Author: xoxoselenanicole

A college student from North Carolina who is into wearing and sharing affordable fashion and beauty. This blog is to share some of my favorite things, personal stories and thoughts. To contact me you can email me at xoxoselenanicole@gmail.com

HAUL | Jordana’s NEW Cosmic Glow Holographic Lipgloss Collection

The lip product junkie in me rejoiced when I saw that Jordana was coming out with a new line of lipglosses. One of my favorite things about the brand is their great deals, but they do not release new products as often as my other favorite drugstore brands.

As soon as I found these glosses in my local Walgreens, I grabbed up two of six from the collection.

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Then maybe a few days later, I picked up two more glosses from the collection. At this point, it would seem like I may be going to pick up the last two from the collection but I wasn’t interested in those. A shocker? I know LOL.

The glosses retail for $3 a pop – A DEAL!

The shades that I purchased are 02 Galactic Blue, 03 Crystallized Pink, 05 Brilliant Fuschia and 06 Iridescent Purple.

 

SWATCHES || (R-L) 06 Iridescent Purple – 02 Galactic Blue

 

Stay tuned because I may or may not have a few dupes coming up *cough* Fenty Beauty *cough*!

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Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Highlighter Review

Laura Geller is known for her baked makeup items that give you an “I drink water and mind my business” type of glow. Her baked gelato highlighters are to-die-for and I was excited to get my hands on one. Sometime before Christmas, I came across the diamond dust ornament and figured it’s Christmas packaging was a great excuse to buy this for my stocking. It never made it to its destination but that is neither here nor there.

 

 

Seeing how amazingly the other highlighters applied, I had very high expectations for this highlighter. Were they realistic for this pearl highlighter with a lilac shift? Not exactly but that’s the way life goes.

The diamond dust highlighter is not my favorite as I’ve had very mixed experiences when applying it. When applied with my ELF fan brush it takes a bit of effort to build up color. Whereas it applies very generously with my tapered brush from ELF (featured in my dollar tree brush haul here) that it’s almost overpowering, even with its light coloring. When it is applied to highlight the inner corner of my eye and brow bone it looks amazing!

Final thoughts: Two months and several uses later, I am giving this a pass. If you must pick up a baked blush or highlighter from Laura Geller then skip this shade! Live life with #NoRegrets!

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My Five Minute Work/Internship Makeup Routine

In the morning when it’s time to go, it’s time to go – and most times I will briefly do my makeup before hitting the door. At my internship, I am always on the move and a full face using foundation wouldn’t exactly look good at the end of the work-day. So this is what I’ve been doing each morning:

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First I’m priming with Fenty Beauty’s Soft Matte Pro’filtr primer, it is my go-to with and without makeup.

Then I’ll buff my MAC MSF in the shade Dark Tan into the skin with my ride-or-die makeup brush from eyeslipsface (E.L.F.).

Next, I will apply Black Radiance’s Baked Blush in the shade Toasted Almond to add a little color to the cheeks.

Following the blush, I’ll add Black Radiance’s Baked Bronzer (read as a highlighter) in the shade Rose Gold to the high points on my cheeks.

After this, I set my makeup with a makeup setting spray mix, and I’ll top the look off with Fenty Beauty’s Gloss Bomb in the shade Fenty Glow.

Easy, breezy, beautiful, working girl!

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Mattemoiselle Lipsticks from Fenty Beauty + SWATCHES

The HAULidays haven’t come to a complete end yet. It’s the day after Christmas, Fenty Beauty just launched their line of lipsticks, and my Sephora gift card came in handy.

The Mattemoiselle lipsticks come in 14 unique shades which made it hard to make a final decision. Since they cost $18 a pop, I went with the colors that I would wear the most, PMS and Candy Venom. Each lipstick comes in sleek silver packaging with the Fenty Beauty emblem engraved in the lids.

PMS is described as a moody brown (definitely my fall/winter color), and Candy Venom is described as an electric pink, this color is perfect for NYE!

SWATCHES – Candy Venom (L) | PMS

You can find these lipsticks in Sephora (and online) and on FentyBeauty.com. Happy shopping!

XOXOSelenaNicole’s Beauty Favorites of 2017

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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…

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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!

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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

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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 😦 ). 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!

 

 

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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 – Six 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!

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

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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.

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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

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Black Card Revoked  – People 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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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GO OFF!

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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 ajcrimson.com to purchase a few things, when you do tell him I sent you LOL. Enjoy!

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