Dear Clients: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is


I’ve been putting this post off for some time, but after talking to some fellow business owners in the beauty industry, I knew it was time. This may be a touchy subject for many, but if you’ve been following my blog, you know that touchy subjects aren’t off limits and are very welcome.

In a previous post #BBHMM I talked about respecting the rate of artists that provide you services be it hair, nails, makeup, you name it. Time, effort, skill, continued education, travel, kit stocking, are all things artists do to accommodate and service their clientele. When you are satisfied with said services, it is customary to tip them. Standard tipping in the beauty industry is anywhere between 15-20% of the total amount of services before tax (should taxes apply).

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Review: ZzzQuil Sleep Aid

Now I know this might seem a bit unorthodox on a beauty blog, but let’s be honest, beauty sleep is part of the equation of how you can look so fabulous, and lately I haven’t been sleeping well at all.

Whether it being my mind is cluttered from tragic current events in the nation, or a skewed sleep schedule from a Netflix binge, sleep is just something that has been escaping me as of late, and the bags under my eyes are there to prove it.

So when I received the ZzzQuil Sleep Aid from Influenster to review, I thought this would be a perfect time to try and get some rest. I want to be very clear am I rather fearful of sleep agents, and have never taken more than a Tylenol PM or drank sleepy time tea. At this point however, I wanted to sleep peacefully so bad I could cry. I’m a rather light sleeper, and once my sleep is broken its over.

I actually took the pills at 1 am, knowing that if I got 8 hours of sleep, I would still make it up for church on time and not miss brunch. (Clearly I had priorities). The box said that you would fall asleep within 20 minutes, so I set 30 minutes on my tv timer, and drifted away. I was awake, bright eyed and bushy tailed by 8am, and did not feel groggy at all. Mission accomplished.

While I know I wouldn’t take them all the time, non-habit forming or not, but I know that every now and then if I need a good night’s rest, I will definitely reach for these.

5 Reasons Your Makeup Sucks


I will be completely honest and transparent with you. My makeup used to suck. Like, what was I thinking used to suck. Who let me out the house like this used to suck. How was I smiling so boldly in a picture like this used to suck. Just wanted to be honest for a minute and let you know hey sis, I’ve been there. We all have. But, we don’t have to stay there.

I have a lot of friends and clients come up to me and tell me how much they love my makeup, and if only theirs could look like mine. Their assumption is that mine only looks like this because I practice makeup artistry as a trade. Nope, that’s not it, because I know a number of women who achieve the same look, they’ve just figured some things out.

I was trying to help some of my friends kinda get the cheat code to better makeup, and I kept coming to the same things as to why their makeup may not be turning out that great. And I will let you know now, it has nothing to do with strictly buying high end products.

So if you’re trying to assess where you are going wrong with your makeup application, here are 5 reasons your makeup probably sucks:

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June 2016 Favorites

In the month of June I pulled out some old products I have never really used, purchased a few new things, as well as received some great samples from subscription boxes. Looking back at the month, there were clearly some favorites that I just couldn’t shake and became part of my daily routine. See what I fell in love with in the month of June! Continue reading “June 2016 Favorites”

Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes Review


KLEENEX Facial Cleansing Wipe Review

I have been loving all of the goodies I have been receiving in my ESSENCE Beauty Box as of late, and this month was no different. Of the many things that were in my box, I got the KLEENEX Facial Cleansing Wipe. Now I have to be honest, I was skeptical about trying it as I am in a long term committed relationship with my Neutrogena makeup wipes.  Continue reading “Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes Review”