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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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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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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.

Recap: The Makeup Show NYC 2019 – a look back at the best in show

The Makeup Show NYC 2019 is in the books! Again, bigger and better than ever. This experience continues to be enlightening, inspiring and educational. This year, more than every, the focus was placed on minority-founded brands, especially from women of colour and the LGBTQIA+ community. This is so important as the beauty space is crowded and often these groups don’t get the shine that they (we) deserve. This follows the trend of more and more brands coming launch to service traditionally underserved communities.

So, without further ado…..here’s a visual recap: The Makeup Show NYC 2019!!

Recap: The Makeup Show NYC 2019 in pictures

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A look…

 

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This is Journey…the founder of natural nail polish brand, Journey & Co. So impressed!

 

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Journey & Co. nail polish

 

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THE Tabatha Coffey!

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“Whey de lime” Fridays – The Makeup Show NYC 2019 et al.

It is slowly getting warmer and brighter! This makes me so happy! I certainly feel more alive once the seasons change. And in true fashion, there is suddenly lots to do. So…here’s what I am excited for this weekend.

Sephora Spring Bonus

Sephora Spring Bonus 2019, Beauty Insider

Sephora is having its Spring sale. You have to be a member of their Beauty Insider program. I have had a few items on my wishlist that I have been waiting for this time for. I have done a few Sephora haul videos in the past, so check out some of my recommendations.

Details on the Beauty Insider Programme here. Also if you are shopping online at Sephora, make sure you use Ebates*, cash back on many purchases (this is an affiliate link).

The Makeup Show NYC 2019

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My favourite beauty event of the year! I have been attending for many years now, and I continue to be excited and inspired by the artistry, the education and innovation. The Makeup Show NYC 2019 tickets are still available and you can also get them at the door.

The Makeup Show NYC 2019

shot by Daniel Rosenthal

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Outlaws and Rebels TMS NYC

Outlaws and Rebels. Image via TMS NYC

My recap from past TMS NYC here and here.

Shout me out if you see me!!

New York Yankees, NYCFC and Liverpool

Of course I have to fit in some time for some sports! I want Liverpool to win the Premier League title this year! Such a big fan of the team as a whole and love, love, love Mohamed Salah!

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool, Image via Daily Express

My Yankees and NYCFC are also back in action this weekend. Who else is super impressed by Brazilian newcomer Heber?

Heber NYCFC

Heber, NYCFC – Image via ProSoccer

What are you doing this weekend?

How to get full, natural looking eyebrows – a tutorial

They say the eyebrows frame the face. If your brows are not done, it does not matter what fantastic cut crease, halo eye that you do, it will not look ‘done’. In the past few years, the “Instagram” eyebrow seems to be the go-to style. Growing up, women often plucked their eye brows thin. Eyebrow styles constantly change, but having a natural, full looking eyebrow never goes out of style. I am jealous of people who were born with full dark brows. Mine are thin and not very dark. But I work with what I have, and I think that I have perfected getting a full, natural brow. There are no sharp lines, no concealer, just my brows but fuller.

Eyebrows: A Tutorial – Tools and Products

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These are my favourite products at the moment (this post is not sponsored)

Eyebrows: A Tutorial – Other products that I love
Eyebrows: A Tutorial

 

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