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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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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…

 

(From L-R)

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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Friday’s Finds: Black Radiance & Wet’n’Wild

I think it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with Black Radiance and Wet ‘n Wild. Both of these companies have become my top drugstore brands because they’re affordable and they have such amazing quality. It doesn’t help that they are constantly putting out new products especially considering the fact that I enjoy spending my money on nice new shiny things.

On Friday evening, my mother and I went to Walgreens (one of my favorite stores) to purchase water and some drinks for the house which ended up with my buying all of these items… All I remember is telling my mom that I was going to browse the beauty section and then her coming to find me after she’d got everything we came to get. Once we got together I continued to browse until I made my final decision which was quite hard because I wanted everything but life just got in the way. Anyways let’s discuss what’s important here, the goods:

Black Radiance | BRILLIANT EFFECTS LIP GLOSS – Fire Cracker | $4

Black Radiance | Perfect Tone Matte Lip Cream | Living in Violet| $4

Black Radiance | Perfect Tone Matte Lip Creme | Bronze Sugar | $4

Wet n Wild | Larger Concealer Brush | $1

Wet n Wild | Large Stipple Brush | $3

Wet n Wild | Powder Brush | $3

Cantu | Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream | $2

Cantu | Cream Curl Activator | $2

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What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag | Spring Break Edition

For my schools Spring Break my friends and I went to the beach, which didn’t require a majority of these items but you never know when you’ll need to pop out. For myself that didn’t happen until the night before our departure and I sure was glad I brought so many things.

What I brought :

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*some items weren’t on Polyvore so I couldn’t add them to my picture 😦

Nubian 2 | Juvias Place

Retinol Makeup Cleansing Wipes

Charmin Freshmates to Go

Mario Badescu | OG Facial Spray

L’Oreal | Silky Sheer Sunscreen Lotion 50+

Clinique | Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Clinique | Liquid Facial Soap – Mild

Clinique | Clarifying Lotion

Clinqiue | Dramatically Different Mositurizing Gel

Avon Ideal Flawless Translucent Loose Powder

Wet n Wild | Photo Focus Face Powder

Real Techniques | Miracle Complexion Sponge

Wet n Wild | Highters | The Sweetest Bling & Lilac to Reality

ELF Brownie Points Eye Base

ELF Pout Perfector in Glow

Clinique Stay Matte foundation 25 Spice

LA Girl Pro Orange Corrector

Makeup Revolution|Baked Bronzer in Rock On World    smfld

YSL | Black Opium

Covergirl Super Sizer Fibers Mascara

MAC Cosmetics | Lipstick | Violetta

NYC Liquid Liner

La colors contour stick in bronzer

Black radiance True Complexion Primer

NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Crystal Pink

Black Radiance | Brilliant Effects Lipgloss |

NYX Cosmic Metals in Asteroid Aura

Wet n Wild Lipgloss in the Loco-Potion

Wet n Wild |Photo Focus Concealer

Ruby Kisses Pure Mineral Concealer in Golden Honey

Covergirl Lip Lava

Sephora Citrus Brush Cleaner Spray

Carmex Daily Care Lipbalm in Winter Mint

Wet n Wild Mink Eyebrow Pencil

Am I the only one who over packs no matter where I’m going or how long I’ll be there? Please say no LOL.

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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 Favorite Things from 2016

Throughout the year of 2016 these things have been a blessing to my life. Without them I wouldn’t be able to continue life in an orderly fashion. Because they are obviously so amazing and they have stood the test of time they deserved to be praised and shared with the world (or whoever is reading this). 

                               The honorees

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TRESemme Naturals Shampoo | Hands down this is my favorite shampoo. It has been here through thick and thin, transitioning to natural, and so forth. Unfortunately it couldn’t make it to the end of time because it has been discontinued *weeps*

Burberry Brit Perfume

Black Radiance Perfect Color Foundation | After sharing my Bomb Products from Black Radiance post on twitter I was informed that I hadn’t tried one of their best products, the perfect color foundation. So obviously I had to go purchase it a few days later with the intention that I would write a first impression/review for my blog. Well that never happened but what did happen was magical. I wore this foundation for about a week straight just to test it out then that week turned into each time I did wear makeup and now I’m almost finished with my first bottle.

This foundation is so bomb but sadly it doesn’t have a wide color range, which is a shame because so many women of color would love this if they could wear it!

Avon Ideal Flawless Translucent Powder

Rogue Love by Rihanna | I get complimented every single time I wear this perfume because it smells so absolutely amaaazzzing.

Amazon Fire Stick | Stop paying for Netflix, get hip and get yourself a fire stick. You can “unlock” it and watch as many things as your heart desires!

The Krazy Coupon Lady | App and website | KCL gives you everything you need when couponing! They tell you how much each item is worth, which coupons and rebates to use, when to use these coupons in-store/online AND what your total should be if you use their resources. They provide weekly store round ups and they also do posts highlighting the best deals in each store. These things make couponing so much easier for myself and others. Check out their website here or download the app!

Music | Because I love the original and remixed versions by Kaytranda of Be Your Girl by Teedra Moses and If by Janet Jackson I had to post them both!

 

 

Let me know some of your favorite things from 2016 by leaving a comment below or mention me on twitter at @XOSelenaNicole!

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Bomb Products from Black Radiance

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!

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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.

True Complexion Refining Skin Primer – $5.99

Perfect Tone Lip Gloss – $2.99

Top off your favorite lip color with these or rock them alone you’ll look great either way!

True Complexion Soft Focus Finishing Powder  – $6.99

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!

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