THRIFT STORE FINDS: NEW YEARS EVE ATTIRE

New Years’ Eve night looks different this year with everything being canceled, but that’s not going to stop me from getting dressed up to bring in the New Year with my quarantine crew in style. On Thursday night, I will be wearing a black festive mini skirt with a long black blazer and a white-collar shirt. This a perfect attire to sip champagne in; while counting down to the New Year.

Festive Mini Skirt came From
B-Thrifty
4917 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

Black Blazer came from:
2nd Ave Value Stores
13770 Smoketown Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Black Ankle Boots can be found on the PRETTY LITTLE THING website.

THRIFTING WITH THE HOMIES

THRIFTING WITH THE HOMIES

It’s good to have friends who love to thrift just as much as I do. Since there is no- where to go right now, we decided to shop for outfits to wear to brunch at Mi Vida Restaurant. See what looks we brought to the restaurant this past weekend.

With the state of the world today, I wanted to pay homage to those who have fought, marched, preached, and spent time behind bars for me to have opportunities today. I transformed this comfy burnt orange pull-on-pants into a stylish outfit by pairing it with a long sleeve crop top, a vintage- gold plated belt buckle to bring out the look, and wore a beret to make a statement. Since brunch is an all-day thing, I wore a black blazer to protect me from that fall breeze and black booties for height.

Not only does she decorate homes , but she also puts fashion masterpieces together. She wore hot chocolate leather pants with a soft white dressy turtleneck blouse and decorative black necklace to add finishing touches to her outfit. Be sure to follow her home décor page for the latest trends @stylemeshannyb.

She brought 90s nostalgia to brunch with her short plaid skirt, black turtleneck, black thigh-high boots, and yellow raincoat to add a pop of color to her trendy outfit. Did I mention that she’s a dope artist? Follow her @pnma to listen to her music.

Yes, we came to Slay, and We did! All looks came from:
Thrifty’s Georgia Avenue
6101 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20011

RESERVE YOUR TABLE AT MI VIDA RESTAURANT

LAZY WEEKENDS ARE FOR MUD MASKS

LAZY WEEKENDS ARE FOR MUD MASKS

Our skin takes a beating on a day-to-day basis. Every time we step outside of our home, our skin is continuously under attack by environmental conditions, stress, diet, and hormones. We all are guilty of neglecting our skin due to our busy schedule; Why not take advantage of this lazy weekend to give your skin the proper tender, love, and care with Eminence’s Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment. This treatment is suitable for detoxifying your skin of impurities, opening your pores, and regenerating your skin cells all in five minutes. Let me take you through my step-by-step process of using this treatment.

Step One: Cleanse
I use Tatcha’s Deep Cleanse to wash my face before applying the treatment

Step Two: Apply Treatment
I appy a thin layer of Eminence’s Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment on my face and leave it on for five minutes. Note: this treatment is powerful, so I recommend diluting it with water first.

Step Four: Apply Serum
After five minutes, wash the treatment off. Note: Due to the increased circulation from the treatment, you may experience a tingling sensation for 20 minutes and redness for up to 45 minutes.

Step Four: Apply Serum
I apply Dirty Lab’s Ultra Night Serum to close my pores.

Here is my skin fully detoxed and refreshed. I use this treatment once a week.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:

  • Hungarian Thermal Mud: has a high amount of mineral trace elements, and sulfur which improves acne conditions and nourishes the skin; the mud reduces sebum production, improves skin’s texture, tone, and vitality.
  • Cinnamon – conditions the skin and revitalizes its appearance.
  • Paprika -has an enormous amount of vitamin C source that fights the aging effects of free radicals to protect and brighten your skin.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil – acts as an emollient to keep the skin well hydrated.
  • Acai– unclog pores and encourage the regeneration of skin cells.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EMINENCE’S THERMAL MUD TREATMENT

THRIFT STORE FINDS: Rainy Days in Fall

THRIFT STORE FINDS: Rainy Days in Fall

Rainy days in the fall are difficult to dress for; the weather is colder, the wind is harsher, and the rain lasts longer. Finding a good rain jacket during this time of the year can be challenging because if you wear a coat, you’ll be too warm, and wearing a spring rain jacket is not heavy enough to keep you warm. This past Monday, the weather called for rain with a high of 56 and a low of 39; I wore a Liz Claiborne rain jacket, along with a forest green sweater and rain boots to keep me warm and dry.

Rain Jacket came from:
B-Thrifty
4917 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

Sweater came from:
The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center
1590 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

MATCHA BOOST: Protein For the Hair

MATCHA BOOST: Protein For the Hair

The next time you go to Starbucks, make sure you order a tall matcha green tea, take the lid off, dump the drink on your hair, and watch your hair strengthen and see growth overnight. I am just Kidding! No need to do that when Ecoslay has created a stellar protein treatment for high and low porosity hair that will restore health to your hair and prevent damage. Ecoslay’s Matcha Boost consists of ingredients found in your kitchen that wake up hair follicles, cause growth, and strengthen weaker hair strands. First, I use a primer to prep for washing; next, I use the wash & detox shampoo to cleanse my scalp; then I apply the Matcha Boost protein treatment for five minutes with heat; and finally, I use a deep protein-free conditioner to add moisture to my hair. After one use, my hair looked healthy and felt stronger. Since I have low porosity hair, I apply this treatment once a month with heat. You can refer to the table on the product label to determine your hair porosity’s proper usage. Although this treatment has worked on my hair, if you are experiencing any damage to your hair, I would recommend seeking a professional hairstylist to correct this problem.

Four Ingredients found in your kitchen:
Hydrolyzed Quinoa Protein –
penetrates the hair shaft for robust protection.
Colza Oil-
loaded with Vitamin E that increases moisture and smoothness while assisting with hair growth.
Matcha Extract –
is useful for hair growth, maintaining healthy hair, and beneficial to your scalp’s skin.
HP Starch –
helpful for those with oily and moist scalp; cornstarch sucks up the the condensation and grease , so your scalp and hair stays fresh.

CLICK HERE FOR TO GET YOUR MATCHA BOOST

THRIFT STORE FINDS: SOPHISTICATED EDGE

THRIFT STORE FINDS: SOPHISTICATED EDGE

You never realize what you have until it is gone. Since March, I’ve been working from home, and I missed getting dress up to go to work. I was excited when my boss sent a schedule for us to be in the office part-time. My first outfit back at the office was a soft pink silk blouse with a gold shimmer pencil skirt, black booties, and a face mask that screams “I’M BACK.” Even though I didn’t have an audience to show off to, it felt good getting dressed up to go to work. Those of you working from home until next year, you’ll find that wearing a cute outfit to your next zoom meeting will make you feel better.

Blouse came From
B-Thrifty
4917 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

THE PERFECT TREAT FOR THE PERFECT LIP

THE PERFECT TREAT FOR THE PERFECT LIP

Who knew a splash of Sangria could look just as good as it tastes. Beauty Bakerie developed a special recipe that includes red wine with brandy, orange juice, blueberries, strawberries, and a hint a sugar that will turn you into a Michelin star delight. This alluring shade of pink is perfect for every occasion. Beauty Bakerie Sangria Matte Lip Whip will have you turning heads at a summer day party, capture onlookers on a fall outing, warm your date up on a cold romantic evening, and bring a smile to a loved one face on a beautiful spring day. For the long-lasting look, apply no more than three layers of the product on your lip, gently Blatt, allow to dry, and finally leave the house and be prepared to turn heads. If someone asked you about your lip color, send them to the Beauty Bakerie website for their very own vegan dessert Matte Lip Whip.

BEAUTY BAKERIE WEBSITE

Side Note: Lip color will not rub off on your face mask.

THRIFT STORE FINDS: SAVED BY THE BELL

Saved by the Bell was one of my favorite shows growing up. I wanted Lisa Turtle’s confidence and Zack Morris to be my boyfriend. What I loved most about the show was the fashion. I couldn’t wait to get to high school to rock a mini dress along with a denim jacket like Lisa, Zack’s trendy graphic tees, Kelly’s crop tops, or Jessie’s high-waisted jeans. They all had their own style, and I loved it!

In this post, I will pay homage to the athletic hunk with the killer dimples, AC Slater. He was known for wearing printed shirts tucked into his denim washed jeans and reeboks. I decided to add a feminine twist to this AC Slater inspired look with an oversized floral print blouse, high-waisted black washed denim jeans, and black booties. How did I do with this AC Slater inspired look? Please comment below.

Blouse came From
B-Thrifty
4917 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

Jeans came from:
The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center
1590 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

UOMA BEAUTY!

UOMA BEAUTY!

From reading my previous post on finding a clean foundation, it’s evident that I am a fan of the Mineral Fusion Sheer Tint Foundation. My only gripe with this product was the lack of representation when it came to shades. I was able to pass by using the “Olive, Olive” shade. But, what about everyone else who is unable to wear the available three shades? This brand failed to portray consumers with unique skin tones, which was the real reason why I switched to Uoma Beauty. This black-owned beauty brand launched in 2018 with the Beauty Innovator Award Winner, Say What?! Foundation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, places like Sephora and Ulta Beauty suspended product testing. For my advent beauty buyers, you know first hand how difficult it can be to find the right shade without testing the foundation first. Little did I know that Uoma Beauty was one step ahead of the game with their accurate online shade finder that sifts through 51 shades to find your complexion match. First, you select your shade out of six skin color groups, pick the shade within the skin color group, identify your undertone, and they will pull-up your proper skin match. They successfully matched me with Honey Honey, T2N. I intended to purchase the foundation, but I couldn’t resist adding the concealer and contour stick to my cart. See my review of each product below.

SAY WHAT?! FOUNDATION

I bought this foundation in July during the quarantine. It came just in time for me to try on my birthday. This soft-matte foundation was perfect for my oily skin because it could soak up the excess oil while giving me long-lasting full coverage makeup without drying out my skin. The Say What?! Foundation was the ideal shade until I developed a bronze skin tone after exercising every day outside. So, I had to manipulate a lot using my contour stick and bronzer to match my summer tanned skin. I recommend applying the foundation on clean skin after your moisturizer and primer. I apply a generous amount of foundation to get full coverage and then use a makeup sponge to blend the application into my skin.

STAY WOKE CONCEALER

I apply the Stay Woke Concealer after the Say What?! Foundation to brighten my complexion, most importantly, under my eyebrow to shape, define and hide the hair (it’s been a year since I had my eyebrows done, so this concealer has been my BFF). First, I use the concealer as a primer on my eyelids and under eyebrow before applying the foundation on my face (Helpful tip: I recommend doing your eyes before your foundation). After I finished my eyes and lay the foundation, I use the Stay Woke Concealer under my eyes, swipe down the nose, chin, and on the area of my forehead located between my eyebrows (sorry, I don’t know what part of the face this is). This product was easy to blend and brighten my darker areas.

DOUBLE TAKE CONTOUR STICK

The Double Take Contour Stick is my favorite product from the line because you get two products for one price. This Double Take Contour Stick has a highlighter that gives you a luminous glow, and the contour stick enhances your face’s shape. I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I used the contour stick to compliment my newfound tan. I’m aware of the contour stick’s job, but buying another foundation wasn’t in the budget until fall. After using the foundation and concealer, I applied the contour stick along the hairline of my forehead, temples, under my cheekbone, Jawbone, and then blend using my makeup sponge (Fyi: a little goes a long way). Then I apply my translucent setting powder, blush, and finally, use the highlighter on my cheekbone, the bridge of my nose, and tear ducts; and gently blend using my fingers to get that luminous finish.

HERE ARE THE RESULTS

As you can see, the results are breathtaking. I get a long-lasting natural look.

For my Beginners (like me), I would suggest watching Slim Reshae on applying makeup for beginners.

FIND YOUR SHADE ON UOMA BEAUTY’S WEBSITE

Sidenote:  All of the ingredients in the products mentioned in this post are 100% vegan and received a score rating from good to fair on the EWG website.

THRIFT STORE FINDS: CUTE & COMFY

Sometimes in life, you want to chill but look cute doing it. I recently met up with a couple of friends for lunch, and I just wanted to wear something comfortable. So, my look for the day was an Old Navy high-waisted blue denim cut-off ankle jeans with a classic button-down shirt and gray Adrienne Vittadini shoes. Of course, it was my turn to pay; I carried my wallet in a red vintage Liz Claiborne purse. I had a great time catching up with my friends in style.

Jeans came from:
2nd Avenue Value Stores
6307 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20748

Blouse and Purse came from:
B-Thrifty
4917 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

For Shoes:
Follow @only1ofakind46 for vintage clothing