The Apps I Currently Used to Try To Adult

Hey Loves,

I can definitely say that adulting, sometimes, sucks. To say that I need help is probably an understatement but my assumption is that if I need help and I sorta kinda have control then I might as well share with you guys. This is also to say that I looking for more things that can help me adult and if you guys have any more apps that I do not mention PLEASE comment below and help me:

 

Every DollarEvery Dollar
I was put on to this app from my friends and it has become my favorite money app. Not only does it allow you to make your budget but it lets you input your actual expenses into specific categories and then tell you how much money you have left within your budget in that category.

CartwheelCartwheel
If you guys love Target (which who doesn’t) then I am sure you are already on this app. This app has coupons that will technically enable your “why did I spend so much money at target” BUT just like the credit card, at least you saved a little on what you did spend right?

VenmoVenmo
So in the world where you share and break bills when you go out with friends, if you are ever in a predicament where the restuarant (or anything else) won’t break the bill this is where venmo is awesome. Once linked to your card you can transfer money to your friend immediately with no fee and no drama. It helps with taxis and everything else. My friends and I used this and since it is small amounts it does not require a fee to transfer it to my bank.

StarbucksStarbucks
I should start by saying I have really gotten a hold on my starbucks addiction. Now it is a weekend treat BUT for those of us who feel like starbucks in like breakfast I suggest using this app with Everydollar. Set yourself a starbucks budget and then transfer that monthly budget to your digital starbucks card. That way you see how much you have left and it helps (I would hope) for you to ration your starbucks and start brewing at home.

talkspaceTalkspace
End of 2016 and 2017 thus far has been an absolute CRAP SHOW. I personally do not have the time for traditional ideas for therapy and this is why I stand for talkspace. It has really been helping me get my life together. I enjoy the fact that I do not have to set an appointment and I like the fact that I have access to my therapist 24/7. There are different packages but SAVE30 is a code if you are serious.

GEICOGeico (Auto Insurance)
In a world where it has been made clear that following the rules involving traffic stops can get you skilled as a black person (RIP PHILANDO CASTILLE) I try to make sure I have all my documents and stuff in my glove compartment. They are actually stapled together so there is no confusion. However I also keep my insurance card readily available on my phone and Geico has made that possible for me. In Texas they want to see your name on the insurance card front and center with no complication. Protect yourself (I will save this for my next Soap Box Rant)

HopperHopper
Traveling is actually a hobby for me. I use a lot of websites when I shop for flights but hopper is the app I use on my phone. It helps me track flights for various trips all at the same time and updates me if there is a random price drop. I can go on about this in a separate post if you guys want.

hotelHotel/Airplane
As I stated I am a travel junkie professionally and personally and for that I have points with everyone. I am apart of every rewards program (Marriott, Hilton, United, Southwest) and this is beneficial also in that you can check in faster through the app. The bonus for the hotel app is that you can check in and text the front desk through the app to schedule airport pick ups and everything.

Holy BibleHoly Bible
This is apart of my morning routine and luckily it gives me plans to follow including 365 day plans. I feel like it is pretty self explanatory. It gives devotionals and scriptures.

 

 

verizonMobile Device App
Again another app that I use to pay bills and just keep track of things. BEFORE I got unlimited data (PRAISE GOD) I also used the app to track my data to make sure I could avoid overages. But again when I sit down to pay bills I also use apps and just check it off my calender. (One day I will have a write up about how I use my planner and stuff)

These are my top 10 “adulting” apps. What are the apps you use to function?

Honorable Mentions:

Waze
Banking Apps
letgo
Amazon

June 2016 Ipsy Bag + Thoughts About Ipsy

June Ipsy Bag Final Thought

Hey Loves,

My year of Ipsy has come to an end and needless to say it has been a little lackluster for me. I admit in the beginning of my 1 year subscription I was extremely excited to get my bag and I was liking what I was getting. However as the year progress I grew extremely bored with the color selection I was given as well as the products. When I did the survey I said that I was a makeup lover who had no problem trying new things plus on the items I would like to receive I clicked on everything except fragrance.

I have so many different waterproof eyeliners that I feel like it was a cop out because they didn’t have anything for my dark skin tone. Plus every month I would see the things available for the bags and yet I kept getting waterproof eyeliner and primers. Plus I feel like because I love NYX I made sure to rate it low so that I would not keep getting it in my bag. I did this because all the NYX products that I got were old and I already owned them. However this did not stop NYX from being in my bags. I believe the super popular brands should not be the most in the Ipsy bag.

Also I received a couple (4) nail polishes and every one of them were ugly colors for my skintone. They were ashy colors or really bright colors. I would have been liked to be given options. I also did not like that the only lip colors I was given was red and mauves that were too ashy for any black woman to wear without having to finesse it. ( I am tired of always having to finesse)

I can say that I was given 46 brands throughout the year and that was great because I was introduced to 33 of these brands through Ipsy. I am actually very obsessed with some of them like Luxie Beauty and Delectable hand creams.

So my final thought is that I did not continue another year with Ipsy. I want a subscription that caters to my hair and my skin and not just keep me at red and mauve.

Have you tried Ipsy?

 

My Summer Skincare Items for 2017

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Hey Loves,

As my attempt to keep going about how important skincare is I have decided to share with you guys the products I have and will be using everyday for the summer:

Cleansers

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Daily Gel Cleanser

Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser

Toner

Kate Sommerville Clarifying Treatment Toner

Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Deep Pores Cleanser

Daytime Face Moisturizer

Formula 10.0.06 Picture Perfect Day Moisturizer with SPF 15

Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 

Nighttime Face Moisturizer

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
(Got this as a reward and I am in love)

Formula 10.0.06 PM Perfector 

Serums/Creams/Face Oils

Clinique All About Eyes

Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb

Body Moisturizer

Nivea Cocoa Butter Lotion

Nivea Body Oil (got it from Walmart)

Sunblock

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 45 Sunblock

Coppertone Sport SPF 75

Review| Juvia’s Place Magic Palette

HAPPY FRIDAY!

After one destroyed memory card and 2 reshootings I finally have a video for you guys. Yes I know I have another Juvia’s Place palette and YES I know I may have a problem.

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Please check out my video the for live swatches but I did want to take the time to post them because some of them need reassurance. I can say I apologize because some of the photos look weird but I am tired of retaking and retaping so just love me anyway.

Here are my swatches because there is really no point for me to keep going on and on about how much I love Juvia’s Place. I will leave links to my previous reviews as well if you want to see. This palette is still sold out but check back on her site regularly.

(Note: The finger swatches are in reverse or how they appear in the  palette)

First Row: Nubia, Zakiya, Osun, Kesi

Second Row: Zuba, Nana, Boronu, Kogi

Third Row: Faso, Aja, Vai, Yemoja

Fourth Row: Ife, Yara, Buzo, Yejide

Previos Videos:

Nubian 2 Palette

The Masquerade Palette

The Saharan Palette

The Saharan Blush Palette Vol. 1

 

Funny Reasons I Must Be Skinnier

Hey Loves,

Over the time I have struggled with weight and weight loss. There have been moments I have had where I find myself laughing at the reasons I want to lose weight. I hope you find this humorous because to me these are real true life reasons.

  1. I miss sitting with my legs fully closed and I miss not feeling like my thighs are smashing any and all seats. Sometimes I even find myself having to actively squeeze thunder and lightning together. (OUT OF CONTROL)
  2. The struggle to bend down is getting worse when it comes to painting my toes. I have now had to start coming in from the side and that is not okay.
  3. Would love to see a difference after drinking dandelion tea to prevent the bloat.
  4. Thunder and Lightning deserve breathing room and I would like the discoloration of the inner part of my thigh is real.
  5. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF DESTROYING PANTS from my thighs rubbing together so fiercely
  6. I am not sure if it even matters but I want relief of the marks on my skin after taking off my stuff like taking off my bra or my jeans.
  7. I want to fit into my shoes without worrying about finding wides because I used to be able to comfortably rock Nikes.
  8. I want to fully close my jackets.
  9. I am tired of hulk smashing shirts with my juicy arms.
  10. To actually see results in real life not just on the morning I didn’t eat.

I hope someone found these funny as I got a good chuckle. I wrote this about 6 months ago and was truly debating on whether or not to post it. I decided to post it because this was really how I was feeling at the time.

Hair|Outre Synthetic Lace Front Wig – 4c Coily

4c

In an effort to find a wig like the Fingercomber wig but with better customer service I have stumbled across the Outre line and I was definitely intrigued. So much so that I bought the 4a-Kinky and the 4c-Coily. This however is about the 4c.

For the best description of how it looks coming out of the box please click the picture above for the video. It comes completely shrunken and the best way to “fluff” is to pull and tug a little on the hair. The picture on the website looks very misleading as compared to the wig I actually received. It is definitely not that big (yet).

Here are my wig stats:

I bought it from: Sam’s Beauty (CLICK HERE FOR WIG)

Price: $25.99

Color: DR2730

Type: Synthetic, Lace Front

No Part

Can apply heat (but why would you)

After wearing the wig for a week straight the size of the wig did not change which says to me that it may last me for a while. The only reason why I am not wearing it right now is that I want to twist to let my scalp breathe. For now I can say that I really like the wig and the color, though it looks great on my skin tone it is taking some adjustment. If I choose to buy this wig again I will probably go back to 1b.

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What do you guys think?

Review || EM Cosmetics Lipsticks

EM Cosmetics

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I am finally back with another lip swatch video and it is a brand I have been extremely curious about for a while. Let me give the quick run down:

EM Cosmetics

$16

Infinite Lip Cloud (8 Shades)

Colors I bought: 

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Top Left-Right: Spanish Earth (Earthy Brown) , Rose Nude (Light Pink Nude), Violent Magenta (Deep Magenta) , Faded Clementine (Soft Tangerine), Ultramarine Violet (Deep Blue Violet), Muted Mauve (Dusty Rose)

Claims

Applies as a vibrant liquid lipstick, and wears to a beautiful stain

Luscious matte finish

Velvety, air whipped Creme

With one swipe, enjoy the rich color payoff, with a lasting, comforting finish

My Thoughts

These lipsticks go on as butter and they are so rich and creamy. They feel extremely good on my lips and I love the color. I will say that the lighter colors (Muted Mauve, Rose Nude, and Faded Clementine) needed a couple coats before I got an even color BUT I did not need a lip pencil at all. As far as the matte claim it looks great but it definitely transfers so just keep that in mind. The one swipe claim might be true with the darker colors but you definitely need more than one swipe to get the color pay off the website reaches. I am very much enjoying these lipsticks.