5 of the Best Beauty Items Under $10

Best Beauty Items under 10

I’m doing another post with my Makeup Wars sisters and this week we’re talking about some our favorite beauty items that just happen to be under $10 a piece. This is easy for me since I tend to lean more to lower-end cosmetics versus the expensive stuff. I can make more money in life and still have a hard time justifying a $40 mascara. Seriously, y’all. Luckily the babies that I’m mentioning in this posts are not only affordable but easy to find, too. Woohoo!

Best Eye Shadow Palette: Sleek Makeup – $9.60

I first discovered Sleek Makeup sometime last year and I’ve been hooked on them ever since. They recently sent me a box of goodies and I got to sneak a peek at a new palette. I haven’t tried them all but I do own thier  i-Divine AU Natural Palette and giiiiirl, lemme tell you. It is the real deal. I’m amazed at how cheap they are because the quality of the shadows are pretty stellar. Long lasting, extra pigmented and full of various textures, I have yet to come across a palette from them that I didn’t love.

Best Makeup Brushes: Real Techniques – $9.92

I’ve been on the Real Techniques bandwagon for quite some time and I’m still a rollin’. They can do no wrong in my eyes. They are the reason why I don’t even look at higher end makeup brushes. Sold online and at ULTA, finding a makeup brush that is efficient and lasts through tons of applications and washes couln’t be easier. I have a ton of their brushes but really it’s this Core Collection set that I can’t get enough of. I recommend it time and time again to  anyone who wants really good makeup brushes that are also affordable.

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My Whiter Teeth Mission with Colgate Optic White + Giveaway

Colgate Optic White So we all know how I feel about dental care. I’ve talked about it a thousand times. So much so that I should probably start a dental care blog. Okay, I’m kidding but you get my drift. I’m pretty serious about dental health and keeping those teeth of mine white so I’m raising my little babe to be the same way. Here’s to hoping that she won’t ever get a cavity until she’s at least in her 20’s. A mama can dream, right? While you know the hippie girl in me is all about trying to find natural alternatives to just about everythiiiiiing, one conventional product that I don’t mind using is toothpaste. I’ve been rockin’ with Colgate for many years and when I got the opportunity to test drive their Optic White Toothbrush + Built-In Whitening Pen, I was all on board. And a little nervous, too. I suffer from sensitivity issues when I’ve used whitening products, namely the strips. I felt a little bit better knowing that the product didn’t have to sit on my teeth for minutes or hours at a time. Colgate Optic White Built-In Whitening Pen In fact using it is as simple as, well…brushing your teeth.  [Read more…]

Life is Better – Thanks to Cotton Candy Grapes

Cotton Candy Grapes

Yes, this blog post is about grapes. I realize you’re probably somewhere laughing at me and I’m totally okay with that. If you told me that at 30 years old, I’d be an accomplished blogger who writes about mascaras and grapes, I too, would have laughed. But seriously, you’ve gotta open up your horizons a little bit and experience the wonderment that are cotton candy grapes.

Grapery Cotton Candy Grapes

They’re exactly what they sound like. Grapes that taste like cotton candy. I first heard about them on Buzzfeed and while intrigued, I figured they were just some funky fruits that those crazy kids in Cali were playing around with. I thought they were a California-exclusive thing and I figured I’d never seen them in my hood. 

Until I saw them in my hood.

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Girlfriend Time and Summer Cocktails with Alizé Passion

Allow me to preface this sponsored post by letting you know that yours truly did not indulge in the alcoholic beverages that you will see in this post. Yes, I know. It’s sad. I’ve put together these gorgeous drinks just to miss out on the opportunity to guzzle them. Don’t feel too badly for me because you better believe after giving birth, I’ll be toasting with a drank of…something. 😎

I’m not a big drinker (remind me to tell you about that time in college…) but I have a few girlfriends who love getting cocktails and fancy drinks. In honor of life…I decided to host a little get together with two of my gal pals with Alizé Passion drinks being the star of the show. This was no easy undertaking, y’all because I’ve never put together a drink in my life. It could not have been easier and based off of everyone’s expressions, I’m guessing I did it right. Woohoo!

Summer cocktails

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90’s Beauty – With It or Quit It?

Hey y’all! Happy Weekend from me and my Lipstick League sisters. Today we’re talking about brows! But before that, check out these hot posts circulating the web. 

Blushing Noir – Get the look! Brooke shows you how to wear the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows on their own. Who needs primers and powders? Not you 😉

Clumps of Mascara – talks about Five Drugstore Concealers That You Should Try. And the best news? All of the brands mentioned have shades for various skintones!

EauMG – tries Amayori, a natural bath and body line inspired by Japanese bathing rituals.

Gouldylox Reviews – Makeup Wars is back with everything you need to hide dark circles and look younger.

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Elle’s Back to School Ready with Carter’s

Fa la la la laaaaa to back to school season. Not gonna lie, y’all – I’m happy we aren’t there yet because WOW, it seems like a stressful time for parents and kiddos alike. But I remember this season when I was growing up and the best part about summer ending and school starting back up was shopping! Picking out a slew of brand new clothes and shoes was the total highlight for us. Brand new kicks, tops, backpacks and markers? Oh yesss…we thought we were living the life. Through Mom Central, I got the opportunity to style Elle with back to school outfits that she handpicked herself from Carter’s. Our little lady has a pretty groovy style profile at only 2 years old and I can’t wait to see how she continues to experiment with fashion.

2-Piece Top & Legging Set (here) and Glitter Slip-On Shoes (here)

Elle in Carters

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Five Drugstore Concealers That You Should Try

Drugstore Concealers
 
Have you ever been really tired in the morning and had dark circles or bags under your eyes? Do you have imperfections all over your skin? Chances are you need a concealer to take care of those problems! I’ve tried a ton of concealers in my day and some have been really great and some have been absolutely terrible and I’ve felt like they haven’t done anything for me! So if you’re on the hunt for a concealer for you, I’ve made a list of my top 5 favorite drugstore concealers and maybe this list can help you decide when you go out to purchase one!
 
5. Black Opal Total Coverage ConcealerIt’s hard for a dark brown girl to find a drugstore concealer. The options just aren’t there. Black Opal, however, not only gives us a slew of shade options for darker skin but this concealer is dead on. It’s long-lasting, moisturizing and works very well alone or paired with liquid, creme and powder foundations. 
 
4. Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer: This is another concealer that I also do not use for under eye coverage, it is even thicker than the previous concealer stick I spoke about, but it is PERFECT for when I need to cover up a bit pimple or anything like that! I think it’s primary purpose, at least for me is when I have a random breakout and really need some heavy coverage. This is fairly affordable, retailing for only about $6.00.
 

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Processing

Be back soon, my loves. I hate to leave my blog hanging but…life, ya know? I am currently processing through some hiccups and between that and being just a tad bit overworked, some things have to be put on the back burner.

Posts will resume in a few days.

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