Friday, September 23, 2016

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer Review




I'm panning yet another bronzer. So I thought I would try and squeeze in a review of it...because why not? Too Faced has a very extensive range of bronzers. Most of them are not great for brown skin. They are way too light. But they do have one...Dark Chocolate Soleil,  but I haven't heard very much about it. Have you tried it?

Too Faced claims:
Every bunny looks gorgeous when they powder up using our complexion-boosting Sun Bunny bronzer. The secret to this amazing bronzer? The pink undertone mimics the flush of a natural tan, keeping your look fabulous, not faux
  • Universal Shades: Perfect for all skin tones to provide a rich, deep tan.
  • Can be used to shape and contour, or to produce an all-over rich glow.

I would never have bought this on my own. It came in my Too Faced Loves Sephora palette. 
First color on it's own, then the second, and all mixed together!

Like I said, it's way to light to be a bronzer on my skin tone. It's more a highlight, glowy color for me. Their are two separate colors, a light slightly orange bronze color, and a deeper one. You can use them separate, but I just mix them all together. Mixed together it looks mostly like the deeper color. 

It's not completely matte. It has some very subtle shimmer to it. Which makes it great for a very, very subtle highlight on my skin. And when I say subtle, I mean subtle. It really doesn't emphasize pores unless you pile it on. Sometimes I just put it on a fluffy brush (Real Techniques Blush Brush) and brush it all over my skin lightly. Other times I put it on a smaller brush and put in on the areas you  highlight, like down the nose, inner corners of the eye, cheekbones, etc.

I couldn't tell you how long it wears. I have oily/combination skin that takes on a glow of its own after a couple hours. It's hard to distinguish between if my "glow" is the product, or just my natural oils. 

I don't love. Probably would not pay the thirty dollar price tag for it. But I like it enough to use it up without it feeling like a hassle. The original comes with .35 ounces in cute packaging. In my palette I have .28 ounces. 

This bronzer is made in the USA (not all Too Faced products are!), and Too Faced is a cruelty free brand. 

Ingredients:
ngredients: Mica, Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Nylon-12, Zinc Stearate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. May Contain/Peut Contenir/(+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Manganese Violet (CI 77742). *Formulated without parabens

See? Very subtle. Ignore my smoky blue eye. I keep trying but they never come out nice on me :(


So overall, not a must have. I feel like I can find something in the drugstore that will give similar results at a better price point.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Brown Girl Friendly Makeup Lines

There are some great makeup groups on Facebook. I mean groups with actual working artists. Two that I'm a part of are Kevin James Bennet's In My Kit, and Sonia Roselli's Glossible- love that these two artist and many others are not afraid to speak up. The past couple of days there have been some interesting topics brought up. Namely Colourpop's fail with naming the deeper shades offensive names such as Yikes and Typo. I linked to the article that was shared yesterday. It's definitely worth checking out. In addition to Colourpop recently coming under fire, Milk Cosmetics had a little controversy with their lack of shade range in their new launches. They had a bunch of lame excuses as to why they have such a limited range. And last but surely not least, Sephora Pantone released a palette with insensitive names such as Thrush, Rawhide, and Potting soil to describe darker skin-tone colors. 



Dark skinned women were historically excluded, which created the need for companies like Fashion Fair, Flori Roberts, and later on brands like Iman and Black Opal in the 90's. Before that, many brands excluded black women completely. Forget about finding any foundation in your shade at all in earlier decades!

It's 2016 and these companies need to do better. Still, many companies will release a million shades of Ivory and Beige, and have ONE shade (toffee color) for black women. It's shameful. Even now you hear stories about makeup artists that work in Fashion Shows and don't have darker shades. That or they have no idea how to match us. 

So I thought I would compile a list of companies that are diverse and try to cater to a range of ethnicities. They aren't necessarily black owned (although some are!)

1. Fashion Fair- Fashion Fair is one of the largest black owned makeup companies. They have excellent lipsticks, lip liners, glosses, and ultra pigmented eyeshadows. I also sampled a powder one time and was amazed how great it looked on me. Fashion Fair is my mom's brand. It was the brand she always had when I was growing up. I still have an older lipstick in their pink packaging that I will keep forever! Fashion Fair was one of the first to make colors for brown skin and I hope they will be around forever! It's a little outdated now (they should do an eyeshadow palette and just refresh), but in my opinion the products are still great and worth supporting! 


2. Black Opal- I've wanted to try their stick foundation for a few years now. Will try, and try soon!

3. Iman- She has an excellent range of stuff. It's become more widely available in more recent years. I haven't tried anything yet, but it's on my list!
4. Black Radiance- Owned by the same company as Wet N Wild- you can tell by the packaging. I love their lip glosses!And they are very budget friendly.
5. Shea Moisture- I haven't had the best luck with some of their bath and body/hair products. But I've heard great things about their makeup!

6. MAC Cosmetics- When I first heard about MAC, I didn't get the obsession some people had with it. I think it's because MAC includes EVERYONE, men and women, and they use a lot of diversity in their marketing. MAC has a great range of foundation for deeper skin tones- although they do have a problem trying to match EVERYONE that comes into their store to NW45. Not every brown girl is NW45!


7. NARS- I love NARS. They use a diverse group of models and they have an excellent range of foundations. This picture is currently on their homepage and it's gorgeous. I have 'fro envy! Also they use a diverse group of models in their tutorials. 


8. Black Up- I heard some suspect stuff about how the company was started which is worth reading up on. I haven't tried it out, but some of the stuff looks pretty nice.


9. Bobbi Brown- Always included women of color in her range and still seems to be expanding it. 

10. Covergirl Queen- Covergirl was getting it wrong for years. They had light brown shades with grey, pink, and green undertones. I'm not even kidding. But they got it right with Covergirl Queen. I've only tried a foundation and bronzer from the line, but it was good stuff. And they have a great range of shades, it's just hard to find!

11. Make Up Forever- Excellent range of pigmented products. It is geared more towards pros, so I'm not surprised with the range!

12. AJ Crimson- I've heard such great things about his foundation! And his lipsticks looks pretty great too!




In addition to these brands, most pro brands have a great range of colors. AJ Crimson, Kryolan, Graftobian, etc. I'm sure I left out some brands. If there are any you love, please let me know in the comments. I'll probably update as I find more.

Brands that are OK (just OK though)- Urban Decay, Lancome, Bare Minerals (they're original colors have a decent range).

Brands that need to do better: Benefit, Too Faced, Stila, It Cosmetics, The Balm, Almay, Physicians Formula, Revlon, Almay, Loreal, New York Color, Milani , NYX, MILK, Colourpop, Smashbox and everyone else basically. 

 I left out Indie brands. But Coloured Raine and Juvia's Place seem to be very popular at the moment.

And this is random but don't ya'll hate when a brand markets to darker skin tones but doesn't carry anything deeper than tan in their foundation line? What the heck are they even putting on the models?Or when you hear something raved and raved about (L'oreal Cushion Foundation) and they only carry two shades for brown women? 







Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Physician's Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner+Serum Review



Generally I stay away from Physician's Formula. They are one of the brands that like to pretend Women of Color do not exist, and so I usually do them the same courtesy. Their deepest shade is usually "beige". I wouldn't have picked this out (my Uncle actually got it for me for Christmas!) but I think I remember a friend wearing it and really liking it on her. Also I saw a couple tutorials using it for very graphic looks and it looked pretty awesome, so I had to try for myself.

Physicians Formula claims:


  • High-tech formula enhances the appearance of lashes while providing the instant definition of a liquid eyeliner, in one easy step! 
  • Lash Boosting complex targets the base of lashes where it is most effective.
  • Innovative and easy to use eyelining tool delivers effortless definition. 
  • High-tech Japanese formula is long-wearing, water-resistant and smudge-resistant.



  • I won't beat around the bush. I love this eyeliner. I've had MAC Fluidline, Revlon Colorstay, and various eyeliners and this is definitely my favorite.

    It's very easy to use. It's quick. It's super black. And it lasts all day. You can do thin or thick lines.  And it hasn't dried up yet. I opened it over a year ago (didn't really use it) and it's working just fine now. 

    It's supposed to grow lashes, but honestly I don't care about that. If you want longer thicker, lashes, use castor oil! Plus I'm not really sure which of the ingredients is supposed to grow lashes, but whatever!

    It's your usual packaging. Well, it is the "nice" plastic. And I love the little felt tip it has. It feels like quality packaging. No complaints there.

    It's a bit more on the spendy side at almost $11. Especially for being a drugstore brand after all. But I'm going to say it's worth it. Plus if you keep an eye out you can usually get it on sale.

    It's hypoallergenic, cruelty free, fragrance free, paraben free, safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. 

    Ingredients:
    Water. Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer. Butylene Glycol. Glycerin. Beheneth-30. Ammonium Acrylates/Methyl Styrene/Styrene Copolymer. Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17. 1,2-Hexanediol. Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer. Caprylyl Glycol. Ceteth-20. Ethylhexylglycerin. Pentylene Glycol. Polyglyceryl-3 Disiloxane Dimethicone. SD Alcohol 40. Sodium Polyaspartate. Phenoxyethanol. Sodium Hydroxide. Disodium EDTA. Black 2. Iron Oxides. - See more at: http://www.physiciansformula.com/en-us/productdetail/eyes/pencils-liners/07366.html#sthash.hDzKcf9f.dpuf


    Overall, I still don't like the company. Love the eyeliner. Probably won't repurchase though and will look for something similar from another company.
    Ignore my brows and ashy looking eyeshadow..they look awful!

    Random: Have you heard about Colourpop naming colors meant for deeper skin "typo" and "yikes"? 
    And here I was thinking they were one of the good brands! I've never placed an order with them, and thinking now I never will. I agree with this article wholeheartedly! 

    Eshkana-E-Miwa (Furit Soup)

    I love cooking foods from different countries. Lately, I've been making soups from Afghanistan and I have found some GREAT recipes. 

    This is the only one so far that was extremely different from anything else I've ever had before. It's a soup made from mostly dried fruits with an egg cooked in. Unfortunately i could find much more information than that on the soup. Usually when I google the name it comes up with all different variations of the same recipe. This had nothing.

    It was very different. And although there was no meat in it, it definitely had a "meat" taste. A sweet meat taste. I wouldn't say it was nasty, just extremely different and hard to get used to for me 
     My sister actually really liked it. So I'm glad at least one person really liked it.

    If you leave out the egg, it is easily vegan and vegetarian friendly. 

    Other than that, it was fun to cook and try something different. But when I'm in the mood for an Afghan soup I will probably just stick to the other recipes I love that are tried and true for me. 

    If you are in the mood for something different, it is worth trying. 

    Click here for the recipe.

    Monday, September 19, 2016

    MAC 219 Pencil Brush Review



    I've really been slacking on keeping up with the new collections coming out. I completely forgot about the Selena collection coming out. She definitely wore some great reds and I was pretty excited to see the collection. A part of me really wants to pick one up, but I definitely don't need any lipstick, plus I have a feeling this one will sell out instantly. MAC also did a collection with Taraji Henson. And those highlighters and that lipstick is pretty tempting. But I just don't need it. I really don't (If I keep repeating it, maybe I'll believe myself!). 

    Anyway, today I'll be reviewing the MAC 219.

    MAC claims:
    For precision shading on the lid, in the eye crease or along the lash line. The soft, smooth fibres of this brush are gathered into a pencil-shaped tip. It is ideal for blending eye liner into eye shadow to create a smoky-looking eye. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules.

    I went a long, long time without a pencil brush. Well, not really. I did have one on the end of an old Essence brush, but it's always been a little wonky so I almost never used it. I had heard great things about the MAC pencil brush, so I got it. I've had it a couple years now. I remember being surprised at how stiff the brush was when I first got it. I had seen people scrubbing/blending shadow under the eyes with it, but in my experience it's a little too rough for that.

    It's great for placing shadow under the eyes and that about it. I've also seen people doing detail work on the lid with it. But I don't like it that way either. Maybe it's my eye shape. Sometimes I'll use it to smudge pencil liner. It's OK for that.
    Comparison to the NARS #14 Brush

    I just haven't really fallen in love with the brush. I have a NARS #14 brush, that works a lot better for me as a "pencil brush". 

    I did buy it a couple years ago, and now have no idea how much I paid. It's $25 but I feel like I got it for less. 

    It's not a must have brush for me. I do use it, but there are other brushes I would rather reach for first. 

    Also, I like to note where each brush is made. MAC has some made in China, France, and Japan. This one is made in Japan.

    Do you use pencil brushes? What's you favorite?

    Random: My cannoli came out excellent yesterday. The shells were a little small. I need a larger cookie cutter to cut them out, but so delicious.


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    Sunday, September 18, 2016

    Shopping My Stash: Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eyeshadow Palette

    Hope everyone is having a great Sunday! I've been cooking. Frozen Strawberry Grape Smoothie. Coconut Milk pancakes (made with homemade coconut milk!), and later on I'm going to try my hand at making Cannoli. 

    And of course, I've been playing in eyeshadow. I've heard great things about the uber expensive Tom Ford palettes. But $82 for four eyeshadows is probably not something I will ever be able to swing. And not to mention I'm on a very long eyeshadow no buy. So I thought it would be fun to try and dupe the palette.


    I did my best to match after looking at swatches on google. About three of the shadows seem to be duped easily enough by the Too Faced Chocolate Bar- although I did pull one of the colors from an old Vice palette I could have used White Chocolate in the Chocolate Bar. I wasn't really thinking. I pulled the last color from the Too Faced Semi-Sweet and did an easy everyday look.


    The light color I used is Anonymous from Vice LTD. I don't really like colors like this, it's not something that would make me want the palette. The only way I use it is as brow highlight. The next shade is a mix of Semi-Sweet and Milk Chocolate. The next shade I used as a dupe is also from the Chocolate Bar, Amaretto. Amaretto might be a little too red but it was close enough for me. The last shade I pulled from Too Faced Semi-Sweet, it was the Cocoa Chili Shade.

    I used Anonymous as a brow highlight. Threw the Semi-Sweet/Milk Chocolate mix in the crease. Put Amaretto all over the lid, the pigmentation on it could be better. Mine seems to have hard pan or something. And darker a smudge using Cocoa Chili in the crease. 

    Overall, a simple look that I really like. I probably could have smudged it up with some liner for a smokier look. 

    Would I buy this palette (if I magically had the $82)? Probably not. I feel like the colors are pretty dupable, and I'm happy with the dupes in my collection. Keep in mind I have never seen the palette in person. 

    I had fun though, I think I might try to dupe all the palettes and see what I come up with. 



    'Scuse the scarf!