Outfit of the Day : Playing With Fabrics

Outfit of the Day : Playing With Fabrics

Guess what guys!! It was over 50 degrees outside today and I did not know how to act! I couldn't wait to go outside and just feel the warm sun on my skin.  Today I decided that the theme for my Outfit of the day would be playing with fabrics so I went with lace, pleather and suede. I accented this look with my new Alexander Wang Rockie Duffel bag that I am absolutely in love with to ad a bit of color. Compared to last weeks Outfit of the day  where the photos were ubber awkward how do you think I did? Earrings: Peace Images Jewelry  7196
Must Have Beauty Books and Videos

Must Have Beauty Books and Videos

How do you like to learn about Beauty and Makeup? Most people turn to youtube, but I've always been the type of person that likes to curl up with good book or a movie and just indulge.  I've always been into Makeup but I really didn't turn to books until I started working as a MUA while living in North Carolina. Though it came out after I left North Carolina my favorite book of all time has to be the Makeup Your Mind Express Yourself by Francois Nars. What I love the diversity of this book and how it uses the overlays to help show you how the makeup look was created. Kevyn Aucoin one of the masters in Makeup Artistry's Face Forward  is one of the most epic books I've ever read. If you are interested in more than just Makeup Application and want to know about Artistry this…
Maybelline Dare To Go Nude Color Tattoos *Limited Edition*

Maybelline Dare To Go Nude Color Tattoos *Limited Edition*

  Maybelline Color Tattoos.. I'm addicted, obsessed, whatever you like to call it. Did you see this heart I made out of them (click here)? Recently Maybelline launched a new set of Limited Edition Color Tattoos all in the nude family. This collection is appropriately called "Dare to Go Nude" and pairs well with their Nude Cheek Stains and Lipsticks. There are 6 new color tattoos in the collection that give you a wide range of nudeness. So this post wouldn't be too long I created a chart below with the Color Tattoo and swatch next to it. The colors are definitely brown girl friendly and a must have for any collection. 7179
Get Ready for Spring with Walgreens Beauty!

Get Ready for Spring with Walgreens Beauty!

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #walgreensbeauty #collectivebias 1. Revlon Color Stay Shadow Links in Periwinkle, Matte Purple and Candy Bon Bon, 2. Wet N Wild Fergilicious EyeLiner in Violet Femme. 3. Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Lipstick in Touchable Taupe 4. Maybelline Master Glaze Cheek Tint in Plums Up 5. Cover Girl Flamed Out Mascara Everyone has their favorite store when it comes to shopping for beauty products. My favorite store is Walgreens because I can always count on them to have the newest releases in beauty products earlier than other stores. Another great bonus is their exceptionally large and very clean beauty aisles. If there's one thing that I hate it's going to a store and finding half of the beauty products are old dusty…
Outfit of the Day: Weekend Edition March 1st

Outfit of the Day: Weekend Edition March 1st

It's funny, before I became a PhD student I was all about looking cute, fashion and accessories and the whole nine. Now that I spend most of my time in the dark room singing the songs "bands will make her dance" as I wait for the film for my Westerns to develop I choose sweat pants over fitted jeans and my oh so comfortable Bearpaw boots over a cute pair of booties.  I've decided that on Saturdays I'm going to try my best to actually get dressed and go somewhere and by doing this do a weekly outfit of the day. Bear with me (and my husband) as we try to get this thing right, it's ubber awkward at first but I think we did pretty good for our first go around. I'm now realizing we missed my watch and ring and didn't get pictures of the detailing on my…
Bye Bye Dry Itchy Scalp! Thank You Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil!

Bye Bye Dry Itchy Scalp! Thank You Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil!

I love Ayurvedic hair products. I've been using them since I decided to go natural in 2009. For the past couple of months I've been pre conditioning my hair with Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil and I can honestly say that it has definitely changed the way my hair feels. Natural hair, especially 4B-4C type hair has the tendency to look a feel dry. What I love about Darshana is how noticeable the difference is afterwards, the best thing is my dry itchy scalp is no more!! *cue gospel choir* My hair stylist couldn't even get rid of my dry itchy scalp so I say this product is absolutely amazing! 7118
Weight Watchers Simple Start and a New Handbag Help Keep me on Track

Weight Watchers Simple Start and a New Handbag Help Keep me on Track

I was given a free one-month subscription to try the new Simple Start plan and write about my experience.  Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative are my own. As you all know I've been doing a personal "100 days to a Better Me" Challenge. This includes affirmations, staying truthful with myself, and also getting back in shape.  This week I began the Weight Watchers Simple Start Plan. The Weight Watchers Simple Start plan is pretty easy to follow and what I like about it are the great choices available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I'm a firm believer that you have to plan ahead to be successful so with the Simple Start plan I chose what meals I wanted to have and shopped for those items. Since I don't have a lot of time for breakfast I decided on the Yogurt Sundae,…
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
Stop the Presses! CVS Sells NYX Cosmetics Now!

Stop the Presses! CVS Sells NYX Cosmetics Now!

Yesterday I was on the hunt for some new Maybelline products. Actually, there is word on the street that new Maybelline Color Tattoos exists and of course you all know I NEED these in my collection. I stopped at Bed Bath and Beyond first which was an absolute bust. I then stopped at the CVS across the street from it and whomp whomp, nada. On the way home I decided to stop at another CVS and as soon as I walked in the door my eyes caught glimpse of something that I just knew was absolutely wrong.. There in all it's glory was an untouched NYX cosmetics display! I squealed, did a little jig and quickly snapped some pics. After posting the picture to my social media it was indeed confirmed by other followers that NYX is officially at CVS. Note that I did not spot this at the first…
Milani Cosmetics Matte Baked Blush. Yes It’s Okay to Squeal!

Milani Cosmetics Matte Baked Blush. Yes It’s Okay to Squeal!

When the Milani Cosmetics Baked Blush first came on the scene we all fell head over heels in love. The only problem with the Baked Blush clan was that there weren't any matte shades for those who didn't like so much shimmer. Ladies, Milani heard your cries and they have blessed us with not one but two MATTE Baked Blush shades. Bella Rosa and Deliziosa Pink! Just like the other Milani Cosmetics baked products these are highly pigmented and go on nice and smooth. You really only need to dab your blush brush into the powder and you have more than enough for both cheeks. When I say you NEED these blushes you really NEED these blushes. Absolutely gorgeous! These blushes retail for only $7.49 and can be found at your local drug stores or at MilaniCosmetics.com!   7080
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…

Do your Lips Need a Power Boost? Try Milani Cosmetics New Power Lips!

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.   7029

100 Days to a Better Me… My Weakness, My Truths, My Reality

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" -Author Unknown The first area where…

AgeBeautiful helps me go Big and Bold with my new Hair Color!

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…

philosophy’s loveswept Took me Back to One of the Happiest Days of my Life!

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…

My Love Affair with Dermablend Professional Quick Fix Concealer and the Chance to Win a $200 e-giftcard from Coupons.com

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…