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February Favorites

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Well hello there friends! Welcome to my February 2016 favorites. The products Im about to list have not only been my most used products this past month, but they have now become some of my holy grail, go to products, and I use them pretty much on the daily!FullSizeRenderNow let me break it all down for ya…IMG_3535This brush by ELF is pretty perfect, its extremely dense and picks up a lot of product and blends flawlessly. I use this brush to contour my bronzer. Great thing about ELF product line is the fact that they not only make great products, but they make it affordable and extremely accessible to stay on trend. This brush cost me $6.IMG_3536I use a lot of different brands of makeup brushes. This is another great one from ELF, it cost me $3. Its perfect for packing on that highlight!

FullSizeRenderI happen to pick up the wrong color, I typically like my concealers to be extremely brightening and pretty much white. This concealer has a doe foot applicator and is full coverage. This shades is pretty much the same shade as my foundation and I use it to conceal all those nasty blemishes, that yes, at 28 I still struggle with! This Revlon product set me back about $7

FullSizeRenderDisclaimer: This was a gift. However, its so good, I would save all my pennies to get more! This product is a high end product costing a good $35. It will most definitely last me a good while though. This “eye polish” has the coolest consistency and can be used for so many techniques. It can be applied as a base for eye shadows. You can even apply it over top of an eyeshadow. Its extremely build-able and can even be used on its own. This stuff comes in all sorts of shades. Cant wait to get my hands on more!IMG_3541I found this product at the Salon I work at. This is a mineral foundation stick. I don’t  typically purchase or use mineral based products, although there are many benefits to using mineral makeup, its been my experience that they tend to not be enough coverage for me and sometimes just sits on the surface of my skin, verses blending into it. However this foundation stick is just the opposite. This stuff has a lovely lovely scent and an extremely creamy consistency with the perfect amount of coverage. IMG_3540Damn Daniel, back at it again with the ELF!  This is ELF’s “smudge pot” comes in all different shades. This one is in the lightest shade offered. This stuff is perfect as a base to any eye look! And again cost me only $3.

IMG_3537Inspired by Kylie Jenner Lip Kit, but don’t have $37 to blow on it! Try the Maybelline Matte LipStick line. This is one trendy shade and only cost me $5…IMG_3543Saved the best for last… This eyeshadow right here is a drug store product with a high end result! I cant say enough good things about this Infallible Eye Shadow from Lore’l. Heres my little secret.. I use this stuff not only as a shadow for a lot of my eye looks, but I use it on the daily as my highlight!!! This stuff is a pressed pigment and has so much color pay off, its build-able most importantly affordable! $8

 

Well there you have it, a bit of a break down and list of some of most used and favorite products of February 2016! I hope you can get your hands on some of these products, and try them out for yourselves.

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Stay Tasty Ladies

Happy One Year!

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Happy Birthday xtrafrosting.com!

A year has past and so have the goals I didn’t meet! New-year, new goals, new motivation, new ideas, new inspirations, same blog. Putting the past behind me and learning to forgive myself. We are our own worst enemy; we need to learn to befriend ourselves.  When I started this blogging journey I set some very unrealistic goals for myself, and I made a lot of mistakes. In the end I learned more than I ever thought I would.  As I look back, although I didn’t accomplish my goals this year, I cant be too hard on myself , cause at the end of the day, or year in this case, I did the best I could. If there is one thing I learned this year, 2014, I learned we are all so hard on ourselves, this causes stress and anxiety, and going forward  in 2015 I hope to achieve my goals, but know if it doesn’t happen, its OK, there is always next year…

 

This last year I have been inspired by SO many people in my life. I could not be more proud of these people and loved ones. The things each of these people have accomplished this year makes it extremely hard to be easy on myself, but It shows, everyone is different.

I want to recognize each of these people and share with you how they inspire me to be a better person each and day.  Starting with my one and only, my love, my husband. Joey has accomplished so much this year. He has gone through the hardest academic journey there is, and come May he will have a Dr. in front of his name and an MD at the end.  I have never seen my husband so busy! He inspires me to keep moving and keep going, but when its time to rest, rest! I think it’s the secret to his success.

On to the people who never rest, no rest for the wicked type of chics, my sisters. they are always on the go. A perfect stay at home mom, a young adult that will be graduating and will attend vet school in 2017.  These girls inspire me to all ends! Nicolle, she is the ultimate domesticated goddess to making sure everyone is ok to making everyone ok.  She inspires me to be prepared for anything. Kelsy, she is constantly on the go, its hard to keep track of this one. Kelsy inspires me to always keep my options open,  save my money for a rainy day and eat as much cereal as I want! No, but seriously, these two are everything to me and its so important and an necessity to my happiness that they remain, and be a big part of my life, if not the biggest part of my life.

By now you are probably thinking, wow, what great inspirational people you have in your life, no wonder its hard to keep up sometimes.  But wait, just wait. I have this really awesome best friend, I like to call her Hanavan.  This year Hanavan has accomplished so much, and she literally leaves me in awe. Much like my husband she is also achieving a career in the medical field and with that comes a long hard academic journey.  Seeing my bestie in such a great place brings me such excitement and makes me long to have the same. She moved closer to her family, got accepted to Denver Nursing Program, newly -wed, domesticated goddess, and the best fur mom ever!  Hanavan inspires me to never forget about me and my wants, and goals, achieve things and accomplish things on my own, she might be the only people who can truly inspire me to eat healthier and become more active. She is always there for me when I need her and always has the right answers.

I have a lot of very strong people in my life, my loved and friends have been through quite a lot in their lives just like most.  My mother in law is one of those strong women.  In just this year the amount of things thrown her way put a lot of people’s complaints to shame.  Minerva, she not only moved, again, for I believe the 20th time in her life, to be closer to family in her journey to be happier and healthier.    Minerva supports so many peoples lives, it’s outrageous, her pile of mail puts your shoe collection to shame! Her father and father in law both past this year, which came with a flood more responsibility.  She inspires me to help others and support loved ones and to never let anyone struggle if they don’t have too.

So all in all this year might of not been a great year of many accomplished goals, and Im having to forgive myself for mistakes I have made, but I can look back and tell you that I did find something this year, I found my authentic feeling of gratitude.

Im so so grateful to have such inspirational and strong motivating people in my life.  If its one thing Im taking from 2014 its Gratitude!

A special thanks to Ursala Hudson, she has taught me so much and helped me every step of the way when it comes to xtrafrosting.com. She has helped me accomplish my blogging dreams from day one, and not a lot would be possible with out her help and support.

And last but not least thank! My loyal readers, who visit when posts are made and help spread my inspiration.  Thank you for your patience, patronage and traffic. Please stay tuned, big things for xtrafrosting.com.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

Stay Tasty Ladies,

Alisha

Summer Favorites

photoIm back! So first of all I want to apologize for my absence.  Please allow me to explain my self. When the idea of starting this blog came to mind, I was unemployed, with quite a bit of time on my hands. I understand we all have busy lives and its a daily juggle and sometimes struggle. Upon starting a new position I increasingly got busier with my day job, I quickly transitioned from part time to full time and have had great success with that.  However what used to be having all day everyday to blog shortly turned into not very much time at all. Along with keeping busy with work, my energy has been geared toward making a living, like most. It left me feeling unmotivated and burnt out.

After an entire summer off from blogging, I am back! I have renewed my blogger vows! Although my posts might be few and far between I promise to stay committed to my loyal readers and supporters and I plan to produce new content more often.

I want to now thank all my readers and supporters for your understanding and patience.

My summer was quite uneventful and to be honest consisted mostly of my 9-5, however, there were quite a few things that helped me get by!!!

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Blue Moon has always been a favorite, but this seasonal brew was absolutely delicious!

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Candles are a must around my house! They make a house a home. My husband usually likes to find one of a kind deals on candles at TJ MAXX. Bath and Body Works also has a great assortment of scents for every single season, and when you buy in bulk, you get a great deal!

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These items above were not only my go to pieces for just about every occasion this summer, but they were also my favorite purchases I made for the season. Each item was under $20.

Target, Charming Charlies,Walmart, Forever 21

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As summer began I picked up a few sample sizes of three different scents at my local Macys, the other two are not worth mentioning, but this one right here, this one right here, is to die for! Depending on your nose and your perception of scents, I happen to have a very sensitive nose, as small as it may be.  This scent can kinda be a bit, as my sister would say “GRANDMAIE” But if you are asking me, I loved this scent for summer! When I find a perfume I like I tend to stick with it, as you can tell its almost empty.

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My perfect pout all summer long was due to this litter duo. PERFECTION! Each of these products have a minty linger and a refreshing scent perfect for summer.

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Keeping your skin and hair hydrated is important all year round, but in the summer I gravitate toward a more floral scent. My skin and hair were smooth and shiny all season long thanks to these amazing products!

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Summer is full of long days of wearing flip flops, sandals, and if your are anything like me, barefoot! This foot file was not only a great way to maintain a great pedi but it aloud me to go longer in between my professional pedicures, saving me time and money.

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Last but certainly not least, my favorite summer color for your mani or pedi! I just love the name too!

As the summer comes to an end and the next season approaches I wish all my readers and supporters the best with whats to come in your lives!  Thanks again for your patience with me as I slowly gain confidence and motivation in my blogging journey.

 

!!!HAPPY SUMMERS END MY FRIENDS!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Time Favorites

photo copy 7Welcome Back My Loyal Friends and Reader!

Today i want to bring to you some of my favorites from the spring season.  Nothing says spring more than pastels! In the spring I love to rock a pretty pastel mani and baby pink lips. Below are some of my go to products for spring.

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I can not go without mentioning, the Fresh Paint polish is a color i picked up at a 5 Below store. (kinda like a dollar store but better!) and I’m not sure, but they might only be found in the south. However if you can get your hands on this brand of polish, you will not regret it! It costed me a whole $1.50 and it provided me with a chip free mani for 9 whole days! I was so impressed with the formula and lasting power i went back a purchased 10 more colors.      photo (1) copy 5

I just love a pink lip and it makes for such a fresh look! I picked up a few from Forever 21, I have not tried any of their beauty products before, but i must say they are a great bang for your buck.

As spring comes to an end and the summer season nears, i wish everyone a blooming rest of the the month and a fresh start to the next.

Until next time!

Stay Tasty Ladies

xoxo Alisha