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FOTD: Zeta Love

18 Jan

“I looked out over the ocean. I looked out over the sea. I saw some blue & white, it was shining so bright, I heard it call out to me…”

To commemorate 92 years of service, scholarship, sisterly love & finer womanhood, I decided to to a royal blue & pure white FOTD. S/O to my sorors! I hope you had a Zetalicious Founder’s Day!

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (inner two-thirds of my lower eyelid) & Black Bean (outer v)

SHADOW: I applied matte white e/s (from the Wet N Wild Pride palette) to the innermost portion of my lower lid, stopping right before the outer v. Next I applied Milani Baked e/s in “Blue My Mind” to the outer v & blended that into the crease. After that, I used both aqua & cerulean shades of blue from the Black Radiance Retro Chic palette to blend the royal blue into the white, creating the gradation effect. Then I used 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 with Wet N Wild cream liner in black & my waterline with Sephora waterproof cream liner in The Deep End. I also used Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Undereye Concealer (in CA8010 for light to medium complexions).

CHEEKS: Ulta single e/s in “Sparks” on the hollows of my cheeks

LIPS: Carmex + Lancome Color Design lipstick in Trendy Mauve

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

Stay tuned for a video tutorial of this look…

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FOTD: Mystique

9 Jan

If you’re not familiar with the X-Men comic book series, this look may not make sense to you, but because I enjoy exposing you to awesome things… I’d like to introduce you to Mystique (or Raven Darkhölme), the infamous shape-shifter of the X-Men franchise. Like most of my FOTDs, this was meant to be my interpretation of her overall look. Mystique’s mutation enables her body’s cells to morph at will. She impersonates other people from their hair, to their clothes, to the sound of their voice. They say a pic is worth a thousand words, so this is what she looks like in her natural form. If you haven’t seen them already, I HIGHLY recommend that you check out the X-Men movies. In addition to being entertaining, they’re also socially relevant; dealing with topics such as political unrest, patriotism, discrimination, diversity, terrorism, anti-semitism, loyalty & honor. Enough of that, let’s talk makeup…

 

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I applied matte navy blue e/s, from the WNW Pride palette, to the inner & outer corners of my lower eyelid. Then I used a frosty, lime green e/s to cover the center of my lower eyelid. I used matte peach e/s (WNW Greed palette) to highlight my brow bone area. For a pop of color, I used my pencil brush to apply NYX Ultra Pearl Mania e/s in Jade under my lower lashes.

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

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

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

Stay tuned for a video tutorial of this look…

FOTD: Tis the season…

21 Dec

This is me practicing my surprised face for Christmas morning…

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I covered the inner third of my lower eyelid in matte white e/s from the Wet N Wild Pride palette that I’m finally getting around to using. I blended the white e/s into a red mica powder that I made myself (using ingredients from CoastalScents.com). I call it “Red Hot”!!! Next I used my crease brush to apply matte grassy green e/s (Shany 120 palette) to the crease area. This wasn’t dramatic enough for me, so I used my pencil brush to apply my favorite shimmery, dark green e/s (Wet N Wild Snow Sprite palette) along the border between the red & green, to cut the crease a little harder. I used a clean brush to blend the green into my brow bone area & then applied matte peach e/s (from the Wet N Wild Greed palette) to my brow bone.

  

OTHER DETAILS… I used Wet N Wild Arch Envy brow wax & 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 with Wet N Wild cream liner in black & Wet N Wild pencil in white on my waterline. I used a pencil brush to smudge green mica powder just below the waterline. I also made this e/s using products from Coastal Scents. I call it “Envy Me.”

CHEEKS: Ulta single e/s in “Sparks” on the hollows of my cheeks

LIPS: Carmex + L’Oreal H.I.P. lip gloss in Inviting

FACE: Nada

Stay tuned for a video tutorial of this look…

You thought I was gonna post “Deck the Halls” didntcha? PSYCHE! This song is waaay better. It gets you in the Christmas mood, even if it’s 70° & pouring rain outside! SN: Have I ever told y’all how in love I am with Brian McKnight? He’s my old man crush! 😉 ENJOY…

I almost forgot… Shout out to my FB friends, who also helped me name this FOTD.  Thanks for all the input, feedback & support! *SMOOCHES*

FOTD: 80s Baby!!!

12 Dec

It’s flashback time! What did you love about the 80s? My favorite 80s phenomena (in no particular order) are:

  • NEON COLORS (obviously)
  • Molly Ringwald movies
  • Pre-surgical Michael
  • Pre-crack Whitney
  • Slouch socks!!!
  • Stirrup leggings
  • Ghostbusters
  • Fast Times @ Ridgemont High
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Prince
  • Fat Luther

Ahhh… as fun as that was, I know you didn’t come here to reminisce, so let’s talk about makeup! 🙂 For this look I used NYX Cosmetics Ultra Pearl Mania in Orange Zest Pearl… NOT to be confused with Orange Pearl (see Thanksgiving FOTD). They appear similar but Orange Pearl (left) is a coppery, metallic orange, whereas Orange Zest is (right) a peachy orange speckled w/ gold glitter. Orange Zest is very sparkly w/ TONS of glitter fallout. The fallout doesn’t bother me enough not to wear it, but if you’re wearing a full face that day (concealer, foundation, etc.), you might wanna do your eyes first. NOTE: Milk was used as a base for these swatches, but they are extremely pigmented, so any flesh-colored base would work just as well.

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I covered my entire lower eyelid in NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Orange Zest Pearl. I used my crease brush to apply matte fuchsia e/s to the crease & blended that upwards into matte peach e/s (Wet N Wild Greed palette). Finally I used matte plum purple e/s (from the Wet N Wild Lust palette) to deepen my outer v.

   

OTHER DETAILS… I used Wet N Wild Arch Envy brow wax & 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 & waterline with”The Deep End” waterproof cream liner by Sephora. I also used Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Undereye Concealer (in CA8010for light to medium complexions).

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

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

LIPS: Carmex + L’Oreal H.I.P. lip gloss in Inviting

What are your favorite 80s moments/ trends/ music/ phenomena?

Thanksgiving FOTD

25 Nov

I haven’t done an Autumn inspired FOTD yet, so I felt that Thanksgiving was the perfect opportunity to embrace the colors of this season… ENJOY!

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PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I covered my entire lower eyelid in NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Orange pearl. To create the cut crease, I used my pencil brush to draw a line along the crease of my eyelid in shimmery, dark green e/s (from the Wet N Wild Snow Sprite palette). Then I used my Coastal Scents Italian badger hair crease brush to blend that line & fade the dark green e/s into a lighter shimmery green (Verdigris by Ulta). Finally I used matte camel e/s (from the Wet N Wild Vanity palette) to highlight my brow bone.

   

OTHER DETAILS… I used Wet N Wild Arch Envy brow wax & 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 “green shimmer”.  I also used Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Undereye Concealer (in CA8010 for light to medium complexions).

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

CHEEKS: Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey

LIPS: E.O.S. Honeysuckle Honeydew lip balm + Liplicious lip gloss in Brown Sugar

Product Review & FOTD: Frigid

23 Nov
Frigid, by Urban Decay
  • Price: 3 out of 5
  • Packaging: 5 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 5 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 5 stars

I am GEEKED about this eyeshadow! Frigid, by Urban Decay, was part of my birthday stuff from Sephora. I would describe this shadow as a deep, royal purple with a slight metallic sheen. Because it’s a blue-toned purple, it can appear purple OR navy, depending on what other colors you pair it with. I reduced some points for price because I feel that $18 is a lot to spend on ONE e/s. However, I gave the packaging 5 stars because it has its own mirror inside & it features Urban Decay’s signature graffiti. I’ve heard a few people complain that the package is hard to open, but I consider that a bonus. After all, I don’t want to damage or spill any of my $18 e/s, LOL! In terms of efficacy, Frigid gets 5 stars because the color is very pigmented, yet blend-able & long-lasting. I recommend this e/s to you for the following reasons:

  • You cannot find this shade of purple @ your local drugstore. Trust me, I’ve looked! 😉
  • It might cost a grip, but it’s very pigmented, so you don’t have to use much to make a statement. Which means it will last you a really long time.
  • I’ve said it a million times, but I’ll say it again: Purple looks good on everyone, regardless of your eye color.
  • (Although this was a gift) I would definitely buy it again.

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PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo pencil in Milk

SHADOW: Coastal Scents sells raw ingredients, which enables you to make your own cosmetic products at home. Having said that, Sham’s Purple Punch (SPP for short) is a blend of Metallic Pixie Purple mica powder, Amethyst mica powder & Manganese Violet pigment. I covered the inner third of my lower lid in SPP c/o Coastal Scents. I blended that into Frigid by Urban Decay, which I applied to my outer v. Next I used matte peach e/s from the Wet N Wild Greed palette on my brow bone & matte pastel pink on my tearducts.

 

OTHER DETAILS… I used Wet N Wild Arch Envy eyebrow duo in brunette & CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows. Then I used Maybelline Falsies mascara in blackest black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline using Ruby Kisses HD gel liner in Teal Shimmer. I also used Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Undereye Concealer (in CA8010 for light to medium complexions).

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

LIPS:  E.O.S. lip balm + Maybelline Shiny-Licious lip gloss in Peach Sortbet

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

FOTD: Mean Green

22 Nov

So I’m a little behind on my faces of the day… blame it on intense holiday preparations. Mama had me working like a Hebrew slave this past weekend, LOL! But we are ready for Thanksgiving! How about you?

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo pencil in Rocky Mountain Green

SHADOW: I covered my entire lower lid in teal green e/s (frost finish) from the Shany Cosmetics 120 palette. Then I applied Java Bean (a shimmery brown e/s) by Milani along my crease & blended it upwards. Next I used matte peach e/s from the Wet N Wild Greed palette on my brow bone. I also added a touch of matte dark purple to my outer v for added depth.

OTHER DETAILS… I used Wet N Wild Arch Envy eyebrow duo in brunette & CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows. Then I used Maybelline Falsies mascara in blackest black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline using Wet N Wild cream liner in black. I also applied Wet N Wild eyeliner pencil in turquoise along my lower lashline & applied the same frosty teal & dark purple (from my eyelid) to my under eye. Then I used Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Undereye Concealer (in CA8010 for light to medium complexions).

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

LIPS:  E.O.S. lip balm + Maybelline Shiny-Licious lip gloss in Peach Sortbet

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

Tutorial: Smoky blue w/ a twist

13 Nov

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Tutorial: Brown Smoky FOTD

8 Nov

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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…