KYLIE COSMETICS VACATION LIPSTICK + GLOSSES REVIEW

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I was extremely excited when the Kylie x KKW Collection was revealed, until I saw how it looked on women of color. To say the least, I was disappointed at how chalky they appeared and how similar all the shades looked. Even with the beautiful packaging (I am a big sucker for packaging) most of the reviews were uniformly negative so I immediately canceled the order I placed and got my coins back girlfriend.

SUPER GLITTER GLOSS GLAMOUR | Super Shimmering Gold

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SUPER GLITTER GLOSS GLITZ | Shimmering Peachy Gold

SUPER GLITTER GLOSS GLITZ | Shimmering Peachy Gold

SEND ME MORE NAKED | Sandy Beige

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SEND ME MORE NUDES BIRTHDAY SUIT | Nude Warm Beige

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SEND ME MORE NUDES BARE | Nude Pinky Beige

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SEND ME MORE NUDES COMMANDO| Terracotta Beige

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Surprisingly, I felt a little more openminded with the Vacation Collection lipsticks and glosses because while they were nude it was something I could work with! I purchased the Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick and both of the Super Glitter Glosses in Glamour and GLITz because for starters the packaging and shade was so me, so why not?!

As seen in the video, I was very pleased with the consistency of the liquid lipsticks because they literally felt like velvet on the lips and all four colors had different undertones. I could either wear them when I wanted to be sophisticated or very girl because nudes literally go with anything. 

Contrary to how I felt about the lipsticks, I would've returned the lip glosses if they weren't such a hassle. The application tip that arrived with the glosses were cute but not very practical and the consistency of were rather watery. 

Overall, I'm happy with the lipsticks and just okay with the glosses as toppers on a creamy and opaque base. Are the lipsticks worth it? Yes. Are the glosses worth it? No. 

Have you purchased anything from her cosmetics line? Did you like the products? If yes, please let me know what I should try next! If not, well give me a heads up! 

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BRONZE GLITTER CUT CREASE

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Glitter, glitter, glitter!

Expect to see so much more of it on my channel because now that I am certain the cosmetic kind is safe for the eye, that's all I want to use. This bronze pigment from NYX is so fun to play around with and extremely affordable as it retails for $6.00! I've been skipping the face part of my tutorial (it's pretty redundant & I have a foundation routine up already) and focusing much more on the eyes because it is the star of the show. If it were up to me, I would literally just stick to neutral look all the time but of course I have to spice things up once in a while for the blog. 

What are your favorite makeup looks? Have you tried loose pigments or glitter for your glam days?

Leave a comment below because I'd love to know!

DISCLAIMER- PLEASE do NOT use craft glitter on your eyes, it is extremely dangerous and can potentially lead to an eye infection or blindness. There are Glitter specifically made for the eyes and safe to use. 

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PEACHY HALF CUT-CREASE MAKEUP TUTORIAL | AÏCHATOU BELLA

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Since my review on all the Too Faced Palettes I own, it's pretty much been the only things I reach for. This makeup look was a result of continuously playing around with my Sweet Peach Palette and being really happy with the result. As I've stated before, my only "downfall" for this palette was missing a true brown shade- but to be honest it wouldn't be a true peach palette if there was one included. With that being said, I used a single brown shadow just to further deepen my crease, which you will see in the video.

Doing a cut crease (a technique used to sharply define a crease, allowing contrasting colors to pop) has been challenging but yet fun. Expect to much more define look like this because I have been obsessing! 

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NYX TOTAL CONTROL DROP FOUNDATION REVIEW

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The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation has been such a trendy topic, I had to get my hands on them and see what the hype is all about! The 0.43 glass droplet bottle comes in 24 different shades with a recommended brush (purchased separately) by the beauty experts themselves. 

When you think about foundation in your makeup kit, it should stand true to its name. It is the base and should really conceal any flaws you are concerned about, while still giving you a very skin-like look.

Because of the NYX Total Control Drop customization option, you're able to control the coverage of your foundation depending on how many drops you use. That simply means, if you want more of a natural feel about 2 drops should suffice and if you prefer a full coverage, 3+ drops would be your preference.

 

FOUNDATION APPLICATION

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I've noticed many people using the product on its own but I prefer creating a concoction by mixing the Control Drop with my everyday foundation. That allows it to warm up my neutral or cool tone products while still giving me a great texture. Thoroughly shaking the bottle before using it is a very important step because this gem has a more liquid consistency compared to the foundations I am used to applying.

 

FINAL REVIEW

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This product comes very close to many high end foundations for being priced at $13.99. My only issue with this product is it might be challenging for my oily girls, so make sure to invest in a great primer and setting spray (which is essential in the first place). It gives you a dewy effect without compromising your highlight or blush! 

So is this overall a yes or a no? Um, it's $13.99 and has a customizable coverage so you can't beat it!

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GET READY WITH ME | EID 2017

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In celebration of Eid (one of the most significant holidays in the Muslim community) I decided to film my makeup look as I got ready for the festivities.

For those who aren't familiar with Ramadan, fasting is one of the five pillars in Islam- as set of worship we abide by. Depending on the lunar calendar, muslims fast from sun up to sun down for thirty days to show gratitude, modesty and ask for our sins to be forgiven.After the last day, we officially celebrate Eid Al Fitr, by wearing colorful clothes, detailed hennas and beautiful makeup.

While my family and I usually go out dancing after our dinner, we decided to stay low key and hang out with each other at home. It was by far one of the best Eid, being surrounded by loved ones and planning many more holidays in the near future.

I hope these photos and my GRWM video shows a glimpse of my holiday for exactly what is was, a happy one!

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FOREO LUNA MINI 2 REVIEW

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I swapped my cleansing facial brush to the Foreo Luna Mini 2 when my best friend (a skincare junkie) convinced me that it was just what I needed. While I don't wear makeup everyday, I swear by products that leave my clean canvas nice and smooth whether I have a glam day or not. I am sure many of you have heard the hype about this $139.00 device and after using it for about six months here's everything you need to know about it. 

WHAT IS FOREO LUNA MINI 2?

The Luna Mini 2 is a lightweight, palm sized cleansing device (making it easy to store and travel with) curated for all skin types and gentle enough to use in the morning and night on a daily basis. It's non-abrasive yet deeply cleanses the skin with up to 8,000 T-Sonic pulsations per minutes through the round nubs referred to as touch points. The device comes with a rechargeable USB cable that allows an hour full charge, lasting for approximately 8 months.

HOW SHOULD YOU USE THE LUNA MINI 2?

Now that the technical stuff is out the way, the process of using this device is pretty simple. Here's how I use it:

  1. Remove any dirt or makeup with a face wipe (Neutrogeuna is my favorite) then wash your face with an everyday cleanser before starting the process. This will remove any excess bacteria on the surface of the skin. 
  2. Apply another layer of face cleanser and glide your Luna Mini 2 in circular motion. The device is timed for a minute and gives you a double pulsation every 15-30 seconds signaling you to move to different areas of the face.
  3. Rinse and dry both your face and the waterproof device. 
  4.  Apply your everyday skincare products to close your pores and lock in your natural oils.

FINAL REVIEW

I would 100% recommend this device to anyone looking to have cleaner, smoother and healthier looking skin. While it's on the pricey side, it has a 10 year quality guarantee in addition to a 2 year limited warranty. The 3 zone unique silicone brush gets into every nook and cranny and is nonporous and ultra-hygienic which simply means it resists bacteria. I absolutely love the Swedish design and the lack of commitment needed to replace brush heads or continuously charge batteries. 

With that being said, I have zero regrets about this purchase as it is worth the splurge.

Do you own the Luna Mini 2 or any of the Foreo products? What are your thoughts on it? If you're still on the fence or I've missed something, what would you like to know? Comment below! 

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GLOWY SUMMER MAKEUP LOOK | AÏCHATOU BELLA

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I had fun creating this look as it is all about glowing from within through the surface of your skin. I've always been into highlights since I've discovered them and the brighter the better! This tutorial is just in time for summer and all about preparing your skin so I really hope this is helpful. 

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BEN NYE LUXURY POWDER TOPAZ // https://goo.gl/GUk9lh

BH COSMETICS CONTOUR PALETTE // https://goo.gl/8KaaN4

MAC MINERALIZE SKIN FINISH DARK DEEP // https://goo.gl/sPxYAQ 

URBAN DECAY EDEN PRIMER // https://goo.gl/ox71qE 

ABH MARIO MASTER PALETTE 

NYX MIXING MEDIUM PRIMER // https://goo.gl/C2pYMQ 

MAC FIX + // https://goo.gl/vd5WTh  

BENEFIT SUN BEAM HIGHLIGHTER // https://goo.gl/8kS1KZ 

ABH GLOWKIT SUNDIPPED // https://goo.gl/kwpEHj

MAC SWEET AS COCOA BLUSH // https://goo.gl/bcxZ5s 

SKINDANAVIA MAKEUP FINISHING SPRAY // https://goo.gl/5bCk80

MAYBELLINE BIG SHOT MASCARA // https://goo.gl/WQx6IT 

CAKEFACE BEAUTY KIM THAI LASHES // https://goo.gl/Db2d1n

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COLOURPOP LIPPIE STIX CHOKER // https ://goo.gl/5P28av 

SEPHORA PERFECT NUDE LIP GLOSS // https://goo.gl/FGL13h 

 

| FACE BRUSHES USED |

ZOEVA CONCEALER BUFFER // https://goo.gl/3V9oed

MORPHE M224 // https://goo.gl/qlKxp7

ZOEVA SILK FINISH // https://goo.gl/QO9Dgw

ZOEVA FACE SHAPE // https://goo.gl/WXYnwm

ZOEVA WING LINER // https://goo.gl/em5lAA 

NARS ITA KABUKI // https://goo.gl/75Kz57

E.L.F EYESHADOW BLENDING // https://goo.gl/NLJTMD

ZOEVA POWDER // https://goo.gl/hsEJ9u

ZOEVA LUXE SHEER CHEEK // https://goo.gl/ZvxCaf

MUFE 134 WAVY // https://goo.gl/IkCO9q

MORPHE M558 // https://goo.gl/Lwqudr

 

|EYE BRUSHES USED |

ZOEVA LUXE CREASE // https://goo.gl/omR14D 

ABH MASTER PALETTE BRUSH

MAC TAPERED BLENDING // https://goo.gl/ZJ84hB

ZOEVA SMOKY SHADER // https://goo.gl/3nMXtn

 

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TOO FACED EYESHADOW PALETTES | REVIEW & SWATCHES

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Too Faced Cosmetics, without a doubt, is a prime example of an innovative company when it comes to their beauty products. 

 

I've been happily purchasing from Too Faced for years now and will probably continue to do so for a very long time- if not forever. The unbelievable quality and packaging pretty much lures me in like a kid at a candy store. Because I am confident due to my previous experiences with their products (mascaras, lipsticks, blushes and palettes), it's no surprise that I am the owner of ALL their beautifully scented eyeshadow palettes. 

I've had the Chocolate and Semi-Sweet palette for over a year now so the Bon Bon and Sweet Peach numbers are just making a debut in my collection. If you reference the photos below, you'll notice while all the palettes are similar in shades, they are rather different in person. The Chocolate Bar is neutral in comparison to the Semi sweet which is warmer. The Bon Bon stay true to its candy like purple and pink tone and the Peach is just that, peachy. 

At $49.00 per palette, there are 16 eyeshadow pans on the first three palettes and 18 eyeshadow pans in the latest Peach shade. Minimal fall out and extremely pigmented shades with chocolate, candy and peach scented is what you should expect here. Be on a lookout for an overload of Too Faced Makeup tutorials on my YouTube channel because I can't seem to put these down. 

What is your favorite palette out of the bunch? Do you own any of them? If so, which ones? Comment down below!

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DEAR BLACK GIRL, YOU'RE A SOLDIER

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DEAR BLACK GIRL, YOU'RE A SOLDIER.

This is my ode to you.

You're magical, beautiful… a novelty that many seek to imitate but can’t fully understand. Your presence is a force to be reckoned with.

I too, was once and still often am, filled with doubt, anger, and confusion, I too was once unaware of my power and the precious gifts that I have to bestow on others. 

But even the darkest skies have stars to illuminate the night. 

You're fearless. You’re brave. A fighter with a heart made of pure gold.

Your skin is so rich it glistens-filled with all the secrets our ancestors left behind. 

Don't you dare alter it by bleaching. Lighter does not mean better, every shade of our black is beautiful.

Your hair defies gravity. Baby don’t you ever forget that you're out of this world.

Your laugh is so special. It has sass that no one else can match. It’s contagious, infectious, and bright.

Embrace your body no matter what the shape. 

Embrace your femininity whether you choose to wear makeup or a weave. Embrace it. 

Embrace those kinks those curls and those coils. 

Remember that a rose can grow in-between concrete. Don’t hate yourself for making others feel uncomfortable. Embrace it. 

Beauty comes in all forms.

Remember to laugh so hard your stomach hurts.

Remember to go with your gut instinct and live your life. 

Remember to relax. You haven't figured it all out and you probably won't. 

Happiness comes from within. Remember to be happy. 

Do not lose sight of your dreams. Do not let the world steal your kindness. Never let doubt cloud your judgement.

Remember you are entitled to your emotions… angry happy or sad. They belong to you and no one else.

Dear Black Girl, you are a gift. 

You are a solider and this is my ode to you.

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MATTE EYES & LIPS | GO TO MAKEUP TUTORIAL

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This time around, I am back with a very simple, straight to the point makeup look. It's not something I reach for everyday as I do not wear makeup that often but when I do want something straight to the point I love reaching for a matte eye & lip look. I am still experimenting with what I love more with my makeup applications and I learn something new overtime I watch myself on camera.

This was by far my favorite tutorial! I felt more confident, organized and truly in tuned with what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to get to the point, be interactive and of course very creative so here we are. 

I hope you enjoy watching this as much as I did filming and editing it! Hang out until the end for funny bloopers with my brother!

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BOBBY BROWN FOUNDATION STICK CHESTNUT // https://goo.gl/26qfQn

BEN NYE LUXURY POWDER TOPAZ // https://goo.gl/GUk9lh

BH COSMETICS CONTOUR PALETTE // https://goo.gl/8KaaN4

MAC MINERALIZE SKIN FINISH DARK DEEP // https://goo.gl/sPxYAQ

TOO FACED SWEET PEACH PALETTE // https://goo.gl/0sTEBf

MAC RAIZIN BLUSH // https://goo.gl/3HYYAu

ABH GLOWKIT SUNDIPPED // https://goo.gl/kwpEHj

SKINDANAVIA MAKEUP FINISHING SPRAY // https://goo.gl/5bCk80

NYX LIPLINER NATURAL //  https://goo.gl/79i78l

COLOUR POP BEEPER // https://goo.gl/0DX2uZ


| FACE BRUSHES USED |


 ZOEVA CONCEALER BUFFER // https://goo.gl/3V9oed

MORPHE M224 // https://goo.gl/qlKxp7

ZOEVA SILK FINISH // https://goo.gl/QO9Dgw

ZOEVA FACE SHAPE // https://goo.gl/WXYnwm

NARS ITA KABUKI // https://goo.gl/75Kz57

E.L.F EYESHADOW BLENDING // https://goo.gl/NLJTMD

ZOEVA POWDER // https://goo.gl/hsEJ9u

ZOEVA LUXE SHEER CHEEK // https://goo.gl/ZvxCaf

MUFE 134 WAVY // https://goo.gl/IkCO9q

MORPHE M558 // https://goo.gl/Lwqudr

 

|EYE BRUSHES USED|


ZOEVA LUXE CREASE // https://goo.gl/omR14D 

ZOEVA LUXE SOFT DEFINER // https://goo.gl/qy2HsJ

MAC TAPERED BLENDING // https://goo.gl/ZJ84hB

ZOEVA SMOKY SHADER // https://goo.gl/3nMXtn

ZOEVA SMUDGER // https://goo.gl/ZKg73o 
 

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SPRING STYLE: KHAKI TONES WITH JORD WATCHES

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While many would consider this look fall-related, which I can also agree on, I've always had fun breaking "fashion barriers" by wearing my muted tones all year long. With Spring offering some seriously challenging wardrobe decisions, this color palette suits the weather with exactly what it's offering. My favorite way to accessorize muted tones are by adding a bit of rose gold and usually a dope watch like the JORD one. 

Style is all about personality, how you feel and what vibes you'd like to give out. The oversized sweater, Yeezy inspired boots and exclusive wooden watch perfectly set the tone for my comfy boyfriend yet girly look. This timeless wooden watch fits right into my creative lifestyle by being fashionable and practical.

 

ABOUT JORD WATCHES & HOW I STYLE MY WATCH

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JORD is a creator of unique wood watches made with details by artists, designers, marketers and minders. The company makes timepieces that reflects a modern lifestyle for individuals like you and I. 

What I admire the most about their story, besides them being relatable to their consumer, is the ability to portray a timepiece for people who not only have somewhere to be, but somewhere to go. As someone who runs on a very strict schedule and has a lot on her plate, this spoke volumes!

My watch personally tells more than time because it shows my style and personality. It's subtle (with the gray, brown and gold color palette) yet bold (with its wooden composition), it's unique but fits perfectly with any style. Whether I am on a Starbucks run in the concrete jungle, pressed for time due to a meeting or simply enjoying the scattered sunshine at a cafe during this spring season, I like to have functionality and style. 

As a creative who plans accordingly and enjoys timeless projects, I like my accessories to marry into my lifestyle. April showers might bring May flowers, but dealing with the inconsistent weather while being cozy in style helps gets the job done. 

 

SURPISE GIVEAWAY!

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If you've read this post through this far, surprise! I've teamed up with JORD to give you guys an instant giveaway! All entrants will receive an e-gift code for $25 OFF a watch of their choice but a lucky winner will receive a code for $100 OFF a watch of their choice. Want a chance to win or receive a gift card? Simply follow Jord Watches & Stilettos & Standards on Instagram and sign up for the Exclusive Giveaway Entry Form

 

This contest ends on June 1st 2017, exactly one month from the day this post was published.

GOOD LUCK! 
 

DISCLAIMER- Please note that my watch was gifted to me from Jord Watches however, this post is not sponsored and all opinions are honest and mine.

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DETAILED FOUNDATION ROUTINE

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What's a Make-up YouTube channel without a detailed foundation routine?! 

Like my eyebrow tutorial, I felt it was necessary to specifically address my foundation application in one tutorial, rather than continuously speeding through the process during my "eyeshadow focused" looks. My skin type is oily (in the t-zone area) combination (normal around the perimeter of my face) with acne scarring here and there, but these steps can apply to all skin types with the exception of the primers used.

In this tutorial I give you the scoop on color correcting, contouring, setting your face and so much more so your base can be flawless and stay intact all day! 

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MAC MINERALIZE SKIN FINISH DARK DEEP // https://goo.gl/sPxYAQ
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ABH GLOWKIT SUNDIPPED // https://goo.gl/kwpEHj
SKINDANAVIA MAKEUP FINISHING SPRAY // https://goo.gl/5bCk80
 

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ZOEVA SILK FINISH // https://goo.gl/QO9Dgw 
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NARS ITA KABUKI // https://goo.gl/75Kz57
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MUFE 134 WAVY // https://goo.gl/IkCO9q
MORPHE M558 // https://goo.gl/Lwqudr
 

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EASY AT HOME TEETH WHITENING FOR SENSITIVE TEETH + GIVEAWAY

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When smile brilliant contacted me about collaborating with them on their teeth whitening kit, I had a couple of questions lingering. Was this safe to use? Could it provide instant gratification and save me from the scary dentist trips? But after consistently using my whitening kit for about 6 weeks, I can confidently say this product really WORKS! 

My teeth were relatively white to begin with but because the sides were a few shades darker, whitening my teeth furthermore was often brought up at the dentist. I knew I wanted them to look better but I wasn't willing to compromise my tea addiction nor endure the pain of the process (due to my sensitive teeth)so this was perfect for me.

 

HOW TO GET STARTED

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  1. Once you've ordered your system, a complete package (Whitening & desensitizing syringes, catalyst and base paste and pre-aid postage) will arrive with simple instructions on how to create your impressions and send them back for free, will be included.
  2. With the dental impressions made from the catalyst and base paste, the labs will create a custom-fitted tray of the exact model of your teeth. This process takes around 3-5 days and the completed tray is sent back to your desired address.
  3. The whitening process can finally start! Apply a very thin ribbon of whitening gel on the outer area (so you whiten the front) after ONLY flossing and allow it to work its magic for 45 minutes-4 hours. After this step, it is very important to brush your teeth and repeat the same process for 15-20 minutes with the desensitizing gel.

MY EXPERIENCE

THE PHOTO ABOVE IS PRIOR TO WHITENING MY TEETH

When I initially tried the whitening process, my pain level was around a 4/10 due to my extremely sensitive teeth and gums. Additionally, the desensitizing gel made me form tons of saliva as a natural body response. I gradually progressed my process from 25 minutes to eventually 1 hour as my pain tolerance (honestly I'm like cotton candy, I have none) increased. As seen in the photo above, my teeth are noticeably whiter than before using the kit. 

QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS

I have zero shame in asking questions many are often embarrassed to vocalize- so I thought I would share the concerns that were eventually eased by the very patient and kind Smile Brilliant team. 

  1. When should I whiten my teeth? The best time to do so is right before bedtime, this allows the whitening gel to do its magic while you're fast asleep with zero contact to food or drinks.
  2. Can I swallow my saliva during my whitening process? It's completely safe to swallow your saliva while doing this. Although it is a natural response, your body will eventually get accustomed to the process and you will create less saliva.
  3. Can I whiten my teeth if I have a crown? While the gel will not work on your crown, it is completely safe to use. Be sure to to carefully use the desensitizing gel after to make sure the bond is intact.
  4. Can I drink water after whitening my teeth? Absolutely. Please allow 20 minutes after the desensitizing gel to create a barrier. 

GIVEAWAY TIME

SURPRISE! I have a special giveaway just for you! In order to win your own customized tray creation kit,  be sure to read the rules below. Good luck babes! 

In order to be successfully entered, you MUST:

  1. Subscribe to this blog by entering your email address on the sidebar.
  2. Follow my Instagram
  3. Follow Smile Brilliant's Instagram
  4. Comment on my most recent photo by tagging two of your besties!
  5. Be sure to sign up for the giveaway after following the instructions above.

**There must at least 10 entries to qualify.**

DISCLAIMER: To save 5% OFF your whitening kit, feel free to use STILETTOSANDSTANDARDS5 but please note that while the kit was gifted to me for my honest review I will receive commission when the coupon code is used.

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EASY EYEBROW TUTORIAL

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When I posted my eyebrow routine a year ago, I had no idea that I would be doing another post about it (as a tutorial of course). 

So here I am, back to the basics of demonstrating what I talked about on my "Brows on Fleek" post. I am still swearing by the ABH brow products so nothing has changed with the exception of my concealer. Essentially, my tutorials are meant to teach you the foundation of things, so don't get so caught up on the items I use if you are already comfortable with your current gems. 

Remember that eyebrows frame your face and can make or break your make up. So it's really important that you take your time and continue to practice. Your brows will never be identical because they are sisters, not twins! 

Grab your tools and let's get started!

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BROWS:

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ABH Clear Brow Gel - PURCHASE HERE 

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HOW NOT TO GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS

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Blogging is an incredible creative outlet that can potentially turn into a career. However, it can easily become stressful if the main focus, which is enjoyment, is lost. Comparison has always been the thief of my joy because it often lead me to ignore what I should be grateful for. So after another serious hiatus, I'm back at having peace within and understanding what my purpose is. If you're a blogger or simply a creative who is on the verge of calling it quits, hold on. I've felt the same way and here are some tips that helped me get through it. 

THERE'S ENOUGH ROOM FOR EVERYONE

Do NOT listen to small minded people that tell you not to go after what you dream of because they are too afraid to do it themselves. No, the market isn't saturated and NO, there aren't limited spaces for whatever it is you want in life. Have people succeeded at what you dream of? Great because if they can do it, so can you. 


QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

I knew I needed a break when I felt the need to blog just to produce content. It wasn't authentic because I was loosing sight of who I was and what I wanted my brand to represent. Do NOT post just for the sake of posting. DO put a 1000% of yourself into everything you create and ask yourself if you would enjoy what you've created. 

DO NOT COMPARE

If you've been following Stilettos & Standards for a while then you know how I feel about comparison. I've always stressed about not comparing your journey with anyone else's. So let me remind you once more, STAY IN YOUR LANE & DO YOU. The worst thing you can do is lose sight of what's on your plate because you're too busy looking at someone else's.

BE YOURSELF

Be unapologetically and fearlessly, comfortable in your own skin. Blogging has truly taken me out of my comfort zone where I am constantly judged through the lens of people who can't step out of their own. I've often felt awkward or conscious about it but I've come to the realization that it isn't my job to make someone comfortable with my confidence. Regardless of what your passion is, do not let anyone dim the light that sets your soul on fire!

TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF

Mental health is extremely important. More than often, if you aren't feeling like yourself it becomes transparent with the results of your creation. YOU come first, that is the most important thing to remember. While consistency is important and I don't encourage an excessive amount of breaks, if you need a day or a few weeks to shut the world out and work on finding yourself, I support you darling. 

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ANTI-VALENTINE'S DAY MAKEUP TUTORIAL | COLLAB WITH AICHA KAMATE

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To my single ladies or those of you who are not so traditional with the soft girly looks, this is for you!

I collaborated with my awesome friend and YouTuber, Aicha Kamate to bring to you two different Valentine's Day makeup tutorials. Although we both used glitter, my take was on the bold side while hers was softer and traditional. 

What are you ladies doing for Valentine's Day? Are you going on a softer look like Aicha? Or bold like Aïchatou?

AICHA KAMATE'S VALENTINE'S DAY VIDEO

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ABH MODERN RENAISSANCE PALETTE | REVIEW & SWATCHES

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RIGHT TO LEFT: Tempera, Golden Ochre, Vermeer, Buon Fresco, Antique Bronze, Love Letter, Cyprus Umber, Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Primavera, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Warm Taupe & Realgar.

RIGHT TO LEFT: Tempera, Golden Ochre, Vermeer, Buon Fresco, Antique Bronze, Love Letter, Cyprus Umber, Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Primavera, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Warm Taupe & Realgar.

After trying it for myself, it's no surprise that the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette has so much hype around it. This velvety packaged number, filled with 14 beautiful warm tones is exactly what a makeup fanatic dreams of. 

There is an incredible variety of colors to play around with, from 11 mattes to 3 shimmers, which can help with the transition of a day to night look with its dual-sided soft bristle brush. The Modern Renaissance is really like no other palette I have used. Every shadow is extremely buttery, pigmented and lasts ALL DAY with the proper application (prime your eyes before using them). 

While there is a bit of a fall out, it is the only con I have and for an impulse purchase,  I have zero regrets. My recommendation for this minor issue is to apply it before your foundation or prepare your under eye area with baking powder as I've done in my tutorials

If you're on the fence about purchasing this, the reviews all over the internet are true and ABH has done it again! For $42 (which equates to $3 per shadow) your truly, honestly getting your monies worth, darling!

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COPPER GLITTER EYES | MAKEUP TUTORIAL

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If I could wear glitter all day and everyday, I would! But since I can't, expect to see more looks similar to this. The copper number from Violet Voss is perfect for your party night or the grocery store, depending on your level of fabulosity. Because it was my first time playing around with glitter, I honestly struggled a bit more with my lash application. The trick is to apply a thin layer of eyeliner on the lash line in addition to tight lining in order to make sure it blends seamlessly. 

I hope you enjoy watching the tutorial and learn a trick or two. 

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BEST OF 2016

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2016 wasn't the worst year, but it really tried to play me, though!

My brother was involved in a hit and run that broke his knee caps, my wig fell off while "drowning" (I had a life vest on by the way, so I wasn't going to drown) in a Mexican Cenote around a good amount of tourists, my relationships were tested among unexpected individuals and my love life consisted of blind dates with people who asked for two for one deals at coffee shops. There were many trying times and embarrassing moments like the above but I can't ignore the fact that this year was filled with an immense amount of growth and self confidence.

I went on many memorable trips (Canada, Washington D.C., Mexico, etc) and became a tourist in my own city by taking the time to appreciate my surroundings. I conquered my biggest fear of drowning by taking swimming courses and was featured on Condé Nast live for a makeup demo. 

Looking back on my Best of 2015 post, I can't help but be filled with warmth on how much Stilettos & Standards has grown in terms quality and family (YOU, my amazing subscribers.) It's creatively satisfying to know that I can have a particular post in mind, create it exactly how I pictured it and receive incredible feedback. The blog was filled with Street Style, Metal Cap Toes, blogger meet ups and bringing awareness organizations like breast cancer

Thank you for sticking around with me last year and trusting my advice on fashion, food, travel and just living life. The bar has been set high this year and I can't wait to achieve our new goals! 

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NEW YEAR, SAME MANTRA

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An insanely infamous quote most people swear by as the new year approaches is "New Year, New Me." It without a doubt drives me insane to see it all over social media but, I've had to learn to sip my tea and allow people to grow in their own way. 

My approach for a New Year resolution isn't to become a completely new person for two weeks (something most of us are guilty of) but to strive at becoming better than I once was. I wouldn't describe 2016 as a very memorable year but I would say I've been blessed with more light than dark moments. Among all the things I've learned and shared with you, here are several mantras (from previous posts) that I will be taking with me into 2017.

1. GRATITUDE- I've always been very hard on myself and sometimes play ignorant to what my full plate looks like. Having a grateful heart in moments where things do not seem to go my way has really taken me far.  I can't worry about what someone else has on their plate when mine may be filled in a different aspect. Everyone has a unique timeline so I've learned to be thankful and focus on mine.

2. REALISM- Most of my frustration comes from not being able to achieve a goal within an unreasonable deadline I've created for myself. I firmly believe that nothing is impossible but I consider my timeframe and other noises that might give me a limitation. I've improved by breaking goals into chunks and giving myself a realistic timeframe to achieve them- which always relay such a rewarding feeling. 

3. KINDNESS- When you're kind and have a pure heart, people will walk all over you. I've had to remain impeccable with my words and behavior when my kindness was continuously tested. Not every action deserves my reaction or getting out of character to prove a point. I like my softness and my belief that the world is still such a beautiful place through all obstacles. I mean, I can go from high tea to vodka real quick, but I prefer the high tea part 99% of the time!

4. MOTIVATE- I am an advocate for motivating people to pursue their dreams and do what ultimately make them happy. It's so important to understand that we all have a passion or a hidden talent and when we learn to master these gifts it becomes a fraction of a great manifestation in the world. Could you imagine if someone pushed you beyond your limits just when you were about to give up? Good, now go do the same for someone else and watch how grand you'll feel when they take that leap of faith.

5. LIVE- None of the above can happen unless I live to the fullest extent of my potential and in the moment. I am that person who's always waited for summer to happen in the winter and complained about the heat. Once I learned the beauty of living and not surviving, I was able to efficiently practice all of the above.

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