Friday Thoughts

Hey beauties,

I know that today I usually post a “Friday Favorites” post, but if I’m being honest I haven’t done much this week. I’ve tried a few new things here and there, but I’ve been feeling kind of down this week and haven’t slept well. I am feeling a bit better, so I do want to share some photos I’ve taken this week as well as some thoughts.


Don’t let anyone dull your shimmer. I read so often posts about the great “debate” of makeup and it’s need, and rarely about those that truly want to wear makeup. Are there things about myself that I don’t always love and want to cover up? Yes. Is about 85% of my makeup routine for fun and because I want to wear it? Yes. Trust me, I don’t own blue lipstick because I feel that it’s aesthetically pleasing to others. It makes me look oxygen deprived, and I like that.

The beauty of makeup is that it washes off at the end of the day. It’s a bit harder to wash away a bad attitude though.

Don’t bring others down because you feel mightier than me. If you feel empowered and happy with not wearing makeup or wearing the bare minimum, that’s awesome. I truly feel happy for you. However, don’t think that trying to bring me and others down will want to make me like you. Honestly, it does the opposite. It makes me feel more empowered by my love for colors and glitter. My face is my everyday canvas. Love yourself, and also love others.

Self love and positivity is a life long struggle, don’t make it harder by bringing others down. Empower others. Compliment others. Enlighten yourself.


I have found so much love and kindness in the blogging community over the past few months that I have decided to blog more often. It definitely outweighs the negativity that I do find on blog sites, instagram, youtube etc. And for that, I thank you all. I thank those that follow me and comment on my posts often. You all brighten my day, and have made my road to love myself and others more way more luminous.


I read a woman say once that finding one thing everyday about yourself that you love will really help on the road to positivity.

It’s something that I’ve been challenging myself to do recently.
I wake up and find one thing that I love about myself since the list of things I dislike is pretty long and burned into my mind already.

The idea is that soon, the list of things I love about myself will outweigh the things I hate about my appearance.
I not only want to do this for my outward appearance, but for my inner appearance as well.

To constantly change and learn. To know better and do better. To make a difference in the world so that everyone can eventually feel safe in being who they are.

That’s about it for today, I believe.
I hope you all enjoyed this post, or at least found something you enjoyed about it.

If you want, comment down below and tell me 2 things you love about yourself. It can be your laugh, your hair, eyes..whatever. It doesn’t have to be appearance related. Just love yourself a little today. You deserve it.

Things that Make Me Happy about Spring

Ah, Spring is officially here! The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and I am wheezing!

No really, Spring is my worst season of the year in terms of allergies and asthma. Hold your inhalers in the air if you feel me on this one.

Pre-kids I enjoyed Winter because I didn’t mind being alone and inside all of the time. Post-kids I am itching for Spring to be here so we can get the hell outside before we start ripping each others hair out.
So, today I just want to share some pretty pictures and things about what makes me happy about Spring.


1. Glosses. I don’t know what it is about Spring and Summer, but I am all about glosses during these seasons. Anyone else like that? I think it’s because I am out and about a lot and lip gloss is just easier, yet it has the power to pull a look together. I don’t have to sit and line my lips and conceal for 5 minutes like I do with most lipsticks. I plan on giving my butter and elixir glosses some love this Spring. I’m trying to use what I have and buy less. Key word: trying.


2. Bright Cheeks! Honestly, I rock a bright cheek all year around, but Spring is when I actually love to play with pinks and corals. Some of my favorites are the City Color Cosmetics blush quad, the Rose duo from BH Cosmetics, and Pearlescent Pink by Wet n Wild. Are you all seeing my obsession with roses and all things rose related yet?


3. Dewy Skin. My skin is less dry in Spring so I can actually make my skin look a little dewy and glowy! It excites me, don’t judge me. I love the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum and the Loreal Magic Lumi I am trying to use up because I actually like the Bourjois one more. The Bourjois healthy mix serum gives me of a satin matte finish, and it smells so much better.


4. More skin fun. It’s apparent at this point that I am the shade of paper. I used to try to tan and such, but as of 5 years ago I decided to stop it all together and be okay with my skin color. I do sun protect even on cloudy, rainy days in the Spring and Summer. I love this Yes To lotion because it’s thick and doesn’t break me out, and it has spf 30. I’ve also been loving the Pixi glow mist underneath and on top of my makeup. It gives a very healthy glow and feels nice on my skin. My only beef is the sprayer moves a lot and I’m clumsy and miss my face sometimes, thus wasting product.


5. Bright(ish) nails! Raspberries and neutrals and sometimes lavender is about as adventurous as I get with my nails. You’re judging me, aren’t you? I like my box. My box is safe. My box is gray and cold. Some of my favorite nail polish brands include elf, essie, and wet n wild.


6. Spring Cleaning and rediscoveries! I really need to go through my palettes and rotate them out and dust a few off and show them some love. I have been trying out so many new products that I have kind of pushed aside some other goodies that I truly do love, namely my Naked palette. I used to use that precious palette everyday. Everyday. Now, with every other neutral palette in existence I haven’t shown the original heartbreaker any of my attention.

Gah, I talk about palettes like they’re children. Maybe I should rotate my children out too and clean them…

Kidding, y’all.
I need to also give my Dark Rose palette some attention because I truly do love it, and I think it may become a staple for me for Spring looks for that “pop of color.” The colors in this palette work together in weird and mysterious ways. I need to unlock it’s magic.

There I go again about palettes…

Anyway those are some things that make me happy about Spring, beauty wise. Life wise I can’t wait to get out and take both my daughters to parks and hear their giggles. I also need to do a huge de-clutter in my life and around my house and just get rid of things.
What are some things that make you happy about Spring, if anything?

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First Impression: Makeup Monsters

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Hey lovelies,

I have a first impression up on my channel with my honest thoughts on a newer indie brand of makeup.
If you’re in the market for new liquid lipsticks after the Lime Crime scandal (don’t get me started on that one…already trashed my one little velvetine) then watch this video and maybe my other one on Pretty Zombie Cosmetics!

I love doing lipstick reviews and swatches, and I’m always seeking out new brands and colors to try.

My overall thoughts on this particular liquid lipstick is that it’s really nice! Not too drying, not sticky and the color is very opaque. It’s not super long lasting like my LaSplash lipsticks, but I don’t always want that kind of lasting power all of the time.

Make sure to subscribe to my channel to watch more of my videos! Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Swatch Saturday: New Milani Fierce Foil Gloss


It should be of no surprise by now that I adore Milani lip products. I feel that in terms of quality, Milani is superb with lip products. So, when I saw that they came out with yet another new lip product, I knew that eventually some of them would be mine. I went to CVS searching for my favorite eyelash glue, and I saw an untouched display with all of the new Fierce Foil glosses, and they were BOGO 50% off. I mean, how could I resist? It’s for the blog, obviously.
At my local CVS, these were $5.69, which is the same price as their original line of lip shine glosses. Definetely not gonna break the bank with these.


The packaging of these is the same classy gold packaging as Milani’s past lip products, but I did notice right off the bat that these glosses are packed with glitter. That also caught my interest. I. Love. Glitter. Lately, I can’t get enough glitter. I want it on everything. Anyway, I picked up 2 of the nude shades and the red shade (obviously) but there were a few other shades. The first thing I noticed when I opened up the packaging to swatch these was the intense smell. These smell like straight up red velvet cake. I know that’s oddly specific, but they really and truly do. So, if strong vanilla smells are not for you then stay away from these.

Second thing I noticed while swatching these is that they are just very glittery, and not very “foiled.” I suppose the glitter is what they meant by foiled, and maybe they would appear to have a foiled effect in direct sunlight, but indoors these just look glittery. I have no problem with that. I find that the intense glitter would make these perfect toppers to create fun and creative makeup looks.

Arm Swatches:


I did swatches on the back of my hand since the nudes are hard to differentiate on my lips.
Left to right: Venice (a more transparent shimmer) Rome (a beige toned shimmer) Florence (a red with a berry undertone shimmer)

I will say that these are very sticky, and like many lipglosses do tend to sneak onto teeth easily as well. I found that on the lips these can feel a bit gritty if you rub your lips together because of the glitter, but it wasn’t too noticeable in my opinion. Also, these wear pretty away pretty quickly and do leave glitter behind. I wiped my hand after I did the swatches and it looked like I had shook hands with an army of fairies. My hand looked pretty…and smelled like cake.

I digress. I did do some lip swatches even though it’s hard to tell the differences in the nude shades.







Florence is my favorite one. I’m actually excited to play around with this shade and create some stellar intense red lip looks with it for Spring. I’m not a very pink person, so that’s the closest I can get to Spring related 😀

Overall, I find these glosses to be about as nice as their other glosses. Milani glosses are nice and not too sticky, in my opinion. The glitter in these may become annoying, and I don’t really see how these are supposed to be “foiled.” They just look super sparkly, which is okay…I like sparkly.

Has anyone else tried these? What were your thoughts and impressions?
As usual, thanks for reading and make sure to follow me if you want to see more reviews and makeup fun!

New Wet n Wild Haul and Review

New review on my youtube channel. I picked up some of the new wet n wild stuff to try out. Give me your thoughts??

If you have a youtube channel and you want me to check it out, please let me know. I know from still being so new on there that it’s so hard to get your name out there it seems. That and I love following and finding new blogs 🙂 Oh, and subscribe to me or follow me here if you don’t want to miss my reviews and tutorials on there!

7 Deadly Sins Beauty Tag

I was so flattered when Kaily from tagged me to participate in this. It’s very cute 🙂

1. GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?

Little known fact about me: I am an extreme couponer. Yep. I actually have a lot of free and makeup I’ve actually been paid to take out of stores hahaha. I don’t do it as much anymore because it’s too tough with 2 kids, but I used to have so much fun walking out with tons of goodies for myself and friends.

Anyway, I would say my most inexpensive items I currently have are the Rimmell Stay Matte foundations I stocked up on while they were free awhile back. I also have a pretty stellar collection of free wet n wild lipsticks though.
The most expensive are probably my Naked palettes. I’m not really into luxury products, and I’ve only recently started purchasing high end products again.

2. WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with?

All of my matte foundations. I love a matte face so damn much, but it’s a pain in the ass to prep my dry skin for and then I have about a 40% chance of looking like a crackly clown after it’s all said and done.
The one that I love/hate the most is my Kat Von D tattoo lock it foundation. Love the coverage and finish, it just looks like shit on me for some reason.

3. GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?

I have a brown sugar and olive oil lip scrub that’s pretty yummy. I would have to say that my Too Faced cocoa powder foundation beats them all though. It smells like straight up chocolate on my face. It makes me feel like a walking corny Valentine.

Oh, or my pumpkin marshmallow lotion. It makes me want to lick my own arms. I’m kidding…

4. SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?

I’m a very “all or nothing” person when it comes to makeup. Either I’m going all out and putting on lashes and contouring or I’m putting on BB cream and mascara and laying around in pajamas. I don’t really have the skin to skip steps…

5. PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?

Lipstick. I can be having a shit day and put on some red lipstick and feel like a million bucks. There’s just something about a bright or vampy lip for me that gives me life and strength.

6. LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

I don’t like the wording of this question, so I’m changing it: What do you find attractive in people?
That’s better. I like kindness in people and people that listen. Not just listen, but really take in what others say to them.

7. ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

A house. A new car.

Okay, kidding. Sorta. I don’t really expect gifts now that I have kids, I want everyone to buy them things, but if I would really love the new Too Faced Semi Sweet palette. Or Charlotte Tilbury everything.

I tag anyone that wants to participate!

Swatch Sunday: Random Lippies

I have quite a few lipsticks that I have bought over the past few weeks that are beautiful and blogworthy, but I didn’t buy enough of each line to really justify doing a whole post about each. So, I’m doing a lipstick swatch “dump” of sorts.


First up, I bought 3 LA Girl Creme lip colors to try them out. These retail for $4 each on average.
As you can tell, the packaging is a bit cheap and can get pretty messy. However, for the messy packaging the product itself is very creamy and applies smoothly. The colors are opaque. I normally don’t like many creamier formulas, but these are nice.


Left to Right: Promise, Amour, Kiss & Tell
I’ve been reaching for Kiss & Tell a lot over the past week. It’s such a beautiful brown with red tint to it. It looks superb paired with a dark red lip liner.


This is a photo taken the other day of me wearing “kiss & tell” with a deep red underneath. Love this combo.


Next, these teeny Kat Von D lippies were my second Black Friday snag while shopping online on Sephora. I didn’t need them, but I have a weakness for MINI things I couldn’t help it.
There’s not much to say about these because I already own two of the studded lipsticks and an everlasting liquid lipstick. I love the formulas of both of these lines. Both of these were $10 and for Kat Von D anything, that’s a steal. Even though I didn’t need these, no regrets. No regrets


Berlin is a matte darker rosy shade. I will probably be reaching for this come Spring and Summer. Lolita is a matte brownish nude shade. I own Lolita in the liquid form as well and it’s my favorite color of life.


Last, I have a couple Nyx lippies. I have “Whipped Caviar” from the Matte line (Kylie Jenner dupe, supposedly) and “Pops” from the butter line. I love the formulas of basically any Nyx line of lipstick. Super affordable, super opaque, super super.

Bottom swatch is Whipped Caviar (matte) and top is Pops (butter)

I will say that the matte one wears very comfortably on the lips as well as the butter one. The butter lipsticks seriously apply like…butter. Can you tell I am all about the brown/mauve nudes right now? I am stocking up while there are so many out because this is my go-to shade all of the time. If you’re very fair, I would suggest trying out the mauve/darker nude trend because I find it to be such a flattering way to wear a nude without it washing me out. That’s a totally personal opinion though and I can understand why some are tired of hearing about the “Kylie Jenner” lip.

I’m honestly ready to start finding some Marsala shades in my collection right about now. I’m not ever one for trends, but the last few color trends have been shades that I love already and work with often on an everyday basis.

I hope you all enjoyed my quick swatch sunday post with all of my random lippies. Have a gorgeous day!

On Turning 25

Warning: there are cuss words, oops

I was almost 9 years old when my mom turned 25. I remember her making jokes and saying that she wasn’t getting any older and that she was now in the “25 Forever” club. I didn’t quite understand, mainly because when you’re 9 at times being a grown up seems like way more fun than being a kid. Ah, to be that naive again.
Now that I turning 25 myself and I’m watching my friends turn 25 I’m seeing the same things being said. There seems to be a weird thing against the age 25, and I fear it has a lot to do with the generalized categories society places women into, namely the “young” and “old” categories. Now that I am witnessing it firsthand, I still don’t quite understand it. Why are we lumped into young and old categories? What about being closer to 30 than 20 suddenly makes us old and less beautiful?
In the scheme of things, 25 is still such a very young age to me. I don’t feel any different than I did last year or even 7 years ago at 18, at least physically. Yes, I’ve had 2 kids in 2 years, but that has taken more of an emotional toll on me than a physical toll.
So, what about 25 is actually scary?
That’s the question I asked myself.
I thought about how after today I will be closer to 30 than 20. I thought about how I still don’t know exactly what I want to “do” in terms of a career. I thought about everything I have struggled with in my life over the past couple of years.
To no prevail, the age still didn’t scare me.
If anything, 25 is a relief to me. I’ve had a rough couple of years emotionally and financially. I’ve already dealt with a job loss and making incredibly hard decisions like to not buy a new car to move into a way smaller home etc. Decisions that many of the people that I follow and follow me on social medias haven’t had to make, and I hope they never have to. It’s fucking rough. That isn’t me saying I’ve had it harder than anyone else, we’re all going to meet our own struggles, but there’s not exactly a handbook titled “What to do when everything Fucks up Royally.” Growing up many times we’re given a set goal: high school, college, marriage, babies, retirement.

I feel as if I think way better and think about long term decisions easier than I did even last year.
I’m more practical and definitely more mature.
I’ve met some incredible people that have truly opened my eyes and helped me expand my activism and feminism.
I know way more now about the world and people that inhabit it than I did even while in college. Honestly, I’ve learned more about humanity and being compassionate for everyone outside of college.

I feel like I actually have so much to look forward to at the age of 25.
Even though I don’t know exactly what I want to do career wise, I have a better idea now than I did a few years ago. I feel as if I can go back to school without constantly feeling depressed and confused.
I don’t know if it’s age alone or the fact that I have two kids, honestly. I can’t speak for everyone, only myself. My 25 is different from yours, yes. I just hate the lumped categories of “young” and “old.” I’m not young or old, I’m a human being. I’m dynamic and constantly changing. I’m intelligent and vibrant. I’m beautiful and inspired daily by the things I see around me. I don’t need to stop doing the things I love simply because they’re not for my age group or because I have children. My life isn’t bland. My life is fairly chaotic most days, and that’s okay. It’s pretty neat.
My life doesn’t suddenly stop here, I still have so much growing to do.
And becoming older shouldn’t scare anyone. It shouldn’t make us want to hide away or stay the same age forever.

Because what I have noticed in the time that my mom turned 25 and started dreading every birthday after that is that she grew into an incredible woman and mother, even more incredible than she already was. I witnessed her deal with major loss and taking in people, including my older brother when he was 14, into her home. I witnessed her leave a job and go out on a limb to start a business…and close that business. I witnessed her and my dad struggle emotionally and financially. I witnessed her cry and I’ve witnessed her depression and anxiety. I’ve witnessed her rise above all of that and succeed at everything she has ever done at her current job. I witnessed her age into a beautiful and empowering woman. A woman that inspires me daily as someone that is currently struggling emotionally with depression, and as a mother.
I witnessed her change while not losing her passion for life at the same time, and isn’t that what life is about in general? To somehow at least try to see the bright side when everything is crumbling around us? I know that’s easier said than done. Oh, I know that sometimes when everything is crumbling you just want to stand underneath it and let it crush you. Some way, somehow, we pick ourselves up and move forward. Maybe not at the pace that others would like, but we move. Sometimes we pace. Sometimes we backpedal a bit, but we get there eventually.

Because I know some people look at me from the outside and think I have things figured out.
I have a partner. We have kids. I must be doing something right.
I fuck up like everyone else. I have fucked up so hard a few times that I have ended up flat on my face in a muddy puddle.
I haven’t finished school, mostly because I don’t entirely know what I want to do.
I find choosing a major and career to be more intimidating than natural childbirth and raising kids.
And that’s okay. I’ve come to terms with it.

What I’m trying to say is, stop viewing your mid and late 20’s as a race to get everything “done.”
Don’t think you’re going to be alone if you’re not married by 25. Don’t think that no one will find you attractive and lovable after 25, because that is the furthest thing from the truth.
Don’t think that not being set in a career by 25 is the end of the world. My dad didn’t even go back to school until he was in his mid-late 20’s and I was a kid, and he’s stable in his career now making great money.
There’s no set pattern to life.
Some of us walk on that weird path that our society has laid out for us, and some of us wander off of it kind of step back on it every once in awhile.
I’m the latter, and that’s okay.
It’s more than okay.
I’m 25 and I am not getting old.
I’m 25 and I am not suddenly less attractive than I was 4 years ago.
I’m 25 and that’s awesome. I’ve lived a quarter of a century.
I’ve seen so much, and I plan to see more.
I’ve learned so much, and I learn more everyday.

Here’s to being 25, what a bittersweet taste it has.

When You Clean and Find Treasures

I can’t be the only one that procrastinates deep cleaning in drawers. Okay, I procrastinate on a lot of cleaning outside of my normal daily chore routine. When I do clean I sometimes find old things I had forgotten about or thought were lost, or things that I have yet to try out. I cleaned out a few drawers in my kitchen and room the other day and discovered a little bit of both! I was pretty excited, and I want to share some on this post.


The first couple of things I stumbled on were my Sonia Kashuk body butter and a layering necklace (set of 3 separate necklaces) that I purchased from Target last winter. I think I purchased them last winter. This was a pretty neat rediscovery for me since the layering necklace look has been trending for a bit, and these 3 seemed so perfect together for me. That and I recall getting this set on clearance for $3-4. I am not typically into floral scented lotions, but this one is very nice to me. It’s not musky or has too much of a perfume scent, it’s just a light floral scent that smells wonderful on my skin. It also feels incredible on the skin and makes it soft, which is essential for me in the Fall and Winter. My skin is naturally dry.


I ended up stumbling on even more things after that find! I have never used that paper mask, and I think I got it in an ipsy bag awhile back, but I’m not entirely sure. For some reason, paper masks intimidate me for whatever reason. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re supposed to just fit over your face? Also stumbled on a thing of Bath and Body Works lotion that was my favorite for a bit, but I misplaced it. It’s also possible my toddler placed it somewhere. Anyway, I bought this during a huge sale last summer and I’m happy I found it even though it might be a bit too much of a summer smell for me in the transition to fall. Yes, I’m that girl that even switches out lotions and perfumes to match the season. It is a very pretty scent though. It also has the the faintest floral scent mixed in with peaches, so it is neither too fruity nor too floral.

I purchased the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette last January and forgot that I had placed the deluxe samples of primer it came with in my kitchen “junk” drawer. I kind of figured they were just small samples, but I am really glad I stumbled on these again and took a closer look! The samples are pretty decently sized, and I have been using them for about 3 days now. Mostly the original formula, and it does indeed work. Not sure if I will purchase a full sized one of any of them (4 samples in all) since I am currently using my Too Faced Shadow Insurance, but maybe once I run out of that I will give the primer potions a spin.

Last thing I came across was a Nyx Matte lipstick in “Merlot.” I forgot how pretty and perfect this red shade is for fall. It’s a bit deeper than the “Perfect Red” from the same line, but not too dark to be considered vampy at all. I need to get to work on using up all of my Nyx lipsticks (which is a ton) so I am happy I came across this one now instead of later.

Has anyone else discovered some new or old goodies while cleaning lately? I would love to know! Finding things also makes me want to clean…almost.

Morning Motivational Thoughts

I try to write down one thing every morning in my journal to motivate me for the rest of the day. Sometimes they’re random thoughts, and sometimes they’re not motivational at all. However, they do help me relax in the morning.

Here are some that I wrote this week:

1. Sometimes mom are trying to tell you something, even if they don’t know it. If they can’t remember the name of someone they’ve met in your life and refer to them as “pajama pants” or a random name, maybe they shouldn’t be in your life. Moms tend to know best.

2. I’ve heard all of my life that it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. I never grasped this until I became an adult, but I still don’t fully grasp it. I’ve had my heart broken and people have walked out of my life, but I’ve never stopped loving something. I’ve never lost love fully. I don’t think it’s possible to never know what love feels like. Whether we love our children, significant others, or a slice of pizza, we love something to some degree at all times. I can’t speak on everyone’s behalf of course, but I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love pizza or a hug from a good friend.

3. I read that there are many wolves to wander away from their packs. Some search for a new pack, and some just run. I myself have wandered a few times just for the sake of running. I always find myself back in the warmth of my home pack though.

4. Sometimes you have to make the decision to anchor yourself no matter what. If that means your anchor scrapes the bottom of the ocean floor in order to find something to hold onto, so be it. Sometimes we have to cast anchor for a bit to collect ourselves so we can finally sail on.

5. It’s potentially crazy how often I think about randomly ridiculous things. I’ll pass a window and think to myself, “What if a mariachi band of cats randomly appeared?” As soon as I start to think it’s ridiculous I start to remember that many people don’t think enough. Maybe we need more of the right kinds of ridiculous in this world.