Sunday, February 27, 2011

On My Nails: OPI Black Shatter and Orly Gorgeous

It's funny, at one point in my life I used to HATE painting my nails, but now I can't get enough nail polish!  When the OPI Black Shatter came out, I knew I had to have it.  While I like painting my nails, I haven't quite advanced to the concept of doing nail art and probably never will (too much work).  But Black Shatter gives me that artistic look with little effort.

Underneath Black Shatter is Orly Gorgeous.  It is surprisingly sheer and even with 2 coats it is still relatively sheer. The color is a fuchsia pink with a light purple sheen.  Something about it reminds me of a highlighter color.  While Gorgeous really is a gorgeous color, I have never really been impressed with Orly nail polishes.  They have such a beautiful color selection, it is a shame that they don't last longer.  If you can notice in the pix, the ends are already faded away and I've had this polish on for less than 24 hours.  I have Sinful Colors Professional Base Coat on, but I guess that is not enough.  Not a big fan of top coats, just because it just adds to my drying time.  If you want to try Orly, I strongly recommend a great base coat AND top coat!


















Friday, February 25, 2011

Top 12 Lipsticks

So I often get asked about my favorite lipcolors and what I think looks good on my skin tone.  As a woman of color, I know that we often are fearful of color when it comes to our makeup.  I was also like this for a long time, then I began to realize that color is awesome and looks really good against our skin tone.  Here are my favorite lipsticks! Enjoy!



(Disclaimer: lipsticks were applied quickly and some heavier than I would usually wear, but I wanted to give you an idea of the color.  Please excuse the nose hairs, not sexy but was too lazy to crop pictures)

NARS Dolce Vita

MAC Thrills

MAC Shy Girl

Sephora Mr. Lover

NYX Mauve

 Revlon Soft Rose

Benefit Liar Lips

Lorac Plum Lucky

(this picture does not show true color, it is more red than the picture shows, sorry)
MAC Hot Tahiti

Benefit Ruby Vibes

MAC Violetta

Victoria's Secret Showstopper


*KISSES!*

OPI Black Shatter - $ 5.50 and Free Shipping !

OPI Black Shatter - $ 5.50 and Free Shipping !
I love Black Shatter nailpolish, it gives my nails such a unique look with so little effort!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Review: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector

Like so many of the drugstore items I review, I picked this item up on a whim.  I mean, who wouldn't want to look more awake after a sleepless night?  I did a brief review on my YouTube channel for the Makeup Geek Challenge (click link to view).  Here is how it compares to YSL Touche Eclat and pictures for further reference

YSL Touche Eclat: Radiant Touch: 

  
A luminizing pen that brings light and radiance to the skin, immediately erases any signs of fatigue, and brightens the complexion.

 Neutrogena Healthy Sin Brightening Eye Perfector:

Discover a do-it-all product that not only brightens and conceals with a patented blend of anti-oxidants including Vitamin E, wild chamomile and soy, but is also clinically shown to de-puff and treat the appearance of dark under eye circles. A flow-through brush perfectly applies the Brightening Eye Perfector for on-the-go flawless coverage anytime. 
  • Comes in only 4 Shades, which can be viewed on the Neutrogena website 
  • Retails for appx. $11.99 (prices may vary)
  • .17 oz of product

Obviously price is going to play a big factor for those of us on a budget.  While I would love to try the Touche Eclat, I just can not justify paying $40 dollars for a highlighter right now.  The Neutrogena works for me for now.  It wakens up my face, but for those of you with severe dark circles...........this may not be the best product for you.

Step By Step:

No Makeup
Foundation 

Neutrogena Eye Perfector

Blush
Powder on top to blend it all out
Finished Look







Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Black Opal's True Beauty Model Search

I have entered the contest and need votes.  Click on the link down below and submit your vote.  One vote per person, per day.  Thank you:-)

Vote:
http://www.blackopalbeauty.com/truebeautymodelsearch/gallery /entry.php?model=4d65945db00c4


Saturday, February 19, 2011

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Friday, February 18, 2011

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sale: Korres Lip Butters!

I received an email from Korres, that they will be having a sale for two days on their amazing lip butters. 40% off!  I have four: Plum, Mango, Wild Rose, and Jasmin and I love them all.  They usually retail for about $10 each.  With flush of color added to your lips and unbeatable moisture, this is a great offer.  Just enter the code: LIPBUTTER at check out.

Direct Link:
http://www.korresusa.com/product/6600/lip-butter/color/category/lips

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Monday, February 14, 2011

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Was the Pepsi Max Commercial Racist?

So there has been quite a bit of discussion about the Pepsi Max Superbowl commercial. Here is what I think. Link to the original video I am referring to below my video. What did you think about the commercial?




CerebralMadness' Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyKg11ZHxmw

Friday, February 4, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

NEW HAUTELOOK EVENT: NYX





(pictures are of some of the items actually being sold on the site)

 HauteLook has some amazing deals on NYX products.  Which is great since NYX is not expensive.  Products range from lipsticks, palettes, blushes (which I loaded up on) and many other great sets. Check out now because the event ends Monday, February 7, 2011, at 8am PST! Register at the link down below!

Registration:

http://www.hautelook.com/invite/chrystynsview

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