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Cheers To 3 Years: My Blog Turned 3

She believed she could so she did. Since May 21st 2018 (my 2-year blogiversary) I’ve: • Changed my name from Beauty & Braids to Productive & Pampered. • Changed my mission statement from “I want women to feel relaxed and stress free and confident, all while saving money.” to “Encouraging women to celebrate everyday like… Continue reading Cheers To 3 Years: My Blog Turned 3

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Polished & Powerful Week Day 7: SHOO Cosmetics

You may remember when I featured SHOO Cosmetics’ {previously named SHOO Polish} #MintToBeach, a mint green, during my It’s Beauty And Braids Presents: Spring 2017 Nail Polish Week. SHOO is an acronym for: Smart, Hopeful, Optimistic, and Omnipresence. Owner Shawanda Vickers gives back to the women and girls in her community. Since my last feature,… Continue reading Polished & Powerful Week Day 7: SHOO Cosmetics

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Polished & Powerful Week Day 6: Breukelen Polished

One day I was scrolling through Instagram looking for my next Black-owned nail polish line to support. Insert Breukelen Polished (the original Dutch spelling of Brooklyn) by Ariel Terry! After a mutual follow, I did swatches for three of Breukelen’s top sellers: Do or Die (fiery red), Brownstone (deep burgundy), and The Bois (Pronounced boys.… Continue reading Polished & Powerful Week Day 6: Breukelen Polished

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Polished & Powerful Week Day 5: Rooted Woman

When I read India Williams of Rooted Woman’s story, I instantly wanted to support her brand because I can relate to it. In 2012, India graduated from the University of Alabama’s law school and moved to Chicago. Balancing the lawyer life was so stressful that she became sick. Her sickness was a wake up call… Continue reading Polished & Powerful Week Day 5: Rooted Woman

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Polished & Powerful Week Day 4: OOO Polish

After being a fan of their’s for years, I finally bought nail polish from OOO Polish (Triple O) Nail Lacquers, which is formulated to compliment women of color’s skin tone. The first of my #NailMail was Mino (mauve pink), then a (discontinued) Melon pink, and Baol, (white). There has been numerous occasions where I bought… Continue reading Polished & Powerful Week Day 4: OOO Polish

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Polished & Powerful Week Day 3: Crown Nail Lacquer

At the 6th Annual Naturalista Expo in College Park, Maryland, I stumbled across a beautiful nail polish vendor, Crown Nail Lacquer. Six months later, we meet again at another natural hair expo: the 18th Annual Baltimore Natural Hair Care Expo. In case you can’t tell, I’m a pretty loyal customer. So I had the pleasure… Continue reading Polished & Powerful Week Day 3: Crown Nail Lacquer

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Polished & Powerful Week Day 2: Polish Change

Last fall I took my pedi game to the next level. Kathy Watson’s Polish Change Nail Care Studio in Crofton, Maryland gave me my first waterless pedicure. Imagine getting a pedicure without water in the tube to prevent cross contamination. It’s something that I never thought about until my appointment, but I haven’t stopped thinking… Continue reading Polished & Powerful Week Day 2: Polish Change

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Polished & Powerful Week Day 1: Seven Cosmetics Beauty

I meet Jasmine Bazemore of Seven Cosmetics Beauty at the 2016 For Sisters Only Expo in DC. Since then, I’ve had a: brand ambassadorship, exclusive coupon code, guest feature, and tons of swatches with Seven. At Productive and Pampered, this week is my Annual Girl Boss Series where I recognize women-of-color owned nail polish. Jasmine… Continue reading Polished & Powerful Week Day 1: Seven Cosmetics Beauty

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Mark your Calendar for “Productive and Pampered Presents: Spring 2019 Polished & Powerful Week”!!!

The “M” in May stands for manicure. Not only is May National Manicure Month, it’s also my blog’s 3 year anniversary {Tuesday May 21st to be exact}! Since I’m a #PolishAddict, I love that the world is shifting into Self Care! I used it as the perfect excuse to interview women with their own nail… Continue reading Mark your Calendar for “Productive and Pampered Presents: Spring 2019 Polished & Powerful Week”!!!

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Barbie Tingz: My Hello Goodbye Swatch

Ladies, I know the struggle is real when it comes to finding the right nail polish to compliment your skin tone. Luckily, Seven Cosmetics Beauty’s got you covered with this must-have Barbie Pink polish, Hello Goodbye: I love it. This is the most feminine pink polish I’ve ever worn! I feel so pretty and confident… Continue reading Barbie Tingz: My Hello Goodbye Swatch