Thursday, November 19, 2015

Clear Essence Medicated Fade Creme Review

I have struggled with acne and the scarring and discoloration that goes along with it for some time so I was super excited to try out this affordable product by Clear Essence that is formulated for women of color. The active ingredient in the product is hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is the only FDA approved skin lightening ingredient for over the counter products. This product contains a 2% concentration which is safe yet effective for evening out discolorations and hyper pigmentation on one's skin.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Oil Cleansing Method

Clean your face with oil?! If you are anything like I was 6 months ago I thought this concept what crazy. I thought, how on earth was my oily dirty face going to get clean with oil? Well, after being on accutane treatment my once oily skin now had several dry patches and no matter what "moisturizing" cleanser I used my face was always uncomfortably dry so I decided to give it a try and boy was that the best decision ever!

How does it work?

Oil dissolves oil. When you use natural oils that are close to the sebum oil your pores naturally secrete it dissolves the oil without stripping your face. We're conditioned to think all oil is bad but in actuality we do need some of the oil our skin produces. If you have oily skin by stripping you skin it send a signal to your body to overproduce oil. If you have dry skin and your oil glands reproduce oil slower it is even more important that you do not strip your skin.

How do you do it?

You can make you own oil mixture. I do not. I have used Philosophy's Oil Cleanser in the past and it is nice but a bit pricer and usually only available at dedicated beauty stores and department store. I use Burt's Bees Cleansing Oil now. It's cheapers, works just as good if not better and I can get it at Target or CVS.

If you're more into the DIY approach or just want to save money if you already have the ingredients in your kitchen here's a guide:


1. Apply oil to dry skin and massage. Bonus: Oil cleansing is also the best makeup removal method!
2. Place warm towel over face and remove.
3. Rinse with warm water.

That's it. I apply a moisturizer afterwards. You may find you don't even need a moisturizer. Your skin will tell you what it likes,

What to expect?

Things may get worse before they get better, as with any skin care regime change. Hang in there. It may take up to 4-6 weeks to fully see changes. If you're doing it DIY you may have to play around with the formula to get the optimal result for your skin.

Have you tried oil cleansing or do you plan to? Share your thoughts. :)

- Sheila Hollins-Jackson

Sunday, September 13, 2015

A Lesson on Self Doubt

I'm here in New York City to take a lab class at the Gemological Institute of America and I was reminded today of how blessed I am. If you would have told me a year ago I'd be a manager at the Largest Chain of Pawnshops in Michigan and studying diamonds at the best gemology school in America I would have thought you were crazy. Often times we think we aren't enough or we're not where we want to be and we doubt ourselves. In addition to everything else I'm a successful certified makeup artist, instructor, award winning beauty blogger, Beachbody coach and I've been blessed with the ability to travel and constantly enrich myself with new experiences. Even with all that there are times I doubt where I'm at but then I have to stop and realized i'm exactly where God has called ME to be. Don't be too hard on yourself. Self reflect, engage in personal development to cultivate your mind, push towards your goals and the rest will fall into place. 

Are you ever your own worst critic? Tell me 3 things you LOVE about yourself. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day 2015!

Hey Loves!

Happy Labor Day to all my hard working friends out there. I hope you are enjoying your day. Since the holiday falls on a Monday I know it can be a bit tough getting started on a workout/nutrition plan. With all the bbq's and sugary drinks around it's important to remember that you are starting or engaged in a healthy lifestyle. This may very well be your first of many holidays, family gatherings, etc. on your way to achieving your goals so I encourage you to not put off starting your journey today. Don't deprive yourself just make smart eating choices, indulge in moderation, and get your workout in. 

If you have any question or just need someone to talk to feel free to contact me.
Remember, we're in this together!

-Sheila Hollins-Jackson

Friday, September 4, 2015

Oven Baked Fajitas with Green Chile Ranch Sauce

I make a conscious effort to freshen up my favorite dishes and who doesn't love some good ol' homemade fajitas?  After realizing tortilla shells are full of calories -- about 100 calories per serving -- I found leaf lettuce to be a perfect substitute. I also forgot to add cheese but found I really didn't miss it here.  Sometimes we eat things purely out of habit and not taste. (ie salting your food before you even taste it) The Green Chile Ranch sauce was so full of flavor that i'd encourage you to try it first without cheese. 

I'm all about quick and this recipe takes about 10 minutes to prepare and can be done the night before too. 


Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  A cast iron skillet is recommended. 
Combine your chicken strips, vegetables, spices, extra virgin olive oil and half the can of diced green chilies. Mix well making sure everything is well coated.

Place mixture in skillet and bake for 20 - 25 minutes. 

While you're baking the chicken prepare your Green Chile Ranch Sauce.  Mix the remaining green chillies, sour cream and ranch powder together.  You can add pepper to taste or if you like it spicy you can add a bit of red pepper flake.

Slice your tomatoes......

Once the fajitas are done place the fajita mixture inside the lettuce then top with a tablespoon or sauce and sprinkle with tomatoes.  I elected to drizzle a bit of taco sauce on top. 


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 (4.5 oz) can diced green chilies
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • ½ large green bell pepper sliced
  • ½ large red bell pepper
  • 8 tsp sour cream (you can opt for low fat)
  • 2 Tbsp Hidden Valley - Ranch Mix
  • 8 leafs, red leaf lettuce
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes, sliced
  • Mild taco sauce optional

Yields 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes 

This recipe is amazingly delicious, quick and relatively inexpensive to prepare. 

Sheila Hollins-Jackson

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fitbit Charge hr Review

Hi Loves!
I received the Fibit ChargeHR as a gift roughly 2 months ago and I must say I absolutely love it. For quite a while I was interested in activity trackers with heart rate tracking capability but I wanted something with everything built in. I didn't want to be bothered with any straps, additional sensors, etc. 

The Good? It makes me think about being active more. Everytime I look down its a reminder to push myself a little bit more. It's connected to my phone so I can easily check my steps, heart rate, calories burned, stairs, distance, sleep patterns and even do challenges with friends too! (If you have a fitbit too comment with your email and i'll add you as a friend) I really like the challenge feature. Being healthy is a lifestyle and let's face it .... it isn't always easy in the beginning so i'm a huge fan of having an accountability partner(s). At the simple flick of the wrist the display turns on. I have mine set to show date and time first. I can go 3-4 days without charging it. I usually throw it on the charger at night or while i'm in the shower. It's connected through bluetooth with my iphone 6 so when I get phone calls it shows the caller id on the display and it vibrates. 

The Bad? The display scratches easily and the band is a bit bulky. I personally don't often track my sleep with it because I find it uncomfortable to wear at night and I prefer to give my skin a chance to breath. It is recommended to sleep with it on so that it learns your resting heart rate. You may have to play with the position a bit to get the most accurate heart rate. If you're having trouble with it move it up a bit on your arm. The charging cord is proprietary so keep up with it. The charging cord is about $20 to replace. While it does show caller id for calls it does not alert for text messages on this particular model. Lastly, it's water resistant not water proof so be sure to remove it before taking a shower or hopping in the pool. 

Overall, I think the Fitbit ChargeHR ($149.95 MSRP) is a great activity tracker if want a built in heart rate tracker at a great price point. If you don't really care about the heart rate sensor you can go with the Fitbit Charge ($129.95) and save a few $$.

Do you use an activity tracker? Has it motivated you to move more? 
Comment below and let me know!! :)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sweet Potato Protein Brownies

I've always loved sweet potatoes so boy was I delighted when I found out they were packed with nutrients, high in protein and I could use them in a variety of different ways. I whipped these up this weekend as I was craving a low calorie sweet treat. The best way I can verbalize the flavor is a cross between sweet potato pie, a triple chocolate brownie. These are flour-less so with a few tweaks they'd be great if you have a gluten allergy. 


2 cups Mashed sweet potatoes
2 scoops Triple chocolate whey protein powder
1/4 cup Truvia baking blend
2 tbsp Peanut butter 
3 tbsp Unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Eggs
1/3 cup Honey
1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Baking soda


Start by baking 2-3 sweet potatoes for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Baking the sweet potatoes will really bring out all the flavor and sweetness in the sweet potatoes.  You may even find you can skip the Truvia in this recipe.  Mash the sweet potatoes up then add your protein powder, Truvia, peanut butter, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon and baking soda. Stir well. Lastly add your eggs. Adding the eggs last will make it a lot easier to blend and give you a smoother consistency. 

Set your oven to 400 degrees. Pour the batter into a baking dish. I used a 9 x 6 baking dish. Cook for 30-35 minutes. Once cooled slice, serve and enjoy. 

Yields 12 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes

The texture is smooth and firm.  This Sweet Potato Protein Brownie recipe was quick, easy and so yummy. Don’t like sweet potatoes? Try with pumpkin instead. 

Enjoy Friends!

Sheila Hollins-Jackson