Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Setting Spray

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I have a rather contentious relationship with setting sprays. I want to use them, particularly in the the Georgia heat and humidity, but almost every setting spray that I’ve used has broken me out, and I’ve used a lot. The ones that haven’t broken me out were not only ineffective, but some of them seemed to exacerbate the oiliness. Like, if I’m using a mattifying spray, why does my face look dewy immediately after putting it on?

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Holiday Sets 2016: OK, So We’re Gonna Try This Again…Round 2 With A Tarte Blush Palette. Amazonian Clay Colour Wheel Blush Palette.

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Holiday sets are making their way onto the scene slowly, but surely and it’s not even frikkin October yet. Just a note on that by the way. Last year I did almost all of the holiday sets from the majors brands, and to say most of it was a disappointment would be to live in understatement. This year, I’m not doing that. I will most likely get a few of the larger brands, but for the most part, I’ll be sticking with smaller brands, and most of the money that I’ve budgeted towards holiday sets, will probably go towards exploring brands that I’ve wanted to for some time now. Brands like Make Beauty, Honest Beauty and such. Too Faced is completely off my radar because everything looks exactly like it did last year, so…

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I Found The Perfect Sunscreen.

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And that my friends is Colorescience whipped mineral sunscreen.

Do you know how hard it is as a brown chick to find an effective sunscreen that doesn’t white you out? Lemme tell ya, it’s hard, and that’s my excuse for slacking on sun care for almost a month, cause no one seems to realise brown people need sunscreen too. It may take the darker ones of us a little longer to get skin cancer, but we can and still do get it.  I had previously been using another sunscreen that I ran out of, but to tell the truth, I didn’t really like it all that much. Because it burned a little, it smelled terrible and I’m pretty sure it was slacking on the job since the driving side of my face would at times start to feel like leather.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Surreal Light…Umm…Hard Pass

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c’moooonnn man!!

One step forward, five back huh? This palette was so much fail in one space that I just can’t. Forget about the size, I was prepared because even though last year’s didn’t bother me too much, I did say that it wasn’t worth the $80 price tag. This year, was all new colours and I’m not above throwing handfuls of cash at something that I really want.

I was rooting for you Hourglass, we were all rooting for you! And after the Vanish foundation, we breathed a sigh of relief cause yes, you finally got it. Nah, you didn’t. But review we shall.

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Bite Beauty Multisticks

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Yes, yes. I know I’ve been MIA for about a week or so, but I’ve been feeling spectacularly emotionally battered, so I spent a crapload of money to haul Sephora and now I have loads of stuff to review for you. See how my pain becomes your pleasure? It’s a win for all involved I say.

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Collective Vacation Haul: Tarte’s Tarteist Lip Paints.

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I got these from Omgmakeup on MUABS, I think I may have bought out her entire shop at this point. The Tarteist Lip Paints were peripherally on my radar for a while now. I mean I had other options and I couldn’t get a bead on whether they were truly matte or not, you know matte application but not a dry down? And I wasn’t about to pay $20 for the privilege of finding out. Cause we all know that I won’t return it no matter how much I hate it. I still haven’t returned the RF Kiss & Blush palette that I hate.

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Collective Vacation Haul: Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer… And What The Hell Do I Do With It?

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I saw swatches of this online and I fell in love with it. I was all oohhh, liquid bronzer, yeah! I saw it swatched on fair skinned girls, medium skinned girls and dark skinned girls, each time it looked not only fabulous, but a wee bit sparkly and I am a toddler. Clearly people have been playing with the Photoshop and it’s knockoffs cause this…? 

Nars Laguna Bronzer is an iconic product. Everyone swears by it. As a darker skinned chick, you know bronzers are tricky, and since I’m by no means a Nars aficionado, I thought since everyone my complexion, lighter and in between loves this stuff… Ok, let’s break it down.

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New For Fall 2016: Kiko Milano Neo Noir Collection

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Autumn is officially here. In makeup land anyway. It seems like every year the new collections debut earlier and earlier, soon we’ll be having Autumn in June, which you know, won’t suck because I tend to prefer the Fall offerings anyway cause the colour schemes are generally the ones that I prefer, because yes, I am a boring bitch.

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Collective Vacation Haul: Laura Mercier

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These are some of the items that I got from MUABS.com. The seller Omgmakeup, sells only new items at a fraction of the cost. There are actually a few sellers on the site for whom it’s a business and they only sell new makeup. When I’ve purchased stuff from the site I usually only purchase from Omgmakeup and Nya90. Because let’s get real, this is a makeup site for deeply discounted makeup, and I get that the others are also selling new items, but if I wanted to pay full price, I’d just go to Sephora. Use this link for omgmakeup’s MUABS shop and this one for Nya90. I’ve purchased from both a few times and each time I haven’t been disappointed with my stuff when I get it. In all from Omgmakeup I spent $142 for $283 worth of brand new items, cause this wasn’t the only thing that I got from her shop. So yeah, MUABS is a good place to find bargains, you just have to be careful of the scammers cause there are some, always use PayPal and you’re covered.

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Collective Vacation Haul: Illamasqua Vanitas Rose Gold Collection.

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For some reason I don’t see a lot of people reviewing Illamasqua. It’s probably because it’s super expensive and there’s no place to buy in the states. But I think I mentioned before if you buy something from Illamasqua.com and it hits a hundred dollars, (which ain’t hard in the least) you get your order in two days cause they ship it express. I didn’t however, purchase this from the Illamasqua site cause I dithered around so much that Beauty Bay finally got it in stock, and the deal was too good to pass up despite the fact that unless you spend like $400 on BB you’re gonna get your stuff in 13 days the end, unless you pay thirty dollars for express.

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Collective Vacation Haul: Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Kiss & Blush Palette.

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Who else was excited when this baby dropped?! Cream blushes from Tarte? Yaaaassss! You guys know that I’m obsessed with the Rainforest collection because of the packaging, and this was no different. The five cream blushes and one highlighter are housed in beautiful round golden compact, with a full sized mirror and the most gorgeous painted lid. The names aren’t printed on the interior of the compact but rather the back.

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Collective Vacation Haul: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation & Colour Correcting Primer.

 

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You know how I’m always on about how Hourglass doesn’t really cater to dark skin beyond a certain point, so the brand was permanently, sorta off my radar? Well, Hourglass came through. Clearly someone over at head office has been listening to not only the criticism of Hourglass itself, but to the uproar from brown girls and allies in the beauty community about the absolute lack of representation and colour choices available in everything from foundation to blush and beyond. I mean there’s always been grumbling, but in the last few months black girls were like “um…you can’t fug wit me? Cool, I can’t fug wit you either”. When I say they came through, they did so like the Roman army, they conquered, put down stakes and made the scene their own. 26 shades people. 26. Their new Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation comes in 26 shades of awesome that range from the very lightest to the very darkest, and undertones for all! Got peachy undertones (raises hand)? Got golden undertones (raises hand again cause weird), got red, olive or neutral undertones? Not to worry, they got you. And for once, brown girls aren’t saddled with just neutral or red undertones in their foundation, the undertone process is very democratic, and we finally have more than two shades to choose from. From a mainstream brand, this is kinda huge ya’ll.

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Collective Vacation Haul: Too Faced La Matte Lipsticks.

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So we’re starting off with the simplest things to review. I actually hauled these in an Ulta store in Williamsburg. My youngest niece, the one I call My Kid cause if I’d given birth to her she couldn’t look or act more like me, was in one of her funky moods one day. When she’s like that she only wants to be around me for some reason, I don’t get it, I mean I’m not even very nice most days. She decided to stay home with me and I didn’t feel like staying in the house so we went exploring to find some beauty. She’s also the one that’s been picking some of my favourite makeup items since she was four, which I find really ironic because she’s a stereotypical tomboy. Exactly like I was at her age come to think of it.

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Collective Vacation Haul. 

I didn’t tell you guys that I was going on vacation did I? I realised that somewhere in the middle of last week and totally intended to rectify it, but then I happened. It was a family vacation, kinda huge, very noisy and child filled. Because it seemed we had every single child over the age of three with us, someone decided that it would be a good idea to visit historic Williamsburg and rented a huge three story monster and there still wasn’t enough room for all of us. Beyond what I consider the very problematic idea that is a theme park loosely based on the colonial era, I hate amusement parks, but I couldn’t very well get out of going cause family.

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