Sephora Haul

Sephora VIB Rouge August

Hey Lovers, 

Tis the season for Sephora discounts! Recently Sephora just had the VIB Rouge 20% off sale and a couple of weeks before they had their Friends & Family event where you received 20% off if a Sephora employee emailed you their code. Since I’m already Rouge for 2016 (praise God) I decided to keep it lowkey with purchases, until next year. Check out my picks!

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My cold weather skin regimen


Seriously, do not call PETA

Hey Lovers, 

The temperature here in NYC is dropping; quickly. It feels like Fall plans on being a Winter perpetrator. As someone who still suffers from occasional acne, my hot weather regimen is important.  As someone who also suffers from eczema, my cold weather regimen is even more important because my skin tends to flake and get really itchy. Below are my cold weather skin staples because we all need to be in tiptop shape for ‘cuffin season. 

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#NoBareLips30 Results

MAC Lipstick in Brave Red

MAC Lipstick in Brave Red

Hey Lovers,

As you may know, at the end of April I decided to take on the #NoBareLips30 challenge started by Keiko Kaveri. If you missed the details, check them out here.

If you remember my initial post, I was nervous about the challenge because of the way my lips are set up I thought bold colors during the day would look obscene on me. Before the challenge I treated lipstick like free cell phone minutes back in the day; only nights and weekends.   Continue reading

Sephora & Make Up Forever #WhatMakesYouBlush Event

MUFE & Sephora

Hey Lovers,

We’ve already discussed my not so recent obsession with all things beauty. Last week I attended a VIB Rouge event at the Make Up Forever Boutique in Union Square. For 750 Sephora points a friend and I got to enjoy bite sized snacks and cocktails.  We would then meet with Make Up Forever & Sephora’s best artists who would match us with the perfect Make Up Forever HD Blush for our skin tone and teach us the proper way to apply blush for our face shape. 

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In addition to our consultations we would be able to take home our perfect shade, for free! The free blush (and cocktails) are what got me to the event. What gave me life was, the moment when I saw this sign.


Getting fabulous things for the low low and makeup are two of my favorite things. Sephora & MUFE clearly knew what they were doing. Fill me with cocktails then drain my wallet. 


I had the pleasure of meeting Josh who teaches the Make Up Forever Pro classes. We first discussed my face shape, then he applied 2 blushes. He used one on the apples of my cheeks and another as a sort of contour. I decided to choose the one he used on the apples of my cheeks, 515 Tangerine. 

MUFE HD Blush MUFE HD Blush swatch Hey Josh!

Since I had been drankin’ and the 20% off sign kept calling me I decided to get a few products. I got a Mist & Fix setting spray and 3 lipsticks. It’s a miracle I didn’t get more. The cocktails and the fact I had gone to Happy Hour before the event really had me on one, no Mama Joyce. 

MUFE Lipsticks

If any of the lipsticks look familiar, it’s because I’ve already worn 2 of them for the #NoBareLips30 challenge. As if the night couldn’t get better, we got gift bags. Who doesn’t love a good gift bag? The gift bag contained a $10 Sephora gift card, a travel sized Make Up Forever translucent powder and a double ended Make Up Forever blush brush.

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Overall, it was a fabulous event. Who doesn’t want to get tipsy and save money?

$17.80 saved!

I want to thank my resident lunch buddy Nicole for accompanying me to the event. She was the voice of reason that I don’t have independently. Had I been alone, I would’ve spent more; way more.

Photo booth 

My good girlfriend Esta Fiesta went to the event also. We didn’t get to attend on the same day because the universe hates me. Check out her recap here.

Have you attended any VIB events? Have you attended any other makeup events recently? Comment below and let me know! 

#NoBareLips30 Challenge-Will you join me?

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Hey Lovers,

As you know I’ve been obsessed with all things beauty lately. The other day my good girlfriend Esta Fiesta over at tagged me asking if I would join her on a challenge. I couldn’t see the details immediately but my first thought was “Challenge? Sure, Brooklyn don’t budge.” Then I got the details; sigh. The challenge is a lipstick challenge.  Continue reading

Haul: The Balm on Haute Look

Hey Lovers, 

Last month The Balm was on Haute Look. If you’re not familiar with Haute Look, it’s a Nordstrom company that offers flash sales on everything from art, to furniture, to clothing and of course, makeup. The only complaint I have is, shipping takes like 40 days and 40 nights. All the items are discounted which is my favorite part. When The Balm pops up on Haute Look all the items are discounted 50%! To make sure the discount was accurate I visited a luxury Duane Reade to check (crazy I know). Check out the products I picked up. 



The Nude’tude eyeshadow palette (some say it rivals the Naked) Haute Look price $18.



Iris Night Face Cream $22.50.



Cabana Boy Blush $10.50. Instain Blush $11



Women’s empowderment brush $12



Balms Away eye makeup remover $10



Put a lid on it, eye primer, $9. No Money No Honey over shadow $7.50. 



Time Balm concealer in “After Dark” $9

What are your favorite products from The Balm? What are your favorite sample sale sites? Comment below and let me know! 


I forgot to add my favorite product originally!


Betty Lou Manizer $12 

Clarisonic Aria, love it or leave it?

Josie Maran LE

Hey Lovers,
I had been eyeing a Clarisonic since my sister bought the Clarisonic Plus a couple years ago. I decided I’d get a Clarisonic in 2014 so those dollars would be put towards being a VIB Rouge in 2015. I have a problem, I’m aware.
For some background, my battle with acne began when I was about 11 years old and my dark spots are war wounds. Thankfully as an adult, acne has ceased being the severe problem it once was. I can’t say the same about my dark spots; they don’t quit. What I’ve learned is that I need to avoid break outs at all costs since my dark spots seem to be committed once they appear. As a result of my perpetual dark spots and hyper pigmentation I wear makeup; daily. As you can imagine full time makeup wear isn’t always great for your skin.  Continue reading

Birthday Beauty Haul


Hello Lovers,

My birthday was earlier this month. I knew I wanted to get everything I had been eyeing from Sephora. In an attempt to behave like an adult I decided to refrain from all unnecessary makeup purchases until my birthday. Above is a picture of me rocking The Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Below is a video of all the things I got.

Have you picked up any new products lately? Comment below and let me know!