The Ultimate Beauty Bag of Luxury Makeup

Luxury Makeup

Ahhhhh, luxury makeup. They call me an enabler. I’ll be that. I will be that friend that encourages you to buy another red lipstick even though you already have 14. I am the gal pal that sends you recommendations when you’re stumped in the middle of Sephora. I got you, baby. I am here for you. And these items? I’m thinking you should grab one or two or you know, at least 5 pieces from this luxury makeup list. You’ll thank me later. 

I promise. 

Now don’t get all huffy and puffy on me. Some of these items are a bit on the pricey side. I know, girl, I know. Hey! Some of us save our pennies to invest in the finer things in life. Prefer only drugstore picks? No problema. I’ll have something for you frugalistas later down the line. But for now…it’s all about that luxe life. 

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Smashbox X-Rated Mascara review

I looooooove Smashbox. They’re one of my favorite brands. They’re one of those brands that has spectacular products but they aren’t all in your face about it. No showy advertisements, annoying endorsements or frills from these folx. Nope. They keep it simple. Great products. The end. I purchased this mascara some weeks back because it has literally been calling my name for, ooooh, I don’t know…some months now. And I’ve got HIGH expectations for this Smashbox X-Rated mascara. Yes sir, I do. 

Smahbox X-Rated

 

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Review of Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara

MAYBELLINE VOLUM’ EXPRESS FALSIES PUSH UP DRAMA

I’m too embarrassed to look back at when my last mascara review was. Like, so ashamed, y’all. Many of you found me because of my mascara reviews so at the very least, I should keep up with them, right? *snort* So while I can’t crank out a review each week, I’ll be shooting you at least 1 drugstore mascara review and 1 higher end mascara review a month. How’s that?

And if by chance I can give you more, then…heyyyyy! 

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A Maybelline mascara is up to bat in 2016 and it’s because good ole’ Mayb has been one of my favorite brands for years. I purchased this baby a good 2 months ago and well, eh…

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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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butter LONDON Summer Goodies + Giveaway

As usual, my obsession with butter LONDON is continuing. And likely won’t be stopping. I’m cool with that. I received a box of these red cosmetics and it took everything in me to not wake my sleeping toddler. Because y’all know I LOVE red. Looky looky!

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Yes ma’am. Yes sir. Take a peek at these babies and then get ready to press your luck because I’ll be giving away everything you see here to one lucky reader. And anywhere in the world!

butter LONDON cosmetics

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Lancome Grandiose Mascara review

Lancome Grandiose mascara

I love everything about Lupita Nyong’o. I hope she never fades away and continues to be in the spotlight. Dark brown girls hardly ever grace magazines that aren’t Essence and Ebony and I just think these beauty and fashion magazines could use some diversity. So keep winning, Lupita, my love. Please. I love her so much that I’ve got her on my vision board. I just find her spirit, drive and success so inspiring…

Lupita Nyong'o

Months ago I received a sample of Lancome’s Grandiose mascara and I put it to the test in early February. I don’t have many bad things to say about Lancome’s mascara. I think they are wonderful. I think they are consistently consistent when it comes to performance and I rarely have bad experiences with their mascaras. And this one?

Well…

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5 Tips For Ladies Getting Started In Makeup

5 Tips For Ladies Getting Started In Makeup 

I love getting small gifts from friends, family and co-workers, but as a woman, those gifts tend to be either makeup or bath gift sets. Now that I think about it, I’m not sure if they’re trying to tell me something with those gifts or not. Anyway, if you’ve never really used makeup, you might be wondering what you’re supposed to do with 30 different colors of eyeshadow or 15 different shades of lip gloss.

No worries, I’m about to share with you the five best tips I received when I first started using makeup. Trust me, they make life much easier and your makeup will look amazing when you’re done.

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara review

Maybelline Lash Sensational

Yaaaay! The chick who has a blog about mascaras is finally doing a mascara review. Finally, right? Woot! During my hiatus, I was pretty ghost in the mascara exploring department. I pretty much wore the same thing ALL the time. Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara. But a few weeks ago, I finally got into the groove of things and Maybelline’s Lash Sensational mascara called my name. And so I purchased it! 

I spotted this baby at Target and packaging-wise, it looks like…you know, Maybelline’s other 28,000 mascaras. But that wand. The wand sold me!

Maybelline Lash Sensational wand

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