Makeup, Dirt, and Conquer: Is Clinique the Answer?

As you can tell by my latest blog posts, I love wearing makeup. I love experimenting with my look and coming up with all sorts of cool things. I never wore a lot of makeup in the past so a part of me does feel I’m making up for lost time but you’re never too old to explore, right?

The side effect of wearing makeup is the dirty deed of cleaning brushes. Yes, you need to clean your brushes. Preferably once a week. If you haven’t been cleaning your brushes, stop reading this article and get to it. I’ll be here when you get back.

Let’s talk about Clinique’s makeup brush cleaner.


I picked this up from Macy’s recently since I was in the need for a new makeup brush cleanser after I ran out of my old faithful. I had to wonder….would Clinique become my new favorite?


Let’s get down to the review:


Most cleansers are going around $15 and this one was no exception. Pay close attention to what you’re getting for that amount. Some will charge $15 and you’re getting only a few ounces. Some will charge that amount and you have to use a lot. Buyer beware.



This is a spray. That being said, you’re spraying a lot. I was a bit surprised on how much I had to spray just to clean one brush.


If you have a sensitive nose, you probably won’t like this. I can’t describe it other than medicine-y with a touch of disinfectant. Not really pleasant, especially if I have to spray a lot.

The Review:

As you can tell, my brushes were pretty dirty so I rinsed them with water first before I applied the spray. I had to use a lot (I really don’t think having darker makeup really made a difference) to cleanse it:


Here is the end result:


As you can tell, the spray worked very well in getting my brushes back to white and they pretty much look brand new!

So, let’s recap:


  • It comes in a spray form for those who don’t like creams or gels.
  • It’s available at Macy’s online and Amazon.
  • It’s relatively comparable in price to other makeup brush cleansers.
  • It does thoroughly clean your brushes.
  • Clinique is a strong brand.


  • The smell. You have to get used to it.
  • You have to spray a lot to thoroughly clean your brushes.
  • It may not last for a long time because of the aforementioned point.

In conclusion, I do recommend the Clinique brush cleaner. However, I’m not entirely sure if I would buy it again because I had to use so much spray. The cost of the bottle was relatively comparable to others but in terms of using so much product, I’m not entirely sure.


Is BlackUp Cosmetics Fantastic for Your Lips?


I’ve meant to use this meme for a while and finally found the reason for it.

Anyway, this post is about BlackUp Cosmetics. While it’s catered to women of color, it’s unclear if it’s actually Black-owned (I heard it was and then I heard it wasn’t). Recently, I test-drove their Lipshine in 08.


Here’s my review:


It’s pricey. It’s $19. This is a splurge. 


Doesn’t smell like anything and that’s a great thing!


It spreads pretty well but not sticky or gunky. Very smooth.


Another Look:

I deliberately took the photos outside and in good lighting so you could see how it would look.

My review:


  • It’s from a brand catered to women of color.
  • It does last a long time and I only had to reapply once.
  • It’s a perfect daytime color.


  • It’s pricey – $19.
  • BlackUp is only available on its website or
  • Some colors may not mesh well with your skin tone.

All in all, I do recommend BlackUp so give them a try. Again, because it’s pricey, this is a splurge.

Can You Be In the Nude?

As I’ve been experimenting more with my lips, I found that I have a small penchant for the nude lippy. The barely-there-but-we-can-all-tell-you’re-wearing-something-on-your- lips-and-OMG-I-so-want-that-look color.

So, there are three nude-ish colors in my arsenal that I like. Let’s start –

NYX Praline



It gives a shimmer color and it goes on very smooth. I like this because it has brown undertones that highlight the golden ones in my skin.

NYX Rome


This is a new one for me. It’s a matte lip color and I found out the hard way (because I normally don’t wear mattes) is that you need to have conditioned lips before you put the color on or your lips are going to feel like bricks. I highly, strongly advise you wear some type of lip conditioner or chap stick underneath.

To be honest, you should get into the habit of having conditioned lips regardless if you’re wearing a shimmer, a matte, or just plain because your lips need to be taken care of. Andplusalso, drink a lot of water. It does help prevent chapped lips. (Moisturize from within!)

My favorite is just an old standard – Burt’s Bees (found in any drugstore and retails for about $4). If Burt’s Bees might be too pricey for you, there’s also just regular Chapstick ($2) or Carmex (as little for 99 cents). For a designer lip conditioner, my favorite is MAC lip conditioner that retails for about $16.

Rome has a lot of pink in it (think rosy and not neon), so it’s a very soft color. I would say this is very much a “daytime” lip color.

Both Praline and Rome retail for about $5.99.

MAC Shockolate and Oh Baby!


I used Shockolate for the base and Oh Baby! as a shimmer top coat. It pairs well together. I haven’t used Shockolate by itself but when I do, I’ll be sure to post a pic of it. I plan to do another post re brown colors.

Both colors retail for about $16 each.

What nudes are your favorite colors? What would you like to see me explore? Sound off in the comments!


How Giving Fantastic Lip Will Change Your Life!

This past weekend, I decided to play with my makeup a tad. So let’s start off with the first product review, which is the Raizin blush by MAC.


Now, I’ve never really been partial to blushes. Not that I love or hate them, but I’ve been been pretty indifferent to them. It’s one of those things I don’t have to have in my makeup harmony. But it’s okay. I can’t miss what I normally don’t have, right?

How naive I was.

On the advice and curiosity of a fabulous sister blog, I decided to try this out for myself.



For starters, it’s very rich so you don’t have to use a whole lot. I can say in comparison to a similar brand and price range to NARS, the MAC blushes are definitely worth the money ($22). Yes, you read that right. The blush is in the double digits. However, you’re paying for quality here. And this quality will last a long time. Keep in mind, this is something everyone is seeing on your face so it will matter in the long run.



I took this picture in natural light so you can see how it looks in a realistic setting. I’m wearing MAC lip glass in Shockolate as the base and Oh Baby! on top.

Speaking of lip color and the purpose of this post…

I wanted to experiment with my lips more. As I stated in a previous post, instead of trying to take the focus away from my lips, I began to embrace them more. (When you’re teased as child for your full lips, it takes a while to appreciate them.)

So, I decided to play with my lips creating a day/night look. Now, I’m wearing NARS tinted moisturizer, Too Faced Natural Eyes makeup, the lovely MAC Raizin blush, and Maybelline mascara. Yes, Maybelline. (I don’t like fake eyelashes on me so you probably won’t ever see me review them.)


For context, the pic on the left was taken sometime in the early afternoon. The picture on the right was taken in late afternoon/early evening. I’m wearing NYX’s Black Cherry Tart.

Amazing how one simple look can make such a huge impact? Insanity.

Thank you for stopping by! The next review will be of Camille Rose’s Curl Milk!

If there are any products you want me to review, please drop a suggestion! I would love to try!


NYX’s Black Cherry Tart is full of YASSSSSS!

Let me start this review by stating something that may not be important to you, but it is to me. I have a milk chocolate skin tone. That means I either match or am close to a Hershey bar (I use to match it but now I’m a tad bit lighter than it). I also have gold undertones. That being said, sometimes makeup and/or hairstyles that would look amazing on other people with pale or very dark skin would look kinda blah on me. When it comes to dark makeup, it’s a touch and go.

Do you know how frustrating to see someone rock a shade you want? I get all up in my feels sometimes.



I’ve been trying to find the elusive Transylvania shade by NYX while I was in ULTA recently. Of course, it was sold out since it’s a very popular shade (If you find it, you’re one lucky bih).


I didn’t want to leave with just nothing since I went out of my way to go to ULTA to begin with. Overwhelmed with a plethora of choices, I decided to go bold for once and try something that took me out of my comfort zone.

Enter the Black Cherry Tart.

It’s dark. It’s a deep burgundy. It’s a tad dangerous and vampy. Me likey.


I’m not a fan of the actual application stick. Maybe I got a bad one, but it was just not as smooth as the other ones I have. But that’s beside the point. Here’s me, giving good face:


So it goes on smooth (beside the applicator stick) and it stays put. It’s thick. It’s not sticky nor does it smell and most importantly, it doesn’t bleed on my teeth.

The transformation within my spirit, though…I felt like this on the way home:


And a bit of this…


And maybe a little bit of this:


(I think we all have a little Bey and Rih within us. This is a pro-Bey and Rih zone so keep your Anti-Bey and Rih bullshit on silent. Please and thank you.)

Now I’m not sure if NYX will have the same effect on you but hell, give it a try. They have so many shades. I mean so many that there’s a shade for everybody, every skin tone, every type. More NYX lip color reviews to come in the future!