Beauty Review: Urban Decay Ink for Eyes

Four scores and seven years ago (actually it was November of last year but go along with me) I was in need of trying something new. As a beauty blogger, it seems like I am always trying something new, right? But I always end up going back to my favorite products. I was bored. I needed some beauty action.

And then I saw it…

Nothing like a coffin-like item to peek your interest. And the tattoo-lover that is me adored the design and the name of Urban Decay’s new liner…

Ink for Eyes. That’s pretty a pretty awesome name, UD. What they say about this liner:
“It’s everything you want in a cream eyeliner! More precise than a pencil, more forgiving than a liquid, this super-smooth formula offers more control, play time, and buildable coverage than your average liner.

Create razor-sharp lines or smoky bedroom eyes… the creamy formula and double-ended applicator make it easy. Try the angled liner brush for precise details, or use the smudger for blending and drama. With such a wide variety of intriguing shades and ways to apply, you’re only limited by your imagination. (Cheesy, but true.)” (source)

I dig the packaging. It’s by far the largest cream liner that I own but it’s unique and functional. I love that it comes with a mirror and slot for an eye liner brush. Thanks for thinking of me, UD!
Because I didn’t own a green cream liner, I figured it was a good time to try out Loaded; a deep green.

Yes, it really is as creamy and velvety as it looks. Because most gel/cream liners are housed in pots, you usually have to position your brush in such a way that it can pick up just the right amount of liner. Ink for Eyes is super easy. Just a swipe swipe down the middle.

 Our friend Swiper the Fox knows what to do.

And viola!


An effortless application on the lower lash line. Urban Decay has 5 other colors of these babies that retail for $22/each. And did I mention they are great for traveling? Loves it!

Have you tried these yet? Whatcha think?

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Up and Away collection

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to

It’s been a looooong time since I’ve indulged in a China Glaze collection. While most of them have been appealing to me, I’m trying to be a little more cautious with my polish purchasing. Sometimes you get to a point where you just have too many of the same color, or something similar, ya know?

But China Glaze got me this time around. Check out the promo pic…

A collection of creams? *faints* Must.snag.all!

But snag all I did not do. You see, I have this thing called an empty wallet self-control. I only purchased 4 of the 12 polishes. And those babies would beeee….

Re-Fresh Mint is soooo cool. I love pale creamy greens. I don’t have any colors like this is my collection. It is definitely a must have. Even if it does tend to drag at the cuticles a bit.


Four Leaf Clover is ridiculous. In a good way, I mean. What a beautiful green. It seems like I would have already owned a color like this, but nope! My camera shows Four Leaf Clover looking a bit aqua-ish, but nope…it is a true green.


It’s such a fun color and it made me want to pull out my dotting tool and get to work.


I ca-learly need to be practicing with the dotting tool a bit, eh? Come on, class. We digress.

Grape Pop smudged on me a bit and now that I’ve had it for awhile, I’m realizing that I have other purples like it. But exactly how many gorgeous purple creams can you have?


Lemon Fizz is such a gorgeous soft yellow. I don’t have a yellow like this. While most yellows send you to Streaky Land, Lemon Fizz was absolutely perfect. Am I the only one craving Lemon Heads?


I funk-ed it a bit with some straight glitter.


What a great collection, China Glaze! I am quite satisfied with my owning only one-third (did I do my math right?)of the collection. Up and Away also has pink, peach and orange-ish colors; all worth a try if you are in the market for some new and cool polishes.

I got these from Head2ToeBeauty.comfor $2.99 a bottle.

Have you seen this collection yet? What do you think?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Maybelline ColorSensational: Pinks!

It’s the last (wo)man standing the Maybelline’s ColorSensational color family. We covered Red, chatted with Natural and showed loved to Plum. Time for Pink’s debut. Ready?

But wait…first, let me be honest. I’m not a fan of lighter pink lipsticks on darker skin. In fact remember that controversial post from last year about MAC’s Sugar Sweet collection? Yikes! Light pink lipstick is not up my alley. But perhaps Born With It can change my mind.


Nope. My face says it all. This does not scream flattering to me.

The best way to tone down a lipstick like this is to:
a) Use a darker lip liner.
b) Use a darker gloss.

The glosses that accompany Born With It are other pinks. Surprisingly Raspberry Shorbet did it some justice.

That’s a little better. It is still a wee bit pinker than I would like but I won’t jump off of a bridge over it.

Any pink lipstick fans out there?

Clinique’s Even Better Dark Spot Corrector

When I was in Clinique’s Beauty Insider Club last year, we received the original Even Better Skin Tone to review. I fell in love with it, y’all. I mean, IN. LOVE. To see dark spots literally vanish after months of using a serum is amazing.

And it’s not like I’m exagerrating. Just look at the dark spots on my forehead a good two years ago.

And my forehead now…

Clear, kids…clear! All because of skin tone correctors. I love Clinique’s so much that I even sell it in my store. Clinique recently came out with another one and I can not wait to try it out.

It is different than the original Skin Tone Corrector in that it has additional powerful ingredients that will get rid of discoloration and that awful AWFUL hyperpigmentation. Clinique says that the Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector is not only effective for all ethnicities but that it will improve skin tone by 53% in just 12 weeks.

That’s a major claim but I believe it since I found such success with the previous Skin Tone Corrector.

Yours truly will be giving this one a try again. Stay tuned for a formal review.

Have you tried any skin tone correctors?

Beauty Review: Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner

Gel eyeliners! Gel liners are seriously a lot like mascaras in that I love to buy them to see if they are better than the previous ones I’ve tried. Once upon a time, gel eyeliners used to be hard to find in drugstores. But thanks to L’Oreal HIP and now Maybelline, you can now grab the ‘used to be high-end only’ liners at your nearest CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, Longs, etc. Hollerz!

Now..let’s take a look at Maybelline’s Lasting Drama

The packaging makes some pretty serious claims. 24 hours? Really?

Let’s take a closer look at the packaging.

Waterproof? Check! Smudgeproof? Check! These are qualities that I NEED in a good gel liner. Well y’all, I am proud to say that Lasting Drama is a phenomenal drugstore gel liner. It isn’t too thick and cake-y (like L’O HIP’s) but it isn’t as watery (like Clinique’s) either.
I snagged the color in Charcoal but it isn’t as dark as I normally like my black liners. Still, it isn’t too shabby for drama-less work appropriate looks. It also comes in a brown and purple and with a liner brush.
If I were you, I’d trash it and go with a better angled brush. Two cookies for effort, Maybelline but I’m not sure if this is the best kind of brush to use with a gel liner. BUT…if someone finds success with it, please let me know!
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and Maybelline’s Lasting Drama liner…

So is it a good dupe for a higher end brand gel liner? I think so! I got it on sale for $6.99. The average luxury gel liner costs anywhere between $13-$25. So if you do the math…well, do you even need to? Lasting Drama is an incredible deal with great performance.

Eye see you!


Yep…it has my eye of approval. Okay, I’ll stop it with the ‘eye’ jokes. Eye promise.

Have you tried this yet?
Whatcha think?

Clairol Professional Jazzing giveaway!

I’m a fan of hair color. I can’t deny it. I suppose it started when I was 14 when I got my first set of blond highlights. And then I discovered the power of Kool-Aid. I would mix 4 packets of orange and 3 of red (not cherry, lol) to make a fierce dye. Never mind that every time it rained, my hair would stain my shirts. It was all worth it.

Back when I had an afro I used Clairol’s Jazzing in Bluest Black. The results…

Super goth B! I remember the evening after I did that dye job I went and got my nose pierced. What can I say? Darker hair does something to you! LOL

I have also loved Clairol’s Jazzing temporary colors. They aren’t as damaging as a permanent color but still manage to give you intense color. Loves it!

Clairol is giving away 2 bottles of Cherry Cola Jazzing temporary hair color.

Simply leave your email address in the comment section. It’s that easy!

Oh…..and while you are at it, check out their Facebook page. Each day they are giving away gift cards, concert tickets, cameras and more. And if you already have some Jazzing in your hair, enter the Fierce Fridays contest and share your before/after pix to win a 3-day, 2-night fierce hair makeover in NYC by celebrity hair stylist Tippi Shorter.

Dang, I wish I could enter. But I already have 4 different colors in my hair and my hairstylist says “no no”. *sigh*

This contest is open to International readers and ends Friday, February 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm EST.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: Color your hair at your own risk. I highly recommend consulting with a professional cosmetologist before dyeing your hair. Never mind that I’ve colored my locs 4 times in 14 months….like parents say, do as I say, not as I do. :)

New York Fashion Week: Fashion for Relief, Nail Polish for Me!

My Auntie Naomi Campbell is nothing short of fierce. Yes, she’s a diva and may toss her cell phone at your head but let’s be honest…most of us are like that, right?
On Friday, February 12, Ms. Campbell hosted the Fashion for Relief runway show and proceeds went to Haiti’s earthquake victims. I just love when celebrities can incorporate their talents and passions for good causes. Her show was also a good reminder that Haiti STILL needs our help. Good for you, Auntie. And yes, she’s really my Aunt. She just doesn’t know it yet though.

And I have more good news…Dashing Diva nail polish adorned some of the models’ nails with the ever so lovely Diamond District.

Diamond District may very well be getting hauled by me. Look at its fabulousness of the nails of the models.  



I need this color now!

Photo Credit: Ann Lawlor

Beauty Review: CoverGirl Smoky Shadow Blast

Queen Latifah is one of my favoritest people in the whole world. Like…I LOVE LOVE her. A lot. She is such a inspiration. Yes, I watch Living Single reruns every week. Yes, I have and love her jazz album. And yes I think U.N.I.T.Y. is STILL the jam.

For Superbowl XLIV, Queen rocked this look…

A few weeks ago, Keri Hilson rocked a smoky purple eye at the Grammy’s. Since Queen’s make-up artist Monifa Mortis said that a similar look can be achieved by using CoverGirl’s Smoky Shadow Blast in Purple Plume, I wanted to try! If it’s good enough for the celebs, it’s good enough for me too, right?

You can get these creamy shadow sticks for $9.99 where ever CoverGirl products are sold. Now the question is…do they work?

The Shadow Blast is supposed to help you achieve a colorful smoky eye by providing you with a lid and crease color. It fits right in your hand which makes for great on-the-go shadow touch-ups.

The concept is pretty simple. The light color (step 1) goes right on the lid and the darker color (step 2) goes in the crease and the lower lashline. It is illustrated beautiful on the packaging.

Step 1 of Purple Plume is a creamy pink that isn’t as scary as I thought it would be.


I didn’t have any problems with application. The shadow is creamy and opaque. This is a good thing because tugging on the lids is no bueno. Part 2 is a is burgundy berry. 

You will have to use a blending brush to blend the two colors together for a flawless look. I finished the look with a a highlight, liner and mascara and…


CREASING! Creasing makes me cry. Seriously. It is the worst thing that can ever happen to eye shadow application. I think I would like the Shadow Blast more if it stayed on the lids longer. I have heavy lids and without a base, I crease beyond belief. So I’m not sure if I like Shadow Blast by itself.

But for touching up looks on the go? Perfecto!

Have you tried this yet?