Month: September 2017

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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without flash:

 

 

with-flash:

 

 

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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#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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