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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 ūüė¶

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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5 Swoon-Worthy Valentines Day Outfit Ideas

Ladies, it’s almost time to stunt on these men for Valentines day. Whether you are single or in a relationship you have to slay!

Last year I created a guide on the perfect lippies for V-day¬†and an anti-valentines day outfit idea post – this year I decided to create another valentines day outfit idea post. The inspiration for these outfits came from my love of pale pinks, florals and a popping lip. Who can honestly say they dislike those things? And there isn’t a better time to wear them.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a date because I sure don’t. I’m just waiting on the candy to go on sale and for the new 50 shades of Grey movie to come out. The first one was terrible but it is what it is LOL. Let’s get into these looks!

Look cute and casual in this floral off the shoulder shirt, boot cut jeans and a stylish pair of booties paired with rose gold accessories and a gorgeous lippie.

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Kill the scene in this cropped white off the shoulder shirt, a pair of fire-red high waisted pants, and a pair of classic black heels. You can add a leather jacket for a bit of edge.

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Show your date that you have a different side to you in this dressyandalittlesexy look. This look features this gorgeous little black dress, wrap up heels and your favorite Olivia Pope style jacket. Add a light pink or nude lip with your floral Kate Spade and you are good to go!

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Having a girls night out and you want to make a statement? Wear this. You may be called a badass or a heartbreaker but it is so worth it. This look has three of my wardrobe and beauty staples: A white t-shirt, a pair of skinny midwash jeans with a few rips and the Always Red (01) cream lipstain from Sephora which was also mentioned in my 14 lippies for V-day!

The jacket and heels just give it THAT badass – i may break your heart but you’ll love me anyways – feel

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Going dancing or on the cutest date you could ever imagine? Yeah, me neither but this is what I would wear.

Another black dress (because who can’t get enough of those?) paired with a colorful purse and heels with multi-color pom poms. Add a sleek gold choker, black sunglasses to hide your shady looks and a metallic plum lippie. Voila! A masterpiece.

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If you are dressing up for Valentines day or any other occasion, I hope that this post can give you a little inspiration or a laugh because I went a little over the top on the outfit descriptions lol. Much love.

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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 Beauty Inspiration for 2017

Picture it: The year is 2017 and this is the most flawless beat you’ve ever seen. The skin is dewy, glowing, and the golden highlights look amazing. The lips are coated in a nude/brown lip gloss, that has you wondering which brand it came from. It’s simply A LOOK! A look that I am currently obsessed with. I’ve purchased radiant glow primers, consistently drank a lot of water and I have practiced this look a few times because I am prepared to glow like the goddess I truly am in the year of 2017.

I got the inspiration for this look from these lovely ladies posted below. The source for each picture can be found here along with more makeup inspiration for 2017. If you’re interested in following me on Pinterest you can find me at XOXOSelenaN!

I just want to know if we’re slaying for 2017 or NAH?

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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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My Holiday 2016 Wishlist

In case you haven’t picked up on this, I really enjoy making lists whether they’re music playlists, clothing/item wishlists and whatever other types of lists there are. It’s just something that I’ve found to be really calming and it also helps me put together my thoughts… and things I would like to spend money on LOL.

So here I am writing another wishlist, for the 2016 winter holiday season. Some items featured are for going out, lounging around the house and everything in-between.

If you would like to check out other bra & panty sets from AdoreMe then click here. Each item listed will be linked below!

Night out on the town:

Sequin Cami Dress in Black | Forever21 + | $30

Sequin V-Neck Romper | Charlotte Russe + | $50

Shimmer Strappy Caged Jumpsuit | Charlotte Russe + | $35

Crushed Velvet Dress in Pink or Wine | Forever21 +| $25

Bell Sleeve Dress in Mauve or Hunter Green | Forever21 + | $18

Lounging around:

Violet Unlined Plus Bra & Underwear Set | Adore Me | $40

Ellis Plus Long Sleeve Robe | Adore Me | $40

Lareen Plus Cami and Jogger Set | Adore  Me | $40

Isobel Plus Pajama Set | Adore Me | $40

Zaylee Unlined Plus Bra & Underwear Set | Adore Me | $40

Getting Ready:

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer | $27

Becca Glow on The Go Shimmering Skin Perfecter Set in Moonstone | $20

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer | $14

Jetsetter Makeup Case | ELF | $8

Velvet Matte Lipstick in Dark Brown | ELF | $3

Beautifully Bare Stipple Brush | ELF | $4

Selfie Ready Powder Brush |ELF | $6

Highlighting Brush | ELF | $3

Have a happy holiday season!

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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 ūüôā

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 Р$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 ūüė¶

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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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! Р$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? ūüė¶

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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