Archive for 2016

Peace Out 2016!

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Peace Out 2016!
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Happy New Year's Eve darlings!!! Seriously, I totally can't believe it's 2017 already! (And my Momma's birthday!!)

I must say that 2016 was a pretty amazing year for me. I have absolutely no complaints and have experienced so many blessings. Honestly, 2013, 2014, and 2015 were pretty shitty years for me and I didn't think there was going to be any light at the end of the tunnel. When all you see is darkness, it's hard to ever think you'll see the light again. Well I can truthfully say that I have seen a shitload of darkness and finally finally finally I have seen some damn light.

I have to acknowledge the good times and give my thanks to God. Here are some things I have been truly grateful for in 2016...

  • My family: Without my family (especially my Mom), I wouldn't be here. I would not be around, or focused, or I don't even know what. I would probably be dancing on top of a table at a club drunk or out of control. My family keeps me sane and grounded. They support me no matter what and I know how lucky I am. 
  • My friends: I am so grateful to have so many amazing people in my life. I have a problem and I am so lucky to be able to text 15 people asking for help and I'll get 15 replies back saying "What do you need?" Sometimes I really get emotional when I think about what a blessing it is to have so many good people in my life. 
  • No bullshit: I must say, it's not always easy getting good people in your life. I am not sure if it's because I am now in my 30's but I have no tolerance for bullshit. I am getting a better sense of who I am and I am becoming more of myself. If you aren't a good person with morals, values, and good intentions, I am asking you to get away from me. It may be harsh to say but it's the truth. I don't need the drama or bullshit. I am only nurturing good positive relationships. I have had enough bad already to last me a lifetime...
  • My nieces: Technically they should be under the family category (lol) but my three nieces have to get their own shout out. The twins are 2 years old and the oldest is 4 years old and they are all something else. They all have such different personalities and are their own little characters. They keep me grounded and really put life into perspective. If I'm sick, the 3 of them are FaceTiming me asking if I'm ok. If I look like crap, the three of them will comment on it. They just make everything in my life so much better. Holidays are better. Birthdays are better. Apple picking is better. Just everything. Even small things of innocence like Sofia playing with a Jack in a Box and not realizing that something will pop out. She screamed so loud and I couldn't stop laughing. What joy seeing things through a child's eyes. Love those girls with everything I have. 
  • My job: I am so blessed to say how much I love my full time job. Its been 5 years and I still love showing up to work everyday. I have an amazing boss and I am surrounded by people who appreciate me and my work. That's rare. 
  • My blog: In 2017, I will be focusing a lot more on The Gossip Darling. I have learned so many things this past year though and have connected with some amazing people. I can't wait to continue to expand and hopefully turn this baby of mine into something bigger. 
What are you grateful for this past year? 

Happy New Year! Wishing you a safe and happy holiday and many blessing for 2017!

xoxo

New Year's Resolutions for 2017

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New Year's Resolutions for 2017
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I can't believe that it's almost 2017! Am I the only one thinking next week is only July 4th?! Crazy town! I'm determined to make New Year's Resolutions for 2017 and I'm sticking to them. Wish me luck. Here they are...

1. No new beauty products unless replacing empty containers: As a makeup junkie, I have loads and loads of makeup and always make new purchases in the name of "backup". No more! If I don't have an empty container, it won't get purchased. And no more having a million backup to products. No reason to have over 10 different foundations in my drawers. Makeup expires and you end up throwing it away. It's time to be more realistic and save money.

2. Save $200 per week: Since I'm not purchasing makeup, extra money is going into savings! 

3. No spend January: It's time for me to put the breaks on my spending. Of course we all go a little over during the holidays but it's time to get back to real life! No spending unless it's an absolute must. 

4. Get back to fitness and diet program: I lost 15 pounds before the holidays. I know I've gained a few back. I'm not beating myself up too much because I don't as sick a lot in December and was unable to go to the gym. Time to get back into my healthy living routine! 

5. Sell everything I don't need: Again, out with everything I don't need and start bringing in more money! Time to clean up the clutter and make some money from it. 

6. Blog more! 

7. Learn how to use my new camera: I need to start taking better blog photos. I'm determined to improve this baby of mine. 

8. Focus on my life and being happy: I focus so much of others that I forget about myself. Time for me to get a boyfriend and focus on my own happiness. 

What are your New Year's Resolutions? What's happening in 2017?

Have a Happy New Year everyone!! Be safe! 

xoxo

Bobbi Brown's Chocolate Nail Polish

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Bobbi Brown's Chocolate Nail Polish

If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I LOVE this nail polish. I've been wearing it almost every single day since I've purchased it. Bobbi's nail polish comes in two colors: wine and chocolate. I decided to go with chocolate because I already have so many different shades of red. The chocolate shade is so unique and suits every skin complexion. It's such a rich shade!!

Bobbi Brown's Chocolate Nail Polish

This is how I apply...

I use my OPI gel base first and then apply two coats of the Bobbi Brown nail polish. The formula is so rich that two coats is all you need!

Then I apply one coat of the OPI gel top coat! I let my nails dry for 5 minutes between each coat.

That's it! Your nails will look for the next 7 days!

Bobbi Brown's Chocolate Nail Polish

Seriously this nail polish is worth every penny of the $15 price tag. I'm so in love with it!!

Bobbi Brown's Chocolate Nail Polish

Bobbi Brown's Chocolate Nail Polish

What's you favorite nail polish?

xoxo

Beauty Goodies Used Up in November

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Beauty Goodies Used Up in November

Crap. I totally was supposed to post this earlier in the month! Oh well! I've been sick pretty much the entirety of December so please forgive me!

Here are beauty goodies I've used up in November! (Seems so long ago, eh?)

1. Avon Makeup Remover Wipes: I feature these month after month and I still love them! I use them daily to remove my makeup as well as wipe my makeup brushes after every use. I use about 3 to 4 wipes daily so I go through many packages. These wipes are still the best I've found. 

2. BareMinerals Dirty Detox Mask: I purchased two containers of this mask because they were having a 20% off sale. I like it and use it twice a week but it's not my favorite. I'm on the hunt for a different mask so please pass along any recommendations! It leaves my skin feeling smooth but I see no real improvement...I need something better...

3. Burt's Bee Tinted Lip Balm: Omg I'm obsessed with this stuff! I received this in one of my beauty subscriptions and it's the best thing ever. I'll definitely be repurchasing after I finish up some lip products I already have! It gives my lips a hint of color and leaves them feeling so soft. The best thing about it? I can apply without using a mirror and still look like I'm wear a hint of lipstick! Love. I need to try more products from this brand. 

4. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Hand Cream: My Mom swears by this stuff and I have to say I agree with her. It's super thick and kinda smells bad but it leaves your skin smooth for hours...being that I live in NYC and we are in full blown Winter, my hands definitely pay the price. This cream has definitely been helping. 

5. Avon Skin So Soft Hair Removing Cream: I loooove this stuff! I don't think Avon gets enough credit for some amazing products they have. It's not an old lady brand. They offer some amazing products at a reasonable price. You need this hair removing cream. Doesn't burn and leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized. 

6. BareMinerals Clay Chameleon Cleanser: This is a nice cleanser but yet again...not my favorite. My acne is improving finally after 6 months but it's left me feeling very picky when it comes to makeup and skincare. I want nothing but products I love in my medicine cabinet. Things are expensive you know?! I still love BareMinerals but I'll pass on this and stick with my Chanel cleanser

Thanks for reading everyone! Hope you had a great Christmas! 

xoxo

Merry Christmas Wishes + My Holiday Decor

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Merry Christmas Wishes + My Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas loves!!!!! Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays with your loved ones!!

Thank goodness after a terrible 2014 and 2015, I've had many blessings in 2016. I'm super grateful and I can't wait to see what 2017 brings! I'm praying better things are on the way!

I thought I would share some of my holiday decorations. It's my favorite time of year and I love decorating ever corner of my place.

Merry Christmas Wishes + My Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas Wishes + My Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas Wishes + My Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas Wishes + My Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas Wishes + My Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas Wishes + My Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas Wishes + My Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas Wishes + My Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas Wishes + My Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas Wishes + My Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas Wishes + My Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas everyone!!

xoxo

Too Faced Natural Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

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Omg!!!! Omg!!! Omg!!! You NEED this eyeshadow palette! I just got it and I'm super obsessed with it already! Yesssss!

I have been stalking this eyeshadow palette for awhile. I love my eyeshadow. I wear it every single day and I prefer more of a natural look that I can build into something more glam. Who wants to buy so many palettes? Just buy one that you can use many different ways! I love my natural looking colors and golds/bronze shades. These shades are super pigmented and a little bit goes a longggg way. I swear you just need to tap a bit with your brush and the color will transfer easily!

Too Faced Natural Eyes Eyeshadow Palette Seriously, if you only have enough money for one eyeshadow palette and you want something very versatile... this $36 Too Faced Natural Eyes Eyeshadow Palette is the one for you. You can use it day/night/fancy occasions.

Now on to an important question...should I purchase Too Faced's Sweet Peach palette......

xoxo

How to Remove Acne Dark Spots

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Thank goodness that my acne has been behaving itself. So far so good with no new breakouts....BUT my breakouts did leave damage behind. My face is covered with dark spots! My face is just covered with the bad memories left behind. I have been doing everything possible to remove the dark spots from my face. In the past few weeks, I've seen huge improvement. So here's what I'm doing...

How to Remove Acne Dark Spots

1. Aloe Vera: After watching the video below, my sister-in-law texted me and ask you need an aloe vera plant asap! I'm like wtf do I need that for? After watching the YouTube video, I legit immediately ran to Home Depot and bought a plant for $4.99. Hahaha. I totally did not wait! I just tear a piece of the plant off, cut the skin open, and rub the flesh all over my face. The juices are like a natural miracle cure all. After I apply, I wait until the juice is fully dry on my face before I apply anything else. My skin feels tight! I have really seen an improvement so far! I wish I could bottle all the juice up and store it someone so it'll be easier for application but I'm afraid the benefited won't be a potent....so far, I highly recommend everyone get an aloe vera plant!


2. Mederma PM Intensive Overnight Scar Cream: My Mom highly recommends anything from Mederma. She started using it about 15 years ago on a surgery scar and tells everyone to get it. This is a new formula and it states to be extremely advanced and really works to break scars as you sleep. I apply this about 30 mins after I apply the aloe vera to my face. It's a thicker cream so a little goes a long way. I apply it on all of my scarred areas and wait for it to dry before I apply my moisturizer. It doesn't smell and it's easy to blend. So far, I have noticed a huge difference. It doesn't happen overnight and trust me, I'm very impatient. But my Mom said my skin without any makeup on after I had been using this for about a month and she said wow!! Your scars are almost gone. I still have a way to go but I'm finally starting to breathe again.

3. Mederma Scar Cream Plus SPF 30: So I use Mederma during the day as well. I use this SPF 30 formula in place of my moisturizer. It does a great job at hydrating my skin as well as protecting it from the sun. Also, I'm looking for some extra scar healing powers. I think I would be lost without Mederma.

How to Remove Acne Dark Spots

4. BareMinerals True Oasis Oil-Free Replenishing Gel Cream: I am OBSESSED with this gel based moisturizer. I finally bought the full sized version when BareMinerals was having one of their 20% off sales. I have never used a gel moisturizer before and I had my doubts. In my mind, in order to hydrate your skin, you needed some huge thick white cream. Sooo not the case. I'm so in love with BareMinerals new skincare line. In my opinion, if you have acne, oily skin, or problematic skin, this moisturizer is a must. It's hydrating, smooth, doesn't leave a residue, and makes your skin feel amazing for makeup application. Apply both day and night and you'll notice a huge difference. The key factor...it doesn't clog my pores!! I haven't gotten one breakout.

5. Witch Hazel: Any brand will do. I bought mine at Walmart for super cheap. I can't say enough how much I love this. My bff Karen has been using this for so many years and told me to give it a try and swore it worked better than any expensive toner I've tried. I really think using the original witch hazel formula has been a game changer. It helps tone your skin, reduce swelling and inflammation, helps repair skin, and...it fights off bacteria. Yessssssssssss!!

PS- to be a little extra, I highly recommend using this to help cleanse your skin at night. It's amazinggggggg. I will never stop using one!

So far this combo has been working really well for me over the last month. My spots are fading day by day.

Do you guys have any tricks up your sleeves when it comes to removing dark spots left by acne? Talk about a confidence sucker! I would love to hear what you've used or are using!

Have a great week!!

xoxo

10 Cute Makeup Bags on Etsy!

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I loveeeee me some Etsy!! Who doesn't? I remember discovering Etsy over 7 years ago from a friend planning her wedding. I was looking for something original and custom and she sent me to Etsy. Since that moment, I haven't looked back and I am completely hooked! I am also sooo happy to help support small business owners!

Anyway, you all know how much I love my makeup and I think my makeup looks so much nicer when I have a cute bag to store it in. During one of my long Etsy marathon sessions, I discovered a bunch of adorable makeup bag that are sure to make a statement. They will also make the most amazing Christmas gifts!!!

I keep different makeup bags at the gym, at my desk at work, in my handbag, and at home! So if you happen to pick up three or four of these bags....you have a good reason to! Feel no guilt :) 

Check out some of my faves....


1. OMG! How cute?! "Bag of Tricks"....I swear, if you all every saw me without makeup...what a scary thought!!! I definitely pull some tricks every time I take my makeup out of my bag. Hahahaha


2. Yassssssssss!!! "I've Got 99 Problems But My *Eyelashes* Ain't One"... oh how I love Jay Z and how I love how fun this bag is....If you pull this out of your bag, people will definitely have a chuckle!


3. "Lipstick + Lashes" baby!!!! I love the simple chicness of this bag! It's perfect for any occasion and super stylish. I am nothing without my lipstick! 


4. I definitely need "Gym & Tonic" for my gym locker! I can put all of my beauty goodies and personal effects in this gem....If I work out as hard as I do, I should be able to have a drink or two? Right?! (Or three) 


5. Get it girllll! There's no better way to get ready than a glass in your left hand and a wand in your right! "Hand Me The Prosecco and Watch Me Get Fabulous" is 100% ME!!!


6. "Girl Boss" This bag is def for my work desk...I always need a reminder of how amazing I am and how I can take over the world....Get it girl! 


7. "I Came, I Saw, I Contoured" It doesn't get any better than this!!! Omg, I am dying....you can conquer the WORLD if you're contour is on point!! 


8. "Don't Let Anyone with Bad Eyebrows Tell You Anything About Life"Amen! Amen! Amen! PS- I this is soooo true!!! Don't we all have people in our lives who love offering advice when they are a hot mess themselves? Just sayin...


9. "Winging It" This is my life motto! But aren't we all?


10. "Makeup (meyk-uhp) n. I. So I don't look as hungover as I feel" Omg!!! Haven't we all been there?! My makeup girl at one of the department store counters is always hungover when I see her on a Saturday morning. It cracks me up...I am texting her this!!

What does your makeup bag look like? Which one of these babies do you want?

xoxo

Sneak Peek to the International Wedding Trend Report

11:38:00 AM

Happy Tuesday darlings!!!!

Are you getting married and need help planning your Big Day? Or are you like me and just obsessed with everything weddings? Yes, even after all the years of planning weddings and running my own wedding blog...I am still super obsessed with all things wedding. 

Now there are soooo many great resources for couples planning their big wedding days. Have you heard of the International Wedding Trend Report? Well let me tell you a bit about it! They have wedding professionals from all over the world offer readers loads of tips, trends, and other useful advice so your wedding day can be perfect. 

The report is published by the Academy of Wedding and Event Planning. They know their wedding stuff because they are the lead company for training "wedding planners, stylists and designers, and with campuses across the globe, they are well-placed to compile a report that pulls together all the trends we are seeing in the wedding industry. To help with give and give the report a true international feel, we have called upon 50 top wedding professionals to give their insight into what is trending in their corner of the world."

The report is free and launching on January 4th, 2017. Why not jump on the chance for 140+ pages of amazing information which makes for an incredible resource? 

Sign up here so the report can land directly in your inbox on January 4th!

PS- They hosted their pre-launch party on November 25th! Please check out the video below :)

Happy Wedding Planning!!

xoxo



Chanel Mousse Confort Rinse-Off Rich Foaming Cream Cleanser Review

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 Chanel Mousse Confort Rinse-Off Rich Foaming Cream Cleanser Review

Omg omg omg! Of course you all know by now how much I love Chanel makeup and skincare but I recently discovered Chanel Mousse Confort Rinse-Off Rich Foaming Cream Cleanser and I am 100% in love with it. Like legit, I applied it to my face and I saw hearts floating around me.

Due to my acne prone skin, I am very particular about what products I put on my skin. Before I purchase anything, I do LOADS of research and read as many review as I can find before I make any decisions. Thank goodness due to doctor prescribed medicines, my skin has been looking amazing lately. The only outstanding issue I'm having it my dark spots. The acne scarring is very much there but I am doing so much research and will speak to my doctor about the best way to handle that angle.

I use this sulfur cleanser that my dermatologist prescribed but it's too harsh on my skin for daily use and it leaves my skin leaving super dry and flaky. It's best I use that cleanser just once a day or once every other day. (Flakes aren't a cute look) So I needed to find a cleanser to use when I am not using the sulfur one. I tried Cetaphil since everyone said that's what doctors recommend. It's just ok to me. It doesn't make me skin feel clean, hydrated, or soft. I am going to finish using the bottle I have and will probably use most of it to clean my makeup brushes but it definitely won't be a permanent part of my skincare routine.

I did also order a cleanser by Tula but I am scared to try it! I have seen all the fashion and beauty bloggers using it and they highly recommend it but I also want to hear from "real" users. Do you now what I mean? If you tried this line, please let me know!!

Anyway, I decided to go back to my trusted Chanel since I love every other thing I have purchased from them! And goodness I am NOT disappointed. Their cleanser is super foamy, a tiny bit goes a long way (so the $45 bottle will last you awhile!!) and it doesn't have a strong smell. I used it with a washcloth as well as my Clarisonic and both ways left my skin feel squeaky clean! This formula is for sensitive skin so it didn't feel heavy or harsh at all. I really appreciate the gentleness!! This milky white foamy cleanser is going to be part of my daily routine for a very long time.

As soon as my wallet refills a little bit, I am also going to add the toner to routine as well as moisturizers to see how my skin feels afterwards. But please don't hesitate, the cleanser alone with worth everything! You won't regret this purchase!

Have a great week!!

3 Great Sales on Beauty

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3 Great Sales on Beauty

Happy Saturday my loves!!!

You know how much I love a great sale...especially on BEAUTY!! Makeup and skincare rarely goes on sale so I love finding a good deal when I can...

I am picking up more Chanel beauty so here's a great way to pay less...AND don't forget to use Ebates!!! I got $110 earlier this month for doing nothing except shopping!

Macy's: Their Friends and Family sale started yesterday and lasts until December 8th! You can shop both in stores or online. Get $10 for every $50 you spend! Wheeeeeeeee! Use code: FRIEND

HSN: Soooo I never have shopped on HSN but I'm glad I did last night. From Ebates, I learned if you're a new customer, just use the code: Holiday10... you get $10 off if you spend $20! I thought it would be a good time to use it towards a new mascara I have been dying to try. So I bought this and got $10 off and get to still use flex pay! Woooo hoooo!

Lord and Taylor: This is a heads up! 10% off beauty starting December 7th! You can order online now using code: Friends

Start getting your lists ready!! What's on your beauty wish list??

New Holy Grail Eyeliner!!

12:09:00 PM

New Holy Grail Eyeliner!!


Omg! Omg! Omg! I have a new favorite Eyeliner. Liner is definitely a must have part of my beauty routine and I think it changes my entire look. I wear black liner every single day! (My Mom does too!) I'm truly obsessed with it. I use a liquid liner (usually Stila) to line my top lid and I use whatever I like at the moment to line my waterline. After visiting the Chanel counter and doing a lot of damage, I picked up the Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in #88 Noir Intense and I won't ever look back!

I have just been using it on my waterline for the past month and I like it a lot but I wasn't 100% sold. After watching loads of beauty tutorials on YouTube last week, I noticed a lot of vbloggers using it to line their top lids. I still wasn't convinced. In the past, every single time I lined my top lid with a pencil, it bled into my cease within an hour. It 100% always transfers. And I haven't just tried with one brand....I've tried with loads of brands. It gets super annoying so I just stopped trying. I've been using my Stila liquid liner for about 5 years now (only cheating once with Kat Von D) so I thought I should re-explore the pencil method. I'm so happy I did!!

Chanel always makes wonderful beauty products but this pencil really fooled me. It's more on the hard side and not as soft as the pencils I usually use on my waterline. BUT it still gets the job done. The bottom part of the package comes off as a sharpener and you can use it to make your tip pointer. I love that I don't have to actually really use a pencil sharpener. I don't know if it's just me but when I actually have to sharpen an eyeliner like I would a writing pencil, the sharpener eats a lot of the pencil. What a waste of product!! This isn't the case with this. Technically, you never even have to sharpen this baby! Just twist and go!

Now I know the $33 price tag is a bit pricey but now I won't have to buy two separate eyeliners. I am saving time, money, and space by just using the one product! Wheeeeeee!

Have you tried this Chanel eyeliner? What's your favorite products to line your eyes?

Step One of My Nighttime Skincare Routine

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Step One of My Nighttime Skincare Routine

Hi darlings!!!!

Hope all is well and you had a great start to the week. So you must all be tired of hearing about my acne, right? Hahahaha. Sorry but I can't help it! My bumps have literally taken over my life. Since getting bad breakouts, skincare and makeup has taken over my life at a whole new level. I don't think people realize how badly your confidence can take a hit when your face is covered in acne.

My skincare routine has been really intense over the last few months. I had to really learn the hard way that if you love makeup as much as I do that you really must make sure they you completely take off every speck of makeup before you go to bed.

Since I wear heavy makeup every single day and I contour like a Kardashian, it's super important that I remove every lick of makeup from my face or my pores will get blocked like you would not believe. My skincare routine is a bit intense and I'm happy to share if you want me to, but here's step one of my nighttime skincare routine...

Step One of My Nighttime Skincare Routine

You must...I repeat... you MUST double cleanse your skin if you wear loads of makeup like I do! I just don't go to my sink wearing loads of makeup and reaching for my cleanser like I am going to get away with just one wash. In order for my cleanser to really work, I must remove the majority of makeup first so the cleanser can actually reach my skin. I use two products in order to reach my cleansing goal....a cleansing oil and makeup removing wipes. My personal faves are BareMinerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil and Avon's Makeup Removing Wipes or Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Wipes.

BareMinerals Cleansing Oil has been a miracle worker!! I can't gush about this product enough and I have repurchased it 3x already. It smells amazing, is super gentle, and removes pretty much every single bit of my makeup with just one application. In my opinion, no one should be with out this product, especially if you love makeup as much as I do....I apply it directly to my dry skin, rub it in, and wipe away with my makeup removing wipes. My skin feels soooo amazing afterwards!! This oil removes everything, including eye makeup!! It removes all makeup without drying my skin which I really appreciate! This cleanser has been a game changer for me.

Step One of My Nighttime Skincare Routine

For the past year, I have talked non-stop about my Avon makeup removing wipes. They are so moist and effective that I just have them automatically on repeat. They are also soooo cheap compared to other brands!! But of course I am always trying out new products and once I saw these detox wipes at Target, I had to try. I know that charcoal is supposed to be really great at detoxing your skin. I was really shocked when it turned out that I liked them.. a lot! 

Step One of My Nighttime Skincare Routine

First off, they smell amazing!! So clean but flowery! I was a little hesitant because I thought a black wipe? Is it going to leave residue? Nope! Absolutely not! They leave my skin sooo soft and smooth. They aren't as moist as my Avon wipes and they clean my makeup brushes horribly but they really are amazing to my skin. Just because I can use my Avon wipes for multiple purposes, I'll continue to stay loyal, but these were a refreshing change. 

After I clean my skin with both these products, my skin is 100% ready for part two of my skincare routine which is to cleanse. If you suffer from acne like I do, you need to add a cleansing oil to your skincare routine and make sure you double cleanse!!

How to you wipe away your makeup?

Fooducate

11:36:00 PM

Hello all you pretty people!

I hope everyone had a wonderful, family & friend filled holiday! It is Jordan again today as a guest blogger on the amazing, Gossip Darling (:  I am loving this long holiday weekend, even though I had to travel all over the state of West Virginia to see all my loved ones (worth it!). Now that we are all nice & fluffy from our holiday indulgences, I thought I would share this handy app that you can use to get back on track!

Fooducate Free App Logo!


So, the app is called Fooducate & it is free, yes FREE! Of course you can get premium versions as well for more specific tracking, such as carb tracking or gluten free & GMO free tracking… but I just use the free version. More on the food side of the app… you can scan the barcode of any food & the app will give the food a grade (A being good & F being bad, obviously). It will also give you an explanation as to why it has that grade, which I loooove! It will say things like, contains trans fat, or contains more than 1/2 of daily recommendation for sugar & so on. Fooducate will also give you alternative suggestions that are similar to the food product that you scanned, so handy!



On to the exercise portion of Fooducate! This is pretty standard for a lot of fitness apps, but I will say that it is way easier to navigate & input than most other fitness apps that I have tried. You can add exercise whenever you want & put in the time of day later. I usually update all my exercise at the end of the day while I am laying down watching TV lol. So for me, I usually will put in running & put in around 30 minutes, then I also put in weightlifting for 60 minutes… it calculates the calories you burn & simple as that!

Here is a snapshot of my daily tracker for the day! Super easy to read!


Wrapping it all together! You set a profile for yourself, including gender, age, height, current weight, & set a goal. With this information it can accurately calculate how many calories you need & how many you would burn doing each exercise. You can easily see how many more calories you have for the day on the home screen. To be honest, I mostly use this app for the food grading & information it tells you on each food by scanning the barcode. I am not the type of person how counts calories or needs to know how many calories I am burning.. but I LOVE learning more about the food I am eating! 


Why not try it out for free! Let me know what you think of it, or if you have a nutrition app that you like even better!!




-jordan

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

12:09:00 PM


Happy Thanksgiving my darlings!!!!!!

I truly can't believe the holiday season is here! I will definitely be out tomorrow for Black Friday! My shopping list and credit cards are ready!!! Let's do this!!

I truly have so much to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is my all time favorite holiday. There are no expectations except to eat, drink, laugh, watch movies, and enjoy your loved ones.

Here are a few things I'm thankful for this year....

1. I would be absolutely nothing without my family and friends. My loved ones mean everything o me. They save me every single time and I can always depend on them. This past two weeks have been very hard for me and they were soooo supportive of me. I get emotional just thinking about it. Thank you to them for always putting up with me!!

2. This little blog of mine!! I am sooo thankful for my readers and how much this blog has grown in the past year. It's crazy and humbling. Thank you so much!! Over the years, I have had so many different types of blogs and I have tried my hand at it many times....and I've failed. I am so blessed that TGD has take off and keeps getting stronger and stronger. Never give it...your dedication will pay off in the end.

3. My cat Lexi! That little fur ball is the love of my life and makes me crack up every single day. Love that little sassy bundle of energy.

4. My 3 nieces!! They are the sweetest little girls I have ever met. Everyday they make me laugh and as little girls do...they humble me and put me in my place. Love them to pieces.

5. My job! I am so thankful to have a job and be able to pay my bills! hahahaha. And that's the truth!

6. My acne is almost gone!! I am soooo happy! I know this may seem narcissistic but I've been struggling with acne for at least 6 months. It has changed the way I look at myself and my confidence. There were days I truly didn't want to leave my apartment. I am so happy my skin is looking better and I am becoming my old self again!

7. I am thankful to know that 2017 will be better than 2016! Each year I continue to learn lessons, grow as a person, and reflect on what really means the most to me. I am so blessed to see another year of life. Thank you God.

From my family to yours, I wish you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!!!

xoxo

My Chanel Wish List!!

11:56:00 PM

My Chanel Wish List

Hi darlings!! Hope you all had a fab weekend!! I am ready for Thanksgiving! Seriously, I need to control my mouth because all I've been doing for the past week is eating. Lol. I'm prepping!

I am obsessed with all things Chanel. I mean, it's hard not to love anything Chanel. My friend recommended that I use only Chanel makeup and other beauty products because of all of my skin and acne issues. About 5 years ago, she was on accutane and after she finished her treatment, she switched to Chanel only makeup and she hasn't had another issue since. Granted, we both have no idea if the meds were the only reason why her acne hasn't made a reappearnace but she swear by Chanel so I am following her lead. So far it has been two weeks and I am soooo happy with how my skin is looking. 

If you follow me on social media, you know that I have recently purchased loads of Chanel products but here are a few more things on my wish list...I have to budget myself and buy more every time I get paid!

Here we go...

1. Eyeshadow in Lotus: I am trying to simplify my everyday makeup look so I think this light basic shade would be great for my daytime look. Soft and basic. Perfect!

2. Long Wear Matte Eyeshadow in Melody: Again, I think this will be great for my everyday daytime wear. Maybe I'll layer this with the Lotus shade or maybe I'll wear alone. We shall see! You can never had too many shadows though!

3. Rouge Allure Intense Long Wear Lip Color: With the holidays coming and a bunch of weddings, I want a sexy and intense lip look! Nothing screams sexy and chic better than the perfect red lipstick. It's a Chanel signature so I definitely want it. 

4. Le Blanc de Chanel: I have heard soooo many great things about this primer. I am currently not using any primers because I have so many layers to apply in the morning due to my acne skincare routine that I really can't add an extra step. (I don't have the time and I am afraid of clogging my pores.) This also brightens your skin so hopefully this will lighten my acne scars so when I apply my foundation, it will help my skintone will look more even. 

5. Le Teint Ultrawear Flawless Foundation: I have been using this lightweight foundation for my everyday daytime look because it's super light and won't clog my pores. With all of my acne issues, it's important for my skin to be able to breath! But with the holidays approaching and a lot of parties and weddings, I want a full coverage foundation for those times. I want a more intense makeup look and I want all acne scars covered. This baby will help me do that. 

6. Le Volume Mascara: I have heard a million great things about this mascara. I am not loyal to any mascara and usually just grab whatever free sample or cheap thing I can get my hands on. But since so many bloggers and YouTubers have been bragging about this, I am dying to try! 

Do you love Chanel beauty products? If there anything I must try? I wanna hear!

xoxo

Life & Goals Update

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Oh dear! It's almost the holiday season!!! Frickin nuts!! I have three Thanksgiving celebrations coming up so wish me luck with my fitness routine. Seriously 2016! Where did you go? I have made sooo many changes in my life recently. Mostly involving skincare, makeup routine, diet, fitness, and maybe a little romance...I'm trying to stick to my goals and really develop a permanent routine. Sometimes it's so hard for me to start something new and really stick to it! Am I an old dog? Can you not teach me a new trick?

I'm sure I've mentioned these goals before and I'm sure I will again but here we go! Maybe if I keep repeating myself, they'll actually stick...

1. Stay Hydrated: I'm taking oral acne meds and using two topical creams as well as a sulfur cleanser. What do the three have in common? They are seriously drying my skin out! With my oral acne meds I have to drink loads of water with it so I'm trying to drink at least 64oz per day. I also work out so I have to increase my water intake even more. Goodness...I'm in the bathroom every 10 mins! Will my body get used to this? Any good recipes for my water? I'm starting to get bored...

2. Meditate: I even bought a yoga mat! I downloaded a bunch of meditating apps on my iPhone and I'm really hoping it calms me and helps me destress. Usually I just drink a bottle wine to relax me but I think mediating is healthier...

3. Stop Making Stupid Purchases: Ugh! How long have I been saying I need to save money? Please just take my cards away. Is there a program that helped you? It's a hard habit to break! Just swipe swipe swipe!

4. Natural Look When It Comes to Makeup: Ever since my horrible acne breakout, I've been really taking it easy on the makeup! As I get older, it seems that everything is clogging my pores! But I got rid of my entire makeup stash recently (yes, ALL of it!!) and replaced it with Chanel based on a friend's recommendation and I'm so pleased that I did. It has only been one week and my skin has shown soooo much improvement. No more looking like Kim K everyday. I'll be sharing my new daily makeup routine soon.

5. Stay Focused on Blogging: Ugh! I really want to blog 5x a week minimum on this little baby of mine but with my insane work schedule, it's sooo hard for me. I'm really trying to keep up with my 3x per week. Maybe I should organize myself better??

6. Go Out More: As the weather gets colder, sometimes it's harder and harder to leave the house. It's just too cold! Especially here in NYC where we have to walk everywhere. Even though I prefer Summer rooftop happy hours, I am really going to try to catch up with my friends at least 1x per week. I need to socialize more and gossip with the girls. The best way to destress is with your friends! Who doesn't enjoy a good gossip with a glass of wine with your BFF?

7. Do More Things for Myself: I need to stop feeling guilty about doing things that make me happy. Even though I need to socialize more, sometimes I spend my days running around and doing things for other people instead of doing things that I enjoy. It's time to change this. If I want to spend the day alone at the spa...then I should do that! It's great doing things for others but admittedly, sometimes it become draining. It's time for me to fully regroup. It's important.

8. Start Eating Healthy Again: I lost 12 pounds and was doing soooo well with my eating. The winter is so hard though because of all the holidays and because fruits don't taste as good in the colder months. It's easy to eat a watermelon in July! I need to find new healthier snacks. I have gained some of the pounds back which is fine. I just need to regroup...

9. Start Working Out More Again: I was working out 6x per week! Now I am happy if I get 3 workouts in during the week. Nope. I need to get focused again and get my ass back in there!! No more excuses, just results!! Here I come six pack!

10. Create a Game Plan: For all aspects of my life and actually stick to it!!

What's your game plan?

Keratin Treatment Explained and Review

11:01:00 PM

Hi all!!! Hope you all had an amazing weekend! I had a very productive one! I totally can't believe the holidays are around the corner. Crazy right?!

I have been waiting to write this post for months and just seem to know be getting around to it. I am sharing my thoughts about keratin treatments! I have extremely curly and thick hair. My hair is unruly and can get superrr frizzy. Sounds like a joy right? I have been straightening it for over 10 years and never knew about keratin!! It wasn't until my friend Nina told me that I should do a treatment and explained what it was about. I instantly called a salon and scheduled my appointment. 

Here are the details....


Keratin Treatment Explained and Review
getting it done and being dramatic (wearing shower cap because I had to walk in the rain)
What's keratin? It's protein! Your hair naturally has it but depending on your hair type, it's hard for the protein to get from the roots to the ends. Our hair also loses protein which causes damage and breakage. This will bring your hair back to life! It will relax your curls (it did for me), make your hair shine, and control the frizz. 


Keratin Treatment Explained and Review
styled and ready to go :)
The entire process takes about 90 minutes. Here are the steps:

1. Wash: First, they washed my hair really good!

2. Straighten with Blow Dryer: After they wash my hair, they begin to straighten and dry it with a blow dryer. The hair has to be completely dry!


Keratin Treatment Explained and Review
just washed and no straightening or product
3. Treatment: Once my hair is completely dry, they "paint" the keratin to my hair. The treatment smell is very strong so I wore a mask. While I waited, I played with my phone. 

4. Blow Dry: After waiting about 30 minutes, they blow dry my hair again. My hair is completely dried in order to start the next step. 


Keratin Treatment Explained and Review
quick selfie
5. Straighten with Iron: After my hair is completely dried with the blow dryer, they straighten it with an iron. This is to officially seal the treatment to my hair. My beautician also styles my hair at this point. 

6. Spray: She sprays my hair just in case we missed any flyaways. 

7. Done!!!


Keratin Treatment Explained and Review

Things to remember...
  • Don't wash your hair for 3 to 4 days. The keratin needs time in your hair. 
  • No touching or playing with your hair. Also, no pony tails or putting it behind your ears. If you do, it'll leave a mark in your hair. 
  • Use only sulfate free products! It makes the keratin last longer in your hair. I try to use keratin infused shampoo and conditioner. 
  • You're good to go for 3 to 4 months!
Have you ever gotten a keratin treatment done? If so, do you like it?