And while in Costa Rica we bring out the big guns and wear the brightest outfit possible on the beach in a sea full of people wearing your basic black and whites, LOL. Yes, I said it and yes I did it. Costa Rica wasn’t ready for me, or were they?

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Out here super busy trying to graduate and all, so photos from Costa Rica have been on delay while I get my life together. Legit wrote a 50 page capstone paper in less than two weeks. Yes, ladies and gentleman, I’m an avid, but professional procrastinator. Too much time to think about things means I overthink, so I often wait until there is a little pressure before I delivery the best work of my life. This explains the mounting patch of gray hairs making a home front and center at the top of my head, LOL. Yup, #thestruggleisreal but only because I refuse to do better, LOL.

On another note, if you’re in need of some custom beachwear/resortwear you should definitely check out my girl Shalonda Walker of Beautique Styles. She made this fun green and orange number I was rocking at Jaco Beach in Costa Rica a few weeks back. She does custom designs for all shapes and sizes and she is so professional and quick too. I’m a forever customer, that’s for sure. You can check her out on Instagram at: @beautiquestyles. DM her for inquires.

Welp, that’s all for now everyone, I’ll be back with the first set of travel photos from my trip to CR. If you absolutely can’t wait, feel free to check out a few on our photography page on Instagram or Facebook, @craigspick.

Till next time.


Deidra Marie


So we’ve talked about skin masking and covered all you need to know about detoxing, but what about a fool proof night time skin routine. I know, I know, there are so many layers to this skin care business, no skin pun intended. Have good night time routine is crucial to optimal skin health. A long a grueling day of hitting the streets are skin is practically screaming love. Think about the toxins, dirt and dust in the air your skin comes in contact with on a daily basis. Your night time routine is where you reset the skin from a long days work and replenish during sleep time, so why not use products that make this process quick and easy and not to mention, clean.

Since cold weather in NC is here to stay and I have dry skin, Earth-Kissed Beauty has been the ultimate life saver. I keep my night time routine pretty simple for the most and I’m sharing my step by step process to a easy peezy night time routine that’s quick and painless, LOL because I don’t have time for all that other stuff.


Step 1 is to ALWAYS cleanse. You want to get all that dirt and grim from the day off your body and face and any good skin care routine includes a thorough cleansing process. I typically cleanse my face and body in the shower. Adjusting the temperature to a luke warm water for face, as hot water tends to dry the face out and irritate the skin. My current cleanser of choice is the Trader Joes Spa Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil. For body I use Dove for Sensitive Skin.


Toner is the next step in this quick and easy process. I use a cotton pad to apply my toner to my face. Currently using Thayers Witch hazel Facial Toner UnscentedUsing a toner is the best way to capture any left over dirt your cleanser didn’t get and is also great for balancing the ph levels of your skin. After cleansing, ph levels are typically not balanced.


Nearing the end of this process with restoring the moisture back into your skin. That’s where Earth-Kissed Beauty products come into play. I’m currently using and LOVING the Renewal Night Cream and Lavender Vanilla Body Butter. These have been staples in my routine since the summer and I’ll continue to keep them around because my skin is loving it.

You see, skin care doesn’t have to be stressful and reducing the amount of products I use at night has given me sweet dreams. The way my life is, less is best. My advice, keep your routine clean and simple and it’s pretty much fool proof.

Hope this info was helpful. Till next time, friends.


Deidra Marie  


So, I’m sure we’ve all dealt with it, yes, you know what I’m talking about, those fall skin transitions. Those transitions where your skin is not behaving the way you want it to because of the weather changes. It happens to me every year. The minute the weather starts to make it’s transition to colder days, my skin becomes really dry and parched and I notice the texture is not as clear. I also get a few blemishes if I’m not taking steps to moisturize throughout the day. I have combination skin, but in the winter, it seems more dry than anything and with all the holiday parties and holiday events, I wear more make-up than usual which can clog the pores and collect dirt build up. This year, I’m taking extra measures with my skin and incorporating a weekly mask routine to keep my skin happy and healthy as it goes from warm to cold days here in NC.

I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about masking in past blogpost. It’s definitely a new addition to my skin routine because why not. Aside from my weekly Apple Cider Vinegar and Bentonite Clay mask, I’ve incorporated the new YESto White Charcoal line to my skin care routine as well. I’m lazy, so the Yesto Detoxifying and Hydrating White Charcoal Mud Mask is amazing. I can target certain areas with this easy to use stick and bam, clean, healthy hydrated skin in no time. My favorite thing about the tomato line is that it’s specifically for dry sensitive skin and since I fit the bill, I’m winning. Masking is a permanent thing in my skincare routine this season by who wants dry, blemished skin? Not I. Other than masking, I’m making sure to do the following to keep my skin at top level this fall:

  1. Moisturize 2 times a day or more
  2. Drink at least 64oz of water a day
  3. Consume at least 4 servings of vegetables a day
  4. Oil cleanse and tone
  5. Incorporate clean beauty/cosmetics products into my daily routine
  6. Exercise regularly
  7. Sleep at least 8 hours a day

I think with these actions steps, my skin will fair the fall and winter weather transitions. Here’s to happy and healthy skin this season and seasons to come.

Stay tuned for my updated skincare products coming to the blog soon.


Deidra Marie