REVIEW | Camille Rose Leave-In Collection on 4C Stretched Twistout [Updated 2018]

A few years ago, I did a review of the Camille Rose Naturals Leave-In Collection and I loved it! Since it's been so long, I decided to post an updated video and blog post talking about my experience using the collection over the years and some new uses I've found for each of the leave-in conditioners.

Watch my stretched twistout method using the Grace Eleyae satin-lined cap:

Let's talk about the triple threat...

The Leave-In Collection features three leave-in conditioners: Honey, Latte and Herbal Tea. I've heard from many other naturalistas that they're not quite sure how to use the products and there isn't , but there's such a freedom to use the products however you'd like. 

I like to use all three as a LOC (or LCO method), so I use Honey to hydrate after I get out of the shower, Latte to define my texture before styling and then Herbal Tea as an oil to seal. 

Here are the details about each leave-in conditioner:

 Photo by @JaleesaCharisse

Photo by @JaleesaCharisse

Honey | This one is fairly thick, but blended with several oils. Some people say it's too thick and sticky for them, but if you have kinky/coily hair like mine, then it's like food for the coils. The consistency is just like honey and I LOVE honey as an ingredient in beauty products! Personally, it's my favorite of the trio because of this. While I feel like it deeply conditions my hair when I let my twistout form overnight, I also think Honey could also use this as a rinse-out hair treatment during the washing process.

Latte | As more of a lotion-like consistency, I've actually heard a few people say that they've use this one as a lotion on their skin in addition to using as a defining leave-in conditioner. Latte isn't really my favorite to use alone, but when I do use it I like to pair with the Honey leave-in (hydrating) or Almond Jai Twisting Butter (super defining). Some can use this alone to define their hair, but it doesn't work that way for me -- I need at least one other defining product.

Herbal Tea | There are so many uses for Herbal Tea because it has an oil-like consistency. I've used this leave-in conditioner in the following ways:

  • To massage my scalp occasionally
  • As the "oil" step in the LOC method
  • To coat my fingertips before manipulating my hair in the morning (ex. unraveling twists)
  • A few drops in the bathtub with The Body Collection for a soak
  • All over my body after a nice shower or bath

Because the collection is so coveted, you may not be able to find all of the blends to purchase at once since they're sold separately now on Camille Rose's website, in select Target stores and Target'e site. It's great to the entire Leave-In Collection, but I think it's important to think about your own hair and what types of consistencies work best for you. My 4C hair drinks these products up, but you may feel that you need less or a different combination. Want to try out some of the Camille Rose blends I mentioned? 

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Patrick Starrr x MAC Cosmetics Me So Fleek Full Face Kit | REVIEW

The weather is at a perfect 75 degrees, flowers are blooming and the new Patrick Starrr spring full face kits are now available at MAC Cosmetics. Early last month, I received the Me So Fleek kit and fell in love with the shades especially for deep skin. Beautiful pops of blues and pinks always get me going!

Take a peek at the Me So Fleek kit:

Shop the Look:

Products received courtesy of MAC Cosmetics. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipgloss Try-On & Review | Full Collection

Last month, I received the full shade range of the Urban Decay's Hi-Fi Shine Lipgloss collection and immediately filmed a try-on video for my YouTube channel. As much as I love a powerful lipstick, some days lipgloss is the easier and more comfortable option. 

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First, watch the full try-on:

Now let's get into the details...

The Shades

The Hi-Fi Shine Lipgloss range has 20 glosses to fit any mood, personality or occasion. I think there's a perfect gloss for everyone! Hi-Fi Shine comes in a handful of textures such as cream, metallic, holographic, and sheer cream color. If you look at the shade names, you might even notice that several were created after a VICE Lipstick shade, so you can even play with two formulas and textures.

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Formula and Consistency

This formula contains peppermint oil and Vitamin E which are super softening and hydrating for the lips with a plumping effect and vanilla-mint flavor. If you suffer from dry and/or cracked lips, then this will be a non-sticky and nourishing formula for you. I hate when lipglosses are so tacky that everything gets stuck on them. It's super annoying, but I can say that I didn't experience that with any of these. It helps to have lip products that help rather than create more issues.

Color Payoff

Depending on the shade, I either got tons of color or not very much -- mainly the lipglosses that matched my skin tone did not provide me with much "color" and were barely noticeable. Let's break it down by texture/effect:

  • Cream (9 shades): the most color payoff. I was able to wear these completely alone. 
  • Sheer Cream (3 shades): quite a bit of color payoff, but sheer. Can be added to lipstick as a complementary gloss or alone for subtle everyday wear.
  • Metallized (4 shades): lots of shimmer and shine plus some color. Can be worn alone or as a lipstick topper.
  • Holographic (4 shades): very soft color payoff with a holographic effect. Great to add texture to your favorite lipsticks.

Longevity

I didn't experience this gloss lasting any longer than a typical gloss would. I've worn 1993 the most because I love the shade in the VICE Lipstick formula and managed to carry it with me in my purse during the day for reapplication. Most days, I would re-apply one time during the day. The longevity of this gloss also probably depends on your lifestyle -- I love to eat and drink (A LOT), so I did notice that the color and/or glitter somewhat stayed in place while the gloss part wore away a little bit. The good thing is that it won't be completely gone in just a few hours!

MAC Cosmetics Liquidlast Liner Review & Swatches | 4 Waterproof Shades

A few weeks ago, I received four of the new MAC Cosmetics Liquidlast Liners (c/o MAC) and decided to try them with different makeup looks. They sent me Keep It Currant, Misty Me, Late Night and Blue Me Over -- however, there are 9 shades in total.

The Liquidlast Liners are available for $21 USD in MAC Cosmetics stores and online.

So...What's The Verdict?

I appreciate the pigmentation of these liquid eyeliners and they lasted all day for me without wearing off/rubbing away. The color payoff was just as strong at the end of the day as it was when I first applied them with each look. When I used them, they kind of reminded me of acrylic paint...but in a really good way. And the best part? They're waterproof and clearly transfer resistant!

Originally, I actually thought the metallic liners were glitter. My skin is usually super irritated by glitter liquid liners...I'm guessing from an adhesive ingredient or something. Luckily, the metallic Liquidlast Liners didn't cause me any issues, so I was able to wear them as comfortably as any of the other liners.

Swatches on Dark/Deep Skin

Below are the "swatches" incorporated directly in a full makeup look along with close up shots. You can see that the color on the outside of the tubes and on my skin are pretty identical, so no disappointment here!

Products used in this blog post were received courtesy of MAC Cosmetics for review & editorial purposes. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Urban Decay Disco Queen Collection with Swatches on Deep Skin

I received this psychedelic duo the other day courtesy of Urban Decay and thought I'd share them with you all! The new Disco Queen Collection includes the Disco Queen Holographic Highlight Powder and Disco Stick which I think will pair perfect with the Distortion Palette (now on sale). At first, I thought they were the same shade but in two different formulas, but there is a total difference in color and formula. Here are the details:

Disco Queen Holographic Highlight Powder

I love that this is a little different that what I typically receive for highlight powders. I'm so used to gold, champagne and rose shades. However, this powder is an iridescent lavender with blue holographic shift. When I swatched it (see below), I could tell that it's super lightweight yet buildable -- it's also pretty velvety in texture so it's easy to work with and blend out.

Disco Queen Holographic Highlight is available at Sephora and Urban Decay for $29 USD.

Holographic Disco Stick

This kind of reminds me of the Confetti Match Stix that I purchased from Fenty Beauty a few months ago, but I feel like this one is just a bit easier to work with in terms of application and blending. Holographic Disco Stick is holographic (obvi) with a pink-blue shift. When I swatched this one, I noticed how lightweight it applied and that it was very simple to glide on. Supposedly, it doesn't interfere with complexion makeup because of the silky texture and weight, but I haven't had a chance to test that out. I appreciate that it is flat for application -- it makes things less streaky. The Disco Stick can also be blended out to a softer glow, if desired, and applied in other areas of the face (brow bone, nose, cupid's bow, chin, etc.) to highlight.

Holographic Disco Stick is available at Sephora and Urban Decay for $26 USD.

Take a closer look at the collection:

Will you be getting lit with the Disco Queen Collection?

I received these products compliments of Urban Decay for editorial and review purposes. All opinions and thoughts are my own.