Category: Beauty

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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MAC Vamplify Gloss is Back!

MAC Vamplify Gloss is Back!

Last year, MAC released the Vamplify Collection featuring the most amazing line of lip glosses I’ve ever tried. I hated that they were limited edition because I really loved the formula and the colors that MAC whipped up were really something nice. Lucky for us, MAC doubled back on Vamplify collection and re-released it this summer including those beautiful Vamplify glosses that I just couldn’t stop wearing. Yaaaaas! Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who thought the Vamplify glosses were due for a comeback because MAC brought back a handful of last year’s shades plus some new ones to fall in love with. I couldn’t be happier!

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Glow Up All Summer Long!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit, Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick, Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, Too Faced Warm Glow Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo, Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter

You know what time it is, girl. It’s time to glow! Glowing cheeks and poppin’ highlights are great all year long but you know you have to amp it up a bit during the summer. It’s only right! These days, there’s a ton of shimmering highlighters to help you get those cheeks summer ready. I’ve tried a quite a few of them but there’s always a few that stick for me and hold a special sparkling place in my heart. To help you glow up this summer, I’ve picked out my top 5 favorite highlighters (at the moment LOL) so you can be a glowing golden goddess too.

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