What’s in Your Beauty Bag, Globe Trotting Stiletto?

Hey Beauties.

Join me as we get all up in Metanoya of GlobeTrottingStiletto.com beauty bag! I love to ask my multi-ethnic beauties what’s in their beauty bag to bring awareness to the diversity of products used, how it’s used, and where they got it!

Besides the obvious drooling we do when we are introduced to new makeup products, I believe it’s imperative entrepreneurs also learn what is being consumed and why. Conversations on beauty is my passion. I hope you and I can create a community to not only celebrate multi-ethnic beauty but their brands as well.

4 ways I lost 20 lbs!

We all have had that moment. It’s Winter time and you’ve had your 4th slice of pizza. Netflix and you can finish each other’s sentences and the couch has a permanent indent of your buttcheeks. It’s official and your kind friends haven’t said it to your face yet: YOU’VE LET YOURSELF GO!

This happened to me. I couldn’t say no to the fattening foods and cocktails. One could say the sedentary life chose me. It wasn’t until all of my cute clothes couldn’t fit and my dusty scale gave me a once-over with a smirk that I knew I had made a few mistakes. I was pretty chunky and not happy with it. That’s the key statement for a change. Something had occurred and I wasn’t enjoying it’s presence.

If you’re REALLY ready to lose some weight and tone up, like I have, please implement these changes ASAP. This isn’t a quick fix so if you’re seeking a Military Diet substitute or some juicing ingredients, please don’t continue. I’m here for the lifestyle change. I went from 132 to 153lbs over the last 2 years. I’m currently back at 130 and I swear I just saw an ab when I passed by the mirror this morning.

1. No Pasta or Bread unless it’s Gluten Free.
Sounds Simple enough but in NYC, there is so much to choose from but rarely a healthy option in there. Many of our favorite foods are breaded or have flour as their base. Lobster Bisque, Wings, and so much more. Just ask the server if the item is breaded or if they have gluten free pasta instead. Get a Vegetable instead.

2. No Dairy. Switch to Almond, Soy or Rice Milk.
Our bodies don’t digest dairy as well as you think. I will sell my fictitious first born for a pan of Macaroni and Cheese but ALAS, I have chose to go without because… Abs. Watch how much weight you’ll lose if you just don’t eat cheese and milk. You’ll also break out less and create less mucus overall. That’s 3 wins!

3. Apple Cider Vinegar IN EVERYTHING.
Put a capful of ACV in your water. Apple Cider Vinegar regulates your PH, lowers blood pressure, fights against seasonal allergies and breaks up mucus. ACV has also been a great addition to meat tenderizers. If it can soften a roast, imagine how well it can break down that Big Mac you ate 3 weeks ago.

4. Free Workouts!
If you have an Amazon Prime membership already, you can access Amazon Prime’s workout video section. It’s important to make this a daily routine. Find something fun and easygoing. I made this crazy mistake of going HARD in my workouts, being sore to the point of being sluggish, and then not working out EVER AGAIN. Go Slow. Start Small. You want this to be your everyday movement, not a quick fix.

Full Body 1 -Studio S is sweat inducing

Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred

and for Youtube, check out these channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiP6wD_tYlYLYh3agzbByWQ

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Join the tribe of women who blast that Cosmo away and snatch that waist!

4 Damn Good Beauty Buys this Winter

 

OH MY GAWD!!!!! If you live in NYC, your skin is dry, cracked, and screaming for something a bit heavier than a serum. I caught myself in denial until New Years hit and I almost screamed at the sight of my dull skin in the vanity mirror.

I instantly grabbed these four glow-getters and ran off to slough, infuse, and coat. Get with this program.

La Mer the Soft Moisturizing Cream

Believe the hype! If you ever invest in a skincare item this year, let it be any none of La Mer’s Facial Moisturizers! It evens skin tone, intensely hydrates, and leave a supple glow about the skin. I have been using this brand’s face and body lotions for years and I notice an immediate difference in skin clarity and texture when I decided to use another brand/product. The Miracle Broth really is a miracle. I tend to get, around the corners of my mouth, very dry/textured skin and this instantly changes the texture. I can’t make this shit up. It’s honestly, truly my fave.

 

Bliss Micro Magic Spa-Powered Microdermabrasion Treatment

One simply cannot glow with yesterday’s blues on their face. Get this at home microdermabrasion treatment and slough off those ol’ dry skin cells. It will not only lift up any dead skin but will give your skin a subtle glow after the scrubbing your skin gets. Only do this 1-2x per week as to not irritate skin. Funny enough, I’ve raved about this product before, so you know the love is REAL!

GlamGlow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment

For YEARS, I have been using this to supplement wearing makeup. The secret sauce for a glow is moisture. This Thirsty Mud is packed full of:

• A blend of actives containing hyaluronic acid and citric acid for deep hydration; boosts and locks in moisture for a dewy, youthful look.

• A blend of actives containing botanimoist, moisturizing sugars and acids from apples, oat bete glucan to soothe and calm the skin, and hydraclay to trap and retain moisture in the skin.

•  A blend of actives containing raw honey and ginger root for radiance and detoxifying; coconut provides immediate skin conditioning.

• Delivers naturally moisturizing linoleic acid.

I mean, come on ya’ll! Why the heck not?!

Lemon

This is Beauty Gold. Lemon contains natural alpha hydroxy acids that is a cheap alternative to a chemical peel. I like to do a one-two punch by drinking the lemon juice and, after cleansing, rub the flesh of the lemon on my face. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and wipe off. If you have sensitive skin I would recommend NOT trying this as the tingle is real. for more cheap and good skincare tips, click the link above and start glowing this winter.

XO,

    Kristen Elise Brown

Resolutions: 3 Trends you NEED to try this New Year

Hey Beauté!

 

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As the New Year came ringing, I noticed beauty trends immerse while the worst of the beauty trends fell to the waste side. Check these 3 trends you need to try now.

 

1. No more stripping?

More and More Beauty Gurus are using individual knot free flare lashes to get their lids fluttering. Not only is customizable and flattering, but it’s a long wear option. It can last up to a week when you use the right glue. Check this tutorial to get an idea of how to apply. 

2. A Skin Finish

Why would you attempt to create a skin finish… with powder? Now, more than ever, real beauty enthusiasts are turning to Serums to highlight skin with moisture, as opposed to shimmery powders that can often enhance a pimple or uneven skin texture. Either put this in your finishing spray OR get your trusty Beauty Blender and lightly dab on your high points for the BEST highlight you’ve ever seen OR felt.

3. A Proper Contour

I don’t believe the contouring trend with will ever end but am noticing more and more beauty enthusiasts learning their face and contouring accordingly. All faces are not angled alike. In order to look YOUR best, first identify your face shape.  Check the chart below to see contour suggestions.

 

 

It’s 2017 and as the beauty industry evolves and content creators shape the trends of the year, these are my trend predictions you need to invest in. Don’t be those terrible 2016 trends into the New Year. Just don’t!

 

 

5 ‘Fro friendly New Years Eve Styles

Hey Babe,

Is anyone else excited about all the NYE parties? I always end up working or being out of the country, but this time, I’m uber chill and ‘laxin out here in the beautiful NYC. What I’ve noticed is that NYC’s party range is extensive and pretty much anything can and will go. Seriously, you can show up to a party in a onesie and you’ll get high-fives and “Where did you get that?”/”Did they have different styles?” inquiries.

I’ve curated 5 styles that are not only easy to re-create but require very little styling products/manipulations. You’re gonna need some sort of hair smoothing pomade, bobby pins, and a little wine. Cheers!

If you want to get ready with me and Fanm Djanm, check out this CUTE event happening NYE!

 

The Back Detail Headband

 

 

I started out with a blown out fro. You can also use next day hair or twist out hair.  With my Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey, I smoothed my tresses and pinned it into place before placing the combs into my fro. It’s important to soften your hair for easy manipulation. Target is having a massive sale on Carol’s Daughter products btw!

 

Puff Cuff!

 

 

 

I love MY PUFF CUFF. It’s a natural hair care need. If you’re looking for an easy and secure way to hoist up your puff, I recommend this purchase from Black Owned, Puff Cuff. The same way I styled my hair up with pins and pomade, I pulled half my hair up and wrapped the puff cuff around my hair. Now, I didn’t close it all the way because my hair was super thick and not completely blown out. I recommend some creamy hair product along with plenty of water on detangled hair to get your hair in a slick puff.

 

 

Decorative Barettes

 

 

It’s by far the easiest hair style I created. Using my Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey, I smoothed one side of my hair up just above my hair. I used a few bobby pins to secure the hair in place before clipping my barrette over the pins placement.

 

 

 

Wrappin’ it up

 

 

The ULTIMATE protective style! Head wraps are quickly becoming the fly girls choice of hair accessory. You need to incorporate this style into your life. My favorite brand for wraps and all things gorge is Fanm Djanm and they have a multitude of glam and party-worthy wraps. These two looks have range. A colorful wrap with hair out is more casual so it’s perfect for a house party. The second wrap is GREAT for glimmering in a dimly lit room.

 

 

String Me Along

 

The easiest way to get a slick puff is to get fancy with some slick string. I used the same pomade to smooth my hair before tying and wrapping the string around to secure the puff. To keep the strings in criss cross motion, use bobby pins strategically so you can hold the placement.  This look is for an upscale event OR if your outfit is a more bohemian vibe.

 

All of these styles are easy on curly hair and will turn heads for sure. Tag #dailybeaute in your recreations so we can catch the slay you’re giving!