Remember that post from five months ago about the Fiona Stiles Cream Shadows? Well, I'm just getting around to posting a full review on it for some reason. I know; shameful. It's not because I'm that lazy, but just because so many shiny new things have held my attention.

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This one is for all those days when you just want to roll out of bed and be ready to go.

Most of the time, I just can't bring myself to do it, and end up doing something very natural looking.


In the midst of Instagram hype, I bit the bullet and ordered two of the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks ($20.00); one in Flirt and the other in Trophy Wife. Those were the only two left on the Sephora website and I was quite surprised I was even able to order those. Trophy Wife is marketed as "rose wood" and shows up on me a bit brighter than I would have imagined. It's my favorite of the two. Flirt is supposed to be a "cheeky brown" but has a greyish undertone on me that makes me second guess whether or not I should leave the house in it. I have worn it multiple times and when it settles, it looks fine. I think someone half a shade lighter than me would consider this the most perfect nude lip.

Hudabeauty Liquid Matte Lipstick

I was quite hesitant about getting the CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00) after my fiasco with their Custom Cover Drops. After the first time I used the enhancer drops, I was hooked.

CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops - Candlelight (bellanirbeauty.com)
I had this great idea that I wanted to stay blonde all summer and maybe into the fall. The blonde synthetic wig (Evlyn) I've been wearing is on its last leg; I have already had to cut the ends off because it got all rough and started aggravating my skin. Now those ends are getting rough and it's just time to retire it. Synthetic wigs are beautiful, but they certainly have their drawbacks.

I decided that I would just go ahead and dye a wig that I had but instead of a proper ombre, I wanted to do a bayalage. Well, I totally underestimated how much bleach I would need for it and ran out about halfway through; you will see that in the before photos below. I ordered a huge bucket of bleach on Amazon the following day and got to work. I knew I would need a toner to take the brassiness out of the bleach and decided on the Schwarzkopf Blond Me Toner in Ice. 

Schwarzkopf Blond Me Toner - Ice (bellanoirbeauty.com)

Today's post is inspired by Chloris, nymph of the Islands of the Blessed, keeper and somewhat of a goddess of the flowers. 

This look was achieved with ColourPop Creme Gel Liner No Shame and Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick Dance With Me. Generally, I find the safest way to use purple liner is on the lower lash line, but I was feeling particularly colorful so I decided to use it on my upper lash line. Because I was going to work, I kept it simple by using nothing else on the lid except the liner. This was the perfect pop of color on its own but once I added the red lipstick, I immediately felt like I would later be invited to have a walk through The Enchanted Garden of Chloris in the Elysian Fields.

ColourPop No Shame (bellanoirbeauty.com)
The thing I like most about ColourPop is that they show that you don't need to charge a ton of money for good, quality products. No brand is perfect, and I have certainly had some not-so-perfect run-ins with some of their Lippie Stix, but I have had way more good experiences with the brand than bad. Lately, I notice that a lot of my posts are about ColourPop... and I don't see that changing any time soon, as they seem to come out with something new almost monthly. I'm trying to cut back on my impulsive buys and spend more time testing products for more accurate reviews, which brings me to the ColourPop Creme Gel Liners ($5.00). I purchased three of these a while back: Piggy Bank, No Shame, and Swerve. All are creamy, long-lasting, and very pigmented.

ColourPop Creme Gel Liners (bellanoirbeauty.com)

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I haven't had much luck with Innisfree products; none that I have used thus far have ever wowed me. I think my luck has changed, though. I received the Green Tea Seed Serum as part of a care package from my sister who lives in South Korea. My first impression of the serum was one of hesitance. It's quite fragranced and I thought it might break me out but I am happy to report that it hasn't and I actually like it a lot! It's a lightweight moisturizing serum that comes after Shark Sauce in my regimen, so currently step 4. It's lightweight, heavily fragranced, and just hydrating enough for someone with oily skin. I use three pumps of this serum twice per day and it's light enough for me to use in the morning without feeling overwhelmed by moisture. 

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum (bellanoirbeauty.com)

The Smashbox Always On Matte Lip ($24.00) has been out for some time now. I went into Sephora for something totally not this and walked out with this nude lip in Stepping Out and two other nude lippies, Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Molasses and Bite Beauty Glace


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That was a surprise because when I swatched this on my arm, I thought for sure it wouldn't be right for my skin tone. You can imagine my delight and surprise when it dried down and I thought, wow, this actually looks great... and feels great! I walked around Sephora for at least half an hour inspecting myself in the store's suspect lighting before I decided to just go with it!


Smashbox Always On Matte Lip (bellanoirbeauty.com)
I fell in love with Giovanni when I tried their Smooth as Silk Leave-In Conditioner. What took me so long to try other products in their brand?! I was trolling around in Marshalls when I came across the Giovanni Avocado & Olive Oil Leave-In Spray (4 fl oz) for dry, damaged hair. 

My hair is definitely dry and it's almost always thirsty. The texture of my hair is kinky/curly, although I am currently "relaxed." I put relaxed in quotes because I relax quarterly or sometimes four times per year. Every 6 six weeks, I will relax my edges only and leave the rest of my hair to do what it pleases. 

Giovanni Avocado & Olive Oil Leave-In Spray

I wear wigs 99% of the time but try not to neglect my natural hair. I have found that braiding it up and leaving it alone is the best thing for it. One day, I'm confident I will feel patient enough to not relax at all. Back to the spray! It is supposed to:
Mists vital moisture beyond hair surface, for a flexible, polished finish
Moisturizes & nourishes
Creates supple control
Restores shine & bounce
Improves elasticity
Protects hair while heat-styling
I use this spray mostly in between washes. It works very well at making my coils super soft and moisturized! I part my hair into four sections and spray each section one at a time. After spraying one section, I will detangle and then move on to the next. I don't like to detangle my hair when it is still wet (I lose too much hair that way), so I don't opt to use this on wet hair. I let my hair air dry 85% of the time and only blow dry when I have things on my agenda. Those are a lot of claims the spray makes; I can co-sign the moisturize and nourish part but nothing else, really. 

I also love the way this smells; so fresh! Doesn't smell like avocado or olive oil, but more like cucumbers! It's got the texture/volume of a true liquid, like water. And with that, I feel like this spray didn't really last me that long, though; I ran out after 3 months. I still have hair products from 3 years ago!

Easy to use and affordable! Highly recommend. 

Although I purchased this from Marshalls. I found this on Amazon for under $6!

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The ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lipsticks ($6.00) were a completely impulsive buy for me. I happened to be scrolling through instagram and saw this huge PSA from their account and everyone else's about these and got overwhelmingly excited. When I received and tried these I was surprisingly underwhelmed. A lot of people will and do love these but I am just not excited by them; totally personal preference. A lot of it has to do with the fact that the two colors I was able to purchase (they subsequently sold out after all the hype) look so much alike to me. Zebra has more of a brown undertone while 3-Way is more pink. I suppose I was just expecting something more metallicky? However, I can easily wear these to work so I am kind of happy they weren't more outrageous looking and I suppose I should be more happy about that.

ColourPop has since come out with more colors that caught my eye, but I am more wary of purchasing through Instagram hype. I have been caught in that so many times and I grow tired of it. 

ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip  Zebra & 3-Way(bellanoirbeauty.com)

The Bare Minerals Blemish Ready Foundation ($28.00) seemed like it was a great choice for me. I still have acne-prone skin that happens to love salicylic acid... I thought this would be a great alternative to those days where I don't want to wear a full-coverage foundation. The idea of this foundation got me excited about wearing "next to no" foundation. Plus, the color Clearly Espresso was a good match for my skin tone. But there was one thing I hadn't considered: my oily ass skin.

Bare Minerals Blemish Ready Foundation (bellanoirbeauty.com)

The Lancome Glow Subtil Highlighters are very pretty; and yes, as everyone says, they are identical to CoulourPop in formula (cream based) and packaging. The difference would be the cost, $30.00 for Glow Subtil compared to $8.00 ColourPop highlighters, and the colors. I wish I had more ColourPop highlighters to compare, but I've had a look and I feel like some of the colors are different. Plus, ColourPop does spring cleaning every now and again and discontinues products. For example, Golden Lights is obviously a (reverse) dupe for ColourPop's Churro, which was limited edition and sold out (but back for a limited time; I suspect it will sell out again).

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And none of that takes away from how beautiful these are. I went into Sephora and was able to swatch all five colors: Glowing Lights, Buff Lights, Amber Lights, Rosegold Lights, and Gold Lights.

One of my immediate observations was that three of the colors look very similar to each other when swatched on my skin; those being Amber, Rosegold, and Gold Lights. If I were to choose one of these, it would likely be one of those three. 

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What a long overdue post! If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen what these shadows look like on me and you already know how beautifully wearable they are. Prior to the collaboration, I had not heard of Jenn Im, nor had I participated in any of the other collaboration purchases; they just didn't speak to me. These shadows immediately appealed to me because I happen to love browns, taupes, and reds. The collection includes Super Shock Shadows in Un, Deux, Trois, and Quarte and is called the Jenn Ne Sais Quad ($20.00). I love it. 

Jenn Im X ColourPop Jenn Ne Sais Quad (bellanoirbeauty.com)

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00) is the most moisturizing lipstick I have ever tried in my life. Sometimes, I have to stop and think hard about those bold statements when I make them; in this case I have no second thoughts about that statement when it comes to this lipstick and my naturally dry-ish lips!

My first experience with it was in my May Play! by Sephora box which included the color Kimchi. It's quite pretty and I found it almost too moisturizing, if that's even a thing! It's definitely not something that's a deal breaker for me. I'd rather have overly moisturized lips over dry chapped flaky lips any day. I didn't have that problem with Molasses at all and it's definitely a natural, nude lip for me, on the brown side of nude. 

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick - Molasses (bellanoirbeauty.com)