Beauty Blogger Tag

Happy Makeup Monday! Let’s start off our week with a fun post! Today I am doing the “Beauty Blogger Tag!” I was inspired by Christina’s Chic Corner after I read her post of this tag as well, so make sure you head to her post as well!

I honestly love tag posts! It is a fun and informal way to get to know the blogger and just answer some fun questions! I have don a few tag’s in the past, but not a beauty blogger one! So here we go:

1.) What is your natural hair color? Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?

My natural hair color is a mid-to-dark brown color. I feel like it is right in the middle but closer to dark if I had to guess. I do dye my hair, not all the time, but when I get an itch for something different. I do both salon and at home. If it is just a plain one color, I usually do it myself to save money. But if it is a harder color, highlights, any bleaching…I go to the salon! It honestly just depends on what I want and how much money I have at the time.

2.) How often do you wash your hair?

I used to have really oil hair, but I don’t now. So I aim for two to three times a week. Sometimes more and sadly…maybe sometimes less?? My hair seems to do better when it isn’t washed every day.

3.) Will you leave the house without makeup?

Yes! While I don’t have perfect skin, there are so many times I just don’t want to bother with makeup! Especially if I’m just running to the store or something. While sometimes I may feel self-conscious about it–I still do it!

4.) How long does it take you to do your makeup?

Honestly depends on the look I am going for that day. Just a simple every day look no more than probably 15 minutes, if that. But if I am doing a bigger look or for a special occasion I take my time and could probably use up two hours! I don’t like to have to rush!

5.) Do you read the comments on your posts?

Absolutely! That’s one of the best parts of blogging is getting feedback and getting to connect with readers. I try to read and respond quickly too.

6.) What camera do you use for your photos?

Either my Nikon D3100 or even just my iPhone. I prefer my Nikon obviously but sometimes it is just too much trouble for a little photo or two.

7.) What skin type do you have?

Who knows really. Most of the time I have oily skin, but lately I have had oily cheek bones and a dry dry dry forehead! I usually air on the side of oily though, because that seems to be what I am most of the time.

8.) What is your current facial cleanser?

I am currently using the Ole Henriksen Oil Control Cleanser. But I also love the Clean and Clear foaming cleanser as well.

9.) Do you have freckles?

Not really! A few on my arms but that’s about it. I do have a few beauty marks/moles that tend to look like freckles though.

10.) What is your favorite eye-shadow color?

Yikes! That is a hard one. I love grey, so versatile. Anything shimmery. I also love a purple eye look.

11.) How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?

Oh, probably every day!

12.) Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?

Both! I usually use a pencil on the bottom and a liquid on the top. I have a hard time using a pencil on the top lashes! They’re too rough. And liquid on bottom is a nightmare.

13.) What is your favorite lipstick?

Currently YSL Rouge Volupte! They are so moisturizing and so easy to apply.  But I am also loving Lipsense too!

14.) Name a makeup crime that you hate.

Foundation that is too dark!! I have when you/my neck doesn’t match the face…but it is something every one does! It is hard to perfectly match your skin unless you test it well.

15.) Do you like drugstore makeup?

Oh yes!! I use a good amount of drugstore makeup. They have some great quality stuff!

What would your answers be?? Let me know in the comments! 

Smile Brilliant Update + Results 

I received this whitening set complimentary for testing purposes, all opinions and thoughts are my own. None of these pictures have been enhanced or edited to make results look different. 

Welcome to W&W, I hope you’re enjoying a lovely morning on this first Monday in June! Today is the much anticipated update and results from my at-home teeth whitening for sensitive teeth kit from Smile Brilliant.

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If you didn’t see my first post about these custom fitted trays and at-home whitening kit, make sure you check it out before we go any further.

First off, here is the “before” picture! I wanted you to know where I started from before I go on and tell you how amazing this stuff is! As much as I hate showing you how bad my teeth were…it’s part of the process. So I’m laying aside my embarrassment to show you the results!

*please forgive the grainy quality of this photo. I was having issues with camera. But this is not edited at all*

My tea and coffee addiction had really gotten to my teeth and honestly, I had stopped smiling with my teeth most of the time because of the state of them. But Smile Brilliant honestly changed that around! And I still have whitening and desensitizing gel to use to continue the process. Here is my results so far:

after Honestly I can tell a difference even beyond what those pictures show. I can smile again with confidence! Here are a few pictures since I have been whitening neither of which have been edited at all:

Here are some of my top tricks and thoughts of the whole experience: 

  • The desensitizing gel is key to the whole process for me. If it weren’t for that gel, I probably wouldn’t have been able to continue with the process. I even skipped it one night, just so I could tell you how it went, and I had so much sensitivity and uncomfortable feeling. So if you have sensitive teeth, make sure you get kit that caters to that.
  • Make sure you apply a thin layer. The only time I had some stinging sensation was if I applied too much whitening gel and it leaked onto my gums. My suggestion is to make sure you’re using the syringe to apply s thin layer. Don’t take off the top of the syringe! (I may or may not have done that at first…)
  • Carve out time for yourself. This can be a time consuming process…but it is so worth it! Self-care is important and vital! 
  • Stay with it! You can’t just use it once and expect it to stay white forever. Even though I saw results after the first few sessions, I am going to continue to use it for the best results. Remember this isn’t an overnight fix!

The results aren’t as shocking as I was hoping, but I can definitely tell a difference and that is what matters. I had some family reasons that kept me from devoting every day to it at first, so I am sure that is part of it-it does take time! I did notice that various lighting make the results look more obvious so I included other pictures.

I plan to keep you updated as I continue! But this is after about a month of continual use. I do admit I couldn’t do it as often as I wanted because of my sensitivity but I am still seeing amazing results!

This was my very first notice of results! 

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May Favorites 2017

Happy Tuesday! I normally post on Mondays, but seeing as yesterday was a holiday, I pushed the post to today! I hope everyone had a beautiful and safe Memorial Day! It’s always a special time to honor those who have fallen and continue to serve. I spent the day shopping and then a movie and homemade burgers with my family.

This week signals the end of May and the beginning of June, so I thought it would be a perfect time to share my monthly favorites! Today is all about the products I’ve been loving this past month! You know how it goes, so I’ll just get into the products! 

 Colourpop Highlighter // Flexitarian 

I shared this highlighter in my Colourpop Haul post a few weeks ago and I have been loving this all month! While it is pretty shocking, it is a very natural color. I personally am not a huge fan of pink or purple hued highlighters…I prefer nude colors like gold or champagne. This formula is a bit odd..its almost cream to powder but not a typical cream. It is so soft and buttery. I will say, you have to use a very dense brush or your fingers to apply! The application is a little tricky till you figure out how to work with it.

Various Single Pressed Shadows 

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  1. MAC Quarry (matte)
  2. Colourpop Goody Two-Shoes (Metallic)
  3. Colourpop Silver Lining (Matte)

First off, Quarry is a wonderful transition shade and crease shade. It is a beautiful matte plummy, grey color with a little hint of brown. I use this almost every time I do makeup because it is so versatile. Goody Two-shoes is a brilliant metallic silver, grey color. The shimmer is fine and really makes the eyes pop. Silver Lining is a beautiful matte purple color that I really needed for when I do a plum smoky eye. This is perfect for the lid or the crease depending on what look i’m going for that day.  All three of these are so smooth, easy to apply, and extremely pigmented.

Bath and Body Fragrance Mist // Endless Weekend 

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I bought my grandmother some amazing Bath and Body goodies for Mothers Day and I picked up this little beauty for myself! I am loving their body sprays right now. They are perfect to keep in my purse and throw on when I need a little refresh and smell good. Endless Weekend is a blend of magnolia, raspberry, and sandalwood; overall very refreshing and bright scent. Also, they’re still doing a great sale- buy 3 get 2 free so go get yourself one!

Nexxus City Shield Regimen

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I received this Nexxus regimen complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. I have used this shampoo, condition, and creme this month and have loved the results! This is a City Shield set that is for all hair types. This is supposed to help protect your hair from the humidity and harmful things in the environment around us. I love that it helps reduce frizz and help the keep it styled all day long. The set is enriched with wheat protein and Indian Lotus Extract. It smells amazing and really helps make my hair feel healthy and stay styled.

Lipsense // Dark Pink DSC_1997.JPG

I have been bitten by the Lipsense bug. I am planning to do a full review but this month I have been LOVING the shade Dark Pink. I think it is perfect for spring and summer; it is the perfect everyday pink. It isn’t too dark or too bright but just right for a beautiful look! If you haven’t heard about Lipsense, then you need to check it out. You apply three layers of color, apply gloss on top of that, and it lasts so much longer than any other lip product that I have tried to date. More info to come! DSC_1999.JPG

Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush // Something About Berry 

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I know I have mentioned this in a favorites in the past, but this month I just can’t get enough of it! I had it put away and not using it for a while and just started using it again! Too Faced knows how to make a blush…that is for sure. This is the perfect pink blush, by far, my favorite! I love the look this gives off! It isn’t too bright and it has a fine shimmer that is subtle. I love to swirl and get the three shades all together. And I mean the packaging is just amazing, am I right?? Definitely glad I picked this up on a sale a while back! DSC_1982.JPG

What have you been loving this last month?? Let me know! I’d love some new ideas for the month of June! XO

My quick and easy makeup tips! 

Let’s face it, we don’t always have a few hours to make slowly get on our makeup all while dancing to our favorite tunes. Sometimes, we have, maybe, five minutes to throw on something to make us look semi-alive in the morning.

Over the years, I’ve gathered my own tips and tricks to help you when your in a rush but want to do a quick and easy makeup look. Now these are just my ideas-and I’m no expert. But I thought it would be fun to share my tips and maybe give you a few ideas to help you next time you hit “snooze” one to many times.

Tip #1 – smudge pots are your best friend 

Every brand has a name for it: smudge pot, paint pot, cream gels…its all one in the same. Basically it’s a cream eye-shadow in a pot. If you’re in a hurry, these help make a quick but beautiful eye look! On busy days (or lazy ones) I slap on the smudge pot all over my lid and simply blend it out. One color, one products, and one step- it’s that easy.

Some of my favorite smudge pots are actually from elf- super cheap! Below is a picture of my look with just a elf smudge pot on my eyes! So simple but looks great! 

Tip #2 – forget the contour 

Maybe you love contour but for me, it’s something I don’t mind dropping from my makeup routine if I’m in a hurry. Most of my “makeup wearing” years have been spent having no clue what contouring even was so it’s never a bad thing to just forget this and just go for blush.

Don’t get me wrong, I love contouring but it’s not an absolute essential for me. If you’re in a hurry don’t be afraid to just do foundation and blush on the face!

Tip #3 – try a full coverage powder foundation 

My routine is normally a liquid foundation, concealer, and a finishing powder to set it. But if I’m in a hurry I don’t mind grabbing a one step powder foundation. One of my favorites is the Clinique SuperPowder Double Face! Most of the time I prefer a fuller coverage liquid but when I’m in a hurry, a powder foundation might be all I have time for; just apply to the whole face and you’ll get some much needed coverage. All while still being fast and easy!

Tip #4 – Mascara is your best friend

My lashes are one of my favorite features and I try not to neglect them even on a rushed morning. If you’re anything like me, a little mascara can do wonders for you. I might be extremely tired, but mascara always seems to brighten and perk up my face! It makes my eyes seem awake.

Slap on mascara as you walk out the door or in the car and you are set to go! I’m a believer that there is always time for a little mascara.

Tip #5 – Don’t be afraid to go natural

While I love makeup and looking put together and fresh, I don’t wear it 24/7. If I am running late, just running to the store, or don’t feel like it…I go without makeup at all! Most of us are a little uncomfortable about that, but if I am taking good care of my skin and getting some sleep-then I am much more confident in my own skin.

Never feel like you HAVE to put on makeup when you’re in a rush or just not up to doing it. Be confident in yourself and wear that bare skin proudly! Makeup isn’t what makes you beautiful friends, don’t forget that.

What are your tips for easy makeup looks?? Let me know in the comments!

DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

 I partnered with Smile Brilliant for this giveaway! See the original post for info on how to enter.

Easy Home Whitening for Sensitive Teeth + Giveaway

*This post contains affiliate links and was sponsored by Smile Brilliant but all thoughts and opinions are my own*

Hello friends! Today I am excited to announce my partnership with Smile Brilliant to inform you about their easy at-home teeth whitening system; and give YOU an opportunity to win some yourself! Read till the end for a chance to enter the giveaway and receive a coupon off your order!

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The whole kit for sensitive teeth as it comes

If I’m honest, I struggle with letting my true smile out because my teeth are definitely stained and worn. My coffee and tea addiction really hurts the color and quality of my smile. So when I was contacted by the amazing people at Smile Brilliant, I knew it was something I needed to go forward with at once!

Smile Brilliant allows you to make custom fitted trays at home, mail them back, then receive your molds and start your sessions to a better and whiter smile! Now this was a big deal for me. I, like many, are terrified of the dentist; so knowing I could make the molds in the comfort of my own home without having to sit in a dentist chair or use generic trays was a BIG positive of this company.

I also have extremely sensitive teeth so the fact that this product is tailored to help sensitive teeth is amazing!  So if you have sensitive teeth or are prone to sensitivity like me, don’t worry, this kit is perfect for you! Also, for those who are cognitive of what you put in your body, Smile Brilliant’s ingredients are vegan and cruelty free!

Today I am giving you a little run down of the process and my first impressions! I will post an updated review in a few weeks to show you my results! HINT: I could already tell a difference after only two treatments. Also, if you have questions about getting started, Smile Brilliant has 7 things to know before buying to help answer any questions.

Step 1

Order your package, either sensitive or non-sensitive, and get ready to do some easy at-home whitening! Each package includes: whitening gel, impression trays, custom work on your impressions, desensitize gel (if you order the sensitive package), 3 way postage, and 3 sets of the impression material. They also allow you to choose how many applications you want, based on the level of stains you have; which I love because you can tailor it to your needs. I highly suggest if you have sensitive teeth in the slightest to get the sensitive package. That is what I have used and I love using the desensitize gel to help my teeth throughout the process.

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Step 2 

When your package arrives, it is time to make your molds! I promise this is easy and not as intimidating as it sounds. All you do is mix the base and the catalyst together, apply it to impression molds, and press the mix into your teeth (one at a time). Once you wait the allotted time, take the impressions out and mail them back in the pre-addressed and paid for return envelope. Mailing them back is so easy and they make it a simple step in the process.

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Step 3 

Once your custom fitted trays are mailed back to you, you can start the process! The process is very simple:

  • Wash your teeth with water
  • Apply whitening gel to the trays
  • Wear the trays for 45 minutes to 3 hours
  • Take them out and wash your teeth with toothpaste
  • wash off trays and pat dry
  • apply desensitizing gel to the trays
  • wear the trays for 15-20 minute
  • DO NOT brush teeth after this, spit out the excess and clean your trays

These are the steps in their simplest form. Your package will come with full instructions, I just wanted to give you a little glimpse at how easy and fast Smile Brilliant makes getting your teeth brighter and whiter.

I can’t wait to update you on the process but so far, I am loving it and already seeing results. The process is easy and Smile Brilliant makes it easy to achieve whiter teeth all while catering to your sensitivity.

Giveaway!

Want a chance to win $139 worth of product from Smile Brilliant?? All you have to do is fill out this information in the link given and wait to see if you win!  http://www.smilebrilliant.com/g/writingsandworship 

This giveaway will run from 5/17 until 5/31 and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia! Don’t forget to enter through the link above!!

Coupon!

Interested in getting 5% off your purchase? Use the code writingsandworship5 on your order to receive 5% off!

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Colourpop Haul // First Impressions

Happy Monday friends, I hope it’s being good to you! Today is Makeup Monday and it is my favorite kind of post…a haul! I recently bought a good little haul from Colourpop and wanted to share it with you-along with my first impressions of the products.

If you haven’t heard of Colourpop, I am so sorry, and I am about to enlighten you! If you’ve heard of it but never purchased from it, this might convince you too!

I will say that my one drawback to Colourpop is that you have to rely solely on other people’s swatches or descriptions of the product because there is no actual store. So you sometimes gamble with whether or not you will like the colors since you cannot look at it for yourself first.

But other than that- the quality and price of this brand is amazing! So here we go!

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Blotted Lip // Ice Cube

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This is a new product from Colourpop called the “blotted lip” my first impression is that it is a cross between a balm and a lipstick. It is pigmented but not just shockingly so. It is a lightweight sheer, and matte lip in a cool toned berry shade. They say that it is build-able and I completely agree. It really seems like a no mess, no hassle lip product you can throw on when you don’t have time to worry about other lipsticks. So far, I love it!

Pressed Shadow // Liar Liar 

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I am in love with their pressed eyeshadows so far! They were running a special (and still are) that you can buy 3 SHADOWS for $10!! Which equals out to one for free, I really suggest you take advantage of this special offer! Anyway, Liar Liar is a pale, shimmery pink shade. It is very pale next to my skin, in fact a swatch was impossible, but I think it will be perfect for the eyes to add a little bright shimmer to the lid. It is very metallic and shimmery, so the light really catches the shimmer but other than that…the color is extremely pale! The formula is amazing-smooth and buttery!

Pressed Powder // Silver Lining 

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I know what you’re thinking, but Silver Lining isn’t silver-its purple! The same formula as Liar Liar, this matte purple is perfect for the crease or the lid. I have some great deep purples and lavenders, I really needed a middle shade between them and this is perfect! Make sure you head to my Instagram and check out my stories for some real-time swatches of this shadow! 

Lippie Stix // Brink 

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You know that gamble I was talking about earlier with the problem of buying online? This is an example. All the swatches of this Lippie Stix in Brink, I loved! But seeing it in person and swatched…I don’t like it-it is way to brown and warm for me. I will probably be passing this to my mom or sister. The formula though is, of course, amazing! I love the silky texture on my lips! This shade is a matte.

Super Shock Cheek // Cruel Intentions

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I couldn’t resist touching this blush, so the little design is gone! But these blushes are so unique and pigmented! This shade is a little more warm than I wanted, but so far I am still liking it! It has a cream consistency that is buttery smooth. I do find it a little hard to get on the brush, but I am sure with time I will learn how best to apply. I do love that this is matte though, matte blushes are a little harder to find than shimmer ones.

Pressed Shadow // Goody Two-Shoes

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This shade is my favorite! It is a gunmetal metallic that is just stunning! It is a deep, dark silver that is packed full of shimmer! The same buttery formula feels so good on the skin! I am so glad I bought this shade because it is just beautiful!

Super Shock Highlighter // Flexitarian 

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Super Shock is the perfect title because this highlighter is AMAZING. The color pay off is shocking and super bold. But it is build-able so it is easy to wear for any occasion. This is a pearlized, champagne-silver toned highlight which is the shade of highlight I prefer. It looks natural and almost skin toned but the light brings out that shimmer so well! Just like the blush, this is a cream to powder feel, and I have been using a pretty dense brush to pick up the cream well.

Have you ever purchased anything from Colourpop?? Let me know what your favorite thing is from them! I hope you enjoyed this haul! Until Wednesday, XO

Remember to check out my Instagram for more swatches!

PSSST, stay tuned for tomorrow for a fun sponsored post that involves a giveaway!

Currently Crazy About: SHOPS!

Shirts, arts, necklaces, etc. I am loving some fun and personal shops right now. I love supporting small businesses and boss gals as much as I can. Why shop mainstream when you can support small companies and families!

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite companies/shops that I am crazy about right now! Most of these I have found through blogging and social media, so I am excited at the opportunity to share these awesome companies with y’all. Save your money! You’ll need it to buy all these goodies. Shop small and support these awesome companies!

Elly and Grace 

Elly and Grace sell “Christian t-shirts that uplift and inspire.” They sell women’s shirts, baby clothes, little girls shirts, and some accessories. These are so inspiring and uplifting all while being so stylish and comfy! Some of their shirts say “created with purpose,” “it is well with my soul,” and “all I need is coffee, coffee, and more coffee.”

One reason I love this shop is because they aren’t just providing women with cute clothes but uplifting and inspiring encouragement on each of them. They also have a blog that you should definitely check out! They can do custom orders and are very accommodating.


Follow Elly and Grace on Instagram!

MarandaL – Society6

If you are an art lover, you must check out Maranda’s Society6 shop. She is a painter, photographer, and creator extraordinaire. I am crazy about her shop because it is full of paintings, prints, and phone cases that are packed with color. You know I love my bold colors and Maranda’s pieces are bright and beautiful.

She sells prints, laptop skins, bags, phone cases, paintings, cards, and more! There really is something for everyone. I love her abstract paintings…I need to buy one ASAP!


Follow Maranda on Instagram!

Marking Remarks 

Wood and hand-lettering are all the rage right now and Marking Remarks does an incredible job! I was sent these amazing “Mr and Mrs” signs for my photography business and honestly, they are my current favorite prop right now! Here is a little sneak peek at her work. DSC_1756.jpg

These signs are handmade, hand engraved, and such great quality. It is real wood with beautiful script on each of them. They do planter boxes, signs, growth charts, maps, and more! All wood signs are totally worth every penny and very inexpensive for the work they take. If you are looking for a sign to spice up your house or wedding, look no further! And photographers, these would make great props!


Follow Marking Remarks on Instagram!

4th Generation Designs

The tag line reads, “Hand crafted accessories for ladies and littles,” there is no more perfect explanation of these adorable and trendy accessories that Cheryl makes! She makes hand crafted necklaces that have inspiring and cute either decor or wording on the pendant. Some have lace, some have floral print, and some have little animals but all of them have a creative touch you can only get from shopping small!

My favorite (at the moment) is a pendant with the print “it is well, with my soul” in beautiful script lettering. This shops items are inspirational and beautiful. A perfect gift for women and girls of all ages. Cheryl considers her pieces as “vintage feel with a modern edge.” Most necklaces are under $15, which is a steal!!


Follow 4th Generation Designs on Instagram!

AlifyaLifestyle

Alifya creates beautiful prints for your home or office. They have a beautiful whimsical feel and feel just like you’ve bought a high priced painting! Printable art is very popular right now and Alifya does some of my favorites that I am crazy about at the moment.

Alifya does brilliant work with watercolors and acrylic that she makes into prints for easy access! Flowers, perfume, and you name it! She takes ordinary items and makes them beautiful! Most of her prints are under $10 so they are very affordable and a great way to shop small and support these creative friends of mine!


Follow Alifya on Instagram!

I shared some screenshots of their shops just so you can get a little visual of what they sell. Shop small today and help these amazing creators I have mentioned! I am thankful to have found these ladies because they continue to inspire me to create even more for y’all.

What shop sounds like your favorite?? Let me know in the comments!