HAUL PT.2

I told you guys I would finish my haul in a future post, so here it is! Like I stated before, it really isn’t a lot of stuff but I want to share because I love shopping and makeup!

Ulta was selling a duo of the Mr. Right brush and the Born This Way setting powder so I picked up one of those. I have always wanted the Mr. Right brush but it was only sold on Sephora and I prefer to order through Ulta. There isn’t anything wrong with Sephora I just do all my makeup shopping, for the most part, at Ulta. Also, the setting powder is seriously one of my favorites. I use it almost every time I do my makeup so I figured I would get a back up.

With it being so cold out, I am going through hand creams like crazy so I picked up a Love Beauty and Planet hand cream. I have never used this brand but I bought the scent “shea butter and sandalwood” and I love the smell of sandalwood so I am hoping I love this hand cream!

I did pick up two more setting powders that I wanted to try. I bought the Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder and the Urban Decay Velvetizer Translucent Mix-In Medium, which can be used as a setting powder. I have wanted to try both of these and I heard they are both super good.

The last thing I bought was a Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in clear. Sometimes it is hard to find the right shade lip liner to go with a certain lippie or maybe you just don’t want the shade of the lippie to change at all and I figured this is the best option. I am not sure how smooth it applies or anything as I just got it in the mail today but I am excited to try it.

 

That’s everything for this haul! I’ll be back soon!

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HAUL!!

I did some damage on Ulta. It was not the most I have ever spent there but it was still a pretty good haul! Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures so now I have no media for this post like I wanted BUT that’s okay. I did happen to pick up A LOT of mascara because Maybelline was having a buy one get one half off and I need to try out some more mascara’s! This probably will not be a very long post due to the fact I am just telling you guys what I bought and maybe a little about what its supposed to do but I will make up for it later, I promise.

And to add, Maybelline is still doing the sale on Ulta, WHEN I AM WRITING THIS, but I am not sure if it will still be going on when I post.

Let’s start with all the mascara’s I thought I needed to buy!

1.) Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara in very black. It is supposed to be a volumizing mascara and is supposed to give a bigger smoother look to the lashes with no clumps.

2.) Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara in blackest black. It is supposed to have a creamy whipped formula and create a bold volume look but also keep lashes soft and fluffy.

3.) Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Flared Mascara in blackest black. This mascara is supposed to volumize lashes up and out for a falsie look.

4.) Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Waterproof Mascara in very black. First off, I really hope this is waterproof. My eyes water all the time! It has an oil-infused formula that coats lashes from root-to-tip while also fanning out the lashes.

5.) Maybelline Volum’ Expressed Pumped Up! Colossal Mascara in glam black. This mascara is supposed to give pumped up volume with a double shot brush that supposed to give extra volume.

6.) Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Push Up Drama Waterproof Mascara in very black. It gives instant volume and holds lashes in place.

7.) Maybelline Volum’ Express Mega Plush Mascara in blackest black. It is Maybelline’s first gel-mousse mascara and its supposed to coat every lash with mega volume that also never stiff or brittle.

8.) Maybelline Define-A-Lash Lengthening Mascara in very black. It is supposed to create stunning length with clean definition and no clumps.

THAT IS IT FOR MASCARA. I definitely didn’t need that many new mascara’s but you only live once and you take your money to the grave with you so enjoy it while you can. Plus, mascara is one of those products that you can go through so quickly so it really isn’t a waste.

Now on to the rest of the haul!

I also bought myself the Morphe Beauty Sponge. I hear a lot of people raving about how good it is so I thought I would try it out since the only sponges I own or have used is this beauty blender and the real techniques sponge. I also purchased a Morphe eyeshadow palette! I bought the 25B Bronzed Mocha palette. They are such amazing quality products for a very affordable decent price.

With it being winter and me living in Ohio, my lips get super dry and nasty so I purchased the fizz and bubble lip scrub in watermelon flavor! I love watermelon flavored anything so I am pretty excited to test it out as soon as I finish the lip scrub I am using currently.

I think I am going to stop here. I have another part to this haul but I think I will save it for another day it isn’t very much but this post is already getting pretty long.

 

Have you guys tried any of these products? If so, what were your thoughts on them? Have any products that you think I should try out? Let me know! I love trying out new products and growing my makeup collection!!!

 

17 and Pregnant. My Story.

You never think it is going to happen to you, but here I was, just started my senior year of high school and a little pink plus sign on the stick that would determine my future.

It was 2010, I had just started dating my boyfriend and just started my senior year of high school. I was so excited to be graduating and go to my dream college, but it didn’t end up that way. In October, I was sitting in my English class which my best friend was also in, I looked over at her with this look of shock. She kind of gave me this look of concern. I told her I just realized I was late. We decided to go to Walmart right after school and buy me a pregnancy test. We went to the check out line and as she paid for it I ran to the bathroom, took the test, put it in my pocket, and we walked out to the car. When we got to the car she asked what it said, I told her I had no clue because I haven’t looked. I slowly pulled the test out of my pocket to see it was positive. I had no idea what I was going to do. I had no idea if my boyfriend and I would stay together, we had only been together or a little over a month when I found out I was pregnant. I had no idea how I was going to finish school and also prepare for a little baby to be here that I would have to support. Abortion was not an option, I was young and I made a choice and I was going to deal with whatever came out of it head on. Adoption was not really an option either. The thought of carrying a baby for 9 months, going through labor, birthing this beautiful baby and then handing her over for someone else to raise and love, I didn’t have the strength to do that. Only other option, raise her. Raise her the best I could, support her in every way possible, love her and be her mother. That is the option I choose.

My friend dropped me off at home, I went inside to drop all my school stuff off and started my way to my boyfriends house to tell him what I just found out. I was so nervous. I did not know what he would say or think as we hadn’t been together very long. As I arrived to his house, I could feel my whole body shaking, my hands were so sweaty, and I could barely get the words out, but I looked at him straight in the eyes and just let it out.. “I’m pregnant”. He just looked at me for a second like the words hadn’t reached his ears yet. After a few seconds, he hugged me and told me it would be okay. That same day we told his parents. They were not very happy.

I had no idea how I was going to tell me parents, so I did what any kid would do, I called the laid back aunt who always helped when we were in trouble. When she answered, she could tell something was wrong. I began telling her that I just found out I was pregnant and didn’t know how to tell my mom and dad. She told me she would come over after school the next day to help me tell my parents, you know, so they couldn’t kill me. My parents worked third shift at the time, so they were usually still sleeping when I got home from school. I had called my mom that night, I waited until she was at work so I didn’t have to confront her face to face until the next day, and told her we needed to talk tomorrow after school so she needed to be up. She didn’t want to wait until the next day and kept asking why I needed to talk after school. She wanted to know right then and there. She came out and asked me if I was pregnant, I started bawling and said “I’m so sorry” and hung up on her.

The next few days were pretty awkward. No one at home really talked to me and I could just tell how disappointed everyone was. I felt like I let everyone down. Finally, we talked, the obviously were not happy but they said they would stand behind me in anything I had decided. I told them that I was keeping the baby and they supported me 100%.

I do not now if all schools are like this but my school offered what they called a GRADS program and it was to help moms in high school graduate and also taught us how to take care of babies.

The following Monday after I talked to my parents, My boyfriend and I, walked to the principals office and told them as well. I thought the look of disappointment was over after I told my parents, I was wrong. Obviously no one is going to be happy about having a kid in high school pregnant, but he knew what my plans were for after graduation and he also knew they would now never happen.

I didn’t realize how hard pregnancy was, I never had a baby before and I definitely wasn’t at a point in my life to find out. I slept ALL THE TIME. My grades started slipping so once again back to the principal’s office to talk about my options. He offered me an open spot at CBI, a program where I only go to school for two hours a day and then I could also work, and I took it. I finished the first half of the year at my normal high school and then in January, started at CBI. At first, I was really upset with myself, but CBI landed up being an amazing experience and the best option for me.

February of 2011, I go in for a prenatal check and I get asked, “do you want to know what you are having?”, YES! My doctor looks at me, smiles, and tells me it is a girl. I had no idea what I was going to name her, I had no clue how I was going to support her, I had no clue on anything except for the fact that I loved her and I was going to be a mom. Things seem to become a little more real at that point. As the months went on, I got bigger, I was almost done with high school, and everyone was finally accepting the fact that a baby was coming.

As everyone was talking about their graduation parties, I was preparing the last few things for my princess to be born. I was not sure if I was even going to be able to walk across the stage because my due date was 17 days after graduation. I didn’t get invited to a single graduation party that year. The sad part is, I had friends, or so I thought. I could not do what I use to do. I could not party anymore. I was not smoking weed constantly or drinking. I wasn’t staying out late, I could barely stay up until ten o’clock. That summer felt so lonely. I had my parents, my boyfriend, and my aunt.

Here comes graduation day. I was so nervous. I was nine months pregnant, it was extremely hot that day, we had to walk up a couple stairs to be on the stage and I couldn’t see my feet, and I definitely didn’t want my water to break on stage in front of everyone. I walked up the stairs, yes I tripped, grabbed my diploma, walked across and down stairs on the other side, went back to my chair and took a breath of relief. I did it. I graduated high school. Next on the list, baby girl.

I go to my last appointment. One week before my due date. My doctors checks me and I’m dilated two centimeters. He looks at me and tells me Friday June 21st we are inducing you and we are going to have a baby. At this point I feel sick to my stomach. I knew I wouldn’t be pregnant forever and I would eventually have to go through labor but I felt like it went so fast.

june 21st, induction date. I am scheduled to be induced at eight o’clock that night. All day I am preparing the last little details and getting prepared for what is about to happen. 7:30p.m. rolls around and we are leaving the house and headed to the hospital. I get checked in, head up to the room, get my gown on, the nurse comes in and gets my IV started with Pitocin, here comes my doctor to break my water. I did land up getting the epidural after four hours in labor. After the epidural, I was in labor for another two and a half more hours. 2:45a.m. it is time to push. I was so scared. I heard stories about how some women push for hours. I got lucky, I pushed for four minutes and that was it. My daughter was born at 2:49a.m weighing 5 pounds 13 ounces. I was officially a mom.

All the fears and nerves went away when I seen her face for the first time. It was as if I knew everything was going to be okay. I knew I could do this. I had an amazing support system and I knew one way or another I was going to make this work. I was going to be the best mom I could be.

She is now a very sassy seven year old. It’s only been seven years but for the most part, I’m doing the best I can. I say the most part for many reasons, which will come in another post. I have also had two more kids since I was seventeen. I may do posts on those. I am not for sure yet.

 

If you want me to post about my other two pregnancies, let me know! Also, want an update on my daughters dad and what happened with us?!?!

 

Hope you guys enjoyed ❤

 

February Faves!!

I know it is already March 6th (when I am writing this), but bare with me as I’m just now getting this site up and running again. I thought I would write a little bit about my favorites that I used the whole month of February! These were products that really stood out to me all month that I just could not stop using, so shall we just jump right in?! Let’s go ahead and go in order of how I put them on my face…

1.) PRIMER- Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer

This primer feels so good on my face. It filled in my pores and was a good base for foundation. The only downfall to this primer is the packaging. I have the limited edition packaging, which is very cute, but it doesn’t seem to be very good bacteria wise. I say that because you either have to use our fingers to get it out or you could possibly use a sponge but I’m not entirely sure on that one. If you had something to use to scoop it out that could make it a lot better in my opinion. It makes my face so soft and it honestly feels like you have a luxury brand being applied to your skin (my opinion and I know not everyone feels the same).

2.) FOUNDATION- Too Faced Born This Way (porcelain)

I fell in love with this foundation. It is a medium to full coverage foundation that looks airbrushed when you apply it. It blends out super easily and lasts all day. I have super oily skin and I didn’t see the need to touch up during the day. They have a pretty large shade range so I feel like this foundation could be used by anyone. The packaging is nice, I love the glass frosted-like bottle, but I do not know if it would be very travel friendly with it being glass.

 

For the next category, I have TWO favorites.

3.) CONCEALER- Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use sculpting concealer && Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser.

Too Faced- Medium to full coverage. It is multi-use so you can by multiple shades and use them for contouring also. They don’t crease, blends out easily, and it looks natural on the skin even though it is full coverage. The shade range is good also which is a great thing because not everyone is the same shade. When I went to purchase mine, a lot of people were saying how amazing it is for people with dry skin, I have oily skin and I don’t have a problem with it as long as I set it good.

Maybelline- Light to medium coverage. It looks natural on the skin since it is a lighter coverage concealer. This concealer is perfect for those no makeup, makeup days. Lasts a long time under the eyes.. The formula is so light that it does tend to crease just a little in this one wrinkle that I have under my eye, but its nothing major so I can deal with it.

4.) POWDER- Too Faced Born This Way Loose Setting Powder

This powder is by far the most amazing setting powder I have used! It is very finely milled, the texture is like satin, it helps to blur out any imperfections, and makes my whole look come together and look airbrushed. The best part about it, NO FLASHBACK! If I had to get rid of all my setting powders and only keep ONE.. it would be this powder that stays.

5.) BRONZER- Benefit Hoola

I know this bronzer is well over-hyped but there is a reason for that. It really is the most amazing bronzer I have ever used. It’s nicely pigmented, blends on the skin so easily, and doesn’t have a red undertone on my skin. The price tag is quite a bit especially if you are on a budget but I must say, a little does go a long way, at least for me who is lighter skinned, and I would say its worth the splurge.

6.) BLUSH- L.A Girl Just Blushing Powder.

I haven’t heard too many people talking about this blush but they definitely should be! The shade range is decent and I think people of all skin tones could use them. The pans are huge and its budget friendly. They go on so flawless, last all day, and they don’t start off super pigmented. You have to build up the lighter shades which I like because I do not want like a super powerful in your face blush.

7.) HIGHLIGHT- Shimmer and Strobe Highlighting Palette

Okay so I may be cheating a little bit on this one because it’s actually fairly new but February was a flop for me when it came to highlights. This palette is drugstore brand and it is literally the most amazing highlight I have used in a long time. It’s a very creamy texture and it goes on the face so well. You can build it up for a beaming highlight or go in light handed for a more subtle highlight.

8.) BROWS- Nyx Micro-Brow Pencil

I have such a hard time finding a brow pencil. I have super black hair and most times I cannot find a brow pencil that matches my hair and usually it is pretty obvious I have filled them in… Until I found the Nyx Pencil. It’s not to creamy and not to waxy. It goes on easily but if you go over the same spot it doesn’t take off what was previously there. The pencil itself is super slim so it makes it easy to get natural hair like strokes. The pencil is retractable and it comes with a spoolie.

9.) BROW GEL- Ulta Brow Gel

There isn’t too much to say about brow gel but this one is a good one. It holds my brows in place all day and doesn’t make them super crunchy. I prefer all my brow gels to be clear.

10.) MASCARA- Tarte Light Camera Lashes

This has been my favorite for a long time now. Very rare will anyone see me wearing another mascara, although I am on my last tube of it so I need to use up what else is left in my collection now, it is just so perfect. It lengthens my lashes which I love because my lashes are so short. It makes them super black and the wand is not hard to work with like some other mascara wands are.

 

That is it for my favorites this month! I don’t have any eyeshadow primer favorites or eyeshadow favorites this month because I haven’t used much eyeshadow. There is also no eyeliner fave because I’m changing my ways and not using eyeliner everyday. Most of the time it just smears on me anyways!

 

What were your faves this month?!?! I’d love to hear, try them out and then possibly become my faves as well. ❤

 

Hello!

hello! Since this is my first blog post, I thought it should be a little bit more about me than just what is in my bio. I’m Mercedez but please call me mercy. I am currently 25 years old. I am married to a wonderful man named Howard. We have been together for a LONG time, nine years this September, but we have only been married for four years this coming October. We have three kids of our own and then when I got with Howard I also got myself a bonus child, which not going to lie, is pretty awesome! Howard’s son is twelve years old and his name is Uriah. We have a seven-year old daughter named Navaya, a two-year old son named Brayden, and a nine week old daughter named Kenzley. In my spare time I love to read and write, play with the kids, I am always snapping pictures of them, I cannot help myself, I just think they are the cutest. My seven year old daughter is involved with a lot of extra activities. We actually just finished her basketball season and we are moving right into softball, which makes this momma very happy since I was a softball player! Also in my spare time I love to play with makeup. I am a makeup and skin care junkie! My husband isn’t to fond of it and is always asking what else I could have possibly ordered when another package gets delivered. Other than that, I am just your basic average person. I am going to try to write as much as I possibly can in the next few weeks because I will probably be going MIA for a little bit at the end of the month. We are in the process of buying a house and I need to be able to get us settled in and what not.

 

I may be also writing a little bit on this new journey I’m embarking on.. the weight loss journey. This is not a “new year, new me” thing. I had am extremely rough pregnancy and I never gained a pound, so after I had Kenzley, they weighed me a few weeks later and I had actually lost thirty pounds from being sick the whole nine months and I feel like I’m gaining it all back, which isn’t making me feel very good about myself.

My battery is getting low on my computer so I guess that’s a sign I should be heading to bed. Have a great night ❤

 

What do you like to do in your spare time???