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Bloggers, Bubbles, and Blowouts (SIA SPA)

 

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I recently read an article that said 58% of all women have a side hustle. Which means in addition to giving your all to your nine to five you’re moonlighting as an entrepreneur. I’m pretty sure we could all use a little self-care. If this is the case, then I’m pretty sure we could all use a little self-care. So, I made an appointment, and took a trip to SIA Spa in Cincinnati for some good ole self-care time for myself. At some point, you have to stop putting the need for relaxation on the back burner and lean into some small indulgences before you snap.

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My Self Care Weapon of Choice

Massage is my chosen weapon and let me tell you the Aroma Touch Massage slew the mighty stress dragon. I have actually never had a massage in a full-service spa before and I am so glad that my first experience was at SIA Spa. My masseuse, Kaitlyn explained that the aroma touch massage is a Swedish massage that uses 8 different essential oils and is very different from a deep tissue massage because of the long soothing strokes.  Initially, I was a little worried if I picked the right massage to relieve my stress tension, but after all the essential oils filled the air I didn’t have a worry in the world.

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SIA is a full-service spa and salon.  Their skin care service pricing ranges from mid-range to high-end facials. As an African American woman, I am often apprehensive of some skin care treatments because not all treatments work well with the melanin in our skin which are mainly treatments focused on removing hyperpigmentation. I spoke with one of the estheticians at SIA and she was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations for skin care treatments for women of color.

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In need of some self-care with assistance? Thread Cincinnati and SIA Spa have partnered for a super fun night that you and your girlfriends will enjoy!

Bloggers, Bubbles & Blowouts

When: Tuesday, August 30th- 5:00-8:30pm

Where: SIA Spa, 8127 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, Ohio

Enjoy  great deals

$15 Manicures, $25 pedicures, and $15 makeup. Plus $45 Dermaplane (reg. $65), complimentary VISIA skin consultations, and free blowouts with the purchase of $100 of services.

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Style Sunday | Healthy Glowing Skin

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I firmly believe that the best accessory to any summer outfit is glowing skin. I have gone to great lengths to get a dewy full body glow. In high school, I used to mix kosher salt and olive oil before every school dance. As I got older and could purchase my own products I relied mostly on consumer reviews of a product. I have to admit other than the active ingredients I don’t always investigate the other chemicals in my skincare products. When Laura Roberts Jones, a consultant with Beautycounter, contacted me about the high performing, safe cosmetics, and personal care products that Beautycounter offers I was intrigued.

After learning more about Beautycounter and their mission I was sold. The beauty industry is actually an unregulated market so products that we use on our skin aren’t as heavily regulated. The products that we use on our skin can take a toll on our overall health. I even learned more information about how women of color carry a higher toxic load within their bodies and how that may be linked to the products that we use on our bodies. It made me wonder if the healthy glow I have been trying to achieve is hurting me in the long run?

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Exfoliate, Protect, and Shine

When I got the opportunity to try a few Beautycounter products for myself I didn’t want to step outside of my normal routine. My normal skincare rule of thumb is exfoliate, protect, and shine. To get the best glow you always want to exfoliate dead skin cells off of clean skin, protect your skin from sun damage, and use a good body oil for that extra shimmer.

 

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. I can honestly say that Beautycounter exceeded my expectations. I love all three of the products I tested and I plan on keeping them in my skincare regimen. The Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass has a strong aroma of citrus and it is made from brown sugar and essential oils. I have used a number of body scrubs by different brands where the scrub dissolve instantly once it touches damp skin this sugar scrub doesn’t melt away before you can get it on your body.

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The older I get the more I invest in a good sunscreen and I have never used a sunscreen that smelled so good.The more you protect your skin from sun exposure the more longevity your skin will have.  Usually, sunscreen smells almost like a medicinal tonic but the Protect All Over Sunscreen in SPF 30 has a terrific scent. It smells so good it will be the first sunscreen that I won’t forget to reapply.

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 My ultimate skincare goal is to get the same glow that Jennifer Lopez has on the red carpet. I just don’t understand what is it that they are putting on her? Well, I think I my wishing may have come true with Lustro Shimmer Oil. I applied it on clean skin after I moisturize and it reminds me almost of a dry oil and absorbs into your skin without getting oil stains all over your clothes. Nothing is more upsetting than feeling sexy and then finding out that you have a grease stain as you are trying to leave the house.

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The price point on all of these items are more in the Sephora range so they are more expensive than drugstore brands. I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for and the reassurance that Beautycounter provides with the list of chemicals they promise they will never user (you can see the full list here). I just love knowing that my “healthy” glow is coming from products that indeed are healthy.

For More Information about Beautycounter follow Laura Roberts Jones on Facebook

To shop and to see all of the products offered by Beautycounter click here

This post was in collaboration with Laura Roberts Jones of Beautycouter all opinions are my own.

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Style Sunday | Skincare After 30

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You may not know this, but I am a skincare junkie. The beauty aisle in Walgreens is my wallet’s worst enemy. My routine was down to science but after 30 my skin started to change, and I had to change my regimen. It is important to notice differences in your skin as you age because you want to focus your skin’s ever-changing needs.

During my twenties, my skin was more prone to breakouts and oily and now that I am thirty I have combination skin (some parts of your face are dry or flaky while the center part of your face, nose, chin, and forehead are oily). Before I changed my routine, I was treating my skin for a breakout that wasn’t happening which was drying out my skin. I noticed my skin looked dull, and I was having issues with hyperpigmentation which left dark marks on my skin.

I am an original gangster of skin from way back ( I had Noxima on deck in ’95) I have been into skin care systems for as long as I can remember. The three steps to remember are cleanse, tone, and moisturize. You can cater all three of these steps to dry, oily or combination skin.What you chose to use for each step is based on what works best on your skin.I’m sharing my current obsessions below:

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Cleansing

I have used every variation of cleanser, foaming, exfoliating beads, and cream cleansers. My favorite cleanser delivers on its promise without all the bells and whistles. Formula 10.0.06 Best Face Forward is a gel cleanser that delivers, I would not recommend this product to anyone with dry skin. Formula 10.0.06 gets my skin super clean without stripping my skin of its natural oils

I have also added a facial brush into my cleansing routine, and I like to call it my poor woman’s Clarisonic. I apply a small amount of my cleanser and few drops of water and scrub in a circular motion with the facial brush. The brush helps the cleanser penetrate deeper into the skin, and it also exfoliates.

I never understood why your daytime skin care should differ from your nighttime routine until now. When I want to take off my makeup at the end of the night, I want it all off in one easy step. I have been using Neutrogena Cleansing Facial Oil for about three months, and I am completely addicted to washing my face with oil. Washing with oil is so gentle and is effective it even takes off my eye makeup.

I have also tried washing my face with extra virgin olive oil. It did remove all my makeup, and if I had dry skin I would continue washing my face with extra virgin olive oil, I prefer Neutrogena because it is lighter than olive oil but it’s worth giving a try, just be sure to rinse your skin thoroughly with warm water.

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Toning

I love toner even when I am strapped for cash I use Witch Hazel as an inexpensive option. I recommend using a toner if you use SPF on your skin (that should be everyone) or wear heavy makeup. Toner removes oil and traces of excess dirt that your cleanser did not remove.

I have opted out of traditional toners and started using micellar water. I’m head over heels in love with micellar water it’s so refreshing sometimes traditional toner can be abrasive.

I’ve tried two different brands Simple Cleansing Micellar Water and Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. I used the Simple brand first and I if you don’t wear heavy makeup then you will like this product. I prefer the Granier SkinActive water because I do wear makeup and it is great for cleansing my skin on a morning when I’m running late and don’t have time to go through my whole regimen.

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Moisturising

I have no loyalty when it comes to moisturizers because I live in the Midwest so depending on the season my skin needs different things. I do look for products that promote brightening skin because of my hyperpigmentation. Right now I am using Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter with SPF 15. I do like it and it’s light and efficient but depending on how hot it gets this summer I may have to transition into a lighter moisturizer.

Once again my nighttime routine has changed I have read that your skin absorbs more product in your sleep than while you are awake. I love Loreal Age Perfect night cream, and I see an improvement in my skin since adding a night cream into my regimen.There can be times when the day takes a toll on my face and at the end of the night I apply my night cream, and when I wake up the next day, my skin looks refreshed.

What’s your skincare routine? Tell me what is your standby product in the comments below.

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