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!

    little MAC Lipsticks


    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? 

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      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?

      Top 5- September

      September was a pretty stressful month with moving out and into a new place. These were my five favorite beauty products that I reached for during the very hectic days when everything was in boxes, and all I had was five minutes to get ready. 

      1. Bare minerals bare pro foundation 
      2. Benefit roller lash mascara 
      3. Chanel lipgloss
      4. Glossier priming moisturizer
      5. Chevrefeuille by Annick Goutal

      What were your favorite products for the month? 

      Top 5 Summer Foundations

      With the arrival of summer comes all the shine. As a combination oily gal, I have spent a lot of $$$ looking for the one foundation that will stand the test of the New York humidity! Find your new fave below! Continue reading “Top 5 Summer Foundations”

      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. 

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      DE SLICK! Best Mattifying Primers

      As summer is right around the corner, I’ve had a clear out of my makeup drawer and have since put away all the hydrating products and replaced them with mattifying ones. Post clear out, I went on a mission to find the best mattifying primer and I’m glad to report that I have found the one! Continue reading “DE SLICK! Best Mattifying Primers”

      Skincare Staples: Winter Edition

      As someone with an uneven skin tone, having a solid skincare regimen has become a requirement. It started with the Clinique 3 step system in high school, and has since progressed to include a multitude of skincare devices and acids.

      Morning staples: Winter Edition

      1. Cleanser: Cetaphil cleanser/Pixi glow mud cleanser
      2. Toner: Lancome tonique benefiance exfoliating toner
      3. Serum: Drunk Elephant Vitamin C serum
      4. Eye Cream: Kiehl’s creamy avocado eye cream
      5. Day Cream: Neutrogena visibly even daily moisturizer

      These are the five steps I go through each morning. I tend to use the most basic and essential products in the morning and spend more time at night on my skincare

      Continue reading “Skincare Staples: Winter Edition”

      A moment for glycolic acid

      In my skincare regimen, the most common ingredient you’ll find is glycolic acid. This stems from my obsession with having an even skin tone. I don’t have any major qualms with my face/skin in respect to texture, puffiness, redness (ha! 😂), but the one issue that keeps resurfacing is unevenness. Conquering this will I believe take me to the status of having “great skin”.

      Hyperpigmentation is common for people of my skin tone. The number one cause is lack of use of sunscreen which causes your skin to get darker in some parts. Mine are my forehead and chin. My cheeks and the space between mu nose and top lip are also a shade lighter. This makes choosing a foundation shade very difficult. I rarely want to go a shade darker as it makes my cheeks look dirty ot smudged.

      Because of this, I consistently use glycolic acid which is one of the best topical ways to help even skin tone. I use glycolic peels, acids, cleansers and scrubs. My favorite way to use it is with toners since they stay on the skin as opposed to being rinsed off. If you’re interested in adding glycolic acid to your routine, look below for some of my favorite glycolic acid products!

      1 Pixi glycolic acid toner (5%) $22

      2 Nip + Fab glycolic fix scrub (3%)$8.99

      3 The Ordinary Glycolic acid toner (7%) $9.80

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      4 Pixi glow peel pads (20%) $22

      5 Nip + Fab glycolic acid cleanser (3%) $8.99

      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!