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The 4 Best Eyeliner Brushes for your Favorite Winged Eye Look

Winged liner. One of the most requested and desired makeup looks. It was one of the first things I taught myself how to do when I was really getting into makeup. There are many different ways that you can draw that perfect ‘cat-eye’ and it is the best way to completely change your look and eye shape. A good winged eye, as with any other makeup look, is much easier to achieve with great tools. That does not mean you have to buy the most expensive brushes, but find tools that you can afford and allows you to achieve the look that you are going for.

When I was learning how to draw on liner, I initially started with pencils. I quickly moved to liquid liner with a felt tip. Then I started using cake and gel liners. I love playing with the different textures and achieving different effects. This video and post are about the different types of brushes that you can use to apply gel and cake eyeliners. What I am trying to convey is that it is not necessarily important to buy a certain brand, but look at the various options you have, experiment and pick a brush that makes it easy for you to use.

Best Eyeliner Brushes – TIPS
  • Look for synthetic brushes as they work better with wetter products like gels. Natural hairs are fine but they may break while using.
  • Look for thinner brushes. This allows you to get really close to the lashline.
Best Eyeliner Brushes – VIDEO

Best Eyeliner Brushes – TYPES

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What you must buy at the Sephora VIB Sale 2017 + wishlist

It’s that time of year! It is early Christmas at Sephora. Today, 10th November is the start of the Sephora VIB Sale 2017. This is Sephora’s biggest shopping event of the year and it only happens annually. In this video, I share all of my product recommendations and items on my wishlist. This is quite a long video, but it is broken down into sections: Haircare, Fragrance, Skincare and Makeup. I will have timestamps listed below to guide you. These are the products that I have loved using, or that I have been lemming for. There are a few items that I included are products that have gotten rave reviews and are well respected and loved.

Sephora VIB Sale 2017 – Tips

A few details on the Sephora VIB Sale 2017….

  • You have to be a Beauty Insider member. Different tiers have different discounts.
  • VIB Rouge: 20% off, November 3-6 and November 10-15. Code: 20FORROUGE
  • VIB: 20% off, November 10-15. Code: 20FORVIB
  • BI: 15% off, November 10-15. Code: INSIDER15
  • I have my coupon saved to my Apple Wallet and it can be used both online and in stores multiple times.

Here are my recommendations 🙂

Let me know what you are getting!

Sephora VIB Sale 2017 Recommendations – Video

Check out my haul from the last VIB Sale! Sephora VIB Haul

Some of the items mentioned:

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The 8 best volumizing mascaras that you must buy now

Everyone loves the look of full, lush lashes! We spend millions of dollars a year buying mascaras or going to the salon to get individual lashes installed. I myself cannot live without mascara and I often have at least two tubes open at any given time. I usually crave the biggest, baddest lashes. The more volume the better. I don’t really care for curling and I like length, but I love volume. So here are my picks for the 8 best volumizing mascaras that you must try. There’s a mix of drugstore and high-end so you are bound to find something that you like.

Best Volumizing Mascara – Tips

When I am picking a mascara, there are a few things that I look for:

  • The blackest and sootiest of blacks. Because of my dark skin, I love wearing the blackest shade that I can find. I have no time for soft blacks or browns.
  • Full mascara brush – I really like a traditional mascara brush. Especially if it is on the larger side. I am not a crazy fan of the plastic, comb-style brushes. I love the fullness that they give.
  • Long wearing – but washable. I don’t want the mascara to flake off, especially after an intense workout. I don’t do waterproof mascaras.
Best Volumizing Mascaras – Video

 

 

Best Volumizing Mascaras – The List
Best Volumizing Mascara 1

Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

Best Volumizing Mascara 2

Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

Let me know what is your favourite mascara in the comments.

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How to: Witch inspired Halloween makeup using OCC “Hex” Lip Tar

Halloween. A holiday that I am not crazy about. But I love to see people dressing up in different costumes especially here in New York City, where one of the largest Halloween street parades happens in the Village.

A few weeks ago, I attended the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Fall 2017 launch called “The Season of the Witch”. This is an entire collection inspired by witches, wizardry and it’s very autumnal! The stand out Lip Tar from this collection is called ‘Hex’, a very plummy, reddish-purple with gold and silver microglitter. So pretty and it looks great on dark skin. The collection also contains 5 other Lip Tars, 6 Loose Colour Concentrates and 2 nail lacquers.

OCC Fall 2017 Launch promo

“Season of the Witch”. Image via OCC Makeup

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Hex Lip Tar by OCC Makeup

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Swatches: Left – applied from the wand and allowed to dry. Right: Blotted down with tissue

I really wanted to incorporate Hex into a look and decided that this would be great as inspiration for a Halloween look. This is my ‘not dressing up, but still wearing makeup’ Halloween makeup tutorial. Of course you wear this with your costume, to a party, trick-or-treating or anytime you are looking for a twist on a smoky eye.

Here’s the look I came up with.

Halloween Makeup Tutorial – Pics

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And here’s the video tutorial

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5 simple tips for Transitioning to Natural Hair from Relaxed

Transitioning to natural hair. It is probably one of the most discussed topics in the natural hair community. Everyone has a story. So do I. So I want to quickly discuss 5 tips for transitioning to natural hair.

But first, really quick, my natural hair story.

I was natural for most of my childhood and teenage years. My parents always made sure that my siblings and I were proud of who we were, including our skin and hair. I wore a lot of canerowed (cornrowed) styles in school and when I was about 17, I wanted to do something different. I started relaxing my hair and experimenting with colour. After being totally done with the smell of relaxers, I decided in 2008 to transition to natural hair. I had no idea what to expect, or what I was doing. I also did a lot of research and experimentation into what products made my hair happy.

So here are 5 tips that I always tell people when they ask me about transitioning. These tips help me through my journey and I hope they help you too!

Let me know what are your transitioning tips!

Transitioning to Natural Hair – Video

Transitioning to Natural Hair – Transition pics!
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Me with relaxed hair!

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