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!




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!


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!


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!


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!



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!



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!



Budget Shopping, Fashion

Black Friday Follow Up

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

It’s been a hot minute since I posted last, because, ya know, life gets busy. Now, though, we are finding ourselves with a lot more time on our hands. Let’s hunker down together and check out (finally!) what a bought on Black Friday.

I know, Black Friday seems like a distant memory (actually, last week feels like a distant memory). For a quick refresher, check out my post How to Prep for Black Friday.

As you recall, I made a list of the items that I wanted to find on Black Friday. Below is the list:

  1. Work tank top
    1. Black
  2. Sweater x2 (I donated about 5 but I don’t need to replace all of them)
    1. Long length
    2. Loose fitting
  3. Light-weight cardigan
    1. Black
    2. Navy
    3. Dark Pink
  4. Leggings
    1. Brown
  5. Tank tops: Red, teal, purple, navy, dark grey, tan, brown and black
    1. Long length

Did I stick to the list? Did I find everything I wanted? Let’s see how I did, shall we?

Purchased from thredUP/ Similar

Black tank for work? Check! This black tank came straight from thredUP and I couldn’t be happier with it. The fabric flows so beautifully and does not cling to the body, yet you can still layer it up with a cardigan or blazer. The longer length also makes it easy to pair with leggings as well. This was a stellar Black Friday find!

Two long, loose-fitting sweaters…check! Oh and 1 more. Originally, I had purchased the purple and pink sweaters from JCP. When I saw the green sweater on thredUP, though, I just couldn’t resist. It’s so cute and sporty. There’s even a cute ruffle in the back! I’m loving all three of these sweaters and have worn them many times since purchasing them back in November. Another stellar Black Friday find!

Light weight cardigans in black, pink, and navy…check, check, and check! The black cardigan from JCP is so soft, it’s the perfect length, and just the right fit for layering. When this comes back in more colors I might just buy them all! Yes, it’s that good! The navy one is also super comfy and the perfect length and fit. Another win! Then there’s the pink cardigan. Oh, this pink cardigan reminded me of an important lesson. This was another thredUP find. Usually I mark the ‘Condition’ filter as “New with Tags” or “Like New”. Apparently, I failed to mark those when searching for this sweater. The sweater is in fine condition, except the big ink stain on the elbow. Ugh! Look for another post about how to get ink stains out of clothes! Hahaha! Lesson learned, be careful when purchasing used clothing!

Brown leggings from thredUP (similar)

Brown leggings…check! These are the softest, stretchiest leggings I have ever owned. They’re basically like butter. No joke! Another stellar Black Friday find!

Long-length tank tops in red, teal, purple, navy, dark grey, tan, brown and black…these were a no go. I didn’t find anything in this category that tickled my fancy. The search continues.

To make up for not finding any tank tops, I made a few purchases that were not on my list.

Black dress from thredUP (similar)

When I saw this black dress on thredUP, I knew it had to get into my cart immediately! I love tank dresses that can easily be worn by themselves in the summer or with leggings and a cardigan in the cooler months. The fit of this is superb, as it hides all my trouble areas. I’ve already worn this a few times and I’m sure this will get lots of wear time in the coming months!

Floral kimono from thredUP (similar)

Kimonos are on point right now. Add some floral to them and you have a real winner. I LOVE this one. I get so many compliments when I wear it. It’s so flowy and beautiful that I kind of feel like a princess when I throw it on. This is effortless style at its finest.

Floral dress from thredUP (similar)

This floral dress was purchase from thredUP with a little coaxing from my mom. She said it would be perfect for our cruise in February. She was right! This was the perfect cruise dress, but it was also be the perfect summer dress as well. The back is so cute with the racerback cutout and ruffles. Cuteness! Is it summer yet???

Purple tank from thredUP (similar)

This purple tank with it’s long length and flow caught my eye. It’s another great layering piece for home or for the office. This is an item that’s sure to get a lot of wear!

Brown leather boots from Macy’s (exact)

After the breakdown of my fake leather boots (see the post here), I was on the hunt for a pair of authentic leather boots. Unfortunately, these came with a lesson. When buying boots online, one should always measure the circumference of the calf. These ended up being too tight around my leg. I was a sad panda, but my mom got a new pair of real leather boots! Next time, I’ll be more careful!

That’s my Black Friday haul, folks! Overall, I was very happy with all my purchases. There’s a lot of quality pieces here that fit nicely into my existing wardrobe. I’ll be wearing these items for years to come!

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

Have a fabulous day, lovelies!




Bargain Boot Letdown

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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Today, let’s talk bargains. By now, we all know that I love a bargain. Finding treasures at a fabulously low price is my jam. Who’s with me?!?! We need to be careful, though. Sometimes, those bargains are not bargains at all. The phrase ‘You get what you pay for’ can ring all too true.

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Boots are a must in the upper Midwest in the winter. They are normal daily apparel. I have a casual pair and a fancier pair in both brown and black, neither are real leather. The casual pair gets a lot of wear. They are from JCP and last about 2 seasons (see them here). The fancier pair, though, doesn’t get much feet time. Feeling sad for my fancy boots, I pulled out the brown pair to give them some love. They had only been worn 2 or 3 times. Luckily, I was wearing a long dress, because look what happened after only an hour of wear…

They just disintegrated. It was so disappointing! Case in point, sometimes bargains aren’t best. That was all the encouragement I needed to order a pair of real leather boots. When Black Friday came around, I ordered a pair from Macy’s (see them here).

If you’re like me and are feeling a little leery about spending so much up-front on a single item, try this trick. Calculate the price per wear. Those boots that fell apart after 3 wears were probably around $50, making them $17 per wear. Yikes! The real leather boots I just bought on sale for about $120 would only have to be worn 7 times to make them $17 per wear. I have a feeling they’re going to get a lot more wear than that! I’m hoping to get those leather boots well into the single cents per wear. The bottom line is that it makes sense to spend more on items you wear often. If you wear jeans everyday, spend a little more to get good quality ones that will last you a long time. The investment will be well worth it!

What items do you invest in?

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

Have a fabulous day, lovelies!




The Long Black Vest

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, we’re talking style inspiration again. Remember last week when we were cleaning out our closets (see the post here)? There were a few pieces that I kept out as I wasn’t sure how to style them. What do you do when you don’t know how to style something? You turn to Pinterest of course!

I was at a loss at how to style this. Pinterest to the rescue!

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I found a few ideas that caught my eye. I love the striped shirt with the black vest, but I don’t have a striped long-sleeved shirt. This is definitely an outfit I want to try when the weather gets warmer.

It’s hard to tell, but the inspiration pic is actually a blue sweater vest. Other than switching that out for the black sweater vest, I stuck pretty close to the inspo photo. I also added a scarf rather than the necklace for a greater impact. I’m loving this look and have gotten so many compliments on this outfit! The long black vest can stay in my closet for now!

This has been a really fun experiment! We’ve learned that sometimes all we need is a little inspiration. The pieces in our closets can easily be refreshed by scrolling through Pinterest. That’s awesome!

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



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