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The best neon nail polishes! Cirque Colors Vice 2018 collection

My prayers have been answered! Cirque Colors has brought out a neon nail polish collection for Summer 2018! Cirque Colors Vice 2018 is limited edition and will be gone by mid September. I posted a picture of one of my favourite pick ups for 2017 and I was able to expand on my collection. Neon colours are notoriously hard to get right. They either are not bright enough, or they have a chalky texture or they lose their intensity really quickly.

Cirque Colors Vice 2018 collection has some of the best neons that I have ever tried. Seriously, go check them out! I have been rocking these as often as I could. I love them! A few notes on this particular formula:

Cirque Colors Vice 2018 Tips
  • They don’t need a white base coat.  Full opacity in 2 coats and what you see in the bottle is what you get!
  • They dry down to a plasticized/semi-matte finish. Must use a glossy top coat to maintain the brilliance of the colour.
  • These are blacklight reactive! They glow!!

I picked up four of the six shades. Here are some pictures and a video that I did on this collection.

Cirque Colors Vice 2018 in Pictures and Video
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Boozy Brunch

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Taboo

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What happened at The Makeup Show NYC 2018 + Pictures

Hey!

The Makeup Show NYC 2018 is in the books! TMS happened a few weeks ago and I wanted to do my annual roundup, where I give some of my thoughts. I was given the opportunity to attend both The Makeup Show and the Blogger Preview. There were a few changes in the format, the education offered and the brands involved but the entire event felt just as informative and exciting that it always does. I did notice that there were a few absent brands that are normally there and there were a few brands with booths that I did not expect to see there, such as Covergirl.

Anyway, TMS NYC was well organised and I felt as though they did a better job at crowd control.

The Makeup Show NYC 2018: What I learned/what I picked up

So, I did a little damage at the show and I picked up a few items, including the launch of the MUFE Artist Color pencils, which comes in 40 shades. The Inglot x Jennifer Lopez collection was also available. So was Mother, Pat McGrath!

In another first, there were two artists honoured, Danessa Myricks and Moshoodat. Allyuh already know how much like Danessa, but Moshoodat is new brand (to me!). I realized that I have been admiring a lot of work without know who she was! She did an amazing keynote and her makeup creation was fiyah!!

Check out some of the pics from the event!

Thanks to The Makeup Show organizers!

The Makeup Show NYC 2018: Pictures

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Body art by Mehron Cosmetics

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Maybelline The Burgundy Bar Review: The hottest drugstore palette is here!

Maybelline The Burgundy Bar Review: The palette is finally stateside! It was released in Europe a few months ago and people have been raving! It has been a long time since I have heard this much hype over a drugstore palette. This is a continuation of “The Bar” line that Maybelline and it has arrived in the US. I am not sure if they had originally planned to have a U.S. release, but a few weeks ago, while browsing Twitter, I saw that Maybelline was directly linking to and selling this palette on Amazon! So, that surprised me a little bit and I was not aware of this. I had to get a few other items so the palette was added to my shopping cart.

This is a 12-shade palette – 10 shimmers and 2 matte. Most of the shades are champagnes, taupes and brown neutrals with a few red-toned shades. My favourite shade in the palette is the deep, rich burgundy one on the second row. The shimmer shades definitely have reflects, but none of them are glittery. There are only two matte shades, a medium taupe and a cool dark brown. According to Maybelline, the palette gives 13 different looks and it is broken up into 3 quads, or 4 trios or 5 duos. The ways the colours are arranged, adjacent colours in the quad trio or duo are meant to be used together.

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Swatches – First quad

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Swatches – Second quad

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Swatches – Third Quad

Here’s the video review and tutorial that did using this palette. Check it out below. All the products that I mentioned are going to be listed further down in the blog post, as well as close up pictures and more details on the product.

Maybelline The Burgundy Bar Review- Video

 

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The 8 best volumizing mascaras that you must buy now

Everyone loves the look of full, lush lashes! We spend millions of dollars a year buying mascaras or going to the salon to get individual lashes installed. I myself cannot live without mascara and I often have at least two tubes open at any given time. I usually crave the biggest, baddest lashes. The more volume the better. I don’t really care for curling and I like length, but I love volume. So here are my picks for the 8 best volumizing mascaras that you must try. There’s a mix of drugstore and high-end so you are bound to find something that you like.

Best Volumizing Mascara – Tips

When I am picking a mascara, there are a few things that I look for:

  • The blackest and sootiest of blacks. Because of my dark skin, I love wearing the blackest shade that I can find. I have no time for soft blacks or browns.
  • Full mascara brush – I really like a traditional mascara brush. Especially if it is on the larger side. I am not a crazy fan of the plastic, comb-style brushes. I love the fullness that they give.
  • Long wearing – but washable. I don’t want the mascara to flake off, especially after an intense workout. I don’t do waterproof mascaras.
Best Volumizing Mascaras – Video

 

 

Best Volumizing Mascaras – The List
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Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

Best Volumizing Mascara 2

Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

Let me know what is your favourite mascara in the comments.

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How to: Witch inspired Halloween makeup using OCC “Hex” Lip Tar

Halloween. A holiday that I am not crazy about. But I love to see people dressing up in different costumes especially here in New York City, where one of the largest Halloween street parades happens in the Village.

A few weeks ago, I attended the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Fall 2017 launch called “The Season of the Witch”. This is an entire collection inspired by witches, wizardry and it’s very autumnal! The stand out Lip Tar from this collection is called ‘Hex’, a very plummy, reddish-purple with gold and silver microglitter. So pretty and it looks great on dark skin. The collection also contains 5 other Lip Tars, 6 Loose Colour Concentrates and 2 nail lacquers.

OCC Fall 2017 Launch promo

“Season of the Witch”. Image via OCC Makeup

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Hex Lip Tar by OCC Makeup

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Swatches: Left – applied from the wand and allowed to dry. Right: Blotted down with tissue

I really wanted to incorporate Hex into a look and decided that this would be great as inspiration for a Halloween look. This is my ‘not dressing up, but still wearing makeup’ Halloween makeup tutorial. Of course you wear this with your costume, to a party, trick-or-treating or anytime you are looking for a twist on a smoky eye.

Here’s the look I came up with.

Halloween Makeup Tutorial – Pics

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And here’s the video tutorial

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