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!
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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 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.
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!
Covergirl Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balm
E.L.F. Lipstick in Berry Bordeaux
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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
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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