25 Coats and Capes That I Would Love In My Closet

Coats and Capes I Love

I wouldn’t call myself a fashionista by a long shot, but if there’s one cold weather item that I love to rock, it’s a good coat. I’m going to be honest, most of these coats and capes aren’t cheap, but damn, they sure look good! Take a look at my picks below.

MAC Nasty Gal Collection: 3 Dark and Vampy Matte lipsticks!!!!!

Three bold, vivacious lip sticks. Two dope ass brands. MAC and Nasty Gal have teamed up for a new collection launching December 4th (Jay-Z’s birthday!) at select MAC stores and online.  MAC says:

M∙A∙C partners with Nasty Gal, the style destination for risk-takers and tastemakers, in a high-intensity collection of shades as daring anddramatic as the #GIRLBOSS herself, Sophia Amoruso. Deep purple, bombshell red and rich burgundy lipsticks pair perfectly with a fiery nail lacquer. This season, style has attitude, and so do you.

Take a look below.

GUNNER deep purple (matte)

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Holiday Beauty: OCC Lip Tar Gift Set

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro's Picks Portables - Lip Tar: Test Tube x 12 Set
It really makes me sad that I don’t use Lip Tars. It’s the peppermint. I really, really can’t do peppermint. But I’ve seen and heard so many raves over them, so I share news about them as much as I can. If I were you, I’d definitely be all over the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro’s Picks Portables – Lip Tar: Test Tube x 12 Set! You get 12 shades and a lip brush for $59. You can’t beat that! Granted, these are TEENY (0.08 oz). But a little bit goes a long way!

The set includes:
Interlace: Matte (palest peach cream)
Zhora: Metallic (peach/pink shimmer)
Annika: Matte (pale neutral peach)
Cha Cha: Matte (pale tangerine)
Grandma: Matte (clean, classic coral)
Vintage: Matte (deep burgundy)
Harlot: Matte (neon popsicle red)
Nylon: Matte (neon bubblegum pink)
Digitalis: Matte (pink-tinged lavender)
Sebastian: Matte (plum-toned taupe)
Iced: Metallic (pure white frost)
#010 Precision Lip Brush

10 Must Have Products from MAC Cosmetics

10 Must Have Products from MAC CosmeticsThis is absolutely one of the hardest posts I’ve had to write, because to be honest, I can name 32 must haves from MAC. I’ve been using the products since 2001, and I’ve tried my fair share of the products. I made this list simply by naming items that I have purchased over and over and over again. I did a video on this very topic back in 2008, but it was time for an update! After I discovered the $3 dupe for Chestnut lip liner and other big savings, I had to seriously rethink my list. But since I get such an outpouring of requests from the brand, it’s time to go for it and share!

Bronze Eye Shadow
A go to, easy to wear eye shadow during any occasion, work or play. It works well on every complexion. I don’t want to be brought here but just know that the brand makes really great eyeshadows. My favorite texture is Frost, Matte, Veluxe, Matte2 squared.

Other notable colors: Sable, Swiss Chocolate, Saddle, Satin Taupe, Tempting, Shadowy Lady, Amber Lights, Woodwinked, Brown Script, Carbon…I could go on for 20 more minutes. Here’s a video where I swatched my favorites.

Zoom Lash Mascara
This is one of the mascaras that instantly makes my lashes thicker and blacker. Some people say it’s way too clumpy, but I’m a fan. Note: I do not like Zoom Black Lash or the waterproof version (they are much thinner) . Just the original!

Pinkarat Lusterglass
It’s a pink/bronze/gold baby that is perfection! Lustreglass is thinner and has a brush applicator, which makes application even and easy. Want to see it? Check out this video.

Pro Finish Concealer
This concealer covers everything. EVERYTHING.  It’s pretty thick, but if you use your finger or warm it up on the back of your hand,  it’ll thin down enough to make it easy to work with. Here’s a video tutorial on how I use it.

Fix +
Get rid of the makeup look! This is a liquid mist that is great after your moisturizer. Also, after you’ve applied all of your make up, it gets rid of that “make up look”, softening your powder and mending everything together. Here’s a video that shows how I use it.

109 Brush
I have been applying my foundation with this for years. Technically, it’s a small contour brush, but I like using it for foundation and buffing foundation into the skin. You have to be careful because at times it does shed, but every time I try to get a new brush just like it never quite does the job this way. It’s a fan favorite. Here’s a video where I show you how to use it.

Spiked Brow Pencil
This super slim eye brow pencil mimics the hair in your eyebrows so it’s very natural. I knew this was a winner when I watched Sam Fine use it in his DVD.

Tan Pigment
This is another really great neutral that you can wear with anything. Because it’s a pigment, it lasts so long (years!) even if you use it regularly. It’s a great investment.

Painterly Paint Pot
You know I cannot go without using Painterly Paint Pot! It gives the skin a great texture fpr shadow to stick to, and it makes your lid all one color.  I use this product non-stop. Here’s a video tutorial on how to use it.

Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
This is the perfect mix of grit and a cream so your skin comes out exfoliated it also comes out looking and feeling great. I’m on my third or fourth bottle of this.

 What are your favorite products that you’d recommend?


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20 Ways to Be A Successful Blogger While Working Full Time (Part 2)


work full time and blog too

I meant to posts this a few weeks ago, but hey, better late than never! I’m moving right along with some more ideas on effectively blogging while working full time.


I LOVE this. Basically, this is a timer that gets you to work in 25 minute increments, then the alarm goes off, your computer dims, and then you can start again. This really helps me concentrate on a task and get work done without lollygagging. I use tomato-timer and pomodoro.

Create a weekly time limit

Maybe you want to devote a total of five hours a week to your blog. I’ve tried “clocking in” and not going over that time. Again, this is a way to ensure that you knock out content while being able to knock out other things. I used to spend endlesss amounts of time “blogging”, ie checking social media, etc. Nope!

Be okay with not posting a billion times a week

In an ideal blogging world, I’d like to post three times a day! There’s no way in the world I can devote that kind of time to my blog, so I have to be okay with posting 2-3 times per week. When I pressure myself to post 5 times a week, I end up only posting once, because I get overwhelmed. It’s a sad reality.

Set up drafts as you go

Did you begin a post and you’ve got some good content going for it? Go ahead and throw it in your editor and draft it! Add images and links later, if necessary.

Totally unplug and go at it

This was the productivity tip that helped me like no other. I wrote all about it here.

View part one of this series here.