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3 Tips For Creating A Self-Care Routine

Life comes at you fast. As someone who invests so much time and energy into giving, whether it’s with my blog or as a mommy, it often becomes a necessity for me to give back to myself. The way I do that is designating special self-care time over the weekend to literally indulge and pamper myself. If you’re feeling burnt out, or not quite like yourself, it may be time for a little self-care. Here are 3 quick and easy tips for developing your own self-care routine:

1. Pick An Indulgence You Love

Everyone has a “thing” that they simply can’t live without. It helps them unwind, brings them unbridled peace and restores their energy. You might be into massages or indulgent days at the hair salon. Whatever your “thing” is – do it unapologetically. This is probably going to sound so simple, but my favorite indulgence is a warm, steamy shower. And not those “get-in-and-out in 5 minutes before your kid kicks down the door” type weekday showers.

I’m talking about a long, luxurious weekend showers with my favorite products like Dove Body Wash. If my skin needs an extra polish, I’ll opt for the Gentle Exfoliating formula. In the winter, I typically use the Deep Moisture version as my skin gets extremely dry during the cold winter months. 3 in 4 dermatologists say that women often damage their skin in the shower, thinking they are caring for it, so I’m hyper focused on only using cleansers that moisturize and don’t strip my skin. You really can’t go wrong with Dove Body Wash, it’s made with 100% gentle cleansers, it’s sulfate-free and is the #1 dermatologist recommended body wash. Whatever your indulgence, be sure to do it with products that make you look good and feel good.

2. Pick A Weekly Time & Stick To It

This is the KEY to developing a routine. Because is it really a routine if you don’t stick to it? The best way to keep yourself on track and focusing on self-care is to schedule it into your calendar just like you schedule your business appointments. Make a date with yourself that you simply can’t cancel. Self-care is important – you’ve gotta make time for it!

3. Cut Off All Distractions

When it’s time for my self-care routine, I make sure everything is taken care of. Cadence is hanging with Daddy or Grandma or someone who can keep her company while I take my mommy time. I turn off my phone and all notifications that make noise. I turn on my favorite soft music and just get lost in the warm water and soft lather. I’ll usually do a face mask simultaneously, and if I’m feeling REALLY adventurous I’ll deep condition my hair as well.

I don’t know about you but my self-care routine has truly saved me during those weeks when I just don’t think I can handle life’s craziness anymore. Taking a minute to focus on yourself, be with your thoughts and indulge in an activity you love – guilt free – is something each one of us deserves.

What’s your self-care routine? Share below.

This post is created in partnership with Dove. All opinions expressed above are my own and not those of the company.

LBS Beauty: Dove 7 Day Beauty Bar Challenge

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So I’ll admit it. I used to be somewhat of a bar snob. There are certain areas of my beauty regimen where I just refuse to settle for less than the best. When it comes to what goes on my face – it has to be good. Period. My skincare regimen has always been fairly simple (cleanser, toner, moisturizer) but since launching LoveBrownSugar.com I’ve started to add other elements like primers, serums, eye creams, and more. I’ll even get fancy and do a mask every now and again.

As a skincare aficionado, I juggle between using cream cleansers, gels and cleansing bars for my face, depending on the season and depending on the condition my skin is currently in. Though I have always been a Dove user, my Dove Beauty Bar was primarily used as a cleanser for my body and not my face. My assumption has always been that my higher priced premium bars were better for face cleansing. I mean, it has to be the best if it’s expensive, right?

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Fast forward to the taping of the Dove commercial that you all have likely seen by now. Here I was stacking my favorite (expensive!) bar up against the Dove Beauty Bar and like magic my beliefs about quality compared to price were dwindling faster than the yellow test paper. I was BLOWN.

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Shortly after the commercial, the Dove team invited me to embark on a 7 day beauty bar challenge. They asked me to test the Dove Beauty Bar for just 7 days and see for myself just how it would stack up against my other more expensive bar cleansers. So I took them up on their offer. Now listen, when it comes to my face, I do NOT play around. I was reluctant but I knew I had to try it so that I could honestly give you guys a recommendation. Plus I had to know for myself if what I saw on set was really true. So I went to work replacing my normal cleansing bars with the Dove Bar for 7 days.

It was a normal week for me. Crazy, per usual. I went from photoshoots to business travel to chasing Cady around the house, to braving the cold winter of Detroit for a last minute trip. From the first morning wash, I noticed that the Dove Beauty Bar didn’t leave any weird residue, and my skin didn’t feel stripped. That’s always a good sign. There’s nothing worse than washing your face with a bar then feeling that irritating tightness afterwards like someone has pulled your skin without your permission. It didn’t do that. Checkmark for Dove.

I did A LOT in that week, and I watched my skin for any signs of change. Going from one climate to another, traveling by air, working up a sweat chasing the little one, those are all scenarios that can typically create trouble for the skin. But throughout the week, my skin maintained its natural glow and moisture levels.

After using it for those 7 days, I can say with confidence that I didn’t notice any negative changes in my skin. It performed just as well as my premium bar and it’s way more affordable. On top of the 7 day beauty challenge, I’m incredibly proud to be affiliated with a brand like Dove for all of their self-esteem initiatives, for breaking the mold and using real women like me in their ads, and for being a champion of inclusion for all women of all ages, shapes, sizes and colors.

This post is sponsored by Dove. All opinions expressed above are my own and not those of the company.

Brown Girls Love: SunKissAlba

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Momprenuer SunKissAlba manages meal prep, curl care, and more with a bronze tinged smile. The popular vlogger is known for her bright personality and effortless personal style.

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Starting her YouTube channel as a response to not seeing herself represented on the platform’s most popular beauty videos she has expanded her hair tutorials into a full fledged lifestyle brand that focuses on health as well as beauty.

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She sat down with LoveBrownSugar founder and editor-in-chief Christina Brown to discuss the separation of business and family, her affection for natural beauty products, and the importance of having something unique to say.

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LBS Beauty: L’Occitane Shea Butter Collection

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It’s hard to believe I’m only a day away from my 29th birthday. Among all the things I’m excited about, walking into another year of life, celebrating the last year of my 20‘s, I may be most proud of the condition of my skin. I may hate my post-baby stretch marks and my slowing metabolism, but my soft & seemingly ageless skin makes me really proud. Emphasis on seemingly. At the end of the day, though I was blessed with incredibe genes, my skin ages just like everyone else’s. It needs protection, prevention and proper moisture to stay flawless.

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LBS BEAUTY: 4 Tips For Creating A Natural Contour

PicMonkey CollageContouring, highlighting, strobing, and baking… does any of these sound familiar to you? These are all beauty trends that have gotten extremely popular lately. The most familiar of the bunch “contouring” is super easy to do, but very easy to do incorrectly. If you are new to the contouring trend keep reading for 4 Tips For Creating A Natural Contour.  more this way

LBS Beauty: 5 Body Butters For Glowing Skin All Year Long

 Natural body butters are one of my absolute favorite products for hydrating and soothing dry skin. With cooler weather approaching us its vital that we continue to moisturize our skin consistently. In the summer months our skin produces more natural body oil requiring less moisture from creams and lotions. Don’t let that beautiful summer glow go to waste. In this post we’ll share 5 Body Butters For Glowing Skin All Year Long!

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LBS Beauty: 6 Made In America Festival Beauty Ideas

It’s that time of year once again! Next weekend kicks off one of the last music festivals of summer. Made in America takes place in Philadelphia on September 5th and 6th. That means it’s times to let go of some of our favorite festival beauty trends. Headed to the festival this year? If so, keep reading for 6 Made In America festival beauty ideas that are fun, wearable and perfect for transitioning into fall!

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LBS Beauty Review: Moroccan Oil Sun

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Summer is dwindling down and it’s almost time to say goodbye to swimsuits and tanned skin. All summer long I’ve been keeping my skin protected from those intense sun rays using this line of my new favorite products.

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The Moroccan Oil Sun collection has literally been my go to for beach trips, pool parties and any outdoor activity this summer. This smooth, lightweight formula hydrates and nourishes the skin. 

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It’s broad spectrum, water-resistant sun protection lasts up to 80 minutes to help protect from UVA/UVB rays. This was the first “sunscreen lotion” I’ve ever tried that left my skin with a subtle glow rather than a greyish film all over my body.

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Find about more about Moroccan oil below.

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Kickin’ It: Tones of Beauty Showcase at Cosmoprof North America

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A few weeks ago I was invited to attend the Tones of Beauty showcase at Cosmoprof. I wrote about it here. Cosmoprof is the largest national and international beauty tradeshow in the industry and includes a huge exhibition floor with every beauty brand you can think of represented. This year’s Cosmoprof was the first ever to include a luxury beauty showcase curated specifically with brands for multicultural consumers. The Tones of Beauty showcase, curated by love, Aunt Bonnie, brought together over 12 brands that cater to consumers of color, some of which I discovered at the show! Take a peek at what I got into:

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