November Beauty Haul

This month, I did the most. Thankfully, I barely spent much money because a $100 Amazon gift card came through, Sephora’s VIB 20% off sale happened and not all the things I bought were expensive (yay, me!).

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – first timer. Cute story.

My hard earned money well spent. I have been obssessed with this palette for a minute because of IG. Nearly every beauty blogger has this palette and raves about it, so I had to buy it because FOMO, duh. So, when I finally decided to close my eyes and make the purchase, I discovered the palette was nowhere to be found. I searched for months and months, but my efforts were futile. It was completely sold out. Then November XX happened. I was browsing sephora.com and decided to ‘heart’ all the things I wanted to buy. When my eyes fell upon this palette, I nearly lost my mind. It was in stock! I was about to purchase it on sight when I remembered there was a Sephora right downstairs from my office. On the move to Sephora, I decided to call the store just to see if they had the palette in stock. There was no need for unnecessary disappointment. When the sales associate returned to the line and told me they had the palette in stock, a huge smile took over my face. Complete bliss. My day was going well. It was the last palette left. Dare I say it was meant to be. There could have been more in the drawer, but that’s really none of my business. I’m just going to assume I snatched up the last palette. #Blessed.

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Bioderma Sébium H2O – first timer

Amazon came through. Micellar water is the new facial cleanser, but I’m not really about that life, so I use it as a makeup remover and an eyeliner corrector. It’s especially good for the latter. Instead of using coconut oil to correct my newbie cat eye mistakes, I use this. It saves my life every time.

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Trader Joe’s Natural Facial Cleansing Pads – first timer

Hard earned money. This was like three bucks at TJ’s, and it’s been worth it, too. It’s especially nice to use after a long day’s work in the city. I swipe it across my face, focusing on my t-zone and any pimply areas. It downsizes pimples the very next day. I also like the fact that it has tea tree oil in it. It’s a natural antibacterial and so bomb for oily skin, read: drying out pesky pimples.

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The Ordinary – first timer

Hard earned money. I bought the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum and Hyaluronic 2% + B5 serum. I’m enjoying them so far. They’re extremely inexpensive, which intrigued me. The Canadian company prides itself on “clinical formulations with integrity.” They’re selling us honesty in a bottle that will treat our various skin conditions at a price that’s unbeatable. These serums were five and six dollars. I’m in!

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Maybelline New York – repurchases

Forty percent off all Maybelline products. I love a promotion, so – of course, I had to get my Lash Discovery and Great Lash mascaras.

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Nelsons Pure & Clean Acne Treatment Gel – first timer

Amazon came through. I heard this is what a lot of makeup artists use backstage on models when their skin isn’t on fleek. It’s supposed to cast away pimples.

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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant – first timer

Hard earned money. I was looking for something that would make the texture of my skin smoother, and Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is the thing because it’s good for exfoliating, getting rid of dead skin and allowing new skin to grow, minimizing blemishes and much more. It’s particularly good for those with oily skin. The most common BHA is salicylic acid an it’s typically used for treating acne. I don’t have much of an acne problem, but I do have a texture situation that I’m not too fond of. Aside from the bumpiness that I sometimes see and the occasional pimple, my skin and I don’t have any issues. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy for rubbing acid on my face, but nah. BHAs are organic acids that can be found occurring in nature.

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Murad Anti-Anging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – first timer

Sephora 20% off. I was in the market for new sunscreen. I’ve been using Coola, and although that’s a fine product, I was over it and wanted to try something new. Perhaps I’ll circle back to it once summer decides to say hi again.

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Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – first timer

Sephora 20% off. I read somewhere that it is an effective charcoal mask that’s suitable for oily skin, so I decided to give it a try. I bought the travel size, just in case. I currently use the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask.

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This was a great month in beauty and skincare. So much joy. I’ll see you all in December. 🙂

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Product Review: NYX Lipstick Haul

I’ve been meaning to do a lip swatch video of the NYX products I bought a few months ago, but as the days went by, I couldn’t fade recording or editing a video. Blame it on the cold weather. So, I decided to share my thoughts the old fashioned way, in writing. 

I don’t even remember when I bought these products, but I’ve had enough time to decide if I like them or not. I like them. I particularly like the Soft Matte Lip Creme in Abu Dhabi, which is not pictured because I purchased it in the spring. I don’t know what my lip life was like before wearing Abu Dhabi. It’s perfect. I wear it all the time when I can’t make up my mind about another lip color to wear. It’s my safety blanket.

I’ll discuss Abu Dhabi in another post, though. Today, it’s all about these five colors:

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In general, these products are highly pigmented, don’t stay on all day and immediately begin fading after eating lol. They’re comfortable on the lips and not overly drying.

Lip Lingerie in Beauty Mark – I would describe this product as a muted brown with purple undertones. I enjoy when this color starts to fade because it looks like a natural stain. At the end of the day, the color looks like my lips, and I don’t mind that. The only annoying thing is that texture wise, it feels a bit sticky.

Lip Lingerie in Teddy – I would describe this product as a grayish, muted brown. The same sentiments about Beauty Mark apply to Teddy. When it starts to fade, it looks great. I usually don’t ever reapply this color because it looks better with time. Again, the texture is a bit sticky, but it kind of subsides as the day progresses.

Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Club Hopper – I would describe this color as a purplish brown. Again, the color looks like a natural lip stain as the day progresses. I like that. When first applying, the hue is very rich. It’s comfortable on the lips from what I can remember when I last wore it. It’s a cream, so it won’t give you a matte finish, but instead a subtle sheen.

Soft Matte Lip Creme in Transylvania – I would describe this color as violet. It’s creamy when you first apply it and then dries down matte. It doesn’t last very long at all, and because I have a pink bottom lip, I have to apply this like a million times just to cover it. A lot of color doesn’t come out on the doe foot applicator, which I absolutely hate about the Soft Matte Lip Creme line. Otherwise, it’s comfortable to wear.

Soft Matte Lip Creme in Copenhagen – I would describe this as a berry red. The same sentiments about Transylvania apply to Copenhagen. When these colors start to fade, though, they look a hot ass mess lol. I find myself either wiping off or adding more product. Usually it’s the former. I do enjoy using these colors as a top layer to other lipstick brands. They usually makes those other brands’ colors last longer. Go figure!

That’s about all I have to say about these products. As always, thanks for reading my post. What are some of your favorite drugstore lip brands, if any? 

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Setting Sprays For Oily Skin

By now, you know I have oily skin. Finding a setting spray that will check my sebum production at the door is key, but difficult. Trial and error is annoying, time consuming and costly. However, thank me later because I’ve done some of the searching for you. Below are three products I’ve tried and two more that I want to try:

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Left: NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. Middle: Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray. Right: M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix+ Spray

 

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

This doesn’t do a damn thing for me besides keep my makeup in place. It does nothing for controlling shine. In fact, it makes my face oiler, therefore, it doesn’t do much to solidify its claim of achieving a ‘matte finish.’ The only benefit is its cost. It’s the cheapest out of the three products in the photo above.

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray

This is very similar to the NYX product. It keeps my makeup in place, but it doesn’t control shine. After spraying, my face is always oiler than normal. I had high hopes for this brand because people rave about it. Thank goodness I bought the travel size.

M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix+ Spray

It looks like water, so you’d think it wouldn’t be effective, but looks can be deceiving. This product is the truth; it’s my holy grail setting spray. It also does a great job of combating shine and keeping my makeup in place. My makeup stays matte for hours, and I don’t really need to blot my t-zone, but I still do because of habit. Prep + Prime is a multi-use setting spray, too. I also use it to dampen my Real Techniques Complexion Sponge for blending foundation and concealer or add moisture to my contour palette. I used this product in the photo above, and I only had to blot once. This photo was taken when I got home at like three in the morning. Face was still popping!

I still want to try the Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer and Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray. I heard these were good, but I won’t be holding my breath.

What are some of your favorite setting sprays? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Video: My Deepest Regrets

I purchased a few things that I am not proud of, and I regret it.

In the video, I talk about two colors/formulas from Milani that are not as uncomfortable as the others. Those colors are Glamour and Emotion.

Products mentioned in this video include:

  1. Milani Amore Matte Lip Cremes that I mentioned here. See me wearing Dearest, Glamour and Emotion here.
  2. Be The Skin Botanical Pore Toner 
  3. Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V 1970 Balancing Exfoliator Toner
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood and American Doll
  5. ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Beeper. See me wearing Beeper here.

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