Fenty Beauty First Impressions

I know today seems like any other Tuesday, but in fact, Robyn Rihanna Fenty has blessed the makeup world with her very own makeup line, Fenty Beauty. Now before I get into my first impressions, I want to address a few things. First, I’m not a die-hard Rihanna fan. That said, I find her aesthetic to be beautiful, and I look up to her as a style icon. Secondly, I’m not going to compare it to KKW Beauty. I know a lot of people wanna be shady about the packaging and all that stuff, but the products are what I’m concerned about, and what you should be too frankly. There is enough beauty world drama to go around lol. Let’s get started!

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

So one fun Saturday, I went up to Lenox Square Mall (I LOVE living in Atlanta btw yall, everything is so close) to test out Fenty and redeem my Sephora birthday gift. Because I went alone, I got to spend an hour uninterrupted in the store just swatching and sniffing and just having a good time. The first thing I tried was the foundation, BUT since I was so excited I totally forgot to write down what shades I put on my arm. *cringe* Sorry guys. However, I applied it and let it dry down while I was testing other things so I have some views on the consistency.

The top 2 shades are foundations, the bottom shade is a match stix.

This foundation WILL oxidize. A couple days after my visit, a makeup artist was on Fenty’s IG stories talking about how it doesn’t oxidize, the shade just adjusts a bit as it dries because it loses a bit of water…You mean the definition oxidation sis? All of the shades I applied after drying down were a hair darker than they were originally. This is also a very liquidy formula! When I pressed the pump, I almost missed my arm, and from the looks of the floor around the display, I wasn’t the only one. My last first impression on the foundation was that it is very, very drying. The primer was not on the display, so I couldn’t try it with the primer, but to me it looked and felt dry to the touch. So I worry about how it would look on my actual face.

Fenty Beauty First Impressions

Match Stix

I had some of the same issues with the Match Stix as I did with the foundations. The concealer type sticks that were matte also felt kinda stiff and dry after application. Even when I was applying it to my arm to swatch, my skin was kinda getting dragged behind it instead of it gliding on. The Shimmer Sticks didn’t have that issue, and the colors were very pretty, especially on my deep skin.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

The lip gloss is very nice, in theory. I have two-toned lips, which I love of course, and I usually enjoy lipglosses because they play really well with the different colors of my lips. However, I think my lips almost exactly matched the shading of the gloss because it looked like I was just wearing my clear Glossier gloss! I liked the vanilla scent ad the packaging is cute AF, but I just wouldn’t buy it for myself. On lots of other people testing it, it looked very wearable and universal as claimed.

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters

Now to my favorite part, the highlighters!!!! Well, sorta my favorite part. The highlighters were hella pigmented. Like…HELLA. Justttt not on me. I have trouble with powder highlighters, especially ones with pinky/champagne tones. This is why I usually stick with…well stick or cream highlighters. The same pretty much went for most of the highlighter shades with the exception of Ginger Binge, Moscow Mule, and of course the true gold highlighter, Trophy Wife! If I had to pick something buy from the whole collection, it would easily be these two highlighters. They were pigmented in swatches and on my face, and Trophy Wife was what I had my eye on since the promos dropped!

Invisimatte Blotting Papers

Lastly, as an oily girl, I wanted to try the blotting papers and blotting powder (and compare it to Wowder, of course), but the blotting powder also wasn’t on the display (Lenox Sephora, get yaself together!!). The blotting papers didn’t do a thing. It just soaked up what it could from my oily forehead and nose, but I was still incredibly oily after. I wouldn’t want to use a bunch of the paper trying to take oil off, so I wouldn’t bother with it.

Final Fenty Thoughts?

The price points for all of these products are all under $40 (not counting the Match Stix Trio) which is reasonable considering Fenty has been marketed like a high-end makeup brand and could’ve been sold to us as such. Does it fall under a college budget? Not exactly. Is it a great treat/gift for yourself or a friend? Totally. I think you should pick one or two products you really want to try and grab those. This brand is also incredibly Black Girl Friendly! The big thing, of course, being the 40 foundation shades with multiple undertones making it extremely easy for people of all skin tones being able to find their match.

So that’s my Fenty first impressions! I’ll be keeping an eye out for the holiday collection because there are going to be an eyeshadow palette and more lip colors, so I’m excited! What other brands do you want me to do a first impression on? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you on Thursday!

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Product Review: Glossier Wowder For Dark Skin

Hey, everyone! Sorry for the delay in posts, but if you’ve been following me on literally any of my socials (@thechicmachine) then you’d know I finally moved into COLLEGE! Yes, siree I’m officially a Georgia State Panther and I’ve been exploring campus and all it has to offer. The transition has been great, I’ve met a lot of cool people, and my classes aren’t terrible which is always a plus. One of the things about living on campus in a metro area like Atlanta is that there is a lot of walking involved. Great for my calves, not so great for my makeup. I have combo oily skin with most of the oiliness occurring in my T-Zone, and this is extra sucky with the Georgia humidity. Thankfully, Glossier has released another product designed for those not 100% on board with their “ultra dewy” messaging! Wowder is a translucent powder in three shades designed to mattify and decrease shine on days when dewy is not on the memo.

Product Review: Glossier Wowder For Dark Skin

I received Wowder in the shade Dark/Deep which is my corresponding shade in Perfecting Skin Tint and Stretch Concealer. I’ve never used another translucent powder, but I have used the Covergirl Clean Matte Pressed Powder so that’s what I compared this to. For a good frame of reference, the first several times I used Wowder, I did not use my Urban Decay setting spray to see how well it worked on its own. The first time I wore Wowder, I put it on my whole face. Now my cheeks and chin are not oily and can verge on dry from time to time, so this did not sit well. It clung to my dry patches a bit so I didn’t like that at all!

On the other hand, on my t-zone it worked very well. It didn’t sit on the top of my skin as a pigment like the Covergirl pressed powder, but almost melted into a cream like consistency after application. It didn’t make my skin look overly pale, and made it look matte but not dried out. The wear time on my forehead was about 8 hours, but on my nose, it wa only about 4. What can I say? I’m hella oily!

Product Review: Glossier Wowder For Dark Skin

The Wowder brush was a totally different story! It’s smaller than my Real Techniques powder brush and more angled so I could get spots like under my eyes and on the sides of my nose. As for the trampoline mesh, I think it’s helpful to an extent, but it’s actually harder to get out the amount I need sometimes.

For $35, it’s a great value. You get a brush that you can use with other products and a .25 oz powder that works well with oily skin and has a natural finish when used correctly. If you think you’ve gotten the wrong shade you can always exchange it for free, and the duo ships free! Wowder by itself is $22 USD and the brush alone is $20.

Remember you can get 20% off of your purchase with my referral link which puts the duo at $28! Leave me a comment below about your oily or dry skin nightmares! Have an awesome week!

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Best National Lipstick Day Sales 2017

Best National Lipstick Day Sales 2017

There are a lot of made up holidays throughout the year like national pancake day, national ice cream day, even national donut day! However, my favorite is National Lipstick Day which is today, June 29th! Here, I’ve rounded up some of the best lipstick sales so you can get your pout on! Click on the link to access to sale!

MAC: MAC is actually doing TWO deals this weekend. For the first, all you have to do is show up! Go to any of their stores and receive a full-sized lipstick. The Reddit forums have been running wild and it seems how this works will vary by store. Some are using a specific collection, some are handing them out randomly, and some will let you swatch and choose your shade. Call your store ahead of time to find out. MAC is also offering a free Prep + Prime Lip with any $50 purchase online with the code LIPDAY.

Urban Decay: UD is offering 50% off some of their best-selling Vice lipsticks which puts them at $8.50! It’s a small selection, but worth it if you want to stock up on some of the cult classics. Plus, UD has a great rewards program, and if you sign up with my link you start with 10 points out of the gate!

Related: 6 Lovely Red Lipsticks for Dark Skin

ULTA: Ulta is winning the beauty game as usual with tons of brands and deals on all things lipstick with their online sale. The standouts are 2 for $10 NYX lipsticks, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (try Bacca or Rubino!) are only $13.20, and all Revlon lip products are $5! There are also plenty of free gifts with purchase on your favorite high-end brands so go give it a look!

Smashbox: When you buy any lip product from Smashbox today, you can get $5 off AND a free lip bag with promo code KISSME! I really enjoy their Be Legendary Liquid Lipstick in Crimson Chrome and all of the liquid metal shades tbh!

Glossier: And of course, if you’re a new Glossier customer in the US AND Canada, you can get 20% off of your first purchase which includes the sweet flush of a Generation G lipstick. My favorite is Crush, because it’s such a nice hint of pink on my two toned lips which is amazing!

NYX: Buy any Liquid Suede Metallic Lipstick, get a Liquid Suede Cream lipstick free! Also, add any lippie to your bag online and get free shipping!

Too Faced: 15% off any lip product with code KISSKISS

Birchbox: Get a free deluxe Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick when you sign up with the code LIPDAY.

Stila Cosmetics: BOGO Free Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, no code needed.

Related: Product Review: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

That’s all I’ve got for now, but I’ll be updating this post with other deals throughout the day, so keep checking back! Have a great National Lipstick Day!

Happy shopping! <3

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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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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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Another Cinderella Story: Prom Style & Makeup

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It’s finally here: My Senior Prom. It’s certainly a bittersweet experience, to say the least. When I grew up, I watched a lot of Disney Channel Original Movies (HSM anyone?). Prom is always made out to be the “princess night” for every girl. The “outcast” girls get to feel just as beautiful as the popular ones, usually with one epic transformation scene in between.

Many of you know I’ve had my eye on this Cinderella dress from the Hot Topic collection from 2 years ago. Cindy is my fave Disney princess so it was my dream dress from the start. The top is corset style (I forgot to take pictures of the back!) but it actually zips down the side. It’s the classic Cinderella blue, and even has little pumpkin carriages stitched into it!It’s sold out now, but I managed to track it down in my size back in October! If it restocks (they seem to every few months) it was super affordable at only $65. That’s nothing compared to the hundreds of dollars other girls spend on a dress and I loved twirling around in it!

I really wanted some “glass slipper” type shoes to go with my dress and when I saw this pair I almost died! They were super sequined, and since my dress is short, they would be on display for all to see! They were really tall though, and I didn’t make it very long in them once I got dancing!

I accessorized with more diamond and pearl accessories! The earrings and clutch were thrifted, but I got the nifty choker from Forever21 for $10!

The showstopper of my makeup look is the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow palette in Vega plus the NYX Face and Body Glitter in Crystal as an eyeliner. The blue popped with my brown eyes, and I sparkled under the lights all night long! I also used Glossier’s Haloscope highlighter in Moonstone, Boy Brow in Black, and Stretch Concealer in Deep.I lightly dusted on the Bare Minerals matte powder foundation and set with the NYX Matte Setting Spray. I tried to keep my face makeup light because I like to dance and I didn’t want to sweat it all off! Plus, I kept my lip simple, using L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Extraordinaire lip stain in Blushing Harmony.

All in all, I had a really great time styling this look, and I had fun seeing all of my friends in their getups too! I believe I was the only girl wearing a short dress, which makes me feel unique, something I always want to come across in my personal style. Don’t forget you can get 20% off all the Glossier goodies using my link!  I’ll be hanging onto this dress for now and hopefully lots of good memories.

Stay Flawless!

-Dymond M. <3

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Welcome to a new week ladies and gents! I’m currently mourning the fact that spring break is over and I have to go back to school. BUT, I only have 29 more school days until GRADUATION, so that’s coming really fast! Last week, I received an ONYX box, a beauty subscription box curated with people of color in mind, for review from the company. Although the product was free, all opinions are my own. Let’s get started!

The Packaging

The box was actually a LOT smaller than I was anticipating from my previous experience with subscription boxes. Don’t let it fool you, though! It’s packed full with goodies! I also like how the decorative stickers make it very clear that this box was intended for people of color. I have a hard time with conventional subscription boxes because 9/10 times I’m going to get at least 1 product that does not work for my skin color or hair type. That devalues the box in my eyes, and I’m not getting what I paid for.

I also really enjoyed their faux magazine cover insert which includes all of their social handles and theme for the month which was Spring Prep Rally! To quote from the insert:

Maxi dresses. Music Festivals. County Fairs. Are you ready for Spring? Let us prepare you with a few of our fave beauty essentials. Deep clean your pores, hydrate your body, and prime your face for the proper Spring glo-up.

Sometimes subscription boxes have a hard time staying on theme as well, and I think they did a really good job at sticking to this one! So what did I get? Keep scrolling to find out.

The Products

See how packed full it is? In fact, when I took the picture, I didn’t realize there was another product hiding underneath the confetti and other products! Also, one thing I was worried about was that it might feature ALL product lines geared towards people of color. While there’s nothing wrong with that, I do enjoy trying out more mainstream products that I’ve already heard of. Luckily, there was a good mix of the two types.

Olay Ultra Moisture Shea Butter Body Wash (Travel Size 1.7 Fl oz $1.49, Full Size $3.99-$5.49)

I can never have enough body wash to be honest. Olay is one of the brands that floats in and out of my house, but I never actively seek it out. It’s infused with petroleum and shea butter and includes “pro-glycerin” to allow your skin to absorb the moisture it needs. This has a nice fragrance, almost like coconut mixed with salon shampoo. It’s very creamy in texture, but I don’t find it to be any more moisturizing than any other body wash I’ve used before.

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner (Deluxe Size 2 Fl oz, Full Size $5-$6.50)

I just want to put out there that I hate getting shampoo and conditioner in beauty boxes. I get my hair done at the salon and almost NEVER wash my own hair at home unless it’s been too long between visits and it needs to be touched up. So no, I haven’t used this product. That said, I think it’s good that they selected a brand that is more geared towards the hair texture of curly haired women, and it may be more useful for them that way.

Gorgeous Cosmetics iLine Liquid Eyeliner Pen (FULL SIZE $27)

(Sorry for the blurry picture!) I was very VERY happy to get this liquid eyeliner pen in a full size! By itself, it has more value than the whole box so that’s a good indicator of a subscription box’s value! Liquid eyeliner and I have had a hard time in the past (I used the little e.l.f. ones), but this one has changed the game for me. It has a pointed felt tip and it glides on SO easily! It’s much easier for me a do a winged look ( I had to practice for ages to get it right with my Maybelline gel pencil) and it’s very pigmented which is always a plus.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Deluxe Travel Size .25 fl oz $10, Full Size 1 fl oz $36)

I already own this primer in its travel size because I wanted to test it out. I’ve been using it for some months now, and my final verdict is that it’s okay. It holds my makeup in place alright for the first 2 or so hours, but after that, it starts sliding around anyway. I think my oily T-Zone is the problem, but regardless, I wasn’t planning on repurchasing. However, since I’ve got more of the stuff now, I’ll just keep using it until it’s gone because I’m making an effort to use up my beauty products before I buy more of them.

Cocoa Butter Mother’s Land & Sea Detoxifying Mud Masque (FULL SIZE 2 oz $18)

I was intrigued by this product because I thought it was going to be an actual mud mask! Turns out, it’s a powder that you add water to and then applies to your face. I figure it’ll be a bit of a mess my first time using it, so it’s going to get it’s own separate post in the near future when I’ve used it a couple times. It smells nice and minty which is very relaxing for a mask.

Manna Kadar Lash Extending Primer (Deluxe Sixe .14 oz, Full Size $24)

I’ve never really seen the point of lash primers, mainly because I’m naturally hairy so I have long, fairly thick lashes already. However, I do have an issue with mine sticking together and looking gross, so I’m thinking I may just ditch this product and use the wand as a spoolie. #Multitasking

Kuvit Handmade EyeShadow in Corazon (FULL SIZE .125 oz $8)

I love this eyeshadow! I don’t own too many singles because I think you’ll always get more bang for your buck with a palette. That said, I don’t own any red eyeshadows, and this one is beautiful! The pigmentation is amazing for a handmade product. It is VERY soft, however, and I had trouble removing it from it’s packaging without fall out everywhere. I think it’ll be great for blending and I can’t wait to pair it with some of my other shadows.

ONYX BOX TOTAL VALUE: $72.79

That’s almost 3 times the value of paying for one box! I really enjoyed the ONYX Box experience, and I think that as it grows, more people of color are going to be able to enjoy this box on a widespread scale. The value is pretty good for a subscription box, and on a student budget, I could stand to part with $25 a month to continue my subscription. Want to try out ONYX for yourself? Use the promo code DYMOND, and you can get your first ONYX box PLUS an editor curated box. That’s TWO boxes for the price of one! Thanks again to ONYX for sending me the box for review!

Until next time,

Dymond M. <3

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3 Cool Ways to Wear Clear Lipgloss in 2017

In honor of Glossier rereleasing their Black Tie set lipgloss today, I’m going to show you three fun ways to wear clear lipgloss! In my previous review, you guys know I thought that the clear gloss was a tad bit basic. It’s a late 90s/early 2000s trend that can feel a little lackluster at times. So I took it upon myself to experiment with the gloss and find more ways to wear it! So whether you’re just venturing into the gloss game or are really for some hardcore beauty looks, I’ve got something for you. Let’s get started!

The Jelly Sandwich Style

This gloss style is the one that has been so popular (or unpopular based on your taste) in the past. Just LAYER. IT. ON! The effect is a perfectly 3D glassy look on your lips with mega shine! This is a great way to add some editorial level beauty an everyday makeup look!

Glitter Lipgloss

This gloss style can be a tad bit more advanced so proceed with caution. First, I applied 1-2 layers of the lipgloss to my lips as normal. Then, I took the pointed Shader brush from Julep and NYX’s Face and Body cosmetic glitter in Crystal and applied it as a lip liner! You can leave it that way, or you can add more glitter as you wish. I did a gradient towards the center of my lips so it was more opaque the close to my lip line I got. Then, just clean up the edges with a clean lip liner and some tape!

Layered Over Another Color

This look is pretty simple! Just find another lip color that you love and isn’t already glossy, and apply the gloss over the top! Matte shades are good for this because it’s likely that the gloss won’t mix with the color already on your lips since it’s dry. I layered the gloss over Mac Cosmetic’s Matte Royal!

I hope you all enjoyed those mini tutorials! If you’d like to buy a Glossier Lip Gloss for yourself, remember to shop through my link! First time shoppers get 20% off, and returning customers can use promo code HELLOLA for FREE SHIPPING until 4/11. Keep in mind that these promos cannot be combined!

Stay glossy!

-Dymond M. <3

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Beauty No Buy Results

Hey everyone! March has been a total whirlwind of a month, but I wanted to let you all know how my beauty shopping no buy turned out!

 Soooo, I’m going to admit that the no buy turned into more of a low buy.And my spending was probably displaced from beauty shopping to clothes shopping. I mean, you should see my Hot Topic bill! Just as a reminder of the rules, I wasn’t supposed to buy any makeup or skincare products with the exception of repurchasing things that I’d run out of. I compared my spending from the last two months to the two months before that below.

Now you’re probably thinking: You don’t look like you made that much of a difference in spending. And to be honest, it felt like that at first. But if you look closer there are a few things to inspect.

  1. One of those hair appointments was $83! I got my hair dyed which was a treat, and that I’d saved up for, and normally a hair appoimtment would cost between $30-$40. Therefore that is an outlier, and shouldn’t count.
  2. What I was really focusing on were the “Non-Essential Purchases”. As you can see, I cut that number in half, and spent less than a 3rd of the amount I spent at the end of last year. Sounds like a win to me!

Of course, I could do better the next time I do something like this. However, my next goal is to try #panning, where I actually use up the makeup I have. I’m actually dangerously close to finishing up a few things, but that’s for another post! 

I hope you guys enjoyed my little adventure into a no buy! Let me know what other challenges you’d like me to do in the future!

Peace!

-Dymond M. <3

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90s Space Spice Makeup Tutorial

This past weekend, I posted this adorable photo on my Instagram (@thechicmachine)! I’d been trying to find new ways to play with my (newly dyed) hair until it grows out long enough to put into one ponytail. I think makeup looks can become a lot more diverse when your hair is put up away from your face because now you have an entire canvas to work with! Today, I’ll be teaching you how to recreate this very 90s look that I like to call “Space Spice” because if I were a Spice Girl, that’s probably the name I’d choose! PS: I swear I didn’t intentionally use all Glossier products, but they’ve worked their way so seamlessly into my routine that it happens sometimes. <3

You’ll Need:

  • Silver Toned Highlighter – I used Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone ($22)
  • Blush (Any Color as long as you look a little flushed) – I used Glossier Cloud Paint, Dusk and Haze mixed together. ($18/1 and $30/2 w/ code 2BLUSH)
  • Brow product of your choice – I used Glossier Boy Brow in Clear ($16)
  • Lipstick that closely matches your blush – I used Glossier Generation G in Jam. ($18)
  • You can also use any foundation/concealer/etc. that you’d like. However, I wanted it to be a fresher look, so I opted out of that and any eye makeup!

    Application

    1. Use whatever you have to start with a clean base! I double cleansed with Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser and Tony Moly’s Peach Punch Sweet Foam Cleanser. I followed up with my Glossier Supers and Priming Moisturizer, and then Missha’s Safe Block SPF 45.
    2. BLUSH FIRST, THEN HIGHLIGHTER. This is especially important if they’re both powder formulas as they’ll be a little harder to blend. Since Haloscope and Cloud Paint are both cream formulas, I applied the Haze/Dusk blend first. Then, I put Moonstone right around my eyes and blended the edges together.
    3. Do your brow thing, girl!!! I put the brows after the highlight because you don’t want it smudging your perfectly fleeked brows, do you? I just throw a swipe of BB Clear through my brows and allow them to dry.
    4. Lastly, swipe your lip color of choice on and BAM, you’re done!

    Bringing Back the 90s!

    Here’s the final look! Now you can recreate your own spicy vibes right at home! If you try out this look, post it on IG and tag me! Make sure to check back later this week for another Youtube video! There’s a sneak peek of the content over on my IG, and while you’re there don’t forget to follow!

    Love ya!

    -Dymond M. <3

     

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