Category: Beauty on a Budget

New NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick Shades! 

NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Confident, Bustier, Cashmere Silk, French Maid, Delicate Lust, After Hours, Cabaret Show Swatches on Dark Skin

Every year, NYX drops a ton of new products on us and you know 2017 is no different! In fact, NYX is coming even harder this year because they’re trying hard to transition themselves from a drugstore brand to professional brand. And rightly so because that’s a huge jump. So NYX has to come guns blazing to truly nail it. Which means brand new products and shades! Whoop whoop!

One of the many new releases NYX has up their sleeves this year includes the recent expansion of the Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick lineup for spring. Some people hate them, some people love them. I happen to agree that they’re considerably drying but I obviously have a thing for the shades because I just can’t stop buying them. Damn you, NYX!
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Project BOMB: Iman Luxury Moisturizing Lipsticks

Iman Luxury Moisturizing Lipsticks Flirtatious, Black Brandy, Wild Thing, Opal Swatches on Dark Skin

Normally, I’m all about pink on Wednesday but today I want to do something a little different. Today marks the beginning of Black History Month and I thought it would be a fabulous idea to celebrate the beauty of melanin through makeup. It can be hard to find makeup when you’re on the deeper end of the spectrum. Luckily, there’s some amazing melanin beauties out there who have stepped up to create an entire line dedicated to helping women of all shades feel beautiful. Even the darkest of divas!

So I decided to kick off Project BOMB (Black Owned Makeup Brands) to showcase different BOMBs and products that are brown girl friendly and support our local communities. To kick off Project BOMB, I’d like to reintroduce you to the Iman Luxury Moisturizing Lipsticks aka one of the best lipsticks you’ll ever try.
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Plant Kisses for Days with the NYX Liquid Suede Vault! 

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Vault Swatches on Dark Skin

Don’t you hate when you set out to do something and then you get too busy to follow through? That’s exactly what happened to me all throughout the holiday season. I intended to show you guys so much more from swatches to looks but holiday at Ulta was slammed and it left me tired and playing a nasty game of catch up well into the new year. Take for instance the lovely limited edition NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Vault that dropped during holiday. It featured a whopping 24 mini Liquid Suede lipsticks for just $50. Crazy good, right?!

Except for the fact that it took me about 2 months to really sit down to shoot, arm swatch and also lip swatch all 24 shades. Whew! Unfortunately, the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Vault is all sold out by now. However, I still wanted to share all these swatches with you because all of the shades are permanent and readily available (in full sizes of course) at Ulta. So I guess we’ll just consider this a NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick library to help you shop!
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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is Really a Miracle!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review

When the Beauty Blender first hit the scene, I knew I had to have it because it was considered the sponge to have for a perfect makeup application. And it was. Before the Beauty Blender, we were stuck with those bland white makeup wedges that were either too soft and soaked up way too much product or too stiff to blend. The Beauty Blender changed the game and also opened the flood gates for other brands to come up with their own makeup sponges to compete.
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Best of 2016: Lipstick 

Bite Beauty Cava Matte Lip Creme Crayon, Too Faced Queen B Melted Matte Lipstick, ColourPop Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Stix, Tarte Rogue The Lip Sculptor Lipstick and Lip Gloss, MAC Strip Me Down Lipstick, Smashbox Out Loud Always On Liquid Lipstick Swatches on Dark Skin

I hope you’ve been enjoying your New Year! Here’s to hoping that 2017 is gentler yet still fierce. Because I think we can all agree that 2016 was a little rough around the edges. It wasn’t all bad though! We saw a lot of great releases, collaborations and more in the beauty community last year that blessed us with a lot of great products. I know I’m a little late to the party but there was no way I could truly kiss 2016 goodbye until I shared all of my favorite products with you. It’s only right!
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On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink! 

Juvia's Place Mini Masquerade Palette and ColourPop x Hello Kitty Lock Diary Ultra Matte Lip

Happy hump day, girl! For most people, holiday season is a time for rest, relaxation, plenty of good food and quality time with the family. That isn’t always the case if you work in retail, though. I’ve been busier than ever lately and haven’t had much time to play in all my new makeup like I want to. Now that we’ve got past Christmas, things are slowing down a bit and I have a little bit more time to crack open my new goodies.

One of the first things I reached for was the Juvia’s Place Mini Masquerade Palette. It has a gorgeous mix of neutrals and bold brights in a variety finishes from matte to foiled. I needed a little pick me up this week so I decided to skip the neutral look and go all out with pink lips and eyes this week. And since I was all pinked out I figured I’d share the look I created with you today. 😊
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Completely Fangirling Over the ColourPop x Hello Kitty Collection 

ColourPop x Hello Kitty Collection Swatches on Dark Skin School is Fun Super Shock Cheek, Super Cute Ultra Glossy Lip, Lock Diary Ultra Matte Lip, Tiny Chum Ultra Satin Lip, Date Mate Lippie Stix, Konnichiwa Lippie Stix

Is anyone else over 25 still obsessed with Hello Kitty? Don’t be ashamed, girl. You’re in good company! I still love me some Hello Kitty and I jump (and scream) at the chance to add even more of her to my collection in anyway possible. From undies to seat covers, my Hello Kitty addiction leads me to buy pretty much anything with her cute little face on it. And that includes the new ColourPop x Hello Kitty Collection celebrating the iconic cat’s birthday on November 1st.
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Nude Liquid Lipsticks for Brown Skin 

NYX Downtown Beauty Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, ColourPop Limbo Ultra Matte Lip, ColourPop Tansy Ultra Satin Lip, Anastasia Ashton Liquid Lipstick, Too Faced Chocolate Honey Melted Lipstick, Too Faced Sell Out Melted Matte Lipstick, Too Faced Cool Girl Melted Matte Lipstick Swatches on Dark Skin

Finding a good nude lip is hard work. I don’t think people who don’t wear makeup realize just how difficult it can be sometimes. Finding the perfect nude is literally a mix of rocket science, color theory and crossed fingers. It’s a stressful situation for sure. It took me a few years to really figure out what works for me but I’ve got a good grip on what kinda colors work best for me–including nudes. I’ve bought a ton of different nudes trying to find a good match for my brown skin. Some were too pale for even a lip liner to save and others just looked weird.
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I’m Kinda Digging Makeup Revolution..

Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer, Make Me Tonight Amazing Lipstick, Enchant Amazing Lipstick, 100% Vamp Amazing Lipstick

When you’re constantly being bombarded with pretty images of new releases and bomb new collections from uber popular brands it can be hard to see the beauty in other brands. It literally took me years to wean myself off MAC and now my eyes are open to the endless world of wonderful makeup brands out there that don’t always get a ton of love. Like Makeup Revolution. Makeup Revolution is probably more popular in it’s hometown of London but over the pond it’s just starting to get a little shine thanks to the geniuses at Ulta who exclusively launched the line in stores here in the US. Good move, Ulta!

Now we aren’t forced to order Makeup Revolution goodies online and then wait for them to cross the 7 seas to revel in its affordable goodness. You can simply waltz in Ulta, grab a palette or lipstick off the shelf and then be on your merry way without spending all your coins. Doesn’t that sound like a dream come true?

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Still NYX Haulin’!

NYX Ruffle Trim Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick, Club Hopper Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, Downtown Beauty Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, NYX Push Up Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick, NYX Classic Tan #NoFilter Finishing Powder, NYX Breakup Plush Gel Lipstick

When you find good makeup that’s already pretty cheap and on sale what do you do? Buy it all! Almost everything NYX offers is under 20 bucks so coming across a buy 2 get 1 free sale is dangerous. I got so excited at Ulta that my mind was telling, “Buy it all. Buy everything you want today, Fancie. Do it!” So I did pretty much that. Even after hauling a handful of goodies earlier, I still had a little haul left in me and a few more things to get. Damn you good sales!

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