Everyday Style, Tips & Tricks

How to Overcome a Haute Mess Day

Hey, lovelies! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today has been crazy. First, I discovered we have no filter MissyAnn…. Yikes. Second, my hair is wild and I don’t have any tools to calm it here at work . Third, I thought it would help if I sprayed a little perfume on. Instead, I sprayed A LOT on and now I feel like everyone is secretly cursing me in their cubes. What’s a girl to do?

First, take a few deep breathes and find your center. Simply be still for a few moments. Then, let’s turn this day around.

Find a friend

The therapeutic benefits of talking out your feelings is undeniable. Sometimes even just talking with someone about anything is helpful. So, find a friend to talk with. People are not too busy to have a 5 minute convo with you especially if they know you’re having a day.

Go for a walk

Just getting up and moving around is sometimes all you need to turn the day around. The simple act of a walk has magical powers to clear ones mind. There have been times I’ve stared at a problem for hours, only to get up, walk a few steps, and the solution comes to me. If you can catch some rays, all the better. Feeling the sun on our skin for even a few moments can have a profound effect on our mood.

Powder your nose

I mean this one quite literally. Grab your makeup bag and head to the restroom. Have yourself a mini self-care session. Touch up your makeup and reapply your lipstick. This does wonders for your confidence. The more confident you feel, the better!

Listen to music

Nothing can get me out of a funk like listening to my favorite tunes. So, grab some headphones and turn on your favorite playlist. You’ll be feeling better in no time!

Find some solitude

Sometimes we just need a little alone time in a spot where no one can find us. We just need to be by ourself. Again, this doesn’t have to be for hours on end. At times, a few minutes to completely disconnect from our surroundings is just what the doctor ordered. I’m lucky at my work that we have a few rooms sprinkled around campus for just that purpose. Complete with a comfy chair and dimmable lights, it’s a great place to relax for a moment. If you don’t have something like that, a unfrequented part of the office works well. I’ve also seeked solitude in my car. That works great too.

What are your tips for overcoming a bad day? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

That’s all for today. Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Makeup, Product Review

Believe Beauty Makeup Review Part 2

Hey, lovelies! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, we’re reviewing another round of Believe Beauty products. The first round went so well, I wanted to test out some more products for you guys!

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Blush Duo($4.75): Try

How pretty is this blush duo, right? So pretty! It’s even prettier on! I found the two colors work best mixed together. They are such a beautiful color and work so nicely with your skin tone. I’m one of those girls who wear pink blush with pink lipstick and peach blush with red lipstick. With this blush, though, it doesn’t matter. It looks good with either. The only complaint I have about this blush is the application. I tried several brushes before I found one that didn’t make the blush go on patchy. The brush is this one from Bare Essentials. It’s their Flawless Face brush. As long as I have that brush in hand, this is my new go-to blush!

Eye Shadow Palette ($5): Pass

Plush Purples

This palette is so pretty! I love the purples in here. It swatches beautifully. However, when blended out, the colors blend out to nothing. It was so disappointing! I tried using several application methods with no success.  Pass on this palette.

Lipstick ($4): Must try

I was looking for some nice fall lip colors. This lipstick did not disappoint! How pretty is this color for fall, right? This formula is so comfortable on the lips. It’s not transfer proof but it does have nice staying power. I’ll be picking this up in other colors for sure!

Liquid Lipstick ($4): Must try

I love a liquid lipstick and this one is no exception. Again, this color is so perfect for fall! The formula is a bit tacky but not terrible by any means. This too is not transfer proof but the staying power is stellar. I’ll be picking this up in other colors as well!

Believe Beauty is proving to be a fabulous drugstore option for makeup. They have skincare too, so stay tuned for an upcoming review on those products!

Have you tried anything from Believe Beauty? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

That’s all for today. Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn 😘

Beauty, Fashion, Makeup

What I’ve Been Loving Lately

Hey, lovelies! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, I want to share the things I’ve been loving lately and why. Perhaps you’ll find some new favorites here or at least something new to try out!

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Color: All Things Purple

Purple is really having a moment this fall! And not the dark, reddish shade of purple that is traditionally associated with fall. We’re talking lilac purple. That’s so strange to me, but I’m not mad about it. I love me some purple, so I’m all in on this trend!

Here are some of my lilac favorites…

Nail Polish

Eyeshadow

Highlighter

Outfit

Books: Girl Wash Your Face

Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is the dose of motivation we all need. Even the most motivated of us need some inspiration from time to time. This book is it! Each chapter stands on its own. So you can skip the ones that don’t apply to you or read them in the order that makes the best sense for you. This is one of those books you can read over and over and get something different out of it each time. I’ll have this book on repeat for a long time. Pick it up today!

Find it on Amazon here.

Beverage: Flavored Coffee

I’ve always been a French Roast kind of girl. I never stray much from that…until recently. The other day I picked up a few flavored coffee blends at the store, specifically French Vanilla and Chocolate Caramel Brownie. The Chocolate Caramel Brownie was a stretch, but I can’t resist caramel-flavored things. Much to my surprise, they were actually pretty good. I’ll be trying more flavors this fall. I might even try one of those famous PSLs (Pumpkin Spice Latte). When in Rome, right?

You can find this brand at many retailers including Target.

Activities: Being Outside

Fall is in full force here in Iowa. The weather has been BEAUTIFUL! I’m soaking up all the fall feels by spending as much time outside as possible. From walks to hikes to hanging out on the deck, it’s been all outside all time. Oh did I mention the windows are open too? Let that fall air inside!

Here are a few of my fall faves…

App: Puzzle Page

I’ve always enjoyed puzzle books. Now, I’ve found the joy of puzzle books in an app! It’s called Puzzle Page and is available on Android devices (not sure about IOS). It’s a free-to-play app with optional pay-for-play. The free content is plenty to keep busy. There’s a great variety of puzzles to play including Sudoku, Crosswords, Word Finds, and much much more. If you like puzzle games, you’ll love this app!

What have YOU been loving lately? Let us know in the comments below.

That’s all for today. Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Makeup, Product Review

Believe Beauty Makeup Review

Welcome back to Talk Fabulous! It’s been awhile and it’s so good to be back! Let’s jump right in!

Today, let’s look at a Dollar General brand, Believe Beauty. I first heard about this brand on Emily Noel’s YouTube channel. She was doing a video on makeup $5 and under (see the video here). Seeing as how the prices at the drugstore are skyrocketing, I was skeptical that there was anything worth using at that price point. Boy, was I wrong! I ran out to my nearest DG and picked up some makeup to try for myself.

Sidenote: check out Emily Noel’s YouTube channel (here) and her Instagram (here). She is awesome!

Let’s jump into the reviews!

Radiantly Primed Face Primer ($5): Must Try

This primer is beautiful! It smooths nicely onto the skin and gives your face a beautifully, healthy glow. Use on its own or under foundation. You won’t be disappointed! I can’t wait to try out their other primer options!

Skin Finish Foundation ($5): Must Try

Another beautiful product! This foundation is gorgeous on the face. It provides great coverage without feeling or looking cakey on the skin. In my experience, this works best applied with a sponge in conjunction with the primer. Using this combination the foundation adheres to the skin and becomes one with it. The staying power is great. It’s not transfer resistant by any means but it does last through the day. For a $5 price tag, this is a fabulous find! Also, did I mention how beautiful this packaging is?!?! Love it!

Concealer($4): Take it or leave it

The Believe Beauty concealer was just meh for me. The coverage is fine, although the product offers no brightening effect. I do like a concealer that offers some brightening. However, if that’s not as important to you, this concealer might be for you! At $4 it’s worth a shot!

Matte Blur Loose Transluscent Powder ($5): Must try

This powder is beautiful on the skin! It’s incredibly fine yet it doesn’t fly everywhere like some loose powders do. The ‘matte’ part of the name is questionable as it does let the glow from the primer shine through. If you are looking for a mattifying powder, this isn’t it. However, it does blur without looking cakey. It’s light enough that it can be used as an under eye setting powder too. It’s gorgous and I will be repurchasing this product!

Eye Brow Mascara ($4): Must try

I love a good eye brow mascara and this one doesn’t disappoint! The brush is the perfect size and picks up just the right amount of product. It lasts all day and is a great color match. It’s all turning up roses here, so try it out today!

High Drama Fiber Mascara ($4.50): Hard pass

I so wanted to love this mascara. It gives the lashes a beautiful, lengthening effect that’s just so pretty. By mid-day, though, I’m left looking like a mama raccoon. That is not a cute look on anyone! Leave this one on the shelf!

Makeup Perfecting Setting Spray ($4.50): Must try

This setting spray has the finest mister of any setting spray I’ve ever tried. It is SUPER fine. No big droplets here! The scent is also quite lovely like a clean/tropical vibe. It doesn’t seem like the setting spray helps the longevity of the makeup, however, it does give the skin a nice perfected look. Pick this up today!

I’d say that was a pretty good haul! 1 meh, 1 hard pass and 5 must trys! It’s safe to say that Believe Beauty is a brand to check out! I will be trying more of what they have to offer soon, so stay tuned!

What new makeup have you been trying out lately? Let us know down in the comments!

That’s all for today! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Fashion

Bernie Memes are the Best Memes

Hey, lovelies! Get excited! You are in for quite the treat today! Let’s get right into it!

It all started with a text from my SIL…

To which I replied…

To which another SIL said, “I’ll be expecting to see that on your blog…”

Welp, I was locked in at that point. I had just accepted to recreate the Bernie meme in front of about 10 people. I’m game, though! Let’s steer into the skid and see what comes of it!

As an extra special treat, Bernie and I decided to show off our look at a number of national landmarks. Enjoy!

So, who wore it best? 🤣🤣🤣

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn 😘

Everyday Style, Fashion, Winter Style

Purple Power

Hey, lovelies! Nice to see you here again!

We’re back at it with an outfit of the day! This one was inspired by the necklace. I just love this gold plated leaf necklace compliments of my bestie. I took to Pinterest to see how I could fit this necklace into a look.

I found the perfect recipe outfit. Not only does it feature the necklace front and center, it looks like an easy yet put together look. Also, it’s purple. 💜 That’s a win win win in my book!

I didn’t change much in my rendition of the outfit. The look was pretty fabulous already.

I know, I know, not many of us are putting on jeans these days. If you do have an occasion to leave the house, this is a great option! For a more casual, work from home look, you could exchange the jeans for some leggings. Now we’re talking!

Which do you prefer, leggings or jeans?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

Lylas,

MissyAnn 😘

Happy New Year, Tips & Tricks

The Simple Secret to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution

Hey, lovelies! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done any blogging. I’m glad to be back with you!

Today, we’re talking New Year’s resolutions. You know, the goals we set out to accomplish in the excitement and hope of the upcoming year. Sadly, though, most resolutions end up abandoned by February. Yikes! Okay, well, maybe that’s not a fact, fact. I heard it on The Office so it must be true? 🤷 No matter what the true statistics are, most people do not follow through on their resolutions.

Why is that? We all make well meaning goals. We might want to exercise more or read more or get rid of a bad habit. These are all well intentioned pursuits and we know doing these things is in our best interest. So why do we end up going back to our old ways in a matter of weeks?

Motivation is key. We have to find an impactful way to motivate ourselves. Knowing something is good for us is not enough to do it. We have to dig deeper and find out what’s driving our goals.

An easy way to do this is called reframing. I first saw this concept applied to New Year’s resolutions on Kaitlyn Black’s Instagram. For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, she was Annabeth on Hart of Dixie. If you’re looking for something new to watch, Hart of Dixie is a sweet and charming southern rom-com. You can find it on Prime video. I highly recommend it!

Okay, back to reframing. This takes your resolution and digs into the why. Ask yourself, why do I want to do xyz?

Let’s practice with the resolution of Exercise More. Why do I want to exercise more? It may be to get in shape. Why do I want to get in shape? So my clothes fit better. Why do I want my clothes to fit better? So I have a more positive view of my body. Ah, now we’ve gotten to the heart of the matter. We can reframe our resolution from Exercise More to Create a More Positive View of My Body. Which goal are you more likely to keep? I’d say the latter, hands down.

It may take several rounds of asking why to get to the root cause. It’s totally worth it, though. You’ll end up with a resolution that you’re much more likely to keep.

What are your 2021 resolutions? How can you use this reframing technique so you’re more likely to keep them?

Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s good to be back with you all! Have a great day, lovelies!

Lylas,

MissyAnn 😘

Beauty, Everyday Style, Makeup

How to Look Your Best in Video Chats

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

These days, everyday is a rollercoaster ride. The ups and downs of our current situation are taxing on our minds, bodies, and souls. *sigh

Luckily, technology has our back and is allowing us to remain connected while we’re physically apart. For many of us this means many a video chat. Need to “walk” over to a co-worker’s desk…call them on Zoom. Want to say hi to the family…Google Hangouts to the rescue.

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These video chat sessions can come at any moment and without warning. Looking presentable is a must (at least from the top up, pants are totally optional at this point). Let’s explore 5 easy ways to always look your best when your chatting it up via webcam.

Tip 1: Wear Mascara

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It’s important, whether in person or online, to make your eyes the focal point of your face. The first step to achieving this is to apply mascara. Mascara has a great power to really help make your eyes pop. It’s like magic in a tube. So, before any video chat, make sure to layer on some mascara. I’m still loving the Lash Paradise mascara from L’Oreal. See my review here.

Tip 2: Fill in those brows

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Remember that we want to make our eyes the focal point of our face? Another great and easy way to do this is by filling in the brows. This is a quick and easy step that can make all the difference. Check out this post for my favorite brow product.

Tip 3: Add some blush

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Nothing gives the skin a healthier glow like blush. It gives the skin that naturally flushed looked that instantly adds life and depth to the skin. No need to overdo it here. Just add a quick swipe of your favorite blush and you’re good to go. I’ve been loving the Milani baked blushes (see the post here). The color is spot on and a little goes a long way.

Tip 4: Do your hair

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Stay with me here, I’m not talking about going all out with a fancy updo or anything like that. We do need to put a little effort into this area, though. Nothing can make you look more unprofessional, tired, or even age you as much as not running a comb through your locks. As you know, I’ve never been one to do much with my hair. I’m way more into makeup. I think that’s because I can control the makeup better. I feel like my hair just has a life of its own. With video chatting, though, your hair only has to look good from the front! Even I can handle that! Also, I’ve discovered these updo hair pieces on Amazon (check them out here). These babies deserve a post all their own, so stayed tuned for that. They really are a hair game changer!

Tip 5: Wear Lipstick

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If you do nothing else, do this one. Putting on lipstick not only makes you look instantly put together but it’s a big confidence booster too. How can you not feel fabulous when wearing a rocking lip color? Trust me, it’s impossible. Now is the time to experiment. Those neutral colors you’re used to wearing may not transfer well on screen. Try something slightly darker or brighter, just don’t go too crazy if it’s for work.

There you have it! 5 quick and easy ways to look fabulous for your next video chat!

We want to hear from you! What suggestions do you have for looking your best in video chats?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Winter, Winter Style

Another Pop of Pink

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

That’s right, today we have another pop of pink. We’re all needing good vibes right about now, and pink fits the bill for me.

As with yesterday’s look, I followed close to the recipe style. Gray and pink are one of my favorite color combos for winter. Couple that with a chance to wear this fabulous pink statement necklace and you have a winning outfit in my book!

How are you beating the 3rd winter blues (or #stayhome #alonetogether blues for that matter)?

Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Everyday Style, Fashion, Winter, Winter Style

All in with Pink

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

We’re having winter #3 here in the upper Midwest. In fact, as I write this there are little white flakes falling from the sky!!! That’s okay, though, because we can always brighten up the weather with the right colors. The right color for me today is pink. Let’s be honest, though, I’m always in the mood for pink!

My look is essentially identical to that in the recipe style. I love the animal print scarf with the bright pink sweater. It’s such a fun and unexpected pairing. This is an outfit that has been on repeat all winter long!

What color do you wear when the weather needs brightening?

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn