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.

Product Review: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water and more

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Do I even have to give a review on the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette? We all know the Naked Palettes are done to perfection… However, if you are still on the fence about the newest Naked Palette then please keep reading and then go buy one! Aside from the new Naked Palette, I also tried the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water (travel size) and bought a new sparkly Macbook case (yes, I know this is not beauty but couldn’t resist sharing).

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eye Palette

Let me just start off by saying, I love this palette. I adore all the colors, but the brown color “Whisky” has got to be my favorite (talk about the perfect chocolate smokey eye). I’m also in love with this palette because it is brown skin friendly (YASSSS). A lot of times I stay away from cooler toned eyeshadows because such colors make women with darker skin look ashy, but this is not the case with these eyeshadows. The colors are super rich and pigmented which is perfect for divas with darker skin. The palette is prefect for women who are always on the go because it can fit right in your purse.

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Look how beautiful these colors are!  There’s so many looks you can come up with. I would highly recommend purchasing this palette if you haven’t. The colors stay on and they don’t smudge which is awesome. I also love the brushes that come with the Naked Palettes. Here is the brush that came with this one:

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

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I must admit, I was a little nervous to try this product. As mentioned before in my post about skincare, I have really sensitive and oily skin which means my face is prone to break outs. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find no break outs from this product. Now, there are a couple ways to use this product according to the reviews I’ve read. One way to use this product is to apply it before applying makeup. Another way is spraying the primer water after applying makeup. Lastly, some apply the primer water before AND after applying makeup. However, I like to apply the product after I finish my makeup. What I really like about the Primer Water is that it’s a spray and it leaves my makeup looking clean and flawless, it’s the piece that pulls all of your makeup together.This product is perfect for people with sensitive skin because it doesn’t have any oil, silicone or alcohol. The travel size bottle is the one shown in the picture and it retails for $16.00. If  you are skeptical about trying this, I would purchase the travel size bottle before making the $32.00 commitment to the full size bottle.

 Embrishop Glitter Macbook Case

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I couldn’t resist reviewing this Macbook case I got from the Embrishop on Etsy.com. This isn’t a beauty item but it is something that every fashion/beauty blogger needs to have for their Macbook! These cases are so beautiful and fun. The cases come in a variety of different colors and are $47.00. There are two pieces included, the top glitter case and the bottom clear case. These cases are handmade and are great quality. I’ve gotten so many compliments on this case and you can see the sparkles from miles away.

Skin Solutions: Conquering Dark Spots and Acne

If you’re like me and struggle with acne and dark spots, then you know how hard it is to find products that work. It’s bad enough that we struggle with acne and dark spots, but what can really complicate things is when you have sensitive skin. Yes, I am guilty of that too. The struggle has been too real for me ever since I was in junior high….. I’m 21. I have spent THOUSANDS on products that claim to reduce acne and lighten dark spots. At the age of 17  half of my skin issues were solved when I realized I was allergic to benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid (hmmmm…..could that be the reason Proactiv sent me to the ER in hives on my face?). Congrats Kionna, you’re allergic to the most common ingredients in acne medication (cue the balloons).

Now, here I am at 21 with fewer acne and scars than I’ve ever had since junior high. How? Well, it took lots of patience, but I’ve finally found a skin regimen that works for me and leaves my skin looking clearer and clearer each day.

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All the products shown in the picture are products I use on the daily basis.

Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

This is something I use in combination with the Clarisonic. However, even before I purchased the Clarisonic I used this face wash and noticed results. This face wash works well for me because it’s all natural. No salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. This is great for those of us with sensitive skin because we are still getting our faces clean without ingredients that could be harmful to our skin.I use this product once at night before bed and once in the morning.

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Clarisonic Mia 1

After visiting a dermatologist 3 months ago, it was suggested that I use a Clarisonic. I will be honest… when the dermatologist suggested the Clarisonic all I could do was laugh. I walked out that appointment tickled pink because I WAS NOT spending $100 more (after dropping $200 that day)  for a device to clean my face. However, when I went home and looked in the mirror I knew something had to give. Long story short, I bought the damn Clarisonic. I am not lying when I say it was the best $100 spent. If you’re struggling with dark spots this is it for you. The Clarisonic gets all the dead skin cells out of your pores and deep cleans your face. I had noticed a tremendous differences in 2 weeks, I kid you not. My face looked so much clearer. I use the Clarisonic in combination with the Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. If you have a face wash that you love already, that’s perfectly fine too. I use the Clarisonic every morning and every night.

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Obagi Blender and Obagi Tretinoin Cream

Remember how I mentioned dropping $200 the day I visited the dermatologist? Well, ladies and gentlemen the $200 was split evenly between the Obagi Blender and Obagi Tretinoin Cream. Both these medicines are for lightening dark spots and when I say they work, THEY WORK.  When the medicines were prescribed to me by my dermatologist I was told to use the Blender every night and the Tretinoin once every three days. Tretinoin is very strong which is why I didn’t provide a link for either products, these products should be prescribed by a dermatologist. I would suggest going to see a dermatologist and asking about these products if you have severe scaring like I did.  I gradually increased my usage of Tretinoin to once a night.  However, after a couple of weeks I had to stop because my whole face was lightening. I use the Tretinoin twice a week now.

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 Bare Minerals

Never in a million years would I think I would switch my foundation to Bare Minerals. I was always under the impression their foundation didn’t have enough coverage, but boy was I wrong. For years I used MAC Studio Fix, it was my holy grail foundation. However, after a while I developed a love-hate relationship with it. Some days I thought it was too oily and others I thought it was perfect. I wanted to venture out and I tried NARS foundation, Kat Von D Lock it Foundation (broke my skin out terribly) and Lancôme foundation. I did all of that in a matter of 6 months and my face went from bad to horrendous. Actually, that’s what drove me to the dermatologist. My dermatologist also suggested trying a mineral foundation. Well, the only mineral foundation I knew of was Bare Minerals. The first day wearing Bare Minerals I hated it, I hated everything about it. However, after playing around with the foundation, concealer and blush I fell in love with it. The foundation is buildable and the concealer covers everything. The blush comes in beautiful colors and is actually really pigmented. My favorite part about Bare Minerals makeup is it isn’t harming your skin. If you have sensitive and acne prone skin, then Bare Minerals is a great alternative for you. It seems as if the breakouts on my skin have come to a halt. I am confident that the switch in makeup has a lot to do with it.

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Dermalogica Matte Moisturizer

Did I mention I have really oily skin as well? This is a product I like to use before applying my makeup. This is the only moisturizer I use on my face because I cannot afford to have any more breakouts. Out of all the matte moisturizers I’ve used this seems to be the only one that doesn’t break me out and truly controls the oil on my face. What’s great about this product is that it has SPF in it. When you have dark spots, SPF better be your BFF when you’re out in the sun. If you don’t use SPF and you’re in the sun your dark spots could darken.

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