Thursday, February 4, 2016

NYX Liquid Lingerie & Ombre Blushes

NYX has been on the come up for some time now. I remember when they were nobodies with cheap packaging, and now they just sell out like Twinkies on the fourth of July.

These liquid lipsticks are so far so good. Being as though I haven't worn them for more than.....5 seconds to swatch these photos, I can't currently give a review on wear time as of yet. Stay tuned though.

I bought the liquid lingerie lipsticks in teddy, beauty mark, exotic, and embellishment. They dry down to a nice moisturizing matte finish. I did notice that the colors tend to deepen once completely dried. They do have a weird taste though...whatever.

So far,I can't complain! I love the color selection and that anyone of any skin color can obtain a skin suiting nude. My faves are exotic and beauty mark. Exotic is the EXACT same color as my natural lips, something I've never been able to find. And beauty mark is a nice warm brown, while teddy is a cooler muted brown. Embellishment is a cool muted lilac, while exotic is an almost mauve-y neutral red/pink These are definitely a grab for the bargain. They retail for $7. Get it! Cuz I said so.

Now onto these blushes! Haven't tried em. Lol, but they're gorgeous. NYX has wow'd me with their packaging. From the bag to the box, just perfect. I tried to pick up the most "black skin"friendly colors. I think I did very well. The texture is creamy and you can mix the colors, or wear them separately. Some of the lighter colors make for a great highlighter. The sell for $10, I'd definitely say get it. Why not?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Poppy Austin Rose Water& Vitamin C Serum

I was searching for rose water, and stumbled upon this gem of a kind. Well, if you're lucky, it's definitely a gem. (I'll get into that in a minute)

Rose water provides a multitude of benefits for the skin. It calms, soothes, brightens, and helps return the skin to its natural pH balance. There are plenty of manufacturers out there that claim to have pure rose water. Don't be fooled, as they may be full of synthetics, dyes, alcohol, and they may even be diluted, which can give the complete opposite result you may be searching for.

On Amazon they sell for about $20 a pop got a 4 oz. Bottle. My first bottle was amazeballs. The scent was pure heaven. It helped brighten my skin, and left me with fewer break outs. Needless to say I used that baby up, and purchased another. But I wasn't so lucky the second time. Since these bottles of distilled rose water are organically made, the consistency may be a little off as each batch is made by hand and distilled many times. The second bottle smelled like roses.....That had been boiled wayyyy too long or something. It just smelled like old, spoiled roses. So I returned it and got another. No biggie. BUT THEN...

I stumbled upon their vitamin c serum. A 2 oz. bottle runs for about $26. Vitamin c is known for its anti aging properties. Poppy Austin's vitamin c serum is listed as a refined infusion of naturally derived and organic ingredients. Including vitamin c, jojoba oil , & hyaluronic acid. The consistency is that of "thick water" it dries with no film, may become a bit sticky while patting it into the skin, but that goes away once completely dried. This left my skin brighter, smoother, and definitely more plump and hydrated.

These products are reasonably priced for what they have to offer and how well they perform. I know not everything works for everybody. But,I have a good feeling about this stuff.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

KVD+ Beautyblender Customizable Complexion Set $46

I believe I've made a post about this foundation in the past as one of my holy grail foundations. And till this day, that fact remains. Whats even better, is that Sephora has an AMAZING deal going on right now with the KVD Lock it Tattoo Foundation. It's a kit that comes with a full sized KVD LITF, and KVD branded beautyblender in black, and 1 sample sized liquid blender cleanser, and 1 sample sized Lock it featherweight primer packette. The kit retails for $46, which is a pretty friggin' good deal given that the foundation alone is $35 and the beautyblender is $20 a pop. That's like, free money....not really. I really like to psych myself out into thinking I need something. So that's exactly what I told myself when I bought this. Ha! Phew! Ok, without further a due, check it out ;)

P.S. I actually went in store to purchase this. Many people online said when they ordered the product received on had the beauty blender and no foundation, or vice versa, or the wrong shade. Just give up that ebates cash back incentive this one time to save you a possible headache and purchase in store.

Kat Von D Beautyblender Complexion Set LITF in shade 66 Deep

Saturday, January 16, 2016

My Makeup & Skincare Essentials

I knowwwwwww, don't tell me. I have a lot of holy grail products that I use, because, well, the world would end without them, duh. 

I was contacted by Samantha from about my makeup essentials. I thought I'd throw in some skincare as well. Why not? 

The items listed here are my ABSOLUTE, I WILL DIE IF I DON'T HAVE THIS products. Without further a are my must have essentials.
This, this right here. * claps to the lord almighty*. L'oreal magic nude liquid powder in classic tan. This is a fair priced foundation that makes your skin look flawless for what its worth. Too bad it's discontinued. Oh well, I'll continue to haul them on eBay. 

Benefits Rollerlash is literally a thickening curling iron for your lashes. It separates, defines, curls. No clumps, and none of that mascara dusting onto your face throughout the day stuff.

Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow pomade in ebony is the shiz. That is all. It will last you a lifetime before drying out on you. Smooth, slick, moves no where. Try it, you'll like it.

Tarte Colored clay CC primer in deep. It goes on lightweight and contains green and purple to brighten and tone skin. Its perfect to wear alone to blur imperfections, or under foundation for a flawless look.

MUFE Full cover concealer. It's water resistant, doesn't crease and even after your foundation has faded, it's the last man standing. 
This is great in that the highlight you want to achieve with this powder is build able. Use it to set your concealer and/or highlight

Becca shimmering skin perfecter in opal. Not too shimmery, but gives a GORGEOUS glow. I use it under my concealer  as well as using it on the high points on my face. It doesn't make much of an effect in person, but when that camera flashes! Gwerrrl!

Becca shimmering skin perfecter- pressed. I layer this on top of the liquid skin perfecter. It gives a truer glow from within when you layer your highlight

I can not, I will not, wear foundation without a primer. This is my staple, and if I forget to put it on, I cry. I wish i was lying...

Clinique emergency gel lotion. I've got acne prone skin. It's super annoying, but whatever. This stuff actually allows me to partially live my life when I have a pimple pop up.

Lush Sugar lip scrub. I wear lipstick, especially matte textured lipsticks, everyday. Lip scrubs are essential for that perfect lip application. Who wants to talk you when you've got crusty dusty lips? No one, exactly.

I've posted about this before. Nope, nothings changed. Still love it.

Josie Maran's infinity oil. I like to use this at night, otherwise I'll turn into a grease ball if used during the day. It helps to remove blemishes and really soften your skin over time. I love it, hence the empty tube.

When I need a deep clean, I use this thing. Your skin is instantly brighter after use. It tingles just right. Just don't use it after you've had some heavy face scrubbing going on.

Poppy Austin rose water. Ahhhh my new fave! The benefits of rose water are limitless. It helps to brighten my skin, tighten and shrink my pores, and the smell is divine!

Boscia makeup breakup oil cleanser. I've been using this for years. I've tried many oil cleansers and always came back to this.It removes the most stubborn mascara, and you don't need that much product to do it either. Hey honey, I'm home!

Clinique acne solutions all over clearing treatment. I use this as part of the 3 step acne clearing treatment. I'm lying, I only use two, but it helps get rid of my pimples for sure.

Josie Maran argan oil. I wanna sing! I'm in love with oils, have I told you that? But I love this oil like no other. Its calming, soothing, fast absorbing, fights aging, and more. 

Garnier skin active micellar water. This is a new one. Although its an extra step in the makeup removal process, I love it because it helps me use less face wash to remove whats left over.

I just love Josie Maran skincare, Don't judge me. Get this, it's awesome. That is ALL. Carry on. 

UD b6 prep spray. When urban decay says its the spray you thought you didn't need until you tried it. They weren't lying! it reduces redness, tightens pores, and has a spiffy cooling sensation.

Clinique oil control cleansing mask. If you have a blemish tonight, put this baby on, and it's gone tomorrow. I SWEAR

This is my daily clarifying lotion. It keeps things from creeping on my face.

My fave pimple eraser! Its best for the ones that have come to a head

Purity cleanser melts into my skin and washes away makeup like it was never there. Super gentle, another try it, you'll like it. 

DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT leave your house without spraying this on. That is an order. Spending all that time on your face so it can melt off? puhhhlease, pfft. This stuff locks it dowwnnnnnn

I used to not like glam glow, because I was like, I don't notice anything, but then I noticed how much moisture it was really feeding my skin, plus and make you tingly awwwwlll ova. A++++

Long list I know. But like it or not, I love it. I always find myself repurchasing these items, Whats funny is they all started off as samples, Hahahaha! Darn you samples! Or not, big up to samples!

Till Next time!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sigma Pro Partners

Finally the day is here where you can actually become a pro member and get a discount for sigma products. I figured for a while why they never had a program to begin with. But they finally jumped on the bandwagon, and I couldn't be more happier! Nowadays, you're within half a degree of knowing a makeup artist. Its become a pretty big deal over the past 5-6 years. Social media has given more insight and inspiration into the business, causing many people to hop onboard. From tutorials, to workshops, the possibilities are endless on what you can learn, and how to be successful. That alone is a topic within itself that I'll blog about one day. So before I get off topic. Lets cut to the chase.
There's not much here really, haha! But it's much appreciated to not only become a pro member, but to receive a free gift!  They sent some sample highlighters and eyeshadows, along with my favorite e25 blending brush (my 5th one :p). There's also a membership card for the sigma store (that I'll probably never go to, I live in Atlanta). I did notice the e25 brush is a little different from the ones I have. Instead of natural bristles, the newer one is synthetic. I don't feel it affects the performance of the brush. I have my pros and cons for synthetic and natural for many different uses and reasons. Personally, this one blends the same as the others. *Kanye shrug* ok I'm done. Thank you Sigma! Xoxoxo

Saturday, June 27, 2015

I don't remember what colors I used...

I think I used the Too Faced Sugar Pop palette. I dunno. I really need some updated lighting so you can see the colors. This pic does them no justice. The colors are amazeballs.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Oh, I just want a trim! :-/

If you're a stylist, you get it. Ha ha!  These are a few of clients clients that I've done over the past couple of weeks. One was a "trim" and the other some gracious highlights!

For the highlights,I didn't go too drastic, as it was her first time working with color. I did a partial focusing mainly in the center crown because of the way she normally styles her hair. I used 20 volume developer with Redken's blonde dimensions lightener. Then toned with shades EQ gloss in 1 oz 7 GB and 1 oz 8 WG with 2 oz processing solution.Then end result of both, welp, FLAWLESS. XOXO . Let me know what you think!

Monday, April 27, 2015

FOTD Sigma Creme de Couture

I was feeling extra springy today! It was a beautiful day. Went to the World Of Coke, and visited the High Museum of Art for the first time ever. I live in Atlanta so that's sad I've never been but,alas! Bucket list checked off. Too commemorate this wonderful day I went with Sigma's Creme de Couture palette. It has tons of fun colors. Annnnddd herrrre we go!

Almond pear (inner corner)
Creme de Menthe (center lid)
Lavender Honey( crease)
Cassis (outer corner)

Foundation: Kat von D lock it tattoo in shade 66
Blush: Tarino Tarantino in Candy Cameo
Lips : MAC Please Me and NYX Lip liner in Mauve

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sephora VIB Sale Haul: Josie Maran, Boscia & More

I caved. As usual. I mean when you get a VIB coupon, and ebates has 4% cash back. It kinda makes you, cave. Haha! So I really used this opportunity to not only stock up, but try new things. I'm really skeptical about paying full price for things I've never tried before. Mainly, for fear of not liking the product, allergic reactions,etc. So the result of that "fear" is that I purchase most of my beauty products in sets. Aside from the fact that they help you save money, they open you up to a while new world of  products!

What I got:
Josie Maran Pure & Free
Too Faced Sugar Pop Eyeshadow palette
Boscia Japanese Cleansing Ritual
Benefit's Blended with Benefit kit
Boscia cleanse & peel trio
Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk
Clinique moisture surge extended thirst relief (100 point gift)

Josie Maran Pure & Free
This set comes with a travel sized argan oil light, infinity intensive creamy oil, bear naked wipes, whipped argan oil in sweet citrus, argan black oil mascara. My staple of this kit is the original argan oil itself. It really keeps my skin supple, and I've even noticed it helps diminish the look of blemishes. Plus it's multi purpose and can be used for cuticle oil, hot oil hair treatments, fly aways, frizzies, etc. The infinity cream can be used in an infinite number of ways, hence the name. I mainly use it on my face as a night cream, but I also use it on my hands before bed after a hot shower as well. It's pretty greasy, and that's why I stick to using this before bed, because I don't wanna leave my grease prints everywhere you know? The whipped cream I've used before but in a different scent. I love the cream, it's very moisturizing. Nothing spectacular, but it does the job and leaves a fresh scent. I haven't tried the bear naked wipes, or the mascara, so stay tuned for a review on those later.

Too Faced Sugar Pop

These shadows are so yummy to look at! It makes my heart skip with joy and think of all things spring and summer and beach! Although I think I have a palette similar to it already,I really don't care. Lol. It's a limited edition spring Lorac palette from a few years ago. I believe I've got a review of it somewhere on this blog. But yeah,I love the colors! One sidenote though...Too Faced has very innovative ideas. I can always get where they're coming from and where they're going, but I feel their shadows are pretty inconsistent sometimes. Some have wonderful color payoff, while others, you may have to dig into a bit more. Whatever. *Kanye shrug* I tried the shadows and the ones from this palette apply beautifully, are pretty pigmented.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk
I commend Josie for all of her efforts in creating a product line that promotes work, especially for women, in Morocco. I already am a true fan of her argan oil, and this milk just makes me more of a zealot. I switch up my night routine quarterly. Then I go on a rotation of my staples, and newfound loves. I do this because skin, like hair, can sometimes become accustomed to the same ol same ol, and appear to no longer give the effects they once had in the beginning. Switching up your routine every once in a while prevents this from happening. This milk is an "oil & water" mix. The concoction  of purified water and droplets of argan, is said to help better penetrate and hydrate the skin. Therefore, sealing in moisture for a youthful glow.

Boscia Cleanse & Peel set

I have yet to buy me a full sized Boscia luminizing black mask because I keep getting them in kits. Lol. You really have to layer it on thick, otherwise, you will not be able to peel the mask off of your face. It really helps to draw out the impurities from your skin. Since the mask is black, you can see all the gunk extracted from your face once the mask is peeled. It really does help to brighten your complexion. Give it a go. You won't regret it. :) Next, it came with an exfoliating peel gel. It's a pretty interesting thing this gel. You see, it has these exfoliating agents that bond to the outer layer of the skin to gently remove dead skin cells. It contains aha's and enzymes to firm, remove and brighten. Alert: my face feels some kinda way after rinsing. The exfoliating agent causes the product to "clump"up and the little chunks are difficult to rinse off. I woke up the next morning with these tiny pieces on my face and was like,wtf? It's still a good product, just have to put some more oomppf into rinsing next time I guess. And last but not least, this set came with a detoxifying black cleanser which I have not tried yet, but I have faith that it just might amaze me.

Boscia Japanese Cleansing Ritual set

This purchase is a result of a restock. The makeup breakup cool cleansing oil is my staple for removing a long days face of makeup. It doesn't tug our pull on the skin like many other oil cleansers out there do. I have yet to try the tsubaki exfoliating powder, and the purifying cleansing gel. ( reviews later ;) ) Then there's the konjac sponge. I really don't use this sponge alone, although I do make it apart of my cleansing routine. Contrary to what it seems it may feel like through pictures, it's fairly soft. A little too soft for me really. I still like to use it as my first wash after removing my makeup. Then I use my clarisonic right after to finish the job. I've read great reviews about it evening the skin tone due to the konjac root that is infused in it. I have yet to notice a difference. I'll give it a while though. Who knows.

Benefit's Blended with Benefit kit

This kit comes with two beauty blenders. A pink one and a "white"one, but it looks more like a cream color to me. I have a beauty blender already, and I love it! It's super fast, and easy and provides an airbrushed finish in literally, like, 2 seconds. The egg shape helps it to work around the crevices of your face. Eyes, nose, jaw, etc. Next it comes with a POREfessional primer. One of my favorites, but I still love my smashbox. I think I love both equally honestly. It's good stuff. Last but not least is the classic staple benetint. I think any and every women , whether rookie or veteran should have this. It's very versatile and easy to use, all while producing a completely natural look. You can sheer it out, or build it up for a more dramatic finish. Get it, you'll love it, the end.

Phewwwwwwwwwww! Goodness, I feel like I've written a book! But, I hope it was detailed enough to give enough info on your purchasing decision. The sale of course is over by now, but many things ate sick available for grabs (I hope). Let me know what you got, what you didn't get, and what you think I should get! And don't forget to share!

Konjac Sponge (Dry)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

My Favs! Urban Decay

Really though, the description on the B6 bottle is the truth. This truly is that it really is that one thing you don't think you need until you try it. It has definitely improved the size of my pores, evened out my skin tone and controlled much of the oiliness of my skin. Another plus is the refreshing minty feeling you feel once you spritz it onto your skin. Some people claim they don't notice a difference, not everything works for everybody. *shrug*but, it works for me.

I decided I'd get the naked 3 eye pencil  duo. I noticed how nice blackheart looked on a co-worker and realized...I.NEEEDDD. Probably don't need, but definitely want.So I got it.

24/7 liquid liner in siren was on sale, and I honestly, I used it as a filler item so I could get free shipping. Ha! But I love it! I like to pair it with a black liner and have a double liner look.

And then of course there are the samples. I got some naked skin samples. None of which are in my skin tone so I just throw them into my kit for clients when duty calls for it, or I just simply give them away. I received the All Nighter spray which is another must have as it really does help to seal in your makeup making it last through monsoons and things of that nature.

If you plan on copping something from this list, try the B6! Hopefully out works for you! :) :*

Left to right: Blackheart, Siren, Darkside