January 18, 2017
December 2, 2016
Chanel is releasing a special limited-edition palette called Ombres Lamées de Chanel ($105 for 14 g/0.49 oz, made in Italy). It launched officially on Chanel.com November 28th.
November 10, 2016
I was searching for a new foundation so I decided to research Youtube and see what I could find that was lightweight. I picked the Chanel Le Tient Ultra Tenue foundation in 121 Caramel because most video reviewers that I watched said it was very lightweight and soft on the skin. I don't like a full coverage or really thick foundation because it just slides off due to the fact that i'm in menopause and could break out in a sweat at any given moment! So I normally don't wear a lot of foundations because of that and also that I'm retired and have no reason to wear it daily. But I like how my skin looks in photographs when i'm doing fashion post so I thought it was worth the investment.
October 27, 2016
La Mer The Powder when it was first launched but I held out for a few weeks to see if I could find swatches on brown skin, I did find one person my complexion that had a video demo and after viewing it I just new I had to have it. It falls in line with all the anti-aging properties my skin needs as I mature.
October 20, 2016
This is my second purchase from Cover FX since last year. I purchased their Custom Cover Drops (read my review here) in two different colors and I absolutely loved them. Over the summer they came out with a wide range of Pressed Mineral Foundations in a huge array of colors to match a variety of skintones. I immediately found my color match with N80 and I was completely floored. I also purchased the Custom Enhancer Drops in Candlelight which I was totally excited to have based on swatches I had seen on the internet.
September 28, 2016
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
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 13, 2016
Juvia's Place The Masquerade Palette was such a joy to swatch! This company is pretty new, black owned and has a total of three palettes on the market so far. It has become a favorite amongst women of color because the colors are so vibrant and actually show up our our brown skin. Included is a YT video of live swatches for those of you that just need a little more clarity before purchasing.
July 22, 2016
ABH Modern Renaissance palette on a whim, I was replenishing some much needed staples from Sephora online when I just decided to order this palette based on swatches that I had seen from another Y'tber. The colors appear more vibrant when swatched on my arm than they appeared applied to my eyes. I used Mac Painterly Paintpot as my base and the colors still weren't vibrant as I would have liked them to be. All in all, this palette is perfect for everyday use. It gives you a subtle look without too much drama and the colors can be touched up for a more dramatic nighttime look when necessary.
June 12, 2016
I love wearing different color mascaras so when YSL released their limited edition set of 9 Vinyl Couture mascaras, I quickly snagged a few. These mascaras are quite expensive, they cost $29 each and you receive 0.21 fl oz of product. The colors that I purchased were 2 AUBERGINE, 8 DARK SPARKLE, 7 PURPLE, 3 GREEN and 5 BLUE. While the formula is nice, there's no lengthening aspects about it. I experienced lots of volume and separation, but I didn't experience any length. My personal preference would be to use this mascara as a top coat to add a little sparkle and pizzazz to the finished lashes. You can find similar colors by YSL in a different formula here.
June 6, 2016
I wasn't sure that I would like these Mac VersiColour Lip Stains because there wasn't any swatches that I could find on my complexion but I decided to order them anyway because I love the whole idea of having stain lips. I will say that they did not disappoint... these lived up to my expectations and then some. After testing and wearing one of the colors all day, my lips were stained right up until the moment that I began to remove my makeup and prepare for my shower. I had about 8hrs of wear time and I can't tell you how pleased I was.
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.
April 25, 2016
I bought these Colorpop Ultra Satin Lip stains under much hesitancy. I refer to my girls in our brown skin makeup group for the 411 on most of the affordable lip products that I don't normally buy to get their honest feedback. So when these came out, there was a plethora of comments and swatches with various opinions good and bad... just depending on who was swatching. Last year I purchased 14 of the original Colorpop Liquid Lipsticks, they were horrible on my lips and just not worth the efforts of applying. I finally gave them away to my friend's 16yr old daughter who just loved them! When these came out I hesitated but finally decided to get some of colors that I liked. There's 0.11ozs of products and these cost $6 each.
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.
April 9, 2016
Some many independent cosmetic companies are getting my attention with their selection of liquid lipsticks. I just happened to stumble across swatches from Black Moon Cosmetics from a fellow beauty blogger that had purchased a couple and swatched them on her Blog. I thought the swatches were gorgeous on her brown skin so I followed the link to the website. There's are 8 liquid lipsticks in this collection and they retail for $18ea for 0.2 fl ozs of product.
April 4, 2016
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
February 17, 2016
This is my 3rd Kat Von D Vampria Liquid Lipstick purchase. This color is Vampria and i'm slowly collecting all the colors I like. These aren't cheap, $24 and I must say they are well worth it. The formula is very moisturizing, not like some of the cheaper ones on the market such as Colorpop and LA Splash. I haven't tried Anastasia's liquid lipsticks which are $20 but I do want to buy at least one for comparison.
February 14, 2016
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.