Nude nails

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Happy Saturday y’all! We’ve finally been able to enjoy warm spring weather over the last couple of weeks, yay! A change of seasons is another excuse for me to shop for new nail polish! Ulta had a buy 2 get 1 free sale on OPI yesterday, so I figured it was a sign to buy some new colors. I love the Kerry Washington collection, so I got one of those and 2 other colors. This is pale to the chief. 

It’s a really pretty nude. As if I needed another nude polish, since I already have a gazillion, I couldn’t resist. And you can never go wrong with OPI polishes. I typically only buy them on sale or clearance because I’m cheap and they’re $10 each! But the quality is supurb! 

What are some of your fav OPI colors? 

Tarte shape tape concealer review

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Concealer, you name them, I feel like I’ve tried them! The only reason I even feel the need to wear makeup is because of these dag blasted dark undereye circles. I’ve had them all my life, so I am them, they are me; so I do what I do best, cover them up! For the longest, I’ve been using different MAC concealers, but I wanted to try something different. With the loss of my dad, I’ve been super duper emotional, never know when tears will fall, so I needed something that didn’t run or smear! I went into Ulta one day and the salesperson recommended Tarte shape tape after I explained that I needed something that lasted through tears. 

  

Girls, this stuff is the truth! It’s super long lasting and tear resistant! It conceals better than anything I’ve tried so far. I didn’t know when I purchased it but it also can be used for contouring. That’s a little above my skills, so I’ll just stick with it for covering up my circles. It was well worth the $24 I spent. 

I would show you a before pic, but I don’t want to scare you 😜

Have you guys tried this product before? What did you think? Also, what’s your concealer recommendation in case I try something else in the future? 

Rose hip seed oil: get you some!

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Y’all I may have found the fountain of youth…ok I’m exaggerating but this stuff is just amazeballs! One night I was bored looking around on Facebook and noticed a friend of a friend who had commented on something had mentioned that she had been using rose hip seed oil on her face, she had beautiful skin, so I was curious! I happened to be in Marshall’s Friday and as always, checking out the beauty items. Then I noticed they had the oil there, and for only 7.99! I couldn’t wait to get home to scrub my face and try it! I’ve been using it for about a week now, and omg my skin looks amazeballs! Not that I’ve ever had trouble skin, but I’ve just noticed a difference. I love anything that makes me glow! 

 I use it twice a day. It gives my skin such an awesome glow! If I could find this stuff in a ginormous bottle, I’d buy it and use it all over my body! I apply it after washing my face and then add my moisturizer as usual. This stuff has my skin looking so good, if I didn’t have these raccoon circles under my eyes, I’d go without foundation! 

Friends, especially my fellow brown girls, start a skin care routine and moisturize daily! Yes, black does sometimes crack if not taken care of! 

Have you guys used this stuff before? Or, what’s your fav product right now?

Best legs in the biz

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I work out. I do lots of squats, and other leg exercises in an attempt to get the legs of my dreams! Especially because I love, love, love to wear short shorts in the summer! I have several celeb leg crushes that I think of when I imagine what the perfect set of gams would look like for my body. Ultimately Tina Turner is the golden standard of leg goals! Those legs are insured for millions, so that says a lot! And even in her 70’s, she’s definitely still got it! But, there are some other women with amazeballs legs that just be may be able to give Ms. Tina a run for her money. Here are my top 6 picks for the best legs in the biz! 

In order: Tina Turner, Tamia, Ciara, BeyoncĂ©, J Lo, and Jessica Simpson. Yesterday I caught a little heat when I said that Jess may just edge out Ms. Tina for best legs. No one will ever top Tina, but c’mon, she does have some hefty competition these days! And nobody rocks daisy dukes quite like Jess. 

I don’t know about y’all, but if I woke up and my legs looked like any of these ladies, I wouldn’t be mad at all. Until then, I’ll keep up the leg days at the gym and one day I’ll achieve my leg goals! On another note, to get more squats in during the day, I started doing a set of 20 each time I go to the restroom. I also do calf raises when I’m standing in my cube at work. Hey, a little extra can’t hurt! 

Who would make your top list for best legs??

Be good to your feet!

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Looks like we’re in for an early spring. Before you reach for the cute sandals, make sure your feet are ready! Ready meaning free of foot crust, cracked heels, and other foot unattractiveness. Not everyone can afford regular pedis, but between pedis, you can keep foot crust at bay! A little while ago I wrote about an amazeballs foot cream called Amlactin. Well, I can’t find it anymore so I had to find a replacement. 


This one is equally as amazeballs, maybe even slightly better. And less expensive. I paid at least $10 for Amlactin and O’Keeffe’s is only around $6. A little goes a long way, so this tube will definitely last for awhile and you only need to use it once a day. I use it at night before bed. I’m a once a month pedi girl, and this really does extend the life of my smooth feet! You guys must try this stuff! 

Empty jar report: LUSH Charity Pot

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Each winter, I have the same gripe. Dry, ashy, itchy skin! So, I’m always trying new creams and concoctions to see what works. I mainly stick to shea and cocoa butters, oils, and other brands I can find at mass retailers. Because nothing seems to be awesome, I don’t want to spend too much. I always hear great things about LUSH, and wanted to try their products, but they can be a bit pricey. I’ve actually only tried one product, thanks to my amazeballs friend who got them for me; toothy tabs. They are fabulous by the way! 

So, last week I was in the mall and decided to go by LUSH. I bought more toothy tabs, and decided to look at body creams too. I decided to give Charity Pot a try. I needed something thick and creamy, so that’s what the salesperson recommended. I only got the small jar because I wanted to try it to see if it worked first. It was $7.95 and I believe the regular size was about $29. 

I must say, this stuff is worth the price. My skin has not been dry, ashy, or itchy! It feels moisterized until the end of the day when I take a shower. Pricey, yes, but totally worth it! Another cool thing is that they donate money from the proceeds to the charity you pick when selecting your jar.  

Do you guys have some fav LUSH products you recommend? 

The power of vision boards

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Happy Friday y’all! Hope everyone had an amazeballs week! So, this week I did something I’ve been saying I would do for years, I made my first vision board. Let’s face it, 2016 wasn’t kind to a lot of us. It was actually the worse year of my life. Nothing seemed to go right. I lost my dad. Didn’t seem to make much progress in other areas of my life. It just sucked! But, I’ve been reading more about vision boards. Everyone on my Facebook friends list seemed to be having, or going to a vision board party, so I figured the universe was telling me to just do it! 

I believe in God’s word, “As a man thinketh, so is he.”; I believe in the law of attraction, and I believe in just plain positive thinking; so creating a vision board really is a no brainer. Basically you find pictures and quotes of things that you want to change or manifest in your life. I glued mine to a poster board, glittery of course, and put it some place where you’ll see it everyday. There’s a lot of articles out there by doing a quick Google search that’ll tell you all about why this works. 

I chose to focus on things I want to happen in my life. Finding love, having a family, getting healthier, making more coins, advancing my career, starting something new, and of course finding more great shoe deals! I hung mine on the door leading to my garage because I go out of that door everyday and will no doubt see it! 

I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated when my visions come into fruition! What are your thoughts on vision boarding? Have you tried it yet?

Mules are back in style!

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For the past few seasons, mules have been back in style yay! Some people hate them, some love them, and I’m one of the ones who love them! You just slide your feet in them and go! I’ve bought two new pair in the last couple of months. I’ll try not to buy anymore so that I don’t overdo it, as I usually do when I find something I love. Mules were popular of course in the 70’s, but again in the 90’s. I’m all for bringing something retro back! 

These are by Express, by way of Rugged Wearhouse. Don’t turn your nose up at Rugged Wearhouse. It’s not the most organized place to shop, but you really can find some great things for a super low price. And who doesn’t like a bargain?!

So, what are you guys hoping will come back into style? 

Belk shoe clearance – go, go, go!

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What could cure my blues…at least temporarily? Shoe shopping! Or any kind of shopping for that matter. It goes without saying, I LOVE shoes! The higher the heel, the better. They really do make your legs look amazeballs. So, a couple weeks ago, I was on the Belk website and decided to look at the shoes. It was my lucky day, because there was also an extra 40% off! I found two pair, for about $50. Then, a few days later while at the mall with a friend, I found another pair that I hadn’t seen online. If you’re not a regular Belk shopper, they often have an additional amount off clearance, and there’s almost always a coupon! So, here’s what I found. 

Top left: OTK suede boots by New Direction. I believe this is Belk’s private brand. 

Bottom left: suede lace up block heels. You can never go wrong with Steve Madden! 

Right: super funky Jessica Simpson platform sandals. I so can’t wait to wear them! 

I was on the site just yesterday, and there’s still clearance shoes left, so do yourselves a favor and check them out. Also check your local stores because they’ll have styles not listed online. Some larger stores even have a whole clearance shoe room! Let me know what you guys find! 

Reflections on my dad

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No it’s not Father’s Day yet, but it’s been nearly 3 weeks since my dad has been gone and I can’t help but miss him like crazy! When Father’s Day does roll around, I know it will be tough no longer having him here to celebrate! I’ll miss the dinners, most recently Longhorn has edged out Red Lobster as the fav; the insanely delish cakes from Mrs. Roach; endless laughs while he teased us about ganging up on him; shopping for gifts that I knew would make him smile and sometimes cry; just everything! 

My dad was a quiet man to most, but to us, he had a lot to say and I loved our daily conversations and laughs! He looked forward to my daily calls where I’d catch him up on the latest funny story. It was even funnier that I’d tell him, then tell my mom the same thing, and he would later tell her like he was in the know first! 

We have so many good, happy memories, and for that I’m thankful. The parents weren’t always good road trip partners, because they’d fall asleep in a skinny minute, but once we finally got to where we were going, we always had the best time! Our last trip to the beach was the best ever. It was in 2015. We didn’t get to go last year because that’s when we found out the worse news ever, dad had stage 4 lung cancer. Hearing the news was like a punch in the gut. 

My dad was the strongest man I’ll ever know. He was a little guy until later in life when he put on some weight. He loved food, and so did I! I loved that I could always get him to eat whatever I was eating that I didn’t need to be, so I didn’t feel as guilty! He put up a good fight and stood up to cancer. Even up until the end, he fought to stay here with us, but God had other plans and called him home sooner than we wanted. It just felt like we had more time! 

The hurt that I’m feeling likely won’t go away any time soon, but the memories keep me going. That, and knowing he’s in paradise and probably wouldn’t want to leave heaven if he could! We also took plenty of pics over the years, so I get to still enjoy seeing his beautiful smile anytime I want. That gives me great comfort. 

 I know we all think our dad’s are great, but mine truly was the bestest! Until I see you again, dad, I love you to the moon and beyond 😘