Category Archives: Beauty

I’m Traveling the World with Secret

I’m proud to say that I’ve visited three different countries in 2017 so far. I’ve been to Cuba, The Bahamas and… I’m writing this blog post from Nigeria! Even though I was born in California, my family is Nigerian and I haven’t been home since I was ten years old. I can’t explain how much it means to me that I’m here right now. Don’t worry, I’ll have a full travel recap for you when I’m back in a few weeks. One of the things that Cuba, The Bahamas and Nigeria have in common is the weather… it is H-O-T and air conditioning isn’t really a thing. For me, being hot and sweaty isn’t really a thing… So, what’s a…

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What’s in my Bag? Memorial Day Edition

What are you doing for Memorial Day? One of my friends is having an epic cookout in Philadelphia this weekend, so there’s a turkey burger with my name on it! Of course, I’m already planning my outfits and this summer I’m all about stay cool, chic and sweet. I’m all about pulling together simple combinations of products and accessories so that I feel fabulous all day even if I’m in the summer heat for long periods of time. So, today I’ve got some outfit inspiration for you along with the items I keep in my bag to keep my look fresh all summer long. Here’s what’s in my bag: Memorial Day Edition… What’s in my Bag: My favorite Lippie (or…

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5 Easy Hot Weather Beauty Hacks

I’ve been lucky enough to escape to warmer climates during this extra long winter. While I was in Cuba and The Bahamas I took time out to put my favorite hot weather beauty hacks into practice. I use five easy hot weather beauty hacks when I’m in hot weather and they keep me feeling fresh and flawless. Here they are: Get Fresh & Stay Fresh When I take my shower in the morning, I use my favorite shower products and lotions, but there are two special things I always do. I lather up with exfoliating gloves. I exfoliate to remove dead cells from my skin’s surface so my skin is soft and looks better. Exfoliating also prevents clogged pores and acne. I…

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Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Review & Giveaway

Can I make a little confession? One of my favorite things to do on a Friday night is test out new beauty products (nail polish, hair settings, paper masks, etc.) it’s a fun way for me to decompress from the week and feel pretty in the process. I want to get better about sharing the products I’m testing on the blog (instead of just on snapchat). So, when Neutrogena sent me a jar of their Rapid Wrinkle Repair cream, I jumped at the chance to review it… and do a giveaway. Keep reading for details! What is Retinol? If you’re a skincare junkie (or watch a lot of commercials) you’ve probably heard the word “retinol” recently. Retinol is also known as…

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Fresh & Flawless Holiday Drug Store Beauty Haul

I just had my first whirlwind day where I left for meetings in the morning and came back home late at night after a holiday party. I’m happy to say that I arrived home feeling fresh and flawless thanks to my arsenal of beauty products that I found at CVS. If you’re new here, let me bring you up to speed, I’m obsessed with CVS! Before I forget, are you part of the CVS Beauty Club? I got a 10% off shopping pass when I joined along with some other cool coupons. If you see some things in this post that you want to try, make sure you join the club to save on your purchases. Okay let’s talk about…

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5 Secret Beauty Finds at CVS

  Living in NYC there are so many magical places that a girl can get lost, but can I tell you a secret? My favorite place to get lost… is CVS. Seriously, all of my close girlfriends know this about me. I can spend a good hour wandering around a CVS store. New York City has plenty of drugstores to choose from, but CVS is my favorite because it’s the destination for drugstore beauty. If I’m waiting for a prescription, I’ll browse the aisles and discover a new brand or product that is closer to high end beauty than drugstore beauty. The beauty shopping experience at CVS Pharmacy is getting even better (I’m getting my life!) with in-store enhancements that make it…

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How to Swim with Straight, Relaxed and Natural Hair (including Sisterlocks!)

I swim every other day. You often ask me how I keep my hair hydrated and soft with my swim schedule and honestly it took some time and research for me to figure out the best approach. Swimming often is great for my health, but it can be really hard on my hair if I’m not careful. I also have eczema on my scalp, so I have to balance that as well. Here is the easy process that I use to keep my hair healthy while I keep my body healthy in the pool. Step One (Pre-Swim): Get in the shower before you get in the pool Think of your hair like a sponge. If you take a dry sponge…

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How to Make Your Own Tinted Moisturizer | Dark Skin Swatch

Girl, it is hot… and living in NYC there’s no escaping it. The streets are hot, the subway stations are hot… and my pre-war apartment doesn’t have central air conditioning so until I come home and turn on my window unit… it’s hot there too! So, I’ve been on a mission to find a summer makeup routine that gave me maximum coverage with minimal product. I have a lot of skin pigmentation, so I want that covered up. On the other hand I’m not always in the mood to do a full face when I know it’s just going to sweat off in these NYC streets. My friends with fair skin swear by tinted moisturizer, but the ones I tried didn’t quite…

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Amazon Prime Day 2016: Best Picks

Amazon Prime Day is back for 2016! This year, Amazon will feature more than 100,000 deals worldwide for new and existing prime members, with more deals being added every 5 minutes. All deals are starting today (July 12th, 2016) at 12:00 am PT through 11:59 pm PST. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, click here to sign up for a 30 day free trial (side note: if you don’t cancel before the trial period expires, Amazon will charge you $99 for the year, so set an alert on your calendar). Most shoppers will go after the big deals like Flatscreen TV’s. However, I will be taking advantage of three specific areas: Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle Gadgets Beauty I’ve got a cart full of products from the Amazon Prime…

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Dear CeCe: How do I Embrace my Tummy Fat?

Dear CeCe, I was looking at your pics and you wear the cutest outfits. I am working very hard to fall/grow in love with my body, specifically my stomach. I notice you don’t hide your belly. All of my outfits as a rule, must camouflage my belly. I don’t like how it protrudes and extends and shakes when I walk. But its a permanent part of me. Short of literally getting it cut off, it will remain with me. So tell me have you ever had an issue with this part of your body? Thank you for your time! Love ya, Cheryl Hi Cheryl! How funny, I have two similar questions in my Instagram DM’s, with summer being here I…

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