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!

 

 

4 Black Owned Brown Girl Nude liquid lipsticks

Hey Beauties!

 

More and more beauty brands are recognizing the need for diverse and expansive color range.  Allure magazine recently touched on the subject of Brown and Black beauty, the social change, and how simple hashtags have spread awareness.

 

Many social media posts, where women of color are shown, you will see comments that compliment their beautiful skin and features.-2

To celebrate our melanin, I’ve compiled a list of nudes FUBU, For Us By Us. See Below.

 

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Gold Label Cosmetics Matte Lip Pen in NAIROBI, Retail $20

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Colored Raine Matte Lip Paint in Truffle Raine, Retail $17

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The Lip Bar Liquid to Matte Lipstick in Man Eater, Retail $12

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Lena Lashes More than Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brad, Retail $5

Affordable, Black owned, and Ready to Slay! What are your favorite nude lippes?

When Winter Comes Knocking: My 4 Winter Hacks.

 

Welp. It’s here. If you’re living on the East Coast, you’ve finally got blasted with the wind of the arctic. This woman ain’t too happy about it. But for good reason folks! My hair, my skin, my nails. My woes sound like the vitamin aisle. I’m sharing my Winter saviors with you. Here’s to beauty-full hacking:

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  1. Exfoliate. Exfoliate your skin. Don’t let Mama Nature turn you into a ashy bowl of dead skin. Show homegirl who’s boss. I lean towards smaller granules so Bliss’s Microdermabrasion is a weekly NEED. You need to get that dry, dead skin off so your healthy skin can glow. DEAD SKIN DOES NOT GLOW.

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  1. A BOSS Base Coat. I was recently introduced to Nail Tek’s products and I couldn’t be more delighted. My once dry and chipping nails are retaining length. I could go on and on about how strong, even length nails are to your image but that’s for another blog post.

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  1. This one is a SERIOUS HACK, are you ready? Serums and Hydrating drops in your setting spray. I can’t remember when I started it but I do remember looking in my medicine cabinet and seeing so many serums I hadn’t used or free gifts from beauty events I attended. IF YOU DON’T POUR THAT IN YOUR MINI SPRAY BOTTLE, you’re cheating yourself this very second. Even after my finishing spray is done, I make my own hydrating concoction by mixing  hydrating drops and spa-worthy serums. This is especially necessary for those who wear layers of makeup(i.e. baking technique, setting foundations).

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  1. Oil. Implement Oil into your beauty regimen. I have an Amazon subscription to an Argan Oil, which I use for my nails, ends, and edges(don’t forget those pretty lil temples). I use coconut oil after I put lotion on. Leave it in your shower. Here’s an extra tip, get a handful of sugar in one hand and put some oil in the other, then rub together. #CheapBodyScrub

 

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