TMI TAG!!!

TMI TAG

Hey y’all! I have seen this tag circulate on YouTube and WordPress for a while now and thought it would be a fun, lighthearted post for this lovely Wednesday afternoon! So if you’re interested in knowing a little more about me, just keep on reading!

  1. What am I wearing? Work clothes. Skinny dress pants (navy), a grey flowy tank top and a blue cardigan…oh, and gold flats!
  2. Have I ever been in love? Duh!
  3. Have I ever had a terrible breakup? Have I? Lord yes! More than 1.
  4. How tall am I? Short. 5’3″ :/
  5. How much do I weigh? Rude.
  6. Do I have any tattoos? Nope. None.
  7. Do I have any piercings? Just my ears…and one of the holes has closed up. I need to do better.
  8. OTP (one true pairing – i.e., my favorite fictional couple)? Nick and Jess from New Girl. Swoon. And Logan and Rory from Gilmore Girls! #TeamLogan
  9. Favorite TV show? New Girl, Gilmore Girls, FNL
  10. Favorite bands? BSB (don’t you judge me), Coldplay and Mumford & Sons
  11. What is something I miss? My bestie.
  12. My favorite song? Ummm…I can’t choose. That’s impossible.
  13. How old am I? 29…almost 30! Yaaassssss.
  14. What is my zodiac sign? I am a Gemini.
  15. What qualities do I look for in a partner? Someone that is devoted, patient (because I am a mess), selfless and kind. I hit the jackpot! Thanks babe! 🙂
  16. What is my favorite quote? “Clothe yourself with compassion – Col 3:12” and “Be the light – Matthew 5:14”.
  17. Who is my favorite actor? Goodness, I don’t know. I don’t watch a ton of movies…but I guess someone like Leonardo Dicaprio, Matthew McConaughey, or Ryan Gosling…I’m sure there are others but this is all I got.
  18. What is my favorite color? Navy, old gold, and teal!
  19. Do I like loud or soft music? I like both, it just depends on what kind of mood I’m in.
  20. Where do I go when I’m sad? To my room or my besties house.
  21. How long does it take me to shower? 35-40 minutes.
  22. How long does it take me to get ready? Depends on what I’m getting ready for. Anywhere from 15 mins – 1.5 hours.
  23. Have I ever been in a physical fight? I have. Years ago.
  24. Why did I start blogging? I just really enjoy writing and connecting with people. I figured I would suck at YouTube so I decided this would be a better route for me.
  25. What are my fears? Cruises, drowning, elevators, flying over water, massive crowds…clearly I have some things to work out.
  26. Last time I said I loved someone? This morning to my bestie and her new daughter. Swoon.
  27. What is the meaning behind my blog name? Southern Lights, Atlanta Nights is just a combination of all the things I love. I’m from the South, I love lights, Atlanta is my home and it’s stunningly beautiful when it’s lit up at night!
  28. What is the last show I watched? David and I recently started Parenthood. Initial thoughts: I love it!
  29. Last person I talked to? Ameera. Shoutout to having a best friend at work!
  30. Relationship with the last person I texted? She’s my bestie. 20+ years and still going strong.
  31. What is my favorite food? Mac & Cheese, fried chicken, greens…so Southern, I like Southern food. Shocker.
  32. Place(s) I want to visit? Israel, Greece, Bora Bora.
  33. Last time I kissed someone? Last night.
  34. Last time I was insulted? A couple of weeks ago.
  35. My favorite piece of Jewelry? My cross ring.
  36. BSB or N’SYNC? BSB…duh.
  37. Britney or Christina? Christina is the better singer, no doubt. But Britney all the way. Come on, toxic was LIT!
  38. Who should answer these questions next? All of you! If you don’t wanna answer all of them, leave me your favorites down below!

-B

MARCH FAVORITES // 2017

WOW! I can’t believe we are already in April, last month went WAAAYYYY too fast, #amirite?? Anyways, I thought I’d pop on here and share some of my monthly favorites with you all! I have a lot to talk about so let’s just jump right in! Oh, and I will try to include links and prices for everything that I mention below!

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  • Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray: $31 – I love this stuff, it’s hands down my favorite setting spray that I’ve tried thus far!
  • Tarte Double Duty Beauty: Don’t be Afraid to Dazzle: $30 – I’m a relatively fair to light skinned human being and the contour shade in this palette is to die for! It’s the perfect cool toned (not too cool to where you look dead) contour shade for ladies who are a little more on the fair side! As for the highlight shade; it’s actually a little dark for me, however I like to use it as a topper and dust a little over of my Flexitarian ($8) highlight from ColourPop Cosmetics.
  • Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder: $30 – I had been using the IT Cosmetics: Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder ($29) and I loved it, but I ran out and decided to try something new. So far, I’m really loving it. I can’t say if I like it better than the IT Cosmetics powder but I will definitely keep you all posted!
  • Tarte: Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara: $23 – I received a deluxe sample of this mascara when I ordered my contour & highlight palette that I mentioned above. I have never purchased a high end mascara as I just never thought that they were worth it…I was wrong. I LOVE this mascara!!!! While I still love my Maybelline The Rocket Mascara ($6.99), and use it a multiple times a week, whenever I run out of my deluxe sample of Lights, Camera, Lashes, I will purchase the full size!
  • NYX Total Control Drop Foundation: $13.99 – Despite all of the makeup that I’m mentioning in this post, I don’t wear a lot on my face from day-to-day. I love this foundation because it’s totally customizable as far as coverage is concerned. It can feel like a tinted moisturizer or a full-coverage foundation depending on the number of drops you use. They have an incredible color-range (I’m in the shade Vanilla) and I think it would work for many different skin types! All-in-all, it’s a win for me!
  • Real Techniques Powder Brush: $9.99 – This is just a really great, affordable powder brush. It’s big and fluffy, and well, it’s just darn good!

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  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: $42 – This is hands down the best eyeshadow palette I have ever used. The colors are rich and pigmented while maintaining their buttery and bendable formula! Simply stunning and totally worth the money!
  • Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant: $16 – I don’t know about you all, but sometimes my skin, including my lips, can get insanely dry. I decided to try this exfoliant out when my lips where having a cactus-like dry spell in the winter and I have been loving it ever since. It has a nice minty fresh scent/taste and I think it does a really nice job exfoliating my lips without being too harsh!
  • Benefit: The POREfessional Face Primer: $31 ($12 for the mini) – I have tried a slew of different primers over the last few months but I always find myself coming back to the POREfessioonal, the Too Faced Primed & Poreless ($30) or the Too Faced Hangover RX primers ($32). The POREfessional & the Primed and Poreless both do a nice job of blurring out problem areas and helping to create a flawless base for foundation application. If my skin is behaving itself, I will wear the primer by itself and throw on some mascara and call it a day…sadly my skin hasn’t been on it’s best behavior lately. As for the Hangover RX primer, I typically reach for that in the winter months when my skin feels like the Atacama Desert (shoutout to Chile). It does a great job of hydrating the skin and making you feel more refreshed. It doesn’t do much for the those problem areas so if you’re looking for a pore minimizer you may have to add one on top!
  • NYX Proof It: $6.99 – I have only tried 2 eyeshadow primers and this one is my favorite of the two. I don’t know if I would call it a holy grail product, but it does the job!
  • Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation: $12.99 – I bought this after YouTuber, Casey Holmes recommended it and I absolutely love it! I think it has a beautiful finish while giving medium to full coverage. It never feels cakey and it doesn’t separate throughout the day (separation is the worst #amirite). I will say that it does have a stronger scent to it; it’s not a bad scent perse, just a stronger scent than most foundations I use. If you are sensitive to smell you may wanna pass on this one!
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer: $8.99 – I love this concealer for everyday wear. I use the brightener shade and it really helps me to look more awake! It highlights the areas I want to highlight, never feels cakey, and is insanely affordable…so for me, this is a win!
  • Maybelline LipStudio Color Jolt Lip Paint: $9.99 – I have the shade Stripped Down and I think it is one of the prettiest lip colors I have ever worn. It is a beautiful nudey-mauve shade and it compliments my skin tone perfectly. It’s not overly long-wearing but that doesn’t bother me because It’s easy to touch up and never gets crusty or cakey on the lips! I highly recommend you checking these out if you’re in the market for a new lip product!
  • NYX Intense Butter Gloss: $5.99 – I have the shade Toasted Marshmallow and It’s a rich pink shade with a hint of burgundy, at least that’s how it pulls on my lips. It smells like a delicious cupcake, is crazy affordable and is just an all around nice, wearable lip color!

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  • Murad Anti-Aging Time Release Acne Cleanser: $34 – I swear by this cleanser; it has changed the game as far as those pesky hormonal blemishes go! If you’re looking for something to calm your skin and soothe irritation, give it a try!
  • Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque: $47 – Speaking of those pesky hormonal blemishes…this face mask is a God send…honestly. I only use it on my problem areas and have seen such a difference in my skin! I will say if you have sensitive skin you may want to test this before leaving it on for the full 10-15 minutes. I myself can only leave it on for about 5-7 minutes before having to wash it off…so just be mindful of that!
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo: $7.99 – I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this dry shampoo. I use it more than I am willing to admit and literally could not live without it!
  • OGX Coconut Miracle Oil Penetrating Oil: $8.99 – I use this on the ends of my hair as they tend to be drier and more frizzy than the rest of my mane. It smells amazing and a little goes a long way!
  • Josie Maran Argan Oil Cleanser: $32 – This does a great job of taking off my makeup while still keeping my skin hydrated.
  • Clarisonic Mia 2: $169 – I have noticed such a huge difference in the radiance and clarity of my skin since incorporating this into my skincare regimen. I use the sensitive brush head and really feel like it gives me a deep clean without being too abrasive.
  • Garnier Damage Eraser Split End Repair – Unfortunately this has been discontinued. :/

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  • Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish: $15 – This is a great body scrub and it smells absolutely divine!
  • Simple Replenishing Moisturizer: $12.99 – This is great for anyone that has dry, sensitive skin. I typically use this every morning and night and have never had any issues with it breaking me out or causing any irritation.
  • Josie Maran Argan Oil: $48 – I use this on my face before bed if I’m battling extreme dryness and oftentimes mix it in with my moisturizer to combat any dry patches I may be experiencing before going in with my primer and foundation!
  • First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream: $36 – I have been using this for the past couple of months and have really been loving it. The gel creates a nice soothing sensation when you apply the product and it’s helped to reduce some of those pesky fine lines under my eyes!
  • Jason’s Coconut Oil: $6.54 – I sometimes use this to take off my makeup but I also use this as a deep conditioning treatment for my hair.

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  • Bath & Body Works Cactus Blossom 3-Wick Candle: $24.50 – I am a sucker for a good candle…and this, is a good candle. It’s sweet but not too sweet. It’s very fragrant but not overpowering.
  • Beach Hand Soap – I got this at Marshalls because I was running desperately low on soap in my bathroom. It’s a nice summery, beachy scent!
  • Bath & Body Works Spring Leaves 3-Wick Candle: $24.50 – This candle definitely pulls more apple-y when it’s burning than I thought it would from just smelling it in the jar. I still enjoy the scent though; I keep it in my bathroom and I think it offers a nice fresh scent with a hint of fruity apple!
  • Givenchy Dahlia Divin Le Nectar Perfume: $114 – This is definitely more of a winter scent as it’s heavier than what you would want to wear in the dog days of summer. With that being said, it lasts a long time (at least on my skin) and has a luxurious, but sensual aroma to it!

TV SHOWS

  •  Friday Night Lights – I am OBSESSED with this show. I’ve mentioned it on my blog before and I love it just as much now as I did when I mentioned it before. Riggins is a gem, Saracen is the sweetest, Tami T is the best and Coach T is a dream. I’m sure when I finish the series I’ll write a review…but until then, just know that I am obsessed and you should watch it if you haven’t already!
  • New Girl – Swoon. I love this show so much. The season (and possibly series) finale just aired and it made me happier than a kid in a candy store…at least in some ways. If it was a season finale, I loved it. If it was a series finale, I feel a little cheated. Of course that was no fault of the writers and I guess if that’s the end of this delightfully, quirky show, I could live with it. It’s certainly better than the alternative…#amirite?

MAGICAL MOMENT

I went to Memphis to visit my cousin!!!!! It was a great trip and I can’t wait to go back. I wrote all about my experience in a previous post if you wanna know what all I did while I was there!

**So what things, shows, songs, etc. did you love in the month of March? I’d love to know!**

-B

FRIDAY FAVORITES: TV EDITION

FRIDAY FAVORITES: TV EDITION

I thought I’d start a new series here on my blog and talk about my favorites for the week. I’m gonna be honest, I might not do it EVERY Friday, but I think it’s something that I can commit to doing at least twice a month! For my first edition of Friday Favorites I’m going to talk all about what I’ve been watching (and loving) on TV/Netflix/Hulu, etc.!

MARCH MADNESS!!!! Well I’m sure this comes as no surprise. For those of you who know me, you know that I think the NCAA Tournament is quite possibly the most exciting thing to happen in the calendar year of sports. It’s more fun than the college football playoffs, the Super Bowl, the NBA Championship, the World Series…it’s just simply the best. It’s unpredictable and wild; it creates an enormous amount of anxiety for someone like me, but who cares, I love it all the same. The “experts” seem to be all over the place as far as predicting a winner this year. Most people have picked the likes of Gonzaga (can they finally get over the hump?), Duke, UNC, Arizona, Villanova, Louisville, and Kentucky…and you know what, it wouldn’t surprise me if any or none of those teams took home the trophy. That’s the beauty of the NCAA tournament, you feel like anyone has a chance; many of the games go down to the wire, even the ones you expect to be blow outs! The atmosphere simply cannot be beat, if you like sports and have never really gotten into the tournament, I challenge you to give it a chance, you won’t be sorry.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS!! David suggested that after watching ALL of Gilmore Girls, I give FNL a chance. Given that it’s about football and life in a small Texas town, David thought I would take to it quickly…and he was right. I love it. The characters are insanely loveable (despite their flaws) and Coach Taylor is just a dream. The relationship that he and his wife have really help to carry the show; you can’t help but become invested in these fictional characters and their lives, and that’s something that I can get behind. Also, I’m a sucker for a southern accent, so I knew this would be an automatic hit (for me)! If you’re looking for football, heartache, and wildly entertaining southern dialogue, then give FNL a try. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!

NEW GIRL!!! I have been watching New Girl since it premiered back in 2011. I loved it then and I love it now. With the notion that the show might be coming to an end sooner rather than later, I have started to think about all the things that I could/should say about a show that has taken me on a crazy rollercoaster ride of emotions. If you enjoy quirky and sometimes downright hilarious dialogue, then you might enjoy New Girl. While it’s more funny than it is dramatic, it still offers those sweet and tender moments that keep you coming back for more. It does a nice job of balancing friendship and romantic relationships; so if you’re in the market for a quirky, hilarious, yet sweet sitcom, then I would recommend you giving it a try!

HART OF DIXIE! I decided to start watching this because David’s sister recommended it to me. It follows Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) as she finds herself in Blue Bell, Alabama where she inherits her late father’s half of a Medical Practice. Again, I love a southern accent and this show has PLENTY, so it didn’t take me long to fall in love. Wade Kinsella (Wilson Bethel) is clearly the object of Zoe’s affection even though she is willing to go to the ends of the earth to deny that fact. I’m only in season 2, but I’m hoping that there is a happy ending for Wade and Zoe when it’s all said and done! If you are looking for something lighthearted and easy to follow, then you might want to give Hart of Dixie a try!

So what are some of your favorite shows? Is there anything you think I just have to see?

-B