Beauty Look of the Day: A Tenacious Teal State of Mind

Makeup for Black Women

Is the New Year being good to you?

I’m still riding the New Year’s high and hit the ground running – hard! That’s why I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off 2014’s beauty posts than with Maybelline’s Eye Studio  Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Shadow in Tenacious Teal.  The name and the gorgeous blue green color describes exactly where my mind is right now – big, bold, and in your face! I can’t afford to dabble on the sidelines this year. Everything in my life needs to get turned up – beauty included!

Now, back to the eye shadow.  Just like the Painted Purple, it gives me great depth of color for a drug store brand and the staying power is amazing. The only thing you have to be careful with is application.  A small, stiff paint brush is your best friend, using short strokes to get the color on. Do not use your finger to blend or it will come right off. Other than that, it’s an instant favorite of mine and will be getting plenty of play, especially when the summer gets here!

Blue Eyeshadow

  • Mary Kay medium coverage foundation
  • Revlon Photoready concealer
  • Pixi Beauty Face Powder*
  • Stila Convertible Color in Poppy
  • With a short, stiff paint brush, I applied Tenacious Teal to my eyelids, making sure I didn’t touch the creases.
  • I was a bit stumped on what to use as a backup shadow, so I took a chance with Avon True Color Eye Shadow in Midnight Sparkler*. Using my new e.l.f blending brush, I swept it on the creases and blended out to the brow bone, giving a soft, smoky effect. To take that look a step further smudged on ¾ of my lower lash lines
  • For a matte finish on my brows, I took the dark brown color from the Wet-n-Wild Color Icon palette in Knock on Wood and applied it under my arches.
  • I put on a thin line of Rimmel London’s Exaggerate Liquid Eye Liner* on my upper lash line and finished up with Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Action mascara.

I wanted a soft but noticeable pink lip color put didn’t have the right lipstick for the job. So I got creative and made my own!  I first dabbed on Covergirl LipPerfection Lip Color in Eternal, creating a soft layer of color.  Then I went over with Pixi Lip Gloss in Pink Orchid* for some shine.

I wanna know! How are you changing up your beauty look for 2014?


*FTC Disclosure:  This product was received previously as a free sample for review.  All opinions are my own.

Beauty Look of the Day: Gold and Bold for the Holidays

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Five Days until Christmas!  *doing my little holiday dance*

If you’re holiday celebration includes a glitzy night out than a super glam beauty look is what you need!  I was inspired by this picture on my Facebook Page.  I can never resist a bold red lip on a night out and glittery gold shadow screams of holiday cheer.  In order to recreate the look I immediately went for my Maybelline Eye Studio Palette in Give Me Gold.  It’s one of the best shadows I have that gives me the deep gold color I need.  For the red lip color I got a little adventurous and combined two of my favorite shades. J

 Red Lipstick


  • Avon Cream to Powder Foundation*
  • Sheer Cover Concealer* – (Here’s a neat little trick:  To get really smooth coverage under my eyes, I used a small paintbrush to apply)
  • Pixi Beauty Face Powder*
  • Stila Convertible Color in Poppy on Cheeks


  • For my highlighter shade, I chose the shimmery gold color in the Maybelline palette, applying with my small, shadow brush.
  • To make sure the gold stood out, I swept the dark matte brown shadow on the creases and browbone.
  • For a little shimmer, I dabbed the white powder under my eyebrow arches.
  • Now for some black liner!  Using my ScandalEyes kohl eyeliner from Rimmel London*, I lined my upper lash line, making the liner bigger as I made my way to the outer corner.  I lined my lower lash line until the middle of my eye.
  • To create a soft, smoky look, I went over the liner with a black, glittery shadow from Rimmel London’s Glam Eyes Quad in Black Cab*.
  • For big lashes I used NYC’s Big and Bold Mascara.


I was a bit torn in what I wanted to use as my red lip color.  I loved the boldness of the CoverGirl LipPerfection in Tempted but the Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Sizzling Red* was the shade of red I wanted.  So I figured, why not use both?  I filled in my lips with Tempted and then, using a small paint brush, went over the middle of my lips with the Sizzling Red.  Who says a girl can’t get what she wants?  Especially at Christmas time!

What’s your go-to look for the holidays?


*FTC Disclosure:  Product was received previously as a sample for review.  All opinions are my own.

Beauty Look of the Day: Getting Icy with the Icy Eye Palette from Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty Products

This December is like a style bloggers dream!  From new product launches to having the perfect excuse to sparkle out, I’m having just too much fun I tell you. Today I got to play with the Icy Eye Palette from Pixi Beauty.  I liked the assortment of colors from jump because it was right up my holiday alley.  Unlike years pasts, instead of going and partying until the wee hours, it’s family friendly day functions that don’t call for smoky eyes and heavy liner.  But I still want to look good and have some shimmer in my life and this palette gives me just that!  It has a great array of daytime shades in both matte and shimmer finishes.  Like the last palette I reviewed, they all give me great pigment (thanks to the Mica) and versatility.  The packaging is also super festive, perfect as a stocking stuffer!

I created this look for a holiday picnic (sorry northerners!) and I absolutely loved it!  It had the right amount shimmer and color without looking overdone as I threw down on some awesome BBQ. :)

Pixi Beauty


  • DIY Tinted Moisturizer (Neutrogena Moisturizer and Mary Kay Liquid Foundation)
  • CoverGirl Pressed Powder
  • CoverGirl Concealer under my eyes
  • Mary Kay Blush in Citrus Bloom*


  • I chose the medium shimmery brown shade as my highlighter color, pressing it on my lids.
  • For the crease, I swept the brown matte color to help balance out the shimmer party
  • To give my eyes some shape, I pressed the dark brown shadow on the outer creases, using my finger to blend.
  • I swept the lightest brown shade in my eyebrow arches to keep my look light and bright.
  • Keeping my eyes in the Pixi family, I used the matte deep chocolate brown liner from the Crayon Combo to line my upper lashes and my lower lashes just a ¼ of the way.
  • To add a little shimmer to my lower lash line, I dabbed on the white shimmery shadow with a pencil brush.
  • I finished up with Mary Kay’s Lash Love Mascara.*


I wore the Icy Lip Luster lip gloss in Ice Petal.  This set has 3 other glosses to choose from and formulated with Vitamin E to protect your lips.  You can use them alone or layer them over your favorite lipstick.  The Pink Orchid was my favorite (check it out on my Instagram page!)

Pixi is available on their website as well at your local Target store!


FTC Disclosure: 

*These products were received previously as free samples for review.

Pixi Beauty Products were received as free samples for review.  All opinions are my own.

Beauty Look of the Day: The Liner Is Doing All The Talking

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Natural Hair Daily

For today’s look I went to my Pinterest boardagain for some much needed inspiration.  I’ve been playing it safe and I needed to do something super different.  And let me tell you, this was way different for me!   I chose this pin  because it’s one of my all time faves!  Besides the fact that I’m loving her attitude in this pose, what caught my attention right away was the aqua blue liner.  Putting it on the lower lash line makes the whole look pop!  It’s not something you see every day.  She also doesn’t keep the rest of the look low key either, with thick black liner, rosy cheeks, and super sweet purple lip color.



  • Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation
  • Mally Beauty Cancellation Conditioning Concealer*
  • Stila Covertible Color Cheek Cream in Poppy


  • To make the inner corners pop, I applied the gold shimmery shadow from Maybelline’s Eye Studio Give Me Gold Palette with a pencil brush.
  • Now for the bold liner!  With a thin, angled paint brush, I lined my lower lash line with Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in Pastel Blue*.
  • I went over the blue with Avon Glimmersticks in Aqua Flash*.
  • For the upper lash lines I used Rimmel London’s Gel Liner*.  it’s my go-to product for a dramatic eye look.
  • To lighten up my eyes, I swept the light brown shadow from the Give Me Gold palette on my brow bone.
  • I finished up with Avon Super Extend Mascara* on both my upper and lower lashes.


Avon Glazewear Lip Gloss in Crimson*


type 4 curls


I’m rocking my normal wash and go but I’ve incorporated a new technique to my washing routineoil rinsing.  What you do is apply your favorite oil right after shampooing.  You can rinse it out and then condition, or apply your conditioner right after, which is what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks. My oil of choice is Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  I noticed a dramatic reduction in single strand knots and the amount of hair I lose on wash day.  Detangling is so much easier and the dryness I was experiencing is a thing of the past.

Another thing I’ve been doing not so much for something different but out of necessity is using my blow dryer.  With a toddler my days are super busy and the only time I get to wash my hair is at night.  So after applying my leave in from Cantu Shea Butter, I spritz on Frizz Ease Heat Defense Spray, and blast my hair with the blow dryer on each section of hair for no longer than a minute.  I lightly pull on my hair while I’m blow drying it so it can stretch the curls out. Then I continue on with my Shea Moisture’s Curling Smoothie, seal with olive oil, and apply a little bit of Shea Moisture’s Curling Souflee to hold my curls in place while they air dry the rest of the way.  It cuts my drying time in half and I have bigger hair on wash day.

 Have you done anything adventurous with your makeup lately?


*FTC Disclosure:  This product was received previously as a free sample for review.


Beauty Look of the Day: Purple Supernova

Fall Beauty Trends

While I may not always be on board with every fashion trend that comes along, I’m really feeling this Fall’s beauty trends.  I guess it’s because almost everyone can pull them off and purple eyeshadow is no exception!  It’s one of my favorite colors to play with so it’s only right I kick off this month’s BLOTD with a purple eye look.  One of the first products I grabbed was an old favorite of mine – Meteor-Eyes Baked Glitter Eyeshadow in Supernova from Hard Candy.  The color is so rich for a drugstore brand, with fun specks of purple glitter.  I also love the fact that you can use a wet brush to get an even deeper pigment and really see those light purple specks.  Pairing it with my summer time fave Painted Purple from Maybelline and another fall color silver, I’m finally settling into this Fall season business!

Makeup Products


  • Mary Kay Medium Coverage Liquid Foundation
  • Revlon PhotoReady Concealer
  • Avon Cream Blush in Pink Melon*


  • With a small, stiff angled paint brush, I applied Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eyeshadow in Painted Purple from the outer crease to the middle of the lid.
  • From the inner crease to the middle of the lid, I used Silver from the TooFaced Smoky Eye Palette with a pencil brush.  With my finger I blended it over the purple shade
  • Hard Candy’s Baked Glitter Eyeshadow in Supernova* went in the creases blending it out a tad into the brow bone with a small flat brush.
  • On the brow bone I swept Amethyst from Smashbox’s Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Telephoto* with a blending brush.
  • I lined the upper lash line with Avon’s Glittersticks* in Black
  • Finished up with NYC Big Bold Mascara in Black.  Been awhile since I used this one!


I wanted something light and pink so I went with Avon’s Totally Kissable Lipstick in Lovey Dovey*.  I admit, I’m not totally sold on the color but it was the only thing I had in my crazy stash that was the closest to what I was looking for.  (looks like I need to go shopping!)

Natural Hair


Remember last time I told you ladies I was having some moisture issues with the back of my hair?  Well so far, the only thing that’s alleviating this problem is doing twist outs.  Now you know I’m not a big fan of it on my hair simply because I don’t get the fullness I love with a Wash N Go.  My hair is so fine.  But the dryness and coarseness was driving me nuts so last week I did a bantu knot it, thinking that curling the twists would give me some volume.  It came out okay but I did the knots too small and applied too much holding product.  Today I just did a twist out, using a lot less product and making bigger twists (about 11 in all).

  • After washing and conditioning my hair with my favorite Organix products, I wrapped my hair in a T-shirt and let it soak up all that water for a good hour.
  • Once I took my hair down it was 80% dry, really soft, and stretched.  I applied Cantu’s Leave In Conditioning Cream and followed up with Olive Oil to seal in the moisture.
  • For each twist I used Cantu’s Twist and Lock Gel (which is more of a cream than a gel but has great hold!), combing the product through before twisting.
  • After sleeping with a satin cap overnight it was time to take them down.  I applied Oil Moisture Restore Weightless Oil on each twist before unraveling them.
  • Once they were all down I did a lot of fluffing and carefully separating the twists.  Still not happy with it, I pinned back the sides with clips, letting the front do it’s thing!

If I can get more volume as the days go on, then I wouldn’t mind doing this style more often!


What Fall beauty trend do you look forward to wearing?


*FTC Disclosure:  This product was received previously as a free sample for review.