We Have Our Heading

I want to go in a new direction…

I want to take the blog in a new direction. I have a lot of stuff I want to share with each of you and I don’t want to limit myself to only makeup and clothing. I cook, a lot, I have two kids, I have other interests…on and on. I want write about what truly inspires me or what I am interested in at that moment. I am not always inspired to write about makeup or clothing because some days I don’t even get the chance to do my makeup or put together an outfit I would want to post on the blog.

I would like to share other pieces of my life with you. I feel I am limiting myself if I only stick to beauty and clothing.

I hope you join me on this new journey. I have a feeling it will be great!

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Power of Love {Pacifica Lipstick Review}

In tough times, we often turn to lipstick to lift our spirits. Lipstick is one luxury item women have continued to use during the lowest points in our economy.

It has been a long time since I have done a review or blogged. I miss writing and I miss you.

Let’s dive in head first shall we?!

The other day the baby and I were wandering around Target in pursuit of more things we don’t need. We found ourselves in the makeup aisles and I tend to lean more towards natural or vegan makeup products now. I was checking out the Pacifica section and I noticed they had a few lipsticks. If you have been following my blog for awhile you may remember me reviewing a few Pacifica items. Some have worked for me and some have not. There makeup and fragrances are always wonderful!

I picked up a lipstick from Pacifica’s “Power of Love” collection that is sold exclusively at Target. Target has started a campaign called “Made to Matter” and Pacifica was chosen to be a part of it. The campaign is an effort to provide products that are made from simple and natural ingredients that are ultimately better for you.

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The packaging is simple and beautiful. Even though only three colors are offered for this campaign I believe the three colors are versatile enough to be worn by anyone.

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I was not only drawn to this lipstick due to the packaging. I wanted to get it because for every lipstick that is bought one is given to a woman in need. Now I know a lot of you may wonder, “Well, how is that really helping?”. Let me tell you, it will make a huge difference to a woman that is living in a woman’s shelter trying to get back on her feet. I volunteer at a local woman’s shelter from time to time, and more often then not, the women arrive with nothing. They are leaving abusive environments and wanting to make a better life for themselves and their children. They can’t stay at the shelter forever and are expected to find a job. A simple tube of lipstick can boost their confidence and allow them to show the confidence at job interviews and in other interactions. I know some of you may roll your eyes at that but self esteem and confidence are HUGE especially when it has been broken and torn from you.

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The color I chose is called “Super Love” and it is a rich red color.

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I L-O-V-E this color. It is such a beautiful red!

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This lipstick is amazing! Not only is the color gorgeous but the way it wears is just as wonderful.

Why I love it?

  • It glides on smoothly
  • Is nourishing
  • Doesn’t feather
  • Color quality is high and long lasting
  • My lips do not feel dry

I have found that most lipsticks, for me, are drying. Not only are they drying but the color feathers after awhile as well. Feathering is when the color runs into the creases of your lips. It’s not a good look. I did not experience any of that with the Pacifica lipstick.

I wore this lipstick around all day and used only one application. I applied it at 8 a.m. and then took the below picture after dinner at 7 p.m.. Being a busy mom and student I don’t really have time to stop and reapply my makeup. I was surprised to see that the color lasted all day and as did the nourishing effects of the shea butter, jojoba, and coconut oil that are in it.

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After one application being worn all day.

As you can see, the sheen faded but the color only faded slightly and my lips were left with a nice subtle red color.

I must say I am a fan of this lipstick. I know for some that the color fading may be an issue, but for me, it isn’t. I will be purchasing the other two colors from the Power of Love collection at Target. Pacifica does make other lipsticks and they can be found on their website and at retailers that carry their line of products.

I hope to bring you regular blog posts in the future. However, adjusting to life with two kids and maintaining a household is an adventure with in itself. Until next time, stay classy!!!

What is your favorite lipstick? Is it nourishing?

Where is Etta?

My computer decided that it needed a vacation…a really long one. Writing a blog post from my phone doesn’t give me the same feeling as sitting down with my computer typing one up. Plus, the screen isn’t very accommodating when it comes to editing and such.

Anyways, yes, my computer took a vacation meaning it got viruses from somewhere and was just so slow.

What have I been up to?

I have been tending to my mama/ wife/ student duties! Preparing for bambino #2 and getting my son back into the swing of school have been my main focuses. I started back to school last week and I was apprehensive about starting because I am about to pop at any point but I am so glad I did. I am not lying when I say I love school. I love school because I love learning.

I mean, do you still even wear makeup?

Yes, I still wear makeup. I still take forever to get ready and I love putting on makeup now as much as I did before. Like I said, not having a computer messed up my flow.

I just wanted to check in with ya’ll. Tell me, how are you?

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Umm…I think I was 30-something weeks here 😉 (Pregnancy Brain is a real thing)

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I haven’t blogged in quite awhile due to a few reasons. The main reason, if you read my blog you already know, is that I am pregnant. My focus has changed a bit and so have my priorities. Secondly, my son is home all the time and we have a very busy schedule. By the time I get home I am exhausted. HOWEVER, in all honesty, I miss each and everyone of you so I am trying to post as much as I can!

Today, we had a few appointments to go to so I kept my makeup simple yet fun! It has been so hot that I haven’t felt like putting on a whole  bunch of makeup to have it all melted on to my face.

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My makeup routine has simplified A LOT and I haven’t really bought a ton of makeup. Shocking, I know.

My go to items are:

Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB cream- I already did a review on it and I love it even more now because it does have sunscreen in it. Since getting knocked up, ;), my skin has been all over the place. I know that I can put this on and not have any problems arise.

Anastasia’s Dipbrow Pomade

Benefit’s Watt’s Up

Urban Decay Primer-If you haven’t tried it, try it!!

NYX Rouge in Orange- This blush gives me a nice glow!!

Lorac eyeshadow trio- Love this eyeshadow! From my understanding Sephora is no longer going to carry Lorac so I got an amazing deal on it!! Does you Sephora have Lorac?

Khroma- In the Buff Honey Stick- My favorite lip glosses!!

Milani Grandissimo Mascara- It is a nice mascara, I prefer it over the Makeup Forever one I have!

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I hope each of you are enjoying your summer or winter, depending where you are, much love!!!

XO

The Art of Applying Makeup

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Don’t get discouraged if you don’t look like the women on YouTube or Instagram. They won’t tell you how many times they had to practice a look before they posted it. We all start somewhere. Watch and practice. It will all start coming together.

I think cut creases look amazing and I want to learn how to do them. If you know of any good YouTube tutorials please enlighten me to them!

XO

Coastal Scents 120 Palette Five: Is it worth it?

Affordable, but is it even worth the low investment?

I bought the Coastal Scents 120 palette earlier this year. I was excited about this palette because I got 120 shimmer and matte colors for under $20. I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for it but I know I didn’t pay any more than $20 for it. Coastal Scents is always having a sell on their products, you just have to watch out for them and get them while they are on sale!

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There are five 120 palettes offered by Coastal Scents and each palette has a different variety of colors. I chose five because it had a good mix of neutrals and neons. Some days I like to wear bright looks and other days I like to tone it down.

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The palette obviously has a nice range of colors and who doesn’t love a mix of shimmer and matte shadows?

Love:

  • Matte and shimmer together
  • I have choices
  • I can mix colors
  • The palette itself is compact enough to carry around in a bag
  • It is affordable
  • Shipping was fast

Loathe:

  • The matte colors have no pigmentation at all. Don’t believe me?

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I really thought it would only be a few of the matte colors that didn’t have pigmentation but all of them have either no pigmentation or the pigment is very visible. I even tried using primer and eyeshadow base and it didn’t make a difference in how well it showed up on my skin.

30 of the colors in the palette are matte and the rest are a satiny shimmer. Do I think it’s worth the investment?

Quality over quantity!! If I invest any amount of money into something I expect to get what is in the product description. The shimmer colors were rich with pigment but the matte colors are clearly lacking. My suggestion is to save your money. I don’t like spending money on something that doesn’t deliver all of what it is described to be. I will still use the shimmer colors but I can’t get the matte colors to show up if my life depended on it. I am not sure if it is my skin tone or if it is just the eyeshadow itself. I have another matte palette that I love (Stila “In the Know” palette) and all of the colors show up on my skin. If I do order from Coastal Scents in the future I will stay clear of their matte colors.

Do you love any products from Coastal Scents?

Electric Blue

The pop of color on the lower lash line is my new favorite thing. 

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I used two palettes to get this look.

Stila’s In the Know palette

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I used the orange color from this palette called “Fire” and “Clay” as the base color. Stila’s  In the Know palette is a great matte palette if you are on the hunt for one.

And,

Australis’s Neons and Neutrals palette

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I used the electric blue color from the neon colors.

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Other items used:

  • Rimmel’s pop lash mascara in purple
  • Maybelline’s big eyes  mascara in black (as the base)
  • NYX creme blush in orange
  • Anastasia’s dip brow pomade in ebony
  • Erzulie Cosmetics liquid mineral foundation in medium tan, Hekate lipstick, and Megastar goddess glaze

 

How do you feel about the pop of color on the lower lash line?