Colourpop Dukes Lippie Stix and Dukes Lip Pencil - Swatches, Photos & Video

Colourpop Cosmetics Dukes ($5) lippie stix is a dark blackberry in a Matte finish and the Dukes Pencil ($5) is a dark blackberry in a Matte finish. I originally swatched these for you in the Colourpop Fall Edit 2016 Liquid Lipsticks Review post but I wanted to follow up with some lip swatches since this is a popular color for Fall. img_3172-cccimg_3295-ccc

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This color does bleed a bit so make sure you use the liner and have your foundation/concealer handle to clean up for sharper lines. 

You can view a live swatch of me applying the lipstick and lip liner to see the truest color here:




Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set - Holiday Lipstick Gift Set

Bite Beauty released The Perfect Bite Set - a holiday lipstick gift set that contains: 4 mini Amuse Bouche lipsticks each containing 0.05 oz/ 1.47 mL. I had the opportunity to play with these at the Sephora holiday preview last weekend.

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Available: Online and in-store at $25 ($59 value). This is limited edition.


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Colourpop Fall Edit 2016 Liquid Lipsticks Review, Swatches & Photos – Notion, Hutch, Sookie, Dukes and Stereo

Colourpop Cosmetics recently launched their Fall Edit 1 collection which is described as your new favorite color for fall - blackened violet and rich plums. It includes 6 items:

  • Notion ($6) - A deep berry with subtle, warm undertones in an Ultra Matte finish

  • Hutch ($6) - A deep blackened violet in an Ultra Satin finish
  • Sookie ($6) - A rich plum in a Creme finish
  • Dukes ($5) - A dark blackberry in a Matte finish
  • Dukes Pencil ($5) - A dark blackberry in a Matte finish
  • Stereo ($5) - A blackened burgundy with copper and pink violet duo chrome glitter sprinkled on top in a Metallic finish
  • Tang ($5) - A soft dusty plum in a Matte finish


Here is a live video swatch of the colors while I was snapping them 👻: candy_closets so you can get a better look.

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Stereo is still one of my favorite eyeshadows. What do you think of the fall colors? xoxo1

Coloured Raine Liquid Lipstick Swatches and Review - Tootsie, Roulette, Cherry Blossom and 2AM

My love for Coloured Raine Cosmetics knows no bounds. I fell into their cosmetic cult when I began my beauty journey in 2013 - which is probably why I feel so attached to them. The line is cruelty free, paraben free and vegan (no bunnies were harmed in the making of these products). It's also edgy, bold and full of color which is why I have so many of their liquid lipsticks. Here are swatches of 4 colors from the liquid lipstick collection:

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These liquid lipsticks costs $17.00 USD for 4 grams of product. Because the color is so intense, I recommend applying one coat to your lips (after exfoliating) for all day wear. Always remember that with any liquid lipstick, the color may look different on you due to skin tone and undertone (of your skin and the liquid lipstick itself).

Roulette - Dark rouge with purple undertones based liquid lip paint that dries matte.

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Tootsie - Dark chocolate with subtle cherry tones liquid lip paint that dries matte.

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Cherry Blossom - Blue based red liquid lip paint that dries matte. By far, my favorite red shade on the market to date.

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2AM - True jet black liquid lip paint that dries matte.

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6 Glamorous Ways to Incorporate Rose Gold Beauty and Fashion Into Your Wardrobe

Be honest, how many pieces of rose gold do you have in your beauty and fashion arsenal? If it's anything less than 10, you and I need to have a serious talk.DSC00089 cccThere was a time when I became obsessed with wearing the magical hue - everything from dusty rose gold to glistening rose pink and even the warmer copper blends - you name it, I had it. But of course, Apple had to go ahead and create the new rose gold MACBook and iPhone at a time when I can't justify getting new Apple products just for the color - heartbreaking. So I figured, we should celebrate this year's hottest accessory before summer hits (and everything starts to sell out). Here are 6 glamorous ways that you can incorporate rose gold beauty and fashion into your wardrobe:

1. Paco Rabanne Olympéa Eau de ParfumDSC00080 cccThis intoxicating eau de parfum will help you transform your everyday style in an unexpected way. It is described as "a unique fusion between a sensual salted vanilla accord and refreshing floral notes" that highlight jasmine, ginger lily, citrus, woody and vanilla.

2. Michael Kors Rose Gold WatchDSC00110 cccRose gold jewelry has a way of adding a bit of glitz and glamour to your everyday look. Try adding a new Michael Kors watch to your outfit for a chich twist.

3. Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Blushed CopperDSC00108 cccCall me a sucker for packaging but when Becca Cosmetics launches anything in rose gold, I'm sold. No to mention that this blushed copper skin perfector is a perfect blush or eyeshadow for women of deeper skin tones.

4. Urban Decay Naked 3 PaletteDSC00097 cccI'm sure you have 10,000 eyeshadow palettes but this UD one in rose gold packaging makes it that much more necessary. Plus, this one is full of rose-hued neutrals—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter.

5. MAC Cosmetics Riri Hearts MAC BrushesDSC00101 cccWhether you use these on your face or simply as decoration, these rose gold brushes from MAC Cosmetics are a must. #VanityKillers

6. Michael Kors Rose Radiant Gold Eau de ParfumDSC00100 cccGlamour and luxury in a bottle, Rose Radiant Gold will hypnotize you with its notes of sparkling spices, rich florals and soft-to-touch musks.


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Sunday Funday Giveaway with Sephora!

Happy Sunday! I can't believe how fast this week has gone by. I have a lot of work to catch up on - especially after all of the excitement last week at The Makeup Show. We will catch up on everything this week and have tons of new reviews coming out for you but for now, let's jump into this weeks Sunday Funday episode!

After last week's high-end giveaway with Givenchy and Make Up For Ever, I asked you all what you wanted for this week giveaway. I head a lot of options from Anastasia Beverly Hills to TooFaced Cosmetics and even some Colourpop so I figured why not give you all something where you can truly get anything that you want...a Sephora gift card! So this week we’re giving away 2 $40 gift cards! One to you and one to your BFF!

Here’s how to enter: 1. You must follow @candycoatedclosets on Instagram. 2. Like and repost the main giveaway image on Instagram with #SundayFundayWithCCC. 3. Leave a comment on this post tagging your BFF that will win with you. 4. You can enter up to 5 times but only if you enter with a new friend each time you tag. 5. No giveaway/spam profiles & profile must be set to public by the end of the contest so I can see your posts.You both must be following me by the end of the contest in order to win.

Open internationally; 18+, to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.

Contest runs from Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 11:59pm EST and ends Thursday, May 12th at 11:59pmest. Winners will be announced within 48 hours of the contest ending.

Good luck love bugs! And don’t worry if you don’t have an Instagram to enter this round. I’m already planning next week’s giveaway! 😘


Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Is Set to Debut Fall 2017

Rihanna's upcoming cosmetics collection is a "beauty rocket ship", according to Kendo businessman David Suliteanu.

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Rihanna is set to launch her own make-up collection called Fenty Beauty under LVMH Moët Hennesy Louis Vuitton - the company that is also responsible for the development of Kat Von D Beauty and Marc Jacobs Beauty.

Rihanna has previously collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on its Viva Glam lipstick campaign, as well as the Riri Hearts MAC collection which broke the internet in 2013. Her other notable collaborations include her collection with Manolo Blahnik, her ongoing partnership with Puma. In addition to this, she also has seven fragrances that were produced with Parlux Ltd.

As of now, it is reported that the Fenty Beauty line will be launched at Sephora where Sephora is available, and it is expected to be distributed at other suitable retailers where there are no Sephora stores available.


Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche - A New Black Opium Fragrance

So you guys remember a few months ago when I introduced you to the new Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium fragrance? It literally took over my Instagram timeline and I feel responsible for getting a lot of you hooked on the coffee and vanilla scent (blame me, I can take it)!

Well, prepare yourselves...YSL is launching a new fragrance for women, Black Opium Nuit Blanche.


Nuit Blanche is a yearly arts all-night cultural/arts festival in Paris and Black Opium Nuit Blanche is inspired by the night life of the city that never sleeps. The fragrance promises to capture the mysterious and unpredictable experience of an electric night in which everything is possible. Between tension and sensuality, audacity and femininity, the notes feature vanilla, black opium coffee accord, sandalwood, peony, white musk, orange blossom, rice vapor, pepper.

Now, the bottle design is very similar to the original Black Opium, however, the difference is in the details. The color of the cap is now rose gold and there are noticeable white sequins and glitter on the body of the bottle.

It will be available in an Eau De Parfum in 3 sizes - 30, 50 and 90 ml. I will let you know details on pricing and availability as soon as I can. many of you are asking for this for Valentine's Day? Are you ready to get hooked onto a new fragrance?


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

If you're anything like me, then you haven't had the chance to fully enjoy the holidays until it's over. I have a very large family - no, a very large family - so we always have events to celebrate - especially at the end of the year. Normally, it isn't until December 28th or 29th that I'm really able to sit back, relax and catch up on everything that I've missed over the past month or so. So can we dive into the December Essence Beauty Box? I know you've seen other bloggers talking about the December box already and it makes me so happy that you guys are really taking to the program but you know I have to give you my thoughts...

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So I'm going to start off with one of my favorite products from this months' box - the thick & full biotin & collagen conditioner by OGX Beauty.

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Jets vs Giants - It's Game Day Baby!

  It’s the Battle for New York! Today's the day the the Jets meet the Giants at MetLife Stadium! Yes, they do meet every third game of the preseason but you'll only find them on the field together once every four years during the regular season. 

   Keep an eye out on my social channels because I'll be live tweeting, posting and selfies galore all throughout the day!

Keys to Fashion & Beauty When Attending a Football Game

There are many things that you should keep in mind when you're attending a sporting event but even more so when you're going to a football game.

  1. Remember that stadium was built with a design to trap heat. During my first trip to a football game


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!


Here's To a Happy New Year - 2015!

Normally, I try to avoid doing this when a new year rolls around but I figured this year would be the one and only exception.

For the past few years, I've been going through this transition with myself physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially (have I used every -ly word that I can to describe this change?). What I'm trying to say is that it took me a long time to find myself and basically what really made me happy as a person. Just me. Not anybody else. Not my boyfriend, not my parents, not my family, not my friends, not my boss. Just me.

While I'm sure I haven't fully figured that out 100% yet and I'm still trying to find a balance for myself in the real world, I am excited about the progress that I've made so far and everything that I have planned for myself, my career and for you all!

So with that said, here's looking at 2015!

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I've Got The Blue Denim Blue's

Ideally, when you take pictures for a fashion shoot, you would like to have the items that you wore once it's over. "I'm going to look BOMB when I wear this on my next date!" one might hypothetically utter in sheer excitement. Well at least that was my idea and now I can't find my damn Alexander McQueen sunglasses after taking these pictures.

-Inserts dramatic pause-

I know, I know. You've seen me wear these glasses a million times and now a million and one but in my defense, I just got over losing my Gucci sunglasses at the Auto Show in NYC three months ago. First the Gucci's and now the McQueen's!!!

I can't....

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Outfit details: Shoes: Shoedazzle Lulah Pants: Studded jeans from Rainbow Shops Peplum Top: Mandee Earrings: Sunglasses (-_-): Alexander McQueen


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MAC x Marge: The Simpsons Collection for Fall 2014

MAC Cosmetics will be celebrating America's favorite animated family, The Simpsons, with a new color collection that will debut this fall.


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Zigi Soho Dunk Pump

Here's another gorgeous pointed toe silhouette - The Zigi Soho Dunk Pump.

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Shoe details: - Leather upper - 4 inch covered heel - No platform - Floral details - Laser cutouts and scalloped trim

The Dunk pump is a great shoe to add a tailored chic look to your wardrobe. She'll be great paired with a pantsuit or skirt set.

Click here to purchase!


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Welcome to Candy Coated Closets! My name is Cynira and thank you for checking out my blog!

I've been blogging off and on for 4 years now while I finished school so now that I've finally finished I can put a lot of focus and love into my writing, editing, fashion, accessory and shoe love! Whew try saying that 5 times fast!

So stay tuned! I have a ton of new ideas to share and I'm looking forward to giving you all a better social media experience.