Friday, December 28, 2012

Creams, Butters, and Serum for Winter

Hi Beauties,

It's beginning to get very cold in my neck of the woods which, for me, means dry skin and hair. Every year with the change of season I change my products to accommodate for drier, colder air.

In the warmer months, I use an oil free cleanser with a gel-like consistency. This is meant to keep the skin matte/dry in more hot and humid conditions. For the winter months I've switched to Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser ($8.50 at Target). It does not strip the skin of moisture while cleansing which is a plus!
Instead of my usual oil free moisturizing lotion I opt for a heavier, creamier moisturizer -- I recommend Olay Complete all day UV moisturizer SPF 15. See comparison photos below. I also love Blistex Moisture Melts for the lips.
Quick Tip: You may also want to try a serum or moisture gel before you apply your moisturizer if you have very dry skin.

Top: Oil free face lotion; Bottom: Olay Complete moisturizer 

Instead of my usual under eye concealer and powder, I like to apply tinted moisturizer and set with powder. In the winter, powder alone can leave me looking a little cakey; the addition of tinted moisturizer eliminates this problem. I like MAC Studio Moisture Tint {not pictured} but the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream is a good drugstore alternative ($8.00 at drugstores).

I love Body Butter for the winter. My absolute favorite is Mango Body Butter from The Body Shop, however the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Eczema Therapy w/ Argan Oil & Extracts of Frankincense & Myrrh ($9.99 at Target in the baby bath section) is excellent for dry skin. It feels a tad oily upon application but settles into the skin nicely and provides moisture all day.

To moisturize my hair I need something a little thicker in the winter. I LOVE Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Moisturizer, but have recently purchased the Curls Unleashed 'Take Command Curl Defining Creme' ($14.99 at Target)...I haven't tried it yet, but I'll update you with my thoughts. For best results, top off moisturizer with a bit of oil to seal moisture into the hair. Quick Tip: For dry, itchy scalp try a hot olive oil treatment prior to washing your wonders!

What do you all use for in the cooler months?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Blemish Balm + Satin Taupe = FOTD

I cannot remember the last time I did my makeup for work. I had a little extra time this morning, so I though...'What the heck?'. I came up with a very simple eye look and a basic face using the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream. Overall, I like the BB cream which looks, feels, and acts like a tinted moisturizer (my base of choice).

There are some skin enhancing properties associated with Blemish Balm (BB) creams which differentiate them from tinted mositurizers. For the record, I do not believe that this BB cream will make my skin better and brighter, but for $9 it's cool so far. I need to play around with it some more before I determine whether or not I like/love/could-care-less-about it.

MAC Quite Natural Paint Pot - blended over eyelids with ring finger
MAC Satin Taupe - pressed onto the lid and slightly above with a flat shader brush
MAC Mulch - applied to outer corner with a blending brush
Urban Decay Zero - placed in outer corner and crease (bc Mulch did not show up!)
Wet N Wild matte white - tapped onto inner tear duct area
Milani black eyeliner - applied on top lash line and slightly smudged into a wing
Tarte emphasEYES inner rim brightener - placed on waterline
Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara in black = LOVE!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream - applied very lightly with fingertips (so lightly that you can still see my freckles/moles and pimple!)
Lancome Maquicomplet concealer - blended under the eyes with a flat concealer brush
Cover Girl Queen Collection bronzer in Brown bronze - applied to the hollows of cheeks for contour
Wet n Wild bronzer - applied over CG bronzer as contour and blush
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural - applied lightly with a large fluffy brush to set BB cream

NYX Brown Cafe lip liner
Tarte Lip Surgence Lip Shine in 'Smitten'

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ulta Haul

 I hardly ever go to Ulta because of it's distance from where I live, however I was in the neighborhood a few weeks ago and was excited to grab some things.

Here is what I picked up:

NYX Xtreme lip cream in 08 Skin Tone and 09 Strawberry. I have a previous post about the NYX Soft Matte lip creams and these are just as wonderful PLUS they are very creamy and hydrating.  These lip creams are amazing!! Swatches below.

Maybelline Define-a-Brow pencil. These pencils are very similar to the MAC eyebrow pencils but retail for half the price. I have been having difficulty finding them in drugstores lately, but if you can get your hands on them, I highly recommend. I purchased two!

Essence Clear Mascara/Brow set. This is your standard clear mascara - I use it to set my brows and keep them in place all day.

Katy Perry lashes in Oh, Honey! Haven't worn them yet, but they look promising. Each box contains 1 pair of lashes, 1 small tube of lash adhesive, and an insert with tips to apply lashes like a pro.

Essence gel eyeliner in 01 Midnight in Paris (black). For such an inexpensive brand, thus eyeliner works pretty well and stays all day.

NYX Eyebrow Shaper. This was pencil is supposed to groom browns into shape. I purchased this to use on clients with unruly eyebrows.

MAC Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone (obviously not from Ulta). Your pores will become invisible and your skin will be as soft as butta. This can also be used on non makeup days for a smooth, mattified look.

Have you tried any of these products? I think the NYX lippies may be my favorite so far!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What has your makeup done for you lately?

This post is super late, but I picked up the Tarte ‘What has your makeup done for you lately?’ set which was available as a QVC exclusive on July 13th. This set came with the full sized products listed below.

· Maracuja Miracle 12-hour Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

· 100% pure Maracuja Oil rollerball

· LipSurgence Lip Shine in smitten soft pink with built-in sharpener

· Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara in black

· modernEYES waterproof creaseless shadow/liner duo

· Retoucher bamboo foundation brush

· There was also an eye cream added to the mix as a ‘Sneak Peak’…nice touch, Tarte.

Photo courtesy of

Clearly everybody and their mama copped this set (or was gifted this set) and are raving about it
all over bloggerland. I’ll add my two cents in a series of brief posts, quickly detailing my experience with each product.

First up: the eyes. I have been using the Maracuja C-Brightener Eye Treatment religiously for the past several months and overall, I think it is a good product. It is not a moisturizing as I would like, but I have noticed a slight decrease in my dark undereye circles.
The modernEYES waterproof creaseless shadow/liner duo in plumberry and plum brown is a dual ended pencil with a plummy eyeshadow stick on one side and deep purple eyeliner on the other. I used this in the look below and got fantastic results. It applied easily, there was no tugging or unevenness, and it lasted all day with ZERO creasing even though I used it with a sub-par eyeshadow primer as an experiment. Needless to say, I am impressed.

And can we take a minute to discuss this mascara. The Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara is a gift from above. I am seriously in love and will repurchase this mascara as soon as I run out. It lengthens, volumizes, and adds some serious sexy to the lashes. Yes, ma’am!

Do any of you have this set? I was skeptical before purchasing because I have not used many Tarte products, but so far, so good. Up next we’ll discuss the LipSurgence Lip Shine.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I cannot believe I forgot about this lipstick!

My Christian Dior Rouge Dior lipstick in 752 Favori Red. This is a luxurious, moisturizing lipstick with excellent color payoff and longetvity. Let's not forget about the sleek packaging.

I purchased this SOOO long ago and completely forgot about it *hangs head in shame*  I dug her out of makeup drawer, dusted her off and gave her a go. Now I remember why I lover her so...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Maybelline Dream Matte - My Thoughts

Hola! Let's get right to it.

Ok, let me reiterate once again that I am not a regular foundation wearer, however on the occasion that I do wear it, I want it to last all day and look as fresh as possible throughout the day. Usually I have dry skin but due to the recent increase in temperatures and humidity I become oily and shiny in my t-zone after a few hours. The problem is that the foundations that I own for personal use (not to be used on clients) are formulated for dry skin and are intended to leave skin looking moisturized…not good for me during this time of year.

I decided that I needed blow some money and get a summertime foundation to control my oilies. Enter Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation. The website states:
  • Revolutionary air-soft mousse provides perfecting coverage for 100% velvet-matte perfection
  • Ideal for normal to oily skin
  • Fragrance-free, dermatologist-tested, allergy-tested, non-comedogenic – won’t clog pores, safe for sensitive skin
First off, the texture is not something that I’m used to seeing or feeling on my skin. It’s a light mousse consistency that spreads over the skin like buttah. I’ve worn it a few times on the hottest of days and can attest to all the claims. It definitely kept me matte all day, did not cause breakouts on my sensitive skin, and did not look cakey or heavy at all. I really love this foundation for the summer months. I also love that there is a good selection of darker colors in the line.

Take a look below.




5:30pm and still matte with the exception of my cheek area
 As you can see, after almost 10 hours of wear with NO blotting or reapplying throughout the day, my face is still matte. As you can tell by the hair there was a considerable amount of humidity, and based on the sweat where my sunglasses were, it was hot as Haites. This foundation performed excellently.

Other products used on face:
Wet N Wild bronzer
NYX Terra Cotta blush
Buxom mascara
Revlon lip Butter in Sweet Tart

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Joise Moran Tinted Moisturizer

Hey Guys! Found this SUUUUUPER old post from way back when my hair was colored lol.

I picked up a Josie Moran tinted moisturizer around a year ago. I was super excited because all of her products are infused with Argan oil but was sorely disappointed by the lack of coverage it provided. I am well versed in tinted moisturizers as I wear them/test new ones all the time, but this?...nah. I'll pass. I'm wearing it here with powder.

What is nice about this product is that it contains Agran Oil which is great for the skin. It also makes the product very moisturizing which is nice in cooler months.

**UPDATE** To date, this product has sat unused since this time. Maybe I will use it as moisturizer in the future.
I'm thinking of revisiting this hair color. What do you guys think?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Recent Favorites

Hi MakeupLovers!

Just a quick post to show you guys a few of my summer favorites. Hope you enjoy!


Curls Whipped Cream - Great, lightweight moisturizer. This is perfect for the summer because it is not too heavy but still provides  tons of moisture while aiding in the detangling process. I've been using it non - stop for the past few months.
Curls Unleashed No Boundaries Leave-In Conditioner - with - Curls Unleashed Set It Off Curl Boosting Jelly - I get LIFE from my hair when I use these two products together. Moisture and hold for days! 


Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf - I cannot say enough about the sexiness that it this perfume. It was love at first sniff. I got this little gift set from Sephora for around $35, however this perfume can be pricey if you purchase a full size bottle. 
Clarosonic Mia - I've had this for a year now and I use it every. single. day. Love! After using this for the first time, I was AMAZED by how soft and clean my face felt. It works great with every face wash I've tried so far.


MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural (not pictured) - This can be used to set liquid or cream foundations or by itself to provide light coverage. I usually wear this alone on an everyday basis to provide a slight amount of coverage; it also feels very lightweight and comfortable on the skin and allows the skin to breathe in the summer heat.
Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in #14- This is the perfect nude lipstick for women of color. Since this is a part of a collaboration between Rimmel and Kate Moss, I'm not sure if it's limited edition however I've already purchased a back up tube...I have a ton of pics while wearing this lipstick.
NYC Sun 2 Sun bronzer- provides great summer bronzy glow. For a quick, everyday face, I apply this to my cheekbones on top of my MAC Mineralized Skin Finish with  a bit of gloss.
MAC Creamsheen in Richer, Lusher - A recent MAC acquisition that gives a great peachy-pink tint to my lips. Perfect for the summer months when I need something light, quick, and easy, which is usually everyday!


Gel manicures (not pictured) - Theee absolute most convenient creation know to man...well, me. No fuss, no chips, no drying time. Love! Love! Love!
iPad - I purchased an iPad for myself as a birthday gift in March and I've been using it nonstop. Initially I was hesitant to purchase such an expensive toy, but I literally take this thing everywhere and it comes in handy when traveling, working, for school etc.

Don't forget to stalk me on Twitter: @xoxorashida

NARS Laguna Illuminator... so Illuminating! Love the glow it gives.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

FOTD featuring Wet N Wild eyeshadow


Wet N Wild has really stepped their game up! I achieved this look using the WNW Comfort Zone palette and had great results an lots of compliments at my friends birthday gathering.

MAC Face and Body Foundation
NYC bronzer in Sun 2 Sun
Estee Lauder blush in Radiant Peach

MAC Prep and Prime Eye (review coming soon)
MAC Quite Natural Paint Pot (I think??)
WNW Color Icon Comfort Zone palette (pictured above)
     colors from left side of palette used:
      3rd color on lid
      1st color on inner corner
      4th color on outer corner
MAC Chromographic eyeliner on waterline
MAC Penultimate eye liner on upper lash line
Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara

Pinky-Nude Buxom pencil used to fill in lips
NYX Cocoa lip liner
MAC Creamsheen glass in Richer, Lusher

Dry twist-out using Curls Whipped Curl Soufflé and Eco Styler gel

Saturday, July 14, 2012

MAC Face and Body Foundation - My Thoughts

Hey Makeup Lovers!

Typically, I am not a foundation wearer. I'll apply it if I'm attending an event at which pictures will be taken (i.e. wedding, maybe girls night, work events) but on a day to day basis I wear minimal makeup which includes finishing powder and maybe concealer and tinted moisturizer.

Recently I've been experimenting with MAC Face & Body Foundation because of its water-based, water resistant, lightweight properties. I have very sensitive skin and have not experienced any breakouts since testing this out for the past few weeks - THUMBS UP!

Water resistant
Sheer but can be layered for a more medium coverage
Photographs well
Dewey finish, but non greasy
Lots of product in the bottle
Great for those with sensitive skin

Sheer coverage -  for those who desire a more full coverage foundation this is not it
Some may not like the dewey finish

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I'm Alive - Quick Post

I'M ALIVE!!! I took a super long hiatus to focus on life -- get my mother married off, complete my Master's program, have a minor medical procedure...and be lazy and not wear/do any makeup. In any case, I am back and seem to have gotten my blogging mojo back (partially thanks to Mr. Jones).

This is just a quick post featuring a lip product with which I have a love/hate relationship; lately it's been all love. I am referring to NYX's Soft Matte Lip Cream. I'd been reading great reviews about these products and picked one up about a year ago in the shade 'Antwerp'...not sure what I was expecting, but I was underwhelmed. It was patchy,streaky and drying and has since been collecting dust in my makeup drawer.

Fast forward to a few months ago and I hear a comparison of the Soft Matte Lip Cream in  the shade 'Amsterdam' to MAC Ruby Woo ears perked up...I checked out some pics/reviews online...then drove to my nearest beauty supply to see for myself.



Perhaps the formula has changed over time, maybe I purchased a bad tube, but I have not experienced any of the issues with 'Amsterdam' that I had experienced with 'Antwerp'.

Do any of you own this shade? Would you compare it to MAC's Ruby Woo?

Don't forget to stalk me on Twitter for pics that may not make it to the blog: @xoxorashida

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Adventures of Walmart: Rimmel

I drafted this post back in November and totally forgot about it. Since I've been super busy with school and work, have had eye surgery, and trying to become a homeowner, my makeup has been minimal or non existent. I promise I'll try to keep up with my blogging duties.

When I shop the drugstore makeup aisles in CVS, Rite Aid, and Target I usually overlook the Rimmel brand in regards to face products. Sure Solange is a spokesmodel for the brand but I NEVER see any shades beyond say, Natural Beige.

One evening while shopping in Walmart (something I NEVER do because I despise Walmart, just saying) I popped into the beauty aisles and to my surprise came across Rimmel foundation in dark shades. While Rimmel still does not have the best shade range, but I did see some shades that looked dark enough for my NC45ish skin tone. I picked up a Rimmel Clean Finish foundation in Warm Caramel and a Rimmel Perfect Match Skin tone concealer in Tan, I believe.

While Walmart is still the bane of my exisitence, the selection of brands as well as the color selection is better than any drugstore I've shopped in in a long time. I give Walmart 2 thumbs up for this.

Below are some pics of me wearing the foundation. At first it looks like a dream: nice coverage, not too heavy/cakey looking. But then...oxidation like a mutha. During the oxidation process the skin becomes oily which causes the base (foundation) to become correspondingly darker which give an orange or red appearance to the face. Not cute.

Needless to say by mid day I looked like an oompa loompa and no matter what primer, or powder comobination I've tried, the results are still the same. This foundation is a no go for me. It retails for less than $7.

Rimmel primer, Rimmel Clean Finish foundation, Rimmel Perfect Match Skin tone concealer, CG Bronzer in Warm Bronze, NYX Terra Coota blush, Quite Natural PP,Stila brown eyeshadow, NYX blue eyeliner, Lancome Hypnose Drama, Revlon Coral Reef lipgloss

Rimmel Clean Finish foundation, CG bronzer, Terra Cotta blush, Quite Natural PP, Korres Lip Butter; 2nd or 3rd day twist out.

Rimmel Primer
Rimmel Clean Finish foundation in Warm Caramel
Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer
NYC bronzer

Elf eyeshadow primer
WNW Vanity palette
UD eyeliner
MAC Chromographic eyeliner
Dior lash primer
Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara

Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine

1st day twist out using Paul Mitchell conditioner as leave in, Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango butter moiturizer, grease, & Eco Styler gel as stylers.

Has anyone else tried this foundation??

Thursday, January 12, 2012

NARS Taos blush

No. Words. Necessary.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Company Holiday Party FOTD

Can't remember what I used but I'm pretty sure it was MAC's Tempting Quad.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Hola Cuties!

My New Years Eve was spent at a friends house with food, laughs, Wii, etc. I kept it pretty low key but chose to still be dramatic in my makeup. I hope everyone had a safe NYE and I wish blessings and prosperity to all in the upcoming year.

Eve Pearl HD Dual Foundation
Eve Pearl Salmon concealer
NARS Laguna Illuminator
NYX Terra Cotta blush
Eve Pearl HD Dual Pressed Powder duo

MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot
MAC Bough Grey
E.L.F. matte black from the Beauty Encyclopedia palette
MAC Dark Edges
Eve Pearl HD Dual Pressed Powder duo
WNW Gel eyeliner
Lancome black eyeliner on waterline
E.L.F. sparkly black from Beauty Encyclopedia palette
ICE lashes in 105BL - not bad for random beauty supply store lashes

Lancome lipliner in Ideal
MAC Nymphette lipglass
MAC Perennial High Style lipglass

Thanks for the support and positive words over the past year. Let's make 2012 EVEN BETTER!