The pressure is on as I am 2 days away from my pageant. I can’t believe the time has finally come. I have been trying to live in the moment but to be honest, I have so much going on it hard to keep my head on straight. I recently took a quick trip to my local park just to destress. I knew that I would have a busy week so I wanted to get in as much alone time as I could. I’m so happy I did because now I’m legit running around like a crazy person. I’m looking for earrings to match my dresses. I’m figuring out what hairstyles I want to wear for each look, and dress fitting and alteration. Not to mention it’s also prom season at the salon and I’m still working with my clients to get them ready. Y’all keep me in prayer lol. I plan on doing some filming during this weekend’s events and I hope you all will get a general idea of what goes on behind the scenes. That’s the plan at least, but like I mentioned previously, Im trying to live in the moment.
This week I wanted to take you along with me and share with you my preparation for the Mrs. New Jersey United States pageant this coming weekend. Over the years I have had my fair share of struggles with my skin. Acne is the absolute worst, especially as an adult. You think after a certain age it will magically disappear, well I’m here to tell you it doesn’t and often times you are left with the marks and scars from your fight with your skin. I call mine battle scars of the 90’s. Ok, seriously I knew I wanted to get my skin somewhat under control not only for the pageant but for my sanity. In previous years I’ve gone to countless doctors and the creams and pills would work for a short amount time then my skin would fight back like it belonged to a street gang. It was always a temporary high feeling when my skin would clear up then weeks later it was back like the plague.
Recently, I started a treatment plan from Dr. Michelle Henry, a Harvard trained Dermatologist and surgeon located in New York City. I have been following her on social media for a few years and I finally decided now was the time to really get the ball rolling of fixing this issue for good. We are currently still in the testing phase of plan however, I have seen some of the best results EVER! You can see from the image below the difference even in my makeup application. My makeup applies smoother and I require less product than before. It’s almost like night and day. Today I want to show you some of the items I’ve been using to get my skin stage ready. Although my treatment plan is customized to my skin type I will be sharing with you the products I use that can be used for all skin types.
Let me be completely honest here, I was not feeling this product in the beginning. I went off of the recommendation given to me by the sales associate. This frosty facial cleanser is so different from what I’m used to that I was hesitant in purchasing it. I’m so thankful I decided to give it another try because I love it for two reasons. One, a little goes such a long way. I have had this cleanser for 3 months and I still have half the bottle. I use it in combination with my facial brush and it does the trick. Second, the formulation is designed balance the moisture levels in the skin. Since I have problematic skin, its often oily in a few areas and normal in others. This wash discourages the production of oil in the skin but won’t dry the skin out.
I have been using this in the am with my topical antibiotic lotion from my doctor. It’s amazing at keeping my skin hydrated without the look and feel of oily skin. This is also amazing at reducing fine lines. Ladies, it’s never too early to focus on fine lines near your eyes, mouth, and forehead. These will be problem areas for me because I’m always smiling so hard lol. It’s also vegan, paraben, and gluten free.
This is my night time facial moisturizer. This was a product buy that I wanted to splurge on during the Sephora VIB sale. Also designed to combat fine line formation in the skin, I love the luxurious feeling it has. What I call the ultimate night time moisturizer and it not to thick. It feels amazing on the skin and is also the perfect product to use after a detoxifying or clay skin mask.
This under eye cream is wonderful for helping hydrate the sensitive skin underneath my eyes. I see a great improvement with the bags under my eyes as well. I use this product 2-3 times a week. Any time I apply a facial mask or any time I wear makeup I apply this cream. When I remove eyeliner, it takes a toll on my eyes and this helps restore the moisture balance back into my skin.
This is one of my favorite facial masks at the moment. Some days my skin is very sensitive so I have to be careful when applying products. I have never had a breakout while using this skin mask. Additionally, this mask helps to remove stubborn black heads from my skin. It’s truly detoxifying, and there is a visible difference in my skin. Great thing is it not at all expensive in comparison to other mask like Glam Glow. I was going to purchase that one but I didn’t remember if it helped my skin or not. I’m glad I gave this one a try because it’s amazing.
Ok, so I purchased this product to use on my face and after talking to my doctor she told me that oils aren’t best for my skin because they aid in clogging my pours. Since then I’ve been using it to moisturize my neck. Yes ladies, pay attention to your neck and jaw line as it still skin on your body. When applying makeup, it goes in these areas and it’s important to replenish the skin so the makeup can be applied evenly. We are also trying to prevent pre maturing aging to the skin. This oil penetrates the skin beautifully and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. I would also like to note, I feel it helped balance my skin tone as well.
I would be remiss if I didn’t add that I am currently drinking a gallon of water most days. Water has been my saving grace during this prep as it keeps my skin hydrated and flushes toxins from my body. My diet has also changed significantly as well. I’m sure this is adding to my skin looking amazing as I’m only eating clean foods. I cut out sugar, processed foods, and alcohol. Let me know what products you are loving for your skin as well. I’m always open to trying new products.
In my previous post I talked about my short break from social media and how impactful it was. If you missed that post I’ll link it HERE. What I didn’t share with you at the time was what I did during my time off. Although it was only been a 3 week break, some amazing things have happened during this time. It’s amazing what God can do in a short period. I really wanted to focus on my prayer life and spending more time reading and studying the word of God. For me this is critical in the success of my businesses and person development. The Bible is known as the book of instruction and I rely solely on it to help me make decisions in these areas of my life. During my break I realized that I was stagnate in a few areas and wasn’t fully walking in my purpose the way I know I should be. So, I took it to God in prayer. What he showed me both frightened me and make me see my purpose so clearly. To say I was shaken out of my comfort zone is an understatement. This was how I knew it was God and not me. In prayer I asked God to help me fully walk in purpose. I mean truly use my talents and passion for the kingdom. One thing about me is that I’ve known of the calling on my life from a very young age. Its instinctive you know, you can just feel it. I’m unique in many ways and I always wondered why. It wasn’t until many years later God showed me and with many trials, mistakes, and episodes of self-doubt God is pushing me into my purpose. It was a gentle push but push nonetheless. I’m finally strong and wise enough to walk this path knowing my steps are ordered and that path is already mapped out for me. No practice or trial runs required, it’s time to walk by faith.
So today I would like to share with you some very exciting news! I have the honor of representing my hometown as this year’s Mrs. Trenton, New Jersey United States 2019. That’s right, I’m officially beauty queen lol. Every time I say this out loud a giggle. Who would have though a girl from the block, raised by a teenage single mother just above the poverty line would be considered beauty queen? God will elevate you to positions people thought you weren’t qualified for. What an honor this truly is as I have the opportunity to use this platform to bring awareness to many issues facing the city and implement initiatives to impact my community. If this is your first time here on my blog let me give you a little insight into my mission. This is a place where I cultivate an environment of beauty, growth, and faith. In doing so, my hope is that the next generation of women aspire not only to be beautiful but to be intelligent, graceful, and empowered. Why be on the cover of Vogue when you can grace the pages of Forbes as well. We are never to settle for anything less than greatness. My favorite scripture is Proverbs 31:30. It reads “Beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised. Although many of you may have come to know me from my beauty related content. I hope that my intellect and candor will impose the greatest lesson. Being deemed “beautiful” physically is nice but its subjective. I’m focusing on beauty that stems from integrity. My life is a tutorial, where you learn what to do and what not to do. I’ve embraced every aspect of my life because it serves as my greatest lesson. You can come from where I come from, make mistakes, and not become a product of your environment. You can glow up, you can become a true beauty! This is my purpose, through every trial, heartache, and mistake I’ve made the lessons are to help others. This has NEVER been about me. It took a break from everything I’ve worked tirelessly to build to teach me this lesson. Although God has blessed me with many talents they were never meant to promote my own agenda or ideals. They are meant to grow the kingdom of God. This is my mission, this is my purpose, this is what Chimere Nicole has been called to do. As Mrs. Trenton, NJ my platform Girl Yes will be used to shine a light into the darkest of places including my hometown and hopefully impact others along the way.
I get a large influx of beauty related products each month as well as products I purchase. Some times its hard to keep up with new releases or some products just don’t stand out as much to me. Today I going to share with you some bomb beauty products as well as give you a chance to win some as well (HERE). Check out my latest video to see what products I’m loving for the month.
Products Mentioned In Video:
Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic: Here
White Opal Candle: Sold Out
ScentBird Perfume: Use code NICOLE30 for 30% off https://sbird.co/2QgqMqd
Gucci Guilty Lotion: Here
Sunday Riley Good Genes Facial Treatment: Here
CoverGirl TrueBlend Matte Foundation: Here
Urban Decay All Night Setting Spray: Here
Beauty Liquid Cleanser:
Aztec Clay Facial Mask: Here
Urban Decay Lipgloss in Midnight Cowgirl: Here
Inglot Gel Liner #77: Here
Urban Decay Born To Run Palette: Here
I am here for these lip gloss honey! I was sent the Urban Decay Hi Fi Shine Lip Gloss collection and baby. It really is bomb. Now, I’ve had this collection sitting on my desk for months, YES, I said months. It honestly got lost in the pile of packages and this past Sunday I cleaned and organized my office to prepare for my December beauty giveaways happening Here. So, I stumbled across this and got so excited. I mean its lip gloss, you can NEVER go wrong with a lip gloss and this collection did not disappoint. I was of course eyeing all the nude lip colors but then I decided lets swatch the entire collection. So that’s what I did in today’s post. All 20 colors will be shown on my lips and honestly, this is the first collection where I love almost ALL the lip colors. Now that’s saying a lot. Check out my swatches below and tell me what your favorite color is from the collection.
Items mentioned/used in video:
1. Midnight Cowgirl (sheer cream)
2. Fuel (cream)
3. Backtalk (cream)
4. 1993 (cream)
5. Obsessed (sheer cream)
6. Dirty Talk (metallic)
7. Rapture (cream)
8. Beso (cream)
9. Naked (sheer cream)
10. SPL (holographic)
11. Fireball (holographic)
12. Candy Flip (holographic)
13. Snapped (holographic)
14. Goldmine (metallic)
15. Shadowheart (metallic)
16. Savage (cream)
17. Big Bang (metallic)
18. Snitch (cream)
19. Bang (cream)
20. Jawbreaker (cream)
If there is one thing I must have in my makeup bag its facial highlighters. It’s like whip cream on top of your salted Carmel latte. It just needs to happen. Over the years I have collected almost every color highlighter known to man. My favorite highlighters of all time would have to be from Becca Cosmetics. I legit have every single color and a few in backup. Since I am an avid makeup collector sometimes I tend to overdo it when I shop and thats currently the major issue I’m facing in my office. I promise to be more organized in 2019.
Any who, I have been so fortunate to work with some amazing brands this year and Becca Cosmetics is one of them. Since I have been added to their PR list I am regularly updated on new releases. But see the thing is, I already have ALL their products. Don’t judge my life choices lol. I have about two maybe even three of each of their highlighters and I’m not ashamed lol. Today I wanted to give my readers an opportunity to get some new goodies in time for the holidays. So, with that being said, one lucky winner will win the entire collection of Becca highlighter. Yes, all four of the original colors.
This giveaway is so simple to win. All you have to do is the following.
- Follow me on Instagram @ChimereNicole
- Follow Becca Cosmetics
- Repost and use hashtag #Chimere&Becca
Contest ends in one week.
I will be hosting beauty and fashion Giveaways for the entire month of December so be sure to check back here during the month for updates.