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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

7 Best Summer Cream Nail Polishes for Brown Skin – Brights

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More summer favourites! This time I am listing my favourite bright summer colours! The really bright and intense shades that look amazing in the sunlight.  I often have trouble deciding which colour I want to use because I want to wear all of them at once! If you have not checkout out my other post on my favourite summer pastels, check that out here.  Again there is one colour that actually has the teeny, tiniest hit of pearlescence, but it can’t be seen on the nails.  So without further ado, there are the shades that made the cut for my summer bright nail polish.

BEST SUMMER NAIL POLISHES – RED BASED

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4 Best Summer Cream Nail Polishes for Brown Skin – Pastels

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It’s finally summer! And the weather here has been really A+! I already have a number of events lined up. For the next 3 months, my weekends are going to be pretty full. So of course, I am living in open-toed shoes, I am taking full advantage of the warmth. Hence, I have to make sure that my nails are always polished, both hands and feet. I own a lot of nail polish…like a lot. So I give myself manis and pedis once a week, and I never wear the same colour on my fingers and toes. I love all textures of polish, but there is something about crème nail polishes, especially on dark skin that I love. I think that there is no distraction from shimmers and glitters, so that it is all about the colour. So I am drawn to really bold brights, or intense light colours. It’s all about the contrast with the skin colour. Here are the four best summer nail polishes, in pastel cremes, that will pop on women of colour.  And better yet, these are all vegan friendly! These are must-have.

Side note: Yes there are a lot of Mischo Beauty polishes here. These were all bought by me, and this post is not sponsored. I just love the brand.

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LOTD: Tulip-inspired Spring Makeup + Dark Skin

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Have you ever been moved by nature? Inspired by the beauty of warm weather? Well…that happened to me recently. I love when the calendar changes to spring and the temperatures start to rise. NYC does a great job beautifying the neigbourhoods, replanting trees and grass and planting vividly coloured flowers in hundreds of varieties in the parks. So one day while at lunch, I was awestruck at the gorgeous, bright-coloured varietals of tulips that were dotting the park. They were so stunning! I love tulips and I had never seen many of the different types of tulips. Some were monochromatic, some contained two colours, some were variegated and there were even some that had heavily ruffled petals! Nature is an amazing source for colour inspiration and combinations! It really inspired me to do a spring makeup on my dark skin.

Here is some of what I saw…

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This one has monochromatic variegation

 

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This one has duochromatic variegation – red & yellow!

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Look at the deep purple colour!

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This one is tulip-shaped!

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This one has ruffled edges.

 

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I was inspired by the colour of this particular flower that was pink and orange.

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See how it is pink on the outside and orange on the inside of the petals. Image by me.

Also, while at The Makeup Show (you should check out my blog post on that here), I saw a gorgeous pink eye kohl pencil from Black Up Cosmetics and this was ideal for the look! Waterproof in a pretty warm reddish pink colour. I created a simple spring/summer appropriate look. Great with a cute summer dress. Clean, natural skin, bright, but not too bright eyes, and nude lips. I also used two other new products that I was testing out, the new BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush and a newly discovered black woman owned lip colour line, that’s vegan called The Lip Bar. I will be doing a separate review on them at a later date.

Here’s how it came out!

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Colour, but subtle!

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“Whey de lime” Fridays – Everybody has a holiday!

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Hey!

It’s finally Memorial Day weekend here in the US, and just in time, the weather decides to behave itself and we finally have some sun and some heat in NYC! I have been waiting for this extra day off since the last long weekend, lol! It just so happens that this is a long weekend in Trinbago as they had Corpus Christi and Indian Arrival Day. Also, it is the Spring Bank holiday in the UK. This is a true, true “whey de lime”!

So here are 5 things that I am looking forward to this weekend:

DE LIME LIST – The Memorial Day weekend edition!

1) UEFA Champions League Final – Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid in Milan.

This final is the Madrid derby! There will be a massive parade in Madrid coming up this week, but for which side of town? #HalaMadrid

2) Reunions

I am going to my university Reunions, which I think is rather unique, in that it is a 3-day event. With a parade…and live performances! I can’t wait to see some folks that I have not seen in years! #IvyTiger #BlackIvy #Princeton

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3) Brooklyn Academy of Music – DanceAfrica 2016

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This is the U.S.’s largest celebration of African dance and I love it! Besides the dance, the people, the food, the music, the vibes….lots to enjoy. You can check it out, and it is great for the kids.

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