Interested in how I create a natural makeup look? Check out how I get ready using techniques I learned in the Makeup Forever Complexion and Contour Class!
Interested in how I create a natural makeup look? Check out how I get ready using techniques I learned in the Makeup Forever Complexion and Contour Class!
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 changed today, what do you want to change and how do you plan on reaching that goal?
This is what you need to be stalking while walking up and down the beauty aisles at your local drug stores! The newest release from Milani Cosmetics are the POWER Lip and boy do these babies live up to their name! The Power Lips are .09 oz of combination lipgloss and stain. They are highly pigmented, moisturizing and long lasting. I wish, wish wish wish they came in a large size like the TARTE Maracuja lip glosses because I know for sure I will be using these until there isn’t a drop left. [Read more...]
When the clock struck twelve midnight signaling the arrival of 2014 I was in my bed asleep. I’d just lost my grandmother the day before and I was heart broken that I’d be starting a new year without her. While 2013 was a great year, I mean we bought a house and became first time home owners, I passed my Phd qualifier and my blog is headed in a great direction as far as content and growth, I knew something was missing, and it was more than just my grandmother. Losing her made me realize that I wasn’t living my life to the best of my ability. It caused me to look in the mirror and really analyze the weak areas in my life.
“The important thing about a problem is not the solution but the strength we gain in finding a solution”
The first area where I am weak is in my finances. Being a beauty blogger and lover of all things pretty and fashionable sure isn’t cheap. While I enjoy new clothes, handbags and nail polish I have to be smart and know that these things won’t help me in my dream to become debt free. I’ve since signed up for Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover. When I sat down and put in all my debt (not including student loans) I realized that I was over $40,000 in debt! This does however include a brand new car that was purchased last June. The projected pay off date is February 2017, however I hope to have it all paid off by 2016.
The second area is my health. I’ve seriously let myself go! Can you guys believe my abs looked like this in the summer of 2012??
Now here it is 2014 and I look like this…
Yep, I’ve completely fallen off the wagon and I am currently being dragged behind it.When I weighed in on monday I was 176.2lbs. I’d gained a whooping 30lbs! It’s no wonder my clothes won’t fit anymore. When I look in the mirror sometimes I don’t recognize myself. I mean I have the same features but the fatness of my face is hiding them. I think I still have abs under my belly fat, but honestly I’m just not sure. Every time I hold my head a certain way I see a very profound double chin doing the Fat Albert “Hey Hey Hey”. At 30 years old I’m not healthy at all. I’m actually kind of disgusted with myself. I would make many attempts to get back in shape but I would always come up with an excuse. My knee is bothering me or “I don’t want to sweat my hair out”. Yes, I fell victim to one of the worst excuses plaguing black women today. To change all of this I’ve let my hair extensions go. My health is more important then how well my weave is blending with my natural hair. I’ve also started researching exercise that I can do that won’t be so hard on my joints. I probably never will be able to run long distance, but that shouldn’t stop me from working out. Instead of allowing myself to talk my way out of the gym with every excuse when I get off work I am now waking up at 4:30am and getting my work out in. I’ve even became very strict about what I’m putting into my body. Did you know that Chobani yogurt with the fruit at the bottom as 16g of sugar???
“When you know better, you do better”
I say this to people all the time. When you know better, you do better. I know better so why the hell am I not doing better?? For the next 100 days I’m committed to doing everything possible to creating a better me. I’ll be sharing quotes, thoughts and so much more with you as I take you with me on my journey to being a better me.
I have been itching for some added color to my hair. First I was all “I’m gonna save up and have it professionally done”. Then, after doing my budget and realizing if I wanted to live a debt free life I was not going to be able to afford such a splurge I decided to do it on my own. I just skipped on over to my local Sally’s and purchased two tubes of the AgeBeautiful hair color in 3V which is a Dark Brown Plum for $5.99/tube. The swatch at the store appeared to be a dark brown with bold purple highlights. This is how the color is supposed to look on someone who has my type of hair.
I was super excited to see if I could recreate this color. I mean it had everything I wanted. I loved the bold fuchsia highlights and the rich dark plum color that the hair took on. This time before coloring I actually did a strand test to see how long I needed to bleach my hair. After bleaching and rinsing and drying I applied the AgeBeautiful hair color and let it sit for about 30 minutes. This is what it looked liked wet with conditioner. I was a little worried that it was going to be a washed out red and I started to contemplate what sort of rinse I could put on top to really give it that pop of color I was looking for. Since I’ve had damage to my hair in the past from when I didn’t properly treat it after coloring I made sure to give myself a real good deep condition with heat using my soft bonnet dryer.
The final results…….
It’s really hard to describe this hair color. While it didn’t come out like the picture (of course because I’m not a professional) I absolutely love it. It’s more of a multifaceted purple that shows shades of red and brown depending on how the light hits it. It’s definitely a bold color for me, but what’s great about it is that it’s professional enough that I won’t get crazy stares when I walk into a room. The pictures above and below really show it at it’s best when the light is hitting it at the right angle. I can’t wait for old man winter and his side chick polar vortex to just head on some where else so I can show off my new hair color in the sun. So what do you think of my new hair color?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by philosophy through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about philosophy, all opinions are my own.”
Have you ever smelt a fragrance only to be catapulted back in time to relive a precious memory? If this has never happened to you I challenge you to find a fragrance that brings you happiness, then close your eyes and see what sorts of images your mind brings forth. loveswept, the newest fragrance by philosophy, took hold of my senses and brought forth memories of one of the happiest days of my life and the day I followed my heart, my wedding day!
loveswept is a vibrant feminine romantic fragrance that captures your sense with notes of fresh bergamot and citruscapture the spark of new love;soft florals of pink jasmine,lotus blossom and purple passion fruit. What I loved about this fragrance was that it didn’t have an over powering sweet smell. Everything seemed to be in balance which is just the way I like my life. The scent is very clean and you can smell that upon applying. This is also when you’ll smell the citrusscape. As it dries down the florals come alive with just a hint of the passion fruit. This scent last a very long time I think just two sprays on your wrist and maybe one area would be all you need to last the entire day. At the end of the day I usually am able to still smell just a hint of passion fruit.
loveswept can be found on philosophy’s site or via this link. Since I’ve shared with you how philosophy’s love swept swept me away you have the opportunity to enter for your chance to win an amazing romantic get away for two to PARIS!! I’m sure if you win, you and your significant other can create many long lasting memories.Entry is easy via philosphy’s facebook page.
When was the last time a fragrance swept you a way to a memory of love? Share it below in the comments.
This is a sponsored post from Coupons.com. While I’m being compensated for this post the love affair I have with Dermablend Professionals is real…
Beauty products come a dime a dozen. Usually when you find the right one and fall in love with it the company discontinues it or somehow changes the formula, you know, to “make it better”. Usually better for me means adding an ingredient that no longer has the stamina to stand up to my oily skin or frequent need of use. Now I can tell ya I had a thang for concealers. You see I have a skin disorder called a mongolian spot that perches on my right eye lid. So I was always on the hunt for the perfect cover up. A concealer that could do both the work of a corrector, to cancel out the blue, and to cover up the darkness.
One day I was in South Carolina visiting my mom and she decided to go to the mall, I honestly don’t remember what she was looking for. I think a suit to wear to some church function. We ventured into a department store called Dillards. Now, I don’t too much care for Dillards and let me tell you why.. nothing of interest to me is ever on sale. As were walking through the Women’s section the Dermablend counter catches my eye. A couple of months back Celebrity Makeup-Artist Sam Fine told me to try out Dermablend when I asked him for advice on covering my skin disorder. Unfortunately, my particular shade was never in stock at the store where they sold Dermablend locally. I told my mom I would catch up with her and go over to talk to the Dermablend Rep. God must of heard my cries and felt my struggle because it was seriously my lucky day. This wasn’t just any old Dermablend rep but James Boyd the sales and consulting manager for the company. I told James all about my troubles and he told me to sit down and rest a little while, well not really but he had me sit and he walked me through the Dermablend brand. I told him I needed a magic wand and he told me I just needed Dermablend’s Quick Fix concealer. We whipped away my current failing combo of foundation and concealer and James had me try out the Quick Fix Concealer in Brown. At first I was kinda skeptical because I’ve been sold miracles in a jar before but after setting the concealer with Dermablend’s Warm Saffron Setting Powder I looked in the mirror and exclaimed…
I was so excited! Finally a concealer that corrected and concealed in one step! I gave James a huge hug and left the store that day with my concealer and the Warm Saffron Setting Powder. The price point wasn’t bad either at $24 the tube has lasted me over 3 months! Is it wrong of me to say that I stashed away two of these in my makeup drawer? I mean I use this concealer whenever I wear makeup and it hasn’t failed me yet. My hunt for the perfect concealer is officially over.. Hello, My name is Melody.. and I’m having a secret love affair with Dermablend’s Quick fix Concealer.
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I absolutely love Jane Iredale! Their Pure gloss is phenomenal and I’m never without one in my makeup bag. I have several reviews for jane iredale all throughout the blog so make sure you check some of them out. We all know how important it is to find the perfect foundation for your complexion. Jane Iredale introduces the NEW Starter Kit, a skin-loving makeup system that embodies the foundation of the line with the essentials needed to reveal healthy, radiant skin. The Starter Kit $55, makes it easy with just three steps (the Power of 3) that incorporate beneficial, multi-tasking, easy-to-use products. Bundled in a chic travel-size cosmetic case with an extra-large mirror, it’s also ideal for traveling and applying makeup on-the-go.
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I’ve been playing makeup for years. I dabbled as a makeup artist while living in NC, I’ve taken several classes and watched many a video on makeup application. While I’m still a huge makeup
hoarder fan I’ve gotten so busy with school and life that I basically just went with the simplest makeup applications. You know foundation, concealer, eyeliner, mascara, blush and a gloss or lipstick. This worked for me and probably took me only about 10-15 minutes. With so much going on in my work and school life I honestly didn’t have time to really glamour myself up. I just wanted to be presentable, not beautiful, not cute but just presentable. Maybe this is what happens when one turns 30 and they’re tired. The sad part of it all is that I accepted it.Last monday I had the opportunity to attend a Make Up For Ever Mastery Course called “Complexion and Contour”, and in 2hrs the way I looked at myself was completely changed. [Read more...]
I really really really want to color my natural hair. Although I just went natural and I should be focusing on perfecting my regimen I can’t help but stare at pictures of gorgeous naturals with amazing daring hair colors. The photo of Chrisette Michelle above stops me in my tracks. First of all she’s wearing a box hair cut and it’s strategically colored the perfect shades of blonde to fit her face. Match that with stellar brows, glowing skin and a fierce matte red lipstick and you have the perfect look. I’ve decided that I am going to color my hair, but I’m going to wait until May. This will give me an extra four months to grow my hair like crazy, perfect my regimen and decide on the perfect hair color. In the mean time here are a few Pinterest Natural Hair Insipration’s that I’ve stumbled upon
Milani Cosmetics Lip Intense Liquid Color is seriously like…really I have no words to actually describe what it’s like because the name says it all. It’s an intense rich vibrant mesh of gloss and lipstick. I guess I could kind of liken it to a a creamy lip tar. The colors are bold and bright, I have three of the four to share with you today but I’m definitely going to add the red to my collection. If you’ think you’ve seen a product like this before you’re right. These products are very reminiscent of the Milani Haute Flash Lip Glosses that were discontinued a couple of years ago.The only difference is that these have absolutely no shimmer. I really loved the intensity of those lipglosses. Now with a new smaller chic bullet package I’m happy to see them making a comeback
Availability: Wherever Milani Products are sold including online
Pink Rave is a raspberry toned pink. It reminds of a mix between Uptown Mauve and Plum Rose Color Statement lipsticks found here. As you can see the color is vivid, bright and definitely brown girl friendly!
Fiery Coral is INTENSE! It was hard for me to catch the intensity of the lip color but it is definitely a fiery coral like the name states. When my husband walked in he was like WHOA! This shade would look great paired on top of MAC’s Ablaze lip pencil or any other coral shade pencil.
Violet Addict is a pale lavender. The intensity of the color in the packaging does not transfer onto lips but nonetheless this is a great color if you want a purple toned lippie. This color reminds of Maybelline’s Violet Intrigue.
All these colors are Brown Girl Friendly and will be released in your local stores starting February. Just the other day I was in CVS and I spotted a few of the new Milani items on the shelf so be on the look out.
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. For a very long time you may only be writing for yourself or a few friends and family members. However, if you’re relying on friends and family to keep your numbers up and to help get you noticed you’re barking up the wrong tree. It really doesn’t matter what you decide to write about the awful truth is that not everyone is going to want to read it. I’ve learned that most of my support comes from the connections I’ve made on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. One way to get your blog noticed is to be authentic. Socialize with potential readers via these various Social Media outlets. Comment on other bloggers post, stumble blog post, and comment on what other bloggers have written. This will allow for people to begin to notice you and make the conscious decision themselves that they want to interact with you and read your blog. Also, please whatever you do don’t ask someone to “Follow you Back”. [Read more...]
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