Summer Beach Essentials

Hello hello! Happy hump day everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We went to the beach as you do in Florida and it was a perfect day. Being a Floridian going to the beach is something that happens quite often. I’ve grown up spending weekends at the beach or on the river so I’ve learned a few essential items to bring along the way. Check out my summer beach essentials below!

1. Sunscreen: I can’t stress the importance of this enough. When I was young I hated putting sunscreen on and would come home miserable and looking like a tomato. Now I am probably a little obsessive with it. I use the Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF 70 and apply it once an hour to ensure I am protected from the sun.

2:Sunglasses: These are a must for the beach. In Florida the sun can be super harsh and can be hard on your eyes. Sunglasses are needed especially if you will be at the beach for an extended amount of time. I think Forever 21 has some of the cutest and most inexpensive sunglasses out there.

3. A cute bathing suite: Okay this might sound a little dumb but I feel like its so much easier to enjoy yourself at the beach when you have bathing suite that makes you feel good and confident about yourself. I am currently in love with the one I have on. Its from Cotton On and is also affordable. Check it out here.

4. A Book: Its so relaxing to sit on the beach and read a good book. I am currently reading the Out from Egypt series. I can’t rave enough about these books. They suck you in and you never want to stop reading.

5. Small wristlet or pouch: I usually bring an empty Ipsy bag that way I can keep my phone, wallet, and keys without them falling to the bottom of my beach bag. It makes it way easier to find.

6. Massive Beach Towel or Beach Chair: While at the beach you are going to want something to sit in beside the sand. A big beach towel works great or if you prefer a chair you can easily find an inexpensive beach chair.

7. Water: It gets extremely hot in the summer and that makes it easy to get dehydrated. So while at the beach make sure you are drinking a lot of water!

 

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Top 5 Makeup Brushes

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  1. BH Cosmetics Brush 29: This is the perfect brush for blush. I never use another brush to put on my blush. It works for powder or cream and blends it all out beautifully.
  2. Sigma F80: I have loved this brush for years and its still one of my favorites. Its perfect for blending out my foundation. It feels so soft when applying liquid foundation and just gives a flawless look. Its a an oldie but definitely a goodie.
  3.  Real Techniques Contour Brush: I have never loved a brush for my powder contour as much as I’ve loved this one. Its extremely precise and perfect for contouring specific areas of your face.
  4. Morphe M330 Blending Crease: This brush is so soft and blends my crease perfectly. Plus its super affordable and works better than any of my more expensive makeup brushes.
  5. Real Techniques Shading Brush: I absolutely love this brush. Its density is perfect to apply powder eyeshadows. I also love using this with my Colour Pop Super Shock Shadows.

Get all these awesome brushes here:

BH Cosmetics Brush 29: <a href=”http://click.linksynergy.com/link?id=USZ6KtAtSx4&offerid=451576.3074&type=2&murl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bhcosmetics.com%2Fdaily-deal-014″><IMG border=0 src=”http://www.bhcosmetics.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/1/4/14.jpg&#8221; ></a><IMG border=0 width=1 height=1 src=”http://ad.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/show?id=USZ6KtAtSx4&bids=451576.3074&type=2&subid=0&#8243; >

Sigma F80: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/f80-flatkabuki/p/F80PARNT

Real Techniques Contour Brush: https://realtechniques.com/core-collection/p/1403

Morphe M330 Blending Crease:https://www.morphebrushes.com/products/m330-blending-crease

Real Techniques Shading Brush: https://realtechniques.com/shading-brush/p/1404

 

 

Empowerment Sunday: Samantha Virella 

I have had on my heart for a while to start a blog series all about women who inspire, empower, and are all around girl bosses. My vision is through this, other ladies can relate and feel empowered to follow their dreams. When deciding who my first interview would be I instantly knew I wanted it to be Samantha Virella.

I met Samantha about six months ago, and we instantly hit it off. She is possibly the sweetest person you will ever meet but when you get to know her there is so much more than that. When I think of Samantha the word empowerment comes to mind. I constantly see her pouring into other women and ministering to their hearts. She recently became a Refit fitness instructor and her classes are all about empowering other women. She is also a wonderful wife and has four beautiful kids. I am so excited to share my first Empowerment Sunday post with you!

 Q: 3 words that you would use to describe yourself?

A: Passionate, Loyal, and God-fearing. If we are being real a little messy.

 

Q: I know you are a Wife, Mom, and Refit instructor how do you manage to balance it all?

A: I don’t. I just keep going when it gets hard and God keeps me even when it’s hard to manage it all. When you’re a Mom it gets hard and taking time for me is important.

 

Q: What is Refit and why did you decide to get into it?

A: Refit Revolution is fitness for mind, body, and soul. Its faith inspired. It ministers to your heart physically and mentally. It was a God thing. I’ve been doing it online for 5 years and it has inspired and changed my life physically and mentally and I wanted to share it with others. It kind of chose me and I love it.

 

Q: Do you have any health-related goals for the New Year?

A: I haven’t made any goals except staying on this journey. My goal is no longer a number but to be just healthy and happy. I let go of losing a bunch of weight and just live a healthy and free life. I do want to lose a little more weight but it’s not a goal like it used to be. I became so focused on losing weight it overwhelmed me last year and I don’t want it to consume me like it was.  

 

Q: Looking back what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

A: Honestly there is nothing to be afraid of when God is on your side. Fear used to hinder me so much and now I am no longer letting fear control me. My biggest obstacle was getting over fear.

 

Q: What would be your advice for those who are just starting a family?

A: Give yourself LOTS of grace to make mistakes and always be willing to learn more and pray a lot.

 

Q: What brings you the greatest satisfaction professionally?

A: Planning what the lord has put on my heart to share at the end of my classes. Organizing my playlist as well that’s fun!

 

Q: What brings you the greatest satisfaction personally?

A: Gods love for me.

 

Q: What is the best part of Motherhood?

A: There is so much! Even the hard times are worth it. I never knew I could love a person so much. It makes you understand more about Gods love for you.

 

Q: What’s your greatest indulgence?

A: A nice cheat meal is great. I just love food.

 

Q: What beauty product could you not live without and why?

A:Coconut oil. It removes makeup, moisturizes, nourishes your body. I just love it. Then eyebrows and mascara I don’t leave the house without doing those.

 

Q: Do you have a quote or bible verse you like to live by?

A: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Favorite quote is I’M ENOUGH!
 

 

 

Review: Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation & Concealer

I was browsing around Walgreens, as you do, when suddenly out of the corner of my eyes new Wet n Wild products catch my attention. Naturally I rushed over, who am I kidding I walked and probably super slow too. Anyways I saw the Photofocus line and instantly fell in love…I mean these are the most expensive looking products Wet n Wild has ever released but we will get into that soon enough. While looking through the stash of foundation I couldn’t find my color anywhere, darn my pale skin, finally at the very back and in the wrong spot I got the very last one. Then I proceeded to find the concealer and I did. The lightest shade looked to dark but I shrugged my shoulders and bought it anyways, I can’t be stopped when it comes to makeup.

Now for the actual review of the products. I have been wearing both of these products and I feel like I have a pretty good judgement on these product. First off I will say if you have dry skin you will absolutely hate the foundation. It dries out on your skin so quickly. My skin is normal so I didn’t mind it so much. The foundation is a great color match for my skin and gave a really nice Matte finish. I wore this foundation my whole work day and noticed that it settled into my pores and really extenuated them. This foundation is horrible and for six bucks it doesn’t get much cheaper! The concealer is the real surprise for me. I originally thought it would be to dark for my skin tone but it ended up being a perfect match. It blends out beautifully and does everything you want a concealer to do. Overall these products are so inexpensive and the quality is not bad either.

My Goals for 2017

I can’t believe it’s already 2017 where has time gone. I am actually very excited for this year. I feel like its going to be great! This is the time of year where everyone sets goals for the themselves and I’ve never really set new years goals because most people never actually fulfill them. This year I decided I would set five goals and I wanted to share them. So here goes!

  1. Read my bible for at least 20 minutes everyday. Sometimes life gets so busy that its easy to forget to push aside spending time in the word when it is so important for spiritual health.
  2. Make more time for myself. This something that I am not very good at but I think its vital to take some time and do things that make you feel happy and relaxed. Some of those things for me are date nights, spending time with my girlfriends, relaxing baths, and writing for fun.
  3. Blog twice a week. I am so inconsistent with my blogging and this year I’ve decided to set myself a schedule.
  4. Go on a long walk twice a week. Walking is so good for you and can really help clear your mind.
  5. Book a vacation to Paris! This has been a long term goal for me and I’ve kind of made it my husbands to. I have been to Europe but I have never been to Paris and its always been a dream of mine. By the end of this year I would love to have a trip booked for the beginning of next year!

There are my five goals for 2017! I am so excited for these and I feel like they are actually obtainable. What are some of your goals for 2017?

Cozy Autumn Days

Autumn is just a wonderful season. When the weather starts to change you feel like maybe life will slow down a little bit. I will be the first to tell you that when planning a wedding, working, and trying to find a place to live, life does not slow down one bit. In the midst of all the craziness that can surround us it important to slow down and spend time with the ones you love. Sometimes we get so caught up in the things in life that constantly keep us occupied that we forget to stop and enjoy the moment or season of life that we’re in. Don’t let the activities of life make you miss important moments. So this Autumn go to a Pumpkin Patch, find your way through a corn maze, sit around a bonfire, go on a hayride, and most importantly spend time with the ones who are close to your heart.


  

e.l.f Suprise

The other day I came home after a tough day and found a little package in my mail. I was thinking that this is strange I didn’t order anything. I came inside and opened it up and it was a few e.l.f products. I was so surprised and I am a big fan of e.l.f lately. I feel like they have stepped up their game in what they are producing. They sent me the Matte Lip color in Wine (which is a perfect shade for fall), Lip Balm in pink, a Eyeliner and Shadow Stick in Black, an eye shadow quad in Tantalizing Taupe, and the Perfect Finish HD Powder. I haven’t tried all of the product out but I’m sure they will be great! Wine is actually a color that I bought in their studio store a while ago but I’m not sure if it was matte so I’m excited to try this out. Sometimes blessings come in little packages and you have to learn to appreciate the little things in life. 

DMQ Dream Big Palette Review

I love supporting others who have the same passion as me so when I saw that Diva Makeup Queen on YouTube was coming out with her own palette of course I bought it. I’ve been watching DMQ for a while now and can say that she really does embody the concept of this palette which is “Dream Big.” It really is amazing that she did this on her own not through any company. Now lets get to the actual palette! 


 

  I absolutely love the colors in the “Dream Big” palette. They are right up my ally. I love the neutrals since I’m a neutral eyeshadow kind of girl but I also love the colorful options as well. Plus the finish of the eyeshadows are just beautiful!

  

 In the picture I am wearing Passion in the crease and right above it. Then Faith right in the crease and Believe in the outer corners. All over the lid is actually the purple color which is called Imagination and to finish it out Gratitude is on my browbone. I love that all of the names of each shadow are what you need to dream big. Again congrats to DMQ on her launch of this amazing palette! If any of you are interested in this palette here is the link: http://dmq-cosmetics.myshopify.com

Inglot Freedom System Review

I’ve been in love with this Inglot Freedom System Palette for a couple of months now. I bought this on a whim on a trip to New York in Time Square at their studio store. Which I highly recommend it was such a fun experience creating this. Plus the girls that work there were very sweet and helpful. That aside the eyeshadows are like nothing I’ve used before so I am very excited to share this with you.

Right to Left colors: 21, 357, 457, 31, and 395
Right to Left colors: 21, 357, 457, 31, and 395
Inglot eyeshadow are nothing new to the internet in fact I’ve seen blog post and YouTube videos about the Freedom System Palettes for years. I always just figured it was all just hype but I’m here to tell you that the hype is real people! The shadows are crazy pigmented and I wear them daily. The textures vary from shade to shade. The ones that have a pearl like finish seem to feel velvety and a lot of the matte shades are smooth but still feel a bit chalky.

Now for the packaging because this is what makes it really stand out to me. First off everything is magnetic which is awesome because that means my palette will never run out. When I run out of an eyeshadow all I have to do is order a new shade on the website and when it comes in pop the old one out and the new one in. The magnets and the fact that its super sturdy make this palette ideal for travel.

As you can probably tell I’m slightly obsessed with the Inglot Freedom System Palettes. I listed all the colors I have in mine below the photo so make sure to check it out. Don’t live in the Big Apple? No worries you can order one here http://www.inglotcosmetics.com

Brand Focus: W7 Cosmetics

About two years ago I discovered this brand on a trip to the UK and fell in love with their nail polish. I thought that’s the only thing they sold. After I was back in the states I discovered that it was actually a full line of makeup products but then sort of forgot about it. Well last year I rediscovered this company and actually bought the In the Buff Palette and the In the Nude palette which I did a full review here. http://floridafashionbabes.com/2014/11/05/urban-decay-naked-2-dupe/ This company is based out of London. It was created so that every women can have affordable high quality makeup. I love the concept. It has grown and grown over the years and now carries over five hundred fabulous products.W7forblogThis month I tried four new amazing products that I have to share. The Angel Eyes Palette is beautiful. The pigmentation of these shadows match up to high end eye shadows. The shimmers are especially creamy and easy to apply. The lipstick Red Tulip, which makes no sense because its pink, is lovely. Its creamy and glides onto your lips easily. Night Glow is a highlighter that gives you a beautiful pop of iridescence to your cheek bones. The Absolute Lashes is a great mascara it lengthens really well and I tend to go over it with my Maybelline the Rocket Mascara to make my lashes look a little fuller. I swatched two shades of the Angel Eyes Palette, Night Glow, and Red Tulip to show you just how amazing these are. w7forblog2

w7forblog3W7 continues to blow my mind with their inexpensive and high quality products. This brand is something to get excited for. Hope you enjoyed!