First Impression | NEW Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Maybelline’s Fit Me collection, it’s one of the best collections that you can find in the drugstore for under $10. One of the reasons why this line is so popular is because you’re getting great quality makeup that comes in a wide range of colors, and it’s also very affordable. Recently, the Fit Me foundation line was extended by adding 18 new shades of foundation which means the line now has 32 shades. They range from the lightest shade Porcelain 102 to Java 375 the darkest shade. The Fit Me line currently consists of the Dewy/Matte + Poreless foundations, concealer, pressed powder, blush and shine free foundation stick. The newest addition to that line is the Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder!

After watching a YouTube video reviewing the loose powder, I went directly to the Maybelline section of my local Walmart to hunt down the newest item. The loose setting power comes in eight different shades starting at Fair and ending at Dark. I purchased the color Deep (the second darkest) for only $5.94! The Fit Me Loose Finishing powder is described as a mineral-based formula that will help control shine and smooth skins texture with a hint of color. You can currently find this in-stores and online at Walmart, Ulta and Maybelline’s website.

 

The products I used when testing this out were:

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer

Maybelline Matte + Poreless foundation in Coconut 355

Ruby Kisses Pure Mineral concealer in Golden Honey mixed with the Marc Jacobs Coconut Dew Drops Highligther

& Wet n Wild Megaglo highlighting powder in Lilac to Reality

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After applying the loose finishing powder to my right (left on picture) under eye area

After applying the loose finishing powder to my full face in different lighting

 

Final thoughts: I definitely loved the finished product after applying this finishing powder to my full face. It feels very light on, and kept my face from getting oily which I occasionally experience when using the Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation.  I also liked the fact that the powder didn’t alter the color of my already applied makeup. I applied my makeup at 5:30 and didn’t take it off until 12, after the NBA Finals Game 3 (GO CAVS!). During those hours I never needed a retouch and that is what really won me over.

I won’t recommend this product because I would like to try it with a different combination of items before I give it my stamp of approval but I’m not saying that you shouldn’t buy it either (like that helps LOL). If you do try it, let me know what you used it with and your thoughts!

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L.A Colors Shadow by Number Palette Haul + Swatches!

On one of my most recent trips to Dollar Tree I had come across these beautiful quads from L.A. colors and I just had to try them out. To not go overboard I picked my two favorites Nerd Chic and Extra Credit. Even though these quads looked promising I was still a bit skeptical about the quality, and this is coming from someone who was an avid user of their 3 and 5 color palettes.

 

After opening and swatching these eyeshadows I was in awe because the shadows are so buttery and they swatch b-e-a-u-t-ifully except for a few.

SWATCHES ||

Nerd Chic

 

1 – A frosty champagne

2 –  A shimmering bronze

3 – A shimmering brown with cherry red glitter

4 – A matte olive green

Extra Credit

 

1: A shimmering yellow gold

2 – A shimmering teal

3- A matte pale pink (kind of chalky)

4- A shimmering rose gold

My favorite out of the two would have to be Extra Credit because it comes with a nice selection of colors that would be perfect for the spring/summer. If you see any while you’re out and about then you should check them out.

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DIY Aquazurra Raffia Pom Pom Heels | Under $30

One of my favorite places to find a super stylish DIY is on LocksandTrinkets blog and YouTube channel. Sometime last year she had posted a video where she recreated the most amazing pair of shoes by Aquazurra. I instantly fell in love and decided that I would try it for myself. Shortly after I purchased a pack of pom pom balls and a pair of open toe wrap around heels from Madden Girl. This project took no time to complete and I couldn’t help but love the finished results. For comparison:

Aquazurra Raffia Pom Pom Stilettos | $825 USD vs. DIY Madden Girl Pom Pom Stilettos | $27 minus tax

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What you’ll need:

80 Pack Assorted pom pom balls | $1

2 Pack of Superglue | $1

Open toed strappy heels | Madden Girl | $25

When recreating this DIY I didn’t do everything exactly the same because 1. I couldn’t find my hot glue gun 2. I used one size pom pom balls and 3. I covered the whole strap in pom pom balls instead of focusing on the center.

This took no more than 20 minutes to complete because it is so easy. To help cut down on the production time I laid my pom pom’s out in a sequence that I liked so I wouldn’t have any difficulties when gluing them onto the shoe. This isn’t really necessary but I was going for a more uniform look considering I had eight different color pom poms to choose from. After this I glued the pom poms down and waited for them to dry. The dry time doesn’t take very long but you may want to wait a few minutes before wearing them out to make sure the balls set.

 

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My April & May 2017 Favorites

May Faves

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water (Pink cap) | $9

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea | $7

NYX Butter Gloss in Praline | $5

Cantu Clarifying Shampoo and Creamy Conditioner | $5

Wet n Wild Illuminating Palette in Catwalk Pink | $5

Kat Von D Lock in Concealer in D33 Warm | $26

L.A. Colors Cover Up! Concealer Stick in Cafe and Pure Orange | $2

Kleancolor Brow Pomade in the shade Medium Brown | $1

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Cosmetics Company Outlet 50% Sale Haul!

Y’all, I found the most amazing deals thanks to a friend who shared that the CCO was having a half off sale on the whole store (excluding a few things)! Do you know what that means? That means that you can get Clinique, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox and so many other brands for a super low price. There’s limited edition items and discontinued items that you will never find again for a fraction of the price!

Like I purchased the Amor Prohibido lipstick from Selena Quintanilla’s MAC collection for $6. 38! Considering the last day of the sale was today May 29th, I should have grabbed the other items available from that collection. But anyways let’s get into the goods!

The goods:

Amor Prohibido | Lipstick | MAC x Selena capsule collection | $6.38

Dance Off Pants Off | Lipstick | MAC Good Luck Trolls collection | $6.38

Morning Glory | Lustureglass | MAC | $5.63

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Strange New Worlds | Trip the Lights Fantastic Powder | MAC x Star Trek | $12.00

Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments and Glitter Kit | MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Collection| $12.25

Studio-on-the-Go Primer Kit | Smashbox | $2.51

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Irresistibly Charming/Pink Lipgloss Set | MAC Enchanted Eve Holiday 2015 Collection | $12. 25

Do you see these items? I purchased all of these items for 57 Dollars BEFORE tax! If you know anything about MAC Cosmetics or Smashbox cosmetics then you know that it’s basically impossible to get this many limited edition items for such an amazing price. Hopefully the CCO continues to hold these half off sales because I’ll be there each time!

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A Letter to My Pre-College Self

I was inspired by Earnest, a company providing a better way for students & grads to refinance student loans to share a letter to myself. This came in such a great time considering I just completed my fourth year of college last week. With everything hitting so close to home, I hope this advice and their blog can be a helpful guide to those who may need it.


Dear Selena,

I know that you are embarking on your journey to college and adulthood which is a crucial time in your life. You’ll be transitioning from home, meeting new friends, and most importantly stepping out of your comfort zone. College provides a lot of opportunities for improvement and you should take advantage of each available opportunity. Nothing can prevent you from exceeding except yourself; friends, family, and whomever else shouldn’t determine your future for you. During these times your peers will explore their talents and will delve into things that can be beneficial to their future careers. If you are unsure of what you want to do then you should also explore; whether it’s photography, activism, blogging, becoming a YouTuber or creating/selling art (t-shirts, paintings, etc.) then you should give it a try!

Then there are so many other things you must consider when attending college like managing your finances, maintaining your friendships (and sanity), staying organized and how you’ll be paying for your education.
In some cases, the student doesn’t have to keep a close eye on their finances or financial aid because everything is paid for by their parents – which is amazing – but if that isn’t your case you’ll have more work to do. Let’s talk FAFSA and scholarships… FAFSA known as but not commonly referred to as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is one of the biggest pains in the behind at the end of the school year. To complete your FAFSA you must have your tax forms, student/parent pins, and other critical information to successfully file for your Student Aid; if you aren’t organized it will take way longer to finish this task. Also, you should do your FAFSA as soon as it opens because there is no reason to burden yourself if you don’t have to, and this is coming from someone who still procrastinates each year. I will say that I’ve learned from my mistakes enough to know better but doing better is what matters. And I haven’t even discussed what you’ll have to do to pay those loans off after graduating… I’ll just take this one step at a time. Also, you should apply for as many scholarships as possible they don’t have to specifically cater to yourself but if you do well enough you could qualify for it. Getting scholarships will prevent you from needed and having to pay as much money back to Sallie Mae. My senior year of high school I participated in a scholarship pageant with a sorority where the money I raised went to my first year of college which really helped because I didn’t have to worry about where I’d be getting that money from if something happened with my financial aid. One more thing, don’t be lax with your financial aid office at your university! When you call and don’t get an answer, send an email; if you don’t get a response then go to their office. Make sure your ducks are in a neat orderly row before you get on campus.

Since I already mentioned financial aid I thought I’d mention finances next. Get your coins and save them. Clip coupons, utilize sales, and learn about specials at the places you love (ex: movies, bowling alleys). I am one of those people who enjoy having a good time and I don’t mind spending money but there are times to be wise about your spending habits. Most schools hold events for students to attend for free or at a discounted price so if you’re interested GO. You should also know other ways to make money if you aren’t employed: you can sell clothing on Poshmark or places like Plato’s Closet, you can do hair (if you’re good), or you can even charge to do makeup for special events. That will build your portfolio, give you experience and you’ll be able have extra spending money. The things I mentioned don’t even touch the wide scope of ‘hustles’ you can have. Another thing that will help you build on a budget is Dollar Tree, one of my favorite stores. You can find cute decorations for your dorm, cleaning supplies, snacks, books, and so many other great things. Dollar Tree is a Godsend and you will soon find a reason to go there everyday.
Now there’s maintaining friendships, your sanity and staying organized. To stay organized you don’t have to break the bank like some may think. You can get your folders, planners, sticky notes, and everything in-between at Dollar Tree. YouTube and Facebook groups have planning communities where they spend a lot of money on fancy planners and stickers but this isn’t a requirement to keep yourself organized throughout the school year. You can also use apps on your phones to input important upcoming events. It’s so simple but these two things will definitely drain you or at least they drained me – maintaining my sanity and friendships.

To better manage my well-being I had to to take breaks AKA me time to relax, do a DIY spa day and clear my head of whatever was bothering me. I also used a super cute journal I got from TJMaxx as a prayer diary, in it I’d write down my goals, what I’d pray for/prayers, and things I want to work on. I found a lot of cute ideas for this on pinterest but I ended up going with my own format. This really helped because I was able to see everything written out and I felt less overwhelmed. As far as friendships I can only say a few things:

  • Do what makes you happy. If you want to do something and your friends don’t then you should step out of your comfort zone and do it anyways. You can make new friends along the way who will like to do similar things
  • Take time for yourself and your well being
  • Branch out to meet new people. Having a clique or intimate group of friends is cool until something goes wrong..

I hope this letter will be helpful to you on your journey to college and I wish you the best of luck!

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Save Money While You #Slay pt. II

Do you love discovering new things and saving money on some of your favorite brands? If so this post is for you. Below there are three super cool subscription services and a resource for college students who enjoy online shopping. Part one of my Save Money While You #Slay series is here!

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  • Influenster
    • Influenster is a service that sends you products free for reviewing. The level of items that you receive are based on your social media influence after connecting your SM accounts with Influenster. The items you review will vary depending on your interests like beauty, fashion, technology, traveling etc. Because of Influenster I’ve been able to try items from Bite Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Covergirl, Ralph Lauren and many other popular brands. If you like to try new things and don’t mind doing tasks like reviewing and sharing on social media then sign on up today!
  • Unidays
    • If you’re a college student who loves to online shop then you must sign up for Unidays! Unidays is a website that gives you access to student discounts from many popular brands such as Boohoo, missguided, Levi’s, Apple, Asos, and MORE. You must have a current student email to use these great deals. You are also required to verify your student status but it’s worth it if you love these brands.
  • Sample Source
    • Sample Source is another service that sends you products free to “try before you buy”. For this service you have to fill out your profile to give them more information about yourself and the items you’re interested in. They will send you an email whenever there are samples available that fit your profile. You then get the option to choose which items will fill your box. It’s also imporatnt to keep your profile up to date so you can try more things.
  • PINCHme
    • PINCHme is another service where you can get products free for reviewing purposes. For this service you need to take a shopper survey so they can match you with the best samples. Out of the three services mentioned this one is my least favorite because as long as I’ve been using this service I haven’t been a match for many of the sample dates which are once a Tuesday every month. I will say that I have been able to get free magazine subscriptions so I guess it’s okay. You also have to update your profile quite frequently.
    • Samples I’ve received: Greenies Pill Pockets for my dog Roscoe, a Scotch-Brite Scrubbing dish cloth (that I loved), a dog food coupon, a grey reducing shampoo for men (for my dad) and Shout Color catcher dye trapping sheets.

That’s all for part two of the Save While You #Slay series. Whenever I find more deals/services I will be sure to create a third part. I hope this series is useful for those who don’t want to break the bank with each purchase/new thing they try.

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The Girl Behind the Blog | Get to Know Me!

I’ve been blogging on Xoxoselenanicole since my freshman year of college, which would make this blog 4 years old. And in these four years I’ve never shared much information about myself but that’s about to change – starting today!

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About ya girl:

Major: Therapeutic recreation

Plans after college: After graduation (whenever that will be) I would like to attend graduate school to get my masters in Occupational Therapy. If I do end up following a different path I’d hope that it’s something I love.

Zodiac sign: Virgo

Something I would tell my younger self: Don’t give up on yourself, don’t feel inadequate, continue to do the things you love and learn how to accept your time alone.

The last thing I bought: Well, I had went to Walgreens with the intent to purchase discounted Easter candy but I ended up with nothing remotely related to candy – makeup! I got the Maybeline shine shot in the shade Prismatic, a Wet n Wild velvet matte lip color in the shade Looking for a Truffle and the Sugar Crush body spray from Soap and Glory.

A random fact about me: One of my favorite movies is Superbad

My favorite ice cream: World class chocolate from Baskin Robbins. YUMMY!

Dream travel destination: I would love to travel all over the world to be honest. One of the places I’ve wanted to visit since I was younger is Toyko.

What I hate most about school: GROUP PROJECTS!

Why I blog: I love affordable beauty and fashion, and talking about life from time to time. My good friend also began blogging around the same time I created XOXOSelenaNicole, so we would always talk about different ideas for a blogposts and chat about bloggy things. It’s also fun to share these different topics with others, whether my audience is big or small. I just really enjoy reading blogs and blogging. Hopefully my platform will expand in the future.

What’s in my bag: I’m carrying this huge tote from Kate Spade so it’s going to be a bunch of random items LOL

  • Two pairs of black shades. One pair is heart shaped and the other is circular.
  • A small rose gold Michael Kors wristlet
  • My glasses and glass case
  • NYX Butter Gloss in the shade Praline
  • Travel size Palmers Coconut Oil body lotion
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Extra Polar Ice gum – MY FAVE!
  • 2 Carmex
  • Maybelline Shine Shot lipgloss
  • Pens and pencils
  • Receipts
  • Mini hello kitty notebook
  • MAC Lipglass in the shade Viva Glam Miley Cyrus
  • L.A. Colors babyPOP lipgloss in Clear
  • Bag from Dollar tree – mini haul: 2 Milani lipglosses, cotton rounds, hair pins, hair clips, black headbands, Wet n Wild mascara, a car air freshener and a window car cleaner.

Meaning behind my blog name: Honestly, it’s the only name I could come up with. I chose XOXO because it sounds cute and I am Selena Nicole so.. yep lol

….If you’re reading this you’ve reached the end. Sorry, I got a little long winded but I hope you enjoyed getting to know the girl behind the blog!

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Amazing Instagram Pages to Follow!

Aside from my classmates, favorite celebrities and whoever else I follow, these are the pages that I love the most. Because of their unique styles and aesthetics I can’t help but enjoy seeing them on my timeline. If you’re interested in following some new and stylish faces then check each person out below!

Musesuniform

Naturallyfashionable

Tabriamajors

Callherhelen

Thevicstyles

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Bratzanna_

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Marjorie and Lori Harvey

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Ann.wynn

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Yarashahidi

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Thecutlife and cocoaswatches

Charissechristine

Fae101

Let me know some of your favorites because I’m always interested in following new, stylish people!

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Friday’s Finds: Black Radiance & Wet’n’Wild

I think it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with Black Radiance and Wet ‘n Wild. Both of these companies have become my top drugstore brands because they’re affordable and they have such amazing quality. It doesn’t help that they are constantly putting out new products especially considering the fact that I enjoy spending my money on nice new shiny things.

On Friday evening, my mother and I went to Walgreens (one of my favorite stores) to purchase water and some drinks for the house which ended up with my buying all of these items… All I remember is telling my mom that I was going to browse the beauty section and then her coming to find me after she’d got everything we came to get. Once we got together I continued to browse until I made my final decision which was quite hard because I wanted everything but life just got in the way. Anyways let’s discuss what’s important here, the goods:

Black Radiance | BRILLIANT EFFECTS LIP GLOSS – Fire Cracker | $4

Black Radiance | Perfect Tone Matte Lip Cream | Living in Violet| $4

Black Radiance | Perfect Tone Matte Lip Creme | Bronze Sugar | $4

Wet n Wild | Larger Concealer Brush | $1

Wet n Wild | Large Stipple Brush | $3

Wet n Wild | Powder Brush | $3

Cantu | Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream | $2

Cantu | Cream Curl Activator | $2

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