Monthly Archives: January 2015

FOTD: Soft Daytime Smokey using Urban Decay Naked 3

Here’s a daytime appropriate Smokey eye using the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. This is a gorgeous palette complete with rose gold toned eyeshadows! A couple of the colors like Dust and Trick have crazy fallout unfortunately, but the other colors are rather smooth.




Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème Foundation in Fawn
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in #6 (undereye)
Ben Nye Banana Powder (to set)
NARS Casino (bronzer)
MAC Darkly My Dear blush (LE)

All shadows used are from the UD Naked 3 palette
– Limit (in crease)
– Nooner (inner 1/3 and outer 1/3 of lid, blended into crease)
– Darkhorse (applied on top of Nooner on inner 1/3 and outer 1/3 of lid, blended into crease)
– Trick (center of lid)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in 1999 (waterline)
L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
MAC Studio Finish Concealed in NW30

MAC Chestnut Lip liner
MAC Pink Plaid Lipstick
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Bare All (center of lips)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Swatches + Pics

When Anastasia Beverly Hills released the new Liquid Lipsticks on her website, I had to hop on it! I ordered 4 of the 20 new shades available. First impressions, they remind me of the Stila All Day Liquid Lipsticks and the Sephora Cream Lip Stains. They have the same creamy texture, opaque coverage, and matte finish. I purchased:

“Pure Hollywood” – nude beige pink
“Sweet Talker” – watermelon pink
“Bloodline” – crimson
“Potion” – deep eggplant

I’m sure a lot of women of color are curious about how these lipsticks will look on them. So for skin tone reference, I am a MAC NC44 (NC45 in the summer), NARS Tahoe, MUFE HD #170.

I initially applied “Pure Hollywood” alone, but it was giving me powdered donut vibes (we all know that “look”), so I reapplied it with a lip liner which makes it wearable for my tastes. It’s a really pretty nude, and paired with MAC Spice lip liner, I find it gorgeous. I preferred to use a lip liner with “Sweet Talker” as well. While it didn’t give the powdered donut look, the color is borderline neon-ish on my skin, so I used MAC Beet lip liner along with it. Both “Bloodline” and “Potion” did not require lip liner for me to wear.

These were launched January 7 on both Anastasia Beverly Hills website and Macy’s website. They will be available in all Macy’s (the Impulse section) stores in February.

(L-R) Pure Hollywood, Sweet Talker, Potion, & Bloodline

Pure Hollywood + MAC Spice Lip liner

Sweet Talker + MAC Beet Lip liner



(L-R) Pure Hollywood, Sweet Talker, Bloodline, & Potion (swatched in natural light, no flash)

FOTD: Lupita Nyong’o Inspired Shimmering Teal Eyes + Muted Red Lips

I’m a huge fan of Lupita Nyong’o and her various makeup looks. I love how she is not afraid to wear colorful eyeshadows and lip colors! Often times, women of color shy away from bright colors because we’ve always been told that those colors weren’t made “for us.” Not true! I love how Lupita just shows up and shows out with her colorful makeup and beautiful dresses. I believe that jewel tone colors look great on women of color, especially darker skinned women! Lupita definitely serves as an inspiration for us all!

This look is inspired by her red carpet makeup look from the 2014 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards show.

The Inspiration:

My Version:




Becca Ultimate Coverage Crème Foundation in Fawn
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in #6 (undereye)
Ben Nye Banana Powder (to set)
NARS Casino (bronzer)
MAC Breezy blush
Hourglass Radiant Light (highlighter)

MAC Steamy (1st half of lid)
MAC Birds & Berries (2nd half of lid) (LE)
MAC Cork (crease)
MAC Plumage (outer v)
MAC PowerPoint Eye Pencil in Buried Treasure (waterline)
Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
MAC Studio Finish Concealed in NW30

MAC Brick Lip liner
MAC Brick-O-La Lipstick

FOTD: Smokey Gray + Matte Rose Lips

I know it’s been a while, but I’m back! Here’s a look using one of the Kevyn Aucoin Essential Eyeshadow Palettes in #3. The colors in this eyeshadow palette are cool-toned. For the eye look, I only used the colors in the palette.





(Photo taken from

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 5W1 Bronze
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NC42 (undereye)
Ben Nye Banana Powder to set
NARS Casino (bronzer/contour)
NARS Deep Throat (blush)

Kevyn Aucoin Essential Eyeshadow Palette #3
– Medium Brown (in the crease)
– Gray (on the lid)
– Dark Gray (outer V)
– Champagne-ish Light Brown (brow highlight)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion (waterline)
L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina
MAC Dervish lipliner

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW30 (to clean up brows)