Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Return of H.E.R.


The Return of I, H.E.R. 

Last time I posted I told you all of my new career move and I'm one week into my new job. My mind has been super full and filled with lots of new information pertaining to my position. It's crazy how we can be so happy for change but then doubt our moves. This was me at first but then I realized I have to pat myself on the back and be happy for my progression. So with that being said I'm excited for a new venture and much abundance. 

We have to keep reminding ourselves that we have the power to always be in a happy space. Sometimes we give other people or other things power over our position. We critique ourselves and sometimes it causes hindrance, because what we don't realize is that we fear self because we know but don't always understand that we are capable of greatness. 

Remember that you don't have to change for anyone unless it's for betterment. Accept positive feedback, be receptive to valuable information and do what's best to better you and others around you. 

A leader serves. She isn't of ego but of humility. 

Lipstick & Love, xoxo 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Beauty Faves

 I decided that it was time I share of my frequent beauty faves with you all. I have not really gave you all many beauty posts but I would like to starting sharing more since it is one of my favorite things to indulge in .

So my makeup routine everyday is usually the same. Last year I began breaking out which I had never suffered with any skin problems or acne but it came out of the blue and has been a challenge to combat ever since. I have started to become more knowledgeable of my skin and changing products frequently is one thing that I really do not do unless I think it may be of some help to me.  Revlon Colorstay is my absolute favorite drugstore foundation. It is medium to full coverage and feels very lightweight. It is inexpensive and lasts for a while. One con to this foundation is that it does not come with a pump. 


 MAC Pro LongwearConcealer is one product that I do not like to go without. I wear NC50 (I think) and usually apply it with my finger and then use my beauty blender to blend it very well. On those mornings where my eyes are puffy and my circles are see through I need this. 





Milani Baked Blush, Luminoso 05 I stumbled across Milani Baked Blush at Target one day after just seeing a Youtuber applying it and I had to give it a try. It is more of a golden bronzer to me and I apply it over my MAC pink blush for a more highlighted look to my cheeks. 

 Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Now Now!! I can't forget about my Mineralize Skin Finish that I apply after my foundation. Because I have oily skin I use this as a finisher to keep me from shining and staying matte all day. I use the shade deep. 

What are some of your Beauty Faves??? 

Lipstick & Love, XOXO

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Lipstick 1.4: Career Life


Well Hello Weekend! Mine did not officially began until the clock striked 12 and I left those office doors. 

So I have almost closed the chapter from my current job that I have worked at for 3 1/2 years, but I began a new journey as soon as those doors close in less than one week. 

Sometimes we become so comfortable in our job role that we take our time to seek other opportunities because of the unknown. But when it is our time to go where we can go grow and find new meaning nothing can stop it. Think of when a flower is watered, it begans to bloom with all of the proper nurturing. 

So what I want to say is that when you feel like your time is up somewhere, take that leap of faith to sought out what will contribute to your success. Every opportunity is a stepping stone to the next level in your life. Go where you will be appreciated and not where you are tolerated. If it is for you, remember nothing or no one can stop it. 

Don't dim your light because others are insecure. Walk into a room and own it! You have a purpose, you are destined. When people see that you are moving forward they will be intimidated, they will speak down about you and they will pass their judgement but remember that's why they are still sitting in that same seat. 

With Lipstick, Laughter & Love XOXO 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Beautiful Soul





Dear Beautiful Soul,

You feel they don't recognize your beauty and efforts deep beyond the surface of the beautiful face you display each and everyday. You have waited time and time again for the okay of others, letting them validate your life, the check mark that states okay  you can move forward with what you want to do. Where does your own confidence lie? One day you're up the next day you're down. Mind on overload, heart overblown. Telling yourself each day that it's okay, just brighten up don't let them see your weakness although you know you have become weaker than before, in reality you may not realize how STRONG you really are.

That luggage of worries that is weighing you down up underneath that no one sees, start letting it drown and drift into the ocean. If it no longer means you any good, if it's not adding to you it is subtracting LET IT GO... They tell you that you're beautiful but most times you don't believe it because all you can see is your flaws. You are so hard on yourself young thing, it's okay you are doing your best STOP IT. Just keep going after what you want. There is ENOUGH in the world for you, so don't think that it will pass you away.

That faith of a mustard seed, are you using it to move those mountains?? Know that sometimes the hardest battles are given to the toughest soldiers. Lace up those boots, throw on your camos and denim and apply your red lipstick... YOU ARE BUILT FOR THIS!!!

There is so much more in store for you, JUST WATCH WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN NEXT!!!

P.S. This is for the woman who is going through anything right now! Just believe in yourself, command whatever you don't want in your life to leave, it can no longer live in you, and go out and conquer all that you have inside of you!!

Lipstick & Love, XOXO

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lipstick: Forbes Billionaires



Happy Hump Day... I'm in a great mood and I hope that you are too, if not Smile Beautiful today is only as amazing as you want it to be.

So Forbes is a website that we are all too familiar with, it gives out financial and business information. Some of our favorite people grace their magazine and make their top lists year after year. Forbes is such an inspiring website for me, I read about others and I mentally take notes on vital sources so that I can apply it to my life. If they can do it, I can do it too! Everything requires hard work and passion, nothing is a get by task. Although some have obtained their currency and title through inheritance they still have to put forth the effort to keep the company afloat.

So 2014 has swept in new BILLIONAIRES *scratches head and thinks of a master plan*

Sandra Ortega net worth is $6.1 Billion and her source is retail, Zara. Now what women doesn't love Zara. It is one of the most popular retail websites and stores that I know of, great quality clothes and prices.


Folorunsho Alakija is Nigeria's first female billionaire who worked in banks, and studied fashion design before her powerful relationships transitioned into the oil company. She is worth $2.5 billion.


Aerin Lauder is a billionaire from her grandmother's cosmetics firm, Estee Lauder. The New York socialite also has her own lifestyle empire as well. She is worth $1.15 billion.


These are only a few whom made the list, but what do you see they all have in common? They are women who are making their mark in this world in their business endeavors. We women have came along way, have accomplished a lot, and our out showing others that anything is possible. Just go for it!!

I am excited about my future success, back to the drawing board I go to finish out my business plans.

With Love, Laughter, and Lipstick XOXO 

Images and Data via Forbes

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lipstick Liner: Chats


It's been a long Tuesday with these past days of bad weather and you know the daily twists and turns we endure each day. But I'm not going to complain because I made it through the day maybe a little bumps and bruises not in the figurative speech but heyyy I can still lay in a warm bed and rest. In life we have to be grateful and see the good in everything even when it doesn't seem like it. Because many people may be going through worst and would trade places with you and I in a heartbeat. 

Today I took a step and decided to make light of a situation that lingered for months. Just a few words to someone and a weight was lifted off of my chest. I have held grudges, stopped talking to individuals and things of that nature but it takes too much energy to water a negative situation than to just make light of it and then let it be. Actually when I think of it I took many steps to just smile and speak with individuals that I haven't spoke too starting with my Saturday outing. 

Sometimes when we are transitioning in our lives, when we are stepping into a new journey we don't even realize that the steps necessary to move forward takes looking back and fixing things before proceeding. It's like a hot air ballon you won't float to the top with a lot of baggage weighing the ride down. Your attitude determines your elevation. 

Dear Old Me,

There is a new me that has opened the door to new beginnings. 

Sincerely, 
You can't live here any longer. 

With Love, Lipstick & Laughter, XOXO 



Monday, March 17, 2014

My Lipstick Chronicles

 
Well Hello, Monday. We meet again. It's been awhile since my last post but I have been busy with my work and personal life. So I got great news and I'm taking a leap of faith into a new job role and I'm both very nervous and equally excited. I've realized that you have to take yourself out of your comfort zone and be uncomfortable at times in order to grow. While they say the grass isn't greener on the other side, we won't know until we shift ourselves to see. 

Life is a juggle, a struggle but it has beauty and lessons in each of those. We have to be willing to let go of our comfortable ways. Each day, each mistake is an opportunity to become better. Faith of a mustard seed is all you need. Sometimes we feel we need more confirmation from others or we need this and that when it all could be so simple at times. Believe in you!! 

Honestly, I slack more often than I should and one of my goals has been to push myself even when I don't feel like doing something. I'm trying to be consistent in so many areas of my life because I know it's very beneficial to me. I have been trying on the weekends to get out of bed and make it up when I do so that I don't become confined and have a lazy weekend. What are some steps you take to jump start your days or weekends off? 

This weekend I went to a friends housewarming party and I must say that I enjoyed myself. I hardly get out or hang with friends donut felt good to do so. 
 
What goals do you have in mind this week? I wish you all love, laughter, and lipstick!! 

XOXO,

Erica 



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