May Favorites

5-31-18

Free People Sunnies
These are dupe for a pair of Gucci sunnies that are $400 and these are $20. Jade shared them on her instastories and Windsor was kind enough to buy them for me for Mother’s Day.

Royal Wedding
Y’all know Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge is my BFF and I am huge fan of the Royal Family. Naturally, I was STOKED about Harry & Meghan’s wedding. I was up and ready at 4:30 with my fascinator and tiara on to watch. I didn’t love nor hate her dress, I liked it, but I prefer Kate’s. I did LOVE her second dress though. She and Harry looked so in love and so happy all day. DON’T EVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU YOU CAN’T BE A PRINCESS. MEGHAN MARKLE IS PROOF THAT YOU CAN!

Ofra Highlighter in Pillow Talk
This highlighter is SO gorgeous and it’s buildable. If you apply it with a fluffy brush and a light hand, you get a little glow, but you can also build it up to be blinding. It’s pink toned and great for my fair skin.

Anastasia BH Liquid Lipstick in Party Pink
I snagged this at TJ Maxx for $8 and it’s my new go to pink. It’s SO bright, long lasting, and comfortable. I will be wearing it all summer.

Kate Spade Phone Cover
I got this on HauteLook for $20. Kate Spade just speaks to me and glitter is my favorite color so I had to have it. I have the iPhone 7 Plus in case you care.

Kate Spade Leopard Slip On Sneakers
Again, Kate Spade designs for me. I love almost everything she does and this shoe was just speaking to my soul on a spiritual level. Leopard print AND a bow?! Sign. Me. Up. I also got these on HauteLook for a FREAKING STEAL.

And, of course I have to share my favorite memes. These are screenshots from Instagram and not my own photos.

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If that ain’t my life

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Sadly, I am one of those people that is allergic to dogs. Thank god for allergy shots and medicine!

May 2018 Target Beauty Box

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Quick Notes
–$7
–Monthly
–Not a subscription, must go to target.com and buy each month

OGX Coconut Miracle Dry Shampoo
–$7.99
–Smells good, but I’m a Batiste girl

Free & Lovely by Bodycology Lavender & Amber Body Mist
–$4.99
–Don’t care for the scent of this

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lotion Sunscreen SPF 55
–$7.09
–I won’t use this, I use the Neutrogena HydroBoost

St. Ives Hydration Cactus Water & Hibiscus Cleansing Stick
–$7.89
–This product is basically the reason the I bought the box because I really wanted to try this
–100% natural coconut oil=hydration!
–Paraben free, non-comedogenic
–Convenient packaging, perfect for traveling!
–Cleansed well, left my skin soft and not stripped

Conair 3 Piece Spiral Ponytailer
–$3
–LOVE these
–Don’t leave a crease in my hair
–Holds my thick, heavy hair

Soap & Glory The Scrub of Your Life Body Butter
–$10.99
–Smells SO good
–Left my skin feeling so soft & hydrated
*already purchased this

La Roche Posay Lipikar
–$19.99
–Paraben & fragrance free, non-comedogenic
–Suitable for sensitive skin
–Very thick
–Left an oily, greasy film on my skin
–Not a fan


This box wasn’t a complete bust and for $7, I can’t really complain. You know what you’re getting when you buy the box and I knew I wouldn’t use some of the products. The St. Ives Cleansing Stick and Soap & Glory Scrub are the stand out products and make the box worth it.

Target releases these boxes on the first Monday of every month and they usually sell out quickly. I haven’t bought one in a while, but if they continue to be this good, I may become a repeat buyer.

Let’s Get Something Straight

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It’s ok to not want to get married. It’s ok not be out there chasing every man, praying you will snag one. It’s ok to be perfectly happy on your own.

When I say I’m ok with not getting married and don’t want to, people look at me like I have 8 eyes. Like I have lost my damn mind. WHY? Is it because society says so? Is it because I’m a female and I need someone to take care of me? Because everyone needs someone? Because being alone is frowned up?

Let’s get a few things straight. I’m not chasing anyone who does want to be caught. I don’t want anyone who does want me. I’m 100% ok with being by myself, I actually prefer it and I can take care of my damn self.

I get the standard, “you’ll change your mind,” “you’ll find someone,” “the right person will change your mind,” etc. You know what? All of that could be completely true. I don’t understand why no one says, “okay,” “do what makes you happy,” “good for you,” etc. I always want to follow up with, “and you know that’s ok, right?”

Fun fact about me: I’m VERY introverted. I thrive on quiet time and being alone. Commitment scares me. I’m only 26, almost 27, so I can always grow and change, but as of right now, I don’t see myself getting married nor do I really want to.

I’m not writing all of this to make me feel better or justify my feelings. Quite frankly, I don’t feel compelled to do either. I don’t have to explain/justify my feelings to anyone. I’m writing this to let people know that it’s OK to be different. It’s OK to not do what society deems as “normal” or “correct.” Here’s the thing, if you succumb to these norms, you could end up settling and setting yourself for a lifetime of misery.

I am fine by myself. I like me. I don’t need someone else to complete me. I don’t let being single or spoken for define my worth. I don’t allow anyone or anything to define my worth. I’m human, I have flaws and insecurities like everyone else. I spent years letting the numbers in my bank account, the labels in my closet, my GPA, etc. define my worth and I continued to come up short and feel like I wasn’t enough. I now know that I am enough. I am enough on my own.

Enough is a powerful word. A word that has caused me a lot of pain, anxiety, and battles with depression. I did a lot of soul searching and praying over MANY years before I could finally admit to myself that I was enough. I still fall short and I have days where I constantly have to remind myself over and over again, but I have come such a long way.

I’ve never had a boyfriend or been on date. I’m sure that may shock some, but I’m OK with it. I have standards, values, and morals; just anyone isn’t going to do. In my opinion, no one is better than just anyone.

Oprah used to (may still) have a section in her magazine titled, “What I Know for Sure.” I’m taking a page out of Oprah’s book and sharing a few things that I know for sure.

  1. If you don’t love yourself, it’s going to be really hard for someone else to.
  2. You’ve got to be ok alone.
  3. Don’t settle. You deserve the best. You are better off alone than paired off and unhappy.
  4. Know your worth. Don’t let anyone or anything influence your worth. Don’t place your worth in being married, a mom, a career woman, etc. It’s ok to want all those things, but you need to know that you are enough right now, exactly as you are.

Now I don’t jump out of bed every morning 100% confident in myself and ready to face the day. Sometimes things suck. People suck. Circumstances suck. Sometimes you may feel like the only single person left on the planet. Why can everyone find someone but you? There are reminders that you’re single everywhere you go, whether it’s out in public, at the office, or in my case, the refrigerator. My refrigerator stays full of shower and wedding invites and there’s no plus one to be found.

I get it. It’s hard. Sometimes, I feel it too. However, I’m very fortunate that my friends never make me feel like the odd (wo)man out. Sure, sometimes it would be nice to have a date and not be the 13th wheel, but most times I have just as much fun by myself and I’m not left worrying if my date is having a good time. My friends don’t try to set me up or look down on me or judge me for being single.

I know you’re thinking I’m a marriage hater by now. I promise I’m not. I believe in love. My parents have set a great example. My friends have found some truly amazing guys to spend their lives with. I’ve seen the positive change in my friends when they found their guy. I’m not completely opposed to it, I just don’t think it’s in the cards for me.

If Mr. Right comes strolling in tomorrow and sweeps me off my feet, I will try to keep an open mind and embrace it. If not, I’m good. I’ve got Jesus, my dog, and my Loubs. I’m going to be just fine and you know what else, YOU WILL TOO.

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Foundation Friday: Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme

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Claims
–Supreme coverage
–Lightweight & long wearing
–Airbrush matte finish

Price
–$38 for 0.68 fl oz. @ Nordstrom, beautylish.com, jouercosmetics.com
*there are influencer codes that you get you 15% off one of them is “TRENDMOOD”

Shade Range
–50
*thank you, Jouer!!

Pros
–Paraben, sulfate, phthalate free
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Oil free
–Contains hyaluronic acid which my skin loves
–Packaging, pump!
–Full coverage
–Little goes a long way
–Shade range
–Doesn’t feel heavy
–Longwearing

Cons
–Pricey
–Less than the standard 1 oz
–Accentuated my smile lines
–Not good for my dry skin

Final Verdict
–I don’t have any photos of me wearing this foundation because it just looked awful on me. My skin is very dry and this foundation just didn’t work for me. I tried lots of primer and powder combinations and it still didn’t work. I mixed in a facial oil in with it and that just caused it to break up on me.
–I do however still use this foundation, just not all over. Since it is so pigmented and full coverage, it makes for a great spot concealer. My chin seems to stay red and broken out so I always use this on my chin. On lighter makeup days, I will use this as a spot concealer and then use my MAC Studio Fix Powder and I’ve got good coverage quickly.

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May 2018 Sonia Kashuk Beauty Box

I need another makeup brush like I need a hole in the head, but when I saw this was only $10, I couldn’t help myself.

This is a box you subscribe to and receive every month. You have to go to target.com each month and purchase it. They usually release on the first Monday of each month and they sell out quickly so you have to be ready!

This box was $10 and has a $42 value!

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Blender Sponge
–$7
–LOVE this sponge
–One of the best sponges out there and it’s so affordable

Essential Blush Brush
–$9
–Synthetic bristles
–Perfect size for the apples of the cheek
–Very soft

Quick Dry Brush Cleansing Wipes (3)
–$9 for 10 wipes
–I was very skeptical as to whether or not these would work, but I was pleasantly surprised.
–Perfect for travel and/or makeup artists

Professional Angled Eye Shadow Brush
–$13
–Synthetic bristles
–Great for blending or packing color on the lid

Slant Tip Tweezers
–$10
–Love the gold color
–I don’t tease my brows so I can’t speak to how good they are for that, but I’ve used them for other things and they work just fine.

 

I love that it came with a card that listed all the products and a little description about each one. I liked that coupon too!

 

I tried out the brush wipe with my blush brush that hadn’t been washed in a minute. After using the wipe, it came pretty clean. These wipes are no substitute for actual washing, but they’re great in a pinch or on the go.

I hope this box is a regular monthly thing because I’m loving it!

Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Peacock Flare

Claims
–No flaking or smudging
–Brush coats and separates each lash
–Clump free

Price
–$7.89 @ Target
–$8.99 @ Ulta
–$7.94 @ Wal Mart
–$10.49 @ Walgreens

Shade Range
–3 and there’s a waterproof option

Pros
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–No flaking
–Pretty packaging
–Lengthens
–Seperates

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Didn’t add much volume

Final Verdict
–This is a great mascara for length and separation, but it didn’t add much volume. I usually use 2 mascaras any way and this is a great one to start with. The bristles are plastic so if you’re a natural bristle fan, this isn’t for you.
–I think this is good and I will definitely use it, but I don’t think I will repurchase and it’s not something you need to run out and buy.

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