When The Hype is Meh…

Skin care samples can save a life.

I mean it, skin care samples can literally be a way to save face sometimes. Particularly when you happen to get deluxe sizes that you can use for a week or more, so you can get  decent idea of how well a product will or won’t work for you. I’m lucky that my skin is very reactive and will let me know within a use or two if something is for me, others aren’t so fortunate.

Maybe you’ve been eyeing the newest hot skin care items on the market, but you’re reluctant to pull the trigger on purchasing because they’re hella expensive. For me this is a good route to take because I rarely return things, so I’d rather not get stuck with a hundred dollar jar of something that I can’t use. Usually Sephora point perks do not excite me, but when I got the Becca x Chrissy Teigen Palette there were a few from brands that I had wanted to try, so trigger pulled.

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IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Blushing Bronzer.

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I like the idea of IT Cosmetics. The reality is often something else though for a couple of reasons. If you follow Jackie Aina on YouTube, she details how the foundations are too light for her. The one foundation she had been able to use, left her looking corpsey. I can use the last shade in most of their lines, Rich, pretty well. However I do get the grey cast that she talks about as well. The undertones on their foundation products for deeper complexions are…lacking.

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@Ulta BareMinerals In Store Event. Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream.

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Last week my local Ulta had a Bare Minerals event in store, I’ve been on a bit of a Bare Minerals kick since around November so when they asked me if I’d like to attend, I said yes. The brand has done some updating of their products that make them a bit more appealing to me. It’s one of those events that they don’t seem to tell everyone about, and you have to make appointments for.

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@Ulta BareMinerals In Store Event. BarePro Powder Foundation.

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While at the event, I was going to get the Complexion Rescue, but I was sitting right next to the display of BarePro and I saw my literal perfect shade or two. I had a choice of Cardamom 23 or Hazelnut 25, both indicated for dark skin but Cardamom has golden undertones and Hazelnut neutral. I dunno if I’ve ever told you guys how I’m often attracted to the darker, wrong colour? I just love deeper colours because they look so rich, I wind up choosing them over the lighter shade that I should and that’s what happened here. I should have chosen Cardamom but I got Hazelnut instead. It doesn’t suck, since it’s only maybe a shade and a half darker so it still looks ok. It’s also not as neutral as they claim it to be. In fact it is kind of golden, I just can’t use too much or else I wind up with that muddy look.

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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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Sephora VIB Haul 2016: All The Powders!

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I’m a total fan of Givenchy powders, the rest of the beauty line I can take or leave, but I think that they make some really great powders. I’d previously been using the Poudre Bonne Mine in Ambre Croisiere that I kinda sorta reviewed here, they debuted a couple of new loose powders so I wanted to pick up at least one of those as well.

The Prisme Libre powder ($54) comes in five shades and although you would think that they would be skin tone specific, they’re not. The powders are designed for everything from colour correcting to radiance. From the Sephora website;

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NEW! BareMinerals Invisible Glow Bronzer & Highlighter

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Bare Minerals has still got their whole Invisible Powders thingy going strong. Last year I’d reviewed two of the compacts that were released, however those posts are lost so I can’t even link to them. I’ll just say the the first one, the Invisible Light,

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