2020 Skin Care Favorites

Hey, #Breesquad!!! I hope you have had a great week. Today we are going to talk about something a little different! Skin Care. That’s Right! I am going to give you the rundown of the things that I use to keep my skin smooth and glowing. So, if you are looking to ramp up your skincare game then keep reading…. I will add links to the products that I use within the blog, some of these links will be affiliate links so clicking on them does support my channel. Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog. I have planned a Huge Giveaway next month and you have to be subscribed to enter.

Face

My face skincare routine has really gotten better since quarantine. I used to just use a face wash, throw on any old moisturizer, and run out the door. Most times I would just wash my face and go which is a huge No-No. I have never really had acne-prone skin. I will break out here and again but it’s usually when my cycle is about to start or if I am super stressed out. I think that is it also important for you all to know that I have oily to combination skin.

Face Cleansers

I use two cleansers on my face. I determine what cleanser I need by what I have done that day. If it’s a day where I am just in the house not doing anything, ( basically my life for 2020) I will only use my Cerave Foaming Cleanser. This cleanser was my staple back in high school when I was dealing with ance. As I got older and stop having as many breakouts I started using other stuff to clean my face. I went back to Cereve because this is the only product that makes me feel like my face is cleaner as when I am using other drug store brands. Cerave is dermatology recommended as well.

The other cleanser I have been using over the last month or so is Fenty Skin. Anything that Rihanna has been making recently has been bomb. I mean she can just take all my money at this point. I use Fenty Skin to remove makeup before going in with my Cerave cleanser I also use the Fat Water Toner daily. I love the way that the toner makes my skin feel after cleansing.

Toners

Now Speaking of toners let’s talk about some of my favorites thus far. Right now, of course, I am using the Fenty Skin Fat Water toner, but I also love the toner from Lush. The Tea Tree Water toner makes my face feel amazing I use it after cleansing and before applying my moisturizer both day and night. Another great toner that I prefer to use is the Thayers Which hazel toner. This is the toner I have been using for years. I didn’t really know of any other toners to use.

Moisturizers

Lastly for my face we have moisturizers. I have been loving the fenty skin moiturser. I love that it has SPF and it doesn’t make my face look all greasy. The other moisturizer that I have been using is Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion. I have this one and the Environmental Shield Essential C I actually stumbled across these from my IPSY subscription.

Ipsy

IPSY is a subscription box that sends you makeup and skincare each month. They have 3 tiers. One is 12.00 once is 25.00 and the 3rd is 50.00. If it wasn’t for IPSY I would not even know about this Murad moisturizer or most of the eye shadow pallets that I own. I personally have the 2nd tier and they sent me 5 full-size products each month. If you are looking to build your makeup or skincare collection then click here to join.

Body

My shower routine had been the same for I don’t know how long. I use Dove and Dr. Bronner’s. The Dove that I am loving right now is the Shea Butter and Vanilla. I love warm scents like vanilla, and shea butter so I just gravitated to those scents but they have a lot of scents that are amazing. Dr. Bronner’s is the best for everything I mainly use the Peppermint scent and the Lavender scent as well. Dr. Bonners has a lot of uses and wonderful scents to choose from. Do you all use Dr. Bronner’s? What are some ways you use it? Let me know in the comments below.

Exfoliate

I also exfoliate using Tree Hut. I don’t really have a favorite scent I love them all. Right now I am using the Tahitian Vanilla (yes, Vanilla is my go-to) Another Exfoliate that I am loving right now is Formula 10.0.6

For my body my I usually moisturize with whipped shea butter or I use Hempz Sweet Pineapple and Honey Melon Lotion. I love the smell and I love how it absorbs in my skin. In the colder months, I use Shea butter or Cocoa Butter. My dad loved some cocoa butter, that is basically all that was in my house growing up, and like they say… “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”

So there you have it. A list of my skincare favorites for 2020. I mean with COVID-19 still being off the chain I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Wash your hands. Wear your masks, please! I love you all thank you for your continued support. Make sure you follow me on all social media and subscribe to my blog!!

September Goals

Hey y’all… I’m back. 2020 has been a crazy year so far… I made all these goals in the beginning of the year, then Coronavirus came in and wrecked the whole world. I never though in all my days that we would be witnessing a pandemic. And don’t get me started on how much I hate wearing a mask…. yes I know how important it is but it’s too hot under there…. my heart really goes out to the people on the frontline and any who has to wear a mask for an extended period of time…. any who this post is going to be my goals for the rest of the year… I hope this inspires you all to finish 2020 strong.

The first goal I have for the end of the year is to be more consistent on here as well as social media … I will be the first to tell you I struggle with consistency…. I will make whole list of things I need to do…. do 2 things off the list and then take a nap. Part of the reason for that is my depression sucking the life out of me… I have days where I have absolutely no motivation at all. The other part is that I can’t tell you the last time I wore actual clothes… if you wanna see some pictures in sweatpants and over sizes T-shirt’s I’m your girl… I haven’t worn make up since February. I just don’t feel photogenic these days but I need to get myself out there.

My second goal for this month is to get back in to my hair routine… I have taken lazy natural to a whole new level this year… don’t get me wrong my hair is retaining length. Lola is thriving but I have not been treating her the best… I went from doing my hair weekly to washing my hair every 2 to 3 weeks and keeping it in a bun. I mean in some ways it helps because I am not manipulating my hair as much but I need to do better. I know.

My third goal is to pick up a hobby. I feel like I need to be doing something creative. Blogging is creative,however, I want to do other things like write a book or start a craft. These have been weighing on my heart heavy lately so I want try and start one or both this month. I love writing. There is something so therapeutic about writing for me… especially when I can write about whatever I want … that was the reason I started my blog in the first place. I want to take my writing to the next level though.

So there are 3 goals I have for the month of September. Are you setting any goals this month? Let me know in the comments below… as always you can follow me on all my social media platforms… simply click the icon under this post!! I love you all the most!!! Until next time ✌🏽✌🏽

My Amazon Favorites!

So as you all know this Quarantine will make you shop for anything that can be delivered to your door so you don’t have to leave your home. For me, I was at home out of work for over a month because I am a high risk for the Coronavirus. I spend my days sleeping at the beginning because I needed a mental break. Once I was rested I starting getting online and shopping. I have purchased some amazing things online that I can wait to share with you all. Everything that will be talking about today I will have a link available for. Making a purchase through the link is no additional cost to you but does help support my channel and allow me to continue to bring you amazing content.

If you know me personally, you know I love candles. I have candles in my bathroom, my bedroom and in my office. I have one of those long stem lighters you can get to light candles but they eventually will run out and you have to purchase a new one. I was on youtube one day and someone was mention they found a rechargeable lighter for their candles and I had to have it. It was reasonably priced and love it. The charge on it lasts pretty good I had it for about 2 weeks and it is still fully charged. Trust me if you love candles as I do then this is a great buy!

The next item that is one of my absolute favorites is my bookshelf. I dont us it as a book shelf i actually put in my office to hold all my hair and makeup. As n influencer, I am always getting products to test. Most of them come from me buying them but i do have some great companies that send me stuff to try out. I actually saw this shelf in Pastor Phineka Friends IG story. I sent her a message not even know the would respond to me. ( Make sure you are following her on Instagram!) She told me she got it off amazon and hopped right on and made the purchase. It came quickly and it was pretty easy to put together. It looks amazing in my office and I love how neat and organized I am able to hav everything now.

The next purchase I made was something that I received a sample from Influencer and I used it once and was hooked. This lotion smells so good. It is not greasy at all. I use this lotion all over.

Most of you all don’t know this, but i got my nose pierced in February. Had i known that the world was going to be under a pandemic i would have requested they pierced me with a gold stud because silver is not my color at all. I have been on the hunt for gold nose rings and was not sure about what type of nose ring would work better for me. I ordered 20 nose rings for $13.99. I also checked the website and there are still at this price. These had over 1,500 reviews and 4 1/2 Stars. I will be receiving these tomorrow so i will update you all on how I like them.

Lately, I have been obsessed with silicone phone cases. I think it’s the way that they feel in my hand. I found some really cute ones on Amazon that are 1. Affordable and 2. Super Cute. I got the teal and burgundy colors but my sister has a pale pink one and she loves hers as well.

If you have natural hair you know that Satin Pillow Cases are a MUST. I have switched out all the pillowcases in my bed for satin pillowcases. I have these in Light Grey and Orange. I got the orange ones because they matched the comforter I had at the time. I really recommend this brand they are great and have over 2,000 reviews.

So these are some of the amazing items that I have found on Amazon. I really don’t mean to make you spend money, I already know you all have been shopping none stop but you need to add these to your collection.

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40 Facts About Me!

Hey, #CurlFriends I hope you are doing well. I have been doing this Social Distancing thing which means I have a lot of free time on my hands so I’m catching up on some post!! I missed y’all so much but the last year has been a trying one. I’ll tell you more about that later. Today’s post is 40 things about me. I wanted to post something fun and light-hearted to start off. Here we go……

1. Do you put ketchup on a burger? No

2. Choice of soda? Ginger Ale

3. Do you own a gun? Not telling 

4. Can you swim? No

5.  Any surgeries? No

6. Favorite type of pie? Sweet Potato

7. Do you believe in ghosts? I believe in Spirits 

8. What do you drink in the morning? Coffee or Juice

9. Can you do 100 pushups? Absolutely not 

11. Your favorite hobby? Writing 

12. Tattoo? 4… Plan to get more though

13. Do you wear glasses? Yep

14. Do you have a phobia? Yes 

15. Do you have a nickname? Bree

16. 3 favorite drinks? Sweet Tea, Ginger Ale, Stella Rose wine

17. Favorite pets? I like dogs and cats are ok too depending on the cat

18. Rain or Snow? Rain

19. Can you change a tire? Yep…. Benefits of being a daddy’s girl

20. Favorite flower? Flowers don’t really like me (allergies) but I guess lotus 

21. Can you drive a stick? Ummm I can a Lil bit… need more practice 

22. Ever gone skydiving? No…. Scared of heights so I like to have my feet planted 

23. Kids? No

24. Favorite color? Teal and Yellow 

25. Employed? Yes

26. Can you whistle? Yes 

27. Favorite vacation? Mexico was by far my favorite 

28. Siblings? 2 sisters, 1 stepsister, 2 stepbrothers, and a cousin who is like my sister

30. Shower or bath? Shower

31. Last song you listened to? Circle of Life ( I’m watching the Lion King)

32. Broken bones? No

33. How many TVs are in your house? 3 I think

34. Worst pain? When my IUD came out….. had to go to the ER

35. Do you like to sing? Yes

36. Are your parents still alive? Yes 

37. Do you like camping? I’m not sleeping outside… the way my allergies are set up

38. What do you enjoy binge-watching? Grey Anatomy, Game of Thrones, House, Law and Order, Criminal Minds

39. Pumpkin or pecan pie? Pumpkin 

40. Someone who will play along? Prolly we quarantined and bored. (Social Distancing)

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3 Goals I have for 2019

So we are 10 days into the new year. 2018 is a thing of the past and I have been in heavy reflection. That’s honestly why i have posted my usual 2 posts a week. I really wanted to plan out some things for where i want this blog to go. Plus I have a life when I’m not behind this keyboard clicking away. I promise I do. In my time of reflection I came up with 3 goals that I want to achieve this year.

Start My Youtube Channel

Let me be honest with you, I have had my YouTube channel for almost 8 years. YouTube was something that I have always loved the idea of but its a lot of work. I had to learn how to edit videos, record content without making myself look crazy, the whole nine. I have a couple of videos that are uploaded but they don’t have a lot of views. Most of the videos are Periscope videos I recorded and they backed up to my channel. I am planning to go through them and remove the ones that I did not really talk about anything on. I am also going to go through and rename some of them so that they are more searchable. I do want to eventually get me a camera but until then ill be using this good iPhone and a ring light.

Create Multiple Streams of Income

So at the end of last year, I lost my job. To be honest I wasn’t upset because it was probably one of the worse jobs I’ve had. Not the actual job itself, just everything that came with the job: the management, the people, the environment. I was not a fan. Even though I was searching for a new job I really planned on working this one until I found another one, but God had other plans. This experience had reminded me how important it is for me to have multiple streams of income. I can honestly say that God has provided in these last couple of weeks. Like he really looked out but I need to get on the game….. There’s work to be done. Im trying to secure as many bags as possible all 2019!!

Improve My Time Management Skills

In my reflection I realized that I am a procrastinator. I am always putting things off til the last minuet, which is something that i need to work on like yesterday. In order to accomplish this I am going to use my calendar more. I also brought a planner which I will be putting to use ASAP. Since I am a visual learner I have color coded things on my calendar by importance. I really just need to stay motivated and stick to my schedule and I’ll be able to be more productive this year.

What are some goals that you have for 2019? Let me know in the comments. I appreciate y’all so much. Make sure that you like, comment, and subscribe. Ill talk to ya’ll in my next post….. Be Blessed

Get To Know Me Tag!

Happy New Year Family!! 2018 was an intense year for me. I can’t even lie. It was a roller coaster of successes and area of opportunities. However, I am going into the New Year Optimistic. I know that this is going to be my year!! I’m claim it! So because its a new year I wanted to do something fun. Lets get to know me some more. Get To Know Me

1.Where did you grow up? I grew up in Ashland, Va. I also spend half of my childhood in Coatesville Va. ( Gotta love every other weekend visitation)

2.Where do you currently live? I live right outside of Richmond,VA

3. Who is your first best friend? I don’t really have a best friend per say. I have a few really close friends that I love equally. I cant say one is better than the other.

4. How tall are you? 5’2 ( I know, I’m short)

5.Dogs or Cats? Dogs, I don’t do cats…. No thanks

6. Funniest moment throughout high school? I don’t have a funniest moment really… I can’t thing of anything anyway,

7. What year were you born? 1988…. (80’s baby raised in the 90’s)

8. Are you in/have you gone to college? I’m in school… I’m a Psychology major.

9. What is your favorite drink? Sweet Tea and Ginger Ale

10. What is your spirit animal and why? Spirit Animal… I don’t have one of those.

11. You’re wearing perfume, what scent is it? Well I’m not wearing perfume but if i was it would be D&G.

12. Tea or Coffee? Coffee

13. What are your life goals? To inspire others, to be successful, to be the first millionaire in my family.

14. What sports do you play or have you played? I didn’t play sports.

15. Have any books you read changed your life? The bible.

16. What is your favorite movie? Brown Sugar

17. Who are your favorite YouTubers? I have a blog on this already you can check that out here

18. Do you speak any languages and how well? I took 3 years of Spanish in High School and 2 years in College and I can’t speak it at all. I can ease drop on some conversations though.

19. Are you single or taken? I am very much single.

20. What is your idea of your dream date? Dinner and something fun like Skating or a Amusement Park.

21. How long was your longest relationship? 2 years

22. How would you describe your fashion sense? I like to keep things simple for the most part but every once in a while I like to pop out.

23. What is your go-to hairstyle? Wash and Go, and Buns. you can read more about how I achieve my popping Wash and Go’s here.

24. How many siblings do you have? I have 2 half sisters, 2 step brothers and a step sister.

25. What is your go to fast food order? Chickfila #1 Colby Jack Cheese

26. Do you use PC or a Mac? PC but I want a Mac….. One day.

27. Your most memorable vacation memory? Going to Myrtle Beach for my 22nd Birthday, It was the first vacation I took with my friends….. no parents.

28. What are your morning, evening routines? Morning: Wake up, Pray, Shower and stuff, get dressed, out the door. Evening: Eat dinner, write, watch TV til i go to sleep.

29. Do you have any bad habits? Caffeine…. does that count. Also I have to sleep with TV on.

30. Tell us one thing about you that we wouldn’t know! One thing y’all wouldn’t know about me is that I’m scared of birds….. I have a story time about that here.

Want to hear more? I’ll be uploading the extended version of the “Get to Know Me Tag” on my YouTube page this week!! Yes, you read that correctly I’m starting my YouTube page this week. Make sure you are subscribed to my channel. You can do that by clicking here

How I Killed Myself to Save my Marriage

*** This is a Guest Post By Friend/ Cousin Vernetta….. Make sure you follow her at www.vernettaspeaks.com to stay up to date with all your entertainment news!!! Tell her I sent you***                                       

 You’re going to learn a lot about me personally the more you continue to follow and read my blog (I’m hoping you will follow me and read my blog:vernettaspeaks.com).  It’s not all about celebrity gossip, but it’s about my life helping someone else’s life. Let metake you to last year when I killed myself to save my marriage.

No New Years Resolution For Me

Man, Its December already. 2018 has come and gone already. Every time at the end of the year I like to do a self-evaluation. This most will be some things that I want to improve on not even for the upcoming year but for my life in general. Some of these I have already started. I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions but these will be lifestyle changes and goals that I plan on meeting.

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Birds of a Feather ( Story Time)

Story Time

Have you ever been attacked by a bird? Well, I have. Don’t laugh I know you are reading this laughing right now. But I am going to tell you how this happened. This is a new segment that I am starting on my Blog. I have some crazy stories and I want to share them with you so let me introduce you to story time with Bree. Here we go….

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So You Wanna Be a Blogger? Tips I’ve Learned Along The Way

So you want to be a blogger: 8 things I’ve learned along this journey.

So I have been blogging for almost a year now. Something I always wanted to start but didn’t think I had anything to say that people would really care about. Now over 700 subscribers later I am so grateful that I decided that I would just do it. I have learned so much over these last 12 so months, so I wanted to document it so that I could help someone out there who is reading this and thinking about starting a blog of their own. Here are 10 things that I learned during my process.

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