FOUNDation (2): Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

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Shade: Deep Sand

 (Deep skin with yellow undertones)

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FOUNDation (1): MAC Studio Fix Powder

Hey y’all,

I’ve decided to initiate a new series here on the blog, this series will be comprised of foundation tests where I swatch all types of “foundations” from BB/CC creams to tinted moisturizers to full-fledged foundations. I will cross the spectrum of sheer, medium,  and full coverage; powders, creams, and liquids; high-end and drug store quality, all for your viewing pleasure. The purpose of this series is to showcase the foundations’ color profiles, texture, and wear in combination with my skin’s complexion and chemistry. Hopefully, the posts consistent with this series will help y’all identify if these are some things you wish to spend your money on, whether it be for the formula, wear, cost, or color range availability. I hope y’all enjoy!

Shade: NC45

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PR: Beautycounter for Target


After my last post, I decided  that I needed to try out a few other products from the limited Target release of @Beautycounter products. I initially went for the Blusher/Bronzer duo, but then decided on the Color Stay Set of the Beautycounter lip gloss and cream blusher in Peony and Hibiscus (perfect colors for a Jasmine). I was very anxious to try any of the colors because it is a limited release and in my experience, limited releases or makeup kits tend to be geared towards fair-medium skin tones, and not richer tones. I really, really wanted these colors to work, without appearing ashened or invisible on my skin.

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Y’all it’s FALL! Sorry I’ve been away for so long, school started back in August and I’ve been workin’ and doing my thang, so I’ve finally settled into to some sentiment of a routine to be able to write this review up for you lovelies.

A (way) while back my fav, @jessiejamesdecker posted to her Instagram a photo of some makeup goodies recommended to her, and since I am hypnotized by makeup, reviews, and Youtube, I just had to search it out. My initial recon brought on a mild sense of shock as I saw the prices of said beauty products; it wasn’t too discouraging, the prices, but from a brand I had never heard of, let alone a solely online company where I can’t personally swatch and feel the color palettes and textures of the products, I wasn’t willing to risk it. To be honest, I am a college student on a budget and I, like many, work very hard for my money, so I like to be wise and look for solid, not always sure, but solid investments.

I was going back and forth with whether or not to try something of @Beautycounter, with its promise of safer beauty and of being paraben and preservative free their mission aligned closely with my values and beauty needs.  This lead to a tug-of-war between my financial values and my health values… but as luck would have it Target  (lineup photo below) came through in the clutch and delivered an amazing brand and opportunity at my doorstep. As soon payday hit, I ran to Target (two in total) to buy what would be the last balm on the shelf.


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Brow Down

Brows are where the shape and size actually matter. I am in no way an eyebrow expert, but I have picked up on the latest trend of thick and shapely eyebrows.  Jessie James Decker (Singer/Songwriter), who adamantly preaches against the dangers of walking around with “spermy-looking eyebrows;” Lily Collins (Actress) who’s always been ahead of the trend, rocking her wonderfully thick brows; to Cara Delevingne (Model) with her infamously BOLD standout brows; finally… the OG brow girl Brooke Shields.The trendiness of thick and full brows has given creed to eyebrow tinting and extension (yes, this is a real thing)! [extension inquiry]

I never really took much stalk in my eyebrows, until last year when I really started getting into makeup. I have always brush them and applied gel to keep tame them in, but my mother never would allow me to wax, pluck, thread, or tint my them, because “God gave you perfect eyebrows, why would you want to mess them up?” And like most mothers she is always right and as a result always know better, before I do (thank you mom). Here are what my untouched brows look like:

Brow (untouched)

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