My Top 12 of 2017


It amazes me how fast this year has came and gone! We are literally down to the last few minutes of 2017. I am always excited about the new year, but for some reason I am even more excited about the year 2018. Cannot wait to see what this year brings for me and my family and friends.

So before we dive into 2018. I have to share my top 12 of 2017. The list is very random.

#12 Carter’s

The baby store. I never thought I would spend so much time in this store. I always thought I would buy the really cute outfits you see kids in online, but with so many fraudulent websites I hardly would buy from them. Carter’s is my go to store for my daughter. I am always able to walk out with a bag full of stuff.

While compiling this list, I was trying to think of where I shopped the most this year, for my self. Literally, no where special because I spent so much of this year shopping for my sweetheart. Like every week or so, I was coming home with outfits for her from Carter’s. This is not to say there aren’t any credible online stores that I bought from, which I did and will blog about later, but if you are anything like me, I really like the satisfaction of going into a store and getting what I need right then and there. And for that I love Carter’s.

Of course I shop with the other popular children’s stores like Janie and Jack, Gymboree, Crazy 8, and Children’s Place just to name a few, but Carter’s is my favorite. Prices never disappoint and it is so easy for me to rack up points, use their rewards system, coupons, and sales. Just love it!


As you can see in this picture, they always have a sale!

#11 Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner

This is an item that I have to get from Sephora, for obvious reasons. Later in the list you’ll understand what I mean by this. Anyway, out of my years of using eyeliner, which has been a decade plus, this is the best eyeliner I have used. It last for several hours, and the product itself last several months. I have only tried it in Class Black. However, I am sure all the colors are just as pigmented and smooth. I use it mostly for my water line, but the few times I used on my top lid, it just about as good as my Kat Von D liquid liner. Best of all, this product is only $12.


#10 NARS Radiance Primer SPF 35

If you are looking for a primer that really preps your skin for make up and protects, this one is for you. I have tried so many primers, they all fail except for this one. I am in the process of trying two new ones, which I will share more about later. But for now, this year, this one was my favorite! It lasted for several months. Just a tiny dab goes a long ways. You will not be disappointed if you try this primer. I have combination skin, and it worked really well for me. This product is about $36 and can be found at Sephora, Ulta, and some department stores.

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#9 Baby’s R Us

As you can tell, I am a mommy, first Carter’s now Baby’s R Us. I love this store! Ever since I found out I was expecting, I find some reason to visit this store, at least once a month. I don’t shop here for my daughter’s everyday essentials (diapers, wipes, toiletries, and the like), but shoes, toys, car seats, stroller, books, you get the idea. One reason I prefer Baby’s R Us over Target or Wal-Mart for those items is because they have a rewards system, so basically every visit I get to use my rewards on my purchase, plus the coupons that come in the mail. Those are the perks of shopping at Baby’s R Us.


#8 Chipotle

Told you the list was random. I take-out with this restaurant at least once a week, max four times. Ever since I have changed the way I eat, I love going to Chipotle for their salad! The way I get it depends on how many carbs I have had, so mostly the lettuce at the bottom of the salad, chicken, pico de gallo, cheese, and two vinagarettes. I CANNOT eat it without the vinaigrette. When I eat it with carbs, it is pretty much the same except I add brown rice, pinto beans, and steak instead of chicken, yummy!!! So yeah, that is all for this one. Chipotle is my favorite fast food place and most dined this year.


#7 MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

For the longest time I would wear regular foundation as coverage on my face. I decided to try concealer just for my t-zone and that was not enough for me, the rest of my face felt naked. So I blended the concealer all over, and this became my everyday do. I love it! All I do is moisturize, prime, and blend the concealer onto my face with Real Techniques beauty blender. I no longer use a brush for my foundation or highlighter. I guess I could have added the Real Techniques beauty blender to my list of 2017 favorites, but now you know. This concealer can be found at the MAC store or other department stores that sell MAC products for about $23.

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#6 Bath and Body Works Candles (Blueberry Sugar)

Yes, we all love Bath and Body Works 3 wick candles, but when I tell you I fell in love, I FELL IN LOVE with Blueberry Sugar. It smells so scrumptious! Absolutely my favorite candle. It just sucks that it is seasonal; hopefully, it will come out again during the 2018 holiday season. When I am looking to relax and let loose, this is the first candle I light. Like all other 3 wick candles, this one is $24.50. But… what I love about Bath and Body Works is all the coupons they mail you and store deals. So if you watch patiently, you can end up getting 2 or 3 candles around that price.


#5 MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara Black

I have tried many mascaras over the years. This is one of my favorites. Honestly, if you know how to use the wand that comes with mascara, in my opinion, pretty much any mascara can do the job. I like this one for the small bristles and how well they comb out my lashes. This product can be found at the MAC store and other department stores that offer MAC products for about $23.

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#4 Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

This palette is every bit of amazing. I love the warm tones and pigments. The colors are perfect for make-up lovers of all shades. The colors are warm and toasty and as always with Urban Decay, the names are unique. I have been using the palette, in some way, every time I wear eye shadow. This is a great palette to have in your collection. The only color I wish it had was black. The shades go from light beige to chocolate. Some are kind of like persimmon. The palette is made up of mostly mattes and a few are shimmery. This palette can be found at Ulta, Sephora, and other department stores that sell makeup. It is about $54.


#3 Ulta

Kind of silly to just list Ulta, but here is why. I used to love going to Sephora, I guess because there is some kind of hype around going to Sephora. However, Ulta is better for our dollars. Sephora only gives you mini products that you may not like for the money you spend with them. I used to think oh that’s cool. Um no. Maybe because I am a wife and mother now, I need all my bucks to be used as wisely as possible. One of my best friends helped me to see the light. She had over $200 in points to use towards her purchase. This means, that she had so many points from shopping at Ulta, that she was able to use $200 on her purchase. We went shopping together one day, and her total was $221 and some change. She only spent $21. Like OMG. Why have I been wasting my time with Sephora. So Sephora, you have been good, but Ulta is way better. From now on, I will only go to Sephora for their eye liner and my birthday gift ;). Ulta gets all of my business now. Ulta has everything Sephora does and the service is just as great! You’re welcome for opening your eyes too! 🙂


#2 Grad School

So a year goes by fast, as we all know. It took me three years to go back to school and start my graduate degree. I’ll share more about why so long later. But…I have completed one year! I am so proud of myself. It was not easy, especially with working full time and a family, yet it worked out! I am thrilled to begin my second year and to continue giving it my best shot. I strongly suggest to anyone who is thinking about going back to school to do it! Stop wasting time. Don’t settle! This is your year to get out of your comfort zone. Our comfort zone gets us no where. It may hurt, it won’t feel good, and you’ll lose sleep, but I promise it will be worth it.


This is the photo I used January 2017 for my profile pic for grad school.

#1 Motherhood

My life has been altered in such a way, and sometimes I wake up wondering how did I ever get here? And is this awesome little girl really for me? I am so blessed. I have a beautiful baby girl, she smiles all throughout the day, even when she wakes up, every single time. She makes me stronger. She makes me reach for the stars. And as I am sure you know, she is so spoiled and well loved. Together, we have conquered one year. It was full of adventures, as I do my best to expose her to as much fun and learning as possible, and I am so excited as we embark on this year’s journey. To be a mother is a blessing, and I am blessed with the cutest, smartest, brightest little angel. She makes my husband’s and I world a lot more joyful. Never a dull moment with her. She is our peace in this mad world.


She is going to be just like her mamma and be a musician. She loves music!

I really hope this list helps you guys, especially the ones on here concerning skin care, home fragrance, and reaching for your goals. This is one year for the books, as every year should be. Even in those years that may not have fully blossomed, you still learn something to help make the upcoming year even more brighter. As you travel through this upcoming year, remember you are special, you are somebody, and you matter.

Stay blessed and encouraged Jewels, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! #2018

Favorites of 2013!

Hello Jewels, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I’m so thankful to have made it to 2014! A lot has happened since my last post; the biggest of all that happened was graduating from college! YAY!!! So besides that being my uttermost FAVORITE thing of 2013, I have several others. I must say that it is mostly make-up, because I LOVE MAKEUP. I love everything about makeup, no one could get close to convincing me that it is bad or not needed. There are other things within my favorites, but makeup consumes most of my list. Here we go.

Watt’s Up by Benefit

17. First on the list is this highlighter by Benefit; it is called “Watt’s Up!”. I like this product because it gives a natural glow to your face. The application is even better! It rolls onto your skin so this allows for easy application above and on your brown bone, cheek bone, and the bridge of your nose. This color looks great on all complexions. With this product, a little goes a long way. So if you use it moderately it should last you a while. You can purchase this item at Ulta or Sephora for about $30.

pBBW1-12774709v275Marshmallow Creme by Bath and Body Works

16. As the year progressed I got away from wearing lip gloss, and started wearing lip sticks, especially matte ones. But for my birthday someone bought me a lip gloss from Bath and Body Works, that I really like! I like “Marshmallow Creme” due to the fact that it has a great smell, and that it is clear and glittery. Sometimes I wear this alone or on top of a lipstick to add shimmer and gloss. You can find this lip gloss at Bath and Body Works for about $7.50.

Lorac-PRO-To-Go-Eye-Cheek-Palette-Summer-2013Lorac Pro To Go

15. I recently purchased this new fav of mine before going on Christmas vacation. I have not created many looks with it, but I just know the possibilities are endless. The Lorac Pro To Go palette is so awesome! This palette is great for eyes and face! The colors that are provided will work for every complexion. It is quite the versatile palette that you need when you are on the go! This fab palette can be found at Ulta for about $39.

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14. I wanted to do a glittery gold smokey eye for graduation so I went in Sephora; and after the wonderful sales lady had shown me all of the gold eye shadows that I already had, she brought me one that she herself knew I would not be able to resist. This bareMinerals eye color “True Gold” is just like Real Gold. It sparkles and it goes on with so much pigment. I love it, and I recommend this to everyone! It is a must have for your makeup collection. This product can be purchased at Sephora and Ulta for  about $14.

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13. I love how Mac gives a free lipstick for every six empty containers you bring in. This is how I get most of my Mac lipsticks. This time I did not know what color to get because I have so many pinks and reds as it is; so the mua at Mac told me to try a peachy color. I fell for the first one I tried on, “Ravishing”. It is a peachy pink creme sheen lip stick. I get many many complements when I wear this lipstick with a nude eye. This can be purchased at Mac for about $15.

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12. This highlighter is not as natural looking as “Watt’s Up!” but it is gorgeous! This highlighter is called “Star Dust” by Sephora, it is often compared to Nars Albatross. However, I have not tried it yet, so I cannot tell you for sure if it is anything like it. It provides the perfect highlight. The same goes for this highlight, as the one by Benefit, a little goes a long way, so do not be heavy handed when applying it. This can be purchased at Sephora for about $14.

neutrogenawavesonicNeutrogena Sonic Wave

11. Everyone is purchasing some kind of Clarisonic. Well, with all that I had going on this year, I had no extra money to purchase a $200 device just to wash my face. So I tried the Neutrogena Sonic Wave. I really like this thing. My face feels like it has been cleaned, and I can see a difference after one use. My skin appears brighter and healthier. I definitely recommend this to someone who wants a deep cleanse on their face. I purchased mine from Walmart for about $13, but I am sure this is available at many drug stores.

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10. I am pretty sure I have mentioned Dress Barn in one of my blogs before, but Dress Barn has been a dependable store for me to shop at. Whenever, I have tried other places, Dress Barn never fails. They carry beautiful clothing for plus size women and misses. The prices are fair for what the clothing is worth. I have dresses from Dress Barn that I have had for years; and they still look brand new. I bought the dress I wore to graduation from Dress Barn. This is an all time favorite place for me to shop.

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9. I wear a smokey eye just about every day to work. I don’t know what it is about that look, but I love it. To perfect this look daily I use my Mac 217 brush for the crease. This brush works like a charm. It will never fail you. This is a brush that every person into makeup should own. This brush is about $25 at Mac.

mac-small-eye-shadow-brown-script-oBrown Script by MAC

8. Along with that brush I use this eye shadow just about everyday, “Brown Script”. This is another item that I recommend everyone gets for their makeup collection. It goes perfectly with whatever look you create. “Brown Script” can be purchased at Mac for about $15.

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7. Whenever I do not know what lip color to wear I reach for “Stockholm” by NYX. This color is so pretty and nude! Plus, it’s a matte and it stays on forever. It goes with every eye look and looks great with any complexion. This can be found at Ulta for about $6.

spin_prod_818878912Sangria by Milani

6. As fall progressed, I had to get a dark colored lipstick. I found this one at Walmart, at random. “Sangria” by Milani is a must have folks! I get so many complements on this lipstick. It never fails. Every time I wear it, someone mentions how pretty it is. I know this is a must have because every time I go to Walmart to purchase another one, the row is empty. Get your hands on it, while you can. This can be found at Walmart, and probably drug stores for about $5.

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5. Along with “Sangria” I got just the same amount of complements on “Shocking Pink” by NYX. This beautiful lipstick is matte. I love matte lipstick. It is so vibrant. It is a bold color, so be prepared to be wowed when you put it on. This is a must try. This can be found at Ulta for about $6.


4. Forever 21 has always been my go to store. I shop there every time I go shopping. It definitely is my favorite store. I love this store because it is a one stop shop. You can get clothing, shoes, jewelry, and a handbag in one place. I love that many stores are now carrying Forever21+ so now I do not have to limit myself to online shopping, I can go in a store.

Sephora-Primal-Instincts-Eyeshadow-PalettePrimal Instincts by Sephora

3. For the most part, I rush in everything that I do, unless it’s a date. So I have my go to palette that I have been using since January of 2013, and it does not even look like I placed a dent in it. It is the “Primal Instincts” palette by Sephora. It is mostly nudes some shimmery and matte ones. Along with two purple eye shadows. I use this everyday! Love it! Must have for your makeup collection.  This can be purchased at Sephora for about $30.

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2. Every woman knows that brows are a BIG DEAL! I mean big! So of course I do my eye brows daily. I have tried everything from Mac to drugstore. Guess what? Drug store won, well Target did. I say this because I do not know if this can be purchased outside of Target. I have tried everywhere, and only one Target always has it. It is so cheap I buy everyone that they have. This eye brow pencil is quite waxy so I always sharpen it before each use, because too much wax can look DANGEROUS! The best thing about this pencil by NYC is that it is $0.94. If you already have a brow pencil you love, just give this one a try. It is too cheap not to give it a chance. I still love Mac’s spiked.

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1. Besides brows being what I dress up everyday, I also have to do my lashes. The only time I wore falsies during 2013 was for my friends wedding. Other than that, I am all natural, and my makeup still looks fab. Of course, if a major event comes up like a wedding then yes I’ll wear them, but my natural lashes are a nice length to work with. Plus, “They’re Real” by Benefit is the best mascara in the world! It makes your lashes pop out even more so! Please try this, you won’t be sorry. This can be purchased from Sephora or Ulta for about $10.

I know this was a lot. But, I hope this is beneficial to some of you. Let me know if you have tried any of these products, and what your thoughts are on them.

Hope all of you have a blessed, prosperous, and healthy 2014!

Fragrance Review: Viva la Juicy, Acqua di Gioia, Gucci Guilty, and Honey by Marc Jacobs

Hello Jewels, I celebrated my birthday yesterday, YAY!!! Very blessed to live another year. I received awesome gifts for my birthday.I like birthday gifts way more than Christmas gifts. My boyfriend always ask me what do I want for my birthday. Since I was running out of perfume, I requested perfume. I was torn between two, so I suggested that he would pick out the one he would like me to wear. I have a wonderful wonderful boyfriend, he bought BOTH! Last year I was only expecting make up brushes, and he had also got me two perfume sets. So he is AMAZING. I am pretty much to the bottom of the perfumes I got last year for my birthday. I figured I would do a review on the four perfumes.

First up, Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture, I like this perfume a lot probably because of the bottle and the big pink bow. Pink is my favorite color. This perfume has a sweet side and strong side to it. To me, it is the perfect combination of sweet and sassy. For a while, it was my everyday perfume, until I noticed the perfume getting lower and lower. I am someone who likes to be identified by their perfume. Therefore, I try not to change up perfumes throughout the year. I try to stick to the same one daily. I just think it is so lady like to have a signature fragrance. 

However, on those special event days I do like to change things up and wear something different, and that is when I would wear Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia fragrance. It is very crisp and soft. If you mist on a lot it can be loud, but mostly a soft perfume. This fragrance is more on the romantic side. By the way, this one and Viva la Juicy were both picked out by my boyfriend last year; he did a GREAT job! I always say, “You can never go wrong when your man buys you the perfume of his choice for you.” 😉 Both of these perfumes last a while, like four to seven hours.

I have been wanting Gucci Guilty by Gucci for the longest. When I would think about getting it, I failed to pursue and actually  buy it. I finally own it, and I am so happy! Gucci Guilty is everything I want in a perfume; it is woody (like Twilight Woods at Bath & Body Works), musty, and sexy. The musty smell does not over power the perfume. The perfume is very feminine, but the perfume contains elements of must. This will not be an everyday perfume, but rather date nights and special occasions. So for those of you who like to smell sexy, you should try Gucci Guilty.

Lastly, Honey by Marc Jacobs is so sweet and pretty. It’s really pretty; the bottle is adorable. It looks like a friendly honey bee. The reason I was torn between this and Guilty is because they are so different. I could not decide if I wanted sweet or sexy. Honey smells very sweet like honey. The fragrance reminds me of summer. I will probably wear this fragrance daily, because it is not loud, just sweet.

Well Jewels, I hope this perfume review is helpful. If you have tried any of these I would like to hear your thoughts about them. 😉

BH Cosmetics: Review of Party Girl Palette

We are soon to be in the party and holiday season of the year. This is my favorite time of the year. Not just because of Christmas gifts, but during the holidays there are parties and family gatherings, which means you get to dress up. Dressing up is fun! You get to wear a cute outfit, new shoes, a new hair do, and MAKEUP!!!! Make up can be very expensive, and during the holidays you do not want to wear the same makeup look to every function. To help save money on a ton of eye shadows, you may want to consider purchasing an eye shadow palette. Palettes are high, but definitely worth it. A cheap alternative is BH Cosmetics. Everyone has been talking about BH Cosmetics, and how awesome and cheap their products are. I have known about BH Cosmetics for a little over a year now. I hate to try new things without being able to test it first. Considering that it is online only, I have no way of knowing what the product will be like until I purchase it. I was very skeptical about purchasing from them, but after reading the reviews on their website; and watching reviews and demos on YouTube, I thought I would give BH Cosmetics a chance.


So early September I made my first purchase. I purchased the Party Girl Palette. When the item arrived, of course I could not wait to swatch the eye shadows. I was impressed with the swatches. The next day I did a look using the palette. I put on primer first, then applied the eye shadow. I am not lying when I tell you guys that I had to go over the shadows like four or five times, until I was satisfied. I never had to do that before with an eye shadow, except for the really cheap ones. I was very disappointed after that. The swatches were deceiving. They made me believe that the product was well pigmented. The reviewers online said that it was. A few people said it wasn’t, but I figured they had really high expectations of this cheap product. However, when I tried it, I saw what they  meant.

There are a few colors that work well the first two times of applying them, but for the most part, I am disappointed. The only reason I am so disappointed is because everyone talked about BH Cosmetics eye shadows like they were comparable to MAC eye shadows; just way cheaper. For the price you pay, I only payed $9 plus shipping, the palette is not bad, it is definitely worth the price. HOWEVER, do not have high expectations of the product, especially if you are someone that buys high end makeup.

I am not dissing their product. I still wear it, but I have to do more when I use this product, than my usual eye shadows. So, here is what you do for the best outcome, the first time you apply BH eye shadows. First, prime your eyes; any primer is good, I use Urban Decay’s primer “Eden”. Then, use NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Milk” (white) as a base. If you plan to use your shadows on or near your water line, apply “Milk” there as well, as a base. Finally, apply the eye shadows. This makes the colors pop and look well pigmented. They also last a while too. One thing that is for sure great about this palette is that the shadows do not fall. Once I apply them, they stay on my eyes, I do not have to worry about wiping under my eyes every few minutes.

NYX Jumbo Pencil in "Milk"
NYX Jumbo Pencil in “Milk”

Do I recommend this product? It depends. If you like to apply your eye shadows without having to put on a primer or base, then this product is not for you. If you do not mind doing the extra steps to achieve high pigmentation, then you will enjoy your BH Cosmetics palettes.

So Jewels, while you are preparing and shopping for your holiday gear, think about purchasing the PARTY GIRL PALETTE by BH COSMETICS. This palette contains every color you would need to create the perfect holiday look, at a low price. Here is a coupon code that is valid until November 25, 2013 to get 10% off at; the code is RMENOT.

Many of you have probably already purchased eye shadow palettes from BH Cosmetics, please share what you think of them.

Have fun playing with makeup!

September Favorites

Hello Jewels, I just thought I would share some items that I have bought this past September that were AWESOME!!! I LOVE all of these items. They are so so so AWESOME! You must try them, and the plus side to this is that they are inexpensive, for the most part. I’m going to start with my least of favorites to my favorite one.

 8. I enjoy trying new things, and especially when they are recommended by a friend. However, the last time I tried a lotion my friend had recommended I was not all that thrilled with it. So this time, when I went “lotion shopping” I took my time, and looked for a brand that I trusted. Then, a product within that brand that catered to my needs. I live in a very hot state, so my skin gets very dry, and Dove had the answer to my needs. I have tried and I kind of like Aveeno’s eczema lotion, but this is way better. This lotion does not go on thick, and it is not loose like oil. It is the perfect combination of lotion and oil. The moisture last from the time I put on lotion after showering in the morning, to the time I get ready to shower in the evening; not twenty-four hours, but enough to last throughout a day of work and school. It leaves my skin feeling soft and quenched. This lotion is about $6 at Wal-Mart.

 7. I love pink. Everything about the color pink is so darling to me. It should be to no surprise that 97% of my nail polishes are pink. I have a huge variety of them. I have a ton of soft pink polishes by different brands, but one day I decided to go in Ulta, and I told my bestie that I want a new soft pink polish. So she picked out “Privacy Please” by O.P.I and boy was she right that I was going to love it. I cannot believe I hadn’t tried this polish sooner. It is so pretty. I love it because it is enough to show that it is pink, but it is still natural looking. It is not over the top, just a darling shade of pink. This polish was $9 at Ulta.

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Soft Matte Lip Cream by NYX – Monte Carlo

6. I have just stated how much I love pink, and that goes for my blushes, glosses, lipsticks, everything that can be pink I have it or want it in pink. However, I am getting older and I am starting to fall in love with red lipsticks. They look gorgeous on me, not to brag, but everyone knows that red lips look great on every woman. So we all look gorgeous in red, but I was in Ulta, the same day that I got the polish, I bought this AWESOME red lip cream by NYX. I have several of these soft matte lip creams already in PINK. So this time I got the red, and it is drop dead Gorgeous! This is something every woman who loves to wear red lips should invest in. It goes on like a cream, but dries like a matte lip stick. It is so pretty. This lip cream was $6 at Ulta.

 5. Blush is something I wear every day. So I always need a new color to go with my different makeup looks. I was at Target checking out brushes by e.l.f and I saw they had a new blush “Pink Passion”, and I thought it was so vibrant in color that I had to have it. As soon as I got home I tried it, and it is a great blush. It is well pigmented, it applies easily, and it is buildable; so if one day you want the blush to look flushed and natural, it can do that, and if another day you need it to be popping it can do that as well. This blush was purchased at Target for $3.

 4. On the same day that I got this blush I also purchased a brush. This brush is ALL THAT!  I love love love this brush, and I use it for everything. It is that incredible. I use it to apply my blush, powder foundation, highlighter, and bronzer. The brush works so well for all of it. After using this brush for just a few days I told everyone about it. It’s just that good! The best part about this brush is that it was only $3 at Target.

 3. I love eye shadow, but it does not look good when you do not have on the right base. Everyone knows about MAC’s paint pot “Painterly”. It’s pretty awesome; I use it all the time. But this paint pot is my new best friend. “Groundwork” is a light brown paint pot that I use whenever I am doing a natural look using browns and golds. It is a great base for these eye shadow colors, and it helps them to last longer on my eyes. I like it so much because my eye shadows last a long time, and blend well on top of Groundwork. “Groundwork” is $20 at MAC.

 2. I had wanted to try this finishing spray for the longest. My friends have told me about it, but I was convinced MAC was better. MAC’s finishing spray, “Fix +”, is still awesome, but this one is a little cheaper and AWESOME! I wish I would have purchased this sooner, but now I use it every weekend. One day, I had applied my makeup then sprayed this on my face, and my makeup lasted from 7:45 AM until 7 PM which is when I took it off. The makeup still looked great! It did not smudge at all. I definitely love this product and recommend it to my friends. I purchased this product from David’s Bridal for $11.

 1. I use this product like every day, ever since I bought it. It goes on smooth, it blends so well with my complexion, and it makes me want to say every time after I put it on when I look in the mirror, “Hello flawless!” This product by Benefit is a must have! It does exactly what it is called, it makes your face flawless. It is very soft, and can provide sheer to full coverage. I love it. I place it on top of my liquid foundation on some days. Other days I wear it with just a primer. This awesome powder was purchased at Ulta for $35. You know I am using my $3 e.l.f brush to apply this right?!?!

These are such AWESOME products, that I hope you ladies may try. I would not recommend them if I thought they weren’t all that and a bag of chips. If you ladies do try them, or already have please leave a comment sharing your success or fail with the items.

 Have fun shopping Jewels!


Almay and Maybelline: No-Nos

Eye Shadow

This entire week I have been preparing for a fashion show, for us curvy and full-figured ladies! The store manager knows that I am all about looking fab so she asked me to put together a few outfits for her models. She so did not mention that she was exaggerating the truth by saying a few outfits, I believe there was a total of 53 outfits on the runway today. But I had so much FUN completing the project and working with the models. I believe many Avenues’ are having fashion shows this weekend. A few days before when a model came in for her fitting I mentioned to her that there was no one for hair and make-up and that every model was responsible for getting that done before coming. She was like oh no! So the model asked me if I would do her make-up before the show. I was like OF COURSE!


Typically, when I do someones face I use my own brushes and make-up; however, because she mentioned that she would bring her own make-up I figured she had a variety of brands to work with. Well…this morning when she pulled out her make-up I was amazed at how much she had, BUT they were not brands I use. She had mostly Almay, Maybeline, and Estee Lauder. Estee Lauder I am a fan of. Almay and Maybelline not so much. I have several Maybelline lipsticks, but when I would try there eye shadows, it has always been a failure. It would require applying a ton of eye shadow before you could notice the color, and then before I would walk out of the door the eye shadow was falling, so I do not recommend Maybelline eye shadows. Almay I have never used. When I applied the Almay eye shadow onto the model it went on pretty well and the pigmentation was OK, nothing more. Basically, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the greatest, the pigmentation was a 4. The Maybelline eye shadow was way worse, I eventually had to ask if she did not mind me using my finger tips to apply the eye shadow so it could be seen. By the way, I was not using light colors, it was a dark blue. Maybelline would definitely be a 2 out of 10.  Just for the sake of comparison, for me MAC is a  10 out  10; I have never been disappointed with an eye shadow from MAC. So when I compare Maybelline and Almay to MAC that is why they are a 2 and a 4. By no means, am I saying that MAC is the only brand that has well pigmented eye shadows, there are tons of brands; I’ll discuss them another time.


I am not against drug store brands. I use everything. Like I said, I use Maybelline products for my lips, but after today and my personal experience with Maybelline  I will never purchase their eye shadow. My top drug store brands are Revlon and Neutrogena. For the most part I like everything by Revlon. I use their liquid foundations, lipstick, lip gloss, and eye make-up. As far as Neutrogena, I use their liquid foundations and eye liner; I have yet to try their eye shadows, which I will. So if you can help it stay away from Maybelline and Almay for eye shadow.

I hope this helps any of you Jewels looking for the brand of eye shadow to try!