    how to use instagram: what to post

    Create The Content They’ll Love

    Always remember to create content with value when creating engaging content. When you’re ready to share the content that you’ve created, you’re going to want to create captions that will grab the audience’s attention. OMG, did I just make a scroll-stopping caption? Be sure to also include CTA (call-to-action) statements in your caption and use relevant hashtags. Additionally, if your post contains a product, tag the brand in the post and the caption. Ideally, it would help if you were using one CTA and at least five hashtags per post.

    You want to avoid asking your audience to do too many things in one post. Why? Your audience won’t know what you want them to do first and they will do the exact opposite of what you wanted. Lastly, do not use hashtags that are already being used by too many users or will cause your post to be shadowbanned. 

    Note: Shadowbanning is the practice of blocking a user or their content online from being seen or shared.

    There’s no doubt that when (not if) you incorporate the ‘5 C’s of Contingency’ into your social media strategy, you will begin to see an increase in your engagement on Instagram, new clients or customers for your business, new subscriptions to your blog, and more. Using these methods are ways that you will learn to navigate any algorithm and help you grow your audience! 

    What do you think about the ‘5 C’s of Contingency’ Plan and how will you use it to grow your online presence on Instagram?