2017, New Year New Me?

It’s officially 2017, even though I’ll be writing 2016 on everything for about 3 months, I’m excited! I haven’t set many goals for this year simply because I’m not sure what direction life will take me. I don’t want to set goals for one thing and life sways in a different direction. There is one thing I do plan on improving, my health! 

I’ve always been on the thicker side, but it’s never bothered me. I love my curves and everything else about myself. After having two children things changed. I’ve become more self conscious… I find myself asking my fiancé the dreaded question “do I look fat in this?” So instead of beating myself up about it a day longer I’ve set mini weight loss goals for myself throughout the year! 

First thing I plan to change is my diet. Though I don’t eat super unhealthy there are changes I plan on making. For one I plan to completely cut out meats. I know that’s a drastic change. But I’m not doing anything cold turkey. I know having a healthy lifestyle will take time…determination. I plan on only drinking water with the exception of teas as I love nice hot tea. And a few other things I plan on sharing in a later post. 

Physically I plan on being more active. Wether me and my fiancé hit the gym or do a workout out regimen indoors I plan on incorporating exercise at least twice a day. Being a stay at home mom gives me so much time and opportunity to get out and move. I’m definitely going to be taking advantage of it! 

I plan to document my progress,victories and set backs through my blog as well as Instagram. I’m using a fitness device called Jawbone UP to track my food/calorie intake as well as my steps and sleep cycles. 

As you see above, the app lets you keep track of your journey and set goals for you to reach. I’ve set all of the settings for the recommended setting except for the weight loss section. I’m not necessarily trying to lose a huge amount of weight. Simply trying to be healthier for me and my family as well. 

So here it is. My beginning journey pictures and facts. 

( let’s ignore my ridiculous leggings and my fuzzy slippers lol)

Height: 5’1

Weight: 215

I’ll be updating periodically throughout the month and a progress picture update every 3 months. 

I hope you all don’t mind me slightly shifting my blog direction. Do you have any goals you’re looking to reach this year? 

Thank you all  so much for reading!

Hopefully this can inspire and help someone else! 

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Classic Holiday Makeup

This is it! We are officially in the home stretch! I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope the upcoming year sends you endless opportunities for growth and excellence. 

For my last New Years look, I won’t bore you with the base as it is the same as my last look. Which you can find Here. I’ll jump right into the main focus of the look… a neutral eye, dramatic lashes and classic bold red lip!

For the eyes I used the Tartlette Amazonian Clay pallet as well as a Makeup Geek single shadow to create a neutral base. 

For lips I used this NYX lipstick and a dark brown lip liner from colourpop. 
To pull the classic look together I used these bold lashes from LashLand co! 

That’s how I achieved this classic holiday look!

Let me know your thoughts! What are your plans for New Years?

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NYE look #1 deep smokey eye/Wet n Wild glitter review 

Hey my lovelies! So I’ve decided to do two looks for New Years! This is my first look a deep smokey eye with glitter! I am also going to review the glitter I used as it was a new product to me! 

First things first is the base. I used my ABH foundation stick in Cocoa, LA girl pro concealer in Toffee and set it with Sasha Buttercup setting powder and my L’Oreal face powder. 

For the eyes I used the 350m palette. Which I will have a review on soon. 

I also used these lashes from LashLand co. A small business I found on Twitter. 

For glitter I used this Wet n Wild glitter in Brass. I do not recommend it. The consistency is like a gel but it does not dry down. It’s very hard to work with. I’d give it a 2/10 only because it’s very pretty, just a mess to work with! For glow I used my ABH glow kit in That Glow. 

To finish the look off for lips I used Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K liner, Mac Toupe lipstick and a gloss! 

Overall I was pretty happy with the outcome. Just wish I used a better glitter. 

What are your thoughts? Have you used this glitter before?

Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading!

Love Always,

Melanin Mommie xx

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Everyday Makeup with a Bold Twist! //Blogmas Day 16

Only 9 more days till Christmas beauties!

This makeup look was literally the quickest! I’ll walk you through the steps of my everyday routine with a bold lip!

Step 1. Moisturize! I’m in the process of finding out which ones work better for my skin so I didn’t want to advertise it till I knew it worked!

Step 2. Prime

The primer I’ve been using is Maybellines Baby Skin primer in my t-zone, and City Colors Primer spray all over!

Step 3. Foundation

For my everyday face I find myself reaching for my Anastasia Beverly Hills stick foundation in the shade Cocoa. I typically mix it with a few drops of the NYX liquid illuminator in the shade Sunbeam for a natural all over glow.

Step 4. Conceal and Set!

I use my Sephora concealer to conceal dark under eyes, and set with Sasha Buttercup setting powder.

Step 5. Set and Contour

I then set my entire face with my Infallible matte powder in Cocoa and contour using Makeup Geeks Half Hearted contour powder. I then add extra warmth using Colourpops bronzer in Happy Hour.

Step 6. Blush and Glow

I then add my Bare Minerals blush in the shade Glee, and highlight using Colourpops highlighter in the shade Glo Up.

Step 7. Brows

For brows I use Colourpops brow color in Jet Set Black to outline and shade Bangin’ Brunette to fill in.

Step 8. Eyes

For eyes I pulled out my Morphe 350m palette. I primed my eyelids with LA girl pro concealer in Fawn. I used the fourth shade from the left as a transition shade, the sixth shade rom the left at the very bottom as my crease color, and the first shade at the very bottom to deepen the outer corners of the look. I then used the fifth shade at the top as my lid color to finish it off. I also used the crease color on my bottom lashline.

Step 9. Lashes

To tight line and on my lower lash line I used this Marc Jacobs black eyeliner. For my top lashes I used the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. And for the bottom I used Tarte Tartiest mascara.

Step 10. Lips

For lips I used Kylie Cosmetics Dead of Knight lip liner and NYX soft matte lip cream in Transylvania.

All together I was quite pleased with the look. I loved how the bold lip balanced with the simple eye look.

I hope you enjoyed!

As always thank you so much for viewing!

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