“The Animals”

Cancer is truly life changing. Obviously, right?  But even the way that I watch and respond to television has changed. Don’t worry, this is not “another blog about cancer,” but I can’t help thinking that it caused me to be a tad more sensitive  As a Pisces, that is just what I need, to be more sensitive,  but now I feel as though I  am “hypersensitive.”

Season 4, Episode 12.  The title of this blog, “The Animals,” shares the same title of the episode of “Orange is the New Black” that let me know that I am either getting soft in my older age or that having cancer and going through treatments have turned me into a whining,  sobbing, cry at the drop of a hat, mush ball.   Never have I ever cried so much over the death of a fictional character.   Oops, I forgot to add “spoiler alert.

I have been binge watching this show for about 2 months now.  Every chance that I had, I was watching the show.  Things were going good until this episode.  Since watching this episode, I have been on an emotional rollercoaster !! I have not been able to get through full episodes.  I stopped watching everyday because I just couldn’t take it.

However, I pulled myself together and was able to get through the end…I have just completed the Season Finale for Season 5 of OINTB and can I just saw “Wow!?”   The talent for this show is amazing–from the writers to the actors.

That’s all I got.  Season 5, by far was the most challenging to get through due to the circumstances. The good news is that the show has been renewed for at least 2 more seasons!  If you are an OITNB fan, share your predictions for some of your favorite characters in the comments. Also, what other things are you watching on Netflix?



Orange Creamsicle

Disclaimer:  Beauty Blogs will primarily focus on the products used when creating the look featured.  Please be reminded that I am not a professional MUA nor do I aspire to be, I am only a MUE (Makeup enthusiast).

Here are the details for this look in the order of application:

  1. Cleanse.  I cleanse my skin in the shower with St. Ives Apricot Scrub. (www.stives.com)
  2. Follow up with African Black Soap Problem Skin toner.(https://www.sheamoisture.com/african-black-soap-problem-skin-toner.html)
  3. Apply The Pore Professional Primer to the visible areas of large pores.  I usually don’t place this all over my face but to my cheek area.  This is where I have more pore visability.  I This was just applied with my fingers.(https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/us/en/collections/porefessional?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlqHL1Myx1QIVCxCBCh2B-QYAEAAYASAAEgKvWvD_BwE)

    4.  Color Correct. I used the Ruby Kisses Concealer in RCR18 (Peach).  I picked this one             up from a local beauty supply store but found that you could order it online as well.           I use my fingers for blending.


    5.  Brows, Brows, Brows. For today’s brows, I used the E.L.F.  Brow kit in Medium.                    (http://www.elfcosmetics.com/p/eyebrow-kit?dept=eye-eyebrows&color_id=10399) I            applied with the E.L.F. Eyebrow Duo Brush                  (http://www.elfcosmetics.com/p/eyebrow-duo-brush?dept=eye-brushes)  I outline and fill my brows with the product and then I blend with spoolie on the other end of this brush.

5.  Once my brows are done, I clean them up with a  lighter concealer on the bottom. Today, for the bottom I used the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in the color “Tan Sand” and the E.L.F. concealer brush. (http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-shape-tape-contour-concealer?locale=USA&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIp4iB0dGx1QIVgzRpCh0u7gggEAAYASAAEgJUA_D_BwE) For the top, I used the LA girl Pro Concealer in the color “Beautiful Bronze.”  (https://www.lagirlusa.com/products/hd-pro-concealer?variant=7709998789)  I use a Real Techniques Brush for blending the concealer.  I can’t find the name of it but it is like a tapered foundation.  It is my favorite Real Techniques brush.  (www.realtechniques.com) I blend the light color on one side and the darker on the other side.

6.  Once my brows are done, I set them with Maybelline’s  Clear Mascara. (https://www.maybelline.com/eye-makeup/mascara/great-lash-clear-mascara)

7.  I didn’t use any extra eye primer for my eyes today because frankly, I just didn’t have the time.  I just pulled the concealer down from when I cleaned up my brows.  So the color used on my lids would have been the Tarte Shape Tape in Tan Sand.  I blended my lids with my fingers.

8.  Eyes. For the base, I actually used a blush as my base.  I just love the way that it looks; it is very natural looking.  The color is called “Rendezvous.”  This was applied all over the lid.  Next I started with the color “Orange Crush” from the Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate Palette.  This was applied to the inner corner and spread to the middle of the lid.  I then added the color “Marmalade.” from the same palette.  I lined the under eye. with the NYX Jumbo milk pencil and then smudged the “Marmalade” on the waterline.  I used the Maybelline Master Graphic to create a wing.  I was planning to wear lashes but they did not want to cooperate so instead, I put on the Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

9. Foundation/Face. I used Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation for my face.  This foundation is full-coverage and is slowly becoming one of my favorites.  I am the shade 9.75.  (https://www.urbandecay.com/all-nighter-liquid-foundation-by-urban-decay/ud778.html) I used the Maybelline Fit Me in the shade 330 as a finishing powder.  Next I used another favorite of mine,  Makeup Revolution’s Vivid Baked Bronzer in the shade “Rock on World.” A quick spray all over the face with the Mario Badescu Rose Water before applying the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in the shade “Rose Gold Lights.” I did not do any baking or highlighting.

10.  I did not use a liner for my lips today, as I just wanted a natural looking lip.  I used the Mary Kay Lip Gloss in the Color Beach Bronze.  I sealed the complete look with MAC Studio Fix Plus Spray.   I think in the future, I will have a separate blog with just a list of links with the products used.

I hope that you enjoy the look and would love to see if you try it yourself. If you are not following me already, please do so at surviving_beautifully_ on Instagram.  Thanks for reading.  Until next time.

Common Misconceptions About Women Who Wear Makeup

Disclaimer: It is of my own opinion that ALL women are beautiful, with or without makeup. What makes a woman beautiful, in my opinion, is how she confidently carries herself and her attitude.
This is not my first blog about makeup and I am almost certain that it won’t be the last. I don’t want to turn this into a beauty blog however; I feel that it is a part of the journey of womanhood. When it comes to makeup, it would appear to me that there are two kinds of women in the world: Those who wear makeup and those who don’t. No one is born with the perfect highlight and contour so they have at least at one point in their life been the girl/woman that didn’t wear makeup. The decision to wear makeup could have been influenced by their favorite celebrity/artist, cultural influences or their own perceptions of beauty. There was a point in my life where I can honestly say that while I was “the woman that didn’t wear makeup,” I had some of these same misconceptions about the women that did.
When I was younger, I did experiment with makeup. I wore foundation and eyeliner and lip gloss. While in college, I was introduced to liquid eyeliner. I was never taught the proper application of makeup, so I just winged it, no pun intended. There were no online tutorials and not nearly as many recognized makeup artists that are so easily accessible to us as there is now. I was always the woman that openly complimented another woman if I thought she was dressed nice or if I thought she was pretty. It came natural to me. I was inspired to write about these misconceptions because they seem to cause so much division and separation amongst women. There is already so much happening in the world that divides us as a nation, I think that a woman’s decision to wear makeup or not, is something that doesn’t deserve anymore of our time or attention. By no means do I claim to be a feminist, but I believe that women are the strongest people on the planet. If women would work harder to encourage, uplift and inspire other women, I do believe the world would be a better place. That’s another blog for another day, let’s get to the misconceptions.
I initially planned to create a list of ten, but I enlisted the help of some of my Sweetbeats, and together, they helped me come up with a more exhaustive list. “Sweetbeats” is an online community for women of African Descent that just so happen to be makeup lovers. The group is comprised of aspiring MUA’s (makeup artists), established MUA’s and everyday women. It’s a community of sisters, in every sense of the word, which leads me to my first misconception:
First misconception: “Women of Color wear makeup to look white.” No one wears makeup to look white. Not even white women. No elaboration needed.
The next misconception is a combination of statements, all having to do with men. “Women wear makeup for men or the woman that wears makeup is out to steal everyone’s man.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, men don’t really care if your winged liner is perfect or if your highlight is “popping.” I think what men care about is the fact that the woman took time on her appearance. Personal grooming and pride in one’s appearance is very attractive, for both sexes. As far as makeup wearing women being “man stealers,” there is no direct correlation to someone wearing makeup and being a man stealer, let’s be clear. That’s a moral issue, which leads to the next misconception, “Women who wear a certain color lipstick, denotes a certain sexual behavior.” I am sure you already know the color lipstick.
“Women who wear makeup have bad skin.” Ask yourself this question, if a woman has bad skin, would she still get talked about?
“Real Women don’t wear makeup.” This is probably the most absurd argument that I have heard regarding the issue. A woman is not a “real woman” because she wears makeup? What then is the definition of a “real woman?” I know this is usually something that it is thrown around in the “natural” community. It is commonly believed that a woman that wears makeup dislikes her natural beauty, that she hates herself. This couldn’t be further from the truth. On the other hand, the argument is that a “woman that wears makeup is stuck up believes that she is better than others.” It can’t be both. It’s like you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. So am I confident or insecure if I wear makeup?
I have said this before and I will say it again: There are many reasons why people wear makeup, but the most basic reason is because we love it and we want to. If you are have been guilty of believing these misconceptions, stop and ask yourself these questions, are any of these misconceptions credible? How did I come to this conclusion? Have I sat down with women and asked them why they wear makeup? And lastly, why does it matter to me so much what another woman decides to do with her face? What does this say about me and how I feel about myself?
That’s the real question.

My Pink Haven

The following is information that I have included in my flyer informing people about my online breast cancer support group, “My Pink Haven.”
As one can imagine, being diagnosed with breast cancer was the worst day of my life. I, like many others, looked at my diagnosis as a death sentence. However, I was determined that I was not going to leave my babies. They needed their mommy.
I’ve met some wonderful women on my journey. Being diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 35 was one of the most mentally challenging things that I have ever had to go through. I was prepared for the worst but I am so thankful for my journey. It was important to maintain a positive outlook. This was why I was inspired to start an online support group. More specifically, I wanted to connect women in the state of South Carolina, so that if they ever desired to meet, it would be feasible.  With the group being online, it allows women to participate from the comfort of their own homes. I want to encourage other women and to give them a place where they felt comfortable. It’s not always easy to talk to our friends and family about what’s going on with us. Many times, they don’t understand. Other times, we may be too embarrassed to discuss certain things. This is why I was inspired to start My Pink Haven.
My Pink Haven is exactly as the name suggests. It is a place where women from all over South Carolina whom are battling breast cancer can go for encouragement, advice and support from other cancer fighters and survivors. My Pink Haven provides a platform for women to share without the fear of being judged. It’s also a place where they are free to post questions, concerns and praise reports, etc.  All member information (profile names, posts) is confidential and should not be discussed outside of the online forum.

Steps to join My Pink Haven:
1. Send a inbox request to join to my personal FB account “Grace Favor Mercy”
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2. Send an email request to mypinkhavenmph@gmail.com