Month: December 2016

What I’m Leaving in 2016..

2017 where art thou? I’ve been waiting on you at the door! LOL. Now, don’t get me wrong – 2016 was pretty good but I’m prepared for better and eager to explore new opportunities in 2017.

Yes, I know this might sound super cliché but I’m turning over a new leaf for the new year! Starting now…

There are a few things I plan on leaving in the dust:

  • Letting others dictate my happiness
  • Procrastination
  • These damaged & split ends
  • Self-doubt
  • My over spending on clothing and beauty products

I don’t expect these things to completely disappear because the year is changing but because I know what steps I need to take to lessen their presence in my life. For example if I want damage free hair then I should cut those damaged ends off! Sadly it isn’t going to be as easy to rid my life of those other things, especially procrastination. Procrastination is like my favorite pastime while doing homework/assignments, writing blog posts and basically doing anything important. *sighs* Lets hope that I’m able to succeed in my quest to greatness. 

May you all have an amazing and prosperous new year!


My Beauty Inspiration for 2017

Picture it: The year is 2017 and this is the most flawless beat you’ve ever seen. The skin is dewy, glowing, and the golden highlights look amazing. The lips are coated in a nude/brown lip gloss, that has you wondering which brand it came from. It’s simply A LOOK! A look that I am currently obsessed with. I’ve purchased radiant glow primers, consistently drank a lot of water and I have practiced this look a few times because I am prepared to glow like the goddess I truly am in the year of 2017.

I got the inspiration for this look from these lovely ladies posted below. The source for each picture can be found here along with more makeup inspiration for 2017. If you’re interested in following me on Pinterest you can find me at XOXOSelenaN!

I just want to know if we’re slaying for 2017 or NAH?

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My Favorite Things from 2016

Throughout the year of 2016 these things have been a blessing to my life. Without them I wouldn’t be able to continue life in an orderly fashion. Because they are obviously so amazing and they have stood the test of time they deserved to be praised and shared with the world (or whoever is reading this). 

                               The honorees

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TRESemme Naturals Shampoo | Hands down this is my favorite shampoo. It has been here through thick and thin, transitioning to natural, and so forth. Unfortunately it couldn’t make it to the end of time because it has been discontinued *weeps*

Burberry Brit Perfume

Black Radiance Perfect Color Foundation | After sharing my Bomb Products from Black Radiance post on twitter I was informed that I hadn’t tried one of their best products, the perfect color foundation. So obviously I had to go purchase it a few days later with the intention that I would write a first impression/review for my blog. Well that never happened but what did happen was magical. I wore this foundation for about a week straight just to test it out then that week turned into each time I did wear makeup and now I’m almost finished with my first bottle.

This foundation is so bomb but sadly it doesn’t have a wide color range, which is a shame because so many women of color would love this if they could wear it!

Avon Ideal Flawless Translucent Powder

Rogue Love by Rihanna | I get complimented every single time I wear this perfume because it smells so absolutely amaaazzzing.

Amazon Fire Stick | Stop paying for Netflix, get hip and get yourself a fire stick. You can “unlock” it and watch as many things as your heart desires!

The Krazy Coupon Lady | App and website | KCL gives you everything you need when couponing! They tell you how much each item is worth, which coupons and rebates to use, when to use these coupons in-store/online AND what your total should be if you use their resources. They provide weekly store round ups and they also do posts highlighting the best deals in each store. These things make couponing so much easier for myself and others. Check out their website here or download the app!

Music | Because I love the original and remixed versions by Kaytranda of Be Your Girl by Teedra Moses and If by Janet Jackson I had to post them both!



Let me know some of your favorite things from 2016 by leaving a comment below or mention me on twitter at @XOSelenaNicole!

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Five Things to Be Happy About

  1. The end of the Fall 2016 semester | This means no more papers, group projects, and homework assignments until Spring 2017!

(an actual representation of myself during these long days of class)

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2. My childhood friends finding love and success


3. Joining clubs and meeting new people | Even though I have been in college for a while I sadly say that I haven’t had much involvement in the clubs that I’ve been a part of. I have attended meetings, holiday parties and done community service with the other members but that’s where it stops.

This year I joined the club for my major where I am currently holding the position as one of the secretaries. Long story short: There are two of each executive board positions because a lot of people wanted to get involved on a higher level. I’ve come to enjoy planning meetings, sending out reminders and having our major club meetings. I should’ve done this a while ago!

4. Living another year – 21 Years & counting | Do you see this cool cake my friends got me? I loved it so much I though it deserved to be featured alone!


5. Spending more time with my family | I can’t wait to go home and hang out with my family! There will be good food, fun and relaxation. Who doesn’t love that?

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My Holiday 2016 Wishlist

In case you haven’t picked up on this, I really enjoy making lists whether they’re music playlists, clothing/item wishlists and whatever other types of lists there are. It’s just something that I’ve found to be really calming and it also helps me put together my thoughts… and things I would like to spend money on LOL.

So here I am writing another wishlist, for the 2016 winter holiday season. Some items featured are for going out, lounging around the house and everything in-between.

If you would like to check out other bra & panty sets from AdoreMe then click here. Each item listed will be linked below!

Night out on the town:

Sequin Cami Dress in Black | Forever21 + | $30

Sequin V-Neck Romper | Charlotte Russe + | $50

Shimmer Strappy Caged Jumpsuit | Charlotte Russe + | $35

Crushed Velvet Dress in Pink or Wine | Forever21 +| $25

Bell Sleeve Dress in Mauve or Hunter Green | Forever21 + | $18

Lounging around:

Violet Unlined Plus Bra & Underwear Set | Adore Me | $40

Ellis Plus Long Sleeve Robe | Adore Me | $40

Lareen Plus Cami and Jogger Set | Adore  Me | $40

Isobel Plus Pajama Set | Adore Me | $40

Zaylee Unlined Plus Bra & Underwear Set | Adore Me | $40

Getting Ready:

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer | $27

Becca Glow on The Go Shimmering Skin Perfecter Set in Moonstone | $20

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer | $14

Jetsetter Makeup Case | ELF | $8

Velvet Matte Lipstick in Dark Brown | ELF | $3

Beautifully Bare Stipple Brush | ELF | $4

Selfie Ready Powder Brush |ELF | $6

Highlighting Brush | ELF | $3

Have a happy holiday season!

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