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Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Two Cents on the Urban Decay Naked2 Palette...


Hello there! .... I've been meaning to talk about the Urban Decay Naked2 Palette since it came out, but I'm just getting around to it.  First of all, when I heard the news of its release...I wasn't too thrilled.  I had JUST bought their original Naked Palette in November, during their Friends and Family Sale, and I wish I knew of this upgrade so I had the option of choosing between the two (in case one was better than the other).  I felt almost cheated...I thought to myself: "I should've known they were up to something when they decided to finally discount the Naked Palette-- a cult favorite"!  It's like buying the iPhone 3 today, only to discover the iPhone 4 is being released next week!  What the hell?? Lol.... Well anyway, what's done is done.

Would it be worth me going ahead and buying the Naked2 despite barely getting the original Naked palette wet?  Click below to find out....

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Makeup Show's PROMOTIONAL EDUCATION TOUR (Coming Soon to NYC)!

The Makeup Show is making Beauty News again with their upcoming Promotional Education Tour in NYC!  What is this all about?  Here's how they describe it: "Now you don’t have to wait until The Makeup Show to meet your favorite artists and gain their insight into areas of the industry from basic application, advanced artistry technique to building your business and beyond."  This 2-day event will feature workshops by celebrity makeup artists James Vincent (Ideal Eyes and The Business of Beauty: Bridal Artistry and Beyond) and Orlando Santiago (Full Day Airbrush – Basics, Bridal, Editorial and HD).  Click below for the exact dates and more info....

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

How to PROPERLY Remove Your Makeup At Night!


How do you remove your makeup before you go to bed at night?  Wait, do you even remove it?? Lol... I know some people use makeup remover wipes, and others will just use their regular face wash and call it a night (never mind the foundation stains left on the white wash cloth after they're finished).  Neither of the two methods are ideal.  Makeup remover wipes can leave unwanted residue....while regular face washes weren't built to go through layers of foundation, powder, concealer, blush etc. before getting to your skin.  Plus, special attention needs to be paid to your eye area, especially if you're wearing longwear/ waterproof eye makeup.  Click below for a better method to PROPERLY remove your makeup.....

Monday, December 19, 2011

BEHIND THE SCENES: Swimwear Shoot with Miss U.S. Virgin Islands!


Happy Monday!  ..... It's been a while since I've done a Behind the Scenes feature, so I'm very happy to finally share another one of my photo shoots with you.  The shoot was organized by Karen De Freitas (designer of SoKa) to present some of her swimwear pieces (and feather earrings as well).  She recruited former Miss US Virgin Islands, Janeisha John, as one  of her models.  Click below for more behind-the-scenes pics!......

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kim Kardashian's Makeup Artist, Mario Dedivanovic, to Host Upcoming NYC Workshop!



Have you guys heard??.....Celeb makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, will be hosting a one-day makeup workshop in NYC... just a few days after ringing in the New Year!  Mario is well known as Kim Kardashian's makeup artist of choice.  If you're a fan of her wedding day makeup look, you have Mario to thank for that as well as scores of some of her most popular red carpet looks.  Click below for the exact date & details for the workshop.....

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I Wrote a Beauty Post for The Savvy Sistah!



Hello Darlings! It's me again! ....Just wanted to let you know I wrote a beauty post for The Savvy Sistah, a lifestyle blog for women of color run by former Miss Black Illinois, Roshonda Payne.  I suggest 5 awesome beauty products to keep you looking your best during this HOLIDAY PARTY SEASON Click below for the link.....

REVIEW: Revlon ColorStay Foundation

Hey Chicas! I know Revlon ColorStay Makeup has been reviewed a bazillion, trillion times, but I can't help but share my enthusiasm for this product as well!   This foundation is hands-down one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES...like ever!  I will have mini affairs and secret rendez-vous with all kinds of other foundations (yes, I can be a product whore), but I always come back to my one true love....because it never fails me.  You've seen me wear it in quite a few of my Look of the Day posts (like Summertime Barbie Pink Lips or the one I wrote surrounding this year's Fashion's Night Out NYC)...I just can't get enough!   Here are the 6 REASONS WHY I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION so much + the ONE FAULT that I find ......

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My Kissable Couture Haul & (Super Honest) Review *Swatches and Pics Included*



So this past weekend was my first time trying out Kissable Couture (a line of lip glosses co-created by celebrity makeup artist, AJ Crimson).  I purchased it as part of my Holiday Pop-Up Shop haul, though I had no intention of buying any lip glosses at all.  What coerced me into picking up a couple of these items was seeing AJ Crimson's seminar in which he used Kissable Couture in "Fantasies" (an intense red) to instantly glamorize his model's look.  I was immediately sold.  I bought two products: the aforementioned gloss in "Fantasies" and the Kissable Couture Smooches I Mini Lip Gloss Set

Now I've gotta be honest, I wasn't as thrilled with the mini lip gloss set as I was with the individual gloss in Fantasies....so this review will be a "mixed bag," if you will.   

CLICK BELOW FOR MY HONEST REVIEW, PICS, SWATCHES + MORE!....

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Celebrity Makeup Artist, AJ Crimson's, Pop-Up Shop Seminar!


The Makeup Show's Holiday Pop-Up Shop was not only an opportunity to get pro-discounts on popular cosmetic brands, but also to witness certain makeup masters at work....such as celebrity makeup artist, AJ Crimson!  I was looking forward to seeing him live, up-close, and in color, as I recently began watching his YouTube videos online.  If you don't know who he is....AJ Crimson has worked with celebs such as Fergie, Keri Hilson, Estelle, Brandy, Amerie, Letoya Luckett and the list goes on!  Check out these highlights from AJ's seminar (PHOTOS included)...

Monday, December 5, 2011

What I Bought At the Makeup Show's 2011 Holiday Pop-Up Shop!


Hey there lovelies!  Remember a few weeks ago when I posted about The Makeup Show's upcoming Holiday Pop-Up Shop?  Well it happened this past weekend in NYC, and I was certainly in attendance!  Let me tell you....I spent waaaay more than I had planned to!  Check out the items I purchased below (prices listed)....

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