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How To Shop For Beauty Products: Makeup Edition.....

June 26, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are many common threads that tie women from all cultures and backgrounds together. One of these common threads is beauty, and now more than ever, women are readily to take risks with different and new beauty products emerging in the market.

Although women are taking risks with different beauty products, the most challenging thing that I have noticed is that some women have absolutely no idea how to shop for beauty products, especially face makeup products such as foundation and concealer. It is extremely difficult for women, primarily for women of color, to find a foundation or concealer shade that either matches or don't.

Below are the tips I have learned when shopping for mainly foundation and concealer, and I hope that you find these tips helpful. Enjoy!

Shopping Tips:

  1. WHEN shopping for face makeup, make sure you don't have makeup on your face. Having makeup on your face just defeats the purpose of you finding the [perfect] color/shade.
  2. DON'T shop for foundation or concealer online. There is a high percentage that you will get the wrong one unless you already know your foundation color for that specific brand. Even with that, it is tricky because some of the makeup brands tend to change the name of the colors or the shades.
  3. ALWAYS ask for a sample of the product you try from Sephora before you purchase the full product. You will save money by doing that and since some of the Sephora stores are usually inside the mall with no natural light, it is difficult to tell if the makeup looks good outside. 
  4. PICK out the shade of makeup that you think will be a [perfect] match for you. Trust your instincts because you know your complexion better than the makeup artists/sales people at Sephora, MAC, Ulta, or any other makeup store. If you have no idea what color or shade to choose, then leave it to the pros.
  5. LASTLY, when shopping at Ulta, specifically the stores outside the mall-the ones in a shopping center, make sure to go outside to check how the foundation or concealer looks in natural light  before you buy the full size product. 
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Daily Word: Motivation Monday....
For all those that hate Mondays, instead of hating it, be excited and grateful that you get to live to see a new week. I love Mondays because it reminds me that I get a do over for anything that I started but didn't go so well. Learn to love Mondays and be reminded of the opportunity that it presents.

Feel The Blues: 4th Of July Inspired.....

June 21, 2017



Happy Wednesday!

  It is officially the first day of Summer 2017! This summer is definitely going to be a summer to remember but most importantly, the past months has been bitter-sweet. However, I am grateful for all those moments and I can't wait for what the rest of the year have in store for me.

  Anyways, 4th of July is right around the corner and I think this monochromatic look will be such a cute outfit idea for the holiday, especially for people who don't like wearing shorts. Although, I think wearing white or denim shorts can turn this look into a more casual, fun and slightly flirty look. The denim off-shoulder that I'm wearing from Tobi.com is just the cutest top for this season. I love the powdery blue color and how light and airy it feels. I also like how the sleeves are not too short or too long, which is perfect for those cold summer nights.

Style Tip:

  For more of a festive 4th of July look, this shirt can definitely be worn with white or red bottoms. I personally love the monochromatic look with a pop of the orange lipstick. I like having my lipsticks as the focal points when I style a look.

P.S. Also this kind lady invited me to her store and she was sweet enough to let me try on some of the accessories such as the necklace and the bracelets, hence the tag on the bracelet. God Bless Her!

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Daily Word:
Gratitude Day
The LORD is such a faithful God. He is faithful even when I am not. And I just want to thank Him for all that He does and what He keeps doing in my life and in the life of those around me. So this day I decree and declare that His praise shall never leave my lips! Amen.

Photography by J.Adonai Photography

3 Must-Have Nail Polish Colors for Summer.....

June 16, 2017




Happy Friday!

I am into bright nail polish colors as well as lipsticks. Light colored nail polishes such as pastel pink or sheer pink looks terrible on me because my finger nails are so dark. I have yet to find a beautiful light pink shade that would look great on me.

That is the reason why I have been loving these 3 nail polish colors so far. I love how bright and bold the colors look and they look great on my fingernails. The cobalt or royal blue shade is my favorite nail polish color of all time! It is absolutely stunning and I love how it looks on on every skin tone. The yellow shade is also beautiful and it is not too neon and not too light like mustard yellow. The white is very pigmented and it almost look chalky, but I still like it. That is it; I hope to find a beautiful light pink nail polish that would look good on me. Feel free to recommend any nail polish colors for the summer or any pink nail polishes.

P.S. The BEST places to get pricey nail polishes such as Essie, OPI, or Butter London is Marshalls, and TJ MAXX. Most of them are under $5!!!


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Blue (Revlon)- Walmart | White (Essie)- Marshalls | Yellow (O.P.I.)- Marshalls
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Daily Word:
"Trust in the LORD with all you heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take."- NLT

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