Thursday, August 20, 2020

3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog


So today I celebrate 1 year of blogging! I’m super proud of myself for making it this far but there are just a few things I wish I had known prior to starting my blog. I'm sure a lot of people they think it’s really easy to create a blog and it’s just throwing a few words together taking a few pictures and that’s it. And if you are not a blogger I totally understand why you would think that, but let me tell you it's a lot of hard work.

Since starting my blog I’ve had a lot of trial and error and I’m sure there will be more to come. There was so much I didn’t know and I thought I’d share 3 of those things with you all today. 

1. You have to spend as much time promoting your work as you did to create it. It’s not enough to tell folks once that hey I have a NEW blog post up go read it. You have to promote, promote and promote your work even more. If you don’t promote your work than who else will? 

2. Perfectionism is the enemy of progress. While we would all like to write out the perfect blog post with the perfect pictures, that isn’t realistic. Especially not in the beginning stages. It’s important now that we had to start somewhere so just start. You will get better with time.

3. Consistent is the name of the game. Consistency is a requirement of success and if you want to be successful at blogging or anything in life than you need to be consistent. 

While I am extremely proud of the work I’ve done thus far, I know there’s a lot more work to do. I hope these three tips were helpful because I believe with anything in life we do a three can be useful. 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

A Beginners Guide to Buying the Right Makeup Foundation

So earlier in the week we talked on my Ig stories about buying the right makeup foundation for your skin and all of its struggles. For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to find not only the perfect color match but also the right foundation that would work best for my acne prone skin. I am currently using Clinique' foundation and I like it, but I don't love it. It gives me full coverage, but the issue that I have with it the most, is that if seems to be too bright for my skin tone and it bleed ALOT. So for the past few weeks I've been looking for another foundation to use or mix with the current one that I have. 

Like you, I too didn't know the basics when it came to not only buying foundation, but what to look for when buying it. I took a makeup application course about a month ago with a local makeup artist here in Beaumont named Meagan and she gave me some great tips on buying foundation. I also did a little researched on color matching your foundation and different methods to use when do so. After much trial n error and helpful tips from a professional, I was able to find another foundation to mix with my current Clinique foundation. I settled on Fenty Beauty's matte finish foundation in 290 and I have to tell you guys I'm very pleased with my selection. 

This process has been very interesting and I thought it'd be a good idea to share with you what tips, tricks and methods is used to help me not only buy the foundation but find the right color. So I documented the entire process and created what I like to call a Beginners beginnes guide to buying the right makeup foundation. 

Skin Type

This is the 1st and most important thing to know before purchasing your foundation, KNOW your skin type. There are three types of skin types: Dry, Oily or a combination of both. Knowing your skin type is key when determining what type of foundation will work best for you. Skin type can make a difference in how your foundation not only appears but how it oxidizes with your skin. If you have dry skin type, you don't what a matte finish foundation, so hydrating foundation are your best friend. Oily skin type you don't want a foundation that has a dewy finish, so mattifying foundation will more than likely be good for you. Now for folks with combo skin types you'll need a foundation that's somewhat mattifying and hydrating so you can go for more of foundation with a satin finish.

Color Matching

Before buying a foundation determine if your undertones are warm (gold/yellow), cool(pink) or neutral. The best way to do this is by taking a picture in front of a white background with great lighting. Looking at the contrast between your skin and background will help you determine the colors in your skin that appears. This little trick worked so well for me and was such a big help in the store when talking with an associate about finding the right color. 


Now the process was very different from what I guess it would be like if we were not "in the middle of a pandemic" (I say this a least five times a day!) Normally Id say get a sample of the foundation to take home to try out, see how it oxidizes with my skin and go from there. But that's not possible right now. I mean that's really the best case scenario for this process, but yeah Corona. Lucky for us stores are understanding of this and have made the buying and returning process really easy. Buy the foundation. Before you clutch your pearls ladies let me say this, stores are letting your return the foundation right now. Scouts honor (crosses fingers)! Stores like Sephora and Ulta are both allowing your to return makeup at full cost. Take advantage. I know that seems like a complete waste of time and MONEY,  but honestly knowing how the foundation will oxidize on your skin will make all the difference in the world. Now this method may not be the most affordable so id day this is more like a "last result" type of thing. But it worked fo me. 

These three things made a world of difference in my experience in buying my foundation and I hope that they can be helpful to you. Let me know your thought and if this worked for you below. 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

7 basics You Need in Your Wardrobe For Summer

 During the summer I always like to keep a few basic pieces in my wardrobe that are key in creating an effortless look. I keep these things on hand that are mainly my go-to’s when I’m pushed for time and want to look well put together. These items usually work no matter the occasion or event, are inexpensive and can be found at any of your favorite stores. So I’m sure your wondering by now what these items are... So without any further delay, the list are as follows:

A white t-shirt. With a white tee you can never go wrong. It can be dressed up or down and can be paired with anything. Under a slip dress or cam, with a skirt or your favorite pair of jeans. 

A neutral tank. Having a neutral colored tank is key for the summer. Especially if you like to look chic and well put together, having a tank will help you achieve this look. 

Slide in sandals for the win. The shoe that provides style and comfort, is a slide in sandal. You can pair this with a maxi dress or denim shorts for and trendy look. 

Denim shorts, because why not. Listen these are a must for the summer. There are so many varieties of denim shorts out there. Everything from Bermuda to high-waisted shorts, there’s something to suit your comfort needs. 

T-shirt dresses. Now this basic is fairly new, but so necessary for the summer. You're going to want to have this dress ready and available simply because it takes little to no effort to style. Those slide in sandals will come in handy for this basic item. 

Mom jeans are ideal for summer because again they give you a comfy and stylish look without much effort. Style this basic with either your tank or white, heels or sneakers.  

Cross body bags are not only great for running errands but comes in hand for your summer vacations. The only accessories you need for this season and is my go-to bag when I’m in a hurry but want to remain stylish. 

These 7 items are a must for every wardrobe in my opinion. Have these items in your wardrobe will help make life easier and keep you looking on point for the summer.