Hump Day Reads

Let’s get through this Wednesday with a couple of good reads (all-makeup related, of course) I came across recently.

When #North steals your contour palette 😩😩😩😩😩 omg

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Must Have Mondays – NIVEA for Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm

Remember way back when I let you in on my secrets and posted my Secret Weapons list? I spoke briefly about the NIVEA for Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm (isn’t that a mouthful? let’s just call it the “Shave Balm”) and how amazing it is as a makeup primer. This was first introduced by NikkieTutorials in a “Favorites” video, which is below.

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The Dangers of Counterfeit Makeup ☣

Makeup has been an expensive hobby for many of us. If you recall my post makeup snobs, I spoke about how, as a younger makeup lover, I struggled to find the money to afford the things I loved, though. Now, this isn’t a special case, this is actually a very common occurrence among many men and women who are interested in cosmetics but simply cannot afford it.

For this reason, some people might be tempted to purchase mid and high end makeup brands at deeply discounted prices from unreliable sellers. Remember what we were taught as kids: if something is too good to be true, it probably is. More often than not, finding what you think is an amazing deal on your favorite makeup products could be a very dangerous counterfeit. ABC News reported a heightened number of counterfeit makeup being sold in the Bay Area, but please understand that this market isn’t exclusive to one area of the world. There are lots of counterfeit products on the internet, which make their way to the hands of makeup aficionados worldwide.

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Spring Makeup Inspiration

Spring is quickly approaching on this side of the world, and with the temperatures rising makeup becomes lighter, more colorful, but still flawless. Here is some inspiration to get you as excited for spring as I am.

Usually, Spring is all about a simple cat eye with some fluttery lashes, a white liner on the waterline, and a bright lip for me. But I’m making an effort to step out of my comfort zone and try new things.

What’s your go-to look for Spring ?

Get the Look | Celebrity Makeup

Celebrities are probably the most photographed people in the world. They are under the spotlight almost all the time, and are subjected to the media’s scrutiny daily. Because of this, there is more pressure for them to look perfect. Which is why they, unlike most of us, have an entire team dedicated to ensuring they look good. But don’t be discouraged. Just because we don’t have a professional hair, makeup, and wardrobe team doesn’t mean we can’t look as good as our favorite stars.

Therefore, I think it’s time we have some fun recreating some celebrity looks. I rounded up a couple of my favorite celebrities’ instagrams and chose some key products that would help achieve their look.  Let’s get started, dolls.

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Sephora x Minnie Mouse | First Look

Minnie Mouse is one of the most iconic and fabulous cartoon characters. She’s a widely recognized, international personality, who has played a role in childhoods since the 1920s! I am personally kind of obsessed with her, and I have no shame in admitting that. So imagine my excitement upon receiving news that Sephora will launch a limited-edition collection with my favorite mouse in April. I mean, who better than the style queen herself to have a makeup collection?


This is going to be a great year for Minnie Mouse fans. Disney has started a campaign called Rock the Dots, celebrating Minnie’s stylish little self. As part of the campaign, Sephora will be accompanied by brands like Kate Spade in March and Lauren Conrad in May. UGG® has already released their partnership to celebrate this timeless beauty!



Photo from Disney Fashionista


Photo from UGG® Website

Read on for more details!

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#TBT | RiRi ❤️ MAC

Way back in 2013, when MAC lipsticks were $15 (good times), Rihanna blessed us all with a limited edition, four-part collection with MAC. MAC released Spring, Summer, Fall, and Holiday collections called RiRi Hearts MAC. The most popular product, RiRi Woo, released for all four collections, and was actually the only product in the Spring release (it still sold out in under 3 hours, though).

To say this collection was epic would be an understatement. All the colors were perfect for my skin tone, as it’s close to Rihanna’s own caramel complexion. Although I stuck mostly to lipsticks and bronzer, the eyeshadow palettes were beautiful as well.

I mean, look how beautiful the promo pics were:





Let’s take a look back at this amazing collection and reminisce on how perfect it was.

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RCMA No Color Powder Review

Beauty gurus are some of the most influential people on social media. With their millions of followers they can easily sway the opinion of consumers. This article on Adweek shows infographics that easily explain how much social media affects the purchases we make. So don’t feel silly for purchasing something simply because you saw your favorite YouTuber raving about it. Which is why I have no shame when I tell you that after seeing KathleenLights’ video and instagram post about the RCMA “BEST POWDER EVER” I had to try it.


But don’t worry, I still take these raves with a grain of salt and remember all the times I fell for what famous YouTubers and Instagrammers advertised. I will say, though, Kathleen is usually pretty unbiased and won’t hold back when she dislikes a product. So, I followed her advice and purchased this “incredible, completely invisible” RCMA No-Color Powder from Beautylish for $10. And I’m here to tell you allllllllllllll about it. Let’s go!

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Makeup Wishlist | Accessories

Question: what’s a burger without a side of fries? What’s a peanut butter sandwich without some jelly? Answer: incomplete. Just as it is with food (for me, anyway) makeup without the perfect accessories is just not the same. So here is my wishlist of some makeup accessories that have been on my radar to compliment that flawless face you’re working with.


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