Monday, 19 December 2011

I'm afraid to wear lipstick

Funny story, I was never a lover of lipstick. I used too think my lips were way too pouty for any shade of lipstick. I also have a very pigmented upper lip which makes most nude shades a no-go. It just does not work for me. The first time I tried red lipstick I was blown away because I never thought it would look good. Needless to say I've been wearing it ever since and have experimented with a few other shades. I've realized that vibrant shades suits me best and compliments my complexion. I tend to go for matte as opposed to shine.

I've heard many women say things like "My lips are way too big for lipstick" or "My lips are too small for lipstick" or "Wow I wish I could wear lipstick the way you do".

To all you ladies who love the look of lipstick on others but are afraid to try it, it doesn't hurt to experiment. Buy a couple from the more affordable brands before you invest in the big guns. Don't be afraid to go bold. A red, plum, some pink...hell why not even orange? I mean, it's only lipstick, it can wipe off right? However, when selecting shades, you should also make sure it's a shade that will suit your complexion. Andddd if in doubt... google!
Trust me, it's a worthwhile investment.

When selecting the right lipstick:
  1. Choose a colour that compliments the natural shade of your lips and skin.
  2. Keep colors lighter for daytime and darker for night. Matte and cream finishes offer a subtler daytime look, while a high-gloss finish adds glamour for evening. (or you can cheat like me and wear bold colours whenever the mood strikes you)
  3. Experiment!!!! Like I said, hit up the drugstore and grab a few.
  4. You can also create your own shade by mixing different shades.
  5. Try a lip liner that is a shade darker than your lipstick and in the same color family.

Other things to consider:
  •  Take into consideration your lifestyle and where you'll be wearing a particular shade of lipstick. Whether to work, school, what have you.
  • Remember to take the size of your lips into account. Light colours tend to make lips appear fuller and dark colours tend to make lips appear smaller.
  • Women of colour can better carry off dark, bright, or dramitic shades that may not not suit fairer skintones.
  • Women with yellow undertones should stick to correspondingly warm tones.
  • Plums, wines and deep reds flatter a dark skin tone, while light-brown beiges with pink or orange undertones compliment a lighter skin tone. Olive skin looks good with brownish reds, light browns and raisin shades of lipstick.
  • You might also want to consider the texture. For longer wearing, you might want to choose a matte. Or if you find it too drying, go for a creamy texture. If you don't mind re-applying then go for a sheer or glossy finish.

Happy lipstick shopping!

Current fave lipstick: Mac Rebel

Friday, 18 November 2011

Island Girl in London Town

You never know where life will take you. I was actually supposed to go to Los Angeles last Tuesday with my classmates from my acting class but that unfortunately did not work out. So what did I do? I booked the closest, most convenient flight out to London Gatwick. This has probably been the boldest spontaneous move I've made in my life thus far and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Sometimes the things you don't plan, turn out the best. I'm so happy for the friends that I have, who I also consider my family. This was also my first time flying solo, and my first time finding my way through a big airport. I'm usually extremely coward but it wasn't so bad :) I have just one more day here and then I'll be headed back to Trinidad. Y.ou O.nly L.ive O.nce (YOLO). Make it count.

Beyonce - I Was Here

I just watched this and it literally brought tears to my eyes. It must be the greatest joy to live your dream.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Poison Ivy Makeup

Even though I don't really do the halloween thing,  I decided to play with a little makeup. This was the second time I've tried to hide/stick down the brows. I only attempted to hide the ends so it wasn't too bad. The one thing I didn't like was that the lighting was poor so I hated these pics. I look so yellow. Like the Poison Ivy Oompa Loompa version. lol

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Mini Mac Haul: Fall Color Collection

Hey Glamaholics!

So last weekend the Fall Color Collection finally launched here in Trinidad. I went over to the store and this is what I got. I only intended to grab a lipstick but somehow I couldn't resist getting some more stuff. I literally had to run out the store. Mac recently opened a store south of the island and it's evident they'll be taking all my money :)

So here it is...
Show Orchid
 This is fuchsia-pink with fuchsia-purple iridescence. It has mostly opaque color coverage and an amplified finish. It in no way replaces my new obsession which is Rebel but it's a close contender at the moment. This is an excellent shade for women of color.

Three Ring Yellow
This is a vibrant yellow-gold with a hint of green. It has a pearl finish and has great color payoff.

Starless Night
This is a violet purple over a blackened-purple base with silver and blue sparkle.
I fell in lust when I saw this. I generally don't like loose pigments cuz I'm not a professional at application so it gets a bit messy for me however I couldn't walk out the store without getting this. It's simply gorgeous although it seems more of a "starfull night" than a "starless".


I swatched all the lipsticks when I was trying to decide, so here ya go!
1. Fusion Pink
2. Neon Orange
3. Show Orchid
4. Violetta
5. Plum Bright

P.S. I tried a Cleopatra-esque look using all three products.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Home Decor Glam

So last week I painted a tree on my wall lol. I was looking for designs on none other that google and I saw this and decided to give it a try. My last bedroom was white with one zebra accent wall. Since I moved I've been needing something to fill the void. One evening I just had a burst of creative energy and this is what happened...

I dropped in a little glitter in the mix to amp up the glam.

This was easy. All you need is a pencil and eraser in case you mess up, paint and glitter (optional).

P.S. I have yet to paint the birds in...

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Mac Satin Lipstick: Rebel - Review

I've found my new fave lipcolor. This is from the Mac Me Over Collection.  It's a satin lipstick and it goes on very smoothly. It's pinkish/purple in color. The shade is amazing and does a lot for women of color. It feels almost like velvet. It has a nice sheen so you might not need lipgloss, although I know some of you can't resist the dazzleglass :) My co-worker who is much lighter than me tried it on and it looked amazing on her as well, although for lighter skin tones....less is more. My brown can pack it on hunnies! Have fun with it!

For you ladies up North....this is a great Fall shade.
It's even safe to wear at work, which is what I've worn to work for the last three days.

  • It's very bold
  • Long wearing
  • It doesn't dry out
  • I just wish it was as deep as it looked in the tube
Rating: 4.5/5

 Ps. This shade may appears lighter in photos as it does in person.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Mary Kay Medium-Coverage Foundation Bronze 500

So I have been meaning to do a review on this for a very very veryyyy long time. So here goes...
I have been using this for 6+ years and have found no other foundation to work the magic this does. It has to be my liquid gold.
Here are some things I love about it:

  • It gives spectacular coverage, even without any concealer
  • It's longggggggggggggggggggg wearing. Last for over 8 hours
  • It doesn't get oily
  • You can find the prefect math for your complexion
  • You can wear it to the pool or beach, swim and it still won't come off
  • It's light weight. It doesn't cake on
  • Easy to apply
  • It holds up in very warm weather
I could go on and on but I'll try to refrain from doing so hehehe.
So here are some photos I took:

No concealer



Monday, 18 July 2011

Bright Green/Orange/Pink/Yellow Eyeshadow Look

Nothing special really. This was just a test to see how well the brows would come out. It was a task as  have thick strand brows. sigh...  shall try again.

Citrus Punch Is what I call it.
Products used:

  • 120 eyeshadow palette
  • Elf eyeshadow primer
  • Beauty Treats black liquid eyeliner
  • Black pencil liner
  • Black mascara 
For the eyebrows I based it with eyeshadow primer and just lightly layered on the shadow using an angled liner brush.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

ELF Studio Blush Review and Swatches

Ok so this has to be my fave product from my haul, simply because I am in love with blush.

The box says:

  • The soft sheer texture blends into the skin for a silky finish.
  • Designed to be worn alone or layered for more depth.
  • Highlight your complexion with a subtle healthy glow.

So!!! Although they did say it gives a "subtle healthy glow", I was expecting a bit more pizzaz. It really does go on very sheer, so to get more impact you may have to layer it on like they stated. I do still love the shades and I have not yet tried them on with full makeup, so look out for an edit on this post.
For my ladies who are looking for dark and strongly pigmented shades, these are not for you.

Ok so I tried a couple of them on and I have to say...amazing. They look so natural and they are more pigmented when applied to a face with foundation on. Of course like I said u have to layer it to get more impact. All in all, while I love NARS, I think I have found a new best friend. You can't go wrong for the price so go get them ALL!!!!

  1. Twinkle Pink
  2. Mellow Mauve
  3. Blushing Rose
  4. Peachy Keen
  5. Berry merry
  6. Giddy Gold
  7. Candid Coral
  8. Fushia Fusion
  9. Pink Passion

Rating: 3.5/5

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

ELF Studio Flawless Finish Foundation Review and Swatches

SPF 15 - Oil Free

I used the Almond and it matched my complexion. You'll get medium coverage so if you have blemishes, you're gonna be needing some concealer. 
It does give you a nice smooth finish, howeverrrrrrrrr for my ladies in the tropics, it was very hot today so of course I was sweating and this did not hold up at all. It began to kinda run, and so before I could leave my house...yes I hadn't left yet, I had to switch to my regular foundation.
For those of you who experience winter, I guess it's wearable but I would not suggest use in the summer.
Rating: 2.5/5

ELF Studio Cream Eyeliner Review and Swatches

Lines and defines your eyes.
Creates smooth lines that are defined and precise.

  • Smudge-proof
  • Budge-proof
  • Water-resistant coverage

So basically, I am in LOVE with this product. I have the black and it goes on smoothly. It takes some practice to achieve a very neat line though. 
I'm one of those girls who forget they have eye makeup on and rub my eyes, but sometimes I go with just liner and mascara and I can guarantee that after rubbing my eyes my liner stays put, so they didn't lie by saying so.
It also stayed on after about 4 hours of me being in the water, so you can definitely wear it to the beach for you beach glam ladies.

Rating: 4.5/5

Edited: These dry out really easily, so please keep stored in a cool place. I learnt this the hard way.

Kinda Mega E.L.F Haul


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