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Products I Regret Buying (With a Twist)


Fortunately for me, I never thought I’d have to cover a topic like this. One thing about me and makeup – as much as I love it and it’s my passion I am by NO means a makeup hoarder. I usually think long and hard before a splurge and do plenty of research on the product long before buying and I rarely impulse shop. Ever.

Most (if not all) the things in my kit I actually get full use out of which is great because girl I AIN’T TRYNA WASTE NO MONEY. Every once in a while I go get tempted try out a new product that’s been hyped or raved about. And quite frankly, no matter how much research you do, from time to time you’re still going to stumble upon a product that just WON’T work for you. Here’s my list of products that just did not cut it for me…

But with the twist! At the end of the video I talk about products that I THOUGHT I had no use for, and then I finally picked them up one day and began to love them!

So here’s the products I have that have been somewhat of a fail for me (with number 1 being the MOST epic).



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6. MAC Selecr Sheer Loose Powder
There’s no doubt in my mind that this product probably works phenomenally. People truly do rave over this one. Except if it actually came in my shade!!! I mistakenly purchased NC45 for some odd reason and it just sits on my shelf collecting dust, hence why it’s on this list. I regret buying it because I don’t even use it in my kit!


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5. Wet & wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner
This one was a fail for me on so many levels. BUT it might also have to do with the fact that I ordered it online and perhaps during the shipping process it might have effected the product. But by the time it made it here to Kuwait, it was oil slick and greasy, not at all like what a gel liner is supposed to feel like. It felt like I was putting lip gloss on my eyelids. Not at all opaque! And I’ve had several of my readers say the same thing, so hmmm it makes me wonder if I got a bad batch or not. This was is up in the air. Either way, I wasted my money with this one.


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4. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
Went to the MAC store one day because I ran out of the usual Select CoverUp Concealer in NW40 that I usually use but they were SOLD OUT. I was in dire need that evening of concealer and it was the only MAC store in the vicinity so I just bought the Pro Longwear on a whim. The girl who worked there swore up and down I’d prefer this one. I took it home and hated it!!!! As a matter of fact, I used it for about a week to give it fair judgement and even still hated it. It’s super matter formula is too drying for my under-eyes. It highlights fine lines in places I didn’t even know I had fine lines lol I’ve heard of several people saying this concealer is actually amazing as a foundation and I have no doubt that it is, especially since I have combination skin. But unfortunately it’s too light for me to be used all over face. *sigh*


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3. MAC 205 Brush
Just an eyelash fan brush that sits in my brush belt looking all professional-ish. Except I barely use it! I really wanted to like this brush, but I feel the mascara wand on its own does the exact same thing and I rarely reach for it.


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2. Maybelline Baby Lips
Remember my review on this one a couple months ago? Yeah, I still feel the same. The baby lips to me were just overrated and overhyped. I have dry lips and it did nothing for me. And the pink tint? It reminds me of a hooker lol


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1. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation
I’m sorry Maybelline, but really I expect SO much more from you. Maybelline is quite possibly one of my favorite drugstore brands. Not only did this foundation not work for me, but erm. Well, let me just keep it clean. It was WAY too greasy for my combination skin. And my skin is really not that oily. I didn’t care for the shade range either, the darker ones ran a bit too red for my liking when a lot of African American women are more golden. One thing I didn’t particularly care for either; I didn’t get to peep the ingredients but I noticed my skin burned a bit upon applying. The same way my skin burns after a fresh chemical peel. Yeah, so that one got tossed with the quickness. Sorry Maybelline, you know I love you and in my eyes you can do no wrong! But this one was a no-go for me!


Products that I thought were a fail but ended up being an epic #WIN


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MAC Lustre Drops
WHY did it take me well over a year to learn how to properly use this stuff?! *Face palm* This stuff, mixed in with your favorite foundation can turn your matte finish to an instant JLO glow in seconds. The Lustre drops have a pearl finish and for dark skin (FAQ) in no way does it effect the color of the foundation itself, so don’t worry about that (as long as you don’t apply too much of course). It just makes it look more sun-kissed and dewey, without effecting the benefits of wearing a matte founation (controlling oil) It’s like the best of both worlds! In my video review I was talking about a client of mine that requested a “JLO” look, and this was exactly how I achieved it. I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation and put in a few squirts of Lustre Drops and I wanted to show you guys how her makeup turned out. She GLOWED that day! I also threw in a couple photos of another client wearing MAC Lustre Drops on a “forest fairy” themed photoshoot I did a few months ago.

 Don’t they look amazing on both of these ladies??


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Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer
Oh the things you discover when you run out of supplies! This one was a gem in disguise. Normally I do my contouring with MAC Contour Powder in Shadowy, but when things started to get low, I finally summed up the courage to pick up my Covergirl bronzer. Never really understood the hype behind bronzers, until I actually used it. It’s amazing on dark skin! Especially in the summer when you want the benefits of adding a contour without it being too cool on your skin. It’s definitely appropriate for the season. Love these and Sam Fine highly recommends them!!!


So there’s my otherwise known as epic fail list. I hope you all enjoyed. Sorry for getting a new post out so late, love yall!


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Rockstar Party Makeup Look

Yeah, rockstar makeup!!

Products used
MAC Oil Control Lotion
MUFE HD Foundation
Sumita Eyebrow Pencil in dark brown
Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo in Painted Purple
Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette
Sugarpill Lumi Pigment
Sugarpill Darling Pigment
MAC Vex eyeshadow
Maybelline Ultra Liner
Maybelline Lash Stiletto
MAC Contour Powder in Shadowy
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural
NYX Dusty Rose Blush
MAC Cork Lipliner
NYX Hippie Chic
Ben Nye Banana Powder

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Smokey Grey Eyes with the Naked Palette

By popular demand, here’s a video on the smokey grey eye look that a lot of you inquired about in my recent videos ^_^

Shadow Shields
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo in Audacious Asphalt and Tenacious Teal
MAC Feline Eye Kohl
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
La Femme Blush in Terracotta
E.L.F. Body Glow
MAC Lipliner in Cork
MAC Creme Cup Lipstick

‘Tis all for now!
Thank you for watching!

-Jackie O

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June Favorites :)

Don’t get too excited because there aren’t a lot lol

Yall KNOW I’m a harsh critic so honestly I don’t see myself doing these every single month. Not that I haven’t been trying a lot of great things this month but only very very few were actually worth raving about for the month of June, here are my picks!

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

Only one word may be used to describe these: FABULOUS! I was actually surprised at their color payoff, their shade range, and the amount of product you get for the price. Job well done, Maybelline! I will definitely continue to use these and they DO have great staying power and are smudge prood, so I wouldn’t doubt the 24 hours they claim to hold.

I don’t own all the colors, here’s just a few of them with some bonus swatches :)

NYX Indie Flick Lipstick and Wet & Wild Hot Paris Pink Lipstick
I was surprsingly impressed with these two!! NYX is the perfect hot red-orange for this summer, it reminds me of So Chaud from MAC. I also love the fact that it’s nude, but is super moisturizing. Hot Paris Pink is the perfect subtle pop of color, I don’t really care for a lot of pink on my lips (unless it’s like pale, or nude) but this one has me sold. Very very moisturizing, super shiny, and it smells like POPSICLES!!! #winning

China Glaze Peachykeen Nail Polish
Remember this from last weeks nail blog? Well here it is again! Thanks China Glaze for creating the PERFECT summer nail color for anti-nailpolish gals like me! Woo! lol just kidding, I’m not anti polish, I’m just very low maintenance with my nails since I’m constantly working with my hands and since my clothes and makeup looks are always so colorful, I prefer to keep my nails neutral. Peachykeen is amazing on dark skin is everyday wearable, even for the office!


Welp, for the Merry month of June, that’s all I got folks! Thanks for reading today. Till next time!

– Jackie O

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L’Oreal Green Eyes :)

Thought I’d spice things up a bit with metallic green eyes and a juicy orange lip :) Definitely not something that’s everyday wearable, color lovers this one is for you!

Feel free to change the lip and use other products if you wish. This look is not exclusive to how I wear it! You can totally change the lip around if you prefer something else or prefer a nude lip.

For this look I used the L’Oreal H.I.P. palette in Gunmetal. Let me just say if I had to choose a favorite drugstore brand for eyeshadows, hands down, this line would win the prize! Amazing pigmentation for something you can buy in a drugstore!



Products used
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Beauty Blender Sponge
Spiked brow pencil by MAC
Maybelline Color Tattoo Shadow in Bad to the Bronze
L’Oreal H.I.P. Eyeshadow Duo in Gunmetal
L’Oreal H.I.P. Pigment in Intrepid
Maybelline UltraLiner
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
Ben Nye Banana Powder
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide Liner in Baked
Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer in Q120
La Femme blush in Peach Sparkle
Cork lipliner by MAC
NYX Indie Flick Lipstick
OCC Lip Tar in Banjee