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Zoya Azalea

Hey guys! It’s the weekend! I am so glad for the work week to be done so I can catch up on some sleep tonight. 🙂 Today’s blog post is on another shade from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection. Here’s Zoya Azalea.

Zoya Azalea

Azalea is right up my alley! I love shades that are fuchsia or magenta! It is described as “a classic spring pink with a captivating white and fuchsia flash”. Formula is not as thick as other shades in this collection like Zahara but it’s more opaque. This is hands down my favorite shade from this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Azalea (in shade)

Zoya Azalea (direct sunlight)

Zoya Azalea (close-up)

I love it when nail polish companies makes shades like this! We need more of them!

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Friday Easy Listening: Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen

As we wind down this work week, I find myself listening to a pretty easygoing song from more than a decade back. Using sunscreen this morning on my face prompted me to look it up and the next thing I know I have this on repeat while finishing up the last work day of the week. I probably will have entries like this on random Fridays every now and then. So for this Friday, it’s Baz Luhrmann’s Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen. I know there are later versions of this but I really like the original one.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99….
wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.
I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth;
oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
But trust me,
in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now
how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.
You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future;
or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind;
the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.

Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts,
don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy;
sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind.
The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults;
if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life.
The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives,
some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t,
maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary.
Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either —
your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.
Enjoy your body, use it every way you can.
Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it,
it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

Dance….even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings;
they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on.
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle
because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard;
live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths,
prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old,
and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young
prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you.
Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse;
but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair,
or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it.
Advice is a form of nostalgia,
dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off,
painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

Something to think about. Makes a lot of my “worries” seem trivial after listening to this. 🙂 Happy Friday y’all!

ipsy March 2017 Glam Bag

Hey y’all! I just got this in the mail 2 days ago and am about to start using some of what I got. Here’s my take on the ipsy March 2017 Glam Bag.

ipsy March 2017 Glam Bag

The bag looks quite cute — like a beehive pattern! And it’s bigger than past ipsy bags, which I like a lot. But the material is prone to snagging for me so we’ll see if I’m going to actually use it or not. First item that caught my eye is the theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer. I LOVE the cute packaging they always have! This is a keeper for me. Next up is the So Susan Blush & Glow. I will look up for reviews and swatches on this before I open it. The shade I got this in is called Rose Rust. Then we have Marc Anthony True Professional Deep Repair Aloe Vera & Jasmine Oil Deep Repairing Conditioning Treatment. I generally haven’t found anything from this brand that I dislike so I’ll be trying this out shortly and post my review on it. Next we have the JeNu High Tech Beauty Marine Collagen Mineral Gel. This is the type of product I’m looking for these days. I already started using it today. I put it on before I apply moisturizer. Last up is The Skone Cosmetics Luxe Pro Blending Brush. I retook the quiz again on ipsy as I thought I’ve said before that I didn’t want more makeup brushes yet I keep getting them still. This one goes into my extra random gifting pile.

theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer

So Susan Blush & Glow

Marc Anthony True Professional Deep Repair Aloe Vera & Jasmine Oil Deep Repairing Conditioning Treatment

JeNu High Tech Beauty Marine Collagen Mineral Gel

Skone Cosmetics Luxe Pro Blending Brush

Overall, much better than last month!

Zoya Leia

Hey guys! It’s Tuesday! I stayed at home with a massive headache from last night. I just couldn’t shake it! I thought I could sleep it away but the few times I woke up it was there and it was bad. My husband gave me stuff that would help but would knock me out (we decided to go that route once it was determined that there was no way I was going to try to make it to work today). Today’s blog post is on another shade from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection. Here’s Zoya Leia.

Zoya Leia

The name of this shade makes me think of Star Wars. 🙂 Leia is a beautiful duochrome shimmer. It is described as “a sheer, opalescent white with flecks of fuchsia, green and gold”. Formula is good and it would look great on its own or over other shades, especially in the same collection. I see flashes of mostly purplish pink but I do see the green and gold peeking especially under direct sunlight. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Leia (in shade)

Zoya Leia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Leia (close-up)

Zoya Leia (lighting changed)

I love shades like this as they are very versatile!

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Ralph Lauren Polo Red Extreme

Hey guys! Today’s post is on something I got from my latest Influenster Vox Box. Here’s Ralph Lauren Polo Red Extreme.

Ralph Lauren Polo Red Extreme

The Influenster insert boasts about this product: “Introducing Polo Red Extreme, a powerful blend of vibrant blood orange, addictive black coffee essence and supercharged black ebony wood, for the fearless man who lives life to the extreme.”

What I love about this product? This fragrance is pleasant without being overpowering. It is manly, charming and sexy. A little goes a long way. My husband tried it with just 2 dabs on his neck to try it out. Both of us get headaches from strong scents so that aspect is probably one of the most important things to us in a fragrance. With a light hand in application, you just notice it subtly. I find it to be a warm and alluring scent — a winner in my book! My husband said that this brought back memories of high school. It can be nostalgic and I can see that as high school is when my peers started using fragrances of all kinds like CK One or Eternity or Cool Waters. This one would fall right in the list nicely.

What I don’t like about this product? Honestly, nothing really. I’m actually going to pick up the full-sized bottle for my husband once this runs out.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried at other retailers too as seen listed here.

*Products featured here are received complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.* #PoloRedExtreme #RalphLaurenFragrances #LiveLifeToTheExtreme

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