What’s In My Make Up Bag? | Béis Travel Cosmetic Case

What’s In My Make Up Bag? | Béis Travel Cosmetic Case

So few weeks ago I finally splurged on a Beis Travel cosmetic case. I’ve been considering purchasing this for quite some time- finally I have it in my possession and I am obsessed with it. The beige color is beautiful however the best features of this makeup bag are the compact mirror, detachable double sided brush holders, and it is spill-proof ! This case is perfect, OKAY!

I’ve became very obsessed with makeup when I started my blog. My collection grew and became very chaotic over past 4 years of blogging. I learn very fast, as blogger I have to learn to do a lot of things on my own, such as makeup. I could not, and still can not afford a makeup artist for my shoots. So my makeup collection is huge from watching makeup tutorials and many trial and errors! This cosmetic case helps me organize my collection for everyday use and travel. Everything I use on daily basis is in my case and everything is organize nicely on my vanity. On today’s post I am going to share my essentials, my holy grails, and all the makeup go-to.

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WHAT’S IN MY MAKEUP BAG

PRIMER

This is newbie to my collection, but the Milk Hydro Grip Primer is a major beast. I was made into a believe that primer is so necessary, after using this primer! I purchased the travel size version of the primer to test for $15. Full size retails for $30. Anyway when applied properly to the skin this will have my make-up lasting all day. For a person that cramps a lot of things in a day , my makeup has to last the whole journey with minimal touch ups. This primer is definitely added to the holy grail collection.

MY FAVORITE FOUNDATIONS

So I mention before that my favorite foundation is the Fenty Beauty Pro Filter  foundation, in the shade 420!  This foundation is something I have to keep in my collection! It is a semi-matte foundations and it works well with my dry skin, I mention this here. I use this foundation when my skin is not so dry. On the other hand, my new favorite foundation is the Too Faced Born This Way foundation, in the shade Butter Pecan. This foundation brings the bomb.com moisture to my face, especially on those very dry days. It is super comfortable and I have say this foundation hold us very well in the winter months.  A little definitely goes a long way. These two foundations have to be in my kit, both are for tan to dark complexioned skin.

CONCEALERS

To be honest, putting on and blending out concealer is my favorite part of my makeup routine. It so soothing to do, idk why- it just is. I carry around four different concealers.I need to eliminate a concealer or two but hey I can’t at the moment, LOL! Two are used to conceal my under eye. One I use to clean up my eye brows and the other use to brighten my under eye.  The first two concealers that I use are the Fenty Beauty Pro Filter concealer (shade 390) and Too Faced Born Way multi use concealer (butterscotch). Both work well for a full coverage looks and have a great applicator.

The concealer that goes everywhere with me is the L.A. girl pro concealer in Fawn. I have been using this concealer, I know for 5 year! It is so bomb to me. If I don’t have any of my other concealer this has to be with me at all times, okay!  I use this concealer to clean up my eyebrows when I fill them in. It definitely comes through if I do not have the others at hand. It is super affordable. Lastly, my favorite concealer to brighten my under eye is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in golden. This is also and afforable concealer and hides all my dark circles and gives my under eye just enough brightness.

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SETTING POWDER + FACE POWDER + BRONZER & BLUSH

Finding the right setting powder has been and ongoing battle. It is so hard trying to find that right setting powder for dark skin that is not to light, with just the right amount of yellow. My setting powder changes all the time, however my favorite setting powder at the moment is the Makeup Revolution Loose Baking Powder in the shade banana deep. After setting my undereye I set the rest of my face with the Maybelline Fit Me Smooth Press powder in 355 Coconut. I must say Maybelline really have some bomb complexion products on the affordable market! Next I bronze my face with the best bronzer on the market right now, Fenty Beauty Sun Stalker Bronzer in the shade Mocha Mama. I did a review on this product, and if you want to know more, click here. Note: I prefer to bronzer my face instead of contour.  Lastly, the only blush I use is the Nars Orgasm Blush. It my favorite because it is so universal! It works for every occasion.  I have hit pan and I need another one as we speak.

HIGHLIGHTER

I LOVE my M.A.C. mineralize skinfinish,  in Gold Deposit!  This highlighter is popping and it retails for $35. This is consider to be a bit on the expensive side of things but I swear by it. I have this product for a few years now and it still performs well. It is such a brown-girl friendly highlighter. It has just the right amount of gold and it translates so well on the camera. So this go everywhere I go!

MAKEUP TOOLS + SETTING SPRAY

I use both makeup brushes and ELF cosmetic sponge. My Morphe brushes are use for my powder products, highlighters, and eye shadows. On the other hand I use a makeup sponges for my liquid products and to set my under eye. I have so many brushes, it is hard to say which one are my favorite. If you want to see a separate post about my brushes let me know in the comment section. Lastly, my favorite setting spray is Morphe continuous setting mist.  This has to go everywhere with me. It sets my face beautifully and it has a controlled application.

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Location: Detroit, MI

Photographer: Me, Myself & I


What is in my makeup bag? What makeup product do you have to bring with you when you travel? What is your holy grail beauty product?

Share with me in the comment section. Let’s talk sis!!

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How To Stop Taking Things Personally? |For the Highly Sensitive Person

How To Stop Taking Things Personally? |For the Highly Sensitive Person

Most people know that I am highly sensitive/empath.  So you would not be surprise that I often take things PERSONALLY , even the small things.  Let me tell you I dealt with some triggering stuff and took it straight to heart. How can I stop taking things so personally?

Those that have strong personalities can make me feel bad in an instant. Sometimes I misread into a joke and take it as an insults.  A simple critique can make me feel worthless. I rush to conclusions and the next thing I know I am a sobbing mess. I am highly sensitive and those that are highly sensitive process information very deeply and intensely. If you want to hear more about me being a highly sensitive person click here. Know this words really matter to us. This is a part of me however over the years I  have been working with my emotional response and how I process information.

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Taking things personally is often times left me emotionally drained and constantly seeking out  for reassurance. Does this sound like you? Do you take things personally? On today’s blog post I am going to being sharing a few tips on how now to take things so personally!

(Disclaimer: Please understand this is coming from my very own perspective. I am not an expert, however I am just sharing a few tips that I learn over the years. )

  • Stop Worrying About What Others Think: You can not control how others think. PERIOD! Also take this note with you: One person opinions should not stop your growth. Value and care about your own opinion of yourself and that should stop your worrying.
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  • Get to the root of your reaction: Writing out your feelings. Dump them all out on paper can help you under what is going on and your feelings better. Ask yourself “Why do I take things so personally“? Let it all go on the paper
  • Self Confidence/ Know Your Worth: Stop being so judgmental of yourself! Remember who you are and all the things that you are good! You are awesome and don’t let anyone’s opinion reduce/ tear you down.
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  • Don’t jump to conclusion so quickly: Take a step back and reset.  Those that are highly sensitive tend to make small situations into a big drama. Before you reaction take a  few minutes to cool down. In some scenario I take a day to process and come back to the table. That time allows me to talk to my mom or others that are not so emotionally as me.
    • Try not to follow the “knee jerk” reaction: Before you reach take a step back and reset. Try not to lead with your first reaction: which often times is defense, crying, anger… emotional mess. Remember you are in control of your self and your emotions. Try to come from a place of understanding.
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  • Speak up or ask for clarifications: As a highly sensitive person, I have the tendency to make up a whole drama in my head just off how someone respond to me, differently. For example, my friends my be happy one day and totally respond to me differently the next day. I automatically ask, in my head, “Did I do something wrong?”  So that leads me to say, get comfortable and speak up. If you feel negatively about something try and gain some clarification on the situation at hand. Remember to come from a place of caring and understand, not accusing !
  • Understand that everyone has triggers too: People react based off their own experiences.  Note: Everything is not always about you, personally. We all get triggers by something that can make us reaction in a certain way.

“Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.”

  • LET IT GO! When you have taken all these thing into consideration… please breathe and let it go.
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Do you take things personally? Why? If so, how do you cope with taking things personally?

Share with me in the comment section. Let’s talk sis! Let me know your thoughts on taking things personally!

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$13 Dollar Neon Orange Set | SHEIN

$13 Dollar Neon Orange Set | SHEIN

I have been totally obsessed with neon colors. I love how popping it makes my skin looks. So that way I was in totally shock how cute this  crop cami top & bodycon skirt set from Shein looked on me! Giving me Channel Orange vibes! Can you believe this set only cost me $13 bucks? The girls are all for saving a few coins. If you want to get into the neon trend check out retailer, like Shein, Boohoo, of FashionNova. You do not need to spend all your money on trends that do not last. Neon is the trend I am loving and those retailer I listed works for my pockets.  On today’s post I will share all my thoughts on this set from Shein.

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So I think it is safe to say that Shein is one of my favorite stores. Is she replacing Forever 21? Ugh I don’t know sis. Y’all know I love Forever 21 but she has been a bit hit or miss for me lately and Shein has been making those 3’s. LOL

My new routine now  is to check to see what new on Shein, probably every other day. I came across this crop cami top & bodycon skirt set and press the order button with the upmost quickness. My first thoughts about this set was love the bright orange color, and the cami crop top.  I do not recall seeing a set like this.

Since Shein is inexpensive online retailer, I always make a habit to size up when I purchase anything that fits tight to my frame. I have experience when I purchase XL or 1XL from inexpensive brands the clothes fit super tight. So, I applied my rule of thumb. In this case I wish I would have sized down. I decided to order this crop cami top & bodycon skirt set in 2XL. The cropped cami fit perfectly, and it featured it adjustable straps. Perfect ! However, the skirt was a bit loose in my waist.  Y’all know how much I love my skirts to hug my frame. On the flip side this set is very comfortable and soft to the touch. (Please note: The material is a bit on thin side. It is see through) So just keep that in mind if you thinking about ordering this set. Set is available on the Shien website for $13 dollars and the size run from OXL-3XL (12-18 US).

Neon Orange Rib-Knit Crop Cami Top & Bodycon Skirt Set // SHEIN

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I can absolutely picture myself wearing this outfit at a summertime festival or summer nights out with the girls at The Belt Detroit. The color along is so stunning and has a flirty/ edgy feel.  These are all the elements I love to bring to my looks.

On today’s outfit of choice I added an acid wash denim jacket from Forever 21. I bought this jacket so long however, this jacket brought bit of edginess to this look. So acidic! Lastly, I add animal print which have been taking over the celebrity events. The snakeskin pointed ankle boots were it. Hmm, I think snakeskin is replacing leopard/ cheetah prints.  Like the set I purchased the boots from Shein. If you want to read my full review on these boots click here. I know it warm outside and the toes need to come. Between you and me, my feet look like a horror story so with that being said, y’all will get a boot today. HAHA.

Anyway, putting this look together was a lot fun and you can’t beat the price point of this set. Also, you have fun mixing this set with other fit. I thinking about pairing the cami with a distressed jeans. If y’all want to see more ways to style each piece, let me know in the comment section.

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“Orange is a color of liberation, from the pains of hurtful love and inner insecurities. To ‘Channel Orange’ is to truly be free, to be you.” 

-Frank Ocean

Location: Downtown Detroit

Photographer: My Mother | Editing: Me Myself & I


Have you shopped on Shein? If so what do you think about it? If you have not, what is stopping you from doing so?

Share with me in the comment section. Let’s talk sis! Let me know what you think of this look?

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5 Reasons Why You Need Basic Invite| Business Cards

5  Reasons Why You Need Basic Invite| Business Cards

This post was done in collaboration with Basic Invite – but trust, all opinions are my own.

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