Thursday, April 30, 2015

Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Spring Makeup look

The makeup trend that is hot this season is nudes. I have already shared with you a minimalist look but today I’d like to share one that focuses on the eyes. I am completely in love with nudes. Surprisingly, you can create a variety of looks that are “nude” and one of the staples I suggest you have in your makeup kit is Maybelline’s The Nudes eyeshadow palette ($9.98). This palette is composed of 13 different shadows in various shades of nude and dark shadows that can be used to create a smoky eye. To create a nude look on my eyes I started with my brows.

I will emphasis this every single time I showcase a beauty look - the brows are the most important aspect of your look! Having well groomed brows can change the overall look of your face and you can go sans makeup when your brows are slayed to perfection. I begin by using concealer above my brow and on my brow bone. This helps to accentuate the shape of my brows. I follow up by using a brow enhancer. In this instance, I used Wet and Wild’s coloricon bown ($1.93)pencil in brunette. This has a brush on one end and the pencil on the other. I brushed my brows and filled with feather strokes using the pencil. I HIGHLY recommend choosing a brow pencil that is one shade lighter than your natural color so that you don’t have a harsh drawn in eyebrow look. We want dynamic brows, not the clown look!

For my shadows, I used the lightest cream color on my brow bone. After applying a primer, I brushed my entire lid with the metallic brown included in the collection. For the far corners of my eyelid I used the darkest (almost black) color in the palette. And finally I used the metallic gold on the inner corner of my eye and lined my lower lash line with it. This brightens my eyes and is a neat trick to use especially if you have dark eye circles.

I lined my eyes with L’Oreal infallible smokissime ($7.97) powder eyeliner pen. It has an unusual shaped tip (you can see it in my video below) and I was a little worried that I’d have a thicker line than I wanted. However, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get the thin line I wanted by using this liner. This is a powder so there is fallout but you can clean that up easily with a qtip. Also, if you want a heavy smoky eye, this liner is perfect for creating that effect.

Finally, I used L’Oreal Paris Volumimnous Miss Manga mascara ($6.97). I really like this mascara, it was clump free and actually did provide my lashes with volume and length. I am totally in love with this complete look and am looking forward to playing with the The Nudes palette to see what other looks I can create. All of the items that I used were purchased at Walmart.

Check out my video below for more info!

Purex PowerShot laundry detergent {review} #wmtmoms #ad

I am not a big fan do doing laundry but it is a necessary evil. I am always on the lookout for products that will make my life easier in this area. That is why I was thrilled when asked by Walmart to try the new Purex PowerShot I immediately said yes! Purex PowerShot detergent does the measuring for you. It automatically dispenses the right amount of super concentrated laundry detergent for your load. It has 50% more stain fighting power in every drop than regular detergent. All you have to do is flip the bottle upside down and a dose is dispensed. If you have a particularly dirty or extra large load you can use two flips. I tried the Mountain Breeze scent and really like it. I am especially enamored with the price - it is $3.97 for 45 loads! You can’t beat that with a bat!

And if you have someone in your household who is laundry challenged or just starting to learn how to do laundry like my son, Purex PowerShot is a no mess, no fuss, error free way to do laundry. Check out my video below to see Purex PowerShot in action!

Purex PowerShot is available in store and online at Walmart.

Lavender Essential Oil at Walmart {video}

I suffer from insomnia. On any given night I will step up until at least 3 am or if I'm lucky enough to fall asleep prior to 11:00 pm, I usually wake up around 2 am and drift back to sleep between 5 and 5:30am. It is not a pretty existence -  but on the bright side, I am caught up on some interesting Netflix series. I am open to try anything to help my sleep deprived body get some rest, so when I learned that Walmart carries essential oils, I knew I wanted to try them out.

Lavender is my oil of choice. It is by NATURE'S bounty and available for $5.97. If you are familiar with essential oils oil, you know that this is a great price(it usually costs about double the Walmart price). Lavender is known for its soothing and calming properties. I use it on my bed linens before I go to sleep by taking one drop and placing it on my pillow.   I also smell it on my hands once I am in the bed.  The lavender does indeed have a calming effect on me and I’ve found that I'm able to go to sleep within 20 or 30 minutes after applying the lavender oil.

Lavender oil is versatile and can be used  in a number of different ways. Before going to bed I take a bath to relax and adding a few drops of lavender oil to my bath water provides aromatic vapors that help put me in a relaxed state. In addition to using the essential oil on its own I can also add it to Nature's Bounty sweet almond oil. It acts as a carrier for the essential oil. It has a neutral fragrance and I can add a few drops to the oil and place it all over my body either as a self massage or just as a way to provide moisture to my skin. When I go to bed not only do my linens smell of lavender but my body does as well.  This provides me with a capsule of calm and relaxing aromas.

Another way to use the almond oil is to place it in a diffuser once the essential oil has been added so that my entire room smells of lavender. I can say that utilizing lavender essential oil has certainly helped me to get my sleep at night and a little bit goes a very long way.

The next essential oil that I am going to try is lemongrass, I absolutely love the scent of lemongrass and I like to add it to shea butter and use it on my entire body to moisturize and smell good. I am currently waiting for my lemongrass essential oil order from and I've already purchased the shea butter from Walmart.  Thus far I am extraordinarily happy with both the essential oil and almond oil that I have from nature's bounty.  I am looking forward to trying the rest of the line and using it in things like my homemade deodorant and bath bombs. if you are like me and enjoy aromatherapy I highly recommend nature bounty all of the products are available at Walmart for $5.97 which is a great price. If you are interested in trying out the products I have listed below all of the line and you can find them on or in stores.

Check out my video below.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I love my Fitbit Charge #vzwbuzz

I am in love with my Fitbit Charge. Strong words from someone who has used just about every fitness tracker out there but it is true. This year I have been far from consistent with my exercise and healthy eating. And it shows. I am now the heaviest I’ve been in years but quite frankly I am happy. I embrace my curves but still understand the importance of living a healthy life so I need to get back on track. And this is how I fell in love with my Fitbit.

Amy and I on a walk.

One of my best friends, Amy, has been walking for exercise and I’ve joined her on several occasions. She has a fitbit and utilizes it with social networking. Along with her friends she competes in weekly and weekend challenges to meet step goals. It is advised that everyone get at least 10,000 steps in a day but my girlfriend and her crew surpass that by leaps and bounds!

I’ve been inspired to meet a daily step goal and was thrilled when I received the Fitbit charge as part of the Verizon ambassador program. This weekend I competed in my first weekend warrior challenge and I came in 3rd place! This healthy competition keeps me on my toes and gives me valuable information about my daily movement. I downloaded the Fitbit app on my Galaxy s5 and I can check in to see how I am doing compared to the others in the challenge. But also, I am able to look at my own stats and see how well I am doing personally. As I meet new milestones, I am awarded badges.

In addition, on a weekly basis I receive a full report on my progress while using the Fitbit and can see how well I am sleeping too (not very well, but I hope that with more exercise I’ll sleep better). Another feature I really like is my ability to recieve notifications that I have a phone call and also receive text messages right on my arm! The fitbit charge has been a great asset as I work on getting back on the road to healthy living. It incorporates so easily into my life and the challenges and feedback keep me motivated!

Disclosure: I am Verizon lifestyle ambassador and I occasionally recieve products to use in my daily life. All opinions are my own.

Monday, April 27, 2015

A tribute to my mother #PutYourHeartToPaper

Motherhood changes things. As a mother I now know the meaning of unconditional love. I place the needs of another far above my own and know that I will make any sacrifice necessary to ensure the best for my child. I also know the importance of loving self. As a divorced single mother I work to maintain balance - loving myself, my child and even searching for romantic love. It isn’t easy. I do the absolute best that I can and although I may fall short, overall I believe that I do a pretty good job of it.

As Mother’s Day approaches I think of my own mother. As mothers our paths have been different in some ways but vastly familiar in others.  She and my father divorced when I was young but like me, she really was a “single” married woman long before it officially ended. She also juggled caring for me and the household with help from her mother. When I was 7 my mother returned to school, attained a college degree, entered the workforce and provided for me. She paved a road for me that enabled me to follow and achieve all of my goals and dreams.

My mother’s strength is beyond measure. For over two decades she battled a chronic illness that had her at death’s door on more than one occasion. And although I am an adult with a child of my own, I still reach out to her for advice, approval and support. I am blessed to have her. It is difficult to find the words to convey what she means to me.

My mother is my rock, my foundation, my light when all I can see is darkness. I know our relationship is special, one to be envied even. Despite all odds she has a legacy in me and my son that is a reflection of her loving, kind, and spicy spirit. I know that despite her sarcasm, wry wit and sometimes even a bad attitude, I wouldn’t change a thing about her and I love her unconditionally.

My mother is my all, she is loved beyond measure and she means the world to me.

This Mother’s Day I Put My Heart to Paper by sharing with you what my mother means to me. If you would like to honor your mom too, Hallmark has a myriad of cards that can help you express your feelings beyond I love you.  

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post partnership with CafeMom and Hallmark. As usual, all opinions are my own. 

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