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NEW: OCC Alchemically Altered Fall 2016 Collection

OCC Alchemically Altered Fall 2016 collection

Image via OCC

From PR:

Delve into a decadent world of color this Fall with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ all-new Lip Tar collection! Paint lips in rich, nuanced mattes and gild them in bold, Baroque metallics.

Lip Tars – USD$16 each

OCC Alchemically Altered Lip Tars 2016

  • ALCHEMY – True champagne shimmer
  • DASH – Muted rose-toned beige
  • FLESHWORLD – Plum-toned rust
  • LUSH – Deep red-violet
  • LUXE – Deep red-violet with magenta pearl
  • BLACKBOARD – Dark, dusty blackened green

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Bronze Skin Tutorial: From summer to fall & beyond

My last makeup look for the summer! Browsing  through Instagram and the first makeup artist that I ever started paying attention to, Sam Fine, posted this look that he had done on Queen Latifah.

QL Sam Fine Bronze look

Image via Sam Fine Beauty/IG

Sam Fine’s book was the first one that I bought years ago, even before I bought Kevyn Aucoin’s book.  Who is this black guy doing beautiful makeup?   Sam has been working with Queen Latifah for years, on numerous campaigns and photoshoots and I just love the Queen.  A true, true pioneer in the rap game and I love that she can go hard in the ring with any dude and in the next step, be very feminine.

Anyway, Sam posted this photo of the Queen that was shot by Annie Liebowitz and I was in love! Super bronzed and sunkissed.  In this video tutorial, I will show you how I achieved this look, that is really just about the skin and giving it that glow.  This would be great all year round even when it is cold.  As a dark skinned woman, colder weather leaves me looking dull and ashy.  So some extra glow is no problem for me.  If you have oilier skin, you can tone down the amount of glow by putting it in select places, like the top of the cheekbones.

So here is the look and the tutorial that will take you from summer right through to the end of the year!

QL Bronze makeup tutorial Look 4

Porto head wrap by The Wrap Life

QL Bronze makeup tutorial Look 6
QL Bronze makeup tutorial Look 3
Bronze SkinTutorial Details + VIDEO

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NEW: NARS Velvet Lip Glide Collection

NARS Velvet Lip Glide Campaign Visual - double page without logo

From PR:


This season, NARS takes lips to a whole new level with the new Velvet Lip Glide.

The new lip color strikes the perfect balance between softness and strength, coverage and comfort in a full range of colors. Laced with NARS’ Oil Infusion Complex, this hybrid lip color combines the fluidity and effortlessness of a gloss with the coverage and comfort of a lipstick. Oil Infusion Complex allows for a smooth-glide effect, instantly delivering saturated color with sensorial comfort. The new doe foot applicator offers a plush application delivering effortlessly nourished lips and intense color.

Named after the iconic venues and new attitude that emerged from the sexual revolution of the ‘70s, Velvet Lip Glide shade names capture the freedom of personal power and play.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide Stylized Collection Image with Mineshaft Swipe

NARS Velvet Lip Glide Stylized Mineshaft Image with Swipe

NARS Velvet Lip Glide DETAILS:

      STRIPPED – Beige pink

      UNLACED  – Nude pink

      PLAYPEN – Pink coral

      BOUND – Rose pink

      DANCETERIA – Fuchsia

      LA MAIN BLEUE – Rich berry

      MINESHAFT – Poppy red

      NO. 54 – Raspberry red

      LE PALACE – Deep cherry red

      UNSPEAKABLE – Garnet

      TOY – Deep aubergine

      AREA – Rich chestnut

      DEVIANT* – Deep burgundy       *Exclusive to NARS Boutiques and


PRICE: USD $26 each


September 15, 2016 at NARS boutiques and

October 1, 2016 at Sephora, department, and specialty stores


Black Owned Makeup Brands tutorial #BOMB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nothing to Disclose

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Hey! So I have had this on my mind for months, years, now. I have always  wondered why retail stores separated products specifically geared towards black consumers.  Yes, black owned makeup brands.  Why have an ‘ethnic’ aisle? I think this separation has made non-black people think that they could not use these products.  People of colour have been using not-black specific brands for decades, even as companies still don’t produce foundation shade in the darker end of the spectrum.  Certainly many people, who are non-black, have curly hair in need of moisture.  Coincidentally, Jackie Aina, who I follow on YouTube issued a challenge to non-black makeup lovers to step outside of their comfort zone and try makeup brands that are black-owned.  

There are many amazing black-owned makeup brands out there! Don't be afraid to try something… Click To Tweet

There are even more makeup brands that have extended colour ranges that cater to medium to dark skin as well as lighter skintones, that are not black owned like blackUp Cosmetics, Sacha Cosmetics and Black Opal. Get out there, as a makeup lover, and look beyond the M.A.C. and the Covergirl and discover the makeup that we chocolate ladies and gents have been loving! You might be surprised!

In this tutorial, I mostly used black-owned brands and I tried to used products from companies that I did not think that were on the lips of every beauty blogger or magazine editor.  There are more out there as well.  Let me know, in the comments below, other brands that did not make my list.

Check out my video below and links to all the products mentioned  are also listed.  

And here’s the look! A beautiful gold, teal and turquoise.  Perfect for a summer party or fete!black owned makeup brands tutorial

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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!

MAC Taraji


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.


MAC Taraji collection

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.

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