New For Summer BH Cosmetics Products!

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I’m really restless today. As I’m writing this it’s all can do to not bolt up from my seat and run around screaming. The coffee isn’t helping. So if this at times makes little sense, that’s the reason. I usually write the three posts for the coming week on Sunday mornings. That is so not happening today, hell it took me three tries to do this one post. So yeah…

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The Last Of The Ulta Birthday Haul! Picture Heavy.

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For the last of it all I got a bunch of Makeup Revolution stuff cause let’s face it, wee bit obsessed. Oh yeah and they were all blush. The one other thing that I did get that wasn’t MR was a lipstick from Soap & Glory. I had really intended to get all S&G, but when I went into the store I was really meh when I saw all the things in person. My twelve year old niece also almost convinced me to get a bunch of the new UD lipsticks, but I stuck to my drugstore guns.

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Another Kiko Milano Haul

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What can I say? I like the brand and this is what I wanted for my birthday. Plus, I knew if I waited patiently some of the things that I wanted from early summer releases would eventually go on sale, and oh baby have they ever! To the tune of over 50% off both the Artist and Lovegrove collections are now on sale. I flirted with the idea of getting a lot more stuff, since over the July 4th weekend, they also had an additional 30% off coupon, but in the end I decided to go ahead and just get the things that I really really wanted, everything else can wait. I also picked up three items from the new Beauty Games collection, there were more items that I wanted from that collection, but I decided to go ahead and get the things that had the highest sell-out probability, I’m not doing a review on those today either, I’ll wait till I get the rest of the items that I want.

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Dupe Alert! L’Oreal Liquid Lumi Highlighter vs. Becca Liquid Shimmering Skin Perfectors.

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These were part of my birthday haul from Ulta, I wound up getting both because at the time Ulta was doing their buy one get one 50% off on most drugstore lines. Like I said I mostly hauled drugstore stuff cause for some reason that’s what I was in the mood for this year. The highlighters are bomb though, so I’m really glad I got them.

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Finally! Every Single Colour of BH Liquid Lipsticks That I’ve Wanted And Then Some

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Do you guys have any idea how long I’ve been stalking the BH cosmetics site for all the shades to come back into stock?!?

I mean they’re friggin unicorns! New shades would debut and then all the old shades that I wanted would  be out of stock with crazy three month re-stock dates. Finally, when I did my usual summer haul of new products, all of the shades including the new ones were in stock and I got the nine shades that I really wanted. But truth be told, I should have just gotten all of them because wow!

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Ole Henriksen Skincare Try-out

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Like I told you guys, I’ve been really happy with my current crop of Influenster VoxBoxes. I was probably the most stoked when I got this baby in the mail. Ole Henriksen is one of those brands that people rave over constantly. It’s lauded for it’s clean organic ingredients and also for how well the products supposedly work. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but I’ve been wanting to dabble for a bit. I like when my skincare comes to me like this rather than me having to work for it, yeah we all know I’m lazy.

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BH Cosmetics X Ashley Tisdale Illuminate Collection

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When I first heard about this collection on Instagram I was so stoked.  I pretty much stalked the the BH site and signed up for email alerts and bought what I wanted five minutes after I got the email. Unfortunately there isn’t very much to the collection at this point, I was told that later on in the summer highlighters would also be launching, but right now the collection consists of two full face palettes, six lip and cheek tints and six lip glosses. Since I don’t wear lip gloss, those were a hard pass, but I did pick up one of the palettes and three of the lip & cheek tints. I almost got all of them, but some of the colours straight up looked like they would do my beautiful brown no justice. I also went ahead and did my normal summer haul of new BH products, plus every single shade of liquid lipstick that I’ve ever wanted since the stars seemed to align and they were all in stock at the same time. I’ll have those up soon-ish. I’ve been pretty shaky on posts lately cause I started a new job a month ago and it’s a grown up one so by the time I get home in the evenings I barely have time to get my stuff ready for work the next day, pictures and posts get forgotten somehow.

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L’Oreal’s New Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation.

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I love the Pro-Matte version of this foundation so much that when I heard glow I was all “hell yeah!”

This was part of my birthday haul, and boy did I ever haul. I did drugstore stuff this year mostly because lately I’ve been getting a lot of really good drugstore stuff. Plus while almost all of the higher end brands are debuting very similar items, the drugstore brands have been quietly innovating and perfecting their formulas to compete, and some dominate. L’Oreal, has become my go to American drugstore brand, very rarely does anything that I purchase fail me, and I’ve been extremely happy with the foundations that I’ve gotten.

So I suppose I was due for a disappointment yeah?

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Makeup Revolution x British Beauty Blogger Fortune Favours The Brave Eye Shadow Palette.

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I’ve been banging around with this chick for around a week now, and let me tell you it’s been fun, but I was completely unprepared for the pigmentation and subsequent blending struggles. Completely my fault tho, so…

I don’t know if you guys are familiar with her, since the name seems rather generic yeah? But British Beauty Blogger is one of my personal favourite bloggers. I like her because she gets a bit of everything, skincare, hair care, makeup and she’s thorough. She covers all skin tones and skin types, drug store and high end brands. The lady Jane knows her stuff.

So I was pretty stoked when I realised that she and MR had got together and had a love child. Listen, I wasn’t prepared. I thought I was, but really? I wasn’t, not for all that colour. First tip, don’t dig your brush into the pans, you’ll regret it. You’re just not grown enough for all that pigmentation.

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Trying Something Odd. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturiser.

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Just like did, I’m sure you guys have been seeing commercials for this stuff all over the place. From TV to magazine advertisements. When I first saw it, I was so confused ya’ll, like what the heck is this? But I was still very intrigued by the whole concept. I wouldn’t have bought it myself, but when Influenster sent it for me to test, I was ecstatic. Speaking of Influenster, for some reason years ago when I’d joined, it wasn’t all that great, the stuff that I got was just never anything I was really all that interested in one way or another. I think in two years I received maybe three VoxBoxes? Recently I deleted my old account and just decided to start fresh, and whoa! Can I just say, the things that I’ve been getting lately are phe-no-min-nal! Plus, in the last three months I’ve gotten like three boxes! Of stuff I’m actually interested in! I don’t know if it’s because I’m more involved now (I have a feeling that’s what it is) or if they’ve just gotten better at sending out more products people will actually want, but I’m stoked about my new relationship with Influenster.

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Makeup Revolution New Ultra Strobing Cream & Blur Primer…So Worth It!

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These were a total whim, I mean I got them because they were new, and I wasn’t really sure what a strobing cream was all about and I had to know, just had to. The primer I got because at that particular time I hated all of the ones I had, it’s like that girl complaining that she has nothing to wear when she has not one, but two whole closets full of clothing? I get like that sometimes.

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My First Time Trying Illamasqua!

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Illamasqua is one of those brands that have a massive cult following, and I so desperately wanted to be one of the masses. But for me, things that confuse me get chucked rather quickly, and Illamasqua confuzzled me. Since I’m a foundation hoarder, that’s the thing that I gravitate towards first. Second come blush, but that relatively easy. Shade and undertone, bright or subtle, easily worked with. Their foundations though, take some figuring, reading the descriptions convinced me that they didn’t have an undertone in their huge collection of shades to suit me. The undertones that seemed promising, all were in shades obviously too dark or too light. This is not a new phenomenon to me, as a brown girl that falls squarely in the middle of brown girl things, finding a golden or peachy undertone from anything but luxury brands is feat not to be taken lightly. A few weeks ago, because I fell in love with Wayne Goss’ swatch of the Beyond Powder in Epic, I decided to suck it up, put my big girl drawers on, get a consultation and get to shopping. Lemme tell you, the results were frikkin phenomenal.

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All Kinky, Coily, Curly Girls! Mama Found You a Dry Shampoo!

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How many have you have tried to use a dry shampoo to disastrous end results? ok, me too.

As someone that only washes their hair once a month, I was stoked when the dry shampoo phenomenon rolled into existence. But before you go all eeww Cleo that’s nasty, washing your hair only once a month? Yuck! I don’t know if ya’ll noticed, but I’m black. And my hair is naturally curly. Curly hair is so devoid of oil that washing it more often results in tremendous breakage. Also, curly hair by virtue of having less oil to work with, doesn’t hold on to smell in it’s natural state. In the winter time, when I straighten my hair, I have to wash more often because by mid-week everyday smells in it, and weirdly when I my hair is straight it’s good for about two, maybe three days, but by day four it’s greasy as hell. So once a month it is.

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Jouer LE Mermaid Collection.

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This is my first bonafide Jouer purchase. I remember that I got a lip gloss in a Glossybox some time ago, and while I thought it was ok, I didn’t run out and get a bunch of stuff from the brand because I wasn’t all that impressed cause, I’m not a gloss kinda chick. And real talk? It seemed like a really white identified line. I was wrong, and I’m ok owning up to that.

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Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

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Let’s get this out the way right off the top. This palette and I are not at all getting along. This is the palette that everyone of saying is another Makeup revolution dupe for the Sweet Peach palette. While that might be true (I don’t really see it it looks more like the ABH Modern Renaissance to me), but hey, what do I know?

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