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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Anjolee Jewelry Diamond Ring Collab

Anjolee Jewelry Diamond Ring Collab

I received the product in this post for free from the company in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Okay, everyone. You have approximately 30 seconds to get out all diamond related name puns that your heart desires. I have put up with them the last 18 years and I can bear 30 more seconds….Y’all done? Great! Now that that’s done, let me introduce you to a really cool jewelry brand, Anjolee Jewelry. I’m not the biggest jewelry fan, but I do like rings and pretty much anything with my birthstone, sapphire, in it. So when Anjolee offered me the opportunity to test drive one of their replica rings, I jumped at the chance.

Anjolee Jewelry Diamond Ring Collab

Anjolee Jewelry is most notable for their diamond ring selection and engagement rings! However, they also have cutely shaped fashion rings as well. They’re in the pricier range than is common for most college students, but it’s certainly something to consider as a graduation gift to yourself! The replica ring they sent me is made of silver and cubic zirconium which sparkles just as much as a true blue diamond ring, but it’s not so expensive, so if I lose it (which I’ve been prone to do) I won’t be terribly sad. Obviously, I’m a long way off from engagement, so I sized up to a 7.5 ring size and just wear it on my middle finger.

The three stone design I picked out is perfect for me! It’s not too dainty, but it’s not full blown costume jewelry either, so it fits perfectly in my anti-capsule wardrobe. The sapphire stones are absolutely stunning and complement my skin tone very well too! I’m also a fan of the tiny diamonds around each stone as opposed to one huge rock in the center! I was impressed with the quality of just a replica ring, so I can only assume that the genuine product is quality as well. I will certainly be wearing it on many days in the near future because you know what they say: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!

Anjolee Jewelry Diamond Ring Collab

Want to see more of my fabulous jewelry? Make sure to follow me on Instagram @thechicmachine! I have lots of cool earrings, necklaces, and more that I almost always tag so you know where to find yours too! Do you have a piece of jewelry with sentimental value? Let me know in the comments below, and have an awesome week!

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6 Pieces to Include in Your Anti Capsule Wardrobe

Every day, I do a mini scroll through Pinterest. What’s become frustrating is the lack of new, interesting style looks! Every blogger seems to be using the same silhouettes and color palettes! I’ve always liked a good helping of color to my outfits, so all of the posts about having a “capsule wardrobe” are practical, but unoriginal in this day and age. That’s why I’m showing you 6 great pieces you should own in your Anti Capsule Wardrobe. Basically, an ACW is full of clothing pieces that can also be used with multiple outfits, but have a little more life to them, ya feel? Today, I’ve gathered 6 pieces that should definitely be part of your ACW!

6 Pieces For An Anti Capsule Wardobe

A Tulle Skirt

Contrary to popular belief, tulle skirts don’t have to make you look childish like a fairy princess. It doesn’t have to be super fluffy and short like a Halloween costume, nor does it have to be an outrageous color (although I like mine that way). Some great tulle skirts exist out there! I enjoy skirts with an elastic waistband, an a-line shape, and a midi length. It reads fun yet sophisticated. I own one from Rue21 in a gorgeous wine red, but black, navy blue, mint, and peach are all popular colors as well!

“Special” Denim

Everyone knows the benefits of a good pair of blue jeans. However, there’s a way to step up your denim game without sinking to the lows of clear pants. I define “special” denim as denim with embroidery, sequins, painted, etc. Anything that takes a regular pair of jeans to the next level without changing the basics. I don’t recommend colored denim for this only because it tends to deviate from its original color over time. Also, go crazy with the cut! Skinny jeans are cute, but have we forgotten the beauty of flares and bootcuts???

Animal Print

People have forgotten that animal print can be chic and not cheesy. Think about it like Fran Drescher from the TV comedy, the Nanny. She loved animal print, but always made sure to wear it with clean silhouettes and basic colors! I’m partial to leopard print, but you pick your fave! Plus, this isn’t limited to your clothing! Animal print accessories pack the punch without being overbearing!

6 Pieces to Include in Your Anti Capsule Wardrobe
From my fave IG account, What Fran Wore!

Lots of Hats

The world of hats is so versatile, but no one seems to wear anything besides Dad hats these days. Now, I’m not knocking them (I have a couple) but I love the theatrics of a good hat, and there’s one for everything! Beanies are my personal favorite, but I have a new affinity for sun hats this year, so that’s always fun!

Scarves

I think I personally don’t give scarves enough credit! It’s probably because I wear a lot of graphic tees, and scarves tend to block the messaging, but now that I own a couple pieces that are solid colors, I think scarves would make a great addition to my wardrobe. They come in a lot of colors, patterns, and fabrics, so you could wear one with literally anything. I’m not a fan of infinity scarves, but rather traditional ones so I can tie them however I feel on that day!

Statement Jewelry

Last, but certainly not least, we need STATEMENT jewelry in our Anti Capsule Wardrobe. I’m talking the exact opposite of tiny studs, infinity rings, and just overall “dainty” jewelry. I want geometric shapes, big jewels, holographic nonsense! I have a pair of hoops in the shape of stars, some hot pink chandelier type earrings also shaped like stars, and a choker with a holographic planet charm. The more unique the better!

I hope you guys enjoy my favorite pieces for an Anti Capsule Wardrobe! What funky pieces would you include in your ACW? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see ya next week!

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Glossier Wowder Is Here

Good news for all of my Glossier fans out there! It’s LAUNCH DAY! Today, Glossier has dropped the latest in its line of makeup, Wowder. Now, all the marketing talking about “It’s not a powder. It’s Wowder.” is a little cheesy, I’ll admit. However, as a person with combo oily skin, all of Glossier’s products do not work for my skin as they adhere strictly to their “dewy” look (talking about you PM Rich!). SO I’m very excited to try a powder that can possibly control this oil on my face! I currently use the Covergirl Clean Matte Pressed Powder, and I’ll have a comparison review up after I’ve had some time to test it out more thoroughly.

Related: Glossier Canada is Here

Glossier's Wowder is Here
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I was always skeptical of loose, translucent type powders because they always look so white in the pan, but Wowder comes in 3 different shades! Plus, Jackie Aina already put up her review of it, so I know this is coins well spent! Wowder costs $22 USD ($27 CAD) by itself for the inevitable restock, BUT you can get a Wowder/Brush combo for $35 USD ($45 CAD) which saves you $7 than if you bought the brush and Wowder separately. If you don’t need another powder (and let’s be honest with ourselves here) but you want to give the brush a go, it is $20 USD ($25 CAD). Now for me, that’s a lot for a brush, and I’ll also be comparing this brush to my Real Techniques powder brush in the near future.

Are you a first time Glossier customer? Well, you’re in luck! Shop with my link and get 20% off and EVERYONE gets free shipping with the Wowder Duo! That’s $28 USD ($36 CAD) for the duo, $17.60 USD ($21.60 CAD) for just the Wowder, and $16 USD ($20 CAD) for just the brush! So what are you waiting on??

Happy shopping!

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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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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!

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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!

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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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