In a world with photographs of perfect makeup everywhere it’s easy to get down in the dumps because your skills may not be up to snuff. However, today that doesn’t matter. Today is the day you get to toot your horn because we’re all good at something. Maybe you can blend eyeshadow like nobody’s business. Maybe your winged cat eye is a force to be reckoned with. Can you put on lipstick perfectly every time? Let me know. There’s something you can do in your sleep and that’s dope. So no matter how big or how small, what makeup skill have you mastered?
Luvvie Ajayi, digital strategist and humor blogger at Awesomely Luvvie sent out a series of tweets last night about black beauty bloggers being silent in light of recent events. The recent events I’m referring to are the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina and the series of black church burnings that have followed that terrible act. I’m going to paraphrase Ajayi as best I can. Feel free to go back to her timeline to see what she wrote.
My interpretation of the tweets is with great power comes great responsibility(shoutout to Uncle Ben). If black beauty bloggers have a platform then they should use that platform to speak up and not just because it personally affects them, but because their readers are affected too. Even if someone disagrees with this premise it’s not a terrible on its face and yet it doesn’t sit right with me.
What didn’t sit right with me was the vagueness of it. If you check Luvvie’s mentions many bloggers responded to her tweets in agreement so that obviously meant they weren’t being called to the carpet for their silence. But for those that didn’t respond, I’m left with this feeling of who is she talking about? I don’t like that feeling because it’s accusatory. I’m checking facebook fan pages and twitter timelines to see if this black beauty blogger or that black beauty blogger is acknowledging what’s been happening in recent weeks or if it’s business as usual. I’m judging myself because I’ve echoed this sentiment before and now I’m not sure where I stand on this.
I see multiple sides to the issue. The obvious one is responsibility as stated before. There’s the idea that silence is approval at worst and indifference at best. There’s the idea that just because I or you don’t see posts doesn’t mean it’s being ignored by individual bloggers. There’s the possibility that some don’t want to muddy the waters with their POV because they’re deferring to folks who know more or at least perceived that way. There’s also the idea that there are many ways to show support be it tweets, donations, or blog posts. How I like to do things may not be how you like to do it, you know?
Here’s the main thing for me. For the last few years when a racially charged issue has popped off the black beauty bloggers I follow are aware and speaking on it, so calling out black beauty bloggers as a whole for ignoring what’s happening is misleading. Black beauty bloggers are speaking up consistently, the question may be are folks paying attention to them. And if they’re not, why?
So I’m going to put it to you beauty bloggers and readers alike. Is speaking up for/against an issue a requirement, consequences be damned? If your faves are being quiet on issues, like racism, are you giving them the sideeye? No matter where you stand and let me know what you think in the comments.
Confess! Confess! What’s the silliest thing you’ve done in the name beauty? Back in my relaxers days I’d would get an updo on a weekend and then sleep propped up just so in an effort to the keep the style intact until Monday. There’s nothing like nodding in and out of sleep hoping your bump or curls don’t get flattened.
So tell me a silly thing you’ve done in the name beauty. Did you let a friend dye your hair to save a buck only to have it all go wrong? Did you buy makeup for the packaging knowing you’d never wear it? Let me know in the comments.
(Note: This is a repost from Nov 2014)
After months and months of waiting for Melt to restock some of their popular colors I was able to get Blow and DGAF this month. Blow is a pretty matte green and DGAF is dark matte blue. Unfortunately, DGAF is sold out again with no clear restock date. I suggest signing up for the Melt newsletter and pay attention to Melt’s social media accounts for any updates. Now, on to the photos.
Melt Cosmetics lipsticks are $19 and available at meltcosmetics.com
First, let me say I had no idea that Milani was coming out with new lipsticks this summer. Last I heard new lipsticks would be out this Fall so it took me by surprise to see the display in Walgreens. In my excitement, I snatched up these 6(there are 8 total) with the quickness.
Like the names say, these are matte. There are already 8 other Milani matte lipsticks so this brings the total to 16. Most of these swatched with a smooth application, however, Matte Luxe gave me some trouble. I’m only going by how it swatched on my arm, but I’m thinking this one is going to be least forgiving. That means serious exfoliation on your part if you struggle with dry lips.
This set of matte lipsticks is heavy on the reds and wines with a couple of nudes(not pictured) and the bright orange. It’s possible that you won’t need both Matte Flirty and Matte Love since they’re so close together in color, but Matte Love does have a hint of sparkle to it so understand if
you hoard them you’re compelled to get both. And while Matte Fearless looks super dark, I think it’s manageable if you’re apprehensive about dark lipsticks. I posted a swatch on Instagram so you can see what I mean.
Check whereever Milani products are sold to see if they’ve made it to your part of the world. Nothing is posted on milanicosmetics.com yet but keep checking there too.
Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Matte Lipsticks($5.99) are sold in Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS and whereever Milani Cosmetics are sold.
I love Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars and if you love them like I do then you also know using a tiny lip brush to spread it around can be a pain. That’s where this tip comes in. Now this isn’t my idea. I just got lucky that I saw a video from @makeupbydenise on Instagram in OCC’s twitter feed so now I’m sharing it with you. Continue reading OCC Lip Tar Tip: Use A Bigger Brush
(Note: This is a repost from November 2014)
I’m still under the weather but I just wanted to gush about this Black Tea & Blackberry Intense Therapy Lip Balm from Jack Black. It’s not cheap compared to other lip balms, but this one is worth it. One of the ways I know I’m feeling a product is when I’m using it unconsciously. I was reaching for this lip balm like I’ve been using it forever. I think it’s great. Continue reading @getjackblack Intense Therapy Lip Balm
The Beauty Blender. Is it an egg-shaped beacon of light or just another makeup sponge? I happen to love mine to the point that I stopped using brushes for a long time. Others don’t see the big deal or are happy with cheaper options from other companies. Where do you fall on this spectrum? Is the Beauty Blender everything you’ve ever wanted in makeup application or a hyped up, overpriced, colored sponge?
I can’t help but buy Black Radiance lipsticks. At less than $2 how can I not? I picked up Reggae Red and Plum Orchid mostly on whim. An instagram post from Black Radiance didn’t make it hard either.
I reviewed two of these before and I think these good lipsticks. They’re at a price that can be a perfect retail therapy pick-me-up without the guilt that comes with it.
Do you have a favorite Black Radiance lipstick? Let me know in the comments.
Black Radiance Perfect Tone Lip Color($1.99) are available at Wal-Mart, Walgreens and whereever Black Radiance Products are sold.
Depending on who you ask primers are very important when it comes to maximizing the look and longevity of your makeup. There are all kinds of sprays, gels, and lotions to help your face stay in place. Some may cost a pretty penny while others are a few bucks. So if you have a favorite primer what is it?
Leave a comment down below with your favorite primer(s) along with your skintype. You could help out the next reader. And if you’re still unsure where to start when it comes to primer check these links.