My First Time Ever Trying Black Radiance Beauty. A Haul.

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And as I’m wont to do, I went overboard. In my defence though, Walgreens online was having a buy two get one free, and it wasn’t the sort where you get the least expensive item free, it was based on the order that you placed stuff in your cart. Suffice to say, I got most of the higher priced items for free, although this brand is generally quite inexpensive, so I’m not sure  anything I got topped out over $9.99.

If you’re in disbelief that a black girl hasn’t tried Black Radiance Beauty, I’m right there with you. Most of it is because I’m so tragically used to dealing with mainstream brands that mostly cater towards lighter skin tones, that I’m used to having only two, at the most four shades to chose from. 

When dealing with a brand that’s inclusive or geared towards women of colour, specifically black women, the choices become daunting. Since I happen to fall squarely in the middle of black girl melanin magic, with undertones that are mostly not catered to in most brands, I just get lazy and can’t be bothered. 

However, in my bid to explore and support brands that cater to people that look like me, I started with a sale. So you know, if it doesn’t work I won’t feel too much pain. Plus, I’m looking to experiment, I get sick of the trying products from the same old brands, so if you have a contender out there that I should be checking out, let me know.

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(Re-Upload) Brown Girls Rejoice! Your Bronzer Has Finally Arrived.

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I spied this baby today when I went to Sephora to pick up the Teint Fusion foundation. Some wonderful soul named Paige, had given me a birthday gift card, so I was able to get them both. Plus we both wanted to check out the foundation, she has the pale girl problems to my brown girl bemoaning when it come to makeup. I’ll have a review of that foundation coming up soon, but I must say, Sephora has definitely been impressing me all year starting with the Marsala debut.

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(Re-Upload) A Sexy 3Sum With Guerlain.

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After my great experience with the Guerlain Meteorites compact, I decided that maybe I needed to explore the brand a bit. I actually had one thing tucked away in the back of my “Never Gonna Use But What The Hell Do I Do With It” drawer, we all have one, don’t front. This is something that my mum had given me a while back, I want to say a year ago, but it may have been longer, the plastic on the box hadn’t even been removed. To tell the truth I have no idea where she got it, she and my sister disappeared for like a week to Miami I think and she came back with this knowing my finishing powder obsession, but like I said at the time I’d thought of Guerlain as a very dated brand, and getting it from my mum did nothing to diminish that perception.

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(Re-Upload) The Luxury Makeup Rampage Continues With Chantecaille

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I got the Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation because I’d heard nothing but seriously excellent things about it. But legit? When I first tried it, I friggin hated it with a cold a brittle passion, because it seemed it had no coverage whatsoever. I did a “Yo, are you frigging kidding me right now? For $76 this is what I effing get”?

Then I calmed the hell down, and decided to work with what I had, so to speak.

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(Re-Upload) Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Powder Compact.

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I’ve heard so many rave reviews of Guerlain’s Meteorites that I’ve wanted to try it forever. Everyone from pale to dark brown girls sing it’s praises. But, I could not ever bring myself to get it because…well, it was just a bit old fashioned looking wasn’t it? I mean every time I look at a container of Guerlain Meteorite pearls, all I can think of is the same container on my Aunt Vi’s vanity when I was seven, and she was already way into her sixties…so yeah. In fact, when I thought of Guerlain at all, I thought dated, so I never gave the brand a second glance really even when my mum gave me something (I didn’t open it till recently so I had no idea what it was) as a gift.

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(Re-Upload) Kevyn Aucoin The Gossamer Loose Powder Diaphanous.

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Would you ever spend $72 on a finishing powder? Well, if it’s this one you just might. Pull up a seat and check this out.

The Gossamer Loose Powder is not new, it’s in fact a re-launch of a powder that was a staple in the collection years ago. But, unlike other KA icons like the Sensual Skin Enhancer, this isn’t one that gets a lot of attention and I’m not really sure why.

It comes in two shades Diaphanous, and Radiant Diaphanous which imparts more of a warmth to the skin. I owned one of these eons ago in Diaphanous, and picked up Radiant Diaphanous a few months back. Or I intended to anyway, I was sent the wrong colour and I’m not sure yet if I want to send this back or just invest in both as each have their own particular uses to me.

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(Re-Upload) HauteLook Joe Fresh (Canadian Drugstore) Haul .

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Are you guys familiar at all with Joe Fresh? I mean, I know of the clothing side of the brand, I own a couple pairs of very unique jeans that I absolutely adore and I’d heard about their cosmetics line intermittently. The brand is a Canadian drugstore one, so being able to find it anywhere in the states is almost impossible, and while finding no shortage of Canadian bloggers that have reviewed the line, finding a dark skinned one proved to be impossible. I found not a one. A month ago Haute Look had a Joe Fresh for sale (they frequently have the brand this is the third time I’ve seen), and they had the entire line, everything priced between $4 and $11. I did some damage.

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(Re-Upload) Bare Minerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo

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First off, I want to apologise for the dismal condition of some of the photos. My camera broke and I had to send it in for repairs, thus resulting in my using my very old phone camera to take the remainder of the pictures, now…

This thing was such a colossal pain in the butt. I had to actually purchase this twice. Why you ask? Ok, lemme tell you. You know that magazine that Ulta sends out? It had this listed as part of a set with the new Duo Brush. Well, when I got mine…there was no brush, so I called Ulta.com and they told me that the couldn’t send a brush out to me  if it had been part of a set, but here was a nice $10 gift card for all my troubles…

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(Re-Upload) All Bases Covered. Liquid And Powder Foundations.

I usually do some sort of roundup at least once a year. Mostly. Sometimes it’s foundation, but mostly I’ve been doing a lot of skin care for the last few. Not that anything is wrong with that, but since I hoard foundations and blush, why not that instead? When I do a foundation roundup, it’s to say which ones I liked and didn’t like and why not. And that’s because often times I haven’t reviewed most of the of the foundations that I’ve bought. I’ve gotten better about that, so this time we’re gonna do something different. Since I’ve been experimenting more with drug store foundations, I figured that I would show you which ones compare to the mid-tier and luxury brands I’ve also purchased. I’m not going to go into the properties of each and why I like them or not, that would take way to long, and I’ve already reviewed most of them. Instead, I’ll give you the high end brands and the drugstore formulas that in my opinion correspond and add links to the reviews. Once again, my opinion, you may not agree. I’m not sure if I’ll be splitting them up into powders and liquids or what, that all depends on how long this particular post gets, we’ll see at the end. I was going to do blushes as well, but realised that for the most part, I don’t really purchase a lot of high end blushes cause I just love blush so I acquire them wherever I can. But we’re also gonna see how that turns out.

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