IT Girls ROCK | Build-A-Boutique with Jacque Amadi

How many of us have pictured ourselves as savvy businesswomen owning our own online store where items sell out in lightening speed?  How man of us have a name picked out, social media accounts created yet have no clue how to stock or market this said shop?

You entrepreneurial dreams of becoming an e-boutique owner have now become easier to achieve thanks to Jacque Amadi, the stylishly quirky 20-something creator of Jacque of All Trades,  Virtual Social Media Marketing Consultant, and mastermind behind the Build-A-Boutique e-course.

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MEET JACQUE AMADI

Jacque Amadi Build Your Boutique

During a recent chat I got to know Jacque and picked her brain about the business of fashion.  As a Kansas native born to Nigerian parents and owner of one of the most inclusive guides to building your own online store, Jacque Amadi has been blogging since 16 and became an entrepreneur at the young age of 21.  After graduating from the University of Kansas where she earned a bachelors in psychology with a minor in business, Jacque used her background to launch Shop Lioness, an indie-vintage e-boutique, and now teaches budding retail CEOs the ins and outs of fashion retail.

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HER THOUGHTS…

On finding her passion…“I’m a blog junkie, and I’ve had several blogs covering every topic you can imagine! Fashion, movies, music, I’ve written about it all..so I thought I’d combine all of my interests (fashion, psychology, small business, and online marketing) into one blog- Jacque of All Trades.  When it comes to my course, Build-A -Boutique, I received a lot of questions during my time as an e-commerce entrepreneur and I just wanted to create an affordable resource for other young women who are interested in creating their own online shops!”

Jacque Amadi Build Your Boutique

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Jacque Amadi Build Your Boutique

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On her Build-A-Boutique e-course…”My Build-A-Boutique course is super interactive, with videos, worksheets, and even an exclusive Facebook group included.  I just wanted something fun and cute, but still informative, rather than the usual boring cut and dry course.  At the end of the day I really want to encourage women to chase their dreams!  It’s easy for us to take a back seat when it comes to business, but I want to empower other women to give it a try.  Hopefully my course is that extra push people need to jump into selling online!”
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HER THOUGHTS…

On being a BOSS…“I love love love owning my own business, and making money on my own terms.  It’s an amazing feeling to be able to use your God-given talents and help others while also sustaining yourself.”

On beauty…“Oh you’re talking to the Queen of Girly!  I hate wearing pants.  I wear skirts as often as I can get away with it!  I also love make up, and being able to match my make up to my mood and my ever-changing hair.”

Jacque Amadi Build Your Boutique

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HER THOUGHTS…

On taking risks…“Keep a journal. Write all of your goals down and break them up into tiny steps that are easy to achieve. Don’t listen to anyone who doubts you. There’s nothing you can’t do!  If you’ve never failed, then you’ve never tried!

Jacque Amadi Build Your Boutique

You can find Jacque on her blog, Jacque of All Trades, and on YouTube. Don’t forget to friend her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook as well.

Have you ever had dreams of owning your own boutique?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.

Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer | The Icons Collection

Press Samples

Mischo Beauty Icons Collection
My nail polish collection has a history of being a little challenged but that is changing very rapidly.  Because I am a nurse and wash my hands many times throughout the day, for many years I would think nothing of allowing my hands to go bare in an effort to save money on nail polish that inevitably chipped and peeled 2 days after application.  Over the last year, my desire to keep an immaculate manicure despite the hurdles I face at work has been renewed especially now that I’ve discovered Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer.

Created by licensed cosmetologist and manicurist Kitiya Mischo King, Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer is an entire line of vibrantly colored chip resistant nail polish colors free of harmful toxins commonly used in nail products.  While pregnant, Kitiya had an impossible time finding nail polish colors that didn’t include ingredients that could be dangerous to her and her unborn son.  After turning up empty handed in her search for an eco-friendly nail polish, Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer was born.  Featured in  Marie Claire, W Magazine, and most recently, InStyle Magazine,  Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquers ($18 for 0.5oz/15ml) are 5 free meaning free of formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.

Mischo Beauty Icons Collection Debuting in 2014,  The Icons Collection gives us shockingly bright colors named after iconic women in history.  Each polish is housed in a beautifully designed thick square glass bottle with a black cap and a brush small enough for precise application.  The formula is not thick or bulky and spreads easily giving an opaque finish in 2 thin coats.  I found these polishes to be fast drying even without my holy grail Seche Vite Dry Fast Topcoat.  Each nail polish can also be purchased in a Nail Lacquer Set ($54) including your favorite Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer, base coat, and top coat.

Mischo Beauty Icons Collection- Diana
Mischo Beauty Icons Collection- Marilyn- DianaDiana is a vividly luxurious red-orange color that gives my manicure a very glossy high-end finish.  I instantly wanted to grab brunch complete with mimosas and girl talk after I applied this polish.  I find this shade different and less “blood like” then many blue-based red polishes that I already own.

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Mischo Beauty Icons Collection- Jackie Mischo Beauty Icons Collection- JackieJackie is a cool mint color that, if applied right, only requires one coat.  I did find this color to be the thickest of all four and had to work a little harder to get even coverage as I do with many milky pastel colors.

Mischo Beauty Icons Collection- Marilyn

Mischo Beauty Icons Collection- MarilynMarilyn is a hot pink color and is by far my favorite out of the entire collection.  I really put this color through the ringer by wearing it for an entire 5-day work week with frequent vigorous hand washing and did not experience chipping until the end of that 5th day.

Mischo Beauty Icons Collection- Billie
Mischo Beauty Icons Collection- BillieBillie is a unique neon orange color, very similar to Diana, that I know I will get plenty of use out of.  This shade brought out the warm undertones of my skin tone almost like it was specially mixed with me in mind.

Not pictured is Coco, a pure white color that unfortunately has been sold out for weeks.  That just makes me want to get my hands on it even more and will be patiently waiting for it to be restocked.

It took me a little while to complete this review because I really wanted to put these nail polish colors through adequate testing to provide That IT Girl readers with an honest overview.  I can confidently tell you that my relationship with Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer was an instant love affair.  Each of these nail polish colors delivered bold chip resistant color that received compliments from my manicurist and friends alike.  I love the fact that Kitiya took such care to develop a toxin free eco-friendly nail polish without compromising wearability, quality, and color payoff.

Visit Mischo Beauty or Beauty Bar to purchase the Icons Collection and any of the other wildly fabulous collections available and be sure to follow Mischo Beauty on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, and Instagram so you don’t miss out on exclusive collection releases, sales, and promotions.

Special thanks to Kitiya Mischo King, and Mischo Beauty for submitting products for consideration.

What do you think about Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.

Hello May

May Flowers

 

It feels like I was just celebrating the new year and here we are in May already.  April was a very productive month and I am happy to be back in the world of beauty and blogging.  With us being so close to the middle of the year I really feel the need to exercise more accountability with my goals and personal growth.

I have recently stumbled up a series of Podcast from Myleik Teele, founder of curlBOX, entrepreneurial mentor and branding expert behing MyTaughtMe.com.  Her straight forward approach to accomplishing your business objectives speak directly to my desire to one day be my own boss.  In the spirit of her “Stop Making Excuses” podcast,  in May, I plan to:

  • Read at least 2 non-fiction books.  Reading is the number one way to not only increase your vocabulary thus improving your writing skills, but it also improves your focus and your ability to speak intelligently on certain subjects.
  • Start taking yoga classes.  Being a nurse full time is rewarding but emotionally taxing.  Yoga is a great way to increase circulation and flexibility and decrease tension.
  • Clean up my diet.  I plan to cut my sugar intake down to almost nothing and incorporate more veggies and lean proteins into my daily meals and snacks.
  • Focus on more quality clothing pieces.  I have not outgrown Forever 21, I am just choosing to add more pieces to my closet that are not so disposable.  I am going to make it a point to hit sample sales, trunk shows, and sale racks at some of my favorite retailers like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.

What are your personal goals for May?  Leave a comment and let’s discuss.

VIDEO | My Go To Bold Lipstick Colors

What is more fun then playing in makeup and lipstick?  Doing so in front of a camera.  I have been gone from my beloved YouTube channel for months and to celebrate my return I decided to do a showcase of my go to bold lip colors that I rely on heavily when I’m feeling risky.

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There is something about bold lipstick that makes me feel like dancing and celebrating and just giddy all around.  I usually rock brighter colors in the spring and summer months but I have found myself wearing all six of these colors throughout the year.

NARS MAC Stila Too Faced Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics NYX

NARS Audacious Lipstick- Jane

In 2014, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Creative Director François Nars’ original line of 12 lipsticks, the masterminds at NARS Cosmetics released a line of 40 creamy highly pigmented lipstick colors in the Audacious line.  While I was tempted to max out a credit card purchasing all 40 of these gorgeous shades, I chose a creamy orange color.  NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jane ($32) is bright enough to stand out without being neon making it easy to wear on a daily basis.  You can find NARS Audacious lipstick at Sephora, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, and NARSCosmetics.com

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar- Hoochie

I still remember the first time I watched a YouTube video featuring the Lip Tars by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) a cruelty-free 100% vegan cosmetic who’s signature product is a very lightweight liquid lipstick in a huge variety of shades and finishes.  It took forever for an OCC Lip Tar ($18) lipstick to make its way into my makeup collection because it was not available in retail stores for years after its initial release, however, that all changed when Sephora started carrying this line.  Hoochie, an extreme magenta, packs a powerful pink punch that can not only be worn alone, but mixes easily with other shades to create vibrant purples and mauves.  You can find Hoochie and the entire line of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars, lip liners and more at Sephora and OCCMakeup.com.

.NYX Soft Matte Cream- Copenhagen

I must admit that my relationship with the NYX Soft Matte Cream formula was not an instant love affair similar to that of their much adored round lipstick.  There were times where I purchased colors only to return or give them away but all of that changed with my latest visit to Ulta.  The NYX Soft Matte Cream ($6) is a rich matte plum color that is so lightweight you barely remember that you are wearing lipstick after it dries.  This color is very buildable as one coat will give you more of a stain and two or more coats render a more opaque finish.  NYX Soft Matte Cream colors can be found at Ulta, Target, and NYXCosmetics.com.

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Too Faced Melted Lipstick- Melted Violet

The Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Violet ($21) is one of those lipsticks that should only be work by a super confident IT girl who has no issue with drawing attention.  This lip color is so bright and loud that it should have come with its own pair of shades and earplugs.  I love this formula because while it dries to a semi-glossy finish, it is long lasting with a “barely there” after effect.  You can find Melted Violet and the rest of the Too Faced Melted Lipstick line at Sephora, Ulta, and TooFaced.com

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MAC- Cyber
I think I took my biggest makeup risk this year yet when I purchased Cyber by MAC ($16).  I’d heard so much about it already from other bloggers and youtubers and almost passed it up when I swatched it in the MAC store.  Voted a MAC must have by makeup artist and industry experts alike, this gothic blackish-purple lipstick is only for the bravest makeup addicts.  Its semi-glossy formula goes on smoothly and is paired best with a neutral eyeshadow look.  You can find Cyber at MAC stores and counters and MACCosmetics.com.

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick- Fiery

I am a sucker for bright pure red lipsticks yet the perfect shade is sometimes very hard to find.  When I want to for a vintage pin-up-esq makeup look my go to lip color is none other then the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick  in Fiery ($22).  This deep red long lasting ultra matte lip shade does not budge once it dries remaining vibrant and in place through eating and drinking.  The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick can be found at Sephora, Ulta, and StilaCosmetics.com.

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What are your go to bold lip colors?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.

 

SPRING HAUL | Chanel, Topshop & More

Spring Haul 2015-10

My latest goal with my beauty and style is to clean it up to include both classic and more contemporary pieces that don’t just look good, but are of high enough quality to stand the test of time.

This is a haul of firsts as the brands that are included are new to my closet and vanity.  While this latest collection may be small, I covet each and every item and will hopefully use them as much as possible this spring.

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Spring Haul 2015-3

Those who know me personally know me are well aware of the fact that I have tiny fingers so finding midi rings is a difficult task. A new Topshop location opened here in the Houston Galleria and my first trip proved to be productive as I was able to find a set of gold midi rings (similar found here), $14, that fit my petite digits perfectly, and a sleek pair of Topshop cateye sunglasses ($30).

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Spring Haul 2015-4

 

Spring Haul 2015-5

I am sad to say that I before this haul, the iconic house of Chanel was never a part of my beauty boudoir.  I just never found a match on many of their lip colors but today that streak has ended.  The Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer in #108 Constellation ($30) is a gorgeous peachy-orange sparkle gloss that looks best over coral lip colors.

I also added Play Date a light lavender nail lacquer by Essie ($8.50) to my spring  nail polish rotation.
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Spring Haul 2015-6

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Spring Haul 2015-7

I was in search of a new bag big enough to house my laptop and everything that goes along with it and stumbled upon  the Mango Hobo Bag ($39.99) in ice grey.  This purse is stylish yet understated with 2 different strap lengths, and inside pocket to house your keys and cell phone, and heavy gold toned hardware.

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Spring Haul 2015-8

 

Spring Haul 2015-9
The Fashion Book ($44.67) has been on my Amazon wish list for ages.  This collector’s item or what some may consider the fashion bible is a book worm’s dream.  I have spent many days already, flipping through the world of haute couture, iconic models, and innovative photographers.
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What new items have you collected for the spring?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.