First Impression: Black Radiance(@b_radiance) Comes CORRECT

Disclosure: This product was sent to me. All opinions are my own.

Black Radiance Urban Identity Trio - Correct

I rock with Black Radiance(and their sister company Wet N Wild) when it comes to eyeshadows. They’re pigmented and won’t hurt your pockets. So if you’re looking for something good for the low-low then this is it.

Black Radiance Correct Urban Identity Trio

With two shimmers and a matte shadow you can wear one for a casual wash of color or create a dramatic look with all three.

Black Radiance Correct Urban Identity Trio

Black Radiance Correct Trio

Black Radiance Urban Identity Trio Swatches

These shadows are on the powdery side so keep that in mind. They blend easily though and build up well without primer(use primer for maximum staying power). Since this is a first impression I can’t say whether or not they last forever but they seem similar in quality to other Black Radiance palettes and I didn’t experience much fading with those. There are 4 other trios: Cute(pink), On Point(Brown), Ambition(Purple), and Alluring(Blue). I’m thinking about snatching up a few more.

Black Radiance Urban Identity Shadow Trio($2.99) is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and other retailers nationwide.

How Young Is Too Young For Makeup? #BuryMeMondays

Too Young For Makeup

April and May bring with it photos of teenage girls beaming from ear to ear or smizing for their lives in prom pictures. Some go for a natural look while others are highlighted and contoured to the gawds. With those photos comes praise and criticism via social media. Debate about the age-appropriateness of the makeup ensues so that got me thinking, how young is too young for makeup?

I started wearing make-up in 6th or 7th grade. I’m not exactly sure why. Part of me thinks it was to cover up chicken pox scars and part of me thinks it was just a teenage whim. I do remember there was zero push back from my dad. He bought it without blinking. He even took my Avon orders to his co-worker at the time. 12 or 13 wasn’t too young for makeup to him, however, I know everyone doesn’t think that way.

Do certain products have an age requirement? Does the occasion factor into your decision? How young is too young for makeup to you?

You Need SPF. Everyday.

You Need SPF Everyday

So let’s dead this. You need sunscreen everyday. EVERYDAY. Indoors, outdoors, while working in an office, at a counter, handing out flyers, whatever. Put it on. Reapply as needed and be active in preventing skin cancer and excessive aging of your skin.

Now, maybe you’re wondering where this is coming from. Today, The Cut put out an interview with Salma Hayek about her new CVS beauty line, Nuance Salma Hayek.  In the article she talks about how she feels about beauty, her morning routine, and her products. All dope until she says “I am completely against SPF. Completely.” When probed why she goes on to say “90% of the time, you don’t need it because you are working in an office indoors.” We’re not going to get into the fact that many of us don’t work in an office or that statistics like that are generally made up. Perhaps she’s speaking solely about herself but even if she is this misleading information for the consumer. Continue reading You Need SPF. Everyday.

Quick Take: Cetaphil Derma Control Oil Control Moisturizer

A couple of weeks ago Aprill of Glitter Gloss Garbage tweeted some brown girl friendly sunscreen options. I was running low on my usual so I decided to give one of her rec’s, Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer, a shot.

Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer
Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30

Continue reading Quick Take: Cetaphil Derma Control Oil Control Moisturizer

A Tight, Sticky Mess: Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color

You know how it goes. You’re bored and maybe you have a few bucks burning a hole in your pocket so you say “I’ll buy that lip product I saw so and so talking about.” You get lucky and there it is, beauty at a bargain in your drugstore. So you go home eager to test it out only to find out it wasn’t what you wanted or hoped for. This was me with Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color.

Wet N Wild Mega Last Lip Color Continue reading A Tight, Sticky Mess: Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color

Maybelline Master Drama Cream Eye Pencil – Vibrant Violet

I’m usually a wooden pencil kind of makeup addict when it comes to eyeliners. In general, they haven’t done me wrong but I wanted to give something else a shot so I grabbed Maybelline Master Drama Creme Eye Pencil in Vibrant Violet.

maybelline master drama cream pencil vibrant violet photo
Maybelline Master Drama Cream Eye Pencil – Vibrant Violet ($7.99)
  • retractable pencil
  • oil free
  • smudgeproof and waterproof for 16 hours
  • safe for sensitive eyes and ophthalmologist-tested
  • contact lens safe

Continue reading Maybelline Master Drama Cream Eye Pencil – Vibrant Violet

Some Contouring Love: MUFE 5 Camouflage Cream Palette

Contouring is a HUGE deal. Some people swear by it(You’ve seen Instagram) while others aren’t too keen on it. It’s the new thing and an old trick all at the same time. It doesn’t really matter where you fall on it to me, I’m just here to give another option that I haven’t seen getting much love since all these contouring palettes have hit the market in the last year or so.

MUFE Camouflage Cream Palette
Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette($38) Available at Sephora

Considering many of the palettes are $40+ or some of the darker palettes have limited availability(see: only available on company websites) compared their palettes with lighter shades I think Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream palette is worth checking out. If you’re more partial to cream than powder then this one is right up your alley. It’s smaller than many of these contouring palettes so it will travel easily and you have a color correcting shade.  It may not be billed as a “contouring palette” but let’s be honest, many of these palettes are eyeshadow/concealer-like products repackaged to cash in on the craze anyway.

Have you tried the Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette?

Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette is available at

Don’t Skip SPF: @Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil

What makes us not wear sunscreen? We forget. It may smell funny. Not to mention that if you have dark skin it can leave a white cast. So we tell ourselves it’s cloudy outside. We believe the temperature is an indication of the sunrays’ intensity. We say we’re covered up and not walking around outside all day so it’s okay. However, the truth is unless you’re in a windowless room 24 hours a day there’s a chance you’re getting sun exposure and need to be protected. That’s where SuperGoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil comes in. Continue reading Don’t Skip SPF: @Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil

A Little Bit Of Skincare: Evian Facial Spray

Full disclosure: Evian Facial Spray was provided to me by the exclusive USA distributor, The Wilkes Group. All opinions are my own.

Evian Facial Spray

I received the Evian Facial Spray from the Wilkes Group. The 5oz size retails for $12.50 and has various uses. It can be used as a setting spray, a makeup refresher, or an extra moisturizing step in your skincare routine. Continue reading A Little Bit Of Skincare: Evian Facial Spray

An Ode to Gorgeousness


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