Brown celebs rock purple lips too!

See….I’m not the only one wearin’ purple lips.

LeToya Luckett has me reallllly wanting to pull out the purple lipsticks again. But since I’ve retired them for awhile, I guess I need to wait. But ain’t this some fierceness?

And Rihanna is killing it with the vampy ultra glossy lip.

You know how celebs supposedly start the trends that us regular people soon follow?

Well, uh…I think I started the purple lip trend this time.

I’m just sayin’….lol. Like these looks?

(photo source)

Permanent Hair color

I have a confession, y’all…

It’s this….

…and this

I LOVE hair color. Like, a lot. I’ve been loving hair color since 9th grade when I first got highlights. When I couldn’t get my hair professionally done I would dye it with Kool-Aid. I know, I know….but it was a hit and if there was a superlative for it I would have been “Most Likely to Have Amazing Hair Color from Kool-Aid”.

I dyed my hair in college. I was jet blue black, red/orange, light brown and even did a huge blond streak. I just LOVE hair color.

Recently I dye-d my locs.

See the full story at I went from having tri-colored locs to permanently lightening all of my locs.

The result=love. Now I’ve dyed my hair at home many times before. But I’ve never done a permanent. I probably could have paid my loctician to do it but I really love doing my own hair. Not to mention I save money. Holla!

Anyone have any tips for taking care of permanently dyed hair? All hair types are welcome to respond.

Midweek Sales & Spotlights: Week of 10/25/09

Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale

Yep, it’s still going on until November 2nd. Hustle hustle! If you spend over $50 (which is WAY too easy to do) you get free shipping. While I thought about sitting this one out, reader Diana (love you, babes!) has me thinking twice. Hmmm….

The code: FF2009.

The Body Shop on Facebook!
The Body Shop recently launched their first The Body Shop application on Facebook called “You’re naturally beautiful”. It lets you share with your friends little notes about why you think they’re naturally beautiful. It also provides beauty tips and lets you post your own pics or vids of anything that represents natural beauty in your eyes. So cool! Play around with it HERE.


This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from October 25th-October 31st

  • L’Oreal HIP–buy 1, get 1 free <—-YAAAAY!!!
  • Rimmel Cosmeics foundation, powder, concealer, blush and eye–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri or Nail Art pen–2 for $10
  • Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • CoverGirl Cosmetics Eye or Lip–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • Maybelline Pulse Perfection–$12.99
  • Maybelline ColorSensational lip color–$5.99

(yawn… not many sales here this week)


This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from October 25th-October 31st
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free–All Almay Cosmetics
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Revlon Cosmetics
  • (with card) L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion mascara–$9.49


Anyone know of any other sales out there? Share ’em! Help a sista save a dollar!

Happy shoppin’!

Acne Sucks: Pimple Poppin’

It wouldn’t be an efficient “acne” series if I didn’t talk about poppin’ pimples.

That’s right, I said it. I know dermatologists and estheticians would tell you NOT to pop pimples but I do it anyway.

I’m such a rebel, right?

But don’t call me stupid just yet. There are methods to pimple popping. And they don’t work for ALL pimples. Shoot…they don’t even work for all skin types. Having said that, don’t let this post motivate you to go around popping pimples aimlessly. I am simply showing you what I do. It has been successful for me for quite some time but I don’t want any of y’all sending me hate mail if you end up with scars because my method didn’t work for you.


Meet the pimples’ best friend….

This is a pimple extractor. And while it may look harmless, it really is a dangerous tool. If not used carefully, this extractor can cause scarring. It is really only supposed to be used by professionals. But I saw it at Sephora one fateful evening and decided to give it a whirl.

I’ll tell you one thing, this baby really should come with instructions because the first few times I used it, I scarred my skin. It was bad. It took months for those dark spots to go away.

But desperation will make you rather persistent. The next time around, I decided to do my research. I learned about the type of pimples I had. That gave me a better idea of how to treat them. This article gave me amazing insight. I learned that I had a type of pimple called papules. Despite ALWAYS having so many on my cheeks, they aren’t so difficult to get rid of since they have a whitehead.

And so the extractor came in handy.

The extractor gets out all of the nasty stuff out and I am left with the aftermath. Differin gel (prescribed by my dermatologist) overnight diminishes that and I am rarely left with a scar.

The extractor has changed my skin, y’all. I also use Q-Tips. They are better than the extractor because scarring almost never happens. By taking 2 Q-Tips, I’ll squeeze a pimple and watch the nasty nasty ooze on out.

Sounds gross, I know. But it works!

Remember my skin a few months ago? Inflammation was out of control. Every day I was popping a new pimple, healing a former pimple and trying to get rid of the scarring.

Now it’s lookin’ like this….

I’m rocking a little concealer and bronzer here but the pimples are under control. I still have some scarring but with the Origins Skin Tone Corrector I’m using (review coming soon!), I am confident that those will be disappearing soon.

Before popping pimples, I am always sure to steam my face (thanks Kelly!) and thoroughly wash my hands. I was hesitant about even doing a post on pimple poppin’ because I know that a lot of people are against it. But tell that to a person who has a dozen of them just chillin’ on their face. I think it’s best to inform yourself about how to take care of your skin and then do what you can to alleviate it. My dermatologist is cool and all but I don’t want to HAVE to go.

….not to mention, a lot of people don’t have health insurance to even be able to visit a derm so I think it’s best to learn how to take care of our skin the best way that we can.

With that said, if you are going to pop pimples, be careful. Be careful. Be careful.

If you have any tips on how to pop them, please share!

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Dare Collection, Fall 2009

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

Soooo, remember when I reviewed Zoya’s Truth Collection? I’m a little late but here’s the Dare collection. And between you and me…I LOVE this one a lot more than Truth. What can I say? I am definitely a Dare kinda girl. Holla!

Ciara is another berry. We’ve seen a lot of these Zoya. They do them beautifully. Ciara is no exception. Loves it!

Vanessa is described as a red blue cream. I totally love it. The application was flawless and it makes a wonderful pedicure color.

Pinta is a purple cream so you know that I’m in love, right? This purple makes my heart flutter. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Demi is one of those colors that you look at and just go “Eh”. But then when you apply it…you love it! This purple mauve is super unique. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it.

Envy is such a fabulous army green. And it’s a green cream. What’s not to love?

Iziba is like…wow. I LOVE it! While it is super vampy, it looks blue….not black.

….it rocks when it comes to konading too!

Well, what can I say? This is one of my favorite Zoya collections ever. I love every single one. Definitely an amazing fall color.

I used two coats for each and didn’t have any application problems.

Buy these and more for $7/bottle at

So who has ’em? See any you like?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Glamour Squad Beauty Reads: Week of 10/25/09

Awesome reads from the ladies of the Glamour Squad!

Clumps of Mascara may not be dressing up for Halloween but her nails are in total costume!

Aly gets up close and personal with her favorite style icon.

The Beauty Alchemist finds you can be tres chic while fighting acne and oil.

Butterfly Diary views the world through Victoria’s Secret PINK holiday collection glasses.

ThinkThruFashionshows how to incorporate traditional garb you get on vacay into your everyday ensembles.

The Product Pasha embraces the season’s blue and greens with a little help from Illamasqua Nail Varnishes.

DivaDebbi turns back the clock, with ZO Skin Health’s Oraser for Daily Hand Repair.

Mascara Monday: Victoria Secret’s Beauty Rush mascara

Well, look at that! Who would have thought that I would be reviewing a mascara from Vicky S? Totally unexpcted, right? The next time you’re strolling your local VS, check out their beauty section. It’s not so bad! I received a gift set for Christmas one year and was quite surprised!

Let’s see how this mascara holds up…

Victoria Secret’s
Beauty Rush mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (2 for $12 or 5 for $20)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: FA lush stroke of lash-enhancing color. Pigment-rich formula defines lashes in wearable color for look-at-me eyes. (source)

The truth:
They are just okay. It’s really the packaging that has me doing cartwheels. How cute is that?

What I loved about it: The purple is REALLY purple. Loves that!!

What I didn’t like: The black mascara fell way too flat. And neither provided much volume.

Overall: This wasn’t a highly requested mascara or anything but I thought they would be pretty cool to add to the Mascara Bin. Yana from My Own Judge snagged the black (Blacktastic) one for me and of course after seeing the purple (Violight), I had to run out and get that one.

Let’s take a look at the wands:

Pretty average, uh? Not BAD but they look a little cheap-y. I don’t have many problems with wands like this but they are soooo….2001, ya know? And they aren’t the best with separation. They kind of suck at it, actually.

Sooo….I don’t know. I had different experiences with both mascaras. Violight turned out to be pretty decent. I didn’t get much volume but I was pretty satisfied with the lengthening aspect. It wasn’t AMAZING. But it was good. That the purple really is purple on black lashes. Now that surprised me!

Blacktastic, on the other hand, was just….phooey. It was total disappointment. It weighed down my lashes and didn’t provide any kind of volume. Interesting considering these babies come from the same color. Why is Violight SO much better?


Both were a tad bit smudge-y but I didn’t experience any flaking throughout the day But I will tell you one thing about these mascaras–they are build-able! I applied a good 4 coats one application and it refused to clump. But applying coat after coat didn’t do much…I was still volume-less. Boo! On to the photos!

Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara



Would I recommend it?: I suppose they are okay ladies who aren’t looking for much when it comes to mascara application. It is perfect for my 16-year old cousin who just wants a little POP.

Anyone try any of these mascaras? What do you think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

FOTD Friday: Purples Eyes and Purple Nails

Purples have struck me again! Can you believe this? It’s out of control really. I think my last few FOTDs have been surrounded around purples. There is clearly something in the water. I’m hoping that I can break this streak and dabble into more colors. But for right now purples are rocking my world.

Remember when I showed ya’ll the fabulousness that is Stila’s Barbie Smudge pot in Purple Pumps? I decided to use it as a base. I find that it’s a little tricky because it is super glittery. It takes quite a bit of packing on.

But I managed to crank out a little somethin’-somethin’…

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45

MAC blush in Sweet As Cocoa

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Nocturnelle e/s

MAC Vibrant Grape e/s
MAC fluidline in Blacktrack
NARS Albatross highlighter
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
Lancome Oscillation mascara
Inglot lipstick in #204

I am lovin’ that lipstick!

….and then there are the nails. I used Essie’s Matte About You over Diamond Cosmetics’ Crushed Velvet. Whoa!

And I’ve fallen in love with Color Club’s Wild at Heart.

Seriously the best polish I have seen in my entire life. But I say that about everything right?

Purples are amazing. On the eyes, on the nails, on the lips, in the hair….I’ve done it all. And I hearby retire purples for at least a good 2 months!


Okay….NOW I’m done. :)

Happy weekend, y’all!

Stay beautiful,