If you didn't know, I'm a beauty and product junkie, and I will pretty much buy from anyone as long as I like the product, have a use for it, and if it's a decent price; but, I especially love to support black businesses, especially since there can be a shortage of them; and they often discontinue service for one reason or another. Read on for the details.
G.L.A.M. Mink Lashes by Samantha Ann (God's Love Abled Me)
My love of lashes has grown and I kept hearing so much hype about Mink lashes so much that I decided to buy a pair. I heard about Samantha Ann originally on Instagram as a MUA, and then later I learned about her Mink lash line. I bought her most popular lash, Yanni, first. The Yanni lash gives drama to the eyes without being over the top; and the lashes are light weight, with a thin band, and they're easy to work with. The good thing about Mink lashes versus synthetic lashes is that you can reuse them several times (20+ uses), with proper care. I also bought the Diva lash next. I really don't need anymore lashes; but, I'm tempted to buy her other two lash styles, but, I want to wait to use up some of the ones I already have.
|From left to right, lash style Diva and Yanni|
I mentioned in my Glam All Star Voyage post that when I took Alexandra Butler's A Beautiful Face: 103 class, she provided the makeup for us to use. One of the foundations that we used was Black Up cosmetics. I really liked the finish of the Matifying Fluid Foundation that I used, so I decided to buy it. I got shade 4, which is too light for my entire face; so, I have to use a darker shade along along with it. When fall/winter comes, I'll probably be able to use it by itself without combining it.
Jo Michelle Artistry Perpetual Pout Liquid Lipstick
I've also been following Jo Michelle for a while on Instagram & I really like her product line. I bought her Rae stacked lashes a while ago, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on her liquid lipstick. She offers seven different shades ranging from nude to vampy. I bought the shade Dumpling, which is described as a nude shade that is pink in color. Her liquid lipsticks are the truth! They glide on like a lip gloss and dry to a matte finish, they stay on through drinking and eating. I really like these liquid lipsticks; but, as mentioned, I'm going to use up what I have before I buy some more.
|The shade dumpling, when first applied...|
|After it dries...|
Danessa Myricks Enlight Highlighter and Lash Glue
I've been following Pro Artist, Danessa Myricks, work for a while, and I wanted to support her product line. She has a beautiful range of multi-use illuminators, lashes, lash glue and pigments. I bought the Gocha Glow shade, which is described as a duo-tone golden peach. The Gocha Glow gives me a beautiful gold highlight. I really like that her illuminators have the turn-style sifter to distribute just enough product without the messy spills. I also bought her Lock on lash glue (black), which was highly recommended by several artists. This glue is amazing, it dries very quick and locks on immediately. It's the easiest lash glue I've used. It makes wearing lashes so much more easier and quicker to apply. I used to wear lashes two or three times a year, now I wear them weekly...the right lash glue makes a difference!
|Enlight Gocha Glow and Lock on Lash Glue in black|
|Gocha Glow swatched...|
Juvia's Place Masquerade Palette
I heard a lot about Juvia's Place eyeshadow palettes on Instagram, even though, the eyeshadow colors were gorgeous, there was nothing that made me want to buy the palettes until I read several raving reviews; and I thought why not? I bought the Nubian 2 palette and I was hooked, the pigmentation is comparable to high end brands, the eyeshadow pans are larger than normal eyeshadow pans and the ease of working with the shadows is superb. I could not miss out on not getting the Masquerade palette, and I'm glad I did. The Masquerade palette does not disappoint. It features the same larger size eyeshadow pans, It also offers best of the both worlds, neutrals and cooler colors. Now, the Masquerade palette is being offered in a mini palette, it features the same shades but they're the normal pan sizes. Below are the swatches, I swatched without a primer and I only used one swipe so that you can see the true color payoff.
|Explanation explaining the inspiration in creating the palette...|
|From left to right: Chi, Mail, Dalia and Zola|
|From left to right: Makeda, Zobo, Calabar and Bori|
|From left to right: Giza, Burkina, Cairo and Ada|
Have you tried any of these brands? What are the recent beauty products that you've bought?