Honest Review: New Makeup Releases

Honest Review: Fenty Beauty’s Pencil Liner, Glow Recipe’s Lip Balm & More

Okay, so I know we’ve all gotten to a point where we don’t need any more makeup, skincare and so on. However, if you’re a beauty devotee like me, then you know that new launches can be oh-so tempting.

I mean, any time Fenty Beauty announces a new lineup of products, I’m counting the days until it hits the online shelves. But I digress.

Luckily, I still work in the world of beauty so I usually know what’s coming out ahead of time. As some of y’all know, publicists will send me that new-new, which means I can test out each item and share my honest thoughts.

Which is what I’m doing today.

Honest Review: New Makeup Releases

I want to share the latest products I’ve been testing out for a few weeks and even months now. (We all know it takes time to really see results or benefits with skincare.)

From Fenty Beauty’s latest launches—aka the Hydrating Primer and Pencil Liners—to Glow Recipe’s first-ever lip product to Dominique Cosmetics’ sequel to her first Latte palette, I’m sharing my hot take on each product.

So let’s dive into what I’ve been testing out… shall we?

FENTY BEAUTY PRO FILT’R HYDRATING PRIMER, $32

Honest Review: New Makeup Releases

One word: wow! As many of y’all know, I love the matte lewk. However, with my skin being so dry during these winter months and during this transitional weather, I’ve been using more hydrating products—like a deeply nourishing moisturizer,  light coverage foundation and minimal powder.  I was hesitant about this Fenty Beauty primer because I assumed it would make me look oily and greasy, but it actually gives me a nice, plump finish. I can tell that my skin looks more hydrated, but it doesn’t look shiny throughout the day.

PHYSICIANS GRADE full spectrum cbd REMEDY OIL, $90

Honest Review: New Makeup Releases

I’m going to be honest: I’m usually skeptical about using CBD products, especially in my skincare because there isn’t much research or science to back up all of the claims. But I decided to try this one out because I really wanted to incorporate a face oil into my routine again. And because my skin has been as dry as the desert, I figured this would be a good time to test out the oil. While I’m not 100% sure it’s the CBD doing the trick, I will say that my skin is more hydrated, luminous and soothed after each use. Aside from having dry skin, it also gets inflamed and irritated easily (insert crying emoji), however, I’ve noticed that my redness calms down after each use.

GLOW RECIPE WATERMELON GLOW LIP POP, $22

Honest Review: New Makeup Releases

Let me start off by saying I love the pink hue this leaves on the lips. Now that we’ve talked about the good, here’s the bad: I really hate that this product is an exfoliant. It’s not only a lip balm and lip tint, but it’s a scrub. When you glide it onto your lips, you can feel the grittiness and roughness of scrub—not the best combination when you’re trying to cure your chapped lips. So it’s definitely not comfortable. Another thing? As someone who suffers from cold sores, there’s one ingredient that also scares me. It contains AHA, which can expose your skin to more UV  rays due to the fact that you’re exfoliating your skin. If you notice, most AHA products will tell you to use it at night and to apply sunscreen the next day. If you get cold sores, then you know that being in the sun for too long can trigger them. While there isn’t a high percentage of AHA in the lip balm, as a cold sore sufferer, this still freaks me out. I try to use this at night or during days when I’m going to be inside.

DOMINIQUE COSMETICS LATTE 2 EYESHADOW PALETTE, $42

Honest Review: New Makeup Releases

Not that I need any more warm, neutral eyeshadows but this one hits differently. I love how simple, yet striking the colors can be and how playful you can get with your eye look. For everyday wear, I love using Café con Leche and Frappe. It’s a nice combo that makes the eyes pop without being too much. When I want to spice things up, I use the more chocolatey shades and bronzy metallics. For days when I want to add a splash of color, I’ll use the mint green or coral. All-around, it’s a solid palette that’s versatile and long-lasting.

OLEHENRIKSEN PHAT GLOW FACIAL MASK, $50

Honest Review: New Makeup Releases

Eeek, I hate to say this but if you’re going to spend money on a skincare item that touts itself as a “face mask that works like a facial,” then go ahead and save up an extra $40 to invest in the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial. While I love how refreshed and rejuvenated my skin feels after using the Phat Glow, it doesn’t remove the gunk in my pores nearly as well as the Drunk Elephant one. Aside from the fact that my pores are still clogged after each use, I don’t like how messy it is. You have to massage it into your skin until the pink hue turns white. For me, I like doing as little work as possible when I’m supposed to feel like I’m getting a “facial.” While it’s not a terrible product, for the price, I rather splurge on a mask or an actual facial that will do all the work for me.

MAISON MARGIELA SPRINGTIME IN THE PARK EAU DE TOILETTE, $130

Honest Review: New Makeup Releases

Let me start off by saying that I’m a child when it comes to fragrance. I love smelling like dessert, so gourmand scents are 100% my jam. However, I’ve recently opened up my perfume palette and have discovered a love for musky and woodsy scents. So as you can guess, most floral and ocean-y fragrances aren’t products I gravitate towards. But when I first spritzed this Springtime in the Park, it changed my life. I love how it’s not super strong with its floral notes, and instead makes you feel like you’re taking a… well, walk in a park with a sea of blooming and blossoming flowers. It’s the perfect touch of fun, flirty and femininity in a bottle. Before I walk out the door, I apply this delightful scent and it makes me feel like I’ve just been gifted a bouquet of flowers. It’s honestly a great way to start the day.

FENTY BEAUTY FLYPENCIL LONGWEAR PENCIL EYELINER, $22

Honest Review: New Makeup Releases

As many of you already know, pencil liners are my thing. I have small lids, so liquid liner easy transfers to my crease. While I’m normally not a fan of twist-up beauty products (because you can never really gauge how much you’re supposed to twist up—and it usually ends up being far too much), I will say this product allows for an even more precise application. Because even if you twist it too high, it’s not going to break and you’ll get to draw a straight wing. I also love how pigmented these liners are. I always use a dark brown liner, because for some reason, a black one makes me look like I’ve been touring with a heavy metal band for days. It just isn’t the vibe I want to have everyday, so I always appreciate when a brown liner looks like its hue (some fade so easily that you wonder what was the point?). Now, the cons. I do feel like this doesn’t last as long as my other, more affordable liners. By mid-day, I can see that it’s not as vibrant or pigmented as the first application. Also, it smudges. After a few hours of wear, I’ll notice specks of brown on my crease or right below my brow bone.


*I want to note that most of these items were sent to me through PR. Some were gifts or purchased with my own money. I also want to remind everyone that just because something didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.

Valentine's Day Fashion

Valentine’s Day Fashion That Will Give You Heart-Eyes

It’s finally that time of year…

…Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Fashion

It’s been a hot-minute from my last post, and I wanted to come back feeling the love (pun intended). Out of all of the holidays, I truly enjoy dressing up in theme during this time of the year. (Halloween is also up there!)

For this, I decided to skip  the typical lingerie route because there’s already enough of those lists going around. Instead, I found Valentine’s Day-themed pieces that will look cute throughout the year. From statement-making accessories to a multicolored pink cardigan, these picks are guaranteed to give you heart-eyes. So even when Feb. 14 is long gone, you best believe these items won’t be out of style.

Yes, some pieces in my list are kitschy. But isn’t that part of the fun—What’s the point in celebrating an over-the-top and cheesy holiday without dressing up in flirty and playful fashion? For me, this is the time to get festive and creative with your wardrobe.

Valentine's Day Fashion

So with that in mind, check out my Valentine’s Day-themed picks! And no matter what your plans are on Feb. 14, like I mentioned, you can easily incorporate these products into your everyday wear.

Whether it’s all about the smallest of details,  wearing your heart on your sleeve (loud and proud) or go for that extra as hell lewk, this list has a little bit of everything.

FOREVER 21 HEART PRINT MOCK WRAP DRESS, $24.99

TARGET SUGARFIX BY BAUBLEBAR HOT LIPS DROP EARRINGS, $10.39

DOLLS KILLS RED HEART BERET, $17.50

UNIQUE VINTAGE BLACK PATENT LEATHER RED HEART HEELS, $38.97

Valentine's Day Fashion

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H&M PATTERNED TWILL SKIRT, $17.99

KOHL’S LC LAUREN CONRAD HEART CROSSBODY BAG, $27.30

NEW YORK & CO ADELAIDE HEART SWEATER, $34.97

Valentine's Day Fashion

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UNIQUE VINTAGE PLUS-SIZE STRIPED CARDIGAN, $35.99

TARGET SUGARFIX BY BAUBLEBAR HEART DROP EARRINGS, $10.39

DOLLS KILL PLUS-SIZE SUGAR THRILLZ HEART SWEATER, $38

Valentine's Day Fashion

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H&M SLINGBACKS, $34.99

UNIQUE VINTAGE BLACK HEART SHEER PANTYHOSE, $10.97

FOREVER 21 MULTICOLORED STRIPED TIERED DRESS, $28

Fenty Beauty Review

Fenty Beauty’s Trophy Wife Collection: Honest Review

‘Tis the season to glow.

When it comes to highlight, I’m someone who loves the subtle look, especially for everyday wear. I’m  a lit-from-within kind of gal and stick to my three go-to products: Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Palette, Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter or Becca Cosmetics’ First Light Priming Filter Face Primer.

However, there are times when I want to switch things up and blind people with my highlight. Enter: Fenty Beauty ‘s Trophy Wife bundle and loose body shimmer powder.

The Trophy Wife Life set ($64) includes four items that come in the same gold shade as the brand’s fan-fave highlighter. The Fairy Bomb Body Shimmer Powder in Trophy Wife is sold separately for $28.

Fenty Beauty Review

In the bundle, you’ll find: the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, a Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, a Hyper-Metallic Liquid Eyeliner (new) and a Hyper-Glitz Lipstick (new). Aside from the highlight, the other three items are exclusive to the set.

While the set and loose powder looked intimidating at first—because as someone who goes for the subtle route, this felt jarring—I was pleasantly surprised by how delicate and subdued it appeared. That’s not to say that it’s not noticeable, but it’s not as stark as I imagined it would be. If anything, the highlighters and lip products gave my skin a nice luminosity. Of course, with the gel liner made my overall beauty look playful and fun, which was a nice way to step out of my comfort zone.

So if you want to shine as bright as the holiday lights this season, take a peek at the lewk I created using both the bundle and shimmer powder.

Fenty Beauty Review

I want to note that the highlight and liner lasted throughout my entire work day. However, the gloss and lipstick needed re-application but I expected that. The lip formulas are the same as the brand’s other Gloss Bombs and Glitz Lipsticks.

Fenty Beauty Review

I definitely gravitated towards the Glitz lipstick and re-applied that the most—it also looked gorgeous on its own. For me, the Gloss Bomb looks better as a topper (at least for my complexion), rather than on its own.

Since the other items stayed put throughout the day, I have zero complaints or notes about them. The loose shimmer powder does work best if you apply it with a powder puff tool, rather than a brush. Especially if you want to achieve a more subtle glow for a work day.

Fenty Beauty Review

All in all, these goodies exceeded my expectation. With this collection, it was just the right amount of going bold and still feeling like myself.

*I want to note that I received these items through PR but my thoughts about them are 100 percent honest.

Chic and Comfortable Work Shoes

10 Work Shoes That Are Both Chic and Comfy

I’ve been on a shopping kick lately… filling my closet with cozy, colorful sweaters, flowy skirts and, of course, shoes.

From houndstooth-printed flats to the perfect black booties, I’m definitely getting into the fall spirit. And it’s a known fact that shoes are my weakness, but no matter how cute or chic they may be, my number one rule is that they have to be comfortable. I hate when I buy a pair of flats, heels or boots and they kill my feet within an hour of wearing them. No bueno!

So I’ve found a few pairs that are not only going to make a fashion statement but they’ll be perfect for the workday, happy hour and more.

ASOS DESIGN LIP BOW SLINGBACK BALLET FLATS, $35

FOREVER 21 FAUX LEATHER BUCKLE BOOTS, $27.92

BETSEY JOHNSON HOLLIE PUMPS, $55.30

TARGET EMA HIGH BLOCK HEELED PUMPS, $29.99

Chic and Comfortable Work Shoes

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lulus ARYA BLACK CROC HIGH HEEL SANDALS, $34

ZARA SLINGBACK TORTOISESHELL HEELS, $39.90

Chic and Comfortable Work Shoes

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TARGET EDEN MICROSUEDE BUCKLE BOOTIE, $37.99

ASOS DESIGN SPEAK OUT POINTED MID-HEELS, $45

FOREVER 21 LEOPARD PRINT SLINGBACK HEELS, $22

Dry Shampoo

11 Dry Shampoos That Actually Work

Big hair, don’t care!

While I’m not a dry shampoo die-hard,  I do love a hair product that can keep my hair looking  full, luscious,  and not greasy.

Which brings me to my confession time: I wash my hair every night… sometimes it’s twice a day. I can already hear the screams, because I know that I’m breaking a cardinal sin in beauty. However, when I decide to skip a day or when I need some va va voom, I reach for a dry shampoo that will take my hair from drab to fab. Because if there’s one thing I love, it’s voluminous, tousled strands and only a dry shampoo can get the job done.

Dry Shampoo

With that in mind, I’ve listed the top dry shampoos that actually work.  So if you’re a dry shampoo devotee, keep on reading!

DOVE BEAUTY REFRESH + CARE VOLUME & FULLNESS DRY SHAMPOO, $4.89

KLORANE DRY SHAMPOO WITH NETTLE OIL, $20

KRISTIN ESS STYLE REVIVING DRY SHAMPOO, $14

Dry Shampoo

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OUAI DRY TEXTURE FOAM, $28

NOT YOUR MOTHER’S CLEAN FREAK DRY SHAMPOO, $4.79

MIRIAM QUEVEDO PLATINUM & DIAMONDS VOLUME DRY SHAMPOO, $50

Dry Shampoo

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BATISTE CLEAN & CLASSIC ORIGINAL DRY SHAMPOO, $8.99

LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY DRY SHAMPOO, $24

Dry Shampoo

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DOVE FOAM DRY SHAMPOO, $4.89

ELENI & CHRIS DRY TEXTURIZING SHAMPOO, $27

ORIBE DRY TEXTURIZING SPRAY, $46

Statement Purses

11 Purses That Will Add a Pop of Personality to Your Fall Outfits

Just because summer is coming to a close doesn’t mean your accessories can’t be fun, vibrant and over-the-top fabulous once fall arrives. If you’re anything like me, I usually default to black and neutral clothes once September hits. However, I like to add a pop of color with my jewelry, shoes and handbags.

Since I’ve recently shared a shopping roundup of statement earrings, I thought it would be fun to do something on purses. It’s especially easy to stick to the classic black, beige and/or brown handbag in your closet. I know I’m guilty of it!

This fall, leave the basics at home.

Here are 11 purses that will certainly make a statement, no matter what you’re wearing or where you’re going.

MODCLOTH ARID ADORNMENT CACTUS CROSSBODY BAG, $19.97

Statement Purses

FOREVER 21 BEADED COLORBLOCK TOTE BAG, $32.90

Statement Purses

UNIQUE VINTAGE COCA-COLA CLASSIC COKE BOTTLE PURSE, $68

Statement Purses

ALDO THORENIEL CLUTCH, $29.28

Statement Purses

NORDSTROM RACK FRUITY CHERRY STRAW TOTE BAG, $20.97

Statement Purses

VALFRÉ COLOR BAR PURSE, $58

Statement Purses

TARGET CIRCLE HANDLE SATCHEL HANDBAG, $29.99

Statement Purses

MISS LOLA AMAZONA SNAKE CROSSBODY, $37.99

Statement Purses

PALM TREE DREAMS QUEEN OF HEARTS BAG, $40

Statement Purses

TARGET SATCHEL HANDBAG, $34.99

Statement Purses

ASOS CROC EFFECT ’90S SHOULDER BAG, $29

Statement Purses

Acne Treatments

Acne Products That Save My Face During Hormonal Breakouts

We’ve all been there: you wake up in a good mood, only to find that a huge zit has made itself comfortable on your face. At least, that happens to me every time it’s that time of the month. It never fails that once I start my period, I get a pimple on my chin. Sometimes it’s in the exact same spot as the month before. What’s worse is that when I get hormonal breakouts, they not only hurt but they’re bothersome.

And while acne is nothing to be ashamed of, it’s hard for me to not obsess over its existence. I tend to pick my pimples, too, which usually makes things way worse.

So if you’re like me, I wanted to share the products I use to get rid of my pimples. Some work in an instant, while others help me to not pick at my zits.

Below, are my holy grails!

COSRX ACNE PIMPLE MASTER PATCH, $5

Acne Treatments

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MARIO BADESCU DRYING LOTION, $17

Acne Treatments

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RENÉE ROULEAU ANTI BUMP SOLUTION, $47.50

Acne Treatments

Photo Credit: Renee Rouleau

M-61 POWERSPOT BLEMISH LOTION, $16

Acne Treatments

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SONYA DAKAR BLEMISH BUSTER, $29

Acne Treatments

Photo Credit: Sonya Dakar

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE SPOTLIT ACNE TREATMENT DEVICE, $52

Acne Treatments

Photo Credit: Sephora

INDIE LEE BANISH STICK, $28

Acne Treatments

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MURAD OUTSMART ACNE CLARIFYING TREATMENT, $44

Acne Treatments

Photo Credit: Sephora