Category Archives: Light Skin

This $5 Black Radiance Foundation?!?! {Quick Review + Swatches of All 6 Shades} #SwatchesInSeptember


If you can find a good match in Black Radiance Color Perfect Liquid Make-Up, you’ll score a pretty good foundation for just $5. A while back when I was going on a swatch-binge and looking for products to include on the blog, I bought a bunch of Black Radiance and of course had to include the foundation. And these plus a bunch of other products that are patiently waiting to be swatched is why I started #SwatchesInSeptember.


Review + Demo: Anastasia Stick Foundation (w/ Swatches on Dark Skin of Almost All the Deep Shades)

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If you would have told me like ten years ago that Anastasia Beverly Hills—a brand that at one point only sold a handful of brow products—would have a full cosmetic line, I’d be all like “yeah, right…” But yup, they’ve been slaying the brow category for ages, they make amazing shadows, they dropped a bomb on us with their lipglosses and liquid lipsticks, and even came through with the concealers and contour kits (see Anastasia reviews here). Now we have the Anastasia Stick Foundation.


Milani 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer Review & Swatches (Darker Shades)

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Being backed up on beauty products to review sounds like a good problem to have—and it kinda is, but I would like to get to a point where I can just churn everything out back to back but see, the way my schedule and my attention span have been setup lately—I’m just getting by…lol.


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New ‘Cocoa Swatches’ App Showcases Makeup Swatches on Women of Color

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Thank goodness for social media and blogging. If you’re a woman of color, there’s no doubt you look to your favorite brown beauty bloggers for guidance on which makeup shades look best on your complexion and which products are worth our coin. Blogs like this one have made the buying process that much easier with makeup swatches on dark skin and reviews, and now blogger and business woman Ofunne Amaka has created an app I’m sure you’ll love. After creating the highly successful site and Instagram account ‘cocaswatches’, dedicated to showing makeup swatches on various skin tones, Amaka decided an app was the next route to go. 


About the Black Radiance Contour Palette…

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You know, with all the brands that don’t offer deeper foundations beyond something that would be slightly light on Beyoncé, you can’t NOT support brands whose mission for decades has been to offer shades for a wide range of women of color. Black Radiance (they’re also owned by the same company that owns Wet n’ Wild) has been a brand who has provided good products at very accessible price points. They recently launched a Contour Palette that comes in two variations (or at least at the time that I bought it there were only two): Light to Medium and Medium to Dark.


Review: NYX Cosmetics Mineral Stick Foundation (Dark Skin)

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Stick foundation can be super awesome because they travel easily, can be used quickly to add coverage where you need it, and the creamy formulas can be manipulated so many ways (i.e. vary coverage, vary finish, etc). I recently picked up six of the deepest shades of NYX Cosmetics Mineral Stick Foundation because I’m down for this beauty blogging cause and thought you guys would be interested in seeing them (plus they weren’t expensive so it didn’t kill me to buy 6 AND I got them during a 40% off sale…lol).


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