beauty supply stores

Affordable Brands for Beginners!

  • Coastal Scents
  • BH Cosmetics
  • E.L.F Cosmetics
  • NYX Cosmetics
  • Ruby Kisses
  • Wet n Wild
  • L.A. Girl Pro

These brands are great if you are on a budget and still beginning! Very affordable and they are decent quality. Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics are online although I have seen some Ricky NYC locations sell some BH Cosmetics products. The rest can be found in your local drugstores and beauty supply stores.

This video is proof that my “Taydar” and “Swift sense” are always on 1989%!!! Last week I finally went to the chiropractor, my mom and I decided to live in the moment and run a quick errand to Harmon (beauty and discount supplies store.) As soon as I heard the beginning notes of “New Romantics,” I got so excited and immediately had to lip-sync and dance my Swiftie heart out! Sorry if the sound isn’t the best!

@taylorswift @bmlg I couldn’t resist! This video is proof that you’re music is the BEST medicine and makes me beyond happy!!!! Thank you for always being there for me and help me stay a fearless Lyme disease warrior! My mom was so happy to see me dancing and carefree!! You have us both such a gift! We love you Taylor and always will be here to support you!!!! Hope you enjoy this adorkable video! I ran out of video so that’s why the whole song isn’t filmed.

simple whipped body butter recipe

I’ve received a lot of messages lately about what I use to moisturize my body, especially during the summer. I always use natural shea, mango, or cocoa butter to moisturize but in the spring and summer months I like to whip these ingredients so they aren’t heavy on my skin. Unrefined shea butter is cheap and easy to find (either at most black beauty supply stores or online), so that’ll be the main ingredient in the recipe below.

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Electric Lizard

Originally posted by itsokaysammy

Characters -  Priestly x Reader

Summary - The guy with the bright hair always comes into the beauty supply store you work at, buying a bottle of hair dye each week. What happens when he asks for some help?

Word Count - 1,162

Warnings - Super-cute fluffy as hell Priestly. He’s just so cute and sweet, guys.

A/N - I adore Priestly, and I couldn’t help but do some writing for him. Definitely expect more of him in the future whenever I get stuck with SPN.

He knew he was spending far too much money on hair dye. A bottle a week was more than enough, but by now he had each color of the rainbow and was buying multiples at this point.

Priestly had it bad. Each week, he would go to the beauty supply store and spend as long as possible hemming and hawing over color choices, even though he knew exactly what color he was getting. Anything to see you, the pretty girl with bright hair that stood at the cash register.

He noticed you changed your hair color often as well, though not nearly as often as he did. Today as he walked into the store, he smiled briefly at you, taking in the bright orange and yellow that covered your head. He had yet to see any color you didn’t look good in, and he was sure that one didn’t exist. He beelined for the bright hair dye section, trying to angle his boy so he could sneak peeks at you over the aisle.

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They are really trying to sell 5.2 oz of shea butter to people for $42 in Sephora. You better take your ass to a Beauty Supply Store, you can get like 16 oz for $5-7.



#FuckYourPaperBag Because I’ve been asked whether I exfoliate in the shower as if my skin tone is oil and dirt that needs to be removed.

#FuckYourPaperBag Because I’ve heard other black Caribbean adults advise my parents to keep me out of the sun and see if the “beautiful color” of my inner forearm would engulf the rest of me.

#FuckYourPaperBag Because no little girl should ever hate herself enough to be searching up “quick and easy skin bleaching methods” in elementary school and get caught attempting to shoplift it from the local beauty supply store.

#FuckYourPaperBag Because it took a trip to a Europe country for me to hear compliments on my skin tone for first time in my life.

#FuckYourPaperBag Because dark skin is fucking ethereal.

Heists Harley pulled after leaving Joker before she felt comfortable to pull heavy jobs:

-Robbing a Hot Topic
-Holding up a beauty supply store for haircare and makeup
-Holding up a Halloween store for makeup of another kind, and props obvs
-Breaking into pet store for obvious reasons
-Breaking into another pet store because the first one was a good thrill and wasn’t enough
-Breaking into several good shelters when Ivy eventually makes her aware that she canNOT take care of 13 dogs,
8 cats, 11 hamsters, 2 Guinea pigs, and an innumerable amount of fish, which were given to Penguin to keep in his aquariums at home and the Iceberg Lounge
-(Raiding an adult shop for strap-ons and vibes and lingerie for herself and Ivy 👌)
-Raiding a dozen department stores with Selina for cute new outfits bc the cat has good taste except for in men because Batsy is yUCK (“but he has a nice tush, Kitty Cat, so there’s that.”)
-Holding up a McDonalds for free nuggets and a McFlurry, but no fries because she’s watching her figure

I’ve noticed that we don’t really talk much about black-owned businesses on here and “others” in black neighborhoods profiting off of us but treating us like shit

a few months ago I went to this asian-owned beauty supply store with my friend who lived around the corner from one. the guy behind the counter was watching us like a hawk like we were going to steal something and didn’t greet us when we came in so I told my friend “let’s go”

I’ll be damned if I spend a red cent in someone’s store who doesn’t treat their main customers (read: black women) with respect in our neighborhoods

For Black Girls that don't want to use their expensive make up on regular days these are my fave drug store go tos.

Primer: Nyx photo primer or the Nyx Angel veil primer
Concealer: Maybelline fit, La girl pro concealer
Foundation: Maybelline fit, Loreal infallible
Bronzer: nyx matte bronzer
Highlighter: loreal true match lumi powder glow illuminator
Setting powder: Airspun, nyx set it don’t fret it
Setting spray: loreal infallible, Nyx matte

Mascara: Maybelline lash sensational
Eyeliner: nyx liquid noir

You’re welcome 🤗

Major Waves: The Hairstyle That Won the 2017 Golden Globes

Among a bevy of gorgeous Golden Globes red carpet beauty looks, one hairstyle stood out: waves. Whether they were short and sweet, fabulously fluffed or shiny and sexy, we saw almost every variation of softly undulating curls.

If you don’t already own a handy curling iron or old-school sponge rollers, after scrolling through these nine starlets, you’ll be running to your nearest beauty supply store to get your wave game right, STAT!

Gina Rodriguez is gorgeous with a gentle mix of black and bronze strands.

Source: Yahoo Beauty

Emily Ratajkowski sizzles in a long bob with soft curls.

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Simone Biles is effortlessly chic with perfect curls and a bright smile.

Source: Yahoo Beauty

Winona Ryder perfectly plays up a deep side-part with royal ringlets.

Source: Yahoo Beauty

Brie Larson has luscious, retro locks paired perfectly with a signature red lip.

Source: Yahoo Beauty

Octavia Spencer adds face-framing bangs and sultry, smoky eyes.

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Ruth Negga has a pin-curled pixie that absolutely pops.

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Kristen Bell’s tousled blond bob equals hair goals.

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Priyanka Chopra slays with softly swept hair and gold highlights.

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Personal story time:

So as some of you may know I got a job at a beauty supply store where i live (WHICH I ADORE) and I am already really close to the three other women who work there and one of them tells me that there is a really hot guy at the subway next door. So of course I go there on my lunch to see if it is legit. AND OMG HE WAS SO HOT AND I JUST. And I have a lot of tattoos and he was talking to me about them saying how amazing they are and then showing me his. 

And I am really into him. So yeah. Just had to put it out there that I have finally have interest in a guy since my terrible experience in Hawaii! 

I’m going to start making lists of the things I find myself oft repeating to customers (especially now that I work at a beauty supply store, the name of which I’m not allowed to say).

Hair colors:

  • you cannot lighten your hair several shades without bleaching it. It just won’t happen. You want to go blonde but you don’t want to bleach your hair? sorry, it’s not going to happen. “but what if I just put this semi-permanent hair dye on top of my very dark brown?” your hair might be a little bit shiny? but I mean you’re not gonna get the advertised vivid color.
  • There are four kinds of hair dye: temporary, semi-permanent, demi-permanent, and permanent. The first one is obvious, it washes out with one or two shampoos. Semi permanent dye will also wash out, but it will take maybe a month, and it’ll more likely just go kind of pastel. Demi-permanent is the same, but it fades out instead of washing out. Permanent color might fade in the sun or if you go swimming a lot, but other than that it is not going to go anywhere.
  • Do not under any circumstances buy your hair dye at a drug store. Please go to Sally’s. 
  • There’s a semi-permanent brand called Ice Cream (I think?). I have never heard a single good thing about them.
  • Manic Panic is a good semi-permanent hair dye to get yourself started, as it’s often sold in places such as Hot Topic or Trivium. HOWEVER, MP fades very quickly, especially with their more red or pink dyes. If you’re looking for a red dye that will stick very well, try the One ‘n’ Only Argon Oil brand.
  • Argon oil has a natural red pigment. If you want to be blonde or ashy or grey (etc.) do not buy any product that includes argon oil (including shampoos or hair masks!)


  • please don’t buy your makeup from Sally’s. Their stuff is usually terrible, ie. they have like maybe four shades of foundation and they’re all varying shades of white
  • NYX matte cream lip colors are absolutely fantastic. You can find them at shoppers drug mart. These things go on smoothly, dry matte, and don’t feel like they’re heavy at all. Above all else: super bold color! My fave is called ‘vintage’.
  • Despite NYX having fantastic lip products, their mascara is shit. I bought one that was kind of a clear gooey fluid with tiny black flecks in it?? like guys pull your shit together.
  • GOSH BB creams are super nice and light, great for when u need a little bit of coverage to last you in a casual setting, and they’re a bit cheaper than your usual Sephora fare. 
  • on that note, GOSH also has an amazing eye primer that looks kind of like a white crayon? Goes on white, and holds any color you put on it with an amazing vibrancy. 
  • Check out BH cosmetics for some cheap eye shadow palettes that have a wide variety of color! I’ve got their galaxy palette (which is just as great as it sounds) but I also have a 99 color palette. Coupled with the GOSH eye primer everything is beautiful. (b/c these are ‘cheaper’ brands, without an eye primer the colors don’t show up as well.)
  • Don’t laugh but Forever 21 has a really great cream contour palette. Keep in mind though I’m super white, so if you have a darker skin tone this cream palette doesn’t go darker than, like, “orange” tan.
  • Ipsy bags and other monthly makeup kits of $20-$25 are actually surprisingly worth it. Ipsy, for example, customizes your kit a bit more to your skin tone/hair color/eye color/skin type. A good way to learn new brands and try new products. 
  • If you are going to be in front of a camera, do not under any circumstances use shimmer. I’m talking shimmer powders, shimmer highlighters, even if your primer advertises ‘glow’ or if your foundation is ‘luminous’. Any kind of shimmer will catch the light and reflect it strongly into the lens. 
  • Same goes for SPF.  If your foundation/BB cream/anything really has a bit of sunscreen/SPF, that will also catch the light and reflect strongly into the camera. 
  • If you are self-conscious about your wrinkles, avoid shimmer products. They will highlight your skin and cause a large contrast with your creases.
  • If you want to make your lips look larger, use shimmers, glosses, and/or light colors. paler colors will make any space look larger, whereas dark colors (like NYX’s Vintage, for example, or bold reds) will make your lips a little bit smaller.
  • those wedge sponges you can get for like $3 a bag are actually really really good for your foundations. Esp if you’re doing makeup for multiple people. I actually find sponges apply liquid and cream foundations/contours/highlighters a lot better than brushes, as they’re a lot less streaky. 
  • Don’t go overboard with your setting powder if you’re going to be on camera/on stage, as heavy application of your setting powder will also come out as pure white in photos.
  • Use rubbing alcohol to clean your makeup brushes. It evaporates faster than water, is less likely to mess with the glue holding your brushes together, and sanitizes everything it touches. 

off the top of my head this is all I can think of tonight but expect there to be more in the future, as I continue to try to explain to people why they can’t just throw color on their hair and expect it to be Just Fine. 

(also if anyone has any questions or suggestions go ahead and send them!!)

Ready Set Go

Pairing: Draco Malfoy x Hermione Granger

Setting: Modern, non-magical, high school AU

Word Count: 1,912 

Written For: @naqini [#payback2k15] + @dhrfaves [favorite AU]

Officially, Divinations is classified as a shitty new-age gift shop.

It’s small and it’s cramped and it’s located in one of those seedy, almost-abandoned strip malls on the absolute wrong side of PCH—it shares a mailbox with a discount beauty supply store and a Russian bakery that Draco’s pretty sure is just a front for money laundering, and it always smells a tiny bit like someone spilled a party-sized bottle of cheap domestic sherry on the incense counter. There are Ikea shelves lined with dip-dyed crystals and desert-scavenged fossilized scrub-brush, dusty triangular vials of essential oils and papier-mâché plates inscribed with Celtic runes and medical-grade glass jars filled with loose-leaf dried herbs; there are sandalwood spirit boxes and polished teak rain-sticks and knock-off Inuit dream catchers and a disturbing number of animal skeletons, too, bronze cauldrons and gold needles and multi-packs of purified iron disks.

Officially, Divinations is classified as a shitty new-age gift shop.

But unofficially

Unofficially, Divinations is an underground black-market occult superstore.

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“One of the biggest complaints many people have when it comes to visiting their local beauty-supply store is that they’re typically owned by nonblack people. But there’s one store in Moreno Valley, Calif., that’s changing the face of beauty-supply-store ownership.

Kayla Davis, 19, and Keonna Davis, 21, are sisters who are making hair and entrepreneurship history in California. They are now the youngest owners of a beauty-supply store.

KD Haircare Supply is located at 24453 Sunnymead Blvd. in Moreno Valley. The store is stocked with everything from natural-hair products to wigs and weaves, so there’s something available for all hair preferences.”(TheRoot.Com)

Now we can stop giving our money to the Asians…


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crowfishers  asked:

Okay I'm not sure whether to ask or message you here or if you have a personal blog but I'd really like to know - you're in the U.K. ish area right? And you dye your own hair - what brands of unnatural dye can you get there? Canada had pretty limited access a few years ago but much more now. In the US it's super easy access - manic panic and ion and beyond the zone, etc (at my local beauty supply store). just wondered what brands/availability you have there :) that blue is gorgeous!

The brand I use is called stargazer, you can also buy crazy colour but it’s not as good.