Is “Back to School” about Beauty/ Grooming or Brain Grooming?

Is “Back to School” about Beauty/ Grooming or Brain Grooming?

My top 5 picks for beauty smart purchases are:

1. Dollar Tree

2. Walmart

3. Target

4. Walgreens ( or Drug store if your choice)

5. Costco
Going back to school puts you in a positive state of mind. The summer was fun-filled with a carefree spirit of endless opportunities of leisure. 
I am sure that everyone can reflect to going back to school at some point of your lives. I recall the happiness of returning to school to learn more, to get new clothes, get a new professor, challenge yourself and to meet new people.
Preparing to return to school requires discipline, purpose and perseverance. Shopping for what you need vs. what you want is key. Taking advantages of sale items saves you money over time along with using coupons on preferred ” brands”.
Grooming-Anytime back to school is mentioned, you always connect to clothes, fashion, shoes or uniforms.
In this blog post, I want you to think about beauty and brains and getting the best price for a need item. The top stores that are mentioned allows that platform.

I always say: ” when you look good, you feel good!” The mind and body operates as a unit. When you are positive ; open and receptive it allows learning to occur.


I know that you have all heard the adage, ‘you are what you eat’… This is so true when thinking of success and making the grade. Proper nutrition, vitamins and diet helps support the healthy platform of positive learning outcomes. Be sure to stock up with healthy snacks such as nuts, fruits, health bars and the like.

Toiletries– In this category, it helps in support of your overall look. Purchasing the following items are always a good thing to have handy. 

Shampoo & Conditioners- Keep in mind conditioning and NOT stripping. You will want your hair to feel good and not feel dry or over-cleansed. 

Makeup an beauty products– the key tip is to find all of your favorite products on sale and get cosmetics which you use daily.

Contacts and eyeglass care-
Keep your scheduled exams current. Invest in cases, clothes and solution if you are wearing contact lens. 
Also, as a double use cosmetic bags can serve as storage for other related toiletry items such as dental floss, sample sizes of tooth brushes, deodorant , pain relievers and the like.

Stationery– Consider recycling from previous times. Binders usually withstand years of use. The only need would be to buy composition books, spiral note paper or person no line page journals. Though some may chose technological advances over traditional standard paper, but having either I option allows for one to journal and highlight thoughts and note worthy events of the day . 

Meditation, Thought and Purpose

This brings us to the topic of thought and mindfulness. 

You may ask what does meditation have to do with beauty and back to school? I am so glad that you asked. 

Meditation in the simplest terms defines one’s ability to focus on one thought. There are two basic types of meditation:
Concrete – Contemplating                       Abstract- Reflecting ” mindfulness “. These are elements that one uses in studying and putting your mind in the mode of focus and retention of what you are learning.
So as you return to whatever “back to school ” experience maybe, remember it is not the physical but the state of mind and may a concerted focus to be your best.

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HD Flawless Foundation…get the coverage you need from ABSOLUTE

HD Flawless Foundation…get the coverage you need from ABSOLUTE

HD Flawless Foundation in Fudge

I am always sharing great products with my readers. If the product is effective, I want you to try it out to see if you are experiencing the same great results. I have used HD FLAWLESS Foundation and its coverage is amazing! Here are some quick facts about the product:

The HD Flawless Foundation by Absolute New York boasts a lightweight, water -based formula that melts over skin to instantly hide imperfections, even out skin tone, and eliminate excess shine – for exceptionally smooth, natural, second-skin coverage that lasts all day. 

• Paraben Free

• Longer Lasting make up

• Hides Imperfections

• Vitamins A, C and E

This lightweight, water-based formula gives a smooth & natural finish without streaking and separation. Conceal revealing picture perfect skin! 

Tips for using the foundation:

1. Blot after applying foundation, it sets the makeup longer

2. Use a setting powder after application to take away any sheen and provides a matte finish

3. Select a shade of foundation which is generally one shade lighter to created an artistic affect

4. Blend, Blend, Blend…you can’t over exaggerate blending. It creates a flawless finish which is kind to photography.

5. Be certain to shake the product well before use…the product is water-based and separates upon standing. Shaking product blends it well and allows for even coverage.

6. Choose your method of application, I find using the fingertips give the best coverage; due to the body temperature allowing the product to blend into the skin effectively.

HD Flawless Foundation in multiple shades
Enjoy the product! I purchased the product in Chicago, Il at COSMO Beauty located at 112 West 87th Street…this is a great beauty supply store with a wide range of beauty products ranging with: human hair for weaving and braiding along with an array of cosmetics for the skin, face and nails.
Finished Look wearing HD Flawless Foundation Makeup by Celestine McGee

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 The Buzz about Essential Oils: Aromatheraphy…take charge of your wellness

Did you know that you can use Essential Oils for Better Health? This article will provide the definition of Essential Oils, the properties of the oils, how to administer them and basic tips for using Essential Oils.

You might ask, why talk about Essential Oils? Being in the beauty industry, you will come in contact with a lot of products which contain various oils. 

Don’t just think of Essential oils in connection to a pleasant fragrance; many of these Essential Oils are powerful enough to kill viruses, bacteria, fungi growth and relieve stress.

Some of the basic take-aways from this article will teach the benefits of using Essential Oils and how the is use of the oils can improve wellness and beauty in connection to the routines in your daily lives.
Not only are oils connected with beauty, but health, wellness and over-all mention balance and serenity comes into play as well. Did you know that the scent of a fragrance can be calming, evoke arousal or even get you energized. This is the power of Essential Oils.

If you are interested in becoming an independent representative or just want to have/use them in your current products …it’s up to you.

Independent Representatives

The 4 categories of Oil and uses:

  1. Antibacterial and Antiviral Essential Oils– Cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, marjoram, melaleuca, oregano and thyme.
  2. Antidepressant Essential Oils-Bergamot, frankincense, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, Melissa, sandalwood, wild orange, ylang ylang.
  3. Pain Relieving Essential Oils-Frankencense, helichrysum, lavender, majoram, peppermint, vetiver, white fir, wintergreen.
  4. Immune-Boosting Essential Oils-Frankencense, lemon, melaleuca, majoram, peppermint, oregano, cinnamon.

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Natural cosmetics: Trilogy Age-Proof Skin

Natural cosmetics: Trilogy Age-Proof Skin

I got an opportunity to try the product Trilogy. The simple 3-step process makes it easy to get  great skin.  

Steps for use

1. Cleanse– Trilogy Cream Cleanser~ gently and thoroughly removed make-up and impurities, leaving skin soft, smooth and beautiful refreshed. Contains Rosehip, evening primrose and carrot.

2. Repair -Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + ~  nourishes, repairs and protects skin for a radiantly healthy glow. Brightens and evens skin tone, smooths lines and wrinkles, improves elasticity and firmness. Antioxidant-rich Rosapene in a bottle.

3. Moisturize -Trilogy Vital Moisturizing Cream~ hydrates and nourishes, helping improve skin texture and replenishing moisture. Makes the perfect base for make-up. With Rosapene, Maryland and orange flower.

About the Product 

With Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + The Certified organic Rosapene for brightening , skin tone elasticity & firmness,fine lines and wrinkles. 

Nourishes, rejuvenates and protects.

How I learned about Trilogy 

I recently covered an event at Style Chicago and this product was displayed along with complimentary samples.

Skin improvements~ if this product is used regularly 2 times a day over the course of 8 weeks can improve skin flaws. Remember results may vary. Age-Proof your skin with Triology.

  • Stretch Marks 43%
  • Scars 41%
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles 23%
  • Brightening and Skin Tone 76%
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles 33%
  • Elasticity and Firmness 25%

Additional products within the line:

  1. Balancing Gel Cleanser 
  2. Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm
  3. Cream Cleanser
  4. Gentle Facial Exfoilant
  5. Mineral Radiance Mask
  6. Hydrating Mist Toner
  7. Balancing Face Lotion 
  8. Vital Moisturizing Cream
  9. Ultra Hydrating Face Cream
  10. Eye Contour Cream

For more details about Triology products refer to the website.

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Chicago’s Heat had nothing on Style Chicago: Highlights 2016 

Chicago’s Heat had nothing on Style Chicago: Highlights 2016 

Happy Attendees
In spite of the excessive 100 degree temperatures on Thursday, August 4, 2016…it did not stop the ultimate girls night out on the town.

Style Chicago’s 8th annual event was stellar as it housed over 35+ vendors varying in complimentary services ranging from cocktails, beauty and fashion accessories. 

Attendees having fun!
The Venue of the 8th Annual Style Chicago

One of the best experiences was getting beauty services from top salons along with getting samples!
Blogger- Celestine McGee

Always take advantage of the gift “Goodie Bags” this allows you to get an array of items from participating vendors and sponsors.

Salon -Blown by bocaj Salon & Blowdry Bar
The Makeup Artist in her element
Cosmetology is an art
Mac Cosmetics Makeup

Favorite Vendor Table Displays

When I attend events, I always observe to see what product and services are provided and is this something that I would want to use a month later. There were a lot of great businesses present; however here are my top 5 business vendor picks : 

  1. Dr. Hauschka Natural Skin Care Experts Since 1967…Healthy skin is Beautiful skin. had an impressive set up and gave a great sample promoting their product.
  2. Triology Discover Nature’s Power for radiantly, healthy skin… In just 3 easy steps- cleanse, repair and moisturize.
  3. Rodan+ Fields write your prescription for change
  4. Brevena Skincare products, clinically formulated to deliver soft, smooth and radiant skin everyday.
  5. 3 LAB Combining modern technology and rare ancient herbal ingredients, 3LAB delivers The Serum at it’s best.

3LAB known for quality Serums

Other well noted vendors at Style Chicago supporting Entrepreneurial efforts are:

doTerra verge Skin Care Collection I really loved their Essential Oils line and the throat logengers.

Holly & Tanager– you know your schedule. Get the bag that carries it.

I was so happy seeing these two young entrepreneurs living their dream bags made in the USA founder  Lindsay Lingle

Spa In Your time for the spa? Bring the spa to you!

Representation of the vendors at Style Chicago
Mark your calendars for the next Style Chicago  event to be held on September 14th in Oakbrook, Illinois at the Drake Hotel –        2301 York Road… This is your “ultimate girls night out on the town”! 

Go for V.I.P. + Goodie Bags Tickets at $45. I would like to extend a sincere Thank You to Lynna Smith for inviting me to cover her 8th Annual Style Chicago event!

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