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― N'Zuri Za Austin


Happy Memorial Day My Nearly Perfect Peeps! The countdown begins for my birthday! I am a little salty because Toronto will be a little colder than expected but hey, what can I do? I have had to re-shop for my birthday outfit but I’m not complaining to say the least!

I have become a brand ambassador for Ami Club Wear and as an ambassador I get a chance to try and display some great piece for you lovelies. As I was on the site searching for some cute finds for my trip I fell in love with this black dress! It was the perfect midi length bodycon and long sleeve. What I love most about this black dress is the detailing. It hugs my curves in all the right places perfectly. I decided to pair this with a fur vest as it gives the dress a little more kick and nude heels. I rarely shop at Forever 21 but this cross body was too cute to pass up! The dress is currently on sale here, so get it while you can!

P.S. Satin Doll Company’s dagger necklace has of course made another appearance. I’m in love!







Ami Club Wear Velvet Dress- Holiday Vibes

Monday, May 29, 2017



Happy Memorial Day My Nearly Perfect Peeps! The countdown begins for my birthday! I am a little salty because Toronto will be a little colder than expected but hey, what can I do? I have had to re-shop for my birthday outfit but I’m not complaining to say the least!

I have become a brand ambassador for Ami Club Wear and as an ambassador I get a chance to try and display some great piece for you lovelies. As I was on the site searching for some cute finds for my trip I fell in love with this black dress! It was the perfect midi length bodycon and long sleeve. What I love most about this black dress is the detailing. It hugs my curves in all the right places perfectly. I decided to pair this with a fur vest as it gives the dress a little more kick and nude heels. I rarely shop at Forever 21 but this cross body was too cute to pass up! The dress is currently on sale here, so get it while you can!

P.S. Satin Doll Company’s dagger necklace has of course made another appearance. I’m in love!







The battle for clear skin has been a battle fought with great tenacity and has built great candor in this war. Suffice to say, I have made great progress!!

If you are not sure what my current regimen is, please be sure to take a peek here.

What did I do?
For the most part, my skin is transforming to a butterfly, as my dead skin sheds. At first I was not too happy about the Retinol peeling my skin as if I was inherently born a reptile, however now, I understand that it serves a genuine purpose.

I can't disregard the fact that my eating habits have had a huge role in this transformation either. Ever since I have been trying to stick to an increase in green foods, my skin has been a little more radient as well! I will have an update on my daily food intake to provide you with a snapshot of what life may look like for me with this new "lifestyle change" foodwise.

Olehenriksen has also been super helpful the past month as I have been using their oily skin program and that probably has something to do with my glow!

Is your skin 100% clear?
Not in the least bit. In fact I am getting new cystic like acne postulates on my chin, which I will be tracking as I am not sure if they are forming due to a reaction to makeup or something I am consuming.

BUT buttercups, I can actually count how many friends I have on my face which is a HUGE improvement.


I will be back in three weeks with another update on my skin. Until then, keep shinning!

Skin Care Update: 4 Months Post Retinol

Friday, May 26, 2017

The battle for clear skin has been a battle fought with great tenacity and has built great candor in this war. Suffice to say, I have made great progress!!

If you are not sure what my current regimen is, please be sure to take a peek here.

What did I do?
For the most part, my skin is transforming to a butterfly, as my dead skin sheds. At first I was not too happy about the Retinol peeling my skin as if I was inherently born a reptile, however now, I understand that it serves a genuine purpose.

I can't disregard the fact that my eating habits have had a huge role in this transformation either. Ever since I have been trying to stick to an increase in green foods, my skin has been a little more radient as well! I will have an update on my daily food intake to provide you with a snapshot of what life may look like for me with this new "lifestyle change" foodwise.

Olehenriksen has also been super helpful the past month as I have been using their oily skin program and that probably has something to do with my glow!

Is your skin 100% clear?
Not in the least bit. In fact I am getting new cystic like acne postulates on my chin, which I will be tracking as I am not sure if they are forming due to a reaction to makeup or something I am consuming.

BUT buttercups, I can actually count how many friends I have on my face which is a HUGE improvement.


I will be back in three weeks with another update on my skin. Until then, keep shinning!



Whats up Nearly Perfect Peeps?! As the summer approaches, your glow up must be past exuberant. It can be tough to get that perfect look without looking greasy and so makeup may not be the solution as July and June hit. In my opinion, in order to get that perfect glow your natural skin care routine has to be perfected!


Thanks to Influenster, I was given a complimentary Ole Henriksen's balanced collection skin care oil control line to review. They went all out with this, because this set not only promotes your glow BUT also controls oil. How can you not have this product line in your life!? If you know me, then you know I struggle with oily skin, and my skin is always ready to fry something. Since I've found this line, my skin looks refreshed and the sun naturally bounces off of my face!



Let's take a look at what Ole Henriksen's set provides:


  • Find Your Balance- Oil Control Cleanser
  • Balancing Force- Oil Control Toner
  • Counter Balance- Oil Control Hydrator


So let us take a gander at what these bad boys are supposed to do.

1. Find Your Balance- Oil Control Cleanser



Claims:
Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser reduces excess oil and deeply cleanses pores. Formulated with Green Fusion Complex™, a proprietary blend of potent active botanicals—green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss extracts—with natural antiseptic properties, and neem seed oil, its deep cleansing action helps unclog and purify pores without stripping skin, while the invigorating eucalyptus-peppermint scent awakens the senses. Powerful glycolic and lactic acids help loosen and lift dead skin cells that can cause pore-clogging build-up. Instantly, the complexion is refreshed and balanced with a healthy-looking Ole Glow™!
Deeply cleanses
Reduces oil
Purifies pores
Noncomedogenic

What I think: I can't stress this enough but my skin is oily! This cleanser for me serves as both a cleanser and makeup remover. It leaves your pores tighten and feels minty fresh. It has a strong scent, close to eucalyptus but it smells refreshing if you like the eucalyptus minty scent. I use this in the morning and the night with my Vanity Planet spin brush, and it really gets into my pores. I did find that upon rinsing my skin, it can feel too tight at times and a little drying but I get that mostly in the morning if I scrub too hard.


2. Balancing Force-Oil Control Toner


Claims: 
Controls oil, helps minimize the appearance of pores and freshens skin

This concentrated facial astringent effectively removes excess oil and refines pores—without stripping skin. It’s formulated with Green Fusion Complex™, a proprietary blend of potent active botanicals—green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss extracts—with natural antiseptic properties. With a powerful blend of both BHA and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)—salicylic, glycolic and lactic acids—and neem seed oil, its gentle clarifying action helps unclog, purify and minimize the appearance of pores. This refreshing toner features an energizing eucalyptus-peppermint scent. Instantly, the complexion is fresh and invigorated with a matte, healthy-looking Ole Glow™.
Controls oil
Helps minimize the appearance of pores
Freshens skin
Noncomedogenic


What I think: This toner is the holy grails of holy grails! If you don't buy anything else from this set, you have to buy this! Using this everyday has really helped my pores close and I think it's the star player for oil control. I think this toner has to be on everyone's bathroom counter! The fact that this contains salicylic acid makes this even better because it helps to smooth my acne. Gets no better than this!


3. Counter Balance- Oil control Hydrator



Claims: 



Hydrates, controls oil, mattifies and reduces the appearance of pores


Finally, oily skin meets its matte. Developed as the product Ole wishes he had during his own struggle with oily skin, this lightweight, mattifying hydrator gives oily and combination skin types the essential moisture they crave. Oily skin needs hydration, too, to look its healthy best.

This innovative moisturizer is powered by Green Fusion Complex™, a proprietary blend of potent active botanicals—green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss extracts—with natural antiseptic properties. Combined with neem seed oil and powerful alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), it helps keep pores clear and skin matte all day long while maintaining optimal hydration and a healthy balance.

This groundbreaking formula also significantly improves the wear of foundation for up to 8 hours, making makeup meltdown a thing of the past. The complexion is soft, smooth and refreshed with a healthy-looking, matte Ole Glow™!
Hydrates
Controls oil
Mattifies
Reduces the appearance of pores
Noncomedogenic

In an independent, lab-verified study, Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator improved the wear of foundation for 8 hours.


What I think: Ok this is the star of the show when it comes to your glow up shorties! This has to be one of the lightest most moisturizing sets I have ever used when it comes to hydrating your skin. For most it mattifies the skin then the glow comes through, but for me it automatically has my skin glowing! It unfortunately doesn't help my foundation wear, but that's my only qualm. If I really needed something to have my foundation last it would be a bomb primer.



I have been using this for about a month and half now and I truly can say this system is a keeper for my glowing days in the summer. It is totally worth the price and with twice a day use it can really last you about three months. You can find these bad boys at Sephora or even the Ole Henriksen's website. Trust me, it is worth my investment, I even have some of my own family members using it.



What skin care routine do you use for your glow up?

Ole Henriksen's Balance it all-Oil Control Regimen: Winning Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 24, 2017



Whats up Nearly Perfect Peeps?! As the summer approaches, your glow up must be past exuberant. It can be tough to get that perfect look without looking greasy and so makeup may not be the solution as July and June hit. In my opinion, in order to get that perfect glow your natural skin care routine has to be perfected!


Thanks to Influenster, I was given a complimentary Ole Henriksen's balanced collection skin care oil control line to review. They went all out with this, because this set not only promotes your glow BUT also controls oil. How can you not have this product line in your life!? If you know me, then you know I struggle with oily skin, and my skin is always ready to fry something. Since I've found this line, my skin looks refreshed and the sun naturally bounces off of my face!



Let's take a look at what Ole Henriksen's set provides:


  • Find Your Balance- Oil Control Cleanser
  • Balancing Force- Oil Control Toner
  • Counter Balance- Oil Control Hydrator


So let us take a gander at what these bad boys are supposed to do.

1. Find Your Balance- Oil Control Cleanser



Claims:
Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser reduces excess oil and deeply cleanses pores. Formulated with Green Fusion Complex™, a proprietary blend of potent active botanicals—green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss extracts—with natural antiseptic properties, and neem seed oil, its deep cleansing action helps unclog and purify pores without stripping skin, while the invigorating eucalyptus-peppermint scent awakens the senses. Powerful glycolic and lactic acids help loosen and lift dead skin cells that can cause pore-clogging build-up. Instantly, the complexion is refreshed and balanced with a healthy-looking Ole Glow™!
Deeply cleanses
Reduces oil
Purifies pores
Noncomedogenic

What I think: I can't stress this enough but my skin is oily! This cleanser for me serves as both a cleanser and makeup remover. It leaves your pores tighten and feels minty fresh. It has a strong scent, close to eucalyptus but it smells refreshing if you like the eucalyptus minty scent. I use this in the morning and the night with my Vanity Planet spin brush, and it really gets into my pores. I did find that upon rinsing my skin, it can feel too tight at times and a little drying but I get that mostly in the morning if I scrub too hard.


2. Balancing Force-Oil Control Toner


Claims: 
Controls oil, helps minimize the appearance of pores and freshens skin

This concentrated facial astringent effectively removes excess oil and refines pores—without stripping skin. It’s formulated with Green Fusion Complex™, a proprietary blend of potent active botanicals—green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss extracts—with natural antiseptic properties. With a powerful blend of both BHA and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)—salicylic, glycolic and lactic acids—and neem seed oil, its gentle clarifying action helps unclog, purify and minimize the appearance of pores. This refreshing toner features an energizing eucalyptus-peppermint scent. Instantly, the complexion is fresh and invigorated with a matte, healthy-looking Ole Glow™.
Controls oil
Helps minimize the appearance of pores
Freshens skin
Noncomedogenic


What I think: This toner is the holy grails of holy grails! If you don't buy anything else from this set, you have to buy this! Using this everyday has really helped my pores close and I think it's the star player for oil control. I think this toner has to be on everyone's bathroom counter! The fact that this contains salicylic acid makes this even better because it helps to smooth my acne. Gets no better than this!


3. Counter Balance- Oil control Hydrator



Claims: 



Hydrates, controls oil, mattifies and reduces the appearance of pores


Finally, oily skin meets its matte. Developed as the product Ole wishes he had during his own struggle with oily skin, this lightweight, mattifying hydrator gives oily and combination skin types the essential moisture they crave. Oily skin needs hydration, too, to look its healthy best.

This innovative moisturizer is powered by Green Fusion Complex™, a proprietary blend of potent active botanicals—green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss extracts—with natural antiseptic properties. Combined with neem seed oil and powerful alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), it helps keep pores clear and skin matte all day long while maintaining optimal hydration and a healthy balance.

This groundbreaking formula also significantly improves the wear of foundation for up to 8 hours, making makeup meltdown a thing of the past. The complexion is soft, smooth and refreshed with a healthy-looking, matte Ole Glow™!
Hydrates
Controls oil
Mattifies
Reduces the appearance of pores
Noncomedogenic

In an independent, lab-verified study, Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator improved the wear of foundation for 8 hours.


What I think: Ok this is the star of the show when it comes to your glow up shorties! This has to be one of the lightest most moisturizing sets I have ever used when it comes to hydrating your skin. For most it mattifies the skin then the glow comes through, but for me it automatically has my skin glowing! It unfortunately doesn't help my foundation wear, but that's my only qualm. If I really needed something to have my foundation last it would be a bomb primer.



I have been using this for about a month and half now and I truly can say this system is a keeper for my glowing days in the summer. It is totally worth the price and with twice a day use it can really last you about three months. You can find these bad boys at Sephora or even the Ole Henriksen's website. Trust me, it is worth my investment, I even have some of my own family members using it.



What skin care routine do you use for your glow up?

It's Monday again my Nearly Perfect Peeps. I have a week and a half until I leave for Canada and quite honestly I am pumped! Over the weekend I did some preparing for the trip by shopping with one of my great friends! We found some bad(aka good) outfits for only 10 bucks! Yes 10 bucks. I will post about this new store discovery later on in the week.

I believe I am most excited for the trip because I get to dress up and look like I am someone's child, because most times I'm in sweats and a baggy shirt.

Yesterday, I had the chance to try on some of the clothes sent to me for review! And ohhhwee did these pieces make me feel Fab! 5.99 fashion brings out the treasure hunter in you. As I stated in my last post, with 5.99 Fashion things sell out fast, so you have to snatch the cute looks while you can. The latest craze has been choker dresses and and choker necklaces. A choker attachment sometimes omits the need for a necklace. I however chose to incorporate Satin Doll Co. Jewelry  for my necklace and bracelet in my look. I have paired the dress with black heels and a blue (generic name brand) bag to complement my dress from you guessed it, 599 Fashion. If you have not stopped by 599 Fashion yet, I am telling you, that you are missing out on sweet deals!! Take a trip on over there now to see what kind of discounts they have. Please remember everything is under 10 bucks! Use the code: FW418 for 20% off your first order!







5.99 Fashion Blue Choker Dress: Picture Nearly Perfect

Monday, May 22, 2017


It's Monday again my Nearly Perfect Peeps. I have a week and a half until I leave for Canada and quite honestly I am pumped! Over the weekend I did some preparing for the trip by shopping with one of my great friends! We found some bad(aka good) outfits for only 10 bucks! Yes 10 bucks. I will post about this new store discovery later on in the week.

I believe I am most excited for the trip because I get to dress up and look like I am someone's child, because most times I'm in sweats and a baggy shirt.

Yesterday, I had the chance to try on some of the clothes sent to me for review! And ohhhwee did these pieces make me feel Fab! 5.99 fashion brings out the treasure hunter in you. As I stated in my last post, with 5.99 Fashion things sell out fast, so you have to snatch the cute looks while you can. The latest craze has been choker dresses and and choker necklaces. A choker attachment sometimes omits the need for a necklace. I however chose to incorporate Satin Doll Co. Jewelry  for my necklace and bracelet in my look. I have paired the dress with black heels and a blue (generic name brand) bag to complement my dress from you guessed it, 599 Fashion. If you have not stopped by 599 Fashion yet, I am telling you, that you are missing out on sweet deals!! Take a trip on over there now to see what kind of discounts they have. Please remember everything is under 10 bucks! Use the code: FW418 for 20% off your first order!







Hello my Nearly Perfect Peeps! I have decided to start a new series where every Wednesday-ish I tell you all about some of the products that are a win in my book! This weeks winner....

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder Shade Medium Deep

Yes you all, Miss. Laura has struck gold in my book! Over the past years I have been contemplating whether or not I should buy this Laura Mercier setting powder, but trust me, when this medium deep color dropped late last year, it was a go! For those of you who are not quite familiar with the point of setting powder , let me drop a couple bullet points for you.
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Dark Deep

What do setting powders do?

Setting powders, much like Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder, sets makeups in place! Mhmm chile', that means your makeup ain't go a gosh darn place for the day. 

Setting powders are also a God sent for people with oily skin like myself as it keeps the oils at bay. 

What does Laura Mercier have to say about this product?

With multiple major awards and counting, Laura Mercier’s “best in beauty”, cult-favorite bestseller is your go-to setting powder. Loose powder feels luxuriously dense in the jar, feels incredibly soft and silky-light on your skin. 
Pros love the super smooth application: goes on evenly, blends effortlessly, provides great wear. Sets makeup without adding weight or texture. Creates a modern matte finish with a touch of sheer coverage. 
The translucent shade works on virtually all skin tones. Like all Laura Mercier Setting Powders, it has a soft-focus effect that subtly blurs the look of fine lines and imperfections. Doesn’t settle into fine lines or pores and never looks cakey.

How Much does Laura Mercier Translucent Powder cost?

$38 bucks

What do I say? Why is it a winner?

Being a severely oily chick has it's pros but most of the time it has my face looking like a used frying pan. I never thought I would EVER splurge on a product who's cost could have bought a whole family a dinner at Chilli's, but Laura Mercier Translucent Setting powder Deep Medium has been my saviour! It doesn't win because of the price but it wins because of it's ability to soak up all off my oil without leaving a white cast, or "ashy" look. 

The best part about this powder is the shade. It looks great over makeup and without makeup. It is so finely milled that it sits comfortably on your face! Who could ever say no to a product like this!?

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Dark Deep

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Review : Winning Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hello my Nearly Perfect Peeps! I have decided to start a new series where every Wednesday-ish I tell you all about some of the products that are a win in my book! This weeks winner....

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder Shade Medium Deep

Yes you all, Miss. Laura has struck gold in my book! Over the past years I have been contemplating whether or not I should buy this Laura Mercier setting powder, but trust me, when this medium deep color dropped late last year, it was a go! For those of you who are not quite familiar with the point of setting powder , let me drop a couple bullet points for you.
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Dark Deep

What do setting powders do?

Setting powders, much like Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder, sets makeups in place! Mhmm chile', that means your makeup ain't go a gosh darn place for the day. 

Setting powders are also a God sent for people with oily skin like myself as it keeps the oils at bay. 

What does Laura Mercier have to say about this product?

With multiple major awards and counting, Laura Mercier’s “best in beauty”, cult-favorite bestseller is your go-to setting powder. Loose powder feels luxuriously dense in the jar, feels incredibly soft and silky-light on your skin. 
Pros love the super smooth application: goes on evenly, blends effortlessly, provides great wear. Sets makeup without adding weight or texture. Creates a modern matte finish with a touch of sheer coverage. 
The translucent shade works on virtually all skin tones. Like all Laura Mercier Setting Powders, it has a soft-focus effect that subtly blurs the look of fine lines and imperfections. Doesn’t settle into fine lines or pores and never looks cakey.

How Much does Laura Mercier Translucent Powder cost?

$38 bucks

What do I say? Why is it a winner?

Being a severely oily chick has it's pros but most of the time it has my face looking like a used frying pan. I never thought I would EVER splurge on a product who's cost could have bought a whole family a dinner at Chilli's, but Laura Mercier Translucent Setting powder Deep Medium has been my saviour! It doesn't win because of the price but it wins because of it's ability to soak up all off my oil without leaving a white cast, or "ashy" look. 

The best part about this powder is the shade. It looks great over makeup and without makeup. It is so finely milled that it sits comfortably on your face! Who could ever say no to a product like this!?

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Dark Deep

Happy Monday aka 4 days closer to Friday my Nearly Perfect Peeps! As I have mentioned in my previous about my fitbit post, I am super pumped because I have been working on a new lifestyle where the greasy food gets tossed so my body can look BOSS (Yay I made a rhyme)! For the past month I have been really dedicating my life to completing my fitness goals before my Birthday Trip to Canada. I feel like having target dates gets me really amped to stay on track. Who doesn't want to be a Toronto cutie 'ahlie' (Toronto slang for Right)?

In preparation for the trip I have been working out in style and comfort! My style and comfort is in courtesy of 5.99 Fashion. These workout pants were so darn breathable and not restricting as some of my other pieces have a tendency to be. I will be posting a haul video up soon showing you all the awesome pieces they sent for me to review. What's great about 5.99 fashion is that all of their pieces are either 10 bucks or less! You can't beat that 'fom' (slang for family in the GTA, see I'm already ready)! The downside is that their items sell out within days of releasing like roti and curry for sale on the street side.

BUT....
They post new styles and clothing daily so make sure you check them out. While you are there you can also receive 20% off your first order with the code: FW418! Be sure to keep an eye out for my post later this week as I share more styles!

Be sure to check them out on social media as well:

Side Note: Yes I do have these parentheses on here so you don't think I can't spell! I am becoming one with my Canadian culture Fom!

Until Next time my Nearly Perfect Peep!

5.99 Fashion Review: Workout Apparel ft. Canada Vibes

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Monday aka 4 days closer to Friday my Nearly Perfect Peeps! As I have mentioned in my previous about my fitbit post, I am super pumped because I have been working on a new lifestyle where the greasy food gets tossed so my body can look BOSS (Yay I made a rhyme)! For the past month I have been really dedicating my life to completing my fitness goals before my Birthday Trip to Canada. I feel like having target dates gets me really amped to stay on track. Who doesn't want to be a Toronto cutie 'ahlie' (Toronto slang for Right)?

In preparation for the trip I have been working out in style and comfort! My style and comfort is in courtesy of 5.99 Fashion. These workout pants were so darn breathable and not restricting as some of my other pieces have a tendency to be. I will be posting a haul video up soon showing you all the awesome pieces they sent for me to review. What's great about 5.99 fashion is that all of their pieces are either 10 bucks or less! You can't beat that 'fom' (slang for family in the GTA, see I'm already ready)! The downside is that their items sell out within days of releasing like roti and curry for sale on the street side.

BUT....
They post new styles and clothing daily so make sure you check them out. While you are there you can also receive 20% off your first order with the code: FW418! Be sure to keep an eye out for my post later this week as I share more styles!

Be sure to check them out on social media as well:

Side Note: Yes I do have these parentheses on here so you don't think I can't spell! I am becoming one with my Canadian culture Fom!

Until Next time my Nearly Perfect Peep!


If you know me, then you know I take every opportunity to explore the creation God has put in place. This past March I had the opportunity to experience Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. The experience is way too amazing to put in words, so just take a look below and let the pictures explain.






















































Travel With Me: Mexico 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017


If you know me, then you know I take every opportunity to explore the creation God has put in place. This past March I had the opportunity to experience Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. The experience is way too amazing to put in words, so just take a look below and let the pictures explain.






















































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