Yonce 4Ever

I dreamm it I workk hard I grindd til I own it–

Um until I can afford to completely rhinestone my nails A LA Cardi B I’m just gonna have to settle with regular glitter and Beyonce nail decals from Etsy (you can find them here by LoveByLunaCo)

XOXO

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LUSH Obsessed! Intergalactic Bath Bomb Review

Hello new favorite bath bomb! Sometimes ‘me time’ is just so necessary after working your a$$ off all week to recharge. I got the candles, the crystals, the tarot cards, and the lil pupper with me to recoup and have a solid afternoon with no one other than myself and it was amaze.

Intergalactic is just so visually appealing I felt a need to share it here. The name of the bomb is pretty on point; it gives you the impression of swimming in a shimmery galaxy. The little foam dots that fizz out look like swirly cosmos sitting on top of mesmerizing, glittery blue water. It smells delicious also I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! ❤

XOXO

Fav New Skincare Products- Aug ’17

I SWEAR BY THESE FOUR PRODUCTS! I’ve recently taken up a new interest in investing in a skincare regime for long-term preventative care vs piling on loads of makeup day by day. Sometimes you just don’t feel like putting makeup on, but when the skin is lookin’ ratch you just gotta! So I felt it was time to invest in the basics.

Incorporating these into my skincare has literally changed the game for my face; I’ve noticed an actual difference, which is crazy because for the most part I usually feel like skincare regimes haven’t done much for me other than make my face smell good for a bit. I highly recommend these products, especially if you are just looking for something that will give your face a makeup-ed glow on any given day.

Glytone Rejuvenating Mini Gel Peel $64, Dermstore

Think medical-grade chemical peel exfoliation, but for home! I’ve come to realize the benefits of a good exfoliation and really feel as though this is the basis for great skin. A little of this gel mask goes a long way. Just spread a thin layer on your skin, leave on for 10 mins (it tingles and burns often! So badly that my chin started peeling the first time I used it), then rinse off with warm water. Your face will literally be glowing afterwards with the sheen of new, fresh skin. Use 2-3 times a week only and for only 10 minutes at a time, it will literally burn your skin off.

Pixi Glow Tonic $15, Target

If I had to pick one product out of this list, I’d probably pick this one. Similar to the gel peel, the basic idea of this product is exfoliation. It’s much more mild, however, and is meant to be used up to twice daily! I use a little bit on a cotton ball once in the morning before I put on my moisturizer and makeup, and once at night after I’ve cleaned my makeup off. The effects are very similar to the mini gel peel; glowing skin after all the dead skin is exfoliated right off! ACTUALLY GLOWING! I love this product especially because it can be used daily, and also because it seriously wipes your pores CLEAN. I will have white heads and black heads all over my nose and right after they will be cleaned out gaping holes. So satisfying. Also, it helps to remove excess makeup that may have been left behind after washing your face. And it smells amazing!

Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment $69, Sephora

I ended up trying this product when Sephora had it available as one of their beauty insider rewards where you redeem points for sample sized products. It smells minty almost, and I was a little unconvinced despite rave reviews since I’ve used charcoal-masks before that haven’t really done anything other than make my skin feel soft for the next hour. Well after giving this a go, I’m IN LOVE! You can literally watch as the mask seeps into your pores and dries out all the dirt. I use it about once a week when I’m feel like my face needs a relaxing treat, ’cause let’s face it the gel peel is anything but relaxing.

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment $52, Sephora

So this falls somewhere between makeup and skincare; this green concoction reduces redness and completely evens out your skintone. After first applying (a little goes a long way!), your face will look almost white because of the green undertone, but that tint fades after a little bit and leaves you with a perfect complexion. I never go out without foundation, but after I found this it’s all I put on when I just need to run to the store or am feeling casual that day! I’m obsessed! Note, it’s meant to be worn as a daytime cream and includes SPF 30; not something you want to sleep in for permanent redness reducing. That’s my only downside of it; I wanted something that would permanently even my skintone, but nonetheless it’s a great, light product for when you don’t feel like slathering on foundation or concealer.

So there you have it! What skincare products do you swear by?? XOXO

First Tatts

It can be daunting if you’re like me and you’re terrified of needles, or if you tend to have a really low pain tolerance. I’m the kind of person who can make herself faint just by thinking about needles, so getting a tattoo was kind of off my radar until recently. I guess my admiration of delicate fine-line tattoos finally got the best of me!So anyways when people promise that it doesn’t hurt, it can be hard to believe them knowing that you don’t tolerate pain well. Maybe it’s because I chose easy to tolerate locations, but I can honestly say it barely hurt at all! My tattoo artist described it as a light cat scratch that’s annoying at worst, and I think that describes it pretty well.Don’t drink too hard the night before, eat a good meal before you go, don’t worry too much, and follow your tattoo artist’s aftercare instructions! I waited so long to get my first tattoo thinking I wanted to wait til I found designs that I thought wouldn’t go out of style, but then after a while I just thought f#$% it…as long as it means something to you!

XOXO

Review: It’s Skin Mint Cookie & Body Ice Cream

You know the little section at Sephora where you can browse through mini versions of their best products while you wait in line?? It’s my most and least favorite part of the store. Like great, I came to Sephora for more foundation and all of the sudden I think I need to try this face primer…oh and this charcoal mask…oh and BODY ICE CREAM??. Perfect!! Let’s be real though, I’m never really upset with my extra purchases…So enter this body ‘ice cream’ from It’s Skin. I honestly was just in the mood to spoil myself; work had been busy and what sounds like more of a beauty product treat than body ICE CREAM?! My interest was perked…then I smelled the tester. NOW LET ME TELL YOU…THIS CREAM IS AMAZING. Nothing has ever captured the scent or perfected the essence of cookies and cream ice cream for me until now. You might be imagining a sickeningly sweet scent, akin to an overbearing coconut vanilla lotion or a candy flavored Lip Smacker (wow can we pause for a solid moment of nostalgia there)…but wait. It evokes crisp, cold and minty ice and soothingly smooth, milky cream at the same time. Unreal.

There’s also little black specks swirled in, like cookie pieces in cookies n’ cream ice cream. I’m so convinced at this point that I even question if the cookie pieces are real; I could really just question if the whole thing is real ice cream. Even my puppy doesn’t seem to notice the difference and tries licking it off of me whenever I put it on (then again he likes eating everything)

Mint chocolate chip ice cream is my favorite ice cream flavor, so I opted with the mint, but it also comes in an original and strawberry variety.

Buy it. Thank me later. 🙏🏼

XOXO

$$CHROME$$

I love getting my nails done as a little treat to myself every few weeks. Like, oo, what color am I gonna get this fill?? So fun! Well anyways, a little Instagram exploring for inspo got me here and I managed to convince my nail artist that she could paint this design over rose chrome stilettos. So in love with the result!

XOXO

My Guide to Eyelash Extensions

Oh hey boo boos. If you’re like me and you wear fake lashes on the reg, eyelash extensions are seriously one of the best things you could invest in. I’m still a huge supporter of strip lashes, but extensions are a solid trade off for convenience. And I say trade off cause these things come with a hefty price…if you want the fullest, longest, best quality extensions out there, your first set can go up to $350 and probably $150 for each fill recommended 2-4 weeks!! DAMN!!! I don’t know about you, but that’s way to much money to be spent per month on a bartender’s salary. So for a while, I stuck to my strip lashes.

Fast forward to today, and I found a solid salon with decent prices– 80 dollars for my first appointment and 60 dollars for fills about once a month– and I couldn’t be happier with the results! As it turns out, I love my lashes as they are so I felt no need to upgrade to extra volumized or mink lashes.

The convenience that they’ve added to my makeup routine has made it so so worth it, though it’s made my facial routine a little longer. If you’re debating the pros and cons, here are a few things to consider:

Makeup. I had to rethink my daily routines in order to follow the “water-based only” guideline. Anything with oils supposedly breaks down the glue, so that meant new eyeliner, mascara, and face wash for me. My favorite products are Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner ($7) for precision lining, L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara ($5) to give a little extra umpf to your lashes, and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths ($9) to remove makeup close to your eyes without pulling your extensions out.

NOTE: I do try to avoid using mascara when I can; the lashes still look great without it and I tend to lose a few lashes during the removal process. However, it’s hard to resist sometimes cause the combination of extensions with mascara just looks so damn good. So if you are going to use it, only apply to the tips of your lashes.

Which leads us to maintenance. When removing mascara, use a tiny drop of baby shampoo and rub the tips of the lashes VERY gently. I like to splash water on afterwards and then gently dab with a soft towel that’s not going to snag onto the extensions.

You’re also going to need to use a spooly brush daily to keep your lashes nice and even so that they don’t pull each other out. Also, definitely do not be afraid to get them wet after the initial 48 hour drying period. When I first got extensions, I thought taking good care of them meant not touching them AT ALL, and my eyelids ended up getting very irritated. Especially if you are wearing makeup, your extensions need to be washed well using the baby shampoo routine I mentioned earlier…since I started doing that, I’ve had no problems at all!

Also keep in mind that things like running water and sleeping on your side are going to make your extensions fall out quicker. Neither has really been a problem for me; I just don’t scrub my face and eyes roughly in the shower anymore.It’s really a personal choice whether or not these babies are worth it for you. You’re probably going to be hyper aware and cautious with them at first, but after a bit the upkeep just becomes part of your normal routine. I can honestly say that after having them for a few months, I can’t believe I waited so long!

XOXO