Showing posts with label #brownskin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #brownskin. Show all posts

September 28, 2016

Fall Makeup Swatches | YSL Scandal Palette | Chanel | Video

I'm finally getting into that Autumn vibe with a few items from the new YSL Couture Line and from Chanel.  I have to say that both the eyeshadows from Chanel's fall line sold out quickly so I was only able to get my hands on one which was Rouge Noir, the other one New Moon is a part of their permanent line so I picked that up as well.

September 22, 2016

Swatches | Clinique Pop Lacquer | Lip Colour + Primer

 Clinique Pop Lacquer
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

Swatches | Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows
As with any Urban Decay new formula I just have to try these 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.

June 5, 2016

Beauty | SkinCeuticals is my New Skin Care Regimen for 2016

 SkinCeuticals  Medical Grade Skin Care

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.

May 12, 2016

Lookbook | Unapologetic for the Melanin That Runs Through My Veins

This is me..... i'm 56 and unapologetic for being a beautiful black melanin gal that has no real visible signs of aging like forehead wrinkles, fine lines around my eyes, smile lines or sagging jowls. This photo might not be the best quality because it was taken with my iPhone right before I left to go to the gym..... i'm not wearing any foundation as some of the women at my gym think that I am. I'm wearing concealer underneath my eyes which I set with a setting powder, eyebrow pencil, a few individual eyelashes, mascara and some liquid lipstick. Oh.... I have permanent eyeliner tattooed on the top and bottom of my lids so that it looks like I'm wearing eyeliner when I'm not.  So why am I venting here..... 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.

April 20, 2016

Lookbook | My Natural Hair and Why I Love Wearing Wigs

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  I also maintain a second blog dedicated to Wigmaking at  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

Swatches | Juvia's Place The Nubian Palette & The Nubian 2 Palette + Video

Juvia's Place The Nubian Palette
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.

April 4, 2016

Swatches ~ Dose Of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks on Brown Skin

 Dose Of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks
This is my first Dose of Colors liquid lipstick purchase. The website has 16 permanent matte colors and comes out with limited editions during the holiday seasons.  I've read so many good reviews on these liquid lipsticks that I was very eager to try them.  They value at $18 and each tube contains 4.5gms of product.  They are vegan and made right here in the USA.

March 30, 2016

Beauty ~ Tom Ford Honeymoon Palette | Chanel L'Intemporel De Chanel Palette | Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Blush

These are a few items that I've been looking forward to wearing and creating some fun looks for Spring/Summer and beyond. The Tom Ford Honeymoon Palette was just released in the Tom Ford Spring 2016 collection. The Chanel L'Intemporel De Chanel Palette was from the Chanel Fall 2015 collection and the Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Blush is part of the new Chanel Spring 2016 collection

March 25, 2016

Beauty ~ Finally a Much Needed Blush Organization By Brand

Blush Organization & Storage

 I know..... I know it's a sad situation when you just throw all of your precious blushes in a drawer never to be seen or touched again. I was feeling this way so I finally went to the 99 cents store and brought 10 of these small baskets, I also organized my highlighter drawer too.  I probably have every orange blush known to man in my stash, for awhile I was collecting them and after counting 25 I said enough!  Then a few of my readers wanted to see live swatches of all my orange blushes so I did a blog post and swatch video.... you can find it here. There are about 5 that I decided to keep on my vanity for easy access which were all the Tom Ford, Estee Lauder and Chanel blushes.  I figured I might as well use them frequently since they're the most expensive blushes in my collection.

February 14, 2016

Swatches ~ Tom Ford Savage Blush Swatched on Brown Skin

 Tom Ford Savage Blush

Tom Ford Cheek Color in Savage is one of those blushes that you really need in your collection. The velvety texture and smooth application screams love at first blush (haha).  This is the third TF blush that I own, I own Wicked and Flush, both very well used and loved.  However, with Savage I feel this will definitely become one of my daily staples.

January 18, 2016

Swatches ~ Gucci Autumn Fire Magnetic Color Shadow Quad

Gucci Autumn Fire
One of my December purchases was this beautiful Gucci Autumn Fire Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Quad. I have one other quad that I purchased when they first launched last year reviewed here,  and I like the quality and packaging of their products. I wanted to add another one to my collection since I have gravitated towards the smaller compact quads.  Although I love my Urban Decay big bulky palettes, these smaller quads are easy to carry for touch-ups if needed while on the run.

January 6, 2016

Beauty ~ Makeup Items For Review on FFFBO50 this Month

Chanel, Tom Ford, Gucci, Estee Lauder, Urban Decay, KVD, CoverFX

I will be reviewing Chanel, Tom Ford, Gucci, Estee Lauder, Urban Decay, KVD, CoverFX this month here on the Beauty Blog. There are just a few items that I treated myself to for Xmas that I put under the tree, all which I will be reviewing and swatching this month.  As always, I will use every product in a Lookbook post so you can see exactly how it looks on me. What were some of your makeup purchases last month?

December 27, 2015

Beauty ~ Collin Paris Phyto Stem Cell + Gel-Cream Review

 Collin Paris Phyto Stem Cell + Gel-Cream

I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season!  Normally I don't write blog post about samples, I wait and get the full sized product then mention that I had tried the sample which lead me to buy it.  But.... I have to make an exception about this Phyto Stem Cell Gel-Cream because it is absolutely amazing.  At first I didn't know what to expect when I opened the package because I'd never heard of a "gel-cream"... what would it look like? To my surprise, it was a white cream which applied like a gel....does that make any sense?

December 19, 2015

Beauty ~ Luminess Air | Airbrush Makeup System Starter Kit Review

 Luminess Air | Airbrush Makeup System

There are a few times in a women's life when she yearns for that perfect finish.... unlike any other makeup application she's ever had.  For some of us those special events comes around once in a lifetime and for others they want that flawless finish on a day to day basis. Luminess Air Airbrush Makeup System is a timeless system that provides numerous waysto create a flawless finish in the privacy of our own homes with their "easy to follow" step by step tutorial system.

December 17, 2015

Beauty ~ PeterThomasRoth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads & the LipstoDieFor in Pink Bomshell Review and Thoughts

I will begin by saying that this is my first foray into skin peels so I thought I would begin with the  PeterThomasRoth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads because I had previously received a sample from Sephora and really liked them. It's kind of hard to judge how your skin would react and feel to just one sample peel and to be honest, I didn't have any reaction from that one peel and that's why I decided to purchase the full size jar.  I didn't want to experience a strong reaction from any at home peels and since this was my very first one, I was quite happy with my selection.

December 14, 2015

Beauty ~ La Mer The Lip Balm Review

La Mer The Lip Balm

I have to admit that this La Mer "the lip balm" is one of those little luxuries that you must treat yourself with every once in awhile.  I tried a little sample that I bought from a beauty blog sale along with some other La Mer samples and I just loved it.  Honestly, at first glance, it looks like a big pile of wax but when you read the story behind "the lip balm" you realize that you're getting not just a lip balm but an emollient that's full of hydrants that only La Mer can put together. I was drawn to purchasing the full size because my natural lip color has turned from pink to brown over the years.  I've never smoked so I will just say it's from the elements of nature I suppose.  La Mer's entire formulation is based upon the premise of lightening and this product is no different.

December 12, 2015

Beauty ~ How I Organize my Skin Care Samples + Video

 How I Organize my Skin Care Samples + Video

I have to say that I love collecting skin care samples and rarely do I purchase from websites that don't offer free samples.  Samples is my way of trying out the product before I purchase the full size, which we all know can become quite expensive especially if the product doesn't work for us.  I'm a bit of a stickler when it comes to organization and I like being able to find things when I need them. This is my way of organizing my samples, I use plastic ziploc bags and tape labels onto them by categories. I show this all to you in the video below and I also gave you a mini tour of my makeup and filming area as well.

November 20, 2015

Beauty ~ How to Make Your Own Witch Hazel Cleansing Pads + Video

 Witch Hazel Cleansing Pads

Buying products that you use regularly becomes a chore especially when you run out and can't get to the store right away, that's what happened to me when I ran out of my favorite makeup wipes...  my Witch Hazel Cleansing Pads.  I knew that I had a bottle of Witch Hazel in my bathroom and I knew that I also had some cleansing pads in one of my drawers.  So I decided... why not make my own! I made a short video showing you exactly how I made them.

November 16, 2015

Beauty ~ Dermadoctor Kakadu C Serum for Anti-aging, Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Dermadoctor Kakadu C Serum

I have been using the Kakadu C since the summer so almost 5 months now.  I feel i'm ready to give this product my honest opinion and how it has affected my skin.  I take very good care of my skin especially now that i'm in my 50's.  I don't always talk about skin care here on my Blog but that's about to change.  I will begin writing about all the products that I've been using (one by one) so you will start seeing a bevy of skin care products and devices that I have been using over the last few years.