Water transforms. 

As I dig through the archive of photos stored on my phone, I notice something quite amazing: I don’t have the face that I used to have. I got a face transplant! Okay…you called my bluff. My face hasn’t been transplanted, but transformed and I owe this difference to my “new” face routine. 

A routine is something that is done consistently. I would say that I have followed this routine at least 5 days out of the week for over 6 months, so I’m pretty consistent. The difference that I can see is subtle, but awesome. 

I’ve been told that I have pretty normal skin (by makeup professionals). I’m not quite sold on this statement, but I have noticed that I don’t need to focus my battle on too many pimples. My new fight is with black heads and occasional breaks outs (yay). 

Here’s what I do: 

In the morning my routine is very minimal. I cleanse my face with warm water, pop in my contacts, and then moisturize it with Neutrogena Naturals. That’s it! My time is precious and the morning and once I read an article about the benefits of water only in the morning I knew that I had to give it a try. 

At night I cleanse my face with Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Face Cleanser and don’t moisturize. I tried using their Nourishing Night Cream for awhile, but it was too much for my face. I noticed my face was oily and I was having frequent breakouts so it had to go. 

I plan on sticking with this routine because my complexion has improved overall: more even color and better elasticity. It’s also affordable (click the links for pricing) and easy to follow.

Note: I also do not put a rag to my face to wash it or dry my face off with a towel. 

 
Cheers to water, 

Jay 🖖🏾

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no7 (Number 7) make-up

It was a casual shopping day-not a baby crying or preoccupied husband in sight. So of course one must treat themselves to a “little” trip to Ulta! I had my shadow with me and for the price of an Auntie Anne’s pretzel, I knew I would have at least an hour to do what I like to do. 

As we approached the entry way to the door, I did my quick mental checklist of what I absolutely needed and what would be a good addition to my makeup collection. At the top of the shopping list was setting powder, blush, and mascara. Okay, I thought, actually I don’t need any of these things, buttttt I’m tired of what I have so what harm could it do? As I walked over to my usual corner to check out the Revlon section, I was approached by a friendly person. 

Wow was all I could think at first because it is rare to find a person that goes out of their way to speak to you. Then I quickly realized that the person was an Ulta employee. Double WOW because they’re usually pretty preoccupied with other customers. Let’s see what the pitch of the day is

Something about “new makeup company,” she says. Something about, buildable coverage,”she says. “Affordable price…special gift.” Hold up, up! You had me at the last points of your pitch. “Okay,” I decide, “I’ll give it a try”. I guess in that spiel I missed the part that she said she would need to take a picture of my face to match with foundation. (Have to make sure I check my Auntie Anne’s timer…We’re still good!) 

As she applies the first shade of Number 7 foundation, I’m not sure what to expect. It’s a new company so I can’t really ask about other customer reviews. When she gives me the mirror it looks decent. Nice even coverage, no oily spots, blends well with the rest of my skin, but it just seems a little off. “Umm, this shade is okay, but it doesn’t really look like what I’m used to.”

“That’s okay,” she says and goes to retrieve another color that may be a possible match. She does a side by side comparison and also fixes up my eyebrows just a tad. BABY! I wish I had a pic to show you the awesomeness. If I didn’t already know love at first sight, this might be close. It was magic on my face, it felt almost velvety and on the side that matched-I just didn’t want to take it off. 

So…scratch all that from the previously mentioned mental checklist. I had to grab that foundation, lipstick (free gift), and I think I got my hands on some mascara at the last minute. Here are some looks achieved using the foundation:  

           

#glowup

Instagram is such a blessing and a curse. It inspires, shocks, and humors me all at the same time (follow me @fashionable.mom). What I love the most about this app is that it allows you to see the world from your fingertips, much like Google did with Google Earth. I love seeing hashtags that have made their way around the world, people with like minded careers and goals, and most importantly those makeup gurus. 

Some of the best makeup clips have guided me to some pretty awesome Youtubers like PatrickStarrr, NikkieTutorials, and MsAliyahJay (note: these are their actual YouTube channel names so you can look them up for yourself). At some point you will need them! I like watching a variety of videos to see which new products they are using, their favorite products, and looks to inspire my own. 

My need to #glowup has grown thanks to these folks and others I am subscribed to. One of my glowing looks from last weekend is the featured photo for this post. To highlight, I used Revlon’s highlighting palette on my cheekbones and browbones. You want to use a fan brush or carefully use a blush brush to sweep the powder from your cheeks to brow in a C-motion. Don’t worry it seems more complicated than it sounds. You also want to add some highlight to your nose and inner corners of your eyes. The result….AMAZING! If you don’t want such a noticeable glow, skip the second step (party pooper). 

Be prepared for people telling you how good you look and trying to figure out your age, well that’s what happened to me! Try it yourself and tag me in your IG photos.