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  • 7 Beauty Tips To Achieve and Maintain Glowing Winter Skin

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    Winter is the season that forces us to take extra care of our skin. It’s the time of the year when the cold weather sucks all the moisture from our skin, making it look dry and unhealthy. So in order to have glowing winter skin, we first have to have a good winter skincare routine. Below, I’m going to share some beauty suggestions that can help you get glowing skin this winter season.

    Make Sure You Spent Some Time Outside Each Day

    You might not believe this, but your skin can benefit a lot if you have a healthy outdoor routine. If you want some tips on dry skin care in winter, this tip will help you out a lot. Even if you hate being out in the cold, you should consider getting out of the house once a day. Working out each day is, in general, a great way to ensure you are physically healthy. If you don’t want to work out, you should go out on a walk or do some kind of activity. Just like in the summer, being out of the house will allow your skin to breathe and maintain it’s moisture levels.

    Use A Good Winter Moisturizer

    Being in the cold makes it easier for your skin to lose its natural oil which is not a good thing. One of the most important things you need in your winter skincare is to moisturize your skin as often as possible. It’s necessary to choose the correct winter face moisturizer – you have to pick one that perfectly suits your skin type and needs.

    Search for the most popular brand and select it only after making sure that it is suitable for you. Once you have that, make it a habit to apply the moisturizer at least twice a day. If you can, you should speak to a skincare expert to help you pick the best moisturizer for winter.

    Consume Plenty Of Water To Prevent Skin Dehydration

    The cold weather makes it difficult for us to choose water over other delicious beverage options like coffee, hot chocolate, etc. We also don’t feel as thirsty in winter, so we forget to drink enough water during the day. Though this might not affect other parts of your body, your skin tends to suffer the most because of this.

    Your body, on the other hand, loses water in more than one way, and it has no way to gain it back if you don’t drink water. Drinking a good amount of water is an excellent way to ensure glowing skin in the winter. So to provide the best winter care for your face, remind yourself to drink water.

    Try To Spend Less Time In The Shower Or Anywhere Too Hot

    Since we crave warmth so much in the cold season, we love to take long showers and use hot water on our skin. In reality, that’s one thing you should stop doing to avoid dull skin in winter.

    As part of your new winter skincare routine, you should shower for no more than 15 minutes. Instead of using hot water to wash your hands and face, use lukewarm water as to not harm your skin. The secret to a glowing face in winter is to avoid exposing yourself to extremely hot temperatures. Also when you dry your skin, make sure to not dry it too much so you don’t take away all the moisture, and please make sure you apply body cream immediately afterward.

    Pay Attention To Your Diet

    Whether you wish to be physically healthy or want healthy skin, your diet can help you out a lot. Eating nutritious food is just as important as drinking a lot of liquids in the winter. Our eating habits tend to change a lot in the cold so we need to regulate it more smartly.

    In case your skin lacks nutrition, it can gain it from the food you eat. Eating proper food is one way to moisturize your skin and avoid dull skin in winter. This is why you should ensure that you eat healthy meals to keep your skin glowing.

    Picking The Right Winter Skincare Routine For You

    Just like everything else in life, it is essential to have a winter skincare routine to treat your skin properly in this season. There is a lot that can damage your skin, so you need to follow a special routine to prevent dull skin in winter.

    You need to wash your face at least 2 times a day to get rid of all the dirt and chemicals. Whenever you have free time, try applying face masks to hydrate and treat your skin. Use good quality winter skincare products that will nourish your skin. Use lotions and moisturizers after waking up and before going to bed. Including these small things in your winter routine will enable you to take care of your sensitive skin in the harsh weather. Remember products that may work well on others may not have the same effect on you. Please be sure to research ingredients and test products before applying them to your face and body. 

    Winter Isn’t The Time To Say No To Sunscreen

    Winter days are often cloudy and you might think now is the correct time to say goodbye to sunscreen. But no, even on dark winter days, you still have to protect your skin from dangerous sun rays. The main reason behind that is winter clouds are not enough to keep UV rays away from your skin.

    Since you can’t just sit at home to avoid the sun altogether, you should apply SPF 20 or higher sunscreen before leaving the house. Sunscreen is one of the winter skincare products that most people don’t think of as important. Make sure to carry it along with you and apply it throughout the day for a lasting effect.

    A lot of people hate the winter season because it’s easy to have dull skin in winter but it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ve given essential tricks and tips that will change how some feel about their winter skin. Overall, I hope these help you to create a better winter skincare routine and take care of yourself in a much better way. 

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    I’ma start this off out the gate and let you know, I am NOT  a makeup person. When I was in my late teens and early 20’s I wore it all the time.  But the older I got the more my makeup routine became less and less. So less I was down to the bare minimum of eyebrows and chapstick. Then as I entered my 30’s I discovered bronzer and blush and added them to my small arsenal, that also included a concealer stick and a few lip glosses.

    But, with my upcoming vacation I wanted to expand my tiny makeup case to include some new items. Only I needed a starting point, and I got one by way of an invite to a Clinique event at Bloomingdale’s hosted by my blogger friend Nicole from Mommy Tips by Cole. I had heard so much about this company over the years from so many different women that I needed to check it out for myself.

    When I got to the store I was greeted by Nicole and my makeup artist for the afternoon Chi Crawford. After we talked about how I liked wearing my makeup and what type of face I would like for her to apply I felt as if I was in good hands.

    The first step she did was use makeup remover to take off the little bit of makeup I had on.


    Then she got to work.

    I have combination skin that can get oily skin at the drop of a dime so I wanted to use products that would not add to the oil that would eventually build up. So I went for matte everything.

    She used the following products to create a face that was so flawless that it made me wish I had planned for somewhere to go after the event. This was truly the first time that I was pleased with the results of having my face done in a department store. Like many people, we are sometimes leery about what the artist is doing but Chi used her magical skills and beat my face to the gods.

    When I saw the finished product I couldn’t stop looking at myself, and neither could other people because they were staring at me HARD.  I knew I looked great, and therefore I felt great!

    The main products used to create this look included:
    Beyond Perfecting Foundation Concealer
    Airbrush Concealer
    Prett Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen
    True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer
    Clinique Pop Lip Colour Primer (in Cola Pop)

    Despite the fact that I had on so much makeup that didn’t stop my face from being able to breathe. Clinique makeup is light and airy. It felt as though I had no makeup on. It didn’t feel packed on. I was pleasantly surprised as I never used tricks such as highlighting and slight contouring. I have the urge to learn these techniques now.

    Clinique has completely snatched my life. I love this brand and going back to my old foundations I used to wear would be impossible.  My life had been changed and I fully get what all the hype is about. Only it isn’t hype it’s pure FACTS!

    Oh, and let’s talk about that sweet gift bag I received.



    I inside of that cute tote bag was: Moisture Surge & Moisture Surge Intense cream, Step 1 Facial soap, Step 3 Facial lotion,  Repairwear laser Focus, Chubby Stick shadow in charcoal, dual Mascara and Lipstick in glazed berry, Lipstick in tender heart and shadow quad. I purchased the Stay Matte foundation, eyebrow pencil in black/brown, the 3 step facial cleanse and lipstick in cola pop.

    My stylist Chi Crawford

    #chicrawfordbeauty #nycmua #CliniqueImpactProTeam

    A photo posted by Chi (@chicrawfordbeauty) on

    Following the event I caught up with Chi to learn more about Clinique products, and to find out what products every Clinique newbie should have in their makeup case.

    What are the top 3 items every first time Clinique shopper should buy?
    1. Sonic cleansing brush
    2. 3 step skincare ( 1-4 depending on skin type)
    3. All about eyes rich cream

    What products do you recommend to help reduce oily skin since the summer is so hot?
    Clinique pore refining solutions instant perfector

    Moms have only but so much time to get ready. What can moms do in 5 minutes to get us from looking like we just woke up to looking fly?
    1. Mascara (of your choice)
    2. Airbrush concealer (to brighten under eye area and look awake)
    3. Bronzer (on cheeks and temples to add a warmth and soft glow
    4. Lip gloss (of your choice)

    If you would like your makeup done professionally then I recommend that you give her a holla, and be sure to follow her on Instagram.

    Check out my Snapchat video  from that afternoon.

    *Update I didn’t buy the foundation that I’m wearing in the pictures because I wanted to try a smaller quantity of makeup before going for a larger bottle. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been wearing the Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup and it does not run or make my face look like an oil slick. I’ve been out in 90 degree heat and my face stayed dry and in place with only slight oil on the bridge of my nose. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving. So if you haven’t tried Clinique I highly recommend it.

    FYI: This post contains affiliate links that earns Mommy R+R a small commission which goes toward the upkeep of this website. 


    A couple of weeks ago my husband did something very nice for me and my friends, he treated us to a spa day at The Setai Club & Spa Wall Street in NYC. If you remember I went to this spa for my birthday and it was fabulous. Naturally when he said spa, this was the only one that came to my mind. Their walking proximity to the WTC PATH made it easy for my friends to train it from NJ and for us to walk to South Street Seaport so we can dine afterward.


    A sad fact about going to the spa was only one of us had ever had a massage before. I can tell you right now that person wasn’t me. Yes, I had been here before but it wasn’t for a massage. And why up until this point in my life had I not had a professional massage before was beyond me. Thankfully my first was going to here.

    So on a sunny Saturday afternoon 5 mothers, who had not been away from their kids to enjoy each others company in god knows how long, met up for what would be the greatest day of our lives. Okay well, the 2nd greatest day – the first was when we flew to Miami for a week. Nothing will trump that.

    When we got to the spa we could hardly contain ourselves to the point that we forgot what floor we were going to. Have you ever seen 5 grown women looking confused in an elevator going from floor to floor? No?! Well, I assure you it was a sight, especially when we got to the floor that was pitch black. It was right out of the scene from Annabelle. I can only assume when the elevator operator had his fill of our antics on the security camera, he got on the loud speaker and told us which floor the spa was located on. It was the only button we didn’t press. After much embarrassment, we were finally on our way.

    Once we made it to The Setai, Tina was there to greet us and gave us a tour of the facility. She then lead us to the women’s changing area so we could swap our yoga gear, that we did no yoga in, for fluffy robes and slippers. She wasted no time in getting us to the massage waiting area, which is hidden behind this door that looks like a wall. So you’re quite literally stepping into a hidden paradise. Covered in dark woods, tranquil music and aromatherapy scents the sitting area instantly puts you in a relaxed mood…and if doesn’t help the unlimited champagne will get you feeling right. The plan was for all of us to get deep tissue massages and spend the rest of the day in the hot tub/dry sauna area while drinking the Setai drier than the Sahara.

    Me after spitting the wasabi

    The massages were two at a time and with me being last there was plenty of time for me to get into trouble. Let me be clear, I don’t look for shenanigans; shenanigans finds me. Case in point, the snacks they had laid out included hot tea (yum), and various treats. I taste tested each treat til I landed on one that was green pea that looked like it was covered in “sugar”. Like a child, I wasted no time putting it in my mouth instead of asking, what’s this? .3 seconds later I spit that pea across the room and into my friends lap. Mass hysteria ensues, at the expense of the 4-alarm blaze happening in my mouth. I didn’t spit it on purpose, I was just trying to get the hotness out of my mouth and spitting it out was the only option I could think of at the moment. I was in a panic. After they calmed down they asked if I’ve ever had a wasabi pea before? Up until then, no. And trust me, that wasn’t a way I wanted to be introduced to it. Like an angered child I took my seat and covered myself with one the luxurious throws and waited for my turn.

    When my massage time came I was ready. I told the masseuse I wanted and all over rub and don’t worry about being gentle. I got on the table and what that woman did to me was beyond magic. Her hands worked all my kinks out. I was almost offended when she was done cause my muscles were like, don’t stop. She was worth the wait. I cannot remember her name but I’m sure the club can look it up, cause when I go back I only want HER!

    With everyone feeling limber after their massage, we popped what had to be our fourth or fifth bottle and headed over to the hot tub/dry sauna area. Days leading up to our visit we chatted at length about “spa etiquette” and how we wanted to stay within the guidelines. Prior to our arrival The Setai informed me we could be nude or we can wear a bathing suit. We were vehemently opposed to being nude, regardless if we were going to be on the ladies only side of the spa. However, after the massage we pretty much said to hell with trying to put on bathing suits and enjoyed the area sans our suits. In this moment we would be bonded forever.


    We were trying to keep covered up but when I thought I was discreetly fixing my towel I ended up flashing everyone. At that point, everyone said to hell with it and allowed ourselves to be fully submerged in our surroundings. No one cared about others “flaws” or if we saw each other. This was an opportunity for us to enjoy ourselves and relax. Why not go all out? We talked, soaked and drank some more. Were we a little loud…uh, probably. But what do you expect from a group of women who could hardly contain ourselves when our children weren’t around. This was a celebration… and it was well deserved.

    At the end of the day we showered in stalls that were as big as our entire bathrooms, which the following day pretty much made our showers at home unacceptable. We felt like new women and all of our stresses didn’t seem to matter as much. This was exactly what we needed. Jeff had done a phenomenal job!

    PicMonkey Collage

    But the day wasn’t over. My wonderful husband not only treated us to the spa but he also treated us to dinner. Since we were so close to the South Street Seaport there would be no reason as to why we should leave that area to find food. We all wanted seafood so we found Cowgirl Sea-Horse. They’re located a couple of blocks over from Fulton. Its practically under the Brooklyn Bridge which made for an awesome view. The food and service were great, but the drinks were even better! If you don’t already know drinking is our theme when we’re together. It was a perfect way to end the night.

    If you’re in NYC then I suggest going to The Setai for a spa day with your girls or alone. It really is a slice of heaven in the midst of the hustle and bustle of New York City. Thank you Jeff for the awesome group trip as you knew we truly needed it. I will be going back again because I have a comp VIP pass that I plan on cashing in sometime this summer. Now that I think about it, I should really just buy a membership. I don’t know, we’ll see.

    Photo Credit: Setai Club Wall Street


    beautiful texturesA couple of months back I attended an anniversary lunch for an entertainment website celebrating their 4th anniversary and in the swag back they gave us a box of Beautiful Textures Naturally Straight. The product allows me to wear my natural hair straight without the usage of perm. This was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. It’s been on the shelf for some time so why I had never heard of the product before is beyond me.

    To give you a little back story about my hair. I stopped perming or chemically straightening my hair in 2007 after I lost almost all the hair on the right side of my head due to a home perm and dye job done within 9 days of each other. That is a big no-no. I’ve been doing my own hair since the mid 90’s, I knew better. Those actions forced me to wear a comb over that entire summer and ultimately kept me from perming so that I could save what little bit of hair I had left. Thus, my transition from perm to chemical free (except dye) had begun.

    Me and my curly afro

    I was reluctant about my afro in the beginning because it takes some time to get used to but over time it grew on me and I loved the way my hair looked and felt. It was a new me! Well only outwardly cause on the inside I was the same crazy me. I wondered why I hadn’t done this before? It shouldn’t have taken me losing chunks of hair to see the light. But the only thing about being natural I hated was and is the SHRINKAGE! What is shrinkage? Its when your hair dries and literally shrinks up. The length of your natural hair wet and dry are vastly different. For example, when my hair is soaking wet after I detangle it can touch my shoulders but by the time it starts to dry its now touching the tops of my ears. Its the bane of almost every naturals existence. There are a few who love and accept that our hair does this…most of us do not. So when I got this chemical free straightening product I was anxious to it and see how long my hair truly was. Not to mention I was craving some summertime whip action so it came at the right moment.

    First day after blowing out my hair

    I chose the night of an annual male adult show that me and my girls attend every summer to try this product out. I was actually saving it for this particular event. Its our Superbowl of girls night out. The event takes place on the Husdon River and is like a Magic Mike show on steroids…no, more like whatever Leo DiCaprio was on in Wolf of Wall Street. Talk about sensory overload. I won’t get into specifics of this event as its worthy of its own post.

    Anyway, I followed the simple instructions, which was a 2 step process. Wash your hair with the cleanser they provide and apply the leave in conditioner. The box give you 2 applications each. So you’ll be able to use the contents of this box about 4 times. After you leave the leave in conditioner in for about 20 minutes you blow dry it out (with a comb attachment), flat iron and style.  Boom! Whatta ya know instant straight hair…minus the scalp burns. It felt nice and different. Not bad different but considering I haven’t seen my hair straight in several years it’s something that would take getting used to.

    Second day of my blow out

    Once I was done with hair and make-up I really didn’t know how to act with my new hairdo. I loved it! Yet, there was one thing I didn’t like about my new style. It was the fact that I had to actually comb my hair. You see, with my afro I could go 2 or 3 days without combing it. I could just finger style it and go. Or I could wash it and go with it still damp. But not now I had to actually put in effort to styling it and making it look presentable. I had to use blow dryers and flat irons. These things take time. Like an extra 45 minutes of time. Not good when you’re trying to sneak out of the house to Target without the kids knowing you’re leaving. Any mom knows, when the kids see you playing in your hair or getting dressed that’s their cue to get their shoes. Another boo-hoo moment came when I took my hot shower the next day, if you allow your head to sweat (which I did) then your straight hair is back to its curly roots and you’ll have to blow it out all over again. So don’t forget your head scarf.

    But I will say the major perks of this product was that I was able to see my how much my hair had grown. I cut all my hair off last year for no reason at all. It was a Thursday and I felt like cutting all my hair off. So to see it at its current length let me know despite its movement being slower than a turtle surfing on molasses it was actually growing. Though a little dry on the ends cause I sleep wild and my satin head wrap never stays on. But, its nothing a little hot oil treatment can’t fix up over the next few weeks.

    Overall, it was a welcome change after so many years of seeing myself looking one way. So much so I almost permed my hair over the holiday weekend. Yeah I know…perming after being natural for so long is like a big faux-pas. But the thought of being able to take long hot showers without my roots reverting back would be…wait! *thinks to self* If I perm I’d have to maintain it, not to mention add another 30-40miutes to my dressing routine to curl and style. What mom has that kinda time? So I think I’ll take the $8.00 I would’ve spend on a box of perm or other straightening products and buy a box of wine instead. Yes, that would be the best $8 bucks I could ever spend.

    Pros: Straight hair that’s chemical free that won’t shrink when dry.
    Cons: Say buh-bye to hot showers and you’ll need more time to get ready.