Sunday, October 27, 2013

Influenster Vox Box!

Hi my beautiful people,

For the second time in my life, I was able to do a review on the influenster VoxBox!! Yayyy!!! For those of you who have never heard of a voxbox, it is a company that gets you to test out products from other companies and let them know whether it was a "yay" or "nay". So, they sent me a box full of goodies this month to try out.

Overall, I was not too satisfied with the box. It was called the "varsity voxbox". Meaning, it is geared for college students and what they think college students need. This is my third year of college and I just did not feel that certain things in the box were really a necessity of a college student. It honestly seemed a lot more high school in my opinion. Here's what they sent me:

1. Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Wash
Daily Clear® Refreshing Superfruit Wash
They sent 3 samples and 3 coupons for this product. I believe this was one of the two best products for the box. This is an actual necessity for a college student because you're constantly outside and sometimes sweating and you just need that boost of refreshment for your face! This product get a YAY!

2. Airheads Xtremes Bites

I am going to be a bit biased on this one because I just do not like sour/chewy candy...so I honestly did not try it. I gave it to my roommate and she absolutely loved it. As a college student, I try to eat on the healthier side because I'm constantly running so I did not see it's purpose in the box. For anyone who loves airheads, I assume that you will love this part of the box! This product gets a Nay!

3. Kiss Nail Dress

These are cute, but very middle/high school to me. I know that I have only been out of high school for 2.5 years, but I feel like it's a little to young for me. This product gets a Nay!

4. NYC BIG BOLD PLUMPING & SHINE LIP GLOSS
Hmmm...I feel that lip gloss is universal for all ages, so I can see why they put it in here. The gloss itself is a bit sticky...but a gloss is a gloss...so I can't say to much about it. :-). The pink color was just a big high school to me as well. This product gets a YAY!

5. TIDE PODS
Oh My Jesus! I love me some Tide Pods!!! This has to be the most brilliant idea in the world! All you do is pop it in the washer before you start your clothes and then you have a big smile on your face because you don't have to pick up that big huge box or jug of tide liquid detergent. Get's a YAY with no questions asked!

I feel that with this box, they were trying to make it young. But, I feel as though they went a little to young for it to reach out to college students. The two best things in there for college students were the face wash and the pods. So if you're a college student, stop reading this and hurry to Walgreens and get it!

I hope you all enjoyed this review and leave any comments or questions below.

Britt

Disclaimer: The products were sent to me from Influenster and I did NOT purchase any of it with my own money or pay for the shipping.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Carabox

Carabox

For the second time, I have participated in the Carabox. For anyone who does not know what the Carabox is, it is where you get paired with other people. One of them will send something to you and you will send to the other one. The good thing about it is that you will have the opportunity to meet two new ladies every time that you sign up. This month, I was assigned to Tiffany and Cassi. 

I had to send to Tiffany this time. Tiffany was such a sweetheart and I really enjoyed my time of getting to know her. As soon as Tiffany puts up a link for what I sent her, I will attach it to this post.

Cassi had to send to me. She was so sweet. She was really young, and I could not believe she was as young as she is because I could not tell...AT ALL! Well, until she told me...and I still can't believe it. Getting to know her was so much fun and she sent me some goodies...

She sent me the Halloween Oreo's. Me and my friend's will definitely be enjoying these on Halloween while we're watching scary movies! She sent me 2 pairs of Disney's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" socks. It's funny because I have a secret obsession with socks...shhhhh! She sent me a cute glittery orange nail polish. Tons of Reese's...That is my favorite candy in this entire world!!! And she made me a picture with a "B" on it...for Britt...of course! She attached a note to the package as well, but for privacy reasons, that will not be attached. One thing that I do love about the fall is that MY FAVORITE COLOR IS ORANGE and everything is orange!

If you guys would like to sign up for the next Carabox click here. It's definitely an amazing experience and I suggest it to everyone.

Talk to you soon loves,
Britt

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I'M BACK!!!!

Hey loves, 

I am back! And better than ever. I know it has been a while since I have been posting stuff. I have had so much going on and needed to take some time off from blogging. During my time away, one of the things I was thinking about is how I can rebrand myself to come back better than ever. One of the best ways for me to do this is for me to get you all to provide me with feedback and let me know what you like me to post and what you do not like me to post a lot of. My vision for the blog is to continue to focus heavily on beauty and some fashion. I will be incorporating some things about college life and a healthy lifestyle as well. I am so excited about coming back and I cannot wait to put smiles back on all of your beautiful faces!!! 

Best,
Britt

P.S. Don't forget to subscribe and email your feedback to makeupandbeautylover15@gmail.com

Sunday, June 2, 2013

May Favorites!!!

Hi loves!!!!!!!!!

OMG! This year is going by so fast...we're already in June! This is so crazy! Welp, I am about to share with you guys some of the products that I absolutely adored for the month of May. There were so many products that I loved this month, but I picked the products that I reached for the most to put into the post.

1. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Palette


This palette is absolutely amazing. I can create anything from a night time deep smokey eye to a calm day time neutral eye. This palette is really good for traveling and last minute makeup decisions when you don't have a lot of time to sit and decide on what you want to put on your eyes. This palette retails for $36 at Ulta.

2. Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadow in Not Just Nudes


These shadows have been sitting in my collection for a long time. I prefer powder shadows over cream any day. But, when I was watching a video from one of my favorite youtubers (can't remember which one) I learned that they used these shadows as a base. It is weird because I just happened to run out of lid primer the same day I saw the video. Since using these as a base, I have not even purchased another primer because I feel they make my shadows look better and stay on longer! Retails for $5.99 at Ulta and most drugstores.

3. MAC Studio Fix Fluid


I am in the shade NC45. A long time ago, when I wore MAC Cosmetics foundations, it would break my skin out, so I never wore it since then. But, one day I went to the MAC counter in Belk to see if it would break me out, hoping it wouldn't break me out...and IT DIDN'T! When I tried it on, I fell in love and I had to buy it! I don't wear it everyday because it is a heavy foundation...but I do wear it a few times a week. Retails for $27 at MAC.

4. MAC PlushGlass in Nice Buzz


I bought this one because my boyfriend and I went on a date and I let the guy at the MAC counter do my makeup and this was the gloss he used on my lips, so I kind of had to buy it to keep the complete look that he created. I love this gloss and I wear it like everyday! It retails for $20 at MAC.

5. Lorac TanTalizer Highlighter and Bronzer Matte Duo


This is an everyday must have essential item! Enough said! This comes in two sizes...the smaller size is $12 and the big (huge) size is $32. I have the smaller size and have had it for about a month and a half...use it everyday and am nowhere near close to hitting pan.

6. Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara


As you all should know from my previous blog posts, once I get set on a certain mascara, I stick to it for a long time and don't use anymore. However, I am not doing that anymore! I tried a lot of different ones this month and this just happened to be my favorite. This was actually one of the many products sent to me from L'Oreal (I love them so much). I check on how much this mascara retails for and its $21. I will be posting a dupes post for this for those of you who do not want to pay $21 for a mascara.

7. NYX Blush in Terra Cotta


The color in the picture is not the true color...it is a lot deeper than that! Its like a very deep pink color. I wear this everyday! Almost :) I believe I got this from Ulta for $5.99.

8. NYX Photo-Loving Primer


This foundation is very comparable to the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I love this and it only costs $12.99.

9. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Porcelain Pink


The color of this lipstick is absolutely gorgeous! This retails for $9.99 at CVS and I got on sale for $2.49 with their 75% off sale.

10. Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Get Nutty


The color is showing up as a red in the picture but it comes off as a light pink on the lips.

11. Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick in 111: Kiss of Life


Everyone who loves lipsticks already knows about the Kate Moss Collection! Enough Said! I think I had this lipstick on one of my previous favorites post and I just love this lipstick. It is $4.99 at CVS.


As always, I hope that you all enjoy this post and give it a +1. Don't forget to subscribe to my blog and keep a look out for upcoming giveaways! 

Thanks loves,
Britt

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My Foundation Shades + A Mini Review of Each!

Hi loves,

I know it has been a while since I have done an actual blog post. I have been so busy and trying to get a bit of rest since I have been out of school. This post is to help someone who may be trying to find out what their foundation shade is and to help someone who may want to know a little bit about a particular foundation.

In the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation, I am in the shade Intensity 4.0. This is a really good foundation because it is non-transferable and it does last all day. I would not recommend this foundation to a person with really sensitive skin, because I do not have really sensitive skin and it leaves a few tiny red bumps on my face after I take it off. $36

True Match™ Super Blendable Makeup Golden Beige - N6.5 - Face - L'Oreal Paris

In the L'Oreal True Match Foundation, I am in the shade Golden Beige (N6.5). I love this foundation because it is so light weight. I have always been a fan of the True Match foundations because their is such a large color range for people. I do get a bit oily in my t-zone with this foundation, but once I blot and dash some powder it is good to go! $9-$13.99

HD STUDIO PHOTOGENIC FOUNDATION

In the NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation, I am the shade California Tan (HDF 08). I like this foundation because it gives a very light coverage for those days that I don't want to wear a lot of makeup. It is also a really a really affordable HD Foundation. $15

In the foundation Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h I am in the shade 430 bisque c. This is my all time favorite foundation ever. I love it because it does not oxidize heavily into the skin causing me to look darker throughout the day. It is a more matte finish foundation which helps to control my oily skin...I love it. It is a pretty expensive foundation. $45.

ColorStay Makeup With Softflex for Combination/Oily Skin
In the Revlon ColorStay Foundation, I am in the shade Rich Ginger. This foundation is the best drugstore foundation to control combination/oily skin. $10.99-13.99.

 Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

In the MAC Studio Fix Fluid, I am in the Shade NC45. This is probably the most popular higher end foundation that everyone raves about...and it definitely lives up to the hype. They have a wide range of colors for all skin tones and I love it. This is one of the more affordable high end foundations. $27.

Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup
In the Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup, I am in the shade Fresh Golden. I love this brand just because it is really good and healthy for the skin. My skin feels so clean when I wear this foundation, wear as most other foundations does not make me feel that way.


I have so many more foundations that I have and wear but these are the ones that I pull for the most (except the Estee). If you guys would like to know about the rest of the foundations that I have, because I have several, just leave a comment below and let me know. I hope that all enjoy this post. Don't forget to +1 this post and subscribe to the blog. Also, to see me, go to my instagram: instagram.com/makeupandbeautylover15.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

MAC Lipstick Giveaway Winner!!!

The Winner of the MAC Lipstick Giveaway is....

Msbrown042009

Please send me your address by Friday morning because I will be shipping your lipstick by Friday afternoon.

For those who did not win the giveaway, make sure to keep checking my my blog frequently because I will be doing another giveaway with my May favorites post. Thank all of you who entered!

Thanks loves,
Britt

Thursday, May 9, 2013

MAC LIPSTICK GIVEAWAY!!!

Hi loooooooooooves!!!

I have decided to do another Giveaway! This Giveaway will be a lot different from the last giveaway. I will be giving you the option of five things to choose from! How exciting is that! Since it's spring and summer is coming up shortly I will be doing a MAC lipstick giveaway with a few spring colors! Also, because I am just loving lipsticks, so I want to share the love!

The color choices for the giveaway are :

 Lipstick

Candy Yum-Yum

 Lipstick

Saint Germain

 Lipstick

Girl About Town

 Lipstick

Creme d' Nude

 Lipstick

Ruby Woo


GIVEAWAY RULES:

1. YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TELLING ME WHICH ONE YOU WOULD LIKE IF YOU WIN AND WHY!
2. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG
3. FOLLOW MY INSTAGRAM @MAKEUPANDBEAUTYLOVER15
4. +1 THIS POST

THIS GIVEAWAY WILL END MAY 22, 2013 @ 12AM (MIDNIGHT)

GOOD LUCK LOVES!!!

BRITT

I'm back!!!

Hi loves,

I know it has been so long since I have done a blog post. I was so busy for the past two weeks studying and getting prepared for my exams. I took my last one on Tuesday :). Thankfully, I passed all of my classes with outstanding grades. I am excited to get back in the groove of my daily blog posts! I will be posting better quality posts since I have a lot of tie on my hands now! So, to thank all of my lovely subscribers, I will be doing a MAY GIVEAWAY!!! I will be making a post with details for the giveaway immediately after I finish this post!

Thanks loves!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

CaraBox Swap :)


Hi loooooooooves!!!

So in earlier in the month I signed up to do a Carabox Swap. I signed up to do the swap because on of my dear friends named Crystal had did a blog post about it and I was like "OMG that looks like so much fun". So, I signed up! The way the swap works is you're assigned two girls...one of the girls will send you something and you will send something to the other girl...it's a bit confusing...but it works so that everyone can get something. To sign up for the May carabox swap click here.

So, for the Month of April our theme was going green. The two girls that I was assigned were Jaime and Aimee...so weird because I just realized their names rhyme and all threee of our names in in the "eeeee" sound. Anyway, I was assigned to give a box to Aimee. To see her blog and what I sent here click here.

The girl who sent to me was Jaime. To see Jaime's blog click here I really appreciate Jaime taking the time out to send me the stuff because she's now a new mommy and had her baby during the swap and he is adorable! :) She sent me:

1. Bath Bomb

I will be putting this to use tomorrow night because I have a stress filled day on Thursday because I have 2 final exams that are 3 hours each, plus I have to go to work for 4.5 hours after I finish. So, these will definitely come in handy tomorrow!

2. Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner

She knows that makeup is like my life! I have been wanting to try out making my own brush cleaner and some how she must have figured it out or took a really good guess! I love it and use it all the time to spot clean my brushes.

3. Bath Bar

I love, love, love Yardley soaps for my skin. The scent in this one smells so good, I haven't even opened the box yet, but I can smell it through and it smells amazing!

4. Burt's Bee's Blemish Stick

She was interested to see how this worked...and so was I :). Surprisingly it actually works! All you do is take the roller ball and roll it over your blemish and it feels really cool on it and it helps make them fade away! I love it and keep it in my purse at all times...and it's going in my April Favorites Post.

5. Reese's Peanut Butter Banana Bread

She gave me this recipe because I told her that I love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, they're like the best thing in the world to me. I am really excited about trying this recipe. There has been so many days since she's sent it that I have been wanting to make it, but everything I go to the grocery store I end up eating the Reese's before I get back home.

6. Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs (Not Pictured)

Well, they're not pictured because I ate them :(. I couldn't help it...they look (and tasted) so good! They weren't a part of the going green theme...but she sent them because she knew how much I love them.

I am very happy that I got a chance to meet Aimee and Jaime! They are both so sweet and I will continue to talk to them in the future.

Don't forget to signed up for next month's box swap. I hope that you all enjoyed this post! Follow my instagram: instagram.com/makeupandbeautylover15, +1 this post and subscribe. Talk to you soon loves!

Thanks, Britt



Monday, April 29, 2013

Look of the Day + Product of the Day!

Hi lovesssssssssss!!!

I decided to take a study break to put up a post for you all! I really love my look today! The last few days I have done my look of the day using drugs...so today I did higher end brands. Which is weird because I'm wearing a hoodie, leggings and rainboots today because of the rain...but, who says we can't enhance our beauty in the rain!

But...here's what I'm wearing on my face today:

  • Smashbox Foundation Primer
  • Smashbox Eyelid Primer
  • Lancome Teinte Idole Ultra 24H SPF 15 Foundation in 430 Bisque C
  • Clinique Superpowder Double Face Makeup in Matte Tawny
  • Smashbox Blush Rush in Bare
  • Benefit Eyeshadows in Peach Fuzz and Brown Buss (from the Greeting from Cabana Glama Set)
  • Benefit They're Real Mascara
  • Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner
  • Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray
  • Rimmel Kiss of Life Lipstick (Only Drugstore Product for Today)
The product that I choose as my favorite for today is...Rimmel Lipstick...because its is a Red and I normally don't do red lips...but I am loving it today. Its funny because I've had it in my collection for a few months now and I think I've worn it one time before today...but I think I'm going to start wearing it more.

To see me my look..follow me on instagram @makeupandbeautylover15

Click Here to see today's look and previous looks!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Beauty Quote of the Day!

"There is no definition of beauty, but when you can see someone's spirit coming through, something unexplainable, that's beautiful to me." -Liv Tyler

I love, love, love this beauty quote...because inner beauty is the key to outter beauty.


Follow my instagram...makeupandbeautylover15.instagram.com for daily beauty looks and getting to know me!

Thanks loves!
Britt

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Today's Beauty Look...#Natural

All this week, I have been doing a natural look with my makeup. So today, I decided to go for a very natural look. What I'm wearing today is:

  • Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Medium/Deep
  • NYX HD Powder Foundation (A little bit!)
  • NYC Eyeliner in Black (It's not a harsh black)
  • CoverGirl Professional Mascara in Brown Black
  • Brown Lipliner
  • Wet n' Wild Lipstick in Birthday Suit
  • L'Oreal Brow Powder
It may sound like kind of a lot is on my face...but it really is not. Nortmally it takes me 15-20 minutes to do my makeup but today only took about 6...so its a big difference. I tried to make this look as natural as possible and I did :). To see the picture of my look today...click here

Don't forget to follow my instagram, so I can follow you back...instagram.com/makeupandbeautylover15. I hope you all enjoy this post and share your looks for today :). Talk to you soon loves.

Thanks,
Britt

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New Blog Instagram is up and running!

Hi looooooooooves!!!

So, since I started blogging...none of you have saw what I look like...well TODAY IS THE DAY. I have created an instagram for my blog where I will do my "daily makeup looks"! Be sure to follow me and check it out to see what I am looking like today! My instagram username is makeupandbeautylover15. Make sure you follow me and I will follow you back. I love you all!

Thanks,
Britt

Tips for New Beauty Bloggers :)

I know that just starting out a blog can be a bit of a drag and developing ideas of your own can be a challenge sometimes. I've only been blogging since January, but I feel that I have progressed so much and am so much more comfortable to do posts now. The main reason I am doing this post is because I have been looking at blogs from some new bloggers and I notice that the synopsis of the blog is very similar (nearly identical) to my blog and many others. So, here is some advice that I have to offer to you.

1. BE YOURSELF.
I know that a lot of beauty bloggers posts are going to be very similar: makeup tutorials, reviews, diy, etc. But, you have to make it your own. Don't think that you have to do that just because you feel that's what everyone else is doing. Personally, I LOVE MAKEUP, however, I am not this extremely girlie girl who talks extremely popular...I don't talk ignorant either...but, I write my posts exactly the way that I talk so that I can make my readers be able to relate to me even more as if we were having an actual conversation. Make your blog your own.

2. BE ORIGINAL
Ok, this is the big one. It is okay to admire a blogger for his or her work. The title of my blog is "Makeup. Beauty. Life". There have been times where I am just reading new posts that people post and I notice it from newer bloggers and I see that it will say "Makeup. Beauty. Life. Fashion" or "Makeup. Beauty. Life. Love". Just because a few of the words are changed doesn't mean that you're "technically" not copying someone's blog and you're not being yourself. It takes bloggers a while to devise some of these things and I was one of them. I changed it like 20 times before I came up with it. 

3. ASK FELLOW BLOGGERS FOR HELP
I am honestly always open to helping new bloggers out. I really am. Whenever any of my subscribers email me with questions about their blog or starting up their blog I help them out the best that I can. I am not the only blogger who is open to helping fellow bloggers, so many are. Google+ also has a community dedicated to "helping beauty bloggers". There are so many people around to help you and give you ideas.

4. BE DIFFERENT
One of the more challenging things to blog about is beauty, because there are  SO MANY beauty bloggers out here. That was one of the first things I learn. When I first started blogging, I was making posts like everyday, but I have since learned that some of my best posts are the one's that I have not made daily. Good posts take a lot of thinking. My number one thing I do now is do product reviews on products that not everyone has tried. One product that I have not done a review on and will never is the Urban Decay Naked palletes. Everyone in the blog world and youtube have done reviews and tutorials with those. So steer away from things like that.


As always, I hope that all of you ladies enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you have any questions or comment...please comment down below or email me and let me know. Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway! Talk to you soon loves!

Thanks,
Britt

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Got2b POWDER'ful Review +Giveaway

Hey loves,

I have another post for you guys today! So, a while back I was on one of my fellow blogger's pages +Crystal A and I saw where she did a post with her being a buzz agent...soooo of course I had to and sign up because I thought it was like the coolest thing ever.

Since I am now a buzz agent, I was able to join a campaign and try out a product. My first ever product to try from buzz agent is "Got2b POWDER'ful".

 It is basically a hair powder that gives you volume. I am going to be honest, I was a bit nervous about trying this product because I am African American so I have never used a powder in my hair. I was nervous that it could make my hair itch a lot or just damage it in general. So, I did some online research and found that it wasn't as bad as I had thought. I decided to give it a try. I naturally have pretty thin hair, so I have remedies for adding volume to it. But, when I tried this product it gave instant volume. All I had to do was rub the powder in my hand and into my hair and it automatically gave me volume. I was so happy because it was really easy to do.

So that you all can try out this product I will be giving away ONE of the powders that they sent (they sent 3). They are full size products, so don't worry. The rules for this is going to be a bit strict because the other agents are watching my blog and they want to see your comments. So now for the rules.

1. You MUST be subscribed to my blog through  google+, email or bloglovin.
2. You MUST be 18 years or older or have parent's permission.
3. You MUST leave a comment on the blog (not google+) telling me why you would like the product and if I influenced you to try it.
4. You MUST +1 this post.
5. OPTIONAL: Follow my instagram-makeupandbeautylover15

**This giveaway is international and I will pay for the shipping**

I hope you all enjoy this post and enter the giveaway because it will end on MAY 10, 2013...with no extentions. Have a good evening loves!

Beauty Deal of the Day!

Hey loves!!!!!!!!!

Is it time for any of you to start replacing some of those makeup brushes? Do just want to add some more to your collection (like me)? Or are you just starting out with the makeup thing and are looking for good brushes? WELP.....

ULTA HAS A SALE GOING ON!!!!!!

Ulta is currently having a Buy 1, Get 1 50% off sale on all of their Real Techniques Cosmetics Brushes.

Real Techniques

These brushes are actually a good quality to be considered "drugstore" brushes. They are very reasonably priced. Ulta also has a coupon that you can use to apply towards it. For the coupon click here. The coupon can be applied to anything in the store that is not a high end product. Back to the brushes, it is definitely a MUST BUY. My favorite brushes that I have from their collection is the foundation brush and stippling brush...probably because those are the only two that I have from them. But, please make sure you go and pick at least 2 of the up becuase you will not regret it.

If all of my loves enjoy this post, make sure that you subscribe and +1 for more. Also, if you guys want a Mother's Day gift idea post, let me know. I'll probably be doing one anyway.

Thanks loves,
Britt

Thursday, April 18, 2013

How To: Stay Focused On Priorities During Times of Stress

Hey loves,

As we all know, stress is a very annoying thing. Everyone, from doctors to parents, has always told us that stress is this terrible thing and we should not do it because it's bad for our health. Honestly, stress is a part of human nature. I have heard some people say, I am never stressed...but, in reality, that is far from the truth. Everyone experiences some sort of stress. Right now, it is exam time and I am enrolled in 6 courses at my university, which means I have 6 exams and a load of studying to do. I AM VERY STRESSED OUT. I am doing well in my courses, but the pressure of the word "exam" just makes me really nervous, although I always do well. Stress can cause havoc on the skin and body. When I stress, I get bumps on my face, I'm tired, I get darker circles under my eyes and it's not a good thing. Being a beauty blogger, it is probably expected that I just put on makeup to cover it up and not worry about...that's not true...well in a sense it is. Ok, I like to reduce the stress to help my skin, but I still put on makeup to cover it. I believe in having beautiful skin under my makeup that way on days that I do not wear it, I do not look like "who did it and why". So yeah, I have come up with a list of things that I do to relieve some of the stress pressures that I have. This list is good for all types of stress.

                                                    

1. Listen to calm and soothing music. Ok, I personally love r&b, hip hop, and sometimes pop music. But, during stressful times I do not want to hear all of the harsh sounds of it. When I feel stressed I don't want to hear Mary J. Blige singing about "I can't be without you baby"...that's just going to stress me even more because I don't want to think about being without my boyfriend...he's already 300 miles away in AIT school for the Army. I don't want to hear Taylor Swift singing "We are never getting back together"...anyone who I have previously dated already knows that we're not getting back together and I don't want to think about them...who know that may stress me out. I'm just not going to talk about my hip hop music...ya'll ready know. It's ok to every once in a while listen to just a piano playing or a band playing a soft medley. It is very soothing to the mind and brain and it relieves a lot of stress.

2. Eat Healthy Food. Ok, personally I love to eat junk food...a lot. But, I have had to cut it out for issues that I have with my stomach. But, ever since I have stopped eating so much of it, I feel that I have reduced loads of stress. Eating a balanced diet will also help to improve the skin portion of your stress. Some people eat too little when stress and others eat too much while stressed. Try to find that middle balance. My daily eating pattern is: Breakfast, small snack, lunch, mid size snack, dinner, very small snack. Just in case you wanted an idea of a pattern and this is actually what my doctors consider to be a healthy diet for my stomach.

3. Go to a Spa/Massage Parlor. This relieves so much stress for me, because it is so relaxing and it makes me fall asleep. Enough said.

4. Do something that you like to do that does not cause stress. I personally love to play tennis, but I have knee problems so the pain sometimes causes me stress, so this is not on my stress free activities list. Something that I love to do that does not cause me stress is to read magazines. I love all magazines that contain beauty, fashion, interior design and food. It is very relaxing for me to read them, whether it be on my phone, computer or the actual magazine, I love it.

5. Go Out and Have Fun. Bowl, skate, ski, sky dive, go-kart...do whatever you have to do to have some fun. I can't say what I think is the most fun to do because I am always up for doing anything that is adventurist. I want to sky dive...but, I am scared as crap. But, I am going to do it one day anyway!

6. Take Time To Separate Yourself From Stressful Situations. Ok, don't fully quote me on that. Please don't. If you're having problems with your significant other that is causing you stress, just try to work it out..if it's workable. But, if you're stressing at work and you have some vacation time...take a few days off to clear your head because if you don't you're just going to build up a bunch of stress before you explode like a volcano lol. If you're stressing from school, plan to have a weekend where you don't have to study and take the weekend to focus on yourself and have fun and relax.**Please don't get fired from your job or get kicked out school for misinterpreting this post because I will feel very bad**

7. Buy a Stress Relief Ball. This helps for on the spot stress relief. I have a stress relief ball with me everywhere I go because sometimes when I stress I get upset and when I get upset I need to relieve my stress right then and there and this is the best way to relieve yourself from being upset.

This is very important, because stress can take a serious toll on you both physically and mentally. So, if you're experiencing some stress, try out some of these steps.

Also, if your stress has gotten tough and you begin to experience a breakout with bumps, make sure you cleanse your face with a facial cleanser (Clean & Clear Essentials), wash it with a facial soap (Clinique), and moisturize it with a face moisturizer (L'Oreal Ideal Moisturizer).

As always, I hope that all of you lovely ladies enjoy this post. I know it is long, but I wanted to write some things so that you all could get to know me a little better. I will love you all even more if you read the whole thing. Don't forget to +1 and subscribe. Talk to you soon.

Thanks loves,
Britt

Remember,
STAY FOCUSED!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Review Time!

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation


Hey loves, first I would like to apologize for not doing many posts this month. I have been super busy with school and especially now since finals start in two weeks. I will be having two posts up today. After these two posts, I will be focusing some of the "life" portion of my blog because it will be easier for me to do posts on that since I will be studying a lot and taking exams. It will also be a good way for you guys to get to know me a little better as well. So yeah, on to the review.

For this spring I have been loving NYX face products. I honestly never thought that I would try any face products from them, but I decided to venture out and find something new. Ok, I have worn this foundation everyday since last Monday and I LOVE IT so much! OMG! This stuff is amazing. The only bad thing about it is that it does not have a very good shade range. I am normally a caramel color in all of my foundations and I got this foundation in the shade California Tan 08 (which is their deepest shade), so if you're skin tone is a little deeper than that I would not suggest getting this foundation. At first, I did not think it was going to work at all but I decided give it a try and take it back if I don't like it. This is one of the best matching foundations with my skin. It barely oxidizes at all. Before, my go to drugstore foundation was the Revlon ColorStay, but it just began oxidizing so much and I just could not tolerate it anymore. This foundation retails for $15.00. It is carried at some Ulta stores and it is not sold online at the Ulta website. If you want to order it online, you have to click here and order it from NYX. Now for the pros and cons.

Pros
Lightweight
Has a pump for less mess
A little goes a long way
Blends well
Goes on Easy
Good Quality for the Money
Good for all skin types

Cons
Not a good shade range for very deep and very fair skin tones

I really hope that you all go and buy this foundation because it would make me extremely happy, just because lol. Now I have a question for all of you. I am debating on making an instagram and tumblr. I've had some people tell me a tumblr and some say instagram so that I can share pics of me, hauls and other fun things that I do with you all. So, please take the poll on the right and let me know which one you would feel more comfortable looking at.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Makeup Essentials College Students Should Have Everyday On The Go!

Hey loves!

As you all know I am currently in my sophomore year of college! So, having many things on the go is very important because I have to do a lot of walking and it is getting extremely hot where I live, so I have made a post to help out other college students (or anyone else who is on the go a lot) with figuring out what to have in their to go makeup bag for the spring.

1. Nail Polish. I definitely learned my lesson about not having any nail polish with me on the go during the spring and summer, during my freshman year of school. So, I was walking around campus looking cute with my friends and my flip flops on. Out of no where, I tripped on a crap in the ground, I did not fall or hurt myself, but my nail polish was very chipped and it was very noticeable lol. So, since it is hot again, that is the first thing I have put in my makeup bag. The nail polish brands that I like to use are Ulta, OPI and SinfulColors.

2. Lip Balm. Just as it is important not to have chapped lips in the fall and winter, it is equally important not to have them in the fall and spring. It's one thing for me to see someone with chapped lips in the winter, but if I see it in the spring it's just like WHYYYYY! Lol. There is one girl who works with me and every time we work together she always complains that her lips are hurting and chapped. I always ask her why don't you carry chapstick or lip balm with you and she just says "I don't know". My lips are rarely chapped, but I would rather have lip balm to moisturize them, than to walk around with my lips hurting.

3. Matte Powder. The reason I put the NYX powder in the picture is because I recently purchased this stuff. Let me tell you guys, this powder really works! I get oily and sweaty in 80 degree weather like we have been having, but I did not get oily or sweaty in the 11 hours that I had it on for! I put this on at 7 am and took it off at 8 pm. I used it with the NYX HD Photogenic Liquid Foundation. I have a detailed review on it. It stayed fresh the entire time and I didn't have to reapply it a single time. I put it in my bag just in case I will one day. So you should definitely check that out!

4. Oil-Absorbing Sheets. These are very important for everyone who has oily skin! I can't stress this enough. Depending on where you go, you can get them for really cheep. I normally get them from walmart for $3, but I have friends who say that they have found some for $1, so it all depends on where you shop. My nose is the oiliest part of my face so I am blotting even when I am not getting to oily just to shop it. I blot whether I have on face makeup or not. It's just really important.

5. Pocket Tissue. This is really important for everyone who has allergies. I personally have allergies year round, but they are much worse in the spring. If I don't take my medicine, my face gets really swollen and puffy and it does not look good, so I really have to be careful. But, the tissues are for runny eyes, sneezing, and can be to fix imperfections that happen with your makeup throughout the day.

6. Lip Gloss. I don't think that I really have to describe this one but every girl knows that we need our gloss. I am really feeling the Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume for the Spring. It retails for $19. It reminds me of the summer time when I go to Cold Stone, Ben & Jerry's, or Carvel because it smells like an ice cream shop. I love the smell.

7. Mascara. This is needed just in case you cry or your eyes get really watery. It's also just in case you forget to put it on in the morning. You guys already know why I love the Benefit They're Real. For the link to that post click here. I also found a dupe for it and am doing a giveaway for the dupe, so click here for that.

8. Eyeliner. I have a very bad habit of rubbing my eyes, especially in the spring with them being itchy, so this is a must for touch ups. Right now, I am loving all of the eyeliners from smashbox and L'Oreal. I generally do not have a preference for eyeliner...yet :)

9. Body Lotion. I don't know about all of you but, in the summer, I only wear shorts, dresses, skirts, etc. My legs are going to be out 90% of the time. So, lotion is important. As I told all of you in my morning routine post, I am running late almost every morning. So, I tend to forget a lot of stuff. Putting on lotion is one of them. Having a body lotion is handy because once I make it to class, work, church, wherever I am going, I will just throw it on really fast.

So, I hope that you ladies enjoy this post and leave a comment below telling me what are somethings that you need to have in your "To Go Makeup Bag" everyday or you can just tell me a product that you must have with you and why. I would love to hear it all. Well, I hope that you all will spread this post around to your friends and family members. Talk to you soon (tomorrow)!

Thanks loves,
Britt