When Rihanna posted a series of a few short videos on her Instagram promoting the launch of Fenty’s Body Lava, everyone was filled with excitement and anticipation of what was to come.  Fenty made a strong entrance into the beauty space with its extensive range of foundations.  No one was ready for the yellowy-shimmery goodness of Fenty’s Trophy Wife highlighter.

As Rihanna demonstrated the ease at which she illuminated her skin with the gold liquid, and we were all mesmerized.   Everyone couldn’t wait for the launch.  One person, in particular, was so excited to create summer glowy skin that she developed a really cost effective and easy to dupe.
Take a look at how quickly @leaahluv was able to create her own version of liquid body shimmer.

One of my intentions for the year was to become a daily tea drinker.  I want to be one of those people who enjoy several cups of tea each day.  Having discovered the numerous benefits of drinking green tea, I decided that becoming an avid tea drinker would benefit me long term.

So far, I’m enjoying my new habit. I have to admit that I skip a few days here and there.  But, I’m ready to take my tea drinking routine way more seriously now that I learned of one type of tea that can help us stay young forever.
Well, maybe not forever. But it has been shown in studies to help prevent collagen breakdown in the body.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to learn this.

As you all know, I’m an avid fan of collagen supplementation.  If you’re over the age of 20, you might want to listen up.  Collagen, the stuff that keeps our skin firm, plump, and smooth, starts to quickly deplete the older we become.  The goods news is that we can do something about it.

The first plan of action is to supplement with collagen ASAP.  Back in the day, the consensus was that taking collagen supplements was futile but new information supports the idea that collagen taken orally is actually absorbed and utilized by the body.  Don’t take my word for it, there are hundreds of people online who’ve shared their positive experiences after incorporating collagen into their routine.

Supplementation helps to build some of the lost collagen but I’ve just discovered a tea that can help to slow down the breaking down of collagen in our body.  Yes! By drinking a cup of tea a day, we can actually help to halt the aging of our skin.

The magical tea I’m speaking of is white tea.  Yes, by enjoying a cup or two of white tea daily, you’re helping to maintain youthful skin.  According to this study, white tea outperformed over 20 other plant extracts in slowing down the deterioration of skin.  Basically, white tea was shown as a superior fighter in the war against elastase (the enzyme that breaks down the elastin in our skin).

That’s all I needed to hear. Now my collection of teas will consist mainly of bamboo, green and white tea.  Bamboo tea will support my hair & nails, white tea will keep my skin firm and the green tea will help promote a healthy weight.  Seems like I got all of my bases covered.

White tea has some other benefits beyond collagen protection.  In studies, white tea has been shown to prevent the formation of fat cells while boosting metabolism.  Some have even said that white tea provides cognitive benefits as well.  I’ve never been more excited to incorporate something into my regimen as I am now with white tea!

One of my other side gigs is coaching others who want to positively impact their lives.  An exercise I like to do is a roleplay where we pretend that I am a close friend who they haven’t heard from in a while.

Upon running into each other unexpectedly, I excitedly ask the person to tell me all about what’s happened in their lives since we last spoke.  The purpose of this activity is to invite my clients to describe in detail, all of their intended manifestations.  The inspiration for this idea came from my own life experience. After meeting someone I haven’t seen in a while, and being asked what’ new, I really couldn’t come up with any exciting to share.

That’s when I came to the realization that I didn’t have anything new to talk about because I wasn’t up to anything. I was just allowing life to happen.
As we grow up, there are distinct occurrences that happen in our life to signify the mark of a new era. Every 4-5 years, something new is happening in our lives. We’re growing, changing and constantly moving out of our comfort zones.  By the time we reach our late 20’s, things start to stabilize and not much new happens.  Aside from marriage, having kids, and earning promotions, nothing new tends to happen.

I realized that at a certain point, we have to cause new experiences and milestones for our lives, otherwise things will stay exactly the same.

If someone were to ask you today “what are you up to?” Would you have a hard time responding? I don’t mean the “what are you up to”like when someone asks you what you’re doing this weekend.  That’s an easy question to answer.  But what do you say when the person inquires about the exciting things that are happening in your life?

Instead of being caught off guard, I like to proactively ask myself this question from time to time.  This helps me put into perspective the realities of how I’ve been allocating my time. The real question is…..what have I been creating in my life?

If I don’t have the answer, then it becomes my responsibility to craft it.  It doesn’t have to be this grandiose plan. Just something that gives me a little dose of excitement when I think about it.  If I were to run into an old friend 6-9 months from now, what exciting piece of news would I want to share?  If you can’t think that far ahead, try shortening the timeline to 30 days.  By this time next month, what would you love to have accomplished?

Once you have an idea of what you want to create in the near future, it’s time to put your plans into effect now.  Sometimes I like to condense the process by asking myself to describe an ideal week then working backward to create it.  On Sunday, when I think about the plan for the week, I start by asking myself, “what would make this week awesome?” It doesn’t have to be much, just something I would be proud to boast about like saying I’m working out 4 days a week or I launched a new marketing strategy for my business, or I got to spend some quality time with loved ones. 

If I really want to get fancy, I incorporate a creative element to my planning.  By that I mean, I reflect on goals I want to achieve and work on them.  For instance, I found my next travel destination.  One creative action I could take is to find an Airbnb or hotel.  Then maybe I set up an automatic draft to passively set money aside for the adventure.   If someone were to ask me how my week went, I could excitedly tell them that I’ve started preparing for my next vacation.

The whole point is that if we just wake up and follow the path of the week, chances are that we aren’t creating anything, we’re just participating.  Participation is ok for a while but if we stay in that mode for too long, our lives become mundane.  From grade school to landing our first job out of college, new milestones happen in our lives every 4-5 years.  From that point on, we become responsible for creating our own story. One we’d be excited to tell over and over again. 

As summer quickly approaches, one of the dominant thoughts that pops up in my mind is initiating a pre-summer detox process. Typically, as temperatures rise, our internal processes become more active. We sweat more in an attempt to try to keep cool. Our oil production increases causing a spike in breakouts. I try my best to take a proactive approach an initiate the detox before summer hits. This helps to spare me from unnecessary breakouts.

2018 will be no different! But, this time around, I want to heavily focus on enhancing my natural scent. My motive for this is because I find myself drawn to fragrances with extremely light, exceptionally natural scents. Unlike the fragrances of yesteryear, newly developed perfumes are often light and underwhelming. Like “no makeup, makeup,” fragrances of today are designed to simply enhance our natural scent. Best of all, they collaborate with our natural pheromones creating our own alluring smell.

If you’d like to enhance your natural scent, here are some tips to incorporate into your regimen.At the most fundamental level, the most effective way to begin this detox process is to increase your water intake. We typically drink water to help quench our thirst. Drinking when you’re thirsty does nothing to promote detox. You’re simply consuming water to remain alive. If your urine is very yellow in color, you aren’t drinking enough. Simple as that.

I often fall into the trap of drinking to satisfy thirst. Now I challenge myself to drink for “cleansing purposes.” Meaning, consuming enough water to dilute my urine and stimulate my digestion. When we shower, we cleanse our skin with water. When we drink up, we cleanse our internal body with water. Taking daily showers is a must. In the same way, we should drink enough water daily to cleanse from the inside.

Once we’re consuming enough water, we can incorporate liquids that promote further internal cleansing. The two, easy to drink options that I love are lemon water and chlorophyll drops. It’s also a good idea to trade in your processed snacks for fruits & veggies with a high water content. I’ll be drinking copious amounts of lemon water all summer long. Last year, I figured out that if I drink enough of it throughout the day, I start to develop a natural citrus scent. This is ideal for me since I’m drawn to fragrances with citrus notes. Citrus, to me, is the perfect spring/summer scent because it’s the epitome of crisp freshness.

Drinking for detox purposes is cool and all but when I really want to promote internal cleansing, I scheduled a few rounds in an infrared sauna. Sweating in an infrared sauna is one of my favorite ways to quickly detox. I suggest you treat enjoy multiple sessions to experience the most benefit. If you couple sauna sessions with adequate water intake, you’ll really amplify your internal cleansing.

My motto for summer is to “sweat before you sweat.” Meaning, sweat out the impurities ahead of time, so by the time you’re sweating on the beach, it’s cleansed and pure. My goal is to sweat without fear of giving off an unpleasant odor. This isn’t difficult to do if you have a proper detox regimen in place.

“When we remove internal toxins through sweating, our natural pheromones become more noticeable. “

Lastly, I detox the surface of my skin. Your skin is where your fragrance will interact with your body heat. The last thing we want to is to have layers of dead skin, lotions, and sweat residue comingling with our expensive fragrance. This is why I’m adamant about scrubbing to exfoliate our bodies. Scrub your skin and scrub it often. Better yet, scrub after sweating to create an even greater impact.

I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to smell good all summer. Soon, I’ll be adding a few new scents to add to my collection. Some of them are pretty pricey. I want the complex notes of my perfume to blend seamlessly with my natural scent. If you love light, “barely there” fragrances as much as I do, a pre-summer detox routine is absolutely essential.