Gabriel Cosmetics

Gabriel Foundation Look
Liquid Foundation: Tawny – Tan to Dark Skin/Warm; Dual Powder: Deep Beige – Dark Skin/Warm

I don’t believe in New Year Resolutions, but for 2018 I have decided to try to be a healthier me. This means a more self-aware, health-conscious, and committed version of myself. To begin my journey I have started paying attention what I put in and on my body.  One day while strolling the aisles of Sprouts I saw a little display case which housed Gabriel Cosmetics with two other brands. I hadn’t intended to purchase any make-up that day but something in me said to just browse the options.
Prior to my outing I had been scouring the internet researching different brands and trying to shade match myself to photos on company websites and under Instagram hashtags, and based on the available shade descriptions. Green beauty can get expensive with and without shipping, and I was very hesitant to invest not only my money but my time in shipping and waiting for products that may or may not work for me. Anyone who is/has transitioned to green beauty has probably noticed the limited availability of products to purchase in store and color selections, so imagine my surprise when I encountered Gabriel Cosmetics.

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Transition to Natural

Now that I’ve completed my transition to natural hair, it has inspired me to look at other aspect of my life and beauty regimens. Apparently, I was not out here living my best life. Going forward I have decided to work towards a healthier state of living, living today for tomorrow’s satisfaction. This entails taking care of my skin, hair, body, and overall well-being. It would be easiest to stay in the mindset of how I don’t need much to take care of myself now, but the goals is to take such tender care now so that I’m not playing catch-up later. Too often beauty is reactive instead of proactive, so I’ve decided to be proactive in how I maintain my health and beauty.

Upon research I found that there aren’t many of my products  that don’t contain something synthetic, chemical, or potentially harmful. So when I know better, I do better.

Getting started…

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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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