my city pampering routine

Almonds Apothecary, Beauty, Clean Beauty, Cruelty Free Beauty, Freelance Stylist, Island Life, Pro Artist Tip

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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

Beauty, Clean Beauty, Cruelty Free Beauty, Freelance Stylist, Island Life, Only Fans, Pro Artist Tip, Whats in my freelance beauty kit

 

 

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

#whatsinmyfreelancekit

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MUA: eye and lip liner organizer

MUA: lipgloss and lipstick organizer

I’ve been giving my freelance kit a little bit of love as of lately and I am looking forward to sharing with you my latest organizing finds! Some may strike you as unique additions to your slay kit and sis, let me tell you it works!

I’ve gone through a series of attempted to organize the chaos that is my work and by far has worked out for me in wonders! I personally have used cups to store my liners (both eyes and lips) and what I found that in the cluster crap that could happen, its hard to keep track and find what I need.

With this laid out, sleek and #allblackeverything compartments, I am able to visually go through what I need and need to replenish. Every liner has a home and I operate via Roy G Biv or color gradient.

Lipsticks, Glosses and other like items are right at home and visually stunning in the next organizer. A lip obsessed ocd’s dream!

Check out the link to my amazon store picks!

 

 

 

 

TEA with TSB

Doterra, Essential Oils, Freelance Stylist, Island Life, Mobile Entrepreneur, Pro Artist Tip

 

What’s not to love about some art therapy? Personally my soul needs it, my being craves it, its all I know how to cope and survive. Fortunately, my wahines and I have been blessed in living out our best i-hope-i-will-no-longer-be-a-starving-artist-dreams.

I paid a visit to my ever so dearest friend, TSB aka hennamama808 on IG and she’s been my go to for any spiritual musings, advice and henna!

Here we started the magical morning with angel readings, lavender inhaler blessings, (these are my new portable obsessions that can hold any doTERRA eseential oil blend for on the go wellness) lemongrass + black tea for our goddess gathering. Her henna cones are custom made with the finest quality body henna and she has incorporated essential oils like Somalian Frankinsence, Bulgarian Lavender and Australian Cajeput to name a few.

We let our thoughts into the universe, our questions, our reasons for being, our next moves, what we are presently…as mothers, as caretakers, as wives, as lovers, we lose so much of ourselves in the process and moment was just what we needed to count our blessings and share it.

Interested in getting your own custom Lavender on the go inhaler? Shop my custom creations here SHOP Almonds Apothecary

Come sit and muse with us, AJ

Clean Beauty from the inside, out.

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Took a much needed break from running my own webspace to co creating with other individuals for a long year of growth and business.

Resurfacing with vigor and life to promote health, wellness and self care above all.

I recently got into more of the cleaner and cruelty free beauty lifestyle and this starts with being ever so gentle with yourself.

The ultimate kindness, self love, for my entire being. Celebrating all the unique things that make up my existence.

I received a care package from Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr, and of her must have beauty indulgences are these noni glow skinfood packets! Beauty Burts for your water, smoothies, milks, teas, etc!

With Noni as its base ingredient, which is a highly prized fruit that one can take both internally and externally. It’s a powerful superfood and antioxidant containing more than 100 vitamins and minerals and is known for its natural rejuvenating properties. Her potent, nutrient dense superfood supplement for daily beauty and wellness benefits, a single serving helps to energize cellular health and digestive functions. A concentrated blend of noni, acai, blueberry, mangosteen,  pomegranate, greeen tea, rose hips, chlorella, elderberry flower.

This curated beauty powder delivers a synergistic blend of phytonutrient antioxidants, polyphenols, anthocyanins, bioflavanoids and carotenes.

Sound like a mouthful? Taste and looks like a dream.

Getting my Glow on!

come as you are, stay if you’re cool AF.

Coffee & Cannabis, Island Life, Mental Motivation, Millennial Masterplan, Mobile Entrepreneur, Pro Artist Tip

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Freshly grounded kona coffee & island grown cannabis helps fuel the morning meeting of the minds. A good way to gauge the and measure the energy of your being and others is, come as you are and if the frequencies create uplifting harmony, then lets make music! If its the opposite, we are well equipped in re-evaluating the session and resume on another time and space.

These days I understand the daily demands of doing more, more, more! It’s also important to unplug and excuse yourself from time to time. I don’t want to be overstimulated than I have too…and this goes the same for you.

Give me a beat and I’ll bring the vibe,

AJ

keep.it.clean

Beauty, Freelance Stylist, Island Life, Millennial Masterplan, Mindset, Mobile Entrepreneur, Pro Artist Tip

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A frequently asked and popular question among my clients is, “How often should I clean my makeup brushes and beauty sponges?”

As often as one can! I personally clean my personal & professional set everyday or after every use. My reasons are for sanitary purposes, good hygiene and to prevent debris and breakout happening around my face since I have to wear a good amount of makeup for work. It’s important to keep any intimate items like constant everyday tools that touch your face or any part of your body clean and sanitized after playtime so it’ll be ready for next use. Also think about the amount of time you take off your makeup, apply your most beloved skin care routine then reach for a dirty brush to apply your makeup the next day, you get what I’m trying to say…

And if nothing else, I hope this visual reminder will let you think twice before you reach for that dirty brush…I mean, you wouldn’t treat your toothbrush with any neglect either, right?

It doesn’t take long at all to care for your tools at all, I get around to it at the end of the day when I simmer down and apply my face and hair mask, I created a routine around this self love and care and included cleaning my brushes.

My fairy god sponsors were kind enough to gift me with this flexible silicone cleansing pad (and beauty bar soap) that easily slips over your hand to use as a sturdy cleansing surface, that easily removes stubborn stains with the exclusive material designed to clean, but not tear, your brushes & beauty blenders.

The cleaner the tools, the better you appear.

AJ