New Nars Cosmetics Audacious Lipstick, Go Get One!

New Nars Cosmetics Audacious Lipstick, Go Get One!

   "A lipstick so creamy and pigmented you won't want anything else."  NARS pays tribute to its beginnings with the launch of The Audacious Lipstick Collection: lipsticks so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture, the sensation is absolutely audacious. There are 40 shades in this brand new collection with ten being sold exclusively at Barney's New York. I chose two shades that I new would be perfect for the upcoming fall season, Liv and Dominique. Liv is a described as a deep aubergine. It's a mix a a deep reddish brown that hints slightly purple. It is the perfect vampy lipstick color for fall, especially for those who don't want to go to dark.  This color will be available at all Nars Cosmetics Retail locations.  Dominique is described as a pink lilac, though in person it tends to look like it could be more of a mauvy pink-plum. On the…
NARSissist Smokey Eye Kit Brings the Sexy to Fall

NARSissist Smokey Eye Kit Brings the Sexy to Fall

  The Narsissist Smokey Eye Kit is the second edition in the Nars Makeup Bag Must Have's. The Kit contains a compact featuring three of Nars most coveted shades along with a wide contour eyeshadow travel brush and a Via Veneto Larger Than Life Eyeliner. The rich shades of shadow highlighted in the palette include Madrague I, Bali, and Mekong. So instead of just doing normal arm swatches and saying "Here Ya Go" I've decided from now on I want to take my time and really really really get to know the products by using them in looks and seeing how they actually perform. The shades in the palette are nice although the only color to really wow me was Mekong which is an Espresso infused with Gold. Madrague was originally a duo eyeshadow that was split up to give us the Matte Cream side of the Palette. This is a soft…
Ginger and Liz Mani-Pink Lemonade

Ginger and Liz Mani-Pink Lemonade

This has been such an amazing summer.  When school got out I was determined to make this the most fun summer we've ever had.  And judging by the emptiness of our sunscreen bottles, the miles on my SUV  and the depth of our tans I'd say we've been successful.  Thinking about this one night as the kids played in the yard and came up to the deck to get something to drink I was inspired by their flavor of choice.  Pink lemonade.  Call my kids weird but they love the stuff.  Given their choice of flavors they will pick that one over and over.  It's refreshing and tangy and tasty and for us girls-it's pretty too!  Looking at my Ginger and Liz polishes it hit me.  Pink Lemonade nails.  I was inspired by a design I'd seen on Pinterest and took it one step further by pinking it out!  Ginger…
Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in Technopagen (Metallic) Review and Swatches

Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in Technopagen (Metallic) Review and Swatches

  When I saw the press release for the new Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics "Unknown Pleasures" collection the one color that stood out to me the most was Technopagen, I knew I had to have it! As soon as the collection went live on the site I placed my order and it arrived by that coming Saturday. Technopagen $18 is described as a Blackened Purple with Blue Pearl. In the tube it looks more blue, swatched it pulls more purple. I never wear lip tars alone because my lips have a tendency to crease, even with a primer, and so I decided to pair this Lip Tar over Kat Von D's Studded Kiss lipstick in Poe and the results were absolutely amazing.     They're are five other colors in the Unknown Pleasures collection and you can read more about them here or you can purchase them from OCCmakeup.com!
Create Brighter Eyes With Only one Product

Create Brighter Eyes With Only one Product

  We've all been there, all night parties, late night study sessions, or just not getting enough sleep. You wake up and you look like death warmed over.. or just to be nicer you look plain tired. Usually when I'm feeling like this I honestly don't even feel like putting on makeup the next day so I just fake it to make by creating brighter eyes only using one product strategically in certain areas!    The one product that I always reach for is my Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment in Barely Brazen. I love to use the color beige because it can help neutralize some of the redness in or around your eyes. The pigment is so light that you can apply it with your ring finger so there is no need for a brush! I apply the pigment to the areas that I've highlighted below. Applying a shimmery…
How to be a Beauty Hoarder on a Budget

How to be a Beauty Hoarder on a Budget

Does the size of beauty or nail stash determine your social status? Do you have a helmer or Ikea Alex unit dedicated to your Nail polish collections? If you do consider yourselves among the elite of beauty hoarders collectors. With the new dawn of social media outlets allowing beauty bloggers to easily share instant picture of their hauls or stashes and the mass wave of YouTube vloggers taking you through the opening of a box to show you a new lipstick it's not uncommon that one picks up beauty hoarder tendencies. I mean of course you need every piece of that new MAC collection that came out even though you haven't even worn the lipstick from the last collection that came out two weeks ago, completely normal! The other day on Twitter a fellow beauty blogger and I were discussing how bad our beauty hoarding was. It gets to a…
black Up Cosmetics Lipsticks are Love in a Tube

black Up Cosmetics Lipsticks are Love in a Tube

Okay now in my last post about black Up Cosmetics lipsticks I squealed about there Matte Formulation and the amazing pigmentation. I was received a Matte lipstick as well as a Satin Finish Lipstick that I'm sharing with you on the blog today. Both colors are absolutely supberb with a long wear formula to win any lipstick lover over! The lipsticks are priced at $22.50 each which is around the range of Make Up Forever Lipsticks but maybe slightly higher than MAC Cosmetics. RGE 38M, one of the newer shades for 2014,  is a gorgeous Radiant Orchid, which is a color we've all grown to love. It's a Matte Formula but goes on smooth and is non drying. There are 12 Matte Formula lipsticks in all.    The Satin finish color 16 is a true rich red. The formula is moisturizing and the color just melts right onto the the lips.…
Crabtree and Evelyn New Nail Polish

Crabtree and Evelyn New Nail Polish

  Today I have for review two beautiful polishes from Crabtree and Evelyn.  These are from their Nud-est collection which consists of four barely there colors.  C&E have quite an impressive line of colors in their regular line of polishes along with nail care items.  The two colors I reviewed were Peaches And Cream and Almond.   Peaches and Cream is a creamy pinky-peachy sheer polish that builds color with each coat.  I ended up with four coats to get this coverage for the pictures.  This is truly a color that anyone could wear anyplace.  There is elegance in it's beautiful understated color.  I have used several sheer pinks like this over the years which is why I was drawn to this color.   Hear me out before you label me as crazy.  Nail trends come and go but when you aren't feeling like a red, when you just want something on your nails without the fancy mani, a sheer…
Naomi, Iman and Rihanna for Olivier Rousteing’s Balmains Fall Winter 2014-2015 Collection

Naomi, Iman and Rihanna for Olivier Rousteing’s Balmains Fall Winter 2014-2015 Collection

STUNNING, FLAWLESS, AND POWERFUL. Those three words came to mind when I first caught glimpse of the photos from the September Issue of W Magazine. What I love is that it shows three powerful black women coming together to show their beauty in Olivier Rousteing's Balmains Fall Winter 2014-2105 Collection. Naomi and Iman have been known to have their spats in the past, and well Rihanna is of course Rihanna.   I do see myself picking up this Magazine to add the photos on my Vision Board.       Images from Phresh Scan Remastered
25 Must Have Social Media and Blogging Apps!

25 Must Have Social Media and Blogging Apps!

  Bloggers, Stylist Photographers, Influencers, and Social Media addicts everywhere  know how important it is to be able to take their work on the go. From being able to log into your desktop remotely to picking the best color scheme to really showcase what you had for lunch  How do you sort through the mess to find the best?  Keep reading to find  25 of the best apps for blogging, social media and photo editing for your iPhone or Android Devices. Apps for Blogging Wordpress:   Need to be able to draft a blog post immediately? Did you catch a typo on today's article? Want to add in another paragraph? Look no further than the Wordpress App. The Wordpress app  is free and open source (which is fancy for you can change it).  It is used for blogging and content management.  For you techies it is written in PHP and runs…
Save the Undies with U by Kotex

Save the Undies with U by Kotex

I'm on a crusade with U by Kotex to SAVE THE UNDIES, and my wallet.  I remember having a conversation with a couple of ladies a while back about how every month we would go out and purchase a new pack of panties just for that time of the month. I never wore my good panties, you know the kind with all the lace and frills. During Eve's curse I wanted to be comfortable and cool knowing that I wasn't ruining my best boyshorts.  U By Kotex has heard our cries ladies and we no longer have to be embarrassed about when Aunt Flow comes to town. It is now safe to walk around in our cuties panties without worries of what our significant other may think. Introducing new U by Kotex® Ultra Thin Pads with 3D Capture Core*, a one-of-a-kind center that locks away wetness to help stop leaks. Now…
black Up Paris Cosmetics Redefines Beauty for Women of Color.

black Up Paris Cosmetics Redefines Beauty for Women of Color.

 A little while back I shared with you all a picture of a gorgeous red orange lipstick from black Up Paris Cosmetics. After trying out that lipstick and receiving so many compliments I knew that I couldn't just stop there.  Black Up Paris Cosmetics was founded in 1999 by an African American makeup artist who saw there was a need for a high end product made specifically with women of color in mind. black Up is the first dedicated upscale beauty brand to magnify black and mixed beauties.  Their products range from Primers all the way to Brushes. I was sent a couple of products for review and I must admit I was awestruck at the quality of each individual product. Each product went well beyond its supposed purpose. With perfect coverage, velvety effects, matt and powdery finishes, ultra vibrant colors and 100% non ashy finishes I know that black…
Zoya Naturel Deux Swatches and Review

Zoya Naturel Deux Swatches and Review

Zoya has released a fall collection of neutral polishes which is a perfect complement to their summer neutral collection.  The difference?  These are the bolder, richer grown up sisters that are ready to go out on the town with the lastest of falls fashion trends!  Six gorgeous rich creams that range from shades of rose to coffee.  Just describing them sounds decadent!  These are in order from left to right:  Madeline, Aubrey and Marnie.  Madeline is what I would call a light mauve while Aubrey is a deeper mauve.  Marnie leans towards the plum and is darker but still tasteful enough for the office.  Not what I would call vampy at all.                                            Next we have the three true neutrals as the color wheel would call these (just a bit of trivia for you).  From left to right are Spencer, Chanelle and Emilia. …
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics brings Unknown Pleasures for Fall 2014

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics brings Unknown Pleasures for Fall 2014

    Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics launches a new collection of Lip Tars, Nail Lacquers and Cosmetic Colour Pencils  This collection, delectably known as Unknown Pleasures is perfect for the upcoming fall season.   There are six new Lip Tar additions in this collection which retail for $18.00 each. Lament: Neutral Rose Beige (Matte) Golden Buff : Neutral (Matte) ManHunter: Red-Orange with Golden Shimmer (Metallic) Pagan: Blackened Purple (Matte) Technopagan: Black Purple with Blue Pearl (Metallic) Vain: Deep, Dark Indigo (Matte) To pair with the Lip Tars there are also six new shades of Nail Lacquer which retail for $10.00 each. Dangerous: Opaque, True Grey (Creme, Permanent) Covet: Golden Buff Neutral (Creme) Poison: Shimmer Ivy Green (Metallic) Distortion: Deep Shimmering Navy (Metallic) Pagan: Blackened Purple (Creme) Tecnopagan: Blackened Purple with Blue Peal (Metallic) Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is  100% Vegan and Cruelty Free. I am excited about the shade Technopagen as I…
Makeup Wars: Orly Nail Polish Neon Angles Mani

Makeup Wars: Orly Nail Polish Neon Angles Mani

I was looking at the neon polishes after Melody told me about the  Makeup Wars.  I love neon.  Designing with it is one of my favorites.  However this time around I was drawing a blank.  I'd done quite a few fantabulous neon mani's already this summer.  Most of the time a nail design will formulate into my head days or even weeks before I commit it to my sketch book or polish.   I rarely fly by the seat of my pants but this mani is truly one I made up as I went along, playing with my masking tape (what a great hobby store find) and my dotting tools.  I started with a base of Zoya Purity because every neon mani deserves a nice white base to make it pop.  Next I chose my colors: Orly Melt Your Popsicle, Beach Cruiser, Skinny Dip and Glowstick.  Here is where the fun started!  I made some interesting…
How I ACCIDENTALLY Dyed My Hair Purple!

How I ACCIDENTALLY Dyed My Hair Purple!

  AWWWW I'm purple!!!! I bet you guys are like "this girl doesn't know what she wants to do with her hair". If you said that trust me you'd be telling the truth. I've worn over 20 different hair styles in the past year. I like to think that hair is an accessory and you should switch it up and just have fun. I've always seen pictures of bold, confident,women of color rocking their natural l hair with these funky vibrant colors and I've always wanted to do it yet I've always chickened out. Youtube Star Coloured Beautiful and the multi-talented Cydara are my inspirations when it comes to a women of color rocking these types of hair color. They are able to pull it off so effortlessly that I've always wanted to join the fun. So how did I accidentally dye my hair purple? Well, see #whathadhappenedwas, I decided that…
Ginger and Liz Nail Polish- I’m so over Him

Ginger and Liz Nail Polish- I’m so over Him

I think this week I'm really channeling purple. I wore purple for National Lipstick day and yesterday I accidentally dyed my hair purple so it's only fitting that I feature this gorgeous purple mani by Nail Contributor Amy using the Ginger and Liz polish called I'm So Over Him. The color is overlayed with a sheer iridescent topcoat from China Glaze called Fairy Dust . I love the contrast between the silver stamping and the lavender color of the polish. Ginger and Liz Nail Polish can be found at GingerandLiz.com  or Ulta and retails for $12 per bottle. 
Get the Look with the Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette

Get the Look with the Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette

The Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette is the newest addition to the Too Faced Cosmetics Line. This Ferociously Feminine Eyeshadow and Liner Collection boast six eyeshadows and three wet to dry eyeshadows that you can wear as liners. I used my MAC Cosmetics Fix Plus to wet a brush when using the powders wet and it worked like a charm. as the colors applied like a cream. The colors are all Women of Color Friendly and depending on what you like the palette can create several different looks. I decided to go with a simple every day look with dramatic lashes and a pop of color from the Too Faced Melted Lipstick Violet. To see how I created my look check out my pictorial below. The Too Faced Cat Eye Palette is Limited Edition and Retails for $36.00.    To get the look seen above just follow these simple steps.…
Nars Cosmetics Night Caller Unlawful Blush and Mandore Satin Lip Pencil Review

Nars Cosmetics Night Caller Unlawful Blush and Mandore Satin Lip Pencil Review

 A couple of weeks ago I spilled the tea on that newest items out from Nars for Fall 2014. The Nars Cosmetics Night Caller Collection is a dramatic palette with colors to suit anyones taste. I received two of the items from the collection, Unlawful Blush and Mandore Satin Lip Pencil, to share with you all. In the picture below I'm wearing both items.  Unlawful Blush is a soft pink with silver sparkles throughout. On a women of color it can come off very light but what's great about this blush is that it's buildable. With one application I was able to create a perfect subtle highlight on my cheeks. If I added more than the color really started to show. Unlawful Blush retails for $30. make animated gifs like this at MakeAGif There are two Satin Lip Pencils from this collection. I received the Limited Edition shade in Mandore…
Mani of the Day: Tie Dye with Ginger and Liz

Mani of the Day: Tie Dye with Ginger and Liz

Summers not over yet! Check out this gorgeous Tie Dye mani created by Nail Contributor Amy Kline! Amy used Ginger and Liz Nail polish to create this beach worthy look. The formula for Ginger and Liz polishes is absolutely praise worthy. The tie dye mani was super easy to do and it dried fast which was also a bonus! Ginger and Liz can be found at your local Ulta or their website and it retails for $12.99 Colors: Pink: Gimmi Some Sugar Purple: I'm so Over Him Peach: Control Freak Lavender: Calm Down Girl