Lifestyle | Top 5 Obsessions

Hello Passionistas-

To start off the week, I thought I would share some of my latest obsessions ..

img_0384 Podcasts 

I think I listen to podcasts more than I do music. And definitely the radio. The last time I listened to the radio, I was living in New York and would listen to Power 105.1 /the breakfast Club on my way to work every morning. But now, podcasts have all my attentions. I just watch the breakfast club on Youtube now, okkkkkkkur !!!!

Although true crime was my introduction to podcasts, I have grown to love and connect with so many podcast.

  • The Women Evolved Podcast by Sarah Jakes Roberts is a new listen for me but for the past 2 weeks, I have been binging every episode… honey! I love how inspirations she is. I first saw her on Facebook discover page clips of her preaching and I would always say this lady is speaking to me, Then somehow I found she had a podcast recently… it’s lit very morning on the ride to work thinking about if I agree with the rescue eve or not.
  • The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle is my weekly treat. I love the energy they put out into the world and the grind they are on. I support !!!! I’m a fan!!! So I every morning I get up and go to work like adults do and then I get off and grind for myself and the things I want to accomplish. Then Thursday evening comes and I lay back on my nice comfy sofa and laugh my ass off. Culture I Stand For.
  • Serial was the first podcast I ever listened to when season 1 launched. This was my introduction to investigative and true crime podcast. I am obsessed. I am loving season three, inside the court room. Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.
  • Small Doses with Amanda Seales is becoming another treat. Well, maybe self care resource. Amanda is legit smart, funny and black.
  • Mediocre to  Masterful is a new podcast that a new friend of mine hosts and it is full of self help informations. After listening to 2 episodes my journal is full of charts, lists, and pages of reflect and planning for better.

 

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Beyonce graced us with the Vouge – September 2018 Issue and I thought I was going to miss out. Honey, every store I went to seem to not carry vogue, like huh? Where do I buy this magazine? Randomly, I went to CVS and found just 1, so I bought it. PURE BEAUTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is BEAUTY, I love it. Queen was working it.

 

 

 Youtube has taken over TV. From Vloggers to Bloggers and web series and educational content. Youtube is just like google. I love the Ellies, Giants, Raven Elyse, 85 South show

Almost every week I’m ordering from Amazon & I have even subscribed for Audible through amazon.

I bought a Plants (Aloe Vera) from Kroger and I have been loving having it handy for my skin. I’m aloe to cut pure aloe just to rub down my body in the showers or blend up a mask for my face and hair.

 

What are some of your obsessions?

DIY Wall Art

Hello Passionista!

One of my favorite YouTuber’s Raven Elysee inspired this DIY project after watching her Decorating My House DIY projects + New Furniture vlog. I have been re- decorating my apartment with more things of my style. I want every room and every decoration to reflect who I am as a person. I consider myself to be very creative, I love creating things. So a lot of my home decor will be D.I.Y projects. For instances, the Hexagon Shaped Shelves … click here to see blog.

For this project you’ll need:

  • Acrylic Paint – 3 colors (Midnight Blue, Pink, Nude)
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  • Metal Flakes
  • Paper Towels

 

 

 

 

I purchased an 8 pack of the 10 x 10 canvas, I had a vision of doing tiled art on one large wall in my living room space. My new color scheme for my living room space is Blue + Pink, so I used those colors. And it add a third color I used a fresh tone nude.

I started by laying out my canvas on a table.

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Staring with the darkest color first, I dropped dots of paint randomly all over  t

he canvas.

With a paper towel, I swiped the paint from left to right. Making streaks, sort of.

 

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Before starting a new color, I used my hair dryer to dry the paint.

First I applied blue, then pink, then the nude paint .

 

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Lastly, I took the metal flakes and just tore off a few small pieces and placed them on top of the wet paint at random.

 

 

Here is the Finished Product

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My living has double doors that lead out to the balcony. I decided to tile 4 of the canvas paints on each side of the double doors. As you walk into the front door the back wall and double doors are what you see. I think my abstract art looking good in this spot, even though I visioned something different. I want to add some greenery or plants to this view. Maybe a tall faux plant in each corner under the paintings.

 

Lipstick of the Week: MAC matte lipstick

Hello Passionista!

This week has been awesome. On Sunday, I met up with friends to spend some chill time in the park. The weather was nice, sun was shinning, and we needed some girl chat.

I love a good park picnic set up. So on short notice I gathered my blanket, cards games, snacks and wine for our little park adventure. The weather was not too hot or too cold, allowing us to enjoy the park for about five hours out in the sun. (Well under a tree really)

Since this was a outside event and I sweat so easily, I made it a fresh face SUNDAY. But you know I can’t go without lipstick.

This week I have fallen in love with the MAC Matte Lipstick in the color whirl, all over again. I purchased this lipstick last fall and with the seasons changing and getting new lipsticks it has just been siting on my lipstick rack. But look at it on me. It is time I bring this whirl color out of retirement and start rocking it again.

Pictures from the Park:

Charcoal Infused Nail Polish

Hello Passionistas!

I must admit, I am a girlie girl and I love going to the nail salon to get my nails done, feet scrubbed, and face waxed. But I’ve learned all that can add it. I noticed every 2 two weeks I was spending $70 + multiples tips in the nail salon. FOR WHAT? I can tell I’m growing into a full adult, because I cannot validate spending that much money twice a week. I’ve learned to cut back on my services. Now I only go to the nail salon once a month for a pedicure and eyebrow wax. Let’s be honest, a girl can’t be out here letting her feet rough up. As for my nails, I like to keep them clean and simple. For special occasions I will paint them myself now.

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This is the Charcoal infused nail polish by Nailmedic in the color Volcanic Ash. I love this as a fall color.

 

 

 

This was easy to apply and fast drying – even with 3 coats. It doesn’t have the harsh nail polish smell- which I can appreciate.

I received this samples in a previous ipsy bag (before I canceled my subscription). I will definitely be using this color throughout the fall and winter.

I can’t wait to try some new holiday nail art this season. I’ll be use to do a DIY nail art post .

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Lipstick of the Week

Hello Passionista

It’s Friday!!! We’ve almost made it through this week. It has been a long one for me and I can’t wait to relax for the weekend.

Even though it’s been a rough week, I’m always determined not to look like what I feel like. Today I’m enjoying the GA sunshine with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in the color Spice.

Purchased from ULTA on sale for buy 1 get one week during National Lipstick Day. I love this color, so I have to have it. It will definitely be a favorite in my fall makeup essentials.

Blooper:

Pinch Me Box | Use and Review

Hello Passionistas

Pinch me is an online service that allows you, as a consumer, to take surveys and recieve FREE samples to try and review. It’s totally free. All you have to do is complete surveys throughout the month. Every 2nd Tuesday of the month new sample boxes are sent.

This month’s box includes: 

RX Nut Butter- Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter

$50 off Hello Fresh

1850 Folgert Medium Dark Roast Coffee

Clairol Color Touch Up

First off, I already have a Hello Fresh subscription, so I can’t use this $50 off card. It is for first time users. I am going to pass it along to my parents though. They are newly empty nesters so I think they could benefit from Hello Fresh.

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Honestly, I have not need for Clairol Color root touch ups. I don’t have any color in my hair. So I’m going to give this same away.

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I am not a big fan of peanut butter, but I tried the RX nut butter on flat bread bagels as a afternoon snack. It was tasty. But I must admit, I probably won’t purchase.

I’m more of a tea drinker than coffee, but I have my fair share of Starbucks ice coffees. I tried the folders coffee and LOVED it. I have a reusable K-cup, so I can just put the coffee in the reusable cup and use my Keurig to make my coffee.

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Visit Pinchme.com to sign up and receive your own box of free samples.

Moisturizing Body Rub|D.I.Y.

Hello Passionista…

I enjoy making body scrubs and facial… stuff for my skin in general. One thing I like to do at least every other week is a moisturizing body rub using Lipton Green Tea. I do a lot to take care of my face but the rest of my body needs the same tender love and care. Honestly, I love having soft smooth skin. Today, I’m going to show you what I do and how to make this moisturizing body scrub.

What you’ll Need: 

5 Pure Green Tea bags

Aloe Vera Gel

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

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Pure Green Tea helps promote healthy skin and reduces inflammation.

Aloe Vera Gel is hands down the best thing for curing scars and blemishes on your skin. Not just you face, it can be used all over your body.

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is great for just about everything. Its a natural moisturizer. It helps lock moisture in your skin.

To start… use 5 tea bags to make a pitcher of green tea to enjoy later.

Once your tea is finish brewing, cut open the tea bags scooping the tea leaves into a bowl.

Add a 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel and a 1/2 cup of coconut oil. Stir.

I like  to place the mix in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Then apply the cool moisturizing rub all over my body. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes (to as long as you would like). To remove, I get in the shower  and rinse everything off  and air dry my newly moisturized skin.

Try it… Share your thoughts…

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color

Hello Passionista

I have been obsessed with Maybelline SuperStay Mate Ink Lip Color. The formula is amazing! It literally lasts alllll day. You eat with, drink with it, even kiss and it doesn’t go ANYWHERE. I love it!

This is the Maybelline SuperStay matte ink in the color fighter, lined with Wet n wild in the color Chestnut.

Honestly, the only reason I brought it was because I came across a liquidation sale at Rite Aid. I think else retail for like $9.99 but they were 50% off during the liquidation sale. I purchase all the colors that were left over the shelves but only kept 2. Most of the colors are shades of pinks and purples and browns. Only the browns look good on me (in my opinion).

Skincare Regimen

Hello Passionistas

Surprisingly, people have been asking me to share my skincare routines. Well…. I have been trying to put together a skincare day/night routine for a while now. It’s been hard and took some time because I don’t really have a routine. I don’t do the same things every night nor do I used the same products on a daily basis. I like to spice things up and mix it up a bit. So, my first thought  was to start a day/night routine. After a week of trying to keep up with a routine I was uninspired to blog about it. It wasn’t real. It wasn’t me. So I canned to whole blog idea. But then I realized I can create content of the things that I do and how it works for me.

Welcome to my first of many skincare regimens. My skin hasn’t been giving me any issues, so this is what I do to maintain healthy glowing skin on a weekly basis. I do not do this every night. The only thing I faithful do in the morning and night to my face is wash it with a face towel and cool water.

Don’t worry- I promise to share more regimens when my skin is irritated, breaking out, or having a tude that I need to adjust.

This skincare regimen is for my everyday normal (clear, non-irratiating ) skin. I will do this at least once a week to 4 times a week, at max.

Cleanings Balm (or wipe)… 

Something to clean and wipe away all the grits and grime in the surface of my face from make up and day to day activities (like touching my cheeks every time I think I lost or left my phone).

Face Scrubs …

Gentle exfoilation helps keeps pores unclogged and pimples away.

Hydrate …

Bring a glow to the skin and boost it with plenty of hydration.

So Ladies… here is my regimen in action

Yes To Coconut- Ultra hydrating coconut oil cleansing balm

Formula 10.0.6 One Smooth Operator pore clearing face scrub  (Zinc + Oat + Pumice)

Emilia Hydro boosting gel

Please share your skincare regimens with me and leave me feedback in the comment box. If you were looking for my lipstick of the week (that I’ve recently been posting on Wednesday’s) come back on Friday.

Yes To Shampoo &; Conditioner | Use & Review

Hello Passionista!!!

So, I’m not the type to use the same shampoo and conditioner every time I wash my hair. I like to try different products and brands. So I want to share my experience with Yes To shampoo and conditioner detoxifying & deep cleaning / ultra moisturizing charcoal.

Disclaimer: My thoughts and opinions are strictly my own based from my usage experience. I have only used these products one time.

Where to buy: Target ($7.99 each)

Yes To charcoal detoxifying & deep cleaning shampoo

Yes To charcoal detoxifying & ultra- moisturizing conditioner

Pros:

  • This is really a deep cleaning shampoo, it’s great for clean hair with product build up
  • The formula is creamy. For some reason I thought the formula would be thicker than the average shampoo but it’s not.

Cons:

  • It really strips your hair of everything. A hair mask / treatment is needed after use.
  • The conditioner is hard to wash out of thick hair. The color helps determine if it’s all washed out or not

Final Thoughts: this is not a product I would use often cause I wash my hair on a weekly basis. But I feel this is a perfect product duo for when I have lots of product build up from gels and creams in my hair. I plan on keeping these products close by for those special occasions.

Before wash:

After Shampoo and Conditioner (set in hair for 1hour +):

After washing the conditioner out, I did restore my curls with coconut oil.

Have you tried this shampoo and conditioner ? If so, tell me what you thought of it. What other Yes To products should I try ?