My First Ever Facial at T-Secret

T-Secret Facial

Here I am having just turned 30, been immersed in the beauty world for almost 8 years and last month was my first time having a facial. How insane is that? I’ve had a slew of fabulous massages and body treatments. I’ve waxed this, colored that, plucked and experienced fabulous manicures and pedicures. So why am I just NOW having a facial? One reason, y’all…

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Purple Tutus Make Life Better

Toddler in purple tutu

So I’m back to only sharing pictures of Elle with her back facing the camera. I kinda took this idea from Beyoncé. Many of the pictures she shares of her daughter showcase Blue Ivy (and um, I’ve never hated that kid’s name) looking adorable or doing something insanely cute, except you oftentimes don’t see her face. Some people think this is dumb because…why show the picture at all? Yeah, I get that but I got a little lazy with publicly showing pictures of Elle and ugh, it backfired. One word: creepers. Going back to my mama gut and only sharing the sweet stuff with friends and family and the rest the world gets back shots. 

But is is a cute back, isn’t it? Ha!

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Shea Moisture Cosmetics, Round II

Add these products to another list of beauty baubles that I received for consideration and forgot to show to you guys before my hiatus. When my Makeup Wars sisters decided to showcase some of our favorite brands, I immediately thought of Shea Moisture Cosmetics!

Shea Moisture Cosmetics (3)

 You’ve heard of the brand, right? My fellow natural sistas love Shea Moisture when it comes to hair care. I love their body care products for Elle’s skin and it wasn’t until last year when I first discovered the brand in stores. You see, I knew the brand existed but it was very hard to locate in Target stores. And when I first saw it I squealed…

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Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 139

Red lipstick

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

we heart this – shows you a box of brushes so luxurious, they’re presented in satin! Prepare to “oooh”…

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber is giving 5 winners a $50 Walgreens gift card, and a mini Neutrogena prize pack! You know you want to enter! (ends 2/9/15)

Clumps of Mascara – is a married woman who had never worn a wedding dress before. Until this day.

EauMG – It’s another installment of In the House, a quick brand overview of some of my favorite indie and niche perfumes. This month’s focus is on Neela Vermeire Creations, a line of luxury perfumes inspired by the rich history and culture of India.

Gouldylox Reviews – More men wear makeup than you might think. When Howard Stern’s Sal Governale’s favorite concealer was discontinued, I rushed to find a new, perfect choice. Is his favorite your favorite?

Love for Lacquer – Ross & Rachel or Carrie & Big? The new Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer Duos will make your heart explode!

My Beauty Bunny – Dropped a bundle on new hair color? Find out How To Keep Hail Color From Fading With Paul Mitchell and Quinoa!

My Newest Addiction – Excited about the new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation? Laura shares her opinions and photos!

Nouveau Cheap – Free, unlimited 2-day shipping at Sephora for just $10 a year? Too good to be true? Check out >my first experience with the Sephora Flash subscription service and you be the judge!

Prime Beauty – gives the new LORAC Unzipped Gold Eye Shadow Palette a test drive. Is it worthy of it’s name? Find out!

Phyrra – Want to know the secret behind the name of Too Faced Better Than Sex? Find out that and much more from my Interview with Jerrod Blandino!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this – we heart Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog (I know, who doesn’t?) This blogger babe knows her makeup AND her cats! We love when the two collide; like this post about the palettes from the Paul & Joe Menagerie Collection. Meow.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Question of the Week:

Are there any makeup looks you wish you could rock,
but feel like you can’t?

B says, “Crazy lip colors like green, pale pink and blue just don’t look right on me. I wish I could pull it off but noooope. I end up looking CRAZY. And not in a cool way.”

What about you?

See you next week!

She Inspires: Patrice – The Mechanic in Heels

She Inspires-Patrice

 

I came across the beautiful Patrice in a blogger group that I’m in. I was amazed to see such a fabulous mechanic…in heels! Because, let’s face it – you don’t often see lady mechanics. Gotta love a woman who is breaking the mold!

Name?
Patrice Banks

What do you do?
I’m the owner and operator of Girls Auto Clinic. Girls Auto Clinic empowers and caters to women through car buying and repair services.

It’s no secret that women generally do not understand vehicles – how they operate or how to maintain them. Most women do not have an interest or knowledge in cars and the automotive industry because historically they have not been the primary group to which the automotive industry markets despite the fact more than half their customers are women.

I was once one of these women. A self-proclaimed “auto airhead,” I have created a business model which supports a need in the lives of millions of women: automotive services based on trust, education, inclusion, and empowerment.

We aim to empower women (and men!) in order to take the fear and uncertainty out of the repair process while giving customers a unique and memorable automotive experience!

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Glitter, Glitter, Glitter, Glitter Rockin’ Everywhere

My Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida crew has come together to rap about one of our favooooorite things. Glitter!! I get it. Glitter isn’t for everyone but I am so here for glitter. Every ounce of it. If  it were safe, I’d bathe it in. Okay, definitely too much information. Ha! I decided to showcase some glitter nail polishes that I got as a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law. It’s always hard shopping for a beauty lover because we always obtain the things that we want. And some people want to go beyond a gift card. Indie really is the best way to go because I don’t always have my eyes on what the indie brands are doing.

Fandom Cosmetics nail polish

So not only did a get a fabulous collection of Avenger-inspired nail polishes, but I was introduced to a new brand as well. WIN! 

Fandom Cosmetics I Don't Play Well With Others nail polish

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That Day I Twirled Around In Wedding Dresses

Alfred Angelo wedding dresses

Girls. Can you believe this? Can you believe that I am married women who (up until last month) had never tried on a wedding dress? It’s pretty unheard of here in the United States. As many of y’all know, Esposo and I eloped and while we don’t have any regrets about it, it wasn’t until I went to a blogger event at Alfred Angelo when I realized, “Dang it, man…I LOOK good in wedding dresses!”

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The Healing Powers of a Green Juice

I love everything about green juices. And this is crazy because a few years ago, I was SO in love with green smoothies. So much so that I thought about doing a series all about green smoothies. That didn’t happen. Ha! But The love for the smoothies is still there but honestly…I love green juices more. Don’t get me wrong, I still curling up with a book and glass of freshly blended greens and fruits but there’s something very special and nourishing about a green juice. 

Green juices

For one thing, they aren’t always sweet. I have a greater appreciation for vegetables because unlike my smoothies, my juices usually only have 1 fruit in them as opposed to nut milks, bananas, berries, etc. The juices keep it simple but still oh so delicious. 

Yummy Green Juice

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