Tutorial| Black Dahlia (w/Model)

Why hello there! Long time no see huh? I know I’ve been away for a while so I decided to come back with a special treat for you guys. I’ve really been wanting to do a “pre-fall” look that was dark yet wearable and focused more on perfected skin and a nice bold lip.

This look incorporates a muted neutral eye with soft metallic finishes, clean glowing skin and my favorite fall lip EVER!

I know a lot of you love when I do makeup tutorials on other models, especially of different skin tones so I had my lovely friend and fellow makeup artist, Feliza, be my canvas for this look. 

ENJOY!

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PRODUCTS USED:
EYES:
  • MAC Paint Pot in Laying’ Low
  • MAC e/s in Saddle
  • MAC e/s in Swiss Chocolate
  • MAC e/s in Bamboo
  • Coastal Scents e/s in Chocolate Berry
  • Coastal Scents e/s in Camel Taupe
  • Coastal Scents e/s in Cocoa Diamond
  • NARS Eye Paint in Snake Eyes
  • Cherry Blossom lashes in #110
  • MAC Zoom Fast mascara

FACE:

  • Tarte Clean Slate Flawless Primer
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC45
  • MAC Face & Body Foundation in C7
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer in Espresso
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer in Warm Honey
  • Graftobian Pro Setting Powder in Skin Tone Dark
  • Graftobian HD LuxeCashmere Setting Powder in Banana Cream Pie
  • Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Graceful
  • Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Dashing
  • e.l.f Facial Whip in Toasted

LIPS:

  • MAC Lip Liner in Currant
  • OCC Lip Tar in Black Metal Dahlia

Show & Tell| Onyx Box: August 2014

Hey babes and guys! This post is going to be an open box review of  the August ’14 ‘Onyx Box’!!

Click here for my previous Onyx Box Show & Tell!

ENJOY!

These items were sent to me for review consideration. I am not affiliated with ‘We Are Onyx’ nor am I receiving any compensation for this review. This is my 100% unbiased opinion.

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Availability: weareonyx.com

Pricing: $25.00/monthly

What You Get:

  • 1 Monthly Onyx Box
  • Up to 5 full sized /or deluxe sized beauty products

What It Is & How It Works:

We Are Onyx’ is the first monthly subscription service dedicated to specifically women of color. For $25 per month, you receive 5 deluxe-size or full size hair, skin, makeup and lifestyle products from high-end brands around the world. Every month ‘We Are Onyx’ will curate 4 products and you get to select your 5th from a selection of luxury beauty products.

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This months box is valued at about $60  and really focused on a lot of hair, nail and body care.

3 out of the 5 items I received in my box were full sized items and the 2 sample sized products were quite healthy in size so I’d say that this months box was $25 well spent!

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1. Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer, $11.99 

This edge control smells AH-FREAKING-MAZING!!! I’ve heard a lot about this brand and have actually seen it in action since my mom uses pretty much all the products they have (lol). However, this one is new to me. I haven’t had a chance to use this just yet but it looks and feels like your standard edge tamer. I’m excited to see if it holds up to my HG edge control by ORS. This came as full size in my box. 

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2. SheaMoisture Olive & Green Tea Body Lotion, $9.99

Another product with a heavenly scent! There’s not much to say about this product, it’s a standard hand and body lotion. The amount I received will definitely last me a while and went right into my purse as my hand cream. It felt really soft and buttery on my skin, not greasy at all but it is quite thick. Overall it left my hands feeling very moisturized and smelled so good so I like it. This came as sample size in my box. 

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3. CoCo| Conscious Collective Straight Transformations Smoothing Deep Treatment, $17.99

This is a hair care brand that is entirely new to me. They are an authentically natural brand and specialize in natural hair care. This is another product I haven’t used yet and am saving for my next hair wash day. The container notes that this is the “3rd step” in thier line of straightening products so I assume you’d get the best results form using the entire collection. What intrigues me is that this uses some sort of warming therapy to seal in moisture and shine. It’s also 97% natural and believe me it smells like it. It’s not an unpleasant scent but it’s definitely earthy and musky. This came as sample size in my box.

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4. So Posh Beauty Lip Glace, $7.95

I love lip scrubs and am obsessed with having soft lips so I was excited to see this in box. Unfortunately during the shipping process all of the oils leaked out so I was left with basically a pot of slightly damp sugar which made it too abrasive to be used.  If this happens to you, just throw a dash of extra virgin olive oil in and mix. I got the French Vanilla scent. Eh, I love the ice cream flavor, not so much a fan of things that smell like it thought. I checked out their website and they offer a few different scents, I’d probably go with the Fresh Mint. This came as full size in my box.

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5. CinaPro Nail Sugar Polish, $9.99

I haven’t tried these polishes yet but they look very fun and pretty! They all seem to be a clear polish with chunky holographic glitters. The gold shade looks so similar to one that I have and love from Sally Hansen, which is drying out so this was right on time! They also come with a LED light in the cap that’s kind of cool but I don’t know how practical/functional it will be. This came as full size in my box.

PLEASE NOTE: I was sent all 3 shades in this month’s line up for review purposes only, however, paying subscribers will only receive ONE of the 3 polishes in their box.

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BOTTOM LINE

I give this month’s box an B+

It definitely didn’t blow me away like past boxes but the items I received will most certainly get used and be incorporated in my everyday life so I’m not disappointed in it. Plus, almost everything I received was full sized and if not, it was a good amount to actually test out.

GRWM|Forever Neutral

After falling in love with the Revealed 2 palette by Coastal Scents, I finally decided to give the original Revealed palette a go.

This palette is definitely much cooler in tones and shades. The look I came up with ended up being a little more dramatic than I was going for but it still came out quite pretty.

Click here to see my tutorial using the Revealed 2 palette!

 

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PRODUCTS USED:
EYES:
  • MAC paint pot in Layin’ Low
  • Coastal Scents Revealed Palette
  • Coastal Scents eye shadow in Kokomo Cafe
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • Amazing Shine lashes in 747M
  • Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara

FACE:

  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC42
  • LA Girl Pro Conceal Concealer in Pure Beige
  • MAC MSF Natural in Medium Golden
  • MAC MSF Natural in Give Me Sun!
  • Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Fresh
  • Madison Street Beauty Sheer Glow Highlighter

LIPS:

  • Nicka K Lip Liner in Nude
  • MAC lipstick in Fleshpot
  • MAC Pro Longwear gloss in Boundlessly Beige

PRO Time| My UPDATED 2014 Eye Shadow Collection & Storage (feat. Coastal Scents Hot Pots & MAC DUPES!!)

Hello to all my aspiring Pro Artists & makeup lovers everywhere!  This post has been one of my most requested updates the entire YEAR! 
Ever since I posted my first eye shadow collection video last August (2013), I’ve accumulated quite a few more shades and have officially finished my collection. Many of you have been asking for an updated video so here it is! 
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One of the reasons  so many people ask for this post is because my original collection was primarily made up of Coastal Scents’ Hot Pots. My collection is now made up of MAC eye shadows and Coastal Scents Hot Pots ONLY.
MAC is pretty much a house hold name for beauty products, especially among the Pros. 
I’ve never been one to preach, that MAC is the “creme de la creme” for eye shadows or cosmetics in general. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE me some MAC, however,  I’m  one of those MUA’s that doesn’t discriminate.
I use what WORKS no matter the brand or cost and let’s be honest, there are soooo many brands that are selling their own single pan “palette friendly” shadows these days (Makeup Geek, Sephora, Morphe, etc).
I’m a definite believer in “quality over quantity” and what’s so freaking awesome about a lot of these newer companies  is that your getting quality for an affordable price! 
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HELPFUL LINKS TO GET YOU STARTED:

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 My collection consists of 230 eye shadows.
I group all of my shadows by color and now store them in the MAC Large Pro Palette. I have 10 of these palettes and I opted to not use the 15 pan insert that you would purchase with the palette because I can actually fit 8 additional shadows making it a total of 23 shadows per palette instead of just 15. Also, if you plan on using non-MAC eye shadows the insert will not hold any other eye shadow besides a MAC shadow.
I used to store my shadows in the Coastal Scents 28 pan palette but I find that the MAC palettes look more professional and sleek.
IMPORTANT!!: Please keep in mind that MAC pans are similar in size to Coastal Scents’ Hot Pots, however, Hot Pots will not automatically magnetize to MAC palettes and MAC eye shadows will not automatically magnetize to the Coastal Scents palettes.
Since I use the MAC palettes for storage, all of my MAC shadows already magnetized to the palettes. To get my CS shadows to stick, I simply purchased a roll of magnetic tape from Micheal’s craft store, cut them into small strips and stuck them to the back of the shadow pan.
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Below I’ve labeled the name of every shadow in my collection and have also listed my favorite shades & dupes from each palette.
I honestly do not have the time to swatch each and every shade (SORRY!)
NOTE: All MAC shades will be written in RED.
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TOP PICKS: NEUTRALS (LIGHT)
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TOP PICKS: NEUTRALS (DARK)
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TOP PICKS: GREYS & BLUES
GREY
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TOP PICKS: BLUES, TEALS & AQUA
Green
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pink
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gold yellow
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orange
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TOP PICKS:  REDS, MAROONS & BURGUNDY
burgundy

TAG| Top 10 Under $10

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  1. Wet N’ Wild Color Icon palette in Comfort Zone, $5.99
  2. Jesse’s Girl Eye Shadow Primer, $5.99
  3. e.l.f. Studio Small Stipple brush, $3.00
  4. L.A. Girl Pro Concealer, $1.99
  5. ikatehouse Lashes, $1.49-4.99
  6. e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whips, $1.00
  7. Wet N’ Wild Mega Last lipsticks, $2.99
  8. Madison Street Beauty pigments, $2.99-4.99
  9. e.l.f. Lock & Seal, $3.00
  10. Essence Get Big Lashes mascara, $3.99-4.99

 

 

 

 

 

How-To| Fresh & Flawless with Minimal Makeup

I really wanted to show you guys that you could achieve a fresh flawless face without using  100 different products so here is a quick and easy full flawless face using just a handful of products!  

 

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PRODUCTS USED:
EYES:
  • MAC paint pot in Layin’ Low
  • MAC MSF Natural in Give Me Sun
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • MAC Mineralize e/s in Love Connection
  • MAC #35 lashes
  • MAC Studio Sculpt mascara

FACE:

  • Becca Mattifying Primer
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42
  • Sephora Microsmooth Powder Foundation in 35 Bronze
  • MAC MSF Natural in Give Me Sun
  • MAC Mineralize e/s in Love Connection

LIPS:

  • Sephora Color Lip Last lipstick in 02 Cinnamon Crush
  • Sephora Ultra Shine lip gloss in 49 Metallic Copper

Tutorial| Sweet & Spicy (feat.Coastal Scents Revealed 2)

Here’s a quick look using super rich, warm hues on the eyes and really nude lips. I really love the way it turned out!

As you can see, I finally got around to trying out the new Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette.

What’s the verdict you ask?

Well besides the fact that this is an obvious dupe to the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, the colors in this palette aren’t all that unique and are surprisingly “dupable” to other brands such as MAC. However, for the price the shadows are GREAT quality and pigmentation. Super easy to apply, blend and layer. I love how saturated the colors come out.

Click here for my full review of this palette!

Enjoy!

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PRODUCTS USED:
EYES:
  • MAC paint pot in Layin’ Low
  • Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette
  • MAC eye shadow in Bamboo
  • Coastal Scents eye shadow in Cloud White
  • MAC #35 lashes
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • MAC Studio Sculpt mascara

FACE:

  • LA Girl Pro Concelaer in Pure Beige
  • Sephora Mattifying Powder Foundation in 33 Walnut
  • MAC MSF Natural in Give Me Sun
  • MAC Mineralize eye shadow in Love Connection (used as highlight)

LIPS:

  • MAC lip liner in Chestnut
  • Wet N’ Wild Mega Last lipstick in Pink Suga’ (900B)