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I tried the Ole Henriksen PowerBright System and here’s what happen

Friday, July 22, 2016

Last year when I turned 40, I decided to change up my beauty routine a little bit to suit my elements and now-my age. Many products I tried still didn’t give me that fresh dewy glow look I was going for and when I asked my dermatologist about products to use, she immediately recommended micro abrasion systems or chemical peels. Now if you don’t know, whenever I hear the word “chemical peel” I immediately think of that episode of Sex In the City where Samantha got the chemical peel for Carrie’s book launch party and it was disastrous.

So there goes my fear of chemical peels, that was until recently when the people from Ole Henriksen via Influenster sent me the Ole Henrikesen Power Bright System to try for a week and here’s my review of this simple step system for a bright, beautiful glowing skin.

 Power Bright Three Step Brightening System



Designed to polish, brighten and glow up your skin, this system has
a three-step system with three pods to get you that glow!. Begin with Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask enriched with sugar, honey, and pomegranate seed powder to help polish away dull skin, for a smooth, radiant complexion. I love a good scrub on my skin. This scrub smelled so good and after I rinsed it off my skin felt very refreshed and ready for the next step.

 Next, I applied the Truth 25 percent vitamin C concentrate for dark spots and fine line. 


Now, this kids is where the magic begins to happen. From the moment applied this mask of Vitamin C concentrate to my skin a very distinct tingling sensation begin to happened, honestly it begin to burn like a warming mask but a little hotter. As the shade of the mask begin to go matte so did the temperature of the mask and it was time to add one more step.

Finally, Pure Truth Melting Cleanser


Finally it’s time to apply the Pure Truth Melting Cleanser on top of the concentrate to help activate it: they called it warming (I call it burning) sensation signals that it’s working. And you will be glowed up shortly. After a couple minutes it was finally time to rinse everything off with the Power Bright complexion sponges and check out my new soft and supple Ole Glow skin.

Final Results


What you think?

Other products included where the Truth Serum Collagen booster which is now my morning OJ for the face and the Sheer Transformation, a lightweight moisturizer that keeps me glowing under my makeup.

With Makeup

I highly recommend the Ole Glow System to anyone looking to change up their facial routine to add something new to their skincare system. I’m on day seven and my skin still has a healthy glow and softness even after hours of full face makeup in this Alabama heat.

You can get the entire system online at Sephora.com

Seven Days Later


I guess you say, I’m all Glow Up now, Thanks Ole Henriksen and Influenster.  

Until next time! 








Summer Personal Style:Tribal Prints X White Jeans

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Every summer I try to make a list of things to challenge myself in my personal style. Of course this generally means letting down some guards and tackling those misconceptions of society in order to take the necessary leaps. For me, the challenge of my personal style is trying new trends. Like any other person, I know what works for me but I also have to realize trying something new may work even better. One trend I’ve been struggle with for the past five years has been white denim in the summertime. I can’t begin to express to you how hard I was against this one at one time. It always had to do with the jeans making my thighs look huge, when in reality…My thighs are HUGE…I just had to accept this little fact. Crazy-right?

Now that I have lifted this veil and love these thighs, my relationship with white jeans has improved. I currently own three pair of white jeans and these from Dress Barn makes number five!. Yep I said Dress Barn, I had no clue the retail gurus of all thing dresses and work wear had decided to take a swing at denim. What I can say is WELL DONE Dress Barn. I honestly didn’t think they were going to work on these thighs, but I am pleasantly surprised about these jeans. I purchased these locally about three months ago when I first created my summer looks list and I was trying to get the jump on everyone, so some locations may still have them.

Top:Yours Clothing.com ~ Jeans: Dress Barn.com ~Shoes: Nordstorm Rack.com ~Bag: DSW.com


To celebrate my new white jeans, I decide to try another big trend this summer. Off the shoulder, it seems to me that everything is currently off the shoulder, showing shoulder, cut out at shoulder, and so on. This Black & White Ikat Print Frill Gypsy Crinkle Top With Elasticated Neckline top from Yours Clothing is probably one of my new summer favorites. The black and white tribal print with white denim is definitely sending a summertime vibe. 


Arm Candy~ Reed and CoDesigns
I know trying new trends can be tricky because every year and every season new trends come and go. So the key is to find the elements of your personal style that make you smile and feel good. Know your classics and what works for your body and celebrate the trends that do work for you.  And if you miss one..Trust me- They come around.

See ya next time!

Pep

















I've Got The Summer Blues with Eloquii's Collared Trumpet Dress

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
For the past couple weeks, I’ve been having the blues. Just juggling things and getting thing done to better myself both mentally and physically can take a toll on you. My usually treatment consist of throwing myself into my work and forgetting about it until it knocks on my door. This form of treatment really doesn’t work, because well it come back. Another form of treatment is to go on a shopping spree and let the wheel of the internet lead me into the land of everything I want and hmmm, maybe this will work. 

Either way, I ended up with items, I would never have chosen if I wasn’t on retail therapy or something I really really wanted. Case in point, this super cute dress Collard Trumpet Dress from Eloquii.com. At first site, I told myself it’s okay but nothing to write home to momma about. Under retail therapy, I thought this would make a really cute easy day dress. Something I could go to brunch with momma or easy shopping day. My retail side was correct, this dress is exactly what I needed to get me out my little funk. It and a little help from Cali blogger Miss Charmsie. Her easy diy for pom pom sandals really put a smile on my face. Can’t you tell.








Dress- Eloquii
Shoes-DIY
Bag- Micheal Kors

Blue is a really a great color for summer fashion. 
Take a look at this dress and a couple others I found online. 










EAT PLAY STAY SLAY: What I Wore on Vacation

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Hey Luvs,

Did you enjoy the review of the Hyatt ZiliaraRose Hall Resort?  It was a great vacation destination for our friend's getaway.  The best part for me was to finally get a chance to wear all the swimwear, I've been stock piling up on this year.  I never though in a million years, I would be own at least pieces of swimwear and seven are two pieces. Catch  me three years ago or even 10 years when I was 30 pounds lighter and I would have still said I was too big.  This year had been all about loving myself,pushing myself and not really caring about people have to say.  This trip was my "fatgirljourney" and I hope many plus size women take note that you can travel and their are product available to help you do so.

It's really is about loving yourself and seeing what will make you make in order to take more daring steps. I was walking around that resort with my thighs out, booty jiggling and loving it.  Some male staff members had to tell me they loved my confidence and big booty, "It is nice to see a full woman walking around the property" according to the resort bartender,Raoul. And he makes a mean mojito.


I also had a chance to rock my first Gabifresh for Sexy Swim piece, play in the water with my baes in Always For Me and twirl around in my tie dye cover up from Tyrell Holmes of Duke N Dutchess. Yes, It was a great vacation. 

Here is a recap of what and wore and some info on things I packed for easy plus size travel. 


The Always For Me Aztec Summer Zip Plus Size Bikini was perfect on my 22/24 size frame. The cute zipper style of the top let me chose my coverage and the support inside was pretty nice also.  Two of my girlfriends also wore their suits from Always For Me as well. So for the day we enjoyed the sun in our Always for Me suits.  

Shop here for Always For Me and use my special code PEPPER for 30%off!!




That night I mixed up pieces from Eloquii, Lane Bryant and It's Fashion for a sexy Jamaican night look.



So many of you asked about this skirt. This cute faux wrap skirt was a sweet from Eloquii . It's so easy to mix up in your wardrobe. 
Hurry Hurry!! It's on sale now starting under $30.

I also packed two really cute tops to wear over yet another swimsuits from Swimsuitsforall,  I wore my favorite suit, The Diva High Waist twice while on vacation.  The suit has a super high waist that offer a real va va voom moment. I decide on wearing one cute tropic top from Revamped Styles and another from Always For Me, both were super cute with the suit and definitely changed up my look. 
Middle: Get The Diva High Wait Suit Here
Left: Tropical Crop: Sold Out
Right: Always for Me Paprika Sky Plus Cover Up Here

That night I wore a little dress I got from a place called Unclaimed Bagged here in Alabama. The facility is full of items from unclaimed luggage and miscellaneous freight shipments.  Many items are under price so finding a great deal is very easy there. I got this cute dress for $13 bucks.


This was another find that would be hard to locate.  The draping was very similar to several Jibri items I adore. Similar Jibri Dress here.

The last two days were just about being in the sun and getting my melanin up to 100.  I played around poolside in this summer cute piece from Forever 21. I had to print mix my pineapple bikini with my favorite poolside cover up from Atlanta designer, Tyrell Holmes. This tie dye dream is still one of my favorite summer pieces. 
Pineapple Bikini : Forever 21-Sold Out
Similar here and here

Get the TyeDye Coverup from Tyrell Homes

The last look has to be my absolute favorite.  The Baroness suit from the Gabifresh SwimSexy collection from Swimsuitsforall vibed me into all kinds of Queen of the Caribbean action. This tropical background made everything so perfect with this look.  I added a simple duster from Lane Bryant to bring everything together. 


This one piece has a gold exposed zipper that can go lower for a more seductive style or you can just give a little.  The sides have a mesh paneling that gives off the illusion of a high leg cut, I'm sure this works like on a taller frame or if I wore heel but since I'm not that fancy. I will just let you know. 

I order the suit in a 22W from the D/DD selection. I'm not as chesty as I would've like to be for this suit, but I still like it. 

  Get The Suit: here



I honestly miss everything about this place,it was so relaxing and zenful. I'm sure my next journey will give me just as much joy and peacefulness. 

Are you taking a trip soon? What are your essentials on a long journey especially plane rides?  Here are a couple items I can't live without when traveling.

1. Seatbelt Extender- I never leave for a flight without it. It makes buckling up so much easier and you don't have to ask the flight attendant for it. It fits most airlines except Southwest.  Fly comfortable without feeling stuffed in the seat.
2. Rosewater Mist Refresher- You know how you feel completely drained after a flight.  Just a couple of short spritz of this will refresh and keep you moving through your journey. 




3.  Airplane Earplugs- I already have some hearing difficulty due to medical reasons, so flying can sometime be a hug discomfort. A friend got these for me last year and they stay in  my travel bag with the other two item above.  My ears felt so much better after my flight.



Remember traveling is also about the journey, not just the destination. Enjoy yourself and Have Plenty of Fun.

Until Next Time

xoxo

Pep