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 !!! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Get the Look: Lupita Nyong'o at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Image : Courtesy of Lancome 

Lupita Nyong'o was a Golden Bronzed Goddess at the 2014 Glamour Woman of the Year Awards. The Lancôme Ambassadress had a sulty golden look done by Celebrity Makeup Artist Nick Barose who gave her a metallic eye and sultry lip to compliment her couture gown.  

I really love how the golden / bronze eyes pop against her skin , this look is great for the upcoming Holiday / Party season. You can get the look with Lancôme  as detailed below (for skin products of course you would get shades suitable to your skintone) : 

FACE
•       Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate
•       Génifique Eye Light-Pearl
•       La Base Pro Pore Eraser
•       Nude Miracle Liquid-to-Powder Makeup in Suede 530
•       Translucence Mattifying Powder in Suede 550
•       Blush Subtil in Shimmer Brilliant Berry

EYES
•       Le Correcteur Pro Concealer Kit in Suede 550
•       Les Sourcils Definis in Dark Brown
•       Artliner 24H in Black Diamond
•       Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting EyeLiner in Minuit
•       Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Kissed by Gold

LIPS
•       Le Lipstique in Sheer Chocolat
•       L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor in Jezebel

For more info on Lancôme and products mentioned ,  check out www.lancome-usa.com .  

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 |



Night 



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 .


Day 


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  !