Brown Sugar Box | September 2017

Hey Loves,

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So far this is proving to be my favorite box and I love the THEME!!! It is 90s Music and it gives you an homage to some greats. Can you guess where each came from?

hat

Queen Baseball Hat; $22

Pins

Throwback 4-pack Pin Button Set; $8

Peace

Peace Love & Hip Hop Tee; $28

Blue Tumblr

Straw Tumbler; $18

Pouch

Cosmetics Pouch; $13

mermaid kiss

Whipped Sugar Scrub & Cherry Lip Balm; $15

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Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation Review

Fenty Beauty Blog

Hey Loves,

Unfortunately I have probably already missed the hype that came with the weekend launch of Fenty Beauty BUT I decided to show my day wear test anywhere. Here are my thoughts:

Brand: Fenty Beauty

Price: $34

Color: 430 – for deep skin with neutral undertones and subtle red tones

Claims: 

Buildable medium to full coverage

Matte

Smooth, pore-diffusing

Resistant to Sweat and Humidity

Won’t Clog Pores

My Thoughts:

This is probably my biased towards Rihanna but I actually liked the foundation. I did feel that it was a light weight foundation. I still think  that there needs to be a couple more shades in between because the drastic light to dark is still pretty drastic BUT she dropped 40 shades in a launch. I will say that about 4 hours is the max time my face would work with this foundation. However the best thing is the blotting powder which is awesome. I loved how it smoothed me out and it made my makeup look fresh all over again.

Have you tried Fenty Beauty yet? The rest of my order is coming in the mail soon hopefully.

Single Girl Survival Guide |College Freshman

Hey Loves,

Last year in honor of school picking back up I did a Single Girl Survival Guide for living in a dorm. This year I want to continue that post by discussing the things that I found to be essential just from everyday experiences living and walking around campus. My freshman year I stay on the musical side of my campus. I stayed in a music dorm which was great for when they had to practice but terrible for me on an everyday basis as I was a Science/Engineering major. This meant everyday I was walking at least 2 miles a day. These are the things that seem common sense until you forget to get them and you end up on the struggle bus trying to manage:

Rain Boots/Poncho : My first day of classes I was walking to my class and the floodgates of heaven opened and drenched my light blue shirt and my khaki jeans. Needless to say I was completely see through and thanking God that I had on black (and matching) undies. DO NOT BE THAT PERSON! Target and Dillards both have very cute rain boots and Dillards love to have that shoe sale every season so invest in a pair and put your cute shoes in your bag. I got my poncho off amazon and it came with a little pouch that I also carried everyday.

Planner/Bullet Journal: I do not think I stress enough how much I have benefitted from being more organized. Sticky notes, pens and my bullet journal are my Core items. However, when I was in college I used a planner and essentially treated it like a bullet journal (I did not know that at the time). Each class was a different color and organized by due date. I kept active password logs and contact information for anyone I had to work with. I also used my planner to keep track of office hours and the bus schedule. See everything you had to do for the week can start off overwhelming but it also gave me a place to start.

Alarm Clock: I had one of those annoying alarm clocks that I purposedly put on my desk as opposed to my dresser. My desk was at the foot of my bed and therefore I would have to get all the way  out of the bed to turn it off. Much better than the phone because hitting snooze over and over especially when you have roommates IS SOOO RUDE. One alarm is bad enough.

Shower Shoes: I was fortunate enough to only share a bathroom with 3 other ladies (most of them were also clean freaks) but there are plenty of dorms that have the community shower (ICK) for this I recommend a good pair of shower shoes. You can use regular flip flops if you want but you want to make sure they completely dry so that you are not stepping onto bacteria everyday.

Shower Caddy/Shower Hooks: If you end up having a community shower I know that some of my friends bought their own shower hooks that they suction to their shower and hang all of their belongings. Me personally in my shower caddy was my soaps and things  (of course) but I also had a bottle of bleach or cleaner and a sponge. I washed the shower before and after I finished using it. Hygiene matters and nobody wants staff infection.

Long Bike Lock/Seat Lock: I had a bike the first semester but someone robbed me of my tire and my bike seat (Yes it happens) and I never got it replaced. DO NOT be me and just go ahead and get a lock that you can wrap through your tires and your bike chain.

Umbrella: If you think you are too boss for the poncho then a decent size umbrella will also help. Those little small cheap ones will get destroyed so just go ahead and invest the money in a good one.

Travel Mug: Weather it had my green tea or just some juice I alway had some container with me. You do not want to keep spending money on water bottles or juice when you have plenty of water fountains.

Safe Place for Student ID: I kept all of my identification on a lanyard that I wore everyday. This had my key, my ID and other important information. My student ID was also my meal card so I made sure that it stayed with me everywhere.

Walking shoes: Yes those pumps are cute and those flat sandals are perfect for a summer day but if you are walking back and forth on campus the only thing you are going to have is sore feet and aching ankles. Do your future self a favor and take care of you feet with the proper footwear.

Toolbox:

Bookbag with Lumbar Support

Sticky Notes

Bus schedule

Campus Map

Pens (I have a favorite pens video/blog coming)

 

August “IT” Items

Hey Loves,

Now that the storm is finally dying down I am here with my happy items for this month. Of course I have no real method to this videos but to check it out please CLICK HERE. Since pictures are worth a thousand words here are the pictures that make me smile:

 

Ginny Wand

elephant decor

Candles

Tumblr

Nail Polish

Hand Lotion

Mask Tool

Lip Oil

Tombow

Bag

Fountain Pen

 

Nike

What have you guys been liking this month?

 

Review| August 2017 Brown Sugar Box

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Hey Loves,

Since I am trapped inside during Hurricane Harvey (praying that I continue to have power and that the flooding stays down) I am here with another Brown Sugar Box. This box came with no delay or problems and it came on a day where a pick me up was needed. If you missed my intro into this subscription box please click here.

I need to just state that I love everything that came in this box:

Needless to say I signed up for the September box so I will continue to keep looking at this box. Please click the video above to watch all of my thoughts.

Stay safe everyone.

Review | ELF Flawless Finish Foundation & Beauty Shield SPF 50 Skin Shielding Primer

ELF Foundation

Click Here To Watch this EPIC Fail 

Hey Loves,

While I am sitting here awaiting the possibility of Hurricane Harvey I decided to go ahead and start recording some videos I already have planned to record in the first place. If you guys remember my haul from last week (CLICK HERE FOR THAT) then you will remember that I promised to do a video about some of the thing and let me just say this first one was such a fail. The only positives here is that my mother and sisters get a lot of makeup when they fail my skin color.

Flawless Finish Foundation $6

I got Coco and for some reason I thought it would work but I should have gone expresso. I think the foundation itself has a great formula but I cannot really speak to how it wears over the day since it was WAY to light to wear in public.

Beauty Shield SPF 50 Skin Shielding Primer $12

I do not even know where to begin with this other than saying if you haven’t clicked the link above to see it in action you should. First of all “universal tint” is code for CASKET READY for anyone with any kind of tint to their skintone. It goes on more like a sunblock than a primer but I will say you skin will feel tight and firm after it sets. Since it really feels more like a sunblock the color it leaves on your skin has no choice but to alter the color of whatever you put on top of it. I am also aware that maybe I put too much on but I wanted to show you all what it looked like.

 

What do you think about this primer?

Single Girl Survival Guide: Gym Rat Habit

Hey Loves,

This month I have started keeping a separate bullet journal for my fitness and meal planning which I plan to show you guys next month. In honor of all this fun stuff I decided to really bring back my Single Girl Survival Guide and today it is on establishing a fitness habit. This is something that has proven to be something that takes the back seat when life has happened or gone sidetrack. I have been determine to keep my fitness goals a priority even when I feel overwhelmed especially since I genuinely feel good after I work out and it has definitely helped my moods and productivity.

  1. Before you start set 2 types of goals. The big one of course is your goal weight or goal dress size and then pick a REALISTIC goal weekly weight drop.
  2. Set rewards for yourself that match the achievement. For example if you lose 5 lbs treat yourself to something under $30 as in the scheme of your end goal it is small (yet awesome) accomplishment. It seems unbalanced if you drop 5 lbs and then go on a $200 shopping spree. Make yourself work for it.
  3. I used Massy Arias calculator to determine my macros and to be honest I have not quite mastered this but it is definitely interesting. The macro calculator will tell you your TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) and then tell you how many calories you need to eat. This is an area I personally am still working on because sometimes it honestly feels like too much food. CLICK to determine yours.
  4. Tell someone about your workouts, post online do whatever you need to do to have consistency
  5. When I had no idea what I wanted to do I knew that I needed cardio in my life and HIIT was one of those options. I also looked at the classes given at my gym. Spin, Body Combat, Zumba, Boot Camp are some of my favorite classes
  6. Use those classes for days where you need to be pushed or maybe forces you to go to the gym
  7. HIIT is still the most effective workout to lose fat and burn the most calories. Pinterest has helped me finding work outs. Massy Arias site has some good 30 day programs you can join as well that have AMAZING intense but doable workouts. I am actually repeating one of the 30 day programs I bought last year starting in September.
  8. Early morning workouts have proven to be the best option for me. They give me those happy hormones and I genuinely feel great when I am driving to work after. (Gym Shower situation is coming on a blog)
  9. Create playlist depending on your workout schedule
  10. Write everything down, plan ahead and hold yourself accountable. Also remember as a human being it may not be perfect but you can always tweak as you go. That is what I am doing.

Tool Box:

Journal/Log

Wireless Headphones

Lunch Box

Workout/Accountability Partner

Workout Apps