I honestly wanted to do this topic in the form of video but of course I have a huge migraine, I'm congested, & have a sore throat right now so a talk through was out of the question. I didn't want to procrastinate so here are the beauty & skincare products that changed my life in 2016!
Sephora 10 HR Wear Foundation: 85% of the time when you see me, I'm wearing this foundation. When I tell you this foundation sits on my face ohhhhhh so lovely, y'all 😫 This foundation is the perfect medium of thick consistency & liquid. When I use this, I set my primer with the Coty Airspun Translucent Powder for an even more long lasting look. This also worked WONDERS in the summer.
Coty Airspun Translucent Powder: I just got into loose powders this year & once I found this, I didn't want to splurge until I'm done with it lol. I use this powder with a damp beauty blender & I press it into my highlighted areas rather than baking for an everyday look. For the cunty beat face, I bake for my queens 💅🏽 but I normally use a small powder brush, put a little in my highlighted areas then brush off with a foundation toned bronzer for the perfect color. This is a product that you have to try different techniques with in order to figure out how it works for you. One con is the packaging though, it's so messy so be sure to put a towel on your lap while using!
MAC Naturally Transformed: If you've been watching my YouTube videos or follow me anywhere, the nude lip y'all always see me in? Yup that's this lippie right here. I was introduced to this by beauty guru Aaliyah Jay (if you don't know her, are you living under a rock🤔) This is a nude lip that I can wear both matte & glossy. I usually pair this with a brown lip liner and a gloss.
[WORN IN CORRESPONDING PICTURE WITH COTY AIRSPUN]
Past Curfew Lipgloss by Kaylux Cosmetics: I literally got this lipgloss the last week of 2016 & ever since it came in I've worn it everyday; even the days I don't wear makeup. This is by far THE BEST lipgloss formula in the makeup world. This greatness was created by Kaylar Will, a fellow Youtuber & Beauty Guru. I featured her brand along with some other Black-Owned brands in my Black-Owned Beauty Brand blog post back in the summer [click here].
[WORN IN CORRESPONDING PICTURE WITH COTY AIRSPUN]
MAC Fix+ Spray: Don't judge me for being the last person to hop on this wave please. This is basically a primer spray but I also use it as not only one of my primers, but also to set & to even give me a quick refresh on the days I'm not wearing makeup.
Anastasia Beverley Hills Foundation Stick: Y'all know I'm an oily girl, but this foundation stick is definitely one that I can rock with. I don't know what it is about all ABH products but they feel like butter. I got lucky with guessing my perfect shade while buying online (I was at school in the middle of nowhere & desperate to get my hands on this) I would love to see how this works in the summer time!
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara: I'm a die hard fan of the Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara but if you're looking for a cheap alternative, this mascara is your answer! This mascara gives my tiny lashes so much definition & it doesn't clump. You can even go over with another coat for a fuller look.
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask: This is another tardy 2016 product. Please be aware that this is a pricey product. I got this in a gift set & I was so happy because I've been wanting to try it for the longest & the wait was so worth it. Another warning: THIS WILL BURN THE FIRST TIME YOU USE IT BUT IT'S GOOD THOUGH I PROMISE. I watched some reviews on it & I thought people were just being extra but no, they weren't. Believe the hype. But after I cleansed after the mask, my face felt like it shed a layer & my face was left looking super radiant.
ELF Tone Adjusting and Poreless Face Primers: If you've been following me for a while, you know that I am a primer junkie. Most of the time, I use at least 2 primers on an everyday basis. If you're just a beginner and don't feel like splurging on high end primers just yet, these primers are right up your ally. All throughout 2016, I was using the Tone Adjusting Primer and after I would set that primer with my Coty Airspun Translucent Powder. For the days that I really want a effortless flawless look, I would add the Poreless Face Primer into the mix.
Erno Laszlo Detoxifying Double Cleanse Set [Travel Size]: As you may have seen me mention earlier in the year, this set is the easiest set to have for an everyday routine. These products were sent to me by Influenster [sign up here] in their Vox Box. Ever since I got it, I've been using it in my everyday routine. Some days, I just use the Cleansing Oil but I still get that same deep clean, refreshing feeling!
What were your favorite products of 2016? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter! Thanks for reading & I wish you a very Happy New Year! :)
Sincerely, Sharon B
Happy New Year loves! I took some time out to really sit down and think what I want to do going forward with not only my blog but also my brand. As most of you may know, I am currently a college student majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. After graduating, I don't have a set plan but I do know that I want to work with Social Media because this is a place where I speak my mind to not only people that I know but across the world. It amazes me how people from other parts of the country follow me and ask me for advice. I just want to grow my audience because blogging and Youtube is something that I love to do and it also gives me the experience to show a company that they can trust me with having their brand in my hands.
Looking back into 2016, I have accomplished some things that I am extremely proud of. At the end of the Winter 2016 semester, I held a 3.3 GPA (Cul.) and a 3.7 semester GPA. I participated in my first internship with Blk + Blu Online while also working at the largest Macy's department store in the world (Herald's Square - NYC). I am currently a Residence Assistant for my school, which is a position I have been praying to get. As far as my brand, I did start my blog and youtube channel which was something that was so scary for me because I was always thinking what would people think of me. But I realized that this is something that you just have to do. Stop thinking about what other people would think about you and do what you love to do. Beauty, Skincare, Fashion & Lifestyle, that's me. The girl on snapchat with her bonnet, that's me. I want to come across as me unapologetically while also taking you guys along the college journey to show you the work that goes along with it. I want to be an inspiration to girls [young black girls in particular] who may think that they don't have a voice in today's media because you only see the mainstream Caucasian youtubers. While they are still amazing, REPRESENTATION MATTERS. I want to be that relatable person that you can ask questions to about college, beauty, skincare, etc. or even life in general. That is what I plan to do with my brand.
Going forward in 2017, I have set some goals in place. Regardless of my hectic schedule, I want to post on my blog and my Youtube channel as frequently as possible. Once I get back to school, I will create a schedule that would work with my classes and work schedule. I also want to participate in another internship. I have applied to some in the North Jersey, NYC area so keep my applications in your prayers! A 3.5+ GPA IS A MUST FOR ME BY THE END OF 2017. Finally, I want to plan two events by the end of 2017 that not only gives back to my community but showcases my brand and what I can do. Of course I will have monthly and quarterly goals but for the most part, these are my main focuses for the year of 2017 & I'm ready to knock them out of the water. Thank you for keeping up with me and following my journey & I wish you the best in the new year!
Sincerely, Sharon B
Watch my Holiday 2016 Vlog Series Below! Don't forget to comment, like and subscribe!
I know this a little new for me to talk about music on my blog and I should do it more often because look, I am a music junkie just as much as I am a beauty one. I know award shows are all for mainstream America [y'all know what I mean by that], but look these nominations look TF CRAZY. Take a look at some of the nominations below.
*To see the complete list of nominee's, please visit Billboard.com*
I'm not gonna really go into the Hip Hop/ Rap section because I feel like that's pretty fair from a mainstream perspective but I'm about to get in EVERY THING ELSE.
Well, those are pretty much my complete opinions of this years Mainstream American Music Awards. Make sure that you vote below for how I should do my live commentary on the fashion & music of the Grammy's on Feb. 12th, 2017!
Sincerely, Sharon B
Hi guys! I’m back again with another post & this time, I will be talking about some fashionable & reasonably-priced stores that also give student discounts. Not only will I give you some bomb stores to shop from, When you shop at parterned stores, you can get your cash back (YES CASH BACK!) with Ebates! Sign up HERE and get an extra $10 with your cash back from your first $25 purchase! Wait, there's another one! Sign up for UNiDAYS HERE so you can stay on top of student discounts that your favorite brands might offer!
BLK+BLU ONLINE - This store is ran right in the U.S. and the clothes are GORGEOUS. The best quality ever. If there is a discrepancy, the customer service is amazing and you have nothing to worry about. Everything on this website is under $100, which is what this company takes pride in. I love the clothes myself and some items are essential pieces in my closet at the moment!! Shop Now!
TOPSHOP - This popular online, and now in-store, shop has been the buzz for quite some time now. Just recently, they started offering at student discount at the rate of 10% off. Top Shop is one of the best online stores in the game. Although they can be a little pricey, it’s so worth it. Just gotta stay up on the sales and you’ll be fine!! Shop now!
MISSGUIDED - Even though some of you might cringe at the fact that this super cute and affordable shop is ran out of the U.K., you cannot beat the fact that their clothes are the BOMB!! Even Beyoncé has some items from this website, which is how I found out about them a couple years ago. Their student discount is at the rate of 15% off. Shop here!
ASOS - Asos is a online store for women and men. Not only do they have regular clothing, they also have maternity wear as well if you’re expecting! One of the best parts about this website is that they have NO SALES TAX! That’s definitely a reason to shop! You can find all of your favorite trends here.
PUBLIC DESIRE - This online shoetique has been the new kid on the block. Not only do they offer the most trendy shoes of the season, They offer it with a student discount. We all know how buying shoes in college is! Check out their site here!
Sincerely Sharon B
This was a last minute kind of video & I honestly just wanted to wing it to really let you guys into my life. I hope you enjoy! Until Next Time :)
Sincerely, Sharon B
First things first, I rarely go out places where I can wear heels and people won't look at me crazy so I take advantage of these opportunities lol. Last Saturday, I went to a brunch with my sisters from my organization and it was amazing. I wanted to keep my look classy and neutral (as always lol). Take a look at my outfit below and also check out my latest youtube video to see how I achieved this classic yet slayed makeup look!
Although, the items that I wore for this look are no longer available, I linked y'all to some great dupes and they are all UNDER $50! It's time to go shopping :)
Thanks for reading!
Sincerely, Sharon B
Hey guys! Recently, I joined this app called Influenster (found on the Apple App Store and Google Play). Basically what you do on this app is connect your social media networks to this site and the more followers you have collectively, the more of an impact you have.
The bigger your impact and the more you review products, the Influenster team will hopefully pick you to receive a "VoxBox" which is basically free products companies send out through Influenster for people to test out and review. I received my first Vox Box about a week ago from Erno Laszlo and the product that I got was the Detoxifying Cleanse Set (sold at Sephora.com)
This travel size set comes with the "Detoxifying Cleansing Oil" and the "Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar". For only $28, this is a good deal for a high end skin care line! With my set, I followed the instructions that were given with the package and used the Cleansing Oil first. Now this oil doesn't even feel like an oil. It feels more like a soap. I wet my face first of course then gently massaged the oil into my face. It started to foam up like a soap as well. This product alone gave me a super clean and fresh feel and it felt amazing! I use this product alone on a daily basis. But when I want to go the extra mile, I break out my Sea Mud Deep Soap which is step 2 in this cleansing set. Just to clarify, I did not completely wash off the Cleansing Oil because I wanted to see how these two products worked together. I took the bar of soap and directly massaged it onto my face like it said in the instructions. Now this is the best Mud Mask/ Soap you will come across! The first time I used this product, I just used the soap and washed it off and I still got good results, but the second time, I let the mask sit for about two minutes and the results were even more amazing! I highly recommend this cleansing set to anyone who hates using a ton of products and wants to keep their cleansing routine simple. Here's a picture of my face fresh after my wash below!
Be sure to watch my weekly Sunday Night Routine featuring the Erno Laszlo Detoxifying Cleanse Set!
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- Sharon B
Baby, it's cold outside and you need a new jacket! Preferably with faux fur. If you're anything like me, you get cold easily which is the worst when you live in the Northern East Coast of the U.S. But it's also the best time of the year in fashion so there's a silver lining. Black Friday is coming up and I know you're about to splurge so here's some options for my girlies on a budget! **ALL photos are from the site where the the item is sold**
ZARA Denim Frock Coat w/ Faux Fur $69.90 - BUY HERE
Imitation Suede Biker Jacket - H&M - $69.99 - BUY HERE
ZARA Short Trench Coat $99.90 - BUY HERE
NAYA VISTA "The Glam Coat" $75 - BUY HERE
KLOSETENVY "Blush Cuffed Trench" $96 - BUY HERE
Keep your eye on these sites & the Holiday sales coming up! College girls, make sure you sign up HERE for UNiDAYS, which gives you coupons for your favorite sites like Top Shop, Public Desire and more! Also sign up for EBates which gives you cash back for online shopping (YES, it's real!) Sign Up Here!
Sincerely, Sharon B
Fall is slowly diminishing in the North and Winter is coming in strong. During this season you may think it's hard to stay fashionable and warm but it's easier than it seems and you don't have to break the bank either. Tights and Socks has always been a part of my wardrobe considering the fact that I've been dancing for 16 years now. I have a wide variety from tan, black, and pink to printed tights and let us not even get into my sock collection lol. But socks and tights are an easy way for you to layer and stay fabulous during the frigid winter weather. Here are some options below!
Note: There is also a difference between trashy and classy when it comes to lace tights. People can tell the difference between cheap tights and quality ones. Make sure you make the right purchase!
Styling tights and socks though is the tricky part. You have to be careful to not over do it to avoid just doing too much. Patterned tights and socks are just like a statement necklace, the center of attention in your outfit. You want to keep people drawn to the statement piece. Here's some examples from Dana Forlano and myself below.
Send in some pictures to my comments and social media handles so I can see how you're styling throughout the Fall/ Winter season!
- Sharon B
With the weather being so bipolar, I feel like it's so hard for me to pick an outfit out without having to worry about showing too much skin and getting sick. This look was inspired by me snooping around on @MakeMeOverMalika's Instagram page. Malika (@LouisnPearls) is a stylist who I met around last year & I fell in love with her and her brand ever since. Check her out for your styling tips to slay for the Fall/ Winter Season!
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