MORPHE BRUSHES EYESHADOW PALETTE HAUL AND REVIEW!

 

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If you spend any time on Instagram looking at makeup and beauty posts, then you have most likely heard of Morphe Brushes. They are well known for their makeup application tools, but it is their eyeshadows that caught my attention! I first heard about these shadows from Jaclyn Hill, and was lucky enough to be able to snag the Jaclyn Hill palette when it came out.  I loved the shadows in that limited edition release so much that I decided that I needed to get my hands on more palettes.

On this haul I picked up the Morphe 35O Palettes, both the shimmer and the matte, along with the 35F palette.  I love them.  The shadows are buttery and smooth, while very pigmented and consistent.  Some pots do have a more powdery texture, but it’s not a huge problem.  If you want to see my review, along with swatches, be sure to check out the video below!  Enjoy 🙂

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Morphe 35OM Palette, HERE
Morphe 35OS Palette, HERE
Morphe 35F Palette, HERE

 

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MAKEUP TUTORIAL FOR BLACK WOMEN: RIHANNA INSPIRED

 

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Work, work, work, work, work, work! I loved that song when it came out, but I think I loved her looks in the videos even more.  I decided to film this tutorial on the look inspired by the second video (the one where she is in the pink/purple room with Drake).  I have all the products I used listed, and if you want to see how to achieve this look be sure to check out the tutorial below! Enjoy 🙂

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– e y e s –

Urban Decay Primer Potion, Original, HERE
Coastal Scents Hot Pots, Vibrant Plum, HERE
Coastal Scents Hot Pots, Violetta, HERE
Coastal Scents Hot Pots, Amethyst, HERE
MUFE Star Powder, 942, HERE
Covergirl Mascara, Supersizer, HERE
L’OREAL Liquid Pencil Eyeliner, Carbon Black, HERE
Koko Lashes, Koko, HERE

 

– f a c e –

Benefit, Porefessional Primer, HERE
MUFE Ultra HD Foundation, 177 & 175, HERE
Kat Von D Concealer, 34, HERE
Sacha Cosmetics Powder, HERE
Sacha Cosmetics Concealer Palette, HERE
Sleek by 3 Blush Palette, Pink Sprint (Pink Parfait), HERE
Black Radiance Pressed Powder, Ebony, HERE
MAC Cosmetics MSF Natural, Dark, HERE
Becca Cosmetics, Opal, HERE
Tatcha, Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, HERE

 

– l i p s –

NYX Lip Liner, Brown Cafe, HERE
MAC Lipstick, Twig, HERE
ABH Lipgloss, Fudge, HERE
Elf Matte Lip Color, Tea Rose, HERE
– t o o l s –

Essential Kit, HERE
Performance Eyes Kit, HERE
Sigmax Essential Kit, HERE
F82, HERE
E40, HERE
E60, HERE
NARS ITA Brush, HERE
Bdellium Tools, 778, HERE
Sigma, e50, HERE
ABH #23 Brush, HERE

 

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Brown Smokey Eye Get Ready with Me Video

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Face

Benefit Porefessional Primer, HERE
MUFE Mist and Fix, HERE
Ben Nye Banana Powder, HERE
MAC MSF Natural, Sunpower, HERE
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, Warm Almond, HERE
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Cafe, HERE
Sephora Jumbo Liner 12Hour Wear Water Proof, Dark Brown Matte, HERE
Beauty Blender, HERE
Sleek Blush, Flame, HERE
Bobbi Brown Highlighter, Bronze Glow

Eyes

Jaclyn Hill Palette, HERE
MAC ProLongwear Concealer, NC45, HERE
Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick, Bootleg Brown, HERE
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil, Black Bean, HERE
It Cosmetics Tightline Mascara, HERE
It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara, HERE
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade, Ebony, HERE
Koko Lashes, Koko, HERE

Lips

Stila Liquid Lipstick, Dolce & Patina (Mixed), HERE
Sephora Lip Liner, Chic Choco, HERE

 

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Vaseline may just be one of the best beauty products on the market

When you think beauty product, you probably don’t think petroleum jelly.  Well, neither did I, but that should change! Here are 11 ways that Vaseline is the best beauty product out there.  Here are, in no particular order, the 11 beauty related Vaseline uses that keep me coming back jar after jar.

 

12. Make Perfume Last  Longer

Perfume evaporates faster off of dry skin! Rub some vaseline on the areas you would normally apply your scent, and then spray.  Your perfume will evaporate much more slowly, and last all day.

11. Lip Balm

Anyone who has ever used Vaseline as a lip balm can attest to its ability to make your lips baby soft.  Never used it? Chances are you actually have! Most lip balms (think Carmex, among others) have petrolatum as the first, or one of the first ingredients, and so its one of the major active ingredients needed to give you soft, moisturized lips.  How does Vaseline achieve this? It seals in moisture.

10. Lip Exfoliator

Let’s be real: with fall creeping in, and winter just around the corner we are all going to need a good lip exfoliator.  Most are expensive, except for my all time favorite one by elf, so you may want to think about a DIY if you don’t have lip exfoliator handy!  All you need is vaseline and brown sugar, and you’ve got yourself a lip exfoliator you can do at home in no time.

 

9.  Manicure

Many of you may have already heard of the first three vaseline uses, but this one is a little less known.  You know when you go outside of your nail, and have little flecks of nail polish on your skin surrounding? Well, here is where vaseline can come in handy. If you don’t have time to soak your hands afterwards, using vaseline to rim around your nail will prevent the polish from adhering to your skin! All you have to do is paint, let set for a few minutes (does not have to be completely dyr, just not wet), and then wipe around the nail with a Q-Tip.  Works like a charm every time!

 

8.  Dry Shaving Cream

Have you ever gotten ready only to realize that you missed a spot shaving? If you’re anything like me, you need to take care of it immediately! On days like these, vaseline is an absolute life saver.  Take some vaseline and smooth it over the area that you would like to shave.  Using a quality, ie. sharp, but disposable razor shave off the hairs you missed! The area will be smooth, easy, moisturized and most importantly hairless in no time.

7. Prepoo

Prepoo, for people who don’t know, is a pre-shampoo treatment you do for your hair before you shampoo! It is super important for girls with dry, damaged, or chemically treated hair and I strongly recommend that everyone do one at least twice a month! Let me know if you want to see a post on this! Anyways, apply the vaseline to the length of your hair before using a clarifying shampoo to see incredible shine and cut down on the stresses sulfates can inflict on your hair.  For best results, let sit under a shower cap for 30 minutes.

 

6. Split End Prevention

Jumping off the last post, vaseline can be incredibly vital to sealing moisture in your hair.  Where is this most important? Often in your ends.  Use vaseline on the ends of your hair to lock in moisture and prevent splitting!  For people with fine, greasy, or grease prone hair this is best done as a prepoo treatment. You will definitely see an improvement!

 

5. Skin Protectant

Vaseline has got your back ladies! One of my favorite vaseline uses is as a skin protectant.  This works in the same way as described in the manicure use.  Apply to skin, usually on the perimeter of your hairline or to the scalp, before using dye or chemical relaxer.  This will protect your skin from the chemicals you are using while you complete the treatment.  Vaseline can also be used on the scalp for further protection.  Always protect your skin!

 

4. Foot Spa

If you haven’t already, definitely check out my DIY at home foot spa post telling you how to get super soft feet overnight!  I used another product by vaseline, their gel oil, but plain old petroleum jelly will work wonders as well! Use the same procedure, swapping in vaseline and you will have soft touchable feet literally overnight.

 

3. Set Eyebrows

This may not be ideal for those with oily skin, but in the colder months when dry skin plagues many of us, vaseline can be used to set and seal eyebrows beautifully!  I prefer this to wax in the colder months because it is more breathable, won’t freeze (yes it has gotten that cold where I’ve lived…-20 degrees anyone?), and it’s very moisturizing.  Apply to eyebrows with a Q-Tip for precision after filling them in, and you are good to go!

 

2. High Fashion Eyeshadow

I know you’ve all seen this look done time and time again.

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Ever wonder how they achieve this look? Vaseline! Well, even if that isn’t exactly what they use I am sure it is something extremely similar.  Apply your eyeshadow as usual, then pat some vaseline on top for this high shine, high fashion look.  If you would like to see a tutorial I would be more than happy to do one for this makeup look!

1. Lip Analgesic

Chapped lips can be painful.  Distractingly painful.  Trust me ladies, I feel your pain! That’s why I have to recommend vaseline as a serious analgesic.  An analgesic is a topical pain reliever.  When applied to chapped or broken lips, it relieves the pain almost immediate and then seals in the moisture need to heal.  Never be without this beauty must-have during those dreaded winter months!

 

Ok, those are my top vaseline uses when it comes to beauty.  I hope you found the list helpful! As always, feel free to be in touch with me and please comment!

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Ahh, the drugstore.  I can never just go in and get out.  I always have to browse the makeup aisles, and it’s a good thing because I have found quite a few of my holy grail products at the drugstore.  Here is my “best drugstore makeup” list.

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1. Maybelling Color Tattoo If you pay any attention to the online beauty community, you already know about this product and know it is a favorite.  Why? It’s impressively long-wearing, lightweight, highly-pigmented and goes on like silk.  There are an assortment of colors, most of which are metallic.  They make excellent eye shadow base, but can also be worn alone in warm weather for gorgeous color that won’t budge.  You will love this all year round, but you’ll be especially grateful you have it during the sweltering summer months.

 

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Maybelline Color Tattoo L to R: Pomegranate Punk and Bad to the Bronze

 

2. Maybelline Line Stiletto  Ok, again, another popular one.  What makes this little guy so impressive? The staying power.  I have literally done tests where I rub and rub at this and it’s the last to budge, even alongside some of my high end liners.  It has a pretty, satiny finish (somewhere between a matte finish and the high-shine finish of the Urban Decay liquid liner).  I have it in “Blackest Black,” and I am by no means disappointed in the color intensity.

 

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Maybelline Line Stiletto

  

3. Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara (Waterproof) One of my favorite mascaras by far.  It is great at lengthening, but without any of the clump.  It has a great formula that is not drying, but rather allows for very comfortable all-day wear.  It is very black, and has a really lightweight formula.

 

4. Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara (Waterproof) This mascara is one of the best lash extension mascaras I have come across.  Though it had a thick formula, it doesn’t leave my lashes looking clumpy or spidery in the way that many lash extension products do.  It gives a surprisingly comfortable all-day wear, and the lengthening is incredible! I usually use this on top of another mascara on days I do not use it on its own for its amazing lengthening abilities.  Very black color, and creates volume without looking spidery.

 

5. L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara (Waterproof) This mascara…speechless. This has to be my favorite mascara of all time.  It has all my favorite attributes of the perfect mascara, and is long wearing on top of that.  It is jet black, wet looking, and non-clumpy.  It has lengthening abilities for days, but is also volumizing.  On top of all that, it works amazing well on my top and bottom lashes while performing well on the hard-to-reach lashes near my tearduct.  Worth every penny, I will continue to repurchase this mascara as long as they manufacture it.

 

6. L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner Ok. Mind blown. It’s a pencil and a liquid all at once.  I didn’t believe it when I heard it, but it’s true.  Somehow.  This product has all the smoothness and intensity of a liquid, with the control and smudgeability of a pencil.  It is super soft and hyper-pigmented in a way that puts many high-end liners to shame. For roughly 8$ it is a must-have, a steal, and a holy grail product all at once.  I highly recommend this product for anyone with eyes.  But seriously, my eyeliner was always moving and running until I found this baby and now I am never going back.  On Saturday I was at an outdoor music festival until midnight in the sweltering heat, and when I got back my eyeliner had not budged.  Impressive is an understatement.

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7. NYC Liquid Liner

This has to be one of my all time favorite liquid eyeliners.  Besides the fact that it is incredibly affordable, it has a great formula.  It is really thick, almost like a hybrid between gel liner and liquid liner.  It also has an intense, matte finish that only intensifies the black color of the liner.

 

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