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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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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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.

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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

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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??

XOXO

Aisha

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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??

XOXO

Aisha

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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??

XOXO

Aisha

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

XOXO

Aisha

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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??

XOXO

Aisha

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