Hurricane Harvey: Real Beauty Real Women Beauty Drive

 

A few weeks ago Hurricane Harvey destroyed my home town and surrounding cities. I was lucky to have not had any damage to my home or vehicle. Others were not so lucky and face a long road of recovery ahead of them. The first day I was able to get in my car and drive around my city I was astonished. People were tearing down their homes and trying to salvage what they could from all the mess Harvey left behind. There were police officers guarding neighborhoods trying to keep looters away. The US National Guard was called in to help as well. I saw all of the photos on Facebook and Instagram of the city going underwater within days. The roads I drive down daily looked like lakes and my friends homes were flooding and they were evacuating on air mattresses and boats.

One good thing came from this storm.

Unity.

A city coming together to help those who lost everything, churches opening up at shelters and distribution centers, neighbors being well neighborly and offering assistance in any way possible. People from Louisiana traveling to help rescue those who were stuck on roofs escaping rising water, a community that shook the world with its generosity.

I began to pray.

I prayed that God would use my talents and gifts to help others. A simple prayer turned into something divine. Once I was able to go back to work I met a client, while helping her with her products she told me of a non profit that she works for called Real Beauty Real Women. This non profit is putting together comfort kits for the women in Houston shelters. The kits include a makeup bag, unused makeup products, and toiletries. As she was telling me what she was doing, a huge smile filled my face.

I told her that our meeting was not a coincidence and that I was going to help her in any and every way that I could. As the week went on I asked on social media and at work for donations for Real Beauty Real Women. So many people were excited to help! I had people mailing makeup bags and makeup right to my house, dropping donations at my house, meeting me, donating money, and putting products in a box at my job. As the week went on my bedroom was FULL of donations.

After 4 trips to my car, the donations were on their way to be given to women who needed them the most. A few people didn’t see makeup bags and products as a need, maybe not. But you know, it helped them feel great. If you wear makeup, you know what a difference a little mascara and lipstick makes.

 

Jaclyn Hill Palette Review

 

 

It does not surprise me that the Jaclyn Hill Palette has been consistently sold out on Morphebrushes.com. It was taking far too long for me to order my own so I borrowed my bestfriend’s palette to do a review. HOLY WOW! The moment I swatched this palette on my arm I was in love. After the first swatch my jaw dropped.

The colors that were just screaming my name were Pool Party, Jada, Diva, Enchanted, Twerk, and Jacz. I am a lover of colorful shadows because they aren’t your everyday simple browns. You can do so much with them. You can have a pop of color on your water line, a pop of color in the inner corner of your eye, you can go full out with a super colorful blue and purple eye. I mean the possibilities are endless and they are at your fingertips.

I do however, wish there were a few more cooler matte shades in the palette to go with some of the ideas I had. But if you know anything about Jaclyn Hill it’s that she loves her warm tones. I’ve been watching her on YouTube since she was in her apartment with almost no lighting. To watch her grow in her career is amazing. From Champagne Pop to her own Palette with Morphe, I can’t wait to see what’s next! I have mad respect for Jaclyn because she is a makeup artist, not a self proclaimed artist but she worked for MAC. I feel like she really understands what the beauty world needs and what it struggles with.

If you haven’t got your hands on this palette I encourage you to wait on it to come back in stock because it might change your beauty game! Go on, create what you love with the colors you love.

Subculture Palette Review

  • We’ve all seen the negative reviews and videos on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. If you follow me on Instagram you already know how much I ADORE this palette! I’ve used it non stop since I’ve purchased it and fell in love at first swatch! While reading reviews and watching YouTube videos I took mental notes on the possible user errors that could be happening.

My first thought was, what Primer did they use?
I went back to the negative videos and watched as they used the thickest concealer¬†they could find as a primer. The next question that popped in my head was “what is their technique like?” So I watched again as they use a blending brush and immediately start blending it back and forth in the crease.

I’m sure you’ve all heard of primer for your face but maybe you haven’t heard of primers for your eyeshadow. I like the Too Faced Shadow Insurance because it prevents your eyeshadow from creasing and is not oily at all. Another thing to consider is that this is an artistry palette, the shadows are meant to place and then blend. I used a small dense brush, the number 18 from Sephora Collection ¬†to place and the number 19 from Sephora Collection to blend the outer edges. These colors are gorgeous for all seasons and all occasions.