Pampered Joy – Update

A few weeks ago, I posted the following review of Pampered Joy skincare. Since then, owner Felicia Thomas has opened a shop on Etsy! Please check out her site and look for an upcoming sale in order to make way for her Fall collection.  Felicia Thomas is a Brooklyn, New York-based makeup artist with a passion…

No More Makeup Masks!

A couple of years ago, I published a post entitled, “Makeup or Mask?” I described a mini makeup party my business partner and I hosted, where we encouraged the aspiring makeup-wearers to never feel they need to cover their natural beauty. I love working with women who don’t usually wear makeup – there’s a real…

Quick Beauty Tips: Applying Liquid/Cream Foundation

I was watching a makeup application video and cringed a little when I saw a young lady use a foam sponge to apply her cream foundation. I stopped using foam sponges a few years ago, mainly because I started using brushes for everything. But recently, I learned that you actually waste product when you use those…

Afrobella's Beauty Picks

The other day, a young lady from Facebook mentioned she was looking for a new lipstick shade and asked for suggestions. I immediately pointed her to my March 27, 2013 blog post, “Afrobella’s Essential Lipstick Collections For Women of Color.” Here I provided links to two awesome posts by Patrice Grell Yursik, a.k.a. Afrobella, where she…

Quick Beauty Tips: Easy Every Day Smoky Eye

This is a great work-friendly, daytime smoky eye from Simonne Devon. Last year, I created my own “lazy” neutral look for days when I didn’t feel like choosing colors, blending, etc. I simply used concealer, foundation and/or bronzer, eyeliner and mascara. On my lids, I used L’Oreal HIP Color Truth Eyeliner in Brown, which is…

This and That This Week: Cosmetiques Laudun

– photo courtesy of Cosmetiques Laudun Jeanne Gabriel Laudun is the inspiration behind Cosmetiques Laudun, a skincare company which offers a line of environmentally friendly and all natural products. According to the company website (thelaudun.com), “Laudun products pamper the skin with ingredients found in the common garden.” Jeanne Gabriel Laudun’s granddaughter, Anna Laudun Beauboeuf, is…