Nail Art, Shmail Art

Dag. I haven’t done some nail art stuffs in forever yo. I don’t know what it is but man…I have really been falling in love this nail polishes these days. It’s like I can’t get enough of doing my nails. For once in their wretched little lives, they are finally growing and that couldn’t make me happier.

I scooped up my first Dior nail polish at the Lucky Dior Event. Apparat is a nice garnet.

Playing around with polka dots…

And the nail art pens…




Tis all.

Highlights from Lucky Mag Dior Pretty Party

Okay, seriously….I had the BEST time at the Lucky Dior party. The BEST time. Even better are the pictures that captured that event. Having a guy that understands your level of geekiness is one thing. But having one that also takes a day off from work to help you take beautiful pictures is something else. We are two peas in and pod who have an enormous passion for photography. I think I’ll keep him. :cool:

Ahhh, but enough of the mushy stuff. Let’s jump right on it and talk about the awesomeness that was this party. It’s not everyday that I get the opportunity to host or even attend events like this in Florida. As a beauty blogger, I am forever struggling to find beauty events. The venues exist. The interest is there but alas…Central and South Florida are not big jumping grounds for the beauty industry. Although, I think they should be. When Lucky Mag approached me the opportunity to host a Dior Pretty Party, I quickly obliged. Because, um…who doesn’t love Dior?

I mean, hellooo…..

Lucky Mag said that I could invite 10 of my girlfriends. I have a lot of friends and family members in Miami but most aren’t obsessively in love with beauty the way I am. But I know who is. Beauty and fashion bloggers! I scrolled through my e-rolodex and contacted a few who I knew would appreciate and really enjoy an event like this. I reached out to them and got several resounding “YES!! I’ll come.” responses.

The day of the event arrived and I scurried over to the Dior counter in Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall. The makeup artists greeted me with lots of hugs and handshakes. They took me over to a nice little section of the store that was sectioned off us for us beauty gals. The Guy and I took took lots of pics and munched on some delicious cupcakes.

And uh…delicious is a total understatement. They were slammin’! Guests slowly started trinkling in and I greeted everyone with hugs. You know because this is the South…. We believe in huggin’ folx. :cool:


Tweets under the hashtag #LuckyDior went a flyin’ and everyone floated around meeting each other. Within minutes we were all giggling like we’d been girlfriends for years. Then our guide Sheba took the stand.

Aside from being my new beauty BFF, Sheba Vignale is Dior’s National Skincare Specialist. She travels internationally hosting and teaching events like this one. She was so so helpful, humorous and her energy radiated throughout the space. While Sheba talked to us about Dior Cosmetics’ Top 10 Products, makeup artists passed around the products and let us play in them.


Some of us got our faces done and others of us did our own faces. I even convinced my college friend Iris to try some red lipstick.

Sheba did my face!

And how she made my brows look halfway decent with that eyebrow pencil is beyond me. With beauty playtime coming to an end, Sheba announced that 10 gals would receive giftcards to be spent at the Dior counter. BUT only to those who answered the beauty trivia questions correctly. Considering there were 12 of us total (I got my own giftcard. Woot!), just about everyone got a card and we headed over to the Dior counter to buy up some goodies. And we posed for pics too.

Ohmigoodness, we had soooo much fun. I am wishing on a star that I get the opportunity to host and attend more events like this in Florida. It’s a rarity yo.

Special Thanks:
-Lucky Mag — Thank you so soooooo much!
-Bloomingdale’s in Aventura Mall
-The Dior counter and their wonderful makeup artists

Lots of hugs and love to the party guests!
-Ria Michelle
-Dee
-Erika
-Schevashea of Curves and Confidence
-Lourdes of No BS Just Beauty
-Ashley of A Sassy Woman
-Marissa of Makeup and Manicures
-Carmen of Viva Fashion Blog
…and Iris, Andrea and Amanda who we hope will start blogs soon

 

Lucky Mag + Dior Pretty Party hosted by yours truly!

Know the best kind of parties? Not house parties or costume parties but beauty parties. And I’m not even kidding. I will be hosting a pretty epic beauty party with weekend in Miami. Lucky Mag has asked me to gather 10 lovely ladies to join me at the Dior Counter in Bloomingdales at Aventura Mall. We’ll much on cupcakes, chit chat, watch the Dior makeup artists crank out gorgeous daytime and night time looks and we will be live tweeting every bit of it. The guests include some of Miami’s best fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers.

Follow the hashtag #LuckyDior. We will be sharing our reactions and uploading lots of pictures. The Guy will be tagging a long with me to take lots of pretty pictures so keep your eyes out for the post-party post. And if you are in the Miami area, stop on by and say hi!

Want me to check out anything in particular? Let me knowwwww. 8)

Mascara Monday: Dior DiorShow 360 mascara

It’s been a minute since I’ve reviewed a higher-end mascara. While I blame my cheap my nature inability to spend a mess load of money on a mascara, I know that in order to have a pretty awesome Mascara Bin, I MUST review all mascaras.

And so here it is, darlings. Dior’s newest. And they really tried to impress us with this one. Instead of the mascara vibrating, it rotates.

Oh…and it’s $36. Hit the jump to see if it’s worth your pretty pennies.

Mascara Monday: Dior DiorShow Extase Mascara

Okay, I’ll be honest…I’ve never been an enormous fan of higher priced mascaras. Or higher priced cosmetics, for that matter. Sure I’ll spend my life savings on skin care products (I jest…kinda), but spending a ton of money on items that need to be thrown away, like mascaras, have never been my style.

Buuuut, I’d be a fool to not review them for y’all. And soooo, for my girls who love the super luxurious mascaras, this review is for you! 

Dior DiorShow Extase mascara

Price: 1 out of 5 ($28 from Sephora)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: 
DiorShow Extase provides built-in treatment benefits and high-impact lashes in a single stroke! The spherical-shaped Black Pearl Pigments create a 3D volume effect and the exclusive Metamorphosis Powders expand in size by up to 50% after application. Also, SR38 Patented Ceramid brings additional care, reconstructing damaged lashes and promoting stronger and fuller lashes. (source)
The truth: I’m not a diggin’ it. 
What I loved about it: The wand is pretty groovy. I wiped off all of the mascara to display it in all of its essence.

However even with those curvy grooves, it doesn’t enhance the mascara application in any way. It just looks cool. 

What I didn’t like: It was super thick and didn’t give me enough volume..
Overall: Okay, let’s face it…I’m just not a fan of Dior mascaras. I’ve reviewed 3 of them and not one has left me mega impressed. Not even DiorShow. The formula for this kid was just TOO thick. Granted, I know that it is a volume mascara but I found it go on way too thick–even with just one coat. I mean, just look how thick it looks coming straight out of the tube.

Very unpleasant. It is also pretty smudge-y. Meaning if you drop a tear, splash some water near your eyes or sweat a bit, the mascara is coming right off. More so than other non-waterproof mascaras. I’d deal with the all of the flaws if the mascara gave me enough volume. But it doesn’t. Not at all.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)


Lashes with 1 Coat



Lashes with 2 Coats


Lashes with 3 Coats


Mascara from a distance



 While it performs well up close, it looks average from a distance. And for $28, I need more than average, son! And also tends to loose its lifting power after an hour or so. In fact, a friend of mine asked me if I was even wearing mascara on one of the days I wore Extase. Um…..#fail

I don’t know if it was me or the brush but man, I had such a hard time NOT getting it all over my lids.



Would I recommend it?: It isn’t the best for me but I could see this being a rockin’ mascara for ladies who already have thick and lush lashes.
Have y’all tried Dior’s Extase? What did you think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Mascara Monday: Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara

Okay, is it just me or does it seem like Christmas was just a week or so ago? Why is it already almost mid-February?! That is crazy to me. Before you know it, it will be summer time and yours truly will be flying away to my favorite spots in Hawaii. Or if I can’t afford it, I’ll settle for Daytona or Clearwater beaches here in Florida.

Speaking of “not being able to afford it”….that’s really how I feel about this mascara. I don’t know what it is about me, but I’ve gotten extremely cheap with my make-up purchasing. If I’m going to spend almost $30, I better get more than a measly mascara. And the mascara better be AWESOME!

How did DiorShow Iconic stand up for me? A waste of money or a wonderful investment?

Dior Diorshow
Iconic Mascara

Price: 1 out of 5 ($27 is a bit steep, fam. I’m just sayin’…. )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What it claims: “A mascara with an innovative oblique brush that curls and defines lashes.” (source)

The truth: I’m just thrilled that it’s not anything like the original Diorshow.

What I loved about it: Wow….I mean, my lashes really looked….almost false! And the wand is pretty groovy. Dior gets 10 points from me for the innovative wand design.

What I didn’t like: This mascara had me residing in Clump City, USA.

Overall: I have been asked to review this mascara ever since it came out. And while I love makin’ yall happy, I just couldn’t allow myself to spend so much on a mascara. Sure, I’ve done it before but times have certainly changed econonmically—as if yall didn’t know.

I felt a little better spending $27 on this baby since it came with a little goody.


As a Sephora Exclusive, the Diorshow Iconic mascara comes in a cute little bag with a mini Addict High shine lipstick. Makes purchasing it not soooo bad.

One of my biggest frustrations with the original Diorshow was the crazy amount of clumps it gave me. I didn’t see why the mascara was so popular when all it gave me was a hot mess of clumps after the 2nd coat.

But Iconic is different; because the wand is different. Which helps with the clump factor a bit, but not tremendously. I think I’m okay with getting away with two coats of mascara with this baby here. And because it’s a “high drama mascara”, I definitely wouldn’t not wear it to work every day.

But does it do its job? I would say so! I managed to get a good amount of curl and length. And of course, volume. I wish Dior would do something with that “gooby-ness” that is their formula, though. It’s just so thick.

But it is still a good mascara and a lot better than the original.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 3 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?: Only if you can afford it. If not, I highly recommend L’Oreal Volumnious or Max Factor Volume Couture for great black volumized lashes.

What do you think? Have you ever tried this mascara or the original Diorshow? Think it’s overpriced or is it worth it?

Here is my review of the original Diorshow mascara.

Muuuuuah,

This Day in Black History:
1952-Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” wins the
National Book Award.
[I LOVE THIS BOOK!]

(photo source)

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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