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Laying the Foundation

I am an (un)certified product junkie, and it doesn’t help that some of my closest friends are the same. We are always swapping advice and ideas about what the best new products are, what eyeliner to use for the best wing, and which powder is the best for baking. But our most important discussions always center around what the best foundation is because… well, it’s the foundation. It sets the precedence for everything else! Now, there are different kinds of foundation – powder, liquid, cream, powder-to-cream, etc, etc – but I generally gravitate towards the liquid end of that spectrum. Liquid is easier to manipulate when it comes to coverage (light to full, depending on your preference), and a good water-based foundation will work with even the oiliest of skins. I’m no makeup guru, but with advice from some of the ones in my life and my own testing skills,…

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in Health & Wellness

Warm Weather Skin Care

As the weather warms up (or doesn’t depending on the degree of global warming that has hit your side of the world lol) I always seem to become more prone to nasty breakouts and blemishes. So as winter begins to (slowly) fade away, I always need to revamp my skincare routine to make sure it remains as healthy as possible. Here are a few of my current faves: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel, Extra Strength Formula, $16 This product is an absolute gem for those days when nothing seems to cure a pesky breakout and your skin just needs fast relief. It’s a daily treatment, so I usually get the 5-pack (because it’s WAY on the pricey side and I can’t afford to actually use it daily), but five doses does the trick! My skin is always a lot more radiant and less blemish-y after about a week of…

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in Fashion, Style

LBD

Every girl needs a Little Black Dress – or seven – in their wardrobe. This one is one of my fave gems that I bought for my birthday – and it was def a steal for $32! For someone who is always mostly clothed in all black, my neon green heels  (that I purchased from DSW a million years ago) added a very necessary pop! Find the details below! Asos Skater Dress -$32 Steve Madden Neon Heels – find similar here, here and here!

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in Health & Wellness, Lifestyle

April Health & Fitness Challenge

So forget a New Year’s Resolution – this year definitely did not start off as I planned health or fitness-wise (when does it ever? lol). But no point crying over spilt milk – this month I’ll be jumpstarting my journey back to being whole spiritually, emotionally AND physically, and I hope you’ll join in! Now, a couple things to note as I have been down this road at least a dozen times before: there is no one-size-fits-all way to get the results you want to see when it comes to your health and fitness. Trust that I have tried almost every diet/workout routine in the book, and nothing worked until I really began to pay attention to my body and what it wanted instead of just simply copying what everyone else was doing. So while I’m going to be outlining my routine here and sharing some of my favorite healthy…

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in Health & Wellness

Spring Tips

When it’s 64 degrees out on the last day of February, and your tempted to just roll down the pavement in sheer joy because you were able to venture out without a jacket, you know it’s time to start stocking up on your Spring favorites! So I thought I’d share a few spring tips I have for you!       Find a great Spring Fragrance I have never been a fragrance person – one, because 90% of perfumes smell the same to me, and two, because I don’t like the idea of smelling like everyone else. Really, Light Blue and Black Orchid are great, but EVERYONE is wearing them. But since smelling nice is great, I am always looking for a unique fragrance that both catches people’s attention and smells like nothing else – and Tocca Florence is it for me. I got it from Sephora for $68, but the…

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in Devotions, Lifestyle

Confessions of a Commitment-Phobe

It's that time of year again when everything turns red and we are bombarded with messaging telling us that the key to happiness is a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers from the person we love. Of course, if happiness had a physical manifestation, I couldn't imagine it BEING anything other than chocolate and flowers, so I'll let Consumerism have this one. Being single, I'd love to jump on the 'I hate Valentine's Day' train, but that would be a lie. I love Val's day. While all the red and pink does kind of make my head spin, I do not remotely hate the idea of having a day where someone I love goes out of their way to treat me extra special. I am actually a sucker for chocolate - and don't even get me started on flowers. I love all the mushy, gushy, emo stuff (though you'd probably...Continue reading
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Relationship Advice Quarterly

You have to be friends with a dude/chick before you even think about relationships. This is the best advice my uncle ever gave me – he’s so quirky but gives the absolute best relationship advice: Be friends with a guy. Don’t be in a rush to get him to lock you down. Talk about random things. Fight. Tell him what he does that annoys you. Annoy him and see how he responds lol. Friendship allows you to assess how someone would act in high pressure situations without the risk.  We have become a generation of women that have followed Beyonce down this ‘if you like it put a ring on it’ path and pressuring men to jump into relationships ten seconds after we meet them, ‘or else’. But where they do that at???? You realize Beyonce and Jay dated for like a Bazillion years before he proposed? And even in…

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in Health & Wellness, Lifestyle

My Seven Tips to Living a Happy and Healthy Life!

So I’ve been looking for a way to describe this season I’m in (and I’ll definitely talk more about it in a couple weeks), but it’s kinda like Eudora Got Her Groove Back! It’s like I’ve got this crazy positivity all of a sudden – and it might be because I just came out of a ten-day Daniel fast last week (talk about spiritual and physical detox!) or because of that Sephora sale this past weekend, but whatever light was off somewhere suddenly switched on, and I’m loving it!  So I thought I’d share the good vibes and the top things I do/have done when I’m mentally, physically, and/or spiritually worn out or congested that help me live a healthier and happier life in all those regards. 1. Let go of weights and sin.  I wrote about (here) how what goes on in our spirit is directly correlated with what…

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