Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks Made Me Break My No Buy!

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks Made Me Break My No Buy!

Spring is here!! *hits my dougie* With the warm sun, budding flowers, and spring showers also comes some must have new colors from Too Faced! Readers, meet the new Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks!  These are more then a lipstick they are a Stain, Lip Gloss and Lipstick all in one. Now I'm sure you don't have anything like that in your stash.. thinking OCC Liptars? Think again, these are nothing like them! 7395
Ten Tips for Shopping the Brahmin Tent Sale 2014!

Ten Tips for Shopping the Brahmin Tent Sale 2014!

  The Brahmin Tent will be here in no time! I'm still undecided on if I want to make the trip again, but that doesn't mean I can't prepare you for the shopping experience of a life time!! I've been twice already and I've had a rather awesome experience as you can see from my bags in Trip 1 and Trip 2 .Here are ten things you need to know to survive the Brahmin Tent Sale 2014 which is coming up May 16th, 17th and 18th. 1. Get there Early: If you plan on shopping the first day you want to be sure that you're one of the first in line. Trust me this is where the serious shoppers are .Don't be alarmed by the ladies with the pop up laundry bags, they know what they're doing. If this is your first rodeo don't be afraid to chat up the…
Shopping My Stash MAC Surf Baby Blush

Shopping My Stash MAC Surf Baby Blush

Yesterday I went into Sephora to return something and walked back out empty handed. Yes I know I have a 15% off VIB coupon to use but I'm really trying to control my spending and get this credit card paid off before the end of May. I already featured this  product in a video that shows My Favorite Orange and Coral Blushes. Today I wanted to add a little bit of color to my cheeks so I pulled out my MAC Surf Baby Blush.  Isn't it gorgeous? It was a limited edition item that came about 2 years ago. Were you able to snag it? 7375
The Bevel Razor Helps Maintain My Husband’s Chocolate Drop!

The Bevel Razor Helps Maintain My Husband’s Chocolate Drop!

I think my husband is one of the sexiest men on earth. He has a football player's build, deep voice and a sexy chocolate bald head. Now remember ladies, I said he's married! Since my husband won't let his hair grow due to what he consider to be thin patches in his hair from wearing a football helmet, he keeps it shaved. This shaving process happens 3-4x's a week and while the end result is a semi smooth head - I say semi because he uses clippers - the only problem is hair gets ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE! This is one of my biggest pet peeves and though I've brought up the issue over and over again I'm always defeated in this area. I guess I just have to accept that there will be tiny pieces of hair in the sink, around the vanity and on the floor. Well, that's at least…
Lupita Nyong’o is the New Brand Ambassador for Lancome and proves Beauty is More Than what’s Trending Now.

Lupita Nyong’o is the New Brand Ambassador for Lancome and proves Beauty is More Than what’s Trending Now.

.@lupita_nyongo joins Lancôme! #lupitaforlancome #beautyicon © Alexi Lubomirski for Lancôme pic.twitter.com/oFLA2YiuoX — Lancôme USA (@LancomeUSA) April 4, 2014 When Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar for her role in 12 years a slave the beauty word was a flurry with which company she should become a brand ambassador for. Everyone was casting their lots their company of choice and  I'll admit I would have loved to see her with Make Up For Ever or Nars, but with every nucleotide in my body I did not want to see her with MAC Cosmetics. Why? Why would I not want  see one of the most admirable and influential African American icon's with one of the top cosmetics companies in the world? It's simple MAC has handed out cosmetic collections like they're condoms at the free clinic. Yes, I said it and it's true. To me, a MAC collection doesn't live up to the…
Let Jergens BB Body Cream Bring Your Skin Back to Life!

Let Jergens BB Body Cream Bring Your Skin Back to Life!

This post was sponsored by Jergens BB Body Cream through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Jergens BB Body Cream, all opinions are my own."  BB Creams, they took the cosmetic industry by storm and soon there weren't only BB Creams but their were CC, and DD creams! Too much, yea I thought so too and I never really jumped on the band wagon because there was  never shade or a formula made that would work with my skin tone.  I'd honestly thought the BB Cream phase was over and it was until Jergens unleashed some newness on us. The Jergens BB Body Cream is a 5 in 1 product that is specifically formulated with self-adjusting tone technology that provides a customized solution for your skin tone.  The product hydrates, illuminates, corrects, evens, and firms. I've been  testing this product out for…

How a Beauty Blogger Spends her Tax Refund. Plus, you could win $100 to Amazon.com

This post was sponsored by Coupons.com and contains affiliate links. Everyone looks forward to getting their tax refund. While, some consider this to be a free loan we shouldn't be giving the government others like to think of it as the second Christmas and finally your chance to buy all the things you want for yourself. This year with our tax refund my husband and I decided to pay off one of our cars and a couple of other small bills. We also decided that each of us would receive a small allotment of "spending money" to do as we pleased with. With my small allotment I decided to grab a couple of beauty items I had my eyes on and also restock some items that I was running low on which honestly in my opinion is one of the funnest way to spend your Tax Refund money. MICHAEL Michael…
Open Toed Shoes not Allowed at Work? No Problem! Shop my Pointed Toe Flats Picks!

Open Toed Shoes not Allowed at Work? No Problem! Shop my Pointed Toe Flats Picks!

  I'm sure people there are several out there who will can feel my pain. Spring and Summer is upon us and at my job I'm not allowed to wear opened toed shoes. This makes perfect sense seeing as how I work in a a laboratory but it's really hard to see all your friends out and about in their cute open toed shoes while your piggy's aren't allowed to see the light of day until you get off work. This year I decided that I wasn't going let that rule get the best of me and so I've been on the look for the perfect pair of pointed  flat shoes to  spark some life into my confined summer wardrobe.  I like shoes that are very stylish, eye catching and also comfortable.  My favorite right now is the Alice + Olivia Stacey Face Pointed Shoe and of course because my name…
My Favorite Orange and Coral Blushes

My Favorite Orange and Coral Blushes

I promise it feels like Spring is really here now. Yea we just had a little bit of snow, but I think that was Old Man Winter's last blow. I've been doing some Spring Cleaning  with all of my makeup and I came across several orange blushes that have always tickled my fancy along with a couple of new ones that I've recently added to my collection.  Two of my faves are the Maybelline Master Glaze and the new Makeup Forever HD Blush. I give all the deets in the video below so check it out and after your done check out some of the Orange and Coral blushes I found. IFace Blush Face Blush
Bright and Fashionable Yellow Handbags for Spring and Summer

Bright and Fashionable Yellow Handbags for Spring and Summer

I've been in search of the perfect yellow handbag. It doesn't have to be super neon bright but just fun enough to be fashionable and turn heads.  I have my eyes set on this Yellow Chloe Marci' Mini Shoulder Bag, but since I have to be a responsible adult and make sure all bills are paid before I go out and buy this darling it may take me quite a while. Depending on the shade, some yellow handbags can even be worn during the fall and winter for that extra added pop of color.    Chloe Marcie Mini Shoulder Bag, Yellow Since I can't get my Chloe just yet I've picked out some other great Fashionable Yellow Handbags that  work for every budget.  I am really in love with the Serpui Marie Toucan Embroidered Fauna Clutch. It is the absolute cutest bag, and would work great for either day or…
Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss May Just Give You Super Powers!

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss May Just Give You Super Powers!

Remember when I gave you guys all those juicy lip swatches of the Milani Cosmetics Color Sensational Lip Glosses? Well, get ready for something special to go on top of them. Introducing the Milani Cosmetics Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss!! There are about fourteen shades in all and I have ten swatched for you. The Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss delivers moisture and intense shine. When I first tried them out I seriously expected Lil' Mama to walk into my room and start a rendition of  "My Lip Gloss is Popping". Also, there's nothing better than a non tacky lip gloss. I hate a lipgloss that makes your lips feel like you have tape adhesive stuck on them. 7298
Hair Cuttery Gave me the Best Spring/Summer Hair Do!

Hair Cuttery Gave me the Best Spring/Summer Hair Do!

  Yep! I changed my hair again!! *Twirls* I honestly believe hair is an accessory. It's not something you should obsess over, but you should just have fun with it. Last week I was drooling over this picture of a natural haired beauty with a platinum blonde box hair cut. Yes, I am linking you to my instagram again and that means you should follow me! Now Back to the subject at hand, my hair. So after falling in love with that picture my husband who seems to be a little bit more into my hair styles than I am now a days kept asking me when I was going to get it done. I was hesitant because that style is like super epic! I questioned myself. Do I really have what it takes to pull something like that off? I took a picture of the style to my fave…
My Picks from the Lord and Taylor 424 5th Collection

My Picks from the Lord and Taylor 424 5th Collection

I really enjoy shopping in Lord and Taylor, this store usually has great finds and sales on items that I won't find anywhere else. Did you see the Michael Kors bag that I scooped for a mere $158? Yep, I only paid $158 for a Large Michael Kors Saffiano Tote all thanks to the amazing deals and coupons that Lord and Taylors provides their customers with. They honestly keep me coming back as loyal shopper. Today I received an email featuring the new Lord and Taylor 424 5th collection. This collection has what I believe to be 165 pieces, mostly in the black and white family color scheme. I've seen bits and pieces of this collection in the store before and I almost walked out with the Bull Terrier sweater the same day I purchased my handbag, but the way my bank account is set up.... I've still got my…
The Makeup Show New York 2014 Speaker Line Up

The Makeup Show New York 2014 Speaker Line Up

Whenever I go to The Makeup Show New York I always pick up something that changes my life. No, I don't mean makeup, I mean in amazing tips, tricks and advice that I learn from the speakers. Yes, shopping for Makeup is fun, but if you really want to change the way you view your artistry, freelancing or any aspect of your career taking time to listen to Headliners is a must. Last year Eve Pearl taught me something that changed my entire blogging career. She taught me how to take charge of my blog and know my worth. I share this lesson with anyone who will listen because like Maya Angelou says "When you know better you do better". Check out the awesome line up for The Makeup Show New York.  below. Also, there are a couple of new vendors including Sephora,Adamis, Cao Cosmetics, Ve Neill Brushes, Vincent Longo Cosmetics,…
Zoya Magical Pixie Dust Looks Great on Nubbs!

Zoya Magical Pixie Dust Looks Great on Nubbs!

    Hands down, Zoya has the best textured polish nail polish. I've tried several other brands but none come close to Zoya's formula. I've been trying my hardest to grow my nails out so that I can get great swatches of these gorgeous polishes, but no avail. Life has been skressful! Yes, I said skressful. My PhD program has decided to turn up, or I'm just so vested that I end up biting all my  nails off when things don't work out the way I want them to. This is a daily occurrence unfortunately. I did notice that this formula dried way faster than the other Pixie Dust collections. By the time I was done with the last finger on one hadn I could go back and do a second coat and not worry about clumping or smearing.  Without further ado, I give you the Zoya Magical Pixie Dust…
High and Low Project with Phillip Lim.

High and Low Project with Phillip Lim.

Today I decided to dig into the closet and pull out some items that I hadn't given much love to. I've always been a huge fan of Phillip Lim's Pashli handbags and on a whim I was able to score one from Shopbop.com. Surprisingly I found the shoes that I'm wearing at the top of my closet when I as digging for another pair that I didn't even find. I'd never worn them before but I felt they went with my outfit perfectly! I decided to pair this handbag up with a Phillip Lim for Target blazer that I purchased to create a look that would feature a high/lowesque look from the designer. Earrings: Peace Images Jewelry Key to the City 7234

DermaBlend Camo Confessions: I am Beautiful!

If you follow me on Instagram, (which I know you all are doing anyway) you probably saw the a picture I posted featuring me before applying makeup and afterwards using the Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer. I've spoke about my skin disorder before here on Cosmetically Challenged, because honestly my skin disorder is how I came up with the name. I turned to Makeup and Cosmetics because I was tired of the stares and negative comments I would receive from people. It's even gone as far as being handed domestic violence pamphlets and someone insisting that I seek help. Recently I teamed up with Dermablend Pro and took part in the Dermablend Camo Confessions Campaign.  The pupose of the Dermablend Camo Confession Campaign is  to  Reveal how we  “Blend in to stand out” in order to  inspire others and to help woman battling appearance related side effects from Cancer treatments.  For…

POPSUGAR Now is Officially on TV

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about POPSUGAR NOW, all opinions are my own. Do you love all things celebrity  news and can't get enough of it? Well, guess what! POPSUGAR Now is officially on TV. Yep, you heard it right! POPSUGAR now is on TVGN at 6pm every night. They'll be giving you the scoop on everything behind the scenes during the awards, how to exercise, look good and be fabulous! I will definitely be tuning in and when I can't be in front of my TV I will definitely be recording it  with my DVR. Make sure you tune in and check it out.      • The POPSUGAR Now Channel Guide:
Outfit of the Day : Playing With Fabrics

Outfit of the Day : Playing With Fabrics

Guess what guys!! It was over 50 degrees outside today and I did not know how to act! I couldn't wait to go outside and just feel the warm sun on my skin.  Today I decided that the theme for my Outfit of the day would be playing with fabrics so I went with lace, pleather and suede. I accented this look with my new Alexander Wang Rockie Duffel bag that I am absolutely in love with to ad a bit of color. Compared to last weeks Outfit of the day  where the photos were ubber awkward how do you think I did? Earrings: Peace Images Jewelry  7196