halloween tutorial: gold finger

If you know me, you probably know that my favorite color is gold so when I decided to do this feature, I knew I had to do a crazy gold look. Every time I think of my obsession with gold, the song goldfinger from james bond always comes into my head. Although this look doesn’t look exactly like the woman in goldfinger, it was certainly inspired by her.

products used:

nivea mens shave balm

milani conceal and perfect foundation – 02 natural

cover fx custom cover drops – moonlight

maybelline age rewind concealer – neutralizer

pat mcgrath highlighting stick – golden

pat mcgrath highlighting powder – golden

anastasia beverly hills glow kit – that glow

ofra liquid lipstick – fifth ave

jeffree star beauty killer palette

mac gigiblack mascara – black

lena lashes – bianca

duo clear lash glue

duo brush on lash glue

hobby lobby glitter & sequence

step 1: prime –  I applied nivea mens shave balm to smooth my skin and prolong my foundation wear

step 2: foundation – I mixed my milani foundation with the cover fx moonlight drops to create really glowy full coverage skin.

step 3: concealer – I used maybelline age rewind concealer to cover my dark circles and highlight my chin, cupids bow, bridge of nose, and center of forehead.

step 4: highlight – I applied pat mcgraths golden highlighting stick on the high points of my cheek and then put the powder golden highlight on top of it. Instead of using bronzer, I used ABH golden bronze on my cheeks. I then also fanned sunburst and dripping in gold on my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, cupids bow, and chin for an extra poppin’ highlight.


step 5: glitter explosion – I used a flat paint brush to paint duo clear lash glue onto my right eye area. I used my finger to pack a fine gold glitter on top of the glue before it dried.

step 6: sequence brow – I took each sequence and applied a little duo brush on lash glue on the back and pressed it on my brow until it was completely covered.

step 7: mascara – mac gigiblack mascara is my go to for darkening my lashes before falsies because it still looks natural enough to blend with lashes.

step 8: false lashes – I used lena lashes in bianca for this look. I like the duo brush on lash glue because it is so easy to apply it evenly on the lash band without a mess. I let it dry for  about 30 seconds before actually putting them on my eyes so that they are tacky enough. I press them against my real lashes with tweezers so that you can’t see a distinction line.

step 9: metallic lips – I applied ofra’s fifth ave liquid lipstick as the base for my golden lip. It wasn’t quite as pigmented as I wanted so I used my finger to pat on JS rich bitch on top.


step 10: glitter hairline – For an extra pop of gold I sprinkled a larger glitter all over my hairline.

here’s the completed look again:


I am providing pictures of some of the products so that you can find similar products and colors in your own collections! These are just the products I use but you can substitute in anything really and still look fierce. If any of you recreate these looks please tag me in them so I can see all your beautiful faces!! Ill be back tomorrow with another halloween look. Don’t forget to check back!

love & lipstick kisses💋

review: milani rose powder blush

Happy Thursday, loves! Today is our last day of the feature on Milani Cosmetics. Today we take a look at one of the most aesthetically pleasing makeup products I have ever seen. Milani’s rose blushes are so beautiful they are in almost every flat lay on instagram. I decided to let you all know whether the actual blush is as beautiful as its presentation.

prices range:

$6.97 at walmart.com

$7.99 at target.com

$7.99 at drugstore.com

$8.49 at walgreens.com

$8.99 at milanicosmetics.com

There are 8 shades in the permanent rose blush range and 3 in the limited edition range. I purchased 3 of the permanent rose blush shades.

I find that these blushes are very different from the baked blushes by milani. These are also creamy but have a powdery fall out when you tap your blush in the pan. This often happens with products that are super pigmented, which these blushes are.

I love them, they come in beautiful shades and have great color payoff. But I would suggest that they be applied with a very fluffy blush and you tap off any excess before putting the brush to your skin because it is VERY easy to apply too much and once you put on too much its difficult to blend out to a nice look. I would suggest going in with very light layers to build up to the color you desire.

& that wraps up our feature of Milani Cosmetics! Overall everything Ive tried from the Milani line has been incredible especially for a drugstore line that is very reasonably priced. If you want me to test out any more Milani products let me know what you would like to see or what you love from the range!

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to you monday, loves.

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review: milani conceal & perfect foundation

Happy Wednesday, loves! We are continuing our feature of Milani Cosmetics with a look at their latest sensation blowing up the beauty world. The new Milani Conceal and Perfect Foundation has been all the rave on the beauty blogging circuit as the foundation with perfect coverage that works as concealer as well. So with all the hype, I (the foundation cynic) decided to put it to the test!

prices range:

$8.52 at walmart.com

$9.99 at cvs.com

$9.99 at milanicosmetics.com

$9.99 at walgreens.com

I have owned the shade 02 natural (there are 14 shades in total) for a couple of months and been testing it out for quite a while. I had to get pretty tan for this shade to not look incredibly orange on me. I definitely would be more on the 01 creamy vanilla shade if that had been available. One of my favorite things about this foundation is the undertone. It is more on the neutral side than most other drugstore foundation I’ve used. I always find that the lighter shades are super pink and even though I am pretty fair I am yellow-neutral undertoned.

I really enjoy the coverage of this foundation. Anytime I have redness or imperfections I think this foundation makes my skin look better than most in my unreasonably large collection. I still have to use under eye concealer because I find that my face lacks dimension and feels really flat without highlighting the under eye area. However, I don’t have to add extra concealer to any blemishes or discoloration.

This foundation is one of the longest wear foundations on my skin. I have a really hard time finding a foundation that lasts on me even though my skin produces practically no oil. I love the natural finish it gives because often full coverage foundations have a matte finish which doesn’t suit my dry skin. The foundation is also very easy to layer and build up coverage without looking cakey or bunching up.

This is definitely in the top 5 foundations Ive tried from the drugstore. I love the glass bottle with a pump that keeps everything sanitary and stops you from wasting product. If you are on the hunt for a budget friendly medium-full coverage foundation, check out the Milani Conceal and Perfect!

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to you tomorrow with the last review of our Milani feature, loves.
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review: milani bella eyes gel powder eyeshadow

Happy Tuesday, loves! Today we continue our look at Milani Cosmetics with their Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow. There are 31 shades of the formula ranging from creamy nudes to smoky greys.

prices range:

$3.77 at walmart.com

$3.99 at drugstore.com

$4.19 at walgreens.com

$4.69 at cvs.com

$4.99 at milanicosmetics.com

I purchased the six shades that were available in the walgreens that I found milani products. I was only able to find the neutral shades. I’ve been testing the shadows for a couple of months and actually really enjoy them. They are some of my favorite drugstore shadows.

The shadows feel creamy to the touch and smooth on the lids. Because they have that sort of soft texture, I prefer to apply them with my fingers. You definitely get the best color payoff by packing them on the lid with a finger.

These were my favorite shadows when I was going to class because they are effortless to apply. I think they are some of the most hassle free shadows I own. These shadows (at least in the colors I own) are perfect for a light airy look. One of my favorite ways to wear it was a really bronzy look on the face with bella champagne kind of messily smeared on the lids. My least favorite of the bunch is bella chiffon because it is a little more chalky than the others and just looks powdery.

I think these shadows are incredibly creamy and beautiful on the lids. I still find that I like them mostly for my lighter looks and reach more for Makeup Geek shadows on my daily glam basis. But for the bargain you can’t find another shadow at this quality in the drugstore!!

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to you tomorrow with another new milani review, loves.
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review: milani baked blush

Hey loves! Happy Monday! This week I will be doing a review monday-thursday featuring Milani Cosmetics products. Milani was one of the first brands (especially drugstore) that catered to women of color. The fact that Milani provides for women of all ethnicities and shades was a huge attraction to me because working in the industry made me realize how few options there really are for any woman of color. Now Milani has expanded and become a beloved drugstore brand.

Today we start by taking a look at maybe the most hyped up Milani product over the years, the milani baked blush. The baked blush comes in 9 shades and I was able to pick up 3 of them. I purchased rose d’oro, berry amore, and luminoso.

prices range:

$6.97 at walmart.com

$7.29 at target.com

$7.49 at drugstore.com

$8.29 at walgreens.com

$8.49 at milanicosmetics.com

When I first went searching for the milani products, I had my sights set on luminoso. Luminoso is one of the most famous drugstore products on the market because it is said to be a nearly perfect dupe for the cult favorite Nars Orgasm blush.

Ive been on a crazy cheek kick lately where all I want to buy is cheek products. Ive been trying these blushes for a couple of months and I absolutely love them. The blushes are creamy and have the perfect amount of microshimmer to create a nice glow without looking glittery. One of my favorite things about the blush is that it isnt crazy pigmented. It is the perfect blush for every level of makeup user. With a light swipe you have a perfect natural flush but people who prefer a more dramatic look can get a more pigmented look.

My favorite color by far is luminoso. I think it is the perfect shade for a ton of different skintones especially during summer. I like to keep my blushes on the orangy/coral side during summer and more rosy/berry during the fall and winter months. So I will definitely get more use out of the other colors later in the year.

I definitely think these  blushes are incredible and similar to most high end blushes for a much more reasonable price. If you are looking for a new blush and were wondering which to give a shot, I suggest considering the milani baked blushes!

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Thanks for all the love & support. Ill be back tomorrow with another milani review, loves!

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