6 Lessons My Mama Has Taught Me

Today is a special International Women’s Day for me.

First, I woke up to a message of a follower from my Instagram that I have never spoke to and she was telling me how she was inspired by what I do and was asking me for advice and guidance for her future path. Then, I found this social media post of me being featuring in a collage with many other successful female entrepreneurs including the creator of Motives Loren Ridinger, actress and celebrity Lala Anthony and many other inspiring female millionaires that have affected my life and the person I have become in a major way.


As I thought about this privilege that I have received on this special day, I can’t help but thinking about my mom, the woman who has the most impact in my life. She deserved so much more credits that she doesn’t even know.

I want to write this post as a special gift to my mom and et her know how much she means to me and how much of her wisdom has shaped the woman I am today. Here are the lessons my mama has taught me 🙂


Lesson #1: “Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other women who have their back”

Ever since I was a baby, my mom has always been that one person that always fights for gender equality. My mom was an activist for women’s rights in my home country and later, the head of a non-profit organization that fights for the rights of female workers in the workforce. My mom always took me to her work and the conferences that she was invited to and that was when I realized that the only way for women to succeed was to support one another continuously.

Lesson #2: “Never rely on a man emotionally or financially”

Since I was at a young age, my mom already taught me to be very independent. She, herself, is a perfect example of an independent woman. My mom works very hard for her own money and she never expects anything from anyone. She always says “Never expect anything from anyone because anything you want in life, you can create it yourself”.

Lesson #3: “If he can do it, you can do it too”

It could be hard to believe but growing up, I was a tomboy. I have an older brother who is 6 years older than me and I remember having to wear all of his clothes because our family was struggling financially back in the day. I also remember wanting to be like him and do the things that he could do. So when he went for karate class, I wanted to do the same. When he got a mountain bike, I also wanted the same. Next thing I know, I started to believe that there is really no limitation in what a woman can do when it comes to life achievements. Every time I tell my mom about something that I want to achieve, this is her favourite sentence.


Lesson #4: “There is no free ride in this world. You gotta earn it”

I love hearing my mom’s childhood stories and how my grandmother raised 6 kids all by herself. I have to say that I was lucky enough to be born in a family full of strong women. They all taught me the value of hard work and integrity. Growing up, I always had first hand experience of how hard my mom had to work to prove herself as a successful woman and as a great mom to us. I have seen my mom going through many sleepless nights working late on her computer and doing overtime work to be able to earn a bit more money each pay cheque. She taught me that success is really not by chance, it is by choice and if you work hard, you will be rewarded for every piece of it.

Lesson #5: “Always stay humble!”

My mom is probably one of the most humble person you will ever meet. Her wardrobe has always been the same. She probably goes shopping once a year and buys 1 or 2 new outfits. If people run into her on the street and recognize her from the city news on TV or newspaper, she will probably smile at you and talk to you like she’s the friend you have known forever. Every time I achieve something big in life, she always reminds me to continue to learn from others and never stop improving and working on myself.

Lesson #6: “Be yourself! Everyone else is already taken!”

Last but not least, my mom has taught me the biggest lesson of being myself, accepting that I am different and never second guessing about where I am coming from and where I am going to.

When I decided to quit my well paid 9-5 corporate job to pursuit my entrepreneurial path, my mom was the first person to tell me that she was happy that I was happy and whatever I do, she believed that I would be successful at it.

Mom, thank you for being such an inspiration and Happy International Women’s Day to all of you 🙂

From Tracey with love ❤


International Women’s Day Inspired: Beauty Essesntials

Hi everyone,

Because International Women’s Day is here and we are celebrating the power of women. I did a collaboration with Ms. Kayne from @always_kaye (Check out her awesome blog!) to promote girl power and how make up can help enhance your natural beauty through some of the very basic and easy-to-use makeup essentials.




Eyeliner: For me, eyeliner is a must have. If you are busy and need a quick make up routine in the morning that would help open up your eyes, eyeliner will be your best friend. There are many type of eyeliners out there, my favourite one is Motives Cosmetic Liquid Eyeliner in Noir. What I love is the fact that the tip of this eyeliner is very easy to control. It is also very forgiving. If this is your first time using it and make a tiny bit of mistakes, a Q-tip will be your best friend.

Here is a step-by-step break down of how I apply my eyeliner everyday. Having monolid eyes, I like to draw my eyeliner a bit thicker to make the eyes more standout.

Step 1: I usually start with the wing first

Step 2: Draw the outline (this depends on how thick you want the eyeliner to look like)

Step 3: Fill in the rest of eyeliner


Step 4: I like to finish off with my favourite mascara or falsies. My favorite mascara is Maybelline Volume Express Colossal Pumped (waterproof). This step is really important. Never wear eyeliner without applying mascara or falsies to complete the look!

Before & After



Mascara:  There are many differCollage_mascara.pngent types of mascaras out there from an array of brands and price points. For me, mascara that helps keep my eyelashes curled and makes them look voluminous is ideal. My go-to mascara is L’Oreal Paris’s Voluminous Million Lashes mascara in blackest black (#630; waterproof). It’s a mascara that I’ve been using for years and have gone back to it every time despite of trying different brands. It can hold the curls of my otherwise fine eyelashes! *I also use an eyelash curler.




IMG_9531Primer: I highly recommend everyone to use primer before applying any type of products on your face. Some people underestimate the power of face primer and skip this step but I suggest you not to. Primer not only reduces the size of your pores, makes sure your makeup is applied on a smooth can
vas but also protect your skin from free radicals. My favourite one is Motives Complexion Perfecting Face Primer because it also produces a matte finish when I apply my foundation on my skin.

Concealer/Foundation/Translucent Powder

If you have flawless skin, lucky you! I suggest not putting too much products on your skin unless there is something you must cover. For myself, I suffered from acne for almost all my life so it’s very important to me that my acne scars are covered without making me look caky.

My favourite concealer is Motives Liquid Concealer in Light for Yellow Undertone.

My foundation was actually customized so it matches my exact skin tone and was made to help me with my skin condition. My face started to clear upIMG_9533 after 2 weeks using it so this has been my favourite product since.


Lastly, because I have very oily skin, I like to set my liquid foundation with Motives Translucent Powder in Medium. I love about this powder is because it gives me great coverage without making me look all caked up. It also feels very light and helps maintain my skin’s natural moisture.


Blush. It’s a great way to add some colour and freshness in your face. I tend to gravitate around rose pink and some peach blushes partly because I find that they look more natural on my face and they give me that fresh flushed look

Before & After

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Tracey & Kaye


  1. Lip balm/Tinted Lip balm. Two words = cracked lips. Try to carry at least a lip balm in your purse/bag it will keep your lips soft and supple.
  2. Lipstick. For special occasions or a maybe a first date, lipsticks add a nice finishing touch and some colour to your look

This is just a quick list of beauty items to have in stock for your makeup kit to get you started. By all means feel free to add or substitute items you are more comfortable with. Also, please keep in my your skin type and skin undertone when you’re buying makeup. Doing so will help you identify which shades and colours work best for your look and skin.

Thank you Kaye for having me in this beauty collab! Can’t wait to have more collabs with you in the future.

What about you? What are your favorite beauty essentials?

Please leave us comments! We want to hear from you!

Happy International Women’s Day!

From Tracey with love ❤