Thursday, April 7, 2016

Aqua XL Eye Pencils from Make Up For Ever (Swatches on Dark Skin)

Are you tired of Eye Pencils that tear and tug at your eye? Then these may be exactly what you're looking for.

Make Up For Ever has collaborated with pop star Charli XCX to reveal a collection of super pigmented and creamy eye pencils.

There are five different finishes among the 20 gorgeous shades; Matte, Diamond, Satin, Iridescent and Metallic.

The Aqua XL eye pencils guarantee to be waterproof, transfer-proof and smudge defiant! I have swatched them all and it was extremely difficult to remove the swatches (even with a makeup wipe).

I have never used an eye pencil that was so extraordinarily creamy and easy to apply. They also keep their vivid color throughout the day, even against my dark skin.

The pencils will be available May 2016.  Price- $21.00 ea.


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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Milani Cosmetics 2-in-1 Foundation & Concealer Review (On Dark Skin)

Milani Cosmetics has always been a great contender in drugstore makeup. I've come to know and love the brand enough to use it in my everyday makeup routine. Now, I have a new product to add to my daily makeup routine and it's the coveted "2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer".

The Milani 2-in-1 Foundation & Concealer comes in 14 shades. The fact that they've offered so many shades is awesome! It makes me feel as though the drugstore brands and larger brands are finally starting to listen to the darker skin toned consumer.

The Foundation bottle is glass and you can actually SEE the shade inside which is always a plus. I also am in love with the fact that they've given this foundation a PUMP!!! Messy counter tops and blouses goodbye!

The price point is enough to back flip over at $9.99. It also claims to be long wearing, water-resistant, and sweat-proof.

I've been wearing this foundation for 5 days now and I am so happy with my purchase that I had to share this post as soon as possible. This foundation is worth every penny. If you have a chance to watch my Youtube First Impressions Video you would see the enormous amount of coverage and buildable pigmentation this foundation has. I did not have to color correct before using and just about every hyperpigmentation I have was covered. Milani suggests that you use a foundation brush for application but I used a damp beauty blender and got great results.

If you've given this Foundation a try, please leave your experience below. Don't forget to share this post and checkout live youtube video link above.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows-Spring Flower "Rebellious Flowers" Palette

The new Artist Shadows-Spring Flower "Rebellious Flower" Palette from Make Up For Ever is here!

Make Up For Ever has preset this palette with 3 chosen eyeshadow looks that are easy to create and flattering on many skin tones.

 If you are familiar with MUFE=Make Up For Ever eye shadows, you know just how super creamy and pigmented they are. However, if you purchased the Limited Edition 15 Artists Palette I think you could afford to pass on this one. There are a few repeat colors :o(

Available for $44 on the Make Up For Ever website.

This Makeup Look was created with the Artist Shadows-Spring Flower Palette.

PurCosmetics Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation

The Hydra Fluid Foundation is one of the newest products in the Pur Cosmetics line up. I have to admit that they've been pulling out the big guns lately with their Cameo Contour Sticks and other products that have been definitely worth the hype. However, the Hydra Fluid Foundation was amazingly different and one of the most innovative foundations I've ever tried. The foundation has Swiss Alps-sourced water inside to hydrate the skin and give a dewy, luminous finish.

I reviewed this product on my youtube channel as a first impressions and then I came back to show how I applied the foundation and final thoughts.

Overall, I can say that it was a pleasure to wear a light to medium coverage foundation that felt so comfortable on the skin. My skin looked very healthy and youthful while wearing it. I will say that if you're a person with many blemishes, you may want to color correct first. (because this foundation only builds up to a medium coverage) and If you are oily skinned like myself, you'd definitely want to use an awesome primer that can keep your unintentional glow under wraps (if you know what I mean).

Price $39.00
This foundation comes in 5 shades. Sorry brown skin girls, there aren't many shades for us in the Hydra Fluid Foundation but, has other foundations that do include many deeper shades so check them out.

Pur Cosmetics Cameo Contour Sticks Review & Swatches.

Pur Cosmetics Cameo Contour Sticks

Finally a contour and highlight system that takes the guess work out of what shades we should use!

These Cameo Contour Sticks from Pur Cosmetics are double sided. Darker shade on one end and lighter shade on the other. Instead of purchasing cream palettes with shades in them that I know I'll never use. I can purchase these affordable sticks that blend out perfectly with your blender sponge (that comes included with purchase) and I'm all set!

One of the most glorious things about this Concealer/Contour is that the shades range is insane!!! Yes, my darker skinned lovelies, there is a shade for us. "Woot Woot"

5 shades available at $39.50
Be sure to check out my Pur Cometics Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation Review

Contour and Highlight in shade "Deep"

Saturday, February 13, 2016 Plus Size Fashion | Sophisticated Style is a marvelous website catering to plus size women. Their motto is:
"Sophisticated Style" and as you search their website there is no doubt that their clothing is indeed cut from a finer cloth.

The dress that I've chosen to share with you in this Outfit of the Day Video is's
"Scalloped Boudoir Lace Dress".  It is absolutely breathtaking! The attention to detail in this dress is outstanding. It is tasteful, sexy, perfect for weddings, or any other special event you may be attending.

This dress comes in 5 shades and is also available in sizes 10-32. The dress I'm wearing is in size 3X, which will fit sizes 22-24. I think that this dress may run a little large and I'm tempted to say size down if that is a concern for you. However, I appreciated the relaxed fit and the elegance of the silhouette it gave me. is currently having a President's Day Sale!!!!
20% off a $100 purchase Code: PRESDAY16

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lancome's Advanced Genifique on Oily Skin

Advanced Genifique is one of the products that has turned my skin around. I realized that I needed to make a few positive changes in my skincare routine because, although my skin was oily, it was still dull and unhappy with the way I'd been treating it.
Before using Advanced Genifique, my skin and I had an on again off again relationship. I would put on mud masks and purchase expensive lotions but I wasn't using them in a way that was beneficial to my skin until Genifique was introduced to me.

This is a very lightweight serum. After washing my face I apply the Genifique. The bottles unique design helps you pump out the perfect amount your skin needs. It dissolves into my skin like a dream and instantly creates a smooth, soft surface. Then, I follow with my regular moisturizer. That's it!

I feel like Advanced Genifique helps all my other skincare products work to maximum performance. My skin has never felt so smooth and it's never looked so radiant. My makeup applies so effortlessly! My brushes glide across my face without any tugging or pulling.

I know that Advanced Genifique is a bit pricey at $78.00 for 1.0 oz. However, it is well worth it. Your skin will thank you! If you'd like more info on Lancome's products please Click this link.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Lancome's New Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick

The Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick includes SPF 21 and can be used as a sunscreen when applied 15 minutes before exposure and re-applied atleast every 2 hours. It also has a soft matte finish and is suitable for ALL skin types. I've had the pleasure of trying on this foundation (that can also be used as a light concealer) for an entire day and I have to say that it is quite a beautiful formula.

I have oily skin and this makeup is oil-free, fragrance free, transfer-resistant, smudge-resistant and non-comedogenic. All of these benefits are great for my skin and I used the foundation in conjunction with Lancome's La Base Pro Pore Eraser.
I had sheer looking coverage that stayed put for over 4 hours. My skin absolutely glowed from within and I received many compliments about the overall healthy look of my skin.

The packaging of the makeup stick is very sleek and easy to fit in any makeup bag or kit. All information needed is on the outer box packaging as well as, the stick itself, including directions on use.

The New Teint Idole Makeup Stick will be available for purchase on Sephora's Website
and will be available Jan. 18th wherever Lancome's products are sold. There are 20 shades and they retail for $42.00

+Lancome USA

Shade Used: "510 Suede (c)" No Filter.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Make Up For Ever New Ultra HD Concealers |Swatches

MUFE will be introducing these new concealers in January 2016. There are currently 10 shades and they will retail for $27.00 You may purchase the new Ultra HD concealers at Sephora Stores, and

The shades are divided by categories: Correcting & Concealing. 5 correcting shades and 5 concealng and brightening shades.

The easy soft, smooth, NO MESS applicators were also a pleasant surprise as well!

 In my opinion, these 10 shades are a great START to a great complexion range of products for the MUFE family. Being a woman of color I didn't find much use for any of the shades that will be releasing in January and my hope is that they will widen the range like they've done their awesome foundations. I do however, love the feel of the concealers and it's coverage is unbelieveable.

Make Up For Ever has been super busy this year. They brought us a better formula for their Ultra HD Foundation and it's in a mind blowing 40 shades!!! MUFE also brought us the 15 Artists Eye Shadow Palette for the holiday season and now they've unleashed their Ultra HD Concealers.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review with Swatches *Brown Skin*

The Urban Decay Smoky Palette has been around for a few months now but, I think people have passed over it because they think it's just like the other Naked Palettes. This is simply not true!

The Smoky Palette is basically the dark side of the Naked Series. Superman v.s. Batman if you will; both hero's, both mysterious, but Batman has just the right amount of bad which makes him irresistible to women. Ha!
The Smoky has a large mirror like the others, comes with a brush and has 12 eye shadows but they are ALL shadows that can be blended out on their own for a complete look.

Just take a look at the Urban Decay signature pigmentation.
L to R: High, DirtySweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smoulder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen.

I'm so pleased with the packaging of this palette. The smoke rings are kinda sexy and the palette looks gorgeous on your vanity. The hard plastic of the package is durable and quite the upgrade from the Original Naked palette with it's velvety outer packaging.

I recently filmed a Makeup Look using the shades "DirtySweet", "Whiskey", and Black Market". The smoothness of the shades was amazing. They all blended out very well and it's truly what I expected from such an outstanding brand.

If you've purchased the Smoky Palette and want to share your looks with me, please tag me on Instagram.