Byrdie Beauty Lab

So today was kind of a great day. Not only did I get to meet two women who I deeply admire within the beauty industry, I also got so many great luxury deluxe beauty samples!

So Byrdie.com, the online destination for all beauty trends and news, has a collaboration with Nordstrom in the form of a pop up beauty lab!

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This was such an innovative idea and leave it to the fabulous gals at Byrdie to execute such a stunning pop up. You walk in to a “lab”, curated with the best of the best brands, laid out to be played with on beautiful tables. They are merchandised by hair, fragrance and makeup and you get tons of space to move around and try out brands you won’t normally find in stores.

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New launches

MAC liptensity relaunch
 

MAC brought back their liptensity lipsticks which launched last year with Lipliners this time around! I love the liptensity Lipsticks my favorite being masala and I’m psyched to pair these with their lipliners! Lipstick $21 lipliner $

The ordinary serums

    The wonderful people at Ordinary blessed us with more serums this month. They brought out an update on the favorite retinoid 2% and 3 brand new antioxidant serums that you didn’t know you needed. 

    • Granactive retinoid 5%
    • Grananctive retinoid 2% in squalene 
    • Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
    • EUK 134 0.1%
    • Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%

    These serums range from $6.80-$13.90

    The main one I’m super excited to try is the Ferulic acid as I’ve been curious about the Skinceutical one for ages!

    Twilly by Hermès

    My mum turned me unto Hermès fragrances and I haven’t turned back since. My favorite scent is jour d’hermes but I’ve been meaning to try a new one from them for ages! Thankfully I don’t have to wait any longer because they just released a fun new one! It’s called “Twilly” and is described as being for the young woman. 

    “Fragrance story: The scent of the Hermès girls, a daring fragrance woven with striking ginger and sensual tuberose. A floral, spicy and oriental eau de parfum.”

    Style: Oriental floral.

    Notes:- Top: Ginger- Middle: Tuberose- Base: Sandalwood 

    Super excited as Sandalwood is my favorite note in fragrances! This is launching at $79 for the 1 oz , $100 for the 1.7 oz and $130 for the 1.7 oz!

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    Another exciting launch from MAC is the mini versions of their top 10 Lipsticks! I love these cute minis and find them so useful for nights out or just to try a new shade. Best part is they’re only $10! 

    Which launches are you excited for this month? 

      Top 5- Fall Lipsticks 

      MAC retro matte liquid lipstick in ‘Uniformly Fabulous’

      This is my favorite dark lip for this season! It applies so opaquely and stays on all day post greasy lunch and dinner! I usually have to reapply post lunch around the edges but it doesn’t leave my lips feeling tight and uncomfortable.

       

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      NYX soft matte lip cream in ‘Vancouver’

      This is the perfect purple soft matte lipstick. It doesn’t last all day like the MAC retro matte lipsticks do but it feels so comfortable! It is also very flattering for a wide variety of skin tones and makes me feel like a purple unicorn each time I wear it!!

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      Colorpop matte liquid lipstick in ‘Lax’

      As far as liquid lipsticks go, color pop were the OG. They also have one of the lowest price points and have one if the widest shade ranges out there. They’re not the most comfortable but last all day! This shade, especially makes me feel like a baWse whenever I wear it!

       

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      MAC lipstick in ‘Rebel’

      This was my first dark lipstick ever and it has stood the test of 7 years of repurchasing to be in my faves! I love the berry purple shade of this lipstick and the stain it leaves behind! I’m nota fan of satin lipsticks but this one feels like a velvet matte finish and lasts longer than a typical satin lipstick.

       

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      NARS velvet matte lip pencil in ‘train bleu’

      This is my favorite NARS lip product mainly because of the incredible aubergine color and the ease of application. It doesn’t last as long as I’d like but the fact that it’s a pencil which means I don’t need a lip liner before applying makes it easy to take it and reapply all day!!

      Honestly, 75% of the reason why I love the fall season so much is because I get to wear all the deepest darkest lipsticks without anyone batting an eye! To be honest, I do wear ‘uniformly fabulous’ during the summer months however, I feel way more comfortable wearing these lipsticks while snuggled up in all the burnt orange knit sweaters, leather jackets, and Chelsea boots!!

      What are your favorite fall lipsticks?

      The only celeb makeup launch I’ll be buying-Fenty Beauty

      Fenty beauty launched yesterday and yes, I did stay up to make sure I got my hands on the products in case they sold out.


      This launch took two years to create and according to the creator aka Rihanna, ” Gotta represent for all the girls that come in all shades”. The line features 16 products with the standout being the ‘Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation’ which comes in a standout 40 shades!!!


      For a launch to have 40 foundation shades is outstanding. 3 of the darkest shades were already sold out with the testers broken so so I can’t confirm my shade until my goodies get to me on Monday!


      The second standout of the launch is the ‘Gloss bomb universal’ which as the name suggests is a universal lipgloss! It’s only $18 and is a beautiful shimmering rose nude. This was featured in one of the sneak peek videos on RiRi’s Insta where she features such a conglomeration of diverse models! Fractured in the video sporting the gloss are Duckie Thot- a gorgeous Sudanese model heating up NYFW at the moment. She also features Slick Woods with the beautiful signature gap tooth and also Halima Aden who made waves as the first Hijab model to walk the designer runways.

      Other noteworthy items in the launch include a mattifying primer, the Killawatt highlighter (best name ever!), and the match stix.

      I’m so happy with everything to do with this launch and can’t wait to give a full review when I receive my products!!!

      I’m especially happy that so many people of colour were featured in the marketing. I loved Rihanna before but I absolutely adore her after this launch.
      Go buy FENTY
      Go buy it!

      BeautyCon NYC 2017!

      It honestly was very different to what I was expecting and I enjoyed every minute of it! I got to see and even meet some of my favorite beauty vloggers and even got to breathe the same air as Gabrielle Union for a few hours!

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       This was one of my favorite parts about the event. Makeup by Mario classes retail for $500-upwards! I was so happy to see him and happily absorbed the main tip he gave which is to always stay classic with your makeup irregardless of all the trends.**ehem, holographic unicorns ehem ***

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      Monica from Monicastylemuse was such a doll! She was so nice and sweet and she said I smelled Nice 🙈

      Khoudia Diop looked amazing at the seventeen booth. It was great to see so many different kinds of beauty being celebrated. She looked effervescent 

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      I discovered a makeup brand that I’d never heard of before at the event!  A J Crimson. They have a grand opening in the City later this month and I’ll be picking up some things to review!

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      Entered a bunch of giveaways

      20170524_200800Stood in line for an insane amount of time for a unicorn that wasn’t free 20170524_200821Got some free lip oils at the Clarin’s truck

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      Basked in the presence of Gabrielle Union. 44 never looked so good. Plus she has a haircare line out: FLAWLESS20170520_142316

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      All in all, beautycon was pretty great. 

      Have you ever been?

      New Year Musings- 2017

      As I sit here, on my couch, the first evening of 2017 at an end, I’m thinking of ways in which I can improve during this new year. I have a plethora of things I want to work on this new year and I’m hoping putting them on a list and making said list public will help me stick to these goals.

      1. Financial responsibility-I am the epitome of impulsive shopping but I also have some responsibilities that I need to prioritize so therefore sticking to a realistic budget is number one on my list of goals for 2017
      2. Fitness-le Sighhhhhhh. Yes, I know, so stereotypical it’s maddening. Simply put, I don’t like what I look at in the mirror esp the mini double chin. I gained 20 lbs about 2 years ago after coming back from a phenomenal study abroad program. I merely want to go back to Samera2K13’s weight.
      3. Have a consistent hair regiment-Mainly, I buy all the products and never use them. Therefore for 2017 I want to give my natural hair so major CONSISTENT TLC.
      4. Skincare-This goes without saying but having great skin has always been a goal of mine. I have nothing stopping me except my own laziness so I intend on giving my skin a high priority this year.
      5. Be more patient/be silent- this has proven to be very helpful  during some pretty intense life events this past year so hoping to expand on this in 2017 to help grow.

      I’ll be checking in monthly with these 5 goals to ensure I’m on track.

      Happy New Year!

      Long time no blog…

       

       

       

       

       

      I highly apologize for not having any updates on my blog for the past month+. It has honestly been because I haven’t had enough time at all! I always felt that I never had enough time while I was in madison but it has gotten even worse in Paris. I’ve been travelling A LOT and just got back from my spring break trip(s) to Milan, Barcelona and Morocco.  I will be posting a more detailed update on what I have been up to but for now I have a whole bunch of pictures to show you what I’ve been up to for the past month. Enjoyyyyy 🙂

       

      Also, an easier way to see what I’m up to is through my instagram account! http://instagram.com/sameera_j

       

      I upload it more often now that I’m travelling so feel free to follow me to keep updated on what I’m up to through some fun filters! 🙂

       

      Miss you!!

       

      xx Sameera

       

       

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      Paris

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      So, I’ll be spending the next couple of months studying abroad in Paris and I can hardly wait!! This has been a dream of mine that I’ve had for SO LONG! Now that it’s almost here, I’m mainly nervous and restless simply waiting for my departure date to get here 🙂 I’m thinking of creating a brand new blog documenting my study abroad trip featuring the above image.

       

      I used to be a French Major and now I’m simply getting a minor but this hasn’t decreased the amount of love I have for France. I’m also double majoring in Int’l Business and Marketing so Europe is a sensible choice.

       

      I’m so excited I can hardly keep still and Paris is constantly my main topic of conversation. Will keep you updated!

      À Bientôt

       

      Xx Meera

      Craving box braids

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      I’ve been DYING to get braids so bad! I’m now completely done with my current hairstyle and just want to get these braids ASAP.  I’m also contemplating taking the natural hair route simply thanks to the fact that I’m done done DONE with extensions! Gah! it’s always a hassle and I figure, if it’s my natural hair, I’ll take care of it better. This isn’t the first time that I’ve actually tried going natural, but I’m hoping that with the help of tumblr and pics of a wonderful blogger called Yagazie Emezi, I’ll be able to survive.

      Here’s some braid lovin’

      Enjoy, Meera xx

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