3.18.2014

Most Used Palettes (Right Now)

Lately I've been really loving working from eye shadow palettes, they make getting ready easy and take the guess work out of choosing colors. For me a good palette should have complementary colors to achieve a few different looks, as well as a mix of finishes and textures.  

These are the ones I've been loving the most so far.

 
1. Lorac Pro Palette
 I wrote about this palette about a year ago and it STILL is my favorite palette ever. It's neutral but has a bit of color, day and night time looks, great quality shadows and the packaging is so sleek and simple. If you don't have this 'what are you waiting on?' 

2. Anastasia Catwalk Palette 
If I'm being honest I was drawn to this because of the animal print and happily discovered it was not only pretty but also  useful. I would call this a smoky eye neutral palette but you definitely can use this for day time use. 

3. MAC Cosmetics Custom Quad
I created this palette for everyday use and I'm happy with the colors I chose.  Ricepaper (brow color) Woodwinked (lid color) Espresso ( outer V) Saddle (crease color)
Whenever I'm in a rush or just want to do a quick eye look this is what I use. 

4. Kat Von D Ladybird Palette 
If you didn't know I'm a sucker for matte shadows, and when I saw this palette I knew I had to have it. The shadows are  very pigmented but they are powdery and need to be applied with a primer or base. Otherwise I like the colors especially the orange shade. 

5. Anastasia Lavish Palette
The highly sort after Lavish palette certainly lives up to the hype. Being that this was Anastasia's first eye shadow palette I think she really did a good job with the quality of it. You can really achieve any look with this palette and again the packaging sure is pretty. 

6. Charlotte Ronson Nicole Palette
So since I always keep it real with y'all...I only got this because it's my name *hangs head in shame* 
I know it's superficial but tell me you wouldn't do the same...Exactly! 
Anyhow turns out it was not a purchase in vain because I love the coppery, bronzey colors of this palette. Cannot wait for summer nights and a tan to wear this more. 

7. Makeup Forever Technicolor 
Granted the quality of this palette was a fail for MUFE, however I still adore the bright colors and I def use the brown, beige & black often. It's some what difficult to work with the texture of these shadows but once you get the hang of it it's not so bad. Great for fun bright spring/summer looks! 

8. MAC Cosmetics Devil May Dare
Found this gem on a blogsale and was so glad I was able to get my hands on it. This was released in the Magic, Mirth & Mischief collection for Holiday 2009 so finding it now was a major score. I've used it pretty much every other day since I got it. The pink and purple shade are so nice on my skin tone that it's making me consider getting the Naked 3 :) 



That's it my most used palettes right now. I have been on a palette buying spree so look forward for an updated list in the near future. 

Smooches ��


10.03.2013

September Favorites

Im back with another monthly favorite post. Last month I didn't do one because I hardly wore makeup and I didn't have enought products to justify a post. So here are my favs from both August & September :) 

                    
        

1. Nuance Mineral Foundation Deep 240
 I have had this foundation for months but lately its been my go to powder foundation for the days when I wanna keep it light and simple. This makeup line by Salma Hayek and is sold at CVS and I can honestly say I will repurchase over and over.  

Rating: A

2. Revlon Custom Eyes Mascara
 I typically use 2-3 mascaras at a time because my natural lashes are pathetic, so when it comes mascaras I'm always up for trying new ones. I got this one because it has a twist dial on the brush that switches from length & drama to length & definition, although it isn't great with length it does give good definition. 
    
Rating: B+

3. Robanda Oxygen Boost Night Cream
Kinda stumbled on this moisturizer while strolling the aisles of TJ Maxx. I am in the process of amping up my skincare routine and introducing more serums and night creams is my first step. The main reason why I went for this one was the oxygen boost factor as well as containing ingredients like organic aloe vera, shea butter, vitamin c, ginger, jojoba, mandarin orange and loads of plant derivatives. So far its been working well I won't know for another few weeks if its a keeper or not but its def a fav right now. 

Rating: A

4. MAC All of My Purple Life Lipglass
If you have been reading blogs for as long as I have, you certainly must know Patrice of Afrobella.com, she paved the way for brown bloggers and is still very much on top of the game. Well a couple years back MAC did a collection where top bloggers got a chance to create their own eye shadow or lipglass. Patrice, a fellow Trinidadian and purple lover, created this gorgeous purple lipglass and set the internet ablaze when it sold out in days and had everyone signing petitions to bring it back. This is my all time fav lipglass and sadly I'm on my last tube with what seems like no chance of ever getting another :(  if there's a makeup God MAC would come to their senses and repromote this beautiful color.  

Rating: A++

5. Burberry Weekend Eau de Parfum
A lovely scent for everyday use but as the name suggests its has a laid back 'weekend' vibe. I love that its soft but long lasting and now that its allegry season for me, it doesn't bother my sinuses.

Rating: A

6. L'oreal Quad in Canyon Stone 
As I mentioned I haven't been wearing much makeup the last month or so but when I did want a polished look I found myself reaching for this quad. This quad is great for looking like you put effort into your makeup without the work, I can use 2 colors or all 4 for a more 'done' eye look. Another plus, the darkest brown doubles as brow powder. 

Rating: A

7. MAC Select Cover Up Concealer NW45 
I've had this concealer for a year now and its finally on its last leg. I love this because all you need is a drop to cover blemish scars or under eye circles. My simple routine as of late is to cover any discoloration then go over the entire face with the Nuance powder. Less than 3 minutes and I have an even, matte complexion...Love It! 

Rating: A

8. Pro FX Quick Dry Top Coat
This has replaced the cult fave Seche Vite in my book, which quite frankly for the price doesn' t contain the best ingredients AND always got super thick half way thru the bottle. I picked this up from Walmart for about $5, its salon size and is a great top coat for an at home manicure. I'm halfway thru it and the consistency is the same, only con I see is  it doesn't dry as fast as seche vite but it keeps my manicure fresh for 5-6 days. 

Rating: B+

9. Revlon Nail Enamel Plum Night 799
For me dark nails are year round but generally its more suitable for cooler months. This blackened plum would look great on any skintone, the formula is creamy and opaque and its seems to be chip resistant because it lasted a full week with only minor chipping at the tips.

Rating: A

10. MAC Tribalist Lipstick
I was so happy that I found this color for a reasonable price. First off the packaging is amaze and the blackberry color is right on trend. I have be wearing the life out this color in September.

Rating: A

Bonus: 
My food favorite if the month has to be Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha Frappe (without the mocha), it is out for a limited time so try it before its gone. 

Until Next Time,
Smooches*

10.01.2013

FOTD: Hello October!

As the weather turns I'm slowly but surely transitioning into fall mode. Pumpkin flavored everything LoL, apple picking, raking leaves and my all time fave hot chocolate! 
 

Face:
Neutrogena Shine Control Primer
MAC Select Cover Up NW45
Nuance Mineral Foundation Deep

Eyes:
Wet n Wild Brow Lliner Dark Brown 
Nuance Brow Kit Brown 
Lorac Pro Palette 
 -Nude-Mauve-Sable-Black
Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara
Kiss Lashes 03 
Jordana Eye Liner Black 

Cheeks:
MAC Loverush blush
NARS Albatross 
 
Lips: 
NYX Prune lip liner
MAC All Of My Purple Life  




Until Next Time 
Smooches* 

9.27.2013

Fall Trend Alert: Vampy Lips


As you may already know, one of the hottest trends for Fall 2013 is berry toned / dark lips paired with a clean face and little to no eye makeup. This 'trend' has been my go-to look during the cooler months so I have a few colors that would be great for this season. 

  
                     {Left - Right}
MAC Firm Form, MAC Grey Friday, Wet n Wild 919B, MAC Smoked Purple, MAC Yung Rapunzel, Rimmel Kate 04, Revlon Va Va Violet, MAC Dramatic Encounter, MAC Tribalist, CoverGirl Queen Fine Wine 



 Vampy lips is not for the faint of heart, so  if you're not particularly comfortable wearing dark lip colors opt for berry and oxblood colored nails or accessories! 
 

Until Next Time
SMOOCHES*





                  


 

8.04.2013

July Favorites: Super Late -_-

It's unbelievable to me how fast these months are going by. I feel like I just did June favs and here we are again, another month, another set of  favorite beauty items. Lets get started: 


1. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
 I am a HUGE fan of Revlon's foundations because they're great quality and offer many shades for women of color.  When I ran out of my beloved Revlon PhotoReady HD I went to get another but unfortunately or fortunately I guess, they didn't have my shade in stock. I didn't even think twice about picking up this new foundation from them because they never disappoint. I love how perfect this is for the warmer months because it is super light weight and like the name implies its like your skin is naked. It doesn't cake up, it lasts all day (with primer) and the color is an exact match for me. I love it and will most definitely repurchase this again. 

Rating: A++

2. Ardell Fashion Lashes, Wispies
These lashes have changed my life. And yes I'm being dramatic! But they are the shiznit... I will never use another lash brand or style again. Well I don't know about ever but I will always have a pair of these in stock. I don't even feel like I'm wearing falsies with these. They are everything and more. 

Rating: A+

3. Clarisonic Mia 2 
I got this for Mother's Day from my hubby and it should've been on every fav list I made since then but I needed to give it a couple months to make sure it was real lol. After the first 2 weeks of 'purging' my skin has been flawless ever since. The texture has been smoother and softer and I feel like my products are working better now because they  penetrate into my skin better. Even my makeup application is better! It is pricey but so worth the investment, there are things I don't mind spending a lot of money on and skin care is one if them. 

Rating: A++ 
 
3a/b. PeterThomasRoth Anti-aging Cleansing Gel & Laser-Free Regenerator 
 I had to include these two items that came with my Clarisonic Mia 2 because I know they have helped make a significant difference along with the Clarisonic. This is my first experience with PTR although I've heard many great things about the line before. The cleanser is good and I would buy it again but the star of the show is the regenerator, which is a moisturizer that is a gel-cream consistency. It took me a while to get used to because it is deifferent from anything I've used before. I apply it at night after washing my face and the next morning I swear my skin is glowing, soft and supple and just perfect. Whenever I don't use it I notice my skin goes back to being dull and lackluster. So at a hefty price tag of $68 (for the full size) I'm gonna bite the bullet and keep using this baby. 

Rating: A+

4. Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
If you are my friend and knew about the awesomeness of Lush but never told me, shame on you for being a bad friend. Technically I started using this at the end of July but it deserves a place on this list because it's AWESOME. I picked up 2 soaps and I will be trying some skincare products next.

Rating: A

5. M.A.C Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Double Definition 
Skinfinishes are my favorite item produced by MAC they are so pretty and work on all skintones. This color is a beautiful highlight color and gives a beautiful glow to the face, and since it has two tones you get to use the colors separately or mixed together. 

Rating: A

6. M.A.C Archie's Girls Spoiled Rich Quad 
I normally don't wear eyeshadow during the summer but this month I kept reaching for this purple quad. Purple is a universal color that will look good on everybody but for those with brown eyes purple is the way to go. This quad offers all the colors you would need for a basic purple smokey eye or a full on purple look. Last time I checked it was still available on maccosmetics.com. 

Rating: B+

7. Essie Play Date 
Lets just say this has been on my toes and nails for the majority of the month. I've had this polish for a year now but I fell head over heels in love with it this month. It just makes me happy to look down at my feet and see this lovely shade of purple. Sense a theme: I warned you a few posts back that I love purple. 

Rating: A+

8. Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel
Decided to try this instead of my usual Eco Styler Olive Oil and I must say I am impressed. It is alcohol free and doesn't flake, if used liberally, and  works great on my kinky curly hair as well as my daughters loose spiral curls.

Rating: A

9. Elf daily brush cleaner  
First let me say, I don't care for the scent of this, however, I do like how well it cleans my brushes in between washes. I took it with me on vacation to spot clean my brushes and it was effective even on my foundation brush. For $3 at Target I can live with the smell because it does fade after several minutes.

Rating: B+

10. M.A.C Hot Chocolate Lipstick
No words can express my love affair with this lipstick, which is funny because at first I didn't like it. In the tube it isn't the most appealing color but when applied it is a mauve-toned neutral that looks great without looking like you're trying too hard.  Since my lips are naturally pigmented I need a dark toned neutral and this one is the perfect match. Of course it is limited edition but lucky me I found one at my CCO so I can use this one as often as I please now that I have a backup. 

Rating: A+ 

Bonus: 
I wanted to include a food fav of the month: S'mores
The perfect summer's night treat that will satisfy the biggest sweet tooth. 
  
              Play Date on my toes

Until next time
Smooches *

7.18.2013

Affordable Brand: Revlon


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks  




(Matte):Nude Attitude, Pink Pout, Smoked Peach, (Creme):Mink, Coralberry, Siren
 
These are my neutral shades that are quick to put on. I keep these in my  purse for touch ups or a color change. However, the first 3 that are matte formula required a bit more 'work' as they can look chalky if you apply too much. Quick fix; line the entire lip area first, dap the color on instead of swiping and top with a clear gloss. Good to go!

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(Frost) Amethyst Smoke, (Pearl) Wild Orchid, Fuchsia Fusion, (Creme) Berry Haute, (Pearl) Violet Frenzy,(Creme) Fire & Ice
 
This group are my Summer colors and as you can see Berry Haute is my favorite of the bunch. It is said to be similar to MAC's Up the Amp which I never got because I already have this. 

Amethyst Smoke is from the Moon Drops line, they come in the green tube. I don't really care for that formula because it smells like grandma perfume while the others don't have a scent


****Fun Fact: Fire and Ice was originally  launched in 1952 with a matching nail polish and is still available today.  It
is an orange toned red that I think will look great on everybody which is probably why it's still around****

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(Matte) Wine Not, (Creme) Chocoliscious, Black Cherry, Va Va Violet 

This last bunch are my Fall/ Winter colors I love them all because they remind me of Lauryn Hill in the 90's. Va Va Violet is my go to color in the Fall, I even have an extra one just in case they decide to discontinue the shade, it seriously is an amazing color. 

Thats all for now another example of affordable lipsticks that are similar to higher quality brands. Hope you give them a try because you will not be disappointed. 

Until next time, 
*smooches 

7.02.2013

June Favorites

It's that time again... My most used beauty items in the month of June. I honestly had a hard time keeping the list short so I had to choose my TOP 10 items:

1. Milk of Magnesia
> I don't know who the genius was to discover using MOM as a primer but whoever you are my oily skin thanks you from the bottom of its oily pores. 
Rating: A++ 

2. MAC Bare My Soul Quad
> I have been reaching for this quad all month long. You can create various looks or simply use each shade alone. 
Rating: A+

3. MAC Pro long wear paint pot Eclair 
> This is a perfect bronze color for days when I don't want to do too much on my eyes, I grab this, put it on my lids add mascara or lashes and go! AND it lasts all day long. 
Rating: A+

4. Too Faced Shadow Insurance 
> Although I own quite a few eye shadow primers this one is my fav. You don't need much and it makes my shadows last even on hot & humid days. 
Rating: A

5. Magic Bonding Glue 
> It has been years since I've worn a weave or used bonding glue in my hair so I have a few bottles collecting dust, so I'm happy to have found an alternate use. First let me give a disclaimer: FOR PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY & NOT MEANT FOR USE ON THE EYES! 
I started using bonding glue as lash glue and I am in love. I probably will never use traditional lash glue again. It does not irritate my eyes, it has amazing hold and the black color gives the lashes a more natural look. 
Rating: A+ 

6. E.L.F Powder Brush
> This brush is a must have! It is called powder brush but I like to use it for liquid foundation. It makes blending a dream and gives an airbrushed finish. For only $3 it's cheap and effective. 
Rating: B+ 

7. E.L.F Small Stipple Brush 
> I had to include this even though I got it mid-June because it's already a fav. For blending concealer or applying highlight or even for foundation this brush is a work horse with all of it's uses. And again for $3 you have to give it up to E.L.F. 
Rating: A

8. MAC Ripe For Love Blush
> I posted my haul from Temperature Rising last month, and have had a chance to experiment with all the products. Next to the quad, this blush is the stand out of the entire collection. It has a highlighting effect to it that is just gorgeous, and its peach shade is suitable for every complexion. 
Rating: A+

9. The Balm Betty Lou-Manizer 
> It took me some time to put this baby to use, but now that I've had some time to play with it I regret not using it before. It can be used as eye shadow, highlight or bronzer depending on your skintone.
Rating: B+

10. Juicy Couture Duo Rollerball 
> Because of my indecisiveness I could not choose between Viva La Juicy and Viva La Juicy Fleur so I got this rollerball with both. They are both great summer scents, I'm not going to try to describe them just know its a best seller for a reason. 
Rating: A+

I had a few more but I'll save those for next month. 

Until next time
*smooches 
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