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!

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Lipstick

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!

 

 

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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.

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Guess by Colourpop
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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.

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Guess, Zipper,Silhouette,Tulle, Limbo, Kapow

Which are some of you favorite autumnal lipstick shades?

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?