COVERGIRL’s Lip Perfection Lipsticks-coming soon!

Check this out…

How pretty is that packaging? These will be launching January 11 but beginning November 1, COVERGIRL will begin an exclusive online preview. You can be one of the first to try the new product by visiting COVERGIRL’s Facebook fan page to take advantage of this advance opportunity.

I’m super excited! Especially when I found out that amazing Pat McGrath designed the 44 shades. I wonder how these will compare to Maybelline’s ColorSensational lippies.

You know I’ll be letting you know. Think you’ll be scooping some of these up?

The story of a fierce red lipstick

Once upon a time, in B’s beauty boudoir, lived a little red lippie.

I know, I know…you think you’ve heard this story before, uh? No no, my loves…gather around as I tell you about the awesomeness that is COVERGIRL’s Cherry Bomb.
With a name like “Cherry Bomb”, it has to be ….THE bomb, right? Girlfriend, it is all of that AND more. While I am often mesmerized by the gorgeous packaging of higher end lipsticks, I can’t deny the high performance that is drugstore make-up. Cherry Bomb is no exception. You see, for around $5, you can snag a lipstick rich in pigment, abundant in moisturizing agents and complete with show stopping abilities.

Is that too red for you? Nonsense. There is no such thing. It is my attempt to get women all over the world to rock a red lip with pride. I want to go on a tour called The Cherry Bomb Tour. I want to toss out this lippie to women in Kenya and Kentucky, Portugal and Paris, Bath and Birmingham, Toronto and Tulsa. This lippie…

…is KING. Er…Queen.

Any questions?

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Beauty Review: COVERGIRL Queen Natural Hue concealer

Y’all know I love concealers, right? When I find a good one, I hold on to it for dear life. Because I’m not the biggest fan of full coverage foundation, I have to have a good concealer. One that provides me light coverage, won’t clog my pores and won’t evaporate in Florida’s insane humidity.

That said, I was SO happy to hear that the COVERGIRL Queen collection released concealers that are brown girl friendly.

 Hallelujer! Drugstore concealers for brown girls? “Where dey do that at?” Peep this…
This lightweight non-acnegenic concealer comes in 4 shades; Light, Golden, Terra and Cocoa. The sponge tip applicator takes some getting used to.

I never know how to use this. Do I dab it on my hand and apply using my fingers or a brush? Or is it okay to simply swipe the concealer directly on my cheeks? What is your preference?

Either way, I find it to be smooth and light. My best shade for me was Cocoa. For reference, I am NW45 in MAC Cosmetics.

It blends right on in and gives me the day-to-day coverage that I seek without looking “too made up.”

I am able to dust a translucent powder over my cheeks and I’m good to go. And somehow…it manages to last ALL day. I’m impressed! Not bad for $8! You go, COVERGIRL Queen!

Whatcha think? Are you a concealer wearer?

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Beauty Review: COVERGIRL LiquiLine Blast Eye Liners

Remember when I was trying to sell my left leg to buy excited about COVERGIRL’s newest eyeliners?

Check this out!

Here’s to hoping their performance is as beautiful as they are. Chow!
First things first…here are some stats on the kids.

  • They retail for $7.99. And of course if you catch a buy 1, get 1 free sale…holla!
  • The amazing Pat McGrath, P&G Global Creative Design Director was one of the masterminds behind the gorgeous shade palettes.
  • These liners are infused with silicone to help keep them long lasting. 
  • They come in 6 shades; the three shown in this post, a silver, brown and black. 
At a glance, I thought that the three that I tested would all have the same finish, but it looks like Violet Spark  is matte.
Blue Bloom and Green Glow take on a bit of a creamier and semi-metallic finish. This is definitely my preference! In fact, out of all of them, Blue Bloom is my favorite.
 I think Green Glow is too cool for my skin tone And Violet Voltage in all of her matte-ness is a bit of a pain to apply. It takes a few strokes on the waterline to get it to really stay. But by then, you’re in tears!

On the opposite side of each liner comes a smudger tip.

I never really smudge my liner unless I’m going for a sultry night look but just to show y’all how easy it is, I gave it a whirl…

Now for some swatch tests. I do these tests each time I try a new eyeliner. I figure if they can stay put without budging on my hand, then they’ll do even better on my waterline.

Funny how Blue Bloom practically disappears because check it out after an 8 hour workday and jog outside.

Boo yah!

So are the liners worth a try? I think so. Blue Bloom is a must have. I’ve been wearing is daily since I got it!

Have you tried these kids yet?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

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COVERGIRL is rockin’ my world

There are a lot of cool happenings goin’ on in the COVERGIRL world. First up, next month these LiquiLine Blast eyeliners will be hitting stores and I can not WAIT to try them out.

How gorgeous is that green? And that purple…*faints*  I first saw them reviewed on An Indian’s Makeup Blog and her review had me thinkin’ those liners are so promising. Yes, even us bloggers get swayed by other bloggers. LOL! Stay tuned for my review of those.

And in other CG news…
On my flight back from Washington D.C., I finished Queen Latifah’s most recent book.

O.M.G…now y’all already know how much I LOVE her, but this book really sent me over the edge. I’ve gone from ‘Yeah, she’s cool’ to straight up adoration. I felt as if she was talking to me. I was inspired, laughed, cried and felt so motivated. I’ll be back with a complete review on that but in the meantime, snag you a copy from Amazon. If you find yourself in a “What should I do? Where should I live? Who am I? Who do I want to be? I want to live but don’t know how” kind of rut (story of my life!), this book will realllly inspire you.

Speaking of Queen, check her out with the 5 winners from the Persona contest.

These talented ladies beat out hundreds in search to find the best female hip hop talents across the country. It’s a darn shame that I can’t flow, y’all. Congrats to Naakira, Gina, Shea, Amber and Christel. Check our their profiles and listen to their flows here. Such fabulous chicks they are!

And since we’re talkin’ fabulous chicks…COVERGIRL, in partnership with LeSportsac, has created a limited edition cosmetic bag collection inspired by COVERGIRL LashBlast Length Mascara and my cousin (in my mind, at least) Pat McGrath, makeup guru and Global Creative Design Director for P&G Beauty.

I pretty much need that cupcake bag in my life NOW! Every purchase of the new cosmetic bags ($28 – $62) will come with a mini-lookbook with six custom beauty looks from Pat and a free LashBlast Length Mascara. Tres cool! Start a shoppin’ here.

Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion

Sooo, CoverGirl drops a new CoverGirl Last Blast. Is anyone just as excited as I am? The original promised insane volume. And according to my review…it delivered! Lash Blast Fusion is all about volume AND length? Was it hot? Or not so much?

CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion mascara

Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims:
“Use Lash Blast Fusion to get a blast of volume plus incredible length! It’s the perfect fusion of Lash Blast’s super-volumizing brush and a buildable fiber-stretch lengthening formula that work together for dense, long-looking lashes!” (per packaging)

The truth:
Yay! I’m happy to see another fiber mascara on the market. And with the Lash Blast wand? Awesome!
What I loved about it: The wand!

Which is totally ironic because it took me forever to like the wand on the original…

What I didn’t like: The volume isn’t as va-va-voom as the original.

Overall:  I was SO excited to review this mascara. I mean, who didn’t love the original Lash Blast?  That’s really a rhetorical question, y’all. I know somewhere out there isn’t the biggest fan of it. I thought it was the ideal mascara for separation and volumizing.

Now first things first, know that the review in this mascara review is Black Brown. I usually use black mascaras and for that reason, the mascara may not POP as much as it does in my other mascara reviews. But you know what? I actually like the natural look that black brown mascaras give. I’ll have to be trying some more of these.

CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion is a fiber mascara. Remember what a fiber mascara is? It’s all about little itty bitty “fiber-like” that are intended to attach on to your lashes. They are like washable extensions. You can get a good view of them in my video review.

Fusion seems to be a little lighter on the lashes than the original Lash Blast was. I also find that it clumps less. You can get a good 2-3 coats with this without entering Clumps City. And that’s a huge plus in my book. I didn’t experience any flaking and like most fiber mascaras, it rinses off without any problems.

So in terms of it being a good mascara on its own…yes, I think it is! But when comparing it to the original Lash Blast, I don’t think it’s THAT much better. They are both good. Period.

Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: The thing is…I experienced a good amount of length with the original Lash Blast. I can’t really see much of a difference between the two other than the visible “fibers”. If you haven’t tried the original Lash Blast, give this one a whirl. Or, you if you REALLY liked the original and just want to see if you can maximize your length, give this one a try.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

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

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?

Celeb Spotlight: Keri Hilson’s Grammy look

Soooo chicas, did anyone catch the Grammy’s? Or was I the only loser that didn’t? I know…I’m so bad. I actually forgot to watch it. It wasn’t a terrible lost though because the next morning I woke up to a ton of Grammy related blog posts in my Google Reader.

One of my favorite looks of the night was by Ms. Keri Hilson….

Now don’t ask me what song she sings. Y’all know I live under a pop culture rock and don’t know these things. But the lady is killing it with the dark purple eye. Keri’s make-up was done by make-up artist Ashunta Sheriff (whose hair I am obsessed with) and she used one of CoverGirl’s Smoky Shadow Blast Shadow Stick in Purple Plum as her base. You’ve seen them in your drugstores, right? They look like this…

I will definitely be trying these babies out with the quickness. I loved how Ashunta kept the purple right on the lid without blending too much. It really makes the look pop out more. Oh…and I would be remiss if I didn’t show Ms. Hilson’s mermaid-style dress.

*faints* Goodbye. I know of nothing else to say. There is just an overbundance of fabulousness in this post.

Okay, but seriously….what do you think about her look? Has anyone tried those CoverGirl Shadow Sticks? I’m thinking of posting some more of my favorite Grammy looks. Hmm…

Stay tuned!

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