How 32 years old looks: Birthday Makeup Look

beauitful black woman with short blonde hair in makeup

November is the most wonderful month of the year! I debuted about 96 years ago in this wonderful month. As I get older my desires for my month have evolved. I don’t do turn up anything unless you count Sephora or Ulta. But this year I wanted to look amazing and out of my comfort zone. I’m a queen of a nice neutral eye with winged liner. However, whilst scrolling on the gram I came across a look that had me totally shook. I am chocolate so I had to make the look compliment my skin. I love color and I also love glitter, like who doesn’t love glitter.

Since we are near the end of Fall and Winter is starting to tantalize us with her presence, I wanted something extremely smoky and sultry.  Smokey doesn’t always have to be dark and bland. It’s my Birthday so I do what I want to. All the products will be listed below.

Product List

Face

Nars Pore & Shine Control Primer

Black Opal Total Coverage Concealer in Hazlenut

Black Opal Total Coverage Foundation in Hazelnut

Blackup Cosmetics Contour Stick in NCONT03 – medium

Black Opal Powder in Ebony Bronze 

MAC Cosmetics Pinch Me Blush

Maybelline Highlighter in Molden Gold

Eye

MAC  Bijou and Fushia Fury and I’m into it  eyeshadow

NYX Electro Blush-Crease

MAC Smolder liner-lower lash line only

Ardell Doube Volume 252 lashes

Lips

Stila Liquid Lipgloss in Patina

MAC Chestnut

 

Final Look

beauitful black woman with short blonde hair in makeup

The top 5 things I have learned at 32

black woman smiling in new york and co dress

So with every passing year, I have gained insight and understanding about this life. It’s not always perfectly coifed like so many images out there but it’s mine. As November comes to a close, I felt it would be benefitting to share what I have learned with the world. I hope this helps, inspires, and intrigues you to reflect on your own life. Share your thoughts in the comments.

Top 5 things I learned at 32

  1. Until you fully understand, you will continue to go through the lesson
  2. Your body deserves the best treatment you can afford
  3. Love is a not forever
  4. Enjoy being alone and being with others
  5. Depression isn’t who you are

This was probably the hardest post I have ever written as it shows the areas I work so hard at concealing. In a world that is perfect filters and highlights, the desire to be fully authentic is very pressing. To sit before yourself and learn about you is not an easy thing to do. We do many things to distract ourselves from chasing after dreams, fuck boys and scrolling on the gram. To working late hours, obsessing over your weight, hair, or marital status. None of those things really matter in the gram scheme of life.

Yes having nice cars, body and a lover is a great thing but your value and energy should be more focused on learning yourself and growing. We often become stagnant and use the following cop out to not change: It’s just who I am. A lot of that is utter BS. Now I’m black and a woman but aside from that when I want to give folks these hands to the person who cut me off or the guy who wouldn’t give me the time of day because I’m my not skinny and light-skinned, I have to stop and acknowledge my choices.black woman in bubble bath

We make choices daily that could make or break our lives dramatically. If for example, I got a hold of the person who cut me off I could beat their ass and go to the jail or could find out that the person is a 90-year-old who is trying to get to their grandkids’ recital. Everything that happens in life you have a choice on how you respond. Things may happen but you get to chose do I operate out of grace or entitlement.

At my age of 32, I have encountered a lot of heartaches, disappointment, and pain. However, I have allowed myself over the past year to heal. There comes a time when you just have to become serious about your life’s work. Do you want to be known for being volatile or a healer? Do you want to be known as the coulda, shoulda or woulda chick or the chick that get’s shit down in spite of circumstances?

I leave you this as my final Bday month thought: Be the light you desire to see in the world and b comfortable very comfortable being uncomfortable. Many of your life’s desires are just an inch outside of your safe bubble that actually is counterproductive to your life.

Birthday Beauty Finds: Korres and Hair Of Nature

korres greek beauty sleep

November is my favorite month as it represents my birth. I know for many a birthday isn’t anything to be excited about, but it brings me to a place of reflection and gratitude.  Not that faux gratitude but the deep kind that makes you happy to clean your apartment because you have one to clean or your body even allows you to move. Or the kind where your excited and happy to buy new beauty products because you have a few coins to spend.

In my bday flow this month I was able to get my hands on some great finds. One was purchased and one was sent to me. Both are dope brands and great products.

Korres

So while stumbling through one of the magical places on earth, Sephora I was introduced to a great product from Korres. The dopest and most beautiful amazon vendor trainer educated me on the benefits of their Wild Rose Oil and Sleeping mask. Being that I’m often on a plane and in different climates, I’m always up for some great skin care.

The Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil is so pretty and delicate to me. It has bits of roses in the oil which adds to its majestic powers. It’s not an icky feel to the skin and can be added to any moisturizer you have. I tried it alone and with my moisturizer and I will say depending on my skin needs at the time it can go either way.

Here’s what you need to know about the product:

A powerful brightening oil infused with real rose petals and boosted with super C to increase skin’s absorption of vitamin C by up to 1,000 percent.

Solutions for:
– Dullness and uneven skin tone
– Fine lines and wrinkles
– Dryness

korres greek beauty sleep

As I get older, I really want to ensure I have flawless skin without makeup. I often will not wear foundation when I travel, yet I still want to look amazing. So I’m excited to see the changes.

The Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial is another product that seems like a hydrating gift from heaven. I noticed over the last year my skin is drier in the winter so anything that can add to its hydration will be my friend. Skin that is severely dehydrated will essentially make you very oily and also make your foundation breakdown fast. Your skin will drink the water from your foundation thus leaving you with an icky mess.

Here’s what you need to know about this product:

korres greek beauty sleep set

An overnight facial-in-a-jar to address uneven skin tone while improving skin texture for a brighter, more luminous complexion in as little as one night.

Solutions for:
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Uneven skin tone
– Loss of firmness and elasticity

You can get a dope set for Sephora right now for 24.00! I picked up the last one at my Sephora and glad I did. That is a steal and gets you a great taste of the products.

Hair of Nature

I was sent these amazing goodies from Hair of Nature! I’m always down for great small indie brands as well that’s where really amazing things can occur. I love my bigger brands, but smaller brands can really focus in on quality and ensuring their products are more potent. When I got the products which had been in my mailbox for a week, the struggle life of a traveling consultant, I noticed they hadn’t really been affected by the weather. It’s about 75 now in Texas and so that made me happy. After opening each jar I was overtaken by the most delightful smell. These products truly must have Jesus’s tears and drugs as it’s just an amazing scent.

I received their LOC Method Set and a Whipped Cocoa Shimmer Body Butter. 

The Healthy Hair Oil is very light which is great for my low porosity hair. I feel it tingle just a bit and smells divine. It’s touted to help stimulate your scalp and help to keep moisture in your hair. Oil doe not moisturize your hair but helps to keep a solid moisture barrier.hair of nature loc set

Ther Scalp Conditioner is a dream. It has a variety of different kinds of butter and oils that help you really give yourself a nice treat. This product claim is to help stimulate hair growth and boost scalp health. I am 2 months out of my big chop, so  I will be using these throughout the week while in the hotel to relax my mind from my clients. They can be a bit of a needy toddler from time to time.

The leave in conditioner is an interesting mix as it’s quite watery but very potent. I noticed after neglecting my hair this week, after applying my hair felt instantly moisturized and not sticky.

The Whipped Body Butter is like your favorite part of your fav movie. It smells so yummy and I love that it gives my skin a nice glow. It’s very thick even though it’s whipped which adds to my skins moisture levels. My skin has been parched forever so this makes me feel all supple and luxe. hair of nature coco whipped body butter

Go to their website and get some products today. I love supporting brands that really make great products. In the spirit of my Bday  Hair of Nature has so graciously provided promo code: SIMONE and you will get 10% off your entire order from now through Nov 30th!

 

Thrift Store Chronicles: Create a dope Fall look

We are in my favorite month of the year: November.It’s my birthday month so I’m going to share with you something that I am also passionate about which is thrifting. Thrifting has been a way of life for many years because of weight loss.When you’re losing 10,15 20, or 100 pounds no one has time for trying to stay up with the latest fashion trends while paying retail prices.Thrifting allows me to find quality brands and still be fabulous while I was in transition.Now that I am starting to gain traction and my weight loss journey again and because I just don’t believe in paying high ass prices,  I’m going to show you how to create dope looks while thrifting.

Create a plan for thrifting

So don’t go blindly drifting because you end up finding pieces that are double but won’t be able to be integrated into your wardrobe.I always like to go through my current wardrobe for the season coming up and then from there and look and see what do you not already have that will meet the goals that you want to be fourth is next season.After that, I think to create a list of the items that I need in order to create the looks I want to go for in the next season.

As I reshape my style, I stumbled upon a dope stylist, Lauren Messiah. She has a great printable with all the must haves for a classic wardrobe.  Check it out at LaurenMessiah.com.

Be adventurous

When things are 2 and 3  dollars I find myself being a lot more adventurous in trying different things. I’m also not huge label snob comes to brands I know a lot of ladies out there are very brand picky.   You can really find some great looks if you keep focused on the item at hand versus the tag that’s inside the garment.

attractive black woman in black shirt and plaid skirt

Have patience

Trying to find really great pieces that fit your body very well can take time.Sometimes I can go up to a week or two and find the right pieces that fit me well.It doesn’t matter if I don’t cost you two dollars or $200 dollars if the item does not make you look fabulous it is a worthless item. I always keep my eyes peeled for those unique fines which are definitely in amazing but what I’m really searching for core items you have to be very picky about what you’re picking up no matter where you buy it.

 

Go to areas that aren’t high traffic

I tend to go to places that are kind of off beaten track.When you go to highly known thrift stores in highly sought after areas the prices are a lot higher and the availability of items are more scarce. When I travel to little towns I find some of the greatest pieces because most people aren’t checking for Madison Ohio which is in the middle of nowhere Ohio. The price is a lot cheaper and you really are able to dig to find some really amazing pieces.