A|W ’17 Shoe Wishlist

This wishlist was inspired by my shoe collection needing a serious update. Since I LIVE in tennis shoes and booties, when I’m not wearing UGGs (how dreadful? I know!) I thought it would only be right to share what I’m currently coveting.

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Nike Prestos in Olive Green | Pom Pom Pointed Toe Flat Mules | Jessica Simpson ‘Teddi’ Bootie | Snake Embroidered Lace Up Sneakers | FentyxPuma Ankle Strap Creepers | Vans SK8-Hi Core Classics | Almond Toe Cork Heeled Boots | Faux Pearl Ankle Boots

 

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A.P.D.G Medium-Dark Sampler Pack Review & Swatches

In early August, I discovered the brand A.P.D.G on the DupeBlack Instagram Page. What caught my attention was the picture that caused a frenzy in the beauty world; showcasing over 30 shades of foundation for women of color. There weren’t 10 shades of beige, 8 shades of tan or 5 shades of porcelain. NO, there were 33 shades of BROWN foundation with a range that should make most brands hang their heads in shame. The infamous picture:

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After stalking A.P.D.G’s website and Instagram, I realized that they sold sample packs for $10 that includes eight shades each. Their sampler packs come in Extra Light, Light, Medium, Medium Dark and Dark. Since they have such an amazing range I had no idea what shade best fit me so I decided to get the medium-deep pack. Below you can see the packaging which includes directions for application.

Each sampler contains 0.40 fl oz. The Medium-Dark sampler pack starts from the number 18 and ends at number 25.

 

 

SWATCHES (L-R: 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, & 18)

natural sun light:

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the GOOD:

First I must congratulate this brand for doing what many others haven’t. We praise companies like Too Faced and Make Up For Ever for being sooooo inclusive when we have brands like A.P.D.G. that is made for Black women! We won’t ever have to wonder when the expansion of their foundation line will be, and we won’t hear any excuses either.

Second, I’ve worn this foundation on many occasions where I did random things like take my dog for a walk, going shopping, etc. and my face always looked flawless. I have paired it with different primers, concealers and the likes and I haven’t had any issues with it. I love the doe foot applicator that the testers come with because it makes it super easy to apply to the face.

and the not-so-good:

The shipping was terrible. I ordered on Friday, August 11th and I received my package on the 9th of September. I received a shipping/tracking email thinking that I would have my order in the next few days but that was not the case. I had to keep updating and wondering why my order was in pre-shipping, to go to their Instagram page and find that they had delays with shipping due to hurricane Harvey. This information wasn’t shared through email to their paying customers who would like an update but to the ‘gram.

Also, if you have any type of dark marks or hyper pigmentation you may want to layer or use to a concealer to get better coverage. I personally don’t mind my dark marks making an appearance but I know that this is something that many people dislike.

And one last thing – when the tubes sit, the foundation separates and you will notice the product is white, orange and then the color of the actual foundation. I have to shake the product up before using it. This is just a personal annoyance of mine.

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You can check out their products on www.apdg.co

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Am I A Hypocrite?

Yes, yes I am. And here is why:

What do Fenty Beauty, Jouer Cosmetics, Wet n Wild Beauty and Benefit Cosmetics have in common? They all have sent PR packages to or have collaborated with Jeffree Star. So if you’ve seen my Anti-Haul post then you would understand my reasoning for calling myself a hypocrite.

I publicly took a stand against five brands for working with someone whose moral compass turned differently than my own; and I won’t apologize for that because racism and misogynism will forever be unacceptable in my book.

So why is it that I continued to purchase from Fenty Beauty, after seeing that not only did Jeffree get invited to the launch party but he received parts of the collection for free? I couldn’t have possibly let my love for everything Rihanna cloud my better judgement. I couldn’t have but I did. And I will admit to my faults.

I stated (on other forms of social media) that I would wait to see if he would receive PR from Fenty Beauty – which he did -to decide if I would part ways with this brand. Since I haven’t, would I then decide to wait until he had a collaboration with Fenty Beauty or was pictured with Rihanna to do so?

As evidenced by these tweets, and a few articles online, the fact that he was invited considering his past was not lost on many, including myself:

Instead of constantly wondering why he was invited I should probably consider my moral standing for continuing to support this brand. With the Fenty Beauty holiday collection dropping on October 13th, that looks sooooo good, I need to do so as soon as possible!

Will I continue to purchase from Fenty Beauty? I can’t say, and that is part of the issue!

#B.O.M.B | B’ellegant Cosmetics Review

At the end of July, B’ellegant Cosmetics had a huge sale discounting majority of their liquid lipsticks and lipglosses to $5. With a sale like that I couldn’t resist purchasing something so I picked up two of their lip glosses in the shades Pink Sunset and Mermaid Dreams.

 

Pink Sunset is described as a beautiful pink gloss with a strong gold shift & gold sparks.

Mermaid Dreams is described as a lavender gloss with a strong blue shift.

I must say that I am not very impressed with these lip glosses. The colors are gorgeous but they settle into the lines of my lips which looks quite unappealing. I especially have this issue with Pink Sunset and the gold glitters in the gloss. Out of two Mermaid Dreams would obviously be supreme in terms of color and how it applies.

Would I purchase lip glosses from B’ellegant Cosmetics again? Probably not – unless they improve the formulation of the glosses. With that being said, I am still optimistic about the other products they sell, and I am interested in picking up a few of their liquid lipsticks and maybe a highlighter or two.

If you’ve purchased from B’ellegant Cosmetics, please leave your product recommendations below!

 

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My Most Expensive Haul EVER: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

Today is the day. The official launch day of Fenty Beauty by Rihanna!

If you’ve been following the coverage of Fenty Beauty then you’d know there has been so much speculation, and hype surrounding these items. It was SO secretive that the workers at Sephora were sworn not to share any information – can you say shook? With the gradual release of trailers, shade names, colors and prices you couldn’t help but fall into the fray.

After seeing swatches of each item I made a mental list of what I planned on purchasing. Did I get it? YES! But I also picked up a bit more then planned.

 

This is what I got:

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in the shade 440 | $34

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Instant Retouch Primer | $32

 

Killawatt Freestyle Highligther Duo in the shade Ginger Binge and Moscow Mule | $34

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in the shade Trophy Wife | $34

 

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip in Fenty Glow | $18

 

Match Stix shimmer skinstick in the shade Chili Mango | $25

 

Super short unboxing review:

Inside of the box, each item is protected by a muted pink cover to keep the product from moving around too much. Below are pictures of the highlighter and primer enclosed in the protective covering.

 

This is something that I really appreciate because you won’t have to worry about your highlighters breaking in the transition from place to place. Also, I love the unique shape of the product packaging. It’s very innovative. I can’t get enough of it!The Gloss Bomb smells amazing like vanilla and cherries, it’s simply delicious. The color is similar to some other lippies in my collection but what differentiates this from the others is the gold flecks of glitter.

If you have a small budget and aren’t sure what to get, you can miss out on the Gloss Bomb for something more exciting like one of the highlighters or Match Stix. Those are something that you can’t duplicate with another brand. Overall, each item was well thought out and was executed to a tee. There is nothing short of luxury with this brand.

*Several hours later at 11:40PM – my thoughts have changed on the Gloss Bomb! It looks so goodT on that I can’t help buy tell everyone to buy it ASAP

I will have a full review of each product coming soon!

If you have purchased what are your thoughts on the Fenty Beauty makeup line?

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Anti Haul | Items & Brands I’m Not Buying From

Something I’ve kind of become obsessed with on YouTube are Anti-hauls. The purpose of an Anti-haul is to talk about the different items that you won’t purchase and the reason for it. These “hauls” are usually hilarious, informative and they mimic some of my own thoughts. After some very sad revelations, I thought it would be appropriate for me to create one of my own. This anti-haul will feature items AND brands that I’m not interested in whatsoever. Let’s get it popping!

Brands:

Jouer, Benefit Cosmetics, Morphe Brushes and Wet n Wild Beauty

Can you say CANCELLED? Yep, that’s what these brands are. If you support and collaborate with someone who is unapologetic about their racist and misogynistic ways then you will not get these coins! Wet and Wild Beauty we were rooting for you!!

 

It Cosmetics

As long as they’ve been in business this is the first time that they’ve expanded their shade range past the color ‘deep’. I did not forget and no I am not interested!

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KKW Beauty

There’s nothing worst than a makeup brand that claims to sell products for people with deep or dark skin knowing they’re selling ashy, low-quality makeup. Leave your inclusion at the door and sell your makeup to the people who can use it! And we can’t forget who she’s good friends with right? #GoodTryThough

 

Coloured Raine

Great products and questionable views. Since #AllLipsticksMatter I can get mine from another brand!

 

Huda Beauty

As beautiful as their products look I cannot bring myself to purchase anything from this brand. If you’ve ever looked at their Instagram page you would notice the scarcity of Black women being posted on their page. Those that do get posted are few and far in-between, and they are usually doing something outrageous for clicks. More recently you’ll notice that she’s been posting clickbait videos of women from other races but #YouGottaBeQuickerThanThat!

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Items:

MAC x Nicki Minaj collection

All these colors but only TWO are new? It’s a good way to bring attention to these lesser know nudes but that’s not what I’m looking for in a new collection. I’ve previously purchased both of her Viva Glam lipsticks and lipglasses but this is where I draw the line. Please do better MAC!

 

Lorac Mega Pro 4

From the packaging to the colors, it just isn’t doing it for me.

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Too Faced Chocolate Gold Palette

I have no idea what type of theme they’re going for with this palette. Is it solely metallics with no matte shades? Are there transition colors? What’s going on Too Faced? Shout out to Jackie Aina for these swatches though!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipsticks & Subculture Eyeshadow Palette

The color scheme of the Subculture palette is so appealing but after watching so many bad reviews I can’t bring myself to even lust after it. I will admit that I do enjoy looking at pictures of the bold colored lipsticks. That’s not enough of a reason for me to want to spend my money on it though. I’m sure someone else will give them the love that I can’t.

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Are you planning on purchasing any of these items or from these brands, what are your thoughts on this?

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First Impressions: New l/e Products from Black Radiance

Let's preface this by stating that Black Radiance is not a black-owned company. Now that that is out of the way, let's get into these limited edition goodies!

Y'all know that I always talk about affordable makeup, and everything inbetween, so I couldn't help but indulge in these new products while on my makeup no-buy.  Clearly my will power wasn't that strong; so I now have a contour palette, three matte lip creams and a baked bronzer, added to my makeup collection.

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Artisan Color Baked Bronzer in Rose Gold $5

While this item is called a baked bronzer it definitely isn't, based on it's light color I would refer to this as a baked highlighter. This highlighter literally looks so amazing on the skin. It gives this wet, "Oh wow, her skin is so nice. I wish mine looked like that!" type of look and I LOVE it! I've used it almost every time I've done my makeup since purchasing.

Perfect Tone Matte Lip Cream in Matte Muse $4

Love the color. Despise the formulation. It's very watery, settles into the lines on your lips and it transfers.

Perfect Tone Matte Lip Cream in Matte About You $4

My opinion for Matte About You is the same as Matte Muse above.

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Perfect Tone Matte Lip Cream in Melanin Princess $4

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Out of the three metallic matte lip creams I've purchased this one is my favorite. There's a difference in the formulation because this lip cream isn't watery when applying. The color is also one of my favorites for lip products so I couldn't go wrong there. The lasting power is about on par with the others. If you eat/drink you will notice patches of color missing. This is color is very similar to the NYX Cosmic Metal in Asteroid Aura (one of my FAVES!).

The execution of these products should have been better considering they've released two collections of the metallic lip creams.
Side note: the color Melanin Princess is not pictured below because I took this picture after I had taken it from the display. The good thing is that you can see the other limited edition colors from their 'Black Girl Magic' collection. I own the red lipgloss to the bottom left, and it's definitely something you should pick up.

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True Complexion Blushing Bronze Palette in Dark to Deep$8

I was SO excited to try out this palette that I put everything else I had considered purchasing back on the shelf. Would I regret it? No. But I don't like this palette as much as I would have expected. The contour color is too close to my skintone; which makes me wonder how many in the 'dark to deep' category could actually contour with this? The blush is pretty but not the shade of pink I love. And the highlighter is too glittery, if you put too much of it on you'll look crazy. Every person has their preference so this may be a hit for you or others who previously own their cream/powder contour palettes. I used this palette on my face for the first day of classes, and I must say it looked dang good!

If you've tried these items what are your thoughts, did you love it or did you reconsider your purchases?

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ORS Olive Oil for Naturals Haircare Review on Mini-twists

Sally’s Beauty recently had their summer-clearance sale, and I had to go check it out. Before going I checked out my natural hair care stash – which has grown tremendously – and decided that I wouldn’t go crazy with what I got. After doing some looking around I saw that the Organic Roots Stimulator line for naturals was buy one get one free, and the rest is history. What I got is the Leave-in Conditioning Creme and the Buttermilk Styling lotion. Keep reading to see my review and results below.

 

Leave-in Conditioning Creme $5.99: My initial thoughts of this creme were that it smells absolutely amazing! This has to be one of the best smelling haircare products that I have had other than the Curls Blueberry Bliss line.

Moving on to more important things, this leave-in made my curls POP – like really pop – to the point that I was reconsidering my hairstyle. My hair was super soft after applying and it detangled like a breeze using only a quarter size of product on each section (I did four) of hair. Because of this I only had to use my detangling comb on my ends! My only gripe with this product is that it claims to fight dryness and frizz, but my hair was super frizzy the next day after wearing a silk bonnet AND scarf.

Buttermilk Styling Lotion $7.99: I don’t think I could ever go wrong with pairing the leave-in and styling lotion together. After completing my twists my hair was super juicy, shiny and moisturized – as seen in the picture above. There was no residue. It wasn’t watered down. I have no issues with this styling lotion. I would love to see the results from using this on a flexirod set, which may happen soon!

Short story: I recently attended the Panthers fan fest and was assaulted by a huge thunder storm with NO umbrella or rain jacket. I had just taken my hair out of the twists, which made things worse, but my hair wasn’t ruined after being completely soaked. For the most part my hair still held it’s curl even though I experienced a lot of shrinkage. If my hairstyle could kind of sorta hold up through that then I’m never letting these products go!

Overall I’m definitely recommending these two products. They’re affordable, moisturizing, and will detangle your hair with ease. I’ve come to accept that frizz will happen regardless of the claims that these products may have. How could I be mad at that if my hair still held up when completely soaked in the rain?

If you’ve tried this line and have any recommendations then please let me know.

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Gems from the Drugstore

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L.A. Colors Contour Sticks | $1

With the super hot summer sun coming out daily, my go-to makeup has been concealer to cover dark marks, face powder and a lot of highlighter/bronzer to create an easy going bronzed goddess look. Keys to this look are the L.A. Colors contour stick in Medium – to conceal, bronzer – to highlight cheekbones, and highlighter – in my inner-corner and brow bone. They apply so smoothly and work well with my beauty blender AND brushes which is a bonus.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rose Water | $7

I use this after I do a face mask, before AND after I apply my makeup, after moisturizing and basically whenever I feel like it. You’ll feel super luxurious on a budget, and there is nothing wrong with that!

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks | $2

If you haven’t tried at least one of these lipsticks I am truly concerned. The megalast lipsticks from Wet n Wild are the undisputed GOAT in the drugstore! There is a wide range of colors and they also make limited edition ones each season that usually end up being my absolute favorites. The only thing I dislike about these lipsticks are the packaging… it is terrible! I have had to replace so many of these lipsticks because the lid came off in my purse or makeup case and it’s over for the lipstick.

Shine Control Primer | Black Radiance | $6

While this primer has become quite popular on YouTube, I still consider it to be a hidden gem in the drugstore along with the other Black Radiance primers.

XXXL Shine Lipgloss | Essence | $2.50

I love these because they are so shiny and perfect, especially when I just want to wear something simple. One of my favorite things about them is that I can usually get them buy one get one half off at Ulta. A DEAL!

Color Icon Kohl Lip & Eye Pencils | Wet n Wild | $1

Bomb, bomb, bomb! I’ve been using Simma Brown Now! and Pretty in Mink for a while and I haven’t ran out yet. I alternate using the dark brown shades for my eyebrows depending on whichever one is sharper because you have to manually sharpen them yourself LOL. For a dollar though, I can’t complain! I also have some of the bold blue eyeliners and mauve lipliners. I love them all – purchase some, k?

Brilliant Effects Lipgloss | Black Radiance | $4

I talk about these like all the time. You can read about it here, here AND here!

I’m sure I left a few items out so I will my link previous posts featuring my other favorite drugstore items below. I hope you enjoy!

My favorite highlighters

The best products from Black Radiance

The BEST makeup for under $20

Milani Matte Lipstick with MAC Dupes

Wet n Wild’s new makeup brushes

Best Affordable Glitter Lipglosses on the Market!

Essentials from Eyeslipsface part one and part two (makeup brushes)

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11 Natural Hair Must-Haves for $1!

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I’m sure you guys are tired of reading about Dollar Tree, but this store has some GREAT things for people with relaxed, natural and transitioning hair. Over the years I’ve purchased a lot of my everyday hair essentials from there because why not get what I need for a dollar? This way I won’t have any qualms when something gets lost or breaks which happens quite frequently. Since I love deals and sharing them with you all, I came up with a list of my natural hair essentials for only one dollar. Please note that you can find everything in-store and online!

Bobby/hair pins | Talk about a life saver! These things will help save any hair style but they get lost quite easily. Thankfully you can get a 72 count of flat bobby pins at my fave spot!

Elastic Headbands | Elastic headbands have easily become a staple in my hair accessories collection because they are great for putting my hair into puffs. They’re also great for pulling your hair back when your bangs decide to act up, like mine do quite frequently.

Spray bottle | Another life saver! Spray bottles always come in with the clutch. I use them for setting lotion, water for refreshing my hairstyles, and a conditioner mix when I have braids. Using a spray bottle definitely helps saving time, and you won’t have to continuously run your sink/shower for water.

Butterfly clips | I don’t know about you but I have to use at least 6 clips when doing my hair. If they’re the same type, probably not, but I like to feel organized and these help when I section my hair off. You can purchase a four pack of white/black or multi-color (what I usually get) at the dollar store which is better than what you could get them for at Sally’s Beauty – and I love shopping at Sally’s.

Shower caps | I think this is quite self explanatory but if it isn’t… these keep your hair from getting wet in the shower. And you can use them while deep conditioning to maintain the moisture. Luckily, these come in a multi pack so they’re great for traveling and groups of people.

Detangling Brushes | On one of my latest trips I noticed that they’re selling dupes for the Tangle Teezer style detangling brush and I know those are super popular. I have one from Sally’s and I can’t live without it.

Goody Ouchless Hair Elastics | Ponytails, mini-pineaplles and everything in-between. I use them for so much, and they’re also another item like bobby pins that go missing super quick.

Combs | Well this one seems self explanatory also. You can purchase singles or a multi-pack with the hair pick, my personal favorite. When I buy this I’m able to give the ones that I don’t particularly use to my parents/friends.

Satin Bonnets | Cover your hair. Protect your hair. Love your hair! And what better way to do that than with a bonnet at night? I’m telling you, this is a top priority. They also sell satin pillowcases!

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V05 Shampoo & Conditioner | A cheap but good buy! I’ve used their various lines on and off for years and they’ve never steered me wrong!

I hope this list is beneficial and inspires you to take a gander down the hair/beauty isles at your local Dollar Tree.

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