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The Zulu Palette by Juvia’s Place

I recently purchased the Limited Edition Zulu Eyeshadow Palette by Juvia’s Place as well as the Magic Palette but I’ve only gotten around to trying the Zulu Palette so far. Between working on my Master’s Degree, being wife and mommy, and preparing for weight loss surgery, I don’t have much time for makeup these days, but I did pull out the Zulu palette for my birthday a couple of days ago and I absolutely LOVE it. The colors are highly pigmented and there wasn’t much fall out at all. My only complaint is that the dark pink color stained my eyelids. It took quite a bit of coconut oil to get it completely off, but other than that, it’s a great palette and I consider it a must have!

-LR

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Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation

Dear Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation, where have you been all my life? I have tried foundation after foundation after foundation and I have finally found my perfect match! Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation is my perfect fit! This formula is light weight and has guaranteed full coverage. There isn’t even a need to color correct. That’s just how full the coverage is. It also comes in a variety of shades. Most foundations, I have to buy two and mix them together to get my perfect shade but Kat Von D had just the shade I needed. My grade on this foundation is A+. This foundation can be found for $35 from the Kat Von D website or Sephora. Here I am below wearing only Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation (Shade 74 Deep), lipstick, brow wiz, and mascara!

P.S. Excuse the stroller in the back! I am a full-time wife and mom, part-time blogger, and full-time MUE!

-LR

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Too Faced Natural Love Palette

I have literally waited for this palette for over two weeks but now that I have it, it was definitely worth the wait. This palette is so beautiful and goes on like silk. It’s full of natural colors and is great for everyday and bridal looks. If you have been contemplating purchasing it, contemplate no more and add it to your collection! You won’t be sorry! Checkout the look I created with it below! 

-LR

P.S. I used the Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter with this look as well. 

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Smile! She is Watching

My two year old knows that my makeup is off limits but she always finds herself playing it when she thinks no one is watching. One day, without her knowing, I watched as she climbed up onto my vanity chair and began to apply the excess makeup left on my brushes. She knew exactly what brush went where and what to do with it. She even knew almost exactly where to put the eyelashes on her face. Right there in that moment, I realized that my baby is watching me and she will mimic every single thing that I do; therefore, it is important for me to be an example for her in every aspect of my life because the woman I am will guide the woman she becomes. 

I will smile more, laugh more, sing more, praise more, read more, dance more, make healthier choices, and so much more because the woman I envision her to be is who I have to become. Smile mom, because she is watching. “Do as I say and not as I do” is a quote that is so untrue because they will do exactly as you do. Be an example. Be a leader because our children are our future. The change we want to see begins in us. Be great because they are watching.

-LR

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Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

Before I share my thoughts on this highlighter, I would unfortunately like to say that I will not be purchasing anything directly from Too Faced ever again. I ordered the eyeshadow palette as well as new matte lipsticks from this collection on the day it came out and have yet to receive it two weeks later. It just shipped yesterday. I could have waited and ordered it from Ulta or Sephora and gotten it much faster, which is what I will be doing from now on; however, they did send me my highlighter, which was ordered a day after I ordered my other items because the rose gold was out of stock at that moment. Anywho I have received my rose gold love light prismatic highlighter and I like it. I have not worn it on my face but the swatch I made on my hand was pretty and it was silky and smooth. I look forward to wearing it! What I love the most about this highlight is the beautiful packaging! It is not my favorite but it won’t just be sitting in my stash collecting dust if you know what I mean.

-LR

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Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade

I love ABH products especially their dipbrow Pomade, brow wiz, lip glosses, and modern renessiance eyeshadow palette, which I will be reviewing in the near future. I love this Pomade in the shade of ebony, which is a really deep dark brown. I like the dark brown shade as well.  If I had to give ABH’s dipbrow Pomade a grade, I would give it a B+ because it gets the job done of lining and filling in your brows, but you need to use a brow gel on top of it to lay your brows down and keep them in place unlike the Makeup Forever Aqua Brow. See how this Pomade worked for me below! 

-LR


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Morphe 35OS Palette Review

  1. My very first makeup review will be on one of my favorite Morphe eyeshadow palettes. I own four and my favorite is the 35B followed by this beautiful must-have palette, the 35OS. I had to have this palette because I love shimmer and this shimmery palette is absolutely gorgeous. The colors are pigmented and go on even better when you dampen your brush. I purchased this palette on sale from hautelook for a steal. I’m all about deals! Fall is over but this palette is good for a natural shimmery anytime look as well. Check out my shimmery church eye look from this morning below.

-LR

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Back Together Again

Since I can remember, I have loved makeup. My friend Brittany gave me my first tube of pink lipstick in preschool but my mom was not having it. When she finally allowed me to wear a little makeup (eyeshadow and lip gloss) in the sixth grade, I wore it on a daily basis. My shades of choice were silver and black. Don’t judge me because I didn’t know any better. When I got to college, I dabbled in MAC for awhile because I had a good discount at my job and shortly after I married my husband and moved to Fayetteville, NC, I became a proud pink Cadillac chasing Mary Kay consultant. I was so excited and eager to learn. I did very well my first year in Mary Kay and had even formed a small team of my own, but when I became a mom a few months later, my focus changed and I did not have much room for makeup in my life. I just threw some on my face when I went to church or had a date night, but a few months ago that all changed.

I joined a Facebook group that catered to makeup for women of color and I fell in love all over again. I left Mary Kay because I realized that there are so many other brands out there with more quality products and varieties of color; however, there are some Mary Kay products that I still use and will continue to use because I have not found anything better. I watched ladies do their makeup on live video and quickly realized that I was trained very wrong by the Cadillac ladies….either that or things have changed a lot between then and now. I watch YouTube videos as well but I prefer the live videos because it’s done in real-time and you can ask questions and get clarity. I have even done a few live videos myself. I am not a Makeup Artist (MUA) nor to I inspire to be but I am a Makeup Enthusiast (MUE) and I just want to be great at applying my own makeup and helping others learn how to apply their own as well. I am learning and getting better with each swipe of my brush and I am looking forward to seeing much more improvement over the following months.

WHATS TO COME?…My favorite eyeshadow palettes, highlighters, and lippies!