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My Scentbird pick for Fall! Who else is subscribed?

Do you like switching up your perfume? I do! It all depends on my mood, the outfit I’m wearing, how the weather is like etc. I like to wear perfume every day, even if I’m not going anywhere. It just makes me feel good! I’m really digging Scentbird lately, because it allows you to try a new fragrance every month, without having to break the bank; full-size fragrances are expensive! I’ve mentioned Scentbird on my blog before, but in case you didn’t see that post, here’s a short recap of what it is: Scentbird is a luxury fragrance subscription service....

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My Scentbird pick for Fall! Who else is subscribed?

Guest blog: Top 4 tips to help you care for and maintain your curly hair

It is true that curly hair is very difficult to manage, style, care for and maintain. If you have this type of hair, you may have also noticed that it gets dry faster, is more affected by humidity and is more prone to breakages and split ends. But are you going to just sit there, whine and complain about the challenges you are facing or would you rather do something to maintain your curls natural and gorgeous? Check out our four tips below and make your own choice! 1) Conditioners & shampoos to use As we have already highlighted above,...

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Guest blog: Top 4 tips to help you care for and maintain your curly hair

Ready for Fall: a 10-minute makeup look with dark lips!

It’s officially Fall! Even though you can’t really tell from the weather where I live, yesterday marked the first day of Fall. In the beauty world Fall means dark lip colors! I’m not the kind of person who follows trends (ok, maybe just a little…), but I do like a dark lip once in awhile, especially around this time of year. I received a couple of lip lacquers from Makeup Revolution USA, which you can now find at Ulta stores and one of them really caught my eye! The shade is called ‘Vamp’ and it’s a very deep purple. What...

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Ready for Fall: a 10-minute makeup look with dark lips!

Guest blog: Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara review (by Abbi Crutchfield)

I have a small bag of untried mascaras I have accrued from discount stores, on sale from drug stores, and as samples from higher end beauty stores. They have been deemed tried-and-true by others who have reviewed them in years past…in other words, even though they are new to me, and fresh from the factory, they aren’t new to le monde. It’s rare that I get to review something from a brand spankin’ new display. By the grace of CVS Extra Care Bucks I jumped at the chance to try a new mascara for once and weigh in with MY...

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Guest blog: Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara review (by Abbi Crutchfield)

Get Black Opal’s Invisible Oil Blocking Powder for FREE, when you spend $15

I’m currently trying out a foundation from Black Opal and I had to come on here today to let just guys know about this freebie they’re offering! When you spend $15 on the Black Opal website, you will receive a free Invisible Oil Blocking Powder, no code required. This powder retails for $9.25. The promo ends on Thursday (9/24), so don’t wait too long! Black Opal offers free shipping on orders $25+ and you can receive 20% off your order if you sign up for their newsletter (a pop-up box will appear when you’re on the site). Plus you receive...

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Get Black Opal’s Invisible Oil Blocking Powder for FREE, when you spend $15

Tip: Konjac Sponges by The Beauty Shelf (I like these better than EcoTools’!)

A couple of months ago I reviewed the Pure Complexion Facial Konjac Sponge by EcoTools. If you missed that post, you can find it here. I’m not going into it again (just read my review), but let’s just say there was nothing special about it. To me, it was just a regular sponge. Today, I’m here to tell you that I found something better! 🙂 I found these Konjac Sponges on Amazon, that work even better and cost a little less. With ‘work better’, I mean that these actually lightly exfoliate my skin! As you can see they come in...

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Tip: Konjac Sponges by The Beauty Shelf (I like these better than EcoTools’!)

On My Nails: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in the shade ‘Purplexed’

Happy Saturday, everyone! 🙂 Today I’m showing you what’s on my nails right now. I haven’t been painting my nails that often lately, because of all packing and unpacking of boxes I’ve been doing (we moved to another city not that too long ago). But now that we’re settled in (not completely, but we’re getting there!), I thought it would be a good time to give my nails some TLC. I used Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel, which is a gel polish. The great thing about gel polish is that it is said to stay on you nails for 14 days...

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On My Nails: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in the shade ‘Purplexed’

The first Afro-American woman to hold a patent for a natural hair product

Gwen Jimmere is the first black woman to receive a patent for a natural hair product! The patent is for her company’s bestselling Moroccan Rhassoul 5-and-1 Clay Treatment — a natural clay-based product that does the work of a cleanser, conditioner, deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner and detangler all at once. source Gwen Jimmere is the second African-American woman to receive a patent only after Madame CJ Walker for a metal comb or hot comb. Additionally, she is the CEO & Founder of NATURALICIOUS, one of the fastest growing natural haircare brands in the U.S. She is the brains behind the...

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The first Afro-American woman to hold a patent for a natural hair product

My beauty wish list and a Measurable Difference Eyeshadow giveaway

Even though I have more makeup than the average person, I have no issues adding more stuff to my collection. 😉 Every now and again I put up a wish list here with the products that I would love to have, but probably am not able to purchase anytime soon. But dreaming about it is half the fun, right? I typically keep a running wish list on Sephora’s website, on Ulta, but also on Amazon and different other sites. Below are some of my current wish list highlights! Measurable Difference Desert Nights Eyeshadow Palette This eyeshadow palette is so pretty!...

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My beauty wish list and a Measurable Difference Eyeshadow giveaway

What I do before, while and after straightening my hair with a flat iron

As you know I have curly hair, but I like to wear it straight. Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE my curls, but wearing it straight is much easier to maintain for me. I’ve never chemically straightened my hair, but I do straighten it with a flat iron every other week. Here’s what I do before and while straightening my hair with a flat iron. Tips, tricks and what to avoid. Hope this is helpful. 🙂 • Before I start, I try not to crank up the heat all the way. I read somewhere that 410 works for every hair...

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What I do before, while and after straightening my hair with a flat iron

Review: Brush Love – a new makeup brush cleaner by it Cosmetics

The ugly side of using makeup is having to clean your makeup brushes. I despise it! I already have a hard time keeping up with everything around the house (toddlers are messy!), let only keeping my brushes clean… When you apply makeup on a daily basis (almost daily, in my case), they get dirty really fast, especially if you use products that are liquid. If I could pay somebody to wash my makeup brushes for me, I would. 🙁 However, I do have sensitive, acne prone skin, so keeping my brushes clean and, most importantly, germ free is definitely a...

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Review: Brush Love – a new makeup brush cleaner by it Cosmetics

Black Up is now at Sephora! This is what you should get

Black Up Cosmetics is now available at Sephora! The brand was founded by African makeup artist Fabrice Mahabo (he’s from the Ivory Coast) to create an ‘upscale beauty brand to magnify black and mixed beauties.’ There are 32 different products/formulas available on Sephora’s website, including foundations, lipsticks, blushes, eyeshadows, eyeliners, brushes etc. Yeah! I’m a really really excited about Black Up being available to Sephora’s customers in the US. I am very familiar with the brand, because it has been sold in the Netherlands (my home country) at Douglas and France for quite a while. And as you know I...

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Black Up is now at Sephora! This is what you should get

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