DUB NATION

If you guys didn’t already know, I am a hardcore Golden State Warriors fan…well Steph Curry fan lol.

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BOY LONDON

I had the pleasure of attending one of my closest friends’ BBQ yesterday evening. This is actually the outfit I wore there.

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LHHH Reunion 2014: Teiarra Mari Makeup

This post is great procrastination for me at the moment. I should be writing my Capstone project…yikes!

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outfit of the day

Wild Thing

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Ok so I have caved in and decided to rock “traditional leopard.” There’s just something about this style that screams fierce. This blouse from Trendsgal is the perfect piece of clothing for warmer weather. It’s super lightweight and it’s sheer. It can certainly be rocked with a bralette underneath if you wish; I just had a black cami underneath to be more appropriate for casual day at work. I did score these beige shorts at Conway on Jamaica Avenue in Queens for about $10, no joke! If you visit Jamaica Avenue, Conway is a must-see and shop store! Excellent deals and y’all know I’m all for that :)

Top: c/o Trendsgal Stylish Shirt Collar Long Sleeve Leopard Print Chiffon Blouse For Women (available HERE)

Shorts: Conway (in store)

Gladiator Sandals: Shoe Show Hot Tomato Colosseum Gladiator (available HERE)

Sunglasses: c/o Newdress Stylish New Personality Retro Practical Sunscreen Round Lens Sunglasses (available HERE)

Earrings: Kendra Scott Mariah Drop Earrings in Brown Pearl (available HERE)

Necklace: c/o Gorjana via Rocksbox Nesa Necklace (available HERE)

Ring: Kendra Scott Owen Cocktail Ring in Brown Pearl (available HERE)

Bracelet: c/o Jules Smith via Rocksbox Textured Open Cuff (available HERE)

Nails: Kevin Nguyen at Nail Finiti in Baton Rouge, LA

Hair: c/o Virgo Hair Company Brazilian Virgin Hair Loose Wave (3.75 bundles) (available HERE)

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Scentbird Fan di Fendi EDP Fragrance Review

*Press sample*

Hey beauties! This will be my first (and certainly not last) post introducing fragrances to my blog. Those that know me know that I hold them very close to my heart and I was seriously into collecting them at one point. I only recently slowed down a bit and starting actually using them before going for more lol. I have a confession to make. I used to be a total sucker for packaging until I realized no one gets to actually see the packaging but me, but everyone gets to get a whiff of my bomb daily scents! Now don’t let me fool you, I still am crazy over my perfume bottle designs, but I no longer long for the scent as well as what it’s packaged in. I now introduce you to my latest obsession, Scentbird.

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Scentbird is a monthly subscription where you get a new authentic, designer fragrance every month for only $14.95. As you know, some subscription boxes are total surprises, meaning you never know what’s inside until it arrives on your doorstep. With Scentbird, you get to personally choose what you want each month. Cool, right? Here’s the packaging:

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It comes in a travel spray atomizer, super convenient for carrying in your purse. It’s also tucked away in this black velvet pouch so know one has to know you don’t actually own that cute bottle of fragrance but you. Back to the packaging, it’s sleek and simple. On the actual perfume vial is the name and brand of the fragrance. The one thing that annoys me about this is that you have to remove the vial from the holster to see the name. This will become awfully annoying when I start to collect more of these. I wish they were also labeled on the bottom of the holster for better ease of use. Nonetheless, I’m still obsessed because of the simple fact that I get to try out some new fragrances for one small price monthly. Let’s dive into the good stuff, the fragrance notes and such!

Fan di Fendi (credit to Fragrantica)

Fan di Fendi by Fendi is a Floral Fruity fragrance for women. Fan di Fendi was launched in 2010. Fan di Fendi was created by Delphine Lebeau-Krowiak and Francois Demachy. Top notes are tangerine, black currant and pear; middle notes are jasmine, tuberose and rose; base notes are patchouli and leather.

6am – First off, after the first spritz onto the skin, I notice a strong fruity aroma. I would say it’s more black currant than either of the other notes. About 20 minutes later, the jasmine and leather comes through. It completely surpassed the other middle notes and skipped right to leather. This is generally a sign of weak longevity from my experience, which turned out to be false later throughout the day.

9am – Ok so now I feel like I’m going crazy. I now smell tuberose and rose creeping up. Any evidence of leather has either vanished or been smothered by the tuberose or rose. Aroma has not faded. Scent is still sticking nicely after 3 hours.

11:15am – 5 hours in, the aroma is still there. The notes of leather, jasmine, and rose are more prominent. There is a slight citrus aroma remaining. The lasting power of this fragrance has surprised me thus far.

1pm – The same fragrance that I smelled 2 hours ago is still here. The level of intensity has decreased, however. 7 hours of wear is outstanding for this fragrance. That’s generally all I need, but I’ll report with an update once I’m off work!

5pm - Nearly 12 hours later, there is the slightest hint of leather still lingering on my skin.

This is the perfect fragrance for the warmer weather, as it isn’t heavy or too strong. It has the perfect level of sophistication and sexiness while still being subtle enough for the office. I have had this fragrance on my list for so long and I am so glad to have finally tried it and even happier that I like it. It threw me for a loop at first, but it worked for me in the end. You can sign up for Scentbird here. Happy sniffing!

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Flaming Scarlet

Ever get tired of people saying how red eye shadow makes them look sick? That’s such a myth to me. It’s all how you wear it, in my opinion. In this makeup tutorial, I will show you how to achieve a pretty bold red eye shadow look using the least amount of products. You may not want it this dramatic. Remember when I told you guys about that “fluffy brush trick” in the past? If you’re new, all you need is a super fluffy brush, such as the MAC #224 Brush, and just apply all of your bold colors with that. It will help you achieve more of a diffused look, minimizing drama!

Products Used:

TOOLS

MAC #234 Brush

MAC #239 Brush

Sedona Lace EB13 Brush

MAC #165 Brush

FACE

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer in Medium

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Cadiz

Facefront Cosmetics Buenos Aires Cheek Up Blush

BROWS

e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Coffee

Ben Nye Crème Highlight in Medium

Milani Cosmetics Clear Brow Gel

EYES

Milani Eyeshadow Primer in Nude

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean

MAC Brown Script Eye Shadow

MAC Antiqued Eye Shadow

Facefront Cosmetics Rally, Rally Red Pigment

MAC Medium Plus Mineralize Skinfinish

Motives Cosmetics Noir Liquid Liner

Tmart Perfect Eye/Lip Liner Pencil in #015

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

LIPS

L.A. Girl Pin-Up Lip Glaze

The final look!

1 2 4 3 5 6A full OOTD can be found here if you are interested. My top can be purchased here.

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outfit of the day

Dubs Win

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DSC_0149I know, I know. Another Golden State Warriors outfit. They won yet again, the first game of the series! Let’s pray for another win tomorrow! I totally did not intend for this outfit to all come from Boohoo; it kind of just happened that way! Also, these black Chelsea boots have to be the best shoe buy I have ever made. I can literally wear them with anything and make them work. Dresses, shorts, pants, skirts. I love them!

Top: Boohoo Laura Roll Neck Short Sleeved Top (sold out)

Pants: Boohoo Keira Grey High Rise Disco Jeans (similar HERE and HERE)

Boots: Boohoo Alice Elastic Insert Flat Chelsea Boot (available HERE)

Snapback: Jimmy Jazz (limited edition)

Watch: c/o Rosegal Stylish Digital Watch with Red LED Multi-Function Dound Dial Silicone Band (available HERE)

Check out my other Warriors outfit here if you’re interested. #dubnation :)

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Lady in Pink

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DSC_1071-2I know I’ve said my abs are a work in progress, but they really are. I do have definition there, but they’re still not where I want them to be. I just can’t seem to let go of my weakness…sweets! I can literally take an entire box of cookies from Whole Foods and breathe them down like nobody’s business. I’m going to get better, I promise you! At least they’re from Whole Foods, right? LOL

I kind of pulled this all pink outfit out of my behind overflowing brain. I have so many ideas for fashion and beauty, but there always seems to be so little time to get them up and away. *le sigh*

Top: Necessary Clothing Ribbed Sweater Tee Shirt (available HERE)

Denim: Target (in store)

Pumps: Colin Stuart for Victoria’s Secret (really old, similar HERE and HERE)

Handbag: c/o Allbuy (available HERE)

Watch: Akribos XXIV

Necklace: unknown

Hair: c/o Glam Angels Hair Cambodian Straight (available HERE)

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Blushing Gold

A lack of posts is a result of my laziness and an increase in workload for my Capstone Project. I said I would obtain a PhD, but they way it’s looking now, I may not. I also said I would not attend grad school 3 years back, so we shall see I’m telling you, working a full-time job, doing blogging full-time, and also attending grad school is a major workout. I honestly don’t see how those of you do it who are married with kids. Major kudos to you!

This is another soft makeup tutorial, yet using color. I chose a pastel pink, yellow and grey makeup look this time. This is an excellent look for by viewers that love color, with no idea how to wear it. I hope you enjoy the look!

Products Used:

TOOLS

Sigma contour brush (224)

Tmart Medium Flat Shader Brush

e.l.f. Contour Brush

e.l.f. Professional Eye Crease Brush

Royal Care Cosmetics Pointed Foundation Brush

MAC #165 Brush

FACE

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer in Medium

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation in B70

MAC Vintage Grape Blush Ombre

BROWS

e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Coffee

Ben Nye Creme Highlight in Medium

Milani Cosmetics Clear Brow Gel

EYES

MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot

MAC Free To Be Eye Shadow

MAC Copperplate Eye Shadow

MAC Deep Damson Eye Shadow

MAC Medium Plus Mineralize Skinfinish

Glamour Doll Eyes Jerrica Pigment

Tmart Perfect Eye/Lip Liner Pencil in #013

Motives Cosmetics Noir Liquid Eye Liner

Rimmel Lomdon Wonderlash Mascara

LIPS

Jordan Modern Matte Lipstick in Matte Tease

The final look!

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An OOTD from this makeup tutorial can be found here if you’re interested.

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