The only celeb makeup launch I’ll be buying-Fenty Beauty

Fenty beauty launched yesterday and yes, I did stay up to make sure I got my hands on the products in case they sold out.

This launch took two years to create and according to the creator aka Rihanna, ” Gotta represent for all the girls that come in all shades”. The line features 16 products with the standout being the ‘Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation’ which comes in a standout 40 shades!!!

For a launch to have 40 foundation shades is outstanding. 3 of the darkest shades were already sold out with the testers broken so so I can’t confirm my shade until my goodies get to me on Monday!

The second standout of the launch is the ‘Gloss bomb universal’ which as the name suggests is a universal lipgloss! It’s only $18 and is a beautiful shimmering rose nude. This was featured in one of the sneak peek videos on RiRi’s Insta where she features such a conglomeration of diverse models! Fractured in the video sporting the gloss are Duckie Thot- a gorgeous Sudanese model heating up NYFW at the moment. She also features Slick Woods with the beautiful signature gap tooth and also Halima Aden who made waves as the first Hijab model to walk the designer runways.

Other noteworthy items in the launch include a mattifying primer, the Killawatt highlighter (best name ever!), and the match stix.

I’m so happy with everything to do with this launch and can’t wait to give a full review when I receive my products!!!

I’m especially happy that so many people of colour were featured in the marketing. I loved Rihanna before but I absolutely adore her after this launch.
Go buy FENTY
Go buy it!

Summer Skincare-Dark skin

Being dark skin, or ebony black as I call myself, I always felt that my skin required special attention in regards  to skin care. I have since gotten rid of this notion after many google searches and many hundreds of dollars spent on skin care products. The truth is there is no need for black women or darker skinned women to use specialty skin care products. We all have different concerns and should build regimes and use products to combat our specific concerns.

I do repeat the statement “black don’t crack” a lot but this doesn’t mean that we (black women) shouldn’t invest in a skincare regime. I am 22 and have an established routine consisting of a glycolic acid, a night oil, a sugar scrub, a sonic cleanser, an eye cream and a daytime moisturizer with SPF. I believe it’s never too early to start on skincare so I’m sharing below my skincare regiment because black doesn’t crack, but it does crinkle 😉

Makeup Removers

Bioderma Micellar Cleanser

Favorite makeup remover of all time. removes eye makeup gently and never leaves my skin dry

The body shop Camomile cleanser

Second favorite makeup remover. Dissolves everything but I prefer it in the dryer winter months.


Lancome cream to foam radiance cleanser

A great everyday cleanser. Haven’t seen the radiance it claims but it never leaves my skin feeling tight


Pixi glow mud cleanser/mask

Does exactly as the name says! It’s also a cleanser that I double up as a clay mask for fabulous results!


The Body Shop Vit C Microdermabrasion


Pixi glow tonic

This is THE Holy Grail product in my skincare stash. The glycolic acid in this does wonders for my complexion. Evens out my skin tone and makes my skin feel incredibly soft.


Pixi overnight glow serum

This gives my skin an amazing pick me up whenever I feel my skin is looking dull! Packed with my favorite ingredient as well, GLYCOLIC ACID!

Origins night oil

I love using this oil anytime I feel my skin needs some extra moisture.

Eye Cream

Kiehl’s creamy eye cream with avocado

This is the best eye cream I’ve ever used, and I’ve tried a LOT of eye creams. The amount of hydration this eye cream gives is out of this world. It also stay where you put it and doesn’t travel to make your eyes water which is a huge plus for me!

Day Cream

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SPF is a requirement for me in all my day creams be it summer or winter. Suncreen is the number one anti-aging tool so I make sure to never miss it in my regiment

Night Cream

Origins Mega-Bright dark spot correcting night mask

This is the newest addition in my skincare arsenal and so far so good. Love the scent and it leaves my skin feeling very plump at night before bed.

Those are all the products that I rotate through in my skincare regiment. They are constantly changing but like I mentioned staples that I will always have are the pixi toner, the mask and the kiehl’s eye cream!


I’ve always had a love affair with lipstick. This affair has however dramatically changed ever since I moved to Brooklyn.

It all started at the Mac counter when I went in to make use of my employee discount for the first time. I had already picked up everything that was on my list (fix plus, blot powder, night moth lip liner etc.) when I did a last look through their matte lipsticks and discovered ‘Instigator’. This lipstick which is a described as a “deep blackened plum” on the Mac website was the winter shade that I was yearning for. I already had Cyber, Rebel and Train Bleu by Nars in my arsenal but I couldn’t pass it up! I can describe instigator on people with ebony skin like myself as a deep plummy purple. It’s lighter than Cyber but not as purple as Heroine yet not as Berry as Rebel. In short it was filling a hole in my lipstick stash that I never knew I had!



Instigator with Nightmoth lip liner

Pairing it with night moth was perfection and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I have also been switching it up on weekends when I’m not in the office with even darker shades in the form of matte liquid lipsticks such as Colourpop’s Guess and Lax.

Guess by Colourpop
Lax by Colourpop

I have now completely embraced the fact that I am one of those people who will wear dark berry lipstick in all kinds of weather.

Guess, Zipper,Silhouette,Tulle, Limbo, Kapow

Which are some of you favorite autumnal lipstick shades?