Beauty

Favorite E. L. F. Products

I learned about Eyes Lips Face Cosmetics while reading a beauty magazine back in 2007. I believe their products were only available online at the time.  I was really intrigued by their products because of the rave reviews they had received. At the time, I was low on funds therefore their low prices was a real draw to me. I believe the first product I purchased from them was their cream liner. I was hooked ever since then. Although I’ve had to pass on some of their items, I have found some real gems. In no particular order, below are some of my favorite Elf products. What are your favorites?

Favorite E.L.F. Products|Moments With Millie

  1. e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner (in Black and Coffee)
  2. e.l.f. Lip Balm Tint (in Berry)
  3. e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer
  4. e.l.f. Sunkissed Glow Bronzer
  5. e.l.f. Retractable Kabuki Brush
  6. e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush
  7. e.l.f. Powder Brush
  8. e.l.f. Angled Eyeliner Brush
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Inspiration

Motivational Monday: Going Through Tunnels

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a vivid imagination. I gravitated to the arts and was really into things such as music, dance, poetry, etc. Flash forward to two years ago, I decided to create this blog as a creative outlet. I had so many ideas floating in my mind and needed a way to get them out. Starting a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog seemed like a natural fit. Except for one thing- I hate taking pictures. Like many people, I am overly critical of myself. It doesn’t help that I am a Virgo (perfectionist) and a little bit of a control freak.

I started using Polyvore as a tool for creating outfit inspiration. While it has been a great tool, it is not as effective as I would like. Sure, the site is a virtual dream closet with a large array of clothing/accessory pieces however it does not allow viewers to see the outfits on an actual person. The collages are very aesthetically pleasing however they lack the ability to make a personal connection. Over time,  looming in the back of my mind was the realization that in order to take my blog to the next step, I had to model the outfits for my posts. In other words, I had to go through the tunnel.

Going through tunnels can be a little scary. They are dark and confining. Many people speed through them which add to the anxiety factor. The kicker is however scary they are, you have to go through them to get to where you are going.

Last Sunday, I casually mentioned to my husband that I would like to start taking pictures for my blog. I said I could go to Sephora to get my makeup done (for free) and head over to a nearby location to take pictures. He said, “that’s a great idea!”. I didn’t expect him to say he was off the next day and would be more than happy to take the pictures. I instantly panicked because I knew  I would have to go through with it. You see, hubby tends to be one of the few people that can actually hold my feet to the fire.

I woke up Monday morning half excited and half scared. I decided to take my time to get dressed and put on makeup. As a result, we arrived to our destination a little later than I hoped but we quickly proceeded to take pictures. While taking pictures all I could think about was how uncomfortable with taking pictures. What’s worse is I forgot my belt and accessories.  Needless to say, I was feeling a little defeated by the time we had wrapped. As we started to make our way back to the car, my photographer (aka hubby) started to goof off by snapping a few pictures as if he was a paparazzi. After looking at those set of pictures I realized that I didn’t look as bad as I thought I did. No, my outfit wasn’t perfect but I got through the tunnel. And it wasn’t until I let go of my fears that we captured my favorite picture from the shoot:

Going Through Tunnels | Moments with Millie

Someone once told me that the greatest reward in life come from doing things that scare you the most. I couldn’t agree with that more. Change is uncomfortable but the only way to get passed your fears/insecurities is to go through the tunnel. Thank you for reading this unusually long post. Your reward is more pictures of me from the shoot.  🙂

Going Through Tunnels | Moments with Millie

Going Through Tunnels | Moments with Millie

Going Through Tunnels| Moments with Millie

Going Through Tunnels | Moments with Millie

Going Through Tunnels | MomentswithMillie

DRESS– FOREVER21+ | CHAMBRAY SHIRT– ASOS| SHOES-TJ MAXX

 

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Style Files

Instant Chic

Instant Chic

 

Hi Everyone! I hope you are doing well! I am at a stage in my life where my personal style is evolving. More and more I find myself drawn to an effortlessly chic esthetic. Below are a few of the items that I have found helpful in achieving that look.
1. Leather/Faux Leather Jacket- Oh leather jackets how I love thee! Let me count the ways: 1. they are slimming, 2. provide warmth, 3. create modesty, etc.  Best of all, a leather jacket has the ability to transform a ho-hum outfit into a chic one. I also love how it instantly adds a little edge to anything it is paired with. Be sure to look for a timeless leather jacket that is appropriate for your figure.
2. Sunglasses- Sunnies are another multi-purpose closet staple. They protect our eyes from the sun and those unsightly under eye bags. Sunglasses have always had a cool factor about them. My favorite styles are aviator and cat eye.
3. Red Lipstick- A bold blue based red lipstick can take your look from drab to fab in an instant. Paired with oversized sunnies is the easiest way to look chic.
4. Black Booties- Booties have the ability to add some edginess to an otherwise plain outfit. I prefer the open-toed version as they are perfect year round.
5. Winged Eyeliner-A winged eyeliner can take your makeup from pretty to chic. Now, if I could only master how to create the asme liner for both eyes.

 

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Music

Love of My Life: Old School

Hi Everyone-

I am back again with more of my current favorites. This time I am featuring some of my favorite music. After putting together this list, I noticed all of the songs have an old school feel to them. What can I say? I am an old soul.

  1. Christine and The Queens- Christine. Although this is a french song, I love how catchy it is. It has a real Michael Jackson vibe. My french is a bit rusty but from what I can make out, the lyrics do not make any sense. However I think that is part of the song’s charm.
  2. Guordan Banks- Can I Keep You in Mind. Anyone that knows me knows that I love old school R&B. And this song has a great throw back vibe to it. I can not wait to hear more from Guordan.
  3. Ro James- Permission. Speaking of old school music, this song has a real funk R&B vibe to it. It is very reminiscent of the late great Prince.
  4. Janet Jackson- Dammn Baby. Mrs. Jackson is back with another album. I love this song. It is classic Janet (uptempo, positive message and fun).
  5. Fantasia- No Time For It. Fantasia also has a new album and I am here for it. Although I like a few of her new songs, this one makes the list because of the message. She has no time for the negativity!
  6. Maxwell- Lake By The Ocean. Maxwell is finally back (after a 7 year hiatus). Although his latest single is reminiscent of his last album, it is still a banger. It is a great song to listen to while driving.
  7. Alicia Keys- In Common. I love this song! It has a caribbean vibe to it. It is perfect for the summer.

P.S. If you are curious about why I call this series Love of my Life visit: http://wp.me/p4NWfw-E .

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Style Files

Day to Night

I can tell you how I feel about you night and day……. 🎶 How many of you remember the song I’m referring to? I would tell you which decade it is from but that would really show my age. 😜

Speaking of age- they say with age comes wisdom. Well wisdom has taught me the importance of having  keys items in your wardrobe. Pieces such as t-shirts, blazers, black pumps, a good pair of jeans and a LBD (little black dress) are the building blocks for any wardrobe. Their versatility can take you from day to night. I am quite a frugalnista however I now spend a little more on these items because of the amount of use you get of them.

The outfit below is an example of how a staple piece (in this case a blazer) can take you from day to night. What are some of your staple wardrobe items?

 

Day to Night

 

 

 

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Inspiration

Motivational Monday: How To Have A Good Day

Good Day

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are doing well. Summer is in full effect and I can’t say that I am too mad about it. We had a rough start to the season here in California. Last month we experienced June gloom. For those of you that are not familiar,  June gloom is a series of dreary days. Contrary to popular belief, the sun does not shine everyday in LA. It may not rain in southern California but we do have some cloudy days. Things finally took a turn for the better and all is well in the world.

I never realized how much of an effect the weather has on my mood until a few weeks ago. It was a struggle to get out of bed and be productive. After realizing the clouds were the reason I was feeling down I  decided to get up and do something about it. Having a good day does takes some effort however it is possible. Here are my tips:

  1. Decide to have a good day. For the most part, whether or not you have a good day is a choice. I like to think of it as mind over matter.
  2. Get your mind right. Pray, meditate, or listen to music. Do whatever helps to clear your mind and boost your mood. It only takes a few minutes of your time however it will set the pace for your day.
  3. Get dolled up. When you look good, you feel good. Spend a little time to make yourself up (shower, do your hair, put on makeup and put on a cute outfit). I find the process itself to be transformative. Getting dressed can be quite calming. It helps you to get your mind off of things. And you receive the added benefit of looking good.
  4. Get out. There is nothing like fresh air when you are feeling low. Something as simple as going for a walk can help boost your mood, energy level and productivity.
  5. Do Something. Being productive is a great way to improve your day. You’d be surprise at how crossing just one thing off your to-do list can change things around. If you can’t be productive, do something you love (paint, dance, sing, write, etc.).
  6. Spend time with family and friends. This is always an instant mood booster for me. Call a loved one to catch up. Or meet up with your girlfriends for drinks. You’ll be glad that you did.
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Style Files

La Vie En Rose

Date Night
Rose gold is quite possibly my favorite metal. I love that it is a vintage gold that has made a huge comeback. There is something very unique yet feminine about it. It is that femininity that inspired me to create this date night outfit inspiration. I purposely used dainty rose gold jewelry as a contrast to the other bold pieces. A rosy pink lip helps to pull the outfit together.
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