Painted Pink Breast Cancer Bruncheon Recap


Last weekend Painted Pink, Inc hosted their 4th annual breast cancer bruncheon and let me just tell you all that it was absolutely wonderful. Not only was the bruncheon impactful, but there was so much love in the room that you could literally feel it. I had the honor of covering the event as media and I can honestly say I walked out of that event edified. The guests were able to hear the testimonies of survivors (and a co-survivor), learn facts/myths regard breast cancer, hear beautiful music played by a band, receive complimentary products by sponsors, and the list goes on and on!

















The brunch began with a beautiful poem by Allasia Cotton and soon after the event was welcomed by the Painted Pink staff. We were introduced to the first speaker, husband and co-survivor Michael Thornton where he shared his testimony of dealing with breast cancer first hand as his wife was diagnosed at the age of 38. It was definitely very insightful hearing his side of the experience, especially since shortly after his wife Lakeisha took the stage. Lakeisha discussed how although she was faced with the possibility of death, she declared that she was healed and stood firm on the word of God throughout the process. They also shared how during one point of her recovery, their children laid hands on her and prayed over her (Praise God!).

The next portion of the event was very informative as breast cancer myths were debunked and we were able to learn facts from Dr. Erin Bowman. Two facts that stood out to me were that only 5-10% of breast cancers are hereditary and 90-95% are not related to genes. I honestly thought that genes played a larger role so it was very interesting to learn that. The final portion of the event was led by the host Koereyelle and the keynote speaker Chris-Tia Donaldson, CEO of natural hair brand Thank God It's Natural (TGIT) and also a breast cancer survivor. I truly enjoyed hearing her story and learning more about her journey being diagnosed while managing her company. She provided key tips and spread her Black Girl Magic throughout the room.

All in all, Atlanta was definitely painted pink last weekend! The survivors were beautifully honored and I'm sure walked away even more empowered. I left remembering the importance of taking care of myself and being my biggest advocate. Thank you so much Painted Pink for just being an awesome organization and spreading positivity! I'm definitely looking forward to the next bruncheon!



Finding #MyShadeOfNude with LIPP


Being a woman of color, I can honestly say when it comes to purchasing certain beauty products it's an absolute struggle. Finding nude lipsticks in particular causes grief because a lot of them aren't deep enough for darker skinned women of color and require a lip liner for it to even make sense. Luckily, I was exposed to LIPP, a beauty company that creates a semi-custom lipstick experience as well as various nude shades based on skin tone. From selecting your lipstick finish (cream, matte, sheer) to choosing your lipstick tube, LIPP takes out the guess work and allows you to create the perfect lipstick for you! 




Through the #MyShadeOfNude campaign via Curlfluence, I received 4 lipstick samples to test out and determine my go to favorite nude. Take a look at the video above to watch me test out the shades and be sure to let me know which nude is your favorite!

I absolutely love the concept and all that is being done over at LIPP! If you're interested in finding your perfect nude lipstick shade (which you should!), I recommend that you purchase the 'Try It' Sample kit so you too can test out 4 different variations. Be sure to use the coupon code GONUDE when checking out to purchase it only for $5 (yes, only $5!). Click here to check it out. 

Thank you Curlfluence and LIPP for this awesome opportunity!


Purposely B.E.A.T Painted Pink Event Recap


Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of attending Purposely B.E.A.T, a breast cancer awareness and clean beauty event hosted by an awesome organization entitled Painted Pink, Inc. When I attended the event, October was around the corner so I knew both supporting and contributing to an important cause such educating women about breast health was crucial. Painted Pink serves as a resource for millennial women to not only take charge of their breast health but provides access to mentors and medical professionals. Being both a millennial woman and knowing family members/friends who have suffered from breast cancer (luckily are survivors), I can definitely say this event hit home for me.




One aspect I loved about the event and Painted Pink as an organization is how they truly want to make the conversation of breast health comfortable. It's important for us as women to advocate for ourselves and to ensure that we're properly checking our bodies. I also really appreciated hearing the story of a millennial survivor by the name of Danika, who was diagnosed last year with stage 2 breast cancer. I was also able to chat with Ms. Hadelia Thompson where I learned about her unique story of being diagnosed with breast cancer although she had no lumps. It takes seeing someone going through such a trying time and remaining strong to remember how serious and important this really is.




The second portion of the event focused on the importance of clean beauty and being aware of what products are coming in contact with your skin. Led by the make up artists of the NARS Boutique in Buckhead (who doesn't love NARS btw), we were able to learn proper skincare techniques, ingredients to avoid in beauty products, and how to create a flawless make up look. For all of my make up lovers, be sure to avoid foundations with minerals and exfoliate/moisturize for great skin.(Be sure to read those labels ladies!)









All in all, I truly enjoyed my time at this event as I was able to walk out with tons of knowledge and met great women. To find out more information about Painted Pink, Inc be sure to visit their website www.paintedpink.org and take the pledge with me to take charge of your breast health and incorporate clean practices into your beauty regimen. Their 4th annual bruncheon where breast cancer survivors are celebrated is also around the corner so click here for more information and purchase your ticket to attend!

Thank you Painted Pink, Inc for inviting me to this event!


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Top 7 Skin and Beauty Tips for the Fall


Today's post is a contribution from guest writer Amy Mia Goldsmith. The lovely Amy Mia shares 7 Chic outfits perfect for a hot summer night out. 

Fall is finally around the corner, and if you want to know how to stay healthy and beautiful during this season, just stay with us and keep on reading. Here are seven amazing tips on how to make that happen!

1. Reassess Your Favorite Body Cleansers


Yes, we know that fruity and citrusy fragrances simply scream summer and that they were probably your favorite ones during the previous season, but it’s about time you ditched them and switched to more fall-friendly ones. Even though gels were your number one choice during the last couple of months, you should definitely opt for creamier formulas that won’t dry your skin out and make it look dull and lifeless.


2. Don’t Skip the Scrub

A gentle scrub two to three times a week is an absolute must, both for your face and your body, so make sure not to skip it at any cost. Oil-based scrubs are definitely the best choice for fall since they provide you with exfoliating benefits and hydrating oils at the same time, which is what your skin really needs. Australian girls swear by such scrubs because their summers are extremely hot, so their skin needs extra nourishment as soon as winter comes.

3. Moisturize Every Single Day
Skipping your moisturizer is a huge mistake if you want to keep dry skin at bay. If you want to get the most of it, make sure to apply it right after you’ve dried off after showering. It’ll penetrate your skin much better, since your pores will be still open from the steam and warm water, which will help your skin use all those amazing ingredients in the best possible way. If you’re looking for a beauty product that does an amazing job and smells fantastic, search the label for cocoa butter.


4. Don’t Forget your Hands and Feet


Your hands and feet also deserve proper hydration and nourishment, so don’t forget to pay attention to them once the chilly weather kicks in. Your hands are likely to become dry and cracked when the temperature drops, so start moisturizing them ASAP. The same goes for your feet, so provide them with extra care and you won’t have problems popping back into your sandals when the time comes.


5. Get a Facial Every Now and Then


Getting a facial every now and then can really help your skin repair from exposure to the sun, so be sure to book an appointment at your local beauty salon. Of course, you can take great care of your skin in the comfort of your own home, but seeing a professional is always a good idea because they can always look at your skin from a different perspective, address some potential problems you may be facing, and let you know which kind of product is appropriate for your skin type.


6. Rejuvenate Skin in the Blink of an Eye

On the other hand, if you’re into rejuvenated and younger-looking skin in the blink of an eye, there are particular non-invasive treatments that will definitely be your cup of tea. One of these includes dermal fillers, adored by ladies from all over the globe. Women in Australia often turn to professional estheticians who help them maintain their beauty at the highest possible level, which is why dermal fillers in Perth are gaining momentum these days. These will restore hydration and your facial contours, and fall is the perfect time to get them done!

7. Switch to a Balanced, Nutrient-Rich Diet


Apart from taking care of your body from the outside, it’s extremely important that you nourish it from the inside, which is why you should switch to a nutrient-rich diet as soon as possible. Of course, fresh fruit and veggie selection will be limited when compared to summer, but there are still ways to stay healthy and eat properly. Apples, Brussels sprouts, pumpkins, turnips, and many other are there for you, so use them in the best way and prepare some delicious meals!


As you can see, there are so many things you can do in order to stay healthy and beautiful this fall. Just make sure to stick to our tips and you’ll see some fantastic results!

Thank you Amy Mia for sharing these awesome tips! Be sure to check out her contributions to highstylife and follow her on Twitter @GoldsmithMia

3 Things You Need Before Working with Brands


We're currently in the day and age where you can literally make a living off of being a content creator. Beautiful isn't it? While getting paid to share your thoughts on a brand and/or product is awesome sauce, it's important to have certain things secured on your end before trying to working with them. Working with Curlfluence, I've been blessed with the opportunity to gain insight on what brands (both big and small) really expect from Bloggers/Influencers. Lets just say, it isn't necessarily always about the numbers but more so what you can offer to a brand. If you're a blogger who is interested in working with brands then this post is for you!

Consistency

Believe me when I say, consistency is absolutely key! Some brands truly measure if they want to work with an influencer based on how consistently they post and share their content. When you think about it, these brands are potentially investing money in you and they want to see what their return on investment (or ROI for short) will be. If you post once, maybe twice on your blog and rarely update your social media pages; brands won't be able to see your true potential and all that you can offer. Putting working with brands to the side, the importance of creating consistent content is important if you are a blogger. The more you delay creating posts and visuals, the further you're pushing back all of the success you can truly have if you actually stick to your content plan. Also, with consistency should come growth. Be sure to perfect the look of your blog to the best of your ability and have strong visuals.

Engagement/Community

Ya'll, when I say truly having engagement and interacting with your community online is a crucial piece to have before working with a brand, I mean it! I've spoken with bloggers in the past who felt that because they didn't have a million followers they were never going to have the opportunity to work with a brand. This is so not true! Ultimately, brands are looking for authentic content creators who can advertise their products or services to various communities. Micro influencers who are able to directly reach their audience and have a great deal of engagement definitely have a seat a the table. This proves to brands that although your social reach may not be as high, you still bring value. Be sure to spend your time investing in building out your community and interacting with others digitally before reaching out directly to a brand.

Perfect Your Pitch

Knowing your value and perfecting your pitch go hand in hand. Lets first get into knowing your value. I personally believe that when working with your brands, you shouldn't initially focus on racking up tons of free products or collecting cash. Your main intention should be to build out relationships with these businesses and enjoy the opportunity to create fun, new content. Having a brand myself, I can honestly say working with influencers who create the same uninspired content can get very underwhelming. You need to first know what you can truly offer a brand and ensure that you will be able to execute it before offering any prices for your services. The worse thing you can do is promise something that you know you won't be able to accomplish.

Tip: Take out a moment to highlight the key aspects that you can offer a brand both on your blog and social media page.

A pitch is a letter, typically in the form of an email, that is sent to brands and serves as an opportunity to introduce yourself to them. It's very important that you are clear and concise in your pitch and briefly share what you can offer. Simply saying, "I would love to review xyz on my channel." doesn't cut it folks. Take out the time to introduce yourself, your blog, and be sure to share your value with the brand.

Hope these tips help those out there who are looking to work with brands. Perfect these three things and you're well on your way to collaborations!