Category: Beauty

A Red Lip

Beauty, Videos February 3, 2017

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I remember the first time I dared to try a bold red lip. I was 17 years-old and I was a junior in high school. This was around the time when I began following fashion blogs like it was my religion. One of my favorite fashion icons and bloggers Ashley Madweke ‘AKA’ Ring My Bell wore a bold red lip in one of her blog posts and I was determined to recreate her look. I chose the cheapest lipstick I could find. It was an NYC lipstick in a bright bold red shade. That’s when I fell in love with a red lip. There is just something about wearing a bold red color that makes me feel like I can take on the world. No one and nothing can stop me. I love wearing a red lip on my best days and especially on my worst. On days when I am filled to the brim with self-doubt and insecurities, I grab my favorite red lip color, slather it on my lips, and instantly feel better. Well, that and I listen to “Independent Women, Pt. I” by Destiny’s Child on repeat.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

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What’s on My Face

Beauty January 9, 2017

With winter in full force, I have been putting more of an effort into taking care of my skin. That being said, my makeup routine has definitely changed since the last time I did a “What’s on My Face” post back in June. Keep scrolling for a full list of the products that I have been using on my face.

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EYES

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara

LIPS

Colourpop Lippie Stix in Hotline
Sephora Collection Lip Stain in 13 Marvelous Mauve
Sephora Collection Lip Stain in 01 Always Red

FACE

e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer
Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 
RCMA No-Color Powder
NARS Laguna Bronzer
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Wisp
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Highlight 01
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light
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Let me know in the comments below if you’d like to film a video using these products.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

Top 5 Nail Colors for Fall

Beauty November 3, 2016

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a beauty related blog post so today I’m sharing my favorite nail colors to wear during the fall. I love my reds and my neutrals, of course, but sometimes I like to be adventurous. See what colors I’ll be wearing on my nails this fall.

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“Shall We Chalet?” by essie
Red is my go-to color when it comes to my nails. My personal motto is “When in doubt, wear red.” This color is the perfect shade of red for fall. It’s not too bold and it’s not too bright. It’s just right.

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“Obsessed” by Formula X
I always reach for this shade when I’m in the mood to wear a dark color on my nails. I love pairing dark nails with a dark vampy lip.

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“Worth a Pretty Penne” by OPI
Gold is one of my favorite colors. This gold in particular looks beautiful on the nails. It’s more of a muted rose gold color. It’s not too bright, but it still has a beautiful metallic sheen to it.

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“It’s a Piazza Cake” by OPI
I discovered this color from one of my favorite beauty vloggers, Kathleen Fuentes ‘AKA’ KathleenLights. Orange is typically a color that I tend to stay away from because it doesn’t always suit my particular skin tone, but this nail color is the exception. It’s stunning and absolutely perfect for fall.

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“Mamba” by essie
This nail color has to be one of my all-time favorite nail colors. It’s such a beautiful neutral color that pairs well with my skin tone. I often have a difficult time finding nude nail colors that suit my skin tone, but I don’t find that I have that problem with this shade.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

Top 5 Lip Colors for Fall with Ana Duarte

Beauty September 15, 2016

Fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it from the weather to the fashion. Not to mention pumpkin flavored everything. Makeup is no exception. During this time of year, I break out my mauves and bold colored lip products. Today I’m sharing my top 5 lip colors for fall. This is in collaboration with my friend Ana Duarte.

KathleenLights x OFRA in Havana Nights
When I want to wear a bold lip without having to worry about reapplying throughout the day, I always reach for OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks in Havana Nights. The formula is a mousse like texture which can make these liquid lipsticks tricky to apply. Nothing a lip brush and concealer can’t fix! I wore this lip color to a birthday party where I stuffed my face with lumpia ‘AKA’ the ultimate lips test and it stayed on for hours.

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip in Divine Wine
If you’re someone who’s looking to try a matte lip for the first time, I definitely recommend Maybelline’s Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lips. They have a wide range of colors, but Divine Wine is easily one of my favorite colors in their wide range of shades. The colors are really beautiful, comfortable to wear, and easy to apply.

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Marvelous Mauve

SEPHORA COLLECTION Cream Lip Stain in 13 Marvelous Mauve
There’s a reason that the name of this lip stain is Marvelous Mauve. It is the perfect mauve lip color. The formula of this lip stain is similar to OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks in that it is a mousse like texture. However, it doesn’t have the same lasting power as OFRA’s, but it does stay on longer than your typical lipstick. Plus, you won’t find another mauve like this.

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip in Touch of Spice
This color is the perfect everyday lip. It just adds a nice wash of color to the face. I love that you can build up the intensity for a semi-bold lip or you can dab it on your lips for a more subtle look.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Frick N’ Frack
This has been one of my go-to lip colors as of lately. Frick ’N Frack is a beautiful rosy terra-cotta color. My favorite way to wear this color is to dab this on my lips. Then, I use my fingers to blend it out. Because this formula is satin, it isn’t going to last on your lips for a long period of time. However, I find that with this color in particular, it fades nicely.

Let me know what your favorite lip color for fall is in the comment section below. Be sure to check out Ana’s Top 5 Lip Colors for Fall and show her some love.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

What’s On My Face

Beauty June 20, 2016

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I’m pretty simple when it comes to my makeup. I am a creature of habit so I tend to stick to the same makeup products and the same makeup routine. While I am a creature of habit, every once in awhile, I’ll stumble upon a new product or I’ll want to try something new.

I recently started using the Mario Badescu Facial Spray after hearing some of my favorite YouTubers rave about it, but wasn’t until I ran out of this stuff did I realize how much I loved it. I have also been using the CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream. It didn’t take much for me to fall in love with this product.

On most days during the summer, I cannot be bothered with makeup, but when I do decide to wear makeup, here’s what’s on my face:

Mario Badescu Facial Spray
Make Up For Ever Mattifying Primer
NYX Micro Brow Pencil
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel
CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream in 530
RCMA No-Color Powder
Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette
L’Oreal Glam Bronze in Deep
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Wisp
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Prenup
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs