Makeup artist's must have goodies

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My Marilyn Monroe look alike

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Pretty in pink

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The Makeup Artist - Dawn

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Lady in red

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Monday, September 23, 2013

BH Cosmetics 66 Color Palette Lip Gloss

For the makeup enthusiast, BH Cosmetics is a great start for any makeup artist on all levels of expertise. Not only are the products affordable, but the quality of the products far surpasses my expectations in terms of the price. Every week BH Cosmetics offers a sale on the variety of products they sell publicly. The 66 color lip gloss palette is the newest item that has been added to my growing collection of the BH Cosmetics product line. The color selections ranges from white to royal blues to greens and even silver. The individual sizes of the color disks are small in size but are packed with a punch. I prefer to apply a lip primer to my lips before putting on any lipstick, lip gloss or lip pencil. The primer really helps to set the lips and smooths out any brittle areas. For lip biters like myself, I scrub my lips with a sugar scrub and then set with the primer and go from that point on. The retail cost of this palette is $18.95 however, it is on sale for $8.00 at the moment. So why not give a try especially since you have a wide range of colors to choose from.


Mineral Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl, Polyscyladipate-2, Ozokerite, Microcrystalline Wax, Hydrinated c6-14 Plyolefin, Lanolin Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Beeswax

Ben Nye - Luxury Powders

Ladies, ladies, ladies! Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder has risen to the top as one of my choices for translucent powders. The smooth as butter powder is soft to the touch and feels so nice up against the skin. This powder does not clog the pores at all. Actually, once it is applied, it gives the skin an appearance of an airbrushed finished that's fit for a magazine cover. The shades that are available are perfect matches for any skin tone, any skin type. That's what's great for applying it as a finish to matte down any shine that could appear after finalizing your foundation application. The shades that are available are span from Translucent to Dark Cocoa Mojave. The powder that I use is the Banana Luxury Powder which can be used by those whose complexions are even a shade lighter than mine. I LOVE this powder and it is a great compliment to your vanity's collection of face powders.I purchased this product through Naimie's Beauty Center.

A brief history about Ben Nye:

  • Company began in 1967 by renowned Hollywood makeup artist Benjamin E. Nye, Sr.
  • Now is run by his son Dana Nye 
The item description of the Banana Luxury Powder is as follows:

Product Description

Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder
Micro-milled for a silky texture, Luxury Powders are translucent with just a hint of color. Superior matte finish.
Expect 50 - 125 applications per 1.5 oz
Available In:
10169175 BV-1  1.5 oz / 42 gm
10169186 BV-2  3 oz / 85 gm

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Review of Semi-Permanent Hair Rinses - Silk Elements versus Bigen

The hair care industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Both women and men alike are concerned with the appearance of their hair. Whether it be long, short, thin, full, chemically altered or enhanced with weave extensions or toupee's. Hair embodies the characteristics of each individual. It is the first thing we see when we look at a person and then we notice the teeth; well at least I do. Even Chris Rock was puzzled by what women of color have had to endure while maintaining their hair. It is all day project in some of the salons owned by women of color and it is the epicenter of our communities. However, now we have gotten wiser and have begun hair journeys that have allowed us to care for our own hair not just on a weekly basis sitting in the salon for half a day. We have educated ourselves in what ingredients are healthy for maintaining hair growth, and moisture. Now we see hundreds of products on the market specifically for women who no longer want to relax their hair. I myself prefer to relax my hair. It is how I have worn my hair for years.

Since my hair is relaxed, I am an avid user of semi-permanent hair rinses. I have tried almost every type of hair rinse on the market from Clairol's Beautiful Collection to KISS colors. Originally when I began this hair journey of mine, I became so attached to keeping my hair color jet black. The original color of my hair is red. Funny thing is, that over time my hair color began to change on its own. Not really becoming jet black but that is the color that I've always wanted to achieve.

The two manufacturers that I have recently did an A/B testing on are Bigen's semi-permanent hair rinse in Jet Black, and Silk Elements Mega Silk semi-permanent jet black rinse as well. Let me just say that I really liked both of these rinses because neither of them took a long time to process.

After putting in the Bigen rinse, I noticed that the base color is red. While putting the color in my hair, my gloves and plastic cap even had the red tint all over. After the processing time was completed and my hair was dried and wrapped, I was pleased with the outcome of my hair. Here are the pros and cons that I realized after a few days.

1. Rinses do not last long - that's why they're called rinses
2. Rinses can change the hair color to green, gold or even reddish in tint (be sure to check the base color)
3. Rinses can began to change even before your next wash
4. Rinses cost less
5. Processing time is shorter than permanent color

After relaxer and Silk Elements rinse

In the photo above, my hair has been freshly washed and rinsed with Silk Elements Semi-Permanent hair rinse. I was extremely pleased with how my hair took to the color and the vibrancy of the jet black shown on each strand of hair. The original texture of my hair prior to relaxing is 4a - kinky, curly. I love the way my hair feels after a fresh wash but I am even more ecstatic when my rinse takes very well to my hair. 

Silk Element hair rinses can be found on The Sally stores in my area no longer carry them. For a detailed list of the ingredients in this product please click on the link below. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Neutral smokey eye tutorial for all eye shapes

Hello ladies and gents! Thanks for connecting with me on my blog. I created a YouTube video for this neutral smokey eye which is a great look that can be worn every day. The products I used in this tutorial were a mixture of the products listed.  Before applying any products to your skin, always make sure that your facial canvas has been cleansed and moisturized. Moisturizing the skin is just as essential as brushing your teeth. Moisturizing the skin has many benefits such as it minimizes the appearances of your pores, keeps the skin healthy, glowing and your makeup appears flawlessly. I love neutral shades of makeup and for first time beginners, neutral tones are great for doing your makeup application because it is hard to make a mistake on applying your the products on your lids, crease and water lines. Generally starting out with the lightest color in the inner crease of the eye which is near the bridge of your nose and then working and adding colors in sequence is a great way to start out. You do not have to use the most expensive products to get great results. It is all in the technique of applying and make it precise. When I began my journey initially, I tried products like Cover Girl, Revlon and Wet and Wild. These products are great in their own form. When it comes to makeup, it is all about trial and error. I said this before and I will say it every time I make a post, what works for me may not be what works for you. Our skin type, eye shapes and our genetic makeup will always keep you and I at odds. It is this same uniqueness that makes us who we are, created by God, and wonderfully made. Thank you for tuning in!

MAC Strobe cream
MAC Studio Concealer NC45

MAC Spiked Pencil

MAC NC45 Concealer
MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot
MAC Mythology
MAC All that glitters
MAC Rice Paper
Jordana Fabuliner

MAC Prep and Primer for lips
NYX Hippie Chic matte lipstick 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Facial Moisturizer - La Mer gel and soft cream reviews

Before I provide you with my review of the La Mer moisturizing cream, I want to give you a very brief explanation of how this product came to life.

The history of the La Mer cream - Aerospace physicist, Dr. Max Huber suffered burns in a laboratory accident. Neither medicine nor science offered the benefits he was seeking to transformer the appearance of his skin. Twelve years and 6,000 experiments later he perfected his moisturizer by harvesting sea kelp with vitamins and natural ingredients, Miracle Broth™.

When I think of sea kelp, seaweed, or any other natural mineral produced by this great earth, I go into overdrive because in my mind I'm thinking "this has to be great for my skin". It makes me less hesitant to give it a try. When Aveeno first came on the market, I had to try that. Next thing I knew, I was getting these white spots all over my face and neck. Apparently the soy was giving me an allergic reaction. We as consumers never know what types of products are going to be in agreement with our skin until after we have used it for at least 2-4 weeks at the minimum. That is when I know if a product is working for me or not. For you, it may take more or less time. That is all dependent upon how your body reacts to the product.

Here is my review on this facial moisturizing cream that I have seen so many celebrities rave about in  US Weekly, People, Ebony and InStyle magazines. For those of us who do not want to spend $150.00 on a moisturizing cream, don't worry. I will have a very comparable product to review that is less expensive and pretty much gives you the same results.

When I put the creams on my hand you can immediately notice that the softening cream has a thicker consistency compared to the gel cream. The gel cream although lighter, is better for oily skin as it dries quick to the touch and you can almost feel it tightening the skin also.  The softening cream is definitely for dry skin. The consistency of the softening cream feels as if you're applying your body lotion to your face. Gives the skin an immediate glow minus the glitter-like effect. I placed the softening cream on my cheek and the gel on my forehead. In the photos below, you can see that my forehead was a little red, that is because I do not have oily skin. This could be the reason why it turned red also. The redness didn't last for long and there wasn't any outbreaks, so no allergic reaction either. The softening cream was perfect for my skin type as I have normal skin, (thank you to my parents for those genes) and the softening effect lasts all day, like a long-wear product.

After applying both creams, I let them settle for a few minutes and begin applying my MAC concealer, my MAC pressed powder and then I began my makeup application.  I did not use any skin prep and primer like I normally would use when dressing up my face because I really wanted to see how this product meshed with my MAC cosmetics. I didn't put on any foundation either as I don't wear foundation every day. I loved the soft cream for my skin. The moisture really lasted all day and I as touched my face prior to washing it before bedtime, my face was still silky smooth. The area where I placed the gel was too dry and my skin was a little flaky just in that area.

My overall review is that if you have the means to buy this product and give it a shot without it breaking the bank, by all means get the one that meets your skin type, otherwise, I would try a different moisturizer that is comparable but costs less.  You also can contact the nearest retailer to see if they have sample sizes available and try it to see if it is a match for your skin type. Always, always, always, ask for samples from department stores, or Sephora (in-store). They may not give you a sample that will last 2-4 weeks, but at least you won't have to invest in a high-end product and lose money if it is not compatible with your skin.

This product can be purchased at exclusive department stores such as Bergdoff Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue or Nordstrom. Other locations can be found on their website

Soft cream on the bottom and Gel cream on the top
Gel Cream, Eye Cream, Soft Cream
Gel cream on the left and Soft cream on the right

Gel cream on my forehead, soft cream on my cheek

You can email me and/or comment below. What is your go to moisturizer of choice prior to dressing up your face?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Married to Medicine makeup and madness

This show is extremely addictive. But then again, how many reality shows do you know of that aren't? This is not as predictable as it can get because when I think in terms of doctors and doctor's wives, the first thing that comes to my mind is this show should (and I'm using that term loosely) be classy.Not the case in "Married to Medicine" which is becoming the norm in reality shows that has a supporting cast dominated by women. Shows of this nature further prove that women are catty and will always be catty regardless of the age group. Age does not determine maturity it plainly represents a number, which in the case of the "Black-eye event" should have been reduced by at least a decade. I'm just saying that shows of this nature don't give our youth anything to look forward to in terms of reaching their successful goals and progressing over into a comfy lifestyle; it doesn't promote growth, nor does it promote self-control.

Cat fights do nothing but increase the anxiety amongst our youth and in turn increase traffic to web search engines on brawls, cat fights and hood fights. This is sad if this is what producers and writers find more entertaining because it drives their Nielsen ratings up. Let's face it, no one wants to watch a boring laid back show so why not make it entertaining even if it leans to the left? Nonetheless, I watch these shows to examine their makeup, hairstyles and fashionable looks. That to me is entertaining to watch. Again, this is my opinion. You don't have to like it nor agree with it but I would love to get some feedback on your opinion.

Here are some looks from Mariah, Quad and Toya




Here are my replicas of combining all 3 of their looks together. On top Mariah is wearing a yellow and turquoise eyeshadow. Quad is wearing a mixture of purples and silvers. Toya is wearing yellow and a green liner on the lower lid.

 Products I used for my creative look:
MAC Studio Finish Concealer - NC45
MAC Prep and Prime
MAC Studio Moisture
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
BH Cosmetics eyeshadows - 120 Palette
MAC Copper Blush 
MAC Lip Pencil Subculture
MAC Hue Lipstick
MAC Eyebrow pencil

Photos of Mariah, Quad and Toya are courtesy of Google images
Photos of Dawn (LovurofBeauty) - self

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Neutral bridal makeup look

My videos are not exclusive to makeup. I plan to expand the topics that I will cover in my video uploads.

This is one of many versions that can be achieved on one of the most special days in a bride's life. Neutral looks are classic and never go out of style for any occasion.

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