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I do a lot of product reviews on my blog and that won't change, however scrolling through my blog one day I realized that I don't share enough of my creative side/ beauty work. Makeup Artistry is my passion, and even though I'm not Sir John (Beyoncé's Makeup Artist) I know a little something. I've been on set doing editorials, tv, I've done countless brides, etc. So I think its time for me to share more of my knowledge and work.

This week I wanted to do a video on Fall Glam. At first I was going to do it on myself, however my friend Bree ( was over my house. So we went to work! As you've already seen above, this is the look I've created.

I knew before we started that I wanted to do a deep lip and bring the skin to live. Its starting to get cooler outside, our summer tans are withering away and I wanted to bring life back into the skin in a natural/ glowing way.

As you can see in her before image above, Bree has minor skin discolorations and darkness under the eyes, so I used a peach color concealer to correct those areas before applying her foundation. What foundation? Let me take this time to list the products used on this application...


  • Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer
  • Embryolisse lait creme (Moisturizer)
  • Black Opal Creme Stick Foundations in Black Walnut (Contour), Hazelnut (Mixed with BW for Foundation), and Rich Caramel (highlight)
  • Sacha Butter Cup Setting Powder
  • Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Tan to Deep
  • ABH Glow Kit in Sundipped

  • M.A.C Spiked Brow Pencil
  • Lorac Pro Palette
  • Too Faced Holiday Le Grande palette
  • Lashes DM Wispies on top of 215's
  • M.A.C Nightmoth Lipliner
  • Gold Label Cosmetics Lipstick in Dark Children
I've got a video for you as well. See the transformation yourself below...

More transformations are coming your way as well, so get excited!

Until next time,

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I had to come and give you guys the 411 on L'ORÉAL Paris' New Colour Riche Pocket Palettes. Over the past few weeks I've seen a number of reviews on them, and shockingly most were not very positive. However, this has not been my experience. Before I go into my full review, I've swatched 7 of the palettes for you below. Check them out...









I must say that I absolutely love the (and I quote the press release) "expert-curated shades" in each palette. There is a color scheme/palette for every eye shape and color; for the natural girl, city girl, and day-to-night girl. As a Professional Makeup Artist I can make just about anything work. So I can work around the fact that they aren't as pigmented as I'd hoped. They come in 3 different finishes: satin, matte and sheen. I found the matte to be most pigmented. If you know how to minipulae a product, then this can work for you. Then again I know that many of you (in my Sweet Brown voice) don't have time for that.

There were more than a few colors that I really had layer on the back of my hand to show. This was surprising to me because I featured this product in a magazine editorial I did for the September issue of Upscale Magazine. On set was my first time using the Pocket Palettes and I was blown away by the pigment on my model. So, I'm taken back at the fact that my swatch experience didn't go so well. Did my eyes deceive me on set? Why was it amazing then and mediocre now?! Check out an image of my model below. I used the Colour Riche Pocket Palette in Boudoir Charme (see swatch above) on her lids and inner corner of her eyes. Absolutely loved it...

Over all I will give this product a C+. I need to try it on a model and again on myself to test the pigmentation and longevity. So far I have had one great experience and one bad. I'll give them one more go 'round to confirm or deny if my eyes deceived me that day. I'll let you guys know the verdict then. For now, these are my initial thoughts/first impressions.  

What are your first impressions? Feel free to chime in below!

Until next time,
- Bee

*Products featured in this post were provided by L'Oréal Paris. All thoughts and opinions are my own."
H E L L O  B E A U T I E S !

As I discover new and exciting brands, it is my goal to highlight black owned businesses in Beauty. So if you know of any or you are one shoot me an email.

Today's feature is black owned cosmetic line, Moni B. Cosmetics. They sent over a few of their lippies and y'all know how I do. Swatches and honest review/ first impressions are down below.

First Impression:

With any start up or small cosmetic line the packaging typically takes a back seat. However, I was really impressed with Moni B's logo and lipstick tubes. I love when lipsticks have weight to them. It makes me feel like I'm paying for something of quality. 

(see right image and swatches below)


I'll start off with the good. I love the colors of the lipsticks and the pigment is great. They look just as they appear in the tube and that's always a plus. How many times have we all been con'd into loving a color in the tube...only to swatch it and find out it was all a lie?!

My only con is that they apply a little rough. I really had to force the lipstick on my lips. It felt kind of waxy. It is a mega matte, however I have tons of mega matte lippies that go on a bit smoother. That is my only con. Either way, I will be wearing Demure this fall, I love it! 

Moni B. Cosmetics Creamy Matte and Matte Liquid Lipsticks

First lets get into some  swatches, then we'll review...

Alter Ego (Black Creamy Matte) Harlem World

Here I am wearing Alter Ego

Harlem World


I'm going to start with the con's. As you can see in the image right above, this pink shade did not work for me at all. I feel like it was one of those Colour Pop situations where some people got a bad batch. That's what I feel happened here. No matter how I tried to apply it, no matter how many layers it would not act right. It's safe to say I hate it. Alter ego tho?!

LOVE Alter ego! To the untrained eye, its black. Its really like a deep dark, green color. I don't know how else to describe it. (lol) It applied wonderfully and feels exactly how its labeled. Creamy matte! I left it on for about an hour. It never went full matte on me and maintained its color. Two thumbs up for alter ego. Only one con though; the peppermint scent is a pinch too strong. Pull back on that just a little bit and it would be that much better. 

That's all folks. I'm looking forward to trying more products from Moni B Cosmetics the brand is to expand in to blushes, powders and eyeshadows.


*Products featured were provided by Moni B Cosmetics. Bee was compensated for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions are honest and her own. *

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Before and After on my model India Elle of Kelvar Rose Agency

Products used:

Black Opal Creme Stick Foundation in Carob and Nutmeg
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Tan to Deep 
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
Laura Geller Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Ballerina
Circa Blush in Punta Mita
Cover Girl Face Powder in Ebony Bronze
Makeup Forever Aqua Eye Pencil 
L' oréal Makeup Designer Palette - Pink
Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

H E Y  B E A U T I E S !

Outfit details below
So, I've been going back and forth for a few days now on whether I should post these images. Lately I've been getting a number of requests from my readers to do style posts. Like, whaaa?! Guys, I'm truly flattered that you guys think I'm stylish. However for me, the thought is comical. I talked to my husband about it and he told me that I'm a little (very) critical of myself, which is true. Also, that I should give style posts another try. I've done them before in the past and they were cute, but not me or how I like to dress. Which I'm still unsure about. Any-who, after speaking with him, I decided to give it another try. I'm a mom of two young boys so I don't put much thought into what I wear. (I tried it. I pulled the Mom card. smh) Honestly, I can't even use that as an excuse. I've always been a grab and go girl. I wore what ever was clean and made sure I didn't look too crazy; over all I didn't really care. I'm a Makeup Artist. So in my mind, as long as I wear all black and my face is beat...I was good. However lately that hasn't been enough for me. So here we are...

Jeans: F21 Plus Distressed Jean $32
Purse:Lionel Hanbags - TJ Maxx $24.99
Shoes: Indigord Ross $20
So I'm outside taking pictures and to be honest, I didn't really like what I wore (here we go again). You're looking at it thinking, "She looks fine! If this girl don't hush." I'm guessing you're thinking that because that's what my friend told me who's looking at these photos right now. I just noticed that because I put effort into this outfit, it made me a little more vulnerable. why? I mean, I'm as mushy and vulnerable as they come, but never about my cloths. It really opened my eyes to an underlining issue that I never knew I had. Well, not to this extent at least...

Hat: Forever 21- $12.99
Top: HM - $5
Dressing with intent draws attention to my body and I don't want that. I'm not very comfortable with how I feel at the moment. I'm comfortable with how I look, truly. I love my body. Especially naked. Yup. I feel most confident naked. However when its time to get dressed my confidence at times leaves me. Working on this style post made me realize that most of my closet doesn't work for me or my body type and I know the reason why. 

A few years ago I told myself I wouldn't by any nice cloths until I lost weight and boy I have I kept that promise. These Forever 21 Plus Distressed Jeans are the first pair of jeans I've purchased since having my son 3 years ago. I've just been wearing leggings all this time and I know many of you consider that a crime. As you can see my jeans are beyond distressed. I've worn them to death. So, do know that when purchased they come less raggedy than pictured. To me, buying nice cloths was a reward and I didn't feel I deserved that. Also if I'm spending a lot of money on cloths made and tailored for my body I want them to last a long time. Right?! Problem is, I didn't plan to have this body for a long time. While writing this I realized...

Maybe dressing myself in frumpy grab-and-go cloths is whats keeping me from losing the weight. I'm too comfortable, but not in a good way. I don't know anyone else who was able to accomplish much of anything while not really loving themselves, in the place their in. Maybe I just need to for once try and buy something that I love and that fits. Maybe everything that I'm feeling here will go away once I do. It could make me feel better about shopping and getting dressed and hopefully the boost I need to finally lose these extra pounds. 

Anyway, as you can see, this post isn't really about the jeans. I just wanted to have a heart to heart with you and honestly with myself. Moving forward starting today, I will put more thought into the things I buy. I deserve to look fly while trying to loose weight and it wasn't until today, as I typed this that I realized that I've been punishing myself all along. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on all of this in the comments and thanks for always listening. Oh, yeah and let me know if you like the pictures. Sorry for only one full body pic. The rest came out blurry. My next style post will be better and won't be a grab and go outfit like this one. 

You can love your body and want to lose weight too. I don't know why every time I do a post like this the plus community tells me that If I want to lose weight, then I don't love myself. I'd like to agree to disagree again before you come for me. Hehe...

Until next time,

H E Y  B E A U T I E S !

Over the weekend, along with many of ATL's social media elite I had the pleasure of attending Cocktails with Claire w/ Miss Diddy & Special Guest Keri Hilson (who is absolutely stunning in person. My God!) 

I'll post what I wore in a blog post to follow. All I can say is, I tried. With that said, I was really looking forward to the panel. As I stated in my previous post, I really wanted some incite on how to push forward with doing style posts and developing my own style in general. Though you guys often tell me how stylish I am, I just do not see it. My days are so busy with my boys and on most days I grab and go. I'd like to get to the point where no matter what I grab, even in a hurry that is my style and it makes sense.  Needless to say I absolutely loved the "Breaking Into Fashion" panel discussion. 

Photo Credit: Lauren Martinez
Pictured: Derek J, Miss Diddy LA, Claire Sulmers, Marlow Hampton, Shun Melson, Shanti Das, Tameka Foster
Everyone on the panel answered the same question. It was something along the lines of "Tell us a moment when you had to take a leap of faith, also, what was your "Momma, I made it!"moment?"

One things was clear after hearing everyone speak. Taking that leap of faith isn't easy and sometimes when you don't have the courage to do it on your own, you'll find yourself forced out of your current situation. You'll suddenly be fired from your job, on the verge of losing your home, etc. These are just a few things they've mentioned that led them to their dream jobs.

If you're sitting on an idea that you know its amazing; waiting for the right time or trying to save a certain amount of money is going to leave you at the end of the game. Don't get me wrong, its still necessary to plan but don't take up too much time. While you're sitting on this idea, someone else might have one similar who already put things in motion. Example: I had an idea a year or so about creating a hair product. One I've never seen. I asked a friend for advise, and she laughed. She convinced me my idea was stupid. Then about a few months ago on Instagram, I saw an ad for the very thing I thought to create. The idea my friend laughed up. I was upset for being so weak and not moving forward with my idea.

Moral of the story. Get Don't ask for permission and don't look for your idea or your dream to be understood or accepted by your loved ones and peers. This is how everyone in the picture above became successful. They kept on moving. Past all their fears and all their doubts. 

If you find Cocktails with Claire is heading to your city, I suggest you go. The panel is amazing and its a great way to connect and collaborate with other creatives in your area!

Enjoy the few photos I was able to take at the event. Boy was it a jungle in the media area! I did my best. (lol)

Until next time, 
LOVED Marlow's gold skirt by Gucci! 
Marlow Hamton & Keri Hilson
Keri + Miss Diddy LA
Look who I bumped into. You might have seen him on my snapchat. Mr. BlameitonKway!
Social Media Comedian/Celeb *We coming for Kylie!*

Makeup artist, Japanese faces

Fashion Bomb Daily goodie bags were Sponsored by Dark & Lovely!
Official Sponsors in the Building. Dark and Lovely!

Beautiful pieces from one of the vendors! 
BEAUTIFUL handmade Copper pieces by Elouinia!
The food was amazing! Have the chef's info? Let me know below. Lord know, I've tried to find him.

That's all folks!