Category: Highlight/Bronzer

Fancie Faves 

Fancie Faves: NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Spray, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Too Faced Hanvgover Replenishing Primer Review

Happy April! I know I’m a couple days late but the start of a fresh, new month is always a cause to celebrate. Especially when it’s pushing us that much closer to summer. Yaaaaas! Besides sunny skies and fun vibes, I’m pretty pumped about April because there’s a ton of new products and collections rolling out right now and it’s got me bouncing off the walls. You know I’m all about enjoying new makeup!

I actually spent a great deal of March exploring new makeup too. After the dust from the holiday madness finally settled, brands started pumping out stuff left and right and I felt like Ash on a never-ending quest to catch them all. Obviously, I failed, because keeping up with every release is just obsessive. However, I did manage to try a handful of new products that turned out to be so amazing that I’m still reaching for them constantly. Here’s a peek at all the products I loved last month:
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Is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit Gold or Garbage? 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit Review Swatches on Dark Skin

Anastasia Beverly Hills is known for dropping hot gems on us every release so it’s not surprising that makeup junkies flock to her new products the second they’re available. After dropping 5 beautiful Glow Kits, Anastasia and daughter Norvina, whipped up a 6th one for holiday: the Ultimate Glow Kit. The internet exploded when the teaser pictures and videos went viral showcasing Anastasia’s latest shimmering Glow Kit. It was such an exciting makeup moment!

That is…..

Until the reviews started pouring in and die hard Glow Kit fans realized that the Ultimate Glow Kit was nothing like the classic Glow Kits we’ve come to know and love. The Ultimate Glow Kit didn’t have that buttery soft, smooth texture or subtle, natural sheen like the Glow Kits before it. Instead, the Ultimate Glow Kit featured a chunkier, more gritty texture loaded with glitter for a metallic glow.
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NARS Now Available at Ulta! 

NARS Now Available at Ulta!

Ulta is coming on up! Not to an apartment on the east side, but to the forefront of the Prestige market. Since Ulta first hit the scene in the 90s, the brand has transformed itself from just another beauty store to one of the biggest retailers of all things beauty. For years, Ulta has been playing catch up with Sephora in an effort to surpass them all while setting Ulta apart from the rest. The full service salon and massive selection of both Mass and Prestige brands has kept Ulta hot on the heels of Sephora for quite some time but this year Ulta is leveling the playing field. And in a major way!
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My Favorite MAC Highlighters 

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish

I may not be a die hard MAC girl anymore but MAC will always hold a special place in my heart! That’s why I’m back with a double attack of MAC this Monday. I’ve already got you set with the coral lips for spring so let’s move on to some of the most popping highlighters MAC has ever released. Shall we?

Over the years, I’ve grown a serious addiction to MAC highlighters. The Extra Dimension Skinfinish ones to be exact. MAC describes their Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula as:

A liquid-powder highlighter that gives a luminous, well-defined finish.”

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Beauty Hack: Blush & Bronzer on the Eyes

MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish and Makeup Revolution Rock on World Vivid Baked Bronzer Swatches on Dark Skin

Have you ever woke up for work one morning just too tired to deal? You want to get out of bed but you’re too tired to move. Then you finally get up, hit the bathroom and then stare at the makeup you’re still too tired to use. I get it girl! I’ve been there, done that. Hell, I’ve done it so much that I’ve started looking for little ways to cut time from my morning routine so I could sleep in just a little while longer and do my makeup a little bit faster.

My latest morning beauty hack is simple but mind-blowing because I can’t believe I haven’t thought about it before. Instead of using eyeshadow in the morning, try using a little of your blush and bronzer on the eyes for a quick, natural look that requires almost no effort. On a normal day, I typically skip the eyeshadow because it takes up too much time blending 2-4 colors together for a seamless look. But one day I decided to rock the blush and bronzer I picked out for the day on my eyes and magic was made in less than 10 minutes. I rejoiced!
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Project BOMB: Iman Luxury Contour Trio 

Project BOMB: Iman Luxury Contour Trio Swatches on Dark Skin

Black History Month may be over but that doesn’t mean I can’t show my BOMBs some love! Even in 2017, you’d be hard pressed to find brands that cater to women of all skin tones. Especially the luscious chocolate ones. That’s why it’s so important to embrace, celebrate and support the brands that do. And what better what to do that than celebrate the #melaninmagic of brands created by black women themselves? Yaaaaaas, honey!
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Fancie Faves

Clinique All About Eyes Serum, Laura Geller Lip Strip Smoothing Sugar Scrub, Milani Golden Light Face and Eye Strobe Palette, Juvia's Place Mini Masquerade Eyeshadow Palette, Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlighting and Contour Palette, Fiona Stiles Miramar Invisible Loose Setting Powder

Now that we’ve got all of my January empties out of the way let’s move on to my faves, shall we? The plan was to get my faves and empties up together. But having a jam packed birthday weekend and then a crippling sinus infection the following week really threw me off. Way off. I’m talking mouth breathing for 4 days straight and putting my pants on backwards for an interview off. LOL!

Needless to say, January was a very long month but a lot of good came from it. Like ringing in the New Year and spending my birthday and Valentine’s Day with my amazing boyfriend. And trying a handful of new products that turned out to be the bomb.com. There’s nothing better than love and good makeup, right?
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Peach Me, I’m Dreaming! 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection Swatches on Dark Skin

Just when you thought Too Faced couldn’t get any cuter, Jerrod turns around and whips up an entire Sweet Peach Collection filled with eyeshadow, lip gloss and more that all smell like freshly picked peaches. I’m dying! I’m a sucker for cute packaging and yummy smelling makeup so you know I was all over the Sweet Peach Collection. My obsession first started last year when Too Faced dropped the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette and set the makeup world (and my soul) on fire. Now, I’ve got an entire collection of Sweet Peach goodies to pair with it and I’m oh so giddy. Yay for peaches!
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I’m Glowing Crazy Over the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Palette!

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Palette Swatches on Dark Skin

When Tarte randomly decided to send a handful of beauty bloggers to Bora Bora a lot of us were left scratching our heads in confusion. There was jet skis, drones and highlighted cheeks everywhere. Who knew that trip would bless us with 2 new Tarte palettes right in time for the new year? For quite some time now, Tarte has been inching highlighters into their lineup bit by bit. First, we got a little glimpse of Tarte’s highlighters in the Tarteist Contour PalettesThen, Tarte slipped a little peek into their Color Wheel Blush Palette. Next thing you know, Tarte has a standalone highlighter and a full blown highlighting palette that comes equipped with contour goodies too. Talk about progress!
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The Gift of Glam!

Tarte Tarteist Pro Eyeshadow Palette, Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit, Stila Star Light Star Bright Highlighting Palette, Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint Double Tap, Snap, Slay Swatches on Dark Skin

Happy New Year! Is it just me or is anyone else glad that the holiday season is finally over? When you work in retail the holiday season feels like a rollercoaster. As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s like you’re slowly chugging up that massive hill preparing for that stomach wrenching drop. Once Thanksgiving finally rears its head, you’re at the top of the hill and it’s starting to drop down at the speed at light. That’s exactly how this past holiday season felt. A long, crazy paced, never-ending rollercoaster. I’m exhausted!

Believe it or not, I’m just now getting a chance to slow down and round up my 2016 faves and my Christmas gifts to share with you. It’s crazy how much I missed you guys! Work has been kicking my butt but one of my goals for the new year is to be more engaged with you and to give you more quality content than you can handle. So the show must go on!
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