Michael Kors buys Versace: Who’s getting elevated here?

Yes, I know some of you were wondering if I was going to say something about this. Okay, when I heard about the potential sale of Versace to Michael Kors a couple of days ago, I was in the airport trying to catch my flight. When I saw the tweets and then the articles this morning, I nearly choked on my breakfast. What was even more interesting were the reactions to these turn of events.

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Versace collection: Milan Fashion Week (photo: Vouge.com)

While most of us were hit with shock, awe, and excitement, I can truly say that Michael Kors has been on an aggressive climb in the world of fashion and business. So let’s be honest here: if Michael Kors was not considered a ‘giant’ in the fashion industry in the past, they are now. Not only with its recent acquiring of Versace, but a series of strategically-placed events. What some are forgetting is that this is not the first time in which Michael Kors has made a major investment within the fashion industry. Back in 2017, Michael Kors bought Jimmy Choo for an estimated £896 million ($1.1 billion). Now, while still expanding with stores all over the world, Michael Kors announced a deal to by the fashion house of Versace for an estimated $2.1 billion and then change the name of MKH Limited to Capri to couple with the expansion of its empire.
While this is a major reign of accomplishments for the American designer and his empire, some Versace fans were not too happy about the merg. When the news hit Twitter, there were a swarm of mixed feelings:

With the reading of Twitter, it seems fans are concerned with the potential downplay of the empire that is Versace, but I don’t see it happening. Check out Versace’s most recent collection at Milan Fashion Week

Enjoy ⚜️

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✨New products at Sephora – Sept. 2018

Last week, we discussed some of the new products that were available at Ulta stores all over the country. For this one, we won’t cover the ones that have we’ve already chatted about. With Sephora considered to be a ‘high end’ makeup store, they are likely to provide us with more products that are exclusive to Sephora. Let’s see what they have so far:

 

 

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Okay, okay I know what you are saying. ‘Dee, that’s not a new product’. But, my friend, I believe it is worth mentioning, based on its value. While this holiday set does have some of Too Faced’s amazing products, what caught my eye was this exclusive 24-color eyeshadow palette. So, this palette promises a combination of mattes, metallics, shimmers and a highlighter. Bronzers, mascara, the Hangover spray….$357 value for $58. Very nicely priced.

 

 

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Any new Fenty highlighter is always a treat to makeup lovers. This glitter is for the body and I can’t wait to see more reviews as they come in. With Currently 118 reviews, this product is getting 4.5 out of 5. Amazing!

 

 

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Natasha Denona has done it again with this new, all matte eyeshadow palette. While a lot of palettes provide a combination of mattes and shimmers, this one is for the expert blender. This eyeshadow palette promises zero-fallout in grey, warm, and reddish tones. 

 

 

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This is Pat McGrath’s new eyeshadow palette, Mothership V in Bronze Seduction. Yes, I know you are looking at the price point and well, it is Pat McGrath. She’s known to provide high-end, luxurious shadow colors. This palette is said to give you single-stroke, highlight and defining with seamless blendability.

 

 

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Okay, this threw us for a loop. This is a seasonal product for those gingerbread lovers. Now, if you don’t like gingerbread….well, you just out of luck with trying this matte lipstick because its scented. Too bad.

 

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Now this one looks so appealing. This highlighter palette has a wonderful play on luxurious gold bars. Available for $58, this highlighter palette comes with gold, soft pink, rose gold, and a high-shimmer bronze.

 

 

 

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Norvina palette: Hear it from the ones we follow on social media🧚🏽‍♀️

     So….was it something you were waiting for,  because I know myself and others in the beauty community were anticipating this as well. Norvina, the new eyeshadow palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. While not available in Ulta or Sephora until August 5th, this palette was is currently available online for purchase on ABH’s website. Lucky for us, some of my favorite YouTubers have gotten their hands on this palette and I am here for the tea. 

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Alright so let’s get into this palette: 

     On the first look, the Norvina eyeshadow palette gives us the look just as the Subculture, Modern Renaissance and Soft Glam palettes. Soft, velour-type feel to the cover of the palette, putting you definitely in the mood and prepared to be blown away by the shades that are inside this gorgeous little oddity. So…..what kind of reactions did we get from our favorite makeup artists? Let’s check it out:

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One of my favorite YouTubers out of south Texas who is known for giving us potent fantasy through makeup and drag. Have you seen this beauty?

     While known for her drag fantasy makeup, its hard to not acknowledge her raw talent for artistry.          

Who else to give us the realness on the new Norvina palette other than ✨LUSHIOUS MASSACR✨

Now, when I initially saw the palette, I was appreciative of the palette name ‘Base’, letting users known its purpose. After I got over the appreciation of that,  I was thinking one thing and one thing only. Lucky for me, Lushious Massacr was bold enough to say it for us in her YouTube video at the 1:56 mark of her review/tutorial:

Thank you for saying it for us all, Lushious…..where in the hell is this shade that the box is covered in? Give us this color!!!!!!

I’m expecting to get a more vibrant range of colors, centered around the color of the palette, but it didn’t happen. Don’t get me wrong, the palette is beautiful with a even number of mattes and shimmers (girl, that looks like glitter), but where I think the palette missed the mark is with delivering what we were expecting when we saw the shade color and mood the palette cover gave us. 

Make sure to check out Lushious Massacr on Youtube and follow her to see her sickening looks on Instagram. Being that she’s from the south like me, I love to see my beautiful people giving us life and sharing their artistry with the world.

*Thank you to all of my subscribers and fans overseas and followers from Polyvore and UrStyle. I love you all 😍😍😍

 

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Allure Beauty Box: Why I cancelled 🤨

First, let me say that I know this post may be a hard pill to swallow for some but I will say that being honest is the best policy. If you’ve seen my YouTube videos or Snapchats, you’ll see that I have struggled with the meaning of the Allure Beauty Box monthly subscription. Allure Beauty Box provides its subscribers with samples of beauty and hair products from companies all over the world.

One advantage of the beauty box is that you are exposed to up and coming products, which under normal circumstances, you may not discover on your own. While this is at no fault of the shopper, we tend to habitually shop where we are comfortable and know we can get products we trust. This beauty box gives you a guilt-free opportunity to try new products without spending an exceedingly amount of money on products you are not familiar with.

I am personally a fan of European skincare products, which I have tried throughout my years as a young girl with my grandmother. With her abnormally refined taste and financial flexibility as a black woman for her era, my grandmother would have me try products like Estée Lauder and Lancôme and makeup from Chanel. For a young black girl in the 1980s in south Louisiana, it was definitely an amazing experience. Honestly, now that I look at it, it reminds me how unaware I was of the struggles going on around me. My grandparents endured I had a good life and allowed me to explore this world, free of worry. I thank them for that. Back to the topic at hand.

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Having the Allure Beauty Box in hand gave me a sense of experimentation that I experienced in my younger years. I’ve gotten products that were extremely useful, even altering the way in which I use makeup and which products I use for skin rejuvenation. But I cannot deny the things that made me turn away from the program, like the lack of concern of who gets what products.

One of the issues I had was when I received an email a few days before my Beauty Box arrived, asking me which shade range I was so that I could be fitted for the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD liquid foundation sample. As a business owner, I get about 300 emails a day, it’s hard to consider that I could have responded to the email in time. When I did receive the beauty box for that month, it was still the incorrect shade. Did I answer the email too late?

Another situation happened recently and to be honest, my reaction was captured on my YouTube unboxing. I’ve thought twice about even posting it because I was so disappointed, but I will because it was the ‘nail in the coffin’. I’m a black woman. In south Louisiana, being black has very little to do with your skin color, as we are of French, Africa, Spanish, or Indian decent….most with a combination of all. But when I get a product for self-tanning, I’m curious to know how much thought was put into my beauty box.

I went into the website and realized that the Allure Beauty Box subscription consists of several beauty boxes a month. So…couldn’t Allure do a short profile to find out the skin type (normal, dry, oily) and shade range of its subscribers? I’ve received lipsticks in shades that were repulsive, which would have discouraged me from buying the product in store. And another thing that Allure does…why talk about products that are not even in the box??? That’s not fair…where is it? They aren’t part of the Beauty box.

So, in closing, I am sadly saying ‘goodbye’ to the Allure Beauty Box until they decide to do a profile on each of their customers, at least to determine which of the pre-made boxes for the month will likely to be suitable for each of their customers. I guess I would not have such an issue if it was free like Influenster, but I am paying for samples of products that I am likely not to use. It pains me because Allure has brought forth some amazing products in the past, but this brought me to the end of the road….at least for now.

 

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Who are they: Makeup Revolution London

    An established but less-referenced makeup brand on the market is Makeup Revolution London. Established in Britain over 28 years ago, this brand is a constant in your local Ulta stores. Oddly, other than being in the Ulta store, the only place that the average person would have access to these products is online.  So what are they known for?

💃🏽💃🏽   High Quality. Cheap Prices. 🕺🏻🕺🏻

 

    Sorry but I couldn’t put it any more tame than that. I gotta say that when it comes to luxury products, Makeup Revolution provides some amazing dupes. One of its famous:

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Makeup Revolution setting powder

   Now this gorgeous little bottle of pixie dust comes in the shades Ghost, Lace, Banana, and Chestnut. Banana is the shade that is the one that’s more widely used in the makeup community. Just when your makeup prayers seemed to go unanswered.

     While seemingly hard to find other then at Ulta and Amazon, it seems Makeup Revolution seems to come out with various makeup dupes that make you understand that they are not a simple duping company. Makeup Revolution provides quality, distinctive palettes, foundation shades, and amazing highlighters.

 

 

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40 shades of Dior

My, my……what do we have here? It seems that the trend of 40 shades is starting to quickly catch on in the beauty community. Enter Dior with their Dior Backstage Face and Body foundation. So let’s get into the goodies about this new foundation on the block.

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According to Dior.com,

The Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation is the Dior makeup artists’ secret weapon to create an instantly flawless complexion with ultra-buildable coverage, from a natural nude glow to high-coverage perfection.

MAKEUP FINISH

The Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation is tested and approved by 100% of Dior professional makeup artists.* With its fluid texture and second skin finish, this ultra-buildable foundation offers custom-made intensity.

*** Extreme condition-proof for 91% of women.
** Photo-ready finish for 95% of women. (dior.com)

     So along with this high percentage of being condition-proof, I’m not too sure what they are referring to. Is that saying its resistant to the heat or moisture?… if I hug a guy, I won’t get makeup on his shirt….if I brush too hard to take off my setting powder, will it stay put? That seems up for debate.

Now, here is what Dior says about the actual formula:

Enriched with beauty-enhancing pigments, the formula fuses with skin that glows for a perfect, natural complexion in real life and through the camera’s lens.

The waterproof formula of the Dior Backstage Face & Body foundation creates an invisible mesh on the skin and resists extreme conditions: workout sessions, water, extreme temperatures and humid environments. It even resists the bright lights both backstage and above the catwalk. (dior.com)

      Now that, my friend, is a reason to really try this product out. Claims to have an ‘invisible mesh’ to the finish on the skin to counter the possible effects of sweat, water, and humidity…..gurl! It seems to be even flashback resistant. Wow! Here’s how they suggest you apply it:

Light nude coverage:
Use your fingers to gently dab 1 layer of foundation and massage onto face.Medium coverage:
Apply 2 layers with Light Coverage Foundation Brush N 11 from the center of the face outwards.Full perfection coverage:
Apply up to 3 layers of foundation in circular motions.

     As much as I am beauty blender crazy, I would be willing to try this foundation with a brush. One of my issues with brush application is that the brush seems to soak up a lot of the product. Now the interesting thing that makes me want to try the product is that they suggest to apply it in a circular motion. Gurl…..WITH MY FINGER??????🤞🏽 Good luck with flawless application with that!
     I would personally assume that applying in that motion would leave a streaky look, instead of an air-brushed or blended finish. While this foundation dries to a matte, I’m curious to know if it dries fast and resistant to transferring onto clothing.
While there are no reviews to assess yet, I’m expecting this product to be the newest addiction to the elegant Dior collection. 

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Fenty Beauty: Is it good or not?

     You know, it seems that we tend to touch the topics that seem to be a bit ‘touchy’, if you will. For example, this phonomenon with the Fenty Beauty makeup line. Now, as well all know, the majority of the makeup world is not only in love with Fenty Beauty but also with the pop singer herself, Rihanna. With this in mind, does this not prove to provide some level of bias toward the product itself?

     Now, before anyone decides to come for me and my ideas, I would like to say that this is a topic that has been brought up by others in the YouTube community as well as on other blog sites, but only have been touched on. Now what do others have to say about which products? Let’s find out.

Here is what some had to say about the Fenty Beauty Makeup Sponge:

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    I think these are some really good reviews for the first time Fenty released a competitor to the beauty blender. Let’s see what kind of reviews came in for the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer:

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Based on reviews done on Influenster.com, the Fenty Pro Filt’r Retouch Primer is ranked #9 behind these: Screen Shot 2018-04-27 at 7.54.14 PMScreen Shot 2018-04-27 at 7.53.52 PMScreen Shot 2018-04-27 at 7.52.31 PM

How do you feel about Fenty Beauty?

 

 

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Who Are They: DHC Beauty

     For the past couple years, Asian-orginated skincare products have gradually become accepted into the American beauty community….most with help of course. Let me give you a brief example:

     Seen these skincare products before? Maybe in your local Ulta store or reviewed by your favorite beauty guru on YouTube? Well, this is a Korean-based company that has been introduced and accepted by Americans all over. Here’s another that I actually did not know was an Asian-based company that has spread and now has locations here in the United States: 

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     DHC is a skincare company from Japan in which the founder, Yoshida, traveled abroad to educate himself and learn ways to fuse olive oils in Spain with herbs from Japan. He also gained additional education on skincare in Europe.

     DHC has now expanded to the United States by way of California and has been apart of the mainstream skincare community for some time now. So don’t be shocked when you see Asian skincare companies and wonder if they can strive just as European skincare has in North America. You can see the range of skincare products DHC has to offer on Amazon right here

 

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Who are they? H2OPlus (H2O+)

If you are into skincare and have heard companies like Bliss, one the other well-known companies is known as H2OPlus, formally known as simply H2O. This brand is known for being one those skincare companies that takes pride in leading the industry in the products that they provide to their customers. The interesting thing that I’ve found out about H2OPlus over the years is that its mainly has been leading in the skincare industry in its own right off of word of mouth. Yes that’s right, just take a second and think about it…..when have you seen a H2OPlus commercial? Exactly, that proves my point.

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Originally based out of Chicago, Illinois, this company’s new home is in the thriving city of San Francisco. Unlike other companies that take on the opportunity of capitalizing on success immediately, Ms. Cindy Melk is the not only the owner, but also the founder and CEO of this LLC (way to go small business!). Established in 1989, H2OPlus has been rumored to have moved its location to cater more to global marketing and offering its products more openly to the Asian market. You can find H2OPlus on their website or at stores that carry them officially (Ulta stores, TJMaxx, etc.).

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Fake Makeup Seized in LA’s Fashion District

The Task Force of LAPD recently raided LA’s Fashion District, seizing over $700,000 worth of counterfeit makeup products like Urban Decay’s Naked palette series, Kylie Cosmetics, NARS, and MAC. An LAPD spokesperson stated that 21 different locations were raided and the makeup was ‘found to contain bacteria and human waste.’ (Miriam Hernandez with ABC7.com). 

 

Someone please contact that friend and that YouTuber that has been using these products for our enjoyment and spread the word!!!! Please don’t buy fake makeup. Its unsafe and you have no idea what is in those products. Save the coin and just go to your favorite makeup store….its safer 💕

 

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