FOTD Friday: Lancome’s Gift with MORE Purchase

Happy happy Friday! I can NOT believe how fast this week has gone. I’m not complaining…..we’re getting closer to the holidays and then my birthday (January 2nd)!! The good ole’ 24. *sigh* But I will forever be 21.

*crickets*

Alrighty then, let’s bring on the FOTD! I was in Tallahassee during the Thanksgiving holiday and refused to get into any of that Black Friday madness. Okay, I kid. I actually had plans to make it to Macy’s at 4 a.m. but was too busy partying it up with friends to go. I did, however, manage to snag that Lancome beauty box that I was desiring.

Spend a little less than $40 on any Lancome product(s)….and you get ALL of this for $48.50. A bit of a stretch but I figured this was the best time to try out some of Lancome’s products. Mommy dearest and I went half. I purchased Lancome’s Magnifique..

Another “grown up” fragrance that I absolutely adore! I’ll review that in the coming “Let It Clump” posts. I decided to play around with my Lancome eyeshadow palette to see how the colors’ texture compared to other brands.

I mean the colors are definitely pretty enough. A little too shimmery for my liking but I was loving the intensity of the colors when I initially swatched them.

Here’s what I used:

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Lancome palette (GOLD-inner lid, GREEN-outer lid BROWN-crease..and the highlight color)
Clinique’s brush on gel liner in Black
Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Black
Dior DiorShow mascara (gave it a whirl again)


FACE:

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
NYC Color Chroma Face Glow in Sandstone

LIPS:
MAC Nightmoth lip liner
Lancome Coquette
Too Faced I Love Myself Mirror Lip shine

….Clumps of Mascara strikes again!
Where is my other earring?



OMG, is this not personality
overload or what? HA!

I can dig Lancome’s shadows! They blend beautifully and seem to work well on brown skin. I’ve used this palette several times for work and am definitely adding this to my “take when traveling” stash.

And don’t even get me started on the amazement that is Lancome Bi -Facil makeup remover. This make-up remover has been hailed as the greatest of all removers and I can see why. One swipe and it’s ALL gone.

Do you have any favorites from Lancome? Or did you cop any hot beauty sales during Black Friday? Tell me, tell me!

Have a wonderful weekeeeeend!

Stay beautiful,

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FOTD Friday: Festive Thanksgiving Eyes

How funny/sad is this?

Awww, poor turk. The ex-vegetarian in me almost wants to drop a tear for this one. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and is enjoying time with your friends and loved ones. This holiday has inspired me to do some festive Thanksgiving color-inspired eyes! I have been pretty neutral with my looks lately. Boooooring. I haven’t really been inspired with wanting to do bold looks. I find that neutral and softer looks are just easier and more appropriate. I felt like I should shake it up a bit and do something a little more fun.

I haven’t dabbled in my MAC shadows in quite awhile and I took out Coppering eyeshadow for old time’s sake. Coppering is beautiful “copper”-esque color that I find beautiful on the lids and as a cheek color.

Here’s what I used:

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Coppering (lid)
MAC A Little Folie (outer V)
MAC Handwritten (crease)
NARS Albatross Highlighter (highlight)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
L’Oreal Double Extend mascara

CHEEKS:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
L’Oreal HIP Blending Blushing Creme in Blushing

LIPS:
Milani Cocomo Lipliner
MAC Astral lipstick
NYC clear gloss


Just havin’ some fun! See how my earrings don’t even match what I’m wearing? I love to keep things a little funky by doing something unaccepted with my accessories. Ha! Stay beautiful, fam..and continue having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday season!

Stay beautiful!


Don’t forget to dip your hand in the honey pot for a chance to win a Mary Kay Ultimate mascara…a mascara that I am sending high praises to! View this post for details……and of course I’ll ship to other countries! Contest ends on Monday, December 1.

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FOTD Friday: Dior Chic Palette


It’s Friday, it’s Friday, it’s Friday…yeah yeah, it’s Friday, it’s Friday..*does the Bankhead bounce*


“B…seriously, what is the Bankhead Bounce?
And WHY are you always doing it?”

I just know someone out there is thinking this….

I know..I’m ALWAYS doing that dance, uh? As an 80’s babies who grew up in the 90’s, this song was a huge hit in my suburban hood. Not that I was allowed to listen to rap music….I had friends though. And a mad cool babysitter who would bust this song and do the dance. I enjoyed it because it was only dance that didn’t require any feet movements because…..um, I can’t dance. Shoulder poppin’? I can do that!

And that, boys and girls is why I love the Bankhead Bounce ’til this day.

Here’s a video for reference….if you (like me) are allergic to rap music videos, be careful with this one..hehe, you were warned.



On to the look….every once in awhile, I feel like I need to treat myself. I mean, why not? I’m fairly responsible. I pay my bills on time, go to work on time (mostly) and don’t go around plotting ways to destroy the lives of others. So why not TREAT myself?

Check out Dior’s Chic Palette Eye


…Sephora’s photo is so much prettier than mine. I will say that this little palette is a bit pricey. $45?! Yeah…that’s a stretch. But it didn’t hurt my wallet too much as I haven’t purchased make-up in quite a while…except a mascaras and a few (hehe, dozen) polishes.

Here’s how Sephora describes the colors:

Shades include:
- Shimmering bronze
- Ivory sheen
- Brownish green sheen
- Light mauve gray sheen
- Plum sheen
- Shimmering grayish black

I would say that they are pretty accurate and extremely wearable. This is my first time dabbling in Dior’s shadows and I’m impressed. I love how the colors are sheer yet build-able. I’m learning to have an appreciation for colors that can go on lightly and instantly look “intense” with a little more application.

The look..

EYES:
Plum sheen (inner lid)
Shimmering bronze (outer-V)
Shimmering grayish black (crease)
Clinique’s Almost Peach e/s (highlight)
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Clinique Brush-On Cream liner in Black
_____ mascara (I’m reviewing it on Monday)

CHEEKS:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
NARS Crazed ( I think I forgot that a little goes a loooong way, hehe)

LIPS:
NARS Afghan Red lipstick
NYC gloss…can’t tell b/c the color rubbed off but it is beautiful.



Why does oatmeal cook TOO fast? Seriously….mine was burning after 3 minutes. WTF?

Lemme get out of here before I’m late to work.

Have a wonderful weekend, family!! And if anyone is in Orlando for the FAMU vs. BCC Florida Classic, let me know!

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FOTD Friday: Clinique’s Holiday GWP


I’ve always been a Clinique skincare girl. But since getting into make-up (like a year ago, ha!) I never really looked twice at them for pretty lipsticks, eyeshadows and blushes. I managed to scoop up a few of their eye pencils and maybe even a gloss here or there but I never had any crazy indulgences. It wasn’t until I heard about Nordstrom’s Trina Turk gift with purchase that made me want to scratch that Clinique itch a little more. I literally fleewww to Nordie’s here in Orlando.

Spend $25 and look at all of the fabulousness you get:

Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser (1.7 oz.)
Zero Gravity Repairwear Lift Firming Cream (0.5 oz.)
Lash Doubling Mascara (0.14 oz.)
Long Last Lipstick in Blush Coral
Bamboo Pink glosswear
Color Surge eye shadow/duo
silver lipstick case

…..how I ended up with that extra lipstick, I don’t know. But you don’t hear me complaining!

What did I purchase to snag those goodies?

Quickliner for Eyes in Navy ($14.50)
Long Last glosswear in Mystic ($14.50)

The best lipgloss in the market, in my opinion? Clinique’s glosswear! Not lyin’. This is actually my third one and I LOVE the staying power of these babies here.

I know that many women of color may think that Clinique’s shadows and blushes are not brown girl friendly. I, too, thought the same thing for awhile so I thought I’d do a FOTD using all Clinique products to convince some of you, pretty people otherwise.

I decided to do a look using these shadows and blush.

I also used some of my other favorite Clinique products:

EYES:

Colour Surge eye shadow (lid)
Almost Peach eye shadow (as a highlight. My FAVORITE highlight of all time!)
Bewitched eye shadow (to deepen crease)
Brush-On Cream liner in Black
Quick Liner pencil in Navy
Lash Doubling mascara (this is a niiiice mascara, I approve!)

LIPS:
Clinique Twilight Nude lipstick
Clinique Mystic long last glosswear


…I went a little heavy on the blush so that it would show up on the camera. I am loooving this smooth matte pink.

Serious


Silly

…I was trying to hide my bra strap from the camera but got it on the other side. I am a mess, people.

So that’s that….I found that Clinique’s shadows were extremely workable. Were they pigmented? Absolutely! Especially that frosty gold. I think it works well on the brown skin. What say you, beautiful people?

If there has ever been a time that you wanted to play around with Clinique’s…now is the time! Head on over to your nearest Nordstrom’s stat!

Have a beautiful weekend!

FOTD Friday: BCA Tribute


Happy Friday, family! I guess it’s Halloween too, uh? I did my Halloween look last week but don’t have any plans for parties. I didn’t celebrate Halloween a lot growing up. Instead of trick-or-treating I went to “Autumn celebrations” at my church. We would bop for apples and play all kinds of games. I went trick-or-treating a few years but preferred the thrill of bucket loads of candies over the “dressing up” aspect.

Last year I went to Knotts Scary Farm in LA with one of my bestest, Steffie. We had a ball!


And then on the day of Halloween, my roomie Joy and I volunteered at a Health Clinic’s haunted house. Obviously we were too cute to be scary. Ha!

This year, I decided to forget the whole Halloween thing and do a tribute Breast Cancer Awareness month by posting random pink looks. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month was a special month because I enjoyed the collaboration with Total Beauty Total Cure.

Check out my pink-ed archives look. Should you have any questions about anything in particular, just let me know!

China Glaze Second Hand Silk



MAC Pink Mauved pigment

MAC Full Fuchsia Blush

China Glaze Shocking Pink



Never been a fan of the color pink but I can’t help but be all over it during the month of October. Farewell Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

And happy weekend to all!

FOTD Friday: Halloween Look!


Happy Friday, beautiful people! Ohmigoodness, this week has been an amazing one! Between yesterday’s Breast Cancer Awareness contest, gas goin’ day and just being alive, I can’t complain! This week’s FOTD goes in conjunction the Jaimie from Just Kiss ‘N Makeup‘s Halloween contest.

I loooove doing this! Last year I did two.

I love doing looks with pops of color! This year I wanted my look to have a story behind it.

Yeeeep, go ‘head and pull up a chair.

LOL, I’m just playin’…I won’t be long. I am in LOVE with all things African. The culture, the music, the food, the history, the garments..I just love my heritage. But as an African American with untraceable roots to the African continent, I often find a hard time “connecting” to my lost background. When I first jumped on the “Halloween Look” bandwagon, I immediately knew I wanted to do an African look. Here was my inspiration:


I loved it! That green goes beautifully against her dark skin. Green eyeshadows, actually have a special place in my make-up stash. Meet the family…

Altogether I used a combination of ALL of those greens so should you need specific names, just ask. :) I even tried some false lashes for the first time. They were great for the look but I can’t see myself ever wearing those things regularly. My eyes were just a waterin’.

For the lips, I decided to go with a 14K color so I used some of my MAC Golden Lemon pigment and mixed it with a clear gloss (N.Y.C. Cosmetics, holla!).

To make the green pop even more I bronzed my face down with Cargo Bronzer. I love how it didn’t make me ashy but gave me “glow”. The lining of the mask comes from Urban Decays 24/7 eyeliner in Envy. So here’s the look!



Sometimes I get TOO
ANTM in my pictures, uh? HA!


Do yall know I walked around my house like this?! I just felt good with the make-up and the wrap and the clothes! Loved it! Why not a scary look? I’m not a big fan of Halloween to begin with and I don’t really like scary stuffs. Hence why I can’t watch the nightly news.

I kid! Not really but kinda. :)

There’s my submission for the contest! What do yall think?

Be honest, be honest…

Have a wonderfuuuul weekend!!


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FOTD: Fuchsia Lippies!


Happy Friday, beautiful people. I am singing Marvin Sapp’s “Neeeeever would have made it wiiiithout youuuuu,” Ohh wee–this was a trying week but I made it through. I’m spending the weekend with SisterClumps3 and doing some volunteering at the Obama4Orlando office so I hope to have a good weekend!

Last week MAC Cosmetics dropped the Manish Arora collection available only online and at a few (I think like two….) MAC locations. I had no intentions of snagging anything from this collection but the packaging was just divine. But I’m still broke and despite the fact that gas is around $2.99/gallon, I still need to pinch pennies. Hence the reason why I only grabbed two lippies. But booooy, do I love Girl About Town lipstick and Pink Manish Lip glass.

Peep the FOTD:

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Cargo Medium Bronzer
Too Faced Mocha Meteor
Clinique Almost Peach
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Maybelline Unstoppable eyeliner
Max Factor Volume Couture mascara (still lovin’ it!)

LIPS:
MAC Girl About Town lipstick (fabulous fuchsia )
MAC Pink Manish Lip glass (frosted fuchsia with multi-color pearl)

FACE:
Nada..can’t you tell. I’m shinning something serious!

Girl About Time alone…I was being a little extra giddy.

Oh wait…that’s how I ALWAYS am. HA!


Wow! Who would have thought a fuchsia lipstick would be so beautiful! I mean, it’s not something I can wear to work but it’s kinda jazzy. I can dig it. What do you think?


This lippie is so bright, it looks like it’s glowing!


I love my simple neutral eye combination. Bronzer on the lids is truly amzing!


I was excited about Pink Manish because I really don’t have a pink gloss like this…no really, I don’t. Like….I’m not even kidding.

NOTD (Nail of the day) is China Glaze’s For Audrey. Not one of my favorites but it’s a cool and funky shade.


‘Tis all. I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend! Oh, but wait…


I’ve been quiet this month in reference to Breast Cancer awareness but I’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes work for Total Beauty, Total Cure campaign. As a participating blog, I am also on the tech committee making sure everything runs smoothly for the daily giveaways! Tune in next week….I’ll drop you the scoop for each and every giveaway and benefit.

….Breast Cancer awareness? Now that’s beautiful!

Stay beautiful!

FOTD Friday: NARS Bridal Palette look


Happy Friday! Gosh, I can not believe how fast this week has gone by. I’m not complaining or anything but dag. I’m not sure what I will be doing this weekend but I’ll think of something. I just HAVE to share with you one of the most beauuuutiful palettes I have ever seen!


Don’t laugh at my plastic leaves. I’m trying to set the scene for yall, okay? LOL! I have a few NARS blushes and a lipstick but an entire palette? I think I am going to faint.

*insert Hallelujah clip here*

What a gorgeous palette with useable shades for not only brides but 9-5 ladies and subtle but sharp sistas on the go. I can honestly say that I LOVE every single eyeshadow, cheek color and lip color in this palette. All of them look beautiful on my brown skin and are easy to use. Let me introduce you to the newest members of my family.

EYES

Ondine-medium-brown plum with gold shimmer (top left).
Nepal-pale rose with subtle, soft shimmer(top right).
Edie-bone-base color with shimmer (bottom left).
Night-black with red pearls (bottom right).

CHEEKS


Albatross Highlighting Powder-a soft iridescent cheek, brow, and nose highlighter (top).
Orgasm Blush-shimmery peachy-pink (bottom). A serious cult-fave!

LIPS

Lipstick in Mitzi-a creamy, shimmery strawberry pink (top left).
Lipstick in Roman Holiday-a soft and delicate pastel pink (top right).
Lipstick in Sexual Healing-shimmering pink blossom (bottom left).
Lip Lacquer in Baby Doll-a cotton-candy pink (bottom right).

So here is my look….I used all of the eye shadows and the following:
-Urban Decay’s Glide-On Eye pencil in Lust
-MAC Blacktrack fluidline
-Imju Fiberwig mascara
-Cheeks: Albatross
-Lips: Baby Doll (just for fun..I’d add a dark Plum lip liner to make it more wearable)



….and my pimples say “Holla!”

I have heard make-up lovers everywhere rave about Orgasm blush and I just didn’t think it was fitting for the darker skinned ladies. But it’s actually not THAT bad. I can dig it. And Albatross Highlighting powder is AMAZING!!

I can’t say enough about this palette. It’s a little sad that I’ve become this enamored with NARS because my wallet certainly can’t handle pretty purchases like these too often. But for $65, I can’t even be upset because this is one palette that I can actually use regularly.

Go ‘head and spoil yourself, sister. If you are a hard working Mommy, business lady or student, then you deserve it! Check out NARS’ website for more information on this palette and their other beautiful buys.

Check out my other NARS posts:

NARS Dolce Vita blush
NARS Crazed blush (a throwback post)
NARS Fashion Week parting gift

Have a wonderful weekend!!!