Monday, September 26, 2016

Do What You Love #MondayMotivation

   For years I’ve been head over heels in love. In love with fashion and makeup. I’ve often done makeovers on my friends and family Clueless style because it was fun. It’s always been fun. I went to school for cosmetology where I learned everything beauty related not specializing in one thing. Years later I went to school for fashion. I say all of that to say… I know what I’m doing. I just didn’t exactly know the why. In the beginning I just felt like it was a great industry to get into and hey the money isn’t half bad. I ended up going to work in other industries and doing makeup on the side while still developing my clothing line.  
   After a while of working thankless jobs in industries that did not interest me at all I went back to what I knew best. Makeup. After some soul searching I figured out the why in why I want to be in the beauty industry. It’s the same reason I became a designer. I want to help women look and feel their best. I want to help them build their confidence. I want them to feel pampered even if only for a little while. In the past week at work I’ve done makeup for teenage girls going to homecoming, a soon to be bride for her engagement photoshoot, a pregnant mother on her way to her baby shower and many more women that just want to look and feel good about themselves. One of my favorite moments of the week was an older woman that came in and just wanted a new look but still wanted to look like herself. Once I was done with her she looked in the mirror, touched her face and said “I look beautiful”.  Really I guess what I’m saying is this… We all have a gift we can be sharing with the world. If we share it maybe, just maybe the world could be a better place.

Monday, August 15, 2016

My Summer Bucket List (that didn't happen) 2016

   This was supposed to be a completely different kind of post. This was meant to be a summer bucket list 2016 but instead I’m giving you my summer bucket list that didn’t happen 2016 and I’ll tell you why. Summer started and we decided to move. Finding a house in Florida is not that easy (in my opinion). So it took a lot of my time. So my days were mostly spent house hunting, packing, moving, unpacking, creating content for YouTube and basically running around like a mad woman. So as the weeks have gone by my list was getting ignored. While I know summer is not officially over I have given up on the summer part of this list and will just find time to do each when I can get to them. So here it is my summer bucket list that didn’t happen 2016.

Learn Italian – This is something I’ve been working on since last summer. I pick it up from time to time and test myself with certain phone apps. I was mainly hoping to dedicate time each day to lessons and see how far I could get by the end of summer. At this point I mainly know greetings and how to order at a restaurant.

Go to Weeki Wachee Springs – We do the beach every summer but due to it being hurricane season we only go a few times. When I discovered Weeki Wachee Springs I knew we had to go! It’s a state park here in Florida about 45 mins from Tampa. They’re known mostly for their mermaid shows! Who doesn't love mermaids?!

Design something – I haven’t really taken much time to sit down and design any new clothes for my line. I can do this any time but I haven’t been struck by inspiration in a long time. I think I just need to sit still and find it. That will be a blog post for a different day.

Work on my web sites – Can you say time consuming?!?!? I don’t plan on doing a full over haul but some changes here and there will be nice.

Get a bright mani pedi -  Because what’s summer without bright nails on your fingers and toes!

Lay on the beach – During the whole time we were in the process of moving the beach was all I could think about. Now that we’re all settled in there hasn’t been a day without rain yet.

Yoga – This is still one of my big things to do really soon. I want to learn yoga so bad. It does amazing things for the mind, body and spirit and I need all of that right about now.

Learn to braid my own hair – I don’t just mean single braids. I can do those like a pro. I want to learn to French braid my own hair. It is so much easier on other people but the struggle is real when it comes to doing it on me.

Hula hooping – So I came across this lady on YouTube and she is freaking amazing! She teaches how to work out with a hula hoop and she does and awesome freestyle dance to Justin Beiber’s love yourself. Working out gets really boring so I figured this might be a fun work out to do once or twice a week when I get tired of everything else.

   So that’s pretty much it for my summer bucket list that didn’t happen 2016. I know it wasn’t super exciting but they were mainly personal goals and things I enjoy. Summer wasn’t all bad though we have a beautiful new home, I got to binge watch season 2 of Jane the Virgin, I went to see Bad Moms with a HUGE group of moms and catch up on some reading.

How was your summer? Tell me down in the comments what you did and make me super jealous.

Ocean Photo via Visual Hunt

Monday, July 25, 2016

Review: Yoderm, see a dermatologist from home

   I received this service for free in exchange for my honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

   Healthy skin is something that is very important to a lot of people. Myself included. Going to a Dermatologist may not be an option for a lot of reasons. They can be pretty expensive, not everyone has insurance and not all insurance companies cover a trip to the Dermatologist. So what’s a girl to do?! About a month ago I was contacted by the awesome people at Yoderm to check out their site. I was a little skeptical but I want to make sure that I am giving you all the information you deserve so I decided to give them a try.

   Yoderm is super easy and you get help for your acne in hardly any time at all. The best part? You don’t even have to leave your house!

   Your first step is to pay the $59 fee which is pretty reasonable since going to an actual office can cost almost double! Next a dermatologist is selected for you or you can choose your own. Complete your registration and fill out your profile so your new doctor can get to know more about you. You’ll be asked questions about your skin type, weight, status of your health and finish up by entering in your insurance information (if you have any). Honestly, it’s a lot less time consuming then I thought it would be. Ok, now your dermatologist has to see you right?

   So you’ll upload 3 photos of yourself, your right and left profile and face forward. After you upload your photos you’ll choose your local pharmacy and wait up to 24 hours for a response from your doctor.

   I kid you not it literally took exactly 24 hours for me to hear back from Dr. Kober. She gave me a personalized treatment plan and sent 2 prescriptions to my local pharmacy. Along with the prescriptions she also gave me an over the counter treatment plan.

   I found the whole process fun and easy. It can take a long time to get in to see a Dermatologist and it can cost a lot of money. Yoderm is an affordable convenient way to get the treatment you need to have clear skin. I highly recommend Yoderm if you are looking for an easy and discreet way to treat your acne. We all deserve to have skin we can be comfortable in.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Full face highlight challenge (Video)

I love to bring you ladies something new. I do makeup videos to inspire and to teach you. Sometimes I like to be a little silly. When I saw the Full Face Highlighter challenge I had to do it! Highlighting is just one of those things I have to do when I'm doing my makeup. I'm not going to not highlight! So of course this challenge was perfect for me. The original video is by a girl named Mariya but the challenge was started by Nikkie Tutorials and Jeffree Star. Remember this is all in good fun and not meant to be taken seriously.

Sit back, enjoy and try not to let all the glow hurt your eyes.

Products Used
Becca Liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold
Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz
Wet N' Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals
BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette
Too Faced La Matte Color Drenched  Lipstick in Maneater
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday Motivation: The Word of the day is Hustle

   I’m on the east coast so it’s kind of late in the evening to be writing a Monday Motivation. It’s well after 8pm. I’m doing it anyway. Why? 1. It’s still Monday and 2. It’s still early in the week and we could all use some encouragement to get us through to the glorious weekend. Especially if you’ve had a rough start like I have.

   Ok so here it goes. We all probably have a lot going on. We’ve got dreams we want brought to life, goals we want to accomplish and people we want to prove wrong. So how are we going to do that when life keeps chucking these damn lemons at us?! How are we supposed to be happy and carefree if we can’t seem to catch a freaking break?! One word… HUSTLE. Hustle and hustle hard. Hustle your pretty little ass off because that’s the only way we’re going to survive! While we’re hustling dodge the damn lemons or better yet catch them and make a bomb margarita out of them! When you’re done with that don’t try to catch a break. Start making opportunities for yourself so you don’t have to rely on other people.

   There have been plenty of days in my life when I felt down. I felt like I was in a hole and couldn’t climb out of it. After a while I realized I dug the whole all by myself and then threw myself in. That’s right I did it to myself and you may be doing the same thing. Yeah I know some people can be assholes and they probably helped do some shoveling but only because we let them.

   This week make a plan for yourself. Set some goals and work towards achieving at least one thing on your list. Your goal might be to get a promotion. Do something to show your boss you deserve that promotion because you are worthy! Maybe you want to start your own business. Make a business plan. Lay it all out so you know what you’re working towards. I promise after you start your hustle and checking things off your list you will feel amazing. One of the best feelings in my life is feeling accomplished.
How I start every morning!
   Monday may not have been the best day for me and I’m sure a ton of other people but we still have a lot of week left to turn things around in our favor. So get out there and hustle.

In the words of Mary Jane Watson… Go get em Tiger.

BTW That awesome cup was made by my friend Alyssa. You can get your own over at her Etsy store. Use code Legendary Style to get 15% off!

Friday, June 24, 2016

How to use essential oils in your beauty routine

   When a new makeup product comes out I’m quick to jump on it and try any and everything I can. When it comes to non-makeup products I like to take my time, do my research, sit and think some more then after I’ve over thought it enough then I try it. That’s what happened with essential oils, or so I thought. I had no idea that things I’ve already been using were considered essential oils... That Paul Mitchell tea tree shampoo I love so much… made with essential oils! yeah I know it was a real duh moment.
   Anyway, about 2 months ago it seemed like everyone in my house was sick. None of us are too keen on medicine. It tastes horrible and makes you feel even worse. I’ve really been trying to go the natural route for beauty, health and skincare. So I hopped on Amazon and happened to find a beginner set of essential oils. At the time I didn’t know much about them but I knew Eucalyptus oil helps with colds. So While I waited on my Amazon order to arrive I went to Wal-mart (rookie mistake) and grabbed an oil diffuser and a bottle of Eucalyptus oil.

   I’ll be honest at first I was skeptical. The diffuser was pretty but I could hardly smell anything coming from it and the oil seemed to lose its scent after only 5 minutes. After doing more research I realized not all oils are good oils. So I continued to wait for my Amazon order and decided to get a new diffuser too!
Finally, the day came and I was like a kid with candy opening each oil and smelling them. I got the Top 6 Essential Oils starter set from Radha Beauty and I love them! All of them!

Left to Right: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Orange, Tea Tree and Peppermint
   Here are some of the most popular uses for these particular oils.

Tea Tree oil – As I mentioned before I love tea tree oil in my shampoo! It can clear up dandruff and relieve the itchiness that comes with it. It also unclogs hair follicles and promotes hair growth. I’m sure a lot of us would be happy with that!

Peppermint Oil –  I’ve become a bit obsessed with this oil! I even started buying the Magnaminty mask from Lush because it’s made with Peppermint oil. It makes my face feel so cool and refreshed! It also helps to brighten your skin. Oh and my favorite use... Peppermint oil is great for soothing an itchy scalp.

Orange Oil – I mainly like the smell of this one. I don’t use it very often but the smell is so fresh! I actually have a candle made with this. Orange oil is a great mood booster. If you’re looking for a way to naturally fight signs of aging add some Orange oil to your nightly routine. It helps promote collagen which can help with wrinkles and fine lines.

Lavender Oil – I’m sure you may already be aware that Lavender helps you relax and makes it easier to drift off to sleep.  Which is awesome if you’re like me and suffer from insomnia at times. I personally like to add a few drops of lavender along with sea salt in a tub of hot water. It seriously makes me feel like I’m at the spa. As an added benefit it has a natural antiseptic that helps fight acne.

Eucalyptus Oil – This is the oil I use for myself and my family when we get sick. Soak in a hot bath with some Eucalyptus oil and it helps clear up congestion and soothes coughs. No time for a bath? Add it to the shower floor. It also heals skin irritations and insect bites.

Lemongrass Oil – Lemongrass can help boost energy so you don’t need to reach for that soda or energy drink. It also helps relieve aches and pains during that time of the month that haunts all of us women. A lot of people like to add it to their soaps and other cosmetics.

   Even thou each oil can be mixed with a carrier oil (I use Coconut Oil) or put in your bath water there are a ton of ways to use them. My favorite is to put the oils in my diffuser from Organic Aromas. This diffuser is like nothing I’ve ever seenn. It really enhances the oils because I don’t have to add water to it. It lights up several different colors. That along with the potent amount of oil it diffuses creates a really relaxed atmosphere.

      The diffuser also came with Organic Aromas Signature blend of oils which helps promote relaxation. It’s not my favorite smell but my family loves it and it really does put you in a real chill mood.
   I am so glad I chose to start using essential oils. I can’t wait to start mixing them together on my own to see what I can come up with! If you already use them let me know in the comments what your favorites are! I need to step out of my comfort zone again and try some new oils!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My Favorite Liquid Lipsticks Volume 1

   By now I’m sure everyone is aware of the liquid lipstick trend. I myself am completely obsessed with them! Like I don’t ever want them to go away. Most days I refuse to let any lipstick touch these lips unless it’s a liquid formula. Yeah it’s that serious to me. At this point you’re probably asking me “What’s the big deal?!” Well I’ll tell you and as I do I’ll introduce you to a few of my favorite liquid lipsticks. Let’s get started…

   Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick is so damn good I want every color they have! It’s staying power is a little too good! This particular color looks amazing in pictures but it’s really bright. When I tried it on the first day I got it I tried to take it off right away until I could match it with a lip liner and it really took some trying to remove it! Amazing right?! You don’t want anything that’s going to have to be reapplied all day! Down side? Most colors are usually sold out which means the secrets out and everyone knows how good they are.

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lips – Rooch $6

   We all love a good quality product for less right? Well I’ve found it in this lipstick from Colour Pop. This color is from the Karrueche Tran collaboration. Great things about it? Besides the price tag the application is awesome. It goes on even with no patchiness and the deep wine color is beautiful. A little industry gossip? It’s rumored that Colour Pop makes the Kylie Lip Kits people are going crazy over! Hmmmm

   I feel like I talk about Kat Von D so much I have to put it out there no I do not work for her but I wish I did! I have loved her products for a looong time now. So far I have not been disappointed by anything she puts out including this pretty purple liquid lipstick. It’s comparable to Heroine by MAC. I usually wear this one when I’m going out at night. I have no idea why it’s my go to but it is.

NYX Cosmetics Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick – Ruffle Trim $6.99

   Ruffle Trim is the perfect day time color for any event. I love NYX mainly for their lip products and this is a really good lipstick but it doesn’t last as long as the other 3 and for the first few minutes after applying it, it feels a little weird. With that being said it does last a while and if you can get past that awkward feeling for about 5 minutes it’s a quality product with a super affordable price! The whole Lingerie collection is made up of nudes but from what I understand they pretty much all have a pinky under tone.

   Well that’s it for volume 1 of my favorite liquid lipsticks! I love them all mostly because they apply easy and last a long time. If you’ve tried any of these let me know your opinion in the comments below.

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