NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat Powder Foundation Daily Makeup for the Girl on the Go

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NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat Powder Foundation Great for Daytime Looks

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat_Glitter and StilettosOver the last few months I have found that my window for “makeup opportunity” has diminished significantly. While I would love nothing more than to spend a good half-hour in front of my vanity applying my makeup to perfection, it just is not possible. My growing list of morning duties include hustling two minis off to school, breakfast, packing lunch, hair, and feverishly tossing outfits all over due to Hampton Roads’ bi-polar weather. But, I cannot start my day without a cup of warm lemon water with honey or a cup of green tea. The life of a working-diva slash business owner extraordinaire can actually be well, not so glamorous. Girl, let me just tell you that the last 6 months have been ANYTHING but glamorous. Despite a growing number of disappointments that have been tossed my way, I find that getting dolled up makes things a little bit better.

I added the NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat Powder Foundation to my 2-minute, morning makeup routine. I love this foundation powder because it goes on with light coverage and lasts all day. It has a great yellow undertone that matches my hue, almost to a T.  I like to keep things really simple when heading out the door so daytime makeup is very minimal. Below are my go to staples for Monday-Friday makeup looks.

  1. Moisturizer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Mascara
  5. Lipgloss

That’s it! For daytime makeup, I feel natural is best but a little lipgloss will add just the right amount of glam.

Here are the things I like most about the NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat Powder Foundation

  • lightweight
  • excellent coverage
  • flawless finish
  • lasts all day long
  • great selection for olive/brown/caramel tones
  • great price

The NYX Stay Matte but not Flat Powder Foundation is definitely worth keeping handy.

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Glitter Girl Book Club: Love Lashes and Lipstick by Mally Roncal Inspiring Books for the Glitter Gang

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Love Lashes and Lipstick Mally Roncal

Love Lashes and Lipstick Mally RoncalReading is an excellent method for keeping you inspired and focused on your goals. It will stimulate your mind and help shift you into high-gear. The latest Glitter Girl Book Club read is ‘Love, Lashes, and Lipstick’ by celebrity makeup artist and beauty guru Mally Roncal. The book is a fun read that incorporates personal stories, anecdotes, makeup tips, and throwback photos from Mally’s journey to success.

This is a great book for makeup lovers, entrepreneurs, or anyone looking for some positive motivation. Mally’s personality really shines through every page and this girl keeps it 100 as she shares candid moments from her life as an MUA and business woman.

 

I just so happened to be in the market for some new foundation powder and eye primer so of course at one of my Ulta pit-stops I had to snag some Mally Beauty for the collection. I picked up the Poreless Perfect Foundation and the Perfect Prep Hydrating Under-eye Brightener. Both of these products are fabulicious. We are talking about a flawless finish and phenomenal pigment. The foundation powder and the under-eye brightener are long-lasting and require little touch up throughout the day. The application is light to medium coverage and virtually weightless. The under-eye brightener is soft and smooth and feels like it is conditioning the skin. It is gentle around the eyes and covers dark circles perfectly.

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Calling All Nice Girls, Time to Get Betchy Release Your Inner Betch

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Nice is Just a Place in France

Nice is Just a Place in FranceAre you one of those people who is afraid to take risks? Afraid to say “no”? If you’ve ever felt, used, abused, and treated like a doormat, it’s probably your own fault. Remember, people will only do exactly as much as you allow them to if you do not stand your ground. If there is one thing that I have learned this year, that is life is simply too short for BS and sometimes you just have to be a total beotch to get the satisfaction that you deserve. Some times you have to flip the bird, say “no” and put yourself first. Inspiring isn’t it?

I know, changing your approach with people, friends, and the certifiable might be hard at first but with a little help from #TheBetches, you could be well on your way to taking back your time, energy, and life. What a relief!

I dug into the books ‘Nice is Just a Place in France’ by The Betches and I was pleasantly surprised by this entertaining read. This book covers everything from friends, to guys, work, and getting exactly what you want out of life on your terms, all while keeping you laughing the entire time.

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nuNAAT Brazilian Keratin Intensive Hair Mask Reducing Frizz

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nuNAAT Brazilian Keratin Hair Mask

nuNAAT Brazilian Keratin Hair MaskLast month we decided to experiment with a Brazilian Keratin treatment at home. Earlier this year we went to a local salon and paid about $175 for a treatment that was supposed to last for about 2 months. The treatment was great but paying that much every two months is well, kind of annoying to be honest. I headed over to one of my favorite hair shops in Virginia Beach nBeauty and picked up the nuNAAT Brazilian Keratin Intensive Hair Mask. I also picked up the Deep Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner for my mini-me and I to try. We are both natural with curly hair.

 

 

 

Check out the before:

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We applied the shampoo and followed up with the nuNAAT Brazilian Keratin Intensive Hair Mask. We left the mask on for about 20 minutes while we chatted it up and then rinsed it out. The results were amazing. Both the shampoo and the mask left the hair feeling soft and manageable. After a quick blow-dry and one or two passes with the flat iron, the hair was full of bounce and movement with absolutely no residue.

 

 

 

 

The after

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Check out my post on Instagram to see our #hairInMotion

 

Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment Adios Smile Lines

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Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment

Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night TreatmentPeople always seem to look better when they smile. A smile can light up a room, turn someone’s frown upside down, and make hearts melt. I heard once that it requires more muscles to frown than it does to smile. But, like all things, for every action, there is a reaction and smiles are no exception. Smiles, although they kind of just make you feel good, can result in lines around the mouth. Much like any other expression that is repeated over and over again, smiles will eventually leave etchings on the face. The Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment helps to treat fine lines around the mouth and face. The product offers several other benefits that include smoother skin and a reduction in the appearance of skin discoloration. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that is not as strong as the pure version. Vitamin A offers great benefits for the skin. Retinol communicates with the skin cells and encourages them to respond like brand new ones. Retinol functions as an antioxidant, fighting free-radical damage, and it has been shown to be effective in reducing lines and wrinkles.

I have been using the Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment for just about a month and have seen some really great results. So far it has cleared up some discoloration from breakouts and my skin looks more even then it has in the past. Retinol is very powerful, but this product is not harsh on my combination skin nor does it have a scent.

After cleansing each night, I apply the Retinol Night Treatment and follow up with African Shea Butter for a moisturizer.

Glitter Girl Book Club Read of the Month: Lessons from Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott French lifestyle tips for the everyday girl

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Lessons from Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott

Lessons from Madame Chic by Jennifer L. ScottThis month the Glitter Girl Book Club is reading ‘Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I learned While Living in Paris’ by Jennifer L. Scott. The book promises to introduce Parisian lifestyle to glam girls coming from all walks in life. Never ones to pass on an empowering message wrapped in style, the glitter gang is excited to get lost in this book. If you would like to join us on this fabulous journey, you can purchase a copy of Jennifer L. Scott’s ‘Lessons from Madam Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I learned While Living in Paris at Barnes and Noble

We will return with some highlights and a book review after cracking this lovely gem open.

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e.l.f. Studio Tone Correcting Powder Hide Your Dark Circles

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e.l.f. cosmeticsDark circles are such a pain and they are even more of a pain if you are not sure why they have appeared. Some dark circles are caused by lack of sleep, poor diet, illness, and allergies. Other dark circles are tougher to combat and they may also be caused by heredity. The aging process may also cause dark circles to be more noticeable as the skin around the eyes thinks out and the blood vessels beneath become full and causing a blueish tint.

Personally, hereditary dark circles have been the bane of my existence along with many other things since around about puberty and hence my obsession with concealers and subsequent makeup addiction (hey, we all have our vices). The tricky thing about concealers is that in some cases, they may actually make your dark circles look worse. I have found the standard advice to “select a tone 2-3 shades lighter than your own” to be about as useful as two cucumbers placed on my eyes (hint, hint, I’m not impressed by this “home remedy”).

There is far more to selecting the best concealer that will provide a natural look than just choosing one that is “2-3 shades lighter than your own skin”. The skin is full of different undertones, and no two people are alike. There is no one-size fits all solution for concealers and what looks good one one person may look an absolute, certified, hot mess on another.  Here is a quick guide on selecting a concealer color that is best suited for your dark circles:

Red Circles-Go Green.

Dark Purple Circles-Think Pink.

Blue Circles-Hello Yellow.

Thankfully, there are several brands available that offer the above color variations for concealers.

e.l.f. offers the HD Lifting Concealer , a liquid concealer that can be used on dark circles and is also said to “hide imperfections” and give the skin a radiant appearance. Depending on your tone issues, the HD Lifting Concealer is available in 6 different shades.

Sometimes, concealer and foundation powder is just not enough to mask severe dark circles. I picked up the e.l.f. Studio Tone Correcting Powder which is supposed to balance out skin discoloration to see if it would help to improve the appearance of dark circles. The Tone Correcting Powder is supposed to help balance the complexion brightening and neutralizing tones where necessary. The powder is available in a small palette that consists of yellow, blue, green, and pink colors. They are meant to be blended together and applied at the same time. The powder goes on with a lightweight dusting and matte finish. It may not be effective for darker skin tones as it may cause a ashy veil to appear over the skin.

What do you think about e.l.f. HD Lifting Concealer and the Studio Tone Correcting Powder? Share your tips and suggestions in the comments below.

Book Review-#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. NastyGal Founder Sophia Amoruso Gives Candid Insight for Future Girl Bosses

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GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso Book Review

GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso Book ReviewIf you pass any woman on the street, chances are there is more to her than meets the eye. One thing I find very unique about women is our very own story. I am not talking about the stories that appeal to the outer universe or even the labels that somehow become the narratives of our lives but stories that are hidden deep down within one’s own experiences. I believe that every single girl in the world has a story that needs to be heard above all of the noise. NastyGal founder Sophia Amoruso reminded me of this while spending this last week reading her book #GIRLBOSS. I found the book whilst shopping for leisure reads and couldn’t resist the peachy color and stylish cover photography. I polished off a couple of chapters of #GIRLBOSS and was immediately hooked.

Having started my first clothing line in my twenties and later opening and then quickly closing my first boutique (failure is merely a lesson to better prepare you for the future!), #GIRLBOSS was fit for the occasion as I navigate in and out of the office trenches and into business ownership.

Sophia Amoruso shares with readers her journey to owning a multi-million dollar clothing company from its infancy. Quotes like, “when you believe in yourself, other people will believe in you too” strike a harmonious chord for girls needing that extra confidence to grab life by the cojones and take some risks. After all, owning a business inherently assumes risk but, before anyone else can hop aboard the money train, you must believe in you. Business ownership is not for everyone, and Sophia makes this very clear early on in the book.

Aspiring fashionistas and future entrepreneurs will enjoy reading about Sophia’s phases in fashion as well as her stints working hourly jobs before discovering success as a vintage eBay seller. The fashion mogul shares humorous stories and cringe-worthy moments that almost any girl, at any age can relate to. One thing that readers will take away is that hard work, dedication, and persistence almost always pays and does so with handsome rewards. Readers, who may feel stuck in boring 9-5 jobs or low paying hourly positions will learn to appreciate any experiences gained in such areas that will contribute to growth in larger opportunities down the line. Sophia, who affectionately refers to her readers and fans as #GIRLBOSS, gives an unapologetic view of her life as a fashion mogul and does not bite her tongue when it comes to giving all perspectives of the experience.

In between famous quotes and visits with other powerful women in business, Sophia shares lighthearted anecdotes sprinkled with a couple of expletives here and there. In regards to entrepreneurship, Sophia serves it up to readers straight-up without any fluff. The book is an entertaining read that will keep you focused, determined, and inspired to reach your goals.

“While everyone wishes to be a self-made millionaire, self-made millionaires do not make their money alone” – MissGlitter

Looking for more inspiring books to keep you on your A-Game? Check back to see what we are reading next.

 

Best Makeup for Selfies: Revlon PhotoReady and AirBrush Effect Airbrush and Blur Imperfections

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Revlon_Photo_Ready_Glitter_and_StilettosI am still a little bit weird about #seflies and kind of think they are a huge waste of time and somewhat narcissistic. TBH I really don’t get the point of filling up an entire feed on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with selfie pics, they get kind of boring after a while and make people appear really conceited but, I digress. It seems that selfies are just not going to go away, especially if there are even songs written about them. Anywho, all this selfie stuff got me wondering…how do celebrities and makeup gurus get their Instagram photos looking so darn perfect? They seem to have the perfect glow, flawless skin, and perfect complexion. It is fascinating because when you are walking into Starbucks, riding on the bus, or shopping in the mall, most girls do not look like the picture of  perfection. So what’s the deal? Besides the many filters available to blur out imperfections, I wondered what makeup girls are using to ensure that their selfies are always on #fleek?

I scooped up some Revlon PhotoReady Powder and PhotoReady AirBrush Effect to put these two products to the test. The Revlon PhotoReady Powder is supposed to make your skin look #perfect by removing shine and smoothing the skin tone for an even appearance. There are three different shades available: Fair/Light, Light/Medium, and Medium/Deep. I am not sure if these are enough options to cover the diverse assortment of hues that women across the world have but hey! who knows?

I also grabbed some Revlon PhotoReady AirBrush Effect Liquid Makeup. This product is supposed to offer light-filtering capabilities while blurring imperfections for a luminous and flawless finish. AirBrush Effect is available in 12 different shades. Check back for our full review with pics on both of these products as we put them to the #Selfie Test!

Must Have Makeup Maybelline FITme! Matte Good Price, Great Finish

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Maybelline_FitME_Glitter_and_StilettosI have been using Maybelline FITme! from time to time, experimenting with different colors and I enjoy using the product. I am definitely a fan of the liquid foundation but recently got hooked on Japonesque Luminous Foundation which I used during the summer. Since my summer hue is starting to fade a bit, I need something a bit lighter and decided switch back over to Maybelline  FITme! liquid foundation and powder for the new season. One of the toughest challenges for a #browngirl is finding just the right shade of powder with the correct undertones so that the skin does not look too light, too dark, too ashy, or too hot messy.

This time around I picked up the Maybelline FITme! Matte+ Poreless #230 Natural Buff to get my week started. This is a really great powder if you prefer a flat, matte finish. I think a matte finish works great for the fall and there is no harm in warming it up with a little bronzer when necessary. FITme! retails for just around $8 bucks and is a good powder to keep in your stash. I am not too sure about the poreless part of the product because I cannot really see my pores just yet but I do have some fine smile lines and I do not think that this product works very good to mask those so I would definitely not apply this product without using a BB cream or good moisturizer underneath to soften the skin.

The powder does not feel heavy when applied with a brush. I do not use the applicator sponge that is included with it because it goes on much heavier. The product is formulated for normal to oily skin and claims to last for up to 12 hours.

Check me out on Instagram to see what look I create with this product. #glamgirl out!