A Holy Grail Primer For Dry Skin?

Hello to all my flaky faced friends! Nothing ruins makeup more than dry patches and eczema spots. It is so annoy to pile on product after product only to have your face looking caky and dusty. Lately, this has been my reality, so I have been on the hunt trying new products to alleviate the problem.

Holy Grail Primer for Dry Skin? | glamrika.com

Admittedly, the Too Faced Hangover primer was an impulsive purchase, but truthfully I never thought about switching primers until I saw it hanging on the “beauty on the fly” counter before checkout. This product claims to be a replenishing face primer that is formulated to nourish the skin using coconut water, probiotic ingredients and no silicones. Having no silicones in a primer that is meant for dry skin is fantastic because silicones can make your dry patches look caky and textured.

After trying out the Hangover primer for myself, I noticed the creamy consistency of the primer glides unto the skin and dries to a light weight, tacky yet dewy finish. I feel like the tackiness gives your foundation something to grip instead of sinking directly into your skin and settling into the fine lines of your face. My skin does not feel tight once the primer has dried which is very important to me. I want my primer and moisturizer to be teammates not evil twins.

Holy Grail Primer for Dry Skin? | glamrika.com
Now lets clear up some confusion – this product is a primer, not a moisturizer and I would NOT recommend skipping your moisturizer and using this product as a substitute. It is not THAT hydrating. It gets the job done, and it blurs fine lines and pore without all of the cakyness that other primers have to offer.

All in all I would give this product 4/5 stars. The primer lives up to its statements and does not perform poorly, but its not perfect. When I run out there is no guarantee that I will be sprinting to Sephora to grab another batch. It is good enough until something else comes along…. whatever that is.


Beam Your Way Into Spring |9 Highlighters to try, like NOW

“In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.” – Andrea Dykstra

Happy Wednesday, and happy National Women’s Day, to all of my girl bosses, hustlers, house wives, mamas and students. Isn’t it an amazing feeling to be the backbone of real change? I swear as women, everything we touch just glows, but sometimes we have trouble giving ourselves that “Hi, I’m the best who ever did it” beam. Thankfully, on the 8th day, God invented highlighter so that our inner queen could shine through on the high points of our cheeks, brow bone and anywhere else we choose to place the product really.

With spring damn near here, every cosmetic line under the sun is poppin out with a new highlighter, or two or three… My list below features high end, drug store, and indie makeup brands to help you decide which highlighter best suites your own personal glow-up.

Kylie Cosmetics

Kylighter | glamrika.com

On February 28th the 18 year old entrepreneur launched the next product line for her cosmetic brand. The 6 Kylighters (that are currently sold out as usual) offer a variety of shades with a silky consistency that is formulated to sink into the skin. At $22USD a pop, they better be pretty pigmented too, or else we will have some problems.

Anastasia Beverly Hills

ABH Highlighter | Glamrika.comABH is know for having amazing brow products, and even better collaborations. This time around, the cosmetic brand teamed up with beauty blogger Nicole Guerrero to make one of the prettiest highlighter kits yet. The peachy, pink tented Nicole Glow Kit goes perfectly with the 2017 makeup trends at the moment. Admittedly, I was less than thrilled for this launch, because I had owned (AND RETURNED) The Ultimate Glow Kit. In short, the flaky formula was difficult to work with and I found no use for it in my makeup collection. Now the reviews on this product have been pretty positive. Considering that you are getting 6 highlighter shades for $40USD, I would be willing to purchase this product and give ABH highlighters another go.


Pixie Highlighter | glamrika.comThe Target brand cosmetic line is coming for blood (and our coins) with their new Strobe & Bronze set. Formulated for a soft and sheer sun kissed glow, the 3 highlighter shades and the 3 bronzer shades are meant to add warmth and dimension to the face. At $20USD for the palette, I say this one could be a silent steal. I have yet to try any of the Pixi Cosmetic products, but I have heard exceptional things about the skincare line. I am hoping that their makeup is just as marvelous.

Colourpop Cosmetics

Colourpop Highlighters | glamrika.com

Colourpop is literally the indi-beauty queen. Each new product line keeps ups on our toes, and their new highlighter trios are no different. There are 3 trio sets total, and each combination is catered to a specific skin tone (fair, medium & deep) at $22usd/set. 

Too Faced

Too Faced Highlighter | glamrika.comOn January 10th, straight from the horses (or co-founders) mouth, Too Faced Cosmetics co-founder Jerrod Blandico posted this picture of three heart shaped highlighters on his personal instagram, due to release Thursday, March 9th. With its uber exclusive liquid to powder formula (discovered in Italy) keeping the pearl texture floating in the powder, The Love Light prismatic highlighters will blast off of your cheekbones from every angle.
These highlighters are also arriving in three shades to complement all skin tones (so we hope). Reviews on this product are limited. I guess we won’t know for ourselves until we spend that $30USD.

Laura Mercier

Laura Mercier Highlighter | glamrika.comLaura must have also gotten hip to the prismatic highlighter wave, because they just dropped their limited edition, Lightstruck Glow Palette as a Sephora exclusive product (#gasp). The 5 cream based highlighters are described as having a sheer and light weight formula that blends easily. Us dry skinned people may enjoy this product to the alternative powder highlighters, assuming we are ok with the $52USD price tag.

Kat Von D.

The Alchemist Holographic Palette may not be as new as the other highlighters on this list, but it is just as exclusive. I personally feel like Kat Von D set the trend for prismatic highlighters back when this product launched in December. The one of a kind formula provides a silky texture that illuminates in all lighting. Although I am not the biggest fan of the color choices, this palette still offers a funky twist to traditional (and lately predictable) highlighters. 


Milani Highlighter | Glamrika.comFirst of all, the Instant Glow Powder from Milani comes in 7 shades for $1oUSD a pop (zammnnn zaddyyy!). Intended for a warm and subtle glow, the highlighter claims to be very buildable if you are a “Shine Bright Like A Diamond” type of chick. That alone, is a pretty bomb selling point to me. 

Huda Beauty

Luda Beauty Highlighter | glamrika.com

If you follow beauty blogger Huda Kattan on snapchat, then you have been in tune with all of the hype she has been creating around her new makeup project. Finally the word is out, and Huda Beauty will be releasing two 3D Highlighter Palettes in April for $45USD. The palette comes equipet with a cream highlight, a bronzer and a blush.

Ugh, I seriously wish money grew on trees so I could buy them all. Since I’m too particular about which highlighter to choose, it may be a while before I snag one of these. Which ones do you have your eyes on? Or did you go with a different brand not listed here?


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#WAKEUP | What You Missed in February

Welcome back to another segment of, #WAKEUP | What You Missed, here on the blog. This time, we are tackling February and all of the content you may have missed while you were out celebrating Black History Month, or going on dates with your partner in crime.

1. 5 Reasons to Break Up With Your Foundation

With so much Valentine’s love floating in the air, I took on a difficult topic, breaking up with a product you may be falling for. It is never easy to let go, but hopefully these 5 reasons will help you find the good in goodbye.

2. #MOTD | Playing With Color

All good things come with practice. Using a Morphe 35B Color Glam Palette, I attempted to let my imagination take control in a effort to create a look that was unique to my regular makeup style. Check out the post to view more inspiration pictures.

#MOTD | glamrika.com

3. Soft Glam Valentine’s Day Tutorial

My goal for 2017 is to expand on my barely existent YouTube channel. In honor of the holiday, I created a makeup look inspired by love. When you watch the tutorial, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. Who knows, I may have to reward ya’ll one day…

4. Date Night Makeup Collab

For this YouTube tutorial, I teamed up with the Branded Royalty founder Ruby Brown to create versatile date night looks for any occasion. My makeup skills combined with Ruby’s eye for jewelry made for a pretty informative tutorial that I think any person could learn something from.

5. Modern Mod Editorial Shoot

Lastly, I shared with you all the makeup looks I created for my 1st ever editorial photo shoot! More inspiration photos in the post.

Modern Mod x 1984V Collection | glamrika.com

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Now serious question – what do we want to see on the blog for March?


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#WAKEUP! | What You Missed in January

#WAKEUP! What You Missed in January | Glamrika.com

I swear, January just zoomed by! 2017 is already on a rampage, snatching our wigs and our policies (#NOBANNOWALL). With all of the excitement that February has yet to bring, let us review all that you may have missed here at Glamrika.com. 

For starters:

You missed 2 polar opposite, full glam makeup looks. The rose glow look is uber feminine and soft, whereas the bolder look was all about exploring outside of your makeup comfort zone and throwing away all of your makeup rules.

Click on the link to read more about the inspiration that inspired both looks, as well as the products used.

Rose Glow


The Bold



You missed my first beauty DIY ever! I was feeling creative (and overwhelmed by the lack of storage space I had for my makeup collection) so I created a DIY vanity. It is small, cute and most importantly, affordable.



I decided to cash out, with my Christmas money, and splurge on some high-end makeup. I swear Sephora is my second home. The majority of the items I purchased are highly anticipated items for 2017. Needless to say, my shopping spree was lit and well worth it.



I was feeling creative (yet again) and decided to create a list of 21 makeup challenges to try in 2017. It is great to rant and rave about beauty products, but I also wanted write something that could act as a contribution to the beauty blogging community. If you decide to try any of the challenges tag me! I would love to support you.

21 Makeup Challenges | glamrika.com


I gave ya’ll the run down on how to create chiseled cheek bones and contour your face to get a lifted look. This method has been a game changer in my makeup routine and I hope that you all find it useful as well.

5 Steps to Chiseled Cheekbones | Glamrika.com

Whelp, that is all I have for January. Be sure to follow my blog and my social media channels so you won’t miss a thing this February.


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5 Reasons You Need To Break Up With Your Foundation NOW!

foundationOnce upon a time, I had a world win romance with a foundation product that was the star of anyone’s show. Its sleek and minimalist packaging paired with its full coverage yet, light weight formula was a match made in heaven. We fell in love instantly. I envisioned a future with this foundation filled with happily ever afters. But alas, our love was a fever – hot and heavy, but short lived.

There will be times when we all fall in instant love with foundation. Maybe it’s the hype, hell maybe its the price. Whatever it is, sometimes its a fog that is shielding our eyes from seeing the truth in the product. The truth, that we may be blind to, is that our foundation lover-boy really isn’t all that and a bag of chips.

If you have been noticing any of these classic breakup signs, it may be time to part ways and find a new product to love.

1 – It no longer matches your neck

This is only natural, and temporary as the seasons change. Luckily for you, this does not have to be a deal breaker. Just let it be known to your love that you would like to have a open relationship instead.

2 – It brings out your fine lines

Makeup should only age us in a positive way. It should take us from frumpy, dumpy 18 and fresh out of high school to grown and sexy 20 – 22.

If your foundation is settling into your fine lines and creasing, giving you that Happy 80th birthday look, it’s time to see other people. 

3 – It is bringing unwanted texture to your skin

This is a big one for me. Some of us may already have textured skin due to clogged pores, acne, eczema etc. A ideal foundation blurs and minimizes the appearance of the texture, not zooms in and gives it a layer of HD vision for the world to see! 

On the flip-side, if the foundation is drying your skin out and creating dry patches or bumps on your face you need to discontinue immediately.


Makeup will clog our pores, it’s just a fact of life. However, if your foundation is clogging your pores causing you to get super oily while wearing it EVEN AFTER you have done every scrub, mask and pore strip on Earth – it’s gotta go.

5 – Missing longevity

If your foundation has begun to fade or get oily a hour or two after application, its done. Return it, throw it away, burn it – I don’t care what you do, just be sure to stop wearing it.

My ex is Mr. Nars – All Day Luminous. I know, he’s a fan fav but we just didn’t work out. Who is the foundation lover-boy in your life that you have to part ways from?


5 Steps to Chiseled Cheekbones

5 Steps to Chiseled Cheekbones | Glamrika.com

Alright y’all, so before I dive into the “how to’s” and the five steps and the bla bla bla, I need to be open about why this topic is oh so important. 

For the longest time I followed the same generic outline on how one should contour their face. Sure, I got the results I was looking for, but it wasn’t quite up to the standards that I wanted to achieve. 

Recently while creeping on some of my favorite makeup artist on Instagram, I had a makeup epiphany. The artist with similar face shapes to mine, being a bit rounded with high cheekbones, dragged their contour to the center of their face giving them a lifted look. “GENIUS!”, I thought as I raced over to my vanity eager to shape and sculpt my own face. Maybeeee I tripped while getting up off the couch, but if no one saw it, did it really happen?

When it comes to beauty, I think it is important to never settle for good. With all of the new products out now and every beauty blogger sharing their secret techniques, there is no reason we shouldn’t be striving to reach our maximum makeup potential.

Alright, now we can dive into the steps. 

Step 1: Apply Concealer

Now technically the first step is your skincare routine, then your primer and foundation but I know, you know what I mean when I say this is the first step. Ok, cool.

You are going to follow the hollows of your eye socket to make a “U” shape with your concealer of choice. I am using L.A Girl Pro Concealer, but any concealer that is 2-3 shades lighter than your foundation will do. Be sure to place your concealer directly under your eyes, dragging the concealer down only slightly to grace your cheeks. What we don’t want to do is taper our concealer past our eyes – leading into our hairline. Keep things rounded as it will add to the natural curves of our contour later.

Step 1 to Chiseled Cheekbones | Glamrika.com

To elongate your face and brighten your center, you can place come concealer on your chin and forehead also. From there, blended with your favorite tool(s). I am a sucker for the Original Beauty Blender. It can do no wrong in my eyes.

Step 1 to Chiseled Cheekbones | Glamrika.com

With my Iman stick foundation in hand, I’m ready for step #2.

Step 2: Outline Your Cheekbones

Instead of simply drawing a downward angle on the hollows of your cheeks, I challenge you to try something new to get a more chiseled and lifted look. Using any cream contour product of your choice, start by your ear and slowly drag your product downward following the hollows of your cheeks. Lighten your pressure as you go, and taper the product down and around the apples of your cheeks, dragging upward until you meet the the corner of each nostril. 

Step 2 to Chiseled Cheekbones | glamrika.com

Your cream contour strokes do not have to be perfect! For added depth I’ve also placed some product on my jawline and temples. Using a dense, tapered blending brush and small circular strokes, I start at the ear and blend the product upward until it melts into my concealer.

Step 2 to Chiseled Cheekbones | glamrika.com

Do not feel discouraged if it looks a bit muddy. I got you covered in step 3.

Step 3: Clean it UP!

Using that same concealer, simply draw directly underneath your contour with the same motion. After that you just gotta blend, blend, blend! 


Step 4: Set Everything!

Set your concealer and contour with either a loose or pressed powder. I am a huge fan of Laura Mercier translucent power to set my concealer. As for my contour, I have been loving the Tarte contour palette that I recently wrote about in my Sephora Haul post. 

Step 4 to Chiseled Cheeks | glamrika.com

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Yay! Your base is complete. Now you can throw on some lipstick, mascara, blush and anything else that showcases your personal flair. If you want to take your lifted contour to the next level, I would advise you to do the following:

Step 5 to chiseled cheeks | glamrika.com

Additional Advice: 

  • Place blush on the apples of your cheeks ONLY! This will keep color at the center of your face, giving a more lifted appearance. 
  • Traditional contour methods recommend applying highlight directly to the angles of your cheekbones. To keep things lifted, apply your highlight right above the apples of your cheeks instead. 
  • Take a quick picture of your makeup using the flash on your phone to ensure that everything is blended. The flash will show any harsh lines that need a bit more TLC. 


PIN this infographic now so you can try this method later.

5 Steps to Chiseled Cheekbones | Glamrika.com



21 Makeup Challenges to try in 2017


21 Makeup Challenges | glamrika.comTo be frank, I am a YouTube junkie. I love hopping from channel to channel and watching so many talented people, ooze passion as they create and showcase content handcrafted from their imagination. My jaw literally drops to all of the creative and challenging makeup looks that are done on YouTube. Somehow I am always amazed at how something seemingly complicated, challenging  or even disastrous, is able to be entertaining and cometic.

No matter if you are a beauty blogger, a YouTuber or someone who wants to practice and perfect your makeup technique, this list has a challenge to push you to the next level of your makeup journey.

1 – 30 day winged liner challenge 

2 – 30 days of smokey eye

Get creative! Not all smokey eyes are charcoal black or full glam.

3 – Makeup in the dark

4 – Boyfriend does my makeup

5 – Relative / best friend does my makeup

6 – Makeup like my mom challenge 

7 – No tools makeup challenge

8 – On brand makeup challenge

9 – Reverse makeup challenge

10 – Mix & Match makeup challenge

You need two bowls and paper for this challenge. One bowl should have pieces of paper labeled with makeup products (foundation, concealer, lipstick, ect.). The second bowl should have pieces of paper labeled with parts of the face (eyebrows, lips, cheeks, ect). Pick two pieces of paper from each bowl, apply makeup as directed until each bowl is empty. Enjoy your masterpiece!

11 – Concealer only makeup challenge

12 – Highlighter only makeup challenge

13 – Powder only makeup challenge

14 – Lipstick only makeup challenge

15 – Left handed makeup challenge 

16 – 30 days of makeup challenge

17 – Contour challenge 

Show us your most chiseled, carved and cut self. Go all out and heavy.

18 – One shade makeup challenge

19 – Blush only challenge

20 – 15 days of editorial makeup looks

21 – Celebrity Makeup Challenge

Which challenges would you want your favorite beauty guru’s to try?