Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Review: Black Radiance Shine Control Primer

Price: $4.99
Location: Walmart

This shine control primer is really good for oily skin. When I apply this primer, it makes my face matte and I do not have to apply a lot. This can work alone, under a foundation or under a bb cream. It makes your face very smooth.

·        Smooth
·        Easy to Apply
·        Controls shine
·        Controls oil
·        Lasts Long

·        Need to allow it to set for about 5 mins, so you have to add 5-10 mins to your makeup routine

This primer lasts really long. I bought this bottle in October and I still have enough in there to last me about another month and a half. It is definitely a must try product. Many people believe that it is only made for African American skin because their makeup is made primarily for Women of Color. However, I have friends from other ethnicities (Caucasian, Mexican, Italian, etc.) who use this product as well, so it can be used for everyone and everyone loves it. I recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a primer that is very affordable.
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Monday, January 28, 2013

My Must Have Skin Care Products

St. Ive’s Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Moisturizer
I love this product because it is so light weight and it leaves my skin feeling very soft. It’s really creamy. When I pour the products in my hand, I can just feel how much it is going to moisturize my skin. I LOVE IT!!! It’s also really affordable, you can get it for about $5-7.

Dove Cream Oil Body Wash
This is one of the best body washes out. Some moisturizers dry out your skin, but this one makes it feel so smooth. It makes my skin feel very silky and soft. It does not dry out my skin like some body washes do. This is a must try/must have product.

Eucerin Calming Cream
I love this because my skin beaks out sometimes and when it breaks out the spots get very dry. In order for me to apply my medicine to it, I have to apply a good moisturizer to it first and my doctor prescribed this. I love it because if I am out somewhere and I begin to have a breakout, I can just apply this to it and it can keep it under control and calm until I can apply my medicine. I would recommend this someone who has very dry skin or has occasional break outs like me.

Clean and Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser
I love this product and for my review on it, see my earlier post on it. J

Sunday, January 27, 2013


20% Off Your Entire Ulta Purchase!!!
Ulta Brand Makeup is Buy 2, Get 1 Free
Neutrogena Skincare is Buy 1, Get 1 50% off

You can not beat this deal, so go and buy stuff buy Saturday and get your 20% off of everything!!!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

What's In My Travel (In Purse) Makeup Bag?!

I love my makeup bag in my purse. I mainly just go in for the lip gloss when I need to. Travel bags are good to have in case you do need to make a touch up to your makeup or you were running late and need to apply some when you get to where you're going. In any circumstance, they are good to have!

1. Beauty Gems Blotting Paper

I bought this from Ulta for $2, I caught it on sale. I love this because I love the case that it came in and I just think it is so cute :). I have to use these frequently because I have oily skin so it helps to control it.

2. My Q-tips :)
You can find these anywhere. I love these for times when I am out and I need to remove my eye makeup, it takes of eye makeup really well, but you do need a remover to help. I took my remover out of my bag but I use the Maybelline expert eyes eye makeup remover.

3. Hand Lotion
I can't remember where I got this from, but it smells very good and it moisturizes really good.

4. Lip Gloss
This lip gloss is by essence, I purchased it at Ulta. I am not really a fan of this gloss, but it will do whenever I need touch-ups.

5. Vaseline
I honestly do not know what I would do if I did not have my vaseline in here. Vaseline can be used for so many things, that is why I have it in here. Its self-explanatory.

6. Sinful Colors Eyshadow Trio

I bought this from walgreens for $3.99. I bought it so that I could have a shadow for emergencies and it is actually a good shadow and the pigments are really good.

6. Revlon Mirror

I bought this mirror at the campus bookstore at my old college before I transferred to my new one. It is a really good mirror and sturdy! I've dropped it about 500 times and it is still in good shape. :)

7. Eucerin Calming Creme
I have this for whenever my skin breaks out to soothe it.

7. Maybelline GreatLash
If you go back to my comparison post, you will see how I feel about this mascara. I am not a fan, but it will do if I need a mascara when I am on the go.

8. Softlips
I love my soft lips. I do not know what I would do if I did not have a lip balm with me at all times. Especially since it's cold now, we need to keep our lips conditioned.

9. Ecotools EyeShadow Brush
This is an item that I takeout and put in everyday. This is one of my favorite eyeshadow brushes and I use it almost everyday.

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The reason that I do not carry too many products and barely use the products is because I apply my makeup and every morning and it lasts me every day. I really have my bag for emergencies or if I end up crashing somewhere one night and need some face products the next night. You never know!

Also, If you would like me to do a review on any of the products, just let me know in the comment box below.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What do you use to remove your face makeup?

I use the Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser to remove the makeup from my face. I also, use it with my facial cleansing buffs when I exfoliate. I LOVE this stuff because it removes everything and it is very affordable. I would recommend for everyone to try it. You can get it at any drugstore and Ulta. They range from $3.99-$5.99. I usually get mine from Ulta (if you haven't noticed, I shop there a lot) for about $4.49.

What type of cleanser do you use to remove your makeup and why do you love it?

If you answer this question in the comment box, your chances of winning the giveaway will be even better :)

I will be posting a giveaway teaser by the end of the week, so keep checking on my blog and see if you can figure it out.

Products I want to try!!!

I can never have too many beauty products because I always want more. I feel like I need them, even though I have a ton :)

Here are some products I want to try and will be getting:

Urban Decay Naked Basics
$27 at Ulta and Sephora

Maybelline Clean Express! Makeup Remover
$4.99 at Target

Hello Kitty - Wild Thing Makeup Palette
Hello Kitty: Wild Thing Makeup Pallete
$49 $34 at Sephora ($200 value)
Rimmel BB Cream
$6.99 at Ulta

If you guys have tried any of the products, just leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How To: Care For Brushes

Cleaning Brushes is very import because bacteria collects on them over time and you do not want your brushes to get that bacteria on your face. It is very important that you clean them when you first purchase them and periodically to remove old makeup, dirt, oil, bacteria and dead skin cells. Keeping these things on your brush can cause you to break out and have many other irritations.

How To Clean Your Brushes:
(I wash all of my brushes the same)

Wet the hairs of the brush under the faucet. Make sure that the brush is facing downward and the water is warm.
Add a cleaning aid to the brush that is not going to irritate your skin (find one that best suits you). A few examples are baby shampoo, liquid hand soap, facial soap, etc. Personally, I use the Japanese Cherry Blossom antibacterial foaming hand soap (bath and body works) because it cleans my brushes very well, makes them smell good and it does not break me out. I suggest that people who have sensitive skin use baby shampoo because it is very mild.
Once you add the cleaning aid to the brush, make it lather, then rinse it to clean. If all makeup is not out of the brush, repeat this step until it is.
Lastly, lay the clean brushes onto a clean paper towel so that they can dry before you next use them

How Often Should Makeup Brushes Be Cleaned

Foundation Brushes: once a week
Bronzer, Blush and Powder Brushes: once a week
Eyeshadow Brushes: every 2-3 days
Eyeliner Brushes: daily, if you use gel because it is so thick on the brush

Hope this helped you guys!

Ulta: 50% off select Urban Decay Products

The Urban Decay Sustainable Eyeshadow Box and the Deluxe Eyeshadow Box are 50% off at all Ulta. Go and get yours today.

Monday, January 21, 2013


CoverGirl Professional Mascara
  • Pros
    • Easy to apply
    • Great Brush
    • Defines and separates the eyelashes
    • Does not clump
    • Lengthens lashes
    • Does not flake
    • Dries quickly
    • Does not make lashes stick together
    • Does not smudge
  • Cons
    • A little tough to remove, but nothing serious

Maybelline GreatLash Mascara

  • Pros
    • Separates lashes
    • Does not clump
    • Lengthens
    • Good Brush
  • Cons
    • Very thick
    • Make lashes feel hard
    • Smudges if not dry
    • Takes a little while to dry
    • Can make lashes stick together if not dry
    • Difficult to remove

They are both a pretty good mascara. I know a lot of people prefer the Maybelline. The only use that I have for my Maybelline is in my makeup bag that I keep in my purse in case I have a makeup emergency with mascara. The CoverGirl is my everyday go to mascara. I love it because it does not make my lashes feel hard, it is a lot softer than the Maybelline and in my opinion, I lengthens better and makes them look more full. I like the packaging of the Maybelline better, only because I love pink and green. The brush on the CoverGirl is better too. The brush on the Maybelline is very basic, but on CoverGirl, it curves to an angle.

Where to Purchase

Location: Ulta and most drugstores
Maybelline $5.49
Cobergirl $4.99

ULTA Sale!!!

$3.50 of any $10 Purchase: Ulta Coupon
Maybelline: Buy 1 get one 50% off all products
L'Oreal: Buy 1 get one 50% off all products
CoverGirl: Buy 1 get one 50% off all products
Neutrogena: Buy 1 get one 50% off all products
Essence: Buy 1 get one 50% off all products
Ulta Brand Nail Laquer $2
Ulta Brand Eyshadow, Eye Liner and Lip Color $4
Mariah Carey Nail Polish from OPI is only $9
Ponds Makeup Remover Wipes $4.66

*The coupon can be combined with all of the deals in the store. Its valid on all sale, clearance and full price items.*

It is a really good deal, you will be shocked what you can walk out of the store with, because these are only a few of the deals going on.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

GIVEAWAY!!!!! [Closed]

Want a free beauty product? And want to be surprised (it will be something good!)? Just read the rules below so you can get it.

1. Follow my blog (Subscribe by email at the bottom)
2. Check it regularly and comment to it 
(leave positive and negative comments about it; I want to hear everything)
3. Take the poll on the blog
4. Refer people to my blog and let me know when you do 
*via email or the comment box
*referrals must subscribe
5. Email me at makeupandbeautylover15@gmail.com so that I can have your email address if you are the winner

How I Will Determine A Winner:
I will put the names of everyone who met all of the criteria (meaning you must complete all 5 of the requirements in order for your name to be in the drawing) into a bowl and have one of my friends pick the winner and we will go from there

How you will be notified if you are the winner:
1. I will contact you via email so that you can send me your mailing address
2. I will give you ONE WEEK to reply to my email

*If you do not reply to my email within that week, I will pick a new winner*
*I will pay for postage*
Also, your name will be announced on my blog if you win

Starting Now, I Will Be Doing Giveaways Every 1-3 Months!!! 

This Giveaway Closes 2/20/2013!!!

Review: Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse

Product: Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse
Color: Caramel
Price: $8.49
Location: I purchased this at Ulta but it is available at most stores

I have been wanting to try this product out for a few months but never bought it. So, I had got bored on Wednesday and just went out and bought it :). It is actually a really good product and very light on the face.It doesn't look cakey when you add just the right amount. Adding to much can look very unnatural, but you have to really put on a whole lot to get that look. I have combination/oily skin and it does not really do anything to control it, however I do not really get too much shine coming through because I use a shine control primer. If I were to compare this to my Revlon ColorStay, I would say I like Revlon better, but this one matches my skin tone better so that is a plus.

It goes on very smoothly
Very Easy to Apply
Blends Well
Light Weight
Good Pigmentation

Can be greasy, but a good shine control primer will help with that if you have oily skin like me

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Going on a Road Trip to get these Outfits from Forever21 Today!!

Shirt: $19.80
Jeans: $27.80
Shirt: $10.80
Leggings: Already have but starts at $7.80
Shirt: $17.80

I love shopping online before going to the store :) Helps me get an idea of what I want to buy before going even if I change my mind when I get there :)

Forever21: New Colored Zippered Skinny Jeans

I bought theses pants last week from forever21 and I am so in love. They are only $15.80, which is reasonable just like all of the prices for things in forever 21. These pants are so comfortable, but they are cut a little smaller from the regular skinny jeans, so you will have to go a size or two bigger than your normal size. These pants are good because they can go with just about anything in your closet and the come in about 5 different colors. I had got them in black when I realized that I did not have a pair of black jeans. They are made very stretchy and OMG I love them so much. You should really check them out.


Review: Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow

Product: Maybelline Experwear Eyeshadow in Charcoal Smokes
Price: $5.99
Location: Ulta

Overview: This is a very good eyeshadow. Sometimes it can be hard finding a good eyeshadow for African American skin. However, this shadow is very good. The pigmentation is very good and it does not crease throughout the day. It looks good no matter what colors you wear. It is one of my go to shadows for when I can't figure out what colors to wear. It looks good on women from all colors. I have done makeup on many of my friends and family and it looks good on everyone.

Easy to find
Crease proof
Easy to apply
Beautiful when blended

There are none :)

Hope this review helped someone looking for it.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Makeup Essentials for Getting Ready in the Morning

Deciding what items to put on your face everyday can be very challenging, especially for those who are just starting out. So I'm giving a list to help solve this problem if you have one.

MOISTURIZER. The first thing that you need is a good moisturizer. A good moisturizer is the Clean&Clear Dual Action Moisturizer. You can purchase it a very affordable price. I believe its about $5 at Walmart.

PRIMER. A good primer is especially important because it allows your makeup last longer and it makes your face matte to control oil during the day. You should also have a eyelid primer to make your eye makeup stay on longer. Urban Decay makes very good primers.

FOUNDATION. I personally prefer liquid foundation rather than powder because powder clogs your pores more. Also, liquid foundation gives a lot of coverage and it is very light weight, you can barely tell it is on your face. I have tried several, but my most favorite is the Revlon ColorStay.

CONCEALER. When buying a concealer you want to get at least 2. You want one that is a little lighter than you skin tone so that you can add a highlight to your under eyes and the bridge of your nose. The other one should be your true color match. I have Maybelline Lumi Touch Concealer in honey for my highlight and L'Oreal True Match Concealer in C6-7-8 for my skin tone.

EYESHADOW. When picking eye shadows, get colors that compliment your skin tone because every color does not go with everyone's skin tones. Starting out, you should get neutral colors because no one can go wrong with neutral colors. But, eyeshadow can be very cheap to very expensive, ranging from $.99 to $80. It is very important to get eyeshadows that are rich in pigments.

EYELINER. Eyeliners come in a variety: liquid, pencil, cream, and gel. I use all four types. They just depend on my mood. I would suggest using gel because its the easiest to apply and pencils can be a little annoying sometimes.

LIP GLOSS. There are so many types of lip glosses and its so popular that I dont think I need to say anything about it :) 

I hope that this was very beneficial to all of you guys. Remember follow me if you want to stay updated and leave all comments below.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Revlon ColorStay Review

Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation 
Price: $11.99
Purchased From: Ulta
Rating: 4.8/5

Blends Well
Long Lasting
Not Oily 
Not Cakey
Feels light on the face
Looks natural

Needs a pump

How do I apply:
I use a Real Techniques Stippling Brush 98% of the time. Sometimes I will use a sponge, but not often.

This foundation is really good. It gives a good coverage for the price. You can barely tell that it is on your face. I have previously used MAC, Loreal, Maybelline, and Covergirl foundations but I believe this to be the best. However, I am still willing to try another one. So if you have a foundation you would like me to review, just put it in the comments and I will do a review on it :-).

My introduction

Hello everyone,

I am so excited to start blogging. My blog is dedicated to beauty, college, fashion and things I see in my everyday life. I will be putting up some tips and pics of things I think looks good. I will also occasionally let you guys see things that go on about myself. Well a brief thing about me is I am originally from Jamaica, Queens, New York and I currently live in North Carolina. My boyfriend recently joined the army so I am missing him a lot but I'm making it :-). I am a sophomore in college and love every bit of it. I love to look at anything beauty and fashion so if you guys have a blog, youtube, website or anything you would like me to support you with, just let me know and I will check it out. You can contact me at makeupandbeautylover15@gmail.com.