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Come on In, 2017!

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This past year was full of ups, down, tears, laughter, frustration, and miracles! I am still amazed that  I got engaged, married, and pregnant naturally despite what doctors were telling me for the past few years due to my PCOS diagnosis.  I am really humbled when I think about how God has answered my prayers even during the times when I like He wasn’t hearing me.

I am wishing the very best 2017 for all you.  Thank you for all of your support of Simplistic Chic through the years and for going on this journey with me!

Never give up on your dreams and never stop believing that God can take you through whatever you are facing.


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Skin 101: Masks

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Sundays are my days to reboot, relax, map out my goals for the week, and do a little pampering. One thing that I do for sure weekly is a face mask.  They have many benefits and always take my skin from dull to smooth and glowing every time.

Some of the advantages of face masks include:

  •  tightens the pores
  • removes dead skin cells
  • hydrates the skin
  • removes excess oil

I have oily skin that is sometimes prone to breakouts periodically so, face masks are a must-have for me.  When I skip using masks for a few weeks, my face looks like oil slick city (super frustrating and really not the look I’m going for).

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Whether you have dry, aging, oily, or combination skin there is a mask that is specially formulated to help you reach your skin care goals.

Some of my favorites right now are:

  1. Aztec Indian Healing clay mask with apple cider vinegar– this is the mask I use when I’m having serious skin issues and need help quick! It is super powerful and you can feel the mask actually pulsating, working to get those impurities up out of those pores.

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2.  Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin enzyme mask – I picked this up from Sephora a few months ago and although it is a little pricey, it is well worth every penny!  It has a very light, pumpkin scent and it doubles as an exfoliator and a mask.

I gently rub it all over my face–very gently– and then let it sit for about 2 minutes so that the enzymes can take effect.  I rinse, apply a little moisturizer, and my skin is left baby soft smooth with the right amount of hydration.  This is definitely my new favorite.

What’s your favorite skin care mask?


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New Project + A Lil’ Survey

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Warning: This may be a controversial topic for some.  

Hey, loves!  I wanted to let you all know about a new project that has been on my heart for a while now to begin.  I was hesitant because it is a project geared towards a controversial topic but, I feel so strongly about it that I had to put fear to the side.

Okay, here’s where I need your help.  Only if you’re comfortable though.  I am still deciding on what the primary goal of it will be.  I want to focus on the empowering and  healing  of ALL women who have lost babies.  I’m talking due to abortion, miscarriage, and stillbirth.  I had an abortion fourteen years ago that I have discussed here on the blog a few times so, it is important to me to talk about my own experience and how I have begun to heal over the years.

I am at a crossroads though because maybe it would be more appropriate to ONLY focus on post-abortion awareness.  I know that women who have had abortions are not typically seen in the same light as other mothers of angel babies because we decided to make that choice whereas other mothers did not.

However, I feel as though we ALL experience guilt, loneliness, depression and think of what could have been.  I know that I mourn my baby everyday still and have felt left out of conversations where women who had miscarriages and stillbirths could openly grieve and talk about their experience.

I do not want to offend anyone though so, I want your honest, mature opinion.

Question: Should my new project, JadenLove, focus on all women who have angel babies or just women who are dealing with post-abortion issues?