Beauty Bubble: The 22 Best Sephora Buys

If you are like me, Sephora is like a playground. It does things to me that Office Depot, DSW and Lowe’s can’t do (totally love those stores). I feel alive in Sephora. The good news is…I don’t don’t impulsively purchase anything anymore. If I haven’t done any research on it, I don’t need it!

Check out Total Beauty’s picks for the best Sephora Buys. Do you own of these treasures? I definitely co-sign on the Cargo bronzer and NARS blush!

Enjoy the weekend!
The 22 Best Sephora Buys

Consider this the ultimate buying guide to your favorite beauty store

Sephora really is the beauty junkies’ paradise. There are so many products to play with, you could spend days sampling and still not try everything. But, since most of us don’t have days, or even hours, to spend in the store, we rounded up these reader reviews and ratings for you. Now you’ll know exactly which products at Sephora are worth your precious time and money.

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No. 22: Beautyblender Sponge, $18.50 average member rating: 9.1*

Why it’s great: “This is such a wonderful tool. The broad base of the sponge is…”

No. 21: CARGO Bronzer, $25 average member rating: 9.1*

Why it’s great: “CARGO’s bronzer is a great find and beauty bag staple. CARGO didn’t leave us pale…”

No. 20: Nars Blush, $25 average member rating: 4.6*

Why it’s great: “I have the award winning shade, orgasm. I was a little apprehensive…”

Want to see what’s #1? Click here!

Beauty Challenge Reminder: Women’s History Month

Hi, my lovelies… case you missed it:

There is another Beauty Challenge in the blogosphere! Every so often us beauty bloggers like to come together and do beauty challenges. Aside from giving us the opportunity to be creative with make-up, it also a) allows us to come together as a community and b) acknowledge historical people/moments. The last Beauty Challenge, Politically Pretty, was such a big hit. Kia from Yummy411 and I hosted the challenge and had over 25 participants post looks that were Election 2008-inspired.

This Beauty Challenge is Gangstarr Girl‘s idea. In honor of Women’s History Month. What Gangstarr Girl says about the challenge,

“The Women’s History Month Beauty Challenge and it’s where participants take a make up look from a woman they admire (she can be anyone from mom to a celebrity but the woman has to be in a picture that displays the look) and recreate the look with her own flavor. On the day of posting, participants will post a pic of their heroine’s look along with a pic of their recreation of it.”

If this isn’t appropriate, I don’t know what is!

If you are interested in participating, leave your name either in this comment box or over at Gangstarr Girl by today so that we know you are participating. You can also email me at

Deadline to post FOTDs is Monday, March 30, 2009!!!!! That means participants not only post their looks on March 30th, but also provide links to the pages of other participants as well.

What if I don’t have a blog?

You can still participate. Of course you would have to email your photo(s) and statements to us. And then we would showcase them in a separate post on March 27, 2009. Please make sure to send us your photo(s) and snippets by today.

We need more participants. Anyone interested?

FOTD Friday: A one color look

Happy Friday, family!

I feel like I haven’t done a Face of the Day in ages. My skin is slowly but surely recovering from the awful break-out.

I haven’t been wearing much make-up….rightfully so. A reader and I were chit chatting about eye shadow colors and how many colors you HAVE to wear. By default, I thought THREE.

(at least) 1 color for the lid
1 color for the crease
1 color for the browbone.

*hits buzzer* Wrong! You can rock as little as one eyeshadow color if that’s your style. And since I have been quite lazy with make-up application, that is exactly what I have been doing lately.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Jessie’s Girl baked eyeshadow in Evergreen
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Covet
Clinique High Impact Curling mascara

Not a thang, mon!

MAC Nightmoth lip liner
Kissable Couture lipgloss in Peony

To make this look pop I added a ton of green to the waterline.

See….I just had color right on the lid.

For those afraid of crazy eye shadow combinations, try with placing color on the lid and wearing a pretty bright liner.

I absolutely LOVE drugstore brand Jessie Girl’s eye shadows. They are insanely pigmented. I must thank my girl Kia from Yummy411 for the green look inspiration.

Have a wonderful weekend, family!

Stay beautiful,

Beauty Bee-haviors: I just don’t get it!

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world.

Now don’t act like you know everything, family.

There is SOMETHING you don’t get when it comes to make-up application. Whether it be how to bang out a crease, apply foundation or line the lips.

What don’t you understand when
it comes to make-up?

As for me…it should come to no surprise but I have such an issue with foundations! Color matching is such a challenge in itself. And then there is the fear of possibly breaking out. And don’t even get me started on application….you have to be sure to blend everything out evenly so that you don’t have the Tyra hairline thing going on. It’s just….too much and I don’t get it.

What about you? What has you screaming, “I just don’t get it!!!”

Sista Show-Off:

Welcome to another post from the Sista Show Off series! In this series I like to show some love to other companies, blogs, businesses, organizations or just regular ladies like myself who are paving the way for women everywhere! Let me feature you! Shoot me an email at

Admit it….you have looked in the mirror before and said, “Hello Beautiful!”


C’mon yall….don’t make me out to be the only semi-vain person in here. You’ve done it before. You know you have. And you don’t do it because you are crazy full of yourself. Sometimes it feels good to feel beautiful. Of course on the inside, but also out the out.

That’s what HelloBeautiful is all about…..feeling good!

Hello Beautiful got its start from (I used to be ALL over that site in college) and is a wonderful little portal for Women of Color. Whether its fashion, beauty, finances and relationships, Hello Beautiful is truly like visiting a friend’s home. You feel comfortable enough to let it all out on the message boards. You crack up over the postings from the featured bloggers. And nod your head in agreeance with interracial dating. Oh yes, it’s deep.

An article of mine pops up on the site every now and then too.

Stroll through and let me know what you think!

Goodbye Beautiful!

Beauty Review: Clarsskin Underarm Cleanser

Hello beautiful people. Wait…..don’t tell me that you haven’t heard of an underarm cleanser. Surely you jest!

Okay, I’m not even ‘gon lie. Until trying Clarsskin’s, I haven’t heard of one either. What exactly is the point of this stuff? Isn’t it the same thing as body wash?

“I don’t get it, B! Please explain.”

I’m on it. I guarantee that by the time you finish reading this post, you may consider trying a product like this.


Clarsskin Underarm Cleanser

Price: 2 out of 5 ($22 for a 4 oz bottle)
Packaging: I can dig it! I wish it was a little bigger though.
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims:
Clarsskin Underarm Cleanser contains a unique patent pending combination of an effective chelating agent with special agents. This complex mixture is specifically designed to remove antiperspirant deodorant residue, efficiently and mildly.” (source)

The truth:
It works!

What I loved about it: It really gave my underarms a different kind of clean. And it’s a pretty groovy shower gel as well!

What I didn’t like:
I suppose the price is a little steep considering the bottle isn’t so big. It will go quickly because you will use it as often as you use body wash or soap.

I know what you’re thinking. And like you, I was a little skeptical about an underarm cleanser but it REALLY works. Deodorant has a way of REALLY sticking to the pits, doesn’t it? And no matter how hard you scrub, sometimes it doesn’t come off. And of course over-scrubbing causes irritation. Clarsskin is pretty cool because it removes that residue. Completely. I can see it working for men in particular. Most of our guys have hairy pits and I would imagine that Clarsskin would remove every trace.

It also doubles as a slick shower gel! I got a close shave with this stuff. Yall know how much I love multi-purpose products.

This product is for you if you really have an issue with removing deodorant from your underarms. You can find out more about Clarsskin HERE.

What do you think? Sound like a product you could get some use out of? Or not so much?

The Makeup Show LA: Drugstore Stalking, Installment 2

Welcome back to another installment of my experience in Los Angeles for The Makeup Show LA. In the first post, we talked a little bit about The Makeup Show’s background and purpose. Let’s take a brief intermission to talk about drugstore stalking in the City of Angels.

When I lived in LA. I enjoyed nothing more than taking the 204 bus from the corner of Slauson and Vermont allllll the way down to Beverly Blvd. Before heading to the Beverly Center, I would always attack the Longs Drugs store off of Beverly and LaCienga. Longs Drugs has had a major facelift since the last time I visited.

[NOTE: While the Blackberry can save lives and make traffic lights turn green when I need it to, what it doesn’t do too well is take decent pictures. Please excuse the fuzziness.]

For one, the beauty aisle is wider and a lot more attractive.

No more

fighting bumping into fellow customers to grab your favorite on sale items. And wow….wood floors? Longs sure knows how to make a girl feel special.

If you can make your way through the beauty aisle, you will eventually run right smack into a beauty consultantation corner. Wait a second….is this Macy’s or a drugstore?

Of course these brands are a little more expensive than your Olay Complete moisturizer but it is great that the option is there. And besides, this is Beverly Hills. Spending $80 on beauty products in a drugstore is probably the norm.

And what is that I see? Hair products that require you running down a sales associate to get a key?

These babies aren’t behind glass for nothin’. These salon-sold products are also sold at Longs Drugs store locations.

I did a little research (see how much I love, yall?) and found an article from about an opening of a Longs Drugs in Carpinteria, California. It said the following about the Beauty Department,

“The beauty department is designed to encourage customers to spend time browsing, testing and touching the skin care and cosmetic product offering.” (source).

The more attractive the beauty department looks, the more time you will spend there. And the more time you spend there, the louder the items scream out at you. And the louder they scream, the more you buy.

By george, I’ve got it! It makes perfect sense. I’ve heard that this is going on at Walgreens store locations, as well.

Do you think that “beauty department” in drugstores will make you want to spend more? Did you neighborhood drugstore take a turn for the better? I’d love to know!

Until next time….

Amor de Lacquer: MAC’s Peppermint Patti

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to

How crazy is it that my last two MAC purchases have been nail polishes? Could it be that I am more into nail polish these days than eye shadows, glosses, liners and blush? Maybe. But I am having so much fun playing around in another area of beauty.

I am in love with MAC’s Peppermint Patti nail polish. It looks absolutely divine! I have gotten quite a few emails about this polish and how it looks on brown skin.

As pretty as it may look, the application was just awful. It took a good three coats. Like most creams, it is streaky but I also found that it was a little watery as well. It wasn’t fun to put on but it being so beautiful on my nails made up for it. As soon as I take China Glaze’s Caribbean Blue off of my toes, good ole’ P.Patti will go on. I think it is a beautiful Spring color.

My eyes may have been playing tricks on me but when I first saw Peppermint Patti, I thought for a quick second that it may look a little like China Glaze’s For Audrey. Opps! I was way off.

(first 2 nails are P.Patti, the ring finger and pinky are For Audrey) Peppermint Patti is more green whereas For Audrey is more blue. They look nothing alike and both are total must haves, in my opinion.

You can get Peppermint Patti at any MAC store or counter. It is currently sold out online.

Polish Pretty,