Monday, 12 October 2015

Vampy Lips

Recently on the What's Up In Makeup App I captioned a post: "Gimme all the vampy lips!". That day I realised something; I am drawn to nude or vampy lips. Rarely am in love with something why do I have so many pink lipsticks :/

Our North American peeps are gearing up for Fall/Autumn so I'm sure you've seen a lot of seasonally inspired posts/pics/videos. In the Caribbean we don't experience that so while these shades are applicable Imma just call this series 'Vampy Lips'.

Milani Color Statement 'Uptown Mauve'

While I'm not a fan of the scent of these, the awesomeness of this formula and shade in particular can not be denied. This isn't the darkest of shades but it's a suitable gateway drug.

Milani Color Statement 'Uptown Mauve' swatch

Dark and shiny! 

Cargo 'Napa' swatch

M.A.C Giambattista Valli 'Eugenie' LE


M.A.C Giambattista Valli 'Eugenie' LE swatch

Nicka K Ultra Slick 'NFA16 Smart'

Although this is branded as a Nicka K lipstick it's actually on the Absolute New York website. In any case, it's a great pigmented, inexpensive vampy option.

Nicka K Ultra Slick 'NFA16 Smart' swatch

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick 'Vamp' swatch

I blotted this swatch to show the versatility of this product. The mousey texture allows you to manipulate how vampy you want the shade to appear. That said, it does take a few layers to reach full opacity.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream 'Copenhagen' swatch

What are you favourite dark vampy shades? Let me know in the comments.

Quickie Raves (5)

Taking the time to 'clean up' my brows with this makes the world of difference; especially in photos.

Bath & Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist 'White Citrus'

This is a surprise one; I bought this so long ago I forgot about it. To be honest, I don't even know what caused me use this...wait, it was the heat. Their description: "Lavishly splash or lightly spritz your favorite fragrance, either way you'll fall in love at first mist! Our carefully crafted bottle and sophisticated pump delivers great coverage while conditioning aloe mist nourishes skin for the lightest, most refreshing way to fragrance!
Top Notes: Lemon Zest, Sparkling Grapefruit, Juicy Tangerine
Mid Notes: Mandarin NP, Ginger Flower, Water lily, Apricot Nectar, Lily of the Valley, Freesia
Dry Notes: Clean Woods, Sheer Musk

Refreshing is definitely the right word.

M.A.C Studio Careblend Pressed 'Dark Deep'

Talking to my M.A.C Artist friends recently I was told this product has been discontinued. A few are still available here though. I think this is a happy medium between their Mineralized Skinfinish Natural and the Studio Fix Powder.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz 'Brunette'

I had this for a very long time before I actually used it. Heidi buss this open before I did. This is talked about so much on YouTube that you must be sick of it. Y'all know I'm a fan of the Maybelline Define-A-Brow so I wasn't buying into the Brow Wiz hype. Well, the hype in this instance is real. If your brows are already well shaped this will make perfecting a breeze.

M.A.C 'Turquatic'

"Your favourite fragrance in a take-anywhere 6 ml Rollerball, Turquatic, M∙A∙C's sensual sea-inspired fragrance with notes of anemone, lotus, orris and Corsican blue cedar". I bought this solely because of Kokofemme's rave review but honestly I wasn't impressed at first. Fast forward to one hot day last month and this thing smelled so damn good on me. Something about the heat, my body chemistry and this scent combined is just magic.

What fragrances have you been loving recently? 

Friday, 9 October 2015


In a perfect world we'd constantly be self motivated. If any obstacles arose, we'd see them as learning opportunities and whether we triumphed or floundered, we'd press on.

This is not a perfect world. Sometimes you just feel to curl up in a ball. Sometimes it all gets to be a little too much. Sometimes yuh does just feel 'meh'. image

We're all human. We all have our stories. And as such we should all show empathy to one another.

What's all this have to do with blogging? Well, I want to encourage you to give your favourite blogger(s) a word of encouragement today. It isn't easy staying self motivated in this arena. There's the constant pressure to be pretty/funny/informative/original/creative/high quality/succinct/consistent...etc. etc. and when you don't see the returns for your labour you may become disheartened. image

In some of us the passion dwindles and we might even straight up feel dejected. Especially in over saturated fields. "Everyone's doing it". "I'm not special anyone" ...the negative internal dialogue just goes on and on.

I know personally that blogging is a labour of love. Beauty blogging in particular: the overview posts are expensive, the comparison posts are time consuming; and the haul posts unknowingly cause envy. But knowing you Mavenz are armed with information to make a more suitable purchases confirms that I'm doing what I set out to. That's enough for me. A simple "thank you" might be the encouragement needed to continue for another. So when you haven't heard from your favourite content creators in a while, check up on them. It might pull them back from the dredges of a slump.

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#FlashbackFriday A Few Of My Favourite Things (Revisit)

Read the original post here.

I really like these #FlashbackFriday posts; it makes me assess what products are really tried and true. That's valuable information especially when you realise how long it takes to use these beauty products up. Sigh.

rms beauty lip & skin balm 'simply vanilla' 

The best lip balm I've tried ever.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light By FaceStudio Hi-Lighting Blush 'Mauve'

The most suitable blush shade from this line for black women.

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume 'Black'

Defines and volumizes; just be careful not to poke yourself in the eye.

M.A.C Cremesheen Lipstick 'Creme In Your Coffee'

I think this was the first M.A.C lipstick I ever bought and I still love it to this day. A gorgeous nude for black women.

Orly 'Rage'

Metallic rose gold awesomeness.

REN Clean Skincare Invisible Pores Detox Mask

Clay is a very cheap ingredient so I wouldn't suggest paying an exorbitant price for a clay mask. With that said, you still have to be mindful of potentially harmful additives that these companies add to clay masks to make you think they're working; yuh know, that tingling sensation. This one from REN is the gentlest yet most effective one I've ever tried.

Berkley Jensen Premium 100% Pure Cotton Rounds

The best ones readily available locally that I've tried.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream 'Transylvania'

You already know that we love these.

NYX Lip Liner 'Plum'

My second most abused lip liner. First in line is L.A. Colors 'Sienna'.

Let us know what you've been loving lately in the comments.

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Ordering from Sephora

When I went through that "prove your credit card is yours" process in order to shop on Beauty Bay I asked the guy how possible it was to add a US shipping address to my credit card information. He said it was easy and I could do it right away. Little did I know how handy that would come in shortly.

All beauty lovers know about Sephora. It's the Mothership. Usually I bundle my orders with Sharalee's or enlist T.E.A.M Imports but this toss I wanted to go through the process to experience it.

What a glorious sight!

Sephora, like Nars, doesn't ship to our neck of the woods; and just like Nars they don't even have the option of entering anything other than a US address for your billing information. I called their customer service department about this and the very nice lady seemed shocked that that wasn't even possible. But alas, there was nothing she could do.

Following up with Laparkan, the guy who took my query said there's no fee to get a US mail box; you just pay the handling fee per package. For full details check out their site.

I placed my order on August 27th. Y'all know I'm not new to Sephora shopping...yet somehow I still got a lil first-time-shopper-trigger-happy. It was shipped the next day and reached the mailbox September 2nd. From the paper work it looks like it got to Barbados on September 10th.

Order: Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick 'Matte Bittersweet', Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick 'Sheer Rapture', Sephora Collection Ultimate oil-in-gel lipstick remover, Marc Jacobs Beauty The Face II Sculpting Foundation Brush, Kat Von D Ink Liner Trio and Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder Tye Dye Edition 'Coral Sunset'
Samples: Kate Spade New York Live Colorfully, Versace Eros, Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control and Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil

All that cost $217.21USD - my card was charged $440.68BDS

The zinger!

Import Customs Duty: $119.60
Environmental Levy: $0
V.A.T: $91.98
Processing Fee - Declaration: $10

Insurance PMB: $2.04
Air Freight: $22.39
PMB Handling: $25

Total: $271.01

Order total: $711.69BDS

Soooo my Nars order cost more but incurred less customs duty :/

I know what you're thinking...I went H.A.M in August. Most of those things I had my eye on even before before April. The rest, well you know how it goes.

Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder Tye Dye Edition 'Coral Sunset' LE

I hope these three posts gave you a little more insight into this whole process. For sure, if you can get around these import duties I'd always suggest that.

One little silver lining: I was able to complete this order online and thereby earn some cash back via Ebates.

First Impression: Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm

When Heidi said she was getting this for us to try I was elated. As I said in this post I've heard so much about this brand and this product in particular that I was anxious to get my hands on it.

From the website: "What is it? Comprehensive Radiant Cleansing Balm effortlessly dissolves all traces of eye and face makeup. 
Includes 1 Muslin Cloth

What is it formulated to do? Clears congested pores, and removes impurities, leaving skin balanced, soft and radiant. Unique blend of Loofah Seed and Moringa Oil improve skin integrity by renewing the outer-layer skin cells while restoring the skin's flexibility and equilibrium during daily cleansing. With continued daily use, skin becomes velvety smooth and more luminous.

Formulated without:
SLS/SLES Sulfats

Additional info you need to know: Youth-restoring Nigella (Blackseed) Oil helps to visibly improve compromised and problematic skin, while precious Marula Oil nourishes and revitalizes.

100 ml (3. 3 fl oz)
  • Can be used morning or night.
  • Place balm in clean, dry hands then rub together to warm product. 
  • Apply to dry skin and massage all over face.
  • Wet muslin cloth with hand-hot water and wring damp.
  • Place over skin for a mini-facial then use to wipe off balm.
  • Follow with a splash of cool water to leave you glowing. 

Moringa Oil  - restores luminosity

Lipexel™ - combats dehydration

Black Seed Oil - antioxidant protection

Aromatic Complex - calms & decongests

All ingredients: Paraffin, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-75 Lanolin, PEG-30 Lanolin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Blackseed) Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Luffa Cylindrica Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Parfum(Fragrance), Eugenol, Linalool".

Looking up those ingredients I can tell you that this is mainly made of thickeners, emulsifiers, oils and fragrance. The ratings for that contents list based on Paula's Choice Ingredient Dictionary go from good to best to poor.

I take it the 'balm' nature comes from the oils solidifying at a cooler temperature. But due to the crazy heat Barbados has been experiencing this product has been a liquid solution from the time I got it. Thus, handling the jar is a lesson in patience since I don't want to spill not nary a drop. I used what product was on the lid since I figured it wouldn't take much for it to work.

I followed the directions to a T. My 'dry face' was actually full of makeup because I wanted to see how the product dealt with pigmented mascara and stubborn eyeliner. Well in true oil fashion, it broke down everything.

When I placed the warm Muslin cloth over my face and left it for a few seconds I understood why the YouTubers raved that "it feels like you're at a Spa". While the fragrances in the product are not good for your skin they definitely add to the aromatherapy experience. I wiped my face twice, rinsed the cloth with warm water and wiped twice more; taking special care around my eyes.

I always follow up anything like this with a facial cleanser so that's what I did. Whereas with makeup remover wipes there'd usually be some trace of maraca or liner, there was no residue after using the cleansing balm. 

The white cloth came back to its original state easily after I washed with Dawn soap.

Now you could say, if it's just a bunch of oils couldn't I just mix my own? Of course, in fact my girl Nikita recently shared her recipe. And that sure won't set you back the $65USD that the Cleansing Balm costs. So it comes down to personal preference. Are you a cosmetic/skincare purist? Do you have extra sensitive skin? Are you a product junkie? Let me know where you stand in the comments.

I am happy to have tried it and it will certainly be used. I'll get back to you on whether I would repurchase ;)

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Just One

Maybe it's the heavy YouTube marketing or maybe it's gluttony...or maybe it's both; but of late the trend in the beauty industry seems to be "you gotta catch them all". Even I have fallen prey to this. Getting numerous shades of one product in order to write an overview post for this blog. Then we wonder why we're always on the hunt for more storage :/ As I grew my blogger legs I got more leery of this trend though: on the one hand; with so many products something really has to impress me and on the other; luckily we now have The Marketplace where we can recoup some costs or swap for something we're really interested in.

This is kindda an anti Stash Status post. There won't be multiple shades in every lipstick range that you want right? Sometimes one is enough.

NYX Nude Matte Shadow 'Dance The Tides'

I'm not the biggest eyeshadow fan so this shouldn't come as a shocker but of the two crease/transition colours that Missy Lynn suggested from this range, 'Dance The Tides' stood out to me.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks 'Calypso Coral'

At the time I purchased this I just wanted something from Bobbi Brown. I had to have it. I dunno why I chose a cream blush...well, the colour caught me. Suffice to say I don't use it enough and I will not be purchasing any more cream blushes. But it's a gorgeous product though.

Destiny Godley raved about this on YouTube for years. The other popular one in the range was 'Mai Tai' but that has more of a pink undertone so I stuck with this burnt orange one.

No I'm not done with those liquid lipsticks comparison posts but lawwwwwwdd the stress that puts my puckers under! Suffice to say I've picked one colour from each (well, most) of the brands and I'm through.

La Femme Blush On Rouge 'Sienna'

Wha become of this company?  *a quick Google search revealed they are still alive and well* This is another blush product that was all the rage on YouTube years ago. I remember the same Destiny Godley and SocialiteSande had full videos on their collection of La Femme blushes. I once had 'Peach' as well but subsequently gave it to Heidi. While I always had my eye on 'Redwood' and 'Terracotta', I never expanded my collection.

My one and only YSL product; heavily influenced by Crystal. This product made me appreciate light, sheer formulas that still packed a punch in the pigment department. Due to the price I'm not trynna have a whole artillery though. 

If you're looking for the same properties in a lip product but don't want to shell out so many coppers try...

M.A.C Huggable LipColour 'Glamorized'

This one is fairly new to my collection but just from swatching it I can tell that the pigment is no joke. Sadly, I couldn't find many colours that I was in love with. My bank account is happy to hear that.

Milani Shadow Eyez 12 HR Wear Eyeshadow 'Cafe Au Lait'

These shadow sticks are a fan favourite of Emily's. Milani had previously release colourful ones that contained shimmer but these matte ones in varying skin tones really took the market by storm. Excellent products at a great price. Exact duplicates of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils. 'Almond Cream' is a very popular shade but I just stuck with this one since I already have M.A.C Paint Pots and other cream shadow bases that I should use up first.

Flori Roberts Moisturizing Lipstick 'Bloodstone'

How many lipstick can one girl need right? I'd say, at least one of each lol. Heidi and I wanted to support a fellow Beauty Retailer (Dionne 245-1331) so we copped a few Flori Roberts products from her. Check out our Instagram page - yuh gaww go back like 26 weeks - to see what else is available from the brand. Although 'Bloodstone' looks crazy dark in the tube it's a sheer formula which can be built up to a vampy red.

L - R: 'Hot To Trot', 'Saffron', 'Walnut', 'Jaguar', 'Teak' and 'Bloodstone'

What one offs are in your collection?