CBD Beauty Hacks

CBD Beauty Hacks!

Written By: Sheena Roberson

The beauty world is lighting up! Cannabis is infusing the industry, and is taking self-care routines to a higher level. That’s because the star ingredient, known for its apparent stress-reducing and pain-relieving (among many others) benefits in the wellness space. From anti-inflammatory to pain relief CBD has proven to be a clutch product in a multiple of beauty based dilemmas and routines. Here are a few well known and not so well known CBD beauty hacks and uses you may not be aware of!


1. Foot freedom

As a pain reliever CBD works by affecting receptors in your brain and immune system. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help your cells respond accordingly. This creates anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects that can help with pain management. Applied topically or ingested CBD can relieve pain so the relief rubs or medicated lotions available are great to use when your night requires a dedication to heels that your feet may not have agree too. The natural pain relief coupled with the plants ability to reduce swelling definitely decreases the ouch factor. A little lotion over the foot before or during foot pain critics say are full proof against withstanding a night on the town. Fashion designers and stylist have been seen toting CBD infused creams in their ready bags for celebrity clients who walk runways and red carpets for hours with no relief to aid in comfort. So hey if it’s good enough for Olivia Wilde we think it’s works giving a world.


2. Dodge Dark circles

Those long nights and early mornings can leave more than just an achy back and foggy brain. Under eye circles and puffiness are the pain in the behinds of most women and men for that matter. It’s hard to find products to do the trick and harder to find all natural versions of it. Most eye serums contain chemicals like Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to help reduce and eliminate puffiness. CBD however being a natural anti-inflammatory has skin soothing properties that rival some of the better eye creams on the market. A mix of essential oils natural herbs and CBD oil could be a true Hail Mary when it comes to managing your morning maintenance or makeup routine


3. Acne avoidance

Rich in fatty acids and natural emollients that can help hydrate and smooth the skin CBD has incredible medicinal and corrective benefits when it comes to topical, skin-care uses. Including the the dreaded pimple predicaments, we all have those days when we wake up and realize that our skin has betrayed us. Acne can be a complete showstopper and real challenge if you have tricky skin combination that calm for multiple products. Recent studies found that CBD helps suppress breakouts by regulating oil production by sebaceous glands. This could be good news if you want to avoid harsher chemical based products like, Accutane or spironolactone. CBD infused acne creams washes and moisturizers are available to help regulate skin irritations. The ability to manage inflammation and oil production, allows CBD to treat two parts of acne lesion development which until now has been done mainly with chemical based solutions like retinoids. CBD in addition to moisturizing and soothing the skin has anti-aging properties. CBD oil can help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles while stopping signs of aging before they start.



 4. Mood moderator

Being beautiful means not just looking good but feeling good too! No one thinks the evil step mother was as pretty as the happy go lucky princess right? So it’s important to highlight CBDs proven and most popular delivery method is the bath salts or bath bombs available. Cannabinoid oil infused bath products can induce antidepressant-like effects, CBD affect neuro receptors increasing serotonin levels thereby reducing anxiety. Much like a soothing Epsom salt bath but elevated, your muscles and body relax and become engulfed in the waves of serotonin.


5. Lashes

CBD can be an awesome addition to your actual makeup. Beauty brands are taking notice of the craze and have found inventive ways to capitalize on their multiple benefits and reinforce their brand image. For example a few vegan based lines have opted to develop CBD mascara. The oil-based CBD (as opposed to the industry standard, beeswax) to adhere the mascara’s fiber to lashes that goes on smoother and creamier than most formulas.



6. Hair hold

CBD Oil benefits hair, including hair loss, dry scalp, and the best CBD-infused hair products. So take a puff, puff, pass through the hair aisle to decide if your do needs a dab of CBD Oil. The science seems vague, but there’s some evidence that CBD stimulates hair growth when applied to the scalp because of the omega fatty acids. High in vitamin E and fatty acids, CBD Oil nourishes the scalp and strengthens hair, thus boosting hair growth. Inside CBD Oil are omega-3, omega-6 and the omega-9 acids, which help improve the quality of the scalp tissue. Stronger scalp tissue means hair follicles expanding faster which in turn means longer hair!

 

Sheena Roberson

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So You Want to go Natural?

So You Want to go Natural?

Written By: Ayye Denay

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If you’re reading this, my hope is that you have given up the creamy crack or you are thinking about taking the plunge into the natural sisterhood. Congrats! It’s now time for a very real conversation. Contrary to popular belief, being natural is HARD. Your ease of styling depends solely on your hair and your ability to learn it. Going natural requires patience and dedication but if done right, it is extremely rewarding.


The Big Chop or Transition?

Now that you’ve made the decision to go natural there is another important choice you must make. This is deciding if you should big chop verses simply transitioning. When transitioning, you slowly chop the relaxed ends of your hair until they are gone. This can take a few months to a few years depending on how long it takes you to continuously cut your hair. Should you decide to big chop, you will be cutting out all your relaxed hair at once. There is no correct way to go natural. It all depends on your personal preference.


What Products Should I Use?

Regardless of what we may think, all hair is different. Although hair may be similar, various products effect it differently. It’s easy to get lost in the world of products however signing up for subscription boxes or even gathering product samples may aid in not breaking the bank on natural products. It can be easy to get discouraged when a product doesn’t work. However, that is no reason to end your natural journey. It takes much time and patience to find products which work with your hair.

Many brands like Mane Choice, Curls, As I Am and EDEN pride themselves on making products that aid in creating healthy hair, locking in moisture and retaining length.


Avoid Damage

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One major thing to avoid when going natural is excessive heat. Products like blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons can cause immense damage to your hair and unneeded breakage. Other products which may cause damage include harsh chemicals, extremely tight styles and harsh treatment. Using items like heat protectants can aid in mitigating some of this damage. A healthy diet, proper water intake and vitamins will also aid you in avoiding breakage and retaining length.


Styling

Protective styling is the cornerstone of natural hair. Finding a few tried and true styles which work for you and are easy to complete is essential in your hair journey. They not only help your hair grow longer they also put minimal strain on your hair. As the name states, they allow you to protect your hair while keeping your hair moisturized.

Protective styles include the following:

  • Box Braids
  • Twists
  • Locs
  • Crotchets
  • Buns

It’s important to remember that while you are going natural you may need to alter your hair routine several times to find something that works. Remember to be gentle with your hair, be patient and read product labels to understand what you are putting on your hair.

Many people will have mixed emotions about your natural hair journey and you should never shame your hair based on the opinions of others. Being natural will require that you do some research to learn about techniques, products and more. Your natural journey may be tough at times but it will ultimately be rewarding.

Beats By Deb

Do you love and wear make-up? Love those make-up tutorials on Instagram? Well if you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, we have a super dope MUA who is killing the game and is definitely worth an Instagram follow! Meet Deborah Bland – a phenomenal Cosmetologist specializing in Makeup Artistry!

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Representing Detroit, Michigan, Deborah is a MUA who is very creative and talented with make-up! Deborah received her Cosmetology license from Douglas J. Aveda Institute and specializes in colorful/glitter dramatic makeup looks. Though make-up has not always been her passion, she is now obsessed with it!

“Makeup has not always been my passion. I started doing nails at age 13 and got more into hair throughout high school, with makeup coming later during my senior year.  I have been obsessed with makeup for about a year and a half now, but just started on other people in the last 6 months.”

Deborah tells us that she wanted to get her Cosmetology license in case she ever wanted to pursue a career in a different field of beauty, but actually got into make-up to show people the purpose of make-up.

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“What made me most interested in being a makeup artist was showing people that makeup is not made for “covering imperfections” or “hiding your insecurities”.   Makeup can not only enhance features of your face, but it can help people build inner and outer confidence. It makes you feel beautiful, which drove my passion to learn more.”

 

In the beginning stages of her career, there were a few challenges and things she learned.  In fact, Deborah tells us that she has learned that you need to be consistent in the industry, to attract great opportunities. Ultimately, she didn’t let any of her challenges get in her way or stop her grind!

“Makeup is different from hair and nails. Clients don’t typically come every few weeks, as they usually need their makeup done for a specific occasion or event. This made it difficult to keep clients no matter how good your work is. As most Hair and Nail Techs know, people tend to cancel appointments at the last minute, which can be disappointing. But, if you stay diligent, positive, and patient – there will always be doors opening for opportunities.”

Although Deborah specializes in dramatic looks, she does provide services for special occasions like wedding parties, graduations, prom, and homecoming!

“Most of my clients come from Instagram and request dramatic looks.  I absolutely love doing dramatic looks the most, mainly because most people feel that they can’t pull certain colors and looks off. I like to prove to them that it isn’t a question of “Can I pull that off?”, but it is a skill of recognizing skintone, eyeshape, and face shape that can make a world of difference in a look.”

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“I feel that the most difficult thing about being a Makeup Artist is CONFIDENCE. You need your client to trust you enough that there is no need to worry about the outcome of the look. They need to know just how great you are at your work, which all correlates to the way you carry yourself as the artist. Makeup clients tend to be sketchy about the turn out of their face, if you are hesitant or insecure about your work. I like to show them who’s boss by my skills, techniques, and CONFIDENCE.”

Interested in learning how to do make-up? Well don’t fret because Deborah has multiple tutorials up on her Instagram page, for people aspiring to be a Makeup Artist! In fact, she gets a lot of good feedback on them and many requests for more. (NICE!!) If you’re an avid YouTube user, you will soon be able to find Deborah’s work there, as she plans to eventually have a YouTube channel, as well as have online classes available for people around the globe! (BOOM!)

“If I had the opportunity to style my celebrity idol, I would go for a dramatic colorful look! Something with color and glitter to catch some attention, but not crazy enough to scare anyone off! I would go for this look because it is not a common thing to see on celebrities, as they usually stick to “natural” “glowy” looks. I like to get people out of their comfort zone!”

Deborah states that her ultimate goal as a MUA is to have paid trips to do specific people’s makeup, as well as be well-known for her work; which she hopes will continue to inspire others to be a MUA as well. Deborah says that she is very proud of her success, her makeup videos going viral, brands asking her to promote their products, and of course gaining her Cosmetology license.

Interested in working with Deborah? You can contact her via direct message on Instagram using the handle @beatsbydeb to book her for her services, events, or projects!

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If you’re interested in being a MUA, Deborah has the following advice,

“A common misconception people have about being a Makeup Artist is how original everyone is. The beauty industry as a whole, are full of artist of generations before our time. Every artist has learned their skill, if not from school, then offline, or through books, or hands on. Not saying some people aren’t just naturally talented, but most of the time, Makeup is inspired by something or someone.  I suggest staying positive, confident, and consistent in your passion for makeup! Learn from others as much as you can, and give people the energy and experience you want them to give you for your services.”

 Make sure you keep up with Deborah as she has several photoshoots coming up; with her being the main makeup artist for interesting makeup looks! You can find and follow Deborah via social media using the handle @beatsbydeb.

 

 

5 Beauty Hacks that will Change Your Life

5 Beauty Hacks that will Change Your Life

Written By: Ayye Denay

People are always looking for ways to do things easier, quicker and more cost efficient.  These hacks will not only show you how to repurpose some of your household items, they will aid you in restoring some of your favorite products. Before you think about tossing any of your old makeup, try using one of the hacks listed below to bring it back to life.

Hack #1: How to Fix a Broken Compact

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If you’re anything like me, when your makeup breaks, your heart breaks a little as well.  Makeup although not a necessity can be considered an investment and at times a costly one.  Therefore, the last thing you want to do is trash a $40 compact after its been knocked on the floor or you dropped your purse just a little too hard. With this helpful beauty hack, you don’t have too.  With only a few household items you can make your compact as good as new in under ten minutes by simply following the instructions listed below.

Everything you need:

  1. Rubbing Alcohol
  2. Glad Saran Wrap
  3. A plastic spoon

Steps

  1. To make your makeup compact better, you must start by making it worse. If your full compact is not broken, start by crushing all the makeup parts and gathering them in the original makeup package.  ayye.denay.2
  2. Once everything has been crushed, add several drops of the rubbing alcohol to your compact. This will saturate the makeup and make it easy to manipulate and mold.
  3. Place the saran wrap over your mixture and smooth into the compact with a spoon. Your finger may also be used as a replacement.
  4. You will now need to let your compact sit overnight to dry. If there is too much fall out after 24hs has elapsed you may need to repeat steps 1-3 to get a perfectly molded structure and to ensure that it doesn’t break again upon use.

 

Hack #2: Restoring Old Mascara

If you find that your mascara has gotten dry, remove the wand, add a few drops of saline solution and shake briefly to bring it back to life.

 

Hack #3: Using Your Eyeshadow as Lip Gloss

Have you ever looked at your favorite eyeshadow and thought that it would be perfect on your lips?  With this hack, you can now make that happen.  Simply crush your favorite eye shadow into a powder and mix with petroleum jelly. Once the color has been evenly distributed you can now place it on your lips.

 

Hack #4: Storing False Lashes

Pill boxes and eyelashes are 2 things that you would never think could go together.  However, the round pill boxes are perfect for storing false lashes.  If you are tired of keeping cumbersome lash boxes for the sake of storage, this hack is perfect for you. These boxes can be found at your local Dollar Tree and $1 will get you 7 identical boxes.

 

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Hack #5: Repurposing Toilet Seat Covers

Have you ever been in a pinch at work and didn’t have any blotting paper or powder to rid yourself of the extra shine?  One alternative to blotting paper is a toilet seat cover.  Use this flushable friend to your yourself of any excess shine.

 

These are only a few of the endless hacks which can be used to make your life easier.  What are some of your favorite beauty hacks?  I challenge you to come up with a new way to cut corners and repurpose your everyday items.

Black Health Lifestyle

Want a fresh start for a healthier lifestyle, but unsure of where to start? Looking to get your body right for the new year or that special occasion, but need some motivation? Well we have just the right motivator for you!! Check it out…

Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Port Charlotte, FL, Destiny Colson is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and Creator of the blog BlackHealthLifestyle! (Dope right?!) For Destiny, joy and feeling happiness is her motivation. Knowing that she can help educate and motivate positivity to others, through her wellness work, is what gives her a daily push!

So how did the BlackHealthLifestyle blog come to life? Destiny tells us that while she was browsing through the top fitness and wellness social media pages, she realized that people of color were few and far in between. At that point, Destiny decided that she wanted to provide a place where people of color, can go and see reflections of themselves improving their health and wellness. (#BlackExcellence!!)

The BlackHealthLifestyle blog was launched in April of 2017, and it provides a starting point for those that want to acquire and maintain a healthier life. Destiny believes her blog is vital to the world, as it showcases many ways and places that a person can work on their wellness. Though her target audience is herself, friends, and family, Destiny states that any and everyone can benefit from the BlackHealthLifestyle blog! (Boss Status!)

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“I wish to reflect self-acceptance as much as self-betterment. I want people to know health is not a look, it’s a way of life. It’s the decisions you make for what you put in your body and what you do with it, “a healthier lifestyle”.”

For Destiny, working a full-time job, taking private clients, and traveling to see family created a challenge of “time” initially for her blog, but that did not stop her grind!! Destiny says through it all, she is most proud knowing that she’s personally touched so many lives.

“The testimonials I get in my direct messages is what pushes me. I have also picked up several high-profile clients for my personal business, which has definitely made it easier to spend more time on my blog.”

 

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“Representation matters. I’m aware that in our community, everyone is not able to spend time or money in the gym, or on personal classes. I want to give examples of more cost/ time efficient ways to work on your wellness. My initial goal was to raise awareness that we are here also. That black people and other people of color can and do live healthy lives. We travel, we eat well, and that we can find ways in any circumstance to live our best, most well lives. I think that it is still just beginning for BHL. Even though we’ve grown so much faster than I had expected, we still have a ways to go.

 

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If you’re looking to start your own blog, Destiny has the following advice:

“Get to know your target audience, utilize your insight tools that social media gives you, and provide plenty of content. Less is usually more, but in this case more is definitely best.”

 

 

 

Make sure you keep up with the BlackHealthlifestyle blog, as Destiny is working with different fitness bloggers, and is planning a few different classes that she will be providing starting in 2018! (Yassss!!)

To follow and keep up with Destiny and her BlackHealthLifestyle blog, follow:

Blog Instagram: @BlackHealthLifestyle

Destiny Instagram: @Sunshiineinc

Destiny has a few final words for our readers:
I hope everyone checks us out! Leave a comment that Boss Up Mag sent you! We are accepting new 2018 clients for personal workout regimens, diet plans, and #BlackHealthLifestyle coaching to fit health into your life as is. Send us a DM or Email for pricing and information. Thank you all so much for this opportunity! I look forward to working with you in the future. Keep in touch!
—xXo

 

The SLAY Queen!

Taking photos soon, but aren’t quite photoshoot ready? Do you have an upcoming event, that you know requires a FIERCE look? Want your make-up done, but unsure of who to go to? Well we have just the right person for you, who can give you an unbelievable SLAY! Meet Philisha Asia!

All the way from Los Angeles, CA, Philisha Asia is the Make-Up Artist that can slay your look like no other! (Chile…!) With Jesus being her prime motivation, as well as becoming her own BOSS being her motivation, Philisha’s passion of make-up is nothing but FIERCE!

Her eye for makeup started young and it continued to grow with Philisha throughout her life. Though makeup was not her original passion, that did not stop Philisha. Initially, Philisha went to school for medicine. So what sparked the passion of make-up for Philisha? One day, after watching a video of someone else applying make-up, she casually stated to herself, “I can do that”, and picked up a brush to try it out for herself. After trying out it, Philisha realized what her true passion was! (BOOM!)

After that first transformation I literally felt a passion rise up inside of me and realized “This is what I’m SUPPOSED to be doing” and I haven’t stopped yet!

 

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While jumpstarting her business, Philisha dealt with a fear of small clientele, which she felt would hinder the growth of her business. However, Philisha quickly learned that her fear was no longer!

I’m so thankful that I’ve learned that my mouth is the most powerful tool. With me speaking life over my business, growth and success DAILY, I know God is going to continue to open doors I never thought were possible, because of my faith in him and the life I speak into myself daily. Makeup is MY gift but I’m very resourceful and if I don’t do it, I’m sure I know someone who can lol.

Get excited ladies because Philisha specializes in ALL types of makeup! She told us that she doesn’t put a limit on herself or her gift, and she lives by the scripture,

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Amen!)

Philisha stated that her clients request nice, soft, natural looks OR the over top bold SLAY for the GODS look! Philisha says that she is here for them both! (YAAASSSS!!!) Philisha loves natural and glamour looks, and also enjoys creating outside of the box looks, bold colorful eye, fiercely stained lips, and of course DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA looks!

 

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I always tell my clients to find an amazing mild soap for sensitive skin and wash your face!!!! I prefer plain baby wash. It’s not too harsh and doesn’t dry you out. I love it.

 

 

 

When asked which celebrity idol she would style, if given the opportunity, Philisha stated,

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“So if you know me, you know I LOVE Queen Bey! Just to be in her presence doing her makeup means I have finally grown to the level God promised me. Its deep yall. Plus, she is the true definition of “Girl Power!”

“I provide services for ANY occasion. Honey if you want to go to the grocery store, I can do a nasty slay for you just for that! You do not have to be on a red carpet to look good! Lol!”

 

 

 

If you are interested in becoming a make-up artist, Philisha has the following advice,

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“Pray and ask God for exactly what you want for your business first and foremost. Gain exposure by exhibiting your work on platforms such as social media, use your resources, network with others around you and those in the same industry, be accepting of criticism and always be willing to learn. Most importantly, believe in yourself no matter what people think or say. Use negative comments as strength and turn them positive. Hey at least someone is talking about you right?! What’s for you is for you and no one can take that from you. Never forget it. The world is yours, go get it!”

“Be positive, don’t let fear stop you from trying, trust God and enjoy your journey” #PhilishaAsia

If you are looking to book Philisha for her amazing services, you can do so via email: PhilishaAsia@yahoo.com

Be sure to keep an eye on Philisha and her business, as she has many great upcoming events and opportunities for 2018! (Get excited!) You can follow Philisha on:

Instagram: @ptbmakeup — Let me know “Boss Up Magazine” sent you, I’ll hook you up.