Beauty

Give Me Some Lips Baby!

Imagine meeting your date for a romantic dinner. Dolled up, hair done, the right scent of perfume and a Red Bold Lip! This simple, yet powerful statement can and will make you the center of attention.

Now, of course is a matter of preference and which shades works best for your skin tone. But if I were to name them all, I would be here all day so, I narrowed them down to my top three (true reds and burgundy reds.)

True Reds- provides a sense of flirtiness and makes your smile appear even brighter. Mood: Sexy and Seductive. Perfect if paired with a cork lip liner from Mac.

Merlot by Dose of Color 

Rubi Woo by Mac Cosmetic

 Kiss of Fire by Dose of Color

Burgundy Reds - provides a sense of mystery and excitement. Mood: Bold and Bad. Perfect if paired with Currant from Mac.

Vampira by Kat Von D

Ellarie by Colourpop

Video Vixen by Wet and Wild

This Valentine's Day, make your own entrance and rock your best Red Lip.

Are You Bold Enough To Wear Jade?

I have been on the fence about buying another lip product and eye shadow palette. I mean, how many lipsticks and eye shadows does one really need?  That came and left my mind just as quickly when I saw these beauties. I immediately fell in love with the shade range of the Queen of Heart palette and the Jade liquid lipstick.

First the palette:

Made in the USA, this Queen of Heart palette is filled with 6 mattes and 6 shimmer shades. The mattes are great transitional colors for all skin tones. There are some light to dark browns as well as some pinkish shades. The shimmers on the other hand are intense! They are super pigmented, vibrant and soft. Perfect for that pop of color.  This is the palette that has it all. Perfect for travel and the case is super luxurious. 

For comparison, I went ahead and swatched this on two different skin tones (fair and deep).  

The Jade liquid lipstick:

I must say, this was love at first sight. From all the lipsticks I own, this has to be one of my favorite. It is not for the faint of heart. It is in your face bold and I love every moment of it. My initial reaction as I applied this was seeing how smooth and evenly this product distributes on the lips. With one swipe, I was able to cover the entire lip. I went ahead and applied a second layer just to intensify it some more. It is absolutely beautiful and I received so many compliments. Definitely, one of my favorite purchase of 2017 thus far.

Unfortunately, this palette is sold out on the Coloured Raine website but the lipstick is still available. Hopefully, we will see more of this beauty in the near future.

**Thanks to my wonderful friends for swatching for me :)**

The Nars I & II Cheek Palette

Hello my loves,

Before we begin, I must say this, I am not usually a blush type of girl but I was so impressed by these palettes, I just had to try them.

The Narsissist Unfiltered Cheek Palette I & II ($59 each) blew my mind. These limited edition, six blush cheek palette, have a selection of highly pigmented blushes, super smooth, super buildable colors. The Unfiltered I palette is perfect for all skin tones, particularly, women of color. This set includes Watch Me, Me First, Takeover, Out There, Chic and Exhibit A.

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However, the Nars II cheek palette is a rosy more subtle version of the cheek I palette. This set also includes six shades, very pigmented, super flattering shades. This set includes Conquest, Undefeated, Power Play, Hot Sand and Fame.

The New Urban Decay 'After Dark' palette

Besides the fact that this pallet is called ‘After Dark ‘ but carries bright colors, I am in love with the selection and the pigmentation. Each individual shadow swatches like a dream and the color payoff is one you can only expect from Urban Decay. For the price of $49, you get 10 unique highly pigmented shades. Smooth and easy to blend shades. Very Woman of Color friendly. 

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