Smokey Cat Eye for a Valentine’s Night Out

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Hey guys! I know it has been a while and I have seriously missed blogging so much! I am so happy to finally be able to get this post up, because I loved this look and I think it will work for a lot of you regardless of skin tone and eye color! I got to use a to of my favorite products, but also threw in some new products that I am really enjoying.  Milani’s Sangria lipstick, MAC’s Beautymarked and MAC’s Cranberry eyeshadows are among the newer products that I got to play with for this tutorial, and I have to say I’m sold!  Want to see them in action? Here’s the video:

 


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Face

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, Cappuccino
Covergirl 3-in-1 Foundation, Tawny
L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC Bronzer, Sun Power
LORAC Pro PaletteEspresso

 

Eyes

Maybelline Color Tattoo, Pomegranate Punk
LORAC Pro Palette, Sable
L’Oreal Liquid Pencil Liner, Black
MAC Eyeshadow, Brown Script
MAC Eyeshadow, Beautymarked
MAC Eyeshadow, Cranberry

Lips

MAC Lipstick, Double Shot
Milani Lip Liner, Sugar Plum
Milani Lipstick, Sangria
NYX Lipliner, Never

Brushes

Sigma Brushes

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I usually (pretty much always) prefer and go for the nude lip, but I actually really love the way Sangria works with the eyeshadows I used. Yay, for trying (and most importantly, liking) new things! I hope you all will try this look out.  You can swap out the eyeshadow colors to give this sultry smokey cat eye a different effect every time.

I hope you enjoyed the video and had an amazing Valentine’s Day no matter who you spent it with!

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Beyonce Mine Music Video

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Gorgeous blues and teals make this a show stopping look for any season!

 

Please tell me you got the Beyonce album! At least saw some previews of the video? Photos?! Well if you are a makeup lover like I am, this album is definitely work checking out for some MAJOR inspiration.  There are tons of photos on google of looks from the album, and I have to say that the makeup is absolutely exquisite.  Beyonce is one of those artists who I feel takes the natural side of glam more often than not, but this time around she really does it up with some very edgy looks, taking more makeup risks in a single album than many will take in well…a lifetime.  She does everything from a barenaked face to this blue teal look.  From a fierce cateye fit for the runways, to a high glam 20s inspired gunmetal smokey eye paired with a glossy oxblood lip.  Needless to say I was in makeup inspo paradise watching the music videos from the Beyonce album.

Beyonce “Mine” Music Video Look

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Here is a still from the video that inspired my tutorial.  I was talking to my baby sis, she’s actually a teenager aha, and she was telling me that I should try to do tutorials with products that are more accessible.  So here it is! Thanks baby sis! I really wanted this look to be as easy to recreate as possible, so I searched and searched and found the perfect palette and I found it: The Maybelline “Sapphire Siren” palette.  It is sold in nearly any and every drugstore, and it is super affordable.  It is even cheaper if you get it from Walmart!  I hope you all enjoy this look, and feel free to comment down below with an other looks you would like to see from the Beyonce album.  I plan to do a lot more, so be sure to stay updated!

I have received some questions about how to alter this look for different skintones.  Using lighter shades works well to adapt the look, or using warmer colors could help as well.  I plan to do a similar look that will be more universal, so be sure to stay tuned for that!

Here is a list of everything I used:

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Face

L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC Bronzer, Sun Power
LORAC Pro PaletteEspresso
LORAC Unzipped Palette, Unbridled
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, Warm Almond 6.5
NYX Blush, Cinnamon

Eyes

Maybelline Eyestudio Palette, Sapphire Siren
Maybelline Stiletto Liquid Liner, Black
L’Oreal Telescopic “Shocking Extensions,” Black
MAC Eyeshadow, Brown Script
BH Cosmetics “Take Me to Brazil” Palette, #7
LORAC, Behind the Scenes Primer
Wet’n’Wild Color Icon Eye Pencil, White

Lips

MAC, Double Shot
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss, Illume

Brushes

Sigma Brushes

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Black Womens Beauty: The Miss France “Situation” is taking it overboard

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All the publicity around Miss France and the backlash she has received has got me thinking.  Enough is enough.  It took me back to a time before my early twenties, when I too based my own conceptions of beauty on the latest Barbie doll and the girls I saw on tv with their flowing hair and fair skin.  And it got me angry.  We live in a time when the media is ubiquitous, the lives of the rich and famous are on permanent display, and the thigh gap has become beauty’s newest yardstick.  Imagine the pressure our young girls are under.

Further, imagine the pressure our young black girls are under.  Because face it: while it is hard to be a woman, it is even harder to be a black woman.  And while we all face these unrealistic pressures as women, articles like this one can shed some light on the fact that black girls who become black woman have an even heavier load to bear.  I grew up watching Lizzie McGuire and Boy Meets World.  The “hottest” girls in school were the blondest.  And even though you told me I was “the most beautiful black/dark skinned/brown girl you’d ever seen,” I still knew that you secretly meant that I am just “pretty for a black girl.”  And it may be hard for others to imagine, but this becomes a difficult pill to swallow as you try to navigate self-confidence through your teens.

Now I will admit: I was lucky. Certainly luckier than many.  I grew up in a Christian two parent home, I was constantly reinforced by a strong community of family friends and extended family, and I was taught to root my self esteem and sense of self in things besides the way I looked.    I was pushed to excel academically, chase my dreams and to put God first.  I will never forget the day my father sat me down and said, “A time is coming when boys will approach you.  Never forget that you are a blessing, spending time with you is a privilege, and any man would be lucky to hold a conversation with you.  You deserve the best.”  I was lucky to hear this from the first man in my life: my father.  But what about other girls who looked like me but didn’t have this type of reinforcement?  And even though I was so fortunate, there were still times when the lack of faces like mine, hair like mine, and skin like mine was as haunting an absence as any imaginable.

So now, with the outrage surrounding the victory of Miss France I must stand and say: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.  I was brainstorming what I could do, and I decided to start small and see if it will go viral.  I will be curating a Pinterest Board called “The Skin I’m In” where you can find beauty inspiration from dark skinned woman.  Underrepresented women.  Women like me who are beautiful and strong with full lips, “black noses,” and beautifully dark skin.  This board will be a celebration of all that is beautiful and unique about black women.  Each week I will feature one of these women, and recreate her hair and makeup in a tutorial.  I am so excited to start because this gets to the heart of why I started this blog in the first place: to empower women who are different, to put them at the forefront and in the spotlight.

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Feel free to submit suggestions if you want!  I can’t wait to see where this goes.  It truly is a work of love. Hopefully one day I can point to this project, and others that will come from it, and tell my daughters that I did something to make the world a more loving place for them before they got here.

I recently did a Christmas makeup tutorial inspired by Jourdan Dunn, who recently spoke out about the racism she has encountered in the modeling industry.

 

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Beauty box subscriptions are now a sweeping trend, but never before have you seen one like this.  COCOTIQUE has managed to achieve excellence and difference in a much neglected realm of beauty by creating a beauty box particularly suited for women of color.  Since part of the my vision for this blog is to empower and educate different women about beauty and self improvement, I was both honored and ecstatic when they approached me to host this giveaway!

 

 

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In 2013 it was Emerald, now Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid! Get your full sized Black Opal lipstick in “Impassioned Pink” to be up to trend.  Makeup trendsetters everywhere turn to Pantone’s color of the year for inspiration, so don’t be behind.  Sephora has an entire collection centered on the trend, and you can be sure to find countless articles covering it around the web.

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Jourdan Dunn Inspired Makeup Tutorial: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013

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I missed the fashion show but I was sure to skim through photos and I was blown away by the makeup I saw! So soft and feminine, yet sultry and smokey…A balance only Victoria’s Secret could so effortlessly achieve.  Here is my rendition of the makeup worn by Jourdan Dunn! The colors make it perfect for Christmas, so I hope you will try it out.  Enjoy!

Snapshots

Face

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, Warm Almond 6.5
L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC Bronzer, Sun Power
LORAC Pro PaletteEspresso
LORAC Unzipped Palette, Unbridled
NYX Blush, Cinnamon

Eyes

L’Oreal Liquid Pencil Liner, Black
MAC Eyeshadow, Brown Script
Sleek Original Palette, Olive Green
LORAC Pro PaletteEspresso
NYC Color Liquid Liner, Black

Lips

NARS Lip Lacquer, Eros
NYX Lip Liner, Earthtone

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