Sunday, March 6, 2016

27 things I’m looking forward to for my 27th year



I miss you guys! I'm so sorry that I've been away for so long. No excuses, really. But If I had to give one really good excuse, I've been growing my beauty expertise over at Lovebrownsugar.com for a couple months now, and I'm really enjoying it. So, if I ever get too quiet over here, just click here to see what I've been up to on the beauty front.

I'm a few days late, but better late then never. I was reflecting today and came across my 26th birthday post from last year. I really love that post because as I said then, it's a great way to write down some goals to see if I'll be able to accomplish them in the next year or so. 26 was an amazing year but I know 27 will be even better. I'm looking forward to more growth, love, peace and balance in my life.

Here are 27 things I'm looking forward to for my 27th year.

1.  Actually, finally making it to Italy this fall
2.  Investing in stocks
3.  Becoming Marketing Director
4.  Doing more public speaking engagements
5.  Making $$ from a brunch series
6.  Building my brand
7.  Updating my youtube
8.  Perfecting final cut pro
9.  Doing more style shoots
10. Learning a new language
12. Being more spontaneous
13. Taking more Road trips
14. Not being scared to drive in NYC
15. Planning a couples vacation
16. Having the best summer ever
17. Swimming in the ocean
18. Getting a dog
19. Growing spiritually
20. Working with restaurants I admire
21. Taking cooking classes
22. Shadowing a vintner
23. Meeting more influential women
24. Living in the moment
25. Being present
26. Loving unconditionally
27. Moving past my fears and doubts

Looking forward to an incredible year! 



Saturday, December 12, 2015

eLo Lip Care Shop & Sip



Last Thursday my good friend Jamila & I threw an event called Champagne & Lipgloss to introduce some of our girlfriends to eLo Lip Care. 

Timothy George is founder and creator of eLo and created it only 18 months ago! This vegan friendly, all natural organic line of lip care was created out of his pure addiction to lip balm. Timothy writes on his site that "I was once ‘addicted’ to lip balm.  I went through about 4-6 lip balms a month.  I never thought that the reason I was always searching for a new lip balm was because my current ones were purposely drying out my lips.  I wanted something that moisturized for more than a few minutes and was also pleasing to the eye.  I needed something that didn’t make me feel like an afterthought.  After weeks of searching, I realized it didn’t exist.  At that moment eLo was conceptualized. "

The event was for a select few ladies who were invited to come to Jamila's apartment to privately shop Timothy's latest collection. We had delicious bites prepared by myself and flutes of champagne, because why not :-) The ladies got the opportunity to interact with Timothy and the product on a very personal, exclusive level. 

Timothy's formula in his balms is super rich and creamy and filled with 6 ingredients or less. I fell in love with all the balms I tried and walked away with one of my favorite balms called Audrina. 

If you're looking to gift someone special this holiday season there is no better gift than a hand crafted, vegan lip balm that is sure to satisfy the best lip care possible. You'll also be doing your part in supporting a small, black owned busniess.

Click here to shop eLo.



Founder, Timothy George











Hostess with the mostest, Jamila & I

Kisses for the founder of eLo, Timothy George



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Why you need an electronic wine opener


An electronic wine opener might sound like something you don't need to invest in because most manual wine openers work ok, right? Well, that's where you're wrong! I was recently introduced to an electrical wine opener and it changed the way I look at manual openers.

You know the routine with traditional wine openers-- First, you puncture the foil wrapper, which we all know is never quite a clean break. Then you proceed to opening the bottle, which usually isn't terrible if you're working with a strong cork. But sometimes when a cork is aged it can crumble as you take it out of the bottle. I hate that! I know you do too.

Ozeri Prestige electronic wine opener ($19) was able to make me look like a wine pro as soon as I opened the box.

It came equipped with the electronic wine opener, a charger for it, plus a wine foil cutter and an aerating pourer. This wine opener was easy assembly, because it required none! How clutch is that?

Open the box and open your first bottle of wine, electronically, it was as simple as that. The up and down buttons on the opener allowed for easy use and functionality. I loved how smooth the electronic opener slid over multiple wine bottles. The opener is strong enough to withstand being used up to 80 times before being recharged!








Are you now a believer? Let me know your thoughts on electronic wine openers below!

Thank you to Ozeri for providing me with the products for review!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Best Drugstore Dupes for High-End Beauty Products


Everything in your makeup arsenal doesn't have to be expensive and branded. There's a good mix between the pricy items and the every day drug store favorites.

I've compiled a list of my favorite high-low make up essentials and how to you can easily sub out your favorite branded item for a drug store replacement half the price. 

For all my girls out there who love Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Walnut but don't want to continuously dish out the $44 to replace it every couple months, I suggest alternating between that and  Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in Coconut. Even though one is a tinted moisturizer and the other is a foundation, the difference is minimal. The Maybelline foundation has a very light and airy matte look, which is a easy dupe for the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. 

If you love brow tinting and filling in those spars hairs on a daily, then I'm sure you've heard of Mac Dipdown fluid line for brow tinting. Apply this with a brush for flawless application. However, at $16.50 you might not want to replace this as often as some of your other essential products. For a quick fix, try one of my favorite brow pencils, ever! I introduce to you, Maybelline Define A Brow Pencil at just $6.99 this little baby is perfect to shape your signature brows. I love the size of the pencil and the light brown color is great for natural looking brows.

So, I've heard that the beauty blender sponge has quickly become the fan favorite for airbrush like application. I just can't bring myself to spending $20 on a sponge. If you're looking for a cheaper replacement with the same quality, try the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I love this sponge and it gives a flawless finish to foundation and concealer. 

Up next is my last dupe for you! Who doesn't love a beautiful, highly pigmented lipstick? These Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Glosses have been getting all the buzz lately. But who wants to spend $16 on one color? Not me! I recently checked out the LA Girl Matte Pigment Lip Gloss and even though I haven't quite nailed the application as yet, I would much rather spend $6 and try a few colors to get the look I love! These lip glosses are long lasting and the colors are super trendy. I tried Fluer & Dreamy first. They aren't the best with my skin tone, but the product itself is great! Check out the line as they have around 16 colors for you to choose from.

That's it beauties, I hope you enjoyed my tips on some easy drug store dupes for your favorite designer brands.

Until next time! 

Monday, November 2, 2015

5 Ways to Have the Best November Ever



Can you believe that we're just two months shy of the New Year? Don't wait until January 1st to make resolutions. Start today, and have the best November ever!

It takes simple small, steps throughout a new month to feel like you're accomplishing goals and being productive with your time. Your monthly goals don't need to be huge, it could be as simple as saying one thing you're thankful for each day.

I came up with 5 things below that you can do this month to have one of your best months ever!

1. Work Out
This one might be a no brainer, but honestly, if you put in the effort to actively work out 3 times a week you're guaranteed to release some great endorphins that will automatically make you feel better. I'm the worst when it comes to working out and keeping my training goals. However, for some reason, I usually get better with working out in the colder months. My goal for this month is to work out at least three times a week, whether that's in the morning or after work. I want to get active and look good while doing it!

2. Start a challenge
Not just a squat challenge, but this can be any challenge. If you want it to be fitness related it can be but it doesn't have to be. Take on a challenge such as reading more, cooking more, going to church more, working on your dreams more, anything! Just pick something, start it and most importantly finish it!

3. Set a personal goal
I love setting small personal goals because I feel encouraged whenever I complete one. My personal goal for November is starting each day with tons of gratitude. I want to start each morning with praise in my heart and in my voice. Every. Single. Day. Hopefully, this is something that will carry on way past November :)

4. Plan ahead for the holidays
Book that ticket home, now! Start saving for those gifts, now! Start planning that holiday party, now! Don't wait until December to get a start on your holiday planning, there is no better time than the present moment to start preparing for the busiest time of year. You'll be thankful that you took the time to plan ahead later.

5. Do something you've never done
I love this one! Too often we become so complacent with where we are in life and what we've done. I want to do something this month that I've never done. Now, it doesn't have to be something as extravagant as most of you are thinking. You can do something small like start a book club, sing in front of an audience, get a personal trainer, write a book, host a class, cook for your family...anything!  Just push yourself past your fears and try something new.

Hope you guys enjoyed this list! Here's to an unforgettable November.

What would you like to accomplish this month? Share with me below.

xo

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