The Foam Roller For Your Face

I am a big skincare junkie. I follow a lot of beauty influencers who put me on a lot of amazing products. Some of them are super expensive so I try to find dupes that fit within my budget.

My latest skin care purchase is the jade roller. If you don’t know what it is here is a picture for reference. IMG_7835.jpg

The one I have is this one from Amazon. It’s about $14 bucks which is cheap considering that this one is $63. There are other cheaper ones but this is available on Prime, so I got it.

Jade rollers are popping up on a lot of different beauty bloggers pages because of its superpowers. I’ve bought mine two weeks ago and I use it multiple times a day to depuff my face or help serum to penetrate in my skin. I’ve noticed a huge difference. Next to my microneedling pen, this is my favorite.

What it does:

  • Depuffs areas on your face: eyes, cheeks, etc. Depuffing can happen if you have too much sodium the night before or have any sort of congestion.
  • Massages your lymphatic system and improves circulation in your face

Your lymphatic system is your bodies internal sewage system. It helps your organs and skin get rid of any extra sh*t you put into your body. When you use the jade roller on your face it massages any congestion and helps everything get to the proper channel. The massaging sensation helps get rid of any build up of toxins in your face that may cause it to feel puffy or congested.

How I like to use it:

I use mine every morning, during the day, and before I go to sleep. I sometimes put it in my fridge because when it’s cold, it awakens my face and feels so good. Also, the cold helps depuff my under eyes. I use the larger end and go over my cheekbones. Whether you’d contour your cheekbones, use it there. It’ll help carve them out. You can use it going up and down (cheekbone to chin) or side to side (cheekbone to ear). I go away from my face (so moving it into my hairline) and down my neck to help the drainage.

I use the smaller end under my eyes (most noticeable results) and between my eyebrows. Again, all the movements going towards my hairline. I use a medium pressure, sometimes if I feel super puffy I go a little HAM. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you may experience some redness. If so, it’ll go away in a few seconds. You’ll be fine, I promise.

At the end of the night, after I have all my serums and sprays on my face I like to go over my cheekbones, between my eyebrows, and under my eyes. It helps your serum get into your pores. Also I go over my eyebrows too which may sound weird. It helps with getting the blood distributed and can help nutrients to feed your brows. My mom told me about this hack. So thanks mommy.

I highly recommend this product. I’ve seen amazing results. Before an important meeting or night out you can use this to depuff. I hate feeling super puffy in the mornings. This helps it. I am jade rolling right now LOL. I swear I love this thing so so much.

Spotify’s Latest App Integration With Instagram

You know when a new album drops and you tap through Instagram Stories of everybody posting the same screenshot of the same song?

Well.. things just got a whole lot easier.

Instagram’s latest app integration can allow you to go into Spotify and directly share the song you’re listening to right to your Instagram stories. It takes the extra step of screenshotting and encourages you to share artists directly from Spotify.

How to use it

  • Go into Spotify to your favorite song. I have been loving Bazzi’s new album lately.
  • Tap the three circles underneath the music image
  • Tap share and Instagram stories
    and boom! All your followers can see what music you’re feeling

I consider app integrations as company collaborations. They are both implementing a feature that allows you to use both of their platforms to help one another or make an experience easier.

I never thought I’d be excited about something like this but it just makes me curious to see how Instagram will integrate with other applications. On a business profile side, I want to see what insight/analytics integrations they can offer accounts or personal brands to grow their platforms. On a personal account side, maybe there will more filters or fun graphics to put into stories.

 

 

Motivation Monday: Finding Your Support System

I am so happy to introduce a new section on my blog for my friends, fellow bloggers, or influencers to showcase their craft on my platform. When I first launched in January I wanted to focus my attention to creating a space that everyone felt heard as well as collaborating with other people that I look up to. I firmly believe that collaboration is so much better competition.

Kenya Smith is one of the first people I thought of when I was thinking about starting this. She is one of the most inspirational and motivational people I know and I am so happy to feature her on my page!

For more information on her and what she does please follow her on social media!

Happy Monday!!!

-T.

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https://www.instagram.com/girlwiththeplaybook/

“Characteristics of a Support System:
– Stick through hard times
– Being motivational
– Help in any way shape or form
– Honesty/Transparency
Surprisingly, a lot of people in the world go through life without any kind of support system. To help them through school, finding their career or passion, getting through emotional situations, people without a support system go through these situations alone. I could never imagine going through the things I’ve been through in this life without my supportive groups. Because like my great-grandmother always said, ” It takes a village to raise a child”. And with every new thing I encounter in my life, I am put back into child form just to maneuver my way through. 
So for my people that have a strong support system, treasure them all because God has placed them in your life for a reason. And for the others reading this that feel alone, open yourself up. Ask the Lord for guidance to find the surrounding circle that’s best for you. And remain patient, because you don’t want just anyone within your support collective. Allow people in, that have similar outlooks on your goals, or are just willing to invest their time and energy into your advancement.
For those who feel like they can do it all alone. And have someone trying to come in and help. Let that person in just once, and see the blessings that come into your life. All I know is Jesus was God’s right hand, Oprah makes life decisions based on the honesty of her best friend Gail, and Mary Kate is not said with Ashley Olsen. I’m sure that things can be done individually but with multiple heads together greatness happens.
You can change the world by yourself, but its way more fun to have the people who helped you to the top surrounding you when you reach that goal. Support systems are needed.”
Thank you for listening and thank you to Kenya for being apart of this!

✨Grounded, Growing, and Glowing ✨

This time of year is a transitional period for a lot of people. Graduation, prom, moving, internships, summer, opportunity, all of that stuff. It’s a bittersweet time too because, on one hand, you’re excited about all the things ahead but on another, you’re going to miss some of the most important memories or people that have shaped you. I always feel extra anxious because I hate saying goodbye. But this year, I am the one leaving. Apart of me is really scared to move but another part of me is really excited to be around new people, a new city and start over.

Also, this time period seems to move VERY VERY fast.

Spring semester flew by and throughout this entire semester some really powerful things happened for me. More recently, I have evolved. I am constantly growing. Some of that growth is painful and some of it is so beautiful. And I am soaking every moment of it in.

So, let’s get personal…

My blog launching, a toxic relationship, an eating disorder, and transformational decision to move to Charlotte later and here we are: exactly where I am supposed to be.

Some of the situations like my ED is a process. There is no fixed formula or recipe for it but writing about it allows me to shed some of the weight (ironic) of it all off. It doesn’t place the burden that I am carrying this challenge with me alone because I know many people also go through it.

One of the most challenging realizations I had was I wasn’t loving, accepting, and living my truth. I put myself in a position where I felt like I had to compromise who I was in fear of not receiving the love and security I was searching for. The relationship I was in didn’t support me and everything I was and it felt like I was in competition with every and any person or thing in his life. Those emotions pushed me to realize I wasn’t taking care of myself in the process. I didn’t feel like I couldn’t defend who I was when things happened. Things that were wrong and had nothing to do with me.

Through extensive therapy, I’m in a better place of taking care of myself and I don’t compromise who I am the way I used to. I trust who I am and what I can offer.

I wasn’t treating myself with the same love, compassion, and forgiveness I was offering other people. Being in therapy and actively practicing self-love/self-care taught me that there is no one that can offer me anything I can’t offer myself. The search began from the source: me. I was lost in the shuffle of being the “perfect woman” and wasn’t being myself in the process. I was trying to be what other people thought I should be. When in reality, all I needed to be was myself.

It’s become so apparent to me, during this time of transition, that the people and circumstances that support and love you are the ones you chose to attract. During this time, I look around to see who is there and who isn’t. I’ve learned not to beat myself up about the people that aren’t in my life because everyone has choices and I can’t bother myself too much about the choices other people make for themselves.

My therapist and I came up with a mantra that I say every day.

“I want to take care of myself in such a way that I am not abusing myself. I can do this by taking ownership of what I do and who I do it with”

I hope you all can benefit from this in some way. It reminds us to give ourselves the permission to nurture ourselves as much as we nurture other people.

Once I’ve begun taking ownership of myself, my actions, and my reactions to situations I have been protecting so much of my energy. I’ve disconnected myself from what other people choose to do with their lives and the people in them. That’s helped me nurture myself instead of punishing myself for choices other people make.

Practicing self-care is so much more than doing a face mask. It’s really thinking about what your limitations are and what you can/ cannot do within that. I’ve been communicating more openly on how I feel and think instead of trying to shrink myself to be someone I’m not. I cannot punish myself if someone chooses not to accept that because I am who I am. That may sound self-righteous but I think when you’re aware of yourself and your behaviors you can identify who you really are and teach yourself to accept yourself. You won’t feel the need to be in competition with anyone once you really see your own value.

That has translated into my brand and other areas of my life. I am so ready to embrace the good, the bad, and everything else this next phase of my life will offer. I won’t ever reduce myself to be seen as “enough” for someone else.

Transitions are amazing because you can slow down, be honest with yourself, and figure out a plan of action for where/who you want to be. Think about the people around you and what their limitations are. And give yourself the permission to love yourself for who you are.

What I’ve Learned From: My Instagram Data

If you have a business account you know that your account collects insights on you. If you have a regular account, now you know! Instagram is my preferred marketplace when it comes to blogging, branding, and promoting. So if you have a brand make sure your Instagram game is 👌🏽. It matters and it will really help your company grow.

Whenever I look for places to eat, shop, or explore I usually check if they have an Insta because Yelp isn’t as helpful for me.

There is a lot of unique information that your data can tell you from just one week alone. You can drive your business and platform if you maximize on the data itself. It also gives you an idea to see how well or poorly you’re doing. I check this daily but that’s because it can change any day.

If you are posting consistently, listening to the data, and leveraging your own insights your platform can be a HUGE success.

There are a lot of terms that’s on the Instagram insights page but for the purpose of this I want to explain what my impressions and followers tell me.

Impressions: measures all the times your posts were seen. This accounts for duplicates too. So one person can see the same post 4 times in the same week and that will count as 4 times.

Reach: How many new/unique accounts visit your content.

In the past 7 days, I gained 28 followers which puts me at 905 (woot woot!). That’s AWESOME!! That’s 4 followers a day and I’ve only posted once on my feed, except for Instagram Stories.

DISCLAIMER: I wrote this on Monday. My numbers have since then changed but this is for example purposes.

My impressions this week took a pretty big hit but I am not too worried. So I have a total of 5,676 impressions. That means my posts were seen 5,676 times which is 4,796 LESS than last week. That makes sense because I didn’t post too much on social media last week. I am not worried about that because the more I post the more people see my content thus increasing the impressions. IMG-6255.jpg

Other things I see are:

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What this data tells me is that in the past 7 days (since last Monday) one more person visited my profile, 99 new accounts did not see my posts, I’ve had 19 less website clicks, and one person did not click on my email link.

SO from the outside this is really bad. BUT to offer some backstory (get it, story telling?) last week I didn’t post as often and the week before was a big launch week so people were still engaging with my content last week but of course today they weren’t as high because it’s Monday and usually things pick up for me later in the day anyway.

Do I find this past week a successful one? Not really. As a brand, I have a hard time figuring out what “success” means for me so as I pan that out. I don’t think that this week was unsuccessful.

The insights page is always updating. What is true within one hour can be totally false in another. It’s meant to give you an overview not an exact number. As I am writing this 3 people have followed me since I put these screenshots in. I still wanted to write this post because I think a lot of people don’t know what there data is telling them.

Next we are going to drill down into the followers. As you can see 50% of my followers are male and the other 50% are female. I remember a couple of days ago it was 51/49 so I find this interesting. The gender doesn’t matter so much to me but location does. IMG-6256

So, where do most of my followers live?

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Not surprisingly, Greensboro because I live here but others are San Jose, Charlotte, Detroit, and Raleigh as you can see. If you are wanting to know when to post, knowing the location of your followers matters. So if I post at noon, that’s 9 am for my San Jose friends so they won’t see it until later that day which could drive my engagement down. I usually post whenever but if I am planning to launch something I want to maximize on that sweet spot posting hour which is Thursday night at 8 pm EST.

There are other ways to leverage the information in your insights page but I am no social media marketing expert. I am going off my passion for data and wanted to share an overview of how I use my data and what my data tells me. This was a really fun post for me to write so I hope you all enjoy reading it.

More posts like this will be coming so stay tuned