Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

I’m sharing #LISTERINE in my life as part of a LISTERINE® sponsored series for Socialstars™ If you’ve been hanging out with me here at Being Melody than you know that I’ve teamed up with Listerine to talk about how you can bring out the bold in your everyday life. This year one of my goals was to get out of my comfort zone in all areas of my life. I want to get into public speaking, I want to take my business further, and I wanted to start loving and accepting my body more. I’ve done well on the whole…

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How You Can Take Part in the Period Project

I’m giving you deets on the how you can be a part of the Period Project in collaboration with U By Kotex. While this post is sponsored it’s a cause I’m passionate about. Thank you for letting me share brands that I care about with you. #periodproject Periods. Aunt Flo. The Curse of Eve. That Time of the Month. These are just some of the names that women use to describe their menstrual cycles. Many women look at having a menstrual cycle as a right of passage into the world of womanhood. I mean it’s kind of a big deal.…

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Shea Moisture African Water Mint & Ginger Hair & Scalp Collection

Taking care of your scalp is just as important as taking care of your skin. As a naturalista, I often put several layers of products on my hair when styling and then add more products to freshen throughout the week. It’s no wonder that by the end of the week  I get flakes and build up on my scalp. My favorite products for clearing out my pores and detoxifying my skin all have one thing in common, activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been treated in order enhance its adsorptive power.  Now that I’ve incorporated activated charcoal into…

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Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation Review and Swatches on Medium Brown Skin

You guys already know that I am a huge Make Up For Ever fan. Their HD foundation stays in heavy rotation within my makeup routine, but as the weather got hotter, I had to sit it to the side and start using products that were a little less heavy. I’m sure you all feel my pain when it comes to these seasonal foundation woes. Make Up For Ever recently reformated their Water Blend Foundation and I was sent over three shades that ranged within my complexion to try out. The Make Up For Ever Water Blend foundation is a reformulation…

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MAC Vamplify Swatches on Medium Brown Skin *Re-Release*

MAC Cosmetics reintroduced their Vamplify lipglosses and this time I wasn’t missing out on them. MAC sent over five colors for me to try and after wear testing these I’m sure I’ll be adding several more shades to my collection, probably from the neutral family. Vamplify was reintroduced with 22 shades, some of which are re-promotes and seven are new.  Wearability: MAC Vamplify is basically lipgloss with seriously boosted color. They aren’t as tacky as the Make Up For Ever Plexigloss, but they have pretty good staying power. Pigmentation varied between the glosses and I found it didn’t help to keep…

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Once You Stop Living You Start Aging

“When you stop living is when you stop aging.” Are you surprised as I am that I’m actually sorta consistent with my fashion post? My capsule wardrobe is kinda non-existent for the summer, but I’m making it work and being creative. Amongst all the talk about crucial issues on Twitter like Black Lives Matter and the conversation on deescalating interactions with the Police so that our African American men and women make it home, there was a light-hearted conversation about how people born in the 80’s were officially old.  I was born in the early 80’s and while I do…

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Are You Applying Your Skincare in the Proper Order?

The Beauty aisles can be a scary place, especially if it’s your first time venturing into the world of glam. The skincare aisles are even more daunting with cleansers, night oils, sheet mask, toners, and serums galore. After chatting it up with the beauty concierge, dropping a good portion of your paycheck, and going home with the brand new skin care regimen, you realize you have no idea what product you’re supposed to use first, and you find yourself wondering if the toner should go before or after the serum. This ultimately leads to feeling like skincare is too much…

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