ThanksGiving Day 2: JMB

When we decided to do the Holiday Party at the Teen Center we made a list and started to send appeals.

JMB or Jay Manuel Beauty the icon personality that was on America Next Top Model for 20 cycles who helped launch models into the iconic status, well he has an amazing beauty line that is on QVC.

We trust a make-up line that is created by a someone who was in the industry for over 20 years, it was a long shot, but we sent an appeal to his company.

And on Motivation Monday as we say we received a reply from his PR rep and stating they would be more than happy to donate some lip glosses thank you, a person who I grew up watching company now is donating to my charity function, how ironic and cool.

We received a shipment literally within 24 hours from the company, but what is so amazing when we look on the website, that Saturday, was a grand opening for their free standing NYC store.

So in the midst of their prepping and grand openings are huge they took the time to donate product to teens who…

Thanksgiving Day 1: Her Campus

We are focusing on companies and organizations that are giving not because they have to because they saw the need and are filling the need.

Her Campus was founded by still a Harvard Student who recognized the need for young women to support each while they were still in college and build networks like their male counterparts, during these critical years.

For the past two years, I have been lucky enough to cover the College Fashion Show, this is where young women from all over the United States have a chance to literally walk the run way, despite standard beauty images.

These young women have been selected to "walk the runway" based on their character and challenges that they had to overcome, they are young women from all different types of colleges, who are treated to professional hair and makeup and designer clothes and then the magic begins.....

Fast Forward:

I am teaching financial literacy in a Teen Center and these teens are not young eager and not exposed to the Her Campus …

Our Holiday Picks---Beauty.

We have been to some pretty amazing events this year and sampled some great products and here is what we found:


Whish Mud Mask:
This is Mud Mask is great going on it gives a tingly sensation but when give it a month and you will see amazing results.

Murad Vitamin C and Acne Spot Treatment:
This facial wash is great and it does give that brighten glowing appearing when used every day.
The acne spot treatment is great as well because it is super concentrated and it gives that all glowing appearance

The Almond Oil Shower Gel, with the winter months coming up it sure does live up to standard and is super rich and you don't need a moisturizer after your shower.

The Cottage Greenhouse:
The Cucumber Shea Butter moisturizer hand lotion, if you are constantly in water this is a great hand lotion for you, a little dab will do you, but it is wonderful.


The next best thing to having your nail bed damaged is having press on nails. They have made a huge come back and the comp…

Our Fall Picks...

We know we were being melodramatic and not fun or lighthearted as we normally are...

Here are a few things that we know are fab for the fall and holiday season...

Subscription Boxes:

Vine Oh!

I have ordered from this place around five times... at first their intro price was 12.95 but they had me hooked for real...

Here is what you get:
2 bottles of wine with an option of one or two extra, they are so good that I have had several people tell me their guests wanted to know where I got that wine!

The wines are premium and they are seasonal as well.

But, it comes with a Oh Now box, geared for women, but it is amazing!
You get earrings, bath and beauty products, and a sweet treat.

What I love about the box is it's value and seasonality!!!

The holidays are coming up and for the reds they will have a Merlot and the whites they will have a Riesling and I can't wait to see what they are going to have for Oh Now box looking forward to that!!

Fab Fit Fun

Everyone knows this box, it is quarterly but …

Why we still need libraries NOW!!

The average 35 year old would think why would I need to go to a library?

There is the Internet right???

Well, NO there isn't only 10 percent of American households have WiFi or Internet access and if you are a child and you go to an after school program then, Internet access is not at all cool when you are legally not allowed to be alone until after the age 18.

So, you ask a library?

Yes library not only still provide great places to get lost in a books, but it is a great and safe place for children to meet. In fact most libraries now have teen centers where teens are separate from adults and adults can't go into the teen area they are password protected areas, really. (High tech stuff).

Teens can learn new skills, do their homework,  college prep, play games, and even do live podcasts!! Who knew...

Having a baby...

There are classes for that as well, a lactation specialist would come in and show individuals the importance of not only breastfeeding, but what if the baby doesn&…

The Beauty Spot: Fall Picks

This is the beauty spot where we spot out the best in beauty and bring it you !

First up Skin Care:
We bought Murad or the famous Dr. Murad skin care after hearing him give a speech on the importance of topical Vitamin C and his highly concentrated Acne Spot treatment.

I tried the topical face wash with Vitamin C for a week I noticed a great change in the color and texture of my skin, it was so bright it was amazing!

Then, I tried the topical Acne Spot treatment and wore no foundation just the face wash, Acne Spot and mascara.

People asked me if I had worked done, my face looked amazing! And it really looked so amazing that I took a selfie and put it on Instagram.


This is an all natural matte crayon lipstick and the other end is a lip balm. I received this in the Fab Fit Fun Box and it was really great. I got opted for Burgundy or red and everyone complimented me on this lipstick. Even if you aren't really feeling great then but you put this lipstick on it does give …

One Hundred Dollar Challenge: Fall Wardrobe Update

Many complain that a dollar or one hundred dollars just can't buy enough and oh boy about the needs, etc....

So, I took the 100.00 dollar challenge this is what it got me:

1. Clothes:
 New York and Company was having a BOGO sale on dresses and I really needed a wardrobe update so I took advantage of it and for the price of one dress I got two dresses that are chic, on trend, and would last all season long.

Price Check: 52.00...

2. Make Up Update:
I really needed some new make up so I bought from Cover FX two in one highlighters, one in a rose color that would really work well with the Fall deep reds, burdgundies, etc. and a gold highlighter that works really well with my skin tone.

Price Check: 20.00

(Plus a portion of the sale went to the Hurricane Efforts in Texas.)

3. Black Bucket Handbag with a  Black Metallic Chain:
There was a new handbag subscription service called: Ivory Clasp so you buy stylish bags that are not knock off before they hit it big. They had a promo…