Missguided Haul

It’s that time again, drum roll please…it’s Haul Week! This time I picked up a few items from Missguided. Missguided is one of my favorite “fast fashion” brand. You get cute quality clothes for a good price. There’s always a sale going, and items can be picked up at a great price.

Button Front Ribbed Bodysuit
Black & White

Here are the items I picked up and all the details:

  • Kissy Roddy x Missguided black graphic print long sleeve body – US6 $25.50
  • White Poplin Corset Shirt Dress – US8 $21
  • White Button Front Ribbed Bodysuit – US8 $11.50
    • Black – US8 $12.50
    • Lime Green – US6 $12.50
  • Purple Zip Front Kangaroo Pocket Sweat & Jogger Co-ord Set – US6 $25.50
  • Stone Hoodie & Jogger Co-ord Set – US6 25.50

Styling Video

I truly loved all the items I got. The white dress is by far my favorite. I initially was a little skeptical about the material, but baby when I put it on I felt amazing. I definitely feel like the dress looks more expensive than it actually was. The fit was great and I can’t wait to wear it on a date night! I also really enjoyed the bodysuits and sweat suits. The quality with all the items except the Lissy Roddy jumpsuit we’re great. I’d definitely recommend checking them out if you haven’t already.

XOXO

Debt Free 2020

One of my personal goals for 2020 is to be completely debt free. Please keep in mind I am not including my student loans in this. I know for those of us who have student loans they can be a huge burden. I recommend tackling any other debt you have first and then addressing your student loans. Typically the interest rate on your student loans is significantly lower than any credit card(s) you have. If you address the credit card(s) or other loan debt first it will be easier to tackle student loans at a later date. Please note when I say later date I DO NOT mean do not pay on them now. If it is in your budget make sure you’re on some type of payment plan or pay the interest every month so you’re not shooting yourself in the foot.

I’ve always enjoyed writing out a budget but I’ve never stuck to them. The first time I saved more than 5k is while I was pregnant with my little one. Something about having a kid motivates you to get it together. Yes, at almost 30 I finally became somewhat financially savvy. I say somewhat because I have a long way to go as I’m sure many of us do. But I digress, lately I’ve been using the budget below to help me get it together.

Monthly Budgeting Tool – 1
Click the link above

This budget is simple and easy! Click on the link provided and you can fill in all your expenses and change it from month to month. What I like about this budget is that it easily shows you your income, expenses, and what you have left over. Don’t panic if your expenses are more than your income. Look at the budget again and cut some expenses. Be realistic! Eating out may not be in your budget, nor may entertainment, clothing, shoes, or beauty expenses. One thing Dave Ramsey always says that has stuck with me is, “You don’t need to see the inside of a restaurant unless you work there.” Those small purchases really add up so keep track of every dollar you spend. The draft budget I filled out includes some red boxes that help me customize the budget to my needs or remind me of certain things. Please do the same with yours.


One of the next things I did was start reading books and listening to podcasts. I would also recommend finding sites on Instagram or Facebook that encourage you to stay on course. Having a community that holds you accountable is extremely helpful. Leave a comment or send an email if you would like me to create a community where we check in on each other’s progress and hold each other accountable.

The internet can be a beautiful thing if used correctly. One person that has helped me out a lot is Dave Ramsey. I’m sure most of us have heard of him, but may have never paid any real attention to his methods. I encourage you to read some of his books. Here are a few of his books that may be helpful: Financial Peace Revisited, Smart Money Smart Kids, The Money Answer Book, Complete Guide to Money, The Total Money Makeover Workbook. Please also take advantage of his YouTube channel. He is giving out FREE advise and it just might help you!

Disclaimer: I feel like this has to be said I am in no way a financial advisor, I’m just sharing what I’m doing in hopes to help someone else. Please do your research and do what feels comfortable to you. Food, water, and shelter are things that you cannot live without make sure your basic needs are met and credit cards are not tools to live on! I hope some of my journey and some of what I’m sharing can help you or motivate you to take control of your finances in 2020.

Postpartum Shedding

Postpartum shedding, let’s talk about it! Postpartum shedding hit me around the three month mark. I have naturally fine hair and thus get my hair done accordingly. I know my hair cannot take a lot of tension or manipulation; with that being said I do get my hair done or do my hair myself because I am familiar with what it can handle. When I noticed the shedding I had just taken out some crochet box braids. Sis, when I tell you my hair was coming out in huge patches I am not exaggerating. My edges around the entire perimeter of my head were bald. I mean smooth as a babies butt bald, the Kim Possible naked mole rat bald. (Who remembers him?) I cried and cried and cried. There was basically nothing I could do and the excessive shedding lasted for months.

After doing a little research I learned that postpartum shedding is pretty common affecting almost 50% of women. During pregnancy hormones cause the hair not to grow on the normal hair growth and loss cycle. I think its important to note that for me I experienced additional shedding once my period returned around the six month mark. I cannot say for certain that there is a correlation between my period returning and my hair falling out; but we know that hormones increase hair growth. So I think the hormones associated with my period increased hair loss.

Typically during pregnancy the growing phase or cycle is extended with minimal hair loss. The hair loss that was delayed can fall out at once or over time. Most women will notice hair loss around the 3 month mark and the hair growth/loss cycle will typically return to normal around the six to twelve month mark. It is important to note that hair loss can also be related to a mineral or vitamin deficiency so please continue to take a pre or post-natal vitamin. If the hair lost seems excessive I encourage you to speak with your OBGYN or even a Dermatologist. For some women being on birth control can help.

Finally starting to grow again, September 20, 2019.

The picture above shows how my hair was looking once it finally started to grow back. Yes sis, I said grow back. My edges around the perimeter of my entire head left me! Gone! Vamoose! The picture below shows what the hairs looked like wet with conditioner.

October 1, 2019 wet with only conditioner.

I’ve finally come to terms with the hair loss. I’m currently 9 months post-partum and my hair has finally started to get back on its normal cycle. I’ve really struggled recently with wanting to cut my hair off, but I’m going to give my edges a year to grow back and start taking a hair, skin, and nails vitamin. I will definitely do a follow up post.

Tips to reduce hair loss:

  • Avoid hair styles that cause a lot of tension: pigtails, cornrows, braids, and hair weaves.
  • Use shampoos and conditioners that strengthen the hair and promote hair growth. Products with biotin would be a good start.
  • Consider taking a hair vitamin or increasing pre- or post-natal vitamin intake; birth control can even be an option. Vitamins recommended by the American Pregnancy Association include: Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Biotin, Zinc, and Vitamin E.
  • Make sure your diet consist of leafy green vegetables and fruits.
  • For my sisters, our hair is fragile when it is dry. Do not, I repeat do not comb or try to detangle your hair while it is dry. Dampen hair to detangle and make more manageable and please be gentle.
  • Minimize the amount of stress on hair; that includes hair dryers, flat irons, and hot combs.

Please note I encourage you to speak with a doctor. The tips provided are just suggestions to help lead you in the right direction. When it comes to taking a supplement speak with your healthcare provider and do what feels comfortable for you and your baby. Breastfeeding moms need to be especially careful about what you ingest; not just orally but through your pores as well. Most importantly Moms be sure to love yourself! You just brought life into this world! Just like your baby is growing leaps and bounds in front of you, your hair will grow as well.

Cheers!

3 Quick Everyday Makeup Looks

I’m one of those women who never wears makeup to work because I feel like I never have the time. I focus mainly on my skincare to ensure my skin is healthy and glowing. I encourage everyone to start with a good skincare routing or find someone that can help you with your skincare needs. With that being said I have been trying to find ways to do my makeup in 15 minutes or less and actually look well put together.

Here are some tips and tricks to start with:

  • Have all of the products you use on a daily basis or most often in one spot.
  • Decide what areas are most important to you! Is it color correcting, brow, or skin prep.
  • Find products that match your skin tone, texture, and temperament. Yes, I said temperament. My skin is very temperamental/sensitive. I’ve put products on my face that have instantly caused my skin to itch, burn, or break out.
  • Know your skin and what works for it. What works for Susan won’t work for Carol.
  • Enjoy the process! This should not be something hung that is stressful!
  • Have your brows neatly groomed! This makes a world of difference for me. I have naturally full unruly brows, so having them groomed makes a world of difference.

Products Used:

  • Covergirl Full Spectrum Matte Ambition in Deep Neutral 2
  • Morphe Fluidity Full Coverage Concealer in C 3.55
  • Fenty Setting Powder in Hazelnut
  • ABH Brow Gel in Dark Brown
  • Hard Candy Lipliner in Burgundy
  • Elf Plumping Lipgloss in Champagne Glair

Products Used:

  • Too Faced Born This Way Concealer in Hazelnut to spot correct
  • NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in Caramel to highlight
  • AC Cosmetics in Butternut Beige just the highlighter parts
  • Fenty Setting Powder in Hazelnut for the rest of the face
  • Bronzed with Covergirl Matte Ambition All Day Foundation Powder in Deep Cool 1
  • Huda Beauty Nude Medium Palette (I’d recommend skipping eyeshadow. I rushed through this part to get it done quickly and I think it shows. For people with greasy eyelids like myself I’d recommend set your lids and sweep your bronzer all over the lids!)

This look was all about skin prep! I used some of my favorite skincare products for the base of this look.

Skincare Products:

  • L’Oréal Vitamin C Serum – This stuff is The Truth! After pregnancy my skin was struggling and this stuff helped get me together. It definitely brightened and smoothed my skin. I could do a whole post on Vitamin C because I’ve been using it off and in for years. It helps your skin produce collagen, improves texture, brightens, and provides a healthy youthful glow. I recommend eating foods high in Vitamin C, taking a liquid or powder Vitamin C, and drinking a lot of water in addition to using a Vitamin C serum.
  • Collagen – I read somewhere that Vatamin C should always be followed by a collagen. I just use one I picked up at Marshall’s. I will go more in-depth about my favorite collagen in a follow up skincare post.
  • Vitamin E Oil – I saw a makeup artist on Instagram use Jason’s Vitamin E Oil prior to applying makeup and absolutely loved how it looked. The skin had a healthy glow and did not look greasy so I’ve been incorporating it into my makeup routine more.

This look was surprisingly my favorite! Easy skin prep, limited liquids & only 6 makeup products!

Products Used:

  • Elf Concealer in Deep Cinnamon to correct dark spots
  • NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in Caramel to highlight
  • AC Cosmetics Setting Powder in Butternut Beige Used very lightly to set the whole face
  • Bronzed with Covergirl Matte Ambition All Day Foundation Powder in Deep Cool 1
  • Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette – I used the dark brown shades to fill in my brows.
  • Lips: Elf Plumping Lipgloss

Find a route that works for you and your lifestyle.

Ciao ♥️

Sephora Favorites

Skincare

The older I’ve gotten the more I’ve paid attention to my skincare routine. When I was younger I struggled with acne and was able to clear it with the help of a dermatologist. Now at the ripe age of 30 I’ve finally learned to listen to my skin and use products that work well with my skin type. First, let me briefly mention that I have combination skin, mostly oily. I’m oily in my t-zone, mostly on and around my nose and I sweat the most on my upper lip (gross, I know). My eyelids get extremely oily throughout the day, but after I shower or wash my face I feel like the area around my eyes is extremely dry. One product that helps combat that issue is First Aid Beauty’s Pure Skin Face Cleanser. I have sensitive skin and my skin loves this face wash. I love that it lathers! Am I the only one who hates when my face wash doesn’t lather? Another one of my favorite skincare products in the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment with charcoal. I love this mask. The charcoal in this face mask isn’t too strong and doesn’t make me breakout. I recommend doing a patch test.

Brands Featured: GlamGlow, Buxom, Laneige, Sephora Collection, & First Aid Beauty

Lip gross is the one product I use daily. I hate having dry chapped lips. My ride or die Gloss is Buxom’s Plumping Lipgloss. My favorite shade is Celeste but they have a ton to choose from. I have to mention Elf’s Plumping Lip Gloss; I tried it a few days ago and was in love. It may take the top stop but I want to use it a few more times. I hate when lip products are suppose to be moisturizing but in the long run dry your lips out. One brand that definitely leaves your lips moisturized is, Laneige. They have presentation, packaging, and product quality down. I love the different scents that their products come in as well. The Lip Glowy Balm & Lip Sleeping Mask are my faves.

Complexion Products

My holy grail complexion Products don’t need much introduction because they speak for themselves. NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in the shade Caramel is a dream. This concealer has a good color range and blends into the skin beautifully. Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation is the only foundation that I’ve purchased multiple times. I’ve purchased the shade Golden Almond, Almond, and Sable multiple times. This foundation is an oily girls dream! She is definitely a rider and doesn’t break down on me in this FL heat!

Brands Featured: Fenty, Hourglass, & Nars

F-E-N-T-Y was one of those brands I was dead set on not purchasing because I haven’t been impressed with almost every celebrity owned makeup brand. I feel like too often it’s a gimmick to just make money, but Sis if you felt like me throw that notion out the window! This brand is absolutely amazing and it caters to all skin types and skin tones. I still need to test out and play with the foundations and concealer; but honey this here Bronzer and Setting Powder is BOMB! Say bye bye to flash back and hello to a smooth flawless finish!

More Makeup

I have to start with Kat Von D Beauty. It is one of the first brands that I splurged on and is one the first brands that made me genuinely fall in love with makeup. The liquid lipsticks from KVD are one of my ride or die products. I know that they are going to perform well and hold up. I’ve also recently fallen in love with their lip liners and lipsticks. I probably own more of KVD than any other brand. My all time favorite palette is currently the Lolita palette by KVD. In my opinion this palette is unmatched when it comes to bendability, color pay off, and comfort, especially for purples.

Brands Featured: Smashbox, Urban Decay, Kat Von D, & Anastasia Beverly Hills

Another brand I’ve been obsessing over is Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH)! The product drops that have recently come from this brand have been phenomenal, well at least they look phenomenal. I purchased the new foundation and I’m working on purchasing all of the Norvina palettes. I will definitely update you guys on that, but the product we’re here for is the Shimmer Body Oil. Let me tell you if you go on vacation this is a must have product. I took this with me to the FL Keys and loved how it had me oiled up, shimmering, and smelling like fresh dessert!

The final product I have to mention is the Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick! I love this stuff almost as much as I love my KVD liquid lipsticks. I have multiple of both lipstick brands and I definitely think Smashbox is comparable to KVD. Always On has a good shade range and is a comfortable wear. It can be a little drying so I recommend applying a lip primer or lightly applying a lip gloss.

XOXO 💋

A Tribute to My Father

A Message to My Baby’s Father

I cannot stress enough the importance of having a father in your child’s life. I often feel like I hear people say a women can’t raise a man, or boys need their fathers. In many ways there is truth to that but I’d argue that fathers are equally as important in their daughters lives. My Father is the first man I ever loved and was the first man to love me. My Father loved me long before I even loved myself or could comprehend what love was. My Father showed me how a man is suppose to treat a woman; and I don’t mean wining and dinning a woman. What my Father showed me is far more important then that. He showed me how a man is suppose to respect a woman, love a woman, provide for a woman and their children. My Father made sure we had what we needed, not wanted. I have few memories of him being ideal or allowing the weight/stress of family life to lie solely on my Mother’s shoulders. At an early age he ingrained in me values, skills, and principles that I carry with me until this day.

I wouldn’t say a woman chooses a man based on the type of man her Father was/is, but he definitely plays a part.

I’ve never met a man with my Fathers even temperament, work ethic, knowledge, and genuine love and respect for the people around him. My Father is by no means super affectionate, but he’s there when you need a shoulder to cry on, when your boyfriends been cheating with Keisha from around the corner, or when the weight of the world seems to be tearing you down. In my life seeing how my Father treats me and responds to me has made me more aware of how my Heavenly Father feels about us, loves us, and wants to see us prosper.

I say all that to say Fathers never stop loving your daughters! Even if they marry the man you said was no good, or have a baby with the man you told them would break their heart. As a parent I don’t think you ever really know the impact you have on your child’s life, but I have to say love and emotional support help your child be able to face all of life’s obstacles. I can distinctively remember one particular time in my life where my Father came through in a major way. Not to get too personal there was a time in my life (really one of many-once you learn to love yourself they decrease) when I made some bad decisions. I felt alone, depressed, suicidal, and a plethora of other emotions. By the time I took it to my parents I was at my wits end.

Moms are so in tune with their children that my mom knew right away what was going on and when I finally broke down gave me an emotional response. (As child I don’t think we realize that the decisions we make often affect our parents. I recommend reading Stormie Omartian book, “The Power or Praying for Your Adult Children. That book really gives you some insight into what parents go through.) I’m not sure what my mom said to my Father or what his first words were but I do remember him holding me and letting me cry and telling me everything was going to be all right. That is a moment that has really stood out to me. There was no judgement, no harsh words, just unconditional love.

Thank God for both my parents because they balance each other. What I get from my Father my Mother could never give and vice versus.

I say all that to say to my unborn child’s Father, you are going to play the biggest role in your little girls life. She’s going to see how a man should treat a women through you. You will be the first man she loves and you will be the first man to show her unconditional love. That is a huge task, a task I feel comes naturally to most women, but something a man has to work towards daily and has to pray to God to help him perform right. She’s going to look at you and want to imitate you! She’s going to pick up on your words, your actions, and your speech. May God give you the strength and wisdom you need! ♥️

Deuteronomy 6:6-9

6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart

7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

New Mom Chronicles

Episode One: Back to Work

I’ve never known a love so beautiful and fulfilling. As my little girl continues to grow I feel like my love for her grows. I constantly joke with my mom saying, “Is this how you feel when you see me?” I’m sure you never stop loving your children, but I do believe the love you feel for them probably changes over the years. I pray that it just continues to grow.

This is love!

Everyone keeps telling me to enjoy my time with my little one because they grow up so fast. I’m already starting to feel like that is so true even though baby girl is only 10 weeks. Some days I want to stop time so I can soak up every moment with my sweet baby Scarlett. She has already started to scoot around on her back and stomach and even tries to roll over. She’s outgrown her clothes and is wearing 6 month outfits. I want time to stop or slow down so I can soak up every moment with her. I just pray I get to be there for as many of these changes as I can.

Each day my little princess seems to do something new that amazes me. She’s perfect in every way and I feel like she’s growing up so fast. That’s probably why I feel so guilty when I have to leave her to go to work. As she grows and learns more I hope that she knows how much I love her and that I would sacrifice anything for her. I thank my Heavenly Father for her daily.

The guilt I’ve felt daily having to leave Scarlett is something I’ve never felt. I never thought that motherhood would come with so much guilt. Right now I’m more fatigue than I’ve ever been in my life and I’m an emotional wreck. This morning I had to fight back tears of sheer exhaustion and guilt. I didn’t want to come into work; I wanted to sleep and most importantly I wanted to be with my baby girl. I’m on my fourth day of having to be away from her for ten hours and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. I’m sure much of the emotions I feel have to do with the sheer exhaustion I feel, but I’m doing my best to push through.

Patience. That’s my word for the rest of the month. I just have to remember to have patience with this new journey. My family has grown and there are going to be some growing pains. I just have to start each day with a positive outlook, seeing as Scarlett is a morning baby and is always smiling at me that’s not hard. I make sure I love on her and bond with her as much as I can when I’m with her.

XOXO

Favorite Makeup Products 2018

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

This product has been my absolute go to since I’ve tried it. I have extremely oily skin and most foundations make me look like a grease bucket instead of giving me a natural glow from within. Not this foundation, it gives the “my skin but better look”! I love how it evens out my skin tone and blends in so beautifully. A little of this product goes a long way. Its creamy, light-weight, cruelty free, vegan, non-irritating, and blends out like a dream. This product claims to be long-wearing, waterproof for up to 12 hours, able to adjust to your body temperature to effortlessly blend into skin, and easy to use and apply. It also claims to improve skin appearance, cover redness and skin imperfections like skin discoloration, pores, blemishes, dark under eye circles, hyperpigmentation and dark spots. In addition this product is paraben free, sulfate free, phthalate free, fragrance free, gluten free, synthetic dye free, and GMO free. In the past I have put foundation (L’Oreal) on my face and immediately had my skin become irritated and itchy. By the time I took the foundation off I had a chemical burn, therefore I am extremely picky when it comes to my foundation and most products that go on my face. The $46 price tag is well worth it. This is one of the only foundations that I have emptied multiple compacts.

Physician Formula Healthy Lip Matte Liquid Lipstick

When I tried this liquid lipstick I feel in love. I love that they do not dry out your lips and have them cracked and cakey. This is one of the few liquid lipsticks that I have tried and have gone out and got the whole collection. This brand is cruelty free and extremely affordable. I purchased all of my liquid lipsticks from CVS and often did so at a discounted price and received CVS bucks to purchase more makeup. Check out the Highlight listed as Swatch Videos on my Instagram (@fromfarmingtofashion) to see some of the swatches. They look supple on the lips without being to matte and are transfer resistant. My favorites are Berry Healthy (one of the few pink shades I like), Fight Free Radicals (a gorgeous red), and Nutritious (a beautiful brown-girl friendly nude). The Brand as a whole I belieive could expand quite a few of its shade ranges in various products, but the liquid lipsticks cater to every shade.

Kat Von D: Current Crush Glitter Gold, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick & Lip Liner

Current Crush: Glitter Gold is a gift I received around Christmas. I immediately feel in love with this product after the first try. I love the versatility of this product and the way it dries down matte. I was able to place this product on my hooded lids and had zero creasing or transfering. This cool to the touch glitter gel blends out beautifully to give a golden highlighted look. It can be worn on the lids, lips, or anywhere else on the body. I love that this product allows you to explore your creative side with its versatility. It glides on smooth and creamy and I find that I like to use a brush to place it and my finger to smooth or blend it out. This product is cruelty free, vegan, and paraben free.

@katvondbeauty

I have a ton of Kat Von D products that I could put on this list, but I tried to be fair and not overload you guys with one brand. Two products I could not skip over are the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks & Lip Liners. The Liquid Lipsticks are long wearing, very pigmented, nondrying and give a comfortable lightweight matte finish. Out of the 42 shades offered I only have a few, but I do plan to build my collection in 2019. The Everlasting Lip Liners have become a favorite of mine as well. These Lip Liners are a little on the expensive side, but totally worth the splurge. The Lip Liners come in 30 shades and are long wearing, water resistant, and do not bleed. Personally I like to line my lips with them pop on some gloss and hit the road. My absolute favorites are Hawkwind, and Crucifix. These bad boys are definitely a must have, they don’t skip or tug at the skin, nor do they bleed outside the lip line.

@katvondbeauty

Brushes: Luxie Beauty & Morphe Brushes

The quality of your brushes helps determine how you makeup will look. I hate doing my makeup and finding brush strokes on my face, or even worse the brushes leaving hairs all over the place. Morphe brushes are affordable and offered in a variety of designs and bristle types. I would definitely recommend them to any makeup enthusiast. Another company that produces some high quality brushes and deserves to be mentioned is, Luxie Beauty. I first received these brushes with my Ipsy subscription and loved them so much that I had to make a purchase. Luxie Beauty is cruelty free, 100% vegan, and slightly higher in price. With Luxie brushes I feel like you pay a little more for the more luxurious packaging, and various brush branding or color schemes. I would say that both brushes preform similarly, but Luxie Beauty being cruelty free and 100% vegan give it a one up on Morphe. Also, I love the fact that Luxie Beauty allows Ipsy to provide full sized makeup brushes in their Glam Bags. It is a great way for Luxie Beauty to advertise their products and reach a demographic that wouldn’t normally gravitate to the brand.

Setting Products: Morphe Setting Spray & Too Faced Setting Powder

When Jackie Aina helped Too Faced extend their shade ranges for their Born This Way Foundation and Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer I had to try them. The foundation is currently on my list of products to try. ( Please don’t go broke buying makeup! Set a budget and only spend that amount. Sis, you are not a beauty influencer and you are not getting products for free, so spend your coins wisely!) I believe Too Faced released their Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder or extended the shade range around the time Jackie Aina helped extend the concealer and foundation ranges, so I had to try it around the same time. I fell in absolute love with the Setting Powder in Translucent Medium. I loved the silky lightweight formula, and the luminous finish it gave my skin. One thing I will say is do not pack it on because you will start to look cakey. A plus side to Too Faced is that it is cruelty free and the setting powder is made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Another important point to make is that this product is made with hyaluronic acid, which is said to help hydrate the skin and reduce wrinkles.

I have to briefly mention the Continuous Mist Setting Spray by Morphe. This spray is the bomb.com! I love the way it evenly mist over the skin. This product has been a absolute life saver. I know for a fact that I am not the only person who has sprayed a setting spray on their face only to have it come out in this ugly squirt that leaks down your face, or leave a weird residue. With this setting spray you don’t have to worry about any of those issues. I love how it is evenly mist over the skin and helps the makeup settle into the skin. The only down side to this product is the fragrance.

@morphebrushes

Buxom Plumping Lip Gloss

If someone asked me, “What is the one product you can’t live without or leave the house without?” I would have to say lip gloss. No one wants to be walking around with dry crusty lips or skin. It’s uncomfortable, unattractive, and most importantly painful. For a short spell my lips were contstanlty cracked in the corners, peeling, or bleeding. To remedy this problem I first tried a ton of drugstore products, only to find out they made the cracking and peeling worse. The only drugstore products that worked were CarMax and Vaseline, but I wanted something that was a bit more light weight and gave me a light splash of color. I found everything I wanted and more with Buxom’s Plumpling Lip Gloss. I love the color range, the bits of sparkles/glitter in some colors, and the tingling feeling as it slightly plumps your lips, most importantly I love that it leaves my lips feeling hydrated and supple.

@buxomcosmetics

Please note all images were taken directly from the beauty brands Instagram accounts.

First Designer Purchase

Happy New Year, I am beyond excited to finally be getting some content out. Watch the video below to see what my first designer purchase was and to see my thoughts. Before you watch I have to say this video looks like a low budget film (cringing inside). I want to provide quality content, but I’m still learning and working with my camera and equipment.

Feel free to suggest some camera equipment, video editing software for a computer and iPhone.

XOXO