New Audacious lip colour by NARS Cosmetics for fall/autumn and LOTD

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NARS recently released a collection of 40 lipsticks in honour of its 20th Anniversary. New packaging and rich, creamy colour. The collection is currently available and I picked up one of them. I love deep shades for the colder months and Liv fits the bill! Smooth on the lips and lasts a good many hours.

 

NARS Audacious lipstick in Liv. The packaging is sleek and magnetic

Liv -special embossed lipstick bullet, rich colour!

See how this looks on my lips!

My new favourite SheaMoisture collection! And buying it helps fight poverty!

 

I was so excited when I saw the sneak peek of this new line on Instagram! (Btw, are you following me?) I loved the amber/maroon/burnished gold packaging. I have been using the same shampoo bars for the last year and a half and I was ready for something new. The newest member of the SheaMoisture Collection is The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Collection.

From PR:

The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Collection is part of SheaMoisture Community Commerce program, which seeks to fight poverty and better the lives of women globally. Ten percent of Community Commerce sales go to women-led businesses, to support communities that supply ingredients for SheaMoisture’s products, or support The Sofi Tucker Foundation, a non-profit established by the brand.  Each product in the collection contains certified organic Shea Butter ethically sourced from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana, HoneyMafura and Baobab Oils, and African Rock Fig.

The collection contains both a hair care line and body care line.

Hair:

  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo– This sulfate-free shampoo cleanses, while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients.  Softens and revitalizes hair, while protecting from environmental influences.  SRP: $10.99;
  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner– A rinse-out conditioner instantly softens and detangles, while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients.  Leaves hair soft, shiny and more manageable.  SRP: $10.99;
  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Complex– This potent treatment absorbs quickly to encourage a healthy scalp and lustrous, beautiful hair.  Improves hair’s elasticity and promotes healthy growth.  SRP: $10.99;
  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque– An intensive, deep treatment conditioning masque that infuses hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients.  Smoothes and fortifies follicles for stronger, healthier, frizz-free hair.  SRP: $12.99.

 

Body:

  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Wash– An all-purpose body wash that gently cleanses, while moisturizing dry, rough skin.  Provides a creamy lather and leaves skin soft and radiant. Can also be used to create a luxurious spa bath.  SRP: $9.99;
  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hand Cream– Rich in vitamins, this hand cream deeply moisturizes and provides immediate relief to dry, rough skin.  Apply to hands and cuticles as needed.  SRP: $5.99;
  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Butter– This comforting body butter delivers long-lasting hydration, while rejuvenating dry, rough skin.  Massage into rough, dry elbows, cuticles, knees and heels.  Gently enough to apply to dry lips.  SRP: $11.99;
  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Scrub– An invigorating scrub that gently exfoliates and nourishes with a rich blend of certified organic Shea Butter Honey, Mafura and Baobab to boost skin’s hydration.  African Rock Fig helps smooth and restore softness.  SRP: $10.99;

I picked up the Hydration Shampoo and the Intensive Hydration Masque from my local Target.

There is a distinct scent of honey that is not too overpowering. I actually love it. I was not thrilled at the last collection, the Manoi and Noni line, but this one is pretty.

Both products lived up the SheaMoisture standard and were quality items, but I loved the shampoo more than the masque.

Check out the rest of the review!

The musical “The Lion King” teams up with Inglot Cosmetics!

 

 

I recently attended the launch of the Lion King-inspired collection by Inglot Cosmetics. Held at the Inglot Studio in Chelsea Market, I was able to meet a few of the cast members from the highest-grossing Broadway show in New York history!

Savannah Sunset by Inglot. Inspired by The Lion King!

I met one of the performers from The Lion King! This is Bonita, who plays the Hyena!! Check out that red lip!

If you have the opportunity, you should definitely go see the show, it is absolutely worth it! I see why it is one of the most popular musicals in the world.

From PR:

Inglot Cosmetics announces a stunning collaboration with Disney’s The Lion King, one of Broadway’s most beloved Tony-Award winning musicals. Inglot and The Lion King will come together through their shared passion for richness and vibrancy of color reminiscent of African Savannah sunsets and starry nighttime skies.

The Savannah Sunset collection consists of one single matte eye shadow, one single shimmer eye shadow, one eye shadow trio, one blush, one lipstick palette, one nail lacquer, a felt tip liner and a mascara. It is currently available at Inglot boutiques around the world as well as online at inglotusa.com. As a special bonus, audience members who bring their ticket to Inglot Times Square and like the Inglot Fan page on Facebook will received a 20% discount on their purchase or a free makeover!

So here are some pictures, swatches of the collection, as well as quick look I did with most of the products that I received. Quickly, this is a beautiful collection, very warm and suitable for all skintones. I also think that this palette would work all year round, it’s both very summery and quite appropriate for the autumn. The colours are pigmented and easy to blend. A little ‘dusty’, but not too bad. The eyeliner is also pretty good and it quite easy to make a quick cat eye and it dries down to a semi-glossy finish. The only product that I did not like was the Secret Volume Mascara. It’s one of those plastic-bristle brushes and while it was good at separating the lashes, it did nothing to volumize.

Anyway, check out the collection below!

The eye and cheek palette

Check out the rest of the pics below!

LOTD inspired by Viola Davis’ character on HTGAWM and my first autumn look!

 

Have you folks been watching “How To Get Away With Murder” starring Viola Davis? It’s another creation of Shonda Rhimes! At least in the US, Thursdays have officially become “Shonda Thursdays”. I feel sorry for the other networks. Shondaland has taken over!

Anyway, I loved the makeup that was done on Viola Davis’ character, Professor Annalise Keating. I loved that fact that they did not play it too safe, it was rather smokey, for a middle aged woman working as a professor and a practicing lawyer. I think sometimes society sets way too many rules based on arbitrariness. If you like it, wear it!

I was inspired by the look, which was basically a smokey eye with a pop of gold/copper in the centre of the lid. I did a more toned down version, a light brown smokey eye with a pop of gold in the centre.

LOTD

Here’s the main products that I used:

  • NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia – a gorgeous very shimmery light gold on the centre of the lid.
  • MAC Matte2 eyeshadow in Signed, Sealed – a dark matte dark chocolate in the crease and outer eye lid.
  • Senna Cosmetics Glow Eye Color in Cordovan – described as a ‘bronzed wine’ to the inner and outer upper lid.
  • NARS Eye Paint in Black Valley – matte black gel liner, no wing (shock!)
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black – black mascara
  • Just some facial oil and Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre on my skin.

What do you think of the show??

Laters!

HOTD: Twist out and roll

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I am always wondering what to do with my hair in that in-between period when a twistout gets a little older and when it is wash day. I got a fantastic twist out (more on that in another post) but I wanted to put my hair up for work.

Click here for the details on this style!

New Urban Decay Vice3 palette is here!!

 

Urban Decay Vice3 palette. Image via Sephora.com

Vices are all consuming, insatiably addictive and always leave us wanting MORE! Something tells us we’re not the only ones who feel that way—especially when it comes to our palettes. Enough with the “will they or won’t they?” speculation; Urban Decay launches Vice3. Satisfy your eyeshadow cravings with 20 velvety, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades—from an amazing soft black and a stunning burgundy to a rich, smoky red-black. Even MORE covetable than our previous Vice palettes, the mesmerizing, jewel-inlaid case includes a huge mirror and a double-ended brush. The perfect finishing touch? A gorgeous matching bag. (See, we thought of everything!)

Wende LOVES the Vice palettes—from developing 20 all-new shades to brainstorming design concepts. With Vice3, she wanted to create a beautiful, functional component even sleeker than our previous Vice palettes. It’s the perfect go-to palette you’ll want to use all the time! Every shade has a metallic finish that echoes the iced-out metallic look of the palette itself (more on that in a minute). Where we really geeked out was developing 50 shades to get to the perfect 20 in the perfect order. You wouldn’t believe how many iterations we went through to make sure that the shade layout really communicated the whole story. We arranged the shades in columns: neutrals on the left, jewel tones in the middle and smoky shades on the right. Pair up the vertically color-coordinated quads or go wild and mix them up.

With Vice3, we pulled out ALL the stops. The extra slim case features hypnotic new artwork in an abstract stripe design. We topped it off with a bright, neon-green jeweled “Vice” icon to match the highly metallized green base. Use the coordinating bag to keep your Vice3 palette protected (and hidden from jealous would-be thieves), or as a place to store your UD brushes and other essentials.

Each Eyeshadow in Vice3 features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

The Vice3 Palette contains:

  • TRUTH – pale pink-nude matte
  • DRAGON – bright metallic green shimmer
  • VANITY – smoky metallic eggplant with multidimensional micro-glitter
  • ALIEN – pink-peach with golden shift
  • LAST SIN – champagne shimmer with silver micro-glitter
  • UNDONE – pink-beige matte-satin with subtle floating tonal pearl
  • FREEZE – metallic medium blue with multidimensional micro-glitter
  • LUCKY – metallic bronze
  • ALCHEMY – deep fuchsia satin
  • ANGEL – light taupe with silver micro-glitter
  • DOWNFALL – warm light brown matte
  • HEROINE – deep navy blue with subtle floating tonal pearl
  • REIGN – rich brown satin
  • BONDAGE – deep, smoky burgundy shimmer
  • DEFY – smoky taupe satin
  • DTF – taupe matte with subtle floating pearl
  • BROKEDOWN – metallic golden brown shimmer with gold micro-glitter
  • BOBBY DAZZLE – metallic white with pale gold micro-glitter
  • SONIC – metallic red-copper
  • REVOLVER – soft black satin with subtle floating iridescent pearl

Also includes a Vice3 bag, plus a shadow and crease brush (both exclusive).

 

Vice3 (USD$60) is available from Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s stores. Or, online at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com.  Available now….

OCC Autumn/Winter 2014 collection: Unknown Pleasures!

 

Unknown Pleasures

FALL 2014 – From the innovators behind the cult-favorite liquid lipstick Lip Tar, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics unleashes a range of shades and textures that explores the boundaries between light and shadow. ‘Unknown Pleasures’ is OCC’s Fall/Winter Colour Collection that not only brings together six all-new Lip Tar shades to Sephora, but will be the first to introduce six limited-edition Nail Lacquer shades to participating stores!

The ‘Unknown Pleasures’ collection captures seasonal trend as created by OCC on the runways of New York Fashion Week, with shades that made their original debut at the Fall/Winter 2014 Collections. ‘Unknown Pleasures’ offers a range of colours that promise to tease and tempt the senses, with chic neutrals like ‘Lament’ and ‘Covet’, to ultra-modern vamp shades like the Matte and Metallic duo of deep purples, ‘Pagan’ and ‘Technopagan’. In addition to the six all-new Lip Tar Mattes and Metallics and coordinating Nail Lacquer shades, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ delivers online-exclusive offerings as well: two new Cosmetic Colour Pencil shades!

Actor and musician Deven Green returns to OCC, taking on her darkest roles yet as the two faces of ‘Unknown Pleasures’. The collection will be available online at Sephora.com, Beautylish.com, and OCCMakeup.com beginning 8/5, and available for purchase at participating Sephora stores and at OCC’s flagship boutique on 9/19.

Colours include:

Lip Tars

LIP TAR (USD$18 each, 0.33oz)

  • LAMENT: Neutral Rose Beige (Matte)
  • COVET: Golden Buff Neutral (Matte)
  • MANHUNTER: Red-Orange with Golden Shimmer (Metallic)
  • PAGAN: Blackened Purple (Matte)
  • TECHNOPAGAN: Blackened Purple with Blue Pearl (Metallic)
  • VAIN: Deep, Dark Indigo (Matte)

Click here for more on the collection!

Are you ready to stock up on your natural hair care brands? Then you must visit Ecodermis and Wolfberry!

 

I really prefer to pick up my hair care products in a store. I only go online if I have to, because the wait makes me crazy! I love browsing the aisles, reading ingredient labels and generally getting lost in the plethora of products. I am so happy to see more and more stores carrying natural lines specially geared towards natural kinks, curls and coils. I have a special love and devotion to minority-owned natural hair care businesses, because back in the day, when I was transitioning, there were very, very few lines where I could buy a sulphate-free shampoo, or a silicone-free conditioner, and they were almost exclusively online. Mainstream companies hadn’t yet gotten the memo and although now they scrambling to get onboard.

Anyhow, have you heard of Ecodermis and Wolfberry?

Well, this store, located in Brooklyn, probably has the largest selection of natural hair care products in the Tri-State area, and northeast. Like, for real…Ecodermis, devoted specifically for natural hair care lines, currently carries over 30 brands and is constantly adding more lines. They carry products that no one else in the area does, like Darcy’s Botanicals. They also carry an expanded selection products and sizes that are not available at your local Target or beauty supply store, like the 16 oz. Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner. On my latest visit, they had just recently gotten in the CHI flatiron, the Koils By Nature line, Coco Curls lines, the brand new Oyin “No Ash At All” lotion, Hydratherma Naturals, Alikay Naturals and a ton more! Also, every couple of months, they host special events with different brands.

I picked up the Darcy’s Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Styling Crème, and I can’t wait to try it! This has been on my list forever and I will be doing a review soon!

So check them out, you might find your new holy grail product or just feed into your product junkie-ism! And call them before you go there if you are looking for something specific, as they are quite popular and sell out quickly! Find them online, and on Facebook.

 

Laters!

Related Content: Check out my Oyin boing! review

 

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Backstage. Harbison. NYFW. Featuring AJ Crimson makeup!

 

The end of summer signals the start of Global Fashion Week, beginning with the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week! And so far the weather has been really good, so there are no limits to what people can wear! I love people watching at this time of year!

Yesterday, I went backstage at the fashion designer Harbison’s show. The makeup was sponsored by AJ Crimson Beauty, Beauty Blender and the hair was by Federic Fekkai. Key makeup artist was Edward Cruz! The location was gorgeous! Milk Studios with the Hudson River, New Jersey and the Meatpacking District as the backdrop!

So two of AJ Crimson’s products were featured here, his Dual Skin Crème Foundation, which is a buildable, HD compliant, waterproof foundation and his brand new Banana Crème in the Pro Pan form.

Look at that colour range! Especially the deepest shade!

Think the famous Banana Powder without the starkness, dryness and settling, especially on deeper skintones. The product is very creamy and similar in texture with his Dual Skin Foundation.

Banana Creme on the left in pan form

I was pleased to see such a diverse array of skintones and AJ’s line worked quite well from the palest to the deepest.

Key makeup artist was Edward Cruz and he was kind enough to chat with me after he demoed the look. Talk about being so genuine and nice!

Key Makeup Artist Edward Cruz

Check out more details on backstage Harbison here!!

Bright pop of orange for the summer! LOTD inspired by Solange.

 

This Complex mag cover is from last year that I loved!

Image via Persona Mag

I recreated it and the featured product is the lipstick! This bright, bold matte orange is by blackUp Cosmetics, a cosmetic line based in Paris, specially made for women colour. Now making its entry into the US with a store in NYC. The shade is RGE34M. I added some bronze cream and pigment shadow on the lid with some falsies!

My hair is in a twistout.

My summer look!