Introducing New NARS Lip Gloss Sheer Shine – Reimagined, a full spectrum of sensual shades

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NoireTropicalBeauty NARS ReformLipGloss

With a new formulation, NARS Lip Gloss lavishly coats lips in a full spectrum of shades with sophisticated natural shine – perfect for everyday glamour. The silky texture and new doe-foot applicator provide precise application and longer, more comfortable wear.

Nourishing ingredients hydrate and smooth fine lines leaving lips soft and supple, while Sea Lavender helps protect against signs of aging. The comprehensive 30-shade collection includes 7 fashion-forward new shades and 23 iconic favorites for a full range of effects, from sheer shine to bold luster.

The newly designed packaging features a clear tube for improved color visibility – allowing the colors to pop off the shelves.

SHADES INCLUDE:

Click here for pictures of the newly reformulated lip glosses!

“Whey de lime” Fridays: It’s Spring edition!

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Whey de lime Fridays (Friday April 11 2014)

It is finally trying to look a little warmer this weekend! Temperatures are no longer sub-zero! Seriously craving some warmth and sunshine!!

Also I was blown away by the announcement that Lupita Nyong’o is Lancome’s latest ambassadress. I look forward to seeing a lot more ads and photos of her! Also check out Lupita’s Marie Claire USA’s cover and launch party.

Image via Lainey Gossip

Image via Lainey Gossip

Finally, MUA Gregory Arlt did this makeup on The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira, and it is amazing!

Danai Gurira. Makeup by Gregory Arlt (via Instagram)

Danai Gurira. Makeup by Gregory Arlt (via Instagram)

Super simple look, minimal colour everything is perfect! That skin! His canvas was gorgeous to begin with, but his skills are amazing. This is what I am aiming for as a artist… skin…perfected *off to practice*

 

What are you looking forward to this weekend??

Laters!

New products from NARS Cosmetics: Summer 2014 & more 413 BLKR

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From PR:

NoireTropicalBeauty NARS Summer 14 413BLKR

ADULT SWIM

Sleek bikinis, towering stilettos – a cosmopolitan catwalk. Dive into this sexy poolside setting with the NARS Summer 2014 Collection – powerfully provocative and daring.

Eyes pop with perfectly synchronized eyeshadows including neon lemon lime and icy lavender while smoky rose quartz and bronze add depth and definition. Feel the heat with a soft and sultry peach champagne for cheeks and a bold geranium for nails.

PRODUCTS INCLUDE

  •    TROPICAL PRINCESS DUO EYESHADOW – Neon lemon lime and Icy lavender (USD$34)
  •    LOST COAST DUO EYESHADOW – Golden pewter and Lilac snow (USD$34)
  •    MALACCA SINGLE EYESHADOW – Iridescent peacock (USD$24)
  •    IRAKLION SOFT TOUCH SHADOW PENCIL – Smoky rose quartz (USD$24)
  •    BAALBEK EYE PAINT – Bronze (USD$25)
  •    HOT SAND ILLUMINATOR – Peach champagne (USD$30)
  •    LIBERTANGO NAIL POLISH – Geranium (USD$19)
  •    TURKISH DELIGHT LIP GLOSS – Pink sherbet (USD$26)
  •    ORGASM LIP GLOSS – Peachy pink with shimmer (USD$26)
  •    WONDER LIP GLOSS – Sheer mandarin orange with pink and gold shimmer (USD$26)
  •    SALAMANCA LIP GLOSS – Pink flamingo (USD$26)
  •    PRISCILLA LIP GLOSS – Shocking pink (USD$26)

Available from April 15 at narscosmetics.com and at the NARS boutiques

NoireTropicalBeauty NARS Summer 14 413BLKR

Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow

NoireTropicalBeauty NARS Summer 14 413BLKR

Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow

More details here!

OCC Primary Pack: Lip Tar All-Star Mini x 5 Set

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OCC Primary Pack: Lip Tar All-Star Mini x 5 Set

 

NoireTropicalBeauty OCCLipTar Primary

NoireTropicalBeauty OCCLipTar Primary

5 Primary colours: Feathered, NSFW, Traffic, Rx, Tarred

Retail: US $29

Available at Sephora now.

 

Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque by SheaMoisture review

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Every couple of months, I like to give myself a protein treatment, to help re-strengthen my hair.   Constant manipulation will eventually weaken the hair shaft and adding a treatment will fill in the weak spots.

The lovely people at SheaMoisture sent me a couple of products from one of their newest product lines, the Tahitian Noni & Monoi Collection. This is touted as their “hair smoothing system” allowing users to go from curly to straight without permanently altering the hair. According to SheaMoisture, “The protein-based treatment products smooth, soften and control frizz, leaving textured hair more manageable for up to four weeks”.

All the products contain certified organic Shea Butter, Tahitian Noni, which is an antioxidant enriched with Vitamin C to help maintain hair health, Monoi Oil, which revives damaged hair, and Keratin, Peptides and Botanical Extracts, to nourish, repair and protect distressed hair fibres. Of course this all-natural line does not contain sulphates, parabens, mineral oil and other stuff.

This line contains a number of products including the Smooth & Repair Straightening System. I got the Nourishing Hair Masque and the Hair Scalp Weekly Treatment.

NoireTropicalBeauty SheaMoisture Tahitian Monoi

I must admit that I was rather skeptical to try these products. Since the day that I decided stop relaxing, I have had zero desire to straighten my hair. So I did not want to apply anything to my hair that would alter its texture. I scrutinized the ingredients and the masque actually does not contain keratin (which is a naturally occurring protein and is the main component of hair and nails) or any ingredients that may straighten the hair. It contains mostly moisturisers and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. This masque is supposed to deeply condition the hair, impart intense moisture and strengthen and smoothen the strands.

More of the review below!

This cream has rescued my weather weary hands!! Nubian Heritage’s Goat’s Milk & Chai Hand Cream review.

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This past winter has been leeeegendary! *Bevy Smith’s voice*  The cold was no joking matter and I could not keep my hands moisturized fast enough.  And that harsh hand soap in the restroom at work, just added to the dryness and itchiness. So I was sent a few products from the new Nubian Heritage Goat’s Milk & Chai line and quickly busted out the hand cream.

I’ve heard of Nubian Heritage for years.  This natural hair and skincare line was often sold by African vendors on 125th Street but it started popping up much more recently at local drugstores and retailers like Target.  I think they are even sold in Trinidad at Body Beautiful On D’Avenue on Ariapita Avenue in Woodbrook. Nubian Heritage products are all natural and made without many of the ingredients that we try to avoid like sulphates, phthalates, mineral oil, parabens and they are not tested on animals.

The Goat’s Milk and Chai line contain, of course, goat’s milk, which contains lactic acid and vitamins A, B6, B12 and E which soften skin and the Chai (which is tea in Swahili, which I did not know!) contains antioxidants that help fight off premature aging and skin damage.  This is specially targeted for those who have ultra sensitive skin, eczema and psoriasis.

Click here for more!!

Want to make your detangling a little easier? Try Anita Grant’s Original Rhassoul Condish

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Years ago, when I first decided to stop relaxing, one of the names being kicked around the natural hair forum boards was Anita Grant.  Based in London, UK, mixologist Anita Grant has been making all natural hair products for a while.  So I decided to order a few items and my order included her famous Rhassoul Condish blocks.  I think it took about 2-3 weeks to get my package as it was coming across the Atlantic, but I am not sure what the shipping times are like now.

Anita Grant Original Rhassoul Condish

Fast forward some years later and I realized that I still had 3 blocks in my refrigerator!! So one evening, I gave my hair a little extra TLC.  The condish block is made primarily of organic Rhassoul Clay (Moroccan) but also contains some very moisturizing ingredients like cocoa butter and honey.  The clay is supposed to fortify hair, protect it from free radicals, detoxify the scalp and improve manageability.

So I followed the instructions on the website, and used a glass bowl and plastic fork to prepare the mixture.  Due to the high mineral content of the clay, they may interact with metal.  I used one cube of Rhassoul Clay and added enough hot water to create a loose paste.  It took about 10 to 15 minutes to break up the cube with the fork.  It looked like Milo or chocolate milk.  I have used coconut milk instead of water, but surprisingly this Caribbean woman had none in her apartment! :-/

The Condish! 1 cube

Mixing the condish with hot water

So I cleansed my hair in the shower and squeezed out the excess water.  I divided my hair into quarters and applied the Rhassoul mixture.  I made sure that I got it on my scalp and throughout my strands.  It did not drip and it dried quickly on my hair, but I wrapped it in some plastic wrap and left it on for 30 minutes.

My hair before the treatment. An old twistout.

The clay in my hair, after 30 mins

Click here for the results!

New tools for the artist from NARS

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From PR

CONTOUR BLUSH

A LUST FOR BLUSH

NARS Cosmetics introduces Contour Blush, the ultimate essential in makeup artistry and the secret weapon to creating natural-looking definition with a luminous finish. The beautifully balanced duos feature a lighter shade to illuminate the highpoints of the face and a deeper shade to enhance definition.

Ultra-smooth, lightweight texture lends itself to a luminous finish and the specially designed contouring formula visual depth and dimension in a single swipe. To create the perfect contour on cheeks, apply the deeper shade of the Contour Blush to the hollows of the cheek and along the hairline, sweep the light shade across the cheekbone toward the temple to soften and highlight. Finish the look with a pop of your favorite blush shade on the apples of the cheek.

  • OLYMPIA – Ivory/Rose
  • PALOMA – Pink beige/Deep rose
  • GIENAH – Honey/Amber

Olympia

Paloma

Gienah

PRICE: USD$42.00

AVAILABILITY: March 15, 2014 at NARS Boutiques and on narscosmetics.com

NARS Cosmetics leverages its makeup artistry heritage with a 16 piece Artistry Brush Collection. From base to bristle, this comprehensive collection features an exquisite design conceived by Founder and Creative Director François Nars and Fabien Baron, of New York design firm Baron & Baron. Each brush is designed with the finest quality hairs and delicately weighted to provide the necessary balance for a professional and precise makeup application. The custom brush and packaging feature the iconic matte black finish with sharp debossed logo and signature pop of red.

“You cannot achieve good makeup without good tools.” – François Nars

  Click here for more details on the brushes!!

Vintage-inspired hair accessory by Ododo Originals…..

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Ever since I decided to go back to natural years ago, I had a long list of brands and products that I heard about or read about that I wanted to try.  There weren’t a lot of hair accessories or hair jewellry on my list, but Ododo Originals was on there.  Lesley, the founder and owner, makes handmade hair floral accessories in a myriad of colours and designs.  Ododo means ‘flower’ in her mother tongue.  I was immediately intrigued when I visited the website!! Oh the colour!

Fast forward to last Black Friday, I finally ordered my first flower.   I chose to get a neutral colour that I would wear with any outfit  and I had a particular liking to the Art Deco section, which has a particular pattern, and often featured 2 different colour beads.  All of Ododo’s flowers are made of beads of different sizes and finishes and fine wire and come in a couple of different sizes.   You can get the flower with an alligator clip, a pin to use as a brooch or as a headband.  I picked up the Art Deco style in antiqued silver and bronze and that cost USD$45 less 20% (Black Friday deal).  I literally spent all weekend trying to decide which one I was going to start with!

My package came after about 2 weeks, wrapped like this…..

The packaging….

Nice, eh?

In the middle of the de people post office, I opened my package….and was blown away!! I actually let out an audible gasp!  I was highly impressed at how delicate, and beautiful and well made it was!

Delicate as in refined, not fragile.  On the website, the pieces are enlarged, to show detail, but in person it looked professionally made.  The beads are round and smooth with an iridescent/duochrome glaze, so it has a subtle shine.  The petals come to a point and the flower has some flexibility as it is made with bronze coloured wire.  The centre is bronze as well as the edges.  The rest of the petal is this burnished silver.  The flower is about 2.5 inches across with an alligator clip that just slides into the hair.

Used on twist-out high bun

Click here for more pictures!

Carnival time with Brazil by OPI for Spring/Summer 2014!

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Today is Carnival Monday in Trinidad & Tobago!!   It’s also Carnaval in Brazil!

In honour, check out this recently released nail polish collection by OPI, Brazil by OPI!

From PR:

Brazil by OPI brings the colors of tropical rainforests and warm sandy beaches to nails and toes for Spring/Summer 2014. This new collection features a palette ranging from bright hues of red, pink, coral, orange and yellow to earthy tones of taupe, sienna, mocha and jungle green. In addition to 12 nail lacquers, the Brazil launch includes a set of four limited edition Beach Sandies Liquid Sand™ mini neon nail lacquers in bold purple, pink, turquoise and yellow shades with a textured, matte finish.

“With sun-soaked shores, tropical fruits, and lush flora/fauna, Brazil is such an inspiring locale,” exclaims Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP.  “I wanted women around the world to embrace the energy and playfulness for which Brazilian women are known. Through the Brazil collection, with shades drenched in color and charged with shine, women can express themselves, showing off their sexy, mysterious, fun and exciting natures.

“On spring runways, models were seen wearing lots of black and white, with bold accents of orange and yellow and muted elements of taupe and clay,” continues Weiss-Fischmann. “Brazil by OPI provides vivid hues to add a pop of color to a neutral-toned wardrobe, as well as earthy tones that easily transition from day to night.”

Brazil by OPI is available now for USD$9 each and available at opi.com and at professional salons, Ulta and other retail outlets.

Click here for the collection details!