Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lancome's Advanced Genifique on Oily Skin

Advanced Genifique is one of the products that has turned my skin around. I realized that I needed to make a few positive changes in my skincare routine because, although my skin was oily, it was still dull and unhappy with the way I'd been treating it.
Before using Advanced Genifique, my skin and I had an on again off again relationship. I would put on mud masks and purchase expensive lotions but I wasn't using them in a way that was beneficial to my skin until Genifique was introduced to me.

This is a very lightweight serum. After washing my face I apply the Genifique. The bottles unique design helps you pump out the perfect amount your skin needs. It dissolves into my skin like a dream and instantly creates a smooth, soft surface. Then, I follow with my regular moisturizer. That's it!

I feel like Advanced Genifique helps all my other skincare products work to maximum performance. My skin has never felt so smooth and it's never looked so radiant. My makeup applies so effortlessly! My brushes glide across my face without any tugging or pulling.

I know that Advanced Genifique is a bit pricey at $78.00 for 1.0 oz. However, it is well worth it. Your skin will thank you! If you'd like more info on Lancome's products please Click this link.






Thursday, January 7, 2016

Lancome's New Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick

The Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick includes SPF 21 and can be used as a sunscreen when applied 15 minutes before exposure and re-applied atleast every 2 hours. It also has a soft matte finish and is suitable for ALL skin types. I've had the pleasure of trying on this foundation (that can also be used as a light concealer) for an entire day and I have to say that it is quite a beautiful formula.

I have oily skin and this makeup is oil-free, fragrance free, transfer-resistant, smudge-resistant and non-comedogenic. All of these benefits are great for my skin and I used the foundation in conjunction with Lancome's La Base Pro Pore Eraser.
I had sheer looking coverage that stayed put for over 4 hours. My skin absolutely glowed from within and I received many compliments about the overall healthy look of my skin.

The packaging of the makeup stick is very sleek and easy to fit in any makeup bag or kit. All information needed is on the outer box packaging as well as, the stick itself, including directions on use.

The New Teint Idole Makeup Stick will be available for purchase on Sephora's Website
and will be available Jan. 18th wherever Lancome's products are sold. There are 20 shades and they retail for $42.00

+Lancome USA



Shade Used: "510 Suede (c)" No Filter.



Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Make Up For Ever New Ultra HD Concealers |Swatches

MUFE will be introducing these new concealers in January 2016. There are currently 10 shades and they will retail for $27.00 You may purchase the new Ultra HD concealers at Sephora Stores,
Sephora.com and MAKEUPFOREVER.com

The shades are divided by categories: Correcting & Concealing. 5 correcting shades and 5 concealng and brightening shades.

The easy soft, smooth, NO MESS applicators were also a pleasant surprise as well!

 In my opinion, these 10 shades are a great START to a great complexion range of products for the MUFE family. Being a woman of color I didn't find much use for any of the shades that will be releasing in January and my hope is that they will widen the range like they've done their awesome foundations. I do however, love the feel of the concealers and it's coverage is unbelieveable.

Make Up For Ever has been super busy this year. They brought us a better formula for their Ultra HD Foundation and it's in a mind blowing 40 shades!!! MUFE also brought us the 15 Artists Eye Shadow Palette for the holiday season and now they've unleashed their Ultra HD Concealers.





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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review with Swatches *Brown Skin*

The Urban Decay Smoky Palette has been around for a few months now but, I think people have passed over it because they think it's just like the other Naked Palettes. This is simply not true!

The Smoky Palette is basically the dark side of the Naked Series. Superman v.s. Batman if you will; both hero's, both mysterious, but Batman has just the right amount of bad which makes him irresistible to women. Ha!
The Smoky has a large mirror like the others, comes with a brush and has 12 eye shadows but they are ALL shadows that can be blended out on their own for a complete look.

Just take a look at the Urban Decay signature pigmentation.
L to R: High, DirtySweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smoulder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen.



I'm so pleased with the packaging of this palette. The smoke rings are kinda sexy and the palette looks gorgeous on your vanity. The hard plastic of the package is durable and quite the upgrade from the Original Naked palette with it's velvety outer packaging.



I recently filmed a Makeup Look using the shades "DirtySweet", "Whiskey", and Black Market". The smoothness of the shades was amazing. They all blended out very well and it's truly what I expected from such an outstanding brand.


If you've purchased the Smoky Palette and want to share your looks with me, please tag me on Instagram.


















Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sigma Travel Brush Set "Make Me Crazy"

Beauty-Cosmetic and Makeup Lovers Everywhere! Now is the time to get your hands on some awesome Sigma Products .  Most of the website is on sale for the holidays and you can use the coupon code "Sigma2016" and get an extra 10% off with every order!

I am so pleased with my most recent purchase because I know how important great makeup tools are in order to get flawless results. I bought the "Make Me Crazy" travel brush set. I already owned the "Essential Kit" and it has done me well. I haven't had a problem with the bristles loosening from the ferrules of the brushes and I've had them over 3 years. So, I'm very familiar with the excellent quality of Sigma brushes.
The "Make Me Crazy" set is purple and it comes with 7 brushes:

  • E30 -Pencil Brush
  • E40 Tapered Blending Brush
  • E55 Eye Shading Brush
  • E65 Small Angled Brush
  • F30 Large Powder Brush
  • F40 Large Angled Contour
  • F60 Foundation
These 7 brushes are honestly all you need for a professional makeup look on the go.

My favorite brush is the F30 Large Powder Brush. It's so soft and blends out powder foundations and setting powders like a dream. I also like the E30 Pencil Brush for small areas like my lower lash line and the inner corners of my eyes.
Comes with case/brush holder.
"Make Me Crazy" Travel Set

I have taken these brushes with me on the road and they fit very nicely in my makeup case. My brushes are protected from dust and debris and overall I am a very satisfied customer.

Be sure to checkout the Sigma Beauty website for all their new deals like, holiday sets below $40!!!
Sigma 10% off code valid NOW thru Mar. 31 2016 is "Sigma2016"
Sigma also has some great makeup items that I will be reviewing shortly:o)





Thursday, November 19, 2015

Make Up For Ever "15 Artist Shadow Palette" Review/Swatches on Dark Skin

Make Up For Ever has a new palette out for the 2015 Holiday Season and it is breathtakingly Beautiful. Every eye shadow is super pigmented! If you'd like to see how these eye shadows look on a woman of color (WOC) you've come to the right place!

Front of  Palette


Back of  Palette
If you're a makeup junkie that collects palettes you'll love this one. It has a brilliant orange front packaging that is covered with sparkly glitter. Although you can FEEL the texture of the glitter, it isn't messy at all (no fall out). I thought it was a super bold move to make the palette orange but, it's definitely different than all the other holiday palettes I've seen.

The back of the palette shows the name of each individual shade. This is a great idea so Make Up For Ever enthusiasts can buy the individual shades at the store and create their own palettes with the shades they love.


The palette has a nice large mirror inside. The also has a 
palette has a magnetic closure.


As far as the eye shadows in the palette, they're terrific! The pigmentation is insane as you'll see in the picture swatches below. I used the entire blue section to create a makeup look and I received so much amazingly good feedback. The colors bounced off of my dark brown skin in such a beautiful way that I couldn't do anything but stare in the mirror. Of course, I took pics and shared them to Instagram immediately!

There are no matte shades in this palette (which was a bummer) but they did include neutral shades, as well as, a rich, dark black. Most palettes don't include black so, needless to say; I was over the moon! The rest of the shades are a little glittery (no too chunky), shimmery and frosty.

Overall, Make Up For Ever introduced a holiday palette that is functional, fun and flirty. Everything a holiday palette should be.


Top Row

Second Row
Third Row
Check out this Neutral Makeup Look using the 15 Artist Shadow Palette or my more Dramatic Look .

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Ultra HD Foundation || Women of Color Review


The new formulated Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation is phenomenal to say the least.
It makes the skin look and feel absolutely flawless and it blends like a dream.

The MUFE HD Foundation comes in a new range of 40 shades so, there's bound to be a shade close; if not dead on shade for everyone. I personally tried 3 shades of the foundation and I think my yellow undertones matched best with the shade "Y505 Cognac". 
MUFE HD Foundation looks like my skin but better!

*A word of advice* Use a dampened beauty blender for a seamless application. You'll use much less product as well:o)

I love the fact that this is a pump foundation bottle and you can actually "SEE" through the bottle for a better match.


This foundation has a very faint, pleasant scent.


Makeup For Ever did a great job with this foundation and that really means a lot coming from me. I'm super oily skinned and my foundations usually start oxidizing quickly. I always need to powder or blot, causing my application to look caked within a few short hours. This foundation (along with the Mattifying Step 1 Primer from MUFE) Kept me looking matte much longer. 

I think the HD foundation is well worth the price $43 and I would pay even more to get these results. Checkout My Full Video Review Here!






Thursday, October 15, 2015

Right Sized Makeup at a sensible price! Stowaway Cosmetics

While everything in our lives is getting bigger; bills, cell phones, waistlines....something is finally getting smaller and for good reason.

The two brilliant minds behind Stowaway Cosmetics are Chelsa Crowley and Julie Fredrickson. Their idea was simple, minimalist packaging and portability for the busy woman. Thus, women will actually use the product in its entirety before it expires, there won't be as much waste in our environment, and we can carry everything we need easily. Simple!

I appreciate the thoughtfulness behind the packaging; sleek, rubberized tubes and containers that feel soft to the touch,
Great Price point; Everything is between $10-$22. The "Stowaway Kit" $75 contains 6 products.
Products like the "Cheek and Lip Rouge" uses less space than a lipstick and a blush would in my makeup bag.
I'm a woman of color and the products show up well on my brown skin tone. I'm amazed!
Please watch my live Swatch Video of Stowaway Cosmetics products.

Click Here Stowaway and use code: "TheMindCatcher" for $15 off any order over $60.


Lipstick
Comparison
Right Sized

Cheek and Lip Rouge

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Bdellium Tools Makeup? | New Lip Crayons Review and Swatches

Bdellium Tools has bamboo brushes, anti-bacterial, eco friendly, special fx, travel brushes, professional brushes and Now MAKEUP!!!

The newest edition to the Bdellium Tools website are the new Auto Lip Crayons. These crayons currently come in 7 shades and sell for 10 bucks each. In my opinion they pack a lot of pigment and give a very succulent look to the lips. The auto lip crayons are very moisturizing and give pretty long lasting wear for a product that is not matte.

The packaging is very nice and sleek. There is a strip of color on each tube to show you the color inside. BDellium Tools Auto Lip Crayons

My favorite auto lip crayon is "Helen of Troy". It's such a beautiful lilac/nude and looks great on darker skintones, especially when paired with a brown lip liner as shown in the picture below.

"Helen of Troy"

"Kadooment Orange"

"Lil Red"

"Pink Cadillac"
LINK TO LIVE SWATCH VIDEO



Blue Ivy Inspired Flower Girl Look

Blue Ivy was such a gorgeous little Flower Girl at her grandmother Tina Lawson's wedding. She had her natural hair pulled into two adorable buns which were adorned by a glittery tiara fit for a princess,

I recently recreated Miss. Blue Ivy's on my daughter Nadia using the Cantu Care for Kids Styling Custard and Creme of Nature Edge control.

Cantu Care For Kids Shampoo- http://goo.gl/rVf90L
Cantu Care For Kids Conditioner- http://goo.gl/JAQOXF
Cantu Care For Kids Curling Cream- http://goo.gl/oO7wqI
Cantu Deep Treatment Masque- http://goo.gl/iWpD14
Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditoner- http://goo.gl/xYlQ1B
Blue Magic Organics Pomade Link- http://goo.gl/Gvf7QX
Black Jamican Castor Oil- http://goo.gl/6cPvQP