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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip Review

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip Lipsticks

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For years, I played it safe when it came to wearing lipstick. The boldest I would wear was red–and I don’t consider that very bold because everyone rocks a red lip from time to time. But lately, I’ve been adding some variety to my makeup collection and purposefully wearing more colors. I didn’t have many options on hand, so I decided to see if the company everyone was raving about would live up to the hype. The Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip liquid lipsticks and “lippie” stix were all the rave in the YouTube & Instagram communities.

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Left to Right: Guess, Tulle, Midi, Chilly Chili, LAX

The colors that I purchased are listed below, along with pictures of how they’re advertised and snapshots from my video. I also included a few selfies from when I wore the colors out. I’m pretty impressed! Most of the colors look great and offer a true matte finish– I get compliments every time I wear them. My favorite would be LAX, a burgundy that’s great for the winter months. My least favorite would have to be Midi, but I should have looked at the color more closely before purchasing it. It’s a summer color and definitely not suited for my skin tone. But as ridiculous as it looked, the longer I had it on, the more it grew on me.

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Chilly Chili

I also shot a YouTube
, going into more detail about the colors, why I chose them and my advice on how and when to wear them. If you guys have any questions, please let me know! Or, if you’re familiar with Colourpop and their other products, let me know about those. I’m thinking of trying their lippie stix and eyeshadows. As always, stay flawlessly beautiful and live in love!


 Lynella!

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New Skincare Routine: AMBI Products

Having clear skin is not only attributed to a great daily skin care routine, but largely to what we eat, our water intake, how much sleep we’re getting and how much we’re exercising. I’ve asked several people, who have seemingly flawless skin, what their secret is and they always credit their lifestyle first. So many of them drink very few sodas, if any at all, tons of water, and they exercise. Unfortunately, I’m already starting in the negative, as my diet is so wishy-washy. I know that what I currently eat contributes to my random breakouts, and eliminating unhealthy, processed foods from my diet could stop those.

I’ve never had much of an acne problem, just breakouts related to poor eating habits. In middle school–even as a fit dancer, I might add–I would have at least one can of Sprite and a Snickers or Twix bar A DAY! Because of that, I would get random pimples or tiny bumps across my face; when I didn’t eat those things, the breakouts didn’t occur. The same thing applies present day–my body always lets me know when it’s fed up with me. To be honest, it wouldn’t be a big deal but I am always picking at everything! If I see something, blackheads, whiteheads, redness, anything, my first instinct is to try to squeeze it away; but, that’s exactly what you shouldn’t do! The only time you should try to rid yourself of a pimple is when it has a whitehead; and when you attack that sucker, it should be with a q-tip. Our skin is oily, our pores are open, and our hands are dirty. You should try to keep your hands out of your face as much as possible. But because I didn’t following this advice, I have dark scar marks. These can fade away naturally by using cocoa butter or shea butter, but it may take longer.

If you guys remember my recent LUSH post, I was trying their exfoliating wash and fading cream. I wasn’t a fan of the results, so I reverted back to a product I used in high school and college.The quality of the above photographs aren’t great, but hopefully you can tell that my skin was pretty clear. I had very few scarred marks, and because I ate healthier, it remained clearer longer. At the time, AMBI was a major part of my skin care routine; it helped fade my scarred marks and even out my skin tone. I think it worked pretty well and I saw results fairly quickly. The only negative is that the products aren’t natural. The fading cream doesn’t smell great, but that’s because you can smell the alpha hydroxy acid–aka the agent that helps with discoloration.

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AMBI is targeted towards women of color, and as they stated “designed for melanin-rich skin.” I purchased three items:

  • the Even & Clear Exfoliating Wash, which helps to remove dead skin cells, clear skin of pimples and breakouts, and promotes even skin tones;
  • the Even & Clear Daily Moisturizer, a lightweight moisturizer with soy and vitamins C & E, that helps to even the skin tone and reduce discolorations;
  • and the Fade Cream for Normal Skin, which helps to fade dark mark, while maintaining the natural skin tone (I should have gotten the one for oily skin).

In addition to the AMBI products, I also use Equate’s Makeup Removal Wipes as a pre-cleanser on makeup days. If you’re interested in seeing what that looks like, I’ve linked my YouTube

My journey toward healthy, clear skin is an ongoing process, but I’m sure this will be a great start to that. If you guys have any tips or products that you love, please write about them below. Until next time!


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White After Labor Day.

You can’t wear white after labor day! Um, says who? I know there are some people who choose to abide by all of the “rules” of fashion like, not mixing black and browns, only wearing pastels during the spring, restricting boots to the fall and winter months and of course, not wearing white after labor day! Well, I say fashion is whatever you make it.

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I wear what I want, when I want and I could care less what anyone else thinks. If you see a girl rocking a winter beanie in the 90 degree weather, it was probably me–a quick solution to bad hair days. Plus, the fashion industry is constantly changing what they perceive to be acceptable, in or out. And quite frankly, ain’t nobody got time for that!

I say if it looks good & you feel good in it– wear it!

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White Oversized High/Low Sweatshirt: Banana Republic

Black Skinny Jeans: H&M

Garisono Pumps: Nine West

Necklace: Banana Republic Factory Store (aka BRFS)

Earrings: BRFS

Gold Bracelet: Banana Republic

Silver & White Bracelets: BRFS

Black & Gold Headband: Ann Taylor

Photo Creds: Mother Dearest!


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YouTube Makeup Tutorial!

Hey guys! How’s it going? I have some fun, new information for you and I’m sure you may have guessed it from the title of this post. Yes, you read it correctly, ya girl now has a YouTube Channel! I finally took the plunge and decided to add video footage as another outlet for everything that’s going on in this brain of mine. The videos will include a variety of things, as this blog does–beauty, trends, life & everything else! I love the beauty and fashion industry; my interests in fitness and health are expanding; I’ve been attempting to do more activities and travel more places so that there’s more to my lifestyle than work, sleep, and food, lol; and societal/cultural issues and pop culture will forever hold a place in my heart. So, if you guys want to keep up with me that way, feel free to head of there and subscribe! I’m working on the length of the videos–yall know I love to talk–but I’d say they’re pretty interesting. The most recent video is below & it’s a makeup tutorial on how to achieve a great look with very few, non-fancy products e.g. M.A.C–whom I love!

Feel free to spread the word and leave any comments or questions under this post! As you know, I love you all. I pray that you are all living, laughing and loving wonderfully.

Love ya!


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Mini LUSH Haul!

LUSH, LUSH & MORE LUSH! Heads up, I am obsessed with this company. Not sure how someone could love a company after only two visits, but I’d also say they’re production, marketing, and distribution strategies are ON POINT if they’re able to make this happen! I made my first visit a few months ago and it was very quick; I purchased one of the sample boxes/gift boxes, this one specifically, and a honey trap lip balm. This time, I took my time, inhaled every scent possible, and chatted with one of their employees. She even gave me mini hand “massages” so that I could carefully and informatively choose which products I wanted to try. Take a look at what I got!


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This is the Twilight Bath Bomb. It contains one of my favorite scents, lavender, and is great for ultimate relaxation.I like bath bombs because they make pretty colors in the water–there’s blue on the inside– and this one has a cool, little design. I would suggest trying to cut the bath bomb in half if you want to get more than one use out of it, but I just choose to use the entire thing.

It’s also vegan!

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Here we have The Comforter Bubble Bar. This lovely pink and white delight smells kind of fruity, but I couldn’t quite pinpoint the smell. The website listed the source as blackcurrant candy, which I’ve never smelled, but it’s a type of berry and I can smell that. Bubble bars can used multiple times, the amount will depend on how much you run under the water. This is my first bubble bar and I haven’t used it yet, but I’m excited for the comforting bubbles! Look out mother, I think I’ll be borrowing your jacuzzi for this one 😉

This baby is vegan!

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Sometimes, I need motivation to hop in the shower. Although the desire to be clean is compelling, I tend to have the stereotypical college-guy-syndrome and could easily skip it. Hey, I’m just being honest! So, I invested in products with scents would draw me in, lol. For showering, I purchased the Sandstone Soap. This soap has the scent that my nose smells anytime I enter LUSH. As I mentioned in my Youtube video (check it out below!), I was searching for something that smelled like this and the lady insisted it was a mix a smells. But I found this wonderful, citrusy goodness. Apparently, it was inspired by Brazilians who “mix sand with tanning oil;” so, it’s a great exfoliator.



lush, lush haul, cosmetics, skin care, body, vanishing cream, herbilismI’m not one to really break out and I don’t really have acne, but there are outbreaks whenever I eat crappy foods. My problem is that I touch my face too much! Everyone knows you should keep your hands out of your face as much as possible, and you definitely shouldn’t pop pimples. Well, I am the popping queen! Which has unfortunately left me with blemishes/dark spots. So, I invested in Lush’s Vanishing Cream, which is a facial moisturizer, and Herbalism, their facial cleanser. Herbalism is a deep-cleanser that exfoliates and tones the skin, while getting rid of excess oils. & both are good for people with oily skin, like me!

Herbalism is vegan!

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Lastly, there’s the Honey Trap Lip Balm. Like I mentioned earlier, I purchased this during my first trip and I use it daily. It has sort of honey, orangey, pepperminty flavor/scent and it’s a great moisturizer for the lips.

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Bubblegum Lip Scrub at http://www.lushusa.com/
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Bubblegum Lip Scrub at http://www.lushusa.com/

I also recommend the Bubblegum Lip Scrub. Good for getting dead skin off, especially if your lips are already peeling. Or, you can exfoliate before they get to that point. You don’t need very much and it’s made from edible sugar–plus other things. But don’t get to excited, you won’t want to lick your lips every time because the flavoring gets old. I still have some from before and it will last me a really long time, so I didn’t purchase any more.

It’s also vegan!

I also created my very first “official” YouTube video, so be sure to give that a look as well. Let me know if you guys shop at LUSH & which products you may be using. I’m sure it won’t be long before I’m writing about them again, lol.

Chat later!


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Big Lots Beauty Haul.

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What’s Big Lots you ask? Only one of the best places ever! Sure, everyone loves places like Wal-Mart–those devils–and Sams, but have you been to Big Lots? Thanks to my mom’s smart shopping habits, I now know that they have everything from food stuffs to hair & beauty products. And at least half of the items are from great name brands. For example, several of the food items that my mom buys from Whole Foods can also be found at Big Lots; beauty brands like CoverGirl, Maybelline, L’Oreal, & Neutrogena are all at the big BL; and everything else like household cleaning items, furniture & home decorations, and kids toys or schools supplies. Whaaaa? I know, right! The best part: it’s much cheaper!!

All of the items below were purchased at the Lots & for less than the original retail price; and although some of the savings were only, say, $.50 per nail polish, that’s not bad for each bottle–the savings add up people! Brands send their items to specific stores, and then those stores send their excess items to Big Lots–nothing is wrong with them. Because of that, they can sell them at a cheaper price. All of the items featured were purchased for less than $30, with the exception of some of the nail polishes. I bought 10 of the Sinful Colors in a separate transaction, at a different time for about $20.

So, if you guys are interested I have all of the prices listed below. Also, it’s important to note that my mom joined the Rewards program, so she has the privilege of getting an additional 20% off when they have their big sales. What does all of this mean, you ask? It means that you can get eyeliner for $.80 and if I were you, I’d head to Big Lots! 🙂 Be sure to follow them on twitter to stay updated on their great deals!

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The links are therefor price comparison and to get a closer look at the product/one similar to it. The prices I listed are what I paid at Big Lots.

(5) V05 Passion Fruit Smoothie Conditioner– $0.64 each

(1) V05 Shampoo– $0.64 each

(6) Sinful Color Polishes– $1.56 each

(10) Sinful Color Polishes– $1.95 each

(1) Triple Shine Treatment Polish– $3.52

(2) Colormates Twin Pack Eyeliner- $0.80 each

 (1) Aim Floss– $0.80

(1) MOD Heritage Solid 10pk Socks– $4.00

(1) Epielle Aloe Vera Facial Cloths– $1.60 each

(1) Monthly Desk Calendar: $2.40

Missing Items: Colgate Toothpaste ($1.90) & Personna Razors(?) because they’re on my mom’s receipt. & remember to apply the 20% discount!

Be sure to let me know if you guys like these sort of posts, that way I can do more! So, where are you guys shopping?

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Why’d You Cut Your Natural Hair?!

 Brace yourself kids, ish is about to get real!

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As I’m sure most of you have noticed, I chopped off all of my natural hair. Any other time, this wouldn’t be a big deal, as I’m always cutting my hair after I get bored with it, but this was a bit different. After cutting it, I got the usual remarks:

“Omg, why’d you cut all of your hair off?”


“Omg I can’t believe you cut it! Whyyy? I loved your hair.”

or my favorite,

“But it was so pretty and so long!”

Thanks guys. I’m sure it’s so short and so ugly now–appreciate all of your love and support.

In most instances, I don’t care what people think about me or my hair because frankly, it’s nobody else’s business. If I wanted to go bald it shouldn’t mean a dang thing to anybody else or their mama! But this time, the haircut meant something. It was difficult for me to cut it because I knew that if I did, when I did, I would have to make it worth while. If not, what would have been the point? Here’s what I sent to my mom and sisters in a group text, you know, just to avoid any unwanted commentary whilst already in a vulnerable state:

“…I’m on a journey and I had to do something for myself. Over the past 5 years I’ve gained 70lbs. I fluctuate between 214 and 220 right now. I didn’t feel pretty anymore. My face is round, I know. I don’t need any reminders. I was eating out way to much, spending tons of money and shopping unnecessarily. I’ve been being lazy and not going after my dreams. So I cut my hair. I cut my hair because it’s a part of my journey to change. Mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically…So, not that it matters or I owe anybody an explanation, but there ya go.”

In late October of 2014, I began my journey–one that required I start anew. These past couple of years have been interesting for me. I gained tons of weight, dropped out of graduate school twice, voluntarily moved back in with my parents and am currently using my hard-earned degree to simply work in retail–something had to change. Don’t get me wrong, retail is cool, but that is not what I had planned for my life; and although I get a kick out of it most days, it will soon grow into a place of misery. I went from living life in NYC, to settling back down in rural, South Louisiana. As I’m sure you can imagine, internally I was losing my shxt! So, I made a decision: I am going to do what I love to do and not settle for anything less than that! I am not only going to learn to love myself for who and what I am, but grow into an even better version of that and continue to love her just as much! & as my hair grows back and changes over the years, I intend to grow and change with it.

So, to any and everyone who asked or was wondering, that’s why I cut my hair–not that it’s any of your concern, my dear.

Remember, grow to love and appreciate yourself because “you see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” -Mother Teresa


Are any of you going through a transitional phase in your lives? Have any of you struggled with or been successful in weight loss? If so, please feel free to comment below and share your stories, tips and words of encouragement!

Love ya!


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A Phrase I Hate: “My Natural Hair.”

Yes, I probably said what you think I said: that I hate the saying/phrase/wording/whatever, “natural hair.” Do I hate naturals? No. I am one. But, saying it like that has always bothered me. I mean, think about how ridiculous that really sounds–I am wearing my natural hair. For perspective, I would never say: Ooh girl, I’m wearing my natural Black skin from now on. Like, what?


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My hair has been in its natural state for 4 years now, as of June 19th. I’ve cut it on several different occasions, dyed it once, and braided it up time upon time again. I love it and I would never, ever in life relax it again! But, I have always thought that having to state that I “went natural” or “am natural” was kind of silly–no one else has to say that about their hair or anything else. 

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(One week after I cut my hair in 2010)

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(One day after I chopped it all off again in 2012 because an experimental haircut didn’t go as planned! –Yes that is Nick Jonas on my door and I was def. in college. Judge all you want! Nick, knows what’s up. Lol)

When I first cut my hair, it was such a huge ordeal. Not necessarily for me, but for everyone around me. But, that’s another story for another post (if you’d like to know about the screaming, crying, yelling, and all out affair that involved me “having permission” to cut it at the age of 19, feel free to let me know! 🙂 ) Unlike a lot of naturals, I didn’t transition at all. I went straight for the BC (big chop). I cut it all by myself–and every other time to follow. People would say, Omg I didn’t know you were going natural! or What made you decide to go natural? or Omg I love your hair like that! & to that, I simply say thank you because I absolutely appreciate it. But what’s interesting is that when I got a relaxer in the 6th grade I said it once and it was never mentioned again.  

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(I’m thinking this was after a fresh relaxer in the 9th grade? Not entirely sure, though)

Those who have relaxed hair never have to say so. No one ever says, I love your relaxed hair (or permed hair as some say, which isn’t actually correct), or What made you get a relaxer every four weeks?, or Oh no, I’ve actually been relaxed for 7 years now! If anything, shouldn’t that be the thing that’s announced? Having my hair in its natural state is like having the brown skin on my body. It’s what I am and what I was born with, so why must I announce it as such? And you know what really trips me out? When people say:

Them: “Omg how did you get your hair like that?”

Me: “Well ,I just put water in it today, I didn’t really do anything.

Them: But noooo, how’d you get it to curl like that?

Me: Oh I didn’t do anything, I just wet it this morning. This is what it looks like. *cue nervous laughter*

Them: Oh come on girl, you had to put something in it, huh?

Me: No ma’am, this is just water. I use a few things sometimes, but I didn’t have time today and I haven’t done it in like a week. *backs away from this awkward conversation*

Like, I can’t have naturally curly hair? I have to be using Kinky Curly or something? Chill, ma’am.

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(My hair when I actually do something to it. Twists–which are worn for at least 2 weeks–and the twist out)

And lastly, my biggest pet peeve of all: “NATURAL HAIR ISN’T FOR EVERYBODY.” If I was as rude as the people who say this, I’d politely tell them to go eff themselves. How dare you? What the heck does that even mean–the hair that grows out of my hair isn’t for me? When God made me, he somehow managed to assign me the wrong hair type? Okay, thanks for that.

No! You are absolutely incorrect. My hair is mine and you have no right to say that it’s not for everybody. Personally, I’ve never been told that it didn’t work for me, but I have had people say that they wished other people’s looked like mine or that they “rocked it the way that I do,” because it isn’t for everyone. I’ve even heard women who wear their hair in its natural state say it. Shame on you, ma’am. Shame. On. You. No one tells women with straight hair that it’s not for them. Or women with weave, or dyes. Or women of other races that their hair isn’t cool. Why the freak should I be concerned about wearing my hair? IT’S MINE! & I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO ANNOUNCE IT!

But, anyway. I understand that it’s a more complicated and in-depth discussion than that. I know that everything ties back to slavery, and segregation, and changing not just your hair, but maybe even your identity to simply be accepted. I understand that it’s a “natural hair movement” because women are regaining the confidence to be who they are. I get it and I understand.

All I’m saying is that I don’t like it. Having to announce what I am is dumb. I don’t do it for anything else and I shouldn’t have to do it for this. But that’s just me.