Queens! I’ve seriously seriously missed you. Can you believe the insanity that is me not posting since August 1st?! I can’t. I could go into the long drawn out craziness that caused such a long absence but the short version is I got sick. Like really sick. Nothing too crazy but definitely a rough couple of weeks while I tried to get better. Which as a mother, when you’re sick it’s just like another day to them so my recovery was anything but quick and sweet. I’m so glad to finally be feeling like myself again and to be back here! Right in time for the changing seasons, trends, and my favorite time of the year!
In the spirit of spring I’ve been doing some cleaning around the house and this past weekend the task was my makeup storage and organization…well at least part one of it (don’t judge!) and I found so many old favorites that have made their way to the back of my collection. It was like going shopping in my own collection! This was a perfect opportunity to pull out some old faves for fresh new beauty looks!
This past weekend was the weather I’ve been waiting for! Saturday was so pretty out. Just lovely. I was super busy, as usual this weekend but most of the day Saturday I was out running errands. Perfect day for simple makeup and bright colors. Continue reading
It’s the fourth day of March and this is technically late but ehh who’s counting? I told ya’ll I would get better with my monthly favorites starting in January so here I am! Pretty much all my favorites last month were makeup products. No surprises there! But I do have a great nail and skincare fave as well so that makes this versatile…right? No? Oh well. Let’s get into it anyway ;).
As you know from my most recent haul post, I’ve bought a few new goodies recently. I seriously need to go on a no buy lol. What I didn’t include in that post were the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this product and with the new colors added for Spring 2014 it was past time for me to test these lovelies out!
Whet? Spring? What’s that? Le sigh, that’s pretty much been life here on the good old East Coast. If my kids have one more snow day, I’ll lose it. LOSE it ya’ll. But far away as it may seem, it’s coming. And with the beauty and fashion industry buzzing, what better time to catch up on all the greatness coming our way in a few *hopefully* short weeks. So what are the trends to watch for Spring 2014? Let’s get into it!
My loves! By now, most of us are in the full swing of things for the holidays. Here in Philly, we’ve already had two snowstorms which has my city looking like my very own Christmas village. I absolutely LOVE the way snow looks around this time of year. Ahhhh. Holiday parties are quickly approaching and family gatherings are coming together. Whether you have a company party, intimate event with friends, full out family affair, or like me ALL 3, the holidays are the perfect time to get all dolled up! Regardless of the event you’re going to these items are must haves to create that sultry holiday glam look we love to wear!
Happy Friday Queens! I’m so excited about today’s Fab Friday post! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll see I posted this new lip last weekend. I got inspired while surfing YouTube and decided to do a full beat. Le sigh, it’s been so long since I did a full face. I almost forgot how good it feels! I contoured (I never contour) and even broke out some lashes (I hate lashes) so you know it was real. Keeping on trend for fall and This Brown Queen, I decided to go with purple lips. I mean I DID say I was going to be the Queen of Purple this fall ;). I also decided to feature my new Maybelline Limited Edition Eyeshadow Quad in Autumn Dream.
A little more detailed than I usually do but I want my Queens to know how to do this look!
2. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Cappuccino
3. Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me in 30 for under eye
4. Set with L’Oreal True Match Pressed Powder in Nut Brown
5. Lightly brush all over face with dark brown in the Elf Turks & Caicos Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
6. Wet N Wild Berry Shimmer Blush on apples
7. Used the darkest brown in my Elf Concealer Palette in Dark to contour
1. Prime with Elf Eyeshadow Primer
2. Apply NYX Concealer in a Jar in Tan all over lid
3. Using the Maybelline Autumn Dream quad apply the purple shade all over lid
4. Apply the green color in outer V and crease
5. Use a neutral color to transition. For me a use a warm brown from a BH Cosmetics palette
6. Milani Brow Kit in Medium Hi-Lite color to highlight
7. Using the dark blue, smudge along lower lash line 3/4 of the way
8. Use the bright color in tear duct and the remaining 1/4 lower lash line
1. Prime with a lip primer. I use my same Elf Eye Primer.
2. Line and fill in with NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Purple Velvet.
3. Lightly blot Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Midnight Plum on top
Peace, Love, & Blessings
So, you may have read about my recent NYX discovery here, but if not definitely go check it out!
Since my initial excitement has now subsided and I’ve had time to actually breathe and use some products I come to you with this semi review of my NYX mini haul. Part 1.
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk. Ok. Beauty YouTube gurus. You sold me. And NYX you lived up to the hype. This jumbo pencil is amazing. I use it as a base for all of my bright looks. Helps the eyeshadow stay on forever and brings out the pigment tremendously! Now….if only I could figure out to sharpen it. Read somewhere that there are special sharpeners for NYX Jumbo Pencils?? Yea I’ll Google that and get back to ya’ll.
NYX Lip Pencil in Natural. I love this Lip Pencil. It’s so creamy and glides on easily. I use it for my no make up days. Or my no make up make up days. Just adds the right amount of color to my lips to have them looking perfect. I use alone, under a gloss, a liner, or under a nude color lipstick. Loves it!
NYX Concealer Jar. Thumbs DOWNNN. For me, this just does not work. It looks patchy/ashy. No matter how I apply it. Finger tips, dabbing, concealer brush. Nothing. Yucksss. I won’t give up on it though. Maybe an eye primer of sorts? We’ll see.
NYX Round Lipstick in Peach Bellini. Such a disappointment. Because the color is GAWJUS just GAWJUS. But the lipstick is a no go. It smells strange, glides on streaky, and just doesn’t look nice. So sad.
This Brown Queen