It's Time to Re-Charge

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you would know that I am taking a small hiatus from blogging. I really need more time to focus on school and to take my photography more serious. Also, I want to have a break to re-design and re-brand my blog. My ideas are all over the place and I need a chance to re-charge so I can make more consistent and interactive content. Hopefully, I am not gone for too long. Follow me on all my social media for faster updates :)


Beauty Babe: Morgan Kristine

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This is my first installment of my Beauty Babe series. The first woman that I am featuring is Morgan Kristine. Morgan is 23 years old from Matteson, Illinois. She is an aesthetician and laser specialist at Solux Med Spa. I sat down with her two weeks ago. We took some photos and discussed her career along with all things beauty.

What is your definition of beauty?
Confidence. Whether a woman is wearing a face full of makeup or she doesn't  wear any at all, confidence is what makes someone more beautiful than from someone who is not quite sure of themselves.

What inspired you to become an aesthetician? 
 So I've always had a fascination with skincare. My mom has pictures of me when I was little of me picking at my dad's face and mixing lotions in the bathroom. As I got older, I did have bad acne and that fueled my passion even more to help [other] people who had skin issues. I knew how it felt to have people stare at you and when you're trying to fix your skin and don't exactly know how to do it. I wanted to be a source so people can come to me and I could help them with their skin problems.

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Do you prefer skincare products with more natural ingredients? 
I definitely have a mix of both. Any who follows me on Instagram will know that my some of my cleansers or my masks might be more chemically-based. A lot of my products are more natural because they work better for my skin. It really depends on how your skin re-acts to some organic ingredients. It's not good to write off natural products. Some people assume that natural products aren't as effective but that's not necessarily true. If something is chemically based that doesn't mean that it's going to be great for your skin. For example there is man-made glycolic acid and there are natural forms of glycolic acid. You just have to find out what works for you.

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Morgan's Beauty Favorites
PHILOSOPHY Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free Facial Cleansing Oil, Glossier Priming Moisturizer, Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom, Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up Concealer, Burt's Bees Acne Solutions Targeted Spot Treatment, GlamGlow Flashmud Brightening Treatment.

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Do you have any advice for someone trying to better their skin?
Make an appointment to see an aesthetician. An aesthetician has the the tools to see what skin type you have. Getting a proper diagnosis really helps.When I went to school, I was examined and I found out that I had dry skin [instead of oily skin]. I started using products for dry skin and my skin actually cleared up and I had no more acne.

Where do yourself in the next 10 years?
I want to be working alongside a dermatologist, specializing in ethnic skin. Especially helping those who have acne and have gone through chemotherapy.

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If you want to see more interviews like this, please let me know down below. Follow Morgan on Instagram and subscribe to her on YouTube :)


Since I've Been Gone...

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Photo by Gianna Aquillina

Lately, I've been so consumed with school and my photography internship that I haven't had much time to stick to my weekly blog schedule. Despite all of the madness, I will try to document my life on here more often this week. While you wait, feel free to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat to see what I'm doing on a daily basis. I appreciate your patience with me and I hope to talk with you all soon☺

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My Updated Skincare Routine

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Over the past month and a half, I have created a completely new skincare routine. I threw away all of my old products and bought products that actually live up to their descriptions. Below is my current routine from start to finish.

In the morning, I wash my face with Soul Sunday's Ricewash Facial Cleanser and moisturize with LUSH's Cosmetic Lad. At night, I use the same cleanser and tone my face with Herbivore Botanicals' Skin Toning Elixir. Afterwards, I prefer to moisturize with sweet almond oil.  

Every other day or night, I exfoliate my skin with my own brown sugar scrub or Michael Todd's Charcoal Facial Scrub. On the rare occasions that my skin is really breaking out, I pamper myself with my Beauty By Earth Clear-Complexion Hydrating Face Mask twice a week. In addition to toning my face with diluted apple cider vinegar.

All of these products that I use are primarily organic and contain no harmful chemicals. The ingredients in each of these products work well with my dry,sensitive skin.  The hydrating mask does a great job at purifying my pores and the moisturizer calms any emerging breakouts. The cleanser and toner are very gentle and helps my skin stay in balance. I know that these products are a little pricey than some drugstore products but they are definitely worth it. 

I would love to know how you take care of your skin in the comments below :)


How I Overcame My Own Negativity

For the past 6 months, I was not in the best mental space whatsoever. I always caught myself comparing my situation and circumstances with the situations of other people around me. I was constantly beating myself up for not having the job I wanted, my own apartment, or the relationship that I desired. I wondered why I wasn't flourishing as fast as I wanted to and I became so frustrated. I was frustrated because I felt like there was no progress happening in any part of my life.

That frustration turned into a lot of stress and lend to massive amounts of self-doubt.
I reached a point where I thought I didn't want to try to do anything anymore. All I wanted to do was curl up in my bed watch Hulu all day long. It wasn't until I listened to the Father's Day sermon from Christian Life Center's website that I was inspired to trust my struggle. Pastor Ben Stewart and Pastor Brent McQuay reminded me that God has an unique plan for all of us. "What is meant for me is meant for me". There was a reason why I didn't get my "dream job" or why things didn't work with "the perfect guy". When things don't go according to my plan, I already know that God has something even greater for me in the future. At this point in my life, I have learned to not rush anything and just keep working hard and one day I know I will be just as successful as some of my peers.

Since I changed my outlook on life, so many good things have been happening to me. I was hired to shoot my first event and I am in the midst of shooting my own YouTube videos with other talented individuals. When you overcome negativity, you allow yourself to be vulnerable and open to new dreams and great rewards. When I refused to let my insecurities get in my way, I then became the woman I wanted to be.

"We can’t let our insecurities own or destroy us. We have to face them head-on. That was part of the challenge that motivated me to take this journey. I wanted to see what I could do and, more important, I wanted to understand everything that was holding me back".
- Jennifer Hudson

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