THE AMERICAN DREAM!
Hello Dolls!!! I know, I know. It’s been waaaayyyy too long! I’ve missed you guys! I bet you all have been wondering “Where is LaCrecia? She can’t be that busy!” Truth is, I have! We’ll catch up on the other stuff, I want to share with you all my latest experience....AH-MAZING!! I remember as young girl, watching The Miss America and Miss USA Pageants. It was always aired on a Saturday night. As I sat in front of the TV, I’d be in awe of all the contestants. Their beauty, the feathered Farrah Fawcett hairstyles, and those dresses! While the styles of the dresses and makeup has changed, the beauty of the contestants has not. I had the pleasure of being The Event Makeup Artist for Miss America 2019 Nia Imani Franklin for The 7th I Am Beautiful Movement in Henderson, TX!!!
I was floored when I found I would be her MUA for the event. And to think, I had to keep the news to myself for a little over a week! I wanted to BURST! But I held it in, basking in the moment. Being grateful for the founder of the event for submitting my name and for Miss America’s team for choosing me. She is a very intelligent young lady and was a pleasure to work with. We decided on a partial smokey eye using copper and dark brown shades with a neutral lip. Easy breezy. And she loved it! Ladies, do not give up on your dream. I can’t stress it enough. Push through all the late nights, early mornings, feeling tired, unappreciated, unsupported by loved ones, FEAR. Push through it all. Your destiny is waiting for you on the other side.
By LaCrecia Steward
MY TAKE ON EYELASH EXTENSIONS!
Hello my loves!! I’m baaaaaaack!!! I have missed you all! But I haven’t missed a beat. During my absence, I continued to try and perfect my craft (Makeup Artist) & I became a Certified Lash Tech. And I’m loving every minute of it! My passion for it grows daily. I’ve met some amazing women, that have embraced this growing beauty trend as much as I do. Like getting my nails done, or threading/waxing my eyebrows (well not anymore because I have them microbladed) I need them! I love them! And I want other women to embrace them. Lashes give my clients that extra boost of confidence. You know, the kind of confidence that doesn’t wash off like mascara! You don’t wake up with raccoon eyes. Just beautiful, curly, dark lashes. You can just get up and go.
Well, after you wash your face and brush your teeth! But no more mascara. The application is so flawless and so seamless that people will notice something “different” about your eyes but not be able to tell that you’re wearing them. They are part of you because they are your real eyelashes just an extension of them. The eyelash extension process is painless, seamless if done skillfully & beautiful when done. You hear stories about lashes bringing out your real lashes or chemicals in the glue damaging your lashes. Well guess what, there’s worse chemicals in tap water! Yes! The water you brush your teeth with and wash your face with every day. There will be people who are sensitive to the glue & can’t keep them on just like there are people that are allergic to gluten and can’t enjoy it enjoy a pretzel. I suggest you try them for yourself. Go to a lash tech you trust, ask questions. Voice your concerns. I’m sure if she’s anything like me, wait.....not possible, I’m one of a kind!! But all jokes aside, I’m sure she would be more than happy to answer your questions and make you feel comfortable. And this is my take on eyelash extensions. Have a Fabu-LASH Day!
By LaCrecia Steward
Yoga is so such more then just stretching and meditation. Yoga instructors focus on teaching you breathing exercises that are known to aide in relieving stress. Many say the relaxing environment leaves them feeling at peace, energized and optimistic!
Not only is yoga good for the soul it's also safe, which means limited injuries. These exercises are not strenuous or difficult. They often only consist of stretching, laying, bending and can be performed right in your living room.
The most beneficial part of this soothing lifestyle is it's ability to increase health risks such as, lowering your blood pressure and improving your cholesterol.
There is a bonus! Yoga tones the body, strengthens muscles and can burn fat.
You can find yoga classes online for your convenience or sign up for a class near you. Sometimes being in a group setting can be very encouraging!
Good luck and always "Namaste"
These days eyelashes are making a huge statement and it seems mascara alone is not cutting it! Here is a quick video for those who dare to do it yourself.
Contrave does not work for everyone. It's designed to curb your appetite but it is not a miracle drug. You must use self control as well. This pill will not remove your desire for food completely but when taken correctly you will more than likely never overeat again. I lost a total of 19lbs in eight weeks and that was without exercise. I recently stopped taking Contrave because I did not want to become dependent on the drug and my appetite slowly picked back up. The side effects were mild but I've heard of some being somewhat terrible. The estimated retail price for Contrave is $269 but it's only $99 with their discount coupon. I'd say it's worth the try. You have nothing but weight to lose!
This person has all the bright ideas, but is constantly changing their mind and never follows through.
This person has an idea or opinion, but never makes a move and will allow others to make the decision no matter how long it takes.
This person does not want to be involved and will not show up, but supports financially.
This person has no clue of what is going on and won't ask, but will use lack of information as an excuse.
This person doesn't believe in anything and will shoot down any person, place, thing or idea.
This person is blowing in the wind and doesn't think very long, but also has a quick plan in action.
Normal skin: 'Normal' is a considered to be well- balanced skin.
We asked a male with normal healthy skin about his secret and he says plenty of water plus an occasional detox does the trick. He also adds that what you sweat out can affect your skin.
Dry skin: 'Dry' is used to describe a skin type that produces less sebum than normal skin.
Sebum is an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands. Our skin needs it in order to function, but too much of it can lead to acne, and an overly oily complexion.
Oily skin: "Sebum" is the technical term.
We spoke with two women who insist there is a daily struggle when it comes to taming their oily skin.
While one uses mild soap and noxzema cleanser the other applies alcohol three times a month. All though it's been considered the big "no no" she says this is what works. There was a suggestion to substitute the alcohol with witch hazel, a product often used to treat oily skin.
Combination skin: Both dry and oily. This tends to be the most common but there are not very many products that treat this skin type. Where one area is oily the other is dry which means you must treat each area differently.
Research shows that what you eat can affect your skin. Processed foods that are starchy and products high in sugar can cause acne. We can all agree to the known fact that drinking water is the number one key to healthy skin. Remember to always wash your face before bed!
Doesn't it just make you cringe when you realize you've chosen the wrong "base"? You know, when your face and neck are two different colors? You can have the same skin color as someone else, but different undertones. Knowing your undertone is the key to finding the color that looks more natural on you. Your undertone is the color just beneath the skin. Although skin tones change over time or due to excessive sun exposure, undertones do not. Here are a few tips that will help you determine which undertone you have.
Cool: You will have blue or purple veins. When you look at your skin in the sun, it appears blue-ish. Silver jewelry flatters cool tones. Neutral: Skin is neither pink/red/blue, yellow/gold/peach, but somewhere in between. Veins are blue-green. Both gold and silver jewelry flatters your skin tone. Skin appears greenish when in the sun. Warm: The veins appear green or olive. Gold jewelry flatters your skin tone more than silver. Skin appears yellowish when in the sun. Now that you've got it down on how to find your undertone, make sure you prep your skin by exfoliating and moisturizing your skin before testing foundation. Blending it along your jawline will give you the best results. Hopefully this helps you guys out a great deal. Having the "two toned" look....not cute. At all!
By LaCrecia Steward
1. Foundation: Trade your liquid formula for a cream to powder. Not only will it accommodate dry skin and glide smoothly over any dry patches you may have, cream foundations are perfect for fall photo shoots. You've been meaning to schedule family pics, right?
2. Eyebrows: This fall, we will see bold eyebrows and natural eyebrows. With bold eyebrows, you don't want to overdo it and look masculine. To avoid that, sweep them with a brow gel. For a more natural, fully arched look, use a brow powder. Well defined eyebrows frame the face and make it more symmetrical. With either look, neat and well groomed eyebrows will make your eyes look elegant and sophisticated with or without eye shadow.
3. Smoky Eye: This can be done with any color and not just the traditional black. Purple looks great with any eye color. Deep burgundy, brown and copper shades will be very popular for this upcoming fall season. For a more distinct look, line your upper lid and waterline with a deep black eyeliner. To complete the look, add a few coats of mascara or false lashes.
4. Lips: Time to toss your gloss! Well, maybe not toss it. Trade it for a bold, deep, ruby lipstick! Matte lipsticks are trending more now for all seasons but they are especially popular during the fall. If your favorite lip color is shimmery, just apply an extra coat and blot with paper. That technique will create a perfect matte finish. Don't be afraid to step outside the box and try one of the many bold colors that are out there! And there you have it ladies! Remember, fall season is unpredictable and can change in a heartbeat. Fall makeup is changeable too. So play it up a bit. From flirty to fierce or keep it subtle! It's your choice!
By LaCrecia Steward
Choosing a college major is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. Of course most people are concerned about financial security but it's important to choose a career path that you can live with. Here are a few tips that can help better prepare you for your new journey!
IT WON'T HURT TO WAIT: Give yourself time. You can start college courses without having a major. Some students wait until their second year and most even change majors after making a decision.
TIME IS MONEY: College is expensive so you don't want to do a lot of unnecessary waiting. Dedicate your time to making the best decision for you. Once you know what you want for your future, you can start making detailed plans.
DO YOUR RESEARCH: There's nothing more effective than good old fashion research. Weigh your options and take notes . Talk to an adviser once you have some idea of the direction you would like to pursue. Each major requires a different amount of college credits.
DO IT FROM THE HEART: "If you're doing what you love it doesn't feel like work at all." You will most likely be more dedicated to a career if you are passionate about it. Disliking what you do can lead to depression and even mental breakdown.
We wish you much success and remember to choose wisely!
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