31 Aug

Everyone loves free products right? I know I sure do. If you like free stuff as much as I do, you definitely need to check out smackages. Smackages is a new website that will allow you to get free samples of makeup sent to your house. It hasn’t fully launched yet, but they’re taking sign ups still. I was one of the first 50 people to sign up, so I got a free Sigma F80 synthetic flatbuki brush. I was so excited to get it in the mail yesterday. I love how it came with a hand written note congratulating me. Little personalized touches like that are so nice to see. So far, I love this brush. It’s great for stippling on my liquid foundation. I get great coverage without using a ton of foundation. Love love love this brush.

Peace Love & Lipgloss


The Fabulous and The Fail

7 Aug

Remember how I show y’all all the new really cool Black Radiance products? Well last week I picked up 2 products to test out. I grabbed the duel ended concealer that I featured in the last edition, and then I picked up a gorgeous lipgloss. One was fabulous and one was a complete fail.

I was so excited about trying out the Black Radiance Impressions lip gloss in Rose Desire. It’s the absolute prettiest lip gloss I’ve ever seen. I wanted to rip the packaging off right in the store. It was that pretty. At first glance, it’s a rich warm almost raspberry pink. The magic happens when you look at it from a different angle. It flashes completely gold! Not gold shimmer but completely solid gold. I was giddy about how amazing this product was going to make my lips look. I stood in the checkout line with visions of beautiful deep pink lips with that gold dimension. I just knew this was going to be my holy grail lip gloss. I get home, and eagerly rip off the packaging. I open it up, and my first though it, “it smells a little funny” not expired product funny just…odd. I could ignore it though because the color was so beautiful. I slick it on my lips and…nothing. I load on more product in hopes of the gorgeous lips I saw in my head…nothing. Maybe it’s the lighting! So I go into another room for some better lighting…nothing. It was nothing more than a super sheer barely glossy slightly pink lipgloss! I was so disappointed. This product is an epic fail.

Thank goodness I am much more please with the concealer I got. I use it in so many ways. The stick side is great for covering my dark marks and acne scars. It’s also really good for neutralizing the color of my lips for my new favorite nude lip. When I use it under my brows, it makes for a nice brow bone highlight. I use the liquid side under my eyes. I don’t really have dark circles, but it perks me up anyway. The liquid side has a certain slip to it that makes it glide on smoothly. I’m so adding this product to my everyday routine. Even when I only wear this concealer and a light dusting of powder, I look polished and put together. This product is fabulous!

Peace Love & Lipgloss

What’s Been on My Eyes

4 Aug

I haven’t posted one of these in super long because there hasn’t been a week where I’ve consistently worn eyeshadow. So instead, I have a collection of different looks for you guys.
This look was some smokey grays and blues. I used Urban Decay Shattered, Coastal Scents C9, and Urban Decay Perversion.

Excuse the flash in this photo. I wore this look out to party. It was really simple. I used Coastal Scents C7(the darker purple in the Creative Me #1 Palette) all over the lid, Urban Decay Mayhem in the center of the lid, and then MAC’s Grape pigment to darken up the inner and outer corner.

For this look, I took a matte yellow (Coastal Scents C1) in the inner corner, a shimmery gray all over the lid (Urban Decay Shakedown), and then a matte black in the outer V (Urban Decay Perversion). The picture isn’t a very accurate display of color, but the final look was really cool. I got a lot of compliments on this look.

Peace Love & Lipgloss

My New Channel!

1 Aug

I’ve decided to venture into the world of YouTube by starting a beauty channel. TheBeautyScholar is going to be a place where beauty and school come together. Not only will I do videos on makeup and fashion, but I will also relate them to school. So I’ll be addressing things like makeup for school, football games, and fun series for homecoming and prom. I also want to make videos on study tips, dorm room decorating, college applications, SAT/ACT testing, and transferring. It’s going to be a lot of fun, so I hope you check it out and subscribe! Here’s my first video. It’s a really fun would you rather beauty tag.

Peace Love & Lipgloss

Drugstore Fabulous: Dupe Edition

21 Jul

Recently I stopped into my local Rite Aid and I was so excited to see a bunch of new products from Black Radiance. If you’ve never heard of Black Radiance, it’s a line of cosmetics formulated for women of color. However even if you aren’t of color, you can still benefit from their really pigmented eye and lip products. Black Radiance has come out with 3 new dupes for high end products.

The first one that jumped out at me was the Perfect Tone Lip Gloss. It immediately reminded me of Smashbox O Gloss. It’s a self adjusting formula that claims to be long lasting and hydrating. The idea is that the lipgloss goes from clear to your perfect shade of pink. It’s pretty gimmicky but a fun idea none the less. If you’ve been wanting to try Smashbox O Gloss but don’t want to spend $22 on it, give this gloss a try.

The next product I noticed was a Starry Eyes Shadow Stick. It looks like a great dupe for mac shadesticks. Shade sticks are really popular because they make really great eyeshadow bases. It looked like they had a nice selection of neutral shades that would work well with just about any look you’re going for. At 4 dollars a pop, you could get 4 Black Radiance Shadow Sticks for the price of 1 mac shadestick.

My favorite out of the bunch was the Complexon Perfection Under Eye Concealer. It’s a very similar concept to the LORAC Double Feature Concealer. Complexion Perfection is a duo that has a stick concealer on one side and a liquid concealer on the other. The lorac one has a little rollerball that can be used to blend the concealer. The idea is interesting but but not at all worth the extra cash. The other difference is that the lorac double feature has a liquid highlighter. To dupe this, just a bit of a luminizer, liquid bronzer, or a shimmery pigment to the liquid concealer side of Complexion Perfection and stir it up.

These’s aren’t the only new products. There’s also new liquid foundation ,primer, and a bunch of other cool stuff so go check it out.

Peace Love & Lipgloss

It’s Not Scary I Promise: Red Lipstick for Beginners

15 Jul

I love lipstick. I love lipstick almost as much as a love coupons. I think it glamorous and beautiful The thing is so many girls my age see lipstick as something for old women. They’re terrified of the stuff. I’ll never forget the first time I wore red lipstick to school. People look at me like they had just seen their grandmother in a string bikini. Their eyes would get as big as baseballs and I just didn’t understand it. Looking back on it, my application may have been a little sloppy but it wasn’t horrifying. But I’m so excited because I’ve found a new way to introduce beginners to lipstick in a not so scary way. It’s really quick and easy and not at all intimidating. So I’m going to show to do pretty not petrifying red lips.

The first step is to exfoliate your lips. There are a number of ways you can do this. Some people like to use a wet washcloth or a lip scrub. Personally I like to use a wet toothbrush. All you have to do is gently buff it in a circular motion all over your lips to remove all the dead skin. The reason for this is, well…have you ever seen a woman with lipstick on and nasty flaky lips? Not cute. Then I like to put on a lip balm to moisturize the lips. Some lipsticks can be drying, and dry chapped lips covered in red lipstick, also not cute.

Next we’re going to get a little bit of lipstick on our fingertip, AFTER you’ve washed or sanitized your hand. I can’t stress this enough, if you’re going to touch your makeup make sure your hands are clean. I don’t care what you wear on your lips, but nothing goes well with cold sores. Then you’re going to apply the lipstick using your finger. You can use patting, rolling, or swiping motions. Do whatever you’re most comfortable with. The result is a soft pretty flush of color. It’s like a lip stain but better.

You can leave it like that or you can top it off with a clear gloss for a cute, fun, glossy lip. See, I told you it wasn’t scary!

Peace Love & Lipgloss

Fabulous Fragrances: A Viva La Juicy Dupe!

13 Jul

Usually I’m not a big Bath and Body Works fan. I mean some of the scents are nice but I prefer getting a nice perfume that will last all day rather than a bunch of body sprays where the scent is gone in about 20 minutes. But I had a coupon for a free full sized body product with any 10 dollar purchase. And if you know me, you know I absolutely love coupons especially buy one get one free coupons. So here I am wandering around Bath and Body Works not really finding anything worth my 10 dollars when a sales lady hands me another coupon for a free C.O. Bigelow lipshine with any 10 dollar purchase. I’m thinking sweet another coupon! But then she tells me I can combine it with the coupon I already have! So I can get free lotion and lipgloss for the price of one body spray plus tax?! SCORE! I could not walk out of there empty handed. I was on a mission to find a scent a like. Enter Forever Sunshine. It’s Bath and Body Works newest scent and it’s also my new favorite Bath and Body Works scent. Bath and Body Works describes it as

“a fresh blend of golden apricot, pink peonies, and a hint of praline that captures the romance of warm days that linger into cool autumn. Experience this fragrance whenever you crave the essence of summer”

The apricot and berries make it fruity, light, and summery while the pralines tone down the sweetness of it and give it a nutty warmth. The scent is a little different and unique for me so it kinda had to grow on me, but I love it for summer nights and I think it’s going to transition really nicely into fall. Seriously the more I smell it, the more I love it. I have the triple moisture body cream on right now, and I keep sniffing my hands as I type this.

Like I said early, body sprays tend to not linger for very long. I’m really not one to go douse myself in body spray every 45 minutes so what I like to do is layer the fragrance. First thing I do when I get out of the shower is dry off and then put the body cream on. Then I get dressed and put on the body spray. The spray kinda clings to the body cream which helps it last longer. I’m probably going to go back and get the shower gel and the perfume so I can really smell like Forever Sunshine all day long. Or maybe if someone loves me, they’ll get it for my birthday =)

An interesting thing I found out when I was doing some research on Forever Sunshine is that it’s a pretty good dupe of Viva La Juicy. They both have notes of berries, gardenia, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline. I would say Viva La Juicy is a little sweeter smelling but they’re really similar scents.So if you were looking for Viva La Juicy on a budget or you really like the scent, I would suggest you go check out Forever Sunshine.

P.S. I always feel really cool when I put this on because it has sandalwood in it, and Serena from the Gossip Girls series had sandalwood in her perfume. Haha I’m a loser, but you know that you love me 😉