Category: Haul

Urban Decay x Jean-Michael Basquiat Collection Swatches 

Urban Decay x Jean-Michael Basquiat Collection Swatches on Dark Skin

Happy Sunday, makeup lovers! Before I jump right in to some Skincare Sunday goodies, I just have to show you the amazing new, limited edition Urban Decay x Jean-Michael Basquiat Makeup As Art Collection. It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited about an Urban Decay collection. The last Urban Decay collection to catch my eye was the Gwen Stefani Collection. Let’s face it. It was pretty and the packaging was cute but it was ultimately a fail for us dark skin divas.

The Jean-Michael Basquiat Collection is something totally different! The Makeup As Art Collection is bold. It’s vibrant. It’s gritty. It’s surreal. It’s edgy. Basically, the Jean-Michael Basquiat Makeup As Art Collection is everything we’ve grown to know and love about Urban Decay before the incessant Naked craze. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good neutral palette and nude lip as much as any makeup junkie. But every now and then, you’ve got to switch things up and add some color, girl!
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Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter Swatches 

Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighters Swatches on Dark Skin

Too Faced is all about the cute packaging so it comes as no surprise that their intro to the highlighter game is all glitz and glamour. They may be a little late to the party but Too Faced managed to dazzle us all with their new Love Light Prismatic Highlighters. The Love Light Prismatic Highlighters are everything you’d imagine a Too Faced highlighter to be. Shiny, a little gaudy, maybe a little cheap but still hella cute!
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Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette Swatches 

Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette Swatches on Dark Skin

Happy hump day beauty lovers! It’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve last checked in with you guys and that’s way too long! I have quite the long (and interesting!) story about the massive changes in my life these days that I’ll be sharing with you very soon. In the meantime, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do with swatches and reviews! Starting with lots and lots of lipstick and eyeshadow. 🙈

Last month, Too Faced released the Natural Love Collection for Summer 2017 and it was just as girly, frilly and cheesy as I thought it’d be. And I’m loving it all! Sorry guys! I’m a huge girly girl so I can’t help but be mildly obsessed with Too Faced as they’re the reigning beauty queens of all things girly. Including the new limited edition blockbuster Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette that’s been turning heads lately.
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Is the LORAC I Love Brunch Collection Brown Girl Friendly? 

LORAC I Love Brunch Collection for Spring 2017 Swatches on Dark Skin

Pastels have always reminded me of Easter. Which is when I intended to post this. Whoops! I’ve been a little under the weather lately but I’m bouncing back. Full force, baby! Anywho! It’s just something about pastel colors that intrigues me and makes me feel like a little girl all over again in my big frilly pale pink and cream dresses with the huge ruffle trim sock on Easter Sunday. Oh how I hated those socks sometimes, but those were the days!

When I first saw the LORAC I Love Brunch Collection, I felt little flutters in my heart and stomach because it took me right back to those days all over again. I could just taste the Easter candies as I cracked open the metallic white boxes filled with pastel eyeshadows, lipstick, glosses and more. Such a yummy, sweet treat!
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Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick Swatches

Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in 140 Naked City, 220 Shock and Awe, 230 Juiced Up, 400 Rebel Glam, 420 Up Beet, 440 Hi-Voltage, 450 Orchid Infinity, 480 Nova Noir Swatches on Dark Skin

Love it or hate it, millennials are taking over and brands are starting to notice! I’m loving this new millennial-centric rush (especially in the beauty community) because it’s forcing brands to be more innovative and creative. Gone are the days of die hard customers that only use one brand of makeup for the rest of their days. Millennials ain’t having that! We like to switch things up. We embrace change. We may love one foundation one day and then love a completely different one the next. That’s just how millennials roll!

And if you ask me, it’s about time that brands like Estee Lauder has jumped on the wave. For decades, Estee Lauder has always been the go to high end makeup brand for women with mature skin. So they’ve always used older spokesmodels and stuck to creating classic, staple products that are practical–never trendy. For a while, this approach worked because there were still plenty of die hard Estee Lauder fans holding on for dear life. But as newer brands popped up on the scene with flashy, trendy new products for millennials to snatch up in seconds it became clear that Estee Lauder needed to shake things up a bit.
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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Swatches 

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in 1993, Conspiracy, Backtalk, Studded, WSM, Mad Swatches on Dark Skin

Okay, I love nudes and neutral shadows as much as the next girl but I couldn’t be happier to see Urban Decay moving the heck away from the Naked line for a second. Can I get an amen?! I know I can’t speak for everyone but I’m pretty sure most of you (like me) have grown tired of Urban Decay shoving Naked down our throats. It’s only so much nude a girl can take! Of course, you need your natural everyday foundation, powder, concealer and eyeshadow for simple looks. But you also need some color, girl!
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Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows are Stunning! 

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows in Ballet Baby, Diamond Dust, Molten Midnight, Smoky Storm, Kitten Karma and Rose Gold Retro Swatches on Dark Skin

Wednesday’s aren’t just for pink! They’re for glitter too! You may not have noticed but glitter is the next big trend this season and it’s making waves in a fierce way. From glittery eyes to glittery lips, everyone is jumping on the glitter craze and pumping out fun new products for us to sparkle and shine like a diamond princess all spring and summer. Including Stila. Stila jumped in feet first with the new Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows that are so mystical and magical that it’s hard for stores to keep them in stock.
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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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Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks Haul + Swatches

Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in 920B Nudie Patootie, 925B Give Me Mocha, 926B Berry Recognize, 931B Video Vixen, 932B Goth Topic Swatches on Dark Skin

I don’t know if you’ve taken a stroll down your local drugstore makeup aisles yet but, if you have, then you probably ended up walking out with a handful of the new Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks like I did. From Instagram to YouTube, these budget beauty matte liquid lipsticks have been making quite the wave on social media. Of course, I had to see what the hype was all about when I finally spotted a semi-full display of the new Wet n Wild Catsuit Matte Lipsticks. So do the Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks live up to the social media hype?
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Project BOMB: The Lip Bar Liquid Matte Lipsticks 

The Lip Bar Liquid Matte Lipsticks in Bawse Lady, Savage and Man Eater Swatches on Dark Skin

A lot of people may equate Detroit with crime but there’s so much more to this beautiful city! Its citizens are resilient, hard working and many of them are so creative that it’ll blow your minds. Detroit is quickly becoming a bustling playground art and entrepreneurship of all kinds. Makeup included!

The Lip Bar is a Detroit based makeup brand that specializes in making beautiful funky colored lipsticks. It was founded by Melissa Butler who sprinkled her unique blend of #blackgirlmagic to manifest a successful business that empowers women and makes them feel sexy. After her failed pitch on Shark Tank, Melissa used the harsh criticism to turn the Lip Bar into a powerful black owned makeup brand that is now sold at Target. Talk about an inspiration! You go girl!
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