Summer Time Ready: Beauty Must Haves

Hey Fashloves,

If you’ve been checking out the last few posts then you know we are celebrating all things summer this month on the blog. From protecting your hair during these warm months to trend updates, I made it a goal to make sure we are all Summer Time Ready this season. One part of the summer time that I personally can never pass up is definitely beauty so I’m excited to bring this next post to you!

I was able to get insight from Therlandia, bomb beauty blogger and creator of the Look ExquiZite brand on which products we can't pass up this season. Take a look below to be caught up on the ‘IT’ products of this month that you need to get your hands on for your summer beauty kit written by her!


1. For an Affordable, Yet Effective Contour 

Black Radiance True Complexion Contour Palette

I was really impressed by this contour palette by Black Radiance and its effectiveness. I found it at Walmart for under $8!  Having all the powders I need to set my contour in one palette is very convenient.  Black Radiance did a great job with the shades. Aside from the two matte colors used to angle the face, it also comes with a shimmery bronzer to highlight the cheekbones.

         2.  For The Ultimate Summer Glow 

Hikari Shimmery Bronzer

This beautiful golden bronzer is PERFECT for the highlight rave right now. Everyone from makeup gurus, to the average consumer, is obsessed with getting that perfect glow. The gold and orange undertones really make things pop! Besides the sparkle, this mini bronzer palette has two other colors: brown and a golden pink to counter and add blush.

         3.  For a Lip Color That Can Withstand The Heat 

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks

These ColourPop lippies give nothing but life and at such an inexpensive cost! Can you believe that each one only costs $6?  Don't let the cheap price fool you, these pigmented lipsticks are good quality products; some of the best lip makeup I've ever used. The company's color selection seems limitless and there are plenty of vibrant colors for the summer (every season really). My current favorite are "OUJI" & "MARS". I always pair them with a lip pencil ("Kae" lip pencil by ColourPop).

Summer 2016 Eye Shadow Palette Favorite

Modern Renaissance Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills 

Links à la Mode, July 21

So grateful that Fashilluminous has been selected for Links à la Mode once again! Be sure to check out the lovely bloggers who also got chosen this week and enjoy the posts!

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5 Things blogging has taught me

Hey Fashloves,

This month marks the second year that Fashilluminous has officially been live to the public. I’ve probably stated this a million times but every time I think about it I find it crazy how Fashilluminous initially started out as a way for me to simply track my journey as I pursued a career in the fashion industry but has grown into so much more. I wanted to basically keep it to myself and use it as a personal diary if you will. To be completely honest, I also lacked a bit of self-confidence when it came to blogging which contributed to me keeping quiet about it. I thought since I didn’t have a certain ‘look’, there was no point of putting myself out there to the public. It was as if I was setting myself up for failure.

Thankfully because of the push from my Fiancé and close friends I was able to put these negative thoughts to the side and publish my content for the world to see. It was weird. It was different. It made me a bit uncomfortable. But there is honestly a beauty in becoming comfortable being uncomfortable which I learned throughout these 2 years my blog has been live.

I’m sure if you are currently a blogger, you probably can relate to at least one or two points that I’ve learned throughout my journey. I hope this can serve as bit of an inspiration for those who are starting out blogging or even those who have blogged for years.

I learned to be more patient 

After officially deciding to put Fashilluminous out there, I started to create a few goals for myself that I wanted to reach within its first year. I knew I had to build my social media, network with other bloggers, get thousands of views, etc. But when some of these goals weren’t met immediately I started to doubt my work and subsequently thought it wasn’t up to par. One great piece of advice I could give to any aspiring or new bloggers is not to rush your process. There is a beauty in building your blog from the ground up and watching it flourish on its own time. Even if you find your posts having only 10 views or your social media posts lacking some engagement rest assured that with more time and hard work, growth will follow.

I learned to be confident in my work

One thing I take super seriously is the content I create. Over these last two years I learned what worked and what didn't work for my blog. I figured out how to structure the content I knew I wanted to put out and work to have it mirror my brand image. When you first start blogging you may be told "the more content the better" but I believe this advice shouldn't be the case if your posts aren't well thought out or at least cohesive. I'm not saying this to say my posts are perfect but what I have learned is to not necessarily strive for perfection but be confident in the best work you put out.

I learned that I love being creative

Having a blog has definitely allowed my creativity to flourish! From planning out looks to structuring branded content, I've learned how to take a small project from an idea and make it a reality. For those who think blogging can't be that serious, trust me it is! It definitely takes a good amount of time and effort to be a content creator who is satisfied with what they bring to the table. Since having my blog, I have also been able to provide tons of advice for those who are interested in starting a project of their own whether its a new creative business idea or their own YouTube channel. In short, you can say I love spread creativity in the minds of others. 

I learned that blogging takes hard work 

Ever find the tasks that you feel like should be so simple actually the hardest? (think choosing an outfit or even getting out of bed!). One of the hardest tasks that I believe should be the easiest in the blogging world has to be remaining consistent. I usually have tons of fun and fresh content ideas that I can't wait to put out to the public but another part of my life pushes back the production. There have even been times where I would plan out an entire look, piece together the post in my head, take the photos, and in the end be discontent with every single picture. Instead of being in a rut and completely giving up I accept that there will be off days and to put my best foot forward. 

I learned how to find my voice

Growing up I can honestly say I've always found myself in the background. I've never been outspoken and would typically been seen as quiet or shy if you didn't get to know me. This is an ongoing struggle that I have been dealing with but thanks to Fashilluminous I feel as if I found my way to release. Through my blog I've been able to have public speaking engagements and even contribute content to other creators who find that they enjoy my posts. While this is just the beginning of my journey, I'm so grateful for the growth that I have experience thus far.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and can apply a bit of it to your lives! If you are a blogger, let me know what you think blogging has taught you so far and what you would like to accomplish in the future. Until next time fashloves!

Trend Report: Off the Shoulder Top

Hey Fashloves,

Every season us trend loving babes are always on the hunt to find ways to incorporate the seasons must have pieces into our wardrobe. Whenever I think of the Summer time I always think of a nice pair of shorts, trendy loose fitting tops, and cute sunglasses (hence my look for today). The off the shoulder top has taken this season by storm and can pretty much be found in every retail store as well as every bloggers closet.

Although I identify more with being a minimalist, this season I have been more and more attracted to eye catching prints. I literally can't get enough of them!

Fash Tip: During the Summer time I believe a warm & healthy glow is a must. Whenever I know I'll be showing my collar bone, I always remember to apply highlighter to them so they can shine. I've been loving Anatasia Beverly Hill's Glow Kit in Sun Dipped this season (it is definitely a must have!)

Top: HM // Shorts: Platos Closet // Shoes: HM // Shades: Agaci

Off the shoulder tops have definitely received the #SummerTimeReady stamp of approval this month. Let me know your thoughts on this current must have trend and if you have incorporated it into your wardrobe this season!

Summertime Ready: Protective Styles 101

Hey Fashloves,

Within the natural hair community, protective styles are seen as a curly girls best friend and especially important during the summer time. These styles not only allows your hair to be safely tucked away but requires very little maintenance which is perfect for our tresses. From long braids to kinky twists, protective styles are essential due to the promotion of healthy hair growth (if taken care of properly of course). Personally, this was my first time getting braids and boy do I love them! I was also able to chat with Protective Style hair stylist and guru Lynda Jay to get the inside scoop on these styles and the importance of them during a natural hair journey.

1. Benefits of Protective Styles

While there are tons of benefits of protective styles, Lynda states that in her eyes the top three are length retention, protection, and a much needed break from dealing with our hair.  Being that I am currently 5 months post I can definitely say I agree with her 100%. The low manipulation prevents damage that can occur from various factors such as heat from styling, combing every day, and even natural toxins. When sporting protective styles such as braids, the new hair growth is also being stretched which promotes more length and a bit less shrinkage (we all know that shrinkage is REAL!)

2. Protective Styles for Transitioning Ladies 

"Yes, I do believe that it is vital for a woman who is transitioning to engage in a protective style at least once annually." Lynda states. Most ladies who are currently in the transitioning process from relaxed to natural typically has a hair regimen or schedule that they follow closely when maintaining their hair. I knew when I decided to make the big switch that protective styles would be crucial in my process. On my personal calendar I scheduled out exactly when I would get my style installed and exactly how long I would leave it in (Organization is the key, even when it comes to hair). Lynda also states that these styles aren't only essential for women who are transitioning, but for every woman with relaxed or natural hair in general.

Thinking protective styles are only weaves? Think again! Lynda gave me the 411 and reminded me that although weave is the most popular, one can protective style with her real hair. Any sort of braiding or twisting is beneficial just as well as weaving. 

3. Recommendations for Protective style newbies

When it came down to choosing which style I wanted I had a hard time because literally all of the styles gave me life. Need help choosing as well? Lynda recommends a hair style that doesn't cause too much tension to the scalp. Wigs, twists, or crochet styles do a good job at achieving this. Styles such as braids and faux dread locs are great options as well but beginning protective stylers will feel more tension, weight, and pain with these styles. Her advice to beginners would be to allow yourself at least two hair styles to get yourself familiar with having the additional hair on your head.

4. Taking care of your protective style

Moisturizing is key when it comes to healthy hair growth period. I used to think a little hair grease would do the trick but I was totally wrong. It is important to take the time out at least every other day to properly nourish the scalp with essential products. I have been using the LOC method thus far with my protective style and have seen positive results. This technique moisturizes and seals all in one which is perfect!

I was lucky enough to have Lynda install my braids this past month and can definitely say I love her work. If you are in the Tampa Bay area and in search for an awesome hair (and make up) stylist then look no further because Lynda is your girl. Be sure to let me know your thoughts on these styles and show me your #SummerTimeReady protective hair style that you are rocking this season!