Summertime is my favorite time of the year! My hair gets lighter, and my skin gets darker. I usually neglect my budget around this time of the year to invest in a new vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free Skin Tint and Concealer from Lune + Aster.

I’m not a fan of wearing too much makeup in the summertime, but when I do? I prefer a dewy look that gives me a radiant finish. The Real Glow Skin Tint from Lune + Aster has a creamy texture that offers excellent sheer coverage and a natural look after minimum application. The Deep Almond was slightly darker than my summer tan; So, I used their Medium/Deep Hydrabright Concealer to blend perfectly with their Deep Almond Skin Tint shade to match my color. This brand has 11 shades in their Skin Tint to choose from, which is pretty impressive for a vegan line.

How do I achieve this Summer Time Glow? First, I use a moisturizer to hydrate my skin. Next, I apply Lune + Aster’s Real Glow Skin Tint on my face using a moist blending sponge. Once again, I neglected my eyebrows, so I use their Hydrabright concealer under the brow to hide the fine hairs, under my eyes, forehead, upper lip, chin, and then blend in with my Skin Tint using my blending sponge. Finally, I applied blush and setting powder, and viola, I have an effortless glow for the summertime.

Music: Another Time; Musician: LiQWYD

My Favorite Ingredients found in both products:
Hyaluronic Acid- helps replenish the skin’s moisture levels.
Vitamin E- helps to hydrate, repair, and protects against UV damage.


Red Apple Lipstick: Gluten-Free & Vegan Lipstick

Red Apple Lipstick: Gluten-Free & Vegan Lipstick

Red Apple Lipstick was gracious to sponsor my 2nd Annual Galentines Day Slumber Party. They sent an array of colors full of pinks, reds, and purples to my guest and me. I was fortunate to find the color “Audrey” (a soft pink) in my bag, a popular color from Red Apple Lipstick that is crafted with the highest quality ingredients to ensure long-lasting color and moisturized lips. I usually wear a lot with red, so I couldn’t wait to wear this pale pink with the outfit I picked out for brunch the next day with my girls. I wore a gold shimmer pencil skirt with an oversized black sweater and a black fedora hat, and this Audrey color added a timeless touch to my sophisticated look for the day. I applied a little bit on my lip, and Viola! My lips look and felt smooth and supple. Who knew a gluten-free and vegan lip line could make my lips look like this?

Side Note: the Rallye Balm is fantastic for everyday wear. It kept my lip soft and moisturized.

My Favorite Three Ingredients
Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil) – s a humectant that helps retain skin moisture by preventing water loss through the skin’s outer layer.
Olive (Olea Europea) Oil – provides relief from cracked and chapped lips, and natural SPF protection.
Prunus Amygdalus Dulas (Sweet Almond) Oil – has nourishing properties that lock in moisture to leave lips soft and plump




Who knew a splash of Sangria could look just as good as it tastes. Beauty Bakerie developed a special recipe that includes red wine with brandy, orange juice, blueberries, strawberries, and a hint a sugar that will turn you into a Michelin star delight. This alluring shade of pink is perfect for every occasion. Beauty Bakerie Sangria Matte Lip Whip will have you turning heads at a summer day party, capture onlookers on a fall outing, warm your date up on a cold romantic evening, and bring a smile to a loved one face on a beautiful spring day. For the long-lasting look, apply no more than three layers of the product on your lip, gently Blatt, allow to dry, and finally leave the house and be prepared to turn heads. If someone asked you about your lip color, send them to the Beauty Bakerie website for their very own vegan dessert Matte Lip Whip.


Side Note: Lip color will not rub off on your face mask.



From reading my previous post on finding a clean foundation, it’s evident that I am a fan of the Mineral Fusion Sheer Tint Foundation. My only gripe with this product was the lack of representation when it came to shades. I was able to pass by using the “Olive, Olive” shade. But, what about everyone else who is unable to wear the available three shades? This brand failed to portray consumers with unique skin tones, which was the real reason why I switched to Uoma Beauty. This black-owned beauty brand launched in 2018 with the Beauty Innovator Award Winner, Say What?! Foundation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, places like Sephora and Ulta Beauty suspended product testing. For my advent beauty buyers, you know first hand how difficult it can be to find the right shade without testing the foundation first. Little did I know that Uoma Beauty was one step ahead of the game with their accurate online shade finder that sifts through 51 shades to find your complexion match. First, you select your shade out of six skin color groups, pick the shade within the skin color group, identify your undertone, and they will pull-up your proper skin match. They successfully matched me with Honey Honey, T2N. I intended to purchase the foundation, but I couldn’t resist adding the concealer and contour stick to my cart. See my review of each product below.


I bought this foundation in July during the quarantine. It came just in time for me to try on my birthday. This soft-matte foundation was perfect for my oily skin because it could soak up the excess oil while giving me long-lasting full coverage makeup without drying out my skin. The Say What?! Foundation was the ideal shade until I developed a bronze skin tone after exercising every day outside. So, I had to manipulate a lot using my contour stick and bronzer to match my summer tanned skin. I recommend applying the foundation on clean skin after your moisturizer and primer. I apply a generous amount of foundation to get full coverage and then use a makeup sponge to blend the application into my skin.


I apply the Stay Woke Concealer after the Say What?! Foundation to brighten my complexion, most importantly, under my eyebrow to shape, define and hide the hair (it’s been a year since I had my eyebrows done, so this concealer has been my BFF). First, I use the concealer as a primer on my eyelids and under eyebrow before applying the foundation on my face (Helpful tip: I recommend doing your eyes before your foundation). After I finished my eyes and lay the foundation, I use the Stay Woke Concealer under my eyes, swipe down the nose, chin, and on the area of my forehead located between my eyebrows (sorry, I don’t know what part of the face this is). This product was easy to blend and brighten my darker areas.


The Double Take Contour Stick is my favorite product from the line because you get two products for one price. This Double Take Contour Stick has a highlighter that gives you a luminous glow, and the contour stick enhances your face’s shape. I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I used the contour stick to compliment my newfound tan. I’m aware of the contour stick’s job, but buying another foundation wasn’t in the budget until fall. After using the foundation and concealer, I applied the contour stick along the hairline of my forehead, temples, under my cheekbone, Jawbone, and then blend using my makeup sponge (Fyi: a little goes a long way). Then I apply my translucent setting powder, blush, and finally, use the highlighter on my cheekbone, the bridge of my nose, and tear ducts; and gently blend using my fingers to get that luminous finish.


As you can see, the results are breathtaking. I get a long-lasting natural look.

For my Beginners (like me), I would suggest watching Slim Reshae on applying makeup for beginners.


Sidenote:  All of the ingredients in the products mentioned in this post are 100% vegan and received a score rating from good to fair on the EWG website.