STAY BEAUTIFUL WITH LANCOME PARIS

Fall is almost here, which means it’s time for Fall Fashion, Back, to School and time to start a new skincare routine. YAYYYYY!!!! Head on over to Macy’s to grab your gift with purchase offer from Lancome Paris. Hurry, supplies are limited and you don’t want to miss out on this. I’ve been looking for a skincare regimen to help with my discoloration and uneven skin tone but it has been hard to find a product that does NOT contain hydroquinone. I have to stay away from hydroquinone. It’s not good or gentle on my skin, especially on my face. Most skin lightening creams that treat uneven skin tone have hydroquinone as the main ingredient, so, trying to find a gentle and effective skincare product to even out my skin tone is extremely challenging. And for the record, I’m not trying to lighten my complexion. What I want to do is balance and even it out, instead of having multiple batches of different shades on my cheeks and jawline. So, I came across Lancome Paris Visionnaire Crescendo, it’s an at-home peel treatment that works overnight. There are two phases to the treatments; I’ll apply Phase 1 for 14 nights and then Phase 2 for another 14 nights, for total of 28 nights. The formula for Phase 1 contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) from Fruit Acids and Quinoa Husk Extract. The active ingredients in Phase 2 are a combination of Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid. All of these ingredients are combined in a concentrated amount to make the Lancome Visionnaire Crescendo Progressive Night Peel a powerful tool in my skincare routine. I will do I full review when I complete the full 28 nights of treatment. So, back to the Lancome gift with purchase offer from Macy’s….since I had to have the Lancome Paris Visionnaire Crescendo night peel, my total gifts from Lancome are worth up to $200. In addition, to the night peel , I chose to get the following gifts with purchase:

  • Lancome Visionnaire SPF 20 Multi-Correcting Cream (To correct and perfect my skin texture)
  • Lancome Bi-Facial Face Look (Eye makeup remover, mascara, primer and gold highlighter.)
  • Lancome La Vie Est Belle fragrance trio (It smells so good. Like refined baby powder—if that even exists.)
  • Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate (Cuz’ ya’ll know I got to stay looking young.)
  • Lancome 10-day foundation shade sampler
  • A blue Lancome cosmetic bag

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I AM A MAKEUP MANIAC

Yes, I confess I’m obsessed with makeup and not just with makeup but I’m also a fan of makeup and beauty illustrations. One of my “to-do’s” that’s on my bucket list is to buy a makeup illustration book, but in the meantime let’s take a look at some beautiful makeup illustrations from Bee Shapiro’s feature on , How To Wear Spring’s Most Inventive New Makeup from the NY Times.

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FENTY BEAUTY IS HERE!!!

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It’s finally, Friday, September 8, 2017. The official launch date of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty makeup line. There’s a range of makeup shades to match a variety of different skin tones. Pick from 40 shades of foundation and 30 shades of skinsticks. The makeup line is designed for a lightweight application that allows you to layer on more build-up coverage if you want. Using Fenty Beauty makes your skin and makeup look natural not cakey or makeup heavy. Fenty Beauty is available online at Fenty BeautySephora and Harvey Nichol’s. When designing the makeup collection, Rihanna wanted to create a makeup line, “that looks like perfect skin NOT like makeup on skin.”

Some gorgeous makeup looks from when Rihanna wore her own line of Fenty Beauty.

Rihanna at BLACK GIRLS ROCK (Source: Fenty Beauty)

Rihanna accepted the 2016 Black Girls Rock Rockstar Award wearing Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife and Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer.

Rihanna at the FENTY X PUMA SPRING 2017 FASHION SHOW (Source: Fenty Beauty)

Rihanna stunned with her Versailles-inspired collection. She wore Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 340, Invisimatte Blotting Powder, Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duos in Moscow Mule and Chic Phreak, and Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer.

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IS THAT NICKI MINAJ?

Right now, these are my top three favorite beauty looks from Nicki Minaj. But, she is fierce no matter what hairstyle, wig, or weave she decides to rock! Plus, her makeup is always on point. The picture with the red hair and heavy black eyeliner is gorgeous. And, that short hair is very edgy.
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Courtesy of Nicki Minaj via Instagram

MAKEUP FOR BROWN SKIN BEAUTIES

The following makeup brands make it real easy and hassle-free to find a tone/shade/color that goes well with caramel, dark-skin/brown complexions.

1. You can’t go wrong with any of the lipstick colors from COVERGIRL’S QUEEN COLLECTION

QueenCollection Amazon

Image via Amazon.com

Image via Afrobella.com

Image via Afrobella.com

2. Iman cosmetics is also another great and affordable line. Finding the right shade of red can be exhausting. I use the one below. It’s “Iman Red”.

Image via Imancosmetics.com

Image via Imancosmetics.com

3. Stop by a MAC Cosmetics makeup counter. You can try out different products (lipsticks, blushes, eyeshadows, foundations, and concealers) and find what works best for you and looks good on you. MAC has a ton of variety to choose from. I always have fun with MAC makeup. They’re the best! And they always tend to have the best celebrity collaborations.
Rihanna's MAC Summer Collection Image via BET.com
(Sorry, ladies. Rihanna’s RiRi Woo MAC Lipstick collection is sold out. But MAC VIVA GLAM RIHANNA is coming soon.)

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Ricky & Nicki’s AD Campaign for MAC VIVA GLAM AIDS Fund.

 Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday Lipstick by MAC Cosmetics.
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