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Hey dolls! Gents, welcome 😙…so here it is 2017 and I have had the hardest time maintaining length to my nails for 3 years or so now. My most prized nail moment was 2014 when my nails looked like this…

I have tried everything I could think of, doing all the same things, and nothing. Fast forward to a month ago when I took the tips and acrylic off that I had on for over a month…

You can’t see it but my nail beds look horrible, still do! The only thing I had going for me was that my nails were so hard despite having the acrylic on and that’s because once my nails started growing, I applied nail strengthener under my nail. I vowed from that moment on I would get back focused on the health and growth of my nails because I want my 2014 nails back.

I know some may think they are just nails, it’s not that serious but I beg to differ. Your nails say a lot about your overall health. Issues with your heart, liver, or lungs can reflect through your nails. Anemia, psoriasis, hepatitis, diabetes, you name it, your nails can be the first sign to these diseases. Also, presentation is everything. As an entrepreneur in the beauty field, before I put my best foot forward, I want to put my best hands forward.

So, how do I care for my nails? Every two weeks I do a detailed manicure, every week I do an almond oil nail soak, I keep nail hardner on and under my nails, I give me nails and day to breath, I eat very healthy, and drink water all day long.  Here are the products I’m using…


The Up & Up Target brand is the one I’ve been using for years…I usually have the one pictured which is the strengthening one and I have the green one, but I tried out the soak off one, I do not like it…its horrible for natural nails, very drying.  The green one from the Up & Up brand I use first to remove my polish because it has more acetone than the one pictured, and I use the one pictured last because it is the strenthening one.


I always have 2 nail boards (one for work, one for home), one is less abrasive, the other you can really get a great shape with. If your nails are weak, stay away from the black boards they are more so for gel nails. I have a nail file for cleaning under the nail, cuticle sticks to push back my cuticles and to clean up polish, and a cuticle clipper,  because I believe in doing so. I’ve been doing it for so long, I’m self taught with a lot of my personal care.  Pushing back cuticles only does so much but please have a professional clip your cuticles if you are new the nail care game.


I’ve been using this brand of cuticle cream for 3 years, and usually I have the Orly cuticle oil which does wonders not only for the cuticles but your nails as well. The Gelish brand is ok to me, I saw more of a difference with the Orly brand.  When pushing back your cuticles you want to do so with some form or cream so that they are softened, and you need cuticle oil to keep the moisture sealed in.


Yep even though it’s just me, I clean my cleansing tools every time with…


The first three never change, I know these products work because they got me to my 2014 nails. The topcoats change, I was a huge fan of the NYC In A New York Minute Topcoat because it dries so quick and my polish lasted so long.  I always add garlic pieces to my nail hardner as a strengthener, the Maximum Growth does exactly what it says it will, and the blue bottle of hardener is more like a gel polish.

The only thing I’ve had to change is my Hair/Skin/Nails vitamins. I was using Nature’s Bounty until I found out Soy can be very bad for the body and since I am dealing with a fibroid issue I’ve had to eliminate a lot from my body. Most Hair/Skin/Nail vitamins have soy so please be mindful. The brand I use now is…

They seem to be working well, and I feel good in knowing there is no soy.

Here is how my nails have been growing the past 4 weeks…

And now…

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I hope you found this post informative, thank you so much for reading!


Lifestyle & Social Media Blogger: Tia Danielle


Mission 2014 Nails In Full Effect

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Good Morning!!! Yes…Yes…Yes, I have returned to this form of blogging but do know I have not stopped blogging. Hopefully some of you follow me on social media, I have been focusing on that form of blogging, if you aren’t following me please do…I will leave the info at the end of this post.

I was in TJMaxx to get deodorant…how I left with $40 plus dollars of items, within 2 trips, is beside me.

One of the items was the Ellen Tracy Liquid Lipstick collection.

I saw this rose gold tin can and was intrigued. I opened it up and behold, 4 beautiful nude lippies. Now, I have not tried any of her lipglosses just a few of her lipsticks which I have been pleased with. The liquid lipsticks come in glass bottles which is tre’ chic to me, the all around presentation is worth more than the product is sold for.

Do you see what I mean? Now here are the swatches…





Those are just one swipe swatches! Can we say pigmented? These liquid lipsticks dry to a non budging matte…

They aren’t going anywhere…now, we have seen the packaging, the pigmentation, beautiful swatches, matte drying, now for the price…


I told you! You are getting a great deal with this product. So, the next time you are in TJMaxx, look for these.

I have only swatches these lippies, I have not worn them yet but I am sure I will be just as pleased. Following me on my social media will let you in on more ⤵

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Ellen Tracy Liquid Lipstick Swatches

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Aloe: Benefits, Uses, & more!

Hello all!  Today I want to share with you why aloe is the plant to have and the juice to drink.

Here is a tiny bit of back story about Aloe.  Aloe comes from tropical climates and used for medicinal/agricultural purposes.  Between America, Europe, Asia, and Africa there are 240 varieties of aloe.

I was introduced to the aloe plant at a very young age because my grandfather had a garden and loves his plants and herbs. Anytime you get a cut, burn, or scrape, aloe is your fixer upper.  A couple of weeks ago my nephew broke out in a rash on our way to New York.  I had pieces of the leaf on me and rubbed the gel on every spot, by the time we reached New York his skin was clear!

Over the past few years it seems like this plant that’s been around for many years, is now getting the recognition it deserves. You no longer have to go to plant shops or home improvement stores to purchase them, they now sell huge aloe leafs in grocery stores in some states.

When it comes to using aloe internally like with aloe juice, I would suggest purchasing the ones that are at health food stores or in the pharmacy section of your grocery store.  Dr. Axe of says that in approved commercial products, there is a certification program that validates the quality & quantity of aloe vera.

I started using it all over my skin in 2012.  I have always been into skincare so I would buy the plant from Home Depot, pick the leaf, open it up and put the gel all over then apply lotion.  It was very time consuming so that didn’t last long.  Now I am back doing it again but I only apply to my face and sometimes the back of my hands and cuticles.

On the face it acts as a mask which you can leave on for about 20 minutes and wash off.  I leave it on my face, the gel tightens up and pulls the skin which I feel will help with wrinkles and fine lines.  Once it tightens I then add oil to moisture.

I also drink aloe vera juice…………

I drink about a half a cup, and what it does for you is help alkaline the body and PH levels, it hydrates, and based on the vitamins and minerals aloe contains; A, C, E, calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium, you are sure to get a nutritional boost.

Other benefits:

-can clear up acne & scars from breakouts (gel)

-detox the liver

-great hair and scalp moisturizer

-heals cold sores

-reduces inflammation (drink)

If you have any preconditioned issues like diabetes or crohns disease, consult with your doctor or simply do your research first!


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Black Radiance: Perfect Tone Matte Lip Creme

Welcome back!  This post is a review on the Black Radiance Lip Creme.

I first came across this product in Walmart.  I saw the purple one and fell in love, but I talked myself out of buying it, even with a dollar off coupon on it!  That wasn’t the last time though, I ended up buying the purple one maybe a week later.  The purple is called Living In Violet

From the first swipe of this liquid lip fantasy, I knew I had to have more.  The consistency is that of mousse, creamy, soft, then it drys matte almost instantly.  When it drys it isn’t a skin cracking dry, it’s still smooth.

The same goes for the color in Go Nude

The application was perfect, creamy with a nice matte finish.  The colors look exactly the same from the bottle to the lips.  Now the one I had a problem with was the color Matte Bright

I was very confused with the application for this one, and it may have just been the bottle I purchased, I will be trying it again before making my final decision.  It was very messy, not a smooth application at all.  My lips looked dry and cracked after I applied this color.

I purchased the Go Nude and Matte Bright from Rite Aid for $3.99, they are the same price in Walmart and if you purchase from Black Radiance online.  The color payoff is worth much more than $3.99, the product last for hours after eating and drinking before needing to reapply, at least 3 hours.  To remove these lip cremes you need an oil based remover, I use coconut oil for everything. There are 9 more shades to choose from and the product is cruelty free!

Let me know below if you have tried this product and what your experience was, I would love to hear from you.  Thanks so much for reading!


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Saturday’s Beauty Buys 

Good Morning!!!  Today I am going to share with you the beauty products I purchased this week.  These products are definitely ones that I suggest you purchase as well because they are awesome.

Wet N Wilds Kohl Eyeliner Pencil is my favorite drugstore eyeliner…

I have used a couple different pencils and this one by far is the best, it’s so smooth for a pencil and extremely pigmented.  The cost isn’t bad either, you can find these for $.99 to $1.09 depending.

Now, I am not quite sure what has come over me this year but I now love glitter and anything sparkly.  I love it so much that I started going with the hashtag #sparklenshine.  I own maybe two polishes that are glitter polishes and wanted more.  I picked up this one from Wet N Wild for just $.99.  With the work that I do in retail it is very hard to keep a decent manicure, but I have noticed when I use glitter polish you don’t really notice when it chips.

Told you I love me some glitter now!  I picked up this glitter for the eyes.  The color is Groupie and it’s from the Wet N Wild Coloricon collection.  I have added this to the collection….

Now I have them all…I love this product because it isn’t a powdered type glitter where you will have glitter everywhere.  This product is sticky which is a perfect consistency for application.  I used to use eyeliner pencil all over the area I wanted to apply glitter, it helped it to stick, now I can just apply as is!  Here is a look using the gold glitter…

Lastly, a few weeks ago I picked up this Black Radiance Lip Creme and fell in love!

Now for those who truly know me know that I love me a purple lippie, so I had to have this for that reason alone.  I then used the product and was amazed at the pigmentation.  It goes on as a creme and drys matte, not a dry cracking matte either.  I said I would purchase more and I did, two more actually…

We have Go Nude and Matte Bright, I believe I will be wearing Matte Bright tonight with my makeup look so be sure to follow me on Instagram so you don’t miss the pictures!  Oh, and these lippies are $3.99 😱 great price for the product.


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