No Valentine's Day Date? No Problem!


Outfit Details
Dress: Tobi  |  Shoes: Wholesale Fashion Shoes 

Hands up if you woke up to yummy chocolate and beautiful red roses this morning. Hey, no biggie if you didn't! It's Valentine's Day which means everybody is posting their bae on IG, putting together their outfit and makeup for a fabulous dinner date tonight, and showing off all their fancy VDay gifts. If you're single or you just don't buy into the whole VDay business, there's absolutely no reason to feel left out on this wonderful 'day of love' as we know it. Here are 5 things you can do to get through today - no bae involved. 

1. Treat yourself to an at-home spa day. Bust out the wine, the chocolate covered strawberries, light some candles and turn on some music, fill that bathtub and relax with your favourite bath bombs. Relaxation at its finest.

2. Have a GNO and head out for dinner with your friends. No bae, no problem! If you have a bunch of single girlfriends, then get glammed up and visit a fancy restaurant you've been dying to try. 

3. Binge-watch a series. Netflix and chill with an entire season of your favourite series or find a new one that's been on your to-watch list. Order some pizza and wings, get cozy on the couch, and you're all set.

4. Read a book. Today's the day to get started on those books from your reading list. A nice cup of coffee, a good book, and a super cozy blanket does the trick.

5. Shop online. That palette you've been wanting? Get it. That dress you've had your eyes on? Get it. Not only do you get away today with splurging a little, but there are tons of sales going on currently that will save you some money while doing it. 

2017 Recap + Things I'm Looking Forward To Doing in 2018

Happy New Year my loves! This post was really scheduled for New Year's Eve but it didn't make it. Then I figured hey, let me post this on New Year's Day. Didn't make it either. I then eventually decided on a few dates that I would possibly have it up in January, but I had a few other things on my plate so it didn't make it either. So I thought heck, why not just post on the first day of February, and boy, did January take forever to end! But, we're finally here and I'm ready to give you all some updates.

On January 1, 2017, I published a blog post over here outlining a few goals I wanted to achieve in 2017. I tried to set pretty attainable goals like I always do, while keeping in mind that things can go left, and you just have to try going right another time. I'm fine with that. Today I decided to just go through and give you guys an update as promised. I'll go in the order of my previous post so you can follow along.

My #1 goal was to purchase my very first car. I'm extremely elated to say I crushed that goal. Originally I planned to get it as a birthday gift for myself, but I was not able to make the purchase until November, so Christmas gift it was. While it's not my dream car (I probably won't be able to purchase that until the next 10 years), I absolutely love my little Honda Fit and wouldn't trade my first purchase for anything else. It's the perfect starter vehicle for little ol' me.

Did I get my driver's licence? I sure did! High five for driving legally.

As it relates to fitness and going to the gym twice a week, it was a struggle. I did go for around 9 months though not consistently, but I have started on this once again while doing home workouts if I'm not able to hit the gym. So far, so good.

Let's not even chat about reading books.  Lol. Most of my reading consisted of materials on the web that were related to my career, but I hope to pick up on this soon.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have realized that I lost another aunt to cancer in May. It was the most depressing period I had to go through in my life. With that said, I am grateful for all the memories I had with her through great health and even during her period of illness. I do not regret one minute spent in the hospital by her side, no matter how confusing it all became for me. Just a reminder - be grateful for the little things.

Was I more consistent with blogging? Not at all. Unfortunately, due to so many other things I was working on, my blog was put on the back burner once more. I didn't want to be at that point where I was hitting publish because I needed content on my blog. I value quality over quantity. I'm not sure many persons are aware of how tedious running a blog can get. Taking photos, editing, writing posts, thinking of post ideas - the process can be a whole lot. Kudos to those who work full time jobs, create blog posts consistently, have families, and maintain a social life - you're the real MVP!

My YouTube channel didn't launch either, but I'm still working on that, and it's coming sooner than you expect!

I didn't get to go the Dominican Republic as I had planned. However, a business trip led me to New York in May. While NYC was not the planned travel destination for last year, it has been on my travel bucket list for quite some time now. Truth be told, I loved it and can't wait to visit again. So, I guess I just have to give and take.

My Blue Mountain excursion did not entail hiking, instead it was a lot different. I went quad riding with my boyfriend and his friends in the mountains (as a pillion of course, no bikes for me!). Hiking! Lol

For 2018, I wouldn't say I've laid out any major goals like last year, but there are a few things I'd love to work on and do more of:

More Adventures
Traveling and just getting out of the house regularly is #1 on my list. Doesn't have to be internationally, but more local travels and visiting places I have never been to while living here in Jamaica.

Living a healthier lifestyle
Super important. Last year I switched out all my skincare to those that have more natural and organic ingredients, and I'm hoping to slowly transition my makeup products as well. I'm also determined to eat a lot healthier this year, and as I mentioned above, going to the gym and working out regularly.

Growing my blog
While I honestly lack the time to really put it all into my blog, I'm trying really hard to get back on track and work on new content. Wish me luck!

Turning 24
Yup, just another birthday. But if you know me, birthdays are really sort of a big thing for me. I don't know what it is, but I just love getting old (not).

Going to more shows/events
I'm a total homebody at times, but I'd like to go to a few live shows, food festivals, etc.

Get an apartment
I may not actually own an apartment in 2018, but I'd like to start the process and get things moving as it relates to owning my first place.

23rd Birthday at Melia Braco Village

 Outfit Details
Kaftan: Boohoo  |  Sunglasses: H&M (similar one here) |  Earrings: Forever 21

Hey guys! So last week on June 30th, I turned 23 years old. Boy, does time fly! I went to Melia Braco Village in Trelawny for the birthday celebrations, so as usual, just sharing some photos from my trip as well as outfit details. Enjoy!

Outfit Details
Jumpsuit: Boohoo

Outfit Details
Kaftan: H&M  |  Swimsuit: Boohoo

Mini Colourpop Haul


There has been a lot of hype over Colourpop products on the beauty scene. With collaborations featuring beauty gurus and celebrities, including Karrueche, as well as their affordable prices and simple yet sleek packaging, it's very hard to overlook the brand. 

I finally decided to take the plunge and treat myself to a few Colourpop goodies over the holidays. They were having some amazing bundle set deals, and so I decided it would be a great way to test out the brand for myself before purchasing any full-sized items. They offer free international shipping for orders $50 and over, and shipping took just about 14 days, which is fairly decent for international shipments from the USA to Jamaica.

I purchased a set of 5 mini liquid ultra matte lipsticks called "It's Vintage", a set of 3 highlighters which were in a bundle called "Cake", a Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer), and one of their Super Shock Shadows.

So let me just admit: I have an obsession with matte liquid lipsticks. I am especially drawn to deep reds and pinks, so this It's Vintage set was right up my alley. From left to right we have Bianca, Tulle, Love Bug, LAX, and Notion. They come in a clear tube which features the Colourpop logo, and all have a doe-foot applicator. While all the colours are highly pigmented, I found the formulas to be a bit different for each. Bianca, a 'soft mauve" has the creamiest formula in the batch and dries fairly quickly, while Tulle, a 'dusty burgundy' takes a bit longer to dry. Love Bug, a 'rich mahogany', has the worst formula of them all. It is thick and flakes off after about an hour and a half, even though I only applied a single layer. LAX, a 'vampy red', has a tendency to bleed, so I'd highly recommend a lip liner. I was a little worried that Notion, 'a deepened raspberry' would be patchy after reading reviews, but I did not have this problem.

I'm looking forward to trying more of their shades, especially their deep browns, so I will keep you updated on that when I do.

The 'Cake' highlighter trio was $20 at the time and is said to be more suitable for medium skin tones. It includes the shades Butterfly Beach, Wisp, and Candyman. Butterfly Beach, a 'warm peach with highlights of silver' goes on as a very muted rose gold shade. Then there's Wisp, described as a 'golden champagne with gold pearls', though it was a bit more on the golden bronze side to me, and Candyman, a 'metallic rich gold', which is deeper than the rest, and is more on the coppery side with warm red undertones and a gold metallic sheen. They all have a nice silky texture which is very easy to blend. Personally, I like to apply with my fingertips since it provides the highest amount of coverage. When it comes to the staying power, I'd say around 6-7 hours.

The last two items I purchased was their Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) in Happy Hour and their Super Shock Shadow in Fairfax. Happy Hour is a deep warm bronze with a matte finish, and I use it to contour. It can be built up since it is moderately opaque, and no need to set thanks to its cream-to-powder formula. Fairfax is a more cool-toned chocolate brown eyeshadow which works well for a more subtle smokey eye look. Unfortunately these two are no longer available on the site.

Do you use products from Colourpop? What are your thoughts?

Valentine's Day OOTD | 5 Ways To Practise Self-Love


Outfit Details
Dress: Boohoo  |  Shoes: Forever 21 (similar)  |  Bracelet: SheIn (similar)

Hey loves. I've been meaning to do this post for a while now, and what better day than Valentine's Day! Self-love is such an important concept, yet it is so easily forgotten. It's so easy to be caught up in work, running errands, taking care of your family, and helping others so much that our very own needs and desires get thrown out the front door. As I get older, I've realised how taking care of myself and doing what makes me happy helps me to be less stressed, makes me more productive, and overall, feel better.

If you're wondering "How can I spend more time on me?", here are a list of five different ways to practise self-love:

1. Pamper yourself. There's nothing more luxurious than a relaxing candle-lit bubble bath with soft music or even a fun facial and mani/pedi one evening.

2. Stop comparing yourself to others. As humans this is completely natural, but in the end, it does us no good but slow us down and rob us of the life we're trying to create for ourselves. Learn to be okay with your imperfections. Understand that you are completely different from someone else and that is how it is supposed to be. 

3. Treat yourself. Yes, buy that book you've been wanting to read, and buy that handbag you've had your eyes on for ever so long. I always make it a priority that with every paycheck I receive, I get myself something, no matter how small. It doesn't necessarily have to be a splurge - I've been content with getting a bag of chocolate chips from the supermarket.

4. Step away from social media. We are so consumed by our cellphones and computers, and for many like me, our pastime often involves scrolling through Instagram and responding to every single text message we receive. Instead, switch off the screen for a bit and read a new book or even go for a walk. It makes a world of difference.

5. Get enough rest. The importance of sleep is often overlooked, but it is so essential. I'm guilty of carrying over work into late nights and not going to bed early enough. Not getting the right amount of sleep can not only make you feel sluggish when you rise in the mornings, but it can have detrimental effects on your health. Opt for at least 7-8 hours each night to help your body perform at its full potential.

Now on to the outfit. Since it's Valentine's Day, I had to hop on the 'wear red' train, of course. I got this dress from Boohoo and I was really impressed with the quality. It's a nice thick fabric with the right amount of stretch, and for only £10 (it's still on sale!), this is a steal. I like keeping looks like this very classic, and so since the dress is in such a bold colour, I grabbed these black sandals I have from Forever 21, a black clutch, red diamond drop earrings, and a very chic bracelet I purchased at SheIn about 2 years ago. I finished off with a red lip, and voila! A very classy look for a Valentine's Day dinner.

How are you spending Valentine's Day? What are your thoughts on self-love?

New In: Makeup


Hey everyone! Over the holidays I decided to treat myself to quite a number of purchases. Makeup was definitely on the top of the list. I find that when I come across something that works, especially foundation, there's no letting go. After watching a few YouTube videos and reading blog reviews, I made a short list of items I'd love to try out to see how much I like them, and so I wanted to share a brief review of some of the items I ordered.

Ok so, when was anyone gonna tell me about this? This was my favourite purchase. It provides medium coverage, is buildable, and I love how it is perfectly lightweight for everyday wear. The formula is a bit runny, and so I would suggest using a foundation brush to blend it in. I made the mistake of using a beauty blender at first which absorbed and wasted way too much product. Since this foundation is meant to give a more dewy finish, if you have oily skin like I do, you can use a mattifying primer and set the T-zone area with a translucent powder such as Laura Mercier, which I am currently loving. Does it last for 24 hours? I'll never be able to say, but so far I've worn this for 7-8 hours and it holds up really well. At this time I'm wearing shade 210, but it does oxidize a little, so I plan to go a shade lighter.

I was never a big fan of blush powders, so I rarely ever purchased them. However, since I'm trying to build up my stash, I went ahead and got the e.l.f. Powder Blush Palette in Dark. It came in a matte black packaging which features a mirror on the inside, and houses 4 e.l.f. Studio Blush shades. They are very pigmented, so a light hand is needed when applying. The shades aren't named, but nevertheless, very nice quality. Did you know they're currently offering free international shipping if your order is over $50? Win!

Not my favourite primer, and not a favourite product of mine either. At just a little over $3, I guess this is a situation where "you get what you paid for". It comes in a standard squeeze tube and the actual product is white in colour, but once massaged into the skin, has a very shimmery look to it. Unfortunately not a nice shimmery look. I found it to be incredibly greasy, so definitely not the right mix with my oily skin. It may work for someone with dry skin, but I would not repurchase.

No stranger to e.l.f. primers, I believe they get the job done at an inexpensive price tag. This Tone Adjusting one claims to minimize redness and correct blotchy skin, but it fails at these claims - the green tint just isn't pigmented enough to colour correct anything.  It is however very effective as a regular primer which provides that smooth base for foundation application due to its velvety finish, and helps my makeup last longer.

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