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Nearly 2 years ago, I started a blog series entitled “Faux Product Reviews.” I’m always excited to try new products and have been reviewing products since my blog’s inception. In contrast, I recognize that my reviews may not always be my ministry. I often don’t read instructions or ingredients (because I like to live my life on the edge) and sometimes it takes a while to determine a product’s effectiveness. Some products I tell you about immediately, some I use for a few weeks and other times I link reviews for you (because I am such a good noodle). As a result, I kept it real with you because while it’s somewhat informative, I don’t have all the answers *insert Kanye’s “you ain’t got the answers Sway hereNow that you know why Faux Product Reviews exist, let’s travel down memory lane to determine what I’m still using, what’s a bit… blah and what’s total bulls***.

Faux Product Review 1: Perfect Mattifying Primer sucked. Mostly because the pump was ineffective while I had a half of primer left. I did some research and found that other people had the same issue and for that price?

Faux Product Review 2: Vitamin Plus was recommended to me as a result of a facial; however, I’ve had better mattifying moisturizers and no longer use it.

Faux Product Review 3: Naked Tonic Curl Renew is something I still have and occasionally use; although, it is preferred that moisture not be added to Sisterlocks. The Sisterlocks Gods prefer the production of oil naturally; however, the water here can be super harsh so I spray it every now and then.

Faux Product Review 4: All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is runner up to De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray for Oil-Control. With my oily skin, I am not likely to buy it.

Faux Product Review 5: Rosewater is still my favorite and I use it everyday; however, I dabble with other rosewater products.

Faux Product Review 6: Matte About You is still in my nail polish drawer. I use it when I feel like being matte which is rare. One thing I don’t like is that the matte top coat attracts residue which darkens nail color so yeah, you don’t really need this.

Faux Product Review 7: Apple Cider Vinegar smells like urine but is so effective for so many reasons. I use it twice a week for facials and pedicures.

Faux Product Review 8: Coconut Oil is another favorite. I use it to remove makeup and moisturize cuticles.

Faux Product 9: Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara is my favorite mascara. I bought the full-size tube, bottle or whatever it’s called after I was done with the sample.

I used Faux Product Review 10: Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder while it lasted. There are better setting powders.

Faux Product Review 11: Tweexy is the most unnecessary product I have ever encountered in my life; however, I wish I would’ve come up with it so I can become rich from something that’s collecting dust in the back of your nail polish drawer.

Faux Product Review 12: Seche Dry Fast Top Coat is a staple and a cheap but effective top coat.

Faux Product Review 13: Veil Mineral Primer was OK. I did replace it a few times but remained on the hunt for something that would minimize my oily skin.

Faux Product Review 14: Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner is my second favorite liner. I have it in both black and blue.

Faux Product Review 15: Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation was a favorite. I don’t have a legitimate reason why I stopped using it but wouldn’t mind revisiting it in the future should I start wearing foundation again.

Faux Product Review 16: Konjac Cleansing Sponge w/ Bamboo Charcoal was bomb and I need to replace it. Actually, let me order it right now.

Ok, I’m back. I still have Faux Product Review 17: Beautyblender Pro but haven’t used it in ages.

Faux Product Review 18: Tweexy Again! So, the first time I simply introduced the product. This time, I took the plunge and ordered this bulls***. As stated previously, it’s unnecessary and will increase the chances of you spilling nail polish everywhere.

Faux Product Review 19: Coconut Nail Art is for kids.

Faux Product Review 20: Seche Clear Base Coat is a bit blah. I actually went back to Deborah Lippman’s Hard Rock because I need a base coat that strengthens my nails.

I used Faux Product Review 21: All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation for like 2 days than returned it for:

Faux Product Review 22: Total Cover Cream Foundation which I really liked. Also, it matched my skin perfectly but due to the oily skin (which is worse since being knocked up), I’ve been taking a bit of a break from foundation.

Faux Product Review 23: Ole Glow VoxBox was probably my favorite VoxBox; particularly, since I was already using a lot of their products. I may buy the Power|bright kit in the future, I just haven’t been in the mood to spend 55 bucks and do additional skincare steps.

Faux Product Review 24: Midnight Blue Black was a waste of time and money.

Faux Product Review 25: NYX Butter Lipstick is a great inexpensive lipstick.

Faux Product Review 26: Konjac Cleansing Sponge w/ Complexion Clearing Clay is another favorite. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of their cleansing sponges but ensure you replace them in a timely manner.

Faux Product Review 27: NYX Cosmetics HD Finishing Powder is terrible. It’s basically chalk in a compact container.

Faux Product Review 28: Make Up For Ever High Definition Pressed Powder is better. I still have it but it’s no longer my go-to powder. However, I really don’t think these are for women of color. Don’t learn this lesson the hard way.

Faux Product Review 29: Model In A Bottle was recommended to me via Twitter and I wanted it to work so bad. It smelled terrible, burned and just did not work for me. Once again, oily skin prevails.

Faux Product Review 30: Endless Summer VoxBox was my second favorite VoxBox. I have both Max Factor’s Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Eyeliner and Masterpiece Max Mascara on today.

Faux Product Review 31: Mario Badescu Facial Spray w/ Aloe, Herb & Rosewater is my backup rosewater.

Faux Product Review 32: Vinosource Moisturizing Mattifying Liquid is probably one of the best moisturizers I have ever tried; however, it’s a bit costly for the size of their baby tube.

Faux Product Review 33: Perfect Intensity was a disaster but made for a funny story. It’s also one of those situations where I probably didn’t really follow directions. I am sure the color would’ve been more visible had I bleached my hair but I don’t want to damage it.

Faux Product Review 34: Intensive-C Radiance Peel is another product that I really wanted to work. It even burned a little so I thought it was cooking the oil and blemishes off but there were no real results after finishing the bottle. This is the first Murad product that sucked for me.

Faux Product Review 35: Aloe Vera is the holy grail. Although there are many uses, I apply it as a face mask.

Faux Product Review 36: Pink Gel Coat is my favorite top coat ever and I am awaiting my mom to buy me another bottle. Maybe I will add it to my wishlist so one of you can buy it for me *adds to list*

Faux Product Review 37: Melted Matte is another favorite. Moisturize your lips before applying because this will suck the life out of you. Your lips will look pretty but dry at the same time.

Faux Product Review 38: Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is still my go to sunscreen but I’ve been thinking about trying other sunscreens.

Faux Product Review 39: Sugar Advance Therapy Lip Treatment is my favorite but my gosh, it’s costly. I use this mostly in the winter.

Faux Product Review 40: Sugar Lip Polish is another favorite and I usually buy it every winter; however, I have provided an alternative because not everyone wants to spend 24 bucks for a baby jar of lip scrub.

Faux Product Review 41: Aloe Vera Toner is OK but has been recently replaced because I needed something a bit more aggressive.

Faux Product Review 42: Err Thang Perricone would be my favorite skincare system but I ain’t got it. Not for skincare anyway. I did see drastic improvement but yeah, their cheapest kit is 100 bucks a month so no…

Faux Product Review 43: Lavender is one of my favorite scents, I use it for aromatherapy.

I wanted Faux Product Review 44: Dermalogica Ultracalming Kit to work really badly due to the positive results as a result of the facial. However, I barely finished the kit. Like I’ve mentioned many times, pregnancy has given me acne and extra oily skin so I am not sure if it matters what I use right now but have found cheaper alternatives since dumping this.

Faux Product Review 45: Rock Hard Hardener & Basecoat was a waste. It was going to be impossible for me to follow the steps for optimal results because I LIKE NAIL COLOR. As stated previously, I ditched this and went back to Deborah Lippman’s Hard Rock

Faux Product Review 46: Naturally Dry Antiperspirant has been surprisingly effective. I am still using the same deodorant from this post.

I am on my second tube of Faux Product Review 47: True Complexion BB Cream. I love it but recommend adding a bit of concealer if you suffer from dark marks.

So far so good for Faux Product Review 48: Sacha Buttercup Setting Powder. Warning, do not get this stuff on your clothes, it does stain.

Well, that took forever. And, I’ve bought a boatload of new products over the last few weeks so I hope you’re looking forward to more almost, sort of… kind of reviews. You’re welcome. Read and share my previous blog: The Wedding of the Century

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I forgot how I found out about this. It was likely as a result of researching something else which lead me to YouTube reviews of this product then Amazon and here we are. Description:

Buttercup is a finely-milled, yellow-based setting powder. It is specially recommended for women with medium to deep skin tones. It can be used as an all-over face powder to highlight or set your concealer and foundation. It is a completely flash-friendly finishing powder and does not give off a white cast or turn ashy in bright lighting or photos. It absorbs oil, reduces shine and keeps your face matte for hours. Most women also purchase our flash-friendly Buttercup Compact to keep handy for quick and easy touch ups.

Additional features and details:

  • FLASH FRIENDLY – You never get a white cast or look ashy in bright lighting or photos
  • SPECIALLY RECOMMENDED – with medium to deep skin tones
  • SET – Use as an all-over face powder or to bake/set your highlights and concealer
  • FINELY MILLED – Fills in fine lines and pores for an incredibly smooth finish
  • OIL CONTROL – Absorbs oils, reduces shine and keeps your face matte for hours

Why do you need a setting powder? Setting powder “sets” your makeup to ensure it lasts and reduces shine. Well, that was easy.

So, I’ve been using this to set my BB Cream for a few weeks and have a lovely finish but by the afternoon, I have to reapply pressed powder because I look like a frying pan of grease ready to fry chicken. This could be a result of: (1) being knocked up, (2) sucky primer, (3) sucky finishing spray, (4) sucky skincare routine and or (5) being knocked up.

So do I regret this purchase? No. Should you buy it? I don’t know, why are you asking me? For more, visit Amazon.

Update: In Faux Product Review 47: True Complexion BB Cream, I mentioned that my grandmother was on a search for Fashion Fair and that I was hoping to help her transition but she located ANOTHER Fashion Fair counter at her local mall. My other grandmother fills in her brows with a black pencil *pours out liquor for lost causes*

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Note: White sisters (and brothers), stick this out with me. While this product is not for you, the rant is applicable to everyone. 

While shopping at CVS for beauty products I didn’t need, I came across BB Cream. Eveything around me stopped. A light shined upon all of the BB Creams then I heard a voice say “buy it.” Is that you makeup god?

Makeup god talking to you is awesome but what is BB Cream? 

BB Cream (also known as beauty or blemish balm) hydrates, corrects, protects, conceals, moisturizes, primes and sometimes contains tent or foundation. Basically, it’s all your makeup needs in one. Surprisingly, I didn’t find my color (sarcasm) so I had to go back in time to 1955 to the colored section and came across Black Radiance’s True Complexion BB Cream:

This multi-purpose skin perfector evens and refines darker complexions with 10 skin care benefits for natural looking radiance. Exclusively formulated to enhance ethnic skin tones, the lightweight, oil-free beauty balm moisturizes, conceals, primes, smoothes and minimizes shine with blendable, sheer color and lasting SPF 15 protection. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure, reapply at least every 2 hours and use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.

Oh, I would also like to add that you should consult a doctor for children under 6 months. Babies are so vain these days, what do they need BB Cream for? Anyway, of the 5 colors I selected “Chocolate.” It’s slightly darker than my skin tone but not very noticeable.

There were a host of good reviews, this seems to be one of the most underrated products. I got really good coverage which was shocking to me. To cover dark marks, I layer BB Cream or mix in a little concealer. In contrast, I am more oily than usual as a result of being knocked up. There is no need for me to reapply “every 2 hours” because ain’t nobody got time for that but it requires me to do everything I can to minimize oil and the application of pressed powder and rosewater midday.

Side note: My face produces enough oil to moisturize at least 5 ashy middle school-aged kids. Screw you “pregnancy glow!” 

Of course, I recommend this! First and foremost, it’s super affordable and can be found everywhere including the year of 1955. I even suggested it to my mom, friends and the grandmother who still uses Fashion Fair. Like, where is she even buying it? She probably has to buy it on AARP’s black market. Anyway, read and share what has grown to be this year’s most popular post: Hell Has Frozen Over, Pigs Are Flying & I’m Pregnant

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I originally blogged about this product nearly two years ago but wanted to reintroduce it because (1) probably no one read it the first time and (2) ChapStick isn’t going to cut it… some of you guys need something stronger. Thanks to my friend Ashley (@msficklin) gifting me a Sephora gift card for my birthday, I was able to buy bulls*** such as the Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment.

This ultra-hydrating lip treatment corrects and conditions lips for a smooth, youthful-looking finish. It is scientifically proven to repair the lips—significantly boosting moisture, enhancing volume, and improving the definition of the lip area. It is fortified with a high concentration of ultra-nourishing, age-delaying ingredients including hyaluronic spheres to penetrate the skin, fill in wrinkles, and plump the appearance of lips, and sea fennel extract to help smooth fine lines and define the lip area.

While talking about you guys in front of your faces, I neglected to mention that my lips are always super dramatic and dry. I guess the constant use of matte lipstick isn’t helpful but I like to live my life on the edge! #ThugLife As stated during a previous post, I apply it every night and on days I don’t wear any lipstick (which is never). Now hold on to your edges, this retails for 26 bucks! But guess what? In the year and a half I’ve been using it, I’ve only purchased it 3 times (which is every 6 months). Did you like how I broke that down for you? For more info, visit Sephora.

During that same trip, I bought Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Cobalt Blue. I’ve already reviewed this product in black so when you read it, imagine it in blue…

I also received a pissy birthday gift that I have yet to try. It’s a travel-size version of Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner and Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (baked rose).


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Ashlee's new favorite lipstick "Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick" in Bend & Snap" (until she finds a new one).

Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Bend & Snap

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$15 gift card from Little Brother + $10 gift card from Ulta = the purchasing of unnecessary beauty products such as Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick.

Too Faced’s innovative formula glides over lips like a gloss but dries to an ultra-matte opaque finish. Infused with a no-sting plumping filler, Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ensures color always looks rich, full, and kissable – never dry, shriveled or cracked.

Although my lips don’t like matte, I do. Deal with it. As a result of my favorite color being pink (e.g. Pink Gumbeaux), I bought the above color. However, I thought it was mauve but it’s a nice bright pink. I may post a picture on Instagram, I guess you’ll have to follow me there to find out. You’ve got to earn my love! Anyway, the formula is liquid, light and has great coverage. All that is necessary is one swipe at the bottom of the lip and one at the top. I do retouch after lunch but it’s not always necessary. I remove with coconut oil and baby wipes. Due to matte sucking the life out of my lips by day, I do moisturize my lips at night.

Should you buy it? If you have 21 bucks (plus tax) to blow. Don’t ask me, I don’t know your pockets… For more, visit Ulta!

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