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Black Lives Matter – What it means to me

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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.

 

NEW Colourpop BFF Mascara – Are these the best colored mascaras?

Coloured mascaras! I am so excited! Colourpop Cosmetics recently came out with 7 new coloured mascaras – 1 black and 6 colours. These are the Colourpop BFF Mascaras. Coloured mascaras are not that prevalent on the market in the US and for the most part, companies bring out black (and variations of black), brown, navy and maybe a burgundy. Oftentimes, brands will bring out a limited edition coloured mascara collection for summer, and this is a permanent line, so that makes me very happy.

If you are interested in looking at my video review instead, click here…otherwise check out the review below.

BFF Mascara Details

There are 7 shades. I bought 5. I did not get the black shade nor the yellow shade. They are available on the Colourpop website and they retail for $8 each for 7 oz. You can buy the entire set at a discount or there are lots of discount codes floating around on the internet (unfortunately I don’t have one).

Colourpop claims that this product volumizes, lengthens and lifts lashes, using a unique nylon brush and does not flake. The formula is also buildable.

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BFF Mascara comes in a pale lavender box with multicoloured foil and iridescent text, mimicking the colours of the mascaras. The tube is made of white plastic with metallic foil matching the colour of the mascara.

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Colourpop BFF Mascara

The BFF Mascara has a large bristle brush with shorter bristles in the middle of the brush. The formula has a slight sheen to it and was not too thick.

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The Best Black Friday Deals – 2018 Beauty Edition – What’s on sale

This is literally the fastest year that I could remember. I cannot believe that it is already Thanksgiving. 2018 is pretty much done and here’s a round up of the all the beauty Black Friday deals. I am also including Cyber Monday deals as well. Check back often as I will be updating as I get more information. Let me know what you are excited to buy!

Oh by the way, black owned or woman of colour owned brands will be marked with an asterisk (*).

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Black Friday Deals – Makeup
  • *Magnolia Makeup – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: ½ off; Code: BLKFRI18
  • *The Lip Bar – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 30% off + $1 Shipping; Code: no code needed
  • Giorgio Armani Beauty – Black Friday weekend; Time: online; Discount: 20% off; Code: No code needed
  • Lancome – Black Friday weekend; Time: online; Discount: 20% off + Free Shipping; Code: No code needed
  • Orly – Now – Sat 24th Nov; Time: in stores & online; Discount: 30% off @Target + Free Shipping; Code: No code needed
  • Bobbi Brown – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 25%; Code: No code needed
  • BlackUp Cosmetics – Now – Sat 24th Nov; Time: 4 days only; Discount: 40%; Code: FRIDAY2018. Blackupcosmetics.com and blackup.co.uk
  • Murad – Now – Sun 25th Nov; Time: One week; Discount: $25 off of $100 + Free Shipping; Code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • *Cirque Colors – Now – Wed 28th Nov; Time: ends 11:59pm EST; Discount: 20%; Code: CIRQUE20 (Check out my Cirque Colors video!)
  • Black Opal Beauty – Now – Sun 25th Nov; Time: ends 11:59pm EST; Discount: 20%; Code: No code needed
  • ColourPop – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 25%; Code: No code needed
  • *Mischo Beauty – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 65%; Code: BLACKFRIDAY18
  • *Gleam by Melanie Mills – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 40%; Code: BF18. Free Shipping US, Canada, EU for orders over $50.
  • Stila Cosmetics – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 30% + Free Shipping; Code: 30BFSALE
  • *Iman Cosmetics – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 40%; Code + Free Shipping; Code: IMANBF40
  • NARS Cosmetics – Now -Tuesday 27th Nov; Time: ends 11:59pm; Discount: 20%; Code: TAKE20
  • *Natasha Denona – Thursday 22nd Nov – Saturday 24th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 20% – 50% off; Code: No code needed. Online and in NYC Flagship store
  • Smashbox Cosmetics – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 25% off of $50+; Code: No code needed
  • *Mented Cosmetics – Starts Friday 23rd Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 30% + Free Gifts; Code: No code needed
  • *Lauren Napier Beauty – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 2 for $25; Code: No code needed
  • Glossier – Now – Monday 26th Nov; Time: 11:59pm PST; Discount: 20% off; Code: No code needed; Online and in-store; Check out my video for one of my favourite sunscreens for dark skin here.
  • NYX Cosmetics – now – Sunday 25th Nov; Time: 11:59pm PST;  Discount: 30%; Code: No code needed
  • Zoya Nail Polish – Now – Monday 26th Nov; Time: 11:59pm EST;  Discount: 50% + Free Shipping over $30; Code: YAY; 
  • Eve Pearl – Saturday 24th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 65% off; Code: BPTIME; 
Black Friday Deals – Haircare & Accessories
  • *Oyin Handmade (Black Five Day Sale) – now – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Five days until Black Friday; Discount: 30% + Free Shipping – US only; Code: B5SHIP
  • *Soultanicals – Friday 23rd Nov – Monday 26th Nov; Time: Black Friday weekend; Discount: 25%; Code: No code needed
  • *Briogeo – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 20%; Code: HOLIDAY
  • *Upnorth Naturals – Friday 23rd Nov – Monday 26th Nov; Time: Black Friday to Cyber Monday; Discount: 15%; Code: BLACKFRIDAY. Online only.
  • *Karen’s Body Beautiful – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 30%; Code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • *SHOP Naturally Curly – Now – Sun 25th Nov; Time: 11:59pm CT; Discount: 25% + $5 Flat Rate Shipping; Code: BF18
  • *The Wrap Life – Starts Wed 21st Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: see website for different deals; Code: No code needed
  • *Moisture Love – Friday 23rd Nov – Saturday 24th Nov; Time: until 11:59pm; Discount: Buy 2 Get 1 Free; Code: BUY2
  • *Naturally Smitten – now – Sunday 25th Nov; Time: until 11:59pm EST; Discount: 30% off; Code: THANKFUL
  • *Qhemet Biologics – Sunday 25th Nov – Tuesday 27th Nov;  Time: ends 11:59pm EST; Discount: 25% off; Code: BF18;
  • *Clo-vee Products – Now – Sunday 25th Nov; Time: ends 11:59pm; Discount: See website for details; Code: No code needed;
  • Carol’s Daughter – Now – Sunday 25th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: Up to 50% off; Code: No code needed;
  • *Fanm Djanm – Now – Saturday 24th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 15% off select headwraps, additional discounts available, see site for details; Code: see site for codes;
  • *Anita Grant – Now – Wednesday 28th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 30% off; Code: BUYBLACK;
Black Friday Deals – Skincare
  • Sol de Janeiro – now to Nov 26; Time: online; Discount: 25% off of orders of $75; Code: No code needed
  • Belif usa – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 25%; Code: No code needed
  • Kate Sommerville Skincare – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 25%; Code: CYBER25
  • Boscia – Friday 23rd Nov – Sun 25th Nov; Time: Black Friday weekend; Discount: 20%; Code: WTHANKS20
  • The Body Shop – Now – Saturday 24th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 40% off; Code: No code needed. Online and in-store
  • Peach & Lily – Friday 23rd Nov – Monday 26th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 30%; Code: PEACH2018
Black Friday Deals – Other
  • *Afrikaboutik – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 20% off; Code: BLACK
  • Bed Bath & Beyond – Wed 21st Nov – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Nov 22 – online only and Nov 23 – in-store only; Discount: 20% off; Code: See website
  • Sewit Sium Jewellry – now – Sunday 25th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 20%; Code: GRATITUDE

 

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How to line your lower waterline – the easy way! Kat Von D Lash Liner review.

Hey!!! Kat Von D Lash Liner is here. As far as I know, this is the first liquid inner lash/waterline liner that is made specifically for consumer use in the USA. Most liquid liners are not suitable for use on the lower lash and waterline and for those of us that are fans of that sultry, eye catching look, we are left with using kohl liners. Kohl liners have been used for centuries for protection and beautification, but while they impart that smokey, black look to the eyes, they are also quite soft and run over time. So the Lash Liner promises to give you a longer lasting lined look.

Kat von D Lash Liner – Packaging and Product

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So this product comes in classic KvD packaging. A sponge tipped applicator that dips into a well of jet black liquid pigment. The entire product feels similar to your typical eye pencil, i.e. a skinny product that is relatively easy to hold in your hand. The applicator is rounded at the tip and it is fairly flexible. Like a doe-foot applicator but thinner and flexible.

According to the brand, it is a Fluid-Gel formula that dries in about 15 seconds, and it has a rich texture. The clay ingredients allows it to stand up the natural watering process of eye. The liquid pigment applies super shiny but dries down quickly to a semi-matte finish. And it is very, very black.  It comes in the shade “Trooper Black”, which is their blackest black shade.  Kat Von D also claims that this product is water-resistant, transfer-resistant, vegan and cruelty-free.

Kat von D Lash Liner – Video

So here’s a video review and demo that I did, so that you can see exactly how to apply this. Keep reading below for tips on using the product and my thoughts!

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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.

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