How I'm Surviving The Homestretch of the Holidays

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own. 

Okay y'all, what is up with this year? It's one that I want to have end, for a million and no reasons at all. I feel ridiculous sharing my problems on here when other are in worse predicaments than I am and how lucky I am, but isn't that always how it is? But I'm feeling so hopeful about things to come.

But first, the holidays.

Ah yes, those. We're nearing the finish line, friends. 

I'll be honest here--I'm not one of those who has a lovely curated list of presents that I shop for year 'round. Nor do I have the presents wrapped months in advance. I'm kind of a OMG-IT'S-DECEMBER kind of girl. Exhibit A:

So if you're in the same boat, dealing with holiday stress (that dang Elf on a Shelf is enough for a holiday breakdown right there), let me offer you a few of my tips:

Self-Care...trust me on this.

We're so busy taking care of everyone else, that we forget ourselves. Especially around the holidays. Does this sound familiar or what?

In a perfect world, we'd have time for a bubble bath to relax away all of those stresses, right? But for me, using body butter changes everything. It's thicker than lotion, and let's face it, it's colder out there and your body needs that little something extra. Speaking of extra, I actually MADE the hot cocoa body butters pictured above. If you want to try this RIDICULOUSLY EASY DIY for yourself (it's really easy, y'all) click here.

Another step of self-care is stopping those pesky breakouts. Oh you know those stress-zits, as I call them, that just loveeee to pop up around the holidays. And in all of the holiday party pictures. And when you see family you haven't seen all year. Or, if you're like me, you'll run into everyone you know when you visit your hometown. But seriously, get the ZAPZYT Acne Wash Cleanser (I get mine at Walmart, while I'm picking up MORE tape and wrapping paper). It's oil and alcohol-free. I love it because it contains aloe and chamomile, which soothe skin. I use it with the scrub and the ZAPZYT Acne Gel. I use it twice daily. And did I mention it's satisfaction guaranteed?

So those are two easy ways that I survive the homestretch of the the holidays. What do you do?


Is Rihanna's Stunna Lip Kiss Proof? FENTY BEAUTY BY Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color Review

Well, look who's back? Me! So let's talk--how have you been? I've been WONDERFUL. And I am SO ready for this year to end. So ready.

But first--the holidays! I can't go through the holidays (or really a week) without a red lip. Red lipsticks are my shopping weakness, y'all, so it was a given I had to try out Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint, available at Sephora. Singer Rihanna's Fenty Beauty line has been flying off the shelves at Sephora. Have you tried it?

So yeah, I love a red, but why did I get this one?

Rihanna wanted a universal red, something that looked great on ALL skin tones.

She wanted something feels light on the lips, not an easy task for a matte lipstick, as most are drying.

She also wanted a long-wearing lipstick, and thus (side note: who uses "thus"? Me!) this fluid lip to matte was born.

$24, Sephora (YES I think that's a ridiculous price)



And what really piqued my interest? Rihanna said, "I wanted a lipstick that wouldn't budge—even as you eat, even as you make out,” I had to try it.

More on that in a minute! Let's get to the swatch:

So the consistency is liquid to matte. It doesn't take too long to dry. I did have some initial transfer, but not anything too drastic.

It's easy to wear and feels very light on the lips and not drying. I would say it's a true red, more like a traditional red. It is VERY VIVID on. You will definitely be noticed wearing this.

The application, to me, is not that easy. The applicator isn't too hard to work with, but the liquid consistency might make it difficult for the occasion red lip wearer.

Speaking of wearing, here it is on! I would highly recommend using a lip liner, which I did not use because I wanted you to see what it looks like without it.

BUT is it kiss-proof?

Um no. 

Not even close.

Eating with it I had transfer too, but it really seemed to stay on and stain the lips. But it didn't last 12 hours as I'd heard.

Overall, it's a pretty red, I love the formula, and great for those who don't love a dry matte lip. Reviews online boast of it's kiss/eating/longlasting-ness of it, but I didn't encounter that. I'm glad I tried it though, but I still prefer my orange-reds.

Would you try this?
Have you tried anything from Rihanna's line?

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NEW Covergirl Peacock Flare Mascara Review (+Life Update)

So how did that extra hour of sleep work out for you? I kept thinking it was time to go to bed...and it was only 8! This weekend was a low-key one for me--a good dinner out, a successful trip to the mall (speaking of, do you want a list of VIB Sale recommendations?), and I got some blog work done. I'm still having some issues staying asleep, still having occasional restless legs, but I'm the happiest I've been in a long time. I swear it's something about the fall.

I've also been reviewing beauty products, OF COURSE! Y'all know my weakness is mascara, right? I saw the new Covergirl Peacock Flare mascara at Target maybe a month ago, and I'm here to share what I think! Have you seen it around?

via Ulta

Let's talk packaging--can you see the shape of the tube? It's not a traditional round one--it's pinched. And the top is sort of rubberized--think kind of like NARS packaging. The shape and feel make this easy to hold. It advertises it as a "revolutionary" soft grip handle. I wouldn't go that far, but it's an easy hold.

Next, let's check out the wand: Feather-fan brush catches, coats, and separates each lash of this plastic wand.

Here's another view of the wand. Nothing really new here, but it's a pretty good one.

Here it is on your left. The formula is mousse-like and applies easily. It does give some length and volume. It says it's clump-free, but it was still a little clumpy. It didn't flake or smudge. I would say it's right in the middle of being too wet or too dry.

Here it is on your left again. I always say mascara really does make a difference. Don't you agree?

Here it is on both eyes. Overall, I liked this mascara and would give it 3.5 out of 5 mascara wands!

Covergirl peacock Flare Mascara comes in 5 shades and waterproof. It's around $8.

What did you think? 
Would you buy this mascara?


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