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My No-Makeup Makeup Look Using Make Up For Ever’s Matte Velvet Skin Foundation

You guys know I love a good beat, and as much as I love to flex my makeup artist friends’ skills, I can never remake the lessons they teach me. As a result, I usually end up flossing an everyday no-makeup look with a popping lip and that’s perfectly fine with me.

Having dry skin has always been my struggle, so I need the extra boost of moisture before wearing a long-lasting foundation that takes me through the day. That’s why before I do anything,I apply my Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster serum from Sephora inside JCPenney

After that, I prime. Ladies, you need primer to make sure you have a solid and even canvas to apply your makeup. My choice of primer is the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer, also found atSephora inside JCPenney. Apply a small dime-sized amount to your skin, spreading evenly until you feel nourished and covered. Let this set for a few minutes before you apply your foundation.

A quick tip: Your foundation looks so much better when you use a foundation brush! Make Up ForEver has an amazing foundation brush, the Artisan Brush #108, that is my go-to for applying my foundation.

Using this foundation brush not only helps me apply my makeup smoothly,but also helps me stretch my foundation, so that I don’t have to over apply … because nothing’s worse than a cake face (wearing too much foundation).

Now let’s talk about the foundation: The Matte Velvet Skin Foundation, which is a 24-hour full coverage foundation might I add!

I’ve always been afraid of full-coverage makeup, I always thought that it would be too heavy on my skin. That is, until I tried this foundation from Sephora inside JCPenney. This foundation is one-of-a-kind. It has a Flex-Fit Complex that allows the foundation to breath and bend with your skin … aka, no makeup creases, no flaking, or no fading! The best part is, it’s available in 40 shades,which means that I was able to find the perfect match to my melanin poppin’ skin! This foundation is perfect for ladies on the go because it is long-lasting and has a 24-hour holding power; but it’s still nourishing enough to not dry out your skin.

Guess what girls … I’m giving away a MAKE UP FOREVER Foundation Brush and Primer to one lucky winner! Head over to Instagram Page (linked here) to enter the giveaway.

This post was written in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney. #SephoraInJCP #NewGenerationMatte

Sephora Inside JCPenney Must-Have Valentine’s Day Fragrances

I’ve never been a big Valentine’s Day girl –not a big chocolate fan, I hate roses, and I prefer to be showered in love every day of the year versus one day of the year. But one thing I do love is to be pampered and thought of, immensely. If you know me, you know I’m a bit of a fragrance snob, and I love falling in love with new scents.

Cute story, my grandmother always told me that a woman should never buy her own perfume; instead it should be given to her by someone who loves her and wants to be close enough to smell her aura. I really hold that philosophy to heart, and ever since I learned that life lesson, I’ve never purchased another bottle of perfume for myself again. I either purchase for others, or wait for someone to purchase for me. This year Valentine’s Day came early …

Sephora inside JCPenney has won me over with their elaborate selections of designer fragrances. It’s the perfect spin on Valentine’s Day gifts. This year I ditched the expensive chocolates, flowers, and teddy bears and grabbed a few fragrances that were a little more practical and function for my busy lifestyle.

The best part –YSL’s Black Opium, Versace Bright Crystal, and Philosophy’s Amazing Grace Ballet Rose are all perfect for transitioning into spring weather, and they come in rollerballs (which is perfect for travel!)

Not only are these babies a MUCH better gift option, you won’t find yourself wandering the aisles on picked-over cliché gifts; instead you can have a little ease knowing your last-minute shopping experience at Sephora inside JCPenney will be a breeze.

And if you’re still reading … I have a huge surprise: Y OU have a chance to win a $100 Sephora inside JCPenney Giftcard! I’m hosting a giveaway in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney on my Instagram page … so follow me HERE

Now you, too, can discover how practical finding essential skin and beauty products can be at your own local Sephora inside JCPenney!

To enter the giveaway simply: FOLLOW my Instagram page, tag 3 friends, and comment under the giveaway post sharing your favorite fragrance that Sephora inside JCPenney carries! Winner will be announced February 9, 2018.

*This blog post is in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #SephoraInJCP

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts with Sephora inside JCPenney

Christmas is just two days away, people! With all of my wedding planning going on, I’ve completely lost focus and have fallen behind on Christmas shopping. The other day I was in JCPenney grabbing a few last-minute things and wandered right into Sephora inside JCPenney … talk about convenient. While stocking up on some of my favorite beauty items, I noticed they had super affordable last minute gifts that came in handy for some of the beauty lovers on my shopping list!

Triece, my sister, is a huge fan of fragrance and she never buys it for herself. This means that she waits ‘til Christmas and expects for someone to gift her a new perfume every year. Sephora inside JCPenney happen to have the new Dior “Miss Dior The New Eau de Parfum” … and I can’t wait to surprise her with it. The scent is so fresh and airy, perfect for every day wear! 

Next on my list was MYSELF. Haha, yes, it’s okay to gift yourself for Christmas. Call me selfish but, with my wedding being a few days away, my skin needed an emergency treatment. Which is why I scooped First Aid Beauty’s Mask Diaries. This gift set includes the hydrator Ultra Repair Cream, a redness reducing Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask, brightening Facial Radiance Intensive Peel, and the 5-in-1 Bouncy Mask. Realistically … this gift could have easily gone to someone else but, I couldn’t resist treating myself this holiday season!

If you’re anything like me, then you understand I’m probably an over achiever. This means anytime I holiday shop I like to buy a gift that anyone can use. Ole Henriksen’s Glow Away With Me is one of those perfect “extra” gifts that anyone can be gifted and can use. So, it’s perfect for that house guest who pops up when you were least expecting company. The cleaning cloths really come in handy for the beauty maven on the go. Plus it’s rich moisturizer is compact and cute making rich skin possible even on the go! So, honey this is a must on your last-minute shopping list, and it’s only $12!

 

This post was written in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney. #SephoraInJCP #SoWorthIt

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