Monday, April 16, 2012

Beauty| Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick - Mandarin

First things first, I'm in love, the end...ha!

Price: $19.00
Availability: SmashboxNordstromSephoraUlta

The SmashBox Be Legendary lipstick collection is new for Spring 2012 and the range is complete with 22 sumptuous shades and two finishes; matte and lustrous.  

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Beauty| SmashBox Camera Ready BB Cream


 SmashBox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35
Price: $39
Availability: Smashbox Online or Sephora Online and In-Store
My Shade: Light Medium

Claims:  

This multitasking tinted cream formula with SPF 35 moisturizes, primes, perfects, controls oil, and protects for flawless skin on set and beyond.  Formulated with emollients and optical pearl pigments, this BB Cream gives skin a glowing, ethereal look and provides a hydrating veil for the complexion to maintain moisture on the surface of the skin. With its ultra-smoothing finish, it instantly re-texturizes to create a smooth canvas. 


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Life In Transition | From The Ground Up

31x31 | #1 


God has been so awesome...


When my life's in a transitional stage simliar to where it is now, I tend to sink into a mood--whatever it may be, and when it's good, I let it linger.
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I'm at a phase in my life where there has been much introspection and very careful planning.  Everyday I realize that I'm not at all the same girl I used to be.  All in all, I feel so positive about where I'm headed and everything I've worked hard for is coming to fruition.  Absolutely nothing has been rushed and it's all happening it's appointed time.

Usually, when I can see and feel that the end is near on a particular project or life event, I begin to plan for the next thing and the next and go for it.  This time, I'm not. 

In the past, I was foolish to think that I could do it all on my own and it landed me right back a square 1.  But in recent years, I've been staying in prayer and being attentive to God's Word and letting Him lead me. 

Since I let "Jesus take the wheel", I don't feel like I have to rush, I don't have to stress and I've stopped complaining because God has already laid the road out in front me.  All I must do is stay on it and stay faithful to His Word and everything that He has promised will surely come (Habukkuk 2:2-3).  So at this particular moment, I'm taking the time to revel in where I am right now.  And it feels good to be content, happy--not complacent and not frazzled and worried.

One of the biggest pieces of news I've been waiting on sharing is that Chief, MJ & I have purchased a new home.  

We started only casually looking in August of last year and my mother told us to go look at particular model home.  From there, we fell in love but continued to look around.  We saw a few other homes but weren't impressed.  In October, we went back and signed papers for our new home and construction began on December 31, new year's eve.

And here we are four  months later, I'm telling y'all had it not been for what happened to me as I discussed a few posts ago, Chief and I wouldn't be at the point that we are now.  Chief would likely be doing it all on his own and how shameful would that have been if we're supposed to be building a life together?

Later, I'll share with you how I got from there to here but for now, I just want to say how excited I am that everything is almost complete.  Next week is our final inspection and home presentation.  The following week, should all be up to snuff, we go to settlement where we sign our lives away on over 100 sheets of paper.  We've been keeping a log of everything and we have LOTS of pics.  Here are just a few:
The "basement"

MJ standing in his bedroom
A bathroom
Family room - no walls
Family room - with walls
And here's the "center piece" of the house and it's transformation.


We've been watching this baby from the ground up and I have to say that it's been a super exciting process, mountains of paperwork, lots days off from work and alot of waiting.  We're so ready.
Me - Standing out our patch of dirt just before midnight on NYE, Dec 2011 
And of course, you know what this means: One more thing slashed off my list of "31 Things"

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Beyonce Tumbles

...On Tumblr, that is:


Yesterday, I learned on NecoleBitchie.com that Beyonce was starting a Tumblr!  I was so geeked.  There are a number of Bey posts "up and through" my blog so I'm sure you already know I'm a stan and I had to share this.

Beyonce finally gives the "BeyHIVE" a little more of herself. 

Hurry, click the link below and go take a look!