She has bold yet very graceful style with a love for all things beauty. She is the one and only, Traci Tortual. I first met Traci at a wedding I attended with my boyfriend for one of his best friends. She and I instantly clicked. Her style radiated the room and had flawless makeup that you would die for. Her outgoing, fun and charming personality is just as wonderful as her appearance. No one can deny she's a showstopping fashionista slaying the world everyday with her unstoppable confidence.
Seeing someone just oozing confidence in their “outfit of the day” just makes me as a human being feel good. I love seeing people love themselves and owning it! - Traci Tortual
1. What inspired you to become a Beauty & Fashion blogger
I was inspired to become a beauty & fashion blogger because of my love for all things beauty! Being styled & put together has always made me feel good. On a not so good day, a cute outfit and some bold lipstick can make you feel as if you can take on the world! I have a slight addiction to makeup products! I am a frequent shopper at Sephora! I felt I needed to share my beauty advice and opinions on products I had purchased with my fellow beauty lovers through social media. I started a blog as well as ventured into YouTube. I love posting beauty hauls and #MOTD posts on Instagram as well! I have made so many friends along the years, it is very fun!
2. Tell me a bit about the location of where you live
I live in Northeast Philadelphia. I have lived in the same area my whole life. But, I am blessed with the perfect boyfriend, who happens to live in New York. I do travel there a lot! New York to me is a magical fashion world. You don’t just throw on leggings and Uggs in New York. You SLAY IN NEW YORK, BABY!
3. What do you love most about beauty and fashion
Being a hairstylist I have always gravitated to making people look their best. Makeup is made to enhance your natural beauty. It is something fun to boost your confidence. Whether you are 15 wearing your first lip gloss or you are 60 putting on your favorite eye cream, it just makes you feel like you, but better! Makeup can transform people into a whole different person, there is no limit to the creativity that is to be had with makeup. Same goes with haircare! Haircare products have truly evolved over the years. It’s not just throw a little gel in & go. The amount of new innovative products out on the shelves now leave the possibilities of styles endless! Having your hair freshly colored & cut gives you that extra shimmy in your shake! I know when I style my own hair with my Bellami Hair Extensions I feel like a queen! Fashion is something to have fun with. I truly believe you can never be too “dressed up.” I hold myself to a standard, not because I am conceited but, I feel better when I, in my opinion, look better! Wearing a new pair of boots just lifts my spirits. That little strut around the mall or the work place in your new shoes is a thing of beauty. I love people watching… you know checking out people around you. Seeing their outfits & their personal style. Seeing someone just oozing confidence in their “outfit of the day” just makes me as a human being feel good. I love seeing people love themselves and owning it!
4. A few sentences that best describes yourself
I am a passionate caring person. With my knowledge of beauty, haircare and fashion I like to spread my tips & tricks to touch as many people around the world as I possibly can! I love bringing a smile to people’s faces. I love to help. I love to help people love themselves.
5. Favorite products that you recommend for both female and male
My #1 beauty product recommendation for women is a good face primer. Before you apply your foundation or powder you need a good base. Just like painting, your face is your canvas. You need to prime first!! My go to primer is Smashbox Photo Finish Light. It is a light formula that blurs imperfections so your face looks flawless! Hide those lines, pores and smooth your skin. Your face will thank you. Keep those selfies on fleek without a filter! Available at Sephora or Ulta.
My #1 beauty recommendation for men is a good facial wash! Keep your skin fresh & clean. You want to put your best face forward. A daily facial wash can make a world of a difference. I highly recommend GLAMGLOW THIRSTYCLEANSE Daily Hydrating Cleanser. This cleanser is unisex. The smell is like a coconut dream! It is a mud to foam cleaner. Gives a luxurious spa feel! Available at Sephora.
My #1 haircare product I recommend for women is a leave in conditioner. I am addicted to, It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In. Available at Hair Cuttery or Ulta. This product is truly a miracle worker! After you shampoo & condition, spray a few pumps directly on hair shaft and ends. You can blowdry or airdry. Your hair will be protected from heat staying shiny, healthy, strong and rejuvenated! I swear by it and always have it on hand for each of my clients.
My #1 haircare product I recommend for men is a professional shampoo. So many men just use whatever their wife has in the shower. But the truth is men’s hair needs lovin’ too! Not just a random $1 shampoo! Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo is my top pick for any man! This shampoo is so invigorating & refreshing it will perk you right up in the morning! The scent is peppermint. The benefits from this shampoo is that it stops flakes and dryness. Helps counteracted oiliness too! It is the best of both worlds!
6. What are your personal favorite products
Personally, anything I recommend is an item I can’t live without as well! Some of my favorite beauty products include:
EOS lip balms
Lush Tea Tree Facial Water
Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Makeup Setting Spray
& Buxom Lip Plumping Lip Gloss!
7. Items you never the house without
I never leave the house without my “lip of the day!” I love combining two different lip products to create my own signature lip color of the day! I always have those on hand. I always have my MAC Studio Fix Plus Powder to keep my face flawless through the many hours of work! It keeps my face matte & oil free!!
Which leads me to my next must have, my NYX Blotting Papers! I keep these stashed in my bag so when my natural glow is too high I use these to blot excess oils off my face without wiping off my makeup! They are super affordable and available at Ulta and Target.
8. After a long week of life, it's time to have a much-needed spa night alone! What products do you recommend we use for our fabulous night in?
These are my favorite nights. It is important to de-stress! Stress has a huge impact on our skin. I love to pamper myself as much as possible. But since we all have such busy lives I live for the simple pleasures! My go to product for a spa night alone is Sephora Sheet Face Masks! They are basically a facial on a sheet! Sheet mask & chill! Just open the package and place sheet on face and you are good to go. My favorite one is the rose scent face brightening mask. They are so affordable & worth every penny!
Another favorite is my Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips. A quick way to get rid of those stubborn black heads! The charcoal also gets rid of excess oils. Wet your nose, stick on a strip, and in 15 minutes pull off and say bye bye to black heads! Available at Target!
9. It's date night, and I want to look my best, but where do I begin?
Date night is a night to feel your very best! I start a date night with a hot shower and my favorite body wash to get my skin silky smooth! I use my Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash. The playful citrus scent gets you giddy for the excitement of the night! The wash is so moisturizing it banishes any dryness for touchable skin!
I follow up with the Soap & Glory Orangegasm Body Butter. This stuff is legit! Makes my skin babysoft without feeling slimey!
I always suggest a daring makeup item for a date night to make the night feel special. Maybe try that red lip you thought you could never do. Do a bold brow look to feel on fleek! Go get a new nude gel mani to make those look sexy! Little things give the confidence to rock your date night!
For a date night, the outfit must make you feel comfortable. Just because they are called skinny jeans doesn’t mean they should be so tight you can't even eat on the date! Be sure to have a little stretch room to indulge! Always say yes to class not so much ass! Leaving a little to the imagination will keep them wanting more!
10. So, I want to look great, but feeling lazy, how can I look great with little to no effort? What products make it all possible for these type of days?
We all have these days!!! Lazy days are just a part of life. These are typically Sundays for me! My day off from work, but I want to get things done! Every day for work I am dressed up, makeup and hair on point. So maybe on Sundays I want to be a little lazy without looking like a monster! I do not want to scare children at Dunkin Donuts getting my latte! So this is what I do! I wake up, do a good facial scrub to help awaken my skin. I use my First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish. This will do a gentle scrub to refresh skin and brighten complexion.
I then apply, my Origins “Eye Doctor” eye cream. This smooths under eyes and eliminates that sleepy look and I am on my way out! Keeping your face looking fresh is key. Makeup is not necessary if you have well fed skin!
11. I'm breaking out horrible! The fastest and best way to remove/cover up these little monsters!
Oh boy! The little monsters come at the worst times! When I feel a blemish coming on I reach for my Origins “Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores.” This mask will help flush out toxins, dirt, and debris that can clog pores causing those little monsters!
For spot treatments especially for those big ones, I use my Murrad Spot Treatment. This stuff last forever. Apply a small amount to your blemish and let it do it’s job. You will start to see your blemish heal quicker and disappear faster!
To cover up blemishes my go to is MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. This stuff will cover any imperfection! You only need one pump and using a damp Beauty Blender to blend out liquid concealer. You will hide that monster with ease and without giving it a cakey look.
12. What words of wisdom do you have to offer for those who have no idea where to start with beauty and fashion?
My words of wisdom to someone who may not know where to start with beauty is skincare is key. Having healthy skin is very important. Stay hydrated. Apply moisturizer even if you have oily skin. Take breaks from makeup it is not something you NEED, you are beautiful and need to let that shine through! Listen to the beauty consultant in Sephora even if you feel they are trying to sell you products! They are there for your best interest. Be open to suggestions and criticism from friends. They want the best for you. If they say you need to dial it down on the eyebrow pencil, listen! I live for women telling other women they have lipstick on their teeth! Be that girl. Help a sister out!
My words of wisdom for fashion is dress for you. Not everyone can go out in a crop top and ultra-tight leggings. You do not need to wear all the trends you see on models. Dress to make yourself feel good, to feel like the best you. The size of your clothes do not make you. So what if you need a size bigger or smaller. As long as it looks good on you. Don’t put a top back on the sale shelf just because you need a large. If it looks good and feels good… get the damn top! Take risks. Try new styles. Wear a scarf or a blazer. Get that huge over the top statement necklace. Just be you and rock it. Don’t pay attention to what others are wearing. Your fashion is about YOU.
There you have it! Traci just gave us all the tea we need to sip on for beauty and fashion. On her lazy Sundays she still looks flawless getting her Dunkin Latte! (Yass girl get that Dunkin Donuts latte) Her product recommendations will help improve your game in fashion, skin and haircare as you slay wherever you go. As always this interview wasn't about just anyone, it was about making YOU feel and look your best with the confidence you deserve.
To keep up with Traci and her fabulous life follow her on IG for all the latest! Be sure to show her some love and thank her for taking the time to share her tips and knowledge! Thank you all for reading, and I hope you enjoyed.
Born Paul Travis on March 11th, 1992. By the age of two, he was writing poems and stories about anything that caught his attention. Since a young age his love for all types of music, and creating influenced his vision of making a positive impact with inspiring fierce confidence to help others define themselves. Later he would find his career as a writer and singer.