Category: Beauty

5 Things Every Woman Should be Able to Do

#Adulting is hard as we all know and since there are no clear cut guidelines that define what it is to be a successful full fledge adult here is a list of a few things that I believe it is important that every women be able to do for herself in no particular order but all equally important despite your income, where you live or relationship status.

  1. Know how to be okay, being by yourself…

Knowing that there is a difference between being alone and being lonely and knowing what that difference is- can be difficult and takes a good bit of self reflection but it is worth the effort  and should not be discredited. Taking time to be along you realize that the world is bigger than you ever imagined and that your actual needs in life and the people you choose to fill yours with may be completely different. That is why I have always been a big believer in traveling solo. Without the opinions and desires of your crew/girls, discovering a new place alone, you get the opportunity to form your own experiences and discoveries about this new place and yourself as well! At the end of the day it comes down to this, if you can’t stand to be in your own company, why would anybody else?

 

2. Manage Your Money

Hey I get it, sometimes it isn’t about managing your money- it is about having money to manage! I remember my first couple of years out of college, probably during college as well, standing at check-out counters praying that my purchases would be able to clear my meager bank balance, “You will not return unto me void!” it was  kind of funny at that time, not really, but you know what isn’t funny -at all? Reaching the end of your twenties, thirties, forties and still having to pray over your purchases! Successfully managing your money is to; know how much you bring in, prioritizing your expenditures and a healthy indulgence in self-denial. Let us start really living within our means and get to a place where you can start saving money and then getting your savings to start working to make you  more money! Now that is sexy…

 

3. Feed Your Yourself

No one expects you to cook at a level to be a contestant for Top Chef but you also shouldn’t be a shoe in for America’s Worst Cook either. Having a few simple meals under your culinary belt will make a world of difference in your confidence and ability to function in life plus bonus points if these meals you can cook are well balanced and nutritional (sorry, box mac’ n cheese but this isn’t the place for you…) Listen, you don’t have to love cooking but you should be able to! Cooking is a life skill for a reason and you never know you might discover a new passion while learning!

 

4. Know Your Mind….

And know how to speak your truth (Let the church say AMEN!) This is a principle that affects every aspect of your life from your career, friendships to your relationship with family and romantic entanglements because knowing your mind is really knowing yourself, your desires, your limits, your worth and your needs. Healthy relationships can not be created or maintained if you have no sense of self. Not knowing where you stand is more than a being people pleaser we are talking about being a doormat and if you are willing to lay down your own opinions and feelings or you don’t even know what they might be– people will just walk right over you.

 

5. Care for Your Sister..

We are our sisters keepers and nothing exemplifies this more than one woman’s ability to uplift or support her fellow woman. There are enough forces in this world that want nothing more than to tear us down, so why should we do it to one another? In realizing that we are the standard by which the world operates we as women can change generations to come; with a smile, a kind word, an outstretched hand and a warm embrace. A woman who knows her own worth, her value and how to handle her business has no need to cut down others by shaming them for their choices.

 

Until Next Time!

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Claiming My Skin with THE SKIN TYPE SOLUTION by Leslie Baumann

I don’t know how many different products I have encountered, purchased, used, hated and loved then hated after a couple of months; trying to get beautiful and clear skin. I have tried over the counter creams and lotions to high-end scrubs and infomercial washes but nothing seemed to work and if it did work not for very long. Don’t even get me started on what the dermatologist prescribed me; I didn’t know my skin to look that color and burn so much. I have even tried changing my diet all for the sake of my skin but that just led to frustrations of a different sort.

So I will admit I became lazy about my skin; sleeping with make-up on, not sticking to my cleansing routine morning and night and even added caffeine back to my diet and as expected I BROKE OUT! Worse than ever before, I can’t even begin to explain what was going on with my skin. Not only where there pimples dotted across my face but they were red and angry. I just had to tell myself one day, I said, “Sabrina, you getting to old for this shit.” excuse my french but “Really skin? You going to have me looking like that?”

That is when I came across The Skin Type Solution by Leslie Baumann M.D.. Now when I say “came across” I mean that in the loosest of terms, it was more like I saw it on my sister’s bookshelf and stole it but you get what I mean. (Thanks Shelly!)

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In her book, Dr. Baumann takes you through the process of learning first; the type of skin you have by answering a series of questions you will be able to define your skin type; Dry/Oily, Sensitive/Resistant, Non-Pigmented/Pigmented and Wrinkled/Tight. My skin type happens to be an OSNT combination, just in case you were curious. Once you have defined your skin type, you move on to your particular skin type’s chapter and learn more about what are the best ingredients, practices and products in regards to YOUR skin. Dr. Baumann makes product suggestions for you includes items at different price points for different budgets. Which is awesome since not every person can throw down $300 a month on skin care and would rather have the acne (I don’t blame you because what is the point of having pretty skin and can only afford to sit in your house!).

It has been about a month since I have been using the products suggested in her books and can I just say I am finally starting to love my skin. Although, I will tell you sometimes I am skin not as good as I should be about taking off my make-up and using all the products when I’m supposed (Hey, I’m trying!) to but there is definite improvement and well worth a try!

But don’t believe me, take a look at the book yourself and start reclaiming your beautiful and clear skin!

What are your tips/reads for great skin care? Leave a comment and let’s help each other out!

Until next time!
Sabrina

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Hye Sun Mun and Williamsburg: #OOTD

One thing I have to admit about NYC is that there is never a shortage of people, both young and old, chasing the dream! From the street hustler’s dancing in the subway cars to the old dudes shuffling cards on the sidewalk. Everyone here is chasing some dream and it is an inspiration to be amongst them.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet an up and coming designer Hye Sun Mun at the Kai D boutique, (Can you call it a boutique if it offers menswear? Anywho), in Williamsburg to take a closer look at her women’s line. I was originally called out to assist on her video shoot to promote her line but it was great to see her at work styling her models and learning more about the whole process of shooting promotional videos.

While her line isn’t exactly what I would call full-figured friendly; its flowing lines and old world feel will have droves rushing to buy her pieces. I managed to get a couple of pics during the shoot to give you a behind the scenes look:

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Kai D Store Front window in Williamsburg
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Trying to sneak in a pic here, ha
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Model in the Colleen Dress, in fore ground

Since I was already out and about on the Williamsburg water front helping out with the shoot, I figured I may as well gets some snaps of myself and why not? I had gotten early too!

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Dress: ASOS/ Shoes: Xhilaration via Target

I can’t wait to see the final product for the shoot but I know either way it was great meeting a few fellow dream chasers and I look forward to whatever pieces Hye Sun Mun cooks up for the next season. Maybe I can talk her into a larger size range…hmmm.

We will see what happens next. Until then!
Sabrina

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Trending: #StopTheBeautyMadness

Ladies, what would you give to finally reclaim your body, age, skin from the grasp of the clutches of the world we call fashion? Would that kind of power and confidence change you? Would you change yourself in order to gain it?

What if I told you that you didn’t have to change a single thing about yourself physically, and all you had to do was just put fingers to keys and look at how they world and others like yourself are trying to change its self?

Would you spread the word in order for others to have that same power?

Has your curiosity been peeked? Great read on!

For those of you who haven’t heard I would like to introduce you to the #StopTheBeautyMadness campaign made up of a series of advertisements illustrating a different “madness”. The project, gives a voice to all of us to finally say, ENOUGH with impossible beauty standards that we never feel we can measure up to and have been literally, killing ourselves to achieve.

And while there are some who might see this as just another group of “fat” women condoning obesity, or whatever other crap the nay-sayers are spewing this week. You would be well informed to know that NO Stop The Beauty Madness does not only expose the issue of the larger waistlines but also; those who are naturally thin, ageism, and racism. So get your facts straight and support an amazing note worthy cause.

Don’t forget to check out the campaigns website for more information on ways to get involved and sharing your voice with this amazing group and get connected socially!

This hopefully won’t be the last you read about this project here at The Un-Life, I’m hoping that I might get the chance to have a guest blog or interview with them myself, here is hoping that it works out!

*featured image sourced from #stopthebeautymadness home page*

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Summer Skincare Must Have: Anthony’s Logistics Instant Fix Oil Control

As we get further and further into the scorching heat of summer (this week will be in the 90s here in NYC) and prepare to battle the humidity that leaves you feeling like you are walking through a stick of butter. Prepping your skin for the long day ahead is more important than ever. I’m sure many of us can agree that nothing can ruin your selfie more than greasy looking skin and half melted foundation.

But what is a girl to do?

Take a stroll down the Men’s skin care line:
As long as there are no hormonal or hair growth ingredients what is there so wrong with women using men’s products? Especially when you’re looking for products that will reduce perspiration and or oil control. Let’s be real here, men’s products are not only created stronger and longer lasting but there are also CHEAPER than their feminine counterparts. So who really cares if it doesn’t smell like amazon rain or powdery floral radiance? It isn’t that serious and trust me you will live. Especially when you can get through a whole day at work or hitting the town and still look and smell after shower fresh.

One such product that I was introduced to, during my sister’s make-up lesson from a fashion week make-up artist pro, who may or may not be a biological XY, (not for me to judge but anyway her make-up was Fierce so more power to ya!) was Anthony’s Logistics Instant Fix Oil Control. With a pea size drop of the product applied to your face (after you cleanse and tone and whatnot) it will leave you with a healthy and cool looking matte finish to your skin. Which is the perfect palate for your make-up.The product is also Paraben-Free (if that is important to you) and light enough for everyday wear and a definite must have even on your make-up free days!

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A tube of Anthony’s will normally run you about $28 and is available for purchase online from Anthony’s website, other major retailers and for your convenience the pictured link above. The price might seem like a lot to you but when you think of the amount of product you are getting and how much you actually use, it easily lasts 3-4 months with everyday use and it works for the WHOLE day, that makes this product a winner in my book and my bank account, I’m just saying.

What are your must have skin care products for this summer?

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Better Late Than Never; ELOQUII & Redbook Event

Yes, I know that I am soooooo late with my account of the ELOQUII and Redbook’s private shopping event in celebration of Full Figured Fashion Week but it is as they say, Better late than never right? And granted there may be dozens of other posts about this on various sites you never got the chance to hear it from me now did you?

Speaking of late, I was late to the event, of course all because I had to go to work that day! (Damn you insufferable need of money!) Which caused some technically issues with wardrobe for the event (Another damn you to Companies Code of Conduct rules stifling my fashion expression!) After wracking my brain for what to wear to the of it and carry during the long day at work, I settled on the Alice & You Grid Print Shift Dress via SimplyBe that I got at the #ShopandSwapNYC event the week before. Talk about great timing.

The event was held in the penthouse suite of The London Hotel in the heart of the tourist central aka Midtown Manhattan and while that can be a nightmare at the best of times traversing the over crowded streets full of sky gazers in the summer heat with multiple bags in 4 inch sling back wedges was a whole new level of tiring. But thankfully I reached without causing permanent damage to myself or any tourists so I would count that as a successful journey!

Reaching the pent house level of the hotel I was pleasantly greeted by members of the event team and was directed to enjoy taking a look at the samples from the ELOQUII’s Line as well as the bar, tarot readings and manicure’s. After snagging myself a refreshing drink from the bar, and navigating through the crush of the fabulously dressed, I headed up to the second floor to see if my interests could be piqued by the line.

That’s where I found it, my fave piece from the entire collection available for viewing, the Studio Embellished Artisan Jacket which is available for purchase on the ELOQUII site. The jacket stuns with its funky print and edgy embellishments, I’m a sucker for metal hardware on anything! Who knew I was such a pro a pattern mixing the lightweight jacket is perfect for early summer in the city and took my outfit from school girl prep to artist chic! This piece is a must-have for my wardrobe!

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Artisan jacket/ Tunic Dress

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Necklace: Old H&M/ Lippy: Ted Gibson Beauty in OLAN

It was great getting to meet everyone from the brand and all my fellow bloggers and plus size models. It was definitely event not to be missed and if you did don’t worry there will be more to see! Of course don’t let that stop you from heading over to ELOQUII to check out all of the other awesome items.

featured image for this post c/o ELOQUII

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Pardon the Delay in the Programming

Hey All,

 

I know it has been a little while since I have posted but to be completely honest things have been hectic on my end. From my day job, to starting this blog and attending events (got the chance to attend an event for Full Figured Fashion Week!) to things at home and new side projects (Videos?) in the works it has become a little overwhelming. So, I had to take some time for myself and take a bit of a mental holiday to just enjoy the sunshine on my face and the wind blowing through my new twists (an experiment, pics to follow soon!) so that is what I have been doing and I am now trying to get back into the swing of scheduling and managing my time to better accomplish my laundry list of things that I need to do.

If you haven’t already you should head over to my new Instagram profile where you can get an up to date look at what I’m doing, eating, baking and seeing. I am still trying to figure this whole thing, not just Instagram but social media as a whole don’t judge me!, out so be patient with me. Honestly it all just has me feeling like an old lady with a hand full of thumbs but there is hope yet or at least that is what my friend Dee keeps telling me. I think she lies but stranger things have happened!

What to look forward to here at The Un-Life:

  1. Review of Ted Gibson’s New Beauty Line!
  2. Coverage from Eloquii and Redbook’s Event for Full Figured Fashion Week!
  3. My #1 Summer Make-up Must Have!
  4. Brooklyn/NYC summer events (Lost Circus and Afro-Punk!

So don’t forget to keep up with all the exciting happenings here at The Un-Life and if you wan’t to check out some of my other opinionated musings check out my posts for Eat More Cake and Fe-line (posting in July, will provide links later) both of which are based out of the UK! Look at me I’m going global ya’ll!


Anticipate!

Sabrina

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