Unboxing: Beneath Your Mask Beauty

Unboxing: Beneath Your Mask Beauty | The B Werd

Beneath Your Mask is a skin, body, and hair rejuvenation line designed to restore, repair, and reverse the toxic effects of environmental hazards, health challenges, stress, and the damage done from countless other unforgiving aspects of our lifestyles. Dana, the owner and creator of Beneath Your Mask carefully crafted these products to help in her own healing after overcoming an aggressive battle with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. In search of products that would help repair the damage done to her skin from the Lupus, excessive weight gain and loss, as well as chemotherapy, she decided to create her own. Too many of the products she was finding in stores contained harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances and damaging toxins that our immune system has to work overtime to detoxify. At last, Beneath Your Mask was born and has been in rotation as several of my favorite products.

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I’m without a doubt one of those people who gets excited when I receive packages in the mail, so when I received this sleek little Beneath Your Mask box I was automatically intrigued. Have you ever received something so nicely put together you didn’t want to open it? That was this box for me. As soon as I did, I was greeted with a hand-written note from Dana which put a personal touch on the delivery. All of my products were in place and boxed beautifully. There was thought out detail of every aspect, from the product packaging to the tissue paper.

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The box contained “Polish“, a detoxifying body scrub, “Nourish” hair serum and “Indulge” total body elixir. It also had a sample of “Illuminate”, a clarifying face mask set to launch in August for me to try. What I love most about Beneath Your Mask products is that none of your body is off limits. All products, although having different purposes, are meant to be used on your face, skin or hair. I preach the value of versatility in every aspect, because nothing is more annoying than needing 15 different beauty products to take care of different things. These products are able to take care of every aspect, from moisturizing and anti-aging to fine lines and stretch marks. Each of these products are high quality, incredibly potent, non-toxic, all natural, organic, vegan* products that you don’t have to worry about your body reacting negatively to.

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Any product you order is packaged in dark violet Miron glass that activates the formulas and is unsurpassed in preserving the life of products. I’ve interchanged “Polish” body scrub for a face and head scrub to exfoliate my skin and scalp. I also use “Nourish” nightly mixed with my favorite overnight moisturizer on my face. I also deep condition with “Nourish”, and use “Heal” whipped skin souffle on the dry areas of my scalp to really reduce any flaking. “Heal” is ideal for everyday total body use with a few drops of “Induldge” total body elixer. It begins as a solid and melts into my skin giving me all day hydration. Containing many essential oils, there’s no greasy residue. My skin literally gulps these products up and locks the moisture in.Unboxing: Beneath Your Mask Beauty | The B WerdUnboxing: Beneath Your Mask Beauty | The B Werd

The sample of the “Illuminate” mask Dana sent is said to be a revitalizing blend of detoxifying clays, superfoods and pure plant botanicals formulated to clear complexion, minimize the appearance of pores, brighten and soften skin, increase cell turnover, and promote healthy, glowing skin. It can be activated with water, apple cider vinegar or honey; I chose local and organic honey with a few drops of ACV to really help it penetrate.

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Specific ingredients used in the mask combine to hydrate skin, soothe rashes and skin irritations, increase collagen production and cell rejuvenation, heal blemishes and acne scars, reduce hyperpigmentation, promote skin elasticity, and protect skin against damaging free radicals. The mask was so effective I had to use it twice to make sure I wasn’t fooling myself.

I layered the mask twice and left it on for about an hour. I rinsed it off with warm water and moisturized with my usual night cream with added “Nourish” and “Indulge”. When I woke up in the morning my skin was visibly brighter, smoother and more even. I had pretty obvious redness underneath my makeup, which was nearly nonexistent. Overnight, it reduced the visible inflammation, balanced my oily skin, shrunk my blemishes significantly and even lightened my acne marks.

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It’s easy for me to say I love Beneath Your Mask products for the based solely off of packaging, delivery and ingredients; but more importantly it’s apparent my skin loves them more. Be ready to add this mask to your beauty routine in the upcoming month. For more information about Dana and her products, visit Beneath Your Mask and follow along on Instagram for updates and natural beauty tips.

50 Items Worth Buying from The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

50 Items Worth Buying from the Nordstrom Sale | The B Werd

I spent a few hours in Nordstrom this weekend shopping their anniversary sale. I rave about it because over the years some of my favorite staples, coats especially, have been found during this sale. This year did not disappoint. I rounded up 50 items worth buying to save you all time. Don’t miss out on these finds. They never last long and I regret it every single time!

Weekend Deals

Weekend Deals | The B Werd

This lace-up long sleeve tie-up shirt needs to make it’s way into my wardrobe ASAP.

I’m a big fan of bralettes and this pineapple top is the cutest.

I’ve been seeing a ton of knotted slides, this pair is adorable, comfortable and under $20.

I needed a new pair of nude lace up heels and was so sad they no longer had this pair in my size.

I haven’t had a denim skirt since high school but I’m a big fan of this pencil one with the split front. It’d be the perfect fit for a casual cami or crop top.

This black cut-out t-shirt has easily became my favorite tee.

Recently on Twitter I said you couldn’t pay me to wear gingham but this one shoulder crop… I might wear for free.

I’m obsessing over the style of this blouse. The sleeves and tie waist have won me over.

I can’t get over rose gold accessories and that applies to these sandals as well. Love the simplicity of the three straps.

You can never go wrong with a simple midi dress to be worn under a jacket with heels or dressed down with sandals. This one is under $20.

These Air Max Thea’s are my favorite pair of athleisure shoes and are now on sale for $85. SOLD!

I’m starting to obsess over mules, am I getting old?! This blush suede pair are so dainty and pretty! Plus they’re only $50.

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#CoffeeTalk

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I’m looking for an affordable (and cute) pair of black, strappy  heels. Can you please help?

Of course I can! Black strappy heels are a staple in a woman’s wardrobe. Here are some affordable and cute options for you –

I, like yourself, work in a corporate work environment. Maybe you’ve experienced a similar situation, but I work with someone that I can not stand! LOL… you might think I am exaggerating, but no lie, I’m not. This person is very difficult work with, rude, and nosey as hell. At first, I thought it was just me, but it seems that he has issues with other coworkers, as well. I am the type of person that has a very hard time hiding my emotions. Although I try to remain professional, it is difficult for me to mask my disdain for this individual. Have you dealt with anything similar? What advice would you give those of us that are in this type of situation?

I promise reading this I thought you were going to be talking about a girl. That’s a really unfortunate situation because disliking people you have to work with can really take the enjoyment out of your job. If you want to take matters into your own hands, I would address him. I honestly haven’t experienced this situation before because I think I’m very upfront with what I will and will not tolerate from others. I definitely am not open to any disrespect and will put anyone in their place who tries to cross my personal boundaries. You can remain a professional and still let someone know that you all are coworkers, not friends and he needs to treat you as such. It’s even worth attempting to ignore him. If that’s not a route you want to take, consider speaking with your manager or someone in HR about how this person is detrimental to your work environment and see what options are available to have the problem addressed.

Can you pleeeease share the recipe for the shrimp and okra creole you posted on your Instastory yesterday?

I make this for Thanksgiving because it serves so many and I always end my night with an empty pot. I buy frozen shrimp, andouille sausage, and a bag of frozen okra (you can use fresh everything but I don’t). In a pot, I saute onion and bell pepper with cajun seasoning then cook my shrimp for a few minutes until pink. Remove the shrimp and set them aside. In the same pot, add your sausage and brown it a bit, then add your thawed out okra until it softens. Season to your taste. I use cayenne, black pepper, onion and garlic powder, and some Tony’s or Slap Ya Mama seasoning. Add a can of crushed tomatoes and two cans (or more depending on how much okra, sausage and shrimp you have) of tomato sauce then season some more. Put the lid on the pot and let it simmer on low for 30 minutes. Add the shrimp back in and simmer for five more minutes then you’re all done. I always serve it over rice (white or brown) or quinoa. That’s it!

I’m finally back on the dating scene after a 2 and a half year haitus and I’m seeing this one guy pretty regularly. Since I’ve been out of the loop, can you please share some date night ideas with me? I’m finally excited about someone and want to feel confident and sexy but still comfortable when I’m out with him.

Get it girl! I always know whether or not I’m into someone by whether or not I get excited to get dressed when they ask me out Lol that’s a dead set tell-all in my book. Make him take you salsa dancing so you can wear this sexy two-piece skirt and top combo LOL. This backless bodysuit would be really cute with a pair of jeans and heels or a pencil skirt. I’m in love with the sleeves of this blouse, so I bought it for my own date night. Here are a few different options depending on whether you want to stay more casual or dress it up a bit.

Have you ever been to NYC? I’ll be visiting for my birthday and wanted to know what are the best things to do/best places to EAT?! because we allll know nothing matters more than the food LOL.

Yep I’ve visited a few times. You definitely want to do things like visit Top of The Rock, The Statue of Liberty Tour, Central Park, The Empire State Building, Central Park (bike riding is scenic there) and the Metropolitan Museum. Some of my favorite places to eat were Shake Shack (don’t judge, we didn’t have one in Houston yet) Beauty and Essex, Di Fara Pizza, and Cheesecake from Juniors. Don’t get too hung up on “must eat places” because some of the best finds you will just walk into off of the street. That’s what makes exploring NYC so fun. Enjoy!

Where can I find some bomb floor length dresses?

A few of my favorite places to shop for those are ASOS, Missguided and Revolve. They have so many good options, they’re easy to find and usually not too pricey. Right up my alley! See my picks below –

I can’t believe it’s Friday already, my week has zoooomed by! Thank you for all of the #CoffeeTalk questions this week. Submit questions for next week via email or in the comments down below. Have a good weekend!

Top 5 Denim Shorts for Summer

Top 5 Denim Shorts for Summer | The B Werd

Denim cut-off’s are a staple for summertime. The most complimentary kind on all body types are usually high waisted, a little oversized and distressed. They pair with every single thing, from a bathing suit to a button down blouse, high heels to sneakers. I’m on my second pair of these custom Levi shorts off of Etsy that I’m wearing in the photo because I love them that much. Below are some other shorts I’m appreciating having in rotation –

Custom Etsy Cutoffs | Topshop | ASOS | Levi’s | By The Way