A brown girl friendly red lippie

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Hey y’all! Hope you’re all having an amazeballs week so far. We’ve made it to hump day, whoooohoooo! So, last Friday I was on my way to a concert and realized I had left my lipstick at home when I switched purses. I stopped at a CVS along the way, and found the most amazing red lippie. It’s now my new fav! At least for me, it has been a struggle to find a brown girl friendly red. And I’ve tried many! 

This one is by Milani and it’s called confident. It’s matte, which I love. And I have nothing bad to say about Milani lippies. For the price, only 6.99, they are awesome. They are long-wearing and just an overall good product. I’m more of a deep red kinda girl, and this one is perfect. More good news, I just saw earlier this week that Milani cosmetics are coming to Ulta! I’m Super excited because CVS doesn’t carry the entire line, and I’ve been dying to try their finishing spray. 

Have you guys tried Milani lippies? Do you have a fav shade? 

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Trouble sleeping? Try this

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If you know me well, you know that sleeping is one of my fav pastimes 😉 there are few things that I love more than getting my sleep on. But every now and then, it’s hard to catch those zzzzzzz’s! I found that melatonin combined with valerian root can not only help you fall asleep but stay asleep. But, I’m not a doctor, so you’ll want to consult with yours before trying this to ensure safety. Some supplements can interfere with your prescribed medication. 

I did ask my doctor if this was safe, and it is. He also recommended taking 1-2 hours before bed. So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, and looking for something natural, and non-habit forming, you should definitely try this. Thank me later 😊

Must try mud mask

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Sunday nights have turned into beauty treatment night at my house! Tonight I tried something new. A couple months ago, I placed my first order from La Vita Lush. I ordered a body butter and eye shadow, but received a few other products complimentary, including this mud mask! 

This stuff looks and smells good enough to eat. The coffee smell made me sad that I couldn’t buy my new Keurig this weekend 😔 I ended up having to buy a new vacuum instead, because mine decided to die! Anyway, this stuff smells heavenly. I applied it and then got into the shower, then rinsed afterwards. I love that it has actual coffee grinds (or something that was exfoliating) and I scrubbed my face as I rinsed. My skin felt amazeballs afterwards. I actually want to scrub my whole body in this stuff now! 

The creator of this line, LeKesha Benson is also from my hometown. So, not only are southern girls cute as a button and sweet as pie, we’re also super talented! You guys should definitely check her products out! From what I understand, they’re also all natural. 

Have you guys tried any good beauty products lately? Do tell!!!

L’OrĂ©al voluminous lash paradise review 

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Hey y’all! I’m still at it, trying to find the holy grail of mascaras. A few weeks ago, I purchased a new one by L’OrĂ©al, voluminous lash paradise. In waterproof of course! The verdict: I love it! If I take the time to precisely apply it, and after 3 coats, my lashes do look pretty darn fab. 

I believe I paid about $8 for it. The packaging is almost identical to Too Faced Better Than Sex, and from what I remember when I tried that one, it’s also very similar, so if you’re looking for dupes, this may be one! 

Of course, I’ll still be on the mascara prowl, but this one is pretty darn good. I like it more than just a little, so it’ll stay on the list 😊

Have you guys tried any good mascaras lately? 

Update: Whitening teeth with activated charcoal

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Hey y’all! I’m not even going to apologize for being a slack blogger again…what can I say, LIFE happens! Anywho, I wanted to share an update of sorts. Months ago I wrote about whitening teeth with activated charcoal. I’m excited to share that I’ve mastered not making a huge mess! The secret? Dip wet toothbrush in charcoal and then squeeze a dab of toothpaste on the brush. That’s it! 

And also, just be mindful of how you brush, and no more messes! The mess is actually what kept me from using it more often! 
As a reminder, here’s what I use and it was purchased on Amazon. 

While my teeth aren’t super duper white, I’m happy with the results. 

I brush with the charcoal a couple times a week. I also notice how more clean my teeth feel after brushing with the charcoal. I’ve never asked my dentist if this is safe or not, so don’t come for me. I’d suggest asking a dental professional about this if you’re concerned. 

Have you guys tried this yet? And, any other whitening tips that you’ve come across? 

Creative way to remember your loved one

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Hey y’all! Hope everyone is having a great week so far! I’m already looking forward to the weekend! So, I’ve been waiting for what feels like forever to get a package in the mail and it finally came on Monday! I saw a picture months ago of a pillow made from a shirt that belonged to someone’s grandfather who had passed away. It immediately made me think of my dad, and thought it would be such a sweet way to remember him. It took a little while, but I found someone to make them for me! They turned out amazeballs! I had one made for my mom and sisters too. 

I can’t say enough how much I miss my dad, but this is a special reminder that he’s still with me. If you’re looking for a special way to remember your loved ones, this is a great idea. I’m always looking for new ideas for things I can do to remember my dad, so if you have any, please share!

Sephora collection cream lip stain

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Hey y’all! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend. Nowadays it seems like every day  is a national day of something and on Saturday it was both national lipstick and chicken wing day! I kinda love these made up days of celebration because I see it as a day that others co-sign on something I wanted to do anyway, like eat chicken wings! While I did eat the wings, I didn’t shop for new lipstick. I got caught up in the hype of the free lipstick offer from MAC, got to the mall only minutes after they opened…and they were already gone! That really did burst my bubble, so I was no longer in the mood to even browse. But I did find one a couple weeks ago that I absolutely love, and wanted to share with you guys.

If you haven’t noticed a trend, I’m starting to love Sephora! Ulta has always been my makeup happy place, but I’m really loving Sephora at the moment. The biggest reason is that you can get a free sample of anything in the store! So, back to the lipstick. I’m loving the cream lip stains. I now have three of them, and this is the latest one I’ve purchased. The color is bohemian purple. 

I love both the pigmentation and these are very long-wearing. They dry into a matte finish. A lot of mattes are drying, but this one isn’t. Here’s what it looks like on. 

I just can’t say enough about how much I love these. I wish I could have them all! They’re also affordable at $14 each. Have you guys tried these before? Which color do you love the most? Let me know because I’m totally obsessed and can’t wait to try more colors!

Dillard’s clearance: fab shoe find

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Hey y’all! Hope everyone has had an amazeballs week so far. It’s been eons since I wrote about shoes. I’ve actually been trying to do less shopping. I have soooooo much stuff it’s getting kinda ridiculous. But when Dillard’s has a clearance sale where you get extra off, it’s worth checking it out. It was the weekend before July 4th and there was an extra 30% off! I went a little nuts. I got 2 pair of sunnies, a necklace, earrings, a shirt (which I just remembered,) and these fab pair of heels! 

They ended up being like $25. You can’t beat that for a pair of Jessica Simpsons. I love her shoes by the way. I even wore a pair today. They’re affordable, always comfy, and always on sale somewhere! 

So other than sales like these, I rarely even shop at Dillard’s. But like I said, when they have these sales, you must go. You never know what you’ll find. I hear there’s also a Dillard’s clearance store in Asheville. I’ve been meaning to go, and I think I may do that on my bday this year. I always take the day off because hello, I don’t work on the national holiday that is my bday, and I need something to do that day. It’s not far away, so why not go and see what I can find. Have you guys been? 

Sephora nude glow: yes you need some!

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Hey y’all! Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th! I visited my mom in SC for the day, and on the way home from dinner, I got my first speeding ticket! Womp womp! Other than that, it was great. So, I’m in love with a new product. Well I don’t know how new it is but I just discovered it. I live for a good glow, so I’m so excited about it! It’s called nude glow by Sephora. It’s a setting spray and I paid $20. A little pricey I think for such a small package, but definitely worth it. 

It’s an aeresole mist.  You have to be careful about over spraying because you can’t feel it going on, and if you spray too much, you end up looking greasy! 

This pic is from Sunday, the first day I used it. I thought I was a little heavy handed with it, but I still loved the look. 

You guys should definitely try this stuff! 

Purse storage solution 

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Hey y’all! Hope everyone had an awesome weekend. I told myself that I wasn’t going shopping for awhile, and what did I end up doing all weekend? Shop! I did find some great deals though, and I only bought one item of clothing, so I’m still proud for not buying more clothes. Y’all it’s getting out of control with the clothes, so I do need to cut back on shopping before I completely run out of room! Speaking of running out of room, I needed extra room for purse storage, especially my clutches.  In my head I had the idea of getting some sort of cute box/bin to put them in, and I found exactly what I was looking for, and even cuter at Ross this weekend! 

  They had these in 3 different sizes. This was the largest size and only 8.99. I wish I had gotten all of them because I could have found a use for them all. I love the distressed look too! 

And y’all, this thing is full now, because I added more from a different closet after I took this pic. So, what do you guys use for purse storage? I could use more ideas.