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Monday, October 26, 2015

Makeup Monday's......Meet the Ice Queen

Halloween is on Saturday and it's actually one of my favorite days of the year.  You may have not known this about me but I'm a bit of nerd and super into fantasy so I searched and searched for something to recreate for a Halloween and got stuck on thinking who to be but I decided to go down another path and make my own, I decided that I should be a Queen, but not just any queen, no friends, I bring you the Ice Queen.

 Face: L'Oreal Lumi in Soft Sable
 Highlight: Glamorous Chicks Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in White Pearl
 Blush: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral
Nyx Blush in Angel
 Rhinestones adhered with duo lash glue

Nyx Cosmetics Jumbo Pencil in Milk
BH Cosmetics 1st Edition Palette light blue and dark blue colors
BH Cosmetics Glitter in  Platinum
Mascara: Essence Falsie Effect
Lashes: Ardell in 110 Nautral
Eyeliner: Nyx Two Timer

Lips: Scandalize eyeshadow stick in turquoise
Hard Candy Fierce effects in Skyfall

Head Jewelry (Necklace) from Ali-Express

Hope you enjoyed my look! What's your Halloween Costume this year? Are you doing store bought or something a little bit more creative ?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Event Review....Autumn Wine Festival 2015

Hello Darlings,

Last weekend, Jameshia and I decided to head to the Autumn Wine Festival in West Deptford, New Jersey. A delightful little event held in the Riverwinds fields featuring 12 delicious local wineries, 5 food trucks and featured 99 the beat radio station playing music for us to dance and sweat out our liquor to.

For $15 in advance or $20 at the door, we got to sample a tasting for various different flavors of the local wines and got a free wine glass to try them all. Each vendor, had ready and ample bottles varying from sweet to dry for  both tasting and had cases on deck ready for purchase.

After sampling the wines, Jameshia and I had to hit up the food trucks and try something to soak up all the yummy wine. So we headed to Star of the Sea seafood truck and we were not disappointed!

The lobster roll sandwich and the crab balls!!!! YUMMMERS!!!!

Despite it being such a chilly day, we had a great time and would definitely go again with our lawn chairs in tow and dancing shoes on.

Did you go too? What were your thoughts?

Toodles Darlings,


Monday, October 12, 2015

Makeup Monday's...Battle of the Budget Mascaras

The newest and latest trend  in mascara has been to recreate the look of a falsie, otherwise known as a false lash. While there are so many great brands that give you some awesome looks,both high end and low. I am  #teambeatonabudget so I thought I'd bring to you my review on 3 budget friendly options. Yes ladies and gents, each one of these featured mascaras are under $10.00!

From left to right:
1.E.L.F. 3-in 1 Mascara  $3.00, E.L.F. store
2. Essence Princess Lash False lash effect Mascara $4.99 Ulta
3. Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama $8.99 CVS

So I naturally have little length to my lashes, but density is what I strongly lack. Excuse the googly eyes it's really hard to focus on your eyes when taking a picture! Here are my lashes au naturale: 

So now we start the reviews.....

1. E.L.F. 3-in-1 Mascara
I really like it for the cost, like for 3 dollars, it gave me a lot of length, but it lacked the thickness that I thought it would offer. My left eye (well really my right) is 2 coats, as I apply for each of the looks, of the the E.L.F. 3-in-1 Mascara.

2.  Essence Princess Lash False lash effect Mascara

 As you all know I am a huge fan of the Essence line, it's budget and it works so well. DO you not see this length and this thickness for $5.00 who can beat this value and I happen to love the length and thickness that it gives me. Hands down one of my favorite mascaras of all time.

3. Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama

This mascara has the most hype surrounding it and the best packaging in my opinion, I love the colors, Unfortunately it doesn't perform up to the hype, it lengthening but it made my lashes a bit limp. Overall, I do like it, it doesn't blow my mind away, I probably won't purchase it again simply because I can buy 2 of the Essence mascaras for the price of 1 Maybelline.

There you have it. What budget brand mascaras are your favorite? Enter it in the comments below.

Toodles Darlings,

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Honey for Health

Honey for Health

The seasons are changing, kids are back in school and before you know it you may find yourself surrounded by sick people at home or at work. Instead of going out and buying all types of cough medicines (most only suppress instead of healing symptoms), try using some of the everyday items you may, or should have handy in the home. Items I like to keep in stock are raw honey (preferably local honey), ginger, garlic, fresh lemons, onions, and cinnamon. These products are great for their antiviral, antibacterial, and anti fungal properties. Below are a few uses for some of these products, that can help you avert or bounce back from colds this winter season.
Be Mindful:
  1. Honey should never be given to the children who are under 1 year old, it will cause botulism (a potentially fatal illness).
  2. Both cinnamon and honey are allergens to some people, so always consult your doctor before starting any of these remedies. Also, if you are on certain medications these products may interact with them adversely. Do your research and ask questions.

My favorite- Honey and Cinnamon

  • Take 1 teaspoon of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Mix it and take this twice a day for 3 days within the first few hours of symptoms occurring. It is a delicious way to cure cold.

A daily method – Honey

  • Take a tablespoon of honey and have it whenever you suffer from cold or cough. Drinking warm tea with honey mixed will help prevent a cold. Also, you can add a drop of honey and lemon juice to any type of tea whenever you suffer from cold.
  • Regular intake of honey will treat many health problems including cold and its symptoms.
Honey with Lemon and Cinnamon

  • Take half a lemon and squeeze its juice into 1/2 cup of warm water. Add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 pinch of cinnamon, stir it well and drink.
Honey with Cold Water

  • Take a glass and fill it with cold water, squirt a disk sized amount of honey (microwave it for about 10 seconds), mix well and enjoy. This method can also be a part of your daily morning water regimen. 
Honey Gargle

  • Take a tablespoon of  lemon juice. Mix it in 2 cups of hot water, add a teaspoon of honey and let it cool to room temperature before you start the gargle process. This should help knock out any sore throats.
Honey and Cinnamon Tea
  • Take 1/2 to 3 teaspoons of cinnamon bark and steep it in a cup of water. Let it steep for about 5 minutes and remove the bark. Add 2 teaspoons of honey and mix. Drink this tea once a day at night time before going to bed to have better night sleep without any cough.
Honey and Lemon Tea

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into a mug. Add 1/2 cup or more hot water into the mug. Stir it well and enjoy.

Honey and Raw Onions

  • Take one red onion and cut it into slices, add a little bit of sugar and honey to cover it properly. Allow the mix to soak for overnight, the next morning drink a teaspoon of this juice. Repeat the process for about 3 – 8 times a day to get relief from the cold and its symptoms. 
  • This is one of the least great tasting remedies, but onions contain flavanoids. Flavanoids act as antioxidants, have a direct anti-tumor effect and have immune-enhancing properties. Onions also contain quercitin, which is anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antiviral, and thought to have diverse anti-cancer powers. Onions are great!
Honey, Lemon and Ginger
  • Boil one lemon for about 2-3 minutes to soften the lemon and kill the bacteria from the skin. Place a pint of honey in a saucepan on a very low heat. Do not boil the honey or it will lose its medicinal purposes. Let the lemon cool and cut it into thin slices and add to the honey. 
  • Cook the lemon and honey on a low setting for about an hour, remove from heat, strain the lemon from the honey removing all seeds. Grate some ginger into the remaining honey. Cool it, can it in a mason jar and refrigerate it. This will last about 2-3 months. Take as needed, or 1/2-1 teaspoon for kids, 1 teaspoon for adults, 4-5 x's daily.
For adults –Honey and Brandy

  • Take 3 oz of water and bring it to boil for few minutes, add 1 ½ to 2 oz of brandy into a tea cup. Add the hot water to the brandy and then stir it with a spoonful of honey to the mixture. Take a lemon wedge and squeeze it into the mix. 
  • Drink this hot brandy at night time just before going to bed which helps to get relax and you will sleep well. Brandy has antimicrobial properties that have the ability to thin the mucus built up by the cold. When it is taken in proper amount it can be very calming and help you sleep without coughing.
For adults –Honey and Whiskey Hot Toddy

  • Take equal amount i.e. 1/4 cup of whiskey, honey, and fresh-squeezed lemon juice into mug. Microwave the mixture until it is hot and sip it slowly to get relief from the cold. If the hot toddy is too strong, add 1/4 cup of boiling water. Use bourbon for treating congestion or sore throat, use Irish whiskey for treating persistent cough.
There are tons of ways to use honey to help combat colds this winter season. Hopefully, these will help you stay healthy, or get healthy without having to use drugs with hard to pronounce ingredients. Remember to wash your hands regularly, drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet. I don't plan on getting sick this winter and I hope you don't either!

Peace, Love and Light!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I bought a house!

                                  (I recently purchased the right half of this four family home)

A few weeks ago I finally closed on my first home! I purchased a duplex in a great neighborhood convenient to all my needs. Purchasing a home can be both exhilarating and terrifying, but with good preparation, good advice and good people on your team anything is possible. Many people asked why I chose to purchase a duplex, and if it meant I was making roots in my current location. I chose to purchase a multifamily property because of the income potential, having rental income frees up my cash flow and allows me to build equity. Purchasing a rental income also gives me the freedom to stay or leave as I please, because the unit is meant to be rented. When or if I want to leave my current location, I can rent a two bed, two bath apartment quicker than a house. Everyone has their own reasons and needs when it comes to purchasing a property, however some things remain the same across the board. Below I'll list a few things I learned before, during and after my home buying process.

If you have any interest in purchasing a home, save up your money! I personally saved a good amount of money, but I chose to take a loan from my retirement plan to make my down payment. I wanted to keep money fluid in the event something happened, or I needed more last minute. As I learned at closing, I needed more last minute. There will always be a last minute expense, something will always pop up. If your lender says you need 10,000 for closing, keep at least an extra 5,000 in the stash. You will write some of the biggest checks in your life during this process so have MONEY!


Depending on where you are in life, and your aspirations, different properties may suit your need. Everyone doesn't aspire to be a landlord or worry about tending to a property. Condos are great for people who want to build equity and don't want the worry of maintenance. With condos you will have association fees, but all of your maintenance should be covered by those fees. Single family homes are great for families, or single people who don't mind taking care of their own maintenance. Multifamily homes are great for those who seek to free up cash-flow, and don't mind handling maintenance and tenants. Within those categories there are several variations, once you've decided which path you want to take you can explore the options. 


Knowing your credit capabilities are as important if not more important than saving money. While you are saving, its important to find out your score and either take steps to improve your score, or ensure you maintain or raise your score. Credit is very, very, very important, if you know you need help building credit there are many free counseling organizations sponsored by your state. Be careful with dealing with organizations you've "googled", many of them will try to get you to close and consolidate your credit, when in fact closing credit can hurt you more than help. Talk to your friends and family, especially those who own a home for tips and advice as well.


You will need errythang! You're going to need at the very least recent pay stubs, two years past W-2's, two years past tax returns, all bank statements including the blank pages. Depending on what type of program you use, you will need a lot more or a little more. You will also need to write letters of explanation on certain items that may be a trigger for your lender. As far as lenders are concerned you've got to be Mother Theresa to get financed. Some examples of reasons you will be asked to write a letter are multiple addresses on a credit report and explaining an account for which you are an authorized user.


More than likely you will find the property you purchase, realtors help but no one knows what you want like you. If you want to find your dream home you need to know what you want, start driving around your desired neighborhoods and making lists. Inform your realtor of the properties you want to see and they will schedule a viewing. I always encourage driving around a house/neighborhood after school/work hours and on weekends if possible. I could've saved myself a lot of time viewing homes I knew I wasn't going to buy, had I checked out the neighborhood beforehand. Also, be diligent in looking into any and all programs you may qualify for. As a first time home buyer or veteran, there are programs in nearly every state to assist you in the process. States offer assistance from counseling, to down payment assistance and tax incentives. Utilizing state programs may lengthen the process slightly, but overall for what you save it can be very well worth it.

At the end of the day, at some point in life it will behoove you to purchase property. Renting for a lifetime will never be a financial benefit to anyone but the landlord. Know what you can afford and make smart decisions, but make the decision. Purchasing property can be intimidating, but the hardest part of home ownership is getting over the fear of home ownership. If you are prepared and make smart choices it will be a fairly easy process. Home buying is definitely a practice in patience, organization and signing your name about a thousand times. I am by no means a professional in real estate, but I am an encourager of  creating financial independence. If you have any questions, please comment below or email us. I may not have the answer, but I will most certainly try to find it for you! Create a great day, and buy a house!

Peace, Love and Light!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Makeup Monday!.....Shonda Rhimes' October Essence Cover

This week's look was inspired by the simplistic beauty of thee boss lady herself, television genius, mogul and not to mention the creator of my favorite Thursday night guilty pleasures: Shanda Rhimes! Fresh off the amazingness of her remarkable 100 lbs weight loss (I wish my makeup could've recreated that!), she was featured in one of 5 amazing Essence's Covers.  I chose to recreate this her very sexy work to date night friendly look. This look focuses on a strong highlight and contour, emphasizing her cheeks bones and her gorgeous defined chin. 

Primer: Hard Candy 12 hour Long Wear
BH Cosmetics 6 Color Concealer & Corrector in Dark
(pink tone for color correction)
Foundation: True Match Lumi in C6 soft sable
Highlighter: LA girl concealer in Pure Beige
Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder
BH Cosmetics Baked illuminating & Bronzing Palette
Contour: EBay Cream Contour palettee Dark Brown Color
Black Radiance Artisan Color Baked Bronzer in Rum Spice
Setting Powder: Wet and Wild Fergie Center Stage Collection in Take On the Day Mattifying Powder

Cheeks: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Hot Tamale

Lips: NYC City Proof in Gold with me
Eyebrows: Gabriella eyeliner in dark brown.
BH Cosmetics  Flawless Brow Gel  in Dark Brown.

Primer: Jane Cosmetics eye shadow primer
Brow Highlight: LA girl concealer in Pure Beige
                           Wet & Wild Fergie  Centerstage Collection in Hollywood Boulevard
Browbone: BH Cosmetics 120 Palette 1st Edition Reddish Brown Color
                      BH Cosmetics Party Girl Palette Chocolate Brown
Lids: Jordana 12 hour made to last eye shadow pencil in Stay on Black
Lower Lash line: BH Cosmetics Party Girl Palette Chocolate Brown
Mascara: Tarte lights, camera lashes

Hope you loved this look!
Leave your thoughts on the comments below!