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    5 Tips for Preventing Maskne

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailOne of the most annoying side effects of the pandemic has been maskne. Maskne is a term that describes the acne that pops up under your mask after a full day’s use. Wearing a mask all day increases heat and friction on the skin – which is essentially a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause the skin to break out and become extremely dry and damaged. Like treating all skin conditions, everybody needs a custom routine to treat and prevent maskne. However, there are 5 common things anyone can do to keep maskne at bay. Wash your Mask After Every Use! Gently wash your mask after every single…

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    e.l.f. Cosmetics – One Brand Makeup Look

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailI have loved e.l.f. Cosmetics for a long long time, y’all. It honestly might be quite possible that I use something from them every time I do my makeup. For Christmas this year, my mom gifted me some products and I hoarded them until I got the chance to write this post. (Yes, I’m ridiculous.) I recently picked up a bunch of their new products and filmed a get ready with me video for my Youtube channel!  My favorite product is the Poreless Putty Primer. I heard through the grapevine that it had the same flawless makeup effects (sadly without the skincare benefits) of the Tatcha Silk Canvas primer.…

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    @ItsMyRayeRaye and BH Cosmetics Palette Round 2!

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailMy favorite beauty collab of 2017 was the @ItsMyRayeRaye and BH Cosmetics eyeshadow, contour, and highlight palette. A year and a half later, I still religiously use this palette and keep up with all that is BH Cosmetics and @ItsMyRayeRaye. The two decided to release another eyeshadow palette. In fact, I screamed when I saw the announcement. I am very dramatic in real life and not just on my blog. The new glam eyeshadows are a stunning release from @ItsMyRayeRaye and BH Cosmetics. Glam makeup makes me happy. Recently, I’ve had to master the art of a “quick 20-minute beat.” During this time, not once did I feel the rush…

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    Books and Bronzer: Becoming by Michelle Obama

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailFor 8 years the United States had a First Lady who was the definition of style, grace, and black excellence. I vividly remember the effects of having Barack and Michelle Obama, a Black President and First Lady, as I was coming of age.  My house was the only home on our block that had a blue banner with an Obama / Biden sign on it. I remember wearing my Obama shirt on Election Day in ’08 just hoping that by wearing it I could help influence the adults that would be voting around me to make the correct choice. Post-inauguration, I felt the effects of the “Let’s Move” campaign…

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    2018 Makeup Favorites

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemail2018 was a big year for the beauty business. From the Fenty effect to blogger collab galore, there was a shift in the beauty atmosphere. Generally, the changes are being made to be more inclusive in marketing efforts and product availability. With all the recent “look we have shades too” efforts, it’s hard to determine if all the hooplah is just for sales. Yes, I’m excited that you’re creating more shades but are you also creating a more diverse marketing department? Were these recent changes made just to sell a product? Or do the brands actually understand that diversifying the accounting department is just as important as expanding the shade range? This is…

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    Top 5 2018 Holiday Gift Sets

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailShopping for a beauty addict during holiday time can be stressful. With the beauty industry in full swing, there are a trillion different gift sets to choose from! I understand that there are people who are only confused by all of the beautiful options. This is why I created my list of the top gift sets out right now to give your favorite beauty addict this holiday season. The quality of these products are high and the value of the set is even higher. Go ahead, treat someone! 1- Beauty Blender Set All About Face Set – $42 | Get it at Ulta! The Beauty Blender is a staple product…

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    My Holy Grail Makeup Products

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailA holy grail item is something that consistently produces amazing results and never fails. Some items you recognize instantly that you’ll never be able to live without them. Other products take time. However, each holy grail item always gets the job done. Below are my holy grail makeup products. Eyebrows Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow – $18                 I can’t remember what my eyebrows looked like before this product. The dipbrow has a creamy texture that makes it easy to create any shape I’d like. Also, for $18 you get a pot that lasts forever. Eyeshadow Morphe 35O Palette – $24                 This palette holds a special place in my heart because…

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    MAC Liquid Dazzleshadows Review

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailLike a lot of people, I first fell in love with makeup at the MAC counter. At the time, I had no idea why that was one of the few counters my mom would buy makeup at. Looking back, I realized that at that time MAC was one of the few department store brands that carried our shades. I always admired the MAC girls. To me, MAC makeup was where you went when you were at the top of your field. You got to dress cute, play in makeup, and listen to music that I actually enjoyed all day at work; which is everything that 16-year-old me thought mattered…

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    Detox in a Day

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemail After I’ve been stressed a bit, and my schedule allows me to, I like to take a day and pamper myself. It completely resets my mood and when I wake up the next day I feel relaxed, renewed, and ready to conquer whatever is working my last nerve. My “detox in a day” routine is below. First I take the longest bath known to mankind.  I fill the tub with water, olive oil, coconut oil, and a bath bomb or some aromatic bath petals from Foreo. Then, I turn off all the lights, light a few candles, get in the tub with a book and a glass of…

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    My Favorite Makeup Removers

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemail   Since I’ve fallen in love with makeup, I’ve tried my fair share of makeup removers. As the first part of my nightly skincare routine, I adjust the remover to the amount of makeup I’m wearing. Ensuring that your makeup is completely removed before starting your skincare routine helps your skin react better to the products. Essentially, if you are taking off all your makeup off at the end of the night your $300 dollar serum is useless.  Below are my favorite makeup removers for my heavy, medium, and light coverage days. Heavy Makeup Day- Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm  Clinique’s Take the Day Off is everything.…