My First Time Ever Trying Black Radiance Beauty. A Haul.

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And as I’m wont to do, I went overboard. In my defence though, Walgreens online was having a buy two get one free, and it wasn’t the sort where you get the least expensive item free, it was based on the order that you placed stuff in your cart. Suffice to say, I got most of the higher priced items for free, although this brand is generally quite inexpensive, so I’m not sure  anything I got topped out over $9.99.

If you’re in disbelief that a black girl hasn’t tried Black Radiance Beauty, I’m right there with you. Most of it is because I’m so tragically used to dealing with mainstream brands that mostly cater towards lighter skin tones, that I’m used to having only two, at the most four shades to chose from. 

When dealing with a brand that’s inclusive or geared towards women of colour, specifically black women, the choices become daunting. Since I happen to fall squarely in the middle of black girl melanin magic, with undertones that are mostly not catered to in most brands, I just get lazy and can’t be bothered. 

However, in my bid to explore and support brands that cater to people that look like me, I started with a sale. So you know, if it doesn’t work I won’t feel too much pain. Plus, I’m looking to experiment, I get sick of the trying products from the same old brands, so if you have a contender out there that I should be checking out, let me know.

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(Re-Upload) A Sexy 3Sum With Guerlain.

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After my great experience with the Guerlain Meteorites compact, I decided that maybe I needed to explore the brand a bit. I actually had one thing tucked away in the back of my “Never Gonna Use But What The Hell Do I Do With It” drawer, we all have one, don’t front. This is something that my mum had given me a while back, I want to say a year ago, but it may have been longer, the plastic on the box hadn’t even been removed. To tell the truth I have no idea where she got it, she and my sister disappeared for like a week to Miami I think and she came back with this knowing my finishing powder obsession, but like I said at the time I’d thought of Guerlain as a very dated brand, and getting it from my mum did nothing to diminish that perception.

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(Re-Upload) The Luxury Makeup Rampage Continues With Chantecaille

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I got the Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation because I’d heard nothing but seriously excellent things about it. But legit? When I first tried it, I friggin hated it with a cold a brittle passion, because it seemed it had no coverage whatsoever. I did a “Yo, are you frigging kidding me right now? For $76 this is what I effing get”?

Then I calmed the hell down, and decided to work with what I had, so to speak.

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(Re-Upload) Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation

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Whenever I hear the words luminous and foundation in the same sentence, I tend to walk away real fast. For someone that has combination skin that most often veers towards oily, that can turn into you just looking like a greaseball. But, it’s Becca so you know that I had to at least try it, even though that always touted Becca Glow just looks greasy and hot to me.

This foundation was a trial for most people I think, for one thing it only comes in 8 shades. According to Becca they’re flexible enough that they adapt to each person’s individual skin tone. Though how something neutral is going to adapt to my yellow/gold/peach undertones was entirely beyond me, but I decided to be a boss about it and do it anyway.

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(Re-Upload) New For Fall: Kiko Milano Neo Noir Collection

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Autumn is officially here. In makeup land anyway. It seems like every year the new collections debut earlier and earlier, soon we’ll be having the Autumn in June. Which you know, won’t suck because I tend to prefer the Fall offerings anyway cause the colour schemes are generally the ones that I prefer cause I’m a boring bitch.

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(Re-Upload) By Terry…

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By Terry is another luxury brand that I’ve been wanting to try out for the longest time now. I could not however, bring myself to pay full price for it. Why though? I’ve paid higher prices for Burberry, Armani, Guerlain and Le Metier de Beaute, so what was the hitch here? I dunno, just looking at the products made me feel as if they were incredibly over priced, I just had a feeling I suppose.

SpaceNK had a massive sale a while back, and I was able to get the Cover Expert foundation which normally costs $66 for only $33. I also picked up two of the Terrybly Velvet Rouge liquid lipsticks at full price of $46.50 each. The lipsticks and the Terrybly Densiliss Blush were the things that I’d wanted to try, but I decided to hold off on the blush until I checked out these other things, because at $72, it needed to be perfect.

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(Re-Upload) Full Swing Into Spring (2016) With Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Collection (Foundation).

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Tarte’s Spring launch is just so darn pretty! Everything from the outer packaging to the tubes, to the colourful pieces is designed to make you swoon and lust after just about every piece in the collections, and there are a couple.

The Rainforest of The Sea Collection is made up of  6 shades of concealer, 12 shades of foundation and lipsticks, a colour correcting palette, a highlighting palette, two shadow palettes, various skin care items and tons of new brushes.

The Double Duty Collection, which is right now an Ulta exclusive, contains 2 shadow and blush palettes, 10 shades of liquid and powder foundation, 8 double sided lipstick and lip gloss combos, 3 shades of the Eye Architect Shadow and Liner pencils, 3 different types of double ended Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, as well as a makeup bag and various brushes.

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(Re-Upload) HauteLook Joe Fresh (Canadian Drugstore) Haul .

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Are you guys familiar at all with Joe Fresh? I mean, I know of the clothing side of the brand, I own a couple pairs of very unique jeans that I absolutely adore and I’d heard about their cosmetics line intermittently. The brand is a Canadian drugstore one, so being able to find it anywhere in the states is almost impossible, and while finding no shortage of Canadian bloggers that have reviewed the line, finding a dark skinned one proved to be impossible. I found not a one. A month ago Haute Look had a Joe Fresh for sale (they frequently have the brand this is the third time I’ve seen), and they had the entire line, everything priced between $4 and $11. I did some damage.

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(Re-Upload) Experimenting With The Drugstore: Jordana (Picture Heavy)

So I went through that little high end binge a bit back right? But then I decided that I needed to give some drugstore stuff a fighting chance because not all of it is terrible. One of the things that I’ve tended to stay away from in the drugstore realm is foundations. A lot of WOC can tell you that finding a good match in drugstore brands can be a little bit of a nightmare. Ok, a lot bit. I seem to have a particularly hard complexion and undertone to match, even with mid-tier brands I have a very hard time. I usually have to mix and match or use powders and other things to compensate or adjust so that a foundation looks just right on me. When I started using Tarte foundations again and found that the ones with peach undertones matched me best, I was confuzzled. I mean, I’d spent a really long time knowing that my undertones were golden, so what was up with that?

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(Re-Upload) Jay Manuel Beauty Filter Finish Foundation.

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After writing this post, the site went live and you can now purchase products directly from Jaymanuelbeauty.com

 

You guys remember the Jays from America’s Next Top Model? The Ms And Mr?

Well, Mr Jay, that utterly, breathtakingly beautiful specimen, has debuted his own cosmetics line, and it’s available exclusively on HSN.com. Unlike Tyra’s line (also on HSN), which in my opinion is a hot mess from names to shades, and is so substandard, Jay’s products are actually good. I’d ordered a few things, but most of them were on backorder so the first things that I got were the Filter Finish Foundation, and two of the blushes. I didn’t care for the blushes, not because they weren’t good quality, (they are, highly pigmented and wonderfully buildable, smooth finishes) but because the swatches on the HSN site are so bad that they appear significantly darker than they are in real life, plus the cases were so flipping bulky and unwieldy. So I sent them back.

Although the Jay Manuel Beauty site isn’t up for purchases yet, you can still get information on the various products. The description of the Filter Finish Foundation from the Jay Manuel site;

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