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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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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An Ode to Band Merch Fashion

This past Friday, I got to attend the Green Day Revolution Radio Tour with my best friend in the world. It was an almost 4 hour drive round trip, plus 5 exhilarating hours of rock n roll. And all I came back with was this $30 snapback cap from the merch table.

Could I have bought a similar hat for much cheaper online somewhere? Of course. But there’s something about picking up that piece of clothing or poster or whatever that you know you can (probably) only get at that moment. That’s why Tour Date tees have such an allure to them. It says, “I was here!”.

It’s also why I feel that artists who sell their tour merch to the public who haven’t been to said tour, cheapen the experience a little bit. Stores like Hot Topic and Forever 21, of course, capitalize on these feelings by selling multitudes of shirts bearing the designs and logos of various artists to sell. Some go to the hardcore fans and some some to those who just find it cute. Shoot, I have a pair of Panic! at the Disco sweats on their way to my house even now. But there’s something about an item of clothing tied to one particular event, where you were surrounded by people who felt the same way about 1 (or a few) people as you did.

So I say, let band merch culture live! In the age of minimalist fashion, let’s not stick the label of cringey teens on those who wear it. If grown men can run around screaming with their sports jerseys on about how much they LOVE that team, then we can incorporate band merch into our everyday styles without repercussion.
Rock On!

-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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    Glossier Cloud Paint First Impressions

    I love watching red carpet coverage for most of the major awards shows. Not only do I get to see the beautiful dresses, but I also get to glimpse at some of the super cool makeup looks that artists put together. At this year’s Oscars, Glossier decided to debut it’s newest product, a cream blush aptly named Cloud Paint. How dreamy does that sound? The GTeam named the colors, inspired by NYC sunsets,  Beam, a sweet peachy coral, Puff, a bubblegum pink, Dusk, a sandy brown, and Haze (the one I wanted to try the most), a gorgeous raspberry.

    Some of my favorite celebs like Taraji P. Henson and Reese Witherspoon sported the shades on the Oscar’s red carpet, and they looked to die for! Each individual makeup artist’s look varied in how they chose to incorporate the blushes into the overall look, but I think they’ll look even more natural as standalone shades.

    Image from Into the Gloss; Taraji is wearing Cloud Paint in Dusk

    As a Glossier Rep, I got the privilege of trying all 4 shades BEFORE they drop TOMORROW March 2! Below you’ll find your coveted swatches. And if you like them, be sure to shop through my link for 20% off of your purchase and free shipping at $35!

    Pretty Paint!

    First Impressions?

    They are a lot more liquidy than I thought they’d be! In fact, they all squirted out a little upon opening so be careful. They’re very creamy upon application but dry to matte within 30 seconds depending upon how much product you apply. I didn’t notice much of a scent either. The swatches on my arm all came out pretty nicely although I’m a little darker in the face so the faded into my skintone a lot more which was disappointing. I had to layer the color a few times to get a noticable glow, especially on the lighter shades Puff and Dusk. Haze was the standout color, and Beam was surprisingly fun as well although it struck me as more shimmery than the others.

    Bottom Line?

    I’m putting one of these babies to an all day test drive to see how long they hold up, but so far I like the formulation, but not necessarily the pigmentation. Glossier has done a good job so far in terms of customer representation, but these blushes seem to have slightly missed the mark.

    Again, the release date for these blushes is TOMORROW MARCH 2. I know a couple publications had the release date set for the 6th, but the date was pushed up by the GTeam which means you guys can get your hands on it faster! Make sure you shop with me for 20% off of your order and free shipping on $35!

    Happy Hump Day!

    -Dymond M. <3

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    Weekend Shopping Haul Video

    Happy Friday everyone! For many of you, you’re celebrating the weekend because it’s PAYDAY!!! That’s what I did last weekend, and decided to hit up the mall with my gal pal Alyssa. We went up to the Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, GA, we had a blast, and I filmed it all! So without further ado, here’s my first haul/vlog video! If you like it, make sure to give it a like and subscribe for future vlog videos. Hopefully, my future videos will focus more on my fashion tendencies as opposed to beauty, but don’t rule out a beauty tutorial or two in the future! Enjoy!

    -Dymond M. <3

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    6 Lovely Red Lipsticks For Darker Skin

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Regardless if you have an SO to spend the day with or not, I find Valentine’s to be a really great day to play around with bold makeup looks ESPECIALLY red lipsticks. My mom actually wouldn’t let me wear red lipstick until I was 16, so I’ve been making up for lost time every since! Below are swatches of my top 6 red lipsticks for dark skin! Plus, all of them (except for the Stila Liquid Lipstick are under $20, so they can totally be a “treat yo self” kind of thing! So take care of you, and know I love all of y’all! Have fun!

    -Dymond M. <3

    Red with Love

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    Revlon Love is On

    Glossier Generation G in ZipΒ (Use this link for 20% off!)

    Stila Liquid Lipstick in Rubino

    L’Oreal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche 304 Ruby Opera

    Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in Black Orchid

    Urban Decay Vintage Vice Lipstick in Bruise (Discontinued)

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    Product Review: Glossier Boy Brow Clear

    Happy Friday everyone! I’m so happy it’s the weekend FINALLY. Weekends are my chill time, so my makeup look can be pretty nonexistent. However, if I decide to go out somewhere, I want to look nice without all of the work. Enter Boy Brow Clear. Y’all know that BB Black is my holy grail eyebrow product since I hate going to get my brows waxed. When Glossier announced BB Clear, I knew I couldn’t wait to try it out! The formula itself goes on white and dries clear. It has the same effectiveness in holding down hairs without the color. It’s perfect for everyday wear, PLUS the applicator seems to pick up more product than my BB Black which I love!

    Got my BB Black on in this pic! <3

    Bottom Line?

    I love this stuff so much that I’ve lost count of how many tubes I’ve ordered. IΒ think the BB Clear that Glossier sent me makes #6 or 7 overall. Either way, this has made its way into my everyday rotation, and I highly recommend it to anybody with big caterpillar brows like myself or not! Boy Brow also comes in Blonde and Brown! Want to try for yourself? Use my special link to get 20% off your first purchase and free shipping at $30!

    Have an awesome weekend!

    -Dymond M. <3

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    Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette Swatches and Review

    Woo! I am officially 16 days into my no buy and it’s going pretty well even though the temptations have been rolling in left and right. I mean Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipsticks? 3x points? Memebox’s Valentine set? It’s all driving me just a little bit insane. Also, around the same time I started the no buy I found a community on IG strictly for PANNING? Panning is the act of being able to see the bottom of a pan of product (hitting pan) and actually finishing the whole thing. The goal is to save money by using what you already have, similar to the no buy. It’s been pretty inspiring. One of the products I’ve been getting a lot of use out of has been my Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette.

    First Impressions

    The packaging on this has a very cute design! I was actually drawn to it because I don’t like chocolate so Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar palette scent was off putting. The peanut butter scent was way more appealing to me! It’ also very affordable for a high-end palette at only $36. The palette comes with 9 PB&J inspired colors and mini booklet inside for ideas on how to wear them. I bought this palette because I owned 2 really old elf quads with 4 purple shades and 4 brown ones and I hope that I could replace them with this.

    Swatches & Review

    All of these colors are extremely pigmented, especially the browns, so it makes a great everyday palette. However, you can see (or maybe not) that the matte shades REALLY blend into my skin tone. I didn’t like that 3 of the colors were bigger than the others because they’re supposedly “base colors”. I’d rather make them all a little bigger with equal product. Peanut Brittle shows as an orangey, bronze brown with gold shimmer and it is to DIE for. In 2nd place comes Nuts About You, which is a matte complement to Peanut Brittle.

    Final Thoughts?

    This palette will make a great replacement for my 2 e.l.f. quads. I love the price, versatility, and pigmentation, all of which is great for a black girl on a budget! I would recommend it to anybody who loves the whole “no makeup makeup” look.

    Know of any other great, affordable palettes? Have you ever panned before? Let me know in the comments!

    Later haters!

    – Dymond M. <3

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