Don’t Sleep On Black Radiance Lipsticks

Black Radiance El Dorado Red and Panther Collage

Black Radiance is one of those brands that I slept on because I was caught up buying expensive makeup. It happens to the best of us. Now I know there are good products out there for less than 5 bucks and my wallet thanks me for it.

El Dorado Red

Black Radiance El Dorado Red


Black Radiance Panther

Black Radiance Panther and El Dorado Red Lipsticks

Black Radiance lipsticks are moisturizing and creamy. They’re also really pigmented. I have my darker shades that I want to check out. I also have a gloss that I haven’t got around to messing with yet. Overall, I’m glad I gave BR a shot.

Black Radiance are available at Wal-Mart, Walgreens and other stores. Prices vary per store.

Not What I Expected: Maybelline Amethyst and Natural Smokes Quads

I bought these Maybelline eyeshadow quads with the intention to put them on with the sponge applicator. My motivation was to show that even if you’re at the beginning stages of wearing makeup you can pull off something decent. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t the case.

Maybelline Amethyst Smokes Quad
Maybelline Amethyst Smokes Quad
Maybelline Natural Smokes Quad
Maybelline Natural Smokes Quad

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Maybelline Great Lash Real Impact Mascara

Maybelline Great Lash Title

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara is one of those mascaras that’s everywhere and has been around forever. I remember seeing the pink and green tube in my mother’s bathroom. It persists because it gets the job done. This is Maybelline Great Lash Real Impact Mascara. Continue reading

The Skies Didn’t Open Up: Maybelline Master Kajal Eyeliner – Charcoal Skies

Maybelline Master Kajal Eyeliner - Charcoal Skies

I started off on the wrong foot with this eyeliner. I meant to buy the Onyx Rush, a black, but I ended up coming home with Charcoal Skies, which is grey. Rather than take it back I thought I’d give it a shot anyway.

Maybelline Kajal Eyeliner - Charcoal Skies
Maybelline Kajal Eyeliner

Maybelline Master Kajal is “a whole new way to smolder: our first liner designed for an easy glide along the inside line.”(

The cone shape of the Master Kajal was part of the appeal for me. I also liked that it could be put it on the waterline as well. However, after using it I didn’t like it. Continue reading

Freeman Beauty Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask Review

Freeman Beauty Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask

I feel like I’m turning into a Freeman product junkie. Yesterday I hit up 3 different stores just to find the Charcoal and Black Sugar Polish Mask, the subject of today’s post. A few days ago I finished off my 3rd travel size packet of the product and realized I needed the full size in my house ASAP because I felt such a difference in my skin after using it. Continue reading

Nail Art: Black French Manicure

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I’ve wanted to try a black french manicure since last year. I’m a nail art novice and I envy all the people who are coordinated and artistic enough to make creative designs and pictures on their nails. It always looks so cool and I’ve been afraid to attempt any nail art on myself beyond an accent nail. However, today I thought I’d give it a shot. Continue reading

Milani Cosmetics Total Lash Cover Mascara Review

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Because I was excited about the Milani Grandissimo Mascara I purchased the Total Lash Cover to try it out.

Milani Cosmetics Total Lash Cover Mascara
Milani Cosmetics Total Lash Cover Mascara ($4.99)

“It doesn’t get more major than this multi-faceted mascara wand. With three separate “zones” – one for defining, one for volumizing, one for curling – it gives 360-degree, instant impact. And the formula? It’s smear-proof, clump-free and built to last. Available in the Richest, Deepest Black.” –

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Milani Lipstick Dopeness: Sangria and Violet Volt

Milani Color Statement Lipsticks: Sangria and Violet Volt

Milani lipsticks are dope. I keep featuring them on the blog because I like them so much. They come in various finishes and glide on like a dream. You also can’t beat the price for the quality of these lipsticks. With that said this is Violet Volt and Sangria.

Violet Volt and Sangria Swatch on dark skin
Top: Violet Volt Bottom: Sangria

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