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Ipsy November Glam Bag

It’s been awhile since I subscribed to the Ipsy Bag.  It’s now $12.99 per month and when I used to order them, it was only $9.99!! A big price increase! But I love the little samples it comes with and the cute bags! November’s Ipsy bag is really cute because it’s leopard print and I love animal print! The five products exclusively for me were pretty cool except for the lipstick color that is a little too light for me, but it still seems like a really decent feel and brand. 

I still have a lot of my Ipsy Bags from years ago and I usually use them to put items in them such as my lip products, baby powder oil, lotion, and other little things I can put in my purse.  I definitely will be switching out my bag for this cute little animal print friend!

This sexy liquid eyeliner is definitely on point and has it’s fierce side to it! This eyeliner is by Skone Cosmetics which is called Insanely Tattooed Mini Eyeliner in Jet Black.  I love doing cat-eyes with my eyeliner, so with this sample, I can definitely put in work to my eyes! I tried it on for the first time yesterday and I love it! I am used to the eyeliner pencil, so I still have some adjusting to do with the liquid kind. 

This product is for a bodily glow on the go! GiGi Gorgeous is the brand I never tried.  I haven’t quite tried this yet because I never tried any body glow products period, so when I do try it, I will have to do a follow-up quick post on it.  But the color matches my skin perfectly and I can’t wait to try it!This product is named for the Youtube personality, author and activist Gigi Gorgeous.  

This is the Hola Neon Brand Tinted Lip Balm.  Like I mentioned earlier, I’m not a big fan of this color simply because of my complexion.  I only wear dark colors like burgundies, plums and dark reds.  I can still try it on again every now and then.  Hopefully in my next Ipsy Bag, there will be a color I will enjoy more.

Lotions are definitely my favorites because I am constantly lotioning and moisturizing my hands.  I tried this for the first time last week and the smell is citrus and smells amazing!!! This is by Delectable by Cake Beauty Triple Citrus Blend Butter Balm Hand Cream.  An awesome choice! 

I love eye shadows especially nude and light colors! When I saw this little sample Pixi by Petra brand called Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Naturally Dude, I was excited.  I haven’t tried it on yet, but I definitely will tomorrow.  Nude colors goes with just about everything.  That’s why I use a lot of nudes when I just want a natural finish look and don’t feel like putting on a whole lot of make up. 

 

I can honestly say that I am satisfied with my November Ipsy Bag.  There will be some months where I will skip because I already have a lot of make up stored in my room.  I will probably get the December bag and skip January.  I can’t to share with you what’s in my December Ipsy Bag! Stay tuned!!!

 

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Ways to Stay Productive

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I am back on this page to share with you another post for my blog.  So I wanted to do a personal development piece because I find that very important.  How many of you guys know the importance of staying productive throughout the whole week? It is very important because if you are a goal slayer like me, then you should understand the importance of being productive and on top of your A game!  Here are some ways to staying productive .

 

  1. Write down your goals down; whether you are typing it on the computer or writing them down.  Make sure you are ahead of the ball game to what you want to achieve 
  2. Meditate and pray about what it is that you want to accomplish in life
  3. If your job doesn’t require a lot of work (like mine for instance) and you aren’t that busy, work on some of your goals at work.  I always blog when I’m at my desk and I’m not that busy.  I work on interview questions or new book projects.  That way I will have those tasks knocked out the way.
  4. Stay focused! That’s the important part! In order to succeed at what your goals are, you must first stay focused and don’t allow distractions to get you off track!

 

 

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Outfit of The Day

 

One thing I like working at Kohl’s on the weekend is the fact we can wear jeans and any shirt except for graphic tees.  Because VA weather in October is bipolar and some days it gets hot and other days are cold.  That’s why now I’m feeling a little sick because of this weather. I wanted to share a little bit of what I usually wear on the weekends. My style is very unique and simple.  I don’t always follow the fashion trend out here just because I like my own style and I’m very content with that.  Today I am wearing a black and pink hoodie I got from Rainbow Shops in Williamsburg, VA a couple of weeks ago that has Faith on the front and back as well.  

I love inspirational hoodies and shirts because it makes me feel good.  My outfit costs less than $80 and sometimes you have to learn how to shop smart without going over your budget!

My high top converses came from Kohl’s when they had the 35 percent off for associate shop.  I ended up paying probably less than thirty dollars for them.  I love these shoes because of the colors and the fact that these are my very first high-tops with converses.  All my other ones are low tops.  The jeans I had for years and years and believe it or not, they still fit! LOL.  I didn’t put the jewelry to go along with it, but I will be wearing silver hoop earrings and no necklace only because of how the neck is set up on the hoodie.

 

 

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Cell Phone Case Addiction: Save Me Now!

I don’t ever want to limit myself on the number of obsessions I decide to share on my blog posts because they will vary.   So today in this new blog post I have another obsession and a product review all at the same time.  

Ever since I owned a cell phone, I always had a heavy addiction to phone cases.  Over the years, I had about 12 cases for each phone! I know that sounds really crazy, but that was the honest truth! They were different ones from Disney to blinged out ones to water proof cases.  But now that I have a new I phone, I only have three cases for this one.  I just recently changed my phone case and put on the new army print Military Grade phone case which I love because it makes my phone bigger than it already is.  I love the way it looks and feel on my phone and the fact it has a strap is even better!

Trust me, this is my last phone case! I can’t continue wasting money on new phone cases when I know good and well I can’t wear all of them. LOL. I have three so I can rotate whenever I feel like it.   Now that I have a better I Phone, I just love using the picture effects and portrait mode for my pictures.  They look very professional.  So no more phone cases for me. The one I just recently purchased on Amazon I truly love!

 

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Skin Care Product Reviews: The World of Nivea, CeraVe and Dove

How many of you know the importance of having a clear and hydrating skin?  I have tried over the years various of face cleanser products since I have sensitive and dry skin.  I tried Clean N Clear, but it left my face feeling tight and dry and I think my face was a little allergic to it.  I just decided not to use any cleansers on my face for awhile and just wash my face with warm water to see how it does.  Then I started using dove beauty bar to wash my face some mornings and every night especially when I wear make up.  

 

I haven’t tried the Hydrating cleanser, but I will in the near future.  This facial wash goes on really smooth and it leaves my face feeling moist and hydrated.  I can definitely feel the difference between the clean and clear brand and CeraVe brand.  I definitely recommend this brand if you are looking for a good facial wash to use.  We finally have a winner! 

I definitely wanted to try this type of dove soap since I’m always using the pink one and the original.  I grew up using Dove soap ever since I was an infant.  It is so good for your skin and it smells really good!  Now the Dove exfoliating soap smells really good too and it leaves your skin feeling renewed! It even makes my bathroom smell good! I will highly recommend any Dove products.  When it gets really cold, your body gets a little dehydrated and it requires extra moisture on your skin. 

 

Another product I’ve been using for awhile is Nivea.  Actually my dad introduced me to that brand because other lotions I was using wasn’t giving me enough moisture to my body.  I have been using Nivea products for about two years now and I love every moment of moisturizing my skin, hand and feet. 

 

This 48-hour body lotion is really good and I like the fact it has Shea butter in it.  I use Shea butter on my hair as well.

Looking for a reliable hand creme? Nivea Creme does wonders for your hands! Especially in the winter months, it gets the job done.  It’s made small so you can keep it in your car or purse.

 

Nivea Soft smells AMAZING and I enjoy smelling this scent every morning.  The big jar I use on my feet every morning along with Vaseline and Bath and Body Works True Blue Spa foot cream.  Sometimes I will use it on my skin as well.  The tube I use just on my hands and I keep that in my purse and on my desk at work.  I lotion my hands every time I wash my hands so the moisture doesn’t disappear throughout the day.  You can purchase these products at Wal-Mart, any drug store or even Target.  Oh yeah, Amazon carries them as well!

 

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Monthly Obsessions Part Two

On my last post of monthly obsessions, I showed you guys some cool purchases I made at Kohl’s.  Now I want to share with you guys in this post a purchase I made at one of my favorite stores called Rainbows.  The prices are awesome and the quality of the clothing is decent.  You just really have to know how to shop for good bargains.  And to be honest, not all the quality of clothing is great.  The brands I normally shop for is On Fire which I have to wear a medium because some of the tops run a little small.  I get at least a year of wearing out of the tops I buy for there which is decent because I try to keep all of my tops and sweaters over a year.  It gives me a great reason to not shop as much.  

$10.99

I’m a huge fan of graphic tees and hoodies and when I see them at Rainbows, I try to get them when I see them, but to be honest, my closet is packed enough so I can’t really buy anymore right now. LOL But it was between this hoodie and another one that was gray and pink that had Faith written on the front and back.  But of course i ended up buying both of them.  The Rainbows at Williamsburg Premium Outlets only been there for a month and it was much bigger than the one I normally go.  I just like the colors and the dripping lips which makes this hoodie stands out.  I will probably wear it with my rip jeans and either vans or converse.

I did ended up purchasing the other hoodie as well because the other Rainbow might not have carried it and I don’t plan to go back to the mall anytime soon.  Now I am completely set on my fall gear and I don’t need need any any more clothes for the remainder of the year! (at least I hope I don’t buy anymore.  They have cute graphic sweat shirts as well) 

 

 

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Beauty of the Week

I never thought it would be hard to spend $20 (In Rewards)  I shop in Kohl’s and in the last post I mentioned I work at Kohl’s and they have some great deals…sometimes. So after I got off of work on Saturday, I browsed around the store for at least 20 or 25 minutes looking for something to buy.  I went to the beauty department and started looking for make up brush.  I came across these cute Real Techniques eye shadow brushes and decided I can always use brushes. I’m a make up brush queen! I also have ELF brushes as well that I have stocked up on, so when one brush is dirty, I can use another one.  Real Techniques brushes are good quality and that was only one item on my mini shopping list. 

$9.00

 

As I mentioned I have a lot of e.l.f. brushes, but I never had the Duo Brush for your eyebrows.  I mean I have a brush attached to my eyebrow pencils, but none by itself.  The eyebrow brushes are really good and chic! Before putting on your eyebrow make up, you want to brush your eyebrows really good because it gives you a good angle when lining up your brows and shading them in.

$4.00

I actually used this before and it works fine on my make up brushes.  I also have the  shampoo cleaner as well for the brushes which I use daily. This is really good stuff and it gets the job done.

$4.00

 

 

Brushes these days are really hard to find for some strange reason, at least a decent one.  The one I have now is really old and I had to get rid of that.  I stopped by the beauty supply store down the street and chose a decent looking brush with a firm grip.  This is a two-sided brush for different textures and for detangling. 

The hard bristle side is what I use the most to keep my hair from frizzing (my hair frizzes pretty bad since I’ve been natural for two years) But I do use a spray to control the frizzles. This evolve brand brush is nice and soft.

I don’t really use this texture of brush often unless i’m wrapping my hair.  But it wouldn’t hurt to try using this side with my hair texture as well. 

$6.99

 

These are some new items that I wanted to share with you on my blog today.  I know I said that my next post would be a part two of my monthly obsession and I will definitely have that post up on Wednesday so be sure that you are subscribed to my blog so you won’t miss any of my posts.

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Monthly Obsession: Tis the Season of Boot Season!

So this is my first time ever writing about a monthly obsession and I can honestly say that I have more than one.  We all that one thing that we are obsessed over and whether we can’t afford it at the present moment or can’t eat it at the present moment, we have a plan to get what we want! Sounds familiar?

As for me, I’ve been more of the “go-getter” type in anything that I want, whether it’s a new eye shadow palette or a new phone case for my phone (I am actually proud of myself because I just upgraded my phone and I haven’t purchased a whole lot of phone cases) This month or shall I say the last couple of months I have been obsessing over a few things.  The first item is a pair of combat leopard and plaid print boots I ordered online at Rainbow Shops.

One thing about me is that I don’t tend to follow the latest trend or style because I create my own trend and style! My taste is rather unique and I like to go outside the box just a little to see if I can pull it off! When I first saw these boots online in my promotions email, I knew right then and there that I had to have these cute combat boots! You can say that I am a big fan because I have two other pair of combat boots at my house.  A pair of pink waterproof converse and some Candies combat boots from Kohl’s Department Stores.  It just started getting a little cold where I’m at in Virginia, so I will have plenty of opportunities to wear these boots.  I was thinking of wearing them with a solid denim collared shirt and mild accessories.

What do you guys think about that combination? And be honest! lol. I don’t bite! LOL I purchase a lot of my plaid button down shirts from Kohl’s since I’ve been working there for the last eight years and the discounts are great!  With my associate discount and other discounts we can stack on top of that I sometimes be racking up! There are other obsessions that I have, but I want to save that for my next blog post which will be a continuation.  I can’t wait to share with you all what I’ve been obsessing over! Until then take care and don’t forget to hit that follow/submit button to keep updated of all my blog posts.  

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Become a Side Hu$tler: Creative and Unique Ways to Make an Extra Income

It’s always good to make a little extra money every now and then.  Technology has very well expanded where you can make money even in your sleep.  Check out these creative ways that you can make extra money while still being employed at your full-time job.

  1. Voice-Over Work and Script Reading: Do you have that funny and unique voice or does your friend say that you have a nice voice for reading things? Definitely consider doing some work for a local radio station.
  2. Writing Reviews for Money: How many books do you read or when is the last time you went to a new restaurant? You can leave reviews and express your opinion.
  3. Review Music for Cash
  4. Get cash rebates for scanning your receipts.  There is an app called “Ibotta” where supposedly you can make money off receipts that you keep.  Usually I keep a lot of receipts, so now this has me thinking because I can make extra money on the side.
  5. Sell your wardrobe.  I have heard about people making money by selling their clothes and accessories.  Apps such as Thred up and Posh Mark are pretty decent for selling your wardrobe.
  6. Sell Your Photos: If you have a keen eye for photography or taking unique pictures, then you can definitely start selling your photos to small businesses or local magazines.
  7. Become a Dog Walker: If you are a dog lover, then this is the perfect job for you! You can go to sites like Rover.com or Wag!
  8. Sell your skills: Are you a writer? Do you enjoy editing books? Then how about turning your skills into an income?
  9. Sell Plasma
  10. Take surveys and give your opinion.  Try using Inbox Dollars

Now let’s go out here and make some extra money!!!!

 

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Five Things You Can’t Live Without

There are a lot of things that you can’t live without such as money, water, food, your cellphone of course and others.  Tell me your top five things that you can’t live without below in the comments.  For now, I will just list my top five things that I can’t live without and I hope you feel the same way.

  Sweets– I have a serious sweet tooth that desires a lot of sweets such as Little Debbie cakes and some candies.  Now my favorite sweet is the soft chocolate chip cookies.  To be honest, I can eat a whole tray in a day.  I know that it isn’t good to do that, but sometimes I can’t help it thinking about the sweet chocolate taste.  Sounds good doesn’t it?

   Chips: Yeah I know what you are thinking.  Her whole list will be food. LOL But actually it won’t be.  Lately I have been craving Ruffles or Lays original chips.  Just last week I ate about two bags a day and my stomach wasn’t really all that excited.  But now I am trying to cut back on how many bags I eat a day.  Like right now while I’m typing this post, I have a small bag of Doritos next to me on my desk.  That will be my only bag of chips today.  

 

     Money– I don’t care what anyone else says, you can’t live without money! It’s what you pay your bills with, your car note, buy groceries with and etc.  How can you buy a house or rent an apartment without having money? Even though I’m guilty of spending money on things I don’t need, we all still need it. 

    Family– If you have family, then be grateful because some people don’t have family to rely on and to depend on.  I am grateful for my parents, grandparent and close aunts and uncles.  That is something I definitely can’t live without. 

   Clothes and Shoes– ( I know that’s two items but they go hand in hand LOL) I have so many clothes and shoes that I got to have because it’s part of my style.  I don’t want to be naked or barefooted all the time, so clothing and shoes is a must! Don’t you agree readers?

Please email me at theriverzgurlbrand@outlook.com for your top five list of things you can’t live without.  I would love to hear your responses.  Also I will respost them in the next blog post called “My followers and readers Top Five”

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