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Meet 20-year-old Girl Boss: Asia Milia

For the first installment of the “Young Moguls” movement, I want to introduce you all to someone who I feel is changing the game in the fashion and media industry.

And, get this… she is only 20-years-old!!

I met Asia last year during my time as an ESSENCE College Ambassador, and as we began to build a friendship, I quickly noticed how proactive and ambitious that she was.  I mean the girl is a downright hustler through and through! She has had internships,with the likes of ESSENCE magazine, Hot 97, College Fashionista, and she has recently launched her own personal brand.

I wanted to share her story with you all because I feel that it is important to show someone who is relatable, and proof that if you increase your grind, you can accomplish anything.

I had the opportunity to chat with Asia Milia on life goals, career moves, and personal branding. This is a conversation that you definitely should check out! So, pop your popcorn, get a pen and pad, and take notes from our very first Young Mogul

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What do you want the world to know about you?

I’m a hustler. I know the word, “hustler” has a negative connotation to it, but I want the world to know when I talk hustle, everything is positive. I’m a go-getter and an ambitious girl, if I want something I do everything I can to reach that goal. I want the world to know I’m so much more than my Instagram page and my résumé— I’ve been blessed to work with some of the best and I know how to brand myself, yes. But, Asia Milia, as a person is so much deeper than that. I’m a humble, 20-year old girl hungry to reach my goals, every single one of them.

What’s a dream of yours that you’re working on accomplishing?

A dream of mine that I’m working on accomplishing is having my OWN voice, and I’m creating that through my website right now. I love writing for other brands, but there’s nothing like having my own voice, straight Asia Milia, no filter if I don’t want one. Stay tuned, that dream is coming true in a few weeks.

What habits of yours do you feel enable you to be successful?

I think there are three main habits that I have that enable me to be successful:

  1. I spend time with myself to write and evaluate all of the positive things in my life, even if the negative outweighs the positive.  
  2. I use “No” as motivation.
  3. I workout to keep my mind on the right track.

These habits didn’t come overnight; I had to groom my way into making a habit of these things; especially turning my No’s into motivation. I think what separates me from most is my optimism, I look at the good in every situation and that leads me to being more successful. Spending time dwelling on an issue is time wasted, time that could be spent on bettering myself. My habit of writing keeps me sane, when I see something on paper I HAVE to cross it out and say I’ve succeeded at it, if I don’t I failed, and I’m not a failure. Also, I fell in love with working out 3 years ago— I think that habit enables me to be successful because it allows me to step away from the laptop, the stress, and everything else to only focus on me, finding what works for you is extremely necessary when on the road to success.

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What are some important steps that you feel one needs to make to successfully brand themselves?

Branding yourself is so important, and it’s simpler than people make it. The first step to successfully branding yourself is knowing what you want your brand to be and what you want to represent. If you don’t know what you represent, you’re already off on the wrong foot. After analyzing what your brand is, it’s simple. Stay professional and be credible. I think what’s helped me successfully brand myself is that I am professional. If you’re trying to brand yourself as a young professional and you want to be taken serious, posting a picture at a kickback with a bottle of Hennessy in your hand isn’t smart, unless that’s what you want to be associated with. Being credible is something that comes with building your brand; you have to earn credibility that stems from your professionalism.

How do you motivate yourself?

That’s a tricky one…Because, I find myself needing motivation ALL THE TIME. It’s ironic because so many people look to me for motivation so I feel as if I always have to be on top of my game. But, most of the time when I need motivation I go look at my old screenshot messages. Sounds crazy, I know. I have hundreds of DM’s, text messages, snapchats, or Instagram comments from young girls or older women telling me how much I mean to them or how much I inspire them and that lights a fire under me. It’s a crazy feeling knowing that I can inspire others, so reading those messages over pick me up and motivate me— it reminds me that I’m not just doing this for myself.

What’s one mistake you’ve made in your career? How would you change it?

The fact that I had to really sit back and think HARD about this question says a lot. I’m an extreme perfectionist, but I’m not perfect at all. I’ve made plenty of mistakes, and I regret none of them because they’re all learning experiences that continues to build my tough skin in the industry. I think one mistake I’ve made is not knowing how to balance my time right. At one point all I knew was work, work, work! That type of grind can get you far, however, I learned that my hard work meant nothing without balancing my time efficiently and having a life outside of work. I changed it by pushing myself to go to more events, stepping outside of my comfort zone. Never focus so much on your career that you forget about your life, especially when you’re young. I’m 20, most of my college experience excluding my Spring Break I went home to work and barely went out. You need to give your body and your mind a break.

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You’ve had a lot of amazing internships! Do you have any advice for readers on how to secure internships in the fashion/entertainment industry?

Thank you! I always get this question, and I always tell everyone the same thing. Be you, be authentically you. I wouldn’t be where I am if I wasn’t Asia Milia all the time, I never tried to be anyone else at any point in my journey and that’s where a lot of people mess up. They think they need to be a certain “type” of person to work in the fashion industry or they have to tweak their résumé and lie to land an internship in entertainment. No! Trying to be who you think they want is exactly what they don’t want, and it shows. Also, my advice is to use your network. Social media makes life a lot easier. No, don’t slide in anyone’s DM’s, but if you see their email, shoot them an email and tell them you’re interested in working with them. Lastly, you have to be willing to work for free. If you’re doing it for the money neither the fashion, nor entertainment industry is for you. You have to work your way to the top, I’m still working, I’ve just reached a point where I get paid for internships now, but I’m still humble and willing to work for free if I need to. I’ve had 7 internships and 2 were paid, I think those numbers say enough.

Why do you feel that you are a “Young Mogul”? 

I think I’m a “Young Mogul,” because at 20-years old I’ve accomplished a lot more than most young professional my age. I’ve worked with brands that people DREAM of working with, and I don’t say any of that to toot my own horn. I say it to motivate you, I’m a young mogul because I worked to get here and I’m no where close to done, I’m a young mogul because I see opportunity and I jump to get it. I’m a young mogul because I ask no questions; I just do what I’m asked and I make my presence known. In Diddy’s newest campaign video for Ciroc he says, “Everything I’m living now I dreamed about it, I knew that I had to work hard to get it and I wanted it.” The first time I heard that I got chills because I felt like he was speaking my exact life. Working hard has made me a young mogul and will make me the successful Asia Milia that I am in the future.

 

What new projects are you working on?

I’m working on my website, AsiaMilia.com— it’ll be everything from my style, to fitness, to women empowerment, career/internship opportunities, I want put all of the answers I have in one place and hope to inspire many and share my thoughts, my style and more. I’ll also have some styling opportunities on the site. In the near future I am hoping to launch a series, Asia Milia TV, a series of interviews on my website since I’ve recently found my love for being on the microphone for interviews, hosting, and more. All of the logistics for the series aren’t figured out yet, but it’s definitely something to follow the site.

What books/ sites are you reading?

Currently, I’m reading Angie Martinez’s, “My Voice,” and Khloe Kardashian, “Strong Looks Better Naked.” Martinez’s book is so inspirational because I can relate to a lot she says since I spent my summer interning at Hot 97, where she spent most of her career. Khloe’s book is a different one for me, I enjoy reading about her journey and it inspires me. I know the Kardashian’s may not be everyone’s favorite crew, but I’m all about seeing what other women are doing positive, so reading her book shows me a Khloe that’s not in the blogs or on my TV screen. FashionBombDaily is my go-to site, I read it almost everyday because everything about it is innovative fashion journalism and I am obsessed with the founder and editor-in-chief, Claire Sulmers; I call myself baby Claire (we have the same birthday). Also, Gia Peppers, entertainment journalist and on-air personality just launched her site, GiaPeppers.com, I go to it a lot just for a little extra inspiration. Gia has worked with some of the same brands as myself and I remember meeting her for the first time and being so excited. She inspires me to enjoy every bit of my journey. When I met her she told me, “If your brand is good, you’ll always be good, if not, you have a problem.” Her website is new so there’s not an extreme amount of content up, but I read her posts over and over for instilled motivation.

Asia recently launched her blog site asiamilia.com check it out to keep up with her, and also get tips on fashion, fitness, and career advice.

Xoxo

Malia

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DIY Facial Masks Recipes for All Skin Types

By Shanti Terry

Have you ever noticed the ingredients on the back of a store bought facial mask product? It’s difficult to understand how to even pronounce half of those ingredients. So why apply it to your skin when you don’t know if it’s good for you?

The face is one of the most important assets on your body to care for. Using natural products is best suitable to keep the skin moisturized and rejuvenated. That’s why you should try out these 3 simple recipes that are inexpensive, organic and can be used in the comfort of your own home.

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Oats are an excellent exfoliant. It softens the skin, removes dead cells and cleans your clogged pores. The honey helps to relieve inflamed skin, alleviates dryness and is used as a skin lightening agent.

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp of oats
  • 1 tsp of honey
  1. Mix whole oats with warm water into a paste
  2. Add a teaspoon of honey 
  3. Then, rub the cleanser onto your skin in circular motions and leave it on your face for 10 minutes 
  4. Rinse it off with warm water or use a warm washcloth (your preference) 

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Yogurt is not only a snack; it actually gets rid of acne! Follow these simple steps to alleviate any pesky pimples from forming.

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp natural yogurt, room temperature (not lowfat or non-fat) and make sure it’s isn’t flavored yogurt to avoid irritability of the skin. 
  • 1 tsp of honey (put in microwave for a few seconds to soften the honey). For dry skin, use an extra tsp of honey 
  1. Combine mixture, then apply to face.
  2. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash face with steaming washcloth
  4. Pat dry with towel

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Egg whites works wonders if you have oily skin! It also repairs damaged tissues and maintains your youthful radiant glow.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of honey
  1. Wash your face with warm water to open up your pores.
  2. Use your clean hands or a cotton ball to apply the mixture onto your face, avoiding the sensitive areas around your mouth and eyes.
  3. Keep the mask on for 10-15 minutes.
  4. When the mixture has completely dried on your face, gently scrub it off using warm water.
  5. Pat dry with a towel and marvel the smooth feel of your skin!

 

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Loux: Your One Stop Shop Online Beauty Supply!

 

As a natural that is always on the go, with an increasingly fast-paced lifestyle, it is essential that I maximize my time. But, with having natural hair that can be a bit challenging with the mounds of websites and information that we have to sift through in order to find products and tips to manage our curly tresses.

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Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a place where you were able to shop the hottest natural hair care brands, for all hair types, without having to go from site-to-site to find the product that best suits your hair and lifestyle?

 

Loux is an Atlanta based company that is dedicated to streamlining the hair care shopping experience for ethnic and multicultural women. The website offers easy to navigate options based on hair type, product need, brand, etc. Loux also offers popular, store known brands like Miss Jessie’s, Karen’s Body Beautiful, Eden Body Works, Curls, Design Essentials, and Jane Carter as well as emerging names like Hydratherma, Milk + Honey, CinagrOrganic, BelNouvo, Naturalicious, and more in one place. Each brand can be purchased together and arrives in one box in as little as three days.  Also, there is FREE shipping on orders that are over $35.

 

I checked out Loux, and I wanted to share my experience. Check it out below!

 

Layout of the Website

I absolutely love how incredibly neat and organized the site is. I know from past experiences, when a website is too cluttered with information, I get overwhelmed because I don’t know what deserves the most attention and what doesn’t. With Loux, you don’t have that problem. The site is organized into categories based on the direct needs of your hair, while also offering recommendations of products from developing and traditional hair care brands. Also, if you know exactly what product you are looking for, they have a cool search tool that takes you right to the product that you need in seconds!

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Product Descriptions

I enjoy how simplified the product descriptions are. They are made for easy understanding, and I think its pretty neat that they suggest the hair type that your product of choice works best for, and they also give suggestions on other products that are similar that you may enjoy as well. This feature saves a lot of time and money on products that you thought were going to work but didn’t because they weren’t comparable to your hair type.

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Products

Loux offers a variety of products for all hair types. And, instead of having to go to various websites to buy one product for moisture, and another for curl definition, you can handle all of your hair-care needs in one place, which is a definite treat for a person like me who is always busy.

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Checkout Process

The checkout process for Loux is quick, easy and straight to the point. And they say that your product will be to you in three days or less.

I ordered Miss Jessie’s “Coily Custard” today, so I will be back with a review of the product and also my experience with shipping from Loux.

 

Stay Tuned!!

 

Xoxo

 

Malia

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Sex and Natural Hair

Tablets, cream, ointments, herbs, mixtures and even onions! These are some of the measures a natural girl can go through to stimulate hair growth.

All the above mentioned methods stand a strong ground.. But what if there was an even more natural way, another practice, another technique which didn’t require inventing formulas and concoctions!

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To what extent are you willing to go in order to naturally stimulate your hair growth?

There is a way which can take place in the privacy of your own bedroom.

Yes, you said it!

SEX!

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Research shows the hormonal connections between a regular healthy sex lifestyle and hair growth.

Regular sex influences the production of sex hormones such as androgens, which influence hair growth, and endorphins, a feel-good neurotransmitter that impacts both body, mind and soul subsequently promoting healthy hair growth!

A  scalp massage could have done the trick, but you would agree that sex is much more fun! Sexual activity gets your blood flowing, especially near the skin’s surface. In physiological response hair follicles receive more oxygenation and more nourishment ensuring ideal conditions for growth.

Regular sex is an option worth adding to your daily hair routine. But don’t be carried away. Too much of everything may have some unfavourable effects. Too much sexual activity can lead to the unhealthy over-production of testosterone and adrenaline, leading to possible hair loss, especially in men!

 

Nevertheless, regular sex a is a very justifiable hair growth stimulator. So ladies, it’s time to get our groove and go 200% natural!

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The Perfect Shade: Picking the Perfect Hair Color


Want to switch up your do, with a color that fits you?

Say no more! Choosing a hair color that fits you can be kind of tricky, but we’re here to help!

At times we all get tired of wearing our natural hair color, and we may want to be spontaneous and try something different.

You may not know it, but it’s very important to choose a color for your hair that compliments your overall appearance.

When you want to switch things up for your physical appearance, you have to make sure that it compliments other aspects of your body as well.

Learn how to choose the perfect hair color below:

 

Featured Image: From Pinterest

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The Natura Magazine Spring Issue Is Here!!! (INSIDE)

 

 

The “A Better You” spring issue of Natura Magazine is finally here! The latest issue is covered by none other than natural hair icon and Grammy award-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter, Chrisette Michele.

This issue is packed with the hottest spring fashion trends, and hot stories in natural hair, beauty,fashion, entertainment, mind, body & soul and fitness.

In addition to a piece about the perks of being natural, highlighted stories from this issue include: “The Perfect Shade,” containing hair tips on choosing the right hair color that best suits you, and “The Natural Look” featuring beauty tips on how to select makeup that you can wear at work and out with friends.

Are you interested in learning quick and easy workouts that you can do while you are on the go? then check out our story, “Weight Loss on the Daily!”

We hope that you enjoy! Please Share 🙂

Check it out below, and let us know your thoughts.

 

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How Do You Love Your Blackness?

How did you come to understand and define what it means to be beautiful? What has your journey to loving and recognizing the beauty in yourself look like? (Comment below)

Here’s a snapshot of what the start of my journey looked like:

“All I know is I love playing outside with my friends until the sun sets, picking out my own clothes for school is the definition of freedom, and my mom walking me to the bus stop is embarrassing.

My mom tells me I’m her ‘beautiful angel’ all the time, but I’m not sure why she says it so much. I don’t know why that’s something important to know yet.“

Follow me on my journey by reading the rest of the article in our new publication.

Check out pg. 73!

 

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5 Months Later, and I Finally Tried Gel Liner

August 1, 2014 I wrote an article to help the average novice MAC cosmetics user navigate through all of the different choices that they offer for eye liner. If you haven’t yet read that article, you can check it out here http://naturamagazine.com/mac-liquid-liner-review . In that article I gave a list of all of the different liquid liners that I’ve tried from MAC, and the pros and cons of each. At the end of the article, I mentioned my desire to try MAC’s Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel. Well I finally tried it, and I am in love! So naturally, I thought that I would give you all my opinion of the product, as well as my pros and cons.

PROS

Precision

I’m a winged eyeliner type of girl, so I love the fact that I can create the perfect winged eye fairly easily with the use of my 212 flat definer brush by MAC pictured below.

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I don’t have to wait for it to dry

For me, there is nothing worse than applying my eyeliner after creating a smokey eye, only to have my liquid liner smear across my eyelid, forcing me to start from scratch. With MAC’s Fluidline eye-liner gel, I get the same look that I do with liquid liner, without the possibility of smearing.

CONS

Although I don’t have many, one con of this liner is that it:

Requires you to buy a brush to apply it (if you don’t already own one)

Liquid liners have the applicator built into the bottle, MAC’s Fluidline comes in a pot, and requires you to use either a flat definer brush like the one pictured above, or a 208 angled brush (like the one that I use for my eyebrows, pictured below). This may or may not be an investment that you’re willing, or able to make.

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So there you have it! I have fallen in love with yet another product by MAC Cosmetics. While there may be no help for my makeup addiction, with MAC’s Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel, there may be hope for winged eyes everywhere.

 

Kisses, Hugs, and Lots of Love,

 

-Kiana

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Short Hair, Don’t Care!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Permed Hair Easier to Manage?

Apart from fitting into the given standard of beauty, another reason for perming our hair was making it easier to manage and maintain. Our natural course hair was capable of breaking a comb and totally unmanageable!

After 15 years of permed hair and over 5 years with natural hair, I look back in retrospect and wonder if permed hair was really easier to manage or  just an illusion passed down from generation to generation.

In order to come up with a coherent answer, I had to analize the two experiences – Permed hair VS Natural hair.

Maintaining permed hair:

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  1. Roots have to be retouched at least every 3 months.  This requires going to the hair salon where you can find an experienced hairdresser. Since perming is “controlled damage” the possibilities of having your hair burnt by an amateur is pretty high.
  2. A visit to the hair salon at least once a week is required to keep your hair looking nice and sleek. That could strain your pocket in addition. But once your perm is nice and fresh, combing is made easy with finger slipping smoothly through your hair.
  3. After a fresh perm or retouch you mustn’t wash your hair within 48 hours. Washing with shampoo ( and even getting your hair wet)  can disturb the hair proteins as they are locking into their shapes in those first hours.
  4. Extra tender loving care is vital to maintain a healthy looking perm- shampooing, extra conditioning, extra oil and protein treatments. This is because perming, forcibly and permanently breaks down the protein in your hair in order to keep it straight.
  5. Permed hair is constrained to simple everyday styles without visiting the salon. There is a limited variety of things you can do in the comfort of your own home.

Maintaining natural hair:

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  1. Regular visits to the hair salon aren’t necessary for a retouch or treatment and the closest you get to burning your hair is bending over the gas cooker!
  2. Natural hair doesn’t need to be washed every day. It’s enough to wash it once a week or every other week with a detangling session. Once detangled and styled, combing every day isn’t neccessary. This guarantees peace of mind throughout the whole week.
  3. Nevertheless, combing and detangling can be an ordeal! You dare not comb your kinky mane when it’s dry. It must be damp with water or leave-in conditioner and sectioned into smaller parts before attempting to comb. Running a comb through your kinks is a no-no.
  4. Protein structure is retained in natural hair. This means, regular oil treatments aren’t a must and can be done in the comfort of your own home leaving you with a few  extra pennies at the end of the month.
  5. The versatility of natural hairstyles are numerous- flat twists, twist outs, high bun, high puff, two-strand twists, frohawk and bantu knots just to mention a few. In addition, you can wear it straight, wavy or kinky curly.

I used to have a perm for over fifteen years and I had a difficult time sticking to the rules of maintenance. I guess that’s why it stayed at shoulder length and never grew beyond.

I have been natural for over five years and hardly visit the hair salon. My hair has never been this long! It’s now bra-length and still growing. Keeping my hair moisturized seemed to do the trick. In my opinion, the myth of permed hair being easier to manage has been crushed. Natural hair rules! It’s easier, cheaper and more fun to manage! What’s your take on that?