Kylie Jenner Lip Kit Dupes

Beauty

In case you don’t know, I am kind of obsessed with Kylie Jenner’s lip kits. I have been trying to get my hands on them for a while now, but the moment I was about to hit “Checkout,” they were sold out. The colors are gorgeous and perfect for daily wear, parties, a night out with bae, clubbing, you name it. Her Metal Matte Lipsticks are to die for. If you can pull them off, hats off to you.

We all know these lip kits sell out in a flash and if you haven’t been able to snap one of them before they broke Google (unless you want to pay extra to buy these sold out and already overpriced lip products from Amazon or eBay), don’t worry. Here are some affordable spot-on similar dupes for every single lip kit to made do with till they are in stock again. Since pretty much everything looks good on Kylie Jenner, I tried to use photos of normal women of different skin tones to give you an idea of whether each shade looks good on you.

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Candy K

This shade is light pink with a few hints of brown, kind of like a rosy nude. Perfect for daily wear if you want an effortless look.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi, $9

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena, $20

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Celebrity Skin, $21

Dolce K

This is light brown color, like the color of hot cocoa or coffee.

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ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Chi , $6

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow , $20

True Brown

Exactly what it’s called: true brown. Basically, a rich chocolate color. If you are going for a bold look, this color is perfect for the fall.

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MAC Lipstick in Antique Velvet, $17

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Dominatrix, $18

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Limbo , $6

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Brooklyn, $20

Lime Crime Velvetine in Salem, $20

Posie K

A darker pink, with hints of light violet.

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 Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Marvelous Mauve, $14

 Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Soft Lilac, $20

 Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Mother, $20

Mary Jo K

Your classic red lipstick. Perfect for any occasion and it makes your teeth look as white as pearls.

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NYX Liquid Suede Lip Cream in Kitten Heels, $7

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw, $20

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red, $14

Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Lipstick in Reddest Red, $20

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Creeper, $6

Koko K

This light pink shade is a cute summer color for daily wear. I personally don’t think I can rock this one.

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ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Midi, $6

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in I’m Nude, $18

Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in TBT, $20

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Milkshake, $20

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This is the perfect orangey-red lipstick to add a pop of color to your look in the summer or spring. This one looks good on almost every skin tone.

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips in Succulent, $6

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morocco, $7

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Persimmon, $20

Kourt K

This deep-purple shade is perfect for all skin tones and is great to wear in the winter or fall. It gives a vampy and sexy look.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania, $6

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sad Girl, $20

Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Lipstick in Jinx, $20

Exposed

This is a lighter version of Kylie’s Dolce K. It is more of a beige color. I personally cannot pull this one off on my skin tone.

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ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Kae , $6

King K

Gold. Gold. Gold. Very bold and in-your-face, but oh-so gorgeous.

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 CoverGirl Colorlicious Lip Lava Lipgloss in Lava Glow, $8

Reign

This is a sparkly chocolate brown with undertones of pink and orange. This shade looks amazing on everyone and is perfect for parties.

 Milani Amore Mattallics in Materialistic, $9

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This is a lighter copper shade, and my second favorite after Reign.

Milani Amore Mattallics in Chromattic Addict, $9

Majesty

This is obviously the boldest color on the list. A metallic black with dark blue undertones.

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Baby Bat Beauty Metallic Lip Cream in Midnight, $12

Like Gloss

This one is basically a gloss version of Dolce K.

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Covergirl Colorlicious Lip Gloss in Melted Toffee, $6.60

Literally Gloss

This is a beautiful caramel colored lipgloss.

NYX Xtreme Glossy Lipcream in Skin Tone, $6

So Cute Gloss

This is basically the gloss version of Kylie’s Exposed.

Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer in Nude Eclipse, $5.49

 

For more matte liquid lipstick swatches, check out my swatch video:

Black Friday Deals and Steals

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Thanksgiving is coming up and as much as I’m looking forward to cooking up a feast for my family, I’m especially excited about the Black Friday shopping. There are so many trends I’ve been eying at Zara, Forever 21, and more. Although many stores mark up their items before adding on a “holiday discount,” some sales are just too good to pass up.

Boohoo

 As if their clothes aren’t cheap enough, Boohoo is offering 60% off its entire store on Black Friday. You can get most of the tops, dresses, and jackets for $10 or less. Definitely a steal!

Shein

Shein is one of my favorite online stores. Starting Thanksgiving Day, Shein is offering 60% off its entire store, along with a BOGO 99% off deal for some items. Make sure to snag their tops and sweaters for $5-$10!

10% off if you order using a new email

$10 off orders $79+ (USE CODE LIS10)

$15 off orders $105+ (USE CODE LIS15)

$30 off orders $200+ (USE CODE LIS30)

Zara

I’ve always considered Zara to be the store that blends with my sense of style but it can be a little pricy when it comes to their long sleeve tops and dresses. If you’re like me, now is the chance to snag your favorite items!

Ruffles, sequins, trumpet sleeves, and beaded sweaters are definitely in right now. Although Zara has STILL not yet officially announced their Black Friday Deals this year, the store has historically been known to have 20-30% off the entire store. It’s safe to assume that will be the case this year too.

BH Cosmetics

If you haven’t bought yourself their 120 Shade Eyeshadow Palette, you need to get on that now. Super pigmented, these crazy colors in the Second Edition palette give me life. The entire store has sales up to 75% off so now you can get the palette for as low as $10.

ColourPop

If you’re looking to color your life, look no further. Colourpop Cosmetics is offering 20% off everything in its lineup. The flash sale starts Thursday at 10 am PST and goes on for 48 hours.

On Black Friday, it’s launching “Take Me Home,” an exclusive palette for Sephora at only $12! ColourPop is also offering BOGO on all Liquid Lippies on November 23 and November 24. Or you can hold out until Cyber Monday when the entire site is 20% off.

$5 off with email sign-up

Nyx Professional Makeup

From November 24 to November 25, take 30% off your entire purchase both in stores and online. Go get yourself Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks! The In Your Element Shadow Palette consisting of three-element palettes is pretty neat too.

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Your favorite drugstore brand is offering a whole 50% off online from November 24th through November 28th. Half. Off. Everything!

Payless

50% off the entire site and store. Payless stores are closed Thanksgiving Day. No coupons accepted on 11/23

BOGO 50% off (USE CODE DRESS20)

A’Gaci

Up to 70% off storewide. Their over-the-knee boots are way better priced and of much better quality than I have seen elsewhere. Go get yourself a pair!

30% off (USE CODE BFRIDAY30) Expires 11/28

20% off (USE CODE FRIENDSGIVE20)

20% off with email sign-up

15% student discount

Forever 21

Extra 50% off (USE CODE EXTRA50) online only on 11/23

10% off with email sign-up

10% off first order (USE CODE BXX526PMXH)

 

Here’s a list of codes you can try on online orders (I can’t promise they’ll work):

BXN0Q49771

BXX74NLYYF

BXMS6H3DMD

BXVHG1MS5M

100LF19SF5

10HDVVX6KL

BXT7YHMFP0

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This is a collab with Rasmin from The Lipstick Pantry. Go check out her blog for the other half of the list of Black Friday deals!

 

Watch my lookbook and shopping haul from last year’s Black Friday shopping :

 

 

 

Post Halloween Health Hacks

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So Halloween happened, and I’m sure we all went a little crazy with our candy consumption. Or was that just me?

New York had me overeating and trying all sorts of local foods, but anyone who knows me knows I always watch what I eat because I’m a health freak. I came back to Houston about three months later, and had ten pounds added to my body. Sure, that sounds normal, but you have to know that I have been the same weight for about four years now. To see that three months changed all of that, really made me reevaluate my eating and fitness habits.

I haven’t kept up with a set workout schedule since my senior year of high school. That needed to change. College happened, a part-time internship on top of that, along with a two hour daily commute. You can see how my day flies by. If I’ve learned anything over the last few years being a workaholic, it’s that health is wealth. There have been times during finals week where I’d get so bogged down that I’d barely eat one hearty meal that day.

No matter how busy you get, always make time to eat healthy and workout at least twice a week. 

So here is my declaration of leading a new lifestyle and I’m going to show you what I’m doing. If you guys have any tips or suggestions to any improvements I can make, let me know in the comments!

1. Have hearty breakfasts and light dinners. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Since dinner is the last thing we eat, it’s better not to fill yourself up with fatty or oily foods since you don’t have much physical movement after that.

2. Eating in moderation is key, but I took it a step further and started guesstimating my calorie intake so it’s about 1900 calories per day. If you eat that Kit Kat, you’re going to have to compensate somewhere else in your diet. I try drinking an entire 0.5 liter water bottle before each meal so I don’t overeat. A lot of times, our body thinks it’s hungry, but it just needs water.

3. Green tea is my best friend. I used to keep it in a thermos and drink it after every meal, but lately I just drink it after dinner so it increases metabolism.

4. Take a quick walk after every meal. My goal is 300 steps. It’s a random number, but it seems to prevent food coma.

5. Eat and sleep at normal times and stick to your schedule. Once those two systems are in whack, it just ruins your skin and you tend to feel more groggy and grumpy overall. If you have that much work to do, wake up extra early since that’s when your mind is freshly woken up.

6. I do a few stretches and jumping jacks to wake myself up. You can add a caffeinated herbal or black tea to your routine if that helps. I used to be a crazy coffeeholic but I can’t consume it without like six packets of sugar, and we all know that’s inviting so many future health problems.

7. You just have to make time to work out. I can’t always make it to the gym, so I spend 10 minutes every morning doing intense moves inspired by my favorite fitness guru, Cassie Ho. She posts all her ‘Blogilates’ videos on YouTube and each one targets a different part of the body. Just 3-5 minutes long each, her short videos are just what you need to quickly squeeze in some exercise in your day. Trust me, it works because you will be sore after five minutes. These morning workouts will definitely get you pumped up for the rest of the day.

I know that’s a lot of information, but this is what works for me. If any of these tips interest you, I suggest taking it one step at a time. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself.

And now, onto my fall retro-inspired look!

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Bell Sleeve Dress: JustFab

Lipstick: Sephora Collection Cream Stain Liquid Lipstick – Coral Sunset, $14

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Thong Sandals: Wet Seal

Patterned Bell-Bottoms: Rue 21

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In case you missed my 2 minute Halloween comedy sketch, here it is!

Spring Break Getaway OOTD

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During spring break a few weeks ago, my family decided to go on a mid-week getaway at a secluded resort in Austin, Texas. Barton Creek Resorts was beautiful, surrounded by flourishing plants. Greenery pervaded the acreage as we had a front-view of the golf course from our window. This technology-free vacation was exactly what I needed to reconnect with my family and take my mind off of worldly stress. I left that back at home. There was a cute nature trail and mini-golf course right by the outdoor pool on the cliff overlooking the large bodies of water and surrounding mansions. The sight was breathtaking. I finally had my chance to eat out for almost every meal, trying new varieties like Vietnamese Pho and Japanese California rolls.

2016 Best & Worst Makeup Products| Happy Holidays

Beauty

Hello everyone! I hope you are all getting ready for the holidays, because I am definitely excited to venture the town for Christmas lights and decorations. This year has been very interesting to say the least.

From my blog taking off and creating a YouTube channel, to having Donald Trump elected as our president, this year has been a bumpy ride with some exciting twists and turns along the way. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and an even better New Year. I might just sit this New Year’s Eve out and relax in my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fleece onesie, exactly as I did last New Year’s Eve. Talk about déjà vu. Expect a 2016 memories and important events post from me in the next few days.

What are your plans for the holidays? Will you be traveling or relaxing in the comfort of your bed? Let me know in the comments below. Please share my video with friends and tell them to subscribe!

 

P.S. On a completely unrelated note, if you are able to, please donate as much money as your heart desires to the Islamic Relief USA  organization so they can use our generous donations to provide humanitarian aid to active emergency countries including Syria and Yemen, among many others. We may be enjoying our holidays gifting our loved ones, but this is your chance to use that holiday spirit to help out the children who don’t have access to food, shelter from harsh weather, and medical care.You don’t have to be Muslim to donate to this organization. All you need is the heart to care about humanity. Loads of love to you all!

A Friday in Fall OOTD

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This week has been hectic. With a divisive election, nationwide protests, riots, and hatred pervading our communities, things aren’t looking too good. We must stand strong and hope for the best for our nation, because there isn’t much we can do beyond that. This is a democracy; rule of the people, by the people, for the people. If it weren’t for our whispers that meld into roars, America wouldn’t be as established and prosperous as it is today. Don’t ever feel like your voice doesn’t matter. Trust me, it does.

Today’s look is dominated by blue hues, but the photo’s vintage edits give it a somber, warm tone. The photographer was my good friend Laraib Hashmi.

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Top: Max, India

Jeans: H&M

Shoes: JustFab; Maile – Cognac

Nail Polish: Tuesday in Love – Yolo, $12.47

Scarf: Get it on AliExpress here

Concealer: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – Medium 29, $24

Eyebrow Liner: Walmart; Salon Perfect Brow Pomade- Dark Brown, $5

Lipstick: Maybelline New York Superstay 14 Hour Lipstick – Wine and Forever, $6

Watch this tutorial to get my hijab look and check out ColourPop Ultra Matte swatches here! I swatched the ColourPop Metallic Lipsticks as well.

Make sure to request on my Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat/Facebook @rafafarihah any other OOTD ideas you want me to try!

ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lipstick Swatches!

Beauty

Hey everyone! I hope you love makeup as much as I do because I swatched some shimmery lipsticks for you all. These retail for only $6 and I absolutely love them. Check out the collection and please subscribe if you haven’t already.

 

Summer to Fall Transition Lookbook!

Fashion

Here it is! The back to school fall lookbook everyone has been waiting for. I spent forever filming this in the heat so I hope it was worth it. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Check back in a few hours and I should have all the outfit links in the description box. Please give it a thumbs up! Subscribe if you haven’t!