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.
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…
This one has monochromatic variegation
This one has duochromatic variegation – red & yellow!
I was inspired by the colour of this particular flower that was pink and orange.
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.
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:
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
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
Remember when I said in The Makeup Show NYC recap, that there were a lot of new products coming out soon? Well this was one of them! Ardency Inn MODSTER BIG mascara is here!
Ardency Inn MODSTER BIG mascara. Made with hemp protein, strengthens while it volumizes.
ARDENCY INN is launching a revolutionary new mascara just in time for summer! MODSTER BIG, formulated with hemp protein to instantly add major volume while enabling keratin creation, which strengthens lashes from within and gives them enhanced body and resilience over time.
THE TECHNICAL DETAILS
Glyco proteins also form a smooth and flexible coating for noticeably longer lashes. The wax-based formula ensures an easy-glide, clump-free application and long wear that won’t harden or flake. Naturally, MODSTER BIG is formulated without parabens, gluten, sulfates or phthalates.
MODSTER BIG innovative brush is the first ever mascara wand to feature two different kinds of fibers intermixed to simultaneously deposit, separate, lift and curl. Inspired by the iconic hairbrushes intermixing different kinds of fibers that are recognized by hair stylists as the most effective tool to detangle effortlessly and evenly distribute product, the MODSTER BIG brush is created with patented “boar-like” soft fibers that gently deposit the right amount of product onto lashes, while firmer nylon bristles with micro-tapered ends separate them evenly. The slightly curved brush shape is designed to better grip the lashes for amplified lift and curl.
Look at that matte lip pencil! It’s the NARS 413 BLKR limited edition palette. Details below.
NARS Cosmetics introduces the limited edition 413 BLKR Cheek & Lip Palette –the latest addition to the exclusive NARS 413 BLKR Collection. Paint the town pink with a glowing gradient of sheer, blendable blushes and iconic Laguna Bronzer paired with the essential fuchsia 413 BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. Go block by color block or master a full-spectrum touch-up in a New York minute.
Named for the brand’s first flagship address in New York City’s West Village neighborhood, Founder and Creative Director François Nars draws inspiration from the fast-paced city when creating the 413 BLKR Collection.