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Aaliyah Try Again Inspired Makeup


Recreating a look from the beautiful baby girl again. This time from her Try Again music video. This was when we really began to see Aaliyah break out into edgier looks. You don’t get to see much detail of her makeup in this video so I did my best to work with the little bit of it I could see.


So dark, edgy, and daring. I love it.

and here’s the tutorial!


here’s what I used:

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Deep Dark
Sumaita Eyebrow Pencil
Sugarpill Bulletproof Eyeshadow
LA Splash Sealer
LA Splash Glitter in Rock Star
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
MAC Blunt Blush
MAC Coppertone Blush
MAC Chestnut Lip Pencil
MAC Freckletone Lipstick
Smashbox Illume Lipgloss


Until next time babies <3


Aztec Outfit of the Day

Aaaaah I’m finally back to blogging!!! SO unbeknownst to me the housing manager decides he wants to rewire wifi for the entire building -_- which means potentially no internet for up to two weeks. Bare with me guys!

Here’s an outfit I rocked while my trip home in LA, the weather was beautiful by the way!

blouse | Mango
jade necklace | Aldo
pumps |
aztec  mini skirt | Bershka
handbag | h&m

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Gradient Lip Tutorial

 The ever so popular gradient/ombre lip has taken everyone by storm, it’s fun, funky and photographs amazingly well for photoshoots.

Whether you’re just looking to try something new, a way to spice up your portfolio or just color obsessed like me, stay tuned and I’ll show you the technique I used so that you can follow suit using whatever products you prefer!

There’s many different types and color arrangements for this look, today I went for something summer inspired and I used a combination of lip pencils and OCC Lip Tars.

1. Moisturize. Begin with clean, well moisturized lips. If need-be use a lip exfoliator to get rid of deadskin. I used the Bubble Babez Lip Dujoir in Cotton Candy, which smells and tastes amazing!

2. Conceal. This step may vary from person to person but I have darker lips and wanted an even palette to work with to get maximum color payoff so I dabbed a bit of concealer over my lips first.

3. Lipline. This step is also optional, you can go right in with color or line your lips first. I wanted to add some pink so I lined my lips with Magenta Lipliner by MAC. Use a lip brush to blend out the lipline so you don’t have any harsh lines, and this will also begin the gradient/fading effect to the look.

4. Color. Apply Hoochie Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Start on the outside of the lips and leave enough room in the center of the lips for 2 additional colors, or whatever design you are going to do. Apply with a lip brush. I HIGHLY suggest starting off with minimal product as Lip Tars can be a bit tricky to work with. A small amount goes a long way. Build your way up for more color payoff. Dab the lip color on versus sliding around as you would any other lip color as dabbing it will give you a bit more control since color placement is key.

5. Apply Banjee Lip Tar on the center/middle of the top and bottom lips. You still want to leave a bit of space in the inner-most center of the lips for that yellow we’ll be apply later. Again, apply with lip brush. Go back and forth between the purple and the orange on your lips to make it appear as if the two colors are blended into one another.

6. Time for the yellow! I used Traffic Lip Tar and began dabbing a bit of this into the inner most center of the lip.

7. Conceal. Got carried away? Made a few mistakes around the lip lines? Take an angled brush and dab it into the concealer we used earlier and use it to clean up any mistakes around the mouth and to trace out a smooth, perfected line for a flawless look.

And Viola! Whatever you do, DON’T rub your lips together!

This is obviously just for looks and not for someone looking for a long-term commitment. 

Here’s another combo I did using MAC Minted Eyeliner around the outer rim of my lips, OCC RX liptar, and Hoochie Lip Tar in the center. This isn’t exactly an ombre look, more like tyedye-ish but it’s still pretty neat right?

Happy painting! <3
-Jackie O

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BB Creams: What’s all the Hype About?

I’m sure at least 7 out of 10 people these days knows, or at least has heard, of a BB Cream. So what is it anyway? And why should I care?


BB Creams, also known as Blemish Balm Creams, are basically like a tinted moisturizer on steroids. They serve as an all in one product: moisturizer, primer, sun protection, and a foundation all in one. They can be worn alone or under a foundation and/or powder. Generally they go from sheer to medium coverage and depending on the brand you use, are somewhat build-able.


BB Creams from what I hear gained their popularity in the Asian beauty market. And have slowly but surely made their way to the western culture, they’ve been around but they’re just now becoming relevant for us. Now we’re seeing lines like L’Oreal, Garnier, Maybelline and many other mainstream brands releasing a line of BB Creams. But apparently you haven’t REALLY tried a BB Cream until you’ve tried the ones from Asia, the ones in the US are crap compared to they’re BB Creams.


Here’s the problem: MOST of these companies aren’t marketing these products for US!!! And by “us” I mean, WOMEN OF COLOR, dark skin women, chocolate sistas, even ASIANS are consider women of color people and yet many lines only offer their creams in only TWO measley shades: light and medium. What gives man?!


After hours of extensive searching online, I managed to only find THREE cosmetic companies that offer a BB Cream in a dark shade: Maybelline, Smashbox, and Marcelle. Marcelle is a brand I’ve never heard of and I believe they’re based out of Canada and I haven’t decided whether or not I am going to try their brand. Maybelline and Smashbox I pretty much had to take a gamble and order online without having tried them on so I pretty much just went for it. This post will be about my thoughts on the two and BB Creams in general.


The Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream claims to be an 8-in-one product. I don’t know exactly what those 8 things are supposed to be because it doesn’t say lol. But it does have an SPF of 30 and has medium/sheer coverage. The color is great but is a little too red on me, as with many of the darker Maybelline foundations tend to be. Although the color is not an exact match it’s still workable and just because something doesn’t match your own complexion it’s not necessarily a reflection of the product itself, so I don’t judge too too harshly. But I do believe that a lot of women of color tend to be more on the yellow/golden side more than we are red, so if they were to just tone it down a bit a lot more of us would be able to use it. It didn’t so much to control oil, in fact at times I feel as if it made me a bit more shiny. This retails for $7.50.


The Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream lives up to its name and much more. It has an SPF of 35 and photographs amazingly well. The coverage with this one is medium but I feel I can build it up, add a little powder and top and get full coverage out of this bad boy on my skin. The shade on me is phenomenal, it’s got just the right amount of yellow but also manages to warm my skin. At first I thought it was going to be TOO cool for me but it ended up being just right. The shade that I use is Dark. This stuff looks and feels like a foundation on my skin. But it’s NOT heavy whatsoever. I even tested this out during my gym workouts and through sweat it still held up to control oil on my face after 12 hour workdays. This retails in at a whopping $39.00.



You guys are probably wondering what my favorite product was. Hands down, the Smashbox one! Most of the reasons I’ve already listed above but for the most part, I love the way it looks like a foundation yet it doesn’t feel like one. I get amazing coverage, it photographs well, and it has a bit more sun protection which I am pretty anal about.


Okay so I’m trying not to ramble on and on about the unnecessary, but do I think you should own a BB Cream?! #HYFR!! Absolutely! I love these things! That does also depend on your personal preference though. They’re absolutely perfect for gals like myself. I don’t wear makeup to work because as I said before, I work 12 hour days and it’s just too HOT in Kuwait and too long of a day to have all that product sitting on my face. Every once in a while I will sum up enough energy to wear a full face of makeup, but for everyday the most I’ll do is tinted moisturizer and YSL Touche Eclat so I can at least look awake. And that’s IT. The BB Cream is perfect for the girl on the go who wants a product that will do everything in one, I don’t have the time or the energy to apply primer, moisturizer, foundation, setting powder, blah blah blah every single day. I literally wake up 15 minutes before our shuttle bus leaves for work so I need to be IN and OUT the door in minutes. It’s like slather it on, boom boom bam, I’m done. You can’t do that with foundation! It gives you the opportunity to save your good makeup for special occasions. UNLESS of course you already have a tinted moisturizer that already does those things for you. I do think the Smashbox BB Cream could stand to be about $10 cheaper. I think it’s great at what it does but IS bit overpriced. Makeup Forever HD Foundation is $40 a bottle for crying out loud! Still love you though Smashbox!


I hope you guys enjoyed the review and now feel a bit more enlightened on what BB Creams are and what they do. What are your favorites? Anyone else know of any lines that carry shades for chocolate gals? Bobbi Brown? Anyone? Let me know your thoughts!


Peace, love and BB Cream.
-Jackie O


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