Wet n’ Wild LE Highlighters in Lilac to Reality and The Sweetest Bling | $5
Wet n’ Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder in the shade Cocoa | $5
Wet n’ Wild Photofocus Concealer in the shade Dark Cocoa | $4
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap | Mild | $17
Warning, this title is not sensationalized because you can get makeup for free without dumpster diving or whatever crazy methods that are showcased on YouTube. This method of receiving free products is called sampling. By sampling you are able to find your correct shade, which products you like and if you are willing to spend money on the full size item in the future. I believe every makeup counter gives samples of products (you just need to ask) and Sephora gives three per visit, so you are able to rack up on items you’ve been coveting without breaking the bank or making a purchase at the counter/store.
Sometime last week, my friend Raj and I went to the mall to look around and see if we could find something cute to wear for a huge party on-campus, which she did. While there we decided that we would go get a few samples of foundation and concealers that we were interested in trying from high-end companies like Lancome and Bobbi Brown. Eventually that turned into us shamelessly going to both Sephora’s in the mall for more samples of other products – like skin care and whatever else I could think of at the time. This left us with a nice amount of items to try to potentially purchase or to sample again. From this trip I ended with 10 samples which are listed below:
Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting foundation in Deep Bronze
Clinique Super Balanced foundation in 15 Golden
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish in Almond
Lancome Teint Idole foundation in 500 Suede W
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
Facial Oil from Lancome not sure the name but who doesn’t love expensive products
Make Up For Ever Step 1 Primer in Caramel
Murad Essential -C Cleanser
Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer
Becca Skin Perfector in Rose Gold
I guess you could say that we had a pretty successful trip!
At Lancome getting matched for a foundation:
I think yes.
During my sophomore year of highschool I discovered the cosmetic company outlet thanks to Youtube. I heard that they sold discontinued and limited edition makeup from MAC Cosmetics and other high end brands. I obviously had to see if for myself, so I did for my 16th birthday. After that trip I couldn’t deny myself the greatness that is the CCO (cosmetic company outlet).
On my third trip to the CCO I found the most amazing sparkly all around gorgeous lip gloss called Funtabulous – A mix of fun and fabulous – basically myself in a lip gloss. It must have called to others as well because I grabbed the last one in stock. This soon became my everyday lip gloss which I used to the end. I never thought that I would find another lip gloss like it until I discovered the Black Radiance Brilliant Effects lip gloss in the shade Date Night!
Y’all, the BR lip gloss cost under $4! Four dollars.. this is literally one of the best lip products in the drugstore!
Date night is on the left and Funtabulous is on the right. They look nearly identical, right? Funtab. is a bit more pink but you can’t tell unless you’re looking super close.
I’m pretty sure that I talk about these lip glosses a little too often, I mean they’re pretty darn gorgeous, and I have mentioned them in two blog post – BOMB products from Black Radiance and the best makeup for back to school under $20. I also own two other shades of the Brilliant Effects lip glosses in Lovesick and Starstruck which I receive sooo many compliments on.
To find these gorgeous glosses you can find them in the Black Radiance stand in Walmart (online too!) and on Black Radiances website!
Picture it: The year is 2017 and this is the most flawless beat you’ve ever seen. The skin is dewy, glowing, and the golden highlights look amazing. The lips are coated in a nude/brown lip gloss, that has you wondering which brand it came from. It’s simply A LOOK! A look that I am currently obsessed with. I’ve purchased radiant glow primers, consistently drank a lot of water and I have practiced this look a few times because I am prepared to glow like the goddess I truly am in the year of 2017.
I got the inspiration for this look from these lovely ladies posted below. The source for each picture can be found here along with more makeup inspiration for 2017. If you’re interested in following me on Pinterest you can find me at XOXOSelenaN!
I just want to know if we’re slaying for 2017 or NAH?
It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year also known as Christmas. One of my favorite things about the holiday season is coming up with cute and creative gift ideas for my friends and family, and their friends and family. Last year I created a cute and affordable Christmas gift guide under $25 which seemed to be quite popular, so I decided to curate another gift guide for the 2016 holiday season. This years list also features items from all Black-owned companies so I raised the price point by five dollars cause why not, right?
For the naturalista:
For the Accessory kween:
Brass Custom Name Choker from BeadsbyAree | $30
Moja Choker from Candid Art | $29
For the beat face beauty:
Juvias Place Masquerade Mini Palette | $30
For the smell good & skin care obsessed:
Body Polishes, Body Butters & all that good stuff from Foxie Cosmetics | $15-$30 | These products sell out quick so I’d recommend you subscribe to the emailing list to stay updated!
Candles from Southern Elegance
I hope that this Christmas gift guide is helpful! Have a Merry Christmas!
The time that we have all been waiting for is officially here. It’s time to drink our pumpkin spice flavored drinks (that we love to pretend are so cliche) which signifies the beginning of FALL! To get prepared for this season you need to break out your boots, booties, sweatshirts, hoodies and vampy lip colors.
And since I’m always ready for the fall season I thought that I would help with some of the preparation by posting my favorite lip colors for the 2016 fall season.
Nanacoco laugh out loud lipgloss in the shade BFF – $1
MAC Viva Glam IV // Discontinued but it can be found at the Cosmetic Company Outlet 🙂
NYX soft matte lip cream in the shade Dubai – $6
Colourpop ultra matte liquid lipstick in the shade Limbo – $6
Nicka K true matte liquid lipstick in the shade Cocoa Bean – $2
Wet n Wild matte liquid lipstick in the shade Don’t Be A Plum Plum – $3
Wet n Wild matte liquid lipstick in the shade Take It Like A Vamp – $3
Nicka K true matte liquid lipstick in the shade Aubergine – $2
Kleancolor madly matte lipgloss in the shade Royal (1622) – $1
Nicka K lipshine in the shade Woody Brown – $1 // Check your local beauty supply store first to see if they have it for the low low LOL
NYX cosmic metals lip cream in the shade Asteroid Aura – almost $8
Ruby Kisses Matte Lipstick in the shade Purple Affair – $3
Absolute NY intense lip polish in the shade Royal Purple – $3
MAC matte lipstick in the shade Matte Royal – $17
Nicka K True Matte liquid lipstick in the shade Outer Space – $4
Oops, I think I forgot to mention that the most expensive item on this list costs $17 so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank this fall.
Getting up and going to class can seem like such a tedious task especially if it’s super early in the morning. From experience I can tell you a few things that will make it better; having a easy morning routine and a cute outfit waiting to get worn. To help with your makeup routine I decided to put together a list of my go-to drugstore items that can create a beautiful full face of makeup. And no you don’t have to wear a full face of makeup everyday, I surely don’t have the time for that LOL.
Keys to a easy beat:
Primer | Baby Skin by Maybelline $6
Concealer | Ruby Kisses Pure Mineral Concealer $4
Contour & Setting Powder | L.A. Colors Contour Palette $7
Highlighter | Wet’n’Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder $4
Eyeshadow Base | NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk $4.50
Eyeshadow Palette | NYX Avant Pop Palette in Nouveau Chic $17
Eyeliner | NYC Liquid Eyeliner $3
Eyebrows | Wet’n’Wild Kohl Liner $1
Lipstick | Milani Matte Lipstick $6
Lipgloss | Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lipgloss $4
Setting Spray | Wet’n’Wild Setting Spray $5
If you’re looking for good makeup brushes then look here for my favorite ELF brushes and here for Wet’n’Wild’s pretty makeup brushes. Hopefully this list is helpful so we can find a few gems and slay this semester. Enjoy!
There’s nothing better than finding a good deal while you’re out and about. That feeling is even better when you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get the deal. I am a huge advocate for the sale and clearance section because it hasn’t let me down, yet. Because I love to spend and save money, I thought I would share a few tips on keeping more money in your wallet!
I hope that these money saving tips come in handy on your next shopping trip. Be like Ilana from Broad City and get those deals, deals, deals!
There’s something about bronzers and highlighters that will have you hooked after the first use. Maybe it’s the smile on your face when you see that highlight for the first time or because of the many compliments you’ll receive while out and about.
So I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my favorites so we can all “glo up” this summer!
Wet ‘n’ Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in the shade Crown of My Canopy – $3.99
Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmering Palette in Rose Champagne Glow – $5.99
Even though WNW no longer sells the Fergie collection they do sell this highlighter under another name. The new name for this highlighter is I’ll Have A Cosmo and it can be found in stores and online. Check it out and get your life!
Wet ‘n’ Wild Coloricon Blush in Apri-Cot in the Middle – $2.99
This blush looks so gorgeous in the packaging but comes out differently on the skin which isn’t exactly a bad thing. Instead of a peachy blush it looks more like a shimmery highlighter that you can wear alone or on top of a more pigmented blush.
ELF Illuminating Palette – $6
You can see swatches and read a review here
Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer in the shade Rock On World – $6
Can your skin ever look too bronzed? Maybe, sometimes, but this is not one of those times. I’m pretty sure I’ve used this every time I’ve done my makeup since I purchased it. Just add a little all over the face then set with your finishing spray and you’ll be on your way out the door.
Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in the shade Golden Lights – $6
NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Pure Gold – $7.49
My favorite use for this this illuminator is to mix it with my moisturizer or foundation to add a little extra glow. It’s perfect for those lazy days when you aren’t feeling a full face but still want to look good. Just add a few drops, mix, and Voila!
Black Radiance has some of my favorite makeup items, ever, and it was only right that I share them with you all. Their products are super affordable, great quality and they cater to women of color!
Perfect Tone Matte Lip Color – $1.99
I already owned quite a few of their perfect tone lipsticks so I knew I had to try the matte version and I was not let down. Their lipstick in the shade Red Carpet will look amazing on everyone so if you’re in the market for a new red lipstick you should pick this up!
Perfect Tone Lip Color – $1.99
Another one. These lipsticks are highly underrated and deserve the praise for being this good at only two dollars.
Perfect Tone Lip Gloss – $2.99
Top off your favorite lip color with these or rock them alone you’ll look great either way!
I usually use this to set my face or I’ll wear this with a little concealer when I’m not committed to a full face. The packaging is a little big so that can be a problem if you’re looking to bring it in your purse.
Illusions Lip Gloss – $2.99
True Complexion BB Cream – $5.99
I enjoy trying new things so I may not repurchase an item once it’s finished but I’m currently on my second BB cream. If you see this, buy it!
You can find these items at your local drugstore (in-store and online) and here on Black Radiance’s website!