Lip Color: Yes You Can!

Happy Wednesday! It’s warming up outside your winter blues should be long gone! I know mine are!

Warm summer weather means bright  colors! Wearing bright colors specifically. From your clothes to your toes, summer is time for fun bright colors.

Today we’re talking about bright lip colors. A lot of people play it safe and stick to neutrals or their go tos they feel look good on them. It’s time to branch out and take a chance!

Try a bold red or bright pink! Makeup is about experimenting and having fun! Don’t ignore your darker colors this summer either! Both ends of the spectrum are fun!

Don’t want to spend a lot of money on colors you may never wear? Use the Sephora app to virtually try on different lip colors!

Have fun and find your fun summer lip!

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Summer Makeup Essentials

Happy Sunday! I spent today on the beach and it was hot! Which got me to thinking about my summer makeup must haves. My sweat proof,  no fail, can withstand the heat makeup go tos!

  1. Facial spray! It’s hydrating and refreshing on hot days plus it keeps your makeup in place. My go tos are Mario Badescu.
  2. Liquid highlighter. These give me a nice glow and stick pretty well when I start to sweat. My favorite right now are the Cover FX custom enhancing drops.
  3. Bronzer. Do I need to explain. When the sun is shining bright bronzer keeps my face glowing to help match the rest of my body. I choose ones with a little sparkle like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting  bronzer.
  4. Clear brow gel. This keeps my brows in place when it heats up outside. My favorite: Essence lash and brow gel mascara. Best part it’s only 2 bucks!
  5. Intense moisturizers. I like antioxidants, SPF, and hylauranic acid during the hot weather. I use beauty oils at night to soak in all night and a lightweight moisturizer with SPF during the day. I’m in love with the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb right now!

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What are your summetime essentials?

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How a Makeup Class Changed My Life

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m going to get a little personal with you. The content I put on here is supposed to be informative, helpful, and above all fun. I stick to beauty, fashion, and decor. The name of this blog says it all, I want to help you live your best life, one beauty hack, one fashion trend at a time. My goal is to empower you and expose you to things, products, and events you can incorporate or aspire to in your own life! You don’t have to be a slave to the opinions of society or break the bank to live the Stylish Life.

There are some out there that believe clothes and makeup are a waste of time and there are more important things in life. Yes, there are always more important things especially in a world so serious and “woke”. I’m here to give you a break from the harsh realities of our society. Sometimes you need a break! You need some frivolity. Living in a put together home with knick knacks, throw pillows, and wall art or knowing the ends and outs of contouring and highlighting may seem frivolous to some, but these simple things changed my life.

I grew up in a small town in the south where I was constantly trying to fit in but I knew I never would. I was different and I stood out but never on purpose.

I was a confident person in that I was confident in my skills and abilities but I had some major insecurities. I always felt like an ugly duckling and that held me back in a lot of ways.

I’ve always been interested in interior design. I was constantly changing my bedroom around and as I got older my design techniques expanded to other parts of my parent’s home. My passion for beauty came much later. I didn’t start wearing makeup until Jr. High school and by makeup I mean eyeshadow, just eyeshadow. I had one little quad from my mom that was different shades of purple. I expanded a little in college but most of the time I was bare faced.

I really caught the beauty bug about three years after I graduated. I was soaking up all kinds of YouTube tutorials but I wanted more. I found a school near by that taught a certification course in makeup where you ended with a professional portfolio and photo shoot.

I decided to do it!

I could go on and on about what we were taught but I want to share what I learned.

Of course I learned products, skincare, sanitation, and application but above all, this course helped me embrace myself. Every part flaws and all. I walked away from that experience with everything they said I would as well as, a new self confidence, self awareness, and self love.

This experience chipped away at the insecurities I had about myself. It gave me the courage and the gumption to go out and share my knowledge. I’ve used this experience to spearhead my business but also bring you this blog.

I know what it’s like to not like yourself and live in constant comparison. I want to share that you can use your interests and passions to break out of those negative and toxic thoughts, emotions, and actions to not only inspire and help others but live a better life!

Never let anyone put you down for embracing and enjoying the things in life you love and especially don’t do it to yourself. Use every opportunity to share what you know and what you love because you never know what speaks to other people.

Did I go into that makeup course thinking that it would forever alter my life? No way! I was honestly just excited about the makeup kit lol! Little did I know this one event would impact me so much.

To everyone out there struggling with purpose, identity, having dark thoughts, or dealing with self hate this is for you. You can turn it around and it does get better!

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Play! By Sephora: May 2018

Happy Sunday! I had to post about May’s play box. This is the best box so far in my opinion!

In the May box I received:

  1. DevaCurl Super Cream
  2. Nomade by Chloe
  3. Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara
  4. Kat Von D Tattoo eyeliner
  5. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
  6. Sephora Mud Mask

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I can truly say I will use everything! Usually I give my mom the stuff I won’t use. I will be purchasing full sizes of some of these as well. I’ve enjoyed the play box since I signed up but this particular box was outstanding.

I want to up my subscription box game though. I’ll be looking into some other options stay tuned!

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Mid Week Haul #3

Happy Wednesday! Here’s a little haulage for you on this hump day.

Went out over the weekend for Memorial Day and I did a little shopping. Here’s what I got!

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All items are from Sephora, Ulta, and Target.

  • My  favorite Rice makeup remover wipes.
  • Mario Badescu facial sprays! The new flavors!!
  • ABH Amrezy highlighter (a review is coming your way!)
  • St. Ives sheet mask
  • Fenty match stixs (these are gorge!)
  • Freebies: Boscia black mask and Chloe perfume

What did y’all do over the holiday weekend?

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Sunday Brunch

Sundays are for brunch! I love brunch because you can really eat anything!

Today’s menu consisted of biscuits and gravy, mini pimento cheese sandwiches, and the star of the show cheesecake stuffed strawberries! For drinks there was a fruity cocktail with a fizz twist.

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Brunches are super fun because you can get real creative with the cuisine and also the presentation! Fun plates and fancy glasses make brunch even more special that your regular meals!

What are your favorite brunch foods?

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Hair color: For Curly Girls

Happy Wednesday! Today we are talking about hair color! Specifically hair color for curly girls!

Yes you can do it! A lot of people feel like color will damage their hair but done properly it will not. You have to be ready to maintain it as well.

I’ll tell you the secret to healthy hair… maintaining a routine! Find a stylist you can trust who understands your hair and create a routine that you can maintain.

 

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