The BEST Lash Glues (for strips)

I’m obsessed with wearing strip lashes. They just give me the extra umph I need whenever I have a full face, and I feel naked without them. They just always up the ante!

One thing I don’t like is feeling insecure that one of my lashes (or both) will try and forsake me and be gone with the wind. For that reason I make sure I use lash glues that really get the job done and will last all day.

I’m sharing my two favorite lash glues with you.

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Worry About Your Own Waistline – The Double Standard of Body Shaming

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This post has been a long time coming, and something that has bothered me for quite some time. Decades if we’re going to be honest. I wasn’t sure if I should even do this post as this is a beauty blog, but our bodies make us feel beautiful (or not at times) so it’s worth sharing. So here goes nothing.

If you know me, you know that I love minding my own business. I don’t care about how much money you make. I don’t care about who you love. And most importantly, I don’t care about what you eat or how you are shaped. As long as you are happy, healthy and whole, I could care less about the choices people make. What you eat doesn’t make me sh*t….literally.

Here are some of the things I have heard over the years. All from other women.

“You need to go eat some meat and potatoes”…..

“I’ve never seen a dog fight over a bone with no meat on it”…

“You look hungry”….

“Skinny bitches are evil”….

“(insert dress size) You’re not even a woman. That’s not a real number”

(That’s me not giving a damn about your opinion)

I can’t for the life of me figure out why people feel the need to constantly provide commentary about how people should go about eating or exercise when quite frankly it’s none of their damn business. More importantly I don’t understand the body shaming double standard. If a “skinny chick” says something about a “big girl” that’s negative and you’re body shaming. But if a “big girl” says something disparaging about a “skinny chick” then that is OK? NO, it’s not! And I’m going to tell you why.

Body image issues affect any and every woman. You’re either too big. Or you’re too small. You really can’t win for losing. If it’s inappropriate for me to tell a large woman maybe she shouldn’t eat so much and should go to the gym, then you can’t tell me that I need to eat more or what am I working out for, it’s a waste because I’m small.

If I can't tell you go eat a salad, then don't tell me that I need meat and potatoes.… Click To Tweet

I’m going to be transparent. I have struggled with body issues for a long time. I’ve gone from being “too small” to now maybe “not small enough”. At the end of the day all things are relative and there are mitigating factors. Being “small” doesn’t mean you’re healthy, just as much as being “big” doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy. At 5’3″ and 147lbs I have high cholesterol, endometriosis, a kidney issue, and some other health issues where proper diet and exercise will do me service. But I’m “small” so you’d never know…right?!? Alzheimer’s and dementia also run RAMPANT in my family. I know for a fact that there is a direct correlation between cardiovascular diseases and Alzheimer’s, on top of the fact that African American’s are disproportionately diagnosed. So basically if you’re black with high blood pressure, cholesterol and or diabetes you’re more likely to be affected. Thanks, but no thanks.

I also want to note that the African American community is extremely harsh in this regard. It’s almost as if your womanhood relies upon your curves, the thickness of your thighs and the meat on your bones. I’m not even going to make this about the men, I’m strictly going to focus on what black women say to other black women.

Worry about your own waistline! #bodyshaming #bodyimage Click To Tweet

I’m urging women to stop telling other women what they need to do with their bodies. It’s not only detrimental, but it’s none of your damn business. And most importantly, stop saying cruel body negative things to young women. There is more that I can say about that, but I may save that for another post.

Better yet, let’s open some dialogue in the comments! Let me know how you feel. Have you been affected by body shaming? How has it affected you mentally and/or emotionally?

How I Remove All My Makeup

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I don’t always wear makeup, but when I do, I tend to pile it on. The second best feeling to taking your bra off, just might be removing all of your makeup.

When removing my makeup, I want to know that every drop of product is gone and that I won’t be clogging my pores or leaving leaving residue on my pillowcases. I also have horrible anxiety, and I believe I immediately get blemishes and breakouts. I know, I’m dramatic…

To make sure my skin is squeaky clean, I use a 4 step process that I have detailed below. You may think that 4 steps might be too many, but I have a method to my madness, and if you keep reading you’ll see why.

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Favorite Fall Lip Colors

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Fall is absolutely one of my most favorite seasons of the year, running a close second to summer. I love everything from the changing leaves, the more saturated color palettes, the layering of fabrics. What is there not to love?!?

While I’m normally one for pinky nude lip colors, fall is the time I start to really get into warmer lip tones and have more fun. I will lean more toward matte colors and turn up the drama and the color volume.

There is nothing like a nice vampy lip color for the fall months! #makeup #beauty Click To Tweet

Here are some of my favorite fall lipstick and liner combos.

 

“Potent Fig” lipstick with “Nightmoth” lipliner

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This mattene color is easy to apply and boasts no drying or feathering. It lasts for hours upon hours. Potent fig while a limited edition color, you can easily find other color to duplicate the look. Other colors to try will be MAC “Power My Spirit”.

“Diva” lipstick lined with “Vino” lipliner

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This matte intense reddish burgundy pairs very well with the wine shade liner. To get the most intense color pay off for the combination, I like to line and fill in my entire lip with the liner and then apply the lipstick on top. Another color to achieve a similar look would be MAC’s “Sin” lipstick as well.

“Photo” lipstick with “Chestnut” lipliner

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A satin golden brown color, Photo is a great choice for women with a bit more melanin in their skin. Depending on your complexion it can read chocolate or more nude.

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July 2016 Beauty Favorites

July is gone, and August is here, and before you know it, it’s going to be Christmas. Crazy right? Well product wise, July was really good to me, and I came across some products that I absolutely fell in love with, and will be using them from now on. All but one are new to me, minus a rekindled love affair that I missed so much.

As you will see, much of the focus is on skin, as it’s been hot and I just want to keep my skin looking as fresh and clean as possible, as well as when I do actually wear makeup, make sure that it looks flawless!

So check out what my favorite products from July have been!

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