NYE Makeup

HAPPY 2018!!

The holiday season is always my favorite time of the year. Cozy weather, family time, vacations, & extra glam makeup.

This NYE  silver look was inspired by Instagramer RAHMANBEAUTY

This look doesn’t have to break the bank. You don’t need to buy the exact products your inspiration used. I dug through the products I already had to create my look. As you can see one of my pallets is super old. I’ve had it since highschool and bought it at Ross. For me the only thing that matters is the End Results, okkk!

You can find the products I used below!

Face Primer –  Prep + Prime Natural Radiance – PINK (Great for oily skin) – MAC

Under Eye Color Corrector – HD Pro Conceal in Yellow Corrector – LA Girl Cosmetics

Foundation – Stick Foundation – Carmel – ABH

Powder setting –  Studio Fix NC45  – MAC

Contour –  Gotcha Covered Concealer in Ebony – NYX Cosmetics

Blush – 9N – Morphe

Highlight – LUNA – Aurora Pallet  – ABH

*Normally $42 but I snagged it for $20 at Sephora

Baking Powder – Banana – Ben Nye

Eyebrows – Dip Brow in Dark Brown – ABH

Eyeshadow primer – Proof it –  NYX Cosmetics

Eyeshadow –  Super old pallet from Ross  & 35N Morphe

Eyeliner -Color Icon Khol in Black – Wet n Wild

Liquid Liner – Tarte & Jet Black $2 –  E.L.F. Cosmetics

Lashes – Queen B KoKo Lashes

Lip Exfoliator – E.L.F Cosmetics $3

Lip Color – Cork MAC

Setting Spray – Prep + Prime Fix MAC


Would I love to buy new makeup to make this look, yes, but then I look at my bank account and reality sets in. As you can see the makeup I used didn’t hurt my account too much. My secret is to buy products the rare times they go on sale!! Find a look that inspires you & look through your stash to see what you can do! The journey may surprise you.


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Reflecting on 2017

The last day of 2017 is here! I’ve been thinking about my accomplishment, and what I have learned. I almost want to call it failures but that’s not what they are. As we go though life we develop wisdom from the “mistakes” & they all define your journey. This blog has been something I wanted to do since I was 17 but I have always been fearful of failure, not being cool enough, glam enough, skinny enough. This year I conquered my fears and developed total confidence in who I am and the journey I’m on. 2018, I’m ready to be the women I know I am!

Outfit details:

Obnoxiously Fabulous Fur – Vintage find from moms closet

Scarf –Macys

Boots – Shoeland


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Organically Clean

Since buying my home I have really dug into making my house as chemically free as possible & being as fabulously frugal.

Usually I see most people going chem free after having children and I deceived to start early. Here is my everyday weapon all found at Walmart & Amazon.

All Purpose Spray

This is my all-purpose cleaner I use in my kitchen and bathrooms

To make this all you need is the follow:

  • Spay bottle 28 oz
  • Fill it up 1/2 way with distilled water
  • Fill the other 1/2 up with white vinegar
  • 20 drop of orange essential oils –  has antiseptic properties and it just smells like citrus heaven
  • 20 drops of lemon grass – acts as an astringent & kills germs
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil – acts as a disinfected, anti-septic, antibacterial

Shake it all up and clean with knowing your not harming your house or your wallet.


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Winter Takes a Bite Out of My Nails

I’ve shared my recent winter getaway trip to Aspen Colorado now there are some things I didn’t realize being a Florida girl.

The cold hurts! It hurt my nails anyways.

Living in Florida we constantly have humidity in the atmosphere no matter the time of year it’s there. What I wasn’t prepared for was the attack my nails endured with the dry winter air of Aspen.

Here is the damage

As you can see about 40% of my nails were broke literally in half. The worst part was that it was broken to the nail bed so the nail didn’t rip all the way off and just sat there.

At first I thought it was because my natural nails are week from the nail addition. I always love a fresh look 💅🏾. Then, after the third attack I thought to google winter nail breaks and lo and behold I learned the truth about battle of the winter nails and that is MOISTURIZE!

Here are the steps I am taking to rebuilt my nails

  1. Do the unthinkable and remove all Gels, Dip Gels, Acrylics
  2. Cut the nails down to the nail beds and file them
  3. Let your nails have its own mental break, go natural for a few days
  4. After a few days I felt it was safe for apply some nail hardeners and oils
  5. Let the repair begin, but remember this will take TIME.


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Christmas Planning, Santa May Want to Take Notes 🎁

Hello Joyous readers,

Christmas comes at the same time every year, and after countless years of frantically overspending on my holiday shopping I finally discovered a plan that doesn’t make my wallet have a hangover.

With thanksgiving just ending and Christmas & the holidays are approaching faster than a cold front can hit Florida I thought it would be a good time to do some gift planning. I created a roadmap of special loved ones and gift options & COST for each person. A list keeps you focused, and most important keeps your wallet focused too!

Black Friday 2017 was epic! The deals were incredible. After Thanksgiving dinner at my moms I decided to run to the local outlet mall to see what deals were in stores. I browsed EVERY STORE in about 4 hours and made notes of deals that was on my list. I was adamant on not buying anything without checking out the internet deals and I’m glad I stuck to that.

I was up until 2am technically Black Friday night online! Boy am I glad I did! Sticking to my planned gift list, I was able to knock out amazing gifts and all within the planned budget. These gifts in my opinion not the junk gifts (socks, lip glosses, etc.) Here’s some of the deals I got online:

  • Sound bar and sub $35
  • Samsung Chromebook 11.6″ $99 + warranty $12!!
  • Coach wristlets each at $23
  • 5pc luggage set $50

After finally getting some sleep I did some chores around the house and decided to hit the mall again to pick up what’s was left from the madness for early bird Black Friday. I got a few critical items for me (look out for my ski vacation). However, I found the best deals online.

Final tips PLAN & RESEARCH! Remember in high school and in college all those outlines you made for a research paper or an essay. It’s the same concept. Plan out your shopping. In this case holiday presents. Plan out gift items or gift options for people & set prices on them! Research, research, research! Look on every possible online store and in-store for the best deals! By planning it keeps you focused with a goal in mind!

Hope that helps you,

XOXO My Joyous Journey