Category: Mid-Range Brands

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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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink! 

Stila Papillon Stay All Day MATTE'ificent Lipstick, Rosa Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, Water Blossom Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush

You thought I forgot about Pink Wednesday didn’t you? Nope, girl! I’ve been a little busier than normal but we all need a little pink pick me up from time to time. This week’s pink pick features a few cute goodies from Stila that I received as gratis. I loved how Stila coordinated the pinks all together because I love pink and everything is so girly and cute. Plus who couldn’t use some pink lipstick and blush?
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection is Delightfully Adorable

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Compact Swatches on Dark Skin

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! MAC hasn’t exactly wowed me too much during holiday for the last couple years but this year I was all in. MAC really came through with the Nutcracker Sweet Collection! The packaging is beautiful and the colors are perfect for the season. I just couldn’t help myself.

I went from, “I’m just getting this compact I don’t really need.”

Then soon to, “Okay I could use a few more things from this collection.”
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How Cute is the Too Faced Grand Hotel Cafe? 

Too Faced Grand Hotel Cafe for Holiday 2016

Makeup is sorta like books. It can really take you places! Like the new limited edition Too Faced Grand Hotel Cafe palette set for holiday. From the moment you open the hotel shaped box, you’re whisked away to the Grand Hotel Cafe to spend your Christmas in Paris. Like a boss. A delicious smelling boss. With just a quick whiff of the yummy smelling palettes I could close my eyes and imagine sitting in cute quaint cafe nibbling on gingerbread cookies as I sip on a Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino in bliss. Just take me away Too Faced!
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LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette Swatches & First Impressions

LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette Swatches and First Impressions on Dark Skin

The holiday season is fully upon us and the palettes and sets are rolling in heavy! I saved up thousands of Ultamate Rewards points just so I could lose my mind (guilt free) on all of the incredibly amazing holiday goodies popping up this year. There were quite a few sets and palettes that I knew I wanted for sure but there was one palette that I just kept going back and forth on. The LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette has been a huge hit on social media since its release but I wasn’t quite convinced that I needed it.

“The colors are super dupable.”

“Hmmm some of those mattes look too pale.”

“There’s too many mixed reviews among other brown girls”

“I’m just gonna pass.”
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Ulta Holiday Haul

Butter London Fancy-full Lippy Liquid Lipstick Collection, Stila Stay All Day Sparkle All Night Lipstick Set, Smashbox L.A. Lights Palette, LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette, Tarte The Kissing Squad Lip Sculptor Quad, Too Faced Grand Care Hotel

There’s a ton of reasons to make all of your beauty purchases at Ulta but the best one is the rewards program. Hands down! Racking up points at Ulta doesn’t just get you deluxe samples or impossibly hard to get mega sets. Shade but no shade. Sorry Sephora. I’ma let you finish but Ulta has the best rewards program around! Instead of getting deluxe samples of goodies you’d essentially receive for free elsewhere Ulta rewards you with dollars off your next purchase. The more points you have the better!

I’ve been spending up a storm over the last few months at Ulta but it’s all paid off because I was able to score almost all of the new limited edition holiday sets and palettes on my list without breaking the bank. I let my points stack up to 2,300 and redeemed them for $133 off. Talk about win! I couldn’t wait to grab a grey bag and fill it up with my top holiday picks so far this year.
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Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Eyeshadow Palette Coming this Spring!

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eyeshadow Palette Coming Soon!

Too Faced is killing me with cuteness! I almost want to write a letter to Jerrod and tell him to stop creating cute palettes for at least 6 months so we all can chill out for a second and save our money for once. I don’t know about you but I’m becoming a bit of a Too Faced fiend. The cute packaging sucks me in every time and their buttery, pigmented eyeshadow formula hooks me while the delicious scents put the final nail in the coffin. I already own all 3 of the Chocolate Bar Palettes and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette but now I’m curious to see what’s inside Too Faced’s upcoming Peanut Butter and Honey Palette. Because I’m already sure that I’m going to need it. Jerrod Blandino (Too Faced owner) let the cat out of the bag that the Peanut Butter and Honey Palette is coming soon to Ulta for Spring but didn’t give us a peek inside or an actual release date just yet but I have a feeling that it’s going to be beautiful and a huge hit. Here’s to hoping that the Sweet Peach Collection doesn’t break us all so we’ll still have money left for the Peanut Butter and Honey Palette!

Tarte Invites You to Rethink Natural this Fall!

Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette

Tarte is known for being your friendly, natural based everyday makeup brand. But this year Tarte seems to be taking their products to the next level. That’s right. Tarte is going Pro! Tarte surprised us all over the weekend when they randomly dropped 2 new palettes and an entire new line of lipsticks on us out of the blue. The madness started when Tarte sent some of our favorite YouTubers (like MakeupShayla) to Bora Bora for what seemed like just a nice, killer vacation but it turned out to be a pre-release party of some sorts. Snapchat stories went from boat parties and jet skiing to swatches of new palettes that just magically appeared on Tarte’s website. Well played, Tarte!
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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection Palettes & Kits for Holiday 2016

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection Palettes & Kits for Holiday 2016

Who knows what thrilling adventures are in store? A collection of kits invite the unexpected, with fabulous hues leading the way for an imaginative evening. Two absurdly pretty M∙A∙C Nutcracker Sweet Face Compacts bursting with enchantment. Sweet up those cheeks with a rosy swipe of blush, then let it glow with Extra Dimension Skinfinish. Wrap your eyes in a candy-coated fantasy of sugared plum, rich caramel, dark spiced cocoa, sweet taffy pink, ripe peach and smoky black licorice all in the sweetest trio of cool, warm and smoky M∙A∙C Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compacts. Who knows what thrilling adventures are in store? Two eye looks invite the unexpected, with cool and smoky hues leading the way for an imaginative evening with the new M∙A∙C Nutcracker Sweet Eye Bags.

Indulge in the land of make-believe with four bespoke M∙A∙C Nutcracker Sweet Brush Kits – Essential, Mineralize, Basic and Contour. A whole wonderland of looks, at your fingertips. Enchanted M∙A∙C Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Kits delight with the most delicious surprises! Mineralize trios offer up the perfect pinky and nude glow, pairing pastel and frosty lips with the lovely sheen of Mineralize Skinfinish. Plummy hues and a searing red statement bring their own wondrous charm and pair classic matte lips, with Upward Lash in a luscious look for evening in the new M∙A∙C Nutcracker Sweet Retro Matte Kits.

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Colour Collection for Holiday 2016

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Colour Collection for Holiday 2016

A holiday collection filled with stars, glitter and pink? YASSSSS, MAC! Give it all to me! I used to be a straight up MAC addict when I first got into makeup but I’ve grown tired of their endless collections over the last few years. They just weren’t doing it for me. But this year MAC is bringing the heat! First, I got sucked into the Chris Chang Collection. Then I got hooked on the Taraji Collection. Now I’m dying to throw all of my money at MAC this holiday season with the upcoming Nutcracker Sweet Collection. It’s so cute!

Leap into a magical land that’s a bit nutty, a little naughty, and bursting with whimsy. Lose yourself in an eccentric kingdom of oversized treats and rosy-cheeked nutcrackers. Twist, turn and tumble deeper into the Land of Dolls. Our story has only begun…

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