A New Skincare Routine from @PaulasChoice and @Prettyinmypoc

These products were sent to me for review from Paula’s Choice and Pretty In My Pocket. This post contains affilate links. 

When it comes to skincare you generally, cleanse, tone, exfoliate, treat, moisturize, and protect. Some steps are every day while others are as needed, but they all work together to hopefully give you the results you want. This is what you get with Paula’s Choice.

Paula’s Choice takes the guesswork out figuring out your regimen because they’ve already put what works well together in a kit for your skintype. You can even get a a FREE personal skincare consultation by calling 1-800-831-4088. Non-irritating and fragrance free, Paula’s Choice keeps you on track because who wants to use something every day if hurts to use it? Continue reading A New Skincare Routine from @PaulasChoice and @Prettyinmypoc

5 Reasons I Say F*** Emily’s Feelings From The Devil Wears Prada

Fuck Emily's Feelings

The Devil Wears Prada is one of my absolute favorite movies and this year it’s turning 10. Yes, the movie about the girl with the job a million girls would kill for has been out for a whole decade. So I thought I would break down my 5 reasons Andy(Anne Hathaway) shouldn’t give a damn about not skipping Paris to spare Emily’s feelings.

Cinematically, the moment Andy flings it all away at Place de la Concorde puts on a button on Andy’s growth and blah blah blah.  However, I still don’t like it. Andy should feel bad about Nigel(Stanley Tucci), but she shouldn’t care about Emily and here’s why.

Gird Your Loins Continue reading 5 Reasons I Say F*** Emily’s Feelings From The Devil Wears Prada

What’s Your Most Disappointing Product of 2015? #BuryMeMondays

What's Your Most Disappointing Product of 2015

Happy New Year!!! I hope you made it through the holidays and that the first few days of 2016 are treating you well. Today’s question is about your most disppointing product of 2015.

What beauty product fell short? Was it overhyped?  Was it a technological advancement that really wasn’t all that advanced? Was it something that wasn’t terrible, but just wasn’t right for you?

Maybelline Brow Drama Deep Brown

My pick is Maybelline Brow Drama. This wasn’t a bad product, but this wasn’t made for my sparse brows. A person with unruly brows or at least thick brows might get better use of this than me. So what was your most disappointing product of 2015? Leave me a comment or post your answer on Twitter using the hashtag #BuryMeMondays. 

What Should You Buy With Your @Sephora Gift Card?

What Should You Buy With Your Sephora Gift Card 1

You’ve begged. You’ve pleaded. You’ve dealt with everyone rolling their eyes, but you finally got it, a Sephora gift card. I know you heard the harps play and angels sing, but now the anxiety is setting in. You want to make this purchase count so what should you get? There are endless possibilities and perhaps some not-so endless funds so here are some suggestions in case you can’t ball out of control in Sephora after the holiday or anytime a gift card comes your way.


Elizabeth and James Rollerball From Sephora
photo: Sephora.com

Rollerballs are perfect when you want that expensive fragrance but don’t want to put $70, $80, or $100 on it. With many fragrances falling between $20-$30 you could pair it with another similarly priced item if you happened to receive a $50 gift card.


Beauty Blender
photo: Sephora.com

Often imitated but never duplicated is the Beauty Blender. If this has been on your mind then now’s the time to scoop one up. You may have a similar sponge but nothing compares to the original.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette
photo: Sephora.com

This one is a bit of a wish list item for me, but I think it would dope for you as well. I keep hearing good things about this palette. With a mix of mattes and shimmers you don’t have to worry about a sparkle explosion you may get from other neutral palettes.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - Cruella
photo: Sephora.com

I love these. It’s a matte lip without it feeling like it’s sucking your lips dry. My current faves are Cruella and Train Bleu but I don’t think you can go wrong with one of the others.

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask

This mask is great because it comes in a pod, 1.7 oz, and 3.4 oz size. Sometimes if I want to jumpstart the healing process on an eruption this gets the job done. It’s also one of cheaper the activated charcoal masks offered at Sephora.

So there are my suggestions. If you received a Sephora gift card(or two) this year what did you get?

What Should You Buy With Your Sephora Gift Card

#NoBareLips30 Are You In? #BuryMeMondays

NoBareLips Returns 2015-2016

What is #nobarelips30? It’s month long photo challenge for WOC to showcase their love of lip color and themselves. This challenge was created by @keikokaveri in 2013 and is in its 4th season. The challenge runs December  11, 2015 – January 16, 2016 but don’t feel like you’ve missed out since it’s already started. You can jump in anytime, no pressure. The full calendar and a detailed week 1 calendar is below. Be sure to follow @keikokaveri on InstagramFacebook, tumblrTwitter, and Pinterest to stay updated with challenge.  And let me know if you’re participating in the comments.

nobarelips30 full calendar
#NoBareLips30 Full Calendar (photo credit: keikokaveri)
Nobarelips30 week one
#nobarelips30 Week One Calendar

What Does Self-Care Look Like For You? #BuryMeMondays

What Does Self Care Look Like For You
photo credit: createHERstock

When it comes to self-care it’s easy to default to beauty rituals and since this is a beauty blog it’s probably even easier.  I want to put something else into the air about this though.

Beauty things kind of lift me up(surprise, surprise), but that’s not everyone. If that’s not you, have you investigated what helps you recharge your battery so you can keep doing what you need/want to do? What settles you? What helps you right the ship if you veer off course a bit?

If it’s a beauty thing, great, but if it’s not don’t feel wrong. What your spirit may be telling you is that getting your hair done is nice, but it’s not enough. So let me know what self-care looks like for you in the comments. Use the #burymemondays hashtag and tag me on Twitter and Instagram (@shantafabulous).

Save and Splurge: Vampy Lip Edition

I’m a woman who likes options or at least that’s what I tell myself when I pick up something that may or may not look similar to something I already own. So today I have a few swatches of some vampy lip options for you. One is on the high side while the others are budget friendly so hopefully you won’t feel left out if vampy lips are your lane and you haven’t tried these yet.

Vamp Lip Swatches

Wet N Wild – Vamp It Up ($1.99)

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer – Vamp ($4.59) 

NARS Cosmetics Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Train Bleu ($26)

When it comes to a dark lip what’s you’re go-to shade?

Bury Me In Red Lipstick is Turning 2! It’s A Celebration!

Bury Me In Red Lipstick turns 2 October 26 so I thought I’d mark the occasion with my first giveaway.

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Zip

Urban Decay’s Smoked Palette has 10 shades you can combine to create all kinds of looks. This palette comes with a mini Urban Decay Primer Potion and a full size 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Perversion. It also comes with a booklet to with detailed instructions to recreate some suggested smokey eye looks.

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Inside

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Back

Urban Decay Smoked Palette

This giveaway begins October 25th and ends November 1st. USA only and 18+ to enter. Winner has 24hrs from the time of email notification to confirm or be disqualified.

This product was purchased by me.

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Giveaway

TODAY! @Origins Launches Single Serve Mask Pods Exclusively at @Sephora

Today, Origins launches their fan-favorite masks in single serving pods exclusively at Sephora. They can be purchased for $4 individually or in a 6 pack sleeve for $24. I really like when brands make popular products in small sizes because they’re good for traveling and to try them out without the commitment. And with the holidays around the corner these little pods could be a cute gift for the skincare maven in your life.

Origins Launches Single Serve Mask Pods Available Exclusively at Sephora

I haven’t had the chance to try all these masks out, but I have tried the Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask and that mask is dope. Are any of these your faves? Will you be giving one try anytime soon?

These new pods are exclusive to Sephora.com and select Sephora locations nationwide beginning Friday, October 23


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