As ludicrous as that question sounds, I often find myself with that question in the back of my head and sometimes angry and at the front of it. As a product junkie and beauty blogger, I am always trying new... well, everything. New skincare, new hair stuff, new makeup. I don't have sensitive skin, and it hardly reacts to anything, but when it does, the damage is unfortunate. 

The ColourPop Zingara Quad ($18.00) is part of the beautiful fall collection ColourPop recently released. Now that I have had time to bask in its glory, it's time for a report.

I initially wanted Seeker, Elixir, and Paradox, but saw that as a set, I could get the beautiful Jinxie at a discount so I just went ahead and purchased Jinxie, along with the extremely beautiful Bardot Blush, and two lippies, which I will review separately. 

I was in New Orleans for an entire week when this sweet precious bundle of joy arrived at my house. I finally had a chance to get some swatches of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Makeup by Mario Master Palette ($45.00) going this past weekend. 

First impressions:
At first swatch, I noticed immediately how powdery these were... as in there was a lot of fall-out. The powders are, however, very buttery and smooth. When I applied a few colors to my eyes, I didn't have the problem with fall-out. It could have just been that I picked up too much on the brush.

Majority of the colors are very pigmented but I find the shades with shimmer in them to be the most pigmented. I am currently testing today for longevity -- so far so good! Can't wait to experiment more with this beautiful palette!

The IPKN Calendula Massage Cleansing Cream is a product I wanted to love so bad, but just couldn't. I got this in a Hautelook flash sale long ago, along with a gel eyeliner from the brand, and was attracted to the claims it made and all of the natural ingredients. Just look at that: celery, broccoli, carrot, tomato... all the things I should eat but never do. So I thought, hey, why not slather it all over my face? And to my surprise, there are bits of the vegetables in the cream! 

IPKN Calendula Massage Cleansing Cream (
ColourPop Cami ($5.00) is part of the lippie stix Matte X formula. I purchased it a while back as a filler for free shipping and with time I ended up liking it more than I did when I first got it. The Matte X formula is super pigmented but still Matte; it's quite unique in formula.

I am a fan of multitasking. Two birds, one stone. That's all me. I recently started using a light moisturizer, Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer ($25.00). When I received* the moisturizer I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the bottle; you get 4 oz of product for only $25. It's well-priced, and has a lot of ingredients I venture to, to deal with my skin issues.

Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil),  Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (plant stem cells), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Algae Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract (wakame bioferment), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower Oil), Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry Seed Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry),  Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry Extract), Rubus Ideaus (Raspberry Seed Oil), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Wildcrafted  Ganoderma Lucidum (Kojic Acid), Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot Essential Oil), Melissa Officinalis (Melissa Essential Oil), Wildcrafted Salix Lucida (Willow Bark/Salicylic Acid), Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Wildcrafted Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm), Wildcrafted Panax Quinquefolius (Ginseng), Organic Pimpinella Anisum (Anise), Organic Armoracia Rusticana (Horseradish), Organic Schisandra Chinensis (Schisandra), Organic Joeniculum Vulgare (Fennel),  Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Wildcrafted Ginkgo Biloba, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Wildcrafted Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle), Organic Salvia Officinalis (Sage Extract), Organic Schisandra Chinensis (Schisandra), Organic Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme Extract), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), and Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid
As you can see, that's a pretty long ingredients list. A lot of these ingredients I have seen in the Korean skincare market (I bolded some of them), which really made me like this moisturizer more. I was most attracted to the Kojic acid because the best facial I have ever gotten had Kojic acid as the main ingredient. My face looked a mess right after because of extractions, but after a few days, my. skin. looked. ahhmazing!

The moisturizer is supposed to brighten, lighten hyperpigmentation by inhibiting melanin production and encouraging collagen production. So it moisturizes, lightens, and brightens!

The Pure Glow Moisturizer complements my skincare routine so nicely. I have oily, acne-prone skin with large pores, and too many acne scars for my liking. I am currently and have been for some time, using products that target the hyperpigmentation. Overall, the products I have been using have generally improved the texture of my skin and I notice my skin tone more evenly distributed, minus the acne scarring. Adding a product in my routine that enhances that is a plus for me! I have been using this moisturizer for a little over a month, and it's one of the first moisturizers I use in my regimen. It's light, odorless, and efficient at moisturizing my oily skin without making it feel weighed down. I am able to use this in the morning and at night with no issues. While it's probably too early to determine if it has a major impact on my skin, I am totally inclined to keep using it and would rebuy it; it's such a great deal, and I totally believe in the ingredients. Also happy to report that I haven't had any unusual breakouts either.

For all of those reasons, I am very comfortable recommending this product.

*The product(s) mentioned in this post were provided by Valentia for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My skincare routine is always changing and evolving. I've only recently been  comfortable with making moisturizer an important step in my regimen. Why? Because my skin is oily and I am wary of putting things on it that will make it feel weighed down. But all moisturizers are not made equal! And when I got comfortable using them regularly, I learned that most of my choices, which largely include light moisturizers, did not make my face feel heavy with product, and I could actually wear them during the day! Myth debunked! 

Which brings me to Ark Skincare*. I recently had the opportunity to try out two of their age-targeted skincare products: The Age Defend Replenishing Moisturizer ($70.00 for 1.7 oz.) "formulated for your 30s and 40s" and the Skin Perfector Hydration Masque ($70.00 for 2.5 oz.), "formulated for all ages."

Ark Skincare Age Defend Replenishing Moisturizer, Skin Perfector Hydration Masque

I'm not sure why it took me so long to review this foundation, but it's not an awful thing because I'm 100% sure about what I feel about this foundation. 

I am a huge fan of Make Up For Ever; it's my favorite makeup brand! They are really attentive to women of color and I happen to love pretty much every product I have ever purchased from the brand. They are consistent and continue to make quality products at a really reasonable price for the quality. But on to the review. If I can describe the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in one word, it would be "medium-coverage." Perhaps to some, that might be two words, but I would describe this as a legit medium coverage foundation. You can build it to full coverage, but it's never truly full coverage to me compared to their Mat Velvet+ formula, which is amazing. 

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation (178) (

This post is brought to you by one of the last Instagram hype fails I involved myself in, in early spring (insert frog with tea)...

Right out of the gate, for the purposes of this post, I'm going to say YMMV. A lot of the time, I find that the phrase "YMMV" in cosmetics is just an excuse for a product to not live up to what it says it's supposed to do, and I don't prefer the term. I do, however, recognize that everyone is different and are different biologically. In this case, we are talking hair. And a lot of people have different textures of hair. But the way they describe the product and who would benefit from it, I thought I might have been their target audience.

I purchased the Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste (I paid $11.99 on Amazon, it's now $8.99) because an Instagrammer I follow(ed) raved about it on multiple occasions. The Instagrammer happens to wear her hair natural (translates to not relaxed), so I thought ok, her hair looks great! Perhaps mine will behave the same way! I relax my hair quarterly or less, so I thought this might be perfect.

The Oracle. 

The all-seeing. 


Priestess of the Temple of Apollo.

She has many names. She knows your future. She knows your past. Dare you visit the Oracle at Delphi? There will be a price. Are you willing to pay it, to know your destiny?

I thought I would mix things up a bit and preview the items I recently purchased from the ColourPop Fall Edit collection. Well, I'm not sure they are actually calling it a collection, especially because some of the items are repromotes (I didn't buy any repromotes). I created this FOTD with fall in mind.

ColourPop Fall Edit

A red lip does so much for my confidence. I think I feel sexiest when I am wearing red lipstick. I picked up Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Grand Cru when I was in London. I had heard of the brand's line of liquid lipstick, and at the time it was considered one of the best drugstore liquid lipsticks, but I couldn't get my hands on it in the US. 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick - 08 Grand Cru (
On lips: Bourjois Grand Cru; Highlight is Nars Albatross

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are pretty good. I recently acquired three more shades to add to my collection: Game Face, Nillionaire, and Wattles. Wattles is a beigy pink on me, Nillionaire is my favorite of the bunch: a super wearable bronze, and Game Face is the most interesting being that I don't have a coppery color like this in my shadow collection. I applied Game Face all over my lid and thought I would look much better in copper... maybe it would look better to me as a crease color or something. Just my own personal preference!

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows Game Face, Nillionaire, Wattles

Hey y'all. A little backed up on posts, but am trying to get them out. ColourPop Frick N Frack ($6.00) is a lip color I've had for quite some time from their Ultra Satin Lip collection; it's actually my very first Ultra Satin Lip. I can see people that aren't fond of the Ultra Matte formula fancying this one. 

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip - Frick N Frack

Were you nuts to get the Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish from the new MAC X Taraji Collection? So was I, but this is what happened...

Soooo, I got my hands on one of the powders, Taraji Glow, from the MAC X Taraji Collection. I ordered the powder based on reviews and swatches I had seen online and was very excited to receive mine. However, the powder I received didn't look like the reddish-brown it is described as, nor did it look like any of the swatches I had seen. It actually looks more like Highlight the Truth, the powder that I didn't really want because I have many dupes, and Mac has confirmed that it is.

Mac Taraji Glow- mislabeled (