Month: December 2017

XOXOSelenaNicole’s Beauty Favorites of 2017


Since discovering these items, they have become an everyday staple for creating a full face. My life would not be the same without them, and I believe they deserve every bit of recognition they can receive. I present to you my beauty favorites of 2017…


Fenty Beauty Soft Matte Pro’Filtr Primer | $32

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in the shade Dark Tan | $34

L.A. Colors Contour Stick in the shade Medium

Bad Habit Beauty’s Aphrodite Eyeshadow Palette | $12

Black Radiance Artisan Color Baked Bronzer in the shade Rose Gold | $5

Maybelline Lip Studio Shine Shot Prismatic Top Coat | $5

Kleancolor Pro Sealer Setting Spray | $1.50

Sinful Colors Sinful Shine Polish in the shade Karamel


Natasha Denona Dupes UNDER $20 | Bad Habit Beauty

Back at it again with the Bad Habit Beauty palettes! This time they have dupes for the ever popular palettes by Natasha Denona that cost over one hundred dollars EACH… yes, you read that right.

The Solstice and Supernova palettes are $16 each, or $24 for both (this price will eventually go up) which is a steal compared to ND’s price. Each palette contains 15 eyeshadows with an appreciable mix of matte and metallic finishes. Solstice is sunset themed with a combination of warm brown tones, burnt oranges, reds, golds, bronzes, and yellows. Whereas Supernova is purple themed with a combination of warm and cool violets, plums, and fuchsia.


Solstice dupe for Natasha Denona’s Sunset Palette $129

Supernova dupe for Natasha Denona’s Lila Palette $129

Aren’t they beautiful? You can find these dupes on the shophush app where they are being exclusively sold!


5 Red Lipsticks to Rock This Holiday Season

Milani Lipstick in the shade Matte Confident | $5

Black Radiance Perfect Tone Matte Lipcolor in the shade Red Carpet (5123) | $2.50

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade Cruella | $20 for duo

Kleancolor Madly Matte Lipgloss in the shade Sangria (1623) | $2

Sephora’s Cream Lipstain in the shade Always Red (01) | $14


CCO Haul | Justine Skye x MAC Collaboration

Happy HAULidays! Today I am bringing you this amazing deal that I picked up while perusing the Cosmetic Company Outlet.

Last weekend the CCO at Concord Mills had 40% off everything (except for Tom Ford and the super luxury items ūüė¶ ). Since the items are already discounted from their original prices an extra percentage¬†off couldn’t hurt. Surprisingly, I had not¬†seen a lot that caught my eye until I came across the Justine Skye x MAC Collaboration Iridescent Powder. I too, want to be a purple unicorn, so this was a must-have. For $12 + tax – I did good!




A College Girl’s Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide | Under $25

Christmas is in under 15 days, and you have gifts to buy for a wide variety of people. What you need is something accessible and affordable — ordering online is an option but will it be here before Christmas? This is what you need to be considering while gift shopping.

Luckily, I am here to help with a few suggestions!

The fashionista

A Faux Fur Stole – If you haven’t heard, we’ve upgraded from faux fur keychain balls to stoles and scarves. These come in various colors and are no more than $25 at most places. You can catch these at Target (Multicolor, all black, light pink) | $20


A “Wallet on a String” or Quilted Chanel Inspired Bag – This comes in 8 different colors, has a huge space for phones (we with anything +’s rejoice!), and is perfect for quick errands, a night out or anytime, you don’t feel like carrying your big bag. Or for those Chanel lovers who can’t quite afford the real thing. Give the chic feel for Christmas. Twenty dollars each!



The makeup enthusiast

Real Techniques Limited Edition Brush Set or Miracle Complexion Sponge Kit РSix sponges for $10? Shoot, I might throw that in my own stocking for Christmas. You can never have enough brushes or sponges.

NYX #GlitterGoals Kit – Three glitters and NYX’s infamous glitter adhesive for $15 dollars? Yes, please! It is also on sale at Ulta and Belk!


NARS Power Matte Lip Pigment Duo Love Triangle – We’re giving luxury but not breaking the bank all 2017! | $22


The naturalista

Hair Care Travel Kit; Jane Carter Solutions & Uncle Funky’s Daughter – You can give them the chance to try new products from brands made specifically for their hair | $20

The Bare Necessities Starter Pack – Purchase your favorite natural hair products in a mini/travel size, tools (brushes, hair rollers, etc.) and put them in a cute travel case sealed with a bow.

The techie

Selfie Ring Light – Lighting matters, and this is a portable step down from the real thing.

selfie ring light


Google Home Mini – This is a few dollars over the twenty-five dollar mark but it can be of great use to those who would like an assistant without having an assistant



Black Card Revoked  РPeople from all walks of life can enjoy this card game, it comes in a plethora topics ranging from Original to Hip-hop to Black History & more.

Black card revoked

Gift Cards – Don’t know what to buy? Money to spend at their favorite stores is always an option. Sephora, Old Navy, Chipotle, or even Visa gift cards are accepted by all.

You can find the previous gift guides from XOXOSelenaNicole here: Black-Owned Under $30 & Cute and Affordable Under $25

BTW: This is not sponsored by Target, I just shop there way too often!


AJ Crimson #CyberMonday Haul

Happy HAULidays everyone. I know that I mentioned participating in a few Black Friday sales, which I did. But I never mentioned Cyber Monday. I had not planned on spending any more money until I saw that AJ Crimson was having a half off sale!

Unfortunately, I was not able to get the foundation sampler on my Black-Owned Makeup Brands wishlist, but I did have a few other items I was eyeing; the lipgloss from the AJ Crimson x Naturi Naughton collection in Power Play & the mint metals lipgloss in the shade GO OFF!


Before the cyber Monday sale, each lipgloss cost $22 dollars. So I was able to get these for $11 each – essentially two for the price of one. A deal! I was not a fan of the shipping price but it is something to be expected when you aren’t spending more than $50 on most websites.

Since receiving my package, I’ve worn these glosses several times, and the formula is absolutely amazing. These glosses are super comfortable on the lips, long lasting, and gorgeous. As a lip junkie, I wish all brands had such great non-sticky formulas. AJ get’s an A++++ from me!

Power Play




SWATCHES (with flash & without)

Do you see these colors? My goodness. I can not get enough of them! If you are on the market for new lippies then head on over to to purchase a few things, when you do tell him I sent you LOL. Enjoy!


Limited Edition MAC Glitter ‘Reigning Riches’ Dupe!

I have found an affordable dupe of MAC Cosmetic’s Reigning Riches loose glitter from their Holiday 2016 collection. Yesterday while creating a look using my Athena palette from Bad Habit, I realized that I owned a glitter similar to the one that came in my Nutcracker Sweet Bronze pigment & glitter kit. To test this theory, I applied both glitters to my eye and you literally couldn’t tell the difference.


The dupe for this glitter would be the shade Daring from the Athena palette, a dupe for Huda Beauty’s Desert Dusk Eyeshadow palette. The palette is $12 containing 14 shadows versus the thirty-five dollars for the limited edition set of pigments. You can currently find the glitter for sell on places like Glambot¬†and eBay ranging from $11 dollars and up – so this alternative is a steal. And it is also easily accessible, unlike its limited edition counterpart.


The Best FREE Photo Editing Apps

Numerous bloggers, YouTubers, and Instagrammers alike will share a list of their favorite photo editing apps, and many of them cost. For beginners and people who don’t feel the need to spend $5 on a phone app, there is something out there for you.

Photoquilt – This is the app that I use to create collages for Instagram or my blog. You can use as little as 1-2 pictures, and each collage is the perfect size for posting to Instagram without cropping.

Snapseed – This is one of my newer photo editing apps, and it is bae. I use snapseed to add filters, brighten and enhance all pictures that I post. My favorite tool for this app is ‘Tune Image’. It automatically fixes the picture for you but I will usually tweak the brightness and white balance until it is to my liking. Also, I like to utilize the glamour glow tool. That is what was used when editing my photos for my How to Accessorize Like a BOSS post.

Instasize – The purpose of this app is quite obvious, resizing photos for Instagram. It has come in handy several times and offers more than a simple resizing. You can add text, colorful borders, filters and can edit the photo settings. Instasize was my go-to before I discovered the other apps mentioned above.


Dropbox – Houston we need a backup! …wait that is not how that saying goes. Oh well. Dropbox is the GOAT for saving practically any file that you may later need. Images, music, word documents — you name it! You can save it.

This is where I keep my stock photo collection, and pictures that I want to have in my inventory. Not necessarily a photo editing app but it super handy for blogging and school purposes.

Typorama – This is my current go-to app to¬†add text to images, or to create headers. They have a wide range of text styles, backgrounds, and you can resize the picture based on the platform you will be sharing the image on. My only issue with this app is that it automatically adds typoramas watermark to each picture — to solve this issue I will simply crop it out in my photos.

Over – Over is so dope and innovative when it comes to editing and creating images. On this app, you will choose a picture or background, then you can layer other pictures over the background. Once you do that you can add text, shapes and other cool things to enhance the


When it comes to editing, what are your favorite apps?


2017 in Review: Xoxoselenanicole’s Top 5 Posts

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a trip down memory lane while reading the most popular posts on XOXOSelenaNicole in 2017

Is This A MAC Dazzleglass Dupe?

#OOTN Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

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

My Most EXPENSIVE Haul Ever: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

Wow, this totally just reminded me that I lost my gloss bomb a week or two ago. While I’m still mourning my loss — let’s have a moment of silence for my everyday fave :/

11 Natural Hair Must Haves for $1



Athena Palette by Bad Habit Beauty – Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Dupe |Deal UNDER $15!

Another one! I have slowly become obsessed with scoring the latest palette from Bad Habit Beauty, and I am not mad at it. Each palette is affordable, full of pigment and a dupe for something that is not in my current budget – a win!

The Athena palette is a dupe of the Desert Dusk palette by Huda Beauty that is SIXTY-FIVE dollars, so I had no choice but to purchase this for a fraction of the price at $12.



Up Close & Personal

Isn’t she pretty? *sighs* I thought I was in love with Aphrodite but Athena arrived and I suddenly don’t know her — shout out to Mariah Carey — anymore.

The notable shades from this palette are Epic, Medusa, Daring and, Gleam. I don’t have any colors in my collection similar to these shades while I have plenty of oranges and burgundies.



Battle of the Dupes:

Aphrodite (Huda Beauty Rose Gold Edition Palette) $10 vs. Athena (Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Dupe) $12


At first glance, you may notice some similarities between a few shades in the palettes. The more notable ones being Love and Prize (Aphrodite vs Athena), Romance and Heroic, Crush and Medusa, and Blushing and Valour. Upon swatching the shades side by side, the best matches are Love and Prize Рthey are literally the same color, just placed in another palette.


You can find this bad boy on for twelve dollars. So far it seems to only be available on the shophush app.