4 “Popping” Drugstore Beauty Products of 2017!

Hello my sweets! A new year brings on new opportunities for people in anything they set their mind too. Once you decide you’re ready to go after your dreams, go for it and never stop until your are happy.

Back to the message at hand, This year I vowed I would do what I love this time around and stop wasting time with excuses. As I grew older I grew a found love for any and everything that’s about beauty. For some ladies and gents wearing eyelash extensions and doing a cut crease gives them confidence. And honey! The world is your oyster, may your day be as flawless as your makeup! 

There’s no denying everytime my fiancé and I would  go shopping at our local drugstore (of course before getting dragged away like a little kid getting denied candy by hubby haha) I would go right into the makeup aisle and browse the amazing selections of inexpensive beauty products from anti-wrinkle creams to concealers and makeup tools for a very cheap price. 

The amazing thing about drugstore products is that they’re hundreds of Makeup Dupes on Pinterest of MUAS performing swatches with highend makeup products and find that perfect match to pull off that high end look and still save money. 

For example, ELF and MAC setting spray has the same consistency as one another. It gives your final appearance a matte polished finished and the only difference between the products is the price.

While shopping I have laid my eyes on a few makeup products which made me do a little research of my own on the products that’s supposed to be “popping” in the drugstore aisle of 2017. After watching beauty YouTubers reviews and reading customer feedback, I’m convinced the products listed below are a must have in my makeup bag for 2017.



I have read many reviews all stating the same thing about the matte lipstick by Milani Cosmetics. This matte lipstick comes with amazing pigmented colors and the lipstick stays on all day! You can get it at your local Target or Walgreens for 7.99 or online here.

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I have found this amazing highlighter by NYX from TatyBeauty a beauty YouTuber while looking to expand my “No Makeup” makeup look. TatyBeauty gives this highlighter a thumbs up if your looking for an inexpensive good quality highlighter. You can get this product at your local Ulta for $8.99 USD!

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When I was browsing for a new electric facial brush to purchase online for these clogged pores and blackheads, I was over joyed when I ran into the LAVO Giro Cleansing Brush on Amazon. I was skeptical because of the “eyebrow raising” price of  $25.97 USD. However, the customer reviews said otherwise that this facial brush is definitely on the “popping” list of beauty products and facial cleaning brushes. It minimizes pores,removes diets + oils and makes your face feel soft and clean right after.

Also! If you use promotion code “GIRO5OFF” it will take an additional $5.19 USD off the total of the facial brush! Look at that, inexpensive brush and more money in your pocket, sounds like a deal to me!


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If you haven’t heard about ColourPop Cosmetics by now I just have one question – Where have you been?! ColourPop Cosmetics are known for their pigmented eyeshadows and of course their eyebrow selections.  Their eyebrow pencils come in a variety of natural colors.

  • Blonde.
  • Honey Blonde.
  • Dope Taupe.
  • Arched Auburn.
  • Red Head.
  • Angin’ Brunette.
  • Black N’ Brown.
  • Jesp


If you want natural looking eyebrows for $5.00 USD, Click here.

I’m excited to see what’s more to come from the beauty industry and this is only the beginning for my beauty journey! Will I try to keep my natural look or will I experience with vibrant colors?

Until next time!

XOX, Aneesha

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Inexpensive Must Have Makeup Brushes!

Hello lovelies! Just recently I have discovered my new found love for makeup and beauty. After watching some of my favorite Beauty YouTubers, I had to upgrade my makeup tools and also not spend a fortune at the same time.

I was on the internet for hours trying to pick and choose between many great options. Yet, I found the Silky 10 piece by Duôrīme Makeup. I was skeptical on purchasing the  eyeshadow brush kit due too – I’ve never heard of this brand before and the brushes we’re crazy cheap, It was a “too good to be true” situation. For only $7.98 USD for a set of 10 brushes I was tempted to hit the “Save Order” button. However, I wanted to say forget it and use MannyMua promo code for guaranteed good quality brushes from Morphe Brushes. After a lot of thinking any thing that helps me save extra money and the brushes are good quality for the price, you have my full attention. I took the risk and purchased the brushes. And I’m thankful I did, These brushes we’re worth the risk!

Every makeup artist on planet Earth always recommend to investing on good quality makeup brushes which is 100 percent correct. Not only does it allow your makeup application to be applied smoothly and easily but it makes your final look appear ten times better!

I was immediately drawn to the small angle brush, It was perfect for applying my NYX Tame & Frame pomade to my eyebrows finishing it with a defined natural look. To my surprise the bristles on the brushes were very soft for the material to be synthetic. But for the price, I’m not complaining!

The eyeshadow brush set comes with, 

  • Small angled brush.  (I Use)
  • Eye Shader.
  • Flat Definer. (I Use)
  • Short Shader.
  • Angled Shading.
  • Tapered Blending. (I Use)
  • Concealer Brush. (I Use)
  • Pencil Brush. (I Use)
  • Lip Brush. (I Use)
  • Eyeliner Brush. (I Use)

I have been using these brushes for a few months and there has been ZERO shedding, the handle is sturdy and the bristles held up well after its washings. And the brushes distribute the product fantastically and apply a lot of pigment to all applied areas. 

If your a beginner on a budget looking for inexpensive starter eyeshadow brushes to add to your beauty tools or for when traveling away from home, I highly recommend giving these brushes a try here!

Until next time! 

XOX,

Aneesha

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Bye Bye Under-Eye Bags and Puffiness

Hello lovelies!

 To wake up and discover you have the case of under-eye puffiness and bags can become very frustrating when you have a long day ahead of you. It makes you want to crawl back into bed and hope they disappear. Under-eye bags has been a huge beauty issue in my makeup, morning routine and my life! Have me questioning how did they get there? How to get rid of them? 

There are many explanations for the cause of under-eye bag and puffiness. One can get this from:

  • Genetics.
  •  Lack of sleep.
  • Dehydration.
  • High use of salt in diet.
  •  Allergies.

 The results of under-eye bags gives us an appearance of exhaustion and like we got punched in both eyes. 
But don’t fret! Since I was 16 years old I’ve been battling with this beauty issue until just recently. I have found wonderful tips and home remedies that will fix this unsightly weight we carry under our eyes in no time! And I want to share them with all of you!

  1. Cold Spoon– Applying a cold spoon to my under-eye bags has became crucial to my makeup/morning routine. Place a spoon in the freezer for 15 minutes and place the silverware under your eye until it’s room temperature. The coolness will bring down eye swelling and reduce redness tremendously!
  2.  Cucumber Slices | Believe it or not. Cucumbers is the most frequent home remedy used to help reduce dark circles, swelling and redness. The caffeic acid brings down the water retention under the eyes to bring down the swelling. Place a cool and clean cucumber slice over each eye for 30 minutes at least once a day for a week to see results. For extra measures, Rub a cotton ball in the cucumber juice and rub under each eyes and rinse after 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Raw Potato Slices | There are natural agents in a potato that lightens the look of dark circles, reduce bags and puffiness. If you don’t have any cucumbers handy, Potato slices is the next best home remedy I use. Using a potato to remove eye puffiness is used in the same method as the cucumber.
  4. Cold Milk | Cold milk is another home remedy to use in combat against eye puffiness. The combination of vitamins, amino acids and proteins helps reduce the unsightly look of under-eye puffiness. Dip a clean dry paper towel in a glass of whole milk, and place under both eyes for a total of 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
  5. Egg Whites | Egg whites are an easily accessible remedy to help treat puffy eyes. Egg whites reduce irritation and stimulate circulation to reduce dark circles. Simply apply already beaten egg whites with a Q-Tip or cotton ball under the eyes and let dry for 15 minutes. And gently rinse. Added Bonus! The under eye area is very thin and being rough with this area also cause darkness and redness. Be gentle when working with the skin around the eyes.

I have listed my favorite natural home remedies to treat under-eye bags and puffiness. 

What are some of your tricks and tips to treat under-eye bags/puffiness?

XOX,

Aneesha

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Hit or Miss: Kylie Jenner “Dark of Knight” Lip Kit Review

Hello lovelies! Kylie Jenner’s new makeup collection Kylie Cosmetics has been a huge hit since it came out to the public in the early 2016. It was impossible to get your hands on the product due to it being sold out in a mere 10 minutes. 

After a few months I gave up getting my hands on the “2016 Favorite matte lipstick”. Until one day I seen a give away from one of my favorite bloggers with the prize being Kylie Lip Kit. Thinking to myself my chances of winning are slim to none since I’m Queen Unluck, I said why not and checked the requirements to enter. Let’s just say I’m grateful I have a “Why not go for it” attitude.

When my fiancé handed me a package on Christmas morning from my girl over at Melanin Mommie, I knew exactly what was in the package. My giveaway prize Kylie Jenner “Dark of Knight” Lip Kit! 

I won! Wooo hooo! I never win anything, You guys should of have seen all the 90’s dance moves I was busting out near the Christmas tree lol.

When I opened the package of course was greeted by a lovely “Merry Christmas” letter from my girl @JustLynn_ (Your Amazing Hun!) and the holy grail of matte lipstick! The Kylie Lip Kit, I couldn’t wait to try it on.

I was immediately sold when I noticed a lip pencil also came with the lipstick, Every woman that’s involved with makeup or beauty knows the struggle when you find the perfect lipstick but can’t find the lip liner! I was instantly ecstatic, I was able to easily outline my lips and with only ONE shade, I was able to satisfy my makeup needs. But wait, no  flakes or over drying? I was waiting for the matte lipstick to show me some type of flaw but surprisingly, I was proved to be wrong. 

The lipstick applied beautifully to my lips and gave them a sexy definition. Immediately after applying the liquid sensation it felt as if I didn’t have anything on my lips at all. After 2-3 hours I would check my makeup to do any touch ups but my lipstick looked the same as it did when I applied it. 

 I stayed away from matte lipstick because even though you get a defined neat look, it’s tough to get off! Using 2 to 3 wipes just to remove makeup from your lips can cause one a lot of money. KLK I was able to remove my matte lipstick with one wipe and no problem. I felt like I was watching a magician perform a disappearing act right before my eyes.

Dark of Knight gave me a confident alluring look, that gave me the appearance and attitude of someone that demand respect.

If your looking for a bad ass, night out in the city look. You definitely want to give this lipstick a go!

Until next time!

XOX,

Aneesha

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My 8 Favorite Beauty YouTube Channels

Hey lovelies! Ever since I discovered makeup tutorials on YouTube when I was 13 years old, I’ve been hooked ever since. There are millions of people on YouTube that’s making makeup tutorials, Vlogs, DIY Tutorials etc. Yet, It’s literally impossible to land on every single channel created on YouTube in one lifetime. Luckily over the years, I came across some amazing beauty gurus that promote confidence, All while teaching you to apply makeup on your own! Here’s my favorites beauty YouTubers that taught me how to apply my own makeup.

  

1.) Jesse Arreola – Meet Jesse Arreola! The definition of slay! He’s a MUA and a beauty influencer. I just recently discovered his channel from a twitter follower sharing one of his makeup tutorials and I fell in love! He’s very informative and detailed in his tutorials. I learned the proper brushes to use while applying makeup just from watching his videos. Let’s just say, My makeup went from beginner to professional.

2.) Aaliyah Jay– I’ve been following Aaliyah ever since I discovered I love makeup. One thing Aaliyah and I have in common is that we have dry skin. She has unique makeup tutorials that are made just for us dry skin folks, That will moisturize our skin and slay at the same time. Also her story time videos always makes my ribs ache from laughter! Her bubbling personality makes it impossible to watch just one video.

3.) The Glam Twins 334– I love Kelsey and Kendra! And Glam is the perfect word to describe their channel! They’re down to earth and beauty gurus from skin care, hair tips and way more! After I gave birth to my daughter in 2013, My hair fell out horribly from no longer taking the prenatal vitamins. These girls saved my hair from their simple and easy hair care routine!

4.) Alissa Ashley– Another one of my YouTube favorites is Alissa Ashley! I found Alissa while searching on YouTube one day on how to properly apply makeup with hooded eyelids for a friend, And I’ve been watching her videos ever since. Alissa is very informative with her tutorials and bold with her makeup, If I’m ever feeling courageous and want a bold sexy look, Alissa’s channel is my go-to. 

5.) Nitraa B– I’ve been following Nitraa B’s channel ever since I discovered her bomb dot com Eyebrow tutorial back in 2014 when I wanted to do more than fill in my eyebrows. And honey! I now use concealer, eyebrow pomade and spoolie all from Nitraa B detail makeup tutorials. She’s a lifestyle/beauty blogger to the core! She does hair tutorials, fashion hauls, Home decor and more. She’s just a splash of fun and her personality rubs off on you very easily in her videos.

6.) ItsMyRayeRaye– My girl Raye! I have mastered pretty much any simple DIY Beauty trick and tips thanks to Raye. She has DIY tricks for manicures, Skin care, hair care you name it! Her YouTube channel has saved me serious money! Also her Nicki Minaj “Feeling Myself” makeup tutorial has blown me away! I would have easily mistaken her for the star rap artist, because the resemblance was stunning. Hashtag skills! 

7.) Nicole Guerriero– The gorgeous Nicole, I was curious of all the hype of the gorgeous beauty guru that’s on YouTube pulling off celebrity recreate tutorials from Rihanna to Kylie Jenner, and the hype was true. She uses ranges of cosmetics from drugstore to high end, And right there I was sold, When I seen her amazing skills while recreating one of the characters from my favorite childhood movie Beetle Juice! I knew I was going to be a long time subscriber.

8.) Missy Lynn/Start 2 Finish MUA– Missy Lynn is definitely one of the MUAs on the list that truly inspired me. She’s an Air Force Veteran and knows how to slay with a makeup brush! Her affordable stylish fashion hauls are to die for!

When I’m trying to perfect the winged eyeliner look or A DIY trick for growing out my natural hair, YouTube is the place I go to, after google of course . Until next time lovelies!

XOX,

Aneesha

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Makeup Products I’ll Always Repurchase

I tend to switch up things from time to time when it comes to my makeup routine. One year I’m wearing a face full of makeup and the next year I’m wearing no makeup at all. However, After a few years of wearing makeup and watching makeup tutorials on YouTube. I found the holy grail items that I use for my “everyday” makeup look.  The following products not only do the job, But they’re all affordable and can be found in your local beauty supply store.And of course I have to share these amazing products so you can try them out yourself!

1.) LA Girl HD Pro Concealer | This is my favorite concealer of all time! I discovered this product while watching makeup guru  Aaliyah Jay applying the product during one of her makeup tutorial. This product is inexpensive and applies on smoothly with or without foundation. It has GREAT coverage, and it varies in all different shades. 

2.)  NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade | I’ll be the first to admit I barely have any eyebrows, So finding a product that doesn’t look harsh on my face was a task. But This product makes my eyebrows look very natural. You would never think I have any product on my brows unless I tell you. This fabulous product comes in many natural shades for everyone to use. Definitely worth buying for only $6.99.


3.) Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara | The name fits perfectly for this mascara “falsies”, Maybelline has done it this time with this “false eyelashes in a bottle” product. It makes your eyelashes POP and appear longer and thicker with just one or two coats. 


4.) NYX HD Translucent Photogenic Setting Powder | This is another tip I’ve learned from Aaliyah Jay by watching her tutorials. After applying concealer and/or highlighter, Applying this product on top for about 10 seconds gives your face a natural glow in any lighting. I don’t go anywhere without setting my makeup. And it’s great for oily skin. 

5.) NYX Lip Lingerie Lipstick | The color that I use is beauty mark and This product makes my lips look amazing, Full and scrumptious. Applying NYX Lip Pencil in the color dark brown. Completes my lips with a cute color that’s perfect for the Autumn season  and goes great with any outfit.


These are the 5 products hat I apply everyday that always do my face justice for any occasion.

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Product Review | E’TAE Carmelux Hair 


I dread when wash day comes up on my phone as a reminder, But I could not wait to try E’TAE products that I purchased earlier this month.

After so long of hearing amazing things and watching all the “You have to see it to believe it” videos. I was more then convinced this product would do wonders to my hair. Of course I wanted to try the product out to give my honest opinion on the product, So here we go!

Carmel Deep Reconstructing Treatment

In the instructions provided it states to apply this product first. It provided a soft,silk and smoothness to my hair immediately, And the scent of the product was alluring, I was very tempted not to apply the whole bottle into my head just because of the fragrance alone.

Carmelux Deep Penetrating Treatment Shampoo

The first thing that made me fall in love with E’TAE shampoo is that it’s sulfate free! Not only does this shampoo has great natural ingredients that lathers my hair until its left squeaky clean, But this shampoo has also improved my dry and flaky scalp that I had for years and leaves my hair with a natural shine. 

Carmelux Silk Protein Conditioner

I’m not as picky when it comes to shampoo. But I most certainly am when it comes to the conditioner that goes into my hair. I never judge hair products from what I expect out of it. However, from what they’re putting on the table to help improve my hair, I’m the judge of if they’re trying to persuade me. This condition claims it makes hair easier to detangle, improves texture and eliminates breakage. And those 3 can be checked off the list because it’s completely accurate. The first thing I noticed after 2 to 3 washes, My hair that once was dry and brittle after fully transitioned, turned shiny and bouncy. And I couldn’t get enough of the volume this conditioner provided as well.

E’TAE Buttershine

And last but not least E’TAE buttershine moisturizer, Right before blow drying my hair, I apply a dime size into my hair and massage into my scalp to prevent my scalp from growing dry. Which was an amazing tip because too much of the product can cause your hair to weigh down slightly. E’TAE butterhshine moisturizer is definitely a product I’ll repurchase.

Overall, E’TAE hair products produced to great results for my hair. With the proper hair styling tools and this amazing product, I was able to give my hair something it hasn’t had in a very long time shine, moisture and importantly healthy hair.

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 How To Prevent Razor Bumps and Burns


There is nothing more frustrating when attempting to make your legs,arms, underarms and bikini area soft and nude, Only to suffer from the unattractive look of razor burns and bumps, On worse occasion even an infection. Let’s face it, Peoples who’s skin is prone to getting razor bumps or burns has to spend a little more cash on razors or shaving creams to prevent the madness from getting worse. But what if you don’t have the extra cash to get one?

Luckily, There are tips to take to avoid these eyesores. If you have a bone to pick with razor bumps, Follow these tips below and your chances of getting razor burns and bumps will minimize dramatically.

1.) Never Pick It! | I can not stress this enough, Never pick at your razor burns or bumps. You can introduce an possible infection and they won’t go away. Leave it alone. Just keep an eye out for any possible infections.

2.) Don’t Use A Dull Blade | Using old, brittle and rusty razor blades will cause razor bumps. If you decide to go the electric route, Make sure the razor is sharp. You don’t want the blades pulling and pinching at your skin, Causing your hair follicles to become irritated and inflamed.

3.) Use Ice | If you still happen to get razor burns or bumps, Applying ice where the site is irritated will slow down the inflammation and irritation. 

4.) Exfoliate The Problem Areas | And not harshly, A Gentile exfoliating of the problem areas removes dead skin and open up clogged pores and remove the hair that was stuck in the hair bump. This  technique will also stop it from returning.

5.) Use Lotion or Antibacterial Cream | If you suffer from dry skin, Applying a non fragrance lotion or over the counter creams will help with redness and irritation.

6.) Rinse With Cold Water | Its always essentially best to rinse the areas you shaved with cold water to close the pores, So bacteria has a least likely chance of causing an infection.

7.) Apply Crushed Up Aspirins | This trick I would use religiously! If my razor bump wasn’t looking like it was going away. Crush up some aspirins, Mix well with lukewarm water until it forms a chunky paste and place it onto the problem areas for five to ten minutes. And wash off again with warm warter. One of the ingredients that helps remove the dead skin cells and kills bacteria is salicylic acid. And it also helps clean out the pores as well.

If you follow these tips, Your razor bumps and burns should improve by a mile.

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Rouge Louboutin Lipstick Review


Let’s talk about one of the worlds legends in beauty products and cosmetics! Christian Louboutin, He has done it again with his Rouge Louboutin lipstick collection, That has the most beautiful shades I’ve ever seen, such as silky satin, velvet matte and sheer viole perfect for the fall/autumn weather.

I picked up the shade “velvet matte” while shopping at my local mall and fell in love. It’s a beautiful red color, That gives a classy finish to any look. The lipstick is very easy to apply, and does not give your lips and dry look while applying . Another thing that I love about this lipstick is the stability, I normally have to apply my lipstick every 2 to 3 hours, I was able to enjoy my night without having my face in a mirror 24/7 to reapply my lipstick for atleast 4 to 5 hours.

This shade is perfect for date night, the night out with the girls or even for a classy/formal event.

This high end product came to a total of $65 – And it was worth the buy. You get your money’s worth and the beautiful tube the product comes in catches your eyes with ease. 


If you need a perfect red lipstick that enriched with amazing ingredients, I definitely recommend this product!


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How To Organize Makeup Bag


A few months ago I’ve been very interested in learning how to do makeup. I’ve been watching makeup tutorials on YouTube and practicing on myself and others. But, Not to toot my own horn, But my skills has improved drastically for the better. However, Along with learning how to apply makeup; Is purchasing beauty products you may or may not like or the beauty brushes to apply the product correctly – Which cause your makeup bag, Drawer or vanity to become cluttered with expired, unused beauty products and along with your favorites that are hidden.

My makeup bag looks so much neat and organized after cleaning and sorting my makeup stash. Since this was such a helpful and time-saving process for me, I figured why not share my tips on how to properly clean your makeup collection and get everything organized for easy access to your everyday makeup routine.

                               

  • Gather all your makeup in one spot before starting.
  • Gather your makeup into piles, A pile that you’re keeping,undecided,donate or throw away.
  • Make sure you’re completely honest with yourself during this sorting process, If you haven’t worn a blush or concealer because of the shade, Donate it to someone who will use it so the product don’t go to waste.
  • For the products your undecided on, Store them away in an storage area that’s not wet or damp, Whenever you have the perfect outfit or event and that product will go great for good use, Pull it out and rock it.
  • Throw away expired and older products first, When sorting through the beauty products you are keeping, It will be much easier to organize with the older ones out of the way.

  • Pick a clean space to keep all your beauty products stored so that it’s easy to have easy access.
  • If you have just a bag to keep your makeup organized, Find a bag with compartments for your brushes, lipstick, moisturizer etc. If you have more space like a vanity or drawer, Invest in boxes,containers and/or boxes to store your makeup. There are great DIY Crafts for decorating containers and boxes on Pinterest.
  • Organize your makeup by product, Keep your liquid foundation in one drawer and your lipstick in another etc. If you’re in a hurry to get out the door, You know where to find that specific makeup product with no problem.
  • Keep your favorites products that is use for everyday use in the frontto have quick access.
  • If you have duplicates, Keep your favorite one out and store the other one away so it won’t be forgotten.

Organizing my makeup collection was the best thing I can do to make my morning and makeup routine smoother. I think I’m going to repeat this process every 3 to 6 months, Just to keep my makeup stash under control. I’ll know which products I need to repurchase because I’m running out and products not to buy because I have two of the same products at home.

How do you organize your makeup collection? Comment below!

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