Cleaning out my beauty kit on POSHMARK

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As life happens, so does the natural progression of things! I’m slowly retiring my freelance styling lifestyle and I want you to have first dibs into my freelance kit. I’ll be listing unused and barely touched products that I once loved and needed for my wonderful freelance hustle and I want it all to go to a loving and grateful home.

Browse and Buy these curated beauty items for a budget price.

Happy shopping, I’ll be shipping, AJ

AM: Internal Beauty Routine

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This keeps me accountable. As many of you saw on my gram, April had been a successful month for personal growth and development. Working out daily had pushed and propelled me for the next step of this beauty and wellness evolution.

This month of May, I have vowed to keep up with the maintenance and implementing a new and improved internal intake for my beauty from within, skin is in, soul is prime routine.

I am actively reaching for these sustainably sourced oils to balance and better my goals as I am officially swapping my usual go to and comforting sugary caffeinated drinks for something else like this. Wish me clean!

I hope you are inspired to get up and do something, anything to keep up with the health & wealth, which is you, Almond J

@fentybeauty

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With zoom calls happening all day everyday, I have mastered the skill, less is more! Not only have I been letting the skin breathe, I am allowing the ultimate creative flow, quick artist fireshot, pick two beauty products to highlight and feature my most desired feature!

CC: Fenty Beauty

This weeks flow of corporate calls and hours under the sun, I felt appropriate and finessed with just a hint of KILLAWATT FOIL FREESTYLE HIGHLIGHTER and Badgal Riri’s famous GLOSS BOMB

Living for this no makeup makeup look and thriving on featured focuses. I lightly tapped the highlighter on all the important parts I wanted to glam and glossed over and in less than 20 seconds, there I was, in all my glory, ready to take on the day!

It truly is empowering when we allow ourselves to go beyond the beauty standards we see. There have been days where I could have a full face of makeup and still not feel pretty enough. Being lockdown during quarantine has helped fine tune and reevaluate what my confidence, self worth, self care, self love and sickening standards of just being a bad bitch.

So I’ll take a quote and a page out of our favorite bad gal and trust when I come around…

Coming in with my mind & hustle, so be prepared and bettah have my money, AJ

Phases

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Some of my best thoughts & come backs have risen from the lows. Not that one dwells in that state for too long, just like the moon, learning to evolve and be okay within, no matter what phase.

You’ll get the part of me, at my fullest, be the shiniest star in the galaxy, where as these days (months) I’ve got into total phase of the other side of the moon and you’ll be lucky if you catch even the slightest glimpse.

It’s vital to my learning process and growth to love all the stages and celebrate the sequences that create our entire being. Some people get bits and pieces, of our soul and synergy and if they’re lucky, they’ll stay and change the alignment of your cosmos entirely.

Energy is like that, life is like that, the present is definitely that. Appreciate the highlights, lowlights and everything in between as things would have their time and day, be present with what you are now before it passes without you enjoying it all its full pace/phase.

Shining from a distant, AJ

 

April Goals- discipline and commitment

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The last day of April and I am ecstatic to announce and really in complete disbelief that even during this time of uncertainty I had kept the promise of discipline and commitment to myself.

A great month long of intense personal development, rewirements and self love had propelled the growth and I am looking forward to what May brings. Since I have been keeping up with the physical part of the bargain, I am now committing to revamping the thoughtful intake of my food diet and trust, this area could use a tune up!

I hope you are all staying safe, positive and vibrate higher a little more today, AJ

 

Product & Development – almonds apothecary

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It’s no secret I am quite fond and currently propagating this wonderful plant 🍁 and has been a staple in my medicine and beauty apothecary garden.

I am starting the initial phase of my product and development for Almonds Apothecary! It has truly quite been a few years in the making and I am still in shock that I’ll be rolling this out this presently!

I am curating a beauty and wellness line first launching in my airbnbs on the big island of Hawaii, catering to my local and international guests.

Sustainability has been a top priority when building this project and sourcing out post consumer materials and ethically sourced ingredients has been indeed a joyful journey. Will share more in the next posts!

Here I have invested in Doterra essentials oils, a must have and convenient reach for my most desired and used blends especially when I am traveling and on the go. I have teamed up with a gang of goddesses and have been creating these unique blends via inspiration and intuition. The first few products will be an indulgence for the senses, decadent and drama free intoxicating body washes, end of the day scrubs and take the time to just be and lather up lotions and mists.

Relaxing Mindful Rituals up ahead, AJ

Vital Proteins Partnership

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Yes, you read that right! I have partnered with Vital Proteins  a sustainably-sourced nutrition product company, promoting health, fitness and natural beauty. We do that by providing nourishing collagen and promoting our production of collagen – an essential nutrient stripped from our diets by modern food-processing.

I stumbled upon my first product from the collagen based brand at my beauty studio in Waikiki, pressed for time and needing an immediate caffeine intake, I was quickly introduced by a colleague to this new brand we started carrying.

The Original Matcha Collagen flavor which is sourced from high-quality Japanese matcha green tea and grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hide to ensure top quality and maximum nutritional benefit.

  • Bioavailable: Collagen is easily digested and absorbed by the body.
  •  Rich in Antioxidants: Matcha contains 137 times the amount of antioxidants as other green teas.
  •  Beneficial: Helps to improve hair, skin, nails and joints, ligaments, tendons.
  •  Easy to Use: No complicated preparation required! Simply dissolve into an 8 oz. glass of cold or hot water.

The coffee alternative, loaded with caffeine and a seal of approval being vegan and clean? I was intrigued and more than a willing participant to the magic. *I also initially thought, with green tea as a featured ingredient, I feel healthier in this journey already.

My first attempt to just try the new elixir, mixed hot water, the taste comes up as a surprising milky and a slight hint of sweetness. I had previously envisioned to be a more bland or bitter combination but was really impressed. I am definitely adding a few more components to it like macadamia milk and dark chocolate powder because this is what the taste preferences command these days.

I invite you along this wealth in wellbeing journey with me. If you follow me on the gram, you know how dedicated I’ve been.

Now to sprinkle a little magic in between, AJ

 

my city pampering routine

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With more time that I could fathom, not only have I been taking care of the mental, spiritual, physical & hustle, I am making moooore time than ever to dive into the wonderful world of beauty.

In this post, I have featured my tried and true must have products when I am feeling a bit extra and wanting to be pampered!

Just a few simple items can definitely change the mood and vibe around even for those who are little bit harder to please or impress (me 😝)

This pleasure filled pampering affair starts with Dr Dennis Gross alpha beta peel pads/ also tanning face sheets, this extremely effective duo not only exfoliates my skin (really important process and maintenance) it also tans my face to match my body! As you know, we keep very meticulous care about our face so upon finding this gem, I was hooked! See what happens when you tan, THEN EXFOLIATE with the products you have, it actually lessens the time of your fabulous tan…and if you don’t exfoliate at all…well, we won’t go down that road okay?

This process for the face takes no longer than any application of my skin care routine combined. The perfect sized towelettes can be used as a whole (or give into my hack of cutting it in half and save the other for the next week)

Next tanners for the body. I have tried multiple products from the St. Tropez line as well as Isle of Paradise, having used both and also seen my colleagues with it, the isle of paradise collection has a range of  light, medium, dark, which are perfect for skin tones lighter than I as it is a gradual hint and change! I on the other hand, have that medium tan/olive skin that I like to toast up a little bit more, so I went with the master of all insta tanning.

So face done, body done, now hair! I have abstained from colored hair for a little over 10 years so after going light, I wanted to experiment with color and lo and behold! Semi permanent hair dyes with deep conditioning features?! Say WHAT!

Moroccan Oil, color depositing mask has changed the game folks. This do it yourself magic in a pouch or tube allows the consumer to not only apply the color like you would conditioner, it has the most famous ingredient to help nourish, hydrate and strengthen your locks Goldi! The color I chose was hibiscus, loving this intense fuchsia shade that fades into ALLLLL THE HUES OF PINK, leading to its rose gold pink, blush pink situation that I am absolutely fond of.

DIY-ing has been making me feel empowered, informed, creative and definitely saving money utilizing my own talent and skills to perform such goddess glam. I hope you are all taking the time to be well, as well.

Self care, rituals and bad bitches, AJ

Get ready with me! – pop of color

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Hello! How are we all surviving 4/20 and taurus season week? I have entered this space with such new emotions and building a new mindset that how can we possibly turn things around from trials to triumph?!

After a much needed break, from all realms, I am excited to pick up where I left off.

Zooming with friends, family and now having to implement this new wave of communication, I have been thriving at this off time and it has been allowing me to view my own magic in a different light.

Getting ready these days are the barest of minimum. For this particular corporate call, I went with the theme, POPS OF COLOR to quickly transform from Mommy to Media Mogul 💋

I lightly dabbed some Josie Maran Skin dope oil all over my face, the rest, I weaved into my hair. I am fan of anything with multiple uses and this Argan / Hemp oil duo has been the go to during this effortless but with maximum effect look. I am a mother and dreamer so this type of quick fixes are a dream.

I then utilized ONE pigment color for my eyeliner and lip color, used 2 highlights and called it a day, well almost, I went out in the yard, picked a double blooming hibiscus and then was ready for the day 🤭

I used an Anastasia of Beverly Hills pro lip palette to create this look and I am sooooo glad I picked this gem up for my freelance kit.

What do you think?

I love that I just brought a wand & a half to execute a type of mood, vibe, a quick artist fire pick and just do the damn thing.

No excuses, Just effort, AJ

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Federal Aid Package Freelance Makeup Artist and Photographers

Across the country, the need for social distancing has impacted many industries. One industry, in particular, stands at high risk for both economic hardship and infection, and that is the community of beauty and photography services.  Bridal Artist, Film, Television, Commercial, and Printwork Makeup Artists and Photographers (specifically both unlicensed and licensed), etc…  This group of workers is across the U.S. but primarily in N.Y. and Los Angeles, two of the hardest-hit cities to date.  Los Angeles and N.Y. have many artists that work in the trade and are finding themselves not included in other protection acts.

Many beauty service workers are self-employed and rely on clients’ appointment fees to pay both business and personal bills. Our families are facing a long list of economic concerns: losing homes, retirements, extreme debt/bankruptcy, inability to provide food for our children and/or pay for much-needed health insurance.  Cancellations, rescheduled appointments, and loss of income during coronavirus outbreak {COVID-19}  are cause for concern to all who work in the beauty business as all income is lost until further notice.

Since we are self-employed we do not have access to paid time off or sick leave and many may be forced to choose between potential bankruptcy or struggling to remain open, which puts the community as a whole at risk for infection. The very nature of our industry is close contact, often in small studio spaces, where despite using our above-average knowledge of sanitation practices, we are exposed to airborne transmission with every possible cough or sneeze from our clientele. Any beauty worker infected with COVID-19 has the ability to transmit the infection quickly to his or her full book of clients on every given day, even before symptoms arise.

The need for an Economic Hardship package is immediate and should include the following;

-Emergency Medicaid Health insurance for those who are uninsured

-$100 billion in government-backed, low-interest loans, to help support the self-employment income that is disappearing

AND

-Equal relief/aid funding of self-employed beauty service workers, as we are not covered under the current proposed relief bills being voted on at the Federal level

We the undersigned plead with our elected officials to hear our warnings and cries for help as we not only see our own economic plight but also the sacrifice of our livelihoods as we struggle to keep our communities healthy.

PLEASE VISIT THE LINK ABOVE OR CHANGE.ORG (SIGN THE PETITION FOR FREELANCE ARTISTS)

ALOHA FOR YOUR SUPPORT ALWAYS, AJ