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!

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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

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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.  

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

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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

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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

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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

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Win a Jane Iredale Starter Kit!!!   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,

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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

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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

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Milani Cosmetics Spring 2014 Lip Intense Liquid Colorin shades  Violet Addiction, Fiery Coral and Pink Rave

  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

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Five Things I 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

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