Father’s Day Beauty Gifts That Don’t Suck

I think as a society, we have evolved in just giving coffee mugs and ridiculous ties to the fathers in our lives. I have to admit, I used to be guilty of just that. After all, I knew my dad liked coffee and he sometimes wore a tie.

Now, while I will include the aforementioned gifts in this post, I think we should explore other things for our special men. Let’s go!

Jack Black’s Beard Grooming Kit

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My hubby has a beard and while it’s easy for him to take care of because it’s rather small, some men might need a bit more work with theirs. I bought this for Maks a few years ago and not only does it last a long time, but it’s made his beard very soft and manageable.

You can get Jack Black’s beard care at Amazon, Sephora, Ulta, and Target. The retail price is $35.00.

Oyin Handmade’s Smooth Operator

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So let’s say the special man in your life does have detangling issues with his beard and he’ll need a little more help. Oyin Handmade has a solution for you. This works on all beard types and will leave your man looking smoother than a Barry White record.

Oyin Handmade is available on Amazon and it’s retail site. It’s a black-owned company.

Barber’s Pro Gentleman’s Sheet Mask Duo

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Men wearing masks have become all of the Instagram rage. Whether they’re actually taking care of their skin or they’re just doing it for the ‘Gram, remains to be seen. However, if the man in your life is serious about having great skin, a good option is Gentleman’s Sheet Mask.

Not only is it formulated to take care of a man’s needs (not sure what that means but I digress), but it’s also facial hair friendly. Don’t let the price fool you – this is a splurge as many facial masks are under $5.00.

At Nordstrom, for two, you’ll pay $17.00 without tax. At Amazon, you’ll pay under $10.00 without tax.

Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme – Giorgio Armani

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This is one of my favorite scents that Maks wears and by the high ratings of it, a lot of other women love that scent as well. Its woodsy scent is a guaranteed heartbreaker for any man who wears it. It will also guarantee any woman to become full aware of a man who smells wonderful.

Available at Target, WalMart, Amazon, Ulta, Sephora, and Macy’s.

Connaisseur Paris

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You probably never heard of this brand and they’ve been around for a while, though they’re relatively new to me. They’re also black-owned.

They have a wide range of luxury items for any man to wear, regardless of race. I personally like their tie collection (but no men I personally know wear ties!). Check them out and give them a browse (and your dollars!)

Dapper Black Box

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What if your man is into subscription boxes but is trying to find the right one for him? Dapper Black Box will guarantee your man will love what he gets every month and even if he doesn’t love it, he can always share with some friends or family members. Dapper Black Box is also black-owned.

 

Now let’s just say the man in your life is very much a minimalist. He doesn’t do cufflinks, he doesn’t do high-end beauty products. In fact, you’re not sure when’s the last time he actually bought more clothing.

In that case, a gift card will just suffice. Seriously. Why go through all of the headache of trying to figure out what he wants when a gift card will just do the same thing.

I hope all of the fathers have an amazing Father’s Day! xoxoxo

 

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High-end Makeup Review: Chanel Blush

I was in search for a new blush and I wanted something that offered pigmentation but not too much. The last thing I needed was to look like a clown.

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Before, I ‘ve used L’Oreal, Maybelline, and my all-time favorite, MAC. I figured this time around I’ll go a bit more high-end. I guess I felt like blowing some monayyyyyy.

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Anyhoo, while I was at Macy’s, I decided to stop by the Chanel makeup counter. Yeah, I told you this was going to be a fancy smancy review. The makeup artist tried two colors on me and honestly, I loved them both.  They were Rose Tourbillion and Pink Explosion. We decided to go with Pink Explosion.

Upon arriving at home, I took it out of the bag and was rather impressed with the packaging:

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It looks cute in the box, yes. Now what does it look out of the box?

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Yo, this came in a velvet bag! What the…?

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Shiny!

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Well, then!

So, I applied it and I was a little taken aback that it is lightly perfumed. Yes, this blush has a perfume scent. I have a sensitive nose so that was something I would’ve considered before purchase. If you’re wondering why I didn’t smell it at the store, I honestly thought I was smelling the make-up artist applying the blush.

Regardless, the pigment on this bad boy is out of this world. It’s deeply impacted so you only need to apply just a little. It also has a bit of a shimmer so you really don’t want to apply too much.

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Focus on my cheeks. 🙂

I didn’t need to apply too much. It gave me a natural rosy glow but I didn’t look like I got up beat up by my blush and lost the fight.

Now that we know the player and watched the game, how did it score?

PROS:

  • Lots of pigmentation. You won’t have to use a whole lot. This will probably become your favorite blush.
  • Chanel is a solid brand.
  • You can purchase at any Chanel makeup counter and online.

CONS: 

  • There is a faint perfume scent. If you have a sensitive nose like I do, buyer beware.
  • This. Costs. Fifty. Dollars. $50.00 USD. This is a definite splurge.

Overall, I do recommend it. It’s a splurge, for sure. But I also believe if you’re going to wear makeup, there’s nothing wrong investing into some high-end makeup every once in a while.

What’s your favorite blush?

Week of Holiday Makeup Looks! Are you serving good lip?

It’s been a long, hot minute since I’ve done makeup posts and since I’ve acquired some new makeup, I’m going to spend this week talking about my new makeup! Are you ready? Let’s goooooo!

Just as a warning, I might be posting the same photos since I’m wearing two new makeup purchases on my face, namely my blush and foundation. The focus of these photos are my lips. Muah!

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Let’s start off with a picture I literally just took yesterday! LOL. The shade of lipstick I’m wearing is from DOSE cosmetics, Kiss of Fire. I’m usually apprehensive about wearing red lipstick because sometimes it just doesn’t look good on me, point blank. Some of the colors might be too orange or too pink. I felt this one was actually just right.

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My lips are also courtesy of Dose Cosmetics, but I combined two colors: Chocolate Wasted and Goalz.

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Lastly, the lip color on my resting bitch face (smile!) is courtesy of NYX cosmetics. I’m wearing Praline. I’ll be highlighting a lot of different NYX colors throughout the week.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this short and sweet makeup post on Christmas Eve. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

 

K-Beauty Product Review: Pore Charcoal Mud Sheet Mask by Caolion Lab

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It’s been a minute since I’ve done a beauty review so bare with me here. I recently tried this product (I found it at CVS) and was curious about it.

Even though I’m well-aged and delicious like a fine wine, I still get acne. I have a naturally oily face so breakouts are rather common.

Let’s look at the back of the packaging to take a hard look at the ingredients:

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Wayment…Did you catch that?

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VOLCANIC ASH?

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You know…sometimes you gotta do it for the culture, so YOLO.

Now, the packaging was something interesting:

I’m not sure what I was expecting but this wasn’t it. Nevertheless, I put the volcano on my face:

You see, I keeps it real on this blog. I can show myself looking like a hot-ass mess with unkempt hair for the sake of a product review.

Now, this product took a bit longer than usual to dry.

And of course, the dry pic:

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No, I wasn’t pouting but I really couldn’t talk or smile. Bear got a kick out of my face because he thought I looked like a zombie, LOL.

After rinsing it all off and moisturizing my face, here is a non-filtered pic in natural light:

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Not too shabby!

Alright, now that we’ve met the player and played the game, how did this product score?

PROS: 

  • Cheap! I think this cost around $8.
  • Putting the mask on was rather easy, though it looked a bit complicated.
  • The smell was mild. It didn’t smell like a volcano, LOL.

Of course, with everything good, there is some bad:

CONS:

  • Okay, let’s get the monkey out of the way – unless you’re a bit skewed about putting something that contains volcanic ash on your face, you probably don’t want this.
  • I did have a mild breakout a couple days later, but then it disappeared. My skin hasn’t had a breakout since then, so maybe there’s something about that ash.
  • It took foreverrrrr to dry. It took my face around 40 minutes to completely dry. That’s something to consider if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands. I’m always busy so I just put the mask on and went about my business.

Overall, I do recommend this but buyer beware. Like I’ve mentioned before, I did have a mild breakout but it only lasted for a day before it cleared up on its own.

Dark Skin Makeup Review – LANCĂ”ME Teint Idole Ultra Liquid 24H Longwear SPF 15 Foundation

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Boy, that was a wordy title.

So, I love Ulta. It’s actually one of my favorite stores. And because it’s one of my favorite stores, I really can’t shop there very much. It’s one of those stores where it’s like Target in a sense; you go in there for just one thing and you come back with a cart full of crap you probably don’t need but you really want?

I was done with my Fenty Beauty foundation and wanted to try something different. Don’t get me wrong, I love Fenty Beauty but I’m also a wee bit of a product junkie so I wanted to explore my options.

I went into Ulta bare-faced and was just browsing the over the counter foundation section. Listen, y’all…being a brown girl and having dark skin, it’s super difficult to find foundations in my shade. My shade is particular because there’s a lot of gold and olive in my undertones (something I didn’t know until I went to Ulta but that explanation will come later).

In other words, I’m naturally yellow. Not high yella like Drake but let’s just say gold jewelry more or less blends in with me.

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I’m searching all over the store, trying to find the perfect foundation that won’t make me look too dark or too bright. Let me tell you, for a dark-skinned gal, it’s incredibly frustrating. Just when I was about to give up, a male associate approaches me.

“Do you need help, miss?” He asks.

“Yes,” I say with exasperation, “I’m looking for a foundation for me.”

“Now, do you want something that will highlight your golden undertones or your olive one?”

Now, I’m looking at Ole Boy as if he had a third eye on his head. He knew that just by looking at me? What. The. Hell.

“Um, my golden undertones?” I stumbled out.

“And which brand do you prefer? LANCĂ”ME or NARS?”

Did y’all catch that? He already knew what brands would be suited for best. My heart stumbles…

“Um, LANCĂ”ME please.” I chose LANCĂ”ME because I’ve have enough NARS products in my arsenal, though I haven’t tried their foundation. That will come later, I promise.

So, with my bare face and all, another makeup artist tried LANCÔME on me. She did half of my face while left the other half bare. I immediately saw a difference. My left side appeared clearer and smoother.

I was sold.

I’m well aware to know how I look inside a store might be wordly different from how I’ll look at home or in natural light.

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I’m wearing 500W. 

Pretty dope, huh?

Okay, now that we know the players, played the game, how did everyone score?

PROS:

  • LANCĂ”ME is a solid brand and it’s been around forevaaaaaaa
  • It comes in a variety of shades:

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  • The foundation also acts as a moisturizer and sunscreen.
  • It goes on smooth and it’s super light.
  • It’s available pretty much everywhere LANCĂ”ME is sold.

CONS:

  • It’s pricey. This cost me a little under $50.
  • You have to carefully gauge how much to pump out. For me, two pumps usually does the trick.
  • Blending might be tricky so it takes a lot of practice.

Overall, I do recommend it. If you’re unsure about your shade like I was, it’s best to go a beauty expert so they can test drive ones for you.