Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales 2015 + Black Owned businesses! For beauty + natural hair

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I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving in the US and enjoy the company of their family and friends.  

So here are some of the sales that are going on for the upcoming holiday. I will be updating these regularly so check back often!

Updated: Nov 27th @01:18am – added some beauty


Gleam by Melanie Mills

From: Nov 25th to 30th.  Discount: 65% off Code: Black15  Excludes bundles and kits. 


Friends & Family

From: Nov 21st  3AM EST to 30th  2:59AM EST.  Discount: 25% off US$50 or more. Free shipping  US Code: HOLIDAY15

Laura Mercier

From: Nov 24th to 29th.  Discount: 25% off Free ground shipping in the US with orders over $100

Melt Cosmetics

From: Nov 27th only.  Starts: 12 midnight PST Discount: 30% off entire order. No code needed.


From: Nov 23rd at 10AM GMT to Nov 27th at closing (in stores in the UK) and   Nov 23rd at 10AM GMT to Nov 30th at 10AM GMT (online).  Discount: up to 70% off nail varnishes and lip glosses. No code needed

Sigma Makeup

From: Nov 26th  @ 12am CST to Nov 27th @ 11:59pm CST. Free Worldwide shipping (Standard Shipping). Also: Cyber Monday sale From: Nov 30th ONLY 12am -11:59pm CST Discount: 20% off  Code: CYBER2015

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

From: Cyber Monday Nov 30th  Discount: $6 for the original Lip Tar packaging. Free U.S. Ground Shipping for $50 or more.  On Black Friday: launching F/W collection “ Asphalt World”. Limited Edition

ColourPop Cosmetics

From: Nov 25th @ 5AM PST to 29th @11:59PM PST.   Discounts: $20 off $100 or more. $15 off $80 or more. $10 off $60 or more. $5 off $40 or more.


From: Nov 25th to 27th.   Discount: 25% off.  Code: FRIDAY

Senna Cosmetics

From: Nov 27th to 29th.   Discount: 20% off plus Free Shipping over $50. No code needed

Becca Cosmetics

Friends & Family

From: Nov 27th to 30th at midnight PST.   Discount: 20% off with $50 purchase.  Code: FAMILY15

Eve Pearl

From: Nov 27th to 30th .   Discount: 40% – 60% off.  Free Shipping over $50 domestic and $200 international.  Code: BPTY2U

OFRA Cosmetics

From: Nov 27th to 30th .   Discount: 50% off.  Code: OFRA50

Whole Body Department @ Whole Foods

From: Nov 27th ONLY.  Starts: Open to Noon (local time) Discount: 20% off (includes sale items). In Store only.

Eden Body Works

From: Black Friday only, Nov 27th. Discount: 30% off all orders over $30. Code: blackfriday

Mally Beauty

From: Nov 26th to Nov 29th @11:59pm. Discount: 30% off. Also Free Shipping for orders over $50. No code needed.

AJ Crimson Beauty

From: Friday Nov 27th only. Discount: 50% off everything. No code needed.

Magnolia Makeup

From: Friday Nov 27th only. Discount: 50% off everything. Code: Blkfriday15


Oyin Handmade

From: Nov 27th to 30th. Discount: 25% off sitewide Free Shipping & Handling for domestic orders over $50. No code needed.

Darcy’s Botanicals

From: Nov 27th to 29th. Discount: 25% off sitewide Code: thankyou


From: Nov 27th only (24 hours).  Starts: 12 midnight Discount: 20% off, Free Shipping over $40 (US only) No code needed.

Click here for many more deals, including more #blackowned businesses!


You don’t want miss out on the upcoming Black Friday sales! Sign up today!


The year is fast approaching to a close, but this might be the most exciting time of the year! At least in the US, it’s when everyone is going to have massive sales just in time for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas.  Many business wait for this time to have their deepest discounts and it is a great time to pick up that high priced item you have been looking at all year. Or this is the time to stock up on all of your favourite hair care products. I usually get the jumbo sized versions of my holy grail products that last me for more than a few months into the new year.  I also take advantage of the discounts to do all my Christmas shopping!

I will be compiling a list of beauty, makeup and natural hair related sales and discounts that are happening during the week of Black Friday/Cyber Monday.  Black Friday this year is on November 27, 2015 and Cyber Monday is the following Monday.  I will include as many natural hair and related black-owned small businesses.

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LOTD: Recreate the look! Lupita Nyong’o’s opulent autumn US Vogue October 2015 cover 

Lupita Nyong’o US Vogue October 2015. Makeup by Nick Barose for Lancome and hair by Vernon Francois. Image source Huffington Post

When the first pictures of the October Vogue cover crossed the news feeds, we all collectively gasped and shouted ‘Yaaaaasssssss!’. ‘Yaaaaaaaasssssss!’ Lupita slayed!  The look is not overly fancy but super luxurious and I knew instantly I had to recreate the look.  Although it is 2015, seeing a woman of colour in on a major magazine cover is still quite uncommon and they often share covers during the same month. So *obviously* , I had to go out and buy it.  As I flipped through her spread, I was so impressed! She is not a model, but between the herself, the stylists/artists and who ever organised the shot did a fantastic job! They knew exactly what would look amazing on her! And could we for a moment talk about her skin? Gawd!  Like butter! Just proves that amazing skin and skincare should be the focus of your beauty routine.  And her hair! Love when she wears a side part and I also love that she is always switching it up.  You can totally have short, natural hair and it can be so versatile.

So I selected the picture of Lupita in the gorgeous blue dress by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Haute Couture. 

UGHHHHHHH! This dress! This look!! Source

The focus of the makeup look was flawless skin and deep aubergine lip, but there was also a hint of green colour surrounding the eyes.  It’s a very wearable look, not overworked, not over contoured/highlighted, but is bold and packs a punch!

Here is what I came up with. 

Click here to get the details on how to recreate this look!

Do you want flawless skin in photos and in person? Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation review on dark skin.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

I don’t wear foundation about 99% of the time, but when I do, I look for something that helps me even out my skin tone and that feels like it is almost not there.  My philosophy, at least when it comes to foundation is, less is more. I know that everyone right now is about that full coverage, cake-face life….but I’m not here for that.  I want my skin to look flawless…like I was born like that.

Make Up For Ever has already established themselves as the leaders in both waterproof makeup and products that have amazing performance under the newest video technology.  Over the past few years, MUFE has be reformulating their entire line to get ahead of the changes in TV and film.  They have already brought out an entire new line of gel-textured eye shadows, which by the way, are mind-blowingly good!

Enter the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. 

This is an update to their original HD foundation, and this time they have made it even lighter in weight and added hyaluronic acid which helps make it suitable for all skin types.  It aims to give flawless, next best thing to skin coverage when viewed in 4K and 8K technology.  So what are 4K and 8K? Right now standard HD video is 1080p, and basically 4K is four times better than HD and 8K is 8 times.   So it’s called UHD (Ultra HD).  So if you think you can see every pore and wrinkle now, wait until you UHD becomes more common! 

Back to the review.  So the existing line was reformulated and the colour range was also expanded to a fantastic 40 shades! 4-0 shades! There are few companies out there that boast of so many.  If you find a line with 20-25 shades, you would consider that luck.  They have also renumbered and broken the line up into Y(yellow based) and R(red based) shade.  If you look at some of the bottles, they have also included the corresponding shade number from the older line.  I picked up shade R530 which is shade 180 from the old line.  I love that they have not forgotten us darker ladies and have given us such a selection. 

My shade: R530=180


Love the pump top!

The UHD comes in a cylindrical, plastic bottle with a pump top and it contains 30ml of product which is pretty standard.  This makes dispensing much easier to control and you won’t run the risk of wastage from having to decant or breakage of the bottle.  The pump works quite well and dispenses a small amount of product. 

By the way, check out my video review or keep reading below the fold for more!!

Click here for more of the review and the video

Holiday 2015: NARS x Steven Klein Color Collection

Whoa! This is a massive, huge collection…


FRANÇOIS NARS + STEVEN KLEIN Fashion. Photography. Power. Play.
François Nars and Steven Klein come together with design legend Fabien Baron to create an exquisite fantasy played to extremes.


“Steven is an iconic fashion photographer. His work defies the rules of photography—it’s arresting and provocative. It pushes boundaries and elicits a reaction. I like that. He perfectly embodies the spirit of NARS.” —François Nars Founder & Creative Director

“I’ve always had the highest regard for François’ work. He is the pioneer of moving from one of the greatest makeup artists to creating great makeup. It is super exciting for me to collaborate using my photographs and joining them with his cosmetic genius.” —Steven Klein, Photographer

Rules and roles are yours for the taking with an exclusive collection set to full screen.

Daring color with dramatic luster. An addictively creamy new lipstick formula that glides and gleams.

BESAME MUCHO – Deep rose-beige

NO SHAME – Red plum

REDEMPTION – Metallic pink champagne


MORTAL – Iridescent pearl white

STUD – Soft pewter bronze

NEVER TOO LATE – Olive green with gold shimmer


Fully-loaded gloss with a new vinyl-finish formula. Saturated shades with a gripping lacquer effect deliver high shine with high drama.

PROVOKE – Deep iris-purple

FAST LIFE – Iridescent dusty rose

SPECIAL FORCE – Wild strawberry

BLACK FIRE – Shimmering slate blue

HARD TO GET – Metallic bronze gunmetal

NIGHT CREATURE – Metallic iris-purpl

VENGEFUL – White-gold highlight Shimmering brick-red

AVAILABLE: OCTOBER 5TH, NARS boutiques and online at

NOVEMBER 1ST, Sephora, deparment and specialty stores

Click here to see the rest of this collection

Focus & Flair Collections – Zoya Fall/Autumn 2015

FOCUS (creams)

The Zoya Focus Collection features six strong, solid shades that anchor a look for fall as stand-alone shades. The densely pigmented cream formula features a unique, micro-grind pigment that allows for extra-smooth, streak-free application.

  • Charli (ZP807) – a dusty taupe cream with a hint of green, a perfect neutral.
  • Desiree (ZP806) – a classic sable brown cream that has just enough gray to keep it cool in tone.
  • Hannah (ZP805) – a clear, classic red cream with a balanced (neutral) undertone.
  • Janel (ZP804) – a deep red cream with a rich warm undertone.
  • Lidia (ZP803) – a rich eggplant cream with a blackened purple base and just a hint of red resulting in a color that is wearable for most skin tones.
  • Sia (ZP802) – a true, royal blue cream. NOTE: This is a highly pigmented shade – make sure to apply a base coat to prevent staining.

FLAIR (metallics)

Click here for more pictures of the Flair collection.

“Whey de lime” Fridays: It’s NYFW and a tribute to 9/11…

Image via FB, Essence.

Hey everyone!

Once Labour Day hits and it’s September, summer quickly fades! :-(

It also means that it is New York Fashion Week again! There are even more people on the streets, in taxis, eating out and the city is buzzing.  I hope to find out about any new makeup products being used backstage.

This is also the weekend for the Essence Street Style Block Party in DUMBO, Brooklyn.  I promised myself to go to as many events this summer and I think I did a pretty good job!  It’s one of the last events happening while the weather is still warm so I need to get my las’ lap in :-)

Finally, I have to mention 9/11 on this day.  I was living in NYC at that time and I remember it quite vividly.  Thoughts and prayers to those lost……

What are you doing this weekend?



HAUL: Affordable, indie makeup brands – Colour Pop & Makeup Geek reviews


Here’s just a small haul of two, indie brands that I have wanted to try in forever! I love that more an more companies are coming out with different products, colours and textures and filling the void that major companies don’t.  Colour Pop and Makeup Geek have been two brands that have gotten the beauty world buzzing with their unique offerings.

Let me just say this one time….I am absolutely impressed with both of these brands. I can tell a lot of work and thought went into creating these pieces.  Amazing quality, amazing textures and what is the best part, is the price.  I have not problem paying more for products from small companies, especially if they are minority-owned or they release products that work well on dark skin, but the eyeshadows are between US$5 and $6! Hella cheap!  And they are cruelty free too! Makeup Geek was founded by Marlena, who is a makeup artist and YouTuber and I have been following Marlena for years! She is one of the OG YTers when video was shot in 240p.  She has grown a lot and I am happy to see her being so successful. She clearly puts in a lot of work and knowledge into her shades and products and I love that she is so aware of the needs of people of colour and has some amazing colours that work so well with my skintone.  Colour Pop just celebrated their 1 year anniversary a few months ago and they have been on every one’s lips!  Their Eye Shadows and Lippie Stix are almost legendary! And I love the fact they they have swatches of their products on light, medium and dark skin! There are some amazing colour selections and the packing is so cute!

Anyway, here are the things that I have bought so far.  I highly recommend checking them out, and I will be purchasing quite regularly.  There is also a video of me reviewing these products and will be available below once live.  And I have already used some of these products in a tutorial, take a look!

Link to video here and below…


I picked up 3 eye shadows, 2 mattes and 1 foiled.

Makeup Geek Cosmetics: foiled on the left, other 2 are mattes

I love a matte brown eye shadow for crease work and blending.  And her mattes are divine! So buttery, smooth, not chalky and so richly pigmented! The regular eye shadows are $5.99 each and the foiled ones are $9.99 and come in pan form only and MG ships worldwide! So my Caribbean people, doh sleep!!!

Cocoa Bear

MG: Cocoa Bear

This is a matte, very warm brown colour with strong red undertones. This is gorgeous, especially and tan-to- dark skintones.  This is a great transition colour especially for those cool, smokey looks.


MG: Bitten

This is an unusual and unique colour, a matte, burgundy red.  Red shades can sometimes be hard to wear, but this is another great blending/transition colour.  Women with deep, dark skinniness, this is an amazing colour.  Works well with brown and purple looks.


MG: Masquerade

This is a foiled eyeshadow.  Very high shine/metallic factor.  Shimmery, but not chunky, very smooth. A stunning, stunning rich red-purple colour! And it can be used both dry and wet to amp up the intensity.  Ugh! This is beautiful! Very regal! I used this in one of my latest looks.


From the top to bottom: Bitten, Cocoa Bear, Masquerade

Click here for the ColourPop swatches and pics!

Swatches! I am Ready To Wear OCC’s new Lip Tars!

This kinda blew my mind when I saw that this was coming out! Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has made their name in the beauty industry off of tubes of lip colour called Lip Tars.  These are heavily pigmented, vegan lip colours in squeezable tubes made to mix and match.  A myriad of gorgeous and unique colours but dammit they were always leaking everywhere! I have Lip Tar stains in my handbags, in my kit, on my clothes…Even when they changed to the needle-nosed tubes, it made life a lot better but when I make a colour mix on a client, I always have trouble telling them how to replicate it.  For the beginner or the on-the-go girl, the tubes were not the best to throw in your bag.

OCC has just taken 25 of their top shades and created Lip Tar Ready To Wear.

OCC’s Lip Tar RTW

Same amazing, minty formula but now housed in a regular cylindrical tube with a doe-foot applicator. SO…EXCITED! These colours are still available in their original form for the makeup artist, but this new version is great for the average consumer.

I received a couple of colours to try. I think you can totally guess which one is my favourite! :-)

A note: these Lip Tars have a long drying time.  They take more than a minute, which gives you enough time to mix other colours.  When they dry, the finish is matte, but not the desert dry of your typical liquid lipsticks. They also dry down to an opaque finish.  Because of that, I would suggest pairing with a lip liner to help prevent bleeding. In these pictures, they look shiny as they had not dried fully.

Here is what they look like.


I love the packaging! The tubes look like syringes!  The applicator is you typical doe-foot and you can control the amount of product on it using the wiper on the inside of the tube.

Click here for the swatches!