The Fabulous Sephora at Disney Springs + A Giveaway!

So when I heard about the new Sephora at Disney Springs, I was all like, “Eh. Okay.” Because, if you’ve seen one Sephora, you’ve seen them all, right? What could be so different about this one?

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Giiiiirl…I could not have been more wrong. This Sephora, oooooh, this Sephora. If any location is going to have a magical Sephora, it would be Walt Disney World. This makes sense. Oh! Remind me to do a post on the coolness that is Disney Springs.

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Black-Owned Beauty Brands at The Makeup Show NYC 2016

I’ve had a few weeks to come down from the high that was The Makeup Show 2016. Good times, y’all. Good times. I not only did a few things that scared me, but I had much needed time with my girls, ate some REALLY good food and just enjoyed a few days without washing dishes.

You’re laughing but shoot, man. Mom life is mostly of me washing dish after dish every single day. Instead of rambling about the show in its entirety, I’ll just highlight a few of the brands that I was so glad to see. Can we say YAY to Black-owned?!


A little glance at the show. It was busyyyy!

Now now, buttercups…don’t be all uptight over my pride and adoration for James Vincent and his team for providing a space for brands of all backgrounds to shine. This is a big deal. The reality is this – you don’t see a lot of Black-owned cosmetic lines. You just don’t. I can make many assumptions as to why this is but when I do see Black-owned beauty lines, you better believe that I’m investigating and supporting. I’m just so grateful to see people that look like me offer cosmetics at such a huge trade show. 

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My Top 5 Hair Products For Color Treated Natural Hair

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I will never not color my hair, y’all. I’ve been doing this since I was a 14-year old and it’s a habit that likely won’t ever end. Speaking of dyeing my hair at 14…I can’t be the only one that used Kool-Aid packets! Are you judging me? I hope not! Don’t knock it ’til you try it, girl. 4 packets of Orange and 1 packet of Cherry would bring about a gorgeous shade. Mama has grown up since then and now I’m using more refined products. 

Or something like that…HA!

Manic Panic

Manic Panic and I go way back. I’ve been using this dye for about 10 years now and I love how it’s gentle, fume-free and just EFFECTIVE. It’s a semi-permanent dye (which means it won’t last forever) but it does a great job at depositing color. Aaaand, they’re affordable and available online AND at Sally Beauty Supply. Woot! 

Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

I first tried this masque about a year ago (remember this post?) and I’ve been loving it ever since. Creamy and moisturizing, I find that this deep conditioner does a fantastic job on my color-treated hair. To keep that color around, I like to drop a few dollops of my Manic Panic color in the conditioner.

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Are you about that concealing life?

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Olive & Ivy – Marc Jacobs Beauty is totally underrated. I have yet to find a product from them that I don’t LOVE! Here’s some of my fave releases from Marc Jacobs this season.

Phyrra – Want a truly peachy eyeshadow palette that’s not Limited Edition or filled with boring browns? Check out my DIY Makeup Geek Peach Palette and fall in love with these fun shades!

Prime Beauty – has a great giveaway to perk up your makeup bag. She is giving away a $50 Sephora gift card as well as a prize package for the new movie Love and Friendship. Go enter now!

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Disney Minnie Beauty By SEPHORA COLLECTION – Soooo cute!

Here’s the thing about growing up…

Disney Minnie

Don’t do it. Seriously, fight against it. I spent a great deal of my 20’s so incredibly anxious to be older. I wanted to be 21 so I could go to the cool clubs. I wanted to be 25 so I could rent a car. I wanted to be 30 because no one took 20-year olds seriously. Mannnnn, listen. SO dumb. I plan on being youthful for every y’all. Yeah, I know the dark circles under my eyes say otherwise but to hell with thinking I NEED to be a certain age.

I’m where I need to be and I’m going to be a big kid for as long as I live, y’all. And this is why I’m going giddy over this Disney Minnie Beauty By SEPHORA COLLECTION.

Can you EVEN?

Disney Minnie Beauty By SEPHORA COLLECTION

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Hilton New York Fashion District – Can I Just Move In?

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I hadn’t been to New York City in yearssssss. And I missed it. This time, however, I didn’t want to crash on a friend’s sofa. I wanted to stay in a swanky hotel in the middle of an area that was surrounded by lots of good shops and restaurants. I wanted to be close to where The Makeup Show NYC was going to be and I really wanted a hotel that had a really good room service menu.

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Don’t judge me, man. I’m fancy. I LOVE room service.

My girl Courtney and I settled on staying at the Hilton New York Fashion District for several reasons; one being that it was listed as an option on The Makeup Show NYC website. And also, Courtney said that she had never had a bad experience at a Hilton. Same here. 

And so we checked in. It really only got better from there.

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Sooo…what’s in your purse?

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Nouveau Cheap – Did you know that Amazon is doing luxury beauty boxes now? If you want to see what was in the most recent one, so that you’re prepared for the next one, click right here. (PS: there’s a new discount code for your Amazon luxury beauty purchases!)

Olive & Ivy – At a loss for how to store your makeup? I’ve got you covered. Check out this post on how to organize your makeup collection!

Phyrra – I’ve got all of Urban Decay Wende’s Favorites Vice Lipsticks to show you, comparisons to the old version, plus the list of vegan shades! Which do you like best?

Prime Beauty – had the opportunity to test out the new Tria Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser on her nasty crow’s feet. See her before and afters, read her review and get a code for 15% off!

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Parenting Two Kids – I’m Still Surviving

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They say it’s pretty challenging going from 1 child to 2 and lemme tell you…it’s straight up bonkers, y’all. Even more so if you work from home, have a husband that travels a lot and don’t have any family in town. Seriously, if you’ve got kids AND have parents, in-laws and those that don’t mind helping you with your littles in town, you have nooooo idea how good you have it.

And I’m jealous. SO jealous.

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