Archive of ‘obsessed’ category

drugstore game changers

 

great products are not limited to high end retailers, they can be found in your neighborhood drugstore. concealer, mascara, makeup brushes, lipstick… it’s all there. and the best part, you can get it all for a reasonable price.

this week I’ll be teaming up with 2 of my favorite bloggers… camille and kelly, and launching our beauty giveaway. For more details on our beauty giveaway, and to see how you can win amazing products… KEEP READING!

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1.  MAYBELLINE great lash mascara: neverrrrr clumps, no matter how many coats I apply.

2. NYX matte lipstick: any matte lipstick I use has to be long lasting, and NEVER too dry. I can’t have crusty, cracked lips. (but a way to avoid dry lips… use burt’s bees lip balm as a lip primer)

3. O! WOW makeup brush: my newest addiction! use less makeup, and blend effortlessly.

4. NYX wonder stick: I used this stick when I learned to contour. one side is for highlighting, and the other side for contouring.

5. ALMAY brown defining pencil: easy glide on for a natural eyebrow.

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want to win this life changing makeup brush? it’s simple & fun… get started today for your chance to win!

How to enter the #PhillyChicksBloggerPicks giveaway:

 

1. post your favorite beauty product on Instagram

2. tag 3 Instagram accounts (@akelectivemuse, @jealousyreigns, and @thegoldcurve)

3. include the hashtag #PhillyChicksBloggerPicks in your photo caption

4. lastly… follow all 3 Instagram accounts! (@akelectivemuse, @jealousyreigns, and @thegoldcurve)

to see other amazing products included in our beauty giveaway, check out kelly & camille’s blog!

 

*One winner will be chosen, and announced on Monday, August 24th. All entries must be posted by Sunday, August 23rd, 11:59 pm EST. Prizes will be shipped to US residents only.

Good luck!

 

the “new” makeup brush

artis

 

i love to get lost on Instagram. clicking random IGers pages, finding random products, stumbling across new music… I LOVE IT! a few months ago, I came across an interesting makeup brush collection by ARTIS.

the evolution of the makeup brush is how I would describe the ARTIS collection. a long curved handle that allows for an easier self application.

3 reasons I am OBSESSED with ARTIS: 

• the linear 1 brush is very narrow, making my brow application flawless

• the cosmefibre technology makes makeup blending easy as pie

• the curved handle on each brush fits perfectly in my hand for better control

 

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great for contouring… but, I’m still trying to perfect that craft

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summertime rompin’ 

  

practice self love and respect… cleanliness is next to holiness

  

  shoes: burlington coat factory

pocketbook: urban outfitters vintage

sunglasses: asos

denim shirt: borrowed from my boyfriend

stoop chillin

i love my neighborhood

romper: thrifted (from Ltrain vintage)  

necklace: urban outfitters

what are your thoughts on my summertime romper? yay or nay? what is your favorite summertime outfit?

dominican republic

casa coloniel

casa coloniel

 

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poolside at casa coloniel- dominican republic

 

I spent a few days in the dominican republic, to witness a beautiful union (stay tuned for TGC’s #fswedding post later this week).

All I wanted to do on my free time was get a tan, drink mamajuana, and eat everything in sight. which I did, but I also managed to work in some fun sight seeing.

A quick background story about my DR trip… I booked a flight to the wrong airport, Punta Cana. I should have been flying into Puerto Plata, which is 8 hours away by car. but, if you know me, you know sometimes my little brain is a trip. And I’ve learned things just work out, or you make them work out. so, after crying my little heart out, (I’m a crybaby) the Delta rebooking agent (HUGE HUGE HUGE shout out to Tracy at JFK airport) put me on a flight, first class to a closer airport, which was an hour and a half away. So, I made it.

but, if I didn’t make it, baby girl would have had a solo trip to Punta Cana!

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my MUST HAVE travel products.

• I never go anywhere without my L’Occitane shea buttter

• white nail polish for touch ups, sand destroys a fresh mani/pedi

• beauty blender, my MUST HAVE everyday essential… see why in next weeks contouring post! 

• tylenol… because I like to drink, but hate hangovers

• ORIBE dry spray

(just a few of my travel essentials)

 

travel attire

I made it, in my favorite travel attire

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2 great brooklyn restaurants

 

cooklyn.

minimalistic bar

 

hanging with the bff, we have the strangest way of making decisions. “Oh, I’ve never been to this restaurant, but the name is cool, let’s go.” And, that’s how we ended up at COOKLYN. Good thing the food and service was amazing. We normally frequent the same ol neighborhood restaurant, but I’m so happy we ventured out, especially since this was kind of a late birthday dinner for bae.

great wine, great food, and even better service… you must try this place. I don’t know if it matters to you, but I’m a weirdo, and I loved that the entire staff was good looking. I’ll be back to try the lobster mac and cheese, and the duck duck cous!

"I prefer red wine, from spain."

“I prefer red wine, from spain.”

lamb bun with feta cream

lamb bun with feta cream and pickled daikon

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xoxo… to the weekend

DOPE... the movie at BAM

DOPE… the movie at BAM

   A must see… hilarious, true, and epic. Yes, I drank half a bottle of wine before attending, so I may have laughed a little harder and louder than usual, but this movie was greatness. The story of a 90’s music fan/ high school geek who gets caught up in local drug activity is genius. The events that took place in this movie, aren’t far from reality. Growing up in West Philadelphia, being bussed off to school everyday, many times carrying a violin case did not make me blind to what was going on in my neighborhood. So the storyline of DOPE, definitely hit a few soft spots for me.

me and the bff… having a photoshoot!

great minds think alike... orange pants, and backpacks.

great minds think alike… orange pants, and backpacks.

    

meet Celeste from RedHook

  I mean… how cool is this? celeste runs a lemonade stand on the corner of her block. and guess what all the money she makes goes towards… her college fund. I am an advocate for higher education, but the way college tuition is set up, I hope my children are 12 year old entrepreneurs like celeste. 

fresh squeezed lemonade.

  

GAY PRIDE… front seat view

my favorite day in NYC is GAY PRIDE. the main reason, because everyone is HAPPY. homophobes know to jet off to the Hamptons or wherever they go to hide, and the city comes alive. Everyone is laughing with one another, meeting new people, walking around topless, openly being affectionate, and I love every minute of it.

what is “astroglide?”

  

21st and 5th… ALL LOVE!

  

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend, filled with LOVE, FOOD, and GREAT FRIENDS!

3 days of lobster rolls

 

on my free time, I like to write yelp reviews. not those bougie posts that make you think you’re reading an article in bon appetit. I mean posts that are “REAL.” my posts have a little humor, the truth, and of course a little profanity. sorry. Follow this link to my yelp page, and enjoy full reviews of all of the restaurants listed below and more.

It’s been a great summer so far, I discovered my love for lobster rolls and It has taken over my life. So, for the love of blogging, I’ve decided to roam the streets of New York to find my favorite lobster roll.

First up… burger & lobster!

 

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burger & lobster

 

with only 3 items on the menu, everything has to be good, right? If you agree, you must try this place. I think I almost licked my fingers in public.

PRO: AMAZINGGGGG lobster roll. without a doubt, MY FAVORITE on this list!

CON: none, regarding the food… (check out my yelp review and see what I had to say about the service *shade*)

 

 

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luke’s lobster

 

located right under the Brooklyn Bridge, I figured if the lobster roll at Luke’s Lobster sucked, I would head to shake shack, or grimaldi’s which is around the corner. But, when I saw the line to order, I knew I was in for a treat. I tried the TASTE OF MAINE, 3 half rolls (shrimp, lobster, and crab roll)

PRO: that buttery, crispy roll

CON: too much oregano (but not a big deal)

 

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streets BK

street food, from around the world… this place was calling my name. so many great options on the menu, so for one of my meal options I had the lobster roll.

PRO: the citrus mayo that I dipped every fry in before eating

CON: the lobster roll (*more shade*)

 

Please feel free to add to my list… who makes the BEST lobster roll in your area?!

xoxo… to philly.

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5th & spring garden, philadelphia

dress: missguided

sneakers: converse

hat: forever 21

 

I spent a few days in philly this past weekend… my home, my heart! As you may have guessed, everything was AMAZING! saturday I spent the entire day at the roots picnic. sunday, I explored the city… brunch and spruce street harbor park. Check out my favorite moments from the weekend…

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summer is upon us…

dj jazzy jeff & the fresh prince: summer time

 

summer is upon us, and all I can think about is the sound of great music blasting from car stereos, portable speakers at the park, pool, or beach, and MUSIC FESTIVALS. check out a few throwback songs i LOVE, that also remind me of summer…

 

 

ice cube: it was a good day

 

juvenile: back dat ass up

 

BONUS

50 cent: in da club

back story about this song: the NBA All Star game was hosted in Atlanta, my freshmen year of college. just to let you know, that weekend, was one of the BEST weekends of my life. Around that time 50 cent was “the next big thing.” his hit song in da club could be heard anywhere there was a speaker, or stereo.

a bunch of my college friends (shout out to Pfeiffer Hall, second floor, east wing) headed to Lenox Mall to join in on the “ratchetness.” we arrived at Lenox, and maybe 45 minutes later, the mall was shut down. as we were leaving, we heard in da club blasting from a truck. about 10 of us started dancing, and rapping along, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, IN BUMPER TO BUMPER TRAFFIC. shortly after a guy gets out of the truck, and signals for one of us to come to him. guess who it was? 50 cent. he invited all of us to the club with him that night. so we ran back to the dorm, and started getting ready. he called later to check in, and confirm we were coming. he then asked if we had cars. wanda’s response, “Hell naw we ain’t got no vehicles.” and that was the the end. NO transportation, NO party.

every time I think of that story, I smile from ear to ear. epic.

 

happy saturday everyone, enjoy this amazing weather, and amazing music!

 

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