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Review and Wear Test of Rimmel London Stay Matte Mouse Foundation

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I’ll be honest. Rimmel has never been on my radar. They don’t strike me as the most “inclusive” of makeup brands. But since I can’t help to browse down every single makeup aisle at Walmart, I say they have some dark shades that just might work for me.

I’m no stranger to having to “make something work” for my skintone. I’ve been doing it since I was 13 years old. If something is too light, I can add a ton of bronzer or mix it with something that I already have. Having to mix foundations, especially with different formulas infuriates me. I don’t get to reap the benefits of said foundation because I’ve changed the formula by virtue of just mixing it with a different on just to get a good color match.
Well, having said all that, I was willing to give Rimmel a fair chance. Today I wore the shade Deep Mocha, without mixing, just to see if it would live up to it’s claims.

I took before and after pictures as well as pictures after 1 hour, 4 hours and 8 hours. I took pictures in the same lighting conditions each time.



Rimmel describes their foundation as

A feather light, oil free formula with an airy mousse texture that won’t feel heavy or greasy. Delivers all day shine control and blends flawlessly for a natural looking matte finish. Minimizes the appearance of pores. The wait is over – finally, shine has met its matte.

The texture is pretty light, almost with a whipped texture.  The coverage is absolutely full! I tried to sheer it about a bit because it felt almost too heavy but it was having none of that!  There was no difference when I applied it with a sponge or brush. The darkest color was still a hair too light.  I had to color correct some of my discoloration to keep the foundation for turning almost gray in those areas.

The finish was velvety and really matte.  I would NOT recommend this for dry skin.  Even as an oily person, I had to make sure my skin was well moisturized and primed or else it really emphasized all of the pores and texture on my skin.

Here is what the foundation looks like after an hour

Here it is after 4 hours

It hold held up pretty well up to this point.  There was some fading around my nose and mouth, but overall it still looked fresh.

8 Hours Later

After 8 hours there was a fair amount of fading under my eyes and around my nose.  It started to breakdown on my cheeks which tend to be really oily.

Final Thoughts

Overall this is a really nice foundation. There is a really significant jump between the two darkest colors which is annoying and a few darker shades added to the collection wouldn’t hurt.  This suits more oily skin types best. I probably wont repurchase this unless there is a shade extension.

XOXO Aisha

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My Anti-Beauty Treatment…Haul???

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Okay, so i know the title doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, but bear with me. I really enjoy a good anti-haul post as much as the next girl. But I got to thinking. We’re supposed to be buffed and polished from head to toe, or else it seems like we don’t care what people think of us. Well, I do care what other people think, just not enough to actually do anything about it!

I’m a makeup junkie, I fully admit that! I have been ever since my mother brought home her makeup kit from Wilfred Beauty Academy (This place is still around apparently) full of the brightest colors that the 80’s had to offer. But, because I love makeup so much, people might see me as “high maintenance”. I’m far from it actually. Below is a list of beauty treatments that I have no time for or interest in.

Nail Art


I’m not interested in having pretty nails or anything nail related really. I tried to get into the trend in college. I would spend what little money I had on a full set only to wish that I hadn’t gotten them done in the first place. I hate that way they feel so much! Even a simple manicure is more than I’m capable of maintaining. I’m a mother and children are gross! There, I said it! I spend my days cleaning up disasters and washing my hands more than an ER nurse! There’s no gel manicure on earth that can stand up to that!

Exception: Pedicures


Now I’m not talking about crazy nail polish colors or decals or anything like that. I’m talking about trying to keep from looking like I can climb a tree bare foot or shred my sheets Edward Scissorhands style!

Wigs, Weaves or Long Hair in General


This is a bit of a touchy subject for me. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my hair my entire life (that story deserves its own post). For a long time, I associated long hair with femininity. And dammit, I was gonna have long hair by hook or by crook! But after trying out weaves and wigs of varying styles and lengths, I discovered something. I. Hate. Long. Hair! I think it can look pretty and does look pretty on other people, but I cannot stand the way it feels. I hate the feeling of hair on the back of my neck or my face. There is also the extra fun fact that I’m hot all the damn time and having a bunch of hair sticking to my sweaty face and body is not my idea of a good time.

Exception: I’m a woman, and I reserve the right to change m my mind at anytime!

Fashion:  Like, real fashion!


Oh boy! This is a tough one. One I’ve hand, I’m too old to shop fast fashion places like Forever 21 and Charlotte Ruse, but I still feel too young for places like Talbots and Chico’s.  Then there’s the whole “mom” thing where I don’t want to wear anything too fancy because it’s just going to end up covered in BBQ sauce and snot.  But then again, I don’t want to live in yoga pants and stained t-shirts forever.  Plus there’s the fact that I’m incredibly cheap.  That doesn’t help either.

I love to browse the Instagram’s of places like Elloqui and eShakti, but they are quite a bit out of my price range. However, it is time for me to start dressing like an actual grown-up.

Exception/Solution: Thrift!


#SecondHandfirst! I resell clothing on eBay part-time.  Because of that, I know what to look for at thrift shops and online places like Thredup!  My goal is to try my hand at a capsule wardrobe full of higher quality pieces.

I’m also looking for a little help in the styling department by trying out Stitch Fix!  Somethings you just have to outsource things!

I love makeup!  I’ve picked my vice.  If I try to be stylish from literal head to toes, I would be dead broke in no time.




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My Super Simple Skincare Routine

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The amount of time that I spent searching for a foundation that would give me “perfect” looking skin is really embarrassing. I bounced from one heavy, full coverage foundation to the next!

The truth is, foundation only looks as good as the skin underneath it. So like any beauty aficionado, I turned to YouTube! I was peppered with the latest and so-called greatest routines and product recommendations.

I settled on an overly complicated 11 step skincare routine supposedly made popular in Korea. After rummaging through my stash of samples and half used (and forgotten about) products, I found enough stuff to slap on my face.

I tried this routine for about a week before I threw in the towel. My skin was NOT happy! It actually looked angry. I had new breakouts, new dark spots and no glow in sight. My pores looked worse than they ever had!

So after stumbling onto this video by Kiki G, I decided to boil down my routine to the absolute bare necessities. She does a great job of explaining exactly why each step that she recommends is necessary.

I asked myself what my skin actually needed. It needed to be clean (which includes removing my makeup first), moisturized and protected.

These few products helped to get my skin back in balance:

Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser (The one with the green lid)

Sometimes and oldie is a goodie! The cleanser does a wonderful job of breaking down my makeup before I wash my face.  After slathering it on in a thin layer, I let it sit for 5 minutes or so before removing it with a warm washcloth.

Cerave Renewing SA Cleanser for Normal Skin

This cleanser is amazing!  It’s a gel cleanser with a light foaming action that doesn’t strip my skin.  It has the added bonus of salicylic acid for gentle daily exfoliation.

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Moisturizer with SPF 30

I was so excited to find this moisturizer!  It’s a super light weight, non-greasy moisturizer that has the added bonus of a broad spectrum spf.  It absorbs fast too!

Garnier SkinActive Ultra-Lift Sleeping Cream

Even though I have oily skin, it still tends to get dehydrated overnight. This helps my skin retain moisture overnight and my skin feels super soft in the mornings!

Cerave Eye Repair Cream

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I wanted a simple, no bells or whistles eye cream that would help with fine lines and dark circles.  This cream really does foot the bill!  Cerave is a cult favorite for a reason.  I noticed a difference after a few weeks.  My lines were softer and my dark circles were less noticeable.

I plan to add some treatment products to my routine once I do a little more research.

What do you think is missing from my routine??

I’d love to know what some of  your must have skincare products are?? Let me know in the comment section below!



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Review: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea vol. II


This was the all-star item from the August Boxycharm that made me subscribe the instant the waitlist was lifted. Can we stop and appreciate how beautiful this palette is?

I wanted to like this shadow palette so badly. The swatches looked…promising. But only 2 or 3 colors were saturated enough for my skin tone.

These swatches are under primer. The dark indigo shade was really beautiful swatches, but oxidized like crazy after a few hours.

This palette falls under the, “I couldn’t probably make it work if I had to” category.

This is freshly applied shadow…under a primer! Doesn’t look like much which is disappointing.

I read somewhere that the shadows apply better with fingers over brushes, so I may try that next.

I’ll save my review of these GIANT lashes from PUR Cosmetics for another post!

Have you tried this palette? Did it work for you? Let me know in the comments section!



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No Makeup, Makeup Look Using All Drugstore Products

I wish that I could say that getting a, “No, I woke up like this!” makeup look was as easy as slapping on some tinted moisturizer, mascara and lip gloss and running out the door.  My dark circles, large pores and hyperpigmintation will not let me do that!

So I present to you, my no makeup, natural look using a product list as long as my arm!

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Black Radiance True Complexion BB Cream in Coffee Glaze $4.99 for 1 fl oz.

This stuff is amazing!  It’s as light as a tinted moisturizer with the coverage of a foundation (depending on your application technique)

I like to apply mine with an elf foundation brush.  It gives me a nice amount to coverage and blends seamlessly.

Maybelline Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer in Deep #60 $6.49 for .11 oz.

I like to apply this under my BB cream.  I know you’re supposed to apply concealer after foundation, but this works better for me.  I let it dry down a little bit, then stippled my BB cream on top so I don’t disturb the concealer.

Elf Sheer Finishing Powder in Deep/Dark $6.00

This powder isn’t my favorite because it reads really cool, almost grey on my skin.  However, it did an okay job of setting my BB Cream if i use a really light hand.

Elf Blush Quad in Dark $6.00

This blush quad is a super economical choice that works with many looks.  The quad comes with two cool shades and two warm shades in matte and shimmer.  I chose the matte warm color for this look.

Maybelline brow precise fiber volumizer $8.92 for 0.27 fl oz

Maybelline is really upping their brow game!   Whats great about this brow product is that it has tiny fibers that look like actual brow hair.  The more layers you add, the darker it gets.

Covergirl Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Q875 $6.94 for 0.13 oz

This chubby little twist up stick is amazing!  It gives a tiny bit of color and moisturizes like crazy.  This is one of those lip products I can apply without a mirror!  The color is the perfect glossy nude that can work on a lot of skin tones because it’s so sheer.

Elf Makeup Mist & Set $3.00 for 2.02 oz

This setting spray is just…meh.  I don’t expect a great setting spray at this price. I actually prefer to use it as a primer instead of a setting spray.  It feels just tacky enough to give my foundations something to stick too.

Loreal Paris Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black $8.97 

I hear this is supposed to be a dupe for the Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced.  I can’t compare because I’ve never used the Too Faced before.  I can say that this has become me holy grail mascara.  I like that It can build on itself without turning into one giant eye lash!

What are some of your favorite no-makeup makeup products??

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My entry for the 2017 Influenster's Beauty Reviewers Awards Contest!

It’s that time of year again!  Influenster’s 2017 Beauty Reviewers Awards.  Influenster pairs people with awesome beauty products in the form of Voxboxes to test out for free in exchange for their honest opinion.

Every year users submit their favorite beauty and skincare products of the year.  30 lucky winners will receive the “Ultimate Voxbox”!  Below are some of my absolute favorite beauty products of 2017.

I will post reviews on each product soon!

Lip Favorites
  • Covergirl Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balm
  • E.L.F. Lipstick in Berry Bordeaux
Face Hero’s

From Top To Bottom

  • Maybelline Dream Illuminator Brightening Creamy Correcteur in 60 Deep
  • Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer in Dulce de Leche #15
  • Maybeline MasterCamo Color Corrector Pen in #60
  • CoverGirl Queen Natural Hue Bronzer in Ebony Bronze #Q120
  • Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer in Goddess
  • Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation in Walnut
  • Hard Candy Sheer Envy Color Correct Perfecting Powder
All of my Favorites in one place!
Some of my favorite eye products

From Top to Bottom

  • Ardell Dark Brown Brow Palmade
  • L’Oreal Lash Paradise Waterproof in Blackest Black
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Chocolate Suede
  • Wet n Wild Coloricon Palette in Comfort Zone
  • Milani Eyeshadow Primer  in 01 Nude
  • Maybelline BrowPrecise Fiber Volumizer in Deep Brown
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August/September Empties

It takes me an embarrassingly long time to get through a product. My attention span is too short to NOT be seduced by new packaging and the latest and greatest the cosmetics industry has to offer. So when I actually make it to the bottom of any product, it’s kind of a big deal (for better or worse)!

Black Radiance True Complexion BB Cream

This little BB cream has gotten me through the entire summer! It’s light weight with amazing coverage for a BB cream and makes my skin look amazing. I’m going to cut the tube in half to sqeueeze a little more life from this tube!

Will i repurchase this?

I already have! There is a brand new tube waiting for me on my makeup desk.

Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Tripple Action Toner

This bottle lasts ne a long time because I only havw to use it once a month. My period does a real number on my skin by pumping more oil than normal This exfoliates and keeps mt skin in balance.

Will I repurchase this?

When i find something that works, I never stray too far! This is on my shopping list for sure.

NYX Dewey Finish Setting Spray

elf Makeup Mist and Set

Wet n Wild Natural Finish Setring Spray

I’m starting to wonder if setting sprays are just a gimmick. These really do help with minimizing that overly powdery look. Well so does water and not using too much powder in the first place.

I haven’t noticed my makeup wearing any better with these.

Will I repurchase these?

I think I’ll pass on any of these and probably any other setting spray for a while.

Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser

I am a big fan of double cleansing! It has improved my anon so much. I didn’t want to spend crazy accounts of money for an oil cleanser. Pond’s Cold Cream has been around since forever for a reason. Nothing does a better job of dissolving makeup.

Will I repurchase this?

Already have!

Sometimes brand i or product loyalty can be a real money saver. When you know whatyou like it’s easier to NOT spend money on shotty new things.

What are some of your favourites? Let me know in thecomments below.

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How to repourpose (seemingly) useless makeup

I am a huge fan of beauty boxes! They are a great way to beef up your collection for a modest investment. Depending on what box service you choose, the value can be incredible!

Subscription boxes have a down side though. I was with Ipsy for almost a year before it dawned on me that I was seeing the same items over and over again, in a different makeup bag. Whats worse, no matter how many times I updated my profile, the colors they chose for me rarely seemed to work. That meant I was stuck with tons of pinky-mauve liquid lipsticks that I would never use.

One solution is to join BST (buy/sell/trade) makeup groups and swap or sell you unwanted items. If that’s not something you’re interested in, then re-purposing may be the way to go!

Liquid lipsticks make awesome blushes!

I have super oily skin, but I have always loved the look of cream blushes. They always look so natural and gave off the healthiest flush, unless you have oily skin. Then you end up looking overly slick and greasy.

In my August Boxycharm, I received a #grlpwr liquid lipstick in the color Date Night. This was yet another pinky-mauvy nude color that was all the rage this year. It’s a gorgeous shade and the kind of color brown girls like me can “make work” by adding a darker lip liner. But I’m never really in the mood to manipulate lip colors, so they end up collecting dust in a drawer someplace.

One day I was playing around and swatching some of my lip colors when I thought this color would make an awesome blush color, and I was right! It dries super fast so I dabbed it on the apples of my cheeks and voila! Perfect flush of color!

Useless Mascara

I know what you’re thinking! How can mascara possibly be useless. Well, it all depends on the formula, the brush and the color. I’ve received mascaras that hardly showed up no matter how many layers I pop on.

One easy fix is to use a small eyeliner brush and, well, use it as an eyeliner! Problem solved.

Sheet Masks a plenty!

I’m starting to collect a small country’s worth of sheet masks from all of my subscription boxes. I get it! They’re small, light, easy to ship and have a big moment right now. But if you’re anything like me, sitting still with one of these slimy masks on for 20 minutes can feel like an eternity!

The best solution I’ve come up with is to snip off the corner of the mask packet and squeeze the contents into a little pot or jar with a lid! Now you have your own little pot of essence without the downtime.

Multiple items that you literally have no earthly use for

Sometimes there is no easy fix. Sometimes you end up with a basket full of sample sized products that you may never touch. There was one point with Ipsy where I was getting dry shampoo month after month. I’m a black women with natural hair, what am I going to do with dry shampoo???

A great use for mini products is to either donate them, do an Instagram or YouTube giveaway, or even sell them in lots on Ebay!

What is your favorite way to repurpose makeup??



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How to get the most out of makeup try on apps

So I’ve been feeling like absolute garbage the past few days. My kids have brought home a fun little bug (thanks kids!). I was planning to do a FOTD, but putting makeup on is the last thing I feel like doing.

I have found a way to get my makeup fix without applying a stitch of makeup! There is, in fact, an app for that! My favorite by far is an app called Perfect365. This app lets you take selfies and accurately apply a wide range of makeup looks. You can even apply makeup to live videos of yourself.

You can take an ordinary picture like this and instantly try on tons of different looks, like:


And my favorite…

You can even see side-by-side before and after!

This app has looks by makeup artists and makeup brand along with product recommendations!

So here are a few tips to get the most out of apps like these:

  1. Take selfies face natural light if possible.
  2. At minimum, put your brows on! I tried on a few looks without doing this first and YIKES!!’
  3. Don’t be afraid to try some outrageous looks! You might just surprise yourself!

At least the lipstick is pretty!

I would LOVE to see what looks you come up with in this app! Try it for yourself and tag me @cuteandwicked on Instagram!

This post was NOT sponsored by Perfect365. All opinions are my own.

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Wet n Wild has the 1st Gel Lipliners?

I stumbled across these babies in Walmart while I was picking up more Black Radiance lipsticks that were in sale. Honestly I didn’t know gel lip liners weren’t already a thing! But according to the package, Wet n Wild has the first gel lip liner!

They come in 6 shades and retail for $2.99 each! I picked up 3 shades, Red the Scene, Gone Burgundy and Plum Together.

The liners are retractable and the texture of these are so smooth and creamy! They don’t skip or drag at all.

I can’t wait to pick up the more colors!

What is your favorite budget lip liner??



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Before & After FOTD

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So this is the kind of look that I end up with when my youngest munchkin decides to take a nap!  I was so excite to try the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless foundation.  Every drugstore in my area was completely out of my shade.  I decided to take advantage of my Amazon Prime and ordered from there!

Below is a list of everything that I used:

  1. Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation in Warm Coconut 356
  2. Milani Retouch +Erase Lightlifting Concealer
  3. elf Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder in Dark
  4. elf Blush Quad in Dark
  5. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II
  6. Wet n Wild eyeshadow in In Street Art (orange shade)
  7. Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner
  8. Maybelline Lash Paradise in Blackest Black
  9. Black Radiance Lipstick in Afro Chic

What are some of your favorite looks??



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Anti-haul: Drugstore Edition

Hello Everyone!

I’ve seen a lot of anti-hauls lately. Although I think they are awesome, they all seem to center around higher end products. My makeup budget is slim to none, and slim just skipped town! So for me to proclaim that I’m not going to buy something I couldn’t afford anyway is redundant.

Having said that, there isn’t a shortage of drugstore duds being shoveled out by drugstore brands! So here is my list of drugstore makeup I’m not gonna buy!!!(In my best Kimberly Clark voice)

1. The Mad for Mattes Holy Smokes Palette

Photo Credit: Elf.com

Everyone went bananas for the earlier releases of these palettes. I couldn’t find any of the colors to save my life!! But then I lucked up and found a Need it Nudes and couldn’t wait to try it! It’s supposed to be a dupe for the urban decay naked palette but I’m damn sure the naked palette is way more pigmented than these things!! I swear if feels like something dropped some food coloring into pans of chaulk! Uggg!! So I’m for certain that the Holy Smokes is no where near the Urban Decay version.

2. Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon

Photo Credit: Maybelline.com

I’m trying to be more of a grown up when it comes to makeup. I’ve been lured in way too many times by cutsie packing  like this. This is giving me strong Bonni Bell vibes circa 1993! I have enough glossy balms, so I think I’ll skip these!

3. NYX Elements Shadow Palettes

Photo Credit:  NYX.com

I was beyond excited when I saw these palettes! But,okay…somebody needs to pull NYX aside and let them know they are in fact a drugstore brand. I feel like as a brand NYX has been sneakily jacking up prices to the point they really shouldn’t be in drugstores anymore. Go on to Ulta where you belong!

4. Burt’s Bees Makeup Collection


This entire collection is the cosmetics industry’s equivalent of melatonin!  Who says that “natural” products have to be a complete snooze-fest?  The colors are blah, the packaging is a little too on the nose for me and the shade range is…just no.  When this line dropped, nothing about it make me go, ohhhh!!!  I’ve got to have that!  I think i’ll pass on everything here.

5. Color Correcting Palettes of any kind

It’s really unlikely that anyone one persons face is going to need that many correctors. These kinds of palettes are great for working makeup artists and belong no where near one persons face.

Are there any products that you’re not going to buy??  Let me know in the comment section down below!



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September Beauty: Challenge Day 6

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I never met a challenge I didn’t like! Well, a makeup challenge anyway. I saw the #septemberbeautychallenge2017 on beauty and the ballrooms’s blog (awesome blogger,check her out!!!) and I knew that I wanted in! I missed the first few days because I caught an awful cold from my lovely children. So this is my first submission to the challenge.

Day #6 Blushers

So when I was going through my makeup stash for this post, I realized I only have 2 blushes! Technically 6 if you count my quad.For comparison, I have 5 shadow palettes, almost a dozen lip products and too many brow products to count!

elf Blush Quad in Dark $6.00

This elf blush quad in dark is perfect for any look I want to create. I get two warm and two cool shades that I can mix and match however I want.

Milani Baked Blush $7.49

My Milani blush is so well-loved that I’ve rubbed off the name on the bottom, is amazing because is gives me a shimmery, peachy glow that doesn’t come off too bright.

It just goes to show, quality is way better than quantity!

What are some of your favorite blushers??



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