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Lipstick Haul & Swatches (Pic Heavy)

Sooo... last month in October I went crazy with lipsticks, mind you-I'm a lip gloss girl, so why did I buy new lipsticks when I have about a dozen that I don't wear that much? Beats me, but the real reason is because I wanted to purchase lipsticks from other brands. All of my lipsticks are from Mac so I wanted to broaden my horizons.

Anyway, I bought 1 lipstick from Black Radiance, 1 from Wet n Wild and 2 lipsticks from Iman. It was my first time purchasing these lipsticks from all three brands. I can honestly say that all of the lipsticks were very moisturizing and the color doesn't fade after wearing it for a few hours. The prices ranged from .99 cent to $9.00.


Iman Wild Thing lipstick ($9) pictured below: This is my favorite lipstick right now. The camera doesn't do it justice but it's a plum berry-wine color it's beautiful!


Iman Saffron lipstick ($9) pictured below: This is another gorgeous color. It's a pretty gold color. It looks great alon…

Review of Optimum Care Shampoo and Conditioner

A few months ago I did a post on Essence magazine's Insiders program. For the original post click here. The Insider's program sent me two sets of samples of the new and improved formula of Optimum Care shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair to test and review. I've already sent my comments of the product to the Insider's program but I also wanted to review it here on my blog.

ABOUT MY HAIR
My hair is thick and chemically relaxed with a relaxer. I don't have much split ends but I do have breakage in the middle of my head due to the way I comb it and sometimes that same area gets extremely matted. My stylist is always getting on me about that. So, when I learned that the Optimum Care samples were for damaged hair it really peaked my interest.


PRODUCT CLAIMS
-Replenishing Shampoo: pampers and replenishes hair, providing instant breakage reduction for smoother, stronger, healthier hair.

-Fortifying Conditioner: patented with Dual Strength Complex, a unique combinatio…

Fall Fashion -Boots

I'm not a fan of cold weather but I love Fall/Winter fashion. I have always loved boots every since I can remember. Every Fall season, I always buy at least 2 or 3 new pairs of boots. Here are my favorite shoe boots that I'm wearing now. I actually bought these last year at Bare Feet Shoes, but I really started wearing them this year. I was browsing Bare Feet shoes website today and they still have shoe boots like these in stock and under $35.



They are cut-out, suede with a 2 inch stilletto heel. I love these because I can wear them with dresses, skirts and jeans and they always look good. I saw a couple of pairs of cute boots that I would like to get this week. Stay tuned for the next Fall Fashion post :)

Look of the Day-Plum Loving

This is a look I did about a week ago. It's a simple look and I used plum shadow, liner and blush :)

Products Used
Eyes

-Elf Brow kit in Medium
-Mac Blackground (black-grey) paint pot as a base on my lid
-black eyeshadow from the 88 neutral palette on the entire lid
-plum eyeshadow from the 88 neutral palette in my crease -Mac NC45 Studio Finish concealer as my highlight
-Elf Plum liquid eyeliner in plum on upper lash lines
-Maybelline Volum Express Falsies mascara in black

Face

-Black Opal creme to powder foundation in Rich Caramel
-Mac Vintage Grape (dirty plum-purple) Blush Ombre on cheeks

Lips

-Wet n Wild Chestnut lip liner
-Mac Viva Glam Gaga lipstick (my favorite lipstick right now!)
-Mac clear lip glass

ELF Cosmetics (Review)

*I did this post months ago, don't know why Blogger decided to bump it back to the top-anyway, I still am using these products and loving them!*

ELF Cosmetics (which stands for eyes lips face) is my newest rave in beauty and makeup products. They have everything from makeup, makeup tools and accessories to body products. The best thing about ELF is that most of the cosmetics can be purchased for $1, that includes everything. Why $1? Well, ELF's philosophy is that every woman should look and feel beautiful without sacrificing her budget! When I first heard of ELF I thought "$1 cosmetics probably means that the product quality is not good." Well, I can assure you after using ELF products that you definitely get high quality products, I think that most of their products are comparable to the department store brands of makeup. Their products are so popular that they have been featured in Oprah, Allure, Seventeen magazines and many others. ELF's original line of cosme…

Look of the Day-Autumn Blend

Fall and Autumn are here, I always love the pretty leaves turning colors. When I was little I used to paint pictures of the fall leaves now I just paint faces! The colors that I used in this look are inspired of  the Autumn leaves :)

I've been wanting to use some of my makeup that I don't use that much, so in this look I've used all kinds of makeup brands. I did some practicing with highlighting under my eyes. I also did some contouring around my nose to make it look smaller, but it came out looking like the scarecrow (pointy nose) from Wizard of Oz, lol; so I removed the contour. I also used 5 eye shadows in this look, I normally don't use that many shadows but I was in the mood for color experimenting :) My camera didn't do my foundation any justice at all, and it made my lipstick look to bright, but anyways...here's the look.

PRODUCTS USED

Eyes

-Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Colour Palette ( I used the shadows wet with Mac Fix Plus)
 Aztec Gold inner lid
 Tangerine m…

Foundation for WOC (Women of Color) Revisited Part II (Long)

In part 1 we talked about the top foundation myths that all women have about foundation. This second part is going to feature the foundation brands that are great for women of color and foundation tips from the pros. The great thing about all of these brands is that they are budget friendly. You don't have to break the bank or purse to have a good foundation. These brands are just suggestions, they are tons of other great brands of foundation that look great on women of color but I can only blog about a few, don't limit your choices to just the brands that I've featured here :)

1. Black Opal- If anyone follows celebrity makeup artist, Sam Fine, on twitter he's ALWAYS raving about Black Opal stick foundations, because he talked about it so much I had to try their foundation. I'm not a fan of stick foundations, so I tried their creme to powder foundation, it comes in a mirrored compact with a sponge. The price was only $9.59. After deliberating on the color, I chose …