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Best neon polishes for summer-Cirque Colors Vice 2020

The nail polish collection that I look forward to most of all every year. The Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Collection.  An annual collection of shocking neon shades. Seriously, I say this every year, but Cirque makes the best neon polishes that I have tried. The colours are legit! When it is summer time or I am in the Caribbean,  I love wearing super bright shades, they look amazing against dark skin!

Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Collection –  What to know

Before I get to the swatches here are a few things to note:

  • Limited Edition
  • Big 10 Free
  • Vegan & Cruelty Free
  • Woman owned, small business
  • No need to wear a white base coat – colour stays vibrant and true
  • Neon shades dry down to a plastic finish – not matte but not shiny – I highly recommend using a shiny top coat
  • Shades are blacklight/UV reactive – they glow!!!

Collection is a mix of brand new and repromoted shades

I bought all of these polishes.  For the most part, they all applied easily and smoothly, with full opacity in 2 coats.  Cirque uses a standard nail polish brush (not the wide style). 

Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Collection – Video
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Collection – Swatches
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Collection
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Blacklight
All the shades….under blacklight/UV reactive. Image via cirquecolors.com

Now to the swatches!

Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Thirsty
Thirsty – brand new. A neon minty green creme. Surprisingly beautiful colour, bright and not pastel or chalky. Looks great on dark skin.
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Euphoria
Euphoria – brand new. A gorgeous neon lilac creme. First shade that I knew that I had to get. I love purples and I love shades like this!
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Superfreak
Superfreak – brand new. The brightest, neon orange. Literally, traffic cone orange. If you bought the previously released shade, Game Over, that is definitely more of a red-orange and Superfreak is an unmistakable orange.
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Retail Therapy
Retail Therapy – repromote. They released this in 2018 and I bought it then. A bright neon fuschia pink. I am not crazy about pink polishes except if they are rich, and not bubble gummy.
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Hedonist
Hedonist – repromote. Again released with the Vice 2018 collection, and I also bought it then. A true, true primary yellow neon shade. Reads a little on the cool side, and it looks brilliant against dark skin.

There are two other shades that I did not purchase. They didn’t really call to me, but let me know if you bought them. They are:

Cyber – neon grass green (use dark skin Cirque image)

Cyber – neon grass green. Image via CirqueColors.com
Cirque Colors Vice 2020 Valley Of The Dolls
Valley Of The Dolls – neon bubblegum pink (Image via CirqueColors.com)

I love this collection, as usual.  Shades from the Vice 2020 collection cost US$12.50 each and are available from the Cirque Colors website for a limited time.

Let me know what you picked up! Check out my other Cirque Colors review!

Laters!


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REVIEW: Journey and Co – Polish with a Purpose

Quick review here! This is another installment of my favourite indie polish series and today I am going to talk about Journey and Co.

I discovered Journey and Co. at The Makeup Show NYC this year. I love that the Makeup Show continues to provide a platform for smaller brands especially those that are women, POC or LGBTQIA+ owned. So, while browsing one of the upper floors of TMS, I came across a small booth with the most precious, black girl selling nail polish. I just could not resist! Her name was Journey and with her mum, founded a nail polish brand with a purpose. Each polish is handmade in NJ and carries an inspirationa, positivel message. This idea came about when Journey moved to a new school that lacked diversity and she maked nail polishes for all of her classmates to celebrate all of their differences.

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J&Co. polishes are Big 10-Free, cruelty-free, vegan and kid-friendly. I bought 3 colours from their debut collection GRL PWR, but they have added more shades since then. The GRL PWR Collection was created “to inspire young girls to ‘Be Seen and Be Heard’ – to take lead in shaping their futures” (taken straight from their website).

VIDEO: Journey and Company Review

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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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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

cirque colors vice 2018 boozy brunch

Boozy Brunch

cirque colors vice 2018 taboo

Taboo

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The Best Beauty Products 2017 Edition: Haircare, Skincare, Makeup

It’s 2018. I am so glad for 2017 to be finally done! It has been a long year. Even though it was a challenging year, there were some bright spots. Including some products that I fell in love with. This is my year-end review of the best beauty products 2017 that I tried. Most of these products are brand new to me and many were new products to the market. I fell in love with these products and will continue to reach for them in 2018. Some of these I have reviewed and some I have not. I will definitely be getting more detailed reviews soon!

So grab a drink and enjoy the video!

All products mentioned will be listed below.

The Best Beauty Products 2017: Haircare
The Best Beauty Products 2017: Skincare

Heimish All Clean Balm Best Beauty Products 2017

Heimish All Clean Balm

Drunk Elephant Framboos Glycolic Best Beauty Products 2017

Drunk Elephant Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

 

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