My Favorite Lip Balms

If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, you totally should @candiceobeauty) you know that I shared a #PettyPeeve of mine. That petty peeve is when I see women wearing matte lips, and their lips are chapped.

Sis, what are you doing?!? You look like you have crumbs on your lips the color isn’t going to apply properly, and quite frankly it’s not flattering.

I shared 3 tips on how to keep your lips moisturized, and now I want to share some of my favorite lip products to keep your situation moisturized!

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Tired and Uninspired

It has been almost an entire calendar year since my last blog post, and much has transpired. I left a corporate job, went to do beauty full time, wanted to blog full time and then didn’t, then was over beauty full time and now back in the corporate world with an AMAZING job that I love.

A lot of people have asked me why I have decided to put up my brushes and hang up my cape for a while. I have tried to articulate it in so many ways, but the black ass bottom line is that I was tired and uninspired. Inquiries were literally giving me anxiety, unappreciative and ungrateful clients were wearing me thin, and the lack of work life balance had me burning my candle at both ends.

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The BEST Lash Glues (for strips)

I’m obsessed with wearing strip lashes. They just give me the extra umph I need whenever I have a full face, and I feel naked without them. They just always up the ante!

One thing I don’t like is feeling insecure that one of my lashes (or both) will try and forsake me and be gone with the wind. For that reason I make sure I use lash glues that really get the job done and will last all day.

I’m sharing my two favorite lash glues with you.

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Worry About Your Own Waistline – The Double Standard of Body Shaming

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This post has been a long time coming, and something that has bothered me for quite some time. Decades if we’re going to be honest. I wasn’t sure if I should even do this post as this is a beauty blog, but our bodies make us feel beautiful (or not at times) so it’s worth sharing. So here goes nothing.

If you know me, you know that I love minding my own business. I don’t care about how much money you make. I don’t care about who you love. And most importantly, I don’t care about what you eat or how you are shaped. As long as you are happy, healthy and whole, I could care less about the choices people make. What you eat doesn’t make me sh*t….literally.

Here are some of the things I have heard over the years. All from other women.

“You need to go eat some meat and potatoes”…..

“I’ve never seen a dog fight over a bone with no meat on it”…

“You look hungry”….

“Skinny bitches are evil”….

“(insert dress size) You’re not even a woman. That’s not a real number”

(That’s me not giving a damn about your opinion)

I can’t for the life of me figure out why people feel the need to constantly provide commentary about how people should go about eating or exercise when quite frankly it’s none of their damn business. More importantly I don’t understand the body shaming double standard. If a “skinny chick” says something about a “big girl” that’s negative and you’re body shaming. But if a “big girl” says something disparaging about a “skinny chick” then that is OK? NO, it’s not! And I’m going to tell you why.

Body image issues affect any and every woman. You’re either too big. Or you’re too small. You really can’t win for losing. If it’s inappropriate for me to tell a large woman maybe she shouldn’t eat so much and should go to the gym, then you can’t tell me that I need to eat more or what am I working out for, it’s a waste because I’m small.

If I can't tell you go eat a salad, then don't tell me that I need meat and potatoes.… Click To Tweet

I’m going to be transparent. I have struggled with body issues for a long time. I’ve gone from being “too small” to now maybe “not small enough”. At the end of the day all things are relative and there are mitigating factors. Being “small” doesn’t mean you’re healthy, just as much as being “big” doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy. At 5’3″ and 147lbs I have high cholesterol, endometriosis, a kidney issue, and some other health issues where proper diet and exercise will do me service. But I’m “small” so you’d never know…right?!? Alzheimer’s and dementia also run RAMPANT in my family. I know for a fact that there is a direct correlation between cardiovascular diseases and Alzheimer’s, on top of the fact that African American’s are disproportionately diagnosed. So basically if you’re black with high blood pressure, cholesterol and or diabetes you’re more likely to be affected. Thanks, but no thanks.

I also want to note that the African American community is extremely harsh in this regard. It’s almost as if your womanhood relies upon your curves, the thickness of your thighs and the meat on your bones. I’m not even going to make this about the men, I’m strictly going to focus on what black women say to other black women.

Worry about your own waistline! #bodyshaming #bodyimage Click To Tweet

I’m urging women to stop telling other women what they need to do with their bodies. It’s not only detrimental, but it’s none of your damn business. And most importantly, stop saying cruel body negative things to young women. There is more that I can say about that, but I may save that for another post.

Better yet, let’s open some dialogue in the comments! Let me know how you feel. Have you been affected by body shaming? How has it affected you mentally and/or emotionally?

How I Remove All My Makeup

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I don’t always wear makeup, but when I do, I tend to pile it on. The second best feeling to taking your bra off, just might be removing all of your makeup.

When removing my makeup, I want to know that every drop of product is gone and that I won’t be clogging my pores or leaving leaving residue on my pillowcases. I also have horrible anxiety, and I believe I immediately get blemishes and breakouts. I know, I’m dramatic…

To make sure my skin is squeaky clean, I use a 4 step process that I have detailed below. You may think that 4 steps might be too many, but I have a method to my madness, and if you keep reading you’ll see why.

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