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.
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!
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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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.
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?
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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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
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!
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!
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.
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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!
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
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!