Beauty: Mac Dupes!!!

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This post is about my latest makeup obsession….lipstick! It all started with my search to find the perfect red and the perfect bright pink for my skin tone. I would watch youtube videos and one color I saw all the guru’s using was Candy Yum Yum by MAC. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite ready to spend that much money on lipstick. One day I will become a MAC girl and have PLENTY of MAC products but I’m new to the makeup game and personally I feel that it’s not the brand that guarantees a beautiful beat, it’s how you apply the products. Drugstore brands can give you the same effect as high end products if you apply them right. Once I learn the tips and tricks to master a flawless face, then I’ll move on to MAC.

In the meantime I’m all about dupes! I can’t afford MAC so i’ll take the next best thing. I found this picture on Instagram and I’m super excited to go out and buy them ALL!!! Lol, not at once but eventually they’ll all be mine! I already have one color on the list, and that’s Wet n’ Wild Sugar Plum Fairy. I got it this fall when I was looking for great vampy shades to wear during the season. Its a dupe for MAC Rebel. Another MAC product that I was DYING to get my hands on was the Nightmoth lipliner. It seemed like EVERYONE had it, and it looked great with all the red and plum shades. I finally found a dupe for it which I plan to purchase and thats the Revlon Colorstay Lipliner in Vixen. Hopefully I can get my hands on all of these lippies-i’ll search high and low! Tell me what you think about cosmetic dupes!

– Nashea

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Fashion: OOTD Alpha Wolf

Today’s OOTD features one of the new tops I got in my previous shopping haul post. It was raining practically all day today and I almost didn’t get any shots but thankfully it stopped just in time to get these and a few others. I haven’t found a good indoor location yet, plus I just prefer the natural lighting. The wolf on my shirt looks right at home in the woods don’t you think? 🙂 Here’s where you can find these or similar items.

Jacket

Top

Jeans

Boots

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Fashion: The Sweater I MUST Have!!!

This sweater…gave me LIFE! LOL! So my best friend, my boyfriend, and I were at the mall doing some last-minute Christmas shopping the week before Christmas, and me and my bff always have to go in forever 21. She thinks she’s a horrible gifter so declared the rule that I had to pick out a gift while I was there and she would buy it. I planned to pretended that nothing caught my eye…that was until I saw the sweater! The colors were so vibrant, and that print was just so different. I took one look at it and IMMEDIATELY knew what I would wear it with. I looked on the rack to find a size small but all they had were mediums. No big deal, I knew that sweater would look better worn oversized to I resigned to get the medium until I held it up to me. It was already designed to be oversized and if I would have gotten a medium it would have been like wearing a dress. I was heartbroken. We left the mall but the next morning I was still thinking about I! I hopped on my laptop and went to the forever 21 website and checked their new sweater inventory. I was SO excited when I found it! It’s called the Rainbow Maize Sweatshirt. I fully plan to order it this Friday (thank goodness for payday) and once it arrives an OOTD will be coming your way!!!

Beauty: First Full Face!

IMG_2343Well I finally put all that makeup I got during cyber monday to good use. I’m no professional but I don’t think I did half bad! My only complaint would have to be the foundation. I think I may need a slightly darker shade, or instead of mixing the two shades I’ll just stick with the darker of the two. If you didn’t see my post on it, the foundation I used was the Maybelline Fit Me in colors 330 and 340. 330 is the lighter shade.

Two other products I used that I haven’t mentioned in any of my posts are the powder  and concealer. To set the foundation I used the Ben Nye Translucent Face Powder in Topaz. Yes, I had to hop on the Ben Nye craze. For those who don’t know, the Ben Nye Banana Powder is what Kim Kardashian revealed that she uses to achieve the perfect highlight. What’s so amazing about the banana powder is that it compliments practically ANY skin tone. I’m a beginner so I decided to stay away from the banana powder because I didn’t want to end up looking like a complete ghost. I do plan to add it to my collection later. I did attempt some highlighting and contouring but clearly I need a bit more practice. To highlight I used the LA Girl’s HD Pro conceal in the color Fawn. Again I learned about these on YouTube. LA Girl’s products are sold in stores like Family Dollar, or any local Beauty Supply store, therefore I was shocked when MUA’s that use high-end products like MAC were raving about these concealers. They retail for no more than $2, maybe $2.50 at the most and come in a wide variety of shades, including darker shades for women of color. I snagged three colors from a seller on eBay. To blend out the concealer I used a little egg-shaped sponge that I got off eBay as well. The original sponge like this is called the Beauty Blender but I got two  dupes for it for less than $3. I’ll be sure to list where to find each of these items.

On my eyes I used my BH Cosmetics 120 Pallete (2nd Edition), and on my lips I have an e.l.f. moisturizing lipstick in Ravishing Rose. I am IN LOVE with this color! I’ll probably wear it almost every day.

There was one other issue that I had that is  probably not related to the makeup. A couple of hours after wearing the makeup my skin was a bit oily in my t zone and especially on my cheeks. I have oily skin and I am trying out a new skin care regimen that may need some adjusting. I’ll post about my skin care routine also. I plan to keep practicing and hopefully my work will improve. Visit my post about my E.L.F. Cyber Monday Haul to see all the e.l.f. products I used. Here’s a list of where you can find the other items.

Ben Nye Translucent Face Powder: Topaz

L.A. Girl’s HD Pro Conceal

“Beauty Blender” Sponge

Beauty: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation: Shades 340 and 330

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation: Shades 340 and 330

When most girls start wearing makeup, the first thing they purchase is foundation to cover up skin blemishes that come with acne during the teenage years. I have acne as well but I was always afraid to purchase foundation. Looking at all the different shades and brands seemed like such a daunting task. Instead I decided to focus on controlling my acne. It’s important to take care of your skin under makeup so now that my skin has improved, I’m ready to take that step. After watching videos on full face tutorials, I took note of some of the foundations used by my favorite gurus. As a beginner I was more interested in the drugstore brands like Revlon, Covergirl, or Maybelline so I decided to watch reviews on some of their foundations. One of the newer foundations from Maybelline that caught my eye is their Fit Me Foundation. It’s most appealing feature is its wide range of shades formulated for women of color. As an African-American it can be difficult to find shades that compliment the highlights and undertones of our skin. It is said to have light to medium coverage, and blends well into the skin. I purchased shades 330 and 340 to mix together and apply. I have yellow undertones in my skin and 340 was a bit too red. Once my brush set from E.L.F. arrives I’ll be back with an update and full review!

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