SFB: Faith+ Positivity+ The Little Things in Life

Posted on: September 10, 2018

 

 

Life can throw us a lot of curve balls and we all continue to fight battles each and every single day. For some of us, this can deter us from moving forward, where we feel less  motivated in doing just about everything. My advice to you all and I’ve always continued to say this—–NEVER GIVE UP. Trust me I know it is easier said than done, trust me I know this all too well and I get it. Sometimes we think simple fixes can make things better, but we mustn’t look for material things or other things to make things better. It’s the little things in life that should help us keep moving forward. It’s starts with this and for some of us we underestimate how powerful this can help us. We all experience various life challenges and through these battles and difficulties we must keep our faith, and believe in the power of prayer.  I know all too well, that with all of life challenges that we go through, it’s so easy to lose our faith and hope. Sometimes our faith comes in waves because we go through all these ups and downs in life which makes us wonder and question our faith and even God. We all want the answers, we all want immediate results. But unfortunately, life doesn’t work out that way. But that doesn’t mean that things can’t happen, but not as immediate as we would like or hope.

 

What we must always remember, it’s all about timing and in God’s time. God hasn’t forgotten us, he is with us and he hears our prayers and thoughts, we must never forget that.  I also hold God and my faith as the number one driving force in my life that has kept me going in all aspects of my life.  In addition to the support of my love, family and friends. They have been the people in my life, the reason why I’m motivated to keep going. Like all of us, I am human, and I can be the first to admit that I have lost my faith at times. But without fail God has shown me in more ways than one that he is with me. I have lived by this scripture from 2 Corinthians 5:7 —-  I will walk by faith even when I cannot see…. I truly believe there are signs everywhere and he is with us, guiding us and showing us even when we can’t see it he is. We must remember that. What I will leave you with is,  remain strong even when it’s tough. Stay positive, even when there are things leading you to think or act otherwise. Pray for peace, pray for hope, protection to keep that positivity and good energy and vibes flowing in your life. Be kind always. Spread love in everything you do. Lastly, keep pushing, keep going. Never lose hope, never give up and never stop believing.

 

Here are some of my words, psalms and bible scriptures that have continued to stay with me and help me throughout my life:

I will walk by faith, even when I cannot see… 2 Corinthians 5:7

Psalms 23

Psalms 91 for Protection

Psalms 37:4

Corinthians 13-4

Psalms 46:5

Proverbs 3:1-12

Luke 11:1-54

Whatever you believe in, keep that and hold onto to that. It will help you during all of life challenges. Stay inspired, empowered, motivated and always keep the faith. Stay positive!

 

 

 

 

Outfit Details 

Shirt Dress: Zara (So versatile, can be worn as a dress or even a top).  |

Booties: Dolce Vita | Lipstick: Nars| Earrings: Aurate NYC |

Remember to always have faith, stay strong, keep the positive vibes flowing, never give, never lose hope and never ever stop believing.

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!


SFB Beauty with Sunday Riley

Posted on: May 2, 2017

Ever wanted to try a skincare product that really works with your skin and had lasting results? Here’s one skincare brand that does that and so much more. Luxury skincare at its best!!  If you haven’t heard about Sunday Riley, well then,  sit back, grab a cup of tea and continue reading and learn more about the brand, the products I use, the benefits and much more.

As you all know by know, I’m very much into skincare and I’m very cautious about the products I use on my skin. After doing a little research of my own, while sticking to my routine facials and regiment–I truly believe you need to listen to your skin when it matters most.  Your skin tells you a lot, and my skin was definitely telling me something. I have combination skin, (sensitive, dry, oily). So, I can’t use any product because my skin will react almost instantly. Although, I’ve been conscious enough to stick to a routine for both day and night. In the last few months, I’ve change out a few of my products that have done wonders on my skin.

I’ve learned that although it’s good to stay consistent, sometimes our skin can “act up ” and that can be dependent on a variety of things. The 3 main factors why this may be are: the time of the month, weather and how well -rested we are. On the other hand, sometimes our skin can have a mind of its’ own and you may experience a change in your skin outside of those 3 reasons. So, it’s good to change things up in your skincare routine. Using products that will be most effective for your skin. It’s actually a smart thing to do too. Outside of those 3 factors,  skin changes could be attributed to stress, hormone levels and other health factors can cause changes in your skin. Rest assure, you’re not alone– we all go through these changes in many different ways. One thing is for sure though, before you go changing your products be sure to spot check it first on either a small area under your jawline or even on your wrist. Give it a go twice a day for a few days and see if your skin rebels or not. If it doesn’t, it’s safe to say the product can become part of your skincare routine. This will eliminate any unnecessary facial freak outs which is what we don’t want! Remember to always exfoliate at least twice a week and ALWAYS use an SPF rain or shine no matter what time of year! This is a MUST!! It’s always good to protect your skin early on to prevent premature skin damage, wrinkles, and fine lines, taking out the dead skin and building new skin. Keeping your skin hydrated, youthful and radiant.

Now if you haven’t heard about Sunday Riley yet, now you have. Sunday Riley are tried and true products I’ve used and would recommend to everyone. The results are will amaze you. Sunday Riley is modern skincare that’s beneficial and proven to be fast acting with long-lasting effects.

Who would have thought that someone with combination skin (Sensitive, dry, and oily) would find amazing benefits with using facial oils??!! My thoughts before incorporating a facial oil into my skincare routine was,  Why would I use a facial oil if I tend to have oily skin?? That didn’t seem right to me, I thought I was adding to the problem instead of fixing it. Well, I was surely mistaken, and in fact I was doing more good for my skin than harm by incorporating facial oils into my skincare routine. It’s done wonders on my skin and complexion. These facial oils from Sunday Riley are nirvana to your face, no lie! Sunday Riley’s facial oils are the holy grail of all facial oils. All of Sunday Riley’s products are absolutely AMAZING! She prides on the fact that her brand and skincare line are: Smart, high-performance skin care focusing on fast result with a long -term payoff. Sunday Riley products are just that and so much more.

I recently just discovered the U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying facial oil. After hearing such great reviews and high praise regarding this product I decided to give it a try. I was experiencing some stubborn acne that would seem to go away on its own and with the products I already use. I attributed my acne to stress and poor food choices at the time. I needed something to work on my skin and fast. I was hearing rave reviews about this clarifying oil along with the Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel toner and I decided to give them a try. I’m so glad I did, after using both products I saw immediate results. My acne cleared up, and my skin was back to normal. These two used in conjunction with my other skincare product did the trick. These two together  (Clarifying oil and Mattifying Melt Water Gel toner) proved to be quite powerful– the results were impressive.

U.F.O. Ultra Clarifying Facial Oil Benefits: For oily to mild acne prone skin, dry treatment, promotes clearer, smoother and even tone skin. The end result: clear, smooth radiant skin. Since it’s a dry oil it seeps into your skin and targets the acne head on to clear and diminish any inflammation. It contains beneficial plant oils that soothe and calm the skin.  If your looking for maximum results use it in conjunction with the Martian Melt Mattifying Water-gel toner.

Martian Melt Mattifying Water-Gel Toner Benefits: This toner, clarifies the skin, removes excess oil build up, visibly tightens your pores–giving you clear, mattifed skin. It’s also an excellent primer for your makeup, since its proven to smooth, tighten and mattify. This product soaks up excess oil and tightens your pores; The marshmallow extract calms redness; Manuka honey ingredients serves as a natural antibacterial agent (to help ward off acne); Cucumber, green tea and witch hazel extracts are antioxidants that tone and protect skin. It’s a multi-pronged strategy for fighting breakouts, pore hugeness, redness, oiliness and inflammation. My experiences with this product, were positive and effective. Definitely  worth spending the extra dollars for the results you’ll get.  It’s best to use it with the U.F.O. clarifying oil –both are powerful treatments that are fast acting remedies. Definitely a MUST in my book!

Luna Sleeping Oil: This is another product that comes with a steep price tag, but before you knock it, hear me out. It contains retinol, which helps fight the appearance of wrinkles, avocado-seed oil, which is rich in vitamins A through E, and blue tansy, which is known for its anti-irritant abilities. After my toner I apply 2-3 drops on my dry skin and slightly press it into my skin so it can really sink in. The tansy ingredient is said to help reduce stress and tension. The oil is blue and it seeps into my skin and by morning I wake up with super hydrated, glowing skin. It should come to no surprise why this is a MUST-HAVE product thats won a spot on my vanity. It’s become a huge part of my nighttime skincare routine.

{I’m a firm believer in facial oils and it’s benefits –use Sunday Riley’s Luna oil as part of your nighttime routine. You can use the UFO oil in the morning or evening, if you want to layer up on the oils which I do recommend use UFO in the morning and Luna in the evening. After cleansing, follow with your toner (Martian Matte Melt Water-Gel) and follow your skincare routine and incorporate your facial treatment oils. }

Luna is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, radiance, and skin smoothness in as little as four weeks, while advanced retinol ester mixed with potent botanicals makes this product the ultimate transformational, soothing, sleeping night oil. (Sephora

 

My absolute favorite facial oil is Juno. It’s a facial oils that give you that dewy, “lit from within” complexion, with it’s blend of omegas, natural retinol and essential fatty acids formulated into a unique non-greasy oil that gives you glowing skin.

Juno Facial oil benefits: Radiants, anti-aging benefits, hydrates, clarifies, rich antioxidants and superfoods. It quickly absorbs into your skin giving you a healthy glow. It leaves your skin, moisturized, hydrated and luminous. Overall, I love how it’s lightweight, very rich with antioxidants and it works well makeup application. I use this every morning in conjunction with my serum, and my skin feels luxurious, hydrated and looks radiant.


Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment: is a brightening, multitasking radiance treatment and mask. Everyone wants the unmistakable look of having “good genes”. This amazing treatment is formulated with key ingredients which will plump fine lines, reveal brighter, newer skin, and improve circulation for a smooth, vibrant complexion. Long term use will help restore damaged skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and scars, reduce the depth and number of line and wrinkles, even out skin tone, and increase epidermal thickness and firmness.  Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is formulated with high potency, purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. Fine lines appear visually plumped while the skin looks more radiant. With continued use, the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthier-looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types and all ages, this treatment is enhanced with licorice for brightening, Good Genes clarifies, smooths, and retexturizes for instant radiance. (Sephora) I fully trust Sunday Riley products,  I’ve seen results first hand and now I’m beyond OBSESSED! Lol! I’ve a transformation in my skin and complexion and I couldn’t be happier. I use Good Genes in the morning, and my skin looks smooth, bright and youthful.

Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream:  is a moisturizer that is an advanced brightening and refining treatment, infused into a next-generation water cream. I used this moisturizer as part of my nighttime skincare routine. As it works into my skin while I sleep, I’ve seen my dark circles and any hyper pigmentation diminish, leaving my skin looking hydrated, youthful, plump and bright. After the first few days of using this product, I noticed a change in the texture of my skin in a very good way of course. I wake looking rejuvenated and refreshed, this product works great with Luna Sleeping oil.

C.E.O. C+E Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturizer : Although this product contains anti-aging agents and I tend to use my anti-aging products for the night time this can protect my skin in the day time. In addition to protecting my skin during the day, it also has long lasting anti-aging effects that can be beneficial for my skin overall. C.E.O. C + E Protect and Repair Moisturizer infuses five percent advanced, oxygen-stable tetrahexydecyl ascorbate (THD ascorbate) into the skin—the gold standard form of vitamin C. THD ascorbate is the newer, clinically-proven, oil-soluble derivative of vitamin C, which penetrates better into the skin while being exceptionally stable against oxygenation. With 5 percent THD ascorbate, this moisturizer is powerful at fighting the first visible signs of aging and restoring vital skin radiance, while being uniquely suitable for those with sensitive skin, as THD ascorbate is significantly less irritating than other forms of vitamin C. Once in the skin, it helps boost youthful-looking skin texture and volume, in addition to providing photostable, antioxidant support. Blended with protective, anti-pollution expopolysaccharides and refining lime pearl extract, this formula visibly repairs the effects of aging, environmental stress, and pollution-induced damage. It is rich yet never greasy, providing hydration and antioxidant protection to the skin for a visibly younger, softer, and healthier-looking complexion. (Sephora)  After using this moisturizer, I can visible see that my skin is healthy, hydrated, softer and youthful. I’m so happy I decided to try this out.  I love that I’m also giving my skin some T.L.C. but a good healthy dose of Vitamin C daily!

 

All of these Sunday Riley products can be use in the day or night. This is how I’ve used these specific products and how they’ve worked for me. Listen to your skin, and do what’s best for you. This is just my honest review and opinion on the brand, it’s products and what it’s done for my skin. If you have combination skin like me, try out Sunday Riley and see for yourself. You can purchase Sunday Riley products at: Sephora, Nordstroms and Space N.K. Apothecary,

 

 

 

” I started formulating skin care because I’m curious to listen to consumers and satisfy their unmet needs. How can I create something entirely new that changes the playing field? I create breakthrough, high-performance products that work- and work fast.” My grandmother spent summers teaching me how to apply certain Native American botanicals to her skin for healing, regeneration, detoxification, and glowing agelessness. I firmly believe that the key to true agelessness is a simple formula: Detoxification+Varied Arsenal of Ant-Aging actives=Glowing skin.” – Sunday Riley 

I would say Sunday Riley has definitely change the game in skincare. With her background, strong beliefs and months spent in the lab creating her products, she’s redefined and revolutionized modern skincare. She’s definitely made a believer out of me, because I’ve seen the results, and I can’t stop raving about Sunday Riley.  I continue to share my skincare experiences and what her products have done for me with everything and now you. My husband, family and friends have notice the remarkable results and I myself couldn’t be happier. It just goes to show that the effectiveness of her products, her brand and how rapid the results are. Try Sunday Riley products out and let me know what you think.

 

Shop my Products

Juno Facial Oil $90| Luna Sleeping Oil $105| U.F.O. Ultra Clarifying Facial Oil $80| Good Genes $158 |C.E.O. C+E Antioxidant Protect +Repair Moisturizer $65| Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner $55|Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream $65

What are some of your staples for skincare products?

If you do decide to try out Sunday Riley products please do share your experiences with me by commenting below or using the hashtag: #SFBBeauty

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey!


High/Low Fashion: Sporty Biker Chic Vibes

Posted on: April 7, 2017


Enjoying a lovely Saturday with these two beauties Loren from @EnlightenedbyBravery (Gigi New York Clutch)  and Amanda from @Everythinghurts.me (Gigi New York Satchel)

I must say this was one of my FAVE outfits I styled for a fun outing with my girlfriends. It’s the perfect casual chic outfit that’s still comfortable, simple yet so fashionable all at the same time. I love to mix high and low fashions to create such a comfortable look that’s great for a day out with the ladies. This look is great for any outing really, especially if you still want to look stylish but still comfy. What’s great about this outfit, everything seen on me are great transitional pieces for the Fall or even Spring. I say Fall because the olive leather jacket is a great piece to wear in the Fall for it’s deep autumn color tones plus you can style this with just about any outfit. The pops of colors and light weight garments I wore would be perfect for a Spring day. No matter how or when you you wear an outfit like I did here, you’ll be so comfy and looking so fly everywhere you go! I always strive for comfort first, but of course I keep it classy, stylish and always chic!

This leather jacket has to be one of my fave jackets at the moment. I absolutely love the Olive green color with it’s biker style details, it’s the perfect balance between edgy and chic. Another plus, not only does it look amazing it’s super affordable. My wedge Nike sneakers I wore were are not only   super cute but comfortable as well. They give me a little height but yet I don’t feel any discomfort at all unlike other wedge sneakers. I’ve experienced discomfort with other wedge sneakers before.  Where the sneakers were purely for style and very rarely do I where them now. But these babies I could walk in them for hours and my feet don’t hurt at all. As for my handbags, and if you don’t know by now, I’m a HUGE handbag LOVER which goes hand in hand with my love for shoes. But those two topics will be saved for another post coming VERY SOON! For more details on this look, shop my look below. As always stay fashionably FABULOUS loves!!

Shop my look

Leather Jacket: Zara/ Top: Theory/ Jeans: Rag & Bone/ Sneakers: Nike/ Sunnies: Quay Australia/ Clutch: Gigi New York

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 What’s your go to look that’s comfortable yet fashionable?

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5 Favorite Scents Perfect for Spring/Summer

Posted on: April 4, 2017

Looking for a new perfume scent thats perfect for Spring?

Here are my current favorites that are not only great for Spring but great for the Summer months too!

 

Parfum Divin by Caudalie  $64.00

Float away on a cloud of alluring scents with notes combining Bulgarian rose absolute, Moroccan rose essence, Virginia cedar, vanilla, and spicy pink pepper. The gorgeous mirrored bottle, topped with a beautiful beechwood stopper, gives the appearance of being infused with pure gold. (Caudalie.com)

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium $118.00

Voted 2015 Best New Female Fragrance by the Fragrance Foundation and Allure Best of Beauty award winner. With a glam rock aesthetic, this addictive gourmand floral entices with notes of black coffee for a shot of adrenaline, white florals to instantly seduce, and vanilla for sweetness and sensuality. Playing on the incongruity between the bitterness of the coffee bean accord, an ingredient never used before in such a high quantity in a feminine fragrance and radiant white flowers, BLACK OPIUM gives a sensation of light-headedness, bordering on ecstasy.First there is the wake-up call. The coffee bean note hits you hard, jolting the senses. Next, it becomes softer and more feminine with the white flowers of jasmine sambac and absolu of fleur d’oranger to finish incredibly addictive and emboldened by the ambrosial appeal of vanilla and the woody notes of cedar and patchouli, giving a roundness, depth, and mysterious elegance. Audacious? Perhaps. Addictive, electrifying? Definitely. (yslbeautyus.com)

Parfums De Marly Safanad $290

The Parfums de Marly fragrance collection, named after the famed French Marly castle, draws inspiration from the legacy of Louis XV and his love of breeding thoroughbred horses and creating perfumes. Each bottle reflects this rich heritage with an embossed crest and rich accents. Safanad is an intense fragrance with a subtle blend of orange blossom, iris and ylang-ylang that flows with other rich, unforgettable notes.

– Top: orange fruits, pear.

– Middle: flowers, iris, orange blossom, ylang-ylang.

– Base: sandalwood, amber, vanilla. (Parfum De Marly)

Tom Ford Orchid Soleil $168.00

Tom Ford introduces the solar side of its elusive orchid. A radiant and sensual force of nature, Orchid Soleil captures the seductive warmth and reflective bare skin of the Tom Ford woman. Floral and oriental, this crisp fragrance is illuminated, dramatic and rhythmic. Floral, oriental, tuberose petals, black orchid headspace, spider lily accord, vanilla, chestnut cream accord, patchouli. (Tom Ford)

Philosophy’s Loveswept $66.00

Loveswept is this lively, romantic fragrance makes a woman feel irresistibly swept
away and inspired to live each day with passion. go from flirty to
head-over-heels in love, like you’re being swept off your feet again
and again. Loveswept is an irresistible feeling.
The notes: fresh bergamot and citrus capture the spark of new love;
soft florals of pink jasmine, lotus blossom and purple passion fruit. (Philosophy.com)
 
Which one would you wear?
What’s your favorite fragrance?
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!

 


Get the Look all the Celebrities are Rocking: 3 Ways to Wear a Choker

Posted on: August 19, 2016

 

 

If you haven’t joined the bandwagon, this is the time to do so.  This simple accessory has been around for for awhile, but has evolved over the years. Here’s another fashion trend that can be worn in so many different ways and you can’t go wrong. In the last year, we’ve seen the necklace trend go from extra-long pendents, to big, bold statement pieces and now the opposite end of the spectrum: chokers that encircle tightly around the neck. This could in fact be the next natural step from the skinny scarf look. Which is another way to style this look. Many celebrities like: Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift have sported the look. EvenBloggers and Vloggers like: Chriselle Lim, Heart Defensor, Jessi Malay and many more have rocked this look. It’s easy to pull off the choker look. It’s easy to see the appeal to this 90’s grunge style. The look is easy, effortless and goes with just about any outfit. It also acts as a built in scarf, an accessory that compliments your look overall. I’ve always loved taking a basic outfit to the next level, just by accessorizing the outfit with jewelry, and other accent details. A look that’s been seen all over and what’s great about this look, it can be worn all year round. One of my favorite styles and one I like to rock on the regular. Can we say, LOVES IT! 

Here are 3 ways you can rock the look:

Jeweled and Beaded Accents 

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Shop the look:  Petits Bijoux Station Choker Necklace    Petits Bijoux Two-Row Choker Necklace

Boho Bae Beaded Feather Choker 

Suede Leather Tie and Velvet Choker Necklace

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Shop the Look: Hero Metal +Leather Necklace Set   Vanessa Mooney Velvet Choker Necklace

Jennifer Zenuer Lane Choker Necklace

Bandana + Scarf Choker Look 

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Shop the Look: Chan Lauu Beaded Chiffon Choker    Basic Bandana   Roberto Cavalli Printed Scarf

B.P. Dot Skinny Scarf 

Which style do you like best?

Try out the look and see how you like it. Try in all variations and see what compliments you best. But to be honest, whichever look you choose you’ll look FABULOUS!! I’d love to see how you styled the look, share your look by using the hashtag: #SFBFashion. As Always, thanks so much for reading, following and supporting me in my journey.