Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Day Of 2010!



Be safe everyone & enjoy it to the fullest!

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.. Let us prove the world wrong! Whatever your goals are for 2011 may they become a reality by the grace of God.

Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow!

Love always,
Neci♥


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

FAQ: Why is priming your eyelids so important?



Working with make-up all day long, you begin to hear the same questions over & over again... So I've decided to start a new series on my blog... FAQ's (frequently asked questions) This should be fun :)


Why is priming your eyelids so important?


♥♥ You apply eyelid primer to insure that there will be no color fading, creasing, melting, blurring, oil slicked, and hard-to-blend eyeshadow accidents. (yes, primer makes eyeshadow a lot easier to blend) It also gives the eyeshadow color a nice pop!

♥♥ A little goes a long way with primer so a thin even layer is all that you need. This step takes literally 2 seconds to complete and it's so worth it! It prepares your eyelids for the color. Just like when you paint a wall, you prime first.. it's the same thing with your make-up!

♥♥ It evens out the skin tone on your lids and smooths lines while securing a barrier between the oils of your skin and your makeup!

♥♥ Some think that using concealer would do the trick.. WRONG! Concealer is used to do just what it says, CONCEAL! Hide acne scars, marks, blemishes, dark circles... not prime. Primer is specifically formulated to seal the surface and make sure the eyeshadow adheres to the surface to create the best-looking, longest-lasting finish. You are wasting your time, make-up and of course, money if your eyeshadow begins to fade & the color payoff isn't what it has the potential to be if you don't prime first.



One of my all time favorite eyeshadow primers is Too Faced Shadow Insurance! ($18) I've had mine for over a year, and it is still going strong! I love this product! I of course have many other primers, but this is one of my favs!







I hope that this new series of FAQ's will help, if you have any questions that you'd like me to answer comment below or send me an email ♥

Monday, December 20, 2010

Would You Rather: Beauty Edition!


Nobody likes to be embarrassed.. but we all have our moments... If you were able to actually chose your moment which would you rather? This is a tag going around on youtube, & I'd love for my subscribers to join in on the fun! Comments are more than welcome♥♥ Christmas is right around the corner so lets all be merry & have a good time with this! xo




♥ Would you rather walk around all day with you skirt tucked in your underwear or be seen wearing a really see through dress?
I'd much rather be seen in a really see through dress, because I can always put something on under it :) yes, I'm cheating lol!! If your underwear is tucked into your skirt that's mega embarrassing!!

♥ Would you rather go to a party and not realize until the end of the night that you have lipstick on your teeth or that your fake lashes are coming unglued?
I'd rather my lashes coming unglued.. That won't look as bad in pictures, and I could always just pull off the strip whereas lipstick on the teeth omg.. pictures will def pick that up! Imagine smiling laughing having a good time and you have red teeth, eeww.

♥ Would you rather forget to put mascara on one eye or forget blush on one side of your face?
It would be the mascara on one eye, because if you know me.. you'd know that I wear falsies all the time anyway. (with mascara on my real lashes so that they blend better) but still... defiantly not blush on one side haha that would be really off!

♥ Would you rather wear lipstick/lipliner combo or frosty blue eyeshadow?
I line my lips all the time, but not for the liner to really show.. more for it to just shape my lips or even fill them in so the lipstick can stick to it and last longer... so my answer is the lipstick/lipliner combo.

♥ Would you rather wear foundation that is two shades too light or go way overboard on bronzer?
Wow.. tough one... I never go overboard on bronzer, I use it to contour & that's about it, maybe the foundation two shades too light (on Halloween) haha!

♥ Would you rather drink an entire bottle of ketchup or run into the guy who broke your heart on a bad hair day when your skin is freaking out?
Drink the ketchup.. really? I guess run into the guy who broke my heart because I'm sure if he had my heart at one point he has seen me at my best & my worst already so who cares!..

♥ Would you rather be able to date any celeb you wanted or wake up with perfect red carpet-worthy hair?
I'd rather wake up with perfect red carpet-worthy hair! Who says that the celeb that I would want to date would be the guy for me? That would be my loss on perfect hair everyday without having to do anything to it! This was the easiest choice for me!!

♥ Would you rather your armpits smell musky or like delicious lasagna?
Umm.. Lasagna, duh! I'd play it off like I was cooking lasagna that's why I smell like it lol. No excuse for muskiness. YUCK!

♥ Would you rather give up your makeup or cell phone for one year?
I'd rather give up my cell phone, because I really love make-up even though we are all beautiful without it.. it still enhances a lot and it's so much fun! Now-a-days there are so many other ways to keep in touch. I don't even use my cell phone that much actually. I'd miss make-up way to much. Just thinking about a year without make-up is making me sad right now!

♥ Would you rather run into a cute guy you like with food all in your grill or no makeup at all?
No make-up at all! Like I said in the previous question.. we are all beautiful without make-up! Seriously that's really gross having food all in your grill! Why would you be walking around like that anyway?

Have fun with this guys... I am tagging all of my subscribers! Tag you're it!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Review: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation


$42

This is a glowing, satin-finish foundation. For those that wouldn't even try this because it says "sheer" fear not my beauties... Although it does give light to medium coverage it is buildable! I started using this foundation on clients with dry skin (its made for normal to dry skin types) and noticed the beautiful radiance and nice dewy finish that I absolutely love! It is replete with skincare benefits, has a complexion brightening formula & hydrates the skin!

Not gonna lie, I was a little skeptical trying it out on myself because of my oily t-zones... but decided to give it a shot anyway! It made my skin feel softer and didn't make me look oily at all, I actually felt nice and fresh all day long! (yes, it lasts all day long!) Those with oily skin may want to try the sheer matte formula!

They say if used daily, Sheer Glow Foundation improves skin brightness, radiance and texture.

What it does:
♥ Minimizes visible discoloration
♥ Brightens and clarifies overall skin tone
♥ Improves skin luminosity and radiance
♥ Hydrates for softer and smoother skin
♥ Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic. Fragrance free.

Fun Facts:
♥ A pump is now available for $6
♥ My shade is Tahoe!
♥ Use an HD powder to set if you must.. never a mineralized powder, it will take away from the captivating finish of the foundation and give a cakey look!



Let me know about your experience with the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation!

xx

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

November Favorites

Hey Beauties!

I can't believe that November is over! Time flies when you're having a good time I guess! Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! One thing that I'm thankful for are my followers, love you guys!! XO

There are a few products that I've been loving this past month & I'm gonna bring them to light by sharing them with you all :)!

theBalm: Time Balm Concealer! ($18)



This is an anti-wrinkle cream concealer that is super easy to blend! It erases the appearance of under eye fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles & any imperfections that you want to cover up. That is what a concealer is supposed to do right? Well, the reason why i fell in love with this concealer is the simple fact that it doesn't only brilliantly conceal your imperfections, it TREATS them as well! Like i said before it has an anti-wrinkle formula! It can be worn daytime, nighttime, & bedtime! After using this concealer you will begin to notice the appearance of dark circles and fine lines start to fade! It comes with a sponge that fits perfectly into the pot for on the go touch-ups!

QUICK TIP: I prefer using my ring finger to apply concealer. The warmth from your finger will warm up the product and give an even smoother application!

Urban Decay: The Naked Palette! ($44)



Now, although the price of this palette is $44 it sells out as soon as it hits the shelves, so amazon and ebay offer it but for way more money! Since I got this palette I have done tons of looks from it! The colors are super blendable & very easy to use. The pigments are extremely rich! It comes with a primer potion and a dual 24/7 glide on pencil! I really like using that milk chocolate side of the pencil (whisky) as a base! It makes the colors POP! It comes with 12 beautiful shades and in nice sleek velvet packaging!

I will definatly do a post with differnet looks and swatches from this palette!(stay tuned) For November this was my go to palette & I can honestly say I did not create the same look twice! The possiblities are endless! These neutrals won't leave you naked!

What else you need to know:
GREAT INVESTMENT!!

Philosophy: Hope in a jar! ($38 2oz.) ($60 4oz.) (105 8oz.)



Hope in a Jar is an impressive moisturizer! Although it is 99.9% oil-free it's still deeply hydrating! It is lightweight & designed to smooth the complexion while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration. Originally created for the medical market, this expert essential delivers soft, healthy, glowing results.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

What else you need to know:
This beloved formula contains antioxidants that protect skin against environmental damage and provides continuous exfoliation to keep roughness at bay. An infusion of yeast-derived beta glucan supports the skin's natural defense system and improves repair capabilities.

Who is that little girl on the box you ask? Doesn't she look familiar!? Yes! That's Oprah! Hope in a Jar is a favorite things all-star! Oprah has been using it for more than 10 years. "It's hands down the best moisturizer I've ever used," she says. In honor of The Oprah Show's farewell season, Philosophy has created a commemorative, limited-edition box featuring a picture of a certain little girl from Mississippi!


Boscia: The Black Mask!


A Luminizing Black Mask that is mineral-rich! Peels off to deliver powerful detoxifying, purifying, and brightening results. Its deep-cleansing properties draw out dirt and oil. Other natural ingredients go to work exfoliating skin and refining pores. Powerful antioxidants shrink pores, firm skin, and reduce inflammation. Once dried, the mask strips away dead skin, impurities and excess oil to reveal immediate and visible results.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin. Avoid eyebrows, hairline and lips. Avoid eye area by applying below orbital bone. Leave on 15-20 minutes or until completely dry. Gently peel off mask from outer edges. Rinse off any residue with warm water. Follow with moisturizer! This mask can be used once to twice a week!

What else you need to know:
This product has the "Naturally Sephora" Seal. The term natural is not regulated by the FDA so Sephora created their own standards for natural products.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

I'm Cheating On MAC!



I've been married and faithful to MAC since the day that I've started wearing make-up. I started off with the pressed studio fix powder, then graduated to the liquid studio fix foundation.

I never felt unhappy with it because it was all that I really knew. I found as the day would go on my t-zones would get oily, so I started using a mineralized powder over that area to try and keep it under control for as long as possible. Which worked for a while... but I still needed to have blotting paper handy!

I finally gave in to trying a different foundation.



I chose to go with Make Up Forever because they have a wide variety of shades. (It's kinda hard for a woman of color to find their perfect shade) That's why most of us feel we don't have any other options, other than MAC. (Well, that's what I felt at least haha) I have no problem mixing colors to get my match... but buying two foundations at a time is just not cool! I wanted to find a foundation that came in my skin tone AND that agreed with my skin!

So, how was my experience with the Make Up Forever foundation!? One word, AMAZING! I used the HD formula & NO SHINE! No Oil! It still gave me the look that I love, minus the oily t-zone! Not to mention, the foundation didn't start changing color as the day went on. I find that when I wear my MAC foundation it starts looking darker after a while... not with MUFE :)

Sry MAC, I'm moving on... I will visit you for my eyeshadow fix every now and then, and maybe a few glosses and a couple of blushes but as for foundation... WE ARE DONE! XO





P.S. I am still madly in love with MAC Cosmetics, What works for me may not work for you, this is just what is working for me (at the moment) Hey, maybe my face was just trying to tell me that it needed a change! I will keep you all posted if any changes occur, if I fall out of love with my new foundation yaddda yadda... SMOOCHES! X♥


Friday, November 12, 2010

Tarte: The Jewelry Box



The Jewelry Box! ($52) by Tarte. This palette is so uniquely packaged it automatically captured my attention! Tarte products are all natural, so this is the perfect gift for a friend or family member with sensitive skin that's convinced she can't have fun with make-up!
An exclusive, limited-edition palette packed with 32 new eyeshadows, (16 matte, 16 shimmer) eight lip glosses, a mineral bronzer (the infamous park avenue princess), a new shimmering powder, five deluxe long-wearing eyeliners, and get this... the necklace on the jewelry box actually comes off! They say it is guaranteed to be your go-to accessory for holiday parties and year-round!
*All products formulated WITHOUT Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, & Phthalates*



Pros:
♥ Variety between shimmer & matte FULL-SIZED shadows! (most palettes do not offer full-sized shadows)
♥ Top Seller FULL-SIZED Park Avenue Princess Mineral Bronzer!
♥ Liners are long-lasting!
♥ All natural ingredients, products not tested on animals!

Cons:
♥ Color payoff isn't as brilliant as I'd like so it takes a bit more layering yet it is a step-up from last years holiday palette!
♥ Not as easy to blend, must tap off excess shadow or things will get messy!



For $52 I'd say this limited edition is one to sell out before you know it! Let me know your experience with this palette or if you plan on purchasing!!




Monday, November 1, 2010

Urban Decay: The Black Palette!!



If you are a make-up junkie like myself then you will absolutely LOVE Urban Decay's Black Palette! Every color is black based so it is PERFECT for smokey eyes & as a bonus it comes with a 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil AND a mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden (matte nude) (How cool is that?!)

The reason why you would use Eden instead of the regular primer potion is for the matte finish. This primer will serve as an eyeshadow magnet to the black based colors! It truly does bring the colors alive!

There is FINALLY a black that is BLACKER than MAC's carbon! The richest matte black on the market right now people!!!! It's called BLACK DOG & it's featured in this palette! It's not available by itself! (With all of the buzz about this color I'm pretty sure they will be making it as a single pot, most likely after the holiday season)

Anyway, I must say... I am very impressed!

Shadows:
Black Dog – Matte Black
Barracuda – Charcoal with Silver Sparkle
Jet – Dark Purple Shimmer
Sabbath – Dark Blue Shimmer
Cobra – Black with Gold Sparkle
Libertine – Dark Green Shimmer




Do you have this palette, or are you thinking about purchasing it??

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fall Smokey Eye!

The weather is getting cooler & the leaves are transforming into vibrant, beautiful colors! Fall is by far my favorite season of them all!



This look was inspired by a crisp fall day.





Perfect smokey eye for when you need your make up to take you into the night!








Face:
concealer by mac
studio fix liquid foundation by mac
mineralized skin finish by mac
band of roses blush by mac
contour with darker shade than skintone
highlight with any pearly matte color


Eyes:

lid pearl shimmer color
crease soft brown
outer v plum color
browbone pearl matte or shimmer
(I used the beauty encycolpedia by elf the neutrals edition)

Lips:
Nude lip liner
Nude lip gloss
(I used the beauty encyclopedia by elf the lip edition)

Here's a peak of my eyes today for Halloween!!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

THE URBAN TURBAN!



Miuccia Prada started a very wicked trend with the turban in 2007!



This can be pulled off as very stylish and chic for fashionistas that enjoy taking risks and standing out! Ashley Olsen shows an alternative to wearing the full turban... a "turband" mix between a turban and a headband! (much safer & much more simple however still very dapper)


Blending in is so boring, you continually have to have "that little something" about you that can set you a part from "the norm"




Celebs captured sporting this look!

Beyonce Knowles




Kate Moss


SJP


 
Olsen Twin


It's all about putting your look together so well that it actually looks effortless!



Sikhs wear turbans because that is how they crown themselves as the Singhs and Kaurs who sit on the throne of commitment to their own higher consciousness. For men and women alike, this projective identity conveys royalty, grace, and uniqueness. It is a signal to others that they live in the image of Infinity and are dedicated to serving all. The turban doesn't represent anything except complete commitment. When they choose to stand out by tying their turban, they stand fearlessly as one single person standing out from six billion people!



"I am never afraid of what I know"

Sunday, October 17, 2010

EXCLUSIVE PICS FROM THE SET OF THE GAME!



Derwin being silly as usual :) & Girl Melanie looking absolutely gorgeous!


Atlanta street closed off for production!


Saturday, October 16, 2010

THE GAME!



The Game is one of my favorite shows in the entire world! I love this show! My bff kept telling me that she knew I'd love it so I gave it a shot.. At the time it wasn't on television anymore so I watched a couple of episodes of it on youtube. Then, BET picked it up, & I was HOOKED!

I can watch repeat after repeat after repeat of this show! Yes, it's that good! Everyone that watches The Game is a loyal fan & misses it a great deal.

Okay, for those of you who never watched the show before or never heard of it this news wouldn't be so big to you, but for all my Game lovers........ {drum roll please}............ THE GAME IS BACK! There has been a buzz for a really long time that BET picked it up, but they were only showing repeats so everyone thought that it was a rumor... It's official now! They began filming already! The season premiere is on 1/1/11 SO MARK YOUR CALENDERS! (don't worry... same cast, same writers! same game!!)

The entire cast is extremely humbled that the fans brought their show back! Tia Mowrey (Melanie Barnett aka "Girl Melanie") & Hosea Chanches (Malik Wright aka "Mr. 40 million dollars)even gave us a couple of sneak peaks!

This season is being filmed in ATL instead of San Diego!

Girl Melanie twitpic'd these shoes that she was wearing on set!


Malik showing us his natural beauty. The caption he posted with this pic was "makeup free and tired as a slave" haha!


Yes!!! Girl Melanie has her long hair back! (whew)


Looks like the fashion is gonna be something serious this season! (aaahh i cant wait!)


Malik must've gotten into a fight! (but with who?!) & I wonder if Stacy Dash is gonna be back or if Jason & Kelly get back together...


You know it wouldn't be right if we didn't get a lil sneak peek of Mr. Derwin Davis! (& if Jason & Stacy are together he better still be cheap!)


Here is a brief synopsis of the show:
As the series premieres, Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry) is a first-year medical school student who has given up an offer of admission to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore (widely regarded as one of the two best medical schools in the country) to follow her boyfriend Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall), a professional football player, to San Diego, against the advice of her parents. Derwin Davis is a first-year rookie with a fictional team called the "San Diego Sabers". As Melanie settles into her new life, she meets Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson), the mother of Sabers' starting quarterback Malik Wright (Hosea Chanchez), and Kelly Pitts (Brittany Daniel), the wife of Sabers' captain Jason Pitts (Coby Bell). As she learns to balance her new roles as both med student and the partner of a professional football player, Tasha and Kelly immediately warn her to keep a close eye on her boyfriend because of the numerous "gold diggers" who approach the professional football players.

Much more excitememnt has evolved since the beginning, you'll have to tune in for the real drama!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Coco & Breezy!

According to The Vision Council, over 94 million pairs of sunglasses were purchased in the last year making them one of the most popular accessories.


Coco & Breezy are 20 year old twin sisters that are on a mission! They have transformed the eye wear game & I'm loving every second of it!


They are originally from Minnesota but after visiting some friends in NY, fell in love! They took a risk by selling their cars, quitting their jobs, & moving here to the big apple in order to follow their dream! They boldly & fearlessly infused Punk Rock & Futuristic qualities together & got what I like to call fierceness!


The intensity these glasses bring to your look is phenomenal! Browsing through their 2020 Collection I was falling in love over & over again! Not to mention their superb pricing, making their designs attainable for all!


Ashanti was the first noted celebrity seen rocking a pair of their shades & the list of celebs after is only getting longer & longer.




Their handmade eye wear has caught the attention of fashion savvy starlets such as Nicki Minaj, Amber Rose, Rhianna, Ciara, & Kelly Rowland.. just to name a few!


Such a wonderful success story! I am looking forward to seeing their growth & expanding creativity in the fashion industry's years to come! Good luck girls, YOU ROCK!





"With sunglasses on I'm Jack Nicholson. Without them, I'm fat & 60"