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Trinidad & Tobago Carnival 2015…in review

Oh, how are you all going?

I am still recovering from Carnival. I got the opportunity to go home this year to experience Carnival. And I had a blast! It was great to step out of my normal routine and reacquaint myself with the splendor of Carnival!

I also did a few makeup looks for mas on Carnival Tuesday! It was fun working on a different style of makeup. Primarily, I used the Mehron Precious Gems Powder mixed with M.A.C. water-based Mixing Medium on the lids as the colour, Mehron Ad Gem as the glue to adhere the gemstones and OCC Lip Tar on the lips.

Makeup by me!

 

Makeup by me!

 

So here are some pictures of the colour, the feting, the parading and the jouvaying!

Big up to Dirty Dozen J’ouvert! Epic year! We did it big!!

Anyone else did Carnival this year?

Moko Jumbies! I love seeing children playing traditional mas!

 

Fancy sailor mas

 

Dame Lorraines

Click here for LOTS more!!

NARS DUAL-INTENSITY BLUSH – NEW

From PR:

A new object of fascination. Inspiration. Pure transformation.

 For Spring 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Dual-Intensity Blush. Featuring NARS’ exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology, the newly- imagined formula allows for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture. Six modern shade pairings curated by François Nars offer a universal spectrum of hues that works across all skintones.

 Sweeps on dry for a bold flush or wet for a translucent wash of color. Dry pigments impart a natural glow that warms the complexion and fuses weightlessly. Dampen NARS’ exclusive Wet/Dry Blush Brush before application for a watercolor effect—dab over the apples of the cheeks and swirl in a circular motion to paint on a subtle tint.

 Designed in a sensorial, soft-touch square case with a modern magnetic closure, six luxuriously embossed duos heighten the art of transformation.

 

Click here for more details…

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“Whey de lime” Fridays – The #Carnival & #NYFW edition!

Hey!

This is my first “Whey de lime” Friday for 2015!! Can you believe that we are already in February, and already previewing Fall/Winter 2015 clothing? It’s NYFW again and it’s the last time that it will be held at Lincoln Centre.

Children dressed up as traditional Moko Jumbies!

Also this is a huge weekend in Trinidad & Tobago and Brasil!  It’s the final stretch to Carnival!! I can’t wait to see who is going to win Band of the Year and King and Queen of the Bands!  I am excited for all the colour!!

And I am super excited for…….

#LoveMasPlayDirty

So what’s on your radar for this weekend?

Laters!

Body Beautiful On d’Avenue – The go-to place for natural hair care in Trinidad & Tobago!

 

While visiting Port-of-Spain over Christmas for some much needed sorrel, parang and hot sun, I paid a visit to the boutique on Ariapita Avenue in Woodbrook, specializing in carrying most of the popular local and international hair care brands. This is of course “Body Beautiful on d’Avenue”.

Upon walking in, I was immediately impressed at how much the store had expanded and the number of brands that they have added. As a matter of fact, I think they have one of the largest collection of natural products on the island, and rivals stores in the US for variety.

I chatted with the lovely owner, Alison Goddard, who emphasized that she wanted to give Trinbagonians quality, proven choices and she has included 10, yes 10, locally-made natural brands.

Me with Alison Goddard, owner of Body Beautiful on d’Avenue

These include Happy Curls, Happy Girls, Kylex Naturals, Eco-Truffles, The Mixtress J Cosmetics and Yousentials. Of course you can get foreign brands like Oyin Handmade, Giovanni, CURLS, Alikay Naturals, Design Essentials, As I Am, Carol’s Daughter, Eden BodyWorks, Afexan and Shea Moisture (they have both the Jamaican Black Castor Oil and the Manuka Honey collections).

Click here for more details!

Ava DuVernay’s look at the 72nd Annual Golden Globes

I am a huge fan of Ava and was so thrilled to see her at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards show. She was by far one of my best dressed that night……everything was working, the navy dress, the makeup and the locs in an updo!

Ava DuVernay at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards 2015. Image via NARS PR.

Speaking of makeup, I was thrilled to see that her makeup was done by international makeup artist Uzo and NARS cosmetics. She looked gorgeous!

Here’s a breakdown of the look and an inspiration:

The Inspiration

“The look was about a woman in a position of power. Ava’s statement-making makeup was kept soft and ethereal to balance her bold hairstyle and architectural Zac Posen gown. I created a velvety, smoky chocolate eye and soft neutral shades for her cheeks and lips.”

The Key Makeup Products

Image via The Gloss

Her hairstyle was done by celebrity natural hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood and I loved this! Basically, if I had locs, I would want them to look like hers!

Image via Felicia Leatherwood and @chescaleigh

Dress by Zac Posen.

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ZOYA NATUREL SATINS Collection. New texture for 2015!

From PR:

The next generation of Zoya Naturel is almost here! Introducing, Zoya Naturel Satins, a collection of six new, neutral nail polish colors in an ultra-wearable, low-sheen, chic satin finish. A hybrid between matte and glossy polishes, the new Zoya Satin* formula provides opaque coverage and is longer lasting than traditional matte shades. The flawlessly smooth finish hides imperfections and creates a luxurious, satin finish nail look.

Collection contains:

  • Leah: Lavender tinged taupe, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
  • Rowan: Creamy suede taupe, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
  • Sage: Mossy sage green, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
  • Tove: Misty slate grey, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
  • Brittany: Rose mauve cream, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
  • Ana: Light toasted almond, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.

Click here for more details!

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New Year, new makeup from NARS! Eye Opening Act 2015

Eye Opening Act 2015 by NARS Cosmetics

From PR:

For January 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces a limited-edition collection that delivers captivating range and dimension for eyes. The new Matte Velvet Shadow stick intensifies, while warm and cool eyeshadow palettes excite new depth for endless eye looks. The Illuminating Multiple brings light to shadow for eyes, lips and cheeks. The multi-purpose glow stick heightens the scene at every twist with a new light-reflecting formula of sheer brilliance.

The new Velvet Shadow Stick draws unscripted drama with potent matte pigments that define, intensify and shade eyelids in five long-wearing shades. This velvety matte formula applies easily and smoothly for crease-proof wear and is housed in a sleek propel/repel component in 5 staple shades.

  • FLIBUSTE VELVET SHADOW STICK, $28 – Black
  • DARK ANGEL VELVET SHADOW STICK, $28 – Brown
  • REYKJAVIK VELVET SHADOW STICK, $28 – Grey
  • GLÉNAN VELVET SHADOW STICK, $28 – Blue
  • NUNAVUT VELVET SHADOW STICK, $28 – Purple
  • ST. LUCIA ILLUMINATING MULTIPLE, $39 – Sheer rose

Dark Angel

 

Flibuste

 

Glénan

 

Nanuvut

 

Reykjavik

 

St. Lucia Illuminating Multiple

 

 

Check out the rest of the palettes and the collection here!

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Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas!!

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I hope that you having an amazing time with family and friends!  I have been thoroughly enjoying all the baking and cooking going on!  My Mum even made toolum (which is a traditional Trinbagonian candy made of molasses, flaked coconut and sugar).  Yum!!

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Toolum!

 

I made oatmeal cookies for the first time in ages! And the drink of the season has been sorrel (which is called hibiscus, bissap or karkadey in other countries).  We drink ours like a juice as opposed to a tea.

Anyway, what beauty goodies did you get from Santa this year??

Have a great holiday!!

Feliz Navidad a tod@s, Buon Natale a tutti, Feliz Natal a tod@s, Joyeux Noël a tous!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2014 Deals: Makeup & Natural Hair etc.

And also Grey Thursday and Small Business Saturday. The race to Christmas and shopping! Here is a round-up of many of the sales, discounts and special deals available this weekend in beauty, hair and some other sites that I like! Will be updated as needed…..

MAKEUP

  • Sephora: Online and in-stores. Numerous $10 deals. While supplies last. Starts: Friday 28th Nov.
  • Senna Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 20% off. Free Shipping over $50. Expires: Monday 1st December, 11:59PM PST
  • Smashbox: Online. Friends & Family Sale. Discount: 25% off of purchases over $50. Code: HOLIDAY14 Expires: Monday 1st December @ 2:59AM EST
  • Tarte Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 25% off everything including limited-edition sets. Code: FRIDAY Expires: Sunday 30th Nov.
  • MUD Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 25% off. Expires: Dec 2.
  • Shiseido: Online. Discount: 20% off. Code: FFSHISEIDO14 Expires: Monday 1st Dec
  • Sleek MakeUP: Online. Discount: 20% off, Black Friday only.
  • Mally Beauty: Online. Discount: 30% off. Expires: Friday 28th Nov @11:59PM EST
  • OCC Makeup: Online. Discount: 20% off all products. From Friday 28th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.
  • Eve Pearl: Online only. Discount: 40-60% off. Code: BP2014 While supplies last.
  • OFRA Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 50% off sitewide. Code: NOTJUSTFRIDAY From Friday 28th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.
  • Becca Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 20% off purchases over $50 + Free Shipping. Code: GOLD20 Limited time only.
  • Melt Cosmetics: Online. Discount: Buy 2 get 1 free. Code: BLACKFRIDAY Friday 28th only.

HAIR

  • Anita Grant: Online. Discount: 25% off No code needed. Ends Tuesday 2nd December or while supplies last.
  • Karen’s Body Beautiful – Online. Discount: 30% off all purchases over $40. Code: BLACKFRIDAY Expires: Friday 28th Nov @ midnight. Discount: 25% off all purchases over $40. Code: SHOPSMALL Expires: Sunday 30th Nov @ midnight
  • Oyin Handmade: Online. Discount: 25% off everything. Code: #blackfriday and Free Shipping and Handling for domestic orders. From Friday 28th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.
  • Hairveda: Online. Discount: See online. From Friday 28th Nov to Sunday 30th Nov.
  • DooBop: Online. Discount: 30% off sitewide. Code: BLACKFRIDAY From Friday 28th Nov to Sunday 30th Nov
  • Zenzele: Online and in-store. Discount: 25% off sitewide. From Nov 24 to Nov 30
  • Darcy’s Botanicals: Online. Discount: 25% off. Code: THANKYOU From Thurs 27th Nov to Sunday 30th Nov.
  • Camille Rose Naturals: Online. Discount: 25% off. Code:CRNBLACKFRIDAY. From Friday 28th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.
  • Coco Curls: Online. Buy 1 get 1 half off + free shipping. Black Friday only.
  • Qhemet Biologics: Online. Discount: 20% off + Free domestic shipping for orders over $70. Code: Thankful  Starts: Monday 1st December @ 12 noon EST/9 AM PST.  Last for 8 hours only.  Ends: 8PM EST.
  • SheaMoisture: Online. Discount: 30% off all. No code needed. Monday 1st December only.  From 9 AM to 5 PM.

 

OTHER

  •  Fanm Djam. Online. Discount: 10% off $50+ Code: BF50 Discount: 20% off $100+ Code: BF100 From Thur 27th Nov to Mon 1st Dec
  • Chen Burkett: Online. Discount: 25% off. Code: BLACKFRIDAY Valid on Black Friday 28th Nov only. Discount: 15% off. Code: CYBER15 Valid; Saturday 29th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.

Laters!