Fuego Palette by Crown Brush Pro | Review + Swatches

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When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, I like a variety of colors. I like to feel as if I’m getting the most out of my money. Which is why I’ve never really been a fan of monochromatic eyeshadow palettes…that is, until now. I received the Fuego palette by Crown Brush Pro in a previous Boxycharm. This palette is sort of a mix of warm shimmery browns and oranges and shimmery rose golds and dark peaches. 

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Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Palette Review

Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Palette Review

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This month, Boxycharm features the Pretty Vulgar Eyeshadow Palette.  This palette retails for $35 at Sephora. This is the grayscale palette of my dreams! I love a good warm/neutral palette as much as the next girl, but I’m a bit sick of palette after palette featuring this color scheme.  

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Allure August 2018 Beauty Box Review

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I have been a fan of subscription boxes for almost 2 years!  The idea of building a collection of health and beauty products that I would not have even notices otherwise was very appealing. I canceled my subscription to allure’s beauty box a few months ago because none of the spoilers looked appealing to me.  Buy they “enticed” me back with the promise of a beauty bundle worth around $98. I was planning on resubbing anyway, so the timing was perfect!

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According to Allure’s website:

Allure’s monthly beauty box offers top-trending, editor-tested makeup and beauty picks with a $50-$90 value for only $15

  • Full and travel-size products selected by Allure experts (we test more than 50,000 products a year)
  • A mini-mag with tips, shortcuts, and step-by-steps
  • New member gift: A bonus gift valued at $15+
  • Free shipping

After playing around with August’s box for a few weeks, I’ve discovered some great products as well as a few duds. Check out my review below:

Allure Beauty Box Mini Mag

The first thing you see when you open the box is the cute mini magazine that tells a little bit about the products inside as well as some tips and tricks on how to use them.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Pen, Black

   
 
I didn’t expect to like this liquid eyeliner pen very much mainly because I can’t stand felt tip liquid eyeliner applicatiors. I find them hard to control and they never give me a crisp enough wing. This eyeliner pen from Eyeko really did surprise me. the felt tip is firm enough to draw a straight line but flexible enough to fill in the wing with color. It’s not the blackest black, more like a dark steel grey, but It did show up against my skin. It’s also smudge proof which is a great thing for miss runny eye over here! All in all, this is a nice eyeliner, but I wouldn’t replace my NYX Epic Ink eyeliner for this one anytime soon.

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Laneige Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask

    

Lip Sleeping mask????  I gave this product some serious side eye! After all, isn’t this just a fancy lip balm. No. No, it is not! I wear a c-pap mask at night for my sleep apnea and because of this, my lips get super dry.  For the first time since starting the c-pap, I woke up to soft, moisturized lips that weren’t cracking or splitting. The texture is so unique, not at all like a lip balm but almost, almost like beeswax that tastes like bubble gum. This lip mask has earned permanent rotation in my nightly skincare routine. 

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Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Shampoo/Conditioner

    
I’ve been using Nexxus Shampoo ever since I used to get my hair done at StudioOne! (ahh memories). I have short, natural hair that tends to be on the fine side.  This was the second subscription box that I’ve gotten this shampoo and conditioner in and I was thrilled.  it smells great, cleanses well and moisturized my curls like crazy.  A little goes a long way, so it will be a minute before I’m ready to buy full bottles.

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Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet

    


 

I remember thinking, right before I tried this moisturizer, “How different can a moisturizer be?”. After trying this, I was ready to eat my words. I don’t remember my skin ever feeling this soft and almost velvety! I look forward to this part of my routine every night.  I know that i blog mostly about drugstore brands and Caudalie is NOT a drugstore brand, but I think this moisturizer is well worth the money. 

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5 Brown Girl Friendly Blushes|Drugstore Edition

Brown Girl Friendly Blushes

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5 Brown Girl Friendly Blushes

Through all of my years as a makeup lover, there is only one product that I would consider my white whale…blush!  Oh, it’s so hard to find blushes that work on dark skin (brown girl friendly blushes), let alone from the drugstore. I have been disappointed time and time again to the point that I stopped trying to find drugstore blushes altogether. I figured it was one of those items that I would have to pay more for.  Which if I’m being completely honest sucks!

But I’m not ready to throw in the towel just yet! One of the major problems with blush for some reason is that drugstore priced blushed always look dry, chalky and dusty/ashy on dark skin.  I think it has to do with a lot of formulas having talc as one of the first ingredients. Talc serves it’s purpose in cosmetics and sometimes that purpose is to bulk up cheap products to make it look like you’re getting something that you’re not.

Over the years beauty brands have slowly started to come around. These formulas have a great color payoff and blend beautifully. Check out my picks for Brown Girl friendly blushes and see for yourself.

Maybelline Fit Me Blush

 

I’ll be honest, I overlooked this blush for a long time. It just never looked very pigmented to me.  This blush really is on the sheer side. However, the color is very buildable which is a very good thing for the color shy.

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E.L.F. Blush Palette, Dark

 

I’m convinced that is blush palette is bottomless!  I’ve had it for two years and have yet to hit pan on any of the shades. What I love the most about this palette is how versatile it is.  Every shade works on dark complexions. They have two warm and two cooler shades to really round out any makeup collection.

Milani Baked Blush, Rose D’Oro

  

 In my last blog post, I talked about my love for this blush (that I picked up by accident). I was looking for a new highlighter and picked up the Corralina shade.  That’s when I discovered how much I love a little bit of glow in my blush. I especially love the Rose D’Oro shade.  It’s hard to describe, but it warms up my complexion in the most beautiful way.

Note Luminous Silk Blush, Desert Rose

 

     

I got this blush from a BoxyCharm sometime this summer.  When I saw pictures of it online, I was more than a little disappointed.  I figured that it was another dusty pinky nude shade that some company was trying to get rid of.  I was wrong…so wrong! The texture really is like silk. I only have to dip my brush in the pan once or twice for some great color. The shade really surprised me.  I figured it would look ashy and orange.  It has more of a warm almost coral look to it.  I highly recommend this for any brown girls collection!

 

Sleek Blush, Sugar

    

This brand showed me what a quality drugstore blush could be. that doesn’t look ashy on dark skin is in fact possible.  The blush comes in a 3 pan palette with enough shades to compliment any look.

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Makeup Bag Essentials for Fall | Drugstore Edition

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Fall Makeup Bag Essentials

 

Oh, I can smell it! The scent of crisp cool air and pumpkin scented EVERYTHING! Fall is almost here. For me, that just means one thing…new makeup! Yup, along with a new capsule wardrobe come a sort of makeup capsule wardrobe if you will. This year, I’m trying to keep things simple. I’ve been more attracted to smaller eyeshadow palettes that I actually have a chance of hitting pan on. Also, I love a pinky nude glossy lip to go with everything! Check out my fall drugstore makeup bag essentials for 2018

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L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal | Review + Swatches

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L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal is an OG YouTube favorite!  And for good reason.  This concealer is one of the first products that I ever purchased on the recommendation of a “Beauty Guru”.

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Wet n Wild Beauty | Timeless Beauty Picks for Fall | Haul+Try-on

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Wet n Wild has held a place in my cosmetics bag as well as my heart for almost 25 years. 

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I remember hiding in the girls’ room with my friends, heating up the tips of our eyeliner pencils with a lighter for the smokiest eyes on the planet! With fall right around the corner, I decided to pull from my stash to create a fall inspired look that so happens to be from one of my favorite brands.

My Fall Picks…

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aLamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow Palette Vol 1. | Review + Swatches

Review of the aLamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow palette Vol 1. from the July Boxycharm

Boxycharm really, REALLY knocked it out of the park with the June 2018 box featuring the Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow Palette Vol 1. The preview for this box made me resubscribe specifically for this palette.

Description of the  Alamar Cosmetics Palette:

This palette features 8 highly opaque shades, reminiscent of the beauty and culture of Cuba. Dive into the pigments and pearls found in the intense metallics, or ground your look with the warm richness of the creamy mattes. For a more intense application, refer to the shade names that feature a water droplet, these shades can be used with a wet brush—the sun symbol represents the shades that should be used with a dry brush.

Packaging

The Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow Palette Vol 1. (say that 5 times fast!)  comes in a really sturdy, bright yellow cardboard packaging with 8 shades inside.  The cover to the palette snaps closed but doesn’t seem to be magnetic so I can only assume that it’s made of magic. There’s no mirror, but I actually hate holding on to a big palette while trying to do my makeup in that kind of mirror.

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Shades

I love this color story so much it almost hurts!  This palette is more than a neutral palette with a pop of color. Half of this palette is bright, colorful foil textured eyeshadows and the bottom half of the palette gives me serious modern renaissance vibes. My favorite two colors from this palette are El Malecon and Varadero! My least favorite shade is Coco-Taxi simply because the shade is dusty and lacks any real pigment compared to the rest of the palette.

  • La Costa-Shimmery Champaign
  • El Malecon-Foiled True Gold
  • Varadero-Foiled Deep Blue-Green
  • Celia-Foiled Green
  • Coco-Taxi-Matte Warm Orange
  • Tropico-Matte Warm Deep Orange
  • Guantanamera-Matte Dark Rust/Berry
  • Cafecito-Warm Dark Brown

Close up of eyeshadow look from the alamar cosmetics reina del caribe palette

Close up of eyeshadow look from the alamar cosmetics reina del caribe palette

Looks/Versitility

As far as I’m concerned, a palette is only as good as how many unique looks you can make out of it! That’s what I love about this palette.  It really is versatile. I can do a simple warm look with a pop of color or go all peacock and really make a statement!

Performance

I think it says a lot about an eyeshadow that can give crazy color payoff without using any mixing medium, setting spray or shadow primer to make it work. The foiled shades work really well alone but can go the next level if you wet your brushes first. The shadows last fairly long on someone like me with really oily eyelids.

Final Thoughts

All in all, I really enjoy this palette! I would actually purchase this outside of receiving it in a subscription box.

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Juvia’s Place Zulu Palette| Review + Swatches

Juvias Place Zulu Eyeshadow Palette


 

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Juvia’s Place Cosmetics is having a serious moment right now!  If you haven’t heard of this black owned company, consider this your introduction!  I recently picked up the Juvia’s Place Zulu Palette during one of their sales. Juvia’s Place has turned the world of highly pigmented eye shadow palettes on its head!  Once you had to pay ridiculous amounts of money to even come close to decent eye shadow pigmentation.  And then you still had to prime your lids like crazy just to see some color payoff, especially if you are darker skinned. This palette changed all of that! The Afro-Centric packaging is some of the most stunning that I have ever seen in my entire life.  I’m not even exaggerating!  Keep reading to see for yourself!

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The Beauty Tag

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I love beauty tags!  I’ve never been tagged in one, so I’m just going to jump right into “The Beauty Tag” that I found from the Makeup Dreamer Blog by Amsa! I actually dream about makeup at night, so this tag is perfect!

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