Category: Face

MAC x Taraji P. Henson Collection Haul & Swatches

MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish, Highlight the Truth Mineralize Skinfinish, Strip Me Down Lipstick

Heeeeey, girl! It feels like it’s been forever since I updated you on my latest haul or favorite new product ’cause I’ve been so busy. Like incredibly busy. I spent most of last week preparing for Ipsy’s Generation Beauty Conference in New York which was rough. Trying to shop for clothes, shoes and makeup in between work, shooting and blogging was a lot. Needless to say, I’m pretty backed up on hauls, swatches and reviews but now that I’m back it’s time to get back to business!

Before Ipsy Gen Beauty NY, I’ve been shopping my butt off at Ulta and ordering things left and right so I have a ton of new goodies I want to share with you. First up, is the MAC x Taraji P. Henson Collection that had me dancing in my seat since MAC let the cat out of the bag on Instagram. Taraji P. Henson is testament of #blackgirlmagic with her sassy, witty personality, killer style and down to earth demeanor. She’s such a beautiful woman inside and out that I couldn’t help but to support her with her limited edition MAC collection.
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Is the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette All Hype?

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

We’ve heard it all before. “You get what you pay for.” When it comes to things like traveling, electronics and clothes this saying usually holds true. However, the saying isn’t always true when it comes to makeup. Sometimes, you get a little more than you pay for. Or a little less. It all depends. After months and months of many people singing the praises for the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette I was beginning to wonder was it really all that great. Or just great for the price. I mean, you get 10 eyeshadows and 4 highlighters for under $15. Pretty much anyone could live with that right?
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Sundipped Glow Kit Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sundipped Glow Kit

“Fancie, you don’t need another highlighter for life. Don’t buy it!” Chile, if I had a dollar for every time I said this to myself I would have enough money to buy this Glow Kit and another one with money still left over. I just can’t control myself when it comes to highlighters! It seems that Anastasia Beverly Hills is well aware of my weakness (along with every other makeup junkie) because she just keeps cranking out these damn Glow Kits like they’re going out of style. You’d think after the first 2 versions we’ve had enough. But nope! Anastasia whipped up 3 more of them and I ended up buying 2 of them for good measure. Aka because they were shiny, new and cute so I needed them.

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Hello, Again Smashbox!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation 4.2, Smashbox Color Correcting Stick Dark

There are a lot of brands out there that don’t always get the love and recognition they deserve and Smashbox is certainly one of them. After discovering the magic of Smashbox recently, I decided to start paying a little more attention to the brand and trying out more products. If their blush and eyeshadow is good stuff then there has to be other hidden gems too, right? Right! Smashbox is actually a solid brand all around in terms of both color and complexion. But what Smashbox really excels in is complexion. For years, Smashbox has received the most love for their extensive collection of primer for all skin types and concerns. However, Smashbox isn’t all primer. They’ve got some other great complexion goodies too!

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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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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!

Tarte x MakeupShayla Tarteist Contour Palette Review

Tarte x MakeupShayla Tarteist Contour Palette

Everyone has a favorite YouTuber or two and one of mine is MakeupShayla. I don’t always have the time to watch her YouTube tutorials but I often live on her Snapchat when I’m on the go. Whether she’s getting ready for an event, showing us footage for an upcoming tutorial or just hanging on the scene with her friends I hear Beyonce’s Formation play in my head. Baby she slays! MakeupShayla slays everything that she does from her amazing style to her insanely gorgeous makeup looks and I’m obviously not the only one that noticed. Tarte (along with her thousands of subscribers and followers) also picked up on MakeupShayla’s unique brand of black girl magic and decided to collaborate with her to create a deeper version of Tarte’s original Tarteist Contour Palette. And, honey, it slays just as hard as MakeupShayla does!
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ELF ILikeWeylie Face Palette Review

ELF ILikeWeylie Face Palette

When you’ve been wearing makeup for years, you start to get an idea of what colors, formulas and brands will work for you and the ones that don’t. But every now and then we get it wrong. I’m well aware that I have a warm undertone and a little extra melanin to spare so I like to opt for warm, rich colors that I know will show up on my skin tone. So I figured that the new limited edition ELF ILikeWeylie Face Palette would be a good option for me because it featured two orange-toned blushes, a champagne highlighter and a deep bronzer that all looked like it would work well for my brown skin. Boy I was wrong!

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Make Your Imperfections Vanish with Hourglass

Influenster Hourglass Vanish Vox Box

It’s always a pleasant surprise when I receive random goodies in the mail from Influenster but the latest Hourglass Vanish Vox Box is the best one yet. This Vox Box is bomb! Hourglass recently released a new line of foundation sticks and Influenster sent me one along with the coordinating foundation brush to review for you guys. I don’t usually reach for foundation sticks but I was still beyond excited to get my hands on the new Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick because it’s been receiving glowing reviews since it released and Hourglass makes some seriously nice, luxury makeup.

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