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Beauty: My Current Self-Care Regimen

Hi beauties! Here is a super quick guide to my beauty and self-care regimen!

Hair: I’ve been consistent with rubbing Jamaican Black Castor Oil my edges because postpartum shedding is real. I massage my scalp weekly. Low manipulation protective styles are a life saver!

Skin: I’ve discovered the importance of using a serum at night. Sdara Skincare Vitamin C Serum in conjunction with their derma roller (used once a week) and my Clarosonic with the brush head formulated for acne prone skin (used daily) is EVERYTHING to my skin. Also, my jade roller depuffs, feels amazing and gives my bone structure a more refined look when used consistently. I wrote a separate blog all about facial rolling that you can read here.

I also use natural beauty products from Origins such as their Checks and Balances cleanser, Ginzing under eye cream, their Charcoal Mask and their Original Skin Resurfacing mask. These are STAPLES.

Body: Lots of dancing and walks in the neighborhood on pretty days. Plus, my daughter is a heavy weight and I burn lots of calories toting her around, seriously. Not to mention going up and down my stairs with her multiple times a day. As far as what I am eating, it’s pretty much a low carb diet. I try to focus on protein and veggies with occasional fruit and grain. Very seldom to I indulge on “white” carbs. I also do not drink sodas with the exception of the occasional diet ginger ale or diet coke. Blueberry Green Tea by Yogi is a great morning cup to help keep your metabolism boosted and is a good coffee alternative.

Inner Glow: Drinking water and staying hydrated, prayerful, grateful and minding my business is truly a winning combo! I also make a point to enjoy me time regularly and I never apologize for it. This may include attending my Monday night Zumba, taking a bubble bath or sitting outside on my patio with a glass of wine. As a new mom, me time is critical. I hope tghis helps! The products listed here are sold in my Amazon store! Get easy access, everything conveniently in one place, secured checkout, and lightning fast shipping when you shop in my store!!! Thank you for reading and I’ll see you soon.


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Beauty: The 411 On Derma-Rollers

This season, I’ve really stepped up my skin-care regimen. I’ve been trying to be more consistent with treatments and applying healthy products formulated to meet my skins specific needs.

I’ve been learning more and more about the benefits of derma-rollers and the different kinds. I have two, a jade roller and a micro-needle roller. Here is what I learned about each of them.

Jade Roller Benefits

  • Use after washing face in the morning to really wake your face up and get your day started, at night before bed to relax, or both!
  • Reduces inflammation and puffiness of the skin, including reducing the appearance of under eye circles (especially if your roller is cold).
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system and blood circulation.
  • Easy and relaxing way to pamper yourself on a daily basis. For those into crystals, the jade stone is also known for purity, gentleness and love. People use jade stone to invite harmonious, balanced and protective energy.
  • This roller feels amazing. Get you a jade roller, sis! Click here to get yours in two business days!

Micro-needling Benefits

  • This tool can be used once or twice weekly as a very effective skin rejuvenation treatment and should be cleaned in an alcohol solution before and after each use.
  • Effectively reduces acne.
  • Brightens complexion, reduces scars from acne, sun spots and aging.
  • Tightens pores, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, and allows for skincare products to penetrate more deeply.
  • Reduces the signs of aging by increasing collagen production. Fine lines are noticeably reduced with consistent use.
  • Balances moisture levels naturally. It is especially ideal for oily skin.

I’ve added a Vitamin C serum to my night time regimen and I love how effective it’s been with the help of my derma-roller. My skin is noticeably more even and brighter, especially after it’s postpartum freak out. I had terrible acne and severe dryness before the regimen I am on now. I am gratefully privy to this information about derma-rollers and happy to share it with you!

I have partnered with Sdara Skincare to #giveaway one Derma-roller + Vitamin C Serum, my absolute skincare addictions since I got my hands on them. Winner will be announced next week. Enter Here To Win! or click the image below.

Thanks for reading! xo -Riss



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Feature: Carissa Stephens As Seen On Houston Life TV | DIY Beauty!

Today, I had the opportunity to return to one of my favorite television sets, KPRC Ch. 2, as a beauty expert and filmed two live segments on one of my favorite topics… natural hair! I loved the opportunity to work with the Channel 2 crew and the hosts of Houston Life TV, Derrick Shore and Christine Noel, who was in for Courtney Zavala.

On my first segment, I shared 3 quick and easy DIY recipes: Optimal Moisture, Growth & Strengthen, and Smooth & Shine. On my second segment, I was accompanied by my 3 models, Nakyia, Amber and Devon. I showcased quick demos on easy-to-achieve, heat-less styles for curly hair. Check out my photos from the day and click the link below to watch my live segments on Houston Life TV!

WATCH HERE: https://www.click2houston.com/houston-life/hl-style/diy-hair-masks-using-items-you-probably-already-have-at-home

Thanks for reading! xo -Riss


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Beauty: Eyeliner Techniques

Choosing YOUR perfect go-to eyeliner and application…

I was having a conversation with my girlfriends recently. We were discussing how we see all sorts of awesome makeup tutorials for application techniques, including how to apply eye liner. With all the different application styles, brushes and pencils, choosing your eyeliner product and style can be confusing! Then you run the risk of over spending on products you may not like just because you expect it to work for you like it did for the make-up maven on YouTube. The truth is, when it comes to choosing the perfect eyeliner, “It’s Different Strokes For Different Folks” – Literally! Everything ain’t for everybody… Read more to find out how to choose which eyeliner style could best compliment your look!

Round eyes: Round eyes are usually large and quite wide. If you can see white above or below your iris when you look straight ahead, you have round eyes.

In theory, you have more room to play around with. Try lining the top and bottom lid and finishing with a slight wing to help elongate the appearance of the eye. Smudgy pencils look great on round eyes.

Smaller eyes: Literally in the shape of an almond, being narrow at the inner and outer ducts. If you look straight ahead, your iris disappears into your upper and lower eyelids.Alicia Keys Almond Eyes Eyeliner

The recommendation is something that will accentuate your eye shape. Start with a thin line in the inner duct and as you line outward, increase the thickness of the line until finishing at a fine point just outside the eye. Let your eye shadow help our your look by adding light shimmer to the inner ducts and then a gradient darker color going towards the outside of the lid. Remember to blend!

Slanted eyes: For eyes that are slanted, go bold on your upper lid and subdue on your lower lid. This technique will really play up the shape of your eyes.

Nicki Minaj Eyeliner

A nice gel or liquid eyeliner is the recommendation and very light pencil on the bottom lid or no eyeliner at all on the bottom. A touch of mascara on the lower lashes will finish your look.

Deep set eyes: If your eyes are deep set and smaller, help them to pop by adding white liner to the lower water line. Create a shadowed effect around the lid by smudging out your bottom eyeliner using a soft felt tip applicator and go for fullness on the top lash line. Lashes can help to finish this look and create the ultimate “baby doll” eye effect.Kerry Washington Deep Set Eyes Eyeliner

Side note: Who loved Adele’s make up in “Hello”?… Yassss!

Prominent Eyes: When you fit into more than one eye shape category…

Angelina Jolie eyelner

If you have sizable and shapely eyes… you can play around with many different looks. A handy tip and trick is connecting your top and bottom liner on the outer corners of the eye. Avoid dragging your bottom eyeliner all the way to the inner tear duct… this look may be too harsh for your naturally gorgeous eyes.

Remember, the purpose to make-up is to simply to have fun accentuating the features that are already there.

Xo -Riss

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