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 : Youtube.com/MakeupD0ll

  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: Youtube.com/Beautybyjj

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.  Image:Youtube.com/BeautybyJJ

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 : Yotube.com/MakepD0LL
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: Youtube.com/MakeupD0LL 

 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 Target.com , 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 ! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Orange and Lavender Lips : Statement Shades that are here to STAY ..... Get the Look

Orange and Lavender ( Lilac) Lips on Fair Skin 

Orange and Lavender (Lilac) Lips on Dark Skin 

Two shades I am OBSESSING over at the current junction are "Oranges" and "Lavenders" ( or Lilac whichever way you want to categorize it.) .  From Mattes to Stains to Glossy Glosses I can NOT get enough.  I love that these two shades are completely Universal ( see the photos above for yourself) ,  everyone can partake in the fun -  the key is just knowing which shade under the spectrum compliments you.  Never let anyone tell you that you can not wear a specific color because your skin tone is too light or too dark. Makeup is supposed to be fun , care free and explored without boundaries and possibilities. With that said, I've put together a few shades ( some Matte, Stain, Gloss , priced from high to low ) that will get you on trend for the Fall /Winter.  Enjoy !!  

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in "Creamy Coral" and "Violet Orchid" ($21) 
 When I first tested these babies out at Sephora I was like "OMG I did not know Too Faced was . bringing it like this!!!" Too Faced has really out did themselves with the Melted line.  I can not say anything about these lipsticks but that you MUST get them ! They dry with a matte like finish and are super pigmented and last for hours.. Truly a dream to wear.
Luxe Luxe Luxe ... Is what these lipsticks should have been called.  The packaging feels like a piece of art in your handbag, the Matte texture is not like any other Matte lipsticks I own.  Kat Von D really did reformulate these lipsticks and made them better than ever.  "A Go Go" looks AMAZING on my dark skin , and women of lighter tones, its a fabulous shade or Orange that I think every woman should have. "Coven" is currently sold out online at Sephora and most locations  - so that just speaks for itself.  

Sleek True Colour Lipstick in "Tangerine Scream" and "Exxxaggerate" ($7.49)
These Lipsticks give a Matte Finish , but are non-drying Exxxagerate is not quite Lavender a bit deeper but its such a lovely shade.  I really love the quality of Sleek Makeup over all, its proves that you don't always have to spend a lot to get luxury.  
I am very excited about the launch of these L.A. Girl colors. They are super pigmented and are the perfect dupe to the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, but honestly these are so fabulous they can stand alone.  At the price you can't do anything but not indulge in a few of the shades!  

Celebrity Manicurist Skyy Hadley's tips on getting Holiday Weekend Ready Hands and Feet

After this short week , we are all just racing to get the "Official Last Weekend of The Summer" and its crucial that we must look and feel our best.  Celebrity Manicurist Skyy Hadley of As U Wish Nail Spa was nice enough to share a few tips to having supple hands and feet.  I suggest doing these routines before the weekend and after the weekend -  a girl's gotta indulge!! 

Skyy Hadley’s Recipe for the Ultimate Hydrating Coconut Scrub
(Perfect on nights after wearing heels all day, the perfect finale to your evening.)
  • Begin by muddling a few fresh mint leaves in an empty jar to release their natural essential oils. This will help you relax while providing hydration.
  • Warm up some coconut oil and pour into the jar until it is halfway full.

  •  Add 2 tablespoons of honey and mix in 1 tablespoon of sugar until the sugar is completely immersed in the oil mixture.

  • Take a couple spoonfuls of the scrub and work into your legs and feet to fully exfoliate, sloughing away dead skin and smoothing out calluses, cracked heels and rough spots.

  • The coconut oil will provide a great amount of moisture, leaving skin feeling smooth and supple.

  • Also, be sure to rub on toe nail beds and in between toes to prevent nail infections and fungus (as coconut oil contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties). 
     Repeat 1-2 times per week for a moisturizing and revitalizing at-home spa treatment.

Skyy Hadley’s Luxury Rejuvenating Hot Cream At-Home Hand Treatment
(Your hands will thank you, and all of your #Manicure Monday pics will be taken to the next level)
·           Remove all nail polish with a gentle polish remover
·           Begin by sloughing off dead and dry skin from palms and backs of hands with a homemade sugar scrub (salt scrubs can be drying or irritating):
·           Mix sugar, a few drops of vegetable glycerin and an uplifting essential oil like peppermint or rosemary in a medium-sized bowl. 
·            Gently rub hands together to scrub away dullness.  Remove scrub with a warm wet cloth.
·           Do NOT soak fingers in water, as doing so will actually draw the moisture OUT of your skin.
·           Instead, heat up 2 plastic baggies full of a thick, luxurious cream and add a few drops of an invigorating essential oil such as tangerine, ylang ylang, or chamomile.
·           Heat until very warm but not too hot, then place hands in bags for about 2 minutes, allowing moisture to penetrate the skin. 
·            Remove hands from bag and massage cream into skin, wiping off any excess.
·            Your hands should instantly feel smooth and look radiant!

Enjoy Ladies ! Have a wonderful and fabulous holiday!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Perfect Winged Eye - Two ways to get the Look

A classic staple in beauty that has been here since the beginning of civilization ( Egyptians were know to wear heavy liner) is the coveted "Winged Eyliner" or "Winged Eye" or "Cat Eye" (whatever your pretty little heart wants to call it.)

Gel Liner has become pretty popular in recent years with Inglot liner in "77" (Beautylish/ $12)  being one of all your favorite Youtube / Instagram Makeup Artists favorite.  I have three other amazing recommendations from Luxe to Steal .
  1. LUXE : Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner with double-ended brush $24 - the blackest of the blacks you will EVER find... Tested and proved by Moi ! 
  2. Maybelline Eye studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner $9.99
  3. STEAL : e.l.f Studio Cream Liner $3.00 - at 3 bucks, there is absolutely no excuse not to own some gel/cream liner. 

Precision Pen Eyeliners are like the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket to the perfect "Winged Eye" they make it absolutely "fool proof". These are great for people who might find using a brush a bit difficult and it is in my opinion to use the pen over all.  I personally have no preference I like both methods.  Some great options are :
  1. LUXE: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Longwear Liquid Eyeliner $20
  2. LUXE: MAC Penultimate Eye Liner $20
  3. Kat von D Tattoo Liner $18
  4. STEAL : e.l.f. Studio Precision Liquid Eyeliner $3.00 

Verdict : Draw ... I think both liner formats are excellent its more about preference and ease of use.

Below you will find two ways to wear your "Winged Eye" one subtle , one bold but both equally radiant. 

Full on Glam : Winged Liner , Lashes, and a bold Orange - Red Lip  -  A great option for lip colors are MAC "Dangerous" and Kat Von D  "A go go"

Winged Naturale : Winged Liner paired with a clean bare face.  Nicki Minaj has really become the "Queen of the Wing" lately.  A great lip option is some good ole' lip balm like my all time favorite Rosebud Perfume Co. Strawberry Lip balm

No matter the way you choose to wear your winged liner , one thing is certain you will be exuding extreme amounts of sexy! 

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Model Behavior

Model Behavior

I am so in love with this Jourdan Supermodel Boyfriend Tshirt by Missguided  ($17.98) .  I predict we will see this cheeky T in a few street style shots during the upcoming Fashion Weeks ahead. 
I am going to be sure to snag mines before they're all gone , you should too !  

Monday, August 18, 2014

THE HOT LIST : Four small ways to re-vamp your look

It's been a while since I've been blogging but I wanted to return with my "HOT LIST" - This list contains four key trends that I just love and feel its a must for everyone.

1. Statement Earrings - I have one word for you ... BaubleBar . You do not have to look any further every trend in "baubles" or what I like to call it "bijoux" , BaubleBar has you covered. From Oversized Drop Earrings, to Reverse 360 Pearl Studs ( think Dior but at a MUCH more affordable price) , to the cult hit style Ear Cuffs , your wardrobe will thank you.  A great bonus is you accumulate points with every purchase which can be used towards future purchases.  I just can't get enough !!!

2. Anything Leather  - Leather Pants,  Skirts, Dresses,  the list goes on.  I love to wear Leather ( real or faux does not matter)  all year round actually.  It is classic yet it can be edgy, girly, sexy, relaxed given how you wear it.  Asos has a really cute  Faux Leather Cap that can transcend through all the seasons.  You will feel very "Yonce" with this piece.  Best part about it ...  Its under $15 !!! -  So snag it soon!

3.  Denim on Denim -  Something Old , Something New , Something Blue .  This trend is all of these things - Old , because it has been done since the birth of denim jeans. New, because now we are using all the new silhouettes and accessories to keep things current , also the Denim on Denim extends to Black and Colored Denim as well . Blue, because all of the contrasting shades of the signature color look amazing together. If you are anything like me , you love a bargain and there is so many cute pieces on Missguided .

4. Highlight & Contour - One of the greatest techniques in makeup application ever created.  I do not feel complete without a contoured face.  Some women may think you can not achieve the "natural" "no makeup" look with a Contoured face , but you're WRONG.  It is more than simple to "beat your face" to flawless perfection with the help of some great kits. High - MAKE UP FOREVER Sculpting Kit -  this comes in 4 shades ( as a Dark Skinned makeup lover this makes me happy-  we are often left out ) , Smashbox Step-by-Step  Contour Kit -  This kit is great because it also comes with a diagram for you to follow so this is really good for a makeup novice.  I will admit that I wish it did not come in one universal shade as we ALL are not created equal in terms of contouring shades -  this is a issue with a lot of brands not enough range for darker skin tones. This set is best for Fair to Light / Medium Tones , Medium to Medium/Dark , Dark and Deep Tones I would suggest my next recommendation. Last but not least is Sleek Makeup Face Contouring Kit.  When I say I am in LOVE , I am in LOVE with the pigment on this product. I initially bought Dark, but the way this is pigmented I can very well use Medium as well which I plan on getting. Another bonus the Sleek kit is under $10 !!!

You may experiment with one or with them all (my kind of girl) , but just the smallest change can make a big impact on your over all look. A new look also brings on a new attitude , and a new attitude brings on an endless possibility of new experiences. So I say just go for it!