makeup tutorial for black women

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 🙂

P R O D U C T S   F E A T U R E D

– 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
Bdellium Tools, 778, HERE
Sigma, e50, HERE
ABH #23 Brush, HERE


Watch the Makeup Tutorial Below!



Purple Holiday Makeup: Holiday Glam for a Night Out

purple holiday makeup

Hey guys! I wanted to come and show you a makeup look I have been loving recently! It is using my customized palette of Coastal Scents Hot Pots.  I put it together recently and I have to say that I really enjoy it!  The shadows are so buttery and pigmented, and it is gorgeous.  It reminds me of the Jaclyn Hill palette a little bit, but it definitely has my own twist on it.  I think this look will be perfect for Holiday parties, or just a night out this season, and my favorite part about it is that it’s different than your classic Holiday look.

Be sure to check out the video below! Hope you enjoy 🙂

P R O D U C T S   F E A T U R E D

– e y e s –

LOREAL Infallible Shadow, Deep Mocha, (brows)
MAC Prolongwear Concealer, NC50, HERE
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, Dark, HERE
Coastal Scents Custom Hot Pot Palette (details to come)
Black Radiance Gel Liner, Black
NYC COLOR, Liquid Liner, Black
– f a c e –

Benefit Porefessional Primer, HERE
Bare Minerals Original Primer, HERE
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Foundation, 177, HERE 175, HERE
Black UP Cosmetics Contouring Stick, 3, HERE
MAC Prolongwear Concealer, NC50, HERE
Sacha Cosmetics, Buttercup Powder, HERE
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, Sunpower, HERE
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, Dark, HERE
Sleek by 3 Blush Palette, Pink Sprint, “Pinktini,” HERE
Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray, HERE
Laura Gellar Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, Gilded Honey, HERE
– l i p s –

Sephora Lip Liner, Chic Choco (discontinued)
MAC Lipstick, Kinda Sexy, HERE

– t o o l s –

Sigma F64, Soft Blend Concealer, HERE
Sigma 3DHD Precision Brush, HERE
Bdellium Studio, 974, HERE
Bdellium Studio, 959, HERE

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Brown Smokey Eye Get Ready with Me Video

brown smokey eye


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


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


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.

vaseline uses

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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How to Get Rid of Dandruff: Essential Oils Guide

how to get rid of dandruff


Dandruff is ugly.  I know because I have dealt with it.  I dealt with it for years, all my life, until I recently discovered a solution this year.  And my dandruff was bad you guys, like avoid dark colored tops bad.  TMI? No such thing.  Here’s how to get rid of dandruff, fast:

Essential oils.



get rid of dandruff
This oil is super effective because it mimics the natural sebum your scalp manufactures on it’s own.  It’s on the expensive side, but it is also super potent so it works out nicely.  You will only need a couple drops in a carrier oil to do the trick.  It moisturizes and seals in moisture for the perfect solution to a dry, thirsty scalp.  This is sooo crucial. Think of your hair as the crop and your scalp as the soil, and you’ll understand why a healthy scalp can literally make or break healthy hair

Coconut Oil

get rid of dandruff
Coconut oil has been getting a lot of buzz lately for it’s skin and hair benefits, but when it comes to dandruff this super affordable oil is very, very underrated.  It’s really light and smells amazing, so most will absolutely love this.  It’s affordability and lightweight texture make it the perfect carrier oil.  For those who don’t know, a carrier oil constitutes the majority of your hair oil mix, and helps dilute stronger oils so they can be applied directly to your skin in smaller doses.  Coconut oil is what really does the work in this dandruff elixir.

If you have greasy hair, or are prone to it, using this as a scalp treatment 2-3 times a week will absolutely do the trick!  Do the treatment right before a wash (be sure to use clarifying shampoo), and you should see results in less than two weeks.


Sweet Almond Oil

get rid of dandruff
Another carrier oil, this oil is not only great for banishing dandruff but it also promotes hair growth! Talk about a double whammy.  This is used in similar quantities to the coconut oil, but a little less.  This oil has a light scent, and is very lightweight so it will do well with in this mixture.


These are the oils that have helped for me get rid of dandruff, completely and for good! If you guys want to see other natural/DIY hair solutions feel free to let me know.  These three oils together have banished my dandruff completely and for good in ways that no other solutions have ever been able to, including the best anti-dandruff shampoos!