April 2013 Favorites

Check out my favorite products from the past month!

Items Mentioned:
Milani Eye Primer
Tarte Bronzer in Hotel Heiress
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel
MAC Ablaze Lipstick
MAC Half n’ Half Lipstick
Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Cream in Creamsicle
Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner
Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle!
Bath & Body Works Honeysuckle Candle
Patriot Candles Margarita Lime & Tequila Candle
Jewelmint Sorbet Thorn Necklace
My Fitness Pal iPhone/iPad App

Related Links:
Video Where I’m Wearing Ablaze
Milani Eye Primer vs Urban Decay Primer Potion
My Favorite Nude Lips (featuring Half n’ Half)
Curls in a Bottle Review
Jewelmint Invite*
Hautelook Invite*

What I’m Wearing in this Video:
Lips: MAC Sounds Like Noise
Cheeks: Cargo Rome

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*Clicking this link may earn me credit towards future purchases.

Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream First Impression

I finally decided to try a new hair product! Awhile ago I was very interested in the Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream, but never purchased it because of the hefty price tag. Not too long ago I was perusing the “ethnic” area of Target and came across the smaller 6 ounce container for $14.99 so I decided to give it a go. Check out my first impression of this product if you’re interested!

Have you tried Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream? If you have, let us know how you like it and how you use it!

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Valentine’s Date Night Makeup

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I like seeing holiday themed makeup looks, so I decided to create one. This look easy and perfect for Valentine’s Day night or for any date night. Personally, my husband doesn’t like super flashy makeup, so I wanted to do a look that was more “natural.” Keep reading for more pictures and a step by step video!

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Iman BB Creme First Impression

Finally, a BB Creme specifically designed to match tones for women of color! Iman Skin Tone Evener BB Creme intrigued me because of the color selection and a few reviews that I had seen. Take a look if you’re interested in hearing my initial thoughts on this product!

*I used the shade Clay Medium*

Other Makeup I’m Wearing:
Maybelline Collosal Cat Eyes Mascara
Milani EasyBrow in Dark Brown
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Deep
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Dark (only to set undereye concealer)
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Peaceful
Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Leslie

Have you tried the new Iman BB Creme? What do you think?

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Ayesha’s Beauty Bests & Worsts of 2012 Hair Edition

This is part 2 of my favorite and  most un-favorite products of 2012. Click HERE to see part 1 (makeup edition).

Related Links:
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo Review
Tresemme Naturals Conditioner Review
Shea Moisture African Black Soap Mask Review
Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan & Olive Oil Review
Donna Marie Dream Curling Creme Review
Curl Junkie Curl Queen Review
Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle Review
My Wash & Go Routine
My Staple Hair Product Listing

What hair products did you love and/or hate in 2012?

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Tip Tuesday #2: How to Make Your Lipstick Look More Natural

In today’s Tip Tuesday, I wanted to share a tip with you that helps me make my bold lip colors look more “natural.” If you have ever applied lipstick (especially bright ones), you probably have noticed that sometimes it can look thick. If you apply more than one layer, it can even look goopy on the lips. To prevent this, I normally apply lipstick right out of the tube, build it up to my desired intensity, and then go over my lips with a finger. I basically use one of my fingers to smooth out the lipstick. If I have only applied a thin layer of lipstick, this gives the lips a stained appearance. Take a look at the pictures below to see the difference.

Not Blended
Blended Out With Finger

My camera isn’t the best quality, so you might not be able to see much difference, but it makes a big difference in person.

What are your techniques for making your lipstick look perfect?