Pink Wednesdays: For Bubblegum Pink Lovers!

So I thought I was going to take a break from purchasing pink polishes.  That ship sailed when I shopped around the elf website a few weeks back.  Though I'm still shopping my stash, I planned on grabbing elf's new HD blushes a while ago.  And since I had a half off studio coupon, I decided I could stand to add a new polish or two to the mix.  One of the polishes I purchased was Bubblegum Pink.  The color looked so beautifully vibrant in the bottle, I quickly moved on from my obsession with Sinful Colors polish in Soul Mate and decided to give Bubblegum Pink some play.

While I really love this color, I felt like it was missing something.  I haven't had any sparkles in my manicure for a few weeks now, so I decided to use my O.P.I. Servin' Up Sparkle from the Serena Williams Glam Slam Collection for an accent nail.

What color is your manicure this week? Does it sparkle?

Style It Like a Bad Girl

While I realize that there are so many beautiful colors to adorn our bodacious bodies into this fall, I always have black jeans and things to fall back on (pun intended).  Perhaps, maybe I wear black a bit too much. *Sigh*  But all in all, black is slimming, can be dressed in many ways (classic, chic, edgy, etc.) and never goes out of style.  This look styles black in true bad girl form, complete with the spikes, zippers, and studs.  And of course in diva fashion, I had to add a daring shade of lipstick along with a kit to make the perfect smoky eye.

Style It Like a Bad Girl

How much black do you have in your wardrobe?  
What is your "go-to" styling color?

My Starting Five Lipsticks for Fall

Some of the most inspiring makeup looks I've seen for the fall season have incorporated beautiful plum-stained lips.  Being a fan of deep, statement making lip colors, I decided to trade in my summer lipsticks for some fall-favoring purples as well.  In this post, I will be sharing with you five lipsticks that I believe will translate nicely into fall.  These choices I consider to be my "starting five" as I will be grabbing for them the most this season.  They are all different brands with different finishes and price points.  Below, all of the lipsticks are pictured with flash.  The descriptions following are ordered from left to right.

1. Wet n Wild Megalast Lipcolor in Sugar Plum Fairy: You may remember this lipstick being featured on the blog this week here. This plum lipstick is the only one in the bunch with a matte finish.  It is very-long lasting & a definite must for those grown & sophisticated makeup looks you're going to wear this fall.  Sugar Plum Fairy retails for 2.99 at stores such as K-Mart, Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens. 
2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Violet Frenzy:  This lipstick is a deep violet with hints of shimmer in it.  It has a pearl finish and goes on a bit sheer compared to the other lipsticks.  Violet Frenzy's even, sheer application make it the easiest shade to wear in the daytime.  It retails for $7.99 in various drugstores.
3. CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Embrace: In the tubing, Embrace looks strikingly similar to Revlon's Violet Frenzy.  Embrace, however is much more pigmented. It retails for $6.99 and can be purchased at various drugstores as well.
*An added bonus to this lipstick is CoverGirl states that lips become noticeably smoother with 7 days of continuous use.  I haven't used any lipstick ever for 7 days straight, so I haven't tested this theory yet.  Have any of you?  If so, what were your results?
4. MAC Pro Longwear LipCreme in Seasoned Plum:  This lipstick is a favorite in my collection. Seasoned Plum has a lavender tint to it similar to that of MAC's Up the Amp, without the glossy application. While Seasoned Plum goes on creamy, it stays in place with a "settling" effect.  It doesn't transfer and is pretty long-lasting.  Seasoned Plum is a limited edition lipcreme from the Daphne Guiness Collection and has been discontinued.  MAC Pro Longwear LipCremes retail at $18.00 on the MAC website. 
* For a similar plum lipcreme, check out MAC's Goes and Goes
5: Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in Pearly Violet (#15):  This lipstick is a vibrant shade of purple with a beautiful pearl finish.  I shared about this lipstick before here.  It retails for $19.00 and can be purchased at Sephora or the Make Up Forever Website.

Stay tuned for makeup looks featuring these lipsticks!  

What lipsticks will you be wearing this season?

Pink Wednesday: Sinful Colors in Soul Mate

Imagine finding a soul mate in the drugstore beauty aisle!  That happened to me recently! Well, sort of.  Let me tell you ladies all about it:

I've been looking for a pink polish to wear during the fall season.  While fall may bring the opportunity for us to wear new, bold colors in our manicures, I still love having a shade of pink to fall back on.  I just love pink nail polish like that!  Anyways, while perusing the aisles at my local CVS, I glance over at the Sinful Colors display.  As you may know from earlier Pink Wednesday posts, I love Sinful Colors nail polish.  They have such a variety of colors, the applications are long-lasting, and the prices are very affordable.  That's when I found the polish of my most recent beauty dreams.  Soul Mate, from the Pretty-in-Pink Collection, instantly caught my eye.  Looking at the bottle, Soul Mate appeared to be a shade that could easily pass as every day nail wear.    So I rushed to the counter with that baby, checked out, and brought it on home with me!

As I applied this polish, I notice Soul Mate to be a muted pink shade.  It even appears to be a bit mauve in low light.  I gave my nails two quick coats of polish and was impressed with the results.  The color isn't loud, so it doesn't pose as an image-related distraction for my professional divas.  But it still gives off that soft, feminine vibe I like in a pink manicure.  Check it out with and without the flash below:

What do you ladies think of this shade?  Would you wear it?

What color is your manicure this week?

Tuesday's Tunes: Volume 3

Yes, ladies and gentlemen.  It looks like it's about that time again!  I hope everyone is having a Happy Tuesday thus far, and is ready to ride the wave of today's playlist.  Will it be something old, something new, something to bring back a happy memory?  Maybe so.  Let's check out the vids and see what we have here:

Here I Am by Rick Ross- I love starting my playlist with an upbeat song. "Here I Am" is one of those upbeat songs that remind me of 4 sun-streaked summers ago.  I would dance in the mirror nearly every morning as my being absorbed Avery Storm's sharp, mesmerizing vocals in the chorus. "Every superwoman needs a superman," he said and I agreed.  Sure, Rick Ross and Nelly deliver verses about being all of that for one  special lady.  But it was the way Avery Storm sang the notion in the chorus that makes this song everything for me.   

Doo Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill- Ask me any day about my top 5 albums and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill will come up every time.  On this album, Lauryn was truly speaking that real, so it was no surprise that "Doo Wop" would appeal so greatly as a single.  Listening to this song makes me feel like Miss Lauryn took her time to school me on my wrongdoings. With music she offered a life lesson about where we women were going wrong with our images, our displays of self-worth,  and our materialistic ways.   And not only was she suggesting that we as women get it together, she read the men as well.  This single, along with the entire album, gave us a dose of medicine and a reality check we so desperately needed.  Perhaps, this reality check is even more necessary nowadays.

Sitting Up in My Room by Brandy- Who does not remember hearing this song on the Waiting to Exhale Original Soundtrack while snapping their fingers and singing along?  I'm just saying, that's what a Brandy single will make you do!  Brandy's sugary sweet adolescent vocals on this track takes me back to the innocence of my youth. It stirs memories, thinking of childhood crushes and how I used to sit up in my own room and wait for that cutie from 4th period to give me a call. Don't act like this wasn't you as well!  You remember when you couldn't enjoy anything else because all you could think of was dude, right? Like Brandy, I was a "mess with a thang for YOU."  Those were the days, indeed.

It's a Shame (My Sister) by Monie Love- Tesha M, if you are reading this, I want to thank you for putting me on to so much good music in my early years! I listen to this song and reminisce on a time when I had the coolest chick ever as a babysitter and she let me watch music videos against my mother's wishes (sorry mama).  One morning while watching along with Tesha, I remember Monie Love speaking the realness about how we as women should govern ourselves in affairs of the heart. Monie suggested that we take care of our own emotional needs following a breakup and never let a man see us sweat over them. "Get it out your system, don't be another victim," she advised. Rappers such as Monie Love gave women a voice in a male-dominated arena such as rap, and I admired that.  And you know what I'm gonna ask next, right.  Where is Monie Love these days?

Love is Stronger Than Pride by Sade- Listening to Sade in the early morning feels like lounging at the beach on a cool summer night as the waves of sparkling waters rush the shore.  It's refreshingly beautiful and serene, and nearly indescribable.  Her voice is one of a kind: soulful, raw, and deeply emotional.  Sade sings soul-stirring testimonies of love that others are rarely able to articulate.  "Love is Stronger Than Pride," my favorite Sade song, tells a page of my story that I wasn't able to articulate before.  It also reveals a page of the next woman's story.  "I can't hate you, though I have tried," is something we've all felt before. That moment when you realize you can't just wash your hands of someone you love so much can be overwhelming. In Sade's case, it translates into beautiful music.  Have you ever felt this way?

Are you a fan of these tunes?
What are you listening to today?

Monday Matte Mouth in Sugar Plum Fairy

sugar plum fairy

Hey ladies!  I hope your week is off to a beautiful start!  As for mine, so far so good.  I've been pulling out my dark lippies to prepare for the quickly approaching fall season.  After applying Wet N Wild MegaLast Lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy this morning, I realized it's the perfect matte plum to get a lady geared up!  

To give this lipstick the spotlight, I chose the minimal makeup approach today.  The only other prominent color I added to this look was my beloved Milani Baked Blush in Fantastico Mauve.  

sugar plum fairy lipstick

Though the Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick is a matte formula, it isn't drying at all.  In fact, it doesn't look totally matte in the photos, either.  The Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick is among my favorite lippies, as you may have seen in my previous "DUPED" post.  They are very affordable, at $2.99 each, can be found at many drugstores, and have great lasting power.  So if you're looking for the perfect fall lipstick with a low price point,  Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy is the perfect lipstick for you!


KimberlyLuxe Presents: The Three Month Life Reset

September has always been a monumental month for me. Not on some emo type of stuff, but like literally. I was born eons ago, on this very month and as cheesy as it sounds, every September has been the same. I spend the beginning of it writing down my goals for the rest of the year and then I live out each day with very specific motives-- to accomplish those goals. Instead of starting the New Year off with resolutions, I try to go into the New Year already as my better self, that way my first step is with my strongest glide. With the holidays quickly approaching, I find that it's important that I prepare myself mentally and spiritually for everything that is about to happen. Sometimes when you don't prepare yourself for what is to come, you miss out on cherishing the moments you think you never have. I call this time of reflection and renewal my 3 Month Reset, and I give myself twelve weeks to reintroduce myself to who I am. I've gotten quite a few questions about this process throughout the years -- by those who see my journal and are fascinated by it's diligent display of thoughts, so I decided to break it all down for those of you wanting to dedicate three months to resetting your life and to finding inner peace. The first step is to purchase a journal of your choice (I prefer this notebook) & to grab a pen and some highlighters that you love so that you can have all of the tools necessary to creating your roadmap. With four days left in the week, you have plenty of time to purchase your tools for a fresh start on Sunday. After these 12 weeks, you'll be amazed at how much you'll learn about yourself! And when things get tough you'll find that you'll have something to reflect on, on the inside. I hope that this is helpful to some, and that it is considered by many. Each number listed below represents a week. Spend one week working on each assignment and be thorough and have fun with it! But if you agree to take on this project, it is very important that you be open and honest with the most important person, and that is, yourself!
Map out ALL of the goals that you'd like to accomplish before the year ends. This includes health goals, mental goals, financial goals, educational goals, personal goals, spiritual goals, short term, long term, small goals, big goals --- as long as it is a goal for the remainder of the year, jot it down. This will help guide you to where you need to go for the next twelve weeks and the more things you write down the more likely you will revisit your book. But keep it as simple as you can because goals that are too wordy, ironically get neglected and overlooked.
2 UNPLUG FROM SOCIAL NETWORKS & SUBTRACT ALL THINGS THAT AREN'T ADDING VALUE TO YOUR LIFE: That's right, spend at least one month, unplugged from social media. You don't have to neglect it all, but it is important that you be able to consume yourself with you. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the lives of others that we forget about our own. Ask yourself, "When I die -- will I remember more about them or more about me?", "Will I have spent as much time with myself as I did on their Instagram and Facebook page?". These questions are critical for growth and inner peace. (I typically only keep my Instagram, but deactivate my Facebook & Twitter accounts). Once all most of your social networks are deactivated, dedicate 3 sheets of paper to write down a list of people and things that you want to let go of. Write down why you're letting go and end each statement with "but, I forgive you". This is important so that you can weigh and examine the importance of many things in your life. Perhaps you'll limit your time on the page of others, perhaps you'll only give yourself a one day pass a week to go to your ex's Facebook page. If there are false idols that you subconsciously worship, jot it down and vow to let them go. Give yourself (and God) back your life.
3 CREATE YOUR PERFECT HIM: In week three, the fun begins. The next few pages of your journal will be dedicated to creating your perfect him, but as opposed to focusing on the physical attributes you desire in a man, it's important that you start off this section by answering the following questions: "What would I want 'him' to love about me?", "What would I want 'him' to love about life?", "What would I want 'him' to love more than me?", and then you can move on to the attributes that you're truly looking for in a man. Yes, you may now discuss the physical but it is important that you really consider the importance of it. Once you're done with all of this, number each thing by most important (1) to least important (100) thing to you when it comes to your perfectly imperfect man -- in pencil of course. Then use another blank sheet (fourth page of week three) to set your personal standards. Make a list of personal vows and standards to yourself, and then say I do. You can't expect to say I do to him, without saying I do, to you first. Perhaps you'll vow not to have sex on the first date. Perhaps you'll vow to be a friend before trying to be a girlfriend. Perhaps you'll vow not to beg a man for love. Perhaps you'll vow not to look for love, but to let love find you. Write your personal vow to self, and then seal it with a kiss. Yes, put on your favorite lipstick and kiss the page. Fact of the day: The kiss dates back to the earliest days of civilization in Ancient Rome and in the Middle East. A kiss was used as the formal seal to agreements, contracts, etc. Hence, the obvious use of the custom at the end of the wedding ceremony- to "seal" the marriage vows.

4 BECOME YOUR OWN OBSESSION: For the final week of the FOCUS segment you are to use up 10 pages, yes 10 whole pages, to write down and jot down things that you love and things about yourself. What are your favorite colors? What do you love the most about yourself? What are your favorite foods? What's something spontaneous that you'd love to do? What's your dream date? What are your petpeevees? What was your most embarrassing moment? 10 pages (or 5 pages back and front) must be filled with the answers of your mind, body, heart and soul! Have fun and get to writing! Here are one, two, three, four, five websites that are full of fun and mind boggling questions for you to answer. Consider this a personal interview and the start of your journey to self understanding and love.
5 & 6 START TAKING THE INITIATIVE TO TACKLE YOUR GOAL SHEET & SPRING CLEAN ALONG THE WAY: That's right! Start tackling things on your goal sheet, make the necessary adjustments, and spend each night figuring out how you can become better the following day. An empty mind is the devil's playground, always have something worthwhile to do. Trash old papers, give away old clothes, and dust neglected corners. Sometimes when there is so much going on around us, we lose focus because we're trying to get it all sorted. Sort your surrounding environment so there is room left for you to sort through your mind!
7 MANTRA & AFFIRMATION: Write down your personal mantra. What's the one statement that is basically your motto for every day life? Write down your affirmations. What are positive statements that you believe in and that you promise to live by. Dedicate two pages to listing these things and to explaining why these are the personal statements you agree to live by. Unlike week three where you made vows to how you will handle relationships, you'll use week seven to creating personal statements that you'll say throughout the day. Here are a list of daily affirmations that'll help you based on the situations that you are in and want to be in and here is a website that will help you understand and come up with your own personal mantra. Be sure to recite a few of your chosen mantras and affirmations throughout the day. Use as many pages necessary to make a list of some that work for you -- but leave two pages blank in the event that you need to add more.
8 HOLIDAY PLAN: Start making a list of the people that you plan on giving gifts to. Below each, jot down a few gift ideas along with a budget for each person. Be diligent and thoughtful, listen to the small things that your loved ones say that they need to work on or that they need and tailor your gift choices based on those comments and statements that are made. A thoughtful gift doesn't have to be an expensive gift. Also start figuring out where and how you're going to spend your holidays and what you'd like to get out of them. Perhaps you want to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving morning, a tradition my family has shared for the past three years. Or perhaps you want to visit family members you haven't seen since you were a child. Make this holiday season mean more than just tangible gifts and make it a priority to share the gift of love.
9 GOAL FOCUS: It's important that throughout this process we don't lose site of the goals that we are working hard towards. Week nine will be dedicated strictly to accomplishing at least two of the goals on our sheet.
10 RELEASE: Remember that list from week two? It's now time to give it one more read, rip it out, and to let it go (in the ocean if you're dramatic). This is your day to let go of all of the hostility, anger, and frustration you may have been holding in and for you to let your inner self know that you no longer want it to suffer. But don't only forgive those who have hurt you, ask for forgiveness for yourself and forgive yourself. After letting go, use a fresh page to list a few tips that'll help you when negative thoughts try to reconsume you. Although it is important to let go, it is more important not to relapse. The catch? You can only use one page, the front of one page. You no longer will contribute an abundance of anything to present past people or feelings.
11 SEND YOURSELF FLOWERS FOR A RANDOM DATE NEXT YEAR & ATTACH A NOTE: That's right! Save up some money and send yourself flowers for a random date next year. Attached have a note that means something to you -- whether that be one of the mantras or affirmations you found most helpful during your life reset or whether that be something encouraging to tell yourself in the event that you are sad or doubtful, make a statement that matters, to you. You now know yourself enough to know what that is. But don't schedule that delivery for early 2013, schedule it for this time next year.
12 CELEBRATE: Remember that list of things you love? Now it's time to indulge. Treat yourself to a few things on that list and celebrate your new life! Perhaps you'll go bungie jumping like you've always wanted to or perhaps you'll throw a cooking party at your condo like you've always planned! No it's not your birthday, but it is a time celebrate YOU. No one can appreciate you like you can, so show yourself a little love. Also, take a vacation and live vicariously through the life of another. Buy a novel about a girl like you -- and finish the year off spending some downtime reading. Books can take you places you may never go and characters can open your eyes to a life you never had. With all of this time spent on yourself, it's now time to spend a little time next to the life of another. A humbling experience that will show you that people aren't always what they seem to be on the outside and that life is full of problems but the purpose of the story is always to push through it and to live happily ever after. A lesson necessary for changing your mindset when you get back to seeing others you may be envious of from time to time. You are the author of your life story and although you had little to no control over the narration of the beginning of it, you now have full control of the way the story goes.

Firmoo Glasses: Review + Offer

Though I am a stickler for quality items, I'm always looking for an affordable way to obtain them.  Quality eyewear  is no exception to the rules.  That is why I was elated when I was contacted by Firmoo Global Online Optical Store to try their quality, fashionable glasses free of charge.  

Collaborating with Firmoo for this review allowed me the opportunity to pick out any pair of glasses or sunglasses I wanted.  And when I visited the site, I was impressed to see that there were over 300 options to choose from!  I chose these cute rectangular full frame glasses with music symbols adorning the temples.

firmoo free glasses

The first thing I noticed about the glasses were how fashionable they were. The design looked even better in person.  And not only were they fashionable, they were of good quality.  The memory plastic frames were very sturdy, without feeling heavy.  They were an ideal fit for my face.

firmoo glasses

After trying these glasses for myself, I understand why Firmoo is known to be the most popular online eyeglasses store in the world.  Not only are the quality of these glasses superb, they are extremely affordable.  In fact, the frames I received are priced at $17.50.  That makes these pair the most inexpensive eyeglasses I have ever owned!  They are the most fashionable and comfortable pair I've owned as well.

Yes, my earrings and glasses match by the way :)

firmoo glasses

And what would be the fun in sharing a review without sharing the experience?  Right now, Firmoo is offering Free Eyewear to first-time buyers.  All you have to do is pay for shipping.  To get a pair of your own, be sure to click HERE.  I hope all of you who need glasses are able to take part in this program!

So what do you think of my new specs?

Disclaimer:  I received the Firmoo glasses courtesy of Firmoo for review/testing purposes.  The thoughts I share about this product, however, are my own.  

Lollipop Metallic Eyeshadow FOTD

la colors eyeshadow lollipop

Hello my fellow beauty lovers!  I have a serious question for you today. How often do you find yourself collecting beauty products, purchasing more before you can use the ones you have? When I started organizing my spaces this summer, I realized that I was a makeup hoarder.  It's not extreme, but I did notice that I have several eyeshadow palettes that are similar.  So in an attempt to control my "makeup collecting" I have been shopping my stash and using some of the products I rarely use.  

Once upon a time, I had an obsession with collecting eyeshadow palettes.  And one of my favorites to collect were the L.A. Colors 5 Color Metallic Eyeshadow palettes.  They were a steal at $1.50 each, and they had so many colors to choose from.  I ended up scoring several of these palettes and now I rarely use them.  So today, I decided to pull out the "Lollipop" palette and work it out. Check out the eyes, guys:

la colors metallic eyeshadow lollipop

Here is the entire list of products I used for my face of the day:

e.l.f. Mineral Infused Prmer
Avon Healthy Makeup Concealer
Avon Pefect Wear Foundation in Beautiful Bronze
(Flush of Blush) La Femme Blush in Purple Passion

Ruby Kisses Eyeshadow Primer
L A Colors 5 Color Metallic Eyeshadow Palette in Lollipop
Avon Super Extend Liquid Eyeliner in Black
e.l.f. Studio Mascara Primer
Avon Super Extend Mascara in Black 

MAC Lipglass in Culture Clash

Since I wanted the eyeshadow to stand out and be the main attraction, I decided to pair this palette with a neutral, shimmery lipgloss like MAC Lipglass in Culture Clash.  It is also another product that I was in love with when I first got it, but sort of got moved to the back burner.  It's amazing what treasures you'll find shopping your stash!

la colors eyeshadow mac lipglass

Have you tried any of the L.A. Colors Metallic Eyeshadow palettes?

What Ever Happened To.. Total?

My fondest memories exist in the back of my mind, complete with blistering bright visuals and smooth soundtracks of music with the likes of Total and other girl groups of the 90s.  One particular memory comes to mind, involving an old friend of mine and I, enjoying a cool autumn night on the town.  We began our night's journey as he popped Kima, Keisha, and Pam (adorned with his initials scribbled with slick black sharpie marks) into the truck's disc changer.  Little did I know, listening to the Kima, Keisha, and Pam album today would allow me to look back at that cool autumn night in retrospect, smiling.  Listening to this album also sent me into a wondering state of mind asking myself, "What ever happened to Total?"

Like many other young women my age, my membership to the Bad Boy trio's fan club began after their first single dropped back in '95.  It was titled "Can't You See" featuring Notorious BIG.  I grew in awe as I watched Vita's sister Kima Raynor, beside members Pamela Long and Keisha Spivey rock it out in the video.  It wasn't long before I was begging my mama to buy me Right On! magazines in the checkout line at Walmart so I could hang their posters on my wall.  I loved their sound, I loved their style, and the love grew over the years.  But hen one day, it all stopped.  I heard no more Total on the radio.  I heard nothing more of the group.  Other than news of Keisha Spivey and Omar Epps getting married in 2006, I've still heard nothing.  Where are these ladies?

In the meantime, let's take a listen at some of my favorite songs by these ladies here:

Does anybody know where Total is?
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