Roses are usually my go to flowers. Often easy to find, comes in a variety of colors, and perfect for any occasion. I happen to like them arranged in my home office. If I have to do work then I would at least prefer for my office space to look beautiful. So, when I came across Rose Forever on Instagram I knew preserved flowers would be the perfect option for me. I ordered the Baby Square Red arrangement. It’s beautifully made and gorgeous in my little space. In today’s featured video I’m sharing with you all of the details on Rose Forever as well as a special promotional code for your first order.
Its pageant week for me and I’m busy packing the essentials. Busy is a understatement but I’m getting things done. One thing I can’t forget to bring is my self tanner. It’s important that I look and feel my best on stage. Since I was a tomboy I have plenty of marks and blemishes I need to conceal and self-tanner does the trick for me. I was fortunate enough to partner with Coco & Eve in today’s video to show you a demo of how I apply my tanner and the before and after. Hope you enjoy today’s video and wish me luck. For more information click here.
Gloss Angeles Lip Gloss
Smashbox released a new collection featuring an eyeshadow palette and 14 shades of high shine lip gloss called Gloss Angeles. I love a good lip gloss because I rarely wear lipstick. So, to open this collection and see gloss made my entire day. I have dreams of creating perfect lip swatch pictures then I realize I’m just not that girl. With me trying to keep it as simple as possible and seeing the colors on me in real time works best. Besides, if you wanted swatches on skin you can find those anywhere. You can only find them in ME, here (insert sneaky grin).
Let’s talk specifics shall we. This collection offers four shimmer finish shades and 10 High shine finish colors. This lip gloss has a light-refracting shine that gives the illusion of a fuller-looking lip, which I don’t think I need any help with. Hyaluronic acid hydrates lips while a dose of vitamin E nourishes and keeps lips soft. It evenly builds from sheer to a medium dose of color. One very important thing I feel I need to mention is that the glosses are NOT sticky. Thank God because that is such a pet peeve for me now. Once you are accustomed to a smooth finish lip gloss you just can’t go back to sticky.
Check out today’s swatch video and comment on which color is your favorite. Below I also listed each Gloss Angeles lip gloss in the order swatched in today’s video. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel here.
Items mentioned/used in video: Products shown in order.
* LA Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette: https://go.magik.ly/ml/o952/ 1. Beachy Keen: https://go.magik.ly/ml/o94j/ 2. Obvi Mauvey: https://go.magik.ly/ml/o94n/ 3. Traffic Jam: https://go.magik.ly/ml/o94o/ 4.Sorbet Watch: https://go.magik.ly/ml/o94p/ 5. Sheen Writer: https://go.magik.ly/ml/o94r/ 6. Hustle & Glow: https://go.magik.ly/ml/o94v/ 7. Surf Bunny : https://go.magik.ly/ml/o94w/ 8. 72 & Honey: https://go.magik.ly/ml/o94x/ 9. Actors Guild:https://go.magik.ly/ml/o94y/ 10. Michelada : https://go.magik.ly/ml/o94z/ 11. Ay, Poppy: https://go.magik.ly/ml/o94u/ 12. Celeb Sighting: https://go.magik.ly/ml/o950/ 13. Acai You Girl: https://go.magik.ly/ml/o94t/ 14. Self Promocean: https://go.magik.ly/ml/o951/
Skin care doesn’t have to break the bank and Pixi Beauty is a brand that offers great products at affordable prices. Pixi is now offering a daily dose of vitamin c in their new collection of skin brightening products. Vitamin C has wonder benefits for the skin as they brighten and awaken for a more refreshed and energized look. Pixi has infused the vitamin into 5 new products to give you a daily dose of rejuvenation. The great thing about Pixi is that their products are free of parabens, gluten, phthalate, and vegan. So, if your skin is sensitive like mine you are home free. If you can’t pronounce it you shouldn’t ingest it. That rule of thumb should also include the things we put on our skin. Additionally, these products can be found in your local drug store. So its a win win!
Just a quick update, I suffer from acne and lately my skin has been doing amazing. I mean AMAZING. I have cleaned my diet up and incorporated some of the products I’m going to share with you today. The thing about acne prone skin is that anything can irritate the skin and cause a breakout. This often leaves a scar or redness to the skin and its horrible. Pixi is one of the only brands in the drug store that I’ve tried that doesn’t break me out. So, I can personally vouch for anyone who suffers from acne, this is a safe product for us.
My Favorite Product
Of all five products the Vitamin C Juice Cleanser is by far my favorite from the collection. It not only smells amazing but its light on the skin, removes excess residue, and does not leave a film on the skin. It’s perfect for after the gym and even as a backup when removing makeup. For me this was the best time to use it. I find that no matter how well I remove my makeup something is always left behind, usually mascara. After using this I can visibly see my skin get brighter with drying out my face and neck.
Just a little update on my weight loss journey and the results of using apple cider vinegar. All the details are listed in the video. Check out my results below.
The pressure is on as I am 2 days away from my pageant. I can’t believe the time has finally come. I have been trying to live in the moment but to be honest, I have so much going on it hard to keep my head on straight. I recently took a quick trip to my local park just to destress. I knew that I would have a busy week so I wanted to get in as much alone time as I could. I’m so happy I did because now I’m legit running around like a crazy person. I’m looking for earrings to match my dresses. I’m figuring out what hairstyles I want to wear for each look, and dress fitting and alteration. Not to mention it’s also prom season at the salon and I’m still working with my clients to get them ready. Y’all keep me in prayer lol. I plan on doing some filming during this weekend’s events and I hope you all will get a general idea of what goes on behind the scenes. That’s the plan at least, but like I mentioned previously, Im trying to live in the moment.
This week I wanted to take you along with me and share with you my preparation for the Mrs. New Jersey United States pageant this coming weekend. Over the years I have had my fair share of struggles with my skin. Acne is the absolute worst, especially as an adult. You think after a certain age it will magically disappear, well I’m here to tell you it doesn’t and often times you are left with the marks and scars from your fight with your skin. I call mine battle scars of the 90’s. Ok, seriously I knew I wanted to get my skin somewhat under control not only for the pageant but for my sanity. In previous years I’ve gone to countless doctors and the creams and pills would work for a short amount time then my skin would fight back like it belonged to a street gang. It was always a temporary high feeling when my skin would clear up then weeks later it was back like the plague.
Recently, I started a treatment plan from Dr. Michelle Henry, a Harvard trained Dermatologist and surgeon located in New York City. I have been following her on social media for a few years and I finally decided now was the time to really get the ball rolling of fixing this issue for good. We are currently still in the testing phase of plan however, I have seen some of the best results EVER! You can see from the image below the difference even in my makeup application. My makeup applies smoother and I require less product than before. It’s almost like night and day. Today I want to show you some of the items I’ve been using to get my skin stage ready. Although my treatment plan is customized to my skin type I will be sharing with you the products I use that can be used for all skin types.
Let me be completely honest here, I was not feeling this product in the beginning. I went off of the recommendation given to me by the sales associate. This frosty facial cleanser is so different from what I’m used to that I was hesitant in purchasing it. I’m so thankful I decided to give it another try because I love it for two reasons. One, a little goes such a long way. I have had this cleanser for 3 months and I still have half the bottle. I use it in combination with my facial brush and it does the trick. Second, the formulation is designed balance the moisture levels in the skin. Since I have problematic skin, its often oily in a few areas and normal in others. This wash discourages the production of oil in the skin but won’t dry the skin out.
I have been using this in the am with my topical antibiotic lotion from my doctor. It’s amazing at keeping my skin hydrated without the look and feel of oily skin. This is also amazing at reducing fine lines. Ladies, it’s never too early to focus on fine lines near your eyes, mouth, and forehead. These will be problem areas for me because I’m always smiling so hard lol. It’s also vegan, paraben, and gluten free.
This is my night time facial moisturizer. This was a product buy that I wanted to splurge on during the Sephora VIB sale. Also designed to combat fine line formation in the skin, I love the luxurious feeling it has. What I call the ultimate night time moisturizer and it not to thick. It feels amazing on the skin and is also the perfect product to use after a detoxifying or clay skin mask.
This under eye cream is wonderful for helping hydrate the sensitive skin underneath my eyes. I see a great improvement with the bags under my eyes as well. I use this product 2-3 times a week. Any time I apply a facial mask or any time I wear makeup I apply this cream. When I remove eyeliner, it takes a toll on my eyes and this helps restore the moisture balance back into my skin.
This is one of my favorite facial masks at the moment. Some days my skin is very sensitive so I have to be careful when applying products. I have never had a breakout while using this skin mask. Additionally, this mask helps to remove stubborn black heads from my skin. It’s truly detoxifying, and there is a visible difference in my skin. Great thing is it not at all expensive in comparison to other mask like Glam Glow. I was going to purchase that one but I didn’t remember if it helped my skin or not. I’m glad I gave this one a try because it’s amazing.
Ok, so I purchased this product to use on my face and after talking to my doctor she told me that oils aren’t best for my skin because they aid in clogging my pours. Since then I’ve been using it to moisturize my neck. Yes ladies, pay attention to your neck and jaw line as it still skin on your body. When applying makeup, it goes in these areas and it’s important to replenish the skin so the makeup can be applied evenly. We are also trying to prevent pre maturing aging to the skin. This oil penetrates the skin beautifully and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. I would also like to note, I feel it helped balance my skin tone as well.
I would be remiss if I didn’t add that I am currently drinking a gallon of water most days. Water has been my saving grace during this prep as it keeps my skin hydrated and flushes toxins from my body. My diet has also changed significantly as well. I’m sure this is adding to my skin looking amazing as I’m only eating clean foods. I cut out sugar, processed foods, and alcohol. Let me know what products you are loving for your skin as well. I’m always open to trying new products.