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The Best in Black Beauty you need to know – UOMA Beauty

This is a long overdue post. As far as I am concerned, UOMA Beauty was the Best in Black Beauty, the Best in Beauty for 2019.  The interesting thing is, this black woman-owned beauty brand debuted in 2019. UOMA came out on absolute fire and I love it.  I also want to point out how difficult it is to bring out an entire makeup line all at once. And we were hyped even before it launched! Massive respect to Sharon.

Anyway, if you can’t tell, I love this brand and what it stands for.  UOMA means beautiful. UOMA stands for inclusion, and embracing beauty in all, bathing in vibrant colour and freedom of expression.  And I especially love that the brand is unapologetically black. UOMA celebrates the gloriousness of the African diaspora.  I have been buying some pieces over the past year and here are my thoughts

UOMA Beauty – Video

Here’s the video I did with my review…..and this look is almost entirely UOMA!

Uoma Beauty Say What Foundation
UOMA Beauty Say What Foundation
UOMA Beauty Say What Foundation
UOMA Beauty Say What Foundation
UOMA Beauty Say What Foundation in T1N Black Pearl

Probably the most talked about product in the entire collection. 

  • 51 shades
  • Foundation with skincare ingredients
  • 6 different skintone group called skin kins
  • Each skin kin has its own unique formula catering to the needs to that category
  • Skin like, vibrant matte, blurring finish
  • Buildable to full coverage
  • Longwearing, weightless, hydrating

This product comes in a frosted glass bottle with a pump and I am in shade T1N Black Pearl, which is the darkest skin kin.  There are shades darker that this one.  Really great formula.  Feels like nothing on the skin and even though it dries down to a matte finish, it does not suck the moisture out of my dry skin. And I love the skin-like finish.

UOMA Beauty Black Magic Carnival Bronzing Highlighter
UOMA Beauty Carnival Bronzing Highlighter
UOMA Beauty Black Magic Carnival Bronzing Highlighter
UOMA Beauty Black Magic Carnival Bronzing Highlighter
UOMA Beauty Black Magic Carnival Bronzing Highlighter in Barbados

Part of a limited edition collection honouring the festival of colour and of freedom, Carnival!

  • 2 shades
  • Bronzing and highlighting 
  • Creamy powder
  • Massive compact for face and body use
  • Delicious coconut scent (but not overwhelming, which I love!)

The packaging is gorgeous! Cardboard compact with a very large mirror that matches the very large pan of product! Seriously you get 18.5g of product. It will never done! And the artwork on the packaging. A carnival motif complete with gold foil.  I got the shade Barbados.  It’s the darker of the two shades. This is beautiful deep golden bronze. Suitable for all skin tones but great on medium-dark to dark skin.  This highlighter is very smooth, and shimmery, not glittery. One thing to note, if you have textured skin (like acne scars, enlarged pores), this product may emphasize that texture. I would recommend using a light touch, fluffy, less dense brush and a primer that can smooth or fill-in the texture.

UOMA Beauty - Foundation and Highlighter
I’m wearing the foundation and the highlighter (along with Tracy) in this pic. The foundation is a *touch* too dark for me. Been inside due to COVID and have lost pigmentation. But lovely finish. I am also wearing the highlighter on my cheeks AND on my eyelids as an eyeshadow. This product can be bumped up for a super intense shine or as a wash of colour.
UOMA Beauty Badass Icon Lipsticks
UOMA Beauty Badass Icon Matte Lipsticks
UOMA Beauty Badass Icon Matte Lipsticks

I think after the complexion products, I think these matte lipsticks are the second most spoken about product.

  • Highly pigmented
  • Matte finish
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth, buttery formula – contains mango butter
  • Shades named after powerful black women
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Best neon polishes for summer-Cirque Colors Vice 2020

The nail polish collection that I look forward to most of all every year. The Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Collection.  An annual collection of shocking neon shades. Seriously, I say this every year, but Cirque makes the best neon polishes that I have tried. The colours are legit! When it is summer time or I am in the Caribbean,  I love wearing super bright shades, they look amazing against dark skin!

Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Collection –  What to know

Before I get to the swatches here are a few things to note:

  • Limited Edition
  • Big 10 Free
  • Vegan & Cruelty Free
  • Woman owned, small business
  • No need to wear a white base coat – colour stays vibrant and true
  • Neon shades dry down to a plastic finish – not matte but not shiny – I highly recommend using a shiny top coat
  • Shades are blacklight/UV reactive – they glow!!!

Collection is a mix of brand new and repromoted shades

I bought all of these polishes.  For the most part, they all applied easily and smoothly, with full opacity in 2 coats.  Cirque uses a standard nail polish brush (not the wide style). 

Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Collection – Video
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Collection – Swatches
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Collection
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Blacklight
All the shades….under blacklight/UV reactive. Image via cirquecolors.com

Now to the swatches!

Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Thirsty
Thirsty – brand new. A neon minty green creme. Surprisingly beautiful colour, bright and not pastel or chalky. Looks great on dark skin.
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Euphoria
Euphoria – brand new. A gorgeous neon lilac creme. First shade that I knew that I had to get. I love purples and I love shades like this!
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Superfreak
Superfreak – brand new. The brightest, neon orange. Literally, traffic cone orange. If you bought the previously released shade, Game Over, that is definitely more of a red-orange and Superfreak is an unmistakable orange.
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Retail Therapy
Retail Therapy – repromote. They released this in 2018 and I bought it then. A bright neon fuschia pink. I am not crazy about pink polishes except if they are rich, and not bubble gummy.
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Hedonist
Hedonist – repromote. Again released with the Vice 2018 collection, and I also bought it then. A true, true primary yellow neon shade. Reads a little on the cool side, and it looks brilliant against dark skin.

There are two other shades that I did not purchase. They didn’t really call to me, but let me know if you bought them. They are:

Cyber – neon grass green (use dark skin Cirque image)

Cyber – neon grass green. Image via CirqueColors.com
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Valley Of The Dolls
Valley Of The Dolls – neon bubblegum pink (Image via CirqueColors.com)

I love this collection, as usual.  Shades from the Vice 2020 collection cost US$12.50 each and are available from the Cirque Colors website for a limited time.

Let me know what you picked up! Check out my other Cirque Colors review!

Laters!


Hope everyone is well and staying safe. Please – WearAMask

#BlackLivesMatter

Get informed: blacklivesmatter.com

Donate to help eradicate racism: aclu.org; justiceforbreonna.org; knowyourrights.org

Register to vote: vote.org; ebctt.com

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FTC Disclosure: Products were purchased by me, Noire Tropical Beauty.  All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own. I have not been compensated for this review.  For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.

Quarantine beauty haul – What I bought

So….I’ve been shopping. This is a new world that we are living in. Being on lock down in one of the hardest hit cities globally is challenging. Unable to go into stores, I have been indulging in online retail therapy! There have been a lot of sales on beauty products, clothes etc as businesses are trying to get rid of excess inventory and to make up for lost foot traffic. So here’s my quarantine beauty haul (maybe the first of more).

I picked up some items from some of my favourite places like Sephora and Make Up For Ever. Video and pictures below. Let me know you want to see a tutorial or review on any of these products.

Quarantine Beauty Haul – Video
Check it out!
Quarantine Beauty Haul – Pictures: Makeup
Quarantine Beauty Haul M.A.C. Selena La Reina
M.A.C Selena La Reina Collection
M.A.C. Selena La Reina Collection - Queen Of Cumbia
M.A.C. Selena La Reina Collection – Queen Of Cumbia
MAC Selena La Reina - Queen of Cumbia Lipstick
Queen Of Cumbia Lipstick
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Blush
Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in 06 Daiquiri Dip
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Blush in 06 Daiquiri Dip
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in 06 Daiquiri Dip
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in 06 Daiquiri Dip
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in 06 Daiquiri Dip
Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara
Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Full Frontal Volume, Lift and Curl Mascara
Kosas 10-Second Eye Shadow in Element
Kosas 10-Second Eyeshadow in Element
NARS Cosmetics Orgasm X Blush
NARS Cosmetics Orgasm X Blush
Killian Fun Things Always Happen After Sunset EDP
Kilian Fun Things Always Happen After Sunset EDP
Quarantine Beauty Haul – Pictures: Skincare

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel – Check out the full review here!

DDG Alpha Beta Peel
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion, 2 oz – Check out my previous review here

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion
Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser
Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser
Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturizer Mini
Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturizer Mini

Sephora Collection Organic Cotton Pads

Let me know if you have bought any beauty goodies!

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Black Lives Matter – What it means to me

black lives matter blog post

Hi everyone,

I have not written in a long time on this blog. Still trying to figure out how I want it to evolve.

We are living in unprecedented times. There is a global pandemic that has fundamentally changed the way we live forever. The number of people infected continue to explode across the US and with that the number of casualties continues to increase exponentially. Many of us are risking our lives and our safety as essential workers. Many have lost their jobs. The rest of us have adapted to working from home. So for the foreseeable future, stay physically distant but socially connected. And wear a mask. Over your nose and your mouth.

There is something else that has creeped to the forefront of society that has existed for centuries. That’s racism. Particularly the racism against Black people. From slavery to colonialism to after effects of these atrocities, we have been carrying this burden for generations. Racism is widespread, global, it has permeated every single aspect of Black life. And when I say we, I mean me, I mean us. If you are new to my blog, my name is Nerissa and I am Black. Unapologetically. This is the first time that I remember Black people, as a collective, openly express pain, and acknowledge how much of our daily life is marked by racism.

The primary goal of my blog has always been to provide a Black point of view of beauty. What is looks like, what it sounds like, what is it. For far too long, we have been neglected or straight outcast by the mainstream. Companies most oftentimes consider blackness as an afterthought, sometimes not at all. Something as simple as finding suitable foundation shades, or nail polish swatches on dark skin, is still a challenge, although our options have become a lot better in the last 5-10 years. But it is still a struggle.

I always want to uplift blackness and show the world how beautiful it is. How beautiful we are. Tell Black stories, support Black businesses and continue working on change and global equality.

So here are some resources to get better educated:

And, as always, Black Lives Matter.

 

The Best Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2019 deals – Beauty and Natural Hair

The holiday season and the end of the year already! 2019 has flown by! So, without further ado, here are the best Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2019 Beauty and Natural Hair deals. Check back often as I will update the list as I get more information. One thing this year, is that I have found that many companies have started the Black Friday savings days and weeks earlier. The retail industry seems to be extending the shopping season, so some of these deals may have been already available at the time of publishing. If you have found any great beauty or natural hair deals, especially if they are from POC owned brands, that I have missed, let me know in the comments below! Happy Shopping!!

Black Friday _Cyber Monday

Beauty

  • Beauty Bakerie – Date: Now – Dec 2,  Discount Details: 40% off,   Code: No code needed
  • Bobbi Brown – Date: Nov 26 – Nov 27, Time: 11:59PM PST, Discount Details: 25% off all orders, Code: No code needed
  • Charlotte Tilbury – Date: Now – Dec 2, Time: Ends 11:59pm BST, Discount Details: 30% off selected items, Code: No code needed
  • Cirque Colors – Date: Now – Dec 5, Time: TBD, Discount Details: 20% off, Code: HOLIDAY2019
  • ColourPop Cosmetics – Date: TBD, Time: TBD, Discount Details: 30% off, Code: No code needed
  • Coloured Raine – Date: Now – Dec 9, Time: Up to 11:59PM PST, Discount Details: Up to 75% off select items, Code: No code needed
  • CosRx – Date: Nov 25 – Nov 29, Discount Details: 50% off select items, Code: No Code Needed
  • Illamasqua Date: Black Friday, 11/29, Time: All Day, Discount Details: Up to 50% off + extra 10% off with code, Code: EXTRA10
  • Glossier – Date:   Nov 29 – Dec 2, Discount Details: 20% off   Code: No code needed
  • Juvia’s Place – Date: Now – TBD, Discount Details: 45% off, Code: No code
  • Kevyn Aucoin Beauty – Date: Now – Dec 1, Discount Details: 25% off, Code: BF25
  • Live Tinted – Date: Now – Dec 29, Time: N/A, Discount Details: Buy 3 Multisticks, get Rise Multistick FREE + Free US shipping, Code: No code needed
  • Make Up For Ever – Date: Nov 29 –   Dec 2,  Discount Details:    Code:
  • Melanie Mills Hollywood – Date: Now – Nov 29, Discount Details: 55% off Code: No code needed
  • Mented Cosmetics – Date: Now Discount Details: Up to 30% off, plus 4 FREE gifts with purchase Code: No code needed
  • NARS Cosmetics – Date: Nov 26 – Dec 3, Discount Details: 20% off all purchases or 30% off $150+, Code: MORENARS
  • Natasha Denona – Date: Now – Dec 2, Discount Details: Up to 50% off online and in-store, Code: No code needed
  • NYX Cosmetics – Date:   Time:  Discount Details: 30% off   Code:
  • OhLolly – Date: Nov 22 – Dec 3, Discount Details: 25% off, Code: BFCM2019
  • Orly – Date: Now – Dec 2, Discount Details: At least 40% off,  Code: No code needed
  • Pat McGrath Labs – Date: Now until Mon 2nd Dec, Time: Until 11:59pm, Discount Details: 25% off purchases under $150, 30% off of purchases $150+, Code: No code needed.
  • Paula’s Choice – Date: Now – Nov 27, Discount Details: 20% off sitewide + 25% off best sellars + 2 Free gifts on $125+, Code: No coded needed
  • Peach & Lily – Date: Now – Dec 3, Time: Until 11: 59PM PST, Discount Details: 30% off, Code: PEACH 2019
  • Prime Beauty – Date:  Nov 28 – Dec 2,  Discount Details: 40% off, Code: No code needed
  • Sacha Cosmetics – Date: Time: Discount Details: 30% off at all Image Centres, 40% off all products online, Code: No code needed
  • Shiseido – Date: Now – Dec 1,  Discount Details:  20% off all items + extra 10% off select items,  Code: No code needed
  • Smashbox – Date: Nov 28 – Dec 1,  Discount Details:  25% off + free shipping,  Code: No code needed
  • Supergoop – Date: Now – Nov 29, Discount Details: 20% off Code: GET20
  • Too Faced Cosmetics – Date: Now – Dec 2, Time: 11:59PM PST, Discount Details: 30% off + Free US shipping Code: PINK30
  • Uoma Beauty – Date: Now, Discount Details: 20% off Code: No code needed. Also All Star Kit ($208 value) for $99 (Nov 27 only). Also up to 50% off foundations and concealers
  • Zoya – Date: Now – Nov 30th Time: Ends 11:59pm ET Discount Details: Get any 2 colour FREE, plus buy a 3rd colour and gt 3 Z-Wide brushes Code: BLKFRDY19

Natural Hair

  • Alikay Naturals – Date:  Nov 28 – Nov 29, Time: 12am – 11:59pm EST, Discount Details:  40% off, and 20% off all gallons. Code: No code needed.
  • Anita Grant – Date: Now –  Dec 3,  Time: Until 11:59pm UK time,  Discount Details: Up to 30% off,   Code: for 20% off use code 20%, 150GBP+ use code 25%, 175GBP+ use code 30%
  • Briogeo – Date: Now – TBD, Discount Details: 20% off, Code: HOLIDAY
  • Brush With The Best (Felicia Leatherwood) – Date: Nov 27 – Nov 28. Time: Starts at midnight, ends midnight Black Friday. Discount Details: $4 off with code BLACKFRIDAY. For $6 off order with purchase of 2 Brushes with code BWTB2
  • Devacurl – Date: Nov 29 – Dec 1, Discount Details: Buy 2 stylers get 1 free, Code: No code needed
  • Fanm Djanm – Date: Now – Dec 2,  Discount Details: Up to 40% – 50% off,  Code: No code needed
  • Hair Paint Wax – Date: Now – Dec 2,  Discount Details:  40% off,  Code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • Oyin Handmade – Date: Nov 25 – Nov 29, Time: N/A, Discount Details: 30% off, Code: No code needed
  • Pattern Beauty – Date: Thurs Nov 28 @ 4pm – Nov 29 @ 11:59PM PST,  Discount Details: 20% off, Code: No code needed
  • The Doux – Date: Now – TBD, Discount Details: 30% off, Code: AAAYYYEEE
  • The Wrap Life – Date: Nov 26 – Dec 2, Discount Details: Up to 40% off, Code: No code needed. Also specials in store from Sat 30 Nov.

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