Beauty

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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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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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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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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 – they are literally the same color, just placed in another palette.

 

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

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