beauty, Makeup

Get Ready With Me in Hawaii!

Aloha everyone! Does anyone remember when that was how I used to greet all my videos when I first started YouTube? For those that may not know or remember, but in 2009 I started my beauty channel while living in Hawaii. To be quite honest, a lot of the times I spent alone and away from my family is what helped fuel me starting a YouTube channel (that and my best friend kept telling me to do it). So I finally did.

I do not have a lot of positive memories of Hawaii. I was married while living here but I may as well have been single. It was really the time where I began to entertain and explore the idea of pursuing my passion professionally, but at the time it was not at all well received from the people that meant the most to me.

It was hard sometimes turning on my camera and smiling when I sometimes did not want to. But I did it anyway. Because a part of me REALLY looked forward to logging in and connecting with you guys. And overall just sharing and learning new things. It was where I really began to bring out a side of me that was kind of hidden or just a hobby for so long.

So here I am, back where this all started really. It was actually a little emotional the thought of coming back here since the last time I was here was in 2010. I had a different life, I had a different last name. I was almost a different person. But now that I am here, 4 years later…I no longer think of pain when I think of Hawaii. I think of the person I became, I think of the few amazing bonds I did make while living here, and I think of beauty that rose from it all.

So here’s to making new and better memories here on the beautiful island of Oahu. I hope you all enjoy this “get ready with me” style makeup tutorial!

get ready with me Hawaii

blackup Mattifying Fluid Foundation

Makeup geek Eyeshadow



Here’s what we used for the look:

blackUp Mattifying Fluid Foundation
ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder
Ben Nye Mojave Matte Foundation
Beauty BlenderSponge
MAC Studio Finish Concealer
MAC ProLongwear Conceaer
MAC Stud Brow Pencil
Sumita Brow Pencil in Dark Brown
Makeup Geek Gel Liner (Amethyst)
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Sensuous
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Corrupt
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Lemon Drop
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pixie Dust
Diorshow Mascara
Dior Iconic Mascara
NARS Dolce Vita Blush
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Whisper of Gilt
Makeup Forever ProFinish Powder #177
Aboni Cosmetics Pecan Lip Pencil
Aboni Cosmetics Sugar & Spice
Aboni Cosmetics Provoke Lipstick
So that’s the look guys and if you aren’t already following me on instagram head on over so you can check out more of my Hawaii adventures ^_^
toodles everyone, have an amazing week!
beauty, Makeup

Spring Makeup Tutorial Featuring Sacha Cosmetics

Spring is here, spring is here! And I have a spring makeup tutorial to celebrate. Finally we can start to wear florals, brighter colors and pastels without looking foolish! Well, I live in California and the weather here is fairly nice all year round but we have definitely had our share of winter this season! I am ready for MORE warm days!!!

Sacha Cosmetics Second Skin Foundation

Sacha Cosmetics Kamaflage Palette

Makeup Geek Lemon Drop Eyeshadow

Sacha Cosmetics Matte Me Coral Lipstick

Second Skin Foundation

Sacha Kamaflage Palette

My discount code still works! For those of you that didn’t get to shop last time you can still use discount code JACKIE for 25% off your purchase on

Here’s what we used:

Second Skin Foundation | Coco Beige
Kamaflage Concealer Palette
Pure Jewels | Espresso
Matte Me Lipstick | Coral
Warm Bronze Bronzer
blackUp Loose Powder
Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder
Sumita Brow Pencil
MAC Brow Crayon in Stud
Maybellien 24 Hour Color Tattoo | Bad to the Bronze
Aboni Cosmetics Glitx Fix
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow | Cosmopolitan
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow | Chickadee
Stila Liquid Eyeliner
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
Urban Decay 24 Hour Glide On Pencil |  Baked
blackUp Cosmetics Blush | #6
Aboni Cosmetics Pecan Lip Pencil


Are yall digging the floral headband my sister made for me?! Ain’t she cute?

Sacha Cosmetics



Alrighty guys, I’m off to participate on a Hollyscoop segment today, are any of your familiar with them? If so I hope you’ll check it out! Have a blessed day babies!

beauty, Makeup

Dorothy Dandridge Makeup Tutorial | Black History Month Series

Dorothy Dandridge was one of the biggest Hollywood film stars of the century. She open doors tremendously for African American women in film; opening doors for leading role opportunities as well as interracial relationships on film.

dorothy dandridge in carmen jones

Here’s Miss Dandridge as the first black woman to be on the cover of Life magazine for her most notable film to date, Carmen Jones. This was also the first time in history a black woman was given the leading role in a Hollywood film.

Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy, although quite controversial at times with her feminine physic and sometimes overly sexual roles, still made quite an impact on this industry because she advocated for change. Change in what roles black women received in films and change in how black women were treated in general. Dorothy was truly a natural born star.

Here’s my version of her makeup look from the movie Carmen Jones

Dorothy Dandridge Makeup tutorial

Dorothy Dandridge Makeup tutorial

Dorothy Dandridge Makeup tutorial

Dorothy Dandridge Makeup tutorial

Here’s what we used to achieve the look

Makeup Forever HD Foundation | #177
Viseart Paris Palette | Muse Palette
Black Opal Flawless Concealer | Toast
Black Opal Invisible Oil Blotting Powder | Invisible
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
MAC Spiked Brow Crayon
Beauty Blender
E.L.F. Mist and Set Spray
Black Eye Pencil | MUFE
blackUp Paris Blush #12
MAC Lip Pencil | Cork
Makeup Forever Pro Finish Powder | #177
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar | Stalker
Aboni Cosmetics Lip Gloss | Rockstar
Lancome Definicils Mascara
Frends Beauty #213 Lashes

If you haven’t already had the chance to check out my Josephine Baker and Diana Ross makeup tutorials from this black history please do so now!

Hope you all are having a fabulous Tuesday and thank you for reading, watching, and sharing! x

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Social Media Week Lagos 2014 | Beauty Unmasked

It has been such an absolute honor to spend this week in Lagos, Nigeria to participate in this year’s Social Media Week Lagos. When I was initially contacted a month ago I had no idea just 3 weeks later I’d be on a plane with a visa and a dream to come true!

I have to give a special warm thanks to My Makeup NG for bringing me to Nigeria and coordinating this year’s Beauty Unmasked Panel. A panel of 7 beauty experts and individuals who came together to talk about the beauty industry, how it has rapidly impacted Nigeria and also to take things a step deeper than this. The panel was not just about makeup and beauty, we discussed natural hair, skin bleaching, and other social issues that are relevant to our society right now.
SMW Lagos Beauty Unmasked

As you can see we had an amazing power house lineup of not only Nigerian makeup artists but beauty professionals, content creators, bloggers and women of influence. It was just an honor to be sitting beside them. Each of them were all AMAZING and unconditionally welcoming and kind! I am so glad to have met them.

social media week lagos beauty unmasked panel 
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