My Current Beauty and Skincare Favorites

These past few months I have absolutely obsessed with beauty and skincare products! While I am a bit weary of trying out skin care products due to my sensitive skin, I have been diving into the world of make up and have had to control myself along the way (budgeting is so real). These beauty products above have been my go-to's for the month of September and October so keep reading below to find out why!

When it comes to make up application, setting powders are extremely important because it does just that - it sets all of your hard work in place and ensures that the products applied won't move. Along with my Sacha Buttercup Powder, which will forever be my holy grail, my L.A Girl Pro powder in this banana shade is everything. The powder is finely milled and doesn't feel heavy when applied on my face. I use this powder to set underneath my eyes along with the Sasha powder and it adds the perfect amount of brightness. Did I mention it was only $4.99 at my local beauty supply?

As I stated above, when it comes to skincare I get very nervous about testing out new products. I have dry, sensitive skin so I was in search of a really good moisturizer that wouldn't break the bank. Skin care can get pretty pricey (which is understandable) but I prefer to not immediately spend as much money if it isn't recommended by my dermatologist because theres a chance that money may go right down the drain. Any who, the Belif Moisture Bomb has been my lifesaver! It applies really smoothly, is dermatologist tested, and does exactly what it promises. My skin has felt softer and I always wake up with hydrated skin when I apply it at night. Speaking of application, I do apply it before I prime my face and in the evening after I've cleansed.

One make up product I can't enough of is a really good highlighter. This Dose of Colors 'Mirame' highlight from their Desi x Katy collection is life! Once this collection dropped I knew that I had to scoop up this highlighter because it was calling my name. I believe it suits darker skin complexions very well and when applied gives a very wet look that I am absolutely here for. It goes on very smoothly and doesn't have a chunky glitter look which some highlighters have. It is a limited edition product so I was glad I could get my hands on it.

Speaking of the Dose of Colors Desi x Katy collection, I have also been loving their 'More Creamer Please' lipstick. Aside from the bomb aesthetic, this lipstick has been my go to nude lip color. I do have to be pair it with a brown lip liner but it such a gorgeous and different shade. I usually top it with 'Weho' lip gloss from Colourpop or my go to gloss from Revlon and I'm good to go! This is also limited edition so fingers crossed I don't end up running out of this shade!

Ya'll, this Colourpop concealer right here is bae. This product hands down has been my ultimate favorite for the month of September and I'm sure will stay that way for as long as possible. The application of the No Filter Concealer is so smooth and creamy. I personally also really like the applicator they chose for this product because it moves the product around easily and helps it glide across your skin. I purchased it in the color Deep Golden 60 for under eye highlighting and it definitely gets the job done plus more! With it also being very reasonably priced at $6 I've found no reason to put this concealer down (I already purchased a back up!). It does usually sell out pretty quickly since it is a high demand product so I would recommend checking the website to see if it has been restocked.

Top to Bottom: 'Mirame' Highlighter, 'Deep Golden 60' Concealer, 'More Creamer Please' Lipstick

As I continue to try new products I'll be sure to update you all with my faves and what I highly recommend. Let me know your current beauty favorites below!

Floral Top + White Trousers

During the beginning of the month I had the opportunity to cover a breast cancer bruncheon hosted by Painted Pink (non profit focused on educating millennials on breast heath) and had a blast. You can check out my recap of the event here. When it came to selecting my outfit for the event, I instantly decided that I had to wear an all pink look. I literally searched around town for the perfect pink outfit to sport to the brunch but for some reason I couldn't find one outfit that I really liked (the fashion struggle ya'll). I put this look together and absolutely loved the outcome!

Top: Zara / Pants: Agaci / Shoes: BCBG

Lets quickly get into this look ya'll. Lately, I've been into very clean and crisp pieces and have been adding a few to my wardrobe that I can't wait to share with you all. I also felt that the pop of white through my trousers paired perfectly with this wrap front top from Zara, which I purchased during the semi-annual sale which was clearly a win! I loved that I was still able to incorporate pink into my look for the bruncheon and very fashionably at that! 

Which pieces have you been into this fall season? Let me know below!


Painted Pink Breast Cancer Bruncheon Recap

Last weekend Painted Pink, Inc hosted their 4th annual breast cancer bruncheon and let me just tell you all that it was absolutely wonderful. Not only was the bruncheon impactful, but there was so much love in the room that you could literally feel it. I had the honor of covering the event as media and I can honestly say I walked out of that event edified. The guests were able to hear the testimonies of survivors (and a co-survivor), learn facts/myths regard breast cancer, hear beautiful music played by a band, receive complimentary products by sponsors, and the list goes on and on!

The brunch began with a beautiful poem by Allasia Cotton and soon after the event was welcomed by the Painted Pink staff. We were introduced to the first speaker, husband and co-survivor Michael Thornton where he shared his testimony of dealing with breast cancer first hand as his wife was diagnosed at the age of 38. It was definitely very insightful hearing his side of the experience, especially since shortly after his wife Lakeisha took the stage. Lakeisha discussed how although she was faced with the possibility of death, she declared that she was healed and stood firm on the word of God throughout the process. They also shared how during one point of her recovery, their children laid hands on her and prayed over her (Praise God!).

The next portion of the event was very informative as breast cancer myths were debunked and we were able to learn facts from Dr. Erin Bowman. Two facts that stood out to me were that only 5-10% of breast cancers are hereditary and 90-95% are not related to genes. I honestly thought that genes played a larger role so it was very interesting to learn that. The final portion of the event was led by the host Koereyelle and the keynote speaker Chris-Tia Donaldson, CEO of natural hair brand Thank God It's Natural (TGIT) and also a breast cancer survivor. I truly enjoyed hearing her story and learning more about her journey being diagnosed while managing her company. She provided key tips and spread her Black Girl Magic throughout the room.

All in all, Atlanta was definitely painted pink last weekend! The survivors were beautifully honored and I'm sure walked away even more empowered. I left remembering the importance of taking care of myself and being my biggest advocate. Thank you so much Painted Pink for just being an awesome organization and spreading positivity! I'm definitely looking forward to the next bruncheon!

Finding #MyShadeOfNude with LIPP

Being a woman of color, I can honestly say when it comes to purchasing certain beauty products it's an absolute struggle. Finding nude lipsticks in particular causes grief because a lot of them aren't deep enough for darker skinned women of color and require a lip liner for it to even make sense. Luckily, I was exposed to LIPP, a beauty company that creates a semi-custom lipstick experience as well as various nude shades based on skin tone. From selecting your lipstick finish (cream, matte, sheer) to choosing your lipstick tube, LIPP takes out the guess work and allows you to create the perfect lipstick for you! 

Through the #MyShadeOfNude campaign via Curlfluence, I received 4 lipstick samples to test out and determine my go to favorite nude. Take a look at the video above to watch me test out the shades and be sure to let me know which nude is your favorite!

I absolutely love the concept and all that is being done over at LIPP! If you're interested in finding your perfect nude lipstick shade (which you should!), I recommend that you purchase the 'Try It' Sample kit so you too can test out 4 different variations. Be sure to use the coupon code GONUDE when checking out to purchase it only for $5 (yes, only $5!). Click here to check it out. 

Thank you Curlfluence and LIPP for this awesome opportunity!

Purposely B.E.A.T Painted Pink Event Recap

Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of attending Purposely B.E.A.T, a breast cancer awareness and clean beauty event hosted by an awesome organization entitled Painted Pink, Inc. When I attended the event, October was around the corner so I knew both supporting and contributing to an important cause such educating women about breast health was crucial. Painted Pink serves as a resource for millennial women to not only take charge of their breast health but provides access to mentors and medical professionals. Being both a millennial woman and knowing family members/friends who have suffered from breast cancer (luckily are survivors), I can definitely say this event hit home for me.

One aspect I loved about the event and Painted Pink as an organization is how they truly want to make the conversation of breast health comfortable. It's important for us as women to advocate for ourselves and to ensure that we're properly checking our bodies. I also really appreciated hearing the story of a millennial survivor by the name of Danika, who was diagnosed last year with stage 2 breast cancer. I was also able to chat with Ms. Hadelia Thompson where I learned about her unique story of being diagnosed with breast cancer although she had no lumps. It takes seeing someone going through such a trying time and remaining strong to remember how serious and important this really is.

The second portion of the event focused on the importance of clean beauty and being aware of what products are coming in contact with your skin. Led by the make up artists of the NARS Boutique in Buckhead (who doesn't love NARS btw), we were able to learn proper skincare techniques, ingredients to avoid in beauty products, and how to create a flawless make up look. For all of my make up lovers, be sure to avoid foundations with minerals and exfoliate/moisturize for great skin.(Be sure to read those labels ladies!)

All in all, I truly enjoyed my time at this event as I was able to walk out with tons of knowledge and met great women. To find out more information about Painted Pink, Inc be sure to visit their website and take the pledge with me to take charge of your breast health and incorporate clean practices into your beauty regimen. Their 4th annual bruncheon where breast cancer survivors are celebrated is also around the corner so click here for more information and purchase your ticket to attend!

Thank you Painted Pink, Inc for inviting me to this event!