Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How to: Everyday Smokey Eye (Video)

   One of my favorite things to do is share my makeup looks with you. YouTube is so much fun for me mainly because it gives me a reason to get all glam. Most of my days are spent chilling at home with my kids. This is my latest look I did and I really hope you like it. All of the products I used are listed below along with where you can find them. Remember you don't have to use the exact products I do. There are usually dupes if you want to put in the work to find them.

   Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more makeup looks. I also just started posting videos there too!

Products used/mentioned:
Affordable Makeup Brushes 
Manny MUA X Makeup Geek Palette (not sure if it is still for sale)
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
Beauty Treats Sculpting Palette
Beauty Treats Bronzer Palette
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer
Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Powder Foundation Deep 66
Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder Crown of my canopy (Walgreen's)
Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder Precious Petals (Walgreen's)
Ardell Demi Wispies 
Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray
NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Temptress
NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Black Cherry Tart

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Beauty Lover Tag

   I love tags whether it’s in the form of a blog post or YouTube video I think they’re a lot of fun and I like learning about other people. I came across the Beauty Lover Tag and figured “Why not?!”. After I answer all of the questions I’ll tag a few people at the end.

If you could have anyone in the world do your makeup who would it be?

   This is an unfair question because there are so many people I would love to have do my makeup. If I could I would have Anastasia (of Anastasia Beverly Hills) queen of brows work her magic while Scott Barnes gives me his signature J Lo glow.

What’s your makeup top tip?

   If you happen to get mascara or eyeliner on your lid after you’ve done your eyeshadow, let it dry completely then just wipe it off with a clean q-tip or gently use your nail.

What Skincare Product could you not live without?

   Currently I’m obsessed with the Mask of Magnaminty from Lush. The peppermint in it makes my face tingle and feel super clean! This mask exfoliates, soothes and cleans deep down in your pores!

What are you worst at when it comes to applying makeup?

   It’s not an actual makeup technique I struggle with but I actually still have trouble putting on false lashes. It was one of the first things I learned in the makeup part of beauty school and it continues to be the bane of my existence.

What's your biggest pet peeve about makeup?

   The only real pet peeve I have about makeup is how seriously people take it. It’s just makeup… it washes off. It is crazy how many fights I see in the comment section on social media about the big name beauty gurus. Everyone has their own way of doing things and what looks good on them. People should just chill.

What’s your Guilty Pleasure Product?

   My guilty pleasure product is my Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin  Perfector in Topaz. It’s a beautiful highlighter but because it’s $38 it doesn’t always make it practical.

What’s your underdog product?

   My underdog product would have to be Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. It’s an oldie but goodie. It’s the one mascara I always saw my mom use when I was a kid. It’s a really good product but it can be over shadowed by all of the big name mascaras in the pretty packaging but at $4 it’s comparable to $20 ones.

What’s your favorite Makeup product of 2016?

   I’m sure there will be plenty more products coming out this year that I will go crazy over but for now my favorite makeup product of 2016 would have to be… I think it would be more of a trend then product. It’s the liquid lip craze that’s going on right now. If you come across the perfect liquid lipstick you’ll quickly see what the fuss is all about. My favs are Kat Von D, Dose of Colors and Colour Pop liquid lipsticks. They’re all long lasting and they go on evenly!
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick in L.U.V. is my favorite!

   Alright so this wouldn’t be a tag if I didn’t ask some people to participate. This is totally up to them and my feelings won’t be hurt (too much) if they choose not to.

Julie from Nobody's Beauty Guru (I give full credit to Julie for my love of my face mask from Lush!)

   If you’d like to do this tag drop me a link in the comments so I check it out! I love finding new blogs to read. I’ll leave all of the blank questions in the comments.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

How to get Free Beauty Products

   There aren’t many things better than free. Especially when it comes to free beauty products. I’m signed up with a few companies that send me products for honest reviews or just a social media pic. Since it’s things I do anyway I’m more than happy to oblige. Some of the things I receive are samples and others are full size. Either way it works for me because come on, I much rather get something free and have the chance to try it out before I commit to it and pay out of my own pocket.
   One of the companies is Influenster. If you’ve got somewhat of a presence on social media than you can definitely get what’s called a “Vox box”. Usually it requires you take a survey or 2 to see if you’re a "good fit” which really just means “Are you gonna use what we send you?”. I’ve gotten some really awesome Vox boxes. I’ve always wanted to do an unboxing video on YouTube but I don’t want to bore anyone. It can be kind of a snooze fest just watching someone open stuff. So I’d have to find an interesting way to do it. Each box has a theme. This month is the Bloom box. Some things I’ve used before and know very well. Others I have never heard of and can’t wait to try.
Bloom Vox Box: Secret Outlast Xtend Invisible Solid, NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-purpose Dry Oil, Sinful Colors Nail Polish, Not Your Mother's Plump for Joy, Sunbelt Bakery Granola Bar, Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads  
   Another company is Bzz Agent. The name is cheesy but the products are really cool! I’ve gotten a ton of beauty products, dog food, toys for my kids etc. I’m just waiting for the mother lode… the wine! Anyway, you don’t need to be big on social media to be a Bzz Agent but I think it might help. It’s the same as Influenster where you’re taking surveys to find what you would actually use. The only down side to this one is there are a lot of surveys to take. I mean a lot. However, the payoff is pretty good so it’s worth it.
Bzz Agent Beauty and Hair Care Campaign: Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream, Always Dailies Sheer Liners, Head and Shoulders Dandruff Co-Wash, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner 
   There are other sites I’m signed up with but these are the ones I recently received things from get things quite often. I’d say about 90% of the time I really like the products they send me.  If there is ever anything I dislike, I just give it away. I hope you found this helpful and get some awesome stuff… awesome free stuff. If you know of any sites that send free beauty products drop a comment below so I can check them out.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Slay All Day Cut Crease Makeup Tutorial (Video)

   One of my favorite glam makeup looks is a cut crease. It's pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it. When you're rocking a bold eye it's always best to do a neutral lip but don't be afraid to do a bold lip too if you feel you can pull it off. Check out the video below for the full tutorial on this look as well as all of the products I used. Feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos.

Products Used
Manny Mua x Makeup Geek Palette (Limited quantity)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Crème Color in Jet
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black
Beauty Treats Bronzer Palette,
Beauty Treats Matte Blush Palette
Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Powder Foundation Deep 66
Glint Bold Eye Premium Lashes
Too Faced Melted Chocolate lipstick in Chocolate Honey
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lil Kim's Transformation & Why We Need to Talk About It

   If you grew up in the 90’s or just love hip hop, then you know who Lil Kim is. She’s one of the first female emcees I looked up to. Her lyrics were raunchy and her clothes left nothing to the imagination. The original Queen B. In high school I rocked purple contacts. Kim had purple contacts so why shouldn’t I?! I envied her confidence. She had swag before it was even a thing. Songs about sex and not taking shit from anyone especially a man had all us girls hanging on her every word. Lil Kim was 90’s hip hop.

   This week pictures of a fair skinned blonde chick popped up on Lil Kim’s Instagram and a lot of us confused fans let out a collective “WTF?!” We weren’t really sure who we were looking at… it was Kim.

   I personally couldn’t figure out why the drastic change. Until I read a snippet of an interview she did.
   Now if I’m reading this correctly… she changed her appearance because of how men viewed her. The woman I thought was the end all be all of sexiness albeit sometimes she crossed the line to a place I wouldn’t necessarily go she was what I saw as confident in her own skin. It’s one thing to buy a certain outfit to get a guy’s attention but to go and get a whole new persona is a bit much.

   When are we going to learn that what we say and how we treat people have a lasting effect?! Your words stay with a person long after you’re gone. This is proof of that. If only we as people built each other up instead of tearing each other down no one would ever have to feel inadequate and try to become something they’re not. I say each other because women aren’t the only ones with self-esteem issues. Men suffer from it too. It’s just not talked about as much.

   Lil Kim may not have been a supermodel but she was pretty, sassy and sexy. Is she all those things now? I think she’s still pretty she just doesn’t look like herself but after all that’s what she was going for.

   The real question is does she love herself now? Now that she fits the description of what a man/men wanted?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

March Favorites 2016 (Video)

I'm new at doing any kind of monthly favorites lists. With that being said... is it ok to post my favorites mid month? I'll do better when I do my April favorites (pinky promise). I don't know if you'd like to see pictures and have me write out what and why certain items are my favorite but I thought it would be cooler and more interactive if I did a video for you. So you can either check out my March Favorites below or click this link riiiiiiight HERE to go straight to my channel. After your done finding out what my favorite items are leave me a comment and let me know yours!


Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring Style Inspiration 2016

   I'm a little late but I've got some Spring Style Inspiration for you! I don't know what the weather is like where you are right now but let me tell you here in Florida it is absolutely beautiful... most days. When it's not sunny, warm and gorgeous it's raining but even on those warm days there is always a nice breeze! I love spring fashion mostly because of the bright colors and the chance to uncover some skin since we've been hiding under layers for so long.

   This first outfit shows my love for whites. If you're anything like me then it's almost impossible to keep your whites stain free but that doesn't stop me from trying. You really cannot go wrong with mostly white and a small pop of color.

Spring fling

   If bright colors aren't your thing maybe pastels are more your style. Being that it's spring also play with floral patterns. I like this look because it has a sophisticated feel to it.

Lunch date

   Black, white and red is a pretty classic pairing. Whenever I see someone rocking these colors they always look so confident and put together. Save the black and white for the outfit and the red for your accessories!

Spring Fling pt 2

   I like of these looks and would rock each of them! Don't forget when I'm not posting outfit inspiration here I'm over on Instagram with more of my fashion finds! Follow me and leave me a comment. I love hearing from you!
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