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Yes, I care (on the path to not caring). 

I don't know why it's so hard for people to admit these days. Everyone wants to front to appear stronger and inhuman with their "No f*cks given, IDFWU" posts all over social media. When we all know deep down inside...YOU CARE! I care. Whenever a post or status is written claiming how much you DON'T care about your ex, haters, etc. you show us how much you DO in fact care. Do us all a favor and tell the truth. Saying someone hurt your feelings doesn't make you weak. Crying when you lose a friend doesn't mean you're soft. It makes you something that is not popular to be today; human. I am exhausted of everyone acting like they don't have a connection with anyone or anything. Then we have the nerve to wonder why suicide death rates keep rising. In the words of Kanye Crazy West "Feelings matter bro!"

We all have those few people in our lives that if they don't co-sign what you do, can have you feeling some type of way. It could be your best friend, mother-in-law, a sibling or someone close to you who's support you thought would be a given. Only to find out the people you care about most take every opportunity to put you or your ideas down. Over the years I've learned that no idea or award you present to them is good enough. There are people who committed themselves to the idea that you'll never be good enough. Don't waste time with these people. Its dead end. 

When I finally got the issue of Ebony Magazine I was featured in I thought to myself, "Negative Nancy has to come around this time. I mean, I'm in EBONY! Like my picture and my blog is sited right there!" So, I send over a picture with a thousand excited emoji's. No response. Later I call, "Hey, did you see!? I'm in Ebony!" Negative Nancy, "Yeah, that's cool. It's with Family Dollar though!?" followed by a good 45 seconds of gut laughter. I played myself yet again. We must stop putting ourselves in a position to be put down. You don't need anyone to co-sign your happiness or achievements.

A wonderful change...

One day I woke up, put my feet on the ground and realized how much you don't matter. You meaning, your opinion. You meaning, my fears. You meaning, my insecurities. All of it! I saw how silly it was to place the opinion of others above my own; above God! If God gave me this vision and this gift, why not walk in it proudly?! Why question it?

Like I said, it became silly so fast. A few more things and them I'm out...

1. Its okay to FEEL!

The key is to not soak in it. Acknowledge what ever it is thats bothering you so you can let it goSocial media is turning this generation into emotionless robots who lack compassion and empathy. Its crazy because your favorite celebrity or blogger in between each photo is just another human being battling depression. If you're one of those people to like to pretend to feel nothing, it will begin to fester in your soul and pop back up when you least expect it. Maybe not tomorrow, or next year but it will randomly pop up. Marriage and having children brought up a wide range of feelings and insecurities I never knew I'd have to face again. So tackle these issues now the best you can...

2. "What you eat don't make me sh*t!"- unknown

This has to be one of the funniest quotes I've read in a while. Its reminds me of those viral videos people share on Facebook. "Man eats 100 hot dogs in a minute!" or "This woman loves the taste of cockroaches!" Something stupid and gross like that. You watch it (or you don't entertain it at all), your stomach turns and you say to yourself, "Hell naw!" and just keep scrolling. This is we should treat unsolicited advice/ negative opinions. Keep it pushing, we are not obligated to listen or sit through that mess. They are distractions and have absolutely to do with you. What ever affect it may have on me, I've allowed. Once I awakened to this it was easier for me to check myself and put the focus back on my goals. 

Moving forward...

Do not rob yourself of a single moment of happiness in 2017. When it comes to your achievements, being happy for yourself is more than enough. Nor will you be passive toward people who are aggressive with negativity. 

Say what you will, but I'm going to keep writing things like this. In the hope to make being human and feeling things humans feel normal again.





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Its all about glowing skin this fall, and everyone is looking for the ultimate glow. Who doesn't want a summer glow in the fall?  Its no secret that I love Make Up For Ever, so I'm excited about their New Pro Light Fusion Highlighters! For the past two years I've faithfully used the MUFE Pro Sculpting Duo #2. For me, it was the perfect glow. As a blogger who receives products in the mail all the time, I can admit...I'm a bit spoiled. However, I will admit that we blogger receive a lot of things we don't like or will never use. So when I opened this package from MUFE I gasped. I was genuinely blown away by these babies.

Pro Fusion Highlighter is Rose Gold is gorgeous because if gives off the slightest pink tint. I will also be using this item on my eyelids as eyeshadow. Its too pretty to not put everywhere. Check out a quick swatch down below!

Left: Rose Gold Right: Gold



The Pro Fusion Gold looks like an amplified version of the Pro Sculpting Duo which I also love. I'll have to do another post comparing the two. 

Overall, I absolutely LOVE them. If you're following me on Instagram, be on the look out for an insta-tutorial featuring them. 

You can find MUFE's Pro Light Fusion Highlighters in and on Sephora.com for $39!

Tell me what your favorite glow products are in the comments! 

Until next time, 
-Bee

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First of let me say, I'm not a huge lover of subscription boxes and yes, PopSugar sent this to me. However, if you're like me and skeptical of the box service craze and want to give one a try...this is the one!  I received a Pop Sugar Must Have Box years ago to review. I deleted the post because the quality was so bad. I've grown so much as a blogger since then. My blog and photos look so much better, nor do I delete old posts anymore. It takes away from my journey. I want you guys to see how hard I've worked. Any-who, I digress...

PopSugar's Must Have Box is my favorite subscription box for number of reasons. 1. The box when you first open it can seem underwhelming, because its typically things you would purchase yourself or think to grab. Its an amazing way to try new things, which we all like to pretend we are good at. 

Any-who, I opened the box and thought to myself, "Cool an umbrella!" Everything else I wasn't too excited about...until I looked at the box as a whole. Its perfect for October/Fall and could easily be called the cozy box. All Its missing is a blanket. LOL

Check out the items in Pop Sugar's Must Have October Box/ AKA The Cozy (Fall) Box!

1/2. The Makeup Eraser Mini ($12) + Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen ($8.99)


Of course I'm going to start with the beauty items. Unless you've been under a rock I'm sure you seen this magical makeup remover. I was excited to see this in the box because like many, I'm a bit skeptical of it. I'll be doing separate review of this item. Can't wait to put it to the test. Stay tuned. As far as Revlon's Liquid Eye Pen, you can never go wrong with with eyeliner. I find that PopSugar makes wise cosmetic choices to place in their box. If they were to send a foundation or a primer, chances are it won't match my skin type or tone. So playing it safe with liners and shadows are the way to go. This way everyone is satisfied and can truly use every item received in the box. 

3. Lalicous Brown Sugar Vanilla Shower Oil and Bubble Bath ($28)


So, maybe I'm late but I'm so new to the shower oil game and I'm loving it. A few months back another brand sent me a shower oil and now I'm obsessed. In box brochure it says, " Nothings says "fall" like the sweet, comfy scent of brown sugar (and vanilla)..." an I couldn't agree more. I like to use shower oil after using my daily body wash. You're pores and skin are already open from the warm water so its the best time to use it. It makes your skin nice and shiny, moisturized before you even step out the shower. 

4/5. Rise & Shine Diner Mug + My Cup of Cocoa Dark Drinking Chocolate ($16)


Nothing makes me happier than chocolate in any form. With that said, I'm happy. Also if you follow me on Snapchat, you know that I'm a HUGE mug collector. I love coffee/drinking mugs. So this will fit in nicely with my collection. As a child mom my mom use to wake me up to the tune, "Rise and Shine & give God the glory, glory!" My fellow church goers may know the tune. So the cup saying, Rise and Shine only reminds me to give God glory. Again, win!

6. Power Your Happy - Work Hard, Play Nice & Build Your Dream Life by Lisa Sugar ($25)


After you've removed your makeup with your makeup eraser, hopped out of the shower using your Brown Sugar Vanilla Body Oil, make your cup of cocoa, you can wind down to Power Your Happy! As a makeup artist and beauty blogger, I can't wait to read this book. I love reading about the powerhouses in the beauty industry, because I plan on being one. I'll be taking notes as well. Thanks again Lisa for including a copy of your book in the box! 

7. Henri Bendel Packable Umbrella ($58)



I thought about going outside and taking a photo with this umbrella so you guys could really see how cute it is. However here in Atlanta, GA its bright and sunny outside and I feel it would just look funny. HeHe!

This is the only item I probably wouldn't purchase on my own. Its a nice umbrella, but not worth the cost. HOWEVER, that's the joy of subscription boxes. I didn't have to! It came with the box. You do the math...

PopSugar's Must Have Box is $39.95 a month and the umbrella alone is $58! This box adds up to be around $150 if you had to buy all of these items yourself. Again if you ever sign up for a box service, this is the way to go. When you do, make sure you USE MY CODE: SHOP5 to receive money off your first box and you can sign up HERE

Are you a member of any box service? If so I'd love to hear about it below. Hope you give PopSugar a chance. You'll love it! 

Until Next time, 
-Bee 

Disclaimer
*Items featured in this post were provided by PopSugar for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*



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I do a lot of product reviews on my blog and that won't change, however scrolling through my blog one day I realized that I don't share enough of my creative side/ beauty work. Makeup Artistry is my passion, and even though I'm not Sir John (Beyoncé's Makeup Artist) I know a little something. I've been on set doing editorials, tv, I've done countless brides, etc. So I think its time for me to share more of my knowledge and work.

This week I wanted to do a video on Fall Glam. At first I was going to do it on myself, however my friend Bree (BreeLenore.com) was over my house. So we went to work! As you've already seen above, this is the look I've created.


I knew before we started that I wanted to do a deep lip and bring the skin to live. Its starting to get cooler outside, our summer tans are withering away and I wanted to bring life back into the skin in a natural/ glowing way.

As you can see in her before image above, Bree has minor skin discolorations and darkness under the eyes, so I used a peach color concealer to correct those areas before applying her foundation. What foundation? Let me take this time to list the products used on this application...

Skin:


  • Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer
  • Embryolisse lait creme (Moisturizer)
  • Black Opal Creme Stick Foundations in Black Walnut (Contour), Hazelnut (Mixed with BW for Foundation), and Rich Caramel (highlight)
  • Sacha Butter Cup Setting Powder
  • Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Tan to Deep
  • ABH Glow Kit in Sundipped
Eyes:


  • M.A.C Spiked Brow Pencil
  • Lorac Pro Palette
  • Too Faced Holiday Le Grande palette
  • Lashes DM Wispies on top of 215's
Lips:
  • M.A.C Nightmoth Lipliner
  • Gold Label Cosmetics Lipstick in Dark Children
I've got a video for you as well. See the transformation yourself below...

More transformations are coming your way as well, so get excited!


Until next time,
-Bee

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I had to come and give you guys the 411 on L'ORÉAL Paris' New Colour Riche Pocket Palettes. Over the past few weeks I've seen a number of reviews on them, and shockingly most were not very positive. However, this has not been my experience. Before I go into my full review, I've swatched 7 of the palettes for you below. Check them out...

SILVER COUTOUR



AVANT GARDE AZURE



HAUTE HAZEL



VIOLET AMORE



AVENUE DES ROSES



BOUDIOR CHARME



FRENCH BISCUIT



Review: 

I must say that I absolutely love the (and I quote the press release) "expert-curated shades" in each palette. There is a color scheme/palette for every eye shape and color; for the natural girl, city girl, and day-to-night girl. As a Professional Makeup Artist I can make just about anything work. So I can work around the fact that they aren't as pigmented as I'd hoped. They come in 3 different finishes: satin, matte and sheen. I found the matte to be most pigmented. If you know how to minipulae a product, then this can work for you. Then again I know that many of you (in my Sweet Brown voice) don't have time for that.

There were more than a few colors that I really had layer on the back of my hand to show. This was surprising to me because I featured this product in a magazine editorial I did for the September issue of Upscale Magazine. On set was my first time using the Pocket Palettes and I was blown away by the pigment on my model. So, I'm taken back at the fact that my swatch experience didn't go so well. Did my eyes deceive me on set? Why was it amazing then and mediocre now?! Check out an image of my model below. I used the Colour Riche Pocket Palette in Boudoir Charme (see swatch above) on her lids and inner corner of her eyes. Absolutely loved it...


Over all I will give this product a C+. I need to try it on a model and again on myself to test the pigmentation and longevity. So far I have had one great experience and one bad. I'll give them one more go 'round to confirm or deny if my eyes deceived me that day. I'll let you guys know the verdict then. For now, these are my initial thoughts/first impressions.  

What are your first impressions? Feel free to chime in below!

Until next time,
- Bee

*Products featured in this post were provided by L'Oréal Paris. All thoughts and opinions are my own."
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As I discover new and exciting brands, it is my goal to highlight black owned businesses in Beauty. So if you know of any or you are one shoot me an email.

Today's feature is black owned cosmetic line, Moni B. Cosmetics. They sent over a few of their lippies and y'all know how I do. Swatches and honest review/ first impressions are down below.

First Impression:

With any start up or small cosmetic line the packaging typically takes a back seat. However, I was really impressed with Moni B's logo and lipstick tubes. I love when lipsticks have weight to them. It makes me feel like I'm paying for something of quality. 

(see right image and swatches below)


RIVAL
DEMURE
Review:

I'll start off with the good. I love the colors of the lipsticks and the pigment is great. They look just as they appear in the tube and that's always a plus. How many times have we all been con'd into loving a color in the tube...only to swatch it and find out it was all a lie?!

My only con is that they apply a little rough. I really had to force the lipstick on my lips. It felt kind of waxy. It is a mega matte, however I have tons of mega matte lippies that go on a bit smoother. That is my only con. Either way, I will be wearing Demure this fall, I love it! 

Moni B. Cosmetics Creamy Matte and Matte Liquid Lipsticks

First lets get into some  swatches, then we'll review...

Alter Ego (Black Creamy Matte) Harlem World

Here I am wearing Alter Ego

Harlem World

Review:

I'm going to start with the con's. As you can see in the image right above, this pink shade did not work for me at all. I feel like it was one of those Colour Pop situations where some people got a bad batch. That's what I feel happened here. No matter how I tried to apply it, no matter how many layers it would not act right. It's safe to say I hate it. Alter ego tho?!

LOVE Alter ego! To the untrained eye, its black. Its really like a deep dark, green color. I don't know how else to describe it. (lol) It applied wonderfully and feels exactly how its labeled. Creamy matte! I left it on for about an hour. It never went full matte on me and maintained its color. Two thumbs up for alter ego. Only one con though; the peppermint scent is a pinch too strong. Pull back on that just a little bit and it would be that much better. 

That's all folks. I'm looking forward to trying more products from Moni B Cosmetics the brand is to expand in to blushes, powders and eyeshadows.

#isupportblackownedbusinesses
#buyblack

*Products featured were provided by Moni B Cosmetics. Bee was compensated for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions are honest and her own. *