The Perfect Guide to Highlighters for Black Women

Highlight Guide: For Women of Color


Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to GLOW right?!. Well that can be hard to achieve if you are a brown girl in America, right?. Go figure. Well I’m going to share all of my favorite products to add an illuminating glow to your make up routine!


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector: Opal

Price: $38 full size $20 travel size

Becca Cosmetics is known to be a beauty guru go to that can add some HOLY GRAIL glow to your make up routine. I just recently added this to my make up kit and I am seriously jumping on the band wagon. It’s super pigmented and unlike most “highlighters” it will actually give a luminous glow. This highlighter should be a go to for all black women because of the realistic glow it provides. It took me so long to buy it because I mean 40 bucks for a highlighter?!. But I can honestly says it worth every penny. Try the travel size if you don’t want to break the bank.


NARS Highlighting Blush: Albatross

Price: $30

Nars Albatross was my go to highlighter for the past few years. It gives a good glow for dark women because it have a yellow undertone so it doesn’t give you that chalky look some highlighters leave behind. Albatross is for a more stubble glow, but has a buildable coverage.


MAC ‘Mineralize’ Skinfinish: Gold Deposit

Price: $32

Mac Gold Deposit is a highlighter I think most black women own. For me it acts more as a bronzer that a highlighter. Gold deposit is a great highlighter and bronzer for women of color to blend in their contour. Even though I consider it a bronzer, it’s still an important product when you’re creating a glow  and need a nice transition, meaning you don’t want to GLOW in one or to spots but give an over all glowy appearance without going too heavy ! Mac Deposit helps me do just that.


MAC ‘Mineralize’ Skinfinish: Cheeky Bronze

Price: $32

MAC Cheeky Bronze is a good way to add depth to your highlight. It has a rosy undertone and tint. If you notice all of the highlighters that I use offer a little something different. Most days the Cheek Bronze is my go to highlighter bronzer combo. If you are a black women with a deeper skin tone I would suggest that you use MAC Gold Deposit as your go it and Cheeky Bronze to highlight your nose, above your lip and under you eye brows. for an iridescent stubble glow.

highlighter-bronzer-black-womenI used all 4 highlighters listed above:

  1. Becca Cosmetics Opal above my cheek bone.
  2. Nars Albatross in the corners of my eyes, tip of my nose, and above lip
  3. MAC Gold Deposit on top of contour directly under my cheek bone and framing forehead
  4. MAC Cheeky on nose bridge, blending contour, above lip and on chin

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Want more highlighter options? Check out my favorite beauty guru Jackie as she gives a product overload on the perfect glow and shows you how to take away the shine (for oily skin) and give yourself a radiant GLOW!

I would love to know some of your favorites and suggested highlighters? If you like this blog post and you like to see MORE -> like, comment and subscribe below. Let me know if you want see highlight dupe guide next!


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Hair to Obsess Over: Natural Texure Hair Extentions 

natural-texture-hair-extentionsI am extremely obsessed with the natural hair texture extentions 😍😍😍. I’ve been natural for a little over two years. Honestly I haven’t been counting; if people ask I tell them I went “natural” by default. I have sensitive skin and I also like to scratch my head when it itches 😩😂 so there was never a good time for a perm! Raise your hand if you follow what I’m saying 🙋🏽🙋🏼🙋🏿. But seriously all of the chemicals where too strong for my hair and scalp.

The amazing thing about natural texture hair extentions is that you don’t have to be “natural” in order to find a better quality match for your hair texture natural or relaxed.

I’m currently awaiting extentions from KCY Kinki Curly Yaki. I ordered some before the 4th of July holidays and had them mailed to Texas. Only problem was that they made it to Texas the EXACT same day that I left after the holidays 😩. So I’m patiently awaiting my BF to ship them to me.

Nonetheless less I figured I could share my current obsession and what is in my phone. Who all has a phone full of screen shot inspirations for style, hair, and nails?

What are you currently obsession over? Share with me below!



Oh as you can see I’m totally obsessed with MoeDa Diva! Recently found her on Instagram and I love her.

Please like, share, and comment below. I want to know what you are currently obsessing over?


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#NailedIt : Press ons from the 80s are Making a Strong Comeback

Some things never really go out of style. And some trends only die down to get better and make a bigger and better comeback than ever. Allow me to reintroduce Press On Nails straight out of the 80s. Unlike the french white tip and solid red press ons these “new age” press ons are coming in all shapes, sizes, and nail art :

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These press ons are life! 💅🏽@kirisklaws

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Here are some of my favorites by KirisKlaws:


Let me know your take on this recurring fad?!. Yay or nay?


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Wash Day Routine 

For the most part I wear some form of extensions whether it’s weave, faux locs, crochet braids, wigs whatever. I don’t wear my hair much because it’s hard to maintain and I’m a lazy natural. There I said it. lol.

For the past year and a half I have been on a no heat journey. Last year I did not use heat at all no curling iron. No blow dryer. That was hard!! After that year I got my hair pressed for  my birthday in Feb and restarted my no heat journey! This time I am using a blow dryer after I wash my hair. My hair is so thick and kinky that without it I get frustrated and the entire process becomes a mess.

Here’s my current Wash Day Routine:

I oil my scalp with Jobaba Oil and Pure Tea Tree Oil (to help with build up and or dandruff)

pure tea tree oil

I washed my hair with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree shampoo and Trader Joe’s Tea Tree conditioner. Absolutely love the brand? It works well and is inexpensive!

tea tree tingle shampoo and conditioner
Ignore the fact that this was early Saturday morning and I don’t have on any makeup!

I drenched my hair in conditioner and place a shower cap over it. I didn’t use heat during this step, instead I just did some cleaning around the house and let the conditioner sit in my hair for 45 minutes.
I rinsed out the conditioner with cool water and parted my hair into four equal sections. I blow dryer one section at a time. I used Mixed Chicks serum, 100% coconut oil, and a paddle brush. I took one section but a dollp of serum and rubbed it in my hair and them a dime size of coconut oil and rubbed it in my scalp down to my ends. I dried it piece by piece. I pretty much used the same technique that I would use if I was flatironing my hair.

my little afro

Then I part my hair off and braid it into cornrows. I use Lota Body wrapping foam (because I knew I wanted to wear a braid out the next day), Taliah Waajid curl cream, and Design Essentials edge tamer.
I still have 6 months to go in my no heat change!! I can’t wait until my next press out, but until then I will try my best to make my scalp and hair healthier day by day!


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DIY: Easy To Do Marley Bun

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I’m just going to walk you through the simple steps that I used to create my Marley Bun/ Textured Bun. This is a super easy hairstyle for natural and relaxed ladies:

What do you need: Hair tie, Brush, Comb, Scarf, Marley Braid Hair, Bobby Pins

  1. I parted the front of my hair off into two sections, just enough for me to twist.
  2. Placed the rest of my hair into a ponytail and twisted sectioned hair and pinned it up with ponytail.
  3. Secured rubber band around marley hair in a loop, so that I then add marley hair to my ponytail
  4. Wrapped around marley hair and secured with bobby pins.

These are some great pictorials too:


Check out other ways that I have rocked this style on Instagram @iamamandabell


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Best Cleanser for sensitive skin + Dr. Blackburn


Quick Recap: I did a post this morning on my Instagram and Facebook about a Facial Cleanser that was recommended to me by my dermatologist Dr. Blackburn. I received a lot of messages about where it can be found and my experience with Dr. Blackburn so I figured I would do a blog post so I could answer all of the questions at once. Read More

Dallas Nail Addict

Nails by Cathy at LP NailsIf you follow me on Instagram you know I am always looking for a good place in Dallas to get a Mani and Pedi :). In a perfect world I would find an awesome nail tech in the North Dallas area that is relatively close to me. But I have been so desperate to find talent, a clean facility, and reasonable pricing that I visit places all over DFW: Plano, Frisco, Dallas, and Addison to name a few. So finally I searched the hashtag DallasNails on Instagram and came across @Cathycaoo! I think I have found a favorite yall!

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Cathy works at LP Nails a family owned business off Montfort really close to Dallas Galleria

Cathy is very sweet and accommodating, I normally do an acrylic nail and gel polish which can get pretty pricy! She introduced to to Nexgen after I told her that my nails get really sensitive and that I wanted to grow them out and start wearing my own. Not only did she talk me through the steps as she did my nails, but she helped me save $10. Not much, but hey it’s something!!

I’m so used to going to nail ships that try to UPSELL you on everything: nail, toes, eyelashes, waxes- so to have someone that actually listened to me was refreshing! I have found a GEM and I will def be back! So how did you find your favorite nail salon? A friend, co-worker, Instagram? Share! We would love to know! If you are like I was and still in search please check out Cathy! You won’t regret it Instagram or schedule an appointment through Styleseat

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DIY: How to go from beginner to installing your own Faux Locs

So I am going to explain to you how a person (like me 🙂 ) with very little skill or knowledge of braiding hair successfully installed faux locs.

Using $5.99 Marley Hair from BSS

Faux Locs

  1. Watch a lot of YouTube. I watched a variety of install videos and tried to see if I like one persons technique better than another.
  2. Evaluate your skill level. It all came down to skill level, I can plait and cornrow my own hair, but that is as far as my knowledge goes on braiding hair. But the tutorial that I decided to use taught me a ‘no braid method’, which meant I wouldn’t need to “catch” my hair. Below I will post the top 3 videos that I use to help me install my own faux locs.
  3. Patience. It literally took my 24 hours to complete my entire head! I split my hair up into 4 equal sections and I would say each section took my about 6 hours to complete, but that is with breaks included, because my arm was getting hella tired! 😛
Products you will need:
  • Lighter/ Candle
  • Kanekalon Braid Hair
  • Marley Hair
  • Clips
  • Shea Butter
  • Spray Leave –in Conditioner
  • Comb
  • Scissors
Faux Locs DIY
Using RastAfri Marley Hair

Faux Locs

Deciding which hair to use:

There are also a few videos that I watched pertaining which hair to use: Marley, yarn, or Kanekalon braid hair. And even when I narrowed it down it took trial and error to find a brand to achieve the look I wanted. One thing that I noticed is that the courser Marley hair had a lot of fly aways and looked a little messy a few days after completing; but if you are going for a more natural like, that shouldn’t be a problem.

I re-did the front two rows two weeks after they had been in due to dandruff and the nappier they became the harder it was to keep a professional appearance for work and such.

The second time around I felt like I knew what I was doing and I could make the front cute and neat! I used RastAfri Marley Hair it was like $7.99 a pack and I liked it a lot better. I could tell in the texture that is was a smoother kinky hair and it showed in my locs; some fly aways still accrued, but not near as many as with the other hair. I bought the hair from a local beauty supply store. Going forward I will stick with this rand or try the Cuban Twist.

Here are the tutorial I found the most helpful:

I hope this helps you on your journey of protective styling dolls! You can see more pics of how I style and wear my Faux Locs on Instagram @iamAmandaBell


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#fotd go to makeup

Truth. I never wear makeup to work, unless there is planned event, where I know I will see several people. (shoot me, I’m vain! but you knew that by the selfies above.) But the idea is that I give my face time to breathe by using the 5:2 face diet. Where you give your face 2 days off from makeup which allows your skin to detox, while protecting your skin from acne + dehydration, maintaining your skin tone, saving  time and if you buy makeup like me- LOTS and LOTS of money!

But when I do wear makeup- I don’t hold back! Here is a list of the products I use to get my signature going out look (don’t even try counting them; it’s a lot I KNOW!)

Below is the makeup tutorial that I used to help me achieve this look! I promise I’ve watched it at least 7 times! I tweaked a few things and subtracted a few items to make this look more suitable for me, but all in all Sonjdra Deluxe does a great job at teaching the hopeless. me. 🙂

Here is the link to her YouTube page.

 Enjoy dolls! And remember to always put your best FACE forward.


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riri’s purple rain

Riri Bad Gal has been all over social media spotted at Coachella over the weekend sporting a violet lip stain from Free Spirits Cosmetic, her friend’s make up line. The lip stain Purple Haze retails for $25, but of course it’s currently out of stock. But if you need a dupe to hold you over until the site restocks a lot of sites are suggesting Too Faced Melted Violet, but if you don’t want to splurge on a dupe get the look for less with the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Coy for $3.49. It’s a hyper pigmented non-sticky formula. It reminds me of a kid like lip-gloss, but it definitely packs a punch!

me wearing the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Coy


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