Rihanna absolutely killed it with her new beauty line, so of course I had to add a few of her products to my (growing) collection.

I chose Match Stix Matte in Mocha, Match Stix Shimmer in Chili Mango and Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife. Both Rihanna herself and YouTuber Desi Perkins inspired me to go for Trophy wife–did you see how gorgeous they looked in this statement-making powder highlight?

The 29-year-old icon is known for her one-of-a-kind sense of style, makeup looks included, so it was only a matter of time before she debuted her own line of unique beauty products. And I really couldn’t be happier Fenty Beauty launched during NYFW.

While in Manhattan for Fashion Week, I made a pitstop at the Time’s Square Sephora–where RiRi held her Fenty Beauty launch party the night before–to test the range for myself. Although I didn’t pick anything up while I was there, I fell in love with pretty much everything and decided to place an online order once I narrowed my must-haves down from from a ton to a small handful.

For the most part, I am super happy with how these products preform. All of them are extremely user friendly (in fact, they remind me a little a lot of Glossier).

Both the matte and shimmer Match Stix glide on effortlessly; they are soooOoOoOo creamy and easy to blend. They quickly became go-to’s for both casual and glam looks (and everything in between).

I love how surprisingly versatile Chili Mango is! While it is a shimmery, spicy orange (hence its name), it looks gorgeous on the cheeks as blush, on the cheekbones as highlight and on the eyes as an all-over-the-lid eyeshadow.

Mocha, on the other hand, makes contouring a breeze. I’ve always had such a hard time with powder contour formulas; they end up appearing blotchy and cake-y on me, which is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to makeup. But, this cream-stick formula makes the entire process a dream!

It glides onto the skin in all the key spots (like the hollows of the cheeks and the temples), then blends effortlessly with just a few quick taps of the ring finger. And, most importantly, it looks like real skin. Mocha gives me natural definition and a my-skin-but-better contour.

Trophy Wife is just as gorgeous IRL as it is in photos, but I will say that it is extremely pigmented, so I prefer to go in with a super light hand. This took me a little getting used to, because normally I cannot get enough highlighter.

That being said, I cannot deny how gorgeous Trophy Wife is. Every time I open the compact, I’m amazed at how golden and shimmery this product is. And, that same effect most definitely translates when Trophy Wife is applied to the skin.

None of the Fenty products gave my sensitive skin any trouble, either.

I’ve had so much fun playing with this easy-to-use makeup–and watching my favorite YouTubers play with Fenty, too. In fact, I’ve been feeling so inspired that I decided to do a little review and GRWM of my own. So, keep scrolling for my easy, glow-y, warm Fenty Beauty makeup tutorial! (I know you want to.)

Trophy Wife is unreal; it’s *almost* too pretty to use!

RiRi–in Trophy Wife–applies a different Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter to a guest at the launch of Fenty Beauty in NYC [source: Fortune]

YouTuber Desi Perkins looks like a real-life goddess in Trophy Wife [source: YouTube]

Products I used:

Step 1: Prep the skin by applying Mattifying Gel Moisturizer evenly to the t-zone, working towards the outer perimeter of the face. Apply Balm Dotcom to the lips.

Step 2: Using the same technique used to apply Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, apply a light layer of BB Cream. If necessary, apply an additional layer where more coverage is needed.

Step 3: Conceal the under eyes, blemishes and redness with Stretch. Blend with the fingers.

Step 4: Carve out the cheekbones with Mocha by applying it directly to the skin. Begin application from the upper corner of the ear, working downwards diagonally. Tap with the fingers to blend.

Step 5: Continue to apply Mocha to the temples and under the center of the lip for a subtle plumping effect. Again, tap with fingers to blend.

Step 6: Using a gentle tapping motion, apply Chili Mango to the apples of the cheeks to brighten up the look.

Step 7: In a “C” shape along the orbital eye bone to the cheekbone, apply Trophy Wife with a setting brush. Tap along the edges with the fingers to blend. Add a little more Trophy Wife to the cupid’s bow.

Step 8: Add setting spray to the newly highlighted areas and allow to dry.

Step 9: Beginning in the center of each brow and working towards the inner and outer corners, apply Boy Brow in an upward motion. Add a second coat if needed.

Step 10: Apply Chili Mango directly to each eyelid. Focus on getting a substantial amount of pigment down, then clean it up by tapping to blend between each layer.

Step 11: With a pencil brush (and a light hand), apply Trophy wife to the inner corner of each eye, as well as along the brow bone. Blend with the fingers if necessary.

Step 12: Using Highliner Gel Eye Crayon, create a subtle, smudgy wing on both eyes. To create a little more definition and a smokier effect, you can also smudge some Highliner on the outer corner of the lower lash line.

Step 13: Add a more setting spray to the entire face and allow to dry.

Step 14: After combing and curling the eyelashes apply two coats of mascara to both the upper and lower lashes.

Step 15: Apply two layers of Persistence to the lips.

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How killer are these vegan leather pants from I.AM.GIA? I’ve had my eye on them for so long, and I am super excited to finally be able to style them for myself (instead of just staring at them via the label’s website).

My wardrobe is definitely in need of some alternatives to vintage jeans. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, loooove denim (especially worn in, torn up denim), but I am really in need of more variety–at least that is how I justified this purchase 😉

Anyway…

I am loving red this season, and the football-inspired lace-up detail on this pair of vegan leather pants gives me aaaall the fall vibes.

These pants themselves are extremely flattering. They have a leg-lengthening high-rise fit, and they are tight throughout the waist, hip and leg. They also have a skinny, slightly tapered fit on the ankle, making them perfect to pair with nearly any shoe.

Silver hardware adds even more edgy vibes to the already statement-making slacks. On each hip and ankle there is a silver zipper; the lace-up closure on the crotch has silver grommet details, as well.

To dress down these statements slacks, I paired them with this t-shirt-corset hybrid in white, one of my all-time favorite colors to wear no matter the season. Despite being bold and edgy, these pants are surprisingly easy to style. They look awesome with just about any t-shirt or tank I throw on.

For even more fall vibes I added this vintage hat; I’ve had it for as long as I can remember. And lately this style hat has become so popular among bloggers that I felt inspired to break mine out.

I definitely wanted the pants to be the focus of this ensemble; that’s why I polished off the look with a pair of go-to Chelsea boots in black. They have a chunky block heel, so they added height and made the entire outfit appear a little more sleek without overpowering it in any way.

Less is definitely more when styling these bad boys (and in life in general), so I will be pairing these pants with plain, neutral-hued shirts and knit sweaters throughout fall and into winter. But, I am dying to dress them up a little for a night out. Drinks, anyone?

Shop my look:

Top, Free People, $58

Pants, I.AM.GIA, $78

Boots, Free People, no longer available (similar here)

Hat, thrifted (similar here)

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This post is not meant to pirate or plagiarize the work of the Playboy team, including, but not limited to, publishers, editors, creative directors, photographers, stylists and models.

The following editorials are not shown in full, and the images featured are in no particular order. They were chosen solely based on my personal preferences and they reflect the work of the Playboy team that inspired me during my time as a media professional.

I have no affiliation with the Playboy Enterprise, and I have no affiliation with any models or photographers mentioned in this post. 

Kelly Gale, Miss September 2016, photographed by Chris Heads

kelly Gale, Miss September 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

kelly Gale, Miss September 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

kelly Gale, Miss September 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Kelly Gale, Miss September 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

kelly Gale, Miss September 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

kelly Gale, Miss September 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

“Midday Swim With Beate Muska” (playboy.com), photographed by Asher Moss

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

From “Midday Swim With Beate Muska” for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

“The Beate Goes On” (playboy.com), photographed by Christopher von Steinbach

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Beate Muska for playboy.com [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016, photographed by Guy Aroch

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Camille Rowe, Miss April 2016 [source: Payboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington (Playmate of the Year 2016) in Playboy magazine, June 2016, photographed by Jason Lee Parry

Eugena Washington (Playmate of the Year 2016), June 2016 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington (Playmate of the Year 2016), June 2016 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington (Playmate of the Year 2016), June 2016 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington, Miss December 2015, photographed by Josh Ryan

Eugena Washington, Miss December 2015 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington, Miss December 2015 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington, Miss December 2015 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington as Cassandra from video game Mafia III, Playboy magazine, October 2016, photographer unknown

Eugena Washington, October 2016 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington, October 2016 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Eugena Washington, October 2016 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Kate Moss, January/February 2014, photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Kate Moss, Jan/Feb 2014 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Kate Moss, Jan/Feb 2014 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Kate Moss, Jan/Feb 2014 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Kate Moss, Jan/Feb 2014 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Kate Moss, Jan/Feb 2014 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

Kate Moss, Jan/Feb 2014 [source: Playboy Enterprises]

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Last week I mentioned a couple Milk Makeup products in a post detailing my go-to lip color for the upcoming season. While the lippie itself isn’t by Milk, two of the other products I am wearing along with it are: both Eye Vinyl and Holographic Highlighting Powder.

(Note: For today’s look, I paired my Milk Makeup with Glossier‘s Lip Gloss layered over Tony Moly LIPTONE Get It Tint Water Bar in Orange In Red–not the lipstick mentioned in my previous post.)

These unconventional cosmetics put a modern, editorial-style spin on popular makeup–and they’re definitely out of my comfort zone. I tend to go for a sultry golden or bronze highlight and a soft, neutral eye, so while these products are slightly out of my comfort zone, they take the overall glow-y, dewy look I love to the next level.

Eye Vinyl is like lip gloss, but it’s for your eyes; essentially, it’s eye gloss! It can be worn on its own, as an alternative to eyeshadow, or on top of eyeshadow, as a glossy accent to the pigment.

Holographic Highlighting Powder definitely isn’t your average highlighter. Sure, you apply it the same way you would any other highlighting powder, but its color payoff is completely different from any other highlight I’ve tried (and I’ve tried quite a few).

I chose Holographic Highlighting Powder in the shade Mars–Milk’s cult-favorite color. While the Holographic Stick in Mars is a uberpopular among beauty gurus, I wasn’t sold on it until the powder formula made its debut.

Mars is a warm tone that is so different from any bronze or golden shade on the market. As the name suggests, it has an out-of-this-world holographic sheen; Mars in particular, Milk states, is a golden peach hue. And in my opinion, it also has a red-ish, almost pink-ish, copper tinge on the skin. It’s truly such a unique color.

Like all my other highlighting powders (like those from Anastasia Beverly Hills), I apply Mars to the skin with a setting brush, then finish with my go-to setting spray from Boscia for a more natural finish and an almost melted look.

I went in with a heavy hand applying Mars because I was aiming for an intense glow. After all, if you’re wearing such a unique color, you should really make it pop.

As for Eye Vinyl, I went for Bridge, a nude shade. It is a fun, easy and quick way to play up your eyes. You don’t have to put that much thought into it, and you definitely don’t need the same level of patience required for applying traditional eyeshadow. Still, it draws attention upwards the same way eyeshadow would.

While I fell head over heels for Mars, I’m not 100 percent sure how I feel about Eye Vinyl. I’m definitely happy I went for one of the lighter shades, because this product is tricky to apply and came out a little a lot messy. My mistakes would’ve been way more noticeable had I picked a darker hue (even though that black shade looks super cool on the model).

I’m also not a fan of how the applicator tugs on the eyelid. I thought this would be an easy product to swipe on and head out the door, and while it is way easier than eyeshadow, it does require more patience than I anticipated.

To combat the eyelid pulling, I used the applicator to dab the product onto the inner corner of my lids, then blended outwards with my finger. Eye Vinyl is definitely going to take me a few tries before I fully get the hang of it.

That being said, I love how the glossy lid look, and I can for sure see myself wearing it for a night out as party season approaches–especially with that Mars accent on the inner corner of the eye, as well as brow bone.

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Ok, so, I’ll be honest.

I didn’t own a full-size moisturizer until a month before my 24th birthday.

Growing up with normal to oily, sensitive skin, moisturizer slightly terrified me.

My skin is already oily enough, I thought. Why would I need a moisturizer? Wouldn’t that clog my pores, making me even *more* oily and prone to breakouts?

Wrong.

The first moisturizer I ever tried was Glossier‘s Priming Moisturizer, a product I still use regularly. When I became an official Rep for the company, I received a sample size of this cult-favorite moisturizing primer with an order.

So, I tried it. And, guess what? I really, really liked it–so much so that I began to research the benefits of moisturizing. It turns out, there’s more to it than just mere hydration.

Using a moisturizer daily, after cleansing and toning, helps regulate the skin’s natural production of oil.

You see, when you dry out your skin, stripping it of its natural oils, it kicks into overdrive, producing more sebum than it would otherwise. (Our skin–and hair!–creates sebum naturally, as a form of self-lubrication. As a rule of thumb, individuals with oily skin naturally produce more sebum, while those with dry skin tend to produce less sebum.)

It turns out, drying out your skin to reduce oil or breakouts is actually counterproductive. If you want to regulate your skin’s oil production, you should *actually* moisturize every day.

Not only that, though. Oils are great for our skin in other ways.

Those with oily skin can thank their body’s natural sebum production for suppressing signs of aging. After all, our skin is made of this oil, so, it only makes sense that stripping our skin of it would speed up the aging process.

I’ve learned to love my skin’s natural dewy sheen; I think it looks healthy and glow-y. And letting it shine through looks a hell of a lot better than caking my face with powder and other mattifying products.

After moisturizing, my skin not only looks better, but feels better, too. I never realized how tight and irritated my face was without moisturizer until I began moisturizing. (Typing that out now, I definitely realize how obvious that may seem…especially to those who are in a longterm love affair with moisturizer.)

And, my makeup goes on more smoothly. I’ve never been a huge makeup person (I’m more into skincare and holistic beauty), but I do love getting glam-ed up once in a while. With a freshly moisturized face, makeup no longer looks blotchy or flakey (and it definitely doesn’t cling to dry patches)!

Finishing the sample of Priming Moisturizer took me all of two days. Then, I received a sample of Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, which I also loved. This was a travel-size bottle, which lasted me a couple weeks. After I finished it (I actually cut the tube to scrape the last bit of it out), I bought the full size.

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is a newer version of Clinique’s original (and infamous!) Dramatically Different Moisturizer. The Gel’s formula, however, is designed to work with oily skin, while the original is targeted at normal to dry skin.

It absorbs quickly and leaves skin hydrated–never greasy.

Like all Glossier‘s products, Priming Moisturizer is great for sensitive skin. Hyaluronic acid plumps skin as it moisturizes; plus, it reduces redness and blurs pores, creating a smooth surface for makeup (or not). It’s also loaded with antioxidants–vitamins A, C and E–that help protect skin from damage.

Both Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and Priming Moisturizer are build-able, meaning you can layer it on for the amount of moisturize your skin needs on a given day (factors like season, climate and hormones all play a role in skin’s moisture levels).

To prep the skin for makeup, I’ve also been using First Aid Beauty’s Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer. It blurs pores and cuts shine, while also moisturizing the skin, creating a smooth canvas for foolproof makeup application.

When it comes to all three of these products, I love to put a layer over my entire face, then add a little more where I’m prone to dryness, like around my nose and between my brows.

Other notable moisturizers in my makeup collection include Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask. But, I’ll let you guys in on a little secret: I don’t use this product as a mask. Instead, I find it works much better as a night cream. Before I go to bed, I’ll add Moisturizing Moon Mask to any problem areas; by morning it’s fully absorbed, and my skin looks–and feels!–super supple.

There’s also Glossier‘s Super Bounce, a hyaluronic acid serum whose concentrated formula really plumps up the skin where I need it most (such as the little fine lines around my mouth and on my forehead).

Last but not least is my holy grail Balm Dotcom. If you know me, you know I can’t go a day without this (and that it’s replaced every other lip balm I’ve ever owned). I’ve talked a ton about this product on Haute Mess and on social media, so I won’t bore you guys too much.

But, BDC is the longest-lasting, most effective salve ever. It does its job for hours on end, and it even holds up through long workouts. (Plus, in addition to the original, it come in five yummy flavors! Birthday and Coconut are tied as my all-time favs, but lately I’ve also been reaching for Cherry quite a bit.)

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