Fenty Glossy Posse Mini Gloss Bomb Set – Product Review

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Fenty…need I say more? I’ve been a fan of the gloss bombs from day one, so when this cute little set was released, I knew I was going to purchase it! I am pretty basic and 100% consistent when it comes to my lipstick choices. I am a straight lipgloss or something in the nude/brown family but these glosses are far from basic!  I remember my first gloss bomb, I purchased the shade FUSSY. I’d seen it on a YouTube review and knew I had to have it. I generally shy away from pinks because as a black girl, the wrong shade of pink will have you looking real ashy. I knew after I opened it that the FUSSY shade would make an amazing top coat for my nude look, but I wanted to try it alone and when I did, I was amazed! It was absolutely gorgeous.

Now when I think of lipglosses, the first thing that comes to mind is sticky. Ugh, thinking about that glue like consistency of some glosses makes me cringe. The FENTY gloss bomb though, no stickiness at all! It’s actually very smooth and quite moisturizing! And can we talk about the scent? My goodness, it smells like candy, pink Strarburst to be exact.

Now let’s talk about this amazing set of minis.

I purchased this set during the holidays and was super thirsty so I opened them in the car. I decided to swatch them. Take a look!

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As you can see there is definitely some nice pigment. These glosses pair amazingly well with the “makeup no makeup” look and they totally make me feel like I’m back in the 90’s. They also make amazing top coats for your favorite lipsticks.

Let’s get into price.

This set retails for $42 at Sephora, not bad in my opinion. Would I recommend? Absolutely! So go out this weekend and pick one up, and pick one up for a friend.

 

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Beauty Product of the Week|Maybelline TattooStudio Eyeliner Pencil

Today’s product is small and unassuming but packs one hell of a pigmented punch! It’s none other than Maybelline’s TattooStudio’s Eyeliner Pencil. Before I get into it, let’s talk about the eyeliners of the past.

I grew up during the era when girls carried lighters that weren’t for smoking. The trusty BIC lighter was for the coveted eyeliner.

Let me explain.

Growing up in a super religious household, makeup was NOT allowed. This required some negotiating. We landed on eyeliner and lip gloss. Let me just say, this was before brows were a thing because I would have definitely negotiated those.

Applying the eyeliner – anyone who used to use eyeliners of the past knows that they were as dry as the yellow #2 pencil used for exams. This meant that the color didn’t show up until after you rubbed it back and forth on the back of your hand a few times, or if you were a genius like me, you took the lighter to the tip of the eyeliner until it warmed up and softened. Now why would one do this? Because when it softened, and after you blew it to cool it off just a tad,  it glided the blackest of black color on the lower lid. Can we say eyes poppin’?!

Fast forward! I am still a fan of eyeliner and recently I discovered Maybelline’s TattooStudio Eyeliner Pencil.

It was a fluke because I just grabbed the first one I saw. I got home, opened it up and it looked like a felt tip pen! Ya’ll I was excited, so excited that I decided to put it on right then and there. I began to apply it and I swear it was the smoothest, most pigmented eyeliner I’ve ever used and at $8.99, it’s a steal! This eyeliner definitely lives up to the claims:

  • 36-hour intensity
  • Glides on smooth and delivers intense eye definition in one stroke
  • Waterproof, no smudging, no fading

I can truly say that I am impressed! This is my new go-to! If you’re looking for a super pigmented, sharpenable eyeliner that you don’t have to warm first 😉, this is the one! 5 out of 5 ⭐️. Thank me later!

 

Weekly Style Roundup|Beauty Product of the Week|Where have I been?

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Where the heck have I been? Did you even notice that the weekly style roundups had disappeared? The beauty products of the week? Either way I’m back! Let’s get caught up! So much has been going on. I’ve been trying to figure out this blog situation; my blog identity, the whole nine. Where did I land? Well, LifeSTYLE, Fashion & Motherhood. That pretty much sums me up! I had to get clear on how I can best serve my followers/readers. I’ve already deemed 2020 the year of clear vision and I’m getting a head start.

A few months back I began posting Weekly Style Roundups and Beauty products which included an in depth look at my affordable looks of the week which I post on Instagram Tuesdays & Saturdays. It broke down the pieces, included links when available and pricing info. My beauty product posts were basically products I was currently using and obsessed with!

Now why did I fall off? Simply put, life. Things are a bit more settled and I’m getting my grove back! Just call me Stella!

I want to take this time to say thank you! Thank you to those of you who read my blogs. Share my blogs. Comment on my blogs. I appreciate each one of you! Thank you for sticking with me!

Now on to some recent exciting happenings! Through the process of defining my blog identity, I kept asking God for signs. This is something I do often when I’m struggling with a lack of clarity. I was asking what did Lifestyle blogger mean exactly. I mean, I know the literal definition, but what did it mean for me. Then I began to ask, what am I good at and who is my target audience? That’s when I came up with LifeSTYLE, Fashion & Motherhood. After I settled there, I began to question IF that was right…because OVER THINKER.

Went to bed one night and woke up to a bunch of Instagram notifications, one of which was from H&M. I honestly thought it was a joke when I read it at 3 AM because deep sleep…so I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and took a real good look. Y’all, it was a real notification from the real H&M! They had posted me, the not quite nano influencer, the small Lifestyle blogger on their Instagram landing page! Y’all, I was in complete shock! Remember, it was 3AM but I wanted to wake up the entire house and yell, “I’m famous!” I wanted to call my mama and tell her I made it! Yes, I’m that extra in real life, but this was a big deal to me! I had barely made it off the pity party train and woke up to this news!

Picture of me when I got the news at 3AM. I call these shades, “my extra” shades!

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This is me posted on H&M’s instagram page wearing one of their looks!

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So, while still riding this wave I received another message. Same week! This time it was from Ross asking would I agree to having my image posted in their marketing materials. I agreed of course and here I am again!

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I was so excited that I didn’t know what to do. I was also grateful for the opportunity! It definitely boosted my confidence and gave me an even clearer vision! I know what I want and THIS is definitely part of the vision! Stayed tuned folks because there is definitely more to come!

Until next time…🦋

 

I Found The Fountain Of Youth

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Skincare, such an important part of my daily routine. As I’ve gotten older, skincare has reached a new level of importance. I have a morning routine and a night routine which I’ll eventually share on my YouTube channel.

Disclaimer: I am NOT a skin expert, Dermatologist nor Esthetician. I am simply sharing what works for my skin. Now let’s get into it!

My skin type? Definitely combination, and the combo depends on the season. Warmer months my skin tends to be more oily, and during the winter dry, flaky with a hint of oily. I’ve shared before that I’ve not always had a routine. I was definitely your Dove in the shower kind of girl, which I have nothing against, but my routine has evolved.

This serum by Lancôme, my girlfriend actually bought for herself. I’ve been using another brand and have no complaints, but I ran out of my serum. The Lancôme didn’t agree with her skin, so she gave it to me. I am always open to trying new things but I’d already found a routine that worked but when I ran out, I thought, perfect time to try it out.

My advice, anytime you’re applying serums, moisturizers or oils, do it right after you wash your face and your skin is still moist but not damp. I started using the serum on a Sunday. I will say this, if you’re sensitive to fragrances, this may not be for you because it does have a scent. Before I talk about the application, let’s talk about the design of the bottle. The bottle is beautiful! It looks “rich”, and at the price point…it should. Price starts at $52 and goes up to $178. For that price, it needs to give me new skin! The sleek glass design and dropper is convenient and genius. To fill the dropper, you simply press a button on the top of the bottle and it fills the dropper with the perfect amount. With this formula, a little goes a long way!

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I filled up the dropper, opened the bottle and poured it into my hand. I noticed immediately that it was a bit thicker than my current serum and had a cloudy but very pretty appearance. I applied it to my face and began to massage it into my skin. It felt luxurious!  After about a week of using the product, people started telling me that I was glowing. I wanted to attribute it to my new found happiness, but I knew it was the serum. After about a week my skin felt soft, appeared brighter and smoother! Ya’ll, I had that Bruce Leroy glow (movie: The Last Dragon).

This stuff is like liquid gold! It is indeed the fountain of youth in a little glass bottle. Here is the description straight from their site:

What it is:
With NEW tested efficacy, and for all skin types, a fast-acting anti-aging skin serum that instantly makes skin feel hydrated, smooth and soft, revealing more radiant skin in as little as seven-days.

What else you need to know:
No skincare routine is complete without a face serum. In just one bottle, this powerful anti-aging skin treatment, which contains Bifidus Prebiotic, targets the key signs of youth in in just seven-days: radiance, tone, elasticity, smoothness and firmness.

With new tested efficacy, this hydrating serum helps to accelerate skin surface recovery and strengthen the moisture barrier. The Advanced Génifique bottle also features an innovative self-loading dropper for the perfect usage amount/per application.

Research Results:
Based on self-assessments on 34 women in an 8-week study, after 1 week:
– 85% of women felt skin appeared more radiantbr

After 2 weeks:
– 94% of women felt skin appeared smoother

Based on self-assessments of 103 women in an 8-week study, after 4 weeks:
– 89% of women agreed skin felt softer

Based on self-assessments on 67 women in an 8-week study:
– 90% of women agreed skin appeared healthy-looking

The reviews – when my girlfriend was looking for a good serum, my mind was blown at the amount of reviews on this product. I can honestly say, I’ve NEVER seen a product reviewed like this one. Check it out!

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4.5 stars and almost 17K reviews! Mind blown! Do I even need to say that I’d recommend this product? You can clearly see that it’s a resounding yes based on my review. If you’re looking for an amazing serum and have a few extra extra coins, this is it! I absolutely love this stuff. I give this serum and 10 out of 10!

Now the real question is, who wants to buy me a new bottle?