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My Must Haves: The Best Beauty Products 2016

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Happy New Year!!! I hope that you have been enjoying 2017 so far!  I have been more mindful to enjoy life a little bit more in this new year.  More self-care, appreciation of life, and to be more bold.  With that, I want to take a look back at all the best beauty products that I loved in 2016.  These were my must-haves and I constantly repurchased them and will continue to remain in heavy rotation.  

These are the #beauty products that I could not live without in 2016! Click To Tweet

In the video below, I also give brief reviews and all the products mentioned are listed below.

 

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Festive New Year’s Eve party makeup on dark skin!

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It is the very end of 2016! The very last day! I am not going to go into how crazy this year has been. I’m going to keep it really upbeat.  This is a festive New Year’s Eve party makeup tutorial that will also work for the upcoming Carnival fete season.  We are officially in the Christmas period, but since Christmas night, deejays have been playing the latest soca offerings for 2017.  We doh make joke with Carnival!

I decided on this look when I saw a video posted by the legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath, portraying her latest Skin Labs offerings.  Cream and powder metallic and glitter eye shadows in silver, bronze, gold and copper.  I did not pick any of these kits but loved the look so much for its simplicity and its impact.  

Here is the look

New Year's Eve party makeup tutorial 1

New Year's Eve party makeup tutorial 2

New Year's Eve party makeup tutorial 3

New Year's Eve party makeup tutorial 4

I could not decide on the lip so I am showing you both!

I am using many of my favourite products for 2016 as well as some more recent purchases.  If you don’t have the exact products that I used, pick up some great inexpensive alternatives from NYX, and ColourPop Cosmetics.  

The complete video tutorial is below and I have listed all the products used.

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“Whey de lime” Fridays: Christmas is upon us!

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Can you believe it?  The holidays are here! It’s Christmas! C’est Noël!

This is my favourite time of year.  I simply love it.  The memories, the sights, the sounds, the food of Christmases past continue to stay with me.  For me it is not even about the getting of gifts, it’s the whole atmosphere, the feelings, the parang and the pastelles!

So that is what I am looking forward to this weekend.  Christmas.  I am home with my family in Trinidad and I am excited.  

So best wishes from me to you.  Let me know what is your favourite dish for Christmas?

Mine is paimie.  

Image of paimie from TriniGourmet Christmas dish

Paimie. Image via TriniGourmet

This is a traditional dish similar to a pastel made with ground corn, coconut,raisins, cinnamon and other aromatic spices.  It is quite sweet. Here is the paimie recipe from The Naparima Cookbook

And by the way, if you are still looking for an idea for your Christmas day get-together makeup look, I created this easy, festive red lip here.

Festive, holiday look

Laters!

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Holiday Makeup look red lips tutorial for WOC

Hello all!

We are well into December, and I am in the Christmas spirit! Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year!  There is something about the atmosphere and mood of the place that I love.  The smells and sounds of this time of year are vivid in my memories from since childhood.  I think I may love the run up and anticipation of the holiday more than the actual day itself.  I have been playing parang since October!  So, in the spirit of Christmas, I am doing a simple, but glam holiday makeup look, that features a bold red, Christmas-y lip.  This is great look to quickly go from desk to dinner or to your company holiday party.  I kept the eyes understated as this is all about the lips!

Here’s the video!

All products used are listed below!

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Black Friday Cyber Monday Deals 2016! Incl black owned

 

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It’s that time of year! Holiday shopping! It is officially the beginning of the insane shopping season in the US.  This is a great time to pick up the items that you have been eyeing for yourself or for someone else at a discounted price.  Online shopping is becoming a bigger player in the game so there are sure to be tons of deals that you can get even if you do not live in the United States.  So….here are the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals… Check back later as I will add new deals as I get them.

Black- Owned Black Friday Cyber Monday deals

Jane Carter Solution

Date: Until 30th November. Discount: 75% off select products plus free shipping on orders over $50. Online at janecartersolution.com

J Carter Men

Date: Now – 30th November 2016. Discount: BOGO (buy one get one free, of the same price). Code: BOGOSALE

Anita Grant

Date: Saturday 26th November – Wednesday 30th November.  Discount: 20% off everything. Code: CYBER

Karen’s Body Beautiful

Date: Now – Sunday 27th November.  Discount: 35% off, $30 minimum purchase.  Code: BLACKFRIDAY

Bellegant Cosmetics

Date: Begins Friday 25th November at 12am.  Discount: Various.  Free shipping on orders over $50.

Shea Moisture

Date: Friday 25th November – Tuesday 29th at 3am EST November.  Discount: 30% off and free shipping over $25

Fanm Djanm

Date: Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November at 11pm EST. Discount: 20% off select headscarves, 30% off select jewellry, 50% off all clothing.

Mischo Beauty

Date: Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November 11:59pm EST. Discount: 50% off all polishes. Code: BLACKFRIDAY50

Oyin Handmade

Date:  Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 30% off everything. Code: No code needed.

Damone Roberts

Date: Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 30% off on Black Friday and BOGO on select Damone Roberts signature products on Cyber Monday.  Online only. Code: No code needed.

Entwine Couture

Date: Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 40% off + free shipping in the US for purchases over $50. Code: BIGBLACK2016.

Ixora Botanical Beauty

Date: Monday 28th November. Discount: 20% off of purchases of 1-2 products. Code: CYBER20. Discount: 25% off of purchases of 3 or more products. Code: CYBER25.

CurlMart by NaturallyCurly

Date: Now – Sunday 27th November. Discount: 25% storewide.  Code: No code needed. Extended one more day to Monday 28th November.  

The Wrap Life

Date: Monday 28th November.  Discount: Sale on selected styles + free shipping.  Code: CYBERMONDAY

Satin-Lined Caps

Date: Monday 28th November.  Sale: 30% off + free shipping. Code: No code needed. 

AJ Crimson Beauty

Date: Monday 28th November.  Discount: 60% off.  Code: BUYBLACK

Clovee Products

Date: Monday 28th November. Discount: 25% off + free shipping. Code: CYBERMON

OOO Polish

Date: Monday 28th November.  Discount: 30% off + free shipping on orders over $30. Code: 30NAIL

Other Black Friday Cyber Monday deals

DDF

Dates: Thursday 24th November at 6pm EST – Friday 25th November at 11:59pm EST, Saturday 26th November at 12:00 am EST – Sunday 27th November 11:59pm EST, Monday 28th November at 12:00 am EST – Tuesday 29th November 11:59pm EST

YSL Beauty

Date: Until 28th November. Discount: 20% off orders $75+, and complementary shipping, Code: PRIVATESALE2016, online at yslbeautyus.com

Cargo Cosmetics

Date: Monday 21st November until…. Discount: 25% off sitewide

Smashbox

Friends & Family sale: Discount: 25% off when you spend $50+. Code: HOLIDAY16

Illamasqua

Date: Now until….Discount: Up to 70% off selected lines at Liverpool, Leeds, London Beak Street stores and online at illamasqua.com.

Temptu

Date: Now until…Discount: 25% off. Code FALLFF

Camera Ready Cosmetics

Date:  Tuesday 22nd November – Saturday 26th November. Discount: 20% off. Code: BLKFRI20. Online only

Drunk Elephant

Date: Friday 25th November –  Monday 28th November. Discount: 20% off all products. Code: STUFFED

Kiehl’s

Date: Friday 25th November –  Monday 28th November. Discount: $20 off of $65+. Code: JINGLE

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Date: Friday 25th November –  Monday 28th November. Discount: 40% off sitewide

Paula’s Choice

Date: Friday 25th November –  Monday 28th November. Discount: 20% off + free shipping

Urban Decay

Date: Friday 25th November –  Monday 28th November. Discount: 20% off sitewide + free shipping. Code: BLACKER

M.A.C. Cosmetics

Date: Wednesday  23th November – Wednesday 30th November. Discount: 40% off select trend shades and limited edition colours.  In store and online at http://bit.ly/MACGoodbyesUS

Gleam by Melanie Mills

Date: Thursday 24th November – Monday 28th November.  Discount: 50% off regularly priced merchandise + free shipping in the US and Canada on orders over $50. Code: GOBBLE16

Barielle

Date: Now – Friday 25th November. Discount: 35% off sitewide plus free shipping. Code: BLACKFRIDAY2016

Senna Cosmetics

Date: Wednesday 23rd November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 25% off. Code: GIVING

Mario Badescu

Date: Friday 25th November – Saturday 26th November.  Discount: 10% off of orders over $50, plus free shipping.  Code: FRIDAY

MUD
Date: Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November.  Discount: 25% off plus free shipping on all domestic orders. Code: THANKS25  

Cover FX

Date:  Now – Monday 28th November at 11:59PM. Discount: 25% off. Code: TURKEY25

NARS Cosmetics

Date: Friday 25th November – Tuesday 29th November.  Discount: 20% off, online and in NARS boutiques.  Code:  TAKE20

Z Palette

Date: Thursday 24th November – Monday 28th November.  Discount: 30% off all Z palettes.  

Curlformers

Date: Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 20% all orders.  Code: NO code needed.

Peach & Lily

Date:  Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 30% off everything. Code: GIVETHANKS30

Brigeo Hair Care

Date:  Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 15% off + free shipping $60+. Code: BLACKFRIDAY

Orly

Date:  Friday 25th November only. Discount: 40% off everything. Code: No code

ColourPop Cosmetics

Date: Monday 28th November. Discount: 20% off. Code: No code needed

Skyn Iceland

Date: Monday 28th November. Discount: 30% off. Code: No code needed.

Pixi Beauty 

Date: Monday 28th November. Discount: 30% off. Code: No code neeed.

Ardency Inn

Date: Monday 28th November.  Discount: 30% off.  Code: CYBERMONDAY

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