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Let’s Review It: Lorac Mega PRO 4 Palette

Prior to my no buy, I purchased a few makeup items and I wanted to share a quick review of each one.  Today you can see a close up and swatches of the Lorac Mega Pro 4 palette along with my review via this recent YouTube video.

 

 

This Lorac palette definitely has lots of color options to choose from and I am glad to have it in my collection.  With the holiday season upon us, be sure to wait for a coupon code before you purchase any new makeup.  I know you want the new products in your hand but I promise it will be worth the wait and worth the money saved in the end.

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Be sure to check out Lorac’s Instagram for close up swatches on various complexions.  You can also see various looks by searching #megapro4 from makeup artists, busy moms, and makeup lovers around the globe.

Have a grand week,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Massive Makeup Declutter

#Random Over the past few months I’ve given away 35 lbs of makeup and 17 lbs of nail polish.  My polish collection was cut down tremendously but my makeup collection doesn’t look like it has been touched.  😕 However, after Christmas I’ve set a goal to be back down to one drawer stand instead of 2.  Either way, Kevin is surprised because I passed it on WITHOUT replenishing, which has NEVER happened in our 9 years and 363 days of marriage. Like, NEVER, ever, ever!

This massive declutter came about after realizing that I wasn’t enjoying makeup anymore. I only do a full face on the weekends so for 2 days a week, I don’t need all of that stuff.  I also decided that I wasn’t going to buy anymore unless it was a necessity. I had a horrible habit of  overbuying what I like and I needed to be set free. Self-control, come through ASAP!!!

Said all that to say, never underestimate the power of the purge.  This year I went into EXTREME mode with the household declutter but, I’m so glad I did it.  Only a few more things to sort through and I will be done.  The energy  (don’t let the word scare you, I’m still saved) in our house feels so much better!  I feel so much better and not obligated to consume every new thing that comes on the market.  Again, I have self-control!

This month my feature on the Homeschooling With Heart blog speaks on our homeschool purge and I hope it also encourages you.  You can also read more about my household declutter process via this previous blog post.

So, let me slide this “no buy” in as an early anniversary gift for my husband.  So, I WILL NOT PURCHASE another beauty product until I RUN COMPLETELY OUT of what I currently have.  I plan on going forth with this no buy from November 1, 2017 until June 2018.  During this time, my goal is to REMOVE THE EXCESS so I can effectively and efficiently use what I already have.  

I implore every reader to declutter before the end of the year.  Go through your life and declutter toxic or unnecessary relationships, bad habits, and negative thoughts while you conquer the closets.  Allow God to guide you through a true cleaning session and I promise you will not regret it. Remember, your home is a living space, not a storage space.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K 

Today, I Need Some Encouragement 

Last month, my family endured a devastating loss and after all we’ve endured, rest is definitely needed. Usually, I’ve prepared my monthly blog posts well in advance but right now, my mind is all over the place.  I am typing this completely worn out at 1:00 am CST in our hotel suite.  My family is resting after a long two weeks and I think tonightI will FINALLY get a long overdue 8 hours of sleep.  I look forward to coming back in September with a tribute to our family member and some great series but until then, enjoy these reposts and recent videos. 

This week I needed some encouragement so check out my recent video about the covering of God and check out the blog post by clicking this fantastic hyperlink.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K. 

The ULTIMATE Brow Blog

This post is your all in one stop for everything that has to do with grooming, filling in, and shaping your eyebrows.  I have several product review and tutorials that I’ve filmed over the years so sit back, eat your favorite snack, and enjoy this ULTIMATE brow blog.

 

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EYEBROW GROOMING for me is extremely simple.  I just apply some razorless cream shave to certain areas while my brows are filled in and wipe off the product after three to five minutes.  You can learn about this product via my detailed review and my updated brow grooming routine videos.

 

 

FILLING IN MY BROWS varies depending on the look I’m going for and the amount of time I have to apply my makeup.  Sometimes the fill in process takes three minutes and other times it takes ten minutes but that is only when I am going for a super detailed full face.  Here are a few tutorials featuring some of my favorite eyebrow products and methods.

Perfect Beginner Tutorial

 

e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit

 

Reverse Method (applying concealer and then filling in)

 

Wet n Wild Eyebrow Mascara

 

Hopefully you were able to pick up some new tips or reminded of things you used to do that worked well for your eyebrow routine.  I’m not saying every makeup application has to have pristine eyebrows HOWEVER, I do believe that taking an extra minute to fill them in doesn’t hurt.  You can see me complete a FULL FACE featuring the popular “no makeup, makeup look” in this tutorial and the eyebrow portion only took one minute.

 

If you missed something and don’t feel like scrolling back up, you can just click this hyperlink which will open up an ULTIMATE YouTube playlist in you BROWser.

 

Make this week BROW-tastic,

Ta’Neisha K.

My 4 Go-To Makeup Looks

Makeup has become one of my favorite hobbies and I definitely enjoy collecting cute pieces, perfecting application on myself, and applying it to others. Now of course nothing is more comfortable than a fresh face; however, I love to simply enhance my own beauty with some key looks.  I also enjoy the smile and priceless reaction from women when I give them the perfect “beat” face.  So here are my four quick and go-to makeup looks along with examples via recent tutorial and/or face of the day (fotd) video.

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This beauty list is in no particular order because they are all equally awesome, fantastic, and gorgeous.

  1. MONOCHROMATIC eyeshadow looks good on all women but I think it looks featuring BLUE, PURPLE, and TURQUOISE eyeshadow PHENOMENAL on women of color.  My favorite purple palettes are the BH Cosmetics 120 5th Edition and the Coastal Scents Winterberry  because both offer a variety of gorgeous variations within the purple family.  My favorite blue and turquoise eyeshadows are Chaos (bright blue matte) and Unhinged (metallic shimmer turquoise) form the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette.  I also like Dalia and Zola from the Juvia’s Place Masquerade palette because the pigmentation is outstanding.

 

2.  MODEST GLAM is another makeup look I love to rock because alone it gives a subtle sexy vibe and can easily be dressed up by adding some extra smoke. This type of look is great for date nights because it screams “romance me husband” and “I’m yours” especially in the moonlight.  For these looks I love the velvety texture of the Lorac palettes including the Lorac Pro and Lorac Mega Pro collections.

 

3.  BARE FACED BEAUTY is definitely one of my top four because the No Makeup, Makeup Look is the perfect way to enhance your natural beauty.  I really like to wear this look with either a completely natural vibe without any blush or highlight or with extra highlight alongside a light flush (soft blush application). I usually call these looks my mommy makeup because it literally takes my 5-7 minutes to complete it from start to finish.  This was my favorite makeup look during all of my pregnancies.

 

 

 

4.  RED CARPET READY is for when I want to go ALL OUT! These looks definitely bring out the oooos, ahhhs, and plenty of compliments.  I save these looks for weddings, celebrations, or a random Tuesday when I have the extra time.  Oh and 9 times out of 10 these looks include glitter and lashes galore.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this quick look at several ways I frequently apply my makeup.  As the trends change with the times I am certain these looks will never go out of style. After all, the Monochromatic, Modest Glam, Bare Faced Beauty, and Red Carpet ready looks are timeless classics and should be respected as such.

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So tell me in the comment section, what’s your favorite (go-to) makeup look?

Make this week beautiful,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

Of Course I NEED New Makeup!

One of my favorite things about the New Year is the sales that go on and the introductions of the spring product lines from cosmetic companies.  From the looks of the announcements and blogs, this year is going to be a beautiful one for makeup.  I AM SO EXCITED!!

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I am looking forward to everything that Wet N Wild has to offer because their product line has become more and more chic and trendy each year.  From the pastel and metallic products in the Spring/Summer lines to the dazzle, glow, and glitter of their holiday line I expect nothing but great things from them in 2017.  I will also be impatiently waiting for the next PRO palette from Lorac Cosmetics because each one has been more gorgeous than its predecessor.  Finally, I am staying on the lookout for anything Juvia’s Place has to offer because their products have been a true asset to my personal collection.

 

Recently I was able to catch some awesome products on sale and received several as gifts during the holiday season.  To see what new beauties I’ve added to my makeup collection check out my recent video.

I can’t wait to see what the 2017 makeup trends will be and how every person will individualize them.  But for now, I will enjoy the gorgeous items I just unboxed and do my best to avoid another makeup sale.

I mean it! I am going to sit on my hands when the next beauty item pops up on my Instagram feed. 

No, for real!  I’m not buying anymore makeup. 

Okay, I don’t mean like never, but for a really, really, really, really long time.

Yep, at least three or four months because that is a reasonable amount of time to wait before buying something new.

Seriously! I feel like you don’t believe me.  You can trust me to run the other direction.

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Who am I kidding?  I’m weak.

 

Make this week beautiful,

Ta’Neisha K.

God Has You Covered

I posted this status update on December 30, 2015 but the words still ring true today. Remember to remain obedient to God each day of every year and He will keep you covered.

“The story details are simply amazing but I will just hit you with the high points.

1) Quick transition can seem scary but when you’re obedient to the will of The Most High you shouldn’t be afraid to move swiftly. He’s got you covered.

2) Frustration in work is normal. Take a deep breath, take a break, and get back to doing what you’re supposed to. No labor, done in good faith is EVER in vain. He’s got you covered.

3) Keeping a prayer journal is an amazing tool. You have an actual log of every life battle and how God brought you out. Oh, and on the days you don’t think he is moving then just look in the mirror and realize that you’re still here. He’s got you covered.

4) As a wife I get the privilege to experience all our adult problems but not necessarily bear “ultimate responsibility” as my husband does. Sometimes life happens and it is super wacktastic. My favorite part of every day is letting him know that he is doing a great job. Our pastor, protector, and provider is awesome and I’m amazed at how he bears it all. Kevin is built for it and he has us covered. Kevin is obedient to The Most High God. HE HAS US COVERED!

Remain obedient in 2015 so you don’t lose your covering.”

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Happy New Year!

Ta’Neisha K.