Nars Has Liquid Blush & It. Is. ON! Torrid Review & Swatches.

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Ugh! Why did they have to do this to me? Because I don’t have enough damn blushes? Seriously.

I’m not like a huge Nars stan, honestly I like their blushes and I like their foundations,, and I own a ton of their lip pencils. Ok, maybe I need to re-evaluate my original statement. Anywhoo, I’ve gotten a couple of eye shadow palettes that I didn’t care for. Not in terms of quality or consistency, I just found them to be exceedingly boring. I’d gotten a sample of the All Day Luminous Foundation and loved the hell out of it, but have never pulled the trigger on it, even though I keep threatening to.

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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. 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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Becca x Chrissy Teigen Face Glow Palette.

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I was so excited when I heard that this palette was gonna be a thing. I mean, a brand that I appreciate and Chrissy Teigen team up to create a palette? Yeah, I’m there. Also, if you’re not following her on Twitter or Snapchat or Instagram, then I don’t know what to tell you about your life, cause she is hilarious!

I heard about the palette about two weeks before it dropped, and I was able to get it from Sephora a few days before it officially launched as an app exclusive offering. As with any highly anticipated launch there were all sorts of problems happening in the background. Pre-launch orders got cancelled before they shipped, cause apparently Lazership was breaking everything. Luckily mine came intact, albeit way later than a usual Sephora shipment.

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I Stopped Using Primer For Two Weeks & Here’s What Happened.

So I dunno if you guys remember, but I’ve been moaning for a few months now that no matter what I do, my foundation seems to keep playing slip and slide on my face. 

I’ve switched moisturisers, used a combination of primers at the same time. I’ve used mattifying agents before and after my foundation. Dude nothing worked. All of my foundations refused to set, or my face got oily about two hours after application. 

My routine looks like this. Wash, moisturise, sunscreen, primer, colour corrector, translucent powder over the colour corrector so that it stays in place in that order. Depending on how I’m feeling I may use powder on the oil prone parts of my face before I put my foundation on. 

Then, after all of that, foundation. I have a pretty decent stable of primers, but there are a few that I tend to use more than others. Up until recently all the primers that I’m gonna list worked wonderfully, this problem just cropped up recently. So this may turn into a “Great Primers” post also, two birds y’all.

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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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NEW! Ulta Collection Complexion Products.

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I’ve been trying to get this post done forever, but I keep having to put out fires which sucks because this is a good one. I’d gotten these when I did the Ulta haul and picked up the highlighters a few months back, and like the highlighters the items I’m reviewing today are mostly on the bomb side.

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