Tag: brown skin

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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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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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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3 Bronzers for Brown Skin

3 Bronzers for Brown Skin

When you already have a rich, deep skin tone finding a bronzer is tough work. Most bronzers are a pale golden tan or barely there bronze that only work for light to medium complexions. It’s not too often that you see an actual bronzer (not a highlighter) designed to add warmth and subtle definition to brown skin. Which is a bummer because even us dark skin divas like to look warmed up and kissed by the sun too. Thankfully, a handful of makeup brands realized brown skin could use a little bronzer too and created bronzers deep enough for us gals on the darker side of the spectrum to use. Finding the perfect bronzer for brown skin can still be a bit tricky because everyone hasn’t hopped on board yet so I’ve decided to share my top 3 bronzer choices that work like a charm for my deep brown skin.

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NYX Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo Review

NYX Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo in Chestnut/Sand

When it comes to contouring, it’s almost always a “go hard or go home” kinda approach. Lots of kits and sets come pigment packed and ready to sculpt and highlight your face to the makeup gods with full coverage that takes some serious blending. Which is great if you’re into that super beat, chiseled look that most makeup junkies love. However, if you’re into a more soft, natural contour that’s suitable for everyday wear it’s easy to feel a little left out. Not anymore though!
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Dior Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powder Swatches

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powder: 001 Glowing Nude, 002 Glowing Pink

Raise your hand if you can’t resist beautiful highlighters. It’s okay girl. You’re in good company! If I could have both hands raised as I write this I totally would because I just can’t get enough of highlighters right now. The latest shimmering powders to catch my eye are the gorgeous Dior Diorskin Nude Air Illuminating Powders from the enchanting limited edition Glowing Gardens Collection for spring.
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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Palette Swatches

Becca Champagne Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Palette: Blushed Copper, Champagne Pop, Pearl

Sometimes companies release great products and make them limited edition. Leaving many disappointed if they never got their hands on it or if they fell in love with it and couldn’t get more. It’s a pretty annoying first world issue. But sometimes the voice of us makeup junkies are heard and we see those limited edition loves return for a permanent position. I just love that!

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ELF Moisturizing Lipstick Swatches

ELF Black Berry, Berry Kiss, Bordeaux Beauty Moisturizing Lipstick

In the midst of holiday hauling, I’ve almost forgot about all of the ELF goodies I ordered a while back. It didn’t help that it took forever for ELF to actually send it but I’ve been treating myself so much that I haven’t had much time to actually crack the stuff open and give it a try. Madness right?

However, I was able to squeeze in a quick second before bed to try on some new lipsticks tonight. ‘Cause makeup in bed is just as good as breakfast in bed–to me at least. So I finally cracked open my ELF Moisturizing Lipsticks for a quick round of fun.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator Haul & Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood, Riviera Illuminator

Summer has come and gone but I’m still all about the glow, baby! All about it. Even though I have more than enough highlighters I still couldn’t talk myself out of binging on more this holiday season. Especially with all the good value sets and sales I’ve been catching lately!

Like Anastasia Beverly Hills’ awesome Cyber Monday deal where you score a free A23 Brush for every Illuminator you buy. Part of me was really tempted to buy all 4 but I was able to ignore that part and just snag 2. Along with my 2 free brushes, of course. ?
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My Current Daily Skincare Routine

Morning Skincare Routine: Murad Essential-C Cleanser, Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner, Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream

Makeup will always be my first love but as I get older I’m starting to become more and more intrigued by skincare. A beat face is only as good as the canvas and lately I’ve been determined to make my face the best canvas ever. I’ve always had pretty clear skin but after working for Bobbi Brown I learned quite a lot about how to properly care for my skin and keep it healthy and clear.

As a result, I’ve beefed up my skincare routine quite a bit and if you follow me on Snapchat then you know it’s been working like a charm! So I figured I’d be a good beauty blogger and share the wealth by giving you a rundown on how I’ve been keeping my skin in tip top shape since I’ve last checked in.

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