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Weave (Wig) Files: RPG Show Yaky 16″ Wig

6 Dec

Hey DIVAS!!!

So I know that this is a huge leap for you to see me actually wearing and reviewing a lace wig! I’ve worn a cpl in my day, some good, mostly bad. Some a couple times, some ONCE! Now if you’re anything like me, you hear “Lacefront” and you instantly cringe. From the “Oh-So-Noticable (Un)Natural Hairlines” to the gluing nightmares…ooh, I always see the worst case scenerio in my head. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some fly Divas out there that rock the SH!T out of some lace wigs, BUT unfortunately they are the minority in this weave game. HAHA! Shout out to April (muffinsismylover/YouTube) and Ms. Woods on Youtube because they can slap on a lace wig and make it look flawless hone with NO PROBLEM!!

Ahem, so when RPG Show Wigs reached out to me to review one of their wigs, I was extremely honored but really really REALLY scared. I quickly did my research and looked up thousands (slightly exaggerated) of videos from all kinds of beautiful sisters wearing and reviewing some gorgeous wigs from this company. Not everyone is going to love everything that a company makes or does, so I wasn’t surprise by some negative feedback. I was, however, surprise by the amount of positive feedback for a company that makes full and partial lace wigs, human hair, at such a low price. Low budget, no it’s not honey!

So this is what I recieved: http://sales.rpgshow.com/glueless-cap-human-hair-wig-straight-16-els118s-p-4348.html. The only difference between this one provided in the link, and the actual wig that I reviewed is that the wig I reviewed was a full lace wig, and not glueless. AHHHH, it gave me the heeby geebies Divas. Check out my full review, and cut and styling video to see what I REALLY thought of this wig.

*Note: This wig did not have bleach knots, but there are plenty of videos on YouTube that show you how to bleach your own knots should you desire it.

SWATCHES!! E.L.F. 100 Piece Eyeshadow Palette/

22 Aug

swatches of the blue row



swatches were obtain using only a slightly damp brush. No base, no primer

HEY DIVAS!!

So I decided to show a few swatches of a couple of my E.L.F. palettes just to show you the AWESOME pigmentation and color pay off you can get with this product line. For a fraction of the costs of higher priced, similar cosmetics, it’s perfect for a beginner or pro, for special occasions of EVERY DAY WEAR!

Pros:

Price point is unbeatable!

It’s a reputable, well known cosmetics line with a huge customer base, so you can get a lot of feedback from reviews alone.

It’s visable in both drug stores, as well as online and in some cases department/ retail stores as well.

Color payoff is incredible.

Most palettes give you a variety of matte, pearl and shimmer shades!

Cons:

You don’t have an opportunity to “test” or “swatch” the product prior to purchase

Some shades come off a little chalky (which could be easily resolved using mixing mediums or different bases)

Some shades are not as “powerful” as others.

As always I encourage you to weigh out your options, do your research and shop wisely Divas!

xoxo Chrissy

In Living Color: Colorful Online

31 Mar

#3 120 Palette

Oh my goodness! Look at this friggin palette! The shades found in this palette are absolutely stunning; both wearable with major dramatic potential! As you can see, this palette contains easy autumn and spring colors, high shine, super shimmery, and SUPER PIGMENTED!

I received this palette back at the end of January of this year, and as soon as I swiped a couple shades on my fingertips,  just to feel the consistency, and check out the color pay off, I’ve been using this palette on my clients STAT! One way or another, either as the entire eye look, an accent color, or a highlight color, I have been using this palette everyday, since the day that I received it.

I already own one of the more popular 120 palettes, also known as the second version of the 120 palette (click here) containing mostly bright colors, both matte and shimmery. This palette, however, is the third version available on this site and as you can see, this lends more towards a wider demographic of makeup wearers, professionals and enthusiasts alike. The colors are not as shocking or intimidating for the more tamed makeup wearers, so I would consider this quite a universal palette, to say the least. A++


I also received a red, shimmer-toned cream liner offered on this site. The color is true-to-tone, which a biggie for me, especially if you use it for its intended use; as a cream eyeliner. Admittedly, I rarely use these types of products as a liner, rather, I gear more towards these products as an eyeshadow, cream base.  The downfall with using most cream liners as an eyeshadow base, though, is that it tends to dry quickly, and is hard to blend completely because of this. Also, because it may dry fast, it does nothing to help the eyeshadow colors stick to the lid. To alleviate these issues, I simply add some type of siliconebased mixing medium to sustain the creamy texture. With this particular cream eyeshadow, I didn’t find that problem at all. It blended beautifully, held on the creamy texture a little longer, and still gave the “no budge, creaseless” effect that we all can appreciate.  A++

So you already know that I am NOT disappointed in the products, let’s talk more about the price points, packaging, labeling and shipping of these products.

Pricing: Make no doubt about it, just by navigating this site, you’ll see a trend on their prices; they’re super low! The pricing for their eyeshadow, blush and concealer palettes are not so unlike the prices you may find on similar websites like Coastal Scents, BH Cosmetics, or Stars Makeup Haven, give or take a couple bucks. You’ll also see that they offer a lot more than just makeup, they have a growing catalogueof cosmetics tools as well. Their site is growing with more products, so it’s only a matter of time  before they become a great online store for virtually all your beauty needs! A


Packaging/ Labeling: Both products came packaged tightly in card-board parcel, surrounded by a generous layer of large bubble wrapping. The parcel was prominently labeled “Fragile” so on the outside, every precaution has been made to insure the package would be delivered as safely as possible. The products themselves were covered in their own individual boxes, sleek, black and professional. Each individual boxes/ packages indicated the name of the products as well as the full ingredients of each products so that the consumer is well aware of the product and what it contains. After retrieving the products themselves from the packages, to my pleasant surprise I saw that extra care was taken in preserving the actual cosmetics. The two layers of the 120 palette were tightly sealed under plastic wrapping. After removing the cap from the gel liner, a safety seal was on top of the product, protecting the cream gel liner from drying out between manufacturing and shipping. Excellent! A+++

Shipping: Because I received these products from the company for free, they were shipped to me at the lowest shipping rate. The company is based out of China, and with customs, and the holiday, it slowed down the shipping of these products significantly! It took about a month for me to receive the products since it was sent in mid December! I spoke with Crystal, the main customer service rep, and my main contact with the company and she insured me that their company has many shipping options with delivery days as little as 7 business days and as much at 28 business days! That’s pretty cool being as that this company is based overseas.  Because I haven’t experienced any of their alternate shipping options, I can’t adequately rate this part. Sorry folks!

Out of all the good points that I like about this company, so far, and their products, I must say, there are some bad points that I’m inclined to share as well.

Knock-offs!: Although I love the selection and prices of the individual brushes they offer, I cringe at the knock off MAC brush sets that is found on this site as well. Trust me, these brushes are pretty decent(low, I got me a couple of these 7 piece brush sets from ebay a time or two before, both with and without the fake tag!), so if they just sell those sets w/o the name branded on it, I would dig it more. Not knockin’ anyone’s hustle, just sayin’, knock it off with the knockoff ish.

Well there you have it my beautiful people! The whole sha-bang! My review of ‘s #3 120 palette and their # cream liner. Hope you find this review thorough, and it peeks your curiosity about this company and their products.

Happy shopping Divas!

Things you should know about this company:

1. company website:www.colorfulonline.com
2. They have 2 ebay shop: colorfulstore09 and  wing_lijun, so check out their feedback
3. Normally , they ship parcels to their customers via china post mail ,it is estimated to arrive USA 12-23days, BUT they also can send parcels by EMS or DHL ,but shipping cost is a bit higher .(note: DHL does not ship domestically 😦 )
4. They have monthly promotions ,and will occasionally send their customers gifts .
5. Their company has been established for 3 years.
I’ve been told that their 120 color eyeshadow makeup palettes are their hottest sellers. “We have great customer service ,such as safety packaging and 100% guarantee of quality. Refunds are promised if the goods are lost on the way; defective items can be exchanged for replacement. I am one of dedicated person responsible for customer service ” Crystal, Colorful Online Customer Service Rep. For aspiring MUAs, practicing freelance MUAs or hopeful business owners, Crystal also adds, “We’ll give you wholesale  price , if your clients  buy our products ,we can also help you post the parcels to your clients .”
Well, isn’t that special. Let me know if you’ve ever checked out this company, received any products from them or had any other experience with them. Share your views and holla back!
visit their online store: http://www.colorfulonline.com

Haulin’ A$$: My Holiday Haul, Got Lots of Goodies!

29 Jan

I'm wearing some of the fab finds listed in this post! Million Dollar look for pennies on the dollar Divas! Products Used: (brows) Maybeline Line Stylist pencil "Expresso" Maybeline FIT concealer "#30" (eyes) LA Splash sealer/ shadow base FC (Femme Couture) Ultra Smooth gel eyeliner "Expresso" NYX eyeshadows "Gypsy" "Root Beer" "True Taupe" Milani Liquid-Fye khol liner "black" Loreal liquid liner "Carbon Black" Black Radiance Lash Lengthening mascara "Black" Amazing Shine falsies "#600" (face) FC (Femme Couture) face primer Maybeline FIT liquid foundation "#355" "#320" FC (Femme Couture) mineral bronzer, matte "Beach Girl" MAC MSF powder "Natural Dark" BSC (BitchSlap Cosmetics) pigment "Hottest Bitch" (lips) NYX slim lip pencil "LPL 14 Mauve" Milani lip/ eye pencil "Coffee" Revlon lipgloss "Nude Lustre" MBS (MakeUp by Sparkle) glossware "Barely Naked"

Hey Guys! SO I’ve been a little busy bee this holiday season. I’ve been picking up a few little goodies that I’ve either always been curious about, I’d recieve questions on or I’ve just been greedy and my eyes became (almost) bigger than my wallet. Thank GOD for my Divas in my city. I’ve been workin’ my little tale off beating faces and collecting cash for my untreated condition; I’m a TRUE Makeup-holic!! Nothing satisfies my addiction more, when it comes to new and fresh products, than GREAT DEALS!! I hate spending my hard earned money on over-hyped products JUST to feel like at the end, “Damn, I wasted my damn money!” Ugh. Well the bright side of most of my Buyer’s Remorse purchases is that, in most cases, AT LEAST I can return the products.

Enough blabbing Divas. Time to move on to my GOODIES!! First off, let me just say, I will have a couple separate videos featuring a lot of the products listed below.  More than likely, you’ll just see me feature these products in my upcoming makeup tutorials. I may not do a video review of all of them, but don’t worry, you will get my opinions on each of these fierce, fab, frugal finds! See who makes the grade! Check ’em out!

These are in no particular order of fabulousness, but in an effort to maintain some kind of order, let’s start with the FACE!!

Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer “Twice Baked”. Not so unlike M.A.C.’s MSF bronzers, truly! I love, love, love this bronzer!!! Beautiful color pay off, gorgeous sheen, wonderful staying power and because it’s mineral based, it’s really good for your skin. I personally sheer some of this bad boy all over my face after I apply a great tinted moisturizer loaded w/ SPF for a natural glow! So beautiful! And it retails for about $7.99 at Sally’s Beauty Supply (prices may very depending on city, state, sales taxes) A++ All the WAY!

Femme Couture Mineral Effects Face Primer: Super creamy! It almost feels like whipped marshmellows. It has a very faint scent to it, not overpowering or off putting at all. Does it do the job? Jury’s still out on that one. Although it feels wonderful on my skin, I’ve tried it on a few of my clients, but unfortunately I haven’t encountered any clients with particularly uneven surfaces to test out its “smoothing” effect. I’ll get back to you on that one. For me, it was a good investment for sure. My client’s skin looks even more flawless, and on a personal note, my makeup glided on effortlessly! Retails for about $12 at Sally’s Beauty Supply (prices may very depending on city, state, sales taxes) I’ll give it an A

Hard Candy’s mineral baked bronzer: Its ah-ight, but it ain’t ALL-LAT! LOL! It was only 6 bucks at Wal-Mart (prices may very depending on city, state, sales taxes), kind of an impulse buy. Not a total bust. It does have a gorgeous sheen to it. My only real complaint is that sheen can be a little over powering if you don’t use it in moderation. I give it a strong B.

Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer “Beach Girl” (matte) LOVE IT~~ A total comp for any of the M.A.C. MSF matte powders! My only complaint for this line, specifically for their pressed powders/ bronzers is that their shade selection is very scarce. Sigh. A

Ulta Minerals Bronzer “Bronze Glow”: I’m in bronzer heaven with this one! Just right; the right amount of sheen, the right amount of matte-ness and the right amount of color pay-off. I forget the price on this one, but check out your local Ulta Store or their website for that. A+

Maybeline FIT line liquid foundation and concealer: Surprisengly (but not really) I REALLY lucked out with this one!!! I really like this line. It’s advertised to sort of enhance and imitate the look of skin! Yay, makeup that doesn’t look like makeup; something I’m sure a lot of my Divas out there could appreciate right? RIGHT!! Buildable coverage? Yes! The consistency is a little off putting, it feels “thin” and really liquidy, but it actually works to its benifit. The concealer is the BOMB! One thing I like about this line is they sort of give you customizable shade numbers to match up to create a flawless face. Example, if your foundation is a 320 or 355, then the concealer you’re matched up with is a 30. If you’re a 220 or 230, your concealer is a 20. Easy as pie! (prices may very depending on city, state, sales taxes) I picked these bad boys up from my local Walgreens Drug Store and caught an awesome sale!

One con I’d be re-missed to not mention, throughout the day the foundation does sort of change color, as in deepen in shade as it “settles” into your skin. This may help you better when it comes to finding your perfect shade. Try a shade slightly lighter than your own, and you should be good. B+

Now on to the LIPS!

Black Radiance Prismatic Color lipglosses (l to r)”Diva Deluxe & Posh Plum”: OH MY GORGEOUS GOD!! Two words; THEEE BOMB!! Love these glosses. Pure color, pure shine…only like 3 bucks! Can’t beat that ish with a bat! A+++++++

The Maximum MAX lipgloss (Beauty Supply Store Find): Okay, this was totally an impulse buy. This is obviously cheaper or generic M.A.C. lipglass replica. Okay, okay, I get that. But hey, I don’t work for M.A.C., so I don’t care whose name is on the bottle, it’s what’s INSIDE that counts. For only $1.99 and this color pay-off, I came off on top with this one. The colors go on smooth, it has a pleasant sweet scent to it and the shade selection is quite impressive. I’m gaga over that purple gloss. SOOOO PRETTY! The only real con with these glosses is that they don’t have any shade names or numbers. Sigh. For that, I would give them an A-

Black Radiance Liquid Lip Color (l to r) “Crystal Rose, Ginger Spice, Bronze Elegance, Luscious Pink”: As you can see, the color pay off is excellent! LOVE THEM! The only con is that they do require quite a bit reapplying. I would totally use these for photo shoots because the colors are so vibrant and retouching between takes is expected, BUT I rarely grab these glosses for everyday wear. These glosses run about $3-$4 (prices may very depending on city, state, sales taxes) B+/ A-

MakeUp by Sparkle  “Dripping Wet” Holiday Collection Mini Lip Glazes (l to r) “Patty Cakes, Peep Show, Cat Call”: Really, really pretty, barely-there, sheer glosses. Sweet, sugar cookie scent and taste. YUM! A good reference point would be M.A.C.’s lipglasses. A+

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (l to r) “Pink Pop, Pearl Plum, Nude Lustre, Lilac Pastelle, Coral Reef” : I LOVE THESE GLOSSES!! So in love with this beautiful coral color, just dying over here with that lavender gloss, and the baby pink gloss is giving me LIFE!!  These glosses retail for about $8 a piece (prices may very depending on city, state, sales taxes). The consistency is thick but non-sticky, so you feel secure that no matter how faint or powerful the shade you pick, your lips are going to be glowing chile! A+

Revlon Colorblast Lipgloss  “Hot Pink Rose”: Definitely lives up to its name, it’s a blast of color baby. THAT IS PINK!! LOL! I really like this gloss for its shine and color pay off, but it feels a tad bit “grainy” due to the fine glitters that give this gloss its unique glow. B+

I’ve got my EYE on these finds!

NYX Jumbo Pencils (l to r) “Electric Blue, Purple Velvet and Rocky Mountain Green”: I love me some NYX Jumbo Pencils, and these are some of the newest shades that they offer. I picked these up from Ulta and I got them for a pretty decent deal, about $4 each. Only con is, if you’re not familiar with the texture of NYX’s Jumbo Pencils, they’re very creamy and could crease on your lids if you’re not careful. But that’s more on an “Operator’s Error” if this becomes a problem for you. Use in moderation and blend it well. All shades are true-to-tone.  A+++

Look Using LA Splash Passionate Plum (outer half & outer "V" crease area)

LA Splash Cosmetics mineral eyeshadow “Passionate Plum”: OH-EM-GHEE! So pretty! Just look at the picture above…you see that deep passionate plum baby. Nuff said. ULTA ALL DAY!! A++++++++++

LA Splash Splash Proof Sealer eyeshadow sealer/ base: This is EXCELLENT to apply cosmetic glitters, but you can also use this to apply loose shadows and pressed shadows as well. If you do, may I suggest you blend this in WELL and still add a colored cream shadow or base to the lids prior to your shadows. I’ve used this for quite a few looks, and it absolutely does the job! No creases here baby, my lids are sealed! A+++++

LOADS OF LASHES!! (l to r) Amazing Shine Eyelash #38, #600, #01″ and Ardell Runway MUA Collection “Gisele”: No need for review, but FYI, these Amazing Shine lashes are beauty supply store finds and they were ONLY $1.99 EACH!!

Black Radiance Lash Lenthening Mascara: This brush tip is not all too unfamiliar at all. It’s the perfect design to bring out maximum lash potential. For only $3.99 (Prices may vary depending on the city, state and sales taxes), it easily competes with the more expensive brands promising the same thing. The black mascara is SUPER BLACK so my lashes definitely look lush and lovely! A++++

Femme Couture Flawless Touch Eye Primer: Eh, what can I say. I can do with or without it. Not a total bust, it does feel quite lovely on my lids. I fear that the consistancy of this product doesn’t really help with de-creasing your shadows if you have somewhat oily skin, specifically lids. One way to avoid any issues would be to wipe off any access oils or moisturizers that may be on the lid and then apply a really thin layer of this primer on.  Again, I’ve personally had better primers so I wasn’t really blown away with this one. C+

Get Nailed!

So I’m going to get into doing nail looks and tutorials soon and I figure, what’s beautiful nails if they’re not healthy first? No reviews for these products below because I haven’t used them enough yet. But no worries, we will revisit these products to see if they were hit or miss for me.

Healthy nails are STRONG nails. Achieve this w/o acrylics! (clockwise) nail buffer, emory board, nail smoother/ polisher, Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler, Gelous Advance Nail Gel Coat, LA Girl Calcium Nail Builder.

Pretty in Pink (t to b) China Glaze polish “Pink Voltage (neon)” “Purple Panic (neon)”

REVIEW TIME: Mark. by Avon

29 Nov

Let me first start off by saying, I LOVE ME SOME AVON baby!! Don’t sleep, don’t sleep; a lot of the products that Avon provides are genuinely QUALITY. I personally live by their mascaras and their makeup primer. Soooo goood. I’ve been flippin’ through their cataloges for soooo long…but admittedly, a lot of the products that Avon does sell, namely their foundations and some of their mineral eyeshadows, are not quite up to par for my taste. A lot of their shades and finishes are a little “old-fashioned” if I can say that; Hey, just being honest.

Now Avon has a hipper, cooler, little sister…Mark.! I must say, the color selection and product variations that Mark.’s line carry is pretty dope, and with the quality of their products in general, it’s definitely a great and smart buy.

Checkout these AWESOME swatches and the amazing color payoff from these products!

Check out my (2-Part) Review on all the products I recieved from Mark.

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Nicki Minaj “Right Thru Me” Look

1 Nov

Products Used:
(Face) Revlon Color Stay
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish
Black Opal Oil Blocking Translucent Powder
Milani concealer
(Eyes) Maybeline Brow Pencil “Expresso”
NYX Jumbo Pencil “Lime”
iPrimer by Make Me Over Cosmetics
i885 88 color Fall/ Winter Palett by Make Me Over Cosmetics
Oasis Cosmetics liquid liner
Maybeline Eye Studio cream liner
Ardell Demi “120” wispies
Avon Super Extend mascara
(Lips) Sally Hansen lip primer
32 lip color palette (pale pink/ matte)
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Flawless Foundation Application

12 Oct

Eyes: Loreal Hip Duo "Sculpted"

I get SOOOO  many questions here lately regarding my foundation application. I’ll be honest Divas, it’s ever changing; from cream foundations, foundation sticks to liquid or even mousse foundation, I constantly modify my application techniques, constantly perfecting it little by little.

I’m not one of those chicks that typically use specific tools to apply my foundation, i.e., a foundation brush ONLY to apply my foundation. In my search to achieve the most flawless coverage, I found a neat trick using a totally different brush meant for a different purpose altogether! Continue reading

Look of the Day: Olives and Grapes

8 Oct
Who says greens, peaches and purples are just for Summer/ Spring? Fall into the Fall season with this gorgeous pop of color on your lids, and warm it up with rich bronzes on the face and a soft peach on your lips.

 

Who says greens, peaches and purples are just for Summer/ Spring? Fall into the Fall season with this gorgeous pop of color on your lids, and warm it up with rich bronzes on the face and a soft peach on your lips.

Tutorial for this look coming soon! Check out what products I used on Ms. Field’s face Continue reading

My Ebay Brush Set/ Review

6 Oct