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Saturday, February 28, 2009

NARS Dolce Vita Set

Life is twice as good with this exclusive pairing of NARS' Blush Duo and a brand new Lip Gloss in Dolce Vita.

Truly live the good life with this sultry, luminous set for lips and cheeks. The set contains two exclusive must-haves: a Blush Duo in Albatross (sheer light golden sheen) and Lovejoy (shimmering bronzed rose) and a brand new Lip Gloss in Dolce Vita (sheer dusty rose), created from the inspiration of the already adored lipstick shade.

I found the l/g to be a great go to for everyday. The texture was a lil' sticky, but not slimy. LOL If you have long hair & it's windy outside, this may be a problem. Were it not for that the staying power of the l/g would have been awesome.

Loving the highlight/blush duo. Also a great everyday goto product. YUM!
buy this set @

The Cosmetics Company Outlet

The Cosmetics Company Outlet Store sells discounted makeup, skin care, brushes and fragrances from several of the Estee Lauder lines including MAC, Origins, Bobbi Brown and Clinique.

The products include overstock, discontinued colors, and limited-edition products that have been taken off department-store shelves. The prices are generally 20–30% below retail.

A visit to my local CCO a few weeks back proved fruitful. I saw in the MAC section they had items from LE collections Fafi, Heatherette, as well as some MAC brushes.

I picked up
MAC Colorforms Special Edition brush set,
MAC Sculpt & Shape in WARM LIGHT,
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in SO CEYLON,
MAC Reflects Blackened Red Glitters(pigment),
as well as a Clinique 3 step kit. I was very pleased with my products.
I can't wait to go back. As cheap as I am, this is probably the only way I'll buy most of my high end makeup/accessories. Have you ever visited a CCO?

Find your closest Cosmetics Company Outlet

Friday, February 27, 2009

Getting Acquainted

Hi All,

Thanks for visiting!

Initially, I started this blog really to keep track of my wishlist items in cyberspace. Since that time, it has become what I hope to be a valuable resource of information for others who enjoy makeup. In keeping with that goal, I just want to get to know some of the followers of this blog.
I would really appreciate your feedback.

Please take the time to leave a comment & let me know a few things.

How did you find this blog?

How often do you visit?

What kinds of topics would you like to see covered in future posts?

Thanks so much for your time.

makeup CRAZIE! (certifiable LOL)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

OMG don't let me get some $! LOL

MARNI Platform Suede Slingbacks

Black and purple suede and patent platform sandals with a wooden heel that measures approximately 140mm / 5.5 inch high with a 20mm / 1 inch platform. Marni sandals have a stud detailing, an adjustable press stud fastening tab at the back to fasten and an open toe. 5 1/2" high? can I do that? LOL

Madame CJ Walker

Madame CJ Walker was born in 1867 in poverty-stricken rural Louisiana. The daughter of former slaves, she was orphaned at the age of seven. Walker and her older sister survived by working in the cotton fields of Delta and Vicksburg, Mississippi. She married at age fourteen and her only daughter was born in 1885. After her husband's death two years later, she traveled to St. Louis to join her four brothers who had established themselves as barbers. Working as a laundrywoman, she managed to save enough money to educate her daughter, and became involved in activities with the National Association of Colored Women.

Inspired by Need
During the 1890s, Sarah began to suffer from a scalp ailment that caused her to lose some of her hair. Embarrassed by her appearance, she experimented with a variety of home-made remedies and products made by another black woman entrepreneur, Annie Malone. In 1905, Sarah became a sales agent for Malone and moved to Denver, where she married Charles Joseph Walker.

Madam Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower
Changing her name to Madame CJ Walker, Sarah founded her own business and began selling her own product called Madam Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower, a scalp conditioning and healing formula. To promote her products, she embarked on an exhausting sales drive throughout the South and Southeast selling her products door to door, giving demonstrations, and working on sales and marketing strategies. In 1908, she opened a college in Pittsburgh to train her "hair culturists."

The Walker System
Eventually, her products formed the basis of a thriving national corporation employing at one point over 3,000 people. Her Walker System, which included a broad offering of cosmetics, licensed Walker Agents, and Walker Schools offered meaningful employment and personal growth to thousands of Black women. Madame Walker’s aggressive marketing strategy combined with relentless ambition led her to be labeled as the first known African-American woman to become a self-made millionaire.
Having amassed a fortune in fifteen years, this pioneering businesswoman died at the age of 52. Her prescription for success was perseverance, hard work, faith in herself and in God, "honest business dealings" and of course, quality products. "There is no royal flower-strewn path to success," she once observed. "And if there is, I have not found it - for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard."

Improved Permanent Wave Machine
An employee of Madame CJ Walker’s empire, Marjorie Joyner invented an improved permanent wave machine. This device patented in 1928, curled or "permed" women’s hair for a relatively lengthy period of time. The wave machine was popular among women white and black allowing for longer-lasting wavy hair styles. Joyner went on to become a prominent figure in Madame CJ Walker’s industry, though she never profited directly from her invention, the assigned intellectual property of the Walker Company.

Madame Walker on Herself
"I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations. I have built my own factory on my own ground" - Madame Walker


Black Inventors

Monday, February 9, 2009

Battle of the Bronzers

I completed my collection of
L'Oreal HiP Vibrant Shimmer Bronzing Powders.
I wanted to compare them against
my Giovi U.S.A. Magic Finish Cooked Powder #3,
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in So Ceylon,
as well as e.l.f. Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in SUNKISSED.
I came to a startling conclusion! The e.l.f SUNKISSED & the MAC So Ceylon MSF are almost exactly the same!

Left to Right
MAC MSF So Ceylon

the MSF is a lil' rosy vs. the gold tone of the sunkissed, but they are almost a match!

I'm awaiting a shipment from e.l.f. in which are two more bronzer/highlighters. I'll update you when they arrive.

Giovi U.S.A. - Magic Finish - Cooked Powder #3(has a bronze caste)

MAC Mineralized Skin Finish So Ceylon
(rosy gold...CCO purchase $17.50)

e.l.f. Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder

L'Oreal HiP Vibrant Shimmer Bronzing Powder
in order from Lightest to Darkest

Blessed 895 (has a brass caste)

Glowing 893 (has a warm copper/gold caste)

Thriving 899 (has a toasted gold caste)

Radiant 897 (has a warm copper caste)

Swatches from left to right
MSF So Ceylon
HiP Blessed
HiP Glowing
HiP Thriving
HiP Radiant

Giovi Magic Finish Cooked Powder #3 swatch

By far, my favorite of all is the Giovi Magic Finish Cooked Powder #3.
I'd love to order more, but they are out of stock! Bummer!
(Blue Heaven)= #3
You can find these on under starry eyeshadow. (thanks to Lisa for the headsup on that!)

Monday, February 2, 2009


Wet Paint from YouTube ROX! I was impressed by some of my subscribers (to whom I'm also subscribed). Many of them submitted entries for WetPaint's contest. I heard the prizes are really good. So anyway, Thanks Arielle for encouraging me! I attempted WetPaint's e/s look from her Cutting the Crease video. It's all very exciting. LOL Gotta keep the creative juices flowing! Good to be able to post vids & pics so as to critique one's self. LOL Just think, a year from now I could be "SICK" re: my skillz. LOL

Jesse's Girl ColorMyWorld Baked e/s EVERGREEN

With Flash
Tungsten Lighting/No Flash

NK Nail Enamel with hardeners 045 Flamboyant

I tried to do this tutorial 3x now. I am not giving up. LOL
Here are some pictures from last summer (2008). I accidentally left the drawstring of my ponytail hanging out. I lost video footage because I was clueless about conversion & editing. LOL Today, I tried to redo the look. I was UNAWARE that my camera's memory card was full. LOL I was doing all that shadow work & the camera was not recording. I thought the battery died. I need GLASSES! LOL Anything like that ever happen to you?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Jesse's Girl Color My World Baked e/s (AQUA)

Love this e/s! It reminds me of MAC Sea & Sky Mineralized e/s Duo

What do you think?
Sea & Sky

NK Nail Enamel with Hardeners 088 AQUAMARINE


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