Apartment Tour 2019

Hey guys! It’s Paige back with another blog post to kick off 2019. This one is uniquely special because it is my first apartment tour! I recently took the plunge and moved out my parents’ house back in late December. Since I’ve pretty much gotten all of my furniture, I thought it would be a good idea to let you guys get a peek.

I got a majority of my furniture from Rooms to Go and a few things from Design Within Reach. Below I have labeled everything to indicate where things are from. I still need to get a TV stand and put some art up, but besides those things, I’m completely furnished.

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Home Goods Welcome Mat
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Rooms to Go – Coffee table and Rug; Home Goods – Accessories on top of the table
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Rooms to Go – Bedroom Set

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Patio Furniture – A gift from my mom
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Rooms to Go -Living room set

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Design Within Reach – Dining room set

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Moving to Addison was such a huge step for me and at times I second guess my decision, but overall I’m glad I did it. I can tell I’m going to learn a ton being on my own; in fact, I already am. I dreamed of the day I would be able to move into the complex I’m in for almost two years and God blessed me to where it is no longer a dream. I can’t describe how grateful I am to be in this position even if things aren’t necessarily perfect. I’m still thankful and know that God will see me through and keep me.

I hope you enjoyed my little apartment tour and stay tuned for the TV stand and art!

P.S. This post is not sponsored and everything was purchased with my own money

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Buy or Bye: KKW x Kylie Round 2 Collection

You guys know makeup and coffee are my weakness and the keys to my material heart. Well, this Black Friday I couldn’t resist because Kylie Jenner came out with another lip collection! Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner have done it again by coming out with KKW x Kylie Round 2 Collection. After I saw the swatches I knew I had to pick one up for myself.

This lip collection comes with four beautiful shades with an amazing formula to match. They range from a dark hue to light and perfect for every skin tone! I was so impressed by the warm undertones these shades have so they didn’t come off ashy looking on my lips. Major key! Since these shades don’t come with a liner, I lined my lips with a universal liner from Sephora before putting them on, however, you can use whatever you want. But let’s look at them a little closer shall we?

Double Trouble

This is my favorite shade out of all of them. Double Trouble is a red chestnut bold matte lip that won’t disappoint. I loved the formula being creamy, and lightweight on the lips. I’ve never had a matte lipstick that didn’t make my lips feel dry, but now that is no more. It also is long lasting! I was able to eat and drink for hours before having to apply it again. I put it on around 7 AM and didn’t reapply it until about 5 PM that same day. It’s a great shade for women with darker skin tones like myself. Here’s how it looks on me:

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Soul Sister

Soul Sister is another goody. This brick red matte lip is perfect for that classic red lip but toned-down because it’s on the darker side. Again the formula is amazing! It lasted all day through eating and drinking from 5 AM to 4 PM. The color also complimented my skin tone, as well as the others. I absolutely love the matte lip look! This is what it looks like on:

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Twinning

Twinning is a rosy terracotta shade that is perfect for every day. I like how it is one of her velvet formulas, but still gives you the matte look that I love! It does transfer a little, but that doesn’t affect how the color lasts all day through eating and drinking. The formula is smooth and creamy. I like that it isn’t sticky and feels light on the lips while still being very pigmented. I like that it doesn’t look ashy on my dark skin too! That’s really hard to find with lighter nude like shades, but this one hits the nail on the head. This is how the shade looks on me:

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Side Note: I used her burgundy palette on my eyes!

Main Bae

Main Bae is a bronzed copper shade that goes on silky smooth and not gritty despite the flakes. Out of the four, this one transfers the most and you’ll have to reapply it often like you would with any gloss. That doesn’t deter it from being an awesome and wearable color. I really love the formula it is super moisturizing and the applicator is sturdy making it easy to apply. I can appreciate the thought that went into making this product. This is how it looks on yours truly:

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Buy or Bye: The Verdict

So now the question is, is this a buy or bye? I personally feel this is a huge buy! From the formula to the color selection is good enough for me. Kylie and Kim did an excellent job creating shades that are suitable for a variety of skin tones while making a lasting, and moisturizing formula to match.

These products are high quality and worth every penny. I enjoyed using these lip shades to compliment my various looks throughout the week and will definitely use them from now on. I’m satisfied with my purchase and am glad that I did take the plunge.

Get to Work! | Express Haul

As you know, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and passed. Well, I decided to get in on the hub lah and purchase a couple of items from Express. To me, Express always has the best formal and business professional attire and I personally needed more of that in my own wardrobe. I purchased four items to make a total of two outfits that I’m going to show you today.

The first outfit is a mustard yellow suit with an ivory blouse. It has to be my favorite out of the two because I love color and outfits that pop! You can purchase the items here:

The next item I got was a navy blue short dress that has a knot tie in the front. It’s very comfortable and flows effortlessly. It also has long sleeves for the colder months making it a perfect addition to any wardrobe. You can get your own here:

This post is not sponsored and all items were purchased by me! All thoughts are my own 🙂

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Fashion & Beauty | Look Book Fall 2018 + Sideways (Foodie Finds)

The adventures of Nicah and Paige continue. Today we went to the Harbor in Rockwall, TX. We decided to put together my first lookbook for the blog and it came out great! The look we were going for was business casual to casual. We ended the night with some delicious BBQ from Sideways. Enjoy!

Hair Credit: Natalie from Forney Salon Suites

Moments captured with Canon Rebel T7i

Makeup Tutorial | Huda Beauty

This was the look I wore yesterday so I thought I would share how I came up with this. The prices and details will be listed below.

Step 1:

On freshly cleansed, and moisturized skin apply your favorite primers to your eyes and face. My personal favorite for my face is the Nars Radiance Primer and for my eyes, it is the OG, Urban Decay Potion Primer.

 

Step 2:

I like to always start off with doing my eyes first. After I prime my eyes I try to pick a medium light shade for my lid, then go into the middle of my crease with a lighter shade and make sure it is blended all the way until my brow bone. I then go in with a darker shade into the crease and blend, blend, BLEND! Typically for the best results, you’ll want to use a tapered blending brush. At times I will go back and reapply any of the previous shades to my better judgment. After that, I follow up with my highlight shade in my tear ducts and blend again with a tapered blending brush. I find the best way to apply shades to the tear duct is with a pencil brush. Then to finish I put on a liquid liner and mascara. Now you’re done with the eyes!

Step 3:

If you haven’t applied your face primer definitely do it now then use whichever foundation you choose to apply. You’ll want to use circular motions for an even blend around your face and don’t be afraid to apply the excess product to the neck. Trust me, it helps! As far as the amount of coverage that is totally up to you. I typically like to use a full coverage foundation on the weekends, date nights, and other special occasions and a BB cream for an everyday look. Also if you’re just starting out with using foundation I recommend getting a medium to full coverage so that way you can build the foundation up to your liking without looking cakey. Once the foundation is applied it is recommended that you set your face with a powder. I prefer translucent, but I’ll be honest sometimes I skip this step. Shhh don’t tell!

*Side Note: This would also be the time to use any concealer again I skip this step often these days.

Step 4:

The next step is to contour, but again you can skip this if you’re using a BB cream. If you’re using a medium to full coverage foundation I highly recommend contouring to bring the warmth back into your face. Here I used my Smashbox step by step contour kit and followed up with the Huda beauty highlighter kit. I always do my contour shade and bronzer first then go in and apply my highlight to my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, brow bone and temples.

Step 5:

Just when I think I’m done I go ahead and put whichever lip gloss or lipstick I want, do my eyebrows and then set my face with a setting spray. That’s it!

*This post is not sponsored and all products shown were purchased with my own money 🙂

Nars Radiance Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen $36

Urban Decay Primer Potion Original (mini size) $13

Brushes used for face

Brushes used for eyes

Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

$27

Lid = 2nd top color (middle)

Crease = 1st top color (Left)

Middle Crease = 1st  bottom color (left)

Highlight = 2nd row 3rd color (right)

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette in Bronze Sands Edition $45

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Macao $49

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Natural Finish $38

Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit in Medium/Dark $35

Side view – Earrings are from Express

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Satin Black $20 (this is a sample size the price given is for the full size)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony $21

Maybelline Great Lash Blast Mascara $6

Fenty Beauty Glass Bomb Universal Lip Gloss in Rose Nude $18

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Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray $38

Photo Credit: @foodforthoughtbypaigeredwine