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Taking care of your hands and nails is a must for many women like myself. Often times, a chance to go get a salon Manicure just never comes with the busy life we may lead. Plus, the visits can get pricey trying to keep up with that lux nail life. So, I Opt for doing my nails at home. Also, doing my nails at home is a destresser and allows for needed me time.

Recently, I have come across the best nude nail polishes for women of color. I have been on the hunt for beautiful nude shades to compliment my chocolate skin tone for many years. Now, the hunt has come to an end with Sally Hansen. I was sent shades from their Color Therapy line called “Make My Clay” and “Chai on Life” to test out. I was so surprised that they ended up being outstanding nude tones. I really liked how the polish applied too. It was not streaky at all, two coats will do you here. Drying time is within seconds also! 

In addition to the polishes, I was also sent the top coat. I am so in love with the top coat! Not only does it add that high gloss salon finishing touch to your home mani! but it aids in keeping it chip free. Awesome right!

Over all, I truly enjoy wearing the two colors on my nails. They really give a polished look to your nails in my opinion. Do you like nude nail colors? Want to check out the polish shades that were mentioned? You can find them and other colors in the Sally Hansen Color Therapy line at your local drugstore or wherever Sally Hansen products are sold.

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Yes, you read the title right! MAC Cosmetics has announced that they will be releasing a limited edition collection for the R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton per her fans request. Which I think is fantastic! I was and still am a huge fan of Aaliyah. I’m sure other fans are happy to have the chance to get some signature Aaliyah beauty products in their makeup stash just as I am.

Aaliyah passed away on August 25th, 2001 in a tragic accident after finishing the shooting for her then up and coming debut “Rock the Boat”. This song still gets me on the dance floor. My mother even loves the song also! 


It has been stated that MAC says the new tribute collection for Aaliyah is set to release in the Summer of 2018. Aaliyah’s fans requested that the line include eyeshadows, lipsticks, lipliners, lipglosses, contour & highlighting products, beauty powders, false lashes, and eyebrow pencils that represent and are inspired by Aaliyah. I’m super excited for this collaboration to hit the store shelves. Oh, I know this Aaliyah for MAC Limited Edition collection will be amazing and I’ll definitely have my coins ready for purchase. 

I’m so pumped about the Aaliyah for MAC collection. It’s a great tribute to her legacy as we all know Aaliyah kept her makeup looks absolutely flawless. She was edgy but sweet. Plus, Aaliyah touched so many and she will always hold a dear place in their hearts. 

I will keep you updated on the in-store dates for this collection. You can also follow the line on Aaliyah’s website or on twitter.

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Disclaimer: Product purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own.

Hi TRC Gang! About a month or so ago, I was asked the following questions about a beauty brand called LipSense. You know like…
Have you heard of LipSense? Have you tried LipSense? What do you think about LipSense?

I love it when you all have product questions. I enjoy sharing my point of view about beauty products, especially ones that my audience/tribe has a curiosity about. I have seen this product all over social media and it claims to be kiss proof, water proof, and last for a ridiculously long time. So, I set out to get my hands on this lippie. You can purchase this item from someone who is a distributor of the products. First off, this product is very expensive in my opinion. I purchased the $55 starter kit and chose the brown nude shade Cappuccino. So, does it really work? Does it dry out your lips? Would I buy it again? Keep reading! 


The starter kit comes with your choice of lip color, gloss and remover. Once you have those, you can purchase additional lip colors and the different glosses. There are 70 lip shades in a variety of finishes as well as 10 different glosses that range from matte, glossy, iridescent, to glitter! I was super excited about glitter gloss. Y’all know I love some glitter! 


The Application

When applying LipSense, there is a magic number and it is “3”. I found that applying 3 thin layers, making sure to let each one dry in between gives you the perfect pigmentation on your lips. For the first application, there may be a slight tingle. The product contains a cosmetic grade alcohol which can sting some and give a cooling feeling as it evaporates. However, I noticed that the sensation was less noticeable on the second day.

Once your 3 coats are dry, you simply apply your gloss of choice. This step is what makes your lips feel moisturized and gives them that oh so lush juicy look. You will not experience a dry, matte feel when using the gloss with the lip color. The first time I applied the gloss to my lips, I was floored that none of brownish tan color came off on the lip gloss applicator. Amazing! 

The Verdict 

  • Overall, the lip color formula is good. It can be thin and streaky if you don’t apply 3 coats. Please note, many have said that the opacity can vary with the colors as well.
  •  The burning sensation could be uncomfortable for some people. The gloss is a must for this product. Without the it, the lip color feels dry. 
  • The wear of this product is very impressive. I was truly outdone! It really lasted through frappes, a burger, sipping water in meetings, rubbing, and drinks with friends. No transfer at all!
  • The scent of the lip color was ok. The glosses are unscented and the remover smells so pleasant, like vanilla. I love the scent of vanilla!
  • I would not wear LipSense everyday because I do enjoy reapplying my lip color! 
  • The initial investment of $55 is very expensive for my taste, but once you have gloss, you can purchase additional colors for $25. This is still steep, but since you will only have to apply once a day, it maybe economical for some.
  • Even though I like this product, I do not see myself buying it again. I can get a regular lippie and be happy.

Do I recommend LipSense?

Yes I do. This product definitely works.  I have tried some long lasting lip products in my day, but none as long lasting like this one. You just have to keep reapplying the gloss to keep it feeling moisturized. I really like that it’s vegan, lead-free and cruelty free which are huge pluses in my book. So, if you don’t mind spending the money, I say grab it! 

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Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for consideration for review. As always, I only share my honest thoughts on products. If a product doesn’t work well for me, I simply will not review it. 

Hi TRC Gang, I want to talk with you about a new cosmetic line that has exclusively hit the shelves of Ulta. It’s called Models Own, a brand originating from the U.K. that is cruelty-free. This collection is fresh, fun, and most of all affordable. I’m a stickler for affordability with makeup brands because in my opinion some of them can just be very over priced. 

Models Own offers many different formulas with it’s cosmetics and they have a good range of colors too. They don’t believe in one look, one way! I was sent three of their products to try and give my honest feelings about them. I was sent the Sculpt and Glow Highlighter Powder (Golden Sand) and two Matte Liquid Lipsticks (Candy Cane and Coral Fresh).


Sculpt and Glow Highlighting Powder ($11.99)

The Sculpt and Glow Highlighter in the shade Golden Sand is beautiful. It gives you the perfect amount of glow.  I really love that it is highly pigmented. I like to add the highlight to my cheekbones, nose, and chin with a fan brush. The glow last all day! 


Matte Liquid Lipstick ($7.99)

I love these matte lippies. The formula for theme is super creamy. They go on very smooth and they don’t feel sticky at all. Plus, they dry quickly and last for a good while on your lips. I adore the smell of them too. The peppermint scent is very pleasant. 

Models Own cosmetics is a fabulous brand that delivers on high quality with an affordable price to match. I suggest you get BOLD and give them a try for yourself. Don’t be shy, add some of their products to your stash. You can purchase Models Own at Ulta stores or Ulta.com. Also, be on the look out for a video with me incorporating these products into a makeup look. If you’re not subbed to my YouTube channel, head over and subscribe. 

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Spring finally feels like it’s here in Indianapolis, Indiana and I’m too excited. I’m ready to pull out my maxi dresses and play in pastel makeup colors. So spring time right! Recently, I was sent the Hard Candy Matte Eyeshadow And Metal Eyes palettes from their Look Pro Line. I am a long time fan of Hard Candy Cosmetics, so I was thrilled about working with them. Plus, the palettes are super gorgeous! 

The Palettes

Look Pro Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($10)


This palette is so versatile and has a very unique color scheme. The palette contains 15 matte eyeshadow shades and two double sided eyeshadow brushes to give you a total of four. I must say, this palette is bad at all. I dig matte palettes and nothing is better than finding a palette as verse as this one. It has a row of light matte shades, some nice warm shades, cool shades and even some popping deep shades. How’s that for choices, huh?


For the formula, it’s ok. It’s definitely not too bad for a drugstore brand. The formula is smooth and creamy. The shadows blend very nicely. However, when you use a brush they aren’t as pigmented. You have to pack it on. The only thing I don’t like is that these are a bit powdery and you will have some fallout. Overall this is a good palette for the price. 

Look Pro! Metal Eyes Palette ($8)


This dry-to-wet eyeshadow quad is brilliant. Hard Candy really out did themselves with this kit. It has everything you need for a sultry metallic look all in one place. The kit includes four shimmering shadows, a nice dual-ended shadow brush, one black eyeliner pencil, mixing pan, and an eyeshadow mixing liquid. The liquid is magnificent, it helps turn dull, dry shades into something you might see in Vogue Magazine. The entire kit is about the cost of a latte at you favorite coffee house. 


These palettes very affordable and are a must have for your makeup collection. You can purchase them at the Hard Candy website or exclusively at Walmart stores. 

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We all want to achieve the look of a flawless beat face. But sometimes our skin issues make it hard for us. This is where color correcting can come into play as a technique that can help if you are suffering from certain skin problems. Hard Candy has come out with a new line of color correction products to aid in addressing different skin issues. If you have never tried color correcting like myself, Hard Candy products are a great place to start.


Hard Candy sent me there Cushion Wonder (cream with built-in sponge), Radiant Primer (Lavender), and Expert Stick (Yellow) to try. I like all of them, but I really liked the Cushion Wonder and Radiant Primer. These two products addressed skin issues that I wanted to correct. The coverage was very good and they prolonged the wear of my makeup. Each of these are available in six different shades that cater to all skin tones.

Radiant Primer 

The primer is your go to for all over correcting. Just pea-sized amount is all you need to cover and brighten your whole face. This primer is packed with glycerin, which pulls moisture out of the air and deposits it into your skin. No more dry crack looking makeup here! You don’t have to fret over your base makeup feeling cakey over this primer either, as it asks as a second skin by melting into your skin quickly.

Cushion Wonder

This is a pretty good concealer for dark circles and spots on your face. It’s very lightweight and blending is a breeze to even out your skin. After you achieve your desired coverage, set it with power and proceed with your next step. 

Expert Stick

This stick goes on very smoothly and will not tug at your skin while applying. Once you blend it out with your finger or your favorite blending tool, it transforms into a powder-like finish that mattes the skin. It’s great for oily skin sufferers by keeping shine to a minimum.

How to Color Correct

If acne, rosacea, or an uneven skin tone are what you want to cover, you should reach for the green, which will neutralize redness. If you have sunburn, then yellow will minimize it for the day. Pink and lavender (depending on your skin tone) will lend your complexion a natural-pop of radiance. If dark circles a big issue for you, then peach or orange will be your new bestie. Too much info to remember, no worries! You’ll find purpose of each is clearly printed on the packaging. You can also mix and match these colors to target specific concerns that you have as well.

Overall, I’m loving these new color correction products from Hard Candy. I fell that really aid in helping you to achieve a very flawless beat face. Everything in the Hard Candy Color Correct collection is available exclusively at Walmart.

It’s Giveaway Time!

A big that you goes out to the folks at Hard Candy for sponsoring this giveaway. One lucky winner will receive the Color Correct primer and 2 Expert sticks. This giveaway is open the U.S. and Canada residents only. This giveaway will run from May 1, 2017 to May 15, 2017. Note: The winner will be randomly picked upon the close of the giveaway. If you follow then unfollow, this will disqualify you for future giveaways. I do keep track of my followers. Good luck to everyone that enters.

Entry Rules

1) Must be a follower of The Review Chic on Instagram

2) Must be a follower of The Review Chic of YouTube.

3) Comment under and repost giveaway photo to your Instagram account.

***Be sure to leave your email to be contacted if you are selected as the winner under the Instagram giveaway photo or under the YouTube video for this giveaway.***

Bonus Entry

Share giveaway photo on Twitter and tag @TheReviewChic @HardCandyLife in the post.

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 Now days, you can find great drug store makeup products on the market. One of my favorite brands is Rimmel London. I just adore their lippies and face primer. Now I have a new favorite, their new Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Palettes ($7.99).  The palettes come in three color combinations with a mixture of twelve matte and shimmer colors in each. The good folks over at Rimmel London sent me two out of the three palettes which are Keep Calm & Wear Gold and London Nudes Calling to review for you. Let’s get into these palettes! 


The Keep Calm & Wear Gold eyeshadow palette has a light-to-dark, warm-to-cool setup. There are four satin-matte shades and eight shimmer shades. I’m a shimmer girl, so you know I was all the way here for this palette. The palette has a very nice variety of colors and finishes which I love. It has a great balance of matte-to-shimmer, so you have wonderful transition colors making it super versatile for day to night wear. 

The eye colors have a smooth texture and are pretty pigmented. The formulation was consistent for the palette and was beautifully workable( easy to apply, blend, and build). I did not get any patchiness as the eyeshadows went on very smoothly. When I used the shadow with primer, the colors lasted throughout day with little to no creasing.

As for the London Nudes Calling palette, it has a nice nude tone. But there is only one matte color out of the twelve shades in this palette. Just like the previous palette, these eyeshadows are very easy to work with and give a smooth even color wear. I just really wished there were more matte shades. However, I feel the hues are so gorgeous! 

The Verdict 

My overall thoughts on these eyeshadow palettes is that they are of great quality for a budget friendly price tag! I enjoyed working with colors from both palettes, but I know you all want to know which one was my absolute favorite. I would definitely have to go with the Keep Calm & Wear Gold eyeshadow palette. It contains a nice mix of cool and warm shade ranges with a brilliant shimmer that I just can’t deny. Whether you choose to go with my recommendation or your own, these palettes are sure to have your eyes looks poppin for Spring and summer.

You can purchase these palettes at your favorite local drugstore.

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