17
Mar
2014
Last Minute Flight to Barcelona…
Categories: Makeup Tutorials


Completely on a whim I was whisked off to Spain to do makeup, of course I made time for play during the trip while  I was there.

Girona, Spain
Girona, Spain

Girona, Spain

Girona, Spain

Girona, Spain

Blue Long Sleeve Top | H&M
Wide Leg Pants | Forever 21

 

places in Barcelona near the flat we rented

Gothic Quarter, Spain

Gothic Quarter, Spain

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

Gothic Quarter, Spain

White Tank | H&M
Camel Blazer | Bershka
Ankara Skirt | The African Shop
Stiletto Heels | Forever 21

Paella

 

 

Paella, traditional Spanish dish

Gothic Quarter, Spain

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

Ankara Dress | The African Shop

 

Brucshetta

 

 

 

 

Barcelona, Spain
The Gothic Quarter

 

 

Calella de Parafrugell, Costa Brava

Calella De Parafrugell, Spain

Calella de Parafrugell, Costa Brava

Costa Brava, Spain

Costa Brava, Spain

Calella de Parafrugal, Spain

Costa Brava, Spain

Costa Brava, Spain

Calella de Parafrugall, Spain

Calella de Parafrugall, Spain

Costa Brava, Spain

Calella de Parafrugal, Spain

Costa Brava, Spain

Costa Brava, Spain

Calella de Parafrugell, Costa Brava

Spain

 

My friend Manny who brought me to Spain to help jumpstart his photography portfolio :)

 

 

Pals, Catalonia

Pals, Spain, Catalonia

Pals, Spain, Catalonia

Pals, Spain, Catalonia

Pals, Spain, Catalonia

Pals, Spain, Catalonia

It’s funny when someone asks if I am traveling for business or pleasure, lately they are all one in the same. I feel so grateful that work doesn’t even FEEL like work!

Spain in a nutshell: BEAUTIFUL and friendly people in Barcelona. Architecture is amazing. Spring weather was slightly chilly for my liking (Californian problems!) Mid sixties throughout the day and low to mid 40′s at night. It was light swear weather but not terribly unbearable. Beaches are absolutely breathtaking. If you can, try to get outside of Barcelona and visit Catalonia which is about 30-45 minutes north. Not very long of a drive and so worth it!!

God willing I can go back in the future and see more of the major landmarks but for now I am truly grateful to have been able to see the parts I did. I’ll take the countryside over the city any day!

Thank you all for allowing me to share this with you and I hope if you’re planning a future visit you found it just as stunning as I did!

Ciao!






4
Mar
2014
Dorothy Dandridge Makeup Tutorial | Black History Month Series
Categories: Makeup Tutorials


Dorothy Dandridge was one of the biggest Hollywood film stars of the century. She open doors tremendously for African American women in film; opening doors for leading role opportunities as well as interracial relationships on film.

dorothy dandridge in carmen jones

Here’s Miss Dandridge as the first black woman to be on the cover of Life magazine for her most notable film to date, Carmen Jones. This was also the first time in history a black woman was given the leading role in a Hollywood film.

Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy, although quite controversial at times with her feminine physic and sometimes overly sexual roles, still made quite an impact on this industry because she advocated for change. Change in what roles black women received in films and change in how black women were treated in general. Dorothy was truly a natural born star.

Here’s my version of her makeup look from the movie Carmen Jones

Dorothy Dandridge Makeup tutorial

Dorothy Dandridge Makeup tutorial

Dorothy Dandridge Makeup tutorial

Dorothy Dandridge Makeup tutorial

Here’s what we used to achieve the look

Makeup Forever HD Foundation | #177
Viseart Paris Palette | Muse Palette
Black Opal Flawless Concealer | Toast
Black Opal Invisible Oil Blotting Powder | Invisible
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
MAC Spiked Brow Crayon
Beauty Blender
E.L.F. Mist and Set Spray
Black Eye Pencil | MUFE
blackUp Paris Blush #12
MAC Lip Pencil | Cork
Makeup Forever Pro Finish Powder | #177
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar | Stalker
Aboni Cosmetics Lip Gloss | Rockstar
Lancome Definicils Mascara
Frends Beauty #213 Lashes

If you haven’t already had the chance to check out my Josephine Baker and Diana Ross makeup tutorials from this black history please do so now!

Hope you all are having a fabulous Tuesday and thank you for reading, watching, and sharing! x






23
Feb
2014
Social Media Week Lagos 2014 | Beauty Unmasked
Categories: Makeup Tutorials


It has been such an absolute honor to spend this week in Lagos, Nigeria to participate in this year’s Social Media Week Lagos. When I was initially contacted a month ago I had no idea just 3 weeks later I’d be on a plane with a visa and a dream to come true!

I have to give a special warm thanks to My Makeup NG for bringing me to Nigeria and coordinating this year’s Beauty Unmasked Panel. A panel of 7 beauty experts and individuals who came together to talk about the beauty industry, how it has rapidly impacted Nigeria and also to take things a step deeper than this. The panel was not just about makeup and beauty, we discussed natural hair, skin bleaching, and other social issues that are relevant to our society right now.
SMW Lagos Beauty Unmasked

As you can see we had an amazing power house lineup of not only Nigerian makeup artists but beauty professionals, content creators, bloggers and women of influence. It was just an honor to be sitting beside them. Each of them were all AMAZING and unconditionally welcoming and kind! I am so glad to have met them.

social media week lagos beauty unmasked panel left to right: Beat 99.9 FM OAP, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi; Bella Naija Beauty editor Jennifer Obiuwevbi; My Makeup & Company co-founders Temitayo Sojebe and Bukky Kinoshi; LilPumpkinPie05 on YouTube Jackie Aina; Beauty in Lagos blogger Ezinne Alfa; celebrity makeup artist Theodora Mogo of Doranne Beauty; beauty blogger and fellow YouTuber Chidimma Umeh of ThatIgboChick

 

What a lovely group of talented, intelligent and incredibly passionate individuals! Now I see how some of my followers feel when they meet someone they are subscribed to, I have been following most of these ladies and their blogs for quite some time now. I felt like I was meeting celebs!

 

More photos of myself and some of the ladies after the panel.

beauty in lagos ezinne alfame and sassy/gorgeous miss Ezinne Alfa of Beauty in Lagos 

thatigbochickme and Chidimma more commonly known as ThatIgboChick

stellasaddictionStella Maris of Stellas Addiction, myself, and lovely Chidimma again

 

thatigbochickme giving Chidemma a quick touch up at our shoot with NdaniTV

 

Overall, I am so glad I was able to come to Nigeria to attend this event, and interact with all of the amazing young ladies who I got to meet and chat with who attended the event. Thank you SO much to those of you that came. We could not stop talking about how awesome the panel went after it all went down! I think we definitely accomplished our goal in disbanding some of the stereotypes that surround not only women who wear makeup but also Nigerian women in the beauty community. My hope is that the conversation does not end there and we begin to love ourselves on a much deeper level so that some of these social issues in our community eventually no longer exist.

A special shoutout to the ladies of MyMakeupNG for bringing me to Nigeria for this event and our official media sponsors Bella Naija and NdaniTV for supporting the event and getting the word out. And THANK YOU to everyone who took time out of your day to come and support us!

 

Will report details on how my masterclass went soon! I hope you all are having a fab Sunday evening (although it’s 2am here in Nigeria). Ciao!

 






17
Feb
2014
Get Ready With Me AFTER Valentine’s Day Makeup + Lookbook with Sacha Cosmetics
Categories: Makeup Tutorials


Happy *late* Valentine’s Day babies! I didn’t quite get to do another Valentine’s Day makeup tutorial in time (unless of course you were able to watch this valentine’s day makeup video I did a few weeks ago) so instead, I thought why NOT keep the spice alive and do an after vday tutorial + a lookbook. Besides, you’re supposed to keep it spicy for your honey all year round, right? ;-)

the makeup

Sacha Cosmetics Second Skin Foundation

sacha cosmetics kamaflage foundation palette

sacha cosmetics kamaflage foundation palette

makeup geek sensuous eyeshadow

makeup geek amethyst gel liner

FIRST OF ALL, can we just talk about how AMAZING the Second Skin Foundation is from Sacha Cosmetics?! I mean seriously?? Good Lord! This stuff is NO JOKE. And lasted ALL day. And when I say all day, I mean I dare you to test it out, for real. This was my second time trying it when I filmed this video but since then I’ve gone on to wear it several other days to test it out, and seriously if you’re looking for a makeup brand that will stay put, you’ve found it right here. Please keep a lookout for another review of this brand because it will be coming soon!

Plus Sacha has given us a nifty 20% off discount code :) just use code JACKIE at checkout. You’re welcome in advance!

Here’s the product list for the makeup
Sacha Cosmetics Second Skin Foundation | Cocoa Beige
Black Opal Oil Blotting Powder
Sacha Cosmetics Kamaflage Foundation Palette
Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder
MAC Brow Crayon | Spiked
Makeup Geek  Gel Liner | Amethyst
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow | Sensous
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow | Cupcake
Inglot Eyeshadow | #325
Inglot Eyeshadow | #14
Black Eye Pencil | MUFE
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Makeup Forever Pro Finish Powder | #177
black|Up Paris Blush | #12
Makeup Geek Pigment | Afterglow
Aboni Cosmetics Lip Pencil | Pecan
Aboni Cosmetics Lip Pencil | Berrywood
Magnolia Makeup Lip Fix | Bare

the lookbook

 

look one

crop top

crop top

crop top

crop top

crop top Crop top sweatsuit set | Markkit [sold out!]
Stiletto Buckle Heels | Forever 21

 

look 2

romper

romper

rompers

rompers

Teal Romper | Markkit

 

Look 3

bowler bag

poodle skirt

poodle skirt

poodle skirtFloral Blouse | Markkit
Poodle Skirt | Homemade by my momma
Studded Bowler Bag | Markkit

Apparently our friends are Markkit are in the giving mood too because they’ve given us a 20% coupon code to use on purchases toward the site! Use cope LP05COLLECTION at checkout and you’ll automatically be granted a discount!

 

I hope you all enjoyed this makeup tutorial + mini lookbook I put together. Special thank you to Sacha Cosmetics and Makeup Geek for the amazing products!






14
Feb
2014
blackUp Paris review + demo
Categories: Makeup Tutorials


Hi my babies!!! First of all I have sincerely apologize for missing Friday’s upload! In a nutshell, I have been Uncle Sam’s b*&%h the latter half of the weekend and it completely sidetracked err’thang. I tried my hardest to get this video live Friday but was TOO pooped and had limited wifi access! Thanks for understanding and your patience :)

 

us army

us army

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, today I’ll be review a line that may be new to some of you or a staple if you’re already familiar with them. BlackUp Paris has taken the cosmetic industry by storm, they have created an amazing (and I don’t use that word lightly) line of products specifically formulated, developed and tested FOR women of color. You all know that makes me warm and fuzzy inside to be able to say that!

BlackUp Paris Foundations

In this video I demonstrated and reviewed some of the following products

8Hr Correcting Primer

CC Cream | CC04
Full Coverage Cream Foundation | back and forth between #7 and #8
Mattifying Fluid Foundation | #10
Loose Powder | PL13
Cream to Powder Foundation | NFC07
Lip Lacquers
Blush

blackup paris

black up paris loose powder

blackup paris

black up paris

Pros
The foundations are hands down amazing. Very awesome coverage, luxury but light-weight feel and FINALLY a full range of foundations for women of color that address our individual skin needs as well as complexions. I a brand like this was long overdue and I’m glad I’ve finally got the chance to try them. I was satisfied with all, and when I say all I mean ALL of the products I’ve had to chance to try. Not just the foundations. The blushes are well pigmented and beautiful, the glosses are not at all overly sticky and the lipsticks (from what I’ve swatched) feel very creamy.

Cons
Straight and to the point – this brand is defintiely catering to a high end brand. They are a bit on the pricier side, however, they are most certainly not the most I’ve seen in department stores. I would say their prices are comparable to NARS or Smashbox, so they aren’t doing anything competitors aren’t already doing. We will willingly spend money on a cosmetic line that doesn’t cater to us but the moment an amazing high-quality line is formulated for US we back out. Please do not let their competitive prices deter you! You will be missing out.

Important notes:
black|up is only available for purchase online in the US
they also offer shade matching services which were pretty spot on when it came to finding my shades
if for whatever reason a shade didn’t work out for you they have a 14 day return policy

In a nutshell…
Would I recomment black|Up to you guys?! Yes, yes and more ABSOLUTELY YES!!

 

I hope you all enjoyed the review and if you have any black|Up favorites please let me know down below!^_^

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