HIGHLIGHTER FOR DARK SKIN: JACLYN HILL CHAMPAGNE POP COLLECTION

HIGHLIGHTER FOR DARK SKIN

I remember when I was starting out in makeup, I noticed that celebrities often had a certain glow.  I later came to realize that this glow was the result of highlighter, and then decided that I needed to find a way to make highlighting a part of my makeup routine! My highlighter collection has grown exponentially since then, as I continue the search to find the perfect highlighter for dark skin, and many of my favorites are Becca Cosmetics products.  I am a huge fan of Becca Cosmetics highlighters.  They are buttery, pigmented, and smooth and they are so beautiful on a wide range of skin tones.

P R O D U C T S   F E A T U R E D

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Palette, HERE

 

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Purple Holiday Makeup: Holiday Glam for a Night Out

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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

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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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Cocotique Reviews: March 2015

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Hey guys! I had the opportunity to try out the Cocotique March box and I have to say I am once again impressed! Cocotique is a beauty and lifestyle subscription service that caters to women of color, and every box I have received from them has had incredible products that I can use on an everyday basis.  This box is no different! I can’t say enough how much I love these boxes because they are so relevant to my everyday life as a women of color.

Milani rose blush

Limited Edited Milani blushes are GORGEOUS

 

This month really blew me away with the Girl+Hair Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil.

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Girl+Hair Under Hair Care: Value Set

 

This line is about to become a staple in my hair care lineup!  I have never had such a clean feel after washing my twists and I have been telling anyone who cares to listen all about how much I love these!  The March box had some amazing goodies! Be sure to check out Cocotique to see what they have in store for the next boxes.  Check out the video below to see all the goodies and hear what I think about them.

Cocotique Beauty Box, HERE

Girl + Hair, Shampoo and Scalp Oil, HERE

 

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Review of Revlon Lip Butters

Revlon Lip Butters

From left to right: Lollipop, Brown Sugar, and Sugar Plum

Look at them. Justtt look at ’em! Revlon Lip Butters come in a number of shades, many of which can be flattering on a wide variety of skin tones.  Missing form the bunch is Pink Truffle, one of my favorites from the line and a definite my-lip-color-but-better holy grail product.  I actually went to pick one up today, but I had already taken the photos.  You can find Pink Truffle here. Now for the review…

Revlon Lip Butters

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters

Positives

I am absolutely in love with this line. The texture, the smell, the color payoff…just perfect! First let me start with the smell.  It has a very subtle shea buttery type scent that you will hardly notice most of the time, and will probably like when you do pick up on it.  The texture is…well, buttery.  It’s smooth and moisturizing without feeling slippery the way these types of products often can.  It’s also got a really impressive color payoff that manages to give a gorgeous tint subtle enough to look naturally flattering, but bold enough to give good oompf!  Somehow the colors are so universally flattering they look like completely different shades on different skin tones.

Lollipop is a pretty bright blue-based pink that’s pretty sheer, but has an impressive build.  I use this for a bold lip paired with a simple cate eye and it makes me look like a barbie doll. So fun.  Love it!

Brown Sugar gives my lips the most beautiful bronze shimmer, and complements my skin tone in unspeakable ways! I almost exclusively use these in the summer months when I’m big on highlighter over blush.

Pink Truffle is a gorgeous my-lip-but-better that gives me a nice, warm flush.  I like it best in the spring and summer months, but again have used up so many tubes in the last year since I discovered these that it’s safe to say I’m a fan all year round.

Sugar Plum gives a beautiful plum flush that looks divine in the winter and fall, but also works in the summer when applied lightly. I have literally gone through almost 10 of these Sugar Plum bad boys in less than a year, and I de-potted the rest once I hit tube.  See below for proof.

Revlon Lip Butters

De-potted Sugar Plum

Negatives

No strong negatives come to mind.  Brown Sugar has gotten the least amount of use, mostly due to the fact that it leaves behind an annoying glitter residue on the lip.  I have, however, gone through two tubes already which should tell you its not much of a deal breaker.

 

Verdict

These are not longwearing colors, nor are they advised as such.  They are a beautiful cross between tinted lip balm and a satin lipstick.  I highly recommend them to everyone, but especially to those lipgloss and lip balm mavens who are wary of or inexperienced with lipsticks and looking to jump in!  That’s definitely where I was last year when I first picked these up, and I must say they were my gateway drug.

 

If you wanna see how I de-pot these and other lipsticks, let me know! What are your holy grail lip products?

 

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