Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Have You Tried This Yet? Sean John Empress Fragrance


Besides cosmetics I am a lover of all things fragrance.  I believe that the next best thing to having a great face is to always have a pleasant scent, they're both complementary, you could have one without the other but why smell bad but look good, makes no sense, right?  Right.  I obsess over the next great scent and I admire fragrance collections held by men and women, especially older women.  Older women just seem to know what type of scent exudes class, sexiness, and mystery.  Anytime that I can take a spray at my mother's collection I make sure that I'm taking notes so I know just what to look for the next time I'm at the counter. 
Today I bring you an eau de parfum that has kept me immersed in grandiose thoughts of power, want that same feeling?  Here it goes.....

Sean John Empress has been on the scene since the summer of 2011 and I was so excited to get the female counterpart to I Am King, the cologne for men in the same line.  I always thought that I Am King was delectable on a man and before it was released I knew I had to have it.  Luckily for me while I was in DC for the summer my "connect" got it for me about a week earlier than its expected release date.  I almost didn't want to wear it because it was so pretty and smelled so intriguing, but alas, I must.

The sizes available are 1.7 ounces and 3.4 ounces ranging from $45 to $70 at high end retailers, such as Macy's, Nordstrom, and Dillard's, typical, nothing new here.  I got the 1.7 ounces since I'm trying to be reasonable in my usage.  It does have a pop top, pop top meaning that you can just pop it off in order to expose the spray button to use.  The packaging is simple but pretty epic, I'm a sucker for gold packaging and this is no different.

Now for the smell, this is where it gets complicated.  How does one describe a scent??  Well, let's just say this, the smell is powerful, not powerful in the sense that it smells too strong, oh no, powerful in that when you walk into a room people will realize it and want to flock to you.  Men will eagerly follow the route to you to talk to you.  Women will stop their conversations in order to find out who you are.  Kids will be alarmed and remain silent when you pass.  Yup, it's THAT serious.  It's a sexy demure that comes with this perfume and that alone is reason to get one for yourself.

The fragrance notes consist of vanilla, sandalwood, and peony, all that contribute to an oriental fragrance, the types that I normally go for.  If you're a fan of these kinds of scents, go for it and get you a bottle or two ;).  Valentine's Day is around the corner.......here's a way to feel even sexier when you're out on your date.  

What do you say?  Yay or Nay? 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Kid on the Block--Maybelline 24 Hour Tattoo Eyeshadow


By now I'm sure you've heard of these babies and I am no different.  When they first came out I was interested but as they started to pop up on my favorite bloggers sites I became even more interested and got one, then I got two, then that lead me to getting one more.  That's really not how I wanted it to be but when you go to 5 Walgreens, 2 CVS' and a WalMart (not on the same day) because every stand has been ramsacked then it happens. :(

Needless to say I'm happy with the ones I have and I'm still contemplating on whether I should get two more, Audacious Asphalt and Too Cool, if you have those let me know if I should get them in the comments :). 

There's not much to say about these yet because I have yet to use them on my lids, that'll change this week and I'll let you all know how it goes.  I have heard them being compared to MAC's paint pots, we'll see......that's a loud claim that I'm skeptical about. 

Enough of the yapping, here are the goods:

Left to Right: Painted Purple, Tough As Taupe, Bold Gold, Fierce & Tangy
Upon swatching I do notice that these are really creamy, no scents, and are kind of hard to wipe off, I guess that's why they're 24 hours tattoos.  I'm with it! 

Do you see any colors that suit your fancy?  My favorite is Tough as Taupe!  :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What's Blacker than Black?


It's hump day again and you know what that means! :)

This week I decided to go for a universally flattering nail color-black.  I forgot just how simple and chic this color is on the nails, what makes it even better is if it's REALLY black.  In the past, I would always use what you may call a "pale" black.  What I mean by this is that it would never be a true black but instead a very streaky and thin black.  Well, that was years ago before I knew any better and now I'm here to tell you that I've seen the light, and it is super!

The nail color is from the Wet N Wild Fast Dry Line available at Walgreens.  Within one stroke of this polish I knew that this would be love.  Turns out that this is supposed to dry faster than other polishes in their nail polish lines.  I really can't vouch for that since I've only tried this one and because I ALWAYS give my nails up to 30 minutes to dry.

The name is kind of strange though.  I mean I get it but then again I don't.  Ebony can also be used when referring to the color Black.  But where in the world did 'Ebony Hates Chris' come from Wet N Wild?!  Not that it matters but it is an educated observation, lol.  It took me two coats to get this opacity, no streaks, nada.  I did notice that it gets clumpy during application and that required that I shake it in between coats.  I'm not a fan of thick polish but hey, I have a simple remedy for that (post coming soon).  ;)

To switch things up a bit I opted to go for silver tips this week.  For this I used Milani's Nail Art in 'Art of Silver'.  Super easy way to add a twist onto the basic solid nail color.  I think it came out great.  And if you were wondering, CVS is having a BOGO 1/2 off sale for some Milani products this week.

There it goes for the week ladies!  What say you??  Yay or Nay?

*I was not compensated for this post and the items featured were purchased by me with my own funds.  I am not a representative of this company or its brand.*

Friday, January 20, 2012

Gimme Those Lips Milani!


Thank goodness it's Friday!  I really hope that you ladies enjoyed this week and did all that you could to make it worthwhile.  Now on to the deets of the day.  How many of you love a good lip?  I mean a bangin' lip?  Don't be shy, because I've got five lip colors that you will GAG for honey!  After this post you'll be strolling up and down your local drugstore trying to look for these colors for you, your mama, AND your cousins too!  Shout-outs to OutKast!  There I go, off on a tandem......

The lip colors that I've come to share with you all are from Milani Cosmetics, a cosmetics brand that I have fallen in love with over the past year and a half.  I was first introduced to Milani Cosmetics when I was a freshman in high school using their XL Bronzer in Half Tan as an all over face powder.  Since then I have restocked about three times, it's THAT big.  Hey, go big or go home!

Now these lipsticks are nothing short of amazing, they are all creamy and very pigmented, and for those of you that like a creamy finish, yeah, they've got that too.  And to make things better I would venture to say that out of the five about three of them are dupes for some of your favorite MAC lipsticks. SCORE!

On to the topic at hand:

First off, let us talk about this packaging.  I'm in love, I love gold packaging.  :)  It is sturdy and reminds me of a luxury brand packaging with the Milani imprint and the matte and shiny combination.  Job well done Milani!  On the bottom is a sticker with the name of the color that is also the color of the lipstick.

Look at all that goodness!  But wait, there's more.  Here are the swatches:

Rose Hip is definitely one of my favorites because of its opacity.  One swipe will literally give you the coverage that you need and more than one will give you those pouty and bright lips if you're of that bold nature.  ;)  This color doesn't stain and even if it did, I wouldn't mind.  It lasts about three hours on me before I need to reapply.  I have heard it being compared to MAC's Petals & Peacocks from the Liberty of London collection which is limited edition.  Here are swatches and reviews courtesy of Temptalia.
Milani-Rose Hip
Creamy Cocoa is my least favorite because it is so frosty.  However, I do find that it works beautifully as a layering color for orange lipsticks.  It lasts for up to three hours as well.  From the top of my head I would say that this can compare to MAC's O, though O does seem more bronzey in appearance.
Milani-Creamy Cocoa
Magenta Madness is a lovely color, of course I may be biased as purple is one of my favorite lipstick colors to wear.  This swatch is a very good representation of the color as I feel it picks up the duochhrome aspect to it.  I can pick up a hint of blue which makes well for a great layering effect or just a great bold lip!  This one stains out of all and leaves a raspberry color on your lips as a result.  I would say a great dupe for this is MAC's Violetta, I have to see it for myself though, I guess we all know what post is coming up next.  LOL
Milani Magenta Madness
Mandarina is a gorgeous color!  In case you didn't know orange is always hot for the spring and summer months, so if you're trying to get a jump start on your spring makeup arsenal go on and purchase this color.  This lasts for three hours before it begins to fade.  This color can be a little streaky upon application but to remedy that issue I usually use a towel to blot and then reapply - problem solved.  I would compare this to MAC's Morange and Neon Orange.
And last but certainly not least is Grape-Tini, I purchased this one on error because I thought it was Madly Magenta, when it came in the mail instead of returning it I figured it'd be used like a tinted lip balm.  As you can see the color is very light and more glossy than the others (I had to swipe alot before getting it to this color).  It lasts for about an hour before it fades out, the color isn't too bad but let's keep in mind that I prefer bolder lip colors and I'm not too fond of sheer colors.  If you are of the latter mindset purchase this, it has tiny flecks of gold in it that I think make the color stand out a little more.
For the price and the pigmentation I would definitely recommend these lip colors to the masses!  They typically will run you between $5 and $7 whether you get them from Milani's website, Cherry Culture, or your local drugstore.  I do look forward to purchasing some more in the future because of their performance.  There was a slight synthetic scent when I first got them but I don't smell it anymore. It could be because I've gotten used to the smell or that it has disappeared.  I thought that you all should know that.

So what do you think?  Yay or Nay?  Tell me in the comments!

*All these were purchased by me with my own funds and I am NOT being compensated for this post.*

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Emeralds Can Be a Girl's *New* Best Friend


How many times have you heard "diamonds are a girls' best friend"?  Well, move over diamonds, emeralds are taking over.  Uh...........not quite, emeralds are pretty but I like my diamonds.  LOL  If you're like me and can't afford either you can always settle on Emerald Express from the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color line.  I happened on this nail color while at my local Target, lucky for me they were on clearance for $2!!!!  I picked up seven colors, five for me and two for ma dukes.  ; )   Now, you already know that I stan for Sally Hansen nail colors and this one is no different, especially this time since it has a jewel tone/almost duochrome effect.

Here it is:

Isn't she pretty?  Sally Hansen takes the cake this week with a gorgeous emerald green jewel polish.  I will say that I did expect to see some blue on my nails as I can see some blue in the bottle.  :/   I still love the color!  If these are still available, I'd say go out and get you one, or two, or several!  : )   Check your Targets first just in case the clearance sale is still going on otherwise I'm definite you can find these at your local drugstore.

What do you think?  Yay or Nay?  Tell me in the comments!

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Low Key Obsession with Face Primers--Revlon Edition


I'm pretty sure that if you ask any person that is obsessed with makeup that they will be able to tell you what product that they just can't get enough of, no matter the brand, consistency or its effectiveness--they just must have more of it.  Now, obsessing over makeup is one thing but fawning over a particular makeup product is another.  This product is normally the product that we consistently sought out despite our growing collection and will always continue to go after it.  Mines happens to be face primer.  Let me explain....

When I first started out with makeup I never wore face primer because I figured that there was no use to it.  That was until I was introduced to the powers of Milk of Magnesia (that's another post) and I was hooked.  The use of face primer aids in neutralizing the face palette for even distribution of foundation or powder and it can also prompt you to use less foundation because it will go on smoother with it.  At the current time of this post I have about six primers in my possession and I'm sure it will continue to grow once I find the "next best face primer." 

A couple of weeks ago I trekked to my nearest Ulta for no particular reason (this is how I end up spending money that I shouldn't) since I was in the area I figured, "Hey! Why not!?"  While browsing through the aisles I noticed a new product from Revlon--a face primer!  Needless to say I was getting not one but TWO since it was buy one, get one half off.  One is a color correcting primer and the other a perfecting primer.  The purpose of a color correcting primer is to neutralize any discoloration or hyperpigmentation of the skin before applying makeup or when used alone in addition to what it is already supposed to do.  The perfecting primer is supposed to diminish the appearance of pores and fine lines.

Hmmmmm......I know you're wondering, what do they look like and are they good? 

Take a look:

Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer

Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer
Side by Side

As you can probably see the correcting primer is pink (on the left) and the perfecting primer is white (on the right).

Here are some swatches of the products:

Straight out of the tube
Product rubbed onto the skin
I think it does a really good job so far.  If you are already familiar with Revlon PhotoReady products, in particular the foundation, then you know that there are tiny shimmer apparent and these primers are no different.  It isn't a problem for me especially since you can't see it as you can tell in the above photo.  It does leave a matte finish other than the light shimmer and DOES NOT leave a white cast on your face.  Something that is almost typical in face primers but seems to be changing in the beauty industry.  The price is fairly reasonable coming in at $12.99 but with a BOGO and the usual coupons from Ulta you can have each for about $8 apiece.  These are also available at your local drugstore.

I have worn the perfecting primer only once but I want to wear it longer and come back with a more thorough review.  Expect the same with the color correcting primer as well.  : )  I hope that you all find some use for this post as you go out and venture on finding your favorite primer.

*These products were purchased by me and these opinions are mine.*

What do you think?  Yay or Nay?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Petra Can’t Get Any Better Than This!

Get it?  No?  Hey, well, I’m laughing. LOL 

Today I come to you with a new nail color, Zoya-Petra, now this one is definitely a fall color for those days when you want the color wrapped around your coffee mug to really make a fashion statement.  When I first looked at the color in the bottle I figured that it would be a grey colored finish but to my surprise it turned out to be a mixture of colors.  On the nails it looks more like a bluish-grayish color and add a little bit of purple when the sun or a camera flash hits it.  I love colors like this because it adds dimension, perhaps making stubble fingers look longer and leaner.  

With Camera Flash

Natural Light

Petra is from Zoya’s Smoke Collection from fall 2011, so I’m pretty sure that you can still purchase this at your favorite nail polish retailer.  I was gifted Petra from a blogger friend of mine that shall remain unnamed for fear that yall go and ask for your own Petra!  LOL  

It took me two coats to achieve this cream finish and I am thoroughly pleased with the outcome.  I used China Glaze Top Coat for the glossy finish.  

What do you think about this gorgeous fall color, ladies?  Yay or Nay?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

How To Remove Cotton Stubble from your Cardigans

Ever purchased a brand new cardigan, you wear it once or twice, then you have to wash it and then BAM!  You’re left with the dreaded cotton stubble under the arm and along the sides.  This cotton stubble can also result from you carrying your purse, how could a necessary item cause so much unnecessary outcomes?  Life and times of women.  Well, I’ve found a solution for that problem.  Take a look see at what I’ve come up with.

Items that you will need:
Lint Roller

Stubby Cardigan

Shaving Razor  
This technique is REALLY simple, all you have to do is lay the cardigan on a flat and hard surface, take the shaving razor and with short strokes "shave" the cotton stubble off.  In between doing this you take the lint roller to remove the stubble off.  Don't  be surprised if you find some of the cotton gets on you, just shake your shirt and you will be fine.  :)   

Now here's how my cardigan came out after the work:

And there's an easy and simple way to eliminate the fuzz.  I hope this helps you all, any questions?  Let me know in the comments! 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Looking for "That Glow"? Orange Blush has got you Covered!

I am really excited to come to you all with a post that I’ve been eager to create since starting this blog!  This post is going to have swatches and descriptions of a few of my favorite blushes, they all happen to be orange!  LOL  Orange blushes, particularly for women of color can be a “game changer” in makeup.  Do you want to look refreshed?  Orange blush can do that.  Do you want to look dewy?  Orange blush can do that.  Do you want to look like you have a luminescent glow coming from within?  Orange blush can do that too!  Take a seat with your favorite tea and let’s take a look see.

Up first is a Rock & Republic contrived pressed blush named ‘Immoral’. This blush is a definite matte orange with absolutely no shimmer which I love!  The powder is very smooth and easy to pick up with when my EcoTools blush brush glides over it.  Many people say that a little goes a long way which is true in this case, but in my case I normally have to pack on the color because I want you to see the color.  Of course you can go lightly and still maintain that healthy glow but I prefer more oomph with my blush.  In my opinion this matte blush gives you that clean and never overdone look when applied correctly.  The packaging is very luxurious embossed with the Rock & Republic logo that the company is known for.  I no longer have the case that it comes with but that was pretty dope as well, it fit snug in the space provided for the compact.  This blush also comes with a mirror which can come in handy when you’re on the go.  This blush lasts for while too, I can remember wearing this blush from 8 AM and still seeing it at 6 PM, the color wasn’t as strong at 6PM but the color was still apparent.   These blushes usually will set you back $40 at retail but you can find this blush for 50% less than retail when it goes on sale on Hautelook.  Not a member?  Click here.

Next we have the women of color cult classic ‘Taj Mahal’ by NARS.  Forget about what people have told you about Orgasm, this right here is thee ticket!  Typically I don’t go for a blush with a lot of shimmer but this happens to be one of the few exceptions.  It’s orange but with a incandescent feel to it.  I guess you can call it shimmer but I call it euphoric, it isn’t chunky in the least bit and applies smoothly across the skin.  What I also like about this blush is the fact that you can also use it as an eye shadow if your heart desires.  Heck, you could even use it as a highlighter to go over a matte blush, see the possibilities?  The packaging is sleek and has a velvet texture to it minus the velvet!   That sneaky Francois Nars!  It’s thin which makes it easy to carry in your makeup bag and also comes with a mirror for convenience on the go.  If you are looking for longevity NARS is known for its staying power and heavy pigmentation.  Do yourself a favor and go and cop this ladies, you can thank me later.  A bit pricey at $27, it is well worth it, might I also mention that it is only available online via Sephora.com, NARScosmetics.com, and drugstore.com.

One of my favorites to use as a base before applying orange blush or on the days when I go makeup free I apply NYX ‘Orange’ cream blush.  I prefer using this as a base because alone it doesn’t seem to last as long, maybe getting a solid three hours of wear alone.  It has a creamy consistency that can melt when you leave it in your car for a certain amount of time during the summertime which makes for easy application when rushing.  I normally use my fingers, a fan brush, or a synthetic stippling brush to apply this blush.  What I have noticed about this product is that you can also use it as a lip color, I am not sure if it is recommend by NYX Cosmetics but I’m still alive, another reason why you should get this color, it’s like a multitasking tool.  J  The packaging is just okay but I’m definitely cool with it since it resembles the blush packaging of MAC blushes.  It doesn’t make it any better or any worse because of that similarity.  I purchased mine from Cherry Culture for around $6 but usually the NYX sales or website promotions can bring it down to $4 a pop. 

Based on the recommendation by Krissy of Addicted to All Things Pretty I went out and looked for ‘Excite’ by Illamasqua.  Since I already knew of the greatness of Illamasqua blushes I was not hesitant in purchasing another one.  Ever since I got this one I have been wearing it every day that I’ve gone out.  I would say it’s more of a matte coral shade but since coral is a shade of orange then we’re all right.  LOL  If you are looking for that sweet-girl-next-door type of look I would definitely recommend getting this because it is light without being ashy to the skin.  You could pump it up if you like for those nights on the town or when you’re trying to make a statement.  The packaging comes in a square shape, something that you may or may not be used to and it is kind of bulky but for the color I’m willing to make that small sacrifice and plus you get a lot of product with the size.  The powder is soft, actually it’s REALLY SOFT which makes me extra careful when handling it because I’m afraid if it shatters my heart will break too. L  At $24 a piece, consider this a bargain especially since you get so much product, I think you should get this one too. J You can purchase this from Sephora or the Illamasqua website.

And last but not least is Milani baked powder blush in ‘Corallina’.  Consider this a blush for the girl or guy who really likes shimmer because this is pretty much a glitter fest.  And because of this application can be a bit tricky especially for those of us who fall on the darker end of the skin spectrum.  I prefer using this as a highlight but if I’m ever in a bind I’ll use it for full on color, not because I love the look but because there is no other option, lol.  As a highlighter this blush is gorgeous, as a cheek color, mmmmmm, not so much.  For starters it is very gritty when swatching AND when applying.  The color is light and can’t really build up, let’s say it’s more of a muted coral/glittery shade.  The more you apply the more glitter comes along with it.  I do think that this would be awesome on nights out on the town though because it is so glittery.  The packaging is well, lackluster and leaves more to be desired.  It does come with a mirror and a blush brush with scratchy hairs and the mirror is on the bottom of the casing.  At times it can be difficult to open for whatever reason.  I’m a bit on the fence about recommending this product because it really is all about preference and what you’ll use it for.  The price is about $7 and can be found online or at your local drugstore. 
As you can see there definitely some blushes that I prefer over others but I love them all the same because they all have their uses for different occasions.  That’s the joy of makeup and I love that!  I hope you all were able to get a few pointers on what to look for the next time you go shopping for blush. J
Welp, ladies, which is your favorite orange blush and which one are you running out to get after reading this post?

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