Dancing In the Rain

I think it stormed each day this week but I decided to step out and wear white today.  Why not?  I’m making more of an effort to wear more of the clothes in my closet or else I’m selling or donating them.  It’s useless to let it hang in the closet forever just because I “love” it.

Simple makeup: Maroon eyeshadow, black liner mascara and light moisturizer on my lips.

White top from Walmart (yep) and under $10.  I paired it with leggings today but I think I’d rather it with trousers or dark jeans so it’s not too casual.

How are you coping with the crappy weather lately?

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This week – Accent Nails

I love experimenting with color combinations when painting my nails.  The expensive stuff doesn’t last any longer than the cheap stuff, so you may as well stock up on all your favorite colors in a cheaper brand.  I vary between Sinful Colors retailing about $1.99 a bottle or Wet’n’Wild which is around $1 a bottle.  Currently, I’m wearing a gray/blue color with a sparkly pink accent nail.  It’s easy, cute and can look dressed up or casual.  I saw these two colors and couldn’t resist.

What are you doing this week on your nails?

 

 

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Summer Lovin’

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It’s the first day of Summer – get out there and do something rewarding.  Look into volunteering this summer to give back to your community.  Stay safe, take too many pictures and make too many memories!

Life is too short to obsess over your waistline, closet or Fashion week – get out there and live.

 

What is on your list this Summer season?

Best Makeup Remover? Yes

I know I have spent many hours debating on which brand to buy, which is actually worth its price, and if it really removes all the makeup as it claims.  There are different kinds of makeup remover to use.  Some will remove all of your makeup and some specify that it is only used to remove eye makeup.  We all know that it never really removes everything and you may end up with raccoon eyes before you have to wash, and in some cases scrub the stuff off your face.  We’ve all been there and done it.  I have to share with you a trick I discovered recently.

I’m a Mom so baby wipes are a huge part of my life.  One night, I didn’t want to use my usual makeup remover because it tends to sting my eyes.  I figured I’d use a baby wipe because it was there in the bathroom.  I have to say it wiped everything off easily and without irritating my eyes or skin.  When I say everything, I mean, foundation, eyeshadow, eye liner and some mascara.  It doesn’t dry out my skin either or cause any kind of reaction.  I still had to use a much smaller amount of my makeup remover on my lashes to get the rest of the mascara when I washed my face but since using less, it helped save my skin and eyes.  It’s definitely worth a shot and is cheaper than most makeup remover brands.

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The baby wipe brand I buy is Target’s store brand unscented wipes.  I use Avon’s makeup remover.  I only buy it when they are having a sale on the product.  It’s not worth the hefty price tag they put on it.  It’s not too effective and gets into your eyes easily, no matter how careful you are with it.  As soon as you do remove your makeup, wash your face with a light cleanser.  I usually use baby body wash because it works very well and doesn’t irritate my skin.

What is your favorite way to remove your makeup?

And Just Like That – It’s Over

Here we are at Friday evening and my nail polish is chipped on both my hands and feet.  The way my nails look is a visual representation of how I feel.  This week has been both stressful and tiring, but I am very thankful it is over.  This week ending marks the end of another school year and an end (almost) of one of the classes I am taking.  It is a time to reflect this weekend on my goals, accomplishments and what I have planned for myself next.  The intense challenges I have faced over the last 10 months have made me to take a step back and realize that those small moments in life are worth cherishing because there will always be someone ready to douse your flame.  Around every damn corner it seems too!

While some relationships have withered, some were cultivated in such amazing ways.  The pride you feel watching loved ones reach their goals is a beautiful thing to witness and experience.  When I say loved ones, for me, it goes beyond just immediate family members.  When I consider someone a friend, they are “loved ones” to me.  It may not be romantic love, but platonic, adoration, appreciation, and respect all the same.  I want those around me to ascend to their next level in wherever their passion lie.

This goes for you as well, the reader.  I hope if this finds you that you let go of whatever is weighing you down.  Whatever you feel tied to these days.  It could be anything, any issue clouding your mind with cobwebs of denial, disaster and depression.  Remember that those small hours when the light is just right and they are smiling and laughing because it might be a “girls party,” those are the times to hold tight to when the darkness comes calling through its many vices.  Sometimes we have to let our guards down and have that tea party, play pretend, color inside and outside of the lines.  Sometimes it is all we have and sometimes it is more than enough.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Wishes

What are you getting into this weekend?  I hope whatever it is, you find the joy in it.  This should be a very interesting weekend for me.  Tonight is one of my favorite nights, date night.  I love any excuse for getting dolled up for a night out!  As far as makeup goes, I’ll stick with a gold base and maroon accent for a mild smokey eye, eye liner, mascara and a soft plum lip.  It is all very subtle but I prefer my makeup like that than the shocking style.  Makeup should show off your natural beauty, not a person you aren’t.

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Cobalt Blue with lime green accent on my fingers and toes.  You can see where I made a few mistakes with the polish.  We’re only human, right? Haha

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Floral high-low strapless dress.  I got this from Walmart (yes, Walmart!).

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Cute nude, peep-toe wedges. These are from Target.

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Turquoise like necklace with matching earrings.

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Orange gemstone ring with diamond accents.  It’s mix media but it works together well.

I hope your weekend is just as beautiful!

What Are the Fruits of Your Labor?

This is one of my favorite sayings because it can be applied to just about everything in our lives.  What are you working toward?  What is the result of your action or actions?  If you are still waiting around for a sign, consider this your sign.  I empower you to want to make a difference in not only your life, but for the betterment of everyone.  It’s easy to create goals that stimulate our short term, possibly carry over long term, but how do they impact you over all?

If you are still struggling over something, take a breath and find out the core issue.  Maybe it is time to move on, start over and find success and prosperity in another avenue.  Often the greatest successes come from the greatest failures.

You can do it.

I believe in you!