Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of those brands that I watch and admire simply because they understand social media and how to leverage the beauty community to their benefit. I can’t help as I work full time in digital AND I write a beauty blog.
Over the past year or two ABH has gone from a brand known for brow care to a full fledged color cosmetic line. Her palettes are oft seen in YouTube tutorials and her liquid lipsticks caused social pandemonium when they were first released. It seems as if some shades are just always sold out! I’m no stranger to her products having purchased the Amrezy palette when it was released (I love Amra because she’s a total Brooklyn girl despite having “made” it) (made it being that she’s internet famous) (what?).
I was planning on skipping the World Traveler Palette ($30) but one quick swatch in Sephora and I knew there was no way I wasn’t going to go home with it. I mean look at it…
With 12 shades (some are part of her permanent collection including Morocco, Noir, and Soft Peach), this limited edition palette has a pretty mix of neutral shades and the beautiful pop of color. What I love most is the range of finishes available. It’s great to have metallic shadows but I love it when they include matte shades, particularly crease colors. The shadows in this palette formulated to be applied wet or dry.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture World Traveler Palette is available now online and at Sephora.
If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter (which you totally should) then you would have known that I’m currently in the process of growing out the pixie (#RIP). I’ve been doing a few protective styles and twist outs but what I haven’t done was get a proper blow out. When I was invited by Neutrogena to get a blow out and meet Kerry Washington’s stylist – Takisha Sturdivant-Drew – I couldn’t pass it up!
Takisha is the sweetest person ever. Even after a long day, she was able to provide me with a few tips on how to manage this mane as I transition from pixie to bob and from relaxed to natural. As we spoke, I told her I use a LOT of saying products to get my curls to pop and she recommended using Neutrogena Shampoo’s Anti-Residue Formula once a week to remove build-up.
Between mousse, curl creams, styling gels, and the various oils I use, hair can be left weighed down and lackluster. Using the Anti-Residue Shampoo, I instantly felt a difference in my hair. It as lightweight and had such clean, fresh scent and my hair felt clean. Next she recommended the Triple Moisture® Deep Recovery Hair Mask, also by Neutrogena, to help restore shine and moisture in my hair. Y’all when I tell you my hair was soft after being washed, I mean SOFT!
I also had the chance to meet Tina Pearson who gave me the most wonderful blowout and style! The proof is in the pudding. She recommended using the Deep Recovery Hair Mask once a week since I’m natural to really soft my hair and make it easy to style. Exhibit A.
Neutrogena haircare products are available drugstores nationwide.
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I’m back with ANOTHER first impression video. This time I tested the new Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation in Coconut. I mentioned it has Vitamin C but it actually has Actyl-C, a more durable form of Vitamin C. Wanted to show what the Maybelline Better Skin Foundation would look like on dark skin (for reference, I have oily skin). Sorry but my camera wasn’t focusing on me towards the end so it looks a bit blurry. Damn VS Pink dogs 😉 Watch for the full review.
When it comes to brows, I feel like it’s a constant struggle. I used to have amazingly bold brows and then high school happened in the early aughts where thin was in. I foolishly waxed my brows, now they’re boycotting and refusing to grow back to their glorious pre-2004 era. I’ve tried gels, pots, waxes, pomades and found the whole thing confusing. While I do love me some Dipbrow, it’s easy to veer off into Groucho Marx territory.
When I met with the Hourglass’ Director of Artistry Joel Canales, I practically launched into a word vomit about my brows. Being the kind, gentle soul that he was, he calmed me down and fixed me up. It was almost a religious experience. The brand has extended their best-selling Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil Collection with SIX new shades (for a total of nine total shades for brows). My shade is Dark Brunette, a deep brown with warm undertones that matches my dark hair perfectly.
The Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil formula combines powder, pencil and wax to create the look of naturally fuller, defined brows in one easy step. It has a triangular shape— instead of a sharp pointy tip— that allows you to sculpt with broad strokes (think like a check mark) using the flat edge of the pencil, as well as fill in with fine lines using the tip. The other end of the pencil has a brush to groom brows into place. The brush is actually soft and not scratchy which is my favorite part (aside from having to carry a brow product AND brush). In a nutshell- get this. The brand promises that it won’t budge so no need to worry about smudging your brows on a date like I may or may not have done recently.
The Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil is available now on Hourglasscosmetics.com, Sephora, and more.