Ultimate Gift Guide for the Babe in Black

You can already picture them: the friend who asks every sales associate, "Does this come in black?" You know, the one who will live and die by monochrome? Obviously, you're going to get them something black, but what??? What else could they POSSIBLY need in black? Don't worry, I've got the answer for you in this flawless gift guide.*

*Can be used to convert friends to the dark side

1. The Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

I looooooove this mask. With a little patience (seriously, wait until it's completely dry) and a little skill (ya gotta roll the edges in towards your nose) this peel-off charcoal mask will pull the gunk right outta your face. Buy it at Sephora!

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sephora

2. Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar

I first got hooked on this cleanser last year when I was working as a brand ambassador. I brought a bar over to my girl, Alex, CEO of Compulsive Nails, and her jaw about hit the bathroom counter when she dried off her face and looked in the mirror. The results are immediately visible. You’ll be left cry-laughing at your reflection going, “My pores...my pores...I can’t find my pores…” It’s hypo-allergenic, made with an absurd 97% natural ingredients, and will clear anything dead out of your face faster than you can say, “Holy blackheads, Batman!” PRO TIP: FOLLOW OUR INSTA @FABFEMINISTBLOG AND ‘LIKE’ THIS PHOTO TO GET YOUR GRUBBY LITTLE HANDS ON SOME FREE SAMPS. YOU’RE WELCOME, CREATURES OF THE INTERNET.

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NORDSTROM

3. Christian Louboutin Nail Polish in Kohl

If a pair of these badboys is outta the budget and your vanity spread is a top priority, consider purchasing some glossy black nail polish in Khol by Louboutin. It’s almost like TEN tiny Louboutins on your fingertips! Plus, just think how great this bottle and it’s sky-high, stiletto-inspired applicator will look on your altar AHEM I MEAN VANITY TABLE.

 NORDSTROM

NORDSTROM

4. MAC Liptensity in Stallion

Four years ago, I went on a perilous journey in search of the sold-out Black Friday limited edition MAC lipstick. After scouring the internet, multiple phone calls, and an over the phone purchase, I was finally the proud owner of not one, but three, Hautecore tubes of lipstick. Last Black Friday, Mac released Stallion in its Liptensity line and for $21, it was a steal! We’re excited go see what this year’s limited edition Black Friday score will be. 

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NORDSTROM

5. Compulsive Nail's Plaid Wraps

Okay, so these aren’t entirely black but we were on a punk rock kick and I couldn’t help myself. Compulsive Nails designed these for me back in January ‘14 for a month-long frolic in London. I had my Hautecore lipstick, my faux leather leggings, and some cherry red Dr. Martens and I was READY. These nails were like icing on the cake! Wear them for the holidays or whenever the heck you want because you’re punk rock as sh*t and don’t need a reason. Compulsive Nails is actually retiring this season, so grab these NOW before they’re gone forever!!

6. Molr's C&C Whitening Factory

C&C is hands down one of my new favorite products. It leaves your teeth feeling squeaky clean. You can SEE results. It's made of finely-powdered charcoal and coconut, both of which are known for their teeth whitening properties. It comes with a super cute teal toothbrush and has no flavor--not a bad flavor, not a  minty flavor, NO flavor. Thus making it a no-brainer, amirite?? It's one of the big reasons I decided to splurge for the Fab Fit Fun subscription box, WHICH YOU CAN ALSO GET HERE.

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This was a hysterical process, by the way. There is something completely unnerving about talking into a camera that's not even live, like you've got a whole audience instead of just your friend in the corner operating the camera. But we did it! We split a bottle of champagne (Excuse? It was a Sunday.) and had a ton of fun. Editing was another hell of a proccess. It had been so long since I'd used any software and for whatever reason, my computer thought it had no room for my final product. Talk about an OY to the VEY. If this looks a little grainy and sounds a little canned, it's because it is. The final product is actually brought to you by pirating my own content. Yup, since I couldn't save the final product to my computer, I played it on my computer and filmed the process from my iPhone and uploaded that to YouTube. Beyonce willing, it can only get better from here. It wouldn't be a proper first video if it wasn't a little embarrassing in quality, right??

The BEST Cosmetic Deals @ Nordy's Anniversary Sale

 
 

I don't know how to say this without sounding like a bougie mother f*cker, but NORDSTROM'S ANNIVERSARY SALE SEASON IS MY FAVORITE SEASON OF ALL. Seriously, their beauty department sale is legendary. EVERYBODY has a gift with purchase, everyone's got special edition gift sets, VOLUSPA CANDLES ARE ON SALE. It is absolutely magical. If you restock your makeup bag once a year, this is the time to do it, baby. Here are my top pics and why. The sale opens to the public in 5 hours, so BRACE YOUR WALLETS.

1. Lancome's Lash Lovers Mascara Collection

Lancome makes the best mascara. If you think otherwise, I'm sorry, but you're wrong. You're just wrong. This gift set is great because you're getting THREE full-size mascaras (all of which value about $30 a pop) plus you get to try their brand new Monsieur Big (very SATC of them) and a makeup remover all for the price of two tubes. STEAL OF THE CENTURYYYYY.

2. Lancome's Shake Up the Drama Collection

I opted for this instead of the Lash Lover's Mascara Collection exclusively because I was in desperate need of a new liquid liner. I tried the drug store route and I will never go back. Lancome's liquid liner is better than MAC's, Sephora's, Rimmel's, you name it. For the price of your mascara and eyeliner, you also get a small tube of their life-changing Cils Booster XL, a lip gloss, and makeup remover. BOTH SETS COME WITH A PHENOMENAL GIFT WITH PURCHASE (GWP, HENCEFORTH) that includes sample size Definicilis mascara (my fave), Cils Booster XL, an eyeshadow palette, and a lot more. 

3. Laura Geller's It's Glow Time

This is the highlighter steal of the CENTURY. The roll-on stick gives your skin a dewey, hydrated look and the pressed powder 1) looks gorgeous, omg, and 2) adds some flawlesss shimmer. The double brush is cool, too; you've got an angled blush brush and the other end is actually a sponge brush, perfect for smudging the stick highlighter and blending it in. For $35, it's a necessity.

4. Voluspa Maison Two Wick Candle Trio

These candles smell soooo yummy and the tins are super cute. This set has my favorite scents (I am so here for crisp champagne), but all of them are great. They also have a smaller set size that runs half the price, but for ten bucks a candle, that's a deal in and of itself!

WE MET NIKKI TUTORIALS WHAT

Last night was a night of so many new things! We met Nikki Tutorials in the flesh, we tried the Unicorn Frappucino, and I got introduced to Ofra Cosmetics for the very first time. Me and my girl, Jessie Mermaid, made our way down to Pompano Beach last night for Nikki's meet and greet at Ofra Cosmetics in celebration of the launch of their SWEET COLAB, OFRAxNIKKIETUTORIALS!

On our way, we preordered two grande Unicorn Frappucinos (sold out all the way to Boca) on our Starbucks app.

Some dude tried to tell me I was looking "very good" as I walked past his bistro table in my hoochie-mama outfit, #girlsdressingforgirls, and like the savage I am, I completely ignored him and kept walking. I heard him mutter, "You're welcome," under his breath which was so gratifying, I can't even tell you.

We got to the Ofra Cosmetics headquarters for the meet & greet about thirty minutes after it started and it turned out I seeeeeeriously underestimated how many fans Nikkie Tutorials had within an hour radius of Pompano. We walked to the back of the line but were able to snap this sweet pic in front of their sign so how's that for squeezing lemonade outta manure?

 
 We added a cat bc 1) who doesn't love cats and 2) the person behind us would not have appreciated that their candid facial expression had been permanently captured.

We added a cat bc 1) who doesn't love cats and 2) the person behind us would not have appreciated that their candid facial expression had been permanently captured.

 

After spending an eternity in line, learning that I CAN TAKE A SELFIE WITH THE VOLUME BUTTON and that a SELFIE LIGHT PHONECASE EXISTS, we made it to the front of the line (EEEEEEE!!!!). We purchased the Nikkie Tutorials BOX SET at a discount (hate us) before the rest of the world could get a chance to again (you can buy it here on April 26th potentially at a discount with the code "NIKKIE") and BOY, is it pretty.

 
 

When it was finally our turn to meet the queen, the Ofra team was on POINT. The Ofra rep grabbed my phone and took pictures literally from the first moment Nikkie laid eyes on us. Nikkie was SO FRIENDLY AND SO PROFESH AND MADE US FEEL SO SPECIAL. It was 9:00 at night and she'd been doing this for at least three hours and it felt like we were the first people she'd greeted. So sweet and SO many good pics. CHECK IT OUT.

 
 

The Best Brow Tutorial on the Internet

I know I'm making a pretty bold claim here, but Alexis Kaymor, brow and internet goddess, has the best brow tutorial on the Internet. Hands down. If you find a better one, you let me know. Also, her Instagram is beautiful, albeit a little trite, but hey. The good Lady up above knows I can't match her selfie game.

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