Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Neutral Pop of Melon LOTD

Hey, Dolls

Here is a look I did last week using some of the new techniques that I learned on the Glam All-Star voyage (that post is forthcoming). It's a neutral look with a pop of Melon pigment that I won from a giveaway thanks to Sheer Beauty's blog! I haven't used Mac eye shadows in a while, so; this look features all Mac shadows.

-Mac Spiked brow pencil

-Lorac Behind the Scenes eyeshadow primer
-Mac Arena e/s as highlight color
-Mac Saddle e/s as transition color
-Mac Folie e/s as crease color
-Mac Melon pigment on lid
-Wet n Wild Fergie creme line in Little Black dress
-Kara lashes #213
-Drugstore lash glue

-Smashbox Photo Primer
-La Girls Pro concealer in Fawn under eyes/face
-Mac Prep + Prime highlighter pen in peach lustre around mouth
-Black Opal True Color Pore Perfecting foundation in Truly Topaz
-Ben Nye Dolce powder
-Missy Lynn palette (the two darker brown eye shadows for my cheek contour)
-Missy Lynn palette (the gold highlighter for my cheek highlight)

-Mac Cork lip liner
-Mac Verve lipstick

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

5 Products I thought I wouldn't like but I love! (Mini Review)

Hey, Dolls!

Here are five products that I bought thinking that they would disappoint...but I've used them and found uses for them; and will definitely buy again. This is a mini review, so I will make this quick and to the point.

1. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash  

I've tried several cleansers for acne and none of them really did what they claim. I tried this because it was oil free but I really didn't think it would do the job. It's a really good cleanser; and after using it, my breakouts are very rare. I broke out several times a week (regularly) before using this cleanser and since using it my breakouts are months apart; and when they come they don't stay around at all...they are gone in a day or two. It's made with salicylic acid that treats breakouts and prevents new breakouts from forming. 

2. Missy Lynn Eyeshadow and Baked Highlighters Palette

I follow Missy Lynn on You Tube and Instagram and saw her promoting her palette and I really, really was not going to buy it because I have so many palettes. After seeing pics and swatches of the highlighters, I had to get them. The highlighters are very pigmented, they rival all other highlighters that I have in my collection that are high end AND this palette is less than $15 while most of the high end highlighters cost anywhere from $20-$50 for (1) highlighter. 

I initially got the palette to use for the highlighters, but; I decided to try the eyeshadows for contouring. The darker reddish-brown color on the top right is perfect for contouring the face; the lighter brown color on the second row is great for subtle contouring on the face. This is a must-have palette for me, (even if you just want the highlighters) it's one of the palettes that I take with me when I travel. 

3. Ben Nye Dolce Powder

I use Ben Nye powders in my kit and I decided to keep this one for myself because the shade matches me so well. I love it! It's cheap ($10) and it keeps my face matte. Sometimes when applying powders after foundation the powder can make the foundation appear darker than it really is...I don't have the problem when using this powder because it aids the foundation to stay true to color. I was using the Mac Studio Care Blend pressed powder (religiously), but now I have found a less inexpensive and comparable alternative. 

4. Mac Haute and Naughty Mascara (Waterproof)

Smaller wand for defined lashes
Bigger wand for voluminous, dramatic lashes

I bought this as a recommendation from a Mac employee because I have an issue with my mascara smudging under my eyes. She suggested I purchase this in the waterproof version. I didn't think much of it; but, I was pleasantly surprised. It's long-wearing and smudge proof. I love that it has two wands, one for defined lashes and the other for voluminous, thick lashes. I used the smaller wand the most for the defined lashes because it gets out all of the clumps to give you precise and defined lashes. 

5. Mac Prep + Prime Highlighter Pen in Peach Luster

I bought this to use as highlighter for my face when I highlight and contour but it didn't do the job as a highlighter (for me). The shade is in peach luster, but, it's more orange than peach. I really planned on returning it... one day I decided to use it as a corrector to cancel out the darkness around my mouth and from acne scarring. 

I discovered that it works excellent as a corrector! I apply it before foundation or sometimes after and then I add concealer or another layer of foundation. It completely cancels out all of the darkness and the "mustache" halo around my mouth. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

GLAM All-Star Voyage: Makeup Cruise!

Guess who will be on vacation cruising to Jamaica and Cayman Islands while taking makeup classes from some of the most talented makeup artists in the business? Me!!!

I will be attending the first of the GLAM All-Star Voyage cruises. Sometime ago, I wrote a post on my blog about attending Alexandra Butler's makeup class a few years ago. I have been following her and the other artists on Instagram and You Tube and was very excited that they announced this makeup cruise together, earlier in the year!

It's a five day cruise and classes are available to take on the cruise, at a reduced rate. I will be attending two classes by Lauren Nicely. I normally take at least a couple makeup classes a year; and since I did not attend The Makeup Show this year, I am eagerly awaiting this cruise (not to mention that I need a vacation)!

My plan is to write a few posts on the classes that I'm going to take and the activities that were available for the makeup attendees when I get back. There will be two more cruises offered from the GLAM All-Star Voyage sailing from Los Angelas and Galveston, Texas. If you're interested in sailing, click here.

Black Opal: True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation Review

As of late, I've have been loving this foundation. I have gotten a tan, and this prompted me to buy a new foundation matching my new shade. The color that I bought is Truly Topaz and probably in the Fall/Winter I will be back to my Heavenly Honey shade. I've used Black Opal foundations before, and I figured I would give this new one a try. Read on for my thoughts.


"Keep them guessing with picture poreless skin. This lightweight, oil-free liquid foundation seamlessly blends to provide flawless coverage with a high definition finish. Exclusive poreless technology helps minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, controls excess oil and renews skin natural radiance. Oil, fragrance and paraben-free formula. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive."


-Inexpensive, it's $10.95 online and retails anywhere between $12-$13 in stores.
-Light to medium coverage, this is a pro for those who have relatively clear skin.
-The coverage is buildable.
-Available in a variety of shades, especially for women of color.
-Good for acne prone skin, as it is oil free.
-The foundation comes with a pump to squeeze out just what you need.
-A little goes a long way to give you a nice, even flawless canvas.


-Isn't water/tear resistant.


As usual, all foundations longevity are improved with using a primer first. I have used this foundation without a primer several times and it has lasted me throughout a full day. It has a beautiful, natural, matte finish that isn't too dry looking and not overly's the perfect balance. Even though it has a matte finish, powder is still needed to set it and to prevent it from looking shiny midday.

The coverage is light to medium, if you have hyper-pigmentation like myself, you will need to build the coverage. On most days, (when I'm in a hurry before I go to work) I apply (1) layer of it and then use powder, and it looks like my skin but just more even. When I have extra time, I apply (2) layers and use concealer and I have a completely flawless face.

As with all Black Opal foundations (in my experience) the undertones of the colors have the right balance. I have yellow undertones in my skin, and this shade matches perfectly to my undertones with no hint of beige or red. Of course, their other shades in this foundation offer a variety of shades with red and beige undertones.

My only gripe with this foundation is that it is not water/tear resistant. My eyes always water in the morning; and when I wear this foundation you can always see where the tear has traveled on my face because of it not being water resistant. So, if you are a crier or have allergies or watery eyes, bring the bottle with you for touch ups.



Would I recommend this product? Yes
Would I buy this product again?   Definitely, I plan on buying a few shades for my makeup kit!

Shade Comparisons

-Mac NC44 (Fall/Winter) NC45 (Summer)
-Makeup Forever HD 173
-AJ Crimson Cream foundation 4 and 4.5
-Maybelline Fit Me 320
-Black Opal Heavenly Honey or Rich Caramel (Fall/Winter)
-L'oreal True Match 6.5