Beauty Shop | 3 Tips for a Successful Trip

One of the biggest challenges I encountered when I first fell in love with make up was finding what works for me. I would walk in a store and become completely overwhelmed at all the products and have no idea where to begin! I knew what items were hot and I knew what the beauty blogs were raving about. But what I didn’t know was how to connect that knowledge with purchases that would benefit me. This was a struggle because I’m not about that wasting money or make up life! I found I wasn’t alone when I started offering beauty advice and noticed a pattern in the most commonly asked questions. So I thought I’d lend you a (freshly manicured of course) hand and compile my top three tips for a successful beauty purchase.

Know Your Undertones

1. Know your undertones. The surface color of your skin is just the beginning. What’s equally (maybe even more) important are undertones. Undertones are generally categorized into WARM: Yellow, Gold, Peach and COOL: Pink, Red, Blue. There’s also Neutral for those who don’t fit either category. The easiest way (for me) to determine undertone is the jewelry test. If you look better in gold chances are you’re warm and if you look better in silver chances are you’re cool. And if you think you’re equally as fabulous in either you’re neutral. Either way, know this. It’s a tremendous help when trying to match concealers, foundations, eyeshadows, lipsticks, pretty much everything.

Know Your Skin Type

2. Know your skin type. Are you oily? Dry? Combination? Become familiar with your own skin before you go beauty shopping. This will be a world of help when you come across that foundation all the blogs are raving about but then you realize there are 3 different versions of it. I would classify myself as combination oily. Generally my skin is oily. My T zone gets crazy during the day. But then the area around my chin and the corners of my nose can get drier than a desert. I know this. So I never purchase products that contain oil. I stay far far away. I also know to take extra care around my dry areas if I’m wearing a product that isn’t moisturizing.

Know The Finish

3. Get familiar with finishes. While shopping you’ll find many products describe it’s finish with keywords like: dewy, matte, shine, shimmer, frost, etc. Knowing what kind of finish you are looking for comes in handy when you’re browsing those endless isles of joy known as the beauty section. If you’re looking for a powder to fill in your brows make sure it’s not shimmer! I mean unless you’re going for that look I think it’s safe to assume we don’t want our brows to shine! Sometimes you can tell by looking at a product the finish it will have but other times you just don’t know so it’s always good to check.

Peace, Love, & Blessings

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Siggy

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Hair Crush | My Natural Loves

Happy Thursday Queens! My post earlier this week on my transition has me feeling all types of inspirational. My renewed sense of determination has me floating and I’m gonna bask in it as long as I possibly can. Or…at least until wash day. Oh wash day *sigh*. Anyway take a look a some of the most gawjus brown beauties to rock a natural crown like no other. I think I’m in loveeee.

Natural Brown Beauties

Hair Crush 2

In no particular order: The love of my life Erykah Badu, sister in my head Solange, the gorgeous Chrisette Michele, my best friend but she oeno Janelle Monae, my girlfriend Tracee Ellis Ross, and my favorite model everrr Yaya Dacosta <333

Happy Thursday Queens!

Peace, Love, & Blessings

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Siggy

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Fall Beauty | My Lipstick Picks

It’s finally fall! And by that I mean it finally actually feels like fall outside instead of this extended summer thing we’ve been dealing with. No fun. I’m not into the still being able to walk around in tshirts in the middle of October. That’s not what I like. Any way, regardless of mother nature’s plans, my fall beauty routines have been in full effect and I’ve been rocking my favorite trend daily and loving it. What trend you ask? WHY dark  vampy lips of course! I’ve mentioned numerous (probably more than ya’ll care to hear but *kanye shrugs* I like lipstick) times that bold vampy lips are huge this season and I’m sure you all have had no trouble spotting beauties everywhere pulling this look off. And you can too! Here are some of my favorites for this season!

Fall Lipstick Picks

1. Maybelline Midnight Plum: Deep purple lipstick

2. Milani Black Cherry: Deep burgundy red lipstick

3. OCC Black Dahlia : Blackend Red liptar

4. Maybelline Raspberry Ablaze: Fushia based purple lip gloss

Vampy lips for Fall beauty? Get in to it Queens. Muah!

Peace, Love, & Blessings

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Siggy

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Beauty Shop | OCC Lip Tar All Star Mini

Hey Queens! I just wanted to quickly post about a beauty buy that everyone needs to get in on and quick! I promise you need this in your life. I wouldn’t steer ya’ll wrong :). So what am I raving and all worked up about? The OCC Lip Tar Mini All Star Set! If you don’t know about Lip Tars you’re missing out. You are. But it’s okay because now you know and you can get you some! This particular set contains four miniature versions of the most popular Lip Tar colors. But don’t be worried about the “mini” part because if it’s one thing about Lip Tars, it is that a little goes a LONG way. The set even comes with a mini lip brush perfect for applying your Lip Tar. The best part about this amazingness is the price…wait for it…$20! Yes I said $20. Needless to say, you should definitely get yours now! Available at Sephora. Muah!

Photo: sephora.com

Photo: sephora.com

1. Memento ~ pink/plum neutral | 2. NSFW ~ true balanced red | 3. Anime ~ vibrant neon pink | 4. Black Dahlia ~ blackened red

OCC All Star Mini

Peace, Love, & Blessings

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Siggy

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