Wednesday, October 29, 2014

No Tricks..JUST TREATS with Zoya Nail Polish

Why snack on Halloween Treats and add potential inches to your fab waistline ( which you've watched to stay cute for your sexy costumes) when you can add some new colors to your polish wardrobe.  Yes polish wardrobes exist for the nail fanatics like myself.  Zoya is treating us this weekend with any 3 colors for $15 ( this is a steal given they are $9 each) . This deal starts today and ends 11/2 , so get to it!!

Happy Shopping  +  Happy Halloween 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Brow Confidential - My favorite Brow Products RIGHT NOW!

Maybelline Master Drama Eye Studio in Bold Brown | Wet n Wild Color Icon in Mink Brown and Dark Brown | Boom Boom Brow Powder in Tina | Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Chocolate | Wink Brows to Go Quad in Chocolate | Tarte Tinted Brow Gel in Rich Brown 

I am all about my Brows, and the BOLDER the BROW the better.  Here is a list of my current faves (ranging in various prices   - proof that quality isn't always determined in price)  and how I like to use them.  You can certainly channel your inner Cara and Brooke with these products.  Enjoy ! 

I LOVE this cream/gel textured pencil ( not intended for brows). It is dark and smooth for blending with a small angle brush. This gives the same effect of the Dip Brows at a fraction of the price.  

Wet n Wild Color Icon Brow & Eye Pencil -  $.97  (Target Stores) 

Now at under a dollar you would think a pencil would not be of the best quality.  That is sooo not the issue here. I bought these on a whim not thinking I would even like them but I was pleasantly surprised.  I  absolutely love these pencils , I have both the Dark Brown and the Mink Brown sometimes I like to have a darker brow ( Mink is a tad darker not black but darker than your typical brown).  If you're on a budget these pencils are perfect for you. 

Do I even have to discuss ABH Dip Brow ?? It is any and every makeup lovers favorite or one of their favorites.  A little goes a long way and Anastasia is the Queen of Eyebrows so all of her Brow Products ( when used properly) give you superb results.  I did find that I can also use Medium Brown as well as Ebony due to the color of my natural brows, but when paired with a Brow Powder ( if the dip brow is too light) all is well again.  

LOVE this powder, Miss Tina as I affectionately like to call it. I use this to fill in my brows when using pencils I like the shade of brown its not too light or too dark.  It is pigmented enough that my brow hairs seamlessly blend in.  I go lighter on powder towards the start of my brows to give that natural look.  I've had it for a while and it is not anywhere near finished , it really lasts.  

This Quad is complete with Highlighter ,  Wax and two Brow Powders all the tools you need to create , sculpt and perfect the perfect brow.  I love keeping this in my makeup bag during the day its about 4 products in one compact - genius !  

Nails : Zoya Nail Laqcuer Pixie Dust  in "Arlo" 

I've used this alone on my brows with no other product and it really gives you a natural effect.  You want to fill in sparse areas but you DON'T want to look like you've just filled in your brows - this is what you need.  Also perfect for those days when you want to wear that bare naked makeup as if you don't have anything else on.  

**Update 10/24 : The Tarte tinted brow gel paired with a brow pencil for a more defined brow is effortlessly chic. I've used it with the Wet n Wild pencil in "Dark Brown"  and I loved the look , you can check it out here and here . **

There you have it , my current Brow Favorites !  

Monday, October 20, 2014

5 brushes you NEED right now : Tarte Brushed With Destiny set of 5 Bamboo Brushes

I just love this Limited Edition  Brush set by Tarte.  The Brushed with Destiny set of 5 Bamboo Brushes with makeup bag  ( $44/  bag not pictured , but its a cute bag that will come in handy when traveling!)  is amazing.  This set includes the following : from left ,  the balancing act bamboo foundation brush - ( I love using this to contour ( liquid / powder)  so there is two uses for this your foundation or sculpting your features ) , the buffer airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush - ( this really does give a airbrush finish, I was pleasantly pleased with my results.) , the contourtionist bamboo cream blush and contour blush - ( This also works great with foundation as well, or your BB/CC creams ) ,  double-ended bamboo eyeshadow brush -  ( no complaints on this two in one is always a plus) , undercover lover bamboo concealer brush - ( I actually love this brush for applying eyeshadow bases to the eye lids, as well as for shadow , the flat surface really packs on the color with a nice pigment, and also great for applying glitter to the lids. ).  

This set is perfect to gift your makeup loving sister/mom/bff or even yourself - actually it is a MUST to gift yourself.  I love these brushes a lot I hope that Tarte makes them part of the collection permanently.  Out of all the brushes I would day the balancing act bamboo foundation brush is my absolute fav, I have not had a brush like this ever and it gives editorial quality results.  Given this whole set is the price of one brush elsewhere it is beyond a steal.  You have got to check it out before its all gone!  

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping ! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bright Eyed Beauty ... My Favorite Eye Creams

Skincare is VERY important , especially when it comes to the ever so delicate eye area.  The right eye cream or treatment ( or whatever you want to refer to it as)  can make you look refreshed and like you had a full 7-8 hours of sleep when you actually had only 3. Below is my list of favorite eye creams.  Broken down into three categories : Night , Day , Day and Night.  

Tarte maracuja C-brighter eye treatment | Burt Bees Brightening eye treatment | Lumene Bright Now Visible Repair 2in1 Eye Cream & Concealer |


For night,  I love using Tarte maracuja C-brighter eye treatment ($39) before bed.  I wake up looking refreshed and I see a noticeable difference after weeks of using this treatment. I've used other eye treatments in the past and waited and waited and waited to see my eye area look "renewed". A little definitely goes a long way, so you will have this for a long while so the price is beyond worth it. Its amazing paired with the maracuja oil .


Lumene Bright Now Visible Repair 2in1 Eye Cream & Concealer ($24.99) is a dream. I use this cream in the mornings and some evenings ( before heading out) .  I use this before I apply my primer as a eye prep for the day.  This helps keeps my radiant glow that I woke up with from using my night eye cream .  As with the C-brighter , this goes a very long way as well you only need to use a small small amount.  This also comes with a concealer - unfortunately it is way too light for me - I can't even get away with it as a highlight . If you're fair skin it would be perfect.  When I'm done with this I'm planning to give the concealer to one of my lighter skin toned friends.  

Day and Night 

I am addicted to Burt Bees Brightening eye treatment ($20) as I have slight darkness around my eyes - as most people do (nothing to be ashamed of).  I use this both day and night before applying my eye treatments and I love it. I tend to gravitate to products with natural ingredients. What I love about this specific eye treatment is that there is not any harsh bleaching agents in it to lighten the skin , but there is daisy extract to brighten naturally.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette - Swatched on Dark Skin

The details are in the packaging..  Girly and appropriate for the "Pin Up" girl name.  I love the two complimentary hairpins. 

The blushes in their full glory : breathless, embraced, whimsy, bashful, irreplaceable . 

The blushes swatched on my cheek ( my skin was not the best this particular week -ladies we've all been there.) , as you can see breathless literally blends into my skin and bashful and embraced is a bit too light.  Irreplaceable and Whimsy are the two winners for Darker skin tones.   
I just love this time of year , with all of the super cute Holiday sets being released .  I also feel like every year they're coming out earlier and earlier.  Sheesh its not even November and there has been so much releases!  Tarte never disappoints with a pleathora of sets from  Brushes , to lip color sets to blush.  The Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette ( Sephora Exclusive / $42) is part of the uber fabulous Sweet Dreams Holiday Collection 2014 .  This set of five colors ranging from pink to peachy hues to nude brows is lovely - yet majority of the colors are not suitable for Darker Skintones  ( as pictured above).  The minority of the collection that is flattering ( Whimsy and Irreplaceable) are really amazing on either paired with a contour powder or alone for a flush of color. This is a wonderful gift but just keep in mind the persons skin tone when purchasing , you would want the recipient to be able to use the whole palette , then again the other colors can be used as eye shadows, I'm sure they would be pretty on the lids paired with other colors.

Happy Shopping  ! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall into a new Beauty Routine ! My favorite products for Fall Featuring Ms.Rosh Posh , MakeupD0LL and BeautybyJJ.

Fall is officially here!  What better way to step into the new season than to add some new goodies into your Beauty Stash.  From Vibrant lip colors to Natural Brows,  below you will find my "Hot List" for Fall. I also thought it would be fun to include some still shots from three of my favorite YouTube stars -  MsRoshPosh ,  BeautyByJJ , and MakeupD0LL -  they are great references for women of color.

Fall  Bold Brows 

I am ALL about Brows,  some days I spend most of my mornings and evenings before a outing perfecting my brows.  I love that now we have all of the steps ( liner / pomade / powder / brow gel) all in one product with the new Tarte  Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel ($21) .

Image : Youtube /MsRoshPosh
Here the fabulous Ms. Rosh Posh is applying the Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Medium Brown. I would suggest  Rich Brown for darker skin tones.  For example, for myself Rich Brown would be a perfect match.

Depending on your natural brow shape you may want to still use a liner as a outline on the bottom -  Top Liner Options -  priced from Luxe to Bargain .  

  1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof  Eyebrow Pencil ($20)  - This pencil is great for applying fine strokes of color to achieve the most natural brow.  
  2. Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama Cream Pencil Eyeliner in Bold Brown ($6.23) -  I LOVE this pencil ,its the same difference as using one of the higher end gel / pomades for the brows.  A little goes a LONG way, You draw one fine line below the brows, and you use a brush to blend the color into your brows.  The end results is FLAWLESS .  
  3. Wet n Wild Color Icon Liner Brow & Eye Pencil ($.99 -  Drugstores / Target) -  Not only is this pencil a bargain ,but the colors "Dark Brown" as well as "Mink Brown" are just amazing brow options.  You will achieve the same result as you would get from higher priced items.  

Luxe Lashes 

I am a total Lash Girl !  The longer and wispier the lashes - the better , and I am a proud advocate for wearing falsies. I love to have great long  lashes even on days when I have a pretty bare face with no makeup it really accentuates the eyes.

 I really am in love with  Ardell Demi Wispies BLACK that I recently picked up at a Rickys NYC shopping extravaganza I treated myself to a few days ago.

For the days there is not enough time , or you just feel like getting the same look / effect with minimal work. There's always a lash extending mascara.  My all time favorites are :
Isn't she just cute? Image :

  1. Tarte Lights,  Camera , Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara ($20) - Above,  the ultra glam MakeupD0ll is using 'Lights Camera Lashes'  paired with false lashes and an amazing winged liner .  I've been a fan of this mascara for years and I love to use it alone , but it goes great with false lashes or used with another Mascara.  
  2. Mally Beauty Ginormus Mascara ($20) -  LOVE ! LOVE! LOVE!  Alone or paired with Lights Camera Lashes for a really WOW effect.  I love this mascara , it delivers sexy long lashes every time.  For Fall  tons of mascara and a bold deep vibrant lip will be my go-to look!  

Bold Vibrant Lips 

I usually don't follow color rules according to season when it comes to makeup , but for some reason all I want to wear is deep shades of reds. berrys, purples  and pinks.  Anything that makes you think about Fall / Winter and cold weather.  The darker the better, the bolder the better , and most importantly the more vibrant the better. 

Smashbox has come out with two new amazing products just in time for the new season , the Always Sharp Lip Liner ($20)  and  Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer ($24) . My top picks for creating the best Autumn Lip are: "Beet It" , "After Dark" , "Currant" "Bordeaux" and "Legendary"  in the Long Wear Lip Lacquers , and  " Figgy", "Violet" , "Crimson" and "Fuchsia" in the Always Sharp Lip Liners.  

These two can be used alone or paired together for bold vibrant Fall Lips.  BeautyByJJ  created two beautiful looks -  one deep look featuring "Bordeaux" and an Ombre Look featuring a variety of liners and lacquers.  See the video  here : 

Bordeaux is an amazing color for Dark Skin!  Image:

Violet is an amazing color. It can totally be used alone ( matte lip )  as well as a base as BeautybyJJ is doing for her Ombre lip.

FLAWLESS Contour and Blush

I recently invested in Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit ($40) , and it is beyond AMAZING. With the new colors added to the selection and the option to customize your palette yourself it really is like the Makeup Lovers Dream. 
Here is my beloved kit
 I chose the following colors -  ( Top from left : Banana , Mellow Yellow, 10k / Bottom from Left: Earth, Cinnamon, Carob ) . I will enjoy using this palette to warm up my face during the Fall / Winter when the temperatures drop and my skin gets a bit lighter.  Carob is amazing for Darker skin tones , we usually have problems with most Contour Kits where the colors are not always universal . Anastasia went over and beyond with this.  Theres actually more colors I want to get since these palettes are interchangeable.  After seeing MakeupD0LL use "Espresso" in a video , it has been added back to my list.   Espresso really gives her a natural , flawless contour and it makes it more realistic to use along the bridge of the nose versus using Carob.  

MakeupD0LL using "Espresso" / Image :
Im a bit of a self-proclaimed "Blush Addict" and I love adding a pop of flirty color to a contoured cheek.  Tarte Colored Clay Bronzer Blush in "Pink Bronze"($30)  is divine on Dark skin tones.  It compliments ABH Contour powder in "Carob" extremely well.  

Pink Bronze Blush  + Carob Contour  / Image: 

 Check out Pink Bronze  + Carob on MakeupD0LL  ( Above) ,  She is such a great reference for us darker skin toned girls when it comes to products. 
Another gem I most recently discovered ( this past friday to be exact)  and I am so in love is SheaMoisture Mineral Blush in "Annecy Maroon"($5.99). 

SheaMoisture Mineral Blush in Annecy Maroon

This little blush packs on so much color and it adds a radiance to my overall look. I have not put it down since.  This blush wears just as well as my NARS blushes and just as pigmented , so I am so impressed that for $5.99 I get an amazing product.  Below is a photo of me wearing Carob by Anastasia Beverly Hills for my Contour,  Annecy Maroon as my Blush and this will be a combo that will be making many appearances this season.  
**Bonus**  LORAC Cosmetics AlterEGO lipstick in "Dominatrix"  ($16) is PERFECTTTTTTT for the season.  I have been getting TONS of compliments on it as well.  Check out these products on me in the photo ( its a cellphone picture so bare with me, but I think it captured my makeup pretty well in the natural sunlight) : 

Isnt this  Contour + Blush+ Lipstick Amazing ??  

This is my first item from the SheaMoisture Cosmetics Collection but if this is any indication on what the rest of the line will give. I'm here for it ALL !!! Also, you can customize your colors into a palette as they are just sold in individual pans , but I chose for this blush to buy the compact.  Its so small and cute you can totally toss it into your handbag to keep with you all day and small enough to fit in a clutch for night. Exclusively sold at Target Stores and , LADIES check it out !!!   

There you have it, some of my Fall Beauty Favorites.  The list does not end here as I love makeup and there is always room for something new .  I hope you enjoy this list as much as I enjoyed putting it together and I hope you check them out!  Enjoy!!! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Get "The Ariana Look" this Labor Day Weekend!

Ariana Grande's signature look is without a doubt her ponytail.  She's also added headbands to the roster and I certainly am not mad at it.  It plays on the "mod vibe" she's giving.  Here are a few tools of the trade ( all that can be found at local stores and online retailers  - Sallysbeauty,  CVS , Rite Aid, Walgreens, Target , Amazon, etc. ) that can keep you chic , and keep you cool ( while working out) .  I think this would be a perfect "go to look" this long weekend when you may not feel like having to "deal " with your hair. 

1.  Conair Perfect Pony - This kit is suitable to all hair types from fine to thick .

2. Conair Infiniti Pro Argan Oil Treatment Strip Finishing Brush - Moisturizes Strands by depositing Argan Oil on your locks as you brush.  Finally we can reap rewards as we tease tease tease our pony to perfection. ** Bonus** If you want a sleeker Pony ,  using John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron to smooth ends and make it pin straight


3. Scunci Effortless Beauty Headbands - I love these.. I think you should have multiple sets . One set for home use only -  While applying makeup / facial treatments , to fully keep strands away from the face. The second for pure style ( a la Ariana) .  I love the Monochrome shades especially , and I would stock up on a ton for the fall.
 **Bonus** When you've grown tired of the "Ariana" you can pin your pony into a cute top knot using Scunci No Slip Grip All Day Hold Bobby Pins  paired with a Black Headband .  You can thank me later.

4. Scunci Everyday & Active Luxe Basic Stretch Headbands -  LOVE ..  Perfect for when you want to work out , but still want to look cute ( but not overly cute , because it IS the gym.) .  For ladies with Natural Hair like me,  I love wearing some sort of headband especially when I've straightened my hair -  it helps keeps the roots straight  ( don't know how it does, but it works!) .  **Bonus** Blow wet roots dry with John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Salon Shine Dryer  using the Conair Inifiti Pro Paddle Brush. Finishing off with One 'n Only Brazilian Tech Keratin De-Frizz Wand  ( Natural Hair Girls!!!) to keep the hairline sleek .  Then add some texture to the ends with the Nano Titanium wand by BabyLiss PRO. You could also braid your pony at night or while working out, pass the dryer over it a little bit before unbraiding it ( after you've gotten dressed for the evening and your makeup is done) - voila! you have beach waves. 

Have a Lovely Holiday !