Beauty Review: Iman Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup

I have a special relationship with this inanimate object. Had it not been this foundation’s existence, I would have never had the opportunity to meet Iman. Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup will always have a special place in my heart.

And my face because it’s actually pretty darn good!

This coming from a chick that never wants to wear foundation because she fears her skin will break out within 2 days of an application.
My skin behaved long enough for me to give a good review of Iman’s newest foundation. First let’s get some background information about this kid. It’s…

That simply means that this oil-free foundation contains vitamin E, micro-mineral pigments and a plant extract complex of Acia and Magnolia. These minerals not only help hydrate the skin but also assist in enhancing the skin tone. This foundation gives a semi-matte finish and includes mica pearls  that add a bit of a glow to the skin.

It comes in 8 different shades. I’m Earth 3! Which is kinda cool being that the Capricorn sign is an earth sign. Holla!

The great thing about this foundation is that it provides a sheer-to-medium coverage. This works perfectly for those of us who don’t desire full coverage, such as myself. A quick swatch…

And how it looks on me…

Blends in beautifully, uh? I apply the foundation only to my cheeks as those are the only areas I like to conceal. I can notice the mica pearls at initial application but they appear to fade away when I dust a translucent powder or blush over the foundation. It wears well and I didn’t find it slipping away in the Florida heat and humidity.

The only drawback is that the foundation does not have any SPF in it. I suppose I can live with that since my daytime moisturizer already has SPF in it. But still…*pouts*

You can grab this foundation anywhere Iman Cosmetics products are sold for $15.00.  That includes Walgreens, Target, Wal-Mart, Ulta and Duane Reade. Select drugstores even have testers. No more “hoping” that you’ve got the right color.

If you aren’t a regular foundation or taking baby steps into the foundation world, this one comes highly recommended from me. Go Iman go!

Have you tried this foundation yet? Whatcha think?

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

Iman Cosmetics Foundations, Take 1

Your eyes do not deceive you.

You read the title correctly.

I typed “foundations”. Yes, I know—the woman who swoooore she would never be a “foundation person” is slowly playing around with them more and more. I have yet to wear them on a daily (ha..or weekly) basis but I’m gettin’ there. Trying to find the right color is the biggest pain ever.

But a brown girl friendly line like Iman Cosmetics makes it A LOT easier.

I played around with the Stick Foundation and Second to None Cover Cream.


*slams on brakes*

But wait….I can’t even give a fair review because my color is off! Does mis eyes deceive me, fam? What do you think?

Okay…here is the Stick Foundation in Earth 1


This is the first Stick Foundation that I have ever purchased. Such a proud moment in this 24 year old’s life. Now I was either rocking my shades while making this purchase or was lost and insecure (I love The Fray, hehe) because I think this color is way off!

Shucks.

Surely the lovely Second to None Cover Cream in Earth Deep would help a sista out.

This concealer is so creamy . It practically blended on my skin like a moisturizer. This is great for me and my “acts a fool when a product is too heavy” skin.

But uh…


This looks to be too red! Freakin’ A, mannnn. What is a girl to do?

Stay tuned for Round 2 of Iman Cosmetics Foundations. Since checking out the website I have now found my correct shade (Earth 3) and will shop accordingly.

Any Iman Cosmetics foundation wearers out there?

Brown and Secure (LMAO….get it?—*crickets*),

Foundation tips by Prescriptives All Skins and Jillian Veran Q&A

Hooray! It is Humpity Hump Day and I couldn’t be more excited. This week, this month, ohmigoodness…this year is flowing right on by us!

Let’s rap a little bit about a subject that I don’t discuss too much here at Clumps of Mascara.

Foundation

*key horror film music*

I know it’s not that serious but I have always been afraid of foundations. I automatically assume that they will break me out. Craziness, I know. That said, I don’t feel comfortable answering emails in reference to foundation. I will either a) ask one of my fellow beauty bloggers/make-up artists or b) do the research myself. Since I lack the experience in foundation purchasing and application I usually HAVE to ask someone else.

Prescriptives has compiled a Q&A with Beauty Authority Jillian Veran to answer some of your most sought after questions regarding foundations.

Pay attention, kids. There will be a quiz afterwards.

Nah, I’m kidding. Wouldn’t that be funny though? LOL!

1. Do different skin types need different foundation formulas?

  • Absolutely – the environment can affect how our skin behaves so the same skin can even need different types of foundation during the year. In today’s beauty world there are so many options, the best thing to do is to address what you want and need from your foundation. Do you like a sheer, luminous, satin or matte finish? Do you like liquid, cream or powder formulas? And of course what is your skin type – normal, dry, oily, combination?

2. What is the best way to apply foundation? Should I use a sponge, a brush or my fingertips?

  • Applying foundation is a personal preference and each method creates a different finish. Using your fingers will allow for a sheerer finish; a sponge is a little tricky for a non-makeup artist as it can place a lot of foundation in one spot so be sure to move quickly across the areas you are applying to; a brush is always great as it helps you create a very smooth even finish.
  • Also, I always recommend using the Px Buff Brush after your foundation is dry to soften the look of the makeup and create a sheer air brushed effect.

3. If I’m testing foundation in a department store, is it ok to do a swatch on my hand? Or should I always test the foundation on my face?

  • The best and most accurate way to test foundation is on the side of the face along the jaw line. Stick to this method for fool proof matching.

4. If my skin tone is between foundation shades, what’s the best solution?

  • Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation is ideal for this. Your foundation can be blended not only to exactly match your skins own unique undertones, but also to create whatever finish and skin care needs you desire.

5. What foundations are best for acne prone skin? For dry skin? For mature skin

All skin types should start with a foundation primer like Px Flawless Face Primer. This will allow the makeup to wear longer and for a seamless finish.

  • Dry skin should wear a moisture based formula and should steer away from powder formulas. But if you prefer powder, use a soft cream-to-powder formula like Px Photochrome Light-Adjusting Compact Makeup SPF 15.
  • Normal skin can wear whatever they like, it’s all about preference.
  • Oily or acne prone skin should wear an oil-free formula. Powder foundation is great for this type of skin.
  • Mature skin must be hydrated before applying any foundation. The foundation shouldn’t be too matte or heavy as this can accentuate the age of the skin.

6. Do foundations with sunscreen provide enough protection? Should I need to wear extra sunscreen?

  • Sun damage is the leading cause of aging. So no, using foundation as sunscreen isn’t the best idea. Foundation doesn’t provide a full mask on the skin so the sun will get through.
  • Always use an SPF under your foundation for that extra layer of protection. I highly recommend Prescriptives All Weather Friend SPF 40 as it’s incredibly lightweight and feels great under foundation.

So what did you learn? Anything new? Do you have any personal foundation purchasing/application tips for the Clumps of Mascara family? Tell us!

Class dismissed!

This Day in Black History:

1688-First formal protest against slavery by organized white body
in English America made by Germantown (Pa.) Quakers at monthly
meeting. The historic “Germantown Protest” denounced
slavery and the slave trade.


Foundation tips by Prescriptives All Skins and Jillian Veran Q&A

Hooray! It is Humpity Hump Day and I couldn’t be more excited. This week, this month, ohmigoodness…this year is flowing right on by us!

Let’s rap a little bit about a subject that I don’t discuss too much here at Clumps of Mascara.

Foundation

*key horror film music*

I know it’s not that serious but I have always been afraid of foundations. I automatically assume that they will break me out. Craziness, I know. That said, I don’t feel comfortable answering emails in reference to foundation. I will either a) ask one of my fellow beauty bloggers/make-up artists or b) do the research myself. Since I lack the experience in foundation purchasing and application I usually HAVE to ask someone else.

Prescriptives has compiled a Q&A with Beauty Authority Jillian Veran to answer some of your most sought after questions regarding foundations.

Pay attention, kids. There will be a quiz afterwards.

Nah, I’m kidding. Wouldn’t that be funny though? LOL!

1. Do different skin types need different foundation formulas?

  • Absolutely – the environment can affect how our skin behaves so the same skin can even need different types of foundation during the year. In today’s beauty world there are so many options, the best thing to do is to address what you want and need from your foundation. Do you like a sheer, luminous, satin or matte finish? Do you like liquid, cream or powder formulas? And of course what is your skin type – normal, dry, oily, combination?

2. What is the best way to apply foundation? Should I use a sponge, a brush or my fingertips?

  • Applying foundation is a personal preference and each method creates a different finish. Using your fingers will allow for a sheerer finish; a sponge is a little tricky for a non-makeup artist as it can place a lot of foundation in one spot so be sure to move quickly across the areas you are applying to; a brush is always great as it helps you create a very smooth even finish.
  • Also, I always recommend using the Px Buff Brush after your foundation is dry to soften the look of the makeup and create a sheer air brushed effect.

3. If I’m testing foundation in a department store, is it ok to do a swatch on my hand? Or should I always test the foundation on my face?

  • The best and most accurate way to test foundation is on the side of the face along the jaw line. Stick to this method for fool proof matching.

4. If my skin tone is between foundation shades, what’s the best solution?

  • Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation is ideal for this. Your foundation can be blended not only to exactly match your skins own unique undertones, but also to create whatever finish and skin care needs you desire.

5. What foundations are best for acne prone skin? For dry skin? For mature skin

All skin types should start with a foundation primer like Px Flawless Face Primer. This will allow the makeup to wear longer and for a seamless finish.

  • Dry skin should wear a moisture based formula and should steer away from powder formulas. But if you prefer powder, use a soft cream-to-powder formula like Px Photochrome Light-Adjusting Compact Makeup SPF 15.
  • Normal skin can wear whatever they like, it’s all about preference.
  • Oily or acne prone skin should wear an oil-free formula. Powder foundation is great for this type of skin.
  • Mature skin must be hydrated before applying any foundation. The foundation shouldn’t be too matte or heavy as this can accentuate the age of the skin.

6. Do foundations with sunscreen provide enough protection? Should I need to wear extra sunscreen?

  • Sun damage is the leading cause of aging. So no, using foundation as sunscreen isn’t the best idea. Foundation doesn’t provide a full mask on the skin so the sun will get through.
  • Always use an SPF under your foundation for that extra layer of protection. I highly recommend Prescriptives All Weather Friend SPF 40 as it’s incredibly lightweight and feels great under foundation.

So what did you learn? Anything new? Do you have any personal foundation purchasing/application tips for the Clumps of Mascara family? Tell us!

Class dismissed!

This Day in Black History:

1688-First formal protest against slavery by organized white body
in English America made by Germantown (Pa.) Quakers at monthly
meeting. The historic “Germantown Protest” denounced
slavery and the slave trade.


Beauty Review: CoverGirl Queen’s Natural Hue Minerals

There is a reason why I don’t do much discussion on foundations/face powders here at Clumps of Mascara.

I don’t wear them. I have no REAL reason for not wearing them. I just don’t.

Recently, I had the opportunity to test drive CoverGirl Queen Collection’s Natural Hue Mineral pressed powder and bronzer. This of course, had me excited because I had high hopes for the popular drugstore cosmetic line made just for women of color!

First up to bat…..the pressed powder.

What It Says
“Mineral enriched formula controls shine 30% better than the leading pressed powder. Provides natural, even coverage that lasts for hours.”

Wow, I concur. This powder is pretty excellent. For one…look how it blends beautifully with my complexion.


Where the little white sponge ends is where I “marked” my face with the powder. You can’t even see it! Which is beautiful because ain’t nothin’ worse than not having a face powder match your complexion. My color for the powder is Ebony Bronze 1.

Here’s how it looks all over.


I am beyond impressed! I found that that the powder was long-lasting and light on my face. The latter is extremely important to me. If I product feels too “heavy”, I just can’t wear it for fear that it will break me out. And I know that using a sponge to apply powders isn’t the best thing but I only used it once. See…..I know. *big grin*

Next up, we have the Bronzer, also in Ebony Bronze.

What It Says
“Get a sun kissed glow without the shine. Mineral enriched formula pampers skin and controls shine.”

I didn’t see much purpose for the bronzer. First of all, it was a little too glittery for my liking. And just a tad bit too dark. When I think of a bronzer of think of a gold-ish color. And I’m not sure I like the application of this baby here too. It took a ton of swipes before I could load it up effectively on my brush.


And even then….I didn’t feel like it complimented my skin well….can you see it?


I would much prefer a highlight than this dark bronzer here.

The final look:

The coverage is fantastic and I don’t even look like I’m wearing make-up which is a huge plus for me. Overall, I absolutely loooove the look and feel of the Natural Hue Minerals Pressed Powder. The bronzer? Not so much as I think I have a ton of great highlighters/blushes that can compliment my skin better. But I am impressed nonetheless and a little upset at myself for not dabbling in these products sooner. Have any of you tried these products?

Tell me what you think!

Stay beautiful!

Hotlanta’s Chills

Yaaaay, so I’m back from Atlanta and trying to update as much as I can ‘roun dis piece. I’m still getting around to someone of yall so if I’ve been ghost to your blog homes, don’t hate me! I try and be a dedicated blog sista but sometimes I get a bit behind. The pictures in this post are going to be smaller than usual b/c I don’t have time to upload them in my Photobucket.
Look at all the snow in ATL. I wasn’t THAT prepared but it was in all good.

Me and the baby sis had to pose fast on this one. Toooo cold!

I visited ThatMan, some cousins, my best friend (I’m a bridesmaid!) and then I showed some love by going to the Martin Luther King Memorial. It’s still such a big deal to me. I will never forget the contributions that my people have made to this corrupted place we call America. But I digress.
My skin is looking divine these days!!!! Seriously….no pimples or anything. My new focus is getting rid of those dark spots that the pimples left behind. Cocoa butter, my saint, is great for that. And I don’t wear foundation on most days. I’m dapping into Bare Minerals. I copped this from my Mom. Why this NC20-somethin’ woman needed this, I don’t know. The color is Warm.

It’s a bit OFF…I think it makes me a bit chalky so I’m thinking I need to mix it with something else. I don’t know.

And I think this picture shows how off the color is because I sprinkled some of the foundation on my chest just to test. Hehe, make-up porn!

I’m thinking of going to a counter this weekend. I love how it feels like nothing on my face. It’s amazing on days when I want just a little coverage. And when I want the grown woman look, I’m still bustin’ my Bobbi Brown Tinted moisturizer with the 187. It’s just divine!

Speaking of BB Tinted Moisturizer….here’s a better FOTD of it. I’m cheesin’ mad hard with my sister but I think it looks good.

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer
NYC Translucent loose powder
NARS Crazed blush (this newbie sucks in blush application)

EYES:
UDPP
Bamboo Paint
Ochre Style e/s on lid
Sketch on crease
Handwritten to deepen crease
Vanilla pigment to highlight
Blacktrack Fluidline

LIPS:
Nightmoth lip pencil
Some sheer pink gloss from Victoria Secret
Blacktrack

I’m still cleaning out the make-up stash so thanks for your inquiries. More things coming soon! I’ve got some eye shadows to go through, pigment samples, a Holiday lip palette, a brush roll, etc. I’ve got a ton of stuff I need to get rid of! Thanks to those who have already purchased from me. Business is great!

Peace aaaaaand……


BB, NARS & Ochre Style

My internet service is the pits and this is the first time I’ve been able to access it since Friday so I guess I better update quickly before my connection suddenly disappears!

Most of you know that my ventures into foundations weren’t so hot. MAC’s StudioFix and StudioTech killed my face. Literally. Scroll the blog. I’ve got pictures to prove it. I stopped using those products but I still wanted some kind of coverage. Especially since I had post pimple marks on my face (lemme tell you….cocoa butter is amazing. It seriously lightens dark spots like that *snaps*) Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturizer is simply fab! This is my first attempt with tinted moisturizers. Because my skin is naturally dry, I love how this product gives me some added moisture and a light coverage. It’s great for the winter months. I stiple it on my hand and then on my face and blend all over. It goes on beautifully and I don’t get that make-upy” look that I dread. When applied with the 187 brush, it is a dreeeam. At $43 a bottle, a little goes a long way which is a good thing for a broke beauty like myself. I’m a NW45 in MAC colors so I use the “Dark Tint” for the BB Moisturizer. Because it does leave me a bit shiny, I buff NYC’s loose translucent powder on top. I absolutely adore it. And so far…no break-outs so A+ to Bobbi Brown!

Another product that I adore is MAC’s Ochre Style from The Originals collection. What a beautiful muted gold! It looks beautiful when paired with Trax, Sketch and Handwritten. Because it is a bit sheer, I used UDPP and Bamboo paint for the color to really POP! See how simple it looks here.

But when I add a crease color…

I love it! Simple, neutral but…..nice.

And yesterday I went to check out the N Collection. Didn’t see anything that I liked. As I’ve mentioned, I think I’m pretty good in the neutral department. But I did go to Sephora and got NARS Crazed. I’ve been wanting it for a minute. This newbie has very little experience in the blush area so watching me learn how to do that will be fun!

And I’m also going to do a natural hair post.

Just because I realize there are a lot of us out there with beautiful natural hair. But dang, I can’t wait to get my locs like lovely Yummy and Divine Rae.

See my curly Q’s!

Yay! Ohhh….and per some blog sista suggestions, I’ve also dipped into some mineral make-up too. Stay tuned for reviews/pictures of that.

Peace and natural beauty.

BB, NARS & Ochre Style

My internet service is the pits and this is the first time I’ve been able to access it since Friday so I guess I better update quickly before my connection suddenly disappears!

Most of you know that my ventures into foundations weren’t so hot. MAC’s StudioFix and StudioTech killed my face. Literally. Scroll the blog. I’ve got pictures to prove it. I stopped using those products but I still wanted some kind of coverage. Especially since I had post pimple marks on my face (lemme tell you….cocoa butter is amazing. It seriously lightens dark spots like that *snaps*) Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturizer is simply fab! This is my first attempt with tinted moisturizers. Because my skin is naturally dry, I love how this product gives me some added moisture and a light coverage. It’s great for the winter months. I stiple it on my hand and then on my face and blend all over. It goes on beautifully and I don’t get that make-upy” look that I dread. When applied with the 187 brush, it is a dreeeam. At $43 a bottle, a little goes a long way which is a good thing for a broke beauty like myself. I’m a NW45 in MAC colors so I use the “Dark Tint” for the BB Moisturizer. Because it does leave me a bit shiny, I buff NYC’s loose translucent powder on top. I absolutely adore it. And so far…no break-outs so A+ to Bobbi Brown!

Another product that I adore is MAC’s Ochre Style from The Originals collection. What a beautiful muted gold! It looks beautiful when paired with Trax, Sketch and Handwritten. Because it is a bit sheer, I used UDPP and Bamboo paint for the color to really POP! See how simple it looks here.

But when I add a crease color…

I love it! Simple, neutral but…..nice.

And yesterday I went to check out the N Collection. Didn’t see anything that I liked. As I’ve mentioned, I think I’m pretty good in the neutral department. But I did go to Sephora and got NARS Crazed. I’ve been wanting it for a minute. This newbie has very little experience in the blush area so watching me learn how to do that will be fun!

And I’m also going to do a natural hair post.

Just because I realize there are a lot of us out there with beautiful natural hair. But dang, I can’t wait to get my locs like lovely Yummy and Divine Rae.

See my curly Q’s!

Yay! Ohhh….and per some blog sista suggestions, I’ve also dipped into some mineral make-up too. Stay tuned for reviews/pictures of that.

Peace and natural beauty.