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Save Money While You #Slay pt. II

Do you love discovering new things and saving money on some of your favorite brands? If so this post is for you. Below there are three super cool subscription services and a resource for college students who enjoy online shopping. Part one of my Save Money While You #Slay series is here!

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  • Influenster
    • Influenster is a service that sends you products free for reviewing. The level of items that you receive are based on your social media influence after connecting your SM accounts with Influenster. The items you review will vary depending on your interests like beauty, fashion, technology, traveling etc. Because of Influenster I’ve been able to try items from Bite Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Covergirl, Ralph Lauren and many other popular brands. If you like to try new things and don’t mind doing tasks like reviewing and sharing on social media then sign on up today!
  • Unidays
    • If you’re a college student who loves to online shop then you must sign up for Unidays! Unidays is a website that gives you access to student discounts from many popular brands such as Boohoo, missguided, Levi’s, Apple, Asos, and MORE. You must have a current student email to use these great deals. You are also required to verify your student status but it’s worth it if you love these brands.
  • Sample Source
    • Sample Source is another service that sends you products free to “try before you buy”. For this service you have to fill out your profile to give them more information about yourself and the items you’re interested in. They will send you an email whenever there are samples available that fit your profile. You then get the option to choose which items will fill your box. It’s also imporatnt to keep your profile up to date so you can try more things.
  • PINCHme
    • PINCHme is another service where you can get products free for reviewing purposes. For this service you need to take a shopper survey so they can match you with the best samples. Out of the three services mentioned this one is my least favorite because as long as I’ve been using this service I haven’t been a match for many of the sample dates which are once a Tuesday every month. I will say that I have been able to get free magazine subscriptions so I guess it’s okay. You also have to update your profile quite frequently.
    • Samples I’ve received: Greenies Pill Pockets for my dog Roscoe, a Scotch-Brite Scrubbing dish cloth (that I loved), a dog food coupon, a grey reducing shampoo for men (for my dad) and Shout Color catcher dye trapping sheets.

That’s all for part two of the Save While You #Slay series. Whenever I find more deals/services I will be sure to create a third part. I hope this series is useful for those who don’t want to break the bank with each purchase/new thing they try.

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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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Friday’s Finds at Walmart

Because I am writing this post on Thanksgiving I would like to say that I am thankful for three things. Warning, these three things may sound shallow but it is what it is LOL!

I am thankful for:

  • My friend posting about these chokers from Walmart on Snapchat
  • for Walmart having these bomb chokers at such an amazing price point
  • for my local Walmart for actually having these in stock

I probably wouldn’t have remembered to check the jewelry section of my local Walmart if my mother hadn’t asked me to purchase a few Patti Pies for our Thanksgiving feast. Honestly I was shocked to see them sitting in the jewelry section because it is rare for me to find cool items in-store after seeing them online or on social media, so I grabbed two of the shiniest ones and headed to check out. There were #NoRegrets especially since they were $5 each.

So here I am to share the “wealth” and a few pictures of my new shiny chokers from wally world.

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They’re also great because they come with extra links to hook your choker. You won’t have to worry about them fitting too tightly because there are so many link options!

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A Little Beauty Haul!

The title says it all. Let’s get into these new items!

E.L.F Illuminating Face Primer – $6 / Luckily I got it for 4$ thanks to CVS coupons!

Wet n’ Wild Matte Liquid Lipsticks in the shades Take It Like A Vamp, Don’t Be A Plum-Plum and Too Tulip to Quit – $2.99

Victoria’s Secret Body Mists in Temptation and Love Spell Night -$18 each but they were buy two for $10! I looove Love Spell Night so much. It smells heavenly and that’s saying a lot because I can’t stand the original Love Spell.

 Finger Paints Nail Polish in Off to Collage! – $4.99

Kiss NY Gel Strong Nail Polish in Illusion – $2.99 Sadly this color is super sheer on your nails but it looks gorgeous in the bottle. So that’s nice I guess? 😦

L.A. Colors Color Last Nail Polish in Horizon

Kylie Signature Collection Nail Polishes by Sinful Colors in the shades Karamel, Kreme De La Kreme and V.I. Peach – $3 each / I got them for $1.50 each! The beauty adviser in at the Walgreens I visited said they weren’t selling a lot at their location and the whole collection got marked down. So judge me not, you would do it too! LOL

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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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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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The Best Brown Lippies for WOC Under $10!

 

I love purple lippies, I swear I do, but brown lippies have slowly taken over my makeup collection. It started off gradually – one trip to Ulta here, one trip to CVS there – and now I think I have a problem. Since I have all of these brown lippies I thought I would share my favorites.  The shades vary from cool toned to warm toned and will look absolutely amazing on women of color!

Lipsticks: (Right-Left)

Nightcap by Wet’n’Wild Cosmetics – limited edition 😦

Maison Matte Lipstick by NYX – $6.00

Dark Plum Scene by Rub Kisses – $2.99

Copper Glow (5023B) by Black Radiance – $1.99

 

Liquid Lipsticks:

Dubai Soft Matte Lipcream by NYX – $6.00

Beauty Mark Lingerie Liquid Lipstick by NYX – $7.00

Limbo by Colourpop– $6.00

 

Liners:

These liners can be worn alone, with some of the colors mentioned above or with several other lip combinations.

Brown by NYX – $3.5o

I love to wear Brown by NYX with Rihanna Viva Glam 2 and with Bedtime Flirt Lingere Liquid Lipstick by NYX

Coffee by Nicka K – $1.49

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