I Woke Up Like This (I Wish)

While I am 99% positive that Queen Bey actually does wake up like this:

All hail the queen!

The mass population (and definitely myself) fall under this category:

Me. Every. Morning (sans cat).

Today is the annual retreat for a Board that I serve on and earlier this week I talked about finding the perfect outfit to last me through the day.

With my attire all set, the plan this morning was to dress up my usual hair/makeup for the occasion. I had my sights set on wearing my hair up in a wavy chignon, but as we all know things don’t always fall into place.

“Ready for the weekend” Alice hit the good ol’ snooze button a few too many times so my up do was replaced with elegant and loose cascading curls. I also made the decision that with my hair now down, I would forgo the necklace and keep it simple. #cutthroatchoices #improviselikehell.


My daily routine includes the following products:

Pre Blow Dry

  • John Frieda Root Booster
  • L’Oreal Dual Protect Spray (Color Vibrancy)
Volume: check. Shine: check.

Volume & shine added pre blow dry

Post Blow Dry

  • Beyond The Zone ( BTZ) “Rock On” Volumizing Powder
  • Garnier Fructise Volumizing ant-humidity hair spray (No. 3)
  • Plastic teazing comb
  • Metal teazing comb
Everyday essentials for big hair!

Everyday essentials for big hair.

After the drying process, I curled my hair in large sections using a curling wand and let it set for a few minutes. I then shook it out gently with my fingers while applying hair spray. Quick & easy!


With a few contouring sessions (self-taught) under my belt, I took advantage of my new-found skill and went the “full face” route for my base. For a full tutorial click HERE.

Once that was done, I decided to go for a simple eye with neutral shadows and a winged eyeliner. Here is a glance at the products used:

  • Maybelline Great Lash mascara in “Blackest Black”
  • Almay Intense I-color (Smokey for Hazel)
  • CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus  eye pencil  in “Black Onyx”
  • Eyelash Curler
Sometimes, less is more.

Sometimes, less is more.

I like to apply my eyeliner first and then incorporate my shadowing. The eyeliner gives me a physical barrier to stay in and I can always give it a once over if needed. My mascara is always the last product to go on.

With a neutral color palette taken from my clothing to my makeup, I decided to spice it up with a bold lip. I LOVE lipliner and tend to use it as a lipstick base before incorporating other glossy or matte products. Here is what I used for today:

  • MaryKay Lipsticks in “Garnetfrost” and “Apple Berry”
  • L’Oreal Shimmered Gloss in “Pink Resistance”
  • Revlon Colorstay Lipliners in “Rose” and “Mauve”
Pucker Up!

Pucker Up!

I started by lining my lips and filling in half way up on both the bottom and top. I  then coated everything with my chapstick before rubbing them together. After, I went back in with my lipsticks and blended them until I came out with my desired color.

The final look:

Fresh Faced!

Fresh Faced!

With that, I am feeling great, looking great, and am ready to dive into the day ahead. But first coffee…. lots and lots of coffee…

Happy Friday!



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