How To: Holiday Pants

Black Ribbed Lingerie Bodysuit
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants for Women in Tobacco Leaf
Mid-Rise Pixie Jacquard Ankle Pants for Women in Houndstooth
Women’s Anotoinette Woven Tassle Pointed Mules – A New Day™ Black

The holidays are around the corner and sometimes I still want to be comfortable while looking great. So sometimes dress pants are a great option to get out of wearing a dress. I love a good dress pant, especially when it has a beautiful design to it. These Gold Foil Pixie Pants from Old Navy are one of my favorite pants I bought during one of the holiday sales Old Navy had last year.

These pants are currently sold out but I paired these with a basic black bodysuit from Forever 21 and Targets Anotoinette Woven Tassle Pointed Mules. The beautiful gold design of the pants and the tassels and gold detail on the mules adds instant dressy touches to the outfit and makes it perfect for cocktails or a holiday party.

I’ve linked a few other pixie pants options since mine are currently sold out.

FIT TIPS:
-Pants are TTS and have good stretch. I’m wearing a size 2 Regular.
-Sweater runs TTS. I’m wearing a size Medium.
-Mules run TTS but I’m wearing a size 10 because there were no size 9.5 left.


Sizing reference:
I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.

Do you have Holiday party plans this year? Who’s ready for all the delicious holiday food because that’s literally my favorite part, lol. Let me know in the comments.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

How To: Dress Up Leggings

I love leggings! Athleisure is one of my favorite clothing styles and I’m so glad it’s style is still going strong. But sometimes you need to dress things up but have no time to change into a whole new outfit. So I put together an outfit styled with basic Jersey Leggings from Old Navy to show how everyday leggings can be worn out for drinks or a casual date night.

I paired these Old Navy Jersey Leggings for Women with a black long sleeve cowl neck sweater (link) and Black Women’s Karoline Backless Loafer Mules – A New Day. The sleekness of the sweater and the silver studded detail on the mules add dressier touches to the leggings and make what would normally be a very casual outfit fit for an evening out after running errands during the day.

I’ve linked a few other sweater and legging options because my sweater is currently sold out.

Nordstrom Ten Sixty Sherman Long Sleeve Cowl Neck Pullover Sweater
L.L. Bean Classic Cashmere Sweater, Cowlneck
TheMogan Women’s Cowl Turtle Neck Cable Knit Pullover Sweater Long Tunic Jumper
Women’s Heather Dark Grey Jersey Leggings
Women’s Karoline Backless Loafer Mules – A New Day™ Black
Sunnies

FIT TIPS:
-Leggings are TTS but have good stretch. I’m wearing a size medium.
-Sweater runs TTS. I’m wearing a size Medium.
-Mules run TTS but I’m wearing a size 10 because there were no size 9.5 left.


Sizing reference:
I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.

Do you love leggings? How do you style yours from day to night? Let me know in the comments.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

I Love Being in my #UnderWhere

I love comfort. Anyone who knows me knows I like to dress up but what I love even more is dressing down, lol. Find me a comfortable pair of cute sweats or joggers and I’m all set. I also don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to find a cute and equally comfortable set. Which is why I will run straight to Walmart and go for the Fruit of the Loom sets. I love their zip up jackets and drawstring waist joggers. They’re in the mens section which I also love because I like for my jogger sets to fit a little loose rather than clinging to my body. The best part is they’re so affordable. You really can’t go wrong with these sets. Especially if you’ve been eyeing those cute sets in the mall for double and triple the price.

These sets are under $25 for the jacket and joggers together, they’re a great material as well. Thick enough to keep you warm and cozy but thin enough when the weather is a little warmer than expected. Walmart has really been stepping up their clothing game and these jogger sets are no exception. Run and grab some sets while you can, they come in over 4 colors but they sell out quick.

O U T F I T – D E T A I L S:
Fruit of the Loom Men’s Dual Defense EverSoft Fleece Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt
Fruit of the Loom Men’s Dual Defense EverSoft Jogger Sweatpants
Women’s Any Day V-Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt – A New Day™

FIT TIPS:
-Sneakers can run a bit small. I’m wearing a 9 but I would have sized up to a 9.5 or 10.
-Jogger Sets run TTS. I’m wearing a size Small in the joggers and zip up hoodie.

I hope this post was helpful in finding you a cute and affordable jogger set that won’t break the bank but you still look super cute like you just left the mall. If you download the 21 Buttons app and then find me @lolanicoleblogs I posted this suit with a direct shop link and then I tagged a few other options as well.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

My Top 8 Amazon Finds 2018

Hey Babes! So, I’m excited for today’s post because it involves one of my most favorite places to shop online. Amazon! I literally go to Amazon for everything and I’m obsessed with my prime membership. We’ve had prime for years now and it’s literally the best thing ever. I mean I’m sure my mailman is tired of seeing my name on packages but ya know, lol. I can get literally anything from gadgets, household items, groceries, clothing, jewelry, ect. I put together a list of things I have purchased recently that I’m loving. Some things I use on the daily and they make my life so much easier. I wanted to share the top things I have purchased that I have taken with me through the years that I still use and love so much.

 

My Favorite Mug Warmer

Evelots Desktop Electric Mug Warmer for Coffee-Tea-Cocoa-Soup-Scented Candles
This little gadget is a life saver for me. Whether you’re a busy mom or just busy throughout the day. If you’re a coffee drinker like me or even a tea drinker, this helps keep your mug warm so you don’t have to revisit the microwave 423234880 times like I did before I got this, lol. I can actually finish a full cup of coffee before making another one.

Plaid Patchwork Top

Blooming Jelly Womens Long Sleeve Shirt Plaid Color Block Tops Pocket Elbow Patchwork Knit Tee(Large,Grey)
I love this top. It’s perfect for fall. The plaid detailing is so cute and the material is soft. It is a bit on the thinner side but that works if you live somewhere that doesn’t really get that cold like ever and just gets a little cooler but you still wanna be fall fashion forward. It’s also not a thick bulky material so its great for layering with a jacket, vest or cardigan. It is TTS and I normally wear a medium but I got it in a Large because I wanted a more oversized fit.

iPhone Rechargeable Selfie Ring Light

Phone Selfie Light, IRuiYinGo USB Rechargeable 36 LED Ring Light with 3-Levels Brightness Portable Clip On Phone, Mini Night Selfie Fill Light (Pink)
Not having the perfect selfie lighting is such a first world problem, lol. But this inexpensive portable selfie light will help your cell phone photos that much better. It’s so helpful when you’re trying to get that perfect selfie but the lighting sucks. Whether you’re in a car, in a dark room or outside at night. This will help make your photos Instagram ready. It’s easy to use and rechargeable. It has settings so you can adjust the lighting accordingly and its way more affordable that some other selfie light options. It clips right to the top of your phone and fits in your bag.

Flexible Camera and Go Pro Tripod Stand

Action Camera Cam Sport Camcorder Mini Tripod Flexible Stand Tripod Compatible with GoPro Hero 6 5/4/3 Session Sony Garmin Virb XE SJCAM Xiaomi Yi Table Desk Tripod Travel Portable Video Tripod
This is perfect and so inexpensive. I use it when we travel and just around town when I want to vlog for my YouTube channel. I have even used it with my DSLR and it still holds it up without it falling over or being too heavy for the tripod. This is perfect if you’re just starting out with vlogging or recording videos because it is inexpensive and easy to use and travel with. It fits in literally any bag.

Ice Roller for Face and Eyes

ESARORA Stainless Steel Ice Roller for Face & Eye,Puffiness,Migraine,Pain Relief and Minor Injury,Skin Care Products (White)
I’ve been loving my Ice Roller. It’s the best thing for my tired, hot and overworked skin. Especially living in a hot state like Florida, Ice Rolling has been the best thing I could have stumbled upon for my skin care routine. I have a full post about it here and it also includes some of my current skincare products I use daily. Ice rolling helps with inflammation, makeup application prep, sunburn and so much more.

Crystal Tear Drop Clip On Earrings

Topwholesalejewel Wedding Earrings Gold Plating Crystal Oval Shape Clip On Earrings
These earrings will dress up any outfit in an instant. They’re so pretty and look expensive without actually being expensive at all. I have to wear clip on earrings because my ears are gauged and I ripped one a few years ago and keep forgetting to make an appointment to fix it, lol. So clip ons help me to still look fashionable and put together without having to worry about not having normal pierced ears. Amazon has a great selection of them as well. They’re great for people with my ear issue or those whom don’t have pierced ears or have a similar ear issues.

My Favorite Amazon Beauty Sponge

Aesthetica Cosmetics Beauty Sponge Blender – Latex Free and Vegan Makeup Sponge – For Powder, Cream or Liquid Application – One Piece
These beauty sponges are my favorite blenders I have purchased online so far. I have like 4 of them now. I have the Original Beauty Blender as well which I love but these are so affordable and work just as great. They’re really great quality and do an awesome job of blending my makeup into my skin and giving me that flawless face look. They also have different sizes so you’re able to pick which one is right for you and they’re great if you’re looking for a more affordable beauty sponge option.

Glass Multi-Function Monitor and Laptop Stand

Eutuxia [White] Tempered Glass Multi-function Universal Monitor Laptop Multimedia Stand with 2.0 USB Ports, Cup Holder & Phone Dock
I have my Mac desktop sitting on this and I love it. Its sleek design gives a nice professional appearance while also helping save space on your desk. It has 3 usb ports so you can charge your phone or anything that has a usb connector. You can also plug-in usb memory sticks, it’s just such a help, especially if you work at a desk often.

That’s it for this list of my current favs, some that I have been using for years. I love doing posts like this and helping people find good deals that also help with making everyday life easier. If you like these kinds of top choice posts let me know in the comments below and I will definitely put more together to post on the blog. I hope you loves have an amazing Monday!

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

Lola

September Instagram Recap

It’s October already babes! One of my most favorite holiday months. Halloween is legit my fav, lol. Anyway I’m going to be putting together so many Fall and Winter transitional outfits this month so keep an eye out for those. I’m back today to round up all of my September IG Posts (link Instagram) for y’all to make it easier to find and shop everything in one place. I know I say this every Recap but it’s important so I’ll say it again, this will help if you happen to miss when something is posted you can find it all here for the previous month. I also have continued to do more Insta try on hauls since y’all voted for more of those and I always add them in the try on highlights on my Instagram (link insta). So if you ever have questions about an outfit or something in a picture I post you can check there or just head back to my blog on the 1st Friday of every month to get a recap. As I have already said Instagram (link insta) changed the algorithm. They make your feed based on exactly what they “think” you want to see by who and what you engage with. So please remember to keep engaging with my photos (likes and comments) and watch my stories so my posts keep showing up in your feed. ;0)

In September I’ve been settling into the preset I made and I love it. You may have noticed a subtle can’t quite put your finger on it change and that was it, lol. I also have been getting the hang of planning and using my planners more as well as starting some new books I made a blog post about last month as well. There was also a pretty awesome giveaway posted on my Instagram last month so if you aren’t already following me head over to my Instagram (link) and hit that blue button so you don’t miss out on the next one coming up.


Similar Long Tee in 3 Colors
Lace Trim Bike Shorts
Similar Fur Slides
Motherhood Tumbler
Similar Steve Madden Leather Sport Backpack
Multiple Aviator Options


Pullover (comes in other colors) | Similar Joggers (mine sold out) | American Apparel Knee High Socks | American Apparel Thigh High Socks | A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living (Hardcover) (Emily Ley) | Similar Phone Case Options | Bedding | Comforter | Songesand 3 Drawer Dresser | Erin Grey Bed | Similar King Throw | Assorted Throw Pillows | Leaf Mug | Similar Sweater Weather Mug


My DIY Post on How We Built My Entryway Table
Fall Decor Purchased from: The Dollar Tree,
Little Houses, Flowers and Milk Bottles from Target Dollar Spot
Baskets from Walmart

My Wax Warmer Sold Out But Here’s Something Similar


Pullover (comes in other colors) | Similar Joggers (mine sold out) | American Apparel Knee High Socks | American Apparel Thigh High Socks | A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living (Hardcover) (Emily Ley) | Similar Phone Case Options | Bedding | Comforter | Songesand 3 Drawer Dresser | Erin Grey Bed | Similar King Throw | Assorted Throw Pillows | Leaf Mug | Similar Sweater Weather Mug


Bedding | Comforter | Songesand 3 Drawer Dresser | Erin Grey Bed | Similar King Throw | Assorted Throw Pillows


My Planner
Marble Notebook
52 Lists Project
52 Lists for Happiness
52 Lists for Togetherness (Release date 9/25/2018)


Similar Cropped Camo Jacket
Similar Olive Dress Options (Mine Sold Out)
Clutch in 4 Different Color Options
Clear Lens Glasses
Camo Slipons Unavailable Online Bought In Store From Sirens Fashions
Clip on Tear Drop Earrings


Similar Jean Dress Option (Mine Sold Out)
Blue Zip up Hoodie
Luna Sandal in Navy
Aviator Options
Clutch in 4 Color Options


Tori Tunic
Similar Hat (Click Color Black Option)
Sneakers from Sirens (Purchased in store)


FabFitFun Unboxing


We The Free People Tee
Lattice-Hem Ankle Leggings for Women
Women’s Karoline Backless Loafer Mules – A New Day™ Black


My Current Skincare Routine and Face Rolling


FabFitFun Unboxing


Easy Living Tank Dress
Old Navy Leggings


Jumpsuit Options (Jumpsuit pictured is Sold Out)

As always I make sure to link everything underneath each photo and if it’s not able to be linked or it’s sold out I will post something similar for you to try as well. If you have any questions at all, please leave a comment below & I’ll get back to you ASAP! Sign up with your email here so you won’t miss a blog post from me. I hope your Friday is an amazing one!

Sizing reference:

I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

August Instagram Recap

I can’t believe it’s September already babes! I’m going to be so busy this month, especially since both the girls birthdays are in September and 2 days apart. Double the parties, presents and fun (for the kids at least, lol) I’m back again to round up all of my August IG Posts for y’all to make it easier to find and shop everything in one place. This will help if you happen to miss when something is posted you can find it all here for that month. I also have been posting more things in the highlights of my Instagram so if you ever have questions about an outfit or something in a picture I post you can check there or just head back to my blog on the 1st Friday of every month to get a recap. As I said in my last post, Instagram changed the algorithm once again! They make your feed based on exactly what they “think” you want to see by who and what you engage with now. So remember to keep engaging with my photos (likes and comments) and watch my stories so my posts keep showing up in your feed. ;0)

In August I finally settled on a preset for my pictures that I think will make for a great fluent and brighter feed so I’m excited about that one. I also am getting the hang of planning as you can see from my last Plan With Me post so I think I will continue to get better at being more organized and planning things out better for a much smoother running month. There was also a pretty awesome giveaway posted on my Instagram last month so if you aren’t already following me head over to my Instagram and hit that blue button so you don’t miss out on the next one coming up.


Similar Hooded Long Tee
Similar Hooded Camo Tee


Amazing Beauty Hair use Code LXLOLA for $ off


Aria Dress (Mustard)


Chantel Maxi (Currently Sold Out)
Luna Sandals (Navy)


Stella Romper (white)


Similar Maxi Options (Chantel Maxi Currently Sold Out)


Jurassic Park Tee


Teal and Grey Comforter Set (King Size Sold in Walmart Stores)
Songesand Furniture Collection
Erin Light Grey Bed
Glass Crystal Chandelier Table Lamps
Grey Tuffed Bench
Small Throw Pillows
Large Throw Pillows
Large Throw Rug


Teal and Grey Comforter Set (King Size Sold in Walmart Stores)
Songesand Furniture Collection
Erin Light Grey Bed
Glass Crystal Chandelier Table Lamps
Grey Tuffed Bench
Small Throw Pillows
Large Throw Pillows
Large Throw Rug
Coffee Mug


Joah Brown Easy Livin’ Tank/Dress


Similar Grey Blazer Option


Target A New Day Tee
Similar Brown Crossbody from Nordstrom Rack
Similar Belted Jean Short Options
DSW Camo Slide On Shoes


Similar PJ Shorts


Black Studded Mules
Women’s Anotoinette Woven Tassle Pointed Mules – A New Day™ Black
Women’s Julisa Slide Sandals with a Bow – Mossimo Supply Co.™


Clip in Hair Extension Medium Reddish Brown #4
Hair Tutorial Blog
Youtube Tutorial: HOW TO: Clip in extensions and Big Loose Curls Tutorial


TRANSLUCENT LOOSE SETTING POWDER – GLOW
GLOW POWDER BRUSH


Graphic Tee
Time and Tru Shorts Options
Similar Gold Chain Steve Madden Purse
White and Gold Polka Dot Chuck Taylors
BEAUTY SHIELD DAILY DEFENSE MAKEUP MIST
A Simplified Life
heyday™ Wireless In-Ear Headphones


Joah Brown Get It Pullover
Alloy Tall Jeans Options
Women’s Karoline Backless Loafer Mules – A New Day™ Black
No Boundaries Velvet Mini Backpack
Cat Eye Sunglasses Options


Surviving Motherhood Tumbler


Graphic Tee
Women’s Julisa Slide Sandals with a Bow – Mossimo Supply Co.™
Distressed White Time and Tru Shorts
Black heyday™ Wireless In-Ear Headphones
Steve Madden Backpack Options
Cat Eye Sunglasses Options
PowerShot SX740 HS Black


PLAN WITH ME: NEW PLANNER FUN
Fueled By Caffeine & Chaos 21oz Stainless Tumbler


Charlotte and Ezra Unisex Size T-Shirt (I’m wearing a size M)


Similar Plaid Button Down
2nd Plaid Option
Black Bodysuit
Black Distressed Jean Shorts
Women’s Karoline Backless Loafer Mules – A New Day™ Black
No Boundaries Velvet Mini Backpack
Mirrored Lens Cat Eye Sunglasses
Canon – PowerShot SX740 HS 20.3-Megapixel Digital Camera
Anne Klein Elevated Crystal Round Stud Earrings


Topwholesalejewel Wedding Earrings Gold Plating Crystal Oval Shape Clip On Earrings
Mirrored Cat Eye Sunglasses
Women’s Anotoinette Woven Tassle Pointed Mules – A New Day™ Black
Similar Tall Length Alloy Flare Jeans
Similar Red Sweater Option
2nd Sweater Option
Similar Gold Chain Strap Black Crossbody Bag

I made sure to link everything underneath each photo and if it’s not able to be linked or it’s sold out I will post something similar for you to try as well. As always if you have any questions at all, please leave a comment below & I’ll get back to you ASAP! Sign up with your email here so you won’t miss a blog post from me. I hope your Friday is an amazing one!

Sizing reference:

I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

My Go To No Makeup, Makeup Look

With being a busy mom of 3, a lot of times I don’t have enough time to sit down and do a dramatic look or a full on glammed our face but I still want to look put together and awake even when I’m not, lol. I’ve been loving the more neutral no makeup, makeup looks. It’s fast and easy but also gives my facial features a chance to stand out a bit on their own. My skin is still smooth and flawless but it looks natural without a lot of products used. I don’t use eyeshadow or liner, I only use false lashes when I really want my eyes to pop and I use a nude tone lipstick most of the time for this look as well. It’s perfect for looking put together for work, errands and even quick drinks with friends or a laid back date night.

I will however use highlight. I love a good highlight. Makes your skin glow without much effort and I think it looks beautiful. Your skin looks so healthy with a nice glow to it. Obviously you don’t need to beam peoples eyes out with a no makeup makeup look but sometimes I just wanna a little extra shine (in a good way, not an oily face lol.)

On my face:

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation

Maybelline loose powder in medium deep under the eyes and deep on the rest of my face

Nyx bronzer in

Tarte blush in feisty

La colors highlight palette

Loreal liquid lip

Nyx brow gel in espresso and European Wax Center brow powder duo in medium

Below I listed some of my favorite products to use when I’m doing a more neutral look. I usually don’t use eye shadows or anything extra like that. I try and keep it as basic and simple as possible but still get the ultimate put together look. I get compliments all the time as well like oh you look so good, your skin looks great, you seem so energized today, etc. and I’m like oh thank you while also thinking girl I’m on my third cup of coffee and my 3 yr old changed her outfit 4 times before we could leave the house. 😂😂

Product list:

Anyway, what are your favorite ways to get ready quick? Do you have any get glam quick tips that you live by?

Follow my snap for grwm, makeup reviews, sneak peeks of upcoming blog posts as well as a little peek into my daily life.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday. ❤️

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

Lola

DIY Crate Entertainment Center

Hi loves, so I’m back again with my second home diy project of the series. Next up in this series we built and entertainment center. I briefly mentioned it in my last diy crate foyer table post. For this diy the materials and directions are pretty much the same only for a larger scale project. This was fun because we tried different patterns before we decided on a specific design. We had been looking for an entertainment center that we both loved the design of and that fit the measurements for underneath our tv without having to move or rehang things on the wall. This only took us about a day with the majority of time being waiting for it to fully dry. So if you’re ready to get started keep reading below.

Materials needed:

(10) 18”x12 1/2”x9 1/2” crates $11 each at Home Depot

5/8” brad staples $4.24 at Walmart

Staple gun (already had)

Wood Stain (I choose Kona a dark brown black)

Wood Glue (already had)

2” clamp (already had)

Measuring tape (already had)

Sprayer $10 at Home Depot

Stain rags $5

L brackets about $4

To begin:

Put the crates together to see how you want them organized and put together. It’s good to take a picture if you aren’t following a guide for your design so you don’t forget exactly how you put it together. (As discussed in the last post where we forgot how we first had it, lol.) This time we mocked up a few different ways before we came up with the actual design we liked.

Once your mock up is done, start from the bottom and work your way to the top gluing all the sides together. Like a puzzle basically. For this one the design that we picked it was easier to glue and staple all the four side crates together first and then glue and staple the center pieces last since they connect together in the middle to float. Use the clamp to hold a section in place once you’ve glued it while you staple it down. Continue until all parts are glued and stapled together. Make sure you’re checking to see if all front sides of the crates sit flush before letting glue set or starting to staple everything down. We also decided the 2 floating crates in the middle we would add a board inside them to make 2 shelves for more storage. (Those were stained, glued and stapled in after the whole center was put together and added in later.)

Once the glue has dried or mostly dried (about 30 mins) then you can carefully move it outside or in the garage to start staining. There are a few different ways you can lay the stain. We choose both a brush and spray method again because it was quicker in the last diy as well. The sprayer mainly helped cover a lot of the table and then we brushed it out everywhere on the wood and then wiped it down with the rags. We let it dry over night even though the stain usually dries in about an hour or so depending on how many coats you apply.

Once stain has set and dried you can now place your entertainment center where you want. Now you can put up your gaming systems, movies and etc. We also secured ours to the wall with an L bracket so if anyone bumped it or our 3 yr old went to grab something it didn’t go tumbling over, lol.

Completed Entertainment Center measurements:

49 3/4″ H 48 1/2″ W 9 1/2″ D

I hope you enjoyed this DIY. This one took a little longer mainly waiting for it to dry and because we decided to add shelves but still fun and creative none the less. Don’t forget to follow my Snapchat @lolanicolemua for sneak peeks of other diy projects and tag me on Twitter or Instagram @lolanicoleblogs if you try this DIY as well. I’d love to see how you made this your own if you decide to try it. I Hope you’re loving this series as much as we are and have an amazing day!

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

Col•lab Makeup line review

So I came across this makeup line at Sally’s the other day and decided to grab a few things to try while they were having a bogo sale. I love trying new affordable products because if they work well then I’ve found new staple products to reach for in my makeup routine. I purchased the skin tint, matte foundation and radiant foundation to give those a try as well as the loose powder, pressed powder, a blush, the smoothing primer, micellar water, concealer and a color corrector.

Something I first noticed is that this line is not very shade inclusive. There’s only 6 shades in the skin tint and 10 shades in the foundations so the most porcelain skin and the darker skin tones are left out completely. I’m the eighth darkest shade (caramel) in the foundation and the fifth shade in the skin tint. So a lot of skin tones are left out. Both the foundation and skin tint are $14.99 each.

The packaging is nice. Sleek black and greys. The jars are glass. Clean fonts and the foundations come with a pump and the skin tints are in a squeeze tube. The concealer has a doe foot applicator and the color corrector comes in a jar. So it makes application for those easy and you save product. I wanted to try the line together because sometimes products work better with their own.

The skin tint

First up I tried the smoothing primer, skin tint, concealer, blush and pressed powder together. I didn’t use anything else aside from my tarts blush in feisty and my wet n wild highlighting gold bar and I set my face with my Morphe Continuous setting mist. The primer went on like a lotion for the most part. It felt kind of moisturizing for a minute. The skin tint was actually thicker than I thought it would be for it to have been a tint but it gave pretty good coverage. The concealer didn’t have as much coverage as I thought it would so it’s not something I would reach for on a daily basis. The pressed powder was ok. It seemed to set the face for the most part. The blush showed up on me more like a highlight than a blush which is why I added my tarte blush to it. I didn’t contour because I wanted a quick face. I noticed it quickly set into any fine lines I had even after setting with powder. I wore it for a full day of errands, etc. within about an hour I was oily so I was already not too happy with that. I blotted my face and went on with the day. About another hour or so I was oily again. A few hours after that I noticed the skin tint had oxidized. So about 5 hours into wearing it, it had oxidized terribly and had a grayish tint now and I was still oily. I couldn’t wait to get home and take it off. My face felt dirty and itchy and I didn’t like the ashy tint it developed.

The matte foundation

The next day I tried a different combo. I used the primer, matte foundation, color corrector, concealer and loose powder. I used my airspun for under my eyes and my tarte blush again, my wet n wild rainbow highlight and contoured with my nyx bronzer. I set my face with my Morphe continuous setting mist. This time the foundation didn’t oxidize as much as the skin tint did but I was oily within an hour. For a matte foundation I expected more oil control than what I got. The foundation never set on my face once applied at all. It never set to a matte finish it was dewy. It only set once I applied powder. I had to blot my face multiple times throughout an 8 hr wear which I don’t have to do until end of day with most of my matte foundations. So I wasn’t impressed with the matte foundation at all.

The radiant foundation

I didn’t try the radiant foundation alone. I figured since the matte foundation by itself was a bust then I wasn’t even going to attempt it. I instead mixed the radiant foundation with my too faced born this way foundation and did my makeup with the different products that I use on the daily. I wore this combo for about 8 hrs or so and when I got home from work my face was oily but not as bad as it was with the matte foundation by itself. It still settled into some of my lines fairly quickly but it wasn’t as terribly noticeable as the skin tint or the matte foundation. So I will say that mixed with another foundation that already works for my skin this foundation is a bit better but it’s still not something I would reach for on the daily. Especially since I have to mix it with another foundation just to get it to set decently on my face for the day. I may try mixing the matte foundation as well to see how I like that and if it will set better on my face but idk yet.

The powders and Blush

The powder both pressed and loose didn’t really do well to keep my makeup set and help keep oiliness down. It goes on fine but the lasting power just isn’t there. The blush I wasn’t too happy with, it was way too shimmery and seemed to be more of a highlight rather than an actual blush unless you’re more fair skinned even though I got one of the darker shades.

The Smoothing Primer

The primer to me didn’t really do anything nor did it blur any imperfections, it just goes on your face like a lotion and then sets but doesn’t keep your pores, imperfections or oiliness at bay for too long. I feel it may possibly work better on someone with dry to normal skin but for oily skin or combination skin it just wasn’t the best.

The undereye concealer

The under eye concealer was one of the most disappointing for me. I got the darkest peach shade and it kind of just spread around on the face and didn’t really cover much. I used both a stippling brush and concealer brush and then I tried a beauty blender but nothing seems to smooth it out any better. I like my under eye concealer to work really well especially on days that I am sick or my under eyes are especially dark but this just missed the mark completely.

The micellar water

I never actually tried the micellar water so it may have worked fine with removing makeup but once I had tried pretty much all the products (except the radiant foundation) I had purchased and wasn’t happy with any of those I just decided to take everything back. It’s $9.99 but for that price I can just stick with my ganier micellar water for $7.

The final review

All in all I just feel like this line is kind of a starter line for younger people who are just starting out in makeup. Something to practice with or if they don’t really have any skin issues this line may work for them. I have more mature skin (I’m 32), I have naturally darker undereye circles and a few acne scars. I like a good full coverage foundation unless I’m using a BB cream for a quick face. I have combination/oily skin so a matte foundation is usually what I reach for. I took most of the line back with the exception of the 2 foundations because I couldn’t find the receipt and just replaced those with things I actually use and like. Hopefully in the future they do better with formulas and especially the shade ranges. A successful makeup line needs to be shade and skin inclusive to reach a broader audience.

Did you try any of the products in this line? What did you like? What didn’t you like? What do you feel the company can do better with in the future? Be sure to follow me on Snapchat @lolanicolemua for more makeup reviews and mini tutorial videos as well. I hope you beauties have a blessed day.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

Lola

DIY Crate Foyer Table

Hi Loves, I’m so excited to be starting this series with this first DIY project.

So I was looking around for a foyer table for weeks and I found a few cute ones I liked but they were either way more than I wanted to pay or sold out. So I decided to diy one. My husband got the idea to use crates after we were also looking for an entertainment center which we also did a diy on (I’ll have a blog up with that one as well) and I said what about palettes and we started looking up some different ideas and he came across a foyer table made out of wooden crates. So instead of searching around for palettes we decided on the crates and headed off to Home Depot to begin our projects. Below I will list items needed and photos of our step by step.

Items needed:

6 18”x12 1/2”x9 1/2” crates $11 each at Home Depot

1×12 board cut down to 56” for table top $15 at Home Depot

Legs (1 2×2 wooden stick .97 at Home Depot cut into 4 8” cuts)

5/8” brad staples $4.24 at Walmart

Staple gun (already had)

Wood Stain (I choose Kona semi-gloss a dark brown black)

Wood Glue (already had)

2” clamp (already had)

Measuring tape (already had)

Sprayer $10 at Home Depot

Stain rags $5

To begin:

Put the crates together to see how you want them organized and put together. It’s good to take a picture if you aren’t following a guide for your design so you don’t forget exactly how you put it together. (Like we did the first time, thank goodness nothing was glued yet, lolol.)

Once your mock up is done, start from the bottom and work your way to the top gluing all the sides together. Use the clamp to hold a section in place once you’ve glued it while you staple it down. Continue until all parts are glued and stapled together. Then glue and staple on the table top. Make sure both sides are equal in their overlap on the ends and the back of the board is flush with the back of the crates. There will be a bit of hang over in the front as well for a ledge.

Once the glue has dried or mostly dried (about 30 mins) then you can carefully move it outside or in the garage to start staining. There are a few different ways you can lay the stain. We choose both a brush and spray method. The sprayer mainly helped cover a lot of the table and then we brushed it out everywhere on the wood and then wiped it down with the rags. We let it dry over night even though the stain usually dries in about an hour or so depending on how many coats you apply.

Once stain has set and dried you can now apply your legs. Make sure all the legs are level and not crooked so you get a more even balance and no rocking. We glued the legs on and then used a drill and screws to screw in the legs on and secure them. Let glue dry and then you’re done. You can officially place the table where you want it and decorate as you wish.

Completed foyer measurements:

39 1/8″ H 56 1/8″ W 11 3/8″ D

I hope you enjoyed this DIY. It was actually pretty quick for the most part and it was certainly fun. The hubs and I really enjoyed it and it’s a great way to spend time together and catch up as well. Follow me on Snapchat @lolanicolemua for more fun diy sneak peeks and tag me on Twitter or Instagram @lolanicoleblogs if you try this DIY. I’d love to see how you made this your own if you decide to try it. I Hope you loves have an amazing day!

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola