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Champagne Taste (on a PBR budget). Student Hacks. Beauty Dupes. Looks for Less. Lifestyle. DIY. Home of the $3 wine review.

Effortlessly Edgy Teal Summer Hair

You guys know I LOVE pop of color! This teal bob is definitely a slam dunk for the summer! I love how chic it looks and the messiness of the curls are perfect!

Add this unit to your summer concert outfit inspo πŸ‘Œ




Check out my review below! You can snag this unit for $38 here




Long, Kinky, Rapunzel Hair for Under $25

I snagged this unit from Sam's Beauty and I am in LOVE with the length, density, and texture! This unit bears a likeness to 4a kinky hair blown out and is serving up ALL KINDS of Nubian queen! I love it!


I posted a short clip of the plucking process on my YouTube Channel and Facebook, you can check it out here:




Unlike most of my units, this wig is NOT a lace front but it does have lace parting. The unit came without lace (which kind of bugged me) and the parting space was definitely not clearly defined so expect a lot of work plucking with this one. However, it was well worth it! 

This unit is not heat safe (with tools such as curling irons or flat irons) but can be set with hot water and perm rods. I'll be showing you how I complete a hot water set on this unit in an upcoming video as well as an update . 

You can get this wig HERE

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Until next time! 

XOX- C


$12 Carnitas Street Tacos for Broke College Students (Coronas not included)

Eat all week (or for 3 days if you're greedy like me) for under $15 πŸ˜‹

If you're always on the go and also pretty lazy when it comes to cooking, this recipe is for you. Literally, set it and forget it. Don't you just love crock pots? Since being a college student is pretty much synonymous with being broke as hell, I've had to get pretty creative with my recipes so that I have enough gas to make it to class. Check out how I whipped up some pretty tasty carnitas below:

So Thursday night I was missing good ole Cali-forn-i-a (as I often do) and I decided to to attempt the ever so delicious carnitas street taco. Pork butt was on sale for $7 and I already had all of the spices I needed at home so I just snagged some onions, cilantro, and tortillas.

It's been a while since I've had some authentic Mexican food (thanks a lot, Georgia) but I figured I'd give it a go and if it turned out alright I'd blog about it and tell you how I made it.

Disclaimer: I'm not a super fancy food blogger so we're gonna use estimates here and you can tweak as you see fit.

What You'll Need

A crock pot
Pork Butt (or shoulder)
Cheap tortillas 
Cilantro
Green Onion
Red Onion
4 Limes
Fresh Garlic

Random seasonings from your spice rack (cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, onion powder, and cayenne pepper)

Coronas. Yes, they're mandatory for sips in between all the heavy chopping we're going to be doing.

GOT IT? 

Let's do this. 

                      BOMBDOTCOM
Keep in mind that this recipe isn't 1000% authentic bc I ended up using low carb tortillas (they were on sale and buy one get one free) instead of the traditional corn tortilla. Use whatever is economically sound (aka cheapest). Don't worry, it won't compromise taste. 

 STEP ONE
      Take a sip from your corona. Slice up a lime into wedges. Stick a wedge into the corona. Take  another sip. 

 STEP TWO
      Take the pork butt out of the packaging and rinse thoroughly. Pat it dry with paper towels. Set aside. 

 STEP THREE
      Make the dry rub. Grab a container (I used dollar tree tupperware) and pour your seasonings in. Stir the spices in together. Take a sip from the corona. 

      I don't use measuring cups but here's a rough estimate of my proportions. 
        •  1/3 cup of cumin
        •  2 tbsp salt  
        •  2 tbsp pepper
        • 1/2 cup garlic powder
        • 1/2 cup onion powder
        • 1 tbsp paprika
        • 1/4 cup chili powder
        • couple of dashes of cayenne pepper (optional)        
STEP FOUR
     Rub the seasonings on the butt. No, not your butt. The pork butt. Make sure it's well saturated. Then set it in the crock pot on HIGH for 5hrs or LOW for 8hrs. 

STEP FIVE
     Dice the red and green onions and also the garlic. Shred or chop the cilantro-whatever you're into.     Throw the garlic into the crock pot. Slice a lime in half and squeeze the juice from both halves into     the crockpot over the pork butt. Now you can go take a nap or go to class or binge watch Shameless on Netflix for a few hours. 

    When the timer goes off check the pork butt, it should be pretty much falling apart...like me during     finals. Use two forks to shred the pork. If you want, you can warm the tortillas by nuking them in       the microwave for about 10 seconds or on the stovetop. Top with pork, onions, and cilantro and you're good to go! 

If you tried it, let me know if you liked it. :) 


NOTE: You may notice that we only used 1 lime in the recipe. The other limes are for coronas. You're welcome. 



Till next time, Budget Babes. 

XOX-C


Body Positivity, Weight Loss, + Impromptu Photo Sesh

πŸ’•Heyyy Budget Babes πŸ’•



SO yesterday I got out of my creative slump and decided to go out and enjoy the day in celebration of  the first day of Spring Break! I was lucky enough to rent a cannon from my university's library for the week so I'm super excited to FINALLY be able to vlog on the go instead of just around the house. Lit! Here's my favorite shot from yesterday:


    A friendly bystander actually took this shot for me. I LOVE it. I usually shy away from posting full body pics on social media because people can be so critical of others and it can really take a toll on your self image. Buuutttt....this romper had me feeling like a hippie peacock so it deserved some camera time πŸ˜‚

Shout out to Laysha for participating in my novice blogger antics: She's a baddie. You can follow her on IG for more fierceness HERE



A little about my weight loss "journey": 
       I've basically been on some sort of diet for as far back as I can remember. On the last day of school in 5th grade our teachers planned a park field-trip and I remember being so excited for free dress I spent a whole weekend shopping with my mom for the perfect outfit. I rocked a pair of dark denim shorts and a pink beaded tank. Ya girl was feelin' herself, mmkay? I also remember spending the majority of that day crying in the park bathrooms after being called a "ghetto hoochie" by a group of girls and having boys joke about how big my thighs were.  I remember feeling self-conscious about my body in a one piece at 10, after an older boy made a comment about my belly fat. In high school I failed gym because I refused to don a swimsuit and stopped going (the last half of the school year was swimming lessons).

I've drank exorbitant amounts of green tea

I've starved myself

I've tried the 3-day diet

I've tried Atkins

I tried yoga, workout DVDs, running, slim fast, nutrisystem, the lemonade diet, the grapefruit diet, the Mediterranean diet, intermittent fasting, hydroxycut, and a million other diet pills...

All before the age of 21.


Even at my lowest weight, I have always been an extreme pear shape (size 28 waist and size 46 hips) which to some may not seem like a problem but for me...it eliminates the possibility for me to wear things like shorts, miniskirts, or even dresses that are more than 2 3/4 inches from the knee (yes, I've measured) without looking provocative or worrying about being perceived as "skanky".

With that being said, wearing a romper that pretty much put my biggest insecurity on display was ballsy for me. Terrifying, even. But also....liberating. 

I think often times we spend too much time worrying about what people will say or think about our bodies when in actuality, I've never looked at another individual and obsessed over or spent time critiquing their body. Have you? Probably not. So today, I had a revelation. I said to myself, "Self," and my self said "huh?"

"PEOPLE AREN'T THINKING ABOUT YOU AS MUCH AS YOU THINK THEY ARE"

Wear the damn shorts and the camel toe inducing romper πŸ˜‚ Who cares? Not me. Not anymore.





Side note: This post is BODY POSITIVE. Meaning, the celebration of ALL bodies. So for your viewing pleasure, here are some bomb ass photos I took of Laysha (she's skinny but she'll kill me if I don't say she's slim "thick" lolol)



    Go girl! Witcho fine ass! <3

Till next time, guys!

XOXO-C

SPRING FLING! Gorgeous Curls for $15!

Hey guys! There's a new review up on my channel, this time on this beyond gorgeous half-wig from Outre! I found this unit online for a steal (just $15!)


   Get the wig here: Outre Dominican Curly Half-Wig
 
   Make-up deets:

   Foundation: Smashbox Studio Skin
   Contour: Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer
   Lippie: Colourpop "Clueless"
   Eyebrows: Nyx Eyebrow Gel
   Eyeshadow: Juvia's Place Masquerade Palette

   Check out my review for this unit below and don't forget to head over to my channel and            subscribe!!


Snag Free Beauty Products! + Ole Henriksen Skincare Haul

Hey guys! I'm back with another haul for you but this time it's a skincare haul! I tend to be a pretty oily gal, so I was super excited when I got an email from Influenster letting me know that my first voxbox would be from Ole Henriksen's new "Balance" line!

    http://www.olehenriksen.com/

This line is intended to put the brakes on oily skin while ensuring optimal hydration and keeping your skin glowing all day (in a good way!). The box I received came with three products from this line:

1. Find Your Balance-Oil Control Cleanser: This is more of a creamy cleanser than a foaming cleanser which I actually appreciated! I find that foaming cleansers require more product in the long run and at $25 a bottle, it's best to be very conservative and get more bang for your buck. The first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle was the smell: an invigorating peppermint that feels just as good as it smells! The cleanser left my skin feeling taught and fresh and surprising smooth.

2. Balancing Force-Oil Control Toner: I love love LOVE this toner!! I've tried a bunch of different drugstore brands of toner but none have ever made my pores disappear like this one. There is a slight burn (most likely due to my just getting my eyebrows done-don't make that mistake!) but again, the peppermint comes in clutch with the cooling component that calms my skin and reduces the red blotchiness I tend to get. It did come in a full sized bottle and a little goes a long way with this product so I was stoked!

3. Counter Balance- Oil Control Hydrator: Now, on to the moisturizer. I was initially put off by the greasiness of this product upon application- "what the heck, isn't this supposed to be oil control?" but the product dried up relatively quickly and left my skin looking smooth and supple. Another plus, my makeup appeared to go on smoother when I applied it, almost as if the moisturizer acted as a primer. So, all in all- a pretty good product as well if you can get over the initial discomfort of the greasiness.

Check out my review below:

Now, a little bit of info about Influenster:

Influenster is this awesome app where you can snag free stuff in exchange for your honest review of the products. The products come delivered to you house in its own special "VoxBox" and can include a variety of things. You could score a skincare box (like moi), cosmetics, hair products, gaming accessories, and even food! All you have to do is head over to their site: Influenster.com and sign up! The site will prompt you to answer a few questions about yourself and your interests (what they call "Snaps") and you're all set! Influenster will notify you if there is a voxbox that matches your interests and you'll get an email once it's sent out with instructions on how to submit your feedback and reviews. Easy, right?

Also, you'll want to download the influenster app so that you can earn badges from social media without having to log on using your desktop or laptop at home.

If you're interested in buying any of the Ole Henriksen items from the Balance line, you can check them out here

They're a little more pricey than the usual stuff I review, but I found them in a smaller set on sephora for just $35 which is a steal since the individual full sized products cost between $25-$40 each.

Check out the set here: Ole Henriksen's Balance It All Essentials Kit

All in all, this collection gets a 8 out of 10 from me! I'm digging it!

XOX-Champagne

599 FASHION HAUL! | THICK GIRL FRIENDLY

Hey dolls! There's a new video up on my channel! This one is a collaboration with 599 Fashion who graciously sent me 5 super dope items to review for you all!




There were so many cute items to choose from it was hard to choose, BUT I ended up going with  taupe-ish midi bodycon dress





 a pink crop top and pencil skirt set

This really comfy tunic type top

And a couple of super cute hoodies



Okay so, funny story. I didn't realize when I picked out the purple hoodie that there were these huge slits on the side lol But they're actually only noticeable when I raise my arms (see above pic) and I actually kind of love that little detail. 

I've been seeing a lot of Youtubers review items from this site and I must say, I was initially really apprehensive because I know there are a few sites with comparable prices but their sizing is completely off (talking to you, RoseGal). HOWEVER, 599Fashion really came in clutch with the sizing and stretchy material. That being said, when you purchase from this site, be sure to order your size. No need to go up or down because the items are a true to size. The fit is great and all of the items on their site are $10 or less! 

Use my discount code: CM376 for 20% off your purchase at 599 Fashion but hurry! Items sell out fast on this site so the items pictured may not be available anymore, but new items are added every day!!! 

Don't say I never gave you anything ;) 

XoX-Champagne 

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