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You Don’t Need All That Makeup: Making A Case For A Minimalist Beauty Routine

January 13th, 2016 - By LaKrishia Armour
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It’s been a while since Marie Kondo’s book devoted to extreme minimalism, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, gained popularity. Many women, myself included, have since become very interested in exploring minimalism and have started the process of practicing it by eliminating stuff sitting around in our homes that don’t bring us joy. But what happens when you’re a beauty and hair product junkie? Does a minimalist beauty routine mean we’re doomed to wearing the same warm, gold eyeshadow and burgundy lipstick every single day and ever after? Blasphemy!

The hardest part of ‘tidying up’ isn’t the act of tossing unused, expired stuff in the trash. It’s admitting to ourselves that we’ll never use those items and that they’re taking up space, making life, particulary, our beauty routines, more complicated.

We don’t need to go on a rampage of throwing everything away immediately, but acknowledging the products we neither use nor need and coming up with a plan (whether that includes storing them away or giving them away) is a start. A minimalist beauty routine does have it’s perks. Let’s talk about five of them.

Beauty Minimalism Reduces “Decision Fatigue”

There are only so many choices we can make in a day. Agonizing over whether to wear black eyeliner versus brown or blue shouldn’t be one we allow to drain us of our decision-making power for the day. There’s a reason top brainiacs at tech startups–think the late Steve Jobs and Elizabeth Holmes–reach for the same black turtleneck and jeans combo. They reserve their thinking power for ideas bigger than surface things like gel vs. liquid liner.

Beauty Minimalism Helps You Find Products That Actually Work

When we finally get rid of all those jars of expensive, half-used hair products, we start to see a pattern forming. Take inventory of the products that you really love, and that work for your hair and skin. You’ll soon notice that you use a core set of products that compliment the way you style your hair most often. Once you cut what you don’t need, things will come together. Often, it will be something simple like Shea butter or coconut oil, products that that can pull double duty for both your hair and your skin. And just like that, you now have a minimalist hair regimen.

Beauty Minimalism Saves Money–Lots Of It

Purchasing what we need rather than what catches our eye at Sephora, Target, and the like not only keeps us from losing two hours drooling over fragrance rollers, but it also keeps us from overspending. We can focus on using the items we truly enjoy in their entirety. Embrace spritzing the final drop of perfume rather than panicking that it’s empty. It’s satisfying to know a beauty product delighted you so much you now have an empty container and made the most use of it–and your money. One empty container is better than five quarter-empty bottles and jars going to waste.

Beauty Minimalism Helps You Discover Your Signature Style

Stripping away everything from neglected makeup to clothing leaves us with only the pieces we love and use on a daily or weekly basis. No more “special occasion” makeup, jewelry or dresses means you make the best of what you have. Plus, you’ll start to wear those pieces more often, while discovering new ways to rock the stuff you already love. An expensive cocktail ring you admire but never wear could become your new signature accessory.

Beauty Minimalism Gets You Out the Door, Fast

Gold eyeshadow? Check. Coral blush? Check. Black gel liner swooped into a sharp cat eye? Check. A simplified beauty routine on autopilot helps you put yourself together quickly. It makes you more confident and you know you look good by default (because that makeup combination always looks great on you). Keeping only the best of the best leaves you with only the best. Get it?

Tidying up to create a minimalist beauty routine takes some discipline–especially when it means letting go of your stash of pricey hair and makeup products sitting under the sink. It can happen, and it can actually make you feel more stylish, more beautiful, and more creative.

Watch this video from YouTube beauty guru Ambrosia Malbrough, where she talks you through creating a simplified beauty routine for more inspiration. Remember: Less is more.



LaKrishia believes every woman has the power to choose her own adventure. She’s the founder of BeautyShock.Me, a platform for Black-owned, indie beauty brands. She writes about creativity, lifestyle and big ideas at

Should You Swap Out Your Daily Supplement Pills For Vitamin Sprays?

September 16th, 2015 - By LaKrishia Armour
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We’re all familiar with masks, peels, scrubs and other immediate result-producing beauty treatments. Now there’s something similar that you can use to maintain your health, boost your energy and do so on the go. Handy beauty fixes are very real, and very much in demand, especially when you can quickly reach into your bag and grab a solution that you don’t have to slather on in seclusion.

It’s possible for you to do away with crow’s feet, laugh lines and acne in a few seconds. At least, that’s what companies like Sprayology are claiming. Sprayology’s liquid vitamins, anti-aging serums, and skin perfecting serums claim they can change your beauty regimen with a tasty spray you splash under your tongue a few times per day for an instant energy boost. And you know what—the sprays don’t taste gross either. I know because I tried it. Sprays like this could become the everyday beauty and health solution once these products gain popularity.

Just think, you’re glancing at yourself in the mirror in the restroom at work. You notice a few lines in your foundation around your eyes. They could be crow’s feet. Or laugh lines. Or early onset worry lines. Or any other kind of line you know you’re not happy to see forming on your face at 2 p.m. on a Wednesday. All you’d have to do to gain peace of mind (and go to work on those mysterious lines) is go back to your desk and pump a few sprays of a rejuvenation serum under your tongue. It all sounds pretty simple and convenient.

Does using an oral spray as a beauty solution or vitamin supplement mean we’re doing any and everything to reverse the aging process and maintain the belief that “Black don’t crack?” I don’t think so. Let’s be honest here. It would be totally ideal to carry around a miniature version of the fountain of youth — even if it is in a 1.3 oz. spray bottle we can pack in our purse. I don’t know a busy professional who wouldn’t give it a try, especially as an alternative to the horse pills some vitamins are.

But before you break the bank in an attempt to stock up and give them a try, know that vitamin sprays aren’t a cure-all. Oral vitamin sprays aren’t supposed to be instant fixes, but rather, ways to reduce certain things all while taking the same vitamins we already ingest to stay healthy. It’s meant to make things easier for you. Allowing you to reach into your bag when it’s time to take your supplements and splashing a small amount in your mouth instead of searching for giant glass bottles and One A Day containers. These sprays are more about having control of when we’re able to take care of our bodies, and how. With a spray, you can do so quickly, and whenever you feel like it.

Aging gracefully is a matter of health and beauty. Whether you choose to slow the physical signs of aging, or not, you’ve got to appreciate the innovation within the beauty and health industries. We’re now at a time where women can maintain a little bit of self-care through a few sprays for stress relief, reducing acne or just feeling a bit more energetic during the second half of the day. It’s about choosing to feel good. Looking good will surely follow.

True Life: I Don’t Like For My Man To See Me…

November 29th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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In order to be the most beautiful version of ourselves, we women have to go through some pretty rigorous beauty routines. Now, when you’re in a relationship, do you want your man to know how much work you put into yourself, or do you want him to think you were born with it, no Maybelline needed. We checked in with our Facebook followers to see what they had to say. 

Jacque: The cellulite cream. And YOU know why, ugh! But he said I look good.

Mommy Needs Alcohol: Girl bye. I don’t hide crap. 16 years together 5 married with 2 kids. He done seen my insides cut open (c-section) so seeing me exfoliate my pores etc is really not a big deal.