Spring Makeup Must-Haves!

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My go-to spring lok

Hey babes! It’s been SUCH a long time since I’ve last made a post! I’ve been so busy with school but now I have officially finished my junior year in college and am now a senior! Now that classes are over, I’ll be able to blog and post more frequently. Recently I made a beauty post of my favorite summer look on my instagram, check it out to see the details on this look! (click here)

 

So what are my spring makeup must-haves? First off, you have to have an SPF moisturizer/serum! I know this isn’t a makeup item, but it is essential to keeping your face hydrated! My favorite moisturizer and serum right now are NYX’s Honey Dew Me Up Primer, Pond’s Dry Skin Moisturizer, and Farsali’s Rose Gold Elixir.

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-05-07 at 11.08.09 AMAnother product I cannot live without is setting powder. It’s hot out, and you don’t want your makeup to crease! What setting powder does is soak up any excess moisture from your makeup that would cause it to move or crease. Say if you have smile lines like me, you know that setting powder is essential for everyday makeup use, even in the spring time! Since I’m a women of color, I tend to stay away from setting powders that don’t have any tint to it. My favorite one to use is the Ben Nye Setting Powder in the color “topaz”. Even though it is not one of the finest grains of powders, it works perfectly for me because it sets my makeup perfectly. Remember, it’s all about technique! You can use a harsh setting powder, but if you apply it correctly, it can work in your favor.

Screen Shot 2018-05-07 at 11.16.11 AMMy next product is everyone’s favorite product: highlighter! We all know the perks of using highlighter, but just getting that extra glow in the spring is worth while. If your’e a beauty guru like me and love to take good quality pictures, add some highlighter to your makeup to make your photos stand out more. People have this thought that they can only use highlighter on their cheekbones… WRONG. I use highlighter on my brow bone, collar bone, by my temples, and on my nose. Sometimes on my body for that extra glow! My fave highlighter right now is Fenty Beauty’s Killawat Freestyle Highlighter in “ginger binge/moscow mule”. I like this product because its very light and feathery, meaning it glides easy onto your face. Also the colors work well with darker skin tones.

My very last product that is in my essential package for the spring? Lipgloss! Tones and tones of lipgloss. All types of lipgloss: shimmery, glossy, and tinted! I’m starting love glossy lips more than matte, and there’s a reason why. Glossy lips are so much easier and convenient to apply. My favorite glosses right now are Maybelline Shine Shot lip Topcoat, NYX Butter Gloss in “Tiramisu”, and Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in “Sandstorm”. I tried to give you guys 3 options: clear, tinted, and shimmery.  These glosses are affordable and non-sticky. They work well with any skin-tone and are amazing products overall.

Alright guys, that’s it for my Spring Must-Have’s. If you have any products you think are essential for the spring, comment them below! I want to check them out. I hope you guys have a wonderful spring and also an amazing summer break! Make sure to check out my latest Youtube video! I’m working on producing more content on there, so stay tuned! Make sure to also sign up for my newsletter! I will be sending out some big news soon, only for my subscribers!

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Fashion Spotlight: Beads By Bry

BEADS BY BRY

Today’s Spotlight is on the young entrepreneur, Bryanna Workman. Bryanna is a college student who loves her craft! I’ve gotten the chance rock her beads (1st pic) and I love them! I like to wear Alex and Ani bracelets and these pair up perfectly with them. I also had the chance to speak to her about her entrepreneur endeavors. Take a look!

BEHIND THE BUSINESS

How did you get your concept/idea for your business? What made you want to start your own business?

“I came up with the idea for my business because multiple times I would go in retail stores looking for bracelets that weren’t bangles, had colors and were diverse. But, I could never find exactly what I was looking for.”

How would you explain your business to anyone who asked?

“The mission statement for my business is “Arm Candy Always Makes a Statement”.”

What are your goals for your business? Do you plan on expanding your business or keeping it small?

“My goals for my business is for it to eventually expand, and become a perfect place for women and men to shop worldwide. Hopefully one day I can open several boutiques and also have different kiosks in malls through out the United States.”

How long have you been making your own products? How do you come up with your designs?

“So far, I have been making my products since the summer of 2016. In addition to that I come up with my designs by throwing in different patterns and multiple colors and it just always seems to work and match in a weird way. I feel like the different colors and cute charms makes the bracelets and helps them serve their purpose. It attracts attention and catches people’s eyes because it’s not the usual jewelry individuals see.” 

[For inquiries about these beautiful bracelets, you can contact her at pware.beadsbybry@gmail.com & follow her on Instagram]

Hopefully someone, somewhere, gets inspired to follow their dream like Bryanna is doing, just at the age of 20. No one ever says its easy being an entrepreneur. Whether you’re in the early stages of your startup, just secured funding for your startup or you are ready for product launch, there will always be those times when you ask yourself if this whole entrepreneur thing is worth it. I say, DO IT! What do you have to lose? If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out. Any small brands you advise me to check out? Comment below! 💚

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream – C.S. Lewis

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Mini Target Haul | June 2017

 

Hi loves! So I did a mini shopping trip today at Target and picked up a few hair care products + a skin care essential.



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Miss Jessie’s® Coily Custard | This product is a lotion base and is best for fighting curly hair shrinkage! Also works well for people with kinky curls. You can also use this for wash n’ go styling, rod sets, and as a daily curl refresher. This product helps to turn hair with a tight curl pattern to a lose moisturized curl. I, myself have very tight curls. I haven’t tried this product yet but I’ve heard so many good things about it that I had to get it for myself!

FOR DAILY USE: Evenly distribute a capful or more to damp, freshly washed, conditioned and detangled hair. Spread a generous amount until you have good coverage. Make sure you scrunch the hair to encourage curl. To dry: either use a diffuser attachment to dry the hair or air dry and GO! To refresh curl dampen hair and apply a capful or more of Coily Custard and repeat steps above. [link to product here]

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Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls | This product works well if you want larger expanded curls, wash n’ go styling, and a quick dry styling lotion to achieve big, soft curly hair. One thing I like about this product is that it is so light on your hair! This product is definitely a go to if you want something that will enhance your curls, yet don’t want to use a lot of product. [link to product here]

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SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner & Shampoo | I love this! These products detangle, moisturize, repairs and restores lifeless dry, damaged or over-processed hair. The sea kelp inside provides mineral-rich nutrition which seals and smoothes hair cuticle.

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Argan oil inside restores shine while helping promote hair elasticity. Lastly, the shea butter deeply moisturizes while conditioning hair and scalp. I just started using these products to wash my hair, mainly because my hair can get very dry — especially in its natural state. Using the conditioner more frequently than the shampoo has made my hair extremely moisturized and I can see a significant increase in shine! [link to the shampoo here]

 

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Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector Flexible Hold Straightening Mist | Get a 48H straight finish and heat protection for the perfect sleek style. This straightening mist with argan oil from Morocco protects your hair from the heat of your flat iron, while taming frizz to seal in smoothness and shine for a lasting, sleek finish. Haven’t tried this before, but I did want to add something to my heat protectant that would keep my hair super straight as well as protected.  [link to product here]

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Clear Aloe Vera Gel | The key to moisturized skin! Well, one of the keys at least. I usually go for an aloe vera masks (which is also a good alternative), but this time I went with this. Usually, this product is ideal for people with sunburns. You can use this product as a substitute for any type of oil you use on your skin. It is up™ to 97.7% pure aloe vera gel and provides fragrance-free, alcohol-free and dye-free cooling moisture therapy! This cooling and soothing, non-oily gel is absorbed quickly and helps skin retain moisture and promote healing for irritated skin. I also hear you can use this product as a hair mask. I’ll have to look more into that! [link to product here]



That’s it for my mini Target haul. I’m trying my best to find a good long term hair care regimen that won’t do so much damage on my hair when I flat iron it on my own + products that will make my curls poppin’ when I want to wear it in its natural state! Have you tried any of these products before? Let me know in the comment section below! I’d love to hear your feedback. Thanks for reading! 🌻

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