Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Haul of Fame: E.L.F. Cosmetics

My motto when it comes to E.L.F. Cosmetics: "They're great products... especially for the price!"  For the majority of the commentary (for the most part this is just photos & swatches) please check out my YouTube Channel for my haul video and reviews will be coming as soon as I try these products out!

* Click photos for larger view, as well as, magnification option =]

E: Eyes

  • Eye Shadows

Top: Golden Glow, Moondust // Bottom: Periwinkle, Sage

  • Eye Liners
Waterproof Eyeliner Pen (Black), Liquid Eyeliner (Black)

L: Lips
  • Mineral Lipstick

This is after I depotted them, which is why they look like that lol
chek out the video: here
Natural Nymph, Bare Brown, Cool Coral
Top: No flash // Bottom: Flash
  • Lip Lock Pencil

F: Face
  • Natural Radiance Blusher

Yea, I can't believe I only got one blush either!

  • Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder
I would use it as a highlighter, instead of a bronzer.
Top: No Flash // Bottom: Flash

  • Studio Line Compacts
Top: Completion Perfection, Translucent Matifying Powder // Bottom: Cool Bronzer
I only swatched the Cool Bronzer, because you can't really see the Perfection Complexion colors and well, the Translucent Powder is.. translucent!
Highlight, Dark Contour, Medium Contour,
Blush, everything mixed
Top: Flash // Bottom: No Flash

  • Concealer Pencil & Brush
Fair, Light, Medium
Fair, Light, Medium
Top: No Flash // Bottom: Flash

  • All Over Cover Stick
Top: Apricot Beige, Light Beige, Rosy Beige // Bottom: Honey, Spice, Toffee
Website now offers "Ivory", which wasn't available when I made my purchase.
Apricot Beige, Light Beige, Rosy Beige, Honey, Spice, Toffee
Top: No Flash // Bottom: Flash

  • Clarifying Pressed Powder
Top: Light Beige, Rosy Beige, Honey // Bottom: Spice,Toffee
Website now offers "Ivory" and "Apricot Beige", which weren't available when I made my purchase.
Light Beige, Rosy Beige, Honey, Spice,Toffee
Top: No Flash // Bottom: Flash

Powder: Light Beige, Rosy Beige, Honey // Bottom: Spice,Toffee
next to their respective All Over Cover Sticks of the same color.
The cheese who stands alone: Apricot Beige (circled)
Visual to show y'all how the colors match up.
Top: Apricot Beige, Light Beige, Rosy Beige, Honey, Spice, Toffee
Bottom: Light Beige, Rosy Beige, Honey,Spice,Toffee
Left: Flash // Right: No Flash

  • Brushes
Kabuki Body Brush, Foundation Brush, Concealer Brush

  • Nail Polishes

Top: White, Desert Haze, Black // Bottom: Pearl, Moonslight, Dark Navy
The cheese who stands alone: Matte Finisher
I know, totally not what you expected from me.  I decided to get some neutral colors.
Moonlight, Pearl, Desert Haze, White
Top: One Coat // Bottom: Two Coats
Left: Dark Navy, Black (Two Coats) // Right: With Matte Finisher (Two Coats)
I also bought Royal Purple, but I forgot to swatch it.  I can tell you this much though, I doesn't look anything like the picture on the website.

I didn't take photos of the Brush Holder nor the Brush Belt, if your interested, let me know and I'll put those up as well, but they are featured in the haul video.

Photos and swatches of the Master Make-up Collection will be in a separate blog post for obvious reasons!



I decided NOT to post up the E.L.F Haul Video anymore.  During the editing process, I was boring myself to tears.. couldn't put you all through that!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Yuma.. Ah feelin yuh Vibes!

Like I have Carnival fever...

This is Yuma's first year out and I'm really liking their costumes and their theme: Zodeak.  Why not rep your own sign?  For newbies, their designs are exceptional and the detailing makes each costume look extra lux.  I didn't even know this was their first year (that's the New Yorker in me), so I guess now we can forgive them for not having their website up and running yet.  Anyway, I'm still sticking with my prior Aquarius pick:
The picture in my previous entry didn't do it justice, I know..

And ohhh man if I had the body.... check this out:

And you know I have to rep my own sign or I should say signs.. I'm a cusp baby:

Now, I'm torn between Tribe's Mayan Eagle & Yuma's Aquarius, but Spice's Vines of Syrah still has a place in my heart.

Pictures Courtesy of this Facebook page: Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Costume
Check it out for yourself, they have some awesome close up photos!


P.S. I'm off to play with my favorite type of make-up: PIGMENTS!  So, look out for a new make-up look, as well as E.L.F. swatches.  My E.L.F. haul should be up later today also!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Nude Advanced Probiotic Skincare

Right off the bat, when TRULY testing out skin care products, you generally have to give it 28 days to really know what's up.  I got some Nude Skincare samples through Sephora by entering one of those those awesome promotion codes and decided to just experiment with them a bit.

For the first go, I used:
  • Miracle Mask
  • Advanced Eye Complex
  • Age Defying Moisturizer

For the second go, I used:
  • Cleansing Facial Oil
  • Advanced Eye Complex
  • Age Defying Moisturizer

Here's a description of what each product is formulated to do, their ratings and price on
  • Miracle Mask: A facial mask for instant radiance and skin-brightening results.  It exfoliates and stimulates skin for revitalized complexion.  It contains natural alpha hydroxyl acids, which benefit the skin with their light exfoliating and moisturizing properties, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, skin lightening and firming, and increased collagen production. The perfect pre-party mask, this incredible treatment is recommended for all skin types except the very sensitive.
    Sephora Rating: 4.2 out of 5
    Sephora Price: $62 USD for 1.4 oz
  • Cleansing Facial Oil: A luxurious and effective detergent-free cleanser and eye-makeup remover for normal-to-dry skin.  This skincare essential gently and thoroughly removes makeup and pollution, sans stripping side effects.  Infusion of Omega 3 essential oils and vitamin E leave your complextion purified and protected.
    Sephora Rating: 4.1 out of 5
    Sephora Price: $36 USD for 3.4 oz
  • Advanced Eye Complex:  An antiaging eye cream.  It's formulated with milk peptides to stimulate collagen production and firm the skin and acacia to instantly lift skin to reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Powerfully antioxidant CoQ10 and argan extract protect against free radical damage while phytoactive organice mountain ash reduces puffiness around the eye area.
    Sephora Rating: 4 out of 5
    Sephora Price: $88 USD 0.5 oz
  • Age Defence Moisturizer:  A light moisturizing cream for normal-to-combination skin.  It is a daily-use hydrating formula with bio-active milk peptides and flavonoids, which help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and protect against premature aging.  An infucion of natural Cupuacu, Manketti, and orchid flower oils immediately softens skin.  This Nude formula is free of silicones, so it penetrate effectively and absorbs instantly.  Antioxidants protect against the signs of aging and free-radical attacks, leaving skin soft, supple, and moisturized.  Over four weeks, the milk peptides work to encourage collagen production, resulting in the appearance of firmer, smoother skin.  In an eight week independent clinical trial, this moisturizer was shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkle by an average of 63%, while improving skin texture by up to 66%, and skin hydration by up to 27%.
    Sephora Rating: 4.1 out of 5
    Sephora Price: $78 USD for 4.1 oz

My Verdict:
  • Miracle Mask:  Out of everything that I tried, I would definitely purchase this.  It sort of has a spoiled fruit smell, but aside from that, it's the only product that Boyfriend right away said "Your face does look brighter."
  • Cleansing Facial Oil:  It didn't get as milky as I expected when I added water, but the package says it will form a "light milk" which is evident in the photos.  After washing it off, I swiped my face with a cotton pad soaked in my toner and there was no residue, so it does remove makeup as it claims.  But, I broke out the next day.  I can't say for sure if it was the oil or not, but I wouldn't purchase it.
  • Advanced Eye Complex:  Nice light texture, but I didn't notice an "instant" lift to the skin as it claims it's formulated to do.  If it wasn't so pricey, I might actually purchase this, mostly because of all the fancy ingredients listed.
  • Age Defying Moisturizer:  My skin still felt tight after applying an ample amount of this product, but it does day that it's formulated for normal-to-combination skin and I have straight up dry skin.  Despite not being moisturizing enough for my skin, it did feel soft.  I wouldn't purchase this either, though the independent trial results are impressive.
Over All Thoughts:  You gotta be ballin' shot callin' to afford these products.  They list a bunch of exotic ingredients, which I'm sure is what constitutes to the price and and use a lot of scientifical jargon to describe what it does.  God bless the people who write that shit up, they really make it sound like it's the best thing since eyeshadow primer.  Everything had a pleasant smell, except for the Miracle Mask, but it wasn't so over bearing that it made me feel nauseous.  I'm actually thinking about investing in bottle of it.


P.S. click the pictures & zoom to see the pics so big that you can see my friggin pores! ^_^

Monday, August 16, 2010

2011 Carnival Costume Picks.. So far..

I still associate Trinidad Carnival with the traditional carnival characters like the Baby Doll, Moko Jumbie, and Dame Lorraine.  Since when did Carnival costumes become so scandalous?!!?  Ah feel ah too old... or too out of shape (probably both) for this!

Personally, I've never played Mas before.  I've always been deprived of the experience, because I'm always in NYC during that time of year.  Not this year folks!  I've been taking a peek at some of the costumes for 2011 and here are my picks.. so far..

Tribe 2011: The Way of the Warrior

Bliss 2011: The Warrior Within

Overall:  "Same vibe, different tribe," but honestly, the Tribe costumes are better looking than the Bliss costumes.  I was torn between several for Tribe, but not in Bliss.  This was the only one that stood out to me and I'm not even completely sure it's Bliss.  It wasn't in either Mas Booklet, but it bore more resemblance to the Titan's costume in Bliss's booklet, so that's that!
Website: Confusing! I spent 1/2 hour looking for Bliss costumes, until after some skillful Googling I discovered they have their own website... that has NO content yet *sigh*

Spice 2011: The Signature Collection

Overall:  Haute Couture was pretty nice too, but I like color and coverage, so I opted for this one instead.  Tribe has been established since 2008, so really, a signature collection, already?  They've only had 2 prior presentations, so the 3rd is supposed to be a compilation of the 1st two?  Did they run out of creativity juice already?
Website:  Easy to navigate click-through booklet layout.  Best layout so far.

Yuma 2011: Zodeak

Overall:  I don't believe they've had their Band Launch yet, but I wasn't too impressed with the few costumes that i was.  The Oracle was another o.k. costume, but only because it's purple and y'all know I love my purple.
Website:  What website?  It's still under construction.

Harts 2011: Planet Rock

Overall:  Harts costumes were pretty typical.  Most of them just looked like bathing suits to me, then again, don't most Carnival costumes these days look like blinged out swim wear?
Website:  Easy to navigate, but that spinning costume display thing had me dizzy.  I didn't like the loading time and the zoom option is nice, but cumbersome.

Skullduggery 2011: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Overall:  With costumes like Baa-John, Bacchanal Woman, Horn Chile and Soucouyant, Skullduggery won my heart over simply because their costumes remind me of actual Trinidadian Mas costumes from back in the day.  It's not about the glitz and glam and the lack of fabric that it is now.  I like their idea, I just wish their execution was better.  Some of the costumes look too cartoony.. like Halloween meet's Japanese Anime.
Website: Gives you the option to see the illustration and the actual costume, so you get to see the idea manifested into reality.  Photo reel type of costume display, easy to see all the costumes at once and click the one that draws your attention.

So those are my picks for the Carnival season... so far.  I should warn you that these are based solely on what I would personally wear to play Mas and not on just what is aesthetically pleasing.  As you can tell, mama likes to cover up all her goodies and woman parts and leave certain things to the imagination.  I can't walk around in a studded bikini with feathers and gems, I wouldn't be comfortable.  I don't even go to the beach in a two piece!

All in all, Tribe and Spice (despite what I said earlier) were the most impressive to me and Skullduggery gets an honorable mention for keeping it old school!

What are your picks?  Click the links and let me know!
Check out this page while your at it: Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Costume Photos


--------------------------------------------------EDIT 1/17/11--------------------------------------------------
Yuma's Website is AWESOME!! Ease of navigation and detailed 360 views of the costumes, I couldn't ask for anything more!  Well done, I love it!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Really, Yuma?

Imitation is the best form of flattery, but seriously, if your going imitate someone.. do it better than they did!

I'll give you ONE guess to tell me who bit off of who here..... smh!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Nude Pageant Contestants? What Else is New....

Miss Universe 2010 Contestants were asked to pose topless with body paint on for an official pageant photo shoot.  While many contestants opted out and wore a bikini and body paint, Miss Trinidad & Tobago, La Toya Woods and Miss USA, Rima Fakih, were two of the contestants who went for it!

Personally, I think it's awesome!  The body is a beautiful thing.  It's only perverse if you make it that way.  I respect their decisions & wish them BOTH the best of luck in the competition.  Y'all know I'm a bit town between the two >_<

And hey!  On another note, if nude photos of any of the contestants surface (like it always does), at least we can shake our heads and say "Pshh, seen it already!"

Your thoughts?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Nails of the Day

China Glaze Anniversary X Collection: X 77010
Sinful Colors: Let's Talk 929