Black Friday Sales I’m Digging

Happy turkeylurkey day! Eat until you cannot eat anymore, and then save some of that energy to go shopping. Isn’t that how the United States operates anyways?

This years sales haven’t impressed me at all except for two.

The release of the STUNNA Lip Paint from Fenty Beauty and the Lip Bar is marking everything down to $10 dollars. I am a huge lip product junkie so this is where I am indulging.

 

 

 

What I plan on getting:

#STUNNA Lip Paint by Fenty Beauty

Class Act Lipgloss by The LipBar

Goals Lipgloss by The Lip Bar

$10 Mystery Bag (you get two items for ten dollars, that is a steal!)

What sales are you participating in this year?

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Black-Owned Makeup Brands Wishlist | Face Powders & Highlighters

Back at it again it with Black-Owned Makeup Brands!

The first list in my on-going series consisted of makeup needed for your base ex: foundation and concealers (can be found here). So this list is compromised of items needed to complete the full face of makeup; setting powders, blush, highlighters and a setting spray – because you always have to set the look.

I hope you check out the other items offered from these companies, and let me know your favorites if you have already tried them out!

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Danessa Myricks Beauty | Evolution Powder #4 $24

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BLAC Minerals Cosmetics | Flawless Finish Dust in the shade Java $16 |

LIT Highlight Powder in the shade Winnin’ $20

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koyVoca Cosmetics | Ultra (setting) Powder in the shade Ultra 3 $10 |

The HiLife Highlighter in the shade 1,000,000, 000 Babe $12

If you’re interested in trying their cream foundations, cream concealers, or powder foundations. They have samples for sell for about $2 each – they can be found here.

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Marena Beaute | Blush in the shade Chocolat $37

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Loecal | Supernova Highlighter $14

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Beeqbox | Xenon Illuminating Setting Spray $13.50

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My Current Favorite Natural Hair Products

These products have been in rotation on a steady basis because I can always expect to have beautiful moisturized hair after using them. I have previously mentioned each item in a review or haul, except for one or two items.

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Washing:

Gabrielle Union Flawless Moisturizing Shampoo $19

Suave Professionals Rosemary + Mint Invigorating Clean Conditioner $3

TGIN Honey Miracle Deep Conditioner $15

Styling:

ORS Olive Oil for Naturals Butter Whipped Leave-in Conditioning Creme $6

Peppermint Jamaican Black Castor Oil $7

Reviving:

Garnier Fructis Style Curl Renew Reactivating Milk Spray with Coconut Oil $3.50

 

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DIY | Shimmer Body Oil

Tom Ford who? NARS who? I don’t know them *Mariah Carey voice*.

In my Bolero Skincare haul, I mentioned creating shimmer body oils with the Vanilla Cream and Apple & Cinnamon face, hair & skin body oils I had purchased. The bottle that the oils come in were literally perfect for this as they have a pump which is great for easy application to the skin. To see what I used, and my results, keep reading!

What you will need:

Oil of your choice

Loose pigments (finely milled glitter can be used too)

A spray bottle or bottle with a dropper

Paper towels or paper to catch the excess fall out

Small spoon, scoop or hair pin.

 

Instructions:

First you will need to lay the piece of paper or paper towel down to catch any fallout from the pigments. After this it’s quite simple. You will add the pigments and oil to the bottle using your scoop of choice (I used the end of a hair pin) – there is so specific order to this step – then mix the two together. Add different amounts, and various colors to customize the body oil to your liking. I used about three different pigments in each oil until I was satisfied with the results.

For example, with the Vanilla Cream oil, I decided to make the coloring lighter because that scent is lighter, and it seemed to fit. Then for the Apple & Cinnamon, I used the darker mixture of pigments.

PRO TIP: Massage the oil into damp or wet skin for the most moisture. When drying off use your towel in patting motions.

The final product:

Left: Apple & Cinnamon – Right: Vanilla Cream

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An EPIC E.L.F Cosmetics Haul!

Let me give y’all the 411 real quick… Dollar Tree has it all. I purchased thiry-three dollars worth of items for only NINE dollars. That is a twenty-four dollar difference, and I never would have had this opportunity had I purchased these products elsewhere.

I will spare the dramatics (for once) and we will get right into it!

I purchased two of the ultimate blending brushes$6 each, one small tapered brush$3, one lock on liner and brow cream in medium brown$4, one angled blush brush$4, one flat eyeliner brush$3, one aqua beauty molten liquid eyeshadow in the shade brushed copper$4, and one matte lip color in the shade Cranberry$3.

elf haul

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Retro Love Palette by Bad Habit Beauty | $10 Deal

 

If you recall my haul of the Aphrodite palette (Huda Beauty Rose Gold Edition dupe!), I mentioned that I had plans on buying more items from Bad Habit Beauty. A few weeks later, and we are back!

This time I’m bringing you the Retro Love palette which is a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette. After the initial controversy and bad reviews I could not bring myself to spend $42 on that palette. So thank goodness for Bad Habit Beauty!

The packaging of this palette is super cute, I mean, do you see it? The “retro” theme was perfectly captured in it’s design which makes it even better. This palette contains 14 eye shadows that just scream Fall.

Anas… I mean Bad Habit Beauty went off on this one.

 

 

There are 11 matte shades, and 3 shimmers.

Out of the 14 shades in this palette, the most notable are Flower Power, Rebel, Icon, Mod, Revolution and Nostalgia. Flower Power was the first color that caught my eye because I own several orange eyeshadows but none of them are a creamsicle shade like FP.

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By looking at the swatches above, I am sure you are noticing the patchiniess in some of the shades like Mod, and Nostalgia. This can definitely cause a problem during application and should be noted for those who are interested.

I have not used this palette yet as it literally arrived while I was leaving for class 😦 but I am willing to bet that there will be fallout. It won’t be as bad as the first batch of Subculture palettes but it is what it is LOL.

I am eager to create some colorful looks with this palette for the holiday season, so stay tuned for a review or first impression.

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Holiday Makeup Books by L.A. Colors Haul & SWATCHES | $1 Deals

Dollar Tree came through again! This time I’m bringing you the holiday makeup books from L.A Colors, if that is the actual name of these items, I have no clue. But they are booklet style, and they were released before the holiday’s. What you can find are lip color palettes, and highlighters and bronzers. I cannot tell you the different shade names because they do not have names on the packaging to differentiate the various colors. The only thing I can tell you is to look at the different products, and figure out which color is for you.

I picked up three of the holiday booklets; the darkest lip palette, the glowing sun highlighter and the sun kissed bronzer.

 

 

Swatches of the lip palette:

 

 

The pigmentation of these lipsticks had me SHOOK! They are great quality, and perfect for creating an ombre lip. Additionally, the packaging is compact which makes it amazing for makeup kits and traveling.

From (L-R) Sunkissed Bronzer & Glowing Sun Highlighter

 

 

As you can see, the bronzer isn’t exactly a bronzer on my skin. I don’t see how the glittery powder would work as a bronzer on ANY skintone but that is neither here nor there.

Out of the two, my favorite is the bronzer because it gives me that “I’ve been drinking water and minding my business” glow that is always talked about on Twitter. It appears quite natural, and produces a wet-look. I wore it just yesterday, and I could not stop staring at myself in the mirror.

The highlighter is gorgeous too, but if you apply too much you will look crazy. One time I went a little ham with the fan brush and had to do some serious damage control. Thankfully all was well in the end…

If you come across these items at your local store, then definitely pick one or two items up. They would make great gifts and stocking stuffers!

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Bought It & Regret It.

We all have those moments of buyers remorse where we reminiscence on the money we could have saved.  I’ve certainly had enough experience in this department; which leads me to this post on items I had purchased and wished that I did not. Below, I will share my list as a cautionary tale, and because I am fed up with these purchases – so I had to tell someone!

Rimmel London Radiance Brick 003 Dark || I knew better but I still purchased this powder from Rimmel because YOLO (that’s my excuse reasoning and I’m sticking with it!!) it barely shows up on my skin-tone, and was a waste of money.

Maybelline The Graffiti Nudes palette || Great colors. Not enough pigment.

Black Radiance Translucent Pressed Powder || I generally haven’t noticed a difference in my face makeup after applying this for a touch up. My CVS Extrabucks were used in vain!

Wet n Wild Stippling brush || This brush sheds like CRAZY and it does a terrible job with liquid foundations.

Wet n Wild Pressed Powder x 2 || Once you get past the first few layers, you will not pick much product up on your brush. It has also looked a bit ashy when using these so that’s a no-go for sure!

Milani Metallic Matte Liquid lipstick in the shade Mattely In Love || This shade of red isn’t flattering on my skin tone.

Riri by Rihanna body spray || I have a love hate relationship with this scent as it doesn’t work well with my body chemistry and I’ve generally enjoyed the other perfumes by Rihanna. The notes in this perfume are not my cup of tea at all, so I have no purpose for this in my collection.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb || I was so excited to get this for my birthday and later was highly disappointed to find out that it doesn’t last long at all. For the price it should perform way better!

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Black-Owned Makeup Brands Wishlist | Foundation & Co.

For some reason it has been assumed that you can only get a full face of makeup, nail polish, and skin care from mainstream brands. This is simply untrue and there are several Black-Owned brands that literally have everything!

I decided to do a series of “wishlists” with items that I would like to try from various Black-Owned brands, to bring awareness, and because I undoubtedly want these items. For the first wishlist, I will solely focus on foundation and concealer as that is one of the most important products you will apply. I hope you enjoy this series and are able to find some staples to add to your own collection. Let’s get into it!

Base 1

Vera Moore Cosmetics | Liquid foundation $25 | Liquid Concealer $18.50

Danessa Myricks Beauty| Vision Cover Cream $28

If you are unsure of your foundation shade but want to experiment before committing, go on over to Camera Ready Cosmetics, and get a few samples for $5 each. A little goes a long way with this product so my full coverage girls will love this!

AJ Crimson Beauty| Match Me Sample Kit $35

12 shades of signature foundation plus Banana Creme Highlighter, Deep Peach Corrector # 102 and #105 corrector

Blacminerals Cosmetics| Concealer $18

Unlike the Vera Moore concealer above, this concealer is a cream. It comes in a stick form (with cute packaging might I add).

If you want to try before committing to a full size, a sample is only $2 and can be found here.

SKNYDIP Cosmetics| Foundation in the shade Boardwalk After 6 | $11

Eleven dollars for a foundation? I. am. sold! You don’t have to tell me much more unless they don’t carry my shade. And I definitely won’t have to worry about that problem with this brand! I have heard that the shade comparison chart could use a bit of work, so consider buying a sample before buying the full size. And I almost forgot to mention, the sample is $2.

Switch it up and try something new. You won’t regret it! Happy shopping ❤

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Bolero Skincare Haul | Dollar Tree Deals

Bolero skincare you say? I thought that was a jacket? I kid, I kid.

You must admit that was kind of funny though… Alright. I’ll get serious! Bolero is a popular brand that you can find at your local Dollar Tree. They sell bath bombs, body oils, lotions, face wipes, and all that good stuff we love. The reason why I am sharing these items today are because they recently dropped their line of fall scents. This collection consisted of a nice amount of products, but I was only able to get my hands on the body oils and face wipes.

The scents released were Vanilla Cream and Apple & Cinnamon. Since this was my first time trying these items from Bolero I decided to get one item of each scent except for the face wipes in Apple & Cinnamon – it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Now I will give you guys the tea shortly…

 

The Vanilla Cream products smell good, but the Apple & Cinnamon smells exactly like the potpourri my mother had in our bathroom when I was younger. I don’t mind the scent, but it is not something I will use frequently. Because the scent of the oils does not last for a long time they are good as a base for perfumes, that do not last as long, and for mixing with pigments as a shimmer oil. The pumps on the bottles are perfect for a quick mess-free application which makes that shimmer oil idea even better. If you are not interested in the oils for that purpose, then skip it. Also, the packaging comes without labels, so you would not be able to easily tell the difference between the two.

I have not opened the face wipes yet as I am currently using the Sugar Frosting wipes from simple pleasures. To read about those then click here.

Stay tuned for a post on how I create my own shimmer oils. You don’t want to miss this!

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