And we’re back with Part 2 and more holiday goodies. This time I brought a few of my beauty girlfriends, Sisi Nike and Tiyana Robinson, because you can never have too many beauty recommendations. To be honest, I’m tempted to buy everything on their lists, but I have to be on my best behavior! I mean, who doesn’t want any reason to splurge on some beauty treats? Without forward ado, here you go. Happy reading (and happy shopping)
IMAN Cosmetics matte lipsticks
A bold lip is THE finishing touch to your holiday glam, and Sisi’s picks to help you pull it all together–Iman’s matte lippies in “Vice” and “Fetish.” The names alone are enough to make a statement. “I love a good bold lip for a holiday party and I love these in particular because they won’t make your lips extra dry but the color also doesn’t bleed on your bottom lip over time either. Clutch!”
Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder eyeshadow
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend–ok well, fine; these aren’t the exact diamonds, but I think you get where I’m going with this one (lol). If you’re still trying to figure out how to make your holiday pop, diamond powder eyeshadow is the way to go… and that’s a beauty expert’s recommendation! “If you want ultimate star power and sparkle, this is the product to use!” And those were Sisi’s exact words!
MAC LOOSE PIGMENTS
Bold and metallic is the way to go this holiday season. Sisi shares, “for the same reasons I love the diamond powder, MAC Loose Pigment is a great product if you’re looking for a bold metallic eyeshadow!” What’s even more exciting is that the pigments are incredibly versatile and can be added, for example, to your lip color for added drama- but please use with discretion. You always want to keep it classy.
STACKABLE FALSE EYELASHES
Another one of Sisi’s beauty must-have for your holiday glam is a pair of stackable lashes!! “False lashes are festive for the holidays! I love to customize and build my eyelashes, so they are as full as I want. Sometimes, I stack 2 – 3 different lashes together to make the perfect bold lash for my eye shape.” If bold and glamorous is your look, then stack ’em up hunny!
BENEFIT WATT’S CREAM-TO-POWDER HIGHLIGHTER
Whoever said you can’t have a summertime glow in the winter has never tried stick highlighters. “I love to create a believable glow to my skin using Benefit’s stick highlighter. Even though the sun isn’t out as much in the winter, I still like to keep my skin looking as fresh as possible!” Sisi, you and I are clearly on the same page! Whether it’s delivered by Benefit or Nars The Multiple, we are here for believable glow ALL YEAR ROUND.
OMGLO HIGHLIGHT FINISHING SPRAY
I love how Tiyana describes OMGLO as “a hydrating mist that’s “J.Lo Skin” in a bottle! It can be worn without makeup for a healthy natural glow, or over makeup for a “filter” in real life.” Ummm, have you seen J-LO lately? Hello!! Every makeup artist that’s gotten their hands on this stray is completely obsessed! I know I am!! In fact, it’s also beauty must-have from two of my other beauty girlfriends (in Part 3). So, OMGLO is a THREE-peat on our guide (lol).
And what I love is that the sprays are hand-made in Philly- love being able to support local small businesses!! In fact, OMGLO is black-owned and has immaculate customer service soooo… need I say more?!
Here is Tiyana’s take on the Mented Lipsticks, another black-owned beauty brand– “their line of lipsticks provides the perfect nude for EVERY skin tone. I absolutely swear by this line because every woman deserves the gift of (finally) finding her perfect nude lippy! Plus the formula is amazing and keeps the lips hydrated and smooth.” Actually, I’ll be putting a little Mented treat for myself under the Christmas tree this season because I deserve my own perfect nude lippy (lol). Will you?
A sassy makeup bag from Tees In The Trap
“What’s better than a chic makeup bag? A chic makeup bag with sassy and snarky sayings! Tees In The Trap’s genius makeup bags are the perfect gift to help your favorite girl keep all of her cosmetics cute.” I’m absolutely in love with this beauty must-have from Tiyana’s list!! Like in love, and so tempted to buy one for all of my girlfriends.
Autumn Glow Palette by Makeup Geek
If you’re looking to elevate your beauty swag in 2018 or you’re a beauty enthusiast shopping pro picks, then this one is for you. Tiyana shares, “Makeup Geek Eyeshadows are one of the industry’s best kept secrets.” She loves the Autumn Glow set because it has all of the “every day” shadows needed to go from day to night. She adds, “these shadows are easy to use, long wearing, are never chalky and best of all, AFFORDABLE!”
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask
I shared my favorite black mask in part 1 of the guide, now here’s a golden treat from Tiyana’s list of beauty must-haves. “If you REALLY want to give your skin a luxurious treat, why not try a face mask made with 24K gold?! This mask is infused with caffeine, peridot, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and, of course, gold to firm and tighten, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and leave the skin looking silky smooth.”