Beige Dusk Greys: An Introduction

I am a sucker for impeccable packaging and enticing scents.

I love Etsy. I mean, L-O-V-E! I can look at things for hours. I personally like to support small businesses and people who make their own things.

I have been looking for more options for organic or vegan beauty products. I have become more conscious of what I put on and in my body. Our skin is our largest organ and when I think about that I realize that there is a lot of stuff in the products I use that I don’t want on, in, or near me. I realize I can’t avoid everything but I am still making the conscious effort to choose items with ingredients I can pronounce.

While scrolling through Etsy recently for some new face items I stumbled across a shop called Beige Dusk Greys. The pictures of the items for sell are aesthetically pleasing and I wanted to buy one of everything. Instead of going broke, I settled on buying the Skin Care set.

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The skin care set comes with:

Dark Skies Face Wash Bar

Mini Tin of Rose Dust Polishing Grains

Jinx Removing Botanical Toner

Sample Bottle of The Cure Face Serum

All this goodness for $17 (plus shipping)

I started using the face wash bar and toner as soon as they arrived earlier this week. I love them both. She also included another bar of soap and a lip balm. I haven’t had a chance to try the other items in the set or the bar of soap, but I am sure I will be impressed.

Look for a full review of each item in a couple of weeks!  For now, check out the shop on etsy!

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?

Finding My Groove…

As a parent, I don’t think you ever really find a “groove”. I think you just take each moment as it comes…

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For the past year or so, my life has been a whirl wind. A lot has happened and I am more than grateful to be where I am today. I have known for quite some time that I needed a break from all the excess. I needed a break so that I could focus on myself. Sounds selfish right?

Wrong.

If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you are no good to anyone around you. In all honesty, I have been struggling mentally and emotionally since my dad’s accident. That event completely changed my life. Do you think I took time off from school and other obligations to process things?

No, I didn’t.

I just kept on going because if I stopped I feared I would fall apart. However, what I didn’t realize then, I needed to just stop and slow down and just be. Everything else was secondary. Shortly after my father’s accident we found out we were expecting another child. At six weeks I had a miscarriage. I went to a dark place in which I never want to revisit and I hope I never have to. Do you think I stopped to process things then?

No, I didn’t.

I kept on pressing on because that’s what I knew. Again, I feared I would fall apart. Since then there have been a lot of hiccups, celebrations, beauty,  and the life changing event of our second son being born.

Finally, I am stopping to process and be present in each moment. I have let go of things that I once thought important and necessary. I am learning that I am just fine without them, better off actually, and they will still be there when I am done reveling in my life. I choose to be happy and take things as they come instead of trying to strategically plan out everything. I am choosing to take care of myself so I can be the best mama and wife that I can be. I wasn’t happy with myself for quite some time because I was focused on everything but myself.

I am slowly finding my way again and learning to take things as they come.

How have you been? How is life?

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?

Prego

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

Simplified Makeup

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

Current Favorites For My Lips

I have been wearing these two lip items as if my life depended on it…

Fave lip products

L’Oreal Le Matte in “She’s So Matte”

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Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm

Both of them are always in my purse and I wear the strawberry lip balm daily. I picked it up at Sephora a few months ago and it has become a product I use daily and couldn’t live without now. The Le Matte was ( I think) a special edition spring collection from L’Oreal because I can’t find them anywhere now. It is a gorgeous matte pink! I typically put on the strawberry lip balm first and then the matte color. It keeps my lips hydrated and helps the color last longer. Even without the lip balm, I get all day wear out of L’Oreal le matte lip color.

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What are your current lip favorites?