A review: Bésame Lipstick Matchsticks

   
At first, I had mixed feelings about this product. I received it in the mail from Sephora for $6.00 (way overpriced for my liking) and thought the sticks would be a bit bigger. Well, here’s the package. It’s cute, vintage-y. 

  I opened it up and I was confused  
 How was I supposed to apply lipstick to my huge lips using the tip of a matchstick with like maybe two drops of lipstick?? I pouted about this for a while, it sat in my makeup bag for quite a while and then I thought about trying it. 
  
Again, I couldn’t get over the size, but I decided I should stop complaining and try the dang thing. As I lined my lips with the tiny, miniscule matchstick (that is actually SMALLER than an actual matchstick!) I thought: It ain’t that bad! 

Believe it or not, the color was vibrant! I would use these matchsicks for lining and then use another color to fill the rest of the lip (just because I have bigger lips) Someone with smaller lips could apply the matchstick to their whole lip, but it was not working for me, sadly.

The full version is available on Sephora’s website and it is a fairly new product and I would imagine they would go quickly so if you like what you see, knock yourself out and buy one! 

Final words:

  •  3 1/2 out of 5 stars
  • Great, vibrant color
  • Goes on smooth
  • Neat packaging
  • Guess you get what you pay for (regarding the size)

If you’ve tried this product let me know below what you think! 

Thanks for reading, stay golden.

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How you know you’re actually a hipster! 

  
So I recently was called hipster. Okay cool, not mad. I asked what makes me a hipster and they were stumped. “Just the way you are! How you dress and all your hobbies!” Well, I looked up the actual word hipster and it simply is a person who is stylish and trendy in an unconventional way. It originated in the early 1940s describing jazz musicians or people who were jazz listeners. Of course, we have evolved ourselves over the years and hipsters are not all exactly people who sit in jazz clubs with a full suit and top hat every day. Just people who enjoy underground, independent music and style. If this is you, embrace it! 

If you’re a hipster: 

You have a unique taste in music, not to mention, a record player and maybe a collection of vinyls  

You may have one of these nice record players in your house, along with a collection of vinyls you would die for. Some of my favorite vinyls are Honeymoon by Lana del Rey, Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd, a couple Van Morrisons, and Abbey Road by the Beatles. I have plenty more and I always find myself ordering more and more. Oh! Not to mention a nice, versatile tapestry! 

You find yourself at coffee shops more than usual drinking teas and coffees most people have never heard of  At your local Starbucks or Teavana, you know the baristas and many times they know your order. Be aware of how often you visit a coffee shop, if you’re there close to everyday, you may be a “hipster.”

You prefer Apple products and are loyal to them even if Samsung has a breakthrough device.   

No matter what, I will always have an Apple product. I just like the look and Apple was the namebrand of the first device I have ever had. It’s just sharp looking! Even if Samsung comes out with the best phone on the planet, I will keep my iPhone.

You get angry when people ask you if you’ve heard a song that came out 3 years ago that you listened to first yet they claim it just came out. 
Try again late listeners! Glass Animals has been on my playlist for years now. Gooey did not come out in 2015. But okay. Those of you who can relate, feel betrayed, in a sense. When you listened to the newest underground tracks, it wasn’t cool, but now that it’s on the radio or in a movie trailer, people change their minds! It happens all the time, learn to live with it. 

You blog.   If you know what this is, enough said. 

Vintage-y stuff catches your eye  Along with your impressive, fancy Canon camera, you have a super cool old-fashioned polaroid camera, or atleast dream of having one. And anything else not of this era. Thrift shops and antique stores are always on your to-do list.

If any of these match your personality, you may be a hipster — and there’s nothing wrong with that! 

Thanks for reading, stay golden. 

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Face Masks: My Must-Haves

Wanna know how I get my face so clear? Read below! 

 Literally face masks are the best things ever. There are all kinds too. My favorites are the peel-offs eventhough they hurt peeling off! I also like the scruby kinds too. 

So I’m splitting this post in two, this one is the “Must Haves” which are the face masks you can buy at any beauty supply store or even supermarkets or grocery stores. The second part is homemade face masks so make sure you check that out too! 

Peel-Off Masks

 
This mask is brilliant! I’ve had this for a really long time so the packaging may look a little different now, but Queen Helene’s Grape Seed Extract Peel Off Masque will always be my favorite peel-off and it’s cheap! The only downside is that peel-off masks hurt. Well, I also have a very low pain tolerance so most people would probably think it’s fine. If you’re like me and you don’t like the feeling of tightness and pulling once the mask dries on, just think how even and bright your skin will look after! And omce it’s off, splash your face with cold water and pat dry, add a little facial lotion and you’re golden! You’ll feel like you have new skin! 

The next peel off is a new mask I’ve used for a couple months now and thought it was worth adding to the list.

This Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Peel-Off Mask smells great! It’s so fresh and does the same thing as the Queen Helene mask. There are full sizes of these available, but I barely use these. Once a week is good for these masks because they are really potent. Oh and that reminds me, keep away from eyes! Like do not get too close, it WILL burn, even if it’s not on your eye. 

For both of these peel-offs, I’ve had the best results leaving a thin layer on for 15 minutes then peel off (if you don’t peel off and wash off instead, the dry/dead skin will not get pulled off and that’s the whole point!). After you peeled it all off, splash your face with COLD water and make sure all the mask is removed. Then moisturize. 

Clog Dissolving Milk  
This mask is great when you’re in a hurry and need instant skin cleansing and clearness. Bliss’s Clog Dissolving Cleansing Milk has fast working exfoliating enzymes that work in just 5 minutes! That means you apply it, maybe brush your hair, pick an outfit and in no time, your skin looks great! With me, smell always matters and well, this mask smells great! There aren’t negatives except that this mask is pretty potent as well. Keep away from your eyes, don’t even risk getting close to them! 
Pore Refining Sheet Masks  
You can never go wrong with sheet masks! If you’re looing for moisture and softness, you’ll want a sheet mask. I really like this one because it helps in so many areas. The serum in the mask gives a gentle clean, removing makup or dirt you can’t see, smoothes and moisturizes. I have really bad dry skin, especially in the winter so you’ll see me in these a lot this time of year. Pretty close to every day! 

So that’s my skin mask spiel. 

Any questions, ideas, comments — don’t hesitate to contact me! 

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Get the Pocahontas look — It’s Easy!

Pocahontas Look

Alright, it’s seldom I ever go without eyeliner unless I’m doing this look. It’s natural and very golden, that’s why it’s called the Pocahontas look eventhough I don’t look like her exactly (it just reminds me of her). This look is great for tanner skin tones, but if you are not very tan, you can do this as well! 

Hydrate and Prime  
You’re going to want to start out using some sort of facial lotion, make sure it is for the face NOT the body! The product above is what you’re going to use as a primer! I am in love with Roc products and this is one of my favorites. A little goes a long way and it makes your skin soft and ready for foundation.

Apply Correct Shade of Foundation

  Any liquid foundation will work, but I prefer Nars’ Medium 4 Barcelona. Use a small amount, about two pumps. Apply all over your face, dot close up to your eyes, high cheeks, bridge of nose, and forehead. Use a kabuki brush and spread evenly. 

Now, we need to highlight. My favorite highlighter is Sephora’s Ultra Light drops. A little goes a long, long way with these! Spread half a drop under each eye with a concealing brush out to the top of your cheeks. All this does is make your undereyes look brighter and your cheeks will have a bright, glowy look. 

   

   

Next, we need to seal the liquid with powder. For this look, you’ll need powder foundation to bring more color out. Do not use translucent powder for this look, it will cancel out the brightness. I like to use Kat Von D’s Lock-It Tattoo powder foundation in Medium 56. Use the same kabuki brush from before and apply by patting, not rubbing. Careful when doing this, you do not want a cakey look. 

Bronzing Time! 

   

 Bronzing is my favorite type of makeup! It contours your face however you want and makes my face look thinner. For this look, we really want to bring out strong facial features. We want a high cheekbone and a sharp bone structure around your chin. Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed palette has a bronzer, a highlighter and a blush. To apply the bronzer, grab a slanted brush. This is kind of silly, but make a fish face! Like a duck face, but act like you ate something sour! The lines that appear on your cheeks from the corners of your mouth up to the side of your face is where you should apply bronzer. Do not be afraid to add too much bronzer because you can always blend it in with a kabuki brush. 

Mascara! 

  

Buxom’s Full and Fabulous Mascara is perfect for this look, but you can also use anything that makes your eyelashes look long and full! 

Cream Eyeshadow

Here is where you can get creative. Cream eyeshadows that are matte and neutral are all great for the Pocahontas look. i used a matte cream brown eyeshadow by Elle. Brown eyes are better off doing light browns to medium dark brown, blue and green eyes can do a light gold. For my look, I kept my eyeshadow on my eyelid, but pulling the color out a little more is fine too! 

Lips! 

  

Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita dries into a beautiful matte color. Before you apply this color, make sure you hydrate your lips. I like to use mint EOS balls before I apply any matte colored lipstick because they tend to dry out my lips. I love this lipstick so much, it lasts all day and doesn’t go anywhere when you eat or drink. Of course, you can use any matte lipstick with a slight pinkish brown, but this lipstick is a must have! 

So there you have it! My natural look secret and that I call my natural look Pocahontas. 

Comment pictures if you try it! I’m curious to see if anyone else loves it too. 

Curls. Waves. Coils. If you have these, you know stress all too well. Some Tips:

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From kinky to shiny waves
Growing up a mixed girl, I had constant frustration figuring out how to deal with my thick, kinky and coily hair. I’ve tried all the alternatives: chemical relaxers, brazillian blowouts, straightening my hair almost every day. Of course, I realized later on that none of these things were worth the time because they were simply ruining my hair’s full potential.

Let’s face it. Being a biracial, mixed girl, light-skin — whatever you wanna call ourselves, is tough, but you know it’s worth it! Once a girl figures out how to feel comfortable in their natural skin or hair, that is real empowerment. And not to mention, gorgeous.

Now that I have given my little peptalk, Let’s begin.

I’ve made a concise list of crucial tips I have learned over the years. Wish I had something like this to see when I was younger. Hope it helps someone out!

1. Do not, for heaven’s sake, shampoo your curly head every day! image

If you’ve been shampooing your hair more than twice a week, you may have found yourself in a shampoo frenzy. Your curls suffer from these! Frizziness, loss of softness and shine are just a few of the many shortcoming symptoms. A brand called DevaCurl sells a “fake shampoo” called No Poo which gives your precious, kinky little curls the same cleaning a regular shampoo offers without doing any harm. Of course, conditioning is ALWAYS a good idea. Curls can never be too conditioned — well I guess they could be, but that is too rare. Condition every day, shampoo less. You’ll see instant results.

2. Combs are a curl’s best friend — not brushes! 

Yes, yes I know what you’re thinking: brushing through those sopping wet curls are the fastest way to avoid those tiny painful knots. Yes, it may be faster and easier, but what you cannot see is the breakage. Combs, on the other hand, take a little more time, but save you all that other damage. The best combs to use are wide tooths. Keep one of these in your shower and comb through your hair while you’re conditioning! And later… Voila! No knots and no damage.

3. Put that blowdryer down! Unless you’ve got a diffuser!  

 Blowdryers have two identities. Blowdryer without diffuser = BAD! Blowdryer with diffuser = Better, but if you’re in a hurry, go ahead! Blowdryers lead to frizz and dryness. It is very close to using other heating tools like flat irons. A diffuser attatchment (supposed ease heat and lessen frizziness) can help, but do not use it every day. If you can go without it, do it. Let the sun and the outdoors do its handiwork, that is when your curls will look best! But it takes a little time depending on how much hair you have and how thick, but it’s always worth that hour of drying!

4. Oil! All kinds of oil!

Moroccan oil, coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil, avocado oil are all so helpful for unmanageable curlies. Oils have all kinds of benefits: quicker drying, shine, less frizziness, detangling. Use them, you’ll be glad, but not too much! A little can go a long way!

5. Use some sort of curl cream every day to style. It’s like curl food. Curlies gotta eat too!  

 DevaCurl and Miss Jessie’s curl creams are among the best curl stylers ever. After your hair is about 85% dry (so pretty much a little damp) apply about a quarter amount of either of these or use them together for really great effects. I like Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curl Cream the best and I’ll usually mix that with a tiny bit of DevaCurl cream. After applying a decent amount all over your curls, separate your hair into two sections vertically — like you’re doing piggy tails. 

Begin by grabbing a small section (about half an inch sections) and twisting it gently, but firmly AWAY from your face. Continue with that section until you have twisted them all in the same direction. They should stay in place, but some might get a little loose and that is fine. If they are not staying in the twists at all, your hair is too wet, squeeze some of the water out using your hands, NOT a towel. Never a towel. Do the same with the second half of your head, twist away from your face all in the same direction in small sections. 

After that you have two options. If you’re in a hurry, go ahead and use a blow dryer with a diffuser, but you’re at risk for some frizziness. If not in a hurry, let it air dry, go do some chores, wash your face, do your makeup, just try not to touch them too much. If some of the twists fall out, go ahead and re-twist them, otherwise leave them alone.

 After your hair has dried about 97%, carefully undo your twists one by one. The best way to do this is split each one in two and see how you like it, then keep spliting. Do not run your fingers through them, it’ll cause frizz! When you’re finished you’ll be one happy curly headed chick!