The Beauty Faves Behind This New Glow

When even your iPhone camera can capture your glow, you know you’re doing something right. I snapped this picture while at brunch last Sunday. I shared it on Instagram and got a few questions via DM about the products I used to achieve this easy summer look. Today, I’m sharing all those beauty faves.

I couldn’t resist trying the new Pat McGrath foundation. What it promises to do–offer sheer to medium coverage with a natural finish–is exactly what I look for in a foundation for my dry skin. It’s also free of synthentic fragrances, which is a major plus for me. Once I found my match (Medium Deep 26) and tried it on, I became an instant fan.  I’m wearing it alone with no setting powder.

Below, you’ll find everything I used to create this particular look. From the combination of brow products I rely on to my under-eye concealer for brightening to my go-to blush and highlighter. The exact colors I use are in parentheses.

P.S. I’m also wearing lashes (not pictured below). They’re this set by Kiss applied using the Kiss Lash Couture glue.


Beauty faves

Beauty Faves:

Pat McGrath foundation (Medium Deep 26) | Fenty foundation brush

Too Faced Born This Way concealer (Mocha) | Charlotte Tilbury blush (Love is the Drug)

Pat McGrath matte lipstick (Elson 013) | Becca Highlighter (Topaz)

Urban Decay Perversion mascara | Urban Decay Perversion liquid eyeliner

Benefit brow gel (4) | Benefit brow pencil (4) | Urban Decay eye shadow palette

This New Product Will Get You Ready For Every Outfit

This post is sponsored by joy.

How many times have you changed your outfit because you realized too late that your legs weren’t quite show-ready? This happens to me all the time. And, since shaving usually takes me a long time, it’s easier to just change. But, wearing my best outfit for a day helps me show up feeling and looking like my best. So, being ill prepared for leg-hair situations is not acceptable. I was intrigued, then, when I learned about joy. The joy razor is a brand new shaver for us women that promises to make shaving simple and even joyful. Got your attention too, right?

I like to keep my beauty routine simple, which is probably why I neglect shaving until I absolutely have to. joy got my full attention with its uncomplicated design that makes shaving simple.

joy razor

Get this. The joy razor has five blades! These five blades give such a comfortable shave and remove hair so well. That’s a fact!

When I realized how amazing this razor was, I made sure to stock up on refills to stay ready for all hairy situations. The joy razor is available only at Walmart. I also picked up some glee shave gel, available only at Walmart.

joy razor

I must admit, until I started using glee, I’d been using any shampoo on hand to shave. Don’t judge me, y’all! Glee, though, available in a mousse (refreshing summer lily scent) or shave gel (calming cucumber and aloe) has converted me. I’m using the gel below. Do you see that rich lather it gave me once it hit wet skin?

I feel especially comfortable using my joy razor with this shave gel. It’s smooth sailing! You know what else I like? This joy razor has a non-slip grip. It doesn’t slip when my hands are wet nor covered in gel. I’m really digging that.

Joy razor

If hairy situations ever present a challenge to choosing your optimal outfit for tackling a day, this system is for you.

joy razor

Now that I have joy and glee, I stay ready for shorts-weather, skirt season, all of it!

Glowing Skin Beauty Routine + EveryHue Beauty Giveaway

I’ve got exciting news! I’m giving away 3 of my favorite EveryHue products. EveryHue Beauty, is a new multicultural brand available at Target. Fan of Real Housewives of Potomac (RHOP)? If so, you may recognize the makeup line because RHOP cast member Gizelle Bryant is a cofounder of the company. To enter the Instagram-only giveaway, go here.

I’ve been using EveryHue Beauty products since the fall of last year. What I’ve been loving most about the products is that they leave my skin radiant. And, there’s more. Every product in the line is under $20, with the exception of the foundation brush, which is $28. By the way, the fabulous brush is one of the items I’m giving away.

The tinted moisturizer is a go-to for me. Until now, I’d searched for a tinted moisturizer that complements my skin tone with no luck. The EveryHue tinted moisturizers feel like moisturizer, but cover like foundation, all while proving sun protection with a physical sunblock. You see, I knew it was possible. Want help finding your hue? Use the brand’s color matcher here.

EveryHue Beauty

Now, watch me use my some of my favorite products. Then enter to win some for yourself.

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[Ad] [CLOSED: Congrats @christina_carol_beauty!] Giveaway time! I’m thrilled to have gotten my hands on the entire @everyhuebeauty collection, a new multicultural brand available at Target. This brand had my full attention at tinted moisturizers that actually complement my skin tone, feel like moisturizer, and perform like foundation. Yass! Watch me use the products. Then, enter to win some of my favorite goodies for yourself. See rules below. . . What I’m using: EveryHue Luminous Tinted Moisturizer (Nutmeg) EveryHue PoreFect Primer EveryHue Concealer Corrector Duo (Ginger) EveryHue Setting Powder (Cinnamon) EveryHue Glow and Go Pressed Powder Trio (Buttercup) EveryHue Liqui-Lighter Illuminator (Lust) EveryHue Setting Spray . . Giveaway: Win an #everyhuebeauty trio palette, foundation brush, and beauty blender. . . Rules: 1. Must be following me and @everyhuebeauty 2. Like and comment below 3. Bonus: Tag a friend who would love to try EveryHue Beauty products 4. Must have a mailing address in the US . . That’s it. Giveaway ends this Sunday, February 3 at 11:59 PM CST. #economyofstyle #everyhuebeauties #TargetyourHue #HueNation #blackbeautyblogger #targetbeauty #stlouisblogger

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10 Genius Gift Ideas All Under $40

In a major rush to get a gift but want it to impress? I got you covered, girl. The genius gift ideas in this holiday gift guide are just that–genius. From top notch products we would use everyday but would rarely buy for ourselves to the sample sets that allow us to try the products everyone raged about this year, there’s something here for every woman in your life. And, the best part? Nothing is over $40.

10 Genius Gift Ideas:

1. S’well water bottle ($35)

S’well bottles combine fashion and function. They keep cold beverages cold for 24 hours and hot beverages hot for 12 hours. And, the bottles come in some jazzy designs. Would you expect anything less than fabulous from a woman-owned company? I use mine EVERY DAY.

2. Pat McGrath mini lipstick trio ($25)

Pat McGrath is one of the most influential makeup artists in the world. This set provides the perfect opportunity to try 3 of her top selling lipstick colors.

3. Google Home Mini (on sale $29)

Been thinking about getting a smart speaker? This is the one. It’s compact but powerful. With a simple, “Hey Google,” you can have hands-free help in any room.

4. Perfume sampler ($25)

Don’t know her favorite scent? No problem. This Sephora sample set includes 7 of its most popular fragrances.

5. Urban Decay mini 24/7 eye pencil set ($29)

Do her a favor and gift her these 5 travel-sized eye pencils. They’re the softest, smoothest eye pencils ever. They glide on and blend like a dream. Don’t ask me how many I own.

6. Day Designer daily planner ($14.99)

2019 plans have to be made! And, Day Designer makes the most user-friendly, practical, stylish daily planner I’ve ever used. This particular style, Day Designer for Blue Sky, makes the Day Designer system available for under $15 at Target. I already got mine. What are you waiting for?

7. Moleskine notebook ($19.95)

Know a notebook/journal snob, someone who desires great paper quality and little ink bleed-through on their pages? Impress her with one of these.

8. Candle ($12 plus 30% off right now)

If you haven’t smelled the Mini Capri Blue Volcano candle yet, do yourself a favor and get it for yourself. It’ll have your room smelling like a tropical paradise.

9. Monogram DOF glass

For that spirited friend who enjoys sipping on an aged rum or cognac from time to time, give her a glass with her initial on it.

10. Suede shearling slippers/glitter slippers ($24.50 on sale)

Want to know what it feels like to walk on clouds? Slip your feet into these. I finally replaced my 4-year old pair from J.Crew with this J.Crew Factory version of the popular style. They’re perfect. P.S.: I get them one size larger (i.e. I wear a size 8 but wear a 9 in these).

These Top Beauty Products Make The Best Stocking Stuffers

Good things come in small packages! Am I right? Who doesn’t love opening up lots of tiny gifts? I especially like when those tiny gifts are practical and useful. And, what’s stocking-sized and more useful than beauty products? The beauty stocking stuffers in this gift guide are not only some of the top-rated beauty products of the year, they’re also staples in my personal beauty routine. I use them, I love them, and she will too.

Beauty Stocking Stuffers

beauty stocking stuffers

Monogram Stocking

1. Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (waterproof version)

2. Kiss Pixie lashes | 3. Kiss lash glue | 4. Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette

5. Too Faced Born This Way concealer | 6. Fenty Beauty foundation

7. Urban Decay Vice lipstick (cherry) | 8. Fenty Beauty Stunna lip paint

9. Benefit Brow Contour Pro | 10. Pat McGrath liquid eyeliner

11. Charlotte Tilbury lipstick | 12. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting spray

13. Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb


Bonus: Talking about top beauty products, enter to win the Entire NAKED CHERRY COLLECTION. For rules and to enter, click here. Read my review of the collection here.