It’s 2018. I am so glad for 2017 to be finally done! It has been a long year. Even though it was a challenging year, there were some bright spots. Including some products that I fell in love with. This is my year-end review of the best beauty products 2017 that I tried. Most of these products are brand new to me and many were new products to the market. I fell in love with these products and will continue to reach for them in 2018. Some of these I have reviewed and some I have not. I will definitely be getting more detailed reviews soon!
I wear a headwrap fairly often. Mostly when it is warmer. And many times when I appear on camera. I am still learning but I decided to record a headwrap tutorial! This is my favourite way to tie my headwrap – and it is easy and stays put. I also give a great tip! I will continue to discover styles and I will share those with you.
There are two brands that make quality headwraps that I like to buy. They are founded my black women so you know I have to support. They are Fanm Djanm and The Wrap Life. I have to pick up a few more this year. Let me know your favourite placy to buy quality headwraps. Put it in the comments below.
So check out the video and let me know what you think.
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I am always looking for new products to try, and there is a brand that I have been interested in for months. It’s the Canadian brand DECIEM. I first started hearing about DECIEM and their cult favourite line The Ordinary from British bloggers. Everyone was raving about the effectiveness of this budget-friendly brand. They have not been readily available here in the US, but that is about to change.
DECIEM is about the make their grand entrance into the US market!! I am super excited about this. The Ordinary and Hylamide products will be debuting in Sephora stores in the US and Canada on December 20 (as per Allure). Also……The first of a number of stand-alone DECIEM stores will open in NYC in December as well (as soon as I have the exact date, I will update this post). The stores will contain all the lines under the DECIEM brand, including The Ordinary Colours (their popular foundation line, darkest shades always sold out), The Chemistry Brand (hand and body care), NIOD (their high-end, new technology driven line) and Fountain (liquid vitamins). And it looks like they are also launching another line under the umbrella called, Abnomoly, which will house products that are different and don’t fit neatly into beauty categories.
Prior to this, DECIEM products could have been purchased online at their website, and selected products were available on Beautylish or Ricky’s NYC. So when it came time to replenish my skincare stash, I decided to pick up some products from Ricky’s. This is going to be the first of many purchases.
We are already at the end of November! This year has flown. I am looking forward to 2018, but before we get there, there is some shopping to do. Thanksgiving in the US and hence the start of a frantic 6 week shopping season beginning with Black Friday. There is also Small Business Saturday, focused on supporting your local small businesses. It seems as though companies are starting earlier and earlier with the sales.
Here are some beauty and haircare sales that I think are interesting. I will continue to add as I discover more deals!
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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.