Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Met Gala Beauty TREND FORECAST - Glowing Skin + Smoldering Eyes


Luminous glowing skin along with Smoldering (some more smokey than others ) was the common trend at last night at the Met Gala   'Manus x Machina'  : Fashion in the Age of Technology. Most look to the ensembles for delight and inspiration , but I love to look at the beauty trends of the night. I could not help but notice how the eyes were a real focal point on the face along the red carpet looks. I also noticed no one went for the typical "BLACK" -  instead there was shades of almost black / green hues , shades of browns with hints of gold , and glitter / shimmer and tons of silver.
Here are a few of my personal favorites .

Ciara gave us hints of silver to her eyes.  


Beyonce's eyes were a not quite black but green hue.  

Zendaya gave us Brown is the new Black with hints of Gold.  


Kerry Washington's hue was very similar to Beyonce with a hint of metal. 

Solange giving us pure Gold Glam on the eyes . 

Lupita Nyong'o in a minty /silver hue . 
On location  -  You can see some of my products are by Maybelline, Smashbox, Cargo , Viseart , Tarte, Mally Beauty , Stila , etc..  


I was fortunate enough to do makeup for an Met Gala attendee yesterday , and ironically the look we went for was a smokey/ smoldering eye as well ( on trend )  with glowing skin to match.  I went for an metallic olive green shade on the lids by Tarte ( Amazonian Clay Cream Shadows - discontinued shade )  which I paired with some taupe in the crease by Smashbox ( Full Exposure Palette) ,  layered with some Gold for an extra shine  from LORAC Pro Palette. Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara ( sold in Drugstores ) was the finishing touch.  The skin was prepped with my favorite Moisturizer Embryolisse Lait - Creme Concentre along with Smashbox Primer Water.  Tarte Clean Slate Brightening Primer was used before I applied Smashbox BB Water in Fair/Light to the skin.   Light warming of the face with Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Powder.  Light Highlighting with the new Pur Minerals Moonlight Glow Strobe Palette  in  Brows were filled in with Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil  and then Gloss Stick was applied to set in place.   The lips was kept bare with simple lip balm.  Below you will see a BTS snapshot of the final look : 


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Beauty in LEMONADE




To no surprise the visuals from Beyonce's latest release LEMONADE were breathtaking.   Beyonce had her Glam Dream Team Sir John Barnett on Makeup , and Kim Kimble on hair and I am just in awe ( as usual ).

To re-create this look , all you would need is some synthetic hair ( you can find them at any local beauty supply store).  This is a quick , easy , fabulous Summer hair store . 


CORNROWS 



DISCLAIMER : Beyonce is not being "on trend" with these Cornrows -  she ( like the rest of us Women of Color) have been sporting braids since forever . Check her old Destiny's Child videos for reference.. 

I love the Blonde Cornrows with the baby hair - perfect Spring / Summer time hair style.  




KINKY CURLY HAIR 
 


  I have always been a fan of big hair and this hair was everything and more .  



BARE FACE 
 


Skin is always in , and Sir John mentioned in a past article he likes to use eye cremes for the whole face for his clients to keep their skin in tact.  As you can see here she's FLAWLESS.  If you want to try your hand at Sir John's method some eye cremes I would highly suggest are Tarte  Maracuja C- Brighter eye treatment , or Boots Botanics Organic Hydrating Eye Cream .  You can finish re-creating this look with a nice neutral rose matte lip color and emphasis on filling in / grooming the brows. 



TRIBAL MAKEUP  X  BRAIDS




First I'd like to add I've been wanting these Maasai Beaded Collar necklaces for years -  I love Kenyan jewelry .

Glossy lids ( a Beyonce staple since the beginning of her solo career she's been known to have a glossy lid look) , bold brows and Tribal adornments down the center of the face making it the focal point of the look.  You can use literally any white pencil to re create this ( Wet n Wild You're Always White Liner  or  Colourpop Exit Liner are some inexpensive options.  and some highlighter on the top lip . You could always skip the white Tribal Designs altogether and make this your signature Summer Look.  The long braids are a nice finishing touch.


SECTIONED PIGTAILS


This eye look is more toned down than the previously mentioned look.  This eye is completely neutral and matte.  The Tribal makeup was a bit elaborate around the eye so it makes perfect sense that this look has a more bare base.  Kim gave her sectioned pig tails - which you can re create easily with some elastics .  

Both of the above looks would be perfect for a Festival like Afro Punk .


BOLD LIP 



 Beyonce has worn this same beauty look in some of her previous videos such as "Jealous" .

"Jealous" Music Video

 I think its safe to say its one of her favorite looks . The face is kept minimal and the lip is dark and bold.  The hair is pulled up into a messy up-do . I love that she is wearing Ankara fabric.  


 TURBAN 

Blue Ivy's First Birthday

Turban / Headwrap whatever term you prefer is very much a "Hair Style" in its own right.  Love that she included one in her looks.  We also see a clip of Blue Ivy's first birthday where she's wearing on as well - so Beyonce like the rest of us Women of Color is a fan of the Turban.  If you want to go for it , you can check out Famn Djanm  for a various array of  styles to choose from.  Ironically "Famn Djanm" is Kreyol for "Strong Woman" and I think Beyonce more than fits the title . 



I honestly loved every single look but I would be here all day discussing them -  these above captured my attention the most.  Hope you enjoyed !


Friday, April 22, 2016

Earthly Beauty !

In honor of Earth Day , I thought it would be fun to put together some environmentally conscious and friendly products (vegan / holistic ) that can be used to create one of my favorite go -to looks : bare luminous skin with a nude or bold lip and some liner ( wings optional) .

First we will tackle the base - SKIN.  Great skin is vital to this look because you are basically going "makeup free" ( you can opt for foundation / bb creams / etc if necessary) . and you will want to be makeup free because of the luminescence of your skin. 



  1. Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care Purifying Cleansing Gel ($50)  -  You have to start out with a great cleanser.  
  2. Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care Bulgarian Rose Water  ($65) - Rose water is so cooling and a nice treat to the skin , especially in these warmer months ahead.  I personally love to spray it on my face day and night , and also before applying makeup. 
  3. Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care Intensive Repair Balm ($130) - Originally intended for post-op clients this balm has been proven to be amazing for anti-aging.  I think its amazing to use a natural product instead of "modern science" in terms of slowing down the signs of aging. 
  4. Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care Quintessential Serum ($175) - Moisture is Key.  Putting back in the essential moisture and cell renewal are two key points in having luminous skin. 
  5. Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care Awakening Eye Gel ($84) -  You already know that keeping the delicate eye area hydrated is a MUST.  

Second, we discuss COLOR .  Some days ( or every day) you just want a quick lip and liner.  I am loving Nudes (taupes , browns, pinks, skintone) or Bolds ( deep vamp shades / Reds ) .  Its always a plus when you can find a Vegan product. 


  1. Colourpop Lippie Stix in Aquarius ($5) - Pinky Nude , looks great on everyone.
  2. Colourpop Lippie Stix in JujuRouge ($5) - That Bold RED.
  3. Colourpop Lippie Stix in  Button ($5) - A peachy Nude
  4. Colourpop Lippie Stix in Taurus ($5) -  On Trend Matte Brown, a shade I am currently choosing a lot to wear.   
  5. Colourpop CRÉME GEL LINER in Swerve ($5) - A true Black liner. 
  6. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira ($20) -  Deep Bold Burgundy I love these shades for Spring / Summer - so unexpeted. 
  7. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow n Arrow ($20) -  A nude /taupe shade compliments a vast amount of complexions.
  8. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita ($20) - Lolita is a cult favorite this mauve nude shade looks amazing on both fair and deep tones.  You can never go wrong with a Mauve Nude.  
  9. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper  ($19) -  Black Fine Tip Liner that is also waterproof .  
  10. Tarte Lippie Lingerie Matte Tint in Undressed ($24) - A Brown / Rose nude shade .  
  11. Tarte Lippie Lingerie Matte Tint in Exposed ($24) -  A light Nude shade
  12. Tarte Lippie Lingerie Matte Tint in Envy ($24) - A Mauve/Berry shade -  you have to have at least one Mauve in your collection.
  13. Tarte Lippie Lingerie Matte Tint in  Racy ($24) - A Deep Brown.
  14. Tarte So Fine Micro Liner in Black ($22) - A waterproof liquid liner with a super fine applicator to give you the ultimate precision to do very demure or very dramatic. 

 There you have it !  My complete Earth-Day inspired Beauty look that is Earth-Friendly. Hopefully one day all of our beauty products will be Natural  .  

Happy Earth Day! 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

2016 Earth Day Exchange with Zoya Nail Polish





Zoya has been one of my favorites for years now , not only due to the vast amount of colors, finishes they offer but because health has always been their priority. One of the first polish brands to offer nail color FREE from harmful ingredients YEARS before the rest followed suit - is why Zoya holds a special place in my heart.  Every year for Earth Day ( April 22. 2016) , Zoya does a Earth Day Exchange where you can trade in your old polish for some natural , healthy and lets not forget fabulous ZOYA polish.  Click here for the full details / rules and regulations.

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 18, 2016

7 Nude Lip Liners Every Chocolate Girl Needs !

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Nude lips are really hot at the moment ( not that I can ever recall when it was ever not en vogue to wear a nude lip , but I digress) .  Especially shades of pinky mauve's , burgundy's and classic browns.  The problem for Women of Color  ( who fall in the deep/darker range) is that we want to recreate some of these shades but are using the wrong lip colors that are NOT giving us what we want.

Mauve  - For example , the highly coveted "Spice" pencil by MAC - would not read the same on Darker skintones as it would on our fair /med/tan  counterparts.  A great alternative to use instead for that rosy/mauve lip are my personal favorites -  1.  Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner in "FIGGY" ($20) , or 2. MAC  Burgundy Lip Liner ( $16.50).   I love wearing MAC's Burgundy with a nude lipstick such as "Bad Girl RiRi , and Smashbox's Figgy looks very pretty on its on as in addition to a lipstick of your choice.

Chocolate / Deep Brown  -  Sometimes you want a deeper brown lip that reads like a TRUE BROWN on you even though you are on the deeper skin range. I absolutely LOVE 3. Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner in "NUDE DARK" ($20).  This pencil can be used for a full dark lip ( I love this liner with Colourpop's Limbo  )  as a base , or to customize your favorite light Nude lipsticks ( looks amazing with ABH Pure Hollywood). 4. MAC Chesnut  Lip Liner  ($16.50) is another deeper brown lip liner alternative to consider giving a try. It is not as deep as Smashbox's Nude Dark, but it is Brown Girl friendly, and a must for your personal kit.

Skin tone -  These two browns are as close to true complexion as a liner can get.  When you want a liner, but you do not want it to overpower your lip color of choice. 5. MAC Cork Lip Liner ($16.50) is an amazing choice, this brown blends in with your complexion seamlessly without the obvious "I'm wearing a Lip Liner " look. 6. Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner in "SIENNA" ($20) is another nice alternative as well.

It would be ideal to have all six liners, but if you made sure to have at least one from each category - your makeup collection would be set ( when it comes to creating the Perfect Nude Lip).


*** UPDATE***

4/21
I happened to watch a video about High end vs  Low end makeup by Jackie Aina  ( you can view the video by clicking here ) and she used the Colourpop Taurus Pencil  ($5) -  Which is a perfect BUDGET Friendly addition to the list.  You can totally use this as a "Skin Tone" liner like Cork or Sienna and pair it with pinks , nudes, peaches.

Taurus by Colourpop

Taurus by Colourpop on the lips - its a beautiful brown liner.  I'm sold on it !  




BTS : Smashbox Brow Tech x BB Water


BTS shot of my work station.. 


Model wearing Brow Tech and Gloss in Taupe





A photo posted by J E A N N I E 🦄💋 (JEH-nee) (@jenlaprincesse) on
Product Shot for the Gram :)

I recently was able to try out to new items by Smashbox recently while testing out some makeup looks on some models earlier this month.  For skin,  I used the Smashbox BB Water and it is weightless , yet gives some coverage -  perfect for the Spring/Summer Months. What I've noticed with this product is that a little goes a long way and the skin is really left with a " I woke up like this / Flawless" appearance.  Setting the face with the Primer Water is a must for ultra luminous skin.

Next on the agenda is the new brow pencils.  The Brow Tech Matte and the Brow Tech Gloss Stick.  Again, a little goes a long way.  Just a few strokes of the pencils to fill in sparse areas and you are done.  I like to use the Gloss stick over the brows to tame the hairs kind of like "set them"  in place. I love the idea of a glossy pencil because it gives the brows a more "life -like" appearance. 

Smashbox has done it again with making me a believer in the brand and I am exited to see what else is to come !

Thursday, February 18, 2016

NYFW : The easily attainable beauty Trends for AW16

A few shows that I have attended during NYFW , I noticed there was a recurring trend on the runways.  Dramatic Eyes : Bold , Structured, Wash of Color.  Nude Understated Lips. Ponytails : Sleek , Fun, Braids -  all styles were welcomed.  Its always fun to see the beauty trends chosen to compliment the pieces by each designer, and its even more fun to incorporate these looks into our lives.

Below you will find a few of my favorite looks from the shows.

DRAMATIC EYES 
A lot of the shows had some sort of exaggerated play on the winged liner with multidimensional color or the infusion of a metallic pigment on the lids.

CHIARA BONI ( La Petite Robe ) - Lead Makeup Artist Janell Geason for Aveda .  

I loved this eye look it was futuristic with the use of reds on the eyes but classic at the same time with the traditional eye shape.  The lip was nude which complimented all of the garments very well.  The designer Chiara Boni envisions "a regal woman floating in a haze of organza, gowns and floor-length skirts with a train. Between present and future, the collection is a revelation of elegance."  Attending this show , these beautiful pieces of wearable art replicated exactly that.  




images : Will Ragozinno - BFA 

MARINA MICANOVIC 

Another multidimensional eye , this time with the use of metals ( silver) , again paired with a barely there lip and clean skin ( perhaps its time to take a break from our bold colored Matte Liquid Lips? ) . This look is edgy yet very wearable for the everyday woman and it was the perfect beauty look for this shows location which was the LES.  The eyes were a nice focal point after the structured abstract designs of course.  




images : Getty Images 


BATA SPASOJEVIC 

The look at Serbian Designer Bata Spasojevic's show was a bold red  or dark black eye paired with a red lip .  This look was bold which was to be expected since this collection was titled "Hard Angel" which featured punk rock, rock 'n' roll and futurism.  This show even featured Male Models who wore edgy face paint which complimented the asymmetry and sculpted design of the clothes. 













images : Getty Images

ZVONKO MARKOVIC COUTURE 

This look was a dark bold eye which looked like a scalloped wing paired with a matte muted neutral lip.  It was a major contrast to the ultra feminine looks. It was the most feminine collection out of the three Serbian Collections showing at the Art Hearts Fashion shows.  




images : Getty Images 




ROSENTHAL TEE  - Make-up  lead by Kevin Nivek 

The look at this show was a little bit more subdued compared to my previous mentions. This eye look was a wash of color which was a pretty shade of purple which was extended past the lash lines and covered the whole lid , paired with a pale nude lip ( which seems to be the theme) It was dramatic in comparison to the luxury ready to wear pieces .  



images : Carlos Escobar


PONYTAILS 

There was a plethora of styles on the runway for NYFW.  All of the ponytails had a sleek foundation whether it was part in the middle or straight to the back.  There was some fun adornments , braids, or stick straight looks.  The nice part was there was a variation in lengths , so it is more attainable to recreate.  You can easily recreate these looks at home with a RZPL Pony which comes in many shades.  


ZVONKO MARKOVIC COUTURE 

Classic sleek ponytail in all lengths.







images : Getty Images

BATA SPASOJEVIC 

Fun Fishtail braids . 




images : Getty Images 

ROSENTHAL TEE 

Super Sleek ponytails which were wrapped beyond normal limits releasing a big voluminous bouquet of curls.  It reminded me of a floral bouquet , it was so fun and innovative.  Check out this hair in action here .  

image: instagram

image : Carlos Escobar


I'm looking forward to seeing the trends that London has to offer !  xo