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      
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…
Nars Reformulated Nail Polish Swatches in Zakynthos and Elbrus

Nars Reformulated Nail Polish Swatches in Zakynthos and Elbrus

    Remember about two weeks ago when I told you that Nars reformulated their nail polish and added 19 New Shades? Well, I was able to get my hands on two of them and let me just tell you they are absolutely stunning! I chose two shades that I knew I would really wear, an office friendly taupe and a bold vampy magenta. Though I'm not a fan of the new brush I do love how the polish goes on evenly and dries quickly.  NARS Zakynthos NARS Elbrus   What do you think of these gorgeous shades? The new colors can be purchased on Nars.com and Sephora. <
Summer Drink Series: Frozen Mango Strawberry Margarita

Summer Drink Series: Frozen Mango Strawberry Margarita

Hey Sippers!! Welcome to this weeks edition of the Summer Drink Series!  Last weekend was a whirlwind for me. It was Mr. Cosmetically Challenged's Birthday and I was trying to balance spending time with him while also trying to keep my parasites in the lab happy so, of course to wind down it called for a drink. My initial thought was wine pops but after going to about five different stores I could not find a popsicle mold to save my life! So since the universe was against me I decided to just go with what we already had on hand. In the refrigerator were strawberries that were going to go bad if no one ate them within the next couple of days and on the counter was a mango that smelled absolutely delicious. Now, I'll be honest. Mangos intimidate me, partially because I always have trouble slicing them. That…
Maybelline Color Show Veils and Jewels Nail Polish Swatches

Maybelline Color Show Veils and Jewels Nail Polish Swatches

The new Maybelline Color Show Veils and Jewels collection for Fall 2014 does not disappoint with the sparkle factor it brings to your manis.  Ten new shades in all, 5 chunky, fun glittery Jewel shades and 5 smoother Veil colors that range from a gorgeous pale teal to a rich amethyst.  I have nine out of the ten swatched for you. All polishes have a clear base with a heavy dose of glitter to add that glam your fingertips need this fall. It seems I always have one or two standouts from every new collection and I certainly have a favorite here.  Precious Pearl looked good on every polish I tried it on and I tried it on several.  Doesn't matter if the polish is light or dark, this white glitter adds a whimsical touch and makes the mani instant fun!  My second favorite would have to be the Veil…
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…