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This Or That? Cult Favorite Edition

Cult favorites you say? Yes, the makeup products that have a dedicated fan base, and nothing but great reviews for years and years. To come up with my list I googled ‘cult favorite makeup items’ and chose the products that were mentioned on every list, and a few that were quite popular recently. On this or that? I will choose a product out of the two that I would rather have in my makeup collection. I’ll just let you know that I didn’t do well following the rules LOL.

Let’s get it popping!

OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark vs. OPI’s My Private Jet | I’m taking both. And yes, I understand the rules to this challenge! These nail polishes have been on my “buy that stuff!” list for a long time, and I still don’t have them. *takes notes*

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Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer vs. Benefit the Porefessional Foundation Primer | I have tried both and I could seriously live without them. Can I swap out the photo finish primer for the primer water? I’ll take that all day!

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MAC Ruby Woo vs. MAC Angel | I’ll go with Angel. I have my favorite red lip colors already and Ruby Woo has no place in my collection. It’s also very drying according to like everyone. Now if ‘Riri Woo’ ever happens to come back out I’ll take 10!

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Laura Mercier Tranlucent Loose Setting Powder vs. Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder | I’m going with Coty today! Laura’s powder is highly respected but I am more interested in the Deep Dark version of her loose setting powder. Also, Coty is quite affordable and it’s been around for ages!

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Feline Kohl Pencil by MAC vs. Perversion Eyeliner by Urban Decay | This may shock some people but I am not a big user of pencil liner or mascara. Due to my previously owning perversion and loving it, I’ll take that!

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Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner vs. KVD Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner | I’m a little undecided… I mean they are both pen liners and very popular. Since Stila has been around longer I will go with that.

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Diorshow Mascara in Problack Mascara vs. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara |
An oldie but goodie. I have built a good rapport with ms. Great Lash, so she won! I don’t care to use mascara often so if I do I am not balling out on it.

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Urban Decay Eye-shadow Primer Potion vs. MAC Painterly Paint Pot | For no rhyme or reason, I’m going with Primer Potion on this one. They are both cool in my eyes.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick vs. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick | I feel like Bobbi Brown has solidified her spot as the best foundation stick on the market. Aside from that the hourglass colors seem too yellow for me to even use their f.s. I love the packaging though – it is quite clear who won this one. Bobbi!

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I hope you enjoyed this random challenge I created! If you had to pick, what would you choose?

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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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9 Unique Lip Colors for A/W’17

I know we all love our vampy berries and reds for the fall and winter, but I thought I would bring something a little different to the table. Some of these colors are not-so-unique but they look so good that I had to mention them. I hope you enjoy my list of super popping lip colors for autumn and winter ’17!

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Estee Edit Mattified Lipstick in the shade The Storm | $11

Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Dr. M | $6

Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Mama | $6

Black Radiance Matte Lip Cream in the shade Living in Violet | $4

MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson II | $17.50

Black Radiance Matte Lip Cream in the shade Bronze Sugar | $4

Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish in the shade 29 | $5

Ruby Kisses Forever Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Bare Berries | $2

Covergirl Colorlicious Rich Color Lipstick in the shade Coffee Crave (275) | $5.29

What colors will you be rocking this year?

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Anti Haul | Items & Brands I’m Not Buying From

Something I’ve kind of become obsessed with on YouTube are Anti-hauls. The purpose of an Anti-haul is to talk about the different items that you won’t purchase and the reason for it. These “hauls” are usually hilarious, informative and they mimic some of my own thoughts. After some very sad revelations, I thought it would be appropriate for me to create one of my own. This anti-haul will feature items AND brands that I’m not interested in whatsoever. Let’s get it popping!

Brands:

Jouer, Benefit Cosmetics, Morphe Brushes and Wet n Wild Beauty

Can you say CANCELLED? Yep, that’s what these brands are. If you support and collaborate with someone who is unapologetic about their racist and misogynistic ways then you will not get these coins! Wet and Wild Beauty we were rooting for you!!

 

It Cosmetics

As long as they’ve been in business this is the first time that they’ve expanded their shade range past the color ‘deep’. I did not forget and no I am not interested!

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KKW Beauty

There’s nothing worst than a makeup brand that claims to sell products for people with deep or dark skin knowing they’re selling ashy, low-quality makeup. Leave your inclusion at the door and sell your makeup to the people who can use it! And we can’t forget who she’s good friends with right? #GoodTryThough

 

Coloured Raine

Great products and questionable views. Since #AllLipsticksMatter I can get mine from another brand!

 

Huda Beauty

As beautiful as their products look I cannot bring myself to purchase anything from this brand. If you’ve ever looked at their Instagram page you would notice the scarcity of Black women being posted on their page. Those that do get posted are few and far in-between, and they are usually doing something outrageous for clicks. More recently you’ll notice that she’s been posting clickbait videos of women from other races but #YouGottaBeQuickerThanThat!

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Items:

MAC x Nicki Minaj collection

All these colors but only TWO are new? It’s a good way to bring attention to these lesser know nudes but that’s not what I’m looking for in a new collection. I’ve previously purchased both of her Viva Glam lipsticks and lipglasses but this is where I draw the line. Please do better MAC!

 

Lorac Mega Pro 4

From the packaging to the colors, it just isn’t doing it for me.

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Too Faced Chocolate Gold Palette

I have no idea what type of theme they’re going for with this palette. Is it solely metallics with no matte shades? Are there transition colors? What’s going on Too Faced? Shout out to Jackie Aina for these swatches though!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipsticks & Subculture Eyeshadow Palette

The color scheme of the Subculture palette is so appealing but after watching so many bad reviews I can’t bring myself to even lust after it. I will admit that I do enjoy looking at pictures of the bold colored lipsticks. That’s not enough of a reason for me to want to spend my money on it though. I’m sure someone else will give them the love that I can’t.

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Are you planning on purchasing any of these items or from these brands, what are your thoughts on this?

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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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Cosmetics Company Outlet 50% Sale Haul!

Y’all, I found the most amazing deals thanks to a friend who shared that the CCO was having a half off sale on the whole store (excluding a few things)! Do you know what that means? That means that you can get Clinique, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox and so many other brands for a super low price. There’s limited edition items and discontinued items that you will never find again for a fraction of the price!

Like I purchased the Amor Prohibido lipstick from Selena Quintanilla’s MAC collection for $6. 38! Considering the last day of the sale was today May 29th, I should have grabbed the other items available from that collection. But anyways let’s get into the goods!

The goods:

Amor Prohibido | Lipstick | MAC x Selena capsule collection | $6.38

Dance Off Pants Off | Lipstick | MAC Good Luck Trolls collection | $6.38

Morning Glory | Lustureglass | MAC | $5.63

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Strange New Worlds | Trip the Lights Fantastic Powder | MAC x Star Trek | $12.00

Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments and Glitter Kit | MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Collection| $12.25

Studio-on-the-Go Primer Kit | Smashbox | $2.51

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Irresistibly Charming/Pink Lipgloss Set | MAC Enchanted Eve Holiday 2015 Collection | $12. 25

Do you see these items? I purchased all of these items for 57 Dollars BEFORE tax! If you know anything about MAC Cosmetics or Smashbox cosmetics then you know that it’s basically impossible to get this many limited edition items for such an amazing price. Hopefully the CCO continues to hold these half off sales because I’ll be there each time!

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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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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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