Saturday, June 25, 2016

#Dirty #PotsandPans #Life #Hack - Under 10 Minutes with Minimal Struggle


This is not beautiful, I know. But if you want pretty pictures, go to my Instagram feed. You have landed on the BRB blog, where you are obviously Not in a lovely place; you are living in the real world where you have a little 911 on your hands.

You seek my help because things are, well, getting...messy.

I've heard all the excuses before, heck, I have used them myself. You've been focused on social media, parties, meetings, guests, appointments, kids, YT...

Hey, this is a Judgement Free Zone. My full-time job of Social Events Coordinator/Chauffeur to my people this summer has kept me out of my house so I completely relate.

But I'm going to get real with you: Even though your schedules are tight, If you don't HANDLE the DISHES, They Will Man Handle YOU.

No worries. I am here for you, my friend. There is no reason you cannot conquer baked-on-caked-on-neglected pots and pans with dried up and sticky day old (or more???) food (ie., orange chicken or please don't tell me...moldy pasta???!?).   I'm talking to you, adult children of whom we approve!! Ok, Ok, no judging, I promise.

I got you.

Follow these Steps VERY CAREFULLY:

1) GO to the dryer (or washroom area) or where you left your last clean pile of clothes THAT YOU MEANT to FOLD and Put Away, but are still there.

2) FIND the old Dryer Sheet you used. Moms, I know you used one. College Kids, you need to use one because your laundry is a liiiitttttle... RIPE. Still.

Go on, you can do it. I'll wait here...

3) Did you Get it? Now, do a little spin, and throw it in the Pot/Pan.

4) Fill the Pot/Pan with lukewarm water.

5) WALK AWAY for 10-15 minutes depending on severity of the situation. You may add a drop of soap if you cannot help yourself, but it's better to use it at the end.

6) COME BACK in 10-15 minutes (please). Set the timer on your phone or you'll forget.

7) Easily wipe away the grime. You may use a couple of drops of Environmentally Friendly, Non-SLS Dishsoap if you need.

8)RESUME Life and Smile👊🏽 You're Welcome😇💋

Don't believe me?                                       


I'm pretty sure there are still many of you who need this. Recently, I attended a Birthday BBQ; I shared this with 2 girlfriends while we were cleaning baked beans from the crock pot.  They were really excited about it. I hope you and your Mani 💅🏼are now, too💝


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Liquid Lipstick Lover: Anastasia Beverly Hills Allows Us All to Go Nude

L to R: Vintage, Madison, Craft, Kathryn, Heathers, Ashton, Stripped


Welcome to the family, Madison, Kathryn, Ashton, and Stripped.

I'm officially locked into the liquid lipstick craze. I have now inducted four new colors of the second generation of Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick into my ever-growing collection.   

Because I need them... ( I know what you're thinking...and you agree that, YES, I do. Thank you.) In fact, when I think of it, I may need more. I've heard Dolce is a great coral nude. Le Sigh. Anyhow...

Everyone can find their nude bliss.

Which one should you get? I don't know. 

You can stalk social media trying to look at different swatches or how someone with a similar skin type looks, but repeat after me, "Filters change everything,". Overall, I love this new collection of nudes/neutrals with a couple pops of color. 

Find what suits you.

CAVEAT: Factor in the infinite combinations of lip liner, gloss, and a person's own natural lip pigmentation that could alter the overall pigment you see on others. Consider how things look through the camera lens versus live.

For instance, multitudes of people love the original shade, "Pure Hollywood". HOWEVER, when I attempted to wear this color out, I appeared one distressed jean away from Pure Crackhead. What I learned is that it was her and not me.

So my friend, learn from my mistakes and don't blindly follow trends without doing your research. I think you'll find that this collection has something just for you so you don't have to compromise.  

Thankfully, the wide variety offered here is impressive.

Whenever I am online trying to get an idea of what color I am trying to order, it has been dicey at best. And I stalk swatches like nobody's business... so *Recall Caveat from above ^.^

I've ordered a "nude rose brown" only to find it shows on my olive/medium/tan skin as more of a beige rose. This is certainly no one's mistake as much as the colors you see on the screen aren't necessarily the colors you seek. It's just disappointing to finally get your box in the mail only to have to return/exchange it. *single tear*

I strongly recommend swatching in store and then going home before you buy the product in order to get a better idea of what the color looks like in different settings. You don't want to find out your lip game was strong in the house, but ratchet in the rear-view mirror. But if you are no where near a store that carries them, no worries, I made this for you.

Here are the swatches:

Inside under LED Light
Inside under Incandescent Light
Outside (Sunny Day)


The new formula has a light, mousse-like texture. After it dries, it feels comfortable and light, almost as if it's not there. Almost. Not sure if you can see from the pics, but the older formula (3rd, 5th, and 7th from the bottom) applied a bit streaky.

As best you can, only do one swipe across the lip and work with a lip brush if you have to. The lighter the layer, the better your lips will look. If you get heavy handed, your lips could end up looking cakey with emphasized lip lines. Stop yourself from smacking those lips together.

It is opaque and dries pretty true to the color of the tube.  Wear is about 4-6+ hours depending how much you eat, drink, or run your mouth (lol, I say this all in love...  I have to talk A LOT for my job). As it wears, the new formula will fade in a subtle way so you won't be walking around with you-know-what mouth. It did start to flake off my arm after ~8 hours.

Ok, that's it for today! Remember to have fun with it Beauties. That's why we make-up. And if you see another on the street wearing an amazing liquid lip, don't hate! Spread the love and make their day by giving a nice compliment to them. I saw this awesome instagram once: 

"We never know what battles a person is fighting, so be kind." -Anonymous

 I'd love to hear from you! What colors are you loving or craving? 


  *Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I bought these with my hard, earned dollars. I just chose the ABH line because my first purchase was in the color Vintage and I've been hooked ever since.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

And Then, A Spark of Light

Hello beautiful people. Is there anyone even reading this anymore? Hope so. If you are, imagine I'm giving you a giant bear hug like someone who genuinely misses you because I do (unless you're not a hugger...then, here's a 'sup' with a brow raised head nod). Forgive my absence on this blog. Time has distracted the better of me.

You see, I've been on a journey.  I have been on a super amazing adventure outside the realm of this virtual world to soak in some quality time with my little family before everyone becomes too cool to hang out with me. I reconnected with the part of myself and my psyche that is healthy and giving and  nerdy and confident and flawed. I learned that it is OK to make mistakes and let go of things of the past that keep you in chains. I realized that there are things that you can never go back and fix, but those very things must drive you to be better and do better next time around.

Importantly, what I have found is that beauty, the very purest form of it, comes from within you and me, and unless you venture outside, unplugged from devices, you will miss it. And those who love you, or coulda woulda shoulda loved you, will miss out on your beauty too.

 So thanks for hanging in there friends. I want you to look in the mirror right now and tell yourself that you are loyal. And for that I'm going to share some fun things that may save you in a pinch as well as remind you that you are beautiful inside and out #nofilter;)

Maybe today is a bad day for you. Hang in there. No matter how deeply you think you are in a funk, remember you are special and you are loved. Wake-up and smile for each day his mercies are new.

And if everything is just meh, well, it's time to slay it with your head held high because today is your day.



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