Month: November 2017

The Lip Bar Black Friday Sale Haul

Happy HAULidays! Today we are back with another haul featuring makeup items that I purchased during Black Friday. If you saw my Black Friday Sales I’m Digging post, then you would have known that this was coming. As a semi-reformed lip product junkie, I could not resist the great sale that was being offered – every item was marked down to 10 dollars a piece except for the holiday 2017 collection that was just released.

From this sale I ordered one lip gloss, a lipstick and the mystery bag that comes with two items for $10 dollars. A deal indeed.

 

The goods:

 

Lip Gloss in the Shade Class Act | $14

I have already worn my lip gloss in the shade class act and I love it! My mother told me that if it comes up missing then I’ll know where it is; so I need to keep a close eye out on that one LOL. She may end up finding one in her stocking if mine doesn’t go missing.

Lipstick in the shade Chaitini | $13

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Lipstick in the shade Everything | $13

Lip liner in the shade True Brown

Holiday Packaging vs. OG Packaging:

As you can see they spiced things up by using white packaging for their Holiday 2017 collection. I do not particularly care for it because it looks kind of cheap. I would have preferred the packaging to have a matte finish which is on par with their usual look. Aside from that I love the concept and hope that they will reconsider the finish. I had already planned what I was going to purchase, then I saw the new items in white packaging and had to pick something up.

If you’re interested in pigmented and colorful, vegan and cruelty free makeup then definitely check out The Lip Bar. Their liquid lipstick in Bawse Lady is ICONIC.
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First Impression | #STUNNA Lip Paint in ‘Uncensored’ by Fenty Beauty

Happy HAUL-idays. I hope you guys are enjoying the holiday season with your loved ones! To start off the HAULidays I will be sharing the Stunna Lip Paint from Fenty Beauty in the shade Uncensored.

For a whopping twenty-four dollars you get 0.13 oz/4mL of product in sleek Christian Loubition-like packaging with a gold top and a clear bottom. The color is described as a perfect universal red for every skin tone – so far I would have to agree. The formula claims to be weightless, long-wearing (12 hours), and a soft matte finish.

You can find the STUNNA Lip Paint in-stores (and online) at Sephora and Sephora in JCP. It can also be found online at Fentybeaty.com.

My experience:

I wore this liquid lipstick the day after purchasing because I had to get my #look together first. Once I did, I applied the lipstick at around 4PM and I had it on until 12AM. The wand on this liquid lipstick is amazzzzing because you do not have to dip more than once for a full application on the lips. I actually could have benefited from wiping excess product from the wand so I would not have made such a mess. A little goes a long way with this one.

The consistency of the formula is reminiscent to Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks as it isn’t thick, and it dries down quite quickly. Some may take that statement as an insult but I love Colourpop’s UM liquid lipsticks because they wear very comfortably. I would love to say that I forgot that I was even wearing the lipstick but that would be a lie. ‘Uncensored’ is a gorgeous color but I like my red’s more blue based. In the packaging, the color looks similar to Sephora’s Always Red lipstain which is not the case when on.

After hours of drinking, eating and talking, I did not notice the color fading until later in the evening. What I did notice was the product sinking into the lines of my lips and in my opinion that is not a good look. When that occurs it makes it seem as if your lips are lacking moisture or the product is drying which isn’t the case in my opinion. This most likely would not be occurring if the formulation was thicker.

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Overall, I am not the biggest fan of the #STUNNA Lip Paint because I am choosy with my red lipsticks. I will be using this again as I did not spend twenty-four dollars in vain.

If you have tried Uncensored what are your thoughts? Are you loving it or leaving it?

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Mariah Carey x MAC for Holiday 2016 Haul

Picture it, November 24th, 2017, at the Cosmetic Company Outlet.

There weren’t a lot of things that stood out but the ‘extra 50% off’ sign drew me further into the store. At that moment I found what I was missing, and could not get at the original release. It was ‘My Mimi’ Extra Dimension Skin Finish from the Mariah Carey x MAC Holiday collection from 2016. A limited-edition product originally costing forty-five dollars and fifty cents, on sale for SIXTEEN DOLLARS!

I had to get it. The gorgeous golden powder in the shape of Mariah Carey’s face could not be denied. I needed to glow! So, I got it…

 

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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.

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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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