Thursday, September 29, 2016

Red Violet Color Story at Sally Beauty

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sally Beauty
All opinions are 100% mine.

Fall is my favorite season and one of my favorite things is
 the Fall makeup looks that are darker and
sultry! So I am loving the Sally Beauty Red Violet Color Story!
The deeper, darker shades of reds and plums are so delicious
and beautiful this time of year!

I picked up these gorgeous Matte Lipstick Crayons from Bitzy.
The packaging is so pretty!
These are perfect size to stick in my purse too.
The shades I chose were Perfect Pout and Love Spell.
The colors are very creamy and pigmented.

For sultry nails I chose China Glaze in Seduce Me.
It is the perfect shade for Fall! I want to wear it all the time, especially 
on my toes!

in Ultra Violet.  I've always loved a purple smokey eye, there is something so 
fresh about it!  I also love to wear purple liner over a warmer shade
like a bronze chocolate, add some mascara and gorgeous in minutes!

The last thing I picked up from the Red Violet look was something fun! 
Makeup should always be fun, so every season I try
to incorporate colors that are a little more bold
and vibrant.  If you ever feel like your are in a makeup 
rut or are just bored with your look,
try stepping outside your routine 
and incorporate some new colors.
You will be pleasantly surprised how 
fun and fresh it looks!
Take a peek at these, which are all a part of the Fall Color Sale Under $10 
and a lot more fun beauty items
at Sally Beauty and at
You can also find them on Sally Beauty Instagram
xoxo -Taj
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Spotlight: Good Karma 7 Lux Four in One Face Cream

This week is flying by! I'm stuck in wanting it to be Fallish weather
here in L.A. but it's never been hotter, with 100 degrees for the past few days!
So that means staying indoors and out of the heat.  
I've fallen for a new face cream by Good Karma Skincare.
It's a Day and Night cream, Refining Serum & Eye Cream all in one!

First, let me start by saying that their products are all natural and have 
healthy ingredients. They don't test on animals and 
it's all organic! 

The packaging is unique in that it has a pump from the top that 
is very easy to use. It smells a little fruity and clean. 
It is very moisturizing and leaves my skin supple.

It is supposed to stimulate collagen production and cell regeneration.
Visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Improve elasticity and firmness.
Diminish pore size. 
Lighten dark circles and swelling under eyes.
Improve skin texture and clarity.

The ingredient list is pretty impressive with green tea, shea butter,
watermelon fruit extract, vitamin e, aloe, mango seed oil, sea fennel
and grape seed oil just to name a few! There is a lot more!

I like the idea of not having to use 5 products to get results and 
just have one powerhouse. I have been using this for a month and
I notice my skin texture has improved and my skin feels
very soft and almost nourished! 
I really like what it has done for my neck, it just looks 
refreshed and softer.  A new favorite!

Check out their line of organic, healthy products here.
I know you will love them!
xoxo -Taj

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nail Art with Sally Hansen

 As soon as I got these new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes
and the I heart Nail Art Studs Kit I had to create a look!
I really love their gel polishes, they last much longer than regular polish.

So, with the 1st day of Fall this week, these colors are perfect 
for a Fallish look!
I really like alternating colors
on the fingers instead of just one straight color.
I think it's really fresh and modern.

From L to R:  I have #829 Rock On, it is a pretty silver with 
tiny black sparkles in it! 
#839 Stilettos & Studs is a metallic grey color.  
Then the #101 is the gel topcoat and is clear.

Inside the I heart Nail Art Studs Kit
there is 3 vials of studs.
There is gold, silver and black.
There is also an applicator, but I didn't like it much.
I would suggest using a tweezer instead.

Here is my look! 
So fun creating designs!  
I can't wait to do more! Give these a try 
for a fun look for your Fall nails!
xoxo -Taj

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Loving: Estee Lauder Sensous Nude

Sensous Nude by Estee Lauder smells like fall to me
and I have been loving it!
 The notes include grapefruit, lavender, sandalwood, orange, cedar and sage.
It's not fussy or over-powering, it's just a perfect everyday perfume
to make you feel fabulous!
You can find it for a great price at 
Check this scent out if you are looking for a new
fall perfume!
xoxo, Taj  

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Drugstore Haul & First Impressions: NYC, Rimmel, L'Oreal, Physicians Formula

Trying out some drugstore makeup and my first impressions with most of these!
I really wanted to try out the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow and I am happy I did!
See my thoughts on everything below.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow
So it was sold out everywhere for what seemed like weeks on end.  
At least that's what the beauty community was saying! 
I waltzed into Walgreens a few weeks ago and I hit the jackpot. So
I picked up two shades to mix, per the usual.  
This isn't a review or comparison to my beloved Pro-Matte, 
however, I do really love it too!
I have combination skin and I can get really oily in the summer.
With that being said, this is so glowy and fabulous, I did not feel like a
 cheeseburger at all! It has great medium to full coverage and it lasts all day. 

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Definer
This works great, the color is a nice dark rich chocolate and not a weird ashy
color. A good one to have.

 I have this thing with Rimmel, I have loved the brand for a long time.
The Stay Matte Powder is my Ride or Die!
So I tried a few face products and I only really liked the
Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation and the BB Cream
9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Makeup in Radiance.
The Stay matte is awesome if you have oily skin.
I mix mine in with my BB cream and love it.
It leaves my skin matte and has great coverage.
The BB cream in Radiance is a primer, smoother, concealer,
pore minimize, natural coverage, moisturizes, brightens & wakes skin up and
gives a radiant finish. I like this for everyday errands makeup, for beachy makeup 
and for mixing into other makeup for a glow.

So, the Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter,
I was super excited about this product.  But it was a major left down,
and it left crepes under my eyes. 
Straight to the garbage can it will go. It was bad.

The Lasting Finish 25HR w/Comfort Serum, SPF 20
is a Skin Perfecting Full Coverage Foundation.
It was just way too light in the shade I got. 
I may try again and let you know how it goes. 

NYC Get It All Lip Color
These seem very sheer, but are actually very pigmented on the lips. They smell
a little fruity and are moisturizing. I think #102 in MochaAmazing is perfect
for fall. 
(Swatch L to R: 301 WondeRedful, 102 MOCHAmazing, 201 FUCHSIAtastic)

 Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Gold Nude
Gorgeous! Go get it! I didn't have time to swatch these (I swatched on Snapchat!) but they are 
super pigmented and metallic heavenliness!

Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer
Another love. So pretty, they just nail bronzers everytime!

 Wet n Wild Megaglow Illuminating Palette 
I'm so spoiled with amazing highlighters, that I was 
not in love with this. As you can see in the swatch,
from left to right the pigmentation just disappears!
The first two are okay. If you swirl it, it's okay.
It can be a little chalky. But for $3, it will give you a nice glow.
I love how big it is too!

NYC City Proof 24hr Waterproof Eyeshadow 
You guys know I love pencil eyeshadow sticks and these are cool.
In the swatch below from the bottom up  is 640 Central Park Tulips, 
630 Empire State Building and 635 New York at Night.
Love all the cute NYC names! Really pretty fall colors.
I like the purple and the silver, but I may have gotten a bad black as it was
really dry and not silky like the other two. But overall, I like them.

Rimmel Magnifeyes 
Kohl Kajal Eye liner and Eyeshadow Sticks in the swatch below from 
top to bottom: Queens of the Bronzed Age, Dark Side of Blue and
Back to Blacks. These are super pigmented eyeshadows and I think they are great colors for fall
as well. Perfect to have in purse or for travel.

 NYC Show Time Kohl Kajal Liners in 
Deep Brown, True Black and Purple Glam.
Super pigmented, no tug, very creamy, love.

NYC Big Bold & Precis Liquid Liner in Extra Black.
In the swatch above, it is the two top lines.
It has a felt angled tip so the bottom swatch is on the angle.
Which, was not as pigmented as the the full angle side. 
But the black is very black and not grey. Love that too.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick Crayon
I have been using these non-stop since I got them. I want more!
They are waterproof and the Goal Digger, everybody needs! You can
just swipe it on and be done with your eye.  The Paranoid Purple is
really gorgeous too. So creamy, so pigmented, love! 

That's my drugstore haul, hope you found some new items to try!
xoxo -Taj

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Black & White

This blazer is one of my favorite thrift store finds ever!
I go through phases where I love to thrift and then when I don't care for it!  
Mostly, when I am uninspired in the department stores, I will go looking for 
a few pieces that liven up my wardrobe. This blazer looks so chic and timeless,
I love the play on two different stripes and the rock chic booties that glam it up
even more. 

(Blazer & Belt : Vintage, Faux leather Shorts and tank: H&M,
Shoes: Dolce Vita, Sunglasses: YSL)


Hope you are having a great week! xoxo

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Nubian Heritage: Patchouli & Burtii

I'm really excited about this clean beauty brand
I just recently discovered, Nubian Heritage!
They are a natural skincare line that uses traditional
African recipes  with organic and fair trade ingredients.
Everything smells out of this world good too and
is inspired by global ancient healing philosophies.
Their line of Patchouli & Buriti has the most amazing
exotic, fresh smell that is so unique!

Patchouli, which is an Asian beauty secret,
 relaxes and soothes. Buriti oil, made from the
fruit of the Buriti palm, known as the "tree of life" hydrates
and rejuvenates the skin. 
This particular line focuses on toning and uplifting which is 
a score for a mom like me! With Shea butter and rosehip seed oil,
this body wash and lotion are a perfect pair.

I really love this Body Souffle, it is light and fluffy!
It has organic shea butter, rosehip seed oil, Buriti oil, patchouli
and vitamin E.
I love to apply this to my legs all the way up to my tummy
which needs all the uplifting help it can get after two babies! 
The incredible smell just permeates my space like 
a heavenly aroma!

The Soap is a luxurious treat to add to a bath or
shower as it gently cleanses. My husband
will love this one!

I saved the best for last, the bath bombs!
You definitely need these! They smell so amazing and
all the fabulous ingredients leave your skin silky smooth. 
These are such a great gift too!
You can find them at  & buy 2 get one free!

Take a look at this line as they have amazing
pairings and you will definitely find 
a scent you cannot live without!
Vitacost has a great selectionof Nubian Heritage and it's on sale right now!
Cheers to healthy, clean beauty!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Beauty Must Have: Bioderma

These Bioderma Miccellar waters are my obession!
They gently cleanse and remove makeup
for face and eyes without having to completely
wash your face with soap and water.

You soak a cotton pad and makeup gently wipes off!

There is a Sensitive Dehydrated Skin Solution,
a Purifying Cleansing Solution and 

They are paraben free, alcohol free, soap free and hypoallergenic.
Each formula is enriched with properties to soothe skin.
I have really been loving the Makeup Removing Solution for Sensitive Skin.
It is so delicate and refreshing! Whenever I use it, I always follow up with a warm
washcloth because that is what I have always done and it leaves my skin 
I definitely recommend adding one of these to your routine.
Many places have harsh chemicals in their water that may effect your 
skin in ways you didn't realize. Like traces of chlorine and fluoride.
These Bioderma solutions are so gentle and effective!
Give them a try, you can find them at

xoxo -Taj

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Keep Sumer Glowing w/ Mermaid Mousse from Million Dollar Tan!

If you're not ready for summer glowing skin to be over,
I'm not! Then, I've got a fabulous sunless tanning mouse
for you to try from Million Dollar Tan.
They have Mermaid Mouse Extreme for Face
that is a lovely dark tan that goes on tinted.
I love the packaging! Of course we all want
to be mermaids don't we?

The Extreme Face Mousse gives a deep, dark tan with Face Firm Age 
Defense Super Pack which is supposed to lift, firm and tone skin!
A tanner that multi-tasks! 
It defends against UV and infrared sun damage, prevents photo-aging,
and helps preserve skin firmness and elasticity.
It has Gogi Berry Extract to tighten, smooth and firm skin.
Grape Stem Cells protect skin stem cells against UV damage 
and fights photo-aging.
Botanimoist™ hydrates skin with a moisture complex
extracted from dried apples.
 There is a Dry Oil Shimmer called All That Shimmers 
that has a nice golden glow to it.
One pump goes a long way!
As you can see in the picture below it left a 
beautiful shimmer to my skin.
 The Shimmer comes with a convenient pump and ample bottle to
last a very long time! It applies very silky and oily as the first 
ingredient is mineral oil. As you know, I am not a fan of mineral oil
as it is not a clean beauty ingredient, so as much as I love some of the other ingredients
like sweet almond oil and safflower oil, I personally won't be using this product.
If they remove the mineral oil and replace with another healthy oil then I would
definitely recommend!
The Mermaid Mousse Extreme Dark Sunless Tanning Lotion 
gives a deep, dark natural looking tan. 
It comes out in a foam tinted tan color.
It applies with the hand mitt flawlessly.
The color payoff is great and is not orange, uneven or sticky.
I found it to dry quickly with a light coconut smell. It does smell like
sunless tanner though!
I love that the mousse is totally buildable for a tan that you are
most comfortable with. Even though it is called Extreme,
you won't end up looking unatural!

The formula is non-toxic (yay!) 
It has a natural formula with organic ingredients, even the DHA!
So it is safe to use as much as you want!
The key ingredients are Gogi Berry and Apple Extract for moisture and
collagen production. Sage extract, which helps lock in more moisture
and help prevent fading.
And Jojoba esters hydrate and smooth skin for a flawless finish.

I applied the mousse with the fabulous large Blend Friend Mitt and it
applied so easily and flawless.  I prefer mousse tanners as they 
seem to apply to the skin more evenly and absorb really well.
This mousse applied quickly and has a mild tan tint to it so you can
see where you are working it into the skin. 
Within 7 hours I had a perfect glowing dark tan!
It lasts up to 7-10 days.  Definitely love the application ease!

The Million Dollar Tan Blend Friend Mitt for the face and body 
are amazing! I've used many other mitts and these are the best
I've used so far.  They help the product glide on to the skin so effortlessly
and give a perfect application.
No streaky orange hands to deal with! 

Overall, I really recommend the Mermaid Mouse for the face and body.
The packaging is gorgeous and not messy with easy pump nozzles.
The mousse is natural and organic, it will definitely
give you a wonderful summer glow to last into the fall that looks
natural and beautiful. If you sign up for Million Dollar Tan emails
I believe you get $10 off any order right now and they are having a buy one, get one 
free sale!
Check out their Mermaid Mouse here 

xoxo, Taj

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