Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sleek Cosmetics: Stiletto Collection

I'm into red lips as of late....so this collection really appeals to me. I'm tempted to place an order! What do you think?


To my UK bloggers, will you be purchasing? To my US bloggers, will you b placing an order? If you do let me know.

Further information can be found @ sleekmakeup.com

Images courtesy of Sleek Makeup

Friday, January 28, 2011

Beauty Blog Link Love! 28/01/2010

Rachel finds out if a body lotion can be energizing with Liz Earle.

Makeup Morsels finally tries out those famous Urban Decay Liners.

Looking for a similar powder to the Magic Cool Powder from MAC? Look no further - Sleek Makeup have one for half the price!

Check out Audrey Dao's review of Zoya's Spring 2011 Intimate Collection along with photos and swatches!

Daily Polish shows off sneak pictures of China Glaze's Holiday 2011 Collection Let It Snow!

Phyrra tells you about Shadow Transformation. She compares four products from Fyrinnae, Hi-Fi, Sobe Botanicals, and Medusa's Makeup. See which one comes out on top!

Kelly of Gouldylox Reviews finds a new love at the drugstore. It's quickly becoming a foundation favorite!

What do you do when your bosses go on leave? Why, wear crazy turquoise fishnet nails to work of course - Musicalhouses did it!

Retrodiva shares her five favorite tinted moisturizers that can be used even on oily skin.

One palette; how many looks can The Lip Print create? It's a Palette Challenge!

Sarah from IHeartCosmetics bypasses Bella Bamba and goes straight for Benefit's Prrrowl and Magic Ink.

Jo at Music and Makeup finally had a play with MAC Club eyeshadow and liked the results!

Are China Glaze Channelesque and China Glaze Below Deck dupes or not? Check out this post at Beauty addict's blog to find out!

Big pores? You need this! Hellcandy shares her love for Benefit's Porefessional.

Craving the new Make Up For Ever Lab Shine lip glosses? Well, you're in luck because Krasey Beauty has swatches of the full collection!

Mz. More of The Glamorous Gleam tries out OPI Shatter Nail Polish. Is it all it's "cracked" up to be?

Jenn over at Spiced beauty puts on her best glam face using BarryM Cosmetics!

theNotice chats about the new love in her life - that is, Clarins Rouge Hydra Nude lipsticks. Will you be picking up a tube before they're sold out?

Amy Antoinette reviews ELF's Studio Line blushes.

It’s all about glowing skin and pink hues this spring! Anita reviews (almost) the entire Guerlain spring collection over at Pleasureflush.

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Beauty Crazed wants to solve your winter hair woes with $200 worth of Marc Anthony products! So enter the contest already!

Start the new year with a new you. Win a La Mav anti-age skin care pack and enjoy your new skin.

Help Cindy celebrate the one year anniversary of Prime Beauty. At this celebration the presents are for you!

Come by Jeweled Thumb to read a review of the Eyeko My Coral Crush Peachy Keen blush and also win one! Enter now to be one of the 2 lucky winners!

Socialite Dreams is hosting a giveaway of socialite approved goodies!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pay it forward 2011


And because I was too lazy I borrowed makeupjunkie88 description lol

This is my promise to you - the first 5 people who comment on my blog, I will make them something by hand.  I don't know what excatly but I will however, incoporate it with beauty!!! 

If you happen to be one of the first five to comment - please remember that you NEED to repost this and make something for YOUR first 5 commentators.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Makeup Is My Art's Contest!

The Prizes are amazing. Check here for the rules!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Spring/Summer 2011 Makeup Trends

Bold Lips



The lip color shades which can definitely aid your sexiness are red, orange as well as hot pink so if you're looking to attract attention towards these colors choose a matte version of these two shades. As far as the rest of the makeup goes, try to stick to natural by creating a flawless look using foundation and emphasizing your eyelashes using a black colored mascara. Optional, when it comes to eyeliner try to opt for a white eyeliner pencil which you will apply on your waterline during the day and a black eyeliner for an evening makeup.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Beauty Link Love 15/01/11

Jellyminx introduces some Spring colours to get over the Winter blues in her latest look.

At Beauty Reflections, Tracy tests the redness reducing power of Smashbox Halo Yellow Color Correcting Hydrating powder. See the results for yourself!

Angela at DO WANT Makeup reviews her newest favourite, Hard Candy Baked Blush in Pin Up.

Vonnie of Socialite Dreams test runs the famous NAKED palette and shows a simple, sexy look.

Rae checks out Urban Decay's cult-favourite Primer Potion in Sin, over at theNotice... but can't decide if she loves it or not. What do you think?

Phyrra battles it out with powerhouse MAC Feline vs. newcomer Urban Decay Perversion. See which one wins for the deepest, longest wearing black eyeliner.

Need to take a photo for a professional shoot, or a resume photo? Musicalhouses shows you some makeup tips for professional photos that should come in handy!

Over at The Glamorous Gleam, Mz. More gives us a sneak peak of Sleek MakeUp's Scandalous Blush from the upcoming Limited Edition Stiletto Collection.

Retrodiva takes a look at some of her skincare favorites for 2011, including PREP by ybf to get a good start on the year.

LaaLaa Monroe over at Dolce Vanity experiment's with home-made wax hair removal to try & save the pennies for 2011.

Jenn from Spiced Beauty makes neutrals pop with the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips for Blue Eyes palettes.

Rachel reviews Bourjois' 10 hour sleep effect foundation over at Queen of Turquoise - but is it up to the job?

Sugarpill gets some love all the way in Trinidad! Check out this FOTD by Teaserhi using the Burning Heart Palette.

Amy Antoinette trials some natural looking false eyelashes.

Lipgloss86 dives into the world offacial oil.

Curious about MAC's newest collection, Peacocky? Well, Krasey Beauty has the scoop, complete with swatches!

K at Beautifully Addicted To gives you a look at a lesser known but stunning MAC Lippie in Syrup.

It's a dry shampoo showdown at Eyelining Obsessions.

Hot Beauty Health shares 8 effective beauty tips for glowing skin.

Emma reviews Max Factors 'Weightless' Foundation over at BirdsDecorateBranches. But is it really weightless?
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Happy Blog-o-ersary to Prime Beauty! Help Cindy celebrate the one year anniversary of Prime Beauty.She is hosting a giveaway EVERY DAY in January! Stop by every day to see what's up for grabs and enter to win!

Beauty Crazed is giving away over $400 worth of Make Up For Ever products so one of our lucky readers will really have enough makeup to last forever!

Come by Jeweled Thumb to read a review of the Eyeko Graffiti Eyeliner Pen and also win one! Enter now to be one of the 3 lucky winners!Check out Anita's lipgloss collection and enter her giveaway to win some great goodies.

Friday, January 14, 2011

An interesting article I read in the UK Guardian

Though I'd share




There is a photograph of me somewhere, possibly immortalised on Facebook, in which I look as if I have taken some flour and used it to create two warrior marks underneath my eyes. This snapshot wasn't taken at a fancy dress party, but is evidence of my first foray into makeup, aged 16. Ask any black woman in the UK, and she'll tell you that finding good makeup is a bit like searching for the holy grail. Then, last April, I moved to America and found the promised land.
Searching for a concealer and a bit of blush as my first Christmas here approached, I was dumbstruck by the amount of choice there is for black and Asian women. I can go to department store makeup counters and get a makeover, without fearing lurid colours or makeup that dulls my skin. If I fancy the DIY approach, I have the luxury of standing in a pharmacy and not being forced to go for the most tanned option sitting on a half-empty shelf. Here, there are at least five brands that I can buy at all price points.
Why hasn't the UK caught up with the US as far as black women and their cosmetics are concerned? According to the latest UK Mintel report, published in 2009, the market for black or Asian beauty products in the UK remains a niche one, valued at £70m, or just 2% of the total market for women's haircare, skincare and makeup, well below their percentage of the population. This is blamed partly on the fact that there is a "lack of commitment by mainstream companies to ethnic beauty needs and a lack of availability of ethnic brands in mass-market distribution".
This loosely translates to being forced to find specialist retailers while the rest of the population can find what they want on the high street. This deficiency is not just about a lack of concealers, it runs deeper. One friend said: "When I was younger I felt very alienated, because all my friends could just go to Boots and buy their makeup, but I couldn't. The fashion houses/makeup brands (Chanel, Dior) still do not cater for darker skin tones, which I don't understand as it seems they are closing themselves off to what could be a very lucrative market. And it sends out the wrong message, like darker beauty shouldn't be celebrated or revered."
Dr Shirley Anne Tate, director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds, has written extensively on the subjects of race and beauty. "Many mainstream companies believe there is no market in ethnic makeup and so they are not willing to put money into this market or into advertising," she says.
Tate adds that the lack of representation by black models in beauty adverts perpetuates the feeling of many young black women that they do not fit the ideal of what is considered beautiful. Hannah Pool, whose column in this paper was the first in the mainstream media to address beauty issues for women of colour, agrees. "As black women, if we are lucky, occasionally, there is a picture of Naomi Campbell on a spread about makeup in a mainstream magazine," she says.
In recent years, things seem to be improving in the UK, albeit slowly.
Grace Kelly, organiser of the Afro Hair and Beauty show, an annual event in London, has seen an increase in the number of good-quality independent black makeup ranges on offer in the UK in the last few years. She believes this is a sign that things are getting better, counting Doris Michaels Cosmetics and KCoUK as some of the new brands available, with accessible price points. Marie Claire also now has a black beauty columnist in the magazine.
While these are steps forward, one large smack in the face comes with the news that K by Beverley Knight, a comprehensive makeup line for black skin, which came out in September 2009, and is no longer available in UK shops. This news is particularly glum since the line was launched as a result of the singer's own frustration at the lack of available products. Despite coverage of the brand in high-profile places, such as Grazia magazine and Asos.com, beauty blogs that are carrying the news about the brand's demise blame it on the common problems facing black beauty products, a limited availability and not enough advertising to get the word out.
So, my hope that in the next few years the British high street might start to resemble the American one is faltering. Until then, we'll all have to stock up stateside.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

FOTN :)

So last night I went to dinner with friends and decided to do a very simple look using just two eye-shadows. I wore a maxi dress that had a very greek feel to it so I wanted to keep the MU simple and 'glowy' lol. As usual I took pictures with my phone so the quality may not be the best....but I hope you can see what I did. 
I used one shade to highlight, one colour on the lid and my Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in the crease of the eye.

Face: Nars Sheer Glow (Cadiz), MAC MSFN (Dark), MAC Bronzer (Bronze), Sleek Blush (Coral)
Eyes: MAC Groundwork paint-pot, Sleek Sunset Palette (Top Row #3 & #5), Sleek Eyeliner (Black), Maybelline The Falsies Mascara, MAC MSFN (Deep Dark) in the crease
Lips: Random Nude/brown lip liner, MAC Ravishing Lipstick, MAC Lip-glass (LE)...peachy shimmery colour.


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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

MAC Jeanius Collection Spring 2011





Launch Date (US): March 3rd [International March 11th]

Yay or Nay? I love the look of the eye-shadows but nothing really jumps out at me

Diva In Distress Mid-tone gray with silver pearl (Limited Edition)
Motorhead Mid-tone blue with copper pearl (Limited Edition)
Stove Pipe Black Black with copper pearl (Limited Edition)
White Jeanius White with silver pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Acid Washed Grayish beige with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Pretty Please Pale pink pearl (Lustre) (Permanent)
  • Riveting Rose Deep burgundy with blue pearl (Limited Edition)

  • Biker Blue Black base with purple and blue pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Frayed-to-Order White matte with soft pink duochrome pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Overdyed Bright magenta (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Cult Mid-tone neutral pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Docile Chrome pink peach with gold (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Fabulous Felines, ’10)
  • Indigo Pink Deep burgundy with blue pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Painted On Grayish beige with gold pearl (Limited Edition)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

MAC Lipstick: High Tea Review + Swatches

High Tea is one my current fave lipsticks from MAC. It's a lustre, so the formula is very sheer with a slight shimmer and is a nice MLBB shade except that it has a bit of shimmer. The MAC website describes High Tea as a 'beiged pink with small particle pearl' but on my lips it comes off more beigey than pink.

I wear this with liner to give it more oomph (line lips, then fill in) and i find that it can be paired with ANY shade liner (I usually do red or brown) to give the lips a different look. Because of it's glossy finish, I also pair this with other lipsticks instead of using a gloss.

Here are a few swatches> As you can tell from the lip swatch, it looks like I'm wearing nothing! lol

I much prefer Rimmel for nude lippies though...Nude delight is my absolute favourite nude shade...but I digress!





Do you have this lippie? What's your fave nude l/s?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Revlon Colorstay: Review!


Hey guys. Just a quick review on a foundation that I recently rediscovered.

A few weeks ago  went to a local cosmetics store that sells various brands of makeup with the intention of purchasing MAC's Studio Fix Fluid but was told by the owner that because of how hot it was on the island, she stopped stocking the product because it wasn't being sold :( Now  i have tons of foundation at home that I don't wear for that very reason but i hoped that the SFF would have helped in keeping me a bit more matte during the day. She suggested that I try the Colorstay as it would do more or less the same thing. So I did. And i don't regret it.

The CS (in Toast) is easily my go to every day foundation for many reasons:

1. It certainly does keep my face matte during the day
2. It gives pretty decent coverage without looking thick/mask-like
3. It LASTS forever. Literally does not budge until I take it off
4. Very affordable ($52.00ECD)
5. Toast is a great match for my NC45 skin

I use my Sigma F80 (blends BEAUTIFULLY) and set it with MAC's Skin Finish Natural in Dark. Result is flawless skin!

What surprises me about this foundation is how easily it blends! I've heard that it's hard to blend and that you have to work quickly with it before it dries but I've not yet had this experience.


So what about you? Have you tried it? Your thoughts?