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M.A.C x Taraji P. Henson! OMG!

So M.A.C. decided to drop a virtual bomb on us and announced their next upcoming celebrity collaboration!

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OMG! LOOK AT THAT IMAGE!

I immediately wished that M.A.C. still made their promo postcards that became collector’s items.  As a matter of fact, I want a poster of this. This is so amazing in many ways! First of all, beauty companies usually rely on the 20 somethings to sell makeup. Second of all, this is a black, chocolate woman! Even though M.A.C. has been a trailblazer when it comes to  using diversity in their ad campaigns. Third, this is Taraji aka Cookie Lyon! She is so fabulous that I can’t take it. I am ready for the black girl magic!

This collection will be released in select areas on September 6 online and September 8 in the US and internationally later on in September.  It’s a small collection, but I hope this does well (which I know it is going to as every black girl and Empire fan has been freaking out ever since they announced).  I hope this will encourage the powers that be at M.A.C. to bring out an entire colour collection.

M.A.C x Taraji: THE DETAILS

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Image via Harper’s Bazaar and MAC

There is a mascara, two Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Taraji Glow and Highlight The Truth, Lipstick in Strip Me Down, Penultimate Eye Liner and the 187 duo fibre brush.

I have not bought anything from a M.A.C. limited edition collection in more than a year, but I have my eyes on the lipstick and one of the Mineralized Skinfinishes Natural.  Please check the M.A.C. website for more information.

Manus x Machina: Nail Art by LFN & Cirque Colors

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One of the reasons why I love New York City, especially in the summer, are all the cultural events that is happening in the different boroughs.  There is something out there for everyone, from traditional to quirky to futuristic.  Food events, arts, science, anything! One of the biggest and most prestigious events on the New York City social calendar is the Met Gala, held in early May.  This year’s theme for the Met exhibition is ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’. How fashion designers combine or reconcile ancient hand-making traditions with modern machine-making technology.

Now before I go any further, you MUST see this exhibition!! It has been extended to September 5th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and it is absolutely worth it! It is so well curated and put together. The fashion designs are phenomenal! Some designs are ready to wear and others are quite avant garde! My favourite were the designs from Alexander McQueen.  The exhibit is sectioned into the métiers or specific types of professions/specialties in traditional haute couture design or craftsmanship, from featherwork to lacework to pleating.  Some of the pieces were made by hand, cut, dyed and sown, while others were 3D printed.  Being able to hand craft clothing is an incredible skill, and technology has the ability to take fashion into places that were could have only imagined. You can find out more about the métiers here and here. I don’t want to spoil it for you all, so here are a few of my favourites. 

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Alexander McQueen

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Dior

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So a few weeks ago, on as part of the Met’s #MetFridays programme, there was a nail art event, held at the Met Store and featured the designs and work by nail artist Lady Fancy Nails and the polishes by Cirque Colors. I just learned that the Met collaborate with Cirque Colors and Olivia Kim to create a limited edition collection of 6 colours inspired by the #ManusxMachina collection. You know I can’t resist finding out about new brands and picked up one of the shades, Moon Dust. Cirque Colors is Big 3 Free and hand mixed in Brooklyn!

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The Machina collection. Exclusively at the Met Store by Cirque Colors.

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Moon Dust – Multi tonal colour hand mixed with real silver flecks!

So two of my friends and I went to the event on a balmy Friday summer evening and I loved it! Lady Fancy Nails is an amazing nail artist and I picked up some tips for nail design, but I was most impressed at her interpretation of the couture fashions using nails as her canvas. She’s really very good and loved the mix of creams and shimmers and she also incorporated other techniques and materials, like gold foil, negative space and different sizes of nail brushes. I loved her Chanel and McQueen designs the best. She has inspired me to get back into nail designs!

So check out her creations, and check out the Met exhibit before it closes.

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“Whey de lime” Fridays – Midsummer edition

It’s the dog days of summer! It’s the middle of summer and there is so much happening! And it’s really hot! Just as I like it…so here are a few things that I am looking forward to this weekend in NYC.  And just a heads up…look out for my post of the Manus x Machina exhibit at The Met featuring some special nail art!

NYC African Food Festival

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Feijoada, courtesy of Fort Greene Focus and NYCAFF

I have been waiting for this for MONTHS! A 2 day event in Brooklyn celebrating the beauty and diversity of cuisine from the African continent.  I am so ready to learn so much and eat even more.  Being from the Caribbean, our food is heavily influenced by West African cuisine.  There may be tickets available so check out the website here.

The Rio Summer Olympic Games

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Opening Ceremony, via Rio2016.com

I am a big time sports lover! And not just during major events! If I am not blogging, I am watching sports.  So I will be watching the Games of the 31st Olympiad. Swimming is wrapping up and the Track & Field events will be starting this weekend.

What are you doing this weekend?

Laters!

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My latest video – it’s a beauty haul!

HAUL:Oyin + ColourPop Cosmetics on Dark Skin

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Oyin Colourpop NTB haul

Haul time! I bought some more items from ColourPop recently plus some refills of my favourite Oyin Handmade products and I wanted to share with you. It’s summer and I am on the lookout bold lips and long wearing ability. I actually filmed a video unboxing of what I got.

If you love video, check out the unboxing below:

Here are the pictures and swatches:

Haul: ColourPop Cosmetics

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I picked up 3 eye shadows, 5 lip colours, including their recently released Matte X formula and 2 of their new eyebrow pencils. Lets see how these swatch on dark skin. Links to the products will also be included.

ColourPop Brow Pencils on Dark Skin

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Top: Black N’ Brown Bottom: Bangin’ Brunette

Bangin’ Brunette   Black ‘N Brown

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows on Dark Skin
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Super Shock Shadows

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Crenshaw

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Swatch – Crenshaw

Kaepop Crenshaw

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Mooning

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Swatch – Mooning

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Birthday Boy – Limited Edition

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Swatch – Birthday Boy

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NEW: Introducing ZOYA ULTRABRITES Neon Polish!

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From PR:

Say goodbye to annoying, hard-to-apply, streaky neons. In keeping with our brand philosophy to be The HEALTHY NEW COLOR of FASHION, revolutionary new Zoya ULTRABRITES formula delivers the brightest neons using the latest environmentally and cosmetically approved pigments in a highly stable formula.

That’s right! All of the BRIGHT with none of the industrial yuck and commonly associated with colors of this kind (and banned worldwide).

ZOYA ULTRABRITES can be worn alone in their natural satin finish or topped with ZOYA ARMOR topcoat or Zoya Naked ManicureTM Glossy Seal for a high shine finish. Apply over white nail polish (Zoya Purity) to add extra pop to your color!

Zoya ULTRABRITES Collection

  • Cana – bright neon fuchsia cream.
  • Bisca – hot pink neon cream.
  • Erza – sunny red neon cream
  • Evergreen – electric green neon cream.
  • Juvia – summery teal neon cream.
  • Mirajane – classic navy neon cream.
*Formulated without formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, camphor, THTP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead.

AVAILABLE: NOW, online at zoya.com, US$10 each

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