Good Afternoon! I am here to catch you up on s few of my beauty favorites for the month of December. If any of you beauties took advanatage of Sephora’s VIB sale then I am sure you have a few beauty finds to share so please feel free to comment and let and share a picture and name of some items so I can check them out.  Below are a few of my go-to beauty items. Enjoy!

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  1. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Luminzer in Diamond Milk – I may a bit late with this but what ultimately pushed me into trying this color was that I am obsessed with the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Luminzer in color Fenty Glow.  Her lip gloss gives just the right amount of shimmer and has amazing shine.  I like the consistency and the cost is pretty good for a high end product, just 18.00.  The Diamond Milk color does not have much pigment but its good for a neutral shine and can be put over a lipstick or matte color.  It goes well with any eye shadow color and highlighter.  Its worth checking out next time you visit your beauty store.

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2. Becca Volcano Eye-shadow Palette – I bought this on a whim during Sephora’s Beauty sale.  Its originally 46.00 but I was able to snag at 28.00.  The colors are amazing in my opinion, especially the shimmer colors.  I love the transition colors and the variety of shimmer options they give you.  You can do a nude look or play up your outfit with the high pigmented colors.  My favorite colors are Gilded, Lava, Midnight Sapphire, Red Rock, Crater,Granite and Haze.  Check it out next time your looking for a awesome palette to add to your collection.

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3. Loreal Kiwi Sugar Scrub – I have been using this off and on along with a few other favorite exfoliators and I really enjoy this scrub.  It has a light fruity smell and has the small kiwi scrub formula to help remove dead skin.  It gives you a light menthol feeling on the skin to show you it has been activated.  You then wash off with warm water and your skin has a soft feel and glow afterwards.  I really enjoy this.  Just be sure to rinse your face well so the small particles don’t get into your eyes.  The price goes for about 9.99 and can typically be found at your local drugstore.  Its worth checking out if you need a basic exfoliator. 

Thanks for reviewing and please share any find you know about! Enjoy!

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A Few Ways to Self Care in 2019

Good morning!

Happy Hump day…..I wanted to discuss a topic that is important to our physical and mental health.  Its easy to get caught up in the day to day of life and forget about keeping your self mentally and physically healthy.  I wanted to pinpoint some ways that have helped myself, along with others regroup, and get back on track when things get foggy.  First lets describe what self care is: “the practice of taking an active role in protecting ones own well being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.”

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Below are some ways that can potentially get you on the right track towards loving yourself first and making time for the small things that are easily overlooked when it comes to your well-being.

  1. Keep a planner or notebook with your feelings and thoughts – this is a great way to keep track of your future goals and plans.  Its proven that when you right down a goal, it becomes a plan, a plan in return becomes an action.  Keep your thoughts organized and set yourself deadlines on when you plan on executing these goals  either short term or long term. I myself have went through tons of planners and after a while they get put somewhere and forgotten, so make sure you choose  planner that is easy to bring with you, or keep near in times that you need to jot down a thought/feeling. 
  2. Take a break away from Social Media – close up shop and disengage.  Stop sharing your life with people you don’t speak to day to day.  Does it matter what the guy from senior year high-school 15 years ago is doing, or what your ex boyfriends kids look like? NO…..certain things should be private.  I was a big social media person a year ago but when I started a family and accumulated more things of value, I wanted to only share this with those I trust and love.  Social media is a great way to connect on a business stand point and with true friends but also can cause depression and envy during times of stress.  Log off and put away the social media and focus on the meaningful relationships in your life. 
  3. Organize your space – Cleaning and throwing away old baggage is a great way to de-clutter and feel on track.  For example, organizing your closet, and getting rid of old clothes and shoes that you no longer where or fit can help make room for new items that you need.  Making room for new items makes you feel like refreshed and positive. Many times when you get rid of junk and items that are taking space, you can make a list of the items you need and re-vamp.  Shopping therapy is always refreshing so set a date to de-clutter.
  4. Seek Professional Advice – Talk to someone that doesn’t know you or lacks judgement about your situation.  It can be embarrassing to open up to those that may not understand what you are going through.  If you meet with a therapist or psychologist, they can give you insight on what your feeling and help you sort a few things out. These people don’t have the answers but they can be an ear to listen when you need to vent or figure out your next steps. Here is a free sight that will assist with finding a therapist in your area: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists
  5. Read something that makes you happy – Reading was always something I enjoyed doing as a kid.  Its nothing like a good book to let your imagination run free.  Create your own world and characters.  It lets you get away from your reality for a while. Think about what type of books your would enjoy, such as self help, non fiction, fiction, research, comics etc.  Go tot he local bookstore or library.  Download the Kindle app on your phone or tablet and read. I can admit I have got away from readying myself but will make it a point to add more literature to my day to day moving forward.
  6. Plan something to look forward to – Always keep a future plan on your agenda.  Write down a end point and look forward to completing this whether it be a celebration, vacation, spa day, dinner with the girls or fellas, fun night out, whatever it is have an end point to something fun that helps you get by each day and week. 

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These are just a few ways that can help put you in the right direction. Thank you for Reading! Feel free to comment on what works for you as well!

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