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

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

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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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August 2017 Boxycharm

I love Boxycharm! What’s not to love about a subscription box that gives you 4-5 FULL SIZE products, valued over $100 for $21 a month??! I can’t Think of anything either!

I was lucky enough to get off the wait-list in time for this months box.

This box includes:

Pur eyelashes:

Moda Pro Brush Trio:

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#grlpwr liquid lipstick by the beauty crop:

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Belladonna eyeliner:

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette:

$10 off purchase of $60 at tarte.com

I like to try things for a little while before I give reviews because there is always the potential for me to change my mind about a product. I’ll give my review on this box at the end of September.

What is your favorite subscription box???

XOXO

Aisha

August-boxycharm

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WUNDERBROW Now at CVS!!!

I’ve been on the fence about tying Instagram hyped products like Wunderbrow! It’s not because I thought it wouldn’t work, but because I hate ordering hyped products online. Because returning products bought online is such a hassle, I end up just keeping them.

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon Wunderbow just sitting on a CVS end cap!! I see you CVS!!

And because they have such a generous return policy… and because I spend way too much time there, it makes returns a breeze!

I plan to test this out over the weekend and give a full review!

Does your CVS carry Wunderbrow???

XOXO

Aisha

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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.

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August Favorites

Summer is almost over and I couldn’t be happier.  I’m more of an indoor girl that’s always hot!  Fall cannot get here fast enough.  And because August is coming to an end, I thought I would share some of my favorites of this month.

Black Radiance True Complexion BB Cream is Coffee Glaze $4.99

Credit: Target.com

This BB Cream is my absolute holy grail, ride or die complexion product!  It’s super hard for me to find a drug store tinted moisturizer of BB Cream that’s brown-girl friendly.  So when i stumbled across this gem at CVS, I was thrilled.

Although it’s a BB Cream, it really does have to coverage of a medium coverage foundation.   I like to apply it with my elf foundation brush which gives me the most beautiful finish.  And at $4.99 it really can’t be beat!

L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black $7.49 

Credit: Ulta.com

I talked about this mascara in my no makeup, makeup post.  This stuff is amazing.  it gives me thick, fluffy lashes like I like!  Is it a dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex??  Don’t know.  Too expensive.  Wont be finding out!  I love that the L’Oreal mascara is affordable enough to replace every few months like we are supposed to.

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer Dulce de Leche #15 $14.00

Credit: Sephora.com

Try saying that 5 times fast!  I purchased this on the recommendation from the awesome people of my favorite sub reddit group r/MakeupAddiction.  I made a post asking for recommendations for mid priced concealers because drug store brands still don’t make shades dark enough for me.  They recommended this concealer so I ordered it!

I love this concealer!  It covers my dark circles without looking cakey or settling into fine lines.  It feels super light on the skin and the color is perfect for covering my dark circles.

 

What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comment section below!

xoxo

Aisha

 

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