Beauty on a Budget

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.

elf haul

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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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Aphrodite Palette by Bad Habit | $10 Deal!

If you are big on beauty videos on YouTube then you may have heard of Shop Hush. This beauty retailer sells super affordable items with their most notable items being the dupe palettes from Bad Habit. They have “dupes” aka duplicates of Huda Beauty, Anastasia Bevery Hills, and most recently Urban Decay. All of these dupes cost a whopping TEN dollars and they are very popular which means they are constantly selling out!

The Aphrodite palette is a duplicate for the Huda Beauty Rose Gold edition palette that’s fifty-five dollars. Due to the fact that I have the shop hush app, I was able to purchase the palette while it was shown as sold out on the website. Luckily, I received free shipping (it was quick too!) and 30 cents off for logging into the app daily – you know I’m always looking to save money.  That’s a huge deal for me LOL. The palette came in a well packaged box, that was  a bit complicated to open because I think I was too excited, and two layers of bubble wrap. Safe to say it was goodT.

 

 

The Aphrodite palette definitely surprised me when initially opening it. The actual palette packaging is thick and doesn’t feel cheap like some would assume. It comes with a nice size mirror, that makes it great for travel and I really appreciate it. Just like the HB palette it contains 18 eyeshadows but the glitter shadows are replaced with metallic shades. Some of these shades contain a thicker glitter so it looks quite differently in the pan – I can not complain for the price point.

 

The Aphrodite palette is perfect for the fall because it features so many berry and red shades. I already have a few looks in mind that I would like to play around with. Rihanna’s smokey red look from the 2016 VMA’s is on the top of that list.

So far my favorite colors from the palette are (pictured left to right) Crush, Jealousy, Beauty, Flirt, Lust and Adore. Each of the metallic shades feel very buttery and smooth which had me #shoOk! My swatches aren’t the best but for a more detailed look at this palette in depth Andrea Renee has a great video that you can find here.

 

All my makeup beginners, lovers and those who do not mind Talc and Mica in their products, you need this palette like yesterday. If I am lucky enough to get my hands on more palettes from Bad Habit then I will share them here. Stay tuned!

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My Ride or Die Makeup Brush

If I was cast away to some luxurious island and could only bring one makeup brush with me, what brush would I bring? (Assuming I will have any makeup with me.) My ride or die of course!

ELF’s Powder Brush $4

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I am so thankful that this scenario will never occur because I would hate to name my brush Wilson, and have him be my only source of contact. Would I be mad at it? Not exactly, but it’s definitely not ideal.

I’m sure you’re wondering what makes this brush so special that I would pick it over the others in my collection – well you’re about to find out!

The ELF powder brush is obviously amazing for applying, and buffing powders into the skin, I mean it is a powder brush. Aside from applying powders, I also use this to apply foundation and to blend out my under eye concealer. If I only had 5-10 minutes to complete my face makeup then this is what I’m reaching for. I won’t have to wet it, squeeze out the excess water and use other tools with it either, and that’s part of what makes it so great. I’ve mentioned my love for this brush a few times, and I don’t believe it will ever change.

In the case that you need an affordable, multi-purpose makeup brush then you should pick this up. You will not regret it and that’s for sure! My other brush recommendations from ELF can be found here.

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First Impressions: New l/e Products from Black Radiance

Let's preface this by stating that Black Radiance is not a black-owned company. Now that that is out of the way, let's get into these limited edition goodies!

Y'all know that I always talk about affordable makeup, and everything inbetween, so I couldn't help but indulge in these new products while on my makeup no-buy.  Clearly my will power wasn't that strong; so I now have a contour palette, three matte lip creams and a baked bronzer, added to my makeup collection.

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Artisan Color Baked Bronzer in Rose Gold $5

While this item is called a baked bronzer it definitely isn't, based on it's light color I would refer to this as a baked highlighter. This highlighter literally looks so amazing on the skin. It gives this wet, "Oh wow, her skin is so nice. I wish mine looked like that!" type of look and I LOVE it! I've used it almost every time I've done my makeup since purchasing.

Perfect Tone Matte Lip Cream in Matte Muse $4

Love the color. Despise the formulation. It's very watery, settles into the lines on your lips and it transfers.

Perfect Tone Matte Lip Cream in Matte About You $4

My opinion for Matte About You is the same as Matte Muse above.

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Perfect Tone Matte Lip Cream in Melanin Princess $4

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Out of the three metallic matte lip creams I've purchased this one is my favorite. There's a difference in the formulation because this lip cream isn't watery when applying. The color is also one of my favorites for lip products so I couldn't go wrong there. The lasting power is about on par with the others. If you eat/drink you will notice patches of color missing. This is color is very similar to the NYX Cosmic Metal in Asteroid Aura (one of my FAVES!).

The execution of these products should have been better considering they've released two collections of the metallic lip creams.
Side note: the color Melanin Princess is not pictured below because I took this picture after I had taken it from the display. The good thing is that you can see the other limited edition colors from their 'Black Girl Magic' collection. I own the red lipgloss to the bottom left, and it's definitely something you should pick up.

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True Complexion Blushing Bronze Palette in Dark to Deep$8

I was SO excited to try out this palette that I put everything else I had considered purchasing back on the shelf. Would I regret it? No. But I don't like this palette as much as I would have expected. The contour color is too close to my skintone; which makes me wonder how many in the 'dark to deep' category could actually contour with this? The blush is pretty but not the shade of pink I love. And the highlighter is too glittery, if you put too much of it on you'll look crazy. Every person has their preference so this may be a hit for you or others who previously own their cream/powder contour palettes. I used this palette on my face for the first day of classes, and I must say it looked dang good!

If you've tried these items what are your thoughts, did you love it or did you reconsider your purchases?

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Gems from the Drugstore

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L.A. Colors Contour Sticks | $1

With the super hot summer sun coming out daily, my go-to makeup has been concealer to cover dark marks, face powder and a lot of highlighter/bronzer to create an easy going bronzed goddess look. Keys to this look are the L.A. Colors contour stick in Medium – to conceal, bronzer – to highlight cheekbones, and highlighter – in my inner-corner and brow bone. They apply so smoothly and work well with my beauty blender AND brushes which is a bonus.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rose Water | $7

I use this after I do a face mask, before AND after I apply my makeup, after moisturizing and basically whenever I feel like it. You’ll feel super luxurious on a budget, and there is nothing wrong with that!

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks | $2

If you haven’t tried at least one of these lipsticks I am truly concerned. The megalast lipsticks from Wet n Wild are the undisputed GOAT in the drugstore! There is a wide range of colors and they also make limited edition ones each season that usually end up being my absolute favorites. The only thing I dislike about these lipsticks are the packaging… it is terrible! I have had to replace so many of these lipsticks because the lid came off in my purse or makeup case and it’s over for the lipstick.

Shine Control Primer | Black Radiance | $6

While this primer has become quite popular on YouTube, I still consider it to be a hidden gem in the drugstore along with the other Black Radiance primers.

XXXL Shine Lipgloss | Essence | $2.50

I love these because they are so shiny and perfect, especially when I just want to wear something simple. One of my favorite things about them is that I can usually get them buy one get one half off at Ulta. A DEAL!

Color Icon Kohl Lip & Eye Pencils | Wet n Wild | $1

Bomb, bomb, bomb! I’ve been using Simma Brown Now! and Pretty in Mink for a while and I haven’t ran out yet. I alternate using the dark brown shades for my eyebrows depending on whichever one is sharper because you have to manually sharpen them yourself LOL. For a dollar though, I can’t complain! I also have some of the bold blue eyeliners and mauve lipliners. I love them all – purchase some, k?

Brilliant Effects Lipgloss | Black Radiance | $4

I talk about these like all the time. You can read about it here, here AND here!

I’m sure I left a few items out so I will my link previous posts featuring my other favorite drugstore items below. I hope you enjoy!

My favorite highlighters

The best products from Black Radiance

The BEST makeup for under $20

Milani Matte Lipstick with MAC Dupes

Wet n Wild’s new makeup brushes

Best Affordable Glitter Lipglosses on the Market!

Essentials from Eyeslipsface part one and part two (makeup brushes)

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The BEST Affordable Glitter Lipglosses on the Market (& MAC Dupes)!

“Mac mac Loreal yep ’cause I’m worth it
Love the way I put it on so perfect
Wipe the corners of my mouth so I work it
When I walk down the hallway they can’t say nothing
Oh oh oh my lips so luscious
The way I spice it up with the mac mac brushes” – Lil Mama

While we all love a good matte lip there is nothing like a shiny, glitter-filled lipgloss. Whether you choose to rock them alone or with a base color, you will do nothing less than shine. Lately, there’s been a trend of beauty brands selling their “OMGlookatthatglitter” lipglosses for over fifteen dollars and that is something I can not get behind. With all of these amazing brands in the drugstore and beauty supply store you are bound the find the gloss of your dreams — super pigmented, iridescent or an odd color — there is something for you! Since I’ve acquired a nice collection, I thought that I would share some of my favorites that everyone would love.  I categorized the glosses by color categories from “clear” to purple and everything in-between! *Please note that the colors swatch/wear differently from what is shown in the tube*

Clear

 LipStudio Shine Shot Lip Topcoat in Prismatic | Maybelline $6

Lip Shine Lipgloss in Cotton Candy | Nicka K New York  $2

Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in Dorchester Rose | Rimmel New York $5

XXXL Shine Lipgloss in Cute Pink | Essence $2.50

 

Nude and Gold

Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss in Love Sick | Black Radiance $4

Ultra Glossy Lip in My Jam | Colourpop $6

Glam Lipgloss Aqua Luxe in Beat Goes On| NYX $6

Lip Gel | Beauty Benefit $1 *not pictured

Laugh Out Loud Lipgloss in BFF | Nanacoco $2

Pink

(R-L) Pout Perfecter in Glow | ELF $3

Brilliant Effects Lipgloss in Starstruck (3255) | Black Radiance $4

High Shine Lipgloss in Playful | L.A. Colors $3

babyPOP! Lipgloss in Pink Shimmer | L.A. Colors $.50

XXXL Shine Lipgloss in Fabulous Fuschia | Essence $2.50

Brilliant Effects Lipgloss in Luscious (3251) | Black Radiance $4

Purple

Brilliant Effects Lipgloss in the shade Date Night  3253 | Black Radiance $4

Lip Lava Lipgloss in Lava-nder | Covergirl $8

Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Asteroid Aura | NYX $7.50

Oranges and Reds

XXXL Shine Lipgloss in the shade Pretty in Hibiscus | Essence $2.50

Brilliant Effects Lipgloss in the shade Fire Cracker (3257) | Black Radiance $4

Colorlicious Lip Lava Lipgloss in the shade Mauva Lava | $5

 

Now onto these MAC dupes…

 

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Brilliant effects lipgloss in Starstruck VS. MAC lustreglass in Morning Glory

Essence XXXL Shine lipgloss in Pretty in Hibiscus VS. MAC lipglass in Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 2

Essence XXXL Shine lipgloss in Fabulous Fuchsia VS. MAC lipglass in Viva Glam Miley Cyrus

HONORABLE Mention: Funtabulous Dazzleglass from MAC dupe!

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First Impression | NEW Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Maybelline’s Fit Me collection, it’s one of the best collections that you can find in the drugstore for under $10. One of the reasons why this line is so popular is because you’re getting great quality makeup that comes in a wide range of colors, and it’s also very affordable. Recently, the Fit Me foundation line was extended by adding 18 new shades of foundation which means the line now has 32 shades. They range from the lightest shade Porcelain 102 to Java 375 the darkest shade. The Fit Me line currently consists of the Dewy/Matte + Poreless foundations, concealer, pressed powder, blush and shine free foundation stick. The newest addition to that line is the Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder!

After watching a YouTube video reviewing the loose powder, I went directly to the Maybelline section of my local Walmart to hunt down the newest item. The loose setting power comes in eight different shades starting at Fair and ending at Dark. I purchased the color Deep (the second darkest) for only $5.94! The Fit Me Loose Finishing powder is described as a mineral-based formula that will help control shine and smooth skins texture with a hint of color. You can currently find this in-stores and online at Walmart, Ulta and Maybelline’s website.

 

The products I used when testing this out were:

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer

Maybelline Matte + Poreless foundation in Coconut 355

Ruby Kisses Pure Mineral concealer in Golden Honey mixed with the Marc Jacobs Coconut Dew Drops Highligther

& Wet n Wild Megaglo highlighting powder in Lilac to Reality

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After applying the loose finishing powder to my right (left on picture) under eye area

After applying the loose finishing powder to my full face in different lighting

 

Final thoughts: I definitely loved the finished product after applying this finishing powder to my full face. It feels very light on, and kept my face from getting oily which I occasionally experience when using the Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation.  I also liked the fact that the powder didn’t alter the color of my already applied makeup. I applied my makeup at 5:30 and didn’t take it off until 12, after the NBA Finals Game 3 (GO CAVS!). During those hours I never needed a retouch and that is what really won me over.

I won’t recommend this product because I would like to try it with a different combination of items before I give it my stamp of approval but I’m not saying that you shouldn’t buy it either (like that helps LOL). If you do try it, let me know what you used it with and your thoughts!

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