Beauty and Fashion Blog, Makeup Reviews, How to Makeup | Keshia Glam: 2015

Christmas Haul: MAC,Too Faced, Kat Von D..etc!

We can all say that we loving giving gifts during the holidays but in reality, we love receiving them too :) I love Christmas, but I usually don't do very much for Christmas aside from watching holiday movies and decorating the house. This year and every year forward, I vowed to truly seize Christmas. So that's what I did! 

This year I received a nice set of gifts from my girlfriend who is probably enjoying my gift to her, a Playstation 4. I've always loved playing games but this year I set my sights on beauty items and a few more..technical things xx Some of the items were purchased separately and some of them were pre-packed by Sephora.

Eyes 
  1. Too Faced Sexy Lids & Lashes set: Shadow Insurance & Better Than Sex Mascara
  2. NARS Audacious Mascara
  3. Ardell Natural Demi Wispies
  4. Bobbie Brown Gel Liner sample
  5. Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer

Lips
 

  1. ColourPop LippieStix: Bher Hug
  2. ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick: Trap, Stingraye, & Donut
  3. Sephora Oil Infusion Color & Care: 06 Bubbly Grenadine
  4. Jack Black Intense Lip Balm
  5. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick: Damned


Face/Body

  1. Smashbox Primer Pair: Primer Water & Photo Finish Primer
  2. Urban Decay: All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
  3. Glam Glow Hydrating Cleaner
  4. YSL Radiant Touch Concealer
  5. Stella McCartney Parfum
  6. MAC Peach Lustre Highlighter
  7. Cover FX Smoothing Eye Primer & Illuminating Primer


Blue Yeti Microphone



...and my favorite purse ever! I received a pink MK purse for my birthday but this adorable baby has replaced her as my favorite.





If you'd be interested in a review or swatches of any of the items, be sure to comment and I'll definitely do it xx



(New) Holiday/Christmas Tag 2015

I've decided to create a tag this year! On top of blogging my answers, I'll be filming them as well! If you decide to do the tag: let everyone know where you found it, comment with a link to your post/video so I can read your answers and tag a few friends as well :)

1. What is your go-to holiday look?
Neutral eyes, green eyeshadow in the lower lash line and (red) Riri Woo lips!



2. Do you prefer to give or to receive?
I love to give, especially surprises!

3. What is the color theme of your Christmas tree this year?
Gold with touches of Red/Green


4. Red or Green?
This is tough...red!

5. Favorite Holiday movie?
Frozen and Christmas with the Kranks


6. Coffee or Hot Cocoa
Definitely Hot Cocoa

7. Favorite Holiday song?
Hmm, I actually don't know the name of it; but I sing it all year haha! Google says it's called Little Drummer Boy. You guys have to find Yvette Devereaux's violin version!

8. Number one item on your wishlist?
A Blue Yeti Microphone

9. What is your perfect outing during Holiday time?
I love, love, love looking at Christmas lights!


10. Describe or post a picture of your favorite Holiday mug.
It's so freaking gorgeous. It's red and green with different Christmas related items.



Fight winter skin with derma e Hydrating Day Creme!

I think we can all jump for joy on the fact that the holidays are finally here! Fall festivals, football games, Christmas light fun, tree shopping, Christmas parades..the whole works! Seriously guys, this is one of the best times of the year. There's only one problem with outdoor winter fun, my dry skin! With the help of derma e Hydrating Day Creme*, I really don't have to worry about my skin being dry and dull anymore. I also wear it under my foundation with basically helps out if I don't want to wear a primer underneath my makeup. 



derma e is a natural skincare that holds a lot more titles under its belt such as gluten-free, vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free and recyclable. derma e stands for healthy skin and healthy living, which you will often see me say..makeup looks so much better on healthy skin. I truly believe makeup should be worn to enhance not mask. The hydrating day creme is made with hyaluronic acid which reverses free radical damage, increases hydration and improves elasticity. Simply put--this moisturizer left my skin feeling smooth, hydrated and seriously rejuvenated. 

If you've read of my moisturizer reviews, you know it's hard for me to find a good moisturizer that does the job without drenching me in an oil-based film leaving pimples *growl*.


*sponsored post

derma e is available at Walgreens. derma e also provides a coupon on any product which can be found at http://dermae.com/coupons.html. 






REVIEW: Body Merry Skin Care

I was recently sent 3 skincare products from Body Merry to try out and normally most skincare products suit my skin very well. Honestly I can't say that about all of the Body Merry products. I was sent the Day-to-Night Eye Gel, Stretch Mark and Skin Defense Cream, and the Cellulite Defense Gel-cream.



Stretch Mark and Skin Defense Cream
The ingredients in this cream include shea butter, several vitamins and tons of different oils like jojoba, sunflower, hemp seed, and avocado. After using for 3 weeks, my scars did lighten up a lot. It's no miracle product, but it works great. I'd definitely repurchase.

Day-to-Night Eye Gel
The eye gel has Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. The Hyaluronic Acid is great for rejuvenation and is commonly seen in anti-aging products.This was by far my most favorite product of the bunch. I put it on at night and I like to wear it under my makeup, as it really gives my under eyes a nice jolt of energy. I'd give this a nice 5/5.

Cellulite Defense Gel-cream
When I first opened Body Merry's Cellulite Defense cream, I immediately smelled caffeine..a known ingredient for reducing the appearance of cellulite. Other major ingredients include seaweed, retinol and cayenne. This formula did tighten my skin but after a few days, it caused breakouts on the areas where I applied.

WISHLIST: 9 Fall/Winter Liquid Lipsticks

Autumn or Fall (whichever!) is upon us and liquid lipsticks are all the rage right now! What started out as a quest for the prettiest matte lip for the Fall season turned into a full-on wishlist! Liquid Lipsticks usually are matte and have a felt-tip. Good quality liquid lipsticks are known to stay put for hours, just remember to moisturize your lips! Check out which shades I decided on:


A. Anastasia Beverly Hills Midnight

B. Kat Von D Black Cherry

C. ABH Trust Issues

D. Too Faced Black Plum

E. Jeffree Star Blue Velvet

F. NYX Stone Fox

G. NYX Stand Storm

H. Sleek Matte Me


Have you tried any liquid lipsticks? Which of these is your favorite?


Life Update September 2015

Hello my beautiful readers xx I'm going to be filling you guys in on my life and just generally what I've been up to since I've been on a few week hiatus. If you've followed my blog since 2012 then you know despite a few accomplishments, I haven't had it very easy. Most of my life updates consist of bad news, but not this time. I'm in a very good space right now and besides missing my blog, I couldn't be happier!
 
 
 
Firstly, I'm come halfway to completing my first degree in Business Administration! My courses go by so quickly but I'm maintaining a very nice 3.9GPA. Secondly, my brother is healing amazingly!! He'll be getting his prosthetic shortly and then began learning to walk again. Lastly...*drumroll* I started a YouTube channel! I've only posted planner related videos so far, but I'll be adding beauty, fashion and lifestyle videos.
 
I'm ashamed to say that you guys haven't seen any photos taken with my new DLSR camera. I can't wait to start taking photos of products with it! I've been so caught up with my classes and my channel that I haven't had the time to sit down and blog about all my new products. I think I just got so caught up in the new, that I forgot about my passion--my blog. With that being said I have a ton of reviews that need to get done.
 
If you're interested in my Youtube channel or enjoy watching planner (Erin Condren, ftw!) videos, here's my channel: Keshia Glam. See you guys next week!
 
 

Fashion || Accessories I Wore During My Bday Week ft. DressGal

I decided that the accessories sent to me for review by DressGal would perfect for the outings I would be going on during my birthday week. Despite the reputations that Asian wholesale sites have, I was pleased with the accessories I picked out. I had been looking for really big round sunglasses like the ones pictured below and they were perfect!








August Goals 2015

Last month I set some pretty huge goals for myself. I love doing it that way sometimes because it really motivates me to go above and beyond the more feasible goals I usually set for myself!



July Goals Update:

1. Purchase everything to start creating videos: light & stand, camera, tripod, memory card, mic, and adapter. Whoot! I completed this goal!

2. Lose 3 inches off of my waist--same as last month. I lost 2 inches off of my waist, not bad!

3. Drink atleast 70-80oz of water daily. I was about 10-15oz most of the days, but this goal helped me increase my water intake A LOT!

4. Reach 400 followers on Bloglovin. Can we just take a moment to clap for the fact that I didn't reach 400 followers but I did reach 368 which is huge for me considering the short time frame!

5. Get my 2-mile run down to 19mins. Not exactly close to 19mins but I'm getting there!

6. Lose 8lbs. 4lbs lost this month which is amazinggg to me!


New August Goals:

1. Reach 430 followers on bloglovin. 

2. Film atleast 6 youtube videos. 

3. Lose 3 inches off my waist

4. Lose 4lbs

5. Finish both of my classes with 90%(A) or above.


What are some of the goals you're currently working towards?


ECLPlanner || Affordable Stickers Haul..nothing over $1 + Week Spread

If you read last week's review of the Erin Condren Life Planner, then you know I'm new to the planning world. Before purchasing my planner, I'd looked into a few planner sticker shops on Etsy but nothing major. Due to all the long shipping-wait complaints on the metallic planners, I expected the planner to arrive weeks after it actually did, which meant I had no stickers and no plan on how I wanted my first spread to look. 



When I realized my planner was coming much sooner than I anticipated, I decided to go out and look for supplies to try making a decent spread. Not wanting to spend too much because of all the spending that was going to take place on Etsy, I went to visit Dollar Tree, Walmart and the clearance at Michaels.

I decided to back pieces of scrapbook paper with double-sided tape to make some full-box stickers and to cover some of the Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP) headers. It actually came in loads of handy with decorations. My birthday is coming soon hence the party scrapbook paper. I bought 4-12" x 12" as they were on sale 4/$1.00 at Michaels.


$0.97 washi tape from Walmart



Stickers

The themed birthday and Army (perfect to mark my Army training) stickers are from Walmart. The Fall and Christmas Sticko's are from Michaels which I found in a corner for $0.49. The everyday butterfly and donut stickers are from dollar tree!




I'm very pleased with my affordable haul; all of the items I got will work great for the next few months. I loved finding everything, especially for the great prices; but I'd prefer Etsy shops just because there are so many options!

If you're interested in Erin Condren products, you can use my link to receive a $10 coupon off your first order.

Top 5 Places I'd like to Visit


One thing I promised myself I'd start doing within the next two years is travel. I love learning about the world's different cultures and I'd love to experience them firsthand. I'd like to visit tourist attractions but despite the photos used, I'd also like to visit the areas that aren't so pretty--the ones that haven't been fancied up for tourists. Experiencing the true culture of these places, that's my goal. 

*I do not own any of the following photographs

South Africa



I'd like to visit tons of countries in Africa but South Africa is first on my list. The area is so beautiful, I believe it'd be like experiencing both world's--the city and the natural part of Africa. South Africa first caught my eye when I learned of a particular zoo there that allows you to pet baby lions..which I think I'd cry with joy if I ever got to do!

Tokyo


Before Harajuku culture become a popular trend from American music, I was all over it. I've loved the colorful, carefree lifestyle Harajuku girls displayed since I was a child.  As I got older I learned more and more about Japanese culture and I was amazed. If you ask me the what is #1 place I have always wanted to visit, Tokyo is the answer.

Greece


Maybe my love for Greek mythology somehow has something do with it..but I think Greece is gorgeous. I love the architecture, the Greek customs and I can't wait to try Greek food!

New York City


I used to be completely obsessed with New York City. It was the first city I know of with tall buildings with bright lights, a place where people became stars and just a busy city in general. Up until my Adult years, I wanted to live in NYC so naturally it's at the top of my to-visit list. I hear the hot-dogs are pretty good there haha!

Paris


I seriously want to visit every country in Europe but I'd like to start in Paris. I want to see the Eiffel, get my hands on some of the amazing desserts and the fashion..yes please. Not to mention it was the city of Nicolas Flamel!


What are some of your top places to visit?





New Obsession: Erin Condren Life Planner (REVIEW)


One day I was on youtube, I watched a "Plan With Me" video and my life changed haha! I remember clicking on the video simply because the paper looked gorgeous and it was decorated so colorfully. At-first I thought, I couldn't imagine how decorating a planner with rainbow stickers could benefit me..3 months later I paid $50+ for an Erin Condren Life Planner and now I'm addicted! I've only decorated two spreads or weeks so far and it's really therapeutic for me. So far. I think my decorating skills are too bad for a newbie! I didn't realize how many tasks I have to do on a daily basis, especially now that I've begun multiple classes.

When I started looking at planners I immediately knew that I wanted an Erin Condren Life Planner despite the high cost *insert tears*. I can honestly say that I think it was worth it. Unlike other planner addicts I've seen out there, I don't plan to fill up and cover up everything I paid for inside of the planner. I do love stickers though; especially creating DIY planner decor as it saves a lot of money and is way more affordable on my Etsy sticker addiction.

*Granted, I don't need to write down everything I need to do but it really eases my mind to know that I can look at my planner and know what I have to do/get motivated for the day. Not to mention, decorating my planner gives me extreme joy xx

Erin Condren Life Planner

erin condren life planner blogger

There were a few issues with certain types of Erin Condren's planners shipping out a month or so later but I experienced no issues with shipping. I absolutely love the cover--the quote, colors and name customization. Because there was a lot of chaos surrounding the June launch; I ordered an 18-month planner therefore my next order will be around December 2016.

The pages of the planner are thick enough to not promote ink bleeding through. The planner comes with a monthly view backed by an entire page of lines for notes. Each month is designated certain colors, which of course with the help of stickers, can be decorated around or covered for a new theme. From what I can see about the last planner, the newly launched planners have a lot less wording, which is great for those of us who want to fully use pages without having to cover everything with a sticker.

erin condren life planner blogger
erin condren life planner blogger

At the start of each month, there's a quote decorated in the month's colors and I really love that. I also really love that there's so many blank pages spread throughout the planner for notes which I use for blog post ideas. My Erin Condren Life Planner also came with a plethora of goodies (some are pictured below).

erin condren life planner blogger
erin condren life planner blogger

Usually I feel sort of guilty for making purchases over $50 but this time around I don't. I was using an excel calendar for my blog, a checklist app on my phone, random sticky notes and a whiteboard to remember things for my brother and I. Now all of those have been condensed into my Erin Condren Life Planner, so I'm pretty guilt-free haha!



What do you usually use to remember tasks and events throughout the day?

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