New Beauty Drops!

It’s no secret that I’m a product junkie…

It doesn’t matter if its a product for hair, nails or skin – I WANT IT! I love trying new products and passing the tips on to you, so I threw together a list of new Fall 2020 beauty drops that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Check them out down below!

The Butter HydraSilk Primer + Antioxidants ($24)

I’m not usually one to get excited over a new primer, but I adore Beauty Bakerie and the Butter Hydrasilk Primer sounds bomb (plus the packaging is super cute). This unique primer has tons of great benefits. For starters, it’s lightweight, hydrating, and moisturizing. The Butter Hydrasilk Primer comes in a solid stick formula for a quick and easy application that goes on smooth like butter. This primer is infused with Goji Berry Extract which helps to minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines, and give your skin a healthy glow.

Goji Berry Extract: Boosts collagen, is anti-inflammatory, and promotes a healthy glow.

Now available, beautybakerie.com!

Fenty Skin – Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream ($40)

I have been using the other Fenty skin products for a few months now and I’m happy with them. The Fenty Skin Start’rs are all very hydrating, lightweight, and give your skin a glow that you won’t forget. I expect no different from the Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream. Rhianna says that she wanted a night cream that would reset her skin and relieve it from all the stress of the day so that you wake up fresh, nourished and glowing. Some of the benefits of Instant Reset are that it instantly hydrates, reduces the look of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, and dark spots. Instant Reset will be a great addition to the Fenty Skin line!

Kalahari Melon Oil – Hydrates and is rich in antioxidants.

Hyaluronic acid & Aloe – Soothes, conditions, and hydrates skin.

Niacinamide – Reduces the look of dark spots, evens skin tone, and fights shine.

Available now at fentyskin.com!

Herbivore – Coconut Milk Body Polish ($36)

There is nothing like having an excellent body polish to add to your #selfcaresunday routine, and this may be your next favorite one! Herbivore’s newest body polish is 100% natural and it gently exfoliates your body with a medium-grain texture. Coconut Milk Body Polish is packed with shea butter, coconut milk, and squalane oil. These ingredients help sloth away the dry and dull skin, but leaves behind a soft skin with a light coconut scent. 

Shea Butter: Conditions, tones and soothes skin.

Coconut Milk: Helps to maintain skin’s elasticity and flexibility.

Squalane Oil: Lightweight and noncomedogenic.

*Pair with Herbivore’s Coconut Body Oil for heavenly soft skin.

Available now at herbivorebotanicals.com!

The Lip Bar – Caffeine Concealer ($15)

The Lip Bar known for the “Five Minute Face” and vegan lip products has dropped their very first concealer. I don’t think you can ever have too many concealers! You need your super coverage concealers for your full-face days, and your light concealers for natural makeup days, I think this may be the one for you natural days.

According to thelipbar.com, this concealer has a sheer, buildable coverage that’s easy to blend. Caffeine Concealer is a self-setting, brightening concealer with a quick and easy application. Just put few dabs to your under eye with the doe-foot applicator, then blend and pat with your ring finger. The Caffeine Concealer is infused with caffeine, which helps hydrate and smooth under eyes.

Coconut oil: Hydrating , reduces inflammation, diminishes the appearance of under eye circles.

Caffeine: Reduces the look of puffiness and dark circles.

Available now at thelipbar.com!

Once I get through my current stockpile and give these a try, I will be writing reviews to let you know what I recommend. Are there any new products that you just can’t wait to try? Thank you for reading and comment below!

Product Review: Fenty Skin

Fenty Skin – Start’rs Full Size Bundle ($75)

I have been waiting on this drop ever since the launch of Fenty Beauty back in 2017. When I received an email from Fenty Beauty with the pre-order dates I added them to my calendar immediately! I did not want to miss this launch!

As you may know Rihanna is definitely a beauty and fashion icon known for her beautiful, glowy skin. Rihanna expanding Fenty Beauty, and adding a skincare line was very much anticipated.

There are many things that I love about Fenty Skin. For starters, all Fenty Skin products are 2-in-1’s. That means less products for your skincare routine! Also, the packaging is 🔥. The packaging has very soft tranquil colors, pretty to look at, and is recyclable. Fenty Skin products are:

Cruelty-Free . Vegan. Gluten-Free. Non-Comedogenic

Fenty Skin Routine

Step 1: Cleanse -Total Cleans’r (cleanser & makeup remover)

Step 2: Tone – Fat Water (toner & serum)

Step 3: Hydrate & Protect – (moisturizer & sunscreen)

Fenty Skin Total Cleans’r earned 4/5 Lips. Total Cleans’r is a cleanser that also doubles as a long wear makeup remover. Although this is a makeup remover and cleanser all in one I still prefer to use a makeup remover before cleansing just to be sure that I get everything. Total Cleans’r lathers up without the feeling of stripping or drying out your skin, and it also has a nice faint cherry scent.

Barbados’ Cherry – Loaded with Vitamin C and helps brighten skin.

Ginkgo Biloba – Helps to control oil & clarify skin.

Fenty Skin Fat Water A 2-in-1 toner/serum, Fenty Skin fat Water is my least favorite product in the skin line. I gave this product a 3/5 Lips because I didn’t experience any skin detoxing or pore refining from the Fat Water. However, it is a nice product to add after cleansing. Fat Water has a watery jelly texture that glides right on your skin and gives it an instant glow.

Japanese Raisin Tree – Helps to detoxify

Australian Lemon Myrtle & Witch Hazel Water – Helps to reduce oil and refine pores.

Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor is my favorite Fenty Skin product and I gave it 5/5 Lips. Hydra Vizor is a very smooth moisturizer/sunscreen 2-in-1. This hybrid is lightweight, blends right in, good for all skin tones, and includes SPF 30. Did I mention the yummy scent?

Kalahari melon – A wild watermelon that’s rich in antioxidants and vitamins; helps hydrate

 Niacinamide (a form of Vitamin B3): Helps reduce the look of dark spots, even skin tone, and fight excess shine

Bottom Line: Fenty Skin is a great skincare with a really simple routine, especially for someone who is new to skincare or might just want a quick everyday routine with minimal products. I love the cleanser and moisturizer, I’m not too crazy about the Fat Water but they all work great together and I would recommend.

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Product Review: Drunk Elephant – T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub

Drunk Elephant – T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub ($36)

I have been spending a lot of extra time nursing my curls so I can finally make it to my #hairgoal which is waist-length. I know that keeping a clean, healthy scalp is a major key to having beautiful, healthy hair, so I decided to give this product a try.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C Happi Scalp Scrub contains a blend of moisturizing plant oils and hydration-boosting sweet almond extract that help to nourish your scalp. It also contains supercharged AHA/BHA acid blend that breaks down & dissolved dead skin cells breaking down product buildup.

I enjoyed this product, it made my hair feel so clean. This scrub earned 5/5 stars, it has some really awesome benefits; dissolves dead skin & product buildup, adds volume to hair, lightweight formula, and it can be used on your body. 

Bottom Line: This scrub is perfect someone who suffers from an itchy scalp or has any product buildup. It leaves your scalp squeaky clean, while keeping it nourished & balanced.

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Tips for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Some days you wake up & A) Don’t have the time to apply a full face or B) You’re just not in the mood to do all the extra. I’m giving a few tips on keeping a beautiful radiant complexion even when you’re serving a natural slay, because beautiful makeup always starts with beautiful skin!

 Stay Hydrated!

Drinking water helps to replenish your skin’s tissue & increases its elasticity, so make sure that you are drinking at least 8 – 8 oz. glasses of water a day to stay hydrated from the inside out! If you find it hard to drink water try infusing your water with some fruits or veggies that are packed with water or just add the fruits and veggies to your diet.

Here are a couple fruits/veggies that are packed with water:

watermelon

cucumber

iceberg lettuce

tomatoes

strawberries.

Get a Routine Going!

Make sure that you have a Daily Skincare Routine that you are following!

cleanse – makeup removal (If you wear makeup use makeup remover for cleanse #1)

cleanse – cleanser

exfoliate –  toner

moisturize – serum/moisturizer

prep – makeup primer

Protect Your Skin!

Be sure to wear a hat or visor anytime you are enjoying time outdoors.

Wear sunscreen & reapply sunscreen

Treat Your Skin!

Mask: Masking once a week is really important, depending on how my skin is that is how I decide what mask I what to use (detoxifying, moisture, oil control,brightening).  Sometimes when I have a little extra time I might even whip together a DIY mask.

Facials: Treat yourself to facial at a spa!  Facials can run you a pretty penny, but if you find a local beauty/ skincare school most times they have offer facial services at a discounted price.

Exfoliate: make sure to exfoliate 1 – 2 Times per week. Exfoliating is important because it helps to remove the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. I usually exfoliate on days that I am also masking to give my skin an extra special treat.

5 Cult Classics!

Here are my top 5 cult classics! These amazing products that have been on the beauty scene for a while(some more than a couple decades).  These 5 products have a quite the reputation and a cult following.

Clinique – Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion ($14/ $28):

Clinique premiered in Saks Fifth Avenue in August of 1968 as the first beauty brand developed by dermatologist & ever since then they have been a staple in both the skincare & cosmetics industry!  Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizer Lotion(A.K.A yellow lotion or DDML) was one of the brand’s first products & still has a huge cult following & still remains as the #1 prestige brand moisturizer.  (Use twice a day AM/ PM skincare routine after cleansing & exfoliating).

  • all day hydration
  • developed by dermatologists
  • helps strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier by 54%
  • fragrance free

*DDML comes in two formulas, the original  Dramatically Different Moisturizer Lotion is for extra dry – dry combination skin.  The second formula  Dramatically Different Moisturizer Gel is for oily combination – oily skin.

Laura Mercier – Translucent Setting Powder($38)

Remember when under eye baking was a huge craze circa 2015? Everyone was BAKING (stops your under eye concealer from creasing)! Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder became a huge hit & a cult classic. Well know for its smooth/silky feel & ability to effortlessly set your under eye concealer crease-free. Not only is it awesome for setting that concealer under your eyes it can be used all over your for a flawless, matte finish. #1 selling setting powder in the US.

  • oil-free/ non comedogenic
  • dermatologists tested
  • great for all skin tones
  • talc-free (doesn’t settle into lines & creases)

*Although the original TSP is great for all skin tones Laura Mercier has recently released a Translucent Setting Powder in deep that is BOMB! 

Urban Decay – Eyeshadow Primer Potion(Original) ($12/ $22)

Its almost impossible to watch any YouTube makeup tutorial without seeing Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. My sister was the first to introduce me to this product about 10 years ago & it has been in my vanity ever since! Eyeshadow Primer Potion is easily a #CultClassic with its staying power and the ability to make any shadow you use more vibrant. #1 selling primer!

  • Vegan & Paraben free
  • no creasing/ 24 hour wear
  • great on any skin tone(dries invisible)
  • fills in any imperfections on skin’s surface

*Eyeshadow Primer Potion now comes in 6 shades, 3 of the shades; Eden, Sin & Greed can be used as a primer or worn as a shadow or highlighter.

MAC – Lipglass ($17)

MAC is a beauty force to be reckoned with & one of my all time favorite brands! Well known EVERYWHERE for their beautifully formulated colors & skilled artists.

  • contains jojoba oil to soften & condition lips
  • creates glass like finish or subtle sheen 
  • can be worn alone or layered with lipstick, liner or even pigments 

*Lipglass comes in many different shades, my all time favorite is the Clear Lipglass!

Anastasia of Beverly Hills – Dipbrow Pomade ($18)

When Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow products hit the beauty scene there was nothing that compared. Their Dipbrow instantly became a #CultClassic with its award-winning waterproof, multitasking, and buildable matte pomade formula that keeps your brows in check all day!

  • long-lasting, waterproof, smudge-proof
  • all in one brow product
  • high pigment
  • glides on easily & dries fast

*Dipbrow is available in 11 different shades! You caneffortlessly outline, fill, and texturize brows. 

Product Review: Milk Makeup Blur Stick

Milk Makeup – Blur Stick($36)

Milk Makeup’s Blur Stick is the first product that I have tried from the Milk Makeup line and I must say that I am pleasantly surprised!  I’ve never been a big fan of primers in general, but as you know I love to try any new beauty products.

I gave this 5/5 Lips because this primer really did its job and kept me matte all day. It glides on pretty easy and gave me a smooth, flawless canvas to apply my makeup. I love that it is colorless & odorless, Milk Makeup is also Cruelty-Free, Paraben-Free, 100% Vegan.

The only con is that I did not like how bulky the stick… while trying to prime it does not fit into all the small nooks in crannies in your face, but they do offer a mini version if you are interested.

Bottom Line: I  did like this product and I would recommend this to someone with oily skin.

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Product Review: Monsieur Big

Lancôme – Monsieur Big Mascara($12/$25)

This mascara quickly became a fav of mine! Monsieur Big is a 24 hour mascara formulated with supple waxes & polymers(which give you buildable length & volume). This mascara is formulated without parabens, sulfates & phthalates. You don’t have to worry about any smudging or flaking.

I gave this 5/5 Lips because I saw a major difference in my lashes instantly & being that I’m a girl who doesn’t care much for falsies this mascara is perfect for adding volume & length without the hassle. 

Bottom Line: a must have mascara!

More about this product here.

*Also available in waterproof.