Make Up Of The Day – Tempting

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Eyes: MAC "Next To Nothing" (Lid), MAC "Tempting" (Crease), MAC "Sharp" (Tear Duct)

Lippie (COMBO): NYX Cosmetics Lipstick in "Power" and NYX Matte Lipstick in "Whipped Caviar"

Cheeks: Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer in "Summer Kiss"

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April Boxycharm: What’s Inside

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April 2016 Boxycharm Reveal

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Anderson Lilley Manhattan Beach Butter Hand Cream (Retail Value $24.00) - What girl doesn't love a hand cream to throw in her purse to use on the go? I find myself purchasing travel size lotion regularly for this very reason, so this month I won't have to. This cream smells edible, and is super moisturizing.

OFRA Long Lasting Lipstick in "Pasadena" (Retail Value $19.90) - Truthfully, this is my 2nd lippie from a Boxycharm box and it stays on ALL DAY LONG with good application. Their shades are great, and the quality is as well. I will stick to receiving these in my charm boxes however due to their retail price!lol NYX's Liquid Suede Lipstick equally does the trick for me at just $6.99.

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**OFRA Pasadena Long Lasting Lipstick w/NYX Tea & Cookies Liquid Suede Lipstick in Center...**

Your Minerals Eyeshadow (Retail Value $24.00) - Your Minerals is definitely an underrated beauty brand, and I've figured this out after receiving a few of their amazing products in my charm boxes. This eyeshadow is super pigmented, a beautiful shade, and loosely compacted so I'm excited to try it out on my lids. 

Pur-lisse Daily Lip Nourisher (Retail Value $16.00) - Lip moisturizer is another staple item that I use daily. Before lip applications and before bed, I apply a lip balm for extra moisture and lip protection. Moisture is key with any beauty regimen, so I'm ALWAYS happy to receive such items in my charm box.  

Blinc Black Lash Primer (Retail Value $26.00) - I've never used a lash primer before, so this item was a pleasant surprise as well! Not only does this item 'prime/protect' your lashes, but it was also created to encourage lash growth and retain moisture. In a previous box we received Blinc Mascara, and using the two together (as recommended) was a lot of fun. I noticed a little difference in the thickness of my not so thick natural lashes, so I definitely plan to use this until the last drop! 

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It's so exciting to reveal each month's Boxycharm goodies with you all! This month I received 5 full size products retailing over $100 for just $21/month.

What beauty subscriptions do you all have and love?

3 Ways To Stay Confident While Expecting

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3 Ways To Stay Confident While Expecting

Easier said than done right? Trust me, I get it. I'm just here to say that we must find a way to! 

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  1. Carve time out for your appearance, health, and fitness. - I have found with all of my pregnancies that excuses are sooooo easy to make. No time for this, no energy for that. Each time they all made sense to me as well. This third time around however - even through the 15-16 weeks of constant nausea - I have vowed to take pride in my appearance, plan snacks and meals (as best as I can), and walk for at least 15 minutes/day. Whatever you can do, do it. Every pregnancy is different and so is every woman. Just remember that confidence is so much easier to maintain when you feel good and reach goals, however small they may be. fruit and veggie lunch idea
  2. Lean on other pregnant women. - Not everyone has the amazing, quintessential pregnancy. If you reach out to other ladies who are expecting, you'll find out just how 'not alone' you are. From nausea, to mood swings, to weight gain worries, to feeling like a failed wife or mom, there are tons of women who feel the same way. Get together, join forums, etc to find out the best ways of coping. It is important to remember that your pregnancy is temporary, and that you will begin to feel like yourself again just days after birth in most cases.
  3. Remember that it's a BLESSING to be expecting. If nothing else, find confidence in THAT! - I was politely humbled and reminded today of the many women who pay thousands of dollars per year to aid in fertility issues and conceiving. Having experienced loss before, I also know what it feels like to have your dreams shattered in that respect. Each day, try to be grateful for the experience itself if nothing else.   

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Of all of these tips one thing is for sure, confidence is certainly a conscious decision that expectant women must make. With or without the validation of others, decide to be confident, feel beautiful, and bask in the blessing that truthfully many women don't get to experience. I know that I will be from this day forward.

Humbly Yours,

Mrs. O.

Make Up of the Day – Drugstore Makeover

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So this past weekend my house guest here all the way from Lagos, Nigeria, asked me to teach her a simple, natural, everyday glam look. While I am NO makeup artist, I love to play in makeup and watch all of the fabulous youtube videos out there that teach me how to apply it! 

We made trips to Ulta Beauty and CVS to pick up a few extra items that she didn't have, to create this "soft beat" look:

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

Products Used:

CoverGirl - Golden's TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette $11.99 

NYX - Photo Loving Primer $13

Mary Kay Foundation (Previously Purchased - Not Sold at Ulta Beauty/CVS)

Milani Cosmetics - Rose D' Oro Blush $7.29

Maybelline - Volum Express The Falsies Flared Mascara $6.99

L'Oreal - True Match Super Blendable Invisible Concealer $9.99 & True Match Powder $7.99

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What kinds of drugstore products and brands do you all love and use? 

 

 

 

Make Up of the Day – Pink Petal

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Eyes: Almay "Peach Fuzz" (Lid) & Make Up Geek "Cocoa Bear" (Crease)

Lippie (COMBO): NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in "Tea and Cookies" and NYX Matte Lipstick in "Dark Era"

Cheeks: Studio Makeup Blush in "Petal" & Milani Cosmetics Blush in "Rose D' Oro"

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