Makeup for your Teeth? Pink, Platinum, + Yellow?? I’m Cringing.


Because you don’t have rapper money and there’s a party tonight.

I am always one to say that makeup is fun in all forms. Changing up your look for a few hours is part of the self expressive nature of cosmetics. Getting a little weird with your makeup is always welcome. I, myself have green, blue, and neon lipsticks, frosty-funky color highlighter, and I have been itching to bleach my brows. Just for fun. But how weird is too weird? How far is too far in the realms of eccentric makeup?

Meet Chrom

Creators of temporary tooth polish. Like nail polish but for your teeth. YOUR TEETH!!!

“CHRŌM is a tooth polish, just like nail polish, that can be applied and removed in a matter of seconds, and lasts for up to 24 hours at a time. It doesn’t smudge when you're eating and has no taste” (source)


Need to know: 14 colors, $18
Avaiable at
Shop here


The colors

Ok. As Americans, we have a pretty basic standard for what teeth should look like. Our ideal is bright, white, straight, and clean teeth. (Lord, doesn’t that say so much, but I digress). So the Chrom tooth polish that makes the most sense to me is the “Pearly White” shade. Maybe you’ve been drinking too much coffee lately and it’s showing on your teeth. You have an event to attend and want brilliant white teeth to make your smile just that much more beautiful. But, with Chrom, you have the option of making your smile sparkle with glitter, with green teeth, and, yes, YELLOW.


This color is Glitterati Chrom. 1 of their 3 glittery shades. Can’t lie, I love glitter and this looks like something I’d give a try to. Maybe. While your teeth look brighter, they also look kind of dirty. But still not too bad.


Ok I almost bought Glitterati Party because this is just freaking cute.


No. No, sorry, Just no. Glitterati Gold looks like you ain’t brushed your teeth in 7 months. I almost called a lawyer to bring a lawsuit for causing me trauma and making my spine cringe!


Chrom toothpolish in Baby Blue and in Mint gave me some positive feels all over again. This is very appropriate for music festivals, laser shows, raves (are they still a thing), basically any party where there is a girl with a hula hoop, pigtails with yarn, and gemstones on her face.

But then this color happened.


24 Karat Toothpolish is cancelled. It looks like she caked Hot Cheetos on to her bottom teeth. It looks like her teeth have been replaced with Cheez-Its. It looks like the concept of a toothbrush had never been introduced. It looks so crazy, it changed history! Oy vey. Ay Dios. No puedo.


I’m weak.

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And here we have Chrom tooth polish in Sunshine. Right.

When I was a kid, I remember my friends and I pressing silver gum wrappers on to our teeth and pretending we were rappers, singing lyrics no 9 year old should sing. I don’t know about other play grounds around the country, but on 104th between 2nd + 3rd Ave in NYC, that’s what we did. I remember we would also take the brown wrappers off a Reese’s peanut butter cup and wrap them around our teeth and pretend we were hillbillies.


Chrom Tooth Polish is just an extension of that. Playing pretend. Dressing up. Having fun. So I joke about how crazy some of the colors look, but in the end, it is just makeup.

Is it fashion or is it Corny?


Spring Came Early + Brought a Delicious Looking LUXE Cheek palette With It! We’re Screaming!!


Natasha Denona is bringing our cheeks back to life with this cream + powder cheek quad.

Why bother listening to a superstitious. groundhog to tell you that Spring is just around the when Natasha Denona just confirmed it! This week she released the latest in her ultra-delicious cheek collection.

Meet the Bloom blush + GLow Palette


Natasha Denona is a makeup artist whose career dates back to the mid 90s.

Ready for your cheek bones to be turned all the way up?


“- Glow Cream Base in Peach (natural peach)

- Cream Blush in Fuchsia (deep cherry red with a subtle bronze shine)

- Glow Extreme in Light Rose (nude champagne)

- Duo Glow in Vibrant, Golden Coral (vibrant coral with golden champagne)”

Shade descriptions from here

Is that red calling anyone else?!?!


One of my favorite things about cream blush is the multiple functions of it. As well as dolling up your cheeks you can apply it to your lips!

The powder highlight has so much dimension!!

If you fawn over Natasha Denona products, you see how her cheek colors are never flat. Never one note. As her models turn their head, you see all of the gorgeous colors lighting up their faces.

The shades and tones are flattering on a spectrum of different skin tones!


I’m dusting off my Spring favorites and adding this new beauty to my collection!


Available at:, Sephora, and Beautylish!

FInd out how you have every makeup product you want right now and pay later here

Flexible Payment Plans On Makeup

Thank you, Glow Goddesses

New Brand Alert! Spktrm Beauty Launches with Foundation in 50 Shades!


Because “Current Beauty Standards not Inclusive.”

The beauty industry is changing it’s face. Many brands preach inclusivity and tote the label of diversity. However, a quick scroll through their social media and just a glance at the shade ranges of their complexion products will prove otherwise. Diversity has become a buzzword in the beauty community as of late. But most of those brands are frontin’. Spktrm Beauty is not. Finally, we’ve come across a brand that rises to the challenge of fully embracing beauty in all forms.

Meet Spktrm Beauty


Spktrm Beauty is redefining what beauty can be.

In a campaign video showcasing what Spktrm Beauty’s vision of inclusive beauty is, there were models ranging in race, age, gender, body shape, hair texture, each model had their own style of makeup, style of dress. All of them were real. You could imagine passing them on the street. And that was beautiful. One model stated, “When we fail to show the full extent of the human experience we’re saying that these experiences don’t hold any value and worth” (source). This is the core as to why representation matters.

We have been sold beauty standards through the eyes of what appeals to the white male gaze and it has shaped the beauty industry for far too long. It takes brands like Spktrm Beauty to dismantle and reshape what we see as beautiful. And they are doing just that!

Spktrm Beauty is the very first company to ban retouching models in their ad campaigns.

Don’t talk about it. Be about it. This is a brave step in the beauty industry and a brave step by these models. It is true that the younger generations yearn for inclusivity but they are the same generations that chase people off of Twitter with cyber bullying. Comments sections on videos and social media posts can be so savage.


We have gotten so used to retouched images that erase the fact that models are humans with weird birthmarks, scars, cellulite, or uneven lips. When people see the ‘flaws’ on models, they sometimes react with verbal violence because it is a reminder of their own flaws and insecurities. A reminder of these aspects of themselves that they have never been able to see as beautiful. So for a brand to tell them that they are. it challenges what they believe and are not always ready to accept.

Retouching has become so ingrained in our culture and contributed to desire for perfection that on our personal Instagrams, we edit photos of ourselves! Facetune is like a right of passage for every beauty blogger. It takes time to see yourself as beautiful. Spktrm Beauty tells us that we just are.


They are launching with a foundation!

Meet Happyface Foundation!


I reached out the the Spktrm Beauty team for more info on their product. The foundation is a “sheer-medium buildable coverage.”

The Big Claim: A foundation that nourishes the skin with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and marula oil!

Need to know: $35, picking a shade may be a little tricky because there aren’t shade descriptions just yet.
Available at
Shop here

And it’s available in 50 shades!!!


Want to see your name in a product, who doesn’t right?

Spktrm Beauty will be naming each foundation shade after the first person who buys the shade!!! That’s awesome!

Let’s keep our eyes on Spktrm Beauty to see them grow and so that we can learn to embrace the beauty of ourselves! And let’s encourage more brands to follow suit!

How do you Embrace Your Beauty?

The hottest Concealer could now be the hottest Foundation and we’re so ready for it


Shape Tape Becomes Face Tape

Tarte has done it! Shape Tape Concealer has dominated the beautysphere for a long time now. It is Ulta’s Best Selling concealer. Will the foundation version of the full coverage concealer be in your next monthly favorites?

Meet Face Tape Foundation


Tarte hasn’t announced the release date just yet but follow us on our Instagram, @meetpepperb and we’ll keep you updated.

“Coming soon to ‪‬ & [Ulta] 💜” source

It comes in 50 SHADES!!!

Do you remember when Tarte first tried to launch a Shape Tape-esque foundation about a year ago. The Shape Tape foundation was not the success many of us thought it might be. The original release included a dewy foundation and a matte foundation of the same name. But each formulation was only available in 12 or so shades.


Because the shade range was so far from inclusive, a few big name beauty influencers announced they would not be reviewing the product specifically because of the, well, joke of the shade range that was available. It surely wasn’t the only reason this foundation didn’t maintain interest like the concealer, but it was a big factor.

But that was then and this is now!


The Big Claim: “longwearing, full-coverage vegan foundation mattifies, hydrates & brightens your appearance … transfer-proof, waterproof & sweatproof” source

Raise your Hand If you can’t wait to add this to your cart!

Beauty Horoscope: Aquarius 2019

 Aquarius ( Jan. 21 - Feb. 20)

Aquarius, your time to step out on stage has come. Of course, you’re ready for it. You have a driven heart and a plan of attack. As an air sign, your indifferent personality doesn’t always allow those around you to believe that you are the paper chaser, dream maker, career builder, that you are! You make moves in silence so when they see you succeed, they’re even more shook. Don’t forget that you can share your passions with those around. You can get excited and reveal your real feelings. The Power Lip is your new go to this season. Minimal face, strong brows, and a lip color that will make them beg you to unleash you. Skip mascara while you’re at it. Red is the classic power color but it’s time for a new classic. Choose a lip color that evokes your soul. You are a force.

The Look: The Power Lip


Sephora Collection   Rubber Mask
Olehenriksen   Glow2OH™ Dark Spot Toner

Glow2OH™ Dark Spot Toner

Burt’s Bees   Hydrating Stick with Aloe Water

Burt’s Bees
Hydrating Stick with Aloe Water

Kate Somerville   Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment

Kate Somerville
Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment

Milk Makeup   Cooling Water Eye Patches

Milk Makeup
Cooling Water Eye Patches

Physicians Formula   Vitamin C Brightening Facial Oil Stick

Physicians Formula
Vitamin C Brightening Facial Oil Stick


KKW Fragrance   Crystal Gardenia Eau de Parfum

KKW Fragrance
Crystal Gardenia Eau de Parfum


Natasha Denona   Eyeshadow Palette 5

Natasha Denona
Eyeshadow Palette 5

Catrice   Prime and Fine Aqua Fresh Hydro Primer

Prime and Fine Aqua Fresh Hydro Primer

Tarte   Seaglass Liquid Eyeshadow

Seaglass Liquid Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever   Ultra HD Invisible Cover Cream Blush Palette

Make Up For Ever
Ultra HD Invisible Cover Cream Blush Palette

L.A. GIRL   Shockwave Eyeliner

Shockwave Eyeliner

Kaja   Roller Glow Roll-On Highlighting Balm

Roller Glow Roll-On Highlighting Balm

Pro Artist’s Pick

“Whether you are looking for a pop behind your glasses, or just don’t feel like putting yourself together -but want to be put together- these items can be incorporated into your look, along with your complexion, to give you more of a sophisticated and undone look.” - Pepper B.

The Lip Bar   Liquid Matte Lipstick in Bawse Lady

The Lip Bar
Liquid Matte Lipstick in Bawse Lady

MAC   Eye Brows Styler Pencil

Eye Brows Styler Pencil

Anastasia Beverly Hills    Clear Brow Gel
NARS   Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner


“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” ― Oprah Winfrey

Nails: Jelly

Art For Aquarius

Submersion Art Print   by ByYaw

Submersion Art Print by ByYaw

Salty Hand Lettering Calligraphy Art Print by   Lyman Creative Co.

Salty Hand Lettering Calligraphy Art Print by Lyman Creative Co.

Romantic Moon by GEN Z Art Print by   Gen-Z

Romantic Moon by GEN Z Art Print by Gen-Z

Last Year’s Aquarius


Info on zodiac from here
All photos are credited to original source.

Monthly B. Scopes: January 2019

Here are your monthly beauty horoscopes with a special shout out to our Aquarius baes who shine bright this season season!



Jouer Cosmetics   Bouquet D'Amour Six Shade Blush Palette

Jouer Cosmetics
Bouquet D'Amour Six Shade Blush Palette

Pacifica   Liquid Cover Full Coverage Lasting Concealer

Liquid Cover Full Coverage Lasting Concealer

The Ordinary   AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

The Ordinary
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution


Young Nails   Caption Nail Polish

Young Nails
Caption Nail Polish

Sephora Collection   Melting Shower Jelly

Sephora Collection
Melting Shower Jelly

Kiehl’s   Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate

Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate


This Works   Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

This Works
Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Rincon   Heartbreaker Pro Eyeshadow Palette

Heartbreaker Pro Eyeshadow Palette

Korres   Vanilla Freesia Lychee

Vanilla Freesia Lychee


First Aid Beauty   Facial Radiance Pads

First Aid Beauty
Facial Radiance Pads

Soap & Glory   Call of Fruity No Woman No Dry Body Butter

Soap & Glory
Call of Fruity No Woman No Dry Body Butter

Sugarpill   Love Plus Eyeshadow

Love Plus Eyeshadow


J.Cat Beauty   Liptonix Extreme Shimmer Topper

J.Cat Beauty
Liptonix Extreme Shimmer Topper

Marvis   Jasmin Mint Toothpaste

Jasmin Mint Toothpaste

Kokie Cosmetics   HD Setting Powder

Kokie Cosmetics
HD Setting Powder


Surratt Beauty   Artistique Brush Duo Applicator

Surratt Beauty
Artistique Brush Duo Applicator

Dearpacker   Black Ginseng Gold Mask

Black Ginseng Gold Mask

Redken   Shape Factor 22 Sculpting Cream Paste

Shape Factor 22 Sculpting Cream Paste


Dr. Jart+   Ceramidin™ Liquid

Dr. Jart+
Ceramidin™ Liquid

R+CO   Vicious Strong Hold Flexible Hairspray

Vicious Strong Hold Flexible Hairspray

Londontown   Kur 2-in-1 Hand and Nail Serum

Kur 2-in-1 Hand and Nail Serum


Urban Decay    Brow Endowed

Urban Decay
Brow Endowed

Cathy Doll   Rose Me Cleansing Cushion

Cathy Doll
Rose Me Cleansing Cushion

Stackedskincare   EGF Activating Serum

EGF Activating Serum


Truly Organic   Body Star Perfecting Cream

Truly Organic
Body Star Perfecting Cream

Gerard Cosmetics   Star Powder

Gerard Cosmetics
Star Powder

Charlotte Tilbury   Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury
Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick


Kate Somerville   Retinol Firming Eye Cream

Kate Somerville
Retinol Firming Eye Cream

NARS   Mosaic Multi-Shade Highlighter & Blush

Mosaic Multi-Shade Highlighter & Blush

Dermalogica   Dynamic Skin Recovery Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Dynamic Skin Recovery Broad Spectrum SPF 50









Amika   Reset Exfoliating Jelly Shampoo

Reset Exfoliating Jelly Shampoo

Sun Bum   CocoBalm

Sun Bum

TheBalm   SCUBA™ Water-Resistant Black Mascara

SCUBA™ Water-Resistant Black Mascara

All photos are credited or sourced

New Pinterest tool lets you add skin color to your search results


Por fin.

Admit it. You’re single and have a secret Pinterest board full of rustic-twinkle light aesthetic that is exactly what you’d want for your dream wedding. Yeah, same. I love scrolling through recipes and beauty looks but, like many media outlets, Pinterest has makes the seeing the representation of people of color like, well, finding a black model on Pinterest. Nearly impossible.


I’m just gonna say it.

Pinterest has been a ‘hail to the size 4 boho white girl whose hair flows long and blonde with summer tanned skin.” In every category. On every mood board. At all times. That is a really tough thing for some people to hear and, the thing is, I’m ok with that. It should make you uncomfortable when you realize that your favorite app to scroll through doesn’t celebrate all people.

What keeps all of us on Pinterest is the fact that it is women celebrating each other.

(And all the organizational tips, right? #virgo4lyfe)


How many times have you shown your hair stylist screenshots of the perfect highlights you saw on Pinterest.

For many of us WOC, seeing how those highlights or that eye shadow color might look with our skin color took a carpal tunnel educing amount of time to find. If you did not explicitly type ‘hair style’ followed by ‘black woman, asian woman, woc,” chances are that you scrolled and scrolled and scrolled and still didn’t find someone with a complexion similar to your own.

I have literally typed in my foundation or concealer shade in order to find women who look like me.


Pinterest did an update this week that POC have been asking for for a long time now.

Look at these tweets as your receipts:


I’ve had this exact conversation with my own sister. We were trying to find some Puerto Rican recipes for the holidays that weren’t created by someone went to La Isla Del Encanto and pinned their watered down version of sancocho.


Search by skin color

After you have entered your search, Pinterest has had a row of suggestions to help narrow your search. Now, por fin, finally, the new feature lets you add a skin color. They have added 4 color wheels to choose from. Pick the color wheel that most closely represents the skin color you are looking for. Here I searched ‘glowy makeup.” As you can see, the default result images are of lighter skinned women.


The row of suggestions still includes the option to add, for example, “Dark Skin,” and “Black Girl” to your search like it did before.

Pinterest is an homage to white girls with blonde hair.

Just look at this search of pretty hairstyle from this morning. Pretty hair according to Pinterest is naturally straighter and on a white woman.


But hopefully this new feature will help up us who don’t fit that mold get some inspo too.


This new feature isn’t all the way there yet. Not all searches include the option to add a skin tone to it. I looked up ‘purple smokey eye’ and the color wheels did not pop up. Instead it was the original way you had to search: waiting for the exclusionary results to then add who you are really looking for.


Why does all of this even matter?

Pinterests search results reinforced our societal flaw that we understand beauty as being in one form. It emphasized that ‘white, thin; blonde’ is the default for beauty. You could argue that that hasn’t changed because you still need to add a skin color instead of there being a natural mix of different women in the search results. I agree. White woman is still the Pinterest default setting. However, adding the 4 color wheels is a step in the right direction.


As a beauty editor, I try to be conscious of the beauty shots I choose to share. Pinterest is one of my most frequented sights when it comes to searching for a specific beauty look. Especially when I draft B. Scopes;’s beauty horoscopes. I spend a lot of time trying to find WOC: east and south asian, black, latina. All of us. Women and men with all skin tones but I do my best to focus on medium to darker skin tones. Even after I have chosen “The Look” for the horoscope, If I’m not finding models of different skin colors, I abandon that look and find something new. Even if I REALLY wanted to use that look.

I do this because it would be so very easy to just pick 10 pictures of pretty light skinned women.

Easy because we have been conditioned to recognize beauty through a eurocentric gaze. I refuse to be a partner in encouraging that one standard of beauty. I don’t always get it right. I’ve checked my work and I want more diversity.

I think this is a major improvement to Pinterest but I do hope to eventually see a more a organically diverse search result.

beauty is in All of Us.


NEW BRAND ALERT!: Subtl Beauty


Meet Sublt Beauty.

If you are just taking the crosstown bus or boarding a cross country flight, this product should be on your radar.

Subtl Beauty


At a glance, my first thought was: How are you fitting a whole face in the palm of your hand?!?

Subtl Beauty has eliminated your need for an over sized makeup bag to put in your over sized purse without neglecting your desire to feel and look pretty.


Meet Rachel, founder and CEO of Subtl Beauty.


“I’m not an aspiring #MUA #Influencer or #trendsetter. I’m a woman with career goals, family responsibilities, a social life, and a very real need for portability in my beauty products...This is how the idea of Subtl Beauty came to be. I developed the Subtl Beauty stack to be compact enough to fit in my clutch for my sleepovers, but also big enough to hold full-size products for travel and daily use.” (source)

Rachel is all of us. Sublt Beauty is relatable.


Basics for a face that says, “I’m here!” or, “Where is my coffee, Josh?” or “Brunch is on me!!!”


It is the age of growing beauty brand inclusivity. More brands are pushing themselves to create shades other than medium to dark white girl. It is a mix of the frenzy that sparked from Fenty Beauty jumping off with 40 foundation shades combined with braver influencers being more vocal about not using or promoting brands that have PITIFUL shades ranges.


While there are only 5 shades of concealer available from this brand, I don’t want you to take that as vote against them. Let’s be real, Fenty launched 40 shades because regardless if the products sucked, everyone was going to buy and try them because, one word, Rihanna. They could risk investing all that shade development money. Subtl Beauty literally had a kickstarter campaign to get support. I think this is one of those brands we will find in Target in just a few years if we support just another working woman who had a vision to give other women something the market wasn’t offering them.

Subtl Beauty created a chart to help you find your shade! If we have a similar complexion, I think medium might work for us with a sheered out application! I used the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer in shade Warm Beige. The chart lists the shade Honey as a match for their medium shade. Honey is three shades deeper than my Too Faced shade and described as ‘tan neutral.’ (source)


I’m a huge fan of beauty influencer, Jackie Aina. Like many of us, I’ve watched her apply her concealer a 1000 times. She often uses Nars concealer shade ‘amande’ which is listed as a shade match for Subtl Beauty’s dark concealer. She describes her complexion as dark and often acknowledges that brands tend to stop their complexion shade range right around her skin tone. Unfortunately neglecting an entire group of women ready to make beauty purchases if only they were available to them. If you are deeper than Jackie, you may not have a concealer from Subtl Beauty just yet. I will also say that their Instagram could use a huge serving of diversity not just for the sake of diversity but because anything less is just unacceptable.


Subtl Beauty also has a cute brush available!!


Sublt Beauty basically looked at my makeup bag and was like, “biiiiitch, that is unacceptable! LESS!”


The smooth clean lines and minimalist look of Subtl Beauty will make you look at your own makeup bag and feel like a hoarder.

Here are my essentials for my basic go to makeup look. Stacked, because why not. This excludes mascara, brow gel, and all the cotton swabs I carry to edit my work. plus the two full sized makeup brushes I need to get all of this on my face.

Subtl Beauty gives me that Milk Makeup minimalist feel without all the bulk. While Milk Make up has that ‘so chic, too cool’ vibe, Sublt Beauty has that “CEO + confident in my looks” feeling.

I think the stackable makeup is accessible for makeup wearers at all skill + interest levels. If you are just trying to look + feel better at a morning meeting or on a coffee date, this is perfect to just keep in your bag. You can get ready in your Uber on your way to catch up with some friends, too. Business, casual, date, party. In your small purse!

Simple. Subtl. Beauty.

Is Powder Foundation Making A Comeback?


Will this old school rap be a new school hit?

Have you felt it too? There are changes happening in trends lately. Recent product launches + the looks that have come down the runway are hinting that what has reigned for the past few years may be phasing out.

Brands have been extending their popular foundations ranges to include a powder formulation.

Both Estee Lauder and Maybelline have released powder foundations this year!


Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Powder Foundation

Need to know: 12 shades, $11.99, matte finish
Avaiable at Ulta
Shop here


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation

Need to know: 41 shades. $42
Avaiable at Sephora
Shop here

Other brands like Kat Von D have reformulated + repackaged their original powder foundations.

This STUNNING GOTHIC beauty lauches 1/25!!!


Kat Von D Lock-it Powder Foundation

Claim: The ingredient “[k]aolin, a clay mineral, helps give a diffused, matte finish without feeling dry” (source)

Need to know: 26 Shade, $36
Avaiable at Sephora
Shop here

J. Cat Beauty describes their powder foundation as “hydrating.


J Cat Beauty Aquasurance Compact Foundation

Need to know: 8 shades, $13.99
Available at Ulta
Shop here

With all that being said…

Will powder foundation ever replace the popularity of liquid foundation?
I don’t think so. All makeup application takes practice to master but powders require a little more finessing.

Poor application of powder can age you. Whether you’re 32 years old or 57 years old, there’s a good chance you don’t actually want to look 15 years older than you are.


If you have oily skin, powder foundation can probably be the key to getting that lasting look. Finishes of powder foundations tend to be matte. Matte looks have been getting more attention recently.

Dewy skin elevated to glass skin but maybe that trend is starting to phase out too.

Makeup looks that emerged from Autumn/Winter Fashion week had a mix of dewy, matte, and ‘natural’ finish in complexions. Harper’s Bazaar put together the looks from the week and you can see the full break down here


There is a shift in the beauty industry. Let’s see where it goes!

If you’ve got dry skin and want to give powder foundation a fighting chance, make sure you’ve got a good setting spray on deck!

Related: 4 Beauty Sprays for Dry Skin


Liquid or Powder, Make it a moment

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Networking meets Lipstick: Beauty Event in nyc


Discuss beauty outside the comments section.

There is an exciting beauty event happening NYC that promises to bring people together to share a love for beauty and travel.

What: Around The World Beauty "Beauty + Travel Meet-up"

When: Jan. 29th, 2019 6:30-8:30

Where: The Chai Spot
156 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013

Tickets: $25, Shop here

Why: Because you love beauty, you long to travel, meeting new people is one your New Year’s resolutions, and because you want to discuss beauty outside of the comments section on a Youtube video.

What’s it all about?

“We explore the world to reconnect with our ancestral beauty path and through the authentic roots of beauty in culture, source, and ingredients. It's about the celebration of diversity in all women. Learn more about each other's stories using beauty and travel as the universal language. Bring stories and beauty rituals to share :)

Sign me Up!

Are People Really Buying Mini Fridges For Their Skincare?


Trust us. You’ll want one, too.

We are the generation that has everything so we make anything as extra as can be. That does, in fact, include our obsession with skincare. It’s not so much a fear of aging as it is a need to curate the perfect self care evening; first: a glass of wine topped off with a sheet mask; second: scheduling an appointment with our therapists. How else are we supposed to wind down after a yet another day of the government shutdown? Enter our latest indulgent distraction: a mini fridge -yes, for our cosmetics!

Could we technically put our eye creams in the regular size refrigerator in the kitchen? Sure!

But think about all the things that are sitting in your fridge right now. I don’t know -I just don’t feel right about having my favorite eye cream sitting next to a jar of my grandmother’s sofrito. Both are precious but they have no business being in contact with each other.

Plus, think of all the things that have gotten pushed to the back of your fridge only to be found three weeks past its expiration date.

I mean, thank god for packaging and pictures, otherwise you’d have no idea how to identify what is, apparently, pico de gallo. What if that happened to your 24K gold eye gels -lost in the abyss of your fridge because it was hidden behind that weird smoothie you bought and never threw away for you hoped a friend would come over and take it off your hands. It would be tragic.

When I apply my skincare, all I want to focus on is the joy of hydrating my dry skin. Not stress over wondering when was the last time I cleaned out my fridge and if what is in that bowl supposed to be that color.

Yes! There are real skin care benefits to keeping certain beauty products in the fridge. Especially eye cream!

In a perfect world, you’d clear off a shelf in your regular size refrigerator to make a proper place for your moisturizers and aloe gel.

But this is reality and it’s only a matter of time before your roommates or your Mama thinks your Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask is actually a sandwich spread -sticks a butter knife in it and gets bread crumbs in the jar. Boom! $45 goes down on account of turkey on rye.

So, yeah, we’re getting mini fridges.
And we’re putting them in our little beauty oasis just to feel like we got it like that. So check these out if you’re ready to treat your undereye to the uplifting feeling of cooled eye cream.

Looks like a breadbox but all you’ll find is some moisturizers and maybe some perfume

Shop here →

The cosmetic mini fridge is getting so popular!

Did you get a gift card for Christmas? I think I know how you’ll spend it!

Macy's Beauty Collection, Keep It Cool Skincare Fridge

Need to know: $150 (bish, why!!)
Shop here →

These next ones aren’t NEARLY as expensive.


Saranghae. Blue Moon Beauty Fridge

The Big Claim: “when applied within the perfect temperature range of (41°F to 46°F), your skincare will better control inflammation, puffiness and feel like heaven on your skin.” (source)

Need to know: $79
Shop here

This next little guy actually just dropped this week!!


The Makeup Fridge, Makeup Fridge Mini
Shop here →

These are great, but you don’t have to get a self proclaimed cosmetic mini fridge. I have just a regular, degular, shmegular, mini fridge to spoil my face with. It’s about $20 cheaper, too.


RCA, MIni Fridge
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What I love most is that this little baby sunshine looks like a throwback refrigerator. It’s the cutest damn thing sitting on my vanity, which is actually a presidental style desk that I bought on Craigslist when I graduated college.


My mini is stocked with my moisturizers, sunblock, overnight cream, primer, setting sprays, a scalp treatment, and, of course, some sheet masks!


The first time I applied my skincare after it had been cooled, I was hooked. It’s so satisfying, so cooling! The only thing I need now is some eye gels!

It’s a lifestyle.


Lover's Gaze: New Mascara Launch from Pat McGrath Labs

Danyelle Valentin // @bufferingbetty

Seduction Elevated

Since it’s very first product debut, Pat McGrath Labs has craftily released makeup worthy of a display in an art museum. Her six-pan eye shadow palettes shaped like envelopes can be spotted instantly on a crowded shelf. Her lipstick-packaging and formulas- will stand the test of time. It is why whenever there is a new release from the beauty laboratory, makeup artists and enthusiast are in a frenzy. Well, babes, she’s done it again.

The Big Claim: Directly from Ms. McGrath herself. (via ig, of course)

Prepare to LASH HAUTE with #FetishEYES Mascara. This instantly iconic formulation unleashes the ultimate in pro performance artistry, saturating each individual lash in the most intense black pigment while dramatically lifting and lengthening for unprecedented fullness and maximum volume. Straight from the lab, this all-in-one mascara seamlessly builds from coquettishly feathered to editorially-inspired, for a full-on lash fantasy that becomes more extreme with every swipe. ⚡️⚡️⚡️ The NEW RUNWAY-TESTED, MOTHER-APPROVED FetishEYES Mascara drops 2.14.19 - EXCLUSIVELY at PATMcGRATH.COM. (source)

LiftLength ✔ Max Volume✔

Honestly, what else do you need from a mascara.

FetishEyes Mascara will be available on Feb. 14th for $28 on +!
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That’s right, Valentine’s Day! Tell bae to skip the flowers + shit, and just hand your their card so you can order what you really want.

Finally, can we just take a moment to bask in the creative mind of Pat McGrath!

Her aesthetic will have you reaching back in time to revel in her time capsule of beauty knowledge.

Her imagery is like an erotic fever dream. Haunting and beautiful.

It’s classic hollywood meets fetish femmedom. Latex, leather, and passion.

One hell of an eye f**k

Puff, Puff, Mask: Cannabis is a Rising Beauty Trend

Danyelle Valentin // @bufferingbetty

For chronic good skincare *winky face*

We all know the ‘party’ properties of cannabis, even if not from experience. However, many of us, including myself, are or were ignorant of the beauty benefits of it! Cannabis beauty solutions are far from new but they certainly are on trend. Kush Mascara from Milk Makeup and Sephora carrying High Beauty, it looks like CBD should have been on my vanity and in my skincare cabinet ages ago! In addition to improving the skin, having the beauty world have such an emphasis on the healing benefits of marijuana speaks to the social, in my opinion, progression of society. I’m not saying a face cream is going to cause Congress to legalize cannabis, but maybe it will de-stigmatize people and cultures that embrace it.

Homage to the chillest pass time


We be burning not concernin’ while we blending our eye shadow. For me, I noticed the trend really kick off with the launch of this palette. I thought it was funny, socially relevant, and stunning!!! I also LOVE green eye makeup! While this gorgeous palette is not formulated with any cannabis, it is truly a tribute to plant.

Smoke Sessions, Melt Cosmetics

Need to know: $48
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Could you imagine sitting in a circle with my forever president, Pres. Obama. How weird did he get, you think?

The O.g. Hemp Product


Who else remembers going to a beauty supply store with their mom, seeing this brand, and feeling totally confused. Hempz? Is that a weed on the package? Is the place my mom buys rolos and pinches selling drugs? Should I ask my mom or will she grill me about even knowing what the weed looks like?

Lips Ultra Moisturizing Herbal Lip Balm; Hempz

Need to know: $8.99
Avaiable at Ulta
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Lucid Dreams


The dreamiest sleep with a morning glow! Pholk Beauty was featured in our Beauty Hour events! Meetpepperb team approved!

H2Oil Hemp x Hibiscus Night Oil; Pholk Beauty

Need to know: $27

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The Trend Intensifies


Mascara is that one beauty step that, according to me, 9 out of 10 makeup wearers wouldn’t skip. Milk Makeup comes across as the brand that caters to that cool kid, aloof type so adding in a product that hypes up le ganj’ makes perfect sense from a branding POV. But! Their whole base line for infusing this mascara with cannabis would make you pick up a tube.

According to Milk, “Conditioning hemp-derived cannabis oil fuses heart-shaped fibers to lashes for thickness without the fallout. The hydrating formula also fills the hollow fibers for a double dose of volume.” They also used it as a binding tool in order to make the product totally vegan by not using beeswax.

Kush Mascara: Milk Makeup

Need to know: $24
Avaiable at Sephora and
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Healing Powers of an all-in-one Salve


Did you know their were people in the world helping ease the pain of arthritis with cannabis based products? Here is one of them! Along with hydrating your skin, this all in one salve will solve your woes. It’s the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis that help ease the pain in your grandma’s knee.

Hemp Salve: Cannabliss

Need to know: $55
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6. Puff, Puff, Mask


I like that the package says “non—intoxciating” to clarify that, no, Sephora is not selling any mind altering substance. Just skin altering potions.

Hello Calm: Origins

Need to know: $28
Available at Sephora
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Green Goddess with Intention


If you’re part of team #LegalizeIt, you’ll find adding this gorgeous looking product to your skin care even more satisfying. Herbivore pledges that “$1 of every Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil sold goes to Americans for Safe Access, an organization that supports safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.”

Emerald, Herbivore

Need to Know: $48
Available at Sephora
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This is not only a product, but a whole line formulated with cannabis. If that doesn’t convince you to jump on board, I don’t what will!

High Five, High Beauty

Need to Know: $40
Available at Sephora
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To put it bluntly, cannabis creates reefined beauty.





I tried it for myself! This is the Ambary Gardens Deep Rub. It isn’t a beauty product. It did, however, prove to me all the benefits of the anti-inflammatory goodness of CBD oil. My maternal lineage is cursed to have bad right knee. Not kidding. My grandmother, my mother, and my aunt all have a bad right knee. Mine was activated when I turned 27 and it’s an inherited trait I’d like to speak to the manager about. My grandmother’s knee pain can be intolerable at times so my sister found this ointment that can help. After convincing my grandmother, that, no, she will not get high off of the ointment or addicted to the weed she used it. She said it has been helping her! My knee pain is intolerable when I am menstruating (anyone else get joint pain from pms?). I tried the ointment and I felt like I could literally do jumping jacks with confidence. I had my 26 year old knee back and it was beautiful!