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Summer Bronze Glow

As if having oily skin isn’t enough, when you want your makeup to look bronzey and glowey here’s my how-to :)

What you’ll need
-Tinted Moisturizer (preferably one with SPF) I used MAC’s Studio Moisture Tint in Deep Dark
-Concealer, I used the one by Maybelline Fit Me #30
-Bronzer, Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer in Q120
-Brow pencil, I used my MAC brow crayon in Spiked
-Translucent setting powder, this is optional but I can’t LIVE without a translucent setting powder so I used the MAC Pro one
-A light Face Powder, for this look I used MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Deep Dark
-Coral Blush, I am using the La Femme blush in Coral for this look
-A Shimmer powder, I used E.L.F. Body Glow and applied that on my chest for shimmer, the inner corners or my eyes, and the high points of my cheek bones
-Mascara, I am using Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto mascara for this look
-Orange or Coral lipstick or lipcolor, I used NYX Indie Flick lipstick

Here’s the video on the look!

I hope you guys enjoy :)

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Favorite Starter Brushes for Beginners

This is my guideline of brushes I feel that essentially every woman and/or makeup wearer needs to own! And this is what I consider the bare minimum!


The MAC 187
Great for foundation, gives you that nice airbrush finish that we’re all dying to have and it blends your liquid foundations like a dream. Nobody likes a frosting face!

A brow brush
I don’t have a particular favorite, the one I currently own is a tow-up Sonia Kashuk brush that I’ve owned for like 5 years that I refuse to replace for some odd reason LOL

ANYTHING from the E.L.F. Professional Line!!
Okay if you’ve ever seen E.L.F. (Eyes Lips Face) in a local drugstore or like a Target you may know that they’ve got several different options for their brushes. They’ve got their standard line, that has the white handles, and their professional line with the black handles. Okay, the brushes with the white labels SUCK. Save your $3 on those. But the brushes with the black handles are THE shiznit! Now granted they’re definitely not professional quality, and will not last you very long. The ferrels get detached from the bristles quite easily after cleaning them. But for THREE DOLLARS, and sometimes when they have sales you can get them as cheap at $1 each, can you really afford to complain? lol What I love most about their brushes is they’re sooooo soft, I think they’re amazing for a drugstore product and although they might not last you years and years, they’re still a great product! Especially those on a tight budget.

A large powder brush, a concealer brush, and small powder brush.
All of these you can find from the E.L.F. line and they are actually pretty awesome. The large powder brush so that you can apply sheer wash of face powders, the concealer for, well, concealer lol and the small powder brush for more intense color, such as applying blush.

Sigma E35 or any eyeshadow blending brush
This one is literally a MUST HAVE for eyeshadow! The Sigma E35, most comparable to the MAC 222 brush, has tightly packed bristles. This will allow more intense distribution of color yet will still allow you to blend well.

MAC 224 Brush
It’s quite like the Sigma E35 brush mentioned above except not as dense; the bristles are loose which allows for a sheer wash of color or when you might have over applied an eyeshadow in your crease and need something to tone it down with and blend some of the color out. This brush also works amazingly well with blending out concealer under the eyes. (the Pixiwoo gals taught me that one)

Sigma E55 or the MAC 239
Both brushes are quiteĀ similarĀ in that they are designed for the application of eyeshadow on the eyelids. All that blending you’ll be doing in your crease is great but you’ll need something to be able to really pick up the color, grab it, and then press onto your eyelids and actually have the color show up. These brushes will do that for you.

An eyeliner brush
This one can either be a straight pointed tip, or an angled brush. If you’re on a budget you may want to consider just sticking with an angled brush, reason being is that is also doubles as a brow shading brush. Get more bang fo yo buck!

Other tools and things lest we not forget!

  • Latex Sponges – never underestimate the power of these things! They’re old school but let me tell you, they work wonders…
  • Beauty Blender Sponge – this one is like the new version of the old school latex sponges but better. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still good to have both. There is things the beauty blender really can’t do (like under eye area) but they blend foundations BETTER (yes I said it) much much better than brushes!
  • Powder poofs – those old things you used to play in whenever you’d dig into your moms makeup bag when you were a kid. Yea, turns out those things are incredible for applying loose and pressed powder products when you want a flawless finish.

And tada! That’s it! Those are my essentials and starters. What are your favorites?

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5 Minute Smokey Eye

Let’s be real, sometimes we want to look fly with minimal effort! Here’s one of my favorite ways to do a dark smokey eye for women of color which is not easy being that they usually come across like we got punched in the eye! The smokey eye has become a staple, timeless look. Here’s one of my favorite variations of it!

Here’s what I used in the video!
MAC Greasepaint stick
MAC Smut Eyeshadow
MAC Feline eye kohl
Inglot #464 eyeshadow
Inglot #30 eyeshadow
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
Eye M Glam by Giella
NARS Dolce Vita Blush
MAC Cork lipliner
MAC Faux Lipstick
MAC Baroque Boudoir Lipstick

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My Obagi Results :-)

After about 2 months of not wearing makeup, in and out of the Obagi clinic, countless days/weeks of having my face fully covered to stay out of the sun, I am more then pleased to finally formally show you guys just what the Obagi program has done for my skin. I know a lot of you have already seen these results in videos, but I wanted to formally show the close-up photos and explain again what procedures I had done.

I say “procedures” quite loosely as they really are not as scary as they sound, I promise :-)
I started my Obagi regimen last year when I began using the Blender creme which significantly helped fade my acne scarring a lot. After about 3 months of using that cream, I finally decided to go through with a chemical peel. The Blue Radiance Peel is a mild peel done in 2 week increments. I had 3 of them done and decided I was pleased with my results. You are allowed to use the recommended Obagi creams in between the peels BUT only at a dermatologists recommendation. I would first like to reiterate that for any of you looking to do this please fully research and speak with a professional who can recommend something that is right for you and your skincare needs. I am not a doctor and can not and will not recommend something to you, nor can I locate the nearest facility for you. But I can show you something that worked great for me and hopefully it will guide some of your in the direction towards a similar success story someday!

Here’s blog post #1 which will show you how I looked and when I started

Now here’s the results after my 2nd peel, don’t let the lighting fool you guys, I’m really not as light as I look, plus I work graveyard shift so I rarely see the sun lol unfortunately I didn’t take very many pictures of how I looked while I was peeling the 2nd time, but here are the results anyhow.

The third peel put me on quite the edge, I’m not going to lie I got SCARED! My skin definitely reacted to it moreso this time than it did the the first two peels. To the point where I thought something was wrong. This is what I mean when I say SEE A DERMATOLOGIST! And if you do decide to get this done please be sure you follow their exact instructions, do not panic, ever, and constantly communicate things with them as you go through with this as they will be able to help you along the way. The symptoms I went through apparently were perfectly normal, and I am indeed glad I did not worry because my skin after all the hell and tears ended up beautiful then it’s been in years.

The following pictures are quite hard to look at, proceed with caution!

Peel #3, Lord here’s what she looked like

^^this is what I saw day 2 after receiving the 3rd peel. I immediately began corresponding with my health professional about the symptoms I had experienced and she saw them in person and told me with 100% confidence that I was not to be alarmed, everything was perfectly okay and this is what is to be expected. Although I was confused I admit lol she never gave me a reason not to trust her, so I continued the regimen she kept me on to maintain my skin while I went through the peel.

Low and behold damn she was right! This is me a week after taking those previous photos.

Still some issues with pigmentation, BUT it had improved dramatically from the previous burns I had received from the third peel. Luckily all of these peels are deep enough to actually damage my skin, because this is how my skin looks today, a month and a half after my peel process has completed. These pictures were taken about 2 weeks from today, April 20th.

I give the Obagi system a 10 out of 10. It gave my skin it’s beautiful glow that it lost over the years, and has helped educate me in the tools to help maintain healthy beautiful skin. I WILL be including chemical peels in my yearly routine. As for my daily skincare routine I use some of his creams two times a week and that’s it. His facial scrub works awesome with my Clarisonic. There truly is not much more that can be said about this stuff, the pictures speak for itself :)