Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Beauty of The Day: Gabrielle Union

That SKIN!  Gabrielle is always glowing and appears to have flawless skin.  Lucky lady!  Gabrielle frequently works with makeup artist, Fiona Stiles for red carpet events.  I wish there were more roles for African American woman, so we could see her more on the big screen.  Catch her in Good Deeds and the highly anticipated Think Like a Man.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Congratulations to Octavia Spencer!!

Last night, Octavia won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help!  If you have not seen this film yet, watch it!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mac Mineralize Dupes

Mac Mineralize Dupes

Mac Mineralize Dupes by ladyjskincare on polyvore.com

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish $29
  • Soft & Gentle vs. Milani Baked Blush Amber Nectar $7.99
  • Gold Deposit  vs. Milani Fantastic all over Baked Bronzer Face & Body Bronze $8.99
  • Blonde vs. Milani Baked Blush Dolce Pink $7.99
  • Redhead vs. Milani Baked Blush Terra Sole & Bellisimo Bronze $7.99
Mac Mineralize Blush $23
  • Fresh Honey vs. Milani Baked Blush Corralina $7.99
  • Love Joy vs. Revlon Colorstay Mineral Blush Roseberry $11.99 or Palladio Baked Blush Rosey $7
  • Dainty vs. Milani Illuminating Face Powder Beautys Touch $9.49
  • Subtle Breeze vs. Palladio Baked Blush Wish $7
  •  Gentle vs. Milani Baked Blush Berry Amore $7.99
  • Early Morning vs. Milani Baked Blush Terra Sole $7.99
  • Gleeful vs. Palladio Baked Blush Choc-au-lait $7
  • Love Thing vs. Milani Red Vino $7.99
  • Warm Soul vs. Milani Illuminating Face Powder Hermosa Rose $9.49 
*Milani cosmetics available at Walmart, CVS & Walgreens.
*Palladio cosmetics available at Sally's Beauty Supply & Ulta.
*Revlon available at Walmart, Target, CVS &Walgreens.

How to Choose a Foundation

Stumped on what foundation you should be using?  Take into consideration your skin type and needed coverage.  Apply in this order: 1. Moisturizer 2. Spf 30+
3. Primer 4. Foundation 5. Concealer 6. Powder (to set your canvas.)
How to Choose a Foundation

  1. Liquid: For all skin types and offers sheer to full coverage.  The easiest to apply.  Apply with foundation brush, flat top brush or clean fingers.
  2. Stick/Cream: Dry or mature skin and full coverage.  Often has moisturizing benefits.  Apply with stick or foundation brush and blend out with brush.
  3. Powder: Oily skin and buildable coverage.  Wear sheer to full coverage.  Apply with a kabuki brush (foundation) or fluffy powder brush (setting powder).
  4. Cream to Powder: Oily skin and full coverage.  Dries to a matte finish.  Apply with sponge or foundation brush.
  5. Mineral: Option for those wanting a more natural foundation and have sensitive skin.  Apply with kabuki brush  or fluffy powder brush. 
  6. Tinted Moisturizer: For a sheer wash of color on any skin type.
  • Blend, blend, blend your foundation for the most natural and seamless look. Avoid a line of demarcation and blend, this means blend a little foundation further down your jaw and on your neck.
  • Test foundations in natural light and try a sample first if possible.
  • The correct shade will disappear on your skin.
  • Clean brushes once a week.  Soak for 15 minutes in a cup of warm water and anti-bacterial fragrance free dish soap.  Do not fully immerse bristles, this will loosen the glue binding the hairs to the brush.  Thoroughly rinse brush with warm water till clear, squeeze excess water and lay flat on a paper towel until dry. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Foundation for Women of Color

Foundation for Women of Color

Foundation for Women of Color by ladyjskincare on polyvore.com

I have gone through the frustration of finding a foundation that suits my skin.  Most cosmetics company's foundations, concealers and power's have a pink or beige undertone and are not suitable for ethnic skin tones, giving a unnatural and ashy appearance.  Here are MY top picks for women of color.   These brands cater to women of color, with yellow, red and blue undertones.

  1. Bobbi Brown is my personal favorite!  My shade:6 Golden.  Foundations are very natural and look like second skin.
  2. Giorgio Armani
  3. Nars  My shade: Tahoe
  4. Mary Kay
  5. Iman
  6. Black Up, Frances #1 Ethnic makeup brand, now available in the USA.  Yellow base, matte, full-coverage foundation. My Shade: FM01.
  7. Face Atelier
  8. Illamasqua 
  9. Milani has affordable bronzers & blush!

Lady J's Favorite Primers for Acne Prone & Oily Skin

Products for a Brighter Complexion

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Love Your Style Solange

That skin, makeup, hair, killer style I love it all!!=)
I would love to raid Solo's closet.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

We will miss Whitney Houston

I am deeply saddened by the news of Whitney Houston's death.  She shared her gift of music with the world.  Prayers to her daughter and family.