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Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation Review

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation

Finding a foundation that matches your skin perfectly is hard for most people, especially women of color. I’m constantly looking for a foundation that is deep enough, doesn’t have red undertones (because most darker shades do for some reason), and lastly won’t leave behind a weird grayish-or ashy undertone. A few months back I did a photoshoot at Sephora and got to get my face glammed with all Smashbox cosmetics. While there was a few products I really liked, the foundation was definitely my favorite by far. I ended up purchasing it in shade 9 and I have been using it for a few months now.

Product Description: Like most foundations, this product comes in a small glass foundation tube with a pump applicator that makes it super easy to use. It’s a light- medium coverage foundation.

Price: $42 (available at Sephora and Ulta)

Application: I applied it as I do most of my foundations, using my short round kabuki brush all over my face over my face primer.

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Tips for the Perfect Holiday Hair and Makeup


With Christmas fast approaching, it’s only a matter of time before the family and work holiday parties begin. They are often one of the social events of the year, where we get to let our hair down and spend time with our nearest and dearest. So obviously we all want to look our best. The key is to start planning your look early to fully prepare yourself for such an important occasion. You’ve probably already sorted out your outfit, but have you thought about your holiday hair and makeup? Your everyday look just won’t do and this is the ideal opportunity for you to experiment with bold makeup styles and colors. Here is a number of party hair and beauty ideas to make you the belle of the ball at your holiday party this year.


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Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Review


Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Review

Product: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

To be honest, I only recently heard about Hourglass cosmetics within the last year or so. I was curious about the brand so when I got the opportunity to receive a few of their products for review consideration I was really excited. I was sent the Immaculate liquid powder mattifying oil free foundation (try saying that name three times fast). As the name suggests, this foundation is designed to work as a mattifying foundation with a “liquid to powder” finish (wish I knew about this product during the summer!!). It comes in a slender tube container with a pump applicator top (yass!! three snaps for a pump!!). I was given the two darkest shades which are “sable” and “chestnut.” Immediately I could tell sable was too light and chestnut just BARELY fit my complexion (I added a little bronzer to the outter edge of my face to help it blend).


DIY Pumpkin Face Mask Recipe

tumblr_n9whygNvlr1rllxpdo1_500It feels like everyone has been talking pumpkin this, pumpkin that for weeks now and I for one couldn’t be more in to it. I think pumpkin season is one of the best times of the year and I love eating all the different pumpkin treats! But pumpkin isn’t just good in your latte, it also has great benefits for your skin! Pumpkins have antioxidants, vitamins, and zinc which makes it heavenly for skin! If you’re interested in adding pumpkin to your skincare routine, doing a face mask is a great start. There’s a good pumpkin enzyme mask from Peter Thomas Roth as well as one from June Jacobs but nothing beats making your own! Keep reading to see one of my favorite quick and easy DIY pumpkin face mask recipes (perfect for all those leftover Halloween pumpkins laying around).

What you’ll need:

Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Once mixed, apply a thin layer evenly all over your face (avoiding your eye area) and leave on your face for about 15-20 minutes. Thoroughly rinse off the mask with warm water to unveil smoother, brighter, and firmer skin!

In addition to the awesome benefits in pumpkins, the honey locks in must needed moisture and prevents breakouts with it’s antibacterial magic. Along with this, the egg yolk tightens the skin while the apple cider/cranberry juice are perfect for oily skin!

Not into DIY? Here are a few pumpkin face masks you can purchase to get the skincare benefits of pumpkin:

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
Pineapple Pumpkin Enzyme Skin Peel 
June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque, 3.8 oz
Andalou Naturals Glycolic Brightening Mask, Pumpkin
Clientele Elastology Pumpkin Regeneration BodySouffle, 6.9 oz

Let me know if you have any favorite face masks, DIY or not! Also, try this out and tell me how it goes! :) 



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Sephora Holiday Rouge VIB and VIB Sale 2015

Sephora VIB Sale 2015

This is not a drill –  The Holiday Shopping Sale at Sephora is BACK! Sephora is doing their VIB sale right in time for the holiday shopping season. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been holding items in your shopping baskets for months waiting on this sale lol! For those lucky enough to be a VIB rouge member you can start shopping the sale today in stores and online until 11/9 with the code ROUGE20. VIB members can start shopping the sale 11/13 with the code VIB20. Sephora rarely does sales and cosmetics in general hardly go on sale so now is really the best time to shop for holiday gifts as well as all the items you want for yourself but don’t want to break the bank on. Since I’m a VIB member my plan is to (more…)

4 Tips for Gorgeous Cheekbones

 There are all sorts of features that women want to stand out on their face or body. Some want people to be drawn to their eyes, while others are proud of their hair. Killer cheekbones are a must for some women, but they often have no idea how to get them. I love a pair of high and sharp cheekbones, just as long as it’s not because the girl is ridiculously thin! If you want to make your own cheeks stand out, I’ve got some great tips to highlight them. There are several solutions you can choose, from using blush all the way up to cosmetic surgery. (more…)

Proganix Quench Haircare Review


Recently, I was sent Proganix’s Quench line for consideration and at first, I was a little skeptical to try it. You can’t blame me though, I love my hair and I don’t want to ruin it with a bad hair day so I’m always nervous about trying new products! Amid all the nerves and excitement over trying a new product, I decided to give it a go and I’m actually happy I did! Keep reading to hear my experience and thoughts with this product!

Price: Quench Shampoo Moisturizing + Nourish and Quench Conditioner Moisturizing + Nourish are $9.99 each and the Quench Moisture Balm and Quench Leave-In Moisture + Nourish are $11.99 each.

Product Description: These products are designed to moisturize and nourish your hair. They are made with all organic ingredients, not tested on animals, and leaves your hair feeling silky smooth, shiny, and weightless. The price of each one is very reasonable for the amount of product you get and the quality of them, too.


5 Tips for More Alluring Eyes

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If I had to choose one thing that defines beauty, it’s the eyes. They’re the most intimate and intriguing part of our features, and there are lots of ways to make an impact. You can create dark, alluring eyes to give yourself a hint of mystery. Or you can go for the traditional feline look, with wide, beautiful eyes. There are so many options here, but one thing’s for sure. It’s the most important part of your makeup routine!
Don’t worry about the color of your eyes. No matter what color you are blessed with, you can make them work. Use that natural color and make it work for you! If they’re deep and blue, capture that, and maximize it! If they’re dark brown or green, use it to create a sultry look. It’s the eyes that really capture people’s attention. In this post, I’ll show you the best tricks for making the most of your eyes.

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