Month: August 2016

Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick Review

Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown is famous for her extensive foundation line and amazing Correctors and Concealers. But a flawless complexion isn’t the only thing she excels at. For years, Bobbi has quietly been killing the highlight game with her iconic Shimmer Bricks that can also be used as a shimmering eyeshadow palette. Before Anastasia Beverly Hills and Becca hit the scene and brought strobing to life Bobbi Brown was chilling in the background making magic happen with her gorgeous Shimmer Bricks. It wasn’t until I became a makeup artist for Bobbi Brown that I discovered the beauty of Shimmer Bricks but it didn’t take me long to appreciate them at all. Bobbi’s Shimmer Bricks are highlight heaven!
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Bobbi Brown Black Ink Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Review

Bobbi Brown Black Ink Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

Liquid eyeliner is a must have for those early mornings when I just need a quick, intense liner to blend in my falsies and go. That’s it though. I just can’t get with using liquid liner to create my signature cat eye. After years of practice, I can make it happen but it takes a lot more effort and time. Liquid liner is just too messy, too hard to control and sometimes too streaky to give me that sharp, steady wing that fiercely slices through. Every time I try to do a wing with liquid liner, it ends up all over my lids and in the inner corner of my eyes as my hand lightly shakes with anticipation. So much stress!

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Too Faced Lip Injection Power Plumping Lip Gloss Review

Too Faced Lip Injection Power Plumping Lip Gloss

When I was growing up, I used to be so self-conscious about my big, full lips. I was a very slim girl with a small face and small features. My ears and nose were tiny and cute. But my lips? They stood out like a sore thumb. I was teased a lot about my lips as a kid and as a I grew into a teen I began to hate them. I used to wish my lips were smaller and more dainty. Man, those days were rough!

Now, I look back and laugh because full lips are so in style that people are paying big bucks to have them. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a piece of advice I’d say, “Girl you better flaunt them lips!” Having big lips isn’t a flaw or imperfection. If anything, it’s a blessing because there’s more room for bomb lipsticks and glosses. Just look at Kylie Jenner. She got lip injections and bam! Now she’s a social media sensation with a successful makeup brand. The possibilities of big lips are endless!
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Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection Sneak Peek!

Too Faced Papa Don't Peach Sneak Peek

Social media is the best thing that’s ever happened to the makeup industry. The best! If we aren’t feeling a product or its packaging, a few comments on Instagram or retweet on Twitter and it’s quickly addressed. Need swatches? A quick hashtag search will pull up more images than even Google can imagine. Social media even makes you feel like you’re bffs with people thousands of miles away you’ve never even met. One of the best parts of social media, though, is the fact that sneak peeks are running wild. On any given day, you can scroll through your feed or hit the explore page on Instagram and there’s pics of a new upcoming release or collection that hasn’t even hit stores yet. I don’t know about you but I love it!

Scrolling through my Instagram feed is almost like Christmas for me. You’d thinking I was texting a special someone the way my eyes light up and my smile beams brightly as I check out all the makeup porn and exclusive sneak peeks of makeup I don’t need but will probably buy anyway. It’s my guilty pleasure! My favorite way to get my makeup fix is to head over to my new buff (in my mind) Jerrod Blandino’s Instagram page to see what’s around the corner for Too Faced.

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Tarte x Nicol Concilio Brush Set Now Available!

Tarte x Nicole Concilio Brush Set

Is it just me or is Tarte getting a little chummy with YouTubers lately? This year alone, we’ve seen Tarte team up with Grav3Yard Girl, MakeupShayla and Hrush Achemyan. Now they’re teaming up with Nicol Concilio, yet another YouTuber, but this time for a limited edition brush set instead of a palette. I know a lot of people aren’t always a fan of YouTube collaborations for many reasons but as a blogger and YouTube hopeful I can’t help but rock with Tarte for spreading the love and giving these ladies some recognition. Besides MakeupShayla, I’ve never heard of any of the YouTubers Tarte usually features on social media and I had no clue who Grav3Yard Girl or Hrush Achemyan was before Tarte decided to work with them. These “celebrity” endorsements can be annoying at times but Tarte has been making the best of them this year with some pretty good releases. Which leaves me curious to learn about this Nicol Concilio girl and her new limited edition brush set with Tarte.
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KaePop Til You Drop!

ColourPop x Karreuche KaePop

Just when you thought the ColourPop x Karrueche Collection was coming to an end they keep the ball rolling. That’s so ColourPop! I honestly wasn’t expecting much from Karrueche’s first ColourPop collection because I’ve never really paid attention to her style and makeup. But you know me. I can’t resist anything shiny, new or ColourPop so I eventually ordered her limited edition Ultra Matte Lips and Super Shock Cheek highlighter and ended up loving every piece.

I went from: “I don’t know about your collection, girl”

To: “Okay, Karrueche! Come through boo!”

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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture 26 Rose Libertin Lipstick

There’s a lot of things that can easily put a smile on my face and pink lipstick is pretty high up on the list. I can be in a really funky mood and then pull out one of my favorite pink lipsticks or buy a brand new one…..and bam! My mood is instantly lifted as if nothing ever happened. It’s one of the many reasons I love makeup. A little lipstick just makes me happy as a kid opening a box of crayons for the first time. That’s why I often to try to pull out a good pink lipstick every Wednesday to get me through those mid-week blues and carry me happily into the weekend.
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New ColourPop Highlighters for Fall!

New ColourPop Highlighters for Fall!

Summer is winding down but you can still keep your highlight on fleek! Some guys and gals only like to glow in the summer but I like to glow for the gold all year long ’cause there will always be sunlight to bounce of my shimmering cheeks no matter what season it is. That’s why I have to give ColourPop 2 snaps this fall because they’ve added 4 new Super Shock Cheek highlighters to their lineup and they’re giving me all kinds of life. Who couldn’t use a banging highlighter for under $10?

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Tarte Invites You to Get Your Blush On, Girl!

Tarte Big Blush Book 2

You better pop some color on those cheeks, girl! We all know bronzer is the star of the show during summer but you can’t forget to flush those cheeks with a little blush for a pop of color and balance. The right blush can take your look from cute to slay and that’s exactly the type of transition Tarte is aiming to help us make tomorrow. A while back, Tarte released The Big Blush Book that featured 10 full sized blushes in a mega-sized palette that sold like hotcakes. The limited edition palette was a huge hit that disappeared quickly leaving tons of makeup junkies demanding that Tarte bring it back just one more time. Apparently, Tarte realized the Big Blush Book was a necessity for makeup collectors all over so they created another one. The Big Blush Book 2 isn’t quite the same as the original Big Blush Book as it features 8 brand new full sized shades that range from pink to nude to peach. Part of me still wants the original Big Blush Book as I feel the shades were more suitable for my brown skin but The Big Blush Book 2 still looks promising as it’s an amazing deal for just $60. Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blushes are normally $28 a pop so you’re saving over $100 with The Big Blush Book 2. Plus, the pans are magnetic so you can always transfer the blushes to a Z Palette for more convenience.

Dying to get your hands on the new Tarte Big Blush Book 2? Then you need to keep your eyes peeled on Tarte! The Big Blush Book 2 is set to release online only at Tarte tomorrow, August 25th, at noon EST. As you can imagine, The Big Blush Book 2 is going to go incredibly fast so get some rest, set an alarm and get your refresh finger ready because you don’t want to miss this deal!

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush Review

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

A clear, healthy complexion is easy to achieve when you have the right tools on hand. There’s a lot that goes into keeping your complexion in tip top shape including drinking lots of water, eating nutrient rich food, moisturizing and keeping your skin clean. All of which are easier said than done. If I had a dollar for every time I said I was going to exercise and eat better I’d be a millionaire by now. I just can’t seem to give up my precious pizza and various other junk foods but I always try to put my best food forward when it comes to keep my skin hydrated and clean. Which is only half the battle but a darn good start when carbs are your best friends. Gotta start somewhere right?

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