Yes, it is officially that time! Hot lattes, pumpkin spice and my favorite dark lipstick. Although I'm known for rocking a dark lippie all year, there's nothing like rocking black lipstick with a leather moto jacket and some over the knee boots for the win. Because your girl is frugal, I keep a cheap hitter in my purse. $12 and under. My favorites from this year include some oldies (NYX Transylvania) and some newbies from Nicka K and Sephora. I just dropped some selfies so you guys could see the lighting difference and I have a swatch picture of all my favorites as well.
My first Nicka K True Matte purchase was earlier this year. I decided to venture outside of my normal NYX Soft Matte Cream purchase due to budget restraints and I picked up this really pretty gray matte color. The only problem was that it was super drying and in a matter of hours, I felt as if it was flaking off of my lips.
After watching a video from The Socialite Life on youtube, it was explained to me that coloring changes the formula of lipsticks.(You learn something new every day, thanks girl!) I decided to give Nicka K another shot, purchasing a true matte color called Cocoa Bean, a black matte and an iridescent one similar to the Sephora one I already have.
The second round was way better than the first. I love the True Matte Cocoa Bean especially for the price ($3.99 - $5.99 depending on where you are). Although the formula is really drying, I only needed to apply it once throughout the day and it stayed put through me eating and drinking after several hours. I do recommend moisturizing your lips prior to using this lipstick and not wearing it days in a row like I did.
I've been MIA for a few weeks but I swear I'm doing purposeful stuff. I'm wrapping up this season at the Mets and after much contemplation decided to decline on the opportunity to work the US Open. I have re-started my YouTube channel and believe it or no there is actually content up there worth watching! You can check that out here.
On to the good stuff!
I stumbled upon SheIn through a LADIES only Facebook group that I belong to. The owner posted a picture of a cute ass top and she told everyone that she bought it at SheIn. I previously thought SheIn was just another overseas website out to get your coins similar to Zaful. Which I will discuss them in my next video and to see my last experience with overseas sites click here.
They sent me this dress for free but you know I'm about to be completely honest with my entire experience. The shipping is unlike any other company from overseas, it was here in 4 days. I was shocked. Speaking to some other girls from the group, this is not just something they do for bloggers, apparently their shipping is always on point which is A++.
I found the sizing a little off but that's mostly expected when shopping boutiques from another country. As you all may know I am no longer a smaller woman, I err more to the thick side and usually I'm a US medium on top, US medium or large on the bottom depending on the cut and material. Sometimes, I can fit into an extra large. After checking the sizing, I ordered this dress in a large . When it arrived, the mid area was still a bit snug (check out the last picture on the bottom right). It only bunched up after moving around(I decided to pick up stuff off of the floor and then take pics please don't ask) and I did need help to zip it up because it's one of those hidden zipper things.
I can't lie, The dress is gorgeous, the eyelet material, the sheer parts just everything was on point and EXACTLY as pictured on the website which was a major plus. It was a little shorter on me than pictured which was expected because I am a little thicker therefore knee length stuff tends to be shorter than that on me.
It's also totally appropriate for work minimal skin is showing and basically everything is covered. It's extremely lightweight, I've worn this dress twice and both in dead NYC humid ass heat and I felt cool. Another thing I wanted to note about this dress. Usually when I wear white on NYC subways I get off looking beige, this material didn't hold dirt at all and I didn't have to use bleach when I washed it because it wasn't soil. I really despise using bleach so that was another thumbs up on my list. I have a SheIn wishlist and will be doing a review soon on their sister site MakeMeChic. So comment below and tell me if you've ever ordered from them or will you in the future.
Since becoming a Pescatarian(someone who only eats fish and veggies), I have been very conscious of what I allow inside my body as well as on top of it. I've been battling blackheads and spots since the birth of my LO, and my ultimate goal is to have beautiful glowing skin without a shit load of highlighter.
I’ve changed my skin routine several times, learning as I go. Differentiating oily vs dry, how the seasons affect our skin, how our dietary intake plays a role and that a large majority of us have combination skin (me included). It can be overwhelming when walking into a Sephora or Rite Aid and seeing tons of products and not knowing which ones to pick. Through my research(trial and error), I have learned that salicylic acid, Vitamin e and Argan Stem cells are my best friends. My ultimate goal was to find a regimen that cleans, tightens and moisturizes BUT also keeps me glowing.
Like every other aspect of my life, I love mixing high and low brands. I wear Louis Vuitton with Danice, David Yurman with Forever21 and it’s not a surprise that my skin care routine is no different. I purchased a Rite Aid brand pore facial scrub and I exfoliate twice daily. I use Lush and Avon masks once a week and I’ve been rocking with Charlotte Lacroix every day.
Usually at night, I remove any makeup but since I did the #nomakeupchallenge I had none to remove. I rinse my face with hot water. Then, I used the Rite Aid scrub that has two percent salicylic acid. After the scrub, twice a week, I use a lush clay mask or my Avon Clay mask(which also has salicylic acid in it) to penetrate pores and pull out and gunk that accumulated during the week. I rinse with cold water to close my pores. Following these steps, my skin is soft but way too dry. To bring it back to life, I apply Charlotte Lacroix firming face serum. Two pumps is more than sufficient for my whole face. I pat the product all over until it has been absorbed. I sleep with it over night and in the morning I wake up with skin smoother than a baby’s bum. I use the scrub again and moisturize with the day cream and go about my day.
After my face dries, I use Charlotte Lacroix serum for moisturizing at night and the day cream during the day. Unless it’s like 1,000 degrees outside then I also use the face serum during the day, sparingly though. The day cream reminds me of being a little girl, as when I was younger, my grandmother made me use Pond’s cold cream in the morning before school and told me to take care of my skin now so I can look like her when I get to her age. However, that Pond’s cold cream is absolutely unbearable in NY summer heat.
Charlotte Lacroix’s products visibly rejuvenates the collagen in my skin. The night serum is light and slightly fragranced. The use of the facial scrub with salicylic acid in conjunction with the the Charlotte Lacroix moisturizes have drastically reduced the size of my pores and the amount of blackheads over time. I’ve been abusing the under eye cream which was a tad bit harsh at first. It turned my skin red initially but it’s wonderful for a little pick me up after a night of no sleep. Yes, that still happens occasionally even with a two year old.
I’ve been receiving tons of compliments even from my love Corey who, one night touched my face and asked me if I was wearing make up. For once, I was enthused to tell him that it was just my face. Charlotte Lacroix’s products have been the topping on my cake for my skin routine.
I'll be posting photos on my twitter with my mask after using Charlotte Lacroix and my new regimen. The mask shows any large pores you may have. Below is a picture of my first time wearing makeup, I still have some large pores but a large majority of them have gotten visibly smaller in 15 days. My complexion looks cohesive and my skin super smooth. (SN: I'm not wearing any highlighter!) This is without changing my diet. I’m excited to see how far Charlotte Lacroix’s products can take me with water intake and diet change. I will post a review update in another 2 months.
Before you leave, let me know your night routine, your favorite products and what works for you!
So before I start, let me say that I did not get paid to do this review although I probably should have. Any way I am an affiliate of a couple of websites including Sammy Dress meaning that if any one shops there and uses my code/link I get paid. My homegirl Paris tweeted me one day after I was promoting Zaful and told me that they basically took her money and never sent her the clothes. Which to me is disgusting and unacceptable. I don't like companies who do things like that. If I trust you enough to give you my information, I expect you to send me something even if it's not what I ordered. Just don't take my money and dip. But, I have stopped promoting them so hard for now because I really need to do a full review on them but I haven't had the resources to do so.
Any who, I have purchased from Sammy Dress before. They have never taken my money and not sent me products. A while ago while he was overseas, I bought Corey a little inexpensive peacoat and he loved it. I'm the type of shopper that looks at things for days upon weeks before actually deciding to buy. I like other people to post reviews and pictures and then I may buy depending on how in love I am with the item.
I preed this coat for approximately 3 weeks. For those of you who are not West Indian, preeing is watching feverishly/stalking. I looked at it like everyday saying damn I really have to get this coat. So, in November I bought it. Now I've heard horror stories about shipping taking forever but that's expected because this place is in China. It arrived almost a month later. I was in no rush because December in New York was rather warm and I even pulled out my sandals one day.
Sammy Dress pulled a houdini and got this jacket in a package so tiny it fit in the mailbox. My first thought was oh hell nah, this is about to be a disaster. But it wasn't, after I unraveled the jacket out of the package, I loved it! It was exactly like the picture and it fit perfectly. I bought it in a large because when you order overseas you usually have to order a size up.
As you can tell, I've been rocking the jacket non stop and I've gotten tons of compliments on it. Two things that I didn't really love so much was 1. the hooks, I had to bend them so that they stay in place and 2. the jacket sheds a lot so it's difficult to wear my neverfull because I'm pulling the feathers off every time I move my bag.
Here are some tips to shopping on these super cheap sites
1. Always check for reviews and user photos. These are a good indication if the item is going to look remotely close to what the picture looks like.
2. Avoid items that have photoshopped pictures.You can usually tell if a photo is photoshopped because the colors/model will look slightly off.
3. For the most part you do get what you pay for. If a jacket is $12, expect it to look like it's $12. If you see something on the site that's above $20 expect it to be decent quality.
4. Pay attention to fabric composition. A jacket composed of primarily polyester probably won't keep you warm or be of good quality.
5. Use your judgement. If your gut tells you no then say no!
With the shipping, the total was $26.78 and I had a coupon code. The items below are next on my Sammy Dress list. If you can't tell, I love fur.
Is your mouth watering yet? It freaking should be. But after debating back and forth about whether to put this on Facebook or not, I decided to put it on my blog and get a little bit of traffic. This list is dedicated to the best fucking foods of Brooklyn. If you're a fat ass like myself you should know most of these restaurants. If not you need to catch up my friend. I love good food. I breathe good food. I am good food! These are spots that will make you go mmm, that's good. Or damn, I need to go back. Yes, it's that real. Some categories may be missing because I didn't feel as if anybody excelled this year. For example, Mac and Cheese is a staple and I've had some decent macs this year but I haven't been wowed. If you have any differing opinions, drop it below and we can discuss it. Now let's get to the good stuff, I present the fat ass foodie list Brooklyn edition 2015.
1. Best Burger
Dram Shop/ Burgers and Beer
2. Best Kimchi
3. Best selection of beer
Brooklyn Beer and Soda
4. Best Henny Colada
5. Best Spicy Salmon Roll
6. Best Flavored Sake
7. Best Tom Yum
8. Longest Wait for Food EVER
9. Best Chicken & Waffles
10. Best Customer Service
11. Best Rum Punch
12. Best Mimosa
13. Best Capirinha
Bogota Latin Bistro
14. Most Overpriced Seafood
15. Best Friday Night Local Turn Up
16. Best Desert Spot
Piece of Velvet
17. Best Collard Greens
18. Most Overrated West Indian Restaurant
19. Best Curry Goat
20. Best Roti
21. Best Fishbowl
22. Best Budget Plate
23. Best Original Slice
Tony's Pizzeria (Rutland)
24. Best Supreme Slice
Original Pizza (Ralph)
25. Best Fast Food Seafood
26. Best Steamed Seafood
27. Best Old Fashion
28. Best Shrimp Scampii
Randazzo's Clam Bar
29. Best Seafood Brunch
30. Best Peruvian
31. Best Cuban
31. Best Salt Fish and Bake
32. Best Doubles
Jen's Roti Shop
33. Best Tacos
El Tigre Taco
34. Best Empanadas
35. Best Unlimited Brunch Spot
36. Best Ramen
Before I start getting to the good stuff about this restaurant, I have to let you all know that Tosca Cafe is in the THE BRONX. Yes, the Bronx! Any New Yorker knows that the Bronx is foreign territory. You remember the Lion King where Mufasa told Simba that the dark area was off limits? That hunty, is the Bronx.
Anyway, we went to Tosca Cafe for my best friend Shanee's birthday. (She was also with me for the Miti Miti excursion that we had. You can read about that here) It was a party of 10-14 people or so. We were sat promptly and left in a bit of confusion as our waitress didn't come to us and take a drink or food order. After watching other people, we realized it was a buffet kind of thing and our waitress took our drink order. The buffet area was a little ways from our table and involved going through small places, tip toeing in our high heels and then after passing the bar, you are in food heaven. Although it was a brunch they had an array of other things to eat besides breakfast food and a number of desert items, if you're in to that. My favorite things on the menu were the home fries, steak, omelette station, and the pizza. The bread with pesto on it was quite delicious as well.
As for the drinks, you have the options of having a Bellini, Champagne, Bloody Mary or Mimosa. The Bellini was more like peach syrup instead of peach juice and I'm the kind of person that gets to the point so I ordered Champagne for the entirety of our brunch.
All in all, the ambiance was beautiful. It's a wonderful restaurant. I just wished a few things,
1. that the buffet wasn't so far
2. that the buffet area wasn't so dimly lit
3. our waitress was more thorough in explaining the process since it was our first time there.
4. that the buffet wasn't so damn far
Other than that for $29.95 per person with unlimited drinks, it was definitely worth it. So I will be back.
Side note: do you see me though? I'm out here! If you like my shoes you can cop them from Lulu's or if you're in Brooklyn you can get them from Dr. Jays. If you love my dress, it's by Mad Rag and I bought it from the $10 spot.