My No-Makeup Makeup Look Using Make Up For Ever’s Matte Velvet Skin Foundation

You guys know I love a good beat, and as much as I love to flex my makeup artist friends’ skills, I can never remake the lessons they teach me. As a result, I usually end up flossing an everyday no-makeup look with a popping lip and that’s perfectly fine with me.

Having dry skin has always been my struggle, so I need the extra boost of moisture before wearing a long-lasting foundation that takes me through the day. That’s why before I do anything,I apply my Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster serum from Sephora inside JCPenney

After that, I prime. Ladies, you need primer to make sure you have a solid and even canvas to apply your makeup. My choice of primer is the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer, also found atSephora inside JCPenney. Apply a small dime-sized amount to your skin, spreading evenly until you feel nourished and covered. Let this set for a few minutes before you apply your foundation.

A quick tip: Your foundation looks so much better when you use a foundation brush! Make Up ForEver has an amazing foundation brush, the Artisan Brush #108, that is my go-to for applying my foundation.

Using this foundation brush not only helps me apply my makeup smoothly,but also helps me stretch my foundation, so that I don’t have to over apply … because nothing’s worse than a cake face (wearing too much foundation).

Now let’s talk about the foundation: The Matte Velvet Skin Foundation, which is a 24-hour full coverage foundation might I add!

I’ve always been afraid of full-coverage makeup, I always thought that it would be too heavy on my skin. That is, until I tried this foundation from Sephora inside JCPenney. This foundation is one-of-a-kind. It has a Flex-Fit Complex that allows the foundation to breath and bend with your skin … aka, no makeup creases, no flaking, or no fading! The best part is, it’s available in 40 shades,which means that I was able to find the perfect match to my melanin poppin’ skin! This foundation is perfect for ladies on the go because it is long-lasting and has a 24-hour holding power; but it’s still nourishing enough to not dry out your skin.

Guess what girls … I’m giving away a MAKE UP FOREVER Foundation Brush and Primer to one lucky winner! Head over to Instagram Page (linked here) to enter the giveaway.

This post was written in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney. #SephoraInJCP #NewGenerationMatte

Operation Sleep – Our Lull Mattress Unboxing

Ahhh! So excited! Now that HD and I are finally getting around to making our new place a ‘home’ post wedding, we thought it was time to upgrade our bed. We recently got a new King Size bed, and have been on the hunt for the perfect mattress. Our biggest priority was SLEEP because we live a busy lifestyle.

We’re so glad we found Lull! Our busy schedules didn’t give us a huge amount of time to search for a new mattress, so Lull’s ‘delivery to your doorstep’ service was both perfect and practical for us. We ordered the mattress on a Monday, it arrived by Thursday and was on our bed in enough time to get some good rest!

Check out our unboxing video here:

I will follow-up with a review video after sleeping on the mattress for a few nights. Until then, goodnight!

Darling Retro Chic Summer

Y’all, this retro chic black tropical midi dress from Torrid is my entire mood for summer. I’m not a big fan of hot summer days, but these fun sundresses from Torrid have made me think otherwise. The colors, the texture, the shape all screams for a celebration. This skater dress in particular really digs into my personal style because it’s line with tulle for volume; but don’t worry, there’s a slip in between the tulle layers so you don’t get itchy and hot!

Paired with bright colored sandals, and fun sunglasses … mood set!

My Summer Theme & How I’m Doing Things

The first day of summer was just days ago, and I’m making it my business to get ahead of the curve literally and figuratively. For me, summer is my busy season. My clients schedules are super demanding which makes my personal life a little hectic. There isn’t much space for me to have downtime between June and September. I try my best to squeeze lemonade out of these lemons.

With that said, I’m finding a balance this summer. Last week was BET weekend, which was insane for my calendar, and next week is Essence Fest, which will be even more crazy. But between these hectic days, you will find me checking out to enjoy my first summer as a new wife with my husband. Random road trips are in the works, endless pool days, late nights binge watching our favorite shows, lots of roof top brunch dates overlooking our new favorite city. I’m being selfish, and I’m super excited about it!

For some reason this Marigold Yellow Chiffon Dress from Torrid gives me the vibe of my summer theme. The theme is balance, and this dress really screams that for me. It makes me feel relaxed and comfortable but still gives me enough formality to be paired with cute shoes and heels for an evening out on the town. So this gorgeous sundress along with the theme of my summer is not losing sight of balance. As much hard work as I put in, I should also find time to enjoy life.

This dress is currently sold out, but you can shop similar looks here:

Yellow Jersey Dress

Photography by: Andrea Foster Photography

Part Two of My Eloquii x Draper James Obsession

If you don’t know already, I pretty much feel like this Draper James collection for Eloquii was made for me! All of the beautiful patterns and shapes literally speaks to my life on so many levels. I’m not surprised that Reese Witherspoon spearheaded this collection herself, after all she is the ultimate southern belle.

There was one more look that I couldn’t resist sharing, it was this one-of-a-kind midi skirt (linked here) and this adorably fun striped shirt (linked here). While most would shy away from mixing patterns, leave it to me to break the rules honey! I found that this fun skirt and this stripe button up worked seamlessly together.

Aside from how fun and flirty this look is, I really want to chat about something you can’t necessarily “see,” and that’s THE QUALITY of the clothes. I’ve been shopping Eloquii for a while now; in fact, it’s a fave amongst some of my friends. Literally 99% of my boss/mentor’s closet is Eloquii (Hi Toya!) What I find that makes us all returned customers is the craftsmanship in Eloquii’s clothes. You literally get what you pay for, in a good way. The quality of the materials are made to endure long-term wear, and the extra details from the company takes your personal shopping experience to the next level. I’m usually leaping for joy every time an Eloquii package arrives at my door.

To shop the full Draper James X Eloquii collection CLICK HERE

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