NYX LIQUID SUEDE LIPSTICK SWATCHES ON DARK SKIN

 

Hi Beauties!

The weather is changing, so you know what that means….new lipstick colors! NYX Cosmetics launched their Liquid Suede Lipstick collection about a year ago. I picked up two shades (Brooklyn Thorn & Jet-Set) as soon as they came out and I fell in love with the formula.

During a recent trip to Ulta, I saw that NYX was having a 30% off sale, so I racked up!

As a woman of color, I always love to get an idea of what lipstick shades may look like on my skin tone before I purchase, so I decided to film a lip swatch video for you guys!

Click the video below to watch!

 

 

DIY FRAMED LETTERS | PERFECT WALL DECOR FOR LITTLE GIRLS NURSERY

Hi Beauties!

Today I want to share my latest DIY project with you. In a previous post , I showed you guys these DIY framed letters that I made for my daughter’s room.

Now that my goddaughter, Skylar, is getting her own room soon, I just HAD to make sure that she had some customized wall art! I mean, a Princess room really isn’t a Princess room unless her name is displayed proudly above her castle, right?

Luckily, I had enough time to film the entire project this time so I could show you guys how I did them from start to finish. Most of the items are from Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree, and Walmart! Click the video below to watch the tutorial!

 

 

Not only is this a very easy and inexpensive to add decor to a child’s room, you could also use these letters as wall art in a family room, classroom, or office. Hmmm, I’m getting more ideas as I type! Let me know what you guys think of this project!

 

DIY FAKE COFFIN NAILS AT HOME

Hello Beauties!

Today I want to share my nail secret with you guys…I wear press on’s! Only I think I do a pretty good job at not making them look like press on nails. After getting acrylic nails religiously for years, last Fall I finally decided to take them off for a training class. To my surprise, after removing the tips, my real nails and nail bed were severely damaged. It took me 4-6 months before my nails grew past my skin and even then they were VERY brittle.

After getting acrylic nails religiously for years, last December I finally decided to take them off for a training class. To my surprise, after removing the tips, my real nails and nail bed were severely damaged. It took me 4-6 months before my nails grew past my skin and even then they were VERY brittle.

Moving forward I attempted to opt for a better solution- gel nails. Only everytime I went to the nail salon, the technician tried to convince me that the powder + liquid duo that he was pulling out (before I even told him what I wanted) was a “gel-powder“. 🤔🤔🤔 How could it be a gel if it was a powder, you ask? Yeah me too, that’s when I got myself up out of that chair and swore off nail salons.

My only problem is that I really actually enjoy tips and the cool sound they make when tapping against my keyboard.😔 It sort of makes me feel sophisticated, you know.

I decided that I was going to try and do them myself. I do remember wearing press-on nails back in school, you know the kind that popped off every other period? Yeah, those. I knew I was taking a chance with this press-on situation but I decided to try it out anyway.

To my surprise, my nails came out pretty darn professional looking, and the best part is, they last for about a week! Very cheap, very low maintenance, and very EASY to do! Check out the tutorial below!

The Mompreneurs: Mamas In Business Event

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending The Mompreneurs Mamas In Business Event at the Atlanta Ballet.

Although I arrived late due to a scheduling conflict (family wedding to attend), I still left with a vast amount of knowledge. Well worth the $50 admission ticket, if I must say so myself.

The panel consisted of 9 beautiful and successful supermoms:

Melanie Marie @melrwhite

Andrea Hamilton @fashiondree @theory_comm

Joi Pearson @ubringmejoi @joi_stik @joipearsonphoto

Neffi Walker @neffiwalker

Lauren Williams @lodwill

Iman Ramadan @thefreshhotel

Eliana B. @ellybevents

Nakeia Chomer @nakeiachomer

Jai Jai @funhousejaijai

Andrea Hamilton is the co-founder of her own PR Firm, Theory Communications, a very prominent communications agency here in Atlanta. I got the chance to chat with her and her sister, Erica Hamilton (and also co-founder of Theory Communications), one-on-one about some of my own personal struggles with social media. Aside from the bomb gems that she dropped on me, I was delighted at how open and willing she was to offer such valuable knowledge. If that doesn’t scream girl-power then I don’t know what does.

Lauren Williams was another gem that I really appreciated connecting with. Although I didn’t get a chance to talk to her one on one, I love how open and transparent she was with her struggles in business. As a devoted mom to her daughter Baleigh, COO of her own hair company, and head of management for her sister Porsha Williams (RHOA) she wasn’t afraid to open up and tell us how things are not always perfect behind the scenes, despite what people may see or think. I really appreciated her for that.

In addition to giving us insight on how she juggles raising her son AND running multiple business at the same time, Joi Pearson introduced us to her nifty, patented gadget the Joi Stik, the solution for hands free social live-streaming. Check her website out for more information!

Melanie Marie was the organizer for the event. I’ve followed her on social media for some time now and I admire the way that she brands herself throughout her platforms. Melanie owns her own jewelry boutique, blog, and manages her cutie pie daughter’s modeling career. When she posted about this event, I KNEW this was going to be something that I could benefit from. After meeting Melanie in person I can truly say that she was just as sweet as I’d thought she’d be. She put together an amazingly helpful event to connect working mama’s and help us gain some perspective on how to be the best that we can possibly be.

This was such an inspiring event. It was nice to see these businesswomen, in such a relatable light. I think a lot of times people look at the finished product or the social feed and idolize these lifestyles that we think are so picture perfect, when in reality it is just that, the picture is perfect. Behind the scenes are real women with real lives that run real businesses and also have real responsibilities.

(Here’s me, soaking in all the mompreneur goodness)

I also value the that we had so many prospectives on this panel. We heard from new moms with children that were just a few months old and also mom’s who had teenage, and even adult children. We heard from those who obtained masters degrees and those who never even finished school and how they built success on their own terms.

Now on to the food. Girl…the food. Let me just put a visual in your minds about this food. There were chicken and red velvet waffle skewers, 24-karat gold flaked glazed donuts, strawberry shortcake cupcakes, white chocolate covered strawberries, and she even had the chicken and waffles on the cupcakes ya’ll 😩🙌🏾. Although we had “light refreshments” I felt like I’d had a full meal, the way I was tearing those cupcakes up you would have thought I wasn’t supposed to be vegan (that’s another conversation for another time).

What was even more inspiring was the story behind the chef who created these delectable goodies. @theofficialai shared her story about her time in the military as a chef and being medically discharged. She too was a mompreneur, serving full time in the armed forces, while running her online boutique, chef’n up these baked goodies AND being an awesome mommy to her sons. Talk about a full plate! You can check her out on her instagram @theofficialai .

All in all I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this event and I am glad that I attended! I left SO inspired that I came home and immediately started working on content for the next month!

Follow the organizer @Melrwhite on instagram to stay updated on her MOMPRENEUR events!

Photo credit InDrewsShoes.com

CHIC HAPPENS

BOOHOO TOP | FASHION NOVA SKIRT | SHOEDAZZLE SHOES | MICHAEL KORS COAT

 

Fashion is fun! There are so many different looks and vibes that you can give off just by switching up your wardrobe pieces. Off-the-shoulder shirts are the ultimate chic vintage vibe. It is the perfect grown-up sexy way to showing a little skin while still maintaining class. Plus off the shoulder blouses pair really well with any bottom; pants, jeans, skirts, you could even pull them off with joggers if you’re really risky!

 

Happy styling! xoxo

 

DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER

I have a LOT of makeup brushes. So many that at times I’m not really sure what to do with all of them. I mean, use them, of course, but confession, I don’t really use all of them. I have my favorite 10 that are my go-to, but even then, you can only use one brush at a time.

I needed brush storage and since I and my OCD cannot stand to see them cluttered over the counter, I had to find a stylish (and cheap) way to organize them.

In came the gold spray paint and the rest is history! Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE me some gold spray paint! I came across these cute little vases from DollarTree, that I tend to use for everything BUT flowers 🤔.

I used some painters tape to create some abstract designs and spray painted away. After peeling the tape off, I added some diamond confetti and my cute DIY Makeup Brush Holders were done!

I hope you guys enjoy! Tag me if you try this project, I would love to see what you come up with!

7 Incredibly Easy Secrets for Saving Money With Online Shopping

Shopping is easily one of my FAVORITE hobbies! As much as I love to shop I’d have to say that my wallet doesn’t always agree with me. I try my best to save money where ever possible to avoid high credit card bills and attempt staying within that lovely thing we call a “budget”.

After I began to actually pay attention to my shopping habits I found that I actually spend more when shopping in-store than online. Here are some tips that I’ve come across to help me save money as I fuel the economy!

1. Online Coupons

More often than not, stores offer “online only” deal or coupons that you can only take advantage of, you guessed it, online. If you sign up for a retailer’s newsletter or register for an account on their site they normally offer some sort of discount for signing up.

Large retailers like Old Navy and Henri Bendel know that not everyone is located close to a physical store so they often offer a discount based on the amount spent. Also, because online stores often have more stock than the actual retail locations, they have more inventory to sell in those seasonal sales!

RetailMeNot and Coupons.com are really quick sites to save money on those stingy sites that don’t publicize their discounts.

2. Ebates

I seriously LOVE this website! Ebates is such an awesome tool because it allows you to get actual CASH back on stuff that you were going to buy anyway.

I really wasn’t sold on the idea at first, but as I realized how much I actually shop online, I figured why not give it a try. So far I have made back over $500 in cash from shopping through Ebates.

They have hundreds of stores that you already shop at like Walmart, Sephora, Macy’s, Overstock, even Amazon and the list goes on!

Once you sign up for Ebates, just make sure to search for and shop through your retailer’s link.  The website will show a green Ebates banner while you get your shopping on.

After you finish and check out, your cash will be credited to your Ebates account in 1 to 5 business days.

Seriously, check Ebates out, you will thank me later.

 3. Shop Around

Don’t always rely on the first website you see, spend some time and browse a little bit.

I actually prefer to buy my MAC makeup from Nordstrom or Macy’s rather than the MAC website because I can get cash back from Ebates.

For buying popular shoes and sneakers, you would probably automatically thinking of shopping at Footlocker or Footaction (both also available for cash back on Ebates) but there are reliable sites like Zappos and Amazon also sell popular brands, sometimes at better prices.

There are a lot of items that are offered by more than one store, so take your time, look around and compare prices and deals. That will save you a lot of money in the long run.

4. Free Shipping

 Have you ever loaded up your cart, got all the way to the checkout page, and questioned that $15.99 shipping charge?! I will seriously close out my entire web browser and forget everything if the shipping is too high.I absolutely HATE to pay for shipping.

Fifteen dollars may not sound like a lot but in my head, I could have gotten a WHOLE additional item for $15, or worse, how about I can make it to the store and back for less than $15 worth of gas.

I can think of a million things that I would rather pay $15 other than shipping.

To avoid shipping charges, shop with sites that offer free shipping or complimentary shipping after spending a certain amount. You will thank me later.

5. Member Sales

Nobody ever believes me when I tell them I get exclusive discounts on my high-end items, but it’s true!

Membership only flash-sale sites like Gilt, Rue La La, MyHabit, and Ideel just to name a few, are my favorite places to shop designer with a discount.

Popular brands like Alex & Ani, Giuseppe, Christian Louboutin, and even Hermes participate in secret sales on these sites. You can literally shop for EVERYTHING from clothing to home and even vacations.

Sales are usually first come, first serve and only on select items. They do take a while to ship but it’s totally worth it when your snagging fashion deals at sometimes as much as 80% off retail!

Shoedazzle and JustFab are GREAT for quality and stylish shoes without the high-end price tag. These are just a few of my secret member shopping arsenals (blog post coming soon).

 6. Groupon/ Living Social

Similar to those flash sale sites, Groupon and Living Social provide major discounts on services, outings, merchandise, and even vacation.

Personally, I like to shop the restaurant deals and getaway packages. You can find deals like $100 to spend on dinner at Maggianos for 40 bucks. Can you say date night?

These are great sites to use for gifting and planning things to do with your family or significant other.

7. Abandon Your Cart

One of the great things about shopping online is the ability to actually see all the items that you have in your cart as well as your total at any given moment. I would MUCH rather prefer this instead of the embarrassing in-store cart evaluation at the checkout counter.

In addition to saving yourself from the impulse buying remorse (and maxing out your credit card), shopping and then abandoning your cart for 24 hours often gets you a discount. Most stores have software that detects your full and idle cart and sends you an email reminding you to complete your purchase with a coupon!

Here’s a tip, make sure you’ve given the website your email prior to abandoning the cart so they can have a way to reach you.

I hope you guys enjoy some of those shopping tips! If you have any tips that I missed, list them below in the comments!

Happy saving 🙂