Category Archives: Illamasqua

Bronzers for Dark Skin

Bronzers for Dark Skin

“Bronzers for dark skin?”

“But we’re already brown/bronze?”

“Why would I need bronzer?”

Many moons ago I, too, did not get the whole bronzer thing (well, I understood bronzer—just didn’t see it as for my skin tone), but back then not very many brands were making bronzers deep enough to make a difference on darker skin tones. But also many moons after that, I got my hands on some that did come deep enough and have been a bronzer fan since. I thought now would be an amazing time to do another bronzers for dark skin post because with it being winter and all, many of us can use a little extra glow.


Illamasqua Earth Collection

Illamasqua Earth Collection 2015

As we approach the season of shorter days and dropping temperatures, Illamasqua debuts their latest assortment of luxuriously pigmented eye, lip, and nail goodies. The new Illamasqua Earth collection manages to seamlessly mix cool metallic finishes and bold jewel tones right in time for fall 2015.

Let’s take a look at the official details!


NEW Illamasqua Sculpt and Gel Color is Surprisingly Pigmented {Swatches + Review}

illamasqua gel and sculpt color silhouette fluster charm

So here’s the thing when you’re a long time makeup lover with a darker skin tone: there are certain product releases you might still get excited about but still roll your eyes over because you KNOW the colors aren’t going to show up that well. I’ve seen it happen countless times with product launches so much so that I sometimes don’t even bother requesting products or covering them on the blog. No lie, I was kinda thinking the same when I got info on new Illamasqua Sculpt and Gel Color. But part of me was all like “But you KNOW Illamasqua and they have always been so good about giving rich, colorful makeup,” so I decided to try them out after the brand sent them over. GIRL, I wasn’t ready.


Illamasqua Sophie Powder Blusher [Review + Swatches]

illamasqua sophie powder blusher

Remember how I was all like “booooo! they took Illamasqua out of Sephora and now you can only order from their UK site?” And then I was all like “wait, I got a press release saying that Net-a-Porter now carries the UK makeup brand.” Remember?


Great Beauty News: Illamasqua Now Sold at Net-A-Porter!


When Illamasqua was quietly (ok, quietly to me…lol) taken out of Sephora and Bloomingdales, I was PISSED. Sure I have enough of my favorite Illamasqua Blushers to last me forever, but when I want the odd new product, it sucks ordering from their UK site. I know because I did so in December and it was annoying converting currency, trying to order over a certain amount for free shipping, and then waiting at the mailbox for the package to come like Miss Celie did her letters.

Ain’t nobody got time.


My Grenada Travel Beauty Bag

caribbean beauty

Hey, folks! I’m back like I never left…lol. I spent ten days in beautiful, you-MUST-visit Grenada and I’m having a tabanca since getting back (especially since it’s FREEZING cold here in NYC and the day after I got back I drove into Manhattan where I thought I was parked okay but turned out I misread a sign and was actually in a taxi zone—not only did I get a ticket but the city also put a boot on my car which really surprised me because I don’t have any outstanding tickets but when I went to the NYPD tow pound I was told you can get one depending on who sees your car first. SMH. So I’m out $185 for the boot + $110 for the ticket—sheesh, I get the ticket if I was parked where I shouldn’t have been but the boot was WAY harsh).

ANYWAY, Grenada was incredible and one of my most favorite trips to date. I have SO much to share with you guys about the trip in the coming days (I’m heading over to Nas’ studio on Wednesday to choose some photos she took of me plus the sites during our stay) so stay tuned. I figured I’d start with beauty since well, duh…lol. But sadly most of the stuff in this post is lost somewhere in the Miami airport (I think) when I lost my travel beauty bag. UGH.