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MakeUp Wars: Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette

MakeUp Wars: Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette

  In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the movie Pulp Fiction Urban Decay release an entire Pulp Fiction collection. Pulp Fiction came out when I was a young girl and I wasn't allowed to watch it so I really can't say that I know anything about the movie. I do know that it was a big hit and I've told myself that I must watch it later on. The Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette, $34 is one out of five items from this limited edition collection. The eyeshadow palette contains five shadows, three of which are new shades. In terms of do you need this palette the answer is NO! Unless you are a HUGE Pulp Fiction Fan you can honestly pass if you already have any of the Naked Palettes.   I teamed up with some other Beauty Bloggers to create looks using this palette or the newest…

Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquers Swatches

     I am so glad Milani Cosmetics changed their Nail Lacquer formula because I was not a huge fan of that fast dry sticky tacky stuff that they've been selling.  The new Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquers are a huge improvement. They go on nice and smooth and come in an array of colors, 36 to be exact with one fast dry top coat so if you want to get technical you could say 37. Instead of going through and reviewing each one I've just include swatches of the nail polish which were done by Amy Kline.   In this collection there is something from every season and every style type. What I did notice is that they included a lot of red nail polishes, and that's great because while everyone can wear red nail polish we can't wear the same color red nail polish.  The Milani Color Statement…
Not Your Grandmothers Floral -Florabotanica Balenciaga Perfume

Not Your Grandmothers Floral -Florabotanica Balenciaga Perfume

 "The wearer is beautiful but dangerous, like some rare botanical species" I pride myself on being a fragrance connoisseur. I love to have different scents for all the seasons as well as scents for different occasions. Florabotnica Balenciaga is definitely not your grandmothers Floral perfume. Unlike scents from the past, this one is super complex and takes you on a rollercoaster ride throughout the Hidden Garden. Florabotanica evokes ambivalent bewitching beauty. Velvety and thorny, flirting with hemp and vetiver roots. The scent is flowery, developed on a rose note with a narcotic hemp twist. This fragrance is not for the faint of heart. Some may think it's a bit strong, but that's exactly what I love about it. It starts off powerful, green with a hint of wood. After about 30 minutes it starts to soften to a powdery rose. This is one of those fragrances that you would be…
Fall Beauty Trends with Macy’s Impulse Beauty

Fall Beauty Trends with Macy’s Impulse Beauty

Just last week I had the pleasure of attending an event at the Impulse Beauty at Macy's in Center City Philadelphia. If you didn't know, Macy's Impulse beauty is home to some of the most popular and prestigious names in beauty and they even have their own Urban Decay Boutique!!  The event was hosted by Macy's very own Beauty Blogger Tonya Mann and Makeup Artist B. Wilson,who was voted the Best in Philly for 2013. The ladies schooled us on the latest in Fall Beauty Trends and showed us some of their favorite must have products.  They shared their tips on how to achieve iconic looks and even gave us some beauty secrets to try at home. To sum it up this fall is going to be all about illuminating skin, bold lips, natural eyes with pops of color and luxurious lashes!  Check below to see which products should be…
Feeling Beautiful with Skintimate

Feeling Beautiful with Skintimate

I made my legs happy with Skintimate as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SkintimateStars though all opinions are my own. Judging by this photo you can probably already tell that I have a very complicated Beauty Routine. Between skin care, color correcting, highlight and contouring, and adding eyeshadow it sorta "takes a village" to help me look presentable in the morning. I'm a firm a believer in the phrase "Beauty Comes from Within". Women spend so much time and money hoping that there is a magic product that will make the look and feel beautiful, yet what they don't realize is that the beauty was inside them all along.  I've struggled with feeling beautiful since I was a young. I grew up with a skin disorder smack dab on my face and so I was taunted, teased and I guess "bullied" for not looking like everyone else.  This…
The Hit and Misses of Studded Kisses from Kat Von D.

The Hit and Misses of Studded Kisses from Kat Von D.

I'm kind of surprised that I'm so late to get hip to the Kat Von D craze. When I saw the Kat Von D Studded Lipsticks on the Sephora website I knew I had to pick some up, and when they arrived I went back to the store and picked up even more!  This hybrid lipstick is formulated with Color Cushion Technology, which combines 10-hour budge-proof wear with vibrant color. Featuring a color spectrum for every skin tone, this lipstick lets you glide on velvety-soft comfort and eye-popping colors that range from classic everyday neutrals to bright shades.  I picked up seven of the I believe 29 shades that I thought really stud out to me. I went with a range of nudes and deep dark blue, something that's pretty much out of my realm. I've swatched all seven for you below on a full face so you can get…
Top Ten Tuesday: Essential MakeUp Brushes

Top Ten Tuesday: Essential MakeUp Brushes

So how many Make Up Brushes does one really need to create an every day face? Foundation Brushes, Eye Brushes, Lip Brushes, and there are even brushes for brows. Do you need to own one for every single thing? I say not at all! For me, there's only ten as I try to use brushes that have dual purposes. Make Up Brushes come in various shapes and sizes and have a particular fit for certain applications but the beauty is that not all brushes were created equal and no brush has only one job so I can use a brush to conceal as well as apply a cream product to my eyelids!. While some really great makeup brushes like Real Technique and Sonia Kashuk can be found at your local Target or Drug Stores I tend to lean to brushes that are a bit more expensive as I want them…
Fresh from the Garden: Zucchini Soup

Fresh from the Garden: Zucchini Soup

  This summer was the first time I tried my hand at growing my own Zucchini and Squash and I'll admit it's been one huge lesson after another. Next year, I think I'm going to stick with Zucchini as it's proven to be a bit more prolific than the squash and we've been getting Zucchini that are absolute whoppers. One of my favorite recipes to make from all our Zucchini, beside the Zucchini Nachos has been Zucchini soup.  When I posted a picture of the bowl of soup on Instagram a while back it was received very well and people have been asking me for the recipe ever since.  Since Summer is almost over I decided to whip up a big batch of Zucchini Soup so that I could freeze some down and have some to take to work through the week. The recipe is very very simple. It only…
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…