Beauty Diaries: RiRi Heart MAC Lipstick Review
I love matte lipstick and I love Rihanna so it was an absolute no brainer to purchase ALL of Rihanna’s lipstick collection for MAC Cosmetics. 
I will say that after reading some other reviews and trying out the lipstick myself, there are some stark differences in the appearance of the lipstick on my skin..partially because of my darker skin tone and partially because my lips themselves are more of a brown color. 
So lets get into it!
Here is me without any lipstick as a reference for my lip color.
I am gonna start off with RiRi Boy.
Swatches from top to bottom: 1. NYX Purple Rain Lip Pencil
2. MAC Magenta Lip Pencil
3. RiRi Boy
4. Buxom Purple Haze lip gloss
 I added some other purples I have for reference. I know many people have compared this lipstick to MAC’s Up the Amp but I don’t have it to show y’all. =[ I did have MAC’s Strong Woman matte lipstick which is a little darker purple but I lost it! =[[ You can still see what it looks like in one of my previous blog posts.
I like the color but its admittedly much lighter than what I am used to. I have no qualms with the matte texture though. I think if I am feeling really bold I will wear it alone but probably might try to darken it a bit with a darker lip liner.

RiRi Boy vs Magenta Lip Liner.
Now for Heaux. 

Most of the reviews I read compared MAC’s Rebel lipstick to Heaux but I did not really find them that similar on me. 

Swatches- Top: Heaux lipstick Bottom: Rebel lipstick

This is actually a really unique color because its not quite pink and not quite red. The closet thing I have to it is an Inglot matte lip pencil in #34 which is a little darker than this.
Heaux is definitely much lighter than Rebel on me.

Heaux vs. Rebel
I love Heaux! Don’t be surprised if you see it on my lips verrrrry soon =]
And last but not least, RiRi Woo.
 I purchased RiRi Woo when it first came out back in May.
It is the one lipstick out of the collection that bears the closest resemblance to another MAC lipstick, Ruby Woo.

Top: RiRi Woo, Bottom: Ruby Woo
It seems like RiRi Woo has a bit of a cooler undertone than Ruby Woo.
RiRi Woo
Ruby Woo

 Ruby Woo vs RiRi Woo
RiRi Woo shows up slightly brighter than Ruby Woo. I actually love wearing MAC Vino lipliner under my RiRi Woo for a bold, darker red lip. 
All in all I love all the lipsticks and I’m fasho gonna have fun mixing and matching them with different lip liners, lip sticks and lip glosses!
Have any of you purchased RiRi for MAC lipsticks or any of her other products like the luster drops or the blush/bronzer set? Would love to know how they look on others =]
Beauty Diaries- Highlight and Contouring for Darker Skin Tones
highlight contour dark skin
It really grinds my gears when I try to ask people at a makeup counter or a makeup artist how to contour my face and they write me off with a one step solution, or dont really have a solution at all…like overloading on highlighter or not knowing what kinds of blush to use to create the most contrast for darker skin.
Well after a lot of experimentation  I have come up with a fool proof routine that I use when I want to highlight and contour my face. I normally like a lot on contrast and this method provides a great balance of light and dark.
(for my updated routine click here)
So here you go: a Highlight & Contour Tutorial for Darker Skin Tones
Heres what I used in this tutorial:
highlight contour dark skin
1. Blending Sponge
2. MAC Blush in Raizin
3. Sonia Kashuk Multi- Purpose Brush
4. Elf Angled Foundation Brush
5. Elf Blush Brush
6. Elf Concealer Brush
7. MAC Foundation Brush (190SE)
8. MAC Cream Color Base in Hush
9. Makeup Forever Camouflage Cream Palette- Number 4
10. Makeup Forever HD Liquid Foundation in N178
Step 1: Take the lightest color in the Makeup Forever Cream Palette and apply it as a highlighter from under your eye to your cheek bone.
highlight contour dark skin
Step 2: Apply your foundation on top to create a natural looking highlight.
highlight contour dark skin
Step 3: Take the darkest color from the Makeup Forever palette and apply with the angled foundation brush under your cheek bone, parallel to your jaw line and blend with blending sponge.
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
Step 4: Apply MAC Raizin Blush on top of your dark cream base to create an even greater contour. Blend as needed.
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
Step 5: Apply a thin line of light cream base from the makeup forever palette under your dark color
highlight contour dark skin
& blend.
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
For the very last step, use a multi purpose brush, or just your finger to lightly blend in the MAC Hush Cream Base on top of your highlight area for a slight sheen.
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
And voila! A nicely contoured face.
highlight contour dark skin
P.S. For a little extra contouring I apply a line of light colored Makeup Forever creme base in the middle of my nose and then use a darker color on the outsides and blend.
highlight contour dark skin
 Finished Look
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
What do you guys use to highlight & contour your face?
Hope this post could help you out or give you some tips and ideas! =]
Beauty Diaries: Box Braids
I couldn’t let the month of April go by without a post dedicated to my beauty diaries! Today’s topic: box braids. Now I know, I know…I’m  hella late to the game but it’s only because I have literally gone my entire life wearing braids. 

I didn’t get my first partial weave until I was 18 and didn’t start wearing them regularly till I was about 20. So I was kinda over braids…however lately, I have been wanting a hairstyle that allows me to just get up and go…and braids let me do just that. 
For inspiration I looked to celebs, tumblr and pinterest to see how I wanted mine to look. 

I also didn’t want to spend a fortune, so I took a stab at it myself.
This is how they turned out..can’t wait to try out the numerous box braid styles and tutorials! 
Beauty Diaries- A Bright Purple Lip
You are gonna need a MAC lip liner called “Magenta.”
MAC lipstick called “Strong Woman.”
and a Buxom lip gloss called “Purple Haze.”

Here is what the swatch looks like
The lip gloss is on top, the lip stick is in the middle and the lip liner is at the bottom. 
It’s important to note that you dont necissarily need all three products to get this look. The lip stick and the lip liner can each be worn alone for a great matte look! But, I use all three for a maximun effect.
Step one- Line lips with lip liner and fill them in to create a base.

Step 2: Apply lipstick

Step 3: Apply lip gloss…and voila!

The multitude of shades makes it bright enough to pass for a bright pink and a purple, depending on the lighting. 
Hope you guys liked this post, and try out these products for a bright purple lip look! I personally love to wear this color with a clean face and dark eye liner. 

Black is Beautiful
In light of recent posts written by big time celebs Kelly Rowland and Brandy
about the struggle to embrace their beautiful dark brown skin, it reminded of a post I wrote awhile back titled “You’re Pretty…for a Dark Skinned Girl.” I too, have struggled with having dark skin. I was blessed enough to have an amazing mother who told me how beautiful I was and did little things like only buying me black Barbies so I could see representations of beauty the world that looked like me. However, it was the rest world that would continue to try and convince me that my skin wasn’t beautiful. But eventually, I was able to come to a point in my life where I said f*ck ’em, if people can’t appreciate what I have to offer then they aren’t worth my time. I think all shades of brown are beautiful and hope that one day they are all celebrated equally. 
Those posts inspired me to start a Beauty Diary series, featuring beauty products that I love, that look great on women of color..especially darker skinned woman. Growing up I’ve had such a hard time trying to find colors that actually looked good on me. So…stay tuned, I love makeup and will be sharing all my beauty loves!!
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