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Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: Morphe 35K Palette

Hey Guys,
Today I am going to share my thoughts on the Morphe 35K palette! My lovely friend El from the Beauty Isle gave this palette to me as a Christmas gift. Keep reading to hear my thoughts!

Morphe 35K Palette

Morphe 35K Palette

Here are swatches of each shadow:
Morphe 35K Palette
 Row 1
Morphe 35K Palette
 Row 2
Morphe 35K Palette
 Row 3
Morphe 35K Palette
 Row 4
Morphe 35K Palette

Row 5

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy

Hey Guys, 
Today I'm going to share my thoughts on the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy. I first saw this product when Stef and Tracy from Eleventh Gorgeous mentioned it in one of their videos. I know that many of you were interested in this product so I apologize for the delay in getting this review posted!

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy
Here is what is said about this product on the Ulta site:
"A complete eye treatment that delivers instant visible brightening with serious long-term skincare benefits. It is packed with powerful ingredients-including retinyl palmitate and GABA-that support skin's natural collagen production to smooth away the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Coralline extract, caffeine, and licorice root work synergistically to soothe, minimize the appearance of dark circles, and reduce undereye puffiness.

Offered in two universal shades suitable for a wide range of skintones, this formulation instantly brightens the entire eye area with its naturally sheer tint and light reflecting pigments. It has a unique stainless steel applicator that mimics the shape of the pinky, seamlessly blending the product into the delicate eye area while supporting natural micro-circulation to relieve dark circles and puffiness. Eye Duty Triple Remedy will give you instant results, necessary hydration, and long-term anti-aging benefits for a smoother, brighter, and more youthful-looking appearance.

Formulated without: Parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. All First Aid Beauty products are allergy-tested, free of artificial fragrances, dermatologist-recommended, and safe for even the most sensitive skin."

Monday, January 18, 2016

Top 15 Beauty Products of 2015

Hey Guys,
I'm slacking in posts lately but I wanted to make sure to film a favorites for 2015 video. Instead of listing all of my favorite beauty products for 2015, I decided to join my friend Ashley from Ashley Sue Makeup and talk about my top 15 favorites for 2015. You can check out her video HERE.

Check out my video below to hear about my favorite beauty products for 2015!

Products mentioned in the video:
Top 15 Beauty Products of 2015
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hour Foundation
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 16 Hour Powder
Borghese Beauty Eclissare ColorRise Blush in Stunner
Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals
Morphe Eyeshadow Palettes (35O  Nature Glow Palette and Jaclyn Hill Favorite Palette)
Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime Blur and Smooth Primer
Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal in Light/Medium
Ben Nye Banana Powder
Chella Beauty Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil
Serenity and Scott Beauty Brow Gel in Copper Auburn
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Caramel
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in Shea & Vitamin E
ColourPop Lippie Stix and Pencil in Brink
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace
Philosophy Fresh Cream Spray

What were your favorite products for 2015? Post your comments below!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

My Journey Through Divorce

My Journey Through Divorce

Hey Guys,
This is quite a different type of post compared to my usual beauty/fashion topics. The subject of divorce came up in an email and I decided to write up a reflection on my own experience. I shared my thoughts on the BlogHer platform and decided to share it on here as well. It is kind of personal but I decided to share it anyways since many of you have become my friends. If I could help anyone that may be reading this then it would serve its purpose.

Divorce. Its that cringe worthy word that no one enjoys talking about. Regardless of the situation its never easy and it is most definitely life altering. It was not more than a few hours after receiving my court date for my own divorce that I recieved the SheKnows Experts Among Us email regarding Divorce. I am the kind of person that believes that everything happens for a reason and saw this as a sign that I needed to share my own story and experiences not only to close this chapter in my life, but to also potentially help someone else going through the same thing.

Before I get into my personal story, I guess its important to give you all a little history behind it all. I'm 28 years old and was with my soon to be ex for about 12 years. Many of you may be surprised by that because being with someone that long at such a young age just isn't "normal" anymore. I met him when I was 16 and he was 18. We started dating and the rest is history. We were pretty happy for the most part and never really had any HUGE issues (so I thought). After being together 9 years, we got married, bought a townhouse, and started our life together. We even agreed to start trying to have a baby. Things started going downhill a little more than 2 years into our marriage when he got a new job. He started going out all the time and coming home at all hours of the night. That is when we started fighting constantly and I really started seeing a change in him and in our relationship.

It was almost time to leave work one day when I got a text from him. When I go home he told me he wanted a divorce. I was in complete shock. I couldn't believe the words that were coming out of his mouth. His reasons just didn't make sense to me. I was devastated and couldn't process anything. I felt guilty and thought it was all my fault. He left for two weeks but decided to come back and try to work on our marriage. We went to marriage counseling weekly for four months. It was tough but I thought things were getting better. I felt that I was putting in a TON of effort to fix not only our marriage but myself as an individual. I didn't feel he was putting in as much effort but he was taking some steps in the right direction. It seemed to me that things were going to work out in the end and I was so happy about that. It wasn't until one night after counseling that he dropped a bomb on me. On the way home from our meeting he admitted to me that he cheated on me and that he didn't want to be in the marriage anymore.

My first reaction was anger but it quickly turned to sadness and disbelief. I NEVER thought in a million years that this would happen to me. I begged him over and over again not to do this and tried to convince him that this isn't what he wanted. He told me that he didn't love me like a husband should love his wife and that it was over. Speechless. My life came crashing down right before my eyes and there was nothing that I could do about it.

After he left for the final time I felt hopeless, like a failure, dead inside. I couldn't process what was happening to me. I questioned whether I wanted to be on this earth anymore. Days seemed like years. Getting up and repeating the same motions every day. Waking up feeling like I had a gaping hole in my chest. Going to work and only being able to focus on figuring out how to make him realize that hes making a mistake. Coming home to an empty house. Going to sleep alone in our bed. Sleeping was the highlight of my day but even then I dreamed about him. If it wasn't for our dog Jax, I don't know what I would have done. At that point, I felt like he was my one comfort and purpose in life. For months, I pushed  my family and friends away. I felt that they didn't understand. They didn't want me to stay married to him and didn't think it would work out anyways. When they told me I would get through this and be ok, I didn't believe them. They didn't know what they were talking about. Our love was like no other. I couldn't LIVE without him never mind be ok and even happy one day. The thought of that was CRAZY. Being with someone else was out of the question. I wanted more than anything for him to come back to me. At that point, I would have given anything for him to tell me that he had made a mistake and wanted to stay married. I tried for MONTHS to get him to see things differently. I tried everything that I could possibly think of and every time, it was the same answer. And every time that I heard that answer, I broke down; over and over and over again. I wondered. Why me? What did I do to deserve this? Was it my fault? What could I have done differently? When will this pain go away? Will it ever go away? I loved him more than anything in this world and it just wasn't enough.

Divorce is rough. But for me, being completely blindsided and abandoned, was worse than death. The difference between death and divorce is that your significant other doesn't CHOOSE to leave you. They still love you. But when you are left and asked for a divorce, your significant other CHOOSES to walk away, give up on the relationship, and everything that came with it. To me, that was far worse. I felt like I was thrown out like a piece of trash. 12 years of being loyal in every way, and this is the thanks that I get. I think that is what hurts the most. When you love someone more than life itself, more than you love yourself, it truly seems like your life is over.

It wasn't until I finally tried to accept that things were over that I was able to start living again. I made efforts to go out with friends, and visit family members. But even then, I felt like everyone felt bad for me. Nonetheless, I kept my chin up and forced myself to go out and have a good time. I only REALLY started feeling better when I started realizing my own self worth. I didn't deserve this. I deserved better. I didn't NEED this person in my life. I WAS going to be ok. I WOULD find happiness again. Now don't get me wrong. This didn't come all at once. It happened over time. But, knowing that I WILL be ok and get through this is very liberating.

This reflection of the past year and a half has not only taught me about love, life, loss, and failure; But also about myself as an individual. For one, I am a lot stronger than I have ever imagined that I could be. Through this process, I have strengthened so many bonds and have created new ones as well. New people come into your life when you least expect it. I have some really amazing people in my life and feel very lucky for that. Learning to let go is another thing that this whole experience has taught me. When someone doesn't love you anymore, nothing you say or do is going to change that. Failure isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes you must fail in order for something better to come along. I know its very cliche but like I said before, I believe that everything happens for a reason. I never would have had that outlook on this divorce a year ago. So to me, that is showing that I am taking steps in the right direction; growing, learning, and changing from all of this. 

Preparing for my court date and closing this chapter in my life, I don't know how I will be that day. But one thing that I DO know is that I will be ok in the end. That in itself is one of the biggest breakthroughs I have had through this whole process. Everything will be ok. This isn't the end for me; not by a long shot. To all of you out there that are going through something similar, just know, it will be OK. You will smile again, laugh, and even find love. It may take months maybe even years, but one day, you will wake up and say "I'm going to be OK".

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Reivew: ColourPop Puppy Love Super Shock Shadow

Hey Guys,
Today I am going to share my thoughts on a limited edition eyeshadow by ColourPop Cosmetics called Puppy Love. The eyeshadow was created in collaboration with Best Friends Animal Society. They are the only naitonal welfare organization thats sole focus is to end the killing of dogs in cats in animal shelters around the US. Their efforts is referred to as NKLA (No Kill LA). Through this initiative, they are trying to make LA a no kill city by 2017. All proceeds from the sale of this shadow will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society and their cause.
ColourPop Puppy Love Super Shock Shadow
If you know me personally, you would know that I am a HUGE animal lover. I have a soft spot for dogs especially. This cause really touched my heart and I knew I had to pick up a bunch of these shadows to help the cause. I bought these shadows for a bunch of friends and family members and one for myself of course. Keep reading to hear my thoughts on the shadow!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Review: Tribe Tats*

Hey Guys,
Today I am going to share with you the newest beauty accessory; metallic temporary tattoos called Tribe Tats. Tribe Tats are jewelry inspired tattoos that you apply to your skin like a normal temporary tattoo. There are many different collections and styles of Trite Tats. Keep reading below to check out the Monaco Collection and Catalina Collection of Tribe Tats!

Tribe Tats

The Catalina Collection $28.00 (4 sheet variety set)
Tribe Tats

Tribe Tats

Tribe Tats

 Tribe Tats

Tribe Tats

Monday, January 4, 2016

Review: Katy Perry Mad Potion Fragrance*

Hey Guys,
Today I am going to share my thoughts on the new Katy Perry Mad Potion fragrance. I am a big fan of the Katy Perry Killer Queen fragrance so I was excited to try her new one. Keep reading to hear more about the fragrance and my thoughts.

Katy Perry Mad Potion Eau de Parfum 1 fl. oz. $30.00

Katy Perry Mad Potion Fragrance

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