Oh, summer. We can feel it coming, and it’s oh so exciting. In no time at all, we’re going to be living an existence that dreams are made of. There’ll be long days spend next to the pool, trips to the beach, evenings around a campfire. It is a charming way to spend a few months, for sure! But before we get to enjoy all the riches of the season, we’ll need to take some steps to ensure we look our best. It’s much more fun going to the beach (or a pool party) when we know that we’re looking and feeling great. Below, we take a look at a few tips that’ll lead to this state of mind.Continue reading
If I’m completely honest, I’ve always looked forward to my 30’s. I know that might seem odd to some, but growing up I can remember my mom telling me how much she loved that time in her life. She felt more established, sure of who she was, and was finally making enough money to support herself. She also met my dad and they adopted me. So, overall, her 30’s were great! And so far, even though I just turned 30 this year… I’d have to agree!
I love looking at pictures of her during that time because in every image she absolutely glows with joy and natural beauty…the same joy and natural beauty that she still glows with today. So today, I wanted to share some of her tips and tricks for keeping your skin clear and shining for years to come. None of them are that earth-shattering, but maybe hopefully they’ll be a good reminder for you.Continue reading
I can’t believe it’s already March 4th. My mom was so right when she told me the older you get the faster time goes. I use to role my eyes when she said it when I was a teenager, but several years later I couldn’t agree more.
That being said, it seems like I tend to get so caught up in all the little things I have to do every week that by the end of February or March, I’ve lost total sight of my goals for the year. At the very start of 2019, I made it my goal to better myself in all aspects of my life, including self-care. So today, I wanted to reflect on a few ideas about beauty and self-care that I’ve come to embrace for making 2019 my year of beauty. Not beauty in the world’s sense of the word, but beauty by my definition. Here are a few things that I feel have helped me along the way.Continue reading
Now that the sun is starting to shine a little brighter in the world and the days are once again getting longer, it’s time to look forward to the spring and summer seasons and all the fashion and beauty trends that go along with them! Which is why I’ve recently been really focused on learning how to do my makeup in a way that is fairly natural and glowing. I love the natural beauty look, especially during the warm seasons! So today, I just wanted to share a few of the tips that I’ve learned over the years that can help you show off your natural beauty!
Braid Your Hair Overnight
Whether you have naturally straight or curly hair, there are always days when we want to change it up a little. I know from personal experience (since my hair use to be VERY curly…it’s calmed down a little as I’ve gotten older) that it can be hard to keep frizz and flyaways under control. If you want to keep your hair looking natural and wavy during the day, a handy trick is to put your hair up in a loose braid when you sleep at night. When you wake up in the morning you can simply brush it and add some serum and your hair will be beautiful all day long. *Tip: If your hair doesn’t hold curl or wave very well, try dampening it just a little before braiding it!
Keep Your Teeth White
A pretty smile can brighten your face without a ton of make up or accessories. Now I’m not saying you have to do sign up for expensive treatments to have the perfect teeth. I just mean find healthy ways of taking care of your teeth because they add so much to your natural glow! Not to sound too much like your mom, but be sure to see the dentist every 6 months. I use to roll my eyes every time my mom use to tell me the same advice, but now I get it! The dentist will keep your teeth looking the best that they can look; however, if you’re wanting a little more help with the whitening side, but are wanting to avoid places such as Bel Red Center for Aesthetic Surgery or expensive whitening strips, then you can also look for natural whiteners…such as rubbing the inside of a banana peel on your teeth every day for a few minutes. I know! It sounds crazy! But I’ve heard it works. The natural chemicals in the banana peels will help keep your teeth white (and strong too)! If you try it out, please let me know how it goes!
Less is More
It took me a LONG time to realize this simple statement is true. Less is more. Instead of caking on the foundation in the morning to get a flawless finish, possibly consider how wearing a little less or hardly any could actually make you look more naturally beautiful…especially in the spring and summer when your skin is getting more Vitamin D. I definitely think there’s a time for a full face, but I’ve even had to help myself understand that that time isn’t every day. One simple swap I’ve made that has allowed me to still feel confident while also looking like I’m wearing less makeup is to go for a tinted moisturizer rather than a full coverage foundation. The sheer coverage makes your skin evened out, while also helping to hydrating it! The less we put on our skin, the more our natural self can shine through…which to me, is truly the most beautiful part of us.
Amp up the Skincare
Finally, I know that sometimes the reason we choose to wear so much foundation isn’t because we want to, it’s because we feel like we have to. One of the most frustrating things in the world is uneven skin and breakouts. So many times I’ve wanted to rock the “no makeup” look, but all I could focus on was all the dark spots and little pumps that I wasn’t covering up. I use to cover everything with tons of makeup until I realized that wasn’t the solution. The real solution was taking better care of my skin. Your skin is the most important factor in our beauty routine, which means it’s something we should be willing to spend some time working on each day. Three things I have started making a part of my routine have been to (1) make sure and wash off all my makeup at the end of the day, (2) keep my skin hydrated with a moisturizer that works well with my skin type or use a rose water spray, and (3) try out different face masks to help with pores and blackheads rather than picking at them with my fingernails. Each of these changes has helped my skin tremendously, but it didn’t happen overnight. It’s a continual process…but it’s so worth it!
I hope these tips will help you also let your natural beauty shine through. I pray that you will always know that the person God created you to be is the most beautiful face you can put out there. No amount of makeup or changes to your hair will ever make you prettier than the person you are naturally. Therefore, my final natural beauty tip for you today would be to let self-love shine through. To see your own value, worth, and beauty…just the way you are. You are God’s creation, which means you are beautifully and wonderfully made. Embrace that.
Loving you today and always, friends.
Love in Christ,
Growing up one of the things I struggled with was how to do my hair. If you know my story, then you know I’m adopted and I recently found out through DNA testing that I am 31% Native American, 24% England/Wales/Northern Europe, 12% Cameroon, Congo & Sothern Bantu Peoples, 9% Ireland/Scotland, 8% France, 6% Benin/Togo, 3% Spain and so on.
I tell you all this to help you understand why my hair was so hard to manage. When I went through puberty it was like my hair freaked out and didn’t know which ethnicity it should reflect. This, unfortunately, resulted in a SUPER thick, bushy, mostly curly with random straight places blob on top of my head – when before that point it had been fairly thin and straight. To make matters worse, I ended up getting a terrible haircut that the boys in 5th and 6th grade LOVED to make fun of. It was basically a big bushy triangle that I tried to poorly straighten. [The guys would tell the teacher they lost their pencil, then walk behind me and say, oh wait! I found it in Helen’s hair! – No lie, that happened.)Continue reading
In 2014, I received the amazing opportunity to represent Arkansas while competing on the Miss USA stage! It was an incredible experience that truly empowered me in so many ways. I didn’t walk away with the crown, [which was ultimately for the best – plus the very sweet Miss Nevada (Nia Sachez) was a perfect pick], but I did walk away with the Audience Voted “Best Body Award”.Continue reading
Hi Soul Sisters!
I’m so excited to announce that #MyBestNewSelf Ministries will be partnering with the amazing Brooke Robinson, the founder of bTribalfit workout program, for our monthly giveaway boxes!! If you are confused as to what exactly #MyBestNewSelf Ministries is, feel free to check out my blog on the ministry I’ve been inspired to create! You can read all about my new ministry, here.Continue reading