Black Radiance BB Cream Review + Photos (Brown Sugar)

ImageBlack Radiance BB Cream Display in Walgreens (has testers!)

ImageBlack Radiance BB Cream (Brown Sugar)

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Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar Swatch

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Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar (blended a little bit)

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Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar (fully blended)

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Me without face make up (only eyebrows, eye shadow, mascara & lip balm) I have some dark spots on my forehead/cheeks and hyper-pigmentation around my mouth area that I am hoping the Black Radiance BB Cream will blur or cover.

ImageMe with one layer of the Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar ( no primer, just moisturizer)

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Me with Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar with a second layer built on my cheeks and forehead

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Me with the Black Radiance BB Cream and the rest of my makeup (setting powder,highlight, contour,bronzer, blush, concealer on under eye and on hyper-pigmentation, lip gloss).

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After three hours of wearing the Black Radiance BB  Cream (w/ other makeup) no touch-ups.

On to the review!

Product Claim/Info: “NEW True Complexion™ BB Cream, our first multi-purpose skin perfecter, evens and refines darker complexions with 10 skin care benefits for natural looking radiance. Exclusively formulated to enhance ethnic skin tones, the lightweight, oil-free beauty balm moisturizes, conceals, primes, smooths, and minimizes shine with blend-able, sheer color and lasting SPF 15 protection.” – From Black Radiance Website. 

The bb cream comes in 5 shades: Cafe, Chocolate, Honey Amber, Brown Sugar, and Coffee Glaze.

This product can be found at Walgreens for $6.49 or $5.49 with the dollar off coupon taped to the bb cream.

Packaging:

I’m not a huge fan of the packaging. The gold bottom piece and font color look too mature and dated but for $6.49 one can not expect knock out packaging.

My Application:

I did not use a primer just a moisturizer. I used the ELF powder brush to blend the bb cream onto my skin. You can also use your fingers or a Beauty Blender.

The Good:

very lightweight, very watery, evens skin-tone, primes, smooths, minimizes shine, very blend-able, sheer (this is good if you like this type of coverage), adjusts to skin-tone, oil-free, has spf 15, inexpensive, has testers, did not break me out, great shade selection for people with darker skin, nice natural/slightly dewy skin-like finish, lasts at least 3 hours.

The Bad:

maybe hard to find in stores, sheer to light coverage (this is bad if you need or like medium to full coverage), build-able from a sheer to light coverage,does not cover dark spots/hyper-pigmentation, will need to add concealer/foundation to get more coverage, needs to be set with a powder, do not like the scent (it has that makeup scent)

Overall:

Here is the thing. Some people are going to love this bb cream and some people will hate it. It will come down to coverage to determine if you love or hate it. If you have decent skin or you like light coverage you will probably love this. If you have a lot of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation that you want to cover or if you just like medium to full coverage you will probably hate this bb cream.

I personally like the bb cream but  I wish it had more coverage. I do have some dark spots and hyper-pigmentation that the bb cream does not cover. For me the bb cream only evened out my skin-tone, smoothed and minimized my oiliness. I prefer light to medium coverage and I do not mind if some of my imperfections show through my bb creams or foundations. I liked the color Brown Sugar for me in this bb cream I think it was a good match. I might try the shade Chocolate just to see if that shade works for me too. For reference I am a Mac NW47.

Overall, I would give the Black Radiance BB Cream a (B-) just because I believe it needs more coverage. I plan to wear this bb cream for quick errands, in hot weather or to the gym.  I would repurchase the bb cream because I like the way it feels on my skin and I have a use for it. I would only recommend the Black Radiance BB Cream to people who have decent skin and/or who like light coverage. I actually like the Black Radiance BB Cream better than the other BB Creams that I own (Iman & Maybelline). I would love to try out the Kiss BB Cream and compare it to the Black Radiance BB Cream. Oh yeah, stay tuned to my blog I plan on doing a battle of the drugstore bb creams for dark skin blog post.

Have you tried the Black Radiance BB Cream? Do you like it? If not, What bb creams do you use?

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The Most Wearable Purple/Pink Lipstick

nyx fusion lipstick lip swatch

nyx fusion lipstick swatch

nyx fusion lipstick

These are swatches of NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colors Lipstick in LSS 627 Fusion

Bueno:

Very wearable purple/pink lipstick

Great for people who are easing into wearing bold/colorful lips

Cute  packaging/graphics

Looks great on medium/dark/deep skin tones

Does not need a lip liner

Luster finish does not need a lip gloss, but you can pair it with one if you would like

Long-lasting

Moisturizing, feels great on the lips, glides on easily, distributes evenly

Looks even better the longer you wear it, as if it adjusts to your lip color/skin tone

Looks great paired with other lipsticks/lip glosses

Unique color

Applies sheer but is buildable

Great price it was only $5.00

No Bueno:

I think this lipstick has been discontinued, but you can get it on amazon.com

Seasonal color, I think it looks best worn in spring and summer

Review: Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation in Mahogany

For me being dark skin and having very oily skin, it can be very hard to find a foundation that is the perfect match for my skin. I have a few foundations in my collection that I can wear but they are not a perfect match. On my journey to find the perfect liquid foundation I stumbled across Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation Combination/Oily Skin in Mahogany. In this post I will tell you my opinion on this foundation in a pros and cons format. As a reference point, depending on the time of year, I am the shade MAC NW47 and Makeup Forever Face and Body #48. Also, like many women of color the center of my face is lighter than the perimeter of my face. So, I look best when I use two different color foundations on my face and blended seamlessly. For daily makeup application I tend to use one foundation color on my entire face and neck. In the picture above I am wearing a full face of makeup with Revlon Colorstay Mahogany as my foundation on my entire face.

Pros:

  • buildable coverage, can be medium to full coverage
  • can be worn as sheer coverage if mixed with moisturizer
  • great for covering small sections of the face or just dark spots
  • leaves skin matte (my favorite part)
  • rarely needed to blot or powder my face
  • very long lasting (I wore it for 12 hours not 24 hours but it still looked great!)
  • affordable ( I got mine on sale for $10)
  • accessible (you can find it at drugstores and online)
  • mixes well with other foundations
  • perfect for an evening look
  • looks great/flawless with a full face of makeup
  • covers stretch marks and dark spots very well

Cons:

  • the color was not a perfect match for my skin tone but it was wearable (however due to my discoloration in my face not many foundations have the perfect color match for me)

Overall, I do like Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation in Mahogany. It is great for my oily skin, it is affordable and looks flawless. I wish that the color matched me a little better but with concealer, highlighter, bronzer, blush and face powder the subtle color difference from the foundation and my skin is not very noticeable in my opinion. Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

Review: MAC Cream Colour Base: Improper Copper

I purchased MAC Cream Colour Base: Improper Copper, for $17.50. I have been using it as a highlight color to achieve a “summer glow” look. In the pictures above I placed it at the top of my cheekbones, right on top of my blush and contour.

I love the way Improper Copper looks on my skin. It is a great highlight color for dark skin beauties. MAC Cream Colour Base is a multipurpose and very versatile product. It can be used just about anywhere on the face for a range of purposes however MAC cautions not to apply the product to the eyes. It can be worn without make-up, with powder or on top of  foundation. Also, MAC Cream Colour Bases come in a range of colors from a very pale color to a dark brown tone so they can pretty much work for a large range of skin tones and skin types.

So far I have been loving MAC Cream Colour Base in Improper Copper, I like the glow that it gives. I might try the color Root to Shop because it is a little darker and I am curious to see how it will look on my skin.

Above I have pictures of the MAC Cream Colour Base: Improper Copper in its packaging. I also have a swatch on my hand which is slightly blended out. This color is absolutely gorgeous and my camera is not doing it justice. It is a golden, copper, shimmery color and it has a nice creamy consistency that isn’t too watery or thick. It glides on to the skin effortlessly with your fingers or with a damp sponge.

All in all this product gets a 2 thumbs up for me! It is definitely worth trying out!

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Review: E.L.F Mini Eyeshadow Palette in Cool

e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette – Limited Edition -cool $5.00 !!

Can I just say how much I love this palette? *Love it!*

It has great colors, wonderful pigments and you get all these colors for $5.00! How perfect is that? I purchased my palette at Urban Outfitters on Newbury Street in Boston, MA. I also have the warm  version of this palette, which is amazing! I swear by both the cool and warm tone palettes. They are my go-to palettes and I use them on most of my make-up tutorials.

When I meet up with my friends and I am wearing colors from the palette, they always look at me like “wow, look at this chick!” and immediately ask me how I achieved my look! I wear glasses everyday so that says a lot!

I can’t get enough of this palette! The colors are really flattering on dark skin and I’m sure they would look great on a range of skin tones. If you want to try this palette get it soon because it is limited edition!

I HIGHLY recommend this palette, for starter kits, beginners, dark skin beauties, frugal shoppers and basically anyone who enjoys great eye shadows!

So excited about this palette!!