The Most Luxurious Beauty Calendars of 2018

The Most Luxurious Beauty Calendars of 2018

Christmas is almost here, the countdown has officially begun! And it is officially time to start thinking about the beauty advent calendar of your dreams.  I’m not a huge chocolate lover (please don’t hate me for saying that) so I’d choose a beauty calendar any day. Imagine opening a new beauty product every day of December, it means you have something to look forward to every day of that month. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a dream to me, especially considering the fact that I’m the type of person who forgets to buy beauty products, I only own basics – I spend the majority of my money on food and clothes (it’s a problem that I am currently trying to work on), so a beauty calendar is a godsend for me. Now is the time to treat yourself! They are becoming more and more popular each year and as more brands are making them the better the better they’re becoming and I am Living for it!

Most of these have sold out fast in the last couple of weeks and so these are some of my favourites which are still in stock so if I were you I’d get my hands on one ASAP before it’s too late!

SELFRIDGES Glam Sparkle Beauty Advent Calendar

ATELIER COLOGNE Luxury Advent Calendar

ELLE Beauty Advent Calendar

ELLE Beauty Advent Calendar

John Lewis & Partners Beauty Advent Calendar

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CHARLOTTE’S BEAUTY UNIVERSE BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR

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NET-A-PORTER BEAUTY 25 Days of Beauty

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SMASHBOX THE BEAUTY COUNTDOWN 

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ICONIC LONDON Night on the Town Advent Calendar

 

White Instagram Models Pretending To Be Black?

White Instagram Models Pretending To Be Black?

So this over the last week Twitter has been going mad over White Instagram models pretending to be black. @WannasWorld started a thread on Twitter calling out white influencers who are apparently cosplaying as black women, she posted various screenshot examples and called for other people to send anymore that they found too. As you can see she received a ton of responses of what looks to be young white women altering their skin tone and hair to appear racially ambiguous. Later on in the thread, Kim Kardashian and Rachel Dolezal were brought up as more mainstream offenders. So my question for you guys is, is this appropriation? In my opinion, it is, 100%, without a doubt. I have discussed appropriation a few times on my blog this year but this is on another level. I have had enough, I am so sick and tired of people posing as though they belong to a culture or race that is not their own, people need to understand that it is not okay. You can appreciate but don’t appropriate!

The thing is, everyone loves black culture yet they don’t know the struggle that comes with being black especially in America. Black people in that country are constantly being racially abused (the problem of police brutality among African Americans has come to light in recent years). Young blacks are living in fear every single day of their lives just because of their skin tone, so when people do something like this, it’s just like WTAF. Are you even educated? In addition to this, Black women are always being called out for ‘self-hating’ just because they wear wigs, weaves and braid they hair etc but yet when white people are getting lip fillers, Brazillian butt lifts, texturising their hair and are extreme tanning just to look like us, they, themselves are not self-hating? I am tired, I am so done with this society and it’s double standards when it comes to issues regarding race. People are so extremely ignorant and I am tired of it. At this point people should be more knowledgeable about these situations, they just shouldn’t be happening. It’s 2018 and people are still using blackface? Are you fucking kidding me?

 

 

 

5 Beauty trends I am obsessed with this summer

5 Beauty trends I am obsessed with this summer

After the longest winter EVER summer is finally here and I couldn’t be happier! I am loving these longer, warmer and brighter days! Can you actually believe that the UK has been warm for 4 consecutive weeks in a row? That is so unusual for this country but I’m not complaining, I missed the sun!

So summer is all about living your best life and making the most of every day – so why not spice things up by trying at least one of my favourite beauty trends this season! We’re always going out of our comfort zones with fashion but why not with beauty? My challenge for you guys this summer is to try new things with beauty; experiment, do the most with your makeup – don’t be afraid to go crazy – think of it as a form of art but on your face!

I personally don’t like wearing tons of makeup in the summer or ever to be completely honest with you (besides special occasions), it just feels so nasty and sticky and like my face is constantly melting which is why I tend to focus more on my skincare and why these are my favourite trends for the season- they are so minimalistic and so light – It’s the no makeup makeup kinda looks i love, you have to leave people thinking that you naturally glow like that!

Golden Goddess

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The glow is EVERYTHING! Who doesn’t love to glow? For me summer is all about glistening and looking super glowy and healthy, I put glow lotion and highlighter EVERYWHERE, on my cheeks, chest, legs, literally everywhere – you know when the sun just hits you and you’re like “shit is that really me? I’m glowing!”

Fresh Face

This is my favourite makeup trend for summer, the key to creating a fresh face is literally just putting concealer to brighten certain areas of your face or using cc cream then adding a little blush and highlight. A little goes a long way – the key to this is, less is more!

White Eyeliner

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Now there’s just something about white eyeliner that I love and it’s the fact that it brings out your eyes, no matter what colour they are- it’s such a vibe and to me, it’s so summery. Black eyeliner is officially dead to me, white eyeliner is the new thing and I can already see it being super popular in years to come

Glossy Lips

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This will forever be my favourite beauty trend of all time. Glossy lips just complete everything regardless of whether or not you’re wearing makeup! For me, it is one of the few beauty trends that will never die out and a trend that I will be wearing for the rest of my life.

Flushed Cheeks

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Has highlighter ever been so bold? This reminds me so much of the 80s when people just when crazy with makeup – when done the right way it looks amazing!

 

Kylie Jenner; The Youngest ever self- made billionaire

Kylie Jenner; The Youngest ever self- made billionaire

Love them or hate them, we cannot deny the fact that the Kardashian/ Jenner family are incredible businesswomen. Whether or not you believe that they’re talented I have so much respect for them as a businesswoman myself. In my humble opinion, It takes a lot of intelligence and ambition to accomplish everything they have accomplished thus far in their careers – they have come beyond reality tv and managed to build a billion dollar empire! They have utilised their resources and have managed to become the most successful reality stars ever!

The fact that at just 21 years of age Kylie Jenner is set to be the youngest ever self- made billionaire is mind-blowing.  I may not know her personally but I am so proud of her and this achievement, from watching her on my Tv screen since KUWTK started to seeing her grow up into this powerful businesswoman has been so inspiring. I am so proud of the woman she has become! Also, can we all just appreciate the fact that A WOMAN now graces the title of being US’ youngest ever self-made billionaire, I don’t know about you but the feminist inside me is screaming right now! I feel like as women we’re always in competition with each other because of the male-dominated world we live in when we really should be helping each other to grow, I hate people who hate on others – it’s a waste of energy and time – just be happy for people and know that through hard work success will come to you. Put that energy into your own projects and focus on yourself and only you!

Kylie launched her first ever lip kits in November 2015 which sold out in less than a minute, crashing the website. I remember when the products first launched everyone everywhere wanted a lip kit – they wanted to achieve the ultimate Kylie Jenner “pout”. 3 years on from the launch I still don’t know how I haven’t managed to get my hands on one! After the launch Ms Jenner relabelled her business Kylie Cosmetics and sales continue to make records, making a reported $19m in one day in late 2016. How incredible is that? How many teenagers could ever say that they have made $19m in a day? Three years later Kylie has reportedly made a total of $630m (£470m) in sales, evolving her brand from only selling lip kits to other products such as glosses, highlighters and eye-shadows. The brand has gone from strength to strength keeping people on their toes by maintaining the initial FOMO exclusivity – using countdowns to reveal products and selling them on limited edition releases, often in collaboration with her famous siblings and her mom.

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“It’s naïve, and lazy, to think a white woman born into fame and the upper classes — a woman with a famous last name, brand cache, a seemingly infinite amount of investment capital to play with, safety nets, and access to a tapestry of resources — is a model for the “self-made” success story that, to many, represents the American Dream,” wrote Emerald Pellot in Cosmopolitan.

Forbes’s estimated that her cosmetic company, reality television show, various sponsorships and endorsements has a $900 million empire that will soon reach $1 billion. Her impending billionaire status isn’t in question it’s inevitable. However, people are mad at how Forbes labelled that status — saying that Kylie was self-made and including her in a group of “#SelfMadeWomen”. The definition of Self- made is having succeeded in life unaided. So I completely get why people are mad about Forbes saying Jenner is self- made. And this has kicked off a discussion about our perceptions of how people make money, how we value the Kardashians, and whether any of that is fair. If Kylie weren’t a Jenner and didn’t have Kim Kardashian as a half-sister would she still have had the same level of success? Would she still be set to be a billionaire at 21? I highly doubt it, her success would have been much harder to come by and that’s a fact. Critics’ main argument about the Forbes story was that it was irresponsible for that magazine not to address how Jenner’s family’s fame helped her amass her fortune.

However, we have to be open-minded and acknowledge that we live in a new generation run by celebrities of the likes of Kylie Jenner and influencers – they influence our buying habits, especially when it comes to beauty. So if you want to hate on Kylie for her success you’re also going to have to hate on the millions of followers and haters that got her to this point in her life.

Stephanie Saltzman, beauty editor at Fashionista, says it cannot be overstated how significant influencers and online marketing have been.

She describes the recent change as a “democratisation” within an industry that she believed had gone stale in its approach.

“Maybe historically consumers would use what their Mom used, or would go explore a beauty counter in a department store. Now it’s in the palm of their hands through social media,” she says.

“It feels more authentic coming from a person and Kylie Jenner is a person as opposed to a blanket, faceless corporation.”

“Social media and the success of influencers has proved that personality sells, and partnering with real people, rather than traditional media, offers brand the opportunity to show more personality.”

 

The Importance of moisturising

The Importance of moisturising

It has taken me years to. truly understand and appreciate the importance of moisturising, I don’t know why but when I was growing up my mum would literally have to force me to moisturise because I hated it, I didn’t see the point of it and it seemed more like a chore to me than anything else. The funny thing was that I always thought I could get away with not moisturising, only problem being that I was a chocolate kid meaning that you could instantly tell when I hadn’t moisturised because I’d end up looking like Caspar the freaking ghost. But eventually I stopped being a stubborn little brat and came to realise that mom knows best and that moisturising has so many benefits and I have come to love it. It’s now like drinking water to me, it’s a necessity!

Why is Moisturising so Important?

 

  • It helps to keep the skin looking young which is why black never cracks! The skin on your face is very sensitive to environmental changes and is one of the most frequent areas of the body that is known to develop skin cancer as it is exposed 24/7. The face also shed cells more rapidly than other parts of the body and therefore needs moisture to repair itself, which allows for younger skin cells to rise to the surface. It is also thought that the massaging affect that is used when applying lotion helps stimulate blood circulation and new cell generation.
  • Moisturising everyday reduces skin problems as it can reduce the chances of developing extreme dryness or oiliness which are both harmful for the skin and cause common skin conditions like acne.
  • Moisturising can reduce the appearance of other blemishes. This is because freshly moisturised skin has a healthy sheen, which can even out any existing blemishes. As well as this some moisturisers have some sort of tint or self-tanner that can work with any skin tone to even out the skin.
  • Moisturising helps in fighting wrinkles.  According to the British Journal of Dermatology, people with properly moisturised skin accumulate wrinkles at just a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin.

 

Finding The Perfect Moisturiser for you

With there being so many moisturisers available on the market, making a decision on which one is right for you can be quite overwhelming and one of the biggest and worst mistakes people make when using products on their skin is using a product that doesn’t necessarily fit their skin type.

Oily: “Look for lotions instead of creams,” advises Dr. Lain. Find formulas that have exfoliating ingredients, such as lactic glycolic and salicylic acids. Find the perfect moisturiser for you!

Dry: Definitely find a cream, especially in the winter weather. “There is more oil in a cream, therefore it is a thicker substance and more moisturizing. The greater the oil content, the better absorption through the skin barriers to hydrate the tissue,” says Dr. Frank. Find the perfect moisturiser for you!

Combination: While Dr. Lain believes this is the hardest skin type to find products for, he recommends “lotions with no acids, something bland such as Cetaphil, Cerave, Aveeno, Neutrogena, or Lubriderm.” Find the perfect moisturiser for you!

Normal: “I always tell people with normal skin to put a very thin layer of ointment on at night, such as Aquaphor,” says Dr. Frank, adding that this will help protect you against the forces of nature. Find the perfect moisturiser for you!

Sensitive skin: Those having sensitive skin must use a moisturiser that contains soothing ingredients such as chamomile or aloe vera. Make sure the product does not contain fragrances or dyes or acids as this can irritate your skin. Find the perfect moisturiser for you!

Mature skin: As you age, your skin tends to become drier as the oil-producing glands become less active. To keep your skin soft and well hydrated, opt for an oil-based moisturiser that contains petrolatum as the base, along with antioxidants to combat age related skin problems like wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and so on. Find the perfect moisturiser for you!

 

What is tarte doing?

What is tarte doing?

I honestly don’t know how many times I’m going to have to write about the lack of inclusivity within the beauty industry for people of colour. It is 2018 and what is the Tarte doing? 

I don’t know whether or not this is a Pr scam or whatever but at the end of the day why? I don’t know how many times I’m going to have to have this conversation with you guys but I am sick and tired of it. I am sick and tired of beauty brands overlooking POC when it comes to releases. Why do we have to be an afterthought, we contribute 80% of the beauty industry’s makings so why is this happening? There are so many o us out there yet we are still disregarded within the beauty industry. This is a prime example of how Beauty brands and their backwards thinking. We still have a very long way to go until the beauty industry is well and truly diverse. If I am being completely honest with you guys I have to say that I am pissed off! I just don’t get it, I will never get it.

After the release of Fenty Beauty, you would think that brands would step their game up but Tarte is doing the complete opposite and doing the absolute most. I am honestly lost for words. It is 2018 but why does it seem like we’re going back to the 1990s, this is not okay and Tarte needs to know that this is not okay! They have the best selling concealer in the US and it has 20 shades, 20 different shades so can somebody please explain to me why they released 15 shades that do not even show any gradient whatsoever. They released 12 different shades of beige. It seems as though they added the three darkest shades for the fun of it, they were like OMG we forgot to include dark shades and we’re going to get hate for this. It seems like no thought was put into this release and I am so incredibly disappointed. This release is laughable. But the most disappointing factor of all is that they decided to release these foundations on Martin Luther King Jr day, they had the audacity to release a foundation with limited shades that don’t cater to a wide range of POC on a day that celebrates equality and celebrates a man who fought equal rights not on the in the US but around the world. So I asked myself this question again what was Tarte thinking? Who is decided this was okay? Most importantly why did they think it was okay?

In light of the situation representative for Tart cosmetics has said that there will be a further release of 10 different shades. However in my eyes I simply think that it’s too late. Why could they have not released or 25 shades at one time? Why did they have to wait for people to react in order to say that they were releasing 10 more shades? I know that releases like this can be quite expensive, however, Tarte is a very well known brand who are known to take away influences on the most amazing trips so if they can afford to do that then they can surely afford to release all 25 shades at once. 

As a result of the release many beauty gurus on YouTube for stated that they will no longer be purchasing the Tart shape tape concealer and that they will no longer be using the new foundations. I am so incredibly proud that people are taking steps like this so that brands like Tart can truly understand the consequences of their actions. By boycotting talent they are highlighting the importance of including every ethnicity and they are highlighting the importance of this issue that cannot be ignored!  

Did Fenty Beauty change the game?

Did Fenty Beauty change the game?

2017 was a big year for the beauty industry and a lot of it was due the release of Fenty beauty. Every year the beauty industry is getting bigger and better and evolving, it has come a very long way in the last 10 years but there is still an even longer way to go until we can officially say that there is a range of diversity within the beauty world, whether that be high end or drug store beauty products.

Eventhough Rihanna released Fenty Beauty weeks ago Instead of doing a review I have decided to explain to you why I believe that Fenty Beauty has officially changed the game forever! Ever since I started my blog I have always expressed my opinion on the lack of diversity within the makeup industry and I am just happy that Rihanna finally answered every woman of colours call! Somebody in this industry finally gets it!

No matter how overrated you may believe Fenty Beauty to be at the end of the day we cannot ignore the fact that Rihanna release 40 SHADES! And they’re not all different shades of caucasian but a range of beautiful shades for women of different undertones and complexions. This was and currently is the most shades a brand has ever released during their first product launch. This has now for me set the bench mark for beauty brands when releasing anything like foundation, concealer etc.

Although I am happy about this it’s just a shame that it took this long for it to happen and that it was done by a woman of colour who saw this problem and decided to fix it herself. However I hope that more brands like kylie cosmetics that released 30 concealer shades will follow in Rihanna’s foot steps, especially drugstore brands for all those women on a budget!

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The best contour products for W.O.C

The best contour products for W.O.C

Growing up a woman of colour has never been easy, everyday we struggle with our identity and constantly have to be reminded that we are the minority within the western world.

One of the hardest things that we struggle with is finding makeup products that suit our skin tones because at the end of the day there isn’t just one shade of black and we all have different undertones, but it is especially hard to find good contour products.

In all honesty I don’t see why brands particularly drug store brands don’t create contour products that cater for all skin tones because in reality it would give them a more positive brand image as well as increasing their total revenue simply due to the fact that they have a wider audience.

However here are my top contour products for my women of colour;

Charlotte Tilbury  Filmstar Bronze & Glow

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Stilla Cosmetics Custom Contoursti059_stila_shapeshadecustomcontourduo_deep_1_1560x1960-z2xww

ABH Pro Series Contour Cream Kit

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NYX 3 Steps to Sculpt

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Wonder Stick Highlight & Contour

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MAKE UP FOR EVER ‘Ultra HD’ Stick Foundation 

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

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Best foundations for different skin types

Best foundations for different skin types

It has taken me a couples of years to truly understand my skin type and what’s best for it. I used to think that I had dry skin but I realised that it was the products that I used that caused my skin to become dry and that In reality I actually had normal skin. However In extremely hot weather conditions I usually end up with oily skin, so every season I have to switch up my routine to suit the weather. I also have to change my foundation but it’s hard to know which ones best for your skin type because the worst thing you could do is spend more than £25 on a foundation that is completely wrong for your skin. But that’s why I’m writing this blog post to make it easier for you!

DRY SKIN:

There are so many different issues when applying foundation to dry skin from a caked finish to flaking skin to emphasising patches of dryness and fine lines, put the wrong foundation on it, and you can end up making things look a whole lot worse – and end up feeling self-conscious while out and about as a result.

OILY SKIN:

The struggle is real when it comes to finding a foundation that controls excess oil and stays in place all day. To say that wearing foundation when you have an oily skin type is tough may be a massive understatement, but it’s not completely impossible. When you have oils skin it’s best to stick to matte foundations and one that are oil free.