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HOTEL HORROR STORY | fun and flirty two-toned hair | PATRICK DOES MY VOICEOVER!!

Hey lovelies! This past week I finally got out of my creator's funk and decided to record a review for the unit I wore on Patrick's birthday which was a few weeks ago. We ended up going to Atlanta and hanging out with my cousin at this hookah lounge and having a really great time. However, the weekend got off to quite the rocky start...

 We planned to leave home around 12 to get to the hotel by check-in (3 pm) so that we could settle in and change into our "going out" attire. We didn't end up leaving until around 2 because we woke up late and just ended up being so off schedule. When we arrived at the hotel it was definitely not what I expected. I chose this location because of its proximity to the Dave & Busters (less than a block away!) and even though there were a few bad reviews online, I figured we wouldn't spend much time there anyway so what's the worst that can happen? It can't be that bad, right? WRONG. SO WRONG.

When we finally got our keys from the less than enthusiastic young man at the front desk, we headed upstairs eager to drop off our bags and get the evening started. When we opened the door to our "suite" I nearly vomited from the smell alone. This was literally the most derelict hotel room I had ever seen in my life. It was something out of a horror movie, ok? The walls were dingy and its once-white layer of paint transitioned into an eggshell, canary yellow, then finally a charcoal color in a sort of filth ombre. There were no fresh towels in the bathroom, the microwave in the room was from like, 1954 and had a literal dial on it (also canary yellow to match the walls I suppose). The flat screen that was advertised online was nowhere in sight as we had a huge old black box sitting in a dusty entertainment center. On the bright side, we did have basic cable...although the picture was fuzzy and tinted green for some odd reason. The best part? Blood. On. The. Curtains. Hell to the no, ok?

*I don't have a picture of the blood on the curtains or the wall in question because I recorded the incident on snapchat and didn't save it*

 Patrick reassured me we would hardly be in the hotel room and it was just for one night and although I winced at the thought of putting any of my belongings anywhere in the cesspool, I obliged because it was HIS birthday. Also, we wouldn't be able to get a refund and all of the nearby hotels were $115+ a night and it wasn't in our budget to lose out on the money we paid for this one and shell out another hundred or so. I took 4 showers when we got home and washed all of our clothes in hot water.

We did end up having a ton of fun later on in the evening and Pat and Laysha (who's birthday is the day before Pat's) got a fun surprise from the lovely ladies at the BunnAmour Lounge

   Ain't he cute? πŸ’•

     Okay, now about my hair. This was the only stroke of luck I got from that weekend. Due to the fact that we were running sooo far behind schedule for our departure (and I was still waiting on the wig I ordered from Friday Night Hair) my hair looked a wreck. I mean Queen Latifah in "Set it Off" wreck, ok? Something HAD to be done. We made a quick detour to the local beauty supply and I snagged the first thing I saw figuring I could make it work later. Well, it turns out I snatched up the Model Model Passion Meadow wig, which is a YouTuber favorite and has been sold out on almost all of the online wig sites for months. Score!! 

I'm obsessed with these highlights!!! Check out my review of this unit below: 

I also did a makeup tutorial on this look and Patrick was ever so kind enough to do my voiceover! I've been seeing this "boyfriend does my voiceover" challenge all over the place lately and I was DYING to partake because they're so hilarious. Pat did not disappoint and I cackled during the whole editing process. I finally uploaded the video last night so you can check it out here: 

    Probably should have changed my shirt. Whatevs. 

The video was sped up to cut down on time but it can be a little difficult to see what products I used so here is a list of what I used (in order of appearance...I think) and the link for where to buy them- see how much I love you? 

That's all, folks! If you're not already subscribed to my YouTube channel, head over and click that subscribe button and the bell so you get notified when I post a new video! You can also follow me on Instagram and snapchat by clicking the links over to the left.

My next video will be a "look for less" segment on my channel and I'm super excited to share it with you guys because it's my first collaboration with an online company and I'm hooking ya'll up with a discount code so you can purchase some items for 20% off!

Also, I have some more wigs coming that I'm excited to share with you guys and a few makeup tutorial ideas scattered about. Until then, stay fabulous!

XO- Champagne

New Glasses + Pink Stardust Make-up Tutorial

Beauty Deals on Amazon

Hey lovelies! So my week started off INSANE due to the fact that I've been bombarded by exams at school and basically just having to adult really hard from the jump. Finally got around to filing taxes, power cleaning the house, and picking up some new glasses from the local optometrist.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm a fan of huge eccentric frames but this time I opted for a more low-key look. I love them! I've been noticing a lot of bloggers with this partially rimmed glasses and have been super obsessed with them so I decided to hop on the band wagon and see what the fuss was about.

These frames are effortlessly cool and guaranteed to make take any selfie to "instagram baddie" status. LOVE!

I also finally got around to editing this pink smokey eye tutorial that I filmed last week and I'm pretty happy with the result. For this look I used the Juvia's Place palette that I've been raving about and a couple of new products that picked up from Ulta.

These new products were waayyy out of my normal price range so I was literally cringing at the thought of swiping my card for these BUT there are quite a few youtubers that rave about them so I figured it was worth a go. I crossed my fingers that these products would live up to the hype because I was definitely going to be eating ramen noodles for the next couple of days to offset their price tag.

First up, the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in the color "Opal"

1. This highlighter is 38 friggin dollars.

2. Do you know how many cases of ramen that could buy?

3. TOTALLY lived up to the hype.

This highlighter is everything. Literally. Go look up "everything" in the dictionary. You'll see an image of this highlighter. I'll wait.

But seriously, the payoff is BOMB! It took my cheekbones from *passing nod* to WHAM! "I have arrived" Check it out:

It's lit. If you're willing to cough up the coin, you can buy the BECCA highlighter HERE

The second product I splurged on was the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation in the shade "3.35- Golden Medium Beige"

First off, I know I'm usually very very loyal to Black Opal's foundation (It's my go-to foundation) but I heard great things about this Smashbox "dupe" for MAC's studio fix. I put dupe in quotation marks for a reason. Imagine the air quotes, ok?

This foundation was $42.


How, sway? How is the "dupe" more expensive than the foundation that it's being compared to? I'll wait.

MAC's Studio Fix foundation retails for about $30. I've used their foundation before but found it to be a little too rich for my blood once I started college so I opted for a cheaper drugstore brand until my after grad glow up (coming soon). By comparison, the Smashbox foundation was almost exactly what I remember studio fix feeling and looking like. A little sticky on the application, water resistant, full coverage, and pretty true to my undertone (a little cakey looking). It did however dry like-instantly. I mean, like fast dry nail polish.

So...with regard to this product- It's take it or leave it. Which is a bummer bc I was expecting a little more bang for my buck. If you'd like to check it out for your self, you can purchase it HERE.


Look at that highlight!! (Thanks BECCA, girl!) Check out how I got the eye look pictured above and don't forget to head over to my channel to like and subscribe so you don't miss out on new posts! 

Love ya, mean it! 


The BEST Lace front EVER!!!


New video up on my channel you guys! When I say this is by far the BEST synthetic lace front wig I have EVER had in my life...I mean it!

It is absolutely gorgeous! The hairline is so unbelievably natural without adding concealer or doing any tweezing. I purchased this unit from Friday Night Hair and it is the model number GLS29 and I have it in the color 1B with brown lace. This unit is priced at $49.99 on their site and it is sooo worth it!!

Check out my review on this unit above and if you haven't already, head over to my channel and subscribe (click the little bell) so you get post notifications every time I upload a video!

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