Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Shades Y445 and Y505 – Swatches and Photos


Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($43) is a HD foundation with an ultra-lightweight texture that provides ultra flawless skin. It was developed specifically for film and TV to be invisible under the latest, super-focused 4k lens. It features uniquely-coated pigments that provide medium to buildable coverage with an even lighter weight, second-skin texture that looks just like skin.

I picked up two color shades to provide for color references:

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Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powder – Swatches, Review and Photos On A Woman of Color

img_4414-ccc Cover FX has introduced 3 new ways for us get our glow on this holiday season - in the form of the Perfect Light Highlighting Powders.

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These powders are a silky, pressed powder that you can use for highlighting your face and body. They are vegan, cruelty-free, and free of talc, gluten, and mineral oil. They are $34 each for 8 gram/0.28 oz of product and are available in three shades:

Moonlight a soft silvery glow Sunlighta soft gold glow Candlelighta shimmering golden bronze

Now these three shades have the same color and undertone as the custom enhancer drops (you can check out the full review here or in the video down below again).

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On each of these swatches, I did use the Cover FX Illuminating Primer which is a silicone-free primer that gives your skin an instant luminous glow packed with powerful skincare ingredients to illuminate the skin for a brighter, more radiant appearance. Then as you can see in the pictures and the video below, I followed it up with the Custom Enhancer Drops to create a buildable highlight for an intense strobe effect or subtle blended out glow and then added some depth to it by layering the Perfect Light Highlighting Powders on top.

I'll have these all shown in corresponding looks that is going up in a few days but to give you a better look at the products now, check out this video demonstrating all of these steps.


Now as a quick surprise for getting through all of that, I do have a quick giveaway for a PR sample of the highlighting powder in the shade Moonlight (please note that it is brand new but does not come with a box and has PR sample marked on the bottom of it). If you're interested in winning it, all you need to do is leave me a comment on this post letting know what you think of brand Cover FX and if you have a favorite product from them (yes it can be the drops and please don't leave a comment "hope to win etc; pick me; etc." I want meaningful comments to read through to see what you guys want). 18+ or older; open internationally. Good luck!

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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.


One Glitter Shoe That Will Get You Through All of Your Holiday Parties

There is just something about the holidays that scream glitter to me. I always find someway to incorporate it into my holidays looks - whether it be on my lips, eyes, clothes or my feet - I must always sparkle during the holidays. However, if you're more on the conservative side and can't wear glitter on your eyes/lips or you're just looking for a fun shoe to wear this holiday season, take a look at this pump from Shoedazzle.

Available in 3 shades, Raziel is the perfect pump to take your party wardrobe to the next level. I have this in gold and I absolutely fell in love with the ombre glitter.  sd-razielsd-raziel-2

I will warn you...this shoe is not for the high heel faint of heart. It runs true to size and has an outside heel height of 4.5 inches. There is no platform in this shoe so don't expect it to feel comfortable right off of the bat - you're going to have add some inserts and break it in before going outside with it. I recommend that you plan on wearing this on occasions where you're not standing or walking much - not more than 3 hours neither. It is imported and made of faux-leather and glitter. 


Michael Kors Collection Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Collection Re-See Recap

Only Michael Kors could make me want to go home, walk to my closet, grab everything in it and immediately start packing it away to start fresh. Even as I'm typing this, I'm side eyeing my closet and fighting the urge clear it out to make room for nautical and floral explosion that is the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Collection. I attended the Re-See event on Wednesday at his studios on 42nd street to get a closer look at the collection.

You can see all the looks from their NYFW runway show here. And in keeping with our follow-me-to-fashion-week, I decided to dip into the fragrance collection to showcase (and giveaway) Glam Jasmine - an eau de parfum that focuses on a bouquet explosion of its namesake flower; Egyptian jasmine, jasmine sambac and jasmine petals. It's a warm and sexy fragrance with sparkling citrus notes and woody cedar mixed with black currant, jasmine, sandalwood,white flowers and cassis.

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Blog giveaway (One winner) To enter this giveaway, simply follow/subscribe to this blog and leave a comment on this post telling me which piece from this collection is your favorite. 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 :-)*

Contest ends Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. I will choose one subscriber at random from those who commented on this post within 48 hours of the contest end date.

No giveaway/spam accounts. Open internationally; 18+ to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Good luck to all!

The ESSENCE Street Style Block Party - A Roundup of the Best in Hair, Beauty & Fashion

Last Saturday, I visited the ESSENCE 3rd Annual Street Style Block Party at DUMBO Archway in Brooklyn NY. If you're looking for one place to visit during New York Fashion Week to find some inspirational and edgy street style or head-turning hairstyles then this is the place you want to be.


Misha Collection SS17 Runway Show NYFW Recap

There's a sense of delight when you give into opulence and the Misha Collection SS17 Runway Show was a testament to that. The luxury Australian fashion label, led by Creative Director and designer Michelle Aznavorian, made its New York Fashion Week debut with its opening and closing walk done by the superstar Jourdan Dunn.

The Misha Collection SS17 oozes opulence, extravagant glamour, luxury and mystery. The collection was inspired by fashion icons of Studio 54 gone by evoking feelings of elegance and supplication. With references to classic vintage shapes from the seventies and eighties, the seductive mood is enhanced by breathtaking new textures, custom lace, ostrich feather, silk Devoré and pony leather are intertwined with a monochromatic colour palette splashed with leopard print and daring red. 

Click on the photos to see a bigger slideshow.

I loved how the designer was able to incorporate hints of elegance and sophistication into the spirit of Studio 54. Now for the makeup - one of our favorite beauty brands - Stila Cosmetics was responsible for creating the luxe and lust beauty look for the runway. Check out these photos of Sarah Lucero of Stila working her magic on Jourdan Dunn.

You can see all the looks from their NYFW debut on their new Runway page here and you can watch SS17 runway show from start to finish below.

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Saw anything that you liked? Well I did because I immediately ran home with my gift bag and i had to figure out which meals I was cutting out so I that could afford that red wool coat. :-) Luckily, there was a surprise in the gift bag.


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So our gift bag included a cute keychain and notebook from the Misha Collection, a Stay All Day Matte'ificent lipstick in the shade Jolie from Makeup Partner Stila Cosmetics, a volumizing conditioning spray from Hair Partner René Furterer and a $100 gift card to the Misha Collection! And as usual, I have an extra bag for one of you!

I want to be sure to bring as much of New York Fashion Week to you as I can so here is your chance to enter to win everything pictured in the gift bag photos.

Blog giveaway (One winner) To enter this giveaway, simply follow/subscribe to this blog and leave a comment on this post telling me which piece from this collection is your favorite. 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 :-)*

Contest ends Sunday, September 18th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST (my birthday woot woot). I will choose one subscriber at random from those who commented on this post within 48 hours of the contest end date.

No giveaway/spam accounts. Open internationally; 18+ to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Good luck to all!


How To Celebrate The Fourth Of July in Style (A Quick Nail Tutorial & OOTD Inspiration)

Happy 4th of July! Isn't it amazing how much inspiration you can pull from the world around you for your next outfit of the day? I created this outfit for the 4th of July and what started as a simple pair of jeans and white t-shirt spiraled into a montage to the holiday!

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But the star of my look was my nails today! Here is a super quick video tutorial on how to achieve this look all by yourself.


Products in this look: Nail Polish: Starry Starry Night, Blanc, Life of the Party JustFab - Stretch denim jeans Shoes - Shoedazzle Brandee Foot Petals Blossom Cushions

I hope you all have a safe and fantastic 4th of July!



Shoedazzle Kamaria Pump

I love a good strap up sandal for summer so I'm always on the look out for unique ones. I spotted the Kamaria pump on Shoedazzle the other day and I was intrigued by her and the pattern on it! IMG_8458

An embroidered pattern combined with a laced-up construction make Kamaria the ultimate look-at-me heel. I was drawn into this pump because it is subtle shoe that is sexy without screaming "hey look at me now". You can pair this cutoff shorts, skinny jeans or a wide pants leg (like I did). 

MATERIAL: Fabric and faux-leather. Imported. COLOR: BLACK MULTI OUTSIDE HEEL HEIGHT: 4.5" FIT: True to size CLOSURE: Adjustable wrap up straps

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Feel free to dress these up or down with your favorite beauty and fashion accessories!

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Shoedazzle Evi by Madison Pump - A Review and Shoe Comfort Tips

Marilyn Monroe said it best. Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.

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That's literally how I felt when I tried on the Evi by Madison pump. If you guys remember, earlier in the month, I did a introductory post on Evi just to introduce it to you and make you aware of it's launch before it sold out. It's basically a redesign and relaunch of the Lulah pump from 3 years ago.

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Oh high heels, how I've missed you! I wore these for about 8 hours over two days (once on the weekend and then during this photoshoot) and they are insanely comfortable. I always get so many questions asking how can I possible wear a 6 inch heel for so long without cringing and my number one tip to you is that it takes a lot of practice. Honestly, I used to wear sneakers every day of the week until I got used to wearing high heels and the only way that I was able to master them was to constantly wear them around the house and practice. And, as any master knows, there are always little things that you can do to make anything easier. For example, if I'm in the market for high high heels, I always look for a pair that has a platform on it so that it can balance out the height.

Another tip that I can tell you is to make sure that you have a steady supply of Foot Petals on hand. Foot Petals is a brand that creates the most comfortable shoe cushions for high heels and flat shoes. I literally have boxes of their tip toes that I slide into the ball of my shoes before putting them on. These make my feet feel like I'm wearing nothing at all, especially when I walk so it gives me the ability to rock them all day long. There are so many different inserts that you can try depending on what your preference is: tip toes, softspots, technogel, you just have to figure out what kind of comfort you're looking for.

Besides looking for comfort, when I wear high heels, I always pair the bottom of my shoes with these Sole Stopperz to add some pre-made traction to them. You won't catch me out to dinner slippin' and slidin' in 6 inch heels on your shiny waxed floor. No sir!

All you have to do is take the petal-shaped stick-on, pull off the adhesive backing and press it firmly onto the bottom of your shoes. Make sure that you step down on it firmly a few times to secure it in place.

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Now you're all set to rock some sky high stilettos and feel like you're floating on air.


Shoedazzle Lulah Dupe - Introducing The New Evi Pump From Madison

It's Monday morning so I need to give you guys a dose of the "Monday Blues" but I promise you that you will love this! For years, I've been working with Shoedazzle and during that time, I don't think there has been a pair of shoes that have really connected to the fans as much as Lulah has.

   I was lucky enough to snag a pair in my size very early on in my career with them. The thing that you have to keep in mind with Shoedazzle is that because it is a boutique styled website, once a style is sold out, it most likely is never coming back in stock. As you can imagine, the Lulah's flew off of the shelves and left many shoe lover's broken-hearted. I kid you not - I can't believe the amount of offers I've had from people trying to purchase mines.

So last week, I received the Shoedazzle February press preview and lo and behold, there is a new style that is VERY similar to Lulah! Let me introduce you to Evi by Madison...


So far, that's all the information that I have on Evi. A pair is on the way to me as we speak so I'll have a completed review up for you soon but I didn't want you to miss out on the chance to order these now while they are still in stock. Click here to see if your size is still available.


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BuzzFeed Article Makeup Photo Feature

Normally, I would put this in my "As Seen In/Featured In" section of the blog but when one of your photographs gets picked by a BuzzFeed editor to be featured in an upcoming article...well...let's just say that all of the OMG's make it worthy enough to have it's own blog post. Buzzfeed Post

Yes, that me and my lipstick #makeupporn product shot. The full article can be found here. Thank you so much for the photo feature Nina Mohan!


Say Hello to A Little Beauty - Becca Cosmetics Champagne Glow Palette

She's finally here! I have been stalking the Sephora website like a maniac waiting for the Becca Cosmetics Champagne Glow Palette to launch. I know they gave us a specific day and time (Tuesday, October 27 at 12:00pm EST) but you and I both know how friendly I've gotten with the refresh button - umm a new F5 button please. So I was at work Tuesday morning, with my eyes glued to my web browser because I wasn't going to miss this launch. Jaclyn Hill snapped (snapchat) a few days earlier that Becca told her that they only made close to 80,000 units of this palette and I freaked! 80,000 units is not a lot of product - especially during holiday season and hello, have you heard of the JacAttack? Yeah, so I was on it. And it's a good thing that I was because it launched early! I checked out around11:37 with my two new beauties on the way.

Let's take a look shall we...

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This is a limited edition palette with 3 shimmering Skin Perfector pressed shades (0.084 oz each) in Pearl, Blushed Copper, and Champagne Pop x Jaclyn Hill. It's sold exclusively at Sephora and costs $34.00.

Pearl is a new beautiful luminizer in pale linen white. At first, I was a little weary of how this shade would perform on women of color but I saw a few Youtubers swatch the product and they sealed the deal for me. Champagne Pop which I've tried in the full size version is a soft white gold with pinky peach undertones and Blushed Copper is a beautiful warm copper luminizer that is infused with rose gold tones.

I will have more blog posts and features of me wearing the luminizers coming up but make sure you pick this up (at least one) before it sells out! Don't say that I didn't warn you.


Essence Inaugural Beauty Box Review: Soulful. Colorful. Beautiful.

First, can I tell you guys how much I missed you?! I'm so happy to be writing for my blog again! It's been such a crazy transition and adjustment over the past few months but you know that I'd never leave you for too long. Now back to business - you know everyone has a beauty box now right? I think it's great because it's the best way to try out new products and introduce new brands to the consumer. However, as a woman of color, a lot of the products that are curated for these beauty boxes aren't really done with us in mind - and I mean that with no shade at all. It's just having a certain skin tone; having different undertones; having a different "type" of hair, I need products that are really curated to women of color.

So I was very excited to hear about the news that Essence was coming out with an Essence Beauty Box that was specifically curated by a team of African-American women with African-American women in mind. These are editors who have years of experience in the fashion and hair industry so I immediately knew that I needed to jump on this.

So before we dive into this inaugural box, the subscription is $15 a month and there's three different subscription plans that you can choose from - you can do a monthly payment plan for $15 per box and you'll be charged monthly; you can do a 6 month plan for $90 and you're charged upfront (still $15 per box) or you can do a 12 month subscription which comes to $165 and you're charged upfront (it comes to $13.75 per box). In each box, you're going to get five luxe beauty products. If you sign up, please use my referral code 992-4D8B-00F2!

So now let's get to it - you see what happens when I don't write for my own blog in forever and just live on social? I end up talking and talking and talking just because I missed you guys so much. But you'll see why I took a few months off...I needed to learn a few new tricks ;-) 

So this first box includes five products it includes:


1. The Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In conditioner which is described as a daily conditioning treatment to improve manageability. It's a sulfate free formula that is supposed to be safe for color-treated, chemically treated, curly or straight hair. - Update - This is holy grail out of this entire box. I loveeee me a good leave in conditioner and it's coconut. I rub this on the end of my hair every night before going to bed. #LifeismadeIMG_5443

2. The Curls Crème Brule Whipped Curl Cream is a cream styler that will define, de-frizz, and moisturize your tresses, leaving soft curls without hold. - Update - I still love saying this name. Crème Brule. So sexy :-) Anyway, this is my second favorite product. I've been using this to tame my frizzy hair. I'll give you a better review once I keep my hair in a wash and go style.


3. The L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream which is a cream that is enhanced with 20% shea butter which is specifically designed to penetrate quickly in order to protect, nourish and moisturize your hands. - Update - Ok, this stuff is amazing and is the perfect travel size lotion. I love that I'm able to keep it in my coat pocket to keep my hands moisturized while I'm out. remember ladies, your true age will always show on your hands and your neck so it's best to keep them moisturized!


4. The Calvin Klein Eternity Now fragrance which is a bright addictive floral fragrance that features succulent fruits and radiant flowers that is enveloped in a soft cashmere veil. - Update - Full size bottle is already on my holiday wishlist! Do I need to say more?


5. Lastly, the Tarte Brow Architect which is an all-in-one brush, pencil and underscoring concealer With this  tool, you can shape, line and define your brows with one simple tool. - Update - This is a really fun product that's great to travel with. Right now I'll be honest, I'm letting my eyebrows grow in because one looks like an evil twin. #NotCute


And are you ready for this? Here's a quick video of me styling my hair using some of my favorite hair products along with the Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In conditioner and Curls Crème Brule Whipped Curl Cream - which I've been using for about 3 weeks now and I am in love!


Overall, I'm really impressed with this box because they are including well-known brands along with new brands and it's great for exposure. Let me know in the comments what you guys think! Don't forget to use the #EssenceBeauty so we can talk!


Little Miss Ally's Farewell to Winter!

Even though the temperature is being extra sensitive this week in New York, I think it's officially time to bid winter adieu.

"So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye"

Before I officially chuck the deuces up to winter, I asked my oldest niece, Little Miss Ally, how she wanted to say goodbye.

"I want to rock out and wear my gold FabKids sequin fuzzy boots!"

Rock out?

"Yes Auntie! Play it loud, just like a rock star! Shout it out, just like a rock star! Come on everybody let me hear you say, you feel just like a rock star hey, hey, hey!"

Oh. The Fresh Beat Band...Gosh she makes me feel old.


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FabKids - Glitter Fuzzies Boots

"It's always best to start teaching them young!"

In this case, I had to put that motto to work with my oldest niece and show her the true meaning of shoe love. She's only 4 and a half years old but I can already see stilettos and high heels in her future.

Until she's ready, I let her shop around so she can pick out her own boots and outfits. Here, she wanted to model her FabKids Glitter Fuzzies that she just had to have in every color!

"But Auntie, if I don't get the pink and the gold ones I'm going to be SO upset! And I need to get the pink dress, and the pink bows, and the pink book bag and the-"

Umm, so no more shopping for her.

What have I done?

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It's All About Those Nudes!

Get ready loves! I'm working on my next color story with Specktra and it's all about nudes! If you're looking for something to wear for Valentine's Day other than red/pink/purple then you want to make sure you catch this piece!



Is It Spring Yet? JustFab Sneak Peek

Spring...oh how I wish you were here now and would never ever leave again. Unfortunately, I'm a native New Yorker so I'll be singing this same tune once winter leaves and circles back again at the end of 2015.

The only thing getting me through this blast - the exciting sneak peeks of the upcoming Spring launches of some of my favorite companies! Yesterday, I quickly reposted this photo taken by @rachelaschenbrandpsw, fashion editor at @peoplestylewatchmag, of the #StyleWatching preview of JustFab's spring launch.


So yeah, you can pretty much say that I'm ready for Spring! Start saving up those credits ladies and stock up on your favorite winter items now before their gone. Click here to shop online at JustFab.


Cool Girl Kicks - Jordan 4 Retro's

Why couldn't they have made these in actual women's sizes?!


These girls Air Jordan 4 Retro "Fuchsia" sneakers are set to launch this Saturday, January 17th on select websites but only in size 3.5Y - 9.5Y.

Ever since 2011 and Maya Moore's deal with Nike's Jordan Brand, I've been looking forward to some fashionable Jordan's that I could add to my street style wardrobe but so far nothing has hit the mark for me.

What do you ladies think? Will you be ordering a pair this weekend?

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