Magnetic Lashes Just Got Even Easier

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Can’t fight the magnetic pull

Magnetic lashes have been on the scene for a minute now. This innovative beauty hack has been one that I have been fascinated by. I could watch video after video of gurus mastering the magnetic lash. When they first started to creep into our social feeds, the lashes were magnetic to each other. There were two sets of lashes, one per eye, where a top lash band made a sandwich out of your own lashes with the bottom lash band. Moxie Lash just raised the bar when they thought of a way to make you the magnet!

Meet Moxie Lash

Ok, so you are not the magnet but your LINER IS!!! Moxie Lash has made a liquid and gel eyeliner that are magnetic and hold your magnetic lashes in place! You apply the eyeliner, let it dry, and then apply your favorite pair of magnetic lashes. When asked if their liner will work with other magnetic lashes, Moxie Lash says, “Absolutely! Our eyeliner works with any & all magnetic lashes!” (source)

Lashes are the final touch to any look. If you ever loved your eye makeup but wondered what was lacking in the pop factor, it’s your lashes, honey.

 
 

Magnetic Gel Liner: $32

Magnetic Liquid Liner: $45

This set of magnetic lashes is the format we’ve gotten used to seeing. The aforementioned sandwich method. I have personally tried a pair of magnetic lashes like these in the past from Ardell.

My struggle was that the magnets did not sit exactly on each other, so they always looked wrong in some way. Remember in elementary school when you first learned about magnets. Did you ever get the magnets that, yes, they pulled toward each other, but they weren’t perfectly on each other. Imagine that but eye lashes attached. I just thought maybe I got a bad pair. Moxie Lash eliminated the issue of having to align magnets right near your eye!

They currently have 3 styles of lashes each available for $35. Each lash band has 5 magnets that latch on to the liner. The Ardell magnetic lashes I tried only had three magnets. Because of that, I could not trim down the lashes to the length I needed them to be. I think with more magnets, you could make the lash more customize-able.

Classy Lash
Sassy Lash
Flashy Lash

 
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My very first thought when I heard of magnetic liner for your lashes was that your lashes would fly off with a gust of wind. But Moxie says their lashes are wind resistant and stay in place all day. They tested it out with a blow dryer. was

My next thought brought me a question of safety. Could having a magnet near your eye for a few hours a day impact your eyes? Moxie Lash says yes!

“Yes! We’ve been in business for close to a year with THOUSANDS of customers and we’ve never had any issues. In fact, Princeton Consumer Research independently studied the effects of prolonged magnetic lash use in healthy female subjects, and not a single adverse reaction was found. Rest assured that MoxieLash has officially been deemed safe for everyday use. Of course, as with any new product, people with pre-existing eye conditions should consult their doctor before using MoxieLash.” (source)

Check out their video for application!

get your flirt on.

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Top Celebrity Makeup Artists Release Their Own Products!

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Beyonce. Shay Mitchell. You.

When it comes to stalking celebrity beauty tips + tricks, I always want to know who is the name behind the face! Luckily, these days, actresses and music artists don’t shy away from giving the hands behind their signature looks a moment to shine too. These things aren’t so secret anymore.

Sir John + Patrick Ta have both been creating products!

Sir John x WBeauty

If you follow any aspect of the beauty world, you already know who Sir John’s biggest celebrity client is: Beyonce! He also is the adviser on the reality TV show, American Beauty Star. His role is like Tim Gunn’s part on Project Runway. He’s very active on social media and began running in circles with big name Youtubers like Desi Perkins. He’s hosted masterclasses around the world, including a class that was held at a Woolworth department store in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the collection will soon launch!

 

He’s even appeared in a Youtube video on Nikkietutorials’ channel where he did her makeup. In that video, he told viewers how he uses wig glue to keep Beyonce’s eyebrows in place.

 

Sir John has partnered with a department store in South Africa and released cosmetics collaboration including an eyeshadow palette, lippies, what appears to be nail polish, and cheek products. There isn’t a release date yet. It is only available in South Africa at the moment ……but I’m sure those who crave it, will have it! On Woolworth’s instagram they referred to this collection as ‘Volume 1.” Will there be a Volume 2??

Here are some screen grabs from the Woolworth’s Launch Party!

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Are you booking a flight to South Africa??

Now for Patrick Ta!

 
 

In the past couple of years, Partick Ta has been making his name more known. Especially with some social media influences. When I think of Patrick Ta’s signature looks, his client that often comes to mind is Shay Mitchell. He often works with her and shows all of his 1.3 million followers on Instagram his work.

 

Like Sir John, Patrick Ta has made a Youtube appearance on Desi Perkins’ channel where he did her makeup.

 

But now Patrick Ta is ready for his own line! When he launched Patrick Ta Beauty, his products sold out! They will be available for purchase at Sephora starting May 24th!

The Goods

 
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Setting Fan

Setting Fan

Highlighting Mist

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Lip Shine

Lip Shine

Body Oil

Body Oil

 

Whose Line are you Feeling more?

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Your Vanity Is now a Throne With This New Collection From Urban Decay

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Be a dragon.

It’s just one week until the final season of Game of Thrones begins. I can’t stop humming the theme song and crossing my fingers that my faves don’t die! Protect Arya Stark at all costs! The show is finally coming back after nearly 2 years. Urban Decay has sensed the anxiety of us fangirls and gifted us a GOT beauty collection for the throne! A girl has no name but a girl has got a beat face. As of today, no release date has been announced but I would speculate either sometime before the first episode airs or sometime during the season. We also don’t know if this will be an Urbandecay.com exclusive or sold in stores at Sephora or Ulta. Follow us on IG @meetpepperb for updates!

Book Series. Tv Series. Beauty Collection.

The Palette

 
 

This is the action figure of eyeshadow palettes. There’s a hidden Throne and the eyeshadow detaches from the box. There are beautiful neutrals and pops of color.

Need to know: $65
Shop here

Weapons of choice

 
 

GOT is half sword fight scenes half dramatic pauses. The large eyeshadow replicates Jon Snow’s Longclaw sword. The smaller one is still powerful like character’s blade is honors: Arya’s sword, Needle.

Need to know: $28 each
Shop here → Longclaw, Needle

 
 

Glitter Liners!

 
 

The 24/7 glide on pencils are actually incredible and the shimmery shades are stunning!

Need to know: $22 each
Shop here

HighLight!

 
 

Mother of Dragons highlight palette with three shades that will make your cheeks so luxurious, the Lannisters might try to steal them!

Need to know: $36
Shop here

 
 

Lip + Cheek Stain

 
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When Khaleesi commands her dragons with Dracarys, there is no escaping their flames. When you command Dracarys, you know your look will be fire!

Need to know: $26
Shop here

Kiss of Death

 
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The answer is yes. I want them all.

Need to Know: $19
Shop here

Which house are you?

Fenty Beauty Launches Bronzer Collection Worth A Gold Medal While Encountering It's First Big Scandal

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Rihanna gave us Summer when we only thought to ask for Spring!

Question: Is your scalp cold? Because Fenty Beauty just snatched our wigs. On April 5th, the young beauty beast will release some hot products that will push your makeup looks right into Summer. Spring who?

If only we could all have Rih-rih Level Confidence for a Day

Trohpy Wife is now a Body Lava!

You may not have legs for days like Ms. Fenty Beauty herself, especially us vertically challenged dames, but you can make your legs gleam like hers.

Need to know: $59, already available
Avaiable at Sephora + fentybeauty,com
Shop here

Sun Stalk’r

You already know Fenty would leave no shade behind.

Need to know: $30, 8 shades
Avaiable at Sephora + fentybeauty.com
Shop here

Whether you’ve been blessed with the utmost melanin or you are totally pale, there is a shade of bronzer that’s your match.

Don’t want to commit to a full size? THERE IS A MINI!!! and you know how I feel about minis!

A Lil Bronze Duo!? Please and thank you!

Need to know: $24, 2 shades, includes a mini Match Stix in Sinnamon
Available at Sephora + fentyybeauty.com
Shop here

Cant Forget the Glow

NEW Killawatt Highlight Duo in Afternoon Snack // Mo’ Hunny

Need to know: $34
Available at Sephora + Fentybeauty.com
Shop here

Rihanna unveiling her collection like:

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Penny4uthots

Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter

I’m so grateful that Fenty Beauty encased their brand with playfulness. They didn’t play it safe and name this highlighter somethinglike “Lucky Penny.” Cute but boring. Penny4UThots, though…. I’m HERE for it!

Need to Know: $36
Available at sephora + fentybeauty.com
Shop here

With all this glow, you might have let the gleaming light distract you from a hiccup that happened with this upcoming launch. Before it even took off, Fenty Beauty had to pull a Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter for it’s offensive name. @Trendmood1 reported Fenty removed a shade called Geisha Chic. Many followers considered it an act of cultural appropriation because it dawned the name of a part of Japanese culture while Rihanna is not Japanese. Fenty Beauty is known for it’s inclusivity so absorbing culture was offensive. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments below!

You watched your faves on IG attending the Fenty launch party and fought the FOMO feels, too, right?

The Queen thanking her Subjects!

Jackie Aina showing us how to make the cheekbones glisten.

NikkieTutirals was all of us!

Awell of us

Summer has arrived!

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Making Bad Look So Good: Colourpop x Disney Villains

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It’s good to be bad.

Princesses are cool and all but have you tried being a little bad? It’s so much more fun. Internet beauty brand, Colourpop, has released a collection featuring some of baddest of them all. Even if Disney isn’t your thing, the colors will still have trapped in their grasp. Personally, I would’ve loved to seen a collection for Ratcliffe, Gaston, + Scar. But that’s just me. True Confession: I would love nothing more than to be cast as a Disney Villain.

Meet Disney Villains

This collection is exclusive to colourpop.com!

The Palette!

Misunderstood.

A mix of mattes and metallic shadows to make your evil glower all the more ferocious.

Need to know: $22
Shop here

The Collection:

Each collection has a pressed highlighter, a lipstick, and a gloss. It does not include the corresponding jelly eyeshadow. Each item can be purchased individually as well.

HADES

“So is this an audience or a mosaic?”

He ruled the underworld and now your makeup collection.
Shop here

Maleficent

“Well, quite a glittering assemblage…”

You may not have cheekbones like Jolie but the highlight may get you a little closer. Look at the highlight swatches!

Maleficent Collection:
Shop here

Ursula

“Don’t underestimate the importance of body language.”

Beluga sevruga, Colourpop came for my money!!!t
Shop here

The lipstick shades held me captive.

Dr. Facilier

“Gonna be the crown jewel of the Crescent City!”

He’s got friends on the other side and now you do too.
Shop here

Cruella

“You've won the battle, but I'm about to win the wardrobe.”

It’s hard to love someone who want to wear puppies but, dammit, she makes being bad so elegant!
Shop here

The Glosses!!!

The Evil Queen

“Go on, have a bite.”

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Transform yourself! Into an old lady with poisonous fruit or a queen or, maybe, a huntsman?
Shop here

6 New Jelly Much Eyeshadows.

 
 

2 New Glitterally Obsessed

 
 


Get the whole Collection!

It’s better being bad

Hottest Haircut For Spring 2019

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It’s time for something new

Spring is in the air! Let your hair down and fall. If you’ve been itching for a new look, one of the trendiest looks is a thowback look that always seems to make it’s way back to the spotlight.

(re)Meet the Shag

It’s easy, sexy, bed hair that is flattering for everyone!

Looks good with all hair textures!

Ok this isn’t a fair representation. Zendaya can pull off every look.

EVERY LOOK.

Make it a little edgy!

It still looks FIRE when polished up.

Not into the bangs?

Yeah, still looks good.

The Key is all of the layers that stack on top of each other. You have volume + lift.

Time for a Cut?

10 Herbs You Need That Will Help Maintain Skin Health 2019

Written by @Downtownpepper

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When thinking of flawless skin, it’s hard not to think about my wallet and credit cards at the same time. Maintaining beautiful skin doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money we are just trained to think this way. We think hey “The more expensive the moisturizer. The better it works” in some case true in most cases not so much. What drove me to share a few items that are practical and easy to find. I have been working on my personal budget and being cost conscious Is a priority for me right now. Which means eating out only on the weekends ( if necessary ) . Waisting less product by completing one product prior to starting a new one. Lastly making a great effort to use natural items that I can locate personally in my routine. During a trip to the supermarket a couple of months ago, I saved myself 14.00 dollars on one product. After currently using a store bought aloe mask for my hair as a treatment this became a routine for me. After researching the Ingredients I discovered that the mask didn’t really contain that much aloe. Although it was effective it had a ton of other ingredients. In the market I found an aloe leaf for 2.49. This cost 14.00 dollars less than the mask I purchased. Using the plant worked completely different ( better ) not to mention being able to use this for other things was a bonus.

Basil

Basil

Basil is extremely useful if you live in a big city with tons of pollution and smog. As basil can help the skin with environmental damage. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Helps skin with itching and irritation. Using boiling water steep herbs for a minimum of 4 hours allow herbs to cool down completely and splash face.

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is also an anti-inflammatory this can be used as an astringent or toner for the skin. Witch hazel is great for tighten the skin and pores while softening the texture of your skin. It’s personally apart of my daily skincare routine and has helped tremendously.

Turmeric

Turmeric

Turmeric is great for the skin if you suffer from hyperpigmentation, scars or acne marks. Turmeric helps to diminish darkness. Turmeric also brights complexion beware Turmeric can stain the skin for a few days when using it if it is not mixed with other items such as milk or honey.

Rose

Rose

Rose is extremely popular you find rose water in a lot of skincare routines. Roses contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds (which goes well with acne-prone skin), are rich in anti-aging properties, and are known to nourish, hydrate, and even help tone and rejuvenate the skin.

Carrot Seeds

Carrot Seeds

Carrot seed is rich in vitamin A & E and is very rich in beta-carotene. It helps to balance moisture in skin. It is great for extremely dry skin and that may feel tight and crack. Carrot seed oil increases the resistance in skin to sunlight it is also one of the best skin lighteners.

Sage

Sage

Sage is amazing for oily skin and or acne prone skin. Sage is anti-inflammatory and will help subside break on the skin. One of the best ways to use sage is mixing steeped sage with ACV and using this as a toner or astringent.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera I believe should be in your kitchen or house if you grow one at all times. Like most of the items above aloe vera is a true multitasker. Aloe vera fights against acne and gives the skin a healthy nourishing glow , when using it in the form of a face mask. It is very rich in vitamin C & E which are very important for skin health. Aloe Vera softens the texture of your hair and adds luster back to the hair. Aloe very is ideal for burning or itching as it soothes the skin but will also kill bacteria due to its anti-microbial properties.

Lavender

Lavender

We associate lavender most with calming the area which is very true. Calming the area is great for you skin also. Skin looks better when you are in a great in mood lol. Lavender is also great for keeping the skin firm and preventing wrinkles.

Calendula

Calendula

Calendula is an oil extracted from the marigold flower. Calendula is great for anti-aging as it helps cell turn over and cell repair. Reduces inflammation and is great for scars and wounds on the body. Great for a skin that may suffer from eczema and works to relieve diaper rash.

Burdock Root

Burdock Root

Burdock Root is great for extremely dry skin. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of the root can help resolve skin issues when it's applied topically to the skin. Burdock has been know to treat eczema and Psoriasis.

New Beauty Gadget Hydrates Your Skin Where Ever You Go - And Gives Back To Worthy Cause

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Glow + Grow.

There is one universal rule in the realm of beauty: hydration is queen. Your skin feels and looks better when you coat yourself in moisturizers. Your hair has incredible luster when you find that right perfect routine. Sometimes, we need extra help to get us there. Especially if we are naturally dry. Air conditioners in the summer and heating systems in the winter dry out your skin even more. Hey Dewy is a facial humidifier that promises to keep your skin fresh + juicy. A product that just launched in January of this year kicked off with philanthropic goals in mind. They donate 10% of their proceeds to The Water Project.

Meet Hey Dewy

 
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The Big Claim: “effortlessly immerse your face over a cool, clean mist for just minutes to hydrate your skin and hair for a revitalized look … moist-ify your skin with micro-splashes of cool water aerosols for incredible results. It can also be used to hydrate your hair and clear your sinuses, providing an overall healthier lifestyle.”

Need to know: $39
Avaiable at heydewy.com
Shop here 

It’s so small and cute!

It’s the perfect size for travel!

 
 

As someone with dry skin

I absolutely could see myself using this in my car. I drive a lot and all winter long I use the heater and can feel moisture draining from my skin. My skin starts to feel tight. In other posts I’ve talked about keeping facial sprays in my bag to hydrate my skin.

If I’m wearing makeup, I will literally freeze using the heater in small bursts to make sure my skin doesn’t start to look crusty. So maybe this would be handy!

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This is not a facial steamer.

Steamers blow warm air that help open your pores and are perfect to get a greater deep clean to your skin. Pepper has shown us all on her IG how she preps her skin for the perfect facial using a steamer.

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But Hey Dewy is a facial humidifier that provides a cool mist for the sole purpose of improving skin hydration.

This could be something you use in your home office or even at work. Your boss is on level 10, take your 15 to meditate and hydrate.

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For Profit, For a Purpose, For People

“10% of every purchase will be dedicated to initiatives that make an impact through water, starting with The Water Project.” (source)

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With a goal of raising $10,000

Hey Dewy is committed to spreading the word about bringing clean water to communities all throughout Sub-Saharan Africa through sponsoring The Water Project.

Learn more about their efforts here ⇁

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You know we’re not opposed to a beauty gadget that will elevate our lifestyle.

Get Hydrated

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Major Beauty Brand Collabs With A Witch For Newest Collection And We’re Totally Under It’s Spell

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Tú Me Hiciste Brujería

Some of us beauty lovers know that there is something magical about makeup and skincare. Another way to think about your beauty routine is to remember that these moments spent treating your skin and applying your makeup is a ritual. Smashbox cosmetics has teamed up with The Hoodwitch to create a crystal inspired collection.

This was the promo that stopped our hearts!

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WHo is The HoodWitch?

Our long time readers will recognize the name right away. A few years ago, Pepper had the opportunity to interview Bri Luna, the woman behind The Hoodwitch.

Of course there is her body of work, thehoodwitch.com. Connect to yourself on a higher frequency with her intuitive guidance through reading her blogs. There are weekly horoscopes she features on a post called “Witch Tips and Horoscopes.”

 
 

You want to know about the power that comes from a New Moon or what the hell people mean when they say “Mercury is in retrograde,” this is a site that has the answers to all of those questions.

 
 

There is a shop that sells crystals and smudging tools. Definitely better than getting random crystals from companies like Urban Outfitters who are just chasing a buck verses genuinely nourishing your mystical knowledge and power. You can find a Bruja Bookshop as well!

Since so much discovery happens on Instagram, you’ve definitely seen The Hoodwitch’s iconic manicures that landed her a collab with Floss Gloss and a feature on Vogue.com. Even if you don’t run in zodiac or crystal loving circles, you would’ve come across her feed just for the sheer #nailinsp0 #nailenvy Bri Luna is always serving us.

But, of course!, so many people have learned of The Hoodwitch through her JAW - DROPPINGLY - GORGEOUS exhibit in Refinery 29’s 29 Rooms exhibit.

Our very own site creator got to experience it!

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The real ones trust thehoodwitch.com for authentic bruja knowledge and tools.

What this collab is NOT:

A tacky bastardization of witchcraft and spirituality. We all remember the disrespectful disaster that The Pinrose Starter Witch Kit was. What is often forgotten when it comes to witchcraft is that for many of it’s followers, it is a religion. And Pinrose missed the memo. They saw a rise in the popularity of crystals and went after it with no regard, or basic research, before they launched this collection.

Because of the history of Pinrose, when I caught wind of the Smashbox collection, the first thing I thought I saw was ‘crystal themed sprays.’ I rolled my eyes and scrolled right past it. I thought, “Oh great, another bastardization of a minority culture that is mocked, misused, and then abused once some celebrity (Kim K) says they are suddenly just sooo into it.” I was ready to ignore it all together. I had just seen like 10 videos on IG of bloggers dunking rose quartz rollers into a jar of some expensive moisturizers and facetiously rubbing it on their faces. But then Pepper texted me a screen shot that showed it is being done with The Hoodwitch! Mood changed!!!

 
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One, she is a practicing witch. Two, I am forever reading her blog. Three, I have purchased two of her sage bundles, one with sunflowers and the other with roses, and I genuinely believe in, and am intimidated by, there power. Finally: she is a woman of color! Yes, that always makes me swell with pride when I see all kinds of minority women getting a spotlight!

More than just my typical fangirling, which you know I always am, this collaboration is clearly well done. Of course, part of me believes that Smashbox is just cashing in on a trend. Colourpop has done crystal sprays, Kim K did a crystal fragrance, Sephora is selling crystal infused eyeshadow palettes, -I literally saw a sage bundle in a Cosmo Mag last summer and thought- this is going to get out of hand. It’s one thing to teach people about this culture and these rituals involving crystals and sage. It’s a whole other thing to steal from a culture. Without including people, like Bri Luna, who put in the work to educate others about their practices. It is irresponsible and offensive.

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Bri Luna did an Instagram Live the day of the collection launch and talked about her collab. She was ready with a response to anyone who doubted her validity as a witch for working with a big company like Smashbox.

“…I feel like for all black and brown brujas - when you have that door of opportunity and when people who actually respect your work and they come to you and they hire you to do a proper collaboration, then that is up to you to say ‘you know what, this does feel like an opportunity to share my vision. …You have to know your truth and i think that you can properly collaborate and you can work with these bigger companies when know your integrity…. I was not willing to make a ‘witch kit.’ i was not going to put sage and crystals into a package. … I love crystals, i love minerals, i think that theyre beautiful but am i going to put an endangered plant into a package? No. that’s ridiculous to me. This is my real practice. this is my real life. I worked as a makeup artist for over 5 yrs. i love period makeup. i love history. i love alchemy, i love learning how minerals were used to create some of the first eyeshadows in egypt by using lapis lazuli, … These practices are not trendy. they are not new. This is ancient. these are ancient minerals. These are ancient stones that were created to make makeup. Makeup in itself was always seen as a form of sorcery and enchantment and magic. So I love glamour and that’s kind of why i felt as a Taurus, who is ruled by Venus, I felt very aligned with making a beauty collection. … I feel like everything I do in my life is intentional… So I think that even something as simple as doing makeup, you’re going in with an intention. Makeup allows us to be ourselves. and it allows us to create our own reality. … There is no right or wrong way to do your makeup. There is no right or wrong way to be spiritual… Do not allow yourself to be pinned down with labels. I feel good. I feel confident with what I’ve put into this world with what I’ve co created. I’m just so grateful.

Meet The Crystallized Collection

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@Trendmood1 on instagram captured some stunning photos of these products and swatches.

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Shopping this collection like:

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Crystalized Always On Liquid Eyeshadow

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The Hype: “long-wearing liquid eyeshadow that glides on brilliant, crystal-inspired shimmer & won't crease, flake or smudge” (source)

Need to know: 6 shades, $24
Avaiable at Ulta + smashbox.com
Shop here

How beautiful are the caps of these liquid eyeshadows!!

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Makeup Mantra!

Our Skincare Editor, Kayla, did her own trendmood-esque unboxing of the goodies she picked up from this collection.

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“Makeup Mantra: Spray & Say: “I am grounded”

On the lid of each box for this collection, there is a Makeup Mantra. Mantras help you focus your intentions. They can get your mind to focus on the task at hand or the overall goal. By collaborating with Bri Luna, Smashbox is able to bring these practices to people who otherwise might not have learned about it.

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“Makeup Mantra: Spray & Say: “I am clear in my intentions”

Crystalized Highlighter

 

The Hype: “gel-powder highlighter that wraps your skin in radiance. Infused with crystals, its iridescent shade is inspired by spirit quartz.” (source)

Need to know: $39
Avaiable at Ulta + smashbox.com
Shop here

This is the crystal that inspired it all! Spirit Quartz

 

Kayla came through, again, with another gorgeous capture of the packaging! Don’t You love how the light plays with it!

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Trendmood1 on IG gave us swatch envy. You can see there is a clear base with the peachy iridescent sheen. Reminds me a Colourpop’s retired Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Highly Waisted. One of my favorite highlighters!

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Photo Finish Crystalized Primerizer

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The Hype: “2-in-1 shimmering primer & moisturizer that hydrates & locks on makeup in a super light texture. The rose quartz-inspired shimmer gives your skin a subtle pearl finish that can be worn with makeup or on bare skin” (source)

Need to know: $42
Available at Ulta + smashbox.com
Shop here

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Crystal Inspo: Rose Quartz

Crystalized Photo Finish Primer Water

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The Hype: “diamond-charged primer spray infused with fragrance inspired by rose quartz, amethyst & black tourmaline. Use it to hydrate skin, prep for makeup &a refresh your complexion & aura.” (source)

Need to know: $32, 3 scents
Available at Ulta + smashbox.com
Shop here

Who doesn’t go overboard with their beauty sprays

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Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette: Crystalized

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The Hype: “curated mix of 8 vividly pigmented, crystal-inspired shades with matte, metallic & foil finishes” (source)

Need to know: $29
Available at Ulta + smashbox.com
Shop here

Crystalized Gloss Angeles Lip Gloss

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The Hype: “non-sticky, high-shine lip gloss that hydrates, makes lips look fuller & is infused with crystals to enhance your magic.” (source)

Need to know: $19, 3 shades
Available at Ulta +smashbox.com
Shop here

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Crystalized Shimmer Drops

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The Hype: “moonstone-inspired iridescent liquid highlighter that can be used on the face or as a lip topper. It sets fast, stays in place & is infused with crystals to enhance your magic” (source)

Need to know: $25
Available at Ulta + smashbox.com
Shop here

Crystal Inspo: Moonstone

 
 
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Share your looks and #getcrystalized! Everyone wants to see your beauty ritual!

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Beauty Ritual Goals!

Smith + Cult Released A Whole Makeup Line That Includes A Foundation With 42 Shades!

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Get your credit card.

You know them for having the prettiest damn bottle of expensive nail polish but Smith + Cult has just exploded!!!

Meet the Collection

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Instead of letting one product release at a time, Smith + Cult gave us a whole face to play with. Eye shadows, lippies, BLUSHES, Yes! Just in time for some Spring cleaning.

VEILED THREAT

Weightless Micro-Blurring Foundation

The Big Claim: “Melting mousse-to-cream foundation applies quickly and easily creating a moisture matte finish … Transfer-resistant pigment that remains true-to-tone … Cake-resistant, medium coverage liquid foundation delivers a soft-focus effect that lasts for up to 12 hours. Look soft, feel soft.” (source)

Need to know: 42 shades, $42
Avaiable at smithandcult.com + Ulta
Shop here

 
 

Ulta has a shade finder to help you pick your color. Though there is a mix of neutral, warm, and cool shades, there seems to be a consistent pink tint to many of the colors. Even the ‘warm’ shades which seem fairly pink or orange.. I haven’t seen them in person to be totally certain. According to Smith + Cults description of the colors, they warm tones should lean yellow appear more orange.

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“Melting” is the word that continuously circles the description of this foundation. It leads me to think that you may need the warmth of your fingers to best work this foundation into your skin.

UNTOUCHED

Skin Brightening Foaming Primer

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The Big Claim: “Mousse-to-cream formula with a subtle peach tint gives off a healthy glow. Fermented ginseng & vitamin E nurture & brighten skin.“ (source)

Need to know: $32
Avaiable at smithandcult.com + Ulta
Shop here

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Smith + Cult released 4 primers for this collection including this foam primer. Each having different functions. The foam primer is intended to brighten while the black primer has a mattifying effect. The yellow primer is to color correct and redness and the purple uses shimmer to bounce light off the skin for a diffused look.

See all of them here

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GLITTER SHOT

All-Over Glitter Crush

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The Collection’s Stand Out Product

What is it?: “All-over glitter paste delivers a hyper-dimensional look with quartz & multi-size glitter particles. Quick-dry, mess-free formula.”

Need to know: $22. 6 shades
Available at smithandchult.com + Ulta
Shop here

 
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Festival season is upon us and this product is perfect for it! The blend of glitters can be used as a highlighter or even to create glitter freckles!

 
 
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GLITTERBABY

Metallic-Shift Eyeshadow

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The Big Claim: “Liquid glitter shadow turns black & smoky when smudged … Encapsulated black pigment lets you use your fingers or smudger brush to customize a smoky finish. Once it dries, it does't smudge, budge or crease for all day wear” (source)

Need to know: $24, 12 shades
Available at smithandcult.com + Ulta
Shop here

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Glitterbaby seems to function like an all over, one step eyeshadow! They have multi-dimensional colors that are stunning! If you look eye makeup but your skills are struggling, this could be a product to try out!

 
 

HYDRAGLOSS

High-Pigment Lip Gel

 
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The Big Claim: “Elastic gel formula packs a pigmented punch & delivers intense shine. Long-lasting, moisturizing & bleed-proof.“ (source)

Need to know: $20, 12 shades
Available at smithandcult.com + Ulta
Shop here https://www.smithandcult.com/products/hydragloss

And a ton more products!

There are more lippies, a brow product, blushes, both cream and powder! Smith + Cult aren’t playing games and are coming for your wallet.

Shopping this collection Like:

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One Of Our Favorite Brands Just Dropped A Lippie That Will Make Your 90s Heart Skip A Beat

@bufferingbetty

Oh, Snap!

It’s no secret that, here on Meetpepperb.com, that we go hard for The Lip Bar! It’s more than just makeup. It’s a whole damn beauty revolution. Their vision of beauty and the version of beauty that they give this industry is unlike any other. The founder, Melissa Butler, is also just a badass bawse lady. Of course, the makeup ain’t half bad either. Their newest release will take your back to courtyards, high tops, and roller blades.

Meet Minimalist

 
 

I remember the first time I wore lip gloss. 1999, I was 9. There was a beauty supply/dollar store right down the block from my after school program. The first thing I saw when I walked into the store was that the end cap of one of the aisles had all these tiny clear lip glosses. I picked one that looked like pale purple in the tube but it had no color on the lips. When I put it on, it was the first time I noticed the shape of my lips. All my friends and I had that same lip gloss. It was thick and sticky and gave the illusion of more volume.

This gloss is taking me back!

 
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The Big Claim: “Ultralight and packed with lip nourishing ingredients, our latest drop "Minimalist" is the BEST way to pamper your pout … 90% organic” (source)

Need to know: $14
Avaiable at thelipbar.com
Shop here

The Lip Bar launched the Minimalist lip gloss with a homage to the 90s. In this image I had flashbacks of listening to Aaliyah and TLC. I see jewelry and hair styles that my aunt and her friends wore. I see genuine appreciation, understanding and love for the 90s. Not the tacky rip off we have been seeing lately with no inclusion of the culture of women who originated the style.

 
 

That authenticity is what keeps us going back to The Lip Bar.

 
 

“If no where else, your beauty is validated here.”

From the moment you log on to The Lip Bar’s site, they show you who they are. To have a dark skin, plus size woman, with natural hair right in line with a thin, blonde, white woman SHOUTS to every consumer who is beautiful in their vision: black girls, brown girls, big girls, those of us who don’t see ourselves reflected as beautiful in far too many spaces. To then have that image followed by a clear statement that validates our beauty and the struggle of under-representation and misrepresentation exemplifies the powerful voice behind this brand.

The Lip Bar just had the grand opening of their flagship store in Detroit just a couple of weeks ago!

And there is much more coming from the lip Bar too!

 
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A couple of days ago, they had this survey link in their IG stories. The survey featured questions asking to give feedback on what would make the ideal lip palette. Is a lip palette going to happen???

aaaand...

This happened in January.

 
 

They posted a picture of an empty compact with this caption:

”… after 6 years of busting my ass to create amazing products, grow the brand and launch with major retailers... WE’RE EXPANDING OUTSIDE OF LIPS!! 🎉🙌🏾🙀” (source)

 
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What do you think is going to fill that compact? I’m hoping for blushes, highlighters and bronzers but highlighter is my very first guess.

 
 

While we wait, we’ll perfect our pout.

Minimal. Never boring.

Revive Your Scalp With This New Hair Care Line From Target!

@bufferingbetty

Healthy Scalp = Healthy Hair.

When shopping for a new hair care line, we are all looking for same thing. It’s products that when you use them, you have that classic rom-com scene. You know it well: the leading lady turns her head, the wind blows, catches her hair, all flowing and gorgeous -capturing the attention of the hot barista with big dreams. He’s a writer, or some shit, -super talented but doesn’t believe in himself, blah, blah, blah, they get married. No? You don’t have wild daydreams standing alone in an aisle at Target? Just me. Cool.

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Ok so maybe this new line from Kristin Ess’ Target collection won’t land you a husband but it has the potential to get you to fall in love with your hair.

This line caught my attention because I personally have a lot of issues with my scalp. Somehow I have flaky patches and oiliness. Pimples. You name it, I have it. I have thin, frizzy hair, too, so I want to find a line that can smooth my hair without making it flat. One of my go to scalp treatments is Phyto’s Botanical Scalp Treatment (see here). I love it! Really balances my scalp but it’s $40 and I want something a little more cost efficient. I haven’t tried this new line from Kristin Ess but it checks all my boxes!

meet Kristin Ess: Scalp

Use: “root-to-tip hydration, scalp rebalancing, strand strengthening, frizz minimizing, soothing + softening” (source)

Scalp Purifying Micellar Shampoo

 
 

If you are looking for a clarifying shampoo, this could be your guy. After using too many hair products, the micellar water could break up the build up. I would avoid using this daily. Just when you need that deep clean.

The Big Claim: “ the micellar water gently washes away impurities while leaving your natural moisture intact.” (source)

Need to know: $12
Avaiable at Target
Shop here

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Weightless Hydration Daily Scalp + Hair Mask

 
 

Be mindful of the ‘daily’ claim from this mask. Products often claim they are safe for daily use however it is always better to listen to your hair and skincare needs than to blindly follow the instructions on a bottle.

The Big Claim: “This multi-tasking mask uses natural minerals and botanical oils to calm and rebalance the scalp … Don't worry about heaviness - this whipped mask is light enough for daily use.” (source)

Need to know: $14
Avaiable at Target
Shop here

Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

 
 

Honestly, this whole line has my full attention. This is one product that I already have chilling in my cart.

The Big Claim: “This non-drying scrub removes flakes, product build-up, excess sebum, and hard water deposits from the scalp, giving you a cleaner canvas through gentle exfoliation. I formulated this with a sugar complex to keep natural moisture intact.” (source)

Need to know: $14
Available at Target
Shop here

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Scalp Detoxifying Bubble Hair Mask

 
 

I think this might be worth looking into to replace my Phyto’s Botanical Scalp Treatment.

The Big Claim: “This bubbling scalp mask instantly removes oil, build-up, dead surface skin cells + debris. Use it as a pre-shampoo scalp treatment on dry hair before you shower, then once the bubbles wear off … wash your hair!” (source)

Need to know: $14
Available at Target
Shop here

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Anytime Anywhere Scalp + Hair Milk Oil

The Big Claim: “This PH balanced bi-phase milk oil was designed to hydrate + protect. The oil phase combines avocado, olive, jojoba + castor oils to restore moisture and rejuvenate the scalp and hair. The milk phase uses panthenol + a shea-based emollient complex to add instant softness and shine. Best part: this can be used on wet or dry hair.” (source)

Need to know: $14
Available at Target
Shop here

Because Rom-Com Hair Can exist.

Beauty Horoscope: Pisces 2019

Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20) 

Pisces, lean in. Lean in on all of those beautiful warm traits that are true to you. You’re wild and rosy eyed heart is bursting. You often find yourself pulling back because your indulgent nature can turn dark, but this season is about you. Remember to be present. The look for you, water sign, is Romantic Grunge. Breath in the rapture of love and adorn your eyes and cheeks with pink, rosy, or lilac shades infused with something a little dirty and sharp. Dark lips, charcoal-smokey liner, dramatic eyeshadow on the lower lids. The pairing will let you get carried away in an affection for life while keeping your feet on the ground.

The Look: Romantic Grunge

Pro artist Tip

For creating the Romantic Grunge look. “Use rose /mauve blush on the cheek eyes and lip for a monochromatic look. For this lip press it in the lip and then layer gloss on top!” -Pepper B.

 
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Skincare

Sweet Chef    Ginger Serum Shot Brightening Facial Treatment

Sweet Chef
Ginger Serum Shot Brightening Facial Treatment

Bliss   Hydration Salvation Facial Oil

Bliss
Hydration Salvation Facial Oil

The Seaweed Bath Co.    Overnight Algae Facial Treatment

The Seaweed Bath Co.
Overnight Algae Facial Treatment

Truly Organic   Coco Cloud Luxury Shave Butter

Truly Organic
Coco Cloud Luxury Shave Butter

Vital Proteins   Marine Collagen

Vital Proteins
Marine Collagen

Pixi by Petra    Collagen Eye Serum

Pixi by Petra
Collagen Eye Serum

Fragrance

 
Rodin Olio Lusso   Geranium & Orange Blossom Luxury Face Oil Mini

Rodin Olio Lusso
Geranium & Orange Blossom Luxury Face Oil Mini

 

Beauty

Smith & Cult   Glitterbaby Metallic-Shift Eyeshadow

Smith & Cult
Glitterbaby Metallic-Shift Eyeshadow

Honest Beauty    Everything Almond Cream Foundation

Honest Beauty
Everything Almond Cream Foundation

Tonymoly   Mark Glitter Liquid Eyeshadow

Tonymoly
Mark Glitter Liquid Eyeshadow

By Terry   Lip-Expert Shine

By Terry
Lip-Expert Shine

I Heart Revolution   One True Love Glitter Effect Palette

I Heart Revolution
One True Love Glitter Effect Palette

Solana Luxe   Blush Drops - Vegan Liquid Blush & Cheek Stain

Solana Luxe
Blush Drops - Vegan Liquid Blush & Cheek Stain

Muse:
Rihanna

 
 

Sometimes a person looks at me and sees dollars. They see numbers and they see a product. I look at me and I see art.
-Rihanna (source)

Nails: 

Art For Pisces

Fish to me_ pisces Art Print by   ArizonaBird

Fish to me_ pisces Art Print by ArizonaBird

Pisces - Be Real Art Print by   HiddenHoroscopes

Pisces - Be Real Art Print by HiddenHoroscopes

Pisces Art Printby   Sophie Gifford

Pisces Art Printby Sophie Gifford

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

Monthly B. Scopes February 2019

Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20)

 
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Aries

Thayers   Unscented Toning Towelettes

Thayers
Unscented Toning Towelettes

Pai Skincare   Avocado + Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream

Pai Skincare
Avocado + Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream

Nabla Cosmetics   Super Matte Lipstick

Nabla Cosmetics
Super Matte Lipstick


Taurus

Olay  Face Sunscreen Serum + Makeup Primer SPF 35

Olay
Face Sunscreen Serum + Makeup Primer SPF 35

Kristin Ess    Scalp Purifying Micellar Shampoo

Kristin Ess
Scalp Purifying Micellar Shampoo

Marc Jacobs Beauty   Velvet Primer - Epic Lash Primer

Marc Jacobs Beauty
Velvet Primer - Epic Lash Primer


Gemini

Korres   Wild Rose Lip Butter

Korres
Wild Rose Lip Butter

Pacifica   Hardcore Happy Bath Dust Shower & Bath Fizz

Pacifica
Hardcore Happy Bath Dust Shower & Bath Fizz

Bvlgari   Man Wood Essence

Bvlgari
Man Wood Essence


Cancer

Make Up For Ever   Mixing Balm

Make Up For Ever
Mixing Balm

Note Cosmetics   Terracotta Blusher

Note Cosmetics
Terracotta Blusher

Raw Sugar    All That Shines Hair Masque Grapefruit + Kale + Lemon + Orange Peel Oil

Raw Sugar
All That Shines Hair Masque Grapefruit + Kale + Lemon + Orange Peel Oil


Leo

Moira Beauty   You, I Desire Destiny Eye & Face Palette

Moira Beauty
You, I Desire Destiny Eye & Face Palette

Milani   Universal Kabuki Fan Brush

Milani
Universal Kabuki Fan Brush

Too Cool For School   Egg-ssential Fluid Moisturizing Toner

Too Cool For School
Egg-ssential Fluid Moisturizing Toner


Virgo

Smith & Cult   Flash Flush Powder Blush

Smith & Cult
Flash Flush Powder Blush

Moschino   Toy 2 Eau de Parfum

Moschino
Toy 2 Eau de Parfum

Make Up For Ever   Pro Sculpting Brow Palette

Make Up For Ever
Pro Sculpting Brow Palette


Libra

Soap & Glory   Kick Ass All Day Wear Foundation

Soap & Glory
Kick Ass All Day Wear Foundation