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I Tried Fenty And Mac Studio Fix Foundation: Only One Made The Cut

Image: Woman trying on makeup and sharing her point of view on the subjecToday I tried Rhianna Fenty and Mac Studio Fix  Foundation. But the results weren't what I expected, and my experience left me feeling the pressure to take better care of my beauty needs.t.
 Disclaimer: This is my story and my journey to feeling good about beauty and makeup in the middle of life. I am in no way saying a woman is prettier with or without make-up. This conversation is about having an open discussion about aging and finding products that compliment my aging face.

Today I tried Rhianna Fenty and Mac Studio Fix  Foundation. But the results weren't what I expected, and my experience left me feeling the pressure to take better care of my beauty needs.

I noticed my regular makeup wasn't giving me full coverage anymore. It could have been due to my recent breakout from eczema in which I suffered more blotches and discolorations in my face this time. Nonetheless, I decided to clean out my makeup kit and buy a new foundation.

To my surprise, I wasn't able to grab a foundation and go home.  Yes, I went in to pick up my usual color but decided to try it on instead.

The Process: I went into the Mac cosmetics store to buy NC45 Studio Fix. It has a powder to foundation feel which gives a full face look without using anything else.

That is great because I am trying to cut out a few steps in my morning makeup routine. When I went into the store, I did mention to the counter assistant my face has been dehydrated and cracking this winter season.
Right before I paid for my purchase, I decided at the last minute to try my makeup on.


 I was shocked because my usual foundation did not look right on my skin. Honestly, it was perfect in texture, but after trying it on it made my face look dry and dull. 
I took my oldest daughter with, and when she tried on her color, it was beautiful, and it covered her face completely. 
Honestly, I am so glad I tried that makeup on because my skin had changed once again. What worked for me a few months ago did not work at this moment. 

I tried a few other things Mac had to offer, but I wasn't happy because I couldn't get that smooth, creamy texture I was hoping to have.

The Reason: I could still see the darkness around my eyes and the two-tone skin discolorations around my neck and face. So, I came to the conclusion the Mac Studio Fix Foundation was not for me. 
Pros: I have no complaint about the foundation in itself. It is beautiful, and the price runs around 30 dollars. So, it is a high-end product yet affordable. 
It works well without piling on lots of concealers. So, if  I only wanted to wear the powder by itself, it would be beautiful.
Cons: It works better on combination skin. So, I am not a good candidate because I have dry skin in the winter.
Conclusion: Studio Fix was my number one choice, but overall I am glad I tried it on. I now realize my skin is going through changes and I am trying to understand better what works and doesn't work.

But, I wasn't giving up on finding something new that would conceal and cover. My daughter and I went to Sephora because I've tried Rhianna Fenty before, but it was a little dark on me. But she has new colors out, and I was open to giving it another try.


Image: Woman testing out the new colors of Fenty Makeup
I was happy to see the many ranges in color that is on the Fenty line, and I was all smiles.

Image Fenty representative doing a skin test before suggesting makeup color
 The Sephora repressive did the color skin match and boom we scored the perfect color match for me.
Image: Woman trying three different Fenty colors on face
We tested three shades out and decided upon the #385 which is a great shade for me. I saw instant coverage, and it was flawless. Then I tried out the new under eye concealer by Fenty it covered my dark circles instantly. I was almost in tears because it was unbelievable how it camouflaged the scars from my eczema. I also purchased the #385 as my concealer color because I wanted a more even tone. If I wanted to brighten my eyes, I would have chosen a lighter color, but I felt that wasn't necessary because I do not wear a lot of eye makeup.

Pros: Fenty hands down was the best choice for me. It has velvet and light feel that settles down to the full covered matte texture. The concealer is creamy, and it feels incredible on the face. It was unbelievable, and the best part is my face doesn't look or feel dry.
The price runs under 40 dollars, and that is the best part. My purchase was an excellent investment for me and my dry skin.
Cons: I have none at the moment, and that is my honest opinion. I am delighted with the Fenty line at the moment.
In conclusion: I was terrified I wasn't going to find something that would make me feel pretty. My face and body have been going through it this winter season. So, I only wanted to find something that would make me feel good since my face is all clear now.
Image Woman sharing purchase

Image: Woman leaving Sephora with new makeup
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Image: Woman smiling and leaving Sephora with new makeup

As I am aging, I am trying to adapt to the changes in my life as my body changes. I wasn't ready for this part, but I am getting prepared and facing all the new changes that are happening with my mind, body, and soul. 
The way I treated myself when I was younger was refreshing in its day. But now I have to invest in me and my happiness. Although my skin is changing that doesn't mean I have to let myself go with the changes. I will continue to adjust with change, but I must invest in the best for myself.

Image:Woman sharing her new Fenty purchase from Sephora...Haul


Just because I am aging doesn't mean I should let myself go. I encourage all women to take care of their skin and invest in the best when possible. This is an open discussion so leave comments if you agree or disagree?

Until Next Time See Ya In A Bit!

xo Tangie

Have you tried the new Fenty line or Mac Studio Fix Foundation?
Which one is your favorite?

P.S. I will come back with my full makeup look soon. So stay tuned.:)


How Should I Style Over The Knee Boots? Help!

Image: Woman holding unboxing and showing off new over the knee boots from Amazon
Judge My Style Over The Knee Boots
Can I be honest, I have no fashion taste? But I love to play up my personal style and try new pieces here and there. To be on the real side of things the older, I become the more I am falling in love with a sleeker and all black style with pops of color added. I really do think I am adapting to the way I decorate our family living by the decor I chose to surround us with. 
Yes, I am that gal that loves adding yellow, red and orange colors to everything.
I am not sure how I want my style to be in my forties, but I do know I love dressing up even if I make the wrong choices with my outfit picks.
About a week ago I purchased a pair of over the knee boots from Amazon, and they arrived over the weekend.
After unboxing them, I instantly fell in love because they are perfect. Yes, I did try them on, and the sizing was correct, the length and the faux texture was all on point for me. I couldn't have asked for a better boot. Oh, and they come all the way above my knees with no slip down because  I have thick legs and thighs, so I am super happy they come all the way up my legs.
Image : Woman showing new over the knee boots. Asking readers to help her style them by picking out her style

But, here's the dilemma I am having with my new boots, I do not know how to style them so I can look age appropriate. I tried them on with a pair of skinny jeggings, and yall I looked like a squeezed in sausage wrapped around a slice of bread. No way am I going to wear boots that make me look as if I stole my twenty-year-old child's look for school.

I know I can rock long leg boots with jeans, but I wasn't feeling that look for me. So, back in the box, they went until I can find what works for me and my style.
 Don't worry I will be wearing them very soon and I have a few ideas. But, I need you guys to help with finding the perfect way to style my new boots. 

Image: Woman showing over the knee boots


If you have any ideas, leave comments below, and I will try them out? I want to wear them this weekend so help style me fast.:)

I will be back with your ideas styled.

Until Next See Ya In A Bit!

xo Tangie




A Quick Breakfast Does Not Have To Slow You Down : Aging Healthy

Image: Bananas, Smoothie Drink Coffee Pot In Back ground for blog post.
Who has time to grab a full breakfast every morning? You know the one that comes with oatmeal, fruit, eggs, turkey bacon and one full glass of orange juice. Although that is so ideal, I can never get that type of food ready before heading off to work.

Being Forty-Something And Accepting The Process Of Aging

Image: Tangie Bell shopping in thrift store. If I only knew I was going to need more guidance and understanding as I age, I would've paid more attention to every year I let slip by after 20-something. #midlifenotes
Midlife Notes

If I only knew I was going to need more guidance and understanding as I age, I would've paid more attention to every year I let slip by after 20-something.
Over the last few years, I've been thinking about what  I am want to do in my late 40's and beyond. Why haven't I talked about my feelings before and why am I worried about something that has to happen naturally in life anyway?  

Such as wrinkles, weight gain or loss, life losses, children moving out or staying home until married. :) 
And so many other things that happen as we age.

Seriously is there something to be worried about? 

Image: Tall lamp legs at a thrift store in Dallas Texas:I am speaking about those simple living in the moments of aging. You know being happy about the process by letting go and really enjoying life. Finding a purpose and passion for the second half of living life.

Also,  I am not talking about retirement plans or, money because those are real-life things that have to be taking care of. 

I am speaking about those simple living in the moments of aging. You know being happy about the process by letting go and really enjoying life. Finding a purpose and passion for the second half of living life. 
Most people including myself never talk about what we really want to do in life past the age of 40. To be honest talking about going to a nursing home is not the conversation I want to have over coffee with friends. 
Image: Mannequin with hand bag across shoulder. seen first on Bits and Babbles Blog
When I turned forty many years ago, I noticed my body and other things around me were changing. Such as the way I think, dress, and saw my body as a woman who was aging and I could see it happening slowly but surely. If I could be honest in this post, I really thought I was going to be young in looks and health forever. That was the crazy and dumb side of my mind talking as a youth so please don't judge.
I am at that point in my life where I want to enjoy the slow process of living. I now realize I have a big part to play in my life when it comes to life and aging well. In other words, things are going to happen, and we must plan accordingly. But when the birds are singing, and the sun is shining we must learn to live the parts of life at that moment.
Image: Tangie Bell Holding Bag: Image Woman holding bag at thrift store. Seen First on Bits and Babbles Blog

I am here to admit. Yes, aging is scary, but it is not over until it is over. I am not a Dr at all but being 40, 50, 60, 70 80 and beyond does not mean its time to crawl up in a hole and wait to die. I spend a lot of time working, being a mom, wife, etc.
Ultimately, aging with a purpose is more than finding a hobby or a new friend to go and play bingo with. To me, it's about discovering who I am and adjusting to that aging phase in my life.

When I was younger, I did what young people do even if it was right or wrong.
Now that I am older there is another part of life that I have to learn. So, I now realize I will never stop learning and adjusting to new things as I age. The realization is the process is much different, and I am ok with that.


Image: Two Vintage Telephones : When I look in the mirror, I do see a different woman. One who has a few wrinkles and a little belly fat. But I can fix that. Because with age will come change and I am ok with that also. I live in the real world, not the one that is on the interweb. The one where women are real and deal with real life issues.
When I look in the mirror, I do see a different woman. One who has a few wrinkles and a little belly fat. But I can fix that. Because with age will come change and I am ok with that also. I live in the real world, not the one that is on the interweb. The one where women are real and deal with real life issues. 


A Few Tidbits

Take Life Slow And Easy: It's ok to ease back from taking on to many tasks. 

Let Go: It's ok to let go of things that are weighing you down.

Let Children Be Grown: Its ok to allow your children to make their own mistakes. Do not carry the burden of raising kids than being in their business as adults. Help when necessary or when asked.

Focus On New Adventures: Find something you love to do outside of being at work, home or at church events.  Do something fun/relaxing and do it often.

Spend Time on personal self-care: beauty, skin, and health

Be less judgemental: So what you do not look 20 and you see a few wrinkles. It's ok to get some good cream for the face and join a gym. You can fix that. But if you do want to, it's ok :)


Last but not least, being forty-something is new to me but I am finding my place, and I hope anyone who reads today's blog post can find a new purpose in accepting the process of aging. After all of these years, I finally got what it means to rest and just roll with life. 

When things happen in life must deal with it and when things are not happening ...I Must Enjoy It!

Now that's my bits on being forty-something and accepting the process of aging.



Leave me comments?


Until Next Time See Ya In A Bit!

xo Tangie




Sunday Thrift Haul + Getting Frugal In 2019

Image:boots, purse and earrings showing in Sunday Thrift Haul
Over the last few weeks, I've been building my wardrobe from the second-hand stores and any sales racks I can find located at the back of my favorite stores such as Macy's, Target and EarthBound just to name a few. 
 On Friday I started cleaning all the cute accessories I found when I went thrift shopping last week. 

As I was doing so, I realized I stumbled upon some nice trendy pieces at a great price. I always hit the jackpot but this time around I struck gold. 
Image: Boots, handbags hanging at the thrift store

 Ok, maybe that is being a tad bit dramatic, but I did find some really cool stuff for my girls and me. If you guys have noticed, I didn't make a 2019 intentions list this year. Because I am still working on 2018 improvements and that is no joke. 

So, I've decided to refocus and start things over for a fresh new start. And I feel great about that, so here I will share with you my tips and a mini haul. There were a few things I had on my list last year that I knocked out, but there are still two things that I want to stay on track within 2019 by staying on my healthy lifestyle/exercise journey and shopping more frugal. Basically being more conscious about my spending. 

Today I am sharing how I plan to stay cute and stylish while saving plenty of money to do other things in my life. I've become a master in my home with planning, vacations, date nights and other things. So, I want to share a few of my shopping frugal with you guys this morning.
Image: Boots at the thrift store.Today I am sharing how I plan to stay cute and stylish while saving plenty of money to do other things in my life. I've become a master in my home with planning, vacations, date nights and other things. So, I want to share a few of my shopping frugal with you guys this morning.
Shopping frugal doesn't mean always shopping at a second hand or thrift store. Although those are fun to do. I know realistically you cant find everything you want from there. I mean you can, but that is not always being frugalistic.  (lol I just made that word up)
No seriously, stretching money is about having a good plan when going shopping.

Tip #1 
I purposely made a list of the things I wanted to purchase. For example when I went thrifting this time I wrote I was looking for a pair of gently used booties preferably snakeskin because I already have the leopard ones I found on sale at Buckle. I have been searching for a wooden purse and a vintage crossbody bag. So, when I went shopping, that is what I set out to find.

Image: Leopard boots at thrift store.My frugal plan is simple, I want to shop and find things I love from the sales, and clearance racks. Also, I have been saving a lot by using apps, and coupons on my online purchases. This year I will be paying close attention to the way I spend money shopping.
And I can now cross those things off my list because I really did hit the jackpot on this last trip to the thrift store. I know that is because I wrote down my intentions and stayed focused on what I wanted to buy. 
My frugal plan is simple, I want to shop and find things I love from the sales, and clearance racks. Also, I have been saving a lot by using apps, and coupons on my online purchases. This year I will be paying close attention to the way I spend money shopping.  

Tip #2 
Every trip to the store can become a save money experience. I noticed this holiday season there weren't a lot of big after Christmas sales. It appeared stores just kept the stock full and moving. Don't get me wrong I found some excellent stuff but where were the after New Year's sales.

You know that sale that has everything 75%.  Most stores are moving to get your sales on apps such as Target. I had to download their app to save 25% on some of my items in my cart. If I didn't then it was regular price unless it was marked on sale. So, I am paying more attention to how most stores are giving out their coupons, discounts, and deals. Most things have moved to online apps, but that will not stop me from shopping on a frugal budget.

Tip #3
Compare prices 
I went into DSW looking for a pair of boots. Yes, I found them for 69 dollars. I took a picture of them went online to Amazon and found the exact boots for the price of 39 dollars. Not kidding at all. I will be sharing them in a later post. 
It is that simple and that is how I plan to stay frugal but shopping smarter.
Comparing prices is a smart thing to do, and I plan to make sure I stay on course with spending wisely.
Image: Woman shopping for wooden handbag
 Moving forward with my haul. I love thrift shopping because it is relaxing and fun. I try to go on half off days to get a bigger bang for my buck. But in reality, I go when I have the urge to shuffle through the stuff I am looking for. On this trip, I found some excellent pieces. Yes, I got my wood purse for 10 dollars. Online and in stores these run no less than 100 dollars. Check for yourself. I was happy when I got mine from my local thrift store.
Image: wooden hand bag from thrift store

Image: looking inside wooden handbag making sure there are no scratches and dents
There were no scratches, dents or wood pieces missing.

Image: Vintage handbag from Buffalo Exchange Thrift Store In Texas
I have been on the hunt for a leather crossbody bag. I found it just hanging on a rack calling my name. Purchased this bad boy for 14 dollars, it was so worth it. I cleaned it with my leather oil cleaner. I love the rough and sturdy look of my new bag. It has an old but charming look to it. I can not wait to style with my brown open-toed shoes. So, stay tuned for that look.

Image: Leopard booties purchased from buffalo thrift exchange located in Deep Ellum Dallas Texas
 I can never go shopping without picking up one of my girls something. But this next item on my list was a steal. Seriously I scored a pair of leopards with buckles on the side for 20 dollars. I knew it was a perfect buy because they were barely worn, they trendy and I was not about to leave them. Online most boots like these are running 40 and up even on sale. I sure wanted them for myself, but hey there is no way I was going to squeeze my big feet in a size 7. lol:) So, reluctantly I gave these to my daughter. :) She proudly took them also. 
Image: Earrings purchased from Deep Ellum Buffalo Exchange Thrift Store in Dallas Texas
Last but not least I am not sure why I purchased these wooden earrings, but for 2 dollars I had to grab them. Trust me I will find a way to style them up with a daily look.

Either way, I think I scored some pretty good stuff on this round of frugal shopping. Let me know in the comments which item you like?

In conclusion: This haul and tip guide is intended to inspire and share some motivating saving tips that we all can use in 2019. This year I plan to pay more attention to my money rather I thrift or shop at my favorite high-end store. Yep, new year new me :)
Stay tuned for more blog post coming.

Until Next Time See Ya In A Bit!

xo Tangie

Toasted Top Coconut Fudge That Will Melt Your Sweet Tooth Cravings


I know we are only three days into the New Year and most of us have given up sweets as a resolution. Ok, maybe not everybody. But I have a great excuse for making this fudge recipe on today. I love to bake sometimes, and I got kids that love home-baked sweets. That's my story, and I am sticking to it. :)

Another 20 Dollar Date Night In Dallas: Seriously Not One Penny Over!


Image: Serious Pizza Place In Dallas Texas. How we date night in Dallas, Texas
How we date night in Dallas, Texas
I am a fan of the saying, everything is bigger in Texas. So, when I have a chance to hit the city, I often make sure I find a place that I can handle when it comes to eating all of my food. When it is all said and eaten, who wants to waste money on a quick date night. It's been a while since I've shared a 20 dollar date night with you guys so I thought I would share my two favorite places in Dallas on today.