TOM FORD BEAUTY Lipstick Review! (Honest Thoughts+Photos, etc.)

Hi, beauties!!! I hope you all are having a positive and productive week! Today I am back (as promised) with my full review and thoughts on the Tom Ford Beauty Lipstick I got the opportunity to try out complimentary of Influenster. 

When I first received this box, I was very excited! It's not every day you get to try out a designer brand's product(as I'm gonna be painfully honest, the hefty price point can sometimes be a deterrent), and so when I received my box I couldn't wait to pop it open.

Sufficed to say, at first glance, I was impressed. The black and gold packaging and design of the lipstick not only looked luxe, but the pretty pinky nude was calling my name! And so, after placing it on my vanity to admire its beauty(and to take a social media pic or few), it came time for me to test out this luxurious (and expensive) lipstick. 

Below you will find my honest review/experience with using this gaw-jess lipstick. 

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 Tom Ford Beauty Lipstick(Casablanca) Review

๐Ÿ’„The packaging is FAB —  luxe black and gold design and “TF” signature stamped into the top( the TF logo did rub off though after applying a few times ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿพ)

๐Ÿ’„Color & Performance- Casablanca is a pretty, romantic, pinkish nude. I like that the color is nice and opaque— one coat was enough. The color payoff is ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ. It can be used alone or with other colors and formulas(stains, mattes, liquid, etc.) I used Casablanca by itself and while it applied beautifully, I used it again with another shade/formula and it blended really nicely as well.

๐Ÿ’„ NOT transfer-proof at all—this is a CLASSIC lipstick (formula) so if you’re looking for something matte or something you apply in the morning and won’t have to touch up throughout the day— this AIN’T it!

๐Ÿ’‹Final Thoughts: This lipstick feels really good on the lips-it’s moisturizing & gives great color(and has a nice variety of shades). If you’re looking for a classic lipstick, this would be great for you. However, if you want something that’s a bit more low maintenance(don’t have to reapply  or touch up throughout the day, etc.) I would pass.  

And so there you have it beauties. To read my full review on Influenster you can click HERE. To purchase click HERE. Let me know in the comments if you have tried this lipstick and your thoughts. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received this product for free or complimentary courtesy of Influenster in exchange for my honest review. 

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Happy Friday beauties! 

For today’s post, I wanted to go a bit down memory lane and reflect on all the AMAZING products I got to try out last year. As a beauty influencer, being apart of Influenster (Get started with Influenster HERE.has allowed me the chance to try so many awesome products from some MAJOR companies.

Out of all the content that I create, my favorite content is sharing with you all my honest reviews, thoughts, tips, and tricks on all the products I get to try. 

Last year I was blessed to try quite a few products courtesy of Influenster and so today I am sharing with you an abbreviated version(SUPER SHORT, 2-3 sentences TOPS) of my reviews/thoughts on all of the Voxboxes/campaigns that I received. 

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๐Ÿ–คLily Lashes:

๐Ÿ’„Lashes: LONG, Voluminous & Glamorous! Feels heavy  AF on your eye after a while. Not cheap but worth the $.

๐Ÿ’„Mascara: Just OKAY. Gives some volume and some length. Comparable to a drugstore mascara. Good for every day. Can FLAKE. Don’t get this mascara in your eye cause it’ll irritate it.

๐Ÿ’„Lily Lashes Glue: Easy. Convenient. You’ll need more than one coat for lashes to stick.

๐Ÿ–คRael Beauty:

๐Ÿง–๐Ÿพ‍♀️Antioxidant Serum +  Snowball Melt: Cute packaging. Light formula—feels like nothing is on the skin. A good amount of product(lasts a while). No scent(a plus for me). 

๐Ÿ’„Bite Beauty:  

๐Ÿ’„ Lip Crayon: LOTS OF COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM(Variety). Nicely pigmented. NOT transfer-proof. Moisturizing/Non-drying. Convenient packaging. 

๐Ÿ–คKiss/Impress Nails:

๐Ÿ’…๐ŸพImpress  Nails(3)+ Jelly Nails(1) : Prefer the Jelly Nails. Couture nails pop off way too easily(with extra glue and adhesive—no lie I lost a nail on the bus ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ). Nail sizes are too narrow(if you have fatter nail beds you’ll have some TROUBLE finding nail sizes that fit!)

๐Ÿ–คBare Minerals:


Nice packaging. Not harsh. My kinda serum.


๐Ÿ’„ Radiance Base: Can get messy & go 0 to 100 real quick. Is a “ glow-from-within” vs. a glittery high shine liquid highlighter. BEAUTIFUL COLOR!! 


 ๐Ÿ’„ Foundation: LOVED the packaging. Nice everyday foundation. Will peak through if you have hyperpigmentation. NOT oily girl friendly(but I liked it anyway lol). Not enough product(had less than the standard ounce of product ๐Ÿค”)

๐Ÿ’„Highlighter: Beautifully designed. Nice color options. Buildable.

๐Ÿ’„ Primer: Blurred the skin. A nice base before makeup. Can stand alone if you have good skin.

๐ŸŒธSpring Forward: 

๐ŸงดGold Bond Neck & Chest Cream: Smells so good. Gold Bond can do no wrong IMO 

๐ŸชSmashmellow: As a sweet tooth queen... I was underwhelmed 

๐ŸงผLemiShine: Did its job.

*Honorable Mention: NEW! Lancรดme Idole parfum (which, I didn't have to review BUT I loved it so much I got it for Christmas!)

And finally,  the Tom Ford Lipstick(review soon come ๐Ÿ˜‰).

 I can’t wait to see what 2021 has in-store! I’m so excited to share new content and of course, more reviews with you all and I'm so grateful to Influenster and all of the wonderful companies I got to try products from last year! 

*I received all of these products mentioned in this blog

post complimentary(free) in exchange for my honest thoughts and review.

HUGE MAKEUP HAUL!! [Hard Candy, Too Faced, Sephora + more]

Hi, my beauties! Happy New Year! Can you believe we have been in a new year for a full week already?!

2020 was definitely a tough one for so many of us, 
but the important thing is to remember is that we made it through and we are here to see another day! 
I know for me personally, there were definitely some rough days, but I’m grateful and thankful to see another year, grow and tackle some new goals! 

For today’s post, I wanted to show you all what I picked up recently from a collective makeup haul. I  know online shopping was SUPER POPULAR last year but fortunately, toward the end of the year, I was able to get out to the stores, browse and pick up tons of new things to try!! 

Of course, with the pandemic, shopping for makeup is a bit different now(bye-bye testers), but I was still able to haul quite a bit and see what was out there! 
*Pro Tip: DO YOUR RESEARCH! If you know you’re on the hunt for a new foundation, make sure you do your research on Google, YouTube, and social media first so you have an idea of what’s in stores. Doing this lessens the chance of error and the possible hassle of having to do a return/exchange down the line.

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In the midst of my holiday shopping, I was able to snag quite a few goodies from Hard Candy which is sold exclusively at Walmart and on their website. I wanted to haul products that I can’t usually find at my local drugstore and Hard Candy has been a brand fav for years! 
This serum was on clearance for only $1!!!
Since luminizers/highlighters are one of my favorite products, I had to pick up this one to try!
This glitter primer, eyeshadow primer and eye treatment will definitely come in handy.
Out of everything I picked up from my Hard Candy haul, I am most excited about trying these dual-ended eyeshadow sticks!
I'm interested to see how this toner, primer, and setting spray will compare to what I currently use now.

Bonus Buy: As a HUGE masker(check out my masking routine and favorite masks), I had to pick up these new body masks by Freeman Beauty!

Sephora was also having an AMAZING sale so I hauled a bit from there as well. 
Too Faced Cosmetics REALLY came through this year. I picked up a highlighter, mini setting powder, primer, concealer, and lip stain for a huge discount! 
These limited edition eyeshadow palettes were only $5-7! 

I'm no stranger to Bite Beauty's lip products(read my review on their NEW lip crayons HERE), so when I saw they had these mini lip crayons on sale, I HAD to get them! 

That's everything from my holiday makeup haul!
Let me know in the comments what you want to see me try/review first and if you've gotten any new makeup to try! 

My Masking Routine: My Road To Clear Skin


Hello Glammies!! 

For today’s post, I’m back to chat a bit more about skincare. As you may or may not know, earlier in the year, I shared that this year I wanted to really work on having healthy-looking, clear, luminous skin. For more on my skincare journey so far, you can check it out HERE

And so while I’m on this journey to healthier skin, I wanted to take you all along for the ride in a series of posts where I share with you my progress, routines, and what I’m doing to get to (and maintain) my goal. 
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To kick things off with the series, today I wanted to come to you all with My Masking Routine. Over the past year or so I’ve really made it a point to up my masking game. In the past, I would do a weekly sheet mask or cream mask about every two weeks. And while that routine wasn’t bad, because I really want to work on my skin and improving its overall health, this year I decided that I would really work on upping my masking routine and personalizing it so that way my skin is really reaping all of the benefits. 

While daily, and nightly skincare routines (more on that in a later post) are incredibly important when it comes to achieving clear skin, masking is actually just as important—especially when it comes to maintaining good skin. 

Below I’ve outlined my old masking routine, changes I’ve made to my new masking routine, and some of my new favorite masking products. 

Old Routine Step 1
Using one type of mask: Last year, sheet masks were one of the biggest skincare trends of the year. Everywhere you looked you saw a different type of sheet mask that catered to almost everything. While I was totally obsessed with sheet masks and find that they are super convenient and easy to use, I noticed that my skin wasn’t really benefiting from them the way they should.

New Routine Step 1 
Using different types of masks/Multi-masking: Because I really want to get the most out of my masks now, I’ve customized my masking routine by using different types of masks on targeted areas of my face. I don’t know about you but sooo many different factors(environment, diet & lifestyle, hormonal), affect my skin on a daily basis. I literally will have days where I’m dry in my t-zone but oily everywhere else, or I’ll have a random breakout or hyperpigmentation, and so on and so forth. I’m learning that my skin basically has a mind of its own and the best way to get the most of masking is to cater to each of my skincare concerns specifically(see photo below). It may seem a bit tedious and more expensive to multi-mask at first but, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to better customize your masking routine and to use masks that you know for sure will benefit you in the long run.

Old Routine Step 2
Using your fingers: Considering the overall timing and vibe of what’s going on right now in the world, the idea of using your hands and fingers to touch your face sounds pretty cringe, but believe it or not, up until a few years ago that was how I would apply/wash off my masks — which is a HUGE NO-NO! 

New Routine Step 2
Using masking accessories: If you’re not careful and thoroughly clean your hands before you apply your mask and again before you use your hands to wash your mask off, you can actually wind up doing more damage(and putting more bacteria on your face). That’s why a few years ago I invested in a mask brush. For just a few dollars, you can save yourself from a future breakout or worse! If you can’t get your hands on a mask brush, a great alternative is a foundation brush(just be sure to thoroughly clean it afterward!). Another upgrade I made was investing in a towel to use specifically for rinsing my mask off. Using a makeup remover towel that’s designed specifically for your face will help keep lurking bacteria at bay and leave your face squeaky clean as well. Just remember to wash it thoroughly after each use.

Old Routine Step 3
Using a mask that does nothing for your skin: As I said before, in the past when it came time for my bi-weekly mask I would usually use the same type of mask week after week until I noticed after some time that my skin was either not reacting to it at all, or I would have the same problems or issues regardless.

New Routine Step 3
Trying different masks to see what works for you: Last year, when I saw how popular the sheet mask trend was rising I found that the more types of masks I tried, the more I was able to learn that certain parts of my face/skin require different things. I would literally go out to the drugstores and beauty supply stores and try all different types of sheet masks. While my skin type, for the most part, is oily/acne-prone, I found that some days my skin needed different things that my “skin type mask” did not offer. I say all this to  say, if you really want to improve your masking routine and get the most out of masking, try not to get caught up in your skin type. Instead, watch and study your skin and listen to it/see what it needs depending on the day/week. Experiment and step outside the face mask box—you might be surprised with what you find. 

Old Routine Step 4
Masking occasionally: For me in the past, masking was more or less something I did occasionally when I either was bored, wanted to pamper myself or when I remembered to actually do/had some free time.

New Routine Step 4
Sticking to a strict masking schedule: Now that I’m more focused on working on my skin, masking has become more of a routine. Now I’ve set it up to where I now allot time every week to do my masking routine(just as I would do my morning and night routine). By making it apart of my routine it’s become second nature and has become apart of my normal skincare.

Old Routine Step 5
Doing the bare minimum: In the past, I would look at masking as more of a luxury or something that’s just for fun. I didn’t really go all out or take the time to really look into masking because I didn’t look at it as vital skincare.

New Routine Step 5
Going the extra mile: Now, do I not only see the importance of proper masking, but I also find that the more effort you put into it, the more you’re likely to really benefit and see results. If I’m using a sheet mask, I like to use a cool jade roller to massage my skin. Not only does a jade roller help decrease puffiness, but there’s also a slew of other anti-aging and skin benefits. I also like to use targeted lip and eye masks as well(multi-sheet masking). 

I’m hoping by switching up my masking routine and making these subtle yet important changes, my skin will really start to not only look healthy but feel healthy too. 

Here are some photos as well as purchasing info on some of my go-to masks and masking accessories I mentioned above.

Mutli-masking has been my go-to technique lately when I'm masking. These mask sticks are SUPER easy to use, affordable and only take 5 MINUTES!! 

This is the e.l.f. mask brush I use to apply some of my masks. If you can't get your hands on a mask brush, a flat foundation brush is another great option.

These makeup remover towels are also great for when you want to take off your face masks. They take off everything so easily! 

When I was trying out all different types of masks, Freeman's Beauty masks were some of my favs! I LOVE how affordable they are and the HUGE variety they have! 

I really like to go the extra mile with my masking and so using eye masks, lip masks, and a face roller* really help me get the most out of my masking routine.
 *The face roller I use was currently out of stock where I purchased mine from but the one linked is a great alternative!

Let me know in the comments what your masking routine is or what some of your favorite masking products are. 

Happy Masking!!

March Book of The Month: True To The Game 2 by Teri Woods [See The Official Movie Trailer HERE!!!]

Another month has gone by and I’m back again with another book club pick! 
As always I want to take the time out to thank you all for your continued support on my blog posts. I hope you all are enjoying my picks as much as I am, and as always, suggestions or comments on future books, discussions or ideas are always welcomed.
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For this month’s book club pick, I wanted to totally switch things up in a BIG way. For one, I wanted to delve into a genre I don’t usually read too much of. The fact that it was apart of a trilogy series of books also peaked my interest as well. 

For those of you who may not know, Urban Fiction books are one of my guilty pleasures when it comes to reading. There’s something about a juicy, scandalous fictitious plot, unbelievable characters and a slew of shocking twists and unexpected turns that encompass UF novels. Whenever I dig into a good UF novel it feels as though I’m sitting down and reading a juicy long letter or gossiping through text with a girlfriend—except none of it’s real which makes the drama even more indulgent lol. 

I came across seasoned Urban Fiction/Crime Thriller author Teri Woods, years ago. I was introduced to Woods’ work with probably her most infamous piece of work to date True to the Game. The crime thriller received high praise and acclaim from the reading/book community almost instantly. I remember reading Woods’ famous novel from cover to cover back in my high school days and couldn’t wait for a sequel. The book was so popular it was made into a movie recently that I, of course, ran out to see opening weekend. 

A few weeks ago, when I was on social media I saw a preview of the second part—TRUE TO THE GAME II set to hit theaters this year and immediately ran to my local library to check out the second installment of the book. 

As you can see from the trailer(and after reading the official summary/synopsis below) the second installment of the book series is just salacious and scandalous as the first.
Here is the official synopsis:

True to the Game II will begin where True to the Game left off, with one difference, Gena is now seeing a new guy named Jay. However, little does Gena know, but the man she has fallen in love with, so soon after Quadir’s death, is his archrival, Jerrell Jackson. Unfortunately, Jerrell is determined to get his revenge against Quadir’s crew and he’ll start with Gena. However, he isn’t the only enemy lurking. Gena has more than she bargained for in this epic sequel to an American street classic and only true love can save her or possibly destroy her. Find out if she will survive and get away with the fortune she found or if the millions she accidentally uncovered will destroy her life.

After quickly picking up the book I delved in quickly. The book was pretty short in length(about 180 pages), as most of Woods’ book series are.
Upon finishing I can say that I actually enjoyed the second book more so than the first. Woods has a way of putting together prose, trimming the fat and keeping you engaged that before you know it, you don’t even realize that you’ve read more than half the book in one sitting. The plot twists and turns didn’t fall short either. I can’t say enough good things about this book and enjoyed it SO MUCH that I can’t wait to get my hands on the third(hint hint on next month’s book club pick)! 

I would definitely recommend reading this book for sure. And if you’re like me and haven’t read the first installment of the series in a while or ever, you can definitely re-read that book and then get into this one. Like I said before, the book is written so concisely and flows so easily you can quickly get through it and on to the next! 

Final Review:

Leave a comment down below if you read this classic crime thriller and if you liked True to the Game or True to the Game II better? 

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NEW!!! ImPress Couture Press-On Nails! ๐Ÿ’…[First Look + Full Review!]

I’ve been a huge fan of press-on nails for a few years now(blog post coming soon!!) and so I was SUPER excited when I was chosen to try out these  NEW press-on nails by imPRESS manicure. I was beyond thrilled when I received my box complimentary from Influenster and had not just one set of nails, but FOUR different sets/kits in various colors, shapes and sizes to try!!
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Below is my FULL review on all FOUR sets I received along with links on where to buy and full details on their NEW Couture Collection by imPress. 

Link to Purchase & Review HERE.
๐Ÿ’ŸLove the color: This color was the PERFECT shade for me. The coral pinkish shade was the perfect pop of color. I love that it was colorful but still neutral enough to pass for every day.
๐Ÿ’ŸLove the length: I like to switch up my nail length all the time and wear long nails so I love that these were long but still very FUNCTIONAL
๐Ÿ’ŸLove the variety of nail shapes and extras: I’ve always been a huge fan of Kiss’ nail kits for two reasons—not only do they give you a huge variety, but their kits come with tons of different sizes to fit a large majority of nail shapes! This kit came with 28 nails so finding your nail shape was a breeze and they blend so naturally to my real nail.
๐Ÿ’ŸEasy to file and customize/cut to the desired length: I wore these Jelly nails long for about a week before having to file them down for work reasons. I was a bit nervous about cutting and filing them myself but the nails weren’t too difficult to cut or file and they came out perfect!
๐Ÿ’ŸThe jewels lasts for two weeks: This was a  huge plus for me especially because in the past, I’ve purchased some nail kits with jewels and they wind up falling off, but the jewels on these accent nails stayed right in place!
๐Ÿ’ŸThey are different: This was my first time trying the “Jelly” nail style and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the finish and design but to my surprise, I actually really liked how they turned out.(see pictures below)

๐Ÿ‘ŽThere are no numbers on the nails so you literally have to try on every nail shape to find your size. This can be a bit tedious if you’re a newbie to press ons but for me, I personally prefer to have the size numbers on the nails—it makes sizing up your manicure go a lot quicker.
๐Ÿ‘ŽThe jewels got caught on my hair several times. While I liked the accent nails this go round, I did find them to get caught more on my hair than I would have liked.

Link to Purchase & Review HERE.

๐Ÿ’ŸColor variety: I really liked that this press-on nail kit came with three different nail colors. Usually you only get one to two different colors in a kit but this one came with gray, white accents and silver shimmer accents which I really liked.
๐Ÿ’ŸDifferent Shapes and variety of nails: As I’ve said before in a previous review I like how many nail shape options come in the kit. These kits come with 30 nails to choose from AND they are all numbered so you can easily find the right nail shape that fits to your natural nail SUPER EASY
๐Ÿ’ŸAffordable: I love that I can get a salon worthy manicure at a fraction of the price
๐Ÿ’ŸBeautiful Gel Finish: These nails really do have that LUXE feel and look to them.
๐Ÿ‘ŽNo Glue: This is just a personal preference for me, but I wish these nail kits came with glue as well. While I like the adhesives already applied to the nail and find it to be hassle free, it would have been nice if the glue was included as well as an option.

Link to Purchase & Review HERE.  

๐Ÿ’ŸLength and Design: Out of all the nail sets that I got to try out, when it came to design and look— these were hands down my favorite. The short black matte finish with the crystal accent nails was the perfect combo of a LUXE couture style manicure. I also really loved the modest length.
๐Ÿ’ŸDifferent Shapes and variety of nails: As I’ve said before in a previous review I like how many nail shape options come in the kit. These kits come with 30 nails to choose from AND they are all numbered so you can easily find the right nail shape that fits to your natural nail SUPER EASY
๐Ÿ’ŸAffordable: I love that I can get a salon worthy manicure at a fraction of the price

๐Ÿ‘ŽNo Glue: This is just a personal preference for me, but I wish these nail kits came with glue as well. While I like the adhesives already applied to the nail and find it to be hassle free, it would have been nice if the glue was included as well as an option.


Link to Purchase & Review HERE.

๐Ÿ’ŸColor, Design, Length: Out of all the nail sets I got to try out, in terms of color and design—these were my favorite. I love a nice clean, white, and consider it to be a good neutral alternative. The jeweled accent nails and silver accent nails make these couture manicure a win. The length of the nail I thought was also spot on. It was a nice smedium(small-medium) length.
๐Ÿ’ŸAffordable: I love that I can get a salon-worthy manicure at a fraction of the price

๐Ÿ‘ŽNo Glue: This is just a personal preference for me, but I wish these nail kits came with glue as well. While I like the adhesives already applied to the nail and find it to be hassle-free, it would have been nice if the glue was included as well as an option.
๐Ÿ‘ŽNail Shape: This is just a personal preference of mine. I personally am not a fan of almond-shaped nails and don’t like how they look on me lol so out of all the kits I tried, this was my least favorite in terms of shape lol.

Overall I would totally recommend picking these up and giving them a try you will definitely NOT regret it at all!


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Will you be trying these press-on nails from their new collection?  Leave a comment down below if you’ve tried these or any other press-on nails from this brand.

*Thanks to Influenster and KISS/imPress for sending me these products complimentary for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.