Here’s One Podcast You Should Be Listening To: ‘Potential Over Popularity’

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It’s safe to say that you’ve been living under a rock if the radio show and podcast ‘Potential Over Popularity’ doesn’t ring a bell. 

Yes it’s ran by black creators! So let’s break it down so it all makes sense.

When you think about what it means to create opportunities for yourself, think of this show. The co-founders Tiana Morrison and Brandon Sinclair, are using their platform to uplift other people, places, things and ideas within the urban community. 

“As we grow we hope to create a network of creatives and entrepreneurs“ said Tiana, with Brandon’s approval. “A big part of our work will be creating partnerships with different organizations in order to directly impact communities, especially youth.” The co founders continue to target the youth because they are the building blocks to creating new and innovative ideas. ‘Potential Over Popularity’ plans to participate in community service events as well by donating to charitable organizations amongst other efforts.

See! It’s more than just a radio show/podcast, it’s a positive community, seeking to highlight creatives who don’t get the recognition they deserve.

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7 Inspirational Quotes Written by Black Women

Shirley Chisholm

“You don’t make progress by standing in the sidelines, whimpering, and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”

Diana Ross

“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.”

Oprah Winfrey

“Whatever you fear most has no power – it is your fear that has the power. The thing itself canning touch you. But if you allow your fear to deep into your mind and overtake your thoughts, it will rob of your life.” 

Aaliyah

“Keep working hard and you can get anything that you want. If God have you the talent, you should go for it. But don’t think it’s going to be easy. It’s hard!” 

Maya Angelou

“Nothing will work unless you do.” 

Beyoncé

“You have the power to change perception, to inspire, and empower, and to show people how to embrace their complications, and see the flaws, and the true beauty and strength that’s inside all of us.” 

Rihanna

“I always believed that when you follow your heart or your gut, when you really follow the things that feel great to you, you can never lose because settling is the worst feeling in the world.”

 

44 New Goals to Set for the Beginning of the Month

As the new month, in conjunction with the new year approaches, it’s important to set/re-set those goals you’ve been meaning to achieve. Stuck on where to start? Here’s 44 new ideas to jump start your focus for the new month.

44 New Goals to Set for the Beginning of the Month 

  1. Pay attention to your mental health.
  2. Make a new connection.
  3. Read at least 5 books.
  4. Write a book about your life journey.
  5. Improve your communication skills.
  6. Push your limits and get out of your comfort zone.
  7. Stop procrastinating.
  8. Embrace your flaws.
  9. Meditate every morning or night
  10. Start a gratitude journal.
  11. Squeeze 30 minutes of ‘Me’ time in your schedule.
  12. Work on time management.
  13. Start a new workout routine.
  14. Organize your calendar.
  15. Become less available on social media and more present with family & friends.
  16. Attain a leadership role in your work space.
  17. Create a vision board of your life goals.
  18. Take part in a “no spending” challenge.
  19. Create a safe space to put yourself first.
  20. Travel to at least 10 continents. Your money will return, your time won’t.
  21. Make at least 1 new friend in every country you visit.
  22. Go to a concert your favorite band is performing at.
  23. Reminisce on the past and present.
  24. Think about the future opportunities you’d like life to present you with.
  25. Begin that new venture you’ve been meaning to get started.
  26. Get used to daily affirmations.
  27. Drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day.
  28. Volunteer with a school or shelter.
  29. Be kind to those that are less fortunate.
  30. Add $100 to your savings every pay period.
  31. Schedule and attend all your necessary doctors appointments.
  32. Physically, mentally, and spiritually let go of anything that’s not serving you well.
  33. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  34. Acquire the information and knowledge you need, in order to achieve.
  35. Begin therapy sessions.
  36. Repair a relationship that’s worth saving.
  37. Learn a new language.
  38. Face your worst fear.
  39. Create a side businesses.
  40. Write a letter to your future self.
  41. Make a list of the things that make you happy.
  42. Learn to say no.
  43. Go skydiving.
  44. Buy a new car.

5 Simple Ways to De-Stress

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What is stress? 

Stress is our body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. Whether it’s physical, mental, or emotional, stress is a part of life.

Our environment, body, and thoughts are constant factors that continue to trigger stress.  

Helpful Tips for a Stressful Situation 

Breathe 

Take a couple breaths. 10 to be exact. Close your eyes, and take a couple slow deep breaths.

Focus on your breathing. Focus on inhaling, releasing, and letting go. 

Take a 15 minute walk 

Exercise is a stress reliever. Taking 10-15 minutes out of your day clears your thoughts, and in fact, reduces stress hormones. Take the time during your lunch break or in between classes. 

Eat Clean

The types of food we consume, affect our moods. During the most stressful times, we tend to eat comfort foods that temporarily make us feel better.  

When your healthy eating habits improve, there’s an immediate change in energy, physical, and mental health. 

If you’re having trouble figuring out what to eat — stick to fruits, vegetables, and clean protein. 

Visualize 

Visualizing brings everything you need and desire into focus. Try this — lean back. Visualize what you want to accomplish in your life. How are you going to reach those dreams? 

Laugh It Off 

Lighten up the mood. Everything doesn’t have to be so serious. The clock isn’t ticking any faster. Just your mind. 

So, watch something that will force you to leave. It takes your mind off of your thoughts. 

3 Products You Can Try For Clear Skin

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OXY Acne Medication Cleansing Pads
 
Whether you’re trying to remove dirt or oil, these cleansing pads are ideally what you need. Not only are they tested by dermatologist, but they prevent breakouts, unclog pores, and keep the skin looking healthy as ever.
 
You don’t have to trust me, try it for yourself.
 
Important Information For You to Know
  1. Active ingredient — Salicylic Acid 2%
  2. Easy to use (no stinging effect)
  3. Use product during the day and night for effective results.
  4. Perfect for a quick clean.
How To Apply
  1. Start with a damp or dry face.
  2. Open the container and cleanse in all your necessary areas (avoiding your eyes, mouth, and inside your nose)
  3. You can either rinse or leave it.
  4. Apply moisturizer.

Witch Hazel
 
If you didn’t already know, Witch Hazel is a manufactured from a plant called “Hammamelis Virginiana” (Took you a minute to say that huh?).
 
Here are some of the reasons it may be effective for the skin.
 
The toning effect tightens pores. You might wonder: But will this dry my skin? Not one bit. The active ingredients within this product actually keeps moisture in to prevent water loss. Water loss is usually what leads to dry skin.
 
How to Apply
  1. Wash your face with your usual face cleanser.
  2. Pat your face till it’s damp or completely dry
  3. Soak a cotton ball or pad with the witch hazel toner.
  4. Pat your skin.
  5. Apply your regular moisturizer.
 
St. Ives Fresh Skin
There’s nothing like having a smooth baby butt skin after exfoliating. This product is made with all na-tu-RAL apricot fruit extracts and natural walnut shell power, which is perfect for naturally glowing skin.
 
Important Information to Know
  1. Dermatologist tested
  2. Paragon free
  3. Hypoallergenic (which means it’s unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
How to Apply
  1. Start with wet or damp skin.
  2. Squeeze a small sized amount into your fingertips and massage into your face.
  3. Gently massage into a circular motion (avoiding, eyes, mouth, and inside nose)
  4. Pat dry, apply moisturizer.
 
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Say Hello To the New Co-Designer for Tommy Hilfiger’s Spring 2019 Launch

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It’s official! — Zendaya is now following in the foot steps of Gigi Hadid.

After a two year partnership with model Gigi Hadid, the American Fashion Designer Tommy Hilfiger announced on Tuesday the new women successor, brand ambassador, and co designer for his new capsule collection collaboration is none other Zendaya.

“I love to collaborate with people who are making their dreams a reality…” Says Zendaya. 

And so it begins.

The multitalented face is set to collaborate with Hilfiger on a new ‘Tommy X Zendaya’ collection, which would be revealed in Spring of 2019.

“Zendaya has become a global icon, using fashion to make bold statements while always staying true to herself..” Said Hilfiger, while speaking with WWD magazine. “Our capsule collection will fuse her eclectic style with the Americana spirit of our brand.”

Who else is excited to see what this is collection is about?

Hilfiger continues to trust in the creativity of his co-designers. And to be quiet honest, Zendaya already knows what she wants.

7 Simple Ways To Create The Ultimate At-Home Spa Day

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I don’t know about you, but by the end of my work week, I am totally drained both mentally and physically. Friday nights don’t feel the same when you’re approaching 30 as they once did in your late teens. Sure, there’s still room to go out and celebrate getting through yet another bustling workweek, but I think we can all attest to there being a different level of peace in a weekend full of pampering.

Going to your local spa can be a bit pricey, so I’ve put together a list of ways to create the ultimate spa day experience directly from the comfort of your own home. This Saturday will be my first day off in quite a while, so I myself am looking forward to using the below techniques to ensure the start of a productive and energetic new workweek come Monday.

Take a warm bath.

There’s nothing that sets the mood for a spa day like soaking in a warm bubble bath. Fill your tub with warm water and add plenty of bubbles. Some people would even prefer to add aromatic flowers, herbs, and essential oils, which create added minerals for skin absorption.

Eliminate distractions.

The purpose of a spa day is to relax and release tension. Eliminate any noises or distractions that may interfere with your ability to decompress. A day of pampering is about not only the things you do but the mood you set.

Make a refreshing drink.

Before you settle into the warm bath, don’t forget your drink. Grabbing a glass of wine, making detox water, or hot tea can all be considered spa beverages. Personally, I consider lemon water the most refreshing of them all. Not only does it promote clear skin, but other health benefits include boosting your immune system, help with digestion, and a great source of vitamin C.

Play soft music.

What’s a relaxing evening without soft music?

Apply a honey mask.

I’ve been using the honey mask method for many years and I haven’t found anything else that I’d rather use. My mother first explained to me the benefits of using a honey mask after hearing about it on Dr. Oz. After being a bit reluctant, I tried it anyway, and the results are almost unbelievable.

You can simply pick up pure honey from any local grocery store. You will wash your face like normal and leave damp so that the honey glides on smoothly. Then, massage the honey into your skin, covering your entire face. Leave on for about 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. I promise within the next 2 days, you’re going to see your skin glow like never before.

Give yourself a pedicure.

We all know that going to the nail shop can be expensive, so giving yourself an at-home pedicure can be just as efficient as going to the salon. There are a variety of foot spas you can purchase with bubbles, heat, and vibration. It’s super soothing and affordable. Christmas is also around the corner, so now would be a great time to add that to your Christmas list. I know because I received one last year!

Exfoliate your skin.

From using a gentle cleansing brush on your face to using an exfoliating body scrub on your body, removing dead skin cells will restore the overall natural health and softness of your skin. If you don’t own a facial cleansing brush, using brown or regular sugar will also work. Trust me, I’ve done it!

5 Things People Without A Best Friend Want You To Know

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In life, you may meet a few people who will tell you that everybody needs a best friend. You will also meet a person like me, who will tell you that if you don’t have a best friend, you’ll still live!

If I had to be honest, I would say that I’ve been without a B.F.F. since my freshmen year of high school. We were a group of 4, who eventually grew apart and since then, I’ve been holding it down dolo. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve made several close friends since then, who are without a doubt some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met, but none of which I would consider my best friend. If you think I’m swimming in my tears at night over not having a person to call bestie, I can assure you that I’m 100% fine. In fact, I’ve put together a short list, speaking on behalf of my bestie-less peers, of things people without a best friend want you to know!

We’re okay. No, seriously, we’re okay!

There’s nothing funnier than having a conversation about friendships and having someone interject with “awww” after finding out that you’re without a bestie. You would be surprised how many don’t have a best friend and are still living their best life. I promise it’s not as lonely or bad as you think!

It doesn’t mean that we don’t have friends or we’re incapable of making friends.

Being without a best friend doesn’t make you friendless and it also doesn’t mean that you aren’t social and don’t know how to make friends. It just means that there’s not one person over the other that you tell all of your secrets to or spend all of your time with.

It doesn’t mean that we don’t have SOMEONE to confide in.

Fortunately for me, I grew up in a very large close-knit family. My Grandma had 8 kids and 15 grandchildren, so there was never a shortage of listening ears. My cousins and I are also within the same age range and pretty close, so I would say that I have a best friend in all of them.

Our National Best Friend Day post may be our dog, ourselves, or our mom.

This is hilarious, but no one likes to be excluded from national celebratory days on social media!

We’re still trustworthy.

Not having a best friend does not make a person untrustworthy and it doesn’t mean that we’re not good at keeping secrets. After all, if no one’s around, who the hell are we going to tell?

5 Things You Should Consider Doing Before The Year Is Over

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Can you believe that 2018 is almost over?

92 days left and counting.

Do you know what that means? There are still enough days, hours, and seconds left to complete those last minute to do’s. So, consider these 5 tasks when preparing yourself for what we hope, will be a fulfilling year for you.

  1. Reconnect With Yourself

Read a good book or Netflix and chill for a day. You need two extra days? So be it. Plan a trip to Dubai or Cancun. Just make sure you’re taking care of you.

By putting your needs upfront, you’re already starting off the new year on a positive note.

  1. Got Health?

Get your health in order! It can be easy to forget about yourself when you’re always taking care of others. So start here — Begin by creating time for those things you wanted to do. Interested in visiting the doctor? Want to take care of that overdue check up? Just get it done. Get your life together.

  1. Set Your 2019 Goals and Plan For the Future

This is pretty self explanatory. You’re thinking about those goals right now, aren’t you?

When it comes to setting and planning, identify something that you want to accomplish and give yourself a reasonable timeframe. If your goal requires money, set a certain amount of money aside so you’re not scramming, trying to make ends meet. It’ll be worth it. Just stick to it and stay consistent.

Having a hard time sticking to it? Readjust and get back into it. Find that motivation!

“Create a plan, and hold yourself accountable..”

  1. Forgive If Not Forget

Whatever is making you emotional. Let it go. It’s not worth your mental health or insanity. If it’s been on your mind lately, be the first to reach out. I know it’s easier said than done, but just be the bigger person and face that fear. Life is way too short for all this nonsense.

If that person at the end of the day doesn’t accept your offer. Move on. At least you tried.

Also, don’t be so quick to wish bad on them. That’s negative energy you’re bringing in and we definitely don’t need that for the new year.

  1. Get Your Team Together

If the ones close to you are not supporting you, they are not your friends. Simple as that. You know the people that matter to you the most. Therefore everyone else is extra baggage.

You don’t need anyone bringing you down.

It’s really not you acting Hollywood, it’s you getting your life.

Short Hairstyles You’ll Fall In Love With This Summer

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As temperatures continue to climb and summer just seven weeks away, a lot of women (including myself) are searching for what may become our signature summer look. And if you’re a woman who is looking for fun ways to incorporate summer into her daily life, starting with a brand new look may be exactly what you need!

In the summertime, women tend to opt for shorter hairstyles due to the heat, which prompted me to gather a short hair appreciation post. Whether you’re into braids, bundles, bobs or pixie cuts, this post features short hairstyles to accommodate everyone. I believe we can all agree that there has always been a certain level of fierceness and confidence associated with shorter hairstyles and these gorgeous women prove that you can slay all of these looks and do so effortlessly!

Tapered Cut

Tapered cuts are perfect for women who are looking for natural hairstyles with a bit of edge and versatility.

Bantu Knots

Bantu knots are a great example of rocking a short and fun hairstyle without having to cut your natural hair. It also makes the summertime heat and humidity easier to deal with. You can keep it simple with Bantu knots all over (right) or you can create a fun and flirty look like the one seen on YouTube beauty vlogger Missy Lynn (left) by creating Bantu knots in the front and leaving the back curly and free.

Pixie Cut

A pixie cut, which requires minimal maintenance, is only for the bold, fearless, and confident woman. There is a different level of self-confidence seen in a woman who can rock a classic pixie cut and I think we can agree that both of these women slayed this look!

Asymmetrical Bob

The asymmetical bob has to be one of my favorite short hairstyles. This versatile cut not only frames the face, but can be worn with a middle part, side part, straight, curly, and has so much body!

Braided Bob

It’s no secret that black women use braids as a way to escape from all of the maintence that we have to perform daily on our natural hair, not to mention it is also a protective style yet very creative. The braided bob is a look that has grown on me over the last couple of years and like any braided style, would be ideal for the upcoming summer months!

Here Are Five Perfect Summertime Highlighters You Can Invest In

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With us officially being in springtime and summertime slowly approaching, I think that it is safe to say that we are officially in highlighter season. If you are new to the highlighting game or simply just want to add some new products to your collection, here is a list of five highlighters that are sure to have you shimmering like the Glow Queen you were destined to be!

 

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlighter One thing I can say about Becca is they always get it right. They have a large range of foundation shades, and this highlighter is no different. What sets the formula apart from the typical powder highlighters is that it blends pigments with liquids, creating a creamy feel. This highlighter is perfect for someone who works a 9-5 because it doesn’t leave a glittery finish.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife: After makeup artist Alissa Ashley reaction video to “Trophy Wife” at the Fenty Launch Party went viral on Twitter much like myself, everyone else knew they had to have it. Unlike her other Killawatt Highlighters, which are sold as a duo and leave you with a shimmer finish, Trophy Wife is packaged solo and has a 3D hyper-metallic gold finish making this product the perfect highlight for parties and celebrations. Trophy Wife applies as a cream but dries into powder instantly. It’s loaded with superfine shimmer for an ultra-smooth, creamy texture. It also serves multiple purposes. You can use Killawatt on your eyes, lips, and collarbone!

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skin stick: Personally, I feel like I am biased to Fenty Products but they are everything! The Match Stixs come in 10 different shades. They are magnetized makeup sticks with a long-wear, light-as-air shimmer formula. This product also has multiple uses. You can highlight, blush, and bronze with them. They are small, which means they will not take up too much space in your makeup bag.

Artist Couture x Jackie Aina Diamond Glow Powder Highlighter: I’ve been a fan of Jackie Aina for a while now. Recently, Jackie announced her  partnership with Sephora to launch her limited edition shimmering loose diamond highlighter powder to purchase online. I was so  thrilled that I accidentally ordered “La Peach” instead of “La Bronze.” When “La Peach” arrived, I was in awe. Everything down to the packing, which has a rose gold top and Jackie’s signature, is perfect. “La Peach” is the perfect combination of champagne, peach, and rose gold tones, which makes it wearable for all skin tones.

Cover FX Illuminating Prime & Set Kit: This set is perfect for women who love the makeup no makeup look. This trio includes an illumining primer, setting spray and the custom enhancer drops. These essentials are important for a long wearing highlighted complexion look.

 

What highlighters will you be wearing this summer?