Spent Saturday at the bridal shower of my beautiful childhood friend @sincerelymissb with my bffl @ayoadeeyo and @danadaneslim. Love you ladies! Don’t mind me, I looked a mess but my girls were beautiful! #bridalshower #ladiesnight #latelunch #funnight #igotmylifesaturday (in my best Ashley voice) lol (insider)
Rumor or Reality: Could it be the man known as Andre 3000 is returning with a second solo album next year??? No one is reporting the claim true but I’ve been playing The Love Below for a decade now so I am excited about the potential of new music from him…it’s overdue! #andre3000 #threestacks #icecold #newmusic hopeful
Guess whose anniversary was today? Happy Anniversary mom and dad! I love and appreciate them more than they know. Truly grateful for great parents. They are a great example of being happily married. Not perfect but perfect for each other.#blessed #grateful…today also marks 3 months for me and mine. #blacklove #eventhoughhegetsonmynerves #notallthetime #justmostofthetime #justkidding #noimnot lol
My notes from the latest book I’m reading. Life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change. My biggest fear is that I’ll be here next year. My parents worked too hard to arm me with financial education to stay stagnant in my choices. When you know better you do better. Y’all can continue to keep up with the Jonse’s because the Jonse’s are keeping you broke. #movingforward #iwantbetter #cantbeherenextyear #goaldigger #educationiskey #iwanttopassonwealthtomyoffspring #aswellasgoodspendingandsaving
Just recapping some notes from the latest book I’m reading. Life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change. My biggest fear is that I’ll be here next year. The first step to improvment is education. Y’all can continue to keep up with tge Jonses because they’re keeping you broke. #movingforward #educatingmyself #myparentstaughtmewell #buttheresalwaysroomtolearnmore #iwanttopassonwealthtomyoffspring #aswellasgoodspendingandsaving
Jerk chicken, pigeon peas and rice, conch fritters, and johnnycake. Decided to cook this after reminiscing about my childhood visits to the Bahamas where my parents’ friend would always cook us an authentic meal usually consisting of conch, johnny cakes, and pigeon peas and rice. I added the jerk chicken just because I can. #icookwhenifeellikeit #freshisbest #imhappywhenieat #itsmyhobby #jerkchicken #conchfritters #johnnycake #bahamianfood #foodporn
Chicken Box…Pork chops the size of two steaks. And I killed ‘em off. I meam I wiped thr bones clean. Along with the macaroni and collard greens.
As a School Counselor, during the Summer months I do not get paid. Being that I don’t get paid for a few months I have to make my money stretch. While I am blessed to have a husband who pays the majority of our bills (I pay the cable bill) even still paying for groceries took cook can take a large portion of money each month but I still want the freedom to play with makeup and various looks. I have always loved the smokey eye looks but they always seemed very difficult to achieve at home nor did I want to pay the amount of money for the many individual colors that it would take… Well, I came across a makeup artist who used the Wet N Wild Blue Had Me At Hello #737 palette (that I have had in my stash for about a year but never used because I couldn’t make the colors work for me) on her eyes in this step by step tutorial. Here I will illustrate her steps, products used on the eyes and every other product I used on my face to achieve the look above, for under $20.00.
Step 1: Apply an eye shadow base, like NYX jumbo pencil in Mill all over the eye lid.
Step 2: Using the gray shimmery color on the palette, apply that all over the eye lid.
Step 3: Next take the matte black and blend that into the crease with a crease brush.
Step 4: Take a clean blending brush and blend the black slightly up. This way you get a nice transition.
Step 5: Take a cloth and wipe the excess eye shadow to make a crisp line. OR you can apply take under the eye to catch the shadow and help create the crisp line.
Step 6: Apply your liner, an inexpensive alternative is
Step 7: Take the matte black and apply it to the lower lash line.
Step 8: Now use the white shimmer to apply it to the tear duct.
Step 9: Apply false lashes and mascara.
Other Products used: From left to right, eyshadow brushes, (one for blending, a crease brush, and a smokey eye brush) Hope in a tube and Hope in a jar for face, eyes, and lips. NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick MLS05, I wanted an alternative to my regular NARS contouring palette, so I used E.L.F Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder. While the colors are not complete matches, I loooove the palette just as much as my NARS palette.
Now, let’s take prices: The Wet N Wild palette with 8 colors cost me about $4.00, but I only really used 3 out of the 8. Where as 3 separate eye shadow colors from MAC can run you about $15.00 a piece.
Where my NARS blush and bronzer duo cost me $24.00 I got my E.L.F. Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder for cost me $3.00 and my NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick MLS05 for $6.00 has been toted as a close dupe for Lady Danger by MAC for $15.00 (which I LOVE).
Costs of the Steal: $4.00 Wet N’ Wild eye palette + $5.00 Ardell False lashes + $3.00 contouring kit + $6.00 lipstick= $18.00 for the look.
Costs of the Splurge: MAC Silver eye shadow $15.00 + MAC black eye shadow $15.00 + MAC shimmery white eye shadow $15.00 + MAC false lashes $16.00 + NARS blush and bronzer duo $24.00 + MAC Lady Danger lipstick $15.00 = $100.00.
*These prices do not include individual brushes*