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FOTD: Sneaky Peach

31 May

PRIMER: Coastal Scents Shadow Worx matte e/s primer

BASE: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce & Tangy (tangerine orange cream shadow)

SHADOW: I applied matte peach (from the Wet N Wild Greed palette) e/s to the tearduct area & inner half of my lower lid. Then I blended the peach into light tangerine (from the Coastal Scents Hot Pots palette). To create the cut crease, I used a pencil brush to apply matte dark brown (from the WNW Vanity palette) along my crease. Then I used my Sonia Kashuk large blending brush to fade the dark brown upward into my brow area. I used matte camel (also from the WNW Vanity palette) to highlight my brow bone.

  

OTHER DETAILS… I used matte blackened purple e/s from the WNW Lust palette to fill in my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my lashes. I defined my upper & lower lashline using Wet N Wild cream liner in black.

LIPS: WNW glassy gloss lip gel in “Mow the Glass”

CHEEKS: Nada

FACE: Nada

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Miahsje’s Senior Prom & FOTD

28 Apr

This pic of my cousins & I was taken about 2 years ago at Stone Mountain, Georgia during one of our legendary girl weekends.

I generally refer to them as my little cousins, but I’ve recently come to realize that Miahsje ain’t little no mo’! I’m not sure how someone can simultaneously be sad & proud, but that’s the best way I know to describe what I’m feeling right now. MiMi is one of the great loves of my life, so when she asked me to come help her get ready for her senior prom, I gassed up the whip & rode out. I wanted to share the family moment w/ y’all but I knew this post would be picture-heavy, so check out this video…

PRIMER: Mary Kay eye primer

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: To coordinate with MiMi’s royal blue dress, I wanted to create a blue smoky eye. I started by applying Milani’s Blue My Mind e/s to the majority of her outer lower eyelid. For a pop of color, I added matte, hot pink e/s (from the Shany 120 palette) to her inner corner.  After blending that out, I used matte camel e/s (from the Wet N Wild Vanity palette) to cover her brow bone area. Then I went back in w/ my pencil brush & applied a frosty champagne colored e/s just below the arch of her eyebrow for added drama (@ her mother’s request, LOL).

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to fill in Miahsje’s eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on her lashes. I used Wet N Wild cream liner in black to define her upper lashline & Ruby Kisses HD gel liner in Teal Shimmer on her waterline.

FACE: I primed her skin using Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer & applied a light dusting of Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep.

Tutorial: Hello Kitty FOTD

23 Mar

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FOTD: Low Key

18 Mar

I’m slowly making my way to using the rest of my CS Hot Pots palette…

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Yellow

SHADOW: First I applied in Oatmeal Tan (camel) to my lower eyelid. I used my Sonia Kashuk large crease brush to accent my crease w/ Neon Red (pinkish-red) & Maroon Berry (burgundy) on my outer v.

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline using Wet N Wild cream liner in black. For a pop of color, I used a pencil brush to apply Milani e/s in Blue My Mind along my waterline.

CHEEKS: Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

LIPS: Carmex + Estee Lauder lip gloss in Rose

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

17 Mar

Top o the mornin’ to ya!

Y’all know me well enough to know that there’s no way I could pass up an opportunity to celebrate my favorite color!!! For your viewing pleasure & a bit of Irish inspiration, I have compiled a few of my favorite green looks from past FOTDs. Click the pictures for details on each look.

FOTD: Rolling in the deep

6 Mar

This look incorporates three of my favorite things in life: blues, greens & the all important CUT CREASE! Enjoy… 🙂

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I applied matte green e/s (from the Wet N Wild Pride palette) over the my entire lower eyelid. To create the cut crease, I used my pencil brush to draw a line of matte navy blue e/s along my crease (Pride palette). I highlighted my brow bone area w/ matte peach e/s (from the WNW Greed palette) & used my Sonia Kashuk large crease brush to blend the blue into the peach. I used the sparkly white (Pride palette) to highlight the inner corner of my eyelids.

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline using Wet N Wild cream liner in black.

CHEEKS: Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

LIPS: Lancome Color Design lipstick in Trendy Mauve + Maybelline Shine Sensational lip gloss in Peach Sorbet

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Hey Giovanni!

I washed, conditioned, detangled & air-dried my hair prior to twisting. I made about 18 twists using Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk. These pics are of my 2nd day hair.

FOTD: Peacocky

28 Feb

Did you just have a feathergasm? LOL… Me too!

  

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: L’Oreal H.I.P. cream liner in Teal

SHADOW: All e/s used in this look come from my Coastal Scents Hot Pots palette (shown above).I applied Brandeis Blue (frosty cerulean w/ purple iridescence) to the center of my lower lid. Then I used my Sonia Kashuk large crease brush to apply Shamrock Green (matte teal) to the inner corner & outer v. After blending the blues & greens, I applied Oatmeal Tan (matte camel) to my browbone area.

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline using Wet N Wild cream liner in black & my waterline with Wet N Wild eyeliner pencil in white.

CHEEKS: Ulta single e/s in “Sparks” on the hollows of my cheeks & Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey on the apples.

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

LIPS: Lancome Color Design lipstick in Trendy Mauve + Maybelline Shine Sensational lip gloss in Peach Sorbet

FOTD: Hello Kitty

21 Feb

Hey Glams!

    My friend Nisha suggested this color palette a few months ago. It’s been awhile since I did a cartoon-themed look, so I figured February was the perfect time to try a Hello Kitty look. The little girl in me wanted to don Fuchsia Fever lipstick that day, but the adult in me decided to play it safe & go with Trendy Mauve, so that way cut crease can get the attention it deserves, LOL! Enjoy…

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I applied matte white e/s (from the Wet N Wild Pride palette) over the inner two-thirds of my lower eyelid. Then I applied matte hot pink (from the Shany 120 palette) to my outer v area. Then I went back in with a lighter shade of pink to help blend the hot pink into the white e/s.  To create the cut crease, I used my pencil brush to draw a line of matte black e/s along my crease (WNW Greed palette). I used my Sonia Kashuk large crease brush to blend the black into matte peach e/s on my brow bone (also WNW Greed).

 

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined the inner rim of my waterline with Wet N Wild eyeliner in white & used Wet N Wild cream liner in black on my upper lashline & outer waterline.

CHEEKS: Ulta single e/s in “Sparks” on the hollows of my cheeks & Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey on the apples.

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

LIPS: Lancome Color Design lipstick in Trendy Mauve + CO Bigelow lip gloss in Pink Mint

Stay tuned for the tutorial video

Weekend shenanigans & FOTD: Soft Sable

13 Feb

I went to the movies & had dinner at Panera Bread Co with my mama (she’s the best)! I absolutely LOVE scary movies, so we saw The Woman in Black. My thoughts? It wasn’t nearly as scary as it could or should have been (hence the rating of PG-13) *YAWN* As I sat in the theater munching on my contraband trail mix (because movie theater snacks are ridiculously expensive & high in both fat & sodium) I noticed that there was an overabundance of people half my age, giggling, play-fighting & playing musical chairs all up in the theater. What the &*%@?! We purposefully attended the matinée show to take advantage of the lower-priced tickets & the vacant stadium seating, but no… the darn TEENAGERS were there to see their beloved Harry Potter all grown up. I feel so old right now. *SIGHS* Anyway, I’ve been experimenting with smoky eyes lately & this is what I came up with…Subtlety is not my strong suit, but today’s look is a simple, dark brown smoky eye. The flash from my camera made the brown appear lighter than it did in person. This is a more accurate depiction. My shiny happy wig is the result of finger coils, created using KCKT & organic extra virgin coconut oil. Do you see those 2 twists on the right side? That hair WILL. NOT. COIL. I don’t know why, but no amount of  baby talk, gel, water, kind words, conditioner, oil or sweet nothings will make that hair curl. *WHOMP WHOMP*

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I applied matte dark brown from the Wet N Wild Vanity palette over my entire lower eyelid. On my crease I used matte brown from the CoverGirl Coffee Shop palette (a slightly lighter shade than the first one). For a softer, more natural look, I used Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep on my brow bone.

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline with Wet N Wild cream liner in black.

CHEEKS: Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

LIPS: E.O.S. Honeysuckle Honeydew lip balm+ Lancome Color Design lipstick in Trendy Mauve

FOTD & Product Review: Spoiled Brat

12 Feb

If you’re looking for a festive (but not outrageous) makeup look for a hot date with your sweetie, please consider…

Click here to watch the video tutorial!

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadow in Pomegranate Punk (burgundy w/ gold sparkles)

SHADOW: I applied magenta e/s over my entire lower eyelid & smudged a bit of sparkly black e/s into the outer v to create a smoky look (both colors from the WNW Spoiled Brat palette). Then I used my pencil brush to apply frosty silver e/s (also Spoiled Brat) to the inner corners of my eyelids & matte peach e/s (WNW Greed palette) to highlight my brow bone area.

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline with Wet N Wild cream liner in black.

LIPS: Maybelline Shine Sensational lip gloss in Peach Sorbet

CHEEKS & FACE: Nada

Product Review

Price:            1   2   3   4   5   6   7    ●   9

Packaging:   1   2   3   4   ●   6   7   8   9

Efficacy:       1   2   3   4   5   ●   7   8   9

        Overall score: 6

The Wet N Wild Spoiled Brat trio consists of a frost-finish silver, a matte-finish black w/ silver glitter & a magenta-colored e/s in a satin finish.  Although I did not personally purchase this palette (it was a gift), it only costs $3! And that’s the regular price… what a steal! I have nothing good or bad to say about the packaging (hence the score of 5). In terms of efficacy I could only muster a 6. Why? You can get sparkly black or frosty silver e/s just about anywhere, but the promise of pink is what draws most people to purchase this palette. Ironically, the pink one was the poorest performing shadow of this trio. It’s less pigmented than the other shadows, it shows up darker than it appears in the pan & it has a lot of fallout during application. I’m not saying that it’s not worth buying… just don’t expect to be amazed by this pink. The black & silver e/s are both very pigmented, so I would recommend this palette. However if you already own these three colors there’s no need purchase Spoiled Brat.

Swatched on top of NYX Milk pencil (flash photography)