Cranberry Bliss Makeup Look

Face:
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Macao
NARS Pressed Powder in Heat

Cheeks:
Nars South Beach for highlighting
MAC Blunt for contouring
Milani blush in Red vino

Eyes:
MAC e/s Cranberry & MAC Indian Ink *mobile lid *
MAC e/s Jungle moon *crease, outer v, bottom lash line *
MAC e/s Saddle * above crease *
MAC Amber lights *brow-bone *
L’Oreal pigment in Tenacious *tear duct *
MAC eyeliner in Smolder *waterline *
Prestige liquid eyeliner in black
Maybelline Lash Discovery mascara
NYX lashes in EL113

Lips:
Black Radiance lipstick in 5012 

My Birthday Celebration 2012

Hey Dolls, I hope everyone is well. This past week I celebrated my birthday with close friends and family. I’ve never been one to have large extravagant parties. I would actually prefer to take vacations, or have dinner with loved ones.
But this year, I kicked off my birthday celebration on Friday, at a lounge with my girlfriends (which was a spare of the moment decision) where we sipped wine, and mingled with other socialites. On Saturday, I spent most of my day at the spa getting pampered like a celebrity. I have to admit, the spa day was exhausting, but worth every second. I later ate lunch with some friends, and called it a night.
Sunday was the end of my celebration, as I spent the morning at The Mennello Museum of American Art viewing the talents of many artists, including the talented Earl Cunningham (I do plan on going back in February for the African American Art Exhibition). After visiting the museum, our appetites grew immensely, which lead to lunch at Habibi (a Lebanese restaurant). I was excited to go to the restaurant, since I‘ve never tried it before. At Habibi, we devoured delectable dishes of: chicken shawarma, falafel, tabouli, tabouli, and baba ghanoush. Later on, I was surprised by my bestie with tickets to the Tony Rock show at The Improv. There we laughed till we had tears rolling down our faces.  After the show, we had the opportunity to meet Tony Rock, who is so humbled and nice person all around. In general, I had an amazing weekend, and I thought I’d share it with you all 😉

Headed for cocktails 
Dinner w/ Fam

Headed to the Improv
Me and Comedian Tony Rock

Product Review: Nars Pressed Powder


For the past 5 years, I’ve used Mac’s Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation (NC50) with no problems, but I wanted to play around with other brands this time around. I tried many high-end, mid-range, and drugstore pressed powders, but since I’m in love with my Sheer Glow foundations, I decided Nars would be the perfect choice.
I already have quite a large selection of products from Nars, which include: eye shadows, lipsticks, lip glosses, foundations, and blushes, so I knew what type of quality I was getting. I purchased this powder in the shade “HEAT”from Sephora for $32, and it was worth every penny.




Availability & Pricing

Nars
Nars.com
Sephora
$32 depending on your location

Amount of Product
0.28Oz/ 8g

Pros:
Triple-milled pressed powder
Doesn’t build up on the skin
Leaves face matte
Sleek packaging

Cons:
A bit pricy for some
The sponge is flimsy

Overall Thoughts:
There’s no hard feelings between Mac’s Studio Finish Pressed powder and me, I’m just loving this at the moment. When in search of a pressed powder, my main key is finding one that leaves my face matte and/or little to no oil/shine throughout the day. This powder does just that for me. Although the color selection is minimal for women of color, you can opt for the translucent powder. I like to wear this powder as part of my everyday face routine. I just conceal any flaws with my Inglot concealer, and set my face with Nars’s  Pressed  Powder in Heat. I know many may be thinking, “you wear that powder everyday?!” Yes, I actually use my products, and I try to finish what I have before buying more. I’m sure this powder will be done before I know it, but there are other brands of makeup to try out, and experiment with.



What are your favorite Nars products?

Nicki Minaj- Freedom Makeup Look

A few weeks ago Nicki Minaj released a new video titled, “Freedom” to the world. The beginning of the video is black and white, and the ending of the video features color. In one scene, Nicki is wearing a gold sequined costume, completed with a large crown resting on her head of long blonde tresses.
Her makeup in this scene is very soft and natural: A brown smokey eye, concluded with pink cheeks and lips. It’s a really pretty look, suitable for everyday wear. So, I  recreated this look using colors to compliment my skin tone, in hopes of you dolls wanting to create it on yourselves. Enjoy!



Face:
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Macao
NARS Pressed Powder in Heat
Cheeks:
LaFemme blush in Mandarin Red
MAC’s Blunt for contouring
Nars South Beach for highlighting
Eyes:
MAC e/s Saddle *lid *
Inglot e/s in 328 *brow-bone *
MAC e/s Espresso & Showstopper *crease  & outer v *
Maybelline Lash Discovery mascara
Ice lashes in #015BL
Lips:
Revlon lipstick in Pink Pout
NARS lip-gloss in Baby Doll




*Photo credit:NickiMinajVevo