Summer is at our doorstep, so I’ve been paying a little closer attention to the skin on my body. A few months ago, my sister and I went to Atlantic Antic, which is an annual street fair in downtown Brooklyn, highlighting some of the various talents and business that resides in the borough of Kings. Stores on Atlantic Avenue opened their doors, there was food all around, clothing, art and I even saw Eddie “The Sheik” Kochak and his band perform!
We stopped by this booth with had beauty products in really attractive packaging! I was instantly drawn! Body scrubs and butters in mini mason jars and batik lids!
Otse Lab Cinnamon Clove Exfoliant – in mason jars!
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So……I’m not a fan of Rihanna…at all, BUT when I heard that she agreed to a multi collection deal with M.A.C. that started with the creation of a customized shade of lipstick in the Retro Matte finish, ah went bazodee!
The Retro Matte finish is the SINGLE BEST FINISH FOR A LIPSTICK EVA! Ruby Woo is my favourite lipstick and is my go-to with a high bun. So this shade is supposed to be what Rihanna wears on tour, a blue-based red, that’s universal on all skintones. Last week, M.A.C. released it online and it sold out in 3 hours…..yup, I was one of those waiting on that virtual line! There is no special packaging (I thought at least the box would have something on it), but engraved on the lipstick, was RiRi’s signature.
MAC RiRi Woo (retro matte)
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So I got this blush BY 3 palette for Christmas. Let’s just say…..this is amazing!!!! I usually dip my toe in instead of diving in when it comes to blush. Not because I am afraid, but many brands don’t pack that punch that I need for it to show up.
This British drugstore brand really impressed me. Talk about pigmentation! I got the colour 366 Pink Sprint, which contains 3 shades of pink.
The texture is amazing, as a matter of fact; I think this is a good dupe for NARS blushes, with respect to quality. Highly pigmented, very smooth, finely milled texture that’s not chalky or too stiff. And they are all matte! The packaging is great for travel as it comes in a sleek black case with a large mirror.
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OCC Lip Tar: Stained Gloss
Launching on May 23rd, LIP TAR: STAINED GLOSS is an exciting new texture option from the LIP TAR range, STAINED GLOSS combines the pigment potency of LIP TAR with a casual glossy finish that’s ready-to-wear from its first slick application to the high impact stain it leaves behind. LIP TAR: STAINED GLOSS can be worn alone or layered over your favorite existing shades for added depth, dimension and a glossy finish that lasts! These will be available at The Makeup Show this weekend!
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My 2nd favourite time of year is back (the first of course is summer)! This weekend is TMS NYC and it’s my one must attend event for the year. I just love taking all those seminars, all those beauty products and meeting all my blogging buddies! : )
And what’s great is that this is the biggest TMS and they have released an app for iPhone/iPad/Android, which is pretty damn great. It can get pretty chaotic, especially now they have expanded. I’ve already downloaded it and have my seminars all lined up.
So check out the info on the event and the app!!!
I’m heading there on Sunday. Who’s going??? Hail mih out!
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Extra Dimension SF in Shape The Future
I have been loving this right now. A sort of in-between pre-summer skin enhancer. Really nice, smooth texture, not too glittery. One part is a cool-toned champagne colour, that I have also used as an eye shadow. The other side is a brick/coral colour with a silver sheen. Really pretty as a blush for medium to dark skin. But works for everyone…:)
If you can still find it, I would check it out!
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Did an alternating manicure using a crème and PixieDust.
M.A.C. Hello Kitty Nail Polish in On The Prowl (light gray crème)
Zoya PixieDust in London (a light gray textured matte)
Back in the day, before I even decided to go back to natural hair, I did a lot of research on new products that I could use. I was a member of a number of natural hair discussion boards, as there were not that many blogs available at that time. This is how I discovered that I could cleanse my hair without sulphates and they (the sulphates) were probably the cause of the intense itching and dryness that I felt while shampooing. One of the most widely mentioned brands for cleansers was from Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company. Chagrin Valley makes a variety of handmade soaps for hair and body as well as body balms made with shea butter and herbal rinses. I definitely wanted to explore the world of sulphate-free, natural shampoos, so I filed this name in my memory bank.
Fast forward to earlier this year and I wanted to try some new products. I have been loving my SheaMoisture but, you know, the product junkie in me. Browsing the site, there are a lot to choose from, depending on what you are looking for, the ingredients that you like, scents etc. They sell their full sized bars as well as sample sizes, which is great! I ended up choosing 2 full sized bars; the Babassu Marsh Mallow Shampoo Bar and the Butter Bar Conditioner Shampoo Bar. I’ve always wanted to try hair teas to make detangling easier so I picked up the trial size of the Hair Tea Detangler Blend.
I ordered my items on a Monday night and I had a box waiting for me on Thursday! And this was the cheapest shipping option! Here’s my haul.
Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Co. haul!
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We are accustomed to seeing Beyonce with big, wavy, blonde hair, so I was glad to see her looking really elegant, featuring monochromatic makeup and an updo! The photos were shot by Patrick Demarchelier and were amazing! This was my favourite look!
Photo via Vogue magazine
So I decided to recreate the look.
via Vogue magazine
She is wearing a double winged liner, accented with white. Her hair is a soft, slightly messy, high bun with swooped bangs. I had a twistout but you can certainly still get a similar effect on natural hair!
Here’s the look!
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The 2013 Zoya Nail Polish Exchange is here!
I’ve written a lot about Zoya polishes, I think they are really good quality vegan-friendly varnishes. Well, here’s an opportunity to try this brand out. The exchange starts today, April 19th and ends on April 26th.
The details on how to make the deal….
Now’s the perfect time to make the switch to an eco-chic beauty routine! From April 19, 2013 – April 26, 2013 (11:59PM EST), exchange your old, unwanted nail color for toxin-free ZOYA Nail Polish for only $4 per bottle plus shipping and handling fees. Rest assured – ZOYA will properly dispose of your old polish.
Here’s all you need to do!
1. Go to www.zoya.com and pick out the polishes you would like (excludes all Zoya PixieDust™ Collection shades) and add them to your cart. You must select at least 6 bottles and no more than 24 bottles of polish (Salon accounts minimum 12 maximum 48 bottles.)
2. Apply the code (copy and paste for best results):
3. Your order value will be adjusted to reflect a 50% discount (we use these funds to properly dispose of the old nail polish).
4. SUBMIT your order!
Then Zoya will ship out your NEW polish! HOORAY!
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