Archives for April 2018
Why Watching Youtube Content Creator Alissa Ashley Lip Swatch 90 Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains will
be the Best Thing You’ve Watched all Day
So let me set the stage a bit… The other day I was scrolling through my emails… Completly minding my own business… Ok the real tea is I had a severe case of writer’s block and I was looking for inspiration… So I get a notification from Youtube that one of my favorite Youtube Content Creators, Alissa Ashley, posted a video Swatching 90 Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains and I was hooked… Literally HAD to watch it. The video was like many of Alissa’s Videos… Infused with her sassy bubbly personality and entertaining while being educational at the same time.
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I couldn’t believe that she was going to swatch 90 Lipstick’s! Fun Fact: Lip swatching takes it’s toll on your lips, a lot of people get sore after just a few swatches so being bold enough to swatch 90 is unthinkable and shows that she will stop at nothing to bring the real tea to her subscribers. Some may argue that she endured this for views and as a blogger I also understand how important views are, however there are less painful ways to get views, so I’m not going to be one to say she’s jus t looking for attention. (she has a million subs so I don’t think she really needs to be gimmicky)
Prior to watching this video I never really gave Sephora brand lip products a second thought. As consumers we are programmed to believe that a store brand is some what lacking when compared to name brand products of the same type. I guess that is sort of the reason I never really thought about it… I was apprently wrong, they looked stunning and I can’t wait to grab up a few.
Here’s the Lip Swatch video – My thoughts will be below.
Why These Lip Swatches Gave Me Life
1. It was like when you watch the computer screensaver change pics.
2. It’s the best color therapy I’ve ever seen.
3. It made me want to try bolder lip colors even more
4. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains don’t actually stain the lips – which is a good thing for me
5. It’s a creative work of art and vastly different than the typical GRWM or Review Post we see over and over
4 NEW Target Beauty Boxes Available in Stores!
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It’s no secret that I am a fan of a good subscription box. Subscription boxes are a great way to try out new beauty brands without all the cost. One beauty box that I have had my eyes on for a while is the Target Beauty Box, but this sucker is hard to get. The Target Beauty Box is a monthly subscription service, however, it is probably the most elusive box in the business as they sell out extremely quickly leaving many beauty lovers in the dark. Talk about a severe case of FOMO ( Fear of Missing Out). many beauty lovers and influencers alike have
complained appealed to Target to get a chance to experience their boxes. It seems Target has heard us as they have released 4 NEW Beauty Boxes available in stores only. Each box Contains 7 Deluxe Sized beauty products specially curated to fit the box’s theme. It’s a great opportunity to try what’s new and what you’ve been missing out on. Each box costs $7 so it’s super affordable.
Specialty themed beauty box designed to help you go from sleepy head to ready to take on the world FAST! This box features 7 beauty products from names you know and trust. It’s a great way to sample what’s new and put it to the test of making you stunning for the work week.
The Treat Yourself Beauty Box is all about self care and pampering. 7 specially curated beauty products to help you relax, unwind, and just focus on taking care of yourself. When was the last time you treated yourself? For just $7 you can pick t his bad boy up at a store near you or have it shipped right to your door. Cheaper than a massage…
Probably my absolute favorite beauty box of them all. The Target Beauty Box™ ALL THE MASKS is a collection of 7 cream and sheet masks for the diva who doesn’t have a lot of time but wants to pamper her skin. 🙂 I am addicted to masks So I can’t wait to get my hands on this bad boy.
So there you go – 4 BRAND SPANKING NEW beauty boxes from Target. Which one do you have your eyese on? Let me know below!
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i don’t know about you guys but I get insanely excited about beauty launches. When a brand drops some new awesomeness into my Instagram feed I can’t help but to get really into it. There’s the anticipation, the discussion from those in the beauty community and finally the launch and subsequent product reviews. We all get worked into an absolute frenzy which means A- brands are doing a fab job at marketing and social media & B- We are an obsessive bunch of divas. 🙂 #NoShade… It’s all love.
It’s officially Spring at we’re starting to catch the fever here. In the Midwest it could be 30 degrees all week and 60’s on the weekend or vice versa… especially when you have something to do, it never fails that we have beautiful weather on the days you are at work then by the time you can enjoy it the temps dip backdown… But yeah We’re all longing for poolside days and romantic picnics in the park, Backyard BBQ’s and Rooftop Parties… those fun, fleeting, cherished non-Adulting moments. It’s right around the corner.. Get HYPE!
So in anticpation of the goodtimes ahead the beauty community is about to bombard us with collections spiked with color & new formulas to celebrate the season. I’ve created a list of 10 Beauty Drops that in my opinion are the most original and you’ll actually get some use out of this season. Now a few of these have already launched which is AMAZING because you can get them early before all your friends and rivals (you know that chick at the office who is fake nice). Also as each of these are persumably limited edition you don’t want to miss your chance at greatness.
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Beauty Drop: Smashbox X VLADA Petal Metal Collection
This is probably the most mysterious beauty drop of the season. It literally came out of nowhere… no teasers just hey we just dropped this collection that’s pretty rad and you should check it out. Now of course as women, who are mysterious creatures in our own right, we were intrigued to say the very least. I mean just look at… It’s full of metallic rose gold glittery goodness. I literally want all of it and really wished they had released it in a vault so I could get it all in one click. I know how much you guys like to see a collection in motion, I am a little stumped at why none of the beauty gurus of YouTube have done a dedicated review of the collection yet… As it dropped on April 13th… I did find a Youtube Ad from Smashbox for you guys to get a taste of this amazing collection.
Beauty Drop: MAC Cosmetics X Aaliyah Collection
Like every other warm blooded American Girl in the 90’s I was and will always be an Aaliyah Fan. She was literally everything – Street and Sweet, Poised girl next door and the girl from around the way. Aaliyah has style sense that was Iconic… she was doing things that no one was doing in terms of fashion and makeup, yet it was what everyone wanted. I am really excited that MAC is releasing a collection inspired by the R&B Icon. No word yet on if it will be available exclusively at MAC – though I am almost positive it will be available at Ulta & Sephoras – but can’t be 100% until we get more details. The collect drops on June 21st.
Beauty Drop: Kush Mascara from Milk Makeup
I know what you’re thinking – what on Earth… Well let me just explain why you should be excited about this, Ok… So about a week ago I’m scrolling through My IG feed… giving out my obligatory likes here… a couple of comments there… then a video from Milk Makeup caught my complete attention… I’ve included it below for reference.
Needless to say I was insanely curious on A – how do you lace a product with Marijuana legally… and B – what kind of product is it? A few days ago we all found out the it was a mascara that contains CBD Oil, a now legal substance in all 50 states that contains less than 1% THC and no Psycho-Addictive effects. So – CHILLAX. 🙂 In addition to the mascara Milk Makeup has also released Merch to celebrate the occassion – 2 t-shirt designs, a pin set, and stickers… because you never have too many stickers. Kush Mascara is available at MilkMakeup.com, & Sephora
Beauty Drop: Colourpop X Shayla Collab
So who is this Shayla? She’s a very successful Youtuber 539,752 subscribers at the time of this post and over 2 MILLION followers on IG. Shayla is one of my favorite influencers as she is always poised, never involved in drama and creates stunning makeup looks. She also has a couple of widely successful collabs under her belt already so we’re sure the Colourpop Collab will be amazing. Note that I keep saying the collab and not the collection or the palette? That’s because no one has any idea what the collab actually is… Well I’m sure Shayla and Colourpop knows but they haven’t released any details other than it will be released on 4/27. This mysterious collab has us extremely interested… Judging by the pic is a nail polish – which would be cool as Colourpop doesn’t currently have nail color in their line. Is it a palette? Is it everything? (lol) We can not wait!
Literally as I was typing this post Shayla Posted a video to her Youtube Channel Showcasing the the Collab
Beauty Drop: Cake Mix Foundation from Beauty Bakerie
Beauty Bakerie is a fun brand designed to give people of color more options beauty products. We all remember the Tarte Shape Tape Foundation fiasco earlier this year.. Unfortunately the lack of shade options for people of color in the makeup community is really pathetic… it’s 2018… get with the program… Beauty Bakerie not only added a foundation that is getting rave reviews from influencersbut they’ve actually changed the way shades are ranked. In the words of the Beauty Bakerie CEO – “The shade range is dark to light. Now is a time of healing, so this is a real celebration of unity, understanding, and love.” – Cashmere, CEO & Founder
The Cake Mix Foundation just launced and is available at BeautyBakerie.com
Beauty Drop: Artist Couture X Jackie Aina Highlighters
For everyone who has been on stalking these highlighters online you have more of an incentive to go ahead and buy them… The Artist Couture x Jackie Aina collab will be available at Sephora.com – Per Jackie Aina, Beauty Guru, IG Story they will be available online only and will not be sold in stores. Period. Here’s a little taste of La’ Bronze & La Peach and why you need to care about them. I have been searching for a release date but haven’t been able to find one yet. However you can head over to Sephora and get an email notification when the products are available.
Update: Product was released over the weekend and sold out the same day. Make sure you put your notification in so you can be contacted whenever the restock happens.
Beauty Drop: Maybelline Lemonade Craze Eyeshadow Palette
I didn’t forget about my drugstore divas! There is a lot of talk about the Maybelline Lemonade Craze Palette. I was excited about this palette when I first saw it then I got hesitant then excited again. Why? Well I love that this is a great day palette. There are a lot of wearable shades and it can go from desk to date night fairly easily. It also smells like lemons which is essentially a win IMO… Then I got to really looking at these shades and got really hesitant to buy into it… You see even though I am probably the fairest black woman you’re likely to meet these shades all look a little to light for me. I’ve recently seen swatches on deeper skin tones and I have a renewed faith in Maybelline again. Now we all know swatches lie… so I guess we will see, It’s currently available at Ulta.
Beauty Drop: Nabla Cosmetics Soul Blooming Palette
When spring calls… We answer with SWATCHES! 💃🏽🕺🏼 Don’t you love how every shade stands out in such a unique way on different skin tones? ✌🏻✌🏽✌🏿💘 ——— If you want to see how ultra pigmented and buttery every eyeshadow is, check out @mrdanielmakeup last IG post, he will show you live swatches! 🎥 ——— Soul Blooming Eyeshadow Palette 🌸Available from May 3, 2018 at 1 pm CEST on nablacosmetics.com and at authorized retailers! L-R: Honey Drip, Chamomile, Garden Gate, Gea, Bolero, Climbing Rose, Philosophy, Flowery, Anemone, Middle Karma, Garçon, Caravaggio #soulbloomingeyeshadowpalette #soulblooming #crueltyfree #vegan #nabla #nablacosmetics
With a release date of May 3rd this is probably the most stunning Spring/Summer Palette I have seen. The Soul Blooming Palette is a cool tone lover’s dream come true. So far it will only be available on their website. We’ll keep following this one and report back. 🙂
The quality of your brush can make all the difference in the world in you makeup looks. Quality doesn’t have to be expensive and BH Cosmetics is one of the best brands with affordable yet high quality makeup and tools. These brushes have taken the internet by storm and are worth the investment… Actually they are a STEAL! You get 10 Face & Eye Brushes for $24… SWEET! Available on BH Cosmetics Website.
I’ve said this a couple of times but I am an avid fan of Too Faced Cosmetics. The Sex on the Peach Mascara is a collection of the cult classic Better Than Sex Mascara and a few ofthe best selling products from the Peaches & Cream Collection;
- 1 full-size Better Than Sex Mascara
- 1 full-size Peach Perfect Setting Powder
- 1 travel-size Primed & Peachy Primer
- 1 travel-size Peach Mist Mattifying Setting Spray
The collection is selling for $45 and available on TooFaced.com
Best Drug Store Skin Care Products for Spring
It feels odd writing about spring when we have a nice dusting of snow on the ground. I was looking out my window and noticed that even though there it’s still cold here apparently my flowers didn’t get the memo. I am starting to see signs of life sprouting back up as a signal that spring is on it’s way. It’s the perfect time to talk about spring skin care products as the snow isn’t going to last always and it’s always good to be prepared. 🙂
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Drugstore Skin Care
Skin Care can get expensive so I try to shop for all my skin care needs at the drugstore. Let’s define drugstore beauty/skin care for my rookies… In the beauty community we refer to brands available at drugstores and big box stores as drugstore brands. So basically everything you don’t have to go Macy’s or Sephora for.
Spring is the perfect time to switch up your beauty routine. Each season brings along with it it’s own set of skin care challenges, and to achieve the best skin days ever you’ll need to listen to your skin and give it exactly what it needs. Spring is all about lightening up. Set all those heavy creams to the side and swap them out for lighter products with quality ingredients for glowing skin. To make your search easier I have put together a list of products you should put on your wishlist for a Spring Refresh.
Spring is a time when beauty brands relaease a ton of Makeup in Vibrant Colors and we eat it up, however your makeup application is only as good as the skin underneath it. This is the reason I like to talk about skin care so much, it is a vital component to your beaut routine. Think of makeup as art. All the eye shadows, foundation, highlighters etc are your paint and your skin is the canvas. If the canvas has wrinkles, cracks, bumps the work of art is always going to be a bit dicey. To create the most breathtaking work of art possible it’s important that the canvas is free of smooth and flawless. Don’t despair if you’re not there we’ll help you get there. 🙂
So We’re going to breakdown our picks for the best drugstore skin care products by category to make it easier for you to see what exactly you need or what you could do without. Remember there are no rules in beauty, so just have fun exploring new skin care products.
Best of Drugstore Skin Care for a Spring Beauty Refresh
Best Drugstore Cleanser for Spring Skin Care
Rose Kombucha Flower Powered Face Wash
The power of rose and fermented tea fight off the signs of aging while gently removing makeup and oil. The light foaming consistency is great for Spring.
Best Drusgstore Micellar Water for Spring Skin Care
NYX Professional® Makeup Remover Micellar Water
It’s Micellar water. Plain and simple.. effective makeup remover. 🙂
Best All In One Drugstore Product for Spring Skin Care
There is nothing I love more than a product with multiple uses. The Yes to skin care line is one of my favorites. The Yes to Superblueberries 3 in 1 mask, srcub and cleanser does it all with the superfood benefits of blueberries. We’re also loving that this all in one product has 95% natural ingredients.
Best Drugstore Toner for Spring
Yeah I know… I said I was team Glow Tonic For Life! lol I actually talked with Pixi about how their two toners compare and from what I am told golw tonic is an overnight chemical exfoliant while the Rose Tonic is a skin calming toner that minimizes redness. So from what I’m told – Use Glow Tonic at Night and Rose Tonic in the morning.
Best Drugstore Moisturizer for Spring Skin Care
This is hands down my holy grail moisturizer for Spring/Summer. Why? Well it’s loght, melts right into the skin and harnesses the skin plumping power of hyaluronic acid which acts like a sponge giving your skin 1,000 X’s its weight in moisture. It’s literally like a moisture bomb... I know there is another brand using that name… but yeah it applies here to. 🙂
Best Drugstore Night Moisturizer
Recently I have discovered that I am in that night cream stage of life. (lol) Olay Regnerist Night Revery Cream is my pick for the drugstore. Not only do I trust Olay as titan in skin care, although I might not be a complete fan of some of their ingredients, I can’t argue with the results.
Best Drugstore Neck Cream
Yes you do need a neck cream. No this is not just another way for the skin care brands to get more of your money. As women ( and some men) we take very good care of our faces because who wants to look their age right? Well there are two other places we age that often gets overlooked and that is your hands and your neck… that neck will snitch on you every time. Do yourself a favor and stop being neglectful to your neck. 🙂
Best Drugstore Serum for Spring Skin Care
It’s no secret that Pixi Beauty is my favorite brand for drugstore skin care. When it comes to serums I am a fan of the Overnight Glow Serum for a few reasons. For starters it has a cult following and a gajillion people can’t all be wrong. The serum actually one a coveted spot on the Teen Vogue Beauty Gamer Changers list. I also love that it contains 10% glycolic acid to chemically exfoliate the skin while ingredients such as Vitamins A, C & E to nourish, and cucumber & aloe vera extracts to calm skin.
Best Drugstore Face Masks for Spring Skin Care
I am addicted to these little babies. Hydrogel masks are my jam and Neutrogena makes my favorite. I just love the way Hydrogel masks really hug the skin and conform to the shape of your face, also it’s from Neutrogena so you know the skin care is absolutely on point. Just pop them on and chill for about 15-30 mins and then remove, pat the left over serum into the skin and you’re done. It’s a nice treat to your skin after a busy day.
Best Drugstore Eye Serum(ish) for Spring Skin Care
For spring I like to keep things light and airy whenever possible. My Pick for Spring eye serum(ish) is the PHYSICIANS FORMULA RefreshMint Cucumber & Bamboo Eye De-Puffer. The cucmuber and aloe vera mixture de-puff and and soothe the delicate skin around your eyes while the peppermint gives you a nice cooling sensation.
Best Drugstore Eye Masks for Spring Skin Care
Try saying that 10 times fast… All kidding aside these babies get the job done and for only $5. I love it when brands don’t charge a fortune for products that actually work. For best results try popping these own prior to any makeup application and you’ll be winning the eye game. 🙂
These are my picks for Spring Skin Care from the Drugstore, let me know in the comments if you normally change up your skin care game when the season’s change or if you use the same products all year?
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Welcome to the Lugz Theta Boots Giveaway!
Sponsored By: Lugz
Hosted by: Social Media Warriors
Spring has begun and it’s time to start getting out and getting dirty! Hiking, gardening and plenty of Spring Showers! These boots are ready to get on the go with you! We have paired up with Lugz to bring you this fabulous giveaway! These boots are not only crazy comfortable, but they are perfect for jumping from puddle to puddle and keeping those feet dry! Check out some of their fantastic styles here! Which pairs would you love to rock???
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Giveaway Dates 4/5/18 to 4/25/18