Your Room is Where the Heart Is (+ Youtube Video!)

Hey, everyone! Another week, another post, but hopefully it’s gotten much warmer where you are as it has for me! Today, I wanted to sort of shift away from all things beauty and give you a little tour of my room and how I organize my clothes and makeup among other things. Rooms have a lot to say about each person’s individual expression, and you can learn a lot about them by going in their room. Actually, don’t do that on a whim, though. Could come off as stalkerish LOL. Also, we all have that dream room that sort of represents where we want to be in life. You can check out my Pinterest board to see what kind of decor ideas I have in mind! Well, enough rambling from me! Enjoy the video, and if you liked it, go ahead and subscribe for more cool content!

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POPFLEX Active – #FashionFriday

Hello again everybody! Glad you made it through the week! This post is scheduled, but by the time this goes up I’ll be recovering well from my surgery. A lot of it is thanks to NOT feeling like a gross slug while I recover. I have been (and will be) doing a lot of (sitting) Pop Pilates videos to help me not feel so lethargic while I get better! Cassey Ho’s videos really keep me inspired and motivated to be my best me, and hey, if I can look good while doing it, why not? That’s why I’m super into her activewear line POPFLEX Active!

What’d you get?

I bought the Set the Bar Bra in the Mermaid print back in December during their Black Friday sale and I’ve really enjoyed it! It’s super cute, fits well, and keeps the girls all in one place! 🙂

I also got my 2017 Fit Planner from POPFLEX! This planner is like a regular planner, but it also includes places for me to write down how much sleep I’ve gotten, water I’ve drank, sleep times, and etc. It keeps my brain on a healthy mindset especially when I’m thinking about reaching for the Christmas leftovers. Some of the pieces are a bit on the pricey side (looking at you yoga mats), but most of it is quite affordable.

If any of you would like to try out POPFLEX Active, you can use my referral link! If you click on it and buy something for the first time, I get 500 points which helps me toward getting money off of future purchases. Then, once you buy, you can sign up and start earning your own points!

What are you guys’ favorite activewear lines? Who else should I try? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Have an awesome weekend!

-Dymond M.

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The New TCM (+Giveaway)

Hello everybody! Welcome to the new and improved The Chic Machine! This is a huge step in my journey as a blogger and I’m so glad all of you, readers old and new, could join me! Before we get to the giveaway, I’ve added 2 new features, so let’s talk about those for a second.

The Email List

Over in the right hand side bar you’ll see a little box asking you subscribe to my new email list! My email list will go out weekly and things that used to be their own individual posts like shopping alerts and giveaway announcements will all be in there along with some more exclusive content that you won’t want to miss!

Contacting Me

Of course, I always want to hear feedback from your guys, so the new email to reach me at is dymond.moore@thechicmachine.com! All of my socials are located @thechicmachine (except Pinterest which is @thechicmachine1) so you’ll always know where to find me! And if you can’t find them by searching, you can always click the little icons in the top menu bar!

Giveaway Time

Now that we’ve done that, let’s get to the good stuff! On New Year’s Eve, The Chic Machine will have been around for 3 whole years! I really can’t believe it! I started this blog when I was only 15 and it’s managed to grow into this great community that I appreciate so much! To show my appreciation, I’m doing my biggest giveaway to date! What’s in it you ask? Here’s the full list:

  • 3 Mini Stila Liquid Lipsticks in Fresco, Patina, and Baci
  • The Glossier Black Tie Set
  • A Super Cute Forever 21 Clutch
  • 3 K-Beauty Sheet Masks
  • Mini MAC Cosmetics Zoom Lash Mascara
  •  Mini Urban Decay Perversion Mascara and
  • A Mini Sephora brand lipstick

Want to win? Here’s how!

1) Sign up for the TCM email list! That way I can make sure I can contact the winner, and you get all of the TCM goodness!

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2) Comment below what your favorite thing to do on New Year’s Eve is and your email!

Either of those options will get you an entry to the giveaway, but if you really want to win this prize pack…

3) BONUS: Follow my socials (@thechicmachine), then comment below with your username/which platform. I’ll check, and if you’re there I’ll give you 5 EXTRA ENTRIES on up to 3 different socials. That’s 15 extra entries!

The contest will end January 1st at noon EST so make sure you’re entered before then! The winner will be announced within a week of the end of the contest.

And keep checking back! There’s going to be a lot of fun happening here on the blog and all of my socials for the next week as we count it down to the new year and my blog anniversary! I hope you all have a very happy holiday as you spend time with your loved ones and thank you again for being on this road with me!

Merry Christmas!

-Dymond M. <3

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The Benefits of Benefit

If you’re a makeup junkie like I am, I’m sure you’ve heard of the cult makeup brand Benefit Cosmetics. Benefit is well known for its quirky vintage branding and packing, punny product names, and bright pink logos. It’s more of a prestige brand, so I mostly purchase their products in minis. I’ve had the opportunity to try the They’re Real Mascara and Liner, but that’s about it. That’s why I was excited to try out a sampler I received from Ulta with minis of the They’re Real mascara, Posietint lip and cheek stain, Fakeup concealer, and the Porefessional balm (which has been on my to try list for over a year now). After taking a closer look, however, I noted that the Fakeup concealer was a couple shades too light for me, rendering it unusable. And after checking swatches on the Benefit website, Instagram, and Influenster, I could only find ONE (!!!) photo of a deeper toned woman wearing it! And they were still a shade or two lighter than me. So I posted this observation with dismay on Instagram, and user @smoothliminal noted that sampler packs from companies often indicate who that brand believes to be their main consumer base. This made me wonder.

I went back to Benefit’s website to further research their colors concerning skin tones, and found that for most of the products a pale model was used to demonstrate or advertise the product. For the Big Easy BB Cream, the deepest shade was “Deep Beige.” For their Play Sticks, it was “Medium Tan”. And for many of the other products, the deepest shade was Nutmeg, and after swatching that in store a few times, let’s just say I can’t wear it. So why are there no skin products at Benefit for deep tones women? And furthermore, should I, or any other woman of color, support a company that at best, is only catering to who they believe their main shopper base to be or at worst, blatantly ignoring darker skinned women?

I’m going to have to answer with a resounding no. Sure the packaging is cute, and their mascara is nice, but at the end of the day, why should I support a company that doesn’t support me? The beauty industry has a long way to go in terms of inclusiveness concerning deep toned women, but if MAC has been doing it very successfully since the early 90s, then we know other companies can too. We need to take a hard look at the products from companies that we utilize and challenge them to shape up or ship out. And the easiest way to do that is to not give them our money. Instead, we need to put our dollars in places that will invest in us and not marginalize us just for a profit. I recommend Glossier or Covergirl Queen Collection for a drugstore alternative, or if you’d like something a bit more highbrow, MAC Cosmetics, BareMinerals, and Smashbox Cosmetics are great companies as well.

I want to shout out Kristy from @smoothliminal for provoking even more questions that allowed me to write this article. She takes great pictures! Go check her out! Also, don’t forget I’m hosting a Glossier giveaway for two epic sets of Glossier Products! Click the link here or in the sidebar to enter!

Happy Tuesday!

-Dymond M.

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App Review: My Dressing-Fashion Closet

In classic procrastinator fashion, while in the middle of packing for my trip to California, I decided to organize my entire closet right then and there. I mean, the fastest way to an epic closet and bomb outfits is knowing what you have and what you can pair it with, right? So I looked up some articles for apps fulfilling this purpose, and all of them were iOS based. Note to online editors: The world does not revolve around Apple. So this is an Android app, and I don’t know if they have an iOS version, but even if they don’t you can go to one of those other websites and find something suitable.

My Dressing is an app designed to let the user have their closet at their fingertips. First, the user takes pictures of each item, crops out the background, and adds it to the solid background of their choice. Then they can put it in different categories, create outfits, and select favorites. I think entering your clothing is the hardest part. I spent the better part of 2 hours entering all of the clothing I was bringing with me to California. That’s not my whole closet. Maybe half of it. But it’s a lot of clothing. The crop feature could be great, but without a stylus, it’s too difficult to get precise tracing around each item.

That said the organizational side of the app is pretty good. The only place it misses is that there are no subcategories under the main categories. All the shoes go under SHOES. There’s no separation between sneakers,boots,heels,etc. I did like the outfit creation part a lot! It’s like Polyvore with my own closet. That said, at the end of it all, I deleted the app after my trip. It’s a little too time consuming for my taste and not neat enough to use all of the time. I would consider using it again on my next trip because it’s convenient to see what I have to wear without digging out my entire suitcase (especially when moving from place to place in a short amount of time).

Do you guys know of any good closet organizing apps for Android? Let me know in the comments. Have an epic 4th of July to my fellow Americans. To everyone else, good luck surviving! The Glossier giveaway is this week! Keep an eye out!

-Dymond M. <3

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Principal's Office: Meet Faye Orlove

Those of you who have been following me on Instagram and Snapchat have seen me maxin’ and chillaxin’ all over California for the last 2 weeks. It’s been an amazing experience, and just makes me want to live out here a lot more! I had a couple things on my list to do while I’m here, and one of them was to visit the new LA art gallery/mini shop called Junior High. I found it on Instagram where the pale pink aesthetic found purchase with my often ignored girly side. Their page also features a neon purple uterus sign, Drake fan merch, and lots of pins. I got in touch with the owner and creator, Faye Orlove, and set up a meeting during my visit. I got there a little early, so I got to look around a bit. Junior High is a very cool quirky space. Currently exhibiting a collection from Girl on Girl Collective entitled FIRST KISS, there were poems, photos, and digital art adorning the room, all in a soft pink and white glow.

Faye came in with her backpack, apologized for being sweaty, and just started chatting, which was a surprise to me! She was certainly very down to earth, unloading “really aggressive looking” tampons and lunch among other things. Once she settled down, we got to talking.


D: So I think it’s really cool that you’ve managed to crowdsource an open art space with Junior High for the underrepresented artists, especially girls. About how long did it take you to put it all together?

Thanks! I actually got the space in May, and it took about a month to organize. We opened June 1. I’ve been working the business side of things since January. You know, crowdfunding, applying for grants, all that good stuff.

D: What kind of grants have you been applying for?

I actually have someone else helping me with all that. They’re making a list for me to look at. You know if we can get that government money that’d be great! Because we are a non-profit organization. Like a lot of my friends think I’m making money for this, but we’re actually not breaking even yet, we’re losing money. *laughs* But we’re almost there.

D: Yeah that’s fair. Always make the government work for you! I’m certainly enjoying the vibes out here in Cali especially here, Hollywood, LA, it’s really nice. But I’ve been around, so why put Junior High in LA? Why not a different city?

I’m completely obsessed with celebrity culture. Especially Hollywood. I like the idea of fame and being famous, especially the Kardashians!

D: *laughs* The Kardashians and I have a love/hate relationship.

That’s totally understandable!

D: Like, I admire how they basically built an empire from scratch, but sometimes they just annoy me. Kim is cool I think, but Kendall-

Yeah Kendall’s a little suspect!

D: I just got finished watching season 1 of KUWTK, and honestly young Kendall and Kylie have boosted my self esteem so much!

Yeah they were crazy. And now they’re modeling and selling stuff. I actually have a Kylie Lip Kit. I just had to have one to try.

D: What’s it like? I can’t do matte formulas they drive me crazy.

It’s good. I don’t use it all the time for sure, but I didn’t hate it or anything.

(At this point I’ve begun noting the numerous tattoos on Faye, so of course I ask about them.)

D: So I see your Virgo necklace and tattoo and we would be zodiac twins!

Oh you’re a virgo? That’s awesome!

D: Yeah, I’ve been meeting a lot of Virgos lately. But yeah your tatoos are really cool. I see Sonic the Hedgehog, Dirty Dancing, and oh my god I love Lisa Simpson!

Lisa is such a great character. Seasons 2-5 are the best because you have episodes like where she becomes a vegetarian and like this woman she made, well like our version of Barbie, Malibu Stacy, and she calls her out like you have this platform of power why use it to just go shopping? And she’s just very cool! 

D: I’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo when I’m a little older. Maybe a lightbulb? I’m always thinking about stuff. I just hate that it’s gonna hurt. I have a LOW pain tolerance.

That’s a cool idea. It doesn’t hurt that bad.  Just make sure it’s really what you want. I’m actually thinking about maybe getting one removed. And that hurts. It’s lasers. It’s like the ink molecules are bigger than blood because you don’t want it in your bloodstream and stuff and they just zap it out. You just want to make sure it’s what you want so that down the line you won’t have those regrets.

D: Yikes! That does sound painful. Okay so last question. Last meal on earth: GO.

Oh I think a friend asked this once. I’m thinking biscuits and gravy and fried chicken. There’s this great place down this way  on Vine and Sunset called Roscoe’s Chicken. They have the BEST chicken and waffles. I adore them absolutely! You gotta go before you leave.


After that we chat a little more, and I pick up a Junior High tee shirt and 2 buttons (to be featured in a later haul post). I also grabbed a free sticker sheet, mix CD, and some more pins to add onto my jean jacket when I get home. We took a selfie, but alas, someone has stolen her selfie stick. I really did have a great time meeting Faye and checking out Junior High. So if any of you Cali are in the LA/Hollywood area, I strongly encourage you to go check it out. They’re open Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM with various after hours events and workshops on Sundays at 2 (Check their calendar here). If you can’t swing by, go to their website, buy some merch or donate to an epic cause. Follow them @welcometojuniorhigh on IG and @juniorhighLA on Twitter.

Much love,

Dymond <3

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An Open Letter to Glossier

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I just wanna say Glossier isn’t just a brand. It’s a lifestyle. Once I tried it, I never looked back. And the best part is, it’s the best because they let us, the consumers, help make it. I’ve referred 100 people. That’s 1000 freaking dollars in store credit. Friends, family, fellow bloggers, and readers of my blog have all bought in because I just say how I feel about it.
Is there a lot of hype surrounding Glossier? Sure. But just like the legendary Tony winning Broadway musical Hamilton you’ve got to look past the hype and see the substance that created that hype. It has a good base.  I’m just thanking Emily Weiss for making Into the Gloss a safe space to learn about makeup and for being an epic female role model I look up to when I think about my future. She’s a true #girlboss.
That said, you all see all the excess store credit I have, but I already own EVERYTHING (seriously I just reupped on my Boy Brow just to get the visor). That means there’s a giveaway coming very soon!

✌Dymond (Self Proclaimed Glossier Junkie) 💖

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3 Days of Fashion- San Diego

So the last 3 days have been a complete and total blur. Early mornings, long commutes, epic workshops, and amazing people! Where can you get all that, you ask? I just attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising’s summer program 3 Days of Fashion in San Diego. We had a ton of fun, I learned a lot, and even got to meet celeb designer, Project Runway contestant, and FIDM alumni Nick Verreos. It was absolutely insane. I took many pictures, so enjoy!

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