WTF is dry conditioner?!


Drybar Dry conditioner

We all know dry shampoo is an absolute must but dry conditioner?! Wtf is that?! And that is why I am here 🙂

– Dry conditioner is a powder, aerosol formula just like dry shampoo.  It simply makes your hair softer, smoother and easier to maintain.

– As someone who gets very tangled hair, I really gravitated towards this!  This made my hair softer and less tangled. Its really great for day 2 + hair!  Mine gets fuzzy, frizzy and a little crazy and this helps me to keep the day 2, volume, lived in hair look while making it smooth and tamed.

– This spray helps to mimic freshly, styled hair.  Its great for day 2, day 3, and day 4 if you really go for it! (I wish I could!)  It leaves your hair smooth, soft, glossy looking and never oily or greasy.

– Conditioner can make you think greasy but this product isn’t.  It also doesn’t go on your roots! Dry shampoo = roots.  Dry Conditioner = hair past ears.

– The Drybar one I got is the perfume version so it makes your hair smell amazing. Drybar has the best scents!  They also have a non perfume version.

I’m going to flat out say I don’t think this is an essential like dry shampoo. BUT if you want something to make your hair look freshly styled and feel softer / smoother… this will help you achieve that!  If you’re looking for a hair perfume this checks that box too. Would I buy it again? Not sure but I’m glad I have it!



Blush for those that don’t like blush.

If you asked me to drop one beauty product for forever I would choose blush… easily.  I’ve never been a fan of blush and I don’t like the way it looks on me.  I don’t like pink or colored makeup in general so I stay away from anything like that.  To be clear a nude, pink is a totalllllllllllyyyy different story.  😜 I love nude, monochrome, bronzed makeup so I’d rather go for a bronzer or a nude, pink blush.

Here’s my picks!



This Too Faced Sweetie Pie bronzer is technically a bronzer but I use it on the cheekbones like blush.  There is tiny pink squares in it so it is a great nude with the tiniest hint of pink that is very much undetectable but flattering on the skin.  I love this stuff, it has a hint of sheen and smells of peaches!

Mac Warm Soul blush. This is a subtle color that gives a nude, pink glow.  I use the tiniest bit of it because it has more color to it but it is super pretty on the skin and pairs very well with bronzed makeup looks.


Benefit Dallas Blush. I LOVED this blush in high school. It’s taken a beating and there is not much left in the compact.  This is the greatest nude, bronze blush. It gives a sun- kissed, flush look to the cheek area and is a great no blush, blush.

A nude lipstick dabbed onto the cheeks works as a great cream blush.  It seems scary at first so don’t apply much and blend!  Matching your cheek and lip color is a great way to tie the look together.  It’s also great for monochrome makeup!

Side note: Recently, I’m loving Mac Velvet Teddy with Mac Fresh Brew on top.  Velvet teddy is rosy, nude matte and Fresh brew is a nude, sheer lip so it tones down the velvet teddy to a more nude color with shine. It’s my go-to everyday lip combo!


Becca Chrissy Teigen palette. I use this palette as blush!  I have never touched that bright pink shade in the right top corner.  It hasn’t even been swatched!  I mix the two highlighters with the bronzer to add a dewy shine to the center of my cheek. I always do just a touch and it leaves your skin glowing with a hint of a nude, pink bronze.

If you want to try a nude blush but don’t have one a good way to do so is mixing your bronzer and blush! Use your bronzer brush and pat into the bronzer then blush for a nude version of any blush.  I use my bronzer brush for my blush to make it more tan and nude.


God’s gift of scented setting sprays



MAC setting sprays 

Like the title of this post says… These holiday MAC fix plus sprays are AMAZING! They come in a Holiday kit with a mini lavender, rose and coconut fix plus spray. It’s $20..currently on sale for $17… and they smell amazing!   I like MAC fix plus but I never liked the chemically smell.  These are scented but not too strong or fake smelling.  The lavender one reminds me of lavender essential oils and the rose one is a perfect, refreshing rose smell that actually smells like a bouquet of roses. There is also a coconut one in the kit but these two are my favorites. I’m over half way done with both of these and I would totally buy another kit to have.  I love these, they are so refreshing on the face and the smell is just right.

I’m very big on the smell of setting sprays… it should always be gentle smelling in my opinion because it is on your face!   A lavender setting spray is such a smart idea and no one has really done one yet except for this MAC one.  I saw on Instagram that Mario Badescu is coming out with a lavender spray and I’m so excited to try that.  Until then, these MAC sprays are great, I highly recommend them.

On a personal note, I have finals and fly home this week so there is a lot going on!.. 4 papers to write!  I will do my best to keep this all updated but forgive me if I’m slow. Follow my instagram @blackberriesandsparkles for instastories and more day to day action.



New Beauty products I’m trying!

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I haven’t done a monthly favorites in a while and I love those! This is serving in place of that because I got these products in the last week and while I’m really liking and enjoying them they are not quite monthly favorites.

MAC coconut fix + spray. This came in a Holiday kit with a coconut, lavender and rose spray.  I LOVE these.  I use them before makeup, after makeup and for a refresher.  MAC fix + is good and these are great! The scents are super clean and natural and they aren’t fake or smell like something that will give you a headache.  I honestly wish these were permanent for MAC and I may another set because I’m about half way through the lavender and rose already.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation.  This stuff is awesome.  I don’t like a heavy base. I use concealer to spot conceal, for redness and under eyes and that is it for me.  This covers what my concealer would while evening my skin tone which I love!   It’s super light weight, very sheer coverage and has a watery, serum like texture. It’ll even skin tone but if I have a blemish I’ll need a more heavy duty concealer to fix it. This has a satin, radiant finish and it works very, very well with dry skin! I layer on my hyaluronic acid, moisturizers and primer before using it and it just sinks into my skin.  This wears very nicely and naturally and won’t cake or oxidize during the day.  I’m in the shade 2.o N.

Milk Makeup Bronzer. I was teetering on the edge of buying this for a while because I have my Chanel bronzer which is a cream and very hard to beat!  The girl next to me at Sephora was raving to her friend about how awesome this bronzer is so I accepted the universe’s sign and added it to my basket! SOO happy I did!  It is easy to apply, adds color to the face and blends out SO easily. Like 3 beauty blender pats and its all set. I still love my Chanel bronzer but it is a luxury product so I like having another product I can use that is just as good to give it a break.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid. I raided The Ordinary section at Ricky’s NYC while I was there because they are the only store that carries The Ordinary.  I knew I had to get this because as a VERY dry skin girl, hyaluronic acid is supposed to be my savior.  I’m still playing with this, I think it is helping but I still need to wait and see how much of a difference it makes with my dry skin.  It is around $6 so I feel like whatever it does for skin, even a hint of good, is worth it.

Urban Chai Epice perfume.  Urban Outfitters has a great selection of perfumes under $30 that look and smell luxurious.  I love the packaging of these perfumes.  I use them for low-key days, or layer them with my main, high end scent for my own twist. This scent has a very warm and sweet smell.

Colourpop highlighter in Wisp. I got this in the Colourpop highlighter trio at Sephora and I have not been disappointed!  I have used it every day since I got it and I’m obsessed.  It is an intense highlighter but I apply it with my finger and I can melt it into my skin so it looks more natural if that makes sense. It looks dark but it’s a warm gold color thats flattering on tons of skin tones.  This highlighter is so gorgeous and I just love the way a cream highlight looks on the skin.

Avenue Cold Cream.  I love the Avene Peaux intolerantes cream as it’s hydrating and helps calm sensitive, red skin. That is my skin!  This product is made for extremely dry, sensitive and irritated skin.  We’re talking redness, eczema, and dry patches. Again that is skin so I knew I had to get this.  It is very creamy and super moisturizing.  Just to show you how dry my skin is, I use a hyaluronic acid serum, the Avene peaux intolerantes then this. YAH, we’re talking majorly dry.  I think when I wake up my skin is calmer and less irritated I’m just not sure how much it has helped the redness.  I will get back to you on that once I use it more.

Glossier Balm Dot com.  Not new but had to include this because i have rediscovered my love.  I always liked it a lot but now it’s always with me and it’s almost out.  I LOVE this for the lips.  I need to get an unscented version to try as a skin balm.


Blue Turtle Neck


I wore this outfit for some exploring uptown and then to Union Square Market. I love going to Union Square Market and I go just about every time I’m in the city!  It is a great stop for jewelry, art and beanies and other handmade, unique crafts like that. It’s near Flatiron which I love because it’s good for shopping and it is fun to explore! Dough Doughnuts is on 19th and that is my absolute favorite donut place! I really like boujee, artisanal donuts and they do it best. Plus they’re super fat and juicy donuts.




one w/o the jacket.  I love this sweater for how comfy it is and the sleeves! It is a great Nordstrom Rack find! I can’t find it on the website but it is a recent find and I’ve seen it at multiple locations.


HM Hat / Nordstrom Rack Sweater / Blank NYC leather jacket / Topshop Skinnies / Nike Cortez

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Union Square market during the Holidays! They have unique artsy gifts, apple cider and all that good holiday stuff.

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Boobs in the back while I attempt to look cute with my donut… not working!


The best donuts! Ugh I want one now! Look how big and juicy they are!

Gift Guide for the Beauty Lover

Beauty gifts


I love creating this gift guide because it just turns into a great big wish list for me.  I think giving luxury makeup like the Gucci highlighter and the Chanel Bronzer is a great gift because they are expensive and not something people would buy for themselves but it’s something they would use, love and be totally ecstatic about receiving. I think that makes a great gift.

Here are my favorites:

I love that Nars eyeshadow  palette that is releasing on Cyber Monday.

The Colourpop highlighter trio is awesome.

The Laniege masks are so, so good!

Drunk Elephant works amazing and is a great gift because it is pricier skincare. This set is amazing.

I would die if someone gave me that Dyson blowdryer.


Sales are a coming!


Forever 21 jacket // HM hat // topshop jeans // Sam Edelman boots

It’s almost Black Friday, then Cyber Monday so all of the sales are starting to come out! I get so excited for this so here’s the good and worthy ones as they come!

Sephora 50% off a bunch of new stuff.  I’m eyeing this Milk Highlighter quad!  Value Kits starting at $10.  There’s some good ones with face masks and some good Tarte bundles!

Urban is buy one get one 50% off! LEGIT! It worked on Champion, Sunday Riley and the clothes and some shoes.  It didn’t work on the Adidas sneakers but the other stuff is pretty good!

MAC is buy one get one 50% off on BLACK FRIDAY. And get 20% off $100 or more.

Nordstrom has storewide markdowns on everything!

Gap is 50% off everything!

30% of my Leather jacket I love at Blank NYC!

20% off Colourpop on Cyber Monday!

Glossier is 20% off everything for the weekend  + free shipping.

Tarte is 20% off!


Statement sleeves


Sweater from Nordstrom Rack. similar. similar. similar  // Paige jeans / Kenneth Cole slip ons – now on sale!

These sleeves are fun until you have to put a jacket / coat on! It will not fit and if you try you will have fat arms!  I love ruffled sleeves and I love chenille sweaters at the moment.  Super cozy, super easy and fun for the fall/ winter. I suggest you wear dramatic sleeves if you’re inside or somewhere that doesn’t require a coat!

It’s Thanksgiving week!!! I LOVE Thanksgiving.  Its a holiday of eating and shopping! My dream, hahaha! And let’s not forget thankfulness! I loveeeee family time and Thanksgiving is always my favorite time of year. I’m going to NYC for the week to see my aunt and cousin. I always have the best time and I love how creative I feel there! I find it really easy to create content because there is something new to shoot on each corner.

I’m just 3 classes and a 4 hour drive away to vacation!  Going to be thankful for Chick fil a and Taylor Swift’s new album for making my drive doable. Truly a Happy Monday because Thanksgiving is 3 days away! 🙂



An outfit + beauty products that didn’t work for me!


Lululemon Coat // Forever 21 hoodie // Topshop Jeans // Sam Edelman boots 

This photo doesn’t really match a post about products I don’t like but I don’t want to photograph stuff I don’t like and more importantly I don’t hold on to that stuff! I like to stay generally positive on here but I think knowing what products to avoid is just as important as knowing which ones are good.  What doesn’t work for me may work really well for some people.  It’s makeup/ hair / skincare which are personal preferences! I’m always curious about which products people don’t like and whether I’ve tried them and liked them or not.  Here’s what hasn’t worked for me!

Benefit Eye cream.  I used this eye cream and had a red rash of raccoon circles around my eyes.  They were painful and scaly and I couldn’t wear makeup for days.  Stay away from this eye cream!

Diorshow mascara.  I know people love this! I loved it too a few years ago.  I picked up the waterproof version to try again a few months ago and it flaked off and smudged under my eyes.  I was shocked!  This with Dior mascara and a waterproof version?!  It did not work for me this time around.

Tarte Pro glow to go palette.  The highlighters in this are too icy, cool toned and powdery for my preference. The contour was really chalky and not very pigmented even after digging my brush into it. It’s seemed almost old. Overall, this was a bust.

Drunk Elephant Baby Facial.  I have heard amazing things about this product! It didn’t work for me because I think my skin is too sensitive for it. I tried it for just 10 minutes and my skin was red, raw and rashy after. My mom tried it and loved it.  My skin is just far to sensitive for a product like that.

Sorry for my Skin calming jelly mask.  I love the other Sorry for my Skin masks but this one is a no go.  I used it hoping it would help soothe and calm my already flared up skin and I was sooo wrong.  I woke up with a rough red rash all over my chin and neck. This mask is not soothing.

Makeup Revolution Illuminating setting spray.  I’m on the hunt for a good dewy setting spray and this is not it. It doesn’t set my makeup very well. Maybe a few hours after application it begins to wears off.  It also isn’t very illuminating.  It’s supposed to have light reflection particles in it and when I sprayed it on my hand it dried like nothing was there.

IGK Beach texture spray. I was so excited for this!  It unfortunately made my hair far too sticky and tangled for it too look beachy. Thats texture but not the kind I look for.

Ouai foam dry shampoo. This made my hair greasy and weighed down. The opposite of what a dry shampoo should do!

Milk Makeup cooling stick. I got this in a beauty box and while I love the idea it stinks of silicone!  It’s a fake, fishy smell and it is the most off putting thing for a product that goes on your face.

Clinique line smoothing concealer. This concealer oxidizes and turns orange!


Huge Beauty Review!

Haven’t done a beauty post in a while and I’ve missed it!!! Part of blogging about beauty is constantly trying new products and my skin has been bugging out lately so I’ve really had to tone down what I’ve been using. Here’s what works for me and what make ups my current routine. Haaa!


I’ve tried the Drunk Elephant glycolic acid which I loved! It really helped with my skin texture in the beginning. When I ran out I wanted to try the Firma-C serum and I love that one! It really helps with fading hyper pigmentation and all my darker acne scars are close to being 100% gone.

My Paula’s Choice BHA acid helps to clean gunk out of my pores. I noticed it the most around my nose. It’s smooth and I can’t feel bumpy, stuffed pores.

I got the Colourpop Sephora highlighter trio and I love wisp! It’s a perfect golden every day color that sits really nicely on the skin and can apply with your finger.

I love my Too Faced Sweetie Pie bronzer as a blush..I only go for brown, nude blushes.   I love my Becca Shimmering liquid skin perfector for giving my face an all over dewy look after setting my concealer.

I love the Ouai memory mist for heat protectant, though I don’t think it totally helps with holding the curl.  I also am hair up/hair down all the time so that doesn’t help it. The texture spray is great for texture and volume without stickiness.

The Dry bar dry conditioner smells amazing and keeps your hair soft!

The Sephora micellar water is very hydrating, gentle and smells amazing!

The Tarte Shape tape concealer can be cakey so use sparingly but it is great for covering a blemish.  It is dry under my eyes so I need to use Vaseline under it as an eye cream.

The IGK rich kid hair is the only product I’ve ever used that’s allowed me to air dry my hair and still look like a presentable member of society.  With a curling iron of course but it allows me to stay away from the blow dryer, that is HUGE.


I love my Chanel Bronzer so much. Its the only bronzer I use. It’s a cream and I have nothing ever similar to it.

Benefit Gimme brow is so easy and quick to use. I have an older one, mines ok, but it got recalled so it’s pulled off shelves. Benefit has great brow products, otherwise. Also want to try Glossier Boy brow which is very similar!

I love my Embryolisse face cream. It’s dewy and super moisturizing for day or night.

Black Tulip is my new favorite scent! Sephora calls it a seductive smell and while I can’t tell you what something seductive smells like I think it nails that description for this scent.  It’s warm and sultry smelling whatever that means.

Laniege Face and Lip Mask. I haven’t tried this yet because my face broke out after a sheet mask! I will let you know once I do. I can say that this travel duo comes with both and sells for $10 at Sephora. **** I tried this 4 days after my face broke out after using a mask.  This made my face SO hydrated which I totally needed because I was peeling.  I woke after using it with none 🙂 the lip mask made my lips plump, moisturized and no longer chapped! This mask duo is amazing! 10/10

I’ve stayed away from my Egg cream, hydrating mask since I just had a skin breakout from another sheet mask but I’m SO excited to try it and have heard great thing.