My Boyfriend’s Opinion Regarding My Acceptance

Here’s an article I wrote for Her Campus on my experience regarding a recent surgery I just had. Enjoy !

 

“If people asked, I didn’t deny because, again, it wasn’t a secret.”

Source: My Boyfriend’s Opinion Regarding My Acceptance

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The Skinny on Detox Tea

I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted 😦 I’ve been so busy with college and being a student. Please read about my first time ever trying detox tea. Details are intense, but you’ll appreciate getting the real. I wrote this article on Her Campus. Enjoy 🙂All the girls promoting this tea were gorgeous and skinny, none of them ever explained how the tea works but always gave it credit when referring to their figures. I mean, if all I had to do was drink tea to be skinny, then I wanted in

Source: The Skinny on Detox Tea

Mini Haul and Review: Coloured Raine Liquid Lipsticks, Sacha Buttercup Powder and more

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After lusting over some of these items for months, I finally convinced myself to get them. I am happy with EVERYTHING I got (yassssssss). My favorite thing out of all the products are the Coloured Raine liquid lipsticks, OMG … just OMG. I am burning with excitement to tell you guys about these lippies. Let’s just get into this haul!

Coloured Raine Liquid Lipstick

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Mars– This is probably Coloured Raine’s most popular color in the liquid lipsticks. Seriously, I have heard so many people on YouTube and Instagram rant and rave about this color. I must admit…it’s worth the hype. I was really stepping out of my comfort zone when purchasing this color (let’s just say, I love my reds and purples). However, I am so happy I decided to give this color a try because it’s gorgeous. Mars is a bright color but can be toned down with lip liner. This color is currently sold out on Coloured Raine’s website (not sure when they will be restocking), but can also be purchased on Ricky’s NYC. The liquid lipstick retails for $16.50 on Coloured Raine’s website and $17.00 on Ricky’s. SN: Please excuse my eyebrows in the photo below, they are in the process of growing (a story for another time… haha).

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Cherry Blossom–  This lipstick right here y’all, this lipstick right here is… EVERYTHING. After reading this, I highly suggest you go place an order…. and yes, it’s really that serious. If you love a red lip with a blue undertone, then you will love this color. This color wears BEAUTIFULLY on darker skin but anyone could SLAY in this color. I could probably make a whole blog post ranting about the majestical powers of this lipstick, but instead I will just convince you to buy it.  I’ve actually started to fall in love with liquid lipsticks these past couple of months, and I think Coloured Raine actually has one of the best liquid matte formulas. When wearing the lipstick I didn’t experience any patchiness or crumbling, like I have with other liquid lipsticks. I really can say I like the company! I didn’t experience any problems and my order came within the week I placed it. The liquid lipstick retails for $16.50.

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^photo from Colouredraine.com

Sacha Buttercup Powder

Confession: I only bought this product because Jackie Aina raves about it all the time on her YouTube channel. I had super high hopes for this product, and the product DELIVERED. The Sacha Buttercup Powder is the BOMB!!! Honestly, I don’t know what more I can say other than that. For those of you who don’t know, this powder is a setting powder. A lot of people compare this setting powder to Ben Nye’s Banana Powder. Both products work the same, but Sacha’s Buttercup Powder works better for African Americans because the powder has more of a yellow undertone. What I love about the Buttercup Powder is the matte finish you get and it makes your makeup pop. For example, I only use the setting powder under my eyes and it brightens them up. Oh, and the shipping on this baby was fast (it only took 3 days to deliver). The Sacha Buttercup Powder retails for $20.00.  I did insert a picture of the Buttercup Powder below because I wanted to show you guys how yellow the powder is.

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

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I haven’t gotten a chance to play around with these eyeshadows. I’ve only swatched them, but so far I am impressed! The eyeshadows are only $6.00 a piece and are super pigmented. I got the colors Bitten and Crème Brulee. Bitten is described as a matte deep maroon red and Crème Brulee is described as medium sand color with a matte finish. So far, I’m really impressed with these eyeshadows. I will be posting looks with these shadows soon, keep your eyes open!

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M.A.C Vamplify Lipgloss

Another product that I haven’t fully worn yet. I did swatch the lipgloss on my lips once and was happy with the results. I will say, I prefer liquid lipsticks over glosses. However, one thing I really liked about the M.A.C Vamplify gloss is the color payoff. I got the gloss in the color Modern Drama and love it. Modern Drama wears as a deep burgundy (perfect for fall) and the formula is thick. I really like how thick the formula is because I don’t like a gloss that wears sheer. The gloss retails for $20.00.

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Bare Minerals Tinted Mineral Veil

Bare Mineral’s Mineral Veil isn’t new to me but this is my first time using the tinted version. I stopped using the original Mineral Veil because I felt it made my skin look ashy. The tinted version is slightly darker then the original but if you have dark skin then it will go on clear.  I have no complaints, I love using it. If you have oily skin, I would say something like this is a must. I carry it in my makeup bag to touch up any oily spots on my face. Bare Mineral’s Tinted Mineral Veil retails for $21.00.

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Beauty Gurus that Rock

1. Jackie Aina

How do you say you love everything about someone without sounding crazy? Well, I absolutely love everything about Ms. Jackie Aina (call me crazy)! Her youtube channel is amazing and she is making it happen for all chocolate girls around the world (yassssss). Aside from Jackie being hilarious, she is also very knowledgeable (home girl knows her craft y’all). Every time I watch her YouTube channel, I learn something new. SN: Jackie’s Snapchat stories are LIFE (story time is the best). Honestly, just follow her on everything! You won’t get enough of her.

Jackie Aina (Youtube)

Photo from: Jackie’s Youtube

Instagram: jackieaina

Youtube: Jackie Aina

Snapchat: jackieaina

2. Shayla

Shayla is straight GOALS, she has no OFF DAYS (#Slayla). I love the makeup looks she comes up with because they are always perfect. Shayla never has a hair out of place, an eyebrow crocked, a nail broken, etc. Do I need to say it again? She’s goals. I love watching her Snapchat videos because they are HILARIOUS and motivational. In her snaps she is always motivating her followers to get to the gym and shows us her workouts that she does with her trainer. Not to mention, she gives posing seminars on Snapchat so we can slay just like her (just go on Instagram and #shaylataughtme you’ll get it). Also, she teaches online makeup classes as well!

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Photo from: Shayla’s Twitter

Instagram: makeupshayla

Snapchat: Makeupshayla

Online classeIs: makeupshaylalive.com

3. Arnell Zinnerman

I love Arnell’s face, her features are beyond amazing! And let me just say, her eyebrows are always on FLEEK (yes, always). What I love about her is how real she is. If she thinks a product is complete crap, she lets her followers know. I’m always watching her snaps because she gives in depth makeup tutorials. Oh, and I love her personality! She’s so sweet but takes no bull (don’t come for her, period).

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Photo from: Arnell’s Instagram

Instagram: Arnell.Armon

Snapchat: lovearnell

4. Irishcel Puello

I love watching Irishcel’s snaps and Youtube videos because she is so upbeat! She’s definitely not afraid to be herself and I love that. The makeup looks she comes up with are BOMB, always. Not to mention, she is super creative with color combinations. After watching her videos, I’m always inspired to play with different colors. Oh, and if you love highlight like she does, then you’ll love her because she is always about that highlight.What’s great about Irishcel is how humble she is.  Seriously, she seems like the sweetest girl ever.

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Photo from: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/571112796468334465/

Instagram: irisbeilin

Snapchat: irisbeilin07

Youtube: Irishcel507

New Product Update: M.A.C Vamplify Collection

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Photo from: popsugar.com

Earlier today M.A.C released the Vamplify Lipgloss collection and OMG I’m in love. The collection is only available online but will be in stores from Sept.3- Oct.15, 2015 according to Lipstickjunkieforever’s Instagram page (if you don’t follow her, drop everything and follow her).  The new collection includes 17 amazing colors. What I love about this collection is that there’s a color for EVERYONE. If you love nudes, there’s nudes. If you love purples and pinks, there’s purples and pinks (do you see where I’m going with this?). The glosses  are $20.00 a pop.

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Photo from: Lipstickjunkieforever’s Instagram

Can we just take a moment to admire how pigmented those glosses are? I mean look at how pretty the olors are! Seriously, M.A.C you can just take all of my money now.

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Y’all I am loving the packaging as well, It’s just so cute!

So because I was drooling over this and wasn’t able to get my funds together in time, I only ordered one of the glosses (the college struggle). I will definitely be posting my thoughts about M.A.C’s Vamplify Lip Glosses once I receive my gloss in the mail. I am hoping these wear as good as they look.

Style Guide: Fall Edition

Guys, my favorite season is approaching…FALL. Are you ready for the cozy sweaters, booties, leather jackets, pumpkins, Thanksgiving and of course Black Friday? Well, I am definitely ready. However, before we transition into fall there are four essential trends that need to be incorporated into your fall look.

1. Oxblood and Olive Green

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Photos from: A. Slice.Ca                                                        B. Lulus

The hottest colors for fall right now are oxblood and olive green. In every store’s new fall collection there are oxblood and olive green pieces. These colors are HOT! It honestly doesn’t matter what you have in these colors, as long as you have SOMETHING in these colors. How cute would oxblood jeans be with black or beige booties? Even olive green jeans with a neutral brown drapey jacket? Ya’ll whatever you decide to get just make sure you get something in these colors. I’ve been drooling over any and everything I see in these colors.

2. Peep Toe Booties

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Photos from:  A. polyvore.com  B. miashoesfashionblog.com

C. shopstyle.com   D. polyvore.com

Peep toe booties are a must this fall. The great thing about the beginning of  fall is it isn’t too hot nor too cold (Minnesota weather, that is). Almost like peep toe booties, your feet won’t be hot because of the opening in the front of the booties nor will they be cold because everything will be covered except the toes. You can dress almost any outfit up with a pair of cute booties. Going to a movie? Throw on some skinnies with booties. Night out with the girls? Perfect, throw on some black or oxblood colored pants (cough, cough) with some booties. Do I really need to go on about how booties can make styling easy?

3. Fringe

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Photos from: A. Express.com                 B. Revolveclothing.com

Ok, so the same rules for oxblood and olive green apply to fringe: It doesn’t matter what you get with fringe as long as you get SOMETHING with fringe. I LOVE fringe and anything with fringe catches my eye. Honey, I could be standing miles away and spot someone out with a fringe purse. I think the best fringe pieces to get are jackets or purses. A fringe jacket can make any outfit and that is exactly why fringe is perfect for fall. Since, the beginning of fall isn’t super hot (again, Minnesotan over here) you could get away with jeans, a tank top and a fringe jacket. Everyone will think your outfit is so cute, meanwhile you put little effort into it (BAM, that is a double win for you). Also, you can definitely get into fringe boots as well (cough, cough look at the peep toe boot section again. I got ya covered). What’s better then a super cute pair of fringe booties?

4. Bold Lips

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Photos from:  A. ABH Twitter   B. Pinterest.com   C. Pinterest.com

You can never go wrong with bold lips in the fall. Dark red lips and deep purples can spice up any outfit. What’s great about having a bold lip is that you don’t have to over do your makeup. You can pull bold lips off with winged eyes and call it a day.  I love how a bold lip looks in the fall with cute booties and a leather jacket (YASSS).The colors shown here are: Trust Issues by Anastasia Beverly Hills, Cyber by MAC and Runner by MAC.

July Beauty Favorites

These are the products I’ve been loving and using all month long!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

For the whole month of July, I decided to try a new foundation. In my post Skincare Solutions, I mentioned that I only use Bare Minerals due to my sensitive skin. However, I really wanted to try something new. I heard so many good things about the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation and decided I HAD to try it. I am so happy I gave this foundation a try because it is AMAZING. First off, I went to Ulta to grab a sample and I have yet to run out (YASSS). A little goes a long way with this foundation, applying too much will make your face look cakey. The foundation looks best when applied with a traditional flat brush or a “beauty blender” for a flawless finish. Another great thing about this foundation is that it’s super matte which means it is perfect for those of us who have oily skin. The best thing about this makeup is that it didn’t break me out (YASSSSSSS x3). I would recommend this foundation to anyone with oily and sensitive skin. I wouldn’t suggest this foundation to people who have dry skin because the formula is matte and drying. I did purchase this foundation yesterday during Tarte’s friends and family event and got 3o percent off.

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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Ya’ll this sponge saves lives, I cannot imagine what my makeup would look like without it. I love this sponge for blending in concealer and smoothing out the little areas makeup brushes can’t get to. I apply my foundation first with a makeup brush and then conceal using the sponge. I’m not sure if many people damp the sponge but if you aren’t, try it. Wetting the sponge makes a huge difference and gives the face an air brushed finish. After I blend out the concealer, I go back over it with the sponge and I love my results. This sponge retails for $5.99.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick: Trust Issues, MAC Lipstcks and Lip Pencils

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(Left to right: Nightmoth, Cork, Trust Issues, Stone, Styled in Sepia)

Anastasia Beverly Hils (ABH)  Liquid Lipstick: Trust Issues– OMG can we please just talk about this liquid lipstick? I think this was the most anticipated color from the fall ABH liquid lipstick colors . Trust Issues is BOMB, it’s truly an amazing color and I haven’t seen it look bad on anyone. Honesty, the color can be pulled off with any skin tone.These pictures don’t do the color justice. I wore this lipstick out and received so many compliments! I had drinks and didn’t have to touch up my lips afterwards. I was amazed at how long the color stayed on and didn’t smear or smudge.

MAC Lipstick: Styled in Sepia– This by all means isn’t a new color. It is actually a limited edition color that came out months ago. However, this month I’ve found myself in a nude lip phase. Nude lips are so easy because they go with any and everything. Whenever I’m in a rush, I just swipe and go. I love this lip color because it is the perfect nude for us women with darker skin. I always line my lips before applying any bright color or nude. Dupe for this color: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sepia

MAC Lipstick: Stone– This color was originally a lip pencil but MAC made it into a permanent matte lipstick a couple months ago. I would say this color is a gray nude. A lot of people compared Styled in Sepia to this color, but Stone has too much of a gray tone for the two colors to be the same. This is my other go-to lip color when I’m going for a nude lip, and the month of July has been all about nude lips for me.

MAC Lip Pencil: Nightmoth– This is the lip pencil I’ve been using with the color Trust Issues. It’s a really pretty deep plum.

MAC Lip Pencil: Cork– This lip pencil is a golden brown color. I think it’s a great lip pencil  for women with darker skin because it blends well with our skin tone and can deepen any nude lipstick. I always use this lip pencil when wearing nude colors.

Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

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Talk about long and luxurious lashes? For the longest time, I heard so many great things about this mascara but never attempted to try it. I’m happy I finally came to my senses and tried this mascara out. I purchased the travel size before committing to the full size, and let’s just say I am definitely ready to commit. This mascara is buildable and makes your lashes look so long. The travel size retails for $12.00 and the full size is $23.00.