Holiday Gift Ideas with L’Occitane.

Hi Everyone! It’s that time of the year and in collaboration with L’Occitane, I’m bringing you my three favorite gift packages from them. If you’re wondering what you would give your mother, sister, or grandmother or even for yourself, look no further.The L’Occitane gift sets are the ideal treat for a holiday surprise. I’m so excited to share my gift picks with you.

Best Of L’Occitane gift set for only $124. (Web Exclusive) — For your Best Friend.
Of course, this one has to be gifted to your best friend because it literally has everything and I mean everything someone would love this holiday season. This deluxe set includes a combination of bestselling bath and body products with luxurious ingredients, from the shea, to the almond and the lavender foaming bath and soap.

Shea Butter Collection (My favorite) for only $155 — For your Parents.

Shea Butter simply just makes me happy. The L’Occitane Shea Butter Collection is made with sustainably-sourced shea butter from Burkina Faso. The lovely thing about this package is that it’s good for all skin types and for men and women. The shea soap is very gently and has a light, fresh scent. Also, From October 25 to December 25, L’OCCITANE will donate $4 from each Shea Butter Collection and Shea Butter Deluxe Collection purchased ($74 or more) to UNICEF. So, not only would you be gifting this package, you’ll also be doing some good this holiday season. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. Gift this one to your Mom or Dad and they’ll be so obsessed.

 

Lavender Collection gift set for only $74 — For yourself.
I can’t get enough of the heavenly Lavender smell from Provence. The Lavender collection gift set is the ultimate gift to yourself after a long day or week at work. Let all your anxiety and worries melt away while soaking in a bath with our amazingly scented bath products. If you’d like to send someone on a restful slumber, this all-encompassing set smells absolutely amazing and will help anyone unwind, whether after you’re feeling tense after a long day at work or you’re a new mom hoping for a good night’s sleep. Dip into a perfumed bath, lather up with a bar of soap, and keep the soothing feeling going with the included hand cream and wash, body lotion, and a perfumed sachet to make your linen closet or PJ drawer smell divine.
Treat yourself, you know you deserve it!

Hope you guys enjoy the three-holiday gifts. L’Occitane is one of the best luxury bath and body products on the market and will make an awesome Holiday gift for anyone on your shopping list. So, I recommend a visit to your local L’Occitane boutique (or online store).

Xx

https://usa.loccitane.com

5 Things You Need to Work Into Your Skin Care Routine Before You Turn 30

Hi Everyone! Today, I wanted to share five things I think everyone should add to their skin care routine before the age of 30 which is around the corner for me. For a person who was so against skin care, I am now officially obsessed. I absolutely LOVE skincare now but wished I had started sooner and have learned so much about it over the past couple of months and I’ve tried myriad of products, so, I’m excited to share some of the products I believe is worth investing in. It’s truly addicting when you start to see results of a dedicated skincare routine. Prevention is better than cure, the sooner you start with preventive skin care, the better.  PS: THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED.  Enjoy!

1.  Eye Serum.

The fastest way to know someone’s age is their eye area and neck area. So, it’s important to pay very close attention to your under-eyes area.This product from Elizabeth Arden is God-Sent. In 10 days of using it, I can visibly see firmness and a drastic reduction in my crow’s feet and puffiness that has plagued me this whole year. My eyes area looks younger and brighter. It’ll set you back $60, but one capsule every other day is fine. Apply it straight to your under eye or even your cheekbones for the ultimate glowy look, or mix it with your foundation, moisturizers, or oils for all-over sheen.

2. Facial Mists.

Facial mists are a great way to add skincare to your face throughout the day without disrupting your makeup. I love using face mists, specially through winter when I feel the most dry to help my skin feel nice and fresh. Would recommend to any woman at any age! Herboviore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Facial Mist is so refreshing and is created with pure plant actives and features a base of coconut water which is infused with youth-boosting hibiscus flower petals and moisture-enhancing rose to tone, hydrate and soften skin. The burst of hydration leaves you with a natural glow all day.

3. Anti Wrinkle Cream.

    An Anti wrinkle cream with SPF is an absolute must. SPF is the secret to anti-aging. To be honest, I didn’t realize black people need SPF just like anyone else. Simply investing in a good anti wrinkle cream with SPF would change your life. It helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The properties in this Mila Moursi cream has dramatically improved the tone and texture of my skin. I try to apply anti wrinkle cream with SPF AM and PM.

 

4. Facial Oil

Face oils are so popular right now, but it’s important to use the right one for your skin type. Apply oil over daytime sunscreen and before makeup. Allow the oil to fully absorb before applying your makeup for a natural, hydrated glow. However, remember oils alone are not moisturizers (and you shouldn’t use them as such). Instead, use them in addition to your daily/nightly moisturizers. Also, remember certain oils can clog up your pores and thats why its important to be careful when picking facial oils. This one is plant based 100% natural product from Herbivore. I notice that it absorbs easily into my skin.

5. Exfoliate.

I know most of us are busy and sitting down for 45 minutes with cream on your face could be daunting. However, exfoliating has so many benefits. Truly, once I started exfoliating at least twice a week, I noticed it’s made my face smooth and silky. It has improved my skin’s texture because it involves eliminating the old skin cells on top which in turn combat signs of aging. I try to exfoliate at least twice a week as I showed you all in my Youtube video that you can watch on my channel. I love this one from Meaningful beauty simply because I already use most of their products. This advanced exfoliant is a must have.

I’m by no means an expert in skin care and I’m still working on building up my own personal ideal skincare routine, but hopefully this helps. The key to youthful-looking skin is hydration, so drink lots of water. Remember, the earlier you begin establishing habits, the easier it is to instill them. So get working on your skin, and say hello to more youthful and radiant skin come your 30th birthday and beyond. I’ve linked all the products down here and you can shop them directly below. 

With love,

Niké

 

3 Holiday Gift Ideas

FTC This post in collaboration with Olika & Sandisk.

  1. Birdie by Olika Hand-Sanitizer
    This unique hand-sanitizer is perfect for a coworker. The truth is, we all know our co-workers scary well. We all know their quirks and idiosyncrasies. So, we all know that one germophobe in our office. On our team, I am certainly the germophobe, but I still gifted the whole team one because why not? The great thing about Birdie by Olika is the wipes conveniently hidden on the bottom because iPhones can be scary. When you are done with the bottle, simply hang it up on your Christmas tree as part of your ornaments. It’s literally the best stocking stuffers this holiday season. Birdie by Olika hand sanitizer is certainly a practical gift that will be well appreciated. I’ve linked it below for you to shop.  

2. SanDisk iXpand Base

The iXpand Base is one of the best things I’ve ever touched. Where was this when my iPhone crashed and I lost everything few weeks ago. I was too lazy to backup my phone to my laptop. To be honest, I just find it tedious to keep remembering to backup of my contacts and media elements, then this innovative device from SanDisk is perfect for me. This piece of technology backs up your photos, videos, and contacts every time you plug in your iPhone. I normally have a million pics/music that I use for my blog and IG on my phone. The lovely thing is that it keeps your photos and videos right on the iXpand Base at original quality. Designed for everyday use with a soft rubber top to hold your phone and a wrap-around groove to keep your cable tidy. Easily restore your backed up photos, videos and contacts to your iPhone. You simply use your Apple Lightning to USB cable to connect it to your iPhone. I got one for myself, and both my siblings. So, get this for any Selfie-addict you know or any technology obsessed person.

3. ABLE BANCHI SATCHEL

I am obsessed with this satchel from ABLE. This color is fabulous for fall. Unlike other lifestyle brands, ABLE is truly making a difference. Their brand mission is to end generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances by creating jobs for them. The company manufactures directly in the communities they wish to impact, giving women a say in their own economic future and helping to end the cycle of charity dependency. They also foster deep relationships with their manufacturers to ensure the women in their factories can reap the full economic benefits of their employment. As a feminist, I’m all for it.

 

FTC This post in collaboration with Olika & Sandisk.

Holiday Gift ideas with L’Occitane.

Hi Everyone! It’s that time of the year and in collaboration with L’Occitane, I’m bringing you my three favorite gift packages from them. If you’re wondering what you would give your mother, sister, or grandmother or even for yourself, look no further.The L’Occitane gift sets are the ideal treat for a holiday surprise. I’m so excited to share my gift picks with you.

Best Of L’Occitane gift set for only $124. (Web Exclusive) — For your Best Friend.
Of course, this one has to be gifted to your best friend because it literally has everything and I mean everything someone would love this holiday season. This deluxe set includes a combination of bestselling bath and body products with luxurious ingredients, from the shea, to the almond and the lavender foaming bath and soap.

Shea Butter Collection (My favorite) for only $155 — For your Parents.

Shea Butter simply just makes me happy. The L”Occitane Shea Butter Collection is made with sustainably-sourced shea butter from Burkina Faso. The lovely thing about this package is that it’s good for all skin types and for men and women. The shea soap is very gently and has a light, fresh scent. Also, From October 25 to December 25, L’OCCITANE will donate $4 from each Shea Butter Collection and Shea Butter Deluxe Collection purchased ($74 or more) to UNICEF. So, not only would you be gifting this package, you’ll also be doing some good this holiday season. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. Gift this one to your Mom or Dad and they’ll be so obsessed.

 

Lavender Collection gift set for only $74 — For yourself.
I can’t get enough of the heavenly Lavender smell from Provence. The Lavender collection gift set is the ultimate gift to yourself after a long day or week at work. Let all your anxiety and worries melt away while soaking in a bath with our amazingly scented bath products. If you’d like to send someone on a restful slumber, this all-encompassing set smells absolutely amazing and will help anyone unwind, whether after you’re feeling tense after a long day at work or you’re a new mom hoping for a good night’s sleep. Dip into a perfumed bath, lather up with a bar of soap, and keep the soothing feeling going with the included hand cream and wash, body lotion, and a perfumed sachet to make your linen closet or PJ drawer smell divine.
Treat yourself, you know you deserve it!

Hope you guys enjoy the three-holiday gifts. L’Occitane is one of the best luxury bath and body products on the market and will make an awesome Holiday gift for anyone on your shopping list. So, I recommend a visit to your local L’Occitane boutique (or online store).

Xx

https://usa.loccitane.com

My Night-time Skin Care Routine

Hi Guys! Today I’m sharing my Night-time skin care routine with you all. I was one of those people who were adamantly against skin care. Because quite frankly, I’ve never had skin problems. At the risk of sounding braggy, I get one pimple a year if that. I’ve always been blessed with good skin. However, the older I get the more my skin is starting to act up. Not only have I been seeing weird bumps all over my face lately, dare I say it? I’m getting wrinkles. I told God, we had a deal as a black woman, I’m not supposed to age at all but here we are, aging and what not…. 

With that said, I started an intense skincare routine. Staying true to my extremist persona, I don’t do the 7 steps, I do like 20 steps.. EVERY NIGHT (Ok, I’m exaggerating 12 steps, 2ce a week). My skin literally feels and looks like baby butt and I wanted to share it with you guys. So, I filmed my step by step night time skin care routine for you and you can shop all the products I use below.

Alright, please comment and let me know if there’s anything specific you want me to address about this regimen.

 

Watch Video Here:

Credit: Miranda Ahearn 

Shop Some (similar) of the products below:

 

My Fall Makeup Routine

Good morning my loves! Hope you’re off to a fabulous week! I get lots of requests on how I wear my lipsticks and realized I should just do an everyday Fall makeup look  for my YouTube channel! So here you go! Disclaimer! I AM NOT A MAKEUP ARTIST. I am barely decent with makeup but I’m learning. I’m sharing my current favorite high end and drug store products with you!

If you have any questions at all, be sure to ask me in the comment section below! And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see new weekly vlogs every Monday at 11am! Also, don’t forget to tell me what you think and give me constructive criticism by commenting below.
Have a wonderful Monday.

 

Xx

Let’s get personal: Form Beauty.

I’m beyond excited to share this product with you all. Form beauty is truly a lifesaver. I’m not really a hair maintenance sort of person. I tend to wear my big hair and braids and don’t really worry about the middle. However, when I discovered Form Beauty, I had to partner with them.

The majority of women, “73%, don’t know if they are using the right products for their individual hair care needs”. I’m clearly part of this 73%. Form beauty uses a form consultation can be accessed on the website, and it is created to help find the right regimen for the user’s desired hair texture and style. So each product is personalized to your hair texture and needs.

Form Beauty refers to itself as a “prestige hair care collection,” and I couldn’t agree more. I don’t know any other hair product out there with its versatility.

Personally, I’m obsessed with the “Hydrate Conditioner”. It nourishes my very brittle hair. It is Formulated without silicones, this conditioner dramatically increases your hair’s softness and manageability while helping to reduce breakage. It helps with tangling, so I can comb my hair thoroughly before rinsing out.

On my second use, I noticed after it was dry I noticed it looked less frizzy than usual and my curly iron glided through my hair better than they normally do too. This morning my hair feels smoother, looks shinier and actually, it seems to have a bit more movement.

For the first time ever, it seems my hair and I have a great thing going on and I don’t want to mess that, so I’ll be sticking to my Form Beauty regimen for a while.

Take your Form Consultation now and try this product. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

 

#Realbeauty Emmys Recap with Dove

Thank you, Dove, for sponsoring this post. How do you define #RealBeauty?

Hi, Ladies! I was so honored to host and celebrate real Beauty on TVs Biggest Night with Dove. I was never the pretty girl in high school and was bullied severely for it. I did a lot of work on myself to get to the point where I am confident enough to understand my real beauty. The definition of real beauty to me is confidence. So, when Dove reached out to me to participate in this campaign, I was beyond honored. I was happy to celebrate creative women who share diverse stories on television inspire you to love yourself and pioneer your own definition of Real Beauty. I am and will forever be inspired by Issa Rae who looked stunning in a red gown. She is truly the definition of #Realbeauty. I’ve been following her career and her magnanimous smile since “awkward black girl” on YouTube. Her honesty and talent is so inspiring. We also share similar backgrounds, so I can relate to her. She is such a role model and I think it’s imperative that young girls have role models on TV. When girls feel they have a positive role model, they are less likely to let anxiety about looks hold them back.

I was joined by few of my friends to watch the Emmys. We laughed, ate and guessed who the winners were. I loved how inclusive this year’s Emmys were. I literally screamed and cried when I saw the Dove’s Real Beauty Productions commercial with Shonda Rhimes (undoubtedly the most powerful woman on TV and a woman of color). It’s simply amazing that Dove partnered with Shonda Rhimes to put the power of storytelling into the hands of real women. It’s time to see more stories like Diana’s to help expand the definition of beauty for women and girls, who overwhelmingly (7 in 10) cannot relate to depictions seen across film, TV and media today. In addition, together with Shonda and a 100% female crew, Dove continues to celebrate inclusive, diverse and real beauty in front and behind the camera.

Overall, it was a beautiful night with lots of laugh and optimism in television. I encourage you to watch Diana’s story here. Link Below:

http://clvr.li/2xuPr12

Also, learn more about Dove’s Campaign here:  http://clvr.li/2qp9Qjg

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

SPECSANDBLAZERS X OLIVIA CULPO PrettyLittleThing

So excited to style these pieces from The Olvia Culpo collection with PrettyLittleThing. I’ve always loved her style and her fun personality. The former Miss Universe turned influencer turned designer is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry. Culpo launched her collaborative line of chic dresses that incorporated feminine details such as lace, embroidery, ruffles, pearl ornaments and floral motifs, as well as flirty off-the-shoulder and cropped silhouettes.

I chose this black lace ruffles maxi dress to style because it just reminds me of Gaga’s song “Bad Romance” but in lieu, I call this “Dark Romance”. This dress is truly flirty and feminine, yet elegant. It exudes style, sophistication, and edge.

Never been the one to shy aways from drama and this black lace maxi dress brings theatrics – featuring a peekaboo lace material, ruffle chiffon sleeves and layered ruffles on the skirt. I styled it with some strappy heels for a killer finish.

The second dress I styled is this Black Lace Ruffle Dress. The black lace material with ruffle details, long sleeves, and the bodycon fit is perfect for this heat. I love an LBD always. I teamed it with some strappy heels and pull my hair up for a catwalk inspired look.

The ruffled trim and the tiered skirt makes it look Show off your legs in this lovely dress and strut to your date night.

Shop all the looks below.

Thank you so much for reading!
:: Outfit ::
Dress :: Olivia Culpo dress | Olivia Culpo mini dress
Bag :: Zara
Shoes :: Ego official
Accessories :: Rachel Zoe TZR sunglasses | H&M earring

Shop here https://www.prettylittlething.us/

The Ultimate Summer Date Night Guide – What To Wear.

Hi, Ladies! Summer dates are the best dates if you still believe in dating or what not. I don’t remember the last time I dated but when I used to date, I loved getting dress up for a fun night especially during summer season. The fabulous thing about summer dating is that it doesn’t have to last. (I’m kidding). You can sit outside to enjoy your date and stop for ice cream on your stroll home, stay out a little later than you would normally because it’s still light out. But dressing for summer dates in Los Angeles can be another story. It gets somewhat chilly at night. So, the trick is to pick something sweat proof and perhaps add a layer at night. Here are 5 ways to have your date staring at your outfit all night.

1. A lingerie-inspired slip dress is perfect for hot summer nights. Thank God we can wear our lingerie out now. When you were growing up, your mom probably told you to make sure that your slip doesn’t show. Find a beautiful midi slip dress and throw a leather jacket on top.


2. Slip on some bold sandals. You know what they say, the higher the heels……


3. For Fickle weather, start with a crop top and midi-skirt as your base layer, then throw on a moto jacket in case the temperatures start to dip.
4. For dipping on the dance floor, style a slightly sheer shirt with a fitting skinny jeans and pumps for a well-balanced ensemble.


5. To give your date night outfit romantic finishes, style a lace dress like mine. With this particular outfit, I’ll bring a vintage-wash denim jacket to add just the right touch of laid-back style to this ultra-feminine, pink lace dress. Worn with nude So-Kate pumps to elongate the look of my legs. You could also wear this outfit easily for brunch, coffee or a casual dinner just switch out the shoes with nude wedges.

Have a great rest week and thank you so much for reading!
:: Outfit ::
Dress :: Elliatt
Shoes :: Christian Louboutin
Accessories :: Strathberry Bag.

Niké