Thursday, May 25, 2017

I Tried It!: Elf Day To Night Lip Duo | Pinterest Series

I must admit I love Pinterest and I see  so many things on there that I've tried or like to try and many of these things I never document. But I think this would a fun series! SO if you are a pinterest lover there is this new feature called "I Tried It" that's underneath every post. So lets just say you seen a DIY mask on pinterest posted by a friend and you want to try it out. So you try out the diy and once you try it you go back to that post saying you tried it and give a review on it. Well this is my way of recording my thoughts on things that I've tried. You know how I do it on my blog. I keep it 100 and I break everything down!

So this is my first I Tried It Pinterest Series post inspired by Pinterest of course and I also want to give credit to a fellow blogger that I highly respect +Nicole Kestenbaum  of Lipstick and Brunch who started a series a couple months back that I think you should check out. Her series is called Try It Tuesday!

So moving forward I picked up this e.l.f day to night lip duo inside Target because I was super intrigued by it. And it's $5 what do I have to lose?! Now back in the day you couldn't get me to purchase anything cosmetically from elf other than their brushes but elf has come a heck of a long way.  And I didn't think about doing a post on it until I was on Pinterest the other day and I went to click the button "I TRIED IT" to review it on Pinterest and thought, "WAYMENT...why not make this a blog series?" So here I am. Talking about this drugstore product that is very affordable and I think you should check out. 

When elf developed this duo they thought about efficiency, convenience, and ways to give us variety. This duo lipstic offers a  for that working woman who like to go out at the end of the day and need something that transition. or for that business entrepreneur who's always on the move and need. or even for the moms. Convenience is very important to me now and time is so limited. I need something that take me from day to night with ease. This lipstick has a velvety satin finish and is enriched with Shea, and Vitamin A, C and E to nourish and hydrate. I chose the shade Need It Nudes because of the environment I work in so i chose the safe option. But If I were to get another one my next option would be The Best Berries

Because both shades are pretty neutral I can wear them both anywhere anytime of the day. I've also layered both shades and done the ombre effect. You can never go wrong with classic nudes and they are non-offensive because it's a neutral tone and can be worn with anything and transition from day to night. Because the tones are more muted you may want to add more drama to the eyes for your night time look.  Another way to make this lip color a bit more dramatic is with a darker lip liner. Have you tried this lipstick? What shade do you have? If you don't have it just take my word for it and invest $5. It's totally worth it. 


Friday, May 19, 2017



Spring is here and summer is near and and as it gets warmer I try to find ways to keep my skin refreshed during the day and flawless. Mult-Misting has become the it thing for the season and I love the effect that multi-misting gives to my skin and how it preps and finish my makeup.
Pixi Beauty came out with four facial mists that I'm currently loving in this warm weather in Houston. These mists are:
  • Free from testing on animals
  • Retails for $15

Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist 
Set Makeup & Hydrate
All-over setting spray for longer wearing makeup

The rose water and green tea infused formula comforts, hydrates, protects and balances. 

Use after makeup to to set and hydrate
Step 1: Close eyes and hold 15cm from face 
Step 2: Close eyes and mist over face & neck
Step 3: Refresh makeup during the day by misting face
Step 4: Correct over-powdering by misting face & patting off excess
Step 5: Mist directly onto makeup brush and apply products as usual to prolong wear

Pixi Vitamin Makeup Mist 
Invigorates & Revives Skin
The orange water base is blended with skin-loving citrus fruit extracts, lavender, and arginine. This adds hydration an a protective veil that cools, refresh & wakes up skin. 

On Clean Bare Skin in the AM or PM
Step 1: Shake to mix 
Step 2: Close eyes and mist over face & neck 

Pixi Glow Mist
Glow & Nourish
use anytime for moisture & glow
All-over glow mist for a dewy finish

Enriched with 13 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts

 Use in the AM and PM or when needed
Step 1: Shake to mix 
 Step 2: Close eyes and mist over face & neck

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist
Hydrate & Soothe
use anytime to seal in moisture & soothe
Instant hydration with hyaluronic acid to plump skin. 

A blend of black oat, provitamin A, and linoleic acid makes this rejuvenator the perfect first layer of moisture before serums or makeup

Use In the AM, PM or when needed
Step 1: Shake to mix
Step 2: Close eyes and mist over face & neck


Overall if you follow me on Instagram you would know that I have a special place in my heart for Pixi Skincare products and these are probably some of the most used items. The two I tend to use the most is Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist which I like to use after cleansed skin as a toner. And my all time fav is the Glow Mist which I've been using far longer then any other pixi mist. This is my second bottle and won't be my last.  But overall I love all of them and I think you should give them a try. They're only $15 inside target! So this will forever remain a Stash in my book!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Things That You May Not Know But Should Know About Essential Oils

DISCLAIMER: I am not a health physician nor a doctor. I am a person that loves all things beauty. I am not licensed in this area. I've done my research and used my experience to share what I've learned but it's not written in stone. Use this information and form your own opinion. Do your own research and as always consult with a license Health Physician.

What inspired me to write about this is because Essential Oils are a trending topic and because the digital age are now being taught by youtubers who know nothing and they are being inspired by instagram famous people that also know nothing and I think it's my duty to share and enlighten those who don't know. Ignorance is bliss but it shouldn't be that way because ignorance can cause a lot of damage and has caused a lot of damage.


Essential Oils are concentrated fragrance oils that are extracted from plants and is far more concentrated than regular oils. If used properly essential oils can be so beneficial to the mental & physical health! It can soothe, calm the skin, and even heal the body. 

But I'm not here to talk necessarily about the benefits but to raise awareness of what could happen if you misuse essential oils. I've seen horror stories of the misuse of essential oils and the many bad experiences and I want to remind you that just because something is natural doesn't mean that precautions shouldn't be taken.

I run by this motto that I say ALL THE TIME... 


And I'm here to spit that knowledge of the warnings and risks of essential oils + safe ways to use them effectively so your story won't be horrifying!

A thing you must know is...

1. Because essential oils are highly concentrated the best way to use them is to dilute them. 


  • 256 pounds of peppermint leaf to make one pound of peppermint essential oil
  • 150 pounds or more of lavender flowers to make one pound of lavender essential oil
  • Thousands of pounds of roses to make 1 pound of rose essential oil
This is the reason why its important to dilute essential oils because undiluted essential oil on the skin can cause irritation and or allergic reactions. 

**NOTE: Some oils such as lavender, rose and chamomile are considered safe to use on skin undiluted. But although they are safe I would not take the risk on the skin if not diluted. 

2. Always do patch tests. As mentioned before that some essential oils are ok to use undiluted but that's if you don't have skin sensitivity. And the only way to know that is to do a small patch test diluted and undiluted. Every individual is different so don't base what you do off the next person. Take all precautions! 

3. Sun Exposure. Essential oils are more sensitive to the sun which is why many citrus essential oils have a warning on the bottle that exposure to UV light can lead to blistering, discoloration of the skin, chemical burns from sun exposure. Oils that are considered sensitive to UV light are... orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit, and bergamot. 


In all things especially when pregnant you should check with your health physician because some essential oils have negative effects on pregnancy. But as mentioned earlier everything is individualized and it's a matter of how it's being done. As mentioned always dilute if using essential oils topically. Always read the labels and do your research especially if you're new to using essential oils. Start slow. 

I've heard mix stories but everyone seemed to be pretty consistent on these oils and believe that you shouldn't use during pregnancy.
  • Clary Sage which is often used during labor safely by midwives
  • clove
  • fennel, 
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Horseradish is said to not be used by anyone
  • Oregano
  • Wintergreen
  • Mugwart also shouldn't be used by anyone
  • Peppermint is said to decrease the supply of milk while nursing so avoid using while nursing
I've seen longer lists of oils not to use but the only way for you to find out is to consult with your physician. I've heard that some pregnancies make you sensitive to certain scents and nauseous. I've heard stories where pregnant women would take one drop of peppermint oil because it would settle their nausea. But it's per person and if you're new to pregnancy the last thing you want to do is hinder your pregnancy because of the misuse of essential oils. These things are a blessing from God but you must do all things in moderation including moderation and you must use common sense. It's wiser to consult with your health physician because its no longer just you but now you have to consider your baby. 


Also some things should be common sense but if we as adults have to take precautions for essential oils and have to dilute these oils what make you think that we shouldn't do the same or even more for the babies and children? Children and Babies are still building up a tolerance level, immune system and are just as sensitive to things. Some oils can cause reactions such as seizures, respiratory issues. I don't want to scare you all but just want to raise some awareness and enlighten those who reads this post!

Please know that despite the warnings essential oils are a gift from God and they have amazing benefits but even natural foods we have to eat in moderation. Too much fiber is not good, too much protein is not good although they are healthy substances. We just have to be wise in what we use and how we use it. Essential Oils have been known to heal certain illnesses and diseases that were said to not be curable. So don't think that these things are horrible. There is not one thing on this earth that we shouldn't use in moderation including Water. My father is a dialysis patient and he has to drink fluids in moderation because too much fluids make it hard for him to breathe because he has a weak kidney which was the cause of it all. There are a lot of things he can not eat that are healthy but it's bad for a kidney patient. So take this post and learn. I go back to the quote, Everything in Moderation Including Moderation. You have to be wise and do your research and some things the only way to know is to try it but always dilute the essential oils when using it.

If you ever need more information on essential oils outside of the research that you do find a aromatherapy therapist in your area that is trained and certified. Ask for their certification and look that certification up. 


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