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How to be a Beauty Hoarder on a Budget

How to be a Beauty Hoarder on a Budget

Does the size of beauty or nail stash determine your social status? Do you have a helmer or Ikea Alex unit dedicated to your Nail polish collections? If you do consider yourselves among the elite of beauty hoarders collectors. With the new dawn of social media outlets allowing beauty bloggers to easily share instant picture of their hauls or stashes and the mass wave of YouTube vloggers taking you through the opening of a box to show you a new lipstick it's not uncommon that one picks up beauty hoarder tendencies. I mean of course you need every piece of that new MAC collection that came out even though you haven't even worn the lipstick from the last collection that came out two weeks ago, completely normal! The other day on Twitter a fellow beauty blogger and I were discussing how bad our beauty hoarding was. It gets to a…
Naomi, Iman and Rihanna for Olivier Rousteing’s Balmains Fall Winter 2014-2015 Collection

Naomi, Iman and Rihanna for Olivier Rousteing’s Balmains Fall Winter 2014-2015 Collection

STUNNING, FLAWLESS, AND POWERFUL. Those three words came to mind when I first caught glimpse of the photos from the September Issue of W Magazine. What I love is that it shows three powerful black women coming together to show their beauty in Olivier Rousteing's Balmains Fall Winter 2014-2105 Collection. Naomi and Iman have been known to have their spats in the past, and well Rihanna is of course Rihanna.   I do see myself picking up this Magazine to add the photos on my Vision Board.       Images from Phresh Scan Remastered
25 Must Have Social Media and Blogging Apps!

25 Must Have Social Media and Blogging Apps!

  Bloggers, Stylist Photographers, Influencers, and Social Media addicts everywhere  know how important it is to be able to take their work on the go. From being able to log into your desktop remotely to picking the best color scheme to really showcase what you had for lunch  How do you sort through the mess to find the best?  Keep reading to find  25 of the best apps for blogging, social media and photo editing for your iPhone or Android Devices. Apps for Blogging Wordpress:   Need to be able to draft a blog post immediately? Did you catch a typo on today's article? Want to add in another paragraph? Look no further than the Wordpress App. The Wordpress app  is free and open source (which is fancy for you can change it).  It is used for blogging and content management.  For you techies it is written in PHP and runs…
Summer Drink Series: Frozen Mango Strawberry Margarita

Summer Drink Series: Frozen Mango Strawberry Margarita

Hey Sippers!! Welcome to this weeks edition of the Summer Drink Series!  Last weekend was a whirlwind for me. It was Mr. Cosmetically Challenged's Birthday and I was trying to balance spending time with him while also trying to keep my parasites in the lab happy so, of course to wind down it called for a drink. My initial thought was wine pops but after going to about five different stores I could not find a popsicle mold to save my life! So since the universe was against me I decided to just go with what we already had on hand. In the refrigerator were strawberries that were going to go bad if no one ate them within the next couple of days and on the counter was a mango that smelled absolutely delicious. Now, I'll be honest. Mangos intimidate me, partially because I always have trouble slicing them. That…
HUM Nutrition: Vitamins for the Modern Women Plus Give Away!

HUM Nutrition: Vitamins for the Modern Women Plus Give Away!

"BEAUTY STARTS FROM WITHIN... which is why we started HUM"   The older I get the more I know I should be taking my daily vitamins. I'm always being asked by my mom "Are you taking your vitamins?" when I complain of an ache or a pain. I do take vitamins but they aren't the most exciting part of my day. They're not as exciting as lets say my first sip of coffee, or putting on a brightly hued lipstick, but with a little help from the people over at HUM Nutrition I think taking a daily vitamin might be a little more intriguing. HUM Nutrition's mission is to make you look great and feel even greater. They have a cutting edge line of supplements that have been developed by leading researchers in California. So, instead of buying one of those multivitamins that give you a little bit of this…
Summer Drink Series: Skinny Girl Sparkling Pina Colada!

Summer Drink Series: Skinny Girl Sparkling Pina Colada!

  Skinny??? Yep you read right? I had to trim some calories on ya folks. This week's Summer Drink is a twist on the classic yet super sugary and high in calorie Pina Colada. Meet it's thinner and healthier cousin Sparkle!  I came up with the idea of doing a Sparkling Pina Colada for two different reasons, 1.) The people over at Sparkling ICE were kind of enough to send a bunch of their Zero Calorie Sparkling Mountain Spring Water  in various tasty flavors over for me to try and 2.) I need to lose weight... but you guys kinda knew that already. What's great about the Sparkling ICE Mountain Spring Water is that there are a variety of flavors, 12 Sparkling Waters and 6 Sparkling Ice Lemonades, they're all zero calories, and contain vitamins and antioxidants, one huge thing for me is that it has a very low, practically…
Summer Drink Series: Fourth of July Mojitos!

Summer Drink Series: Fourth of July Mojitos!

  The Fourth of July is right around the corner so for this week's Summer Drink Series I decided to do a refreshing drink that you can enjoy with friends as you sit outside and enjoy the pool, great smells wafting from the BBQ, and the squeals of the kids playing in the yard. Mojitos are one of my favorite drinks, except for when you get the mint stuck in your teeth and you turn to smile at a really cute guy, that never happened to me of course. Anywho, back to the mojitos. So I had this awesome idea that I was going to do a patriotic take on Mojito's. They were going to be absolutely perfect and have blue and red ice stars floating throughout. Except... well my mini star ice cubes weren't actually mini and they were actually too big to fit inside the mason jar glasses.…
I Got the Look! Channeling Chrisette Michele

I Got the Look! Channeling Chrisette Michele

This week I decided that I was tired of my old hair and I felt I really needed something new. There wasn't much I could but I knew that the top of my hair was starting to take on a Lil Richard feel with the way the front was starting to hang on my forehead. I browsed through Pinterest trying to find inspiration and like several times before I fell in love with a picture of Chrisette Michele. I've been a Chrisette Michele fan since the very beginning and really fell in love with her back in 2009 when I finally got on Twitter and saw that she was an avid tweeter herself. Her album Epiphany spoke volumes to my soul and I would sing it at the top of my lungs in the car  (unable to hit half the notes) on the way to work.  This morning on my…
Summer Drink Series Week 2: Birds of a Feather

Summer Drink Series Week 2: Birds of a Feather

Mr. Cosmetically Challenged and wont' be taking a tropical vacation this year. Actually, this is the second year that we've decided to put grown up things ahead of laying on the beach. Last year we purchased a house and this year we're trucking ahead to pay off my car four years early. We won't be laying on the beach sipping frozen cocktails but this doesn't mean we can't do it at home. Hell, it's definitely hot enough! You may notice some owls in the background of the pictures below. I love owls, I have them everywhere in my house. While they aren't a tropical bird per say the colorful statues in my kitchen gave me the inspiration for this drink that I like to call "Birds of a Feather".   With this drink I wanted it to be tropical but also a dessert drink so I created it so that…
How Does a $500 Visa Giftcard sound?- Give Away!

How Does a $500 Visa Giftcard sound?- Give Away!

  Oh the things that you could do with $500! You could splurge on Designer Nail Polish: You could buy a bottle of your favorite perfume:You could even get that handbag you've been wanting!No matter what you decide to do just know that the Beauty Blogazons have you back and that's exactly why we're giving away a $500 Visa GiftCard this summer. One lucky person will have a chance to make all their summer dreams come true just be entering into the give away via the simple rafflecopter widget below. Make sure you read all the rules and good luck!! a Rafflecopter giveaway
Summer Drink Series: Southern Porch Sipper

Summer Drink Series: Southern Porch Sipper

I'm a southern girl at heart. I love big yards, large porches and sweet tea. Now that I'm up north there's absolutely none of that unless we move way out into the burbs and build our own dream home.  Some days I like to pretend that I'm at my dream home. So I  sit on my small back porch and sip a cocktail while watching the lightening bugs glow. Today's Summer Drink Series cocktail is the Southern Porch Sipper 2 oz Absolut Apeach 4 Pumps of Torani Blackberry Syrup 3 oz of Orange Juice 3 oz of Cranberry Juice Mix all in a ice cold shaker and pour into an ice filled mason jar. Top with a slice of peach and a Maraschino cherry and enjoy!  If you want a stronger drink add another 1oz of Absolut Apeach.   If you enjoyed this drink check out more drinks in the series…
The Beauty of Nature

The Beauty of Nature

    This year I took on a lot of responsibilities. Between being a PhD student, wife, blogger, and trying to make my home look like the cover of a HGTV magazine I sometimes burn myself out.  After feeling a lot of things get piled on my shoulder I learned that it was okay to say "No" and that good leaders know how to delegate as opposed to taking on a project all by themselves. Sometimes when I'm stressed I like to just sit outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. One of my dreams is to have a beautiful cottage garden filled with colorful foliage and flowers. I want to create the perfect peaceful place where I can go and sit and just enjoy the beauty of the world. Perennials in my yard are slowly starting to blossom and so I've been snapping pictures like crazy so that I…

POPSUGAR Now is Officially on TV

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about POPSUGAR NOW, all opinions are my own. Do you love all things celebrity  news and can't get enough of it? Well, guess what! POPSUGAR Now is officially on TV. Yep, you heard it right! POPSUGAR now is on TVGN at 6pm every night. They'll be giving you the scoop on everything behind the scenes during the awards, how to exercise, look good and be fabulous! I will definitely be tuning in and when I can't be in front of my TV I will definitely be recording it  with my DVR. Make sure you tune in and check it out.      • The POPSUGAR Now Channel Guide:
The Emotions of a Beauty Addict Waiting for an Online Beauty Launch

The Emotions of a Beauty Addict Waiting for an Online Beauty Launch

These are the emotions of a Beauty Addict.. or should I say myself as I wait for a online collection release or sale. This has also been me so many times as I've sat in virtual waiting rooms that are almost done exclusively by MAC Cosmetics. Just sitting at my computer being a slave to that launch is the worst! I can't move, I can't refresh my screen, and I don't even want to move the mouse. I just have to sit patiently and wait my turn in line for ordering products. It's almost equivalent to a new shoe launch, but from the comfort of our own homes.  After going through this struggle several times I've kind of shy'd away from ordering from MAC Cosmetics during one of their huge launches and I often just hope that I can pick them up at the store.  7103
How I Withstood the Curse of Eve with U by Kotex

How I Withstood the Curse of Eve with U by Kotex

This is a sponsored post for U by Kotex, who provided me products to review You can get a free sample from U by Kotex too at and Do the Demo. Once we reach a certain age we as women fall victim to the curse. Yes the curse, you know the one that causes symptoms of severe cramping and abdominal pain, bloating, weight gain and sometimes fever and nausea.  I've been afflicted with this curse since the age of 14, and once a month like clock work I've had to change my life to suit this natural issue that I've dubbed "The Curse of Eve". I call it this because well, I figure if Eve would have never eaten the apple from the tree of life we wouldn't have to suffer this horrid affliction One way the curse changes my life is that on the first day or two my flow is…
Day 8/100 Accepting the Need to Change.

Day 8/100 Accepting the Need to Change.

It takes 21 days to break a habit, or so they say. Change is an inevitable part of life, it's the only thing that's actually constant in this world. You can't change what you are, but can change what you do, who you're influenced by,  and what motivates you. You can alter the words that come out of your mouth simply by thinking about them before you speak. I've changed my lifestyle and I've adopted a habit of waking up at 4:30am so that I can hit the gym by 5am. I've fixed the way I look at food  by reading labels and not partaking in anything processed or things that have large amounts of sugar. I've also changed my spending habits, opting to admire whatever it is on the shelf instead of falling victim to the "I need that!" voice that always rears it's ugly head. What have you…
Five Things I’ve Learned from Blogging

Five Things I’ve Learned from Blogging

1. Pick a Lane!: People blog for different reasons. Sometimes it's just to write as an escape, others do it as a hobby ,and very few actually do it to make a living. No matter why you decide to start blogging I've learned the most important thing is  to pick a lane and stay in it. Don't let the success of another blogger determine what it is you really want to blog about. If you're passionate about cooking than start a food blog, love makeup start a beauty blog. If you live and breath fashion then start a Fashion blog. Whichever one you choose remember that it's like driving a car, only go as fast as you feel comfortable going. Keeping up with the Jones's of blogging will cause you to burn out and go broke very quick.  2. Not Everyone is Here for you: Starting a blog does not guarantee readers.…
Single Ladies Episode 2 Season 3 Recap

Single Ladies Episode 2 Season 3 Recap

This episode of Single Ladies was a bit ho hum, but there was a surprise that had me screaming "Let Me Find Out..!!" Raquel is still on the hunt for an investor to replace Eve for her boutique Indulgence so her and April hit up a party so that Raquel can speak with a friend to get an in, in the investing world. While Raquel does her business April mets none of other than one of the Wayan's cousins Damien. After a couple of yawntastic pick up lines he successfully ends up taking April and ending her dry spell. Malcolm and Terrance receive bad news that Naomi's challenge to the will is going forward and they get not one narry a cent until things are handled. At the disposition Naomi spill all about how her and the father had a secret relationship and were wedded privately in the Caribbean. Apparently…
LUSH Spa Opens in Philadelphia

LUSH Spa Opens in Philadelphia

  If you live in the city of Philadelphia you've been Lushed at least once in your life. Yes, Lushed' what results after one has used one of the many amazing bath and body products that the Lush store has to offer. I remember the first time I was Lushed'.. best day of my life... If you thought treating yourself to an occasional bath bomb or delectable smelling slice of soap was a walk on the wild side wait until you experience everything that is Lush Spa .We should consider ourselves very lucky being that the Lush Spa Philadelphia is  the second Lush Spa in North America, next to New York! The Lush Spa, located at 1525 Walnut St, takes customers back in time to an Old English Kitchen as seen with the reclaimed barn wood and dainty tea cups that line the back wall.  This Spa treatment is like…
Single Ladies Season 3 Episode 1 Recap

Single Ladies Season 3 Episode 1 Recap

Single Ladies is back, finally!!! Hasn't it been like a year since the Season 2 Finale? It's been so long that I was beginning to think that they'd taken it off the air and just left us hanging like they did the show Girlfriends. I'm still a little salty that Joan never got married... Anyways Season 3 of Single Ladies starts off with the premise that one of the ladies is actually tying the knot. Surprise Surprise, two of the ladies are single and it's actually Raquel's employee from her boutique Indulgence jumping the boom. It seems she  has changed her mind and said yes to becoming the fourth wife to a prince. So what's happened to Reggie and Charles? Supposedly Reggie's family hated April so much that they staged a fake intervention insinuating that he was gay when he really wasn't. This made me scratch my head a bit…