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.

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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).

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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.

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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:

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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:

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And a bit of this…

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And maybe a little bit of this:

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(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!

 

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It’s All About Me

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since becoming a (rainbow) mother is self-care. And I don’t mean just mentally but all around – physically, spiritually, emotionally. As a mom, we’re often stretched then – we’re chauffeurs, chefs, accountants, maids, small business owners, creatives, lovers, wives, etc. It also mean we tend to neglect one area of our lives to focus more on the bigger picture.

I have to say my journey started back in 2013 when I was pregnant and off work. Working for the state and also in the private sector meant I couldn’t really play around with my appearance very much. So naturally, when I was off work I decided this was going to be the time to have some fun. I started small with nail polish (if you’re a bit conservative with your appearance and want a change, I do suggest start small and work your way up). The biggest change came when I chopped off all of my hair. I did mention I’m working on a sleeve on my right arm.

Now it’s time to play with makeup.

Growing up, my mother was not a fan of makeup other than a little foundation and maybe some lipstick. So as I became older and wanted to experiment with makeup, while my mother wasn’t against it, she wasn’t for it. Eventually, she did purchase my first Iman compact and lip gloss when I was about 16.

I have to say due to that, I never really been comfortable with makeup, despite having friends do my face. I did glam it up on my wedding day and that’s what’s important. But for everyday use? Not really. I decided I need to stop playing so safe. We only have one life to live, right? Why not go for it?

So last week, I decided to experiment with different looks. I’m wearing the same base (NARS) and eye makeup (Too Faced) but I’ve noticed that people don’t really pay attention to my eyes very much. And for a while I wanted them to until a makeup artist asked me why when my lips were my best feature.

Heh. So let’s present my experimentation in lip colors, shall we?

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I went for the soft look here. Lip color is Rikugien in NARS.

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Out and about on Saturday. Lip color is Rebel by MAC.

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Monday park date. Lip colors are Shockolate (base) and Oh Baby! (top) in MAC.

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I finally discovered Nyx after hearing so many of my IG friends rave about it. This is Praline.

I want to go for bolder looks so I’ll be featuring some deeper colors and more reds. This is fun. I wish I did this years ago!

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No reason for this pic. I just really like it. 🙂