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

 

AM: Internal Beauty Routine

Beauty, Clean Beauty, Cruelty Free Beauty, Doterra, Entrepreneur, Essential Oils, Freelance Stylist, Holistic Health, Island Life, Skin Is In, Soul Is In, Whats in my freelance beauty kit

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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

Beauty, Cruelty Free Beauty, Freelance Stylist, Island Life

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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

Beauty Breakdown, Clean Beauty, Cruelty Free Beauty, Freelance Stylist, Holistic Health, Island Life, Skin Is In, Soul Is In

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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

 

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

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

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

Vital Proteins-Matcha Collagen

Beauty, Clean Beauty, Cruelty Free Beauty, Freelance Stylist, Holistic Health, Island Life, Mental Motivation, When you know better, Do better

 

 

Hello more natural, health seeking, lifestyle alternatives….it me!!!

After a hectic 2 1/2 months living like a rogue transient, it’s been difficult to stick with a strict and disciplined routine when giving in slightly into the worlds temptations provide just a small comforting token to what is directly presented, so with that said, I fell off the bad bitch wagon, again.

You will get an honest version of me, so this is me trying for the 20850e85048th time to simplify and incorporate everything that uplifts me and makes me happy, period.

 

Antioxidant / Skin / Hair / Nails

Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen 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.

 

 

A Saturday spent actually low key with my son, handled house cleaning, purging, taking in a much needed nap time and waking up around 5pm got me a hazy funk and not wanting to splurge on my usual, I hunted around for this matcha collagen mixed with caffeine for a more healthier boost.

Having tried this on an empty stomach, right when I first get up…now on my second cup, I can see how this could possibly replace my ridiculous coffee intake and sugar addiction. It’s not my espresso buzz, but it has a good earthy taste and surprisingly high end aftertaste, so much so it’s prompted me to YouTube a few more videos on how to properly make and serve a damn IG and IRL worthy matcha latte.

..and if you know me at all, you know I go all in, A.