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.


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.


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.



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.


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.

the makeup bag

I’ve really been enjoying doing my makeup lately. I love getting to play with different colors and textures and seeing the finished product. It also doesn’t hurt that I have been doing a LOT of makeup shopping lately. Someone please take my wallet. I’m still testing quite a bit of those products out, so I won’t be showing them just yet, but I wanted to share what I have on my face today. Because it is my day off, I wanted something a little more dramatic on the eyes, with the rest of my face pretty bare.


For my base, I used one of my new favorites the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in Hazel. This is such a great tinted moisturizer. It says it is matte, but I find it still has some sheen to it. I have found that on me, if I have a random dry patch, it can cling to it. It’s not bad and I can usually fix it with a bit moisturizer. I like to use a brush with it on most days because it is a bit drier than other tinted moisturizers. It leaves a great skin like finish on my skin and lasts all day. I don’t ever feel the need to powder before leaving my house with it on. I love the matte packaging as well. It’s simple, but looks kind of fancy.

For concealer, I used Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Honey. I kind of kicked this to the curb a few months ago and had a long affair with two other concealer, but I have rediscovered my love for it recently. I like to use this concealer in conjunction with the corrector in Peach. I find it pretty much cancels out my dark circles. It doesn’t crease and it doesn’t turn gray on me, which I have found a lot concealers for tan and dark skinned women do. It lasts all day as well. It can be a little full on at times, but I like to use it when I’m going for a smokey eye. It covers great so I don’t get panda eyes.

Now on to my favorite part of my makeup today, the eyes. I recently purchased the Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Shimmering Bronze. Oh-my-gawd. What a lovely, silky, bronze jewel. I can’t believe I didn’t own this sooner. It glides on beautifully. You can just put a small amount on your ring finger for a quick, light wash of bronze goodness or you can dip your finger (or brush) in there and build up to a dark smokey eye. It sets to an almost powder finish, which means it’s not going anywhere. There isn’t any noticeable hunks of glitter which makes it more wearable. It’s the early stages, but I definitely think this is going to be a staple in my collection for years. On a side note, the pot is small which makes it a pain when you are trying to stick your finger in and get some product. It is totally worth it though. I decided to pair the eyeshadow with an eyeliner that is also relatively new to me, the Bobbi Brown Crayon Kajal Intense in Black Coffee. Now I will be honest, I went to the Bobbi Brown counter to try this thinking it would be a dark brown. When I swatched it, it was so dark, it looked black. Yes, I should have realized from the name of it that it would be a rather dark color. Nevertheless, I purchased it. I’m very glad I did. It complements darker eyeshadow shades like the Tarte one very well. It is also a dream to put on. It glides on quite easily and is blendable, which you need for a smokey eye. It doesn’t budge though, giving it an A+ in book.

For the cheeks, I decided to keep very bare and minimal, just swiping on (very lightly) some of the Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Spiced Cider. It’s a tan apricot shade with some shimmer running through it. It’s beautiful and I recommend this to any tan or dark skinned women. It gives a flushed look.

I finished the rest of the makeup with some of the Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Deep Brown through my eyebrows and some of the L’oreal Lash Out Butterfly¬†Mascara (waterproof version) in Blackest Black.