Monthly Archives: August 2014

Product Review: NYX Eyebrow Gel

I found a new eyebrow product I love! I saw this product originally on Instagram. Immediately I wanted to get my hands on this product. Everyone has been ranting and raving about Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow products lately, although I’ve wanted to try those products for myself, I just couldn’t part with my money to jump on the band wagon. I know, it’s not that expensive, but I’ve been operating on a budget I must maintain for several reasons. I have used several different brow products in the past, but the NYX Eyebrow Gel may just be the winner of all the products I’ve used previously.

Currently I am using Espresso on my brows. Esspresso was the only one they had available in my local Ulta. I was desperate to give it a try, although I would like to try a Chocolate (Because my hair is a reddish brow), Espresso works well for me at this moment. The NYX Eyebrow Gel is water proof, long lasting, and smudge proof. It reminds me of the Makeup Forever Aqua Brow. I haven’t used it necessarily (I can’t bash it or compare it), but the idea is the same. It (MUFE Aqua Brow) also claims to be waterproof, long lasting, and smudge proof. Considering my budget, MUFE Aqua Brow couldn’t make it into my personal makeup collection. The good news is NYX Eyebrow Gel made the cut.

Since using this product, I have learned a little goes a long way. You only need a small amount of this product for your eyebrows. I don’t use this gel to start the sculpting of my brows. I use my brow pencil. I use the NYX Eyebrow Gel to fill in my brows. Using my angled brush (it needs to be stiff), I start on the tail end of my eyebrows. I apply the product in the direction of hair growth. Whatever is left on my angled brush I apply to the front of my brows using upward strokes (the direction of hair growth). I use my spoolie brush to brush the product through and finalize the eyebrow. Don’t worry, I’m headed back to YouTube, there will be a tutorial. The product dries quickly, there is no time for being slow with this process.

I love the NYX Eyebrow Gel because it’s true to its claim as a product. It’s water proof, long lasting, and smudge proof. I don’t have to worry about my eyebrow becoming “greasy” at the end of the day, and if it rains, they stay intact. Okay, so I’ve never been caught in a rain storm to prove that much, but it does take a good rub down to clean my eyebrow product off at the end of the night. The product is super affordable and fits my budget! No overspending and No buyers remorse.

I would suggest you pick up this product and give it a try! It’s great for your personal use and your makeup kit ladies. They have an array of shades to choose from to match your hair color. You won’t be subjected to choosing from a limited number of shades. You can purchase this product in store or online via the company website.  In the picture below, I used the NYX Eyebrow Gel to fill in my brows.

Need to know more about eyebrow sculpting? Check out these posts and video!

How to fill in your Eyebrows
How to arch your Eyebrows
The Perfect Eyebrow
Oldie but Goodie: Eyebrow Tutorial 

Peace and Blessings

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UPDATE: Healthy Hair Growth with African Hair Accel

 I promised an update on my journey with African Hair Accel. My first thoughts of these hair vitamins are still the same. I must admit, I have not been consistent with taking three pills per day. The maximum has been two. The reason for this is my eating schedule has been off. I’m going to get it back on track (don’t worry). I currently have my hair in Senegalese Twists as a protective style. Therefore, I won’t be able to give my final update until after I take them out. However, I wanted to give you a brief update before my final update.

My hair is relaxed with permanent color on it, which has grown out to the ends. I have been experiencing breakage and dryness. I moisturized my hair daily and kept it rolled up in hair rollers to keep me from having to style it daily. It worked out well, I was able to avoid heat styling and save time on my hair in the morning.  Despite the fact I was moisturizing before rolling my hair, my hair was still dry from the color. Dryness equals breakage. I deep condition every week and for some strange reason my hair just wasn’t having it (I switched up my products, review coming soon).  I put the Senegalese Twists in my hair once more, along with the fact I love them so much, to protect my hair from further breakage and to help with growth.

Due to the breakage on the ends of my hair, it appeared that my hair had gotten shorter than my starting length on the pills. I’m not altogether sure what was going taking place, but my hair just wasn’t cooperating for some reason. I will know for sure once I take my hair out of these twists whether or not my hair was just being resistant to the vitamins or simply shorter from breakage. I will note, my roots did appear thicker because I just kept thinking my relaxer retouch went south. Therefore, I really can’t say for sure the vitamins aren’t working.

I experienced a few breakouts on my face, but they weren’t excessive or too bad to handle. I was able to manage them effectively. The key to keeping the breakouts under control is drinking plenty of water.

Below is a picture of my starting point and my hair length before I decided to twist up my hair.

This journey is still in progress, I will let you know what my end results are. I will say this, my hair does look thicker in the pic on the right. Check back soon for more updates!

Peace and Blessings.


Product Review: LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer


I’ve been using the LA Girl Pro Concealer since it was introduced by others from the Youtube Beauty Community.  I have developed a relationship with my LA Girl Pro Concealer and I must say, she’s here to stay. I had to review this product and give my personal thoughts and insight on the product to let you know just what I think about the concealer and why I there will be a lasting relationship with the concealer.




What I like about the concealer

I love several different things about this concealer. 1.) The LA Girl Pro Conceal concealer has a great creamy consistency. It’s not drying and it’s not greasy. The good news about this product is you won’t have an ashy look, and it won’t (what I like to call) cook up on your skin giving you a shiny/oily appearance. It’s just right in regard to consistency. 2.) When applied correctly (using the right tools and setting powder), it won’t separate or crease. 3.) It’s super blendable and can be used to mask any blemishes or dark spots on my face.4.) Gives a light to full coverage look (it’s buildable).   5.) At the end of the day, it’s still intact from early morning application. I have combination skin, depending on the weather, my face can become extremely oily or extremely dry. 6.) SUPER AFFORDABLE. Who would have thought a product valued as low as $1.99 would be this great? The consistency of the concealer works well with both all skin types (oily, combination, dry).


What I don’t like about the concealer

There is one thing in particular that I don’t care for regarding this product. That one this is the applicator brush tip. The upside to the applicator is the overall ability to help you control the product, you will get the correct amount needed for application.  Despite this upside to the applicator, it takes forever for it to come to the top of the tube. I find myself having to squeeze hard enough to get it to come to the top of the applicator. I’m not sure if it’s due to a faulty tube or just me.

LA Girl Pro Conceal vs. MAC Pro long wear Concealer

Many have said that the LA Girl Pro Conceal is comparable to the MAC Pro long wear Concealer. I use the MAC Pro long wear Concealer just as much as I do the LA Girl Pro Conceal. Both offer amazing coverage. They both are great for covering blemishes and dark spots, both offer buildable  coverage, and  both dry matte. I was actually able to find a dupe for my Pro long wear with LA Girl Pro Conceal.  I use MAC Pro longwear in NC45 and my dupe in LA Pro Conceal is Toffee. However, even though there are some similarities, there are some differences. I have found that the Pro Longwear concealer stays put. Once it dries, it’s there to say until you wash it off. You have to hurry up and apply it to the skin, if it dries before you finish manipulating it you will have to reapply. Compared to the Pro Conceal the consistency and texture is different. Pro Longwear is more of a liquid consistency than the Pro Conceal which offers a creamy consistency.

How I Apply the Concealer

I apply the LA Girl Pro Conceal using the applicator brush tip on the areas necessary to give a fierce contour. After I apply the desired amount of product I use my elf stippling brush to blend the concealer out on to the face. I have used a makeup sponge in the past, but I have seriously become attached to my elf stippling brush. To finish the concealer I use a makeup sponge to apply my Ben Nye Banana Powder to set the concealer. 
My Final Thoughts on the LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer

The LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer has a permanent home in my personal makeup collection and my client makeup kit. I love that it’s easy to blend, easy to manipulate, perfect for all skin types and complexions, dries matte, covers my blemishes and dark spots, super affordable (fits all budgets) and the overall consistency and texture of the product is great. I was happy to find a dupe for my MAC Pro longwear concealer.  Everyone should have this product in their collection. You can purchase this product online or from your local beauty supply store. You can buy individual tubes, or you can purchase all shades (for my MUAs out there). What are you waiting for? If you don’t have it, GO GET IT!!