Haul Week is finally here. I’ve been wanting to do haul videos or post for a while, but found excuse after excuse not to get it done. I’m finally getting around to it and I hope you guys enjoy these post. The first Haul Week will be featuring Missguided. Most of the items in this Haul Week will be swimwear. I have a trip coming up and I will be living at the beach and poolside.
The first swimsuit features the Playboy x Missguided Collection. I saw this collection and instantly fell in love. Swimsuit name and price: Pink Logo High Leg Boomerang Bikini Bottoms $17 & Pink Slogan Super Scoop Bikini Top $26. Please keep in mind that these items were half price. Missguided is always having sells so try to cop your items when they are on sale. I like the high leg swim suit bottoms, even with my hip dips. I think high legs suits are flattering and give more of an hourglass illusion. The top looked cute on the model, but even sizing up was too small. I sized up in the top to a size 8 because I am busty and as you can see it was still too small. If you have a C cup or bigger you will probably be spilling out the top and/or bottom of this swimsuit top. I got my regular size in the bottoms, a size 6 and they fit perfectly. I would definitely recommend this swimsuit if you have a smaller chest.
Let’s get into this swimsuit cover-up. Y’all I love it. Cover-up name and price: White Beaded Crochet Pants $59 & White Beaded Crochet Cropped Sweater $42. I love the fit on me and just trying it on I love the length of the arms. Normally that would annoy me but I think it looks good with this set. The one gripe I have with this set is that the pants were already messed up. I’m really bummed about the pants but I feel like it’s too much drama to return them and try to get another pair in time for my trip. For the price I do feel like the pants shouldn’t have been messed up at all. Overall, I’m happy with the look of the set and will try to fix the pants myself in order to wear them on vacation. (See my Instagram story to see the defect!)
The next swimsuit I have on is the, White Ribbed Slogan High Leg Boomerang Bikini Bottoms $ 17 & White Ribbed Button Front Bikini Crop Top $31. I love this swimsuit because it offers a lot of support for the girls. If you have a C cup or bigger I think you’d enjoy this one as well. I sized up on the top to a size eight but I think I could’ve gotten away with a size ten. I have to point out that the buttons are actually functional which I love. This one is a definite keeper.
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I have to start this post by raving about the TruBlend Undercover Concealer! I recently went into the drugstore (CVS) and found this product. I’ve been using the shade D100 Golden Caramel and let me tell you the shade match and consistency is to die for. This is hands down one of the best concealers I’ve ever tried. I love that I can spot conceal with this. My new thing has been not setting my makeup with a loose setting powder, and this concealer is great with that. It doesn’t budge, but if you like to set your face it works well with setting powders as well. I personally like this better than Tarte Shape Tape and I’d say it’s up there with my Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer. One thing I will say about this concealer is that it is a tad bit dry and dries down fast. I would recommend applying this concealer in sections and blending it out section by section. If not it may dry down and make it hard to blend out. The photo below on the left is the concealer with a full face and the photo on the right shows how the concealer looks with just my eyebrows carved out and spot concealing without setting.
The next product I want to briefly mention is the New Vitalist Go Glow Luminizing Lotion with Vitamins E, B3, & B5. So far I’m loving this product. I love a nice glowy fresh face and this product gives you that. I like to layer this product over my Mac Prep & Prime Lotion. Together this pair is a dream. I have combination skin and like most of you I get oily in my T-zone. This product combo does a good job with abating oils and still giving me a fresh slightly dewy look.
I have seen the Full Spectrum Collection everywhere and have finally gotten around to trying it. I’m definitely impressed with the Matte Ambition All Day Shine-Free Foundation. I’m impressed with the color range and the finish of this product. Below you can see swatches of four of the shades, from bottom to top: Tan Cool 1, Tan Golden 1, Tan Golden 2, Deep Golden 1.
This foundation gives you a nice radiant fresh face and dries now to a demi-matte finish. I love using Tan Golden 1 on the high points of my face to conceal before applying my all over foundation shade. This foundation also mixes well with other foundations. So far I’ve mixed this with the Revlon Colorstay Combination Foundation (as seen in the picture above) and the Fenty Beauty Foundation. I tried the shade Deep Golden 1 as an all over the face foundation shade (shown below) and loved the finish but felt that the shade was a little too dark. All of my other products laid like a dream over this foundation. I would reccommend all the products mentioned in this post. Don’t sleep on drugstore products.
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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.
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.
There has been a lot of controversary surrounding Lime Crime, which I’m not going to get into. I will say that it initially turned me off of making any purchases from the brand. One thing I’m very impressed with when I look at Lime Crime’s website and Instagram page is that it is very diverse. Their Instagram page features a very diverse group of people and they offer a large amount of products that are unique. Lime Crime is not one of those brands thats dropping products just to drop them. It seems like they put a lot of thought and effort into their products. I currently have a ton of products from them that I want to try, but this post is about the Spin the Dial Set.
I’m not sure when this lip set came out, but I love it. I’m sure I’m not the only makeup lover/hoarder that buys products and they just sit for a while. But honey, now that I have tried this set I have to say I’m so impressed. I love the liquid lip formula, but I’m more in love with the wet cherry glosses. I’m a gloss girl! If I have a no makeup day, which is 90% of the time I will always put on gloss. These glosses are awesome everyday glosses. I would definitely recommend this brand. If the Spin the Dial Lip Set is not available they do sell the glosses and liquid lips separately. If you try any of them let me know what you think.
Red Rose & Wild Cherry
Lulu & Happy Cherry
Cindy & Happy Cherry
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Maybelline’s Made for All Collection by Color Sensational is to die for. It’s so nice to see brands making shades/products that are inclusive and universally flattering. I have to give Maybelline their props when it comes to being an inclusive brand because I feel like they have been on the forefront for years. I also have to admit that when I saw the claims I was extremely skeptical. “Universally Flattering” is a huge claim, but when I saw the shades swatched on Nyma Tang’s YouTube I instantly fell in love. She looked stunning in all the shades, and I figured that Maybelline had actually done their homework before they made that claim. Maybelline claims to have tested the shades on 50 diverse skin tones and the universally flattering collection comes in purple, pink, and red with a satin or matte finish. The shades really do look sensational on all complexions. These shades can be purchased at Target for $5.49. Check out my swatches below.
Red for Me
Spice for Me
Ruby for Me
Pink for Me
Plum for Me
Fucshia for me
Mauve for Me
Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Gel & Brow Pomade
I could not do a One Brand Wednesday Post and not talk about Maybelline’s Tattoo Studio Brow Gel and Brow Pomade. The Brow Pomade is $9.99 at Target and is a product I highly recommend. The pomade is phthalate and paraben free, long wearing, and smudge and transfer proof. The pomades come in a decent shade range and can be used to create a natural or dramatic brow. The Maybelline Pomades are more creamy than the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomades, and though I love the Maybelline Pomade the ABH is still my favorite. For the price and color pay off the Maybelline Pomade is a definite runner up and is the only drugstore pomade I’ve liked.
Maybelline’s Brow Gel ($8.69 at Target) formula is to die for. I have thick unruly eyebrows, so I love that the brow gel keeps your brow hairs in place. This formula is defiantly long lasting and if you don’t scrub your brows or sleep crazy the formula can last up to two day. This is also a product you can feel safe wearing to the gym as it is waterproof. I love this product because a few swipes allows me to fill in my brows to have a natural brow. The product can be built up, but if I want a more dramatic brow I will use the pomade first and finish it up with the gel.
A Note About Inclusiveness
I was watching Tati’s YouTube video about Best & Worst Foundations, Luxury & Drugstore. During the video she talked about how the Beauty Blender Foundation is one of her favorites. She briefly mentioned that they extended their shade range and basically said that we need to move on because the brand heard that the shade range was crappy and addressed the issue, “What more can we do?” I think part of the problem is a lot of darker complexion people feel like they are an after thought; let’s be real no one wants to be an after thought!
Beauty Blender is a US based cosmetic brand with a diverse following in an extremely diverse country. In my mind in 2018 there shouldn’t be a big company that launches a product with minimal shades for deeper skin tones. The 32 shade ranges that launched focused mostly on medium tones and appeared to have a lot of similar shades. It’s great that someone can find several shades that work for them, but should that come at the cost of excluding deeper shades?
Beauty blender made a post on Instagram basically stating that they initially intended on launching more shades, but because the darker shades needed more TLC their launch was delayed. Based on how a consumer feels about a brand and how the brand represents them, one has the choice to support them or not. The big thing to me is that so many brands, especially drugstore brands (cough cough Maybelline) raised the bar a long time ago so why is this still an issue heading into 2019. Launch products with an even amount of shade ranges and extend from there; don’t totally exclude any complexion. I’m more impressed with a brand that makes an attempt to launch an even amount of skin tones and misses mine then a brand that added mine later.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please note all images were taken directly from the beauty brands Instagram accounts.
Monday’s are the hardest. Sometimes I feel like I’m battling depression, other days I feel like it’s the baby just getting the best of me. It’s really rough for me because I was expecting this to be a great experience. I’ve had migraines for the past seven or more years that I thought were related to my menstrual cycle. Now I’m not having my cycle but I still have the migraines, if anything they are more frequent. I really hate it because I’m always sick, I feel like no matter what I do nothing changes. There is no relief from these migraines. The worst thing about it is it seems like no one cares, nothing stops because I’m not feeling well. I just have to put on my big girl pants and suck it up. I’ve had to start journaling to keep my mind off how miserable I am. My brother asked me why I’m always sick the other day, and even my man has commented on me always being sick. It’s honestly one of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with in my life and I’m miserable I’m thinking about going to counseling.
Now that I’m late in my second trimester I feel so much better. I’m ALIVE! I no longer am experiencing migranes and the constant need to vomit has passed. I no longer feel sick or want to slap every person around me that is having a good day. I didn’t end up going to counseling, but I do think the journaling really helped me. I’d say that journaling has been my saving grace, as well as reading other mommy blogs. I truly believe that I was depressed early in my pregnancy because of a lot of things, but mainly being away from my man, being sick, worrying about money, and taking time off work when I just started my job. One thing I’ve had to constantly tell myself is that everything is going to be okay. I have a lot of support from my man and our families. One thing I will say is don’t take those feelings of depression lightly. There is a stigma with the word depression, but don’t be afraid to admit that something is wrong and please don’t be afraid to seek help. We all fight our own demons and deal with some form of depression in our lives. You’d be amazed at the amount of people who can relate to what you are going through, and the amount of resources and peoople that are out there to help.
Right about now I’m really beginning to feel pregnant and experience some of the symptoms that go along with pregnancy. I only have about a month and a half to go and I’m feeling it. I took a weekend trip to the beach and did a lot of walking and not enough drinking and it caused my hands and feet to swell. My hands were tingling and so swollen that it hurt to hold a pen. I couldn’t feel my feet and literally felt like I was walking on ankles. To reduce the swelling I put my feet up and made sure I relaxed and drank a lot of water. Thankfully I haven’t had that problem again. In the grand scheme of things I’m doing really well. Other than being in a constant state of anxiety. I’m just having doubts about my capabilities as a mother, the birthing process, and I’m worrying about taking time off work, money, being able to spend time with my baby, breastfeeding, putting my baby in daycare, and my man having enough time to spend with us.
We currently have 27 days to go and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I can’t wait to see her beautiful face and see how proud her dad is. I’m nervous and absolutely terrified about the birthing process, but I thank God for the support system I have. Thankfully I haven’t had too many issues and the feet swelling is a rare occurrence and for the most part I feel pretty good. I have gotten to the point where some of her movements literally hurt and I just rub on her and talk to her and that helps, but I’m ready for baby girl to get evicted. The most painful, well more so annoying thing is the pressure I feel under my breast. I’m guessing I feel some part of her applying pressure there and it makes me out of breath and makes me not want to wear a bra, which unfortunately is not an option. All in all though baby girl and I are healthy and happy!
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