My Favorite Youtubers

I love youtube. Youtube has basically replaced TV for me.  I have a few favorite youtubers that I love to watch because they are so knowledgeable and talented. I'm sure most of you know them already but I wanted to share them to spread the love and for those who are not familiar with them can follow them if they are interested.

Jackie Aina

She's beautiful, talented, intelligent and funny! I love her videos and I always learn something new. Jackie is so hilarious and her snaps always have me laughing! Jackie does a variety of different makeup looks and she is great at explaining makeup- I love that she does a lot of colorful looks as I tend to stick with neutrals and I've been leaning towards more colorful looks since watching her videos. She gears her videos towards women of color which is great because she really helps WOC with different makeup techniques. Don't get me wrong, all skin tones can watch her videos and learn a lot from her.

Claire Marshall

Claire has a lot of makeup experience as she was a makeup artist but now youtube is her fulltime job. Claire is gorgeous and I love her makeup and style. She's so cool and effortless and I enjoy watching her videos. Claire is the queen of editing- her videos always seems as though you're watching a mini movie; she puts so much effort into her videos. She can make a simple video into an amazing & interesting one just with her superb editing. I also love her vlogs- she lives in LA so you get to see LA through her vlogs. Plus, she has an adorable cat named Bruce. Just a warning: if you watch her latest video that I attached just know that you will cry. I'm not going to spoil it but watch it.


Peakmill is so beautiful and I love her makeup. She slays makeup and her style is amazing! She does a lot of GRWM, style and hair videos and I always learn something new from her. I always enjoy seeing her videos- she is just so cool to me. I get a lot of fashion inspiration from her videos.

Batalash Beauty

This channel consists of three ladies who collaborate and make videos. They are very talented and have many makeup looks that are creative. My favorite from the group is Samantha- she is so beautiful and I love her personality. She is just so confident and honest with her viewers and I appreciate that.

I have many more youtubers that I like but these are my top favorites and I wanted to share them with you. They are all beautiful and talented youtubers and I hope you check out their videos. If you like them, subscribe.

Ulta Haul | Nyx & L'oreal!

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Ulta had an 40% off sale a couple weeks ago and I couldn't resist so I did a little damage at Ulta. I had a few things that I wanted from NYX- which was mostly repurchases because I had to stock up on some of my faves so this 40% sale was perfect for me. I picked a couple of L'oreal goodies that I had been eyeing for a while.

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in Rose: This is one of L'Oreal's new products. I don't have a rose gold highlighter so I definitely wanted this. There are 3 shades available: ice which is for fair skin women, rose is supposed to be suitable for those who are neutral and gold for darker skin tones. I wish I picked up gold as well.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in Prague & Monte Carlo: I own almost half of this range of lippies. I love the color selection, formula and scent. I had been wanting Prague for the longest now and finally picked it up. Prague is a lovely purple shade and Monte Carlo appears to be a dark red but it is not as dark as it looks in the tube. It's kind of like a dark red with a bit of pink tones. I wish it were as dark and vampy as it looks in the packaging.

NYX Dewy Setting Spray: IS BAE just like the Soft Matte Lip Creams. It sets my makeup and gives a pretty dewy finish to my skin without my skin looking like an oil slick. I had to repurchase this. Oily skin ladies who want to keep their oils at bay may not like this but dry & normal skin types will love this.

 NYX HD Concealer in Glow: I own like 3 different colors in this range. It is a medium coverage concealer and it works well to conceal my undereye circles and it has replaced my MAC prolongwear concealer as it is much cheaper and does the same thing. Just make sure to moisturize your undereye area and set with powder after using this concealer.

NYX Eyebrow Gel in Espresso: I have a lot of hype regarding this gel because it's supposed to be a dupe for the Anastasia brow pomade/gel. I don't know if it is a dupe since I have never tried the brow pomade before. I kind of messed up brows last week while trimming so I need this gel to fill in my brows and make them look normal.

NYX eyeshadow in Dance the Tides: I picked this up after hearing that this eyeshadow is a dupe for MAC "Saddle" eyeshadow. You can never have too many transition/crease eyeshadows!

loreal la palette nude 2

L'Oreal La Palette Nude 2: This was kind of an impulse buy because I don't need another palette in my collection but my excuse is that I don't have many mauve/rose e/s. This retails for approx. $20 and I got it on sale for about $12. I saw swatches online and this palette looked promising so I can't wait to start playing with it. On the back of the palette, there is a guide that shows 4 different looks you can do. This is very helpful for beginners and people who need an idea of how to pair these eyeshadows together.

loreal la palette nude 2

I can't wait to start playing with this makeup and I'll be sure to include my thoughts on these items in my next beauty review.

What do you think?

Dupe?: Beauty Blender vs Real Techniques Complexion Sponge

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After all of the hype for the Beauty Blender I decided to give it a try a few weeks ago. I hauled it last month and I purchased the red limited edition beauty blender. The $20 price tag shocked me but I really wanted to try it. I have tried so many beauty blender dupes in the past that I liked and others that didn't impress me so I wanted to know what is it about the Original Beauty Blender that blows these "dupes" out of the water.

real techniques complexion sponge

The highly contested dupe for the Beauty Blender is the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge. It retails for a fraction of the price ($5.99) of the Beauty Blender. I've reviewed it in depth before and if you're interested in learning more about it click here.

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The Beauty Blender retails for $20 and it is recommended to replace it frequently- about every 3 months. They come in a few different colors: black, pink, white and red. Recently, a larger beauty blender was released which is meant for the body but I have heard people like using it to blend their foundation because it covers more area than the smaller beauty blender. After using the beauty blender I immediately noticed the differences between these two sponges.

The Beauty Blender is bit smaller than the RT sponge and feels a little lighter. I also noticed that during my first use after I wet it, the sponge was leaking red dye so I had to wash it to get the color out. I don't know if this is the case with the pink beauty blender. The RT sponge feels different than the BB; as if they are made out of different sponge material. The BB has more bounce than the RT so it helps with stippling the product in. I love using the BB to blend in concealer, foundation and even highlighter. Seriously, try applying your highlighter with the BB- thank me later.

I very much prefer using my BB over the RT. I won't repurchase the RT sponge and as much as I love the BB I am hesitant over having to replace my beauty blender often. This is the reason why I like using brushes because they can last you years and still look new if you take proper care of them. Although, I do enjoy the natural finish that a sponge gives. In other words, I'd choose the Beauty Blender over the RT sponge any day.

What do you think?

Colourpop Haul & First Impression | Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks & Eyeshadow

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Colourpop is a very affordable brand; Their eyeshadows retail for about $5 each and their lipsticks retail around the same price. I placed an order the day the ultra matte liquid lipsticks launched. Their website was down for a few hours and I was able to place an order when they fixed the site. I saw a few videos about these lipsticks during the meantime and I was sold. The range has so many different colors from bold to very natural shades. All of the shades of the Ultra Matte Lip sold out within several hours. These Liquid lipsticks retail for $6 each so I couldn't say no. The Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick line has a large selection of shades- about 25 shades. I purchased two shades from their line: Limbo and Tulle. I also picked an eyeshadow from their supershock line called Lala.

Colourpop SuperShock Eyeshadow lala

Colourpop SuperShock Eyeshadow lala

Lala is a shimmery rose gold and it is crazy pigmented. The pigmentation really impressed me. These eyeshadows are a creme to powder finish and it does not budge. All of the eyeshadows in this collection have a pretty impression on top which goes away with use. I'm very happy with this eyeshadow and I want to buy a few more shades.

Colourpop ultra matte lip tulle limbo

Colourpop ultra matte lip tulle limbo swatch

Colourpop ultra matte lip limbo swatch

Limbo is the shade that stood out to me the most. It looks like an exact dupe for Limecrime Salem. It is a deep dark brown. I LOVE this color but I hate the formula. I heard a honest review of these colors from MannyMua on his snapchat which he said that these were very drying. He received a lot of criticism from saying this but what he said was completely true. These lipsticks have a doe foot applicator and it dries very quickly on your lips as you're applying it. Be very careful applying a second coat because it will flake off if you do. Once it dried, my lips felt tight and uncomfortable. It emphasized every line on my lips. I would say that this is transfer-proof because it refuses to come off unless you remove it with an oil based remover. Definitely make sure you exfoliate your lips and moisturize. I will be applying a lip primer under these lipsticks and hopefully it should help.

Colourpop ultra matte lip tulle swatch

Tulle is a gorgeous color- it is a dark mauve color. It is a bit darker than I expected but it's due the swatches that I saw online. This color is so gorgeous but the formula sucks as well. Both of these lipsticks are pigmented and it only requires one coat but just make sure to work fast since it dries quickly.

I'm very pleased with Lala- I love rose gold shades and I want to pick up more colors. However, Limbo and Tulle are a different story. There were a few other shades that I wanted but after trying these two I don't think I'll be buying any more shades. The formula is what makes me hate them. I honestly don't think they are worth it.

Have you tried Colourpop?
What are your thoughts?

June Beauty Review

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Another month, another monthly favorites post. I seriously can't believe how fast the year is flying by- it's already July. I was very skincare obsessed because I was trying out some new skincare. I went a little makeup crazy during June- I bought a lot of new makeup but you'll hear more about it during this month.

Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 35: It's so important to protect your skin during the summer from the sun's harmful rays. Excess exposure to the sun can even make your acne scars darker and age your skin. I'm also using this because I'm using retinol and skin can get a little sensitive during use so SPF is important. This moisturizes my skin so well and it sits well underneath makeup.

Tarte Maracuja Oil: I purchased a Tarte deluxe sample kit in May and this little guy was in there. I remembered the hype a couple years ago about this oil so I really wanted to try it. I apply at night after my retinol. It has a very light scent and I love this oil. It feels very light but also moisturizing. I think I'm going to buy the full size when I'm done with this sample.

MAC MSF Natural in Medium Tan: I had always wanted to try this powder because I heard so many great things about it. I decided to buy it last month so see what all the hype is about. I like how it sets my makeup and it looks very natural on my skin- not cakey at all.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Tahoe: This is my favorite foundation at the moment; it makes my skin look flawless and I love the satin finish. It is very pricey but totally worth it. This time I was matched to Tahoe which is a shade darker than Syracuse which is my normal NC42 shade. Tahoe is not much darker than Syracuse but it's perfect for me because I am a little tanner.

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer: I have had this primer for a while. I didn't like it at first because I felt as though it didn't make a difference and I stopped using it. I started using it again after months of not using it and I actually like it. I have large pores on the apples of my cheeks and I hate it when my foundation settles in them. This primer helps to slightly blur my pores and it helps prevent foundation from settling in my pores and emphasizing them.

What are your thoughts?

Review | Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops

essence nail art express dry drops review
Painting your nails is generally a fun experience up until when your nails have to dry. All of a sudden, you have things to do and you're left powerless because you have to wait until your nails completely dry or else your nails will smudge and you will have to do your nails all over again. I love painting my nails but I hate that I have to wait a long time for my nails to fully dry. I'm also one of those girls who get the sudden urge to go to the bathroom as soon as I apply my topcoat- worst thing ever.

Fortunately, I do not have this problem anymore thanks to this little guy by Essence. Behold, Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops. Just a couple drops on top of your nail polish and it will help dry your nail polish much faster. This comes with vitamin E and Almond Oil to pamper your cuticles.
essence nail art express dry drops review
This has a little pipette to apply the product. All you need is one to two drops and it is an oil so it helps moisturize my cuticles. It helps cut the drying time in half but I don't find that helps against smudging. Your nails will not be fully dried in seconds- this works in couple minutes. These drops have become a staple in my nail routine as it makes my life so much easier. There are a lot of other drops like these on the market but I believe this is the cheapest and effective. I purchased this at Ulta and it retails for $2.99.

Have you tried this before?
What are your thoughts?

What is Strobing?

Strobing is the "new" makeup trend to hit the beauty world. At least, that seems to be the consensus in the beauty market. Strobing is the new trend that seems to be pushing contouring to the side and taking the spotlight. Cool name... but what does strobing actually mean?

Essentially, Strobing is extra highlighting. Plain and simple. All you have to do is apply your favorite highlighter onto the high points of your face like your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and center of your forehead. This will give you a lovely dewy and youthful glow which is very appropriate for summer (or any season, really). Strobing is basically a super technical term for highlighting- a technique that has been done for ages by makeup artists (they are probably rolling their eyes at this "new" trend). Props to whoever came up with that name though.

Personally, I love highlighting more than contouring because I LOVE the dewy look and I like looking lit from within.... More like lit by bright football stadium lights from within. Strobing seems like a gimmick that was created by a makeup company who very shortly will release a "groundbreaking" strobing palette and expect the masses to flock and buy every palette in stock. THE JIG IS UP!

Here is an informative and hilarious video about strobing by my favorite youtuber, Jackie Aina.

What are your thoughts on Strobing?

Review | MAC Matchmaster Foundation 6.0

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I have a serious love/hate relationship with this foundation. I want to love it but its just not for me.
I purchased this foundation a few weeks ago and posted it in a haul. I picked this up because Face & Body wasn't in stock and my best friend loves this foundation. I was enthusiastic about trying this foundation as I heard that it gives a very natural finish. Matchmaster promises to give demi-matte finish that looks natural. The pigments in this foundation adapts to match your skintone. It contains SPF 15, is oil free, controls oils, lasts for 8 hours and is non-acnegenic.

Right off the bat, this foundation is more expensive than their other foundations (Retails for $35) so I had high hopes for it. I was matched to a 6.0 (for reference I'm NC42). When swatched 6.0 does look darker than NC42 but it matched my face well so their claim about the pigments in the foundation are true. Automatic thumbs up for having a pump. I tend to use about 2 pumps for my face and I like using a stippling brush to apply. A Beauty Blender works well but it sheers the foundation a bit. It looks very natural on my skin and it held up very well throughout the day (12-13 hours of wear). This foundation did not fade or settle into my pores. You may want to blot during the day if you're oily because it does not totally control oil but it is not a major problem if you blot.

After a couple days of continued use I broke out... On my left side, I had little breakouts that appeared to be milia and on the other side four cystic bumps. That is when I realized that I am allergic to MAC foundation- I had a similar experience when I tried Mineralized Moisture but I thought I was only allergic to the ingredients in that foundation. I wonder what is in MAC foundations that irritates my skin. As much as I like this foundation I cannot continue using it and Matchmaster is going back to the MAC store.

Have you tried this foundation before?