Friday, May 9, 2014

Tres Chic | Hot Bikinis I Want Now

The pool opens in exactly 15 days and I can't wait (neither can MJ...he's been bugging us all winter about when the pool is going to be open).  I can't believe that the year is nearly half way through already. Time has certainly gotten away from me because I haven"t even gotten a new bathing suit yet.  I'm on the market for something new this year and the high waist bikini is really calling my name.  Here are some funky, fly swimsuits I've been eyeballing:

Urban Outfitters $90.00

ASOS $23.52

Revolve $88.00

JC Penney $70.00

Midkini & Tunnel Pant
Delia's $30.00

Swimwear Boutique $45.00

The Midkini is it for me this year--so sexy! What style swimwear are you eyeing this year?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Beauty | Natural Hairstyle - Super Curly Flexi Twist Out

Since my hair has grown to a length that I don't actually like to deal with all the time, I had to figure out a way to keep it out of my face.  Having hair in my face a la Aaliyah style was cool when I was 16 but now, it's just plain old annoying.  A regular twist out doesn't give me the shrinkage I'm looking for so I took it a step further and added flexirods to my twists.

I used As I Am Leave-in Conditioner & Double Butter Cream to style my hair and baby! My hair was so soft, bouncy and shiny for the full week and a half that I wore this style. I don't know what took me so long to try them out but I'm glad I finally did.
how to do a flexirod set - shaved sides natural hair - natural hairstyle tutorial

Here's a tutorial on how I achieved this hairstyle.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Black & White | Style & Beauty Inspo

Some of the things that currently have my attention in beauty and style:

Thinking of going all the way blonde...

Love these eye looks...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Beauty Buys + A Gift

Every once in a while a girl's got to treat herself to a few nice little things...or one big thing.  And since the "one big thing" on my list costs more than what I'm willing (or able at this time) to pay, I decided to treat myself to some cute little items that I could easily tick off my list without blowing the budget and setting off the account police (my wonderful hubby).  Here are some of my most recent beauty buys and a cool gift from my mommy:

A Valentine's Day gift to myself:
Marc Jacobs Honey Perfume Gift Set
Marc Jacobs Honey Perfume review

Marc Jacobs Honey Perfume review

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadows (LOVE these as a base)
Maybelline Color Tattoo rview

A beauty blender and the Core Collection & Starter Kit from Real Techniques.  I've been hearing so many good things about the brushes I decided to go on and get them.  The collections along with the large power brush, only cost $40.00 at Ulta. A steal for the quality, really.  I'll give a full review once I get to try them out more than a few times.
real techniques starter kit review

real techniques starter kit review

real techniques starter kit review

Then just when I thought I was completely missing out on the Rihanna Hearts Mac collection, my mom tells me that she bought it for me when it came out because she thought I'd like them.  Uh, heck yeeeeaah!  But then get this:  She JUST gave them to me last week because she kept forgetting about them every time we saw each other. LOL! Do you know how many times we've seen each other since this set came out? More than I can count.  Anyway, all that matters is that I have them now and I am in love with the packaging.  
hot. funky. fly!
The best part is, Spring 2014 is all about gilded lids so this will be getting plenty of use.
And did I mention I'm loving this packaging--I can't even stop talking about it. lol!
 Rihanna Hearts MAC Bronzer & Eye Shadows
 Rihanna Hearts MAC Bronzer & Eye Shadows

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Beauty | Smoldering Eyes Velvet Lips

how to create a smoldering smoky eye - beauty and makeup blog

I posted a date night makeup look on instagram not too long ago and got some responses about my makeup and the color of my lipstick.  I decided later to recreate that look and share the tutorial.
When I originally created then look, I remember wanting something neutral but taken a tad bit further with soft smoky eyeliner.  Out of that came the Smoldering Eyes Velvet Lips makeup look.

This lippie's texture isn't velvet but I names it that for another, more nostalgic reason.  The color of the lipstick reminded me of this velvet dress my mom had when I was a little girl.  I used to always sneak into my parents' wardrobe just to rub the material against my cheek.  I was so fascinated by the way velvet felt different depending on which direction you swiped your hand across the fabric. Ah, memories.

Anyhow, I plan to do another take on a velvet lip soon.  That'll be fun.
how to create a smoldering smoky eye - beauty and makeup blog

how to create a smoldering smoky eye - beauty and makeup blog

how to create a smoldering smoky eye - beauty and makeup blog

how to create a smoldering smoky eye - beauty and makeup blog

Click to view the tutorial:

Products Used:

MAC Face & Body Foundation (C6)
MAC  Brow Pencil (Spiked)
NARS Casino

MAC  Soba e/s on llid
NYX Nude as highlight
MAC Espresso on outer "v" and as liner
Wet N Wild Matte Black (Blue Had Me At Hello Palette)
Maybelline Line Express Liner (Very Black) {upper and bottom lids}
SMASHBOX Full Exposure mascara

MAC Currant (liner)
COVERGIRL Tempt (lipstick)