Tag: beauty on a budget

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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Get Sexy Bedroom Eyes with the NYX Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette!

NYX Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette First Impressions Swatches Dark Skin

When I first started blogging, I was all about drugstore makeup as I was just discovering and exploring the wonderful world of makeup. I soon switched over to the high end side once I felt myself getting the hang of things but I can’t lie. I miss drugstore makeup! There’s a lot of new products and collections rolling out that are mighty tempting. Tempting enough to say skip the high end splurge and get back to saving a couple bucks!

I already know some of you are over there thinking, “How can you go back to drugstore from high end?!” Simple. The quality of drugstore products has gotten way better. I’m talking leaps and bounds. I never in a million years thought I’d be comparing a drugstore eyeshadow palette to my beloved Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. But the day finally came when I took a leap of faith with the NYX Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette.
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Skincare Sunday: Current Faves

Skincare Sunday: Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater, Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment, Clinique All About Eyes Serum

It’s Skincare Sunday loves! Every Sunday, tons of beauty junkies share their favorite skincare products or current routines on social media and I thought it would be a fun idea to swing it over here. Skincare is really starting to become a passion of mine so I’d like to start having a little more skin talk with you guys.

Who doesn’t want to look flawless without makeup? I know I do! And I know you do too, girl! That’s why I can’t bear to leave you hanging without sharing some of my skin secrets. So here’s a quick rundown of some new goodies that have quickly become my faves. Enjoy!
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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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New NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick Shades! 

NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Confident, Bustier, Cashmere Silk, French Maid, Delicate Lust, After Hours, Cabaret Show Swatches on Dark Skin

Every year, NYX drops a ton of new products on us and you know 2017 is no different! In fact, NYX is coming even harder this year because they’re trying hard to transition themselves from a drugstore brand to professional brand. And rightly so because that’s a huge jump. So NYX has to come guns blazing to truly nail it. Which means brand new products and shades! Whoop whoop!

One of the many new releases NYX has up their sleeves this year includes the recent expansion of the Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick lineup for spring. Some people hate them, some people love them. I happen to agree that they’re considerably drying but I obviously have a thing for the shades because I just can’t stop buying them. Damn you, NYX!
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Project BOMB: Iman Luxury Moisturizing Lipsticks

Iman Luxury Moisturizing Lipsticks Flirtatious, Black Brandy, Wild Thing, Opal Swatches on Dark Skin

Normally, I’m all about pink on Wednesday but today I want to do something a little different. Today marks the beginning of Black History Month and I thought it would be a fabulous idea to celebrate the beauty of melanin through makeup. It can be hard to find makeup when you’re on the deeper end of the spectrum. Luckily, there’s some amazing melanin beauties out there who have stepped up to create an entire line dedicated to helping women of all shades feel beautiful. Even the darkest of divas!

So I decided to kick off Project BOMB (Black Owned Makeup Brands) to showcase different BOMBs and products that are brown girl friendly and support our local communities. To kick off Project BOMB, I’d like to reintroduce you to the Iman Luxury Moisturizing Lipsticks aka one of the best lipsticks you’ll ever try.
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Plant Kisses for Days with the NYX Liquid Suede Vault! 

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Vault Swatches on Dark Skin

Don’t you hate when you set out to do something and then you get too busy to follow through? That’s exactly what happened to me all throughout the holiday season. I intended to show you guys so much more from swatches to looks but holiday at Ulta was slammed and it left me tired and playing a nasty game of catch up well into the new year. Take for instance the lovely limited edition NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Vault that dropped during holiday. It featured a whopping 24 mini Liquid Suede lipsticks for just $50. Crazy good, right?!

Except for the fact that it took me about 2 months to really sit down to shoot, arm swatch and also lip swatch all 24 shades. Whew! Unfortunately, the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Vault is all sold out by now. However, I still wanted to share all these swatches with you because all of the shades are permanent and readily available (in full sizes of course) at Ulta. So I guess we’ll just consider this a NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick library to help you shop!
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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is Really a Miracle!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review

When the Beauty Blender first hit the scene, I knew I had to have it because it was considered the sponge to have for a perfect makeup application. And it was. Before the Beauty Blender, we were stuck with those bland white makeup wedges that were either too soft and soaked up way too much product or too stiff to blend. The Beauty Blender changed the game and also opened the flood gates for other brands to come up with their own makeup sponges to compete.
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On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink! 

Juvia's Place Mini Masquerade Palette and ColourPop x Hello Kitty Lock Diary Ultra Matte Lip

Happy hump day, girl! For most people, holiday season is a time for rest, relaxation, plenty of good food and quality time with the family. That isn’t always the case if you work in retail, though. I’ve been busier than ever lately and haven’t had much time to play in all my new makeup like I want to. Now that we’ve got past Christmas, things are slowing down a bit and I have a little bit more time to crack open my new goodies.

One of the first things I reached for was the Juvia’s Place Mini Masquerade Palette. It has a gorgeous mix of neutrals and bold brights in a variety finishes from matte to foiled. I needed a little pick me up this week so I decided to skip the neutral look and go all out with pink lips and eyes this week. And since I was all pinked out I figured I’d share the look I created with you today. 😊
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3 Becca Blushes for $17?!

Becca Blushed with Light Palette Swatches on Dark Skin

You read that right, girl! This holiday season came bearing bomb gifts like amazing value sets, mega palettes and some pretty steep discounts, too. Normally, you’d be hard pressed to find a good sale in Ulta’s Prestige department. Let alone a good coupon that actually works. But you know the holiday season is filled with nice surprises like a ton of Prestige holiday palettes and kits being marked down at Ulta. There’s nothing better than catching high end makeup sale!
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