Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, Video & Photos On A Woman of Color


Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette ($50) is a limited edition 12 pan palette that contains 6 matte and 6 foil eyeshadow shades.

It is made in the USA; cruelty free and all shades are vegan free with the exception of Ladyship which contains Carmine so let's just say the palette is vegan friendly.


Photo taken with flash and LED lights (Brush swatches)


Photo taken with no flash and LED lights (Brush swatches)

The palette is incredible quality - the shades are creamy and pigmented - very easy to build up and use. Keep in mind the only 3 shades that I had a slight issue with was Princess, Heir and Ladyship. You can see more of what I mean in the video.

  • Princess:I had to build up the shade but it was fine once I did
  • Heir: Again, I had to build up the shade but it was fine once I did
  • Ladyship: the only shade that isn't vegan free as it contains Carmine felt gritty when swatching. I did wear this on my eyes and it performed much better than I expected given the way the swatch felt.

Overall: I ADORE this palette. There aren't too many products that I normally say you have to get but you have to get this palette. It's perfect for creating different day and night looks and the quality of the shadows are worth the price tag.

Availability: Only available on for $50 plus shipping - you can find coupon codes online that will normally knock off 10% of your order total


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Sanctuary – Review, Photos & Swatches


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Sanctuary ($20; .22oz) is described as a cool Sepia cool. To me, it's more of a brown/mauve color with these purple, gray undertones to it. This is one of those liquid lipsticks that are going to show up differently on people depending on their skin tones, undertones, pigmentation in their lips etc. I definitely recommend looking around for more swatches or heading to the store to swatch it on yourself before purchasing.

The formula is very comfortable on the lips - nondrying and it doesn't smudge. Check out the video for additional views of me applying it.



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Jouer Cosmetics Tan Lines vs Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss

img_6672-copy Jouer Cosmetics Tan Lines ($16) vs Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss ($22) - I've already reviewed both of these lip "toppers" but a few of you asked for a comparison so figured it'd be best to look at them side by side.


These are both non-gritty, lip toppers that you can wear on their own or on top of another lip color.

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Sugarpill Cosmetics Pumpkin Spice Eyeshadow – Review, Photos & Swatches


Sugarpill Cosmetics Pumpkin Spice Eyeshadow ($16; .12 oz.; Vegan) is a seasonal limited edition shade of rustic copper foil with sparkling golden reflects in a super saturated, rich and velvety formula. Check out the video below for live swatches and my quick thoughts.



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Overall: This is an absolutely beautiful shade with a very soft and pigmented formula. I'd recommend using a light hand when picking up the shadow because you will get some fall out.



NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Speed of Light – Review, Photos & Swatches

img_0034-copy The NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Speed of Light lip cream ($7.49) is described as an intense, multidimensional color collides with the glistening effect of gloss for out-of-this world lips like you've never seen before. Creamy smooth with a dazzling metallic finish, NYX Cosmetics' Cosmic Metals Lip Cream covers your lips in lustrous color that feels and looks like a gloss.


I've been dying for a true rose gold liquid lipstick that I could wear without the color being washed away on me. This is it.



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Final thoughts: It's a non-sticky, metallic creme liquid lipstick. It's very comfortable on the lips and doesn't feel grainy. Be aware that it does not dry down and it is not transfer proof.

Availability: $7.49 at - I was able to get it for $5.50 with their coupons.

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Enter to Win: Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Eau de Toilette Fragrance Giveaway on YouTube

YOUTUBE GIVEAWAY ALERT! It’s time to give this beautiful bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream away to one lucky follower for the holidays!


Daisy Dream is best described as a fresh and fruity, wispy floral fragrance. It was created by Alberto Morillas, the original creator behind the first Daisy fragrance, in collaboration with Ann Gottlieb, who was responsible for Marc Jacobs’ Lola, along with Marc Jacobs himself. The notes include:

Top notes: Blackberry, Grapefruit and Pear Heart notes: Jasmine, Lychee and Blue Wisteria Base notes: White Woods, Musks and Coconut Water

YouTube Entry

  1. Head over to my YouTube channel and make sure you're subscribed.
  2. Leave a comment on any of my videos (preferably please make it an interesting comment other than just entering the giveaway lol). All of the comments from the date and time of this announcement post until the end of the contest will be entered into the random generator for a chance to win a Daisy Dream gift set. We will verify if you are subscribed or not.

That’s it!

Contest runs from Wednesday, December 14, 2016 and ends Sunday, December 18th, 2016 at 11:59pm est. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced within 48 hours of the contest ending. Open internationally; 18+, to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.

Make sure that you click on the links above if you want to learn more about this amazing product from the giveaway!

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Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Care Giveaway

There are no if's, and's and but's about this....if you don't have a proper skin care routine in place then you seriously need to send me a private message so I can put the fear of aging, sagging and brittle skin into you. Dramatic much?  Yes it is, but a good skin care routine is essential to a flawless canvas. I can't tell you how many people spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on makeup to get a flawless look but skimp when it comes to their skin care. I know not everyone can afford high end skin care products or are even at a stage in life when they're thinking about putting on sunscreen everyday or what's the difference between a serum and an essence. Trust me, I understand. I just turned 30 and it wasn't until the past year and a half or so that I really started paying to my skin - and it's made a world of wonders.

With all of that said, I wanted to give you guys a chance to either start a skin care regime or try some new products with of course, a new #SkincareSunday giveaway featuring some products from Philosophy.


The prizes include:


So I figured I'd break this up so a few people could try something from this line. On this Instagram photo, I'm going to be giving one person the daytime and nighttime cream along with the eye cream (everything in the above photo). Make sure you follow me on Instagram and head to this photo to enter.

Here are the blog, I'm going to be choosing two subscribers - each will receive one eye cream (photo below).


To enter to win a Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Eye - Refreshing & Refining Eye Cream ($51), simply follow/subscribe to this blog and leave a comment on this post telling me some of your skin care concerns (this helps me filter out what kind of content you want to see). Scroll down to find my subscription box or look to the to right of your screen to follow/subscribe. *Please note – Don’t worry if you don’t see your comment right away. I have to approve most of them :-)*

As always, good luck! Be sure to check out the products with the links above if you want to learn more about them and some of the inspiration behind the philosophy line.

Contest runs from Sunday, December 11, 2016 and ends Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 11:59pm est. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced within 48 hours of the contest ending. No giveaway/spam profiles & profile must be set to public by the end of the contest so we can ensure that you are following @candycoatedclosets and see your extra entry if applicable. Open internationally; 18+, to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Palette Volume 2 – Artistic – Colors You Crave – Swatches, Review and Photos On A Woman of Color

img_4907-copy Say hello to color with the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Palette Volume 2 – Artistic – Colors You Crave Palette.


Normally, this palette retails for $42.00 for 0.54 oz. of product but it is currently on a promotion at Sephora for $25. Clearly, with my recent obsession with eyeshadow products and our need to save some money, I got it to review.


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Overall, I am very happy with the palette from the initial swatches. The only column that I wasn't too thrilled with was the first one:

  • The pearly pink shade (I872) swatched well but I had to use about 3 coats to get it to build up to what you see above on my skin tone.
  • The electric magenta shade (ME910) left me feeling underwhelmed by how difficult it was to build up if I wanted to use this as an eyeshadow. This is marketed and designed to be a blush so if you lightly pack it on then you will be fine. Otherwise, be prepared to put in a bit of work. I really like the blue undertones and iridescent violet sheen to it so I'll make it work without complaining. This also left a light pink stain on my arm when I removed it with one makeup wipe as the other shades
  • The purple shade (S924) is a matte blush. There isn't too much that I can say on this shade that will make you like it. The color and undertones are pretty but the texture is pretty dry and hard to blend.

I haven't had the chance to play with it on my brushes and eyes yet so I will update you on social and on here once I do. Again, overall, I love this palette and it is well worth the price - especially if you're getting for yourself or as a gift. If I could, I would replace the two blushes with a similar shade to the ME-700 and the ME-302.

Availability: It is currently available at Sephora for $25.

Update 12/5/16: I played with it for an eye look twice. Here's a photo of me wearing the emerald green and gold shades from the palette. I had to use a bit of Unseen from Melt Cosmetics in my crease for a neutral transition and I mixed that with a bit of the purple blush to warm it up and add some color.

Additional products used:

  • Make Up For Ever Liner No M-16 (white) No I-34 (green) and No M-10 (matte black)
  • Nars Cosmetics concealer in Amande and Caramel
  • Urban Decay Cosmetics Shadow Primer Potion (anti-aging)
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (waterproof)
  • CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder in Translucent Light and Translucent Deep and Mattifying Primer
  • CoverFX Custom Highlighting Drops in Sunlight on top of the Highlighting Powders in Candlelight and Moonlight
  • Liquid liner: Inglot black gel eyeliner in 77 and Sigma E06 wing liner brush
  • Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes from Octoly
  • Tarte Cosmetics tarteist Pro Black Lash Adhesive ‑ Black
  • MAC Cosmetics Fix+ Spray
  • Becca Cosmetics Orange Corrector

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NARS Cosmetics NARSissist Unfiltered Cheek Palette in Unfiltered I – Swatches, Review and Photos On A Woman of Color

For Cyber Monday, NARS and Sephora decided to snatch more money from our wallets and release these NARSissist Unfiltered Cheek Palettes that were available for that day only and for early access for VIB rouge members. I purchased the Unfiltered I palette ($59) because it looked like it would compliment my skin tone based on the initial photos that I saw. So let's jump into my photos and a bit more of the information that I received from the press release. img_4961-copy

From the press release - Sculpt, shape, and glow with a covetable wardrobe of high-impact matte and seductive shimmer blushes, customized to you with NARS Unfiltered Cheek Palettes. These are blush palettes that are a curated selection of six must-have shades in each limited-edition mirrored palette. You can warm up your face with hot bronzes and reds in Unfiltered I; or choose to cool down your look with soft pinks and golds in Unfiltered II.

NARS’ unparalleled powder blush formula is richly pigmented and micronized to deliver sheer, buildable color. This season’s lineup takes style to the next level with five limited-edition blushes and one iconic shade in each palette. Wear individually or blend together to customize your look.

UNFILTERED I nars11-01com-narsissist-unfiltered-i-cheek-palette-image-jpeg SHADES (Left to Right): WATCH ME: Opalescent gold (sheen)* ME FIRST: Apricot (sheen)* TAKEOVER: Copper rose (sheen)* OUT THERE: Deep russet (matte)* CHIC: Rich raspberry (matte)* EXHIBIT A: Red (matte)

UNFILTERED II nars11-02com-narsissist-unfiltered-ii-cheek-palette-image-jpeg SHADES (Left to Right): CONQUEST: Pastel peach (matte)* UNDEFEATED: Pale pink (shimmer)* POWER PLAY: Vivid pink (matte)* HOT SAND: Peach champagne (sheen) FAME: Pink amber (sheen)* CANDID: Mauve raspberry (shimmer)*

*New limited-edition shade

As mentioned above, I purchased the Unfiltered I palette because it looked like it would compliment my skin tone based on the initial photos that I saw and I wanted to give you the scoop before its released again. (I uploaded the photos as a gallery to save scrolling space. Please click the gallery to view the photos larger). My friend from @Manniefique was also kind enough to swatch this palette on her skin tone as well as she is a bit darker than I am. 


Shades (Left to Right)WATCH ME: Opalescent gold (sheen), ME FIRST: Apricot (sheen), TAKEOVER: Copper rose (sheen), OUT THERE: Deep russet (matte), CHIC: Rich raspberry (matte), EXHIBIT A: Red (matte)

Overall: Both @Manniefique and I agree that this palette is a stunner. The shades are buttery soft and blend like a dream. The only one shade that has me questioning "but why NARS" is Watch Me - the opalescent gold (sheen). I'm definitely not wearing that shade on my cheeks (not on this skin tone) but maybe as a highlight for an eyeshadow? I'll let you know how it turns out...

AVAILABILITY: December 6, 2016 at December 15, 2016 at and Sephora stores February 1, 2017 at department and specialty stores


No filter. No limits. #NARSissist.

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Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection (Indiscretion, Addiction, Devotion and Seduction) – Swatches, Review and Photos On A Woman of Color

img_4820-copy For the holidays, Laura Mercier released a highlighter palette ($58 for 0.44 oz) that included four miniature sized versions of their permanent highlighters. The shades include Indiscretion, Addiction, Devotion and Seduction (from top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right). Normally, each highlighter costs $44 each for .35oz of product so this is a great way to test out new shades and to mix and match without paying for a full sized one.

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This palette is a great deal and perfect for those who want to try out the Laura Mercier formula. It's more for someone who likes a bit of a sparkle to their highlight without it being too dramatic. It's actually what I wished the Stila holiday highlighting palette would've been like.

Have you tried these highlighters yet? Let me know if there's anything specific you want to see from this brand!

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Enter to Win: Guerlain Météorites Illuminating Powder Compact Instagram and Twitter Giveaway

Enter to Win: Guerlain Météorites Illuminating Powder Compact in Color 2 Clair/Light Instagram and Twitter Giveaway img_4728-ccc img_4731-ccc img_4732-ccc

Guerlain’s Météorites Compact features a signature palette of corrective matte shades that range from refreshing pink to light-catching mauve that help to gently balance the complexion, while the dazzling pearls temper the shades’ intensity and blend harmoniously for perfectly tailored luminosity. Create soft, glowing skin that appears smooth, delicate, and natural with these Météorites pearls. Together, they create a subtle and natural effect by giving every skin tone just the right amount of light and correction while offering a violet fragrance that’s original and totally addictive.



It’s time to giveaway this high end Guerlain prize to some lucky followers!

Instagram Entry (One winner)

1. You must follow @candycoatedclosets on Instagram.

2. In the comments on this Instagram photo, tag three friends so they can learn about all of the fun we have on here.

3. You can enter up to 5 times with a new set of tagged friends in each comment.

4. You can repost the photo on your page under the hashtag #CCCGuerlainHolidays for an extra entry. Remember, your page needs to be public at the time of the random drawing for me to see your extra entry.

Twitter Entry  (One winner)

  1. To enter, all you need to do is follow me on Twitter, RT this Tweet and you’re entered to win! Make sure you tag your friends so they can enter too. 18+ or older to participate. Open internationally.

That’s it!

Contest runs from Monday, November 21, 2016 and ends Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 11:59pm est. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced within 48 hours of the contest ending.

No giveaway/spam profiles & profile must be set to public by the end of the contest so we can ensure that you are following @candycoatedclosets and @candy_closets. Open internationally; 18+, to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.

Make sure that you click on the links above if you want to learn more about this amazing product from the giveaway!

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Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver's Seat – Swatches, Review, Photos & Video

fullsizerenderSmashbox Cosmetics Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver's Seat - It's described as a warm pink (kind of coral on me). Smashbox describes this as an eight-hour wear, liquid-matte lipstick with a featherweight, comfortable formula that stays put and keeps color looking as fresh and flawless as the first swipe. First thing first, the applicator for these liquid lipstick are by far the best on the market. The pointed tip is almost fool proof with how easy it makes it to get precise application. As for the formula - it is amazingly comfortable on the lips - like one of those creamy mattes that don't dry out your lips. It dries quickly and didn't transfer during my kiss test. I did have to build up the color as it applied a bit uneven upon the first swipe.


Have you tried the formula yet? What colors do you want me to swatch next?

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Exclusie: An Interview with the Ladies From the Intertwine Collection

In the midst of the glamour of all of the beauty and makeup, I always tell myself - your look is never going to be complete until you have your own sense of style that shines through your outfit. For example... image3image1

Her makeup is beyond perfection! But the outfit...her sense of style is what's really pulling everything together. So I wanted to help you channel your inner beauty and tie in your style by introducing you to the Intertwine Collection. The Intertwine Collection is an exclusive online boutique, owned and operated, by twin sisters Shanda and Shawniece that provides stunning statement pieces, accessories and garments for all women of all shapes and all sizes. We were able to catch up with the boutique owners and learn more about their brand, the vision behind their work and get some style and business tips.

Candy Coated Closets: First, thank you ladies for making the time to chat with me and my readers about Intertwine Collection! How did you ladies come up with the idea for Intertwine Collection? What does the name mean?

Intertwine Collection: Intertwine Collection was created by the thought of the birthing process of twin fetus interlocking to become to separate eggs, which the basis behind our company name, Intertwine. Intertwine is defined as interlocking or twine together.

Candy Coated Closets:  How did you get your start?

Intertwine Collection: We started off reconstructing women vintage clothing. Then we started styling for a Disney show called ‘Ant Farm’. We later decided to venture off and start Intertwine Collection.”

Candy Coated Closets:  What makes your boutique stand out from the others?

Intertwine Collection: What sets us apart from other boutique is we are not only giving day-to-day garments but also heavy beading, tassels, and lace which allow wow-factor of surprise to customers to know we put time into a quality pieces. The Intertwine collection is a mix of various dresses, jumpsuits, shirts, pants, jeans, jackets and more.

Candy Coated Closets:  Where do you get your inspiration from?

Intertwine Collection: We are inspired by different variation of styles and designs. Bold colors and patterns is what allows us to utilize the next trend.

Candy Coated Closets: If you both had to pick one item from your boutique that represents your overall style, what would it be?

Intertwine Collection: "If I could pick one item, I would have to choose the ‘Glamour Embellish Dress’ the heavy beading is everything” stated Shawniece. Shanda said “I would have to say my favorite item currently Forbidden Vine Playsuit. It’s a show-stopper garment.

Candy Coated Closets: With your success on social media and the introduction of the Karla Collection (a collection for women of all body types) what challenges do you see your boutique tackling in the future? What’s next?

Intertwine Collection: Intertwine Collection’s next move would be branding and expanding plus sizes for woman and also adding footwear.

Candy Coated Closets: What advice would you give other Black Owned Entrepreneurs that are looking to reach your level of success?

Intertwine Collection: Our best advice we can offer someone moving in the fashion industry would be to do your research, find your nitch, engage with audience, stay creative, and do your part in putting in the foot work. Without foot work there is no way that your company can reach a successful level. And this is to show you that success does not come over night. Work smart so it could save you a lot of headaches.


How to Ombre Lip Tutorial - Vampy Liquid Lipsticks from Coloured Raine and Jouer Cosmetics Skinny Dip Glitter Topper

Hey guys! So I get a lot of questions about how I do my ombre lips that you see me wearing in photos so I decided to start filming a series on how to do it. This is a sort of tutorial on how I got these vampy glitter lips. Oh, and here's a tip - if you ever get a lipstick (see as a gift or in a bundle pack) that looks way to light on you - think about pairing it with an ombre lip - just pop it right in the center of your lips to brighten up the darker perimeter.



Lipsticks used:

Coloured Raine Tootsie ($17) Coloured Raine 24Seven ($17) Coloured Raine Soul ($17) Jouer Cosmetics Skinny Dip Topper $16)

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Ulta Beauty Cyber Fundays - $10 OFF and Tons of Freebies!

Ulta Beauty Cyber Fundays is here so you can CLICK HERE to view all of the deals that are available online only until tomorrow 11/19! Don't forget to use code CYBERFUN16 for $10 off $60 or more (exclusions apply) and to activate your 2x/3x as well. cfcoupon cfbonus

Also, don't forget to add your free 18 piece beauty bag.


Extra Freebies - add any of the below offers to your cart and it should drop to FREE. While supoplies last.

  1. It's a 10 Travel Size Miracle Daily Conditioner ($10) to FREE
  2. Your free 18 piece beauty bag with order of $60 or more.
  3. Use code 409633 for $3.50 off $15 non-prestige brands (cannot be combined with $10 off $60 code). Only use this if you're not spending $60.
  4. Don't forget to use ebates today to get 3.0% cash back on your purchases.

This is literally what my cart looks like right now:

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Enter to Win a His & Hers Yves Saint Laurent Fragrance Prize Pack on Twitter!

It's time for a new Twitter giveaway! Last time, you guys had so much fun participating in the His & Hers Versace prize pack (that was won by @_tgbeauty_) that I decided to do it again. For this round, I decided to include one of my favorite brands - Yves Saint Laurent. If you've been following me for a while or read up on some of my other reviews, you must know how much of a big fan I am of Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium EDP - it is literally my holy grail of fragrances. If you're new, then I highly recommend that you head back to my full review here to get the details on this scent before entering.

So I decided to pair Black Opium with a familiar male fragrance La Nuit De L'Homme - you know since I'm sticking with my favs will become your favs (especially with the gifting season now upon us).


To enter, all you need to do is follow me on Twitter, RT my pinned tweet and you’re entered to win! Make sure you tag your friends so they can enter too. 18+ or older to participate. Open internationally.

See you there and remember – we have tons of giveaways across all of the social media platforms so check around!


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