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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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
50 Shades of MAC Cosmetics Lipsticks Part 1

50 Shades of MAC Cosmetics Lipsticks Part 1

  Have you ever wanted a one stop shop to be able to check out MAC Cosmetics Lipsticks on Women of Color? Sure, they're Pinterest but even then finding swatches of limited edition and discontinued shades can be pretty hard. Last year I had this grand idea that I was going to swatch every single MAC Cosmetics lipstick that I owned. I had it all planned out and everything until reality hit me. If you haven't seen my lipstick collection you're probably a little in the dark so let me update you. I currently own maybe oh 50-75 shades of MAC Lipstick. Between photographing and editing I knew I wouldn't have time to do anything else. Since, I'm getting a PhD and all I put my brain skills to work and came up with the idea of creating a 50 Shades of MAC Directory featuring other fabulous beauty bloggers.  Each…
PUR Minerals Jupiter Ascending Palette Review

PUR Minerals Jupiter Ascending Palette Review

  Jupiter Ascending is the latest release by PURMinerals in conjunction without the upcoming movie Jupiter Ascending staring Mila Kunnis and Channing Tatum.  The PUR Mineals Jupiter Ascending Palette  retails for $29.99 and comes with six pan eyeshadow palette, a precision eyeliner, and a super adorbs pout enhancing lip gloss.  The eyeshadows are great for creating a subtle smokey eye. However, if you are around my complexion I would suggest using a primer with these shadows to really take advantage of the color pay off.  The swatches below are shown without primer. Destiny eye shadow (cream), Night Sky eye shadow (slate), Jupiter eye shadow (rose) ,Caine eye shadow (mocha) Cosmos eye shadow (iridescent white), Eye Shadow Brush ,Light-up lip gloss in Galaxy (pink) ,Liquid precision eyeliner in Outer Space With these shadows I was able to create this look below  When I saw that the palette had a precision eyeliner I got super…
HUM Nutrition: Vitamins for the Modern Women Plus Give Away!

HUM Nutrition: Vitamins for the Modern Women Plus Give Away!

"BEAUTY STARTS FROM WITHIN... which is why we started HUM"   The older I get the more I know I should be taking my daily vitamins. I'm always being asked by my mom "Are you taking your vitamins?" when I complain of an ache or a pain. I do take vitamins but they aren't the most exciting part of my day. They're not as exciting as lets say my first sip of coffee, or putting on a brightly hued lipstick, but with a little help from the people over at HUM Nutrition I think taking a daily vitamin might be a little more intriguing. HUM Nutrition's mission is to make you look great and feel even greater. They have a cutting edge line of supplements that have been developed by leading researchers in California. So, instead of buying one of those multivitamins that give you a little bit of this…
Nars New Fall 2014 Color Collection- Night Caller

Nars New Fall 2014 Color Collection- Night Caller

Have you seen the latest from Nars? If not take a peek at their new Fall 2014 color collection called "Night Caller". Just the thought of if makes me think of sultry jewel tones, super black eye liner and mascara and a whole lotta rouge. Seeing the promo pictures reminds of the movie Dallas Buyers Club.      Mondore Satin Lip Pencil, $25 limited edition cranberry  Bansar Satin Lip Pencil, $25 rose brown  Jardin Perdu Duo Eyeshadow, $35 limited edition (L) metallic dove grey, (R) metallic amethyst  Dolomites Duo Eyeshadow, $35 limited edition (L) shiny rose quartz, (R) chocolate