Beauty Review: Tarte’s Three Carats Mini Cheek Stain Set

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….

Hold on…what was given on the 3rd day?

Three french hens? Um….no. How about three mini cheek stains from Tarte?

How gorgeous are these? They bling so brightly that even my camera can’t control itself. I’ve reviewed Tarte’s cheek stains before and now I’m back with this darling limited edition set.

For $25, you get these ‘perfect for traveling’ babies that are not only stunning to look at but work well on the cheeks too. If you haven’t tried Tarte’s Cheek stains, now is a great time to give them a whirl. Especially now with the winter weather. Because my skin can be awfully oily during the Spring and Summer, these stains would just ooze off of my cheeks in a matter of minutes in Florida’s humidity. BUT, since it’s like 60 degrees here (which is beyond cold for the South), I can wear the stains without fear.

The stains’ three colors:

Brilliant is described as a “shimmering champagne”

This bad boy suprised me because out of the three, I thought it was going to be the one that just wouldn’t look so hot on brown skin. But it did good!

Cushion is described as a “shimmering deep apricot”

Princess is described as a “shimmering rose”

….don’t you laugh at Princess’ condition. She got stuck at the top and was being a pain. Kind of like how most people who call themselves Princesses’ are. HA! I jest. She made up for it by looking fab on the cheeks.

Tarte is just awesome. Beautiful packaging with the paraben-free products that we love.

Aaaand, they are great ornaments as well!

Loves it! This set is sold out on but if you can find them at your nearest Sephora, you better snag it quickly because it’s limited edition.

Any Tarte fans out there? How much do you love the cheek stains? A lot? Not so much?

This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by a PR representative. Read our disclosure policy here.

Giveaway Winners! Venus Embrace razors

So remember this giveaway that Venus sponsored in which 5 lucky ladies will win a Venus Embrace razor a piece? 65 of you and selected one number between the numbers 1 and 10.

I put each number on a piece of paper and folded them up.

Then I selected one:

2 it is! Each lady who selected the number 2 with her entry would have a chance to win. And guess what? Only five of you selected 2. Isn’t that funny? I checked and double checked. Congratulations to the lucky 5!

  • antithesis
  • Katie
  • izumi
  • kukaberry
  • lola

Be sure to shoot me an email at with your mailing information so we can get those razors off to you. Thanks again to Venus and stay tuned for another giveaway.

Love y’all!

Mascara Monday: MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash

It’s been a while since I’ve played around with a MAC Cosmetics mascara. It’s been a while since I’ve played around with MAC period. Besides, with a name like Zoom Fast Black Lash, it has to be good, right?


MAC Cosmetics’ Zoom Fast Black Lash

Price: 3 out of 5 ($13.00 at MAC stores and
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What it claims: “An intensely rich, deep, carbon black mascara that instantly combs and lifts the lashes for incredible volume and length. A deeper, darker version of the popular Zoom Lash Zoomblack shade.” (source)

The truth:
Wowsers! My lashes look like falsies!

What I loved about it: It gave me super black lashes with lots of length.

What I didn’t like: It was crazy clumpy around the second coat.

Overall: First of all, try saying Zoom Fast Black Lash 4 times fast. I mean, my goodness…what a mouth full, uh? This mascara first debuted on MAC’s Black Style collection this past September. It’s out again and this time it will stay. I reviewed the original Zoomlash here. I would have loved to compare the two. But ZFBL isn’t half bad. The wand makes for great application.

Isn’t that gorgeous? Those tiny bristles mean you can get in the inner corners and lower lashes effortlessly. One of the things I love about this mascara is how intense the black pigment is. It is insane! But it is also one of the contributing factors to the the clumpiness that I experienced at the second coat. It actually does okay with one coat but of course I always have to push it to the limit.

I’d love if they had this in waterproof. And I don’t like how heavy it is. It really seems to weigh down my lashes but I don’t experience much flaking.

You’re best bet with this? Stick with one coat….

Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

See…if it weren’t for the clump factor, my lashes would totally look like falsies.

Ah well….not an epic fail.

Would I recommend it?: I think it’s a great intensity mascara but only if you’re okay with applying one coat. I like build-able mascaras so I wouldn’t repurchase.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

FOTD Friday: NARS Albatross is the bee’s knees

I can’t believe I am just now sharing this y’all and I’ve been using it for ages!When I first saw NARS Albatross highlighter ($25) in person, I wasn’t impressed. It looked to be a little too shimmery for me and a tad bit too frosty for my brown skin. But then it came in my NARS Bridal palette. And oh.mi.goodness. What was I thinking? Albatross is a MUST have.

Reader Petrina wanted me to do a formal review on it so I decided to do that AND incorporate it in a FOTD. Sound good?

Sephora describes Albatross has a “sheer light golden sheen” which I think is pretty accurate. It is packaged in the same packaging as the blushes but is most known as a highlighter.

Promise me that y’all won’t laugh at the condition of my Albatross. It’s been through rough times but it is still beautiful and that’s all that matters.

Talk about a depotting job gone wrong. HA! So with a quick swipe and no blending, Albatross looks like this:

A bit frosty , right? But with a quick swish swish….

That’s better, right?

So what do you DO with Albatross? I looooove it as a highlight under my brows. I also use it on my cheeks. I’ll show you how later. For this FOTD, I wanted Albatross to pop–which is does so easily on my ‘seems like’ 3-mile long lids. See….

It’s a little more subdued in natural light, I promise.


MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush
(same ole’ same ole’…if my skin likes it, so do I!)EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Hip cream paint in Witty

NARS Albatross highlighter
MAC Cranberry e/s
Too Faced Mocha Meteor e/s
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara

MAC Lip liner in Vino
Inglot lipstick in 204 <—so in love!

Sometimes we take life too seriously. Goofy faces are essential every….5 minutes or so. :)

Albatross’ placement on the cheeks…

There you have it…some examples of how GREAT Albatross is.

Do you have Albatross? How do you rock it?

..and speaking of shimmery thangs, L’Oreal HIP has graced us with some new shadows.

I tweeted this yesterday and most folx weren’t impressed. I’m not either as they seem to be a tad bit frosty. But we’ll see….I’ll snag them and do some swatching. Of course when they go on sale. LOL!

Have an awesome weekend,

Maybelline ColorSensational: Plums!

Next up in the Maybelline ColorSensational color review iiiis….plum!!

If I had to choose a lipstick color that I think most Black women run to first, I’d say plum.

Plums are safe. They are work-appropriate and can have many different color variations when topped off with lip liners and glosses. I probably have more plum-esque colors in my lipstick collection than any other color.

Meet Mauve-ulous lipstick and Sugared Honey lipgloss.

This duo sat in my purse for a good month. I love them! They complement each other very well. See….

Find 11 more plum lippies in the Maybelline Colorsensational family at your local drugstore, Wal-Mart, Ulta and Target.

So how many plum lippies do you have? Like 48 right? HA!!

Check out my review of the red family here.

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Iman Cosmetics Luxury Liquid Eyeliners

It’s the holiday season! This means you are probably heading to more parties in which you may want you eyes to sparkle and dazzle.

Iman Cosmetics’ Luxury liquid eyeliners can help you do just that.

But only if you know how to apply eyeliners…in which, I don’t. Don’t laugh at me. I have never been a liquid liner girl due to my clumsiness. But I’m getting better. Now…meet my friends!

We’ve got Sapphire to the left and Onyx to the right. They reside at for $10.99 each. I’ve never seen liquid liners like these. Onyx has bits of silver glitter in it. And Sapphire has neon green sparkles. Okay so that sounds scary, but nope…it blends beautifully with the high pigmented sapphire-esque liner color.

Swatches if you will?

The consistency of these liners are a little more water-y than I expected. My first stroke wasn’t what was hot in the streets.

But then again, it could very well be my application. The second time was a charm though and viola!

That’s better, right? And I wasn’t lying about the silver glitter, was I? Hotness!

Sapphire rocks too…

I like these babies. I do wish the consistency was a little thicker to prevent having to apply more than one coat but it’s something I can get used to. Never mind that I’ve been playing with make-up for like 2 years and STILL can’t apply liquid eyeliners.

Oh wells..

And while I think these babies could be a tad bit cheaper, they aren’t a bad buy for a lady looking for some dazzle during the holiday season.

Whatcha think? Expecting these as a stocking stuffer?

This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by a PR representative. Read our disclosure policy here.

50 million pound challenge: Water Water is my friend…

Let’s rap about water.

Do you drink enough?

Or are you stuck on sodas and high fructose juices? Would you rather drink coffee or a mixed drink than water? Pull yourself together, sister. Water is your friend. You NEED it. And not just when you’re thirsty.

I drink a little over a gallon of water a day.

It’s as if my body craves it. I mean, at any minute of the day…you can find me drinking from some bottle.

Purchasing water bottles can be expensive so I installed a filter in my kitchen. I fill up a gallon of water each day to take with me to work. That gallon sits at my desk and by the end of the day, it’s empty.

And in case you didn’t know, here are some important reasons why you SHOULD drink water:

  • Water can help flush out those nasty toxins in the body. Every few days I add either fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to my water. Both are great at detoxifying.
  • Water helps food digest properly. You know that yucky feeling in your tummy when you’ve eaten too much food and hours later you STILL feel a bloated mess? Um yeah…that’s constipation. Water can clear that up!
  • Water is good for the skin! And Lord knows I need as much help with clear skin as possible….
  • Water can aid in weight loss. Try replacing water with coffee, alcoholic beverages and sweet drinks for week and see what happens. Unlike all of those drinks, water has ZERO calories, ZERO fat and ZERO sugar.
  • Water makes for a better work-out. This is so true! I find that when I’m not drinking any water at all before and during my work-outs, I am more sluggish and tiresome. (source)

While experts say we are SUPPOSED to drink 8 glasses (or 8 ounces) of water a day, I think just making sure that you aren’t dehydrated is enough. However, if you’re on a weight loss journey, I think it’s important to keep track of everything. Even water. I keep my water in water bottles with numbers on them.

That way I can know for sure that I’ve had enough to drink in days I don’t drink from my gallon. Between my water and liquid heaven that is this….

I’m good! I’ve never been a coffee (yuck) or alcohol drinker so drinking only water and green smoothies works for me. On the weekends I’ll splurge a bit and drink a Shirley Temple (I’m such a kid, ha!) or sweet tea.

But at the end of the day, it’s water that keeps me feeling good. If you haven’t made friends with water, start incorporating more glasses of it in your daily schedule. If you need help, put an alarm on your watch or in your phone to remind you to drink more.

Any avid water drinkers out there?

I’m going to be posting about fitness the next few Challenge posts. You ready? Let me know what y’all think about these posts. Are they helpful? Don’t hesitate to send me any emails at if you have any suggestions or questions!

Until next time….

Other 50 million pound challenge posts:
Eat This, Not That
Greens 3x a Day
I’m no size 6, but I don’t care
Portion Sizes

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Amor de Lacquer: Orly’s Mattes

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

That’s right…more mattes! But before you roll your eyes and tell me you can’t get down with the matte look, check out Orly’s! Their finish reminds me so much of Nubar’s and Zoya’s. They have that velvet-y thing goin’ on that a lot of anti-matte folx can get down with. Watch this…..

Blue Suede

WOW! I mean….wow. I probably should have thrown a top coat over this baby just to see what it would look like. But I was too busy loving its matte-ness. What a stunning blue. I don’t have any blues like this in my collection. I think this is a definite must-have. Even if you don’t like mattes, you can always throw a top coat over it and rock it like normal. Love. It!

Matte Vinyl

This just may be my favorite matte blacks. The application was phenomenal and the intensity of the black was dead one. It wasn’t the least bit streaky.

Purple Velvet

What a fabulous purple! Y’all know my heart beats for purple polishes and this one does not let me down.

Wow…I mean wow, Orly. I will always be a fan of Orly for their rubberized handle. This just makes all to much sense for nail techs and regular polish polishers alike. Application of these mattes were great. I didn’t experience any streakiness and I got good opaque coverage in only one coat. I went ahead with two coats for each just because that’s what I’m used to.

You can get them for $3.19 each at or at any Orly retailer like Sally’s Beauty Supply.

Are these not the best things ever or what?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,