SPECSANDBLAZERS X GILLETTE VENUS

“I partnered with Gillette Venus on this post”.  This is probably one of my favorite collaborations as of yet. Even more exciting, it’s my very first collaboration under my production company.

A quick recap on my first time shaving, I remember the first time I shaved was when I was about 14 or so, I was just in the shower clearing my thoughts, and I saw my brothers razor, on side of the tub, and I didn’t really rationalize or think about it, I just got the razor, and started shaving my legs, I don’t even think my legs were that hairy. Then I realized that there was also a shaving cream, I thought it was some kind of soap at the beginning, so I put a thick layer of shaving cream all over my leg, I think I must have cut myself like 5 times. It was terrible! And then I discovered, Gillette Venus. Since I shave my legs everyday, I quickly realized picking out the right razor is so important. You want one that’s comfortable and helps protect against nicks and cuts.

The Platinum Extra Smooth from Gillette Venus is a beautifully-designed razor with the brand’s first designed-for-women metal handle. It’s a solution for women looking for a more premium design that can hold up against everyday wear and tear, and the long lasting smoothness they desire. The sleek and ergonomic design features a heavier, premium feel and provides women with ultimate control, strength and durability. Even more, the 5 diamond-like coated blades are designed to stay sharper during more shaves, for skin that feels extra-smooth. 

On clean skin, I apply my satin clear gel. The gel is important because it helps track where I’ve shaved. Then with my NEW PLATINUM EXTRA SMOOTH RAZOR with the blade facing down, I lightly press and shave upwards. You don’t have to push down too hard. Don’t worry about those tricky areas like your knees and ankles because each blade adjusts to the contact with your skin.  This helps to avoid nix and cuts plus it has a ribbon of moisture for a smoother glide.

Like any refillable razor, you should replace the blades as soon as they start feeling dull. What’s great is that- all Venus handles and blade refills are interchangeable – so you can pop your favorite blade onto any Venus handles and mix and match for the type of shave you want that day! When you are done shaving, use a rich moisturizer to give you the ultimate goddess glow.  The smoother the skin, the more confident you are in it. So, find the goddess in you and enjoy your beautiful smooth skin. Check it out on Amazon here – your smoother skin awaits! Stay Fabulous.

I partnered with Gillette Venus on this post.

4 Eye Creams That Actually Work

THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED – Hi Everyone! Today, we are talking about eye creams and eye serums. Today, I am sharing my favorite ones with you. The ones that I truly enjoy and has stood the test of time. I personally love putting on my eye creams in the morning and at night because that is where you’ll see the most aging. Fun fact – there are no oil glands under your eyes, so that whole area has no way of moisturizing itself, so as you get older you are going to notice more dryness in that area. These are the products I can guarantee tackles fine lines, sagging, puffiness and dark circles. They obviously won’t completely eliminate aging but would alleviate tremendously. The truth is the skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner than the skin on your face and ages 36 percent faster than the rest of your skin (insanity!). So, let’s dive right in.

1. CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE Intensive Eye Contour Cream $255.00

If you have the extra money to spend, this albeit VERY EXPENSIVE luxury eye cream is the ultimate experience in age defiance for eyes. This luxurious multi-benefit eye cream dramatically transforms visible sagging, loss of firmness, dark circles, dullness and wrinkles while delivering powerful moisture for phenomenal youthful resilience. Developed with a specially designed beauty massage tool coated in pure platinum that helps increase surface circulation during massage and improve overall tone for more well-defined eye area contours. This alcohol-free formula has a rich, ultra creamy texture that melts into skin.

2. Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel! $54.00

I die for everything Biossance. Their peptide Eye gel is my favorite and I am obsessed. This product is the true meaning of goodbye bags, puffiness and dirk circles. If you want a non toxic luxury feel product without breaking the bank, go for biossance eye gel.  This little guy has a lot of of natural plant based derivatives in it which helps with the rejuvenation of cells around the eye area and of course the squalane which helps you retain moisture. The consistency of this product is amazing. It is super light and so a little goes a long way.

3. LA MER: The Lifting Eye Serum! $245.00

If you hate the feeling of a cream around your eyes, opt for something lighter like a serum. This is my go-to product to reduce dark circles. When using this product, I focus on my pressure points. This detoxifying formula contains red hibiscus that draws toxins out of the area surrounding your eyes, leaving you looking like you actually slept eight hours last night. The double sided wand that comes with it is perfect to wake up your eyes in the morning which helps with the puffiness. One drop of the product goes a long way. Now I can’t promise this actually lifts your eyebrows but it definitely does reduce puffiness and gives your eye area extra hydration. 

4.BIOEFFECT EGF Eye Serum ! $90.00

This is the product everyone is talking about from Vogue to In-style. It’s an Icelandic brand that actually does what it promises. It contains EGF which is a miracle worker for saggy skin. I’ve seen women use it after having a baby on their belly to firm the saggy skin of child birth (youtube it). It’s truly a miracle worker. So, what is EGF you ask? Epidermal growth factor. It is developed to speed wound recovery. This component boosts collagen and elastin.  I love this brand because there is not a single ingredient in here that could even remotely irritate your eyes because it is hypo-allergenic. My favorite thing about this product is that you don’t have to see or touch the actual product. You simply just dispense and use the cooling rolling ball and massage into the skin. This product is my go to for hydration under the eyes. This product is ideal for ages 30 and up. 

Prevention is better than cure, it’s never too early or too late to start on eye creams.  I’ve linked these products for you. Shop below. Stay Fabulous!

 

SPECSANDBLAZERS X COASTAL

Hello everyone! I am so excited to share this article with you all who are as just as blind as me. I have been wearing prescription glasses since I was 14. As a long time wearer of prescription glasses, I know all too well the pains, aesthetic and financial strain, of finding new stylish eyeglasses. When I went into business for myself and became my own boss, that also meant not having things big corporate benefits and insurance and making prescription glasses a luxury! HOWEVER, I was soon introduced to a whole new way to buy glasses…ONLINE with Coastal.

Coastal is an online eyewear storefront that offers a portfolio of handcrafted exclusive designs and beloved designer brands. They curate a boutique of styles tailored for you based on your glasses measurements and style preferences.

I reached out to work with Coastal to help me pick out some new eyeglasses.  It couldn’t come at a more perfect time, because I was in need of some new prescription glasses!

I had a hard time narrowing down all the options.  I was surprised about the amount of choices they had, and for such a reasonable price!  I finally narrowed it down to two. I wanted one for day wear and one for night wear. I’ve always find it difficult to find beautiful prescription glasses I can wear at night. I picked Kam Dhillon Hutton white tortoise glasses for my day wear and a very stylish Kam Dhillon Requiem Black with gold rims. I love the black ones especially because they are so versatile. They are also so light weight that I kept checking to make sure they were still on my face! And they are super flexible!

If you want a company with a creative and innovative way to finding prescription glasses, here is a discount code only for SB readers. Use Code: “SPECSANDBLAZERS” for a buy one get one free (*some exclusions apply) on their site: Coastal 

Now you are ready to start shopping! Enjoy 🙂 Thanks for reading. Stay Fabulous!

3 Ways to Tackle Oily Skin for Good!

This post is for all of you who suffers from oily skin like myself. You could literally fry plantains on my skin. Albeit, the benefits of oily skin far outweighs the disadvantages. So, what causes oily skin? Oily skin can be caused by genetics, dietary choices, too much stress or hormone changes in the body due to puberty. Unfortunately, women also are more prone to oily skin during menstrual cycles, pregnancy, or while taking birth control pills. So, how do we banish oily skin for good? Here are 3 ways! THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED.

  1. Try Home remedies! I just found out that cucumbers literally can single-handedly cure oily skin. Cucumbers are very beneficial for oily skin due to their cooling, astringent, and soothing properties. Also, the high vitamin and mineral content, including vitamins A and E, magnesium, and potassium, are good for oily skin. Cut a fresh organic cucumber into thick slices, and rub them thoroughly on your face. Leave it on overnight and rinse with warm water in the morning. Do this daily before going to bed. Alternatively, mix one-half teaspoon each of cucumber juice and lime juice. Apply this mixture to your skin, let it dry, and then wash it off with warm water. If all else fails, try cucumber masks. I am obsessed with purlisse face masks. I have one on in this picture and I also linked them below. 

2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! One of the biggest mistakes oily-skinned people make is skipping moisturizer. We think since we are already oily we shouldn’t add more oil. WRONG! As a matter of fact, it’s the opposite. You are oily because you don’t have enough hydration. ”Moisturizing is important to keep the skin’s barrier intact,” explains Dr. Waldorf. This key outer layer of skin is in charge of blocking out external irritants (like bacteria or UV rays) and keeping important moisture inside. This biossance squalane oil is one of my favorite oils. It’s A weightless, multi-tasking oil that instantly hydrates while locking in essential moisture. I love that it comes in travel size as well. I also love the Insta-Natural oils. Oils like these ones help preserve and maintain essential moisture. 

3. Choose your makeup wisely. When it comes to your skin, avoid pore-clogging foundations that feel heavy. Look for lighter textures and keywords like oil-control or mattifying. And if there’s only a little you want to cover up, choose powder over foundation. This bare minerals foundation with SPF is simply amazing. The creamy liquid contains bamboo stem extract for a naturally matte, soft-focus finish and won’t clog your pores. Remember to please remove your makeup before bed no matter how tired you are. Even if you just use a simple makeup remover. I made this mistake so much in my 20s. NEVER EVER go to bed with makeup on your face. 

I hope this helps. Feel free to carry a blotting paper with you everywhere and not be afraid to whip it out!!! Stay fabulous, loves.

 

5 Essentials For Effortless French Girl Style

I am a self-profess francophile. Albeit, I’ve never been to France. I love everything about the French culture. Their skin, their care-free attitude, their je ne sais quoi but most importantly, their style. What I admire most about the French girl style is their ability to never follow trends and simultaneously exude this effortless elegance. Let’s get a little Brigitte Bardot inspiration going on. Today, I’m going to show you 5 essentials for effortless French girl style.

  1. Less is More.
    For the French women, less is more, less is effortless and less is fabulous. For example, if you are wearing dangling earrings, you most likely won’t wear any other jewelry. Also, you can’t mix materials in your jewelry, it’s either all gold or all silver. I personally prefer gold dainty or pearl studs jewelry like I wore in this outfit. 

2. The Everyday flat/kitten heels
The French women sex appeal doesn’t depend entirely on low-cut tops and high heels. Don’t get me wrong, I love high heels. The higher the heel, the closer to….. you know the rest. However, The French woman know how to make a simple ballet flat or kitten heels look like the sexiest item ever created.

3. Invest in bright red lipstick.
I’ve preached this over and over and over and I’ll continuously do. The secret to effortless style is a red lipstick. Red lipsticks are powerful. French women are known to match their red nails to their red lipstick. Consistency is key. Red lipsticks can be different shades depending on the season or your mood but they’ll never wear blue, green, yellow or black on their lips. 

4. When in Doubt, wear a hat.
As you guys know, I love a great hat. Especially with bad hair day, a great hat will dress up anything from a bathing suit to a pantsuit. A signature hat worn adds the right amount of oomph to just about anything you put on. I paired a leather beret with my metallic tweed set from ShopMoonRiver. The leather beret gives the whole outfit an edge but still classy. 

5. Structured bag.
A simple structured bag is an essential for a french look. With a structured bag, you look smart and sleek while accommodating all your essentials. By going for a structured bag like the one I have here, you’ll surely make any outfit sophisticated, polished, and chic in no time.

Overall, just remember that French women are truly good at knowing what proper fit should look and feel like. Everything should be tailored to perfection but simplistic so. Remember, there is an exception to every rule, so do follow these ones as you please. Thank you for reading. Stay Fabulous.

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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).

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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.

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 

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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.

 

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