Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: Affordable Fashion You Can Customize with eShakti

     Alright ladies you are going to love this one. You know how you try to find really nice, quality clothes and you end up finding something that you're going to spending an arm and a leg on or it's going to be cheap quality and it's going to fall apart as soon as you wash it one time? Well I have a company that I have been a fan of for a few years now and that’s eShakti

   The reason why I like them so much is because not only are their clothes nice but you're not going to find anything like what they have anywhere else and the best part is the clothes are customizable. What that means is you go on their web site, find something that you like and you can have it customized to fit you perfectly like it was made just for you. 

   For example, the dress that I'm wearing in these pictures is the striped cotton knit belted maxi dress. Now for a girl like me I'm kind of tall, I’m five foot ten and it's really hard to find a dress long enough for me and when I say I like long dresses I mean I really like long dresses. So, I saw this dress and immediately I fell in love with it because I saw the model wearing it and saw how long it was on her and knew that I had to have it. Some of my favorite parts about this dress besides how long it is… I love the cinched waist and by the way… the belt comes with it. Another thing that I'm crazy about is pockets on dresses. It literally has everything that I love. 

   The process of ordering your clothes is easy. Once you’ve decided on what you want to buy it gives you the option to keep things the same or make changes. You can change the sleeves, neckline, length etc. The shipping was super-fast too! Where else can you do that with such affordable prices?!? The sweeties over at eShakti were nice enough to give my stylish readers a discount code for 10% off from now until 04/30/2017. Just use “legendarystyles” at check out. Be sure to share it with your friends and maybe buy something nice for someone you love. You know Mother’s Day will be here before you know it!

I’d love to see what you all get so tag me on Instagram

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spilling The Tea on Laser Hair Removal

Disclaimer: I received these services free of charge at my job. This is to inform you about laser hair removal not promote my place of employment so I do not mention the company.

   We all hate shaving day.  We spend so much time in the shower the hot water runs out right along with our patience. We do all that work just to end up with awful razor burn and those painful ingrown hairs. 

   I've tried waxing but I'm not crazy about that period of time I have to let the hair grow out and I'm sorry but looking like a wild animal just isn't sexy to me. 

   Laser hair removal is hands down the best thing I could have done for myself. 
We’re all friends here so I can tell you I’ve done my bikini and lower legs. I won’t say how much of my bikini I’ve done because well some things should be left to the imagination.  I get so many questions IRL I figured I’d tell everyone about my experiences. After all this wouldn’t be a beauty/lifestyle blog if I didn’t.

                                                                    How It Works

   Let me break it down for you. The laser seeks out the hair generating follicles beneath the skin. It then destroys the follicles so the hair can never grow back. This isn’t a one and done type thing. It takes several treatments (one every couple of months) before it can be permanent so you better have patience.

                                                                   Who It’s For

   One common misconception about laser hair removal is it’s not meant for women (or men) of color. Well I'm a nice deep skin tone and let me tell you... It works.
   At one point in time people of color were not good candidates but with technology it's totally possible now. Any good provider will have 2 lasers, one for my fair skin dolls and another for my darker babes.

The sad news is... Anyone with light colored hair is not a good candidate.
The laser is attracted to pigment. So, if your hair is light in color i.e. red, blonde, gray or white then it won't work. 

                                                                  How It Feels

   Comfort level... I'll keep it real with you. Some people I’ve talked to have not been able to complete their treatments because of the pain. However, I haven't had any issues with the pain. That just goes to show everyone is different. 

   Some people say the laser feels like you’re being snapped with a rubber band repeatedly. Others compare it to tapping yourself with a flat iron. We all know what that feels like!

   In my opinion, I would say it's less painful than that rubber band snap.

                                                              After Treatment

   You’ll be so smooth it will be like you never had hair to begin with. Before I started laser hair removal I honestly never realized how much time I spent in the shower shaving. I’d be in there for at least an hour. Now my under arms take 5 minutes and I’m done. I can just pick up and go to the beach now and not have to worry about shaving my legs or bikini line I can just go! As for the razor burn… that’s been gone ever since my first treatment.

                                                               Over All

   I do recommend laser hair removal. However, like all things you should do your research and be careful who you choose to perform the service. A lot of companies will charge you a ton of money for their version of laser hair removal but it won’t be permanent. There are services that will stunt the hair growth but not stop it permanently like laser hair removal and you’ll end up going back for year. Believe me I’ve seen it happen.

   If you have any questions leave them below in the comments. If you’ve had laser hair removal done let me know what your experience was like.

     A really great site to check out is realself.com you can read reviews on all kinds of cosmetic procedures as well as find provider reviews and see before & after pics. 

Photo credit: Raju Jasai Photography via Visual Hunt / CC BY-ND

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Relationships & Dating: Why Women Should Date Like A Man

   If there is one piece of advice I’ve taken seriously from Sex and the City it is to date like a man. Samantha Jones gave this golden nugget of advice and I couldn’t agree more. Often women and dating are part of an age-old double standard. Society and the way women are viewed play a big part in this. Dating like a man just means dating several people at once. It seems men can date as many women as they want at any given time and their revered by their friends. If a woman does it then she’s looked down upon and called names but you know what I say? Do it! Date and date a lot. How the hell else are you going to find the ever so coveted Mr. Right.  

   I don’t mean go out and have sex with every guy you meet but date a few guys you may be interested in and weed out the bad ones. Why waste your time on one guy when he may not be worth your time and effort. You wouldn’t keep only one pair of shoes in your closet in hopes that it will work out so why would you only keep one guy on hand.

   There are just a few rules you should follow if you’re going to do this. If you’re going to date like a man then do it the right way. Let each guy know that you are not dating him exclusively. That way each party understands that it’s not serious so no one gets their feelings hurt. This goes for you too. You can’t expect to date several guys at once and think you’re their only one. After all they’ve got to find Ms. Right too.

   Definitely set ground rules with each guy. You don’t want them getting too comfortable to the point they think they can just pop up at your house with no notice. That’s when things get extremely messy and ladies we don’t do messy.

   Once you feel that one of the men you’re dating has more potential than the others then let the other ones go and become exclusive with that one and that one only and see where it goes.

   There is absolutely nothing wrong with playing the field. Do not let society dictate how you live your life. The ones with the most to say are the friends that have already settled down happily married with kids. What may have worked for them may not work for you. I know women that have been married for years to their high school sweethearts but I didn’t have such luck. I met my husband by dating like a man. My husband stood out from the others and I saw his potential. Was I the only person he was seeing back then? Nope I sure wasn’t but when we decided there could be a future we became exclusive and the rest is as they say history.

   So give it a try. Date like a guy and see where it takes you. You may not find Mr. Right at first but at least you’ll have fun in the process.

Photo via Visual Hunt

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Get Ready for Valentine's Day With This On-Trend Beauty Routine

   With February fourteenth right around the corner, the hunt for the perfect Valentine’s Day look is on. Whether you're preparing a romantic evening for two or planning on popping bubbly with the girls, this quick and easy beauty routine will create a glowing, lovestruck look.

Step 1: Sparkly Red Lip

   We know, we know—a red lip for Valentine’s Day is far from groundbreaking, but there’s one tiny ingredient that’ll take that crimson color from been-there-done-that territory to completely in-the-moment, and that's glitter. Like ruby slippers for your face, a sparkly red lip makes the ultimate statement. And what better time to draw the attention to your mouth than V-Day? The first step is to choose a deep red base color, apply generously, and follow with a clear gloss. Next, dab fine red makeup glitter onto your lips with a brush, starting in the center and moving outwards. Clean up the edges with masking tape (to grab any glitter gone astray).

Step 2: A Matte Eye

   To balance the intense shimmer of your ruby red glitter lip, a matte eye is a must. But just because it doesn’t contain any sparkle doesn’t mean that your eye makeup has to be subtle. This year is all about smudgy, imperfect eyes—liner is either degraded on the bottom lash line or lined only in the center of the eyes for an unfinished look. To create the purposefully lived-in feel, use black kohl liner in the waterline and along the last line, then mess it up with q-tips. Leave lids bare or dab on a light orange eye gloss for a hint of soft color.

Step 3: Not-So-Basic Curls

   If tousled, touchable curls come to mind when you think of romantic hairstyles, we’re one hundred percent with you. To get those short, soft curls, start with a thin flat iron (around one inch) and wrap hair away from the face, working in small sections. After curling, gently tug on the curl to stretch and loosen the shape just a bit. Repeat for the rest of your hair, alternating the direction you wrap each piece. Once you’ve finished the bottom half of your hair, twist both sides back and pull random sections into a bun, securing with bobby pins where needed. Leave a few stray curls at the front to frame your face. For another take on wavy hair that’s anything but basic, opt for a half-up top knot style that leaves your curls free at the bottom.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Tarteist Clay Paint Liner Review

   Fun fact about me… I love eyeliner! It took me a while to master the whole winged liner thing but since I have, I don’t leave the house without my wings. I don’t care how long it takes me to get them even.

   I have grown accustom to gel liners. A good one will dry fast and stay put all day! I think I’ve found my dream liner and it’s from Tarte!

   It’s the Tarteist Clay Paint Liner! I got 2 of them in my Christmas stocking in the colors black and bronze along with an angled liner brush. I wanted to try them out for a little while before I gave my full opinion now here it is.

   They glide on really smooth. You know how sometimes you try to apply your liner and it either skips or the line looks a little jagged? I get a great application each and every time. Even the brush is perfect. I really like the size of the brush and I also noticed the product doesn’t make the bristles hard if I don’t clean it after each use. 

   The liner is also pretty pigmented and dries down matte so it doesn’t have that shine too it like some liners do. The best part of the Tarteist Clay Paint Liner is once I do my makeup which is usually 6am my liner stays put until I take it off each night.

   I haven’t used too many products from Tarte but so far everything I have used is pretty amazing. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Korean Skincare Products Review

   I’ve been kind of obsessed with skin care over the last few months. Don’t get me wrong I know the importance of taking care of my skin but it’s become even more of a priority to me once I started getting weird unexplainable breakouts. Which by the way are not cute or fun!
   Anyway, a while back I did a “Get unready with me” video on my YouTube channel. I showed how I remove my makeup and cleaned my face after caking it all on for a separate tutorial.

   I just like everyone else in the world like to watch reviews and I buy a lot of things based on other people. Isn’t that the reason for reviews and unboxings?? Anyway, I came across a few videos of people using Korean skin care products. I was a little leery for all of 3 seconds then I hoped my butt on Amazon and got to ordering.

   I ordered 2 things. Hell Pore Clean Up mask and a CarbonatedBubble Clay mask. Together I think I paid less than $20 for them together. The first thing I did was have a friend over for a girls’ night and we tried out both masks… in our PJs…. On Snapchat (mylegendarystyl)! Most of my antics take place over there.

   I was mostly afraid to try the Hell Pore mask (the name alone is scary as hell) because it’s a peel and I’ve seen it bring grown women to tears. It goes on nice and cool. I did a pretty thing application because I figured the thicker it is the more painful it would be to peel off… I was right. The only problem was it was so thin it was hard to grip and peel off. The second time I tried it a few weeks later I did it a lot thicker and it peeled off almost in one whole piece. And guess what?!?! It didn’t hurt at all! Now I’m not saying it won’t hurt you or anyone else I just think some people have sensitive skin and most women do have those little almost invisible hairs on their faces. So there’s that. My face feels so smooth and a little bit tight (but in a good way) after each use. It’s not drying and feels amazing.

   The Carbonated Bubble mask is my favorite. My skin feels tighter than with the other mask and even has a fresher appearance after I use it. The only thing I can do without is all of the bubbling. It feels a little creepy but not as bad as other bubble masks I’ve tried.

   Overall these are both my new go tos when I need a good deep cleaning each week. If you want something affordable and fun definitely try these. I'm also thinking about making a video on how to use these masks. What's the strangest skincare item you've ever purchased? Leave a comment below! I'd love to try more of these!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year #2017

   I used to think that Christmas was my favorite day of the year. It probably was at some point but today as I spent hours playing with my kids, cleaning the house, setting off fireworks and having a few drinks I soon realized that today… new year’s eve is my favorite day of the year.

   I think it has something to do with feeling like I am in complete control of my life. I feel like anything and everything is possible. I can leave the old year behind me and look forward to a promising year ahead.

   2016 was not a really good year for me… let’s face it, 2016 wasn’t a good year for many people. However, after a lot of thought I realized I wasn’t being completely fair. It may have been a year of bad events but the good outweighed the bad. I have had so many good things happen to me, a few great people come into my life and the best thing of all is I survived every single awful thing that came my way. If anything I’m stronger for it.

   The last thing I want to do is drag any baggage from last year into my nice, shiny, new year. So at midnight I’m writing a list if everything I need to let go of. Fears, bad moments and sad memories and I’m going to burn that list and not think of those things ever again. It may be easier said than done but it’s time to move on and look ahead to better things to come.

Happy New Year,

Make it a good one.
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