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Hi TRC Gang! About a month or so ago, I was asked the following questions about a beauty brand called LipSense. You know like…
Have you heard of LipSense? Have you tried LipSense? What do you think about LipSense?

I love it when you all have product questions. I enjoy sharing my point of view about beauty products, especially ones that my audience/tribe has a curiosity about. I have seen this product all over social media and it claims to be kiss proof, water proof, and last for a ridiculously long time. So, I set out to get my hands on this lippie. You can purchase this item from someone who is a distributor of the products. First off, this product is very expensive in my opinion. I purchased the $55 starter kit and chose the brown nude shade Cappuccino. So, does it really work? Does it dry out your lips? Would I buy it again? Keep reading! 


The starter kit comes with your choice of lip color, gloss and remover. Once you have those, you can purchase additional lip colors and the different glosses. There are 70 lip shades in a variety of finishes as well as 10 different glosses that range from matte, glossy, iridescent, to glitter! I was super excited about glitter gloss. Y’all know I love some glitter! 


The Application

When applying LipSense, there is a magic number and it is “3”. I found that applying 3 thin layers, making sure to let each one dry in between gives you the perfect pigmentation on your lips. For the first application, there may be a slight tingle. The product contains a cosmetic grade alcohol which can sting some and give a cooling feeling as it evaporates. However, I noticed that the sensation was less noticeable on the second day.

Once your 3 coats are dry, you simply apply your gloss of choice. This step is what makes your lips feel moisturized and gives them that oh so lush juicy look. You will not experience a dry, matte feel when using the gloss with the lip color. The first time I applied the gloss to my lips, I was floored that none of brownish tan color came off on the lip gloss applicator. Amazing! 

The Verdict 

  • Overall, the lip color formula is good. It can be thin and streaky if you don’t apply 3 coats. Please note, many have said that the opacity can vary with the colors as well.
  •  The burning sensation could be uncomfortable for some people. The gloss is a must for this product. Without the it, the lip color feels dry. 
  • The wear of this product is very impressive. I was truly outdone! It really lasted through frappes, a burger, sipping water in meetings, rubbing, and drinks with friends. No transfer at all!
  • The scent of the lip color was ok. The glosses are unscented and the remover smells so pleasant, like vanilla. I love the scent of vanilla!
  • I would not wear LipSense everyday because I do enjoy reapplying my lip color! 
  • The initial investment of $55 is very expensive for my taste, but once you have gloss, you can purchase additional colors for $25. This is still steep, but since you will only have to apply once a day, it maybe economical for some.
  • Even though I like this product, I do not see myself buying it again. I can get a regular lippie and be happy.

Do I recommend LipSense?

Yes I do. This product definitely works.  I have tried some long lasting lip products in my day, but none as long lasting like this one. You just have to keep reapplying the gloss to keep it feeling moisturized. I really like that it’s vegan, lead-free and cruelty free which are huge pluses in my book. So, if you don’t mind spending the money, I say grab it! 

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Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for consideration for review. As always, I only share my honest thoughts on products. If a product doesn’t work well for me, I simply will not review it. 

Hi TRC Gang, I want to talk with you about a new cosmetic line that has exclusively hit the shelves of Ulta. It’s called Models Own, a brand originating from the U.K. that is cruelty-free. This collection is fresh, fun, and most of all affordable. I’m a stickler for affordability with makeup brands because in my opinion some of them can just be very over priced. 

Models Own offers many different formulas with it’s cosmetics and they have a good range of colors too. They don’t believe in one look, one way! I was sent three of their products to try and give my honest feelings about them. I was sent the Sculpt and Glow Highlighter Powder (Golden Sand) and two Matte Liquid Lipsticks (Candy Cane and Coral Fresh).


Sculpt and Glow Highlighting Powder ($11.99)

The Sculpt and Glow Highlighter in the shade Golden Sand is beautiful. It gives you the perfect amount of glow.  I really love that it is highly pigmented. I like to add the highlight to my cheekbones, nose, and chin with a fan brush. The glow last all day! 


Matte Liquid Lipstick ($7.99)

I love these matte lippies. The formula for theme is super creamy. They go on very smooth and they don’t feel sticky at all. Plus, they dry quickly and last for a good while on your lips. I adore the smell of them too. The peppermint scent is very pleasant. 

Models Own cosmetics is a fabulous brand that delivers on high quality with an affordable price to match. I suggest you get BOLD and give them a try for yourself. Don’t be shy, add some of their products to your stash. You can purchase Models Own at Ulta stores or Ulta.com. Also, be on the look out for a video with me incorporating these products into a makeup look. If you’re not subbed to my YouTube channel, head over and subscribe. 

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Do you need to be able to charge more devices in your home office at one time? If yes, then I have the perfect solution for you. It’s the Powramid Air Power Center & USB Charging Station from ACCELL. This unit is a lifesaver and offers a way to power your all of those extra devices. 

The Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station is super compact and portable. I have found that it is great for around the house or out at co-working spaces. The unit features 6 adapter-spaced outlets. The round, flat design of the station is perfect for placing it on a desk or conference room table. The unit has two USB charging ports that feature smart chips to provide a combined 2.4A of fast charging for USB powered devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and portable music players. This station is a must have for business professionals, entrepreneurs, and even families.

                Photo Credit: ACCELL

Features of the Powramid Air Center & USB Charging Sation:

Six Adapter-Friendly Outlets

2 USB Charging Ports (Total Output: 5V 2.4A)

6ft (1.8m) Power Cord

Skid & Scratch Resistant Base

On/Off Power Button

Green LED Power Indicator

1080 Joules Surge Protection

Blue LED Surge Protection Indicator

15 Amp Circuit Breaker

This charging station comes in your choice of either black or white and offers a 5-year warranty. This unit retails for $35.99. Not bad right!

I really enjoy using this station for all of my powering and charging needs. You can find this unit and more here.

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The weather is breaking and it’s time to ditch the heavy clothes! Pull out those cute open toe sandals with the straps paired with that sassy Maxi dress that’s at the back of your closet. Pull them out girl! But wait, we may need to go shopping, because there are some new trends that are hot right now and you need to add some to your wardrobe collection ASAP. 

                                         Anya Strapless Dress in Floral From SWAK Designs

Below are some of my favorite trends that are sure to sizzle for the summer. 

Style Trend #1: That New New Boho 

This trend has made a come back with it’s rustic long skirts, peasant tops, and tassel detailing. Channel your inner flower child once again with this trend.

Style Trend #2: Sexy Sassy Lace

When the temps start rising, you don’t want to be caught weighted down by heavy fabrics. Slip on some lace! These fabrics are very lightweight and airy. They also add some texture to your wardrobe. Plus lace is so sexy! 

Style Trend #3: Candied Colors

This summer, color is where it’s at! Go for that cotton candy pink dress you saw at Nordstrom. Celebrate life with your girlfriends in a beautiful peachy color on the town. Sweeten up your style with these tones.

Style Trend #4: That Bold Bad Shoulder Action

It’s time to show some skin! This trend let’s you do it, all while still keeping some to the imagination. Go on, try that cold shoulder top of off the shoulder dress for date night with your boo. Just pair it with a sexy wedge sandal or killer pumps and you’re sure to wow them.

Style Trend #5: Get Printed Up

From stripes to florals, prints are fresh with a bit of edge! Spice up your style a bold pattern top or give it some sassiness with a beautiful colorful floral print dress. Either way, you’re sure to turn heads with this trend.

Those are my picks for trends to try for summer. These trends can also be combined. Have you added any of these trends to your wardrobe yet? 

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The weather has finally gotten warm and you’re ready to move about. That new resort in the Bahamas has your name all over it. You go on the hunt for you favorite leather travel bag. Once you retrieve it, you see that it doesn’t look how you once remembered. It’s a bit tattered, in need of some TLC. 

Caring for your leather handbags, footwear and jackets properly can sometimes be a tricky task. It can require a great amount of patience. No worries! I’m here to help you with keeping your leather goods looking and feeling like new.

Photo Credit: MAHI Leather Bags

Leather Maintenance Basics 

Love on your leather and it will last a lifetime. Give it a quick wipe down with a soft, dry cloth once a week.

Limit your leather goods exposure to direct sunlight.

Every so often, rotate your leather, this is so that one product doesn’t age more rapidly than the others.

To help prevent wrinkling or flaking, be sure use a good leather conditioner. Just take some on a soft cloth and gently rub all over. You want to repeat this step every month.

Removing Stains on Leather

It’s recommended for oil stains, to put cornstarch on it as soon as possible, rub it in, and immediately brush off the remaining powder with with a clean cloth. Afterwards, you can apply some mink oil to the rest of the area. This will often cover up the oil stain and blend in with a natural look. 

Spilled water on your leather, no worries! Simply let water spills dry on their own. Do not try to blow dry them! 

For food stains, crush a small amount of white chalk and let it sit on the stain overnight. In the morning, brush it off with a clean cloth. 

To remove fresh ink or dirt stains, use a white eraser on the affected area, lightly. If it’s an older stain that has set in, please seek the help of a professional.

Leather Storing 

Store your leather in dust bags or a cotton pillowcase. For handbags cross the handles over each other and leave them in an upright position.

To keep the shape of the leather, be sure to fill it with clothing items, butter paper or acid-free. Do avoid newspaper, it can smear and stain.  Be sure to air it out once every two weeks. 

Worried about odor while storing? To prevent or get rid of unwanted odors, fill a plastic bag with baking soda, zip the leather bag closed, and store for a few days. Dryer sheets can also save the day also.

Thank for checking out this post and I hope it helps you with caring for your leather goods. 

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As a pre-diabetic who only manages the disease with diet and exercise, I really have to keep a close eye on the foods that I put in my body. This helps me to control the rise in my blood sugar levels when I eat. Those high sugar levels are what can really do damage to your body if they are consistently high. It’s a must to keep them pretty even. So, in my efforts to tame this silent killer called diabetes, I use a guide called The Glycemic Index.

What is the Glycemic Index?

The Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore insulin levels. Below you will find some foods that I love to have in my daily diet. 

Grains- I try to really  limited the grains I consume in my diet. But when I want to reach for them, I choose brown rice, quinoa, pasta, and steel-cut oatmeal (I love to have this for breakfast in the morning). 

Nuts (Almonds, Peanuts, Cashews, and Walnuts)- These are great for snacks on the go and on top of salads. 

Vegetables- Veggies are you biggest friend, exspecially green leafy ones. I love to incorporate green beans, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant, sweet potatoes, broccoli, collard greens, and even asparagus into my meals. If I’m in the mood for salad, I pick any lettuce I want. However, I make a beeline away from the iceberg lettuce. 

Fruits- My fruit choices are very small, as I don’t eat much fruit. If I have a fruit craving, I reach for apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes, and strawberries. 

Meats- My meats are really simple because I don’t eat many. The main choices for my meat are turkey (ground, breast, or wings), tuna, chicken breast, salmon, sardines, and cod. If I go out to a restaurant and they have squid and scallops, I have some of them.

That’s it for my go to low glycemic index foods. If you are a diabetic, do you use the (GI) to plain your meals? If yes, how has it improved your glucose readings?  I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

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A rugged man can sometimes be a nice fantasy look. But believe it of not, some of us women really enjoy the look of a well groomed man. It’s something about a man that has put some time an detail into the way he looks before he leaves the house that just eye catching and appealing. It really just raises our brow, we notice guys! 

Whether you have thick, short, curly, or no hair at all, there’s a brand for you. I know choosing a line of products can be a bit overwhelming. So I have taken some of the guess work out for you. Below are some of my picks for you to try and add to your bathroom shelf. 

1. Burt’s Bees for Men

Burt’s Bees has a line for men, that comes in fancy black packaging. The all-natural products are scented with an invigorating citrus aroma, which are available in a soap bar, shave cream, aftershave, body wash, plus deodorant. Everything a guy needs to stay clean. With skin-friendly gentle ingredients like Rosemary extract, Vitamin E and Chamomile, these products should be not be harsh at all. However, they are masculine enough for any man.

2. b3 Shave Coffee-Based Products for Men

b3 (Barista Bath & Body) is a coffee infused line that has a 4-step shaving system for men, that will help make the shaving process go smoother and result in soft, healthy skin. Step one involves a gentle exolfiation, step two is a pre-shave that uses an oil, step three requires the rich shave cream, and step 4 finishes the routine with a soothing, cooling post-shave formula that’s appropriately named “Chill”. How cool is that! I just love line, as I enjoy products with coffee in them for myself. So I know you fellas will love it too.

3. Cantu Men’s Line

Cantu Men’s collection is specifically formulated for the needs of men with wavy, curly, and coarse hair. The All-in-one shampoo, conditioner and body wash moisturizes dry scalp and skin. The shampoo is infused with caffeine and hemp seed oil to help hair grow stronger, thicker, healthier, and increases scalp health. Their Leave-In Conditioner deeply moisturizes to help prevent and repair dry, brittle hair. For styling, the Cream Pomade provides a strong hold thats soft to the touch. It’s made up with a blend of caffeine, hemp seed oil, and shea butter, which delivers its strong hold all while defining curls. Want to keep your beard nice and soft for the lady in your life? Cantu’s beard oil also blend of caffeine, hemp seed oil, plus tea tree oil that seals in moisture to soften and nourish the hair. 

The shaving part of the line has two steps. The first is the Cleansing Pre-Shave Scrub. It exfoliates the skin and aids in healthy hair growth, helping to minimize ingrown hairs (Who has time for that? Ouch!). The second step is the Smooth Shave Gel that helps minimize shaving bumps. This is a clear formula to allow for shaving accuracy. It has blend of caffeine, hemp seed oil, and willow bark to deliver a smooth shave by helping to minimize shaving bumps. This line for curly to coarse textures of hair.
4. Trilogy Products for Men

Who doesn’t appreciate a 3 easy step routine? This unique brown packaging system makes it simple to stay groomed. Trilogy a gentle shaving system fits the bill! brand’s All you do is cleanse and exfoliate with the Face Wash + Scrub, then use the smooth shave cream for a close, clean shave that nourishes the skin. Then top off the routine with a soothing after shave balm, fortified with cooling and calming Aloe Vera and Green Tea, skin brightening Licorice extract and a combination of softening extracts from Olive Marula, Wheat Germ and Avocado oils. Then go, you’re all done. Easy breezy! 

5. American Crew

This line provides everything a man could can imagine for his grooming needs. From pomades and gels to clays and liquid waxes, American Crew has it. If you have frizzy that won’t stay tamed, flat or limp tresses, they have a product solution to aid you. I really like the look of their packaging too. It’s so retro and the amber color grabs me! You all know I’m weak for good product package design. 

I hope this list helps you with your quest for awesome grooming products. If you try any of these please let me know your thoughts. 

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