In About Face, xoNecole gets the 411 on IGers who give us #skincaregoals on the daily. Here they break down their beauty routines on the inside and out, as well as the highly coveted products that grace their shelves and their skin.
To keep it all the way 100 with you, I didn't come across DeJanae Evins in some roundabout way on the Explore page on my IG feed. Instead, she found me. She first graced our site as a contributor, penning articles about wellness, veganism, and weed when it called for it. In addition to dabbling in entrepreneurship and freelancing, DeJanae is also a certified cannabis educator at the helm of the platform Green Goddess Glow.
As someone who is knowledgeable the healing powers of cannabis and encourages others to indulge in "mindful cannabis and self-care practices," DeJanae finds herself very fulfilled by the work she does. "My favorite part about the work I do is encouraging culture-shifting conversations around the ways we define health and wellness, usually in ways that emphasize ancestral knowledge," she shared with xoNecole.
After giving her a follow on Instagram, it was easy to become enamored by her physical beauty as well. The 27-year-old LA-based entrepreneur in all her cocoa skin and cocoa butter kissed glory has skin that could be the envy of all the girls in the yard. Which is absolutely why I had to hit her up to learn more about the routines that helped her maintain and own her beauty from the outside in.
And here's what she had to say.
My morning routine looks like...
"A typical morning for me begins with warm water and lemon. Expressing gratitude, prayer and intention setting."
For my skincare routine in the AM...
"My morning skincare routine looks like a quick rinse using Dr. Bronner's Hemp Soap(Amazon, $12), followed by Dame Body's Manuka Honey Face Scrub. I try to use cannabis in my skincare regimen because its benefits are so far reaching! It's a great inflammatory and moisturizes without clogging the pores. Then I'll tone with Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel (Amazon, $9) or Dame Body's Witch Hazel Orange Blossom Toner. A lot of the time I'm using Dame Body's Orange Blossom Toner because, in addition to witch hazel distillate, there are citrus botanical extracts, including neroli essential oil, which comes from the bitter orange tree. It's a sweet fragrance and is rich in vitamins A, C and E.
"And I finish with a Dame Body's Raw Face Serum, which is full of African wild harvested and cold pressed oils like Tanzanian Tamanu, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Rwandan Maracuja oil and Namibian Marula oil. It also includes Raspberry and Egyptian Carrot oils that naturally provide an SPF 30, protecting against UVA and UVB rays, which is great because my skin usually breaks out from the chemicals in traditional sunscreens. Throughout the day, I'm refreshing with rose water or Dame Body's Orange Blossom Water imported from Lebanon and infused with Citrine crystals."
And for my skincare routine in the PM...
"At night, I melt off all my make up with Caudalie Cleansing Oil (Macys, $28) and OSEA Ocean Cleanser (Neiman Marcus, $48) before getting in the shower. I try to stay away from using product with animal bones or gelatin. And I love that OSEA has algae, or seaweed, in it which is a great alternative. I follow this up a Manuka Honey Face Scrub (Amazon, $13) that I put on while I wash my body and brush my teeth (because a girl loves to multi-task!). Then I rinse the scrub off, apply Dame Body's Witch Hazel Orange Blossom Toner and finish with the Raw Face Serum."
How the seasons affect my approach to skincare...
"I'd say my winter/fall products are more heavy, I do a lot more moisturizing in the colder months to avoid peeling and dry skin. I consult with skin care specialists like Sannae of Dame Body who keep me informed about the best methods to maintain clear and healthy skin in seasonal transitions."
My go-to makeup look consists of...
"My look is pretty consistent, unless it's a special occasion. In addition to the Raw Face Serum, I use The Body Shop's Hemp Heavy Duty Face Protector (Amazon, $13) when I'm not wearing makeup and Hangover Replenishing Face Primer which doubles as a moisturizer when I am applying makeup. My go-to foundation is Becca because I get so many compliments on my skin when I wear it. I use Sephora concealer, Laura Mercier finishing powder, a $7 Black Radiance True Complexion Contour Palette, and NYX's Dubai liquid matte lipstick. That's pretty much my day-to-day look."
How I approach beauty from the inside-out...
"The things I do that me that make me feel on the inside as good as you look on the outside are keeping a lot of living things around: plants and flowers. I try to make a habit of buying myself flowers weekly. I burn sweet smelling incense, usually jasmine or sandalwood. I sunbathe. I put my phone on Do No Disturb without apologizing for it later. I smoke weed often and take functional mushrooms like Lion's Mane daily. I also grow my own cannabis in my backyard. It's how I stay grounded and in tune with nature."
What self-care looks like to me...
"A few of my self-care must-haves include: alkaline water, daily sun exposure, a jade roller, [and] my Lioness vibrator. When I have the time to, and I'm not rushing to bed to get a decent amount of sleep, I unwind with a bath, I journal, I meditate and steep mugwort tea with a heaping helping of honey."
For more of DeJanae, follow her on Instagram.
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August 13 is National Prosecco Day, and if you like to break out the bubbly, now is the perfect time to do so. The holiday, which was founded by Riondo Prosecco in 2011, was created to celebrate the popular sparkling wine, and now that you know about it, you can celebrate it too. Here are a few ways to indulge in some wine time this holiday.
Order Up The Bubbly At Your Local Restaurant
Whether it’s brunch or happy hour, prosecco can elevate any occasion. One way to celebrate National Prosecco Day is by going to your local restaurant and ordering a bottle for the table. I recently visited R3 Rosendale Concepts in Atlanta for happy hour, and since my friend and I were in a fancy mood, we ordered a couple of glasses of prosecco as well as food. We enjoyed the delicious homemade chips and arugula pizza and were pleased with how attentive the staff was. If you’re in Atlanta, I would recommend this place, but if you live elsewhere, find a local spot that is also celebrating the holiday.
Find A Prosecco Recipe
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Thanks to Issa Rae, we now know about prosecco with a splash of vodka, but there are some other cool recipes to check out as well, like this one on TikTok. The “Quick and Easy” Raspberry Lemonade Champagne Spritz is a great one to try on a perfect summer Sunday.
All you need is raspberries (muddled), a shot of vodka, lemonade (Calypso lemonade is used in the TikTok), champagne or prosecco, and a few sliced lemons.
Last but not least, turn National Prosecco Day into an all-day affair. Have your friends over for games like Prosecco Pong, break out the charcuterie boards, and of course, prosecco. Or, if you want to get out of the house, consider sitting pretty by the pool or throwing a pool party. Have a picnic, cookout, or attend a paint and sip class. There are so many ways that you can celebrate the holiday, and if all goes well, why not make it an annual thing?
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