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Thursday, April 16, 2015

2014's Chic Spring Beauty Trends


Spring Beauty Trends
Are you over winter? I know I sure am! Sorry winter, but we are surely over you!

Spring has finally arrived and it’s time for new refreshing makeup looks and beauty trends!

Bright colors, bold lips, full brows, and simple but attention grabbing eyes are at the focal point of this year's Spring Beauty Trends. So let’s get started!


This look is a wonderful example on how to renew and refresh your makeup look for the spring. The soft and natural brow’s shapes the face while the eyes have a simple but dramatic feel with the addition a winged liner to accentuate the shape of the eyes. To add a perfect pop of color to this spring time eye, I used a pink eye liner on my bottom lash line, smudging it to create a spring time “smoky eye.” Lastly, to further accentuate the eyes, be sure to add your mascara to your top and bottom lashes or add some natural looking false lashes to complete the look. Finishing this look with a bold, bright, pretty, and pink lip color screams Spring, Warmth, and fun.

Products used to create this look:

  •  Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade/ Brow Powder Duo
  •  Elf Liquid Eyeliner
  •  NYX Retractable Eye Liner Pencil (Pink)
  •  Lashes: Salon Perfect Multi pack
  •  Lipstick: Wet’ n Wild Dollhouse Pink
  •  Cheeks Ben Nye Blush in DRK -61 Victorian Rose
  •  Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me! Shine-free foundation Stick

2014 Beauty Trends:

Bold Lipsticks have been one of the hottest trends to hit and it is definitely a trend that is here to stay. You may have seen some of your favorite makeup guru’s on Instagram or YouTube such as the beautiful Missy Lynn (@start2finishmua) wearing a beautiful orange lipstick on her lips. There are many makeup companies producing hot, hot, hot bright lipsticks in  orange. Orange lipsticks have been out for quite a few springs but with each new spring year it becomes brighter and much more sexier such as the electric orange color sensational lipstick made by Maybelline.

Big, Bold, & Natural Brows
Filling in the eyebrows have become a must when doing any makeup application. It not only frames, and shapes the face but it compliments our natural features. Having natural brows has become such a huge trend in the beauty business. Companies have hopped on to this new trend and have began producing brow pomades, pencils and powders allowing women to enhance their brow’s giving their faces LIFE!

Try to create natural and alluring brows like this:



Stay tuned for more popular spring beauty trends and clothing trends from a special guest on the next post coming soon!


Peace & Love,

Kayla K.
Instagram: BeautybyKayNicole

Monday, April 13, 2015

Nappturally Chic Jeré's Beauty Favs!!!


Here is a list of my all time favorite and most used Beauty (Makeup) Products. I tend to keep things simple and use neutral palettes on my eyes and use pops of color on my lips. My routine is very simple, cost effective, and easy to apply. I'm working on two get ready with me videos... one is for work (everyday looks) and the other is my "glammed" out look. 

Face 
1. My favorite foundation is the Iman Second to None Stick Foundation. I have a review of it HERE. I love it because it matches my skin tone perfectly and because it gives me nice and even coverage without looking overly made up. I use Clay 5 in the Winter when my skin lightens up a bit and I use Earth 1 in the summer months when the hot Florida sun gives me a tan. 

2. Concealer- I use Fit Me in 30 or L.A Girl Pro (Toffee/Fawn) to highlight under my eyes and even out the darkness around my mouth and eyes. I love both products! Together these are a great dupe for MAC's concealer. 

3. Finally, I set my foundation and concealer with Covergirl's Press Power in Tawny! I loooovvve this stuff. Sets my makeup and gives me a nice and warm glow. 

Brows
1. Having a defined and nicely shaped brow is so important to any makeup look. Since most of us aren't born with perfectly arched eyebrows, we need a little help every now and then. My all time favorite product to naturally fill in my brows without giving me the dreaded sharpie marker look is Anastasia's Dip Brow in chocolate. The color, the texture, and ease of application make this product a winner in my book. I love it! 

Eyes
1. For my everyday eye look, I keep it very simple. I love using Covergirl's Queen Eye Shadow Quad in Desert Bronze. I simply and lightly sweep the gold color over my eyelids and use the deep brown eye shadow for some slight crease action and to line my eyes. Perfect color combination for ladies who don't want to have overdone eye makeup. 

2. Sometimes, I skip eye shadow all together and just line my eyes with Covergirl's Ink It liner. I usually use the black liner to line my lids to help my lashes pop and then use the aquamarine ink (light blue) or the Golden Ink (shimmery golden) to add a pop of color to my waterline. 

3. My eyes aren't complete without a coat of mascara. I love Covergirl's Lash Blast! I apply two coats on on the top and bottom to make my eyes pop. 

Lips
1. I used to be the girl who was anti-department brand cosmetics. I could never justify why it was necessary to pay more than 15 dollars for any one cosmetics product. For the most part, I'm still like that, but your girl will bend when it comes to MAC lippies! The colors, the matte finish, the longevity, and the ease of application that comes with a MAC lipstick is so worth the $15 it cost. I have never found a lipstick that makes me feel like MAC's, Candy Yum Yum(hot pink color), Ruby Woo (a red that will make you feel so sexy), and Morange (a orange that makes me feel like a glowing). I absolutely love these shades. I recently added Snob and Heroine to my collection and I can't wait to try them. I think I may be a little addictive to these lippies... Oh well! It is sooo worth it! 

Contour, Highlight, and Blush

Contouring and highlighting isn't included in my everyday makeup routine but when I want to achieve a glamorous version of my everyday look, I add it in.

1) Highlighting is the perfect way to add some sun kissed shimmer to your face while creating a natural and effortless glow. I highlight using MAC's Gold Deposit by sweeping this lustrous and beautiful
golden color along the highest point of my cheeks, the middle of my forehead, along the bridge of my nose, and chin. I love this stuff!! 

2) I contour using Covergirl's Ebony Bronzer by adding slight color around my cheek bones, jaw, and temples to give me a more defined cheek, and all around structured face. I don't go crazy with the contour... I just lightly infuse a little bit of color on these areas...still natural with a little pop. 

3) Blush is another easy way to complete your look and again, I go for blush that enhances my natural complexion and helps me to create the overall glowing look I love. I love Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Coral Sheen. This color works perfectly with my complexion by depositing a subtle yet noticeable coral color that shimmers and reflects light! 

Well Here are My Favorite Make Up Looks

Natural look: Minimal EyeShadow and foundation with a Bold Lip!
 This is basically my face a majority of the time
Here is an Example of a bolder look.
Here you can see the contouring and highlighting,
 heavier eyeshadow, and pronounced eyelashes
I look like this on date night/Sundays/Events.
 


If you have any questions about products, how I use these products or if you want to see a video, please comment below and I will try my best to assist you. 

As Always, Be Chic, Be Beautiful, Be You!!!

Hugs and Love,

Jere' 






Sunday, April 12, 2015

20 Random Facts About Me...





1) I'm probably the clumsiest person you will ever meet... I am constantly tripping or bumping into something. Lol. I think it is because I have really long legs and arms.

2) If I could pick any career besides teaching, I would be a talk show host, a beauty/fashion editor for a major magazine, or a personal stylist.

3) I promise you I have seen a ghost before lol. Really and truly! The "sighting" happen in my childhood home in Brooklyn, NY. Everyone in my family has seen the ghost and the day we finally left the house after years of living there, we mysteriously found a box with old documents, family photos, etc... we think the box belongs to our friendly ghost and it was his way of saying goodbye by revealing who he as... don't judge me, LOL!

4) I have a super weak immune system... I'm always sick! Between being the mom of two school aged children, being a high school teacher, and suffering from allergies and asthma since childhood, I just can't get a break. I'm healthiest during the summer when school is out.

5) I met my husband at the age of 17 and I'm convinced that our love story should be remade into a sappy romantic movie. I was singing a solo in the choir and he was visiting my church and after the song was done, I could feel him looking at me...lol. I introduced myself and we started a friendship and finally he told me, at 17 years old, that if we started to date it wouldn't be a typically short lived teen romance. I was thinking, who does this guy think he is?? LOL

6) I'm a pastor's daughter!!! PK All Day!! (Praise The Lord in my church lady voice lol) I never felt a tremendous amount of pressure to be perfect because I grew up in an amazing church and my Dad is an awesome pastor and leader. My parents are amazing!!

7) I come from a huge West Indian family!! ( Trinidadian and Bajan) We are a close and tight-knit group and I love it! Most of us live in the same area and meet up every single Sunday after church for a huge Sunday dinner. We spend holidays together, laugh and talk for hours. Family members that don't live close always come down for the holidays and special occasions and when the entire family is all together...omg...Some amazing moments are about to take place!! Even people that have married into the family are a part of the closeness. We even have some "adopted" family members that fit in like they are family.

8) I'm a recovering shopaholic, though that may be debatable depending on who you ask... Lol. I love to shop! In a moment of weakness, I could blow money on anything from makeup, shoes, groceries, clothing, presents, anything. I love the feeling of buying things. LOL! I am responsible about my purchases, never purchases on credit and only using the money I have after paying my tithes and my bills. I do need to save more so after going to a Dave Ramsey conference, I have been working on it! :)

9) One thing I can't spend a lot of money on is Victoria's Secret panties/bras/etc...,  I know I can get them cheaper in a pack so I can't do it!!! Lol, don't judge me!!!

10) I cry every time I watch Steel Magnolias, My Sister's Keeper, Beaches, and my new favorite The Best Man Holiday... Like bawl without fail. Sometimes if I had a stressful week at work, I pop one of these movies in for a good cry! Weird but it works. I realize what I stressing about is so small and it gives me an outlet.

11) I have the silliest humor ever. The simplest things make me laugh. I'm a very goofy person. I don't take myself too seriously and I'm probably that super loud, joyous, but obnoxious laugh that you heard in a big group of people. I like to have fun and I hate being in positions where people are afraid to laugh, make jokes, and where there is a lot of awkward conversation.

12) I have an amazing long term memory... I can remember the conversations I had from years ago, I can remember events from elementary school and junior high as if they happened yesterday. I know useless info, pop trivia, and mundane facts. The only draw back to this, is when someone hurts or angers me... I may forgive you but unfortunately, my amazing memory won't let me forget how I felt when you hurt me and our relationships may take a long time, if ever, to recover.

13) I am very quiet around people I don't know very well. If you asked the people who knew me very little and the people who knew me for a long time to describe me, you would get two completely different descriptions. I tend to observe new people first and slowly open up to them. I may seem quiet at first, but once you get to know, it is a completely different story.

14) I hate putting on makeup, lip-gloss, even Chap-stick in public. I don't even like taking out a mirror in public. I feel like I look completely vain. If I need to check my face out, I use the camera on my phone or Ipad discreetly. Lol..

15) I am a foodie!!! I love to eat amazing food. In fact, my hubby and I bond over trying to find the latest and greatest eateries. We plan weekend trips around the restaurants that we find in other areas. We love watching shows like Chopped and Diners, Dives, and Dine-Ins so If you need to find a good restaurant, ask me...I know where they all are. LOL!

16) I love to sing!!!! I'm always singing or humming,or busting out into a random song... My daughters love to sing as well and my house is often filled with us singing three different songs very loudly at the same time. My hubby says he needs to build a sound proof room in our next house to escape us. Poor Guy!

17) I love to unwind by trying on clothes in my closet. I think it is so relaxing to put different looks together, experiment, and revamp my wardrobe. I can spend hours doing that! 

18) I tried Coca-Cola for the first time a couple of months ago and now I'm addicted to the stuff. If you are wondering why it took me so long to try coca-cola, it is a very simply explanation. Growing up, my dad was the coupon, generic brand guy. instead of Coca-Cola, he purchased knock-offs like Chek and assumed they all tasted like that and never drank it until I took a sip of my sister in law's coca-cola. Life changed ! Mind Blown! LOL

19) I have a new favorite color every six months... I can be so fickle lol. I went through a yellow phase, a fuchsia phase, and I am currently in a cobalt blue phase. 

20) My name is very unique! My parents came up with it after hearing the name of 80s actor, Jimmy Walker's Wife. Jere' is pronounced Jer- Ray. The "J" has a soft "Zha" sound and the accent on the "e"gives it a long (A) sound. They tell me its french...lol! I have met about five different woman with the exact spelling and pronunciation of my name on Instagram. We started the hashtag #teamjere and hope to all meet up one day. If we meet and you say my name right the very first time, I will love you forever! LOL. I usually get called "Jerry" "Jeer" and "Jer-Ree." It's Jer-ray People LOL!




Friday, January 30, 2015

New Year! Now What!




By: Arlene Rodriguez
As the first month of 2015 is winding down, our excitement of beginning new goals may have gone from “New Year New Me” to “New Year Now What.” Ask yourself? What do you want to invest in this year? How would you feel once you reach your specific goals that you set for yourself? 

There are seven areas in our lives that important to invest in. These areas include physical, intellectual, career, social, financial, family, and spiritual. These very same factors make up who we are. Finding time to balance these important areas in our life can be extremely difficult so here  are some tips that may assist you in reaching your goals. 

Let's look at at a goal plan for a common New Year's Resolution: Weight Loss.
      1)  First, once you have an idea of your goal or reach area, identify the specifics of your goal.
General Goal) “I want to lose 20 pounds by the beginning of the summer”
Specific goal) I will lose 2 pounds each month by monitoring my portions, increase physical activity, and drinking more water.
 **Helpful to make small steps to reach your main goal.

2) Identify if your goal are measurable, meaning, do I know when I would like to reach that goal?
Measurable goal) I will lose 10 pounds by July 6th, 2015 by monitoring my portions, increase physical activity, and drinking more water.
**By having a specific date, we could keep close tabs on their progress each month and feel a sense of accomplishment.

   3)  Last, Own your goals. It’s so easy to do what others expect from us and what we THINK      others want us to do. In these cases, we make lose sight of these goals if we don’t OWN our set goals.
 Example) “I want to lose weight to feel good and to feel confident in my clothes.”



No goal is too big or too small. It’s helpful to keep track of your steps towards your goal and “own it.” Live well and take care..



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Make 2015 YOUR YEAR!!!


As the New Year Approaches, our timelines, text messages, and emails are flooded with phrases like the one above. We read post after post of people proclaiming that this year will be different, this year is my year, this year my dreams are going to come true. It is honestly a New Year's tradition; out with the old and in with the new. When the clock strikes at midnight, people erupt into a celebration because they can begin to write the first entry of a 365 page book. 

Unfortunately, by the middle of February, the same promises and proclamations we made are already broken. We are fused to same problems and bad habits of the previous year and we, once again, anxiously await for the new year to change. 

I completely understand the excitement that the New Year brings. I know it is a chance to start a new and the opportunity to change, but why do we wait until a special day on calendar to change our lives, chase our dreams, and make things happen? Why wait?? 

If you want to change your live, change your career, chase a dream, end a bad habit, or get out of an unhealthy situation, why are you waiting for the New Year. This day does not hold some secret to changing your life, you do. There is so much power in you because of who created you, so utilize your strength and your power to make things happen right now!

Here is the secret:


1) Set a specific goal that is measurable. When setting goals, think of all the smaller adjustments you can make in you life to accomplish that big goal and list them on a piece of paper in a form of a to-do list. Master each "sub-goal" checking them off one by one until your "big" goal is attainable. This helps you to truly change your lifestyle and accomplish your goal in a real way.

For Example: Big Goal: I want to loose 20 pounds this year!
                       Sub Goals; I will cut out junk food three days a week, I will walk around my block                                             three times a week,I will do a mile on the treadmill, I will count calories,                                               etc...

2) Visual Your Goals: Post visual representations of your goals in the places that you frequently look at. Seeing a visual reminder of your goal every morning before you start your day can definitely help set the tone for a day that breeds success in relation to accomplishing your goal.

3) Stay accountable to your Goal: Find a friend or family member that wants to see you win as much as you do. Tell this person your goal and share your struggles and triumphs with this person as you endure this journey of change.

4) Celebrate your success: With each milestone accomplished and each positive step you take, celebrate your success. Write a brief note to yourself explaining how proud you are of yourself, meet with your goal buddy to celebrate your success, or treat yourself.

NOW is the time to CHANGE your LIFE!! DON'T WAIT!
All the best and Happy New Year



Thursday, January 8, 2015

My Hair Won’t Grow…Heeeellllppppp!!!


Fear not curl friends, the truth is your hair is always in a state of growth.  I’ll have you know that there are four phases of hair growth:  Anagen, Catagen, Telogen and Exogen.  Each hair on your head is in one of the three stages, therefore your hair is always growing.  Hair growth and length is largely determined by genetics.

Top 5 Tips for Retaining Length.  

Consider this:

1. Detangle gently with conditioner.  Conditioner gives the hair plenty of slip. Don’t forget the best tool to use is your hand.   

2. Trim split ends regularly.Split ends cannot be mended or repaired.  They must be cut!  If not, they will continue to split until the hair eventually breaks off.

3. Keep hair moisturized.  Properly moisturized hair is less susceptible to breakage.

4. Utilize protective styles and low manipulative styles.  

5. Avoid excessive heat styling.  If used too much, heat tools can dry out the hair making it dry and brittle.

Cheers to healthy hair and length retention!


Jasmine Stephens, BA
Owner/Stylist
MsJStyles The Salon


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Monday, January 5, 2015

2014: NCJ's Recap!





    2014 was truly an amazing year! I am so thankful for each and every moment: the challenges that prepared me for the blessings, the joy and love from my family and friends, the goals accomplished, the dreams realized, the vunerable moments that placed me on my knees in total worship and submission trusting God and the moments thanking God for his blessings and favor! It has been a epic and transformative year!

    I have truly learned so much about myself this year; I learned how to be a better christian, wife, mother, teacher, friend, daughter, sister, family member, and I am shocked by the boldness and tenacity inside of me that I allowed to be dormant for so long. I have transformed my personality from that of a introvert to budding extrovert. I feel enough boldness to talk to people, listen to their stories attentively, ask questions, and get answers.

    This year, my purpose of empowering young girls and women was revealed to me. It was peculiar because it was always been there, but I was too afraid to embrace it fully. Speaking of fear, The biggest lesson I learned was to replace my fear with my faith and because of that I know the best is still yet to come! 

    I can't wait to see what God has for me in 2015! 

    Hugs and Love.
    Happy New Year! 
    Blessings to you all!

    Jere'