Monday, April 6, 2020

Self Care: Mental Health

Hello Everyone!


Happy Monday! This month I wanted to focus on a few self care related posts. With everything going on right now I thought it would good to start my self care posts with mental health care.







Remember if it costs you your peace, it costs too much. Be well!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Hello April

Hello Everyone!


I hope that everyone is doing well and your month is off to a good start. Spring is here and the weather has been beautiful the past few days. Like most people, I've been spending much of my time inside. Here are some of things that I've been up to lately.


I've had this Easter Display out since March 1st, don't judge me lol


Since food and supplies are still scarce in the grocery store, I'm glad I was able to get more water, a 12 pack of toilet paper, and long lost apple sauce lol 🙂


Allergy and sinus season is here (even though I have allergy and sinus problems all throughout the year). I've been taking the Nature's Bounty Sleep Vitamins


Last month before Ulta temporarily closed their stores, I purchased this 35H Hot Spot Palette for $15.00. I actually paid about $12 and some change since I used coupon


Laundry Day


I just put the Yankee Candle owl wax warmers away, and took out my other wax warmers. I purchased these and while ago when they were on a BOGO Sale. I've said this before, if you don't like Yankee Candles try the wax warmers and wax melt cups. The throw on the wax cups melts are better than the candles.


Another makeup look using the Jaclyn Hill Palette Volume II


I'm not sure of what happened yesterday morning, but I think I sprained my knee. Right now I'm in a lot of pain, but my knee doesn't hurt as much as it did yesterday. Let's just say I'll probably be resting for the weekend.  Be well and stay safe!



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Add A Little Sparkle

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Spring is here and I've been creating a few new makeup looks. Today I'm sharing a sparkly eye makeup look with a bold orange lip. For this look I used the custom palette I made from Coastal Scents and for the bold orange lip, I used Pixi Matte Last Liquid Lip in Caliente Coral. Along with this makeup look I also wanted to share a few inspirational quotes.


 In the darkest light a star still sparkles.


Don't let anyone or anything dull your sparkle


Be your own kind of Sparkle 


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Drunk Elephant: The Littles 4.0 Set

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Disclaimer: Drunk Elephant sent these products for review purposes. I want to thank Drunk Elephant for these products. All opinions are 100% my own. Product information provided by drunkelephant.com



Today I wanted to share the new Littles 4.0 Set from Drunk Elephant. Since I already wrote a review for majority of these products, I'm just going to provide the descriptions. If you missed my original post, CLICK HERE for my thoughts about the products.


SUGGESTED USAGE:



Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Squeeze Beste No. 9 into palm. Add water to lather and gently massage over face, eyes and neck. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry. Use nightly or in alternation with the other Drunk Elephant cleansers.

Tip: We recommend skipping the morning cleanse, as it’s not necessary if you’ve cleansed your skin the night before.

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C-Firma Day Serum In the morning, apply evenly to clean, dry face, neck, chest and backs of hands. Immediately follow with Umbra Sheer™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 for unsurpassed UVA/UVB protection.

Tip: C-Firma contains pure L-ascorbic acid and is best when fresh, so use immediately and don’t stock up.

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B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum Apply B-Hydra™ to face, neck, chest, hands or any place on your body needing increased hydration. Mix with any serum, cream or oil to lock it in.

Tip: Vitamin B is well-known to complement vitamin C, so try mixing it with C-Firma™ for an extra shot of hydration.

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T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum At night, apply to a clean, dry face, neck, chest and backs of hands, avoiding the eye area. Mix with Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil for maximum effectiveness.

Note: Very slight tingling may be experienced, particularly for the first few days of application. This typically dissipates as your skin becomes adjusted. Start slowly. Use the product every other night, alternating with Virgin Marula Oil as necessary.

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Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil Apply 2-3 drops to face, neck, chest, hands, cuticles, or any place on your body needing increased moisture or soothing nourishment, without any greasy residue. Try mixing Marula, a carrier oil, with any Drunk Elephant product to enhance penetration and results.

Tip: Smooth over hair to tame frizz, nourish and add shine.

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Protini Polypeptide Cream Apply morning and night to clean, dry skin for a vital dose of protein and replenishing moisture the skin needs to retain its youthful appearance.

Tip: We like to mix it up so add a shot of Protini to any Drunk Elephant serum, cream or oil.

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Umbra Sheer™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 Every morning, apply evenly onto face, neck, chest and backs of hands.

Tip: Use in conjunction with C-Firma™ for an added boost of vitamin C and antioxidants. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every two hours. Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.

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C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream Gently pat a pump of C-Tango™ around the eye area using your ring finger.

Tip: Leave C-Tango™ in the fridge for a cooling, soothing treatment.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Denim Smoke Eye Makeup

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In January I shared a customized palette that I created from Coastal Scents. Today I wanted to share a Denim Smoke Eye Makeup Look that I created.


Since it's Spring, I wanted to incorporate a pastel color, so I added Cornflower all over the lid. 


I didn't want to create a full smokey eye for this look. To soften the smokey eye I added Barista into my crease, and Rainstorm in the outer V and on top of the crease. Barista and Rainstorm blend well together. 


To finish my eye makeup, I used Pixi Eyeliner in Blue Black on my lower lash line, and for the winged liner. 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Curls The Ultimate Styling Collection

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* Disclaimer: This posts contains PR Samples from Curls. Thank you Curls for sending these products for review. All opinions are 100% my own. Product and brand information provided by curls.biz

Today I bring you a review for Curls The Ultimate Styling Collection. Since the weather is going to be warm and humid soon, I'm always looking for products that will hold my curls. Let's see what the Curls Ultimate Styling Collection has to offer.




Description

Formulated with pure Beantree for added sheen and moisture.


HOLD: Soft and natural STYLE: Use for protective styles.





Description

Formulated with certified organic aloe leaf juice to condition while holding curls in place.


HOLD: Firm STYLE: Use for wash n go styles





Description

Formulated with organic Quinoa to strengthen and protect curls.


HOLD: Medium USE: Braid/Twist Out






Description

Formulated with Marshmallow Root to condition and thicken curls.


HOLD: Medium USE: Roller/Rod set


My Thoughts


The first thing I notice is that each gel has a different scent. Some of the gels are sweet scented and others gels are sweet and tarte scented. The texture feels more liquid than firm, but the gels aren't runny.  As I mentioned in my intro, I'm always looking for hair products particularly gels that will hold my curls during the hot and humid weather here in South Carolina.



If you saw my recent make post, then these photo looks familiar. Today I'm going to focus on my hair. I used the B Defined Curl Defining Gel. For this hairstyle I sectioned my hair off in 7 parts. I then braided each section, sprayed my hair with water, and then added gel to my hair. While my hair was still damp and braided I twisted the braids into bantu knots and put a silk bonnnet on my hair overnight. I love how my hair looks and the gel held up to it's claim with a medium hold. My curls wore for most of the day without frizz or dullness. I have the old packaging of the collection (not pictured), but you can find the Curls Ultimate Styling Collection at Target.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Jaclyn Hill Palette Volume II

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At the beginning of the month, I decided to pick up the new Jaclyn Hill Palette Volume II from Ulta I waited to get my palette from Ulta since I had reward points and I used a coupon so I saved a few dollars.


The package is similar to the first version with glossy white pagackaging and the font ia different. I've always thougt this packaging looks classy.


The Jaclyn Hill Palette Volume II has 35 vibrant shades that include matte, shimmer, and satin shadows.

1st Row



Row 1: 
Certified (matte pearl)
I'm In It (satin cotton candy),
Love Handles (matte peach cobbler)
Comfort Zone (matte nutmeg)
Perfectionist (matte nectarine)
Ride-or-Diamonds (shimmering rosy copper)
Thick Skin (matte terracotta)

I like the color selections in the first row. I'm glad Jaclyn Hill inlcuded transition shades (or at least I will use the some of brown shades as transition shades) I'm In It is my favorite shade on the first row. I'm In It is a such a gorgeous iridescent/pink shimmer shadow. Certified is a pretty color, but it's my least favorite shadow in the 1st Row. At first I thought Certified was going to be satin, but when applied I read the description that this shadow is matte. I like matte shadows, but Certified is a little chalky. 

2nd Row



Row 2: 
No Joke (matte dandelion)
Taliya (shimmering gold leaf)
Feelin' Myself (matte tangerine)
Homebody (matte mahogany)
GRWM (shimmering natural copper)
Boujee (shimmering peach bellini)
Drama Queen (shimmering pink diamond)

The 2nd row has a few shades that aren't that pigmented and chalky. No Joke is a beautiful yellow, but it's chalky. Taliya, Boujee, and Drama Queen are also beautiful shimmer shadows, but least pigmented when swatched. My hope is that shinmer shades will apply better with primer. GRWM, Feelin' Myself and Homebody in my opinion are the shades that are the best out of this row of shadows.

3rd Row



Row 3: 
Flawed & Awed (shimmering marmalade)
G-Money (matte mustard seed)
Positivi-TEA (matte electric coral)
My Man (matte neon orange)
Grateful (matte clay brick)
Heart On (matte strawberry daiquiri)
Livin' My Best (matte cherry with pink sparkle)

The pigmentation of the shadows on the 3rd Row are so pigmented. There are a mixture of mattes and a shimmer shadows. My Man is my favorite on this row. I love how vibrant orange My Man applied in my makeup look (see last post). I thought Livin' My Best was an interesting and good choice for a shadow because I don't see too many eyeshadow palettes that include a red shadow.

4th Row 



Row 4:
A Moment (shimmering lilac)
Therapy Sesh (matte orchid)
Lolli Mama (matte fuchsia)
Tipsy Girl (matte hot pink)
Empowered (shimmering raspberry jam)
Next (matte sangria)
Dance Party (matte fruit punch)

The 4th Row is my favorite. I love bright pinks and purples. A Moment, Therapy Sesh, Lolli Mama, and Tipsy Girl are simply gorgeous. This is another row that the shades are very pigmented and easy to swatch.

5th Row



Row 5: 
Stay True (matte berry)
Not My Journey (matte amethyst with pink sparkle)
Good Place (satin purple tulip)
Paolo (shimmering fig)
Oh, Hello! (matte black raspberry)
Crazy (matte merlot)
Temptress (glinting pitch black)

The 5th and final row is the row that caught my interest since I first heard about this palette. I've viewed many videos and read reviews that gave the purple shadows mixed reviews. Honestly I give the purple shadows a thumbs up based on the swatches on my arm. Purple shadow in general is known for being a difficult shade to formulate. I think Jaclyn Hill did a pretty good job with the formula. To test out one of the purples I used Not My Journey. The shadow blends well and the shadow is highly pigmented. The shadow feels like a buttery matte, and the shadow isn't chalky. If I had to choose a purple shadow that could use work. it would be Good Place. I like the color, and the shimmer, but I would like to see more pigmentation. I'm also glad that Jaclyn Hill included a black shadow, Temptress. You can create colorful smokey eye looks with Temptress, and Temptress also makes a good outer v shadow.


Overall I really like the Jaclyn Hill Palette Volume II . I love bright vibrant colors so I'm glad this palette didn't disappoint. This palette does have a few chalky shadows that I hope aren't going to be hard to blend, and some of the shadows could use more pigmentation. If you wear and like more neutral shades then I would skip this palette, but if you love bright colors this palette is worth trying.

To view my Colorful Eye Makeup Look feat. Jaclyn Hill Palette Volume II, CLICK HERE

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