Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thanksgiving Makeup

Hello Everyone!


For this year's Thanksgiving Inspired Makeup I wanted to do something different. Usually I stick with cranberry type looks, but this year I wanted to incorporate green.


For my eye makeup look, I started by using Mac's paint for my base and I SHHH in my crease. I really focused on layering colors in my crease. Next I added Potion on top of SHHH and I blended the two colors. Next, I added Trickery in the Tear Duct and on half of my lid. For the other half of my lid and the Outer V, I used Busted. 


- Morphe x Jaclyn Hill The Vault Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette

- Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

- Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly

- CoverGirl Peacock Flare Mascara
  Waterproof in (795) Jet Black

- Urban Decay Naked Cherry 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Market


To finish my eye makeup look I created a winged liner, and a smudge brush to intensify the black liner on my waterline


- CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Powder in Medium Beige

- Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made Liquid Foundation in (T40) Soft Beige

- Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Concealer in Medium

- Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

- Urban Decay Naked Cherry Highlight
and Blush Palette

- Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

- Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray

- Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in
  Adorable


My face products are the listed among all the other products used to create this look. Since so created a Smokey eye look, I went for a soft nude liquid lipstick. After finishing my makeup I used Urban Decay's De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray to keep my makeup looking fresh and to reduce the oil on my face.


I may try to get one more post up before Thanksgiving, but If I don't I will resume posting on Friday November 23rd. I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Don't forget to check out my other Thanksgiving Posts

Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

Thankful


November 2018 Posts

My Life in October in 2018

Come Along with Me! Christmas Previews 2018

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser and Foaming Scrub

Aromatherapy Love: Rose and Vanilla Collection

Zoya Jubilee Holiday 2018 Collection 

Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

Thankful

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thankful

Hello Everyone!


For today's Thanksgiving Inspired post, I wanted to write my yearly thankful post. Sometimes it's so easy to get consumed with all the negative things going in the world, but I always count my blessings. It's so important to be thankful everyday. Can you believe Thanksgiving is exactly a week from today?

Home


Home is where there is love, and where you are loved. Materials things don't make a home. Love is part of what makes a home.



Family 


Family doesn't have to be blood related. Family are the people who are there for you , love you, and share a bond with you.

Harvest


Food comes to mind when people typically think of harvest. There are so many people who are hungry and have nothing to eat. Please donate to you local food banks, churches, shelters, etc. They need various types of donations in addition to food all during the year, not just during the holidays.

Make a positive difference in this world


Do good in this world. People can be so cruel and uncaring. Hug the ones you love, apologize to those you hurt, and most importantly forgive those who hurt you. I've said this before forgiveness is not about the other person. Forgiveness is about you and your ability to move on from the pain someone caused you. Be kind to others, but don't forget to be kind and gentle to yourself.


I'm a believer that saying is true. The things we take for granted someone wish they had. No one is perfect, but what you have today, may not be here tomorrow. Remember, don't take people and things for granted. Next Thursday as we give thanks and approach the holiday season, let us not forget those who are ill, those who are no longer with us, etc. I want to wish you all a very blessed (if you believe in God), and wonderful Thanksgiving!



November 2018 Posts

My Life in October in 2018

Come Along with Me! Christmas Previews 2018

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser and Foaming Scrub

Aromatherapy Love: Rose and Vanilla Collection

Zoya Jubilee Holiday 2018 Collection 

Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

Hello Everyone!


Thanksgiving Meal 2017

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, my next few posts will be focused on Thanksgiving. Today I wanted to share a few tips on hosting a hopefully stress free Thanksgiving. This post has tips for hosting holiday guest and gatherings in general.

Set a menu and write down your grocery list



Example Thanksgiving Grocery List


I may only be 32 years old, but yes I'm still one of those people that will still handwrite my grocery list. I always have and I proably always will. I can't express the importance of composing your grocery list. Thanksgiving planning can get hectic so plan your list and take it with you while you shop. There's nothing worse than either getting to the store and forgetting your list or trying to remember items and forgetting what you need.

Recruit help if you need it



After years of doing prep work and helping my mama cook, I can pretty much handle Thanksgiving by myself. If you're not good or advanced with cooking or you get frustrated cooking, ask for help. You really don't need to be overwhelmed, especially during the holidays.

Early Cooking




When I was growing up and even now some of the Thanksgiving food was prepared and cooked a day or two prior to Thanksgiving. For example we always cook the Turkey Breast the Morning of Thanksgiving and the Ham the night before. Foods like macaroni and cheese, and desserts can be prepared early...just not too early as I stated before.

Clean and (decorate optional) your home 



I'm a neat freak, so I like things clean, neat, and tidy, but you should clean your home especially when you're expecting guest. If you're not one of these people that like seasonal decor decorating can be optional for you. Also if you're entertaining out of town overnight guest, make sure you have clean linen, towels, etc. Make your guests feel welcome.

Set your table/have dinnerware 


If you're eating at a table, set your table, and if you're more non traditional make sure your guest have the required dinnerware. In my house we usually eat off dinner plates and use glassware for the holidays, except last year. Last year's Thankgsgiving was very laid back. You don't have to go the traditional route if you're using foam plates and plastic ware etc.

Set a dinner time and try to stick with it



Let's be honest here nobody wants to come to Thanksgiving dinner and the dinner starts hours later. Setting a time for dinner sets boundaries.

Enjoy your Holiday


A feast, giving thanks, and spending time with family and friends can be so special! Wishing everyone a chaotic free and wonderful Thanksgiving!


November 2018 Posts

My Life in October in 2018

Come Along with Me! Christmas Previews 2018

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser and Foaming Scrub

Aromatherapy Love: Rose and Vanilla Collection

Zoya Jubilee Holiday 2018 Collection


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Zoya Jubilee Holiday 2018 Collection

Hello Everyone!


* Disclaimer: This post contains PR Samples provided Zoya Nail Polish for review purposes. I would like to thank Zoya Nail Polish for sending these products. All opinions are 100% my own. Product information provided by zoya.com


Zoya released their new Jubilee Holiday 2018 Collection last month. Whether you want to get these for yourself or gift these polishes to someone else, the collection is absolutely beautiful! So many festive colors!


The box that was outside of my front door




The packaging is a hard cardboard type material wirh a magnetic flap.


Grid created by me, pictures of nail polish created by Zoya

Zoya: Astrid
Zoya in Astrid can best be described as a liquid gold foil that adds a festive touch to any holiday look- wear as an accent or alone for optimum impact

Zoya: Leigh
Zoya in Leigh can best be described as a full-coverage perfect winter nude - rich and warm cream with just a hint of pink to compliment any skintone

Zoya: Carson
Zoya in Carson can best be described as a full-coverage muted nude pink cream - a beautiful shade to create an understated elegance and perfect for the cold weather months

Zoya: Taryn
Zoya in Taryn can best be described as a fiery fuchsia micro-irredescent shimmer with blue undertones - a shade that brightens even the gloomiest of winter days

Zoya: Maxine
Zoya in Maxine can best be described as a full-coverage a rich red cream with an evenly balance undertone - bright, yet still appropriate for the season

Zoya: Allison
Zoya in Allison can best be described as a full-coverage plum-toned ruby cream - a more amped up version of a traditional plum shade



Grid created by me, pictures of nail polish created by Zoya

Zoya Pixie Dust:Cookie
Zoya in Cookie can best be described as a purple PixieDust with gold flecks- perfect for holiday fun! Use as an accent or on her own for a gorgeous textured matte look

Zoya: Chiara
Zoya in Chiara can best be described as a full-coverage deep purple cream - a gorgeous compliment to the rich jewel tones of the season

Zoya: Danica
Zoya in Danica can best be described as a full-coverage rich deep teal cream - a new twist on a holiday green that gives you an edgy, yet elegant look

Zoya Pixie Dust: Juniper
Zoya in Juniper can best be described as a sparkling teal textured PixieDust- especially unique when paired with our new Leopard Spots special effect topper

Zoya: Kateri
Zoya in Kateri can best be described as a full-coverage beautiful midnight brown cream - think of it as the new black!

Zoya: Leopard Spots Topper
Zoya in Leopard Spots can best be described as the new special effect topper for Winter 2018 - layer over textured PixieDust shade for an edgy leopard spots effect


The Zoya Jubilee Holiday 2018 Collection has so many shades of nail polish that are going to be great to wear throughout the holiday season. Here is the rest of the 2018 Holiday Guide.


Zoya Nail Polish Quads


These are great alternatives if you want less nail polish. The colors are still perfect for the holidays!




I've done a few reviews on the Zoya Lipsticks.  I really love their quality and their long lasting!


I actually have this set, and my nails have never been healthier! 



My apologies for not providing the swatches for each of the nail polishes in the Jubilee Holiday Collection. This collection comes in a variety of textures such a pixie dust, and the leopard topper polish. I can't wait to use theseI'm currently in the process of setting up my nail swatches for my entire Zoya Collection. Hopefully I'll have that up soon!



November 2018 Posts

My Life in October in 2018

Come Along with Me! Christmas Previews 2018

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser and Foaming Scrub

Aromatherapy Love: Rose and Vanilla Collection

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Aromatherapy Love: Rose and Vanilla Collection

Hello Everyone!


Over the Summer, Bath & Body Works released their new Rose line of fragrances. I'm typically not a Rose scent type of girl, but the new Aromatherapy Love: Rose and Vanilla smells absolutely AMAZING!


Summer Display 2018



Aromatherapy Love: Rose and Vanilla Collection 



My Thoughts

I really don't like comparing other items when talking about a specific product, but just like the focus and sleep aromatherapy line, these products just smell good... That's it. I'm not necessarily complaining, but I would appreciate if these products were moisturizing and lasted longer. When I wear this fragrance I get so many compliments. The scent is a perfect blend of vanilla and rose without being overpowering. Did you know you can use the pillow mist as a body spray?! Just like the Aromatherapy products, I usually buy these items during a $5.00 or $6.00 sale or as a free item with a coupon.


I wasn't a fan of the candles on a cold sniff, but the scent grew on me. These candles smell similar to the body care items, but I can tell a difference.  The candles still have a wonderful scent and fill a room very quickly!

November 2018 Posts

My Life in October in 2018

Come Along with Me! Christmas Previews 2018

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser and Foaming Scrub

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser and Foaming Scrub

Hello Everyone!


*Disclaimer: I partnered with @Neutrogena to review their  Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser and Foaming Scrub. #PinkPowerUp I want to thank Neutrogena for sending these products for review. All opinions are 100% my own. Product information is provided by neutrogena.com




Neutrogena Oil-free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit clears breakouts with an uplifting blast of pink grapefruit. With maximum strength Salicylic Acid acne medicine, this formula powerfully treats and helps prevent breakouts – even blackheads. Its unique formula contains naturally derived grapefruit extract and Vitamin C, to eliminate oil and dirt. Rinses clean, without over-drying.


Oil-free

Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)

Salicylic Acid





The Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub powerfully clears blemishes and blackheads with maximum strength Salicylic Acid acne-fighting medicine plus an uplifting blast of grapefruit. With naturally derived grapefruit extract plus vitamin C, this oil-free scrub features gentle exfoliators that smooth away roughness without over-drying or irritating acne-prone skin.


Oil-free

Salicylic Acid Acne treatment

Does not contain plastic microbeads


My Thoughts

I love that these Neutrogena products contain extracts of grapefruit and salicylic acne treatment. It's been known that some citrus fruits such as grapefruit can help reduce hyperpigmentation.  I usually have hyperpigmentation issues on my cheeks during PMS, and last week was no different.  I noticed a change after using both products. The dark spots were fading quicker than usual.


Both products are oil free acne washes which is good for me because during PMS I have acne prone oily skin. I use products with Salicylic acid since salicylic acid may helps reduce my acne acne temporarily. Over the course of last week, I  used these products every other day since salicylic acid tends to dry my skin. By using these products every other day, my skin doesn't feel dry. Outside of PMS week, I'll only use a facial scrub once or twice a week. The cleansers makes my face feel refreshed and the scrub is gentle and lathers well.  I thought these products were going to have a strong grapefruit scent. The grapefruit smells really good and  the scent isn't overpowering, or at least to me the scent isn't too strong.


If you have combination skin (normal/oily) like I have, this cleanser and scrub may work well for you. Both products are oil free, but as I mentioned they're not drying. the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Acne Wash Cleanser and Acne Wash Scrub have become a staple in my skincare routine!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Come Along with Me! Christmas Previews 2018

Hello Everyone!


For the past month or so when I went to a few stores I took pictures of their Christmas displays etc. I also picked up a few items here and there. Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Dollar Tree, and Ulta are the stores in this post.


Since the theme for Winter/Christmas in my are silver, teal, and royal blue, this display quickly caught my attention. I think that I like Winter Wonderland themes since it doesn't show here too often. 


Glass, silver, and metal Christmas decor 


Classical Christmas 


Who else love Winter flowers? 



I purchased these products at the end of August. Don't judge me lol! Also, you may have noticed those pink ornaments. Stay tuned!

Walmart


Walmart recently stocked their Christmas decor the day I went. 


Such cute decor! Side note I keep telling myself that I'm going to make a gingerbread house. I haven't made one since I was little.


Wooden Christmas Decor


Shatterproof ornaments


I love that most of the items are reasonably priced. 

Dollar Tree 


I noticed that the local Dollar Trees I went to only had a few Christmas items displayed. I guess this year the stores were more focused on Halloween.


A few more Christmas items. 


Ulta


I even added Ulta to the list this year for Christmas displays!


This is a bottle of lotion shaped like a Christmas ornament. It's so pretty, and the lotion smells good too! I forgot the name


I absolutely love the quality of ECO Tools brushes, and these brush sets are gorgeous! Underneath are beautiful brush sets from Real Techniques. This is another brand of brushes that I like.


Hair care products


It Cosmetics and Too Faced


The makeup bags for the brushes are so pretty and sparkly!


Jaclyn Hill and Morphe Palettes


Small Christmas Haul


The HAULidays are coming!


I love plain ornaments don't get me wrong, but I have a few DIY's in mind!


I have so many ideas and projects that I want to do for Christmas! For those of you that may be wondering, yes I've started on Christmas DIY's


Another DIY project!


I loved these snowflakes so much last year! I wanted to get a few more for the tree this year!


November 2018 Posts

My Life in October in 2018

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser and Foaming Scrub

October 2018 Posts

Projects with Pilar: Fall DIY Decor

Yes Hipolito Ulta's Favorite Box

Surviving Domestic Violence: One Year Later



Fall Ulta Haul 2018

Halloween Decor 2018

Happy Halloween from the Ice Queen!

My Life in October 2018

Thanksgiving Makeup

Hello Everyone! For this year's Thanksgiving Inspired Makeup I wanted to do something different. Usually I stick with cranberry typ...