Foundation NO NO for women of color 

As a woman with melanin I’ve learned that everything on the market will NOT work well with our skin tone. It’s important that we know what products to use as well as what products to stay clear of.

Check out this tutorial to learn this one major NO NO and some alternatives.

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Do you have your own foundation NO-NO’s for WOC?? Share them in the comments below!!






Help! How do I prepare my look for my speaking engagements?

As the saying goes when you look good you feel good… When you show up knowing your visual presentation is on point you perform better. Your visual presentation is closely related to your confidence and if it is on point it will assist (alongside great content and oral presentation) with ensuring you have a stellar performance.

Here are 3 tips to preparing your look for a speaking engagement

1. Have a clear vision of the look you’re going for and how you want to be perceived
Indecision will make you feel confused, frustrated and uncomfortable in your clothes. This will undoubtedly have a negative impact on your performance. It’s ok if you don’t immediately know the exact makeup/ outfit choices that you need to pull your entire look off but start preparing by at least getting an idea of the look you want.

2. Ensure your ideal makeup look is natural and complements your skin tone and outfit
Heavy or improperly matched makeup can be distracting and will take all the attention off what you say and place it on how you look. Make sure your foundation application is natural and that your makeup as a whole enhances your best features.

3. Hire help
Some speakers, coaches and women of influence in general struggle in this area because they either believe their visual appearance doesn’t matter or they refuse to get help thinking its unnecessary. Truth is… it’s necessary. We live in a society where 1st impressions determine how people perceive you. You want to be perceived as your BEST! There is an expert that can answer any question you may ever have including on how to present yourself successfully. Don’t be afraid to hire one that you can learn from, feel comfortable and grow with.

If you need help with enhancing your visual presentation contact me here and let’s schedule a one on one consultation to discuss your needs!

Have some tips of your own? Share them in the comments below!!






Simplify your life!


Today, I wanted to share some practical ways that we can simplify our lives, avoid distractions and frustrations by prioritizing.

We live in a world that advises us to hustle and to do a gazillion things to get a head. These things can not only become distractions but they can seriously cause us to lose sight of priorities and cause unnecessary problems in our lives.

In order to simplify our lives we have to determine what things in our lives are activites and what things are priorities.

In Luke 10:41-42 Martha chose to make being a good hostess a priority but her sister Mary made sitting at Jesus feet and hearing what He had to say her priority. When Martha became frustrated (she was totally distracted and focused on the wrong things) and asked Jesus to check Mary for not helping her Jesus responded “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her”

So what did Mary do that made her able to relax and keep it simple??

Made God and the things of God her priority

Sitting and learning from Jesus was more important to her than running around and being a good hostess.

The truth is without the presence of God nothing we attempt will be fruitful anyway. We should make it a habit to pray daily, seek guidance/direction 1st before moving throughout the day. Once we make being in God’s presence a priority we can make it a habit to live in His peace.

Today I am challenging you to make a list of activities and then make a separate list of priorities. This week be sure to put the priorities before the activities and watch how God moves in your life. I’m challenging myself too!!!

Share your tips to simplifying your life below!





Comparison.. The confidence killer

Comparison is a confidence killer

Many times when we see someone that looks nice or seemingly happy we subconsciously and consciously compare our circumstance, situations and even entire lives to their highlight reel.

What is a highlight reel?

It’s kind of like a movie trailer. Think about a new movie for a second. Normally when it comes out you’ll see a trailer of it online and on TV. They always show the best parts of the movie to get you excited, revved up and ready to run to the box office and go grab those tickets once the movie comes out. Sometimes we’ll watch the movie and we’ll realize that the only good part of it was the part that we saw in the trailer.

The truth is, we have no idea what a person may be going through. We have no idea what may be going on in their lives. Most times people are not going to tell you when things are not looking good in their lives. They’re going to show you the best parts because they want to appear happy and they want you to cheer for them. You may want to be happy but you don’t have to do that at the expense of your own confidence or ability to be comfortable with where we arein your own life.  

Trust me, I’ve been there! Constantly comparing where I was to where others were. It’s a painful and discouraging place to be and I eventually got tired of it!! Overcoming that comparison mindset is a process but, it’s necessary and doable. Here are 3 tips on how you too can overcome…

  1. Understand life is a PROCESS

Great things take time and nothing happens overnight. Everything requires work and patience.

  1. Trust that God CAN and WILL do it.

God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all you can ever ask or think Ephesians 3:20

3. Congratulate without comparing

Pray!! Get to a point where you can hear good news about someone else and you can genuinely congratulate them without allowing yourself to compare. I prayed!! I asked God to bless the person and to allow them to be successful and to allow me to be able to be genuinely happy for them.

The next time you feel inadequate ask yourself “Have I been comparing or congratulating?”





The PERFECT bold red lip tutorial!!

Valentines is quickly approaching love birds

Whether your single, dating or married a BOLD red lip is ALWAYS the way to go.

Check out my tutorial on how to create the PERFECT bold red lip.

Be sure to leave your comment/tips below….

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Well manicured brows are a MUST!


Well manicured brows are a MUST!

Why you ask??? Here’s 3 reasons……

 1. You can get away with little to no makeup when your brows are shaped and filled in properly.

2. Shaping and filling in your eyebrows can soften your facial features.

3. And lastly, when shaped properly, they bring out the eyes and brighten up your face.

Check out my Eyebrow tutorial and learn 4 simple steps to the perfect brows!!!




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Faith|It’s easy to love those you like what about those you don’t?

Ladies, Isn’t it so simple to love and be kind to those that hold a special place in our hearts and/or life? But what about those that don’t??

Those are the difficult people that seem to know how to push every bad button in our body! Those that can get on and DESTROY the last nerve we’ll ever own. Those are the people we tend to avoid at all costs. Truly, those are the ones that need love the most, but how can you love them when they seem SOOOOOOO UNLOVEABLE?? 🤔😩

Here are a few tips I found while reading my bible….

1. Try to understand many people are ruled by emotions! Most times they don’t even realize it. Your ability to understand will give you an advantage  in the situation and it will allow you to deal with them better without taking offense.

2. Pick your battles! Jesus didn’t attend every argument he was invited to. (Read John 8:2-11 and John 8:45-47) He knew when to address people and when to remain silent. Since we have the mind of Christ we can too.

3. Don’t hold grudges! Leviticus 19:18 Nowadays people expect you to hold a grudge against them. Show your love by treating difficult people the same even after they’ve caused you grief. Not only will it shock them but it’ll show that your level of maturity is above theirs.

Now will these be easy peasy? Absolutely not!! But knowing is better than not.. Once you know better you do better.

Also, read Luke 6:27-36 to further understand the importance of handling difficult people the right way.

How do you handle difficult people? Comment below





Beauty| 5 Tips to looking your best EVERDAY!!

5 Tips to looking your best EVERDAY!!


 5. Create a personal uniform

Personal uniforms are our friends. They save time and alleviate the stress of finding the right outfit. You already know you love to wear slacks, a simple tee and a blazer < < < Example


4. Prepare EVERYTHING the night before

Clothes, accessories, makeup, lunch, snacks, EVERYTHING!!

Your mornings should be no prep and all GRAB & GO!


3. Set reminder alarms on your phone!

If you have to leave by 7:30am set an alarm at 7:00 and 7:15 to remind yourself that it’s almost time to leave. It will cause you to check the time and see just how much longer you have.

 2. Create a makeup regimen that enhances your natural beauty versus a full coverage beat.




1. Wake up early and spend time alone meditating/ preparing for the day

Rushing is caused by getting out of bed at the last minute. Rushing leads to anxiety, pressure and avoidable mishaps, a not so good morning and then it will impact the rest of your day. Spend a few minutes of quiet in a calming space. Doing so will change the way you respond to time constraints or the inevitable issues that may arise.

Share your comments and time saving tips below!!







Real looking… fake eyelashes

When it comes to rocking false eyelashes, I like to think of them like a weave…

When wearing a weave the worst thing EVER is when you can see someone’s “tracks”…

Although we may KNOW the hair isn’t real we don’t want to be all willy nilly with tracks showing!!!

It’s the same for eyelashes.. Although we may know they are false we don’t need to be all willy nilly with the strips showing!!!

Check out my tutorial on how to apply real looking fake eyelashes. It’ll take your lash game to a whoooole nother level!!!