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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

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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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Is the Fenty Beauty foundation a game changer for people of color?

The brand that shook up the beauty world! Fenty Beauty By Rihanna. I have been in the beauty game for a long time. I have been obsessed with beauty products for an even longer time. There were times that I spent all day online refreshing the comments on my favourite makeup forums waiting for the latest leaked news on upcoming collections. I don’t think I remember this much hype and this much excitement and this much anticipation for the release of a new beauty line or product. But Rihanna’s new entry into the beauty game garnered just that. Particularly amongst women of colour. Once the promo images started coming in and word came out that the initial launch will include 40 shades of Fenty Beauty foundation, myself and pretty much every medium to dark skin women of colour started saving our pennies. People with noticeable amounts of melanin still continue to struggle to find a sufficient variety of options when it comes to foundations. And I have heard all the excuses, none of them acceptable.

This a long post, and I have a lot to say. If you want to skip to different sections, use the links below:

  • Background information on Fenty Beauty, click here
  • Tips on buying the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, click here
  • Fenty Beauty Foundation – Video – click here
  • Fenty Beauty Review – click here


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Fenty Beauty launched on September 9th in the US and 17 other countries. It is available online and in some stores. There was a massive launch party at the Sephora Times Square in New York at midnight and the Bajan Princess was there! Based on the Instagram live feeds, it was pure bacchanal and chaos! I went to the Sephora a little later in the morning (about 8 am) after the initial crowds died down. Anyone that was in the store was at the Fenty Beauty display. The entire collection is gorgeous and well done. I’m just going to let you know right now that this hype is real. This is a legitimately good quality line. I was so excited and I was excited looking at other dark skin women being excited about makeup.

This is a permanent, complexion collection with the focus being on the skin and enhancing the colour and the glow. It was more recently announced that there will be a limited edition colour release for the holidays – eye shadow palette, lip glosses etc. But the core collection is going to be around.

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Top: 490, Middle: 480, Bottom: 470

I picked up two samples of the Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in shades #470 and 480. The darkest shade is #490. There are a lot of options for medium to deep dark skintones. The South Sudanese/Australian model Duckie is one of the faces of the brand. And the more interesting thing about the shade selection is the inclusion of the subtlities in undertones. Warm, cool, neutral, less red, more blue, less yellow, more green. This makes FB one of the more unique compared to other brands that offer that wide of a range.

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The 3 best ways to get waterproof makeup basics without breaking the bank!

Welcome to Part 3 of the #SummaSoaka Series! In this post, I will talk about products that you can use to make your existing makeup collection waterproof and water-resistant.   These are your waterproof makeup basics.  A great option if you don’t want to completely overhaul your stash.

If you have missed the other two parts of the #SummaSoaka Series, check them out below:

Here’s the video that I created discussing the waterproofing your makeup.

Summa Soaka – Waterproof Makeup Basics – Video

All products mentioned in the video above are listed below. Let me know if you have discovered something good that will make the list!

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