Today’s swatches will mostly be on my mom, Savitry. She’s a tad darker and less yellow-toned than I am, but hopefully these swatches will still be useful. In fact, I hope they’ll be more useful as you’ll be able to see how the products look on mature skin.

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The Lolita bandwagon has been such a hit for those who have light skin that it’s stayed at the bottom of any makeup I wanted to try. I was worried it would be pasty, ashy and too drying for my lips. But having tried the duo I take back all of my reservations.

I picked mine up from Sephora online although they’re supposed to launch in-store on Nov.6, 2015.

Kat Von D Lolita Dark skin
Top: Lolita I Bottom: Lolita II

This new trend known as ‘strobing’ focuses on achieving a luminescent shine. This is the most frequently cited ‘example’ image.  And you can see that there’s a very white/pearlescent highlighted look without any contouring. I also highly suspect that it takes a lot of inspiration from Korean makeup trends which focuses mostly on the skin and brightening it. I’ve done a blog post on Korean contouring in the past which is here. This ice-queen/white mascara look definitely isn’t the best for women of colour but there are so many highlighting options in both the drugstore and high end that you don’t need to worry. 

Usually when I post swatches for new products I try to either take as many pics in store or buy a wide selection of colours I think will work for women of colour. NARS’ Dual Intensity Blushes were unfortunately not a product I could do that with. With two shades, varying levels of intensity wet or dry, and a high price point it simply wasn’t possible. So I went in with the goal of getting just one. I ended up visiting Holt Renfew at Yorkdale Mall to purchase one, which came to $58.76CAD with tax (eep), but price per ounce they’re about the same as other mid-range blushes such as MAC. I didn’t get the name of the artist who helped me but she was lovely, helpful and applied the blush in a very flattering way (as opposed to the stripes I often get at Sephora).

We’re seeing red lips on the runway this summer, meaning you don’t need to wait for winter months or a little black dress to rock them.

RED LIPS

Women of colour have a less difficult time than most finding a shade of red to suit them but in case you’re still having trouble I’ve added a few pics of colours I own below. And if you’re taking inspiration from the 2015 summer runway, the most important thing is making sure nothing looks too perfect. No crisp lines, no lip liner, and no concealer around the edges. Make sure to blot some of the pigmentation out of your lips with a tissue after you apply too.

I’ve always had very fine hair but since starting university 3 years ago I’ve lost a significant amount of it. I’m not too sure if it’s due to stress, prolonged use of hair styling tools or a combo of both, but I’m always willing to try volumizing or thickening products.

I used to love the Big Sexy Hair Root Pump, as it gave me tons of volume. But I hated the way the product settled on the scalp, making it feel itchy and that it needed to be washed after the first day.

Instead I started using Ojon’s Volume Advance Thickening Spray which I get from the Estée Lauder warehouse sales at 2 for $12. It leaves no residue, smells great and adds some volume, but not enough for day 2-3.

So I’ve seen these around and finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a few (read: 16) of them. I tried to get a selection of nudes and brights, but somehow they ended up all being quite bright on me. This is the buyer I bought from and with whom I had a very good experience. I ordered them on March 4th and they arrived on April 6th. They did say to expect 6 weeks for shipping so I was more than fine with the timing of their arrival. They were $1.21USD each ($19.36USD total) but with the exchange rate my final cost was $24.76, or $1.55 each, and I paid via Paypal.

From left to right: 02, 05, 07, 08, 11, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 29, 34, 35, and 36.

One of the things you may notice when you get them is how light the packaging is. There’s 0.155oz in each tube, making it less than the .22oz you get from Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick but more than you get from 0.11oz of Limecrime’s Velvetines. It does feel quite flimsy and you’ll have to be careful not to be too rough with the applicator as they seem like they could be prone to breaking.