4 Summer Style Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe

4 Summer Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe

I can’t believe June is already halfway over! Summer is here, and it is hot, very muggy, and rainy down here in Georgia! While the weather may be unbearable, some of the summer outfit posts I’ve had flooding my feed are not! Today, I’ve collaborated with Munachi from A Glamourous Revelation to demonstrate how to wear 4 very cute and versatile clothing items to spice up your summer wardrobe! First, check out her post on what pieces to wear, and then look below on how to style them!

A Striped Shirt

So total disclaimer here, I don’t actually own a striped shirt. And as a person who adores French girl style, that’s almost like a cardinal sin to me. But I don’t! What I do have are a ton of graphic tees, which serve nearly the same purpose! But for the purposes of this blog, I’ve actually already got a post on how to style striped shirts, and you can check out the lookbook I made for that below!

How to Style Striped Shirts

A Nice Sweatshirt

School sweatshirts are totally comfortable, but they aren’t the chicest thing to wear out and about. And with this weather changing from sunny to rainy in a heartbeat, or moving from the sweltering outdoors to the chill AC, it’s good to have something loose but cute to throw on.

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A Pair of Denim Shorts

Sun’s out guns out I always say! And for me, my guns include my long, chocolate legs! 😉 I have two pairs of simple denim shorts from H&M, one in a dark rinse and one in a light. Both were only $10, so it’s very affordable! Of course, you can also get pieces with lace, paint splatters, and embroidery, or you could DIY them all yourself!

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A Super Dope Hat

There’s a hat for everybody. I’m telling you no matter what your style, you CAN find a hat to go with it, and they’re great for days where you just don’t wanna do your hair!

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So there you have it, folks! I hope you enjoyed this mini lookbook, and I really want you all to go check out Munachi’s blog because I love supporting other young and black bloggers! You can find (almost) all of these photos over on my Instagram so go give that a follow, and don’t forget to sign up for my email list while you’re here! You’ll receive a free travel beauty checklist straight to your inbox so you don’t ever leave another essential at home again! Have a great week!

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Birthday Balm Dotcom is HERE 

Happy Birthday Balm Dotcom Giveaway

Glossier’s latest launch has finally arrived! The newest member of the Balm Dotcom family is Birthday! In collaboration with the bakery, Milk Bar, this balm tastes and smells like their famous Birthday Cake! 

The package is absolutely to die for! It includes a teeny bit of micro shimmer to add a little sparkle to your day! It shows up on my skin very well and is perfect for an on the go highlighter!

You can grab yours today for $12 or for 20% off (that’s $9.60) if you’re a first time customer! Thank you to everyone who has shopped with me so far! I wouldn’t have gotten this far without you!

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Product Review: Milk Makeup Blur Stick for Dark Skin

Product Review: Milk Makeup Blur Stick

Hey, guys! This week, I’m bringing you another product review that I know a lot of my darker skinned beauties have been looking forward to: the Milk Makeup Blur Stick. I received a mini Blur Stick Sample when I ordered their Eye Pigment in Mermaid Parade (swatch on my Insta!). My Smashbox Primer isn’t the greatest for oily skin, so I’m in the market for a new primer. Plus, they claim it’s completely colorless, so it’s good for all skin tones, and I wanted to put that to the test.

What is Blur Stick?

The Blue Stick is described as a solid stick primer that is silicon and oil free, mattifying, and reduces the appearance of pores. I wanted to try it mainly on my T-Zone because it’s super oily! It’s also advertised as a completely colorless primer, although it looks like a light tan in the tube. So I wanted to test how true that claim really was. It’s $36 for the full size (1 oz) which doesn’t seem like a lot, but in stick form, a little goes a long way!

The Break Down

It smells amazing, like oranges and lemons. However, if your skin has a sensitivity to citrus oils, I’d stay very far away from this! I think because I got a mini size, the application was a little bit awkward because I couldn’t cover my face very easily, and had to rub it in with my fingers, which almost defeated the purpose. However, using the full sized tester at Sephora, it’s a lot more seamless. I can say that it does leave the teeniest gray cast on my face, but because it’s a primer, I assume most people would be applying some color product over it, and it does not show through.

I found that it did mattify my T-Zone very well, but when on my cheeks, which are normal, it was very drying. So I recommend this for oily skin types, and not normal or dry. It held up much better than my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer which only lasts about 4 hours before getting shiny. The Blur Stick held up for about 7 before I noticed much shininess besides the end of my nose.

Bottom Line?

I recommend the Blur Stick for those with oily skin and who want no fuss application. It is #blackgirlfriendly, and I give it my full approval! However, I probably will still keep looking for another primer after I run out of this one.

If you guys know of some good foundation primers for darker skin tones and oily skin, PLEASE let me know in the comments!

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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 I 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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Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Style Lookbook

Hey, guys! It has been one hectic weekend! I finally, FINALLY graduated high school. It felt like it would never happen and even now it feel like a dream. I had so much fun styling my look for the graduation ceremony because you KNOW my family took a ton of photos. It’s a night to remember even if it was such a whirlwind I barely remember any of it!

Graduation Night

This look was all about class! We were supposed to dress semi-formal for the ceremony, but it was also like 86 degrees so I needed to be cool as well. I styled this whole look with pieces from Forever 21. The skirt was from their contemporary collection and was only $35! Sadly, I can’t seem to find it on their website anymore. It was very well made and lightweight which was great for the heat. Plus, the floral embroidery went perfectly with my Spring/Summer theme I picked out earlier this year.

Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Lookbook

 

Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Style Lookbook

In order to keep the focus on the skirt, I paired it was a plain black tee shirt style bodysuit and black strappy sandals. I also wore the totally chic diamond choker that I wore with my Cinderella prom look. They aren’t painted in this photo, but I also did my nails with the new Essie Gel Couture line in the shade Rock the Runway which is a gorgeous fire engine red. My toes were done in Julep’s shade Brigitte which is a creamy, pure white.

Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Lookbook

Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Style Lookbook

All in all, I had a really fun time celebrating my graduation with my friends and family. This blog has helped me hone my writing skills, earn scholarships, and meet a lot of new people, and I’m so glad that it and all of my readers have traveled with me through this journey as well.

Are any of you graduating (from high school or otherwise)? What’s your major and where do you attend? Leave me a comment and I’ll see y’all next week!

Much love,

-Dymond M. <3

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4 Foolproof Makeup Tips for Glasses Wearers

I have worn my glasses for 10 long years now. I started wearing makeup about 3 years ago. Since then, I’ve encountered more than a few issues of “this just doesn’t look right.” With graduation coming up THIS FRIDAY, I began thinking about what will look best and last longest with my glasses. I realized that I’ve now got a few tools under my belt to make wearing makeup with glasses the best possible experience! However, I don’t want to get contacts (right now anyway) so no, that isn’t one of the tips. Besides, frames are an extra accessory that can help pull many outfits together! So let’s get started!

1. Curled Lashes Don’t Touch Glasses

The very first tip I want to share is a very common problem with glasses wearers! “Finally I’ve found the perfect mascara to lengthen and darken my lashes! But wait! They’re touching my lenses! Argghhhh!” At least, that’s how my inner monologue used to go until I invested in an eyelash curler. Eyelash curlers were one of those things that I considered an unnecessary beauty expense. Then, I bought a Sally Hansen one at Ross for $5, and it pretty much changed my life. My lashes don’t touch my lenses anymore, so they’re no longer leaving little mascara streaks on them either. Plus, I can blink without feeling them scrape the lens over and over and over! Just make sure you’re replacing it consistently for the best curl! Eyelash curlers have a life expectancy of 6 months.

2. Bye Bye Under Eye Shadows

Since I’ve been wearing my glasses for so long, I’ve naturally developed under eye circles where they rest on my face. Plus, with brown eyes and brown skin, the areas behind my glasses tend to look darker and in shadow. In order to combat this problem, I always apply concealer under my eyes in a triangle shape, even if I don’t wear it anywhere else. This highlights the area that is missing a little bit of light, and tends to make you look more awake as well! I wear Stretch Concealer in Deep and apply with a Real Techniques Concealer brush.

3. Leave the Bridge Bare

My biggest problem with glasses and makeup is the dreaded bridge of my nose. I have combo oily skin, with all of the oil in my T-Zone. That makes sure that all my makeup creases, slides, and more in that area. It’s annoying at best and actually damaging to my skin at worst! Back when I still wore makeup on the bridge of my nose, I actually had part of my the skin in that area rubbed completely raw between my glasses, the summer heat, and the makeup. It burned for days, and after no makeup and TLC for a week, I learned my lesson! Now, I don’t apply makeup to my bridge at all. For me, it’s less aggravating and safer for my skin. It’s all going to be covered by the frames anyways, so I’m not worried about not looking put together either.

4. Glasses Frame Your Face But Brows Frame Your Frames

If eyes are the windows to the soul then your eyebrows are certainly the curtains! Take good care of your brows and shape them to complement your glasses and not your face. While it’s important to keep your brows somewhat complementary to your face shape, your glasses come into play as well. My glasses are rounded squares and my brows play into that! I learned how to razor my own brows into the shape I wanted with this lovely video from GlambyChen’e. You all know I subscribe to Glossier Boy Brow wholeheartedly because it’s more of a pomade so I’m not worried about my glasses smudging it off. However, for those of you more gifted in Brow Artistry (browtistry?) than I am, I know you all don’t want your hard work messed up either. So make sure you also set your brows with your setting spray of choice.

I hope I was able to help you guys with some makeup tips while wearing sunglasses! Do you wear glasses? What kind, and what makeup tips do you have? Leave me a comment, and I’ll see you next week with more fun stuff!

Here are 4 foolproof tips to look your best while wearing makeup with glasses!

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5 Beauty Products I Regret & Won’t Be Rebuying

I haven’t done a post like this in a very long time! I’m generally satisfied with the products I buy because a lot of research and thought goes into my purchases. I AM working with a student budget after all. That said, now that I’m trying to get into the habit of finishing up products I buy, I’m starting to realize that some of the purchases I made (or were gifted) are absolute garbage for me. Keep in mind, different products work differently for different people, so take what I’m saying with a grain of salt. So, in no particular order:

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil

To be completely fair, this was all my fault. I wanted to try a different brow product besides Boy Brow, and Ulta had these for 50% off. After doing some color matching, I thought I’d give it a go. Bad idea! I have super thick, curly eyebrows. I don’t need a pencil to define or draw my brows in, rendering this product useless. I returned it, and I won’t be buying it again.

2. Maybelline Graffiti Nudes

I love my Blushed Nudes and Rock Nudes, so I had pretty high hopes for this palette. The colors are nice, but the pigmentation is awful. All of the shades with exception of like two of them are chalky, under pigmented, and difficult to blend. BUT, they have unique colors I don’t already own, so I’ll keep putting with it for now.

3. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer/NYX Matte Setting Spray

So this one is a tag team because the object of both of these products is to extend the wear of my makeup. I don’t think either one of them works phenomenally! While I do sort of like the Smashbox primer, I don’t like the consistency and how it makes my skin feel. Plus, it only extends my makeup wear by about 2-3 hours which isn’t effective at all in my eyes. And the NYX Setting Spray doesn’t dry matte so my oily skin mixes with it and makes me extra shiny. Nuff said.

4. Colourpop Cosmetics Creme Gel Liner in Teaspoon

So I love the color of this eyeliner. And when it works, it REALLY works. The problem is that it’s too brittle and breaks off almost every time I use it. So there’s so much wasted product, it’s ridiculous! I want to try again, but I can probably find a similar color that won’t break every time I use it. Ah well. It was good while it lasted.

5. BareMinerals Matte Powder Foundation

My very first foundation. I’m sure a lot of you guys have horror stories about that. Wrong color, too heavy handed, etc. In the color department, it’s not too shabby. But, for a foundation that’s supposedly matte, it sure doesn’t look matte. I find myself getting oily 3-4 hours after I start wearing it. Plus, I don’t think it gives the complete coverage I expected out of it. I’ve had it for a few years now, and I’m not even close to finishing it, so it’s probably going to hit the trash can during my move to my dorm.

So there you have it! 5 (or 6 technically) beauty products that weren’t my favorites and I won’t be rebuying. Make sure you check out my Instagram (@thechicmachine). I’m doing a great giveaway for the next 24 hours, and you don’t want to miss out!

Love ya!

-Dymond M. <3

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Glossier Invisible Shield Sunscreen SPF 35 First Impressions

Hey y’all! Happy hump day! I’m going to keep this short, sweet, and to the point. I received the Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35 sunscreen a week ago and I’ve had a chance to test it early and give you the DL on it.

Packaging

The packaging, as with most G products, it very nice. It’s a yellow and white container, which is a refreshing move from the normal millennial pink. The box it comes in is a see through peach which is also a nice summer color. The box is made of the same plastic material that earbuds come in, and I’ve accidentally torn the opening flap. The pump works much better than the Glossier Milky Jelly pump! Equal product for all!

Product

This is a clear, chemical serum sunscreen! It leaves NO white cast whatsoever. Big bonus in the Black Girl Friendly category. It smells like lemons which is a plus because I love citrus scents! It sinks into my skin very quickly (about 10-15 seconds) and a little bit of product goes a long way. The formula dries a little matte, which isn’t my favorite thing, but when I apply makeup after, it’s not a big deal.

Value

This thing is $34. I’m not gonna lie. That’s WAY too much for what it is. There’s only 1 ounce of product, and it’s an average sunscreen at best. Once I use it a little longer, I’ll be able to fully compare it to the Missha sunblock that I’ve already used half a bottle of. That said, I’m not seriously overwhelmed by it. However, if it plants the idea in your head that you should be using sunscreen EVERY DAY, then I guess it’s worth it? But I don’t feel super comfy pushing it on yall because I don’t think it’s as revolutionary as they’re saying it is. It’s all about the exact ingredients you want in your routine I suppose, but I have fairly good skin that isn’t super sensetive, so I’m not very discretionary about many ingredients.

If you decide to purchase, remember that ANYONE can use my link, and not just new shoppers. Everyone gets free shipping at $30 and with the 20% off, the sunscreen comes down to $27.20.

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Hot Topic: 5 Reasons It’s Not Your 90s Grunge Store Anymore

I’m a 90s baby. No, I don’t actually remember being alive at that point in time, but nonetheless, I am a 90s baby. Sartorially speaking, I’m a 90s girl at heart as well. I’ve done a lot of research into that era of clothing, and I know that for punk lovers everywhere, Hot Topic was the mall’s answer to Juicy Couture’s matching tracksuits and embroidered jeans and dainty accessories of dELiA’s. As a kid, I was kind of scared to go in there because it was darker than every other store and you could hear the loud rock music from outside. BUT I’m here to tell you, HT isn’t just your 90s grunge fashion store anymore. It’s that too, but there’s actually a lot of other fun things you can get there, without shelling out a ton of cash.

This post is NOT sponsored, I just really love Hot Topic!

Great Formal Wear

First and foremost, they have an AMAZING selection of formal wear! I got my Cinderella prom dress from a Hot Topic collection! They also have fancy gowns based off of DC superheroes and villains, other Disney princesses, and more, without looking garish or like cosplay!

The Cutest Swimsuits

Speaking of inspired collections, Hot Topic’s swimwear is to DIE for. I’ve got a Little Mermaid swimsuit, but they also have swimwear based on Star Wars, animes, or just cute floral or musical note prints! The possibilities are endless and right now, all swim, tanks, and shorts are BOGO $10, so most swim sets you can get for about $35!

They reposted me last week on their Instagram!

Tons of Accessories

This Panic! at the Disco beanie came from HT for $10!

Don’t even get me started on the accessories here. It’s a cosplayer’s DREAM. Along with various hairbows, jewelry, bags,and more based on almost every TV show, movie, or band in popular culture today, they also have tights, wallets, sunglasses and just EVERYTHING ELSE! A lot of it actually isn’t even character themed, so you have many options to choose from.

Size Inclusive

So now you’re thinking, those dresses and swimsuits are super cute, but they won’t fit me right? Wrong! Hot Topic has one of the best plus sized selections I’ve ever seen! It’s on par with Modcloth’s in my opinion.Almost all of Hot Topic’s dresses, pants and tops size up to a 3x, and then their plus sized range extends all the way up to a size 28! The swim lines go up to a XXL, and the plus size range extends even further (although they’ve created their own sizing guide from 0-5). They don’t sacrifice the quality of the clothing or just make a “skinny person’s silhouette” with more fabric, according to the many reviews left and as a scroll through the #HTFandom tag on IG will reveal.

Lots of Coupons

Thank god for HT band merch!

So if you’re not sold yet, I don’t know why not, but the BEST and LAST reason Hot Topic is one of the bets stores to shop is: COUPONS! They offer SO. MANY. COUPONS. Every month there’s generally a $15 off of $50 coupon for online and instore. Every few months they’ll have higher value ones ($30 off $75, $75 off $150, etc.) or lower ($10 off $30). But the holy grail is Hot Cash! Now, you can’t combine Hot Cash with other coupons, but you don’t really need to! Spend $30 during an earning period, and earn $15 in Hot Cash (redeemed as $15 off of $30). For every $30 you spend, you get HC to use during the spending period, usually two weeks after the earning period ends. I used my Hot Cash last month to buy a retro Lilo and Stitch crop top that was $30 for only $15! That’s a steal to me!

SO, if you want band merch, accessories, swim, a dress for a fancy dinner, or god knows what else, Hot Topic probably has it. It’s affordable, inclusive, and just a fun place to hang out. Talk about a real blast from the past!

-Dymond M. <3

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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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