Tag: swatches

My Favorite MAC Highlighters 

MAC My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish

I may not be a die hard MAC girl anymore but MAC will always hold a special place in my heart! That’s why I’m back with a double attack of MAC this Monday. I’ve already got you set with the coral lips for spring so let’s move on to some of the most popping highlighters MAC has ever released. Shall we?

Over the years, I’ve grown a serious addiction to MAC highlighters. The Extra Dimension Skinfinish ones to be exact. MAC describes their Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula as:

A liquid-powder highlighter that gives a luminous, well-defined finish.”

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5 MAC Coral Lipsticks for Spring

MAC Flamingo Lustre Lipstick, Sushi Kiss Satin Lipstick, Vegas Volt Amplified Creme Lipstick, Toying Around Satin Lipstick, Party Parrot Matte Lipstick

Happy MAC Monday, ladies! If you’ve been hanging around Fancieland since the beginning then you probably remember the days when I used to go stir crazy for MAC. I had to have every new lipstick in every new shade that would flatter me. Boy was that exhausting! I definitely don’t miss those crazy days of hunting down collections and lipsticks but part of me does miss the excitement that a new MAC lipstick would bring every time I popped the cap and smelled the sweet, warm vanilla scent. In an effort to hold on to that nostalgia I’ve put together a nice treat for you this MAC Monday. Starting with some coral lips for spring! 💋
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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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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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Everyday Eyes Made Easy with the Armani Eye Tints

Armani Eye Tints in 12 Gold Ashes, 21 Nude Smoke, 24 Fur Smoke Swatches on Dark Skin

The thought of liquid eyeshadow can be scary. Almost like applying foundation to your lids in an effort to create a masterpiece. I shudder at the thought. Trying to blend together foundation for a quick look just sounds daunting. Thank goodness liquid eyeshadows are totally different! I’ve been hooked on the Armani Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadows for months (thanks Influenster!) because they’re insanely easy to use, quick and quite versatile. In fact, the Armani Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadows have become my go to for creating quick, everyday smoky eyes.
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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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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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Completely Gushing Over the Influenster Burberry Vox Box!

Influenster Burberry Vox Box Swatches on Dark Skin

If you haven’t signed up for Influenster yet you’re seriously missing out! It’s a completely free site that allows to review and ask questions about literally any product and sends you boxes of free stuff to review if you’re a blogger or influencer. I’ve been a member of Influenster for years and have received some amazing boxes from brands like Maybelline, Hourglass, Armani, and more. You can read all about it and sign up here!

The latest box of goodies to hit my doorstep was the new Burberry Vox Box filled with luxury liquid lipsticks and more. When I first received the campaign email, I was bouncing off the walls because I’m a die hard fan of liquid lipsticks and just knew that Burberry was going to knock my socks off with their luxurious packaging and superior quality.

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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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January Empties! 

It Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Anti-Aging Collagen Primer, Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Turbo Face Serum, Prada Candy Eau de Parfum, Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream, Bare Minerals Skin Longevity Vital Power Infusion

Let’s take a quick break from Project BOMB, shall we? You’ve probably noticed that I’ve picked up a ton of new goodies in the last few months but what you probably didn’t know is that I’ve also been determined to start using what’s already in my stash more. Whether you’re a beauty blogger or beauty enthusiast, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the hottest shiny new product but what really matters is actually using the stuff. No sense in wasting money on things you won’t use, right?

With this logic in mind, I decided to start going hard with a few products that I knew I could finish up with a little consistency and determination. In just a few months, I managed to finish up a handful of beauty products. Woo hoo! Most of it was skincare, of course, but I’m still pretty impressed that I was able to stick with these products for so long. Here’s a rundown of my January empties:
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