Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
Often as multi-ethnic, multi-cultural women who are beautiful, from the inside out, we do many things for others. Occasionally, we also wind up forgetting or neglecting ourselves. However, the truth is, we too should matter, even during the busiest seasons of our lives. Therefore, to retain our efficiency and effervescence we should replenish and restore. A nice way to do so is through pampering. Now a day at the spa would be divine, yet before we get there, if we ever do, we can indulge in other things. Yes, even those of us who feel as if we have very little or no extra time. To aid you, I am going to list purchases that I have wound up happy with. These items should adequately aid you to pamper yourself.
During the busy season that may have some of us lighting a menorah for Hanukkah, why not first indulge oneself? Create a soothing mood with the flicker of flameless candles. With their timer and auto shut-off, an ethnic beauty can then relax in a soothing bath. While doing so, why not infuse it with Carol's Daughter Mango Melange Body and Bath Oil? With bits of flora and fruit floating in it, this lovely oil emits a sparkly scent, reminiscent of champagne and may also be applied to wet, damp, or dry skin. Then for de-stressing one's tresses, perhaps you'd like to check out White Sands Hydrating shampoo and Volumizing conditioner. Via email I was asked if I'd like to try, and agreeing, pearlescent samples were sent to me. I must say, I like both products, which proved to have a nice light fragrance.
For further pampering, amid the hustle and bustle of Christmas, or while getting ready for Kwanzaa, a chocolate-skinned beauty and others may do so by trying Bath and Body Works Holiday Traditions. These everyday luxuries also include rich moisturizers. Some have vanilla-esque fragrances, that to me seem both calming and uplifting. Or try one of my favorites, from Vaseline Sheer Infusion. Available in 3 formulas, the Botanical Blend is a lovely lotion that feels like no other. With each use, I experience no greasy or filmy feel -- the type sometimes derived with other moisturizers. After smoothing on, a busy ethnic beauty may truly only feel silken skin, on both her hands and body.
Then on New Year's Eve, or for any other unmentioned celebration, why not also pamper yourself by spritzing on a lovely fragrance? Ever offered are the timeless classics, or be bold and try a new celebrity scent. An Ethnic Beauty could try Dazzling Silver from Estee Lauder, one of my all time favorites. It reminds me of fresh clean rain. Add to that the redolence of purple orchid and you'll leave a remarkable little cloud of scent in your wake.
Short story before we part. I was at an affair with a female friend who scoffed that she didn't actually believe in my pampering theory. Friend jokingly asked, "Who has time?" However, she did mention, more than once that I smelled fabulous, so I told her what I'd sprayed on. Well, a few weeks later she and I again met, this time by chance. What, was she wearing? You guessed it, one of my pampering items! Therefore, I will say to those of you who might feel skeptical; yes, pampering is for you too. Superwoman, (and superman, I know you're reading this) you deserve it. No pressure though, at the time of your choosing, give pampering a try. No need to run out for items either. Use those that you already own. Then in the Ethnic Beauty Forum, tell us about them. We love to hear about new goodies. Cheers, and I hope that during your busy season, you'll not to forget to pamper yourself. Have fun, while making both magic and merry!