Favorite red lipsticks: dark skin

As a beauty junkie that bought her first bullet of Ruby Woo at age 17, finding the perfect red lipstick is a topic I feel extremely passionate about.

I have tried so many of the red lipsticks out there that I could fill a cube with the amount of red lipsticks I own. I however scaled it all down and have curated for you guys below, the top three red lipsticks that I can’t live without


3)Mac:  Ruby Woo 



I bet a lot of you are surprised that this isn’t #1 but let me explain. Although I do love a dry immovable MATTE lipstick, Ruby Woo just sucks too much moisture out of my life.  Hence, the #3 spot. It is I believe the #1 red in terms of sales in the U.S and for good reason! It suits so many women of different skin tones and has been touted as the universal red by Mac itself. At $17.50, it also can’t be beaten and also lasts a long time on the lips. I’ll always love this lipstick for being my first ever statement lip and for being so universally flattering.


2) Chanel La Fascinante 

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I’d been on the hunt for a true blue red lipstick and this one is truest blue red lipstick I’ve been able to find in the market. It also has a soft velvet finish that makes it feel comfortable all day long. I love it because it doesn’t look orange at all on my skin tone and doesn’t fill into any cracks or lip wrinkles you may have. The $37 tag is a little steep for a lipstick, but the gorgeous package kind of makes up for it


1) Sephora creamy lip stain: Always Red

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My favorite red lipstick HAS to be the $14 Sephora liquid lipstick. It feels so light when you put it on, yet lasts all day without feeling dry/tight which for a liquid lipstick is miraculous. It’s not too orange and not too blue but the perfect Goldilocks red. I bought my first tube senior year of college and have repurchased 2 since then which is saying a lot, as the tube has a lot of product. I simply just love how bright the red is.

What are your ride/die red lipsticks?

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NARS: Top picks

NARS has been a favorite of mine as far as luxury makeup brands go and I have a staple number of products that I always repurchase. In this new series called Crème de la crème, I’ll be sharing the best of from a certain brand. Keep reading for my favorite NARS products below. Continue reading “NARS: Top picks”

Beauty minute: ‘holy grail’ beauty products

As a girl who is reasonably obsessed with all things beauty, I have had my fair share of experiences with quite a few beauty products and would like to share with you my top five today!

5. Alaffia Shea butter ($8)

This moisturizer has to be my biggest discovery of 2013. I walked into whole foods to begin my natural healthy eating lifestyle change and walked out with a huge bag of beauty products instead of groceries. Fail! The products I got where however a big win and I ended up repurchasing the Alaffia Shea butter. Shea butter has been getting a lot of hype recently but believe me it’s worth ALL THE HYPE. I used it as a body moisturizer in Africa when I was younger as it was super cheap and plentiful with multiple functions. I went back to basics and I’m planning on asking my mom to send me a ton from the motherland.

Alaffia passionfruit Shea butter
Alaffia passionfruit Shea butter

4.Lip balm –  NUXE Reve de Miel ($10)

Being that I have quite the bad habit of biting my lips whenever I’m not busy,  I tend to have quite dry lips a lot of the time and this lip balm is my savior! I have bigger lips (thankful to my Gambian roots for that 🙂 ) and this means I have more space that sometimes need more TLC.

Reve de miel lip balm
Reve de miel lip balm

3. Mascara-Day to night Rimmel ($7)

I’ve gone through a lot of mascaras and through a lot of high end and drugstore choices, the Rimmel day to night mascara however is my favorite of all the ones that I’ve tried . It has two brushes, one for daytime and one for nihgttime hence the name. My lashes look so full and natural after just one coat and they never clump! It might be discontinued now in the US because the last time I bought it, they was quite a bit of it on clearance but you can always try Ebay!

Day to night mascara
Day to night mascara

2. MAC lipstick-flat out fabulous ($16)

I’m dark and so I’ve always been weary of bright lipsticks on me. I tried this lipstick with a lipliner a la recommendation of some youtube gurus and it looked ‘flat out fabulous’!  Needless to say I bought it ASAP (on the sae day as my big chop)  for a little va va voom and it was such a great choice. It’s bright pink with a purple undertone and it’s edging out Ruby woo as my favorite lipstick!

Flat out fabulous
Flat out fabulous

1. Mat velvet plus foundation $36)

This is the best foundation with the perfection amount of staying power and the perfect amount of coverage. Makeupforever is one of my favorite brands mainly because of their wide range of shades allowing me with my dark complexion to find my actual shade of foundation. It is also great for my sisters out there with oily skin because believe me when I tell you this absolutely mattifies!

Mat velvet plus my shade is 80
Mat velvet plus my shade is 80

What are your beauty favorites?