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FOTD: Classic Makeup

30 Dec

 Sometimes you just wanna wear makeup without looking extremely made up. This is one of those looks…

SAM_03922The key to pulling off your own classic makeup look is to find neutral eyeshadows that complement your skin tone. Whether you’re ivory, caramel or mahogany complected, look for shadows that are within 2 shades of YOUR foundation or pressed powder. Use a combination of lighter & darker colors to create depth on your eyelid. Hey! If you prefer, you can even use your pressed powder as an eyeshadow. And finish does matter! While there’s nothing wrong with using frosty and/or shimmery shadows to re-create this FOTD, I believe that eyeshadows with matte finish will produce the most natural-looking results.  They tend to give you that airbrushed, flawless look that will make people question whether or not you’re wearing makeup. *cues Beyoncé* Here’s what I did to create my classic FOTD…

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FOTD & Review of TBN Blackened Violet

8 Dec

SAM_0373Two Christmases ago I purchased a few samples from The Body Needs’ Blackened Collection. I’m not a huge smoky eye girl, so I’m just now getting around to using them. I opted for loose shadow, but TBN also sells BV pressed into a 26mm pan or a “crush pot” – NOT to be confused with Coastal Scents’ “hot pots,” LOL! The sample size costs about $2 and is about 1/2 tablespoon of loose e/s encased in a 0.5 gram sifter jar. This is the perfect size for someone who is interested, but not willing to make a commitment to the full size product.

What’s interesting about BV is that it takes on a different cast depending on what color base you use underneath the pigment. See for yourself…

swatches of blackened violet over NYX jumbo pencils

swatches of blackened violet over black, red & white bases (using NYX jumbo pencils) – NO FLASH

Although the price & packaging of Blackened Violet are great, I was pretty underwhelmed by the actual performance of the product. I felt that I had to pack it on to get a decent color payoff and found that it had a lot of fallout.The color is so dark that you’ll need makeup remover or a wet wipe to keep from looking like you have dark circles under your eye or you got TKO’ed last night! I also discovered that blending out Blackened Violet will remove most of the shimmer, which is what makes it so pretty in the swatches on my hand. I even used a metallic base to help the shimmer translate, but the finished product was quite demure. For that reason, this s e/s was a fail for me (Overall score: 4). But if you’re in the market for a blackish-purplish e/s with a little bit of shimmer, then this may be the one for you. *kanye shrug* ONTO the FOTD…


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Tutorial: Smoky blue w/ a twist

13 Nov

Click here to read the FOTD…

FOTD: Smoky blue with a twist…

5 Nov

This look is very similar to the Starry Eyed Girl FOTD. I was really disappointed by Vicky’s Secret e/s I used in that look, so I wanted to try it again using different products. Besides, I needed to use my NEW Wet N Wild Pride palette (from the September Beauty Acquisitions video). I plan to do a few looks with it before I give a formal product review. So far it’s good, but I’m not  surprised; WNW Cosmetics really stepped their game up with the Color Icon collection. I hope y’all are in the mood for some blues & greens… LEGGO!

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: Grayish-blue cream shadow (via Claire’s 24 palette) & NYX Jumbo pencil in Yellow on my tearducts

SHADOW: I covered my lower eyelid & crease (excluding my tearducts) in shimmery navy blue e/s from the Wet N Wild Pride palette. I used Canary Yellow mica powder by Coastal Scents to brighten my tearducts &  cerulean blue (satin finish) e/s from the Black Radiance Retro Chic palette to brighten the center of my eyelids. Then I applied matte camel e/s to my brow bone (WNW Vanity palette) & matte black from the WNW Greed palette to darken my outer v.


OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows. Maybelline Volume Express “Falsies” Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline with Wet n Wild cream eyeliner in black & my waterline with Ruby Kisses HD gel liner in teal.

CHEEKS: I used Ulta single e/s in “Sparks” on the hollows of my cheeks &  CoverGirl e/s in Meltdown Mauve on the apples of my cheeks.

LIPS: Wet N Wild Mega Last Lip color in Sand Storm (913C) + Maybelline Shiny-Licious Lip Gloss in Peach Sorbet

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

Stay tuned for a video tutorial of this look…

FOTD: Inspired by Halloween

31 Oct

Muah-haha haaa! *in my diabolical LAUGH*

My coworkers decided that we would dress up for Halloween, so I actually wore this to work. I think my clients were at least mildly amused by our shenanigans, LOL. I rarely celebrate Halloween, but it was fun getting dressed up this year. I even bought candy for a whopping six Trick-Or-Treaters! *whomp whomp* ONTO THE MAKEUP…

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

SHADOW:I covered my entire lower eyelid in a shimmery orange e/s from the Shany Cosmetics 120 palette. To create the cut crease, I drew a line along the crease of my eyelid using a black eyeliner pencil. Continue reading

FOTD: 27 & loving it!

24 Oct

This weekend my bestie took me to Sephora & bought me some awesome goodies! Of course I had to debut at least one of them in my birthday FOTD… Sephora cream liner in Electric Teal!

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: Copper colored cream shadow from Claire’s 24 palette

SHADOW: I covered my entire lower eyelid in a shimmery orange e/s from the Shany Cosmetics 120 palette. Then I used matte brown e/s from the Coffee Shop e/s quad by CoverGirl to darken my crease & outer v. Finally I used matte peach e/s, from the Wet N Wild Greed palette, to highlight my brow bone & tearducts. Continue reading

FOTD: QueenB’s African Sahara

17 Oct

This FOTD was inspired by the late, great QueenB, who passed away earlier this year. Her looks were impeccable & she will be missed! Click here to watch her African Sahara tutorial video.

PRIMER: NYX High Def e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Yellow

SHADOW: I covered my lower lid in Coastal Scents’ Canary Yellow mica powder. Using my Sonia Kashuk large crease brush, I applied orange e/s (Shany Cosmetics 120 palette) from my crease to just below my brow bone. Then I went back in with a smaller brush (Coastal Scents Italian badger crease brush) & applied matte dark brown e/s (Wet N Wild Vanity palette) to the inner crease, to create a distinct boundary between the yellow & orange eyeshadows. Then I used matte camel to fade the orange e/s into my brow bone & frosty champagne e/s to highlight the arches of my eyebrows (also from WNW Vanity). I lined my lower lashline with Wet N Wild eyeliner pencil in cool green, then I used a pencil brush to apply matte, grassy green e/s & set the liner. Continue reading

FOTD: My Funny Valentine

6 Oct

This is the perfect look for Valentine’s Day… too bad it’s October! I don’t think I’ve ever worn pink & peach this way, but I like it 🙂 Oddly enough, my mother didn’t like this Face of the Day. She said the dark pink & blackened purple on my outer v made my eyelids appear bruised. LOL, A MESS!!!

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I covered my entire lower lid in matte peach e/s from the Wet N Wild Greed palette. To create the cut crease, I drew a line along the crease of my eyelid using my Coastal Scents Italian badger crease brush *LOVES* & matte, pinkish-burgundy e/s from the Shany Cosmetics 120 palette. I applied matte, blackened purple e/s (from the Wet N Wild Lust palette) to the corner of my outer v using my pencil brush & matte peach (same as before) to my brow bone using my Avon ergonomic large e/s brush. Finally I used my Sonia Kashuk large crease brush to blend the pink into the peach along my brow bone. Continue reading

Weekend shenanigans & FOTD: All kinds of devilment

19 Sep

Hey Glams! I hope y’all had as good a weekend as I did! I kicked it with my sorors from Alabama State University. The university hosted a block party Friday night to kickoff construction on the new Hornet Stadium & on Saturday we tailgated w/ my frat brothers for ASU’s first home game… GREAT FUN!!!

…one of my friends gave birth to this beautiful baby 🙂

…and on a somber note, Auburn lost to Clemson *sniff sniff* But I still love my Tigers! WDE BABY!!!

CONFESSION: I did this FOTD about 2 and a half months ago, but reality television programming & general laziness prevented me from showing it to you. Continue reading

Product Haul: NYX Cosmetics

2 Sep

IDK if you remember, but about 3 months ago I ordered some goodies from NYX Cosmetics during their epic anniversary sale. Now that I’ve had several opportunities to use them, I would like to report my findings…

NYX High Definition Eyeshadow Base

  • Price: 5 out of 5
  • Packaging: 4 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 4 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 4 stars

My comments:  This product costs $7 (I paid $3.50 on sale). In comparison to “high-end” e/s primers, such as Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance (which both cost about $18), I feel that NYX HD e/s base can definitely hold its own, at a fraction of the price!!! Continue reading