Category: Beauty

Me Time…



Have you ever just had one of those moments when you realize that you haven’t taken the time out of your schedule to take care of you????? Well, with new and ever so changing things happening, that was me. It only took me a few weeks (with our NC snow and all) to take care of some much needed pampering. There’s nothing like getting that nice massage after manicuring those cuticles and having someone rub their fingertips against your scalp as you sit reclined in the shampoo bowl! YYYYYAAAASSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got a fresh do and an oh-so needed manicure. I get my hair done by professionals every now-and-again, but usually by natural hair stylists that use little heat. This time around, after 5+ years, I got something NEW! Check me out…but before you do and before you scroll any further, remember…this is No Judgment Zone lol. What are your guilty pleasures when it comes to pampering yourself?


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Dare to Bare…

What’s underneath your clothing?

Its Friday beauties! And as I wrap up the Summer Beauty Series 2015, I want to personally thank each and every guest blogger that participated in making our series a success. We also want to thank each and every one of you our girlfriends for supporting us during this series.

So lets talk BODY SHAPERS ladies! Now this isn’t specifically a Summer only beauty secret because I personally wear them all year round, BUT this Summer I learned how effective a SPANX can actually be.  Now I’ve had my fair share of body shapers, girdles, and shape wear whichever your preferred name for them. And I’ve also been a fan of the high waist panty or shorts with corset hooks in the waist. The hooking of the corset portion tends to give me the flattest look in my tummy area. My experience with this type in Summer time has not always been so flattering though. See the thing is with the heat here in the Carolinas thinner/lighter material clothing is a must! But with the thinner/lighter material clothing comes the embarrassment of the body shaper being exposed. So a few weeks ago while shopping at a local women’s clothing store I decided to try on a pair of SPANX. I was very optimistic that because it didn’t have the corset hooking in the midsection that it was only going to smooth me out and cause my tummy to appear more round and have that preggo affect. And much to my surprise it actually didn’t at all! Now, it still doesn’t hold me in as much as the corset type but it does hold and smooth the midsection.

For me, wearing a body shaper gives me needed confidence. I feel better in my clothes and I certainly think I look better in my clothes when I wear them.  I know that for some they’re not the most comfortable but once you’ve worn them for years as I have its just as comfortable as wearing my panties LOL. Over the years, I’ve tried many different types/styles of body shapers trying to get that instant curvy look without putting in the real effort of healthy eating and exercise. It’s a short lived quick fix while I’m still a work in progress! (continue to pray for me)


I really hope you ladies have enjoyed our Summer Beauty Series 2015. We have enjoyed sharing with you and having special guests share as well. We want to personally thank all of our special guests that were featured in this series:  Cannie, “MzNaturalLife” post titled – Listen Up Summer Naturals, Tanisha Walker of In Gods Image post titled – What’s Hot, and Shanna Fife “Ms. Naturally Random” post titled – L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint Review. Thank you ladies for your sharing with our Girlfriends!

Have a wonderful weekend, we’ll talk to you next week!

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L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint Review

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When visiting a local beauty supply store I noticed the vividly colorful display of L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint and decided I’m give them a try. Now, I’m totally into frugal beauty and although they only cost about $2.99 each, I still will not often buy cosmetics in every color that’s available. Reason #1: I’m not an MUA, there’s no makeup kit building going on over here.
#2 Hubby don’t play that! He knows I’m a #lipsticklover but buying stuff “just because” isn’t how we work. We’re “not bout that” useless splurge life! lol

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Also I noticed tons of other beauty enthusiasts are stating (and you’d think so due to the packaging) that L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint are dupes for the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks.

Too Faced Melted Lipsticks are liquid lipsticks and L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint is a high pigmented gloss. I am mentioning this because if you are looking for a really close dupe of Too Faced product, this isn’t it.

Now, back to the great things I wanted to share!


Now this wouldn’t be an honest review if I didn’t state that there were a few CONS. I can share a few tips I’ve found that help to solve the aforementioned issues with the product.

#1 Its feathers quite a bit and gets messy quick!

Solution: A lip liner will keep everything in its place.

#2 It comes out of the tube pretty quickly.

Solution: I recommend using a lip brush to apply so you can control the amount of product onto your lips.

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It’s a great price point, but (not exactly) a dupe for Too Faced Melted Lipsticks. Also, keep a lip liner and lip brush handy for neat application! So when you are looking for a new lippie, try your local beauty supply store. That’s my summer beauty secret. You never know what you are going to find! The frugal finds are always right under your nose! With a little patience and reapplying from time to time, you’ll be able to achieve a highly pigmented lip color for low cost!

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random

Beauty Is…

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Girlfriends!!! The summer season is coming to a close and so is our Summer Beauty Series!!! This week is all about beauty secrets and I have to be honest I DON’T HAVE ANY!!! **Shame Face** I have struggled with what I was going to talk about this week. I mean I have been googling to see if I could find something to report on, but I got nothing! I told you all in Less Is More that I’m a simple kinda girl. No fluff added, what you see is what you get! Honestly, it’s slightly embarrassing for a 32 year old women, but it’s the real me which I promised to give you all so I digress! I mean yeah sure I can drop a few nuggets that you may already know like:

  • Always wear a good body shapper (Spanx being my preference) to give yourself a smoother look in a dress/skirt/jumper or putting on your Sunday’s best
  • Use a feminine body spray (Summer’s Eve being my preference) to spray on your under garments to keep it fresh down there, especially on those hot days and if you have thunder thighs like myself lol Hey no shame in my game, you don’t want to get caught slipping, feel me?
  • And for those well-endowed up top, put a little deodorant in between and under your breasts to help control sweat and odor. (I just recently learned this trick and it works wonders lol)
  • Want clear skin? Drink plenty of water!!! The Girlfriends and I have challenged each other to drink 1 gallon of water a day and it is working wonders for my skin!
  • Not able to get a pedicure as often as you’d like? Get you a 4-in-1 pedicure brush from the Target, some foot scrub and go to work honey!!! Then apply some Vaseline to your feet, put on a pair of socks and boom! Soft heels again!!! LOL!

But like I said I’m sure you all already knew that right? So me being me, I wanted to flip this week’s post around a bit and talk about beauty from within. Let’s face it you can have all the beauty secrets in the world, but if your self-esteem is low, your character is flawed and your heart/motives aren’t right, those go right out the window. How many times have you put on a fly outfit, a full face of makeup and a forced smile, yet still felt as though you weren’t pretty or felt as though you still missed the mark. I’ve been there where others told me I was pretty but in my mind I felt like I was too fat and not as cute as the little petite girl next to me. We (blogger included) have to stop that and start loving on ourselves. The Bible says that we were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). God created us in His own image, therefore regardless of what society views as beautiful or how that voice in your head makes you feel, honey you are beautiful!! Beauty is you!!! Yes you!!!! Say it loud, I’m CUTE and I’m proud!!! LOL!

No but seriously the message I’m trying to push today is to love yourself just the way God made you. Loving yourself doesn’t have to hurt, as I told you in Pretty Hurts, and can be done modestly. I’m not telling you to start being arrogant or thinking too much of yourself, but I am saying that you should portray the beautiful spirit that God intended for you to have even while you were in your mother’s womb. Honestly I know that sometimes it’s hard to find her from within, but trust me she is there! Beauty is knowing who you are and to Whom you belong! Starting today let’s make a pack to not only spend time nurturing and enhancing our outer beauty, but let’s go a step further and take just as much time, no let’s take more time, molding and strengthening the inner you. If we can share beauty secrets to enhance the outer woman, we can also share those to bless the inner as well, right?

“Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning with [elaborate] [a]interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes; But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 AMP

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Final Week – Summer Beauty Series 2015


Okay Girlfriends, its the FINAL WEEK of our Summer Beauty Series 2015. We hope that you’ve enjoyed all we’ve had to share on BEAUTY from the inside out! This week you can expect to get some helpful tips, tricks, and secrets to encourage you to end the Summer with a BANG!

We have a special guest blogger coming to share with you this week as well, so be sure to stay tuned! (To find out who, you better start stalking Facebook lol)

We would love to get your feedback on this beauty series and please feel free to share ideas for future series. Also, if there are any products of interest you would like us to review, share those as well.

Have a wonderful day ladies!!

What’s Hot

What’s hot other than the rising temperatures of summer? Sizzling bold lipstick, highlight, bronzer and natural enhancement of contour is trending in record heat waves across the world in beauty! Far gone are winter days and high temperatures are encouraging the 5 minute face with your favorite lightweight foundation, a touch of concealer for blemishes and a dash of powder to set. Finishing touches of highlight across the bridge of the nose and high tops of cheekbones, bronzer beautifully blended over the cheekbone and subtle contouring the crease under the cheekbone have created frenzy coast to coast. To complete the look with a vibrant hue of red, pink or purple only intensifies and secures your ratings in compliments and head turns! Don’t be afraid to step into another arena of summer looks! Try it all on and find the final finish that sets your confidence on high! No matter the temperature of your summer look on these hot days, remember to be true to you and to be you LOUDLY!

If your preference is soft and natural or bold and beautiful, the hope is that nothing deters you from expressing your creativity and hotness in your own way!! Many brands encourage this freedom and I invite you to shop with them for your personalized summer finds~                                                                 just to name a few: ★ Revlon ★ Cover Girl ★ Smashbox ★ MAC ★ Urban Decay

As the temperatures continue to rise remember to share your smile with the world!

God bless!

Tanisha Walker – Photographer/Makeup Artist

In God’s Image Photography/Makeup Artistry

Make Me Over

I was reading over the lyrics of Ike & Tina Turner’s song “Wish” and I must say some of the lyrics are quite touching. I’ve heard and sang the song oh so many times but never thought about what she’s was really saying. I guess because the movie had me so busy watching her transform into “Tina,” that understanding the lyrics got lost for me.

Hey Lord
Make me over, I wanna be made over

Make me smart, make me king
Give a lot, give me steam
I want eternal beauty, spiritual things
‘Cause when I’m done, yes I wanna be a good thing

Hey Lord
Make me over, I wanna be made over
Hey Lord
Make me over, I wanna be made over

I wanna go places, I wanna do some things
I wanna be a star, I wanna have a big name
But in my heart, let beauty reign
And when I’m done, I wanna have fame

Any-who let’s talk about my life and makeup! I didn’t start wearing it until college. And by wearing it, I mean actually applying it myself (with the help of my roomie :D) for those special events and such that we would attend. After college, just one random Saturday morning I woke up and decided I wanted to get made over at the MAC cosmetic counter. This particular day opened my eyes to a whole new outlook on makeup. I knew what I didn’t want to look like but I had no clue as to how makeup could really transform my look. Now I know this might sound abit stereotypical, but with my previous comment in mind, this is how I selected my makeup artist: #1 I looked for a woman with a similar skin tone as mine, #2 I looked for a woman with the right look (not too overly made up), and #3 I looked for a woman with a great personality, not the snobby-you should already know how to do this by now attitude. So needless to say, today was indeed “my day” because there was this woman who favored me and she immediately approached me to see what my needs were. I told her I don’t wear makeup except for some special occasions, but would really like to learn an everyday look for beginners. She was sooooo sweet and soooo helpful, so $100+ later- I was looking and feeling like a million bucks! I told myself after purchasing the foundation, eyeliner, lip liner, eyeshadow, and must have lip gloss that I may not be able to afford this look everyday maybe just every other day lol. So that began my makeup wearing days. Now fast-forward about 2 years later and I was back to square one with makeup. Only wearing it when I wanted to feel extra-pretty or needed a pick-me-up. Now-a-days, I’ve been dabbling abit more with it because I mean, well hey, I still have those pick-me-up days and date nights with the hubs to dress up for! YouTube has certainly given me the dream of becoming a MUA (only for the moments of viewing the videos though, and then reality snatches me back lol). There are some amazing women and men who can really transform a person through the art of makeup! Much props to them 😀

For my daily skincare, I squeeze a pea-size ball of First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser onto my Ulta Cleansing Massager and give my face a good 2-3 minute massage. I rinse with warm water and then apply a single pump of my moisturizer First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream. At night, if I wore makeup, I first remove it using baby wipes. I’m seriously addicted to baby wipes, you’ll find them in almost every room of our house, the cars, and on occasions my purse! Next, I cleanse-again using the FAB Face Cleanser and Ulta Cleansing Massager but for my nightly moisturizer I go for abit more moisture than during the day. I’ll either apply Nivea Moisturizing Crème or coconut oil and off to bed I go.

My makeup routine or the lack there of consists of a few different products dependent upon the weather and my skin. If my skin is showing signs of dryness, I opt for a cream base foundation or BB Cream and no powder. If my skin is normal and the weather is reasonable (high within the mid-80s) I opt for MAC Studio Fix foundation in NC45. If it’s HOTT outside and I still want an even skin tone, then I opt for NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in CUBA. For my hooded eyes, I keep them pretty neutral with golds & browns (still learning how to work with them). I only apply eyeliner to the bottom of my eyes, if any at all, because my experience has been that it makes my eyes appear even squintier when applied to top and bottom. I apply a few strokes of Covergirl lashblast volume mascara again to the top lashes only. For my brows I fill them in using a stencil and dark brown eyeshadow. And for my lips, I keep them pretty neutral in the nudes and pinks – my go to lip gloss is MAC Ready or Not and I’ve also taken a strong liking to L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in flirt.



And there you have it, I hope to be made over really soon and learn how to master, what is it called? A BEAT face! Do some flawless contouring and blend that eyeshadow to the max. I mean a girl can dream right?!?! LOL But in all seriousness, my goal is strive to put my best face forward!

Have a wonderful Friday babydolls!

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun

We almost made it through the week, I hope it’s been lovely for ya, just a few days left of our Beauty Summer Series for July.

So, I am sure we ladies have all had a moment where we were caught in mama’s makeup. Lipstick up to our nose and down to our chin. Then we graduated to that Tinkerbelle makeup kit, lol with that eye shadow that was more like baby powder with a sparkle or two.  Once you got a little older, you might have been allowed to put on some colored lip gloss, but that was it.  Eventually your age caught up with your make up interest and You…. began…. to have FUN!


My daily skin care routine consists of using Neutrogena wave sonic spinning power cleaner, in which it comes with its own soap pads. When I am not using that I simply use Neutrogena’s deep clean face wash and moisturize with coconut oil. When wearing make up I first use the makeup remover toilettes (again by Neutrogena) followed by my sonic spinning brush. I have been using this brush for about 3 months and I love it, my skin is smooth and I personally feel like it has a “glow” to it with consistent usage, as of now, I use the brush every other day. When needed, I also use witch hazel or apple cider vinegar as an astringent and during the summer I wash my face with lemon juice and raw honey atleast once a week which smooths out my skin tone and my hyperpigmentation areas.

On to the fun stuff….now, I do not wear makeup every day and typically go weeks without it, BUT when I wear it I do enjoy it. I recently bought some goodies that I’m too excited about, so let me share.

MAC came out with a summer matte 2015 collection a few weeks ago that is giving me life right now, I have taken pictures (lighting wasn’t the best, but you’ll get an idea) of the few I bought along with some blushes I already had or bought during this haul.  I am no makeup artist, but enjoy playing in it and like what I like, which works for me. Haven’t taken any classes….YET, by the way Tanisha Walker has a makeup class coming up in a few weeks check her out. In addition to purchasing these lipsticks I also tried a new foundation (Urban Decay) and some fo real eyeshadows which is also Urban Decay ( ya’ll I was left in the store waaaay too long, lol).

My foundations for reference purposes;  Revlon Photo Ready I’m 010 Carmel, In MAC studio fix fluid and powder I’m NC45 and for my new baby, Urban Decay Naked Skin I’m shade 9.0, my sister is an 8.0 and in MAC c6

Pink Pigeon (Lipstick), Pink Swoon (blush) and Betty-Lou Manizer-theBalm cosmetics  (used as a highlighter)


Stone (lipstick), Sweet As Cocoa (blush) and Global Glow Mineralized SkinFinish (highlighter). My sister, Tropic Tonic (lipstick) Urban Decay “Naked Flushed” in Streaked (bronzer, highlighter & blush palette)


Along with the new lippies I also bought a new foundation Urban Decay Naked Skin. Highlighter/bronzer Betty-Lou Manizer-theBalm cosmetics. Urban Decay 8-hour powder Blush in Bittersweet to go with my Heroine (MAC’s matte lipstick). Last, but not least, Urban Decay Shadow box (my first “expensive” shadows, I had been using E.L.F and Coastal Scents which have been good to me,)


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Less Is More

“Maybe she’s born with it…maybe it’s Maybelline” Ha! Remember that commercial? Do they even still use that tagline? Any who it’s all about make up this week ladies and well to be honest I like to fall somewhere in between those 3 dots. There was a time (mainly when I was single lol) that I would get up, put on a full face and head out for the day. My mom would always tell me “Katesha remember that less is more. You don’t want people to get scared or think you are sick when you don’t have on any makeup.” LOL! Well she couldn’t have been more correct! I definitely did not and still do not want to scare anyone! And actually I think that is a great principle to live by in the makeup arena…less is more.

These days it is very rare, I mean really rare that I wear a full face of makeup during the week. I’m a Sunday only kinda girl unless there is a special occasion where I need to spruce myself up a bit. During the week, if I do anything, I typically fill in my eyebrows, apply some gloss and go. It’s way too hot to do much of anything else right now.  I just have to remind myself when I do fill them in so that I won’t rub my hands over my face and wipe them off LOL!! (Hey it happens lol) In case you’re wondering, I use a dark brown eyebrow pencil to fill in my brows. When I first started I had to learn the hard way not to use a black pencil, talk about looking crazy! LOL!

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Let’s talk Sunday Morning Look! I wish I had something exciting to share with you here, but I don’t. I like to keep my look as natural as possible. I know, I know, just call me Sarah plain and tall. For my eyes, I usually apply a light brown natural shadow, a little highlighter under my brow and mascara. On those days that I want a bolder look, I add a chocolate brown to get that smokey eye type feel. I love Almay’s eyebrow pallets. They are affordable and have the 3 colors needed to obtain that natural look that I desire. I have dabbled with a few different foundations and I have 2 lines that I like – CoverGirl Queen’s Collection or L’Oreal True Match. They both have a light feel and don’t leave me looking oily. I recently purchased CoverGirl’s Clean Normal Girl to apply under my eyes and around my brows for a smoother look after I’ve applied foundation. It helps get rid of blemishes and those dreadful dark circles under my eyes! After foundation comes a little bronzer on my cheeks for an extra glow! Now one thing that I have come to love is a poppin lip honey! Since I keep the rest of my face basic I tend to like to have fun with my lip color. I’ve come to love (it took me a while to try them out) bright reds, pinks and purples for the summer! Two of my favs right now are Violet by Milani and Fuchsia Flash by Maybelline.

 Make Up Collage

That’s my makeup expertise in a nutshell. I know that it’s pretty basic for a 32 year old, but I hope to take a makeup class with our wonderful makeup artist/photographer, In God’s Image Photography/Makeup Artistry, who beat my face (is that how you say it LOL) in our official Girlfriend blog photos. You’re never too old to learn right?

Make Up Products Collage

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Makeup and Photography done by In God’s Image Photography/Makeup Artistry

Let’s get GLAMed!

Happy Tuesday! It’s that time again in our beauty series for us to share some of our skin care and makeup routines. So because I’m such the plain Jane in the bunch, I know NOTHING about makeup lol. I had to reach deep and do some research for this one! So let’s start with skin care first. My daily routine includes cleansing with Pond’s cleansing towelettes (either original and evening soothe), then I moisturize with Aveeno Daily Moisturizer. And that’s it! I’ll occasionally use Aveeno’s foaming facial cleanser in place of the Pond’s. I find that these products works best for me at cleansing and removing excess oil build up with leaving my skin dry. The moisturizer isn’t heavy or oily…which I love!!!! Easy breezy for me in the mornings lol.

Now, onto the heavy stuff…MAKEUP. By no means am I a makeup wearer. When people come with makeup I try to run the other way lol…REALLY! I mean I start backing up, trying to hide, become invisible…everything you can imagine. But I was thinking outside of the box on this one and tried something new…Lipstick! My go to lip routine is lip balm/chap stick (I mean I add a little Victoria Secrets gloss when I’m feeling spunky :).  I stick to lip balm/chap stick’s that do not contain SPF because I have an allergic reaction to it (just imagine your lips feeling like sandpaper or like you have sunburn on them…not fun). So I took to a few friends and my sister (the one that can’t take the trash out until her makeup is done lol) about what they recommended. I wanted to try matte. I think that it looks nice…not too shinny and not too dull. I started looking and doing some price comparison because I didn’t want to spend a fortune on something that I potentially would not like. After a few YT videos and Google searches, I found a few brands at my local BSS (beauty supply store) and Walmart. I came across Wet n Wild, Ruby Kisses, and Black Radiance. My biggest challenge was find lip liners. All of the lip sticks that I tried (at least eight lol) range in price from $1.99-3.99. Colors ranged from nude to red to plum (I told yall I was venturing out lol). My solution to finding lip liners that would match ALL these colors came when I ventured into ULTA a got a little help. Can we say GENIUS!!!! The lady who helped me was super great. My biggest (and best) purchase to date is my clear lip liner! It runs $18.50 at ULTA and it’s called TOO FACED Borderline Anti-feathering Lip Pencil. I love it! I can wear it with any color lip stick and when the lip stick starts to wear off my lips are still lined with the color.

Now, onto my favs thus far. For the “red” color, I’m loving the Black Radiance Perfect Tone Dual Lip Definer in Brickhouse color as well as Spotlight Red from Wet n Wild. I can’t believe I’m saying this…but I’m also liking this Plum Wine by Ruby Kisses. They all go on smooth and don’t leave your lips dry and cracked (super plus). I’m still working on the nudes. Let me know what you think and please offer up suggestions! I’m a work in progress 😉

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