Festive Nails for the 4th of July!

Confession: I am not a fan of doing nail art. Not even a little bit. For one thing, doing designs take too long and never last that long. You mean it took me 20 minutes to do ONE nail and these things have the audacity to start chipping in a day? Girl no. It’s enough to make me go crazy. Do I drool over the designs of nail polish bloggers? Yep. All day and everyday. I was inspired by some of those talented girls to do a patriotic nail look.

Patriotric nails

Okay, those nail strips are impressive and all but they don’t lay down for nothin’ in the world. How obnoxious! I’ve seen so many nail bloggers use them to perfection and of course when I try, it looks like a 6-year old did it. Ha! Typical B. Don’t look too hard at the strips. Aaaaand, you can’t tell me that the blue jelly sandwich of nails aren’t some kind of gorge. My nails haven’t been this short in months so I am trying to work with the nubs.

USA nails

 
Polishes Used:
OPI Put A Coat On! (white)
Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue
Milani Teal (glitter)

I would love to rock this nail look for the 4th of July festivities however the nail strips are already starting to peel back. And this is after I’ve applied a top coat. Which, by the way, removed some of the red. Haha, I can’t win. I’ll leave the nail art to the pros. Oh…before I go, have you girls tried OPI’s Glitter Off?


OPI Glitter Off nail polish

I’m not going to act like they’ve done something so revolutionary because nail girls have been using Elmer’s glue as a base under glitter polishes for yearsssss. Years, y’all. Still. It is nice to have it housed in a nail polish bottle. But yeah, it totally looks like glue. And smells like it, too. It took me back to 2nd grade. Most importantly, it works! Very well, I might add. I love glitter polishes but hardly wear them because of the intense removal process. I will totally rock glitters more often and wear this base coat under it. I purchased it from ULTA for about $9.

OPI Glitter Off

So…are you a nail art doin’ kind of gal or would you rather join me in the “Love to see it but hate to do it” crew?

Check out some of these other sweet shades from OPI, Sally Hansen and Milani…

Milani Perfection Liquid Liner Is…Perfect!

Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner

Eyeliners. They’ve been around for decades. I don’t really know the history of them but I reckon that for quite some time that pencil eyeliners have been just that…in the shape of pencils. Liquid liners come in the same boring tubes with a brush and it looks like brands are wising up and trying to be a bit more creative. I was sent this Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner some months back and for the past 2 weeks I’ve been using it non-stop.

Milani Eye Tech Liquid Liner

For one thing, I think it’s groovy! No really…this is the funkiest liquid eyeliner that I have ever seen. I know within the past few years other brands have been giving us these liquid liners with the interesting designs but I am here to say that Milani does a darn good job at their version of this. You can draw thick and thin lines with ease.

Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner swatches

Released in February of 2014, this liquid eyeliner and its ergonomic handle has a water resistant and non-feathering formula. It applies with ease and sure, it takes a few tries to get it to fit comfortably in your hand and when you do…you’re hooked. Honestly, I don’t think this using THIS liquid liner is better than the traditional liquid eyeliner.

Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner applicator

However, in terms of control I do feel like I have a better grip on thangs because my hands have more to hold on to versus a slim tube.

Milani Eye Tech Liner

I love how rich the black is and I  really do think this is such a great eyeliner for those just getting started with liquid eyeliner. Which, by the way, has never been easy for me to use. Melody of Cosmetically Challenged says that while she loves this eyeliner, it tends to get tacky for her during these warmer months so that’s something to think about….

This baby is available at CVS, Walgreens and Walmart and you can cop it here.

The best of Milani…

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LORAC Pro Palette 2…love, love LOVE!

LORAC Pro Palette 2

I know. That’s pretty much the craziest blog title ever but hey, sometimes keepin’ it simple is easiest. And simply put, I am so in love with LORAC’s Pro Palette 2. I did a post of their original PRO Palette back in 2012 and yes, while I still think it was great, LORAC is giving us richer shades and spectacular eyeshadow formula.

LORAC Pro Palette 2 outside

We’re seeing similar shades from the previous palettes but I am loving the the inclusion of the rich Navy and Plum. Seems simple but I don’t know, those additions alone, to me make the palette far more smokey eye friendly.

Closer looks of the shades…

LORAC Pro Palette 2 lighter shades

LORAC Pro Palette 2 shades

 

Comparisons of the 2 palettes with PRO 2 palette on top…

LORAC Pro palettes

The palette is available for purchase at Ulta.com and I’m pretty sure it will head to the physical stores soon and maybe Sephora? Either way, I think it’ll be a big hit for those that don’t have the original PRO palette. Is it a necessity for those of us that already have that one? Well, c’mon…I’m a beauty blogger.

LORAC Pro Palette 2 packaging

I can find ways to justify many purchases. But in all seriousness, I think this palette is definitely more versatile than the first PRO palette so yeah…you beautiful people can draw your own conclusions.

LORAC Pro Palette 2 on brown girl

Not a bad look using Cool Gray a base, right? I did a video of this baby. I am still so impressed with myself, y’all. Last year I think I did one…maybe TWO videos. This year already I’ve done NINE! Heyyyyy!


 

Think you’ll grab this palette or naw?

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 130

Fashion Fair Livid
Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time! 

Gouldylox Reviews – Makeup Wars is all about purple eye shadows! They look amazing on everyone; which is your favorite?

My Beauty Bunny
Who says natural makeup has to be boring? Go bold with the Cherry Bomb Lip Lacquer (and more!) from Cate McNabb.

Nouveau Cheap – swatches the new Maybelline The Nudes Palette and gives you her first impressions (plus a few dupe comparisons).

Pink Sith – wonders if you actually read nail polish reviews, or just look at the pictures. She puts you to the test with some pretty Nail Polishes from FingerPaints!

Prime Beauty – discusses the issue of rosacea, a common problem among women and how to treat it. But that’s not all…enter to win a Cetaphil Gift Basket AND a trip to the Emmy’s!

Phyrra – brings you an Orange is the New Black Flaca Makeup Tutorial! See other character tutorials too!

we heart this – if James Vincent tells you need a Fan Brush, well then, you go get yourself a Fan Brush (and read his advice on what to do with it.)

Clumps of Mascara – is in love with this Too Faced Melted. How can a lipstick/gloss/stain thingy be THIS fantastic?

EauMG – It’s officially summer and here are Victoria’s perfume picks for Summer 2014!

 

Question of the Week:

Which lip color do you reach for
when you’re in need of a pick-me-up?

B says, “I have really been loving MAC’s RiRi Woo. It rocks my world.”

 

What about you? What lipstick makes you happy?

See you next week!

 

 

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Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick…whooooa!

I’ve been wanting to buy Too Faced’s Melted lipsticks forever. I tried to ignore them. I told myeslf that I would hardly use them and that they weren’t really THAT unique.

Too Faced Melted

I lied to myself. And last weekend, I finally bit the bullet and purchased one. I was trying to be modest and hoard them all but really it was the Melted Fuchsia that called my name. Have you girls tried it? Ohmigoooodness.


Too Faced Melted Fuchsia
I’m pretty sure this shade will look gorgeous on just about anyone who wears it. It is indeed a very BRIGHT fuchsia but it somehow flatters me as it has nice blue undertones. And as all of the reviews have claimed, these Melted thingies wear very well. Do yourself a favor and exfoliate your lips if you find them cracking. These babies tend to seep into every crack and crease. The smell reminds me of Play-Doh but it doesn’t bother me. Honestly, I’ll take Play-Doh scents any day over floral or vanilla scents.

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Too Faced said that these lippies should have “the shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick.” Very interesting concept and one that I don’t think I’ve heard of before. The applicator has makes applying it easy.


Too Faced Melted applicator

I was shocked at how opaque this is, but that’s a good thing! It feels very light on the lips and really does last for quite some time. If you’re eating and manage to wipe your mouth, you will likely wipe off the color but yep, you’re left with just a little bit of staining.

It does surprisingly well and I’m trying to figure out which bill I shouldn’t pay so that I can buy some of these babies. Haha! Just kidding.

Maybe.

Seriously, though…at $21 they aren’t cheap but they are so worth the price and I don’t think I’ve come across a lip product that has gotten me THIS excited in soooo long. So yeah, girl. I’ll be wearing this lippy foreeeeeever.

Have you tried Too Faced’s Melted lippies yet? Check ‘em out here.

 


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Why RoC rocks and #RoCWrinkleRanking!

RoC antiaging products

This is a sponsored post through Beauty Stat and last week a pretty cool Twitter party went down. If you missed the memos that I posted all over social media and thus missed the party, girl…I feel for you. Guys and girls from all over tweeted using the hashtag #RoCWrinkleRanking. A mess load of prizes were given out and we all got the skinny on how wrinkles and zip codes are interrconnected. Who would have thought?

We counted down the top 50 wrinkle-prone cities. The research was done by RoC and  Sperling’s BestPlaces and I sat on the edge of my seat with anticipation to see where Orlando, Florida would fall. I knew we would make the list and sure enough, we were #10. The #1 city was Riverside, California and NYC was #2. While we all tweeted our shock, horror and thoughts over the cities mentioned, we also chatted some of RoC’s awesome products.

RoC Antiaging

My beauty blogger girls have been recommending that I try some thangs from RoC for years now. Honestly, I don’t know what has taken me so long. Their lineup is impressive and you know that I am all about that preventive care. Yes, I know I don’t have wrinkles at 29 but if I get in to the habit of using anti-aging products, I will still look 29 at 59, right? Haha. At least that’s the hope.

RoC Skincare

I can’t wait to really start testing these goodies out. I have already been using the Eye Cream nightly. And I have been searching for a good night cream for months now. I received the following products from RoC.

  • RETINOL CORREXION Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
  • RETINOL CORREXION Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer, SPF 30
  • RETINOL CORREXION Eye Cream
  • RETINOL CORREXION Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System
  • RETINOL CORREXION Deep Wrinkle Serum


RoC Skincare products

Only a true skincare fanatic would get so excited about getting the opportunity to try these. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, know that RoC Skincare has been around for 50 years and they pride themselves on producing anti-aging products that guarantee a visible difference. All of their products are reasonably priced, can be found at your local drugstore and more importantly…THEY WORK! I’ll keep you updated with my experience with RoC. In the meantime, check out that study and see where your favorite cities land.

Have you ever tried anything from the brand RoC?

 

This is a sponsored post brought to you by BeautyStat and RoC. #bstat

Living the Truly Radiant Life!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant. All opinions are 100% mine.

Gather around, my loves. For it is time that we talk about dental beauty. I covered a bit of this a few weeks ago when I talked about my toddler’s dental routine, but let’s talk about how us grown folx should be taking care of our teeth.

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It has been forever and a day since I’ve played around this brand but I am excited to see that they are still some kind of awesome. In addition to cleaning the teeth, Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant is intended to strengthen and whiten teeth for a more radiant smile. Which, of course, is a total necessity for us beauty bloggers who are always cheesin’ at a camera.

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Yes, I know you think that all toothpaste is created equally but no way, girlfriend. I’ve been lovin’ on Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant because it removes 100% more surface stains than other toothpastes and hello, it’s the only toothpaste with baking soda, peroxide and active calcium. Using this toothpaste is so much easier than mixing the baking soda and peroxide in a cup and dipping the toothbrush in. Yes, I come from the old skool. While that may work, it’s good to know that Truly Radiant is a fluoride anticavity toothpaste because nooooo one has time for cavities. No one.

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And speaking of the toothbrush…

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Have you ever tried the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush? It is pretty comparable to higher end toothbrushes and I can’t get enough of it. Powered by 2 AA batteries, the Truly Radiant Spinbrush removes 100% more plague than a manual toothbrush. And trust me, you can tell the difference after the first time that you use it.

Truly Radiant

But really it’s the Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Booster that I find intriguing. This stuff is supposed to whiten teeth in just 1 week AND it contains 3x more whitening agent than a leading white strip.

Arm and Hammer Truly Radiant

I am still in the process of using it but I love that it is easy to use and doesn’t require any extra steps. You apply just a wee bit before your toothpaste, brush and go!

If you are feeling the clean and healthy teeth vibes, visit the Truly Radiant website and read tips to bring out your inner radiance on how to live radiantly. I absolutely love her personality and she has me wanting to live radiantly everyday!

 

Truly Radiant

 

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

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Rejoice! Fashion Fair Has Made A Comeback!

So. What do you know what the brand Fashion Fair? And if you tell me that you’ve never heard of the brand, I’m going to freak out. Because…really? Actually, no. I’ll kind of understand because there aren’t that many higher end cosmetic lines developed with the brown woman in mind. I was sent these recently launched products and I couldn’t wait to feature them!

Fashion Fair

I vividly remember Fashion Fair’s iconic pink packaging from back in the day. While their counters were never bustling out of control like some of the other brands, Fashion Fair continued to provide brown women with products fit for us. A few years ago, the cosmetic line went through some rebranding and they are BACK…and better than ever.

Fashion Fair Cosmetics
With slick new packaging and gorgeous formulas and shades, I’m really going to have to keep an eye out on Fashion Fair. They are doing some big thangs and I want to know about it!

Fashion Fair Livid

Their range of eye shadows ($14/ea) are slim but they seem to cover the basics with neutrals, greys and blacks and other shades that can produce a mean smokey eye. I love everything about the shade Livid. This darkened lavender has a satin finish that applies beautifully to the skin.

Fashion Fair swatch

Sweet, right? I’m going to crank out a look using this shadow!

Fashion Fair Bold Lash mascara

In the mascara department, Fashion Fair has Bold Lash Mascara ($16.50) and I’ll do a separate review on that. My first impressions are positive though as the wand looks like it can do some major lash lifting. A good week’s worth of testing will confirm this.


Fashion Fair foundation
I hated that the True Finish Refining Mineral Foundation ($28) wasn’t in my shade but the good news is, Fashion Fair is giving us 18 shades to chose from. Yassss!! I’m going to drop by my nearest Fashion Fair counter to see which shade matches me because I am dying to see how well this foundation works. I love that it is free from oil, parabens and fragrances.

Fashion Fair Illuminating Powder broken

Good Illuminating Powders are hard to come by. And while she arrived to me smashed into pieces, I am going to find a way to repair her again and use the heck out of this Sun Soleil powder. It looks to be quite fitting for my complexion and reasonably priced at $29.


Fashion Fair lipstick
Girl. You knowwww I love a good red lipstick. I’ve been tangoing with IMAN Cosmetics’ Scandalous for quite some time but Seduction may take the cake. Fashion Fair seems to do darn well on the lipstick front. They have so many shades and they go for $16/ea).

Fashion Fair body kit

Fashion Fair skincare

Something I didn’t expect to see from them were skincare products. They have a ton for both face and body. Their Moisturizing Body Kits ($39) make for great gifts and with the combination of a body butter and body oil, it really is a nice value for a higher end brand. Plus, I found the fragrances to be mild, yet obvious without being overwhelming.

Hellooooo. Where have I been? Why didn’t I know more about Fashion Fair’s awesomeness? Why didn’t y’all tell me? They are certainly on my radar now and I plan to feature a lot more of their products in the future.

 

Any Fashion Fair fans in the house? What’s your favorite product by them?