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Before and After on my model India Elle of Kelvar Rose Agency

Products used:

Black Opal Creme Stick Foundation in Carob and Nutmeg http://bit.ly/2bcaSoR
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Tan to Deep http://bit.ly/2bt6T93 
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown http://bit.ly/2aW0Cq1
Laura Geller Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Ballerina http://bit.ly/2aUHBi3
Circa Blush in Punta Mita http://bit.ly/2bt7asO
Cover Girl Face Powder in Ebony Bronze http://bit.ly/2aOnwOO
Makeup Forever Aqua Eye Pencil 
L' oréal Makeup Designer Palette - Pink http://bit.ly/28UsZC4
Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara http://bit.ly/2bi8pwi

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Outfit details below
So, I've been going back and forth for a few days now on whether I should post these images. Lately I've been getting a number of requests from my readers to do style posts. Like, whaaa?! Guys, I'm truly flattered that you guys think I'm stylish. However for me, the thought is comical. I talked to my husband about it and he told me that I'm a little (very) critical of myself, which is true. Also, that I should give style posts another try. I've done them before in the past and they were cute, but not me or how I like to dress. Which I'm still unsure about. Any-who, after speaking with him, I decided to give it another try. I'm a mom of two young boys so I don't put much thought into what I wear. (I tried it. I pulled the Mom card. smh) Honestly, I can't even use that as an excuse. I've always been a grab and go girl. I wore what ever was clean and made sure I didn't look too crazy; over all I didn't really care. I'm a Makeup Artist. So in my mind, as long as I wear all black and my face is beat...I was good. However lately that hasn't been enough for me. So here we are...

Jeans: F21 Plus Distressed Jean $32
Purse:Lionel Hanbags - TJ Maxx $24.99
Shoes: Indigord Ross $20
So I'm outside taking pictures and to be honest, I didn't really like what I wore (here we go again). You're looking at it thinking, "She looks fine! If this girl don't hush." I'm guessing you're thinking that because that's what my friend told me who's looking at these photos right now. I just noticed that because I put effort into this outfit, it made me a little more vulnerable. Eww...like why? I mean, I'm as mushy and vulnerable as they come, but never about my cloths. It really opened my eyes to an underlining issue that I never knew I had. Well, not to this extent at least...

Hat: Forever 21- $12.99
Top: HM - $5
Dressing with intent draws attention to my body and I don't want that. I'm not very comfortable with how I feel at the moment. I'm comfortable with how I look, truly. I love my body. Especially naked. Yup. I feel most confident naked. However when its time to get dressed my confidence at times leaves me. Working on this style post made me realize that most of my closet doesn't work for me or my body type and I know the reason why. 

A few years ago I told myself I wouldn't by any nice cloths until I lost weight and boy I have I kept that promise. These Forever 21 Plus Distressed Jeans are the first pair of jeans I've purchased since having my son 3 years ago. I've just been wearing leggings all this time and I know many of you consider that a crime. As you can see my jeans are beyond distressed. I've worn them to death. So, do know that when purchased they come less raggedy than pictured. To me, buying nice cloths was a reward and I didn't feel I deserved that. Also if I'm spending a lot of money on cloths made and tailored for my body I want them to last a long time. Right?! Problem is, I didn't plan to have this body for a long time. While writing this I realized...

Maybe dressing myself in frumpy grab-and-go cloths is whats keeping me from losing the weight. I'm too comfortable, but not in a good way. I don't know anyone else who was able to accomplish much of anything while not really loving themselves, in the place their in. Maybe I just need to for once try and buy something that I love and that fits. Maybe everything that I'm feeling here will go away once I do. It could make me feel better about shopping and getting dressed and hopefully the boost I need to finally lose these extra pounds. 

Anyway, as you can see, this post isn't really about the jeans. I just wanted to have a heart to heart with you and honestly with myself. Moving forward starting today, I will put more thought into the things I buy. I deserve to look fly while trying to loose weight and it wasn't until today, as I typed this that I realized that I've been punishing myself all along. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on all of this in the comments and thanks for always listening. Oh, yeah and let me know if you like the pictures. Sorry for only one full body pic. The rest came out blurry. My next style post will be better and won't be a grab and go outfit like this one. 



You can love your body and want to lose weight too. I don't know why every time I do a post like this the plus community tells me that If I want to lose weight, then I don't love myself. I'd like to agree to disagree again before you come for me. Hehe...


Until next time,
-Bee

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Over the weekend, along with many of ATL's social media elite I had the pleasure of attending Cocktails with Claire w/ Miss Diddy & Special Guest Keri Hilson (who is absolutely stunning in person. My God!) 

I'll post what I wore in a blog post to follow. All I can say is, I tried. With that said, I was really looking forward to the panel. As I stated in my previous post, I really wanted some incite on how to push forward with doing style posts and developing my own style in general. Though you guys often tell me how stylish I am, I just do not see it. My days are so busy with my boys and on most days I grab and go. I'd like to get to the point where no matter what I grab, even in a hurry that is my style and it makes sense.  Needless to say I absolutely loved the "Breaking Into Fashion" panel discussion. 

Panelists
Photo Credit: Lauren Martinez
Pictured: Derek J, Miss Diddy LA, Claire Sulmers, Marlow Hampton, Shun Melson, Shanti Das, Tameka Foster
Everyone on the panel answered the same question. It was something along the lines of "Tell us a moment when you had to take a leap of faith, also, what was your "Momma, I made it!"moment?"

One things was clear after hearing everyone speak. Taking that leap of faith isn't easy and sometimes when you don't have the courage to do it on your own, you'll find yourself forced out of your current situation. You'll suddenly be fired from your job, on the verge of losing your home, etc. These are just a few things they've mentioned that led them to their dream jobs.

If you're sitting on an idea that you know its amazing; waiting for the right time or trying to save a certain amount of money is going to leave you at the end of the game. Don't get me wrong, its still necessary to plan but don't take up too much time. While you're sitting on this idea, someone else might have one similar who already put things in motion. Example: I had an idea a year or so about creating a hair product. One I've never seen. I asked a friend for advise, and she laughed. She convinced me my idea was stupid. Then about a few months ago on Instagram, I saw an ad for the very thing I thought to create. The idea my friend laughed up. I was upset for being so weak and not moving forward with my idea.

Moral of the story. Get moving...now. Don't ask for permission and don't look for your idea or your dream to be understood or accepted by your loved ones and peers. This is how everyone in the picture above became successful. They kept on moving. Past all their fears and all their doubts. 

If you find Cocktails with Claire is heading to your city, I suggest you go. The panel is amazing and its a great way to connect and collaborate with other creatives in your area!

Enjoy the few photos I was able to take at the event. Boy was it a jungle in the media area! I did my best. (lol)

Until next time, 
-Bee
LOVED Marlow's gold skirt by Gucci! 
Marlow Hamton & Keri Hilson
Keri + Miss Diddy LA
Look who I bumped into. You might have seen him on my snapchat. Mr. BlameitonKway!
Social Media Comedian/Celeb *We coming for Kylie!*

Makeup artist, Japanese faces

Fashion Bomb Daily goodie bags were Sponsored by Dark & Lovely!
Official Sponsors in the Building. Dark and Lovely!

Beautiful pieces from one of the vendors! 
BEAUTIFUL handmade Copper pieces by Elouinia!
The food was amazing! Have the chef's info? Let me know below. Lord know, I've tried to find him.

That's all folks!
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I'm so excited to be in the building for such an awesome event. As a "fashionista wanna-be", I'm excited about the theme of the panel discussion, " Breaking into Fashion." I've really been unsure of my personal style. I mean I like how I dress, but would the rest of the world? Do they even matter?! Can I just blog about what makes me feel good? These are questions I have that I hope are answered. If you have no interest in fashion or fashion blogging, that is ok. There is so much that you can learn from them and apply in other areas. Never limit yourself to attending events and seminars that only interest you, your likes and hobbies. Step outside of the box. I truly believe that is the best way to learn anything and push yourself to the next level. Also, you meet a lot of cool people. Some from out of town and locally that you could potentially connect with in the future. In my case, I can go and meet potential future clients. Point is, put yourself out there.

 It just dawned on me...O M G!

What the hell am I going to wear? I have all day today and Friday to figure that out. Pray for me. I mean, I have to look semi-cool for a fashion event. So I'm really going to try. I can always count on my face being BEAT to the GAWDS, my outfit tho?! Yeah, moving on. 

Panelists include: music executive Shanti Das, stylists Shun Melson and Tameka Foster, Style Expert and TV Personality Marlo Hampton, Miss Diddy, and Claire Sulmers, moderated by Derek J!

If you're looking to network, a good drink and adult conversation (This one is for me. I've been around my kids all week and would love to talk about anything other than Thomas the Train.) don't miss out. I'd love to meet you there. Let's take a photo!

Cocktails With Claire is this Saturday 7PM - 9PM at the B Loft, located at 1465 Chattahoochee Ave NW #450, Atlanta, GA 30318. Tickets are now on sale at CWCMDATL.Eventbrite.com

Here's a quick run down of the event.




From 7:00pm - 9:00pm the "Breaking into Fashion and Business" panel will take place with music executive Shanti Das, stylists Shun Melson and Tameka Foster, Style Expert and TV Personality Marlo Hampton, Miss Diddy, and Claire Sulmers, moderated by Derek J.  Following the panel, guests will get to see, sip and shop. Also, this stop's celebrity guest will be no other than the beautiful songstress Keri Hilson. For more information visit CWCMDATL.Eventbrite.com . To join the conversation follow @ClaireSulmers @MissDiddyLA #CocktailsWithClaire x #MissDiddyLA on Twitter & Instagram.

Not sold?! Check out this video below of the last one.
Watch the video. Get your ticket
Arrive photo ready. 
See you There!

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I didn't know when I uploaded this picture that it would spark something. Not to toot my own horn, but I literally brought crochet braids back. LOL!!! Let me stop....but for real. *wink*

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I just want to start of by saying that drug store makeup brands (in the words of Beyoncé), "did not come to play wit you hoes." They are really stepping their game up. Providing affordable makeup with amazing quality. 

With that said lets talk about L'ORÉAL's Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation! ($12.99)

This Semi Matte, Oil Free foundation shocked the hell out of me. When I swatched them on the back of my hand, the coverage and texture was insane. Kind of like a creme, but...not. Let me give you an idea of what I mean. (see swatches below)

First. I need to show you the amount of foundation I used for each swatch. I need you to see it first so you can have a better understanding as to why the coverage is insane. I used the smallest dot for each shade. (LOOK!)

These dots of foundation aren't even dime size!



Here is the foundation blended out! ONE TIME, with that ONE DOT! *Gasps*


Maybe I'm alone in my excitement, I don't know. Maybe I'm tripping, but I absolutely love it. Here is what it looks like on my face. The before and afters are raw and un touched! I used about a nickel size about of foundation on the back of my hand and applied it with a dense makeup brush. 

My Before and After!
(I didn't not prime the skin. Its completely bare. The after is with one application.)
Below I'm wearing #109. By the time winter rolls around and this tan goes away, I'll be #107.

 
Do you believe me now, or do you think I'm gassing you? Unless I'm blind, (or you're blind) you can see the coverage is amazing. The foundation is oil free, but has a creme like texture and finish without the shine. If you have oily skin, I do believe that this is a great option for you. Also, if you're someone like me who has dry skin, this will work for you as well. Oil free foundations scare me because I feel after a while I'll begin to look flaky. I'm so happy I didn't experience that here. Before use, definitely give it a good shake. I found it to be a bit on the runny side if I forgot to do so. Also, I had to go back and see how many ounces came in the bottle. I don't know if its the packaging, but it felt like there wasn't much in there or that it wouldn't last me very long. However I was shocked to see it had 1oz, the standard amount that comes in any foundation bottle or tube. My final CON isn't something that will come as a surprise. There aren't enough shades for women with deeper skin tones. On the website the darkest shade is 111. Shade #112 is the darkest so just one shade up. I wish I had it to swatch for you guys. They only had up to #111 in stores. 

Outside of that: Two thumbs up! I also used it on an editorial recently and it photographed well. On this day we ended up shooting outside, mid summer day so it was extremely hot. This foundation help up through the buckets of sweat that came through my models face. Here is a video of my model. Check out her skin! On her I used shade #103.






Makeup: @beewademua Model: Grace L. of @factorychosen_atl Photographer: @ahmadbarber
Again, someone send me something I'll hate so my blog doesn't come off as one of those, "OMG I love this so much because I got it for free" blogs! This is my honest review. I had to make that clear since I pumped this product up so much. I feel like DJ Khaled. With that said, this foundation is a MAJOR KEY ALERT and you should cop it. Can't wait to get my hands on the Infallible Pro-Glow.

Until next time,
-Bee

*Products featured were provided by L'ORÉAL PARIS for review purposes. Bee was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are her own.*