ColorSensational® Matte Mettallics

Thank you to my friends over at Influenster and Maybelline for sending me their Matte Metallic Lipstick in colors Smoked Silver (978) and Molten Bronze (970) for complimentary for testing purposes.

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Maybelline’s Color Sensational Matte Metallics features a sophisticated brushed metal finish in metallic hues for your most sensationally gilt-y lip look.

Smoked Silver (978) is my absolute favorite the matte finish is so smooth on my lips and it isn’t too messy. To get the matte finish you don’t want to overuse it so it can dry easy. This lipstick is long-lasting but I would carry it with me just in case I need a touch-up.

Did you know there was a proper way to apply lipstick? how many of you follow it? You are supposed to apply lipstick in the center of your upper lip and follow the contours of your mouth. Then glide the lipstick across the entire bottom lip.

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Ground Rules For Keeping Up With Your Skin

What is going on with my skin? (crying emoji with mouth open) I have blackheads and big pores. Why are my pores plugged? if you have this same problem I’m here to help you we are in this together and if you have any recommendations for me please feel free to comment or reach out to me.

I have never had the problem of watching what I use on my face but as I get older it’s like I have to read the labels on EVERYTHING I use. Some suggestions I read were “use creams with retinol to eliminate the blockage” a dermatologist in Glamour special edition.

I have tried to reach out to 3 different dermatologists in my local area and for some reason, they are not taking new patients (smh emoji) I have given up and I’m taking matters in my own hand until otherwise. One receptionist told me because of retirement the dermatologist will not be taking new patients I’m thinking does he have a website will he blog. (shrugs)

How do you feel about splurging on pro treatments? 

When I reached out to Beauty + Media Personality // Digital Hair + Beauty Contributor for Essence Samantha Callender we talked skin care and believe me this girl knows her ish it’s like she consulted me via Instagram and gave me some recommendations.

Here are the products she recommends for melanin beauty along with some tips to keep your skin flawless.

  • Don’t use lotion on your face.
  • Don’t sleep in your makeup.
  • Use face masks too- charcoal and pore focused mud masks will draw out the stuff in your skin, sheet masks (paper ones) or for hydration which I don’t believe in masks for hydration use a cream or gel to hydrate.
  • Most makeup wipes have alcohol in them which fu*ks your skin up to so I try to just use a wash cloth instead.

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I hope this was helpful to anyone who has skin suffering in silence again feel free to reach and follow for any others questions.

My Favorite Beauty Products, Fragrance, & More

I decided to give you guys a peek into my beauty habits and some of my favorite products I have right here at home.

I’m no beauty or style blogger but I love to look and smell good at my own expense. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. Right? There are no rules to how you keep up with yourself and what order you do it in.

None of these products were sponsored or complimented to me these are just my go to products I purchased directly from stores in my local area. I share my favorites from lipstick, shoes, eau de toilette, accessories, foundation (BeautiControl), and more.


I haven’t wore these yet but when I think about it I want a boob job because these DD’s ain’t gone look like the picture I have never been against plastic surgery because I know if I can get one I will, yes I want those kind of boobs where I don’t need a bra for anything. Sometimes it’s self-conscious thoughts when you fall for a guy you never know what size boobs are pleasing to him so it’s something I would talk about in the future sidenote: it’s not self hate I just want playboy boobs.

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Deep Sea Cosmetics Energizing Dead Sea Body Salt Scrub (made in Israel) is my life I want to say I paid $60 each I had 3 and gave one to my mom. I’m so the opposite of others I’ll drop some coins on my skin care though. Rub this on your feet with a nice polish save you some money on a pedicure. For this price it better do something. #AllPrettyFeetMatter

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My brand focus is always in mind especially when I pick out accessories. Do you love these heart-shaped glasses? Between Ranishaislove and Charms of Love or any other name I come up with that have the word LOVE in it are the perfect match to make a statement without saying anything when I go my hardest for my brands.

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Not much of a caption needed for these high-end fragrances which can be found at any department store that sell Chanel products or the website itself. My local Macy’s is gone from our mall I’ll have to travel.

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I have a ton of nail polish but these are my go to colors no matter what. Keep your hands clean and nails polished. Give yourself your own manicure you don’t have to keep up with these beauty guru’s when you can’t afford to, do things at your level you’ll be surprised at the feedback. Practice makes perfect. You have to make your budget look like top dollar.

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Here are some of my favorite beauty products. This Regeneration foundation you see right here is made by BeautiControl and it’s sad to say they will be going out of business and this has been the best foundation I used I should reach out and stock up while I can. It’s really not hard to please me as you see I have drugstore products to high-end pricey items. The hair clip I think was $2.99 from an Asian Beauty store I love shopping at those.  Revlon lipstick color called Rich Ruby.

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These makeup bags came in a set of 3 they were actually a gift from one of my closes friend I think I got them for Christmas with other VS goodies. You know you got the right friends when you get Victoria Secret gifts without a problem (some men don’t even understand this value). I don’t think she had a budget I’m just gonna scratch my head if my friends expect VS, no I’m joking I give good gifts as well.

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When I seen these shoes at the GAP outlet I had to get them I wasn’t hesitant at all meaning I didn’t wait until they went to clearance. I thought about all the cute outfits these would look good with. When you miss out on a shoe styles you either have to wait a full year until the style comes back if they come back.

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Mineral Matrix 24K Gold Deep Sea Cosmetics

My skin needs a breakthrough I’m trying to enhance my skin hydration and take good care of it so my skin can stand the test of time.

What’s included
24K Gold Magnetizing Mask
24K Gold Post-Action Cream
24K Gold Facial Serum

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I was so excited to try this product it sold me on a million reasons not only because he cut the price more than half. It’s a $2,700 product that I only paid $500 for (not sure if I was supposed to share that) sidenote: but show off your Hebrew language and your love for Israel when you deal with Israelis. The salesman said Cleopatra used this same product, it’s made in Israel, I have a product that came to me without going to Israel, and many other reasons. The Dead Sea is on my Bucket List. I’m still stuck on the fact that He said Cleopatra used this mask. Hmmm. How true is it? I know there is a similar product to this one called Black Pearl 24K Gold Cleopatra Mask which is $3,000 it’s something about the Middle Eastern women washing their face in GOLD I’m all for it. I’m blessed to be at a time in my life to experience this for myself. This stuff is PURE GOLD it stimulates the sensitive electrical resonance of skin as it absorbs into the deeper keratin, coaxing elastin to maintain its firming. Whatever that means my skin needs help.

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Apply onto thoroughly cleansed dry face and neck as follows:

  1. Use the spatula to layer mask over entire face, avoiding the eye area.
  2. Allow mask to remain on for seven minutes.
  3. Activate magnetic cellular stimulation by gliding the tissue-wrapped magnetic bar (attached to the box) over face revealing a thin golden layer.
  4. Follow up by cleansing your face with your favorite DSC cleanser.

The DSC Mineral Matrix 24k Gold Magnetizing Mask energizing treatment effect will remain active on your face for up to 10 hours after it has been removed. Apply twice a week for best results.

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The Mineral Matrix 24K Gold Deep Sea Cosmetics is good for rejuvenating action of minerals drawn from oxygen-rich Dead Sea water. Gold escorts oxygen molecules to the cellular level, helping refresh the skins ability to regenerate. And it balances skin texture and tone, reducing the appearance of discoloration by slowing melanin secretion.

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“ZAHAV” means GOLD in Hebrew

Take The #RevitaLiftChallenge Intensive Moisturizer by L’ORÉAL® PARIS

Thank you L’ORÉAL & Influenster for choosing me to take the 14 Day #RevitaLiftChallenge I’m in denial because I don’t think I’m aging my early 30s are doing me good I’m thankful I get to try this product for free for testing purposes and reviews and opinions are my own.

Have you identified that moment when you noticed you were aging in your skin?
Our skin has changed over the years especially when you look back and say wow I’m in my 30’s if you can’t say that yet don’t rush it your time is coming. Take care of your skin while you wait.

Have you done something for years that you can see the crease lines in your face? Well, Dr. Rocio Rivera the Scientific Communications Director at L’ORÉAL Paris has noticed the vertical lines between her eyebrows from looking under the microscope from looking and learning new techniques.

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CLINICAL RESULTS:

  • Immediately, skin is deeply hydrated, skin feels firmer
  • In 1 week, skin texture appears smoother
  • In 2 weeks, wrinkles are visibly reduced

L’ORÉAL has developed the RevitaLift Triple Power Moisturizer. Not everyone will age the same and they recognize that. This moisturizer is to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, give you firm skin, and deeply replenish moisture.

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Look Gorgeous And Feel Your Absolute Best With One of These Fierce Products

I received the Fierce VoxBox! This box is filled with beauty and self-care products made to help you look gorgeous and feel your absolute best. I’m excited to try them out! Remind yourself that You’re Lovely.

SOFTENING & SILKENING
BRASSICA SEED OIL
BRASSICA SEED & SHEA OILS
for all hair types
A natural alternative to silicone, Brassica Seed Oil smooths, silkens and moisturizes while adding incredible shine.

Madam C.J. Walker Brassica Seed Oil: I am so honored to have received this product for free in February during Black History Month. I’m trying not to make this long, so make a long story short. Mrs. Walker was born in 1867 in Louisiana the same plantation where her parents were enslaved. Imagine making $1.50 a day back in 1885. A lady of faith who was a member of St. Paul A.M.E Church. The strength you needed as colored women back in those days. What inspired Mrs. Walker to start her own line of products was when she started to lose her hair in 1890 she tried other “black owned products” and home remedies and this when she came out with her line of “Wonderful Hair Grower”. Can you believe she built a factory, hair and manicure salon, and other training schools just to follow her dreams? Mrs. Walker left her business in her the hands of her daughter and family. Can we say LEGACY after 100 + years? And it’s still going strong at mcjwbeautyculture.com

Carefree Liners: Not much of a review might be too much information if you ask me. Receiving this product felt more like a care package. Ladies you understand. These are going to be in the cabinet under my bathroom sink.

SheaMoisture: #SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth Shampoo and Smooth & Tame Blow Out Créme. I’m not a fan of Almonds it’s one of my nut allergies, but I never thought of using it for my hair and I never used SheaMoisture glad I get to try it for free to see if I like it. You can find these products at Target.

Vaseline®: I can’t believe I received Vaseline to review, my mom used this stuff on us when were kids, yes it been around for 140 years no literally. Through the years it became for your lips, greasing up your face right before school, and more. When I ever saw someone ask “What do I do with Vaseline?” I almost lost it like what planet is she from? It’s not your common looking lotion, but it does help heal your dry skin and keep it moist. It’s funny that some people actually use this when they’re about to get in a fight because it helps protect minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. Vaseline does not clog your pores. It is for dry skin.

#SCKandee Manicure: Makeup Artist Kandee Johnson for SinfulColors. There are 12 Retro Chic Shades Matte and Sugar finishes, 12 Urban Glam Shades Iridescent finishes & High Impact Glitter. Collect them all, check out your store finder SinfulColors.com/Kandee/wheretobuy

 

 

L’ORÉAL Hair Expert/Paris Pure Respect For Your Hair


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HAIR EXPERT/PARIS

I’m so excited that I’ve been chosen to try the EVERCREME Moisture Care System™

Give your hair what it wants and not what it doesn’t

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Shampoo: [APRICOT OIL] a deep nourish shampoo. For most hair types including dry and brittle. Leaves your hair feeling lightweight. This shampoo will work on any dull or damaged hair and have no hard chemicals.

Conditioner: [APRICOT OIL] a nourishing conditioner. This will infuse a deep moisture for a soft texture. This conditioner is gentle on color with a sensorial rich and creamy formula. The smell is so fresh and it blooms.

Mask: which is a Renourishing Butter that you can leave in for 3-5 minutes to give your hair the softness and moisture it needs. Rich in gardenia. This hair mask is focused on ends so use weekly or as much as needed.

I love reviewing brands. This is the L’Oréal EverCreme VoxBox! These products are an Influenster exclusive, and I get to try them first for free! The new EverCreme formulas are specially formulated to restore and nourish my hair—loving this new line out! Thank you L’Oréal Paris. Also 100% Sulfate-Free, Paraben-Free, Dye-Free, and Free of Harsh Salts.

Beauty: ​Honoring Ourselves

Ranisha Grice

“No matter what anyone may think of you always love yourself there will be people who won’t like you based on your skin complexion no matter what complexion you take care of your skin”

On celebrating beauty. .. 

When I hear the word beauty I think of someone without a flaw or a celebrity makeup artist beating my face. The society standards of beauty rejected my kind of beauty, so that made me believe me and other black women are the most beautiful human beings there is, after all, our people been through and our own brothers won’t even accept us. They love the hell out their mothers who look like you and me, but won’t date or marry black women like you and me. We are mocked, and our characteristics show in a lot of other ethics this means we are more beautiful than people give us credit for. Be beautiful because you are loved and please take pride in who you are.

On shaking off the critics. .. 

Man, where do I start? there is always a critic in each area of our lives whether it’s how we spend our money or when we don’t make enough money, from not fitting the standards of society, to not being equal to the person that’s judging you. When you walk with your head held high that’s when you face the most critics and that is by having confidence and not being all stressed and depressed like the rest of them. I swear people want you limping through life all beat up with no help. Nothing will be good enough for this type of critic no matter if you had to lose a leg for them. Stop caring what people think of you.

On self-acceptance and embracing our differences…

Because this is my body and I’m stuck with myself for the rest of my life I can’t pick and choose what parts of me I’m going to love I have to love each and every mole, pimple, and flaw no one is willing to. I know it hurts when you can’t understand why you are not accepted believe me when someone first laid eyes on you they instantly made up their mind whether they were gonna love or dislike you. Be different.