Fashion Friday: POPSUGAR December Must Have Box

Happy New Year Beautiful Hues!

If you have been following my blog over the holidays you know that over the last few months I have been sharing the wonderful goodies in the the Must-Have box from POPSUGAR and if you haven’t then shame on you.  The last box of 2016 did not disappoint. I shared the opening of the December 2016 box on my Snapchat (MsSophiaStyles) so swing by and check out my reaction(s). Not on Snapchat? You can get a sneak peek below

I always say that the Must-Have box is like Christmas once a month and this month has been a lot like the others. Not only do I get stylish items, but I get real items that I can use.

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You’ve had the chance to hear me rave about the Must Have Box the entire Holiday season. Now is the time to treat yourself.  Use the code at the bottom of this post to get experience the must have joy for yourself. New Year New You!

Disclosure: POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try, all thoughts and opinions are always my own.

I have excited to share a special coupon code to all my wonderful followers. Include the code SHOP5 (which never expires) to allow my readers $5 off their FIRST Must Have Box!

True Beauty Tuesday: Law of Nature Cosmetics

Law of Nature Cosmetics

I am sure excited that I found another cosmetic brand that offers gluten-free products with women of color in mind! Let me introduce you to  Law of Nature Cosmetics. I always visit the “about” section on every website that I visit to get their backstory. Just a few sentences in I must admit that I was pleasantly amazed at their mission. I know that some beauty lovers only want to look great, but I personally believe that one should be able to look great without causing harm to themselves due to toxic ingredients in their beauty products.

After reading the story of Jasmine Rose, the founder I quickly added Law of Cosmetics to my must buy list. Sadly, like to many women I too have had a loved one with Breast Cancer and I applaud Ms. Rose for reaching safe natural ways for women to showcase their beauty without having to subject themselves to harsh chemicals.

The cosmetic line offers several products that  are not only gluten free, but vegan, talc free, paraben free, bismuth free, and while you may not think “Who cares…..why does that matter?” I invite to research some of your favorite brands (several of which are  targeted to women of color) and health issues related to chemicals used in those products and you will know why it truly matters. Like I said I have already added several of Law of Cosmetics items to my must buy list. Want to see what I picked? Visit me on our sister site Loving Hue & Your Style… Right now.

True Beauty Tuesday: Gold Label Cosmetics

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I am always do the happy dance when I find gluten-free items especially beauty brands. I have been on the hunt for gluten-free brands that embrace women of color for what seems like forever! I don’t think that it is my chance that I found Gold Label Cosmetics du ring the season of miracles. I just wished that I would have found them before my trip to New York City a few weeks ago. I would have rocked their lipsticks because well….HELLO! they look wonderful! One thing that I love is that they show the lipsticks on very different skins tones. This is a plus for me because as any woman of color knows what looks good on one skin tone can be a hot mess on another.

As I scrolled down their Twitter page and website I saying “Yes” and “I need this one too”.

Be sure to check my this evening on our sister site Loving Hue & Your Style for my personal style picks.


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Beauty Inside & Out: 3 Fitness website that will help you during the holiday season

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As the holiday season kicks into full swing so does the holiday hustle and bustle. Which means non-stop parties, events, and holiday joy. You are sure to be on the go this season, but it is also very important to give yourself the gift of health and wellness from the inside out. While we are all making a point to look good on the outside during the season we must not forget it is also very important to take care mind, body, and spirit.

Below is a listing of websites that I visit at least once a week for a quick pick-me-up. Be sure to check this blog often as I will be posting Holiday Season health tips and resource information, as well as wellness inspiration for 2017.

Black Fitness Today

Serves to change the culture toward health and fitness in the Black community, showcase those making an impact, and educate our audience on healthier living. We also serve to provide a platform for fitness + health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked by traditional fitness media.

Black Doctor.org– Covering everything from health conditions, healthy living, food, and more. Black Doctor.org covers a variety of topics and issue that are important to the black/African-American community.

Black Woman’s Health– The only national organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of our nation’s 21 million Black women and girls – physically, emotionally and financially.

Give the gift of beauty

Chronic Beauty 2016

This is the season of giving. Earlier today I made a post about celebrating Giving Tuesday more than one day. This is the season of giving. and if we are truly going to celebrate the spirit of giving then it should include giving that will impact the lives of others in a positive way all year long so I am happy to welcome you to the 2016 Holiday Giving Series.

Our first feature is the Chronic Beauty Campaign , a program created by Lyme Warrior to raise awareness for those that suffer daily with chronic illness. The Center for Disease, Control, and Prevention website reports that “As of 2012, about half of all adults—117 million people—had one or more chronic health conditions.” Which means you or someone that you know suffers from some type of chronic illness. I have battled with Chronic Migraines since my earlier twenties so I know first hand how struggling with a health issue that the world can’t see impacts your life.

The Chronic Beauty Campaign offers you the chance get into the spirit of giving this season via The Chronic Beauty cosmetic bag or calendar which is available for  purchase via their website.

The  Chronic Beauty calendars features a different women battling chronic illness each month. Conditions featured in the calendar include: Cerebral Palsy, Severe Asthma, Lupus, Essential Tremor, Stroke, Diabetes, Chronic Migraines, Degenerative Disk Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Kidney Disease/Diabetes, Lyme Disease, and more.

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GIVE! GIVE! GIVE!

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This is the time of year that most people are running around trying to get the best deals to give the best gifts, but how about giving a gift that will last all year (and maybe beyond). We think about The day after Christmas Shopping, We sit in front of the computer for Cyber Monday and a few years back we were introduced to Giving Tuesday. I was traveling on Tuesday, (be sure to check out my upcoming Monday post) and in my travels I was reminded of giving at every stop.  During this holiday season I will be sharing various groups and organizations that will benefit from your giving. Stay tuned my feature will be this evening.

POPSUGAR: MUST-HAVE BOX NOVEMBER 2016…. Give the gift that gives all year

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There is not turning back now. The holiday shopping season in in full swing and believe it or not you have less than 30 days to find a gift that will make a lasting impression.  If you are like most people you may have a hard time making a choice on that perfect gift. If you have a picky stylista/beauty lover on your shopping list you may want to try something different for them this year. Subscription boxes like the Must-Have box from POPSUGAR can very easily solve all you problem for the trend setter on your list.

Each month the person in your life will be gifted with amazing items. This month is a great example of the diversity that you will find in the Must-Have box from POPSUGAR. The November box was truly a gift of jewelry, home decor, festive holiday ideas, and eats, but that was just this month. The wonderful thing is it changes each month so it’s like Christmas day once a month and who doesn’t love that?. Check out my review from last month to see want was in the October box.

I have happily made use of every item in the November box. My personal favorite was the Oogie’s Gourmet Toffee Popcorn because it kept me moving during the start of the holiday season and it tastes amazing.

Kendra Scott Elaina Rose Gold Bracelet in White Pearl : Suggested Retail: $50

Pehr- Chambray Runner Wine: Suggested Retail: $44

Stowaway Cosmetics– Dawn to Dusk Palette: Suggested Retail: $25

AJ Goods: Nest Wire Bowl: Suggested Retail: $35

Meri Meri– Star Party Picks: Suggested Retail $8

Oogie’s Snacks– Oogies Gourment Toffee Butter Popcorn: Suggested Retail $ 2.99

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Disclosure: POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try, all thoughts and opinions are always my own.

 

I have excited to share a special coupon code to all my wonderful followers. Include the code SHOP5 (which never expires) to allow your readers $5 off their FIRST Must Have Box!

 

 

Web Window Shopping: Natural Girls United

Thanksgiving is the green light for the Christmas/holiday shopping season to begin. As most people make their list and check it twice in hopes of finding that great holiday gift for the female in their life I would like to offer some friendly advice on a perfect gift that celebrates that HUE female in your life. One that truly gets to the heart of being a black girl/ woman. Let me introduce you to Natural Hair United. It is doll collection like none other.

Photo Credit/Screenshot: Natural Hair United website.

 Photo Credit/Screenshot: Natural Hair United website.

I came across Natural Girls United last year and I have been hitting to everyone that I know that if they wanted to get me a gift that I will love and display with pride all year long then they need to look no further than these amazing creations. I am a firm supporter of young girls (and boys) have toys that represent them. I am blessed that my Mom & Dad made it a point to provide me with dolls that looked like me. At it is for this reason I am madly in love with the dolls that Natural Girls United create. It is more than just a doll in my eyes. It is a way for young girls to see and understand that beauty comes in all shades, sizes and hair textures. These dolls make me want to cry and smile all at the same time because they offer a true celebration of black beauty.

 

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True Beauty Tuesday: AJ Crimson

 

AJ Crimson Beauty

AJ Crimson Beauty

WOW! was the reaction that I had when I clicked onto the AJ Crimson website for the first time. WOW! WOW! WOW!.  The colors just popped off the website. I personally love color, and I have to admit it is hard to find colors that “pop” and don’t drop color after a long day. Sometimes beauty products for women of color then to look a bit dull when shopping online which makes it hard to pick a color that will match your skin tone. AJ Crimson truly lit up my computer screen with amazing hues that reminds me that was women of color we can wear color and wear it well!

If you too are in love with the colors seen below you need to visit their website and social media pages (see below)  and check out their holiday sales. *hint* Check out their all Black Friday Weekend Sale

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Media Monday: Thank You Gwen Ifill

 

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Gwen Ifill

I don’t think that there are words to express all that Gwen Ifill has done for media. Her class, talent, and professionalism set the standard in media. I never had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ifill, but I felt like I knew her. Over the last few days I have watched media professionals from several networks struggle with saying “Goodbye” to a living legend. In a world of reality stars seeking instant fame and glory for doing nothing Ms. Ifill reminded us daily what can happen when a gloriously, humble, and talented woman stepped in front of the camera….she can change the world for the better.

Rest in Glory Ms. Ifill. There will never be another like you. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. This little girl will be forever inspired.

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