Friday, August 29, 2014

Why/How do you choose the makeup products you purchase?

Hi Guys!

Makeup is a big deal for me!! I love buying it and i love wearing it. After sorting out my entire makeup stash over the weekend, i was inspired to do a post on how and why i choose to purchase the products that i have right now. Buying makeup can be pretty expensive and i wanted to drop a few guide lines on how i purchase makeup and maybe inspire someone out there.

When it comes to makeup, i want to try out all the brands!! I envy Temptalia and Karlasugar because they get to review like every single makeup  product in the world. Now that's a super coooooool job if you ask me. During my free time, i go through product reviews online to guide me on what products  to invest my money in because makeup purchasing is an INVESTMENT. Trust me!! I hate to buy things that don't suit me or i won't get the most use out of especially when they cost a pretty penny. 

So guys , grab a cup of tea or something cuz this is going to be a lengthy post.. Here goes...

 Blog Reviews: This was the first guide i had when i started purchasing makeup and this is one of the reasons i started my own blog. I wanted my blog to be a point of reference like the ones i had visited and offer people honest opinions on the products i had purchased on my own. I enjoyed reading reviews and getting first hand information on makeup especially lipsticks!! I remember one of the first items i invested money in were the mac lipsticks. I wasn't just going to purchase any without seeing how the looked on someone. There was a review for every single lipstick i wanted from different people and it either made me want the lipstick more or change my mind about it. If three or more bloggers complain about the same items HEYYYY!! They cant be all wrong can they? Forums are a great source of information too guys. You get to find out a ton of information from different people on a topic and this really helps a lot in making up you mind on a product you may be skeptical about.

YouTube Reviews and Demos:Now this is similar to the blog reviews but a step better in the sense that you can actually see the product in action. You get to see someone who is your skin tone, lighter or darker wearing it and you say Hmmmmm i think i can pull that off! I have discovered a few makeup items that i purchased from watching get ready with me tutorials.YouTube really helped me especially with picking nude lipsticks like peach stock, Myth etc.. I really liked the way the looked but i wasn't sure if they would suit my skin tone so i searched nude lipsticks for WOC and there were a ton of videos on this. You cant go wrong with YT guys.

My Skin type and Tone: This is very important when picking out products. We all know there are a ton of products that are suitable for one skin type and aren't for the others. Firstly, foundation. I prefer foundations specifically made for WOC. They get the under tones right and there are a wide variety of shades to choose from. I also have oily skin so i like to stick with products that have sunscreen and can hold oil very well. Those are very important for me when choosing a primer, a foundation and a powder.

Popularity of the product: If you are a bad ass makeup enthusiast like i am you cannot escape this. From MAC to Urban Decay to Anastasia Beverly hills. You probably stalk their websites waiting for new releases and cant wait to get your hands on them. I have fallen victim to a few of these and some i regret, some i DONT. Like the Naked Palette. I love my Naked 3 palette and honestly i got it because i didn't get the 1st and 2nd and i just couldn't ignore all the talk about it.Well all the hype was worth it and im seriously thinking about gettign the Naked 1 too. The shadows are pigmented and super pretty. Also, the super famous Dip brow pomades too. They are everywhere and if you love makeup you definitely want to know what all the fuss is about so you purchase. I am seriously eyeing the AMREZY and MAYA MIA palettes that have just been released. Everyone is talking about them and the colors look great. But i'm thinking.. hmmmmm do i really need them? Then M.A.C!!! Don't let me get started on them with all their collections. I remember wanting the MAC Angel lipstick just because Kim K said it was her favourite lipstick. I haven't used it up to 10 times since i got it trust me!I try my best to keep up with the releases and something always happens to catch my eye. Some i end up loving and some i end up like "WHY DID I EVEN BUY THIS STUFF"?????

Price: Like i said before, makeup addiction is really expensive. I have been on a few international online beauty forums where people have said that makeup bloggers where mostly rich kids who could afford to buy each and every items they loved because they had free money at their disposal. There is some reasoning behind this but this is not entirely true. You can absolutely be a makeup blogger for a particular niche where you review mostly budget friendly products for people who can't afford to throw money on a YSL lipstick. I also read a blog post from a popular blogger(name withheld) who said she was taking a break from makeup reviews because she couldn't afford to keep buying so much makeup for financial reasons. This i can understand. As much as we all want to have several  foundations from the world's leading brands, they are pretty expensive. I personally try to not have more than three different foundations at a time. Presently i have a MAC, BlackUp and a Revlon. I wear the Revlon to work and the other two when going out. I'm not trying to waste my expensive foundation when i don't need to.I would like to try some NARS and LANCOME but only when i have a ton of free money to buy those. I am absolutely fine with the ones i have now as they do not dissapoint me. I also like to compare the high end and drug store eyeshadow palettes to look for great color dupes. I love my BH Cosmetics palette and Wet and Wild palettes very much....  but i still want a LORAC PRO palette tho!! LOL *wink*

Personal Preference: Sometimessssss, I JUST LIKE WHAT I LIKE!! I cant explain it. I see a product, i ogle over it, i buy it. Simple as that. I have purchased a few items because i really like them and even though i haven't used them much i just like having them. Call me a makeup hoarder if you will. It could be a drug store brand or a high end brand. It could be a nail polish, a mascara, whatever! If i like it i don't care much about the price at that point. I will purchase. Especially LE products.I can be so vain i'l be like "Oh you didn't get that? Really!! I have that!! You should have gotten that you know? LMAOO

 Soooo, this is my personal guide on how i purchased the makeup that i have presently. I'm guessing a few people share the same with me. I'd love to know what influences the choice of makeup you pick too. I hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as i enjoyed typing it up. Overall, remember makeup is fun! Don't over think  it or you take the fun out of it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Hi Guys,

I love SLEEK cosmetics so much! Especially their blushes!! I  recently added the PUMPKIN palette to my collection. I have Pink Sprint and Lace and i have been enjoying those so much. I'm sure everyone is familiar with the sleek blushes so i'm not going to go into too much details. 

WHAT SLEEK SAYS: The ultimate cheeky palette offering you three times the impact. Includes three complementary shades, each designed with its own distinctive finish, from rich shimmers to intense matte shades.Available in eight unique colour combinations designed to suit all skin tones.Each shade can be used alone, or layered for a unique lookEach palette has a versatile selection of shades to take your makeup from day to night and keep it on trend from season to seasonSet in a mirrored compact, ideal for touch-ups throughout the day.

DAZZLEBEAUTIE:  First of all, these blushes are super pigmented. One little swipe and you 're good. The colors show up great on all skin tones and just look super amazing. They show up pretty good in pictures too. I noticed that there is always a shimmer and a matte shade in  every palette but not necessarily in the same color family. The colors in this palette are:

Lantern:  Shimmery coral
 Squash: Shimmery  bright pink
 P.Pie: Matte burnt orange

The packaging is similar to all the other sleek packages. The palette is sleek and black with a mirror which i really like. It snaps shut and the packaging is not too bulky. Overall i really like this and can't wait to get the Sugar and Flame!

PRICE: N2500

What do you guys think of these? Do they compare to other high end blushes you have?Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

REVIEW: Anastacia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade"Chocolate"

Hi Guys,

So i got this brow pomade a while back and i really wanted to try it out a few times before i reviewed it. Everyone has heard of the ABDBP, YES THATS WHAT IMMA CALL IT. The name is sooo long.

After seeing all shapes and shades of brows on IG i decided to get this product. Honestly, i am a pencil girl when it comes to the brows. I know some people fill in their brows with a pencil and then  use a brow powder over them but honestly i just fill my brow stiff at the ends, stroke lightly in the centre andand brush it all out. I don't have the energy to do two or more steps just for my brows. After watching a ton of brow tutorials i finally got this product.

ANASTACIA BEVERLY HILLS: Sculpt and define your brows with Dipbrow Pomade Waterproof Brow Color by Anastasia Beverly Hills. The smudge-free, creamy formula is a must-have for those with oily skin or for those living in humid climates because it glides on smooth and adheres to your hair no matter what, carving perfectly precise brows that won’t fade away.

Pro tips: Tighten the cap after each use to prevent drying. It can be used as an eyeliner as well.

DAZZLEBEAUTIE: First off, i  really like the packaging! Its so cute.. It looks tiny but this is a lot of product because you only need a little at a time . This product will last you for a while. The consistency of this pomade is creamy and dries quickly. I like how it does not move even in heat because i always have problems with this when i sweat. When you dab your face with a handkerchief it doesn't transfer product like a waxy pencil will. 

Now i must say, i don't know what the fascination with this product is? Eyebrows are important to me. Nail your brows and it just lays the foundation for a beautifully made up face. But i haven't grabbed this product a lot since i got it. I purchased because of the hype and it looked like a pretty simple product to use and it is. You just need a small angled brush to work with. Overall,this is a  nice product and its good to have if your are into brow products. I like my pencils because they are straight forward and save my time.

Anastacia Beverly Hills kinda came out of nowhere and they are seriously gaining momentum in the beauty world. Especially on IG. I know a ton of us follow them.. I would really love to get my hands on their lavish palette and the new AMREZY one too. Also that contour set. They look promising.


What do you guys think? Thanks for Stopping by!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Milani baked blush in Rose D'oro Review, Swatches..

Hi Guys!!!
Hows everyone doing. I know i have been MIA for about a week.. I have been extremely busy with my other life but ever too busy to drop in and share some stuff with you all. Today i will be reviewing this blush from milani called Rose d'oro. I have been eyeing the milani baked blushes for some time now and i have researched online and almost everyone raves about them. I saw this little girl sitting in a corner of a makeup store i visited recently and decided to pick her up.

WHAT MILANI SAYS: A luxurious powder blush that features a mélange infusion of colors baked on Italian terracotta tiles. Easy to use, sensorial in texture, the nuances of color become extraordinarily luminous. Silky smooth application leaves your face looking healthy and radiant all day.

There are 9 colors in the baked blush range and i picked up the second color not because i chose it among others but because it was the only one in the store at that time. 

DAZZLEBEAUTIE: Rose D'oro (gold in Italian) is a soft peachy coral color with a burst of gold shimmer. The color pay off is amazing and one swipe gives a beautiful healthy glow to the cheeks. I was pleasantly surprised how pigmented this blush was. I reminds me of the sleek rose gold blush i have and also looks super similar to the Nars Orgasm blush too. This could definitely stand in for that and it costs less than half the price. DUPE ALERT!!

The blush comes in a gold circular plastic casing which is just the right size to fit into your makeup purse. It has a clear see through top with the brand logo printed untop so you can see the product inside. It snaps shut so you shouldn't have any problems with it breaking...(unless you drop it of course).

Overall YESSSSS!!!! 5/5... I love this blush. Its gorgeous and i believe you can use this as a cheek bone highlight too. It just lights up the face and catches the light beautifully!! I can't wait to get my hands on Dolce Pink, Coralina, Fantastico Mauve and Red Vino. They look amazing!

Does anyone have these?What do you think about them?

PRICE: N1500

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

MAC VIVA GLAM RIHANNA 2 Pictures..First Look

Hi Guys!!

Okay now!!! MAC is killing me collection after collection! Release after release!! I can't keep up with this madness. LOL. MAC has decided to team up with Rihanna again on the viva glam campaign. I'm guessing RIRI is a cash cow for them due to the mega success of her other collections and her just released Viva glam 1 campaign!! (I say just released because wasn't that a few months ago)This is Rihanna's second viva glam campaign with MAC and i'm guessing will be her last because they did same with Nicki Minaj and lady gaga. Well you never know with MAC.

Now this color, it is very Interesting. The lipstick is a dark brown mauvey shade with glitter in it and it looks like a frost finish. The lipglass leans more purple from the pictures with silver glitter in it. I cant wait to see swatches of this pop up online.

I must say Rihanna looks very pretty in this AD. Love the green hair and the lipstick looks quite nice on her.I must say the color leans more editorial that "walking out your house feeling cute"ish.  This is not a review and i hope i do get either the lipstick or the lipglass when it is released so i can do a proper review with pictures of the product.

What do you guys think of this?... I'm quite surprised at the color though. It is far from the regular.

Thanks for stopping by!!