#IMARA: Power, Persistence, Endurance. It Will Change Your Life!

Going to Morocco changed my life. Literally. Traveling there this past summer and spending almost a month immersed in the culture, opened my mind and heart up on new levels I wasn’t even aware I was ready for, or needed. I instantly felt more expansive, open, free, loving, adventurous. It was the place I had read about in books and even dreamed about.

The Alchemist is one of my favorite books (I’ve read it 4 times now) and the images conjured in mind whilst reading that book, is exactly what Marrakech turned out to be. So of course you can imagine, it was  like living a dream come true once I arrived. I was literally speechless, humbled, overwhelmed, peaceful, and overjoyed all at once. I was visiting a place I had never been, yet felt so familiar, and magical. I felt immediately deeply in tune with the energy of Marrakech. This was a place I had once only imagined, and was now IN! Experiencing it tangibly. In the flesh. It was amazing and awe inspiring. Sharing that experience with other amazing women, made it even more so.

The Colored Girl is all about empowering women. That is the heartbeat of what we do and also WHY we do it! Our goal is to always serve our community in ways that help fuel their voices and passion.This is why we created IMARA.

We want to create an experience, space and place for women to connect in an organic, authentic way. For their stores to be heard, felt and possibly impact those listening, for the better. A way for amazing women to bond in an beautiful environment where the culture is unique and inspire one another. We want to create opportunities for life changing moments to happen, in a magical place.

But life changing moments don’t just happen… they can be made, or met when the timing and energy align. Our goal with this retreat, is to create opportunities for that to happen.  For women to commune, share their magic and amplify their power.

We invite you join us for IMARA, to celebrate yourself and other women; and help make it the pivotal, enriching, and impactful experience that will indelibly leave a mark on your soul, and possibly even, change your life.

For more information, and to reserve your spot today, click here: IMARA.

 

 

 

 

#nyakioglow

Hyper pigmentation is so very real! Although ti may not look like it, my skin scars very easily which is highly frustrating and annoying. Especially since I am obsessed with having a clear, glowing, healthy complexion. If you suffer from hyper pigmentation (melanin scarring that leaves marks on the skin), and revere a radiant glow like I do, then you too share my frustration.

Enter Nyakio Brightening oil! When I tell you this stuff works and is EVERYTHING!? Boy, do I mean it. I like to massage my face with this after cleansing, toning and slathering on a hearty dose of my fave serum, whilst my face is still a bit moist, to ensure that the oil absorbs into my skin. Leaving me relaxed and my skin vibrant.

I’ve been using it for a while and have noticed that my complexion is brighter, more supple and that the hyper pigmentation has indeed lessened, and even faded altogether in certain spots. I have even foregone wearing concealer on my spots most days as well to show off my more natural, radiant glow! I highly recommend it as part of your facial regimen: it’s AWESOME!

 

 

#trulybeautiful featuring Khoudia Diop

No one is perfect but we are ALL uniquely beautiful in our own ways. Inside and out. To me, what makes a woman truly beautiful is being herself. Embracing all that she is: flaws and all!

A huge part of my self care routine, is caring for my skin and TRUE BOTANICALS helps me do just that. with amazing natural ingredients that keep my glow going, no matter where I am, all year round!

While I was in Morocco this past summer the intense dry heat nearly did a number on my skin. But luckily I was able to combat it, inside and out as well, with proper hydration (key) and TRUE BOTANICALS.

I especially love the hydration line (cleanser, mist, serum and oil). They kept my skin supple and provided much needed moisture in the arid climate.

I’ve also tried other products form their line and love the natural smell and feel of them all on my skin… as well as the glow! If you haven’t tried them yet, I definitely recommend it.

Stay beautiful, xx!

Khoudia Diop

 

Embracing my #nubianheritage

I am totally obsessed with skincare products! I’ll admit, I am an addict and I have a problem. I really do. Something about amazing products, that smell and feel good, in cute packaging, just gets me every time. If you’re anything like me, a simple trip to the market or mall, turns into trying to avoid spending countless time in the aisles full of beautiful, beautifying products that almost seem to speak my name as I walk by! Yeah, I have issues.

I am also pretty obsessed with self-care, and taking really excellent care of my mind, spirit and body. This includes my skin. So when I discovered SunDial’s Nubian heritage line I was absolutely smitten with all the great smelling body scrubs, lotions and even natural deodorants. (I stopped wearing regular deodorant years ago, due to the chemicals & long term health hazards).

 

My faves from the line is the Indian Hemp and Haitian Vetiver collection. Specifically the deodorant, moisturizer and body scrub. I always leave the bath, smelling like royalty whenever I use these! Sometimes I also slather on the African Black Soap Infused Shea Butter too… so rich and creamy, I use it for extra moisture and to seal in all the goodness after a bath as well. There’s also the amazing, and unique Abbysinian oil & Chia Seed body wash and lotion as well. Super good stuff, with natural skin firming ingredients, to boot! My on-the-go for the handbag is the Coconut & Papaya hand cream, which I really dig! Not only does it work wonders for my hands after washing, but smells so yummy & amazing. I almost forget its not edible! This one is definitely a keeper, as far an hand creams go. 

 

Overall, I recommend the entire Nubian Heritage line, especially if you’re feeling like you can use a dose of added moisture, natural smell & feel goods to your self-care routine. So, If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it. Trust me. Your skin will thank me later, xx!

Victory In Morocco… wearing a swimsuit by City Republik, and a glow courtesy of Nubian Heritage.

#NudeIsNotBeige

Our skin, is all glorious. Beautiful and divine… and should be represented and catered to by ALL brands. So, we’ve teamed up with Cover FX to bring you an ode to the skin we are in, because they agree that #nudeisnotbeige.

Nude is not beige.

It’s pecan.

It’s caramel.

It’s chocolate.

Milk to dark…

It’s coffee.

Even charcoal.

And midnight, too.

Nude is the color of OUR SKIN.

No matter what skin we are in.

Thank you Cover FX for making foundations in an array of shades and tones for ALL complexions… because after all Nude is NOT beige…. it’s so much more!

 

#FlexinMyComplexion

 

Victory in Marrakech wearing CoverFX N90

I love my complexion. Brown, chocolate, velvety, and melanin rich! Although I prefer my skin to be a glowing perfect picture of health all on it’s own… I absolutely think that make up should be complimentary to our skin tones when worn. Specifically complexion based products.

Until recently this has proven to be somewhat of a challenge for WOC. But, I’ve begun to notice the array of shade ranges offered by many cosmetics companies. Specifically when it comes to foundation and concealer. I for one, think this should have always been the norm. After all, we all come in a different range of shades (and undertones), and the make up should reflect this. The goal of foundation is to mimic your natural complexion… as close to your naked skin as possible. So nude should be whatever color our skin is. No matter the shade, tone or complexion.

Cover FX has done an excellent job of figuring this out, with over 40 amazing (vegan & cruelty free) shades for ALL women… Including me, whose undertones vary from season to season! I applaud them for not only an excellent product, but for recognizing that importance of being inclusive when it comes to their consumers.

Thank you Cover FX for making foundations in an array of shades and tones for ALL complexions… because after all Nude is NOT beige.

 

 

#Transformation

I’ve been transitioning to natural hair for the last few months, and  I think it’s awesome having the right hair care based on your lifestyle, what your natural curls look like and how you tend to take care of them. I’m impressed with Form beauty and how they inclusively figure out the needs of all hair types! With my hair being different textures and porosity, it’s important for me to have the right products for both health and maintenance.

I love that they give you a questionnaire that covers a lot of interesting topics, and actually assesses different hair types & need. Plus the the products are so easy to use too! I recently rocked cornrows while in Morocco and loved the super cool nozzle on the clarifying shampoo that i was able to use after a swim. The consideration put into the products is amazing, and much appreciated.

If you’re transitioning, relaxed or natural I would definitely recommend Form Beauty for your haircare needs. They’ve truly helped make my transformations an easier, healthier and more stylish one thus far!

Written by guest blogger: Khoudia Diop

#triedandTRUE

 

VICTORY IN MARRAKECH AT BEAUTIFUL BOUTIQUE HOTEL, JNANE TAMSNA

I love nature, I always try to get outside whenever possible. Especially here in Marrakech. Its so beautiful here, and I feel more beautiful here. Both inside and out. This place is like the garden of Eden! I love it. The lush gardens, amazing, architecture, design and art. And I also love the atmosphere. It’s been the perfect setting to launch the partnership we’ve forged with True Botanicals… a skincare line, who’s products I have also come to adore. Natural, organic, straight from nature, and amazing to my skin.

I mean I really have to give it up for True Botanicals. Their products are simply amazing! My skin looks, feels and smells amazing! This summer glow is fantastic and I hope it lasts me well into fall and winter. With the change of seasons my skin usually wigs out and goes rogue on me. Drier, uneven skin tone and breakouts. No fun at all. But I am looking forward to fortifying my skincare regimen with all the lovely goodies True Botanical has.

I recently tried the hydrating oil and mist and think that these two will be perfect for the cold winter months ahead that tend to dry out my skin. I’ll also be traveling a LOT these next few months too, and this can also cause a toll on my skin… luckily, I plan on carrying the full True Botanicals lineup with me. (The convenient size and shapes of the packaging allows for easy transport, which I definitely appreciate when I am in the TSA line at the airport).

Overall, since using their line, I can see and feel changes that are more in line with my healthy, glow skin goals and I am ecstatic about that. Because to me, one of the pillars of health & beauty, is great skin, (especially on my face) and this stuff, makes it every bit of what I expected. Thanks for helping me achieve the skin of my dreams @trubotanicals!

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#beautifullyFORMed

 

Victory in Morocco for FORM Beauty

These past few weeks have been amazing here in Morocco! Everything from the food, culture, atmosphere and weather has been a dream. I for one, love the heat. Arid or humid, I’ll take it. Morocco is definitely arid and HOT! Honestly though, I cannot get enough of it.

My short brush cut has started growing in nicely, and even though the water here is a bit hard (like London…. which is my next stop!), FORM beauty hydrating conditioner has been keeping my TWA baby curls super soft. You can actually feel the difference between just a quick water rinse and using the amazing smelling, light yet luxurious conditioner.

I am also a huge fan of leave in conditioners as well and always make sure to follow up with the multitask leave in lotion. I even carry it min my purse as a refresher on the go!

Last but definitely not least, my personal fave from FORM beauty is the amazing pomade with essential oils. I really cannot get enough of this stuff and the shine it give my hair. I really wish it came in a lotion as well, because I would literally slather it on from head to toe if so! But I’ll just stick to the little hair I have since that’s what it’s for. I even gave some to a friend with longer more luxurious curls to style, while her and she loved it too. Raved about the feel, smell and shine ti gave her sleek new style!All I can say is thanks FORM beauty for helping keep my hair looking, smelling and feeling amazing!

#FORMation

 

@ladydork, @srvj, @stylebytori for Form Beauty at Jnane Tamsna in Marrakech, Morocco

Ok ladies, now let’s get in FORMation! Ok well, maybe not Mr.s Carter World tour formation, but let’s talk about one of my new faves: FORM beauty… and no, I am not Beyonce! But, even she would use this stuff, and admit that it’s damn good!

Ok, so where to begin? The sexy, modern packaging, the cool name, and logo? Or maybe we jump right into the meat and potatoes of the thing, and talk about the actual amazing products, and how they are great for all types of hair! Specifically curlier, more coarse hair (both long, or in my case uber short/shaved) which tends to be a bit drier naturally, and needs a bit more TLC.

The products not only up your cool factor, exponentially, just by being on display in your bathroom, but they smell great, and also actually do what they say they are going to do. In other words: they’re true to FORM. Now I, for one, happen to love when things are what they actually say they are, and really work the way they promise to. In this case, everything from the clarifying shampoo, the multitask leave in conditioner, to my new personal fave (which I’ll also be blogging about again later) – the pomade; delivers exactly what’s expected, every time.

I am definitely looking forward to keeping this line in my regimen, as I continue along my natural hair journey… no matter where that may take me. I’ll tell you one thing, FORM beauty definitely has me thinking about my next style!