beauty, Makeup, reviews

blackUp Paris review + demo

Hi my babies!!! First of all I have sincerely apologize for missing Friday’s upload! In a nutshell, I have been Uncle Sam’s b*&%h the latter half of the weekend and it completely sidetracked err’thang. I tried my hardest to get this video live Friday but was TOO pooped and had limited wifi access! Thanks for understanding and your patience :)

 

us army

us army

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, today I’ll be review a line that may be new to some of you or a staple if you’re already familiar with them. BlackUp Paris has taken the cosmetic industry by storm, they have created an amazing (and I don’t use that word lightly) line of products specifically formulated, developed and tested FOR women of color. You all know that makes me warm and fuzzy inside to be able to say that!

BlackUp Paris Foundations

In this video I demonstrated and reviewed some of the following products

8Hr Correcting Primer

CC Cream | CC04
Full Coverage Cream Foundation | back and forth between #7 and #8
Mattifying Fluid Foundation | #10
Loose Powder | PL13
Cream to Powder Foundation | NFC07
Lip Lacquers
Blush

blackup paris

black up paris loose powder

blackup paris

black up paris

Pros
The foundations are hands down amazing. Very awesome coverage, luxury but light-weight feel and FINALLY a full range of foundations for women of color that address our individual skin needs as well as complexions. I a brand like this was long overdue and I’m glad I’ve finally got the chance to try them. I was satisfied with all, and when I say all I mean ALL of the products I’ve had to chance to try. Not just the foundations. The blushes are well pigmented and beautiful, the glosses are not at all overly sticky and the lipsticks (from what I’ve swatched) feel very creamy.

Cons
Straight and to the point – this brand is defintiely catering to a high end brand. They are a bit on the pricier side, however, they are most certainly not the most I’ve seen in department stores. I would say their prices are comparable to NARS or Smashbox, so they aren’t doing anything competitors aren’t already doing. We will willingly spend money on a cosmetic line that doesn’t cater to us but the moment an amazing high-quality line is formulated for US we back out. Please do not let their competitive prices deter you! You will be missing out.

Important notes:
black|up is only available for purchase online in the US
they also offer shade matching services which were pretty spot on when it came to finding my shades
if for whatever reason a shade didn’t work out for you they have a 14 day return policy

In a nutshell…
Would I recomment black|Up to you guys?! Yes, yes and more ABSOLUTELY YES!!

 

I hope you all enjoyed the review and if you have any black|Up favorites please let me know down below!^_^

fashion

Bohemian Queen Outfit of the Day

Excited to be spending the weekend in San Diego! But this is the calm before the storm. Going to be training with my Camp Pendleton Unit all weekend so I came out here to relax a bit beforehand. Today I’m having brunch in Coronado with a girlfriend of mine from basic combat training. SO excited to see her! There’s no bond or friendship like that of your military battle buddies <3

Bohemian dress

Maxi Dress

Body Jewelry

Bohemian maxi dress

Bohemian maxi dress

Jersey Dress

Bohemian Jersey Dress

So Twisted Maxi Dress | Markkit
Matchstick Choker | Markkit

 

Have a fabulous Army weekend everyone xomakeup in the military

beauty, Makeup

Channeling Diana Ross for Black History Month

This is the first video I am doing in honor of Black History Month.  For those of you that don’t already know, I’ll be honoring some of the biggest and most influential black divas of the century by recreating their makeup looks. I thought it would be a great way to combine my love for beauty with a way to honor those that have paved the way for us, like Ms Ross the Boss herself!

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

I chose Diana for this series because she exudes poise, confidence, has voice that is to die for and an on camera presence to match. Diana’s claim to fame was she became the lead singer of The Supremes in the 60’s until eventually going solo in the 70’s. Here are some fun facts about Ms. Ross that I thought I’d share.

-The Supremes was the most successful female group with 12 number one singles

-Diana’s 1972 film debut starring as Billie Holiday in “Lady Sings the Blues” earned her her first Academy Award nomination

-Diana is a recipient of  France’s prestigious Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters

-Miss Ross has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as “most successful female artist of all time” with 70+ hit singles

*Source: Diana Ross website

THIS ladies and gentlemen is apart of our black history. Thank you Ms Ross for your contributions not only to us as a community but as women of color who are striving to break barriers!

Diana Ross Black History Month


Diana Ross Black History Month Makeup

Diana Ross Black History Month

Black History Month

I also have to take the time to give a special HUGE THANK YOU to Frends Beauty in North Hollywood, California for being the official sponsor of this series. They sponsored makeup and supplies all the way down to the wigs. I could not have pulled out this fabulousness without them. If you’re looking for a pro makeup and hair shop please check them out! And stay tuned for future promotions and discounts from them.

In the meantime if you follow the Frends Beauty Facebook page and tell them “Jackie O sent you” you’ll be entered for a chance to win a Stilazzi Brush set!

Here’s what you used to get the look

BlackUp Paris Base Correcting Primer
Black Opal Foundation Stick | Rich Bronze
Beauty Blender Sponge
Ben Nye Mojave Matte Foundation | Cocoa Souffle
Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer
Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Powder
MAC Brow Crayon | Spiked
Black Opal Flawless Concealer
Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Stila In The Light Eyeshadow Palette
Cailyn Eye Primer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Smote Pigment
Magnolia Makeup Raw Diamond Pigment
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Ardell Lashes | #201 | Individual Regular
MAC Chromagraphic Pencil NW15
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural | Dark Deep
MAC Contour Powder | Shadowy
Magnolia Makeup Illuminating Powder | Soul Glo
BlackUp Paris Blush | #9
Aboni Cosmetics Lip Pencils | Berrywood | Pecan
Aboni Cosmetics Lipstick | Provoke

That’s it guys! I hope you enjoy this series as much as I am having fun creating it for you guys. I can’t wait to show you guys what I cook up next and thank you to everyone who gave suggestions of who to feature!

 

Happy black history!! Notice how I left the word “month” out, black history is all year round! xoxo

 

 

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Magnolia Makeup review, swatches and tutorials

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Decided I’ll be spending my Sunday working since I’m not much of a sports fan, let alone the super bowl. What better way to be spending my Sunday afternoon than doing this Magnolia Makeup review.

As soon as I got this stuff in the mail I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, mainly because I not only heard tons of amazing things about Magnolia Makeup but also because I love supporting small independent makeup lines.

I was sent some of the pigments, lip products, and highlighters to try and they definitely live up to their hype!

 

Lip Fix

Magnolia Makeup Pose lip fix

Pose Lip Fix – a deep violet. The lip fixes are creamy but are also moderately opaque. So for those of you that may be afraid of bolder colors that might be a great in-between transition option as they can be sheered down.

I took some photos in different lighting so you can see what it looks like.

Magnolia  Makeup Pose Lip fix

Magnolia Makeup Pose Lip fix

Magnolia Makeup Pose Lip fix

 

Magnolia Makeup Bare Lip FixBare Lip Fix – A nude pink. Yall KNOW how I feel about nude pinks. And this one has lately been my new “everyday nude pink”. You can never have too many nude pinks. Magnolia Makeup, thanks for feeding into my addiction.

Magnolia Makeup Bare Lip fix

Magnolia Makeup Bare Lip fix

Magnolia Makeup Bare Lip fix

Magnolia Makeup Lip Fix | The Verdict: I think I’d much rather have something that doesn’t require me to use my fingers (IE just using a lipstick) but I will still rock the HELL out of this. And that doesn’t mean they still won’t work well in my professional kit by using a makeup brush. Which is what I do on clients anyway. It’s just that my personal makeup routine and that of which I do on my clients are a bit different.

 

Pigments

Magnolia Makeup Emerald PigmentEmerald Pigment – Rich, jewel-toned green. What more is there to REALLY say?! If mermaid was a color I’m pretty sure this would be it. It’s teal which is one of my favorite colors, it’s shimmery and it’s PIGMENTED. I may not show it much lately but another obsession of mine are royal blues and teal colors so again for me this is like giving Vodka to an alcoholic.

 

Magnolia Makeup Cathedral PigmentCathedral Pigment – black with gold sparkle. It may look a bit silver in the photo but it’s definitely gold!

 

Magnolia Makeup Gilded PigmentGilded Pigment – Brassy metallic gold. Talk about a rich, 24 carat pure gold. Wowsers, jaw dropping for sure and just as beautiful in person than it is in photos.

 

Magnolia Makeup Raw Diamond PigmentRaw Diamond –  dark taupe with silver sparkle. Probably one of the most unique pigments I’ve ever had. Raw diamond makes a beautiful addition to virtually any makeup look. Want to add a bit more dimension and jazz to your super dark smokey eye? Add a bit of Raw Diamond on the center of your eyelid. Want to take your work makeup look and bump it up a bit? Layer this over mauve or muted pink shadows. It works amazingly well as a little pick me up over almost anything!

Magnolia Makeup Pigments | The Verdict: Highly pigmented, but lots of fallout. But that’s what’s to be expecting with loose shimmery products. Another product that does not disappoint at all.

 

Illuminating Powders

magnolia makeup soul gloIlluminating Powders – A multi-use product. Highly metallic bronze illuminating powder.
Look absolutely amazing on dark skin, I use the Soul Glo. I feel Glo would be a bit too light for me, but I did use Glo on my client Cara Quici this year at the Grammys and everyone kept talking about her fabulous her makeup was that evening. (I applied these with a light hand on her, but in the photo of me you can see what they really look like when layered on a bit more.

 

Cara Quici

Cara Quici

Cara Quici Grammys

Magnolia Makeup Soul Glo

^^This is from my glowy, dewey Valentine’s Day Makeup tutorial.

 

Magnolia Makeup Illuminating Powders | The Verdict: If you don’t purchase anything from Magnolia Makeup purchase these bad boys right here. Seriously. You need these like, yesterday. They are epic. These illuminating powders are the sun, the moon and the stars. You think I’m exaggerating!? Please think otherwise! And I think it’s great they have different options for various complexions. The ones I featured in this review are only two out of the five shades they carry. Trying the illuminating powders definitely made me team Magnolia Makeup for sure.

 

Magnolia Makeup get’s the Jackie O seal of approval if you can’t already tell! Amazing line of products and they’re reasonably affordable. Hope you all enjoy them as much as I did and keep a lookout for more tutorials featuring their stuff! See more photos of their products by following them on the Magnolia Makeup Instagram.

 

Special thank you to Magnolia Makeup for sending me the products for consideration! Hope you all are enjoying the game today and those of you who are being rebellious like me, enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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Nigerian bridal makeup tutorial

Traditional American bridal makeup is beautiful, but there is nothing like a bold, beautiful, multicultural bride. I’ve done a traditional bridal tutorial, pinup bridal, even a smokey bridal. Sooner or later I was going to have to do a Nigerian bridal makeup tutorial! And voila, here it is! The only thing missing is a gele *sigh* (that’s a Nigerian head wrap for those of you that don’t know, and they are FABULOUS)

 

Nigerian Bridal Makeup Tutorial

Nigerian Bride

Nigerian Bridal Makeup

 

Here’s what you’ll need to get the look (and be sure to stop by my Markkit page for this tutorial so you can shop while I teach!)

Face Atelier Pro Ultra Foundation | #12
Youngblood Hi-Def Mineral Perfecting Powder | Warmth
Dinair Airbrush Corrective Concealer
Maybelline FitMe Concealer | #30
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Beauty Blender Sponge
MAC Brown Crayon | Spiked
MAC Paintpot | Groundwork
NYX Jumbo Pencil | Black Bean
Aboni Cosmetics Pigment | Relaxing
Magnolia Makeup Pigment | Raw Diamond
Magnolia Makeup Pigment | Catherdral
MAC Eye Kohl | Feline
Bobbi Brown Longwearing Creme Shadow Stick | Violet Plum
MAC Pigment | Grape
Inglot Gel Liner | #77 Blush
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural | Dark Deep
MAC Contour Powder | Shadowy
NARS Blush | Dolce Vita
Magnolia Makeup SoulGlo
MAC Lip Pencil | Magenta
Magnolia Makeup Lip Fix | Pose

A very warm thank you to some of the brands sponsored some products that I got to use for this video :)

 

Thank you you everyone for watching, have a fabulous week and super weekend, even though I could care less about sports! 😛