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    My Holy Grail Makeup Products

    A holy grail item is something that consistently produces amazing results and never fails. Some items you recognize instantly that you’ll never be able to live without them. Other products take time. However, each holy grail item always gets the job done. Below are my holy grail makeup products. Eyebrows Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow – $18                 I can’t remember what my eyebrows looked like before this product. The dipbrow has a creamy texture that makes it easy to create any shape I’d like. Also, for $18 you get a pot that lasts forever. Eyeshadow Morphe 35O Palette – $24                 This palette holds a special place in my heart because it…

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    Alyssa and Joshua #TheODMcNeils

    Before I moved out of D.C., my Little turned to me and said: “you’re going to move to New Jersey, fall in love, get married and never move back.” I chuckled, slightly entertained the idea, and pushed it out of my mind. It clearly went from her mouth to God’s ears because a few weeks later I met Joshua. As I got to know him I found him to be soft natured and shy when we were around big groups. Yet, when we were alone he was full of light and it was easy to make him laugh. His easygoing spirit was enough for me to deem him my “Long…

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    MAC Liquid Dazzleshadows Review

    Like a lot of people, I first fell in love with makeup at the MAC counter. At the time, I had no idea why that was one of the few counters my mom would buy makeup at. Looking back, I realized that at that time MAC was one of the few department store brands that carried our shades. I always admired the MAC girls. To me, MAC makeup was where you went when you were at the top of your field. You got to dress cute, play in makeup, and listen to music that I actually enjoyed all day at work; which is everything that 16-year-old me thought mattered at…

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    Detox in a Day

    After I’ve been stressed a bit, and my schedule allows me to, I like to take a day and pamper myself. It completely resets my mood and when I wake up the next day I feel relaxed, renewed, and ready to conquer whatever is working my last nerve. My “detox in a day” routine is below. First I take the longest bath known to mankind.  I fill the tub with water, olive oil, coconut oil, and a bath bomb or some aromatic bath petals from Foreo. Then, I turn off all the lights, light a few candles, get in the tub with a book and a glass of wine. Next,…

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    Mistake Queen

    Guess who’s #backtoblogging for the 800th time? ODStorytime is! I was forced to take a break from everything for a few reasons. I moved. My health started acting a plum fool. I started a new job. My world was turned upside down by a series of small events that added up to be a big freaking moment in my life. I wanted to blog my way through it. I truly did. I just couldn’t. Whenever I had a free moment, I would plan to create content. However, when the time came all I could do was sit on the couch and pray that soon the stress of it all would be…

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    My Favorite Makeup Removers

      Since I’ve fallen in love with makeup, I’ve tried my fair share of makeup removers. As the first part of my nightly skincare routine, I adjust the remover to the amount of makeup I’m wearing. Ensuring that your makeup is completely removed before starting your skincare routine helps your skin react better to the products. Essentially, if you are taking off all your makeup off at the end of the night your $300 dollar serum is useless.  Below are my favorite makeup removers for my heavy, medium, and light coverage days. Heavy Makeup Day- Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm  Clinique’s Take the Day Off is everything. It took…

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    Sheet Mask Therapy

    Sheet Masks are therapeutic. In fact, I find them so therapeutic that I’ve forced everyone in my life to start incorporating them into their weekly routines. They’re quick, simple, and do wonders for your skin and mind. Seriously, pour a glass of wine, sit on your couch with a face mask, and ease your problems away. Frequent sheet masks were one of the things that helped me through my most recent life curveball. I get most of mine in bulk at TJMaxx and Marshalls. They always have great prices and a wide variety of a bunch of American, Korean, and Japanese skincare brands. Through them, I haven’t met a sheet mask…

  • 25 Lessons I've learned in order to honor my 25th birthday

    25 for 25

    For my 25th birthday, I’m reflecting on 25 lessons I’ve learned over the years. Lessons I’ve learned about me I will never be too old for Harry Potter or my favorite stuffed animal, CiCi. Anybody who tries to take that from me shouldn’t be in my life. I am ten times stronger than I once believed I was. I am a conqueror. I often pray for increased strength or an enlarged territory and will be completely shocked when I have to work towards my requests. I’m silly. I’m horrible at discovering new music because I only listen to Hamilton and Beyoncé all day. There’s a small part of me that…

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    The Midnight Hour: Grow Through It

    I’m in a different place than when I started my “Midnight Hour” series. This, in itself, is a pure blessing. When I started this series I had just lost a job (a first for me), I was spending my favorite holiday apart from my family (a first for me), and everything seemed to be going to hell. My face was broke out, my hair fell out, I questioned everything and I became deeply discouraged. However, God found a way to bring me through. I could go on and on about how he did that, the people he used to do it, and the lessons that were revealed to me. However, the…

  • 5 Black Women You Need to be Following on YouTube

    YouTube’s Black Beauties

        I’m a YouTube addict. I proudly admit that. In fact, I’m planning to launch a YouTube channel soon! (More information coming next month.) To continue the celebration of Black History, I’ve highlighted 5 black women you should follow on YouTube. Jackie Aina “The Queen” Jackie is an OG youtuber. As one of the most foremost beauty influencers in the space, she recently hit 2 million followers *screams*, Jackie Aina consistently speaks out about inclusivity in the beauty industry. In fact, when I first started blogging, she inspired my B.O.M.B. makeup look. Watch Her Work Cydnee Black “Ipsy Badass” Cydnee is my favorite Ipsy creator because she is the…