Unapologetically Queer: My Pride in RetrospectLooking inward to find the true meaning of Pride Month
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!It was a beautiful day in San Francisco - where I was on my way to my very first Pride. It was not your typical Sunday at the Bart station. What once was a train of empty seats, was now quickly filled with shimmery tutu’s and rainbows galore. I remember being with my close friends waiting at the Bart station, where an ample of emotions rushed through me. There was an undeniable excitement and nervousness that was present all at once. It was more than a burst of fireworks - it was a flame that completely engulfed me. I felt cosmic. Pride covered the sky with a blanket of victory. People around the world gathering together in a safe space to celebrate their queerness and love was a concept that not only inspired me - but also solidified and strengthened my spirit as well as everyone around me. I looked around and noticed everyone’s joy and laughter. I remember laying out on the grass and thought to myself, “I am exactly where I am supposed to be.” This feeling was something I would never dare to forget. As a young, queer man - I never felt so safe. Growing up BaklaI have always dreamed of a life that aligned with my true identity. I believe once that’s attained, not only have you found happiness, but a narrative that is unapologetically you. We’re all taught at a young age to “be ourselves” —whatever that may entail. I think we can all agree that it is easier said than done. But what if I told you that being queer was the last thing I wanted to do when I was younger? On some days, I liked being in the skin I was born with. Yet on other days, when society was telling me who I should be, what gender to like, and what toys I should play with; that is when I came to a sudden realization: Being yourself is quite harder than one may think. This is my story of unmasking my true identity, stripped away from all of the outside noise, and becoming the person I love the most today. “Bakla” is what they would call me when I was younger. This meant ‘gay’ in tagalog. Growing up as a Filipino American, this was a nickname some of my Titas and Titos would call me (Aunties and Uncles). I remember them calling me this at the young age of five years old when I picked up my first Barbie doll. I did not necessarily understand what the word meant or tried to understand because of how young I was. I wanted to be allowed to not care - but this simply was not possible. As I grew older, I began to put the pieces together. I began to notice the tone in which people were using it and how they were using it. It didn’t make me feel good or welcomed at all. It actually made me want to hide forever. I remember watching myself cry in my parents’ vanity mirror, wishing I was someone else, and in this case “straight”. I would pray to God every night hoping he would somehow alter the way I was. Reprogram me, in a sense. Design me a little bit “better.” This is also when I had the biggest awakening of my life: You cannot satisfy everyone. A Realization of Pride and SelfWhen I turned thirteen, I had an epiphany. I realized how unhappy I was trying to be someone I was not. The constant effort put into my facade started to take a toll on my mental health. I began to question my own character and how much I valued living my truth. Shortly after, the process of self-love came into play. I started to embrace the person I was becoming, mistakes and all.I would look at my reflection day by day and accept who I was when no one else would. Life is not about impressing others or toning yourself down to fit someone else’s perception or mold of you. You are unique and revolutionary. Your beauty could burn for an eternity. You are the standard and you are brilliant. Capable. Resilient. Loving the skin I was born with was not always easy, but the journey to do so has been incredibly humbling. I recall a moment at the Pride Parade where I thought about my experiences and I could not stop myself from crying. When you grow up trying so hard to have others validate you, there is a major disconnect. You begin to ask yourself questions and your confidence crumbles. I decided that my existence alone was enough. The feeling of loneliness dissipated as quickly as I first felt it. I was surrounded by people who may not have the same story as me — but understood the pain and rejection I once felt. As human beings, we yearn for connection and intimacy. We want to feel like we belong. We all want to have a voice and be heard. At the age of 25, I believe I have found it and I never stopped celebrating.
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🚨 Natasha Denona Glam DUPE! //$65 vs. $14
Happy Saturday Cherie Sisters 👯♀️ 💕 I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. I have been loving cool toned eyeshadows lately. I think they are the perfect tones to wear during fall and winter time so I purchased my first Natasha Denona product and got the glam palette. I fell in love with the color story and can see myself reaching for this palette often. So far the eyeshadows feel so luxurious. They are pigmented and I can do a look with just one dip. They blend themselves too so doing a look isn’t too time consuming. NATASHA DENONA - Glam Eyeshadow Palette When I saw that Colourpop announced their That’s Taupe collection, I knew I had to get the eye palette because it looked very similar to my glam palette. I wanted to do a comparison so you guys can decide if you need to spend $65 for the Natasha Denona one. So far these are up to par with Colourpop quality. The eyeshadows are pigmented and they included a couple super shock formula on the palette. These are great quality for the price. #Colourpop - That’s Taupe[products]#[FiveStars] So the Colourpop palette isn’t a complete dupe to the ND one, but there are some shades that are really similar to each other. Once blended on the eye, you can hardly tell the difference. The only difference between the two is the quality. The ND palette was pigmented after one dip and blended quickly. I had to dip 3-4x in the CP pan to match the pigmentation for the ND one. It also took time blending it out. Overall, the end results are the same, but it took half the time to work with the ND palette because it was much easier to work with. If cool-toned eyeshadows aren’t you your alley, but still want it on your collection, I say stick with CP. also if you don’t mind spending the extra time building up the color and blending then save the $51 difference. If you are someone who is looking for quality then definitely go for the glam palette. This will save you time and you won’t use as much product because it’s so pigmented. Do you prefer cool tones or warm tones? Xoxo, Francesca 💋
Wishful Rose Oil by HUDA -Review & Dupe for $24?
I was extremely intrigued with the rose oil as I already use a daily oil by Pixi Beauty and saw a significant difference. But after three days testing the Wishful Rose Oil, I’m truly dissatisfied with the product. For $63.00 this oil doesn’t do enough and the smell is not amazing either! I can get past it because of the listed ingredients “Damascus, Carrot, Rosehip. The product claims to give you a more even, bright and smooth appearance appropriate for all skin types, but actually just sits on your face and doesn’t absorb. This was my first negative view of the product, but what i can say that i like is the claim for brighter skin does come to light. I felt rejuvenated. The Dupe product mentioned by Pixi Beauty is just a .03 fl oz difference with the same main ingredient Rosehip. Ultimately I will stick to my $24.00 Pixi rose oil as I can trust it will melt into my skin overnight and truly keep it’s claims under my skin! xx
My Go-To Night Look: Sultry 🖤
Hi Cherie Sisters 👯♀️! Like every typical 20-something year old girl, I love spending my weekends bar hopping with friends or checking out the hottest night clubs in the city...this was before COVID of course... lol. I always love doing sultry eyes whenever I’m bar hopping with my friends or even just going on a date night. 🖤FACE • I always go for my long lasting foundation which is my laura mercier - Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation . This is full coverage, transfer resistance and last up to 15 hours. I love this foundation because it still feels light weight on the skin despite being a full coverage foundation. • Go for a full coverage long lasting concealer. I always use my HG concealer which is the tarte - Shape Tape Concealer •Contour is a must! Since that it’s dark, your face tend do look flat so this will give you dimension. I love using my Fenty Match Stix. • I use my most blinding highlight at night. This will help you look like you’re glowing especially in the moon light. I love ARTIST COUTURE - Diamond Glow Powder •Set your face with URBAN DECAY - All Nighter Ultra Matte Makeup Setting Spray. This baby will keep your makeup intact all night! 🖤BROWS •I usually love a natural brow on a daily basis, however I love having snatched af brows when I go out. I use ANASTASIA Beverly Hills - Dipbrow Pomade and only reach for this on special occasions. This will give you IG and bad bishhh brows •Set brows with benefit - 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gelto make sure it stays and won’t budge. 🖤EYES •I love using cool toned and dark eyeshadows. I used NATASHA DENONA - Glam Eyeshadow Palette •Tightlining your waterline with black pencil and smoking it out is a must! This will make you look like a sultry goddess. I used Milk MAKEUP - Long Wear Gel Eyeliner •Dramatic falsies will definitely catch everyone’s eyes! I used my house of lashes in the style Mon Cherie 🖤LIPS •Keep the attention on your eyes so wear a neutral lip color. I used Colourpop’s Lippie liner in cool BFF and topped that with ultra glossy lip on rattler. Both are from the that’s taupe collection. I hope you find this helpful! What is your favorite go-to look when it comes to special occasions? Xoxo, Francesca 💋 #CheriePartner
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RENTINOIDs: the BEST super ingredient
🌸 note: two of the products in my picture are prescription only, high grade retinoids. but i have tagged their drug store dupes that are the SAME product with a lower concentration 🌸 WHAT IS A RETINOL? in the most basic form, a retinoid is a form of VITAMIN A which encourages skin cells to break down and turn over faster, resulting in reduction of acne, wrinkles, dark spots and signs of aging. It promotes collagen production, unclogs pores, and reduces scarring. its actually thickens skin, preventing wrinkles from forming ☀️☀️ALWAYS USE AN SPF WITH RETINOIDS☀️☀️ because your skin cells are dying and regenerating so quickly, you are much more prone to sunburns. And we know sunburns are literally life-threatening they vary HIGHLY in strength (weak to strong list) ￼ ￼- retinoid esters: The weakest version of a retinoid, but is good for sensitive skin, surface level ￼ retinol: found in a variety of products, works on the cellular level of skin - adapalene (differin):￼ Used to be prescription only but can now be found in a low-dose age in most drug stores. penetrates deeper and slows the production of sebum with faster cell turnover ￼- retinoic acid (Retin-A/tretinoin): works deeper in the skin, can produce overnight results in the form of dead skin peeling. Very advanced skin cell turnover, as it penetrates and stimulates cell death and production. Skin can become very sensitive, irritated , and red ￼- isotretinoin (Accutane): essentially sebum production is very limited and skin cell turnover is dramatically increased. on ingestible medication that will make your skin peel, dry out, and really kill acne. It’s prescription only but very effective. 🌸 products i use! prescription only: ADAPALENE 0.3% dupe: DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel ADAPALENE is the primary form of retinol in this product. this has been my go to product for years, it makes me less sun sensitive then Retin-A 0.05%, while still giving me excellent skin cell turnover and anti aging benefits. It helped my skin go from absolute shiz to a much cleaner glowing face (see 4th pic) prescription only: RETIN-A 0.05% dupe: janssen - Retino-A 0.05% Tretinoin Cream TRETENOIN is the primary form of retinoid in this product. these two may actually be the same product, but the one that I have I know is usually prescription grade. it will make your skin peel overnight, so I use it as a spot treatment if I get any deep set nodular acne. i used this for a couple years but it made me really sun sensitive, it is very strong! luxury brand: SUNDAY RILEY - A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum RETINOL ESTER and CoQ10 are the primary forms of retinal in this product. this claims to have a 6.5% blend of stabilize retinoids and botanical retinoid alternative extracts. I think that it is incredibly overpriced for what it is. There are very similar dupes such as those from the inkey list and the ordinary
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