I didn’t want to like it but I did. So there’s that. I’ve mentioned Gerard Cosmetics before and while their products aren’t terrible they aren’t AMAZEBALLS to merit the price tag they are currently running for. Like I mentioned in my lip swatch video, if you are looking to purchase Gerard Cosmetics there’s always a 30-50% discount available via your favorite YouTube beauty guru or Instagrammer so there is no need to pay full price (it ain’t worth it). That said I feel down the rabbit hole after seeing MakeupShayla wearing this highlighter and I bit the bullet. I didn’t want to like it but I did. So there’s that.
The Gerard Cosmetics Lucy Star Powder is a rosy highlight inspired by- you guessed it- America’s sweetheart Lucy. I was surprised at how finely milled the powder was as I expected it to be somewhat chunky. It gives off a true in your face highlight but it is blendable and velvety to the touch. It has soft gold shimmers so it’s not too rosy on the skin. If you have tan to deep skin, this will look amazing on you. It has quickly become my go to highlighter and if I’m feeling extra, I’ll layer this on top of another blush. Unlike the lipsticks, I couldn’t find a single negative thing to say about these (outside of price), so kudos.
I didn’t want to like it but I did. So there’s that.
Gerard Cosmetics is available online and now at select Ricky’s NYC locations. I, personally, wouldn’t buy it anywhere other than their site so you can leverage the discounts they keep having.
I always walk into Target with the best of intentions. Go in. Pick up the essentials. Go home. But like a moth to a flame I beeline to the cosmetics aisle to scope out the latest steals. Buy one, get one? Sign me up. Discounts? I’m down. When I heard that Target was going to be having some amazing deals throughout the month I knew I had to share! Between 10/4-10/10 and 10/25-10/31 be sure to head to Target for some amazing deals on Neutrogena, Aveeno and RoC products! I, of course, had to pick up a few things in order to update my fall skincare routine.
In the morning I like something really gentle to cleanse my skin and won’t strip it. As the temperature cools off and the winds pick up, it’s important that whatever I use be gentle and won’t leave my skin dry and chapped. The Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser can be used morning and night to remove dirt, oil and makeup without irritating the skin. Next up is my RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream. I have these terrible dark circles under my eyes largely due to genetics (thanks mom!) but also because I haven’t been getting some proper sleep (thanks stress!). I purchased this because it promises to even out the look of dark circles and helps to reduce the look of puffiness in four weeks (!!). I don’t have to worry about wrinkles just yet but this same product claims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and crow’s feet in 12 weeks. Can I get an amen! It’s pretty lightweight so you won’t feel like you’re applying a thick cream under your eyes and it does not leave a greasy residue or feeling. My under eye area felt moisturized and I’m able to apply concealer without feeling like cake face or like it’s slipping and sliding under there. Win-win. I’m looking forward to using this throughout the month to help my dark circles.
Lastly, I’ve been using the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30to moisturize my face. Although it has SPF 30 in it, it doesn’t leave me with a white or greyish cast on my skin like some moisturizers tend to due. Hallelujah! I picked this up to help even out my skin tone and brighten my skin. Autumn is the perfect time for me to get back into my skincare routine because I’m sweating less and using ultra nourishing products. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you should skip out on SPF! This moisturizer is great because it protects skin while having additional benefits.
For my evening skincare routine, I use the same products except swap out the cleanser for Neutrogena Ultra-Light Cleansing Oil. Neutrogena is one of my favorite mass skincare brands because their formulas work. Plain and simple. This recently launched cleansing oil has a faint scent (reminds me of candy!) and gently removes dirt, oil, and makeup with no greasy residue. I’ve documented my love of cleansing oils before but having one at an affordable price point is a win! It’s SUPER lightweight and has a blend of natural oils that extract oil and impurities from the skin. Some oil cleansers feel icky to remove so I was surprised at how easily this washed off skin. I didn’t feel the nead to grab a foaming cleanser after this and my skin didn’t feel slick.
Transition into your fall beauty routine and fead to Target to save some moolah in the process! The beauty steals are going on now through October 31 and you can find more than 20 new and classic products, including cosmetics, cleansers, moisturizers, makeup removers and anti-aging products, available from Neutrogena, Aveeno, and RoC. Just look for special displays in the beauty section or ask the Target Beauty Concierge team for help. They provide expert opinions and one-on-one advice. You can find a team near you by entering your zip code here.
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Disclosure: I partnered with Neutrogena and J&J Skincare brands for this post. All opinions are my own. Don’t worry.
Time for my September 2015 Beauty Favorites! September was quite a busy month with fashion week (watch my blogs here and here) and a little bit of personal traveling sprinkled in. I’ve been wearing a wee bit more makeup since autumn is rolling around – although you wouldn’t be able to tell with the weather we had (90 degrees oye!)
But I’ve been loving a few products and may have even found my Holy Grail setting powder. Watch to find out what it is!
We’re closing out another month but not without a bang! Ulta has been celebrating 21 Days of Beauty throughout the month of September and the steals keep getting better. Each day Ulta features a beauty product with a generous discount letting all of us pick up some new beauty goodness. I got a preview and since I’m looking to jazz up my fall makeup bag, I’m excited to share this with you. Here we go!
On September 24th, pick up Stila’s Convertible Color which will be $12 (regularly $25!). This cream formula can be used as a lipcolor AND blush making it the ultimate makeup bag must have. Double duty beauty is always a good thing. It has a sheer tint that adds a subtle glow to cheeks while adding soft hue to your pucker. Getting it 50% off is even better!
My top two picks are in the eye category since I’ve been on the hunt for some new mascara and a bangin’ liquid liner.
I’ve been hearing a lot about It Cosmetics so I’m excited for the Hello Lashes Clinically Proven 5-in-1 Mascara. On September 25th it’ll be $12 (normally $24). According to the brand this mascara is clinically shown to increase lash volume by 430% — dang! It utilizes proprietary technology to infuse a blend of lash-enhancing and conditioning ingredients including Peptides, Collagen, Proteins, Acai, Jojoba, Green Tea and Vitamins A, C, E, B5. So not only will it give you va-va volume but also condition lashes.
Lastly there’s the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liner which will be $10 on the 26th (it’s regularly $20). I’ve been looking for a new liquid liner so I’m pumped about this. The pointed tip lets you create a fine line or go bold if you want to.
Have you ever heard of The Wrap Life? I discovered them late one night last February (likely during one of many snowstorms) and have quickly fallen in love with the brand.
The Wrap Life is a retailer of African printed scarves and accessories that was created by Nnenna Stella in Brooklyn, New York. Now I love a small business owned by a brown girl, but a fellow Brooklynite? Girl, I had to support!
According to her site, most of the products are hand printed or handmade. They update the site quite often so there’s always something calling on your credit card. Heck when I made my first order, the Mozambican Rain wrap, they were only selling wraps and maybe a few pieces of jewelry. Now they’re selling tops, jewelry, and incense!
Style above is called Zora; it’s currently sold out but returning late fall according to them on Instagram
The scarves I’ve ordered are made of cotton but you can easily wear a silk scarf underneath the wrap if you’re nervous about it rubbing against your hair and causing frizz or soaking up any oils you put in your hair. I wear them not only as a fashion statement but on days where I simply don’t want to comb my hair, LOL! The styles tend to sell out quick so if you see one that you like, snap it up quick.