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January 5, 2017

Happy New Year!

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Hey everyone! I'm popping in to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope your holiday season was wonderful and packed full of awesomeness.

I'm working on the backend of Strange And Pretty, which is why I haven't had many posts up recently. But be ready for new ones in the next week or so.

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I'll see all you lovelies soon!

December 5, 2016

Weekly Crushes: Youtuber Appreciation.

Usually when I do a Crushes post, it includes a bunch of different things I'm loving. This time around, I'm gonna focus specifically on YouTubers that I love. So here's a few that have helped me along the way and always find myself going back to.

JackSepticEye (Sean) - Probably not the first person you'd expect to be on my list of favorite YouTubers - since he is a gaming channel. But over the past few months, I have ended up loving this man with all my heart. He's funny, he's sweet, he loves his viewers, he has green hair, and...he's Irish. Accent and all *flutters eyelashes*. Sean's just celebrated his 100th episode of a game called Happy Wheels, which is probably my favorite series on his channel. He did a livestream of it, but check out the video of it here.

Grav3yardGirl (Bunny) - It took me a while to get used to Bunny. But now I love her. Her channel focuses on things other than beauty stuff - more on the side of trying out As Seen On TV things, and Pinterest hacks tryouts. She's funny, she's goofy, her eyes are beautiful. And she's a Texan. What more could you ask for?

EmilyNoel83 (Emily Noel) - She's always so thorough with her reviews/videos, I always feel like I've really learned something. She's usually the one I go to if I really want to know if I should purchase a product or not.

OhHaiClaire (Claire Marshall) - My favorite YouTuber ever, hands down. I love her aesthetic, love her reviews, and her personality is just one to strive for. She's so laid back and just cool. I love that.

Glam Life Guru (Tati) - Another beauty guru that gives thorough reviews and insight on products. I totally trust my makeup-buying money with her reviews and things. 

December 1, 2016

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

I don't usually do my own hair - I prefer going to a salon and have them deal with this kinky mess. But sometimes I do feel like doing my own hair. Usually in curls. Big, bouncy, soft curls. And I've numerous products to get my hair the way I want it. I loved the Garnier Fructis Style Surfer Hair Power Putty for the best curls of my life. Unfortunately for some reason, I cannot find this anywhere anymore. So I've been sitting and hoping a product similar would pop up and be just as great.

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

My mom is going natural, and she's really into the Shea Moisture brand in her new hair journey. I was watching Shahd Batal's video on how to do a wash and go, and she used this product. So I figured I'd pick this up and see how it works for me. I have yet to use it, as I haven't gone curly in a while. But I have high hopes for it. Let's hope it ends up being my curly hair savior and I never ever have to look anywhere else for a curling styler.

Have any of you tried this? Or do you have another favorite curly hair product?

November 28, 2016

NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Soft Spoken.

NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken

So...I accepted that liquid lipsticks are a thing now. I even have a couple. But one day I realized that I only have "out there" colors of liquid lipsticks. Greys, blues, greens, etc. I needed a nude in this type of formula. Specifically, the NYX Liquid Suede formula. I already have one in the shade Stone Fox, and I love the formula of it. It's not drying at all, and lasts all damn day. So I went to the lighter colors to see what I could find.

NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken
NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken Swatch
NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken Swatch

Now, lately I haven't even really been INTO nudes. I'm loving wacky colors nowadays. But I know there are times when you need to take it easy and tone it down for where ever you're going. So I was in Ricky's and picked the darker of the two nudes I saw. I honestly forget what the name of the other shade was, but thank goodness I got Soft Spoken, because that lighter color would have looked like donut powder on me. Soft Spoken is the perfect nude for my NW45 skin. It really doesn't require much effort to apply - I always use lip liners with my lippies, but I have a feeling I could go without one with this and it'd still look awesome on me.

Like I said, there's dry feeling, or crusties on my lips after a few hours of wear. This formula is super comfortable. I may get more from the line, but it seems like I have many of the other shades in other lipsticks. But this formula is so good I might just start replacing some lipsticks.

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