When life gives you light roast…

Make a cellulite body scrub?

My family gives me light roast coffee for Christmas EVERY year. I’m sad they don’t know that I like my coffee beans bold and essentially burnt, but who am I to complain about Christmas presents?

I was on my last half cup of the last bag of coffee when I ran out of coffee creamer. My breaking point. I would rather drink tea than drink this coffee black. I’m a coffee snob, so what. We all have our *things*. Instead of throwing it in my compost pile, I decided to make a cellulite body scrub! I based this decision off of the main ingredient in my boujie cellulite lotion, Caffeine. It is believed that caffeine can reduce swelling around fat and constrict blood vessels for a tighter appearance.

I found a recipe for a coffee body scrub on the Free People blog and of course, I modified it. I used eucalyptus epsom salt, instead of coconut palm sugar because a) that ish is expensive and b) epsom salt is great for flushing out toxins!

1/2 cup coffee grounds + 1/2 cup epsom salt + 1/4 cup coconut oil.

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This coffee body scrub is perfect for March. The mixture of coffee grounds & epsom salt exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. My skin was super slick after using this scrub, but it was because my dry reptile skin really absorbed the coconut oil. I felt so smooth and buttery. Keep this mixture in an air-tight container and it will last up to a year. (Although, let’s be real, it’ll be gone by the Summertime.)

May I suggest doing this scrub 1 or 2 times a week? (May I also suggest investing in a drain catcher for this scrub? You don’t want to clog your tub, even in the name of beauty!) Enjoy!

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I’m back!

I apologize for my absence, it has taken two weeks for me to recover from my two-week destination wedding vacation. I have SO many new products to review.

The makeup that I did for the wedding turned out amazing! I was so happy with the outcome despite being rushed, dripping in sweat for 5 hours, and an uncooperative false eyelash. I brought an entire makeup bag and only touched up my lipstick a few times. So glad someone captured me in my true essence, reapplying lipstick with anything that has a reflection! The honeymoon is officially over, now it’s March and time to get back to being luscious.

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Airplane Etiquette: Makeup

Sorry for the lack of luscious posts! I have been preparing to travel for my upcoming wedding!

Actually, as I type this I am sitting on a plane to Miami. My wedding dress is my carry-on, so all of my makeup is in a checked bag. Ok, that’s a lie, I have a few essential items tucked away. (concealer, mascara, eyebrow brush, teeth whitener, & Baby Lips) This got me thinking about the time that I de-friended a girl on Facebook for saying that putting makeup on in public was unacceptable. I disagree. What do you think?

You won’t catch me contouring at Starbucks, but in the privacy of my seat 6B, I am definitely going to apply makeup. My cue to start is when the pilot says we are descending. I like to look as fresh as possible when I arrive to my destination. If I had put makeup on at 6:15am when I left my house, I would be doing my face an injustice. How do planes make your face dry and oily at the same time? And if I fall asleep in my neck pillow, my eyeliner could be ruined!

I don’t think putting makeup on an airplane makes me tacky or vain, I think it means I am using my time wisely! Plus, I’m positive nobody on the plane is worried about what I’m doing. 🙂

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A Special Night Out for Ray-Ray

When I found out my sweet little sister bear, Rachel, would be attending The Elbys, an awards ceremony dedicated to Richmond restaurants, I jumped on the chance to be her makeup guru for the night!

The theme for the evening is “The Golden Age of Hollywood” and Rachel’s dress fit the era perfectly. A black maxi dress with white color-blocking and cutouts at the waist and neckline. Rachel and her boyfriend, Craig coordinated their outfits and I LOVE when couples do that. Craig wore maroon chinos with a black corduroy blazer (elbow patches included)  with a white dress-shirt.  His bow-tie was striped with black, white, purple, and yellow which complimented Rachel’s velvet mustard booties.

In order to prep Rachel’s face after long brunch shift, she did an Tourmaline Radiance Masque by Aveda (after cleansing). Her skin is rather sensitive and the natural exfoliants do not irritate her face. Next, we moisturized her skin with Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil ( ‘Luxury with a conscience.’)  To prime Rachel’s face, we used Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer (only the best!) Lastly, we concealed with Laura Geller Real Deal Concealer, chock full of vitamins and provides major coverage!

Now on to the REAL FUN. Rachel got a whole lotta Mally makeup for Christmas and this was the perfect time to bust it all out! Mally is a Hollywood makeup artist whose line can be found on QVC and on her website, Mally Beauty.  This makeup veteran designed her line to create long-lasting, flawless looks that anyone can achieve with her high-end products.

We used….

*Mally Ultimate Perfomance Full Coverage Foundation in Light.
*Mally Eye Shadow Palette in Royal Plum & Radiant Taupe.
(Inner corner: Shimmering taupe, Crease: Lavender Glow Outer Corner: Vivacious Violet                         Brows: Macchiato Lower Lashline: Espresso)
*Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Royal Plum.
*Mally Volumizing Mascara in Black.

For blush, we used NARS Oasis and Tarte Park Avenue Princess for a little contouring and bronzer. Rachel’s face was set with Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder. We finished her look with a Agatha, a peachy nude lip by Kat Von D.

(We failed to get a looking downward picture…oops!)

She is absolutely stunning! I had a great time playing with a makeup line that I had never heard of before. My favorite product would have to be the full coverage foundation. Her skin looks impeccable. Isn’t she a sight?

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2014 Resolutions

My only resolution for 2014 was to be more luscious. We are 22 days into the year and like everyone, I have fallen off the wagon. I am getting married on February 8th and I have decided that is *actually* when my new year will begin. New beginnings, baby.

In order to prepare for my upcoming nuptials, I have purchased my wedding makeup! Well, most of my wedding makeup. Oh, how I have loved using the wedding as an excuse to buy all of the makeup that I want. I still need to go back and get a few things, but have been playing around and cannot wait to show you my wedding day look!

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From left….

1. NARS Concealer in Custard
($22, Hands down, my favorite concealer)

2. NARS Concealer in Cafe
($22, Contour, Contour, Contour! )

3. HOURGLASS Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free in Natural
($55, Perfection and full-coverage are necessary for my wedding day.)

4. NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna
($41, My first Orgasm! and a lifetime worshipper of Laguna bronzer!)

5. LAURA MERCIER Creme Smooth Lip Color in Palm Beach
($26, Long-lasting and nourishes your lips, perfect shade for a tropical wedding)

6. NARS Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Barrow Street
($24, Intense long-lasting liner, I will be using this as an eye-brightener in my waterline.)

7. SEPHORA Pro Precision Blush Brush #73
($34, Having a great blush brush can make a world of a difference.)

8. URBAN DECAY Naked3 Palette
($52, my first Naked palette, I am obsessed with rose gold hues right now.)

Luscious Organization

As a makeup junkie, I have more makeup than I know what to do with. Of course, I stick to the same shades and products, so it does not make sense to have SO MUCH makeup that I do not use. Except that I am a borderline hoarder and the thought of cleansing my makeup collection gives me anxiety. I still have a bottle of Pixie glitter that I wore to the Homecoming Dance in 9th grade and while I do not think I’ll be needing it anytime soon, I cannot part with it.

In my opinion, being organized is being luscious. I like the idea of being able to find things where they should be, but it is a concept I have been quite unfamiliar with. I recently purchased a hanging jewelry organizer from Target and deciding where to put all of my makeup thangs was such a fun task for an OCD gal like me. I think being able to SEE most of my products will encourage me to use different things instead of sticking to my essentials. And the fact that I have to get UP and return my products to their new homes will hopefully encourage long-term organization. Wish me luck.  (And yes, 4 eyelash curlers are necessary!)

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Luscious Nail Wipes

Ever since I was gifted Josie Maran Bear Naked Nail Wipes, I tossed my regular polish remover out of the window and I never plan on going back. Not only is it stinky, flammable, and can ruin the finish on a wood table, but removers with acetone aren’t any good for your nails. The acetone dries your nails out and while it makes it super easy to take off glitter bombs, do you really want to huff chemicals during a polish change?

Not only do these nail wipes remove polish but they replenish dry cuticles with Argan oil and a grapefruit scent. These wipes are intended to promote healthy nail growth with their natural formula. One pad can remove the polish from all 10 nails. At $9.00, this breaks down to .45 cents a pad. It seems expensive considering the generic drugstore brand of acetone polish is probably $1.00.

Josie Maran’s tag line is ‘Luxury with a Conscience.’ Not only is she encouraging organic beauty products but a portion of every sale is donated to the Polar Bear SOS initiative, a project of the NRDC. Wouldn’t you like to say that you’re saving the polar bear race while doing your nails?

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