Category: Mid-Range Brands

Blush for Days with the New Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette!

Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Swatches on Dark Skin

Is it just me or are holiday collections coming earlier and earlier every year? We haven’t even made it to Halloween yet and we’re already seeing new holiday palettes and sets. I’m not complaining. But dang! Can I go trick or treating and get through Thanksgiving first before these beauty brands are digging all in my pockets? Sheesh! I could have used a short break after Ulta’s enticing 21 Days of Beauty but it looks like that’s not happening since many brands, like Tarte, are already flashing their new holiday goodies in our faces.
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Ipsy Gen Beauty NY Swag Bag & Haul Part One

Ipsy Gen Beauty NY Haul & Goodies

For the past week, I’ve been working on sharing my experience and goodies from Ipsy’s Generation Beauty New York but I’ve been so tired! Not just because I spent hours walking around mingling with other beauty bloggers and waiting in line to meet amazing brand reps. It’s mostly because I spent the majority of my weekend exploring New York (on foot ?) and partying with my best friends who are avid members of #teamnosleep on vacation. In between mixing and mingling at Gen Beauty, I was up until around 5 a.m. (or later) soaking in the city and partying with my favorite girls in the world. I had a blast! However, I’m still incredibly tired an entire week later. I could absolutely go for some hibernation right now. LOL!
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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul: Day 3

LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter, Twilight Illuminating Highlighter, Technicolor Color Source Blush, Aura Color Source Blush, Cinematic Color Source Blush, Chroma Color Source Blush, Infrared Color Source Blush Swatches on Dark Skin

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Should I buy new clothes? Or this makeup I really want?” I literally had to ask myself this as I was preparing to head to New York for Ipsy’s Gen Beauty. Lord knows I needed new clothes (and shoes) but Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty just kept hitting me with these amazing one day only Beauty Steals. In real life, makeup doesn’t trump real life responsibilities. But in this instance, a one day only sale on makeup I’ve been wanting for months trumped the other shopping I needed to do. You can go shopping for clothes and shoes on any day, right?

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty: Day 2 Haul

Becca Lantana Mineral Blush, Flowerchild Mineral Blush, Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured, Bare Minerals Bare Skin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Dark to Deep

There’s been a lot of exciting things happening in the beauty community these days but the most epic has to be Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty event. It’s rare to catch a discount on Prestige brands of makeup and skincare from any retailer. But I think it’s especially hard to do at Ulta because 99% of their coupons exclude the higher end brands. However, Ulta makes it up to us twice a year by giving us some pretty steep discounts on certain brands and products during 21 Days of Beauty.

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MAC x Mariah Carey Collection Coming this Holiday!

MAC x Mariah Carey Sneak Peek

Another MAC x Mariah Carey collaboration? Yaasss, MAC! Bring it on! Last year, MAC teamed up with Mariah Carey for a limited edition pale, sparkly nude lipstick for holiday that was nice but didn’t quite interest me enough to buy it. This year, MAC and Mariah are going all out with a new limited edition holiday collection that’ll feature glittery special packaging and a golden bronze highlighter with Mariah’s mug on it. A sneak peek leaked on Instagram showing off the highlighter, a nude lipstick and sparkling rose gold lip gloss recently and it set social media on fire. I was at home trying to hit Mariah’s legendary high notes when I saw it while blasting Fantasy on repeat. Yeah, it was that serious! There’s no word yet on a release date or prices but I’m hoping that we see Mariah’s sparkling new collection by Christmas because I’m dying to buy a few pieces to light up my vanity with.

What do you think about the upcoming MAC x Mariah Carey Collection for holiday?

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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Smashbox is Expanding to a Legendary 120 Lipstick Shades!

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks now in 120 Shades

When Urban Decay decided to unleash 100 shades of Vice Lipsticks on us unsuspecting lipstick lovers their sole intent was to provide makeup junkies with every lipstick shade imaginable while spiting MAC in the process. I’m sure they had no idea that they’d open the floodgates for other brands to bombard us with another round of massive lipstick releases. Now we have Smashbox joining in on the fun by expanding their Legendary Lipstick line to include a whopping 120 shades. I don’t know whether to be scared or excited. Even more lipsticks to choose from? Please help me makeup gods!

The new Smashbox Legendary Lipsticks haven’t even landed in stores yet and I’m still trying to wrap my brain around how I’m going to process another 120 shades of lipsticks. Will I buy them all? Will I exercise self control? We shall see! The new (and current) Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks are now available online at Smashbox and will be hitting stores very soon.

Will you be adding a few shades to your collection?
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More Melted Mattes!

Too Faced Sell Out and Cool Girl Melted Matte Lipsticks

Mo’ money, mo’ melted! I know everyone doesn’t love liquid lipsticks but they’re a way of life for me. Regular lipsticks are still cool and all but I just love the fact that I can swipe on a liquid lipstick and go all day without worrying about touch ups. That’s the kind of lipstick for me! All day wear is a must have for my intense work days so I like to stock up on liquid lipsticks to fit whatever mood or look I’m currently feeling for the day.

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The LORAC Alter Ego Dynamic Duo Sets Are a Steal!

LORAC Goddess & Secret Agent Alter Ego Dynamic Duo Set

Is it just me or are the holiday collections and sets coming much faster nowadays? We’ve barely made it halfway through September and we’re already starting to see limited edition palettes and value sets that are more geared towards the holidays. Crazy right? I’m not exactly complaining though because I love a good holiday palette and I can never pass up a good value set. But dang! Let a sista breathe and hold on to some coins!

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Too Faced’s Melted Lipsticks Get Matte at Ulta

Too Faced Queen B and Unicorn Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick

You ready to go matte? I sure hope so! Sephora’s reign over the new Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipsticks is finally over which means they’re not available online and in stores at Ulta. Yaasss! There’s still a few shades that are exclusive to Sephora but the rest of the gang is now sitting pretty at Ulta which gave me an excuse to finally give them a try. ‘Cause you know me. I love a good liquid lipstick!
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