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Thursday, November 13, 2014

HOW TO: Maintain Your Wand Curls with Satin Rollers

 Remember back in the day when your mom used to roll your hair on that ugly pink roller with the roller paper?? I do, and I hated the way my curls would come out. They'd be all tight to my head and would never relax itself to my liking. I used to hate using sponge rollers for that reason alone, which is why I would always just use my curlers. I have been using my Remington curling wand for sometime now and I love the results. I know how damaging it can be to keep wand curling my hair during the week, so I purchased some satin covered rollers from my local drug store and found a way to keep my wand curls for the remainder of the week. It's simple, just roll your hair around the roller in the same direction you would on your wand curl. GOODBYE Grandma curls (I love my grandma to the moon and back, but I don't want to have my hair tight to my head)

Check out the video below and stay posted for a wand curl tutorial coming soon!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Get Ready With Me: Fall Inspired Makeup Tutorial Ft. MAC Cyber Lipstick

It's been FOREVER since I've recorded and uploaded a video to my YouTube Channel. Since I've shared my Favorite Fall Lippies, I had to create a look to match! Check it out below:

Products Used:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: Ebony
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow: Dark Brown
MAC Studio Finish: NW 40

Rimmel London Face Primer: Fix & Perfect Pro
Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation: NC50
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish: Dark

Urban Decay Primer Potion: Original
MAC Prolongwear Concealer: NC54
Lorac Pro Palette: (Mobile Lid) Pewter, (Crease/Transition Color) Sable and Expresso, Black (Defined)
MAC Fluidline: BlackTrack (Winged Liner)
Rimmel London Exxagerate Liner Black (Lash line)

Top Lashes: Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Bottom Lashes: Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluptuous  Mascara, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

LASHES: Beaut Supply Store #747 L

MAC Prolongwear NC45 (base to prevent creasing)
LA Girl Pro Conceal: Toffee 
NUANCE Concealer Stick: Deep
Ben Nye Setting Powder: Banana
Contour: Sleek Cosmetics Contour kit: Medium
Top of Cheeks Highlight: Sleek Cosmetics Contour Kit Medium


Urban Decay Deslick Setting Spray (HOLY GRAIL)

Please Share and Tell a Friend!! Comments are Encouraged xo

Peace and Blessings

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

#SK15 Sonia Kashuk 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Brush Set Review

I finally got my hands on this brush set! I started to believe it wasn't in the plan for me to have this oh so GAWGEOUS (gorgeous) brush set until I came across it looking for makeup bags in Target. The best part about finally running across this brush set in Target was the $10 off I received because of their random beauty sale. I almost came to tears when I found out I was able to get a discount on this brush set.

 I absolutely love Sonia Kashuk brushes. They are affordable, great quality, and most importantly durable. All of the individual Sonia Kashuk brushes that I own are my most reached for brushes, and faves in my personal makeup kit. The 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Brush Set includes fifteen beautifully constructed purple brushes. After using these consistently over the past few weeks I am now able to give a truthful honest review about this 15 piece brush collection.  I had to see for myself if this collection was worth all the hype it was receiving on instagram, I didn't doubt the hype because I knew Sonia Kashuk had some of the best brushes sold in Target to date. Enough with the rambling, on to the review!

The fifteen brushes included in the set are the following brushes as listed in order on the back of the cute packaging:

  • Powder Brush-  I use this brush to apply my face powder, it doesn't shed, and it's super soft.
  • Blusher Brush- I use this to apply blush/highlight powder to the high points of my cheek bones, it doesn't shed, and it's also super soft. 
  • Duo Fiber Buffing Brush- I used this brush to apply my foundation to my face. I love to use densely packed brushes to apply foundation. It give me the best finish to my foundation and leaves the skin looking like skin and flawless. Unfortunately, this brush sheds and it was a bit annoying. I found myself having to "find and pick" the hairs off of my face before moving on to finish my face. 
  • Synthetic Angle Multipurpose Brush- I love this brush! OMG! I use it to blend out my under eye concealer. I love the finish it gives and I love the fact that it fits perfectly in that area under my eye to give me the desired flawless finish. 
  • Contour Brush- Soft to the touch, this contour brush in this set is also sold as an individual brush. I fell in love with this brush when I purchased it as an individual brush (no longer available). I was excited to get this same brush in this collection. It offers the same great contour results for chiseled cheeks and a slimming jaw line. Super soft and the purple and gold handle makes it uber chic. 
  • Foundation Brush- I haven't used this foundation brush yet. When I use foundation brushes, I use them to apply my primer or smooth out concealer. This foundations brush is also soft to the touch.
  • Concealer Brush- I used the concealer brush to blend our my concealer around my eyebrows. It's soft to the touch and simply a smaller version of the foundation brush.
  • Blending Brush- I love this blending brush. It's soft to the touch and doesn't shed! I have officially replaced my Sigma Blending brush for this blending brush. Why??  Because it blends flawlessly. It covers more area and offers seamless blending. I could not believe this brush. In my opinion it has cut down on the blending time I am used to. We all should know how much blending is necessary to create the perfect eye shadow look, and that blending takes patience and time. In my opinion, the shape of this blending brush (not tapered) is what allows it to be so amazing and offer such great results.
  • Crease Brush-  I love this brush! It's perfect for creating the perfect smokey eye look. I love the fact that it's the right size to help define the eye perfectly. This brush is densely packed, but soft to the touch.
  • Small Eye shadow Brush- I used this brush to pack on eye shadow for a more precise look while covering small areas of the eye. You would want to use this brush to create eye looks that need heavy eye shadow application and/or defined looks. It's also soft to the touch.
  • Fluffy Eye shadow Brush- I used this brush to cover more eye area at one time. You can also pack the eye shadow onto the eye with this brush because the bristles are densely packed. If needed, you can blend out harsh edges with this brush as well. You should have guessed it, it's soft to the touch. 
  • Precision Smudge Brush- This brush looks similar to the brands precision liner brush. Except this brush is not as stiff. I use the precision liner brush all the time to apply my gel liner and I love it! I assumed I could do the same with this brush, but it didn't go as smoothly as I desired because it lacked the stiffness necessary to create the winged liner I wanted.  
  • Synthetic Angled Liner Brush- I assumed this brush was as stiff as the brands brow brush. I have two brow brushes from Sonia Kashuk, one is used for applying brown product, the other is used to define my brows. I used this brush to help define my brows with concealer. Unlike the two angled brushes I own, this angled brush is not as stiff. 
  • Smudge Brush- The smudge brush from this collection is similar to the brands individual smudge brush. It reminds me of the shader brush except it is smaller in size and density. I use this brush to apply shadow to my lower lash line. If you are steady with it, considering it's size and density, you could use it to apply gel liner. You'd have to be a pro in order to create that flawless wing.
  • Spoolie- This is my second spoolie from Sonia Kashuk and I am far from mad about it. They both work like a charm. I use this brush to brush my brow product through my brows. It helps to give my brows a natural look. 
This 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Brush set is simply worth every penny spent. I love the chic color combination of the purple and gold handles, and I absolutely adore the purple bristles. They are super soft to the touch and just add the right amount of sophistication to my current brush collection. They sit in their own little personal glass jar, because I think they are the cutest little brushes. They deserve to stand alone. I love that this brush set was affordable, it fits nicely into any budget. I love the Sonia Kashuk cosmetic brushes because of the quality, construction, and the overall design is impeccable. If by chance you haven't been able to pick up these brushes, you can find similar brushes within the brands collection of cosmetic tools. 

There may still be a few left, check now to see if you can find these brushes! 

Peace and Blessings- xo

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My Favorite Fall Lippies

In honor of the first day of Fall, I had to share my favorite Fall Lipies with you! I've added to my fall lipstick collection and I must admit I am in love with all of these shades. You MUST add these to your collection if you haven't already added them to the rest of your stash. I will admit, I am a lipstick and lip gloss junkie.  If there is a support group available I need to sit in the front row (send me an email and let me know where I can sign up). My steady growing lipstick collection is out of control to say the least. I have to carry them with me at all times because a girl never knows when she needs to change her lipstick. I tried the minimalist thing for a while, carrying only one lipstick in my purse... it drove me insane. No seriously, I was having withdrawals. Enough with my shenanigans and my endearing feelings for a great tube of lipstick and lip gloss, lets get into this post.

Lip Gloss/Lip Stains
1. Khroma Beauty Lip gloss in Blackberry Honey: I love this lip gloss. I love all of the Khroma Beauty lip products actually, but this gloss is dark and rich in color and can be worn on top of a matching lipstick or alone. It literally can stand by itself.  The consistency of the gloss is great, it's not tacky or thick at all. 

2. Revlon Color Stay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion: This is my second lip stain that I have purchased. I was completely skeptical about purchasing this lip stain because I didn't particularly care for the finish and feel of the first lip stain I added to my collection, but this lip stain is true to it's name! This lip product stains your lips with color while adding shine. It's moisturizing and not over drying. After the product continuously called my name during my many trips to CVS and Target, I could no longer resist the urge, I purchased this product and it was worth it!


1. Milani Cosmetics Lipstick in Black Cherry: OMG!!! I absolutely love this lipstick shade for fall. I honestly can not express to you how you need to go to the store tomorrow or like right now to add this to your collection. The color pay off from this lipstick is amazing! It's not drying to the lips at all, there is no need for lip gloss unless you just want a high shine added to your lips. I highly recommend this shade. 

2. Milani Cosmetics Lipstick in Cabaret Blend: This lipstick shade is close in range to Black Cherry, but it's a little lighter. The color pay off is not as rich Black Cherry, but the color is excellent for creating the wine stained lip trend for sexy fall lips. 

3. Milani Cosmetics Lipstick in Sangria: Sangria is more of a violet purple shade of lipstick compared to Black Cherry and Cabaret Blend, which both give off a red wine color effect. I love this shade of lipstick for cool fall days that scream for purple lips. 

4. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Cyber: Cyber is amazing! It's one of MAC's most popular Satin lipsticks. I absolutely love this purple lipstick. There have been many bloggers/vloggers that have gave this lipstick a great review. I can honestly say, it's everything you have imagined and heard plus more! You need to go pick this up if you haven't already. I was late with picking this up, it's new to my collection. I am so thrilled this baby belongs to me. It's here to stay!

5. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Purple Smoke: I finally got my hands on Purple Smoke! It's a Matte lipstick that is the bomb (dot) com. I have worn this on my lips the past two days and I love it. This lipstick did not really budge off of my lips. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be a long lasting lipstick, but it stayed on my lips all day long. I drank Arizona Green Tea from a can and water from a bottle and there was absolutely no transfer at all. Yeah, this lipstick is all that and more. GO GET IT NOW!!

6. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in So Scarlet: This lipstick is not on MAC's website. I believe it may have been discontinued. I purchased it from an CCO a while ago. If you do own this lipstick, it's perfect for Fall. It's a warm red wine color. It's lighter than Cabaret Blend and Black Cherry (Milani Cosmetics). I love this color! 

7. Revlon Cosmetics Lipstick in Chocolicious: If you desire to have the perfect dark brown lip for fall, this lipstick is it! This lipstick is rich in color and is a part of the brands Super Lustrous Lipstick collection. 

8, Revlon Cosmetics Lipstick in Va Va Violet: In my opinion, This comparable to MAC's Cyber. If you can't get your hands on Cyber, Definitely go pick this up! It's also apart of the Super Lustrous Lipstick collection and I absolutely love this shade. 

9. Revlon Cosmetics Lipstick in Black Cherry: I'm sure you're probably thinking why do I have two lipsticks identified as Black Cherry. I told you I had a problem. lol. Although these lipsticks have the same name, they are completely different. Revlon's Black Cherry is darker than Milani's Black Cherry. Revlon's lipstick is browner in color and Milani's lipstick is redder in color. 

10. Wet-N-Wild Cosmetics Ferguson Crest Cabernet: I love this lipstick from Wet-N-Wild. It's a part of their Fergie Collection and it's amazing. The Fergie Collection of lipsticks feel great on the lips compared to the primary collection of lipsticks. I don't have to add lip gloss to this lipstick. If you can find this lipstick, add it to your collection!

11. Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 04: I love this purple lipstick! It falls some where between MAC's Cyber and Purple Smoke. If you have this lipstick, you have the luxury of having the shade and finish of both Cyber and Purple Smoke. This lipstick lasts all day long and offers a flawless finish. 

12. Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless: This purple matte  lipstick crayon is amazing! I was surprised with the result of this lipstick crayon. It offers a matte finish and it's not drying at all. Sunday Past I added a black liner to my lips on top of this lip crayon and it was the perfect lip combination for a perfect fall lip (pictured above). 

Chocolicious Not Pictured
As you can see most of these shades look similar. The difference is the finish, texture, and longevity As I mentioned above, Kate Moss 04 can be a dupe combo of Cyber and Purple Smoke. Revlon's Black Cherry and Milani's Black Cherry are completely different in shade. I love all of these shades of lipsticks and glosses. Hopefully when I come across some more lipsticks, I will attempt to stray away from adding the same shades to my collection.  All of these lip products with the exception of the MAC lipsticks can be found at your local drugstore, Target, Ulta, Walmart, and places that sell makeup!

Comment below and let me know what your favorite fall lipsticks and lip glosses are, should I add them to my collection?? 

Thanks for reading! Tell a Friend to grab these lippies and make sure you grab one for yourself!!

Peace and Blessings 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Product Review: NYX Eyebrow Gel

I found a new eyebrow product I love! I saw this product originally on Instagram. Immediately I wanted to get my hands on this product. Everyone has been ranting and raving about Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow products lately, although I've wanted to try those products for myself, I just couldn't part with my money to jump on the band wagon. I know, it's not that expensive, but I've been operating on a budget I must maintain for several reasons. I have used several different brow products in the past, but the NYX Eyebrow Gel may just be the winner of all the products I've used previously.

Currently I am using Espresso on my brows. Esspresso was the only one they had available in my local Ulta. I was desperate to give it a try, although I would like to try a Chocolate (Because my hair is a reddish brow), Espresso works well for me at this moment. The NYX Eyebrow Gel is water proof, long lasting, and smudge proof. It reminds me of the Makeup Forever Aqua Brow. I haven't used it necessarily (I can't bash it or compare it), but the idea is the same. It (MUFE Aqua Brow) also claims to be waterproof, long lasting, and smudge proof. Considering my budget, MUFE Aqua Brow couldn't make it into my personal makeup collection. The good news is NYX Eyebrow Gel made the cut.

Since using this product, I have learned a little goes a long way. You only need a small amount of this product for your eyebrows. I don't use this gel to start the sculpting of my brows. I use my brow pencil. I use the NYX Eyebrow Gel to fill in my brows. Using my angled brush (it needs to be stiff), I start on the tail end of my eyebrows. I apply the product in the direction of hair growth. Whatever is left on my angled brush I apply to the front of my brows using upward strokes (the direction of hair growth). I use my spoolie brush to brush the product through and finalize the eyebrow. Don't worry, I'm headed back to YouTube, there will be a tutorial. The product dries quickly, there is no time for being slow with this process.

I love the NYX Eyebrow Gel because it's true to its claim as a product. It's water proof, long lasting, and smudge proof. I don't have to worry about my eyebrow becoming "greasy" at the end of the day, and if it rains, they stay intact. Okay, so I've never been caught in a rain storm to prove that much, but it does take a good rub down to clean my eyebrow product off at the end of the night. The product is super affordable and fits my budget! No overspending and No buyers remorse.

I would suggest you pick up this product and give it a try! It's great for your personal use and your makeup kit ladies. They have an array of shades to choose from to match your hair color. You won't be subjected to choosing from a limited number of shades. You can purchase this product in store or online via the company website.  In the picture below, I used the NYX Eyebrow Gel to fill in my brows.

Need to know more about eyebrow sculpting? Check out these posts and video!

How to fill in your Eyebrows
How to arch your Eyebrows
The Perfect Eyebrow
Oldie but Goodie: Eyebrow Tutorial 

Peace and Blessings

Saturday, August 23, 2014

UPDATE: Healthy Hair Growth with African Hair Accel

 I promised an update on my journey with African Hair Accel. My first thoughts of these hair vitamins are still the same. I must admit, I have not been consistent with taking three pills per day. The maximum has been two. The reason for this is my eating schedule has been off. I'm going to get it back on track (don't worry). I currently have my hair in Senegalese Twists as a protective style. Therefore, I won't be able to give my final update until after I take them out. However, I wanted to give you a brief update before my final update.

My hair is relaxed with permanent color on it, which has grown out to the ends. I have been experiencing breakage and dryness. I moisturized my hair daily and kept it rolled up in hair rollers to keep me from having to style it daily. It worked out well, I was able to avoid heat styling and save time on my hair in the morning.  Despite the fact I was moisturizing before rolling my hair, my hair was still dry from the color. Dryness equals breakage. I deep condition every week and for some strange reason my hair just wasn't having it (I switched up my products, review coming soon).  I put the Senegalese Twists in my hair once more, along with the fact I love them so much, to protect my hair from further breakage and to help with growth.

Due to the breakage on the ends of my hair, it appeared that my hair had gotten shorter than my starting length on the pills. I'm not altogether sure what was going taking place, but my hair just wasn't cooperating for some reason. I will know for sure once I take my hair out of these twists whether or not my hair was just being resistant to the vitamins or simply shorter from breakage. I will note, my roots did appear thicker because I just kept thinking my relaxer retouch went south. Therefore, I really can't say for sure the vitamins aren't working.

I experienced a few breakouts on my face, but they weren't excessive or too bad to handle. I was able to manage them effectively. The key to keeping the breakouts under control is drinking plenty of water.

Below is a picture of my starting point and my hair length before I decided to twist up my hair.

This journey is still in progress, I will let you know what my end results are. I will say this, my hair does look thicker in the pic on the right. Check back soon for more updates!

Peace and Blessings.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Product Review: LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer

I've been using the LA Girl Pro Concealer since it was introduced by others from the Youtube Beauty Community.  I have developed a relationship with my LA Girl Pro Concealer and I must say, she's here to stay. I had to review this product and give my personal thoughts and insight on the product to let you know just what I think about the concealer and why I there will be a lasting relationship with the concealer.

What I like about the concealer

I love several different things about this concealer. 1.) The LA Girl Pro Conceal concealer has a great creamy consistency. It's not drying and it's not greasy. The good news about this product is you won't have an ashy look, and it won't (what I like to call) cook up on your skin giving you a shiny/oily appearance. It's just right in regard to consistency. 2.) When applied correctly (using the right tools and setting powder), it won't separate or crease. 3.) It's super blendable and can be used to mask any blemishes or dark spots on my face.4.) Gives a light to full coverage look (it's buildable).   5.) At the end of the day, it's still intact from early morning application. I have combination skin, depending on the weather, my face can become extremely oily or extremely dry. 6.) SUPER AFFORDABLE. Who would have thought a product valued as low as $1.99 would be this great? The consistency of the concealer works well with both all skin types (oily, combination, dry).

What I don't like about the concealer

There is one thing in particular that I don't care for regarding this product. That one this is the applicator brush tip. The upside to the applicator is the overall ability to help you control the product, you will get the correct amount needed for application.  Despite this upside to the applicator, it takes forever for it to come to the top of the tube. I find myself having to squeeze hard enough to get it to come to the top of the applicator. I'm not sure if it's due to a faulty tube or just me.

LA Girl Pro Conceal vs. MAC Pro long wear Concealer

Many have said that the LA Girl Pro Conceal is comparable to the MAC Pro long wear Concealer. I use the MAC Pro long wear Concealer just as much as I do the LA Girl Pro Conceal. Both offer amazing coverage. They both are great for covering blemishes and dark spots, both offer buildable  coverage, and  both dry matte. I was actually able to find a dupe for my Pro long wear with LA Girl Pro Conceal.  I use MAC Pro longwear in NC45 and my dupe in LA Pro Conceal is Toffee. However, even though there are some similarities, there are some differences. I have found that the Pro Longwear concealer stays put. Once it dries, it's there to say until you wash it off. You have to hurry up and apply it to the skin, if it dries before you finish manipulating it you will have to reapply. Compared to the Pro Conceal the consistency and texture is different. Pro Longwear is more of a liquid consistency than the Pro Conceal which offers a creamy consistency.

How I Apply the Concealer

I apply the LA Girl Pro Conceal using the applicator brush tip on the areas necessary to give a fierce contour. After I apply the desired amount of product I use my elf stippling brush to blend the concealer out on to the face. I have used a makeup sponge in the past, but I have seriously become attached to my elf stippling brush. To finish the concealer I use a makeup sponge to apply my Ben Nye Banana Powder to set the concealer. 

My Final Thoughts on the LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer

The LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer has a permanent home in my personal makeup collection and my client makeup kit. I love that it's easy to blend, easy to manipulate, perfect for all skin types and complexions, dries matte, covers my blemishes and dark spots, super affordable (fits all budgets) and the overall consistency and texture of the product is great. I was happy to find a dupe for my MAC Pro longwear concealer.  Everyone should have this product in their collection. You can purchase this product online or from your local beauty supply store. You can buy individual tubes, or you can purchase all shades (for my MUAs out there). What are you waiting for? If you don't have it, GO GET IT!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Healthy Hair Growth with African Hair Accel

I just started this awesome relationship with African Hair Accel. Hair Vitamins that will help me to continue growing my hair long and healthy. I've been doing a lot of protective hair styling for a while now to help preserve my hair. I colored my hair a while back (CLICK HERE) and I had to amp up my hair routine to keep my my hair from going into hair breakage overload. I have experienced the side effects of having colored relaxed hair, but I have been able to successfully manage it and retain length.

I was introduced to African Hair Accel about a month ago. I just started taking them last week. I had my hair in Senegalese twists, and decided to wait until after I removed them to start using them. I can't really give any full details on my experience. Hopefully after two weeks I will give a review to let you know my experience (mostly side effects).

African Hair Accel promises to do the following:

  • Grow your hair up to 2 times faster
  • Give your hair all the vitamins it needs to be healthy
  • Grow longer more beautiful hair in only 30 days
  • Stop hair breakage and shedding hair.  
You are supposed to take the vitamins three times per day with a meal and drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid breakouts. This product does contain Biotin (vitamin linked to skin breakouts). So far, so good. My skin is still clear. :)

One review stated the following (as printed on their information card): 
"I love African Hair Accel. Within a week of taking African Hair Accel, my hair became softer. Will continue to buy".- Aaryn

For more reviews (CLICK HERE)

I will say this. I agree with that review. I was running my fingers through my hair today and I thought dang..my hair feels ridiculously soft. I thought it was due to my recent relaxer (after a 4 mos. stretch) and conditioner cocktail, but this feels like a different soft. No product necessary.  When I post another update (more than likely middle of next week) I will be able to let you know for sure if softness is a result of taking the vitamins. 

For more information visit the site (CLICK HERE). 

My current hair length (Before starting Hair Accel):


Hair thickness and growth:

My hair has been growing from stretching my relaxers.                          

Stretching your relaxer like a pro (CLICK HERE)

Monday, July 21, 2014

I'm Back!!: Where have you been??

Hey! I know I have been MIA for the past seven months and it's been for a good reason. I thought at one point I was going to hang up the blog and my youtube channel completely due to some things that have taken place thus far. I'm completely behind on my blog postings and I'm ready to start posting here again. There are going to be a few changes in the future for the blog and hopefully it will be a smooth transition and also beneficial to my followers and readers. I have been busy with another blog. I must admit the truth..but it's something that is near and dear to me. Feel free to subscribe to that blog for updates!

February this year I fell sick and spent five days in the hospital. I had been having really bad headaches and they were too far gone to control (I had been having the headaches for about four months before I started to get treated). After being told my headaches were allergy related and later sinus related I received antibiotics and steroid medication. Over a period of time the treatment that the doctors had given me for a sinus infection didn't work and actually contributed to my sickness. While on the medication I started to lose my vision, looking at a computer became difficult and most all annoying. After the doctors ran, what seemed like 100+ tests I was diagnosed with Pseudotumor Cerebri . The fortunate part of this all, after being under months of doctors care (I'm still being treated), I'm doing much better and ready to start blogging and getting back to the tasks at hand.

This diagnosis came about due to rapid weight gain that I had experienced during the past three years. I didn't think I was that over weight (and others assured me that I wasn't, while others did), but I was about 15-20 lbs shy of 200 lbs. Yep! that's right the girl that used to weigh 120 lbs for the most of her early twenties was almost 200 lbs. So yeah..I guess I did gain a lot of weight and I would say I was in denial. I was able to lose weight, still loosing weight and I'm close to reaching my goal weight.  YAAY!!!

The experience itself scared me into getting healthy and taking my life serious for a change. I was content with my life as it was because I was in a relationship and I wasn't that stick skinny girl that everyone used to "pick at" for being so thin. Gaining weight in the beginning was to thicken up a little but, in order to gain weight. My intention was not to become over weight, but it happened. I learned that if you want to gain weight you must work out anyway to maintain the weight gain. I work at a desk all day and my activity level was 10 to none. Working out has become intentional and eating healthy is mandatory. I really don't miss the foods I used to eat before I got sick. I reach more for what's healthy instead of what feels good to my stomach or my emotions. Yeah, I have had some ice cream and some chocolate chip cookies every blue moon, but I don't over do it. Instead of reaching for ice cream as much, I eat yogurt and granola. Instead of drinking juice, I have fallen in love with the Arizona Green Tea sweetened with honey (one a day). No red meat, definitely no pork, limited on fried foods. I didn't want to go completely cold turkey on all the things that make me a southern gal. Everything in moderation. Least I forget TONS of H20.

We must remember ladies, the most important part of being beautiful and elegant is being healthy! Taking care of our bodies from the inside out make us feel and look better on the outside! I am back with a vengeance and if I decide to take another hiatus I will let you know especially if it's unplanned!

Peace and Blessings

All pictures belong to me and are personal pictures of myself. No 'Catfishing' with my pics!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Late Post: A Very Elegant Christmas: Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Connoisseur

It's one of my favorite times of the year! Christmas is just right around the corner and I hope you're just as excited as I am. If you haven't picked up any Christmas Gifts as of yet and are planning to do so this weekend. Here is a last minute gift guide! I have put together six items for my readers to help point them in to the right direction for gift giving this Holiday Season. These items are popular beauty items and well liked by the masses.  There are plenty of items to choose from, but these made the top of the list.
Holiday Gift Guide

1. The most talked about and most wanted Naked Palette 3. It features 12 new rose-hued neutral shades and comes with a double ended shadow/blending brush.  Let's not forget the bonus four samples of their infamous Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, Sin, Eden, and their new Anti-Aging Formula (Approximate a weeks worth in each sample). This is $52.00 and you can purchase it here
2. Sigma Essential Brush Set. I have this set and it's AMAZING!! You get everything from their fluffy dome blending brush, face brush, and much more it's worth the purchase price and it lasts for a long time if taken care of properly. This set is $155.00 and can be purchased here
3. RiRi Hearts Mac Holiday Collection Lipstick in Pleasure Bomb. Buy the whole collection and You will be loved throughout the entire year of 2014. This little tube of lipstick is $14.50 and can be purchased here.
4. Philosphy Homemade honeybuns Shower Gel (Smells Delish) This yummy bottle of deliciousness can be purchased at zappos.com for just $15.00.
5. NYX Butter Gloss (Any Shade will do). They are creamy and you can build the lipgloss to your desired shade. This has got to be least expensive product on the list. Makes for a great stocking stuffer. Pick these cute glosses up at your local Ulta retailer or purchase it online at Ulta.com for just $4.99. Can't beat that!! There are a total of 12 shades to choose from and of course at this very moment they are buy one get one half off..so go a head and get all 12. She will thank you for it later. Creme Brule is my Favorite!!
6. Clinique 3 Step Skincare Kit. Okay, so I know you are probably thinking why would anyone want this for Christmas?? It's an awesome product and who wouldn't want a great skin care product during these harsh winter day. This set is $26.00 at Nordstroms. Great Deal!!!

There are plenty of great gifts to choose from this Holiday Season. I just wanted to point you in the right direction. Most of these I already own and others are on my Must Have and will buy list.  I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!! Great Things are to come for myself here at Elegant Edge!! I thank you for all rocking with me this long and I hope that will rock with me even longer in the future because I have tons of more good stuff to offer!!

Merry Christmas Loves!! Peace and Blessings -XO 


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