Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Beauty That Is Diana Ross!

Diana Ross has long been my inspiration for beauty. ...from the beginning. The iconic superstar has been a trendsetter since she began turning her 60s wigs backwards and having a flair for the dramatic that set her apart from her fellow Supremes. She went on to have one the most successful solo careers in chart history and a subsequent Oscar nominated and Golden Globe Award winning acting career. Throughout her career that's spanned several decades her style, poise and beauty has inspired many and continues to do so. From the promo shot above from the 1970s to the shot below of her receiving her Lifetime Grammy Award last year.. today at 68 Ms. Ross remains one of the most beautiful accomplished women in entertainment. She will Always be my inspiration.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Everyday Makeup by Princess Brittany

                                          Danyel by Princess Brittany
                               Danyel by Princess Brittany
      Model: Danyel Conyers  Makeup by: Princess Brittany

Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer

I think I have found my favorite product by Maybelline. I love their mascara's but I absolutely love this concealer. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is one of the best drug store concealers I have ever tried. I how ever am not a fan of the Fit Me Foundations primarily because I favor full coverage foundations.  Fit Me foundations are one of the most sheer foundations I'm aware of, it's nearly a BB Cream in my opinion. The fact that my favorite concealer is by Makeup Forever and I find this drug store brand  nearly comparable is a quite a statement. It's very creamy, easily lasts all day and is easy to work with. At $6.99 a pop and being nearly on par with it's high end counter parts I consider it a no brainer. A must have! 

                                             I am wearing the Fit Me Concealer in #30

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Coastal Scents 26 Shadow Blush Palette

This palette from Coastal Scents has quickly become one of my favorite I have ever gotten from them. When it comes to a palette of natural colors I think this is their best. Not only are you getting lovely colors for the eyes you're also getting a great mix of blushes. One of the blushes is a very light pink and works perfect as a highlight.. especially for darker skin tones. There is a good mix of shimmer and matte shadows, awesome choice of browns and a couple of beautiful oranges & purples. This is an excellent palette for everyday use, and it's wonderful for brides. You can create a multitude of looks from this one palette. There are two cons, but they are in my opinion very small. There is no actual white and no black. The palette it economical enough that buying those to accompany it isn't a problem...  most people likely have a good black & white already.. For myself the two blushes on the far right more than pay for the whole palette. I love them! They are excellent! I tend to favor La Femme blushes and these are on par with them. Then you get all the lovely eye colors as well. This easily gets 5 stars from me. I got it on sale for about $15. There is always a sale going on their site. I recommend checking for a sale before buying, there is one every week.
I am wearing: eyeshadow - 4th on row 2, 6th on row 2, 5th on row 3  
contour - 7th on row 2.  highlight -   1st on bottom row
blush - the 2 end blushes on the far right                                               

Thursday, May 24, 2012

IMAN Cote d' Azur Palette

I have long been a big fan of IMAN's foundations & powders but I had yet to delve much into her other products. I decided to give the eye shadows a shot and what way better than to start with a palette. The one that spoke to me right off the bat is the one called Cote d' Azur. That translates to The French Riviera for us Americans lol. Well just as with the other products I fell in love with these are of similar quality. The set comes with four eye shadows, two lipsticks, two lip glosses, a blush and a cream bronzer. It becomes quite apparent why IMAN's products are called luxury, they are infinitely luxurious. 
(top row: 2 lipsticks, blush, 2 eye shadows. bottom row: 2 lip glosses, cream bronzer, 2 eye shadows)
The lipsticks are moisturizing and long lasting... the red is one of the most dynamic blue based reds I've ever had. And, the glosses are rich and very pigmented and not sticky. The blush while too light for me is good for someone lighter.. it has a nice delicate shimmer. 
The cream bronzer is really nice. Once applied it dries to a nice smooth powdery consistency and doesn't even feel like it's there. The eye shadows, oh the eye shadows! They are fab! The black is very very black with little glitters reminiscent of MAC's Black Tied. The purple eye shadow (my favorite shadow color) has tiny shimmers of gold through out. The sliver is a high shine luster that packs even more of a punch when wet. And the final shadow is a champagne color which works great as a brow bone highlight for me. Everything really has excellent pigment and decent staying power. It's well worth the $20 that it costs. There's an accompanying palette to this called St. Tropez. Same layout but the colors are more neutral, like earth tones. Cote d' Azur gets a 10 from me! 
I'm wearing mostly IMAN Cosmetics. The Stick Foundation, Oil Blotting Powder, Blush, Eye Shadow & Lips from Cote d' Azur Palette.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Revlon Extra Curl Lash Curler

Revlon's lash curlers have long been a favorite of mine. My second favorite in fact, Shu Uemura being first and foremost. Well recently the tide has changed, I'm caught somewhere in the middle. Since having to replace a lash curler...once again! Why do people steal? Urg... I digress
Revlon has updated their lash curlers. The Revlon Extra Curl Lash Curler is really on par with Shu Uemura now... in my opinion. I am absolutely in love with this lash curler! It doesn't pinch your lid at all yet it gets a firm hold of your lashes and curls them seamlessly. The pinching is a problem I find with less expensive curlers ie: ELF or the like. I honestly don't find much of a difference between Revlon & Shu Uemura which is fantastic considering Revlon's is less than half the price.
Shu Uemura is $20 and Revlon is $7.99. I love when I can share a true bargain all the better when the quality exceeds expectations!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Quick Mention: L'OREAL Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner

I just got L'oreal's Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner. I love it. I have been on a search lately for a really good eyeliner. Other that my regular fav's MAC's Smolder & Feline and also Milani's Liquif'eye. Ok, back to L'oreal. They promise that this mechanical pencil will last 16 hours, that it is smudge proof and two times the intensity of your average eyeliner. Well, I wore it for 9 hours and it didn't budge.. I don't know if the occasion will come where I'll need it for 16 hours but it's nice to know that it may stand the test! As far as it being two times the intensity of you average liner... well I'll say this: it's exceptionally good for a drugstore brand. It's no Smolder.. but then, what is?  I have it in Carbon Black and it's very black which I love, that is a must for me. And it features something I've never seen on one of these mechanical pencils.. it has a built in sharpener on the top paired with a smudger (you better use the smudger quick, remember it's smudge proof!) And! it's pretty cool to have the sharpener. So for the record.. I really like it, perhaps better than Maybelline's Master Drama pencil I reviewed a while back. It lines both the top & bottom lash perfectly. I got it from Ulta for $8.99 
Boy do I love having an Ulta here in NYC now! ;)

(one double swatch & one singular swatch)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

L'OREAL Studio Secrets Anti-Dull Skin Primer

I Love this product! It's the Loreal Studio Secrets #2 Anti-Dull Skin Primer which also acts as a corrector. This particular number in the series (#2) is made to compliment deep skin tones. Orangy, peachy tones are always great on people of  color. You get a lot of product considering that you only have to use an extremely small amout per application. The pump dispenses quite a bit of product, don't let it scare you.. a lot will come out. Just take it and blend it in very well until there's an even layer on your skin. It will be very ashy in appearance, but that is ok. On top of the (light) layer you've created then apply your concealer and/or foundation and you will see the benefits it's afforded you. It creates a nice canvas for your foundation and a lovely brigtening quality. Brightening not lightening. I really like this product, and the good thing is it will last forever, the .68 Fl. Oz. you get is ample. Now that I've tried this I want to also try the face primer in this series. I've seen lots of glowing reviews on it. That is next! I purchased it at Target for $13.99