Wax On, Hair Be Gone! Shaveworks: The Cool Fix Targeted Gel Lotion

The official start of summer is June 21st but for me, the first yacht/boat party of the year always marks the beginning of the summer season. The summer season brings good weather and that usually includes wearing as little clothing as possible or being laid up by the pool or on the lake or the river. While you’re laid up by the pool soaking up rays in your cute swimsuit or bikini, you definitely have to make sure you groomed down there; yes ladies, down there!

Waxing and hair removal is one of life’s necessary evils. For some, having hair anywhere on the body is a personal preference but I prefer to have no hair anywhere except on my head! Waxing can be very intrusive and honestly it flat out hurts. One thing I use to help combat the pain is the Not Feeling It Numbing and Cooling Spray from Completely Bare. I wax my bikini area so I use this spray pre and post waxing to help numb and soothe that sensitive area. Don’t be alarmed but it is really cold! Another product that has also helped me tremendously is the Cool Fix Targeted Gel Lotion by Shaveworks. I use this product to combat those pesky ingrown hairs. In most people of African descent like myself, our hair grows out of the hair follicle in a curly pattern and can sometimes get trapped underneath the skin causing ingrown hairs. I use this gel lotion not only on my bikini area, but also under my arms and on my legs after I shave to reduce ingrown hairs, hair bumps, and possible razor burn. This may be one of those products you have to hide or even share with your man!

*Tend Skin is also another great product to purchase, but has been discontinued from Sephora stores. You can find it here.*

1 oz. Not Feeing It Numbing and Cooling Spray is $10 at completelybare.com

5.3 oz. Cool Fix Targeted Gel Lotion is $25 at Sephora.com

Belle’s of the Ball: Mia’s Closet Houston and Macy’s Helps Girls Get Prom Ready

Prom season has officially arrived. It’s the time of year where high school girls everywhere obsess over every prom detail from the makeup they want to wear, who will be their date, and most importantly; THE DRESS. Even though the dress is technically the most important decision some of these young girls have made in their young lives thus far, the dream dress really is just a wish for several girls due to income restrictions and lack of resources for many families struggling economically. This past weekend, Mia’s Closet Houston has once again teamed up with Macy’s to help make several girls prom dreams come true by providing prom dresses, makeup, and styling services all free of charge. I know from experience how important prom is for many teenagers out there (I had a horrible prom even though I was Prom Queen but thankful I got to have a re-do because of my awesome friends!) and this event helped so many girls make their prom dreams come true!

Girls were first welcomed with sweet eats and treats as they prepared to be pampered. Macy’s Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Specialists consulted with each girl about their makeup looks and then worked their magic to prepare them to be the belle’s of the ball! After makeup, the girls were given hair consultations and stylists showed the girls how to re-create certain styles for easy breezy hair that will still look good after dancing the night away. Lastly, each girl was able to choose the prom dress of their dreams with donations from generous volunteers and Decidete Mujer which is an organization that helps educate and develop leadership values and mentorship in Latino women. All of the girls were so excited to see their new looks and walk away with new dresses. I was so excited and honored to be involved in this year’s prom event and I am eagerly anticipating next year! See pics from the event below!

Time to Give Back: March of Dimes March for Babies

March of Dimes Logo

Every year, the March of Dimes holds their annual March for Babies in cities across the country to help improve the health of mothers and babies. March of Dimes was originally founded to help combat the polio disease by President Franklin D. Roosevelt but has since taken on the role of caring for the overall health of mothers and babies to prevent infant mortality and premature birth. Every year, my good friend Brittany Scott (@iCanOnlyBeB) builds a team to march and help fundraise for this wonderful charity. Over 1 million people all over the world participate in these walks every year helping to raise more than $1.8 billion since 1970. Muhammad Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room on earth”. Please help Brittany and her team raise TONS of money for the March of Dimes so that they can help be of service to mothers and babies all around the globe. This year’s Houston March takes place on April 27, 2014 at the University of Houston and we will be marching in memory of Brittany’s cousin Koreian “Koko” Dupas. If you would like to march with myself and Brittany’s team We Do It For The Kids, you can sign up and make a donation below!

Join and Donate to Team WE DO IT FOR THE KIDS!

http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/t2039200

If you do not live in the Houston area but would like to walk in the March for Babies, visit the link below and find a march in your city!

http://www.marchforbabies.org/wd_regp01.asp

Please visit the March of Dimes website for more information:

MarchforBabies.org

Follow March of Dimes and March of Dimes Houston on Twitter!

@MarchforBabies

@MarchofDimesHou

Shopping for a Cause: Local Fashion Trucks Join Forces to Support Mia’s Closet Houston

Decked out in the parking lot of popular midtown eatery Crave Sushi, local fashion trucks set-up shop for patrons to purchase fabulous fashions and custom finds. I absolutely love shopping but I love it even more when some of my dollars are benefitting a great cause. My friend Chelsea Coffey of the TheCoffeyBreak.com and The Coffey Shop created the non-profit Mia’s Closet to initially serve underprivileged girls with access to free clothing with the help of volunteers acting as personal stylists. Due to the overwhelming community response, Mia’s Closet and it’s subsidiary Niko’s Locker, serves all children K-12th grade with not only access to clothing, but access to recreational activities in the community and vision planning that help to create positive emotional support and confidence for these kids and their families. Mia’s Closet has two permanent locations in Parks Youth Ranch for Homeless Teens and Las Americas Middle School.

 

The Shop and Chew Truck Block Party was a huge success with support from the following fashion trucks: Park Boutique (@ParkBoutique), Height of Vintage (@HeightofVintage), ShoeBar, Urban Izzy, Punch Drunk Fashion Truck (@PunchDrunkTruck), The Coffey Shop and DJ Fanci (@DJFanci) of popular local radio station and community staple 97.9 The Box. I picked up a few items from Park Boutique and it’s wonderful owner Lillie Parks. Make sure you follow all of these wonderful vendors and SUPPORT them either online or if they happen to be in your area. You can also donate to Mia’s Closet via PayPal here or drop-off clothing at any of the donation sites below. Mia’s Closet can also arrange for your items to be picked-up! Check the Mia’s Closet website for future volunteer opportunities as well!

 

Donation Sites:

Las Americas 6501 Bellaire Boulevard Houston, TX 77074-6428 Phone: 713-773-5300

Parks Youth Ranch 11614 FM 361 Rd, Richmond, TX 77469 Phone: 281-392-5794

Transformation Youth Center 113 Coronado St. Houston, TX 770098  Phone: 713-864-7466

**Email miasclosethouston@gmail.com for more information, your tax receipts or to sign up you, your company, your fraternity/sorority, youth group or community organization to volunteer!**

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Weekend Mud Slinging: Love and Beauty Face Masks by Forever 21

My hormones and diet have been so out of whack lately that my skin has been doing whatever it wants. I am victim of cystic acne (yes a victim!!) and every few months or whenever I have been on a fried food/sugar-laden food binge, I get the biggest bumps on or around my chin, nose, or somewhere on my t-zone. By definition, cystic acne is a lesion under the skin caused by overactive oil-glands (sebum). The oil-gland becomes clogged and creates a large hard bump under the skin. I can almost always feel when this type of bump is coming and it usually takes longer to treat than your normal pimple. Before I headed out to SXSW last week, I was shopping for some trinkets at Forever 21 and I discovered these face masks in a bin at the register. I knew that I was going to need these because of all the energy-drinks and the less than healthy food I was going to consume during that week plus I got two huge bumps on my chin and forehead as soon as I returned home. If you know me, you know Sunday’s are for washing my hair and detoxing from the past week. I chose to use the papaya purifying dead sea mud mask. I wanted my skin to get a really good deep cleaning and this mask is supposed to help bring all the toxins and bacteria to the surface and help diminish those pesky bumps. I love a good face mask and these were only $1! I don’t know anywhere you can get a spa-like facial for $1.

Some of the ingredients in the mask include bentonite, sea salt, lemon, kaolin, and sugar cane which helps clear your skin of all impurities. As soon as I put on the mask, I felt a nice cooling, tingling sensation. I also felt the mask tighten as it dried (I’m sure drawing out all the toxins). I left it on for about 15-20 minutes and rinsed with cool water. I try to use a facial mask about 2 times per week. I don’t recommend everyday use because you do not want to dry out your skin. If your skin is oily like mine, if your skin gets too dry, your face will try to overcompensate for that and produce more oil causing more acne!

**You can get about two masks per packet. I wrapped the packet with extra mask in foil and put in the the refrigerator for my next use.**

Because I’m Happyyyy!: International Day of Happiness

It’s time to smile because today has been deemed International Day of Happiness.  Fresh off the heels of the mega-successful, smash-hit song “Happy”, the United Nations Foundation has teamed up with super-producer and music artist Pharrell in support of humanitarian work around the world.  Go to 24HoursOfHappiness.com to submit pictures and videos of you doing things that make you or others happy. The goal of the foundation is to create a happier world for people everywhere and raise money for the UN’s Central Emergency Fund (CERF). What is happiness to you? Use the hashtag #HappyDay and let everyone around the world see your happiness!

You can donate to the United Nation’s Central Emergency Fund (CERF) here!

Use #HappyDay and upload your pics and videos to all your social media platforms!

Use #HappyDay and upload your pics and videos to all your social media platforms!

The Style Files: Meagan Elyce’s SXSW Wardrobe

One thing I learned about going to music festivals is that I want to be cute yet comfortable. I love to be a little trendy and hipster looking but comfort is the most important factor when I know that I am going to be doing an extreme amount of walking and moving from venue to venue. Here are some of the looks that I put together from last week’s SXSW Music Conference and where you can get some of the same or similar items!

Day 1/Night:

Black Owl T-shirt from Zumiez $14.95

Faux Leather Jacket by Jack BB Dakota from Karmaloop.com (old)

Converse Sneakers from Converse Outlet $24.95

Felt Brim Hat from Forever 21 $16.95

Day 2:

Print Romper from Forever 21 (old)

Button-down denim shirt from American Eagle $39.99

Blue Mirrored Aviator frames from Forever 21 $5.95

Day 2 Night:

Peter Pilotto for Target print tank from Target $14.95 (on sale)

Liquid Leggings from Dillard’s (old)

Boeth Sweatshirt from Nerdy Fresh $65

Combat Boots by Mia (old)

Day 3:

Floral Jumpsuit from TJ Maxx $19.99

Kate Spade Ginnie Bow Terrace Crossbody Purse $249 (no longer in stores)

Felt brim hat from Forever 21 $16.95

Black and gold sandals from Target (old)

Day 4:

Button-down denim shirt from American Eagle $39.99

Boy Midi short from American Eagle $39.99

Brown leather Converse low from Converse Outlet $24.95

Brown leather backpack from Claire’s $28.98