Hard Candy’s Fox in a Box. That rocks!

Despite not reviewing many of their products, I really like Hard Candy’s beauty stuffs. They’ve got gorgeous lippies and nail polishes and from what I’ve heard, their mascaras aren’t too shabby either. But HC is one of those brands that I have yet to have really tackle. Until now.


How cute is this packaging? And the name? Fox in a Box. *squeals* How awesome is that?

A First Look at black|Up Cosmetics

Haven’t heard of this line, have you? Born in France, black|Up Cosmetics is the FIRST makeup artist brand created for women of color–especially for those with darker complexions. Wow is right! Their Facebook page is full of comments from happy customers and makeup artists. It’s a luxury and higher-end brand. Although I’m a drugstore diva, it’s cool to see a brown girl friendly version of Chanel, Dior and Dolce & Gabanna Cosmetics. I’m just itching to try as many of the products as I can.

First up—a mattifier and powder.

Brown and Blushin': NYX Tango Bronzer Powder

Here in the great state of Florida (or Flo’duh if you’ve got that Southern draw..:p) it is still practically summer time. Sure the heat index has gone down a bit and the humidity isn’t at 100% anymore but we are still hitting 80’s and 90’s in Central Florida. So while bronzers are typically used during the summer time, I have found one that I’m going to be sporting during the Fall and Winter.

‘Nuff said, uh? That bad boy is gorgeous! Hit the jump to get the deets.

Brown & Blushin': Tarte matte waterproof bronzer

Time for another edition of Brown and Blushin’. This time we’re going to be showcasing a bronzer from Tarte. Tarte is one of my favorite green beauty brands. They are consistently giving us products free of mineral oil and petrolatum, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes/fragrances.

Summer isn’t quite over yet in Florida (not that it ever really goes away) so I am absolutely loving the idea of waterproof bronzer.

That means it can hold up during work-outs and quick laps in the pool. Hollers!

Trust me when I say I am not one of those females that work-out with a full face of make-up. In fact, I am the opposite of attractive when I’m working out. And I could care-less. But 9 times out of 10, when I do get my fitness on, it is usually after work. I love how I can keep my glow throughout a sweaty work-out. And since it’s oil and talc free, I don’t have to worry about my acne prone skin flaring up on me. Which it loves to do every other day. Ugh.

And for my ladies who are skeptical and wondering it really IS waterproof…

Yes ma’am, it is! And it goes on silky smooth with just one swipe on the cheekies.

 While the shade I have featured here is Park Avenue Princess, I think I’m going to retire my MAC Sweet As Cocoa for the Hotel Heiress shade.

I haven’t seen it in person yet but I am hoping they are dupes. What do y’all think? You can grab this bronzer for $29 at Sephora. I’ll be back to let you know how Hotel Heiress worked for me!

Ciao mamas!

ETA: I ended up buying Hotel Heiress. Absolutely love!

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

Brown & Blushin': Tarte matte waterproof bronzer

Time for another edition of Brown and Blushin’. This time we’re going to be showcasing a bronzer from Tarte. Tarte is one of my favorite green beauty brands. They are consistently giving us products free of mineral oil and petrolatum, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes/fragrances.

Summer isn’t quite over yet in Florida (not that it ever really goes away) so I am absolutely loving the idea of waterproof bronzer.

That means it can hold up during work-outs and quick laps in the pool. Hollers!

Trust me when I say I am not one of those females that work-out with a full face of make-up. In fact, I am the opposite of attractive when I’m working out. And I could care-less. But 9 times out of 10, when I do get my fitness on, it is usually after work. I love how I can keep my glow throughout a sweaty work-out. And since it’s oil and talc free, I don’t have to worry about my acne prone skin flaring up on me. Which it loves to do every other day. Ugh.

And for my ladies who are skeptical and wondering it really IS waterproof…

Yes ma’am, it is! And it goes on silky smooth with just one swipe on the cheekies.

 While the shade I have featured here is Park Avenue Princess, I think I’m going to retire my MAC Sweet As Cocoa for the Hotel Heiress shade.

I haven’t seen it in person yet but I am hoping they are dupes. What do y’all think? You can grab this bronzer for $29 at Sephora. I’ll be back to let you know how Hotel Heiress worked for me!

Ciao mamas!

ETA: I ended up buying Hotel Heiress. Absolutely love!

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

Physician’s Formula Powder Palette review and giveaway!

Y’all know how much I adore bronzed cheeks..especially in the summer time. For someone who doesn’t wear much on her cheeks, this gorgeous little bronzer works perfectly for me!

You ARE familiar with Physician’s Formula, right? They are one of the few natural/organic drugstore brands in the market. With my acne prone skin acting the way it does, I’ve been taking the paraben-free route lately and my skin does not flare up as much as it normally would. Hollaaa!

You can snag this kid for $13.99 at your favorite drugstore. The mineral glow pearls come in 4 different shades: Translucent Pearl, Beige Pearl, Light Bronze Pearl, Bronze Pearl.

…oh wait, what’s that?

Pshht, y’all know how I feel about beauty rules. I break them. My brown skinned self rocked it. And rocked it well, I might add.

 And for quick touch-ups, the palette has a darling little mirror and brush at the bottom.

I can dig it. 

I know a lot of you gals have been wanting to take baby steps into the natural skincare route but don’t want to spend a lot of money on it.

Need help starting off your collection? One lucky winner will win the following in our Shimmer Bronze giveaway!

-Pearl Palette
-Bronze Booster Shimmer Bronzer
-Shimmer strip

Leave a comment telling me your skin type (oily, combo, dry, acne, sensitive, etc)
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This review and giveaway is sponsored by Physician’s Formula. Read our disclosure policy here.