Winter Skincare + Skincare Essentials

Hey Dolls! I don’t know about you, but the weather on the “right coast” has been awful. Bitter cold one day, 70 degrees the next, torrential rain, ice, and all of a sudden the sun peeks out and smiles. The daily changes have wreaked havoc on my skin. I recently had a facial at the fabulous Four Seasons Spa, and the aesthetician shared that my normally oily skin was extremely dry; most likely attributable to the weather. I’m sure that I’m not to only Doll battling skin challenges this time of year. In an effort to get answers, I asked my dear friend, Dr. Yolanda Holmes, M.D., Board Certified Dermatologist and partner at Washington DC Dermatology, for expert advice on daily skincare, and how to protect our pretty faces during the winter months.  Peep the deeds below, get to know Dr. Holmes and read her advice on saving our skin. 

Tell me about your decision to become a dermatologist. Of all the specialities, why this one? I became a dermatologist because in high school I developed vitiligo on my left ear. I went to see a dermatologist where I lived, but did not fully understand the condition. I attended to college at Howard University; and at Howard University Hospital there was a Vitiligo Center. I went for treatments once a week for about a year and my vitiligo was cured, and thankfully has not returned. This experience influenced my decision to pursue a career in dermatology.

What are the basic of good skincare, regardless of age? The very basics of good skincare are simple – cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection.

Does skincare change for women with more mature skin? Skin does change for women when they mature. The skin can typically become drier, and because of hormonal changes may suffer from acne breakouts. Aging skin loses its elasticity and is prone to lines and wrinkles.

Does skincare change for women of different ethnicities? Skincare is basically the same for all women. Women with dark skin rarely suffer from skin cancers, but the sun does age the skin. Darker skin is less prone to wrinkling but the sun can precipitate the development of dark spots.

Do some myth-busting for us. I’ve heard that women of color don’t need sunscreen. For once and for all, what’s the truth? Sunscreen is important for women of color. Skin cancer is very rare; however, I have seen a few cases. As we are evolve, I believe that we will become more alike, so it is important that we know the importance of sunscreen. The sun ages the skin and also induces the development of hyper pigmentation – dark spots.

Skincare doesn’t just apply to our face, what about our bodies; especially in this cold weather when we tend to get extremely dry? Daily moisturizing is important for our bodies, especially this time of year. The decrease in humidity in the air makes skin drier and prone to cracks and breaks in the skin. These openings in the skin are portals for infection. The skin also looks better if it is well moisturized. There are many really good skin care products at local drug stores, so cost should not be a factor.

What are your “go-to” holy grail products? What should every woman include in her skincare regimen? I believe that every woman should have a great moisturizer and sunscreen. Even if your skin is oily, it is important to use a moisturizer because oily skin will overcompensate with the production of more oil causing the skin to look shiny. I also encourage women beginning in their 30’s to start with an anti-aging product at bedtime. It is always easier to prevent then to correct. 😉

Finally, what about Retinoids, products like Retin A, to improve the skin’s appearance. They seem to be popular. Do they work? Retinoids are some to the best anti-aging products on the market. You can buy over the counter products with retinol or prescription products like Retin A. They work by improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They also even the tone of the skin.

Thanks Dr. Holmes! Next time let’s chat about the popularity of skin enhancements.

Peep Best Products 2017 Best Skincare Essentials to jump-start your winter regimen.


Farmaesthetics Winter Greens Herbal Hydrating Complex, Warming Oil, Vapor Bath Elixir, and Snow + Cedar Organic Bath and Beauty Bar


InstaNatural Moroccan Rose Water


SheaTerra Wild Sage + Cinnamon Wild Hand and Bath Bar


Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner


Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Mask


Caudalie Resveratrol [Lift]


Dr. Brandt Magnetight Age-Defier


Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum


Farmaesthetics Eyebright Eye Makeup Remover & Treatment Oil


Savannah Bee Royal Jelly Body Butter – Chamomile and Myrrh


Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Moisturizing Cream


Meet Dr. Yolanda C. Holmes
A board certified dermatologist, Dr. Holmes received her bachelor’s of science degree in Human Development, as well as her graduate degree from Howard University. She continued her studies to later earn her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After completing an internship focused on Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Holmes then completed her Dermatology residency and was a research fellow at the Department of Dermatology at Howard University.

With a successful medical practice that specializes in excellent skin health of all persons of color, Dr. Holmes has continued to lead the way in her cosmetic anti-aging techniques for non-surgical facial correction, enhancement and rejuvenation. With over 12 years in practice, Dr. Yolanda Holmes is loved by many as a caring, helpful and knowledgable physician who goes the extra mile for her patients, friends and family. An asset to the community, she continually donates many of her services to the elderly, military and indigent. Moving forward, Dr. Holmes looks at the years to come being involved as a leader in innovative medical care.

*Member of the National Medical Association
*The Washington DC Dermatology Society
*The American Academy of Dermatology

What are your holy grail winter skincare products?

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,


You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Happy Sunday Dolls! It’s cold and blustery on the East Coast and the Winter White Cosmopolitan seems appropriate for gazing out of the window watching the beautiful light dusting fall under the street lamps. Peep the details below for the mixology.

The Winter White Cosmopolitan



  • 1.5 oz Vodka (I used Cranberry Vodka but plain is fine)
  • .75 oz Cointreau
  • 1 Tbsp St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1.5 oz White Cranberry juice

For Garnish: 3 to 4 Frozen or Sugared CranberriesMint

The Mixology. Combine ingredients over ice in shaker tin. Shake & strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with frozen or sugared cranberries and a sprig of mint. Salud!

What do you sip on cold winter evenings?

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,


Image: Creative Culinary

Bobbi Brown Leaving Namesake  

Hey Dolls, I am about three weeks late, but just heard the news that Bobbi Brown is leaving her eponymous company. Moment of silence. I am absolutely saddened. I am a huge Bobbi fan – both skin care and makeup – not to mention her clean, sleek and globally-recognized black and white packaging. Dressed in her signature black, applying makeup with her ring finger, Bobbi also made wearing eyeglasses über fashionable.

According to a December 19th press release from parent company Estée Lauder, “After 25 incredible years with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown is leaving the brand to explore the next phase of her extraordinary career.”

Given the news, I couldn’t let the day go by without sharing some of my Bobbi favs.

Bobbi Brown Skin Care 

Lathering Tube Soap


Hydrating Eye + Face Cream; Instant Detox Mask; Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover; Hydrating Face Tonic; and Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser.

Intensive Skin Supplement 

Extra Face Oil

Bobbi Brown Makeup 

Corrector in Dark Bisque

Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick in Nude Beach

Sparkle Eyeshadow in Caramel 

Art Stick in Harlow Red

Bobbi Brown Makeup Tools 

Basic Brush Collection

Bobbi Brown Fragrance

Beach eau de Parfum

As Ms. Brown moves on she says, “The brand’s 25-year anniversary was a wonderful milestone that made me realize it was time to start a new chapter and move on to new ventures. I am thankful for the extraordinary people that I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years and proud of the creative endeavors and innovative products we’ve created together. I am also incredibly grateful to The Estée Lauder Companies and the Lauder family for the many opportunities they gave me. I’m excited to see what the future holds.”

Pret-a-Reporter is reporting that the company’s global brand manager, Peter Lichtenthal, will be taking the helm.

We wish Bobbi success in her next venture! Leave a comment sharing your favorite Bobbi Brown products.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,


Girl Boss Life Planners for 2017

Hey Dolls! Happy New Year! I was so looking forward to 2017. Although 2016 was full of highs, there were definitely lows. Think the loss of David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, and over very own Princess Leia. But with the new year, brings new beginnings. An opportunity to set new goals, realize dreams, and practice purposeful planning for the year, or years, ahead. 

I tend to use technology to plan and schedule. My Outlook calendar is a staple, as well as Wanderlist for my to-dos. But I really enjoy a fab life planner for penning more serious goals and ideas. At heart, I am a pen and paper girl. I love writing on good quality paper, with a beautiful pen. My go-to, and has been for years, is the Louis Vuitton Monogram Large Ring Agenda. This agenda is more of a daily planning and scheduling tool, and can be used for note taking in meetings. If you run out of inserts, and don’t want to repurchase the LV inserts, Filofax Diary Refills are compatible with the various agenda sizes. 


In terms of “true” life planners, I’m loving the Leaders in Heels Make Your Mark Self-Coaching Journal.
The Make Your Mark collection has been designed and beautifully curated to encourage and inspire women to follow their passion, be more creative and innovative in their lives, feel more confident and determined in their endeavors and maintain a kind heart while becoming successful.


This fabulous journal is full of practical exercises, assignments, inspirational thoughts and quotes developed in collaboration with highly-respected leadership experts. Make Your Mark allows you to “meet your business, career and life coach within a compact, beautiful journal.”


The Passion Planner is highly recommended by one of my favorite Dolls, Inspired Brand Consulting Founder + Principal, the brilliant Ryane L. This purposeful planning tool assists in clearly define personal goals and dreams by putting them at the forefront of your attention. The Passion Planner helps break down long and short terms goals into more actionable steps, giving them a place to incorporate these steps into your daily life. Think of the Passion Planner as a compass to guide your daily decisions.


The Day Designer created by Whitney English is a simple and easy system created to help you find balance, focus and productivity. Ms. English describes the Day Designer as not being able to “live your life for you. But it can, through a simple, guided framework, help you figure out a focus for intentional living. It can be a trusted tool for setting goals, creating a plan and taking action each and every day.”


 What are you using to capture your goals for the year?

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,