Today is about getting down to the nitty gritty on skin care. It has been a long battle with my skin and I’m just now starting to figure it out. It’s an issue that I feel we don’t spend enough time educating or […]
Today is about getting down to the nitty gritty on skin care. It has been a long battle with my skin and I’m just now starting to figure it out. It’s an issue that I feel we don’t spend enough time educating or familiarising ourselves with, at least at a young age. Too much of my life has been spent treating my skin the wrong way and not knowing exactly what my skin needs to be healthy and happy. As a woman I know the pressure and importance of having flawless skin and it can be very frustrating when your skin is far from that.
I am reminded of this struggle by the horrific memory of being made fun of in fifth grade for having my first pimple. I was one of the very first children to start developing acne. From that point forward it only got worse along with my self confidence, causing me to wear an enormous amount of makeup in hopes of hiding. I can think back to being jealous of my girlfriends who seemed to have dodged the acne train and already mastered having flawless skin at such a young age. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school and after countless visits to the dermatologist that I decided to try the controversial medication, accutane.
The process of being on accutane was not easy, especially as a girl because you have to constantly get tested to make sure you are not pregnant while taking it. The acne however started to clear up right away and I had never seen my face look so clear. However I made the decision to graduate high school early and attend a semester at National Outdoor Leadership School. Due to living in the wilderness for three months for the semester I wasn’t allowed to stay on accutane. It was a short time that I was taking the medication but the combination of being on it for a little while and living in the wilderness for three months, not wearing makeup, my face was unbelievably clear, giving me this confidence that I never had.
From that year leading into my college years I was feeling confident that I had my skin under control. I’d have a few acne flare ups here and there but nothing compared to what I dealt with all throughout my pre-teen/teenage years. Even after college my skin seemed to be under control. It wasn’t until this past year that I noticed it started to flare up significantly again to the point where I felt I didn’t have control over it anymore. I’ve looked past on this year to think if there is anything in particular that could cause this and I realized that I have been under an enormous amount of stress, my eating habits haven’t been the greatest and I haven’t been exercising as much as I normally do. I’ve made a few changes but noticed it hasn’t made a big difference in my skin, only causing more frustration and flashbacks to those earlier times of having awful skin. It wasn’t until recently that my sister suggested getting a facial at Heyday.
To be completely frank I have always been nervous to get a facial because all I’ve heard is horror stories not to mention my skin can be very sensitive. After hearing about how much my sister loved this place I figured I’d give it a try, not to mention my patience with my skin was starting to run low so I figured what the hell?!
It has now been over a month since I got that first facial and I have already gone in for a second one. They suggested I completely switch skincare products based on my skin type after looking at it through a scope. There are still a few flare ups but for the most part my skin is on the mend. Others have made comments about my skin looking more fresh and radiant. During the first visit I got a complete breakdown of my skin, what has been causing it to breakout more than usual and whether the skincare products I was using were helping or not. Turns out they were not, my skin is on the oily side and the products I was using were stripping the oils so much, causing my skin to overproduce oil, resulting in a never ending cycle. After receiving a whole analysis on my skin for the first time, I was so upset that I didn’t do something like this ages ago. It would’ve saved me from a long time of frustration and bad skincare habits.
So here’s my thank you to Heyday for changing my skincare routine and giving me hope that keeping my skin clear won’t always be such a constant battle.
With the New Year here you will begin to hear about everyone’s Resolutions. You know, that dreaded word that means to do or not do something or in other terms something that you keep up for the first few weeks of January and then you forget all together. Instead of relying on resolutions I am setting goals for myself. Not only monthly goals but year long goals. I find that I have a better chance of following through with them if in my mind I view them as goals instead of resolutions.
With that being said a goal of mine for 2018 is to read more. When I was little I was a major bookworm. I remember going to the bookstore and being so entranced by all the endless stories that surrounded me that I couldn’t wait to immerse myself into. My mom would always find me on the floor with a pile of books next to me, I’d have to pick a couple at a time and then write down the rest to pick up next time. We also had a nighttime routine of her having to take my books away otherwise I would stay up all night under my covers reading, resulting in me not being able to get up for school the next day. Needless to say my head was always in a book.
Sadly the older I’ve gotten the more that part of me seems to be lost. It slowly began end of college and now I struggle to pick up one book to read. 2018 will be the year that changes, I have joined the reading challenge on Goodreads and have set a goal of 12 books to read this year. I already have a list of ones that have accumulated dust on my bookshelf that will now get the love and use they were destined for.
Follow along on my quest to reactivate the bookworm side of me on Goodreads. I will be marking every book I’ve read along with providing a quick review of it.
Comment below on what book you are currently reading or a book you highly recommend for me to read!
New York is filled with culture and people from all across the world making it one of the biggest melting pots out there. Walking down the street you may hear a handful of different languages being spoken or stumble upon a parade of celebration for a culture. It is honestly one of the top five reasons why I love this city. Constantly being exposed to a wide range of culture reminds me that living in this city is a gift not to be taken granted for. One of the more vibrant celebrations that takes place every year is DanceAfrica Bazaar, held by BAM here in Brooklyn. It is a weekend filled with amazing vendors, food from all different parts of Africa and of course dancing. It honestly is a must see and this year I decided to explore the festival with one of my best friends to capture her experience at this year’s DanceAfrica. I also put together a little Q/A I did with her to learn more about how she feels about DanceAfrica and where she gets inspiration for her style.
Name: Christina Daniels
Home State: Ohio
Profession: Marketing and Development at Pioneer Works
Years living in New York: 5
Was this your first year attending DanceAfrica? No
If no, how many years have you attended? 3
How did you hear about DanceAfrica?
I love BAM, so I keep up on what they’re doing.
How would you describe DanceAfrica to someone who has never attended or heard of it?
DanceAfrica showcases the cultures, dances, and fashions of African countries in a weekend-long festival. I look forward to it every year.
What is your takeaway from it/favorite part about the celebration filled weekend?
I love the Bazaar. The streets are so vibrant with food, shopping, and performances. Also, you can’t beat the people watching.
Has anything from the festival struck inspiration for you in terms of style?
If so, in what way?
I get a lot of inspiration for natural hairstyles.
How would you describe your style?
I like simple silhouettes and patterns.
How has your style evolved throughout your life?
My style is simplified. I have more quality pieces that make up collection rather than one off pieces.
Has there been any event or experience that has had a major impact on influencing how you present yourself to the world?
Moving to New York, or perhaps just getting older, has elevated my style. I definitely feel like my style has gotten better over time.
Stay up to date on all events/festivals thrown by BAM here and don’t miss out on next year’s DanceAfrica. Interested in attending other festivals in New York for the time being? See below for a list of a wide range of festivals happening over the rest of summer.
Saturday, July 15th – NYC Caribbean Food Festival “A Cultural Celebration for your Senses”
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
1500 Paerdegat Avenue North
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Saturday, July 15th – Curlfest
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 16th – Carnaval de la Cultura Latina
Southern Boulevard between 163rd St and Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459
Sunday, July 16th – Bastille Day
12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
128 Smith St
Sunday, July 23rd – Jamaican Jerk Festival NYC
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Roy Wilkins Park
Friday-Sunday, July 29th-31st – 38th Annual Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow
Queens County Farm Museum
Floral Park, NY
Sunday, July 30th – Gran parada dominicana del bronx
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
815 Gerard Avenue
Friday, August 4th – Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Jamaica Avenue (Between Parsons Blvd & 170th St)
Saturday, August 5th – Ghana Cultural & Festival
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Crotona Park E
Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13th – Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Friday-Monday, September 2nd-4th – West Indian American Day Carnival Festival
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Museum (Eastern Parkway)