3 Tips for Incoming Freshman Procrastinators

As an incoming freshman and the oldest of four, I had a lot of worries this summer about what I should do to be completely ready for my first semester of college. Considering the only thing I did early was early action, I had a lot of loose ends to tie up. Here are three things I learned while preparing to start school for everyone starting a little (or a lot) late!

Pro Tips for Procrastinating Incoming College Freshmen (freshman)

Submit all of your paperwork!

Deadlines are closing in, and it feels like everyone else has already submitted their stuff, but don’t fret! Make a list of everything that needs to be sent to school (immunization records, final high school transcript, etc.) and check it off when it’s done. Also, be sure to talk to your advisor once one has been assigned so they can fill you in on what else you may need.

Reach out to your roomies!

Roommates are an integral part of the freshman experience, and they may have already begun buying items for your room, so be sure to reach out to see where you can pitch in and maybe even coordinate colors!

Pack, Pack, Pack!

This one sounds self-explanatory, but you don’t want to be a week out from move in day and staring down a very cluttered room of stuff that you don’t know what should leave and what should stay! Donate old clothes, trash high school notes you know you won’t need anymore, and pass the stuffed animals down to your kid sister. Tackle the mess little by little, and that way it’ll be much easier in the end.

Going to college can be a really exciting yet overwhelming time in your life. Following these tips can make sure that, even though you started a little late, you finish right on time! Leave your best tips for freshman down in the comments, and have an awesome week!

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Product Review: Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Is it just me, or are drugstore makeup names getting longer and longer? It’s sort of funny! Speaking of, today’s review is for the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick! I received the shades Pioneer, a true blue-red, and Lover, a pinky mauve for review from Influenster. If you’ve never used Influenster before, it’s a great review site that I use for all of my beauty purchase research! In return for interacting with the community, Influenster occasionally sends me VoxBoxes with beauty products to test out. Wanna join? Click here! The product was a gift, but of course, all opinions are my own. I’m breaking down Maybelline’s claims to see if it’s worth it’s near $10 price tag.

Product Review: Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Precise Application?

The SuperStay Matte Ink lipstick features an arrowhead applicator which Maybelline claims allows a more precise application. I, personally, am not a fan of the arrowhead applicator because the actual formula of the lipstick is a bit too thick to spread easily with that shape. I prefer doe foot applicators over all else, so if they update it in the future, I’d like to try it again! However, the pigmentation is absolutely fantastic! I loved both colors, and I think I’m closer to finding my perfect nude pink every day!

Product Review: Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Flawless Matte Finish?

After application, the lipstick definitely looked as if it had a perfect matte finish. However, for the first 15-20 minutes after application, I found my lips to be incredibly sticky. Not like a gloss, but almost tacky, and it didn’t feel very good. Then, after it fully dried, it was like a regular matte. It wasn’t overly drying, and it moved well without any cracks or creases.

16 Hour Staying Power?

This was the biggest claim that this lipstick made, and most times, lipsticks that make these types of claims never live up to the hype without a whole bunch of external help. But when I say this stuff stays, it stays!!! I put it on one morning to run errands, eats breakfast and lunch, etc. I fell ill later that evening and went to bed without washing my face (big no no guys!). When my mom woke me up later, she asked: “Why do you have on a full thing of pink lipstick?” I couldn’t even feel it, so I went to the mirror and there was very little creasing and only a little fading on the inside of my lip. So I’ll give this one an A+ for staying power!

Product Review: Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Overall, I liked the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks, but not any better or worse than other liquid lipsticks I own. I really like the colors and staying power on this one, but the applicator and sticky feel were both turn offs. For $9.49, I wouldn’t buy this myself, but I wouldn’t mind getting one as a gift!

I hope you all enjoyed my review! What’s your favorite liquid lipstick and shade? Let me know below in the comments! Have an awesome week!

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Glossier Canada is Now Live

Today’s the day ladies and gents! Last week, Glossier announced that they would finally roll out international shipping! Today begins the launch, where all Glossier Canada babes can place their orders! The notable exception is Quebec, sorry guys! They have plans to launch in Quebec sometime next year. Also, Invisible Shield, Digital, and Physical Gift Cards will not be available for purchase. Glossier is looking to launch IS in Canada sometime this fall. They don’t have plans to open a Glossier Canadia showroom, but stay tuned for something really cool later this summer!

Last, but certainly not least, my rep page does work for all new Glossier Canada customers! You can get 20% off your first purchase, and free shipping with any two items! Of course, you can always check out my page to see my favorites, but I HIGHLY recommend the Phase 1 set w/ Coconut Balm Dot Com as a starter! You get free shipping, and skin care basics, which is what the brand is all about!

Happy Shopping!

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BOY/GIRL Clothing Lookbook

BOY/GIRL Clothing Lookbook

Here at The Chic Machine, I love collaborating with other young, black talent (like this awesome collab with Munachi from A Glamorous Revelation!) in my posts. This week, I’m bringing you an interview and mini lookbook from the founder of BOY/GIRL Clothing, Ross Turner! At 18 years old, he’s started his own fashion line and it’s taking my town by storm, plus a couple other states in the region. Keep reading for the inside scoop on the brand’s origins, Ross’s creative process, and a really sweet discount!

BOY/GIRL Clothing Lookbook


So how did you come up with the visual concept of BOY/GIRL Clothing?

I launched the brand on Super Bowl Sunday, but the idea came on a car ride home from Louisianna. It was late and I was listening to one of my favorite groups’, the Internet, song “Girl”, and I started thinking “What would go with Girl?” and of course Boy came naturally. I didn’t want anything too complex so I just added it to the front. I was really inspired by one of my gender fluid friends, and a lot of my other friends who dress in a very unisex style. That’s the reason I swapped the colors because I don’t believe clothing should be gendered. I’ve done a few brands before, but this time I really wanted to do something for myself that resonated with me.

How would you describe your own personal style?

Definitely preppy! Lots of polo shirts tucked in with short shorts. Shoe-wise I like TOMS, Vans, and Sperrys, and low-rise shoes in general.

Socks or no socks?

Ankle socks! I’m also a big fan of oversized silhouettes, big tee sh, rts and sweaters, stuff like that.

BOY/GIRL Clothing Lookbook

What are some obstacles you’ve faced as a young, black entrepreneur in an industry that’s predominantly female and Caucasian?

Basically, acceptance by my own folks. If people don’t get the message, they’ll close their minds and shun it. When I first dropped the line, I didn’t get any sales the whole first week. I told myself if I didn’t get any sales by the end of the month, I was closing it up, but then 2 weeks later, I sold out, so staying the course is good. Another obstacle with selling is my audience. I was selling within the schools in the county, but when school ended I lost a lot of my market, so I had to start working outside of school. I have a great team though, my team is beautiful and we get a lot of stuff done and we’re all fruitful. I couldn’t do it all myself, I’d have a nervous breakdown.

Do you have any advice for other young entrepreneurs?

Push. I know it’s hard, and I still fight with this. Forget what the others say and what others think and just push. Don’t procrastinate. Get up and do what you gotta do. Sacrifice, I sacrificed school for the brand but I was able to do both in the end. Once, I was supposed to be in 4th period, but I skipped class to sell merch. I came back with $100. Still finished with a 3.0.

BOY/GIRL Clothing Lookbook


I hope you all enjoyed Ross’s story as much as I did. You can buy your own BOY/GIRL merch at boygirl.bigcartel.com AND you can get 20% off your order with the code DYMOND! Let me know in the comments which item is your favorite! Have a great week!

Shop this Look

Earrings: Forever 21 (ON SALE FOR $2!)

Skirt: Forever 21 (ON SALE FOR $5!)

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June Makeup & Skincare Empties 2017

June Makeup & Skincare Empties

A few months ago, I tried examining my spending and beauty habits. While I did spend less money than I normally do, I still found it difficult to completely refrain from purchasing anything. Since then, I’ve made it my goal to finish some of the beauty and skincare products I already have! This month, I have a lot more empties than I normally do, so I figured I do a whole post about it.  Original reviews of the products are linked so you can see how I felt about them when I first got them versus now!

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

This is my third bottle of this cleanser that I’ve been through, and while it’s very gentle and calming on my skin, especially when my skin is irritated, it doesn’t do much for controlling my natural oils. For this reason, I’m going to experiment with some other cleansers starting with the Biore Baking Soda Foaming Cleanser. I’ll have to do a full review later, but I think that the Biore cleanser is irritating my skin AND not helping my oily skin over the last 3 or so weeks, so it’s probably getting returned soon (READ: Reasons I love Ulta’s return policy).

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask

This mask is pretty much my holy grail sleeping mask right now. I like my Julep Night Shift mask for the winter because it’s a bit heavier, but the Moon Mask is just the right consistency. The Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich is way too heavy and oily for my skin now, in the middle of the summer than it was back in January, and the lavender scent isn’t my favorite thing in the world, but I’m trying to empty it before I break into my new Moon Mask.

Glossier Boy Brow in Black

I’ve already waxed poetic about this stuff time and time again, so I’ll leave the link above, and just letting you know that this is my 8th (I think) bottle of BB, not counting Clear if that’s any indication of how good this stuff is.

Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash

I received this gel in my April ONYX box, bit I think this shower gel wasn’t anything too special. It was moisturizing, but I put lotion on after the shower anyway, so I don’t feel the need to have an overly moisturizing shower gel. I’m more into how stuff smells, so I wasn’t sad when this was gone.

Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion

This is my favorite scent from BBW that you can currently buy. I know it’s a seasonal Christmas scent, so I tend to buy 2 or 3 bottles during the Semi-Annual Sale, and just use that year round until it’s Christmas time again. Going through any big bottle of lotion is feat so I’m patting myself on the back for this one. That being said, I REALLY wish that they would bring back the Lemon Vanilla scents. If they did, I’d toss this in a heartbeat lol. Your Limoncello fave could NEVER.

& Other Stories Lemon Daydream Body Lotion

This is a sample of lotion I got with my recent & Other Stories purchase that I was finally getting around to using. It was a decent sized packet, and I was able to get both of my legs, feet, and arms with it so that’s good. It also was fairly moisturizing, more like a cream than a lotion, but not a body butter. As mentioned above, I’ve been trying to find a replacement for the BBW Lemon Vanilla ever since it was discontinued, but this is not it. It has more of a dirty, earthy scent mixed in with the lemons. I wouldn’t purchase the full size.

So there you have my June empties! Here’s hoping I have more empties to report on as I slowly declutter my stash. If you want to see more of my empties mini reviews, check out my Instagram, @thechicmachine! Also, don’t forget you can grab any Glossier goodies in this post for 20% off if it’s your first purchase! If not, I’d love for you guys to keep shopping with me, and I appreciate it if you already have! For my American readers, Happy 4th of July. Here’s hoping we make it out of this national clusterf— alive! To everyone else, we’ll be quite and hungover tomorrow! See you soon!

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4 Summer Style Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe

4 Summer Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe

I can’t believe June is already halfway over! Summer is here, and it is hot, very muggy, and rainy down here in Georgia! While the weather may be unbearable, some of the summer outfit posts I’ve had flooding my feed are not! Today, I’ve collaborated with Munachi from A Glamourous Revelation to demonstrate how to wear 4 very cute and versatile clothing items to spice up your summer wardrobe! First, check out her post on what pieces to wear, and then look below on how to style them!

A Striped Shirt

So total disclaimer here, I don’t actually own a striped shirt. And as a person who adores French girl style, that’s almost like a cardinal sin to me. But I don’t! What I do have are a ton of graphic tees, which serve nearly the same purpose! But for the purposes of this blog, I’ve actually already got a post on how to style striped shirts, and you can check out the lookbook I made for that below!

How to Style Striped Shirts

A Nice Sweatshirt

School sweatshirts are totally comfortable, but they aren’t the chicest thing to wear out and about. And with this weather changing from sunny to rainy in a heartbeat, or moving from the sweltering outdoors to the chill AC, it’s good to have something loose but cute to throw on.

4 Summer Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe 4 Summer Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe

A Pair of Denim Shorts

Sun’s out guns out I always say! And for me, my guns include my long, chocolate legs! 😉 I have two pairs of simple denim shorts from H&M, one in a dark rinse and one in a light. Both were only $10, so it’s very affordable! Of course, you can also get pieces with lace, paint splatters, and embroidery, or you could DIY them all yourself!

4 Summer Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe 4 Summer Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe

A Super Dope Hat

There’s a hat for everybody. I’m telling you no matter what your style, you CAN find a hat to go with it, and they’re great for days where you just don’t wanna do your hair!

4 Summer Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe 4 Summer Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe 4 Summer Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe

So there you have it, folks! I hope you enjoyed this mini lookbook, and I really want you all to go check out Munachi’s blog because I love supporting other young and black bloggers! You can find (almost) all of these photos over on my Instagram so go give that a follow, and don’t forget to sign up for my email list while you’re here! You’ll receive a free travel beauty checklist straight to your inbox so you don’t ever leave another essential at home again! Have a great week!

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Birthday Balm Dotcom is HERE 

Glossier’s latest launch has finally arrived! The newest member of the Balm Dotcom family is Birthday! In collaboration with the bakery, Milk Bar, this balm tastes and smells like their famous Birthday Cake! 

The package is absolutely to die for! It includes a teeny bit of micro shimmer to add a little sparkle to your day! It shows up on my skin very well and is perfect for an on the go highlighter!

You can grab yours today for $12 or for 20% off (that’s $9.60) if you’re a first time customer! Thank you to everyone who has shopped with me so far! I wouldn’t have gotten this far without you!

Happy Shopping!

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Product Review: Milk Makeup Blur Stick for Dark Skin

Product Review: Milk Makeup Blur Stick

Hey, guys! This week, I’m bringing you another product review that I know a lot of my darker skinned beauties have been looking forward to: the Milk Makeup Blur Stick. I received a mini Blur Stick Sample when I ordered their Eye Pigment in Mermaid Parade (swatch on my Insta!). My Smashbox Primer isn’t the greatest for oily skin, so I’m in the market for a new primer. Plus, they claim it’s completely colorless, so it’s good for all skin tones, and I wanted to put that to the test.

What is Blur Stick?

The Blue Stick is described as a solid stick primer that is silicon and oil free, mattifying, and reduces the appearance of pores. I wanted to try it mainly on my T-Zone because it’s super oily! It’s also advertised as a completely colorless primer, although it looks like a light tan in the tube. So I wanted to test how true that claim really was. It’s $36 for the full size (1 oz) which doesn’t seem like a lot, but in stick form, a little goes a long way!

The Break Down

It smells amazing, like oranges and lemons. However, if your skin has a sensitivity to citrus oils, I’d stay very far away from this! I think because I got a mini size, the application was a little bit awkward because I couldn’t cover my face very easily, and had to rub it in with my fingers, which almost defeated the purpose. However, using the full sized tester at Sephora, it’s a lot more seamless. I can say that it does leave the teeniest gray cast on my face, but because it’s a primer, I assume most people would be applying some color product over it, and it does not show through.

I found that it did mattify my T-Zone very well, but when on my cheeks, which are normal, it was very drying. So I recommend this for oily skin types, and not normal or dry. It held up much better than my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer which only lasts about 4 hours before getting shiny. The Blur Stick held up for about 7 before I noticed much shininess besides the end of my nose.

Bottom Line?

I recommend the Blur Stick for those with oily skin and who want no fuss application. It is #blackgirlfriendly, and I give it my full approval! However, I probably will still keep looking for another primer after I run out of this one.

If you guys know of some good foundation primers for darker skin tones and oily skin, PLEASE let me know in the comments!

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Product Review: L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

Product Review: L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

Summer is here, and I’m in the mood to shop for some new seasonal makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always in the mood to shop anyway, but changing seasons just makes it worse. I like my bareMinerals powder foundation, but I wanted to try something with a little more coverage. Anyone who knows me, knows I’ve been getting into K-Beauty recently, and I’d read a lot about the K-Beauty trend that has made its way stateside: cushion compacts.

What is a cushion compact?

Essentially, a cushion compact is a compact with a sponge inside that holds your product of choice (foundation, BB cream, etc.). The L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation holds about half an ounce of product in its cushion, and you press on it to release it to your applicator! The idea is that it’s an easy, mess-proof way of carrying around your liquid foundation. I really enjoyed the packaging of the compact, because it was very easy to take with me, and I didn’t have to worry about it spilling into my bag. Plus, it had a handy dandy mirror on the inside! I did NOT like the applicator puff it came with, however, and I much preferred using my Ulta version of a BeautyBlender.

Product Review: L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

I purchased the cushion in the darkest shade, C8 Cocoa. Firstly, let me point out that if am their darkest shade, then we have a problem. Now I know L’Oreal isn’t known for their vast shade range like other drugstore brands like Maybelline, it’s still annoying that I’m the darkest color in their line. And it still wasn’t perfect. Not by a long shot.

Product Review: L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

As you can see in the above swatch, at first glance, it doesn’t look like a terrible match. However, when I put it on my face, it looked very ashy, and too cool toned for my skin. On top of that, I have oily skin, so the extra shine wasn’t particularly flattering on me. I didn’t wear it throughout the whole day because I decided I would exchange the color and then test it for wear time.

Product Review: L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation
With the flash!
Product Review: L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation
Without the flash!

Unfortunately, the shade W8 Creme Cafe was even worse than its cool counterpart. I was so yellow it was ridiculous and I didn’t even take a photo. It was that horrendous. So I ended up returning that shade as well, and I’m still in the market for a new foundation.

Bottom Line?

No, I would not recommend this product to my darker skinned beauties. I also would not recommend it for those with oily skin, as it has a dewy finish that just adds to our natural shine. For $17, it’s not worth the price tag, even if it is in an innovative (to the West at least) package. I know there are some empty cushions you can purchase and full with your own foundation, so maybe if I find the right color for me, I would invest in one so I can have the best of both worlds!

What is your absolutely favorite foundation, and in what shade? Do you have foundation horror stories (I’m sure you do)? Leave me a comment down below! Also, I’d love for you to sign up for my newsletter so you never miss a post!

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Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Style Lookbook

Hey, guys! It has been one hectic weekend! I finally, FINALLY graduated high school. It felt like it would never happen and even now it feel like a dream. I had so much fun styling my look for the graduation ceremony because you KNOW my family took a ton of photos. It’s a night to remember even if it was such a whirlwind I barely remember any of it!

Graduation Night

This look was all about class! We were supposed to dress semi-formal for the ceremony, but it was also like 86 degrees so I needed to be cool as well. I styled this whole look with pieces from Forever 21. The skirt was from their contemporary collection and was only $35! Sadly, I can’t seem to find it on their website anymore. It was very well made and lightweight which was great for the heat. Plus, the floral embroidery went perfectly with my Spring/Summer theme I picked out earlier this year.

Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Lookbook

 

Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Style Lookbook

In order to keep the focus on the skirt, I paired it was a plain black tee shirt style bodysuit and black strappy sandals. I also wore the totally chic diamond choker that I wore with my Cinderella prom look. They aren’t painted in this photo, but I also did my nails with the new Essie Gel Couture line in the shade Rock the Runway which is a gorgeous fire engine red. My toes were done in Julep’s shade Brigitte which is a creamy, pure white.

Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Lookbook

Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Style Lookbook

All in all, I had a really fun time celebrating my graduation with my friends and family. This blog has helped me hone my writing skills, earn scholarships, and meet a lot of new people, and I’m so glad that it and all of my readers have traveled with me through this journey as well.

Are any of you graduating (from high school or otherwise)? What’s your major and where do you attend? Leave me a comment and I’ll see y’all next week!

Much love,

-Dymond M. <3

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