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SUMMER UNIFORM

At any stage in life, most people despise the idea of being required to wear a uniform. 
I admit that same outfit day after day can get very monotonous and quite draining. 
Personally, growing up attending a private school during the early years of my education career, I didn't mind the hideous tan shirt and brown skirt / dress. 

Fast forward 19 years later, I have subconsciously kept my wardrobe very simple with basics, a few stripes and the occasional print. It fully embodies my personality without over exerting my personal style with fast fashion.

My kind of style ranges from super casual to .. "why are you so dressed up". 


 I love an all white look as much as the next person and with that comes my ample collection of white Ts.  I can never have too many. EVER.

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Much like my style, I like to keep my jewelry very simple. With a watch, earrings and sometimes a necklace. 



[Special announcement: I am extremely excited to be working with a new photographer to reinstate the fashion aspect of my blog. I truly enjoy sharing my personal style and beauty tips and I hope you are looking forward to this collaboration as much as I am. Be sure to check out his amazing photos on Instagram and follow.
(I'm not going to ask you to like my photos on there but if you do, that would be REALLY exciting!)



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FIRMOO GLASSES GIVEAWAY


A few months ago, I collaborated with Firmoo in reviewing a pair of reading glasses. (Read about it here)
This time around I am partnering with FIRMOO again for a giveaway exclusively for my readers. 

Firmoo specializes in reading glasses, sunglasses and even sunglasses with prescription. Customer services is absolutely great and they will will work with you in finding your perfect pair. 


The giveaway starts as you are reading this post and a winner will be over September 7th.
You will win one pair of Firmoo glasses with free shipping to the US (if you are international) from this page.
Glasses include the frame, standard 1.50 index single vision lenses. Upgraded lenses and add-ons will be charged for an extra fee.

RULES
1. Leave (#LOVEFirmoo) in a comment below
2. Share this via one of my social media links provided below with #lovefirmoo (don't forget to tag me so you can be entered). 
3. Like Firmoo's Facebook page or twitter and leave a comment about what glasses you would pick. (Again #lovefirmoo so I can track all your entries xo)
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GET READY WITH ME FOR WORK

I believe that you are either born with confidence or you learn it. 
For me confidence comes from within (wether you are born with it or not). 
Believing in yourself and having the faith that you can do whatever you set out to do. THAT spells confidence. 

On a smaller scale everyday activities that require us to walk a little taller, speak a little louder and simply appear confident, don't necessarily require that "dig deep and find your inner-self" confidence. I believe that comes from how you present yourself. After-all how you present yourself is how you are treated. 

My everyday confidence comes from my self presentation; how I dress, how I speak and my ability to always present my authentic self to others. I work in a corporate environment where all the ladies are always dressed to the corporate nines! Their appearance definitely encourages me everyday to be my best self. With that, I am sharing with you one of many ways in which I help my self-confidence on a daily basis.


Last week I shared a video on my Youtube Channel (watch and subscribe here) of my everyday make-up look. 
This look is very fast and simple. The only thing that ever changes are the products used. Below are the products I use to achieve a very natural and simple everyday look for work. 



This quickly became my favorite everyday foundation because not only is it a great color match for my warm, deep dark and oily skin tone, it is also very long wearing with a great finish. One pump is great for medium coverage for my skin however two will get the job done for me. Covering all my acne scars and uneven skin. 

Have you tried this yet? What are your thoughts? 
I use the cocao because it was the closet to my skin tone while still looking luminous and awake. I love the smooth and pore-less finish of this and it also is very long wearing through, oil sweat and tears.  It conceals my sleepless under-eye bags perfectly.

I am still relatively new to contouring. During one of Sephora trips one associate suggested I try this Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in dark plum and I've been pretty happy with the results so far. Although it is an eye shadow, when blended well, can double up as a hint of blush / contour for your face. 

Definitely a sample goodie. Two coats of this provides great length and a little volume for flirty lashes without the hassle of fake lashes. 

Although I own the Anastasia dip brow pomade, this is my everyday go-to because it tames my unruly brows it keeps my routine fast and efficient. The color is great and because it is long wearing, I don't have to worry about my brow fill-ins washing down my face by days-end. This is the color brown.

Lastly, my current favorite lipstick of all time (Sorry Milani). This is Bobbi Brown in Cocoa. I have very pigmented lips so it is quite difficult to come across browns / nudes that don't flush into my skin. This lipstick has the best undertones keeping your lips neutral with a hint of red. 

Be sure to check out my video here to see how I use these products everyday. 
What are some of your favorite go-to beauty products? 

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EVIAN - NATURAL MINERAL WATER

Summer is FULL BLOWN in New York and we had our very first heat wave just a short while ago. 
When the weather gets like this, the best thing you can do for your skin is to keep it moisturized and hydrated because magically, your skin will feel the need to produce more oil to make up for that lack of moisture. 




Brandbacker accurately predicted the upcoming heat wave when they sent me this to try out. The Evian natural mineral water spray moisturizes, refreshes and tones your skin. It comes highly recommended for all skin types. 



For those weary of chemicals and using unnatural products, take a look at the ingredients list!

My first time using this was on freshly washed skin. I simply sprayed my face in a Z formation.
My initial impression was that it was super refreshing and eliminated the greasy feeling on my face for quite sometime. I did eventually get oily again but not as much as I typically would. 

The feeling of it reminded me of the "refreshing" mist at amusement parks that alleviate heat. Imagine how refreshing that feels especially when you have been in the hot sun all day, Imagine that on your face and  body at your convenience. 

It comes in a 5fl oz metal spray can. It comes out the can very misty which I love.

This can be purchased from Ulta and Sephora and comes in a 5fl. oz and 10 fl. oz.  I do wish a smaller size was offered to be more purse friendly. Otherwise my entire experience with this mist has been a very pleasant one.

What do you use to keep yourself cool during the summer?

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LANCOME TEINT IDOLE ULTRA 24 - REVIEW


I've always been so faithful to drugstore make up but lately I've been dabbling else where and I have hit such an incredible gold mine! 
Typically, there are a few products that I always stick to because I know works. i.e. my Aveeno face wash and body lotion. However, there are products I can't seem to finish or ever get rid off simply because I feel too guilty that I haven't finished them. I have personally never fully finished a container of foundation simply because I was always unhappy with the finish and eager to find the next best thing. 

...Till I found this! 

Sephora's descriptions states; A 24-hour wear (insert check mark) oil-free foundation that achieves medium to full coverage and leaves a velvety, matte finish. This foundation's innovative, long-wear formula gives all skintones flawless, even, and complexion-perfecting coverage. Its fresh, smooth texture blends effortlessly onto skin for shine-free, all day coverage. Formulated with NAI pigments, its specially-coated pigments maintains the pH level of the skin so that color stays put and you never have to retouch, and it’s infused with perlite and silica, which effectively absorb oil. 

I originally found out about this, credit to Lupita becoming the brand's spokesperson. Rarely do I follow celebrity endorsements simply because I don't really care for them but somehow this one slipped through the crack and found its way into my wallet ...I'm not complaining at all.  

The packaging is this durable translucent glass. I like it for its looks but it is also very durable since I like to carry it in my everyday makeup back. (It hasn't been damaged yet so I guess I can say its durable) 

The color after application is true to the content in the bottle. I does not oxidize after application.It is very long wearing however after about 8 hours it begins to wear off very subtlety. 

I have combination skin during the colder months but very oily skin in the summer. When it was cooler the matte finish last longer throughout the day without any setting powder or matte finishing spray. In the warmer months I can get a good 6 hours before a touch-up. 

This retails for $46.50 at Sephora and t he only reason why I don't mind this is because it has truly been an amazing experience using this product. 

- 5 OUT OF 5 HEARTS FROM ME - 

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BEAUTY TOOLS - REVIEW + UPDATE

Last week I shared a few beauty tools that I purchased from Sephora. 
Over the weeks I have fallen deeply in love with two of the three items shared. 
(keep scrolling for my review). 

BEAUTYBLENDER
There is not much I have to say about this expect that I will buying a back up very soon. Prior to the sponge textures beauty blender, I used the foam triangles from local drug stores and my makeup application was relatively smoothing with required excessive blending. 

What I LOVE about the beautyblender is that when used wet, the application is even and flawless with very little effort. The rounded -wider- end allows faster and more efficient face application and the pointed end gives a precise  application. 

The beautyblender retails for $19.95 USD at Sephora and at the rate at which I have to clean it, I'm not sure if it is something I will consistently keep purchasing. If you have any recommendations of a similar product with similar results, I am more than open to testing new items. 


CLASSIC SETTING POWDER BRUSH

One of many setting brushes I own, I can't say that this has made a difference in time or even application of my makeup. It is easily substituted for other setting brushes even of a cheaper brands. 

The original price of this was $26USD but I purchased it on sale for $11 - The verdict is out on whether it was worth that.


PRO BUFFING BRUSH #62

Very pleasantly surprised by the quality and how effective this brush was. It was used to buff in my new contouring stick.(video on my first contouring experience coming soon here -be sure to subscribe for weekly videos. xo)
This works great with both cream and powder products. The flat top's soft bristles leaves you with a smooth and flawless finish that I love! 


This retailed for $38USD originally but I purchased this for $19.00 on sale. 

I enjoy trying out new products and these brushes were no exception. I definitely will be swapping out a few brushes for better quality ones in the new future so stay tuned. 


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NEW SEPHORA BEAUTY TOOLS


Over time, I am realizing that the saying "quality over quantity" really stands true.
I've always been the type of person to spend a few more dollars for what I believe is a better quality item. Like many beginner make-up enthusiasts, my first few brushes were from ELF because they were effective and in expensive. 

What I found over time and after too many experimental dollars was that you get what you pay for. 
Lately I've broadened my horizons in exploring brush variations. This is the newest of my collection that I have acquired from Sephora. 


 I will share my experience with a review in the next blog post. 

Do you have holy-grail brushes you resort to? Is there a brand of brushes you love ? 

Share with me below.

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WELCOME. SUBSCRIBE AND ENJOY THE RIDE.

      

I wish it was easy to say I've been gone because life so hectic.
Truth is, after about 2 missed posts, I got entirely too comfortable feeling guilty about the missed posts. Also I became rather fond of editing videos (with any free time I had) rather than blogging. [yikes]. 

A few wonderful life changes happened that genuinely deserved all of my focus and energy. 
My new job is exactly in a field I've always dreamt of. Doing something I'm quite fond of. That is all that I'll say about that. 

Enough about that though. 
I have to admit a lot of the planned posts are still in the works but I am extremely existed to share all of it with you. 

For those who stayed. Thank You for sticking this out. 
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COOKING WITH BLUE APRON || GIVEAWAY


I know I JUST hosted a giveaway just a few posts ago but this blog is all about being love and giving love so if I could giveaway something in every blog post, I absolutely would!! 


I've been cooking with Blue Apron for a few months now and its been such a fabulous experience that I absolutely had to share it with you. 


Blue Apron is a fresh food subscription where you are sent fresh ingredients every week (if that is your choice) along with recipes on how to prepare the meal. There is a large variety of diet options that you can choose from and you can learn more about those options here.


I love using Blue Apron simply because it makes life a little bit less hectic. Coming home after work without a doubt on what I'll be having for dinner, I don't have to wonder if I have the grocery items for it or if there is enough. Blue Apron sends you everything you need down to the quantity of spice needed.   From my subscription I have earned 3 free meals to share with friends and I will be giving away 2 of those meals. YES. This means two winners of a free meal from Blue Apron directly to you!!!

HOW TO ENTER! 

Super simple entries.
1. Follow me on BLOGLOVIN', INSTAGRAM OR GOOGLE+ - Everywhere you follow me will be an additional entry. 
2. Comment below; Your name that you follow me with and where you follow me along with #loveforfood
3. SMILE - because you are amazing.

The two winners will be chosen, contacted and announced in June 1st's blog post keep your eyes peeled!!

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