It’s actually amazing to me how fast 2018 flew by. After years of needing to put the past in the rear view, this year It was actually bittersweet to see the year 2018 to leave. 2018 was the year I embraced the black cloud and realized that the pain I endured in 2015 and 2016 oh and 2017 was the years of growth. I, like many many people out there suffered a lot of loss and grief in 2018. From loosing the relationships of two family members and my lifelong friend over to addictions to almost getting a divorce I started to feel very, very abandoned and very very alone at the start of the year. But after trudging through so much post partdum depression in 2017 I wasn’t about to sit and sulk in misery for another full year. So 2018 was about circling back around and becoming a little bit wiser and a lot more at peace. It was the year I wore short sleeves and revealed to my small town and conservative church that I am covered in tattoos and totally not ashamed of it. I honored my healing body. I prayed harder and harder, read the bible cover to cover and became much more confident walking around in the body I am blessed to have. I started Nakina Artistry which later became Nakina & Ko dispite all the people that talked trash on it and tried to shame me for not portraying a real life beauty queen and assuming my venture was a “cute” side project and will surely fail... 2018 Sav got her groove back, and ‘Im walking into 2019 with the dust kicked off my knees and ready to embrace that black clouds that come in life but when that sun shines its a glow that can can keep you warm all year round.
So without further a do, here is my relatable beauty queen New Year tips. Take what you want and leave the rest, but I hope this list will spark a little inspiration to try something different to give 2019 the best version of you!
Things to stop doing in 2019
Stop wearing black eyeliner in the water line. I admit it I was a tanning salon frequent flyer. Wore porn star… I mean french acrylic tips and heavy black eye liner in the water line and wore PINK across my butt with the best of them in 2009. But that was 10 years ago ladies, lets leave it all in the past with our high school boyfriends shall we?
As we age the black water line is not only dangerous for our eyes but its awfully aging on us. Pulling at our skin to apply the liner causes increased aging and the black tones under our eyes only enhances the signs of aging and the dark circles. Try applying eyeshadow with a small flat brush along your lower eye lashes. This technique gives the depth and shadow you need in a much softer way. For a natural sublte effect I suggest a light brown and for more drama use a grey tone or dark brown.
Stop shaming your sisters.
Mantra: To each their own. This adulthood mean girls scene is just old and useless. If home girl is doing her thing and loving life not hurting a thing leave her alone. Just zip it. Body shaming and comparing outer appearances needs to be left in the dust. We aren’t all going to be friends and there may be some friends you have to “break up with” for your own health but let it go with love whether its for her or for you either way you win if its done in love.
Things to try in 2019
As far as makeup goes if you haven’t played with a highlighter, this is your year girl! A tiny bit goes a long way, just a dab on your cheek bones, a light dust above your cupids bow and brush below your eyebrow makes all the difference. This technique is for everyone, hear me it is for you. Age and race pay no mind my love. If you haven’t tried it, go girl.
Treat yourself! If you have never made an appointment for just a blow out, you have to book one! Blow outs are an easy way to have a few minutes of solitude and relaxation without a spa bill and you’ll have fantastic hair for days after! I absolutely love getting blow outs, the head massage the shiny bouncy hair and natural volume, oh yes hunny. Give me a call and I will hook you up girl!
Do something to switch up your look in the new year. Whether its try a new lip shade or give highlights a try or pick up a couple great quality wardrobe pieces. Nothing sets the flow for the year like the new found confidence you get from adding a little pizazz to your look. Something that says “hey, I got this and dayum I look good doing it” really gets your head and heart facing the year with grit and sass. Do the best your can with what you can afford to make this happen. It makes a world of difference when setting the right mindset in the New Year. Here are some ideas I have but really the list is limitless!
Lipstick is a cheap and commitment phone friendly. If you have an olive tone in your skin try a purple hue’d lipstick. This is one I wear frequently and I love the feminine, strong and fierce vibe it throws. If you have a rosy pink tone in your skin give a coral pop a try, thats the Pantone color of the year this year so it lends to hip and trendy vibe.
If you haven’t balyaged, babe you are missing out! It’s a low maintenance highlighting technique meaning you don’t “have” to touch them up regularly. I can stretch out my appointments for 2-3 months at a time as blonde but my sister a darker brunette will stretch hers out for 6 months plus. Its fresh, beautiful natural and a service you will love! If you are in the Northern Michigan area, my favorite balayage specialists are Jessie Dawley of Jessie James Salon, and Mary & Katie of Bel Fiore Salon in Petoskey.
A really really great facial. This will run you anywhere from $100-$250 dollars but the benefits of a customized facial will last you for months to follow. Your skin will thank-you for the love and in return give you the best glow of your life. No joke! The power of good facial lays the foundation for having confidence in all areas. Whether you wear makeup or not clear, smooth skin makes us all feel and look our best. My recommendation is to go to an independent esthetician or an esthetician working in a dermatologists office. Spas tend to over charge for services and their employees tend not to get compensated well. They also don’t have the access to the kind of equipment and products that independent estheticians do.
Buy an outfit you can wear to work you absolutely love wearing. Having a well made outfit for working that fits you well and makes you so confident is a must. A few years ago I bought a tailored Marcucino black suite I feel like a total badass in. It makes me look slim and tough as nails. The way I work in it makes me feel bold and confident. This year I plan to purchase another outfit like that. I have worn that suit to everything and now I think about it, I have had that bad boy for 6 years now and Its been more than worth the investment. Black will never go out of style so if you want something timeless to invest in I would recommend a black piece you can dress up and wear color with. But the most important thing is you love wearing it. Im not talking you like it or you really like it I’m talking L O V E it. Every time you see in the closet it makes you smile and you are always giddy to pick it up from the dry cleaners kind of love. Actually I am trying this in 2019, only buying things I love and make me happy to look at.