I Thought Spring Was Here

Hey Luvs,

Spring is here and like everyone else, I am am thrilled just knowing that day by day it's going to get warmer. So far...that is not the case. Its still cold, it's a bit gloomy and I still have to wear my bulky winter jacket.
With that being said, I had attended an a event about a week and a half ago and I wanted to wear something that was a bit "spring like". I was hoping that the weather would have warmed up so that I would have the chance to floral type wrap dress, but instead I opted to wear something that would keep me feeling warm throughout the day.

To be quite honest, I wasn't sure if there was a dress-code for the event, but  I knew I wanted to wear something that was chic and flirty.

I decided to wear a gorgeous sleeveless lace overlay burgundy mock-neck top with a gray blazer. I paired this beautiful top with blue jeans and a pair of blush velvet flat.

Outfit details:
Lace Burgundy Mock-neck Top- Xhilaration
Gray Blazer- H&M
Blue Jeans- Macy's
Gray Coat- Calvin Klein
Blush Velvet Shoes- H&M
Sunglasses- Sunglassing.com

Even though it was cold and a saw a few snow flurries... I couldn't resist the fact that there were a couple of food trucks that were serving delicious pina coladas!

Can the the 75 degree weather get here already......

Sorry I've Been Away....

Hey Luvs!

I know that I've been somewhat absent from the blog for the past few months. I am truly sorry, but I have been super busy and a lot has happened in the last four months. I know that I don't owe you an explanation because life happens, but  kind of feel that I do.

Hmmm...where should I start? I know...my 9 to 5. In the past four months, my department has gone through two company transfers. Because of this change, I was in Chicago for a week, new login and access to resources took forever. Our clients need extra "tlc"....for they were all confused and the best part of all is....my teammates and I are still unsure of the changes in our job responsibility....for they have not been rolled out as yet. To be quite honest, beside normal everyday life issues... I'm working later than normal....my 9 to 5 really has been taking up quite a chunk of my life.

However, I do have a few things down the pipeline that  I can't wait to post about. One of them being a FREE "Subscription" box that I will be giving away to one random subscriber per month. Rules and disclaimers to come, so stay tuned for the updates.

As far as my love for fashion. I was super excited to get the opportunity to attend Styleweek Northeast A/W  2018 this past February. I attended the Saturday night runway show which presented showcases from four designers. Each designer that night....had more than a few pieces that spoke to me! There were designs that had bold pop of colors and ones that had a glamorous tropical resort feel. Models strut down the runway wearing bold statement furs of different hues. There were pieces that showcased a street style that was edgy yet feminine. Honestly, I was so in aww by these designers....I felt as though I picked the best night out of the week. If you would like to see videos and photos from the show...head to my Instagram page @cultureofvenus.

Also in the next few weeks I will be attending a couple of cool fashion events. So stay tuned... I will be doing a recap post on those events.

When it come to beauty, I do have a couple new products that I have tried over the past few months. I will definitely be posting some review on what I think is great and not so great about those products.

Once again guys I am truly sorry that I have been m.i.a, but I'm promising you that I will try to regain a balance so that I am able to post more frequently. Drop me a comment below on what new have been happening to you.

Holiday Healthy Skin with Neutrogena

Hey Luvs!

As promised, here is the Neutrogena inspired commercial of Kerry Washington's Soft Smokey Eye red carpet look. I had so much fun recreating this look, I hope you all enjoy this inspired commercial.
If you haven't checked out the Deep Plum inspired look I did, click on: Achieving Healthy Holiday Skin with Neutrogena 

Thanks to my amazing videographer @its_dinero1, who helped me put this video together.

Achieving Healthy Holiday Skin with Neutrogena

Hey Luvs!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week. I am so excited about today’s post! I partnered with Neutrogena to bring you a #HolidayHealthySkin makeup look, but before I list the products I used, I also wanted to share my thoughts on the #healthyskin products. I am not sure where you all are located, but if you are located in the Northeast…I’m pretty sure you can all agree that the weather has been wreaking havoc on your skin. With the harsh cold weather and depending on the ingredients that are in your makeup, it might be causing more harm than good for your skin.

Neutrogena is one of my absolute favorite go-to makeup brand. Not only are they the #1 Dermatologist Recommended skincare brand, they have been providing consumers with health and beauty improvements for over 50 years.
I was so thrilled when Neutrogena sent me a couple of products from their Healthy Skin line. I love the fact that Nuetrogena Healthy Skin provides a beautiful natural coverage that is non-greasy and lightweight formulated with antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Natural Soy and Feverfew. I definitely needed a makeup product that would help improve my skin as I wear it throughout the day.

The look I wanted to recreate was Kerry Washington’s Deep Plum red carpet look. I love Kerry Washington....she is one of my favorite celebs. Not only is she beautiful, but I love the way how she carries herself...so classy! To achieve Kerry's look. I listed the following Neutrogena products I used and their benefits:

Healthy Skin Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 

Optical modifiers help minimize the look of imperfections plus the formula contains a Natural Soy skin-enhancing ingredient, shown to provide anti-oxidant benefits.

Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20   

The Broad Spectrum SPF 20 formula, with an exclusive antioxidant blend, works to visibly  improve luminosity, tone and texture for healthier looking skin.

Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer  

The non-greasy, lightweight formula glides onto skin providing silky-smooth, natural-looking coverage. The unique hydrating core is designed to instantly quench skin.

Nourishing Eye Liner  

Long-lasting eye makeup finish that won't budge. Subtle light diffusers make the whites of eyes appear whiter, while olive oil and rainforest shea butter add nourishment. Plus the built-in sharpener gives precise smudge-proof eyeliner application and the contoured smudger softens and blends for a variety of eye makeup looks, including a smoky eye.

Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow 

This powerful combo includes a built-in primer to help prevent creasing and smudging with long-lasting beautiful color to enhance the eyes. Tested to provide up to 12 hours of rich, nourishing color, the formula is infused with vitamins and skin-nourishing conditioners for the delicate eye area. 

Healthy Volume Mascara 

Instantly builds lash volume by up to 400%. This formula, with a touch of olive oil, penetrates and helps plump the core of each and every lash. And sweet almond protects the outside of your lashes. 

Healthy Skin Blush in Rosy 

Enriched with Vitamin C and botanical conditioners, our dermatologist-tested blush is designed to blend evenly and instantly enhance your skin's healthy glow. The powder technology incorporates advanced gel systems for easy application and soft feel. 

Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Deep Plum 

Made with fruit extracts, along with mango and shea butter, our dermatologist-tested, balm-like formula glides on easily, providing a wash of moisturizing color. In addition, the twist up package allows for perfect application each time – no sharpener required.

To find out more about Neutrogena Healthy Skin or to find your celebrity inspiration, head to www.neutrogena.com/holidaylooks.html to see additional holiday looks.

Neutrogena was nice enough to provide a promo code HEALTHYSKIN25 that allows my readers to get 25% of their total purchase at check out on Neutrogena.com.
Honestly, I had so much fun recreating Kerry's Deep Plum look...I decided to also do her Soft Smokey Eye look. I needed the Healthy Skin Blush in the color Vibrant and the Moisture Smooth Color Stick in the color Almond Nude to complete the look. So I ran to the nearest drugstore to purchase the items. I also thought it would be cool to create a Neutrogena inspired commercial to showcase the look.  I will definitely post this video over the weekend, so stay tuned.

So, what do you guys think? Did I nail Kerry’s look? Leave me a comment below :)

Neutrogena provided products free in exchange for this post. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Rosaire Harmonie Women's Leather Wallet from Eva Leather

Hey Luvs!!
I hope you all are having a wonderful December! I can't believe that Christmas is in 10 days....I don't know about you all, but I still have quite a bit of gift shopping left to do. With that being said, I hope this post will help those who are still trying to decide on what to give as as gift.

A couple of weeks ago, I happily accepted a collaboration with Eva Leather and they sent me a beautiful Rosaire Harmonie Women's Leather Wallet for me to review. Before I get into my review on this wallet, let me give you a little info on Eva Leather.

 Eva Leather is a fashion retail company that delivers leather goods directly to consumers around the world. Founded in 2012, Eva Leather Co. Ltd has offered customers a perfect way to shop a wide selection of fashion leather goods at affordable prices. From fashion handbags to designer inspired bags you will have the choice to find the perfect bag that fit your wishes.

When the wallet arrived, I noticed that is was packaged in a way that it would be protected. It was enclosed in an orange cloth pouch and then packed in a vibrant orange box. The wallet is made of genuine togo leather (cowhide). The wallet I received was from the Rosaire collection in the color khaki and it had one main pocket to hold bills and two additional pockets. To ensure that all contents in the wallet would be secure, the wallet had a silver button where a leather strap can be looped through to guarantee closure. The wallet also came with a removable zip enclosure change purse with slots that can hold up to five credit/bank cards.

I love the simplicity of this wallet. Not only is it made well, but it's slim, sleek and very functional. The wallet is roomy enough to hold my cellphone as well as the removable change purse. It definitely can be paired with any handbag that is in my closet. Guys..I am very happy with this wallet. I definitely believe this wallet will give me a solid two years of wear.

If you haven't already, please check out Eva Leather's website....trust me... you will not be disappointed. Not only do the have wallets, but the have handbags and belts in all different colors, patterns, textures...ect. I myself have a couple items from the website that are on my wish list.  You can also check them out on Instagram (@evaleather) if you would like to just take a quick view at some of their products. 

Leave me a quick comment below if you guys have any questions or if you have purchased any items for Eva Leather in the past. 

Happy Holidays!!