New Product Review: Black Radiance Perfect Tone Matte Lip Cremes

Review and swatches of this new drugstore lip collection.– less than $5!

Hello lovely people!

A few weeks ago I walked past a huge display of Black Radiance products at Target and figured, why not give their new lip line a try. I bought all of the colors available at the store (swatches below), and have been testing them for weeks to get a real, well-tested opinion.

Here are my thoughts:

  1. As with most matte liquid lipsticks, they do make my lips feel a little dry, but not too bad.
  2. This product is pretty long-wearing. I’ve worn it through entire work days and it has done well, only needing maybe one touch up after an oilier meal. These before and after swatches really show how long-wearing they are: The first is regular swatching, the second is after washing my hands 3 times (with soap first, then liquid dish detergent), really rubbing on the lip colors. There is no fading and only some product movement.

3. The colors in this range are really well-suited for deeper skin tones, but I do think that people of all shades will find a color that works well on them. There are several additional shades online that were not in my local Target. Unfortunately, only the color number is on the product itself, so I do not know what the actual shade names are.




Would I recommend these? Definitely, especially since these only cost $3.99 each!

Do you guys have any liquid lipsticks that you are loving? Especially drugstore? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to try them.

Thanks for reading!💜

First Empty of the Year: E.L.F Hydrating Serum

My first empty of 2018! Way beyond a first impression, what is my lasting impression of this product? Will I rebuy it? Do I recommend it? Let’s talk about it.

Hey guys!

I feel like you can give your best reviews once you have really tried a product long-term so you can see all of the pros and cons, how it may have affected your skin, daily wear, etc. Well, I’ve finished my first product of 2018! It is the E.L.F. Hydrating Serum.


Claims from E.L.F Cosmetics:

Designed to help strengthen the skin, this Hydrating Serum locks in moisture. The formula helps soothe and protect the skin with jojoba, aloe, vitamin E, grape, and shea butter for ultimate nourishment.

This serum felt like an extremely thin moisturizer. For the ingredients that it lists- aloe, shea butter, vitamin E- I expected it to have more weight to it. For people with dry skin, I honestly do not this this would have done anything at all. For me, it is hard to say because I only used this at night & immediately followed it up with another moisturizer & a night cream. (Note- I have combo oily skin.)

Bottom line– would I recommend this or repurchase it? No, I really wouldn’t. I may recommend this for my super oily girls who really need a super lightweight serum. However, I still feel like there are better options out there. Soon I will be posting my full skincare routine with all of my current favorites, and I also plan on trying out a lot more skincare this year so that I can give you guys some more reviews and, hopefully, suggestions.

Well there you have it…While I did get a lot of use out of this product (I used the entire thing), I would not repurchase it.

What products have you guys finished up or almost finished up so far this year? Let me know in the comments below. Do you have any serum suggestions? I’d also love to hear those.

Thanks for reading!


K Beauty Corner v. 3: Double Cleansing- The Secret to a Truly Clean Face

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on the infamous 10-step Korean skin care regiment. Within that post, I did try to give a condensed version of the routine, but I know that, like me, people can have extremely busy lives where even five steps is way too much.

So, out of all ten steps, which one has given me the biggest results? You can probably guess from the title, but the answer is double cleansing. As someone with combination, but acne-prone, skin I can honestly say that I have absolutely seen the difference that using the double cleanse process has made for me.

Step 1: Oil cleansing

Out of the two steps in the double cleanse process, this one is probably the least common in Western skin routines. Ironically, this is also the most effective step.

Oil cleansing is using an oil, such as coconut oil, or oil cleanser, such as my current favorite— Lancôme Énergie de Vie Smoothing & Purifying Cleansing Oil— on dry skin to break down any makeup, oil or grime on your face. Because oil attracts oil, it does a much better job of really adhering to all of the oily junk on your face and in your skin that can clog pores, attract bacteria and cause breakouts. Once you massage your oil into your skin, you gently rinse it off with lukewarm water. All of your makeup, even waterproof, and grime will wash away with the oil.


Step 2: Foam Cleanser

Next, just to get rid of any residual dirt or oil, you follow up with a foam cleanser- such as SuperCleanse, a mud to foam charcoal clearing cleanser. This second step ensures that anything that wanted to cling on, is now gone. I personally like using the charcoal cleanser to even further detox my skin and help clear up any breakouts I may be suffering from.


As I mentioned, I have combo skin, but this double cleanse process works on all skin types. There are so many oils and cleansers on the market, that you can very easily find one suitable for your exact skin care needs.

Let me know which are your favorite products for the double cleansing process.

Thanks for reading!


Splurge-worthy? v. 3: Natasha Denona Lila Palette

Over $100 for ONE PALETTE?!?!

I purchased and tried it out so you don’t have to. Let’s see about this. Swatches included.

Hello beautiful people! I hope you are all doing well.

It has been a while, but I am back with another edition of the Splurge-worthy series. This time, I’ll be talking about the most expensive palette in my entire collection- the Natasha Denona Lila Palette, which retails for $129 (USD- for all of my international folks. Hi!👋🏾)

Just a quick reminder, this year, I started judging all of my eyeshadow palettes using three categories— packaging, colors, and wear. So, I will judge this one using those three as well.


Honestly, as soon as you look at this palette, you know it is expensive because it is completely bound in a purple metallic leather-like case with the brand name and palette name embossed on the front. For closures, there are four (two on each side) small magnets that securely keep the palette closed. There is a nicely sized mirror inside, as well as a thick plastic sheet with all of the color names that lay perfectly centered over each shadow pan. The pan sizes look generous, also.



I bought this palette because I did not have any purple or vibrant pink shadows. I honestly love all of the colors in this palette, though. There are both cool and warm toned neutrals (the first and last columns of colors). Then, in the middle you have purples, pinks and then the orange, yellow & green (well- it looks like a green/brown duo chrome in the pan, but really comes off brown). There are both mattes and shimmers, and the palette can be used to create a variety of looks by itself. I tend to use this as my everyday palette because the colors are so versatile & I can do so much with them.



This palette is fantastic to work with. The colors are insanely creamy & blendable. I used this palette for the “use every color in the palette challenge” (pictured above) and the transition between shades was flawless. The pigment is definitely there, even on a deeper skin color like my own. I was hoping, in the challenge that I mentioned above, that the colors would stand out a bit more, but you can get more punch from them pretty easily. The eyeshadow lasts all day on the lids. Aside from the colors, I bought this for its super easy blending, and long-wear. It stands up to everything you would expect from an ultra-luxury palette.

Overall thoughts

I would definitely say that if you like the colors, and would actually wear them, the Natasha Denona palette is splurge-worthy. Because I like this one so much, I actually want to also get the Sunset palette.

So, there we have it. Do you guys have any super expensive makeup products that you think are splurge-worthy? Are there any that you are curious about and would like for me to try? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!


What have you been drinking???

From tea to liquor and everything in between. My favorite beverages of the past month. From my glass to yours. Cheers!

Hey guys!

I wanted to start the month off with a new series calls “What have you been drinking??” This is my monthly favorites for beverages— everything from herbal teas to wine to cocktail recipes. So, here are my favorites from the month of January… 👇🏾


Tazo Green Ginger, $2.98-$3.09 at Walmart or Target

This tea is perfect for when you want a warm and spicy tea, but don’t want something heavy like a chai. This is a light green tea with spicy ginger, brightened up by a really light fresh pear flavor.

Energy Drink

Hiball Energy Ruby Red Organic Energy Drink, ~$3-3.50 at Whole Foods

If you need a kick of energy but don’t want coffee or the jitters of a Monster or 5-hr energy, these organic energy juices are perfect. This flavor is my favorite, it tastes like a grapefruit soda. I tend to drink them after or with my lunch to get me over the afternoon slump, without keeping me up later that night like a cup of coffee would do that late in the day.


Victory Brewing Winter Cheers Wheat Ale, various beer retailers and on draft at various bars & restaurants

A few weeks ago, my husband and I took a trip the the Victory Brewing brewery. Unfortunately, we got there too late in the day to take a tour, but we did have dinner there, complete with beer flights. My favorite beer from that visit also is now my favorite winter wheat. I love this beer for its strong banana, clove & citrus flavors. It also has a very unique creamy, yet effervescent, mouthfeel.


Hazlitt 1852 Bramble Berry, Sweet grape wine, $8.99 at various wine retailers

This wine is one of my favorites to have on hand for non-wine drinkers. It is very sweet, almost juice-like, and easy to drink. I like to drink it chilled with some fruit or a snack on movie nights at home.


Jim Beam Maple, $15-20 at various liquor retailers

My husband and I are whiskey people. This, however, is not a pure whiskey. It is maple liqueur mixed with a Kentucky Bourbon whiskey. So, that makes it easier for more people to drink. I think it tastes great with root beer or cola. What makes this one of my favorites, though, is that you can also cook & bake with it. I used this to make maple sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving— a complete hit. You can also use it in cakes or pies (think pecan or apple).

So there you have it. That’s what was in my glass this past month. Let me know what you guys think of the series concept & my recommendations. I love getting feedback!

Thanks for reading!