Patterned tights for the win!

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If there’s one thing I love about cold weather, it’s wearing cute outfits with even cuter tights! A couple years ago at Ross I found a black pair that had a leopard print and I love them. I still have them, but I know they won’t last always, so I searched online and happened upon this site who had a similar pair for about $6, and of course I ordered them.

And I love them! My only gripe is that they’re actually pantyhose and I haven’t worn regular pantyhose in so long, I forgot how fragile they are and my nails poked a hole in the thigh area when I was putting them on. My skirt was long enough to hide the hole, but I did order a new pair yesterday.

Patterned tights are a great way to accessorize and turn a drab look into fab easily! I’ve never ordered or heard of ecrater.com before I happened to find it while searching for the tights, but shipping was super fast, free, and I had no issues.

Do you guys love patterned tights too?

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I tried Fenty Beauty foundation…didn’t love it

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Hey y’all! Hope you all had an amazing weekend. Mine was great, but exhausting, so I’m writing this while in bed already! So, I’ve been wanting to try a new foundation for the longest. I’ve been a faithful MAC girl for years. I still like my studio fix, but I’ve just been itching to try something different. After many recommendations and so much hype, I decided to try Fenty Beauty’s foundation. First of all, I’m a powder foundation girl, so a liquid was already a stretch for me. But I tried it anyway. Yes I know I should have just gotten a sample first, but I had such high hopes that I bought it…and now I’ll be returning it.

I was told that 350 was my match…but it’s a little off. A little too dark, and I’m not crazy about the matte finish. I like to look a little more luminous. Maybe I should try another person to match me to give it another go, but I’m just not sold on it. I have no other lines to compare it to because I don’t use liquid, but I will say it was easy to apply and dried quickly. I used a beauty blender to apply.

Have you guys tried Fenty yet? What did you think? Also if you have any powder foundation recommendations, please let me know!

Shoe lover tip: shop off season

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Hey y’all! It’s Friday, yay!!!! I don’t know about you, but it’s been a long week. I could hardly wait for Friday to get here. I was so excited to finally get a taste of fall, but now we’re back into the 70s and even 80s at some point this weekend here in Charlotte. I’m just ready to wear all of my coats, sweaters, and boots already! Speaking of boots, I’ve found the best time to shop for them is off season. Because the good ones are so pricey, I like to buy them in the off season when they’re cheap! 

I bought these amazeballs booties, that I’m actually wearing again today over the summer from Nordstrom Rack during one of the clear the rack sales where you get an extra 25% off clearance. They ended up being less than $15! The only thing about shopping during the off season is that you may forget what you have in your closet, so be sure to shop your closet first before going out shopping again! 

Do you guys shop off season too? It’s really a no brainer! I’ve found some great pieces over the years. Off season and clearance rack shopping is the way to go! 

Easy buffalo chicken pasta recipe

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Sundays are normally the one day of the week that I actually cook a real meal. Yesterday I tried something new. I had seen a crock pot recipe for buffalo chicken pasta and decided to give it a whirl. Instead of the crock pot, I made the sauce on the stove top and then combined everything to bake it with some of the cheddar cheese on top. 

It turned out pretty good. It tasted better the next day. I used the whole bottle of buffalo wing sauce, so it was super spicy. If you want a little less of a kick, then you may want to use less of the sauce. 

Have you guys found any new recipes lately? Let me know! 

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? 

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’Oréal 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’Oréal, 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!