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DIY Citrus Facial Scrub!

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Pampering yourself doesn’t mean you have to spend your hard earned cash at pricey spas or on expensive products. Although I do enjoy the luxury of purchasing these things, its not quite a necessity. I must admit, I am super guilty of being a major product junkie. I’m sure some of you reading this can relate as well. There is something that seems to always bring me back to creating my personal scrubs the good ole fashion way. You can create your very own DIY beauty recipes right in he comfort of your own home with products you may probably already own in your kitchen. One recipe I personally enjoy creating, is a “Citrus Facial Scrub” (yummm). Below, I have listed a few ingredients you will need to create this natural citrus facial scrub. 

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The Benefits:

Yogurt – Soothes and can lessen the visibility of blemishes and moles, make freckles disappear, and lighten suntanned skin.

Oatmeal – Acts as a exfoliant, will lock in moisture, and acts as a natural remedy to acne.

Honey – Is great for acne treatment & prevention. Moisturizes and soothes. full of antioxidants which will slow down aging. 

Lemon or Citrus Juice – Helps brighten, soften and refresh rough or dried skin. The citrus fruits will also lighten the skin color and reduce freckles, discoloration and scars.

Citrus Scrub

  1. 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (or other citrus juice)
  2. 2 Teaspoons Honey
  3. 6 ounces plain yogurt
  4. 1/4 cup ground oatmeal

Blend all the ingredients together and apply it to clean skin in circular motions. Allow for the mixture to to dry. Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. This all natural facial mask is suitable for sensitive, normal, and dry skin types. This regimen can be used once a week as needed.

I hope you found this “DIY Citrus Facial Scrub,” post quite informative. I would love for you guys to try it, and let me know what you think. Please do leave your comments below, if you have any questions and or concerns. Until next time lovelies, Happy Scrubbing!  

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How to: Makeup Brush Cleaning 101!


This isn’t the most exciting lesson, but it’s important nonetheless! Because we must clean our brushes so we can stay on top of bacteria and other offenders that we don’t want to end up on our face. Think of it as basic hygiene. For brushes that you use daily (and don’t share), I would aim for at least once a week (every Sunday perhaps?) or twice a week if you really love makeup and apply it often such as myself. There are two ways to properly wash your brushes depending on your personality and time constraints: heavy duty (for those of you that want instant professional strength cleaning agents to annihilate everything) or gentle (for those of you who have more time and prefer to keep it simple). Here’s how:

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Heavy Duty:

  1. Pick up a professional brush cleaning spray from a your local or online beauty supply (the Cinema Secrets spray (Holy Grail Product) is perfect for professional makeup artists who need to clean their brushes repeatedly throughout jobs but this aromatherapy cleaning sprayis my favorite to use on my clients because it leaves an amazing smell on the brushes). Starting with your foundation and cream blush brushes (these have the most product residue and need the most attention),  spray it directly on the brush heads to completely soak the bristles.
  2. Rub the brush head back and forth over a paper towel or tissue repeatedly until there is no more product coming off.
  3. Spray the rest of your brushes one at a time (eyeliner, lip, eyebrow brushes).
  4. Rub these brushes back and forth as well, noticing that they will come clean much faster than the first ones. This solution dries within minutes. 

Gentle DIY:

  1. Pour a dime sized amount of any baby or organic shampoo into the palm of your hand. Then wet your brush head, dip your used brushes into the your palm (one brush at a time).
  2. Gently swirl brush in circular motions till all dirt and product is released. If you find your brushes are a bit hard to clean let them soak in small bowl prior to individual wash. 
  3. Re-mold each brush if necessary by pressing the hairs between your fingers until it’s back to its original shape.

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brush cleaning 101DRYING STATION: You don’t want to dry your brushes in an upright position because the water settles into the glue that’s holding the bristles together at the base of each brush head and starts breaking down the glue over time, causing the hairs to come off when you swipe the brush against your face (so annoying). So you can either lay your brushes flat or even better, make this quick little drying station with the two items listed below!

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  1. Grab a hand towel, a paper towel. Fold towel in half about two to three times. 
  2. Balance each brush so that the brush head is pointing down, and touching the paper towel . (a full towel can be used in this step as well).  It’s much easier to balance than it sounds, I promise!
  3. Another simple method is placing a napkin/paper towel in a jar or wide cup and place brushes face down so that water seeps through.
  4. Now let them dry completely for a few hours (or overnight) and return them to their home (my work brushes live in brush roll, while my personal brushes live upright in my favorite square glass jar on my makeup desk).

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 I hope you found my “How To: Makeup Brush Cleaning 101” very informative. If you have any questions or concerns feel more than free to comment below. Enjoy Beauties until next time. 

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DIY Organic Peppermint Lemon & Sugar Body Scrub!


Hey Beauties. Tis that time of the year…when you could use some good ole exfoliation! 🙂

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 Today I wanted to share with you a quick tutorial on how to create your own simple peppermint lemon sugar scrub for way cheaper than the cost of expensive store bought skin moisturizing and exfoliating products. If you have never made a peppermint lemon sugar scrub before, you’re really in for a treat! If there is a scent that always makes me happy, it is a fresh lemon mint scent yummm. I LOVE to exfoliate, especially during the winter months as during this time I’m more prone to dry skin, and want to keep my skin super hydrated and supple. The sugar in this scrub gently exfoliates the skin, the cooling sensation of the peppermint oil helps to soothe itchiness, it nourishes dull skin and improves the texture of oily or greasy skin, and the coconut oil moisturizes. Plus, the lemon zest/peppermint combo is totally invigorating. It will definitely wake you up first thing in the morning. This DIY Peppermint Lemon & Sugar Body Scrub, is a method which can definitely be used year round. 

So here is my awesome scrub recipe…

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You will need:

  • 1 1/2  cups granulated pure cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (can use olive oil or almond oil)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon 100% pure peppermint essential oil (optional)

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Melt the coconut oil in a small bowl or in the microwave on medium for 15 to 20 seconds just so it becomes slightly melted.

Stir in sugar, mixing until the sugar is thoroughly coated. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest and peppermint oil until all ingredients are combined. Transfer into a glass jar. Voila and there you have it, your very own Peppermint Lemon & Sugar Scrub. You can thank me later Happy Scrubbing 😉 !!

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For any questions or concerns in regards to this DIY Peppermint Lemon & Sugar Body Scrub tutorial, feel free to leave your comments below and I’ll be more than happy to answer enjoy beauties.

 

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5 Minute Makeup Routine!


We all have those days, when were rushing out the door and only have ample amount of time to get ready. Well today’s your lucky day. I am going to demonstrate how to achieve a “5 Minute Makeup Routine“, that will have you looking simple yet  flawless before heading out that door. On a rushed morning, the absolute minimum is best. Your daily makeup routine should include core basics. You’ll want to start with a good foundation to ensure the skin looks its best.


BASE

To start off you want to ensure that you face is well prepped. You want to make sure that your beautiful canvas is cleansed, moisturized, and primed before applying any makeup. This is key step into any makeup or daily beauty routine, it will help create a smooth canvas for easier makeup application.

  1. Apply the foundation of your choice. Foundation can easily do double duty as concealer to spot-treat redness, under eye circles, or any other imperfections.
  2. When applying your foundation you can opt for a foundation brush, beauty blending sponge, or simply use your  clean fingers to save time.
  3. Remember, you don’t have to apply foundation all over the face. Only apply it on an as needed, which will also save time.

Approximate time: 1 minute

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Use clean fingers or a damp beauty blending sponge to apply foundation.

BROWS

Filling in brows is an important step to add to your makeup routine, as this will help frame the face. Some of us may have fuller brows than others. So for most women they step is may be optional. 

  1. First you want too fill in your brows using a retractable brow pencil or a matte eye shadow that matches your natural brow hairs. 
  2. If your using a brow pencil when filling in brows, you want to use light feathering strokes. Do not put apply too much pressure, as this may have give off a harsh appearance to the brow.
  3. When using a matte eye shadow you want to apply your product with an angled eye liner brush also using light strokes filling in any sparse gaps where needed.
  4. Using a Spoolie, brush brow hairs in the direction in which the hairs are growing for that well groomed perfected brows.

Approximate time: 1 minute

5 Minute BrowCHEEKS

When it comes to the cheeks you want to apply either a blusher or bronzer. Blush adds a natural flush and tint to the cheeks, while bronzer gives off a more structured and natural sun kissed appearance. Cream blush or lipstick is a makeup bag must, especially when you travel, because you can use either items on the lips and cheeks. If you have a red or pink lip color in your bag, you can always apply a little lipstick on your cheek for a pop of color. You’ll look more awake and pulled together in a time crunch with subtle tinted cheeks. Either blush or bronzer is can be applied in this step.

  1. Cream blushes make your skin appear more dewy (natural).
  2. Apply blush to the highest point of your cheek bones using your fingers. If its a powdered substance use a blush brush to apply.
  3. Bronzer is to be applied to the temples and hollows of the cheeks for that natural sun kissed glow. 

Approximate time:  30 seconds

5 Minute Blush & BronzerLASHES

Curl your lashes and add mascara. This goes quickly, depending on how many times you make a mistake. In that case if that happens use a moist cotton swab to remove tiny unwanted mascara streaks that may have been left behind.

Approximate time: 1 minute

5 Minute MascaraLIPS

Lastly, is the lips I recommend you using a natural colored  lipstick or tinted lip balm. A mauve color would be suitable, it looks closest to the natural lip color.

Approximate time: 30 seconds to 1 minute

5 Minute LipstickFINISHING TOUCHES

One thing to not save time on is the final process of blending. Always have a blending brush for the eyes and one for the face as part of your arsenal. The biggest mistake I see people make in applying makeup is not buffing out harsh lines on the face, eeeek.” Whether in the eye area, at the lip line, or across your complexion, you should never be able to tell where color is ending or beginning. It should all be seamless.

Approximate time: 1 to 2 minutes

5 Minute Before and After

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5 Minute Makeup Final

  Voila  and Your Out The Door!

PRODUCTS I USED:

Foundation: Makeup Forever High Definition Foundation #173 $42.00

Brows: Mac Cosmetics Brow Pencil in Spiked $16.00

Cheeks: Mac Cosmetics Blush (Lady Blush) $22

Mac Cosmetics Blush/Contour (Blunt) $22

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes $8.95

Lipstick: Makeup Forever Rouge Artist (Natural) #9 $20

What are some of your 5 minute makeup tips for hectic mornings? Please comment down below I would love to hear, enjoy beauties!

 

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“King of the Fall” Tour Recap!

 


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 I attended the “King of the Fall,” concert on Friday at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. I must say, it  was an amazing experience.  Jhene Aiko was the opening act followed by School Boy Q, and last but not least, my idol “The Weeknd.”  I am in LOVE with The Weeknd and when I heard he was coming to Barclay’s for the “King of the Fall Tour,” I patiently waited for the release to purchase my concert ticket. The Weeknd performance was beyond what I expected; I felt as if he was singing to me and it still gives me chills.  My experience at this concert was totally different than any other show that I have attended. The crowd was very energetic and so interactive with one another.  One of my favorite parts of the evening was when the crowd was singing in unison with their cellphone and lighters up, while The Weeknd performed “Wicked Games.”   

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 Barclay’s Center Brooklyn, New York

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A Magical Moment… “Wicked Games” Performance (for live footage check out jlure_mua on Instagram) 


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My outfit for the evening was simple yet chic. I wore a high low top with burgundy faux leather pants. For accessories I decided to throw a black floppy hat for a feminine touch, along with black and gold sunglasses. My hand bag was black with ribbed detailing for an edge and on my feet I chose hard wood platformed chunky heels for comfort. This outfit was quite comfortable and fluid, it was perfect for the weather, a great transition outfit into fall.

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Top: Twenty8Twelve London/ Bottoms: H&M/ Hand Bag: JustFab/ Shoes: Charlotte Russe (Qupid)

Hat: H&M/ Sun Glasses: Aldos

Photo Cred: Ashley Kiyana

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My Life in Transition!


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 So I’m lying in bed and I ask myself, what should my next blog post entail? I’ve come to the realization that I haven’t given a full introduction of myself. So, today I wanted to get a bit more personal and share with you guys who I really am and where I come from.

I was born in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up as a child, my mom would dress me and my eldest sister up in big, poofy matching gowns, which I hated.  I always had a frown on my face wondering why we had to dress alike or even dress up at all.

In Elementary and Junior High School, I knew I wasn’t like the other girls. Believe it or not, I was an awkward, nerdy, shy girl. I dressed like a boy and never wore pink. In fact, I disliked the color and wouldn’t be caught dead wearing it at the time. I rarely wore dresses and always had my hair in a ponytail. I chose to wear sweats, jeans, t-shirts and sneakers. In my opinion, it was okay to dress more masculine, but it seemed that my peers thought otherwise. At that time, I was constantly teased by both girls and boys. I had low self-esteem and I no longer felt accepted nor beautiful. There were moments when I felt like if I didn’t exist, life would be better. Shortly after, I tried to change myself to try and fit in. Then, I tried cheerleading, which was an epic fail because I felt like an outcast; I was completely out of my element so I quit. Next, I discovered other sports such as baseball and basketball, which I fell in love with. Soon after, I found myself playing more sports, especially with the boys.  

In 2000, I relocated to the Poconos; I was completely devastated. I was living in the boondocks with nothing but trees and animals; huge bummer. I felt I had no choice but to make best of the situation. So one day I decided to go outside and meet my fellow neighbors.  There were a few guys playing basketball, I just stood there and interrupted yelling “I Got Next”, and they looked me as if I were crazy. They ended up letting me play and they were shocked to see that I could actually play. I was beginning to have more fun and come out of my shell. Although I wasn’t at all the “girly girl,” I was now feeling accepted. As time went on I got more comfortable, and I used my awkwardness to humor others.

In 2007 I moved back to NYC.  It wasn’t until 2009 that I began to dress more feminine. I started wearing heels but I wasn’t quite into dresses as much yet. Don’t get me wrong, I still loved to wear my basketball shorts, T-shirts and sneakers from time to time, but I found a balance between the two. As I got older, I admired the different makeup looks I saw in the magazines and even on different television shows. In 2010, I purchased my first 120 eye makeup palette and from then on, I was hooked.  

December of 2011, my close friend Ena, who is a model, always admired my makeup work and saw that I had immense passion for it. She then asked if I could do three makeup looks for her photo shoot. I created a natural, neutral, and a dark Smokey eye look. I was then told that photographer Carlos Peralta was the one we were shooting with. He has worked with many celebs and upcoming artists. Of course,  I was honored to even work with someone of his caliber. I didn’t know quite what to expect.  Going into the studio for the first time was a bit nerve wracking but I wanted remain as professional as possible. I felt as if I had been doing this for years; it was just the perfect feeling. I get butterflies just talking about it. Carlos loved my work ethic and even asked if I could come back and do more work with him at his studio.  At that moment I realized this was my passion and there wasn’t anything I saw  myself doing other than makeup.

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My first professional photo shoot!

 Photographer:  Carlos Peralta CP Studios/ Model: Ena Adams/ Makeup: Jessica Clermont (Jlure)

I was always quite artistic and enjoyed making others laugh, so I quickly used that to my advantage and knew that this was something I wanted to pursue as a career.  Ever since, I watched videos, read books and educated myself on the art of makeup. I then found myself applying makeup to friends and family. Soon after, I found myself doing makeup on models, attending photo shoots and even fashion shows. Biggest accomplishment to date were magazine issues in Vogue Italia and Baby Phat Social Media Campaign Photo shoot. It took me quite some time to figure out what I wanted to do, and who I wanted to become as a woman. Every day I learn something new about myself and find myself only getting better with age.  My personal style and makeup techniques have definitely evolved throughout the years. This is just the start to my life and ongoing career.  I am blessed enough to have gotten this far, and happy to share my life journey with you all.

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Essence Street Style Block Party Recap!

 


 

This weekend, I attended the 2014 Essence Street Style Block Party in Dumbo Brooklyn; it was quite an experience.  To kick off New York Fashion Week, Essence invited everyone to show off their street style. R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan, made a live musical performance and blew the crowd away. The event also consisted of  street shopping, food vendors, and also the street style fashion show. Essence selected their favorite candidates to strut the runway to showcase their street chic styles. Celebrity such as Vanessa Simmons, and Fashion Editor of Essence Celia Smith, both hosted the street style fashion show. Tracy Ellis Ross made a surprise visit for the fashion show. She graced the runway with one of contestants rocking their super chic polka dot ensembles. There were numerous fashion trends hitting the runway from eclectic, bohemian chic, and edgy looks you name it it was there. Overall in my opinion the essence street style event was a success. Below are pictures of  my personal street style for the event and of the event itself. Hope you enjoy!!


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                     Here is a few photos of the Hair,  Beauty, and Massage  stations at the Essence Street Style Block Party.


ESSENCE JLURESTYLEMy Essence Street Style outfit was all black super comfortable, and might I add “Affordable”.  I opted for a darker look that day I was one of many who wore all black. I decided to pair a H&M top with leather sleeves and a bandeau beneath it. As for my bottoms I wore these leather shorts from Forever 21. Accessories were very minimal. My Pineapple was an added touch to my street style look, which I must say was AMAZING!


 

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         Accessories:  Guess and H&M Rings , Sunglasses & Hat H&M

Photographed by: Sabine Clermont

 

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