Month: July 2016

Bask in the Light of the Hourglass Luminous Light Palette

Hourglass Ambient Luminous Light Palette

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is a wonderful time of year when new fall collections and limited edition beauty products hit the market at crazy good prices for just a limited time. It’s pretty much like Christmas in July as you get to save big bucks on your favorite brands from Diane von Furstenburg to NARS. I love how Nordstrom likes to let us grab the new fall trends first at a great price but I’m always super excited about the exclusive limited edition beauty goodies that brands create especially for Nordstrom. I’m usually wooed by the MAC and NARS offerings but this year Hourglass stole the show with the new, limited edition Luminous Light Palette.

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LORAC Take Me To TANtego TANtalizer Bronzer Palette Review

LORAC Take Me To TANtego TANtalizer Bronzer Palette

There’s plenty of things you need in the summer like water, sunscreen, cute dresses and bronzer. Sunscreen and water are at the top of the list but the cute dresses and bronzer are a really close second for me. Everyone needs a good breezy outfit and a sunkissed look to happily get through the summer. I’m still in the market for more summer dresses but I think I’m officially all stocked up on bronzer for the next 3 summers. I was already pretty covered with my favorite brown girl friendly bronzers but the cute packaging and names of the new LORAC Take Me To TANtego TANtalizer Bronzer Palette lured me into adding it into my collection. I mean, a girl can never have too many bronzers!
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Tarte x MakeupShayla Tarteist Contour Palette Swatches

Tarte x MakeupShayla Tarteist Contour Palette

When Tarte first released the Tarteist Contour Palette a while back my first thought was, “Okay, so where’s the deeper version?” The Tarteist Contour Palette is such a great, convenient highlight and contour palette that comes with everything you need from setting powder to blush. However, the first rendition wasn’t brown girl friendly at all so I gave it a hard pass and explored my options with Anastasia Beverly Hills. Somewhere down the line, Tarte got the memo that WOC like to highlight and contour too and teamed up with MakeupShayla to create a new, limited edition Tarteist Contour Palette more suitable for those of us with a little more melanin. I have to be honest. I gave Tarte major side eye for: A) waiting so long to come out with a darker version and B) using MakeupShayla to promote it. However, I have to say it was a smart marketing move because if I didn’t love MakeupShayla I would have easily passed on this palette.

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New Clinique Skin Goodies!

New Clinique Skin Goodies!

I’ve been sleeping on Clinique! A while ago, I went to a cluster training to learn more about their makeup and skincare products and I was completely blown away by how well they perform. Especially at such affordable price points. I was very intrigued after training and ended up trying a few things from my gratis bag that I absolutely loved including All About Eyes and the Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer. I soon discovered that Clinique isn’t the “old lady” brand that I once thought it was. Now, I’m starting to see the magic of Clinique and I’m starting to become a huge fan.
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Black Radiance Toasted Almond Artisan Color Baked Blush Review

Black Radiance Toasted Almond Artisan Color Baked Blush

Matching your lipstick and blush can be a daunting task when you’re always on the go with a million and one lipsticks at your disposal. I carry at least 3-4 lipsticks in my makeup bag at any given time and I often like to switch them up throughout the day depending on my mood. That’s why I always keep a neutral blush in rotation so no matter what lipstick mood I’m in my cheeks and lips will never clash with each other. One of my favorite blushes of all time is the Black Radiance Toasted Almond Artisan Color Baked Blush because it looks incredibly natural on my brown skin and pairs well with every lipstick under the sun.

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Lipstick is My Vice!

Urban Decay Twitch, Heroine, Conspiracy, Violate Vice Lipstick

I just love me some lipstick! A good lipstick can completely lift your mood and transform your look in an instant. A girl can never have too many lipsticks which is probably why Urban Decay decided to unleash 100 shades of their new Vice Lipsticks to help us perk up our pouts in every color imaginable. I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay lipsticks because they’re smooth, creamy, pigmented and long lasting so I just had to add a few more to my collection to round things out. What can I say? Lipstick is my vice!
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ColourPop LaLa Super Shock Shadow Review

ColourPop LaLa Super Shock Shadow

The way ColourPop has blown up over the last 2 years it’s easy to believe that their products are all just hype. Let me assure you, though. They are not! Pretty much everything ColourPop comes up with turns to gold because their formulas are absolutely amazing and crazy affordable the quality. Before I got sucked into the ColourPop cult, I used to think that it was just another Instagram trend/phase that would come and go but there’s plenty of reasons why ColourPop will stick around for many more years to come. I’m a huge fan of their lippies but now I’m starting to see the magic that is in their Super Shock Shadows too. I don’t typically do cream shadows because they’re not too convenient and they often crease terribly. Not the Super Shock Shadows though! These babies are everything and more you need out of an eyeshadow–for just $5 a pop.

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MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush Review

MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush

A good bronzer and highlighter are my summer essentials but you can’t chisel your cheeks and make them glow without adding a little color. You gotta throw some blush in there, girl! Sometimes I like to go a little bold with the blush but most times I want just a little warmth or just the right amount of color to perk up my complexion and balance out my bronzer and highlighter. At the moment, I’ve been wanting a little more color so I’ve been reaching for a longtime favorite of mine: MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush.

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Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Review

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

If you haven’t noticed by now I live for a good highlighter. There’s nothing like watching your cheeks sparkle and shine when the light bounces off your face. It literally makes my heart dance every time I see it. Which is why I’m absolutely obsessed with the Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator. Laura Geller never crossed my mind before I started working at Ulta but it was only a matter of time before I kept hearing nonstop how amazing her Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator is. You know I can’t pass up checking out a good highlighter so eventually I went to swatch Gilded Honey. The hype is real guys! Gilded Honey is everything everyone says it is and more!

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MAC Star Trek Collection Sneak Peek!

MAC Star Trek Collection Sneak Peek

I’d be lying if I told you I’ve ever sat through 5 minutes of Star Trek but that’s not going to stop me from going gaga over the upcoming limited edition MAC Star Trek Collection. Part me actually wants to catch up on it since it’s obviously such a huge deal. But that’s only after I get my hands on this beautiful new collection that’s seriously out of this world. I just have to have it! Well, when it comes out, of course. The MAC Star Trek Collection isn’t fully available just yet but it’s going to be making a guest appearance at the San Diego Comic Con tomorrow. Costumes and makeup? * swoons *
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