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Recently I was tasked to try out Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm which many on Youtube have been raving about as an inexpensive substitute for makeup primer. The reason it works for those enthusiastic beauty gurus is because the product contains glycerin which acts kind of like a glue to keep makeup put for hours. I side-eyed it, but since Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm *is* a product meant to go on the face (unlike Milk of Magnesia, Monistat, and whatever household items your cousins on Youtube are putting on their faces), I gave it a go. It’s also priced at $5.99 for 3.3 oz which if you’re watching your budget very closely, is still about half the price of even drugstore makeup primers.
January is the PERFECT time to go through your makeup stash and get rid of anything that’s not going to slay your routine. Get rid of those old, crusty foundations, eyeshadows you know good and well that you’re not going to use, and trash those lipsticks that make you look like Tyrone Biggums. Trust me, doing this will make your life 1000% easier and I bet you’ll be less likely to buy more crap you don’t need this year.
It’s that time of year! Whether you’ll be hitting the holiday parties night after night OR hitting the couch to watch Home Alone for an unprecedented amount of times, one thing you need to be doing is keeping that skin together, honey. I stress the importance of skincare all year-round, but you have to think of the things you do all other times of year as prepping for the Olympics that is winter. Winter can be HARD on the skin already, but when you add all the extra cocktails and late night fetes—it can make your skin dry, look lackluster, and can even lead to breakouts. Yikes.
Happy Holidays, ya’ll! I’m SUPER in the festive mood and this makeup tutorial is just one of MANY holiday posts to come. Stay tuned for gift guides, holiday outfit ideas, and muuuuch more. You can SUBSCRIBE to the blog here so you don’t miss a thing.
Back in September I was invited out to Brooklyn for a special early sneak peek of wet n wild’s 2017 launches. There are a ton of new products coming our way in January, but naturally I zeroed in on the foundations since they added new deeper shades to the lineup. Though the company that owns wet n wild also owns Black Radiance, we haven’t seen much crossover (okay, we haven’t seen ANY crossover) in complexion shades since—well, maybe EVER.
Listen, I have my apprehensions about what appears to me as BECCA Cosmetics, long known as a brand that has SO MANY FOUNDATION shades—I’m talking RANGE FOR DAYS, dwindling down on their extensive range in exchange for “flexible” complexion products. Basically this means being able to still cater to a very wide range of skin tones—maybe even the same number as before, but with fewer products. I can’t be mad at a brand that can lessen its SKUs and still cater to darn near everybody. What I worry about though is perception because folks who don’t know the brand or who may not initially get what “flexible shades” means may feel excluded and not support the brand :/ I’m not so sure that the richly complected melanin beauty who might have worn BECCA’s deepest shade of Cacao might fit into the new flexible shade range. But on the same token, perhaps the brand wasn’t seeing a high enough demand for the shade. I don’t know. This is all my own speculation.