Lifestyle

Holiday Gift Guide $25 & Under

Tis the holiday season which usually means the season of giving and spending. Don’t let this holiday season stress you out, I’ve compiled a small gift guide that won’t break your bank account

Give the gift of a happy smile – I know that when I’ve got fresh breath it adds a little pep to my step so why not try Zelimn’s Minty Mouth – for the beast breath you’ve never had! First off you will notice right away that Zelmin’s is not like a normal mint. Rather it is a candy coated gel capsule, with parsley seed oil in it, which is known to help with digestion, gut health and helps eliminate toxins from the body. The best way to see results is by taking one bite, and then swallowing! So I have to ask… Have you met your breath? It lives behind your mask. By now, you’re likely well acquainted, and likely not the biggest fan of how your breath smells. Masks have made us ALL more conscious and aware of our breath on a constant basis. Zelmin’s is here to make your breath as fresh as possible all day, because let’s face it…you’re stuck together, so you might as well be friends.

Shop Zelmin’s Minty Mouth and Use KAT15 for a discount!

I know like so many others that I’m still wearing and rocking a full face of makeup and so I need to keep my routine of cleaning those brushes regularly and I’ve found the cutest little tool to help me do just that and it’s $6 talk about a great stocking stuffer idea!

Shop Brush Cleaning Mat

Looking for a sustainable face mask? Why not try the Organic Hemp Face Mask from Swankety Swank – use for personal health but not in place of N95 surgical versions. Completely natural and hypoallergenic, machine wash and dry, biodegradable, but please note this mask will not kill the virus.

Shop Swankety Swank Hemp Mask

Lola’s African Apparel also has incredible face masks available in the most stunning Nigerian prints!

Shop Lola’s Masks

Speaking of faces- why not give the gift of an at home facial! This handy little Skin Scrubber has four modes for deep facial cleaning and includes two attachments for more facial upkeep. Safe and easy to use – I have one of these babies myself and have been loving the results!!

Shop the GUGUG Skin Scrubber

Now how about one of my favorite lingerie brands? Grab yourself a cute pair of these Peach Lacy Undies from the Fabulous Uye SURANA !

Shop Uye SURANA

Now let’s cover hair care! I have a couple of must have items that I think you Loves will find useful, every item listed I also own myself so can attest to usefulness! First up my favorite set of 48 pack foam rollers – I’ve been able to use these to create so many fun and creative hair styles!

Shop Conair Soft Bouncy Curl Pack

Next up, my most used tool in my hair arsenal – my Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Wand! Easy to use and so many styles I can create with just this one curling wand!

Shop the InfinitiPro Conair Curling Wand 1 1/4” to 3/“

And while we are still on the subject of hair – how about some fun and stylish wigs by a dear friend House Of Winter. Price range varies but you can definitely nab a fun creation for super low prices!

Shop House Of Winter Wigs Here

Feeling like a holiday drink in a festive cup? Or wanting to rock the gift exchange? Try these Copper Moscow Mule Mugs – hammered original traditional style shatterproof and just stunning!

Moscow Mule Mugs

For more ideas for great gifts on a budget Click Here

And until next time Loves,

Kat

* As always sending my thanks and appreciation to each of you, the links above are affiliate links and without your clicks and support I wouldn’t be able to make the content that I do, so truly thank you!

Lifestyle

Unboxing with Bloomi

Hey Loves! Back again with The Bloomi – a new brand that is the world’s first intimate wellness marketplace for people with vulvas!

Founded by Rebecca Alvarez, sexologist and entrepreneur – growing up LatinX she rarely had conversations about intimate products, periods, or sex which often led to confusion, poor decisions, and infections from products used. Her goal was to correct this by crating a marketplace with a full assortment of clean products and sexual awareness content.

The Bloomi team curates an accepted approved products inventory and guarantees that all Bloomi items are free of toxins including allergens, glycerin, synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates and sulfates.

Included in my self care box:

Healthy HooHoo gentle feminine wash – love how gentle this product is.

Organic Tampons – I honestly prefer the brand I use because I had leakage issues (I have extremely heavy flows and was sent regulars) with these but still a great product!

Sliquid Lubricant – loved this lube! Not sticky in the least, easy to clean, and no funky smell!

And the GiGi 2 Lelo Vibrator – well what can I say other than wow! This lelo hits just right!

Click here To Shop

And until next time Loves,

Kat

* As always sending my thanks and appreciation to each of you, the links above are affiliate links and without your clicks and support I wouldn’t be able to make the content that I do, so truly thank you!

Lifestyle, Plus Size Fashion, Reviews

Eloquii Summer Fashion Haul

So excited to share this brand new ELOQUII try on and style session with you Loves! These pieces are fabulous, fit great and are so chic! Ready to slay summer with some flawless style?

First up we have the fabulous Peach Lift Step Hem denim jeans paired with the beautiful Sweetheart Neckline Down To Earth bold print top! The jeans fit like a dream and had room to wiggle. The top was lightweight and fit great! Loved the color of the print and truly felt comfy and confident in this look.

Shop the Sweetheart Neckline Top Here

Shop the Peach Lift Denim Step Hem Here

Second look we have the gorgeous rainbow pleated shorts, with pockets, that fit fabulously! I loved the length, how light weight and comfy the fabric of the shorts are and c’mon – you can’t go wrong with rainbow!

Shop the Rainbow Pleated Shorts Here

And the third and final look includes the peach lift button fly denim jeans paired with an off the shoulder white lace crop top, I paired with a pair of heels that had me feeling the vintage Marilyn Monroe vibe!

Shop the Peach Lift Button Fly Jeans Here

Shop the Off The Shoulder Lace Top Here

Until next time Loves,

Kat XO

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Lifestyle, self love

Quarantine Quality Time: How To Do Gel Nails From Home

With all of us being stuck inside and unable to pamper ourselves the ways we normally would, I decided to treat myself in a unique way… I taught myself a new skill: salon worthy gel nails! Now I’m going to share what I learned with you all so if you decide you need a nail salon day you can throw one together in the comfort of your own home.

First off your gonna need supplies: UV light, cuticle pusher, nail clippers, buff nail file and 80-100 nail file (coarse ones that quickly help you shape a nail), cuticle oil and cuticle remover, brush to swipe away the left over dust, acetone to remove any polish, cotton pads, rubbing alcohol, a top coat and base coat as well as your color choices. And if you decide to add tips like I’ve done you’ll need nail tips and nail glue as well. Here’s a link for the basic set up kit I found online: ” target=”_blank”>Beetles Gel Kit

First off Apply you’ll want to apply the cuticle remover onto your cuticles and rub it on. Then use the steel cuticle remover and the scraper to push down cuticles and scrape them off your nail. Use the cuticle clipper to cut off any remains. The use your nail file to make sure you’d nail bed is clean and clear.

Second step: Clip your nails to the length you want, use the nail file to shape them and then use the buffer to take a little bit off the top layer of the nail. This will help the gel polish to adhere to your nail better. This is also the step where you’d want to adhere your nail tip to the nail bed.

Step three: wash your hands with water to get rid of the excess dust – no soap. Now your ready to start the polish process!

Step four: apply a light layer of the base coat, make sure it covers entire nail surface evenly and then let sit under UV light for 120 seconds.

Step Five: apply one coat of gel polish – now I want to add this layer should be as thin as possible! It is super easy with gel to make a mess, so not like regular polish, apply lightly and evenly and set for 120 seconds under the light. If you get polish on your skin use the acetone to swipe away before putting hand under the light. The key is to avoid getting polish on your cuticles because it causes the nail polish to lift quicker! Let the polish sit under the lamp for 120 seconds, then do another layer and sit for another 120 seconds. Some lighter polish needs a 3rd layer, and if so, do a 3rd layer of polish then sit for 120 seconds

Step Six is to apply the top coat and to let it sit for 120 seconds under the lamp.

Step Seven is where you’ll use the nail file to finish shaping your nail, you’ll then need to soak a cotton pad in rubbing alcohol and rub each nail well. You’re done! Your nails will be completely dry and you can touch anything. Just love gel nails!!

Two reminders before you go:

  • You are not going to get perfect nails right away! Practice makes perfect. Be patient and let yourself learn by doing it multiple times.
  • Your nails will probably peel quickly the first few times, you are not going to be perfect at this right from the start. With practice you will be an at home gel nail pro in no time.

Until next time Loves,

Kat XO

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Lifestyle, Plus Size Fashion, Reviews

Plus Size Fashion: Style Session with Part & Parcel

Hey Loves! Back again and this time I’m styling four garments from Part & Parcel; I’ll discuss fit and fabric plus the details of each styled look.

Below are the product shots of each item sent, and then we’ll get in to each look 😉

“Dimensional” sweater

Long Sleeve Tunic

The Plaid Trousers

And The Refined Jogger

Like what you see already and want to get shopping: Click Here

All right My Loves let’s dive in to Look One with the Dimensional Sweater:

I chose to pair this sweater with a pair of blue leggings and blue winter boots trimmed with white – the perfect Mom outfit for running errands around with the little one. This is the perfect outfit for comfort and chic by pairing with boots and leggings, not to mention easy to throw together with minimal effort but the result is Mom-chic cute!

Now, I have to say Look Two is my FAVORITE!! The Plaid Trouser is to DIE FOR! I love the amazing purple hues of the plaid, I love how well tailored the trousers felt on, and I loved how deep the pockets are making them functional – Mama loves a good pocket.

I chose to pair this look with a black crop top, fuzzy winter jacket, and a pair of black heels. By choosing to pair the trousers with muted colors, like black, the eye is immediately caught by that gorgeous purple!

Look Three is also a fun more bold look using The jogger Pant! Now as a petite babe I have to be careful with “jogger/harem” style pants because the extra fabric in the design paired with short legs I can sometimes get swamped down by that extra fabric around the ankles and the effect is less than pleasing – to say the least lol it throws off my proportions and looks wonky. Not the case here!!

I chose to pair this amazing pant with a a fitted black tank, a cropped white long sleeve tie top, black leather jacket and a pair of brown chunky booties.

And last, but certainly not least The Long Sleeve Tunic: this top is uber comfortable AND fit fabulously! There was no squeezing my bigger arms in to the sleeves so that meant not having to size up in the top.

I paired this look with distressed denim shorts, mule flats, oversized sunglasses and a red purse that matched my lipstick. With the two bolder looks above I wanted to show my Mom side again: this top is comfortable, has a very classic yet professional look, has amazing room for chasing my toddler, still casual yet chic – this is one of those looks that takes two minutes to throw together and leaves you looking fabulous and ready for whatever the day has in store.

Here’s a fun style session video discussing fit, fabric, and styling!

Ready to Shop: Click Here

Until next time Loves!

Kat XO 

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