Thursday, December 3, 2015

Beautifully Be-You-ti-Full...



How many times have you applied makeup or put on a cute outfit, with the expectations of receiving a compliment? Were you disappointed at all? What about the selfie that you posted on social media, believing that it was the cutest/prettiest/best one you'd ever taken? Did it get as many "likes/shares/reposts" as you'd anticipated? If not, did this effect you personally or decrease your confidence? Well, it's time to change that!

So many times, we depend too much on what other people say about us and whether we are meeting others expectations. It is important to remember to be You, and be ok with who you are. Allow others to see the fullness of who you are naturally, and you will be surprised by the energy you receive from others. 


Today, while not expecting anything from anyone, I received a compliment from one of my co-workers, which domino effected into compliments from others, and it surprised me! Where did this come from? And why was I feeling so weird about it?...

Then, it hit me! I felt weird, because I had not been encouraging myself, the way that I strive to encourage others. 

Be You to the Fullest... Be-You-Ti-Full! 

That's who/what I am, and that comes across so much more beautifully than being anything/anyone else. No makeup, clothing or person could ever enhance what naturally makes me who I am, and you know what??? I thought that was worth sharing :)

Until next time my beauties, I am your passionately driven ChristalNicole...





Monday, June 22, 2015

Is "Beauty Sleep" a Myth?


Ever had anyone to suggest that you need more beauty rest? Maybe you suggested to someone else that they needed it, or you commented that you hadn't gotten enough beauty sleep...
Being a woman who has had plenty of sleep problems myself, I thought it would be a great idea to research just how important sleep is. Yes, common knowledge tells us that sleep decreases dark eye circles and some might have even noticed that increased rest decreases irritability.
 
 
Although these reasons are good ones to get your rest, there are others to keep in consideration, when you decide to choose work, play or whatever else, over sleep. Studies show that sleep is also good for concentration, increased learning abilities, decreased depression, increased lifespan, a better sex life and diet assistance. YES! I said Diet assistance!
Check out this website for increased knowledge on how sleep aides with our workout process and goals for sexiness!
Oh yeah, and I did also say Sex Life, lol:

There were so many great resources available online to increase knowledge on the importance of sleep. Other than the fact that all of them stated that Everyone needs to get an adequate amount of sleep (no less than 6-7 hours), there were some other similarities:

Tips for getting better Sleep:
  • Go to bed the same time each night and get up the same time each morning.
  • Sleep in a dark, quiet, comfortable environment.
  • Exercise daily (but not right before bedtime).
  • Limit the use of electronics before bed.
  • Relax before bedtime. A warm bath or reading might help.
  • Avoid alcohol and stimulants such as caffeine late in the day.
  • Avoid nicotine.
  • Consult a health care professional if you have ongoing sleep problems.
  • Decrease stressful situations/thoughts before bedtime.
  • Try not to take work to bed with you.
Here are a few more sites, to give you a little more insight on the importance of sleep:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20459221,00.html
 
So, is "beauty sleep" a myth? I'd say, NO Way! Sleep is so important to our lives in so many ways, physically, mentally and emotionally. I hope that this post has been as helpful to you as it was for me. Until next time, I am your passionately driven... ChristalNicole...

 



Sunday, May 31, 2015

Yes, People of color DO need sunscreen...

First, I want it known that I believe that Everyone/Anyone can benefit from this blog (red, black, white, yellow, brown, whatev's, lol)...

It really annoys me each time a person makes the statement "I don't need sunscreen, I'm black" or "Black people need sunscreen?" I don't know whether to be totally annoyed or to be slightly amused. Yes, fellow person of color, and Yes, unknowing person of paleness, Everyone should use sunscreen, if expecting to have prolonged exposure to the sun...

 

Although I applied sunscreen, before getting into the water, I neglected to re-apply at some point, while enjoying the ocean for approximately 6 hours. As you can see, I have a little peeling on the nose and forehead, and now I sit writing this blog with sensitive shoulders and recently applied aloe vera ;)

So for all of my lovelies, I want to give you a few sites to look at, so that you can share with others the importance of protecting your skin and some tips on what to do, should you have a slightly losing battle with UVB/UVA rays. You will notice, there are some pretty awesome home remedies...

http://www.medicaldaily.com/do-darker-skinned-people-need-wear-sunscreen-250841
http://www.webmd.com/beauty/sun/sunscreen-myths
http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/sunscreens-explained
http://www.prevention.com/beauty/natural-beauty/natural-sunburn-cures
http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sunburn/five-ways-to-treat-a-sunburn

I hope and pray that these sites are helpful to you, and can help to save you some skin toastiness! As always, I am your passionately driven ChristalNicole...