April Favorites

Hey Beauties! Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mothers! I hope you enjoyed your day (I surely did!) Can you believe it’s May already?! Today I want to share some of my April favorites! April went by super fast I can’t believe it! Let’s get right into my April favorites!

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  1. Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water ($6.99). LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff! I use it in the mornings to refresh and moisturize my skin. At night I use it to remove my makeup. It is seriously one of the best formulas I’ve ever tried! An added bonus, it doesn’t burn or sting especially around the eyes! It feels just like water!
  2. Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control 3-in-1 Foaming Wash ($6.99). I used this face wash a few years back and then stopped using it for a while. I picked it back up because other acne washes would dry my skin or irritate it which left room for break outs. I love this cleanser because it isn’t harsh on my skin and doesn’t leave it dry!
  3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ($18.99). I recently did a review on this stuff. Guys this is an AMAZING product. I would definitely buy this product over and over again. At first I was turned away by the price, but a little product goes a long way!
  4. MAC Mineralize Loose Powder in dark ($33.00). I have recently started purchasing more MAC products. I am so glad I got my hands on this loose powder. It’s actually a foundation, but I use it to set my highlighted areas. My under eye doesn’t crease and it lasts all day!
  5. Colourpop Lippie Stix in Lumiere ($5). This has been my go-to lip for the last couple of months! It’s the perfect mauve/nude matte lipstick. A great thing is that it isn’t drying to the lips. I love to pair it with my MAC cork liner.
  6. Colourpop Brow Pencil in Black n’ Brown ($5). Okay, I LOVE this brow pencil! I have been reaching for it more than my ABH brow wiz. The most loving thing is the price!
  7. Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow ($40). This is one of the most beautiful palette of highlighters! Ladies if you can get your hands on it grab it while you can because it’s always sold out! I love Golden Bronze the most! It gives your skin such a beautiful and radiant glow!
  8. Wet n Wild Stipple Brush ($2.99). Wet-n-Wild came out with the most beautiful brushes! I actually own about 5 of the brushes, but the stipple brush is one of my favorites. It applies the makeup so well! I use it to apply my highlight or blush. It’s a steal for $2.99! They even have brushes for $1!
  9. Milani lip gloss (sorry I don’t know the name of the color) ($1). I bought this from the Dollar Tree. It’s such a beautiful brown toned lip gloss! It applies very smoothly. Once I get the name I’ll let you guys know!
  10. Wet-n-Wild nail polish in Lavender Creme ($1). I picked this baby up from my local Dollar Tree. It’s the perfect spring/summer color!
  11. Ruby Kisses HD Set n Forget Setting Powder in banana ($5.99). This is a great setting powder! Be careful not too apply too much because a little goes a long way! This is a great dupe for the Ben Nye powders.

So those are my April favorites guys! I hope you all will try the products! Comment and let me know what your current favorites are!

xoxo

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Review

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The Neutrogena Hydro Boost line has to be one of the best products I’ve used in a very long time! I would NEVER share products with you all that I have not tested first. I don’t mean test it once or twice, but over a course of a month or so. I have added these products to my nightly routine! I LOVE it. At first I was like, okay I don’t believe the hype. I used it the first couple of nights I said, okay, not bad. Used it for a few weeks and I can honestly say way to go Neutrogena! I have the hydro boost water gel and the eye cream. I have really been into eye creams lately mainly because I don’t get much sleep. I wanted to share the Neutrogena Hydro Boost review with you all in case you’re really into skin care products and really need something to hydrate that beautiful skin!

Let’s talk about the eye cream first. Now I won’t lie, the prices are a little high. The eye cream cost $18.99. Would I say the price is worth it? Probably not. Yes, it is a great product, but is it really worth $20? That’s probably one of my cons. However, the product itself is amazing. Even though I have oily skin my skin tends to get dehydrated even during the warmer months. I love the gel-like consistency of the eye cream. A little definitely goes a long way. It also has a cooling sensation which is amazing. As I stated earlier I apply this product at night and feel very refreshed in the morning. It does not burn or sting around the eye area.

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. It just may be my FAVORITE product. This product is also $18.99. Is it worth it? Maybe bring it down to around $12 or $13 Neutrogena. However, an AMAZING moisturizer! It is so easy to apply, very lightweight and feels great to the skin. A little goes a long way with this product so I definitely see it lasting for quite a while! It’s so smooth and creamy! I highly recommend this product for all skin types. If you want something to rejuvenate your skin then this product is for you! If you don’t want to pay $40 for the set I completely understand! Seriously, it’s a great product. If you decide to try it let me know how you like it!

Get yours here!

xoxo

Skin Care Routine

 

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Hello Beauties!

Today I want to share my current skin care routine. Since I’ve started blogging I’ve been wearing a lot of makeup. Wearing a lot of makeup could be very overwhelming to the skin. I have to be very careful because I have acne-prone, oily and sensitive skin.

My skin care routine changes overtime so I’m giving you guys my current routine! I have to change constantly until I find what works the best for me. Since I had a baby (7 months ago) my skin has definitely changed. Between nursing and the different hormonal changes my skin breaks out even more. This isn’t a tutorial because everyone has different needs for their skin, but this is just to show you how I control my breakouts and keep them at a bare minimum. I usually don’t break out. The only thing I’m really dealing with is the hyper pigmentation (dark spots). So here’s my skin care routine!

In the morning I always start by rinsing my face with cool water. Some may prefer hot water, but cool water feels very refreshing! I don’t do much to my face in the morning. After I rinse with cool water I take a cotton swab and hydrate my face with the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water. This stuff is amazing! It’s a very gentle facial cleanser. I love it the most because it contains no harsh chemicals, perfumes, or dyes. My skin feels so refreshed after I use it. After the micellar water I use the Clean & Clear Oil-Free Dual Action Moisturizer to moisturize my face. It’s lightweight and oil-free which is perfect for my skin. This simple morning routine preps my face for the day!

Now to my nightly routine! This is where I focus mostly on my skin. Taking makeup off doesn’t have to be stressful. I use two things to remove my makeup. Baby wipes (fragrance free) and coconut oil. Any type of oil will do! Take the oil and rub your entire face and neck with it. Wipe off by using the baby wipes! I am telling you this is probably the easiest way to remove your makeup! It’s even safe to use the baby wipes around your eyes because it doesn’t burn! I also use the Bolero facial wipes to remove my makeup. Once again these are great because they are not harsh to the skin! I can also use them around my eyes. They contain argan oil and shea butter and has no harsh chemicals in them! I have no idea why this brand is unpopular! When I google Bolero only one picture came up. I found them at my local Dollar Tree and fell in LOVE! Most eye makeup removers burn your eyes, even if they are for the eyes (which is insane). After I use the coconut oil I use my daily facial scrub which is the Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Daily Facial Scrub. Love this stuff! I use this product along with my electronic scrub brush which came with my Proactiv set. I love this brush because it gets deep into your pores and removes dirt. If you don’t own the Proactiv brush then I would recommend the Clarisonic Mia 1 Facial Sonic Cleansing System. I use an eye cream to hydrate my under eye. My recommendation is the Advanced Night Repair Eye’ Synchronized Recovery Complex II. It leaves the under eye with the most cooling/refreshing feeling ever!

Weekends is my time for pampering and going the extra mile for myself! I use a facial mask once a week. This particular mask can be worn while you’re sleeping! This is the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Sleeping Mask Honeydew & Chamomile. This mask DEEPLY hydrates your skin overnight! I know many of you are wondering what mess you’ll have on your pillow. No mess! No dirty/messy pillow. It dries into your skin like a cream and all you have to do is rinse it off in the morning. One final component to my skin care routine is water water water! Water is essential to having healthy and vibrant skin! Also adding a daily workout to your routine will have you feeling wonderful inside and out!

Let me know your skin care routine! Do you have normal-to-dry, combination or oily skin? Any hyper pigmentation? Rosacea? Leave your comments in the comment section!

xoxo

 

March Favorites

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Today’s blog features my March favorites! March was a pretty busy month for me and full of excitement! So many wonderful new products were launched. One that I am most sad about that I couldn’t get my hands on was the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette! 🙁 I am also in need of the Morphe 350 palette! Can anyone grab it?! Let’s get into my March favorites ladies and gentlemen!

I will start with the skin care products. I have been LOVING the Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Daily Facial Scrub. This has been my holy grail facial scrub. I use it every single day! It has lightened my dark spots over the course of a few months. Not to mention how it makes your skin feel so refreshed. It’s not harsh to the skin and is great for all skin types! For a moisturizer I have been using the Clean & Clear Oil-Free Dual Action Moisturizer. I have been using this for years. I’ve tried other good moisturizers, but seem to always go back to this one! It’s lightweight and oil-free. I just started using this mask, but the Sephora Collection Ginseng Mask is AMAZING. Omgosh. My friend introduced this to me and I haven’t turned back since! The ginseng mask is for toning and revitalizing. I also used the pomegranate mask and it works great as well. I would definitely recommend this mask for all skin types!

We could all use a good eye cream/treatment. Many of us neglect the under eye. You actually need to focus on this area because it’s very sensitive! I recommend the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II. It’s quite pricey at $58, but it’s so amazing. They also offer the sample size so if you’re a Sephora beauty insider you can redeem your points! The last skin care product is an amazing body cream called the Bolero Body Cream. I found this baby at the Dollar Tree! They actually had the body cream, bath salt and facial wipes (which I love by the way). This body cream is SO smooth and lightweight and smells amazing! Did I mention it was $1!

Next I will talk about my makeup March favorites! I actually have so many more, but I had to narrow it down. The Milani Smooth Finish Cream-to-Powder has been my go-to foundation for the last few weeks. This was my first time trying a cream-to-powder foundation. I love it! It’s great on my skin and blends very well! Speaking of Milani, let’s give a round of applause to the Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove. The PERFECT coral blush which is perfect for the spring! I love it because it blends into your face naturally.

Here’s a question of the day. What took me so long to buy the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara? Seriously, if not the best, probably one of the best mascara I have ever tried! I have two lipsticks that are my absolute fav! The Gerard Cosmetic lipstick in Buttercup and the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Cathedral. They are my favorite nudes at the moment! A new primer mist that I have been loving is the HARD CANDY Sheer Envy HYDRATING PRIMER MIST Coconut Water. It feels so cool and amazing on the skin and smells like coconut! It literally lasts all day and makes your makeup last longer as well. I have one perfume that I recently purchased and fell in love with. The Prada Candy L’Eau is a great perfume! If you ladies love a light, yet sweet/rosy fragrance then this would be perfect for you! I have one hair product to talk about and that’s the Creme Of Nature Perfect Edges Hair Gel. I have natural hair so it is IMPERATIVE that I keep these edges TAMED. I have been using this for a few years now. I love it because it doesn’t flake up or give you that “glue effect.”

How do you like my March favorites? What were your March favorites? I can’t wait to see what April will bring us! I am already using some pretty amazing products. I would love for you to share your favorite makeup, skin and hair products with me! Have a wonderful day Beauties!

xoxo

 

Easiest Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

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Hello Beauties!

Today I want to share the easiest strawberry smoothie recipe! This recipe is brought to you by Edith’s Heavenly Smoothie. I had to copycat this recipe because it’s so delicious. You can definitely make it right before work in the morning because you only need 5 ingredients! It’s springtime so a great tropical smoothie would be wonderful or a great meal replacement. You guys know I have to discuss the health benefits of each ingredient! Not only do you get a great tasting smoothie, but you are also maintaining a healthy system as well. If you’re anything like me you HATE the taste of disgusting things just to stay healthy. Let’s get into the easiest strawberry smoothie recipe!

  1. Gather your ingredients. You will need 1 cup of frozen strawberries. 1 banana. 1/2 cup of raspberries, 1 tsp flax seed (optional) and 1/3 carrots. YES, I said carrots.
  2. Now to the fun and EASY part. Throw everything into a blender. I like to grate my carrots before putting them into the blender, but you don’t have to!
  3. Blend, blend, blend!
  4. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

There are many health benefits with each ingredient. Strawberries are full of antioxidants, low in calories and eases inflammation. Bananas—I just love bananas! Bananas is a superfood surprisingly. It is also full of vitamin C and potassium. Raspberries are also full of antioxidants and vitamin C. If you decide to use the flax seed you are doing a wonderful thing. Flax is FULL of fiber and protein. Carrots are more than just your eyesight! Carrots prevent heart disease, is a great immune booster and improves digestion.

I am so glad I was able to collaborate with Edith’s Heavenly Smoothie to make the easiest strawberry smoothie recipe! If you are in Columbia, SC or surrounding areas she is willing to do children events, church events, private functions/parties and more!

Please feel free to contact her at hsmoothie@outlook.com. Let me know how your smoothie turns out!

xoxo

Power of Makeup

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Hello there beauties!

Today I want to share my thoughts on the power of makeup! When I was little up until around the age of 16 I could not stand makeup! I barely wore earrings and lip gloss haha! My mother introduced me to makeup and all I wore was foundation and a little eyeliner. She always told me that I was beautiful, but it was nothing wrong with enhancing your beauty just a little! With the low self-esteem that I possessed I simply did not care. It was one day I decided to put on a little makeup and said…hmm this isn’t so bad (I actually said this AIN’T so bad because I’m from the country :). Although I started wearing makeup, it never took away the beauty from my bare face. I ran track throughout high school so makeup wasn’t apart of my routine.

So I’ve decided to share that little story with you because I am a firm believer that you are very much beautiful and you do not need makeup to define who you are! I am obsessed with the ART of makeup and the many things you can do with makeup. It’s literally the same as any other composition. You can make it into a simple drawing or go for the ultimate masterpiece. Do not feel as if you need makeup! I can honestly go to the store with a bare face especially if I am only going to be out for a short while. I love putting on sweatpants, Converse, a beanie and absolutely nothing on my face except for a little moisturizer! Ladies remember to embrace your flaws! I embrace the fact that I have hyper-pigmentation, acne-prone and oily skin. I embrace that my brows aren’t perfect and that my face is darker than my neck and chest (which makes color matching a little challenging sometimes.) I also embrace the little moles that are underneath my eyes and neck. I seem to get more as I age, but that’s okay because they are BEAUTIFUL!

It’s absolutely OKAY to wear makeup as much as you want! If you want to wear makeup every single day for the rest of your life then be my guest. Just make sure you’re taking care of your skin underneath. The power of makeup is what YOU make it. You should own that makeup, don’t let the makeup own you. Tell yourself, “Okay, I’m going to put on this makeup today because I WANT to not because I NEED to.” Remember, you are beautiful!

xoxo

Fitness February

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Hello beauties!

Welcome to Fitness February! I am a firm believer that you must look/feel good on the inside as well as the outside! I have been an athlete for about 15 years. I played basketball in middle/high school….let me rephrase that. I TRIED to play basketball. I wasn’t feeling it so I joined the track team in high school and ended up receiving a full ride scholarship in college. My mother always stressed how important it was to stay healthy. I looked at her and said, “mama, I’m already skinny, I don’t need exercise.” Not until I read about the many diseases such as heart disease. This diseases does not discriminate so in honor of American heart month I want to feature my first exercise blog!

I’ve came up with a simple jump start workout to get your day started! I used to despise early morning workouts in college, but it honestly made my day even better! Studies find that exercising improves brain health and function, memory and overall health! It also increases blood flow! I’ll give you 5 more reasons why you should exercise:

  1. It helps to maintain a normal weight by burning calories
  2. Gives you stronger bones
  3. Strengthens your muscles and overall definition
  4. Gives your skin extra nutrients
  5. Reduces symptoms of depression/stress and improves your overall mood

Here’s what to do to jump start your morning!

First, turn on your favorite tunes to exercise to! I love the Pitbull station on Pandora.

  • Do a 5 minute walk or jog (warm up)
  • 3×5 squats
  • 3×5 lunges
  • 3×10 sit ups
  • 3×10 jumping jacks

Finish the workout with a 5 minute walk or jog (cool down) and make sure to drink an 8 ounce bottle of water!

This is a quick and easy workout! The reps will increase later on don’t worry 😉

Read more about exercise and health here: Center for Brain Health

xoxo

 

Top 10 Under $10- Drugstore Edition

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Hey there Beauties! I hope you had a great week! Today’s blog will feature my top 10 beauty products under $10! Yes! TEN dollars. I love high-end products, but frugal shopping is definitely my holy grail. I have tried out these products and they are amazing! I will never recommend anything to you guys unless I try them out first! These items can be purchased at your local drugstore. I shop mostly at Rite Aid because it’s the closest to my house and they have great deals. CVS and Walgreen’s are great stores as well! I have recently started shopping online at Drugstore.com. This site is great because they are partnered with Beauty.com so they have a plethora of options! Let’s get into my top 10 under $10!

  1. Yes to Grapefruit Facial Scrub $7.99- Y’all, this stuff, YES! I have sensitive skin, so it’s not too harsh and smells amazing. It leaves the skin feeling very refreshed and did I mention the antioxidants and vitamin C?
  2. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water $6.99- This cleanser is full of micelles. It grabs oil and dirt from deep down into your pores! I love this stuff!
  3. Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Honeydew and Chamomile Sleeping Mask $3.99- Yes, you can wear it to bed! Once you wake up in the morning your skin will feel rejuvenated!
  4. Tresemme Thermal Heat Protecting Spray $3.99- Great product for protecting your hair from heat and only $4!
  5. Dove Winter Care (Limited Edition) Body Wash $5.97-This is my FAV body wash for the colder months. It’s very moisturizing and leaves your skin feeling soft!
  6. L’Oreal Paris Colour-Riche Collection in Freida’s Red $8.99- I love a beautiful red lip and this is the perfect lipstick!
  7. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser $4.79- I absolutely love this primer! My makeup stays on all day!
  8. Revlon Photoready Eye Art Lid +Line+Lash in Topaz Twinkle $7.19- Talking about a 2-in-1, this is it! One side is a creamy eyeshadow and the other side is glitter! How cute is that?
  9. Ardell Wispie Lashes $3.49- I don’t wear false lashes a lot, but when I do I reach for the Ardell lashes! They are easy to apply and very natural-looking!
  10. Cantu Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner $5.97- Seriously, have you tried this stuff? I use it almost everyday! It works as a moisturizer, conditioner and detangler all in one!

What are your favorite drugstore beauty products? Let me know in the comments section. Have a great weekend!

For more amazing drugstore products visit here! Drugstore Products

xoxo

Need an Energy Boost? Try this Energy-Boosting Smoothie!

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Hello guys!

TGIF!! I hope you all had a wonderful and productive week. I know you are feeling pretty tired….want some energy? Let’s make this yummy smoothie together!

Get in the kitchen and gather these ingredients…..you will need:

1 cup of mango (I used the frozen mango but you can definitely use fresh mango, just peel and chop it up!)

1 cup of pineapple

1 cup of raspberries

Leafy greens (I used romaine lettuce)

1 cup of vanilla almond milk

1 1/2 tbs honey

1 cup of crushed ice

{{Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until you reach desired consistency!}} You can use spinach, kale or your favorite leafy green. I used half of the stalk of lettuce (about size of the palm of your hand). If you are allergic to almonds you can always use soymilk, coconut milk or rice milk. Add more honey if you would like it to be sweeter!

Let’s talk about this delicious smoothie for a second. Raspberries are FULL of antioxidants and potassium. Mango has over 20 vitamins, improves digestion and benefits your skin and hair. Pineapples also improves digestion, reduces inflammation and decreases the risk of obesity. Almond milk has no cholesterol and has vitamins A, D and B12. Honey reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal issues. Green leafy vegetables are low in fat, high in fiber, rich in folic acid, vitamin C, iron, calcium and potassium. This is your SUPERFOOD and where most of your energy comes from!

I must say, since mornings are dreadful (for me), I definitely look for my energy-boosting smoothie. It’s also a great substitute if you do not eat breakfast. You should definitely have something in your system since breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Try it out and let me know if you feel a difference! Have a great weekend!

P.S: Don’t have crushed ice? Put some ice in a gallon zip lock bag, take a meat beater or hammer and crush it up. There you have it, instant crushed ice.

xoxo