Candace Aliké Smith — A Writer's Self Care Journal

“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life.”

Elsie de Wolfe


Get The Look ⁠— A Valentine’s Day Beat

Hi, friends!

My favorite holiday is here! Valentine’s Day has always been a source of excitement for me, whether single or boo’d up. I love the idea of baking cookies, wearing red, and treating myself to something nice. Honestly, I enjoy the holiday so much more when I’m single. No pressure and no expectations!

Roses are red, and so are my lips!

I had fun creating this rose-inspired makeup look using cruelty-free and “clean” makeup brands. I kept with a red and pink color story, and skipped my usual winged eyeliner for a more natural look.

I’ve had my eye on the shades “Supreme” and “Wiggalese” in the ABH x Jackie Aina eyeshadow palette for months now, but I wanted to wait for a special occasion to take them for a spin. Today’s the day!

*The links in this post are not affiliate links. Calm down.

Silk Naturals Brow Cream, “Deep Brown”

Anastasia Beverly Hills Jackie Aina Palette
Under Brow — Soleil
Lid — Supreme
Inner Corner — Zamn
Outer Corner —Credit
Crease — Wiggalese

MILK MAKEUP KUSH High Volume Mascara

Glossier Cloud Paint Seamless Cheek Color, “Haze”

LipBar Liquid Matte, “Rebel”

Contour + Highlight
e.l.f. Contour Palette, “Dark/Deep”

Skin Prep
FOREO LUNA 3 Sensitive + Micro-Foam Cleanser
Heritage Store Rosewater Facial Toner

PACIFICA 7 Free Nail Polish, “Cinnamon Girl” (Blog Post)

Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law is wrong it
learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared.

Tupac Shakur

I hope you liked the look! Are you doing anything special for Valentine’s Day? Enjoy your galentines and special persons, and treat yo’self today!

Until soon,

Candace Alike Smith is a Las Vegas-based content creator, womb warrior, and matcha enthusiast. Candace founded this site in 2015 to help women of color reclaim their vitality. Follow Candace’s content on holistic beautymental wellnessherbs and essential oilsnon-toxic productshealthy libationswellness travel, and self-reflection. Green is her happy color.

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  1. meiyaphilippines

    Just came across the post. Nice!!


    1. Candace Smith

      Thanks for stopping by! Glad you like the look!


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