I was searching through Sephora online for Masque when I came across these facial mask by Masqueology. There are 3 packets in a box for $24/box. I never tried these all over facial mask before and was very intrigued.... so I ordered two boxes. I used to have very oily skin but through the aging process my skin has become a bit drier in some areas. My concentration is now on hydrating and moisturizing while lifting and firming... which seems to be the main concern for women 50+.
January 11, 2017
January 8, 2017
I received a small sample of this Algentist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer from Sephora in one of my past orders. I probably had it for months without even realizing what a great product it was. So one day I was searching through my "Product Sample Stash" looking for a particular item when this sample caught my eye. I pulled it out and said to myself, humm.... I think i'll try this tomorrow. Well, before I randomly try anything now I always look up reviews. I read a few positive notes on this item and decided to try it. It felt amazing on my skin and left me with a very matte complexion.... and that was the selling point because I have very oily skin.
Clarins Extra-Firming Tightening Lift Botanical Serum but i'm not sure where, probably Sephora. Anyway, I decided to use it one morning underneath my primer. To my amazement I noticed a few things immediately. First, my large pores were closing up, second, the lines in my forehead were disappearing and lastly, the skin around my eyes became slightly tighter. I don't have bags or puffiness but I do have fine lines due to aging but I was sold on how this product made my skin look and feel. The packet had enough for two applications so I decided to try it again the next day just to be sure what I was experiencing was real. Well, I noticed the same things happening again and I liked the results so I decided to purchase the full tube. This product contains 1.0 Fl Oz and cost $87.00.
December 11, 2016
Today was a video collaboration with my very dear friend "Mature Brown Beauty" on YouTube. We decided to do a holiday makeup collaboration and use glitter. All the products used are listed below as well as in the video.
November 25, 2016
November 23, 2016
PMD Microdermabrasion Device. After not having used it in a couple of years I figured it would do the trick of shrinking my pores and smoothing out my skin again. Needless to say, I didn't re-read any of my instructions.... I just went for it. After going over my entire face (avoiding the sensitive areas like eyes), I immediately noticed some red streaks and I started flipping out. I was like... what have I done to my skin! I grabbed my Aloe Vera and started patting it over my entire face and it was burning like crazy. Finally it settled down and I had time to think and reflect on why this has happened.
October 24, 2016
This is a look that I created for Instagram with the Urban Decay Electric Palette. The colors are actually very vibrant, I'm just learning how to use my new camera. I have the Sony a5000 and it's really like a DSLR where I have to adjust all the settings and learn how to use it without using the flash. Hopefully the photos will become more "true to color" as I go along and get better at it!
October 16, 2016
I did a video collaboration with my very dear friend on Youtube who's channel is MaryEllen After 60. You would never believe that she's actually over sixty because she has the most gorgeous skin ever. I'm always on her channel commenting on her videos and I've just about bought all the skin care products that she mentions in her tutorials. Our collaboration was a Casual Daytime into Sexy Nighttime so we transformed our daytime looks into the glam that you see here.
October 12, 2016
I asked my followers on Instagram if they wanted to see a video of "high-end palettes" or "high-end highlighters" for Fall they overwhelmingly choose "high-end palettes". So I gave them 6 of my favorite palettes for fall along with swatches. I also compared them to another palette from the same brand. The video is a little over 8mins long and is full of fun palettes and swatches. I hope that you take a moment and watch it and also follow me on YT for more video swatches and comparisons.
September 22, 2016
I'd never thought about these Clinique Pop Lacquer Lip Colours until I saw a review on another blog and I started wondering if I could find colors that suited my complexion. I headed over to the Clinique counter and started swatching on my arm and found the colors to be very vibrant. My lips are a little pigmented and the inside of my arm is the lightest area that comes closest to my natural lip color so I can pretty much see how the colors would appear on my lips. These lip lacquers cost $18.50 and come in 10 colors.
September 7, 2016
Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadows because they are one of my favorite brands. I'm in love with these moondust eyeshadows. They can be worn over any eyeshadow to give it some sparkle or they can be worn alone to give the eyes a hint of shimmer. I used Spacetime over a burgundy eyeshadow and the results were stunning. I'm glad that these came out just in time for the holidays. These were $22ea, I purchased mine through Sephora and they're also available on the UD website.
August 27, 2016
It's been a minute since I did a lookbook post, this was partly because the small camera I was using decided to lose focus so I finally threw it out and purchased a Sony a5000. I'm still trying to figure out the settings.... do I use flash.... don't use flash..... indoor lighting... etc.... hopefully I will get it right because I love creating different looks and photographing them.
June 20, 2016
I recently decided to replace everything in my makeup/office with mahogany furniture so that everything looks more formal. Initially on each side of my makeup table were two silver Helmer's that I purchased awhile back from Ikea, but due to my huge (not massive) makeup collection, I definitely needed more storage. There wasn't many options for mahogany storage but I came across these beautiful Stanton storage cabinets online that came in multiple colors.... black, white, cherry, antique grey and chestnut.
June 5, 2016
I've decided to move away from department store skin care and upgrade to medical grade skin care because it seems to have the best reviews for new collagen growth and proves to be more beneficial for anti-aging skin. I am still using other items such as Retin-A, Retinols, Peptides and Peels to aid my skin in elasticity and firmness. I talked about all the products that i'm currently using in my latest skin care blog post 5-Steps to Wrinkle Free Skin as well as included a video demonstrating how I use each product in my nighttime regimen. Here's what the website has to say about each of the products that I purchased.
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May 30, 2016
This look is from 2013 created with Mac Limited Edition Manish Arora Palette which came out in 2008. This palette is filled with some very vibrant colors that can be played up or down depending on the time of day or the look that you're trying to achieve.
May 18, 2016
This is my very first Pat McGrath Labs purchase... yea!! I was so excited to when Sephora pre-released this to all the VIP Rouge members early. It sold out within minutes of being released. This trio cost $70 and is also sold on her website. There were two versions of this Highlighter/Balm/Pigment which is formally called Skin Fetish 003 in Golden, the other color was Skin Fetish 002 in Nude. There are many ways to wear this trio which contains the Balm, the Highlighter and the Pigment. I made a short 2 minute swatch video highlighting how it is supposed to be applied swatched on my arm.
May 12, 2016
because I don't like confrontation with other women that are jealous of me because I don't look like them. I go to the gym at the same time everyday from 1pm - 3pm Mon - Fri. I apply the same face routine as you see in this cell phone pic everyday, I wear the same wig and always braid it to the side... sometimes I apply a liquid lipstick and sometimes I apply a chapstick. I take photos almost daily and occasionally post them to my IG page... something that I like to do. Well, if you frequent the same spot day after day... you're bound to get noticed by those that frequent the same spot also. Sometimes I make eye contact with someone as I pass them by and smile and sometimes I may have to ask someone if they're still using a certain machine..... but it doesn't mean that i'm flirting or trying to steal your man! So when someone walks up to me and ask how long I've known so and so... or ask if so and so has asked for my number.... I'm completely dumbfounded! The gym is my place of solitude.... I workout wearing my earphones so that I won't be bothered. I don't know anyone at my gym by name and I certainly don't go out of my way to talk to people at my gym. I'm very focused and into my workout and when I'm finished I might sit in the sauna or just leave.... just depends on how bad my body aches. So with all this said... don't single me out because I don't look like you... and because you're insecure in your own skin.... because I'm unapologetic for the Melanin that runs through my veins.
May 2, 2016
One of the things I most love to talk about here on the Blog is items related to Skin Care. I visit my Dermatologist once a year and leave with an abundance of information and sample products to try. I'm not new to hyaluronic acid, I reviewed it here as one of the top staples in my anti-aging skin care regimen. This is the first year that I started using pure hyaluronic acid without being mixed with anything else. I chose this brand by Timeless, based on their reviews and purchased it from Amazon. This is my very first step in my nighttime routine. I use it as a corrector and to prepare my face for the next step which is Retin-A.
April 20, 2016
It's been a very long time since I showed my natural hair in a blog post.... honestly I just never think about it and that's really the only reason. My life revolves around my wigmaking business WigWeaves LLC. I have a patent for the Lace Wig Strap which I sell worldwide through Amazon and my website http://lacewigstraps.com. I also maintain a second blog dedicated to Wigmaking at http://wigweaves.com. I'm very hand's on with my YouTube channel, I make lots of videos that involves wigmaking tutorials, demonstrating the straps or giving wigmaking tips. My channel is very popular because of wigmaking but I feel a little disappointed that it has never taken off for beauty because at 56yrs old, I feel that I have a lot of great beauty advice.
April 18, 2016
These two palettes have been circulating throughout the Instaphere on all the popular hashtags that women of color usually go to to look up swatches... some of them are #mmwoc, #brownskinswatches #brownskinbeauty, #melanin, #forwomenofcolor, #browngirlbloggers... and a whole lot more. Well, the swatches are very questionable depending on who swatches them and how many strokes you're willing to use to get the pigment to pop. I swatched them live on the video then took photos afterwards, so you'll see the pigmentation and how many strokes it takes for some of the shadows to show up on my skin. For reference i'm NW43 in Mac foundations.