Favorite Lip Products of Fall 2016

Hey guys! Since fall is here, I thought it would be only right that I shared with you my favorite lip treatment and lip stains for the fall time. I love the fall season, especially when I have an excuse to pull out my darker and richer toned lipsticks for my everyday makeup looks. Fall time is also when I bring out my warmer and smokier eyeshadow looks, but more on that in another post. Some of these products are new right now and are limited edition. Others were limited edition when they were released, but I’m sure there are dupes out there from other brands. If you like a certain lip product I feature that’s no longer available, try checking out www.temptalia.com for swatches and dupes. This is my favorite resource for finding dupes to products that were limited edition. So, without wasting any more time, let’s get into my favorite lip products!

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REVIEW: Leven Rose 100% Pure Organic Jojoba Oil

Hey guys! Today, I finally want to share a review on a product that I have been using for about the last 6 months-1 year. I have a thing for purchasing oils on Amazon that could be good for both my hair and skin. I have been reading many articles about jojoba oil, and I figured that it would be an interesting oil to add to my hair oil collection. When I wear protective styles, my scalp tends to get very dry and keeping it moisturized can be hard. I have been reading that jojoba oil is very similar to our scalp’s natural sebum. With a dry scalp, I don’t have a lot of sebum, so I have to add to the little I do have. After a while of researching, I finally broke down and purchased Leven Rose 100% Pure Organic Jojoba Oil from their Amazon store. I think I’m finally ready to review this product for you all. Let’s get into it.
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My 2016 Skin Care Routine

Hey y’all! 2016 is the year of skin for me, so I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all the skincare routine I began in late 2015 to figure out what my dry skin likes and dislikes.  As I dive deeper into finding my perfect routine, I want to share with you all my progress and findings. So, let’s get right into it.
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REVIEW: Beautify.me Derma Roller [SPONSORED]

DISCLAIMER: I was given a steep discount on or received this product for free to review. The thoughts, opinions, and decisions on how to use this product are my own. Free or discounted DOES NOT EQUAL instantly great. This review will be treated as all my reviews are, whether I paid for my product or received it for free.

Raise your hand if you like needles of any kind. What? I know you’re not expecting my hand to go up. Listen, we’ve built this relationship on trust, and trust me; I hate needles. So just imagine how hard I kicked myself when I anxiously accepted the offer to review a derma roller. My mindset: “Well, Shuna Rae. You’ve been wanting to try a derma roller for a while. In the words of SpongeBob, BE A (WO)MAN!” Yes, my pep talks center around SpongeBob and his encouraging words of wisdom. I have been wanting to up my skin care factor, and what better way to do this than with a derma roller?

The Beautify.me Derma Roller is my first derma roller. The needles are 1.0 mm, a little longer than I wanted to start my beginning stages with derma rolling with. Before we get too involved in my review, let me first give a brief definition of what derma rolling is:

“A derma roller is an instrument consisting of a heavy duty plastic roller head covered in high quality titanium needles. The needles are designed to penetrate the stratum corneum, conium the hard outer surface of the epidermal layer of the skin, body, or scalp. Hundreds o tiny channels are created through the stratum corneum, which facilitate the passage and absorption of your skin care product, or minoxidil for hair restoration into the dermis, to maximize its absorption” (Derma Rolling Q & A, Derma Heal).

In a nutshell, derma rolling is the act of using a derma rolling instrument with many needles on it to micro-pierce the skin, in order to signal the body to heal those micro-tears and boost collagen product into the face. This also allows your skin care products to seep deeper into the skin, which is why it is important to use natural products on your skin while derma rolling.

As stated previously, my derma roller has 1.0mm titanium micro needles. The derma roller came in a nice box, which held the derma roller in its hard plastic container. Before you use your derma roller, it is important that you sanitize the tool with at least 70% alcohol (I use 90%) and warm water., You should sanitize it again with the lid off for an 1 hour for the tool to dry completely before replacing the top. The derma roller container box comes with directions on the side of the box, informing you of how to use your new derma roller. Here is my routine:

  1. I wash my face with Alba Botanica Hawaiian Facial Cleanser with my Spa Sonic facial brush.
  2. I pat my face dry with a paper towel. I do not tone my skin before I use the derma roller. I sanitize the tool at this point.
  3. Starting at my cheeks (typically my right one first) I move the derma roller over my skin horizontally, with even pressure, back and forth for a total of five times.
  4. Lifting the derma roller, I then go over my right cheek vertically, five times as before.
  5. Lifting the derma roller, I go over my cheek on a diagonal, five times to both the left and right sides of my right cheek. You should go in the pattern of an asterisk (*).
  6. I repeat this process on my left cheek, as well as the rest of my face (be careful around the eyes) continuing to use an even pressure all over. Choose a pressure that is consistent and to your comfort level.
  7. After I complete my derma rolling session, I tone my skin with Thayer’s Alcohol-free Witch Hazel, and I continue on with my night time routine of applying my Vitamin C serum and my Sea Buckthorn night cream that I have recently reviewed.
  8. Last step is to sanitize the tool again, and let it air dry before replacing the top on it to keep bacteria from collection on it.
I bet you’re thinking, “Shuna Rae, how’s the pain for someone who hates needles like you do? What was your experience with it?” Well, I thank you for asking your unspoken questions! At first, derma rolling seemed intimidating. I was in the mindset that it would hurt like hell, and that I would forever been be a wuss for agreeing to do something that could hurt me. It didn’t help that my first time derma rolling, my fiance looked at me with a look of horror written on his face. But, in all truth, it wasn’t that bad. It felt like tiny pricks going against my skin. I did not, and do not try, to draw blood as I derma rolled. I used a gentle pressure over my face that was strong enough to leave my face red and slightly irritated after rolling, but not hard enough to cause my face to pour blood.
I try to derma roll at least three times a week. I have noticed that in the morning, my face is softer and I feel as though my products are really entering into my skin and healing it from the inside. The stinging irritation and redness I receive from derma rolling goes away at night, and my face is clearer in the morning. I have to get into the habit of preserving my “new skin” by wearing sunscreen, something that you should be doing too, especially when your skin has been exfoliated in any way! Derma rolling is slowly making its way into my skin care routine, and I have to say that I am enjoying the process so far. A few tips I have for you all:
  • Do not roll to draw blood. Unless you plan on using a numbing cream, it will hurt. Because I have the 1.0mm needles, I believe that my needles go down into my skin further. If you want to try derma rolling, try using the 0.5mm or 0.3mm versions first.
  • Do not roll on broken or already irritated skin. This could cause your face to become more inflamed, as well as spread bacteria around. Sanitizing helps, but don’t make it a point to spread the bacteria around.
  • Do not derma roll every night. Your skin needs time to heal. Give your skin a break and derma roll every other day, or as much as 2x a week if you feel that derma rolling is too harsh for your skin starting out. Derma rolling once a week is a good way to get into the groove of derma rolling, as well as learning your tolerance to the pain of derma rolling.
As of right now, I do not have a working purchase link for you. But hopefully, this review helps you make informed decisions about derma rolling using any of the other derma rollers you can find on Amazon. I have added the link to the Q & A about derma rolling if you want to read more about the concept and benefits of derma rolling, but also remember to do your own research. Talk to your dermatologist about adding any new skin care tools to your skin care regimen if you have problem skin. I hope this review finds you in happiness and love, as well as helped you. Have a blessed day, guys!



Extra Reading
Derma Rolling Q & A: www.dermaheal.com/c72/derma-rolling-q-c108.html

REVIEW: Rhamnia Bynata Nourishing Night Face Cream w/ Sea Buckthorn[SPONSORED]

DISCLAIMER: I was given a steep discount on or received this product for free to review. The thoughts, opinions, and decisions on how to use this product are my own. Free or discounted DOES NOT EQUAL instantly great. This review will be treated as all my reviews are, whether I paid for my product or received it for free.

At the beginning of the New Year, I made the decision that I wanted to take better care of my skin. Based on genetics, I have a “youthful-looking” (meaning I get mistaken for a child) face, that is clouded over by dry, patchy, barely hydrated skin. I have purchased many skin care products since making that declaration, and I am thankful to be able to test out a new product that aids in keeping my skin nice, supple, and glowing.


The Rhamnia Bynata Night Face Cream is everything I want in a night cream; thick, creamy, and filled with ingredients that I like to use on my face. This product also has sea buckthorn, a beauty super food. Scientifically, Sea Buckthorn is also known as Hippophae, the name deriving from hippo (horse) and phaos (shining). In Ancient Times, this plant’s leaves and branches were supposedly fed to horses as a remedy to weight gain and gaining a shiny coat. Today, in modern times, this plant has been touted to be rich in vitamins A and C, moisturize skin, ease irritation, treat acne, and heal aging-related damage. 

Whenever I do skin care reviews, I like to share the ingredients list with you guys. That way, you can look up the ingredients you’re not sure about (something we all should be doing). The ingredients are as follows:

 Aqua (Water), Annuus Seed Oil (sunflower seed oil), Gyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Butter, Decyl Oleate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Lanolin, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Pulp Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxyde, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Phytate. Tocopherol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzonate, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil.

Pros

  • This product has many of the ingredients in it that I use separately: Sunflower Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter, and Apricot Kernel Oil. I love that this product contains my loved oils because it keeps me from having to constantly do an oil mixture on my face.
  • The product is thick. I love thicker face creams for my dry skin. This product has consistently left my skin softer when I wake up in the morning, and has kept my dryness down. I notice when I do not use this product daily that my skin begins to feel parched all over again.
  • This night cream blends into the skin easily. It is very easy to rub this product into your skin in a short amount of time, despite the thickness of it.
  • It soothes my skin after derma rolling. I am also in the middle of derma rolling my skin for review purposes (spoiler alert: I like it so far). Derma rolling leaves my skin, especially my cheeks, feeling very irritated and red. I apply this night cream after my Vitamin C serum. While the Vitamin C serum does not soothe my skin instantly, this night cream does it instantly for me. It seems to cool my skin, something that I love.
  • The scent is pleasant. It has a citrus scent (due to the orange oil) and that makes me feel happy. Natural, non offending scents in my skin care makes the experience better for me.
Cons
  • Marketing. Now, I appreciate the fact that this product has Sea Buckthorn in it because I have always wanted to try this super-fruit out. But as a consumer, what I do not appreciate is that it is heavily advertised on the product. It makes me uncomfortable that Sea Buckthorn is the star ingredient on the packaging, but it is the 13th ingredient in the product. The higher the ingredient on the ingredients list, the more of the product is in it. The first five ingredients of this product includes some of my favorites; but these were not the ingredients heavily advertised. This was my main gripe. If it is listed as the star, it should have been at the beginning of the list.
  • The price. Although I received this product to review, I have been thinking about repurchasing it. At $37.85 (price at time of initially receiving the product. It is now $32) for a 50mL jar that should last you six months, I am still hesitant to purchase it. If you are on a budget like I am (broke college students, unite!), then purchasing a night cream that is almost $40 a jar is a little exorbitant. I’ve fallen in love with the product, but I have to do some soul searching first before I purchase it.

 All in all, I enjoy this night cream. It is definitely better than the one I was using from CVS. I like that this product has ingredients that I love, with a scent that makes me happy. This product has become a staple for my dry skin. Though I have an issue with the marketing and the price, I do see myself purchasing this product (and the day cream) in the future. My skin suffers the most in the cooler months, so I will definitely need this to help keep my skin soft and glowing during the cooler months. I recommend this product for those with dry skin, those who aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients listed, and those who are looking for a new night cream to try out. You can find this product on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Nourishing-Night-Face-Cream-Buckthorn/dp/B00X2585HU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1434526416&sr=8-3&keywords=sea+buckthorn

I hope this review finds you all in health and love. I also help that it has helped you in your search for a night cream. Have a blessed day guys!

Haul-idays: Beauty Edition

Hey everyone! Happy Holidays! Today, I wanted to share a collective haul with you on some things I’ve picked up over the last few weeks. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few of these items already. I wanted to post the haul here since I haven’t posted in a while and just because I want to share. Without further adieu, let’s jump right into this haul!

Makeup

  1. Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadows in Goldilux, Royal Sugar, Stella & Magpie: If you don’t know what Sugarpill is and you’re active in the beauty community, please step out from under the rock you’ve been hiding under, lol! I knew when Sugarpill had their Black Friday sale that I had to purchase a few of the loose eyeshadows that have been on my wishlist for about two years now. The loose eyeshadows are very pigmented, sparkly, and just so fun to use! Goldilux and Royal Sugar are my favorites.
  2. Coastal Scents Fall Festival Palette: I love this eyeshadow palette so much. I have been eyeing it for a while, trying to decide if I really wanted it. Finally, during their Black Friday sale, I put it in my cart and submitted my order; I couldn’t be happier. The palette is made up of shimmery and a few matte colors. The color payoff is absolutely wonderful and the colors are beautiful. This palette makes me think of fall from its riches golds, browns, and greens. This palette is my favorite fall/winter palette right now.
  3. Coastal Scents Blush Too Palette: I was introduced to this palette by Traycee from KISS on one of her videos. This palette drew my attention because it seemed like the perfect palette for brown girls. All the reviews from brown beauties were right; this palette is perfect for darker complexions without being too ashy on our deeper skin tones. The colors are so very pigmented and you only need a little bit on your blush brush to give you a wonderful glow. My favorites out of the palette are the bright purple and bright orange. These two colors leave me like: YASSSS!!!!! GET CHO LIFE!!!!
  4. Lorac Pro Palette: This palette also has a lot of talk around it, with many beauty mavens loving it or hating it. I am one of those people who loves this palette. This palette can take me from day to night, and pretty much has all the shadows I need to do my eye shadow and my brows. I am in love with the Sable and Espresso colors for doing my brows. The Deep Purple has become my favorite purple to use in smokey eyes. I love this palette for everyday.
  5. Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Brushes: I finally broke down under the hype and purchased the Your Base/Flawless Core Collection and Your Eyes/Enhanced Starter Set kits from Drugstore.com. Drugstore was having a promotion on these brushes (save $2 when you buy two), as well as lowering the price some, so I decided to take the plunge and add these to my brush collection. I typically use ELF Studio brushes because they pretty much get the job done for $3 a pop. I can say now, that even after one use, that the Real Techniques brushes are my new staple products. These brushes apply makeup flawlessly, especially the eye brushes. I typically do my eye makeup on my way to school, and these brushes made it easy for me to get a blended and gorgeous look without any trouble. These brushes rock and are worth the hype.
  6. Iman Lip Affair Palette: I haven’t had the chance to play with this lip palette yet, but by looks alone, it’s a gorgeous lip palette. The standout shade in this palette is the purple called Taboo. It is supposed to be the same color that Iman is wearing on her lips in the promo photo. This palette also has nice coral, pink, red and orange colors. I’m going to incorporate this color into a look just to see how pigmented the colors are.
  7. Black Radiance Baked Blushes: Hi. I have a confession. I’m becoming obsessed with blush. I don’t know what it is about blush, but I’m falling deeply in love with it now. The Black Radiance blushes are great for my Brown Beauties; you don’t need a lot of this product because it goes everywhere. When I’m in a rush and I just want to throw on mascara, liner, blush, and a lip product, I turn to these blushes. Definitely a great buy.
  8. Coloured Raine Lipsticks: Did I mention that I am a sucker for dark lips in the fall/winter times? I haven’t. Well, allow me to introduce to my three new dark lip colors. I don’t know how familiar you all are with Coloured Raine, but this company makes some pretty nice colors of lipstick. For Black Friday, I decided to pick up Arabian Night, Plum Fairy, and Boudoir. These colors are of a similar color (purples) and I am in love with the look of them. I will swatch these lipsticks for you all soon.
Hair
  1. Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Line: I’ve been using the Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer since I have been on my hair journey. The moisturizer is perfect for my hair during the wintertime because it is a heavy, creamy, and highly moisturizing product. Recently, Elasta QP came out with an entire Olive Oil & Mango Butter line, so I picked up the Leave-in Conditioner, the Curl Definer, and the shampoo. I won’t get into too many details right now, because I plan on reviewing these products soon.
  2. Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Moisturizing Twist & Lock Gel: Like Elasta QP, Cantu Shea Butter is very popular in both the relaxed and natural hair communities. Recently, the company decided to launch products geared towards natural haired ladies (though anyone can use the products), with no mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, silicones, and a host of other ingredients deemed as bad/not good for hair. I picked up the twist and lock gel after watching a few videos on it. I have to say that I really like this gel. It reminds me just a tad of Eco Styler gel based on consistency, but it is so moisturizing and soft. It holds my twists very nicely and gives me BOMB twist outs. I love this stuff.
  3. Style House 6″ Professional Curling Wand,  1.25″ Professional Styling Iron & Accessory Kit: This was actually an early Christmas gift. My mom got this from Sam’s Club for me, from a woman that was promoting these hot tools. So far, the flat iron works pretty darn well in straightening my natural hair, and the curling wand works better on my weave. I’ll do a full review after I have my weave installed and can really use the hot tools to the full extent.
  4. Aliexpress Queen Weave Beauty LTD Weave: I got the Brazilian Straight Hair in a bundle. I got the 14″, 16″, and 18″ bundles. So far, the hair is super soft and doesn’t shed too much (unless I don’t comb it). I’m going to try to have this hair installed before the holidays are over so that I can wear it and review it for you guys.
Nails
  1. California Mango Mend Skin, Cuticle and Nail Treatment Balm: This is turning into a “YouTube Made Me Do It” post, lol. I saw Queen of Blending talk about this cuticle oil. She talked about how nice it made her cuticles feel after doing her manicures. Paired with her review, I saw many positive reviews on this product online so I decided to finally get it. So far, I like it. It take a few minutes for the oil to set in, but it leaves my cuticles feeling quite well. It is surely needed during these cold months to keep my hands looking well.
  2. Salon Sciences Fiberglass Network: I have very weak nails. Sometimes, mainly on my right hand, my nails break for no reason. I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply online and read reviews on this product. Typically, I use OPI’s Nail Envy as my nail strengthener under my manicures, but I decided to give this a try. Apparently, this hardens on your nails like acrylics would to make your nails feel stronger. We’ll see how it works on my nails.
This is pretty much all I’ve picked up. I left out unimportant things like nail filers and cuticle pushers, as well as hair clips. I didn’t think those were necessary to show. I hope you all enjoyed this post and I will talk to you all again very soon!

Favorite Lipsticks for Fall/Winter

Hey guys! I know I have been talking about this for a long while now, but I am finally ready to show you all my favorite lipsticks for fall/winter. I hope you all enjoy this post, and feel free to show or tell me your favorite fall/winter lipsticks!

Lipsticks are in no particular order

MAC Lady Danger: A Christmas gift from my love last year. This is a great orangey red lipstick. It can work on anyone, especially my WOC.


MAC Riri Woo: Rihanna’s twist on a MAC Classic and a cult favorite. I love wearing this color to brighten my face when I’m not wearing much makeup.

MAC Deeply Adored: Beautiful color. I can’t think of anything to replace this one and I will be sad when I run out. Part of the MAC Marilyn Monroe collection, Deeply Adored is such a deep, sexy red.
MAC Smoked Purple: This lipstick was my first matte purple lipstick. I typically rock this color with only brows and mascara, because it does bring attention on its own. Beautiful straight on from the tube; even better looking when paired with Nightmoth lip liner.

Milani Teddy Bare: I’ve deemed this color a “MLBB” (my lips but better) lipstick, but a touch more nude. The Milani lipsticks smell like candy to me, and they go on creamy and moisturizing. I usually wear this with my more colorful or dark looks, or alone when I’m going somewhere that bright and/or dark lips aren’t going to cut it.



FOTD: May 23, 2013

Hey guys! I wanted to bring you all a quick Face of the Day post. May 23rd was my fiancé’s birthday and to celebrate, we went to Buffalo Wild Wings. I wanted to keep my makeup simple but colorful. The breakdown of my makeup will be after the jump!

Face:
Primer
ELF Cosmetics Essential Tinted Moisturizer in Spice
ELF Studio Translucent Powder
ELF Studio Baked Bronzer in Los Cabos
Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked Palette: Naked & Buck
Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liner in Blackest Black
Milani Liquid-Like Eyeliner Pencil in Black
Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Blackest Black
Milani Brow Fix Kit in Dark
Lips:
Chapstick
Maybelline Vivid Lipstick in Hot Plum
That’s it for my FOTD! I hope you all enjoyed it. I will talk to you all again soon =).

Review Day: CoverGirl Blast Flip Stick (PIC HEAVY!)

Hey lovelies! Today, I have a review for you on the CoverGirl Blast Flip Stick lipsticks. I have been eyeing these lipsticks since they came out and the commercials began running on air. I was very excited when I got the invite from BzzAgent to try these out. Keep reading for the review down below!

(From top to bottom: Vixen, Minx, and Stunner)




Minx
After testing these lipsticks out, I think I may have found my new “on-the-go” lipstick. I will start from the best to worst. The best shade I tested was the lipstick in Minx. Minx, described as a deep brown with a gold highlighter shade, looked the best with my skin tone and it also applied onto my lips like a dream. As this was the last lipstick I swatched, I decided to wear this for the rest of the day and it lasted well over 5 hours for me, even through light eating and drinking. This is the perfect fall/winter shade for me when I want to rock dark brownie lips. Minx tends to lean a little more red on my lips, which is perfectly fine with me. The highlight shade for this one is gold, and it really made the lips pop when I put it on the center of my lips.




Vixen

Next up is Vixen. Now Vixen is interesting. Vixen is described as a burgundy with a pearl pink highlighter color. On my lips, this color was more of a pink than the red I thought it would have been. Like Minx, the main color was smooth and easy to apply. The highlight color is a pearl pink that looked nice with the lipstick, but I really didn’t like this shade on my lips. The texture of the highlight shade felt a little gritty on my lips and it appeared to have a little rainbow shimmer in it as well. This may be my eyes playing tricks on me or the residue of the first (and worst) lipstick I swatched. I think this color would look nicer on those with cooler skin tones on its own, but if you can make it work with lip liner, go for it.

Stunner

If Minx is the best for me, then Stunner would have to be the worst. Stunner is described as a bright pink with a gold highlighter. This reminded me a little of the MAC Viva Glam Nicki lipstick when I applied it, but it pictures, it reads a little more coral than straight pink. I applied this to my lips first and I regret that decision. The texture of Stunner (mainly because of the glitter) made my lips feel disgusting and it was hard applying. The highlight shade didn’t really show up on my lips. It is a little less gritty than the main shade of Stunner, but it was still gritty none the less. The color is very pretty, but I cannot get past the feel of this.

Cons

The common negatives I have for all three of these lipsticks is that they settle into fine lip lines. This could be my own fault because my lips weren’t up to their best potential on swatching day, but I found that the lipsticks still settled into my lips after lips were properly prepped for day wear. I suggest making sure your lips are exfoliated well, moisturized, and use a neutral lip liner to make these last longer.

The lipsticks were also a little drying after wearing them for a while. Minx and Vixen were creamy applying on, as Stunner was more rough because of the glitter/shimmer. I found that using a little lip balm gave my lips moisture and that I didn’t have to apply it too often.

The biggest con for me is the smell/taste of these lipsticks. There is something in these lipsticks that does not sit right with me. When applying these, there was a smell so strong that I could taste it in my mouth and it sickened me. You can also smell it too, which I know can be a problem for many people who can’t stand smells in lipstick. This alone would make me not buy a product, no matter how pretty it looks.

I think these are good lipsticks for the price. You don’t get a lot of the product since the lipstick is essentially two separate ones. Knowing that, I wouldn’t really recommend these for everyday wear because of how quickly you can run out of the product. But, if you are the type to wear for special occasions, then go for it. These are great to put in your purse, your backpack for school, or your gym bag when you want a little pick me up after working out. Minx is my go-to shade for the winter right now and if you have a darker skin tone, then check it out!

I hope you all found this helpful and informative. Until next time! ♥

Wig Review: Beshe Kandi Wig

Hey everyone! Today, I have something a little different to review today and that is my Beshe Kandi wig. Before I start, I wanted to let you all know this disclaimer: I purchased this wig with my own money. This is not sponsored by anyone. Alright, I can move along now lol. For the K.I.S.S Boot Camp, I decided that I wanted to minimize any direct manipulation to my hair, and to really protect it from the elements. Sure, I could wear hats, but I’m too much of a fan of big hair that I didn’t want to just cover my hair up with hats. I like buns, but I hate doing them on my hair because it’s always so basic to me! So, what did I choose? I chose the FABULOUS wig shown below.

My fabulous wig right out of the package and smack dab on my head.

I first heard about this wig on YouTube, thanks to the lovely MsChanda. She did a review on this wig last year, nearing the summertime, and I have been in love with this wig since. I’ve been wanting to order this wig for the LONGEST time, and I finally broke down and ordered it towards the end of December. I ordered my wig from Hair Wig Harlem and it got to me in about a week.

Details about the wig:

  • This wig is very lightweight. It has a simple cap that allows the hair to still be full, but not heavy on the head.
  • It has two combs: Small comb in the front, longer comb in the back. It also has two adjustable straps.
  • This is a toyokalon fiber synthetic hair, with curls that remind me a little of 3b/3c type hair.
  • This wig was made in Indonesia.
  • This hair is HUGE with a medium shag (stops a little past my shoulders)
  • This hair is very soft.
  • This is in the color 1B.
After wearing the wig for a while, I did do a little trimming to the sides and the top of my hair to give a layered effect. I love the way the mini cut turned out. As much as I love this wig, I do have some cons.

Cons

  • This wig, with constant wear, will start to look frizzy. I know that this is normal with synthetic hair, but it is still something to keep in mine.
  • One of the little tabs for the adjustable straps arrived loose. Not only that, but one of the little tabs holding the strap to the wig broke as well. This doesn’t really bother me, but it is something to keep in mind.
  • I dislike the front of the wig. This wig does not have parting room so the hair where a part would be is all bunched up and doesn’t look natural on me. I typically do a little bit of a leave out to blend in a part  and make everything look seamless.

Overall, I am a huge fan of this wig. Kandi is my go-to, everyday hair, kind of wig. I believe in the bigger the better and this wig gives me so much life every single time I put it on. I plan on ordering two of Kandi units, another in a 1B and one in a lighter color for spring/summer. I hope you all found this review helpful and informative. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I’m a novice when it comes to wearing wigs, but I’ll try to help any way that I can. Check out the links above if you’re into hair care like I am, and please enjoy the photos of “Kandi” and I below. I hope you all have a great and blessed day!

You can see the shorter layer that I cut to be my bang. My hair is also blended into this wig too to make it look a little more natural.