Feb 21, 2018

Fenty Beauty x Stunna Lip Paint By Rihanna

It’s been a little bit since I’ve done a beauty related post and I think that it was about time to bring on a review because it’s long overdue. So I’m a bit late with this post, like a couple of months late but better late then never right. I first must tell you that this post is sponsored by JCPenny’s and all thoughts are my own as always,  JCPenny’s basically put me up to the $50 challenge during the Christmas holidays and of course I was up to the challenge because I just love a good challenge. It was no secret that I was pretty eager to stop by Sephora because...WHY NOT!? And there were a few things I was interested in checking out that was on my wish list  like Fenty Beauty x Stunna Lip Paint By Rihanna.

Now I’m not one to fall into trying things that’s “trending” or everyone is getting just because but I really was intrigued by this product and since it wasn’t coming out of my pocket...WHY NOT?! Also Rihanna did something that was truly revolutionary for someone who is just entering the beauty world that beauty brands thats been here for decades still haven’t done or mastered She created a brand that caters to all skin tones and complexions and with this lip color  I’ve seen this going all over instagram women of all complexions rocking this beautiful shade of red. So as a woman of color I had to support her and her beauty brand and see if this was something that was overly hyped or worth the hype.  I felt compelled to try it. So let me give you my PROS & CONS which will be my review.

  • Stunna Lip Paint is that perfect red that look great on on everyone of all complexions!
  • Stunna Lip Paint  ( Uncensored) is a comfortable matte finish that doesn’t leave your lips looking like a dried up prune. 
  • The unique applicator allows you to apply an even coat of the lip paint in an effortless way and line the lips at ease. 
  • Has a velvety fill that blurs out fine lines on the lips making the lips appear smooth and seemless 
  • The packackging of the product is stunningly gorgeous & stylish
  • Leaves you feeling sexy
  •      Has a Opaque finish. You don’t have to go over it multiple times to get the pigment that you desire

  • My only issue with this is yes it can last you 24 hours and even with a couple of drinks it will stay on your lips however it can transfer, I’ve had several moments where I accidentally swiped at my lips not hard just slightily and it did shift a little. Which is understandable with the type of formula used. 

But I must say even with the minor transfer that I got the lip paint remained bright and pigmented. Also another thing that I loved about this lip paint is that it didn’t start to fold or break up throughout the day. You know what I’m talking about. I’ve experienced the  crustiness in the inner part of my lips where the lip product would start to crumble and fold uncomfortably on the lips making it look funky and not cute at all. It reminds me of when you doing a refinish on wood and you remove old paint with a product that basically eat up the bind of the paint from the wood surface and the paint looks like it’s chipping and crumbling up. Well Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint does not do that. THANK GOD! 

This Lip Paint retails for $24 which may be steep for some but I think it’s pretty competitive against some high end lip products. I think the price is worth it  and I can definitely justify the price when I think about the quality of the product. That’s really what it’s about. 

Also another thing you must know is that Stunna (Uncensored) Lip Paint is a blue-toned red. On my bare skin I personally feel hat I don’t look good with blue-toned reds. That’s just my opinion. But when I’m made up it’s totally different. I’m going to share some photos with my bare face using Stunna Lip Paint and with a full glammed look. 

Feb 8, 2018

Valentine's Day Bedroom Reveal

I'm not much into pagan holidays but I must admit as an artist I love to be creative and because I've been getting back into Home Decor I thought it would be fun to share how I updated my space for Valentine's Day in the most affordable way. Valentine's Day decor doesn't have to be your typical frilly nilly decor with hearts all over the place, pink & red themed. It can be something that can remain a part of your space and age appropriate. So today I'm revealing how I added a touch of love to my space.

If you follow me on Instagram then you will know that I love flowers but you must also know I prefer Synthetic flowers because although I have a window I don't get much sunlight in there to nourish plants so I personally opt for synthetics for maintenance purposes. I have flowers and plants all over the place in my space because plants creates a sense of  balance and vibrant energy.

So the first thing you will notice is probably a difference in my mantle feature over the bed or maybe it's the bed? Oh well we're going to start  with the mantle piece. 

There's a lot that has changed on my mantle...let's try everything! From left to right....
This mantle piece definitely got an major upgrade and what I said about the frilly nilly valentine's decor I promise you that you won't see anymore imitation candy hearts. I thought it was cute and now I have something to pull out every year. This is also a great gift. I can recycle the flowers into another vase after the Valentine's Day holiday. 

As you can see my bed definitely got a major makeover. Can you feel the love in this room!? Blush tones add the perfect amount of contrast. 

A little close up on my table tray that I found at Target for only $5. What a steal! Also you must know every floral arrangement that you see in these photos were created by me. 


Another transformation was definitely my bedside table. TOTAL SPRING VIBES Right? I pulled out my marble slab that I got from Home Depot and placed it as the new surface to lighten the space. Added a oversized photo which you can't see much of but i do feel that it gets rid of some of that negative space on the wall.. 

A space inspired by love doesn't have to be so cheesy neither does it have to be expensive. This is a space I didn't spend much money on but I put a lot of love and thought into it. And it's also a space that I feel I don't have to change as the holidays changes. 

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Jan 5, 2018

How To Style Your Bedside Table

Bed side tables are the most used and sometimes abused furniture piece in the house. This surface is where you will find snacks, water, your keys, your phone, books, jewelry, bill statements medicine... You name it, it's probably there. I believe that everything should have a place. When I was growing up I was used to seeing clutter. My home wasn't messy it's just every square inch of wall space was taken up by some furniture piece which to me gave a cluttered feel.  Every surface was used and claimed ESPECIALLY the end tables and Bedside tables. There were things there that shouldn't be there. I believe our homes are sacred and it should a place where we can come and relax. Clutter makes it hard to relax. Even when you sleep you still feel tired. 

I'm going to share with you how to style your bedside table like a pro and make it functional for your needs but stylish at the same time. 


Every bedside table need some form of light source. Something that can provide adequate lighting to be able to see.  I like to add a variation of height when styling my bedside table. Most times my lamps is the tallest item on my bedside table.. You can find very affordable lamps in many places. I picked mines up from Ross Dress For Less. Ross is one of my favorite places to shop for affordable and stylish furniture, decor and more. This tall lamp was only $18 which is an amazing price point for a lamp of this size and style. I also got a additional discount on it because the switch was broken. Something I could fix. So if you see any malfunctions always ask for an additional discount. I guarantee you they will honor it unless it's marked down for clearance. Most times if the markdown is 50-60% they may not honor another discount but it doesn't hurt to ask. If you have a small table opt for a sconce so you can maximize the space to accessorize your table. 

I'm not much of a reader like that but I won't deny I like to look at books. And for the most part most of us are reading something. Or maybe you don't read often you may write. Either way books are a great way to style your bedside table and add texture, style and height. It's also a great stationary. When styling your table with books. you want to be careful with how you style it according to the proportion of your table. You don't want to soak up your whole table with books. You want to be able to add a bit more accessories. Books are also great to add accessories on top of as I did in photo below. It serves as a shelf. You can purchase nice decorative books from places like Five Below, Dollar Tree, Family Dollars, 99 Cents Store Only. Those are place I like to shop for small nick nacks, 

Faux Flowers, Vase, ornaments inside vase and owl from 99 Cents Only Store

It's no mystery that I love flowers and I love to make floral arrangements.  I believe flowers add life to the space and texture. And I think it's important to incorporate some natural element when styling your bedside table even if it's not real. Because my space is dark and I don't get much sunlight I opt for synthetic flowers. But there are low maintenance natural elements like succulents that doesn't require a lot of light and water. Still I opt for synthetic plants because I like to have control. I like to shop at Dollar Tree & the 99 Cents Only for my vases, and flowers. They most times come in clusters so I like to customize and cut the stems to make it more organic looking. You don't have to spend a lot of money. Also when I use to work for Krogers I use to buy fresh flowers when they were clearanced off. So be sure to check out the deals that's available for you. 

Candles are something that's a must for me. I have them all over my space. It's a great small item that adds another natural element to your bedside table. I love how it makes my table looks, I love how it smells, and love how it makes me feel. I don't know anyone that doesn't like candles. Candles are a great way to meditate. It has a calming effect because of its kinetic energy that it sends through it's motions. Candles in my opinion is essential to have in your space on your bedside table. I purchase many of my candles from Ross. 

Bedside table at Ross for $35 | Owl I got from 99 Cents Only Store

Small items can be jewelry bowls, it may be candles for you, it may be something that you truly love. I think it's important to have something that represents your style that's small and can fit in the palm of your hands. I love owls. Anybody that's been friends with me or have been keeping up with me probably will know that. I have them all over my space. I wear them as jewelry, I have coffee mugs with owls, I have floral owl vases, so it's only right to have a owl on my bedside Since it's a great part of my style. Owls are very symbolic to me and I want go into what they represent. I think it's important to have something that you love and represents your style on your bedside table. I love flowers, I love candles and I love owls. 

What are some things that you must have on your bedside table?

Jan 2, 2018

The Perfect Gourmet Chili For The Winter Season

I know this may sound weird but I love the winter season but I don't like to be cold but I feel winter is not winter if it's not cold. I don't mind the cold air as long as I don't really have to come out in it and I can stay snuggled up under the fireplace. Does that make sense? No ok lol.
When I think of Winter I think of things like hot cocoa, hot ginger tea, wassail, gumbo, and chili! Today I'm sharing with you how to turn ordinary chili into something with loads of flavor, and loads of color. So sit back, get cozy by your fireplace in your favorite pajamas because I am about to show you how to make the best gourmet chili that will make you kick yourself.

 I make chili all year round but for some reason chili taste better in the fall/winter. The heat flavor or chili and warmth that you get from eating it is just perfect. But it's even the more perfect gourmet style.  I just can not explain the flavors. The best way for you to know is to try out my recipe. Now I'm not going to share how I make my chili. That just wouldn't be right lol.  But I will show you how to turn any ordinary chili whether its can chili or homemade into a gourmet style chili with a abundance of flavor. 

When I blend flavors I blend it base on my taste buds and how I feel. It's like painting to me. Painting is a feeling. So I can't measure it.  There is this chili surprise that my pastor makes that includes cornbread, mexican corn, mexican cheese and of course her chili. Y'all it is AHHHMAZING! Well this was kind of inspired by her chili except I removed the cornbread and I did my own spinoff of it. Now let me tell you something about myself. I don't measure my ingredients. I cook based on feeling. I eyeball everything.  And sometimes I base the amount of ingredients on how I want to present it in front of someone. Anyone that knows me knows that and it has not failed me yet. So don't expect any measurements in this post. 

The Key Ingredients that you will need to transform any ordinary chili to chili with loads of color, loads of flavor and loads presentation is...

Mexican Corn 
Mexican Cheese
Feta Cheese

And this is optional... (Add Rice) But honestly you don't really need it because the corn is your starch so you have your protein, your starch and you have your nutrients from the avocado which is rich in fatty acids. And Garlic helps to lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure.

That's it! It's pretty simple. I guarantee you will love it! But If you happen to try this method let me know what you think.

Dec 13, 2017

Budget Dupes For Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

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Let's be real, the eyeshadow palette that generated the most buzz  and uproar this year was obviously the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. Can we agree with that? Many had high hopes for this palette because of the success of the sister palette Modern Renaissance. The bold, extremely pigmented, unique colors of this palette had people shaking in their Louboutin's . However there were a lot of mix reviews some being highly disappointed and some loving the palette. The issue some found with the palette is the amount of kick back and fall out that this palette gave them. But what I noticed were people were swirling really hard into the palette like there was no tomorrow and when you're dealing with a palette that's as pigmented as this palette you want to always tap just to see how much coverage you get. Yes you will get kick back some palettes more then others but there is no reason to dig into a palette like many were doing unless it's hard press which the only way to find out is to test it with a slight dab or even a slight swirl to see how much product you pick up. It's better to start with a small dab and work your way up then going all in. Of course it's going to hit pan fast. One brush tap of this palette can easily cover the whole lid space. 

Photo Credit: BeautyPalmira.de

 Also some felt that the color were blending into a pile of mud as they call it. Well that would happen if you didn't have the basic knowledge of color theory. Because these shades are unique and when you're blending example greenish tones into a brick red remember these shades are on the opposite side of the color wheel so that means they will cancel out each other which also means when a shade cancels out another shade it neutralizes itself turning into a brownish tone. So this knowledge is important. Its all about technique and basic knowledge of how to place your colors. I know people were saying palettes shouldn't be this complicated and shouldn't have to be schooled to use a palette. Which may be true in some sense but I could say we shouldn't be so basic. But that's definitely my opinion. I believe makeup is something that is trial and error. You learn about formulations, new techniques that work for you. We learn how to work with certain products by testing the product. This requires practice and skill which makes us artists when we learn to master how to use a product. Technique over time can be learned. Honestly I thought that this palette should have been released to the pro artists because I feel that it would have been received better. In no way am I discrediting anyone however every palette is different, it's packed differently and it was released to the consumer base. Which a lot of consumers base their thoughts on what "influencers" say and there were a lot of influencers that didn't know how to work the palette. Just because you can paint you face well doesn't mean that you're great at everything.  If you don't know how to work with pigments then you won't know how to work with this palette because that's basically what it is. It requires some technique and level of skill and knowledge of color to be able to know what works best and how to blend everything. And sometimes realizing that simplicity is sometimes better with certain palettes and this is one of those palettes that you don't have to overthink necessarily. I have seen some complicated looks and seen how those artist managed to pull off those beautiful compositions so it can definitely be done. 

PHOTO CREDIT: Rija ( IG: @rija_imran)
This could have easily turned into a pile of mud in the crease but she managed to pull this bold emerald green look off well.

PHOTO CREDIT: Rija ( IG: @rija_imran) 

And sometimes it's just truly testing the product out and challenging yourself beyond the norm. If what you were doing wasn't working then try another technique this is how artist grow.  I do realize that there will be people that just don't like the palette for them and they may need something that's less complicated and and not as time consuming. All and all I think this is all about "preference" and less about the performance of the palette.

Now this palette is not perfect. It has its hits and misses but overall I love the palette and I would definitely purchase it again. I got it for a discounted price of $33 at The Makeup Show Dallas but I would definitely purchase at it's full retail price of $45. In the mean time I so  happen to stumble across a dupe palette that house some similar shades that's not only budget friendly but user friendly and are pretty pigmented. As I said this is not something I was looking for because I don't just go around looking for dupes. But because of the uproar it did make me pay a bit more attention to the options that's available. 

As mentioned there are shades in the NYX Earth palette with the naked eye you could compare to the ABH Subculture palette. However a couple of the shades that were swatched look different which you will see in the swatch photos.  

(ABH "Dawn" / NYX "#1") *Excuse Typo in photo. #2 is suppose to be #1 in this photo
Dawn & #1 are somewhat similar. Still a beige tone accept dawn has a bit more peachy tones to it. When it comes to texture. Both Dawn & #1 has a velvety silky texture but they blend out differently. #1 is definitely blends more with ease because of the texture. But it has the same amount of impact when it comes to pigment. Another thing I notice with these two particular shades is the texture of the skin. Dawn has a smoother texture and tends to camouflage texture on the skin better. So Dawn almost glides over the skin like veil and #1 kind of settles into the texture of the skin which is not necessarily a good or bad thing.

( ABH "ALL STAR" / NYX #2)

All Star & #2 are almost identical #2 has more depth to it and a bit more red tones. When blended out you definitely see a small difference in tones but it's not that much of a huge difference. In terms of texture it's obvious that "All Star" has more of a smoother airbrush texture and the texture of course is different from All Star but side by side and if used in a look you wouldn't be able to tell that they are different. #2 has more of a powdery texture and you're able to blend it out with more ease. Although very pigmented you may have to build the pigment as you blend out because of the almost powdery texture.


So this is a good example of what I mentioned before of shades looking similar with the naked eye but when swatched it look totally different with contact of the skin. Mercury has more of a greyish olive tone and #3 is a brownish taupe color which is more true to what you see in the palette. 

( ABH "AXIS & UNTAMED" / NYX "#4")

I definitely think that these are some pretty accurate dupes. For The Subculture Palette I had to blend two shades to get a shade almost similar to #4. You can obviously see a texture/finish difference in the eyeshadow. Subculture blends a lot more smoothly. But #4 doesn't require that much effort. And side by side if blended you will get a similar tone. 

( ABH "ROXY" / NYX "#8")

The tones in Roxy compared to #8 is different. #8 has more reddish tones, while Roxy is more of a true orange. But it's not so far stretch that you couldn't create a somewhat duplicate look with it.  

( ABH "DESTINY" / NYX "#10")

Destiny & # 10 look similar with the naked eye but now we have it where #10 swatches differently on the skin. When you look at #10 it looks completely matte. But it definitely has some sheen to it. 

All in all the NYX Earth palette can serve as an alternative for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette somewhat because of the warm muted shades it delivers that's similar to the Subculture palette.   I believe that the NYX Earth palette is definitely a lot more user friendly and doesn't require much effort in applying the shades. It has impact but you have to build the impact to the level of the Subculture Palette. I love both for different reasons.  The NYX palette will never be the Subculture palette because what makes the subculture palette what it is, are the bold yellow tones and the deep purplelish brown and the duo-chromes but this can definitely serve as an alternative. 

If you want something totally similar to the Subculture Palette Here are some other options you may want to check out that got some decent reviews. 

And here is a palette that look TOTALLY IDENTICAL to the Subculture Palette. 

Bad Habit is a beauty brand similar to Makeup Revelution that create affordable palettes that look insanely similar to popular, more expensive palettes from  brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills & Huda Beauty. So about this palette...  It is called the Retro Love Palette and I hear that it is very pigmented. I haven't had the opportunity to test out this palette for myself but I hear it is pigmented and has staying power  however it still doesn't compare to Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette which explains the price tag. You're paying for the quality of the formulas which many times are hard to replicate. But anyway the palette is only $10. So if you want to give it a try let me know your thoughts. I may even give it a try.  

Also check out Makeup Geek single eyeshadows. This blogger did an amazing job with finding dupes for this palette. Most were by Makeup Geek >>> https://ourbeautycult.com/2017/08/11/anastasia-beverly-hills-subculture-palette-dupes/


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