Smashbox X-Rated Mascara review

I looooooove Smashbox. They’re one of my favorite brands. They’re one of those brands that has spectacular products but they aren’t all in your face about it. No showy advertisements, annoying endorsements or frills from these folx. Nope. They keep it simple. Great products. The end. I purchased this mascara some weeks back because it has literally been calling my name for, ooooh, I don’t know…some months now. And I’ve got HIGH expectations for this Smashbox X-Rated mascara. Yes sir, I do. 

Smahbox X-Rated

 

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Zoya Whispers nail polish collection

Zoya Whispers Collection

Ohmigoodness, Zoya. I feel like it has been foreeeeever since I’ve played around with some of their polishes. I got the Whispers collection to review and I was more than excited about it. I love how Zoya has these Transitional nail polish collections. Granted you can wear WHATEVER color you want but for those true nail polish aficionados than want something special in Fall/Winter shades and Spring shades, a collection like Whispers is IT.

Zoya Cala

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Are you a fan of sheet masks?

Hey y’all! Happy Weekend from me and my Lipstick League sisters. Check out these hot posts circulating the web. 

Love for Lacquer – Looking for a GREAT Valentine’s Day Polish Collection? Check out these 6 shades from Sassy Pants Polish!

My Newest Addiction – Laura recently tried out some of the new releases from Maybelline and she shows us how to master your contour in one of her recent posts!

Nouveau Cheap – After hearing so many people in the beauty community rave about using Nivea Men Post Shave Balm as makeup primer, I finally had to try it for myself. Is it worthy of the hype? Here’s my verdict.

Phyrra – Urban Decay is celebrating their 20th anniversary with the Urban Decay XX Vice LTD Reloaded Palette! Check out my video review, swatches, and look!

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Got A Baby on My Hip and a Clutch on My Wrist

That title sounds like the beginning of a song, huh? *snort* I officially tossed my fancy purses in the closet. Giving birth to Bub means I need practical totes, y’all. And I’ll darned if I walk around with cloth diapers crawling out of higher end purses. I know. It sound snobby. Whatever. My purses scream everything but mom bag and with mo kids, I know you need mo space. Right? As a postpartum gift to myself, I purchased a darling JuJuBe bag and while it’s ridiculously functional and pretty, it’s big. So so big.

Shopbop to the flippin’ rescue again. Just look at these clutches…

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My Top 5 Favorite Beauty Tools

Beauty Tools

Tools of the trade, baby. All of us beauty lovin’ guys and gals have them. I actually have A LOT but have managed to list just 5. These are the tools that I simply can’t live without. 

Dem tweezahs!  

Yooooo, where would I be without tweezers? I would be a hot mess. I’d be a confident hot mess, but a hot mess nonetheless. Tweezers are everything for a girl like me who naturally grows bushy brows and a beard. Okay, it’s not a full blown beard but if I didn’t tweeze it, I could probably beat a 13-year old boy in a ‘stache race. It’s sad. And I hate it. But tweezers make my life fuller, richer and I feel so much more confident owning several of ’em. 

Liquid Pump Dispenser 

Okay, it’s not that big of a deal. Just kidding, it is. I looooove these pump dispensers. I still use that fantastic (but over priced) nail polish remover that is Zoya Remove + and that was when I was first introduced to that kind of bottle. Now I’ve got a dozen of them all over the house. It’s not a “tool” per se but I find them so incredibly useful for toner, alcohol and even vinegar for spot cleaning in the kitchen. Technically, vinegar could be considered a tool, too but I’ll save that for another day. 

simplehuman mirror 

It’s funny what happens when you look at your face through a well lit mirror. I don’t care how beautiful you think you are (and you ARE beautiful, babe), you may gasp in horror. You SEE things when you look at yourself through one of those mirrors. Pores look like boulders and you’re never really prepared for this kind of thing. Even still, I love my simplehuman Mirror. It is absolutely wonderful. I’ve stared at my mug for hours just plucking and analyzing and really it’s one of the best beauty tools out there. 

Acrylic containers

I rock the minimalist look when it comes to storage. While I love bright and bold colors, I tend to let the cosmetics do the talking and store them in clear acrylic containers. Oh, how I love these. Stores like The Container Store carry them in soooo many different sizes and I love that they can make your space look clean and sophisticated. I love this set, too! 

Clarisonic  Mia

Obviously, right? I’ve been bragging about this thing for almost 5 years now. And here’s why. But also, here’s another reason. I have GOT to get my hands on that baby.

What beauty tools rock your world? 

 

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Make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a Day ON

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a big deal where I’m from. The older I get, the more I realize that for a lot of people, this day is really just another day off from work. And you know what? Okay. Whatever. While I am in the business of educating people should they be open-minded enough, what I don’t like doing is forcing others to think the way I think. The truth is, to some…Martin Luther King, Jr. was just a man. Ask any 4th grader who attended public school is in the U.S. and they’ll likely be able to drop 2-3 facts about MLK. That’s good and all, but celebrating this man, his legacy and this day is so much more to me than knowing a few sentences.

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Soooo about those beauty products you purchased last month…

Acure Day Cream

Hey y’all! Happy Weekend from me and my Lipstick League sisters. Check out these hot posts circulating the web. 

Gouldylox Reviews – In 2016, a spa day is the new sick day. Here’s how to perfect your at-home spa treatments for maximum relaxation. (Plus some tv shows you should be watching.)

My Beauty Bunny – On a budget after the holidays? We’ve got your wallet-friendly beauty fix with this NYX Cosmetics Unraveled Makeup Set Review and Tutorial!

My Newest Addiction – Laura has been loving Guerlain Skincare and in her lateset post she gushes over the Eau de Beauty Micellar Cleansing Water and Creme De Beaute Gentle Cleansing Cream.

Nouveau Cheap – Did you hear the news? Essence Cosmetics is coming to Target! And if that’s not exciting enough, when the line rolls out online and in-store this month, there will be new Target-exclusives.

Phyrra – shares her skincare routine for Anti-Aging, Sensitive, Rosacea and Dry Skin. See her recommendations if you have any of these skin concerns!

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These 4 Products Inspired Me to Declutter My Space

This post is sponsored by Target.

Beauty Products

Once upon a time, in a land that was free of stinky men’s socks and breast pumps, lived a girl. Said girl spent her entire life moving from house to house and dorm to apartment. She once even lived in a convent. The girl was ecstatic to finally have her own place. She lived alone and could not have been happier.

And then she got married.

She got married to a man who didn’t understand her obsession desire for immaculate living. And now we’re here.

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