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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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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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The Lip Bar Black Friday Sale Haul

Happy HAULidays! Today we are back with another haul featuring makeup items that I purchased during Black Friday. If you saw my Black Friday Sales I’m Digging post, then you would have known that this was coming. As a semi-reformed lip product junkie, I could not resist the great sale that was being offered – every item was marked down to 10 dollars a piece except for the holiday 2017 collection that was just released.

From this sale I ordered one lip gloss, a lipstick and the mystery bag that comes with two items for $10 dollars. A deal indeed.

 

The goods:

 

Lip Gloss in the Shade Class Act | $14

I have already worn my lip gloss in the shade class act and I love it! My mother told me that if it comes up missing then I’ll know where it is; so I need to keep a close eye out on that one LOL. She may end up finding one in her stocking if mine doesn’t go missing.

Lipstick in the shade Chaitini | $13

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Lipstick in the shade Everything | $13

Lip liner in the shade True Brown

Holiday Packaging vs. OG Packaging:

As you can see they spiced things up by using white packaging for their Holiday 2017 collection. I do not particularly care for it because it looks kind of cheap. I would have preferred the packaging to have a matte finish which is on par with their usual look. Aside from that I love the concept and hope that they will reconsider the finish. I had already planned what I was going to purchase, then I saw the new items in white packaging and had to pick something up.

If you’re interested in pigmented and colorful, vegan and cruelty free makeup then definitely check out The Lip Bar. Their liquid lipstick in Bawse Lady is ICONIC.
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Black-Owned Makeup Brands Wishlist | Face Powders & Highlighters

Back at it again it with Black-Owned Makeup Brands!

The first list in my on-going series consisted of makeup needed for your base ex: foundation and concealers (can be found here). So this list is compromised of items needed to complete the full face of makeup; setting powders, blush, highlighters and a setting spray – because you always have to set the look.

I hope you check out the other items offered from these companies, and let me know your favorites if you have already tried them out!

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Danessa Myricks Beauty | Evolution Powder #4 $24

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BLAC Minerals Cosmetics | Flawless Finish Dust in the shade Java $16 |

LIT Highlight Powder in the shade Winnin’ $20

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koyVoca Cosmetics | Ultra (setting) Powder in the shade Ultra 3 $10 |

The HiLife Highlighter in the shade 1,000,000, 000 Babe $12

If you’re interested in trying their cream foundations, cream concealers, or powder foundations. They have samples for sell for about $2 each – they can be found here.

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Marena Beaute | Blush in the shade Chocolat $37

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Loecal | Supernova Highlighter $14

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Beeqbox | Xenon Illuminating Setting Spray $13.50

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My Current Favorite Natural Hair Products

These products have been in rotation on a steady basis because I can always expect to have beautiful moisturized hair after using them. I have previously mentioned each item in a review or haul, except for one or two items.

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Washing:

Gabrielle Union Flawless Moisturizing Shampoo $19

Suave Professionals Rosemary + Mint Invigorating Clean Conditioner $3

TGIN Honey Miracle Deep Conditioner $15

Styling:

ORS Olive Oil for Naturals Butter Whipped Leave-in Conditioning Creme $6

Peppermint Jamaican Black Castor Oil $7

Reviving:

Garnier Fructis Style Curl Renew Reactivating Milk Spray with Coconut Oil $3.50

 

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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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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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Hot or Not? Simple Pleasures Stocking Stuffers

Happy almost-even though there are still two months left-Christmas! Today I’ll be sharing my review of the Simple Pleasures stocking stuffers from Walgreens. I came across these products in mid October so I’ve been waiting to share my thoughts on these for a while. You know I love a good deal so I could not pass these up. The simple pleasures stocking stuffers come in a wide array of items from face masks, lotions, hand sanitizers, to hair accessories. Each item in the collection is $2, or 4 for $5, so I decided not to go too crazy and picked up a few items. As you scroll down, I’m sure you will notice a similarity in many of the items, I practically got everything in the Sugar Frosting scent and I wish I hadn’t. It smells so generic and nothing like I was hoping. If you do opt to try anything then I’d recommend the peppermint scent because you can’t really go wrong there.

Sugar Frosting scented body butter

Vanilla Cranberry scented body butter

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It’s safe to say that you should pass on these. You can find better scents and quality at other stores like Dollar Tree, Bath & Body Works, and where ever else. The consistency isn’t the best, and it takes too much work to take the foil off the product. A dollar and twenty-five cents or not – I’m not here for it.

Sugar Frosting scented bath salt

Sugar Frosting merry & bright lip balm pod

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For a stocking stuffer I’d recommend the bath salts. They come nicely packaged and with a scoop that makes it easier to use. I’m sure that many people would love to use this while relaxing.

As for the lip balm, I have a slight pass. Simple Pleasures clearly hadn’t considered the packaging and the shape of the lip balm; because my lip balm would not come out of the packaging until I cut it open with scissors. For a cute novelty gift some may not mind this but I am the exception.

Peppermint hand sanitizer & Sugar Frosting hand sanitizer

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I have nothing bad to say about these. Germs are everywhere, and we must do what we can to prevent them from prospering. Hand sanitizer can do no wrong in my eyes and come on, have you seen the cute characters on the holder?

Sugar Frosting scented face wipes with Aloe

Charcoal clay base face mask

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I guess you could use the face wipes if you need a good refresher? Due to the fact that they do not have any instructions on the products, and they are not makeup remover wipes, that seems to be the most likely. Take it or leave it – I’m still undecided on these.

The face mask comes in different versions but I chose the charcoal because that is what works best for my skin. I’m trying to glow like a goddess and this will aid in that. Definitely pick one up if you are interested.

Overall, I could have picked better items, or simply saved my money. In the case that you are still interested in these items after my review then YOLO and happy haulidays!

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My 70’s Inspired F.O.T.D.

While I dressed up for a costume party, I hadn’t planned on dressing up on the actual day of Halloween. But like I mentioned in my last post – you can get chipotle for $3 if you dress up. So what did I do? I came up with another halloween #look. Since I’m currently rocking a fro I decided to find a “costume” that went with my hairstyle. What better than a look from the 70’s? Big fro’s, fierce fashion and beautiful makeup, I had to do it!

For my makeup, I opted to use minimal products:

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Base ||

Primer – Black Radiance true complexion HD primer in Natural Nude

Concealer – Ruby Kisses 3D face creator in RDF11. I used the darker shade to cover my dark marks, and the lighter shade as an under eye concealer.

Powder – MAC mineralize skin finish in Dark Tan

Highlighter – Highlight from Black Radiance’s blushing bronze palette in dark to deep

Eyes ||

Maybelline the Graffiti Nudes palette – First I used the shimmery brown shade on the top row, all over the lids. Then to create a spotlight illusion, I added the third eye shadow on the second row, a shimmery gold, to the middle of my lid. For no reason really, I used the Victoria’s Secret eye shadow in Precious as an inner corner highlight.

Lips ||

Liner – L.A. colors brow pencil in brown

Lipgloss – NYX Glam Gloss Aqua luxe in the shade The Beat Goes On

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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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