Thursday, March 20, 2014

First day of Spring!

My new favorite color to wear is mint I'm going to stick to the black and white, but every once in a while I will throw in some mint.
Express is having a good sale with discount codes! Don't sleep on these deals.
I tried to look for a very similar, affordable, nice quality purse like this bag, but it's kind of hard finding a bag that looks like this bag. If you are having a hard time finding this bag go to a Marshalls that's in a upscale area. If you want the black version of this bag you can find it at almost any Marshall's.
Outfit Details:
Shirt: Express 
Pants: Calvin Klein from Buffalo Exchange Similar Here
Shoes: Shoe Dazzle
Earrings: Forever21
Purse: Ralph Lauren bag from Marshall's Similar Here
Necklace: My Great Grandmother's

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Drugstore haul and review

Hey beauties! Last month Walgreens was having a buy one get one 50 percent off sale and I had coupons so I couldn't say no. This is what I got...

               It’s the winter time which means dry skin dry skin. Lately I have been doing my makeup when I get on campus and face would be dry for the maybe 10 or 15 minutes I have been outside since I washed and moisturized my face. So I finally purchased Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB cream to apply to my face when I get to campus (You are actually suppose to apply this before you leave your house) and my face feels smoother, lighter and less oily then when I used other moisturizers. Of course, its darker then my actual complexion but you can’t tell that is once I rub it in. I was hoping that the bb cream would help correct redness because I have a major issue with that. It kind of helps with it which is exciting because I can get a moisturizer, sunscreen and redness corrector all in one for I think $10 instead of me buying a primer from smashbox or makeup forever for about $30. By 5 my face was oily! It looked like I moisturized my face with Crisco, this was day one but day 2 when I got home from work at 10 my face wasn’t oily AT ALL which is weird. Maybe my skin had to get use to this new product.

I am really new to blushes I didn’t think I would ever wear blush but after trying the bh cosmetics professional blush palette I decided that I would continue to try blushes.
I really wanted to try the Glaze Sticks something NEW from Maybelline and I adore these! I only got two I think I will get the other three the next time I go.
If you are new to blushes I would recommend just pinched pink. When you apply it looks very light it’s noticeable but not dramatic, it’s very soft and neutral. It gives you a glow sometimes if it’s more of a shine then a glow I will use a powder blush to set it a little and it knocks that shine out. This I am definitely buying again I do recommend it and it’s already a favorite of mine.

I also got  which is too light for a blush for my complexion but can be used as a highlighter I love it because it is sooooo shimmery and when I used it as a highlighter underneath my eyes I got a lot complements on my makeup that day. I wasn't to sure about continuing to use it as a highlight but obviously it wasn't to bad!
Pinched Pink

L'Oreal Voluminous butterfly mascara:
This Mascara is life! 
  • To me it's better than Benefit Cosmetics they're real. It works the same but is a few dollars cheaper.
  • Clump free
  • All you need is one good coat sometimes two and you are fine.
  • Long lasting, no need for a reapplication 

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes review can be found in my Top 10 products under $10 (click here)

 I am absolutely in love with these colors especially:

Plush Plum from the L'Oreal 
It should be called Plush Plum Perfection because it is amazing!

  • It applies smoothly 
  • It's dark but not too dark so it will look good on any complexion
  • It has a nice shine not to glossy looking it's just right for a soft shine.
  • Great for fall (I'm going to wear it year round)
  • It moisturizes your lips so your lips as soft as an application of blistex 
Most of the time I always but on chapstick before I apply any lip product to prevent my lips from looking awful and chappy. Thank the lipstick experts for this lip balm because I don't have to apply any chapstick it gets the work done. I do suggest this one only. I tried a lot more of the lip balms and I was not impressed that's another post.

Maybeline's Summer Sunset Is amazing 
  • It's neutral
  • Goes well with my skin 
  • Its gives a neutral makeup look a classy finish
  • It's not that chalky (but apply chapstick before applying this)
  • It's a brown burgundy color
Overall I am impressed and I will save it for next fall I am not that impressed to use it year round.

Maybeline's Broadway Bronze
I hate it, it was too chalky for me. Bottom line I tried to use my urban decay lip gloss that came with my Naked 2 pallete didn't help. Still awful.

Maybeline's Perfect Plum
  • It's kind of choclatey 
  • It's dark but not to dark
  • Good for the fall or a night out

Mayebelline The Elixir line I thought was getting lipstick but when I got home I opened it and saw lip gloss wasn't mad I actually thought it was a cute idea, I like the packaging. I got two colors just to try it.
Captivating Carnation
  •                It smells like bath and body works warm vanilla sugar or whatever it is called! I don’t wear bath and body works but I know that scent. And I kind of think that it is weird this gloss smells like this it makes my mouth feel like I ate some of the bath and body work product.
  •            I LOVE the color, it gives my lips a red tint
  •                It’s not extremely glossy like the cheap lip glosses you can find in the hair store that we loved when we were younger but it definitely has a shine to it.
  •        It has a soft look I am always scared of my lips having that chalky look. This gloss does not give your lips that look which is great

Petal Plush gets a big thumbs down

  • It is a frosty pink
  • It makes my lips look REALLY chalky worst then the lipstick from the hair store kind of chalky 
  • It's just awful

Ignore the mary kay products and the hair products that will be another post!

Maybelline Lash stiletto 

  • Waterproof
  • First application my lashes were long 'false lashes'
  • Second application my lashes became fuller
  • Third application my lashes were bolder, darker fuller and more extended
When applying your third application if you use that many be careful because it can and will clump! Not sure if I would purchase this again.

Maybelline Mega Plush Volume Express

  • The reason I chose this one was one the color it matches my favorite cup (my Mason jar cup, every southern girl needs one) and two the brush, I thought that with this brush it would have really extended my lashes and make them POP just a little more than an average brush. I only used two applications this, on the first one it really extended my lashes with the 2nd application my lashes appeared to be fuller, bolder and darker I love love love the combination. This can get a little clumpy though. If you are looking for something with more of a fuller effect then extending the lashes then go with this. This is not a mascara I would purchase again being I love my lashes to look big and bold all day without having to reapply reapply and reapply.
The 24 hour color tattoo by maybelline 

I purchased two of these because I wanted to try something new but not go over board. I am glad I didn't go overboard because It started creasing at about four hours, then it was like "where did my eyeshadow go?" So I obviously wasn't impressed, I can take creasing but not my eyesdaow "disappearing" 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Motivational Monday: Playing yourself

If you keep going back to someone who keeps playing you, you are playing yourself.

Have you ever really thought about that? I am sure some of you all have thought that before. And it is very true. I got my heartbroken, I have been played, used, and everything else. Guys often ask me “Why are you single?” For various reasons (which is another post), but for what relates to this post is because I notice when most guys are trying to play me before they can really win.

For three years and almost three months I was playing myself. I believed everything my ex boyfriend said, I was trying to fix what couldn’t be fixed. I was also hurting while he was having fun. I cut off my guy friends because those guy friends at some point were trying to be in his position and be my boyfriend, while he had girls spending the night at his place, claiming girls were just his best friends. That whole time I was playing myself because I knew I could have kept my friends, I didn’t have to do something he wasn’t willing to do. If I hated that he was spending the night at girls’ houses and vice verse even though he SAID they slept in two different rooms, why did I stay around to keep crying, to keep having chest pain, to keep having headaches etc. etc. Don’t stay around and deal with lies, that’s when you start playing yourself.

When you are getting played by someone it just means, that individual is fooling you; they want you to think you are (these are three common things):
1.       The only one.
·         Sike! These days 95 percent of the time you aren’t! Your cousin may be a potential victim right along with you!
2.       The most important person in their life (at the moment)
·         You aren’t the most important person in their life unless you have said “I DO” and for all the right reasons, not because you are about to be baby momma or baby daddy.
3.       You are the best thing that happened since macaroni and cheese and collard greens.
·         Is it noticeable that I’m a southern girl?

A player will make you think all of that and when you realize it was all a lie, are they hurt? Nope they are out looking for the next victim if they haven’t already found them. Are you hurt? More than likely, especially if you thought you were the best thing that happened since macaroni and cheese and collard greens.

If you know they have played you once, and twice don’t let it happen a third time. Don’t make a fool out of yourself and cuss them out or say negative things about them. Don’t let them know that they won. Simply wish them nothing but the best and walk away. Delete their number, the text messages, and the phone calls; unfollow them on instragram and twitter. Erase every memory and close that door so a better door can open for you. Don’t hold onto memories convincing yourself that it could possibly work out. It’s time to stop playing yourself and get yourself ready for that person that will appreciate you and treat you like the Queen or King you may be.
Hopefully this post will help you think about how you can improve yourself and your love life. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

All black

Outfit Details:
Blazer: New York and Company Similar Here
Shirt: Similar Here
Vest: Ralph Lauren
Pants: Forever21 Similar Here
Purse: Shoe Dazzle
Pumps: Shoe Dazzle

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

January and February Favorites

Urban Decay Eden and Original primers 
I got these for Christmas but eden was my favorite primer it’s long lasting and matte which is good because I don’t like using my glittery primer when I do a look with a lot of shimmer. It just makes more shimmery and I look like a drag queen. Since I have gotten this primer I usually will do my makeup around noon then ten hours later I’m off of work and able to take my makeup off. I do notice a little bit of creasing but not enough for me to say okay this was a total waste. The down side is it is WATERY. I don't know if it is mine or the primer is like that. All I know is I hate that.

Original does the same job eden does, it just doesn't last as long but its not watery. Sometimes you just can't win ladies

Bath and Body Works Red Velvet and Cinnamon caramel swirl. Sweet Sweet and more sweetness!
Okay if I get a little excited just excuse it because I am SO in LOVE with these candles. I am not a big fan of scented things or of candles period. I thought that I would try some candles out especially after seeing Nitra B (my favorite vlogger and beauty guru) on YouTube I went to BBW and smelled alllllll of the candles and let me tell you that’s a lot of candles and I was only really pleased with these two I really regret not ordering anymore candles, but I’m trying to save my money that’s another post I guess I could do about why I am saving my money. Anywhoooo ENOUGH rambling.
My favorite one is the cinnamon swirl because it isn't too strong and being I have bad allergies and my mom gets migraines I have to be careful of what scented things I use and I have to use them sparingly but with this one it’s too bad I can burn it EVERY DAY and it won’t bother us I would have to put the lid back on after I blow out the flames because my room will be smelling like a sweet delicious cinnamon bun from cinnabon! That’s exactly what it smells like with a hint of a pecan swirl, or maybe I am just greedy.
NOW the red velvet candle is stronger then sweet I am a big fan of anything red velvet so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this bad candle! I just can’t burn it on a regular because like I said it’s too strong, when I first smelled in the store I did think it was strong but not as strong as it is when you burn it. It has this vanilla cinnamon smell, with a hint of red velvet. I bake red velvet cupcakes everyyyyyy Christmas so I was expecting to smell the smell I smell in my kitchen I am not too disappointed because I actually burn this candle more.
I am ready for winter only so I can buy more of these candles. I went to BBW to smell the spring candles but the selection was small and the smells were strongggggg.

Next is this book that I may have mentioned in a post back in 2012 (wow I can’t believe My Pretty Addictions is almost 2 years old) so this book is called the 10 rules of dating by Dr. R A Vernon the pastor of “The Word” church in Cleveland, Ohio. This amazing pastor came to my church New Beginnings Community Church, if you live in the Charlotte, NC area I advise you to visit my church for a good lesson, great singing and friendly environment ( you can come dress as you are no need to get your big church hats out)
The book is focused on how to live a single Christian life and how to find your soul mate. You don't have to be Christian to read it. But if you are trying to find the right person because you are tired of being single I advise you to read this. After reading this book twice I have another outlook on relationships and life period.

I'm not going to go on about it I rather you read it here is the link to his church's website The Word Church. Click here

 The Soap and Glory Sugar Crush that I talked about in my Sephora Haul post is still a favorite it is a little strong sometimes but it is still a favorite and my skin is still baby soft Click Here to purchase their wonderful products