Affordable Makeup

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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Utilize Your Resources for FREE Makeup!

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.

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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:

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Is This A MAC Dazzleglass Dupe?

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!

 

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My Beauty Inspiration for 2017

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?

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A Thoughtful and Fashionable Christmas Gift Guide Under $30

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:

Hair Wraps from the Wrap Life | Zadie $25, Pembe in Blue $26, and Lena in plum $26

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Wooden Earrings from Reflections by Zana | Naturally Dope $13 & Afro Silhouette $14 

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For the Accessory kween:

Brass Custom Name Choker from BeadsbyAree | $30

Bold Handmade Earrings from Vinti Couture | Koko $15, Swati $15, Black Girl Magic $11, & Blacklivesmatter $13

Moja Choker from Candid Art | $29

Clutches from Double Clutched | $29 | Purple and Gold Shimmer Fold Over & African Print Fold Over

For the beat face beauty:

Lip products from the Lip Bar | Signature Cocktail lipstick in the shade Cocoa Cooler $12 and Liquid Matte lipstick in the shade Bawse Lady $13

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Nail Polish from Ginger + Liz | $12 | Kicking and Screaming, Icing On The Cake, & You Talking To Me?

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Juvias Place Masquerade Mini Palette | $30

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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

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I hope that this Christmas gift guide is helpful! Have a Merry Christmas!

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My Favorite Lippies for Fall 2016

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.

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The Best Makeup for Back to School | Under $20

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.

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Keys to a easy beat:

Primer | Baby Skin by Maybelline $6

Foundation | Maybelline Matte + Poreless or Dewy + Smooth Foundation $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!

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Save Money While You #Slay

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!

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  • Sign up for sales newsletters and text messages
    • You’ll be one of the first to know about upcoming promotions and will also recieve coupons directly to your phone.
  • Use discount codes
    • Discount codes while shopping online are a God send. You can get free shipping, dollars off, cashback AND free items with a purchase. Utilize websites like eBates, RetailMeNot and Krazycouponlady to practice the art of saving money. You can download the apps and use them in-store as well!
  • Find a good dupe
    •  For makeup you can follow @dupethat and @allintheblush on Instagram for dupes on miscellaneous makeup items.
    • For designer fashion dupes you can look at Real vs.Steal on InTheirCloset or search for designer inspired items (Not a knockoff with the designer name but a similar style from another brand!).
  • Save for big ticket items
    • Saving seems like such a tedious task but it is so worth it in the end. Imagine holding that designer purse in your hands after months of saving, it feels like sweet victory!
  • Check the prices before you buy!
    • More often then not you can find the same item at a lower price from another retailer. This may seem like a lot of work but you can do this research from your phone or computer before you leave the house!
    • If you aren’t able to go to another retailer some places will do a price match and let you get the lower price. It doesn’t hurt to confirm before you try.

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!

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Glow girl, glow!

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!

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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!

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