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The posts under the ‘bestpicks’ tag feature some of our favorite products, tips, hacks, and product reviews. Most of these posts include helpful gift giving guides and highlighted product walkthroughs.

  • 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

    cosrx niacinamide serum | best skincare gifts

    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

    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

    Click the jump for a complete list of ingredients.

    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 

    "I'm that girl" self- love affirmations

    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. 

    • Prada Paradoxe consumer rating
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    The details about Prada Paradoxe don’t stop here! If you’d like to know more about the multi-dimensional Paradoxe perfume, you need to sign-up for the product newsletter. The LEWK Digest is our product review guide dedicated to providing in-depth information about the products discussed here on the website! Subscribers will receive weekly beauty, hair, and health product recommendations, special discount codes, and giveaway announcements delivered directly to their inboxes. Click here to join our free community so you won’t miss out on exclusive opportunities! 

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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!


  • 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.

    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!

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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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    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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    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.


    Related: GoodReads: Book Recommendation For Your Reading List

    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. 


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    You can check out other posts on the blog for nail inspiration for the fall and winter. 


  • 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!

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    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:

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    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!

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  • 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.


  • 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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  • 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 🎄🥳


  • 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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    Celebrating 50: Popular Blog Posts

    Building Backdrops for High-Quality Content

    This post is an easy how-to guide to building a backdrop to enhance digital images and videos. Backdrops are a cute and fun way to bring aesthetic value to your digital content.

    Influenster Product Reviews

    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.


  • 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?


  • The Secure Guide to Filing With TurboTax

    The Secure Guide to Filing With TurboTax

    Thank you, TurboTax for sponsoring this post!

    Filing taxes is a stressful situation for everyone. Every tax season, American citizens are hopeful and excited about their tax returns. Some look for ways to ensure that they’ll receive as much money back as possible, some are prayerful that they will not have to owe the IRS anything, and some look for tax preparers or financial advisors to help them because they need professional tax advice.

    Whether you decide to go to a CPA or financial advisor, or you decide to do your taxes alone, you want to feel comfortable about the decision you make. TurboTax is the best solution for all your tax filing fears! I am an active and current TurboTax user. I have always had an easy, comfortable, and reliable experience with using their software. In conclusion, this post is your secure guide to filing your taxes with TurboTax.

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  • 3 Tools For Goal Setting and Excellent Planning

    3 Tools For Goal Setting and Excellent Planning

    It’s been super important for me to get organized with my ideas and goals because I’ve got all these great, big ideas floating around in my head, but no clear thought on how to execute them. It’s not enough for me to just come up with an idea (nor should it be enough for you). I need to find tools for goal setting and planning. The only way to see the outcomes of these ideas is to plan them out.

    What am I doing? How will this work?

    My impulsive thinking can sometimes lead to a load of inconsistency in executing these ideas. I get so excited that I rush or skip several steps in the execution process. This is how dreams get deferred and ideas get crushed. When you know better then you’ll do better.

    That’s why I am sharing three tools I use to assist me in setting clear and concise goals through planning.  Keep scrolling to learn new ways to help you stay organized, plan out ideas, and develop strategies for executing your plan.


    Necessary Tools For Goal Setting

    tools for goal setting and planning

    Tools for Goal Setting: Gratitude Journaling, Planning, Organizing

    Journaling is the #1 source of where my ideas and goals begin. Through self-reflection prompts, I construct a list of 3-5 personal and professional goals I want to accomplish for the week. I also set monthly goals and daily affirmations using a gratitude journal. I find appreciation and gratitude to be instrumental in planning and setting realistic, attainable goals. The Daily Expression Gratitude Journal that I use comes with a “Gratitude Garden” that contains mindful questions and notebook pages for me to jot down my emotions and thoughts. I created it as a way to live with gratitude and appreciation. It’s available online for purchase and on sale for $7 here.

    Goal Setting Tool #2: Planner

    Having a planner as a tool is necessary because this is where I can sort out goals and figure out how I will meet them by listing small tasks that I can complete. Sunday- Saturday, I fill my planner with productive activities related to my weekly or monthly goals.

    Let’s use an Instagram Reel as an example. The objective will be to create an Instagram Reel for the week.

    I pick a day during the week that I can research reels to trigger inspiration, days that I can prepare for creation, and then the day that I want to post it. Making a reel does NOT just happen in five minutes! I realize that there may be intricate actions that I will need to take before it can happen. I may need to learn audio (lyrics and dialogue), rehearse dance moves, and sort out a look. Some of the questions I ask myself:

    • Where will I film this reel?
    • What should I wear?
    • What is the tone? 
    tools for goal setting

    I maximize a lot of my time by using a planner. The mom life is sporadic and chaotic. It’s easy to feel spread thin and busy. Honey, that’s the quickest way to burn out! Using a planner is beneficial to productivity. I’m able to juggle all of my many hats (human, wife, mom, teacher, writer, etc.) and not feel like I’ve completely exhausted all my time. It all gets done through time blocking, sticky notes, affirmation stickers, and lots of colors.

    TIP: Use markers and colorful pens to list your tasks in your planner.

    Goal Setting Tool #3: Google Calendar

    The last tool allows me to schedule my tasks into a digital calendar, and get reminders and alerts when it is time to execute them. Once I learned from other digital content creators about all of the magic that Google Calendar has, I started using it for purposes other than birthdays. I use Google Calendar to

    • help me figure out what time I have available to get things done.
    • stay on track with time blocking
    • celebrate accomplishments
    • remember what’s planned for the day
    • follow a schedule
    tools for goal setting: google calendar
    Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

    Was this helpful for you? How do you set goals and execute them? What tools do you use to help you execute your goals? How do you hold yourself accountable? Comment your thoughts on this topic below.

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  • Which Gingerbread House Kit Is The Best?

    Which Gingerbread House Kit Is The Best?

    I hope the holiday season has brought peace and joy to you and your family. I know that the season has not been ideal for my family and me, but we have managed to create new traditions this year, with a little help from Walmart and their Gingerbread House Kit. Well, more like their brownie kit. I have never made gingerbread houses or men before.

    I’m finding new ways to spread Christmas cheer by starting new family traditions. When I saw these holiday baking projects on Pinterest, I was excited to introduce the idea to my family. Next, after they got on board, we chose our family baking project together. Additionally, I asked a few of my followers on social media for their votes on each project and the brownies WON! I picked up our easy-to-use brownie kit from Wal-Mart and brought it home to bring lots of warmth, love, and laughter to our home.

    Gingerbread House Kit from Wal- Mart

    Great Value Gingerbread Man Brownie Kit, 15.68 oz:

    • Makes about 8 brownies
    • Includes all of the dry ingredients and decorations needed to make gingerbread man brownies
    • Easy to follow instructions provided on the box
    • Create delicious, rich brownies that friends and family are sure to love

    Contains wheat. May contain traces of milk, eggs, cod, salmon, and coconut.

    My son Landon and I enjoyed baking these brownies together. I must admit that I was a little nervous about how “into this” he was going to be. Being a boy mom you never know what you will get when it comes to the things that boys like and dislike to do. I recorded a video of us baking our wonderful gingerbread brownies and you can watch it below. The Gingerbread Brownie Kit from Wal-Mart can be purchased in-store or online and includes a gingerbread cookie cutter, icing, and sprinkles.

    Merry Christmas!

    Thank you for joining us in creating our first mother and son holiday tradition. We are wishing you a jolly Christmas and a prosperous New Year! Be sure to keep following us for more content in 2021!

    What holiday traditions did you create this year? What traditions did you manage to keep or modify? How will you be keeping your season bright? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Getting To Know Me: Shocking Secrets Exposed

    Getting To Know Me: Shocking Secrets Exposed

    I’ll admit it. I forget that you all don’t know every little thing about me. I’m as open as I can be, but sometimes I like to keep a little bit of mystery. However, getting to know me is not totally complicated. Getting to know me has everything to do with me feeling free to get personal. Therefore, today’s post is all about ME!

    People always seem to make a list of the things that they despise or dislike more than they seem to talk about the things that make them happy! We spend so much time focused on the things that we wish to change; without reflecting on what we love the most. The things that we love the most are what keep us inspired and should help us to see that the things we dislike are minimal compared to the things that bring us joy. In no particular order, I created a list of my best-loved things.

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  • My First Amazon Haul (Everything You Need)!

    My First Amazon Haul (Everything You Need)!

    While I have been sheltering in place, I have had so much free time. Idle time eventually led to scrolling through websites and apps on my phone. The next thing I knew, I have spent more money than I probably should have shopping on Amazon these last few weeks. Every single day for a solid three weeks to a month, I have found myself on Amazon or websites like them buying some essential and some non-essential things. As a result, I decided to do an Amazon haul.

    Clothes, shoes, makeup, purses, and beauty products. I’m not even kidding! It doesn’t help that having things like Amazon Prime, which will guarantee your item’s arrival within 48 hours taunting you, either. So I’ve decided to share a few of my purchases.

    Don’t worry, these are all products you benefit from! I know that you’ll be thrilled to be introduced to these products and probably can’t wait to put them in your cart. I hope you look forward to seeing posts like this once a month. Furthermore, Amazon has impressed me with the quality of the items I purchased.

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