Freelance artist featuring, yours truly!

Beauty, Freelance Stylist, Island Life

I was posted as featured artist on my stores IG page and I eagerly shared what I’ve been reaching for during this safe at home order.

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Please visit our little gem in the Hawaiian Islands and if you are ever around, come and say hello!

We are opening our doors soon and I am looking forward to reconnecting with you.

Aloha, AJ

 

Hawaii stay closed, still yet.

Almonds Apothecary, Beauty, Entrepreneur, Freelance Stylist, Gratitude, Island Life, Mental Motivation, Mindset

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I’m still getting used to the new normal and stepping back in this main Hawaiian city, a lot has changed in the few months I was gone!

The images you have seen online where Waikiki is completely shutdown is the real deal. A quick run around my block had the luxury row deserted or boarded up, with no signs of life or immediate return.

Not too long ago, we thrived and survived on this little island that could…and I am positively certain we can do so again.

I am changing gears and exploring this new and very uncertain landscape. Discovering what it means to be essential and cater to exactly what the next movements will be.

I’ve dealt with a few wildcards in my life and even despite the odds, living to play the game is still the prize.

Life was always the prize, AJ

 

 

 

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