Month: December 2015

Love Yourz

“No such thing as a life that’s better than yours. No such thing, no such thing.”

It is so easy to lose yourself in a society where social media is constantly telling us who we should strive to be while also reminding us that we are simply not there yet. Often times we let others set the precedent for our lives just so we can feel accepted in the world whether it’s on twitter, instagram, facebook or in real life. Understanding that likes and comments are just likes and comments can save you a world of trouble. Take these quotes from Love Yourz by J. Cole for example:

“It’s beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success. Hear my words or listen to my signal of distress. I grew up in the city and sometimes we had less, compared to some friends down the block man we were blessed!”

Looking from the outside in you can easily become envious or sad when in reality you don’t know what is going on in other peoples lives. They could be dressed in the finest clothing while having low self esteem and a poor outlook on life. Dwelling on what you do and don’t have can hinder your growth as a person because you’re spending so much time on the bad in your life when there is so much good. I know that this will sound cliche but it needs to be said. Love yourself! – don’t let your followers, friends and family tell you that you aren’t enough.

“..you ain’t ever gone be happy till you love yours”

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Black Opal True Color Liquid Foundation Review

Seeing Black Opal cosmetics featured in videos made by some of my favorite YouTubers I just knew that I needed to try out their products. It just so happened that I left my foundation at school the weekend when I was going to see J. Cole in concert and I could not go without looking my best. I think that I might have ran over to the Black Opal display at my local CVS just to get my hands on their True Color liquid foundation in the shade Beautiful Bronze.

While on my two hour road trip to the Forest Hills Drive tour my makeup looked seemingly normal. Eventually I began to notice that my face looked super oily and had a orange look to it. Attempting to help with my issue I blotted my face with a bit of powder which didn’t seem to work for more then a few minutes.

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Personally I would not recommend this foundation and I am so disappointed that this foundation wasn’t able to work for me on the several occasions that I chose to use it. This foundation was very orange and did not cooperate well with other products. Reading the foundations description on Black Opals website I can attest to the foundation being a light to medium coverage and very buildable. Hopefully Black Opal will change the formula for this foundation in the event that others will continue to purchase. Lets cross our fingers that their stick foundation will live up to the hype!

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Cute and Affordable Christmas Gift Guide Under $25

Not sure what to get your friends or family members for Christmas? I am here to help you with a cute and affordable gift guide under $25!

For those girly girls:

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These are great to help jazz up your keys or purse. You can create your own or purchase them at Target for only $9.99 in a variation of shades!

Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set

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What’s better then giving the gift of a beat face? If you know someone who loves makeup then I would suggest getting them a set of real techniques brushes for starters. You can find them at Target, Ulta and other retailers.

Colourpop Cosmetics Holiday 2015 Mini-gift set

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Colourpop Cosmetics has created three mini gift sets for the holidays. Two of the sets consist of their Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks and the other is a mini lippie stixs/lippie pencil set. These sets are $20 and can be purchased on Colourpops website – here!

For your music lovers:

Rihanna x Stance Socks

The famous sock company Stance has teamed up with Rihanna to create an exclusive sock collection ranging from 18-28$. The styles range from girly and sexy to festive and fun. If you know someone who loves a cute pair of socks and loves Rihanna just as much then this present is perfect!

A Custom Mixtape

I think we all know that person who is always looking for the newest “heat” that would really appreciate a present like this! You can create a custom mixtape or playlist with music you know they will love from different artists. Give the CD a creative cover and title using multicolored sharpies to show a little creativity.

Bluetooth Speaker

I know you might have read this suggestion and said “those things are expensive!” well I have some news for  you! There are a lot of good quality bluetooth speakers from the brand iHome that are under $25 they can be found at Target, Five Below and other stores.

Speaker ONE / Speaker TWO / Speaker THREE

For the self-proclaimed foodies:

Tea from Teavana and Festive Tin

There is nothing like a good loose leaf tea from Teavana! Gift your friends with a White Chocolate Peppermint Roobios Tea and a cute tin to ensure your tea stays fresh! Can be found online or in Teavana shops.

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Graze Box

Graze is a snack box that comes with eight different healthy snacks each box. You receive a new box each month and can gift a box to a friend (your first box is free). Can be found on Grazes website!

For those who love to read:

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Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

Barnes & Noble Giftcard

Not sure what type of literature they’re into? A gift card usually does the trick. Now you can go with your friend to check out a few new books!

& for those who seem to have everything:

Whipped Shea Butter

There is nothing like a gift filled with love. This year you can create your own whipped Shea butter for friends and family to enjoy.

Base for whipped Shea butter: Shea butter, coconut oil, vitamin E oil and almond oil. Add other oils for smell (peppermint, lavender, pumpkin spice etc.) and depending on your usage (hair moisturizer or body moisturizer).

I hope my gift guide will come in handy while you’re doing some holiday shopping!

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Everyday Essentials from ELF Cosmetics – Part 2

If you’re reading this right now then I’m hoping you saw part one featuring my makeup essentials from ELF (eyeslipsface) cosmetics. If not then I would like for you to check it out here! This will be about my favorite makeup brushes that I pick up whenever I’m doing my makeup and yes they’re all under $5!

  1. Eyelash & Brow Brush $1 – I use this to brush out my eyebrows before I fill them in or touch them up with tweezers. This is a brush that you can’t possibly go without and it’s only ONE dollar!1802_eyelash-and-brow-wand_zoom.jpg
  2. Blending Eye Brush $1 – The name of this brush is pretty self explanatory but this brush is great for blending out your crease or for perfecting your cut crease.elf-blending-eye-brush-cheap-cosmetics-pick6deals-akh1062-z1
  3. Powder Brush $2 – This brush is perfect for adding a highlight or bronzer to your face.15143_24115_900px58730.82.jpg.58730.82
  4. Flawless Concealer Brush $3 – If you want to dust off or apply your under eye setting powder then this brush should belong to you!300
  5. Angled Blush Brush $3 – My preferred brush whenever applying blush300 (1)
  6. Mineral Powder Brush $3 – My favorite brush from ELF! I’ve repurchased this brush several times (currently have two in rotation) and love using it for applying my foundation.elf

I hope you all check these out for yourself and are able to add them into your brush collection!

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Everyday Essentials from ELF Cosmetics – Part 1

Looking great without spending a lot of money is very important for those on a budget. Today I would like to share my favorite makeup items from ELF (eyeslipsface) cosmetics all under 5$! This will be part one only featuring makeup and part two will include my essential makeup brushes from ELF Cosmetics.

  1. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer $2 – To help lock down your eye shadow and help with your desired pigmentation.2790333
  2. Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow $3 – I love to use these as a base for my eyeshadow because they will make your look POP even more then the primer.14322_21692_900px62668.3.jpg.62668.3
  3. Expert Liquid Liner $2 – If I’m wearing eye makeup then I am wearing this! Whether I’m making a dramatic cat eye or I just want a little umph to my look then this is my go to. Doesn’t smudge and has great pigmentation. Also comes in various shades.21UZ6XDMo+L._SY355_
  4. Cream Eyeliner $3 – If I’m not reaching for my liquid liner then this is going to be used. Very creamy and easy for application.2012338
  5. Eyebrow Kit $3 – Comes with a eyebrow wax and setting powder to finish your eyebrows off to perfection!81301_eyebrow-kit_light
  6. Wet Gloss Lash and Brow Clear Mascara $1 – One of my favorite things to set my eyebrows after filling them in with ELF’S eyebrow wax in the shade medium.k2-_096713a3-5673-4fd9-9c41-62bde5c0b1d6.v1
  7. All Over Color Stick $1 – This will give an subtle glow to your cheeks with it’s gorgeous color choices. My favorite shade is pink lemonade and I would recommend this people of any skin color. I like to use this when I’m going for a natural look.

61pTqvL+FlL._SY355_8. Contouring Blush and Bronzer $3 – I can’t possibly forget the cult favorite blush/contour duo. This duo is great if you’re a beginner or an expert who doesn’t feel like carrying a lot of products. You can use the contour shade to either do a subtle contour or a little bronzing to your face.

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To create a full face using these items is $18 not including your other preferred makeup items. A good remover to take off your eye makeup is only $2 for 24 makeup pads! All items can be found in your local walmarts, targets and online at eyeslipsface.com

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