Monday, December 26, 2016

A Message to the Younger Genreration...

I've accidently become a role model to the younger generation in our community. I have two teenage sisters, a teenage cousin, a four year old niece, and I'm a nurse in a family practice office. A lot of younger people know who I am (I hear "aren't you Dash's older sister?" at least 4 times a week). I interact with young women on a daily basis. I hear their stories- good and bad. I want to offer up a little piece of advice...


You're a teenager. Enjoy being young. You don't need to contour your face or draw on crazy, fake looking, dark eyebrows. You have young, glowing, beautiful skin that still has all it's elasticity. Enjoy that! Once you hit thirty, you'll wish you had that back. You don't need a black, lace, pushup bra with a matching thong. I get wanting to feel sexy and beautiful, but wearing the undergarments of a 50 year old cougar who wants to pick up college boys isn't the way to feel sexy. You don't need to dress like the Victoria's Secret fashion show to feel beautiful. Sometimes, wearing something that is full coverage and fits properly can make you feel just as good. I promise. You don't need to cuss. It doesn't make you sound more intelligent, it makes you sound ignorant. You don't need to send nude pictures over the internet. You know that cute guy on the football team that keeps asking for pictures of you? He's not going to grow up to be Tom Brady with a multimillion dollar NFL contract and endorsement deals. Chances are, he'll never leave this town. So, don't feel like you have to impress him. And know, that if you do send him those pics, he's going to show all of his friends. You're better than that. Don't do it. Respect yourself.

And stop feeling like you need to give into peer pressure. Don't feel like you have to look or act a certain way to fit in. I wish more young people would understand how amazing it is to fully be yourself, and truly love who you are. If you want to dye your hair pink (and your parents approve), do it! Express yourself. Be yourself. You don't need to look and act like a Kardashian to be someone in this world. Embrace your quirks. Celebrate your individuality. There is no one in this world like you. You are one in seven billion. God made you unique for a reason. Remember that.

And listen your mother. She's not as dumb as you think she is. She's been through everything you're going through. Talk to her. Confide in her. One day, she'll be your best friend.

And treat everyone the same. You're a human being. You're no better than anyone. It doesn't cost anything to be nice. Hold the door for people. Use your manners. Smile.  Looks can fade. You could get fat. You're no better than the Queen of England or the homeless guy that pees on the grass at Sheetz. Our graves will all look the same.

And put your phone down. Look people in the eye. Read a book. Learn a new skill. Go outside. Live life. Don't see the world through a screen, go out and experience it. Make memories. Real life is way better than those fake, staged Instagram posts.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Beauty Bargain!

I was strolling through Wal-Mart earlier today, and stumbled across Katy Perry's lipstick collab with Cover Girl. I picked up the color Sphinx. At only $7.00 a tube, I didn't figure it'd be a big deal if I didn't like it. I ended up loving it! The color pay off is amazing. The formulation is like butter. I went back and bought 8 more! If you're new to the lipstick game, these are a great place to start. There's plenty of neutrals in this collection. And if you're a lipstick pro, the maroon, bright red, and the hot pink are amazing.

Monday, April 11, 2016

I'm back!

Hello, ladies! After a very long break, I'm happy to announce my return. I've had several requests for me to bring the blog back, so here I am! I'll be reviewing products, giving tips, talking about parenthood, and bringing you along on my quest to get healthy.
I thought I'd start with an awesome drugstore product that has recently changed the way I do my makeup...

Nivea Post Shave Balm ($5.54 at Wal-Mart)
I have spent so much money on different foundation primers, this is by far the best thing I have worn under my makeup. No cracks, no caking, no breakouts, and my makeup lasts all day. To apply, I moisturize my clean skin, then apply Nivea Post Shave Balm all over my face with my fingers. Let dry, then apply your foundation as you normally would.
If there's a product or tip you are interested in, leave it in the comments!!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Drugstore Favorites...

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner
in Carbon Black
$8.99 at Wal-Mart 
After using Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion ($19.00 at Sephora) for many months, I  decided to do some online to find the best affordable liquid liner. This L'Oreal one was at the top of several blog lists. It wears just as long as the UD, but it's easier to remove. Plus, you can't be the price!!
L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara
in Blackest Black
$10.99 at Wal-Mart
This gives the look of false lashes without actually wearing false lashes. It is amazing. It makes lashes appear 80% longer.
How to use, according to the L'Oreal website...
Step 1: Ultra-nourishing base coat infused with Ceramide R and D-Panthenol protects and strengthens lashes, creating the perfect base for tube application
Step 2: Ultra-lengthening tube top coat sets to form lash-extending beauty tubes that visibly lengthen lashes to amazing new heights. Beauty tubes will not run, clump, flake or smudge and will stay on all-day. 
Step 3: Beauty tubes remove easily with just warm water - no makeup remover or rubbing required. Ophthalmologist and allergy tested. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
Garnier Ultra-Lift Targeted Line Smoother Tightener + Cream
$14.50 at Wal-Mart
I LOVE this stuff! Since I have about 9 months until I turn 30, I wanted to start taking better care of my skin...specifically the under eye area. This stuff has taken away the tiny lines I had there. It doesn't make my skin greasy, and it doesn't feel heavy. I use it twice a day. It really is a miracle in a tube.
Vaseline Lip Therapy
$2.99 at Wal-Mart
I've used a ton of lip balms in my day. This is by far the best. A doctor once told my mom that Chap Stick, when used on a regular basis, will actually make your lips worse. It should only be uses now & then. Vaseline Lip Therapy can be use all of the time. It makes lips soft & keeps them hydrated. Check it out!

Monday, February 4, 2013

My Favorite Wine...

Cupcake Moscato D'Asti
> $15.00
Appellation: Italy
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:“Our Moscato is vibrant and expressive with floral notes that dominate with hints of peach and flavors of tropical fruits and lychee. It is a soft and luscious wine with just a hint of effervescence to tickle the palate and balance the sweetness. With bright fruit flavors and finesse, it’s reminiscent of a pineapple right-side up cupcake.”
Food Pairing Recommendations:Enjoy with mascarpone cheese or with any dessert such as fresh berries and cream or vanilla bean poached pears.
Winemaking Notes:The grapes were gently pressed and the juice was clarified immediately to maintain the aromatic characteristics of the grapes. The juice was then cool-fermented in stainless steel tanks until it reached its optimum flavor profiles.

WINEMAKER COMMENTS: “Vibrant and expressive floral notes dominate with hints of peach and flavors of tropical fruits and lychee. It is a soft and luscious wine with just a hint of effervescence to tickle the palate and balance the sweetness. With bright fruit flavors and finesse, it’s reminiscent of a pineapple rightside up cupcake. Enjoy with mascarpone cheese or with any dessert such as fresh berries and cream or vanilla bean poached pears.”   
WINEMAKING:  This Moscato d’Asti is produced with full dedication to the quality and tradition of the D.O.C.G. area of Asti, Italy. The grapes are gently pressed then the juice clarified immediately to maintain the aromatic characteristics of the Moscato Bianco grape. The juice is then cool- fermented in stainless steel tanks until it reaches 5.5% alcohol.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

My Valentine's Day Wish List...

I'm not big on Valentine's Day, but I do love any excuse to make a wish list for gifts. So, if I had a Valentine, here's what I would be asking for...
1. Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush
$29.00 at Sephora
2. Ugg Australia Marrah
$100 at
3. Victoria's Secret Dark Orchid Eau de Parfum
$55.00 at Victoria's Secret
4. Urban Decay Naked Flush
$30.00 at Sephora
5. VS Pink WVU Fleece Leggings
$46.50 at Victoria's Secret

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The $20 Make-Up Challenge...

I recently saw this on YouTube. A ton of gurus are showing how you can do an entire face on without spending more than $20. I think it's a great idea!! Not everyone on is able to/wants to blow a bunch of money on something you just wash off at night. But every girl wants to feel pretty, so I went on the hunt to do an entire look for $20.00. Here's what I found. 


Essential Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

Essential All Over Cover Stick  

Essential Clarifying Pressed Powder

Essential Brightening Eye Liner (to fill in brows)

Essential Brightening Eye Color

Essential Liquid Liner

Essential Eye Widener

Studio 3-in-1 Mascara

Essential Natural Lash Kit (with glue)

Essential Blush

Essential Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder

Essential Lipstick

Essential Total Face Brush

Essential Blushing, Bronzing, & Blending Brush

Essential Smudge Brush

Essential Eye Crease Brush

Essential Mechanical Eyelash Curler

When shopping online, use the coupon code: ECD19 for free shipping.

Grand total?
$20.00 exactly.