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Beauty Edit: Summer ’16 Edition

One of the perks of being a freelance beauty writer is you get to try allll the products. The days that the mailman brings gifts are the best days. If only bright colored boxes that smelled good were the only things he brought. I haven’t written or posted about beauty personally much since moving over to this space but with summer here, a whole bunch of new goodies, and the seasonal transition of makeup products, I wanted to share some of beauty things that are in current rotation.

All About Oils

All About Oils | Styled Her Life

I don’t know why but my skin has been insanely dry the past couple of weeks. Especially on my arms and shoulders. It’s weird for this to happen during the summer. I’ve been using this OGX Argan Oil of Morocco In-Shower Oil on my skin after I hop out the shower and it’s been helping my skin stay moisturized and soft. The key to using this is applying on while it’s damp, not wet for the best results.

A couple weeks back Influenster sent me this Nuxe Paris Huile Prodigieuse multi-purpose dry body oil to try and I don’t why it took me so long to finally use it. The smell alone is worth it but I find it leaves my skin crazy soft and leaves a behind a nice dewy finish. I also love that this is a travel size so I can pop in my small crossbody summer purse easily.

When I first learned about the new line of products from Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture I shared the news over on the beauty blog. Now that I’ve gotten a change to use them thoroughly, I can’t get enough of the Scent and Shine Coconut Oil. Leaves my hair so soft and shiny.

All Natural Skincare

All Natural Skincare | Styled Her Life

I’ve been slowly investing in more natural and organic beauty products. Especially when it comes to skincare. With my 29th birthday less than a month away, keeping my skin happy and healthy has become more of a priority for me. I’ve been loving the exfoliating food facials by BuffHer. For the summer, I picked up the Vanilla Bean Latte one for combination/oily skin as that’s the best way to describe my skin during this season.

I wish that you could smell this soap by Harlem Soap Shop. There really aren’t words to describe how good it is. I know spearmint and orange isn’t something you’d typically put together but trust me, it’s everything. I love using this soap in the morning as it’s very refreshing which is exactly what I need on these lazy summer mornings. The fact that it’s a handmade in Brooklyn so I can support an indie business is just an added bonus.

Nude Lips All Summer ’16

Nude Lips | Styled Her Life

Even though I know summer is supposed to be all about the bright and bold lipsticks, I’m stuck on nude lips and I’m cool with that. There’s something about a fresh face and nude lips that I will always love and just a peek at my lipstick stash can confirm that. My current faves are NYX Lip Lingerie in Teddy and Nicka K True Matte in Millbrook.


Current Obsession: Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Stick in Magnetic

Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color StickMy current makeup and beauty product setup goes something like this: On my vanity, I have my current staples, favorite products, new goodies, or products I’m testing. Think favorite primer, current foundation, a few staple concealers, winter lipsticks, and other products to create my daily go to look. In my makeup drawer is organized chaos of everything else. Every now and then–read more then than now–I go through said chaos and give away, get rid of, or my personal favorite, rediscover old products. And I don’t mean old in the sense like expired. Girl that’s what the “get rid of” part is for. But I mean those things that I’ve tossed in there in lieu of making more room for new things, things tested but maybe weren’t too exciting, or things I just straight up forgot about. These things happen…right? I recently had some time to do one of those clean out sessions and I came across the Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Stick in Magnetic. Queens. I think I may have just discovered illuminating brown girl gold. Why haven’t I been using this all my life?

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Review

Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

*Special thank you to Influenster and Marc Jacobs Beauty for the gift!

So…this is a sexy ass tube of mascara. That’s really the first thing that came to my mind when I pulled this Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume mascara out of the box. I’m a sucker for packaging so I was already loving this new beauty before I even tried it out. Being the girl I am, I tossed this in my makeup bag next to my favorite YSL lipstick (Chocolate in the City) and just looked at how nice pretty they looked together. After about five minutes in admiration of it’s design I realized that if I was ever going to actually review the product, I needed to open it. In the back of my mind I was thinking “sexy or not, nothing will ever come close to my Lights, Camera, Lashes”, but you know, it’s my job to find out. For sure for sure.

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3 Beauty Boutiques for the Girl Who Wants Something Different

3 Beauty Boutiques

Never the kind of girl to waste any time when it comes to beauty, it’s time to get to work on those 2016 beauty resolutions! Take that as my not so subtle way to say: I gotta go shopping. Like every good beauty blogger, my first instinct was to hit up my local Sephora and go. in. But, maybe it has something to do with my taste becoming more refined or maybe it’s my passion for discovering indie brands but, as excited as I am to go beauty shopping, I know what I’m looking for isn’t going to be found at a mainstream beauty store. These days I’m looking for something more.

I’m looking for beauty boutiques that offer something different.

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2016 Beauty Resolutions

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Every year that I get closer to…you know…not being in my 20’s anymore, the more serious I get about my skin and beauty routines. I care more about what I’m putting on, how my skin is reacting to products, and pickier about how often I switch things up. With 2016 being my last year in my 20’s–omg cue anxiety–I am not playing any games. So just like I came up with a bunch of life and business goals, you better believe I came up with some with beauty resolutions too. 2016 will be the year of the glo’ up.

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First Impression: BH Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks + Swatches

BH Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick

As if I needed another lipstick. Well at least that’s what I told Instagram when I got these beauties in the mail. But clearly, a girl can never have too many lipsticks. And with pretty much every brand having a liquid lipstick line now, you can see how necessary it was to grab a few ;-).  I haven’t picked up anything from BH Cosmetics since back in my newbie beauty blogging days but when I heard they were the next brand to release a line of liquid lipsticks I thought I would check them out. BH Cosmetics is a super affordable brand and as girl on a budget, that meant I could get three instead of one, so that’s exactly what I did.

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GRWM: Soft Brown Fall Makeup

Soft Brown Fall Makeup

Taking some time to get back into the swing of creating videos. As I’m looking forward to growing this here blog over the next year, I’m focused on giving the people what they want ;). One of my most popular posts ever was my last GRWM with me video so I created another one. Since Fall has finally decided to arrive, I created a simple fall makeup look. A cool soft brown smokey eye and a chocolate brown lip. I stuck with affordable products for the most part since and the best part of this fall makeup for sure has to be the Maybelline Nudes palette I used for my eyes. One of the best drugstore palettes out! And of course the rest of my makeup deets (in order of use) after the video.

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Beauty Buzz: Pat McGrath Launches Gold 001

Beauty Buzz_Pat McGrath

Let’s get intros out of the way first. Pat McGrath holds many titles: Iconic makeup artist, Global Creative Director for P&G working on brands like Covergirl, Max Factor, Dolce & Gabbana, and creator of a breakthrough cosmetics company that is set to launch later in 2016. I was already excited when I heard the news earlier this fall. Aside from her work as a makeup artist, she is a brown girl that is slaying the beauty industry. That’s as dope as it gets. So you can imagine how hype I was when I found out–thank you Internet–that we don’t even have to wait any longer because on October 29th, yes as in tomorrow, Pat McGrath is releasing her debut product Gold 001 at 12 pm. But wait…that’s not even the best part.

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3 Beauty Subscription Boxes for Brown Girls

Beauty Boxes for Brown Girls

A few weeks ago I got a text from a family member asking my thoughts on a certain super popular beauty subscription box. I gave her my thoughts–and then because I’m a brown beauty advocate and brown girl enthusiast–promptly directed her to the websites of 3 beauty boxes that are owned by brown girls and tailor their products for women of color.

Brown Beauty Boxes_Cocotique11. Cocotique – this beauty subscription box was created for women of color to “simplify the search and discovery process”. Hello! How many times have you bought those must have products just to find out that umm…nah. Not on this melanin. With popular partnerships with some of my favorite brands like Milani, Shea Moisture, Cover FX, and Black Radiance this box is a must have for brown girls. They also have a blog (because you know how I feel about brands and their blogs) featuring brown beauties and bloggers with their Cocobelles and Cocobloggers series. Absolutely love it! There’s still time to get the October box if you subscribe by September 23rd. Don’t miss out!

Brown Beauty Box_WeAreOnyx1

2. We Are Onyx – “all in one beauty destination for black women” yaaasss. Their mission is to educate and empower women of color to take charge of their own beauty. This monthly box has featured products from brands like Cantu, CremeofNature and Cargo cosmetics. You can subscribe now to get 5-7 products for black girls every month.

curlBox Body

3. Curlbox Body – When I first found out that my mentor in my head Myleik was expanding her curlBox brand to bath and body products…listen the turn up was so real. I was already getting my life with the curlBox Natural and adding this new box to the mix was just like HERE! Take all my coins! But seriously, I purchased the first curlBox body and was so impressed. From mainstream faves like Carol’s Daughter, to up and coming brands like Harlem Soap (listen to me…the Spearmint and Orange soap…Just go get and thank me later). The last box from June 2015 is still on sale on the curlBox site so if you haven’t grabbed it I would go do that!

What beauty boxes are you subscribed to? Like em, Love em? Let me know!

Stay Blessed Beautiful!



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On My Radar: Ambi Even & Clear CC+ Cream + Swatches

Ambi CC Cream 1

Happy Monday beauties! Today I’m chatting about one of my favorite brands Ambi, and their new Even & Clear CC+ Cream Even Tone & Environmental Shield. You guys already know how much I love my Ambi complexion cleansing bar so finding out that they formulated a CC cream for brown girls was LOVE! In case you didn’t know, Ambi is a skincare brand that creates cleansers and moisturizers for women of color. Obviously one of the reasons I love them!

My summer skin care regimen has been one of the main reasons I’ve been able to take it easy on the foundation but let’s not pretend that there aren’t days when I could use a little something extra. It’s always tough finding BB and CC creams for brown girls so when I received the new Ambi Even & Clear CC+ Cream*, I immediately had to try it out!

This CC cream contains argan oil, shea butter, and antioxidants to moisturize the skin. It also contains SPF–because yes the brown girls need sun protection too!–without leaving an ashy look that some SPF products tend to do. The Ambi Even & Clear CC+ Cream uses soft focus technology to even your skin tone while shielding your skin from environmental elements.

It’s available in two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. The darker shades was a perfect match for me.

Ambi CC Cream Swatches Blend

The texture is very creamy and has a nice feel to it when you apply it. I’ve worn it a few times, but you know I’ll extensively try this out before I give you guys an official review. So far though, I have no complaints!

Ambi CC Cream 2

The Ambi Even & Clear CC+ Cream is available at drugstores and beauty supply stores (where I usually grab my cleansing bar) or you can visit

What are you using for your “little something extra” in your summer skin routine? 

*pr samples

Stay blessed beautiful!


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Best Purple Lipstick Ever: Ruby Kisses Purple Affair

Best Purple Lipstick_Ruby Kisses Purple Affair

Something about purple lipstick just works for me. I’m not even the kind of girl who rocks the brightest or boldest lip colors but you give me any shade of purple, I’m like yaaaasss. I had been wanting to try the Ruby Kisses Matte Lipsticks for awhile so when I finally made way over to the beauty supply and saw Ruby Kisses Purple Affair, I immediately picked it up.

Ruby Kisses Purple Affair

The Ruby Kisses Ultra Matte Super Rich Lipstick is described as:

  • Super Rich, Brilliant And Long Lasting Color,
  • Full Coverage Color Without Leaving Lips Dry,
  • Smooth Application

The color is sooo pretty. It’s a deep blue toned purple (I haven’t been able to do the bright lipstick thing at all this summer) that goes on pretty smoothly. Even though it’s matte it doesn’t feel super dry on your lips especially if you prep beforehand, which is something you should always be doing if you’re wearing a matte lipstick. Nobody has time for dry lips at all.

Ruby Kisses Purple Affair is legit my favorite purple lipstick and it’s under $5! I almost want to cry when I stumble a product so bomb for so little coins. Just winning. You can grab all of the Ruby Kisses Ultra Matte Super Rich lipstick at your local beauty supply or online
. I’m going to wear this until my heart’s content and then I’ll be trying out a few more. Because I mean…y’all know I had to grab more than just one color ;).

Best Purple Lipstick_Ruby Kisses Purple Affair 2

What’s your favorite purple lipstick? Drop me a comment and let me know where to get it! A girl can never have too many!

Stay Blessed Beautiful!


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Current Drugstore Beauty Favorites

Beauty Favorite_Drugstore Edition

I love Sephora as much as the next girl, really I do. But there are some things that I can get at my local drugstore that are my ride or dies in my makeup collection. You know the products I’m talking about….if you run out it’s like a real problem. There are a few of those things that I’m currently L.O.V.I.N.G so of course I had to share them.

  1. NYC HD Liquid Eyeliner. This is real life the only liquid eyeliner I use. Period. I almost had a whole breakdown when I stopped seeing NYC displays in my local RiteAid (has anyone else noticed that?) I went to three different ones and no NYC. Thankfully it’s still stocked at Target (though a limited product range) and I grabbed like 3 of these in fear I won’t be able to get ahold of them when I need. A girl has to stay stocked.

  2. Black Radiance Baked Blush in Toasted Almond . This was a previous Brown Girl Beauty Pick and it will forever remain one of my favorite summer blushes. It’s a burnt orange color that does a really great job of just warming up my skin. I’ve become a fan of just pairing this with a bronzer and keeping it at that. Foundation has been non existent for me in this Philly heat.

  3. AMBI Complexion Cleansing Bar. I don’t know if my skin just changes in the summer or whether it just outgrew my last cleanser but I was having real problems with my complexion. I guess you could say it was just dull. I remember using this years ago so I picked it up to give it another try and I’m glad I did. My skin is back!

  4. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. Although most days foundation isn’t even a passing thought on my mind, I always reach for my this pore eraser. Whether I’m wearing foundation or not, this primer will always be part of my daily look. It helps keep my skin matte and smooth. A little goes a long way too!

  5. Essie Nail Polish in Blanc. I’m not a nail polish fanatic but I have finally grew my nails to a respectable length so I have been wearing nail polish again. White manicures and pedicures have always been my favorite. I’ve just always loved the contrast against my brown skin. During the cooler months nude or dark colors are in rotation but as soon as the summer hits white it is. Blanc is the perfect summer white polish for me.

That’s it! These are all my favorites in constant rotation. What are some of your favorite drugstore beauty buys?

Stay blessed beautiful!




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In My Stash: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream {Copenhagen}

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream_Copenhagen

You have no idea how long I’ve been trying to find this lippie! Since way back when NYX first launched the matte lip creams every time I would hit up my local beauty supply or make a quick trip Ulta it was always sold out. Every single time. But I didn’t give up. I would hopefully peek at a NYX display in any store that had one…you never know right? Well a few weeks back I FINALLY found it and scooped it up with a quickness. My wait is over and well worth it. I love this color!!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream_Copenhagen(2)

I have a few other colors in the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream line but this is hands down my favorite. With Transylvania being a VERY close second. It looks a lot darker in the tube than I originally expected and if you’re lighter it will definitely pull darker on you, but the deep berry color makes it very wearable for me. I wouldn’t call it a daily wear but it’s a great color to pop on if you want to add some color without being too dark and bold. It wears just like the other soft matte lip creams so make sure you’re lips are prepped and hydrated.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream_Copenhagen_

I don’t know how it is where you are, but if you have as much trouble finding the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen as I did, when you finally come across it GRAB IT! Trust me it’s worth it.

Have you tried this? Do you love it as much as I do?

Stay Blessed Beautiful!




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In My Stash: NYX Intense Butter Gloss {Berry Strudel}

In My Stash_NYX Berry Strudel

Purple lip colors have always been my favorite. You know how there are some colors that just look right? That’s me and purple lipstick. Weird because it isn’t exactly a normal color but who wants to be normal anyway?

I picked up this NYX Intense Butter Gloss during my last Ulta haul and have just now gotten around to wearing it and I’m in LOVE. It’s such a bright vibrant shade and the formula is just love as well. This is the kind of lip product I live for!

In My Stash_NYX Berry Strudel 2

I generally keep my makeup really simple and get creative when it comes to my lips. This shade is the perfect color to spice up my otherwise minimal makeup.


I’m pretty obsessed with the Intense Butter Gloss line and I’ll definitely be adding a couple more of the more bright shades to my stash this spring. You can grab these at Ulta or for about $8.

Stay blessed beautiful!





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Get the Look: Janelle Monae Met Gala 2015

Met Gala 2015_Janelle Monae 1You already know I feel about the brown girls killing the red carpet last night at the Met Gala. And you also already know how I feel about Janelle Monae, who showed up looking gorgeous as usual! Her makeup is always so naturally glam and we don’t even need to discuss how dope her hair is. Always on point. Last night was no different and I have all the deets from her glam team, celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls and celebrity hair stylist Caprice Green, on how to get her look!

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