nude lips

Being a woman of color, it is sometimes a bit difficult to find nude lipsticks that don’t wash you out or make your lips appear ashy. I’m still searching for one to knock my socks off, but in my search I have stumbled upon a few that I have no problem with swiping on a daily basis. They have the perfect amount of nude and pink. Or brown and pink. They are creamy without being too oily and they last for a few hours. I know for me it is sometimes hard to find the ones that have all those things, but the following are the ones that check off those off.

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My favorite at the moment is NARS Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita. It is a pretty pink color that goes on sheer and doesn’t add too much color. This is one of those that you don’t need a mirror for so it is very easy to re-apply throughout the day. Another recent discovery is Eva’s Nude from the L’oreal Colour Riche Collection Privee. I really wanted to try this collection out and was originally going to get Liya’s Nude, but when I looked at it in the store I found it too dark so I settled for Eva’s Nude. I’m glad I choose this one. It is a much fit for me. It’s got that great mix of brown and pink and unlike some of the others in the Collection Privee, it doesn’t have any noticeable shimmer running through it. It is also another lipstick that you don’t need to have a mirror to apply.

The next two are Hug Me and Touch, both from MAC and both Lustre finished. Touch is a brown toned nude with just a bit of pink running through it, while Hug Me is a pinky nude. I have used Hug Me a lot, but Touch was one that I had to get into. I almost gave it away, but decided to give it a chance and I am glad I did. They’re great everyday nudes that don’t wash me out and don’t appear ashy on my lips. They are ultra creamy and smell amazing.

The last two are kind of random picks. The first one up is the Tom Ford Lip Color in Casablanca. It’s the more pink of the bunch, with less nude going on. This is one that I reach for if I want a pinky neutral. It adds a little color to my face and brightens it up. The formula is amazing, just like all Tom Ford products and it is just so beautiful to stare at. The last one is a lipstick/lipgloss hybrid. It is the Maybelline The Elixir in Caramel Infused. I picked this up randomly because I had a coupon for a Maybelline lip product and these always caught my eye. I absolutely love this. It has a dream formula. It is pigmented, but not too much and it stays on for a while. It feels very nourishing when it is on, which I really enjoy. The bottle is small and compact, perfect for carrying around your purse. It’s about $6 in stores, but feels and looks like so much more. I highly, highly recommend this.

I hope this was somewhat helpful for not just darker skinned gals, but for any of you who wanted to see some swatches or read some information on these products. They all perform incredibly well and depending on your budget and what it is that you are looking for, there’s something here for you.

the style: kate bosworth

There’s a handful of women and men who inspire when it comes to style. I don’t necessarily believe in sticking to one particular way of dressing. I like to explore and wear many things. As long as you’re comfortable, go for it. One lady who  I have always adored (not just when it comes to fashion, but in general) is Kate Bosworth. Ever since I saw Blue Crush when it came out, I was inspired. She has incredible style and is always so poised. I like that she is very minimalistic in her approach to her pieces. She doesn’t overdo it with accessories and instead chooses to leave the focus on the clothes and accentuate with one or two simple pieces or one large statement piece. Her clothing is modern, yet has a classic feel to it. She doesn’t ever look like a walking trend advertisement. She knows what silhouettes work for her and she uses them time and time again without making it look tired. These reasons are what make her one of my style icons.

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Kate Bosworth seen wearing Daisy Duke shorts as she shops at Bristol Farms in Los Angeles.

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favorite cream eyeshadows

I wear eyeshadow almost everyday. I like just doing a quick sweep of color on my lids to brighten up my mostly neutral makeup. I love a good powder eyeshadow, with my favorite one being from the NARS Cordura Duo, but a lot of the time I find that a cream eyeshadow does the job just as easy and it stays on quite long. You can do so much with cream eyeshadow, from just using a single layer and leaving it at that to using a base for a smokey eye. In my collection I have four that I use to create either look. They are the four that I reach for the most.

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The first one up is the Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Fuller Fudge. This is probably the simplest eyeshadow to throw on. There is no brush needed which means you can just throw it in your makeup bag and take it with you. Perfect for traveling. It’s a beautiful bronze color that isn’t sparkly at all. It looks natural on the lids which allows you to be a little more adventurous on the lips or cheeks. You don’t need to sharpen it because it is a twist up, so there’s no need to carry around a sharpener. I love this not only for the color and convenience, but it is also very hygienic and sanitary. You don’t have to dip your fingers into a pot and worry about germs.

The second shadow stick I love is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in Bad Girl Bronze. This is absolutely, hands down one of my favorite eyeshadows ever and one of my favorite drugstore finds. It is the standout from the Rimmel Shadow Stick collection in my opinion. I tend to just throw this on all over the lids and under the eyes with a dark brown in the crease for definition to create the perfect Mary Kate and Olsen inspired smokey eye. I love that it is a red tinged bronze so it adds a little more dimension than a typical bronze. It also works great as an eyeliner. I also really love the price tag. Unlike the other cream shadows that I own, I don’t feel bad about using it everyday. This is definitely a product that I will continue to repurchase.

Now to the traditional cream shadows that come housed in little pots. Let’s start with the Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Shimmering Bronze. If there ever was a perfect smokey eye bronze color, this is it. Whenever I want a dark, yet bronzy smokey eye that is intense, this is what I reach for. Just look at that. It’s amazing. It glides on like butter and it really does stay on. It does not budge once it has dried. It is very easy to blend out so it works for a one color simple smokey eye, but also looks fantastic paired with a dark brown or black in the crease and then the Bobbi Brown eyeliner in Black Coffee on the lash line. You can use this as a base and layer a powder shadow on top to add more dimension, but I personally like it alone. The only issue I have with this is that the pot is tiny, so it is hard to get your finger in and get product out.

Finally, the one that started it all. Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Eyeshadow in Icon. This was the first cream eyeshadow that I purchased and I haven’t regretted once. I like this for the same reason I like the Clinique. It is a very simple color and product to just throw on, add some mascara and run out the door. Minimal blending with your ring finger required. It is also another great smokey eye color. I love pairing this with MAC Brown Down, Embark or Handwritten in the crease for a dark eye. You really only need a small amount of this on your finger to blend out as it is so pigmented. The pot is also quite large giving you a lot of bang for your buck.

Now I’m sure I’ll add more to my collection that I will just fall in love with (Benefit Busy Signal, I’m coming for you) so I will just have to keep you updated.

current base wardrobe

I love a good base. Give me a foundation or tinted moisturizer any day. I have quite a few in my makeup collection so sometimes I find it hard to stick to just one, but lately I have found myself reaching for four specific ones. Two tinted moisturizers and two foundations because, I mean, I have to keep it fair and equal.

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The base that I have found myself reaching for the most has got to be the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in Hazel. I’m predicting that is going to be my most used base during the summer. The color match could not be better. It blends in so seamlessly to leave a barely there finish. It looks like my skin, but better. It’s not a light base, but it is lighter than others that I own. I would say it is a good medium coverage and could probably be built up, although that is not my thing. I prefer to let some imperfections show through. Even though it says it is a matte tint, it still has some luminosity to it. One of the best things about this is that it stays on for hours. I work in the sun serving food and at the end of the day, it is still there. Even with all these good things about the moisture tint, the bummer is that it is not available in stores. At least not any immediate store to most people, so it is a bit hard to figure out your shade and if the texture is something you would like. On the shade dilemma, I goggled shade swatches and it was very helpful.

Another tinted moisturizer that has taken up residence on my face is the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Medium/Dark 1. This is another tinted moisturizer that is a bit on the matte side. It leaves a satin like finish that is just lovely. It is the one that I would say I reach for the most on a daily basis because it is just so easy to throw on. It goes blends in so easily and paired with the NARS Creamy Concealer, it creates such a great base. Like the JOUER Matte Moisture Tint it lasts pretty much all day. Out of all four of my currents favorites, the NARS tinted moisturizers offer the largest range of shades, so there is pretty much something for everyone.

One foundation that I have heard so much great things about is the Jemma Kidd Light As Air Foundation. I’ve heard the it has a dream formula, texture, and finish. And I am here to say that everything is true. The consistency is a bit thin, but it makes for easy application. The foundation just kind of seems to disappear into the skin to cover everything that needs to be covered without making you look cakey. It is super light on the face making it feel like you have nothing on. It is the perfect mixture of dewy and matte. The only con I would have to say about this is that it is very hard to find. I’m pretty sure the reason for this is because Jemma Kid has been discontinued. I found my shade on BeautyBar’s website, but they only stock the two darkest shades. I say if you find the shade you are looking for, scoop it up.

The last foundation that I have been reaching for is one that I have wanted to so long. I used to not want to shell out the $44 that came along with owning it, but decided to just go for it since I had already bought so many other high end bases. It’s the Chanel Vitalumiere AquaI’m so so happy that I did. It is the lightest foundation that I own, making the perfect no makeup makeup base. You can use your fingers or a brush to blend this in, making it a perfect travel base. That, and it’s compact packaging. And to add to all the beautiful things about this, it smells lovely, just like all Chanel products.

What are some of your favorite bases?

Oh and did I mention I love bases? I just purchased the NARS Sheer Glow foundation. Did I need another foundation? No. But it’s a great add to the collection. I’ll check back in with my thoughts on it.

rimmel salon pro polishes

I have heard so much about these tiny beautiful bottles, but I hadn’t spotted them in any stores. The other night I took a trip to CVS and stumbled upon a display of them. I immediately scooped up a bunch for $3.79 a bottle. It wasn’t long before I had the coral shade ‘Hip Hop’ on my digits. That manicure lasted 5 days. The longest any manicure of mine has lasted without any chips. (For the record, I work as a server and I constantly am washing my hands and banging them into plates).

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I only purchased one nude color, Soul Session, which is more of a pinky beige. The other neutral color that I got was Yes Siri, which I would describe as a milky moss green color. Of course I had to get some red ones because red is a must. I was really happy with Hip Hop and Hot Gossip. Hip Hop is such a perfect summer color. It’s a beaut. The last three that I got were Blue Barmy, an electric blue color reminiscent of Nails Inc. Baker Street; Punk Rock, which is a purplish gray and it is darker in person than it is in this picture and finally Red Award, which is one of my favorites. It’s a beautiful deep red color, which adds an instant chicness to any look. I highly recommend these polishes to any polish lover. They are so cheap and they last for so long. If you don’t spend too much time with your hands in water, I’m sure it would last much longer than the 5 days it lasts on my nails. The formula is gel-like which means it dries fairly quick. And have I mentioned the brush? The brush is the BEST brush that I have ever encountered on a polish. It covers the entire nail making it so easy to paint your nails. The formula coupled with the brush and the color selection have quickly moved this range to the top of my list. My Essies polishes will have to take a back seat for a while.

new blush loves

I am a blush girl. Always have been. On any given day I will pick blush over bronzer. And even though I have several to choose from, for the past few weeks there has been three blushes that have held my love and attention.

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The first blush love is the Smashbox Halo Longwear Blush in Warm Glow. Smashbox is slowly becoming one of my favorite makeup brands. They seem to hit everything right on the mark. This is my first loose powder blush ever and although it is somewhat messy, the color is beautiful. It does exactly what the tin says, gives a warm glow to the face. It gives a ‘just came from the sun’ look.

Second up, the new Make Up Forever HD Second Skin Cream Blush. I first saw this in Sephora a couple of weeks ago. I swatched some of the shades and loved the formula and pigmentation. I walked out with none. I went back some days after and decided to pick up shade 420. It’s described as an Indian Rosewood on the site. It’s a great mix of pink and brown with some peach mixed in. It goes on so smooth and it is very pigmented so you only need a small amount for a flushed look.

The third and last love I can’t get enough of at the moment is the Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Spiced Cider. This is my first Laura Mercier blush and I honestly do not know why it took me so long. This is a very velvety smooth blush that looks fantastic on tan or dark skin tones. It has some shimmer running through it so it kind of doubles as a highlighter.

I’m always on the hunt for new blushes, so what are some of your favorite blushes?

P.S. Do all three seem like the same color, but in different textures?

the strappy sandal

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The idea of putting my piggies on display has never appealed to me. I have always been a fan of closed toe shoes. So it came as a surprise when I suddenly wanted a pair of strappy heeled sandals. Now don’t get me wrong, I haven’t shunned open toed shoes completely. I have quite a collection of wedges in my closet, just none that basically expose my entire foot. Upon convincing myself that I must have strappy sandals, I went down to my local mall on a mission. I checked a few stores before I found myself in front of ALDO. I love Aldo. I love ALDO shoes. I never go in the store unless I have money to spend because I ALWAYS want something. As I made my wall down the wall of shoes, I found exactly what I was looking for. I tried them on for size and tested them out. They were perfect. They checked off everything on my list. Can I walk in them? Check. Are they comfortable? Check. Are they sturdy? Check. I started thinking right away of different outfit ideas. The great thing is that these sandals can be dressed up and dressed down. That’s a double check. I promptly paid for them and walked with, box in hand and smile on my face.