Easy Soft & Pretty Makeup


I created this easy soft and pretty makeup video tutorial a few weeks ago but I’m just getting around to posting it.  I debated whether or not to post it but I decided I’d go ahead as it may help some of you ladies that may be beginners at applying makeup.  The tutorial is easy to follow and I talk through and show you all the steps.  Check it out below along with the list of products that I used.

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Natural Hair | Flat Twist Tutorial Video

purple-natural-hair-shaved-sides-style-ideasWhile coloring my hair last week, I also decided to style my hair immediately after.  I wanted something quick and easy but what would also yield great results.  Flat twists are a go to for me because I get the definition that I love with a twist out but flat twisting also elongates my tresses.  Sometimes I like shrinkage and other times I want to stretch my hair a bit.

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Purple Natural Hair

purple-natural-hair-shaved-sides-style-ideasCan I tell you just how happy I am to be back to my shaved sides.  So happy, in fact, that I thought I’d celebrate with purple natural hair.  There was just no other way to do it than to try something new.

Before doing this, I was terrified. I honestly thought it was going to be too bright and I’d have to walk around looking like a fool for the next few weeks until the color washed completely away.

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Top 3 Remedies for Chapped Lips

Say Goodbye to Chapped Lips For Good

For a years I suffered from chronic chapped lips. Before taking photos for my blog or doing a tutorial, I would always have to scrub my lips for fear of being embarrassed by them. After I started wearing liptstick, I started noticing that my lips weren’t chapping nearly as often as before. That’s when I started paying attention to what I was doing that was actually causing the problem. In that time I discovered there Top 3 Remedies for Chapped Lips. I made a video about it and it also includes a delicious DIY Lip Scrub for you to try.

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Review | Black Opal Cream Foundation Stick

Product review - Black-Opal-Cream-Foundation-Stick

A Smooth, Skin-like Finish

The foundation goes on smooth and creamy.  It feels slightly velvet-like on first contact with my skin.   Then, activated but the warmth of my body, it becomes a silky cream.  It provides medium coverage for a skin perfecting look right from the start.

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Update + How I Got Flawless, Beautiful Skin

How to get flawless beautiful skin, healthy skinLast winter, I’d begun having serious issues with my skin and I was in a frenzy to fix it.  While my birth control played a major part, I was already having a few issues before starting on it.  After getting rid of the Mirena IUD only 3 months after insertion,  I decided to take control once and for all.  I had pretty awesome skin once upon a time and I knew it could be possible again.  Building a regimen of healthy habits is how I got flawless beautiful skin.

During this time, my eating habits weren’t all that great so that was the first thing I addressed.  I had to straighten on up my act when it came to the foods I consumed going for clean, fresh options.  It wasn’t completely terrible as I’m not big on fried foods or the like.  I was, however, downing those holiday peanut butter cookies and double fudge brownies.  The loads of sugar were only contributing to my skin problems.

I’d also gone through an array of skincare products and found that none of them worked for me.  Over the last 8 months, I’ve been through BlissSpa, Origins and Aveeno.  One line was only slightly effective and others, not at all.

BlissSpa was doing an ok job but it was drying out my skin. It didn’t give my skin that youthful moisturized glow I was looking for.  That’s when I decided to and bite the money bullet and re-up on my once-upon-a-favorite, BareMinerals.  I don’t say this about a whole lot of things but this is probably one of the best purchases I’ve ever made as far as beauty products go.  These are for sure the best skincare products I have ever used.  I’ll save all my commentary for a full review but the proof is in the photos.

In the meantime, I’ve gathered all the products I use and love in my amazon shop for your convenience.

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Daily Healthy Habits to Keep

  • Drink half of your body weight in fluid ounce of water
  • Cleanse, Moisturize & Tone
  • Change your eating habits – what goes in, comes out–through your skin
  • Load up on Berries (blueberries, raspberries, black berries, etc.)
  • Keep face touching to a minimum

Weekly Healthy Habits to Keep

  • Exfoliate twice per week
  • Use a pore-cleansing mask once every two weeks

How to get flawless glowing skiIf you’d like to give these a try, I’ve found a way for you to purchase them at a slightly cheaper price than Sephora.

Click here to go to my amazon shop and save yourself a few bucks.  Every dollar saved is a dollar that gets to stay in YOUR wallet and I’m all for it.


Beauty | Covergirl XL Nail Gel Review

covergirl gel nail polish reviewWhen the Covergirl XL Nail Gel was first revealed,  I knew right away which colors I wanted to nab first:  Bodacious Berry–a deep, succulent blackberry and Ample Apple–a juicy, tempting red.   As pretty as they are, they do have their plus and minuses though.  Keep reading to get the skinny.

Luscious Opaque Colors

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covergirl gel polish review and swatchesWhat you see in the photos above is one coat of polish, ladies.  That’s right.  Just one coat of the Covergirl XL Nail Gel gets the job done.  I can’t say enough how much I love the polish because of it’s opacity and high shine finish.  It lays on thick and spreads easily with super fast drying time.

The drawback is that it doesn’t last long on your fingernails if you go without a base and top coat.  I know you’re not supposed to skip the base coat but come on, I know you’ve done it too.  Sometimes you just don’t have the time and there’s no shame in my game when I’m in a rush.  I take ALL the beauty shortcuts I can when I need to look nice but I’m short on time.

Staying Power

As far as how long it lasts without the base and top coats it’s about two days if you’re active like me.   And if you wash dishes by hand, you’re down to one day.  But with a base and top coat you’re good for nearly a week at around 5 days.  It’ll get you through the work week but you’ll have to re-up by the week’s end.  On my toenails though, it lasts longer–up to three full weeks with no chipping or peeling.

With only 9 colors from which to choose in this line, I’m left wishing for a little more variety.  It seems CoverGirl tried to hit all the basics which is cool but what girl doesn’t already have her basic colors?  I’m crazy about all the colors though and I’m going to pick up more.  Next on my list:  Whole Lotta Guava and Haughty Lemon.

This is a great option for beauties who want gel polish but without the UV light.  I picked these up at Ulta a few months ago at around $6 dollars per bottle. If you want to save a buck you can check them out here at my amazon store.

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covergirl gel nail polish swatches and review

covergirl xl gel polish review

covergirl gel polish review