2018 Yearly Favorites

 

Diffuser & Essential Oils– I use the diffuser for many reasons. During the day if I am doing homework, I run my diffuser with calming oils to help me stay focused. If I am upset, sad, or going through something, I will have the diffuser on while I am relaxing. At night I sleep with my diffuser on. I have found it is easier for me to fall asleep and helps me to stay asleep during the entire night. The ArtNaturals diffuser creates a mist that is very suitable for an aromatherapeutic environment.

The set I chose includes eight individual 10 mL bottles of pure, premium grade essential oils: lavender, eucalyptus, cinnamon, frankincense, clove, rosemary, peppermint and lemon. I love every single scent! Each scent offers many benefits. The oils can be combined together. I typically will mix 3 different scents each time I use the diffuser. My go to scents are lemon and lavender.

Sephora Foot Mask- I have previously tried these foot mask before and I can say I love them! I tried the Lavender foot mask and had to buy again. When I went in store I saw they had the Almond foot mask as well, so I wanted to try this scent out as well. The foot masks claims to nourish, relax, and address foot concerns. The lavender is designated to alleviate fatigue and aching feet while also providing a soothing and relaxing effect. The almond mask is designed to comfort and nourish feet while softening the roughen areas. The lavender mask I did try, I can say it does what it says! I was shocked by the results. These mask do wonders. Plus each mask is $5, which is so worth it for the quality the mask provides!

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Smartfood Caramel & Cheddar Popcorn- A sweet treat I love to have is flavored popcorn. During the fall-winter months Chicago Style Popcorn is everywhere. For those who do not know what Chicago Style Popcorn is; think of a sweet and salty snack combination containing a mixture of caramel popcorn and cheddar popcorn.  I have seen this popcorn in vendors in the mall, at the grocery store, local events, and there might be a store in your area that is dedicated to making Chicago Style Popcorn. It’s so good!

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette– This product continues to make the list every year! By far my all time favorite eyeshadow palette. I love wearing eyeshadow. Whether I’m creating a look or just applying a single shadow, eyeshadow is definitely something I do! My favorite all time palette is my current everyday palette, the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. I really can not say enough good things about this palette. It is an everyday palette that has an assortment of shades. My go to shades in the palette are: Puree, Summer Yum, Charmed I’m Sure, Caramelized, and Luscious. To apply these shadows I use Sigma, Morphe, and ELF brushes. I recommend this palette to everyone! 10/10 for sure!!

Original Beauty Blender– I am very shocked at myself for writing these next few sentences. I never imagined I would ever buy myself the Original Beauty Blender. I never really used a Beauty blender, so spending $20 on this product was definitely a NO for me. When I tell you I fell in love, I fell hard! This is a very hyped about beauty product that I have found to be very good and true to its purpose. I will say this is worth it.! I bought 3 within the past year and don’t see myself not ever having one. If you have never tried the Original Beauty Blender, I say buy it and give it a try for yourself.

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Witch Hazel– This is currently my fourth bottle of Witch Hazel. I am a huge fan of witch hazel and this product has become a holy grail for me. I was super hesitant about using witch hazel directly on my face since the product contains very strong chemicals. After doing my research and looking up reviews, I decided to give it a try. To my surprise the toner was very gentle on my skin. I did not break out once nor did not feel any burning sensation. I use witch hazel as an overall face toner. I use morning and night after I have applied my cleanser. To use, I take a cotton round and squirt some of the product onto the cotton round and wipe all over my face. I do not think I will ever stop using this product. I would recommend to anyone, just make sure to test out a small piece of your skin first since witch hazel has very strong chemicals.

Derma E Even Tone Brightening Night Cream– I have a current skincare routine that I have been constantly using for a couple of months now. I was a little hesitant to introduce a new product. However, after a lot of research and talking to a consultant at the store, I decided to go ahead and try this night cream out. The cream is designed to be “a skin-brightening and antioxidant nighttime formula to help reduce the look of discoloration and age damage.” I was super excited to try this product out because it is 100% vegan, cruelty free, gmo free, and gluten free. This product seems very natural and is what stuck out to me and made me want to try. I have never spent this much on a skincare product before. I splurged a little and spent $30 on the moisturizer. Thus far, the product seems to be working very well. I have noticed a huge difference in my dark spots. Although, my dark spots are not completely gone, they have lighten up. I believe if I continue to use the moisturizer for a couple of more months, I will see a better difference in the fading of my dark spots.

Urban Decay Highlight in Sin– Highlight is something I have most recently added into my daily makeup routine. For a while I would apply it here and there, but now more frequently. When I saw this product online I was super hesitant because it is super light. I like for my highlighters to have a bronze color to them. To my surprise I love love love this highlight! It is a very natural color that can be build up to have that glow effect. It is my everyday highlighter that I use. This is a universal shade that would look great on any skin tone! Highly recommend!

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Pantene Full & Strong Shampoo & Conditioner– The brand has an array of shampoos & conditioners for every type and every hair need. I decided to get the Full & Strong products because it claims to, “protect your strands against damage while achieving a full-looking head of hair.” My first thought of these products were that they would be similar to any other Pantene shampoo & conditioner that I have tried. I was never scared or nervous that they would damage my hair. When I used these products, I could instantly feel my hair getting stronger and I felt the ingredients  were already at work. I typically do not feel this immediate affect in a product. The products claim for a “natural fullness.” After I straightened my hair, my hair was in fact very full and healthy. I would 100% recommend the shampoo & conditioner.

Target Basic Cotton Rounds–Since I first started using cotton rounds about a year ago, I have been using everyday since. I go through these like crazy and always repurchase them. I rarely touch a cotton ball anymore because I have replaced them with cotton rounds. I prefer to use cottons rounds instead of cotton balls because sometimes when using cotton balls, the cotton sticks to my face. With the cotton rounds, this does not happen.When I want to take my makeup off, I use micellar water and to apply the micellar water, I use a cotton round. Then when I am applying my witch hazel to the skin, I will apply it with a cotton round. If you have never tried a cotton round before, please try it! You will definitely see and feel a difference. There are many types of cotton rounds, however, the basic works great for me.

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just a couple of days away!! Time is going by so fast. I am on Christmas break from school so I have been at home for two weeks already and it honestly does not seem like it. For the most part I have finished all my Christmas shopping but I still have a few things left to get. I hate having to go shopping the closer it gets to the holiday because there are always a lot of shoppers out making it hard to take my time to look around. However, there have been times in the past where I have had to do some last minute shopping. Whenever this happens I like to look at some ideas or make a list before I go. I wanted to share some ideas of last minute Christmas gifts just incase another is stuck on or needs some ideas. Let me know some of your last minute go to’s!

Beauty/Makeup:

Makeup Gift Sets: You can never go wrong with getting someone makeup! A girl can never have too much. Personally for me I sometimes find it hard to shop for makeup for other people. I’m always scared I’ll get the wrong shade. If I a buying makeup I tend to stick to gift sets (because they have multiple items), lipsticks, mascara, or nail polish. These gifts sets listed below are perfect because they can be for any skin shade and any age. Sephora, Ulta, and Target all have great sets for affordable prices.

Sephora Favorites 12 Days of Makeup | Target Beauty Advent Calendar 

Bath & Body Gifts: These are honestly my favorite. Sometimes I don’t really like when someone else picks out my makeup (I hardly every ask for makeup as a gift). However, I do love receiving beauty gifts. Bath & Body gifts are perfect when you don’t know what kind of makeup someone likes or their shade but you still want to get them a beauty related gift. Honestly, bath & body gifts aren’t just for females, males love them too! Just remember to look at the scent. In addition to the set, you can also look at bath bombs, scrubs, and lotion.

Ulta The Body Shop Collection | Walmart Luxury 8 Piece Set

Food:

Food Basket: You can honestly never go wrong with food as a gift! I know I would be very happy to receive a food basket. I love giving food baskets because you can literally find them anywhere (walmart, the mall, vendors). These make perfect gifts for anyone. If you are having trouble finding a good gift to get someone then look into food baskets. You can find baskets with an assortment of different goodies or some that have a theme to them (chocolate, fruit, nuts)

Gift Tree Gourmet Mailer | Edible Arrangements Fruit Basket

Hot Chocolate/Coffee Sets: If you have a drink lover on your list like I am, then this is a perfect gift for them. I like these sets because the person is able to taste different drinks & flavors that they might not usually have in their kitchen cabinet. It is also a good idea because if the person likes the drinks so much, they may end up buying these gourmet drinks. So you kinda expose them to new things. This gift may not be for just anyone on your list, but there are those who would really enjoy it!

Hot Chocolate Gift Box | Kohls 12 Coffees of Christmas

Electronics:

Speaker: This makes a perfect gift for anyone. I love having back ups that are gender neutral & age neutral. There are many speakers that you can choose from. I’ve seen $15 speakers at Target & Walmart. Then there are some that are more expensive. Depending on who you’re shopping for will help determine which to choose. For me, I’d take the $15 one just because I just need a basic speaker that will play music while I shower, clean, or study.

Target iLive Speaker |Walmart iHome Color Changing Speaker(I have this one & I love it)

Walmart JBL Waterproof Speaker (My boyfriend has this one and he uses it everyday)

 

Charging Deck: One of these is actually on my Christmas list. A charging deck is essentially a stand that will charge more than one device at the same time. The charging stand I want will charge my iPhone, my apple watch, and my airpods all at the same time. That way before I go to sleep, I can plug all my devices in at once and they will all charge. Other stands may have where you can charge more than one phone at a time. Also a gender neutral & age neutral gift.

Amazon Charging Station | Amazon Apple Charging Stand ( the one I want)

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New Makeup Products for the Winter Months

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Good Afternoon Beauties! Hope your holidays are going well. Today I wanted to share two makeup products I recently purchased. I recently ran out of my Fenty Beauty primer & foundation. I know in the winter my skin shade is lighter than during any other time of the year. Although I have oily skin year round, in the winter I tend to get dry spots here and there. I decided I would try a new primer & foundation this winter.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer– This is an OG primer that has been around forever. I have tried this primer before and I liked it. I knew I wanted to choose a primer that I know would work with any foundation while also meeting my skin needs. The photo finish primer takes me by surprise every time I use it. It’s very light weight that you almost forget that you’re applying something. The primer has many benefits including it being oil free, it fills in pores, and helps your makeup last for hours. The clear face primer also smoothes the skin and blurs flaws.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation– This foundation is also an OG product. When people talk about a full coverage foundation, this one is definitely mentioned. For my foundations I do look for full coverage. I like the foundation to cover up any dark spots or acne scarring without me having to use concealer everyday. Oil control is also an important factor that I look for. The foundation has both these plus claims to be matte, long lasting, and is waterproof. The foundation comes in 24 shades, which I would consider a medium/fair amount of shades. Being a woman of color, I would say that half of the shades are not women of color friendly. There is about 8-9 shades that may work.

I ordered the foundation online so it is also a bit difficult to ensure you’re choosing the right shade. I am usually good when it comes to choosing my foundation online so I trusted myself. I chose the shade 8.0 (dark w/soft warm undertone). I really wanted 8.5 (dark w/golden undertone) but they were sold out of that shade. I will say 8.0 fits me, but 8.5 would have matched me perfectly.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Palette– I did not recently buy this product, I just wanted to share which eyeshadow palette I am using this winter. If you keep up with reviews when new makeup products come out, then you may recall this product was not favorited as much. I’ve had the palette for a couple of months and I will say I touch it here and there. It’s never been my everyday palette, so I decided I need to start using it more. I am making it my mission to use this palette all winter. So far my favorite shades I have been dawn, fudge, and mercury.

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What’s on my iPhone XS Max- Christmas Present

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Christmas came a little early for me! About a week ago I got the brand new iPhone, the gold iPhone XS Max. I’m obsessed with my iPhone!! Well I mean who in the 21st century isn’t obsessed with their phone. My old phone, the iPhone 7 plus was having some problems and it was really time for a new phone. I love seeing what others have on their phones such as different apps I want to look at & how they organize their apps. So I decided I would share whats on my iPhone!

Background Picture:

I am constantly changing my background picture. Most of the time its a picture of me with someone else. During specific holidays I like to incorporate things around me to go along.  You can expect during this time of the year for my background picture to be Christmas related. Last year I had a picture of my Christmas tree. This year’s picture is a pink glittery/sparkly picture. The picture is very cute and simple!

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First Page of Apps:

The first page consist of apps that already came on the phone or Apple requires their devices to have. This page also consist of apps that I can easily find and may need to easily navigate. 

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The Calendar App I only use for to see what days fall during the week. Besides that I rarely use this app.

Photos & Camera App: I love these two app so much. I honestly have so many pictures on my phone, its ridiculous. Within the app I don’t really organize or put my pictures into folders. I have to have these two next to each other, because after I take the picture with the camera app, its easy to click the photos app to see the picture.

FaceTime, Notes, Calculator, and Maps: All essential apps that I use on a daily. I rarely FaceTime, however, I usually FaceTime my sister, mom, & boyfriend daily. The Notes  app is one of my top 5 apps. This app is a lifesaver. I joint down things to remember, ideas, important information, school notes, and much more. Calculator and Maps are essentials for me.

Music, Phone, Settings, Clock: Some more few app essentials that I use also on a daily basis. My music taste is very diverse. I have many playlist  and albums that I listen to when I’m on the way to class, studying, or driving. I know some people have a separate app for setting an alarm. I use the clock app to set my alarms in the morning. I also use it as a timer when I am studying.

Netflix: I honestly prefer to watch shows or movies on my computer or tv. However, when I am on the go I’ll use the Netflix app and catch up on my favorites.

Pintrest: I love pinterest! Honestly when I am in need of ideas, I also go on the app and get tons on inspiration. Check out my profile HERE

Facebook & Messenger App: Everyone uses Facebook. Not much to say. Essential!

Dunkin & Starbucks: My coffee apps are definitely a must! Whenever I go to the stores I pay with these apps. I also love collecting the rewards!

Second page:

The second page on my phone includes a lot of apps. On this screen I include my social, shopping, food, and some other randoms.

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Snapchat & Twitter: My favorite two social media apps! Follow me on  Twitter 

Flo: For us ladies, Flo is a great app to help track your period. This app is very accurate in telling me my menstrual days. The app also has other features as well.

1010: By far my favorite game!

Uber & Lyft: I love these apps! Being in college in the city, people usually do not bring their cars.  get around with the ride sharing apps and I have had nothing but great expericnes with using these apps.

Door Dash & Postmates: Whenever I am at school and I do not want to cook or go to the dining hall, I will use these food delivery apps. I honestly use these apps at least once a week! My food is always accurate and taste fresh. Only con about using these apps is paying the delivery, but overall I highly recommend  these apps.

Target, Amazon, Groupon: All my money goes to these apps! These three in my opinion always have the best deals.

Youtube: Just like Netflix, I rather watch youtube videos on my computer, however, when I am on the go I’ll use the app. I also use the app whenever I am practicing a makeup tutorial, I like to have my phone to look at instead of my computer.

Third Page:

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Bank of America & Cash App: I like to have my money apps next to each other so I can easily locate them when I need. Cash App is the best to transfer and send money to others.

2048: My second favorite games

Photo & Editing Apps:

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PhotoGrid: Whenever I am editing pictures, this is my go to app! I can put my picture on a background, crop, add filters, and post all in once place.

Facetune: This app is good if you need to edit the appearance of the picture.

Snapseed: Snapseed is a Google powered photo editing app. This photo editing app is best for those who want to explore the advance settings of a picture. If I need to hard edit a picture then this is my go to app.

 

Please recommend some essential or favorite apps you have on your phone!

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Christmas BucketList

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Hot chocolate by the fire: This is one of my favorite things to do. I love siting around and catching up with my family and friends. I prefer coffee over hot chocolate, however, during the holidays hot chocolate is an essential. I like to add marshmallows, whip cream, and candy canes to my drink. While we’re gather by the fire we are either watching a Christmas movie or listening to Christmas songs. Other things to do while having hot chocolate can be to incorporate a game, take pictures, and even have an excuse to stay in your pajamas all day. I will be completing this bucket list essential quite a lot 🙂

Ice Skating: I am so so excited for this activity. My birthday is in December so its only right that I incorporate the holidays with my special day. I have decided that I want to go ice skating on my birthday with my family & boyfriend. This should be a fun activity, because my boyfriend does not know how to ice skate, and my sister usually falls. I can not wait for all the laughs and memories ice skating will bring.

Go look at Christmas Lights: Since I was younger my family has always drove around looking at Christmas lights. This is something I do every year so I hope this year I will continue and be able to check it off my bucket list. In addition to riding around looking at the lights on different houses, I also want to go to a tree lighting ceremony. I find so much joy looking at different lights and decorations. This activity is fun to do with others! Maybe grab a sweet treat or cup of coffee from Starbucks and drive around.

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Decorate Gingerbread House:  I am a little embarrassed to say this but, I have never decorated a gingerbread house before. I know this sounds so crazy. There really is no reason that I haven’t, I guess I just simply never done it before. I’m so glad this is on my list, and hopefully by the end of the year I will be able to say I decorated a gingerbread house. I will most likely do this activity with my boyfriend or sister. We will order some dinner, have either Christmas music or a movie in the background. This is a fun activity to do with others while also being in the holiday spirit.

Volunteer Somewhere: Giving  back is something dear to my heart. The feeling of being able to help somewhere is one of the best feelings. During the holidays there is always an overflow of help that can be provided. I’m not sure exactly where I would like to go volunteer and help at, but I know anywhere I go, my help will be very appreciated. I hope to gather some friends and family members to go with me.

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Christmas Movie Marathon: Just the other day I made plans to do this! I am so glad I am already working towards completing my bucket list! On Christmas Eve, my family and I have decided to each choose our favorite holiday movie and take turns watching what everyone chose. This will give me an excuse to stay in my pajamas all day! It will also be fun because while we are watching the movies, we will be able to cook a great meal and even make our favorite holiday sweet treats!

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How to Get in The Holiday Spirt

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Sometimes when life gets you and wears you down, it can sometimes stop you from enjoying other things. I can not believe we are in the last month of the year. This year has gone by so fast. Sometimes its hard to keep up with things and to enjoy things in the moment. I wanted to share some ways I get into the holiday spirt when I may feel out of touch or stressed to the point where I forget the true meaning of this time of the year. If you have a busy schedule or have a lot on your mind, this list is also perfect for you! Please share some ways you get in the holiday spirt!

Listen to Musis/ Watch Movies

One thing I love to do to get myself in the holiday spirt is to listen to some Christmas music and watch movies! I already have my holiday playlist made with all my favorite Christmas songs. My favorite Christmas songs are This Christmas, All I Want For Christmas is You, and Silent Night. I love all of the Home Alone movies and The Grinch. I’ll make hot chocolate, get myself a sweet treat, sit by the fireplace, and put on a movie.  I know sometimes it feels as if I always watch the same movies over and over. Whenever I feel like this I actually turn on the tv instead of watching dvds. During this time of the year there is always a good classic Christmas movie on. You can definitely do this alone or invite some to over!

Interact with Others 

Being away at college, the holidays is a perfect time to gather with my friends & family. There are some days I don’t mind chilling by myself and having alone time. There are other times where having others around really reminds me what the holidays are all about. During the holidays I love to grab a cup of coffee, build a gingerbread house, go ice skating, watch movies, wrap presents, and sit around talking with others.

Decorate 

Of course decorating has to be on the list! Putting up decorations around the house instantly gets me in the mood. I first get all of the decorations out and place them in the living room. When I am done with that I’ll make me some hot chocolate or coffee and play my Christmas playlist. I have on my comfy pajamas and I start putting up the decorations. I know this might seem like a basic thing that everyone does, but this will instantly get you in the spirt and everyday you can walk around the house knowing that the holidays are here.

Relax 

The shopping, baking, wrapping, and entertaining can wait. Let go of that work ethic and take one day to rest. During the holidays a lot of people expect perfection so we worry ourselves to make sure we have the best gifts and  even the best decorations. I have found that when I stress myself over the little things, it takes away from the true meaning of the holidays. Grab you a glass of wine, a cup of coffee, or even some water. Light a candle, read a book, listen to music, or even run a bubble bath. Do not stress yourself out! Be thankful we are healthy and breathing. Enjoy your friends and family.

 

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