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…
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…
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…

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…

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…
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…
Must Have Beauty Books and Videos

Must Have Beauty Books and Videos

How do you like to learn about Beauty and Makeup? Most people turn to youtube, but I've always been the type of person that likes to curl up with good book or a movie and just indulge.  I've always been into Makeup but I really didn't turn to books until I started working as a MUA while living in North Carolina. Though it came out after I left North Carolina my favorite book of all…
Maybelline Dare To Go Nude Color Tattoos *Limited Edition*

Maybelline Dare To Go Nude Color Tattoos *Limited Edition*

  Maybelline Color Tattoos.. I'm addicted, obsessed, whatever you like to call it. Did you see this heart I made out of them (click here)? Recently Maybelline launched a new set of Limited Edition Color Tattoos all in the nude family. This collection is appropriately called "Dare to Go Nude" and pairs well with their Nude Cheek Stains and Lipsticks. There are 6 new color tattoos in the collection that give you a wide range…
Get Ready for Spring with Walgreens Beauty!

Get Ready for Spring with Walgreens Beauty!

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #walgreensbeauty #collectivebias 1. Revlon Color Stay Shadow Links in Periwinkle, Matte Purple and Candy Bon Bon, 2. Wet N Wild Fergilicious EyeLiner in Violet Femme. 3. Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Lipstick in Touchable Taupe 4. Maybelline Master Glaze Cheek Tint in Plums Up 5. Cover…
Outfit of the Day: Weekend Edition March 1st

Outfit of the Day: Weekend Edition March 1st

It's funny, before I became a PhD student I was all about looking cute, fashion and accessories and the whole nine. Now that I spend most of my time in the dark room singing the songs "bands will make her dance" as I wait for the film for my Westerns to develop I choose sweat pants over fitted jeans and my oh so comfortable Bearpaw boots over a cute pair of booties.  I've decided that…
Bye Bye Dry Itchy Scalp! Thank You Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil!

Bye Bye Dry Itchy Scalp! Thank You Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil!

I love Ayurvedic hair products. I've been using them since I decided to go natural in 2009. For the past couple of months I've been pre conditioning my hair with Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil and I can honestly say that it has definitely changed the way my hair feels. Natural hair, especially 4B-4C type hair has the tendency to look a feel dry. What I love about Darshana is how noticeable the difference is…
Weight Watchers Simple Start and a New Handbag Help Keep me on Track

Weight Watchers Simple Start and a New Handbag Help Keep me on Track

I was given a free one-month subscription to try the new Simple Start plan and write about my experience.  Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative are my own. As you all know I've been doing a personal "100 days to a Better Me" Challenge. This includes affirmations, staying truthful with myself, and also getting back in shape.  This week I began the Weight Watchers Simple Start Plan.…
The Emotions of a Beauty Addict Waiting for an Online Beauty Launch

The Emotions of a Beauty Addict Waiting for an Online Beauty Launch

These are the emotions of a Beauty Addict.. or should I say myself as I wait for a online collection release or sale. This has also been me so many times as I've sat in virtual waiting rooms that are almost done exclusively by MAC Cosmetics. Just sitting at my computer being a slave to that launch is the worst! I can't move, I can't refresh my screen, and I don't even want to move…
Stop the Presses! CVS Sells NYX Cosmetics Now!

Stop the Presses! CVS Sells NYX Cosmetics Now!

Yesterday I was on the hunt for some new Maybelline products. Actually, there is word on the street that new Maybelline Color Tattoos exists and of course you all know I NEED these in my collection. I stopped at Bed Bath and Beyond first which was an absolute bust. I then stopped at the CVS across the street from it and whomp whomp, nada. On the way home I decided to stop at another CVS…
Milani Cosmetics Matte Baked Blush. Yes It’s Okay to Squeal!

Milani Cosmetics Matte Baked Blush. Yes It’s Okay to Squeal!

When the Milani Cosmetics Baked Blush first came on the scene we all fell head over heels in love. The only problem with the Baked Blush clan was that there weren't any matte shades for those who didn't like so much shimmer. Ladies, Milani heard your cries and they have blessed us with not one but two MATTE Baked Blush shades. Bella Rosa and Deliziosa Pink! Just like the other Milani Cosmetics baked products these…
How I Withstood the Curse of Eve with U by Kotex

How I Withstood the Curse of Eve with U by Kotex

This is a sponsored post for U by Kotex, who provided me products to review You can get a free sample from U by Kotex too at and Do the Demo. Once we reach a certain age we as women fall victim to the curse. Yes the curse, you know the one that causes symptoms of severe cramping and abdominal pain, bloating, weight gain and sometimes fever and nausea.  I've been afflicted with this curse since the…
Day 8/100 Accepting the Need to Change.

Day 8/100 Accepting the Need to Change.

It takes 21 days to break a habit, or so they say. Change is an inevitable part of life, it's the only thing that's actually constant in this world. You can't change what you are, but can change what you do, who you're influenced by,  and what motivates you. You can alter the words that come out of your mouth simply by thinking about them before you speak. I've changed my lifestyle and I've adopted…