Monday, February 8, 2016

Pamper Sunday: Skincare Routine with Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser & Scrub

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This year I wanted to really make it a point to focus on skincare.  In the past, I've learned how important it is to me to create a consistent routine along with using products that will benefit my skin's overall appearance and feel.  Sunday is normally the day of the week that I choose to pamper my skin, hair, and nails.  I call it 'Pamper Sundays' : )  I'll get a manicure or pedicure, wash and deep condition my hair, and take my time babying my skin.  This also includes drinking a few cups of tea as well.  It makes for perfect preparation for a busy work week.  With my facial skin being my main focus, deep cleaning and exfoliation are a huge priority for me since we are in the middle of winter.  I want to give you all a look inside my Sunday pamper routine that revolves around new products that I've discovered by Bioré.  

The New Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser & Baking Soda Cleansing scrub are new weapons that I keep in my arsenal to fight for clean pores, simply because of the baking soda elements it contains.  If you didn't know, baking soda cleansers contain a natural deep cleansing ingredient and acts as an exfoliant.  Just what I was looking for to get a deep down clean and gentle exfoliation! I put on my favorite robe and begin my pamper.  I'm normally makeup free on pamper Sundays so I simply start off with a cleanser.  The New Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser is a daily pore cleanser that purifies your pores in just 2 days.  One thing that I also love is that it's great for combination skin.

I am in love with the smell and the consistency of this cleanser.  There are beads in the formula that are able to gently exfoliate without feeling like sandpaper against your skin.  I made sure to focus on my forehead and my nose.  My skin felt very soft and smooth after I used a wash cloth to pat dry my skin.

Now on to the fun stuff.  The Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing scrub is the final and most important step for my skin deep clean.

What's really cool about the scrub is that it's super easy to use.  You simply press the button to open the lid.  You wet your face and then pour about a quarter sized amount into your hands.   Add water to activate the cleanser and more water to soften the action while massaging the mix onto your face.  Rinse thoroughly!  Adding water to the powdery substance was the most fun because it allows you to customize the amount of exfoliation you need.  The scrub felt really invigorating.  The sensation of this product on my skin made me feel like the scrub was doing it's job and really removing dirt from my pores.  

All done!  Doesn't it feel good having a freshly cleansed face ladies?  My pamper Sundays make for a perfect transition into the work week.  No manic Mondays for me!  I got my skincare done early yesterday.  I ended up stepping out for a Super Bowl get together so I threw on a little makeup.  One thing I will say is that the state of your skin definitely makes a difference in the appearance of your makeup.  Take care of your skin ladies.  What's great is that you can find these products at your local Target store

 Learn more about Bioré and this particular product line HERE. Do you have a set routine or a designated day that you really pamper your skin?

Let me know down in the comment section!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lunch at Mango Mangeaux

One of my favorite new places to dine out is Mango Mangeaux and I'll tell you several reasons why:

  • It's only a few minutes away from my neighborhood
  • The menu has flavor infusions of three distinct cuisines: French, Creole, NeoSoul (FAV)
  • The establishment is owned by three sisters (Check THAT!) 

I actually discovered this restaurant while getting my nails done at the spa just around the corner under the same ownership.  Mango Mangeaux opened at the top of the new year with flying colors. The restaurant serves French Creole, neo-soul and breakfast and brunch items, many of which feature the Mango Mango mango preserves and mango flavors that earned bistro owner Lakesha Brown-Renfro and business partners an appearance on ABC's "Shark Tank!  I recently took my mom and sister here for lunch and we were all very impressed.   Upon entering, I instantly fell in love with the ambiance and style of the restaurant.  Not only that, the service was on point and the food of course was amazing.

The Seafood and Chicken Gumbo is literally so flavorful that you will take your time savoring every spoonful!  My mom, sister, and I all tasted each other's entrees.  Meanwhile I had the crab cake sandwich that wasn't too dry or soggy.  It was super tasty along with a side of the mango sweet tea.  You have to try the mango tea here or else, like why even come, lol.

I really loved how the restaurant also partners with a local farmer for fresh produce.  You know I'm all about that!  It seriously gets no better.  The portions can be a little small and price point high, but for a new up and coming establishment in the Phobus area, it's well worth it.  I've already been back twice!

Chat with you later!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Essence Beauty Box: January 2016- A Pamper Party

Hey Beauties!  So how did you all make out with the cold weather and snow?  We got a bit, but everything has pretty much cleared up at this point.  It was so nice to spend time keeping cozy indoors, which lead to a lot of pampering for me.  Fortunately, I received my Essence Beauty Box a week before the storm, so I had some goodies to play with!

The month of January has been more of a month of indulging for me.  I mean, I planned a wedding for about a year and a half so it feels so good not to have to order flowers, choose the color of table chargers, finalize a guest list--it just goes on!  Now I can focus on the small things that I really enjoy like a regular mani/pedi, reading a few of my favorite books, and spending time creating!  This beauty box has definitely aided me in my indulgence.  I was so excited about each item.

What's Inside:

Julep Nail polish in 'Jess'- Classic with a Twist-  What I love the most besides the beautiful chocolate color is that it hasproprietary 5-free, vegan-friendly formula that also includes strengthening Hexanal and antioxidant green coffee extract.  In other words- It's shows to be a little better than regular nail polish that contains all the scary stuff in them.  PLUS, I love that it dries faster and the life of your mani is extended.  This shade looks so gorgeous and perfect for this time of year. I used this polish for my last manicure.  If you follow me via Instagram you were able to see how it looks a few weeks ago when I got my nails done. This time I went for shorter nails and I loved the finished look.  See the results down below!

TGIN Green Tea Leave-in Conditioner-  The line that got me with this conditioner is 'this lightweight formula has the perfect combination of moisture and antioxidants, which helps to improve manageability, fight frizz, and transform dry brittle strands into soft, smooth and healthy hair'.  You guys know that I'm protective styling.  The advantage that I have by wearing a quick weave is that I can still care for my natural hair underneath.  With temperatures being in the 30's & 40's my hair will love the added moisture that is product has to offer.

Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap-  Initially, I was very excited for this product seeing how I was low on a facially cleanser.  However, I recently learned that using black soap on the skin daily can actually dry out the skin.  This soap sounds great being that it works like mircordermabrasion, fighting dead skin, allowing for a more even skin tone, and fighting acne.  However, it's probably something that I will only use a few times a week.  We shall see.  Do some research about the whole black soap drying out your skin.  The directions on this product says to only apply a small amount to wash the entire face, so that could be a clue.  The company does say that it can be used as a regular cleanser or as a face mask.  I'll be testing it out by gradually using it first.  I'm excited to try!

LAQA & CO Lip Pencil- As you saw in my last post, I'm into pink/flesh tone lip colors at the moment.  This luxy pencil doe not disappoint.  I just added my 'Plum' lip liner to it and I got the shade that looks beautiful against my skin tone.

Leader's Cosmetics Baby Soft Foot mask-  The ultimate pamper that I look forward to is getting a pedicure.  I like to keep my feet soft and moisturized, especially during this time of year.  It could be super easy to let them go--DON'T.  This mask repairs dry and cracked skin by supplying moisture and nutrients like aloe vera, and bees wax. The convenient sock-type mask is comfortable and easy to wear. It's also Hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.

These are all quality products for a really good deal you guys.  I kid you not.  This box is definitely my favorite so far.  Oh, and it's also on sale!  Hurry and sign up for membership from now to midnight for only $10 a box.  Take advantage by visiting

Friday, January 22, 2016

Hair Talk: The Shoulder Length Bob

A new look for the new year!  Right now I'm at a different place with my hair.  For so long I've been itching to do something different and finally...I did.  In all actuality, I really wanted to give my natural hair a break.  A real one.  Straightening, twist outs, bantu knots, and curl wand curls  Lol.    I mean, I've been natural for 6 years now so I'm use to the routine, but I'm tired of doing hair!  Plus for my wedding weekend back in December I did quite a bit of heat styling.  Don't panic, my curls are still intact and just as springy as ever!  Thank God for no heat damage.  Thanks to my amazing hairstylist (Hey Fawnne! ).  But really it's just time for a much needed change.  So for now, I'm protective styling.

I haven't worn a straight weave in over 6 years.  When I first went natural I tried to go back to it to give my hair time to grow out, but I felt like weave didn't look right on me anymore.  I didn't like it.  I was over it.  So I never went back.  Fast forward to now and I've found a style that looks chic and fresh.  It's a shoulder length bob or the 'Lob' as some may call it (The Long Bob) and I absolutely love it.

This is the perfect winter style for me because it's super convenient, soft, easy, and effortlessly chic!  No more wondering how I'll wear my hair or spending time untwisting and fluffing.

And as for my makeup look?  This is my favorite #FOTD ( Face of The Day) as of late!  Soft, pretty, and suttle.  My favorite lip combination these days is the Maybelline  Matte in 'Nude Nuance' lined with MAC's 'Plum' liner and topped with my NYX soft matte cream in 'Stockholm'.  Isn't it pretty? I love how smooth and soft the Maybelline Matte lipsticks are.   This is will more than likely be my signature winter look.  Light and airy!  

What do you think of my new look?  Have you done anything new to your hair or look for 2016 yet?  Change is always good.  I'm looking to do a little experimenting this year!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Essence Beauty Box

These days there are TONS of specialty boxes out there and it can be really hard to choose from or even decide if it's really worth spending $20 a month for just a few trial sized products.   Being that I'm the type of woman who likes to be sure of certain products before actually purchasing, I really love the idea of a beauty box.  Beauty boxes are amazing.  You get to try anywhere from 3-5 sometimes full sized products all in one whop.  You don't need to drive.  It comes right to your door step every month.  Plus you get a chance to see what's out there.  You know..come out of your "It works for me and this is all I'm going to ever buy" comfort zone and get in the KNOW of some really nice cosmetics.  Companies are stepping it up even more now and providing consumers with more than a few products that are enough to give you a lasting impression.

I recently got my hands on the Essence Beauty Box and although I'm super picky about certain products I use, I was very impressed.  What I love about the Essence Beauty Box is that it's literally tailored to fit a woman of color's shades and skin tones.  Beauty experts identify what works best and provide you with the best products that give you the opportunity to test out!  I also love that they stand by beauty entrepreneurship in our community by featuring a product from a black owned business in each box.  It gets no better than that!  I love supporting black owned businesses.  Yes Ma'am.

I'm showing you a combination of both the November and December 2015 boxes.  Here's what I got:

Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion- Perfect hand lotion to keep in my bag!

Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist- Oh my.. I've been using this product all wrong..LOL.  I thought it was for the body and not the hair.  Opps!  I've never used a fragrance mist for my hair and--not gonna lie a little afraid to..but I just might.  Otherwise I'll keep using it as a regular body mist..don't tell nobody..hehe.

Black Opal Color Splurge Luxe Matte Lipstick-  Haven't used this yet, but I love the color so far!

SmashBox Full Exposure Mascara-  I'm slowly becoming a smashbox fan.  I've got some of this brands other products but THIS..I love how my lashes look longer and more separated!

DevaCurl No-Poo & One Condition Decadence-  Haven't used these yet but my hair loved DevaCurl back in my early natural hair days.

Carol's Daughter Sacred Tiare Coming Creme- I can't wait to use this one because I've heard really great reviews on it.  I'm obsessed with fragrance and I'm loving the smell already!

Other Products:

Vera Moore Eyeshadow

OGX Biotin & Collagen Conditioner

CoverGirl Outlast Longwear Lipstick

Boots Extracts Body Wash

BONUS GIFT:  Egyptian Magic Cream- A multitasking beauty product that does everything from repairing dry skin, to taming hair frizz, to hydrating chapped lips.

All this for $15 a month isn't too bad.  My tips for deciding whether you should subscribe to a subscription box is to first ask yourself if you are into beauty products and are interested in trying out new products.  If the answer is yes, think about how much you would spend on 2 or 3 full sized products that you may or may not even like.  At least with a subscription box you aren't wasting too much product or cash..then go from there.

Are you interested in the Essence Beauty Box?  Check out their site for more information:

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year 2016 | Catching Up

Hello my beautiful loves!! How are you??  I wish I could give each of you guys a hug and wish you a very Happy New Year!  It's been a little while hasn't it??  Well, most of you who are regulars here on Styled Chic know that last month I had my public wedding celebration.  So of course that has kept me away.  Planning a wedding is a lot of work.  Especially when you are executing it all on your own.  Fortunately for me, I had my family and best friends to help me with tons.  Even with all that, I still felt super tied up.  This is why I really took time during my wedding and the holidays to just live in the moment.  So blogging was placed on the back burner to celebrate love and life.

I am so grateful and happy with the way everything turned out.  I had an amazing weekend.  For most of my family and besties, it was their first time out here in Virginia, so it felt good to be surrounded by love and have some fun.  For me, I feel life events like this really show you how loyal and supportive your family and friends can be.  I just feel super blessed that I am able to say that I have true friends and love amongst my family.

So are you guys ready to talk beauty, style, and all the fun stuff again??  I am!  And I have so much to share with you.  It's a new year and I've racked up on new beauty products and have a new hair routine planned out this year.  Other than that we are going to dive right back in this thing.

I love the holidays and the new year because for me it's all about reflection.  I often times take inventory of self and how I can improve in every aspect of my life.  Relationships, health, career, home, lifestyle, finances.  But most importantly, how can I tweak a few things to be a better help, person, and influence to those around me?  Something to think about right?   Well no change or goal set can happen over night, but I will tell you that waking up everyday with a mindset to meet small goals one at a time, will eventually get you the gold.  You better ask somebody.

With that being said, let's celebrate having a Chic life in 2016.  Celebrate the life you already have by making everything around you chic.  Whether it's discovering a new restaurant, or cultivating a sophisticated wardrobe on a budget.  Focusing on the positive and putting negativity beneath us where it belongs.

I'm here to be your guide!  Let's make a toast!  Cheers to a fresh start of the New Year!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

ESSENCE College Tour Recap

Hello my beautiful loves!  I'm back today to share with you all my amazing time working with ESSENCE for their College Tour!  In my previous post I announced that the ESSENCE College Tour's first stop would be at Hampton University and had invited me to come out to talk about all things beauty and share my experience with you all. Let me just say that I had a blast!  ESSENCE literally set up shop by allowing students the opportunity to indulge in beauty from sponsors: Cantu, Ultra Sheen Supreme, and ESSENCE Beauty Box!  It was so cool to receive complimentary nail art, get flash tattoos (you know I love those!) and hair products.  There were also cupcakes, free ESSENCE Magazines, a LIVE DJ, and I worked alongside hair and beauty editor Deena Cambell for a live beauty chat!  Our beauty chat was a 15-20 minute discussion of how students could stay chic on a budget.  My main tip: decide what it is that you absolutely need when it comes to beauty.  Your essentials.  Skip what you don't need, which would have you spend extra money.  Here I am with the ESSENCE College Ambassador Asia Milia Ware and beauty editor!

You definitely missed a treat if you weren't able to attend this event!  I had the best time talking with some of the students about hair care, my favorite beauty items, and how to stay chic for less. I also enjoyed the music of the DJ! The entire student center was lit!  OH and get this: Mack Wilds gave us a sneak peek of his new movie presented by VH1 'The Breaks'!  Very down to earth!  So happy I was able to meet him!

Don't worry if you missed out.  The ESSENCE College Tour's last stop will be at Maryland University November 6th!  Be sure to check out for more information!  Thank you again to ESSENCE for having me as guest blogger!

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