bh Cosmetics 6th Edition Palette, NYX Total Control Drop Foundation + MORE Try On Haul

Today I am sharing my first impression thoughts of bh Cosmetics Sixth Edition Eyeshadow Palette and rose gold brush set, NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, and Benefit Watts Up! Highlighter.

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Products featured:

  1. Julep Don’t Leave Your Brows at Home (Rich Brown), $24: http://bit.ly/2hS98oe
  2. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer, $37: http://seph.me/2hFLxcS
  3. bh Cosmetics Sixth Edition – 120 Color Eyeshadow Palette, $17.99: http://bit.ly/2pg5asK
  4. bh Cosmetics BH Liquid Eyeliner (Black), $4.99: http://bit.ly/2pg0h35
  5. Ulta Beauty Automatic Eyeliner (Tropics), $8: http://bit.ly/2pgjtO0
  6. Ulta Beauty Curled Up Mascara (Brown Black), $10.50: http://bit.ly/2pg3oYO
  7. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer, $32: http://bit.ly/2pg3kbi
  8. NYX Cosmetics Total Control Drop Foundation (Cappucino), $13.99: http://bit.ly/2pg0MtZ
  9. Nyx Cosmetics Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand (Nutmeg), $4.99: http://bit.ly/2ogNr7H
  10. bh Cosmetics Professional Blush Palette (not the exact one I used, but it’s close), $17: http://bit.ly/2mSDI3C
  11. Benefit Cosmetics Watts Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter, $30: http://seph.me/2n6JK0I
  12. ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip (Swinger): sold only in the Kiss and Tell set for $24

Nail Polish I’m Wearing:

SquareHue Dance Collection: Kohn (Phra)

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Chit Chat GRWM: Everyday Makeup Tutorial

Get ready with me as I show you my everyday (weekend) makeup look! The look takes no more than 10 minutes!

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Makeup I’m Wearing:

1. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original, $20:00: http://seph.me/2jZK1Dn
2. e.l.f. All About Eyes Palette, $10: http://bit.ly/2i9SDa9
3. Marc Jacobs Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner (Blacquer), $25: http://seph.me/2ixTz5D
4. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $23: http://seph.me/2hPr5DH
5. Ultra Brow Shaping Gel (Clear), $7: http://bit.ly/2jZWzL7
6. Ofra Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil, $13: http://bit.ly/2hkOgpv
7. e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer, $6: http://bit.ly/2jZU4bu
8. Iman Luxury Concealing Foundation (Clay 5), $15.99: http://bit.ly/2klCtc4
9. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Amande), $29: http://seph.me/2i3johg
10. NYX Cosmetics Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator (Pure Gold), $7.49: http://bit.ly/2hOz7jr
11. Lorac TANtalizer Travel Size Baked Bronzer, $8: http://bit.ly/2jZQ5vA
12. ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip (TooLips), $6: http://bit.ly/2k010pb

Brushes Used:

1. e.l.f Blending Eye Brush, $1: http://bit.ly/2k03bcf
2. e.l.f. Smudge Brush, $1: http://bit.ly/2jZUjDi
3. ColourPop Blending Brush (not sold online)
4. beauty blender (original), $20: http://seph.me/2i99LJR

Nail Polish I’m Wearing:

1. Julep Wonder Maver Nail Polish (Krystel), $14: http://bit.ly/2jZXafR

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The Better Side of Heartbreak

2016 has been a year of tremendous growth for me and has truly been one of the best years of my life. However, it didn’t start out so great. It actually began horribly. I opened the year experiencing the worst heartbreak of my life (outside of my grandparents passing away) by way of my boyfriend basically leaving me for someone else. This heartbreak brought me all the way to my knees. In one word, it was devastating. I didn’t want to get out of bed. I didn’t want to go anywhere. All I wanted to do was be around my family and, since I live three hours from my family, that’s just what I did. For 3 weekends straight, I went home to be loved on by them. Their love for me brought me back to life and I’m forever grateful for that.

While dealing with the day to day of this breakup, I was in extreme emotional pain and while going through it, all I could think was that I didn’t want to experience it ever again. I knew in order to never experience it again that I had to dig deeper within myself to figure out what got me to this point in the first place. I needed to figure out what was so broken in me that I even allowed myself to stay in such a toxic relationship. A relationship where I knew he wasn’t good for me. I knew he wasn’t in a mentally or emotionally mature enough space to commit to me the way I deserved to be committed to and, yet, I stayed.

I stayed for three long years where I devalued myself for 2 of those 3 years. I allowed my love for him to be greater than the love for myself. I allowed the potential for who I wanted him to be to outweigh who he was in the present. I knew I should’ve left the very first time that I found out he had cheated in 2013, but I stayed. I allowed him to talk me into staying. I was weak to the sweet words he would tell me. I was weak to the way I felt when things were good. And if we are being completely honest, I was weak to the sex. How many of us have stayed in situations for far too long because of at least one of these reasons? Probably all of us, if we are being truthful.

As women, we have so much power, but let others take it away from us because we don’t know our worth. We don’t love ourselves enough to stand up and say “no.” We don’t value ourselves enough to get out of toxic situations out of the fear of having to be alone. Being alone is a good thing. Just because you are alone doesn’t mean you’re “alone.” I wanted my power back…desperately.

Once I reached that conclusion, I really started to take my going to see a therapist seriously. In the black community we kind of shun the idea of going to talk to somebody about what we are going through. We always say that God will fix it and that he wouldn’t put more on us than we could carry. I believe that, but I also believe that he created mental health professionals for a reason. I was serious about getting better mentally and emotionally. I knew I had some hard work ahead of me, but I was ready for it. I was ready to open my heart and my mind to learning more about myself and truly being vulnerable. I found a therapist who believed in God and that I could be completely comfortable with. Finding a therapist you are comfortable with is the most important factor in having a successful experience.

Counseling was one of the best decisions I could’ve made for myself. It helped me to see so many things that I may not have been able to see otherwise. I am able to see how important mental and emotional health are and when those two are out of whack, your decision making will show it. You will end up making decisions that more than likely will hurt you in the long run.

I’ve been single this entire year and it’s been the best decision I could’ve made! I have been able to solely focus on myself. I’ve been able to figure out what it is that I want and need. I’ve found strength in me that I didn’t know I had. At this point in my life, I can honestly say that I am 100% filled with joy and happiness. I fully trust myself now. I trust myself to not settle just because a man sells me a dream. I trust myself to actually be in a healthy, adult relationship without sabotaging it. I trust myself to go with my intuition and not my heart.

Looking back on this heartbreak, I am able to see how necessary it was for my growth as a woman. Because of this one tragic heartbreak, I know I AM a better woman. I am so grateful to have experienced all of this because I learned how to truly forgive someone. I learned how to no longer be the victim in situations. I now know that actions mean so much more than words and I value those whose actions actually match their words. Those are the people I keep around me. I learned how to take every positive that I can from an overall negative situation so that I can grow. I learned what true peace really feels like and I cherish that. I learned to live freely.

In 2016, I found the courage to choose me. I pray that we all have the strength and courage to choose ourselves and to get the help we need when we know we need it. ❤️


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NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator | Review + Swatches

During the spring, I was on the prowl for the perfect illuminators, bronzers, and highlighters! I found some goodies which I have reviewed here, here, and here over the past few months. My favorite one so far would have to be the Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop by Becca Cosmetics. I reviewed it a couple of weeks ago. It’s my favorite because I just feel so sexy when I wear it! My face just GLOWS and SHIMMERS! It’s an amazing product.

Anyway, this post isn’t about that highlighter. This one is about the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Pure Gold. It sells for $7.49 for 0.6 oz at Ulta. I purchased this during the same trip to Ulta when I purchased the Lorac bronzer (another fave) a few months ago.

When I first tried this product, I didn’t like it because it didn’t have any noticeable shimmer and, at the time, I was looking for a product with shimmer. I used it a couple of times back in March and forgot about it after the Lorac bronzer gave me the look I was going for. Last week, I came across this product in one of my makeup bags and decided I would give it another try. That decision turned out to be a good one!

Although this product has very little shimmer (only noticeable when I swatch it), it still glows! Just look at the picture below! As you can see, the name of the color is on point! It is pure gold on my cheekbones and that pure gold gives just the right amount of pop that I like when I’m trying to be chill but also do a little something extra with my makeup.

How beautiful is this glow!?!

To apply this product, I applied a very small amount to my fingertip and then just blended it in. The product is sheer, which makes it buildable. However, you really do not need a lot of product to achieve a beautiful glow. I’ll use this illuminator when I’m not trying to really have my cheekbones stand out, but I still want a subtle glow.

Is that shimmer even worth noting? I don’t think so!


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Fall. Is. Hereeee!!!

If you know me, you know that Fall is my favorite season! I can wear all of my dark lippies and nail polishes. I can finally pull out my scarves, cardigans, and booties! All of these positives just puts a huge smile on face! Lol!

In honor of the season change, let me share with you my go to lippies for this season! It should be no surprise that every lippie is from my favorite brand, COLOURPOP!!! ColourPop has been dropping shades perfect for this season left and right for the past month and I’m HERE for them all! Let’s get into my new faves!

Ultra Satin Lip in Hutch, $6.00

I love this color! It’s a very deep purple and it is gorgeous for the fall! It is a liquid formula, but it dries very smooth and creamy. It does smudge a little if you accidentally touch your lips, so be careful of that. But, other than that, it lasts pretty much all day without having to really be touched up!

Ultra Matte Lip in Notion, $6.00

This shade may be favorite out of all of my fall lip colors. It’s a reddish violet. The color payoff in this liquid to matte formula is so rich! I just love it! The only time you have to worry about this product fading is if you eat something greasy, like pizza. I really feel like it’s the perfect fall color! Just look at my picture below! How can you not love this shade! From what I have seen on ColourPop’s social media, this color is beautiful on every skin tone! So, it’s definitely a must to add to your collection! This color is so beautiful, I’ll probably end up wearing it year round! LOL!

Matte Lippie Stix in Dukes, $5.00

This deep berry is so beautiful and so fall! When I saw it on the site, I knew I had to get it! This lipstick has a matte finish, but it’s not drying at all. The application is also very smooth, compared to their Matte X formulas.

Matte X Lippie Stix in Chateau, $5.00

I love this brick red color. What I’m not a huge fan of is the matte x finish. It applies very dry and actually feels weird on your lips, even with a lip primer (I use this one). When I wear the matte x formulas, it’s usually for a short period of time. They are still beautiful though!

Matte X Lippie Stix in Chateau


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How About a Little Champagne Pop? | Review + Swatches

A few months ago, I reviewed the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz. I really wanted the exclusive shade Champagne Pop created by Jaclyn Hill, but it was sold out at the time. I finally got my hands on the pressed powder a couple of months ago. I had a chance to really try it out a few weeks ago for my birthday celebrations in Las Vegas and I am SOOOOO in love!!!! I was afraid this shade would be too light on my skintone, but it’s not! I actually prefer this shade over Topaz because the sogt white gold with peachy undertones literally GLOWSSSS!!!

What I love about this product, outside of it making my face POP, is that it doesn’t take a lot of product to acheive the look you are going for and the application is extremely smooth. A light sweep of the product on an angled blush/highlihgting brush ( I use this one from Julep) with a light blending on your cheekbones, bridge of nose, and brow bone, gives you the perfect glow!

Although this product is a bit pricey, ringing in at $38, it is completely worth it! Anytime I am going out for a night on the town, I am definitely completing my look with this amazing skin perfector. Check out my pictures below so you can see just how beautiful this product truly is!


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