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 Zip (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. I 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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I’m a Glossier Brand Rep! + Priming Moisturizer Rich Review

Happy Friday, everyone! Before we get to this super luxe face cream review, I have some great news! Late last year, I started following a couple girls on Instagram who suddenly had Glossier brand rep pages. For those of you who know my history with Glossier, y’all know exactly what I thought. Hey, I want one of those! Well, earlier this month, I finally got the coveted email asking me to join the Glossier brand rep program! I was super stoked (of course) because now instead of store credit, I have an affiliate link!

To be clear, 1st I had the regular referral link that’s open to all Glossier customers. Then I was a member of their affiliate program for which I earned a commission. NOW, I’m a part of the rep program that mixes the best parts of both! YOU GUYS now get 20% off your 1st purchase and free shipping at $30, AND I get actual money. Win/Win!Just a heads up, though. My old referral link no longer works, so if you want the discount, you have to go through my page. I’ve taken the time to go through my old posts and switch the links so none of them should be broken, but let me know if you have issues. All the links should now take you to a page that looks like this!

If it weren’t for all of you loyal readers, I never could’ve gotten where I am today, so again I thank you. Now, onto the good stuff!

Priming Moisturizer Rich Face Cream!

After 3 weeks of use, I feel I can write a pretty good review about the PM Rich! Glossier again crowdsourced ideas through Into the Gloss, which is how Milky Jelly came along too! I really loved the packaging on this one! Glossier seems to be stepping it up every time. I love seeing this jar next to my Super Serums! So luxurious!

They really hit the nail on the head with the formula for this one. PM Rich is supposed to be similar to the regular Priming Moisturizer, but with a thicker consistency for dry skin. I have combo skin that switches between oily and dry, and it worked on any day so that was a plus! It is WAY thicker than the regular PM, and is closer in consistency to Julep’s Night Shift Cream which is the night cream I’ve used for almost 3 years.

I’m a little meh on the scent. They used lavender, which is usually a great scent to me! It’s different than rosewater which is a plus, but I guess I’m still getting used to it. It’s not medicinal, just odd. It also takes a lot more product to cover my face due to the thicker consistency. This has led to me using a good portion of the jar in only 3 weeks which sucks because I don’t want to run out that fast. Keep in mind it usually takes me 4-6 months to finish ONE bottle of the regular PM if I’m careful. So although it’s only $35, in repurchases, it could add up.

Bottom Line?

I would recommend this cream to my friends, especially those with dry skin. It looks great on your counter, feels great on your skin, and makes an ordinary day feel luxe! If you want to buy one for 20%, just hit this link and go check out my page! Also, new products mean a giveaway on the horizon…Want to know when the next one is? Make sure you sign up for my email list in the sidebar!

Later haters!

-Dymond M. <3

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Best Floral Fashion for Spring 2017

Since athere has been virtually no winter around here, my mind can’t help but wander towards Spring 2017 style. And while I do enjoy a lot of inspiration from the runway and magazines, sometimes I’m just feeling something in my style bones and this year, I’m freaking over floral patterns.

Yes, I respect the great words of Meryl Streep, but I also love me some florals! The thing is, with my curves, I’ve never been a fan of all over floral print. My hips stretch the fabrics and what should be a dainty patch of daisies turns wrong very fast. So I’ve come to be a fan of 1 or 2 flowers placed strategically over a piece or even better, embroidered!

So my official theme is Rose Garden Streetwear. It includes lots of darker greens (NOT Pantone’s color of the year, Greenery),  all shades of pink, various reds (cherry, burgundy, deep purples) mixed with white, black and gray.
It’s also filled with feminine (a-line skirts, flower shaped lace) and edgy (leather and dark denim) silhouettes, patterns, and fabrics. Below, you can shop some of the pieces I’ve got my eye on!

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LEONA Floral Sandals

MOTO Rose Embroidered Skirt

MOTO Rose Embroidered Mom Jeans

Floral Faux Leather Moto Jacket

Cactus Dad Hat

& Other Stories image 2 of Embroidered V-Neck Dress  in Green

Do you guys come up with themes for your style? Let me know in the comments!

-Dymond M. <3

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My Twinkle Voxbox & My Thoughts on Influenster

Last month, Influenster selected me to participate in their holiday Voxbox, the Twinkle VoxBox! I certainly enjoyed my Covergirl Voxbox and round two sounded great! This particular box contained a mixture of “holiday essentials” both for beauty and food. Sadly, 2 of the products were chocolate, so I didn’t eat them, but my family got a kick out of it. I’m mostly here for the beauty products anyway! I must mention that I received the Twinkle Voxbox from Influenster for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own!

Covergirl So Lashy! Mascara

I felt most excited to receive this mascara out of all of the products teased. Ads for this mascara were in all of my magazines and on Youtube, so I was already familiar with it. I have to say I am very disappointed in this mascara. Since I only have my own eyelashes to work with, I couldn’t test its claim to be the best mascara for all lash types. It just didn’t work for mine. The applicator picks up way too much product even after swiping excess onto the tube which led to clumps. Also, I didn’t see the point of the ball on the end of it? It’s supposed to grab smaller lashes at the inner eye, but I don’t think it did anything I can’t already do with a regular mascara. It’s such a miss which I hate because I wanted to love it.

Aquation Daily Moisturizing Lotion

I’m on the fence about this lotion. During the winter, I get horrible itchy bumps around my knees that no amount of moisture seemed to be able to help. Not baby oil, cocoa butter, and certainly not super fragranced Bath and Body Works lotion. I started using this the night I got the box over my entire body, and not four days later, all of the bumps around my knees were gone. Eureka! I thought I’d finally hit the jackpot! But about a week ago, a strange rash showed up all over the back of my right hand and on my left shoulder. Naturally, I stopped using it, but neither has left. I’m not sure if I had a bad reaction to the lotion or to something I ate/took after my surgery. I’ll update this once I have a doctor’s visit!

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

I love NYM’s products! I’ve purchased both their argan oil and sea salt spray multiple times, and I’ve been satisfied with their other products as well. This just wasn’t a product designed for my hair. My hair is thick, coarse, and soaks up moisture like a sponge. Therefore, I don’t need a dry shampoo to soak up excess oils! And, it was unscented, so I couldn’t even enjoy that. 🙁 Probably going to gift it to a friend.

Final Twinkle VoxBox Verdict

Okay, I feel bad because it sounds like I hated this VoxBox but I didn’t! Overall, the Twinkle Voxbox had amazing value, and great name brand products for me to try out for FREE which never hurts. Hopefully next time, the products work for me a little better!

Want to earn a VoxBox for yourself? Join Influenster with my unique referral link and start connecting your socials. Influenster is one of my favorite sites to do research on beauty products I want to buy! There are tons of pictures, you can ask questions and have them answered in a snap, and it’s a great community to be a part of! If you participate on a regular basis, you could be chosen next! Want to learn more about how I earn all of my freebies? Sign up for my email list for surprise sales, coupons, and more that I only share there!

Happy thoughts!

-Dymond M. <3

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2017 No Buy Beauty Instagram Challenge

One of the things I am immensely proud of in my life is my Platinum status at Ulta. In my eyes, it shows my makeup junkie status and knowledge. I take it almost as a challenge every year.  It’s also the reason I spent over $450 there last year and $400 the year before that. *REALLY LOUD RECORD SCRATCH* Say what now? Okay okay, I know it sounds terrible. How vain is she to spend that much money on makeupTo be fair, I spent about half of that at their Salon, which adds up pretty quickly.

All that being said, when I looked at the purchases I made over the last 2-3 months, in many of them, I bought a beauty product. I know buying that much makeup on such a regular basis is NOT a great investment of my money. So, my first challenge to myself for 2017 is a 2 month no buy on beauty products!

What is the challenge?

For those of you who would like to participate in the no buy with me, here are the rules!

  • No buying any new cosmetic products! This includes new makeup, tools and brushes, and extracurricular skincare products (i.e. sheet masks, Bath and Body Works lotion, etc) until March 15.
  • The exception to this rule is rebuying products. So, if you run out of your regular concealer, primer, cleanser, etc. you can go out and grab a new one. I anticipate me emptying my Garnier Micellar water within the next few weeks, hence this rule.
  • If you receive a gift card or store credit, you are allowed to buy something with that credit. (I encourage you to save it for later, though!)
  • Of course, if you receive a gift you can take it, but try not to break it open until the challenge is over!
  • Lastly, in order to hold us all accountable and to help grow this community, I’m hosting my first Instagram challenge! Every day all the way through the end of the challenge, I’m going to post a picture of either my makeup look for the day or just a picture of the makeup (or skincare!!!) that I have on my face that day using the hashtag #TCMNoBuy. You guys can share your pics with the hashtag and tag me @thechicmachine! I’ll feature some of the best ones! It’ll be a fun way for us to connect and see all of the cool looks you all come up with. I’ll be posting on IG with the rules again in a little bit!

What’s the goal?

I’m hoping that by committing myself to this challenge, I’ll save some money, use up some product that’s close to expiring, and allow me to see all of the really cool new makeup styles I can create using what I already have! Because contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have nice looking makeup, and you certainly don’t need makeup to look good! 😉

But what about your product reviews?

Don’t worry you guys. I bought a LOT of stuff and even got a couple freebies, so I’ll have plenty of items to review between now and the end of the no buy. Plus, I did my quarterly closet purge and restocked with most of my Black Friday and After Christmas purchases. I want to show you all the fashion side of me too! Stay tuned, and make sure you’re signed up for my email list so you don’t miss a thing!

Ready, Set, Go!

-Dymond M. <3

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Shopping Alert: Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich Releases TODAY

For all of you suffering from dry winter skin, I feel ya.

My mild eczema loves to flare up in the winter! While getting a good cream for my arms and legs is fairly easy, it’s hard to find a facial cream! You want it to be a balance between moisturizing and not super heavy on the face! Glossier did what it does best, which was poll all of its readers on their home blog Into The Gloss about what would make the perfect thick facial moisturizer for them (I helped!). Now, a little over a year since they posted the open thread, the Priming Moisturizer Rich here!

The moisturizer is supposed to be a thicker version of their Priming Moisturizer which I already use! The best part is, it’s only $35 which is cheap compared to other luxury skin creams! I’m really excited to try it, and you can buy yours too by clicking here or on any of those Glossier banners you see around the site! Just a little reminder that if you choose to buy through my links, I get a teeny tiny commission that goes towards the upkeep of my new website!

Thanks, and happy shopping!

-Dymond M.

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Glitter Babe Makeup Tutorial – #MakeupMonday

Guys, I am soooo here for anything glittery. Like I’ve been dying ever since I saw Fendi send glitter lips down the runway in September during NYFW because I knew glitter was about to have a moment. I’ve always liked to play around with the more sparkly side of makeup as opposed to the “no makeup” makeup trend because it’s so much fun! Urban Decay does both (Get you a brand who can do both LOL) so it’s really fun for me to try it all out! Back in August when I went to the new Ulta store in the town next to mine, I finally got my hands on the UD Moondust Palette and I fell in Love with a capital L y’all! I also tried out the UD Revolution Lipstick in Vice and I vowed I’d be back for both! Of course I had to wait until I had money (ugh) but I got my hands on them plus the UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion!!!

Now, I’m one of those people who doesn’t really believe in “everyday makeup” because I think if you wear a certain type of makeup and you’re happy with it, then of course you can wear it every day! And I like feeling like I just walked into an intergalactic space wedding all the time, so I try to incorporate glitter into all of my makeup looks. Today I’ve got a tutorial for a look that I’ve worn a couple times and I’m really loving it so here we go!

I used:

Application

  1. I like to start with my eyeshadow because of fallout that could potentially mess up any skin stuff I do later This applies especially because glitter has a real tendency to fall everywhere and get stuck to everything. I primed with the NYX Glitter primer that I hunted for all summer and I LOVE. Then I applied the color “Lightyear” by itself. I chose no base color to see how opaque the colors are and it’s very opaque and very glitter filled! You could use a base color to really make it pop, but I don’t think you’d need to.
  2. Next, to make the color reach all the water my waterline, I lined my eyes with Coloupop’s Gel Liner Pencil in Teaspoon. It’s a gorgeous green that almost perfectly matches Lightyear, minus the glitter. I finished up the eyes by curling my lashes and applying the Miss Manga Mascara!
  3. Then for the face, I applied my Covergirl Clean Matte BB cream and buffed it out with a basic makeup egg sponge. I tried to stay away from the places my glasses touch my face because like I said in an earlier review, they tend to make the matte formula melt and slip all over the place. After that, I applied the Clean Matte Pressed Powder lightly to the glasses affected areas and normally to the rest of my face.
  4. Besides the Moondust glitter, I think that the highlighter really can make or break this look! Instead of applying near my temples and brow bone like I usually do, I used it like a blush. I applied liberally on the cheeks and blended upwards towards the ears. I think it really brightened my whole face and looked great under the lights!
  5. Then, I applied the Revolution lipgloss and kept it sheer. It’s still pretty pigmented and full of glitter for a gloss. Finally, I stroked my brows with Boy Brow to get them to lay down and it’s done!

Glitter Galore!

Here is the final look after alllll of that! I had a lot of fun doing this tutorial because I really haven’t done one in a while! Do you guys want more written or video tutorials? Leave a comment below and let me know what else you’d like to see coming up! And if you try it make sure to post and tag me @thechicmachine!
Love ya!

-Dymond M. <3

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