Friday, January 16, 2015

Coral Confidential : The Best Coral Shades for Dark Skin at EVERY PRICE!!!! Stock up for Spring!

From Left : BH Cosmetics "Coral Escape", Sephora Collection "1st Night 13", Rimmel London "#110", Tarte Cosmetics "Timeless" 
Wow .. It's 2015 !  First and foremost Happy New Year !!! It's only January but its never too early to get ready for Spring / Resort Season . I recently purchased BH Cosmetics Creme Luxe Lipstick in "Coral Escape" and it dawned on me that I have a fond love of Coral Shades of lipstick.  So I went into my "stash" and I found three similar shades that all are fabulous shades of coral that would look amazing on Dark Skin.
Here is a swatch of the colors :



  1. Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in "1st Night 13" (Mid Priced at $12.50) - The only shade in my group of "corals" that is a bit more on the pink/rosey side. There is something about this color.  I purchased this late Summer ( August) , and it looked AMAZING on my tanned Dark Skin that was paired with a Highlighter ( Becca Cosmetics Topaz)  it really is a pretty shade .  
  2. BH Cosmetics Creme Luxe Lipstick in "Coral Escape" (Steal! at $3.95) - This is a true shade of Coral and is very pigmented + moisturizing.  It appears to be the brightest shade in the group.  Usually lower priced items fail on some aspects, but this lipstick delivers on texture, pigment and packaging - I can't really complain when this was under 5 bucks.  If you're in a financial bind but you want to look F L A W L E S S ,  get this shade !!  
  3. Aqualillies for Tarte Limited Edition Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Timeless ( Splurge at $16 / but it's actually a Steal because this is the sale price) - This lipstick goes on smooth like a cream but it stays put like a lip stain with a almost Matte finish , but its moisturizing so your lips will not dry out.  I love this bright shade of Coral  , and being that it is Limited Edition and on Sale I suggest snagging them up before they're gone forever.  
  4. Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss #110 (Bargain at $5.59) - I have a special love for the Rimmel London Kate Moss lippys.  They really exceed the expectations of "drugstore" products.  #110 is a vibrant shade or Coral, it has a very Matte finish so it is very important that your lips are exfoliated and moisturized prior to wearing it.  I've also found that the Rimmel shades ( the Mattes) can be a bit drying so I suggest exfoliating prior and the night after wearing it slather on some lip balm before bed and you should be fine.  

Hope you will try out all of these shades soon!  Happy Shopping !!!  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

LORAC Party Palette x Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H = Party Season Flawless

LORAC Party Palette 

8 shades and 2 Highlighters complete the Party Palette 

I am fawning over the LORAC Party Palette ( Ulta Exclusive / $24) because it is just so darn fabulous!! It include Color and Sparkle -  all I need in this world.  Especially the fact that is has been released around this festive time of year just further puts me into the happy mood ( my birthday is later on this month so its PARTY TIME).  There is so many possibilities with this palette and I especially appreciate the two highlighter shades being larger in size -  LORAC knows us girls love a highlight!

LORAC Limited Edition 3D Liquid Lustre Holiday Set  

To add the glam factor ,  add a few sublte drops of the LORAC 3D Liquid Lustre to your look.  Its fool proof, mess proof, and its a fabulous way to sparkle without looking like a school project with chunks of glitter. The Lustres are also nice to use as a highlight ( the lighter shades of course. )

Flawless Skin in a Bottle 

I have a hard time finding the right shade in a lot of my favorite brands.  Something about my undertones there's times when the darkest shade is either too light or its too dark then the shade before it is too light.  I can easily just use multiple products to find the "perfect custom shade" -  which I have done before and I'm not opposed to ;  but its NICE when you find that "perfect match".  I have found the perfect match with a few brands , but the brand I want to review today is Lancome.  The Tient Idole Ultra 24H in 500 Suede W is one word - AMAZING.  This foundation gives me a radiant Luminous glow and finish. Below you will see a look I created last weekend with the LORAC Party Palette x 3D Liquid Lustre in 24K .  I am also wearing the fabulous Tient Idole Ultra 24H in 500 Suede W ( Hint**** a darker foundation shade can be used to contour-  for example I would use 550 Suede C to contour  -  I had a small sample from Sephora and used it to contour it works very well). This is a iphone 6 picture ( with no retouching or filters) , so imagine how great this looks in person or if taken with a Real Camera.

Mac Styled in Sepia is amazing isn't it ??  Okay back to this Party Palette and amazing Foundation ...  

For more info on the products mentioned check out Lancome-usa.com , Ulta.com and Loraccosmetics.com

Happy Holidays !  

Lancome The Parisian Lights Collection Holiday 2014 - Your go to guide for the Party Season



I just LOVE this time of year .. Christmas , My Birthday and NYE - just party after party and tons of reasons to celebrate and kick up the glam a knotch.

Lately,  I've been drawn towards shimmery shades on the eyes and dramatic lips and maximum impact lashes and Lancome's Limited Edition Collection does just that.  

Eyes -  You can go subtle with a shimmery liner ( winged of course) or you can fill in the whole lid with one of the limited edition Hypnose Dazzling eye shadows. These intensely smooth and pigmented brighten the eyes and add shimmer in a very sophisticated way.  Think less obvious glitter but luxe hints of reflecting light.

Lips -  Red . Red . Red.  Red will forever be the quintessential sexy lip color of choice.  L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick in 160 Rouge Amour is just that-  sexy.  I fell in love with it since I saw Lupita grace it on the current campaign images.  This lipstick can also work alone on a bare face and you will still be party ready.

Lashes - Long and Dark and Flirty:  The only way lashes should be.  As mentioned a bare face with only red lips would be a killer look for the season , but make sure to add some Mascara.  Grandiose is the Mascara of all Mascaras -  with the 1st ever swan-neck wand bent to work with the shape of your face.  Hypnose Drama Waterproof  is also a great option.


Body - a light dusting of the Poudre de Lumiere on the Decolletage .

If you can't afford to spend the Holiday in "The City of Light" ( you're not alone ) , you can get the next best thing with glamming it up with Lancome this season.

Happy Holidays ! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Marsala Holiday Inspiration !!! Getting on trend with Pantones Chicest Color of the Year Yet.


I just can't get ENOUGH of Marsala - the Color of 2015 .  So today I decided to put together some great items together (some old, some new)  that will help you get on trend for the new year.


Hope you enjoyed this little collection I've put together, and for more fun finds you can check out my instagram.  

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ultimate Girl Friend Gift Guide : Perfect Gifts for your Girl Friends this Holiday Season !


I love this time of year ( I'm a December Baby) , and its the time when everyone is releasing amazing limited edition items / gift sets.  I put together a list of some of my personal favorites that can easily be gifted to your besties ( they've been there for you all year ,  they deserve it!! ) .

For the Makeup Artist  -  BeautyBlender, BeautyBlender Micro Mini and the BeautyBlender Surface Pro .  She can never have enough tools and Beauty Blenders are literally "heaven in a sponge".  Now with the Micro Mini she can really achieve concealer perfection with the smaller size , and the surface pro allows her to not have to use her hand as a palette anymore ( although she most likely will) .  The Beauty Blender is the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone though , paired with some candy it would be a sweet treat .

For the Girlfriend of yours who has every popular palette already and USES them -  Smashbox Double Exposure Palette. This has taken the Full Exposure Palette to the next level with 14 shades that double to 28 with a wet brush.  It is a gift that keeps on giving its two palettes in one.  Definitely perfect for someone who will make full use of the colors ( not for the makeup novices).

For the "Diva" -  If she is anything like all fabulous Diva's that came before her, she loves to "stand out" .  She will most definitely do that with some "sparkle" ( who doesn't like to "shine bright like a diamond" ??) that she can add to her Holiday looks.  I LOVE LORAC Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set and the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow  ( Kitten is my current fav color).  These two products are not only not like anything else out there , but completely fool proof in adding that "glitter look" - you can use your fingers to apply. The LORAC set is a steal at $28!!  I think its actually a MUST to gift to yourself too!  They look amazing on the skin alone, but your "Diva"Girl Friend will most likely layer it on over other shadows to give that "WOW" effect that is perfect for New Years Eve , Birthdays,  Anniversaries , or if shes over the top -  Everyday!

For the Lipstick / Lipgloss lover -  The girl who is always about her lippy.  Never leaves home without 2 , 3 , maybe 5 colors in her makeup bag.  LORAC Lip Lustre Creme Set is so cute and sure to be a hit. This set includes , nudes pinks and berry tones - colors everyone should have in their arsenal.   I also am gagging over the Too Faced Melted Liquifed Long Wear Lipstick ( in all the shades). I love the pigment, texture and the lasting "stained" finish.  We all have that friend that is always checking in the mirror to see if her lipstick / lipgloss is in tact -  these options are perfect for her.

For the jet-setter -  Your friend who is always going off on a fabulous getaway. She would love the Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set and Travel Bag . Perfect set to take on a Holiday weekend , all the items are TSA safe at the perfect size and the super luxe Travel Bag can fit all of her other essentials. Tarte really came with it this season.  This set is sold out online but you may find it in Sephora Stores.


There you have it ! Happy Shopping Ladies !! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Introducing Marsala .... 2015 Pantone Color of the Year



Pantone has released the color of the year, and is Marsala : a naturally robust and earthy wine red
Why Marsala??  You might ask...  
 "Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability.  Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth." - Leatrice Eiseman  Executive Director, Pantone Institute.  

There is so many options out there to get "on trend" for 2015.  Here is my list of favorites : 
  1. Cargo Cosmetics Essential Lip Color in "Bordeaux" ( $22) 
  2. Orly Nail Color in "Vixen" ($8.50) 
  3. LORAC Alter EGO Lipstick in "Dominatrix" ($16) 
  4. Zoya Nail Polish Arianna Ultra PixieDust ( $10) 
  5. MAKE UP FOREVER Aqua Eyes in "Burgandy" ($19) 
  6. Anastasia Beverly Hills  Eyeshadow Singles  in "Sangria" ($12) 
  7. NARS Blush in "Seduction" ($30)

Get out there and get seductive with Marsala !!!  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Makeup Essentials : Look Flawless like you "Woke up Like This" with these key items .

Image : Instagram

I thought it would be fun to post about Today's Essentials -  the key items that pull my  MOTD  ( Makeup of the Day) together.  Below you will find a detailed breakdown of some of my favorite items and why I love them and why you will too!  For todays complete makeup look on my Instagram  ( which includes a few more products  like   Lancome  - the amazing Le Corrector Pro Concealer and others   Click Here and Here

  1. Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray ( $35/ $49 ) - Skindinavia is the Royal Family of Face Setting Sprays , so of course it would be only natural for them to release the first ever Primer Spray.  I absolutely LOVE this spray.  I tend to get oily around the T-Zone so I use the Oil-Free option , and I honestly don't need to even use Moisturizer when I use this.  It is super moisturizing without having me look like a oil - slick.  This is a must for all , and it is so worth the money .  
  2. Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Matte Anti Shine -  Although my primer is Oil Free I still want to go for a super Matte non dewy appearance , so this is where this comes into play. Unfortunately this is discontinued ( so I will be using this sparingly) .  I love applying this specifically to my T-Zone after prepping my face -  it really creates a nice Matte foundation for me to build on.  
  3. Smashbox Cosmetics Camera Ready BB Cream in Dark ( $39)  -  Being a woman of Color it is VERY hard to get a perfect match in general, and this has been the only BB Cream so far that is a perfect match.  I can use a bit more for full coverage and it feels weightless as if I have nothing on. Perfect for everyday or when you want to give that "bare naked skin" appearance ( Think -  Beyonce Jealous Video).
  4.  Wet n Wild Color Icon Brow Pencil in Mink Brown ( $1.49 ) -  This pencil is amazing quality , just as good or not better than some higher end Brow pencils.  The darker shade of Brown that Mink Brown gives is perfect for the Fall Winter season where you want to go BOLDER with the eyebrows.  
  5. CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer in Ebony Bronze ( $6.99) - There has been a lot of "hype" about this Bronzer from Youtube , to Makeup Artists, you name it , its been mentioned there.  I only recently decided to give this a try and  I am SOOOOOO  happy I did.  This Bronzer is perfect for contouring,  its perfect for using as a hint of blush , it gives us Dark Skinned Gals a beautiful flush of color.  Its an absolute must for all Dark Skinned women!  
     
There you have it my Makeup Essentials !!!