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I am lovin' Moulin Rouge!!!!!

So I had the opportunity to purchase a few items from Sephora at the end of last year and decided to step out of my zone and start building my Make Up For Ever collection.  I also was doing kinda poorly on my red lips beauty resolution and wanted to check out the recently released Rouge Artist Intense lipsticks.

First of all, these are amazing lipsticks! Believe the hype! There are 50 colours, and 3 finishes – matte, satin and pearl.  Really wide array of colours to choose from.  These lipsticks are highly pigmented, long-wearing, and could provide full coverage in one swipe.

I made a beeline to the reds in the collection and tried a few of them and settled for #43 Moulin Rouge.  It’s a limited edition colour that is described by Sephora as “a vibrant red’.  It has a satin finish which is not matte but not high gloss either. Yes this is a bright, bold red but not too blue-toned or orange-toned, pretty neutral.  This is surprisingly, actually a really great red! A red for women of colour!  I think that this would work on a wide variety of skin tones, from pale, light, tan, olive to dark. Black, Latina, Middle Eastern, Indian and any other combination!

Make Up For Ever # 43

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Look out for: GINGER+LIZ colour collection

Hey guys!!!

So I attended some of the festivities during Fashion’s Night Out in NYC.  Could I just say that FNO was just straight insanity!

FNO - Insane!!!

I don’t every remember every seeing that many people on Manhattan Island ever!!! People were just out and about, having a ball! SoHo was unbelievable…People like peas! 🙂

One place that I visited was Henri Bendel.  Once inside, I discovered that the GINGER+LIZ counter was offering free polish changes!!! Claro que si, I could not resist!!!!

GINGER+LIZ is a fresh, young, hip , organic nail polish collection and minority-owned business, founded by S. Liz Pickett and H. Ginger Johnson.  It’s luxury on a budget and there is something for everyone.  Personality in a bottle.  So whether you like something bold, chic, sophisticated or laid back, and still grown, G+L’s line totally caters for you.  They are also vegan-friendly and toxin-free (which is becoming more normal nowadays).  They are immensely popular with magazine editors, celebrities and regular folks, and I could absolutely see why!

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LOTD: A little wasabi please…..

Decided to play around with my new Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Color pigment that I received from the wonderful David Klasfeld.  Everyone talks about OCC’s liptars but y’all should not sleep on their loose pigments!!! They have a lot of unique shimmers that are finely milled, smooth and highly pigmented and they have quite a few matte pigments.  The colour of the day is Wasabi – a midtone yellow-green with gold shimmer.  This looks just like wasabi, just like it!

OCC's Wasabi Loose Colour

So here’s the look!

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Review time!!! Lancome's Hypnose Drama!!!

Lancome Hypnose Drama

I have been coveting this mascara for months now!  I had to try out Givenchy’s Phenom’Eyes first, which is amazing, and is often compared to the new Hypnose Drama.  I purchased it at Sephora.

So, what’s my opinion…..

I love this mascara!! It baaad!!!!!!   They once again have made a gem.  I got super volumunious, fringey lashes.  Like wearing thick, fanned-out false lashes!!! Love!  It definitely brought the drama.

The Technology

This mascara features an S-shaped brushed dipped in a complex containing saturated waxes and rich, intense, deep black pigments.  It also contains Pro-Vitamin B5, which helps condition the lashes.  So the formula is designed to coat each lash to instantly thicken them.

The S-shaped brush

The brush is the main feature of this product.  This is where you get your mega volume.  To maximize its full benefit, Lancome advises that you first use the mascara with curved, U-shaped part of the brush facing down.  This allows you to brush the lashes following the natural curve of the eyelid and eyelashes.  It deposits the pigments and gives volume that you can build on.  Then flip the brush over so that the U-shaped part curves up.  This is what fans out the lashes, and separates giving you full flirty lashes!!!! 🙂

Bare Lashes!

With a couple of coats!

It’s not super lengthening, but I think with the volume and the fanned out effect it creates, you won’t miss it at all!!!!  It clumps after about 3 coats but by then, your lashes look pretty dramatic.  I did not have any problems with flaking or smudging.  It lasts all day and comes off with eye makeup remover.

This is a must try and this will be in heavy rotation….along with my Givenchy and Lash Stiletto.

Coincidently, I compared this product to the newer Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluminous.

Lash Stiletto Voluptuous vs. Hypnose Drama

They both have similar S-shaped brushes and both promise volume, but I felt that the L.S. Voluminous fell short.  The results that it produced were no different to the original Lash Stiletto (which is supposed to provide length).  Did not give me the volume that I expected.  I was disappointed especially since I love my original L.S.!

The one thing that may bother some people is that you have to take your time with this mascara, no applying it running out the door, no applying it stuck in traffic.  Your lashes will love your for it!!!!

Lancome Hypnose Drama, side view

Overall Rating: A!

This is available from Lancome and Sephora.


FTC Disclosure:  All products mentioned were purchased by me, Noire Tropical Beauty.  For more information on my disclosure policy, please check out my disclosure page.

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My 100th Post!!!! Celebrating with a simple LOTD!


Celebrating with something that was one of my original plans for the blog, a LOTD.  I have not done one of these in a while, but small ting!!

Anyway, I think after purples, blues are my next favourite colour to use.  I think blue on bronze or deeper skin, especially with dark brown eyes makes your eyes pops!  Jewel toned and deep blues look best on the darkest skintones, while brighter blues (especially mixed with greens) look better on fairer and more tanned skin.

This look is really easy, two eye shadows, one brush.  Simple.

Here it goes……..

  • TFSI
  • M.A.C. eyeshadow in Birds & Berries (or any greenish blue shadow, like Blue Green pigment)
  • M.A.C. eyeshadow in Contrast (or any dark blue/navy shadow)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide Liner in Zero (any black)
  • Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara in Very Black
  • M.A.C. 224 fluffy shader brush

The How-To…

  1. Apply TFSI all over the lid and blend upwards
  2. Using 224, apply a thin layer of Birds & Berries all over the eyelid, into the crease.
  3. Use Contrast eyeshadow on the outer crease and blend inwards.  This helps blend out the B&B shadow.  Blend in circular stokes making the heaviest application on the outer crease.
  4. Apply liner to the top lashline
  5. Apply one coat of mascara

That’s it!!!!!


FTC Disclosure:  All products mentioned were purchased my Noire Tropical Beauty.

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