Archive for January, 2009

Bad Makeup

January 14, 2009
If you were ever wondering what too much foundation, the wrong foundation etc looks like, here it is…. (See the ladies, especially the one in the middle).

Never let your friends walk out the house looking like casper or a corpse.

Essie’s Spring Collection 2009

January 9, 2009

Essie released the new colors for their 2009 Spring Collection…

• Eternal Optimist – Spiced Tea Rose
• Flawless – Cherry Blossom Pink
• Status Symbol – Feisty Hot Pink
• One of a Kind – Poppy Red Kiss
• Lacquered Up – Red Hot Crimson
• Mesmerize – Royal va-va Blue
“The Essie Spring 2009 collection compliments the season’s dreaminess with a mixed palette of soft red, beige and blue, pinky coral, fuchsia and petal rose – each named to inspire the newness and hopefulness of Spring.

“This was a season of classic hues,” says Essie Weingarten, president and founder of Essie Cosmetics, Ltd. “Last Fall’s potent colors gave way to softer, muted tones for Spring. I created this collection to flatter that feeling of Spring and gave each shade a feel-good name.”

My favorites from this collection are Mesmerize (of course) and Status Symbol… I embody both ..::wink::..

I’m A Woman of Color & I Can’t Find My Right Shade of Makeup

January 5, 2009

If you’re a woman of color (black, hispanic, indian – anyone with tan to dark skin) you have a yellow base tone to their skin. So always choose makeup that has a yellow hue. But, some women do have reddish hues to their skin. The best way to figure out which tone, red or yellow, your skin is, try this:

After washing your face wait 10-15 minutes before applying any toners or moisturizers. Then look in the mirror and you should see either red or yellow tones to your complexion. Which ever color stands out more is the foundation hue you should choose.

Stay Away From products (powders, foundations, concealers) that contain titanium dioxide. Products containing titanium dioxide will make darker skin tones look ashy and dry. Also make sure that before applying your makeup that you are not using moisturizers that contain Titanium dioxide because this too can make your skin appear ashy.

Many African Americans naturally have more oil in their skin. Which is why the age slower than lighter skin. Most often the darker your skin the more oil is being produced. This just means you’ll receive wrinkles much later than most women. To achieve a matte, shine free complexion choose powders that are one shade than you would normally choose. Oil has a tendency to make your complexion look darker than it actually is. So if your oil production is high choose a color one shade lighter than your complexion.

Visit COCOACHIC Beauty for reviews of liquid makeup from Clinique, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Prescriptives, Lancome, and Maybelline and reviews of stick makeup from Black Opal, Becca, Bobbi Brown, Iman, MAC, and Stila.

Perfect Brow Shape for Your Face

January 5, 2009

A rounder face should have a higher arch to add length to facial structure.

A square-shaped face should have rounder brows to soften facial features.

An oval face can carry an eyebrow that is not too defined and not too round but right in between.

A heart-shaped face should have a straighter brow to lessen the length of the face.

The most important thing you should gain from your eyebrows is balance and structure, which add a frame to the face. This is why my eyebrows have been dubbed the “five-minute facelift.”

My favorite tweezer:

Tweezerman Point Tweezer

Spring [Beauty] Cleaning

January 4, 2009
No more glamour for Spring 2009 – Trash the red lipstick and heavy eyeliner. You will see soft pastels, romantic, sultry-eyes, radiant skin, and no foundation. For the Spring, less is more!

Eyebrows for spring are softer and more natural. Beauty experts at Glamour recommend letting brows grow out and then only trimming the unruly hair, sweeping the rest naturally toward the temple.
More emphasis is placed on the eyes with eyelashes for a doe-eyed look, and violet eyeliner is also a primary colour used on spring 2009 runways, a very adaptable colour because it compliments all types of skin tones.
Spring 2009 is all about making skin look like it has barely been touched, so as to emphasize beautiful eye makeup or strong lip makeup. Skin for Spring 2009 looks hydrated and as if it is glowing from within. Lose the foundation. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer.
These are my product picks:
M.A.C Cosmetics Lash & Dash collection features hard-edged 42 Lash, the wispy yet dramatic Blinking Cool! Lash, and their bestseller lineup of can’t-live-without lashes flutters and favours its fans, and all the It-girls who love them.

M.A.C Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish in Gold-Deposit (I recently purchased this). It’s a luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face.

Sephora Brand Tinted SPF 15 Moisturizer– oil-free tinted moisturizer goes on sheer, with just enough coverage to enhance your complexion, without feeling like you’re wearing a mask. The natural, satin finish is infused with vitamins A, C, and E, plus a protective SPF 15 – it’s all you need to face the day, beautifully.
I prefer it in Deep or Bronze (Bronze)

Few Hair Fave’s…Intro

January 3, 2009
Sonia is the woman responsible for all of my fly hairstyles for the last decade + of my life…

Affirm FiberGuard Relaxer
-Opposed to the regular Affirm Relaxer, this one was specially created for damaged, over-processed and/or chemically treated hair. It’s made my hair softer, shinier, and healthier; It doesn’t leave it feeling weak. Plus, I already have fine hair; therefore, I do not need a relaxer that’s going to make my hair bone straight.

Aveda Air Control Hairspray
This product, although a tad pricey is AMAZING. You can use it as a styling spray, finishing spray, or both. Unlike other hairsprays or spritz, it holds up in humidity, and doesn’t become tacky. It is also very light; it doesn’t weigh the hair down.

Aveda Brilliant Humectant Pomade
This product works great, especially if it’s time to get your edges touch-ed up, and they’re looking a little rough. It controls the frizz and makes it shine. It’s not tacky like Jam or any other similar product. The best thing about this product is it is not heavy like a pomade. It is like a gel but does not dry like one.