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#B.O.M.B | B’ellegant Cosmetics Review

At the end of July, B’ellegant Cosmetics had a huge sale discounting majority of their liquid lipsticks and lipglosses to $5. With a sale like that I couldn’t resist purchasing something so I picked up two of their lip glosses in the shades Pink Sunset and Mermaid Dreams.

 

Pink Sunset is described as a beautiful pink gloss with a strong gold shift & gold sparks.

Mermaid Dreams is described as a lavender gloss with a strong blue shift.

I must say that I am not very impressed with these lip glosses. The colors are gorgeous but they settle into the lines of my lips which looks quite unappealing. I especially have this issue with Pink Sunset and the gold glitters in the gloss. Out of two Mermaid Dreams would obviously be supreme in terms of color and how it applies.

Would I purchase lip glosses from B’ellegant Cosmetics again? Probably not – unless they improve the formulation of the glosses. With that being said, I am still optimistic about the other products they sell, and I am interested in picking up a few of their liquid lipsticks and maybe a highlighter or two.

If you’ve purchased from B’ellegant Cosmetics, please leave your product recommendations below!

 

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ORS Olive Oil for Naturals Haircare Review on Mini-twists

Sally’s Beauty recently had their summer-clearance sale, and I had to go check it out. Before going I checked out my natural hair care stash – which has grown tremendously – and decided that I wouldn’t go crazy with what I got. After doing some looking around I saw that the Organic Roots Stimulator line for naturals was buy one get one free, and the rest is history. What I got is the Leave-in Conditioning Creme and the Buttermilk Styling lotion. Keep reading to see my review and results below.

 

Leave-in Conditioning Creme $5.99: My initial thoughts of this creme were that it smells absolutely amazing! This has to be one of the best smelling haircare products that I have had other than the Curls Blueberry Bliss line.

Moving on to more important things, this leave-in made my curls POP – like really pop – to the point that I was reconsidering my hairstyle. My hair was super soft after applying and it detangled like a breeze using only a quarter size of product on each section (I did four) of hair. Because of this I only had to use my detangling comb on my ends! My only gripe with this product is that it claims to fight dryness and frizz, but my hair was super frizzy the next day after wearing a silk bonnet AND scarf.

Buttermilk Styling Lotion $7.99: I don’t think I could ever go wrong with pairing the leave-in and styling lotion together. After completing my twists my hair was super juicy, shiny and moisturized – as seen in the picture above. There was no residue. It wasn’t watered down. I have no issues with this styling lotion. I would love to see the results from using this on a flexirod set, which may happen soon!

Short story: I recently attended the Panthers fan fest and was assaulted by a huge thunder storm with NO umbrella or rain jacket. I had just taken my hair out of the twists, which made things worse, but my hair wasn’t ruined after being completely soaked. For the most part my hair still held it’s curl even though I experienced a lot of shrinkage. If my hairstyle could kind of sorta hold up through that then I’m never letting these products go!

Overall I’m definitely recommending these two products. They’re affordable, moisturizing, and will detangle your hair with ease. I’ve come to accept that frizz will happen regardless of the claims that these products may have. How could I be mad at that if my hair still held up when completely soaked in the rain?

If you’ve tried this line and have any recommendations then please let me know.

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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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Mini Hair Product Reviews: L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Collection

I’m not the pickiest person when it comes to purchasing hair care items and I don’t care which section they come from – what matters to me is the packaging and the price point. With that being said, If I saw any of these products in the hair care section I would probably glance at them and keep it moving. At first glance I was a bit skeptical about these products but I’ve come to like most of them.

I should add that I received these items for free to review from Influenster which gave me the opportunity to try them out. If you would like to read other reviews of these products I have each item linked below!

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Shampoo: If I had to rate these items from 1-3 with 1 being my favorite this would be my second favorite. This works so well on my hair and it doesn’t leave my hair feeling stripped after using. At first I wasn’t feeling the fragrance but I have come to enjoy the rosemary scent while washing my hair. This smells better than the conditioner even though they are the same.. allegedly LOL. I would definitely purchase this if they changed the packaging because it sometimes doesn’t want to close and other times product will leak out.

Conditioner: I could live without this conditioner in my life. I know I’m being my usual dramatic self but I don’t think I’m being very extra with this review. The scent isn’t my favorite and my hair feels a bit dry after using. I didn’t see my usual juicy curls/coils after use and my hair dried super quick. Maybe the moisture was locked in but I’m not an expert on natural hair so I can only speak on what I saw.

10-in-1 Elixir: Like I mentioned above in the shampoo review – if I had to rate this item from 1-3 with 1 being my favorite this is it! I used this Elixir with my JBCO Leave-in from Shea Moisture when doing a twist out and I had one of the best twist outs in my natural hair history. My hair was so defined and moisturized, I would definitely purchase this again!

(L) After shampooing and conditioning –  (R) my best twist out to date!

If you are interested in trying only ONE of these items from the EverPure Moisture line then you should get the 10-in-one Elixir, you won’t regret it. Hopefully!

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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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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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Major Keys in My Natural Hair Routine

I would be lying to you if I said that it was easy for me to figure out which products did and didn’t work in my hair. I would also be lying to you if I said that I didn’t spend more money then necessary on hair products. Because I have no reason to lie about these things I will just tell you about my favorite products that have been here through the relaxed to natural stages. These products have held it down even with all the free hair products I’ve received, the samples I have began to collect and the duds that I wish I could have received a refund on.

My G.O.A.T (Greatest of ALL Time) Hair Products

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TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Shampoo

I have tried so many shampoos while on the road to natural and this is one of the only shampoos that didn’t leave my hair feeling stripped and dry.

ORS Curls Unleashed Acai and Banana Rinse Out Conditioner

TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-in Spray

What is heat damage? Honestly, I’ve been trying to avoid it like the black plague and this is sure to help with that. You can spray it on dry or wet hair before blow drying, flat ironing or styling however your heat desires.

Carols Daughter Hair Milk Styling Butter

This styling milk has become a staple products whenever I am rolling my hair, twisting my hair or trying to add a little moisture.

Eden Bodyworks Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Oil

I massage my scalp with it, I seal my hair with it, I enjoy the smell of it and it’s amazzzing.

Lottabody Shape Me Custard Gelee

Initially I despised this product, but after several failed twist outs and a nice amount of bouncy flexi-rod sets I began to see the good in the shape me custard gelee.

Lottabody Wrap Me Foaming Mousse

Lottabody has the best wrap mousse and setting lotion in the market. Period. Get on the winning team with Lottabody!

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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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Fall 2016 Wishlist

I tend to make a mental wishlist whenever I’m shopping in-store or online but I decided to share my current wishlist because we all love fall clothing, right? On my fall wishlist there’s a little bit of everything from trendy pieces like bomber jackets to preppy a-line skirts and cute dresses for my schools homecoming. Hopefully I can acquire the money so I can actually have these items in my closet. Come on, we’re about to speak this into existence!

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The hottest items out (from L-R) //

Forever 21+ Collared Striped Shirt Dress – Sold Out in most sizes 😦

Forever 21+ Caged Mini Dress – $22.90

Boohoo+ Julia Cross Neck Strap Top – $26

Stylus A-Line Skirt – $44

Boohoo+ Elin Boutique Embellished Maxi Dress – $80

a.n.a Fashion Jeggings – $30

Forever 21+ Bomber Jacket – $30

Boohoo+ Amie Floral Satin Shirt Dress – $40

Forever 21+ Moto Jacket – $39.90

Pearl Choker – I’ll find one somewhere

Mac x Selena – I NEED IT!

Hopefully you’ll find an item on my wishlist that you can’t live without and you’ll decide to order two of each. One for you and me. Can you say #twinning? I’m kidding, kind of.

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