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.

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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…

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 ?

Drink Tea |Self Care Tip

Happy Friday Passionista !!!

I have had a long and stressful week. So, one thing I like to do when I’ve had one of those weeks is brew a fresh pot of tea and have some quiet time.

Tea has been known to be a way to relief stress and anxiety, promoting a healthy environment.

Here are 2 different teas I love to brew and drink when I find myself under stress or my anxiety starts to run high.

To brew my tea I use the Bodum electric kettle and Bialetti Glass tea pot – both purchased from Walmart.

Hot Tea: Teavana Recover Regain Green Tea (which is now discontinued due to the recent closing of all Teavana store fronts 😔)

This is a detoxifying wellness tea with mint with the recommended dose of daily vitamin c, meant to support a healthy lifestyle.

Cold Tea: Tea of Life Pomegranate White Tea

This is a gluten free tea of life packed with antioxidants, meant to help with weight loss.

Not only are these teas calming but they carry tons of health benefits.

Tip: Take a moment to disconnect from the outside world, get comfortable and have a hot cup or cold glass of tea. Give yourself time to calm and think.

Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick

Hello Passionista!

I love my nudes and flesh tone lipsticks, but this week I decided to do something different. I’ve been rocking this Smashbox always on liquid lipstick in the color Miss Conduct. This is actually a sample I received in a Ipsy bag months ago.

I like red lipstick. It makes me feel pretty and fierce on the inside and outside. But I normally only wear it for special occasions not a everyday thing. I wanted to do something different so I’ve been pairing my cheetah print flats (shoes) and red lip stick for this week office fashions. The color is not to bold. It’s a darker red which I like.

I’m a fan of the Smashbox brand and the color is growing on me. I believe I would purchase this color lipstick by Smashbox once I finish this sample tube. It’ll be a good color option to add to my holiday collection of lipsticks.

Normally, I like to line my lips with a lip pencil before using a lipstick. But I only have brown tone lip pencils and I don’t think it looked good with red. So what color liner should I use? Red? What’s a cheap brand to try that has a good red lip pencil?

Bobby Brown Rich Color Gloss

Hello Passionistas!!!

This week’s lipstick of the week is actually a lip gloss by Bobby Brown Cosmetics -Rich Color Gloss in the color, Pink Cocoa 12. I’ve been using this product all year.

This gloss formula is thick but not sticky. It actually last a long time if you’re not eating or drinking. Since it’s a gloss of course it’s going to transfer over to a cup or napkin when eating and drinking. But the formula is rich enough to hold its form and color when on your lips. It doesn’t smudge nor harden. The color Pink Cocoa just tickles my fancy soooo much. It’s cute and neutral to match with just about any make up look. An added benefit to the gloss is that the color is so close to my skin tone. Y’all know how much I love nude colors.

You don’t really need a liner for this gloss but, Of course, I use my Mac lip pencil in the color Plum to line my lips.

What other glosses should I try? Comment below.

Self Care Tip

Hello Passionista

Day to day life activities can take a toll on you. But treating yourself every now and then and be just the cure you need to feel good inside and out. No matter how small or how big, treat yourself!

I’m a workaholic and busy body. It’s not a bad thing- I actually enjoy it. But I’ve had to learn how to treat myself to keep my spirits high on a day to day basis. On a weekly basis I try to treat myself to my favorite meal on Friday’s, which is hot wings with lemon pepper sprinkle and blue cheese on the side with cold vegetables. It’s nothing major but it makes me feel good and often times just what I need to wrap up a busy week.

Recently, I decided I wanted a new sofa for my apartment. I’d had my old sofa for about 2 years and it just was comfortable to me anymore. So after a month or 3 of budgeting more and saving I purchased a new sofa.

Purchased from American Freight Furniture

It’s soft and comfortable. Although, I don’t like the pillows I love the sofa. Don’t worry- I’ve already order new pillows on Amazon.

What have you treated yourself to lately?comment below.

Lipstick of the Week

Hello Passionistas!!!

This week I have been rocking my Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick, in the color Veronica and Mac lip pencils, in the color Plum.

The Plum lip pencil is a go to make up essential for me. Since I love nude colors, plum goes good with just about every lip color I wear. Mac lip pencil lasts a long time. It’s well worth $18.

I don’t normally purchase Anastasia Beverly Hills products. But ULTA was running a sale back in July on the brand- buy one get on free. I thought it was a great deal on a $22 Lipstick, so I purchased the Veronica liquid lipstick along with another matte lipstick that I will feature another week. The formula spreads nicely, making it easy to apply and it lasts a long time. I often reapply after drinking anything. Best of all it’s easy to wipe off.

What other lipstick colors from Anastasia Beverly Hills do you recommend? Comment below.