butter LONDON Summer Goodies + Giveaway

As usual, my obsession with butter LONDON is continuing. And likely won’t be stopping. I’m cool with that. I received a box of these red cosmetics and it took everything in me to not wake my sleeping toddler. Because y’all know I LOVE red. Looky looky!

butter LONDON

Yes ma’am. Yes sir. Take a peek at these babies and then get ready to press your luck because I’ll be giving away everything you see here to one lucky reader. And anywhere in the world!

butter LONDON cosmetics

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OFRA Cosmetics Mina Liquid Lipstick Review & Giveaway

OFRA Mina Liquid Lipstick

I told you I’d be back with another post showcasing the glorious OFRA Cosmetics. I’ve been slowly making my way around some of those goodies that I got from the blogger meetup. And when I heard that my girl Mina was the inspiration behind the brand’s newest Liquid Lipstick, I just HAD to buy one. I mean, yes, I wanted to support my girl, but ohmigoodness, I was in love the first time I saw that color.

OFRA Mina liquid lipstick

See what I’m sayin’? I can also understand how a shade like this may intimidate some people. At first glance, it appears to be a bit dark and vampy and fitting for the cooler seasons, but hey – don’t go around judging lippies at first glance, girl. 

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Eddie Funkhouser Lips Are Perfect For Spring


Spring is here, y’all. I am forever grateful because I am just NOT here for that winter’y stuff. Floridian and all, I can’t even bother to think about leaving the house when it’s under 50 degrees. Laugh if you like but recently some of us ladies in the Makeup Wars received some faaaaabulous lipsticks from Eddie Funkhouser and they have been some kind of spectacular.

Eddie Funkhouser Lip Products

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Milani Matte Lipsticks = LOVE!

Milani Matte Lipsticks

I received these lipsticks some months ago and forgot all about them until my gal pal brought them up earlier this week. Milani makes fantastic matte lipsticks and they’re…cheap! When it comes to matte lipsticks, you either love ’em or you hate ’em. And I see why most folx hate them. They can be drying, not as long-lasting as a regular lipstick and they really make lip imperfections POP. The key is to constantly keep your lips moisturized.

Matte Milani Lipstick swatches

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Go To Beauty Products That I Really Can’t Live Without

Top Go To Beauty Products

My Makeup Wars girls are coming together again to share some of their favorite Go To beauty products. I’ve got a list, y’all. And I mean an incredibly lengthy list. Since I’m forever trying new products, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I probably have more Go To goodies than the average beauty lover.

But for the sake of time, I have chomped this list down to 5 items that I go to just about every day and use alllllll the time. 

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How To Get A Sizzling Summer Look In 5 Easy Steps

Revlon products

This post is brought to you by Simply Beautiful and Walmart and I will be showcasing tips and products on how you can achieve a Sizzling Summer statement. I love summer time! I really do. But when it comes to makeup during the summer, I am a believer of the “less is more”.

Clumps of Mascara

I love playing up the eyes, wearing a dramatic lip and keeping my cheeks simple with a touch of bronzer or blush. Mind you, I live in Florida. And the wearing a ton of makeup everyday thing just doesn’t seem sensible when you’re battling humidity and mini hurricanes every other day.

Summer look with Revlon

I managed to crank out this entire look spending practically nothing. Lean in, girlfriends. I’m going to show you how this works. But first, let’s give a shout-out to the products that were used…

  • Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara
  • Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner
  • Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
  • Revlon Powder Blush

I grabbed each and every one of those products at my local Walmart. First up, I evened out my skin tone with a pressed powder. I truly wish Revlon’s PhotoReady BB Cream came in darker shades as I’ve heard great things about it but they don’t have anything fitting for my deep complexion. *raises fist to Revlon* Good ole’ Rev won me back with their fantastic powder blush in Wine Not.

Revlon Powder Blush

I applied it to the apples of my cheeks and was left with a great dose of color. Since I’m a girl who loves bold lips, I selected Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fuchsia Fusion.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

Shades like this rock my world because I find them so flattering on women of all complexions. We’ve got our understated cheeks and a bold lip and so it’s on to the eyes.

Revlon’s Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner is some kind of great because the brush is stiff enough to really give you control and the formula is not only long lasting but the BLACK is rich, deep and sultry.

Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner


It pairs perfectly with Revlon’s Bold Lacquer mascara. Perfect for my girls who are looking to have dramatic eyes, Bold Lacquer not only delivers but it lasts for hours at a time.



I haven’t tested it in a thunderstorm yet, but something tells me that she won’t budge. But really, what’s a Summer Sizzling look without a hot manicure to match?

Boom. Thank you, Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel

Gel nails are the trend these days but I love how I am able to get salon performance at a fraction of the cost. And I can do it at home. High Stakes is a funky hunter green and it totally fits my personality. It also makes for a pretty fantastic manicure and pedicure color. Green is a pretty untraditional shade for summer but hey, it’s cool to switch it up every now and then, right?

Clumps of Mascar rocks Summer Look

And there you have it. A look fit for summer that you too can create at home with these affordable goodies from your local Walmart. The best part? A look like this takes very little time.

Revlon Summer Look


What are you thinking, lovely lady? Would you wear a look like this or would you play up the eyes more with an understated lip? Let me know in the comments! As a participant in the Totally Her program, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 – can’t waiiiiit!

Y’all have asked for it and so I will be dishing it out. More MAC Cosmetics content, that is! I owe MAC a lot because they were really the first makeup brand that introduced me to makeup. And I know I’m not alone in that department. My obsession with them disappeared over the years but not because they aren’t cranking out amazing collections and products. But I’ve been wanting to spread the love and discover other makeup brands. Apparently my heart is big enough to love them all so you can look forward to more MAC Cosmetics features. Yaaaay!

That said, last week MAC released the promo and gave us information on Rihanna’s second Viva Glam campaign.

First of all. Work, girl Rih. I’m not going to pretend that I’m a fan (I’m not hater either, so chill out…) but the girl knows how to work the camera and I think she is gorgeous. This go ’round we are getting a lipstick and lipglass – both are frosts!

Viva Glam Rihanna

Lipstick ($16) – Warm mauve with a silver forst
Lipglass ($15) – Cool mauve with a red frost

Opinions on the lippies are swirling around the ‘net and it looks like many aren’t a fan of them. However, I can’t WAIT to get my hands on them. Yes, they are a bit reminiscent of the 90’s but I am here for them. I lived in a silvery purple frost in high school so I’m thinking that I can work with this. We’ll see. Yours truly will scooping it up and seeing what kind of magic (ahem…or horror) will happen when these are applied.

Look for these to be available at MACCosmetics.com on September 11th and in stores on September 15th.


So…a mauve frost of a lippy. What are you thinkin’? Yay or nay?

I Finally Found Shea Moisture Cosmetics…In Stores!

I went to Virginia a few months ago and visited my husband’s side of the family in this itty bitty city. I’m not knockin’ small towns because I’m from one but y’all…I was SO surprised when I discovered that this city’s Target had Shea Moisture Cosmetics!

Shea Moisture Cosmetics
Um…yay! I’ve had Shea Moisture Cosmetics on my radar for quite some time. The brand is most popular to the natural hair’d girls of the world because they make fantastic products for those of us with kinky and curly hair. They also have great skincare products for babies and everyone else.

The cosmetics line is really geared towards women of color because, get this, they have really dark foundation shades. This NEVER happens. I mean, ever. As a dark girl, it is beyond difficult trying to find a foundation. Most brands omit us completely. Yes, even in 2014. I always jump for joy when I see an affordable line of foundation for brown girls. I couldn’t help but scoop up a tube. I also grabbed a lipgloss.

Shea Moisture lipgloss

And okay, there isn’t anything crazy fancy about this lipgloss, but how cute is the packaging? I snagged a blush, too!

Shea Moisture blush

I would have loved to grab more but this line is a bit on the pricier side. For Target, at least. The good news is, you’ll get your money’s worth because the products are really stellar. I did a video review showcasing everything I hauled!


Have you ever tried anything from Shea Moisture Cosmetics?