May 17, 2018

Get Boosted With Neutrogena

Thanks to @Neutrogena for sending me these products. This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. All opinions are my own #ItsInTheGel #GotItForFree
Neutrogena has a new mask collection inspired by South Korea's Innovative Technology that fuses nourishing essences with a polymer derived from seaweed to form a translucent. flexible sheet. Easy to apply, wear, and remove. Hydrogel conforms to the contours of the face. The options that available are 3 Hydrogel masks that allow you to Hydrate, Brighten  & Purify the skin. And then they have the Single Use Mask that hydrates the skin overnight and a clay mask that decongests the skin. These masks instantly penetrate into the skin and nourish the skin 



I had the chance to pick the mask according to my skin type and skin goals. Because I have normal to dry skin I always opt for Hydrated & Radiant Skin! So I was sent the Hydro-Boost Hydrating Hydrogel Mask and The Radiance Boost Brightening Hydrogel Mask. Along with a Single Use Hydro Boost Hydrating Overnight Gel Mask. 

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating  100% Hydrogel Mask is a moisturizing face mask that contains hyaluronic acid that instantly quenches dry skin and contours to your skin for optimal absorption leaving it supple and hydrated.  

The Neutrogena Radiance Boost Brightening 100% Hydrogel Mask boosts skin’s radiance and smooth skin’s texture. This innovative hydrogel face mask with vitamin B3 leaves your skin looking luminous, evenly toned, and radiant.

With Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Overnight Gel Mask you can wake up to hydrated, supple skin. This moisturizing overnight face mask with hyaluronic acid wraps skin in a deep gel cream while you sleep for smooth, soft skin. These Mask shots are packaged in neat, portable pods that are perfect for travel or use on the go. Each mask shot is sealed for maximum freshness until it's opened and applied. 






There is no excuse now not to take care of your skin.  I take pride in my skin and I can spend between 30mins. - 1 hour or more on my skincare routine. But this mask cut my routine in half. With this mask, you are getting the mask, essence, toner, serum, eye cream, lip mask and possibly moisturizer. Because I haven't had to apply moisturizer to my skin. It's definitely optional. You only have to apply this mask 10-15 minutes. WHAT A DREAM! If you are looking for something that is quick and gives you the results that you need go ahead and stock up on these you won't regret it! 












May 15, 2018

What's New In Beauty At Target





“The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.”


Hey Friends!

How many of you all are fans of Target? *Raising Hands* I AM!! Of course, I am or I wouldn't be creating a post about the new beauty items that hit Target. Diversity is very important to me and I think every shade should be celebrated. And Target is doing just that by not only celebrating diversity but celebrating women-owned companies! WOMEN STAND UP & TAKE YOUR CURTSY! I've been in Target and I've never seen these items yet in stores but they are online at this moment. I know that can suck for those that like to go shop in-store. But sometimes shopping online is far better because you have a bit more control and you save yourself time & gas. So I'm going to be sharing the beauty items that I'm looking forward to trying out this summer that also have some great reviews online. 





Violet Voss Sexy and Eye Know It Lashes



One thing that I love the most about summer is lashes. FLIRTY LASHES to be exact. Violet Voss is introducing three of their most popular lash styles to Target. These lashes provide extreme volume, brightens up the eyes, and enhances your eye makeup for both day and night all while complimenting your natural features. My favorite lashes from the three most popular are the "Violet Voss Sexy and Eye Know It Lashes. I love lashes that extend the eye and make it look sexy. I know it tabu for someone that has small eyes like myself but personally, I love that effect for myself. These lashes retail for $9.99. Violet Voss was created by a team of female makeup artists and their mission was to make long-lasting lip products, cruelty-free lashes, and other highly pigmented makeup products. 

Marlena founder of Makeup Geek 
Makeup Geek Bronze Luster Compact


Summer is not Summer without a healthy sunkissed glow. I'm currently eyeing this bronzer that gives your skin a soft beachy glow and it's the Makeup Geek Bronze Luster Compact. This product comes in three shades and the one that I'm interested in is Burnished. This bronzer is said you have a silky finish with a delicate kiss of pearl powder to add radiance and a healthy luster to the skin. Burnished has a warm tone for deep skin-tones. This product retails for $21.99


Melissa Butler, founder of The Lip Bar

I've heard much about The Lip Bar and to know that it's on Target Online & that it's a Black- Owned Brand owned by Melissa Butler gives me even the more reason to try it out. The Lip Bar Matte Liquid Lipstick has 12 shades. Now, normally I don't get too excited about bold shades like Boy Trouble on myself because I've never been into these types of shades on myself but I believe if I wear a lipliner I could make it more wearable on myself. The good thing about this liquid lipstick is that it is vegan & cruelty-free. And their claim of it being a Non-Drying formula which I think I will like because one thing I try to avoid is matte liquid lipsticks that suck the lips dry. This lippie retails for $13.00. Now I've heard mix reviews on this product. But being a blogger it's important for me to try it for myself. Just because something didn't work out for someone else doesn't mean it won't work out for me. 



Hue Noir True Hues Flawless Matte Foundation 


WOMEN OF COLOR COME THROUGH!!!!

Owned by Paula Hayes,  a product chemist who is also a woman of color who developed an innovative brand that blends both SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY. Hue Noir's mission is to change the face of beauty by putting multicultural women at the center of the modern beauty movement and by doing that they developed a luxurious makeup solution that's ideal for customers with nuanced skin tones ranging from fair to deep. This foundation claims to be a long-wearing, powder-matte finish foundation that's formulated in true skin-tone hues, providing coverage that is versatile and buildable. According to Target Online, the skin-friendly formula is weightless, comfortable, crease-resistand, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It's claims of lasting all day have me intrigued. This foundation retails for $19.99 and can be found on Target.com and soon inside Target.

I love the story behind Reina Rebelde which is the name of the brand, owned by Regina Merson who is a Latina that grew up in Mexico. This brand is for...

"the exquisite and ambitious woman who embodies her powerful cultural duality by showing her gran Belleza to the world. She is blessed with many choices: she speaks English y algunas veces espaƱol. She loves being Latina and Americana. She equally celebrates the beauty of her Reina and fierceness and grit of her Rebelde. She embraces her duality and has always understood the Fuerza that the perfect shade of lipstick provides to her already-dynamic life and how it powerfully transforms her mysterious beauty.
Reina Rebelde was born out of something I share with you — a passion for makeup and extreme pride for my cultural identity as a Latina. Growing up in Mexico, my makeup obsession started with the telenovela “Rosa Salvaje” and sitting at my mother’s feet watching her beauty rituals as she would get ready to go out for the night with her girlfriends. I’ve been addicted to makeup ever since. Years of makeup hoarding later, my collection is equal parts wild and unpredictable, bold and impractical, feminine and luxurious, sexy and severe — in many ways perfectly reflective of my complicated identity as a Mexican woman embracing an amazing American existence.
Inspired by our collective experience as Reinas Rebeldes, I created this collection of products with built-in versatility to give life to our many dualities, full of provocative shades that deliver the boldness and passion that we bring to the rituals of applying them, and that will take us from glamorous to fierce, aspirational to trailblazing, messy to polished, and allow us to unapologetically and authentically share our Reina Rebelde essence with the world.
Con Besos, "


Reina Rebelde 4 Play Wet Dry Eye Color (Oaxaca)


Summer is a great time to bring out the bolds. And when I saw this palette I automatically thought of the Nautical Style Color Palette which to me is perfect for summer. I think this palette is very versatile because it can be worn day and night depending on how it's being applied. It can be applied dry or wet. And check this! This collection was created by a Latina Women so its good to see some diversity and culture at Target. There are 4 palettes and each one tells a story. 4 Play Wet Dry Eye Color in Oaxaca gives life to the enchanted land and vibrant color of Oaxaca, Mexico. The quad includes four stunning shades: gold, periwinkle lavender shimmer, and matte indigo and retails for $18.00 and based on the reviews this palette is pretty amazing! This product can be found Target.com and soon inside Target on the shelves.

    


EveryHue Stay All Day Setting Spray




Founded by 4 women Gizelle Bryant, Erika Liles, Karlene Damallie, & Sophia Rabkins, who believed that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and complexions. While our beauty makes us preciously unique, we are of one tribe. I'm looking forward to trying out all of their products but I'm mainly interested in the EveryHue Beauty Stay All Day Setting spray because that is something I will need this Summer to keep my makeup intact. They claim that this setting spray extends the wear of your makeup for up to 16hours while minimizing smudging and fading. According to their site...



" It is ideal for all skin types. This luxurious makeup setting spray is hydrating and infused with opalescent gold specks! "SET, REFRESH and GLOW". Spray after applying makeup to set or spray before makeup to hydrate and refresh skin. How to Use: Hold 8 -10 inches away from your face. Gently close your eyes. Mist your face in a circular motion. Avoid spraying directly into eyes or mouth."

This product retails for $9.99 and can be found on Target.com and soon inside Target on the shelves.



I'm so ready to glow up this summer with a punch of color! And I feel this Glowlighter is the perfect one for me. I've always been a fan of orange blushes and felt it compliments women of color skin tone. This one is called "Just Peachy". What I love the most about this brand is that it is Black Owned and operated by its founder, Lorraine R. Dowdy. who is also a WOMAN!! YAAASSS! 
"Our Focal Point GlowLighters are butter soft highlighters that melt into your skin and blend like a dream. These highlighters apply weightlessly for maximum illumination."
This Glowlighter retails for $19.99 and comes in 4 shades and can be found on Target.com and soon inside Target on the shelves. 



HALEYS RE: SET Liquid Matte Foundation Deep




HALEYS Beauty was founded in 2016 by Ashley Ocampo and was created with the mission to create a makeup line that also helps treat common skincare concerns, HALEYS Beauty products are vegan and made without sulfates, phthalates, parabens and fragrance. HALEYS Beauty is also cruelty free & vegan free. 

So what I'm really excited about is HALEYS RE: SET Liquid Matte Foundation. This collection has a wide range of complexion shades and because it's summer I'm definitely going to be switching up my routine a bit for a mattifying finish. This liquid foundation is said to offer a smudge-proof coverage, comfortable long wear and a striking matte finish. They also mentioned that it camouflages skin imperfections so if you have enlarged pores or texture. It may just blur that out. This foundation retails for $19.99 and looks to be brown girl friendly. You can find this product on Target.com and it will soon be on the shelves inside Target! I can not wait!



The eight brands will bring more than 150 products to Target, ranging in price from $9.99 to $24.99, and are now available on Target.com and in hundreds of Target stores on May 20. So be on the look out!

Also this past weekend I was inside Target with my clients. It was a new Target that just opened in Richmond, TX. In the beauty section, they are going more with an open concept with a beauty counter. So you have beauty specialist that offer makeovers and you can test products there. I'm hoping that their bringing this concept to each location because it's definitely needed more than ever with these new brands that coming in-store. 







May 2, 2018

Why I Decided To Become An Organ Donor




This is a very different subject from what I normally talk about on my blog but I want to open up a discussion and share a bit more about myself and a bit of why I chose to be an organ donor. 


DID YOU KNOW???
An organ donation from a single person can save up to eight other people. And one of the biggest misconceptions that keep people from becoming a doner that they are less likely to try to save your life. Which is not true. The doctor's primary goal is to protect the owner of the organ first. And also doctors do not get any investments or have any affiliation with the transplant center. So there is no reason for them not to do what they are there to do and that is to take care of you while you are yet still breathing. I also learned that "there are three layers of protection against that" one at the national level called UNOS, one at the local level called the OPO, and these have rules and regulations that protect organ donation. Let's me be clear on what UNOS and OPO are because what we not going to do on this blog is use words and terms that people may not understand. Again I want to educate just as I was educated. 

UNOS also known as United Network for Organ Sharing is a private, non-profit organization that manages the nation's organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. This collaboration helps make life-saving organ transplants possible each day.


OPO also known as Organ Procurement Organization offer opportunities for volunteering and helping to raise awareness about the importance of registering as a doner. There are 58 OPOs in the United States, each with its own designated service area. 


OPOs have two major roles in their service area. They are responsible for:



  1. Increasing the number of registered donors. To encourage donor sign-ups, OPOs may reach out to communities by sponsoring advertising campaigns; organizing programs in schools, worksites, or faith institutions; sharing print and electronic materials, and more.
  2. Coordinating the donation process. When donors become available, representatives from the OPO will evaluate the potential donors, check the deceased’s state donor registry, discuss donation with family members, contact the OPTN computer system that matches donors and recipients, obtain a match list for that specific donor, and arrange for the recovery and transport of donated organs. They also provide bereavement support for donor families and volunteer opportunities for interested individuals.



Apr 30, 2018

The Best Sunscreen For Face

How many of us love the sun but not the effects of it? (Raising Hands) And how many of you wear sunscreen daily? I know if you are an entrepreneur, mom-preneur or just plain ole busy it's hard to maintain the skin let along your life. But if you care anything about yourself and the future you consider my advice when I say include sunscreen in your routine. 

In my opinion, next to cleaning your skin, exfoliating your skin, toning your skin & applying serum to skin...This would be the next important. Because it's all great and dandy to do all the things that I listed but if you're not protecting your skin you're doing a disservice to yourself. It's almost like you're wasting time doing all the other steps. So Aunty Faith has brought you some of her top favorite sunscreens for the face that you must consider adding to your regimen.
First I think it's important to explain WHY sunscreen is so important and the benefits of it. As we get older what happens? If we are human we age. Some age a bit faster than others but we all age. Sunscreen acts as a shield protecting our skin from the harmful UV rays that penetrate every time your skin is exposed to the sun. These harmful rays can eventually cause internal damage but they can also cause external damage, like skin cancer, and most of all premature aging such as fine lines & wrinkles. It decreases the collagen of the skin which basically means you lose elasticity of the skin. It darkens age spots or acne scarring. These are just some of the reasons why sunscreen is so important to wear. It is our shield of protection no matter what color we are we are not exempt from sun damage & aging. 
Today I have a roundup of the best sunscreens to wear on the face which offer the necessary UV protection with a lightweight & non-sticky, silky sheer finish and that's not oily. Some of these have a higher count than others. The longer you are in the sun the higher the count needs to be. If you are in the sun for a bit you need to at minimal wear a sunscreen of 30 minimum. But you will notice that I have a couple of 15's on the list. These are only if you are not out in the sun for that long. You just need a bit of coverage. Like if you're going to the grocery store and back home. Ok here's my round up.


Receive a Free Anthelios Sport SPF 60 Sunscreen Sample with every order! Enter Code SPORT at checkout. Valid 5/5-5/7/18.

Apr 26, 2018

PIXI BEAUTY MATTE LAST LIQUID LIP TREATS - REVIEW & SWATCHES

Hey Fam, I'm back with another blog post! When I said I was going live with a new post a day, I was not lying! Today I'm bringing you a review of something that I've been constantly using for 5 months and I think it's time to talk about it.  This is the Pixi beauty Matte Last Liquid Lip Treats. 




In December of 2017 I received one of the most beautiful-LEST PR Packages that reminded me of a "Once Upon A Time" themed storybook. Very Dreamy I must say! It contained skin treats & the Matte Last Liquid Lip Treats which I will be talking about today. Can I get a what WHAT!



Photo Credit: http://www.glamorousmakeup.net/


Now available in 6 Shades. I currently have five shades but the prettiest pink shade was added to this collection. These lip colors in regards to performance are very pigmented, they last long and they are comfortable on the lips. 




The Pixi-Petal applicator provides even coverage and it allows you to apply quickly with one swipe because of the size of the applicator. The applicator wand does have some flexibility to it which I think makes it ergonomically friendly. It may take some time getting use to if you are a person that likes to have more control but I think you will adjust fast because it requires no effort. 


As mentioned I received these products in December so I've been using it for a good amount of time and honestly, these are my go to because I love the formula and how it applies and wears on my lips. I think on average you may get 5-6 hours before you start to see the color start to fade but they wear beautifully. Even after you see some decent wear it starts to look more like a stain.  If you have texture and fine lines on your lips what I love about these matte lip treats is the fact they don't showcase the texture. It's almost like they add a veil or filtered layer on your lips.

I personally prefer matte lip creams but I've had my experiences where the lip cream would start to get crusty, break-up into this nasty texture. But these lip treats are the total opposite which is why it has become my go to!

Another thing I can say about these liquid matte lip treats...They are brown girl friendly. So they work for all skin tones. 


Here are some swatches! I love all of them but the three I tend to wear the most are Matte Beige, Au Naturelle, & Evening Rose. 

Wearing Au Naturelle

Wearing Matte Beige & Evening Rose



Right Here I have on Au Naturelle
 Overall these are some of the best matte liquid lipsticks and I highly recommend them. You can find them HERE for $14

What are your thoughts on this formula? Will you be trying them out? If you do tag me on Instagram. By the way...Are you following me?


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