Friday, March 22, 2013

Nude's the HUE!

* Originally posted on DEESSEMAGAZINE.NET

The tale of three nudes - Gloss, Satin and Matte Finish ..

Color Swatches of the three shades - excuse my liquid eyeliner handwriting..

Finding the "perfect nude" that is suitable for dark skin is a struggle ...  To my surprise .. Rimmel London has not one but THREE nudes that work well with me  ( BEST PART - they're all under $6 !!!) , and they will work well with you too as all of these colors are universally forgiving. I honestly NEVER considered using cosmetic brands within this price point, as I feel they don't cater to women of color ( horrible past experiences), but it is a NEW DAY !!  A Matte , a Satin and last but not least a Gloss that all pass my "nude test". When you are in the darker skin range, you have to be careful when trying out nudes/pinks that they go well with your tone or else you will just look like extremely awkward ( ie. as if you've been eating powdered donuts.) .  You really get quality with budget friendly lipcolors, I am excited to try more shades in the Rimmel London line.

  • Matte - Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss in #113 ($5.49)  This was my ABSOLUTE favorite of the three! It gives you the retro mod feeling with its pale matte texture, and although its a Matte, it is not drying at all.  It gives the same color/ effect of other nude lipsticks three times its price.  It is a universal  matte nude ( which is RARE) as I am dark and it compliments my tone very well without giving that "powdered donut" feeling I mentioned earlier.  This lipstick would be darling with a smokey eye -  not the typical "black" - perhaps a smokey wine/ burgundy or even purple eye. 

  • Satin - Lasting Finish in Crush ($5.20)  Although Crush photographed to look almost identical to #113. It is very different ,  first it gives a satin finish with a nice peachy / pink color.  So this nude leads near the pink / peachy spectrum of nudes.  Its very flirty, and looked amazing on Katy Perry at the Grammys   , and I think it does not look too bad on myself either! Perfect peachy shade for Spring! 

  • Gloss - Stay Glossy in Unlimited Gold ($4.99) A girl has got to have her gloss!  The pictures speak for itself ,  it gives a good amount of shine without being too heavy on the lips, and the gloss lasts for up to 6 hours.  I am the type to start a evening out with one lip and end it with another, and this is the perfect nude gloss to have on hand to do that ! * This gloss would work well paired with either one of the lipsticks above - either as a top coat on your lips , or perhaps just in the middle of your lower lip for a ombre - nude effect. *

  • Five lucky readers will win the Nude of their choice. 


    • Comment under this post - Which Nude is your fave and would you want to try ( Make your comment as cheeky as possible.  Email me as well along with your details. 
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    • Tweet Me and Rimmel London " I've just entered the 3 Shades of NUDE by Rimmel London Contest" - The more tweets you tweet the more chances you have of winning. 
    • My favorite comments / Tweets / Emails will win , and will have a choice of the three lovely shades. 
    • Deadline for entries in March 31st, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.
    • Winners will be announced on the blog April 1, 2013. 

    GOOD LUCK !!! 

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    Thursday, March 21, 2013

    Haute off the Presses: Jourdan Dunn Covers NET-A-PORTER.COM’s Magazine

    Jourdan Dunn photographed by Ben Toms.  Dress by Rochas, leather cuff and gold bangle by Valentino, bag by Marni all available at
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    Discovered at 14 in West London, Jourdan Dunn has captivated the world over with her breath-taking beauty, poise and dare we say badass runway strut - it's only natural that  NET-A-PORTER’s digital magazine Editor-in-Chief Lucy Yeomans choose the beauty to face this week's issue. From her rise to fame, the hurdles of the fashion industry and caring for her son who lives with sickle-cell disease (a disease that is dear to my heart - my late father lived with the disease for over 40 years) she touches on all aspects of her life and it's riveting. Here's just a snippet of the makings of Jourdan Dunn. 

    Jourdan Dunn photographed by Ben Toms.  Shirt dress by Thakoon, belt by Lanvin, bag by Chloe, cuff by Eddie Borgo all available at
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    Discovered at the age of 14 Dunn, from west London, first hit the mainstream when, at the age of 17, she appeared on the Prada catwalk – the first black model to do so since Naomi Campbell 11 years earlier. Since then, she has appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia, won Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, appeared at the Olympic Closing Ceremony and fronted campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent and Tommy Hilfiger.   

    There were times, however, when Dunn would be on her way to castings and was called up and told to turn back because the client “didn’t want any more black girls.” The model admits that in the past, discrimination like this has upset her but thanks to her mother she forged on, “She always seemed to make things work without ever complaining.”  

    Like her mother, Dunn, too, is a young single mom. It was just months after she’d been crowned Model of the Year in 2008 that she found out she was pregnant with her son, Riley, now three. Soon after Riley was born, his father, the model’s long-term boyfriend of five years, was sent to prison for possession of cocaine with intent to sell. “I guess you could say that I have been through quite a lot,” she says.

    Her mother helps her look after Riley, who suffers from sickle-cell disease, an inherited, non-contagious blood disorder. “It’s scary every time he has what they call a ‘crisis’, you know, when he has to be rushed to the hospital for more oxygen and blood transfusions…” Dunn is using her fame to raise awareness of the condition by supporting the Sickle Cell society (

    Jourdan Dunn photographed by Ben Toms.  Dress by Red Valentino, clutch by Marni, bracelet by Marc by Marc Jacobs all available at
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    Read the full interview on NET-A-PORTER 


    Photo: Luca Cannonieri/
    This season, nails are glistening; lips are blossoming; and your face looks gorgeous all over. We here at LPB explains how to wear this year's most stunning finds every dame needs in her arsenal.
    From Left to Right: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 ,$39; Dior Beauty Diorshow New Look Mascara $28.50; NARS Blush in Seduction $29;  Napoleon Perdis Faux Lashes, Chrysanthemum $10; Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain $34; tarte Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer $22;   Zoya PixieDust Collection Sampler ,$48

    From the best BB Cream to the lashes that will turn heads from miles away mon petites, we have it all! 
    From Left to Right:  Napoleon Perdis Faux Lashes, Chrysanthemum $10; Dior Beauty Diorshow New Look Mascara $28.50; tarte Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer $22
    We've all heard about Betty Davis' eyes now it's our turn! This year let's captivate the world with just an ultra sexy bat of an eye. First up: the ultimate concealer (mon petites we all need this! I actually wished more men used it but that's a different post altogether!) The concealer we can not live without is the wallet friendly Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer ,$22 from beauty powerhouse tarte . The concealer is both superblendable and supereasy to apply best yet hydrating conceal provides coverage without settling into fine lines. Your eyes will look alive! With vibrant eyes the best compliment is a set of lashes that will make Venus, Aphrodite and Cleopatra herself envious of your out of this world beauty. Our picks: lashes by Napoleon Perdis in  Chrysanthemum $10 - these Faux Lashes are natural looking and compliment virtually any eye shape! Note to the wise ditch those insanely thick  falsies that are best left for Halloween! Finish it off with the must have every gal (or gent - we don't discriminate here) should have in your respective beauty arsenal: Dior Beauty Diorshow New Look Mascara ,$28.50 - the legendary mascara that volumizes, lengthens, and keeps lashes lustrous with moisturizing ingredients. It's a miracle in a bottle we call ours Genie because when we put it on all our wishes for absolute beauty comes true! 

    From Left to Right: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 ,$39; NARS Blush in Seduction $29;   Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain $34

    Still trying to grasp the concept of BB creams (short for beauty or blemish creams)? Fear not, we'll help you lovely dames and gents out. BB Creams are essentially uber moisturizers that cover like a sheer foundation and treat various skin-care concerns such as acne, dark spots or wrinkles. It's the dream product for those who loath foundations but still want coverage. Since BBs are designed to be multitaskers, finding the best one requires prioritizing: and mon petites we have found the one that does it all! Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 ,$39 is like a tinted moisturizer on steroids. In addition to it's hydrating and evening out skin tones,Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream also treats the skin with antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients, plus offers broad-spectrum SPF. Add  NARS Blush in Seduction , $29  that gives cheeks a natural, sexy flush you will be a thing of legend with this berry hued product of highly pigmented wonder! Be sure to finish the look with haute lips thanks to Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain ,$34 and you will turn heads in no time!


    From Left to Right: Zoya PixieDust Collection Sampler ,$48 - Colors: Zoya Nail Polish | London, $9;Zoya Nail Polish | Vespa, $9; Zoya Nail Polish | Chyna, $9;Zoya Nail Polish | Dahlia, $9;  Zoya Nail Polish | Godiva, $9;   Zoya Nail Polish | Nyx, $9
    With multicolored sequins and tiny jewels dancing in our minds from awards and fashion week season, the Zoya team has just the thing to bedazzle our manis and pedis  for seasons to come with the radiant nail lacquer collection Zoya PixieDust Collection. In plush hues that complement all complexions the nail lacquers are  loaded with shimmer for a super sophisticated dose of sparkle. And at just nine dollars a bottle it's the ultimate cheap thrill!


    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Cheap Thrills: Get Glam Without Breaking the Bank!

    Clockwise from the top: Disney Jasmine Collection by SEPHORA A Whole New World Perfumed Body Shimmer, $45; BA STAR Pretty N Pink Palette, $8.75; Zoya Nail Polish | Logan, $8; tarte Amazonian Clay and Annatto Body Bronzer, $37; Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain, $34

    Like many of you mon petites, living and working to make a dollar -  my bank account doesn't exactly overfloweth, so I'm always searching for creative ways to survive a perpetually dismal economy while still looking HAUTE! To make sure I have cash I do a slew of things to minimize my overhead like, packing my lunch instead of buying it, buy toilet paper in bulk (from target), and have switched from bottled water to tap (don't judge me). The only area left to economize was beauty, this my friends was a battle because there are just some products I can not live without but I have discovered a product so decadent, full of color and long-lasting and under $10 I can not help but share it with you all! Mon petites, keep reading to find out and there's a gift for you too~ 
    Clockwise from the top: Boom Boom Push-Up Brow Highlighting Pencil, $18; BA STAR  Smoky Shadow Palette, $8.75; Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Nudist, $21;DOLCE & GABBANA The Foundation Perfect Finish Powder Foundation, $59;  NARS Blush in Douceur, $29; Boom Boom Boostier Brow Powder, $20; Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Burnt Topaz & Silver Smoke, $30 each

    What's this fabulous find you ask? Wait no longer the beauty brand that works, lasts and will work on any budget mon petites is BA STAR! The entire line is under twenty dollars (seriously) and the products are just as good as any big name brand. Our favorite find from the brand - hands down are the Eye Shadow Palettes. The paraben-free formula has rich color payoff, and does not compromise your bank account so you can splurge with not guilt at all!


     Zoya Beach & Surf Collection, $8 each,  

    It's almost the time of year when hands and feet will be on non-stop full on display , nail polish - mon petites,  is one of your most noticeable accessories. So which shades are worth flaunting?  We have one word that answers this proverbial questions: ZOYA! Everything ZOYA touches turns to beauty gold. The wallet friendly nail polishes (prices start at just $8 per bottle) are no exception. Formulated with impossibly cool hues, this vast collection of lacquers  -the colors go on rich and saturated, and stay that way for up to seven haute days. Mon petites, with spring vastly approaching it only makes sense to nail each and every look with impeccable manis and pedis and look no further then ZOYA!   

    To purchase Zoya Nail Lacquer log onto 

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    From His Closet to Yours

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    Once relegated to the boardroom, or your paramour's wardrobe the tailored look is back in the spotlight thanks to fashion’s hautest trailblazing 
    dressers who know that while the suit may be in his closet the look can work effortlessly in yours! All over the world (literally) during Fashion Week from New York, London, Paris, Milan and beyond women were out in droves wearing ultra chic androgynous looks featuring blazers, tailored suits and elegant ties. There is such a beauty of a woman looking regal in a tailored look. 

    Photo: Tommy Ton |
    The androgyny of tailoring scares some but when done to perfection it evokes a feeling of empowerment: a structured jacket makes us stand taller; our hands thrust audaciously into the pockets of tailored pants. Our faces are put on display thanks to the presences of the neck ties.  

    Photo: Tommy Ton |
    The pantsuit represents steely determination and effortless style that can be achieved by all! And by all mon petites, we mean both you and your paramour can look chic and tailored without breaking the bank. 


    photo courtesy of W magazine
    Working as a Fashion Stylist, it's not uncommon to silently covet co-workers' shoes, coats, dresses and earrings. But a few weeks ago, when I bumped into an uber stylish makeup artist in, of all places, the ladies' room, I practically put her in a half nelson so I could get a better look at the ginormous yellow-faced gold watch she was wearing. (This occurred post-hand washing, mon petites!). Asking about the timepiece, I steadied myself for the letdown, ready to hear  "Boyfriend's Audemars Piguet" or  "Baume and Mercier" or some other watchmaker leagues beyond my price range. Instead, she raised her eyebrows and informed me, " Rolex and it didn't break the bank! It's great, right?"   Needless to say, I shot straight over the one place that has a slew of ROLEX styles all at great prices and bought myself a haute  oversized ROLEX President. That place you ask? It's BOB'S WATCHES - the online marketplace where you can buy or sell your watches with ease and no hassle at all.  Channeling this ethos of re-discovery, BOB'S WATCHES presents Rolex Watches, in an expertly curated selection of items from both current and vintage pieces that can be both brought or sold.  BOB'S WATCHES offers a bespoke shopping experience that includes unprecedented access to styles that are no longer available anywhere else. The time-honored institution of luxury meets an innovative point of view on shopping and the overall experience is unparalleled. The site is one to watch when it comes to Rolex timepieces (pun intended)!  

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